Kaylee Sullivan

An open mind: Reflecting on CCS’ School2Work

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Editor’s note: This is the fourth article in a five-part series featuring Colchester’s Champlain Community Services, a non-profit that helps people with disabilities find meaningful employment, living conditions and community engagement. Employees’ names were changed due to CCS’ privacy restrictions. There are people who would question hiring a visually impaired woman to fold hotel laundry…

Police: Woman missing from Niquette Bay camp

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Colchester police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing woman, according to a press release. Cynthia Whalen, 52, was reported missing Sunday night from a camp on Niquette Bay Road. Police say she wandered from the camp around 11:30 p.m. July 2. Whalen, a 5’8’’ white female with blonde hair and a…

New officer sworn in

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“Zach, we’re excited to have you back,” town manager Dawn Francis said last Friday morning to Zachary Smith, Colchester’s newest police officer. Smith, a former Colchester dispatcher and current rescue member, pledged his oath of office at 9 a.m. Friday, June 23 at a swearing-in ceremony Colchester Police Chief Jennifer Morrison jokingly called “Zach is…

Concert benefits famine relief in Somalia

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Musical notes bounced off the walls of the Elley-Long Music Center in Colchester last Saturday, accompanied by a desire to bring famine relief to Somalia. In partnership with the Vermont Somali community, the Green Mountain Mahler Festival joined the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants and Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program in Colchester for a performance…

Colchester racecar driver on track

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Colchester’s Scott Payea grew up around racing. The roar of engines, the cockpit gatherings and the bellowing fans strum an ordinary beat in his life, and always have. A Milton native, Payea said racecar driving is planted deep in his roots, as it is in the town history books. “Of course, you root for the…

New trees to protect water quality

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As of last Thursday, 300 trees were planted in Colchester along Route 7 with the goal of cleaning up water quality in Lake Champlain, officials from three involved organizations said. Representatives from The Nature Conservancy, Vermont Fish & Wildlife and Keurig Green Mountain all teamed up the morning of June 1 to plant the trees…