Author: Michaela Halnon

Resident raises thousands through Respite House fun run

Alice Christian’s husband spent two years in the Visiting Nurse Association’s McClure Miller Respite House after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor, far longer than the average two-week stay at the hospice care facility. As the months waned, the Colchester resident said she got to see firsthand — for more time than most — just how caring the staff members were as they supported her husband and a host of other people in their transitions to death. “He didn’t have insurance, so we felt really lucky that there was this place that existed that would take him in...

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Clerk to retire after three decades

Town clerk and treasurer Karen Richard will retire at the end of June after more than three decades of employment with the municipality, she announced on Monday. “It has been a long, challenging and satisfying career,” Richard wrote in a letter to the Colchester Selectboard. “Personally, I have grown with the relationships I have built and the opportunities that have been afforded me.” She plans to spend more time with her husband, children and grandchildren and will try out new hobbies like golf and pickleball in her retirement. “We are happy for Karen as she enters the next chapter...

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Town presents updated Bay sewer project

Town officials presented an updated Malletts Bay sewer project draft plan to the selectboard last week, more than six months after Colchester Fire District No. 2 announced it would abandon the endeavor due to financial uncertainty and legal concerns. “This has been a significant topic of discussion for decades and decades here in this community,” public works director Bryan Osborne told the board. “It really has been an integral part of all of the town’s planning.” The goals of the project have remained the same throughout, Osborne said: addressing failing septic systems, reducing bacteria levels and increasing the enjoyment...

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Planning ahead: officials chart course for updated town plan

Town officials are making a plan for a plan — charting a course to adopt a new town plan before the current one expires next April. “At the end of the day, it’s that 20-plus-year plan for the community,” Colchester planning and zoning director Sarah Hadd told members of the selectboard last week. “We’re really taking a look at [the] long-term,” she said. “What direction do we want to head in?” A town-wide public survey sought to determine just that, asking participants to name safety concerns, like traffic or drug related crime, and to weigh in on the rate...

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Police arrest man after St. Michael’s burglary

Colchester police arrested a man earlier this week in connection with burglaries that occurred at St. Michael’s College late last year and this March, according to a press release from the department. John A. Mahatcek, 26, was charged with burglary, unlawful mischief and two counts of petit larceny, police said. He was identified as the male suspect in surveillance videos circulated in two previous press releases, according to CPD. In the release last year, police said a burglary occurred in a campus townhouse at St. Michael’s in Colchester around 2 p.m. on December 18 while students were away on...

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