Author: Amanda Brooks

Community swim event draws all ages

By AMANDA BROOKS From the parking lot of the Maple Street Park on any warm, summer night, you can hear kids laughing and screaming as they splash in the pool, no worries in sight as school is still ages away. Last Friday night, though, if you were to enter the gates and head over to the lap pool, you would have found kids – and adults – of all ages and abilities competing in Essex Jct.’s annual community swim meet. Events ranged from 25 yards of butterfly to 100 yards of backstroke and everything in between. Swimmers seemed tireless...

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Essex Jct. entrepreneur named one of New England’s most creative minds

Kristin Humbargar, founder of Essex Hub for Women & Business, was named a New England Creative Communities Fellow and is currently taking part in the Creative Community House in East Topsham this week. The NECCF program is an opportunity for artists, administrators, entrepreneurs and community organizers to come together with like-minded creatives in New England. Funded by the National Arts Strategies and University of Pennsylvania, the program involves a week-long session of collaboration between fellows to work on their community projects and learn skills and tools to implement them in their communities. It also includes online learning sessions for...

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In show of solidarity, nurses in Essex hit picket line

“We are the union! The nurses’ union! Fighting for our patients! And our community!” Chants like these could be heard among car horn honks of supporting passersby as nurses, physicians and supporters marched up and down the sidewalk in front of the University of Vermont Medical Center Family Practice in Colchester last week. The rally was a part of a larger strike of the nurses’ union against UVMMC that began last Thursday at 7 a.m. at the Burlington and surrounding campuses, including Essex Adult Primary Care. The strike was a result of the union and UVMMC’s failure to come...

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Urban tree protection plan underway

The selectboard officially adopted the Town of Essex Street Tree Management plan last month, setting into motion strategies to enhance Essex’s urban forest and protect it against the looming threat of invasive pests. Developed through collaborations between the planning department, Essex Conservation and Trails Committee and the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program, the plan outlines several goals for Essex’s urban forest, including monitoring and maintaining its health, preventing pest infestations and obtaining Tree City USA designation for the town. The potential threat of the emerald ash borer and other tree pests was a major catalyst for the 2016...

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Citizen science project accessible to all

Shirley Zundell helped create the Essex and Essex Jct. iNaturalist page in April of this year. Now, she urges locals to start participating in the simple but “addictive” citizen science project. iNaturalist is a nature app that allows anyone around the world to record observations of plants and animals in their area. Naturalists from all over the world can view postings and help identify species, creating research-grade data for scientists to use in research projects. “You don’t have to go out somewhere. You can stay right at home and photograph a spider you see in your house,” Zundell explained....

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