News

Highgate man leads police on high-speed chase

By COLIN FLANDERS Essex police are looking for a Highgate man they said led a high-speed pursuit through the Five Corners intersection Wednesday evening, according to a news release. Police called off their pursuit of Jason Douglas, 32, after reaching speeds of more than 80 mph, the news release said. His vehicle — a 2014…

Village recognized for urban tree program

Essex Tree Advisory Committee chairman Nick Meyer is pictured by a row of trees planted last year off Route 15, just past the town offices. (Photo by Colin Flanders)

By COLIN FLANDERS The village of Essex Jct. is now one of six Vermont communities to boast Tree City USA status, recognizing the village’s efforts to create and expand its urban forestry program. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) sent a letter to the board of trustees last week congratulating the village on its accomplishment. “I have…

Asbestos causes alarm but no unsafe exposure

By COLIN FLANDERS The Essex Town School District had a visit from the Vermont Department of Health last week when parents raised concerns after the school failed to notify them of asbestos removal at Founders Memorial School while students were in the building. Parents grew frustrated after learning of the project, which was to remove…

Making rank

Newly promoted police sergeants Rob Hall, left, and John Dunn, right, pose for a photo with police chief Brad LaRose after a ceremony at the Essex Police Department on July 5. (Photo by Colin Flanders)

By COLIN FLANDERS Essex Police Department hosted a ceremony for two of its own on July 5 to commemorate the promotion of Rob Hall and John Dunn to the rank of sergeant. Hall and Dunn were both promoted to corporal in 2009. They have more than 30 years of combined service with the department. “There…

Sports

Turkey brood survey set for August

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is again asking for a little help from its “citizen scientists” in order to track the reproduction success of the state’s wild turkey, a press release said. The department asks anyone who sees a group of young turkeys, also known as poults, during August to visit its website and fill…