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MONTPELIER – Trying to figure out Vermont fishing regulations? Wondering what kinds of fish are in a lake? Looking for new fishing tips? The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is offering new “Fish With a Warden” sessions to help with questions like these.

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It feels like we wait all year for fresh lettuce, and the window seems to close quickly. How can we maximize lettuce season?

Burlington — Interest in gardening has surged this summer with more people staying closer to home and looking for fun, healthy family activities.

COLCHESTER – Green Mountain Power (GMP) has launched a new Save and Share pilot program through which customers can reduce energy use while also supporting the Vermont Foodbank.

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MONTPELIER – Few birding experiences rival hearing the haunting call of the loon or seeing them glide by in protected coves on a lake. However, for the birds’ protection, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is asking boaters and anglers to enjoy loons from a safe distance this summer.

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South Burlington — Nonprofits serving Chittenden County will benefit from a new $1.5 million round of program funding grants in a three-year investment by the United Way of Northwest Vermont (UWNWVT).

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BARRE – The Vermont Historical Society (VHS) recently received a CARES Act economic stabilization grant funded through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for its project “Preserving and Expanding Access to Vermont’s History.”

Are you looking for a delicious vegetable easy to grow and harvest all summer long? Look no further than the stringless green bean, specifically the haricots verts. It’s the perfect addition to the home garden as seeds can be sown every two weeks from last frost to mid-July to extend their harvest.

The Colchester School District has been expressing how proud it is of its students’ accomplishments this year -- especially considering recent circumstances -- and the eighth graders from the middle school are certainly no different.

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High school math teacher Bill McClintock remembers when he used to come home after a day of teaching to find chalk dust still on his pants. Years later, he would find Expo marker on his finger tips, and now, he’s had to learn how to use Google Classroom. 

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Local Dunkin’ stores are joining in a giveaway recognizing students of the class of 2020 on Friday, June 12, with a Free Classic Donut.

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Vermont (ACEC of Vermont) has named the Vermont Agency of Transportation’s Colchester Bridge Deck Replacement project the overall engineering excellence winner in its Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition.

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During these unusual times in quarantine, it’s hard to maintain a community. While social distancing, and learning independently online from home, our community is in need of strong leadership - and that is why we are lucky enough to have Amy Minor as Colchester School District’s superintendent.

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For most people, 2020 has been highlighted by one thing: The COVID-19 outbreak. The coronavirus, as it has come to be known, has done some damage to our everyday lives. Professional sports have been cancelled, the economy has tanked, and schools have been forced to move all learning online. …

Bridget Higdon has joined the staff of the Milton Independent, Colchester Sun and Essex Reporter.

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Local organizations and grassroots ad hoc groups can now apply for AARP Vermont’s newly expanded community action grants covering communities across the state that provide modest funding and technical support to community groups or individuals.

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Area mentoring organizations can now apply for a new round of mentoring grants from MENTOR Vermont.

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The following students made their way to the 2020 spring Dean's List at the University of Vermont--earning at least a 3.0 grade point average for the semester and ranking in the top 20 percent of their class for their respective school or college.

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The staff at Ace Hardware in Colchester have seen at least twice the normal amount of business as usual since the novel coronavirus pandemic hit.

MONTPELIER – Vermont’s annual, statewide Summer Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 13 this year, which will also be opening day of the regular bass fishing season.

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Victoria Mier of Colchester was recently honored for her academic achievements to Northeastern University during the course of the school year.

MONTPELIER – Vermont Retail and Grocers Association (VRGA) is launching a #maskforthewin social media challenge to inspire Vermonters to wear a mask while in stores.

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Staff Sergeant Jordan S. Hillis of Colchester, with the United States Marine Corps (USMC), graduated Summa Cum Laude from Champlain College on May 9. Hillis earned a Master of Science degree in Information Security Operations.

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Nazareth College announced on Wednesday that Isabella Bertoni of Colchester has been named to the dean's list for the Spring 2020 semester.

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Corporal Steve Gutierrez, a 14-year veteran of the Colchester Police Department (CPD), will become the third harbormaster in Colchester history this summer.

MONTPELIER — Community College of Vermont (CCV) has launched its new Endowment for Life Gap Grants and is expanding its Life Gap Fund, building on an existing program that helps students bridge challenging situations and persist in their studies.

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As essential workers, the members of Malletts Bay Fire Department (MBFD) continue to protect the community amid the COVID-19 pandemic—in snow or sunshine.

Despite a postponement of the Vermont Shakespeare Festival to next year, performers of the festival are making themselves available for on-demand mini-performances to bring “joy and connection” during the pandemic.

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Instead of standing together in caps and gowns, moving tassels to the left, and tossing their caps in a flurry of purple and gold, the Saint Michael's College class of 2020 celebrated graduation on May 9 with a historic virtual Commencement. 

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As the primary emergency responders to local cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Colchester Rescue Squad dons masks, gloves and protective gear to continually answer medical calls through the pandemic. 

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Saige Papariello of Colchester recently received the Heritage Award during the eighth annual SUNY Canton Student Specialty Awards Ceremony.

We’re staying home to stay safe, and that’s the right thing to do for ourselves and everyone else. But the ongoing stress due to the Coronavirus may lead to feelings of hopelessness and isolation.