Michaela Halnon

Board endorses Bayside roundabout, 10-foot paved path

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The Colchester Selectboard approved a sweeping lineup of upgrades to Malletts Bay during its meeting last Tuesday, including a roundabout at the Bayside Park intersection and a 10-foot wide shared use path on West Lakeshore Drive. Along with a significant stormwater management improvement plan, the combined grand total of the approved trio of projects clocked…

Consultant presents new park plans

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Design consultant Axel Bishop was back at the Colchester town offices last Tuesday to present updated visualizations and source public opinions on the Bayside Park Master Plan, a proposal that encompasses three town-owned sections of land in Malletts Bay. Among the new offerings, mapped out since Bishop’s last appearance in May, was a detailed plan…

Grant lets students take free PSAT test

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Over 300 juniors and seniors picked up sharp No. 2 pencils last Wednesday morning and took the Preliminary SAT assessment at Colchester High School for free, thanks to a grant from the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation. This is the second time the district has secured the Gear-Up Grant, which totaled just under $5,000 and allowed…

Former dispatcher pleads not guilty to felony

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A former Colchester Police Department dispatcher pleaded not guilty in Vermont Superior Court on Tuesday to allegations he provided information about an ongoing federal investigation to a prostitute. Earl Benway, a 41-year-old Milton resident, is charged with obstruction of justice, a felony, and committing prohibited acts, a misdemeanor. If convicted, he faces a maximum of…

Teachers, board reach tentative deal

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Less than a month after negotiations with a neutral mediator failed, district officials announced the Colchester Education Association and school board had reached a tentative agreement on a two-year contract for fiscal years 2018 and 2019. District communications director Meghan Baule said the terms of the agreement would be disclosed after both the CEA and…

Fire district bows out of sewer project

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The future of the long-discussed Malletts Bay sewer project is now uncertain after leaders from Colchester Fire District No. 2 announced last month they were abandoning the endeavor. At the Sept. 12 selectboard meeting, CFD No. 2 Prudential Committee president Mike Whalen told town officials that climbing costs, uncertainty from other towns and complicated legal…