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CCSU embraces federal transgender guidance

By COLIN FLANDERS Starting this school year, students at all Chittenden Central Supervisory Union schools can use bathrooms and locker rooms based on their gender identity, according to superintendent Judith DeNova. Previously, students used these spaces consistent with their biological sex. The CCSU Board of Education approved a statement highlighting the decision in late May,…

Wrenner catches flack for condom stunt

Selectboard member Irene Wrenner listens to residents' criticism of her actions at the Essex polls on primary day during Monday's board meeting. (Photo by Colin Flanders)

By COLIN FLANDERS Concerns over a selectboard member’s actions at the polls on primary day led to a fiery meeting at the town offices Monday, with some residents alleging a violation of the town’s communication policy. As detailed in last week’s Reporter, Irene Wrenner stood outside Essex Middle School during the August 9 primary, handing…

Smooth sailing

reporter Michaela Halnon learns the ropes from Al Baker of the International Sailing Center. (Photo by Kaylee Sullivan)

Editor’s note: This is is the first installment in an irregular series we’re calling Try-Town, where reporters from the Tri-Town Weekly papers – The Essex Reporter, Colchester Sun and Milton Independent – try activities available in our communities. Submit your suggestions to news@essexreporter.com.  By MICHAELA HALNON It was about 10 minutes into my first sailboat…

Health officials warn of deadly strain of heroin

Vermont health officials are warning street drug users about an especially deadly strain of heroin circulating in several parts of the state, including central Vermont and the Northeast Kingdom. According to reports from emergency responders over the last weekend, at least 10 people have overdosed, taking more than one dose of naloxone (Narcan) to be…