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Hot music

New role

Tigers soar

Winter doldrums got you down? Come to Bristol’s Cabin Fever Music Series. See Arts+Leisure.

Former Rep. Mike Fisher has returned to the Statehouse as a health care advocate. See Page 3A.

The MUHS gymnastics team easily outpointed a rival on Monday. See Sports, Page 1B.


Vol. 71 No. 2

INDEPENDENT Middlebury, Vermont

Thursday, January 12, 2017

38 Pages


Connor recruiting lenders to reopen Route 7 business

By JOHN FLOWERS investor Sam Pryor. M I D D L E B U R Y “Everyone we’ve Connor Homes — The former owner talked to has been has been among the of Connor Homes extremely helpful. largest employers has been meeting this I think they all in the county’s week with potential realize this is a manufacturing sector. lenders in hopes Current ownership of re-acquiring the business that closed the business — Route 7 business in needs to stay here which specializes in Middlebury within the in Middlebury.” colonial reproduction next two weeks. — Mike Connor “kit” homes that are Mike Connor assembled in the confirmed on Tuesday 115,000-square-foot he has reached out to the USDA, former home of Standard Register Vermont Economic Development — back on Dec. 30, citing financial Authority, Addison County Economic reasons. Development Corp. and various Sixty-three people were working banks for advice and/or loans in an at Connor Homes at the time it effort to forge a deal with Connor closed. (See Connor Homes, Page 3A) Homes’ current ownership, led by

MONKTON CENTRAL SCHOOL kindergartener Bentley Pickett, above, applauds during a puppet presentation, below, at the school Tuesday. Puppets in Education brought puppets to the school to teach students about a variety of topics that are sometimes difficult for children to talk about. Independent photos/Trent Campbell

Students open up to puppet instructors Kids learn about diversity and empathy By GAEN MURPHREE MONKTON — Children learn a lot from their peers. On Tuesday at Monkton Central School, those peers were cuddly and made out of foam. Colorful, kid-size puppets that performed at the school Tuesday helped the Monkton children learn about and express their thoughts on diversity, learning differences, ADHD, and feelings. Guidance Counselor Carolyn Tatlock was instrumental in bringing the Puppets in Education

troupe to Monkton Central for a series of performances incorporating Q&A sessions. For Tatlock, the most important goal of the day was building empathy toward kids who seem different. “That’s a really important connection right now in our country,” she said. “And it’s a universal skill. No matter if you’re in rural Vermont or you’re in another country or you’re in a city, we all have to learn how to have empathy.” Tatlock also liked that “the kids

City urges Northlands to support rescue volunteers By ANDY KIRKALDY VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council on Tuesday met new Northlands Job Corps Director Shirma Ferguson and learned more about Chugach Alaska Corporation, the company the U.S. Department of Labor recently selected to operate the Macdonough Drive federal job training center for economically disadvantaged youths. At the meeting, city officials and

former Ferrisburgh Fire Department Deputy Chief Mike Donnelly, a Vergennes resident, questioned Ferguson about the center’s policy on allowing volunteer firefighters and rescue personnel to leave during their shifts. Their questions came after the resignation of a Northlands employee, identified in an email from City Manager Mel Hawley (See Northlands, Page 7A)

Ferrisburgh officials again unhappy with town treasurer

were really excited, really enjoyed it and were super respectful listeners.” The program varied throughout

the day, geared to different ages. The third- and fourth-graders saw presentations on learning (See Puppets, Page 11A)

By ANDY KIRKALDY FERRISBURGH — Longsimmering tensions between the Ferrisburgh selectboard and elected Town Treasurer Garrit Smits surfaced again recently, when board members canceled Smits’ town credit card after a dispute over whether he should have raised its spending limits.

Town auditors as well as board members in the past six weeks have also criticized Smits’ performance, citing late payments and an inadequate work schedule, and private auditing firm RHR Smith & Co. cited “deficiencies as it pertains the town’s fiscal best practices with the treasury of the town.” (See Ferrisburgh, Page 7A)

New owners bring lifetime love of New Haven general store By the way If you missed the Rotary Club of Middlebury’s effort to pick up old Christmas trees around Middlebury streets last Saturday, you can still drop your tree off at the Addison County Solid Waste Management District Transfer Station on Route 7 South in Middlebury for composting. Drop off the Christmas tree — no lights, ornaments, tinsel and wire, please — free of charge until the end of January. The Fish and Wildlife Department alerted us to the fact that it is monitoring a moose that is suspected to have a fatal disease. (See By the way, Page 7A)

Index Obituaries................................. 6A Classifieds.......................... 5B-8B Service Directory............... 6B-7B Entertainment.........Arts + Leisure Community Calendar......... 8A-9A Arts Calendar.........Arts + Leisure Sports................................. 1B-4B

Newcomers and old-timers welcome at historic market

By GAEN MURPHREE NEW HAVEN — While today’s customer is a lot likelier to purchase a Kit Kat candy bar than a horse harness, the Village Green Market has been supplying New Haven residents — and acting as an important center for community life — for over 200 years. As the market’s new owners, New Haven native John Roleau and his wife, Margo, will carry on that longstanding tradition. The Roleaus purchased the store in late December, are carrying out a few renovations and plan to reopen later this month. For John Roleau, whose family home and new residence is right next to the store on the town green, owning this business is part of a childhood dream. As a kid he hung out there at all hours to the point where he was called “Little John” to distinguish him from then-store owner Jon Apgar. As a teenager, the store gave Roleau one of his first jobs. “I grew up with the store,” Roleau said. “I pretty much spent every waking moment in that store with Jon.” Margo Roleau, who grew up in Monkton, also has ties to the store that run deep. (See Market, Page 12A)

JOHN ROLEAU, HIS wife, Margo, and their son Lincoln stand inside the Village Green Market in New Haven. They are renovating the historic store before reopening it later this month.

Independent photo/Trent Campbell

PAGE 2A — Addison Independent, Thursday, January 12, 2017

High school cancels police security

mean for the BDP’s budget this year and next. Barewicz said in an email to the Independent that cancelling the regular security checks made financial By GAEN MURPHREE sense for the school, and Mount Abe BRISTOL — The Bristol select- will continue to depend on Bristol board voiced concerns at its most police for other services. recent meetings over Mount Abe “We very much value our partUnion High School’s cancellation nership with Bristol Police Departlast November of its security agree- ment,” Barewicz wrote. “Mt. Abe ment with the Bristol Police Depart- did not have a formal contract or ment. (memorandum of understanding) Ending the contract means that with BPD for this school year. As local police stopped doing night- they were providing services as they ly and weekend security checks of had in the past, we learned of those the building and cut back the hours services through an invoice and beMAUHS brings in officers as secu- gan a conversation. BPD and Mt. rity for school sports events. The Abe officials both recognize the need school maintained the arrangement to meet and discuss the services BPD whereby the BPD responds to calls, provides to Mt. Abe and that it is our according to Police Chief Kevin intent to formalize an agreement for Gibbs. these services.” Mount Abe has to pay for police The BPD has had no written conservices because it is just outside the tract with the high school, Gibbs Bristol Police District, which runs said. Instead, for decades the departroughly from the west ment and MAUHS have side of Airport Drive to “Somebody had a verbal agreement the Lord’s Prayer Rock as to how many times could do a and from just north of per week or in what cirPlank Road to Lath- significant cumstances the departrop Forest Products on amount of ment would perform South Street. Otherwise damage or they security checks. That the school gets police could suffer arrangement has varied protection from the a significant from having checks on Vermont State Police, weekends and holidays whose New Haven bar- loss over there only to having checks racks covers most of Ad- because of a nightly, as well as on security issue.” weekends and holidays. dison County. When the police are Last year, Gibbs — Chief Gibbs called to respond to insaid, he and then-princidents at the school, the cipal Carole Fenimore BPD charges MAUHS $45 per re- worked out a written Memorandum sponse. For security checks — com- of Understanding, also called an ing to the school nightly and twice MOU, but that the signed copies of on weekends to check all doors and the document seems to have gotten windows and be on the lookout for lost in the shuffle with the leadership theft or vandalism — the department changes in July 2016: Barewicz recharges $20 per security check. placed Fenimore, and SuperintenGibbs said the department has typ- dent Patrick Reen replaced Interim ically charged Mount Abe around Superintendent Armando Vilaseca. $160 a month for the security checks Gibbs said he contacted Reen after and that the BPD typically provides Barewicz cancelled the security conthe high school with far more secu- tract, but Reen was unaware of the rity coverage than they actually bill MOU. for. The MOU that Fenimore and Back on Nov. 9, MAUHS Princi- Gibbs agreed to spelled out policies pal Jessica Barewicz responded to and procedures regarding drugs and an invoice from the Bristol Police alcohol; theft; safety; truancy; and Department by calling Chief Gibbs investigation, interview, search and to cancel the security arrangement. arrest procedures. It articulated comWhile the cancellation will result in mon goals, such as: a drop of about 50 percent of antici• Reducing substance abuse. pated revenue from MAUHS for fis• Reducing suspensions for fights cal year 2016-2017 (around $3,000), and truancy. Gibbs said his overriding concern is • Protecting campus property and the risk of theft or vandalism to the infrastructure. high school and middle school. • Helping students build con“Somebody could do a significant flict-resolution skills. amount of damage or they could • Supporting parents with stratsuffer a significant loss over there egies for handling drug and alcohol because of a security issue,” said use, conflict resolution and other adGibbs. “The state police are primary olescent issues. law enforcement for the high school • Improving the community rebut they are not going to be driving sponse to teen issues. through the high school grounds.” The MOU also spelled out the Members of the selectboard, at charges for police services and the their Monday night meeting, wanted regularity of security checks. to know more about why the security POLICE BUDGET contract had been cancelled and exThe amount of revenue that the pressed concerns about what it might BPD budgets from Mount Abe is

Bristol police reach out to Mount Abe

small when compared to the department’s budget as a whole, but still significant. For 2016-2017, Bristol police budgeted $6,000 in revenue from MAUHS, compared to total budgeted spending of $415,999. Security checks are typically around 40-50 percent of that total revenue, Gibbs said, putting the anticipated shortfall for this year at roughly $3,000. The anticipated loss of the security check revenue is taking a hit on the proposed 2017-2018 budget as well, where projected BPD revenue from Mount Abe is proposed at $1,600. In past years, the BPD revenue from Mount Abe has ranged from $3,473 in 2013-2014 to $8,030 in 20142015. For Gibbs, the issues surrounding the MAUHS security contract demonstrate the kinds of problems that can arise when one side of a street in Bristol is within the police district and the other is not — as is the case with Airport Drive. Gibbs questions whether the separation of Bristol into police district and non-police district is truly in residents’ best interest. The separation dates back to when town and village government merged in the early 1990s, and the police district was left within the village boundaries. Officially the Vermont State Police cover those parts of Bristol outside the police district, but Gibbs feels that the BPD could provide better service to the community if its service area were expanded to include all of Bristol. “The state police are covering 19 towns and on average there’s two or three troopers covering all of those 19 towns. So if there’s a problem in Bristol they may be dealing with problems in Shoreham that they can’t get up here for,” said Gibbs. “We can put more attention on a problem in Bristol than the state police can. We have cases we’ve solved, some burglaries and some other crimes in the town because we got the information and we were able to act on it and the state police just couldn’t get to it.” Barewicz said Bristol police officers will still be seen at Mount Abe. “We continue to work closely with BPD to provide support at events and games, to support students as necessary, and continue to appreciate their commitment to ensuring a safe learning environment for our students,” she said. The police department has again reached out to Barewicz and Reen and initiated a conversation to set up meetings to look at the MOU. No meeting date has yet been set. “What I’m hoping will come from that meeting is that we get another look at the MOU and we get signatures by all the parties so we have an understanding of how we all work together,” said Gibbs. To read the memorandum of understanding developed in 20152016, see this article online at

Students invited to enter Green Up Vermont contest VERMONT — Any student in grades K-12 may submit one entry each for Green Up Vermont’s annual poster design and writing contests. Entries must be received by Jan. 31. One poster design is selected as the official Green Up Day 2017 poster, promoting Green Up Day, the first Saturday in May. Poster entries should be 11x14 inches, created by hand, without the aid of computers and must include the words “Green Up Vermont.” Writing entries should be a poem or essay of up to 200

words about Vermont’s Green Up Day. The overall winner in each contest receives $250. All rights for use and reproduction belong to Green Up Vermont. Entries will not be returned. All poster and writing entries must include the following information, on the back upper right hand corner: student name, grade, county, home address; parent/ guardian name and phone; school name (if it is a classroom project), address, phone and teacher. Student entries do not have to be

from a school classroom project; home schooled students and students sending individual entries from home are also invited to participate. Entries should be mailed to Green Up Vermont, PO Box 1191, Montpelier, VT 05601-1191, or delivered to the Green Up Vermont office at 1416 Baldwin St. For questions, call 802-229-4586 or 1-800-974-3259 or visit the Poster and Writing Contests page at for more information. Keep Vermont green and clean!


A COUPLE OF sheep voice their concern when a horse invades their space on a Monkton farm Tuesday afternoon. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

Whirlie’s World to close its doors By JOHN FLOWERS business. And Neff cited a variety of MIDDLEBURY — Owners of the new recreation options that have at“Whirlie’s World” indoor recreation tracted folks to the Burlington area, center at 1232 Exchange St. in Mid- including go-carts, climbing walls, dlebury will be closing the business trampolines and an assortment of this spring, citing financial reasons. electronic virtual sports, including “It’s terrible,” Peter “Nerf” Neff soccer and golf. said of the impending demise of Business tends to pick up for inWhirlie’s World, which since 2011 door recreation centers during the has offered interactive video games, fall and into the winter, Neff noted. laser tag, bounce hous“That hasn’t happened es, arcade activities and this year,” he lamented. snacks for kids and fam- If no one “Last summer was our emerges to ilies. worst ever; there was no “It breaks my heart.” buy Whirlie’s rain to drive them in.” Neff, his wife Nao- World, the The Neffs put Whirlmi and several of their ie’s World up for sale last Neffs will children have been the year, hoping someone force behind a business sell their with more capital and they hoped would attract inventory bit new ideas could take over a parade of customers by bit. the business and keep it on weekends and after at the same location. But school hours. Whirlie’s the only offer they have World initially lived up to the Neffs’ received thus far is from a person collective vision, but customer flow who simply wants to buy some of has been declining during the past the games. two years. According to their lease, the Neffs Neff on Monday cited uncooper- must vacate the property near the ative weather and competition from north end of Exchange Street by Chittenden County recreation cen- the end of May. In the meantime, ters as two major reasons for flag- the business will maintain its usual ging revenues at Whirlie’s World. hours of Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon He explained that rain and cold, (for toddlers); Thursdays and Frisnow-free days tend to draw people days, 3-6 p.m.; Saturdays and Sunto indoor recreation centers — and days, noon to 6 p.m.; and a Friday there hasn’t been enough of that kind or Saturday evening, two times per of weather to breathe life into the month, from 6-9 p.m.

If no one emerges to buy Whirlie’s World, the Neffs will sell their inventory bit by bit. Games, bounce houses, kitchen appliances, tables, cash registers — all of it will be placed on the market. “It looks like we are going to have to piece the stuff out,” Neff said. “We had hoped for a turnkey transaction.” Whirlie’s World has had an impact on the community during its relatively short run — and not only for the fun it provides. It has offered part-time jobs to many area high school students. The Neffs have been generous in handing out gift certificates to charitable causes and local groups, such as the Boy Scouts. “We have never said ‘no,’” Neff said of the requests for help. Parents have felt comfortable dropping off their children for a few hours of fun, knowing that Neff and his staff are responsible, courteous and conscientious. Neff is wellknown in Addison County as a popular, longtime DJ and as the former groundskeeper at Middlebury Union Middle School. Neff is still hoping for a Whirlie’s World buyer to step forward. “We’re open to any and all possibilities,” Neff said. Reporter John Flowers is at

Addison Independent, Thursday, January 12, 2017 — PAGE 3A

Fisher takes on new health care challenge

Grange, Farm Bureau plan legislative forums

Becomes advocate with Vt. Legal Aid By JOHN FLOWERS MONTPELIER — Former state Rep. Mike Fisher returned to the Vermont Statehouse this month. The Lincoln Democrat did not go to reclaim an Addison-4 House seat, but as Vermont Legal Aid’s chief health care advocate. It’s a new job that will see Fisher lead VLA’s Office of the Health Care Advocate, established by the 1998 Legislature to help Vermonters with questions and problems accessing health care services and insurance, and to represent the health care interests of all Vermonters in Montpelier. It’s a job that seems tailor-made for Fisher, a former seven-term Addison-4 House member who chaired the House Health Care Committee for three years and served six years as vice chairman of the House Human Services Committee. Fisher was defeated two years ago in his re-election bid, but maintained a keen interest in health care policy as he continued his job as an outreach worker with the Addison County Parent-Child Center. He left that job last month when offered the VLA position. “After 28 years at the PCC, I’m excited to start at Vermont Legal Aid,” Fisher said prior to Gov. Phil Scott’s inaugural address at the Statehouse on Jan. 5. “I look forward to being a strong, independent voice for Vermonters.” “It is bittersweet,” he added of his career transition. “I am excited about my new job, but the (Parent-Child) Center has been a real home for me, and I can’t overestimate the heroic work that PCC workers do in partnership with families. It literally saves lives.” The Office of the Health Care Advocate, or HCA, helps Vermont consumers with a broad range of problems and questions related to health care services and health insurance. The HCA acts as a voice and advocate for consumers in health care policy matters before the Vermont Legislature and governmental agencies that oversee insurance and health care programs. The office is a project of Vermont Legal Aid. “Mike brings a deep understanding of Vermont’s health care laws, the legislative process, and the numerous challenges that many struggling Vermonters face on a daily basis,” said Eric Avildsen, executive

director of Vermont Legal Aid. “We are especially pleased to have someone with Mike’s experience during this time of great uncertainty for many Vermonters who are worried about losing the insurance they finally were able to obtain.” Fisher will be based in Legal Aid’s Burlington office, but he expects to spend a lot of time in the Statehouse this session networking with lawmakers on health care issues. He hopes his former colleagues also see him as a resource, as he was recently a significant player in the state’s health care reform efforts. In his new role, he is keenly aware of how Vermonters feel about their health care options. “We have this feedback from hundreds and hundreds of Vermonters who call with (insurance) access problems,” Fisher said. “We have a feedback group that policymakers can benefit from.” Along with lawmakers and Vermonters in general, Fisher will also meet with employers and insurance companies, entities he said are yearning for “some predictability in their worlds” when it comes to the complex health insurance landscape. He promised to keep an open ear and mind to state officials’ health care suggestions. “We will be responsive to legislators’ questions about any proposal, whether it be universal access to primary care or expanding Dr. Dynasaur (health coverage for children),” Fisher said. And all of the health care conversations, Fisher acknowledged, will have to take into account a chronically underfunded federal Medicaid program. Fisher realizes that Vermont’s health care future will, to a great extent, by shaped by federal lawmakers in Washington, D.C. President-elect Donald Trump and Republican members of Congress have been strident in his opposition to the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. It’s repeal or overhaul could affect significant health care reforms Vermont has already implemented, state officials have warned. “We are all watching the conversation in Washington, D.C.,” Fisher said. “We are trying to evaluate and understand how any proposals might affect Vermonters.” Sue Bloomer and Fisher both

ADDISON COUNTY — Bridport Grange No. 303 and the Addison County Farm Bureau have organized a series of breakfasts and lunches at which local lawmakers and residents can discuss what is going on in Montpelier during the legislative session. The 2017 Legislative Breakfast series will debut on Monday, Feb. 6, and include a March 20 breakfast with Gov. Phil Scott in Middlebury. The Legislative Breakfast series has enjoyed a long tradition in Addison County, offering residents a weekly opportunity to personally meet and talk with their state representatives and senators on legislation being debated in Montpelier. As has been the custom, the breakfasts will rotate between various public venues throughout the county. Leg bkfst 2017 chart breakfasts 1All 12 of 17 the editor’s folder start at 7 a.m., with the program beginning at to 7:30 ending at 8:45 a.m. go a.m. withand story The series this year will also

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DATE Feb. 6 Feb. 13 Feb. 18 (Saturday) Feb. 27 March 4 (Saturday) March 13 March 20

MIKE FISHER joined the PCC in 1988. Bloomer, now the center’s co-director, said Fisher through the years became a respected colleague and a close friend. HELPED YOUNG PARENTS “For me, it’s kind of like losing a brother,” she said of Fisher’s departure from the PCC. That said, Bloomer is pleased to see Fisher use his talents in what for him is a new, yet very familiar, role: Working to expand Vermonters’ access to health care services. She noted Fisher knows his way around the Statehouse — and particularly the House Health Care Committee meeting room, where he previously presided over many a meeting. “I believe this is the next step for him,” Bloomer said. It was indeed a bittersweet bon voyage celebration for Fisher at the

PCC last month. The celebration included the return of some of the young parents Fisher helped during his years with the organization. One of those parents gave Fisher a photo she had taken with Fisher and kept in a place of honor in her home. She gave the photo to Fisher as a token of her appreciation for his guidance. “It was very, very touching,” Bloomer said. Fisher became known as someone who would help young parents in any kind of difficulty, from accessing important social services to changing their tires. “Our loss is Vermont Legal Aid’s gain,” said Donna Bailey, the PCC’s other co-director. “He will forever be a part of our community.” Reporter John Flowers is at

2012. The company’s workforce has periodically shrunk and expanded in reaction to market forces. Connor sold 99 percent of his interest in Connor Homes in 2012 to the current group of investors. The group made some significant capital investments in the company, but was apparently not satisfied with its overall performance. Meanwhile, the company’s 63 employees are anxiously awaiting a green light to return to work. “A lot of them have been coming in just to see how things are going,” Connor said. “There have been a lot of emails and calls. I’ve been very moved by how supportive they have all been. They really want to stay here; they want their jobs and they deserve their

jobs. I’ve gotten so many emails and supportive calls form people around Middlebury — people we have built houses for — who are saying, ‘You guys have got to keep going, we don’t want to lose you.’” Travis Tindall was a production design worker at Connor when the company closed two weeks ago. He said he has a couple of other job prospects, but would prefer to return to his old job. “It did surprise everybody,” he said of the owners’ decision to close. Connor hopes to soon have some good news for Tindall and his colleagues. “I’m very hopeful we are going to make this work, and I think we will,” Connor said.

Connor Homes (Continued from Page 1A) Mike Connor, who founded the business in 1992, is hoping to get the workforce back on the job by the end of this month. That will require some productive negotiations, Connor acknowledged during a phone interview. “We just met with Sam Pryor and gave him a proposal, and he wants us to flesh it out some more, which we are going to do tonight,” Connor said at about 6 p.m. on Tuesday. “We have what we think is a proposal that takes care of everybody and gets everybody back to work, maybe as soon as two weeks.” Connor remains optimistic, given the positive response he reported receiving from prospective lenders at both the state and federal level. He declined to share financial specifics, citing the ongoing negotiations, but he said he wants that information to be known eventually. “I think it’s important that people see that we’re talking a significant amount of money, but it’s what would work for us, and I think we’ll be able to get the funding for it,” Connor said. “We’ve got a bonding company that I think is very anxious to work with us on this. I think we have something in place that can work.” Connor hopes to have more definitive news to share within a week. “Everyone we’ve talked to has


been extremely helpful,” he said. “I think they all realize this is a business that needs to stay here in Middlebury. It’s been very encouraging to hear from all of the people who want to help out.” The Independent contacted Pryor, who declined to speak on the record, saying he didn’t want to jeopardize the flow of negotiations. It was in 2007 that Connor Homes moved into the former home of Standard Register on Route 7 South. The company moved there in response to growing demand for its products, recently featured on the popular PBS television series “This Old House.” Connor Homes blossomed from 32 employees in 14,000 square feet off Exchange Street to 70 workers

feature that traditional Agriculture Lunch, which will be held on April 3 at the Grange Hall in Bridport beginning at noon and ending at 1:45 p.m. These gatherings have usually taken place on Mondays, when legislators are back in their districts. This year two of the breakfasts will be on Saturdays — Feb. 18 in Vergennes and March 4 in Bristol. See the chart for the full schedule. Purchase of breakfast or lunch is not required to attend but helps the hosts to defray the cost of opening their hall. The Legislative Breakfast series will finish on June 5 with a post-session wrap-up at the Bridport Grange Hall. In addition to the Grange and Farm Bureau, the series is supported by the Addison County Chamber of Commerce and the Addison County Regional Planning Commission.

March 27 April 3 April 10 April 17 April 24 June 5

LOCATION Grange Hall American Legion St. Peter’s Parish Hall Town Hall American Legion Pratt Memorial Library American Legion, Governor’s Breakfast Congregational Church Grange Hall Ag Luncheon Congregational Church American Legion St. Peter’s Parish Hall Grange Hall

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Candidates for local offices face Jan. 30 filing deadline ADDISON COUNTY — Candidates for local offices such as selectboard, school board and town moderator face a deadline for submitting petitions to their local town clerks. And those who wish to run for a school board position in the Middlebury area have a higher bar to clear in terms of signatures than in the past. Those running for any town or school office have until the end of the business day on Monday, Jan. 30, to file their petition papers. Petitioners must gather 5 percent of the checklist, or 30 signatures — whichever is fewer — for a town office. But those running for a spot on the unified school board for the Addison Central School District should make

sure to double-check the signature requirement. People running for a post in the ACSD must gather at least 60 signatures — a number that is larger because all of the board’s seats are elected at-large by voters from all seven of the ACSD-member towns. That means candidates can gather signatures from registered voters in any of the seven ACSD towns: Bridport, Weybridge, Shoreham, Cornwall, Salisbury, Ripton and Middlebury. The unified school boards representing Addison Northwest, Addison Northeast and Otter Valley Unified Union apportion directors by town, so the lower number of signatures requirement prevails there.

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to the Editor

You’ve got to give a little respect to get a little respect Here’s a hunch based on President-elect Donald Trump’s first news conference in the past six months: Mr. Trump will be the least respected, and most disrespected, president of our times. That’s not because of his policies, though those will certainly cause many to oppose him, but because he cannot handle criticism; rather he lashes out childishly in response to anyone who challenges him. Take acclaimed movie actress Meryl Streep’s comments at the Golden Globes earlier this week: Without naming Trump, Streep alluded to Trump’s bullying ways by citing a simple, rather common rule of manners: respect begets respect, disrespect begets disrespect. She said more, but always in a controlled, respectful manner, challenging each person in the audience to stand up for democratic values and human rights. Certainly nothing over-the-top. Yet, Trump couldn’t let it pass. Rather he zinged a tweet calling her an “over-rated actress,” after all, she was just being awarded for her lifetime achievements. It’s that impulse to belittle the other person, to never be gracious in any forum to any person, that will make Trump’s presidency sour even for those who support him. ********** Some might maintain that he’ll learn, and we can only hope so, but he hasn’t shown much progress over the past two years, and his recent press conference — the first in six months — continues to show disrespect for the facts. A Washington Post fact-checking service cited 15 more false claims made by Trump in the press conference, including several false claims that have been repeatedly debunked. Here are a few: • Exaggerated claims that he saved jobs at Ford and Fiat, when both CEOs of those companies have cited other factors, and Fiat has specifically said their plans were made more than a year ago, and were made because of talks with the United Auto Workers, not Trump. • Alluded that China hacked 22 million names in the U.S., but that the press did not make it a big deal, when it fact it did make the front pages of the nation’s newspapers. Chinese authorities were also reprimanded by the U.S. and they have backed down. The difference between this instance and the Russian interference in the election, which Trump continues to downplay, is that what the Chinese did was spying (which the U.S. does as well). What Russia did was try to deliberately sway a presidential election, including an 18-month campaign to discredit Democrat Hillary Clinton on its Russian-owned international television station, which produced Russian-inspired fake news that Trump used time-and-again in his campaign. That’s a big difference that Trump, so far, refuses to recognize. • On business involvement with Russia, Trump said bluntly in the press conference: “I have no deals that could happen in Russia, because we’ve stayed away.” But his son, and his business lawyer, dispute that. In a 2008 speech, Donald Trump Jr. made it clear that the Trumps want to do business in Russia, but were finding it difficult. “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” Trump’s son told a real estate conference in 2008, according to an account posted on the website of eTurboNews, a trade publication. “We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.” Alan Garten, general counsel of the Trump Organization, told the Washington Post in May: “I have no doubt, as a company, I know we’ve looked at deals in Russia. And many of the former Russian Republics.” • Trump also suggested that the only Americans who wanted to see his tax returns were reporters, but that’s not true either. According to a Jan. 4-9 Pew Research Center poll, 60 percent of those Americans polled think it is incumbent on Trump to release his taxes to public view, as every presidential candidate has done since World War II. Americans should wonder what it is he’s hiding. • And here’s a winner: Trump cites as fact that 96 million Americans are “really wanting a job they can’t get. You know the story. The real number, that’s the real number.” Only it isn’t. As the Washington Post explains, the 95.1 million people is the number of Americans 16 years and older not in the work force. It includes teens, active students, the disabled, the retired, stay-at-home parents and others who are not looking for work. What’s true is that there is about 4.75 percent of the working population who are considered unemployed, or about 7.5 million people. That’s about half what it was when President Obama took over from Republican George W. Bush eight years ago. And then there was his statement on the recent release of an intelligence report: “I think it’s a disgrace that information that was false and fake and never happened got released to the public.” Seriously, he said that, and no doubt because it may contain more material about past exploits with women and/or business dealings he doesn’t want revealed. The news, after all, came from the nation’s intelligence community because they thought it was important for the president-elect to know that Russia may have information on him that could compromise his integrity. News agencies that released the dossier were quick to point out that the allegations had yet to be proven or disproven, but in the interest of public transparency, were being made public. The irony, of course, is that Trump spread more “fake news” throughout his campaign than all the other candidates combined, including not dropping the “birther” conspiracy against President Obama for two years; and that Trump championed the release of WikiLeaks emails on Clinton that were much ado about nothing, except it riled up the Republican base to Trump’s benefit. What’s most worrisome is if the findings in the intelligence briefing are corroborated, and Trump is compromised in ways Americans have yet to learn. What we do know about Trump, so far, is that he is quick to deny, deny, deny, until the facts are so overwhelming that he is forced to admit them, after which he quickly shifts focus. Not exactly the actions in a president that engender respect. — Angelo S. Lynn


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New age spirituality can be poisonous! Let me begin this column by thanking my friend for “You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re posting a video called “Ten pieces of Wisdom from Wayne alone with.” It is really great to learn to like, or better Dyer.” Like much New Age spirituality, these little teach- yet, love yourself. But isn’t it possible that some people ings contain some truth, but I think overare lonely because human beings are soall they promote a dangerous worldview. cial animals? Our primate ancestors thrive That’s why I left a comment after the vidin groups, and whether we are extroverted eo saying “Deeply problematic white peoor introverted, a certain amount of human ple words.” The yoga world is full of these contact including conversation, hugs and harmful ideas, so I have had many years meal sharing seems to make life more to ponder why they are so appealing and bearable. Instead of asking a lonely person what might be some stronger, more real if they could love themselves more, how medicine for our troubled times. Gentle about we ask ourselves if there are any readers, will you take a journey with me people we know who might like a visit? through some of these aphorisms? “Conflict cannot survive without your “If you change the way you look at participation.” This is an interesting nothings, the things you look at change.” tion, and as a gold medal conflict avoider, Okay, let’s say I am looking at a pile of I can see the appeal. But some conflicts garbage. Granted, there are different ways are essential. As a female bodied person, one can look at a pile of garbage. One way I enjoy the right to vote because my anwould be to say, “Yikes, our household cestors didn’t shy away from conflict. makes a lot of garbage, I wonder what we Did you know that in the fight for womcould do to produce less garbage?” Then en’s suffrage in Great Britain, in the early we could start composting (which reduc1900s, many women learned the martial by Joanna Colwell es one’s household waste by one third), art jiu-jitsu to protect themselves from powe could start buying more food in bulk, lice violence? instead of purchasing heavily packaged “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. items, and, if we really want to become trash reducing su- Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” Realper stars, we could start buying less stuff in general. Now ly? It’s ALWAYS my choice? What about all those people these life changes, which I highly recommend, will take in Charleston, S.C., whose family members were mursome effort and energy, and are sure to reduce subsequent dered while they were at bible study, by white supremtrash piles in your house. But do they change that original acist Dylann Roof? What about the millions of children pile of garbage we were contemplating? No, they do not. (See Colwell, Page 5A)

Ways of Seeing

Gov. Scott’s vision must become a budget Gov. Phil Scott used his inaugural address last Thursday to sketch out broad themes on which he hopes to concentrate over the next two years. Detailed policy proposals to flesh out these ideas will come later, particularly in the governor’s budget address. Scott sees the economic challenges facing Vermont as closely linked to the state’s demographic challenges. Vermont is one of the oldest states in the nation. Since 2000, the number of 25- to 45-year-olds in Vermont — the prime working-age generation — has declined by 2,000 to 3,000 people annually. Even though Vermont’s unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the nation, the aging of the state’s population means that there are 16,000 fewer Vermonters working today than in 2010. According to Scott, in order for the Vermont economy to grow faster, and thus to generate the resources needed to support expanding demands for By Eric L. Davis state services, the state’s working-age population must increase. During the campaign, Scott said that Vermont’s population should grow from the current level of about 625,000 to 700,000 over the next decade. This amount sounds large but, over a 10-year period, would amount to an annual population increase of less than 2 percent — lower than in other New England states such as Massachusetts. Scott said that population growth will require not just economic development initiatives to attract new privatesector jobs to Vermont, but also housing initiatives. He wants to increase the supply of available and affordable housing, both for new workers and for young people

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seeking to remain in Vermont after graduating from college. Education was another of the governor’s major themes. He sees education as an integrated set of programs focused not just on 5- to 18-year-olds, but as a continuum starting with early childhood education, running through K-12 education, and ending with both formal post-secondary education and job training and workforce development programs. In his inaugural, Scott argued that Vermont spends too much on K-12 education. Picus and Associates, consultants engaged by the Legislature in 2014 to look at education spending, reported that Vermont could probably reduce K-12 spending by 10 percent without affecting the quality of instruction. Per-pupil costs are currently running close to $19,000 annually, a consequence of the small size of many Vermont schools. Scott also said that Vermont spends too little on early childhood education and on post-secondary education. Programs for 2- to 5-year-olds can make a huge difference in terms of a child’s readiness to learn. Additional resources would enable UVM, the state colleges, and Community College of Vermont to reduce tuition and fees for Vermont students, and to strengthen programs that would encourage more high school graduates to remain in the state. The governor’s detailed proposals on education will be forthcoming. Scott recognized that initiatives such as expanded workforce and economic development programs, (See Davis, Page 5A)

For many Americans, perhaps even a majority of them, the great challenge of the next four years is to survive the presidency of Donald Trump, not as individuals — for that we need only take to the hills, which would be selfish and unworthy of us as citizens — but together as a nation. I believe that there is a way to accomplish this, not a certain way, but as sure as any can be in an uncertain universe and, all things considered, the best and noblest of ways, for it follows the path of civic virtue. We can become constitutionalists. In fact, we Americans have been constitutionalists for nearly two and a half centuries, ever since 1787, when the people of the United States ordained and established our Constitution, and the states ratified it, and it became the supreme law of the land. However, it seems that we have been constitutionalists without knowing it, and there’s the problem. To many, our government seems like a perpetual motion machine; a self-powered clock whose workings can be ignored except for an occasional rewinding, or, if it malfunctions, we can discard it and replace it with another, or do without it. But it is not that way. Our government is a composite system inseparable from ourselves, whose working parts are frail and fallible albeit rational human beings, many of whom have not been adequately trained or taught the duties of the office that they have been authorized to carry out, who do not understand what a constitutional system is or how it works, and this applies not only to presidents, chief justices, senators and representatives, but also to citizens, and most of all to them, for it is the chief duty of citizens to elect and appoint to the offices of government those who in their best judgment are best qualified to fill them, and thereafter to hold them in respect, which is to say, always to remind them of the duties and dignities of office. Constitutionalism is the principle that the authority of government derives from and is determined by a fundamental law. It is government by the rule of law, of a law that is not mystical or sacred, but rational and therefore discoverable to all rational beings, freely adopted and subject to revision. The idea of constitutionalism originated with Plato, Aristotle refined it, and Polybius, who wrote a history of the early Roman Republic, described it at work. They contended that the most durable constitution is one that prescribes a mixed government: one that includes elements of monarchy, aristocracy and democracy: the rule of one, of the few, and of the many combined in a system where each is able to activate and counteract the other, a self regulating system. This notion was ancestor to the principle of separation of powers: executive, legislative, and judicial. A constitutional system of government so conceived is perfect only because it is able to negotiate conflict and difference. James Madison said it correctly: “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control (See Letter, Page 5A)

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Cannabis legalization Part 2:

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Edibles – Promoting public safety

Physician: Repeal of Obamacare would be ‘disaster’ On Jan. 20, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Mr. Trump has said many times that he wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act — the ACA, or Obamacare — on “day one.” Mr. Trump’s pronouncements are notoriously erratic and changeable, but his choice of Tom Price — an inveterate opponent of the ACA — to lead the Department of Health and Human Services suggests that, on this matter, at least, we should take him at his word. As a Vermont physician, I know that repealing the ACA would be a disaster for the state. It would send the number of uninsured Vermonters — which has dropped by half since the ACA took effect — skyrocketing. It would return us to the days when getting insurance was difficult or impossible for the approximately 50 percent of Vermonters who have pre-existing medical conditions. It would re-inflict lifetime insurance limits on close to half of our friends and neighbors. And it would do this without regard to politics or party, hurting Trump and Clinton voters alike. The ACA is not perfect. Because it relies on private insurance companies, it is inefficient, unstable and subject to price shocks. Inefficient because private insurance companies, with average overhead costs of 15-20 percent of their budgets, simply waste a lot of money when compared to single payers such as Medicare, which has overhead costs of about 2 percent. Unstable because insurance companies, as private entities, can pull out of markets, change coverage, modify networks, etc., in ways that a public entity, dedicated first and

foremost to the health of the population, never could. And subject to price shocks because the failure to share risks across our entire vast nation means that certain populations are more expensive to insure than others. Despite its imperfections, however, the ACA has allowed 20 million more Americans (and 26,000 more Vermonters) to obtain health coverage: People with pre-existing conditions, who need insurance most of all. Low-income people facing a daunting and costly retail insurance market. Young people kicked off their parents’ plan. It is hard to overstate how valuable this is — to a family with a sick child; to an asthmatic worried about life-threatening attacks; to a diabetic who fears eventual amputation of her legs in the absence of active care. For these and many other people, knowing that treatment is available when needed is the difference between perpetual anxiety and, finally, being able to breathe free. But haven’t the Republicans promised to “replace” the ACA? Well, sure — but as of this point they have no actual plan. And if you look at what they’re discussing, none of it adds up. For example, Dr. Price is a big fan of “health savings accounts” for people like you and me — but such accounts may fall pitifully short if a medical disaster looms. He also likes bare-bones insurance, where people have to pay thousands of dollars in deductibles before benefits kick in, and the benefits themselves turn out to be woefully inadequate, if they are ever used. For Medicaid recipients, he prefers “block grants” to the states,

which would reduce the amount of money, and coverage, available. In fact, nothing the Republicans are discussing comes remotely close to doing what the ACA does already: Provide dependable insurance coverage at an affordable price, which will cover any medical problem that comes up, without bankrupting the patient. Repealing the ACA would be like tearing down a new extension on your home just because you don’t like the paint job — and with no idea what you were going to replace it with, to boot. A better way forward is to fix and build on what we already have. And there is no shortage of possible improvements, on many of which Republicans and Democrats already agree. For example, subsidies and subsidy cut-offs could be raised so that paying for insurance becomes less of a strain for moderate-income Americans. Medicaid expansion, which as been refused by many Republican governors despite functioning well in other Republican states, could be extended to all parts of the country. Rate schedules could be adjusted so that young people, who often have less money and are healthier, pay somewhat less than older people. The only limit to the possible fixes is our imagination — and implementing them would be a whole lot easier than starting again from scratch. Vermonters need to remember this when we hear the new administration talking about repealing the ACA. And we need to make clear to our representatives that fixing what we already have makes a lot more sense. Dr. Wesley Clark Middlebury

Colwell (Continued from Page 4A) of migrant families living in fear that our next president will deport their parents? I suspect this definition of misery is a very narrow one. This is a real American “pull yourself up by your own bootstraps” version of happiness. Most of us were raised with this idea, in some way. It boils down to this: “If you are miserable, it’s your own damn fault. Get up and make something of yourself.” Is this loving? Is this kind? “Abundance is not something we acquire. It’s something we tune into.” Oh boy does this one make me mad! Does the person who came up with that idea (I’m looking at you, Wayne Dyer) know that in the United States, white people have 90 percent of the national wealth, and black families hold 2.6 percent? Is this because African American citizens aren’t “tuned into abundance?” Give me a break! “Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.” Now I will agree

that having a hostile attitude is bound to be a terrible way to go through life, and greeting my fellow humans with kindness and good cheer will make each day sweeter. But what about the terrible hostility innocent people experience every day? Was Tamir Rice hostile? (He was not. He was only 12 years old. But that didn’t stop police officers from ending his life.) So it’s a nice idea that if we are loving the world around us will be loving, but it does not take into account the evil in the world. Police brutality, abuse of children, rape. These are hostile actions that cause untold physical and psychic pain to loving people every day. If we really want to live up to our full potential, as human beings, we are called to be honest with ourselves, and loving with those around us. Honesty means looking at all the ways we have been privileged to enjoy the life and material resources that we have. (Privileged doesn’t mean you have a trust fund, and it doesn’t mean that you don’t work hard. It just means

many people are struggling, through no fault of their own.) Loving means not only being kind to those we directly interact with every day, but being brave enough to confront systems of oppression that keep people poor, struggling to survive and afraid. Loving means letting go of the mentality that “you create your own reality,” and replacing it with a sincere desire for all people to be free. “Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.” I think I like this one. Let’s keep it as it is. Joanna Colwell is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher who founded and directs Otter Creek Yoga, in Middlebury’s Marble Works. Joanna lives with her family in East Middlebury. When not practicing or teaching yoga, Joanna enjoys taking walks, cooking, serving on the board of WomenSafe, and working with the Middlebury chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice. Feedback welcome at: joanna@ottercreekyoga. com.

rates of economic growth, inflation and interest rates during the next two years? One of Gov. Scott’s biggest challenges over the next few months will be to develop a detailed budget that responds to both the governor’s priorities and the uncertainty

in Washington, and that can be approved by both houses of a heavilyDemocratic legislature — perhaps after a gubernatorial veto is sustained in the House. Eric L. Davis is professor emeritus of political science at Middlebury College.

Davis (Continued from Page 4A) housing incentives, and education restructuring will require a larger financial contribution from the state. So too will continuing to clean up Lake Champlain. At the same time, the governor firmly believes that Vermont’s tax capacity is “tapped out.” There is no room to increase taxes or fees, either on individuals or on the business community. A further complication Scott faces is the uncertainty associated with the economic and budget policies of the Trump Administration and the Republican Congress. How much federal funding will come to Vermont, especially for health care and infrastructure? What will be the

Editor’s note: This is the second of three commentaries on issues surrounding cannabis legalization in Vermont by Dave Silberman, a Middlebury attorney and pro bono legalization advocate. This column focuses on edibles; the first focused on impaired driving, and the third will focus on tax policy; each column can be found online By Dave Silberman Colorado’s first-in-the-nation experiment with cannabis legalization, started in 2014, has largely been going well. Independent analysts and the state’s own top regulator report that regulated retailers have captured over 70 percent of the market, displacing many illegal dealers. Colorado collected $160 million in cannabis taxes and license fees in the first 10 months of 2016, including over $18 million in October alone — so much money that Colorado has run out of schools to build and is now using excess revenues to fund an anti-bullying campaign. Teen cannabis use has not gone up. The roads are as safe as they were before. But no system is perfect, and Colorado has struggled to address one problem in particular: the misuse of cannabis-infused “edibles.” Hospitals have reported sporadic cases of children accidentally consuming their parents’ cannabis-infused candy and needing their stomachs pumped. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd famously wrote of accidentally eating an entire cannabis chocolate bar meant to serve 16, because the label didn’t say how much is a single portion, and suffering through a night of paranoid hallucinations in her Denver hotel room (she was fine the next morning; there is no such thing as a fatal overdose of cannabis). The media has occasionally seized on false reports of cannabis candy being handed out to Halloween trick-or-treaters (fake news strikes in many places; this criminal activity has never actually occurred or at least never been officially documented). It is no surprise, then, that Gov. Phil Scott recently said, “I hope they hear me loud and clear” that legislators need to “deal with the edibles issue” when cannabis legalization returns to the agenda in the coming session. I strongly agree: smart, targeted regulations are much more effective at promoting public health and safety than the continuation of Vermont’s failed policy of prohibition. The focus should be on three key areas: labeling, packaging and physical format.

Letter (Continued from Page 4A) the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.” Government is necessary, because we are selfish and unruly. But we must rule ourselves. There is no other option. Hence, the rule of law established in a constitution must incorporate a principle of self-correction that applies equally both to the governed and their governors. Now, Donald J. Trump has been constitutionally elected president of the United States, and on Jan. 20, he will assume the office. His public behavior has shown deficiencies in his character to carry out this office with the proper dignity and with wisdom and understanding. His rudeness suggests that he did not receive proper training as a child; perhaps his parents and governesses were too indulgent; he does not seem to have read the Constitution, let alone Plato, Aristotle and Polybius; he seems to prefer to twitter away his time rather than to contemplate the duties of governing. But he is a rational human being, and therefore, not incorrigible or incapable of feeling the dignity of his high office. So, it is our duty as citizens to hold him in respect. To hold his feet to the fire of political responsibility, to remind him of the duties of his office, and of its dignity, so that it may find expression in his actions and his bearing. To carry out this civic duty, each of us must assume the office of citizen and exercise it with deliberation and care. Begin with the fact that we are free and equal, although diverse in many ways, citizens of a nation whose motto, “e pluribus unum” — out of many one — defines the

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In writing legislation to legalize cannabis, the Legislature should require that all cannabis-infused edibles be accompanied by clear, accurate labeling that informs the consumer regarding strength and dosage, including how long to wait before the effects are felt, and potential allergens. A universal symbol indicating the presence of THC should appear prominently on the label, and each readyto-eat product should be packaged only in standardized single servings. Packaging should be child-resistant, opaque and free of fanciful images, to reduce appeal to minors. Additionally, the Legislature should prohibit the sale of cannabis-infused candy and other form factors (such as fruit-flavored “vaping” liquids) that are especially appealing to children. Yes, lollypops and gummy bears are popular and perhaps even relatively healthful alternatives to ingesting cannabis rather than through smoking, but the risk of accidental ingestion by children inherently drawn to such products clearly outweighs any benefits. Combinations of THC with nicotine and/or alcoholic beverages should also be prohibited, to discourage cannabis users from simultaneously using these other, more harmful, substances. And, under a regulated system, the Department of Health can, and should, engage in a public information campaign to educate consumers on safe storage and use of cannabis-infused products. These are not radical notions. The Legislature has already required, in Act 168 of 2016, that Vermont’s edible products sold by medical cannabis dispensaries be placed in child-resistant packaging with informative, accurate labeling. Other states have moved in similar directions, including Colorado, which on Oct. 1 implemented new regulations banning candies and requiring better labeling, and Oregon, which has packaging and labeling restrictions similar to those described above. These are common-sense, public-health-first drug policy choices that will work where prohibition has failed. Gov. Scott is right to insist that the Legislature consider the topic deeply in any law to regulate sale of cannabis for adult use. My hope is that he is actually interested in finding sensible solutions that promote public health, and not just delaying much-needed drug policy reform through obfuscation and scare tactics. Editor’s note: Silberman’s column does not represent the views of any client, or this newspaper. You can find him on Twitter at @DaveSilberman.

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now and always. In sum, we must study the Constitution and make it a living document. Victor Nuovo Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Middlebury College Selectman, Town of Middlebury

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Obituaries Diana V. Parks, 77, Vergennes

VERGENNES — Diana V. (Sheldon) Parks went to sing with the angels on Jan. 4, 2017. She was born on Jan. 23, 1939 to Richard and Vonda (Hallock) Sheldon. Diana graduated from Vergennes High School in 1958. She married William Parks in 1958 and they raised their children, Craig, Jeffrey and Peggy Parks. Diana then started her career as a cook for Allenbrook Home for Boys, where she met her friend, Fr. Robert Baffa, and later at the UVM Newman Center. She was also a cook at Millie’s Diner (her beer and cheddar soup being a customer favorite) and at Project Independence in Middlebury. Diana’s most recent career was her favorite, 17 years as a seamstress at the Vermont Teddy Bear Company, where she made many close friends. A few even became family to her. Diana was known to have an angelic voice and she sang in the church choir for over 40 years, including at weddings and funerals. Her faith was a huge part of her life.

DIANA PARKS Diana is survived by her son, Craig Parks (and partner Krista); her daughter, Peggy; her special granddaughter, Jasmine Parks (and fiancé Lucas); her other grandchildren, Bryan-Michael, Ryan, Joshua, Tyler, Zachary and Alexandra; her five

great-grandchildren; her siblings, Gary (and Mary) Sheldon; Gail Sheldon; Connie (and Peter) Goodrich; John (and Cathy) Sheldon; Noreen Sheldon; Randy (and Diane) Sheldon; Keith (and Annie) Craig; and her in-laws, Joan (and “Turtle”) Panton and Harvey Smith; her many nieces, nephews and cousins; and her beloved friends, Jane and Charlie Huizenga; Matthew Borden; and Russ and Lenore Gates. Diana was predeceased by her son Jeffrey Parks; her sister Patricia Smith; and her “old husband,” William Parks. Diana spent many happy hours at Project Independence of Addison County during her final years (she referred to it as “going to work”), so in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Project Independence in Middlebury. A celebration of Diana’s life is planned for April 29 at 1 p.m. at the Vergennes Congregational Church because spring was her favorite time of year. Interment will follow at Sunset View Cemetery in Waltham. ◊

Paul Emile Vaillancourt, 71, Middlebury MIDDLEBURY — Paul Emile Vaillancourt, 71, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center after a long illness. He was born April 25, 1945, in Middlebury, Vt., the son of Archie and Leonie (Berthiaume) Vaillancourt. Paul was raised on the family dairy farm in West Salisbury. After his father’s death, he took over the family farm and ran it for many years. Paul eventually stopped farming and became a steward of the land. In later years, he also owned a car washing business. Paul enjoyed spending time on his property, going out to breakfast and finding new restaurants to frequent. He also enjoyed long rides exploring Vermont and visiting other farmers, family and friends. He is survived by his daughter,

PAUL VAILLANCOURT Alison Telgenhoff and husband Michael of Midland, Mich.; his

grandchildren, Jacob, Emily and Joshua Telgenhoff of Midland, Mich.; his brother, David Vaillancourt and partner Annie Audet of Salisbury; his sister, Claire Beecher and husband Jerry of Shelburne; his close aunt, Florence Berthiaume, and several other aunts; his nieces, Melissa Hensen and Betsy Beecher; his nephew, James Beecher; and numerous cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, along with many aunts, uncles and cousins. Per Paul’s wishes, there will be no funeral services. A private burial will be held in West Salisbury Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. Online condolences may be offered at◊

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Anna Patricia Johnson Welch, 89, Vergennes

VERGENNES — Anna Patricia Johnson Welch passed away at her home, the Cedars on the shore of Lake Champlain, on Jan. 7, 2017. She was born in Springfield, Vt. on Oct. 29, 1927. “Pat” attended Springfield schools, the College of William and Mary and graduated from the University of Vermont in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Banking, Finance and Insurance. She worked at the Shawmut Bank in Boston, Mass. until marrying Stephen Townsend Welch of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Springfield, Vt. on June 27, 1953. She leaves her husband Steve, their children and families: Peter Jonathan Welch, wife Nancy Conant, son Jonathan; David Daniel Welch; Donald Joseph Welch, wife Traci, daughter Sarah; Alan George Welch, wife Donna, children Brittany and Bradley; Andrea Virginia Welch Heller, husband David, daughters Lauren and Kristen; son-in-law Wallace Orr and cousins in the United States and Sweden. She was predeceased by her parents Virginia Frances Slack Johnson in 1983 and Governor Joseph Blaine

ANNA WELCH Johnson in 1986; daughter Linda Catherine Welch in 2014; and grandson Philip Blaine Welch in 1991. There will be no visiting hours. A funeral will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Vergennes. Burial will be in the spring.◊

Julia Field Curtis, 92, Ferrisburgh native

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FERRISBURGH — Charles P. Stearns, 69, passed away Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. He was born Sept. 27, 1947 in Burlington, the son of the late Elwin and Lucy (Ryder) Stearns. He was an avid outdoorsman and farmer, enjoyed socializing at the local diner, working at Job Corps and transporting the students. Charles is survived by his two daughters Chris and James Metiver; and Kim and Michael Fath; grandchildren Josh, Jessica, Bridget, Maria and Jason; a brother Rodney Stearns; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother Leonard (Sonny) Stearns. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, Jan. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. at

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PEEKSKILL, N.Y. — Julia Field Curtis, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 7, 2017. Julia was born on Nov. 10, 1924 in Ferrisburgh, Vt. She was the devoted daughter to George and Marion Field. Julia is survived by her brother Warren Field and his wife Lois of Mass.; her sister Edith Close and predeceased husband Earle of Ga.; her daughter Linda Zinn and husband Don of N.Y.; and her son Dennis Curtis and wife Nancy of N.C. She also leaves behind four cherished grandchildren, Jason Zinn of Fla.; Daniel Zinn of N.Y.; Dawn Curtis Sessler of N.C. and Amy Curtis Thomas of N.C.; along with five great-grandchildren. Julia met Gordon Curtis while they were students at The University of Vermont. They married on June 26, 1948 and moved to Bolton, Vt. where they built a home together and raised their family. They later moved to Char-

lotte, Vt., back to the house that she had been raised in. They spent many memorable summers at their camp on Lake Champlain. Gordon and Julia were married for 58 years before he went home to be with the Lord. Julia was devoted to her family and friends. She never spoke a harsh word and looked for the good in everyone. She was an educator and loved her career of ‘30 years’ reaching out to her students and interacting with faculty. She retired from Mt. Mansfield High School. She will be missed by anyone that knew her as she touched so many lives. We are saddened with her loss but take comfort in knowing that she is back with Gordon and hopefully enjoying their card games. A family memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations may be made in her memory to Westchester Exceptional Children’s School 520 Route 22, North Salem, N.Y. 10560. ◊


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To our Friends in our community, We are writing this letter because we are so very thankful for your support of our program and it is with a heavy heart that we need to share some news. After 17 years of providing services to our local children and youth, Foxcroft Farm Harvest Program Inc. has made a decision to discontinue the current services and dissolve the nonprofit by the end of June 2017. It has not been an easy decision, or one that has been influenced by a lack of support or funding. It is more of a personal decision, supported by the board. The 17 years have been extremely busy, yet fulfilling. I have been truly blessed to have had the opportunity to work with so many amazing kids: to help them to grow and to grow from them. I have seen this community grow to value our program and our students, seeking help to support a range of needs and making a point to attend our Open House events. I am so very grateful for the remarkable support of so many, local and not so local, and all wanting to help our community’s kids. I want to especially recognize the Harvest Board of Directors, past and present, and their dedication to our students’ needs and success. I am thankful for our committed volunteers — JoAnn, Carolyn and Pat — who have selflessly given their time, patience and energy over the last several years. It is my hope that Harvest has helped to provide a special block in the foundation of each of its participants: molded with confidence, compassion, work ethic and personal responsibility. I am also hopeful that our little Harvest Program has provided a unique perspective of ways that a community can support its youth, and how they in turn can support their community, through available and natural resources. On behalf of the board and myself, we are hopeful that Harvest has helped to make our community a place where kids and kindness grow together. To our friends and supporters, we say thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. Anne Young, executive director Foxcroft Farm Harvest Program Leicester

Solar farms as bad as billboards I am writing in response to the article recently posted on solar fields. I have seen solar fields popping up all over Vermont. We as Vermonters have always valued the beauty Vermont has. We passed laws to preserve the beauty of Vermont by outlawing billboards along our roadways. I feel solar fields are just as bad as billboards, they stick out like a sore thumb. I love the idea of creating renewable energy to protect the environment, but I feel we have better places to put the solar panels. If we site them in better places then we won’t be destroying habitat that animals use or our amazing views. Other places we could put solar panels are on the roofs of houses and buildings and over parking areas. Siting solar panels in this way doesn’t take habitat away and destroy Vermont’s beauty. Another concern I have is what is going to happen when we find a better way to obtain renewable energy or when we have to decommission the solar fields. Will we just take them down and throw them in landfills creating more waste, more pollution and more problems my generation will need to solve? We really need consider better places for the panels instead of these giant fields full of them. Ethan Sausville (age 17) Waltham

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By the way (Continued from Page 1A) The moose has remained near a road in Rutland County for several weeks and biologists and wardens are checking on the animal for symptoms of brainworm. Officials are warning the public that moose with brainworm may appear tame, but they are still wild animals and can be unpredictable and dangerous if approached. Brainworm is a parasitic disease that is fatal. Symptoms include drooling, a tilted head, stumbling, walking sideways or in circles and not showing fear of humans. Contact a local game warden if you see an animal that appears sick or is acting strangely, and leave these animals alone for their own safety and yours. Middlebury Actors Workshop, Town Hall Theater’s resident professional theater company, is holding general auditions for its 2017 season on Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 5-8 p.m. The troupe is seeking experienced actors of all types, ages 18 and up. Auditioners are asked to prepare a short monologue. For details and information, and/or an audition time slot, please email Artistic Director Melissa Lourie

at Melissa@middleburyactors. org. Additional info is online at William “Billy” Roberts of Starksboro was part of a threestudent team from Vermont Technical College who were recently informed they placed first in a Northeast regional competition as part of an international student engineering design competition. A senior project by Roberts, Caleb Bristol and John Kubacz, who earned bachelor’s degrees in architectural engineering technology, won the “design calculations” competition for the HVAC system they submitted to an American Society for Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers competition. For the competition, they designed an appropriate heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system, including equipment choices, for a mixed-used facility in Beijing, China. They incorporated energysaving measures, including the application of rooftop solar units, and calculated life-cycle costs related to both the installation and long-term operation of the HVAC system.

Northlands (Continued from Page 1A) as “a member of the Ferrisburgh Volunteer Fire Department,” due to not being allowed to perform volunteer duties. Donnelly said previous Job Corps management companies had “always had good relationships with emergency services in our community,” and contrasted the Vergennes area with the larger cities where Ferguson said Chugach operates four other Job Corps centers. “We’re a small community, and we’re not Texas. We’re not Chicago,” Donnelly said. “We rely on these people very, very much. What is your philosophy?” Ferguson described a situation in which twice the firefighter left the center, which is short-staffed (she is trying to hire 17 people), in the middle of shifts. She said she supports volunteerism, but had to think of the center first. “During the training the radio went off, and the individual left the training, and it was his shift to work. And that would have left one security person for the entire center. So we talked to the individual about it, and, again, those things happen. Just let us know what’s going on,” Ferguson said. “And it happened again. So we had to ask him if he wanted to shift his shift, or what he wanted to do. And he told us he didn’t want to work with us any more.” Ferguson described the situation as “really unfortunate,” but added, “We also provide a service to our students and staff. We have to keep them safe and secure … They (employees) have to understand their first priority is the center and the students. We just have to figure out how to work with the individuals that are volunteers.” In a phone conversation later on Tuesday, Donnelly, a 34-year veteran and trustee of the Ferrisburgh department, disputed some of the details. He said the individual was asked to cover a shift on his day off, and agreed to come if he could leave for two hours to provide previously scheduled training for town firefighters. Only when that two-hour absence was denied did the firefighter resign from Northlands, Donnelly said. Donnelly said Ferguson does not understand the vital nature of the emergency services Vermont volunteers provide. “I wanted to say to her, ‘What if you were trapped in a car?’” he said. At the meeting Hawley explained the local system, in which local employers, including United Technologies Corp., cooperate as much as possible with emergency volunteers. “We are not a big city. We don’t have fulltime firefighters. We don’t have fulltime rescue staff,” Hawley said. “So all employers, even the city of Vergennes, we have three people in the public works department who are members of the fire department … there is a dual responsibility.” Hawley urged Chugach and Ferguson to develop a policy that would allow flexibility. “I would encourage you to have such a policy,” Hawley said. “These two extremely important organizations … rely on people that are on call.” Ferguson moved toward agreement, also stating she was not aware of the issue and that it will be a challenge because of the center’s staffing level.

“I totally understand, and I totally agree with it. Whenever you take over a company like this Job Corps the way we did … there are things like this that we were not aware of,” Ferguson said. “So we will look at the policy, because we want to make sure we support the community. But at the same time we are short-staffed … We just ask for your sympathy and your understanding as we continue to work on the staffing issues and the student issues.” NEW REGIME The Department of Labor (DOL) awarded Chugach a one-year contract, plus a six-month option, to run Northlands beginning Dec. 1. Ferguson described it as “a hostile takeover” from CHP International, which lost its contract in June, less than three years through a five-year deal. According to DOL Boston office spokesman Ted Fitzgerald, DOL first sought a new five-year contract, but CHP protested, “which delayed award of the new contract and resulted in postponement of the re-procurement activities until resolution of the protest.” Instead, Chugach was awarded its short-term contract. In the meantime, Fitzgerald said in a Wednesday email the DOL will begin seeking another five-year contract this month and award it “prior to the end of the short-term contract.” According to the Chugach website, the company was formed in 1972 under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). Instead of the reservations used elsewhere of the U.S., ANCSA established a system of native corporations. Those include former Northlands operator Alutiiq, which preceded the recently ousted operator CHP International, an Illinois company. Chugach provides a wide range of commercial and government services. Ferguson, a Trinidad native, came to Northlands from the Potomac Job Corps Center. The former Baltimore resident said she is a Job Corps graduate. “A lot of the kids are really shocked to learn I went to the Job Corps,” she said. She said Chugach took over a center “with some issues,” but said she hoped to move Northlands higher in the rankings that the DOL uses to assess center performance. It had been lagging in the bottom tier of the 127 Job Corps centers, but now stands at No. 62, she said. “My goal is to see Northlands in the top 50, and I think we’re on that path,” she said. Ferguson touted the school’s “strong academic and career education programs,” but said inherited obstacles include shortages in staff — 17 vacancies, with 97 current employees, about 90 percent full-time — and students — the center can accommodate 220, but as of Tuesday only 135 were attending. “If we continue to drop students, we’ll have to lay off people, but that’s not our intent,” she said. She said the DOL has been happy with Chugach so far, particularly with center discipline, and noted she has already signed a law enforcement agreement with city police. “We have had some great compliments from the regional office about the work we’re doing so far,” Ferguson said. Andy Kirkaldy may be reached at

(Continued from Page 1A) Smits, who said he wrote the town’s 2014 credit card policy “from scratch” and noted town auditors called it “a respectable document,” maintained he had the authority to raise the credit card limit. Smits said in an email to the Independent he increased the limit to meet an important goal of that policy — to save money and time, specifically to streamline and speed up regular stationary purchases by placing online orders with the U.S. Postal Service. He said he is getting his job done and the selectboard is singling him out for criticism. “There was no wrongdoing on my part, but they wanted it canceled anyway,” Smits said of the credit card. “No fraud, no abuse, no shady purchases.” In addition, he wrote in a letter to the selectboard, there were no secrets involved. “Statements are always available for review and all payments and supporting documents have been reviewed by the selectboard prior to payment,” Smits wrote. The May 2014 credit card policy, which applies to cards held by Smits and by Road Foreman John Bull, contains one apparent contradiction. At one point it places a $1,000 limit on purchases, the limit that Smits exceeded, but it also states elsewhere, “The town treasurer has the authority to refuse the issuance of any card, make changes for existing cardholders, and to cancel, at any time and without notice to the cardholder, any previously issued cards.” Selectboard Chairwoman Loretta Lawrence concedes board members were “not even aware of the clause until the debate started regarding the credit card,” but were were upset to learn only from town auditors that the limit had been exceeded. “The board has always assumed that the original card limits were still the same as when originally approved on May 20, 2014,” Lawrence wrote

in an email. “Yes, Garrit has the authority to make changes. However, it was expected that he would contact the board and have a discussion as to why he felt he needed to increase the limits. It would have showed clarity and transparency. Sadly, this did not happen.” LATE PAYMENTS As for the late payments, Smits blames Bull. “Bills are not paid late because of me,” Smits wrote. “Bills are paid late because John does not turn them in on time to pay them on time.” Lawrence said not all of Ferrisburgh’s late payments and resulting fees are related to the highway department. “The board has noticed, just since last April, that the town had to pay the IRS a late penalty of approximately $628 for filing payroll taxes late. In the past year, we have had to pay the state of Vermont late penalty fees for filing the state payroll taxes late. The state penalties have accrued up to several hundred dollars,” she said. “It is sloppy bookkeeping.” Minutes show a board unhappy with Smits. For example, on Jan. 3 Selectman Steve Gutowski, according to draft minutes, said, “although some late payments were caused by the logistics of the approval process, late fees and charges (were) incurred from inadequate job performance by the town treasurer.” Those minutes also state, “bank account reconciliation was behind, and deposits of public monies were made well beyond a reasonable time frame.” At that meeting, the board also reviewed a draft of a new credit card policy that could be adopted next Tuesday. Lawrence, who insists she likes Smits, also cited the thorny issue of Smits’ hours. She said she believes Bull provides bills in a timely manner. “The bills pile up each week and are not dealt with until the afternoon of the board meeting. He comes in

on the afternoon, before each board meeting to prepare the bills to be approved for that evening’s board meeting,” Lawrence said. “This situation happens due to the fact that Garrit does not spend time at the office. He is not getting the job done.” HOURS AND WORKLOAD As an elected official, Smits sets his own hours and answers to voters, not the selectboard. The board cannot order him to work specific hours, but sets his pay at $33,670, expecting a 35-hour workweek. Town Auditors Walter Reed and Deborah Healy came to December board meetings and addressed Smits’ performance. According to Dec. 6 minutes, Reed said he has “noticed that other people in the office were doing so much of the treasurer’s work. Walter stated that he did not think it was fair that the assistant treasurer (Pam Cousino) had to continually have to do her job and much of the treasurer’s job. He stated that the treasurer is rarely in the office during operational hours.” Lawrence said selectboard members agree. “We stop by and notice it, too,” Lawrence said. “The work isn’t getting done. And I still believe Pam especially is trying to do her job and his job, and then it affects the whole office. We have no problem with him setting his own hours, but he needs to be available to the public.” In his Monday email, Smits said he could answer questions about his hours and late bills, but did not have time. “I can talk to you more about this point (late payments) and your other point about my hours, but I have other engagements,” Smits wrote. A request for further information was not answered before deadline. In an Independent article published in September, Smits defended his schedule and his performance, citing “money-saving contracts I pushed forward, like with Casella

or Fairpoint,” and said he has served town residents well. “Whenever someone is in the office needing help, I’m here to help,” he said. Smits also said then the selectboard, which since he was elected in March 2014 cut his hours from 40 to 30 and then restored five hours, has never respected him. “I’ve worked for a lot of people in this community,” Smits said. “A lot of people think highly of me. But never the Ferrisburgh selectboard.” CHARTER CREATION The Ferrisburgh selectboard will probably not endlessly spar with the town’s treasurer. The board first looked into a charter change to make the town’s clerk and treasurer appointed positions, a path other towns around the state, including Panton, have chosen. But the board discovered Ferrisburgh has no charter, and has begun taking steps to create one calling for appointed posts. According to Dec. 20 board minutes, “the board is moving forward with this matter; it will be a long process that can not begin before the Vermont Legislature is in session, and will involve the town’s attorney, the (Vermont) League of Cities & Towns, local officials, and others.” The board has already contacted its attorney, local legislators and the VLCT to learn more about the process. Lawrence said board members want to move toward appointed officials, a change that among other things would broaden the talent pool as well as create a chain of command, but said residents would make the final decision. “We want to incorporate into an appointed treasurer and town clerk. But that would be a vote by the townspeople,” she said. In the meantime, Smits’ two-year term expires in March. “All people should participate in town government that would like to,” Lawrence said.

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Stock Market takes Wild, Unpredictable Ride to Double-Digit Gains in 2016

No year ever demonstrated better than 2016 the most important principle of investing – no one can predict the short-term direction of the stock market and the best way to make money in the long-term is to stay invested. The year offered nervous investors numerous opportunities to bail out of stocks, and many did. After the Dow dropped 1200 points (7%) in the first week of 2016 – the worst ever start to a year – many analysts predicted a crash. Donald Trump himself said that stocks were in a bubble, and Mad Money’s Jim Cramer agreed. But as so often happens, the markets quickly regained their footing, at least until Brexit triggered the next crisis of confidence. Once again, markets bounced back quickly. Then came the election. As investors eyed what was arguably the most discouraging presidential campaign in history, the market trended downward. That brings us to the fourth quarter, when suddenly, just days before the election, stocks reversed course and started climbing. Analysts suggested this was due to improving odds of a Clinton victory. This assessment seemed to be validated on election night, when Trump’s apparent victory was accompanied by an 800 point drop in the Dow on the overnight futures market. But by morning the Dow was down only 200 points. And it kept climbing, ending the day up 250 points. By year’s end the Dow finished up 12%, a dramatic advance of 28% from its February low. Not many people predicted a rally based on the election of Donald Trump. But there is some logic to it. If the new President and the Congress follow through on an agenda of corporate tax cuts, higher infrastructure spending and less regulation, corporate profits will rise, lending support to today’s lofty stock prices and cheering investors. Whether the base of Trump’s support, blue collar working people, will benefit from these policies is unclear. There’s no doubt that how you felt about the election depends on what kind of voter you are. Similarly, how you felt about the market impact of the election depends on what type of investor you are. While U.S. stocks rose after the election, other assets fell. Trump’s plan for tax cuts and spending increases sent inflation expectations and interest rates higher, causing the price of interestsensitive assets like bonds and gold to fall. It was not a good time to be a stock market bear. Added together, the global value of financial assets probably changed little since Trump’s election, but it certainly got shifted around. With the new year, we cannot help but look toward the future and what 2017 may bring. On the one hand, consumer confidence is soaring, with the expectations index for future conditions rising to a 16-year high. If this translates into higher levels of borrowing and spending, the economy could kick into a new gear with better than 2% annual growth. On the other hand, there perhaps has never been more uncertainty surrounding government policy. When it comes to key economic issues like trade and government spending, the president-elect has as much disagreement with fellow Republicans as he does Democrats. And not all of Trump’s ideas are marketfriendly. Conflict over trade threatens the supply chains of U.S.-based multinational corporations. Large deficits tend to drive up interest rates, which raises the cost of borrowing for consumers and growing businesses. For now, the market seems to be minimizing the possible negative effects of Trump’s ideas, seeming to conclude that the Republican party will restrain his efforts Full Year PostPre2016 Price in these areas. Perhaps this is the correct view. But 2016 2016 Election Election Changes will long be remembered, not just for the election, but for the relentless manner in which it crushed the hubris +10% +5% +5% Dow Jones Index of political and financial prognosticators. Steering one’s +8% -10% +20% Gold investments according to which way the political winds +1% -3% +4% Treasury Bonds are blowing would be to repeat their folly. Don Devost and Matt Wootten are investment advisors and principals of Addison Advisors LLC in Middlebury. This is a paid column supplied by Addison Advisors to help educate readers on current market trends. For more detailed or individualized market information, visit their offices in the Marble Works in Middlebury or online at

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catered lunch or $10 with no lunch. Tickets at the door: $35/$20. Info: www.addisoncountyvtmaple. org. Green Mountain Club hike in Salisbury. Saturday, Jan. 14, Salisbury. Hike Chandler Ridge from Falls of Lana, a moderate, five-mile roundtrip hike or snowshoe. Bring lunch, water; poles and gaiters recommended. Contact Ruth Penfield for meeting time at 388-5407 or Info: Skate with the Panther Women in Middlebury. Saturday, Jan. 14, 5-6 p.m., Kenyon Ice Rink, Middlebury College. The Middlebury College women’s ice hockey team will welcome fans to join them on the ice after their 3 p.m. game vs. Endicott College. Team photos will be provided. Sponsored by Friends of Panther Hockey.









American history lecture series in American history lecture series: “The Middlebury. Thursday, Jan. 12, 3-4 p.m., Life of Sacajawea” in Middlebury. EastView at Middlebury, Community Room. Thursday, Jan. 19, 3-4 p.m., EastView at American History lecture series: “The Lewis & Clark Middlebury, Community Room. EastView resident Expedition” will be presented by EastView resident Bob Nixon presents “The Life of Sacajawea” as part Bob Nixon. of the American history lecture series. “Where Have All the Moose Gone?” discussion in New Haven. Thursday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m., New Haven Town Hall. Wildlife biologist Tina Scharf discusses some of the reasons the moose population has declined across North America. Sponsored by the Green Mountain Club hike in New Haven Conservation Commission. Free. Starksboro. Saturday, Jan. 21. Cabin fever lecture series: “Canada Lynx: Snowshoe or hike of approximately 4-5 miles A Vermont Resident?” talk in Middlebury. round trip on woods, roads and trails at Common Thursday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m., Ilsley Ground Center. Bring water and a snack and dress Public Library. The public is appropriately for the weather (layers, no cotton). invited to a talk by Vermont Fish This outing will be moderately strenuous with & Wildlife Biologist Chris Bernier moderate elevation change less than about the lives of Canada Lynx feet. Contact Beth Eliason at and their status in Vermont where MIDDLEBURY STUDIO SCHOOL — Adult: Weds Midday Wheel, 1,000 or 802-989they are listed as an endangered Clay-Lids Workshop, Knitting, Mon PM Oils, Tues. Silver 3909 for meeting time and place. species. Free. Sponsored by Otter Creek Audubon Society. Jewelry, Weds PM Wheel, Thurs AM Oils, Pastels, Drawing, Info: One World Library Project presenBeaded Jewelry, Drawing the Portrait in Charcoal with Pancake breakfast in Shoreham. Saturday, Jan. 21, 8-10 a.m., tations in Bristol. Thursday, Jan. Joe Bolger. Children: Mon Animal Art with Kathy Hall, Tues Shoreham Congregational Church, 12, 7-9 p.m., Lawrence Memorial Clay hand building, Weds Wheel. middleburystudioschool. 28 School Road. The menu is plain Library. In 2016, three groups or blueberry pancakes, scrambled of Vermonters, unbeknownst to org  Contact Barb 247-3702, eggs, home fries, sausage, juice and each other, set out on the Way, all beverages. $7 adults; $3 children; on their own personal journeys. $20 families. David and Elissa Cobb, Gregor Clark and Gaen Murphree, and Stevie Spencer will Roast pork supper in Vergennes. Saturday, Jan. 14, Conversation with Vermont Supreme Court Justice Robinson in Shoreham. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2 p.m., 5-6:30 p.m., Vergennes United Methodist Church, share their stories and images of their Camino de Platt Memorial Library. Vermont Supreme Court Main Street, across from the Vergennes Opera Santiago pilgrimages in a special One World Library Justice Beth Robinson will lead an interactive House. The menu includes roast pork, mashed potaProject presentation. discussion about the birth of the Bill of Rights to toes, stuffing, vegetable, applesauce, rolls, dessert An evening of standards and Broadway favorites the U.S. Constitution, the meaning and significance and beverage served buffet style. $9 adults; $5 chilin Middlebury. Thursday, Jan. 12, 7:30-8:30 p.m., of those rights, and the independent constitutional dren. Take out orders available. Info: 877-3150. EastView at Middlebury. An evening of standards protections under the Vermont Constitution. Light and Broadway favorites featuring Dottie Kline, refreshments will be served. accompanist and Jaci Hockreiter, vocalist perform“Microbe & Gasoline” in Middlebury. Saturday, Jan. ing tunes by songwriters Stephen Sondheim, 21, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Dana Auditorium. Two teenGeorge Gershwin, Irving Berlin and more. All you can eat pancake breakfast in age friends embark on a road trip across France Addison. Sunday Jan. 15, 7-11 a.m., after building a small house on wheels. In French Addison Fire Station, at the junction of Routes with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Hirschfield 17 and 22A. The menu includes plain and blueberry International Film Series in association with the January story hour in Monkton. pancakes, sausage, bacon, home fries, coffee, hot Vermont International Film Festival. Info: www. Friday, Jan. 13, 10-11 a.m., Russell chocolate and orange juice. $6 adults; $4 kids under or 802-443-3168. Free. Memorial Library. The Russell Memorial age 12. Funds will be used to purchase equipment. “King Pede” party in Ferrisburgh. Saturday, Jan. 21, Library in Monkton is hosting a story hour with a Benefit of the Addison Volunteer Fire Department. 6:30 p.m., Ferrisburgh Town Hall and Community simple song, story and craft. All are welcome. Info: 759-2237. Center. The evening begins with a sandwich supper Spaghetti dinner in Bristol. Friday, Jan. 13, 5-7 p.m., Chicken and biscuit supper in Middlebury. Sunday, and then on to an evening of fun and card games. St. Ambrose Parish Hall. The Knights of Columbus Jan. 15, 5-6 p.m., Middlebury United Methodist This is a great way to stay in touch with your neighwill be serving their Knights in Italy spaghetti dinner. Church. Come to the all you can eat buffet style bors and support the Grange. All you can eat spaghetti, bread, salad and dessert. chicken and biscuit supper with a wide assortJean-Michel Pilc, Jazz piano in Middlebury. $10 adults; $5 kids; $25 immediate family. ment of side dishes and desserts. Take-outs for Saturday, Jan. 21, 8 p.m., Mahaney Center for shut ins only. All donations support local charities. the Arts, Robison Hall. Jean Michel-Pilc, called Suggested donation $8 adults; $5 children ages a “dazzlingly inventive pianist” by the New York 5-12; free for under age 5. Times, will take the listener on a journey crafted with unexpected landscapes and powerful emotions. Monthly wildlife walk in Middlebury. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series. Reserved Saturday, Jan. 14, 8-10 a.m., Otter View seating. Tickets $25 public; $20 college ID holdPark parking area. Otter Creek Audubon ers; $6 students. Info: or Soup supper in New Haven. and Middlebury Area Land Trust invite community 802-443-3168. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 6 p.m., New Haven members to help survey birds and other wildlife at Congregational Church. Ladies Union soup Otter View Park and Hurd Grassland. Beginning supper includes a variety of soups, breads, crackbirders welcome. Come for all or part of the walk. ers, dessert and beverage. $8. Info: 388-1007 or 388-6019. Trillium ensemble in Middlebury. Maple seminar in Middlebury. Saturday, Jan. 14, 8 “A Sense of Place: Vermont’s Farm Legacy” talk Sunday, Jan. 22, 4 p.m., The Middlebury in New Haven. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 7-8:30 p.m., a.m. registration, 9 a.m. sessions begin, Middlebury Community Music Center. The Trillium New Haven Library. Gregory Sharrow, co-director Union High School. Maple seminar will feature Ensemble featuring Esther Rogers Baker (cello), of the Vermont Folklife Center, will discuss how topics such as syrup filtering, and beginning sugar Janice Kyle (oboe) and Timothy Mount (piano) will the character of a place is shaped by its cultural making. Complimentary morning coffee, tea and perform. Suggested donation $10-20. Info: www. heritage and folklife-traditions. Sponsored by the maple cream donuts. Pre-register by Jan. 7 to be Vermont Humanities Council. Free and open to the eligible for door prizes. Pre-registration: $25 with
















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HUBZone workshop in Middlebury. Thursday, Jan. 26, 10-11:30 a.m., ACEDC Conference Room, Suite 8, 1590 Routh 7 South. ACEDC members and friends are invited to attend a free VT procurement technical assistance center HUBZone workshop. The HUBZone program assists small businesses in gaining preferential access to federal contracts due to limited economic development in rural communities. Classes at EastView in Middlebury. Thursday, Jan. 26, 3-4:30 p.m., EastView at Middlebury. EastView resident Nick Clifford will present a class on “The Future of Europe” the first in an eight-week series. Author reading in Middlebury. Thursday, Jan. 26, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Axinn Center, Abernathy Room, Middlebury College. J.M. Tyree will read from and discuss “Vanishing Streets: Journeys in London,” an illustrated travelogue of the peripheries of “the world’s most visited city.” Tyree is a nonfiction editor of New England Review.


January story hour in Monkton. Friday, Jan. 27, 10-11 a.m., Russell Memorial Library. The Russell Memorial Library in Monkton is hosting a story hour with a simple song, story and craft. All are welcome.

LIVEMUSI C Myra Flynn in Middlebury. Saturday, Jan 14, 7-9 p.m., 51 Main. Swing Noire in Brandon. Saturday, Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music. Blues Jam in Middlebury. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 8-10 p.m., 51 Main. Root 7 in Middlebury. Saturday, Jan. 21, 6-8 p.m., 51 Main. Heliand Consort presents “Crossing the Bar” Folk Music for Woodwind Trio and Voices in Brandon. Saturday, Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music. 10 Strings in Middlebury. Friday, Jan. 27, 7-9 p.m., 51 Main. Zephyr in Brandon. Saturday, Jan. 28, Brandon Music. The Matt Flinner Trio in Ripton. Saturday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m., Ripton Community Coffee House.

ONGOINGEVENTS By category: Farmers’ Markets, Sports, Clubs & Organizations, Government & Politics, Bingo, Fundraising Sales, Dance, Music, Arts & Education, Health & Parenting, Meals, Art Exhibits & Museums, Library Programs. FARMERS’ MARKETS Brandon Farmers’ Market. Fridays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., May 27-Oct. 7, Central Park. Vegetables, flowers, plants, Vermont maple syrup, honey, baked goods, organic beef, goat cheese, hand-crafted and tie-dyed items, jewelry, paintings and more. Middlebury Farmers’ Market. Saturdays only at Mary Hogan Elementary School, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. through Dec. 24. Holiday Market is Dec. 3 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Mary Hogan Elementary School. Baked goods, organic products, cheese and dairy products, crafts, cut flowers, fresh fruit and vegetables, honey, jam, jellies, preserves, maple syrup, meat and poultry products, wine, bread, plants, pickles, prepared foods, soap and body-care products, eggs, yarn, and cider. Vergennes Farmers’ Market. Thursdays, 3-6:30 p.m., mid-May through September, Vergennes City Park. Organic vegetables, berries, breads, desserts, crafts and takeout. SPORTS Co-ed volleyball in Middlebury. Pick-up games Monday, 7-9 p.m., Middlebury Municipal Gym. Jack Brown, 388-2502; Bruce at Middlebury Recreation Department, 388-8103. Family tennis court time in Middlebury. Sundays, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Middlebury Indoor Tennis. Family play drop-in offers families a chance to play together. Equipment is provided. Open to all levels of play. Info: Erin Morrison, emorrison@ CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS ACT (Addison Central Teens). Drop-in hours during the school years: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 3-6 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 3-7 p.m. 94 Main St. (Middlebury Town Office building), below rec. gym. Teen drop-in space for kids. Hang out with friends, play pool, watch movies, and eat great food. Baking: every Thursday from 3:30-5 p.m. Info: 388-3910 or Addison County Amateur Radio Association. Sunday, 8 p.m. On the air on club repeater 147.36/147.96 MHz, 100 Hz access tone. Nonmembers and visitors welcome. Addison County Emergency Planning Committee. Last Wednesday, 5 p.m. State Police Barracks. Public invited. Addison County Republican Party. Third Friday, 7 p.m., Ilsley Library, Middlebury. 897-2744. American Legion Auxiliary Post 27. Fourth Monday, 7 p.m. American Legion, Wilson Road, Middlebury. Addison County Council Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. Fourth Tuesday, noon-1:30 p.m. Addison County Courthouse in Middlebury. 388-9180. Brandon Lions Club. First and third Tuesday, 7 p.m., Brandon Senior Center.

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Brandon Senior Citizen Center. 1591 Forest Dale Road. 247-3121. Bristol Historical Society. Third Thursday, 7 p.m., Howden Hall, 19 West St., Bristol. Champlain Valley Fiddlers’ Club. Middlebury VFW, 530 Exchange Street. Third Sunday (except Easter), noon to 5 p.m. Donation $3. Refreshments available. Looking for fiddlers young and old. Open to public. Info: 342-0079. The Hub Teen Center and Skatepark. 110 Airport Drive, Bristol. Open mike night, first Thursday of the month, 5:30-7:30 p.m., free for all ages; reserve a spot at Info: 453-3678 or LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer). Youth support group meets Monday nights, 4-6 p.m., Turningpoint Center, Marble Works, Middlebury. Info: 388-4249. Middlebury Garden Club. Second Tuesday. Location varies. Pat Morrow, 462-3741. NEAT (Northeast Addison Television) Channel 16. Fourth Monday, 5-7 p.m. NEAT studio in Bristol. Bruce Duncan, Neshobe Sportsman Club. Second Monday, 6 p.m. potluck; 7 p.m. meeting. 97 Frog Hollow Road in Brandon. Otter Creek Poets. Open poetry workshop held Thursdays, 1-3 p.m. Ilsley Library in Middlebury. Poets of all ages are invited to share their poetry for feedback, encouragement and optional weekly assignments. Bring a poem or two to share (plus 20 copies). Led by David Weinstock. Free. Orwell Historical Society. Fourth Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Orwell Free Library. PACT (People of Addison County Together). Third Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Vermont state office building on Exchange St. in Middlebury, Health Department conference room. 989-8141. Samaritan’s Cupboard. Assembly of God Christian Center, 1759 Route 7, Vergennes. Third Thursday through October. Vergennes Lions Club. First and third Wednesday, 6:45 p.m., American Legion. Club address: PO Box 94, Vergennes, VT 05491. Info: President Tim Cowan, 877-2382. Vergennes Rotary Club. Tuesday mornings, 7:158:30 a.m., Champlain Valley Christian School, 2 Church St. Breakfast served at 7:15 a.m. GOVERNMENT & POLITICS Addison Peace Coalition. Saturday, 10:30-11 a.m. Triangle Park in Middlebury. Citizens for Constitutional Government in Bridport. Thursday, 7-9 p.m. Bridport Community School. Learn about the U.S. and Vermont constitutions and how to defend our rights. Five-Town Area Vigil for Peace. Friday, 5-5:30 p.m. Bristol green. All welcome to speak out for world peace. Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles Mobile Service Van. Second and fourth Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Every Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Addison County Courthouse, in Middlebury. The van offers written exams, customer service and road tests. 828-2000. BINGO American Legion Hall, Middlebury. Wednesday. Doors open 5:30 p.m. with early birds. Jackpot $3,000. Food available. Benefits veterans, scholarships and community programs. 388-9311. Brandon Senior Center, Brandon. First and third Mondays. 6 p.m. Refreshments sold. 247-3121. Brandon American Legion. Tuesday, warm-ups 6:15 p.m., regular games 7 p.m. Food available, complimentary hot tea and coffee. Info: 247-5709. VFW Post 7823, Middlebury. Monday. Doors open 5 p.m., quickies 6:15 p.m., regular bingo 7 p.m. 388-9468. FUNDRAISING SALES Bixby Memorial Library Book Sale, Otter Creek Room, 258 Main St., Vergennes. Monday-Friday, 2-4:30 p.m. (Thursday, 2-6:45 p.m.); and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Proceeds support library programs and materials. Brandon Free Public Library Used Book Sale. Wednesdays, 4-7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The 2016 season runs May 4 through mid-October. Ilsley Public Library Book Sale. First Saturday, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Vermont Room. Ongoing sale in The Last Word during library hours. Info: 388-4095. St. Peter’s Closet in Vergennes. Behind St. Peter’s. Open on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Two Brothers Tavern’s Charitable Mondays. First Monday. 10 percent of entire day’s proceeds go to designated charity. DANCE, MUSIC, ARTS & EDUCATION Bridge at Ilsley in Middlebury. Thursdays, 5:30-8 p.m., Ilsley Library. Single players welcome. Info: 462-3373. Bristol folk session in Bristol. Wednesdays, 6-9

p.m., Hatch 31, 31 Main St. Open jam. Bring your voices, instruments, songs and tunes. Irish/Celtic, Maritime, Appalachian, Quebecois, Roots/Blues, World Music, Dead, Dylan. Info: bristol-folk-session.html. Celtic jam session in East Middlebury. Third Wednesday, 8-10 p.m., Waybury Inn. Open session to play traditional Scottish and Irish tunes on acoustic instruments. All abilities welcome. Celtic jam session in Middlebury. First Wednesday, 8-10 p.m., 51 Main. Come swap Scottish, Irish and Canadian fiddle tunes. Open to all instruments and players familiar with Celtic sessions and jam etiquette. Info: or 203-823-8669. Chess and bridge clinic in Middlebury. Mondays, 3:30-5:30, Ilsley Library. Casual play and gentle coaching in bridge and chess. Chess club in Brandon. Saturdays, 12:30 p.m., Brandon Library. All ages and abilities welcome. Chinese conversation group in Middlebury. Saturdays, 10-11 a.m. Informal discussion in Mandarin Chinese led by native speaker Yinglei Zhang. Info: 388-4095. Classical string ensemble in Middlebury. Third Friday, EastView at Middlebury. Amateur ensemble looking for violinists. Info: 388-7351. College Session for Seniors in Middlebury. Elderly Services, 112 Exchange St. Classes for people over 60 in basic computer, opera, politics, history, international law and more. Call 388-3983 or e-mail Craft workshop in Forest Dale. Tuesday, 6:30-8 p.m., Living Waters Assembly of God Church, Route 53. Free workshop for knitting, crocheting, or other crafts. Coffee served. Info: 247-3637. Creative writing workshop in Vergennes. Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Bixby Library. Free. Librarian Muir Haman guides participants through short-form writing and creative exercises. All experience levels welcome. Info: 877-2211 or muir.haman@ Dancing in Middlebury. Sundays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., EastView at Middlebury. Come dance to swing, blues and waltz music. Wear clean, dry, soft-soled shoes. Info: 475-2349 or Dramatic writing workshop in Vergennes. Monday, 6-8 p.m., Bixby Library. Free workshop led by screenwriter Jay Dubberly in which participants help each other work on long-form writing projects. Info: 877-2211 or Drum Collective. Group drumming. Every Monday, 10-11 a.m., 111 Maple St. in the Marble Works at Huard Studio. Led by local percussionist Will Smith. Open to all. Info: Drum gathering in Bristol. Last Friday of the Month, 6-8 p.m., Recycled Reading of Vermont. Info: 453-5982 or Duplicate bridge at EastView at Middlebury. Tuesdays, 6:15-9 p.m. Info: French conversation group in Middlebury. Second Saturday (deuxième Samedi) of the month, 1 p.m., location varies. Enjoy casual conversation; all levels welcome. Info: Jam session for teens in Middlebury. Second and fourth Thursdays of each month, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Addison Central Teen Center, 94 Main St. Bring your own instrument or borrow one of ours. To register, call Robin or Jutta at 388-3910. Journaling for Self-Discovery group in Lincoln. Third Thursday of every month, 7 p.m., Lincoln Library. Info: 453-2665. Knitting and Rug Hooking in Brandon. First and third Wednesdays of each month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Brandon Library. Project sharing, idea gathering and textile camaraderie. Knitting group in Brandon. Thursday, 1-3 p.m., Brandon Senior Center. 247-3121. Knitting group in Vergennes. Third Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bixby Memorial Library. Informal assistance provided. Arabella Holzapfel, 443-5284 (weekdays), 877-2172 (evenings) or Line dancing lessons in New Haven. Saturdays, starting March 5, 2016, 6-8 p.m., New Haven Town Hall. All ages. $5 per person. Info: 989-6701 or Maiden Vermont women’s barbershop chorus, under the direction of Lindi Bortney, is open to women of all ages. The group sings four-part a cappella music from traditional barbershop to doo-wop and Broadway. Rehearsals Thursdays, 7-9:15 p.m., Salisbury Community School. Info: 388-1012 or go to Middlebury College Community Chorus. Mead Chapel. Open to all singers without auditions. Conductor Jeff Rehbach, 443-5811; manager Mary Longey, 236-7933. See a full listing of

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Lecture to connect farm culture past, present

THIS SLICK NEW scorer’s table at Mount Abe was purchased with the help of fundraising by Bristol Youth Sports to complement the great new gymnasium floor at the Bristol school.

Bristol group thanks gym project boosters As your paper has reporthelped organize a funded, Mount Abraham Union raising effort to purchase High School replaced its a scorer’s table, to then gymnasium floor last fall. of appreciation donate it to Mount Abe. In effort completely BYS networked and modernize the feel of the mobilized our parents and basketball games at the Mount Abe, area businesses to help us make this the community wanted a new scorpurchase. er’s table. Bristol Youth Sports, a Bristol Youth Sports owes a huge non-profit community organization, thank you to all who gave toward


this effort. The table is beautiful and gives our games at Mount Abe a modern, 2017 feel. Our community opened their hearts and wallets; we are very thankful to their continued support. Eric Carter, Shawn Oxford and Troy Paradee on behalf of Bristol Youth Sports Bristol

Local hunter wins lifetime license

BRIDPORT — gives anyone, resi“The Lifetime David Girard, 56, of dent or nonresident, Bridport, is the lucky License Lottery an opportunity to win winner of the 2016 gives anyone, a Vermont hunting Vermont Lifetime resident or and fishing license Hunting and Fish- nonresident, an that is valid for the ing License Lottery. opportunity to win recipient’s lifetime,” With his lifetime lisaid Fish & Wildlife cense, Girard will be a Vermont hunting Commissioner Louis entitled to hunt and and fishing license Porter. “Even if you fish for free for life. that is valid for don’t win the license, He was drawn as the the recipient’s by applying, you winner from among lifetime.” know you have con10,067 lottery tickets — Fish & Wildlife tributed to fish and purchased in 2016. Commissioner wildlife conservation The Vermont Fish Louis Porter in Vermont.” & Wildlife DepartThis year’s sales of ment holds the drawthe $2 tickets brought ing annually and presents a lifetime $20,134 to the Vermont Fish & hunting and fishing license to the Wildlife Department. These state winner. dollars can be leveraged with federal “The Lifetime License Lottery funds to produce $80,536 to support


lore from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a former Vermont classroom teacher. For over twenty years he has conducted ethnographic field research projects on the culture of dairy farming, historic immigrant communities, traditional artists and their work, and Abenaki life in the present. He has presented this research in print and exhibition, video and radio. This event is free and open to the public and accessible to those with disabilities. This Vermont Humanities Council event is hosted by the Friends of the New Haven Library. For more information contact Susan Smiley at 802-388-6601 or Norma Norland at 802-545-2637.

Age Well offers Tai Chi classes

VERGENNES — Age Well, formerly CVAA Champlain Valley Agency on Aging, is offering classes in Sun Style Tai Chi in Vergennes at St. Peter’s Parish Hall. Both a beginner and an intermediate class will be offered every Monday and Wednesday starting Jan. 23 and continuing until April 5. Tai Chi for Health and Wellness is an evidence-based program proven to reduce falls by 47 percent; help reduce stress and hypertension; build strength; improve balance, bone health, circulation and quality of sleep; expend breathing capacity; and promote mental clarity and mindfulness. Tai Chi is particularly helpful for adults with inflammatory joint conditions such as arthritis and improving pain-free range

of motion (doctor recommended). Tai Chi I for beginners will be held Jan. 23-April 5, from 9-9:45 a.m. every Monday and Wednesday. This class is for people who have never done Tai Chi or those wanting to review this class again. Tai Chi Intermediate will be held Jan. 23-April 5, from 10-10:45 a.m. every Monday and Wednesday. This class is for people who have completed Tai Chi I and are ready to learn Tai Chi II. Pre-registration is required; you can do so by emailing Lee Francis at or by calling 877-2464. Classes are free. Bring hydration, dress comfortably and bring another pair of footwear especially during the winter.



• Alison (Denis) & Julner Remy, Whiting, Jan. 3, a son, Zavier Laurence Remy. • Samantha Willard & James Payne, Cornwall, Jan. 8, a daughter, Olivia Elise Payne. • Hannah Anderson, Brandon, Jan. 10, a daughter, Zoe Marie May Anderson.


VUHS picks Devine as ambassador VERGENNES — Every year, each high school in the United States may choose one sophomore to represent them at their state’s Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership (HOBY) Conference. This year, Vergennes Union High School’s HOBY Ambassador is Cyrus Devine. Devine was nominated and selected for this honor based on his demonstrated and potential leadership skills and traits. Devine will attend the HOBY Conference on May 25-28, at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt., where he will participate in seminars and meet with leaders in the fields of education, government and the professions to discuss present and future issues. Devine is the son of Vernon and Hillary Devine of North Ferrisburgh.

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the department’s mission to conserve fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the people of Vermont. “These funds help us to manage the state’s sport fish and game animals, protect threatened and endangered species and conserve important habitat for wildlife,” said Porter. Hunters and anglers can enter Vermont’s License of a Lifetime Lottery by adding the $2 entry fee when they buy their license on the Fish & Wildlife Department website at They can also enter by applying at locations statewide wherever Vermont hunting and fishing licenses are sold, or with a printable application also available on the department website. There is no limit on the number of times someone may enter during the year.

NEW HAVEN — Gregory Sharrow, co-director of Middlebury’s Vermont Folklife Center, will explore farm culture of the past, and how it relates to today’s Vermont, in New Haven on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. in the New Haven Town Offices on North Street. The lecture is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. The character of a place is shaped by its cultural heritage and its folklife — the informal traditions of family and community. The cultural legacy of farming has strongly influenced the identity of Vermonters. These distinctive traditions have persisted, despite a decline in the number of farms over the years. Mr. Sharrow holds a Ph.D. in Folk-


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MONKTON CENTRAL SCHOOL kindergartener Ben Havey has a good time during a puppet presentation at the school Tuesday.

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Puppets (Continued from Page 1A) What do you do when you’re sad differences and on attention-deficit/ because a friend won’t play with hyperactivity disorder, also known as you? Try giving yourself a hug, one ADHD. The fifth- and sixth-graders of the puppets suggested. saw one puppet show on learning “I go play with my brother,” differences and then engaged in a offered one girl. hands-on workshop. What makes you mad and what do As the K-2 audience sat cross- you do about it? legged on the floor, a puppet-kid One young man said that when his named Nguyen Huy brother takes his toys he Nam tells his friend likes to shoot him with Melody, who’s African “I enjoy the his Nerf gun and then American, that life honesty that calm down by doing would be a lot better if comes from back flips on his bed. he could just be plain, the kids, their Others confided that old American-sounding unfiltered when they feel bad they “Brad.” But Melody might go talk to mom, asks Nam if he really questions, the dad or Mrs. Tatlock. thinks he has to give up compassion One kid asked Nam his Vietnamese name, they show — and Melody what school heritage and culture just especially for a they go to. Another to fit in? asked Melody how she puppet who’s With his friend’s got her glasses. bullied.” help, Nam realizes he Puppeteer Karen — Puppeteer Sharpwolf, doesn’t want to give up who’s Karen Sharpwolf been with Puppets in his name anymore than he wants to give up Education for about 10 celebrating Tet, the Vietnamese New years, got a kick out of the children. Year’s celebration, complete with his “I enjoy the honesty that comes grandmother’s sticky rice cakes. from the kids, their unfiltered In another skit for the school’s questions, the compassion they youngest learners, the puppets acted show — especially for a puppet out a feeling and the kids got to guess who’s bullied,” she said. what feeling was being represented Sharpwolf said that Burlingtonand share what makes them feel sad based Puppets in Education uses or mad or happy and excited. original scripts and scripts from As the puppets asked the students national programs such as Kids on about how they can express their the Block and Friend 2 Friend. Kids feelings, the children gave real on the Block creates educational answers. puppet shows on a range of issues

such as coping with divorce and healthy snacking. Friend 2 Friend creates programs on autism. Sharpwolf said that some of the Puppets in Education puppets are made by a Burlington puppetmaker and some are purchased from other sources across the country. The big-as-a-kid puppets are around three and a half feet tall, wear colorful school clothes and represent a range of ethnicities. They look quite similar to Bert and Ernie from “Sesame Street,” and like many of the Muppets are essentially rod-and-hand-type puppets. As Sharpwolf and compatriot Sarah Vogelsang-Card explained to the kids, the group also draws on the 400-year-old Japanese Bunraku tradition. The puppeteers wear all black, including black gloves and black hoods over their heads, and perform standing beside and behind the puppets — present yet invisible. Puppets in Education, now in its 35th year, currently presents 24 different interactive programs. Over the past eight years, the troupe has reached over 70,000 children. The program has proven to be effective in helping kids learn about and talk about such difficult topics as child abuse and bullying. Tatlock and Monkton Principal Betsy Knox said they were grateful for support from the Vermont Department of Health and the Tari Shattuck Education Foundation to


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Market crowd — granted that doesn’t bring (Continued from Page 1A) “My dad used to come hang out in a ton of money because a guy at the store on Saturday mornings,” will sit and drink maybe two cups she recalled. “He’d say, ‘I’m going of coffee for two hours — but those to Jonny’s store to hang out with the people are important and that’s the important part of a town center, a guys.’” The Roleaus will continue town hub,” John Roleau said. “I to run Packard of Vermont, the grew up with the coffee crew over family-owned auto repair and sales there. They always were there and you learn stuff and you business, as they also hear stories and half take on running the Village Green Market “I grew up with of it’s true, half of it — and continue raising the coffee crew isn’t, but it gives you a chuckle when you leave. three young children: over there. That’s important.” Lincoln, 5; Dylann, They always But the Roleaus said 2; and Camden, age five months. Roleau were there and they will reorient the is also on the New you learn stuff layout so that other customers will find an Haven selectboard and and you hear easier path to their cup is the New Haven road stories and commissioner. The offer half of it’s true, of coffee. “We love the morning to buy the store came half of it isn’t, crowd; they’re huge. soon after the Roleaus But we’re going to also moved into the family but it gives welcome in the other home on Town Hill you a chuckle people that may not want Road. when you to walk through five guys “Everyone thinks leave. That’s talking about manure we’re crazy — and I important.” spreaders,” Roleau said. agree with them — — John Roleau The Roleaus are also except us. We think planning to expand the we’re crazy right now, but it’s going to work out,” John store’s deli offerings, and do more with salads, baked goods and take Roleau said. But for him, these many out. JOHN AND MARGO Roleau, seen here with their son Lincoln, have purchased the Village Green Market in New Haven and are currently renovating responsibilities also tie together. A PIECE OF HISTORY According to New Haven it for a late January reopening. Roleau said that his work on the Independent photo/Trent Campbell town plan as a selectman has made Historical Society President Bev him think about the importance of Landon, the Village Green Market The Roleaus purchased the store Andre Palmer said his family had Palmer said. “And John’s the one would sit and chat,” she said. first opened in 1807 and was operated from John and Carmen Palmer and been wanting to sell the store to who wanted to buy it.” the town center to the community. Having someone with such a long“We’ve been going through the by brothers Ira and Noble Stewart. their son Andre, who bought the be able to put more focus into the Landon said the store has always rooted history with the town and the town plan, and there’s a section for The prize for longest-running store in 2002. When Roleau was family’s Misty Knoll Farms chicken provided a heart to the town center. store as the new owner, said Landon, the town center. It’s its own district,” ownership undoubtedly goes to the growing up, the store was owned by and turkey business, as it continues “It used to sell gas. At one time, it will help continue that tradition. he said. “And the town plan went on Roscoe family, who operated the Jon and Patti Apgar, who sold it to to expand. had a hardware area in the back. And Gaen Murphree is reached at to say how important it was and how store from 1833 to 1924. the Palmers. “We’re busy with the farm,” it’s always had an area where people historic it was and how through the years and this that and the other thing and it just hit me: I want to be part of that — more.” In addition to their business experience and history with the town, the Roleaus bring experience with small stores in Vermont. Margo worked at Lantman’s in Hinesburg in high school and college. Roleau HURRY! Offer good on in-stock items only AND the BEST STUFF will Sell-Out FAST! drove a beer delivery truck for about 10 years after graduating from Champlain College, going to restaurants and stores across the state. “I’ve been in every mom and pop from Middlebury north delivering,” he said. While their renovation is being guided by dollars and cents — Roleau wants to make more efficient use of the space so that every square inch is SOCKS & LONG selling something — they also want to carry on the market’s heritage as a UNDERWEAR (including Mens, Womens, Kids and Infants) community gathering spot. “It just needs a little love,” said Margo. “We’re going to clean it up, spruce it up, new paint, everything, redo the floors — just get everything looking like a new store inside.” “It’ll still be the cool, old store but completely different,” John added. Also important to the Roleaus is to make the store as welcoming as possible to old timers and newcomers for Men, Women & Kids Excludes Muck® boots alike. “There’s a huge morning coffee

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Outdoor dreams, 2017 And, so, another new year has started. And, to be honest, I’m not sure what to expect. Volatility seems to be the operative word for the year. I recently read that in 2016, a crack in one of the Antarctic’s largest ice shelves grew by 24 miles, making it almost 100 miles long and over 1,000 feet wide. The crack now extends roughly 90 percent of the way across the shelf. It has only 12 miles to go during this current Antarctic summer and it will have broken all the way across, allowing an ice chunk the size of Delaware to fall off. And that, in turn, would further open the path for more glaciers to flow into the ocean, raising global sea levels almost four inches. Meanwhile, flooding in California and Nevada from a recent deluge is among the worst ever recorded, with hundreds of homes being evacuated — this following an extended drought throughout much of California. Something about “when it rains, it pours” is proving to be true. Meanwhile, much of New England remained in drought as 2016 wound down, while the Southeast had the worst wildfires in their history. And Florida seems to be experiencing the impact of the rising sea level — even before that chunk of Antarctica adds another four inches. What will 2017 bring? Me? I’m trying to figure out how many states I can fish in during 2017. Because of speaking engagements and business travel, 2016 (See Dickerson, Page 3B)

TIGERS LAURA WHITLEY, above, and Arianna Slavin, right, compete on the floor during Middlebury’s gymnastics meet with U-32 Monday night. Middlebury won, 103.85-40.15. Independent photos/Trent Campbell

Gymnasts prevail Tigers easily vault past visiting U-32

MIDDLEBURY UNION HIGH School freshman Carly Burger competes on the beam Monday night.

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By ANDY KIRKALDY MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School gymnastics team cruised past visiting U-32 on Monday, 103.85-40.15, on the Tigers’ home turf, the Middlebury Union Middle School gymnasium. The Tigers evened their season record at 3-3. They have defeated three teams that, like MUHS, do not have year-round gymnasts with easy access to specialty clubs, and lost to larger Division I schools, Champlain Valley, South Burlington and St. Johnsbury. “The season is going well,” said Co-coach Terri Phelps. “The athletes

are at the point in the season where they have most of their skills down, and now it is time to perfect those skills and fine-tune their routines to eliminate as many deductions as possible. We will be starting to do more repetitions of full routines during practice and will have higher expectations of them each week from now until the state meet.” On Monday, Aly Chione (bars), Anna Buteau (beam) and Olivia Beauchamp (all-around) won outright. Non-scoring Fair Haven independent Julianna Williams, who trains (See Gymnastics, Page 2B)

MUHS girls run past Missisquoi, now 3-2

County wrestlers place well at New York meet By ANDY KIRKALDY PERU, N.Y. — Vergennes Union High School senior Brandon Cousino won the 182-pound weight class, while Middlebury junior Dustin Davio and Mount Abraham sophomore Kevin Pearsall took thirds at 138 and 182, respectively, to highlight local teams’ efforts on Saturday at the Peru Wrestling Classic, a competitive tournament in Peru, N.Y. The Eagles fared best as a team, with six wrestlers in the top six of their weight classes to help them finish ninth among 22 teams. Middlebury was 14th with two in the top six, and VUHS — with Cousino its only wrestler — took 15th. Cousino need four pins to reach

Defense and surges are keys to victory By ANDY KIRKALDY pened in the first period is part of the MIDDLEBURY — The Middle- Tigers’ template for success. bury Union High School girls’ bas“We have some great shooters. We ketball team started each half on have speed,” Heath said. “We talk Tuesday vs. visiting Missisquoi with a lot about using our speed and our big runs and cruised to a 51-39 vic- press to our advantage.” tory. The 0-8 T-Birds slowed the Tigers The Tigers, who improved to 3-2 in the second period, in part because with the result, opened the first quar- their shots simply wouldn’t drop and ter with an 18-2 surge as their press in part because MVU forward Kailie forced a dozen T-Bird Manchester, who closed turnovers and led to a doz- “We have the first quarter with a en fast-break points. three-point play, started to some great Junior guard Keagan the boards and shooters. We dominate Dunbar sparked MUHS eliminate the Tigers’ secwith 11 of her game-high have speed. ond-chance points. 24 points in the opening We talk a lot The Tigers went scoreperiod, including four about using less for the first 6:43 in transition layups, three of our speed the second period, but them lefthanded. She also and our MVU managed only four tallied six steals. points in that span as the Senior forward Ally press to our Tigers continued to force Larocque (eight points, advantage.” turnovers, both with their five rebounds) chipped in — MUHS full-court zone press and a putback, junior guard Coach half-court man-to-man deShannon Sunderland (six Jen Heath fense. Dunbar re-entered points) came off the bench late in the quarter and to nail a jumper, and senior guard scored two hoops, and MUHS led, Payton Buxton (five points, six re- 22-9, at the half. bounds, three steals) laid in a fastEven though the Tigers surrenbreak hoop and a free throw as the dered 30 points in the second half as Tigers finished the opening period Heath began to sub freely and experahead, 18-5. iment with defensive looks, she was Coach Jen Heath said what hap(See Tigers, Page 3B)

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Tiger skiers dominate at Woodstock Nordic event TIGER JUNIOR KEAGAN Dunbar races between two Missisquoi defenders Tuesday night in Middlebury. Dunbar scored a game-high 24 points in Middlebury’s 51-39 win. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

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By ANDY KIRKALDY WOODSTOCK — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ and girls’ Nordic ski teams swept 5-kilometer skate-style races on Jan. 6 hosted by Woodstock. The girls’ squad — highlighted by freshman Malia Hodges’ first-place finish and five skiers in the top 13 — dominated Brattleboro, Woodstock, Mount Anthony, St. Johnsbury and Rutland. The boys’ team, paced by junior Cade Christner in third, senior Harlow Punderson in fourth and four skiers in the top 10, defeated the same field. The Tiger boys are the defending Division II champions. “It was a very strong showing for the team all around,” said Coach Will Henriques. Last Friday’s successful results followed a win by the Tiger boys at a Dec. 21 meet in Stowe, at which the Tiger girls took third with some strong individual efforts, according to Henriques. The top three skiers at last week’s girls’ race and all the Tiger skiers and their results were: 1. Malia Hodges, MUHS, 15:23. 2. Olivia Brooks, Woodstock, (See Nordic, Page 4B)

100 career pins at the tournament. But there were only three rounds to reach the final, and he was seeded first and earned a by. Cousino wrestled twice, winning by pin and earning a major decision in the final. He was hoping for enough matches to reach the milestone on Wednesday, when VUHS was set to visit Champlain Valley along with two other teams. If not, the pins should come this weekend at a major tournament at Essex. Davio compiled a 4-1 record at 138 with three pins, losing only his semifinal match, 5-4, to the eventual champion, Colin Hogan of host Peru. Pearsall went 3-1 with three pins at 182. (See Wrestling, Page 3B)

ScoreBOARD Boys’ Hockey 1/11 Colchester at MUHS.......................Late Girls’ Hockey 1/11 Colchester at MUHS.......................Late Girls’ Basketball 1/9 VUHS vs. Montpelier......................42-13 1/10 MUHS vs. Missisquoi....................51-39 1/11 OV at Burr & Burton........................Late Boys’ Basketball 1/11 VUHS at OV....................................Late COLLEGE SPORTS Men’s Hockey 1/10 Norwich vs. Midd..............................3-3


HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Boys’ Hockey 1/14 U-32 at MUHS.............................7 p.m. 1/21 MUHS at Essex...........................5 p.m. Girls’ Hockey 1/14 Northfield at MUHS......................5 p.m. 1/21 MUHS at Essex...........................3 p.m. Boys’ Basketball 1/13 Mt. Abe at VUHS.........................7 p.m. 1/13 Mill River at OV............................7 p.m. 1/13 MUHS at Rutland.........................7 p.m. 1/17 Brattleboro at MUHS...................7 p.m. 1/17 Mt. Abe at OV..............................7 p.m. 1/20 Mill River at OV............................7 p.m. Girls’ Basketball 1/13 Winooski at MUHS..................... 7 p.m. 1/14 VUHS at Milton.....................11:30 a.m. 1/14 Mt. Abe at North Country.............2 p.m. 1/14 Springfield at OV....................2:30 p.m. 1/16 MUHS at Mill River......................7 p.m.

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PAGE 2B — Addison Independent, Thursday, January 12, 2017

TIGER SOPHOMORE LIAN McGarry dismounts the beam during Monday’s meet with U-32. McGarry took third place in the beam, bars and vault. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

MIDDLEBURY UNION HIGH School junior Olivia Beauchamp was the all-around winner at Monday’s gymnastics meet with U-32.

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(Continued from Page 1B) with the Tiger team, won the vault and the floor exercise. But Tigers Chloe Kane finished second in the vault and Carly Burger and Arianna Slavin tied for second in the floor exercise to earn the first-place team points for MUHS.

TIGER JUNIOR LUCY Ursitti competes on the balance beam Monday night.

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The top finishers in each event were: VAULT: 1. Williams (FHU), 7.45 2. Kane (MUHS), 7.3. 3. Lian McGarry (MUHS) and Ana Petterssen (Twinfield independent), 6.8.

BARS: 1. Chione (MUHS), 5.7. 2. Kane (MUHS), 5.6. 3. McGarry (MUHS), 5.4. BEAM: 1. Buteau (MUHS), 7.4. 2. Laura Whitley (MUHS), 7.35. 3. McGarry (MUHS), 7.3.


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1/16 West Rutland at OV.....................7 p.m. 1/20 Mt. Mansfield at Mt. Abe..............7 p.m. 1/20 North Country at VUHS...............7 p.m. 1/21 MUHS at Milton.................... 11:30 a.m. Wrestling 1/13&14........VUHS/MUHS/Mt.Abe at Essex 1/14 ........................OV at Adirondack Duals 1/21................OV at Merrimack Tournament Gymnastics 1/9 U-32 at MUHS...............................6 p.m. 1/16 Milton at MUHS...........................6 p.m. Indoor Track 1/14 MUHS/VUHS at UVM..................1 p.m. COLLEGE SPORTS Women’s Hockey 1/13 Stevenson at Midd.......................7 p.m. 1/14 Endicott at Midd...........................3 p.m. 1/20 Midd. at Bowdoin.........................7 p.m. 1/21 Midd. at Bowdoin.........................3 p.m. Men’s Hockey 1/13 Midd. at Plattsburgh.....................7 p.m. 1/20 Colby at Midd...............................7 p.m. 1/21 Bowdoin at Midd..........................3 p.m. Women’s Basketball 1/13 Tufts at Midd................................7 p.m. 1/14 Bates at Midd...............................3 p.m. 1/17 SUNY Potsdam at Midd...............5 p.m. 1/22 Williams at Midd..........................2 p.m. Men’s Basketball 1/13 Midd. at Tufts...............................7 p.m. 1/14 Midd. at Bates..............................3 p.m. 1/17 Green Mt. at Midd........................7 p.m. 1/22 Midd. at Williams.........................2 p.m. Late events occured after deadline. Spectators are advised to consult school websites for the latest schedule updates.

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MIDDLEBURY UNION HIGH School senior Lily Smith puts up a shot during Tuesday night’s game against Missisquoi. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

Tigers (Continued from Page 1B) happy with their defensive effort. “I thought our intensity on our defense in the first half was pretty good. Then in the second half we were trying to change it up and work on some different things, and I thought at times there were some tough spots,” she said. “But overall I’m happy. Everyone went in and contributed.” And the Tiger offense came back to life and showed better balance in the third period. The Tigers opened

with a decisive 17-6 run over the first 10 minutes with points from five players: a three-pointer and two transition hoops from Dunbar; an opening runner in the lane from senior guard Lily Smith; two Larocque hoops inside, one set up by a nice drive-and-dish from senior Riley Fenster (four points, three steals); and Fenster and Sunderland jumpers. Heath said the Tigers discussed better ball movement at halftime and adapted their approach. “We worked it around and made

TIGER JUNIOR SHANNON Sunderland sets up the offense during Middlebury’s 51-39 win over Missisquoi Tuesday night. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

Wrestling (Continued from Page 1B) In other weight classes: • At 120, Mount Abe’s Roman Mayer finished fifth with a 3-2 mark. • At 126, Mount Abe’s Ben Murray took fourth with a 3-2 record, and Mount Abe’s John Bent also competed, going 0-2. • At 132, Mount Abe’s Gary Conant went 0-2. • At 145, Mount Abe’s Josh Har-

dy took sixth. He won his first two matches by pin and lost in the semifinals, and then defaulted two consolation matches due to injury. • At 152, Middlebury’s Joe Whitley went 1-2. • At 170, Mount Abe’s Dylan Little took fifth with a 2-2 record. • At 220, Middlebury’s Jaro Perera went 0-2. • At 285, Middlebury’s Joe Langevin took sixth with a 1-3 mark.

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them play defense and worked on our offense,” she said. Despite being in a 39-13 hole late in the third period, the T-Birds (coached by Jim Daly, a member of the 1983 Tiger boys’ championship team) kept fighting. Points from Isabel Paquette (nine overall), Autumn Gratton (eight), Manchester (seven) and Emily Bourdeau (six) helped MVU pull to within 47-36 with 2:12 to go. But hoops by Sunderland (set up by sophomore Carly Larocque)

and Tiger sophomore forward Ashley Sunderland clinched the win. Overall, Heath has been happy with how her team’s chemistry has developed. “What I’ve been pleased with is that we have five newcomers on the team, and I think that everybody has really stepped up to help them out,” she said. “And I think we have a good group of girls, a close group of girls that work hard together.” Andy Kirkaldy may be reached at

(Continued from Page 1B) was a banner year for my checklist of states. I managed to cast a fly in eight different states, four of which I had never before caught a trout in. Which actually sounds more glamorous than it is. In one of those states I was skunked, in two of them I caught only one trout, and in two of them I landed only two. That was a lot of hours cramped in an airplane to land six fish (five of which were under a foot long). Still, the addition of Indiana, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania did bring my total up to 30 states in which I have caught a trout. Sadly, way too much of my work-related travel results in no fishing at all. But among the places I’ve been invited to speak in 2017 I have a least a chance of wetting a fly in Georgia, Oklahoma and Alaska to make up for the hours in the airports. None of those will be new states for me. But while I still have a son in graduate school in Providence, maybe I can catch my first Rhode Island trout some time in 2017 bringing me up to 31. Though what I really hope for in 2017 are many hours on my favorite trout streams in Vermont and Maine involving no air travel at all. And maybe a short drive or two across Lake Champlain or the Connecticut to fish in our neighboring states. With a little ambition, I could get up to seven again this year. Speaking of volatility, one of the refrains I heard frequently was that 2016 was the “worst year ever.” The statement seems largely a reference to the overall divisiveness around the country, and particularly the previously unreached depths of hostility and inanity achieved in the previous election cycle. “Worst year ever” is a rather extreme statement to make, I think. Unless you are a Syrian. For those living in the United States it seems like hyperbole. Still, there were a lot of late-December posts on social meeting from folks saying they were so glad 2016 was done, and greatly looking forward to 2017, as though the artificial date of 1/1/2017 was going to make everything better. For those in the population who called 2016 the “worst year ever” because of who was elected, the irony is that this president-elect actually takes office in 2017, and so 2017 is not likely to be better.

Speaking of which, one of my goals of 2017 is to spend time in more of our country’s national forests, parks, preserves, refuges and designated wilderness areas. Among the concerns I have over the incoming administration set to take over the White House before my next column goes to print is that their platform includes selling off federal lands. (This goes hand in hand with a broader fear of a dramatic weakening of environmental protection laws.) Although I know that management of federal lands is not perfect, our national forests and preservers, and even Bureau of Land Management lands, do often provide a protection against many abuses of exploitation. One of the lessons that was most driven home by my month in Wyoming in 2016 was how very difficult it is to restore habitat once it is lost; how much more difficult it is to recover land and water and soil once it is destroyed, than simply to protect it in the first place. Some of my purpose will be to learn how this land is managed. What has been accomplished and what could be done better? Some of my purpose will be to write about it. To bring to the public knowledge whatever I learn from my visits, so that we make well-informed decisions, and with long-term health and not short-term profit in mind. Or at least just to share the delight and beauty. But I admit that some of my purpose — like trying to cast a fly as often as possible in the places I visit — is just the selfish desire to enjoy something good and worthwhile… Was I supposed to end that last sentence “before it is lost”? I hope not. Author’s note: If his columns in the Addison Independent whet your appetite, you can learn more about Matthew Dickerson’s time at various national forests in Wyoming, New Mexico and along the Appalachian Mountains at his YouTube playlist “Wyoming’s Wild and Native Cutthroat,” at his YouTube channel “Trout Downstream and Heart Streams” or from his books “Downstream: Reflections on Brook Trout, Fly Fishing and the Waters of Appalachia” and “Trout in the Desert: on Fly Fishing, Human Habits, and the Cold Waters of the Arid Southwest.”

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Men’s hoop wins two in league play

JUNIOR CADE CHRISTNER, right, and senior Harlow Punderson finished third and fourth, respectively, to lead the Tiger boys’ Nordic squad to a victory in a 5-kilometer race on Jan. 6 in Woodstock.

Photo Courtesy of Jill Madden


TIGER FRESHMAN MALIA HODGES won a 5-kilometer, skate-style Nordic race at Woodstock on Jan. 6 to help the MUHS girls’ team prevail in the competition in a strong group effort.

Photo Courtesy of Jill Madden

(Continued from Page 1B) 15:57. 3. Amelia Ingersoll, MUHS, 16:03. 7. Isabel Rosenberg, MUHS, 16:34. 11. Caroline Kimble, MUHS, 17:00. 13. Kate Oster, MUHS, 17:11. 18. Katherine Koehler, MUHS, 17:44.

21. Katherine Moulton, MUHS, 18:15. 22. Charlotte Keathley, MUHS, 18:16. 29. Audrey Haston, MUHS, 19:07. 30. Claire Wulfman, MUHS, 19:13. The top three skiers at last week’s boys’ race and all the Tiger skiers and their results were: 1. Issac Freitus-Eagan, BUHS,

12:01. 2. Justice Bassette, Woodstock, 12:47. 3. Cade Christner, MUHS, 12:49. 4. Harlow Punderson, MUHS, 13:02. 6. Julian Schmidt, MUHS, 13:11. 9. Ross Crowne, MUHS, 14:15. 20. Tobias Broucke, MUHS, 15:00. 27. Quinn Palcsik, MUHS, 16:09.

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team opened league play with two home wins this past weekend. The Panthers improved to 11-1 and could move up in the NCAA Division III rankings after starting last week at No. 22. The Panthers face road challenges this weekend: They visit No. 8 Tufts (11-2, 2-0 NESCAC) on Friday night and Bates (11-3, 2-0) on Saturday afternoon. On this past Saturday, Matt St. Amour scored 31 points to lead five Panthers in double figures in a 97-89 victory over Connecticut College (84, 0-2 NESCAC). The game was close after an opening 11-0 Panther run, and the score was tied at 61-61 midway through the second half before the Panthers began to pull away. Two Eric McCord free throws and five straight points by Matt Folger put the Panthers in front for good at 6861. Middlebury took its biggest lead (75-63 at 6:47) when Jake Brown set up St. Amour on the break with a behind-the-back pass with 6:47 remaining. The Camels came no closer than eight points down the stretch. St. Amour’s game-high 31 points included a five-for-nine performance from behind the three-point arc. He moved into seventh place on the Middlebury’s career scoring list with 1,266 points. Daly contributed 17 points, while Brown added 14 and a game-high seven assists. Adisa Majors finished with 14 points and five boards, and Folger added a career-best 10 points. Middlebury shot 56.5 percent and held the Camels to 40.8 percent, and held a 42-31 edge in rebounds. On Friday night, the Panthers handled then No. 9 Wesleyan, 83-65. The Cardinals finished the weekend at 113, 0-2 NESCAC, after losing on Saturday at Hamilton. Middlebury made 14 of its 29 three-point attempts, including five of 10 by St. Amour. St. Amour led all scorers with 21 points to go along with four assists. Daly finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, and Nick Tarantino netted nine. Brown, Bryan Jones and Folger each scored eight. McCord grabbed eight rebounds, Brown finished with six assists, and Folger blocked three shots. Middlebury held a 47-37 rebounding advantage in the game, and its bench outscored Wesleyan, 27-9.

Women’s hockey wins, ties games against Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. — The Middlebury College women’s hockey team picked up a win and a tie at NESCAC rival Amherst this past Friday and Saturday. The Panthers improved to 6-2-2, 4-1-1 in league play. They are dueling Connecticut (7-2-1, 4-1-0) for first place in the league. Amherst dropped to 4-4-2, 1-3-2 NESCAC. Middlebury hosts non-league foes Stevenson and Endicott on this Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m., respectively. On Saturday, Middlebury and Amherst battled to a 1-1 tie. Amherst took the lead with a power-play goal 3:02 into the second, when Emma Griese tipped in Alex Toupal’s shot from the top of the left circle. Middlebury’s Maddie Winslow answered at 12:55 of the period. Jessica Young carried the puck to the slot, and Amherst netminder Sabrina Dobbins denied her shot. The puck squirted to Winslow on the doorstep, and she knocked it into an open net. Panther goalie Lin Han (24 saves) made several big stops to preserve the tie, and Dobbins (32 saves) came up big against Young in overtime. On Friday, Winslow notched two goals and an assist in the Panthers’ 3-1 win. Each team struck on the power play in the opening period. Amherst got on the scoreboard first, when Katie Savage netted her own rebound at 11:42. Winslow finished off a nice passing play for Middlebury at 18:41. Elizabeth Wulf won the puck in the corner and fed Young, who set up Winslow for a one-timer below the left face-off dot. Young netted the game-winner with 7:11 left in the third. Janka Hlinka forced a turnover at the Amherst blue line and fired a cross-ice pass to Winslow. Winslow sent the puck to Young in the right circle, and she onetimed the pass home. Panther goalie Julia Neuberger (26 saves) made a pad save on a two-onone Amherst rush in the final minute, and Winslow clinched the win with an empty-netter after Jenna Marotta chipped the puck out of the defensive zone. Amherst goalie Bailey Plaman made 17 saves.

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ADULT ALL‑ RECOVERY Group Meeting for anyone over 18 who is struggling with addiction disorders. Fridays, 3‑4 p.m. at the Turning Point Center (54 Creek Rd). A great place to meet with your peers who are in recovery. Bring a friend in recovery. For info call 802‑388‑4249 or 802‑683‑5569 or visit www.

ALCOHOLICS ANONY‑ M O U S M I D D L E B U RY M E E T I N G S S AT U R ‑ DAY: Discussion Meeting 9:00‑10:00 AM at the Mid‑ dlebury United Methodist Church. Discussion Meet‑ ing 10:00‑11:00 AM. Begin‑ ners’ Meeting 6:30‑7:30 PM. These two meetings are held at The Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd, Middlebury.

ALCOHOLICS ANONY‑ MOUS RIPTON MEET‑ INGS: Monday, As Bill Sees It Meeting 7:15‑8:15 AM. Thursday, 12 Steps and 12 Traditions Meeting 7:15‑8:15 AM. Both held at Ripton Firehouse, Dugway Rd.

NEW SUPPORT GROUP ‑ Grief Anonymous Meeting every Thursday @ 6:30 pm at Grace Baptist Church 52 Merchants Row, Middelbury, Vt. First Meeting Thursday, December 1st, 2016

WE BUY OLD STUFF Estates, collections, an‑ tiques etc. Also hunting and fishing items. Call Erik 802‑345‑0653.

AL‑ANON FAMILY GROUP ‑ For families and friends of problem drinkers. Anony‑ mous, confidential and free. At the Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd, Middlebury. 7:30‑8:30 PM Friday eve‑ nings. AL‑ANON: FOR FAMI‑ LIES and friends affected by someone’s drinking. Members share experience, strength and hope to solve common problems. New‑ comers welcome. Confiden‑ tial. St. Stephen’s Church (use front side door and go to basement) in Middlebury, Sunday nights 7:15‑8:15 pm. ALCOHOLICS ANONY‑ MOUS BRANDON MEET‑ INGS: Monday, Discussion Meeting 7:30‑8:30 PM. Wednesday, 12 Step Meet‑ ing 7:00‑8:00 PM. Friday, Big Book Step Meeting 7:00‑8:00 PM. All held at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Rte 7 South.

ALCOHOLICS ANONY‑ M O U S M I D D L E B U RY MEETINGS SUNDAY: 12 Step Meeting 9:00‑10:00 AM held at the Middlebury United Methodist Church on N. Pleasant Street. Came to Believe Meeting 1:00‑2:00 PM held at The Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd, Middlebury. ALCOHOLICS ANONY‑ M O U S M I D D L E B U RY MEETINGS THURSDAY: Big Book Meeting Noon‑1:00 PM at The Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd, Mid‑ dlebury. Speaker Meeting 7:30‑8:30 PM at St. Ste‑ phen’s Church, Main St. (On the Green). ALCOHOLICS ANONY‑ M O U S M I D D L E B U RY MEETINGS TUESDAYS: 12 Step Meetings; Noon‑1:00 PM. AND 7:30‑8:30 PM. Both held at The Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd, Middlebury.

ALCOHOLICS ANONY‑ MOUS BRISTOL MEET‑ INGS: Sunday, Discussion Meeting 4:00‑5:00 PM. Wednesday, 12 Step Meet‑ ing 7:00‑8:00 PM. Friday, Big Book Meeting, 6:00‑7:00 PM. All held at the Howden Hall, 19 West Street.

ALCOHOLICS ANONY‑ M O U S M I D D L E B U RY MEETINGS WEDNESDAY: Big Book Meeting 7:15‑8:15 AM is held at the Middlebury United Methodist Church on N. Pleasant Street. Discus‑ sion Meeting Noon‑1:00 PM at The Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd.

ALCOHOLICS ANONY‑ M O U S M I D D L E B U RY MEETINGS FRIDAY: Dis‑ cussion Meeting Noon‑1:00 PM at The Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd, Mid‑ dlebury.

ALCOHOLICS ANONY‑ MOUS NEW HAVEN MEET‑ INGS: Monday, Big Book Meeting 7:30‑8:30 PM at the Congregational Church, New Haven Village Green.

ALCOHOLICS ANONY‑ M O U S M I D D L E B U RY M E E T I N G S M O N D AY: As Bill Sees It Meeting Noon‑1:00 PM. Big Book Meeting 7:30‑8:30 PM. Both held at The Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd, Middlebury.

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ALCOHOLICS ANONY‑ MOUS NORTH FER‑ RISBURGH MEETINGS: Sunday, Daily Reflections Meeting 6:00‑7:00 PM, at the United Methodist Church, Old Hollow Rd.


ALCOHOLICS ANONY‑ MOUS VERGENNES MEETINGS: Sunday, 12 Step Meeting 7:00‑8:00 PM. Friday, Discussion Meeting 8:00‑9:00 PM. Both held at St. Paul’s Church, Park St. Tuesday, Discussion Meeting 7:00‑8:00 PM, at the Congregational Church, Water St. ARE YOU BOTHERED BY SOMEONE’S DRINK‑ ING? Opening Our Hearts Al‑Anon Group meets each Wednesday at 1:30 pm at Middlebury’s St. Stephen’s Church on Main St. (enter side door and follow signs). Anonymous and confiden‑ tial, we share our experi‑ ence, strength and hope to solve our common problems. Babysitting available. M A K I N G R E C O V E RY EASIER (MRE). Wednes‑ days, 5:30‑7:00 p.m. at the Turning Point Center (54 Creek Rd). This will be a facilitated group meeting for those struggling with the decision to attend 12‑Step Programs. It will be limited to explaining and discuss‑ ing our feelings about the 12‑Step Programs to create a better understanding of how they can help a person in recovery on his/her life’s journey. A certificate will be issued at the end of all the sessions. Please bring a friend in recovery who is also contemplating 12‑Step Programs. NA MEETINGS MIDDLE‑ BURY: Fridays, 7:30 pm, held at The Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd. NA MEETINGS MIDDLE‑ BURY: Mondays, 6 pm, held at The Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd. NA MEETINGS MIDDLE‑ BURY: Sundays, 3:00 pm, held at The Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd.

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OPIATE OVERDOSE RES‑ CUE KITS are distributed on Wednesdays from 9 am until 12 pm at the Turning Point Center of Addison County, 54 Creek Rd, Middlebury, VT. A short training is required. For info call 802‑388‑4249 or 802‑683‑5569 or visit www. PARKINSONS SUPPORT GROUP meets on the last Thursday of every month from 10 am to 11:30 am. We meet at the Mountain Health Center in Bristol. For info call APDA at 888‑763‑3366 or parkinsoninfo@uvmhealth. org.


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Help Wanted

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Class A CDL Driver (Vergennes) Full time, immediate opening. Feed Commodities Int’l. is looking for an experienced driver to provide excellent customer service delivering feed to farm customers from our Vergennes mill. This position will be responsible for the timely, efficient, accurate, safe and friendly transportation and unloading of animal feed. An example of responsibilities and expectations include: perform and document pre and post trip vehicle and trailer inspections; drive in a safe and lawful manner at all times; maintain clean, orderly and safe equipment; timely communication of all vehicle and customer issues; maintain a neat and clean personal appearance; and other tasks assigned from time to time. Minimum of two years tractor trailer experience; valid Class A CDL license with a clean record; basic math skills, ability to work 40-50 hours per week and Saturdays when on call; ability to lift 75 pounds; pass a DOT physical and drug and alcohol checks, and DMV checks. Benefits include a 401k with match, health, life, and short term disability insurance, paid time off and paid holidays.

Admin/Accounting Assistant (Middlebury)

Full time, immediate opening. We are looking for someone to do a variety of Admin/Accounting duties, including operating expense accounts payable and payroll. Candidates for this job must be detail oriented and energetic. Good communication and computer skills are a must. A strong background in accounting and administrative related work is a must. A college degree is preferred. Feed Commodities offers a competitive salary commensurate to experience and education. Please send your resume and cover letter to FEED COMMODITIES IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

Legal Assistant

3-attorney law firm with two locations looking for a computer savvy assistant to support a low-paper law practice. Law office experience, especially in real estate, is preferred but not required. Demonstrable ability with document scanning, OCR, digital file management, cloud-based applications, MS Excel, Word and Adobe Acrobat is a must. Job duties also include paper file management, correspondence, reception and light AP administration. The ideal candidate will anticipate the needs of busy professionals, attend to details with minimal oversight, be willing and able to learn, maintain and improve systems, and enjoy a fast-paced environment. We offer a competitive hourly wage and somewhat flexible hours, with benefits including health insurance, paid holidays and CTO for permanent FT employees. Please provide cover letter, resume and references to:

Ripton Elementary School is seeking a Food Service Director/Cook for the remainder of the school year. Hours are from 9:00AM – 1:30PM when school is in session. Primary job responsibilities include preparing, serving and cleaning up the morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack for 20-45 students. Additional responsibilities include maintaining a clean and organized kitchen, following state nutrition guidelines, managing inventory and ordering of food supplies, budget oversight, maintenance of records and reports, and participation in school-wide educational initiatives and training. Candidate must enjoy children, have effective communication skills, and a willingness to learn relevant computer software. Apply by sending a letter of interest, resume and three current references to: Dr. Peter Burrows, Superintendent of School Addison Central Supervisory Union 49 Charles Avenue Middlebury,VT 05753 Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. E.O.E.

Help Wanted KAYHART BROTHERS IN ADDISON has an opening for outside crops, equip‑ ment and mechanic posi‑ tion. Experience preferred. Full time. Competitive pay, health insurance and IRA. References and valid divers license required. Call Tim at 802‑349‑6676.


MILLWRIGHT EXPERI‑ ENCE or comparable wanted to oversee the ex‑ pansion of our production facility in Middlebury. Full time, short term, starting January. Full Sun Company; 802‑989‑7011.

This is a 20 hours/week position with flexible scheduling and competitive pay. The ideal candidate will possess excellent interpersonal skills, be wellorganized, computer proficient and motivated to help others. Experience working in the financial service industry a plus. Candidates should have or be working towards an associates or bachelor’s degree. Please send letters of interest and a resume to

LAMB, USDA INSPECT‑ ED. 20 pound box $180. Chops, roasts, ground and stew. Por Jay’s Farm, 802‑545‑2170.

STEEL BUILDINGS $5,000 to $1,000,000

Utility, Garages, Warehouses, Manufactured buildings or other. Old inventory discounted. Erection available.

Alex 800-964-8335



PERSONAL CARE ATTEN‑ DANT needed for young woman in Bristol. Pay based on experience. Call for more details. 802‑453‑4193.

For Sale ANTIQUE DOUBLE BARREL ACME Arms Co. 12 gauge. Beautiful vintage firearm. $185. 802‑989‑5803. HAVILAND CHINA, DELA‑ WARE: 91 pieces including serving pieces $850.00. Flatware stainless steel, made in England. 87 pieces. $650.00. Vitamix. Like new. $300.00. Two pairs LL Bean snow shoes. Excellent con‑ dition. $100.00 for both. For details call 802‑453‑5600. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For Rent Addison Advisors, a fast-growing registered investment advisory firm located in Middlebury, seeks applicants for the part-time position of Administrative Assistant.

For Sale

OUR HEARTS ARE READY for a new addition to share every family tradi‑ tion. Please call to make us a part of your adoption plan. Kim & Tom. 877‑297‑0013.

For Rent 1,800 SQ. FT. WARE‑ HOUSE as is or renovate to suit. Creek Road, Middle‑ bury. 802‑558‑6092. 281 MAIN STREET, VER‑ GENNES Available now, medium size 2 bedroom apartment. $900 per month. Laundry hookups, large en‑ closed porch & full bath. Heat and hot water includ‑ ed. Call 802‑862‑7467. ATTRACTIVE 2 BEDROOM bright and sunny. $850.00. Included: heat and trash. Must be 55 or older. No pets. Call 802‑247‑0165. Tamarack House‑ A great place to live.

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BRANDON HOUSE FOR RENT. 1880’s farmhouse, 3 BR, 2 full baths. Large rooms, extra storage, w/d hookup, pets negotiable. References and security deposit required. Available now. $1,200/month+ utili‑ ties. Call 781‑259‑0229.

NEW HAVEN, QUIET 1 bed‑ room, furnished, basement apartment. $650/month plus deposit. No smoking, no pets. 802‑453‑3183.

TWO OR THREE BED‑ ROOM apartment. Walk‑ ing distance to downtown Middlebury and campus. Washing machine hook up. $1200/month plus utilities. No smoking. No pets. Con‑ tact

TIMBERWOLF FIRE‑ WOOD: Dry or green. Call for prices. 802‑388‑7300.

BRIDPORT 2 BEDROOM mobile home. Quiet road. $900 month, includes heat and electric. No pets, no smoking. Deposit, credit check, 1 year lease. 802‑758‑2369. BRISTOL APARTMENT, 1 LARGE BEDROOM, with bonus room and 1 bath. Efficient gas heat. Excel‑ lent condition. Wi‑Fi, water & sewer included. No pets. No smoking. $735 month. Contact Tom at Wallace Re‑ alty 802‑453‑4670 or Tom@ B R I S T O L R E N TA L S W O O D L A N D A PA R T‑ MENTS included: heat, water, trash pickup, park‑ ing, snow removal, mow‑ ing, range, refrigerator and dishwasher. We fix things. Efficiency $560. 1 bedroom $755. Located on Wood‑ land Drive. Coin washer and dryer in each building. Pets negotiable. No smoking. susan_bowen@comcast. net 802‑662‑3136.


BRISTOL; 3 BEDROOM APARTMENT heat, hot water, snow and lawn care included. Basement. Ga‑ rage. 802‑453‑2566. DRY, WINTER/SUMMER STORAGE SPACE in Ad‑ dison. Available storage space in my barn for sum‑ mer/winter storage. The barn is structurally sound and weather‑tight with electricity. No heat or run‑ ning water. The barn is also available for lease. The en‑ trance door measurements are 8’ wide by 7’ high. For more info: 802‑363‑3403 or


FORESTDALE : 3 BED‑ ROOM 3 bathroom house for rent. Garage, beauti‑ ful yard. Deposit required. Credit check. Heat and elec‑ tric included. Pets consid‑ ered. No smoking. $1600 a month. Call 207‑350‑5673. MIDDLEBURY APART‑ MENT FOR RENT 2 miles north on Route 7. Efficiency apartment. Includes stove, refrigerator,heat, lights and rubbish. No pets. No smok‑ ing. $575/ month plus de‑ posit. Call 802‑349‑7557. MIDDLEBURY: SHARE A CONDO with a man in his 30s interested in playing and watching sports. Re‑ duced rent in exchange for companionship and help around the house. Shared bath. 802‑863‑5625 or for application. Interview, refer‑ ences, background checks required. EHO.

For Rent

For Rent

It’s against the law to discriminate when advertising housing. Particularly on sites like Craigslist. And it’s easier to break the law than you might think. You can’t say “no children” or “adults only.” There is lots you can’t say. The federal government is watching for such discrimination. Let us help you sift through the complexities of the Fair Housing Law. Stay legal. Stay on the right side of the nation’s Fair Housing Law.


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Maplefields of New Haven Route 7, New Haven, VT Ask for Sherry or pick-up an application EOE

NEW HAVEN: BEAUTIFUL VIEWS, sunny apartment. Garden space. No pets, no smoking. References, security deposit, lease. $875/month plus utilities. 802‑236‑2040.



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VERGENNES 3 BED‑ ROOM: washer/dryer hookup. $900/month. No pets. On Monkton Rd. across from Vergennes Variety. Completed ap‑ plication required prior to viewing apartment. Must pass background check. 240‑281‑1508 or email: com. Available February 1. VERGENNES STUDIO APARTMENT, all utilities included. $850/mo. Walk‑ ing distance to everything. 802‑349‑5564.

Storage Space 1500 Sq foot of cold storage space in Bristol Two over head doors. Can be divided into two smaller areas.

OFFICE SPACE IN MID‑ DLEBURY. Court Street/ Creek Road, 2nd floor. Utilities included. 280 square feet. Contact Eric at 802‑388‑6054. OFFICE SPACE IN MID‑ DLEBURY. Court Street/ Creek Road, 2nd floor. Utilities included. 400 square feet. Contact Eric at 802‑388‑6054. OFFICES IN BRISTOL Two very nice offices available for rent in the School House Office Suites in the Old High School complex near the town green. One is 555 sq. ft and available now. The other is 455 sq. ft. and avail‑ able March 1. Both have access to shared recep‑ tion area, conference room, kitchenette, and rest room. Rent includes heat, electric and wi‑fi. Offices feature hardwood floors, large en‑ ergy‑efficient windows and ceiling fans. Landlord will provide fit‑up or other incen‑ tives. Call 802‑453‑4065 or email: carol@wellsmoun‑ STARKSBORO: SHARE A HOME with woman in her 60s and provide help with housekeeping & yard work. $200/mo. plus utili‑ ties. Shared bath. Must be cat/dog friendly; no additional pets. No smok‑ ing. 802‑863‑5625 or for application. Interview, refer‑ ences, background checks required. EHO.

Real Estate BUILDING LOT, DAISY LANE, East Middlebury. Town water, underground telephone, cable and elec‑ tric service. Good perking soil. Regular septic. Site ap‑ proved for 4 bedroom home. Jack Brown, 802‑388‑2502 or 802‑388‑7350. Email:


FOR SALE: 3 BEDROOM home on one acre. Quiet street in Mineville, NY. Thirty minute drive to Mid‑ dlebury. $75,000. Owner financing with cash down or most anything in trade. 518‑569‑0956.

Att. Farmers HAY FOR SALE Benson, VT. 600 plus, mixed grass round bales. Early cut, plastic twine. Stored out‑ side. 700 to 800 pounds each. Certified organic or regular. $35.00 each. Call 802‑537‑3652.

Att. Farmers


LOCAL FEED: NON‑GMO verified oilseed meal avail‑ able in bulk totes from our Middlebury mill. Protein rich, plant‑based, no chemi‑ cals, no soy. Also available; high‑fat finishing feed in smaller quantities. Full Sun Co: 802‑989‑7011. W H I T N E Y ’ S C U S TO M FARM WORK. Pond agi‑ tating, liquid manure haul‑ ing, drag line aerating. Call for price. 462‑2755, John Whitney.

Wanted TRUSTED 3RD GEN. VT Antique dealer specializing in jewelry, watches, silver, art, military, antique col‑ lectibles, etc. Visit www. or call Brian at 802‑272‑7527. Consulting/appraisal ser‑ vices available. House calls made free of charge.


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Public Notices

On Pages 8B & 9B

Addison County Court House (1) Addison County Superior Court (1) Addison Rutland Supervisory Union – Benson, Castleton, Fair Haven, Hubbardton, Orwell, West Haven (1) Bristol (1) Ripton (1) Vermont Electric Power Company (1) Vermont Public Service Board (1)

To publish a legal notice in the Addison Independent, please email information to legals@ or fax it to (802) 388-3100.


The Town of Bristol will be accepting RFP’s until 4:00 pm on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. For the entire contents of the RFP packet, please go to the Town’s website at www. or call the office at 453-2410.

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By virtue and in execution of the Power of Sale contained in a certain mortgage given by Joseph J. Vicere and Wendy H. Vicere to Charter One Bank, N.A., its successors and/or assigns, dated February 21, 2003 and recorded in Book 57 at Page 462 of the Town of Lincoln Land Records, for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 10:00 a.m. on February 2, 2017 at 1704 York Hill Road, Lincoln, VT 05443 all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, To Wit: Being all and the same lands and premises conveyed to Joseph J. Vicere and Wendy H. Vicere by Warranty Deed of Christopher E. Casey and Joanne M. Casey dated February 8th, For Rent 1995 and recorded in Book 46 at Page 72 of the Town of Lincoln Land Records and therein more particularly described as follows: An unimproved parcel of land situated on the westerly side of Town Road No. 6, so-called in the Town of Lincoln, Said parcel is more particularly set forth as Lot No. 2 on a survey map entitled “Subdivision Plat, Property of Christopher E. And Joanne M. Casey, Addison County, Lincoln, VT. Deed Reference: Book 33, Page 145” February 28, 1989. Said map is filed in the Lincoln Town Clerk’s Office as Map No. 124. Said parcel contains 10.43 acres, more or less, and is currently believed to be bounded as follows: On the North by lands currently of the A Johnson Co., formerly of Dr. Alan W. And Leah Ruth Wright; On the South by land currently of William and Lois Karen Capasso, formerly of the Grantors, and by lands of the Green Mountain National Forest; On the East by Town Road No. 6 and by lands of William and Lois Karen Capasso; On the West by lands of the Green Mountain National Forest and by lands of William and Lois Karen Capasso. Subject to utility line easements and rights of way of record. Being a portion only of the same lands and premises conveyed to Christopher E. Casey and Joanne M. Casey, the Grantors herein, by Warranty Deed of Charles E. Owings and Mille A. Owings, dated July 13, 1981 and recorded in Volume 33 at Page 145 of the Lincoln Land Records, to which reference is made to a further and more complete description of the lands and premises conveyed hereby. Reference is hereby made to the above mentioned instruments, the records thereof, the references therein made, and their respective records and references in aid of this description. Reference is hereby made to said deed and its records and to all prior deeds and their records for a more completed description of the lands and premises conveyed. The description of the property contained in the mortgage shall control in the event of a typographical error in this publication. ) 1 /5/1 The public sale may be adjourned one or more times for a total time not exceeding 30 days, blished: 5 u (P s d A without further court order, and without publication or service of a new notice of sale, by Classified announcement of the new sale date to those present at each adjournment or by posting notice ge. For Rent T se to colle in a conspicuous place at the location of the sale. Terms of Sale: $10,000.00 N E Cloadjournment M T R eofd.the h A P is A rb M fu O re to be paid in cash or by certified check by the purchaser at the time of sale, with the balance due 1 BEDRO Middlebury, newly 000. t, at closing. The sale is subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens, Main Stree , includes heat. 000-0 th iddlebury over the said mortgage above described. $750/mon if any, which take of Mprecedence T, N E M mile north posit. 000-0000. T 1 R , A h P is A b b M ru Mortgagor iseentitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full O 1 BEDRO udes heat, electric, , $595/month plus d cl ly amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale. upstairs, in Available immediate . Other terms to be reference at sale. on Route 7 andannounced home s. DepositN.A. successor by merger to Charter One Bank, N.A., e E iti IL til B RBS Citizens, u O s M lu .p OM 2 BEDRO Private lot. $650/mo Jennifer L. Maynard, Esq. . in Salisbury 0-0000. . Shechtman, Halperin Savage, LLP 0 s required ce n re fe O e required. 0 D ON nt. R 1080 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860 HOUSE/C arage and baseme 00. 0 G OM TOWN 401-272-1400 2 BEDRO mons, Vergennes. heat. No pets. 000-0 m d o n Country C excluding utilities a Attorney for Plaintiff r, e sh . a $1,000/mo mpletely d internet, satellite, w y ODERN, co ee nerg Hi-sp ery e OM, M 2 BEDRO ke Dunmore house. 85’ lake frontage. V rough June th 678. a ll, L e 9 0 d w 0 e d 2 802-352-6 furnish st 29, h, drille rting Augu lus utilities. ened porc


Monkton MONKTON — The Russell Memorial Library is hosting January Story Hour on the second and fourth Fridays of the month (Jan. 13 and 27) from 10 to 11 a.m. Each program features a simple song, story and craft. All are welcome to attend! In February, back by popular demand, is the Pop-Up Card Workshop. This workshop will

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DUIs, incidences, keep city police busy

Have a news tip? Call Liz Pecor at 453-2180 NEWS

be held at the Monkton Friends Methodist Church in the Ridge on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. to noon. The librarians would love to see you there to make cards just in time for Valentine’s Day! The Pop-Up program is sponsored in part by the Bristol Five Town Arts Grant Program. The library is also hosting an

ongoing sale of beautiful new children’s books in both hard and soft cover, priced at $1 to $2 each. Come to the Library. There are always some wonderful and exciting things to see or do there! For more information, call 453-4471. If no one answers, leave your name, phone number, plus a brief message and someone will get back to you.

Police investigate sex assault report MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police joined the Vermont Department for Children & Families in an investigation of the alleged sexual assault of a local girl on Jan. 5. In other action last week, Middlebury police: • Cited Daniel Prime, 46, of Bristol for two counts of violating an abuse prevention order, on Jan. 2. Police allege Prime had contacted a woman at her Middlebury workplace and had left a card at her home. • Assisted a man who had reported an unwanted visitor at his Route 7 South home on Jan. 2. • Interviewed a woman who believed she might have been followed by an “older man in a white vehicle” while driving down South Street Extension on Jan. 2. • Were informed that someone had driven away from the Maplefields store on North Pleasant Street without paying for gas on Jan. 2. A similar incident happened on Jan. 7. • Investigated a Jan. 2 report by Courtyard by Marriott hotel workers that a guest had “completely torn apart” their room prior to leaving. • Assisted the Monroe County

(N.Y.) Sheriff’s Department in its investigation of an alleged sexual assault on Jan. 3. • Heard from a local woman who alleged her ex-boyfriend had stolen her debit card and used it to withdraw some money from her account on Jan. 3. Police continue to investigate the matter.

Middlebury Police Log

• Investigated a car-versus-deer accident on Court Street Extension on Jan. 4. • Responded to a noise complaint at a North Pleasant Street apartment on Jan. 4. • Issued juvenile citations to two Middlebury Union Highs School students allegedly found smoking marijuana in a school bathroom on Jan. 4. • Interviewed a woman at Porter Hospital who alleged she had been assaulted by a man to whom she had given a ride to Merchants Row on Jan. 4. Police are investigating the incident. • Helped the Middlebury Water

Department at the scene of a broken water pipe on Jackson Lane on Jan. 5. • Responded to a noise complaint at a North Pleasant Street apartment on Jan. 5. • Investigated a reported verbal dispute between a brother and sister at a Lindale Circle home on Jan. 5. • Responded to a report of a truck spilling lumber on Route 7 North on Jan. 5. • Investigated a four-vehicle accident on Court Street in which one person was injured on Jan. 6. • Assisted in a missing person investigation on Jan. 6 involving a Middlebury man who was last seen in Providence, R.I. • Responded to a noise complaint at a Valley View home on Jan. 7. • Assisted a North Pleasant Street resident with a microwave fire on Jan. 7. Police said Middlebury firefighters also responded to the scene. • Gave a homeless person a ride to the warming shelter at the Charter House on Jan. 7. • Responded to a report of a man and woman fighting in the restroom of the Champlain Farms store on Court Street on Jan. 8. Police determined the pair had had a verbal argument, nothing physical.

Vehicle violations, impairments provide action for Bristol cops BRISTOL — At a quarter to 2 a.m. on Dec. 26, a Bristol police officer saw a running vehicle parked in a pull-off on River Road in Lincoln. The officer looked in and saw that the driver was sleeping and an open container of alcohol was in the center console of the vehicle. After the officer woke the driver, field sobriety exercises were conducted, which revealed the operator was within the legal limit to drive the vehicle. During a consent search of the vehicle the officer located a small amount of marijuana, and issued the driver a tickets for possession of marijuana and driving with an open container of alcohol. In other activity during the last week of 2016, Bristol police conducted contracted patrols on Monkton, Burpee and Stoney Hill roads and at Daniel’s Four Corners, and issued one ticket and three warnings for speeding, one ticket for driving without a license, one ticket for a stop sign violation, and two warnings for defective equipment. During a contracted patrol on Monkton Road on Dec. 28, an officer observed a vehicle traveling 53 mph in a posted 40 mph zone at 3:23 p.m. Police reported that as the vehicle passed the officer noted a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle — at 53 mph. During the course of the traffic stop and investigation the officer recovered a small amount of marijuana and administered field sobriety tests to the operator. The officer reportedly saw signs of impairment but not to a degree that warranted criminal charges. The driver made arrangements for their vehicle to be towed from the scene and was issued a ticket for speeding and a ticket for possession of

marijuana. In other activity during that period, Bristol police, in three incidents took fingerprints for job applicants. Bristol police also: • On Dec. 26 verified a vehicle identification number for an out of district resident. • On Dec. 26 received a report of a vehicle parked in front of an Elm Street home for a while with the head-


Police Log

lights on. When the caller turned on his porch light the driver turned the headlights off. The officer checked on the car and learned the driver had been using his cell phone and was in a location with good service. No other issues were found. • On Dec. 27 at 12:15 a.m. assisted a district business employee by escorting them to the bank with an unusually large deposit. • On Dec. 27 responded with the Bristol Rescue Squad to a Mountain Street home for a reported injured toddler. The injury was accidental. The toddler was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. • On Dec. 27 took into custody Dakota Yankton on an active arrest warrant for failure to appear in court. Police took Yankton to Addison Superior Court, where he posted bail and was released on a citation to appear at a later date. • On Dec. 28 assisted the Vermont State Police by conducting a forensic preview of a cellular device related to an active investigation.

Public Notices



Full Passport Service

found on Pages 8B & 9B.

There will be three board seats available (1 year term, 2 year term and 3 year term) in each of the six towns encompassing Addison Rutland Supervisory Union for the proposed Act 46 Slate Valley Unified Union School District Board that will be voted on town meeting day. For anyone interested in running for the proposed new board, petitions are available at each of the individual town clerk offices located in Benson, Castleton, Fair Haven, Hubbardton, Orwell and West Haven. Petitions can be filed no earlier than January 26th, 2017 and no later than February 3, 2017. 1/12

Addison County Courthouse The Addison County Clerk is available to accept passport applications and provide passport photos. REGULAR HOURS Monday – Friday 9am to 1pm Appointments appreciated, but not necessary.


• On Dec. 28 received a request to check a house in the police district while the resident was out of town. • On Dec. 29 assisted the Federal Bureau of Investigations (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) with obtaining a case disposition for a 2003 criminal case. • On Dec. 29 at 1:20 a.m. responded to a reported domestic assault and arrested and cited Charles Brutkoski, 60, of Bristol for domestic assault and interference with access to emergency services. • On Dec. 29 assisted state police by responding to a motor vehicle crash on Lincoln Road, since troopers were busy with many accidents due to the snowstorm. • On Dec. 29 responded with the Bristol Fire Department to a one-car crash on Pine Street between Taylor and Maple streets. The young driver of a vehicle had lost control and the vehicle struck a utility pole. The driver was uninjured but the pole was broken. Green Mountain Power was notified and power crews were able to temporarily repair the pole until a new pole could be installed. • On Dec. 30 located a citizen on Lovers Lane for Essex police. • On Dec. 31 at 1:23 a.m. assisted state police with a family fight and missing person in New Haven. • On Dec. 31 an officer attended required domestic violence training. • On Dec. 31 at the request of Vermont State Police and the Bristol Rescue Squad looked into a reported overdose at a Hardscrabble Road residence. Prior to the arrival of the officer, a bystander administered Narcan to the patient and was able to revive them. The officer secured the scene for the rescue squad to evaluate the patient, but the patient declined to be taken to the hospital.

VERGENNES — Vergennes police between Jan. 2 and 8 were occupied by incidents that included drunk driving, more parking in violation of the city’s wintertime overnight ban, shooting a rabid animal, and stealing valuable coins. During those seven days, Vergennes police: • On Jan. 2 ticketed four cars left on Main and Green streets in violation of the overnight parking ban. • On Jan. 2 heard from a city resident that her recently purchased home might be fraudulently listed for rent on Craig’s List. The resident said a couple came to her door to enquire about the home’s availability after seeing the ad; police are looking into the issue. • On Jan. 2 on behalf of Vermont State Police in St. Albans cited Nancy Whalon, 39, of Vergennes for domestic assault. • On Jan. 2 went to a Main Street apartment building to check out a resident’s complaint of a strong odor of marijuana, something the resident said was an ongoing issue. Police said they could not pinpoint its source, and the situation remains under investigation.

• On Jan. 3 ticketed a car left on Green Street in violation of the overnight parking ban. • On Jan. 3 shot a rabid skunk in the St. Peter’s Catholic Church parking lot. • On Jan. 3 helped the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad at a Main Street call. • On Jan. 3 on behalf of VSP asked a city resident to contact VSP.

Vergennes Police Log

• On Jan. 3 cited Lindsay A. Delisle, 27, of Shoreham for driving with a criminally suspended license, an action taken after police stopped her car for defective equipment on West Main Street. • On Jan. 4 were told a coin collection worth thousands of dollars had been stolen from a West Main Street home. Police said they are investigating the theft. • On Jan. 4 were told a car struck another car parked at a Monkton Road home and left the scene; police got

a license plate from the owner of the damaged vehicle and are trying to determine who was driving. • On Jan. 5 cited Kristin B. Farrell, 47, of Monkton for driving under the influence of alcohol, test refusal, an action taken after police stopped her car for failure to use a turn signal at the intersection of Monkton Road and Route 7. • On Jan. 5 helped Shelburne police try to find a 24-year-old woman reported missing. City police were told by a city resident that he had driven her to a town in New York, and they reported that information to Shelburne police. • On Jan. 6 ticketed a car left on a city street in violation of the overnight parking ban. • On Jan. 6 handled a minor two-car accident on South Water Street. • On Jan. 6 backed up state police at a Route 7 traffic stop in Ferrisburgh during which drugs were found. • On Jan. 7 left a message for a Bowman Road resident on behalf of Colchester police. • On Jan. 8 backed up state police at a Starksboro incident.

Man rescued from freezing lake

ADDISON COUNTY — A Charlotte man was pulled from the frigid waters of Lake Champlain near the shores in Ferrisburgh on Sunday afternoon. Vermont State Police report that Daniel Doyle, 74, was walking on a section of ice approximately 10-15 feet from shore in Town Farm Bay, north of Long Point just off Annex Road. A little before 1:45 p.m., the area of ice that Doyle was walking on broke away, and he became partially submerged in open water. Doyle used an ice pick to partially pull himself from the water. Area residents heard Doyle’s cries for help and used an aluminum boat to get him out of the water and onto shore. Doyle was treated and released by the Shelburne Rescue Squad on scene for minor cold related injuries. State police responded, and they were assisted on scene by Vermont Fish and Game officials, in addition to the rescue squad. Vermont State Police reminds everyone that no ice is safe ice and to use caution while enjoying ice-covered waterways. In other recent activity, state police troopers: • On Jan. 2 checked the welfare of Ashlee Moulton, 24, of Salisbury at a Salisbury home. A search warrant was obtained and stolen property was seized as a result of the search warrant. Police cited Moulton for possession of stolen property.

• Followed up on a Dec. 4 incident in which state and Bristol police were conducting a directed patrol on Plank Road in New Haven due to increased car break-ins at trailhead parking lots. Vermont State Police attempted to stop a motor vehicle stop driven by Michael Desjadon, 24, of Salisbury. Police alleged that the vehicle had a license plate not assigned to it and a small child improperly seat belted in the passenger front seat. Desjadon failed to stop the

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motor vehicle when instructed to do so and police said he drove off in a careless and negligent manner. Subsequent investigation showed that the accused had been in possession of stolen property, police report. Desjadon turned himself in at the New Haven state police barracks on Jan. 3. Police cited him for attempting to elude a police officer, careless and negligent driving, reckless endangerment, violation of conditions of release (driving) and possession of stolen property, and lodged him at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility with bail set at $1,000. • On Jan. 7 at approximately 3:49 p.m. went to a two-car crash at the intersection of Route 7 and Stage Road in Ferrisburgh. Police report that

Melinda Kinzie, 48, of Ferrisburgh was driving a 2015 Toyota Prius eastbound on Stage Road, and had come to a stop at the intersection. Kinzie told police that she thought that the roadway was free of traffic and proceeded through the intersection onto Old Hollow Road. At approximately the same time a 2015 Nissan Versa driven by Marissa Darling, 26, of Marcellus, N.Y., was traveling northbound on Route 7, and it collided with Kinzie’s Prius. Both driver’s were treated on scene and released. Both cars sustained significant damage. Members of the Ferrisburgh Fire Department and Vergennes Area Rescue Squad responded and assisted with the crash. This crash is currently still under investigation, and police ask that anyone with relevant information call them at 802-388-4919. • On Jan. 9 went to the Dollar General store in Ferrisburgh for a vehicle that had been the subject of an earlier Be-on-the-Lookout warning for erratic driving. Troopers located the vehicle in the parking lot, with the Ricky Parker, 56, of Hinesburg sitting in the driver’s seat. While speaking with Parker the trooper detected an odor of intoxicants emanating from the vehicle and so screened Parker for DUI. Police said Parker exhibited signs of impairment, and he submitted to a preliminary breath test, which yielded a breath alcohol content of 0.107 percent; the legal limit for driving is 0.08. Police cited Parker for driving under the influence, fourth offense.



The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing in the Town Office on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 7:15 p.m., to conduct a site plan review/ hearing of application (#16-17) from Jane Beck for approval of a Minor Subdivision (Boundary Adjustment) between two lots located at 471 Robbins Crossroad (Tax Map ID# 06-02-50,51). The application is available for inspection at the Town Office. Interested parties who wish to appeal or to be heard at the hearing may do so in person, or may be represented by an agent or an attorney. Communications relating to the application may be filed in writing with the Commission either before or during the hearing. N.B.: Participation in the hearing is necessary to establish status as an ‘interested person’ and the right to appeal decisions rendered in that hearing, according to the provisions of 24 V.S.A. 117 §§4465(b) and 4471(a). Participation consists of offering, through oral or written testimony, evidence or a statement of concern directly related to the subject of the hearing. Respectfully submitted, Warren B. King, Chair 1/12

Vermont utilities maintain electric line rights-of-way with several methods, including the selective use of herbicides on trees and brush. They also encourage low-growing shrubs and trees which will crowd tall-growing species and, thus, minimize the use of herbicides. The application of herbicides may start as early as April 1. If you own or occupy land within 1000 feet of a utility right of way, you may request in writing to be notified when the line will be treated with herbicides. Written requests for placement on the mailing list must be received by the utility by February 15. Additionally, it is the landowner’s duty to inform the utility in writing of any potentially affected water supply and any environmentally sensitive areas where herbicide application should be avoided. The Public Service Board requires Vermont utilities to carry out vegetation management techniques which allow maintenance of electrical systems in a cost-effective manner. The types of herbicide treatment used to maintain vegetation on utility rights-of-way include the following applications: stump, injection, basal, soil, and foliar. These are the commonly used methods; your local utility may use other methods. Landowners have the option of requesting a utility to apply herbicide treatment on cut stumps only, or that a utility refrain from applying herbicide. In the latter case, the landowner has to pay the utility an administrative fee. Only electric utility rights-of-way that have tall-growing tree species with the potential of threatening the electric utility system are treated. Utilities advertise by radio and newspaper prior to herbicide applications on all lines. Utilities typically treat rights-of-way once every four-to-six years, depending on the utility’s specific vegetation management cycle. Please check with your utility regarding the vegetation management cycle of a particular line. Some utilities identify their poles with metal letters and numbers, e.g., V.E.C. (Vermont Electric Co-operative), or V.E.L.C.O. (Vermont Electric Power Company). These markings are not found on every utility pole. However, by checking several poles on a line, you should be able to find a marked pole and determine which utility owns it. Persons owning or occupying land within 1,000 feet of a utility right-of-way may request in writing that the utility notify them individually by mail anytime but at least 30 days prior to treatment of the line with herbicides. The landowner or resident is reponsible for contacting the utility, in writing, to request placement on the mailing list. The utility should be provided with sufficient information as to the exact location of the residence and land. It is the duty of each landowner or resident to make the utility aware of the location of any potentially affected water supply, and any environmentally sensitive areas where herbicide application ought to be avoided. CONTACT YOUR ELECTRIC UTILITY WITH QUESTIONS OR SUBMIT THE COUPON PROVIDED


Pursuant to 30 V.S.A. §§ 8, 10, and 248 Vermont Green Line Transmission Line On October 21, 2016, Vermont Green Line Devco LLC filed a petition for a certificate of public good, pursuant to 30 V.S.A. § 248, to own, operate, and construct an underwater and underground 400 MW high-voltage direct current (“HVDC”) electric transmission line, converter station, and associated facilities in Lake Champlain and the Towns of Ferrisburgh, Waltham, and New Haven, Vermont, and for de minimis regulation. The Board is reviewing this petition in case number 8847. (Additional information regarding the petition is available on the Public Service Board’s website at You are hereby notified that the Vermont Public Service Board will conduct a Public Hearing on the petition on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, commencing at 7:00 P.M., at the New Haven Town Hall located at 78 North Street in New Haven, Vermont. Prior to the 7:00 P.M. public hearing, the Vermont Department of Public Service will host a presentation at 6:00 P.M. by Green Line Devco during which time the developer will describe the project and be available to answer questions about project details. The above hearing location is handicapped accessible. Any person with a disability who wishes to attend and will need special accommodation should contact the Public Service Board (802-828-2358) by no later than January 17, 2016, if they will need that accommodation. If you are unable to attend the public hearing, you may submit written comments using the Public Service Board’s website at, via email to psb.clerk@, or via regular mail sent to Vermont Public Service Board, 112 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05620-2701. Please include the case number when submitting written comments. 1/12

If you have further questions or concerns contact: Agency of Agriculture Consumer Affair & Public Information Cary Giguere Dept. of Public Service 116 State St., Montpelier, VT 05602 112 State St., Montpelier, VT 05602 1-802-828-6531 1-800-622-4496 or 1-802-828-2332

LANDOWNER REQUEST TO BE ADDED TO HERBICIDE TREATMENT NOTIFICATION MAILING LIST Name Street Address Town State Zip Code Electric Account Number Property of Concern q Year Round Residence q Water Supply q Land Line and Pole Identification: Utility Initials

Town/city of Affected Property Telephone Number (Home) (Work) O.K. to use Work Number Yes No Best Time to Call

q Summer Residence q Commercial Property q Other Numbers

We need all of this information in order to determine if you qualify for personal notification. If information is unobtainable, please state why. Use an extra sheet of paper if you need more space. RETURN TO YOUR LOCAL UTILITY VELCO17 1/5, 12, 19, 26

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Report: Where the jobs will be in Vt. Business News Who does what for Addison County? ADDISON COUNTY

I am often asked of 2016’s athletes live about the differences outside of Vermont, and between the Chamber of 15 percent of those came Commerce and other local from Canada. business groups such The Chamber’s and as the Addison County ACEDC’s services overlap Economic Development in our mutual abilities Corporation (ACEDC), to provide educational the Middlebury Business opportunities on topics Development Fund such as marketing trends, (MBDF) or one of the business continuity and downtown organizations organizational skills. In (Better Middlebury fact, the two organizations ommunity Partnership, Vergennes plan to work more closely onnections together in 2017. We will Partnership, Bristol CORE). My answer by Sue Hoxie co-produce and promote might surprise you. seminars focused on In many ways we’re more similar issues common to both constituencies. than dissimilar. Each of us receives One of the ways our organizations funding from a variety of sources differ is that only two can offer such as membership, sponsorship, sources of funding — that’s the events, donations, grants, and town, bailiwick of ACEDC and MBDF — state and/or federal appropriations, not the Chamber or the downtown etc. While the services and benefits business groups. While we’re all of each organization overlap in some interested in bringing new businesses places; each also has a unique set of responsibilities, functions and focus. For instance the Chamber is the only local organization that promotes tourism. But, the Chamber and the downtown groups are alike in that we all produce events that showcase our communities. The Chamber puts more emphasis on attracting out-of-state visitors, particularly for our signature athletic events — the Middlebury Maple Run and the Vermont Gran Fondo (VTGF). VTGF recently won a $5,000 grant from the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing with the sole purpose of advertising the event outside Vermont to bring out-of-state athletes here. VTGF has had a good track record of attracting people from “away.” More than 80 percent


to the area and helping them succeed, we’re not all set up to offer seed funding or loans. All of the aforementioned organizations also advocate on behalf of their members /constituents on a variety of topics, typically at the town level or in Montpelier. Issues such as Middlebury’s railroad construction project, traffic congestion on Vergennes’ Main Street, increases in rooms and meals taxes are the types of issues that we work on — both independently or collaboratively depending on the topic. The bottom line is that we all have different missions, areas of expertise, services and benefits. But we all have the same end goal, which is to support our communities and the businesses within them to make Addison County a better place. Sue Hoxie is president of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce.

Monkton woman is leader at Howard Center BURLINGTON — Howard Center CEO Bob Bick recently announced the appointment of Cathie Buscaglia of Monkton to the position of Director of Innovation. Cathie will be responsible for developing externally focused entrepreneurial ventures to help diversify funding to improve the financial sustainability of Howard Center in a changing and challenging funding environment with the aim of preserving service to our community. Bick noted that during her 22-year tenure at Howard Center, “Cathie has developed and implemented innovative programs, partnerships, and collaborations to support people with developmental disabilities and their families. It is this combination of creativity, collaboration and the ability to bring concept to practice that has led to or matured a number of key programmatic innovations.” Buscaglia joined Howard Center in 1994 as a program manager in Developmental Services and for the past 10 years has been the Director of Children and Family Services. During this time, Buscaglia helped to establish SUCCEED and Avenue


RT. 125 • EAST MIDDLEBURY, VT Sales for January 5 & January 9 BEEF B. Danyow Gosliga Defreest Farm P. Parent Blue Spruce J. Forgues

Costs Lbs. per lb 1460 .77 1375 .71 840 .69 1305 .675 1355 .635 1875 .63

Dollars 1124.20 976.25 579.60 880.88 860.43 1181.25

CALVES Monument Farms Nop Bros. & Sons Laduc Acres Conants Riverside A. Brisson

Lbs. 79 79 104 95 101

Costs per lb 1.10 1.10 1.00 1.25 1.00

Dollars 86.90 86.90 104.00 118.75 101.00

Total # Beef: 328 • Total # Calves: 379 We value our faithful customers. Sales at 3pm - Mon. & Thurs. For pickup and trucking, call 1-802-388-2661

7, two innovative programs that rely on successful community collaborations to provide enhanced opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities and autism. In addition, Buscaglia has collaborated to bring Project SEARCH, a businessled collaboration, to


Burlington and cofounded Zoe’s Race, an annual walk/run that raises funds to help make home accessibility modifications. Buscaglia lives in Monkton with her family. For more information, contact Martie Majoros at 4886911 or mmajoros@

VERMONT — What do 400 electricians, more than 2,000 nurses, and nearly 500 software developers have in common? According to a newly updated brochure released this month by the J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation and the Vermont Department of Labor, these are some of the most promising jobs expected in Vermont over the next 10 years. As this data makes clear, high-pay, high-demand jobs do exist in the Green Mountain State. However, they largely require training and/or education beyond high school. The latest Department of Labor data is used to highlight 54 of over 100 of these promising jobs along with their median wages, number of projected job openings, and minimum education requirements. Each is expected to pay at least $20/hour and have at least 100 openings over the next decade. The accompanying online resource, www.mcclurevt. org/pathways, lists the Vermont training and education programs that will put students and jobseekers on the right path. For a limited time, the McClure Foundation is offering grants to organizations and others that are working to connect Vermonters with these training and education pathways. The jobs list, called Pathways to Promising Careers, reinforces national research that promising job opportunities grow with postsecondary education and training. Only two of the 54 jobs identified by Pathways can be filled with a high school degree and no additional training or education. The majority require at least a two-year associate’s degree. Yet statistics show only 60 percent of Vermont’s high school graduates enroll in college within 16 months of graduation. “We envision a Vermont in which no promising job goes unfilled for lack of a qualified applicant,” explains McClure Foundation Philanthropic Advisor Carolyn Weir. “That’s why we’re thrilled to know that information about these jobs is helping students choose career pathways and helping adults build their credentials or switch career tracks.” Around 55,000 brochures featuring the high-pay, high-demand jobs are being distributed to high schools, colleges, state agencies, counseling organizations, and nonprofits across the state. They are expected to reach students and jobseekers just as state partners announce a new goal that


SATURDAY – JANUARY 21ST, 2017 - STARTING @ 10 AM For Townline Equipment, other area equipment dealers and construction companies at the Connecticut Valley Auto Auction facility located at 1567 RT 14 in White River Jct., VT. 05001

SELLING CONSTRUCTION EQUIP, FARM TRACTORS, COMPACT TRACTORS, EQUIPMENT, TOOLS AND ATTACHMENTS CONSTRUCTION Komatsu PC150-5 excavator w/aux hyd Bobcat 331 excavator 2005 Kubota L4630D TLB 4x4, diesel, industrial tires & 1172 hrs Kubota B21 TLB w/canopy, 905hrs JD 450E dozer w/6 way blade, canopy & new undercarriage & paint Ford 1620 TLB w/forks, 753 hrs Bobcat 743 skidsteer CAT TH62 Telehandler Forklift, EROPS, 6,000lb. cap., 4WD Astec RT360 trencher w/blade, vibratory plow, 680 hrs JCB Mini CX SLPNBH025E loader/ backhoe w/canopy SUPPORT EQUIPMENT Allmand Night-Lite Pro trailer mounted light plant Trailer mounted fuel tank w/12V pump Multi-quip compactor Miller Big 40 gas welder w/leads New Makita EK7301 14” demo saw Stihl demo saw Several chainsaws LAWN & GARDEN JD Z737 zero turn mower w/54”comm deck,733 hrs Kubota B7200HST 4x4 w/mower, 509 hrs Swisher 44 rugged cut tow behind mower Goodall 52” walk behind mower Kubota GR2110 HST, 54” mower, diesel, 396 hrs Cub Cadet 2206 HST 48” mower TRUCKS & TRAILERS 2002 Int 4900 all season dump body, mid mount spinner, new conveyor chain, plow frame, zero miles on rebuilt engine

1999 Kenworth T300 w/IMT-6020 crane, welder/air compressor mechanics body, diesel, TMU 1998 Mack CH613 w/sleeper 460 hp, air ride, wet kit approx. 100k on rebuilt engine, New 12’ landscape trl w/gate 2003 Deande 16’ utility trl High Country alum 7x9 4-wheeler trailer 1982 Eager Beaver 20T equip trailer w/ air brakes FARM EQUIPMENT Kuhn GA4120TH 13’6” rotary rake Farmi JL601 winch JD 647 tiller Woods 3pth GTC40-2 tiller JD BB2048L box scraper JD Frontier RC2048 rotary mower New Q/A bale spear ATTACHMENTS Woods BH7500 backhoe New BX 42S 3pth 4” chipper New Mounting plates New Q/A Tomahawk 42” forks New Q/A Tomahawk 78” & 84” high volume buckets New Q/A Tomahawk 66” & 72” bucket Q/A Mutlitex log grapple Q/A 72” rock/brush grapple New Q/A snow blade 60” Bolt on tooth bar 3pth fork lift attachment JD Gator CX w/dump box TRACTORS 2012 Kubota B2620HSD diesel 4x4, loader, 141 hrs Mahindra 4510 4WD w/loader, erops, Q/A bucket, heat/AC, diesel

2011 MF GC2600 4x4, diesel, soft cab w/ heat, 104 hrs 2006 Kubota BX24 4x4 w/54” belly mower, loader, 531 hrs Kubota B2710 w/loader, 372 hrs Kubota L2900DT w/loader, 1196 hrs 2006 NH TC40 4x4 w/loader, ag tires, reverser trans, 700 hrs Kubota BX1500 w/959 hrs MF 1552 w/loader, 784 hrs Kubota B7610 w/loader, 707 hrs Kubota B7800 w/953 hrs Kioti LB1914 MF 1440V 4x4 w/loader, 480 hrs NH TL70 4x4 w/1990 hrs Kubota L2250DT w/loader Kubota B1750HST 4x4 w/loader Kubota B2100HST 4x4 w/mid mower INT 464 w/front blade, tire chains, 1600 hrs Universal 300 2WD 40 hp w/ 1600 hrs UTILITY VEHICLES 2011 Kubota RTV900XTW Hyd dump, canopy, windshield & 1210 hrs MISC. Wayne gas powered chipper (needs work) 1991 Artic Cat Prowler snowmobile SkiDoo Formula MX snowmobile ADDED ITEMS Case 580 SE backhoe-extenda-hoe, 4x4 w/cab, 2000 JD 4200 TLB 4x4, #48 frame mounted backhoe, 1575 hrs, NH front mount snow blower, New Eagle Service truck air compressor, Honda powered; Magnum 4000 hot water pressure washer.

CASH, GOOD CHECK OR CREDIT CARD W/3% FEE • 6% SALES TAX • NO BUYERS FEE LUNCH BY WRIGHT’S CATERING — There will be many more items included in this sale.


EAST THETFORD, VT Sale site Jan. 20, 21& 22 • 802-296-5806 • VT LIC # 128 • 802-785-2161 Email address: Web address: •

70 percent of Vermont’s working-age adults possess a postsecondary degree or credential of value by 2025. “This is a pivotal time to align Vermont’s workforce skills with employer needs. There are tremendous employment opportunities right here in Vermont for people of all interests and backgrounds. The goal of our work is to promote the skills in demand and dispel some of the myths about our local economy,” says Mathew Barewicz, Economic and Labor Market Information Chief at the Vermont Department of Labor. The McClure Foundation and the Vermont Department of Labor hope the data will also help colleges, legislators, employers, and career

counseling organizations inform programming and strategy. The McClure Foundation, a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation, has grant funding available for nonprofits, schools, workforce development groups and others working to build equitable access to career and college education for low-income students and adults in Vermont. Learn more about the application guidelines and funding priorities at For more information or to request copies of the brochure, visit www. or contact Carolyn Weir at cweir@vermontcf. org, 802-388-3355 ext. 239, or through Twitter @McClureVTFdn.


We have moved the partial contents of the Washburn home of Addison, VT along with other area estates to offer a nice collection of antiques, furniture and collectibles. The following will be sold… Nice variety of oriental style rugs – early 4 drawer Graduated drop front cherry desk – early 2 door glass bookcase in old red – 2/3 Tiger maple dresser – African spear heads – Seth Thomas Wall and Gingerbread clocks – 48” S curved roll top desk – early paper lot – trencher – Chippendale mirror and others – several wrought iron floor lamps – 3 drawer walnut dresser w/ tear drop pulls– early baby cradle and carriages – tilt top stand – 36” cherry drop leaf table – 6’ pine harvest table – 4 Windsor side chairs and rocker – Reliance and Underwood typewriters – flax wheels – crocks and jugs – table top scales – doll trunks – Abercrombie & Fitch English badminton set – 6 drawer mahogany chest – Gentleman’s mirror – Pond boats – iron shelf brackets – fishing spear gun and poles – brass bedwarmer, fireplace bumper, teapots – Griswold ironware – oak stands and others – early skis, boots and milk sled – lg. asst. of iron document seals – foot warmers – early youth chairs – lg. single door jelly cupboard – copper boilers – pantry boxes – Early cast iron toys and others – brass hand held school bell – 16” iron dinner bell w/cradle – candle mold – telegraphy keys – iron door stops – early cricket foot stools – variety of Rayo and oil lamps – misc. Sterling – Two 10 ct. gold rings – flatware – Birds eye 1 drawer stand – matchbook collection – early shelf radios – floor model Victor victrola – 1886 History of Addison County – 186265 Seventh R.I. vol. – Narraganset Historical Registry and other VT Books – several nice early blanket chests (1815) – Modern queen size bed complete – Corner cupboard – quilts, coverlet, Vintage clothes, Linens – College arm chairs – 29” x 35” cat rug (Ashcroft, East Ryegate) – Variety of baskets – lap robe – early pine lift top blanket chest – Ferken buckets – lg. Franklin engraving – Arthur Healy – 1828 Samplers – silhouettes – watercolors – Prints and more – modern enamel on copper artwork – toleware – 1950 RCA deluxe TV – Childs loom – asst. of African pottery – wooden face mask – Remington nylon 66 22 cal. Rifles – living room set – coffee and sofa tables – early 1 door cupboards – wagon wheel – coke tray – lift top commode – 26” drop front sec/bookcase – early pine handmade 4 drawer pine graduated chest – iron dog – assorted pottery including redware – 1849 Express Stage coach tickets – green leather living room chair – assorted rockers, bedroom and parlor chairs – glass paper weights – Lusterware – English tea pots, Majolica, Lenox, McCoy cookie jar – Carved wooden characters – iron banks – army jackets – Martha Washington sewing cabinet – 1960 Daniel Museum sign – stereopticon – tin ice cream maker – wooden boat paddle – LP rock and roll albums and much more… COINS – COINS Silver dollars 1829.30,32 and more – Nice asst, of Barber and Liberty quarters – Liberty & Franklin ½ dollars – Mercury and Roosevelt dimes – lg. asst. of lg. 1c – 1857,58 Flying 1 C eagle – Norman Rockwell Medallic tribute to Robert Frost albums and much more ..

Terms: Cash, Check or MC/VISA Lunch by Bridport Grange Auctioneer:

Tom Broughton Jct. Routes 22A & 125 Bridport, VT 05734 802-758-2494

AUCTIONEER’S NOTE: Preview 7:45 a.m. day of sale – Good clean sale – Weather permitting – starting 9:00 a.m. outside – All items sold as is, where is with no implied warranty. 10% Buyer’s premium with cash or check. 13% buyer’s premium with credit card.

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ARTS+LEISURE The Addison Independent

January 12, 2017

Karen Lueders sits in the WalkOver Gallery concert room on Bristol’s Main Street. The Cabin Fever Series will host five concerts at the WalkOver, Jan. 21 through April 29. INDEPENDENT PHOTO / TRENT CAMPBELL

Cabin Fever Series heats up WalkOver Gallery


oliday-time is over, and it’s still weeks until Punxsutawney Phil tells us how many more days of dark, cold winter we have left. Yup, welcome to the winter doldrums, everyone. But before you go getting depressed, put this on your calendar as something to look forward to: The Cabin Fever Series kicks off its 12th season at the WalkOver Gallery in Bristol on Jan. 21 at 8 p.m.


Pete Sutherland and his Posse will perform their multi-generational roots music next Saturday. The series will continue with four more performances that will carry us through the end of April and into springtime.

Who had this brilliant idea to host a music series through the dark winter months? That would be Karen Lueders. It all started in January of 2005. “That was our first Schubertiade,” she said. Wait, a what? A Schubertiade. Typically, Schubertiades are informal events held to celebrate the music of Austrian composer Franz Schubert (1797-1828), but in Bristol all sorts of different music is celebrated. The Cabin Fever Series welcomes as many people as can fit (it maxes out at about 50) in the cozy upstairs concert

room on Bristol’s Main Street to honor quality music and community. “I think of it as a large living room,” said Lueders. “[The music series] is a lovely way of gathering around music. That’s the whole concept of this music room ... And it’s perfect for acoustics ... musicians can be nuanced but still heard.” Like any living room, art decorates the walls. Local artists are invited to hang their work down the length of the 40-foot room and enjoy the natural light of a large, arched, north-facing window. This might seem strange, but go to the bathroom when you’re there and check out posters from past events at the WalkOver; it’s impressive, and — ahem — good reading. Non-profits, theater groups, art students from Mount Abe and other artsy folks also use the space. “It’s mainly shared,” said Lueders. “The creative world comes through here.” Off the back of the concert room, Lueders has an office where she practices law (that’s been her full-time gig since graduating Vermont Law School in 1985). But there’s a 1903 baby grand just outside her door in case the Boston University College of Fine Arts piano major feels inspired. After graduating with her undergrad degree in ’79, Lueders cobbled SEE WALKOVER ON PAGE 2

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12th annual cabin fever series


PETE’S POSSE Saturday, Jan. 21, 8 p.m.

Pete’s Posse, led by Pete Sutherland, is three generations of musicians who have come together to create their own electrifying sound they call “multigenerational roots music.”

DANA AND SUSAN ROBINSON Saturday, Feb. 25, 8 p.m.

Dana and Susan Robinson are two guitarplaying, banjo-frailing, fiddle-sawing, and harmony-singing musicians. They blend contemporary songwriting and traditional Appalachian music.


together a livelihood in music. She taught music, repaired and tuned pianos and delivered singing telegrams. Indeed, this lady’s got some stories. “I got to go all over Boston and see a lot of cultural diversity,” Lueders said. “People would invite me into their homes,


Jeremiah McLane and Timothy Cummings present a rare and masterful Old World blend of traditional dance repertoire from Brittany, central France, and the British Isles, as well as a few originals.


Focusing on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, this

you know, they love you! Sometimes you’re honoring someone, other times your embarrassing someone in a high-rise office. It was a fascinating social experience.” After three years, Lueders realized, “I just wasn’t ever going to make my living in music.” With a strong social activism side, she segued easily into journalism and law. She met her husband, Jim Dumont, while working in Burlington after law school. The two moved to Lincoln in ’86, got married on their front

lawn that summer, welcomed their first of three children in ’87 and Lueders hung up her first shingle in Bristol a year later. Lueders moved her practice a few doors down to the old First National Bank in 2003. Local artist Kit Donnelly drew an abstract mural of the safe on the floor that year, which spurred the WalkOver art gallery. Then Lueders bought the baby grand from Holly Weir, of Rocky Dale Gardens, in 2004. Once they had the piano, “we thought, ‘let’s have concerts here too.” And that’s how the concert room and

collaboration brings together some of North America’s most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle, and reimagine traditional music.

JEFF WARNER Saturday, April 29, 8 p.m.

Jeff Warner is among the nation’s foremost performer/interpreters of traditional music. His songs from the lumber camps, fishing villages and mountain tops of America connect 21st century audiences with the everyday lives–and artistry–of 19th century Americans.

Cabin Fever Series came to be at the WalkOver.

up if they need a place to stay... I do what needs to be done.”

Year after year, Lueders did it all herself. But last year, local musician Rick Ceballos stepped in to help run the show. “Rick Ceballos has been a life saver,” said Lueders. “He has a committee to help with everything. He put together all the musicians for this series.”

“The WalkOver Gallery is such a wonderful venue, and such an asset to the community,” Ceballos added. “We had a great year last year and are looking for another good year this year.”

“When Karen was getting kind of burnt out, I offered to help,” said Bristol resident and local musician Ceballos. “I book the acts. I help with the PR. I feed the musicians and put them

Ceballos is most looking forward to the Lomax Project concert on April 29 with Moira Smilely. “Moira grew up in New Haven and has become a world famous musician,” Ceballos said. “They’re doing a remake of all the songs Alan Lomax had put together... that’s gonna have some real pizazz.” “Sharing responsibility really makes this possible,” said Lueders. That and the Five Town Friends of the Arts, the non-profit that underwrites tuning the WalkOver Gallery’s piano and otherwise supports arts in Bristol, Lincoln, New Haven, Monkton and Starksboro. If you need one more reason to come to this year’s Cabin Fever Series, Lueders reminds us of one of life’s tenets. Music, she says, is simply “good for your soul.” Interested in performing or using the concert room? Call Karen Lueders at (802) 4533188, x2.

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ART Pamela Smith


amela Smith’s Posters for Peace were painted in the spring of 2009 while she was living in Kathmandu, Nepal, during a time of revolution as the last king of Nepal abdicated his throne. Kathmandu was in a state of turmoil and Smith was trapped in her home for 19 days listening to helicopters, gunshots and rioting outside. It was during those 19 days that Smith created this body of work. “I wanted to make them like posters, posters for peace, that could be an inspiration for peace within and without,” Smith said. “They are about what we have to cultivate internally — compassion, yes, look listen, learn, love everybody.”



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to create peace. Smith has been spending about half of each year in Asia since 1996. “There is a reverence for the spiritual there,” Smith explained “There is an honoring of that part of life... it’s part of the culture. We don’t have that history of contemplation here, well, except maybe in pockets; there it’s everywhere, it’s pervasive.” Smith’s art is inspired by the colors of her travels. “Particularly the women’s clothes,” she said. “They dress really colorfully and that’s inspiring.”

Smith is currently reflecting on the idea that the antidote to anxiety is engagement. “I think when you are creating anything you are engaged with the process, that activity,” she said, thinking back to when she was painting these posters. “I didn’t feel anxious when I was painting even though it was insane outside.”

Smith’s Posters for Peace is part of Northern Daughter’s small works show, more light. The exhibit is on view at the gallery, 221 Main Street in Vergennes through the end of January and features small works from seven artists who work in a range of media, including watercolor, monoprint, oil painting and collage. The show includes new works from Anne Cady, Bonnie Baird, Cameron Schmitz, Katie Loesel, Pamela Smith, Rebecca Kinkead and Sobelman Cortapega.

The posters are bright, exuberant and hopeful — an invitation for the viewer to engage and do the work within themselves

Smith is a self taught artist who lives in Bristol. For more info call (802) 877-2173 or visit

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Opening Reception Fri 1/13 5-7pm

MOLLY WATSON HAWLEY PAINTINGS Molly Watson Hawley works in a number of media to explore how the surface images of the visible world represent a deeper reality. In the Jackson Gallery through February.

Sun 1/15 2pm $12/Series Pass – $50 for 5 films MNFF WINTER SCREENING SERIES


A moving glimpse into one filmmaker’s personal journey and what it means to train a camera on the world.

Sat 1/21 1pm $24/$10 Students MET LIVE IN HD:


Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo are back as opera’s classic lovers in Gounod’s lush Shakespeare adaptation. Pre-Show talk at 12:15pm in the Byers Studio courtesy of the Opera Company of Middlebury.

1/27, 1/28 & 1/30 @ 8pm; 1/29 @ 2pm $16/ $10 Fac/Staff/Students MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE WINTER MUSICAL


This jazzy musical comedy won the 1990 Tony® Awards for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score. Tickets on sale through the Middlebury College Box Office (802) 443-MIDD (6433).

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Discover Spain’s celebrated artist with this cinematic tour de force based on the National Gallery’s must-see exhibition Goya: The Portraits.

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Court composer Antonio Salieri begins a war with Mozart, music, and ultimately, with God in Peter Shaffer’s Tony®Award winning play.

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EXHIBITS AMAZING GRACE: CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF GRASS ROOTS ART AND COMMUNITY EFFORT. On exhibit through January 21, featuring more than 25 current and pasts artists supported by GRACE (Grass Roots Art and Community Effort). Vision & Voice Gallery located in the Vermont Folklive Center, 88 Main Street, Middlebury. (802) 3884964. ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN AND EARLY EUROPEAN ART. Ongoing exhibit, highlighting an Egyptian Old Kingdom relief and an early fifteenth-century Italian panel painting. Lower Gallery at the Middlebury College Museum of Art, 72 Porter Field Road, Middlebury. (802) 443-5007. EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN ART. Ongoing exhibit, featuring landscapes by American painters Jasper Cropsey and John Frederick Kensett alongside sixteenth- and seventeenth-century European religious and devotional images and American and European sculpture. Cerf Gallery at the Middlebury College Museum of Art, 72 Porter Field Road, Middlebury. (802) 443-5007. MORE LIGHT. On exhibit Dec. 1 through Jan. 15, featuring a group show of small works by Bonnie Baird, Anne Cady, Sobelman CortaPega, Rebecca Kinkead, Katie Loesel, Cameron Schmitz and Pamela Smith. Northern Daughters Gallery, 221 Main Street, Vergennes. Thursday-Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 877-2173. QUAKER MADE: VERMONT FURNITURE, 1820-1835. On exhibit at the Rokeby Museum. Route 7, Ferrisburgh. 877-3406. ROBERT F. REIFF GALLERY OF ASIAN ART. Ongoing exhibit of East Asian ceramics. Middlebury College Museum of Art, 72 Porter Field Road, Middlebury. (802) 443-5007. THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON: MY FAVORITE THINGS. On exhibit Nov. 4-Jan. 31, featuring a holiday themed show by the ensemble company of the Brandon Artists Guild. Brandon Artists Guild, 7 Center Street, Brandon. (802) 247-4956. UNTOUCHED BY TIME: THE ATHENIAN ACROPOLIS FROM PERICLES TO PARR. On exhibit Jan. 10-April 23, featuring early archaeological publications, antiquarian paintings, drawings, and prints, as well as photographs, books, and more recent images that are all drawn from collections at Middlebury. Together they bear testimony to the fascination with the Acropolis that has prevailed from the Enlightenment to the present. Middlebury College Museum of Art, 72 Porter Field Road, Middlebury. (802) 443-5007. VERMONT: IDEALS & ORDEALS. On exhibit Jan. 13-Feb. 11, featuring photos by Denise Letendre Bach. An opening reception will be held at the gallery on Friday, Jan. 13 from 5-7 p.m. Compass Music and Arts Center is located in Park Village at 333 Jones Drive, Brandon. (802) 247-4295 or WORLD CHALLENGES. On exhibit Nov. 15-Jan. 14, featuring three local artists Sansea Sparling, Sarah Ashe and Chuck Herrmann and their viewpoints on climate change, the refugee/immigration crisis and the Syrian Civil War. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, 1 Park St., Middlebury. 388-2117 or


An insightful comedy of South Boston class and culture, this Tony®-Award winning hit is darkly funny and surprisingly touching. Opening Night, Thu 2/9 $12; Fri – Sun, all shows $17. Contains profanity and mature themes.


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ow, this is something new! Check out Persian music trio Constantinople at their Middlebury debut on Friday, Jan. 13, 8 p.m. at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. In this collaborative concert, Senegalese kora player Ablaye Cissoko will join the trio for Itinerant Gardens — a poetic encounter between strings, percussion and voice — featuring music that ranges from the epics of the Mandingo Kingdom to the music of the Persian court. Itinerant Gardens was inspired by the timeless tradition of the bard, the troubadour and the griot. These wordsmiths, at once messengers and peacemakers, call upon forces of nature, the divine and ancient memory to create their songs and stories. Constantinople describes this program as a “joint crossing of shared regions of the imagination, like a deep breath before the inexorable march of time and the world.”

ABOUT CONSTANTINOPLE Named for the ancient trailblazing city illuminating East and West, Constantinople was founded in 1998 in Montreal by Iranian brothers Kiya and Ziya Tabassian. The ensemble explores a wide range of musical avenues, from medieval manuscripts to contemporary aesthetics, and from Mediterranean Europe to the East and New World Baroque. For this tour, Kiya Tabassian will perform on setar and vocals, Pierre-Yves Martel

will play the viola da gamba, and Patrick Graham will play percussion.


ABOUT ABLAYE CISSOKO, KORA Kimintang Mahamadou (Ablaye) Cissoko was born in 1970 in Kolda, Senegal to a long line of griots, or storytelling musicians. He made his kora debut at the age of 12 before entering the conservatory of music in Dakar. In 1985, he joined the Saint-Louis (Senegal) Jazz Orchestra, composed of African and European musicians. In 2003, he recorded his first compositions on the album Diam, followed in 2005 by Le Griot Rouge. He has collaborated with New York-based, German trumpeter Volker Goetze; French pianist and drummer Simon Goubert; Moroccan multiinstrumentalist Majid Bekkas; and his Senegalese band Le Corda Ba. Cissoko is supported by BNP Paribas Foundation. The concert by Constantinople will take place on Friday, Jan. 13, at 8 p.m., in Robinson Hall at Mahaney Center for the Arts at Middlebury College. Tickets are $20 for the general public; $15 for Middlebury

World music ensemble Constantinople performs with Ablaye Cissoko Friday, Jan. 13, at 8 p.m. in Middlebury’s Mahaney Center for the Arts.  PHOTO / MICHAEL SLOBODIAN

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“VERMONT: IDEALS AND ORDEALS” RECEPTION IN BRANDON. Friday, Jan. 13, 5-7 p.m., Compass Music and Arts Center. An opening reception for Denise Letendre Bach’s new photography exhibit, “Vermont: Ideals and Ordeals,” which shows Vermont through her lens. Exhibit runs through Feb. 11, 2017.

OPENING RECEPTION IN MIDDLEBURY. Friday, Jan. 13, 5-7 p.m., Jackson Gallery at Town Hall Theater. An opening reception for painter Molly Watson Hawley, whose exhibit will include landscapes, seascapes and portraits. On exhibit through Feb. 28.

ARTIST RECEPTION IN MIDDLEBURY. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 3:30-5:30 p.m., EastView at Middlebury, Community Room. Artist presentation



and opening reception will be held for Ashley Wolff. Refreshments and live music by harpist Margie Bekoff.

DANCE CONTRADANCE IN BRIDPORT. Saturday, Jan 14, 7-9:30 p.m., Bridport Community/Masons Hall. Contradance featuring Don Stratton calling to live music by Red Dog Riley. $5-10/person (sliding scale). All are welcome Questions? 462-3722. Hall is on the green in Bridport, just off 22A. FAMILY DANCE PARTY IN VERGENNES. Saturday, Jan. 21, 6-9 p.m., Vergennes Union High School. The Unification Disco Dance Party features live music by Discolicious and also DJ Soundrock with Bill Clark. Come decked out in your full 70s disco glory. Entry fee is by donation and will support your local public school. This event is hosted by Ferrisburgh PTO, Commodore parent teacher group, VUES Community Group and ACS parentteacher association.

FILM “THEY LOOK LIKE PEOPLE” IN MIDDLEBURY. Saturday, Jan. 14, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Dana Auditorium. Suspecting that those around him are actually malevolent shape-shifters, a troubled man questions whether to protect his only friend from an impending war or from himself. Info: www. or 802-443-3168. Free. MNFF WINTER SCREENING SERIES IN MIDDLEBURY. Sunday, Jan. 15, 2 p.m., Town Hall Theater. The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival winter screening series opens with the heralded documentary, “Cameraperson.” Tickets $12 for an individual film. The series pass, good for all five films, is $50. Info: 802-382-9222 or

For more information, email Christy Lynn at

Do you like to ski? Join for some friendly competition with Friday afternoon races and put the smack down on your buddy.

All skiing levels welcome (as long as you can make it down the Allen)!

MUSIC AN EVENING OF STANDARDS AND BROADWAY FAVORITES IN MIDDLEBURY. Thursday, Jan. 12, 7:30-8:30 p.m., EastView at Middlebury. An evening of standards and Broadway favorites featuring Dottie Kline, accompanist and Jaci Hockreiter, vocalist performing tunes by CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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songwriters Stephen Sondheim, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and more.

as an endangered species. Free. Sponsored by Otter Creek Audubon Society.

CONSTANTINOPLE IN MIDDLEBURY. Friday, Jan. 13, 8 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College. Persian music trio Constantinople makes its Middlebury debut in a special collaborative concert with kora player Ablaye Cissoko. The program is approximately one hour, 30 minutes. Tickets $25 public; $20 College ID holders; students $6. Info: www. or 802-443-3168.

ONE WORLD LIBRARY PROJECT PRESENTATIONS IN BRISTOL. Thursday, Jan. 12, 7-9 p.m., Lawrence Memorial Library. In 2016, three groups of Vermonters, unbeknownst to each other, set out on the Way, all on their own personal journeys. David and Elissa Cobb, Gregor Clark and Gaen Murphree, and Stevie Spencer will share their stories and images of their Camino de Santiago pilgrimages in a special One World Library Project presentation.

FIDDLIN’ FOR FICTION CONCERT IN ORWELL. Saturday, Jan. 14, 7 p.m., Orwell Town Hall. The Fried Dough Boys, musicians Colin McCaffrey, Dono Scrabner and Freeman Corey, will bring an eclectic mix of music from traditional, old country, bluegrass and folk to the Orwell Town Hall. Proceeds benefit the Orwell Free Library. Refreshments provided. $10 adult, $8 senior, $5 children. BESSETTE QUARTET IN VERGENNES. Saturday, Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m., Vergennes Opera House. The Bessette Quartet with Brennan Gervia and the High School All Stars will present an evening of toe-tapping jazz that grooves. $10 adults; $5 students. Buy tickets at the door or at Classic Stitching on Main Street in Vergennes. Info: www. CHAMPLAIN VALLEY FIDDLERS IN MIDDLEBURY. Sunday, Jan. 15, noon-5 p.m., Middlebury VFW. The Champlain Valley Fiddlers will perform, and all fiddlers are welcome. There will be music, dancing and refreshments. $3 donation.

TALK AMERICAN HISTORY LECTURE SERIES IN MIDDLEBURY. Thursday, Jan. 12, 3-4 p.m., EastView at Middlebury, Community Room. American History lecture series: “The Lewis & Clark Expedition” will be presented by EastView resident Bob Nixon. “WHERE HAVE ALL THE MOOSE GONE?” discussion in New Haven. Thursday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m., New Haven Town Hall. Wildlife biologist Tina Scharf discusses some of the reasons the moose population has declined across North America. Sponsored by the New Haven Conservation Commission. Free. CABIN FEVER LECTURE SERIES: “CANADA LYNX: A VERMONT RESIDENT?” talk in Middlebury. Thursday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m., Ilsley Public Library. The public is invited to a talk by Vermont Fish & Wildlife Biologist Chris Bernier about the lives of Canada Lynx and their status in Vermont where they are listed

“THE ATHENIAN ACROPOLIS, REVISITED” IN MIDDLEBURY. Friday, Jan. 13, 12:15 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre. Pieter Broucke, associate curator of ancient art, presents a virtual gallery talk exploring the enduring fascination with the High Classical monuments from the Enlightenment to the present. $5 suggested donation; free to College ID holders. Info: or 802-443-3168. MAPLE SEMINAR IN MIDDLEBURY. Saturday, Jan. 14, 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. sessions begin, Middlebury Union High School. Maple seminar will feature topics such as syrup filtering, and beginning sugar making. Complimentary morning coffee, tea and maple cream donuts. Pre-register by Jan. 7 to be eligible for door prizes. Preregistration: $25 with catered lunch or $10 with no lunch. Tickets at the door: $35/$20. Info: “A SENSE OF PLACE: VERMONT’S FARM LEGACY” TALK IN NEW HAVEN. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 7-8:30 p.m., New Haven Library. Gregory Sharrow, co-director of the Vermont Folklife Center, will discuss how the character of a place is shaped by its cultural heritage and folklife-traditions. Sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. Free and open to the public. AMERICAN HISTORY LECTURE SERIES: “THE LIFE OF SACAJAWEA” IN MIDDLEBURY. Thursday, Jan. 19, 3-4 p.m., EastView at Middlebury, Community Room. EastView resident Bob Nixon presents “The Life of Sacajawea” as part of the American history lecture series. CONVERSATION WITH VERMONT SUPREME COURT JUSTICE ROBINSON IN SHOREHAM. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2 p.m., Platt Memorial Library. Vermont Supreme Court Justice Beth Robinson will lead an interactive discussion about the birth of the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution, the meaning and significance of those rights, and the independent constitutional protections under the Vermont Constitution. Light refreshments will be served.

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ct 148, the Universal Recycling Law, marks the most significant change to Vermont’s solid waste system in recent history. This law includes a focus on reducing food waste, with the goal of all Vermont businesses, organizations and citizens eliminating food from the waste stream by 2020. The program is being phased in gradually and is already experiencing impressive results, diverting 800 tons of food from Vermont’s landfills last year, representing a 40 percent increase in food rescue over the previous year. The impressive success of Vermont’s new law has garnered attention from the EPA and interest from neighboring states looking to enact similar legislation.

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The Addison County Hunger Council met on Dec. 7, 2016 to hear presentations about different aspects of the Universal Recycling Law by Jaclyn Hochreiter of Addison County Solid Waste Management District, Mica Seely of Vermont Foodbank and Middlebury College’s Molly Anderson. If you didn’t attend the meeting, here’s a wrap up of what you missed.



Emily Landenberger works at the Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op.

What can I do to help?


Imposes a ban on disposal of certain solid waste from landfills including recyclables by July of 2015, leaf and yard debris by July of 2016, and food scraps by 2020. Requires parallel collection at facilities and at curbside. This means that facility owners that offer trash collection must also offer collection of recyclables, leaf and year debris, and food scraps. Haulers must also offer services for collecting and managing these items.

Provides incentives to reduce waste requiring municipalities and haulers t implement variable rate pricing.

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Includes a food recovery hierarchy, which encourages us to think up the pyramid by reducing food waste at its source or rescuing and redistributing food to the people, animals or compost piles that need it.




GREAT FOOD • LIVE ENTERTAINMENT Bob Gagnon Quartet Friday, January 6 | 8-10pm Led by Vermont-born jazz guitarist Bob Gagnon, this quartet plays funky jazz inspired by Charlie Parker, Django Reinhardt, and Ahmad Jamal. Myra Flynn Saturday, January 14 | 7-9pm Singer/songwriter Myra Flynn spends her career embracing dichotomy. Half Irish and half African American, her original indie/soul/folk songs blend soulful vocals with a lyrical delivery that doesn’t let one get too comfortable. As the New England Deli Magazine puts it, “her vocal influences have as much in common with Ani Difranco and Shawn Colvin as they do with Rihanna and Jill Scott.

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Blues Jam Wednesday, January 18 | 8-10pm Join us every 3rd Wednesday for Blues Jam. Dennis Willmott from Left Eye Jump will provide lead guitar, bass, and drums and these guys will back you up or take a break and let you play. All musicians and blues fans are welcome! Everyone will get a chance to play. Root 7 Saturday, January 21| 6-8 pm Root 7 is a small, mixed ensemble a Capella group whose passion for music brings us together from across the Champlain Valley. 10 Strings Friday, January 27| 7-9 pm - Dayve Huckett guitars/voice & Art DeQuasie upright bass. From Birdland to The Beatles, plus original music. You’ll hear songs from all over the musical map. Playing tunes from their new CD ‘Live Around Vermont’. See you there!

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Shari Johnson is a



hen Shari Johnson moved to Vermont eight years ago, she was looking for a way to connect with likeminded people, and — although she is an experienced gardener — to learn how to grow vegetables in the unfamiliar rocky clay soil at her Cornwall home. She found both through the UVM Extension Master Gardener course in 2009. To become an Addison County Master Gardener, she “has taken the UVM Extension Master Gardener class and volunteered the requisite number of hours in various Addison County Master Gardener projects,” Johnson explained.


As a certified Extension Master Gardener, the retired high school teacher volunteers several days a month at the Addison County Parent/ Child Center in Middlebury, a support and alternative education facility for adolescent families. She works in the greenhouse and gardens as well as serves as a resource for an elective garden-to-plate course for students working on their high school diploma. Johnson helped launch the Parent/Child Center greenhouse project in the winter of 2012 with the help of fellow Master Gardener Jonathan Hescock, owner of Vermont Victory Greenhouses in Cornwall. “We used one of his custom-built

Shari Johnson stands in the Parent/Child Center greenhouse — a project that she and Master Gardener Jonathan Hescock completed in the winter f 2012.

greenhouses for the project,” she said in an interview for the UVM Extension Master Gardener website in January 2014. The goal of this project was to incorporate healthy foods into menus at the Parent/Child Center. Johnson and other volunteers planted the first seeds in December 2012, growing several different salad greens for the cafeteria where the staff prepares lunches daily. “Greenhouse growing is essentially container gardening,” Johnson said. “We are teaching how to garden, but also stressing that you don’t need acres of ground to have a garden.

You can grow vegetables in a bucket outside your door.” The PCC greenhouse project involves several dedicated master gardeners, Johnson clarified, who help maintain the greenhouse in the winter and the outside vegetable gardens in the summer.

Editor’s note: Read the full Jan. 29, 2014, story at oryID=17636&category=extgard

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UVM Extension Master Gardener course



ardeners have until Jan. 23 to register for the 2017 University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Master Gardener course. The 13-week online course begins Feb. 7.

The course features weekly lectures by horticultural experts on backyard vegetable gardening, composting, soil fertility, fruits and berries, botany basics, tree and shrub care and pest management, among other topics. Students may watch the live interactive webinars on Tuesday nights from 6:159 p.m. or the archived recordings at their convenience. Participants may either just enroll in the course to expand their own knowledge of home horticulture or choose to become a certified Extension Master

Gardener by completing a 40-hour internship at the end of the course. This requirement may be met by staffing displays at fairs or farmers’ markets, giving gardening talks to local groups or taking part in ongoing UVM Extension Master Gardener service projects. Course details and registration information, including a downloadable form for registrations by check, can be found at mastergardener. The fee is $425 if paid by Jan. 2, $440 after that date, and includes an online training manual. Questions? Contact the UVM Extension Master Gardener Program Office at (802) 656-9562. Anyone needing a disability-related accommodation to participate should contact Lisa Chouinard at this number by Jan. 6.

MASTER GARDENER PROJECTS IN ADDISON COUNTY: Therapeutic Garden for Porter Nursing Home in Middlebury — EMGs work with the residents to start, plant, tend and harvest vegetables and cut flowers in raised beds. Project leader: Judith Irven ( Russell Memorial Library Garden in Monkton — used as a teaching garden for children. Leaders: Patricia New (, and Kathy Bushey. EMG Garden Information Table in Middlebury — Anne Taylor (anneet@gmail. com) supplies garden-related information to the public outside the Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op.

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live music SWING NOIRE. Saturday, Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music.

HELIAND CONSORT PRESENTS “CROSSING THE BAR” FOLK MUSIC. Friday, Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music. ZEPHYR. Saturday, Jan. 28, Brandon Music. Va-et-vient will perform at Burnham Hall in Lincoln this Saturday.

THE MATT FLINNER TRIO. Saturday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m., Ripton Community Coffee House.

Trio performs at Lincoln library


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Va-et-vient will perform in the Burnham Music Series at Burnham Hall in Lincoln this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Va-et-vient includes Addison County’s own Carol Reed on voice, guitar and mandolin, Suzanne Germain on voice and percussion, and Lausanne Allen on voice, fiddles, flutes and mandolin. With backgrounds rich in French cultures and language, through lifelong experiences living and traveling in French-speaking lands, they create beautiful harmonies, teaching and engaging audiences. Since 2001, this band has carved out its place in New England and particularly in Québec, where its ties to traditional musicians provide a fountain of resources in collections of songs, tunes, and dances. Wherever they travel, they add to their répertoire of French, Québecois, Cajun and Créole music. Admission is $10 for adults; teens and kids free. Refreshments will be served. Burnham Hall is located at 52 River Road in Lincoln. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, call 388-6863.

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MUSIC Swing Noire quartet returns to Brandon


ermont’s hottest Hot Club style quartet, Swing Noire, makes music that “will entrance and surprise you.” Great energy, soul, sophistication, and improvisation are the hallmarks of a Swing Noire performance.

Some call it Gypsy Jazz, some Hot Swing; in either case Swing SATURDAY JAN. Noire plays acoustic music in Brandon Music the spirit of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Swing Noire transports audiences back to the early days of jazz. If you haven’t heard this music, especially live, you are in for a treat. Catch them Saturday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Brandon Music.


Violinist David Gusakov (you know him from DaddyLongLegs), twins Rob and Jim McCuen on guitar and double bass, and guitarist Jim Stout make up this tight acoustic quartet. Swing Noire has performed at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, Burlington’s First Night Celebration, Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph, and many other venues throughout New England and Vermont.


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Concert tickets are $20. A pre-concert dinner is available for an extra $25. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Don’t forget the venue is BYOB. Call (802) 247-4295 or e-mail for reservations or for more information visit

Find the beat. Look for it in the new Arts + Leisure section every Thursday. 802-388-4944

Don’t miss Swing Noir on Saturday, Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m. at Brandon Music.


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the movie FENCES — RUNNING TIME: 2:18 — RATING: PG-13 Denzel Washington directed and stars in Fences, August Wilson’s powerhouse story that leaves audiences in a state of appreciative exhaustion. From beginning to end, the script unleashes a mood of intensity that would be damaged instantly by any weak performance. There is not one of those here. The opening scenes establish Troy (Denzel Washington) as a talkative garbage collector who double teams the trash route with his friend Bono (Stephen Henderson). Troy comes home to his wife Rose (Viola Davis) where most of the film unfolds in his backyard. Because there are so few scenic interruptions to August Wilson’s dialogue, the audience focuses entirely on the strong performers. Denzel Washington’s Troy is a man wrapped in deep personal pride and aggressive instincts born of life within the parameters of segregation. Whoever is with him at a given moment becomes a listener because this man doesn’t discuss anything. He lectures, comments, and issues orders. He leaves no holes in his outer personality for penetration by friend or foe. This is a man who refuses ever to be hurt again. Troy has been married to Rose for eighteen years and together they have one son who lives at home and one by an earlier woman of Troy’s who comes home only when he needs money. Rose wins our admiration and our concern as she creates her own reality within the confines set by Troy. They laugh together and live within his rules. When the confines shatter, she loses the reality she has built and with it, herself. Viola Davis conveys all this in a shattering performance. Credit Jovan Adepo with creating Cory, the son who suffers repeatedly from his father’s inability — and refusal — to connect with him emotionally. Cory is derailed from his successful path through school by his father’s refusal of either emotional or financial support when he disagrees with the choices the boy is making. Rooted as he is in past

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in Fences (2016).

racial history, Troy simply can’t grasp the new path Cory has found through cultural change. The principals in Troy’s life — his truck partner, his wife, his son — are fine, strong human beings and yet all of them must operate within the dictates of this towering man who sucks in all the air around them. And when Troy succumbs to a life twist he can’t resist, his family must adjust. He continues to insist on the still dominant and confining rules of segregation that he has always known. Struck in the face, we realize that August Wilson is showing us again the iron limitations around being black in 1953 nine decades after the Civil War ended slavery. The rules of living for this family were still made of solid iron. The saddest part is that Troy Maxson couldn’t understand that his son Cory was leading them all into a new culture that was still unrecognizable to his family. Denzel Washington makes the foul, silent culture of the ‘50s jump alive.  — Reviewed by Joan Ellis

the book


2. A spellbinding tale of a suburban bachelor party gone horribly wrong. 3. A love story that challenges gender stereotypes and the judgement of townspeople. 4. Centers on a trial akin to a witch hunt. 5. A woman attacked on her bike falls prey to an obsession with consequences. 6. An American granddaughter uncovers secrets in her family’s Armenian history.


This novel by the bestselling author of The Guest Room and The Sandcastle Girls tells the haunting story of Annalee Ahlberg who has disappeared from her Vermont home, leaving her two daughters devastated. Annalee is a sleepwalker and her body cannot be found. Her nightly forays only happen when her husband is out of town, but the family mistakenly believed therapy had relieved her affliction. Gavin Rikert, the detective who arrives to investigate the case is cagey, speaking with the elder daughter, Lianna, on her own and beginning, even at the earliest meeting, to arouse her suspicions. Something is off, and Gavin may have the key. And Paige, Lianna’s younger sister, refuses to give up on her hope of finding her mother alive. Local readers will undoubtedly recognize Middlebury in the scenes set in the small town of Bartlett, Vt. This book will definitely keep you awake, and not just because you can’t put it down. This is a beautifully told story of a family dealing with an unimaginable tragedy, and readers will be asking questions until the final startling conclusion.  —Jenny Lyons of the Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury.


(Doubleday Books)



1. An Italian villa, a doomed love affair, Italian history, and a serial killer hellbent on revenge.

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