Author: Michaela Halnon

Lawyer: Bay homeowners lost $4.5M

Less than a month after a mass eviction on Malletts Bay, dozens of former homeowners say they lost nearly $4.5 million combined and are seeking a payout from their insurance company using an unusual legal tactic. Late last year, members of the Malletts Bay Homeowners Association filed a lawsuit against themselves in Vermont Superior Court, saying their own governing body’s “numerous and separate acts of negligence” caused the termination of their land lease. Court documents show their provider, Hanover Insurance Company, agreed to defend MBHA against the current suit but retained an independent attorney, Tom Higgins, to act on...

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With cemetery rulebook finalized, town looks ahead

Two years after the responsibility for the upkeep of Colchester’s six cemeteries came under town control, a group of staff and volunteers have crafted a revamped rulebook. The new regulations update cemetery definitions, fees, language and format while reinforcing policies on lights, flowers, plantings and markers, among other categories. The booklet, published in house and approved by the selectboard, is one of the first major projects completed by the newly formed cemetery advisory committee in conjunction with the parks and recreation department. “They are, we consider, parks. They need to be treated as such,” Colchester Parks and Recreation Department...

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Students act out mock trial before prom

A crowd of Colchester High School juniors and seniors jumped to their feet last week as a Colchester police officer announced the entrance of a judge. He took his place at the bench, solemnly flipping through a stack of papers. CHS senior Amber Sicard sat upright at a nearby table, hands fidgeting and head bowed. Sicard was playing the part of a drugged driver whose front-seat passenger was killed when her vehicle collided with another in the parking lot on prom night. “Everybody’s got a role today,” organizer Colchester Police Lt. Doug Allen told the students. “[You have] the...

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July 4 parade route changed

The annual 4th of July parade in Colchester will have a new location this year. Colchester Parks and Recreation Department director Glen Cuttitta said change was prompted by the roadwork project on Routes 7/2, 2A and 127. Construction equipment is being stored in the location the parade is usually staged, Cuttitta said. This year’s event will travel along Blakely Road and end at the Lavigne Road intersection, with participants staging at the high school. The 11 a.m. start time will remain unchanged, Cuttitta said. Traditionally, the parade has started at the Creek Farm Plaza, journeyed through Main Street and...

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Colchester man arrested on warrant

A Colchester man was arrested on an active warrant last Sunday, Vermont State Police said. Police said Tyler Mansfield, 33, was driving northbound on Interstate 89 when troopers pulled him over around 3 p.m. as part of a detail focused on distracted and aggressive driving. Investigation revealed the warrant for Mansfield’s arrest in St. Albans, VSP said; he was taken into custody and lodged at Northwest State Correctional Facility for lack of $300 bail. Mansfield was scheduled to appear in court last...

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