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Champlain drowning victim named

CHARLOTTE, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police on Monday released the name of the woman who apparently fell off a sailboat and drowned in Lake Champlain off Cedar Island near Charlotte last week.

An autopsy determined that Katherine Curley, 74, of Evergreen, Colorado, died of accidental drowning, police said.

Police received a report on Friday of a missing person in the lake. Searchers located an elderly man alone on a 29-foot sailboat off the shore of Cedar Island who appeared to be experiencing mental distress, police said.

State police investigators determined that the man, William Snow, 76, also of Evergreen, Colorado, and Curley had left Charlotte together on Thursday for an evening outing, but the sailboat never returned to the marina.

Community center hosting party

SOUTH GLENS FALLS — Moreau Community Center, with sponsor Carriage Traders, will host the annual Moreau Community Center Block Party on Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the center, 144 Main St.

This free, family-friendly event will include food vendors, exhibitors, fun activities, bounce house, dunk tank and more to support the mission and community work of the center. The event is rain-or-shine, tobacco-free, mask-wearing and predominantly outdoors.

Founded in 1977, the Moreau Community Center, a not-for-profit organization, has served as one of the major human service agencies in northern Saratoga County and surrounding areas.

As a South Glens Falls community-focused family business, Carriage Traders has been serving the automotive needs of the North Country community for almost 40 years.

Racist attacks Vermont chief

BRATTLEBORO, Vt (AP) — Brattleboro officials denounced racism after a person on Facebook posted racist memes and comments aimed at Vermont’s first Black woman police chief.

The Brattleboro Police Department said the racist comments were sent by a single person on Facebook who the department declined to identify, the Brattleboro Reformer reported.

Police Chief Norma Hardy, who was hired in July, spent 26 years with the police department of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. She was also the first Black woman to serve as chief of that department, the newspaper said.

Select Board Chairwoman Liz McLoughlin said that this incident showed how Brattleboro still has work to do to combat racism.

Daniel Quipp, another board member, stated his support for Hardy.

“Chief Hardy has dedicated her life to public service and is an exceptionally qualified and experienced person to lead our police department,” Quipp said. “I am really glad that’s she here...she has really broad shoulders and will manage this and we will stand with her.”

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