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Local and regional briefs for July 13

Published: 7/12/2021 9:41:15 PM
Modified: 7/12/2021 9:41:16 PM
Windsor treatment plant exceeds E. coli level for a day

WINDSOR — The Windsor wastewater treatment plant reported an E. coli level above the state’s maximum limit in 100,000 to 500,000 gallons of partially treated disinfected effluent released into the Connecticut River last Thursday.

By the next day, however, the E. coli level was back below that limit, said Harry Benner, assistant chief operator of the Windsor wastewater treatment system.

The first reading on Thursday of 2,400 colony-forming units of E. coli per 100 milliliters, well above the state’s limit of 77 units of E. coli per 100 milliliters, may have been caused by a contaminant that affected the result, said Benner. It also may have been caused by heavy rainfall causing high flows through the plant combined with insufficient disinfectant to treat those high flows, he said.

Still, as required, the town reported the discharge to the state and posted a sign at the nearest river access, which is on private property about a mile from the water treatment plant, Benner said.

There are no swimming holes or boat landings nearby, he said. The plant is on Pasco Way south of downtown Windsor.

Due to the plant’s distance from river recreation spots, the expected public health impacts of this event are minimal, said Amy Polaczyk, program manager for the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s Wastewater Management Program.

40th annual Prouty raises a record of more than $4 million

HANOVER — The Prouty, the annual fundraiser for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, raised more than $4 million, a record for the event, which was marking its 40th year, Dartmouth-Hitchcock officials said in a news release on Monday.

The event, which included supporters participating virtually between June 1 and Sunday and in-person events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, drew more than 2,500 people.

The in-person events included golf on Friday at the Eastman Golf Links in Grantham, a 20-mile bike ride on Saturday and a 5-kilometer residential walk in Hanover on Sunday, said Jaclynn Rodriguez. the executive director of Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center, which puts on the event. 

“We’re excited and already started planning for 2022, and we're looking for a traditional Prouty with our full community back together again,” she said.

The Prouty raised $3.4 million in 2019 and $2.9 million last year when the COVID-19 pandemic turned it into a completely virtual event.

First held in 1982, the Prouty has raised more than $46 million for cancer research and to support services for patients and their families, according to the D-H news release.

New Hampshire Craftsmen Fair returns to Mount Sunapee

The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen 88th Annual Fair is returning to Mount Sunapee this August after having to go virtual last year. The fair will be held Aug. 7-15. Ticketing will be done online and people will be spread out a bit more this year.

“It has been a long and difficult path to get here," Miriam Carter, executive director, said in a statement Monday. “This past year has been deeply challenging for all of us, and the journey will be reflected in the passion of our members’ work. We invite everyone to reconnect with the League and rejoin a critical part of our state’s creative economy.”

COVID-19 vaccine van in Sunapee on Saturday

CONCORD — A COVID-19 vaccine van will be making its way around New Hampshire this summer.

The van, a partnership between the state and ConvenientMD, starts running Thursday. It will be available to organizations and community events.

This week, the van is going to be at the Roundabout Diner in Portsmouth on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and at the Sunapee Farmers Market on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

A van can be requested through Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available.

— Staff and wire reports

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