News

Spring roadwork underway

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This map shows the location of the new signalized intersection at Route 7, Bay Road and Route 127. (Courtesy of VTrans)

Construction has begun along Routes 7/2, 2A and 127 in Colchester, kicking off a multi-phase project slated to last until November. Erin Lewis, a project manager at the Vermont Agency of Transportation, presented plans to the selectboard and around two-dozen…

Agencies team up to recruit new cops

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Colchester police Chief Jennifer Morrison says police agencies across the country are having a hard time attracting qualified candidates to vacant positions. For the first time, Chittenden County agencies are coming together to host a joint recruitment event to attract applicants to their departments. (File photo)

For the first time in history, the police agencies of Chittenden County are coming together for a joint recruitment event, standing alongside the hiring departments they typically compete with. Attendees will have the chance to take the written entrance exam…

Exit 16 overhaul gets start date

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Vermont Agency of Transportation officials say the long awaited Exit 16 overhaul is moving forward, set to begin in 2019 or 2020. VTrans traffic design project manager Michael LaCroix called his April 11 presentation to the Colchester Selectboard “long overdue,”…

Sports

Local boy wins national free throw competition

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Jacobi Lafferty puts up a shot at The Edge in Essex just days before the Elks Club Hoop Shoot national competition at DePaul University in Chicago. Lafferty won the 11- and 12-year-old bracket by hitting 44 of 45 shots last Saturday. (Photo by Colin Flanders)

Free throw shooting has few tenets: Stay 15 feet from the hoop, aim and fire away. It’s even been called the charity stripe, since sending someone to the line is almost like donating points. But some of basketball’s greatest players famously struggled with it, like Shaquille O’Neal, who finished his career with a dismal 52…

Cobras finish second at states

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The Colchester Cobras wrapped up a successful season this month, finishing second in the grades 3-6  state tournament in Vergennes on April 8. They trailed the hosts by just 9.5 points. Cam Katon and Cahota Lafond dominated their way to be state champions, while second-place trophies were snagged by Keegan Vance, Brody Coppins and Graham Resmer.…