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Stepping into the future

Steps to End Domestic Violence chairwoman Robin Grace, left, and executive director Kelly Dougherty reveal the organization’s new name last Thursday at St. Michael’s College. Since its founding in 1974, the organization was known as Women Helping Battered Women.
(Photo by Jason Starr)

By JASON STARR Women Helping Battered Women took a huge step forward last week. The organization shed its antiquated name and rebranded to become Steps to End Domestic Violence. The staff and board of directors welcomed volunteers and partners to a celebratory name and logo reveal at St. Michael’s College last Thursday. The old name…

Essex Area Senior Center to become municipal dept.

The Essex Area Senior Center voted to disolve its nonprofit status on Monday with plans to become part of the municipal department. The village municipal offices are pictured above. (Photo by Michaela Halnon)

By MICHAELA HALNON Members of the Essex Area Senior Center, Inc. voted unanimously on Monday to dissolve their 501(c)(3) nonprofit status and transfer center management to the municipality of Essex. More than 75 of the 171 senior center members attended a special meeting at the municipal offices to discuss the impending change with the existing…

Sew far, sew good

Jenna Jeter, 7, of Essex is an avid quilter. This weekend, she took part in the Vermont Quilt Festival for the third year in a row at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex. (Photo by Colin Flanders)

By COLIN FLANDERS In her third year participating in the Vermont Quilt Festival, Jenna Jeter operates like an old pro. While many quilters were off preparing for the weekend ahead, Jenna started off last Thursday morning with a brisk yoga session before suffering through a one-man media blitz in her backyard. Later that evening, she…

Shaking the grade

As of now, Essex High School has no plans to lower its passing grade to 60 from 70. (File photo)

By COLIN FLANDERS The road to Essex’s unified school district is ushering in all sorts of change, from financial controls and governance, down to its very name. But one major component at Essex High School will remain the same. Essex High School has a passing grade of 70. There’s no mandated grading scale in Vermont,…