Colchester makes Money Magazine’s 'Best Places to Live' list again

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Colchester - posted Tue., Sep. 3, 2013
‘This honor is due to our wonderful citizens, beautiful town green, rural setting that also has quick access to the highway and a community that helps each other,” said Colchester First Selectman Gregg Schuster. Courtesy photos. - Contributed Photo

Money Magazine recently ranked Colchester as number eight on its “Best Places to Live” in the “Least Crowded Towns” category. The town has approximately 16,000 citizens, as of the last census.

According to Colchester First Selectman Gregg Schuster, “Colchester is a great small town. This honor is due to our wonderful citizens, beautiful town green, rural setting that also has quick access to the highway and a community that helps each other.”

Schuster was beaming with pride when he talked about what it meant to him to live in Colchester. “We were also named the ‘57th Best Place to Live’ in 2005 by Money Magazine. The town celebrates this annually by way of our 57 Fest. This year, the festival is on Sept. 28. We would like to do something special for our new honor; we just aren’t sure exactly what yet,” he said.

Money Magazine does not notify the towns that make its lists. It is something of a ritual for the towns to search the lists as soon as they are published. This year, Schuster was notified by a citizen who discovered the latest honor via Facebook.  Soon after hearing the news, e-mails and phone calls came flooding into the Town Hall to be sure that the first selectman’s office was aware of the wonderful pat on the back. “It truly is a great honor to be on the list, but to be on it twice is exceptionally gratifying,” said Schuster.

Superintendent of Schools Jeffry P. Mathieu said, “This is an amazing place.  Our students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade are cared for, valued and they flourish in our schools. Our staff is enthusiastic, dedicated and committed to making the students’ experience in our schools the very best. I am very proud of the school system.”

Although there are the usual safety precautions in every school - such as locked doors that require visitors to be buzzed in, making visitors sign in at the main office, and all teachers paying close attention to the students and keeping their welfare as top priority - Schuster doesn’t see the need for armed guards in the town’s school system at this point. He feels that keeping a full staff of dependable people is the key to success. To date, there have been no problems out of the ordinary in the school system.

“The community watches out for one another,” said Schuster. He feels that the way things are now is a testament to what a great place Colchester is to live in.  “Of course, we are always looking for new businesses to join our community, as well as new residents. We are a growing community and we are a very proud community,” said Schuster.

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