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A company that staffs Vermont’s two immigration service support centers will lay off nearly 400 people in the area after failing to secure a new contract with the federal government. But while the new contractor has yet to give any definitive details about how many employees will keep their …

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The village planning commission recently approved site plans at an existing development complex for a new four-story apartment building that will feature 44 one-bedroom and studio units.

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Dipping their toes into the upcoming budget season, Essex’s municipal staff offered elected officials a list of goals for the fiscal year 2021 spending plan last month with an overarching theme of “do no harm.”

ESSEX – Essex resident Alan K. Kinney III was recently named president of the Vermont Insurance Agents Association. He is principal at Kinney Insurance Agency, with his brother Drew Kinney. Kinney Insurance has offices in Milton, St. Albans and South Hero.

ESSEX JCT. – Girls on the Run Vermont’s spring coach registration is now open. Becoming a coach for Girls on the Run Vermont means creating a positive impact for Vermont girls. Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that is designed to enhan…

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A new “help desk” at Essex High School looks to support students from a wide range of backgrounds accessing community assistance and resources.

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Hundreds of volunteers are expected to roll up their sleeves at Albert D. Lawton this weekend and hand pack meals 100,000 meals for food insecure children around the world.

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The Essex Selectboard on Monday unanimously adopted a revised firearms discharge ordinance that limits shooting in three municipal parks, ending a long and often contentious process that began more than a year ago.

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The town and village recreation departments unveiled more than a dozen new pickleball courts at several public parks this summer, in response to a growing demand for the popular sport.

A proactive approach is a key component of protecting oneself against breast cancer. While the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® notes that many breast cancer symptoms are invisible and not noticeable without a professional cancer screening, women can keep an eye out for certain signs…

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Jamie Holden has a special message for breast cancer patients who come through the pre-operation department: I know you’re scared, and that’s OK, because it’s not an easy journey, “but it’s worth the fight.”

BURLINGTON — At the Women’s Health and Cancer Conference, one workshop gave a behind-the-scenes look at breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and care from the perspectives of the different doctors involved on a breast cancer team.

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The village trustees soon plan to debate whether to install cameras at Maple Street Park in a discussion that will highlight the tensions between security, privacy and the costs of each. Village vice president George Tyler, who requested the agenda item earlier this summer after hearing from a resident concerned over the popular park’s lack […]

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When Mark Redmond began his career helping at-risk kids, he would make the daily trip from his studio apartment in New York City to a youth shelter in Times Square, passing by the Manhattan theater district along the way. Now, nearly 40 years later, Redmond is heading back to where it all began — this […]

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The Essex Jct. board of trustees will consider adopting a new open container ordinance that would allow local police to crack down on drinking on public property. The discussion marks the trustees’ latest push to combat unwanted behaviors along the village’s multi-use path, which was built in 2016 with a local investment of nearly $100,000, […]

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The community outreach team is the goo that holds the pie together. That is according to Brandi Littlefield, assistant director of the Howard Center community outreach team and First Call for Chittenden County. The Howard Center’s community outreach team has served six towns in Chittenden County, including Essex and Essex Junction, since April 2018, working […]

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At first glance, the third Friday of September doesn’t seem outwardly special. But for the family and friends of prisoners of war (POW) and soldiers missing in action (MIA), it is a day of honor and remembrance. At an annual ceremony to commemorate POW and MIA soldiers at Camp Johnson on Sept. 20, Governor Phil […]

The Essex Westford School District hopes to participate in a pilot program that would help it deploy two electric buses into its fleet. The program is a partnership between the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation that will help two schools districts and one transit agency replace older diesel-powered buses […]

A lawsuit accusing school officials of failing to protect a former Essex High School student from bullying, hazing and assault by a hockey teammate in 2015 may soon head to trial, after a judge denied the district’s motion to dismiss the case over a lack of evidence. Parents of the victim filed the lawsuit in […]

The trustees have restarted the process needed to force a private property owner to sell his land to the village after their attorney found the municipality may have failed to notify the necessary parties. The realization came as the village prepared to defend itself against a lawsuit from Bill Kalanges, who has challenged the trustees’ […]

The Essex Selectboard has stripped references to shooting ranges from its firearm discharge ordinance, advancing less controversial changes that will limit hunting in town parks but do nothing to curb shooting on private properties. Members unanimously accepted the pared-down ordinance Monday night and hope to officially adopt the changes next month. Hunters and recreational shooters […]

A draft report examining current and future needs of municipal departments says the town and village will need to spend millions of dollars in the coming decades if they want to improve the work environments of their staff. The report, prepared by consultants Scott + Partners Architects, is the first step in a multi-phase project […]

The town and village plan to start removing public trees as part of a long-term plan to brace for the arrival of the emerald ash borer. The invasive bug was first spotted in central Vermont early last year, and recent sightings in Bristol and South Hero have led those paying attention to believe its arrival […]

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For the second time in the last three weeks, a pool of mosquitoes found in Essex has tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the Vt. Health Department. Each year, the health department conducts weekly tests between June through October to track the prevalence of WNV in the state. Tests examine so-called pools – […]

The Strike Zone Academy looks to mold new generation of Vt. baseball and softball players A 27-year-old Vermont native says his new Essex training facility will be a one-stop-shop for softball and baseball players looking to take their game to the next level. “We’re going to bring a whole new side of the game and […]

The Essex Westford School District says its free summer meals program served 28,619 meals this summer, a 20-percent spike over the prior year. Run by the district’s child nutrition program and offered to anyone under the age of 18, the free meals service dealt out almost five thousand more meals compared to last year, according […]

With different tax structures in the town and village, one of the biggest merger-related questions facing elected officials remains how to achieve a single tax rate in a palatable way — especially for those outside the village who will pay more under one community. On Monday night, finance director Sarah Macy provided the elected boards […]

The University of Vermont Medical Center fired a licensed nursing assistant last year after it found out he had sexually harassed a former patient, according to a recent order from the Vt. Board of Nursing. The hospital network fired Marc Fleming in May 2018, days after a female patient formerly under his care at the […]

A 27-year-old Vermont native says his new Essex training facility will be a one-stop-shop for softball and baseball players looking to take their game to the next level. 

By EMERSON LYNN We all know about it. We know who there are. We watch them, and then, to a surprising degree we become them. They are the parents who go to extraordinary lengths to make sure their children are the next John LeClair, or Tom Brady, or Carli Lloyd, or, take your pick. They […]

Essex and Essex Jct. are leaving a combined $1.4 million on the table each year it remains without a local option tax. That’s according to a new report from the village capital committee, which has asked local elected officials to consider using the one percent tax to increase funding for the municipalities’ costliest infrastructure projects. […]

As three yellow school buses embarked on their maiden voyage through Essex Jct. last week, local school district officials could finally breathe a sigh of relief. That’s because, while Essex Westford School District’s transportation expansion has been defined by its failures, the new service’s roll out felt to some like a true sign of progress: […]

CHURCH REPORT NAMES 39 PRIESTS ACCUSED OF CHILD SEX ABUSE IN VERMONT The Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington last week released a report naming 39 priests who dating back to 1950 have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children in Vermont. Five of the accused served in Essex for at least a portion of their […]

A historical burial ground in Essex is undergoing a massive restoration project, breathing new life to the final resting place of more than 150 years of local residents. Located at 1 Jericho Rd., the Essex Commons Burial Ground contains plots dating back to the late 1700s and up through the early 1960s, when it was […]

Officials from the University of Vermont Medical Center and the town of Essex threw on hard hats and moved around a bit of dirt last week to celebrate breaking ground on a new primary care facility along Route 15 and Essex Way. The event commemorated the start of construction on a building that will soon […]

Gag rule would prevent physicians from discussing abortion Vermont will stop using federal Title X funds to provide health care for low-income Vermonters in response to a Trump administration gag rule barring doctors and other health care providers who receive the funds from discussing abortion with patients. Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD., notified U.S. Dept. […]

Bill Kalanges has filed a civil lawsuit against the village of Essex Jct. alleging it has repeatedly failed to articulate what the Crescent Connector road will look like when it’s finished, curbing his ability to challenge the taking of his land through eminent domain. Kalanges has argued the project unnecessarily infringes on his Maple St. […]

Thomas Fleming School Principal Daniel Ryan (above) cuts through a ribbon Monday celebrating the official opening of a new playground. The playground, which sports the only “bamboo jungle gym” at any school in the state, was designed with the help of various student, parent and faculty groups, Ryan said. The school has also ordered features […]

Local, veteran-owned craft breweries and food vendors are coming together on Saturday to support and raise money for Vermont Paws and Boots with a “tap takeover.” Vermont Paws and Boots is a non-profit by Michelle LeBlanc that partners rescue dogs with disabled veterans and first responders. The pairs train for nearly a year as the […]

A wary selectboard on Monday delayed a vote on whether to adopt its new shooting ordinance, suggesting that it may ditch regulations on backyard shooting ranges until it can seek more public feedback. Monday’s hearing was slated to be the final step in a lengthy ordinance revision process, and the board entered the evening prepared […]

Solving the Essex Westford School District’s busing crunch has taken on a certain Rubik’s Cube quality, a pull-a-lever-here, push-a-lever-there mentality in which every decision ripples through the system in unexpected ways. The challenge for school officials then has become finding the correct sequence. Or short of that, the one that does the most good while […]

ALBURGH — Vermont State Police divers have recovered the body of an Essex fisherman who was reported missing Tuesday between North Hero and Alburgh on Lake Champlain. Michael Datillio, 68, was located about 40 yards from shore in 14 feet of water at around 8 p.m. Datillio’s body was taken to Chief Medical Examiner’s Office […]

Village trustees last month officially invoked eminent domain over a slice of land deemed vital to the long-awaited Crescent Connector, determining that the bypass road’s benefits override the property owner’s objections. In a July 17 order, the trustees authorized the village to condemn a part of Bill Kalanges property through which the Connector will pass […]

A federal judge has ordered changes to policies of seclusion and restraint at the Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center in response to a lawsuit filed by Disability Rights Vermont (DRV). DRV has alleged that Woodside has violated the due process rights of youth, aged 10 to 18, incarcerated there. Woodside is the state’s only facility for […]

What do a rustic cabin close to Burlington, a spacious and elegant home on a golf course and a private suite within minutes of “beer worth finding” have in common? Two things, turns out: They all describe rental properties in the town of Essex on the popular home-sharing app, AirBnB. And they are all out […]

Many who showed up to the Champlain Housing Trust’s informational meeting on Friday seemed to know at least one other person by name. They asked about family members and shared thanks for watering plants while away on vacation – interactions illustrative of what Fort Ethan Allen residents call a growing sense of community in the historic […]

Construction on a stormwater gravel wetland along the corner of Main Street and Fairview Drive will begin this week, one of a handful of projects aimed at bringing the town and village closer to its goals for stormwater and phosphorus. The project is a joint effort between the town and village as part of their […]