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 […]

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Courtesy of Essex Westford School District After 21 years of teaching, longtime Essex teacher Mrs. Mary Beth Funtow will retire after the end of this school year and begin a new chapter in her life. A graduate of the University of Vermont’s College of Education, Mrs. Funtow taught at Fleming Elementary School and other schools […]

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Submitted by AMY JACKMAN The Essex Rotary Club will honor five local individuals for community service and their dedication to living the Rotary motto of Service above Self. The individuals will be recognized at an annual banquet on February 13 at The Essex. Dorothy Bergendahl will receive the coveted Service above Self award for her […]

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By David Voegele Executive director of Essex CHIPS Birdies, trophies, Czars, and rackets raised high – oh my! What a day! The 2019 Vermont Birdie Bash was a Blast! Close to 100 players and spectators gathered on Sunday to enjoy the second year of a family friendly athletic competition at the Albert D Lawton School […]

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Submitted by Janice M. Rousselle One of Essex Jct.’s favorite sons was awarded a ‘Quilt of Valor’ last November at the annual convention of the National Grange in Stowe. Harold Henry Bergeron was one of twenty veterans and Grange Members from around the United States who were given a quilt to commemorate their service in the […]

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The village of Essex Jct. is holding out hope it can find the owner of a lost handmade ornament picked up off a discarded tree. Public works employees found the ornament during the annual Christmas tree pick-up and, noticing a small handprint on the back, figured it was handmade and may have special meaning to […]

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By LOU ANN PIOLI It is with a heavy heart that I’ll be bidding farewell to a most amazing and wonderful group of people who have, in four years, become my second family. December 31 will be my final day in my role at the helm of the Essex Area Senior Center, a role I […]

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Soaring through the air with the greatest of ease, dozens of competitors turned out last weekend for the Vermont Ninja Warrior Training Center’s annual competition. Participants jumped, climbed, rolled and swung their way across the challenging obstacle course. RESULTS: Youth 7-10 1. Sean Thomas 2. Evelyn Walker 3. Isaac Whitman Youth 11-15 1. Rose Lord […]

By JOE GONILLO Christmas is my favorite season of the year.  Nothing that compares.  I appreciate the ER for giving me space for my Christmas Wish List.  As it seems to grow erver-so-slightly every year, and I always give credit to former BFP sports writers Andy Gardner and Pat Garrity for giving me the idea.  […]

COLCHESTER  Friday, Dec. 14 7 p.m., Blue Christmas, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1063 Prim Rd., Colchester. Sunday, Dec. 23 Please note that this schedule does not reflect all regular Sunday worship services. 9:30 a.m., Fourth Sunday of Advent, Malletts Bay Congregational Church UCC, 1672 West Lakeshore Dr., Colchester. Monday, Dec. 24 8 & 10 a.m., […]

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Submitted by Essex Jct. Parks & Recreation In its second year running the Train Hop & Tree Lighting, the Essex Jct. Recreation and Parks estimates about 1,500 people turned out for the 10th annual holiday event. Village businesses opened their doors to allow event-goers the chance to see model trains and collect goodies, while partakers again […]

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As December falls deeper into winter, students in the Center for Technology, Essex forestry program can be found working hard in the middle of the holiday season preparing Christmas trees, festive wreaths and sweet treats to sell to the community. Earlier this month, the students went out to the CTE-managed forest to cut down Christmas […]

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Essex Girl Scout Troop 30136 is making it easier to find places to fill up reusable water bottles in the greater Burlington area to help reduce consumption of plastic containers. The effort is part of the troop’s silver award, the second highest award a cadette can earn after gold. The girls will work with a […]

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An Essex High School sophomore is using his creativity and entrepreneurial spirit to dive headfirst into the complicated, exciting world of running a fashion business. Jesse Rivers started ALONE, a streetwear clothing company, earlier this year when he completed an internship with Burlington-based printing company, Amalgamated Cultureworks. “The whole process of production took probably a […]

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Sex: Spayed female Breed: American Shelter Dog Age: ~ 7 years old Reason Here: Izabella’s owner could no longer care for her Arrival Date: 10/25/2018 Size/Weight: Large/ 68 lbs.  Hey everyone, iz mizz Izabella! I’m a sweet, snuggly girl who likes to play just as much as be a couch potato – and you could call me Paula Deen because I […]

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Holiday cheer was in the air last Monday, Nov. 19 at the Essex Adult Day & Memory Care Program. Around 40 program participants enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal together and chatted about traditions and family plans. Personal care attendant Kathryn Sheehan, pictured above, was one of many PCAs and licensed nursing assistants who made the day […]

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Name: Master Sgt. Jonathan Jacobs Military Specialty: 2W171 Aircraft Armament Systems Technician Years of Service: 16+ Unit: 158th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 158th Maintenance Group, 158th Fighter Wing Hometown: Richford, VT Current Town: Essex Junction High School/Graduation Year: 1995 College/Graduation: 2001 Q. Why did you join the National Guard? A. My main reason for joining was […]

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“From Essex to Claremont with love.” If Annie Cooper was a newspaper editor, that’s how she’d title a story about her effort to raise money for a school district more than 100 miles away. Cooper was one of several people to host fundraisers aimed at paying down a $32,000 school lunch and breakfast program debt […]

Sex: Males Breed: American guinea pigs Age: ~ 1 year old Reason Here: Our family could no longer care for us Arrival Date: 10/09/18 Is there anything better than hangin’ on the couch with your best buddy? We sure don’t think so! Because we’re such BFFs, we must be adopted to the same home – that just means double the […]

ADL art teacher Tina Logan hosted a Dia de los Muertos craft time at the Brownell Library in Essex Jct. on Nov. 1. Logan constructed an ofrenda, or altar, honoring the dead, and taught students about the history of the holiday and how it is celebrated in Mexico. Kids painted skulls and small craft dolls […]

By Lou Ann Pioli Coordinator, Essex Area Senior Center During the four years that I’ve had the privilege and pleasure of working with our 50+ population at the Essex Area Senior Center, I’ve received a lot of praise for the growth and warm environment that has been nurtured here. While I take great pride in […]

Beth Paul picked up her bagpipes. Music swelled to fill a small sitting room in her Essex Jct. home as she breathed life into the instrument’s bag. Her slender fingers covered and revealed holes on the recorder-like neck of the pipes, as Paul moved the pipes’ three drones—the antenna-like poles atop the bag—changing the sounds […]

By David Voegele Executive Director, Essex CHIPS Over the past few weeks, many people have told me they enjoyed “hearing” Essex youth voices through the Essex CHIPS Youth on Board column. What surprised me, however, was that many readers knew little about CHIPS itself. A broader overview of CHIPS programs seems to be in order. So, […]

Tina Logan’s art classroom at the Albert D. Lawton middle school would bring back nostalgic memories for any adult that remembers the creative, colorful art classes of their youth. The back wall is full of windows which let in the sunlight reflecting off the maple tree whose leaves have turned bright yellow, illuminating the room […]

Few bells and whistles decorate the interior of Mark BBQ, a food truck-turned-brick and mortar restaurant at 34 Park St. Tarps cover picnic tables atop a checkered floor. Large chalkboards line the back wall with dispatches from children. A paper towel holder sits on the front counter beside the cookbooks of BBQ legends. The reserved […]

Sex: Neutered male Breed: Domestic shorthair – grey & white tabby Age: ~ 10 years old Reason Here: I was found as a stray Arrival Date: 7/19/2018 Special Considerations: I am diabetic Nico’s my name and giving hug’s my game! That’s right, you heard me straight. I’m all about LOVE baby and I’m not afraid to shout it loud and proud! Feel a […]

The Champlain Valley Exposition played host to the inaugural Vt. Living History & Military Expo last month. Over a dozen re-enactment encampments spanning centuries included the Roman legions, medieval knights, the American Revolution, the American Civil War and beyond. Photos by Kyle St. Peter for The Essex Reporter

By David Voegele Executive Director, Essex CHIPS Helping others, who are not necessarily your friends, neighbors, or relatives, is the essence of volunteerism. An abundance of volunteerism is indicative of a healthy community. Adults who volunteer serve as models for youth, and when our youth become volunteers they often continue helping others throughout their life. […]

MONTPELIER – Vermonters love to see birds around their home, and putting out bird feeders is a popular way to attract our feathered friends to backyards. Vermont is among the top states in the country for people who report feeding and watching birds near their home. However, birds aren’t the only wildlife attracted by birdseed. […]

MONTPELIER – Vermont is renowned for its colorful fall foliage but fall also offers some of the best fishing opportunities of the year according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Water temperatures are cooling. More solitude – fewer people will be on the water. Bass and northern pike go on feeding binges. And lake […]

Sex: Spayed Females Breed: Domestic rabbits Age: ~1 year old Reason Here: Left on someone’s front porch Arrival Date: 01/18/2018 These super cute bunz have been in our care since January and have just turned one year old! We cannot believe they have literally grown up in our care. They (and we!) are getting serious about their future and want to find a […]

Men and women in pairs and solo sauntered into the Maple Street Park Recreation Center last Thursday. Some brought baked goods and snacks they placed on the gingham-clothed table; others shuffled over to a corner to mingle and purchase raffle tickets. In the front of the room, a bespectacled man stood with sound equipment. Suddenly, […]

Animals of all kinds made their way to the Brownell Library earlier this month for the Wildlife Rocks program. Bunnies, owls and snakes – OH MY! Photos by Kyle St. Peter for The Essex Reporter

Military Specialty: 19A (Armor Officer) Years of Service: 17.5 (2 U.S. Coast Guard), (15.5 U.S. Army) Unit Headquarters: 86 Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain) Hometown: Cumberland, R.I. Current Town: Essex High School/Graduation Year: 1999 College/Graduation: B.S. Business Administration / 2003 / Norwich University; Masters of Business Administration (MBA) / 2010 / Norwich University   Q. […]

THOMAS FLEMING SCHOOL Fleming Entering Year Two as a PBIS School: We have established school expectations to be safe, be kind, be respectful, and be responsible. Students who demonstrate these behavioral attributes may be awarded a Fleming Falcon Feather card. These earned cards contribute to a school wide positive behavior culture shift, which will help […]

It was another successful season thanks to this team of lifeguards at Sand Hill Pool. Sydney Laplant, Marisa Minadeo, Zoe Filan and Beverly Briley could be seen all summer keeping a close watch on their friends and neighbors who took advantage of the town pool to escape what was a brutally hot summer. Thank you […]

By RITA LANGLAIS Master Gardener When I hear “harvest” my mind immediately goes to the vegetable garden.  I was late getting my vegetable garden in so although it is growing nicely, we are not quite ready to begin harvesting.  I think the leaf lettuce and spinach may be close. High heat and humidity makes fruits […]

By Rita Langlais Master Gardener I know it is early to be thinking of fall in early August. In reality, it is just around the corner as indicated by all the upcoming and ongoing fairs. The basic growing season for 2018 is almost over. The weather here in the northwestern part of Vermont has had […]

The 10 best days of summer is just around the corner as the 2018 Champlain Valley Fair, presented by Progressive, prepares to open its gates on August 24. With one-hundred plus exhibits, food concessions, concerts, shows, and agricultural exhibits, the fair remains Vermont’s largest annual gathering attracting over 120,000 people from Vermont, neighboring states and […]

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.97″ background_layout=”light”] While the dinner table might be where families catch up and share stories of their day, breaking bread at breakfast time can be just as enjoyable. That’s especially true when families take the time to create homemade breakfasts, such as these Orange Whole-Wheat Waffles with Yogurt and Fresh Berries from […]

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Players reach for the ball during the 29th annual Essex Mud Volleyball Tournament last Sunday at Tower and Chapin Road, hosted by the Epilepsy Foundation of Vermont. The  foundation hosts the event to raise money for programs and services for individuals and families affected by epilepsy. More than 200 people participated. (Now that’s a load […]

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.97″ background_layout=”light”] By NANCY MOCK HungryEnoughtoEatSix.com This salsa came about a few years back when my daughter and I spent most of the summer eating Margherita Pizza: a simple, summery combination of fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, and loads of garlic, together with mozzarella cheese on a pizza crust. [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”1_2″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.97″ background_layout=”light”] […]

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.97″ background_layout=”light”] By NANCY MOCK You put the lime in the coconut … and put them both in this sweet and creamy, no-bake icebox cake! Lime and coconut are together in this recipe, they are folded into the freshly-made whipped cream, which gets layered with thin and crispy chocolate wafer cookies to […]

Sex: Spayed female Breed: Domestic short hair – black/white Age: ~ 11 years old Reason Here: My owner could no longer care for me Arrival Date: 03/05/2018 Rosie is 11 years young and not only is she full of life, but she’s one of the best darn cuddlers in all of New England! Her favorite activities are sleeping, eating, and […]

Sex: Spayed female Breed: Mixed breed Age: ~ 13 years old Reason Here: Found as a stray Arrival Date: 5/21/2018 Energy Level: Medium Size/Weight: Large/ 78 lbs. You’re sure to smile when you lay your eyes on Miss Sasha Fierce! Her plumpness, her adorable ears, and her inquisitive face make her a recipe for cuteness. Sasha Fierce was found as a stray […]

In the quiet, still morning hours of Saturday, June 9, children aged 5 to 12 cast their fishing lines into the reservoir at Indian Brook Pond in Essex, as part of the Essex Youth Fishing Derby. The event was an effort by Essex Parks and Recreation to get kids and their guardians outside. For the […]

ESSEX ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Math Through Art: The second grade team at EES, along with Nancy Benerofe, has been presenting a Math Through Art program for kindergarten and first grade students this week. The second graders set up their work as a museum that the younger grades have visited and also guided their younger classmates in […]

Grace Lu, an honor student at Essex High School, has been selected for a 2018 Achievement Award in Writing, given by the National Council of Teachers of English. The NCTE Achievement Award in Writing is a school-based writing program established in 1957 to encourage high school students to write and to recognize some of the […]

By ETHAN TAPPER Walking the woods of Chittenden County, landscape-level trends become increasingly apparent. One surprise has been evidence of an over-abundance of white-tailed deer on the landscape, and the negative influence of deer on young trees in the forest. In winter, a deer eats, or “browses,” 6-8 percent of its body weight, about 10 […]

By KAYLEE SULLIVAN Visiting Nurse Association May 19 wasn’t just special for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Dutchess of Sussex. It was also a time of joy for participants at the VNA’s Adult Day Programs. A mock royal wedding at the VNA’s Essex site brought participants together as they baked a wedding […]