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During the usual winter season, writes Jason Brisbois in his Hornets season summary, making it through the calendar with everyone in good health and with little interruption to the schedule can be an accomplishment in itself.  That notion is even more important to embrace when playing basketball or swimming and diving competitively during a pandemic.

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In the average year, co-op teams tend to need a bit more time to work on team chemistry and simply getting to know one another. This can range from team-building activities off the ice to bonding time during off-hours practicesmaking that extra time taken crucial in helping to form a cohesive unit out of athletes hailing from multiple communities. 

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For the last four years, a crew of dedicated Essex residents have built excitement around “Light Up Essex,” a community-wide contest in which residents and businesses go to the holiday mats to “get lit.”  It's becoming a tradition.  This year, organizers are changing it up.

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Although local fishermen experienced good action through most of October, the 2020 striper season is pretty much over.  In his year-in-review, Behnke tells us that fishing reports for the season were positive, but there are a number of underlying threats, including climate change, that are affecting the resilience of the species in both its spawning waters and up here.