Author: Tom Marble

Sit back, relax and enjoy ‘The View’

When they depart from their soon-to-be alma mater in the spring, the senior class at St. Michael’s College in Colchester will be the first to leave behind a tangible senior gift in six years. After a couple brainstorming sessions over the past weeks, the senior gift committee decided to raise money for a granite stone bench to be situated at The View – a popular overlook showcasing Mount Mansfield across from the college campus. “It’s a peaceful spot where people can just go and relax,” said Ally Huttick, co-chair of the senior gift committee. The bench will also include...

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District presents $39.1M budget

The Colchester School Board approved a $39.1 million fiscal year 2018 budget late last month, signifying a 3.2 percent general fund increase from FY17. The proposed budget comes up just lower than the 3.5 percent five-year average budget increase in Colchester, and levies an estimated 4.03 percent tax increase – approximately 5.6 cents. The average homestead tax increase over the past five years in Colchester is 3.1 percent, district numbers show. With the proposed budget, the owner of a $250,000 home in Colchester can expect to pay $143 more annually than in the current fiscal year, according to CSD...

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Winter fest to showcase local talent

Even before they took the stage last Thursday afternoon, Meghan Brosky and Addie Davidson were in sync. When the pair of fourth-graders arrived at the Colchester High School auditorium with their mothers a few minutes early for their audition, they couldn’t contain their energy or enthusiasm. Meghan, 10, and Addie, 9, quickly turned a narrow hallway into a makeshift stage where they got some last minute practice in for their singing and dancing routine, set to the song “Scars to Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara. “We both know it by heart, and we really like it,” the duo said...

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Student named ambassador of national nonprofit

Five years ago at the University of Alabama, Tandin Dorji gave his first inspirational speech. He was just 19. Dorji, who was diagnosed with juvenile spinal muscular atrophy type 3 five years prior, was approached by a college coordinator who asked him to speak to a group of people with muscular diseases. He agreed, and as he made his way to the exit, Dorji noticed a poster advertising the Muscle Walk for the Muscular Dystrophy Association that would jump-start his involvement with the nonprofit health agency. Today, the 24-year-old Colchester resident, who is a semester away from earning his...

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Community mourns Zak, Mazza’s beloved steer

This spring will be different for Gary Bombard. For years, melting snow and warming temperatures have beckoned the co-owner of Sam Mazza’s Farm Market out to the barn where his goats and sheep give birth each year. But for the first time in over a decade, he’ll be without the watchful eye of Zak, his beloved 15-year-old Scottish Highlander steer who died earlier this month due to complications from arthritis. “Zak would stand at that gate and watch, and he wouldn’t leave until those babies were up and walking around,” Bombard said. “Then he would go about his business.”...

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