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Martell takes plea deal

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Paul Martell, a convicted sex offender who police say sexually assaulted a 12-year-old boy in Colchester, accepted a plea deal Monday. Martell, 53, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated sexual assault on a minor, a charge that carries a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison. Two other felonies,…

The show must go on: Students forge ahead after CHS musical abruptly cancelled

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The Colchester High School production of “Footloose,” scheduled for mid-November, was abruptly cancelled this month after school leaders say the program’s director resigned unexpectedly. The departure adds to the tumult the theater program has experienced over the last two years, cycling through directors at an unusually rapid rate. If and when a new director is…

Teacher, support staff contracts ratified

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The Colchester Education Association and school board have settled on a two-year contract agreement, with a 2.85 and 2.75 percent total salary increase in 2017-18 and 2018-19, respectively. “A majority of the board believes we reached an agreement with the CEA that supports high quality educational opportunities while working to control costs,” a statement from…

St. Mike’s professor named art teacher of the year

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A St. Michael’s College professor has been recognized for his wide-ranging influence on Vermont’s art education scene. Jonathan Silverman, a longtime professor and current chairman of the college’s education department, said he was humbled and honored to be named Vermont’s art educator of the year, an award typically reserved for K-12 teachers.    The award…

Survivor, grandson become advocates after cancer fight

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It was spring 2008, a few months after Colchester resident Denise Marcelino received her Valentine’s Day breast cancer diagnosis. Together with her husband and her grandson Matthew of Milton, Marcelino journeyed to the St. Albans Maple Festival in what had become a family tradition. New that year was Marcelino’s hairstyle. She’d chopped her usually long…