Author: Madeline Clark

Park residents discuss options pending sale

More than 100 people convened at Colchester High School last Tuesday to learn more about their options as Westbury Park, the state’s second largest mobile home community, goes on the market. Fans whirled but were no match for the heat of the room and its occupants. Disgruntled and anxious, the attendees fanned themselves with the handouts provided at the door. “When a park comes up for sale, there’s a lot of anxiety and a lot of unknown fear,” Jonathan Bond, Vermont director of the mobile home program through the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, told the crowd. “Our...

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Causeway in running for hazard mitigation funding

President Donald Trump has signed a major disaster declaration that could help Colchester get federal funding to fix erosion and damage on the Causeway bike path. The approval extended to Chittenden, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange and Orleans counties, all of which sustained damage in a May 4 storm. If Colchester is awarded the aid, through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, it may enable the town to continue the work the state began on the Causeway and return the trail to its former condition. Town manager Aaron Frank said the first step Colchester will...

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Sailors compete on Malletts Bay

On Saturday, Aug. 4 and Sunday Aug. 5, the Malletts Bay Boat Club hosted the 16th annual Martin16 sailing regatta for sailors with disabilities who enjoy the competitive sailing experience. There were 18 competitors including locals,  Northeastern and Canadian sailors. Rain interfered with Saturday afternoon’s races, but sailors competed from 9-4 p.m. on Sunday. The event was sponsored this year by the NDAA and aided by the work of volunteers. The regatta helped raise funds for the NDAA; this year, there was a silent auction. Photos by Madeline Clark, Colchester...

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Developer plans multi-use project for gateway

The commercial property at 3424 Roosevelt Hwy. might be in for a renovation. At the July 11 Colchester Development Review Board meeting, brothers Darren and Richard Eddy presented a sketch plan for a mixed-use planned unit development on the property. The site is situated in the “gateway” of Colchester near the town’s border with Milton according to Sarah Hadd, the town’s planning and zoning director. “Until you actually get the permit in your hand, it’s a pipe dream,” Darren Eddy said. “Right now it’s just a dream.” The proposed project would include the demolition of the currently standing 6,810-square...

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Chief Morrison receives inaugural hero of the year award

On July 17, dozens of police officers, rescue personnel, firefighters, community members, as well as the Chief Jennifer Morrison’s husband and daughters, turned out to support the police officer and her heroic contributions to the community at the inaugural Hero of the Year Award ceremony. “I think they were trying to tell me as little as possible,” Morrison said as she looked around at those gathered for the celebration. “I don’t think I understood how much they were doing … I’m humbled and I’m honored.” The event was the work of local RE/Max real estate agent, John Abry. It...

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