First Selectman's Report - June 8, 2024

Tapestry Hill Farm owner Meg Buschbaum and Colchester First Selectman Bernie Dennler at the farm, June 2024

Colchester, CT Weekly News for June 8, 2024

Budget Referendum - Vote Tuesday

The annual budget referendum for Colchester’s Town and Schools budgets is this Tuesday, June 11. Polls will be open 6AM to 8PM at the Colchester Town Hall.

Information on the proposed Town and School budgets can be found here:

Budget Referendum - Vote Tuesday, June 11 6am to 8pm at Colchester Town Hall

Lebanon Ave Sidewalk Expansion Project

This week, the Town of Colchester finally received approval from state DOT to begin soliciting bids for construction of the Lebanon Ave streetscape expansion project. This project is being fully funded through DOT with support from our partners at SCCOG. As this is being constructed along a state road, Colchester staff and SCCOG have been working hard to meet the requirements to bring this project to fruition.

Lebanon Avenue Streetscape Improvement Phase 3 - Colchester, CT - Prepared for Town of Colchester Bernard Dennler III, First Selectman, June 2024

This includes a 2,200 expansion of the sidewalk up Lebanon Ave, connecting the neighborhoods of Highland Farms, Four Seasons, and Northwoods to Colchester’s streetscape network. A new bus shelter will also be installed along with handicap accessible sidewalk ramps.

Getting through the logistical hurdles between the various entities involved to get authorization to bid this spring has been one of my biggest goals since taking office. This puts us on a timeline to potentially see construction in late summer or fall of this year. I am looking forward to sharing updates with you as we move from the planning phase toward the construction phase of this project.

Bacon Academy Carpet Replacement Grant

Colchester First Selectman Bernie Dennler, Bacon Academy principal Amy Begue, state Senator Norm Needleman, Superintendent Dan Sullivan, and Facilities Director Andrew Barilari meet at Bacon in June 2024 to discuss a $200,000 grant to replace school carpets

Colchester will be receiving a $200,000 grant from the State of Connecticut to help replace aged carpets at Bacon Academy.

On Thursday, I met with state Sen. Norm Needleman at Bacon Academy along with Superintendent Dan Sullivan and Principal Amy Begue to discuss this funding that will benefit our school. Bacon has many areas with carpets that are around 30 years old. I appreciate our legislators for recognizing the need at Bacon Academy with ARPA funding from the State.

Work is expected to happen this summer, so stay tuned for updates before the 24/25 school year begins.

Colchester on the Green Tag Sale

The Colchester Business Association annual Tag Sale on the Green is tomorrow, Sunday, June 9th. Stop by the Town Green from 9AM to 3PM! Hope to see you there!

Reminder: Dog Licensing

June 1st to June 30th is dog licensing month in the State of Connecticut. The law requires you to license any dog that is 6 months or older. You can obtain your license in the following ways:

  • Come into the Town Clerk’s Office in person, 
  • License by mail, be sure to include a stamped, self-addressed envelope, proper documentation and a check made payable to “Town of Colchester”
  • On-line on our website at 

A Rabies Certificate as well as validation of being spayed or neutered is required at the time of licensing. If you are renewing a license be sure a current rabies certificate is on file with our office. Our Office hours are M-F 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

By state law, penalty charges are added if licenses are not renewed by June 30th. The penalty is $1.00 per month starting July 1, 2024.

If you have any questions, you may contact us at [email protected] or 860-537-7215.

Colchester First Selectman Bernie Dennler and Town Clerk Gayle Furman with 2024's "top dog" winners Julia Wilson and Finn the Golden Retriever

Colchester First Selectman Bernie Dennler and Town Clerk Gayle Furman with 2024's "top dog" winners Julia Wilson and Finn the Golden Retriever

Giving Garden Fundraiser

The Colchester Giving Garden has been chosen by our local Stop and Shop to be the recipient of their “Bloomin’ 4 Good “program for the month of June!! For every specially marked bouquet sold, $1.00 will be donated to the Colchester Giving Garden. This is a great way to brighten someone’s day as well as support the Giving Garden.

The garden is in its 12th year of growing and donating all the fresh produce grown to our town food bank and area soup kitchens. We have donated over 14,000 lbs. of food to those in need right here in our community. The program runs through June 30th at our local Stop and Shop on Linwood Ave.

Youth Center Open House

Youth Center Open House Event, 2024

Join Colchester Youth Services for a new event this year. On Friday, June 15th, CYSS staff will be picking up 5th grade JJIS students and walking them down to the Youth Center to get a feel for what it will be like when they are in 6th grade! Once we get to the Youth Center they will get to drop in and see all the fun things they have to look forward to next year! Sign up today!

Meg Buschbaum, owner of Tapestry Hill Farm, 388 Jurach Rd, Colchester, CT - Open Saturdays 9AM to 1PM

Business Spotlight: Tapestry Hill Farm

Last weekend, I visited Tapestry Hill Farm where I met owner Meg Buschbaum. Tapestry Hill Farm is a small organic farm which is open on Saturdays from 9AM to 1PM from May to November. When I visited, Meg had a variety of excellent fresh produce available including eggs, asparagus, radishes, onions, herbs, flowers, baked goods, elderberry syrup, and more.

Fresh produce at Tapestry Hill Farm, Colchester, CTInside Tapestry Hill Farm, Colchester, CT

I picked up some delicious spiced blueberry jam and some wildflower honey. They both are excellent. Of course, I also had to try Meg's chocolate croissants. These go quick on Saturday mornings but are worth arriving early for.

Check out Tapestry Hill Farm on Facebook for more information. Hope to see you at the farm stand someday! Help support keeping agriculture alive in Colchester!

Bernie Dennler
First Selectman

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