Michaela Halnon

Police: Man stole U-Haul, trailer to take ATM

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A Colchester man used a stolen trailer and U-Haul to burglarize an ATM from Sam Mazza’s Farm Stand earlier this month, according to Colchester police. Police say Brian Leclair, 36, took a trailer from Lucky’s Trailer Sales on Hercules Drive and used it to transport a stand-alone ATM containing several thousand dollars on Tuesday, Dec.…

Destination: Inauguration

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Eighteen-year-old Shannon French felt the gravity of this year’s presidential election long before she stepped into a voting booth for the first time in November. “I knew this election would make a difference no matter who was voted in,” French said. “Being a young adult, I felt it was really important to be involved in…

Exit 16 design gets Act 250 OK

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An Act 250 permit, the state’s land use and development approval, was issued last week for an Interstate 89 Exit 16 and Route 7 overhaul in Colchester, a signalized interchange known as the “diverging diamond.” The permit authorizes the Vermont Agency of Transportation to widen the roadways, improve banking and minimize conflicting crossing traffic movements…

Town presents wishlist to lawmakers

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Town officials welcomed the newly elected Colchester delegation to the town hall for a collaborative breakfast last week, presenting a list of requests as the legislators prepped for an upcoming role in Montpelier. Reps. Pat Brennan, Jim Condon, Maureen Dakin, Curt Taylor and Sen. Dick Mazza attended the breakfast, flipping through packets of handouts as…

Pining for Christmas

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A few dozen freshly cut pines lined the bending gravel drive of 56-year-old Murray Thompson’s Middle Rd. home on a brisk December afternoon last week, the earthy smell heralding the holiday season. The balsams mimicked a miniature forest, curving between a pale yellow farmhouse and garnet barn. A sap bucket rested at the base of one…

Police: CHS student brought loaded gun to school

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Police say a Colchester High School student brought a loaded firearm inside the school yesterday. Administrators searched a male student and found him in possession of a loaded, small caliber handgun, Colchester police said in a press release. An investigation revealed the student was carrying the weapon as a precaution and did not intend to…