Michaela Halnon

Demolition ordered for bayside buildings


Colchester officials have ordered the owners of two crumbling lakeside homes on East Lakeshore Drive to remove the condemned buildings, citing structural failings beyond repair in each, town documents show. “It is no longer feasible to secure the building by boarding it up,” town building inspector Derek Shepardson wrote in near-identical letters to the homeowners…

Colchester Marine killed in military plane crash


A Colchester native was among 15 Marines and one Navy Corpsman killed in a military plane crash in Mississippi on Monday, July 10, according to a statement from the U.S. Marine Forces Reserve. Gunnery Sgt. Brendan Johnson, 46, and the 15 other servicemen were aboard the KC-130T aircraft around 4 p.m. central time when “something…

Firefighters: Volunteer coverage at dangerous low


More than two-dozen firefighters from the Malletts Bay and Colchester Center Fire Departments appeared before the selectboard last Tuesday to request funding for full-time positions, citing serious safety concerns under the current volunteer model. “Our daytime coverage is at a dangerous low,” Malletts Bay Fire Chief Stephen Bourgeois told the board. “We know it can’t…