Author: Mike Donoghue

Volunteers spiff up WWII veteran’s home

By MIKE DONOGHUE For The Essex Reporter The Essex home of Vermont’s oldest World War II veteran is looking spiffy thanks to members of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and a few volunteers, including Gov. Phil Scott. The home of Harold Bergeron, 103, of Maple Street was scraped and painted over the weekend by about a dozen sets of hands all pitching in. “It is so nice of them to do this,” Bergeron said as members of the work brigade went about their respective duties. His daughter, Ann Yandow, was equally impressed. Some scraped. Some caulked. Some...

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Essex man faces court in dead cow case

By MIKE DONOGHUE For The Essex Reporter The son of an Essex farmer has been ordered to appear in Vermont Superior Court in Burlington next month on charges of animal cruelty in connection with nearly two dozen dead cows earlier this spring, Essex police said. Jonathan Matthews, 34, of Essex is due for arraignment in criminal court on June 26, police said. Essex Police Chief Rick Garey said Matthews took control of his father’s farm at 278 Chapin Rd. after Earle Matthews, 75, was severely injured in his barn in January. “Due to his injures, Earle was unable to...

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VFW plans to lend a helping hand to 103-year-old WWII vet

By MIKE DONOGHUE For The Essex Reporter The Essex Jct. home of the man believed to be the oldest living World War II veteran in Vermont is expected to get a facelift this weekend from members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6689. The local VFW Post on Pearl Street plans to paint and fix the Maple St. home of 103-year-old Harold Bergeron, according to club member Everett Burns. Club members plan to make the repairs and add the fresh coat of paint at no cost to Bergeron, Burns explained. “We are providing all the labor for the...

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Vt. Liquor Board hears Dober’s case

By MIKE DONOGHUE MONTPELIER – Lawyers for the Backstage Pub & Restaurant and the Vermont Liquor Control Department have until June 1 to file proposed findings on whether the Essex bar should have its licenses suspended or revoked. Norman Blais, the lawyer for bar owner Vincent Dober Sr., maintained during a state liquor board hearing last week that his client was unfairly charged. The board voted 3-0 to dismiss one of three misconduct charges against Dober, this one saying he failed to provide an alcohol breath test when requested by a Vermont Liquor Control investigator on April 28. VLCB...

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Teacher surrenders license after state investigation

An Essex High School music teacher, who abruptly resigned in the fall, has surrendered his teaching license following allegations he “engaged in inappropriate conduct with a student,” discipline records from the Vermont Agency of Education show. The teaching license for Nick Stokes, who worked in Essex for two years, was not due to expire until June 2022. Records show Stokes also gave up his second education license to serve as a school principal, due to expire on June 30. Both licenses covered grades pre-kindergarten through 12. The Essex Westford School District, which employed Stokes, never announced his departure from...

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