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Made in Essex: Firebird Cafe owner to open coffee shop


Jake  Tran takes an order from a customer last Tuesday afternoon. Tran opened the cafe in July 2009 and prides himself on building relationships with customers. (Photo by Courtney Lamdin)

Editor’s note: Made in Essex is a new feature in The Reporter highlighting local businesses in town. Each week, you’ll see a new piece by our freelancer, Cindy Chittenden, an eighth generation Vermonter who grew up in her family business, Chittenden’s Cider Mill in South Burlington. She worked in sales for 25 years but recently…

Hornets ousted in semifinals by CVU


Sophomore Elizabeth Goodrich eyes a free throw during the Hornets game against CVU last Saturday. (Photo by Bob LoCicero)

After making its way to the quarterfinals of the Division-I girls basketball state tournament, the Essex basketball squad fell to CVU 45-34 last Saturday, ending its season with a record of 13-9. Emmalee Smith led the way for Essex, dropping 11 after a 14-point performance against Rutland in the playdowns. The youthful Hornets will graduate…

The public’s right to know is under attack


This is the first Sunshine Week, since it began in 2005, when the public’s right to know has been under direct assault and on several fronts. “Fake news,” “alternative facts,” retaliatory restrictions of press access by the White House and demonizing attacks on the working press are eroding the public’s access to real facts and…

Bernice M. Conner


Conner, Bernice

ESSEX – Bernice M. Conner, 81, passed away peacefully in her sleep in the comfort of her home on Thursday March 9, 2017. Bernice was surrounded by family who supported her through the final leg of her life’s journey as she succumbed to heart disease. Please join us in honoring Bernice’s life journey on Saturday,…