For several years there have been traffic backups on Blakely Road at the Laker Lane intersection, particularly during the morning rush hour. This has resulted in inefficient access to the high school, delays for morning commuters and problems for emergency responders who must use this roadway. The town has developed a plan to improve this intersection and reduce some of the back-ups that occur at the entrance of the high school. The improvements can be made next summer and will create new turn lanes in both directions for traffic on Blakely Road to turn into the high school. Before the project can begin however, the school district must first give the town an 8-foot strip of land that is needed for the improvements. To do this the school district must have permission from voters.
Voters will see this question on the November ballot. The entire project is federally funded. No money will be exchanged between the town and the school district and the school district has given its full support for the project.
Please consider this information as you participate in the upcoming Vermont General Election on November 6. Both districts will vote at the Colchester High School gymnasium from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Early or absentee voting is now available in the town clerk’s office during regular business hours, Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you can’t vote in person request an absentee ballot at the Vermont Secretary of States webpage here or call the town clerk’s office at 264-5520.
Find sample ballots for both districts on the Colchester town clerk’s election webpage at http://colchestervt.gov/683/Upcoming-Election. Ballots are two-sided. Be sure to scroll down to view both sides!
Burnham Memorial Library
School is back in session, yet we’ve been busier than ever! In September, we hosted 52 programs for adults, teens and children. Here is a selection of fantastic programs we have lined up for October:
Adult YA Book Club: Monday, Oct. 15, 6:30 p.m. New for adult readers of YA! This month, we’re reading “Akata Witch” by Nnedi Okorafor. Copies are available for checkout upstairs.
Practice Tests – SAT: Saturday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. Sign up online to take a free, full-length practice test. Sign up at least one week before to reserve your spot. Participants will receive a full score report from Princeton Review. Call the library for more details.
Library Mystery Theatre: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 6 p.m. Beloved thespian Austin Jane met a brutal end in the Burnham Room! Come help our intrepid detectives solve this mystery. Snacks provided.
Halloween Party: Saturday, Oct. 27, 2-4 p.m. It’s Halloween party time with stories, crafts, snacks, dancing and goodies to take home. Kick off with a mini costume parade around the grounds with your costumed librarians. All ages welcome.
We provide tech help to our patrons! Need help setting up an email account or recovering a password? Would you like to learn more about your smart device? Call the library and we will set up an appointment; we will gladly answer your questions.
Parks and Recreation
We need volunteer coaches for Colchester Youth Basketball League. Find out more at http://colchestervt.gov/recreation/CYBL.
Be sure to check out these exciting upcoming Parks and Recreation programs in October & November! For more info, please visit http://colchestervt.gov/recreation or find the listing in the Fall Program Guide. You must register to attend.
Routes 7/2, 2A & 127 Intersection Improvement Project – October 1 – 5: Driveway paving will be completed. The Creek Farm Road traffic signal will be on flashing but possibly fully operational by the end of the week. Delays not anticipated but this is still an active construction area- please drive with caution. Questions? Contact Jill Barrett at 272-1248.