Michaela Halnon

CHS student develops pronoun program for staff

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With marked confidence, 15-year-old Tracy Wear approached Colchester High School principal Heather Baron halfway through the last school year with a host of suggestions for the district in hand. Wear, a lifelong resident, had recently come out as gender non-binary, meaning the sophomore doesn’t identify as exclusively male or female and prefers to be addressed…

Colchester man pleads guilty to child porn charges

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A Colchester man was sentenced to 114 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a new release Monday. Nicholas Rodimon, 31, viewed and paid for online “sex shows” from a woman in Romania via Skype beginning in 2014, the DOJ says. The woman, identified…

Support staff pay docked after contract changes

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A lump sum will be taken out of Colchester School District support staff paychecks early next year, settling a discrepancy between a raise applied during negotiation proceedings and the recently agreed upon hourly rate for the 2017-18 term, the school board confirmed last week. Support staff received a “step increase,” or yearly salary raise, of…

Rotary seeks donations, predicts record need

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The Colchester-Milton Rotary Club is requesting donations for its annual holiday food basket project, preparing for a year that may bring record participation, according to a letter from Rotarian Ron Lewis. With donated funds, the Rotarians buy food at a discounted price from area stores and assemble the packages with small gifts, dental supplies, knit…