Author: Amanda Brooks

UPDATE: Judge rules in favor of Loranger; primary race heads to runoff

Editor’s note: The following story went to press before a judge ruled on the election and has since been updated. A superior court judge ruled yesterday that a ballot referring to Pam Loranger by her maiden name was indeed intended for the republican candidate, resulting in a dead heat between she and fellow challenger John Nagle III in the Chittenden 9-2 District primary. The two candidates will now face off in a run-off election Sept. 10. Judge Robert Mello’s ruling comes a day after he presided over a hearing focused on a recount of the district’s Republican ballots. Nagle...

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State grant helps fund removal of dam

Kim Scofield has wanted to remove the dam from Indian Brook which runs alongside her property since she bought her house two years ago. Now, thanks to a grant from the Vt. Dept. of Environmental Conservation, she’s one step closer to achieving that goal. Scofield’s house is 165 years old and was once a sawmill that benefited from the power generated by the dam. Now that the sawmill is no longer in operation, the Mill Pond dam is not only useless, but also dangerous and expensive to keep up. “I can’t afford to take it out so I just...

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Library replacing heating and air conditioning units

The Burnham Library will replace all three of its heating and air conditioning units just in time for the colder weather later this fall. The HVAC units have failed multiple times this year, causing an inconvenience to library patrons during what was an unseasonably warm summer, library director Kelly McCagg said. “We’ve had to make some minor repairs this year just to keep them going,” she said. “More than anything I was worried about people.” The library has three HVAC units which are all about 30 years old and in poor shape, said Bryan Osborne, director of public works....

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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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