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As 2020 came to a close, Dawn Addison Burnham decided to retire as the Essex Assistant Town Clerk to spend more time with husband Wesley “Wes” Burnham. The thing is, retirement for a couple like the Burnhams simply means a shift to other things, most of them in service of the town.  They are, like a handful of steeped, local Essex families that go back many generations, always working on town work.