Author: Michaela Halnon

Town, school eye separate solar projects

Town and school officials are concurrently exploring an investment in solar panels, though the two projects are likely to take much different forms. The Colchester Selectboard originally asked staff to probe a self-financing solar project back in August. A section of land on Roosevelt Highway, near Poor Farm Road, was eyed at that time. But assistant town manager Aaron Frank said wet land recently discovered in the area may be a “vernal pool,” a designation that would significantly impact the project’s design. At the Jan. 9 meeting, board members heard plans for an alternate solar location: the parking lots...

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School board only contested TMD seat

Just one elected office will see competition on this year’s Town Meeting Day ballot, according to filings with the Colchester town clerk’s office. Lisa Maynes will challenge school board chairman Mike Rogers for his three-year seat. Maynes works as the director of family support-health at the Vermont Family Network. “I’m doing it as a parent,” Maynes told the Sun on Monday. “I have a special [education] background, and I just think that’s a voice that’s been missing so I’d like to bring that perspective to the process.” Maynes, a lifelong Colchester resident, has one child in the district and...

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ICE arrests 14 workers in Colchester hotel raid

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested 14 men at the Days Inn on Route 15 in Colchester last week as part of a “targeted enforcement action,” the agency said in a statement. John Mohan, an ICE public affairs officer, said the men were allegedly working on a nearby construction site and were of “varying national origins.” “They are currently in custody and being processed by [Homeland Security Investigations] and [U.S. Border Protection],” Mohan wrote in an emailed statement. He provided no further details, citing the ongoing investigation. “This is an immigration raid at a scale that we haven’t...

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Bartley leaves exec. director job at Vt. GOP

Colchester resident and selectboard clerk Jeff Bartley is no longer serving as executive director of the Vermont Republican Party, according to a press release from the organization last week. Bartley told the Sun he could not comment on the specifics of the move due to the terms of his departure. He began his new role as sales and marketing manager of the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Jct. on Monday. “It was a wonderful ride,” Bartley said in the release. “I am proud of the team I was a part of over the last four year and what we...

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CPD welcomes third female officer to force

The Colchester Police Department welcomed a new officer into its ranks this week — helping to shrink the force’s gender imbalance in the process. “It’s always exciting for me and the community when we swear in a new officer,” town manager Dawn Francis told a small crowd gathered at the PD on Monday. “But I also think that it’s even more momentous this time around.” Meghan Duell, 22, graduated from Norwich University’s criminal justice program last year and hails from Warsaw, N.Y. Duell still faces two weeks of in-house orientation training, 16 weeks at the Vermont Police Academy, four...

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