Author: Amanda Brooks

Loranger edges Nagle in final count

After a final tally of votes Wednesday morning, Chittenden 9-2 House District candidate Pam Loranger edged out John Nagle III for the second spot on the Republican ballot by merely three votes, town clerk Julie Graeter confirmed. “It was a rollercoaster,” Loranger said of election night and the hours following. She said she learned the news of her victory from a colleague whom she thought was congratulating her by mistake. On election night, the town is only required to send the numbers tallied off the voting machine to the Vt. Secretary of State, Graeter said. Then they go through...

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Town looks to combat water quality issues

Bayside Beach closed last week for the second time this summer due to high E. coli levels in the water. The town of Colchester takes water quality samples at 12 locations twice a week on Monday and Wednesday and sends them out for testing. The tests take 24 hours to complete, and the town receives the results the following morning. If E. coli levels are above 235 colony-forming units per 100 milliliters, the town warns the public of the unsafe conditions and retests the water. “We’re essentially closing the beach out of an abundance of caution for us to...

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Church blesses pets in special ceremony

The Malletts Bay Congregational Church held its annual Blessing of the Animals service on the front lawn on what was a warm August morning this Sunday. Four dogs came with their owners to the service and people brought photos and memories of other pets who could not be present. This was the Rev. Sally May’s first time leading the service. She played songs and read verses from the Bible celebrating animals and nature. In between verses, those present in the audience shared stories of their pets, fond memories of those who’d passed on and ruminations on the natural world...

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Pickled Perch plays on classic dishes

The opening of the Pickled Perch is providing a new dining option for Colchester residents at its prime location on Blakely Road overlooking Malletts Bay. Glancing at the menu, diners will recognize classic bar food like fried chicken, ribs and fish and chips at affordable prices. Upon further inspection, however, they will realize they have not stumbled into just any new restaurant in the area. With local, seasonal vegetables from Farmer Hil in North Ferrisburgh, grass-fed beef from Green Pasture Meats in Vergennes and other local ingredients, the inventive but approachable menu created by chef Kevin Sokal is sure...

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First mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

The first pool of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus in Colchester this year. So far, 26 pools throughout Vermont have tested positive for WNV, and none have tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis. “The percentage looks high compared to previous years, but I think we’re right on target with what we’re usually seeing for the season,” said Natalie Kwit, state public health veterinarian. “We’re not overly concerned.” Every year between June and October, the Vt. Dept. of Health tests mosquito pools, or groups of one to 50 mosquitoes of the same species at the same location and...

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