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Man dies after cardiac event at Raftapalooza

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By COURTNEY LAMDIN Colchester police announced a 56-year-old Milton man died after suffering a cardiac event at a floating party on Malletts Bay on Saturday. The unnamed man was participating in Raftapalooza off Thayer Beach in Colchester, police said. At 3:12 p.m., Malletts Bay Fire tweeted a warning for all Raftapalooza participants to evacuate the…

Tax rate less than predicted

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By Jason Starr The Colchester Selectboard set a tax rate of 54.4 cents for every $100 of assessed property value on June 28, an increase of less than 1 percent over the fiscal year that ended June 30. The increase will cost the owner of a $300,000 home, the average in Colchester, an additional $10…

Responders prepare for disaster drill

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By MICHAELA HALNON An emergency preparedness training that’s been years in the making is coming to Colchester. From July 25 to August 2, nearly 5,000 volunteers, first responders and government officials statewide will take part in a variety of crisis scenarios, hoping to evaluate emergency response capabilities. Next Friday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.…

Officials: Raft party should move on

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By JASON STARR Raftapalooza, a 3,000-person floating party in outer Malletts Bay, is officially unwanted in Colchester. In the leadup to this year’s event this Saturday, police heads and town administrators publicized their intention to exile the gathering, now in its fourth year. But last Tuesday, selectboard member Marc Landry challenged their assumptions. “Is there…

Town prevails in police pay dispute

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By Jason Starr The town of Colchester prevailed last month in a dispute over wages with its police officers. Arbitrator Michael Ryan ruled the town is correctly calculating officers’ annual pay increases as prescribed in the three-year employment contract agreed to by both sides last spring. The officers’ union filed a grievance with town administrators…

Man cited for arson

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By COLIN FLANDERS A Colchester man was arrested in connection with a fire in the Breezy Acres trailer park on July 14. Police say they received a report of a man breaking household items and setting them on fire outside his residence, leading to the arrest of 49-year-old Gary P. Bevins, Jr. Bevins was taken…