Michaela Halnon

EHS theatre advances to state competition


The Essex High School Theatre Company has advanced to the state one act competition after its successful performance at the regional festival this weekend. Students from BFA-Fairfax and St. Albans, Milton, Stowe and Lamoille Union also showed off their dramatic dexterity at Milton High School on Saturday, each performing skits that clocked in under an…

Try town: Mood Swings


Heather Sheehan and Michael Boucher of Milton demonstrate swing dancing.

Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment of our “Try Town” series, in which Milton Independent, Essex Reporter and Colchester Sun reporters try activities available in our communities. Submit your suggestions to news@essexreporter.com. With snow swirling outside, I tromped into the Milton Public Library for my first swing dancing lesson with Michael Boucher and Heather…

Home, sweet home: Essex airmen return from Middle East


Senior airman Marissa Van Zee of Essex Jct. was greeted last Thursday at the Vermont Air National Guard base by her family, who traveled from South Dakota for the 158th Fighter Wing's homecoming.

Additional reporting by Courtney Lamdin and Kaylee Sullivan Senior Airman Marissa Van Zee of Essex Jct. wasn’t sure what to expect when her bus pulled up to the hangar at the Vermont Air National Guard base in South Burlington last Thursday night. Members of her family couldn’t make it to the sendoff in the same spot last December,…