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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…

Hazelett demolishes motel

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After demolishing the vacant motel across from its Lakeshore Dr. property, Hazelett Corporations is weighing its potential redevelopment options, company officials say, with the hope of finalizing a plan for the former Beach and Boat Motel property by next building season. Last Friday, a lone backhoe crunched through the motel’s roof, methodically clearing the lot…

Green Mountain Acupuncture sticks it to patients

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Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment of our “Try Town” series, in which Colchester Sun, Essex Reporter and Milton Independent reporters try activities available in our communities. A warm sensation descended over me as Kiki Colgan gently tapped a needle in my upper ear. That feeling, according to my research, was my “qi” – the…

Police: Gang activity investigated in assault case

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A Colchester resident was arrested September 8 for attacking a juvenile member of his so-called gang, court documents show. Scott Whalon, 30, pleaded not guilty to one felony count of aggravated assault and one misdemeanor count of simple assault attempted by menace on Tuesday, Sept. 12 in Chittenden Superior Court – Criminal Division. According to…

District holds steady in difficult SBAC year

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In a testing year that tripped up students across the state, Colchester pupils notched a generally impressive performance on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, ranking above the state average in five of the seven age groups measured. Students in grades three through eight and 11 took the SBAC, a standardized test that replaced the New…

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…