Author: Michaela Halnon

PARADISE, LOST: Bay homeowners evicted en masse

Two women poked their heads into the squat yellow cottage on East Lakeshore Drive on a brisk Saturday in April, wondering aloud whether anyone was home. She was there, owner Peggy Potter assured them from the back of the house. There wasn’t much left to pick through, she remarked apologetically, returning to a bottle of Windex and a dusty wad of paper towels. The guests scanned the array of teapots and books covering the bare mattress in the corner, marveled at the view of Malletts Bay and left empty-handed. The pattern continued for some time, visitors offering sympathetic glances...

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St. Mike’s students earn Hockey Humanitarian Award

St. Michael’s College seniors Danny Divis and Justin McKenzie were named the winners of the 22nd annual Hockey Humanitarian Award on Friday, according to a press release from the Colchester college. Presented by BNY Mellon Wealth Management during a ceremony at the men’s NCAA Division I Frozen Four tournament in Chicago, the accolade is gifted to student athletes who contribute to their community through volunteerism, the release said. McKenzie and Divis, New Jersey and Pennsylvania natives, respectively, were recognized for their foundation Hope Happens Here, a group that promotes mental health awareness among college students. “We didn’t start this...

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Town presents plan for stormwater utility

A year and a half after the formation of the citizen-based Stormwater Advisory Committee, town officials presented plans for a new stormwater utility at the Colchester Selectboard meeting last Tuesday. The proposal would charge a flat annual fee of $52.39 to all single-family residential properties with no more than three dwellings and less than one acre of impervious surface. Any land that doesn’t fit these parameters will garner a fee – which would be set annually by the selectboard, not by public vote – based on an assessment of its impervious surface and estimated contribution to the town’s runoff....

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Colchester man faces DUI charge after car rollover

Vermont State Police say a Colchester man was impaired by alcohol and had suspected narcotics with him when he rolled his car over on the interstate last Sunday morning. According to a press release, state troopers responded to a report of a single vehicle rollover on Interstate 89 southbound in Richmond, just after 10 a.m. on April 2. Initial reports said the operator, 29-year-old Christopher S. Keller, attempted to flee the crash site on foot before Richmond police apprehended him. Richmond officers stood by with Keller until VSP troopers arrived, the release said. A breathalyzer test found Keller had...

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CHS tackles a tale as old as time

Colchester High School student Bella Lopez lived out a childhood dream last month when she attended the premiere of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” at Essex Cinemas dressed in her favorite princess’ trademark dress. In between passing out “save the dates,” the junior joked she strained to hear the action through the movie theater’s closed doors, later covering her ears as friends discussed the film. Lopez was promoting the CHS Theatre Company’s own production of the classic musical, set to take the stage next weekend, just weeks after the popular live action remake attracted crowds across the country. Theater...

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