Author: Ben Chiappinelli

July 12, 2018

July brought us some steaming hot weather. AC, fans, fireworks, pools and even some golf helped a bit. Thank God the heat wave broke! The fireworks from Essex Junction Recreation and Parks wowed The Junction on the Fourth. A long-time iconic Essex High School teacher/coach officially retired from the classroom. More from the summer swimming and women’s soccer leagues. World Cup soccer moved into the semifinals. Heart-warming swimming story from Seattle below. Congratulations to my good friend and colleague, Bill O’Neil, who retired last month after 45 years of teaching English and coaching soccer, hockey and softball at EHS....

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United Way cuts prompt additional funding from selectboard

The town of Essex will provide an extra $1,000 in one-time funding to Steps to End Domestic Violence, which is facing a shortfall in the wake of changes to United Way’s grant process. The decision comes weeks after Gail Beck, a town resident who serves on the Steps board, asked the selectboard for $1,000 to help the organization withstand a blow to its funding model. The United Way of Northwest Vermont typically funds area nonprofits, including Steps, on a three-year cycle. But a new giving strategy this year saw some of those organizations lose out on relied-upon funding. Steps,...

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Disabled Vermonters gain confidence on the water

Patrick Standen is no stranger to sailing. The 53 year-old St. Michael’s College professor has won regattas “from Miami to Montreal,” competed at the national level and was a certified sailing coach. While Standen may not be the only Vermonter with these skills and accolades, he was the first paraplegic sailor to earn the Level 2 coach certification. Standen has used a wheelchair for 37 years, since an automobile accident on a rural Vermont road left him with a spinal cord injury that paralyzed him from the waist down. “If a person has a disability later in life they...

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Hornets reaching for a win at Ultimate tourney

Nearly 30 high school varsity and JV level Ultimate teams gathered at Milton’s Bombardier Park on June 2 for the Ultimate High School State Championships. Vermont was the first state to recognize the Frisbee-based sport as a varsity program in November 2017. The Essex Hornets boys’ varsity team played with plenty of spirit, but ultimately fell to South Burlington 15-6. Photos by Ben Chiappinelli, Essex Reporter....

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