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Local News • Published Dec. 18, 2018 01:14 p.m.

John Winthrop Middle School Names Interim Principal

The New Year will mean a new face in the halls at John Winthrop Middle School. Beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 2 when the students return from the holiday break, Charles Macunas will be acting...

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Local News • Published Dec. 18, 2018 01:14 p.m.

Region 4 Schools Set Tuition Fees for Out-of-District Students

Families living outside the tri-town area who’d like to explore their education options can now put a price tag on pursuing a Region 4 education, thanks to a fee schedule adopted by the...

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Sports • Published Dec. 17, 2018 03:15 a.m.

Valley Boys’ Hoops Starts Strong with Two Wins; Falivene Takes 2nd at Shelton Invitational

Boys’ BasketballThe Valley Regional boys’ basketball team jumped out to a great start to the winter season by notching a pair of victories during the first...

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Sports Person of the Week • Published Dec. 13, 2018 03:49 p.m.

Johnson Helped Valley-Old Lyme Become a Special Team

Nate Johnson finished up his final year as a member of the Valley Regional-Old Lyme football squad by earning quite an honor this fall. Nate mainly played on the special teams unit, where he...

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Person of the Week • Published Dec. 12, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Suzanne Burns: Telling the River’s Story

What links Pittsburg, New Hampshire, a town with a population of 813 at the Canadian border, and the valley shore area of Connecticut? Even if the New Hampshire town is not a familiar name, there...

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Local News • Published Dec. 12, 2018 09 a.m.

Valley Regional High School Accredited by the International Baccalaureate Program

It’s official: Valley Regional High School (VRHS) is an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) High School, the first public high school in Middlesex County to achieve this prestigious ...

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Local News • Published Dec. 12, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Essex Reaches Sustainability Goals, Adopts New Initiative

During the fiscal year 2017-’18, the Town of Essex has made impressive progress toward its goals of making Essex a more sustainable community:Goal 1: Reduce municipal electric...

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Local News • Published Dec. 13, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Essex Garden Club Recognized for Civic Work

The Essex Garden Club (EGC) was recently recognized by the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut for its civic work maintaining parks, traffic islands, and especially the fundraising used for the...

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Local News • Published Dec. 13, 2018 12:01 a.m.

People in the News

Dean’s List• Meagan Sticht of Deep River was named to the Dean’s List at Quinnipiac University for the spring semester, 2018.• Sara...

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Local News • Published Dec. 13, 2018 12:01 a.m.

John Winthrop Middle School 1st Quarter Honors

William Duffy, principal at John Winthrop Middle School, has announced the attached first quarter honor roll for the 7th and 8th grades.Grade 7Honors: Jaidan J. Amendola,...

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Letters • Published Dec. 12, 2018 08 a.m.

The Wrong Pick Up Address

On behalf of Ivoryton Illuminations, I am writing to apologize to all of the people who waited at the Essex Congregational Church on Dec. 1 for the Illuminations shuttle that never arrived....

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Sports • Published Dec. 10, 2018 01:05 a.m.

Warriors Set Up for Bright Future Following Warren’s Final Campaign

The Valley Regional girls’ soccer team turned in a nice performance in 2018, while establishing the groundwork to take another step next year. The Warriors recorded six victories and a pair ...

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Sports Person of the Week • Published Dec. 07, 2018 11:26 p.m.

Crosby Sees Early Success on Two Warriors’ Courts

Alena Crosby recently finished up an impressive first season as a member of Valley Regional’s varsity volleyball team. In just her second year playing the sport, Alena held down the setter...

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Obituaries • Published Dec. 05, 2018 04:43 p.m.

J. Kenneth Taylor

J. Kenneth Taylor of Essex died peacefully on Nov. 27. He was 88 years old. Born in Ville-Emard, a suburb of Montreal, Canada, Dr. Taylor was the son of John and Grace Greenfield Taylor. He...

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Obituaries • Published Dec. 05, 2018 04:22 p.m.

Evelyn Marion (Nikischer) Punzelt

Evelyn Marion (Nikischer) Punzelt passed away Nov. 17 after a short illness and a long, well-lived life. She was the daughter of the late Stephen and Emma (Hood) Nikischer, and loving wife of the...

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Person of the Week • Published Dec. 05, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Art Davies: What’s Christmas Without a Tree?

Art Davies says there are some 43,000 different kinds of items in a hardware store. But in Deep River Hardware, which Art owns, for the first three weeks of December there will be 43,001. The...

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Local News • Published Dec. 05, 2018 08 a.m.

Ninth Annual Ivoryton Illuminations Lights Up the Village

The ninth annual Ivoryton Illuminations took place on Dec. 1 with caroling, a tree lighting, a village-wide elf scavenger hunt, food, crafts, a visit from Santa, and 400,000 lights on display....

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Local News • Published Dec. 04, 2018 02 p.m.

A Chance to Celebrate—and Learn—at Bushy Hill

On Saturday, Dec. 8, Bushy Hill Nature Center, 253 Bushy Hill Road, Ivoryton will be transformed into an interactive celebration of learning and holiday cheer. From 4:30 to 6 p.m. visitors are...

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Local News • Published Dec. 04, 2018 03:30 p.m.

Mini Golf at Essex Library

Miniature golf means sun, sandals, and soft-serve ice cream, right? Think again. In Essex, January is the miniature golf season. And where? At the Essex Library, where else! Kidding? Not at all....

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Local News • Published Dec. 05, 2018 08 a.m.

From Valley to Haiti

What started as research is ending with change. Valley Regional High School (VRHS) senior Daniel Hearn, 17, has come up with a Capstone Project that has the potential to change the lives of...

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Local News • Published Dec. 06, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Time for Pilgrims at Essex Preschool

Students at Essex Preschool recently staged their annual Thanksgiving Pageant. Here, the Mayflower prepares to disembeark....

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Local News • Published Dec. 04, 2018 12:43 p.m.

Rotary Clubs Renovate Tri-Town Youth Services Community Room

The Rotary clubs of Chester, Deep River, and Essex have been awarded a Rotary District Managed Grant from Rotary District 7980 to furnish and refurbish a community room at Tri-Town Youth Services...

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Letters • Published Dec. 05, 2018 08 a.m.

An Apology

I am offering an apology to our neighbors and friends in the Essex Village community. The First Congregational Church in Essex, UCC, at the top of the hill in downtown Essex has been draped in a...

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Letters • Published Dec. 05, 2018 08 a.m.

Courier is Remiss

We were shocked and dismayed that you accepted an ad from CT Reloading of Branford in our local community paper, the Valley Courier, on Nov. 22. With the almost weekly gun violence in...

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Letters • Published Dec. 05, 2018 08 a.m.

Let Everyone Know

My son Mike phoned from California yesterday. He sounded like he had a bad cold, but otherwise himself. He said that he was in jail because while texting he had hit the car in front of him. He was ...

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