Author: Colin Flanders

Business, with a dash of nostalgia

To make money off sports cards, a few rules reign supreme. Just ask Chris Heck and Mike Pap. Beyond names built for a talk show, the two are using their decades of experience in card collecting to kickstart a brand new business venture, Green Mountain Sportscards & Gaming. The shop opened in April and held a well-attended grand opening last month. Standing behind glass cases filled with the mugs an uncounted number of hall-of-famers, Heck and Pap gave The Reporter a quick crash course on how to not go broke buying and selling cards. Top of the list: Do...

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First, do no harm?

Two Vermont licensing boards may soon require doctors and nurses to undergo criminal background checks before they can practice medicine here. The move would strengthen a system that some advocates say allows unfit candidates to skirt detection. The Vermont Board of Nursing and the Board of Medical Practice now rely on discipline-tracking databases and self-disclosure, a level of trust placing the two in a shrinking minority. And while they support a tightened process, some hurdles remain. “My concern is always finding out something after the fact,” said Dr. Harvey Reich, a Rutland-based ICU physician and member of the medical...

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Introducing the Chittenden 8-1 House candidates

Essex voters have a pair of Democratic challengers and a Republican incumbent vying for support heading into the August primary. Longtime incumbent Republican Linda Myers is seeking re-election in the Chittenden 8-1 district alongside newcomer Democrats Marybeth Redmond and Tanya Vyhovsky. So voters can get to know the candidates, The Essex Reporter posed them a series of questions, giving a 400-word limit to split between three answers. They were also asked to provide a short biography. Another round of questions will be posed in the coming months since all 8-1 candidates will move on to the general election in...

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Car catches fire after three-vehicle crash on Route 15

A three-vehicle crash near the intersection of Susie Wilson Road and Route 15 started a car fire during rush-hour Wednesday, sending one driver to the hospital as a precautionary measure, Essex police said. Police and Essex’s two fire departments responded to the scene around 5:40 p.m. to find one of the vehicles on fire after the initial collision. Footage from the Essex Jct. Fire Department shows firefighter Garrett Bartlett extinguishing the blaze, which by that point had engulfed most of the car’s hood and front seats. Traffic remained at a standstill along Route 15 for about 40 minutes as...

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PC approves Pearl St. hotel, restaurant

Village planning commissioners spoke favorably of Gabe Handy’s goal to bring a hotel and restaurant into the village, asking for only minor tweaks before stamping their approval last week. “We’ve been asking for a hotel for years,” PC vice-chairman John Alden said. “The fact that it goes into a slot that’s almost made for it is great.” Handy plans to build a 100-unit, four-story hotel and a separate restaurant on properties he purchased several years ago between 92-100 Pearl St. Handy expected about half of his units will be extended stay and said the hotel will bring up to...

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