Author: Michaela Halnon

Parks & rec preps for 35th Winter Carnival

Residents interested in grabbing some sugar on snow on their way to a pony ride after learning to drive an off-roading fat bike while sporting henna tattoos and face paint are in luck: The 35th annual Colchester Winter Carnival is coming to town. This year’s carnival will likely draw well over 1,000 visitors — and look far different than it did in its inaugural year, Colchester Parks and Recreation Department marketing specialist Mike LaPan said. “When it started, it was really a committee of folks in the community that wanted to put together a winter event and get folks...

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Every incumbent will run for re-election

All Colchester incumbents up for re-election this Town Meeting Day say they will again run for their seats. Selectboard chairwoman Nadine Scibek and selectboard clerk Jeff Bartley are both campaigning for their three- and two-year terms, respectively. Bartley said the two were working together to collect the signatures needed to mount a bid come March. The board recently learned town manager Dawn Francis would retire at the end of April, making this her last Town Meeting Day at the helm. At their last meeting, board members agreed they’d need to discuss the new manager recruitment process shortly. School board...

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Brennan pledges support for seat belt legislation

Colchester Rep. Pat Brennan has chaired the Vermont House of Representatives Transportation Committee for nearly a decade. He’s communicated with law enforcement regularly through those years, often receiving briefings after some of the state’s most gruesome vehicle crashes. Until recently, Brennan was a staunch opponent of a primary seatbelt enforcement law — one that would allow police to pull a driver over solely for not wearing a seat belt. As it stands today, officers can only ticket unbelted drivers after stopping them for a different offense. Brennan rethought his stance after the state endured a slew of fatal crashes...

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Mary Grunvald soothes clients with sound therapy

Mary Grunvald thinks her boutique studio has just about the best view in Colchester’s Rehab Gym. A tranquil wooded area offers a visual escape from stress through one set of windows. Perpendicularly, a busy parking lot sets the stage for some prime people watching. Her studio, called Empower Pilates and Physical Therapy, offers a similar contrast. A lineup of yoga mats and exercise balls face a small bed with floral sheets and a table holding an array of silver tuning forks. The former materials represent Grunvald’s work as a Pilates instructor and personal trainer. The latter reflect a relatively...

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Speed limit on Route 7 stretch will drop to 40 mph

Drivers will need to pump the brakes along a stretch of Route 7 in Colchester soon, as state officials prepare to drop the speed limit from 50 to 40 mph. The targeted area covers Route 7 from the Exit 16 corridor all the way to the entrance of the village. Town officials say they asked the Vermont Agency of Transportation to make the change with safety — and commerce — on their minds. “For us, it’s a positive outcome all across the board,” director of public works Bryan Osborne said. “It is likely going to take some adjustment by...

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