Author: Madeline Clark

New chief for Colchester Police

There’s a new chief in town, or will be, come August. Colchester Police Lt. Doug Allen was named the town’s choice for its fourth chief in the police department’s 50th year, according to a news release posted July 11. “We’re thrilled. This is everything we had hoped would happen,” outgoing CPD Chief Jennifer Morrison said. “This is really an exciting time for the department and an opportunity for an updraft.” Allen brings with him nearly 38 years of experience in law enforcement: almost 35 years with CPD and three years in Wilmington, Vt. The lieutenant is also a 23-year...

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Sunset Drive-In celebrates 70 years

Star-filled skies, the scent of buttered popcorn and families gathered in their old hatchbacks. These are scenes straight off the property of the Sunset Drive-in. For Colchester residents craving a trip down memory lane, the drive-in offers a conduit to simpler times and has done so for 70 years. “I knew it was going to be my destiny,” said Peter Handy, the second-generation owner of the theater. Handy took over the drive-in in 1980. It had operated since his father, Ernest Handy, bought the space from developers, before it was completed, in 1948. Ernest owned The State Theater in...

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Full sail ahead

Patrick Standen is no stranger to sailing. The 53 year-old St. Michael’s College professor has won regattas “from Miami to Montreal,” competed at the national level and was a certified sailing coach. While Standen may not be the only Vermonter with these skills and accolades, he was the first paraplegic sailor to earn the Level 2 coach certification. Standen has used a wheelchair for 37 years, since an automobile accident on a rural Vermont road left him with a spinal cord injury that paralyzed him from the waist down. “If a person has a disability later in life they...

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Causeway reopens ahead of schedule

The sun beamed down on dozens of attendees at the Colchester Causeway reopening ceremony in a sharp contrast to the wild rains that damaged the trail and five counties on May 4. Gov. Phil Scott headlined a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Friday in celebration of the Causeway’s reopening, which came four days ahead of schedule. He was joined by Vt. Secretary of Transportation Joe Flynn, members of the Colchester and South Hero selectboards and the VTrans team that worked on the repairs, among others. “Getting this causeway open in time for summer biking season was important to me and for...

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Former rescue chief starts dog camp business

On any given weekday, Amy Akerlind can be found walking along rural roads with a pack of energetic dogs – including her albino Doberman, Sheldon – in tow. Akerlind runs her own dog camp, training, and leash-walking business, Squad Dogs, and is living her dream. “The name was the most challenging thing to come up with,” she reflected. It’s a play on her 13 years as a rescue chief for Colchester Rescue, her prior experience as a veterinarian technician and the “squad” of dogs she now cares for at the camp. Akerlind started as a volunteer in 2001 and...

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