Author: Michaela Halnon

Regional dispatch, clerk change approved

Colchester voters approved two unique articles on this year’s ballot, sending a representative to a regional emergency service dispatch board and making the town clerk an appointed position. Residents voted 1,445 to 1,191 in favor of the dispatch measure and approved the charter change by a vote of 1,661 to 979, according to an unofficial tally provided by town manager Dawn Francis. Regional dispatch was proposed on ballots in seven cities and towns across the county and cleared in six: Colchester, Milton, Burlington, Winooski, Williston and South Burlington. Voters failed the measure in Shelburne, according to assistant town manager...

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Long waits, lacking subsidies challenge providers & families

Mark Zammuto and his wife, Shayla, moved from Burlington to Colchester last year, just one day after their son was born. It was a hectic week, he said with a laugh, but worth the chaos. “Colchester is awesome. The people, the schools, the recreation. It’s got everything you could want,” Zammuto said. “Well, I’d say almost everything.” The quest to find child care tops the list of novel topics Zammuto, a career coach at Champlain College, never seriously considered before becoming a father. He knew, perhaps better than most, that parents need to start searching early if they want...

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CHS student referred to diversion program after threat

The Colchester High School student accused of threatening to “shoot up the school” last week has been referred to a diversion program, Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George confirmed. Colchester police cited 18-year-old Alex Cardosi with disorderly conduct on Tuesday, Feb. 20. CPD said the teen communicated the threat to a fellow student while on a school bus the prior afternoon. Cardosi was originally scheduled to appear in Vermont Superior Court last Thursday. George did not offer any comments on the decision to refer his case. Chittenden County Court Diversion offers first-time offenders a chance to “earn a clean...

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Barbershop quartet delights with holiday singing grams

Four men in white tuxedos, red cummerbunds and bowties sat casually on a pair of couches in a Colchester living room last Wednesday afternoon. One checked his watch leisurely as another took a phone call in the kitchen. The barbershop quartet High Voltage had already sung for a dozen or so people that Valentine’s Day, but this stop was special. About halfway through their list of appointments, the performers were scheduled to sing a love song to quartet member Charlie Church’s wife. There was just one problem: She wasn’t home. Pat Heise appeared in the doorway soon enough, though,...

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Renovated DIY Network house attracts buyer within days

A Colchester house that piqued the interest of 56 million Americans last year went up for sale earlier this month — and was under contract again within just two days, according to real estate agent Kara Koptiuch. The Red Rock Point Rd. home was transformed as part of renovation show “Ultimate Retreat Giveaway” on the DIY Network last August. Built in 1960, the 2,100-square-foot place boasts a modern kitchen, vibrant master bedroom and a winding deck overlooking Lake Champlain. The local home was the first to feature the “Ultimate Retreat” branding, but a similar contest existed for nine years...

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