First Day of Summer Brings the Heat


With temperatures reaching 90 degrees Monday throughout the Champlain Valley, many folks were looking ways to cool down.  For some that means sticking with the air conditioning, for others it means hitting the water or enjoying a tasty treat.

“Would you like cookie dough?  In a cone or a dish,” asked Molly Terrien, Manager of the Village Scoop in Colchester.  When it’s time to cool down in Vermont, local ice cream shops heat up.  “These are our favorite days.  It’s busy, we have awesome customers, a great staff of employees and everyone gears up to come in with game faces on,” said Terrien.

She says on days over 80 degrees, it’s non-stop action for the staff.  It’s a full day of cones, milkshakes, and smoothies for walk-up and drive through customers.  “We have a pretty small shop in here and we make it work.  There’s definitely a system of who’s doing what and when,” commented Terrien.

Sheena Rice decided to get some ice cream and hit the water with her two kids.  Monday marked the Summer Solstice.  The day with the most sunlight, and the unofficial start of Summer.  “My hope is especially in Vermont that we’re getting out and enjoying this weather.  I hope we’re not staying inside, I know with kids I can’t we’re out and about doing things,” commented Rice.

Randy Mason is waterfront supervisor for Colchester.  He says paddle boards and kayaks dot Mallets Bay on days like this.  “Everybody wants to get out on the lake, the bay is so calm it’s probably the best spot on the lake to go paddle boarding and kayaking,” he said.

In Essex Junction, it was a hectic, morning at Maple Street Pool.  “You’re always nervous, it’s water, it can be dangerous.  But it’s such a fun time to be in the park, it’s a beautiful location,” said Brian Roy, Assistant Director of Parks and Rec for the Junction.  He says the pool had nearly reached it’s 470 person capacity by just noon time.  He says the heat may be hard on some, but enjoy it while you can, “We think about those winter months when we’re dreaming for those days and if people are complaining on these days, they should think back to those winter months.”

You can expect those popular cool-down spots to stay busy through Monday evening.  But Meteorologist Sean Parker says, with rain and stormy weather on the way, temps should be dropping heading into Tuesday.

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