Author: Colin Flanders

Late Colchester teacher remembered

Malletts Bay is many wishes richer. Each wish took slightly different trips to the lake’s bottom — some slid in from the dock at Bayside Park, while others plunked into the calm waters or skid across their surface — yet all carried with them the memory of Kathy Bonfigli, a Malletts Bay School teacher who died from unknown causes August 12. She was 56. Dozens of former students, parents, colleagues and family members attended last Sunday’s memorial, walking or biking from the school to Bayside Park, where they decorated the rocks that would soon create a wishing well for...

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Lakers hold top-three ranking

The Colchester varsity field hockey team is currently third in the Vermont Principals’ Association rankings after a 2-0-1 week, including wins over Champlain Valley Union and U-32. Colchester tied visiting Mt. Mansfield on Monday, but gained ground in the VPA rankings after two wins over the last two weeks. Colchester (7-1-1) first picked up a 6-0 win over host U-32 behind a pair of Meg Lehouiller goals. Packie Palaza, Kelsey LeClair, Petra Bajuk and Sam Messier also scored. The Lakers then downed Mt. Abraham in a tight 1-0 contest before tying with Mt. Mansfield on Monday afternoon.  The Lakers...

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On the shores of Buff Ledge

A few cars still inch their way down the dirt road off Clay Point Road every summer. Lured by nostalgia, the drivers press on through the wooded knoll, unsure how time has treated their once beloved home away from home yet hopeful some form of it remains. Jessica Ebert Edelmann has watched the scene over and over. Greeting the curious travelers, she can always recognize the moment it clicks, when the middle-aged women are suddenly transported back in time. “They become that little girl with the ponytails again,” Edelmann said. Now owners of the land, Edelmann and her husband, Peter,...

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First-time homeowner prepares for ‘tiny-ish’ life

Editor’s note: This story is part of our annual Fall Home Improvement section.  Years into a frustrating search for a new home, Jennifer Perellie couldn’t help but wonder if a life in Vermont was simply not in her future. It was a sad prospect for the Mad River Valley native, whose parents own a lake house in Colchester, yet with high housing prices and only one income to bear the load, Perellie felt like she was running out of options. “It was a lot of tears, all the time,” she said. So when her mother sent her a web...

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