House contenders share views at forum


V. Chase and Betsy Dunn discuss policies at last week's Channel 17 candidate forum. (Photo by Colin Flanders)

Essex voters received one final look at their nine House hopefuls during Channel 17’s candidate forums last week, sharing views on topics ranging from Vermont’s healthcare future to last year’s polarizing debate over marijuana legalization. Town residents in District 8-1…

Essex Fire Dept. receives $180K federal grant


Two-year-old Noah Heffernan takes the driver’s seat in an Essex fire truck during last Saturday’s open house. The department recently received a $180,000 federal grant. (Photo by Jason Starr)

Essex firefighters can breathe easier thanks to a federal grant funding the purchase of 27 new self-contained breathing apparatus units. The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently awarded $180,000 to the department to replace its existing SCBA units, which are reaching…

Let’s talk about sexual safety


Panelist Tammy Leombruno talks to parents during during last Wednesday's discussion on how to warn kids about sexual safety. (Photo by Kaylee Sullivan)

A panel discussion last week to help parents talk to their kids about sexual safety was light on attendees but heavy in conversation. Held in the Albert D. Lawton school cafeteria, the panel was organized in response to concerns parents aired…