Colchester, VT

"What do you want to do today"

A small Vermont town that has been recognized as one of the best places to live in the state, Colchester is gung ho when it comes to service and organizing as a community. So whenever you need help, they’ve got a plan.

No mosh pits here, just an easy seat for one of Bayside Park’s weekly summer concerts. (Credit: Town of Colchester)

Named one of the Top Places to Live in Vermont by Money Magazine, Colchester welcomes anybody and everybody who aspires to be a part of the community. Many public events are held each season for fun or a good cause. Typically, Colchester residents can be seen supporting local businesses and farmers by buying local.

Members of the Burnham Memorial Library spend a service day at a local shelter cleaning cages and preparing the space for incoming animals. (Credit: Town of Colchester)

Stories About Colchester

One Colchester couple always picks up any litter they see when they take their daily walks through Airport Park, leading the Selectboard to recognize them last year for helping to keep Colchester beautiful.

Around Christmas 2017, a family dog named Thor was a victim of a hit and run. On Christmas Day, while looking for the dog, one of the owners fell down an embankment and broke several bones. After the Colchester Technical Rescue Team, Colchester Fire Department, and Saint Michael’s Fire Department left their family gatherings to assist in the recovery of the owner, word got out about the dog. On Christmas Day, residents volunteered to set up search parties and post flyers while the owners were in the hospital. After 12 days of searching, the dog was found by a resident.

Pat Loranger (holding plaque) after receiving her award for Citizen Planner of the Year. (Credit: Town of Colchester)

Pam Loranger was named the 2017 Vermont Citizen Planner of the Year for her work in the Conservation Commission, Governance Committee, Historical Society, Cemetery Advisory Committee, Colchester in Bloom, Green Up Day, Malletts Bay Initiative, Community Center Initiative, and Stormwater Advisory Committee. She is also the Chairwoman of the Planning Commission.

On your mark, get set, SWIM! Residents gear up for the Annual Colchester Triathlon. (Credit: Town of Colchester)