Colin Flanders

The swing of things

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A calendar designed by a boy with autism hangs near Mark Andrews’ desk, an annual purchase that reminds him of all the talent that exists in our world, regardless of one’s label. There’s also a clock that’s seven minutes fast and a framed illustration of a motorcyclist popping a wheelie — something Andrews, soon to…

SteAmfest hopes to celebrate innovation

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Organizers planning a two-day festival in Essex Jct. this fall hope to summon “art of disruption” and shift expectations of both outsiders and those who call the village home. The festival is aptly named “steAmFest,” infusing art into STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — to think of these conventional fields differently. Friday, Sept.…

Trails and conservation committees set to merge

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The selectboard unanimously voted to consolidate the trails and conservation committees Monday night after the two entities said they’ve struggled to meet quorums and cited a desire for more collaboration. Logistically, the consolidation won’t change much for members. The committees now meet at the same time each month and start by jointly reviewing development proposals…

Fire leads police to Essex woman’s pot cultivation 

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Police cited an Essex woman for the cultivation of marijuana after firefighters found over 40 individual plants while responding to a garage fire on Jericho Road on Thursday evening, a news release said. Police say they seized the plants and cited Stacy Sartelle, 48, to appear in Vermont Superior Court – Criminal Division after firefighters…