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Proficiency-based learning is beneficial


By Rebecca Holcombe A recent opinion piece from a Fair Haven Union High School teacher argued we should rid the state of proficiency-based learning and grading systems to “let teachers teach.” I can’t comment on how individual teachers, schools or districts chose to interpret or implement the State Board of Education’s requirement that our schools…

Into the Woods: Windthrow and salvage


Ethan Tapper, Chittenden County forester

By: Ethan Tapper Many of us awoke on Monday, Oct. 30 with trees on houses, cars and powerlines, our homes and businesses without power, our roads and driveways impassable. I would be interested in hearing from you about how it was in your part of the world. Why do blowdowns occur? When trees fall due…

Brenda J. (Sheehan) Williamson


A photo of Brenda J. (Sheehan) Williamson

ESSEX JCT. – Brenda J. (Sheehan) Williamson was able to stay in her home until her final day with care from her loving family. She passed on Nov. 14, 2017 at age 79 at the UVM Medical Center surrounded by her loved ones. Brenda was born in December 1937 in Brookline, Mass. to the late…

Doris “Dodie” Boardman Farnsworth


COLCHESTER/ST. ALBANS – Doris P. Boardman Farnsworth, a longtime resident of both communities passed away peacefully Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. She was 94 years old. Doris was born March 14, 1923, in Cambridge to Myron Church Potter and Blanche Alberta (Coburn) Potter. She grew up in East Berkshire on her family’s farm, attended grammar school…

Perspective | Community pitched in for church renovations


By ANN GRAY The church building, completed in 1869 at a cost of $7,826.06, bore little resemblance to the current church. There was a long flight of outside stairs for entry into the sanctuary. These stairs ended where the fanlight window is now located, and entrance to the downstairs was from Church Street. In December…

Perspective | All voices shape EWSD’s direction


By SUE MCCORMACK Senior Associate for Everyday Democracy During the month of October, Voices for Education (a coalition of students, community members, educators and school board members) hosted a series of community conversations about the future of education in our district. Fifty Essex and Westford residents came together in small groups for an in depth…