Abby Ledoux

Building Bridges: Club reflects on 44 years, seeks new members

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Bricky Duquette and Marian Bickford may look like your average grandmothers, but don’t let the lemon chiffon cake or maternal hand squeeze fool you: They’re fierce competitors. Duquette and Bickford are two original members of the Essex Ladies’ Bridge Club, still active 44 years after Duquette and former bridge partner Sandra Viele founded the group.…

Shop talk: Turner, Johnson and Pearson debrief after session

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State lawmakers debriefed at Colchester’s Vermont PBS studio last week following a tumultuous end to the legislative session. House minority leader Don Turner (R-Milton) House speaker Mitzi Johnson (D-South Hero) and Chittenden County Sen. Chris Pearson (D/P-Burlington) convened for the channel’s “Report from Montpelier” on Thursday, May 25, nearly a week after adjournment occurred in…

Counting sheep: Catching up with Sweet Pea and friends

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On an exceptionally rainy Friday afternoon, I met a famous sheep. Two famous sheep, actually, catapulted to stardom on The New York Times bestseller list as protagonists in beloved children’s books by Essex farmers John and Jennifer Churchman. This is none other than Sweet Pea of “The SheepOver” and Finn of eponymous “Brave Little Finn”…

Elector Tim Jerman casts vote for Clinton

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A few hundred protestors watched Vermont’s three electoral votes go to Hillary Clinton in a crowded State House meeting room Monday morning. Elsewhere across the country, Republican candidate Donald Trump handily clinched more than the 270 needed to officially secure the presidency. In Montpelier, the meeting room and downstairs hallway overflowed with demonstrators pleading with…