Author: 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 manager Makenna Thorne. Essex finished the season 13-3, and outscored opponents by a margin of...

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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 (14th) and Jake Moran (21st), while senior Justin Poulin turned in a gutsy performance, crawling across the finish line after falling 20 feet from the finish line. The Hornets are now the top Vermont seed headed to Belfast, Maine on November 11 for the New England Championships. The state title wraps up a phenomenal season highlighted by a handful of first-place finishes, including at the annual Essex Invitational and the BFA-Festival. The girls team placed fourth. Lizzie Martell ran 13th, followed by Hannah Brisson (25th) Olivia Miller-Johnson (36th), Ary Wilson (39th), Natalie Preston (41st), Guilia Eddy (42nd) and Morgan Marckres (56th). The New Englands are next...

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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 years. Her troop went to England and Germany as a culminating activity at the end of high school. She attended Essex Elementary School, Founders Memorial, Essex Middle School and graduated from Essex Jct. High School in 1989. After high school, she attended Elmira College...

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Opinion | What is high-grading?

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 is the process of cutting the highest-value trees in a forest while leaving behind all or most poor-quality, low-value trees. High-grading is a purely extractive practice without consideration for any ecological variables, more like drilling or mining than anything one could call sustainable forest...

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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 nearly hit by a speeding car as she tried to cross from the Mobil station to Pearl Street. Then, it was my turn. A tractor trailer turned right from Pearl onto Park and missed my left front fender by inches. A minute later, another...

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