Lake Dunmore

SALISBURY — For the first time generations, the heartwarming tones of youthful exuberance — including unbridled laughter, splashing and singing — won’t swell within two historic camps and dance across the rippling waters of Lake Dunmore in Salisbury this summer. Keewaydin Foundation officials recently suspended all camp operations for the summer of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The difficult-but-necessary decision means children from an estimated 400 families worldwide won’t have access to Camps Keewaydin, Songadeewin, and other foundation amenities — including the Keewaydin...
Courtney and George had been dating for eight years and were out to celebrate at Fire & Ice for dinner. They ordered drinks and exchanged cards. In no particular rush, Courtney pushed hers aside to first examine the menu, but George insisted she open it right away. “So I did, and the next thing I knew he was on his knee with a box open!” Courtney recalled. “I was so shocked that he had to ask me again! I laughed, sat there for a minute, and realized I needed to answer him.” She said yes, and the couple went on to plan an intimate and meaningful ceremony that took place August 10, 2019 on...

THIS IMAGE FROM the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows zebra mussels clinging to a native mussel.
LEICESTER — The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Lakes and Ponds Program has confirmed the presence of adult zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha), an aquatic invasive species, in Lake Dunmore. A member of the Lake Dunmore Public Access Greeter Program submitted an inquiry, and, in quick response, Lake Dunmore Fern Lake Association contracted divers to remove the estimated 100-200 adult specimens. Zebra mussels are a small freshwater mollusk that can reproduce rapidly and cause serious harm to the ecological systems. They also cause an economic burden, requiring long-term...
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police operating out of the New Haven barracks were alerted to the presence of a dead man’s body off Route 53/Lake Dunmore Road in Salisbury on Tuesday morning, Oct. 8. Police said they suspected that the death, which they called a homicide, was connected to the Tuesday morning police shooting death of Christopher G. Louras, 33, of Rutland, but they did not say why they thought that. On Thursday, Vermont State Police identified the man whose body was found dead in Salisbury on Tuesday morning as 34-year-old Nicholas Louras of Rutland. The ID came after Vermont’s...
SALISBURY — Vermont State Police said they suspect a connection between the dead body of a man was found off Route 53/Lake Dunmore Road in Salisbury on Tuesday, and the police shooting of Christopher G. Louras in Rutland that mourning. But as of press time for this edition of the Independent, police hadn’t released the name of the dead man in Salisbury or the link between the cases. State police are investigating the Salisbury death as a possible homicide, along with potential links to the subsequent shooting at the Rutland Police Department and the events that transpired afterward in a...
SALISBURY —A Philadelphia, Pa., man is being treated for what Vermont State Police described as “serious injuries” after he drove off Lake Dunmore Road and into a tree at around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3. Police believe 23-year-old Marcus Mamourian was speeding when his vehicle left the road. State police cited Mamourian for negligent operation of a vehicle in connection with the accident. He was taken to Porter Hospital for treatment of his undisclosed injuries. Police were assisted at the scene by the Salisbury and Middlebury fire and rescue squads.  

OSCAR SCHROEDER AND his steamboat, ca. 1900.
SALISBURY — Bill Powers will bring to life a photographic steamboat tour of Lake Dunmore at the next meeting of the Salisbury Historical Society on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m., at the Salisbury Congregational Church. Powers’ presentation is based on the adventures of Oscar Schroeder who, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, operated a steamboat on the lake. It includes more than 200 pictures, along with commentary on many of the views. Some of the photos include the glass factory, Loyal Kelsey’s farm (now Branbury Beach), Cove Point Pavilion, former hotels and tea houses, Satan’s Kingdom, and...

ROTH BERNSTEIN OF Burlington was the men’s winner on Sunday of the Vermont State Triathlon Championships, hosted by Vermont Sun Fitness at Branbury State Park. Photo courtesy of Vermont Sun
SALISBURY — Roth Bernstein of Burlington and Julia Schofield of Charlotte were the winners on Sunday of the Vermont State Triathlon Championships, hosted by Vermont Sun Fitness at Branbury State Park on Sunday. Conditions for the race were almost perfect with sunny skies, light wind and a comfortable 75 degrees. Bernstein, 25, claimed the men’s crown in 1:06.52, while Schofield, 37, earned the women’s title with a time of 1:11.18. They competed in a sprint triathlon that consisted of a 600-yard swim, a 14-mile bike ride, and a 3.1-mile run. In the men’s event, Jeff Schumann of Salisbury, 62,...

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