Author: Jason Starr

Colchester stakes out Tech Jam presence

In its 10th incarnation, the Vermont Tech Jam landed at the Champlain Valley Exposition last week. Produced by Seven Days, the annual technology expo, career fair and speaker series has been a nomad in Chittenden County for the past decade. It has taken place in hotel conference rooms, a vacant Church Street building, Winooski’s Woolen Mill and Burlington’s Memorial Hall. The location has remained unsettled partly to keep the event fresh, said organizer Cathy Resmer of Seven Days, but also because Burlington lacks a dedicated convention center. Will the expo become a long-term Tech Jam host? Only time, and...

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GMT bus hub opens

Green Mountain Transit unveiled its new downtown transit center last Thursday, a regional hub of bus travel that is a striking improvement over the 35-year-old bus stop it replaces. The new center was built over the past year in the middle of St. Paul Street in Burlington, around the corner from the former Cherry Street stop. It will be a terminal and departure point for city, county, commuter and regional buses, most operated by GMT. Greyhound and Megabus will also use the facility for their Boston and New York City services. Nearly 100 people joined Mayor Miro Weinberger, Rep....

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Students encouraged to join town government

Colchester High School students were recruited last week to fill newly created youth positions on Colchester’s governing boards and commissions. Town manager Dawn Francis and economic development director Kathi Walker O’Reilly described the opportunity in a presentation to about 20 interested students, distributing applications and touting the mutual benefits of the program. “We need fresh voices,” Francis said. “You are an important part of our community. By having youth on our boards, we will gain a new perspective on what you want to see for the future of Colchester.” School credit is available to students who serve, CHS principal...

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Runners pledge: Every last mile

When you’ve run dozens of marathons and ultra-marathons over the past 20 years, sometimes you have to dream up unique goals to sustain a will to train, especially through the dead of a Vermont winter. Howard Kalfus has organized a group of Colchester runners around one such idea: to run every mile of road in Colchester in a month. Minus Interstate 89, that amounts to about 100 miles. The foursome includes Kalfus, Erin Randall-Mullins, Sandra Dickin and Tom Nuovo. They plan to tackle the project in December. The group will run their total mileage in chunks of about eight...

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Marina reassessment underway

The town of Colchester has contracted with two companies to help reappraise the town’s six marinas. The assessor’s office is undertaking the reappraisals because some Colchester marinas have invested in their facilities since the last town-wide reassessment five years ago, assessor Bob Vickery said. For example, the former marina at Jake’s Place was sold to Saba Marine, which completely remodeled the West Lakeshore Drive property and renamed it Bay Harbor Marina. Marble Island Marina has built more boat slips, Vickery said. Most of the marinas appealed their 2011 assessments, which led to inconsistencies in how marinas are assessed, Vickery...

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