Author: Michaela Halnon

Board approves Bayside Park conceptual plan, phasing

The Colchester Selectboard unanimously approved a conceptual master plan and phasing approach for Bayside Park at its April 10 meeting, with voter approval required to access any local option or property tax money related to the project. Close to 50 residents attended the third and final presentation by DesignConcepts consultant Axel Bishop at the start of that meeting, weighing in on his suggestions for an overhaul of upper and lower Bayside Park and the town-owned Bayside-Hazelett property. “Every single thing we’ve put in the park is purposeful,” Bishop told attendees. Bishop’s latest photo illustrations did not majorly deviate from...

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Rep. Condon won’t seek re-election

Colchester state Rep. Jim Condon will not seek an eighth term in Montpelier after receiving an “unwelcome medical diagnosis” at the University of Vermont Medical Center last month, he said in a letter to the Sun. “I have been humbled by the trust you’ve given me to be a voice for common sense at the statehouse,” Condon, a Democrat from the Chittenden 9-1 district, wrote. “I hope I have lived up to your trust.” Condon serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and told the Sun on Tuesday he plans to finish out his term. A Connecticut native,...

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Town announces new rescue chief

Scott Crady will lead the Colchester Rescue Department after Chief Amy Akerlind steps down in May, town officials announced in a press release on Monday. Crady is currently the battalion chief of training and safety at the Burlington Fire Department. He has more than 30 years experience in volunteer and career fire and emergency medical service, including 20 years at BFD, according to the release. He also serves as the vice president of the city’s EMS district. “He understands the challenges and opportunities of a professional rescue squad staffed with both volunteer and career staff,” assistant town manager Aaron...

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Chief Morrison to resign in August

Colchester Police Chief Jennifer Morrison will vacate her post on August 9 after five years leading the department, town officials announced this week. She did not specify any future career plans in her letter of resignation. “It has been my pleasure to serve this incredible community, and my time as your chief has been the highlight of my career,” Morrison wrote. “Thank you for entrusting me with this responsibility and allowing me to lead this outstanding department.” Town manager Dawn Francis hired Morrison in 2013. She became just the third chief in CPD’s 50-year history. Her resignation announcement came...

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Burnham Memorial Library hosts Drag Queen Story Hour

More than 100 people packed in to the Colchester Meeting House late Saturday morning for a story hour led by two popular Vermont drag queens, the attendance dwarfing those seen at the regular Burnham Memorial Library story times. Dressed in white bridal gowns and flowing veils, Emoji Nightmare and Nikki Champagne read children’s books about gender identity and inclusion and led group sing-alongs as kids squealed with delight — a few of them dressed in costumes of their own. “I have this book at home!” one child exclaimed when the drag queens held up the book “Red: A Crayon’s...

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