Author: Abby Ledoux

Residents remain powerless

A few hundred Essex residents remained without power Tuesday morning, the second day of outages for some following a massive windstorm that rocked the state Sunday night and into Monday. Hurricane force winds – including some gusts up to nearly 80 mph, according to Green Mountain Power – swept across Vermont, downing power lines and trees in their wake and causing widespread power outages in nearly every region. Essex schools were closed Monday. About a third of Vermont lost power, officials said, and the storm is one of the biggest in recent history – all told, 115,000 homes and...

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Georgia man dead after Essex crash

A 54-year-old Georgia man is dead this morning after a four-car collision on Essex’s Susie Wilson Road around 8 a.m., police said. The male, whose name is being withheld pending family notification, was transported to the University of Vermont Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased, Essex police reported. “It is undetermined at this time if the operator died as a result of the collision,” a press release said. The four-car crash partially closed the road until 9:40 a.m., and all vehicles were removed from the scene by tow truck, the release said. No other operators were injured. Two...

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Lifelong Essex resident offers genetic counseling for cancer

Two words define Essex native Laura Colello’s work as a genetic counselor: family history. It’s the most important factor in determining a patient’s risk for cancer. It’s also what attracted Colello to the job. “My mom had cancer, and my mother-in-law had cancer,” she said. “I’m comfortable with cancer – I’m not comfortable with babies with birth defects.” Colello, then, focuses on genetic counseling related to the disease at UVM Medical Center’s Familial Cancer Program. She and another full-time counselor can see up to 25 families a week. Their shared goal is determining if someone has a higher risk...

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Six residents appointed to state boards, commissions

When she was decorating downtown Burlington with murals in the ’80s, artist Gina Carrera never anticipated she’d become an advocate. That changed when she had two children with special needs. The single mom of two – Nick, 16, and Bella, 14 – counts over 100 doctors between the three family members. Her experience dealing with so many medical professionals lent itself to supporting other parents of children with special needs, who were not yet equipped to navigate the new challenge alone. “I don’t want people to go through some of the things I’ve had to go through,” Carrera said....

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Green Mountain Acupuncture sticks it to patients

  Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment of our “Try Town” series, in which Milton Independent, Essex Reporter and Colchester Sun reporters try activities available in our communities. Submit your suggestions to A warm sensation descended over me as Kiki Colgan gently tapped a needle in my upper ear. That feeling, according to my research, was my “qi” – the ancient Chinese term for vital energy that constantly circulates the body. “Take a deep breath in, and I think that’s good,” Colgan said, dimming the lights. “You can just relax, and the needles will start to release endorphins...

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