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Free preschool available

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Champlain Valley Head Start is pleased to announce it has eight anticipated openings at its Malletts Bay School afternoon classroom for the 2016-17 school year. Families looking for free preschool, for children ages 3-5 years, in Colchester can contact Champlain Valley Head Start for an application. Colchester residents are welcome to apply for the afternoon…

Community center gains momentum

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By JASON STARR A survey indicates the majority of Colchester residents surveyed about a new community center are neutral on the idea or think it’s unimportant. Yet the same survey showed 56 percent listed indoor fitness classes like yoga, martial arts and spinning as needed. GreenPlay, the consultant conducting the survey for Colchester Parks and Recreation,…

Plans for ‘high-crash’ intersection finalized

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By JASON STARR The Vermont Agency of Transportation finalized plans last week to revamp the intersection of Route 2, Route 7, Bay Road and Main Street in Colchester. Plans for the $3.5 million project include two new traffic lights, a new bike path and new entrances to the American Legion and Finelli’s store and gas…

Food shelf seeks plentiful produce

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By COLIN FLANDERS The Colchester food shelf is paging all green thumbs this season in hopes of combatting the summer’s donation lull. The food shelf is asking residents to add a row of vegetables when plotting out their gardens this season to help increase the amount of fresh produce offerings, according to Cathy Huskisson, a…

Colchester man arrested for selling cocaine

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Burlington police say a Colchester man was arrested after selling cocaine near Roosevelt Park on Tuesday. Police say Dennis Russin, 37, based his operation out of a residence on Spring Street in Burlington, where police found 22 grams of crack cocaine in a safe, as well as “drug distribution paraphernalia,” according to a press release.…

Back-petaling

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By COLIN FLANDERS Ever since Marriam Khan was a little girl, she’s loved flowers. She recalls waking up on weekend mornings — early enough to beat the summer heat — and pulling blossoms as she walked through her mother’s garden. Years later, the Colchester resident’s passion has become her life’s work, and with it, an…