Michaela Halnon

The fast and the furriest

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Rounding the corner into Camp Dudley at Kiniya earlier this month, I saw it: A muscular woman sprinted across the dirt road and hoisted herself up a tall wooden wall with a grunt, a line of mud slicked across her cheek. Her dog shimmied through a hole at the base of the wall and sat…

Holding down the Fort

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William Parkinson jumped from his chair in earnest last Wednesday, dashing out of the room to fetch an artifact he recalled when retelling a particularly amusing anecdote. “This said ‘Fort Ethan Allen’ so I had to buy it,” Parkinson said with a laugh as he rolled a wooden barrel into his office. The tub once…

Police: Stats don’t reflect mental health

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By July 31, 2017, Colchester police had responded to 40 suicide attempts in town — just one shy of the number seen in all of 2016. Chief Jennifer Morrison predicts that number will stretch into the 70s by the end of this calendar year. The projected figure would dwarf the attempts logged in at least…

Mothers celebrate breastfeeding week

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Nearly 50 nursing mothers set up picnic blankets and lawn chairs at Essex’s Sand Hill Park on a sunny Friday morning to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, cooing babies and energetic toddlers in tow. Event leaders kicked off the local “Big Latch On” with a countdown, aiming to have all of the attending mothers simultaneously nursing…

Permanent food shelf preps for opening

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The rows of shelving inside a small Center Rd. storefront were largely empty last week, dotted with a few jars of peanut butter and tomato sauce. Folding chairs arranged in a circle pointed to a neatly written to-do list on a nearby whiteboard. By the end of the month, the cozy space is set to…

Historic Fort bandstand restored

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A historic bandstand in Fort Ethan Allen is undergoing a full restoration after failing infrastructure kept it closed for the last two years. Essex parks and recreation department director Ally Vile said the gazebo-like building is a significant landmark in the area, likely built as early as 1897, and will provide a much-needed resting spot…