Colin Flanders

Tran family reflects on first year in business

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Tan Tran, co-owner of Shannon's Jewelers

Tan Tran has always been the man behind the curtain. While his custom pieces sat in showrooms waiting to be discovered, the dutiful jeweler was already busy with the next task. That all changed last year when Tran opened his own store, Shannon’s Jewelry, where he now traces his work from idea to sale, witnessing…

County officials keep tabs on water quality bill

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Chittenden County officials worry a plan to escalate funding for Vermont’s water quality projects could hamper local efforts by charging proactive communities twice. Addison Sen. Christopher Bray has proposed legislation to charge all Vermont property owners a $1 monthly per parcel fee, which he says would raise about $4.5 million per year, according to a…

Traffic safety continues to concern Essex police, trustees

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The board of trustees is considering how it can help combat dangerous driving after Essex police reported an uptick in drivers running red lights, and residents continue to say speeding is rampant in the village. Combatting traffic violations remains a constant challenge and one without an easy answer, Lt. Robert Kissinger said at a meeting…

Garey named Essex police chief

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Cpt. Rick Garey, a 27-year department veteran, has been named Essex’s next police chief. Garey begins as the town’s top cop starting January 13, the day after 37-year veteran Brad LaRose will retire from the position, said municipal manager Pat Scheidel at Monday night’s selectboard meeting. Garey began with Essex as a dispatcher in 1989.…

Boards choose manager finalist

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The trustees and selectboard have unanimously selected a finalist to replace retiring manager Pat Scheidel. The boards left a five-hour private session Saturday afternoon to announce they would extend an offer to their “chosen candidate.” They didn’t name who that is, however. Village president George Tyler called the “cryptic” motion an effort to protect the…

Village official faced undisclosed allegations

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The board of trustees is staying tightlipped about allegations against a village official after an internal investigation. Village president George Tyler said the trustees will take no action against the unnamed official, nor release any further details about the allegations. The announcement comes two weeks after the board voted to hire an attorney to investigate…