Author: Madeline Clark

With summer’s arrival, Vermonters brace for tick season

Summer has finally arrived in the Green Mountain State. Boats are sailing across Vermont’s scenic lakes, cyclists have taken to the streets and trails again and hikers are reaching for summits. Unfortunately, with warmer weather and long days outdoors comes tick season. Tick-related visits to emergency rooms and urgent care facilities in the month of May were above the 2004-17 historic average, according to the Vermont Department of Health. Added to this year’s season is the threat of lone star ticks, a more aggressive parasite that track down hosts by following the trail of the air they breathe out,...

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Maple makers simmer over FDA proposal

Chris Kasper of Essex Jct. is a State Farm agent who moonlights as a maple syrup producer. Sugaring was passed down to him from his grandparents’ and parents’ operations. This was his first year going solo, and he hopes to continue. “It went great. I got six gallons my first year … just [for] family and friends,” he said, and next year, he hopes to sell his product to local restaurants. But a rough week in the world of maple, with new regulations proposed by both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Canada, have left Kasper concerned. On...

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Blaze burns boat in bay

Flames alighted a boat in Malletts Bay on Saturday, June 9. The boat’s owner, Khristopher Poulin, 33, of Colchester, and two men had just refueled the vessel and were 200 yards from the docks when the incident occurred, according to Malletts Bay Fire Department Chief Steve Bourgeois. The boat drifted into the mooring field at Hazelett’s Beach where it set another boat aflame, Bourgeois said. No one was onboard the second boat, which belonged to Mari Girelli, 59, of Colchester. According to Bourgeois, the fire was started by something in the engine compartment of Poulin’s boat. “They heard a...

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Causeway repairs slated to begin next week

The Colchester Causeway, a four-mile trail that cuts through Lake Champlain, remained closed past the bridge this week. Sections of the trail were gnawed away by rough waves and heavy rain in a May storm, rendering much of the pathway unfit for use by pedestrians and cyclists.   On June 5, the Vermont Agency of Transportation announced it would work with the town of Colchester and the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department to expedite repairs to the causeway and reopen the path in early July. According to Glen Cuttitta, Colchester director of parks and recreation, these repairs will be...

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