Goats enjoy Christmas cast-offs


Goats snack on a Christmas tree last Sunday morning. Once the goats clean them of pine needles, the bark is chipped up and composted on the farm gardens. (Photo by Kaylee Sullivan)

Four years ago, Karen Freudenberger and Chuda Dhaurali brought an unconventional method of Christmas tree recycling to Colchester. This year, Dhaurali is continuing the event’s legacy, but without Freudenberger’s kind soul by his side. Freudenberger, founder of Colchester’s Pine Island…

Lawmakers converge in Montpelier



The State House’s new class of legislators were all in attendance last Thursday for Gov. Phil Scott’s inauguration. Pictured here are some of Colchester’s representatives, some familiar faces and others brand new to the Golden Dome. Photos by Kaylee Sullivan.

Ms. Johnston goes to Washington


Colchester resident Darcie Johnston has been tapped to work for President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration team. She's pictured here during the election season with a campaign sign. (Photo courtesy of VTDIGGER)

Colchester resident Darcie Johnston has been tapped to work for President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration team – and she believes a position in the Department of Health and Human Services will be forthcoming. Johnston, who had lived in Colchester since 2013,…


Girls hockey drops tough road contest


Goalkeeper Jenna Blondin eyes a puck against Essex during the SeaLakers' game last Saturday at the Essex Skating Rink.

The Burlington/Colchester girls hockey team dropped a nailbiting 3-2 contest against host Essex last Saturday. The SeaLakers streaked ahead behind goals from Brooke Barrows and Elise Scoresom, who propelled the squad into the third period with a 2-1 lead. The Hornets wouldn’t relent, however, pouncing back for two goals in the final frame, capped by Maddy Young’s…

Pair takes strides at New Englands



  Two Colchester runners traveled to Ponaganset High School in Rhode Island last month to compete in the New England Cross Country Championships. Myla Jacobs and Savanah Tebeau-Sherry qualified for the annual event, racing out to finishes of 20:05 and 20:11, respectively. Both bested more than half of the 261 runners in their grouping.