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Important Town Meeting Information

Town Meeting is on March 2nd at 7:30 p.m. and early voting is now occurring at the Town Clerk’s office with March 3rd as the final day for voting at CHS from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information on the budget, the articles to be voted upon, which include the local option tax and capital plan reauthorizations, please stop by the Town Clerk’s office or Burnham Library for a town report and information, visit http://www.colchestervt.gov or LCATV has videos for your viewing.

What do you get for your municipal property taxes? For just under $5.00 per day, the average Colchester household receives:

  • Round the clock police and dispatching services (Responded to 12,950 incidents last year)
  • Rescue services staffed by 4 full-time employees and over 40 volunteers
  • Volunteer Fire services
  • Public Works maintaining 109 miles of roads, bridges, buildings, vehicles, equipment and 2,500 storm water structures
  • Parks and Recreation services (all programs and some staff paid by user fees, not property taxes)
  • Burnham Library offering free educational programs and assistance for all ages
  • Planning and Zoning, Town Clerk and Assessor Services
  • Services such as county court system, Winooski Valley Park District, VNA, Regional Planning and Economic Development Assistance

Want to find out more about these services? You can view department-specific video presentations about the services provided by the Town of Colchester at: http://colchestervt.gov/dept_showcases.shtml

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School District Budget Letter and Important Voting Information

On Tuesday March 3rd Colchester citizens will go to the polls exercising their civic duty to vote on Town and School budgets as well as other articles that determine how their government will be run. Timing is never good and this year especially, as many families will be out of town searching for warmer weather and who could blame them? To be away yet exercise your civic duty, the Town provides absentee ballots to make the process easy. Click on the  Town Clerk’s Office for voting information and locations.

In the Community Conversation meetings the School Board has listened to voters, shared information about the budget process and explained how education funding works in our state. The Board believes that the budget that they have crafted will meet the needs of students next year and is worthy of voter support at the polls. Click on the  School Board’s Open Letter  for their message. The Board understands the education funding model may change this year but no matter the outcome of those debates in Montpelier, their budget is designed to support student outcomes and success. For all the budget detail please click on CSD FY 2016 Budget Info.

School  And  Town Report Night

The District for the 8th year will be hosting the free community dinner prior to the report night. School and Town officials will be available for informal discussions and our legislators have been invited to attend as well. Get your questions answered while enjoying homemade lasagna (vegetarian and meat), salad and garlic bread.

When? March 2, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where? Colchester High School’s Cafeteria (Laker Lane)
Cost? Free! Just bring your special dessert to share.

If you are a registered voter, you may also attend the annual Town and School reports meeting following the dinner at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Colchester High School. There will be a short video presentation on Vermont Education Funding beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the CHS auditorium.

Important!

On Tuesday, March 3, both voting districts (9-1 and 9-2) will vote at Colchester High School. This change was made due to a lack of parking and accessibility for seniors and persons with disabilities at the Meeting House.

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February CSD Music Events & Accolades

First the Coming Events:

The Colchester High School Music Program is holding its annual Spaghetti Soiree—a night of dinner and music provided by CHS choral and instrumental groups—on Friday, February 13 in the CHS cafeteria. There will be seatings for the spaghetti dinner at 5 pm and at 7 pm. Tickets for either seating are available for $12 each (for those 13 and over) and $8 each for children age 3 to 12.

To pre-order tickets for the Spaghetti Soiree, please call Evan Peltier or Melissa Towle at 802/264-5742 or contact them via email at peltiere@csdvt.org or towlem@csdvt.org. Please specify which seating time you prefer. Due to the popularity of this event, pre-ordering of tickets is recommended. (Tickets can also be purchased at the door if there are remaining seats.)

Malletts Bay School will hold its first concerts of the school year in February. The MBS fifth grade band and chorus will perform on Wednesday, February 18 at 6:30 pm in the Colchester High School Theatre. MBS third and fourth graders will perform on Thursday, February 19 in the MBS Gym at 6 pm and 7 pm, respectively. The MBS band is under the direction of the district’s new music teacher Tyler Mast. (CHS Choral Director Melissa Towle directs the MBS chorus.)

And then the Accolades……….

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Six Colchester High School band students performed in the Castleton College High School Honors Music Festival held on January 23 in the Casella Theater (Castleton). Participating CHS band students were: Katie Pierson (flute); Emily Carter (flute); Beth Moore (first chair, flute); Meghan Collins (first chair, saxophone); Chloe Bullock (clarinet); and, Haley Kieny (clarinet). Nearly 100 students from Vermont and New York high schools were selected to perform in the concert band.

District III 2015 CMSSeveral 7th and 8th grade Colchester Middle School students were selected to perform in the District III Music Festival concert held on January 31 at ADL Middle School. Back row, left to right: Graham Bertoni, Sam Burgess, Keegan Davis, Myla Jacobs, Kaitlyn Small, Hayley Church. Middle row: Mikey Collins, Paige Paradise, Nora Peterson, Nora Allen, Betty Faul-Welfare, Jenna Walker, Julia Dragon. Front row: Jessie Thompson, Abby Palaza, Petra Bajuk, Kayley Tullgren. District III Jazz 2015

 

Colchester Middle School musicians in the 7th and 8th grade were selected to perform in the first annual District III Jazz Festival concert held on November 14 at Browns River middle School. Left to right: Betty Faul-Welfare, Sam Burgess, Graham Bertoni, Mikey Collins, Nora Peterson, (front) Petra Bajuk.

Congratulations To All!

 

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32nd Annual Colchester Winter Carnival! Update

Spotlight Viewers: Due to a technical error this Spotlight post yesterday contained an incorrect link to the Winter Carnival web page. Our apologies for this resend but this is a great town event and should not be missed! The link below is correct.

This weekend, February 6, 7, & 8 will be the 32nd Annual Colchester Winter Carnival! The whole event kicks off on Friday night with the annual Colchester’s Got Talent Community Talent Show, showcasing over 30 unique acts from some of Colchester’s most talented residents! The Talent Show starts at 6:00pm in the Colchester High School Theatre. Saturday will be a day full of fun at Colchester High School. Highlights include: an arcade game room, mechanical snowboard, caricatures, face painting, maple cotton candy, pony rides, a photo booth, a giant snow maze, and much more! The Blue Star Mothers of Vermont will also host a chili cook-off on Saturday, with all proceeds going to their charity. On Sunday, Leddy Park will have an open skate and St. Michael’s College will have an open swim at their pool, both for free with a Winter Carnival admission bracelet.

For a full schedule of events and performances for the weekend, please visit the Winter Carnival page on Colchester Parks & Recreation’s website, here: http://colchestervt.gov/Recreation/WinterCarnival.html

Admission bracelets can be purchased NOW at the following businesses: Biben’s ACE Hardware, Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester Parks & Recreation, and Mazza’s General Store. You can also purchase bracelets at the Winter Carnival Information Booth at the High School Entrance this weekend (see schedule for hours). Bracelets are $6.00 each (children 2 and under FREE).

You won’t want to miss it! We hope to see you there!

 

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32nd Annual Colchester Winter Carnival!

This weekend, February 6, 7, & 8 will be the 32nd Annual Colchester Winter Carnival! The whole event kicks off on Friday night with the annual Colchester’s Got Talent Community Talent Show, showcasing over 30 unique acts from some of Colchester’s most talented residents! The Talent Show starts at 6:00pm in the Colchester High School Theatre. Saturday will be a day full of fun at Colchester High School. Highlights include: an arcade game room, mechanical snowboard, caricatures, face painting, maple cotton candy, pony rides, a photo booth, a giant snow maze, and much more! The Blue Star Mothers of Vermont will also host a chili cook-off on Saturday, with all proceeds going to their charity. On Sunday, Leddy Park will have an open skate and St. Michael’s College will have an open swim at their pool, both for free with a Winter Carnival admission bracelet.

For a full schedule of events and performances for the weekend, please visit the Winter Carnival page on Colchester Parks & Recreation’s website, here: http://colchestervt.gov/Recreation/WinterCarnival.html

Admission bracelets can be purchased NOW at the following businesses: Biben’s ACE Hardware, Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester Parks & Recreation, and Mazza’s General Store. You can also purchase bracelets at the Winter Carnival Information Booth at the High School Entrance this weekend (see schedule for hours). Bracelets are $6.00 each (children 2 and under FREE).

You won’t want to miss it! We hope to see you there!