Author: Michaela Halnon

Renovated DIY Network house attracts buyer within days

A Colchester house that piqued the interest of 56 million Americans last year went up for sale earlier this month — and was under contract again within just two days, according to real estate agent Kara Koptiuch. The Red Rock Point Rd. home was transformed as part of renovation show “Ultimate Retreat Giveaway” on the DIY Network last August. Built in 1960, the 2,100-square-foot place boasts a modern kitchen, vibrant master bedroom and a winding deck overlooking Lake Champlain. The local home was the first to feature the “Ultimate Retreat” branding, but a similar contest existed for nine years...

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Police dept. promotes daily calls with elderly

A woman recently called Colchester Police Sgt. Michael Fish, concerned she hadn’t heard from an elderly friend who lived in town — an unusual scenario, she advised, because they typically spoke on the telephone daily. When Fish arrived at the home to check in, he found the old woman had fallen and sustained serious injuries. She’d been lying on her floor in a pool of blood for more than a day, he said, unable to move. Fish summoned medical assistance and said the local woman was eventually OK. Still, he was shaken by the incident. He especially wondered how...

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Police: Student cited after making CHS threat

A Colchester High School student is facing a criminal charge after telling another student he planned to “shoot up the school” while on a school bus last Monday afternoon, Colchester Police said in a press release on Tuesday. Alex Cardosi, 18, was cited with disorderly conduct, CPD said. The school bus driver first reported the information to district officials, and investigators worked to tentatively identify the student who made the threat, police said. They met with Cardosi and his parents on Monday evening and determined it was safe for normal school activities to commence, according to the release. A...

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ANR: Colchester company fined for mismanaging septic waste

The Colchester company Enviro Tech of VT Septic Services was fined $58,550 last week after unlawfully managing septic waste for over a decade, according to the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. Enviro Tech of VT has not had a valid waste transporter permit since 2006, a press release from ANR said, but transported and delivered almost 4 million gallons of septic waste between 2012 and 2017. ANR said Enviro Tech of VT also temporarily stored solid waste on its Colchester property on multiple occasions and failed to submit quarterly reports of “waste management activities and associated fees.” Randy Duval,...

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Burke tapped for MBS principal position

Malletts Bay School assistant principal Jordan Burke will lead the institution after principal Julie Benay’s July retirement, district officials announced last week. Burke, a Colchester native, has served as the MBS second-in-command for nearly four years, according to a district press release. Her key projects have included the implementation of school-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, according to the release. Previously, Burke worked as a middle school teacher at a charter school in Nevada and as the assistant principal of the Haverhill Cooperative Middle School in Connecticut. Burke was the sole recipient of a James Madison Fellowship in 2006,...

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