Author: Colin Flanders

GMP, GlobalFoundries reach deal on energy costs

Green Mountain Power announced today a multi-year agreement with GlobalFoundries to provide more stable energy costs in a move both companies say will help ensure the chip manufacturer’s viability in Vermont. The deal lowers GMP’s transmission class rate – of which GlobalFoundries is the only customer, using and maintaining its own distribution grid – by 2.73 percent starting next year. That rate will be frozen through September 2022. In exchange, the chip manufacturer agrees to maintain a specific level of power usage on-site and will forgo rate cuts or credits that GMP will give the rest of its customers...

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Police: Essex man started house fire on Jericho Road

Police cited an Essex man for first degree arson in connection with a fire yesterday on Jericho Road, a news release said.  Police say Louis Martin, 52, started the fire in a home he rents from the Lamell family at 94 Jericho Rd. The blaze caused significant fire damage to an attached garage and extensive heat and smoke damage to the main residence, a news release said. Fire departments from Essex and Underhill/Jericho responded shortly after 8 p.m. and rerouted traffic for three hours while crews worked the scene. The state’s arson unit also assisted in the investigation. Police...

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Village sets sights on illegal activity near railroad, again

Reports of illegal activity on the multi-use safety path – whose construction, officials hoped, would deter such behavior – have prompted the village to consider new ways to address the problem. The village constructed the winding blacktop from Essex High School to Main Street in 2016 with the help of a Vermont Agency of Transportation grant and a local investment of nearly $100,000. Officials said at the time they hoped the path would eliminate drug and criminal activity there by sprucing up the area, and spruce up it did. But some residents say not much has changed. “It really...

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Essex founding father to receive new gravestone

A new gravestone for one of Essex’s founding fathers, Abram Stevens, will be unveiled in the village cemetery later this month, the result of a joint effort between the local historical society and his own descendants. The Sept. 15 dedication ceremony will feature speeches from members of the Essex Community Historical Society and Maureen Labenski, Stevens’ great-great-great granddaughter who helped fundraise for the gravestone by reaching out to to family far and wide. “I feel so gratified that it was a community-wide project and a family project,” said Labenski, who now lives in Burlington. “It’s just very rewarding and...

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Village, AOE in dispute over preschool status

The village plans to withdraw a court appeal over an Agency of Education decision that it says jeopardizes nearly $100,000 in revenue for its recreation department and instead work with the state on a legislative fix to their dispute. The controversy centers on a designation under Vermont’s universal pre-K law, Act 166, known as “prequalification.” The status allows preschool programs to partner with school districts and pass along up to 10 hours of funding per week. In an appeal filed this June, the village claimed the AOE incorrectly terminated Essex Jct. Recreation & Parks’ prequalification status and never informed...

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