Reporter staff

Hornets fall to CVU in semis


The No. 2-seeded Essex field hockey team’s season came to an end Monday after dropping a tight contest to No. 3-seeded Champlain Valley Union, 3-2. The loss snaps a six-game winning streak for the Hornets and marked the final game for seniors Dakota Allen, Jenna Puleo, Hannah Palmer, Samantha Hemphill, Anna Eekraw, Emily Singer and…

Cross-country captures state title


The Essex boys cross-country team secured the program’s 16th state championship last weekend after beating second-place Burlington. The title marks Essex’s first since 2008. Led by sophomore Henry Farrington and junior Peter Alden, who placed second and third, respectively, the Hornets totaled a score of 49 points. The top-five included Jack Wagner (12th), Brady Martisus…

Erica Eastham


Erica Ann Eastham, née Parker, died unexpectedly on Oct. 5, 2017 after a complication from pneumonia and chest surgery in San Antonio, Texas, at 46 years old. As a Vermont Folkkid, she learned to contra dance and attended an international folk festival in Turkey after visiting Greece. Erica was a Girl Scout throughout her school…

Opinion | What is high-grading?


Ethan Tapper, Chittenden County forester

By Ethan Tapper If you are even tangentially involved with the world of forest management, you have probably heard the term “high-grading” or “high-grade logging.” These terms refer to the ugly underbelly of the world of logging, where loggers or landowners have engaged in timber harvesting purely targeted at the pursuit of the almighty dollar. High-grading…

Letters to the editor | November 2, 2017


Five Corners growth not thoughtful Friday, Oct. 27, I witnessed three near accidents at Five Corners in Essex in less than one minute. I was stopped at a red light on Park Street, waiting to turn left onto Pearl Street. Being first in line and behind the white line for traffic, I saw a pedestrian…

Hornets secure playoff spot


Photos by Kyle St. Peter The Essex boys soccer team secured the No. 10 seed in the Division I playoffs after finishing the season 6-7-1. They finished the season with a scoreless tie against Colchester on October 18 before falling to St. Johnsbury on Saturday, 0-2. Pictured here, junior midfielder Noah Palker jumps for a…