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Without unanimity, board supports union district plan

By COLIN FLANDERS As the recreation governance study committee continues down the path toward creating a union municipal district, at least one selectboard member believes too many questions will remain when the plan goes to voters in December. Irene Wrenner urged the board to reconsider its position earlier this month in what amounted to the…

Lincoln Hall restoration complete

The 1800s-era hall’s foundation and brickwork were recently restored. (Courtesy photo)

By JASON STARR A crumbling chimney atop the nearly 200-year-old Lincoln Hall was a proverbial canary in a coal mine, signaling deeper deterioration at one of Essex’s oldest and still most important buildings. “We were warned that the chimney was a serious hazard. There was nothing holding it up,” village president George Tyler said. “It was…

Students harvest fruits of their labor

L to R: Donna Del Trecco, student Jillian Del Trecco and Kaki McGeary are pictured in the Essex Town School District garden used for the Farm2School initiative. (Courtesy photo)

By COLIN FLANDERS The Essex Town School District is looking for volunteers to water and weed the school’s garden over the summer months. Students and volunteers prepared the garden beds and planted seeds this spring as part of the district’s service learning projects. The garden boasts varieties of tomatoes, zucchini, onions, yellow squash, cucumbers, beans,…

Wax on, wax off

A sign notifies visitors to Thomas Fleming School of ongoing classroom maintenance. Beyond waxing floors, custodians are also cleaning windows, walls, desks and locker rooms, painting and fixing locks this summer. (Photo by Colin Flanders)

By COLIN FLANDERS Bruce Murdough employs a simple reminder during the summer: “The kids are coming.” Murdough, director of property services for the Chittenden Central Supervisory Union, said the mantra guides the season’s standard workload as the district enters the final month before students again flood the hallways. This includes stripping and waxing the floors,…