Michaela Halnon

Selectboard rebuffs recreation impact fee hike

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The Colchester Selectboard rejected a recommendation from the parks and recreation department last Tuesday that would have raised the town’s recreation impact fee from $735 per dwelling to $2,009 per unit — a nearly 300 percent increase. Impact fees, leveled on new constructions, are generally used to offset the “unfair” financial burden of upkeep for…

The show must go on: Students forge ahead after CHS musical abruptly cancelled

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The Colchester High School production of “Footloose,” scheduled for mid-November, was abruptly cancelled this month after school leaders say the program’s director resigned unexpectedly. The departure adds to the tumult the theater program has experienced over the last two years, cycling through directors at an unusually rapid rate. If and when a new director is…

Teacher, support staff contracts ratified

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The Colchester Education Association and school board have settled on a two-year contract agreement, with a 2.85 and 2.75 percent total salary increase in 2017-18 and 2018-19, respectively. “A majority of the board believes we reached an agreement with the CEA that supports high quality educational opportunities while working to control costs,” a statement from…

Survivor, grandson become advocates after cancer fight

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It was spring 2008, a few months after Colchester resident Denise Marcelino received her Valentine’s Day breast cancer diagnosis. Together with her husband and her grandson Matthew of Milton, Marcelino journeyed to the St. Albans Maple Festival in what had become a family tradition. New that year was Marcelino’s hairstyle. She’d chopped her usually long…

Town to stop plowing private roads

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The Colchester Selectboard has unanimously agreed to stop plowing all private roads in town by winter 2018, effectively closing the book on a fervent debate nearly 50 years in the making. The decision, announced late into the evening at the Oct. 10 board meeting, came after two well-attended public hearings and dozens of logged phone…