Posted in Community, Town of Colchester

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!

 

Posted in Accountability, Community, General, Other Important Information, Town of Colchester

Get Your Town Weekly Report Here

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  • Do you intend to do any development or clearing within 250 feet of the lake? You’ll want to read this update!
  • Your police department has been really busy, responding to more than 900 calls in the last month. Want to know more?
  • Need a small-sized safety helmet? Want to know where to get one?

Want to know more about what’s been going on in your town government? Please click here to read all about it—access the Town of Colchester’s update for the week ending June 20, 2014.


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Posted in Accountability, Community, General, Other Important Information, Town of Colchester

Have Some News With Your Morning Coffee

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  • There are some changes coming up regarding recycling and solid waste. Want to know more?
  • Want to know more about the farmers’ market, the upcoming book sale, library summer programming, and more?
  • Curious about what your Parks and Recreation Department is up to?

Please click here to read all about it—access the Town of Colchester’s update for the week ending June 13, 2014.


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Posted in Community, General, Other Important Information, Town of Colchester

CCTA Service in Colchester to Kick Off on June 16 (Contains Video Clip)

As we’ve discussed in the past, Colchester will very soon be served by CCTA service. It is part of a three-year pilot service arranged by the Town of Colchester.


To watch a recent Fox 44 news story about it, please click here.


For a poster that includes schedule information, please click here.


For more information, please contact CCTA, or call Director of Economic Development Kathi Walker O’Reilly at (802) 264-5508.

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Posted in Community, General, Other Important Information, Programs, Town of Colchester, Vision Summit/Vision and Strategic Plan

Reading Buddies!

Do you know a young person in grades 1–3 who would like some reading practice during the summer?

Or do you perhaps know a student in grade 6 or higher who has a spare half hour per week this summer to help a younger student keep his or her reading skills sharp?

The Reading Buddies program at the Burnham Memorial Library starts on June 20!

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The program is designed to provide “buddies” to young readers who have completed kindergarten through third grade and offer them the opportunity to practice their reading during the summer. Students who read over the summer months are typically better prepared for school in the fall, and reading aloud helps children improve their language skills, gain confidence, and practice good communication.

The mentoring older students who are entering grade 6 and up experience helping a younger child, hone valuable work skills, and are able to give back to the community as volunteers (a beneficial addition to future job and college prospects). Buddies and mentors get to know each other, form friendships, and have a rewarding, educational, and fun time together.

If a fourth grader or fifth grader would like to participate but would rather read with a friend his or her own age, he or she could consider being a part of a pair or trio of mid-level readers called RB Friends. They can sign up together or be matched; they meet weekly and attend the celebration just like other participants.

Participants can register at the library’s website (http://colchestervt.gov/Library/) by Tuesday, June 17. Reading buddies participants/parents contact each other and set a time and place to meet; we recommend meeting at the library. Buddies should read to mentors, but mentors can also take a turn reading to buddies.


Would you like to see a flyer about the program? Please click here!


Dates to remember:

  • Tuesday, June 17—All buddies and mentors must register at the library website (http://colchestervt.gov/Library/) by June 17.
  • Thursday, June 19—Mandatory training for all mentors at at 7:00 p.m. at Burnham Memorial Library.
  • Friday, June 20—The Reading Buddies program officially starts. Buddies and mentors can pick up their match information.
  • Thursday, August 21—End-of-program pizza party with certificates and prizes!

If you have any questions, please contact Gizelle Guyette at gguyette@colchestervt.gov, or call 264-5666.

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Posted in Accountability, Community, General, Other Important Information, Town of Colchester

Let’s Get Down to Brass Tacks—Learn More About What’s Going On in Your Town Government

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  • A lot is going on in the Economic Development Office! Want to know more?
  • The Colchester Development Review Board has approved a number of new projects. Curious about what they are?
  • The Town’s main sewer line on Route 15 collapsed! Want to know more about it and how much it will cost to fix?
  • Do you have any idea how many hundreds of tons of asphalt have been applied—by hand—by Town employees to repair the roads after our brutal winter?

Please click here to find out more—access the Town of Colchester’s update for the week ending June 6, 2014.


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Posted in Accountability, Community, General, Other Important Information, Town of Colchester

East Lakeshore Drive Work to Require Traffic Detour June 10 and June 11

The Town of Colchester will begin a significant stormwater infrastructure project that will result in a partial road closure of East Lakeshore Drive June 10 and June 11.

Specifically, the Smith Hollow section of East Lakeshore Drive will be closed to traffic to allow for large construction equipment to safely and effectively maneuver in the area. Williams Road will serve as the primary detour route.


Please note that, as a result of this project and its required detour, traffic delays are expected.


For more information about the project and to view plans, please visit the Public Works Department’s website here. You may also call (802) 264-5620.

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Posted in Community, General, Malletts Bay School, Town of Colchester, Vision Summit/Vision and Strategic Plan, Wellness

A Trip Back in Time and a Look at the Future

Malletts Bay School fifth graders in Stephanie Miller’s class (check out her blog here) had an interesting field trip that combined lessons about the past with a peek into what might happen in the future.

The class visited the 1815 Old Log Schoolhouse and the Colchester Bog, both at Airport Park.

The Old Log Schoolhouse
The Old Log Schoolhouse

Colchester Historical Society spearheaded an initiative to restore the old schoolhouse for use as a museum (to learn more about it, please visit their website). Colchester Selectboard member Tom Mulcahy was instrumental in coordinating the students’ visit, which allowed them the opportunity to examine the old schoolhouse and ask questions about what attending school in the historic building was like.

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MBS students at the Old Log Schoolhouse at Airport Park
MBS students at the Old Log Schoolhouse at Airport Park

Following their visit to the old schoolhouse, the students ventured into the bog to learn about its flora and fauna and to participate in an ecological scavenger hunt. The exploration of the bog was facilitated by University of Vermont master’s student Kathleen Bamford. Bamford explained about the importance of environmental conservation and about what will happen if our natural resources are unprotected.

MBS students at Colchester Bog
MBS students at Colchester Bog
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Scavenger hunt list

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A rare Lady's Slipper, a wildflower in the orchid family, near Colchester Bog
A rare Lady’s Slipper, a wildflower in the orchid family, near Colchester Bog

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Such activities speak directly to the Colchester School District Vision and Strategic Plan 2012–2017, as well; read more about that here. And since the visit to the bog also encourages spending time outdoors in the fresh air, it also supports the district’s wellness vision (check out the wellness blog here).

If you would like more information about the students’ field trip, please call Malletts Bay School at (802) 264-5900.

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Posted in Accountability, Budgets, Colchester High School, Community, District Office, General, Other Important Information, Town of Colchester

School District Budget Vote is June 3—PLEASE VOTE!

The Colchester School District budget vote is Tuesday, June 3, 2014, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Where are the polling stations?

District 9-1 (comprised of the area east of I-89, the west side of I-89 north of the Malletts Creek inlet, and excluding the south side of Blakely Road) is at the Colchester Meeting House on 830 Main Street in Colchester Village.

District 9-2 (comprised of the area west of I-89 south of the Malletts Creek inlet, including the south side of Blakely Road) is at Colchester High School on 131 Laker Lane (off Blakely Road).


Did you know that if your total household income is less than $90,000, the tax increase associated with this proposed school budget would be $2.38 or less? Please click here to learn more in this two-page informational flyer, which includes information about your schools as well as important tax-related information.


For questions about the budget or for any additional information, please call our administrative offices at (802) 264-5999 or visit www.csdvt.org/budget.

Please vote on June 3!

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Posted in Accountability, Community, General, Other Important Information, Town of Colchester

What’s the Beat? Get Your Town Government’s Update Here

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  • Two Town employees have been recognized for excellence—find out who!
  • Did you know that Colchester was recently featured on the Weather Channel? Find out why and watch a video about it!
  • Want to know when the Grand List will be ready?
  • Did you know that there are costs associated with running elections? Find out more about what they are and what you can do to help minimize them.
  • Want to know whether the Town is on budget with expenditures and revenues?

Please click here to find out more—access the Town of Colchester’s update for the week ending May 30, 2014.


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