Author: Tom Marble

Area gyms resolve to keep new members

With the New Year upon us, fitness centers are not only prepping for the annual influx of new gym-goers, but also trying new ways to curb the inevitable decline in the months to come. For Catherine Manning, manager of Snap Fitness in Milton, the first step to maintaining the gym’s client base is understanding why people join in the first place. She has new members fill out a fitness survey in which they list their goals, reason for joining and past gym experience, among other things. “I know right off the bat when someone signs up what they want...

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St. Michael’s responds to racism on campus

An investigation is ongoing at St. Michael’s College two weeks after members of the college’s Center for Multicultural Affairs and Services issued a letter condemning acts of “targeted hate.” The investigation stems from allegations that a pattern of racially motivated incidents occurred on campus including racial slurs directed at students, defacing migrant workers posters with swastikas and president-elect Donald Trump’s catchphrase “Make America Great Again” scrawled on a white board outside the CMAS office. “We are doing well with the investigation,” said Dawn Ellinwood, the college’s vice president of student affairs. “It’s close to conclusion.” Monday afternoon, two students,...

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Planners discuss zoning, renewable energy

The Colchester and Milton planning commissions held a joint meeting last week with the aim of discussing zoning issues affecting both towns. The main focus at the Nov. 29 meeting was discussing the planning, zoning and development of the northeast corner of Colchester – an area in the vicinity of East and Middle roads along the Colchester-Milton border. Sarah Hadd, Colchester’s director of planning and zoning, began the meeting by informing the Milton board about rezoning requests filed for the northeast quadrant in the past couple years, as well as one specific request filed back in June. The request...

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Inspire Space gains tenant

Nearly a year and a half after moving his business from New York to Vermont, North Lennox succeeded in elevating his company to the pinnacle of Vermont business standards. In late November, Greenbanc, whose mission is to help homeowners invest in energy efficiency, became a certified B Corporation. “It’s a rigorous test,” Lennox said. To become certified, businesses are evaluated on a broad scope of issues including social and environmental impact, public transparency and legal accountability, according to the B Corporation website. The examination is conducted by a nonprofit organization called B Lab, which aims to connect companies across...

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Hunter cited for shooting from vehicle

A Colchester man faces severe penalties after he fired a rifle from the driver’s side window of his truck in Cambridge last Sunday afternoon. Justin Andrews, 22, was apprehended on the last day of deer hunting season after Vermont game wardens witnessed him shooting at a facsimile deer they placed in the woods after receiving complaints about shots fired from vehicles in the area. When wardens called out to Andrews and began to approach the vehicle, he fled the scene at a high rate of speed. Wardens pursued the truck for several miles before taking Andrews into custody behind...

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