Author: Michaela Halnon

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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Officer Treier sworn in to Colchester Police Department (again)

Officer Jesse Treier was sworn in to the Colchester Police Department earlier this month with a notable line of experience on his résumé: seven years working for the department he’s now ready to serve again. “We were always hopeful he’d come back,” Chief Jen Morrison said. “We’ve got a really experienced officer back on the roster.” Treier first joined CPD in February 2010 after graduating from the Champlain College criminal justice program and completing the Vermont Police Academy training as a tuition student. He stayed until May 2017 but left when his wife got a job on Nantucket Island....

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CHS student balances school, dance at Boston Ballet

Eighteen-year-old Josh Kalfus hasn’t logged a normal day at Colchester High School since he was a freshman. He traveled to Laker Lane periodically as a sophomore for physical education and chemistry classes — the latter because his mother didn’t want him conducting experiments in the house — but spent most of his time in a virtual classroom. And by the start of the 2017-18 school year, he’d said goodbye to the building altogether: Kalfus was one of a select few chosen to join the Boston Ballet School’s pre-professional men’s program after an intense audition process last April. Now considered...

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