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Pither’s Point beach still closed

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Pither’s Point beach here is still off-limits to swimmers after routine samples taken by the Northwestern Health Unit found dangerous levels of bacteria.

The beach was closed for the first time last Thursday and remains closed after follow-up samples--taken Saturday--found the bacteria count was still high.

“Samples that we’ve taken all had bacteria counts that were quite high so we’re sampling again today and we’ll get the results back Thursday,” Brian Norris, a public health inspector with the health unit office here, said this morning.

Last week’s heavy rains, which washed debris into the lake, are being blamed for the high bacteria count.

Two acceptable samples must be taken before the Pither’s Point beach is re-opened to swimmers.

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