Author: Sun staff

Letters to the editor (2/1/2018)

Youth soccer says thanks The Colchester Youth Soccer Club held tryouts on January 27 for spring teams competing in the 2018 Spring Vermont Soccer League. The club will have 10 teams participating in the league. As the CYSC is a completely volunteer run organization, we would like to sincerely thank the coaches and board members who made this day happen: Betsy McGowan Liza MacAuley Tom Bacon Mary Beth Richards Erika Ekstrom Jay Cyr Chad Rainey Bryan Fiekers Karen Fiekers Steve Maestas Chuck Laplante Josh Langer Dave Wirtz Jamie Faas Brian Lafond Brian Murray Dave Youlen Daren Solomon Ron Hruby...

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CHS hosts nordic skiing skate sprint

It was a big weekend for nordic skiing as athletes participated in the Tour de Chittenden beginning on Thursday, Jan. 25 at CHS with the skate sprint event.  The weekend continued with a classic distance race at the Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho and a skate uphill climb at Cochran’s in Richmond.  ...

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Strong weekend for Cobra wrestling

Vermont and New York were the sites of some note worthy Colchester wrestling action this past weekend. CHS senior Justin Lafayette, in what was and will be the hardest tournament he will compete in this season, placed third in an overcrowded twenty man bracket at Vergennes High School. Facing competitors from N.Y.’s Section 7 and local Vermont teams, Lafayette picked up four wins, finishing with a semi final loss. Noah Quigley continued his strong run in 2018 with a first place win, followed by Justin Mulac in second and Cam Katon in third. Across the lake in Glens Falls,...

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Ethan Tapper: The American Beech

Among foresters, American beech (Fagus grandifolia) is a common source of consternation. It is often considered a low-value, low quality “weed,” outcompeting other tree species and taking over the forest’s understory. Some foresters interested in maintaining diversity, increasing forest health and growing more commercial tree species have adopted special practices just to avoid regenerating beech, including treating cut beech stumps with herbicide. To the layperson, this may seem a little extreme. Healthy beech trees are beautiful, with smooth grey “elephant skin” bark. A grove of large beech trees has a high, arching canopy, casting green-tinged light on everything below....

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With all eyes on ed spending, school passes draft budget

The Colchester School Board unanimously approved a $40.57 million budget proposal for fiscal year 2019, a 3.67 percent increase over the previous year that would prompt an estimated 10.18 percent tax increase. The owner of a $300,000 home who does not qualify for income sensitivity would see a $444 tax increase if the proposal passes. But superintendent Amy Minor said only a small portion of the double-digit spike is in the local district’s hands. “Your estimated school tax rate is not just paying for taxes in Colchester,” Minor said. “It’s funding every school in the state of Vermont.” Local...

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