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Last week, Vermonters from all corners of the state returned to the State House for the 2020 legislative session. The Speaker kicked off the first day with her vision to create an economy that works for everyone, not just a select few. Vermont faces its share of challenges and opportunities.…

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In March 2004 the voters approved the $1.1 million dollar purchase of a 14 acre parcel of land for public use, through a 20 year loan. The land has road frontage on Blakely Road and East Lakeshore Drive and 470 feet of lakeshore frontage, all in close proximity to the existing Bayside Park a…

Lara Prescott’s debut novel is a page turning dual narrative. During the height of the cold war Sally and Irina start working for the CIA’s secretarial typing pool. Their Intelligence and the ability to keep secrets evolve into other responsibilities and they are ultimately trained as spies.…

Anna Clark, a Detroit journalist whose work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times and The Washington Post, uncovers the complex and unnatural disaster that caused the public health crisis in Flint, Michigan beginning in the spring of 2014. This is when the city’s water sour…

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Did you know the best pollution filters in the Lake Champlain Basin are located in what is left of its natural Sandplain community? You cannot replicate what these natural habitats do for the overall water quality of the lake. They’re irreplaceable. Formed 10,000 years ago all around the lak…

Deb Hamlin, Speech & Language Pathologist at Malletts Bay School (MBS)When did you realize you wanted to teach?

Holiday baskets were delivered on December 21st to 102 families or 434 individuals in Colchester. These baskets each contained 35-40 items including holiday meals, other meals, eggs, milk, fruits and vegetables, gloves, hats, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and lots of toys, gift cards and books.

The Vermont legislature returns in January with a long list of daunting challenges, all with potentially astronomical price tags for Vermonters, who are already some of the most highly taxed people in the United States.

Colchester voters have shot this down once at the polls and yet it may surface again on the next ballot. Here are some points to consider and point out to our select board members.

After Cinderella marries the prince and lives happily ever after, her younger stepsister, Isabelle, has her own dark tale. Now short a heel, Isabelle’s life is even more tragic than it was when Cinderella lived with her. People cross the street to avoid her, market sellers raise their prices…

‘When the mist rises, and the smiling man comes walking, you must avoid large places at night. Keep to small.’

Funding from OneCare Vermont – the organization leading the state’s “all payer” experiment in health-care reform — is keeping an innovative and proven system of support for vulnerable Vermonters called SASH (Support and Services at Home) operating in all corners of Vermont.

Upcoming Winter Programs with Colchester Parks & RecreationNew year, new programs! The Colchester Parks & Recreation 2020 Winter/Spring Activity Guide was released on Dec. 20 and registration is open to all Colchester residents for the next season of programs. Registration is availab…

We stare at our children and envy their lightness of being, like snowflakes swept along the hard edge of winter’s first breath. They are spared the cares that shadow their parent’s lives. Their Christmas orbits are drawn with the truest of lines; you are their center, and they yours.

While sailing on the Mediterranean Sea, a vacationer decides to check on his home in Arizona via his online security-camera and as he scans each room he begins to feel that something is amiss. When he looks at the bedroom he sees a body. He notifies the police and then the FBI is brought int…

An Oedipal myth, a search for identity, a love story, a murder mystery, talking cats, an enchanted forest, music, philosophy…it’s all here.

You may have heard that timing is everything. And in many walks of life, that may be true – but not necessarily when it comes to investing.

Kara Pawlusiak, Guidance Counselor at Colchester Middle School

Like a master weaver, Barbara Kingsolver writes about two families, one in the 19th century and one in the 21st century, both living in the same corner house in Vineland, New Jersey. The current family, Willa Knox and her husband, wonder how they have worked so hard for so little-losing jobs…

Self-discovery on a road trip across America is a classic theme in American literature. This first novel about what happens when strangers take a tour of the USA from New York to Los Angeles was a delight to read. The unlikely quartet thrown together by chance reminded me of characters from …

Our creative patrons enjoyed a quiet afternoon needle-felting holiday ornaments to keep or give as gifts. Some were trying out the craft for the first time and were proud to have a unique ornament or two to display at the end of the class. Fluffy colorful fleece was transformed into stars, g…

The Colchester Parks & Recreation Department would like to thank a few of our local businesses and community organizations for their help with Dinner with Santa on Friday, December 13. We are fortunate to have your help each year with this holiday tradition. Thank you to Shadow Cross Far…

The Board of Trustees of the Burnham Memorial Library anticipates a vacancy for a five-year term beginning March 2020. If you value the benefits of your local library and are interested in volunteering in our community, we invite you to attend our next meeting on Thursday, December 19 at 4:3…

I would like to offer a few clarifications to the article “Planning Commission Recommends Sewer” published in the November 28, 2019 edition of the Colchester Sun. The Commission published a draft report on November 15th and requested public input and comment by their meeting on December 17th…

Over thirty years ago two doctors wrote a paper arguing that opioids were a safe treatment for pain. A movement in the medical field soon began laying fertile ground for what became known as the 5th Vital Sign. Pain, even after a major surgery or an injury, was expected to be treated to the …

Will, his stepbrother Drew, and the gorgeous Monica are all anxiously awaiting the end of school and the start of The Plan when they all go to college together: Drew on his basketball scholarship, Monica on something, and Will for science. Hilariously, Will spends his time hanging out with t…

Have you thought about your New Year’s resolutions for 2020? When many of us make these promises, we focus on ways we can improve some form of our health. We vow to get more physically healthy by going to the gym, or we promise to improve our mental health by learning a new language or instr…

The topic of health care consolidation – or, the coming together of hospitals, doctors and other types of providers – has been in the news quite a bit recently. In fact, early last month, the Health Reform Oversight Committee of the Vermont Legislature heard from a Stanford University econom…

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Let it Glow! Our glow-in-the-dark story time at our Halloween party in October was a huge hit so we decided to offer it again as its own program. On Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m., an enthusiastic group of children aged 2-8 years old and their adults painted, hopped, danced and listened.

Young lawyer Daniel Pitt is visiting his sister Jemima and her husband Patrick who have arrived on a visit back in London from their new home in Washington D.C. Patrick a policeman, who was promoted and now works in the D.C. area where he has been assigned to look into an incident involving …

A rebellious concubine, a shape-shifting djinn and a magical mapmaker are the central characters in this historical fantasy. It is set in 1491, in the time of the Spanish Inquisition. After seven centuries of Muslim rule, the empire of Al Andalus is about to be taken over by Christian conque…

The three main ingredients that contribute to the pollution of our Lake Champlain waters are phosphorus, bacterial colonization, and nitrogen.

Last week’s article “Return of the Sewer” seems to be the sequel to a bad horror movie. It could be entertaining if it were not a flawed political exercise. Once again, the Town has avoided scientific analysis in concocting its story that a sewer for 289 properties is a fair and equitable us…

What better place than your public library to read periodicals/magazines? The Paris Review is a publication that contains fiction, poetry, interviews, and art all in one place. This summer edition contains the short story Nothing to Declare by Richard Ford. For those familiar with The Sports…

End the year strong! Women’s Saturday Morning Roga Group: Join me (Robin Miller) on Saturday mornings in December at 9 am at the Colchester Meeting House for a 30 minute run followed by a 20 minute yoga runner’s stretch series. Disclaimer: I just turned 50 and run about a 10 minute mile; tha…

The library website is getting a makeover! As we gear up for the change, things have been a bit confusing, and we apologize. But there are exciting new features to look forward to in just a few short weeks!

I’d like to recognize Colchester Rescue and Colchester Technical Rescue for their service to the Town, State, and beyond in the past year. Recently they held their annual awards ceremony where several members were recognized for their accomplishments. A few of those are mentioned here, but m…

As we approach the holiday season for 2019, the members of the Board of Directors of the Colchester Community Food Shelf would like to thank you for your continued support of the work of the Food Shelf. You support us with donations of groceries, including a bounty of fresh vegetables from y…