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Ethan Tapper: American Beech

Among foresters, American beech (Fagus grandifolia) is a common source of consternation. It is often considered a low-value, low quality “weed,” outcompeting other tree species and taking over the forest’s understory. Some foresters interested in maintaining diversity, increasing forest health and growing more commercial tree species have adopted special practices just to avoid regenerating beech, including treating cut beech stumps with herbicide. To the layperson, this may seem a little extreme. Healthy beech trees are beautiful, with smooth grey “elephant skin” bark. A grove of large beech trees has a high, arching canopy, casting green-tinged light on everything below....

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Letters to the editor (2/1/2018)

Santa letter had right idea I would like to call your readers’ attention to the cute letters to Santa written by school children that were published in the Dec. 21 Essex Reporter. In particular, the letter written by Angela shows compassion, empathy and wisdom beyond her years. I reprint it here: “I’m a big kid, but I still believe in you, who embodies love. I believe in the reason for the season. I believe in the spirit of Christmas. I believe the world would be a better place if we acted kind, generous and loving toward each other, all...

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Obituary: Gary A. Burns

Colchester/Lakeland, FLA.– Gary Alan Burns, 65, passed away unexpectedly on January 9, at his home in Lakeland, Fla. He was born in Colchester on April 16, 1952, the son of Rita F. Burns of Essex Jct. and the late Kenneth E. Burns. He graduated from Essex Jct. High School in 1970. Gary worked for many years in the auto parts industry in Essex Jct. He truly enjoyed his work with Essex Auto Supply, Partstown Essex and Federated Auto. Many of his customers went on to become some of Gary’s greatest friends. Gary is survived by his son, Gary Burns...

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Obituary: Bertie R. Boyce

ESSEX JCT. – Bertie Reynold Boyce died at home in on January 23 in the care of his wife, Marilyn, and beloved family after an extended illness as a beautiful winter rainbow shone on the top of Prospect Hill. His commitment, love of family, concern for others and sense of humor will be greatly missed by all. Bertie was born in Groton on March 27, 1933, the son of Raymond Boyce and Anna (Hood) Boyce. He graduated from Wells River High School in 1951, BS University of Vermont in 1956, MS University of Vermont in 1958, doctoral degree Rutgers...

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