Jason Starr

GMT bus hub opens

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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…

Students encouraged to join town government

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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…

Runners pledge: Every last mile

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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…

Marina reassessment underway

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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…

Legislative hopefuls sound off at forum

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All seven contenders for the five legislative positions open in Colchester this November showed to a forum last week, touting their beliefs and policies. The Colchester Community Development Corporation hosted last Wednesday’s event at the Elley-Long Music Center in Fort Ethan Allen. In attendance were Democrat incumbent Dick Mazza, running unopposed for the Senate; Republican…

Early ed. committee to study options

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Colchester School District Superintendent Amy Minor is forming a committee to study the needs of Colchester’s youngest students, with the possibility of building a new early education center under consideration. It’s a broader approach than Minor’s predecessor, Larry Waters, took last year when he spearheaded a focused study of the early education center concept. The…