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Lawyer: Bay homeowners lost $4.5M

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Less than a month after a mass eviction on Malletts Bay, dozens of former homeowners say they lost nearly $4.5 million combined and are seeking a payout from their insurance company using an unusual legal tactic. Late last year, members of the Malletts Bay Homeowners Association filed a lawsuit against themselves in Vermont Superior Court,…

With cemetery rulebook finalized, town looks ahead

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Two years after the responsibility for the upkeep of Colchester’s six cemeteries came under town control, a group of staff and volunteers have crafted a revamped rulebook. The new regulations update cemetery definitions, fees, language and format while reinforcing policies on lights, flowers, plantings and markers, among other categories. The booklet, published in house and…

Students act out mock trial before prom

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A crowd of Colchester High School juniors and seniors jumped to their feet last week as a Colchester police officer announced the entrance of a judge. He took his place at the bench, solemnly flipping through a stack of papers. CHS senior Amber Sicard sat upright at a nearby table, hands fidgeting and head bowed.…

July 4 parade route changed

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The annual 4th of July parade in Colchester will have a new location this year. Colchester Parks and Recreation Department director Glen Cuttitta said change was prompted by the roadwork project on Routes 7/2, 2A and 127. Construction equipment is being stored in the location the parade is usually staged, Cuttitta said. This year’s event…

Gov. Scott talks healthcare, pot in Colchester

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At Vermont PBS’ Colchester studio last week, Gov. Phil Scott sat down live with moderator Stewart Ledbetter of NBC5 to discuss prominent State House issues. Much of the hour-long “Ask the Governor” conversation centered on the Scott’s embattled healthcare reform initiative and S.22, a bill that hit the governor’s desk last Thursday that would legalize…

Volunteers clean up park

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With the arrival of spring comes the discovery of gravel, branches and mud on park trails. Volunteers at Colchester’s Niquette Bay State Park brought their shovels, rakes and work gloves for a clean-up day on Saturday, May 20. Photos by Amanda Schroth.