Michaela Halnon

Contract mediation fails, parties move to fact finding

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Members of the Colchester School Board say they’re moving to fact finding after a four-hour session with the Colchester Education Association and a neutral mediator failed to produce a contract agreement. “During mediation, it became clear that the parties have different perspectives on what a reasonable salary increase would be,” board vice-chairman Lincoln White wrote…

Town shies away from airport fight

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Colchester Selectboard members expressed little interest in wading into the battle for control of the Burlington International Airport last Monday, weeks after reps from neighboring towns dueled it out at the Blakely Rd. building. “At this stage, I don’t think that Burlington is willing to let anybody else into the sandbox, and I think it’s…

St. Michael’s welcomes alumnus into priesthood

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The Rev. Michael Carter, 27, purposefully donned a traditional shirt and tie to welcome his students to class at St. Michael’s College on the first day of this semester, knowing the sight of his white clerical collar can instantly ignite snap judgments — for better or for worse. “I’m not asking you to believe in…

Snowplowing saga erupts at town forum

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Two hundred residents packed into a Colchester selectboard meeting last Tuesday night to stake out a position on the town’s policy of plowing only a percentage of private roads, a highly charged debate that’s been kicked around the community for nearly 50 years. Since 1970, the town has provided snow and ice removal to just…

Respite House celebrates first birthday

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A year after its grand opening, the Visiting Nurse Association’s Respite House in Colchester has played host to a wedding, baby shower, memorial service and family reunion, all while providing hospice care to 50 percent more people than last year. Volunteers, medical professionals and administrators alike celebrated the new house’s birthday on Monday with a…