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Essex athletes forge top-notch bond

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Applause from almost 200 people repeatedly exploded at Essex Tree Farm last Sunday as young soccer stars with disabilities were called up one by one to receive a trophy and stream of high-fives from coaches and players. The celebration marked Vermont’s 11th season of TOPSoccer, or The Outreach Program for Soccer. The nationwide program, run…

Grants in hand, town may seek more

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After earning a pair of grants worth $1.4 million, the town of Essex is considering how to best leverage its coffers and tackle future stormwater projects amid a ripe funding environment. Issued last month, the grants will help the town and village close one chapter of stormwater mitigation, completing the 2015 flow restoration plan’s final…

Heart & sole: Essex reflexologist debuts new book

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An 80-year-old man came to Geraldine Villeneuve’s reflexology practice in her Essex home as a last resort four years ago. Suffering from chronic back pain, he’d tried nearly everything to alleviate the ache to no avail. Assessing his feet with the traditional metal device seen in many shoe stores, Villeneuve told the man he measured…

Boards wary of airport fight

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With additional reporting by Michaela Halnon Neither the selectboard nor trustees took an official stance in the fight over who should govern the Burlington International Airport, though meetings this month saw each entertain a much different discussion. The dispute has spilled out of city limits as South Burlington officials seek partners in their push for regional…

Energy committee buttons up

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The Essex Energy Committee is joining a public outreach campaign designed to promote home energy efficiency improvements. Committee chairman Will Dodge approached the selectboard earlier this month to request its permission to participate in the Button Up Vermont campaign, a project of Efficiency Vermont that focuses on helping residents and property owners reduce their heating…

EHS teacher named best in Vermont

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Linda Cloutier-Namdar exhibits traits one would expect from a renowned teacher: a passion for learning, unbridled enthusiasm and a belief students can achieve greatness if only given opportunity — and a nudge in the right direction. “I have felt lucky every single day that I come here,” Essex High School English teacher Cloutier-Namdar said. “I…