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Man dies after cardiac event at Raftapalooza

By COURTNEY LAMDIN Colchester police announced a 56-year-old Milton man died after suffering a cardiac event at a floating party on Malletts Bay on Saturday. The unnamed man was participating in Raftapalooza off Thayer Beach in Colchester, police said. At…

Tax rate less than predicted

The new Maple Leaf Treatment Center in Colchester has appealed its assessed value to the Board of Civil Authority in an effort to retain its tax exempt status. (Photo by Jason Starr)

By Jason Starr The Colchester Selectboard set a tax rate of 54.4 cents for every $100 of assessed property value on June 28, an increase of less than 1 percent over the fiscal year that ended June 30. The increase…

Responders prepare for disaster drill

A debris pile constructed at Camp Johnson by National Guard members will simulate a collapsed building next Saturday for a disaster drill organized by the Vermont Department of Public Safety. (Photo courtesy of Vt. Emergency Management)

By MICHAELA HALNON An emergency preparedness training that’s been years in the making is coming to Colchester. From July 25 to August 2, nearly 5,000 volunteers, first responders and government officials statewide will take part in a variety of crisis…

Officials: Raft party should move on

Boats and rafts participating in last year's Raftapalooza are pictured off Thayer Beach in Colchester, the planned site for this weekend's event. Officials have said the water party isn't welcome back in Colchester next year. (Photo by Shirley Chevalier of FliRite Aviation)

By JASON STARR Raftapalooza, a 3,000-person floating party in outer Malletts Bay, is officially unwanted in Colchester. In the leadup to this year’s event this Saturday, police heads and town administrators publicized their intention to exile the gathering, now in…

Sports

Vermont Sportscar

Driver David Higgins, a six-time Rally America Champion, and co-driver Craig Drew power through a corner during Stage 2 of the New Hampshire Forest Rally on July 15. Vermont Sportscar, based out of Colchester, built and prepped the vehicle. The annual two-day event is headquarted at the Sunday River Resort in Newry,  Maine. (Photo by Kyle St. Peter)

Driver David Higgins, a six-time Rally America Champion, and co-driver Craig Drew power through a corner during Stage 2 of the New Hampshire Forest Rally on July 15. Vermont Sportscar, based out of Colchester, built and prepped the vehicle. The annual two-day event is headquarted at the Sunday River Resort in Newry, Maine. (Photo by Kyle St. Peter)

In the right place at the right time

SEEKONK, Mass. — Scott Payea was the last man standing on a wild night at Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway last Saturday, taking the lead with three laps to go en route to his second American-Canadian Tour win of the season. Colchester’s Payea had run a distant second to Brad Babb for much of the second half…