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PFOA detected in Essex, Colchester

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By JASON STARR Groundwater around IBM in Essex Jct. and Champlain Cable in Colchester contains the suspected carcinogen PFOA, the state announced Wednesday. The state began testing industrial sites in Chittenden County for perfluorooctanoic acid this year after the chemical was found around a former material manufacturing plant in North Bennington, where it contaminated drinking…

Water district fees skyrocket

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By JASON STARR A nearly 400 percent increase in water hookup fees in Colchester Fire District No. 2 has changed the equation for local homebuilders. According to the district’s governing board chairman, Mike Whalen, one prominent developer has threatened a lawsuit over the board’s December decision to go from a flat $1,000 hookup fee for…

‘Reel Fun’ returns

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The “Reel Fun” program is in full swing across Vermont for the second year running, meaning even more fishing opportunities for campers and visitors at state parks throughout the state. Created through a joint effort by Vermont Fish & Wildlife and Vermont State Parks, “Reel Fun” is designed to make fishing more accessible to the…

Cannons catching stride

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By COLIN FLANDERS The Colchester Cannons, winners of last year’s state tournament, seem to be poised for another postseason run. Noel Minaya started things off Monday against Montpelier Post 3, singling in Cole Reilly to take a 1-0 lead. Derek Sanderson added one with an RBI-single before Luke Covey’s single brought in two more to…

You can write your future

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By JILLIAN LEARNED When I first started at Vermont Adult Learning, I thought to myself, “If I can just go to school for one day out of the whole week – just one day for three hours, that is enough, that is a start. That is the best I can do.” One week later, after…