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Fire & Rescue partners with St. Clair for live fire training

by Sylene Argent Essex Fire & Rescue has partnered with the St. Clair College Pre-Service Firefighter Program to offer a temporary, local location, for live fire training for students and veteran firefighters across the region. There are now three 40 foot containers at the Essex Pollution Control Plant in Essex Centre. These containers allow students, […]

by Fred Groves The doors at 14 library branches in Essex County are expected to reopen this week following the longest strike to take place in this region. After an unprecedented seven-and-a-half months, the strike that put 57 library workers on the picket line came to an end late last week. CUPE Local 2974 had […]

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by Fred Groves Nothing ventured, nothing gained. That is the attitude the representatives of the Maidstone Bicentennial Museum are taking after making the decision not to relocate the historic St. Pierre cabin. Back in late August, nearly 50 people, many of them decedents of the family, met with the intent of raising $45,000 to help […]

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by Sylene Argent Essex Council approved the 2017 budget in principal on Monday evening during a special meeting at the Essex Municipal Building. The budget, in principal, proposes what will work out to be between a 2 and 2.5 percent increase in the General Municipal Tax Levy. Council and administration met for the first time […]

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by Sylene Argent Voakes wants discussion on agenda item policy Councillor Randy Voakes said he had three items he wanted placed on the agenda for the Monday, February 6 meeting, and two items for a previous meeting, that he wanted to speak about. He claimed all five of those items were brought forward so he […]

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by Sylene Argent   Several Beavers, Cubs, and Boy Scouts put weeks of hard work and dedication to the test on Saturday at the Essex Area Scouting Kub Kar Rally and Scout Drags. The event took place at the Harrow Agricultural Building. Scouts from across Essex County raced their self-made Kub Kars down the big […]

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by Fred Groves If you listened hard enough, you just might have heard the clickity-clack of the train as it pulled out of the Essex Railway Station. And while the sounds are gone, the spirit of the rail and many memories live on. On Sunday afternoon, the Essex Municipal Heritage Committee and members of Essex Town […]

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by Sylene Argent For the past 17 years, Colio Estate Wines has brought some excitement into what can be viewed as a dreary and gray time of year through its annual Festival of Ice. Over the weekend, members of the community were once again welcomed to enjoy the family-friendly activities that took place at Colio, […]

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by Fred Groves The aspirations were as big as the smiles on Saturday morning at the Essex Centre Sports Complex. Essex Minor Hockey Association presented ‘Second Shift,’ a program Canadian Tire and Bauer Hockey jointly sponsored to introduce young players to Canada’s favourite past time. Prior to Christmas, EMHA had 46 players, aged 6 to […]

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by Sylene Argent Seeking assistance for demolition Building owner Domingos Pereira, with Teresa Pereira, approached Council in hopes of getting assistance with the cost of a demolition for his building and relief from the Community Improvement Program (CIP) Façade Grant repayment obligation at 34 Queen Street in Harrow. It was noted during the meeting that […]

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