Sam Heller

Fly-fishing nonprofit in the works

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Mike Abbott looked a little out of place outside the hip coffee shop beneath his second-story apartment in Burlington’s Old North End. Earnest and intense, he lacked the self-reflexive cool affected by the laptop-toting patrons inside. It was a scorcher, and afternoon traffic lurched noisily down North Ave, but Abbott was miles away. “It’s 65…

EHS students quiz gov in virtual town hall

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Students at Essex High School had a rare opportunity to speak with Gov. Phil Scott directly during a virtual town hall meeting last Wednesday. Barbara Isham’s 11th-grade Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics class, as well as classes from South Burlington and Fair Haven, met with Scott via webcam to ask him about his policies,…

Locals rally for hurricane victims

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From August 25-29, Hurricane Harvey swept through southeast Texas, devastating Houston and the surrounding communities and leaving Jessica and Brandon Mott’s hometown, Shepherd, Texas, in shambles. Unable to idly watch their hometown fall apart, the young Starksboro residents loaded hundreds of pounds of supplies into a U-Haul, strapped their 2-year-old daughter, Danika, into her car…

Music nonprofit wins arts grant

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Music-COMP, a music-education-based nonprofit operating out of Essex Jct., received a $3,000 Arts Impact grant from the Vermont Arts Council last month. The award was one of 71 grants, totaling just over $438,400, awarded by the council to artistic institutions and endeavors around the state. Fifteen grants were awarded to artists and organizations in Chittenden…

A first-timer’s trip to the fair

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The carnival barker leaned against the counter of a gaudy kiosk, filled to the gills with stuffed animals the size of third-graders. In front of him, 12 orange-sized rubber balls were stacked in three pyramids of four apiece. Three large plastic basins hung from a plywood board a tantalizing five feet back from the counter.…

Essex peeks at solar eclipse

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Vermonters gathered on the lawn outside the Summit Street School in Essex on Monday for a chance to catch a glimpse of a solar eclipse, an astronomical event in which the moon partially obscures the sun. Some eclipse-gazers sat with their families in the shade or lined up for ice-cream cones outside Maplehurst Florist a…