Author: Courtney Lamdin

Emerald ash borer arrives in Vt., Chittenden County has time to prepare

Across the street from Ethan Tapper’s Essex Jct. office is a picturesque neighborhood, a cluster of colonials with paved driveways, basketball hoops and two-car garages. Both Hayden Street and Wilkinson Drive are lined with ash trees, some nearly 30 years old, on both sides of the road, adding a coziness to the development that’s situated just beyond the busy Route 15. Within 20 years, all those trees could all be gone if the emerald ash borer, an invasive pest found in central Vermont this February, makes it way north as expected. Tapper, the Chittenden County forester, says that’s almost...

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Officers use shoe prints, video to nab burglary suspects

Milton police were part of a three-agency investigation last month that ended in three arrests for a string of residential burglaries in January. Local officers aided Vermont State Police in arresting Samuel Blatt, 26, of Milton and Ryan Chamberlain, 25, of Essex on February 13. Milton police subsequently arrested a third suspect, 26-year-old Nicholas Coons, for possessing property stolen from a Milton victim, Milton Detective Frank Scalise said. Blatt pleaded not guilty to four counts of burglary – two from Milton PD and one each from Essex and Jericho – in court last week. Though police cited Chamberlain for...

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Editorial | The Essex Reporter is moving to Milton

As of next week, the Essex Reporter will have a new home. On December 14, the Reporter will move from 42 Severance Green #108 in Colchester to 69 Main St. in Milton, the home of our sister paper, the Milton Independent. Since I took over the helm of the Colchester Sun and Essex Reporter in March 2016, the Indy has maintained a small office space there. But it soon became apparent that staffing two offices between six people wasn’t working. And once a longtime ad rep left for a new position, our publishers at the St. Albans Messenger decided...

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A seasonal, sweet & sentimental dessert

I’ve never considered myself much of a baker, but when the fall season sets in, I want nothing more than to be cozy with a book, a mug of tea and something sweet. Autumn is apple time in Vermont, and I wanted to attempt a baking project that’s both seasonal and sentimental: my late grandmother’s Quick Apple Torte. My paternal grandmother, Susi, came here as a refugee from Austria in 1938 at age 12. Her family settled in Boston, where she grew up, and later, against the dictates of the times, graduated from Radcliffe College and Harvard Medical School,...

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AG candidates make opiate fight a priority

The two major party candidates for Vermont’s next attorney general debated for the fourth time this election season last Sunday. Democrat TJ Donovan of South Burlington and Republican Deb Bucknam of Walden drew out their differences but also found some common ground, particularly with the state’s opioid crisis. Liberty Union Party member Rosemarie Jackowski of Bennington was invited but did not attend the debate. Both candidates named Vermont’s opiate epidemic a top priority. Donovan, a state’s attorney in Chittenden County for 10 years, said his approach includes taking down drug dealers, holding pharmaceutical companies responsible and expanding treatment opportunities....

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