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Time capsules! The scene at the opening last night in Royalton

The contents of two time capsules that had just been opened on the Royalton Green, in South Royalton, Vt., on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (Valley News – August Frank) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

It took place on one of Royalton’s two gazebos.

(RELATED: Does Royalton have the highest gazebo-per-capita rating in the country or what?)

Click here for a full story, in words and photos, by Matt Hongoltz-Hetling and August Frank.

We also have some of August’s photo outtakes up on our Instagram:


Time capsules discovered in base of Royalton monument; opening planned for Aug. 9

Hold on to your hats, folks — it’s time capsules time!

Royalton Historical Society President and Curator John Dumville reports that two copper time capsules were found in the base of the Handy Memorial on the town green in South Royalton on July 23, when the monument was being dismantled for restoration.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, Aug. 9, when the capsules will be opened on the town green.

Dumville said the capsules will be opened at 6:30 that evening, prior to this season’s final Royalton Town Band Concert.

(In an email to me this afternoon, Dumville said the original plan was for the capsules to be opened in the town office prior to a Selectboard meeting, but the event was moved outside to accommodate a large anticipated turnout.)

Dumville said in a previous Facebook post that he “would have suspected there would be a time capsule in the monument but there is no record of what is in them.”

“Evelyn Lovejoy, who was instrumental in having the monument erected, wrote the 1911 town history which helped to fund the monument and the library,” he said. “It would have been unusual not to have a time capsule and perhaps if you read all the newspapers from the time you might find that capsules were included but not what was put inside. I’ve combed the papers to learn more about the monument but have never discovered who did the actual design and manufacture of it. I (wish) there had been plans but none seem to exist.”

Dumville provided some photos of the discovery, shown below! Thanks so much for sharing, John.

One of the two copper time capsules found in the base of the Handy Memorial on the town green in South Royalton on July 23, 2018. Photo courtesy John Dumville.

The Handy Memorial. The capsules were found in the base of the monument when it was dismantled for restoration. Photo courtesy John Dumville.


You might recall that we are big fans of time capsules over here. Check out my 2015 video on the opening of a 1944 time capsule in Lebanon below, and maybe we’ll see you in Royalton on Aug. 9.

The latest in the Austin Colson case; GoFundMe has been set up for family

Austin Colson and his girlfriend Katie Grizzaffi in an undated photograph. Colson was last seen Jan. 11, 2018. (Courtesy Katie Grizzaffi)

From this morning’s Valley News:

Data retrieved from cellphones and interviews with witnesses contradict the version of events provided to police by a suspect in the disappearance of 19-year-old Austin Colson, according to search warrant affidavits filed in connection with the investigation.


What had been a missing persons case became a homicide investigation last month when Colson’s remains were located in a dilapidated barn in Norwich. Autopsy results found he was shot in the head multiple times. He was last seen alive on Jan. 11.


In interviews, Richard Whitcomb, of Hartford, who has been identified in federal court documents as a suspect in Colson’s disappearance, told police that he never saw Colson on Jan. 11, according to the affidavits. He also told police that he traveled to Manchester that day to buy cocaine.


However, cellphone data and witness interviews contradict Whitcomb’s account in a number of significant ways, according to the affidavits obtained from Windsor Superior Court in White River Junction.

Continue reading at the Valley News website here.

Also, a GoFundMe has been set up for Colson’s family for his funeral expenses. As of this morning, $5,445 has been raised toward the $10,000 goal. The GoFundMe was set up by the family of Katie Grizzaffi, Colson’s girlfriend, and has been shared by Colson’s father, Dana Colson.

Search continues for Austin Colson, missing four months today

Austin Colson and his girlfriend Katie Grizzaffi in an undated photograph. Colson was last seen Jan. 11, 2018. (Courtesy Katie Grizzaffi)

From today’s Valley News:

The father of a missing Royalton man on Thursday said state police and volunteers have made progress in gathering the pieces to the puzzle that may lead loved ones to his son, who went missing four months ago.


Dana Colson said he couldn’t go into details about what people have found in relation to Austin Colson’s disappearance because disclosing that information could impact the ongoing investigation. But he said he has more hope today than he had months ago that his son will one day come home.


“The public involvement is helping — it is helping us piece things together,” Colson said.

Read more here.