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[The Village of Essex Junction is an incorporated municipality within the Town of Essex. The governments of the two municipalities, the Town and the Village, have been consolidating services and departments since 2013, and are now exploring the concept of a complete merger.]

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Do you think it sounds plausible to feed yourself on a budget of $36 a week? To me, this seems practically impossible. However, that is what people across the state of Vermont. About $36 a week per individual is the average budget of someone receiving 3SqauresVT benefits. However, even this …

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Ten elected officials, eight from the Village, issued a survey talking only about merger – an issue most of them campaigned on – and excluding other options for improving local government.

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One of the questions on the most recent Essex Town/Essex Junction merger survey asked how interested respondents would be to serve on the governing board of a merged municipality. One hundred and forty four said the would be moderately likely to run for office, thirty six said they were very…

I am very disappointed that the Essex Westford School District recently denied EWSD girls the opportunity to play volleyball on Saturday mornings through by denying my facility request to use the ADL gym for 90 minutes Saturday mornings.

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[The Village of Essex Junction is an incorporated municipality within the Town of Essex. The governments of the two municipalities, the Town and the Village, have been consolidating services and departments since 2013, and are now exploring the concept of a complete merger.]

The Town has denied my say in regards to our town budget all these years seeing as I travel for work and routinely vote by absentee ballot in most elections. This is unacceptable to me, but clearly not to our town officials as this has never been changed. If they can’t make voting on an annu…

Elected officials are not telling us the true reason they want this merger all-of-a-sudden. So, let me clue you in. Most of them will benefit financially from it, while others pay. That’s unacceptable. These same elected officials tell us they represent everyone as Selectboard members, but t…

The Village of Essex Junction is an incorporated municipality within the Town of Essex. The governments of the two municipalities, the Town and the Village, have been consolidating services and departments since 2013, and are now exploring the concept of a complete merger.]

When it comes to taxes in Essex there are two perspective. When I speak to Village residents, I always hear that taxes are too high. To the point where some feel they must move away. Even within the Village I get two reasons taxes are too high: 1) The Village over spends or 2) the portion of…

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Essex selectboard spent $50,000 on a survey to sell their merger plans. Why didn’t they spend that money to help finish paving Old Stage Road?

I’m writing to let everyone know that there have been no changes to Essex’s current leash laws, and dogs are allowed to run off leash at Indian Brook in certain designated areas. The current dog ordinance (4.040.010 part C) requires that at Indian Brook dogs must be leashed in the “boat laun…

I am an Essex Town resident who is concerned that there is a big tax shift being planned by the local government officials under the guise of merger.

[The Village of Essex Junction is an incorporated municipality within the Town of Essex. The governments of the two municipalities, the Town and the Village, have been consolidating services and departments since 2013, and are now exploring the concept of a complete merger.]

Essex CHIPS recently honored the Rotary Club of Essex, for their sustained and substantive support for local youth. At the CHIPS Ahead breakfast event on October 22, the Rotary Club received the 2019 Champion of CHIPS Champions award for decades of fundraising assistance for this organization.

Elaine Haney’s “Merger FAQ Recap” made me remember a 1979 mission I made to the People’s Republic of China, where I had my first taste of Peking Duck, a delicious delicacy. My delight though was short-lived when I learned the ducks were force-fed to fatten them up for slaughter. Now, after h…

Elected officials promised “to zip it and listen to you, the people we represent” in their Oct. 3rd column, but they offer only time-worn platitudes and outdated answers on Oct. 24.

The village better be careful what they wish for. A forceful takeover of the town outside the village may result in a resounding NO vote on everything that comes up on the ballot followed by some balance the budget cost cutting of luxury items.

[The Village of Essex Junction is an incorporated municipality within the Town of Essex. The governments of the two municipalities, the Town and the Village, have been consolidating services and departments since 2013, and are now exploring the concept of a complete merger.]

[The Village of Essex Junction is an incorporated municipality within the Town of Essex. The governments of the two municipalities, the Town and the Village, have been consolidating services and departments since 2013, and are now exploring the concept of a complete merger.]

It’s not the crime, they say, but the cover-up. The 1970s Watergate scandal that brought down President Nixon began with a simple a piece of tape. The discovery of that tape, used to hold open a door the Watergate Hotel burglars used to enter the Democratic National Committee, eventually mus…

George Tyler (October 17th “How is this merger effort different”) says that after the Board and Trustees “approve a merger plan and charter change proposal for November 2020, we’ll be able to answer most voters’ questions about how it will work and show how consolidation efforts over the las…

[The Village of Essex Junction is an incorporated municipality within the Town of Essex. The governments of the two municipalities, the Town and the Village, have been consolidating services and departments since 2013, and are now exploring the concept of a complete merger.]

[The “Working towards a greater Essex” regular column has been replaced this week by a guest column. This column represents the opinion of the authors and does not speak for the Essex Selectboard, the Essex Junction Trustees, or any individual board member.]

The Essex Westford School District (EWSD) has a vision — Growing hearts and minds, for a better today and tomorrow: every day, every way, every one.

Merger Fails while SAS Shines Since 1958, the Town and Village have tried unsuccessfully to come together in order to pay for each other’s stuff. It’s time for those who’d repeat that history in 2020 to hit the “pause” button on another proposed Tax Shift. It is, in fact, time to change the channel. It’s […]

[The Village of Essex Junction is an incorporated municipality within the Town of Essex. The governments of the two municipalities, the Town and the Village, have been consolidating services and departments since 2013, and are now exploring the concept of a complete merger.] By George Tyler Essex Jct. Trustees Vice President Public officials need to […]

Written by Elaine Haney Chair of the Essex Selectboard [The Village of Essex Junction is an incorporated municipality within the Town of Essex. The governments of the two municipalities, the Town and the Village, have been consolidating services and departments since 2013, and are now exploring the concept of a complete merger.] Answer: Yes, but […]

Working toward a Greater Essex: What’s Missing? I’m responding to “Why don’t the Town and Village just merge and get it over with” dated September 18th, by George Tyler, a Village Trustee. Why are ten photos always displayed with this column when there are only one or two authors. Is it to imply that all […]

By EMERSON LYNN Vermont State College officials Thursday made their way to the Northern Vermont University – Lyndon campus to explain the challenges ahead and to ask what might be done to avoid the withering effect demographics are having on higher education in Vermont. The response from the standing-room only crowd was predictable, and one […]

Municipal trash collection worth a look A few months ago, the news reported that Burlington and So Burlington were doing a feasibility study to determine if municipal trash collection would work.  I believe the study would cost $50,000. We have lived in 3 other states with municipal trash collection.  Every week I see 3 or […]

[The Village of Essex Junction is an incorporated municipality within the Town of Essex. The governments of the two municipalities, the Town and the Village, have been consolidating services and departments since 2013, and are now exploring the concept of a complete merger.] By GEORGE TYLER Question: Why don’t the Town and Village just merge […]

Shame on UVMMC The front page articles on August 29 caused me to pause.  “Sins of our past” detailed, of course, the horrendous abuse found within the sacred houses of worship in the Catholic Diocese.  Shedding light on those involved is necessary to purge child abuse within this faith group.  What struck me as ironic […]

The Village of Essex Junction is an incorporated municipality within the Town of Essex. The governments of the two municipalities, the Town and the Village, have been consolidating services and departments since 2013, and are now exploring the concept of a complete merger. By  George Tyler Village vice president Question: The Community voted against merger […]

The Village of Essex Junction is an incorporated municipality within the Town of Essex. The governments of the two municipalities, the Town and the Village, have been consolidating services and departments since 2013, and are now exploring the concept of a complete merger.

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 […]

Educators must act against climate change According to a new study in the journal Science, planting billions of trees around the world would be the cheapest and most effective way to tackle the climate crisis.  The study suggests that if all nations throughout the world planted 1.2 trillion trees it would reduce the Co2 emissions […]