Parade preview: July 4 event on the move

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Pam Loranger is pictured at a Colchester selectboard meeting earlier this year. (File photo by Michaela Halnon)

Due to the extensive construction on the intersections of Routes 2, 7 and 2A near Main Street, the Colchester Parks and Recreation Department is moving the 4th of July Parade to Blakely Road this year.

This decision was reached with the help of local emergency response agencies, including Colchester Police, Colchester Center Volunteer Fire Company, Malletts Bay Fire Department and Colchester Rescue, and was determined to be the best course of action for the safety of parade participants, parade spectators and travelers along those affected routes.

The parade will begin at Colchester High School at 11 a.m., proceed east along Blakely Road and end at Lavigne Road. The parade will travel one mile, an equal distance as the Main St. route.

Blakely Road has suitable sidewalks for pedestrian traffic and also offers adequate parking for visitors at Colchester High School, Colchester Middle School, Malletts Bay School and Colchester town offices. Blakely Road will be closed to through traffic between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Visitors are asked not to park on the Blakely Rd. shoulders during the morning hours of the parade. Traffic delays are expected to be minimal along Lakeshore Drive, Blakely Road, Williams Road and Malletts Bay Avenue.

The parks and recreation department is excited to announce Pam Loranger as the 2017 Colchester 4th of July Parade grand marshal. Loranger has been a resident of Colchester for over 20 years and has been a devoted steward and volunteer around town ever since.

If there’s a need, Loranger is there to help. Most recently, she was recognized as the 2017 Citizen Planner of the Year by the Vermont Planners Association for her extensive work with the Colchester Planning Commission, which she currently chairs.

In addition to town planning, she also sits as a member the Cemetery Advisory Committee, Governance Committee, Stormwater Advisory Committee, Firearms Safety Committee, Malletts Bay Initiative, Community Center Initiative and the Conservation Commission, including Colchester Blooms and Green Up Day activities.

She volunteers regularly at the Colchester Causeway 5K/15K Race, the Colchester Triathlon and as a greeter at the Colchester Historical Society’s Log Schoolhouse at Airport Park. Loranger gives back to the community at every opportunity to guarantee Colchester is the best place in Vermont to live, work and play.

Parade participants will be given more information prior to the event with regard to parade staging at the high school and dismount zones on Lavigne Road. All other 4th of July events will remain the same as in prior years.

The annual fireworks show will be displayed over the Bayside Softball Field at dusk.

For more information, visit http://bit.ly/29fjpWm, email recreation@colchestervt.gov or call 264-5640.