Despite pushback, CCSU firm on transgender policy

Wren House, a genderqueer student in Essex, addresses the CCSU board at its meeting Monday night. (Photo by Colin Flanders)

By COLIN FLANDERS The Chittenden Central Supervisory Union will remain firm in its stance on transgender bathroom and locker room access despite a handful of parents who urged it to reconsider on Monday night, superintendent Judith DeNova said. CCSU decided in May it will allow students to access bathroom and locker rooms based on gender…

Ten years later, healing continues

Friends and family of Alicia Shanks gathered at The Barn at Lang Farm last Saturday to celebrate the Essex Elementary School teacher’s life. (Photo by Colin Flanders)

By COLIN FLANDERS Stephen Shanks can still  picture his late wife, Alicia, making a batch of chocolate chip cookies, always managing to keep a fair amount of dough from making it to the oven. He didn’t mind, however, because she always shared. Shanks can still see her loading the van to meet up with friends…

All is Fair

Workers set up a fried dough stand Monday in preparation for the Champlain Valley Fair to start Friday. (Photo by Jason Starr)

By Jason Starr Essex Jct. once again welcomes thrill seekers, animal lovers, music fans, motorheads, runners, diners and anyone seeking an end-of-summer good time. The Champlain Valley Fair kicks off Friday and runs through September 4. Organizers expect about 150,000 people over the 10-day event. You don’t mess with a 90-plus-year tradition too much, but…

Senior center resolution approved

Housed in the village municipal offices, the Essex Area Senior Center provides programming for adults ages 50 and up. (Photo by Michaela Halnon)

By MICHAELA HALNON Village trustees unanimously approved a resolution last week, assuring members of the Essex Area Senior Center that familiar programming would continue under a new governing structure. Last June, EASC members voted to transfer center management to the municipality of Essex in a special meeting with town officials. They previously operated as a…