Author: Colin Flanders

Town of Westford looks to buy back school land

The town of Westford will have a chance to buy back approximately 65 acres of land owned by its school district next month, all for the price of $2. Westford voters will decide whether to pony up for the land via a floor vote October 11. Mark Drapa, Westford School Board chairman, said the sale could help alleviate residents’ concerns over use and ownership of school land that arose when consolidation talks began with Essex. Additionally, it will help to address some “tangled relationships” between the town and the school, he said. “We’re a small community, and sometimes those...

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Hornets remain unbeaten

Below, the Essex girls volleyball team celebrates during its fourth-straight win on Monday evening after fighting back against CVU at Essex High School. The Hornets dropped the first set 19-25 before evening the score. They then lost the third set but wouldn’t be denied, taking the final two to seal the...

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Just four, no more

Four stories are enough, according to the village board of trustees, who agreed last week to nix a waiver that could allow up to six stories in the village center. “It just isn’t worth it,” said trustee Andrew Brown, citing pushback he’s heard both publicly and privately. “The appetite isn’t there at this time.” The issue came before the trustees during their Sept. 13 meeting, the second public hearing to readopt the land development code, updated every eight years. The code represents the minimum standards for development and land use. It currently caps buildings at four stories; however, the...

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Trustees throw weight behind recreation plan

The board of trustees passed a resolution last week solidifying its support of the recreation district proposal. The trustees will advocate for the district’s creation by disseminating “accurate information,” the resolution states. It urges the selectboard to do the same. The decision comes less than three months before Essex residents will vote on a proposal to create a union municipal district between the town and the village recreation departments. Regardless of the outcome, village president George Tyler explained the trustees needed to formulate a plan. If the vote passes, the trustees acknowledged village taxpayers will be required to pay...

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Missing 14-year-old located

Aziana Holder, a 14-year-old girl who was believed to have run away from Essex Jct. home, has been found, according to the Vermont Missing Persons organization. Holder hadn’t been seen since September 5. Police believe she left her residence with her sister, Meagan Morrill, the next morning, traveling to Burlington where they have both family and friends. Morrill returned home last week, yet Holder remained missing until she was located on September...

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