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18 Essex athletes, 1 coach decorated by Vermont high school coaches’ associations

A slew of Essex High School Hornets reeled in all-state and all-league laurels recently for their play during the 2019 fall seasons.

A total of 18 student-athletes, representing EHS’s boys’ and girls’ soccer teams and the field hockey squad, were selected by coaches from across the state to be all-league honorees. Four of those, two from each soccer crew, also took claim to an all-state accolade as premiere performers in their respective sport.

Additionally, field hockey head coach Grace O’Neil was chosen to be an assistant for the Vermont Senior All-Star Team.

For boys’ soccer, senior captain Burke Hoover and junior Stefan Digangi both collected Division I All-State honors as well as being named to the All-Metro Division First Team. Senior William Deziel and junior Samuel Price picked up All-Second Team laurels while senior Matthew Kolar was tabbed as an honorable mention.

On the girls’ soccer side of things, senior captain Emma Whitney and junior Souma Mitra earned a Division I All-State accolade while getting themselves on the All-Metro Division First Team; Whitney was also named to the All-State Team in 2018. Joining them on the Metro Division All-First Team was sophomore Natalie McMahon. Mitra and McMahon were both honorable mentions last year.

Girls’ soccer senior captain Rachel Botala and juniors Abigail Robbins and Anna Sabourin all took a spot on the Metro Division All-Second Team, and seniors Riley Fitzgerald and Gabrielle Knight were both honorable mentions. Robbins had also been selected to the All-Second Team in ‘18.

Six field hockey players were honored on the All-Metro Division squads including junior captain Eleanor Reed who landed on the First Team; she was an honorable mention last year. Picked for the All-Second Team were senior captain Ryann Giummo, senior Kaylee Moody, and junior Erin Noel. Additionally, freshman goalie Adowyn Byrne was chosen as an honorable mention.

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Three Essex officers graduate from Vermont Police Academy

Basic training is over for three new members of the Essex Police Department.

On Friday, Nov. 22, officers Matthew Beaulieu, Sabrina Feit, and Justin Lindor graduated from the Vermont Police Academy during a ceremony held at the Pittsford training facility.

The EPD newcomers helped comprise a graduating class of 38 which included members of 17 departments throughout the state. During the 16 weeks of basic training, students learned about criminal law, motor vehicle law, domestic and sexual violence, children’s issues, firearms, driving, proper use of force techniques, communication skills, drug-related investigations, report writing, interacting with people of various backgrounds and disability issues, traffic crash investigation, tactics, and more.

“Our students put in an incredible amount of hard work and physical fitness training to achieve certification,” said Cindy Taylor-Patch, director of training at the academy.

Beaulieu, Feit, and Lindor now have to complete a few more weeks of post-basic training before they officially join the department and begin another 12 weeks of field training.

In addition, the 39th Canine Patrol School and 2018 Tracking School also received certifications on Friday with seven agencies being represented.

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Aunt Dot’s (new) place

Aunt Dot’s Place in Essex is enjoying a new location, although moving trucks weren’t needed to transfer the organization and all of its supplies.

The local food shelf recently moved next door to its previous home. It’s still in the back of the red building at 51 Center Street in Essex Junction. The volunteer staff and board are inviting the community to visit and check out the new area on Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 4-6 p.m. The food shelf will not be open for client shopping that afternoon.

Aunt Dot’s doubled the size of its work space--going from about 1,000 to approximately 2,000 square feet. The previous site was a single room which needed dividers and had just three shelving units to store its goods.

The new location includes a sizable area through which clients can shop twice per month, as well as a small office, a lengthy storage room, a staff room, and a waiting room. Aunt Dot’s was able to install another six storage shelves which provide more flexibility and help lessen the clutter.

The organization officially moved on Sept. 13. Frank White, a committee chair and shift leader, quipped that, “Except for cleaning, everything’s better.”

After the previous tenant moved out, the treasurer for Aunt Dot’s negotiated with Pomerleau Real Estate and agreed upon a new lease which came with just a slightly-increased rent cost.

During the open house, members from the public will be welcome to explore the new location, hear more about what Aunt Dot’s is doing for the area, and learn how they can help out.

Aunt Dot’s place opened in Aug. 2017 as a food resource for the communities of Essex, Essex Junction, Jericho, Underhill, and Westford. There are currently over 60 active volunteers who help out during the three days per week that the organization is open (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday).