Author: Reporter staff

Brenda J. (Sheehan) Williamson

ESSEX JCT. – Brenda J. (Sheehan) Williamson was able to stay in her home until her final day with care from her loving family. She passed on Nov. 14, 2017 at age 79 at the UVM Medical Center surrounded by her loved ones. Brenda was born in December 1937 in Brookline, Mass. to the late Joseph Sheehan and Helen Mahoney Once the youngest of her eight children started school, she returned to school herself. She completed her B.S. in 1980 and then her masters of education in 1982 at UVM with a 4.0 GPA. She was a special educator...

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Doris “Dodie” Boardman Farnsworth

COLCHESTER/ST. ALBANS – Doris P. Boardman Farnsworth, a longtime resident of both communities passed away peacefully Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. She was 94 years old. Doris was born March 14, 1923, in Cambridge to Myron Church Potter and Blanche Alberta (Coburn) Potter. She grew up in East Berkshire on her family’s farm, attended grammar school in East Berkshire and graduated from Richford High School. Doris was married to Stanton E. Boardman in 1948. He preceded her in death on Feb. 18, 1988 and then married Harold S. Farnsworth on Sept. 22, 1993. Harold preceded her in death on Dec....

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Perspective | Community pitched in for church renovations

By ANN GRAY The church building, completed in 1869 at a cost of $7,826.06, bore little resemblance to the current church. There was a long flight of outside stairs for entry into the sanctuary. These stairs ended where the fanlight window is now located, and entrance to the downstairs was from Church Street. In December 1913, there was a Congregational vote to repair and rebuild the original church. The outside stairs were removed, a small hill in what is now the lawn was removed, the wood frame was bricked over, and the present entrance vestibule was built. At the...

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Perspective | All voices shape EWSD’s direction

By SUE MCCORMACK Senior Associate for Everyday Democracy During the month of October, Voices for Education (a coalition of students, community members, educators and school board members) hosted a series of community conversations about the future of education in our district. Fifty Essex and Westford residents came together in small groups for an in depth conversation about the future of the Essex Westford School District. These conversations built on the results of the #4Words4EWSD campaign which engaged hundreds of residents and educators to begin to identify what matters most when it comes to education. Participants in the conversations included...

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Letters to the editor | November 16, 2017

Community supports food shelf Last week Mary Pollard sent out a letter to 180 of her neighbors telling them she was having a food drive for Aunt Dot’s Place, a local food shelf. Last Saturday, Nov. 11, Mary and her sister, Patricia Redalieu, met us at Aunt Dot’s to deliver the food. We were amazed and grateful at Mary’s results. Her neighbors on Logwood Circle, Greenbriar Drive, Alderbrook Drive and Greenfield Road donated 569 pounds of food! We are so very grateful for these donations. We received so many of the  foods that we were in need of. We...

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