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2016: A year in review



Another year is in the books, and what a year it was. Forcing 2016 into a compact, easy-to-digest summary is tough to do considering dictionary behemoth Merriam-Webster’s single word to describe the 366 days was “surreal.” Yet here we are, sifting through Essex’s most notable stories from all the news that was fit to print.…

Raymond Stanley Cota


ESSEX – Raymond Stanley Cota passed away peacefully Dec. 15, 2016, in Jacksonville, Fla. Ray was born in St. Albans on July 2, 1944 to Stanley and Juliette Cota. Ray married his beloved wife, Shirley Flanagan Cota, in 1973. They lived in Essex for over 40 years, where they raised two sons, Gregory Cota (Alexandria,…

Thanks to all who studied rec issue


Although I am disappointed that the recreation district measure did not pass in both the village and the town on Tuesday, I want to pause to thank all who served this year in a volunteer capacity to study the possibilities and carry forth their recommendation. I doubt any of us could have accurately predicted how…