Author: Reporter staff

‘Four Corners’ trial scrapped

By JASON STARR The vision of a pedestrian plaza in the heart of Essex Jct., with the first block of Main Street closed to cars, has captured the imagination of village officials and community organizers. Earlier this year, the citizens who organize the annual block party and street dance on Railroad Avenue considered a one-day trial of the idea, closing Main Street for the July 16 event that is traditionally held on Railroad Avenue. The idea emerged from the Heart and Soul of Essex project and a “Design Five Corners” visioning session last year. The looming Crescent Connector bypass...

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Essex golf takes 3rd and 4th in state finals

The Essex boys golf squad took fourth in the state championships held at Ralph Myhre Golf Course with a final score of 339. Adam Ely led the Hornets, shooting a 78, good enough to tie for fourth place, followed by Brody Yates (82), Jordan Calhoun (87), Teagan Anderson (92) and Brennan Moreau (92). Ely and Yates qualified for the New England Championships, which will be held June 20 at the Bretwood Golf Course in Keene, N.H. The girls squad then took the course for their state finals on Monday, placing in third behind North Country and Rutland. Jessica Poratti...

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Essex Jct. needs more care

The earlier letter in The Reporter praising “more” in Essex Junction left me feeling like I have not lived in the same village. I was a village resident from 2007 through 2014. Through that time, I struggled to pay rent and maintain a car to drive for work and spoke with other Essex Jct. working families and retirees struggling to stay in their housing. Many things in Essex Jct. that are more desperately need to be less. At a 2013 Village Planning Commission meeting, I heard figures on percentage of income residents spend on housing costs. A regional planning...

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Pedestrian safety is paramount in any community

Chief Brad LaRose is spot on to take on changing the gun ordinance in Essex, as we just moved from Colchester to Essex because we felt Essex enforced no shooting areas for runners, mountain bikers, hikers and cared more about pedestrian safety than Colchester. As a runner, sailor, professional in the Colchester community, I found it appalling that the dirt road I ran on in the early morning before work was crawling with hunters. There are now 17,000 people living in Colchester! It’s not 1968 anymore! Public dirt roads should have at least a 500-foot buffer. I spent the...

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Village files lawsuit against homeless man

By COLIN FLANDERS The village of Essex plans to file a lawsuit against Michael Barney, the homeless veteran living in front of the Essex fairgrounds’ entrance, sparking the next step in a multi-week process aimed at removing him from the grounds. The lawsuit, written by attorney Andrew Bolduc of McNeil, Leddy & Sheahan, states Barney has lived in the area for seven months “despite numerous verbal requests to vacate.” Once Barney is served a summons by the Chittenden County Sheriff’s Office, the documents will be sent to the Chittenden Superior Court – Civil Division to begin the court process,...

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