I have had the privilege of knowing Karen for the past 6 years, both as a parent, friend and recently working for her facilitating Safe Driving Classes through the Essex Community Justice Center.

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On August 11 voters across Vermont will go to the polls to select candidates to run in the November General Election, with early mail-in voting beginning on June 29. If you take a Democratic ballot and you vote in Chittenden 8-1, please consider voting for incumbent Marybeth Redmond and Bria…

Lori has been a phenomenal representative for Essex Junction and has earned our support for another term in Montpelier. She quickly mastered the complexities of our very complicated health care system in her committee work and is dedicated to quality health care for all. As a businessperson …

I’ve lived in Essex Junction since 2012. I’ve gotten to know Karen through a variety of ways: an effort involving racial justice in Essex, through Essex Resists, through Voices for Education in Essex/Westford, and through her setting up a voter registration table at one of the Five Corners’ …

I have known Karen Dolan for many years and in recent years I have had the opportunity to work with her on several community projects. Karen is a calm, thoughtful person. She is an excellent listener and is skilled at bringing people together. She has been an active member of our community, …

I am disappointed to note that Rep Meyers voted against the VT House Resolution creating June 19th a recognized day!

I would like to thank the Champlain Valley Exposition for playing a major role in coordinating the many moving parts of the Essex High School graduation on Saturday, June 13, at the Expo.

I am in full support of Karen Dolan’s candidacy for nomination as a Democrat to the Vermont House of Representatives.

The Town of Essex Democratic Committee condemns the murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police Department, and recognizes that this tragedy is part of a long pattern of police brutality towards the Black community and other historically marginalized groups in America.

The Essex Westford Education Association thanks the voters of our communities for supporting the school budget. Providing a sound education for our youth has always been important, but recent events in our country serve as a reminder of just how important education can be. Thank you for valu…

We are disappointed to see members of the House Government Operations Committee so pressured by COVID-19 matters that they couldn’t schedule a 30-minute hearing to understand why 4,032 people in Vermont’s second largest municipality believe it’s imperative to incorporate a fair and equal rep…

The charter change for a selectboard with six members that Essex voters approved in March has been tabled by the legislature. The selectboard received a letter from the House Government Operations Committee on Friday, May 29 explaining their decision, citing multiple reasons and providing ca…

EWSD and the Village of Essex Junction made an unprecedented decision to mail all active voters a ballot. Let’s do our part and vote by mail! Polls will be open on June 2 from 10am to 7pm for those who need to vote in person.

This Mother’s Day, Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains would like to thank all the moms (and mom substitutes!) who step up to volunteer for our organization across New Hampshire and Vermont.

During these challenging times, postal employees are working hard to ensure residents stay connected with their world through the mail. Whether it’s medications, a package, a paycheck, benefits or pension check, a bill or letter from a family member, postal workers understand that every piec…

In the winter of 1776, the American Revolution was in its infancy, hanging on by a thread and in danger of failing. Morale was evaporating as the weather turned colder. Between September and December, 11,000 volunteers had given up the fight and returned home.

Fishing is an activity that I have done for virtually all my life. So, with all of these admonitions about social-distancing, it was pretty easy for me to see that fishing is one activity that nearly everyone can enjoy, and one that is inherently “socially-distancing.” In Vermont there is no…

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In mere weeks, society as we know it has halted. Many of our lives are on pause while the pandemic is anything but. Exponential rises in the number of cases speak to the critical weaknesses in our systems, immune systems compromised not only by the virus, but by political and economic system…

Vermont's Bernie Sanders had his rally at the Fairgrounds but I still have a lot of questions. Do progressives believe in liberty? What is liberty and why is it important? Why is America a republic, not a democracy? In a democracy when you ask two wolves and a chicken what’s for dinner the v…

On March 3rd, the message from voters to their Selectboard was loud and clear: District Representation is the way forward for the Town of Essex, whether merger happens or not.

I fully support the Fair Representation—the name says it all—Charter Change (3 + 3) being proffered by two of our concerned citizens.

I’ve lived in Essex for 38 years. I am outside the village, but my property line is the town-village border. The whole separate town-village thing has always seemed silly to me and it would make sense to merge. But not at the cost of higher taxes.

At a recent Town Selectboard Meeting, a taxpayer in the audience noted that 9 of the past 10 fiscal years have ended with a surplus, which gets rolled into the Fund Balance. The FYE 2019 surplus was $1 million dollars.

One of the amazing things about Essex is the diversity of our town. Essex agricultural operations include working farms, orchards, forests, and syrup producers.

I have attended both meetings for the charter change proposal. I can understand why people who have not lived in Essex for long, or people who have not been to many meetings of the Selectboard, might be confused or not understand why the charter change is so important to many of us who live …

While at first glance the 3-3 Representation model proposed in the Charter Change may appear like a fair solution, there are some effects that it would have that are neither fair nor a solution to representation.

How we discuss and decide merger issues will determine whether our community will come together or be perpetually divided by Town/Village disagreements. In some ways, residents like me who live only in the Town have accommodated the Village’s desire for “tax equity” despite the increased tax…

The Town of Essex Select Board consists of 5 members elected at-large, throughout the town. Currently 3 of the members live in the village-part-of-the-town and two from outside this area. Weather true or not this can seem as a geographical imbalance of representation. To be clear, in the pas…

Ken Signorello and Irene Wrenner submitted a press release to VTDigger after turning in a petition that calls for a change to Selectboard representation rules. In that press release they refer to a 2005 study called the “The Missing Half: Ensuring Fair Representation in Post-merger Essex, VT…

I was reading a Washington Post article by Abigail Jones about a family living with (and without) a child diagnosed with schizophrenia. It was all too familiar. My social network now consists of hundreds of similar families and literally all are forced to endure the same fate as Alissa Dumsc…

We have a unique situation here in the Town of Essex and Village of Essex Junction, in that we literally have almost two distinct independently smooth running local governments, with two of almost everything. We are unlike Waterbury that dissolved their Village to become one, or unlike Winoo…

VOTE! The March 3rd election is important for the United States and the Town of Essex. For our country, Vermont is participating in the selection the next President of our country as part of the “Super Tuesday” primary. For the Town of Essex, we have the election of the moderator and two Sel…

Before us in March is a proposal that asks us to create divisions in our town and village. It solves no problems and in fact will very likely create issues. We see in our country deep divides. In fact, wherever a line is drawn, a division is created. And even in our state where we hear pleas…

Allow me to make this very simple. TOV residents will pay in, but they have NO say in the merger negotiations between the Selectboard and the Trustees of the Village.

I am writing in support of the governance recommendations recently generated by a subcommittee comprised of representatives from the Village and the Town.

Regarding the petition to increase the selectboard to 6 members, 3 from the Village and 3 from the Town.

Many thanks to the EHS seniors for the wonderful Valentine’s Day Dinner. The food was delicious and the students did a great job serving,visiting and making people feel welcome.

On Tuesday, 3/3, you can vote to guarantee representation for whichever part of town you live in.

Attached are personal comments and are not associated with any of my multiple public service activities.

I just cast my early vote yes for the petitioned even numbered selectboard district rep charter change and am very excited by the very real possibility of achieving district representation.

I wasn’t going to say anything but I can’t sit by and just ignore the behavior of the high school children (and I use that word because that is how most of them behaved) that were on the bus on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. I can’t comment on anything that happened before I got there but I was on…