Author: Sun staff

Moving on up

“Welcome home” was a common phrase heard around the St. Michael’s College campus Thursday, Aug. 25 when 500 first-year students arrived on campus starting at 9 a.m. Orientation leaders swarmed their vehicles, taking the burden off of families to move students’ belongings up one-to-four flights of stairs in the quad dorms. ABOVE: Senior orientation leader Sean Glasheen removes a television from a first-year student’s vehicle seconds after the family pulled osnto the St. Michael’s College campus on Thursday, Aug. 25. AT LEFT: The Dumpsters were piled high outside of Joyce and Lyons halls on first-year student move-in day at...

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Game time: Mah Jongg catches on

By MICHAELA HALNON It was the middle of summer in France and Laurie DiCesare, then 17, was visiting a longtime pen pal. The friend dumped an unfamiliar ancient Chinese tile game called Mah Jongg on the floor and challenged DiCesare to a match. Over and over, she declared victory as a confused DiCesare looked on. DiCesare all but forgot about the game until she stumbled upon a version in a New York department store years later. She pored over the instructions with friends, struggling to make sense of the complex game. “Once we got it, we played until 2...

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Torch passed at business advocacy group

By Jason Starr Maureen Garofano, longtime civic volunteer and business leader, is leaving Colchester in the fall after retiring from the accounting firm she started in 1986. Kevin Marchand is taking over not only Garafano’s businesses but also her role as leader of the nonprofit Colchester Community Development Corporation. An outspoken critic of Vermont’s fiscal policies, Garofano based her decision to retire to North Carolina on climate, retirement cost of living and escaping the culture of Vermont government. “I got tired of yelling at the television when I heard what the people in Montpelier were doing,” she said. Still,...

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Police: Man found with a dozen Molotov cocktails

By Colin Flanders Colchester police arrested a man who they say had about a dozen Molotov cocktails in his Ethan Allen Avenue apartment. Ethan Kvasnak, 28, was cited for possession of a destructive device, aggravated disorderly conduct and unlawful mischief. Police responded to the scene around 2 a.m. Monday morning after a neighbor complained of hearing loud banging from the adjacent apartment, the result of Kvasnak hitting the wall with a golf club, according to Lt. Doug Allen. After officers entered Kvasnak’s residence with his permission, they found about a dozen glass containers holding fluid with a wick in...

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