Michaela Halnon

Exit 16 design unveiled at CCDC meeting

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Legislators, town board members, business owners and more gathered in the Blakely Rd. offices last Tuesday morning for the Colchester Community Development Corporation’s annual fall meeting. Among presentations on the Malletts Bay scoping study and Bayside Park master plan, attendees were among the first to see a series of detailed visualizations depicting the conceptual design…

Police find missing woman

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UPDATE: Police say they located Vanessa Whitaker yesterday afternoon in St. Albans. A malfunction in the press release system was to blame for the delayed update, Lt. Doug Allen said. EARLIER: Colchester police are looking for a missing woman who left her residence on Hawthorne Lane last evening. Vanessa Whitaker, 30, was last seen at…

On the roads, again

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A sizable crowd gathered in the high school auditorium on Monday evening to plead its case once more, before members of the Colchester Selectboard pick a path forward on a plowing policy that has polarized the town’s residents for half a century. Since 1970, Colchester has provided snow and ice removal to just 14 of…

Minor, Morrison join Gov. Scott’s marijuana advisory commission

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Two influential Colchester leaders had a seat at the table during the long-awaited first meeting of Gov. Phil Scott’s Marijuana Advisory Commission last Thursday, each prepared to lend their industry-specific expertise. Colchester Police Chief Jen Morrison and superintendent Amy Minor were tapped to serve on two of the three subcommittees within the commission, which Scott…

Cyclists offer insight on proposed bayside upgrades

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Dozens of cyclists packed into the town offices last week to extensively evaluate the suite of proposed bike and pedestrian upgrade options in Malletts Bay, offering their own perspectives on riding through town. The well-attended Sept. 26 presentation also ran through options to reduce traffic congestion at the four-way intersection at Bayside Park and manage…

CPD dispatcher fired, arrested

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A Colchester Police dispatcher was fired after allegedly soliciting the services of a prostitute and disclosing confidential police information, according to a statement from Chief Jen Morrison. Vermont State Police cited Earl Benway, 41, of Milton for prohibited acts and obstruction of justice after investigators found he paid a female to perform a sexual act.…