Author: Michaela Halnon

The inside scoop

Six-year-old Jacob St. Cyr climbed the small wooden ladder in The Village Scoop ice cream shop in Colchester on Monday afternoon, carefully surveying the wall of whimsical, sugary toppings. He settled on a chocolate-vanilla twist, covered with rainbow sprinkles. Just minutes before, employee Lexi Smith handed a nearly identical order to a customer outside the shop’s signature drive-through window. The steady business was nothing new for the present trio of efficient workers, who proclaimed the overcast spring day was relatively slow. The scoop shop, which used to function as a schoolhouse, has cycled through four owners in its 20-year...

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Loranger named Vermont’s Citizen Planner of the Year

Pam Loranger was in the Colchester town offices last month on business for the Cemetery Advisory Committee when planning and zoning director Sarah Hadd flagged her down. Loranger, 64, didn’t think much of the thick envelope Hadd and town manager Dawn Francis handed over. As a member of numerous local boards and organizations, including chairwoman of the planning commission, she’s used to sorting through stacks of paper. But the contents of this packet stopped her cold. “I was stunned,” Loranger said. “I was literally speechless.” Inside, a letter from the Vermont Planners Association announced Loranger as the 2017 Citizen...

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Sgt. Hull accepted to FBI Academy

Since joining the Colchester Police Department in 1990, Sgt. Peter Hull has embraced opportunities in several facets of law enforcement, including working both as a detective and school resource officer. Now, nearly three decades into his policing career, Hull is trying something new. The 50-year-old recently learned he was accepted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, a police training school set just outside the nation’s capitol. He’s slated to attend the prestigious institution in summer 2018. “It’s kind of like going back to college,” Hull said. “It’s pretty intensive.” Founded in 1935, the National Academy now hosts...

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Recruitment event a success for Colchester Police Dept.

Around two-dozen applicants stood in South Burlington’s Tuttle Middle School last Friday, clutching pamphlets and jotting down notes as representatives from several police departments across Chittenden County, including Colchester, delivered a sales pitch. The candidates passed a written exam and underwent a physical fitness test earlier that morning, speeding up an application process that is often quite lengthy, Colchester Police Chief Jennifer Morrison said. Up on stage, CPD Cpl. Michael Akerlind turned the tables, telling the gathered group why they should choose to work for Colchester, considered a “mid-sized” department in the region. “We’re a beautiful community to work...

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Spring roadwork underway

Construction has begun along Routes 7/2, 2A and 127 in Colchester, kicking off a multi-phase project slated to last until November. Erin Lewis, a project manager at the Vermont Agency of Transportation, presented plans to the selectboard and around two-dozen members of the public during a meeting earlier this month. The project, which aims to “improve mobility” and safety through the often-congested stretch, will add two new traffic signals at the Bay Road and Creek Farm Road intersections that can respond to traffic conditions and allow emergency vehicle preemption. “The vehicles that are queuing up there now [will] be...

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