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Message from Montpelier: February 2


The fourth week of the new legislature began with a “big bang”: Gov. Phil Scott’s budget address. In it, he laid out his proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year 2018. It lays a course for spending and revenues in the next fiscal year. This year, he outlined a major proposal to level-fund school budgets…

Letters to the editor: February 2


Another feather for your cap? Over the past several years, certain members of the selectboard appear to have put their personal agendas before the concerns of the Essex taxpayers. One such agenda was the attempt to create a special taxing district for the recreation departments. In a town that struggles (without the past generous tax…

Autumn Harp approved for VEDA financing


An Essex company plans to build a 50,000 square foot expansion to help keep pace with growing demand, thanks to financing from the Vermont Economic Development Authority. Autumn Harp, a private label cosmetics and skin care manufacturing company, just received approval for a tax-exempt industrial revenue bond by VEDA, a lender that helps borrowers obtain…