Author: Madeline Clark

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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Court reviews Enviro Tech case

A Colchester septic service operator signed an agreement last month to begin paying the $58,550 he owes the Vt. Agency of Natural Resources, a combination of penalties and fees for unlawfully managing septic waste for over a decade. The agreement was a step forward in a struggle between Enviro Tech of Vermont owner Randy Duval and the state agency. Duval said ANR is working with him to lessen the impact of the penalties and fees on his small business. “My company would have gone bankrupt before,” he said, reflecting on the original cost of the penalty. According to ANR...

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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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