Author: Madeline Clark

Colchester Causeway re-opens after May storm

The sun beamed down on dozens of attendees at the Colchester Causeway reopening ceremony in a sharp contrast to the wild rains that damaged the trail and five counties on May 4. Gov. Phil Scott headlined a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Friday in celebration of the Causeway’s reopening, which came four days ahead of schedule. He was joined by Vt. Secretary of Transportation Joe Flynn, members of the Colchester and South Hero selectboards and the VTrans team that worked on the repairs, among others. “Getting this causeway open in time for summer biking season was important to me and for...

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Community comes together for mural project

On June 23, an overcast morning with the threat of rain greeted children, teens and parents who convened at Bombardier Park with paintbrushes to join an effort to beautify the town with public art. Muralist Jon Young led the charge, painting the outlines of seven murals on the park’s dugouts and labeling them in a paint-by-number fashion. Funded by a state grant, the project was overseen by artists from the Milton Artists’ Guild. “There’s a lot of people who come to the gallery but can’t afford a nice, big painting,” guild president Gisela Alpert said. “This is a way...

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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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Essex man stopped for DUI on Milton’s I-89

An Essex man faces multiple charges after he was found driving 49 mph over the posted speed limit, a press release said. Joshua J. Jones, 23, was charged with driving under the influence and careless and negligent operation after Vermont State Police pulled him over near  mile marker 100 in Milton on Interstate 89 northbound on June 2, police said. Trooper Nathaniel Quealy clocked Jones driving 114 mph in a section of the interstate with a posted speed limit of 65 mph at 2:53 a.m. Further investigation showed Jones was driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested...

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