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Former dispatcher pleads not guilty to felony

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A former Colchester Police Department dispatcher pleaded not guilty in Vermont Superior Court on Tuesday to allegations he provided information about an ongoing federal investigation to a prostitute. Earl Benway, a 41-year-old Milton resident, is charged with obstruction of justice, a felony, and committing prohibited acts, a misdemeanor. If convicted, he faces a maximum of…

Teachers, board reach tentative deal

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Less than a month after negotiations with a neutral mediator failed, district officials announced the Colchester Education Association and school board had reached a tentative agreement on a two-year contract for fiscal years 2018 and 2019. District communications director Meghan Baule said the terms of the agreement would be disclosed after both the CEA and…

Late Colchester teacher remembered

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Malletts Bay is many wishes richer. Each wish took slightly different trips to the lake’s bottom — some slid in from the dock at Bayside Park, while others plunked into the calm waters or skid across their surface — yet all carried with them the memory of Kathy Bonfigli, a Malletts Bay School teacher who…

Fire district bows out of sewer project

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The future of the long-discussed Malletts Bay sewer project is now uncertain after leaders from Colchester Fire District No. 2 announced last month they were abandoning the endeavor. At the Sept. 12 selectboard meeting, CFD No. 2 Prudential Committee president Mike Whalen told town officials that climbing costs, uncertainty from other towns and complicated legal…

Exit 16 design unveiled at CCDC meeting

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Legislators, town board members, business owners and more gathered in the Blakely Rd. offices last Tuesday morning for the Colchester Community Development Corporation’s annual fall meeting. Among presentations on the Malletts Bay scoping study and Bayside Park master plan, attendees were among the first to see a series of detailed visualizations depicting the conceptual design…

St. Mike’s mental health adviser wins national award

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Instead of a top-down approach, Catherine Welch leads mental health awareness by walking alongside students in their struggles. Welch, assistant dean of students and Title IX coordinator at St. Michael’s College, is adviser of the school’s Active Minds program, which promotes conversations around mental health to rid the related stigma. Three weeks ago, she was…