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Essex takes second in BHS invite

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Essex placed second during the annual Burlington Invitational last weekend, trailing St. J while beating CVU, South Burlington and Mt. Mansfield. Jamaal and Sade Hankey paced the Hornets as individual winners, while second-place finishers included Ryan Guerino (long jump), Breyer Sinor (discus), Katie James (800m), Sade Hankey (triple jump), Hannah Neddo (high jump) and the…

Trainer graduates ‘Gold Star’ dogs

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One night in 1996, Deb Helfrich’s friend dragged her to a lecture for Therapy Dogs of Vermont. Now the owner of Gold Star Dog Training, Helfrich laughs while recalling she was terrified of dogs growing up. “My dad is allergic to them, and I never had great experiences,” she said. But during that event more…

Essex Jct. man nets fourth DUI

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Vermont State Police arrested an Essex Jct. man after he was stopped for several motor vehicle violations on Route 7 in the Ferrisburgh last Friday morning, a press release said. Craig M. Lesage, 56, was cited for DUI No. 4 and operating after suspension or revocation of license at 1:30 a.m. after police said he…

The real fraud is denying voting rights

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I’ve never been known to sugarcoat things, so I’m going to be frank. Recent events are causing increasing concerns that our democracy is in peril. Let me explain. Voting is the foundation of our democracy. Since my first day as secretary of state, and before that as a state senator, I’ve worked to encourage voter…