Tran family reflects on first year in business


Tan Tran, co-owner of Shannon's Jewelers

Tan Tran has always been the man behind the curtain. While his custom pieces sat in showrooms waiting to be discovered, the dutiful jeweler was already busy with the next task. That all changed last year when Tran opened his own store, Shannon’s Jewelry, where he now traces his work from idea to sale, witnessing…

County officials keep tabs on water quality bill


Chittenden County officials worry a plan to escalate funding for Vermont’s water quality projects could hamper local efforts by charging proactive communities twice. Addison Sen. Christopher Bray has proposed legislation to charge all Vermont property owners a $1 monthly per parcel fee, which he says would raise about $4.5 million per year, according to a…

Annual diaper drive inspires fifth-graders


Essex resident Jason Fitzgerald began leading a diaper drive for the Committee on Temporary Shelter

A band of fifth-graders at Malletts Bay School are calling on the community for diaper donations, hoping to collect a whopping 500 pounds of the baby basics for the Committee on Temporary Shelter by December 18. “We decided it was just a nice thing to do for our community because homeless people need to spend…

Traffic safety continues to concern Essex police, trustees


The board of trustees is considering how it can help combat dangerous driving after Essex police reported an uptick in drivers running red lights, and residents continue to say speeding is rampant in the village. Combatting traffic violations remains a constant challenge and one without an easy answer, Lt. Robert Kissinger said at a meeting…