Author: Tom Marble

‘Small voices do have a big impact’

At her first two school board meetings, Jaclyn Cline remembers staying silent until after the cameras were turned off. Ten months later, the University of Vermont-bound, Colchester High School graduate with a State House internship and Congressional page experience under her belt has some advice for the next student-school board member: Speak at every meeting. “Small voices do have a big impact,” she said, sitting in superintendent Amy Minor’s office Monday afternoon. Over the course of her senior year, Cline delivered an update on recent events at all five schools in the Colchester district to the board and community...

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Hook, line and sinker: LCI hosts annual fishing derby

With fishing gear in hand, legislators, state officials and community members lined the bank of the Winooski River in Colchester last Thursday morning for Lake Champlain International’s 10th Governor’s Cup. Sixteen teams, including last year’s victors, Team Myers, gathered at the Vt. Fish & Wildlife access point to help raise awareness – and funds – to combat water quality challenges and promote conservation in Lake Champlain and its tributaries. “Part of the reason that we use fishing as the vehicle is because it is about slowing down,” said LCI program director Juliana Dixon. “We live in a very fast-paced...

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Green Mountain Power teams up with Tesla

Last month, Green Mountain Power and Tesla partnered on a stored energy program designed to save customers money and use energy more efficiently. The initiative utilizes Tesla’s Powerwall 2 – a battery energy storage system – along with the company’s GridLogic software program to reduce grid and customer cost by allowing energy to be stored during off-peak hours when the price is lower. “The reason why this program is so transformational is that it saves all of our customers money – those with and without the battery,” said Kristin Carlson, vice president of strategic and external affairs at GMP....

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Vt. SportsCar to leave Colchester

After nearly three decades, Vermont SportsCar is leaving its Colchester shop in the dust. In business since 1988, the rally car workshop that specializes in constructing and prepping rally cars and managing teams – most notably Subaru Rally Team USA – plans to move from its 35,000-square foot shop to a brand new, two-story 50,000-square foot space on Gonyeau Road. “This will be a custom-made facility,” Vermont SportsCar president Lance Smith said. “We’ll be able to increase efficiencies and save some money with new the building and new systems. We spent a lot of time altering the building to...

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Gov. Scott talks healthcare, pot in Colchester

At Vermont PBS’ Colchester studio last week, Gov. Phil Scott sat down live with moderator Stewart Ledbetter of NBC5 to discuss prominent State House issues. Much of the hour-long “Ask the Governor” conversation centered on the Scott’s embattled healthcare reform initiative and S.22, a bill that hit the governor’s desk last Thursday that would legalize the possession of a limited amount of marijuana for adults over 21 if signed into law. At the time of the May 17 segment, the governor had not yet read the bill, he said; his deadline to act was May 24, after the Sun’s...

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