Author: Sun staff

Child’s play

By JASON STARR For families living at the Winchester Place apartments who may be unable to afford summer camps for their children, the Champlain Housing Trust is bringing a similar experience to them. The affordable housing non-profit will serve the roughly 140 children living in the complex, located between Fort Ethan Allen and Camp Johnson, with two AmeriCorps volunteers to plan activities for the kids and with a new playground. “There is no playground here, so the kids are always playing on stuff they’re not supposed to be playing on,” said Winchester Place resident Justin Hatin, father of 3-year-old...

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Planning Commission endorses new lakeshore zoning

By JASON STARR New zoning regulations for the Malletts Bay shoreline are under consideration by the Colchester Selectboard this week after the planning commission finalized a proposal last week. “This [represents] 18 months of work and a lot of discussion,” planning commission chairwoman Pam Loranger said before the group unanimously endorsed the proposal. “We have worked through this conscientiously and diligently, looking at all sides with the understanding that you can’t please all the people.” The new regulations are designed to hold developers accountable for the water on their properties to keep contaminated runoff from entering the lake. They...

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Drone regulations grounded

By JASON STARR Where does wildlife habitat end and federally regulated airspace begin? It’s a question trustees and staff members at the Winooski Valley Parks District are grappling with as a growing number of Vermonters seek open spaces to fly unmanned aerial vehicles — commonly called drones. A group of drone users that coalesced online as The Northern New England Drone User Group began gathering to fly drones in a field at the park district’s Ethan Allen Homestead in Burlington two years ago. The meetings caught the attention of district executive director Nick Warner, who has led an ongoing...

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Robbery suspect arrested

By COLIN FLANDERS Colchester police arrested a Bennington man they say robbed Maplefields on Roosevelt Highway on Sunday night. Police say Tyler Galipeau, 34, entered the store around 9:45 p.m. and told the clerk he was armed “and wanted all of the money,” a press release said. He then left scene with an undisclosed amount. The next day, police arrested Galipeau in connection with the incident. He was due to be arraigned in Vermont Superior Court – Criminal Division on Monday to face a charge of assault and robbery, a press release said. On the same night, two store...

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Softball season ends in two-day thriller

By COLIN FLANDERS The Colchester softball team fell in heart-breaking fashion last week during one of the most exciting games of the season — an eight-inning, two-day affair against Essex in the state semifinals. Lightning ended a frenzied day one of play in the top of the seventh, the score tied at 5. The Lakers wasted no time when play resumed the next day, jumping out to a one-run lead heading into the bottom of the frame. Yet the Hornets fought back via an Allie Rutz sac-fly to send the game into the eighth, setting up a dramatic two-run...

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