Author: Madeline Clark

Local paramedic opens new dog-centric business in Essex

On any given weekday, Amy Akerlind can be found walking along rural roads with a pack of energetic dogs – including her albino Doberman, Sheldon – in tow. Akerlind runs her own dog camp, training, and leash-walking business, Squad Dogs, and is living her dream. “The name was the most challenging thing to come up with,” she reflected. It’s a play on her 13 years as a rescue chief for Colchester Rescue, her prior experience as a veterinarian technician and the “squad” of dogs she now cares for at the camp. Akerlind started as a volunteer in 2001 and...

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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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Annual Essex youth derby attracts cast of characters

In the quiet, still morning hours of Saturday, June 9, children aged 5 to 12 cast their fishing lines into the reservoir at Indian Brook Pond in Essex, as part of the Essex Youth Fishing Derby. The event was an effort by Essex Parks and Recreation to get kids and their guardians outside. For the participants, it afforded the opportunity to learn or continue a sport often taught to them by parents, grandparents or other mentors, but for those folks, the event offered a chance to spend time with the children they love. Essex Parks & Rec has held...

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Essex man nets DUI while speeding over 110 mph

An Essex man is facing 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...

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