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Bochanski bids Hiawatha farewell

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Two tiny holes poke through the wall in Tom Bochanski’s office. They used to hold a pair of student paintings from early in his 18-year career at Hiawatha Elementary School. Now, like much else around the room, the bare wall signals the beloved principal’s quickly approaching retirement. A jacket tree stands empty in the corner.…

Essex reps weigh in on pot bill

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Essex representatives weighed in on the recent bill to legalize recreational marijuana after considering debate both statewide and specific to their constituency. On Wednesday, May 10, Vermont became the first legislature to approve a bill of its kind – other states have legalized marijuana through referendum rather than legislation. The bill, S.22, captured a 79-66…

Trial delayed for fair stabbing suspect

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A man accused of fatally stabbing a victim at the Champlain Valley Fair last summer will continue to be held without bail after attorneys requested more time to depose witnesses, court documents show. Jacob St. Amour, a Williston resident, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder charges in September after prosecutors say he fatally wounded 22-year-old…

Selectboard seeks dispatch volunteer

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The Essex Selectboard is seeking a volunteer for the joint study committee working on an agreement to spell out how a union municipal district would govern a regional dispatch center in Chittenden County. The volunteer, who will represent the town on a committee of seven other municipalities, will be asked to attend monthly meetings for…

Going green at The Orange Owl

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“Do good. Smell good. Feel good. That’s what The Owl is all about,” says Akshata Nayak. Just off Kellogg Road sits the manufacturing facility of The Orange Owl, a vegan skincare line all manufactured, produced and shipped by Nayak. There are no florescent lights or dusty corner shelves in the manufacturing facility; rather, the space…