Just four, no more


Frank Naef shows the board of trustees a digital rendering of a six-story building on Park Street relative to Park Terrace on September 13. (Photo by Colin Flanders)

Four stories are enough, according to the village board of trustees, who agreed last week to nix a waiver that could allow up to six stories in the village center. “It just isn’t worth it,” said trustee Andrew Brown, citing…

Trustees throw weight behind recreation plan


Village trustee Elaine Sopchak presents a report on special taxing districts at the Sept. 13 meeting, at which the board passed a resolution in support of the rec district proposal. (Photo by Colin Flanders)

The board of trustees passed a resolution last week solidifying its support of the recreation district proposal. The trustees will advocate for the district’s creation by disseminating “accurate information,” the resolution states. It urges the selectboard to do the same.…

Mountain bikers, town unite on Saxon plan


Mountain bikers ride in the Saxon Hill forest last week. (Photo by Jason Starr)

Essex’s publicly owned recreation area at Saxon Hill has always been a free-for-all, with rogue trail-cutting, unmarked property lines, ineffective signage and illegal parking. But the Fellowship of the Wheel — the defacto non-profit steward of the Saxon Hill trail network…

Just add snow


Max Holzman is pictured at his Essex Jct. home with some of the skateboard and snowboard creations that make up MTN Local Snowboards.  (Photo by Jason Starr)

Max Holzman possesses a snowboarder’s passion, a Burton employee’s knowledge, a welder’s skills and a craftman’s ethos. Along with a stay-at-home-dad’s schedule, these elements have combined in the garage of an Essex Jct. home to produce MTN Local Snowboards. Holzman…