Author: Colin Flanders

Dame wages successful write-in campaign

A successful write-in campaign earlier this month finds former Essex Jct. Rep. Paul Dame again vying for a seat in the Vt. Legislature, this time in the incumbent-laden Chittenden County Senate race. Fifty-nine voters wrote in Dame during the Aug. 14 primary, eclipsing the required 40 votes to place his name on the ballot come November. He joins Republicans Alex R. Farrell and Dana Maxfield in their bid to knock off some of the six Democratic incumbents seeking re-election. “I was pretty excited,” Dame said of the news he’d made the cut. “But I couldn’t have done it without...

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Selectboard leans toward limited ordinance changes

The Essex Selectboard voiced support for a revised shooting ordinance last week that would allow hunting in two town parks for eight months of the year while leaving a large swath of private land untouched – a decision that would appease hunters and change little. Members heeded to the urgings of a predominately pro-hunting crowd at last Thursday’s work session, twice extending a proposal to permit shooting only during deer season. Instead, they voiced tentative support for prohibiting shooting throughout the summer – from June 1 to September 30, estimated as the parks busiest months – and allow hunting...

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Selectboard uninterested in joining nurse labor dispute

The Essex Selectboard appeared uninterested in picking sides when asked this week to pass a resolution supporting nurses in their contract fight with the University of Vermont Medical Center. “If the selectboard and the town were having an issue with their union and management, I would not be too thrilled if some outside party came and tried to get in the middle of it,” Levy said Monday night. “I don’t see it as the selectboard’s fight.” Tanya Vyhovsky, a Vt. House of Representatives candidate in the Chittenden 8-1 District, raised the issue during Monday night’s meeting, citing a resolution...

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Village to close Pearl Street municipal parking lot access

Reports of unsafe driving conditions have prompted village trustees to unanimously green-light closure of what they say is a popular Five Corners bypass route. Village staff will place a small barrier preventing access from Pearl Street to the municipal parking lot behind the Essex Jct. Fire Station and install up to nine new parking spaces beside the building. Pedestrians and bicyclists will still be able to use the road. Community development director Robin Pierce said that will make the area safer and also provide more parking in a lot that serves a slew of local destinations, including the senior...

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Judge orders sanity eval for hate crime suspect

An Essex man accused of using racial slurs and pointing a gun at a store clerk last week must undergo a sanity evaluation before a judge sets bail. Sheldon Rheaume, 23, walked into Chittenden Superior Court shackled and said nothing during his brief appearance Monday. He was there for a bail hearing, but lawyers first met with Judge Nancy Waples in chambers. A half-hour later, the judge informed Rheaume he would remain in custody while he undergoes the evaluation. Rheaume has remained jailed since last week, when he pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated assault with a deadly...

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