Author: Sun staff

New DARE officer on patrol

By Jason Starr Colchester’s youngest students have a new policeman to look up to. Christian Mellen, a patrol officer in Shelburne and Colchester for the past nine years, takes over this year as the Drug Abuse Resistance Education teacher in kindergarten through fifth grade. Mellen will also share school resource officer duties at Colchester Middle School with Officer Derrick Kendrew, who is the full-time school resource officer at Colchester High School. Mellen takes over for Cpl. Jeff Fontaine, who served the role for 10 years in two separate five-year stints and now returns to regular patrol with the police...

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State to dispossess circ land

By Jason Starr The Vermont Agency of Transportation has drafted a management plan for the right-of-way it acquired last century for a circumferential highway through Chittenden County that was only partially built. The agency is considering ways to dispossess or otherwise manage the swath of land that makes up the more than two-thirds of the highway that remains unbuilt. The right-of-way comprises a rough semicircle around Burlington through Colchester, Williston and Essex. Colchester officials are awaiting a finalized version of the plan to determine if the town could benefit from acquiring any of the property. Michele Boomhower of the...

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E. coli briefly closes beaches

By MICHAELA HALNON Colchester beaches were closed last Tuesday and Thursday after elevated levels of the bacteria E. coli were detected in the water at both Bayside and Rossetti Beach. On Friday afternoon, tests showed the water was safe and the beaches were reopened. But samples collected the following Tuesday found a high level of E. coli was again present at Rossetti Beach. Signs put up by town officials warned swimming and contact with the water was not recommended. At press time, Rossetti Beach remained closed, according to a notice from the Parks and Recreation Department. The Vermont State...

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Champlain Valley Fair starts Friday

By Jason Starr Essex Jct. once again welcomes thrill seekers, animal lovers, music fans, motorheads, runners, diners and anyone seeking an end-of-summer good time. The Champlain Valley Fair kicks off Friday and runs through September 4. Organizers expect about 150,000 people over the 10-day event. You don’t mess with a 90-plus-year tradition too much, but every year brings something new to the grounds, and this year is no exception. The eight stages scattered throughout have new performers putting on multiple daily shows that are free with admission: an alligator wrestler, a comedic juggler, a high-wire act and a rotating...

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