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Public records: Cornerstone of government transparency

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By JIM CONDOS, Vt. Secretary of State Records management is not exactly an exciting topic, but when a particular record is the focus of a request or controversy, it becomes critically important in that moment. Those records are owned by the state of Vermont and are incredibly valuable for a variety of reasons, not the least…

Annabel Hill Bates

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Annabel Bates, 90, died peacefully on Feb. 26, 2016 at her winter home in Justus, Fla. She was Born in Canada on July 14th 1925 the daughter of Talbert and Lila Hill. Annabel was a graduate of Thetford Academy Class of 1943 and Lyndon State College with a degree in teaching. She taught for 40 years,…

LCI lauded for lake cleanup

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By MICHAELA HALNON Lake Champlain International executive director James Ehlers has quite a bit in common with the late Meeri Zetterstrom, an environmental advocate often described by friends as “strong willed.” “Everyone I work with knows that I can be pretty demanding sometimes,” Ehlers said to a crowd at Bayside Park in Colchester last week.…

Water in the veins

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By JASON STARR You could say Jeff Bessette is following directly in his father’s footsteps as leader of Colchester Fire District No. 2’s water department. But the job has expanded since Norman Bessette ran things. The district’s governing board recently hired Bessette to succeed longtime water administrator Dick Desautels. Bessette worked under Desautels for 15…

Park food hits new high

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By JASON STARR For years, ice cream vendor Beeb Gibeault gazed at Airport Park from her home across the street and imagined what a fine place it would be to set up her converted truckster to sell frozen treats. “It was tempting,” she said, “but I didn’t go in.” That changed this summer when she…

Malletts Bay Avenue closed ’til September

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By JASON STARR Malletts Bay Avenue will be closed for nearly two months starting July 18 to allow the town of Colchester to rebuild a 150-foot culvert that allows Moorehouse Brook to flow under the road. The 5-foot diameter culvert is buried 20 feet below the road near the Colchester/Winooski town line, according to project…