Author: Mike Donoghue

Joe G. joins hall of fame

By MIKE DONOGHUE MONTPELIER – Longtime Essex High teacher and coach Joe Gonillo was inducted into the Vermont Principals’ Association Hall of Fame at the Capitol Plaza in Montpelier on May 4. Gonillo passed around plenty of praise to the sold-out audience about his wife, Tina, and many of his fellow teachers, coaches and student-athletes at Essex High.   He arrived at Essex after graduating from St. Michael’s College in Colchester in 1981 “and for the next 35 years, he used his unique skill set to make a profoundly positive mark on the Essex community,” according to the printed...

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State: 21 dead cows found
 on Essex farm



Authorities say almost two dozen dead cows had to be disposed from a farm on Chapin Road following a complaint of possible animal abuse last month, according to state records. Essex police have declined to discuss what officers found at the Earle Matthews Farm at 272 Chapin Rd. on April 27. Police Chief Rick Garey wouldn’t release information on the criminal investigation until after the Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed it, possibly this week. But the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and the Humane Society of Chittenden County were among the other agencies alerted and have...

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Animal abuse investigated: Town says little or nothing

By MIKE DONOGHUE For The Essex Reporter Essex officials were tight-lipped – or in the dark – this week about an investigation into a major case of reported animal cruelty in town. The complaint was received about 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, but Essex officials didn’t acknowledge the incident until The Essex Reporter asked about a report of dozens of dead and underfed cows on Chapin Road. Essex Police Lt. Rob Hall said he couldn’t confirm the specific address based on orders from Chief Rick Garey. Garey did not respond to multiple messages by deadline Tuesday. The department has...

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Vermont Guard to be deployed next month

By MIKE DONOGHUE For the Colchester Sun SOUTH BURLINGTON – More than 60 members of an air ambulance unit within the Vermont Army National Guard will be headed into “harm’s way” in Southwest Asia or the Middle East in June. Adjutant Gen. Steven Cray announced the deployment of the Guard’s Charlie Company, Third Battalion 126 Army Aviation unit during a press conference last Friday. “It is a daunting task but one that is met with great resolve,” said Cray, who lives in Essex. First Sgt. Derek Laferriere, the senior enlisted soldier from Colchester, said some unit members are involved...

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Bar owner faces hearings

The owner of the Backstage Pub & Restaurant will have two hearings this month before the Essex Selectboard and the Vermont Liquor Control Board on whether disciplinary action should be taken against its licenses to serve alcoholic beverages. Problems continue to mount for the owner, Vincent Dober Sr., 53, of Burlington and his bar at 60 Pearl St., the director of compliance enforcement for the Vt. Liquor Control Department said this week. A new complaint about Dober being impaired while working has been filed, Chief Skyler Genest said in the public notice of hearing. And VLC now has evidence...

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