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National honor

Gold rush

Some lucky history buffs got to meet a 188-year-old Vergennes icon. See Arts + Leisure.

The former Rutland Northeast superintendent was named a U.S. Outstanding Educator. See Page 10B.

Lydia Pitts added to her medal haul and VUHS won a relay title at the state meet. See Page 1B.


Vol. 72 No. 7

INDEPENDENT Middlebury, Vermont

Thursday, February 15, 2018

40 Pages


Lincoln’s Forlenza to run for Vt. House Touts livable wage, health care for all By JOHN FLOWERS LINCOLN — Paul Forlenza has spent the past several years supporting and recruiting Addison County Democrats to run for county and statewide offices. The longtime Lincoln resident is now ready to place his own name on an election ballot. Forlenza, former chairman of the Addison County Democratic Committee, confirmed last week he’ll run for one of the two seats representing the Addison-4 district in the Vermont House.

Addison-4 includes the towns of Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton and Starksboro. The district is currently represented by two Bristol residents: Democrat Dave Sharpe and Republican Fred Baser. “Lincoln has been kind to my family and me and I want to give back to the community,” Forlenza said in a Monday interview. “I would be honored to serve my neighbors in the state Legislature.” This is Forlenza’s second run for the state Legislature, and he (See Forlenza, Page 12A)

Major development pitched for Cornwall

‘Hamlet’ subdivision faces first review

Pen pals

HANNAH LOGAN, FOREGROUND, and Elliot Franklin rehearse their roles as the leads in “Daddy Long Legs,” the upcoming musical at Town Hall Theater. The show runs Feb. 21 through Feb. 23.

Independent photo/Trent Campbell

Bristol board warm to gas pipeline; residents cooler By CHRISTOPHER ROSS BRISTOL — Officials from Vermont Gas Systems shared their plans for extending their natural gas pipeline into Bristol at a special selectboard meeting Monday evening at Holley Hall. While some in the audience of more than 20 Addison County residents — mostly from Bristol — welcomed the arrival of piped natural gas, there was also a significant

amount of confusion, frustration and concern for the environment expressed by many others. Several people were confused about the official status of the project, including Bristol resident Jono Chapin. The meeting warning said the selectboard was considering a memorandum of understanding with Vermont Gas, but some felt that details on that agreement were (See Bristol, Page 7A)

By JOHN FLOWERS CORNWALL — The Cornwall Development Review Board on March 1 will take its first look at a proposed 21-unit subdivision slated for a portion of a 167-acre parcel located directly northeast of the intersection of Route 74 and North Bingham Street. Cornwall residents Churchill

Franklin and Matt Bonner are spearheading the so-called “West Cornwall Hamlet,” which shapes up to be one of the largest the DRB has ever fielded. The business partners have submitted their plan under the name Beaver Brook Properties LLC. They bought the land — which spans the (See Cornwall, Page 11A)

Council supports Perry as new city mayor By ANDY KIRKALDY VERGENNES — Senior Alderman and former Vergennes City Manager Renny Perry on Tuesday night told the other members of the city council that after a weekend of thinking it over he would be willing to serve out the remainder of recently resigned Mayor Michael Daniels’ term. As senior alderman Perry automatically took over as mayor as called for in the Vergennes city charter when Daniels, citing conflicts with his fellow council members, resigned on Feb. 8. But

Perry said he would only stay on until March 2019 if council members agreed. Perry, now also the president of the Vergennes Partnership, said he hesitated without council approval to serve the rest of Daniels’ term, which will expire on Town Meeting Day 2019, because he had already made extensive travel plans that would mean he would miss several meetings. “I had a little bit of a struggle whether to keep the mayor’s position — that I got unexpectedly — for a long period of time. And I decided that

I would because it would be a lot less complex than trying to change things around. And I do have a few things to mention to the council, because if the council feels these things are a problem then I might reconsider,” Perry said. “One of the things that was weighing on me about continuing in the position is I’m going to be away a lot.” Perry, who has previous mayoral experience in New Hampshire and is now retired, cited a six-week absence in March and April and two (See Perry, Page 12A)

By the way Ilsley Public Library has a new leader. The Friends and Trustees of Ilsley Library invite you to meet Director Dana Hart at an open house on Tuesday, Feb. 20, from 4-7 p.m., at the library on Main Street in Middlebury. Drop in and join them for refreshments in the lobby, get to know Hart and talk about the library. Coffee and cookies will be served. Otter Valley Union High School will be participating in its third Annual Community Service Day on Friday, May 25. Service projects with take place from approximately 9-11 a.m. on that day. If you have a project you would like some help with, please contact Molly Nitka at 802-247-6833 x2654. (See By the way, Page 14A)

Index Obituaries................................. 6A Classifieds.......................... 4B-7B Service Directory............... 6B-7B Entertainment.........Arts + Leisure Community Calendar......... 8A-9A Arts Calendar.........Arts + Leisure Sports................................. 1B-3B

Middlebury ladder truck ready to roll $866K vehicle equipped with state-of-the art technology By JOHN FLOWERS Fire Department’s Seymour Street MIDDLEBURY — When a guy headquarters on Tuesday, when town down the street gets a sweet new officials got their first glimpse of ride, neighbors gather the new, $866,471 ladder around and toss down truck that will headline the a couple of beers while “A thing of community’s fleet for at gazing admiringly — no, beauty.” least the next 25 years. lovingly — at all that “A thing of beauty,” — Brian gleaming chrome and selectboard Carpenter Middlebury tantalizing torque nestled Chairman Brian Carpenter under the popped hood. said of the new rig, That slice of Americana was endowed with a 111-foot-long aerial served up in heaping helpings (albeit ladder that’ll reach the peak of without the beers) at the Middlebury virtually every structure the town’s

dedicated firefighters could be called upon to safeguard. Fire Chief Dave Shaw and Assistant Chief Myron Selleck were all grins as they led a tour of the department’s new machine, equipped with all the bells, whistles and 21st-century technology one could imagine. Here are some of the truck’s vital statistics: It weighs 71,000 pounds and is more than 40 feet long. It’s equipped with outriggers to provide (See Fire truck, Page 14A)

THE MIDDLEBURY FIRE Department unveiled its new $866,000 ladder truck to town officials Tuesday night. Selectboard member Heather Seeley, above, checked out the rig from the driver’s seat. Independent photos/Trent Campbell

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Agencies help feed area seniors Restaurants, Meals on Wheels work to keep hunger at bay

Digging for dinner

A PILEATED WOODPECKER pauses during an extensive excavation of a tree in Salisbury earlier this week. Photo by Katherine Dick

Civil War Heritage Trail taking shape ADDISON COUNTY — After tysburg, Vermont has a significant years of planning, the Vermont in story to tell. the Civil War Heritage Trail is takAddison County is home to a numing shape along the Route 7 corridor ber of stops on the trail, including: from Bennington to the Canadian • In Brandon: Brandon Museum border. The trail was born out of a & Welcome Center, 4 Grove Street, desire to link key American Civil Brandon, 802-247-6401, brandon. War sites in the Green org/the-brandonmuMountain State — museum. This site is the seums, historic sites, Following birthplace of Stephen exhibits and more — U.S. Route 7 Douglas, the Great Deand educate by making from south to bater and Lincoln’s opthis important history ponent in 1860 election. more unified and acces- north, each • In Middlebury: site of the sible. The Congregational Howard Coffin’s trail is a link Church of Middlebury, 2013 book “Something 2 Main Street, Middleto the crucial Abides: Discovering bury, 802-388-7634, the Civil War in Today’s contributions, and Vermont” has served as Vermont Middlebury College, a reference and inspira- made to the 14 Old Chapel Road, tion for the trail. Middlebury, 802-443Following U.S. Route preservation 5000, The Congregational 7 from south to north, of the United Church of Middlebury each site of the trail States in the is a link to the crucial American Civil was the site of the Great Convention abolitioncontributions Vermont ist event of July 1863, made to the preserva- War. where both Wm. Lloyd tion of the United States in the American Civil War. There Garrison and Frederick Douglass are also many little-known connec- made public addresses. Middletions critical to that War, and it is bury College 1860 commencement the trail’s intent to better illustrate speaker Edward Everett, Massaand explain those connections. From chusetts Governor and Harvard Abolitionist John Brown to Stephen President, gave the main address Douglas to William Lloyd Garrison at Gettysburg cemetery just before to Frederick Douglass to the north- Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The ernmost land battle of the Civil War, College graduated Alexander Twito the General who made the deci- light, the first black person to earn a sion to flank Pickett’s Charge at Get- degree in America.

• In Vergennes: Vergennes Railroad Depot, VT Route 22A and US Route 7, and downtown Vergennes village green and park, Main Street, Vergennes has deep connections to abolitionist John Brown. Vergennes Railroad Depot — the oldest depot in VT — received Brown’s casket en route to North Elba, N.Y. Main Street downtown contains some of the original trading area used by John Brown’s family. • In Panton: Adams Ferry, Arnold’s Bay Road. The Ferry crossing to New York at Arnold’s Bay was used to convey John Brown’s body across Lake Champlain to his North Elba, N.Y. farm for burial. A State marker is at the site. • In Ferrisburgh: Rokeby Museum, 4334 U.S. Route 7, 802-8773406, Rokeby, a documented stop on the Underground Railroad, is now the Rokeby Museum, dedicated to Underground Railroad history and education. Downtown Ferrisburgh Park also has a historic marker for Frederick Douglass’ speech at the Town Hall in July 1843. A full brochure of stops on the trail can be found at vtcivilwarheritage. net. The trail also has a Facebook page, Future expansion of the Trail may include eastern Vermont sites such as the rifle, machinery and clothing factories of the Connecticut River Valley.

By JOHN FLOWERS “We work with all of our vendors MIDDLEBURY — According to to make sure the meals meet the 2016 data provided by the Vermont needs and are appealing to the indinonprofit Age Well, 19.9 percent of viduals receiving them,” said Chris Addison County residents — nearly Moldovan, Age Well’s director of one in every five — are age 65 years nutrition. or older. That’s up from 13.4 percent Age Well is currently looking for in 2011. a new vendor to supplant the 14 curAs Addison County’s elderly rent food providers upon which the population continues to grow, so organization relies. does the strain on the organizations “What we are trying to do is stancharged with making sure that de- dardize quality,” Moldovan said. mographic does not go hungry. “We want to make sure that if you That was the message delivered receive a meal in Bristol that it’s last week by a variety of human similar to the meal served in Essex services providers who or Richford. We’re also make up the Hunger looking at standardizing Council of Addison “We work the types of meals that County. with all of our we serve.” The group on Feb. The organization also vendors to 6 took a particularly wants its new vendor to close look at the work make sure the better meet clients’ speof Age Well Vermont, meals meet cial dietary needs. Some which delivers myriad the needs and participants are diabetservices to the elderly ic, some are on a strict in Addison, Chittenden, are appealing low-sodium regimen Franklin and Grand to the and others must have Isle counties. The non- individuals gluten-free food. There profit’s nutrition pro- receiving are currently times when grams include Meals Age Well can’t meet on Wheels, through them.” those special needs, which prepared lunch- — Chris Moldovan, Moldovan explained. Age Well es are delivered to seWhile participation niors’ homes; commuin Meals on Wheels and nity meals prepared and the restaurant voucher served at more than 70 gathering program remains strong, Age Well places and restaurants throughout has seen a “decline over time in Vernorthwestern Vermont; and a “tick- mont, and nationally,” in community et” service through which seniors meals attendance, according to Molcan dine at participating restaurants dovan. offering various meal choices. “It seems to be an older crowd Rachel Lee Cummings, Age that comes,” Moldovan said. “Your Well’s chief operating officer, said ‘young’ 60-year-olds are still in the the nonprofit last fiscal year: workforce and not coming out to the • Served a combined total of senior meals sites as often as they 10,812 community meals to 704 used to.” people. Still, Addison County seniors • Delivered 37,032 Meals on in Middlebury and Vergennes are Wheels to 276 homes. Approxi- bucking that trend, according to Age mately 200 Addison County seniors Well officials. The collective meals currently receive Meals on Wheels, held at the Middlebury VFW Post on thanks to Age Well and its dedicated Exchange Street and the Middlebury corps of volunteer drivers. recreation facility on Creek Road • Fielded 669 calls on its toll-free consistently draw dozens of elder Helpline Calls. residents, as do lunches at the Ar• Provided services to 1,324 Ad- mory Lane Senior housing complex dison County elders and their care- in Vergennes. givers. Some of the meals come with enThe organization receives funding tertainment — including music and through the federal Older Americans “paint-and-sip” events, where parAct, and must meet certain nutrition- ticipants paint pictures. al guidelines. Age Well ensures its NOT TYPICAL SR. LUNCHES meals include protein, vegetables, Addison County restaurants that milk, juice, bread and fruit. have been hosting Age Well comSince federal funding doesn’t cov- munity meals have include the KB er the entire cost of the meals, Age Café in Vergennes; the Halfway Well asks participants for a donation House in Shoreham; Mary’s Restau(suggested at $5). Seniors — defined rant and Cubber’s in Bristol; Rosie’s by the organization as 60 or older — Restaurant, the Middlebury Inn and can receive meals regardless of their Patricia Hannaford Career Center’s income level, and none are turned Glass Onion Restaurant in Middleaway for lack of a donation. bury; and the Basin Harbor Club in

Ferrisburgh. Those who are interested should log on to to confirm specific dates and offerings. Some of the aforementioned restaurants host but a few meals each year, others do so a couple times per month. Age Well requires that people reserve their spot(s) prior to the meal. That reservation contact is Michelle Eastman at 802-377-1419. While Age well has offered its separate restaurant “ticket” program for several years, it has grown a lot during the past 18 months. There are around 15 participating restaurants in the Age Well service area, according to Moldovan. The organization coordinates with restaurants on a menu that conforms to the Older Americans Act nutrition guidelines. Age Well receives requests for around 10,000 restaurant tickets per year in the combined four counties it serves. “It allows choice,” Moldovan said of the ticket program. Participants can come to the restaurant of their choice on the date and time that suits them. Rosie’s and the Halfway House are the only two Addison County restaurants participating in the ticket program, though others are being recruited, according to Eastman, community meals coordinator for Age Well. Laura LaVacca is director of a school nutrition collaboration between the Addison Northeast and Addison Northwest school districts. She’s currently working with elementary schools in Addison, Starksboro and New Haven interested in hosting seniors for school lunches. Each elderly participant would present a voucher for his or her meal. LaVacca believes the program would be a win-win: Seniors would get nutritious food, while students would have access to senior mentors. “It’s really exciting for us,” LaVacca said. Transportation remains one of the biggest obstacles for seniors in terms of attending meals. Addison County Transit Resources has bus routes and a “Dial a Ride” program to help the elderly get to community activities in Middlebury, Vergennes and Bristol, as well as along Routes 116 and 7. Knowing that seniors can’t subsist on a single daily meal through Age Well, the organization has started screening clients for hunger and malnutrition, according to Moldovan. This screening process is helping Age Well to better target its limited resources to those who need them most. “There are some challenges,” Moldovan said.

Armed robber receives prison sentence

ORWELL — An Orwell man was sentenced to seven years in jail for his role in the armed robbery of the Maplefields convenience store in Fair Haven back on Sept. 30, 2015. Matthew Hinton, 28, previously pled guilty to this robbery, as well as to possessing a stolen firearm, which he had stolen during an Orwell burglary a few days before the robbery. U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss on Feb. 8 also sentenced Hinton to three years of supervised release that will follow his prison sentence. She also ordered Hinton to pay $2,150 in restitution to the Orwell burglary victims and $200 in restitution to Maplefields.

Federal prosecutors said Hinton, on Sept. 28, 2015, broke into a home on Daigneault Hill Road in Orwell and stole, among other things, a Ruger .357-caliber revolver. Two days later, at about 2:30 a.m., Hinton entered the Maplefields convenience store in Fair Haven and pointed the Ruger revolver at the store clerk in a threatening manner and demanded that she open the cash register drawer, according to federal officials. He then took $80 of cash, demanded two cartons of cigarettes and told the clerk to get on the floor and stay down. According to court records, the store clerk still suffers from post-

traumatic stress disorder stemming from the armed robbery. Separately, Hinton recently pleaded guilty to state charges involving three burglaries in Orwell and Shoreham on Sept. 28, 2015, and he was sentenced to 4-10 years in prison. Hinton, who has been in state custody since Sept. 30, 2015, will not get credit for that imprisonment toward his federal jail time. At that point, his federal sentence and state sentences will run concurrently. In addition, Hinton has a pending state charge for escape from custody (furlough) in Rutland County brought by the Rutland County State’s Attorney

Addison Independent, Thursday, February 15, 2018 — PAGE 3A

City’s voting start to stay at 9 a.m., for now

Playing along

LOCAL CELLIST DIEUWKE Davydov and guitarist Michael Corn accompany a rehearsal of the upcoming musical “Daddy Long Legs” at Town Hall Theater Tuesday night. The Tim Guiles production opens next Wednesday night. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

Brandon budget calls for more tax support Health benefits driving spending

By LEE J. KAHRS BRANDON — Brandon voters will be asked on Town Meeting Day to approve a $3,138,185 municipal budget highlighted by increased revenues and increased health care costs. The amount to be raised by taxes is $2,578,045, a 2.75 percent increase over the current year’s spending plan. Brandon selectboard Chair Seth Hopkins said two-thirds of that increase is due to an increase in the health insurance premiums for town employees. “Health insurance is 10 percent of the budget across the board,” he said. “This could have been much worse, but (Town Manager) Dave Atherton changed insurers from Blue Cross Blue Shield to MVP, which is the only other option in Vermont, and it’s a one-time gambit. But even moving to MVP, there was still an increase in the premiums.” Selectboard Vice-Chair Doug Bailey agreed. “Switching from Blue Cross Blue Shield is saving us a lot of money, but it’s still a major expense,” he said. In the police department budget, there is practically no increase in spending save for a $30,000 increase in health insurance costs to cover one officer who was not previously on the town’s insurance and is now. BRANDON REC The Brandon Recreation Department was the standout when it came to revenue increases among town departments. Revenue budgeted for fiscal year 2018-2019 increased more than 50 percent, from $51,750 to $109,000, which includes $15,000 for grants. While Bailey and Hopkins said Rec Director Bill Moore was conservative in his reported revenue

the year before, they said the board Anna Scheck’s contract is up in July, was very pleased. and Hopkins said the position will be “Bill has built up a good following posted as part-time at up to 28 hours and he’s got good attendance,” per week. Hopkins said. “That revenue HIGHWAY includes $15,000 for grants, but it’s The town highway budget is still a huge increase.” up about $42,000, mostly due to By subtracting the proposed increased spending on maintenance $68,000 in programming expenses supplies like gravel, chloride (which from the rec department’s $94,000 prevents ice forming on pavement) in revenue without the and road salt. $15,000 for grants, the “Switching from There is a proposed town sees a net increase spending increase on in rec revenue of Blue Cross chloride from $20,000 Blue Shield is $26,000. to $25,000, on road Bailey added that saving us a lot salt from $60,000 the board approved an of money, but to $65,000, and on additional fee of $10 for it’s still a major gravel from $35,000 to out-of-town residents $55,000. expense.” who participate in “(Public Works — Selectboard Superintendent) Daryl Brandon Rec programs. Vice-Chair Burlett basically put us ZONING Doug Bailey on notice saying that we One notable decrease to town administration still have a lot to do on costs is a reduction in the position of our dirt roads,” Bailey said. “He said zoning administrator from a full-time a road will lose an inch of gravel per to a part-time position. The current year, and we have to do a better job salary of $50,648 will be reduced keeping up with that.” to a part-time salary of $35,500. Brandon has roughly 80 miles of That change will also negate health road, and about half of those roads insurance costs, currently $15,300, are dirt. and retirement contributions of APPROPRIATIONS $36,000. The board is again asking voters “The selectboard decided that to approve $100,000 for road paving they wanted that position to be projects. right-sized,” Hopkins said. “They The town warning also asks thought it didn’t warrant a full-time voters to authorize the selectboard position.” to reallocate $10,000 earmarked Current Zoning Administrator annually for the now-defunct

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Brandon Boys and Girls Club to the General Fund. There is also $15,000 less in appropriations on the ballot with the closure of the Harvest Program at Foxcroft Farm in Leicester. OPTIONS FOR THE FUTURE Bailey made a point of mentioning the town’s new 1 percent option tax, implemented a year ago through an increase on local food and rooms tax. To date, that tax has raised $173,000 for town public works projects. “We’ve been receiving very good revenue on that, and we could fudge this and flat fund this budget,” he said. “But, we are very concerned about the Segment 6 project and the Park Street paving project.” Bailey noted that the proposed price tag for the Segment 6/Route 7 upgrade through Brandon, which started last fall, went from $15 million to $25 million since the project was first bonded. “We really want to limit our borrowing, so we’re stockpiling this money in a fund that can’t be used for anything else,” Bailey said. “It’s so in two years, when we have to kick in a 5 percent match on Segment 6, we’ll have it and we won’t have to borrow or ask the voters for money.” Once Segment 6 is completed in 2020, Bailey said the option tax revenue can be used for other public works projects in town. “We think we’re being responsible,” he said.

By ANDY KIRKALDY Devine said. “Then when they mail VERGENNES — The Vergennes it back they can go in and say, ‘Yup, Board of Civil Authority (BCA) on they got it.’” Jan. 31 decided not to expand the That website is at https://www. city’s voting hours for primary and general elections, as some residents registration.aspx. and city council members have The city justices of the peace will suggested. But an ongoing city also deliver ballots to those who are council update of the Vergennes disabled or too ill to make it to city city charter could still expand the hall to request a ballot, or to go to the community’s voting hours. city fire station to vote on March 6; Unlike the rest of the county’s those interested should call city hall towns, Vergennes voting hours begin at 877-2841. at 9 a.m., not 7 a.m. They then run to But for now those who would like the universal closing hour of 7 p.m. to vote in person will have to wait Those hours are specified in the until 9 a.m. The BCA could have city’s charter, but technically only changed the primary and general for Town Meeting Day. However, election hours to start at 7 a.m., Vergennes officials have always although it could not overrule the scheduled the same 10-hour voting charter on the March town meeting bloc for all city elections. voting hours. Despite some “A lot of people Devine said the BCA sentiment to add early have come right decided to wait out the hours that would allow city council’s charter in our office. residents to vote on update before tinkering the way to work, the They register with voting hours. BCA — which among right here. We “The BCA still has the other duties oversees hand them a authority to change the and helps administer ballot. They primary and the general elections, and consists vote on it. They election hours, and our of members of the city people would have to council, Vergennes leave it here. adjust,” Devine said, justices of the peace, and They’ve done it adding, “The decision City Clerk Joan Devine all at once, and was to leave the polling — decided to leave the they’re done.” hours alone to avoid hours as is, at least for — City Clerk confusing the voters now. Joan Devine until such time there is a In part, Devine said, charter change.” BCA members said the Devine lobbied the change could wait while the council BCA to wait because if the council looks at the charter because it is now favors a charter change to 7 a.m., so easy to vote before an election day. an updated charter could not have “A lot of the conversation included gained required approved from the how easy it is to vote absentee these Legislature before March voting. days,” she said. That would have meant two elections Vermont has lifted restrictions with 7 a.m. starts followed by a 9 against absentee voting, Devine said, a.m. start. making that a simple option for any “I told them if you change them voter who has a scheduling conflict now you’ll have people going to on an election day or just doesn’t the primary in August and then the want to risk waiting in line. general in November at 7 a.m., and “The only way you could vote then when you come to March, absentee was when you were out because you don’t know that we’re of town or you were ill. Nowadays going get this through the Legislature you can vote absentee because it’s in time for March of next year, then convenient,” she said. your hours are going to be 9 o’clock, A visit or phone call to city hall is and then you’re going to have people all that it requires. angry,” she said. “They can call us and say please Regardless of the outcome of the mail me an absentee ballot,” Devine election hour discussion, the charter said. “We’ll put it in the mail that is in need of housekeeping, city day.” officials said. They cited such things Unregistered voters do have to as its citation of the voting age at show up in person. 21, not 18, and its inclusion of out“People can apply on the spot of-date powers for grand jurors. if they aren’t a registered voter,” Alderman Mark Koenig is working Devine said. “A lot of people have on a draft of an updated charter for come right in our office. They council review. register right here. We hand them a Meanwhile, a description of the ballot. They vote on it. They leave it BCA and its decision and of voting here. They’ve done it all at once, and in Vergennes is available at the front they’re done. Come right to city hall. page of city’s website, We’ll help you out.” And Devine said she and Assistant Those busy during business hours Clerk Melissa Wright are ready can log onto their computers in the to help voters cast ballots on the evening and ask for ballots. Addison Northwest School District “You can go to the ‘My Voter’ page budget or on what are uncontested at the secretary of state’s office, and city races. you can request an absentee ballot, “We’re here 8 to 4:30,” Devine and you can track it. You can go in said. “You’re welcome to start the next day and see if I mailed it,” voting.”

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Vt.’s female reps don’t have a voice in education policy? Vermont’s teachers feel picked upon by the decision makers in Montpelier and according to a Vermont NEA-commissioned study released last week, they think the reason is gender-based. Almost three-quarters of the teachers in Vermont are women and their fates are being determined by men who cannot empathize with their needs. The report, conducted by two Rutgers University researchers, is titled “Women’s Work? Voices of Vermont Educators.” It includes a paragraph that reads: “This predominantly female workforce feels they are undervalued and disrespected because they are female. If they were men in these jobs, the men making the decisions affecting them would treat them with more respect.” The takeaway is that Gov. Phil Scott and our legislators don’t understand their needs — because they are men. If women were the decision makers they would think differently about current policy proposals affecting our schools. That’s a jaw-dropping conclusion. In Vermont, women constitute 41 percent of the current Legislature. Only Colorado, at 42 percent, has a higher percentage. We’re almost double the national average and our Speaker of the House is a woman. No other state in New England comes close to our percentage. It makes you wonder whether the researchers really did their homework, or whether they were simply paid by the teachers union to fire an arrow across the bow, the intent being to create a gender issue where none exists. It’s an election year, after all. The survey was sent out to 11,525 educators but only 1,054 responded, which is not an overwhelming response to a survey that was obviously in their best interests. Still, what was the intent? To infer that the only reason the cost of education is an issue is because it’s a female-dominated profession and that gender issues are particularly relevant in our current political climate? Not only is that wrong, it demeans the process. Women make up almost half our Legislature, and we have a woman, Rebecca Holcombe, who heads the Agency of Education. The union’s study is offensive to them at a basic level; not only does it ignore their existence but it assumes that despite their numbers their voices are not heard. Really? That’s the message they want to put forth? The Vermont NEA keeps making the same egregious mistake; instead of being part of a constructive dialogue that addresses the future of education in Vermont, the union tries to obfuscate the discussion by raising all sorts of side issues. This study, once again, makes the story about self-interest. And transparently so. It’s a poor strategy at all levels, but the union makes itself doubly vulnerable when it pretends that the Legislature is male-dominated when it’s not. It’s just offended every female legislator in the building — or 41 percent of the total. The union, and the dues assessed our teachers, paid for that level miscue? As we have argued repeatedly, the missing voice in the state’s debate over education policy is that of our teachers. No one knows the classroom better. No one knows the changing demands being placed on them better than they do. But when it comes to discussing these challenges, and those of our changing demographics, they fall silent. The only voice we hear is from the union’s leadership, and it’s focused solely on pay and benefits and maintaining the status quo. It’s so odd. A teacher takes participation into account when grading a student’s performance, yet, as a profession they don’t participate in the discussion about how Vermont should educate its children. The result is a lopsided conversation, one that is deprived of its most articulate defenders, our teachers. The educational landscape in Vermont is changing, and it will continue to change. Few discussions are more important, and few have greater implications to the state’s future. Teachers need to find a way to the table. They can’t allow themselves to be characterized as a group motivated solely by self-interest, and they can’t allow themselves to be political pawns of misguided efforts such as last week’s claim that they are being oppressed by a male-dominated Legislature. If accuracy carries any weight with this group, the Rutgers researchers report card would show a failing grade. That’s not the conversation that needs to be happening. — Emerson Lynn, St. Albans Messenger


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Store worker was very generous On the evening of Dec. 30, I gave birth to a baby girl at Porter Medical Center. By the time my husband and I were settled in for the night following our daughter’s birth, it was too late to order food at the hospital or anywhere in town. My husband drove to Hannaford in the few minutes before the store closed, grabbed some snacks, and went to check out, only to realize that in his state of euphoric distraction, he’d forgotten to bring his wallet. He explained our unique situation and asked the cashier if it would be possible to keep the store open long enough for him to run back to the hospital to grab his wallet. The cashier said no, it was closing time, but then took out his own wallet and graciously paid for our food. Two days later, when my husband stopped in at the grocery store on our way home from the hospital and tried to pay this man back, he politely refused to accept the money. We named our daughter Grace, after her great grandmother, although it struck us as a wonderful coincidence — how this simple yet extraordinary act of kindness epitomizes one of the many definitions of grace. Though it is far too easy to forget these days, good will and compassion fill our world. Grace is all around us. Hilary Poremski-Beitzel Florence

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HANNAH LOGAN REHEARSES a scene from the musical “Daddy Long Legs” at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury Tuesday night. Logan’s co-star, Elliot Franklin, can be seen in the background. The show opens Feb. 21. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

Flag, mural are reminders of justice Valentine’s Day falls smack in the middle Black History Month, and the state of Vermont started things off right with a historic raising of the Black Lives Matter flag at Montpelier High School. Although the student body of Montpelier High is only five percent Black, the school board voted unanimously to support the student-led Racial Justice Alliance in their efforts to increase racial awareness at the mostly white school. Many of my Facebook friends have been posting videos of the history-making flag ceremony. It features students, teachers, administrators, and community members of all races and ages talking about why this is a perfect way to celebrate Black History Month. Ebony Nyoni, director of Black Lives Matter Vermont, said she was proud of the students “…for taking the initiative to do this in their school, for being bold, for making their voices By Joanna heard.” Colwell Thirty-nine miles northwest of Montpelier, the city of Burlington is also engaged in a public debate about race. The “Everybody Loves a Parade” mural was installed in 2012 to commemorate 30 years of the Church Street Marketplace and the 2009 quadricentennial of explorer Samuel de Champlain’s arrival at the lake that now bears his name. The problem with the mural is that the people it depicts as being central figures in Vermont’s history and present-day life are almost entirely white. Critics of the mural, which include Burlington City Council member Ali Dieng, say that public art that is meant to highlight the history of Vermont’s largest city should celebrate the shared humanity ALL the people who have contributed so much to Burlington.

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Community Racial Justice organizer and Burlington native Vicki Garrison, says the mural effectively erases people of color from Vermont’s history. “The mural upholds and perpetuates European racism by endorsing the historic lies of colonization and misrepresenting and under-representing contributions of people of color and other marginalized groups. As such, the mural is highly problematic and fails to uphold Vermont values of being “liberal” and “progressive.” Abenaki Chief Don Stevens, says “We are a sovereign nation. We are not victims. We are survivors. The mural is problematic because it does not represent Abenaki people. We will speak for ourselves. We want to promote our culture in a positive manner.” Gentle Reader, how do you feel about the removal of the mural? The hoisting of the Black Lives Matter flag? You may have some kind of reaction, and that reaction may have something to do with your race, your culture, your background. Many white folks have a defensive reaction to the phrase “Black Lives Matter.” They will say things like “All Lives Matter.” But then they are strangely silent when Black lives are treated so poorly. The All Lives Matter crowd is nowhere to be found when there is a gruesome incident of police brutality, or when a family is separated by a deportation. “All Lives Matter” is a silencing technique, which can generally be deciphered to mean, “Stop speaking up for your human rights,” or “Know your place.” This discomfort with conversations about race has a name, “White Fragility.” It’s the tendency of white people (See Ways of Seeing, Page 5A)

Recliner wars: Comfort trumps style Last November, Mark and I bought new living room looked more like a traditional armchair and less like a furniture. The purchase reignited a longstanding marital pillow fort. We settled on a model that was neither as dispute. attractive as I was hoping for nor as cozy as he would About his recliner. have liked (marriage experts call this “compromise”). Here’s the thing: Mark is a contractor. He works When the new furniture arrived, I had the delivery hard, sometimes six or seven days a week, frequently men take the old recliner away with them — with a tarp outside, and often in extreme weather. After a long day of over it. I couldn’t let the neighbors know we had been physical labor, he likes to spend the evening relaxing in harboring a chair that would have raised eyebrows even his recliner. (For “relaxing,” read “falling asleep within at the transfer station. five minutes of putting his feet up.”) Only there was a problem. While the new recliner But I — and I know this is a controversial issue — looked OK, it had a design flaw: It worked fine for me don’t like recliners. when I tried it, but when Mark leaned back fully, the I especially grew to hate his old one, chair popped him back to upright. a beast we bought over a decade ago, The only way he could stay reclined as it succumbed to time and grime and was to hold his body in a rigid reverse overuse. Eventually, it became too plank until his abs or his grip on the disgusting to even put out by the side armrests gave out. of the road with a free sign on it. To please me, he tried for several Recliners can be great. They make days to get used to the chair. He’d sit sense in a man cave (or a “she shed,” down, press himself back, then grit which is now, apparently, a thing) or his teeth and tremble as he fought By Jessie Raymond to maintain a reclined position. in the TV room. But we live in the kind of home where the formal living Eventually he’d grow drowsy, drift room and the TV room (and the craft off to sleep and unclench. Suddenly room and the workout room) are all the same room. — with a “boing!” — the back would snap up and launch To my eye, a recliner just doesn’t fit with the vaguely- him, now wide awake, several feet across the living room. farmhouse-casual living room style I’m going for. But Failing to appreciate the sheer entertainment value it Mark doesn’t care. He thinks, for some reason, that he held for me, Mark insisted that we exchange the chair. deserves to be comfortable when he’s lounging. To be fair, I couldn’t expect him to settle for a recliner I knew when we started shopping for furniture that he that only worked when he held a 35-pound weight on his wouldn’t settle for just a tasteful, understated sofa and chest. So, against my better judgment, I let him choose loveseat. No, he demanded that we get a new recliner, the replacement. too — one that, unlike his old one, still had both arms Naturally, he went for the biggest, comfiest, most securely attached to the frame. recliner-looking recliner in the showroom. I consented but asked that he choose something that (See Raymond, Page 5A)

Around the bend

Fair Repair Act deserves support

The Vermont Fair Repair Act is something I believe that most of us can get behind since it would allow us to get our equipment repaired or to repair it ourselves for a reasonable rate not beholden to the manufacturer’s monopolizing of repair. And we all know that monopolizing drives prices up and limits innovations since there is no competition. But this is the sticking point for big corporations who want to have all the control over what you and I have bought from them. They contend that since there is software in the machine that the machine still belongs to them and that the money we spent to purchase the machine does not mean we own it. Really! Even after the warranty is over they don’t want us to use aftermarket parts or to tinker with it on our own or to hack the software to get it to work. We have to go crawling back to them to fix it at a premium or to be told that the parts are no longer available and we have to buy another machine. Imagine how much waste there is in this! This law would let us do what we would do anyway but without a major corporation taking us to court and taking the farm. This law would help us get ’er up and runnin’ again without a worry using our Yankee know-how. The Fair Repair Act is aimed against planned obsolescence, reducing e-waste, and giving consumers and repair professionals more freedom to repair their consumer electronics. As someone who frequently has to deal with repairs, I support it. Michael Doran Vergennes

Coffee shop has loyal following

First I want to thank John Melanson for his tireless efforts to establish and maintain Carol’s Hungry Mind Café for all these years. You are carrying out the youthful dream of someone you only knew for a couple years. I cannot tell you how much it means to me that you have stuck with this business through so many trials and tribulations. You have done this while knowing such businesses have a high failure rate. I have cherished all the years you have maintained Carol’s dream and will continue to cherish every day it remains open. Hopefully this will be the case well into the future. Next I want to thank Mr. Gregory Dennis for his passionate and very well stated column in the January 18th Independent. I do not know if you ever met Carol, but you sure know her story and passion for the Hungry Mind. It is clear that you care very much for the Café. Lastly I want to thank the (See Letter, Page 5A)

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Education funding change eyed For the first time in 20 years the income tax. Legislature is considering changing 2. Currently, one-third of the the public education funding formu- sales, purchase and use taxes go to la. Our current system (Act 60/68) education. We plan on dedicating has grown more complex, and as 100 percent of these consumption a result, is not understood by most taxes to education. In addition, conVermonters. Household income, sideration is being given to using income sensitivity, circuit breakers, one-quarter of the rooms and meals excess spending, income yields, tax for education. look-back provisions, 3. As a result of the per-pupil spending and money received from the more are all part of toincome taxes, the homeday’s education funding stead property tax will calculation. The sense be reduced (the property is Vermonters have lost tax on your residence and faith in the funding contiguous land). Our goal formula. Combine this is a 30 percent to 40 perwith a possible five to cent reduction in the eduseven percent increase cation portion of residents’ in property taxes this property tax. year, an election year, 4. The non-homeand the stars are aligned stead property tax, which for change. applies to all property by Rep. Fred Baser, other than residences, will The House Ways and R-Bristol Means Committee, of continue unaltered. which I am a member, 5. Finally, many is taking up the challenge of revis- miscellaneous dollars, like lottery ing our funding formula. As of this proceeds and some Medicaid dolwriting, we are still ironing out the lars, will round out the money flow details, but basic principles are in to the education fund. place. The following is the structure Some legislators would like to of the proposed new funding formu- add cost containment to the new forla: mula. One idea, which has traction, 1. An education income tax will is to set a per-pupil spending threshbe created. The rates will be pro- old that, if exceeded by a school gressive just like the state and fed- district, will have those costs borne eral schedules. This will replace significantly by that district’s homethe current income sensitivity cal- stead property owners. There is also culation. We plan on raising about discussion about putting limitations $160 million, or one-10th of our on what portion of the formula will Education Fund budget through this be raised by income taxes. Gov.

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Scott has provided my committee and the Education Committee a list of other cost containment strategies. Building cost containment into the new formula makes sense. Postponing action will only make it harder and more complex in the future. Our committee is fully engaged in trying to create an education funding formula that is fair with greater transparency. There are several issues surrounding the proposed new formula that hold some concern. • In lowering Homestead property taxes are we creating a greater capacity for municipal and educational spending? • There is also a concern that by making the effective income tax rate closer to 10.8 percent on our highest income earners (it is currently 8.95 percent), we run the risk that those paying the most will take actions that may have a negative effect on state income. • How will variations in our income tax revenue impact the rest of the formula? • We recognize that federal income tax reform is creating uncertainty. • School districts are coping with Act 46, the law that manages school governance consolidation. It is likely the House will take action on this bill by Town Meeting. We don’t have any indication of how the Senate is viewing these changes. This is likely to be one of the last bills to be voted on during this session.

Letter (Continued from Page 4A) Independent and community at large for all the support they have given Carol’s Hungry Mind over the years. Both at the original site in Middlebury and at the new site in New Haven and as John attempts to continue into the future. I enjoy seeing friends from all different periods of Carol’s life mingling with people from all over the community who may or may not know her story. Why am I so invested in the Café’s continued success you may ask? I am Carol Ross’ first-born son, and watched the early stages of her growing dream. I was not living in Middlebury when the physical manifestation of the Hungry Mind Café was happening. I was however around when my mom and John

were in the dreaming stage (where they envisioned possibly having a second location north or south of Middlebury.) I was there when they were working on their business plan, and heard a lot about their search for the right location. When I was living out of state and starting married life, I spoke with my mom on the phone at least every other week, and got regular updates on the preparations for opening the Café. Carol passed away three months after I got married and over a year before my first child was born. My father passed away six years before my mother. The only way my three daughters are going to know my parents is through what I can tell and show them. The Hungry Mind Café is a great example of my mother’s legacy to show them.

My youngest only just turned five and would remember very little of Carol’s if it were to close tomorrow. I do have other ways of sharing my mom’s memory. However, it is very pleasant to have a physical remembrance of her show my children. Mine is primarily an emotional vested interest, but I also take great pleasure in seeing what a hub it has become for downtown Middlebury. From college students, to tourists and other visitors, to those friends of Carol and John who just want to see the dream continue. I cannot help but feel that Carols filled a void that was left when Calvi’s closed in the late 1990’s. Two different eras meeting a similar goal. Ian Ross Cornwall

Ways of Seeing (Continued from Page 4A) to push back against the stress we feel when our ideas about ourselves are challenged. Dr. Robin DiAngelo, who coined the term, explains that the systemic and institutional control (the fact that almost all institutions are run by white people) insulates white people from race-based stress. We certainly experience other forms of stress, but we do not get hurt BECAUSE we are white. When our ideas about ourselves are challenged, for example by people of color telling their stories without protecting white feelings, we often lash out. I see this daily in the online behavior of white people who are deeply uncomfortable with the racial reckoning happening in 2018. So what can we do to be less frag-

Raymond (Continued from Page 4A) “Really?” I said. “Look in any decorating magazine. You will never, ever see a recliner like that in a magazine living room.” “Maybe so,” he said. “But you will also never see the wife’s coffee mug on the end table, or her free weights stacked behind the couch, or her knitting permanently piled on the coffee table.” “Shut up,” I explained. Due to complications with the order, the new recliner arrived just last week. It looks like a pile of giant marshmallows (but is, as you might expect, dreamy to lie in). Mark is in heaven. Every time I look over at the new monstrosity hogging up a significant chunk of the living room, I seethe, knowing that it’s just one more reason (among many, to be honest) that my living room will never look like the ones in the magazines. Then I see Mark lying there among the overstuffed cushions. Part of me resents him for choosing an ugly recliner against my wishes. But I can’t stay mad. He looks so precious when he’s sleeping.

ile, and more resilient? We can start by recognizing that racism affects all of us, like pollution. If you live near an oil refinery you are breathing in toxic chemicals. Those poisons are going to affect your health. It’s not your fault that you breathed in something that surrounded you. White supremacy is a lot like those poisons in the air. We didn’t make a conscious choice to ingest this substance, but it is all around us. This might be a good time to point out that actual oil refineries are far likelier to be placed in communities of color. Environmental racism is a real thing. So while Black people in America live with the generational trauma of slavery, Jim Crow, mass incarceration, and unequal access to housing,

healthcare, education, and good food, many white people are still unwilling to even listen. Let’s follow the example of Montpelier’s school board. Let’s make ourselves vulnerable by listening to the people of color. Let’s make ourselves strong by placing ourselves firmly on the side of justice. Joanna Colwell is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher who founded and directs Otter Creek Yoga, in Middlebury’s Marble Works, and 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@

Creating equality

Editor’s note: This is the fourth We can label this “natural equality,” arise, counteracting the original in a series of essays about political which exists alongside a “natural endeavor and unmaking its product. inequality,” for individual members Every social improvement is a seed liberalism and conservatism. When I finished the previous essay, of any animal species differ in size, bed for some deviant antisocial I realized that I was not finished swiftness, virility, ingenuity, and scheme. One need but consider the many other ways. Now, ill effects of the internet: hacking, with Rousseau or “The Rousseau contends “so identity theft, bullying, and other Social Contract.” This far from destroying antisocial practices that contradict the goes without saying; one natural equality, the professed purpose of the enterprise. can never be finished social contract replaces The social media has become with a work of genius, it with a moral and the incubator of every anti-social which this surely is. My legal equality which sentiment. purpose is more modest. compensates for all But, to return to the idea of In the previous essay, those natural inequalities equality as Rousseau describes it, the question was how from which men suffer. it is a noble idea. It is the very idea to preserve individual However unequal they of equality before the law, which liberty in society. There may be in physical makes no distinction, a notion of pure remain to be considered strength or intellectual impartiality, symbolized in the image the great themes of gifts, they become of the Lady Justice, blindfolded, with equality and public equal in the eyes of the sword in one hand and a scale in the morality, about which Liberalism vs law.” Nature provides other. Lady Justice is the symbol of Rousseau has important Conservatism no such protection for legal equality. things to say. the individual. It is There remains the idea of moral But first, we should An essay by achievable only by social equality. For Rousseau, morality, like consider the man Victor Nuovo means, by law, enacted language and music are rooted in the himself, Jean-Jacques Middlebury College by a legislative body and passions. Our individual sense of self Rousseau. He was upheld by an executive. is rooted in the deepest of feeling: professor emeritus Swiss, born in Geneva How does this idea of freedom, self interest, and pride. in 1712. His family of philosophy social equality relate to Surely, self-interest is a passion, so is was among French Rousseau’s other claim pride, or a sense of self-importance. Protestants who found refuge in that city during the 16th that civilization causes inequality? These sentiments are transfigured in a Century, and he took pride in He would respond, I think, by civil society, or as Rousseau’s prefers calling himself a citizen of Geneva. observing that the inconsistency and to call it, the City, a corporate person, Rousseau was home schooled and paradox represents neither an error in which “each of us puts his person self educated. He was a voracious in his thinking, nor a fault of his and all his power under the supreme reader with a splendid memory, as making, but of human reality. Unlike direction of the general will” and by his writings show, for they are filled other social thinkers, Rousseau does doing so jointly, as one body, or one with references and allusions to a not fantasize about a golden age of person, together receive each other, vast body of literature. He made social existence, nor does he suppose, each individual, “as an indivisible his living by copying music. In the as did Locke, that we are by nature part of the whole.” The outcome of process, he became deeply engrossed disposed and outfitted for a life in this incorporation is a great person: whose consciousness in the theory of music. He developed civil society. For him, and conscience a system of musical notation, which creating social justice, How does this encompasses deep is simpler than the one now in use. and, in particular, idea of social feelings of corporate He also published a dictionary of social equality, is freedom and music, which is still a mine of useful not a simple activity equality relate corporate pride. information. His “Essay on the Origin like fitting clay into a to Rousseau’s Some interpreters of Languages” connects language mold; it is more like other claim of Rousseau worry and music. Language, he wrote, is training a wild horse; that his notion of in its origin or essence lyrical and the result is something that civilization the social contract melodic, it is primarily an expression altogether new, and causes contains the seeds of of passion. In this respect, it has been yet filled with the inequality? He totalitarianism and commented that Rousseau anticipated energy of the creature would respond, nationalism, which is Romanticism; his influence is and its creator. The not an unreasonable discernible in Friedrich Nietzsche’s animal and its trainer I think, by worry, even if it isn’t “The Birth of Tragedy from the Spirit become inseparable; observing that of Music,” a classic of the Romantic each requires the other. the inconsistency what he intended or even less advocated. movement. He was highly regarded But this imperfectly and paradox His view of history as a playwright and a novelist. One describes the effort. is tragic and although of his novels, “Julie, or the New He sees the process represents tragedy does involve Heloise,” an early feminist novel, was of civilization as a neither an error the mistaken use a record best seller. Another, “Emile,” constant struggle of in his thinking, or abuse of power included a theory of education, which humanity with itself, and great suffering, has been deservedly praised and is one in which it is nor a fault of his its action is always still fresh. He was also noted for repeatedly engaged in making, but of noble. The cruel his autobiographical writings: “The creating and training human reality. instances of Confessions,” reputed to be the first itself. This is the totalitarianism and modern autobiography, to which he meaning of history. In this respect, Rousseau was no ultra-nationalism that plagued the added two sequels. They read like novels, full of charm and paranoia and liberal. If history has any meaning, it last century and are reviving even deep insight into human motivation must be tragic. He did not believe that now are devoid of all nobility. But and the workings of the human mind, human nature was perfectible, for at this observation does not put the most of all his own. He corresponded every stage of the process towards matter at rest. There is more to be with the great personages of the perfection, new imperfections will said about this. age, and many of his letters are long essays on important philosophical issues. One could spend a lifetime reading Rousseau and never waste a minute, and never suffer a moment’s boredom. The Addison Independent encourages readers to write letters to the editor. We believe In “The Social Contract,” Rousseau a newspaper should be a community forum for people to debate issues of the day argues that human equality is less Because we believe that accountability makes for responsible debate, we will print a natural birthright than a social signed letters only. Be sure to include an address and telephone number, too, so we can product. This seems inconsistent with call to clear up any questions. his claim in his “Discourse on the If you have something to say, send it to: Letters to the Editor, Addison Independent, 58 Origin of Inequality” that civilization Maple St., Middlebury, VT 05753. Or email to is the cause of inequalities. I will comment on this shortly. In any case, Rousseau allows that in a natural state, human beings are all equal only in the sense that we may regard any member of an animal species as equal to all others, a notion expressed in the statement, “If you’ve seen one squirrel, you’ve seem them all.”

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Alice Bodette, 84, West Addison WEST ADDISON — Alice (Tucker) Bodette, 84, passed away on Feb. 8, 2018, after a short illness. She was born on Nov. 28, 1933, in Burlington. She was the daughter of Joseph and Mildred MacIntyre Tucker. Alice grew up on School Street in Vergennes with her mother and her sister Audrey, having lost her father when she was young. She graduated from Vergennes High School and then went to work for Simmonds Precision. She married Raymond “Bud” Bodette, Jr. in 1954 and moved with him to Georgia while he was in the Army. She returned to Vergennes to live with her mother while Bud served in Korea and gave birth to her first son while he was away. When he returned, they moved to Bud’s family farm in West Addison and raised six sons while farming. She was of short stature and quick wit, which was useful while raising her sons and the trouble they got into. She learned to drive along with her oldest son. She served as a lister for the town of Addison. She was loved

by her grandchildren and a new generation of great-grandchildren, all of who called her grandma. She loved to read, to drink tea with her granddaughters, and to garden and to throw picnics at Lake Champlain with her family and her many close friends. She enjoyed traveling with her sister-in-law and giggling in the backseat. Alice is survived by her four sons: Raymond and Susan Bodette; Joseph and Cindy Bodette; Tom Bodette; and Greg and partner Kim Farrar; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; daughter-in-law Charlene Bodette; and sisters-in-law Rosanna Dufrense and Lucille Wright. Her family is grateful to her close friends Geoff and Susan Nelson and Peg Reed. She was predeceased by Bud, her husband of 62 years, in 2016, and two of her sons, David in 2016 and Dan in 1981, and many close friends. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Vergennes. Interment will be at Lake

She especially took delight in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed snowmobiling, camping, and long rides with her husband. Janet was also very active with her church. Janet is survived by husband James of Middlebury; her children James Holden Jr. and his wife Martha of Canandaigua, N.Y.; Judith Stewart and her husband Ronald of Charlestown, N.H.; and Joanne Holden and her husband Carl Boss of Bristol; her grandchildren Christopher and Michael Stewart, Nathan Holden and Kelsey Boss; and two great grandchildren, Tyler Stewart and Oakley Holden. She was predeceased by her grandson Jay D’Avignon. There will be no calling hours. A service to celebrate Janet’s life will be held at a later date at the Middlebury United Methodist Church in Middlebury. Burial will be at a later date in Evergreen Cemetery in Pittsford. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions in Janet’s name be made to Middlebury United Methodist Church, 47 Pleasant Street, Middlebury, VT

Barbara Kresse of New Hampshire; her uncle Dick Sands of Nova Scotia, Canada; her nieces Jennifer Murray and Heidi Freihofer; and numerous cousins. She was predeceased by her parents and by her son Christopher Ryan in 1982. A celebration of her life will be held on Monday Feb. 19, at the Middlebury American Legion from 4-7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society at 236 Boardman Street, Middlebury, VT 05753. Online condolences at◊

ALICE (TUCKER) BODETTE View Cemetery in West Addison in the spring. To send online condolences to her family visit◊

BRIDPORT — Marian S. (Sue) Walker, 68, known to family and friends as “Sue,” lost her battle with cancer on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. She was born Aug. 16, 1949, to Michael and Dorothy Eskra. She obtained her education in Brattleboro, Vt., graduating from Brattleboro Union High School class of 1967 then attending Castleton State College. She married James Walker on Dec. 21, 1974. Throughout her life she worked in the public capacity beginning with the Brandon Training School, driving a school bus for the Addison Central School and mentoring students for employment opportunities at Northlands Job Corp Center. Marian is survived by her husband James Walker, her son William

Walker and wife Breaya, daughter Judith Walker, and grandchildren Jordyn, Alex, Kayden and Brealynn. She was predeceased by her parents Michael and Dorothy, sisters Sally Eskra and Sandy Laframboise, brother, Michael Eskra, and nephew Robin Laframboise. The family would like to say thank you to Addison County Home Health & Hospice and special family friend Susan Massed for all their help and compassion during this difficult time. A Graveside service will be held in the spring. Memorial donations may be made to Addison County Home Health, 254 Ethan Allen Hwy., New Haven, VT 05472. Online condolences can be posted at◊

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BRADENTON BEACH, Fla. — Dr. Ann Nevin, 80, left this world while surrounded by family, music and love. She was an empowered pioneer long before Sheryl Sandberg wrote her book advising women to lean in. She married in school, raising a growing family in an era when mothering while matriculated was sternly frowned upon. Ann completed her undergraduate degree Magna Cum Laude in Mathematics and German. Moving to Shoreham, VT, Ann saw her brood of four through elementary school as a stay-at-home mom and then went back to school herself, earning M.Ed. (Special Education), Ed.S. (Educational Administration), and ultimately a Ph.D. (Educational Psychology). Ann was a leader in the development of effective methods and tools for mainstreaming children with special needs in ordinary classrooms, as required by 1975’s Public Law 94-142. Ann touched lives around the world during her distinguished career as professor at the University of Vermont and Arizona State University. After retiring from ASU, she continued her work at California State University, San Marcos, Chapman University and Florida International University. In retirement, Ann also provided continuous support of the Migunani Foundation in Solo, Indonesia helping make it possible for children in the neighborhood to learn English,

to dance, to cook, and access books from a small library. Ann used her gifts of intellect, communication and compassion to advise and coach scores of folks to secure their own degrees and develop mastery in improved educational practices. She delighted in seeing her students thrive and launch their careers, knowing that lives would be changed as they in turn taught in the classroom. In Ann’s eyes, everyone has a gift worthy of being developed. Ann’s special gifts left every person she touched with the firm conviction that she cared deeply and personally about them, proving that love truly is limitless. We all felt like we were the most special people in her life and in her heart. She believed in living life to its fullest, making frequent trips around the country and the world to continue her work and to visit her friends, her beloved children and their families. She also enjoyed reading voraciously, completing countless crossword puzzles, going for walks on the beach, and simply enjoying nature. At Ann’s passing we prayed together, sang together, played her favorite music, touched and cried, laughed and bonded. Mom was lucid and with us right to the very end. She is smiling from Heaven now — set free from Parkinson’s. Ann is survived by her husband Rolf, siblings Nancy, Georgia, John, and Dorothy; children David (Annie), Jonathan (Min), Ruth (Will) and Rosemarie (Bill); grandchildren Nicole (Marcos), Travis, Jme (Tim),

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Janet Holden, 84, Middlebury MIDDLEBURY — Janet Mary Carr Holden, 84, of Middlebury, died at The Residence at Otter Creek on Feb. 12, 2018 in the presence of her family after a brief illness. Janet was born in Williamsville, Vt., on Nov. 14, 1933, the daughter of Paul and Lydia (Harrington) Carr. She spent her childhood years in Williamsville, and in 1946 she moved to Putney, Vt. Janet graduated from Brattleboro High School in 1951. Following high school she attended Castleton State College where she met the love of her life. On June 12, 1954, she married James Holden of Pittsford, Vt. During her life she dedicated her time to raising her children and was employed at various businesses, including VT Gas Company in Bennington, Crockett Cards in Pittsford, Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont, N.H., and Agway of Middlebury from where she retired. In 1996 Janet started volunteering at the Porter Medical Center in Middlebury where she gave them 20 years of service with 3,000 hours of volunteer time. Family meant the most to Janet and her life was dedicated to her family.

MIDDLEBURY — Pamela J. Sands, 54, died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, at her residence in Middlebury after a brief illness. She was born March 27, 1963, in Germany, the daughter of Thomas Francis Sands Sr. and Angela Bonita (Vieland) Sands. Pamela was employed at Middlebury College for over 34 years in the mail center. She loved the beach, boating, reading a good book and spending time in the sun. She is survived by her sisters Patricia Murray and husband Mark of Middlebury; Johanna Freihofer and husband Ed of Satellite Beach, Fla.; her significant other Michael Ryan; her aunt

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What happens when Bristol skiing melts away

For Winter Olympian Jessie that in the past week. As now happens Diggins, climate change is personal. so often, weather that in times past She’s one of the world’s best Nordic would be snow fell here as rain. Last Wednesday brought a welcome skiers and an American — a rare combination in a sport dominated by snowstorm, and my friends and I reveled in the goods at Sugarbush and Europeans. But the snowy world that has Stowe. But by the weekend when I ventured dominated her life and sport is first to the Rikert Nordic Center and disappearing. “Over the past three years, most then Mad River Glen, the mercury venues have been exclusively on had risen into the 30s. The predicted new snowfall turned to manmade snow,” Diggins “immature snowflakes” told The New York Times. (i.e., rain). “In places like Davos, The rain-freeze cycle Switzerland, where they set up another run of normally have three feet of bulletproof conditions. snow, they’ve been snow Which were described farming and saving it for in online snow reports the next year because they as “firm,” “technical” don’t even count on getting — and most memorably snow anymore.” by Mad River Glen as a Snow farming in the good day to stay home Alps. Not just for next and have that second week or next month. For cup of coffee. next year. So what’s a ski area Diggins, who placed to do? sixth in the classic sprint Jiminy Peak in in the Winter Olympics, is northern Massachusetts a Minnesotan who grew the unprecedented up skiing. But that world by Gregory Dennis took step of installing a wind is changing as the climate turbine to generate warms and there is less clean energy. But that snow. She points out that last year’s was back in 2005 and virtually no American Birkebeiner, the nation’s other resort has followed suit. Sugarbush recently installed a row largest citizen cross-country ski race, of free chargers for electric vehicles. was cancelled due to lack of snow. The Times reports that as humanity One snowy day last week I had the continues to emit greenhouse gases pleasure of seeing my friend Rick and warm the planet, “popular ski arrive at the Bush and plug in his new resort towns in the United States Chevy Bolt. But eight charging stations are mere will lose huge portions of their ski seasons.” By century’s end, dots in a huge parking lot filled with the massive ski complex around gas-guzzling, carbon-polluting SUVs. Absent an end to more global California’s Lake Tahoe will have only eight days a year of below- warming, Vermont will be a big loser. Ski Vermont has said the ski freezing weather: “Ski season would industry pumps more than $700 be essentially dead.” Indeed, some of New England’s ski million a year into our state’s areas are already among the walking economy. We’re looking at a future where most of that money is likely dead. A study by Tourism Management to dry up and blow away in a warm concluded that with current warming wind. Don’t count on our do-nothing trends, by 2039 only half of the 103 active ski areas in the Northeast will governor to be part of the solution. Phil Scott adamantly opposes wind be economically viable. As put it, “In the ski power and carbon pricing, which business, there are no climate most experts say are essential parts of the solution. deniers.” As for Jessie Diggins — the Nordic But can’t ski areas always make snow? Not if temps don’t get near skier who’s made climate issues a freezing. And even then they have to personal crusade — she’s pushing for a carbon fee and dividend. That think about their carbon footprint. Snowmaking is energy-intensive. solution involves some version of Unless we switch to broad use of taxing fossil fuels to reduce carbon wind and solar energy, making snow pollution, then remitting part or all of will only exacerbate the warming that the revenue back to people. A coalition of Vermont businesses, comes from burning fossil fuels. This doesn’t even consider the environmentalists and low-income climate impacts from ski-trail advocates has proposed a version grooming performed by huge called the ESSEX Plan. If Vermont wants to continue machines running on diesel fuel. Grooming is a nightly activity at to have a ski industry — and if we ski resorts from November to April. Vermonters want to be able to go out Assuming the snow even lasts into and play in the snow — we would be wise to support a price on carbon. increasingly warm April. Gregory Dennis’s column appears Along with a lot of other skiers, I’ve personally seen the effects of here every other Thursday and climate change this winter. On a is archived on his blog at www. drive through the Sierra Nevada last Email: month, we saw snow pack that was Twitter: less than 25 percent of normal. Forty @greengregdennis. percent of California is now back in drought conditions caused partly by climate change. Vermont has also been among In Store Special! states that are the hardest hit by rising temperatures. We’ve experienced the effect of

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(Continued from Page 1A) stalling natural gas infrastructure hard to come by. delays any response to climate “Are we feeling the town out or change and will create a pipeline is this a done deal?” Chapin asked. that will need be scrapped in a few Selectboard Chair John “Peek- decades. er” Heffernan said the board was Copies of the nine-page draft in the process of “finalizing” an of a proposed Vermont Gas-Brisagreement. Pressed for clarifica- tol memorandum, dated Dec. 18, tion, he said, “We have not signed 2017, were available at the Monan agreement for them to put lines day’s meeting. in our right of way.” Vermont Gas Vice President of Heffernan remindCustomers and Comed the public that the munity Tom Murray, selectboard did sign “I spend an who gave a 35-mina letter of support for enormous ute presentation, said the project on Dec. amount of time his company sees this 18, 2012, when it was in the out of agreement as a kind first floated. of “rules of the road.” doors, and I “What was posed to “It’s about how love it. I can us in 2012 was, were we’re going to work we willing to support think of nothing with the town, to the idea of low-cost that I would make sure we build fuel coming to Bris- do to harm the in a way that’s consistol, and the answer environment, and tent with the town’s at that time was yes. I’m a hundred policies around things like road maintenance And I believe that the answer today is still percent confident and things like that.” Vermont Gas repreyes, as we support the that the product sentatives fielded sevidea of low-cost fuel we deliver eral questions about coming to Bristol to is a sound fracking, tree preserhelp our residents,” environmental vation, gas leaks and Heffernan said. “We product.” renewable energy. as a board felt that — Vermont Gas Murray, who has it was important to Vice President of lived in Vermont his give the choice of a Customers and entire life, insisted different fuel to our Community the company has an residents, if it was Tom Murray “outstanding safety available.” Vermont Gas said record” and that the the soonest they “company is founded could deliver their product in Bris- in Vermont values.” tol is sometime in 2019. “I spend an enormous amount of Monday’s community forum time in the out of doors, and I love followed the Dec. 4, 2017, select- it,” he said. “I can think of nothing board meeting where several Bris- that I would do to harm the envitol residents expressed concerns ronment, and I’m a hundred perabout whether the board was giv- cent confident that the product we ing enough opportunity for public deliver is a sound environmental input on any agreement between product.” The selectboard hasn’t set a date the town and Vermont Gas. The South Burlington compa- for when it will vote on a Vermont ny last spring finished its 43-mile Gas memorandum, but town offipipeline from Colchester to Mid- cials said it was likely to be on the dlebury and is also building a agenda for the Feb. 19 meeting. Heffernan said the project still spur to Vergennes. Vermont Gas has been signing up customers in has to go through the state’s Act Middlebury, including some big 250 land use certification process, commercial operations. But the and that would be a good venue for pipeline has been criticized for the citizens to raise concerns. “Our agreement with (Vermont way in which the company treated some landowners, for allegedly Gas) is just the manner in which not burying the pipeline as deep as they’re going to work in our right required and for doubling in price of ways,” he said. over the course of the five years it Selectboard member Michelle took to build it. Perlee added that selectboard Others have complained that in- email addresses are listed on the

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town website and that residents cerns about the project, they would should feel free to submit ques- have attended the meeting to make tions or concerns, though she cau- their concerns known. Monkton resident Sean Kimball tioned that individual board members could not speak for the board was filming the meeting for community access Northeast Addison as a whole. Television, known as NEAT TV, CITIZEN FEEDBACK Frustrations surfaced when some and has recorded other selectboard attendees questioned whether or meetings for the past two years. He not the selectboard had sought stepped out from behind the camenough input from the public, or era to share his thoughts. Bristol selectboard members made an effort to publicize its achave struggled to find ways of entivities. The town had posted notice of gaging with the public is a recurMonday’s meeting on its website ring topic, he said. “I still feel it’s word of mouth,” and through its direct email list. Meeting agendas also typically Kimball said. “And if you do go door to door and appear at Lawrence you get petitions up Memorial Library, “Our agreement and you actually get Shaw’s and outside people voicing their the town office en- with (Vermont opinions to you, you trance. Town Admin- Gas) is just the istrator Valerie Capels manner in which can bring those opinions to the selectand Perlee had each they’re going to posted separate no- work in our right board.” He invited people tices on Front Porch of ways.” to view past selectForum and a notice — Selectboard board meetings at appeared on FaceChair John NEAT TV website, book on Feb. 9. The “Peeker” Heffernan Addison Independent carried the agenda in “All that public its Feb. 12 edition. knowledge is there,” “We’re open to other sugges- he said. “They have not been hidtions,” Capels added. ing any of their decisions.” At Monday night’s meeting, Some residents were still frushowever, Jennifer Vyhnak said it trated. In a separate interview the morning after the meeting, Bristol wasn’t enough. “It’s not working about getting resident Sally Burrell, who has sigthe word out and getting input,” nificant concerns about the pipeline, said a “glitch” in the town she said. Jan Louise Ball of Addison ques- website over the previous several tioned whether the selectboard had weeks had prevented citizens from solicited enough input from Bristol obtaining materials related to the residents about such a large proj- upcoming meeting. In one last appeal to the board ect: “I really believe that the people should be the ones who get to to reconsider its commitment to speak for what they want in their the project, Chapin asked if Bristol was “courageous enough to go village.” Perlee replied, “Well then they against the grain,” even if Middlebury and Vergennes had given Vershould have showed up.” Others suggested that what was mont Gas the green light. In reply, Bristol resident Peter perceived by some as low attendance at the meeting was confir- Ryan, who said he is eager to take mation that most of the town was advantage of the lower fuel cost promised by natural gas, argued settled in favor of the agreement. Kevin Hansen, who was frus- that rejecting the pipeline wasn’t trated the selectboard had not yet going to save the environment, officially signed the agreement, anyway. He acknowledged that said the majority of the town was fracking and other environmental looking forward to natural gas, and issues were unfortunate, but added complained that the same objec- that “if we stop these folks from tions were raised “over and over.” coming to town it’s not going to Bill Sayre, a Bristol resident as make an ounce of difference.” well as a director at Vermont Gas, Christopher Ross is at chrissuggested that if a significant num- ber of people in the town had con-

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School Maker Faire in Middlebury. Thursday, Feb. 15, 4-7 p.m., Hannaford Career Center, 51 Charles Ave. A kick-off event in support of creating a maker space in Middlebury. Coinciding with the Career Center open house, this event will provide opportunity to showcase local makerism, create connections in the local maker web and gauge interest in having the resources of the Career Center available to the community after school. More info contact Hannaford Career Center open house in Middlebury. Thursday, Feb. 15, 4-7 p.m., Main Campus, 51 Charles Ave. and North Campus, 372 Mainelli Rd. Come see what programs the Hannaford Career Center has to offer, browse the Maker Faire, and enjoy refreshments, prizes and more. More info at 802-382-1012. “A Walk in their Shoes: Dementia Simulation” in Middlebury. Thursday, Feb. 15, 4-5 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. Allow Certified Dementia Practitioners to take you through an experience to better create a positive environment for those with dementia. We will guide you through the challenges of compromised vision, hearing and dexterity, which all affect cognition. Free, open to the public and accessible to those with disabilities. RSVP to Pat Ryan at 802-388-1220, or “Jewels of Ecuador” lecture in Middlebury. Thursday, Feb. 15, 7-8 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Otter Creek Audubon’s Cabin Fever lecture series welcomes Hank Kaestner and his brother, Peter, who will review highlights of a birdviewing trip to Ecuador taken last April, where they saw almost 400 species of birds, including 45 different hummingbirds. Free.




Rite of passage

IN “AMERICAN HONEY,” on screen in Middlebury on Saturday, Feb. 17, 3 and 8 p.m., at Middlebury College’s Dana auditorium, teenager Star attempts to escape her troubled home by joining a crew of traveling salespeople and gets caught in a whirlwind of law-breaking, partying and love.




All-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast in Addison. Sunday, Feb. 18, 7-11 a.m., Addison Fire Station, junction Routes 17 & 22A. To benefit of the Addison Volunteer Fire Department. Menu includes plain and blueberry pancakes, sausage, bacon, home fries, coffee, hot chocolate, and orange juice. Tickets $6 adults/$4 kids under 12. Funds will be used to purchase equipment. More info call 802-759-2237. Green Mountain Club Young Adventurers Silver Lake hike in Goshen. Sunday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m. The Young Adventurers Club is geared towards adventurers 4-8 but all are welcomed. Outings are tailored to individual participants. More info contact YAC Leader Lauren Bierman at 802-349-

Feb. 20, 7-8:30 p.m., Mead Chapel. Join the and prepare music for its spring concerts in early May, as well as a special appearance with the Middlebury Wind Ensemble in mid-April. Open to all, high schoolers and adults, who love to sing. More info contact conductor Jeff Rehbach at or 802-989-7355. Championship Round: Spencer Prize in Oratory in Middlebury. Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, 72 Porter Field Rd. In honor of the late professor emeritus and former trustee John Spencer, Oratory Now will hold its first annual speech competition for first-year students. January elimination rounds culminate in this face-off among the final five contestants. Free.

Josh and Rose Tabor: Old Hymns and Fiddle Tunes in Middlebury. Friday, Feb. 16, 3 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. Enjoy an afternoon of delightful and familiar music when Josh and Rose Tabor perform on guitar and fiddle. Free, open to the public and accessible to those with disabilities. RSVP to Pat Ryan at 802-388-1220, or Elinor Steele Tapestry opening reception in Middlebury. Friday, Feb. 16, 5-7 p.m., Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, 68 South Pleasant St. Vermont Age Well senior luncheon in designer/weaver Elinor Steele Middlebury. Wednesday, Feb. 21, 11 Friml will display examples a.m., Middlebury Recreational representing forty years of dediCenter, 154 Creek Rd. Live enterSWING DANCE, LEVEL II - Add to your swing portfolio! cation to the art of contemporary tainment and a noontime meal hand-woven tapestry. The exhibit Dance benefits brain & body while having a great time of roast pork, mashed potatoes, will include works from several to boot. Classes held at the Vergennes Opera House on gravy, broccoli salad, dinner roll, of her series, including abstract and birthday cake. Bring your Thursdays, Feb. 15-March 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Partners and impressionistic images, landown place setting. $5 suggested not necessary. $10 per class. Open dance for 1 hour after scapes, and geometric composidonation. Advanced reservations. More info at 802-382-9222 all classes. Open to the public! Call Jim Condon for more tions required. Call Michelle at or information at 802-475-2349 or email jscondon@mac. 802-377-1419. Open to anyone “Restoring The Balance: age 60 and up and their spouse com, also on Facebook under James Condon. Environmental Personhood of any age. and the Rights of Nature” in Green Mountain Club Taylor Middlebury. Friday Feb. 16, 6:30 Outdoor Adventure Series in Middlebury. 7498 or For p.m., Unity Hall, the Congregational Church of Wednesday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m., Champlain Valley more activities visit Middlebury, 30 North Pleasant St. Explore two Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Ct. This Champlain Valley Fiddlers in Middlebury. Sunday, potentially transformative concepts: the personyear’s Taylor Series Lecture will be “Walking the Feb 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., VFW, 530 Exchange St. hood of the natural world, and the development of Coast to Coast Path” by GMC members Deb Van Jam session from 11 a.m.-noon followed by music legal rights for nature. Explore how millennia-old Schaack & Nancy Custer Carroll. They will share and dancing. Refreshments available. All fiddlers beliefs of Native Americans could transform the images and stories of their fifteen-day, self-guided welcome. Come and enjoy the fun and dancing. consciousness of 21st century people and affect walk across northern England. Accessible parking $3 donation. environmental law and policy. Free and open to at Middlebury Union High School. For more activi“I Am Evidence” on screen in Middlebury. all. Light refreshments provided. More info contact ties visit Sunday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 Marc Lapin 802-443-3239, S. Pleasant St. The MNFF Winter Screening or Carolyn Schmidt 802-623-8075, cschmidt@ Series present this documentary directed by Trish Adlesic and produced by Mariska Hargitay. Watch The Grace Kelly Quartet in Middlebury. Friday, the trailers, read more about the films and buy Feb. 16, 8 p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Center Computer Fundamentals class in tickets at A series pass, coverfor the Arts, 72 Porter Field Rd. Experience saxoMiddlebury. Thursday, Feb. 22, 9:30ing admission to all six films, is available for $60. phonist, singer, and composer Kelly, who plays 11 a.m., Vermont Adult Learning - Addison Individual tickets to the films are $12. Also availwith the heart and passion of an old soul yet with County, 282 Boardman St. A free 1.5-hour interable on the THT website, at the THT box office or the genre-bending zest and energy of a 25-yearactive computer lab for people who already know day of show. old. Tickets $28 adults/$22 Middlebury College how to use the mouse, keyboard, and how to Community Chorus in Middlebury. Sunday, Feb. faculty, staff, emeriti, and alumni/$10 youth 18 navigate the desktop. Learn how to download and 18, 7-8:30 p.m., Mead Chapel. Join the chorus and under/$6 for Middlebury College students. manage computer files, use Google Docs and MS and prepare music for its spring concerts in early Available at 802-443-MIDD (6433) or middlebury. Word, and get an introduction to Excel. Available May, as well as a special appearance with the edu/arts/tickets. to all and can be taken as many times as needed. Middlebury Wind Ensemble in mid-April. Open to Limit six participants. Runs through March 29. all, high schoolers and adults, who love to sing. Age Well senior luncheon in Vergennes. Plan to attend at least one rehearsal weekly Thursday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Armory Lane on Sunday and/or Tuesday. More info contact Senior Housing, 50 Armory Ln. Doors open at conductor Jeff Rehbach at rehbach@middlebury. Green Mountain Club Mt. Philo hike 10 a.m. for bingo, tai chi, and coffee hour. SASH edu or 802-989-7355. in Charlotte. Saturday, Feb. 17. An Health Awareness. Program at 11:15 a.m. Meal easy/moderate two-mile hike with an elevaserved at noon. Enjoy BBQ pork over rice pilaf, tion gain of 636 feet and breathtaking views of the broccoli florets, wheat bread, and applesauce. Lake Champlain Valley and New York’s Adirondack Bring your own place setting. Free transportation Mountains. Participants must be prepared to walk Age Well senior luncheon in may be provided. Call ACTR at 802-388-1946. on ice with microspikes or snowshoes. For more Vergennes. Tuesday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m.-1 $5 suggested donation. Advanced reservations information contact Ralph Burt at rburt@gmavt. p.m., Armory Lane Senior Housing, 50 required. Call Michelle at 802-377-1419. Open to net or 802-355-4415 or Anne Christie at achrisArmory Ln. Doors open at 10 a.m. for bingo, anyone age 60 and up and their spouse of any or 802-989-9771. tai chi, visiting, and coffee hour. Meal served at age. Winter wildlife tracking workshop in Middlebury. noon, including beef steak, mashed potatoes, Lynnette Combs performs in Middlebury. Saturday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., meet at MALT peas and carrots, wheat bread, and apple cake. Thursday, Feb. 22, 12:15-12:45 p.m. St. office, 63 Maple Street, Suite 3B. Join MALT and Bring your own place setting. Free transportation Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 3 Main St. St. wildlife tracker Sophie Mazowita for a daylong may be provided. Call ACTR at 802-388-1946. Stephen’s 7th Annual noonday recital series presexploration of the winter woods through the eyes $5 suggested donation. Advanced reservations ents Combs, organist of Christ Church Montpelier, of deer, coyote, otter, fisher, foxes, and other required. Call Michelle at 802-377-1419. Open to who will perform “800 Years of Organ Music in 30 winter residents. We’ll examine tracks in the anyone age 60 and up and their spouse of any Minutes.” Free. snow, feeding and foraging sign, territorial markage. “Look and See” on screen in Ferrisburgh. ing, and more as we read the stories of our wild “The Far Traveler, Voyages of a Viking Woman” Thursday, Feb. 22, 7-8:30 p.m., Ferrisburgh neighbors. Cost: $35 MALT members; $45 nonpresentation in Middlebury. Tuesday, Feb. 20, Town Offices, 3279 Route 7. Join the Ferrisburgh members. More info at 3:30 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Conservation Commission and Shelburne Farms Indoor yard sale in Bristol. Saturday, Feb. 17, Lodge Rd. Join author Nancy Marie Brown for this for a cinematic portrait by filmmaker Laura Dunn 10 a.m.-3 p.m., American Legion Hall, 56 Airport lecture on Gudrid the Far-Traveler, sister-in-law of the changing landscapes and shifting values of Dr. Find treasures at bargain prices and help of the explorer Leif Eriksson, who tried to set up a rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, raise money for trade school scholarships and colony on the shores of the Gulf of St. Lawrence as seen through the mind’s eye of writer, farmer, equipment for area rescue squads. Everything around the year 1000. Free, open to the public and activist, Wendell Berry. More info at lookandfrom gently used tools to clothing and more. and accessible to those with disabilities. RSVP or Homemade soups, chowders and chilies. Theme to Pat Ryan at 802-388-1220, or pryan@residen“Cultivating an Arborist’s Eye - Understanding basket raffle. All proceeds benefit the Brendon P. and Caring for Trees” in New Haven. Thursday, Cousino Med 47 Foundation. “Immigration and DACA in an Age of Feb. 22, 7-8:15 p.m., New Haven Town Office, “American Honey” on screen in Middlebury. Uncertainty” in Middlebury. Tuesday, Feb. 20, North St. Join local arborist Adam Becker to Saturday, Feb. 17, 3 and 8 p.m., Dana auditorium, 4:30 p.m., Wilson Hall, Middlebury College. Three discuss all things, learn proper techniques to use Sunderland Language Center, 356 College St. In panelists; Viveka Ray-Mazumder, Manager of when choosing, planting, pruning and removing an attempt to escape her troubled home, Star, a Youth Organizing in Asian Americans Advancing trees of your own, and help plan future community teenage girl, joins a crew of traveling salespeople Justice; Susan Munoz, Assistant Professor, tree-related activities, including New Haven’s first and gets caught in a whirlwind of law-breaking, School of Education, Colorado State University; annual town-wide tree contest. partying, and love. Free. and Tom Wong, Associate Professor of Political King Pede card party in Ferrisburgh. Saturday, Science, UC San Diego, will discuss these timely Feb 17, 6:30 p.m., Ferrisburgh Town Hall and issues. Community Center, 3279 Route 7. The socializing The Dirt on Backyard Composting talk in Orwell. begins at 6:30 with a sandwich supper and then Age Well senior luncheon in Tuesday, Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m., Orwell Free Library, on to an evening of fun and card games. All are Middlebury. Friday, Feb. 23, 11:30 a.m., 473 Main St. A workshop from Addison County welcome. Rosie’s, 866 Route 7 South. Doors open at Solid Waste to cover the basics of backyard Paul Asbell in Middlebury. Saturday, Feb. 17, 8 11:30 a.m., meal served at noon. Tender pot roast composting, including information on why food p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, with veggies, applesauce, biscuit, beverage, and scraps should be diverted from the landfill, what 72 Porter Field Rd. National recording artist and gingerbread. Advanced reservations required. Call compost is, how to set up and manage a pile, affiliate artist Paul Asbell performs his unique Michelle at 802-377-1419. $5 suggested donation uses for finished compost, and troubleshooting blend of blues, jazz, and American roots music. does not include gratuity. Open to anyone age 60 tips. Free. Free. and up and their spouse of any age. Community Chorus in Middlebury. Tuesday,


















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Sue Halpern in Middlebury. Tuesday, Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m., Vermont Book Shop, 38 Main St. Sue Halpern will read from, discuss and sign her new novel, “Summer Hours at the Robbers Library,” a wry, observant look at contemporary life and its refugees.



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AUTHOR NANCY MARIE Brown will discuss Gudrid the Far-Traveler, sister-in-law of the explorer Leif Eriksson, who tried to set up a colony on the shores of the Gulf of St. Lawrence around the year 1000, in her lecture “The Far Traveler, Voyages of a Viking Woman” on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 3:30 p.m., at The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd.

“Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” on screen in Middlebury. Friday, Feb. 23, 3-5 p.m., Community Room. Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Middlebury Community Classic Film Club presents this timely Jimmy Stewart film. All are welcome. A discussion will follow the film. Lenten fish fry in Bristol. Friday, Feb. 23, 5-7 p.m., St. Ambrose Parish Hall, 11 School St. Come to the 18th annual season of Fish Fry meals sponsored by St. Ambrose Church. The all-you-can-eat meal includes fired or baked haddock, French fries, cole slaw, beverage and dessert. Tickets $12.50 adults/children 9 and under $6/immediate family of five $37. More info contact St. Ambrose at 802-453-2488. Table of Grace community meal in Vergennes. Friday, Feb. 23, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Vergennes Congregational Church, 30 S. Water St. Menu includes Lasagna, salad, bread and dessert. Free.




Green Mountain Club walk or snowshoe in Shelburne. Saturday, Feb. 24, Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Rd. Walk or snowshoe the Farm Trail, approx. 4.5 miles from the Welcome Center. Wear appropriate clothing; bring water, a snack and hiking poles if desired. Email or call Ruth Penfield for meeting time and place at 802-388-5407 or For more activities visit Winter bird presentation and field walk in Addison. Saturday, Feb. 24, 9-noon, Conference Room, Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area, 966 VT Rt. 17. Join VT Fish and Wildlife’s John Buck as he discusses the numerous avian residents who do not fly south for the winter, then take a walk to spot some. Bring binoculars if you have them and wear appropriate clothing and footwear for being outdoors in winter. Free. Limited to 25. More info contact Amy Alfieri at 802-759-2398. Ladies Union Rummage Sale in New Haven. Saturday, Feb. 24, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., New Haven Congregational Church, Town Hill Rd. Clothing and books only. More info contact Carol at 802-453-5059. Snowshoe/Hike in Starksboro. Saturday, Feb. 24, from 10 a.m.-noon, Common Ground Center, 473 Tatro Rd. Vermont Clean Water Network will host a morning of snowshoeing or hiking around the headwaters of Lewis Creek. Learn from a naturalist about special land and aquatic features in a winter landscape. Reflect on sacred interpretations of headwaters as they begin their journey to Lake Champlain. Snowshoes, fun activities, snacks and warm beverages provided. Winter Fest in Middlebury. Saturday, Feb. 24, noon-6 p.m., Middlebury Recreational Park and downtown restaurants. The Better Middlebury Partnership hosts this afternoon of all things winter — snow sculpture contest, entertainment, relay races, local food vendors, free skating, Fat bike demos, Hot cocoa and cookies, Bonfire and s’mores, and much more. Tickets $5, Children 5 and under free. “Force of Nature” ice-skating show in Middlebury. Saturday, Feb. 24, 5 p.m., Kenyon Arena, Rte. 30. Middlebury College Figure Skating Club’s annual Ice Show features skaters of all ages and abilities, including nationally competitive guest skaters, in a fun and music-filled event. Tickets $6 available at the door or in advance at the College box office. Concessions will be available. Kenyon Arena is fully accessible. Roast pork dinner in Brandon. Saturday, Feb. 24, 5-7 p.m., Fellowship Hall, Brandon Congregational Church, 1 Carver St. Come and enjoy Roast Pork with applesauce, mashed potatoes, gravy, roasted vegetables, green salad, home made rolls and pies and beverages. A free will offering will be taken.



Arena, Rte. 30 Middlebury College Figure Skating Club’s annual Ice Show features skaters of all ages and abilities, including nationally competitive guest skaters, in a fun and music-filled event. Sunday’s show will include the Catamount Blades, UVM’s competitive synchronized skating team. Tickets $6 available at the door or in advance at the College box office. Concessions will be available. Kenyon Arena is fully accessible. “Sex With Strangers” on stage in Middlebury. Sunday, Feb. 25, 4 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S Pleasant St. Middlebury Actors Workshop present the story of 20-something sex blogger Ethan and unsung 40-ish novelist Olivia and their complicated relationship. (Language warning).




Legislative breakfast in Vergennes. Monday, Feb. 26, 7-8:45 a.m., St. Peter’s Parish Hall, 85 S. Maple St. Meet with Addison County legislators and discuss issues important to Addison County. Purchase of breakfast not required to attend but helps our hosts to defray the cost of opening their hall. Sponsored by Bridport Grange 303 and the Addison County Farm Bureau. Age Well senior luncheon in Bristol. Monday, Feb. 26, 10:45 a.m., Cubbers, 8 Main St. Chef’s Choice — always delicious — includes beverage and dessert. $5 suggested donation does not include gratuity. Advanced reservations required. Call Michelle at 802-377-1419. Open to anyone age 60 and up and their spouse of any age. Storymatters in Middlebury. Monday, Feb. 26, 4 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Join this monthly storytelling gathering. This month’s theme is “Emotions of February.” Enjoy listening and sharing a story if the spirit moves you. And stay warm.




Age Well senior luncheon in Vergennes. – Tuesday, Feb. 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Armory Lane Senior Housing, 50 Armory Ln. Vergennes. Doors open at 10 a.m. for bingo, tai chi, and coffee hour. Meal served at noon. Turkey burger, mashed potatoes, gravy, baby carrots, wheat bread, pumpkin pudding. Bring your own place setting. Free transportation may be provided. Call ACTR at 802-388-1946. $5 suggested donation. Advanced reservations required. Call Michelle at 802-377-1419. Open to anyone age 60 and up and their spouse of any age. “Roots of Power: Plants and Social Organization in Five Tropical Societies” lecture in Middlebury. Tuesday, Feb. 27, 3 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. Middlebury College Anthropology and African Studies professor Michael Sheridan will discuss recent research on how farmers from Tanzania, Cameroon, Papua New Guinea, Tahiti, and St. Vincent use two particular plant species to demonstrate property rights, mark graves, and signify peace and order. Free, open to the public and accessible to those with disabilities. RSVP to Pat Ryan at 802-388-1220, or


Age Well senior luncheon in Shoreham. Wednesday, Feb. 28, 11 a.m., Halfway House, Route 22A. Soup, sandwich, coleslaw, dessert and beverage. Advanced reservations required. Call Michelle at 802-377-1419. $5 suggested donation does not include gratuity. Open to anyone age 60 and up and their spouse of any age. CCV info session in Middlebury. Wednesday, Feb. 28, 5-6 p.m., CCV Middlebury, 10 Merchants Row. At “Getting Started at Community College of Vermont (CCV)” learn about translating years of experience into college credit, admissions pathways to UVM, VTC, Castleton, and other Vermont colleges, Tuition-free opportunities for high school students and more. More info at 802-388-3032. Grief support group in Middlebury. Wednesday, Feb. 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Hospice Volunteer Services, Maple St., Marble Works. The first meeting of an eight-week group providing support in a compassionate environment. Free. More info and registration at 802-388-4111.




Age Well senior luncheon in Vergennes. Thursday, March 1, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Armory Lane Senior Housing, 50 Armory Ln. Doors open at 10 a.m. for bingo, tai chi, and coffee hour. Meal, served at noon, includes oven-fried chicken, red mashed potatoes with sour cream, diced carrots, wheat bread, and vanilla pudding with fruit. Bring your own place setting. Free transportation may be provided. Call ACTR at 802-388-1946. Advanced reservations required. $5 suggested donation. Call Michelle at 802-377-1419. Open to anyone age 60 and up and their spouse of any age. The Addison String Quartet performs in Middlebury. Thursday, March 1, Start Time: 12:15-12:45 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 3 Main St. The quartet, directed by Emily Sunderman will play as part of St. Stephen’s 7th annual noonday recital series. With Gareth Courdery, pianist, performing Gustav Mahler’s piano quintet. Also on the program is a Bach sonata for unaccompanied violin. Free. Courageous Stage carnival in Middlebury. Thursday, March 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 South Pleasant St. A family-friendly launch party celebrating Courageous Stage, a new, innovative education organization affiliated with Town Hall Theater. Music by Clint Bierman of the Grift, carnival entertainment, creative games, fire tricks, balloon swords, cotton candy and ice cream, millions of Mardi-Gras beads, a bar and many more surprises. Don’t worry about dinner — there will be tacos. More info contact Lisa Mitchell at 802-388-6124 or



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Age Well Senior Luncheon in Middlebury. Friday, March 2, 11 a.m., VFW, 530 Exchange St. Musical guests O’hAnleigh. Join in for a choice of corned beef or cheese ravioli, boiled potatoes and carrots, wheat roll, and Irish cake. Bring your own place setting. $5 suggested donation. Advanced tickets required. Call Michelle Eastman at 802-377-1419. Open to anyone age 60 and up and their spouse of any age. “Hamlet” on stage in Middlebury. Friday, March 2, 8 p.m., Wright Memorial Theatre, Middlebury College, 96 Chateau Rd. The Bedlam Theater Company presents Shakespeare’s classic play about the emotionally tortured Prince of Denmark. Tickets $28 adults/$22 Middlebury College faculty, staff, emeriti, and alumni/$10 youth 18 and under/$6 for Middlebury College students. On sale at 802-443-MIDD (6433) or arts/tickets.

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LIVEMUSIC Josh and Rose Tabor in Middlebury. Friday, Feb. 16, 3 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek. The Grace Kelly Quartet in Middlebury. Friday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts. 2 Ravens in Bristol. Saturday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m., The Walkover Gallery and Concert Room. Paul Asbell in Middlebury. Saturday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts. Del Rue in Middlebury. Saturday, Feb. 17, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., Notte. Bob Recupero and Michael Corn in Middlebury. Sunday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek. Natasha Koval Paden in Middlebury. Sunday, Feb. 18, 4 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts. Lynnette Combs performs in Middlebury. Thursday, Feb. 22, 12:15-12:45 p.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Formosa Folk in Middlebury. Saturday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society. The Christine Malcolm Band in Brandon. Saturday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music. Twist of Fate in Middlebury. Saturday, Feb. 24, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., Notte (formerly Two Brothers). Paul Asbell in Middlebury. Sunday, Feb. 25, 2 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek. Honey in the Hive in Cornwall. Sunday, Feb. 25, 2 p.m., Cornwall Town Hall. The Addison String Quartet performs in Middlebury. Thursday, March 1, Start Time: 12:15-12:45 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Yann Falquet and Pascal Gemme in Ripton. Saturday, March 3, 7:30 p.m., Ripton Community Coffee House.

Paul Asbell in Middlebury. Sunday, Feb. 25, 2 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. Come listen and understand why David Bromberg said this about Paul’s playing ... “I’ve been a fan of Paul’s guitar playing for quite a few years- I think he’s one of the best-kept secrets in American music today!” Free, open to the public and accessible to those with disabilities. Part of The Residence’s Sunday Music series. RSVP to Pat Ryan at 802-3881220, or Concert fundraiser in Cornwall. Sunday Feb. 25, 2 p.m., Cornwall Town Hall, Route 30. Traditional music and step dancing, featuring the Bolton/ Munkres family band and members of Young Tradition Vermont Touring Group. Admission is freewill donation. All proceeds benefit Young Tradition Vermont. More info at 802-462-3722. COMPOSTING SEASON IS coming. Get the basics, handy tips and other in“Force of Nature” iceformation on creating great compost when Addison County Solid Waste holds a skating show in composting workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m., at the Orwell Free Library, Middlebury. Sunday, 473 Main St. Feb. 25, 2 p.m., Kenyon

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Granville couple works with land trust to conserve 544 acres

GRANVILLE — Julie and Peter Parker have protected their family forest in Granville by permanently conserving 544 acres with the Vermont Land Trust. The Parkers are most at home in the woods of Vermont. As part-time residents of California with deep ties to Vermont, they return every spring to rushing streams and blooming wildflowers in the forest behind their farmhouse on North Hollow Road. When they learned through a recent Harvard study that New England is losing forestland at a rate of 65 acres each day, the Parker family felt compelled to protect their forest from this fate. So, they donated the development rights on their property to the Vermont Land Trust. “Conservation is a great complement to the Parkers’ stewardship,” said Liza Walker of the Vermont Land Trust. “Together, the land trust and the Parker family can make sure these woods remain healthy, undeveloped and available for forestry and wildlife.” “Healthy forests check erosion and are a filtration system for clean water,” Peter Parker elaborated. “They sequester carbon. Wellstewarded woodlands provide the world’s most environmentally friendly building material, wood, which is renewable indefinitely.” In 1980 the Parkers bought their first property in Granville: a 187-acre hill farm on the western slope of the Braintree Mountains, with an 1840 Greek Revival farmhouse. Over the next few decades, they purchased adjoining lands, some of which had been heavily logged, and focused on restoring the forest’s value for wildlife and timber. While Peter pruned apple trees and studied growth in their white pine plantation, Julie

JULIE AND PETER Parker worked with the Vermont Land Trust to protect 544 acres of Granville forestland that they have cared for since the 1980s.

spearheaded spring bird counts on the land with the Mad River Birders. “It has been inspiring to renew a badly cut-over woodland and, with many harvests of substandard trees, to watch it emerge over the years into a valuable and vigorous

forest that maintains healthy habitat for birds and wildlife,” stated Peter. “Knowing this will continue in perpetuity through the Vermont Land Trust is comforting as development creep leads slowly to extinction of more and more species.” The forest borders the Braintree

Gap Road, a Class IV road, plus interior forest roads that are available for public, non-motorized recreation such as skiing and walking. Their land has streams, wetlands and a sensitive, high-elevation forest of spruce and fir trees along the Braintree Mountains.

Now that Peter and Julie Parker and their daughters have conserved their 544-acre property, they can rest assured that their family forest will stay productive for future generations. The Parkers hope to encourage other landowners to help protect Vermont’s forested

landscape. “Leaving this land we love conserved is part of our contribution to the world’s ‘inheritance,’” said Julie Parker. “It’s a small gift that will not be converted to development, thanks to the partnership between us Parkers and the Vermont Land Trust.”

Women’s clubs offer training scholarships VERMONT — The General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Vermont (GFWC-VT) has announced the availability of scholarships for Vermont women seeking to further their education or training or to upgrade their skills in preparation for advancing in the work place. Applicants must submit a specific plan for their education or training by March 15. The scholarships range from $500 to $1,500. GFWC-VT has been awarding this financial aid, funded through contributions from the state federated clubs and individuals, for many years. The scholarship is named for


In the spotlight

BILL FORD, LEFT, was honored by Friends of Middlebury Hockey at the Memorial Sports Center in Middlebury last Friday night. Ford served as president of FMH and manager of the Sports Center. Ford is pictured here with members of his family.

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Barbara Jean Barker, late of Poultney, who served as GFWC-VT President from 1992-1994, and who was instrumental in establishing the program. Women receiving the awards over the years have come from a wide range of towns in the state. Applications for the scholarship can be obtained from Betty Haggerty, 16 Taylor St., Bellows Falls, VT, 05101,, 802-463-4159. They are also available through federated woman’s clubs in several towns. You may contact Loretta Lee in Orwell at or 802-948-2091. The scholarships will be awarded at the state federation’s annual meeting in early May.


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Cornwall (Continued from Page 1A) West Cornwall and Low Density Residential zoning districts — from the Bingham Estate on May 26, 2017. “The goal of the West Cornwall project is to create new residential options and amenities which benefit the immediate community, the wider town, and the existing environment and landscape,” reads an overview contained in a 20-page project narrative the applicants filed with the town earlier this year. The narrative includes photos of the property and a conceptual

drawing of the layout of the four categories of dwellings to be offered to future customers: Village homes, carriage houses, commons cottages and woodland view homes. Plans also call for restoration of a pre-existing farmhouse (adjacent to Route 74) and Greek Revival church. Other featured amenities include a public garden and commons, a pedestrian trail, and more than 100 acres of perpetually conserved property. The sketch also depicts a network of roads lined with trees serving the development.

“In keeping with a traditional development pattern, the proposal enhances and strengthens the population center’s physical form through a number of design principles,” the narrative states. “Using the existing church building as a centerpiece and focal point, newly introduced works of architecture and open space will frame its massing and emphasize its significance.” Cornwall officials and residents could have questions for the applicants at the March 1 DRB meeting, technically a sketch plan

THIS CONCEPT ART provided by Beaver Brook Properties LLC shows a preliminary concept for the West Cornwall Hamlet subdivision, slated for property off North Bingham Street.


review. The current narrative offers no details on the size, appearance and pricing of the proposed homes, nor how they would receive water and septic service. Franklin was unavailable for comment as the Addison Independent went to press on Wednesday. Bonner, through an email, shared a few details about the West Cornwall Hamlet, though he stressed planning is still in its infancy. “The homes likely will vary in square footage, but generally will be consistent with existing homes in the neighborhood,” Bonner said. “It’s too early to pinpoint the number of units, as we’re actively exploring the idea of dividing the project into more than one phase. And … once the site work is complete this spring, we’ll have a better idea of the most efficient direction to proceed with shared improvements and utilities.” The applicants said they aren’t targeting any specific demographic — “only people who would like to live in Cornwall,” according to Bonner. Plans call for hamlet clients to choose their own builders. While we do have experience with real estate investment, restorations, subdivisions, and commercial property, we’re not developers,” Bonner said. “We’re making an investment in West Cornwall, to create a thoughtfully planned addition to the hamlet which can grow organically, and in a way that benefits the town.” CONSISTENCY? The narrative includes examples of how the applicants believe their proposal is consistent with various provisions of Cornwall’s town plan and zoning regulations. For example, Bonner and Franklin said the West Cornwall Hamlet: • Meets the town plan goals of providing a “range of housing opportunities that will meet the needs of Cornwall’s current and future residents” and will “promote and protect the long-term viability of agriculture and agricultural land.” Plans call for 123 of the 167 acres to be conserved. “We’ve already received preliminary approval from the Vermont Land Trust to conserve 75 percent of the entire parcel,” Bonner said. “Once dedicated open spaces and no-build areas are formalized, we anticipate that 90 percent or more of the land will remain permanently undeveloped and protected, and will preserve the various riparian areas and wildlife corridors.” • Offers building types that are “compatible with the architectural character of West Cornwall.” • Provides adequate roadway and

pedestrian circulation.” might sit empty,” he said. • Conforms to the town’s Planned Cornwall resident Bethany Barry Unit Development (PUD) density Menkart is concerned about the allowance of up to four homes per potential impact on an area of the acre in the Cornwall Village and West community she referred to as “Dr. Cornwall Village districts. Bingham’s woods,” boasting a large • Ensures the dwellings — rather forest block and “a viewshed of than related parking — will “front fields and rolling hills down to the and relate to streets” surrounding the winding Beaver Brook” that she said subdivision. has “added to our sense of place in NEIGHBORS REACT Cornwall.” Several neighbors contacted by the “Would ‘Beaver Brook Properties, Independent declined to comment on Inc.,’ a 21-house development, with the plan until it had been unfurled at roads, and accompanying issues the March 1 DRB meeting. Others being built on this quiet country agreed to weigh in road fit with our with some general town?” she asked. “We have way concerns. “Or would it be Resident Elizabeth more questions better left unspoiled Karnes Keefe cited than answers and open? Can our traffic, noise, health at this point. wildlife still exist of the local watershed with more land The neighbors and septic system fragmentation, infrastructure as are paying close degradation and among the issues she attention and are loss of habitat? How hopes the applicants waiting to hear would Beaver Brook will soon address. what they have to be impacted by run“We have way more say on March 1.” off and erosion? Do questions than answers we want a suburb — Resident Elizabeth in Cornwall? Or to at this point,” Keefe Karnes Keefe keep our town rural? said. “The neighbors are paying close These are as yet attention and are waiting to hear what unanswered questions.” they have to say on March 1.” PROCESS West Street resident Katherine The upcoming sketch plan review, Branch said she’s concerned the according to Cornwall’s subdivision West Cornwall Hamlet proposal regulations, will provide an initial “appears to be out of proportion to opportunity for the applicants to the pattern and scale of development present their proposal and receive in Cornwall, which has a rural pattern DRB feedback on “The need for of homes set on larger lots.” further meetings and the advisability Branch is curious to learn the target of entering into the preliminary and clientele of the new homes. She noted final plan” phases of the application the proposed development is not process. conveniently located to any stores or Franklin and Bonner have already “family friendly” activities. acknowledged their proposal will She also wondered if there would deemed a major subdivision. If be ample demand for around 20 new the project qualifies as a PUD — homes in the area. She noted the and the Beaver Brook subdivision 22-lot Foote Farm subdivision off undoubtedly will — the DRB could Route 125 in Cornwall went through choose to simultaneously review the a foreclosure sale back in 2008, and project based on Cornwall’s PUD plenty of those lots remain available, rules. according to the Once the West Cornwall Hamlet website. is formally declared a major “There doesn’t seem to be a market subdivision, Franklin and Bonner for this type of denser development will have six months in which to in Cornwall,” Branch said. “It seems submit a preliminary application to like an enormous waste of town the town. and volunteer resources for such a That preliminary plan will need large proposal to move through the to provide a description of proposed Cornwall DRB, and then have the water supply, sewage disposal and result be that there is not a market.” stormwater systems; a description of Bonner said he’s aware of the potential impacts on traffic, natural current supply/demand for housing resources, schools and municipal and added the new hamlet will be services; and an explanation of marketed accordingly. utilities — as well as roads, street “While there is ample demand lights and other infrastructure — for modestly priced housing, that would be included to serve the strengthened by the presence of the development. Cornwall’s subdivision and college, there’s also no rush to build extensive new roads without homes zoning regulations can be found at on them, or to complete homes that

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Forlenza (Continued from Page 1A) hopes it has a happier ending than his first bid back in 2004. In that year, Forlenza finished third in a four-person Democratic primary for the party’s two ballot slots for state Senate. Incumbent Sen. Claire Ayer of Addison finished first, with 2,408 votes, followed by former state Sen. Harold Giard of Bridport, who received 1,113 tallies. Forlenza finished out of the running with 967 votes, followed by Lynn Saunders, with 649. Forlenza knew he would make another attempt this November to join the county’s legislative delegation, but he didn’t want to run against Ayer and Sen. Chris Bray, D-New Haven. “I think Sens. Ayer and Bray are very important assets for Addison County,” Forlenza said, noting both hold leadership positions. Ayer chairs the Senate Health & Welfare Committee, while Bray leads the Senate Natural Resources

PAUL FORLENZA & Energy Committee. That left the Addison-4 House district. He’d like to join fellow Democrat Sharpe in Montpelier for the 2019-2020 biennium.

“(The House) seemed like a better fit for me this time around,” Forlenza said. “I’m not, per se, running against Fred (Baser),” Forlenza added. “I just want to put my issues out there and if voters are attracted to that, I’ll do OK.” Forlenza believes he has gained an even better understanding of local constituents’ needs since his last Statehouse bid. He currently serves on the Lincoln selectboard, and is responsible for developing the community’s annual budget. The task has required him to become more educated on how to build a municipal spending plan and how state finances — such as assistance for roads maintenance — enter into the equation. Keeping property tax increases to a minimum has been a top priority, according to Forlenza. “I’m proud that the Lincoln selectboard has limited town budget increases to 1-percent annually

for the last four years, despite a significant increase in health care premiums,” he said. Forlenza at times interacts with municipal officials in the three other Addison-4 towns, thereby allowing him to pick up on any common issues or problems that could use attention in the Statehouse. ‘FAMILY ECONOMY’ While the General Election is still around nine months away, Forlenza has already started asking Addison-4 residents and business owners to name the issues they believe the Legislature should prioritize. As one might expect, reducing health care costs, creating more jobs and lowering property taxes are tops on many residents’ wish lists for legislative action. All of those issues affect families. Not coincidentally, Forlenza has made “improving the family economy” the primary plank in his 2018 campaign platform. “It seems to me that families are the ones that are stressed,” Forlenza said. “There is no national consensus on what families need and there is no focus on the state or national level on a ‘family economy.’” Forlenza believes the family economy needs to be jumpstarted with the following initiatives: • Finding a new way to finance health care. He supports universal access to health care for all Vermonters, and vowed to be a voice for increased funding for mental health and drug addiction. He believes he has the background to be an effective problem-solver when it comes to health care issues. Forlenza ran his own consulting firm developing strategic plans for nonprofits. He spent 15 years helping IBM on various policy issues — including health care. He has also spent time advocating for the use of health information technology as a way to advance health care reform. Forlenza has previously served on the boards of Mountain Health Center in Bristol and the Counseling

Services of Addison County. • Offering paid family leave. “We need to be able to take care of our babies when they are born, and also for our elderly,” Forlenza said. • Establishing a “livable wage’ of $15 per hour by 2024. He doesn’t believe the new hourly wage will have a big impact on businesses if it is properly phased in. • Improving access to highquality, affordable childcare. Forlenza reasoned childcare availability is one of the keys to allowing parents to enter — and remain — in the workforce. • Lowering property taxes and decreasing state tax on Social Security. Forlenza said he’s intrigued by an effort under way in the House Ways & Means Committee to fund public education through an income tax. Education is currently funded mainly through the property tax. Supporters of an education income tax have said such a transition must result in a corresponding decrease in property taxes. Forlenza acknowledged the aforementioned “family economy” priorities will cost money, and he promised to work on financing options for his ideas as the campaign progresses. Progress will require a greater financial commitment from individuals, businesses and state/federal government, he acknowledged. Vermont, Forlenza believes, must proceed with federally mandated plans to clean up its state waterways — Lake Champlain, in particular. He believes the cleanup is a matter of public health as well as environmental necessity, and supports Sen. Bray’s recent call for a per-parcel fee to help the state pay for its annual $30 million share the $2.6 billion lake/waterways cleanup effort during the next 20 years. Forlenza lives in Lincoln with his partner, Kathleen Kolb. They each have two adult children. More information about the candidate can be found at

May we borrow your family WW1 history? As part of the WWI exhibit (July 31 – Nov 11, 2018) profiling select Addison County men and women who served, either in the military or as civilians, the Sheldon Museum seeks WWI material and information – the identity of the veterans, photos, letters, diaries, scrapbooks and souvenirs. Did your relative(s) bring back alluring items from Europe? Is there a trove of family letters or a cache of photos conveying priceless memories? If you have memorabilia related Jacob Johnson Ross, M.D. of Middlebury, Vermont, Flight to an Addison County veteran or Surgeon 17th Aero Squadron, civilian involved in The Great War to serving in France WWI potentially lend to the exhibit, we’d like to hear from you. Please email Executive Director William Brooks, and outline what you have for him to review. The exhibit will be a fitting tribute to these men and women. Please respond by February 23, 2018.

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(Continued from Page 1A) shorter trips that he has already booked and paid for. “I was thinking, ‘Is that fair to the council, is that fair to the citizens, for me to be away that amount of time?’” Perry said. “I don’t think it will really be that bad, although it does bother me. But it really depends on whether it bothers you.” Perry, who told the Independent last week he also had some concerns about his commitments to the Vergennes Partnership and other nonprofits, said if the council members supported him as mayor he would be in “full contact by computer and phone.” He also said on Tuesday that the council could appoint a new senior alderman in whom members had confidence to run meetings in his absence. Council backing emerged right after Perry spoke. Alderman Matt Chabot answered immediately, and Alderwoman Lynn Donnelly agreed with his remarks. “Renny, I support you taking over the mayoral responsibilities for the balance of the term, and I appreciate your candor,” said Chabot. “I think with an appointment of another senior alderman in your stead and with your ability to be available to us by phone and email I have no concerns regarding you in that role. I appreciate your leadership.” The council then turned its attention to two related issues. Donnelly nominated Alderman Jeff Fritz to be the new senior alderman, a motion that won a quick second and unanimous approval. The other question was how to replace Perry on the council. Perry is on the Town Meeting Day ballot, and will win because he, like Donnelly and Chabot, is running unopposed. Perry walked away from the twoyear term he would have won by accepting one year as mayor. The council thus had to choose how to replace Perry, with the choices being by special election — the timing of Daniels’ resignation left no time to arrange a Town Meeting Day election — or appointment. City Manager Mel Hawley noted no one had filed petitions to challenge the three council members this March and recommended against a special election. “You’d probably end up with one (candidate) and your polls would be open for 10 hours and you’d have a non-race,” Hawley said. Hawley also pointed out the charter requires the council to act “forthwith,” or immediately, to fill a vacancy, creating a problem of timing: Donnelly as well as Perry will be away in March, and an appointment made before town meeting would technically expire on Town Meeting Day. Alderman Mark Koenig suggested making an appointment at the council’s Feb. 27 meeting, but making it effective after March 6, the date of Town Meeting Day, and the council agreed to that approach. The council is seeking letters of intent with a deadline of next Thursday, Feb. 22. Such letters may be emailed to City Clerk Joan Devine at or dropped off at city hall on or before next Thursday. Those interested then will be asked to make a presentation to the council of up to five minutes at its Feb. 27 meeting, after which the council can make a decision. Andy Kirkaldy may be reached at


School Briefs Middlebury native Kiera Kirkaldy has been named to the dean’s list at Simmons College in Boston, Mass., for the 2017 fall semester. Kirkaldy is the daughter of Andy and Christine Kirkaldy of Middlebury. Saint Michael’s College had 228 student-athletes qualify for the Northeast-10 Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the fall semester, including 20 that posted a 4.0 grade-point average last semester. Two Addison County students have qualified for this honor — MaKayla Foster of Middlebury, who plays field hockey for St. Mike’s, and Ashley Turner of Monkton, who is on the women’s lacrosse team. Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. congratulates local students Layla Paine of Bristol and Mark Pettit of Middlebury, who have been named to the fall 2017 dean’s list for their outstanding academic achievement. Students must earn a grade point average of at least 3.5 during the semester to make the dean’s list.

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expanding resources available to its members. One of those resources will be a new environmental cohort program, called the Vermont Green Brewery Cohort, in partnership with Efficiency Vermont, offered to Vermont breweries. Each brewery in the cohort will become a Vermont Green Business Program member, receive personalized assistance in navigating environmental regulations, and with the help of Efficiency Vermont, achieve ambitious energy use reductions. “I am thrilled by the new direction of the program and am confident our approach will drive positive environmental impact while offering enticing resources to our members,” said Kim Greenwood, Director of DEC’s Environmental Compliance Division. Learn more about the Vermont Green Business Program tinyurl. com/y94uae3h, and stay up-todate by reading the Vermont Green Business Program blog at

COORDINATOR OF ACADEMIC Services at Community College of Vermont-Middlebury Jennifer Stefani, left, speaks with CCV students Amtul Khan, Farhad Khan and Allison Brown during a Feb. 5 open house in the new CCV academic space on the second floor of the Battell Block on Merchants Row. The new owner of the historic building renovated the space with a remodeled classroom that is larger, brighter and equipped with new teaching technologies. The Middlebury center serves roughly 400 students each year. Photo courtesy of Katie Powers

Running stop signs ends with citations

Bristol Police Log BRISTOL — On the evening of Friday, Feb. 9, at just before 11 p.m., Bristol police took Shonda Cavoretto, 40, of Bristol into custody and processed her for driving under the influence of alcohol. Police cited Cavoretto for DUI and released her. She is due to answer the charge in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, on Feb. 26. Between Jan. 29 and Feb. 4, Bristol police patrolled on foot and in cars at various locations, namely on Mountain Street, Main Street and surrounding areas including near Bristol Elementary School; and at various other locations around town 20 times, with four of the patrols done under contract from the town. Officers also completed four hours of directed patrol in the district and the town under a contract funded by Vermont Governors Highway Safety Program. And they checked security at Mount Abraham Union High School four times. Bristol police took fingerprints for

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employment and volunteer purposes four times during that week. In other recent activity, Bristol police: • On Jan. 29 an officer conducted several quarterly sex offender checks of district sex offenders, with four being compliance; police also started an investigation into a non-compliant sex offender. • On Jan. 29 opened a missing person case; the person was located the next day. • On Jan. 30 appeared for a court hearing related to an investigation. • On Jan. 30 met with a local group regarding public outreach to resources. • On Jan. 30 looked into a motor vehicle complaint on North Street but couldn’t find the vehicle in question. • On Jan. 31 assisted with a juvenile problem. • On Jan. 31 looked into a report of a suspicious vehicle; the officer found the vehicle and discovered no issues or concerns. • On Feb. 1 issued paperwork re-

lated to a tobacco offense by a minor. • On Feb. 1 participated in an interagency meeting related to truancy at local schools. • On Feb. 2 assisted a citizen who had locked their keys in the car. • On Feb. 2 forwarded information to an out-of-state law enforcement agency to assist in a criminal investigation. • On Feb. 2 assisted another agency with an electronic device search related to an active investigation. • On Feb. 3 asked a resident to move their vehicle in accordance with snow ban. • On Feb. 3 responded to a parking complaint and issued tickets. • On Feb. 4 were called to the Mountain Street area for a suspicious vehicle. Police found no criminal activity, but report that a person was dropping off a relative in the area. • On Feb. 4 at 11:21 p.m. assisted another agency responding to a disturbance call. While en route the officer was notified their assistance was no longer required.

VERGENNES — Vergennes police cited two drivers into court for drunk-driving offenses this past weekend, both after stopping them for allegedly failing to obey the stop sign at the intersection of New Haven Road and Route 7. On Saturday, Feb. 10, city police cited George W. Hallock, 34, of Waltham for driving under the influence of alcohol after stopping his vehicle on Route 7. Police allege his blood-alcohol content tested at 0.112; the legal limit for driving is 0.08. On Sunday, Feb. 11, police cited Tyler Brown, 23, of Lincoln for refusing DUI-alcohol testing and for failing to yield for the stop sign. In other recent action, Vergennes police: On Feb. 5: • Helped Vermont State Police at an accident on Middlebrook Road in Waltham. • Looked into a report that a vehicle had been stolen from the

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Denecker Chevrolet lot on North Main Street and learned it had been taken by a wholesale dealer by mistake. • Went to Meigs Road and mediated a dispute between a car owner and buyer. On Feb. 7: • Warned the owner of a car seen speeding on Panton Road to slow down. • Directed traffic around a truck that slid off Route 7 in Waltham until state police arrived. On Feb. 8: • Ticketed two cars left overnight on city streets in violation of the city’s winter parking ban. • Directed traffic around a disabled truck at the intersection of

Main and South Water streets. • Responded to a minor two-car accident at Vergennes Union High School and ticketed one operator for driving an unregistered vehicle. • Helped Hinesburg police by looking for a stolen vehicle. On Feb. 9: • Ticketed and ordered towed a car left overnight on North Green Street in violation of the city’s winter parking ban. • Backed up Middlebury police as they subdued a man who was making threats and said he was armed. • On behalf of South Burlington police spoke to a city resident who was allegedly involved in a road rage incident. • Backed up city firefighters while they freed United Technology Corp. employees from a stalled elevator. On Feb. 10 ticketed and ordered towed three cars left overnight on city streets in violation of the city’s winter parking ban.

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By the way (Continued from Page 1A) Vermont Fish and Wildlife reminds ice-fishing shanty owners that all shanties must be removed from the ice before it weakens. The name and address of the owner must be on the shanty, and it must be removed before the ice becomes unsafe or loses its ability to support the structure, or before the last Sunday in March — the 25th this year — whichever comes first. All contents, debris, wood and supports must also be removed so they do not become a hazard to navigation in the spring. The fine for leaving a shanty on the ice can be up to $1,000. Shanties may not be left at state fishing access areas. The USDA’s Risk Management Association reminds farmers about upcoming deadlines for getting crop insurance coverage. Sales closing dates vary by crop, state, and county, but in Vermont, most spring-planted crops have a sales closing date of March 15. The deadline for growers of nursery crops is May 1. Farmers and orchardists should contact their crop insurance agent soon to discuss dates and new options available. For more information, visit the USDA Risk Management Agency website at University of Vermont Extension and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets will conduct a review session and written exam at two venues in April for anyone seeking a Vermont pesticide applicator license. The session will be held April 25 at the VFW Post 2571, 97 South Main St., White River Junction, and on April 26 at the Robert Miller Community Center, 130 Gosse Court, Burlington. The $30 registration fee increases to $40 after April 11. The review session will begin at 9 a.m. with the exam from 2-4 p.m. Details on purchasing and registration for either session can be found at pss. Know any tree champions? Nominations for the 2018 Vermont Tree Stewards Awards will be accepted until March 30. Winners will be honored at a special recognition ceremony at the Vermont Arbor Day Conference, May 3, in Montpelier.

To nominate a tree or forest champion and view a list of past award winners, visit Categories include awards for citizen engagement and public education, leadership, unsung heroes, volunteer work, and youth. For more information contact Gwen Kozlowski at or 802651-8343, ext. 506. Middlebury College’s New England Review was one of seven Vermont organizations tapped by The National Endowment for the Arts in its first round of grant funding for this year. The organizations received grants totaling $122,000. The official recipients, President & Fellows of Middlebury College, received the $10,000 award in the Art Works — Literature Grant category to support the publication and promotion of the NER. Vermont Federal Credit Union will be awarding $8,000 in educational scholarships to students with a history of strong academic achievement and service to the community. Currently accepting online scholarship applications for the 2018-2019 academic year, the Credit Union will be awarding four $2,000 scholarships; two to graduating high school seniors who have been accepted to an accredited undergraduate program at a college, trade school, or university, and two to students who are already enrolled in or looking to go back to an accredited undergraduate program at a college, trade school or university. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 9. Get an application online at The relaunched Vermont Green Business Program has added new online resources and has a fresh new approach to working with businesses. Housed in the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Vermont Green Business Program is a statewide assistance and recognition program designed for environmental leaders. To learn more about the Vermont Green Business Program, go online to, and stay up-to-date by reading the Vermont Green Business blog at vtgreenbiz.

MIDDLEBURY FIRE CHIEF Dave Shaw points out features of the department’s brand new ladder truck to town officials Tuesday night. The $866,000 truck was paid for with department equipment reserve funds.

Independent photo/Trent Campbell

Fire truck (Continued from Page 1A) stability when the ladder is extended. Its electronic brain makes sure the ladder will not accidentally strike any obstructions while being swiveled. It’s adorned with “scene lighting” to make sure it — and the fire location — can be well lit if the incident to which firefighters respond is not near any streetlights. There’s no wasted space on the truck, an HME Ahrens-Fox Model HAF111L. The aerial ladder is mounted on a Spectr chassis, also built by the Michigan-based HME company. “Middlebury Ladder 1” offers a six-person custom cab with a stainless-steel body and is powered by a Cummins ISX-15 600-horsepower motor and an Allison 4000EVS transmission. It’s equipped with an Onan 8,000-watt

hydraulic generator and a Ramsay 90000 winch with receivers mounted on all four sides of the truck. Playing the part of James Bond gadget guru “Q,” Selleck revealed a series of storage compartments secreted on the truck’s exterior. The compartments contain axes and a variety of other tools essential to the firefighters’ tireless job of public safety. It’s a vehicle that firefighters

hope to use infrequently, but it will provide department officials — and Middlebury residents — a sense of security, knowing it’s there if needed. The new apparatus replaces the department’s 1993 Pierce Arrow ladder truck, which has exceeded its projected 20-year lifespan and is currently damaged. The swivel mount on top of the truck needs major repairs. The truck, which

has a 38-foot-long ladder, has been for sale for the past seven months, priced at $35,000, but has not drawn any serious offers. Shaw said the cost of the new ladder truck will be covered by the fire department’s vehicle replacement fund. Middlebury dedicates 2 cents on its tax rate each year toward the fire vehicle fund, allowing the force to phase in new trucks when older vehicles need to be retired.

MIDDLEBURY SELECTBOARD MEMBER Susan Shashok checks out the roomy interior of the Middlebury Fire Department’s new ladder truck. Shashok and other board members and town officials got a first look at the new truck Tuesday night. Independent photo/Trent Campbell


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Otter boys outlast host Commodores

VUHS plays better, but rally falls short By ANDY KIRKALDY second half (a 17-10 rebounding adVERGENNES — A Monday vantage keyed by Lance Bergmans, boys’ basketball game at Vergennes Zeke Palmer and Ethan Sausville) to Union High School might have whittle down the OV lead to 48-43. looked like a mismatch But then the Otters got on paper. The visiting a big block from junior Otter Valley team was “It definitely forward Kollin Bissette fresh off a huge win over wasn’t pretty, and three free throws the top team in Division from junior guard Dylan but we II and the host CommoMackie in the final 1:01 dore squad was coming have some to nail down the victory. off a 27-point setback to experienced OV Coach Greg Mount Abraham. Hughes said his team did guards who Instead, the 9-6 Otenough to win, but credters found themselves know how to ited the Commodores. in a battle with the 3-10 keep a lead.” “It definitely wasn’t Commodores, who — OV Coach pretty, but we have some fought back from 15 Greg Hughes experienced guards who points down early in the know how to keep a third period to within lead,” Hughes said. “But five late in the fourth before the Ot- I commend (VUHS). They had a ters held on for a 51-45 victory. very active second half there, espeThe Commodores doubled ball cially toward the end there with that handlers out of their man-to-man de- doubling. That was difficult to get by. fense and hit the boards hard in the But coming down to the last couple minutes, making foul shots definitely helped us. Missed more than we wanted to, but we made just enough to keep the distance.” VUHS Coach Peter Quinn was happy with everything about the Commodores’ play — except their shooting. Their shot selection was fine, he said, but the ball just wouldn’t fall, especially in a four-point second quarter that allowed OV to take a 2815 halftime lead. “We cut down on our turnovers. We had only eight turnovers, which was the first time all year we were under 10. We were more patient. We took better shots, and we couldn’t get shots to drop when we needed them to. We played good defense, too,” Quinn said. The Otters took a quick lead as Mackie (seven points) scored four points and senior guard Josh Letourneau set up senior forward Payson Williams (11 points) on an inbounds play and scored twice. Senior forwards Lance Bergmans (a teamOTTER JUNIOR KOLLIN Bis- high 16) and Ethan Sausville helped sette tries to block a shot by Com- VUHS cut the lead to 12-11 after one modore senior Lance Bergmans quarter. Each scored four points in Monday night in Vergennes. Berg- the period, and Sausville drew backmans scored 16 points in the Com- to-back offensive fouls to slow the modores’ 51-45 loss to the Otters. (See Basketball, Page 2B) Independent photo/Trent Campbell


Sports BRIEFS Boys’ hockey gets victory at Rutland RUTLAND — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team blanked host Rutland on Monday, 3-0, to pick up valuable points as the Tigers jockey for playoff positioning. At 9-6-1 heading into a Wednesday home game with last-place Rice, the Tigers were in sixth place in Division I. The Tigers will visit seventh-place Champlain Valley (78) on Saturday before wrapping up their regular season with games next week against two of the league’s top teams, St. Albans and Spaulding. On this past Monday goalie Daniel Wiles worked a 15-save shutout against the 3-13-1 Raiders. The Tigers took a 1-0 lead on Alexander Yurista’s power-play goal at 5:53 of the second period, assisted by Kolby Farnsworth and Kamrin Bartlett. Ryan Nadeau stuffed home the second goal about five minutes later, with a feed from Devon Kearns. With 17 seconds left in the game Bartlett backhanded the final goal past Raider goalie Glen Mandel (20 saves).

Greenamyre sees skating success

VERGENNES UNION HIGH School junior Zeke Palmer puts in two of his six points against Otter Valley Monday night in Vergennes. The Otters won the game, 51-45.

Independent photo/Trent Campbell

MUHS, VUHS boys’ wins top slate ADDISON COUNTY — In local They nailed down the win by outhigh school basketball games played scoring the T-Birds by 18-9 in the on Monday and Tuesday the Mid- fourth quarter. dlebury and Vergennes boys picked Cody Pomainville (19 points) up wins, but the VUHS, MUHS and and Skyeler Devlin (11) paced the Otter Valley girls and Eagle boys Tigers as they improved to all came up short. 4-11 heading into Mount The Eagle girls were set to Abe for a Friday game. host MUHS on WednesVUHS BOYS day after the deadline The Commodore for this issue of the BASKETBALL boys had played well in Independent. The OV a six-point loss to OV on boys visited VUHS on Monday and carried that Monday night; see story energy over to Tuesday on Page 1B. in dealing 10-5 Milton a 55-47 setTIGER BOYS back. VUHS (4-10) spotted the YelThe Tiger boys snapped a five- lowjackets a 9-0 lead before coming game skid on Tuesday, a streak that back for the win. Lance Bergmans included three last-second setbacks, scored 24 points to lead VUHS, and by defeating host Missisquoi, 51-40. Ethan Sausville chipped in 10.

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VUHS GIRLS On Monday host Milton (8-9) defeated the Commodore girls, 49-32. Cassidy Button tossed in 12 points to lead the Yellowjackets. Kate Gosliga scored eight and Ciara McClay and Morgan Lynk added six apiece to pace the 3-14 Commodores, who were scheduled to host Colchester on Wednesday. MUHS GIRLS On Monday host Burr & Burton got past the Tigers, 56-42. Emily Bleakie’s 15 points led the 7-10 Bulldogs. Keagan Dunbar scored 22 for the 6-10 Tigers, who dropped their third straight. OV GIRLS On Monday visiting Mill River (See Wrap, Page 3B)

Women’s hockey sweeps Colby, nears No. 1 seed

WATERVILLE, Maine — The Middlebury College women’s hockey team swept a weekend series from host Colby to improve to 15-4-2 overall and 12-1-1 in NESCAC play. The Panthers clinched a tie for first place in the league in the process. Middlebury, ranked No. 4 in NCAA Division III, close out the regular season by visiting Williams on Friday at 7 p.m. and then hosting the Ephs on Saturday at 7 p.m. A win or a tie in either of those games will give Middlebury home ice throughout the NESCAC playoffs, which will begin the follow-

ing weekend. On Saturday Middlebury erupted on offense for a 7-2 win over Colby (7-12-4, 2-9-4 NESCAC). The Panthers took a 2-0 first-period lead on goals by Jessica Young, from Janka Hlinka on a power play, and Ellie Barney. Anna Zumwinkle made it 3-0 in the second on another power play before the Mules’ Lauren King answered with a power-play goal to set the score at 3-1 after two periods. Madie Leidt added a power-play goal for the Panthers early into the fourth, and Katarina Shuchuk made (See Hockey, Page 3B)

Pitts, VUHS runners earn indoor golds

THE VUHS QUARTET of Xander DeBlois, left, Spencer Hurlburt, Gabe Praamsma and Wade Mullin cruised to a 5-second victory in the 4X800 meter relay at the Division II state championship this past Friday.

Photos by Kirsten Pitts

By ANDY KIRKALDY BURLINGTON — Mount Abraham Union High School senior Lydia Pitts added three more gold medals to her collection at this past Friday’s Division II indoor track and field championship meet, at which also the Vergennes boys’ four-by-800-meter relay team of Spencer Hurlburt, Xander DeBlois, Gabe Praamsma and Wade Mullin cruised to a 5-second win. Pitts tied the D-II record in winning the girls’ 55-meter hurdles in 8.82, earning her third D-II record in the process, and also won the long jump and the triple jump. Heading into the outdoor track and field season Pitts, who plans to compete for Bowdoin College’s team next year, has now earned 17 D-II track and field titles in her high school career. Also enjoying a successful meet were Middlebury’s C.J. Bryant, who was third in the boys’ long jump and (See Track, Page 3B)

MOUNT ABRAHAM UNION High School senior Lydia Pitts won three titles at last Friday’s Division II state championship track meet.

MIDDLEBURY — Lacey Greenamyre of Middlebury has achieved some great successes in speedskating this winter. The Middlebury Union High School junior started her season practicing outdoors at The Oval in Lake Placid, N.Y., with the Ottawa Pacers for four days during Christmas break — back in December when the high temperatures didn’t reach zero degrees. Her first competition was at the Jack Shea Sprints longtrack speedskating meet Jan. 13-14 at Lake Placid Oval, where she placed 3rd with a personal best in the 500-meter race. Greenamyre then skated the Irving Jaffee Individual race meet at Lake Placid on Jan. 27, where she moved up to 2nd in the 500 meter with another personal best; she also claimed 3rd in the 1,500M. On Feb. 2-3, she was back at the Lake Placid Oval for the Empire State Winter Games Long Track speedskating competition, where Greenamyre capped her season with impressive results: 1st in the 500M, 1,000M, 1,500M and 3,000M, for a clean sweep of four gold medals.

ScoreBOARD Boys’ Hockey 2/12 MUHS vs. Rutland............................3-0 2/14 Rice at MUHS.................................Late Girls’ Basketball 2/12 Milton vs. VUHS...........................49-32 2/12 Mill River vs. OV.................. 32-27 (OT) 2/12 Burr & Burton vs. MUHS...............56-42 2/14 Colchester at VUHS.......................Late 2/14 Mt. Abe at MUHS............................Late Boys’ Basketball 2/12 OV vs. VUHS................................51-45 2/13 VUHS vs. Milton...........................55-47 2/13 MUHS vs. Missisquoi....................51-40 2/13 Mt. Abe at St. Albans............... 7:30 PM 2/14 Fair Haven at OV............................Late


HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Girls’ Hockey 2/17 MUHS at Northfield.................11:30 AM 2/19 MUHS at Rice............................... 2 PM 2/21 Rice at MUHS............................... 5 PM 2/24 MUHS at Spaulding................. 3:30 PM Boys’ Hockey 2/17 MUHS at CVU....................... 12:45 PM 2/21 St. Albans at MUHS...................... 7 PM 2/24 Spaulding at MUHS...................... 7 PM Girls’ Basketball 2/15 OV at Windsor.............................. 7 PM 2/17 Mt. Mansfield at Mt. Abe........ 12:30 PM 2/17 MUHS at Colchester.............. 12:30 PM 2/20 Mt. Abe at Colchester................... 7 PM 2/20 Milton at MUHS............................ 7 PM 2/20 Enosburg at VUHS....................... 7 PM 2/20 OV at Rutland............................... 7 PM 2/22 Fair Haven at OV.......................... 7 PM 2/22 Mt. Abe at Winooski...................... 7 PM 2/23 MUHS at Enosburg....................... 7 PM 2/23 VUHS at Missisquoi...................... 7 PM Boys’ Basketball 2/16 OV at Mill River............................. 7 PM 2/16 VUHS at Missisquoi...................... 7 PM 2/16 MUHS at Mt. Abe.......................... 7 PM

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Losses cost mens’ hoop first place

OTTER VALLEY UNION High School senior Joshua Letourneau puts up two of his 11 points against Vergennes Monday night. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

Basketball were missing quite a few shots.” (Continued from Page 1B) Quinn said Rowe’s makes were OV attack. Then the Commodores struggled especially frustrating because they to find the basket in the second quar- came after so many Commodore misses. ter. Credit also goes to “They were up 13 OV’s first-half manat halftime, and it felt to-man defense, but “We cut down on more like a four-point makeable attempts our turnovers. We game,” he said. also bounced off the had only eight The Vergennes ofrim. The VUHS man turnovers, which fense came alive in defense also slowed was the first time the first five minutes OV for most of the all year we were of the third quarter. period, and with two scored minutes left it was 19- under 10. We were Bergmans more patient. We five points, two after 15. a Sausville offensive Then Otter junior took better shots, forward Tyler Rowe and we couldn’t get board; senior forswished three straight shots to drop when ward Aaron Premont added two hoops, open threes from the both assisted by seleft flank, two assist- we needed them ed by Mackie, as the to. We played good nior forward Casey Kimball, and back-toOtters pushed the lead defense, too.” to 13 at the half. Rowe — VUHS Coach back drives by senior sank five threes in all Peter Quinn guard Bailey Smith and Sausville made it and finished with 19 35-28 at 3:15. points. To that point OV had managed “It was nice to have Tyler Rowe step up with some big shots,” Hughes three points from Letourneau (11 in said. “It definitely helped us when we all), a fast-break bucket from Rowe,

OTTER SENIOR PAYSON Williams crashes through a trio of Vergennes defenders on his way to the basket Monday night. Williams scored 11 points in the Otters’ win.

Independent photo/Trent Campbell

and a Bissette bucket inside. Then two buckets set up by Letourneau, a Williams lay-in and another Rowe three, allowed OV to reach 40 after three periods. Meanwhile, the Commodores remained stuck on 28 entering the fourth: At one point they grabbed three straight offensive boards but missed the follow-ups. The teams traded hoops for five minutes of the fourth: a Bergmans three and two Palmer layups for VUHS, and a Williams three-point play, Rowe’s final three, and a Marcus McCullough layup assisted by Williams set the score at 48-35. Then the Commodores made a run. After two more offensive boards, Smith (11 points) swished a three at 2:38. Bergmans hit two free throws to make it 48-40, and Palmer stole the ball at the other end and was fouled. He missed the free throw, but VUHS

again rebounded and worked the ball to Smith, who sank another three to make it 48-43 at 1:40. Again Palmer stole the ball as the Otters tried to pass out of a double team, and he gave the ball to Bergmans in transition. But Bissette swatted away his layup attempt, and the Otters controlled the loose ball. Mackie hit a free throw at 1:01, and the Commodores couldn’t get two shots to fall at the other end. Mackie hit two more free throws at 0:30 to make it 51-43, and two Bergmans free throws created the final score. Quinn said he hoped Monday’s play would carry over to a Tuesday home game vs. Milton and beyond. “I told them I was proud of them, because (the Otters) are a good team,” Quinn said. “It was such a better effort, which they are aware of, than against Mount Abe.”

Hughes credited VUHS coming off the tough loss. “It definitely seemed like they wanted it more. They got way too many second chances, and that helped them stay in the game,” Hughes said. “They’re definitely not the kind of team their record is showing, tonight at least.” The Otters have a challenging schedule, including hosting D-II’s second-place team, Fair Haven, on Wednesday and visiting D-II’s fifthplace team, Mill River, on Friday. Hughes said good defense will be critical for building on what is now a three-game winning streak. “Whenever we’re swarming and being in help defense I think we’re a very strong team,” he said. “If they get over the fact they want to score some points and play some defense, get hard-nosed and move forward, I think they can be successful.”

Middlebury ski team claims third place at Dartmouth HANOVER, N.H. — The Middlebury College ski team placed third at the Dartmouth Carnival this past weekend. The Big Green won with 1,019 points, followed by Vermont (920) and the Panthers (699). Alpine events took place at the Dartmouth Skiway, while Nor-

dic races were held at Oak Hill. On Saturday the Panther women’s alpine team finished third in the slalom. Caroline Bartlett took fifth in 1:48.88, Lucia Bailey was ninth in 1:50.22, and Katie Utter was 16th in 1:52.23. On the men’s side, Justin Alk-

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On Friday the Panther men took second in the giant slalom, with Plant taking third in 2:02.17 and Erik Arvidsson finishing ninth in 2:06.06. Pate Campbell finished 24th in 2:06.56. Bartlett led the women’s thirdplace finish in the GS with a tworun time of 2:06.74 to place fifth. Lexi Calcagni finished ninth in 2:07.43, and Kathleen Utter came in 17th in 2:09.79. On the Nordic side, in the women’s 10K Annika Landis placed ninth in 37:37, Lawson took 10th in 38:04, and Avery Ellis was 13th in 38:13. Pacing the men’s squad in 16th was Jacob Volz in 31:54. Wood was 17th place in 31:54.9 and Luban finished 22nd in 32:05.

AMHERST, Mass. — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team had a tough weekend, as two NESCAC road losses dropped the Panthers from first to fifth place in the league and means the Panthers will not host a NESCAC playoff game. Middlebury (19-5, 7-3 NESCAC) finished in a five-way tie for first place in the NESCAC standings with Amherst, Williams, Hamilton and Wesleyan, but among that group lost out in the tiebreakers and was awarded the No. 5 seed. Most notably, the Panthers had a 1-3 record against the other four teams in the group, defeating only Williams at home and losing on the road to the other three. On Saturday, host Amherst (16-8) took charge in the first half with a 16-0 run to take a 32-14 lead on the way to an 80-68 victory. The Mammoths led by as many as 20 in the first half before settling for a 43-28 advantage at the break. The Panthers came no closer than 13 points in the second half until two Jack Farrell free throws made it 7566 with 1:10 to go. An Eric McCord hoop made it 76-68 in the final minute, but four Amherst free throws set the final score. Amherst held the Panthers to 35.8 percent shooting, including six of 24 from behind the arc, while the Mammoths shot 43.9 percent. The Mammoths also outrebounded the Panthers, 60-34. Farrell tied a career high with 22 points on seven-for-13 shooting, while Nick Tarantino scored 11. Jack Daly finished with six points, six assists and nine rebounds, and Matt Folger added seven points, six boards and three blocked shots. The Mammoths had five players score in double digits, paced by Michael Riopel with 17, and Fru Che and Joseph Schneider with 13 each. On Saturday host Hamilton (20-3) shot 52.5 percent, including 15 of 24 from three-point range, in snapping what had been an 11-game Panther winning streak, 102-81. The Continentals held a 38-32 lead at the break and stretched their advantage to 53-43. The Panthers scored seven-straight points (Adisa Majors and McCord inside and a Folger three-pointer) to close to within 56-53 with 11:41 remaining, but Hamilton quickly pushed the lead back to 10 and then pulled away in the final four minutes. McCord finished with 21 points to go along with eight rebounds. Folger scored 17 points, Daly added 15 with nine rebounds and six assists, and Farrell netted 11. For Hamilton Kena Gilmour tossed in 29 points, and Tim Doyle scored 19.

Schedule (Continued from Page 1B)

2/17 MUHS at Colchester................ 3:45 PM 2/19 Mt. Abe at Enosburg..................... 7 PM 2/19 St. Albans at VUHS...................... 7 PM 2/20 OV at Hartford.............................. 7 PM 2/22 Mt. Abe at Milton........................... 7 PM 2/22 MUHS at VUHS............................ 7 PM 2/24 Missisquoi at VUHS................. 4:30 PM 2/26 Milton at MUHS............................ 7 PM 2/26 VUHS at Enosburg....................... 7 PM 2/27 Woodstock at OV.......................... 7 PM 3/1 St. Albans at MUHS........................ 7 PM 3/1 VUHS at Mt. Abe............................ 7 PM 3/2 OV at MSJ...................................... 7 PM Gymnastics 2/17.......State Championship Meet in Essex Wrestling 2/23&24..... State Championship Meet at OV COLLEGE SPORTS Men’s Hockey 2/17 Hamilton at Midd........................... 4 PM 2/18 Amherst at Midd............................ 4 PM Women’s Hockey 2/16 Midd. at Williams.......................... 7 PM 2/17 Williams at Midd........................... 7 PM 2/24 NESCAC Quarterfinal at Midd........TBA Women’s Basketball NESCAC Playoffs 2/17 #5 Wesleyan at #4 Midd............... 3 PM Men’s Basketball NESCAC Playoffs 2/17 #5 Midd. at #4 Wesleyan.............. 3 PM Late events occurred after deadline. Spectators are advised to consult school websites for the latest schedule updates.


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Women’s hoop to host quarterfinal

EAGLE SENIOR LYDIA Pitts competes in the triple jump at the Division II state track meet Friday night at UVM. Pitts won the event with a distance of 35 feet, 2 inches.

Photo by Kirsten Pitts

Track (Continued from Page 1B) 300 and sixth in the 55; Mount Abe’s Emma Radler, who tied for the best height in the girls’ pole vault but finished second in a tiebreaker; Mount Abe’s Abby Perlee, who was third in the girls’ pole vault; and Mullin, who added a third-place finish in the boys’ 300 to his relay win. The Eagle athletes were competing as independents and did not score as a team; the sport has club status at their school and they train with their Vergennes peers. Milton (92 points) edged Rice (79) to win the boys’ competition. MUHS (21) took 10th, with VUHS (18) in 11th. No Tiger or Commodore girls competed. Rice (165) rolled to the girls’ title, with Hartford (84) in second. In girls’ events, the Mount Abe competitors’ results were: • Pole vault: 2. Radler, 8-0; 3. Per-

lee, 7-0 (tie). • Long jump: 1. Pitts, 16-1.5. • Triple jump: 1. Pitts, 35-2; 9. Perlee, 29-1. • 55 hurdles: 1. Pitts, 8.82. • 1,000: 9. Elizabeth Siminitus, 3:40.27. In boys’ events, the local competitors’ results were: • Long jump: 3. Bryant, MUHS, 18-5.75. • Pole vault: 6. Ian Fenster, MUHS, 7-0. • 4x800: 1. VUHS (Hurlburt, DeBlois, Praamsma, Mullin), 9:28.84. • 55: 3. Bryant, MUHS, 7.11 • 1,500: 6. Hurlburt, VUHS, 4:50.92; 10. Aidan May, Mt. Abe, 4:55.49. • 600: 3. Mullin, VUHS, 1:32.39; 7. Ross Carr, Mt. Abe, 1:35.01. • 300: 3. Bryant, MUHS, 38.50; 11. Carr, Mt. Abe, 41.55.

Wrap (Continued from Page 1B) worked overtime to defeat the Otters, 32-27. OV erased the 25-16 lead MRU took early in the fourth quarter with a 10-0 run capped by a Gabby Poalino hoop. The Minutemen went back ahead 27-26 before an Alia Edmunds free throw forced overtime. MRU then scored all five points in OT for the win. Olivia McPhee netted 20 to lead MRU (6-10). Poalino scored 12 and blocked four shots to spark OV. Mallory Lufkin added eight points for the Otters (4-12). EAGLE BOYS On Monday host BFA-St. Albans (11-4) remained unbeaten in Lake Division play by outlasting the

Mount Abe boys, 55-45. The Bobwhites held the Eagles to 13 points in the first half and led by eight at the break, but the Eagles pulled to within 29-27 midway through the third period. Bobwhite Jens Verderber scored 16 points of his 26 points in the second half to help St. Albans fend off Mount Abe. Liam Kelliher (14), Jackson Counter (11) and Parker Hines (10) all reached double figures for the Eagles, who dropped to 6-10. CORRECTION: Our Monday basketball wrap used an incorrect first name for Parker Hines, who scored eight points in the fourth quarter of the Eagles’ Saturday game. We apologize for the miscue.

Hockey (Continued from Page 1B) it 5-1 with an assist from Elizabeth Wulf. The Mules scored on a power play before Hlinka and Shuchuk gave the Panthers a season-high seven goals. Panther goalie Julia Neuburger recorded 16 saves, while two Mule goalies combined for 45 saves. On Friday the Panthers settled for a tight, 2-0 win despite outshooting the Mules by 37-15. Barney netted the game-winner in the second with the Panthers skating shorthanded. Haley LaFontaine started the play behind the Middlebury net by moving the puck up to Barney, who beat a defender along the left side and shot low into the right corner at 6:39. Middlebury iced the game with 0.3 seconds on the clock when Sid-

ney Portner set up LaFontaine for an empty-net goal. Panther goalie Lin Han made 15 saves for her fifth shutout of the year, while Mule goalie Cierra San Roman stopped 35 shots.

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s basketball team split two NESCAC home games this past weekend as the Panthers’ regular season concluded. It was an effort good enough to earn the program its second-straight home playoff quarterfinal. The fourth-seeded Panthers (17-7, 6-4 NESCAC) will host No. 5 Wesleyan (16-7, 5-5) on Saturday at 3 p.m. Middlebury defeated Wesleyan at home earlier this season, 77-60. The Panthers will be trying to win the program’s third home NESCAC playoff game and first since 2013. They earned the No. 4 seed and a home quarterfinal in 2017, but were upset by No. 5 Colby. The Panthers clinched the No. 4 seed by rallying past visiting Hamilton on this past Friday, 53-44. The Panthers trailed by as many as 11 in the opening quarter and trailed after one period, 17-7, and at the half, 2418. Then Hamilton’s Lauren Getman hit a three-pointer to make it 2718 to open the second half. But the Panthers went on a 14-2 run over the next eight minutes by limiting the Continentals to one hoop from the floor and forcing nine turnovers. Middlebury gained its first lead on a three by Sarah Kaufman at 3:30 showing on the clock, and a late Catherine Harrison free throw made it 37-33 entering the fourth quarter. Hamilton sliced the deficit to one 41-40 with 6:44 left on a jumper by Mia Caterisano. The Panthers went on a game-clinching 7-0 run over the next 5:30, making it 48-40 on a pair of Maya Davis free throws by Davis at 1:14. Middlebury then hit five of six from the line to nail down the win. Harrison paced the Panthers with a season-best 13 points, while Sabrina Weeks added 10 points and four steals. Davis tallied nine points and seven rebounds, while Colleen Caveney chipped in with seven points, seven rebounds and three assists. Lily Kuntz added five points and three blocked shots. Kaufman finished with five points, giving her 1,055 for her career and moving her into sixth place in program history. Getman scored 16 points to go along with seven rebounds. On Saturday first-place Amherst, the top-ranked team in NCAA Division III at 24-0, coasted past the host Panthers, 68-41. The Mammoths led by 25-15 at the half and opened the second half with a 13-5 surge and led by as many as 26 in the third period. Kuntz paced the Panthers with 11 points and three steals, while Davis added nine points. Weeks chipped in with six points and a pair of blocked shots, while Emily Wander knocked down two threes in eight minutes of action. Kira Waldman added five points and five rebounds. Hannah Fox led four Mammoths in double figures with 16 points to go along with eight rebounds. Hannah Hackley added 15 points.

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ALCOHOLICS ANONY‑ MOUS, 4 WEDNESDAY. Big Book Meeting, Middle‑ bury, United Methodist Church, North Pleasant St. 7:15‑8:15am. Discus‑ sion Meeting, Middlebury, The Turning Point Ctr. 54 Creek Rd. Noon‑1pm. 12 Step Meeting, Brandon, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Rte 7 South, 7‑8pm. 12 Step Meeting, Bristol, Howden Hall, 19 West St. 7‑8pm. ALCOHOLICS ANONY‑ MOUS, 5 THURSDAY. 12 Steps and Traditions Meeting, Ripton, Ripton Firehouse, Dugway Rd. 7:15‑8:15am. Big Book Meeting, Middlebury, The Turning Point Ctr. 54 Creek Rd. Noon‑1pm. Alternat‑ ing Format Meeting, Fer‑ risburgh, Assembly of God Christian Center. Route 7, 7‑8pm. Speaker Meeting, Middlebury, St. Stephen’s Church, Main St. (on the Green) 7:30‑8:30pm. ALCOHOLICS ANONY‑ MOUS, 6 FRIDAY. Spiri‑ tual Awakening Meeting, Middlebury, St. Stephen’s Church, Main St. (on the Green) 7:30‑8:30am. Dis‑ cussion Meeting, Middle‑ bury, The Turning Point Ctr. 54 Creek Rd. Noon‑1pm. Big Book Meeting, Bristol, Howden Hall, 19 West St. 6‑7pm. Discussion Meet‑ ing, Vergennes, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Park St. 8‑9pm. ALCOHOLICS ANONY‑ MOUS, 7 SATURDAY. Discussion Meeting, Mid‑ dlebury, United Methodist Church, North Pleasant St. 9‑10am. Discussion Meeting, Middlebury, The Turning Point Ctr. 54 Creek Rd. 10‑11am. Beginner’s Meeting, Middlebury, The Turning Point Ctr. 54 Creek Rd. 6:30‑7:30pm.



Learn more about local volunteer opportunities! If you are 55 and older, contact RSVP @ 388‑7044, rsvpaddison@ or visit Volunteers of any age can contact The United Way of Addison County’s Volunteer Center at www. and click on VOLUNTEER!

MAKING RECOVERY EAS‑ IER (MRE). Wednesdays, 1‑2 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 dis‑ cussing our feelings about the 12‑Step Programs to create a better understand‑ ing 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.



PROFESSIONAL PAINT‑ ING; interior/exterior, resi‑ dential/commercial, pressure washing. 20 years’ experi‑ ence. Best prices. Refer‑ ences. 802‑989‑5803.

C&I DRYWALL. Hanging, taping, skim coat plas‑ tering. Also tile. Call Joe 802‑234‑5545 or Justin 802‑234‑2190. CONSTRUCTION: ADDI‑ TIONS, RENOVATIONS, new construction, drywall, carpentry, painting, flooring, roofing, pressure washing, driveway sealing. All aspects of construction, also property maintenance. Steven Fifield 802‑989‑0009.

NA (JUST IN TIME) Wednesdays, 9 am, held at The Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd. NA MEETINGS MIDDLE‑ BURY: Fridays, 7:30 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. 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 OVEREATERS ANONY‑ MOUS (OA) big book meet‑ ing. Thursday’s, 5:30 pm, held at The Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd. OVEREATERS ANONY‑ MOUS (OA) Monday’s at 5:30pm. Located at the Bris‑ tol Federated Church in the conference room, 37 North St., Bristol. Enter the church from Church St.

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The Town of Bristol is seeking highly motivated candidates for the position of Recreation Director. Bristol (pop. 3,894) is a steadily growing, vibrant community located in the Champlain Valley in Addison County, Vermont. The Selectboard is seeking an individual with strong interpersonal, management, and organizational skills to plan, organize, and coordinate a yearround community recreation program for seniors, adults, youth, and visitors, including physical activities, special interest classes, summer programs, and seasonal community events and to supervise the Hub Teen Center/Skatepark and Bristol Pottery Studio staff. A detailed job description is available at Salary: $35,000 to $45,000 commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package. To apply, please e-mail a confidential cover letter, resume, and three references to with Bristol Recreation Director Search in the subject line or send to: Bristol Recreation Director Search PO Box 249 Bristol, VT 05443 Deadline to apply is Friday, March 9, 2018. The Town of Bristol is an equal opportunity provider and employer.





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Red Cross Volunteers Needed The American Red Cross is seeking volunteers to assist with local blood drive events on a monthly basis. Shifts are typically 4 – 6 hours long and take place on weekdays in Middlebury. Volunteers can assist in various capacities. If you are interested in learning more about this volunteer opportunity, please contact RSVP at 388-7044 or

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WHISTLEPIG CURRENTLY HIRING FOR full time bottler. Eye for detail and accuracy. Flexible duties and hours Monday‑Friday. Be able to stand on feet for 8 hours a day with unassisted lifting of 25 pounds. Please send resume and 3 professional references to info@whis‑

1,800 SQ. FT. WARE‑ HOUSE commercial space. As is or renovate to suit. Creek Road, Middlebury. 802‑558‑6092.


SUGARWOOD APART‑ MENTS is currently ac‑ cepting applications for 2, 3 and 4 BR apartments in Middlebury. All income/ assets must be verified to determine monthly rent, but tenants only pay 30% of their income toward rent. NP/NS. W/D hook‑ups. Call 802‑247‑0165 or visit our website www.summitpmg. com. Equal Housing Op‑ portunity.

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The Addison County Relocalization Network, (ACORN) is seeking a Manager to organize the 11th annual Tour De Farms bicycle tour in Vergennes. The event will take place in mid September 2018. Planning needs to start in late March or April. Essential duties include: • Enrollment of event sponsors • Farm recruitment • Assisting ACORN board and executive director with marketing plan and publicizing the tour • Route planning • Volunteer recruitment and management • Day of event management • Monthly reports to ACORN Board of Directors • Regular checkins with ACORN Executive Director. Please send cover letter, examples of past history of event and/or project management, and three letters of reference to:

Shelburne Museum is hiring for the Summer 2018 season. Available positions include: • Gardening Assistant • Groundskeeper (Full & Part Time) • Museum Services Assistant • Museum Store Sales Associate • Part Time Educators • Visitor Guides For full job descriptions and application instructions, please visit

FIRST AND SECOND SHIFT Packaging Techni‑ cian. Otter Creek Brewing is looking for two dedicated and motivated individuals to join our warehouse and production team. If you’re hard‑working and curious about the thriving craft brew‑ ing industry, this is the place for you! Visit ottercreekbrew‑ to learn more and apply.

KITCHEN OPENINGS. LINE COOK, full time, dinners only. Wednesday ‑ Sunday. Experience with fresh food. Also, entree level prep posi‑ tion. 3 ‑4 nights per week. Email: info@innatbaldwin‑ or call Doug at 453‑2432.

Seeking self motivated, detail oriented individuals with the willingness to learn any skills necessary to help the business. Must have a professional and positive attitude toward their work, coworkers and customers. Looking for long-term commitment. Full time positions with competitive wages based on experience plus a benefits package.

For Sale ANTIQUE DOUBLE BAR‑ REL ACME Arms Co. 12 gauge. Beautiful vintage fire‑ arm. $185. 802‑989‑5803.


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GERMAN WORLD WAR II helmet. Some bullet dam‑ age. Very collectible. $100. OBO. Call for pictures. 802‑453‑4235.

Help wanted at bustling charity resale store. (1) Retail associate, 29.5 hours a week,  to assist shoppers, operate a cash register, and perform other tasks as needed.  (2) Materials handler, 29.5 hours,  to greet people donating goods, assist with pickups and deliveries, prepare merchandise for the sales floor, and more. (3) Full time retail associate, 40 hours a week, including Saturdays. Qualified applicants should send resume and cover letter to us at  282 Boardman Street or email to These positions will remain open until we find the right people. Equal Opportunity Employer.

WE HAVE ONGOING CAREGIVER JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT HELEN PORTER! If you are interested in RN, LPN, or LNA positions, come to Helen Porter for an interview any Wednesday between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm.

SAWMILLS FROM ONLY $4,397. Make & save money with your own bandmill. Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free Info/DVD: NorwoodSaw‑ 1‑800‑578‑1363, Ext. 300N. THE BARREL MAN; plastic and metal barrels, 275 gallon food‑grade totes. 55 gallon plastic food‑grade barrels with spin‑on covers. Great for rain barrels. A barrel for every need. 802‑453‑4235. U S E D R E S TA U R A N T EQUIPMENT plus chairs, tables and hood systems. 802‑388‑4831.

Newly Constructed Loft, One Bedroom and Two Bedroom Apartments in Downtown Middlebury Historic Building | Air Conditioning European Appliances, Quartz Countertops & Washer/Dryer Off-Street Parking | Pet friendly Walk to Middlebury College campus Contact: Christine Golden Nedde Real Estate 802-373-5893

ADDISON, PRIVATE SUITE IN large house. Bedroom, private bathroom and sitting area, skylights. Shared kitch‑ en, laundry. Includes utili‑ ties/internet. $600 monthly, security deposit, references. 802‑759‑2133. ADDISON: SEEKING PET‑ friendly housemate who can help w/dog‑walking & chip in on yard work. $350/mo. (all inc). Private bath/bdrm/ living rm. No smoking. No deposit. 863‑5625 or Ho‑ for application. Interview, refer‑ ences, background checks required. EHO. DRY, WINTER/SUMMER STORAGE SPACE in Addi‑ son. Available storage space in my barn for summer/winter storage. The barn is structur‑ ally sound and weather‑tight with electricity. No heat or running water. The barn is also available for lease. The entrance door measure‑ ments are 8’ wide by 7’ high. For more info: 802‑363‑3403 or

Buy it! Sell it! Find it! Check the Classifieds twice a week in the Addison Independent.

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BLACK LAB PUPPIES 2 males. 6 females. Parents both big. Ready to go March 9th. No papers. $900, tak‑ ing deposits. Scott Myrick, 802‑349‑4246.

Att. Farmers CORN SILAGE, SAWDUST at the farm. Book Bros. West Haven, Vt. Call after 7pm, 802‑265‑8698. DRY SLAB FIREWOOD, hard and softwood, pro‑ cessed firewood, saw‑ dust. Book Bros. West Haven, Vt. Call after 7pm, 802‑265‑8698. FIRST CUT HAY for sale. Small square bales. Call 802‑349‑9281. HAY FOR SALE small first cut, $3.00. Small second cut, $4.00. 802‑377‑5455.

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FOR RENT: BRIDPORT, Commercial/retail office. 1,200 Sq. Ft. High traffic visibility. tbrought@middle‑

RIPTON, SMALL ONE bed‑ room house. No smoking or pets. $800 per month plus utilities. 802‑388‑2641.

LUMBER AT SAWMILL, hard and softwood, sawdust. Book Bros. West Haven, Vt. 802‑265‑3675.

ROOMS FOR RENT in his‑ torical Vergennes Inn. Janu‑ ary through Mid May. Perfect for UTC, Traveling nurses or other traveling professionals. $550 to $950 per month. Call Bill 802‑877‑3293. emer‑

ORGANIC AND NON‑OR‑ GANIC hay. 4X4 string bales. 700‑800 lbs. Stored outside. 802‑265‑3857.

MIDDLEBURY 2 BED‑ ROOM near downtown. Appliances, off street park‑ ing, lease. No pets. Real Net Management Inc. 802‑388‑4994. MIDDLEBURY 3 BED‑ ROOM apartment, fully furnished, all inclusive except internet/TV. Call 802‑388‑4831. MIDDLEBURY OFFICE SPACE for rent. 400 sq.ft., second floor. Available Janu‑ ary 1, 2018. Contact Eric at 802‑388‑6054. MIDDLEBURY: RETAIL/ OFFICE space for rent. 1,303 square feet. Front door parking. Contact Eric at 388‑6054. (Countryside Carpet and Paint) NEW HAVEN, SUNNY, ef‑ ficient apartment. Views, hard wood floors. No pets, no smoking. References. $895/month plus utilities. 802‑236‑2040. ONE BEDROOM, FIVE‑STAR energy effi‑ cient apartment in Salis‑ bury, close to Lake Dun‑ more. One half of duplex. Large bedroom with full bath up. Living room and kitchen with all appliances on first floor. Heated basement with W/D. Private sun deck. $850/month, plus utilities. Absolutely non‑smoking, no pets on premises. Deposit and references required. Available 4/1/2018. Call 802‑352‑6678.

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LAKE DUNMORE: Winter‑ ized 2‑bedroom lakefront cottage available until June 1. Shorter periods. Sleeps 5. Comfortably furnished, fully‑equipped kitchen, bath‑ room with shower. Plowing, trash collection, recycling, WiFi, satellite television included. 802‑352‑4236; karen@northcovecottages. com.

2 BEDROOM, FIRST FLOOR apartment with full private basement. W/D hookups. Located in Middle‑ bury, close to town on Court St. Off street parking, lawn care and snow plowing in‑ cluded. $1,100 per month plus utilities. No smoking or pets. 802‑352‑6678.

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2 BEDROOM APARTMENT, 1 mile south of Brandon. $700/mo. plus utilities. Ab‑ solutely no pets or smoking. 802‑352‑6678.

GREENHOUSE WORKERS WANTED part or full time. Seasonal. March 1 ‑ June 15. First Season Green‑ houses. Call 802‑475‑2588. Best time to call is between 5pm ‑ 6pm.

YARD WORKER. DRIVER’S license required. Load and unload trucks, run machin‑ ery, bag product, assist cus‑ tomers. Apply at: Vermont Natural Ag Products, 297 Lower Foote Street, Middle‑ bury, VT or email resume to:

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RUTLAND: SHARE A HOME w/ woman in her 60s who enjoys hiking & skiing. $400 plus utilities. Private bath/bdrm/living rm. No ad‑ ditional pets/no smoking. No deposit. 802‑863‑5625 or for application. Interview, refer‑ ences, background checks required. EHO.

Want to Rent A WORKING COUPLE seeking a home to rent in the Middlebury area. We have 1 dog and 1 cat. We have great references and seek long term. We want to pay $1,400 or less a month. Please call or test 802‑310‑4966 and ask for Greg.

Wood Heat FIREWOOD. CUT, SPLIT and delivered. $210/cord seasoned. $185/cord green. 802‑282‑9110. SIMPLY READY‑2‑BURN™ Everyday low prices; free delivery ‑ free kindling; sea‑ soned, clean, split, mixed hardwood. Small orders OK. Click or call 1‑855‑MIDDMEN™.

Real Estate REAL ESTATE FOR SALE Only three lots remain in the Daisy Lane Residen‑ tial Development. One is a beautiful wooded 1 1/4 acre with a small year round stream. Lots are supported with village water and ap‑ proved for simple in‑ground septic. Located in East Mid‑ dlebury, just 15‑20 minutes from the Snow Bowl, 2 golf courses and beautiful Lake Dunmore. 802‑388‑2502 or 802‑388‑7350.

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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.



2005 GOLD TOYOTA PRI‑ US. Very good condition. 45‑55+ MPGallon. Loaded with extras including fog lights and Bluetooth for hands free phone. Pres‑ ently on 4 very good snow tires and 4 all‑weather tires on rims included. 193,000 gentle miles. Kept in garage. Easily passes yearly inspec‑ tion, Oct ‘18. $5,000 firm. 388‑6622. BID TO BUY YOUR next ride at auction. Sat., Feb. 17 @ 9AM. 300± Cars. Online Bidding Available. 298 J. Brown Dr., Wil‑ liston. 1‑800‑474‑6132.

Wanted LIONS CLUB NEEDS stuff for their annual auction. Please NO appliances or electronics. Call for pick up, 388‑7124. Help us, help others. TRUSTED 3RD GEN. VT Antique dealer specializing in jewelry, watches, silver, art, military, antique collect‑ ibles, etc. Visit bittneran‑ or call Brian at 802‑272‑7527. Consulting/ appraisal services available. House calls made free of charge.

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Public Notices Index

Public Notices for the following can be found in this ADDISON INDEPENDENT on Pages 8B & 9B.

Addison County Courthouse (1)

Bristol (2)

Monkton (1)

Addison County Superior Court (1)

Cornwall (1)

Vergennes (1)

Addison County Regional Planning Commission (1)

Ferrisburgh (1)

Addison Northeast Supervisory Union-Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School (1)

Middlebury (1)


The legal voters of the Town of Ferrisburgh are hereby warned and notified to meet at the Ferrisburgh Central School, in said town on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. to transact the following business. NOTE: Polls for the Australian ballot voting will be open from 7:00a.m. to 7:00p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at the Town Hall. Article 1: To hear reports of the Town Officers. Article 2: Will the town authorize the town Treasurer to collect current taxes? Article 3: Will the town approve an increase in the Highway Contingency Fund in the amount of $10,000 per year for a total appropriation of $40,000 per year? Article 4: Will the town authorize the purchase of a loader in the amount not to exceed $115,000, all or a portion of which shall be financed over a period not to exceed five years? Article 5: Will the town approve general fund expenditures of $1,935,567, of which $1,507,142 shall be raised by taxes and $428,425 by non-tax revenue for the 2018-2019 Selectboard Budget, excluding any other amounts authorized by the voters? Total expenditures will be increased by any separate articles voted independently. Article 6: Will the voters of the Town approve the following appropriations for the agencies listed below: Gage Cemetery Association 2,500.00 Addison County Restorative Justice $800.00 Green Up Vermont 150.00 Addison County Transit Resources 3,100.00 Homeward Bound (Humane Society) 1,000.00 HOPE (Formerly ACCAG) 2,000.00 Hospice Volunteer Services 500.00 Addison County Economic Development Corporation 500.00 John W. Graham Emergency Shelter Service, Inc. 825.00 Addison County Home Health & Hospice, Inc. 2,983.00 Lewis Creek Association 500.00 Addison County Parent Child Center 1,600.00 North Ferrisburgh Cemetery Association 2,500.00 Addison County Readers, Inc. 600.00 Otter Creek Natural Resources Conservation District 275.00 Addison County River Watch Collaborative 500.00 Retired Senior Volunteer Program 210.00 American Legion - Memoral Day Observation 300.00 Rokeby Museum 1,000.00 Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vergennes 500.00 Union Cemetery 2,400.00 Age Well (Champlain Valley Agency on Aging) 1,100.00 Vermont Adult Learning 785.00 Community Health Services Open Door Clinic 400.00 Vermont Center for Independent Living 250.00 Counseling Service of Addison County, Inc. 1,650.00 Women Safe 1,250.00 Elderly Services, Inc. 1,100.00 TOTAL $31,778.00 The Friends of the Vergennes Opera House 500.00 Article 7: To transact any other business proper to come before said meeting at this time. At the close of the above business, the meeting shall be recessed until March 6, 2018 at the Ferrisburgh Town Hall to vote by Australian ballot on the following matters, to wit: BY AUSTRALIAN BALLOT Article 8: To elect Town Officers Polls open from 7a.m. to 7p.m. Dated at Ferrisburgh, Vermont this 24th day of January 2018. Loretta Lawrence, Chair James Benoit Steve Gutowski Michael Muir Rick Ebel Received for record this 24th day of January 2018 Glora Warden, Town Clerk OFFICES TO APPEAR ON THE BALLOT March 6, 2018 Moderator – 1-year term First Constable – 1-year term Town Agent – 1-year term Select board – 2-year term Town Grand Juror – 1-year term Select board – 3-year term Auditor – 3-year term ANWSD School Director – 3-year term Lister – 3-year term ANWSD School Director – 3-year term Rogers & Hazard Fund Trustee – 2-year term 2/12


The legal voters of the Town of Bristol are hereby WARNED and NOTIFIED to meet at Holley Hall in said Bristol, on Monday, March 5, 2018 at 7 :00 p.m., said meeting to be recessed at the close of all business to be transacted from the floor to the following day, Tuesday, March 6, 2018 for voting by Australian ballot between the hours of 7:00 a.m., at which time the polls will open, and 7:00 p.m., at which time the polls will close, for the election of officers and voting on those articles so noted. ARTICLE 1: To hear the reports of the Town officers. ARTICLE 2: To elect Town Officers by Australian ballot. ARTICLE 3: Will the voters of the Town of Bristol vote that all real property taxes payable in installments shall bear interest at a rate of ¾ of one percent per month or fraction thereof for the first three months and thereafter one and one-quarter percent per month or fraction thereof from the due date of each installment with the payment to the Town Treasurer of the real property taxes for the Town’s fiscal year period of July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019, being due in two equal installments on November 5, 2018 and April 5, 2018 by physical delivery to the Town Office before midnight on that date? ARTICLE 4: To set salaries that shall be paid to the members of the Selectboard. ARTICLE 5: Will the voters adopt the proposed 2018-2019 fiscal year Highway Fund Operating Budget in the amount of $775,541 a portion thereof in the amount of $677,691 to be raised by taxes; the tax rate on the 2018 Grand List of the Town sufficient to raise said sum as taxes to be determined by the Selectboard? ARTICLE 6: Will the voters adopt the proposed 2018-2019 fiscal year General Fund Operating Budget in the amount of $926,739, a portion thereof in the amount of $753,882 to be raised by taxes; the tax rate on the 2018 Grand List of the Town sufficient to raise said sum as taxes to be determined by the Selectboard? ARTICLE 7: Will the voters adopt the proposed 2018-2019 fiscal year Arts, Parks and Recreation Department budget in the amount of $224,393, a portion thereof in the amount of $145,843 to be raised by taxes; the tax rate of the 2018 Grand List of the Town sufficient to raise said sum as taxes to be determined by the Selectboard? ARTICLE 8: Will the voters appropriate the following sums to be placed in various Town Reserve Fund accounts as noted? Reserve Fund: Amount: Capital Fire Equipment Reserve $25,000 Capital Road Fund - Paving $100,000 Capital Highway Equipment Reserve $100,000 Conservation Reserve Fund $10,000 Capital Building Reserve $30,000 Technology Fund $5,000 Capital Road Fund - Construction $40,000 Total: $310,000 ARTICLE 9: Will the voters approve an appropriation of $70,000 in lieu of the sum of a two cent levy on the tax rate to fund the Fire Vehicle Capital Reserve Fund? ARTICLE 10: Will the voters approve an appropriation of $137,872 for the Lawrence Memorial Library for its annual operating budget, said sum to be raised by taxes? ARTICLE 11: Will the voters establish a Sidewalk Reserve Fund pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 2804 for the purpose of developing new and maintaining existing sidewalks and appropriating a sum of $35,000 to it? ARTICLE 12: Will the voters appropriate $22,000 for the Bristol Cemetery Association, Inc. for the purpose of maintaining Greenwood Cemetery (mowing and trimming) in a well-kept manner in accordance with 24 V.S.A. § 2691? ARTICLE 13: Shall the Town appropriate $2,100 to Charter House Coalition to provide emergency winter shelter to Families and individuals and to provide meals every day of the week to nutritionally challenged people in accordance with 24 V.S.A § 2691? ARTICLE 15: Will the voters appropriate the following sums in support of the organizations listed below, with said amounts level funded or lowered from the prior year, pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 2691? Organization: Amount: Addison County Restorative Justice $1,150 Bristol Little League $2,000 Addison County Home Health & Hospice $4,700 Bristol Recreation Club $15,000 Addison County Humane Society $1,000 Bristol Rescue Squad $13,500 Addison County Parent/Child Center $4,800 Counseling Service of Addison County $3,875 Addison County Readers $2,000 Elderly Services $2,200 Addison County Transit Resources $11,306 Hope (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects) $3,250 Addison County River Watch $300 Hospice Volunteer Services $1,200 Age Well (formerly CVAA) $2,700 John Graham Shelter $1,400 Bristol After School Kid’s Program $1,275 North East Addison Television (NEAT) $3,500 Bristol Band $1,200 Open Door Clinic $1,000 Bristol CORE $10,000 Retired and Senior Volunteer Program $ 750 Bristol Family Center $4,000 Vermont Adult Learning $1,650 Bristol Fourth of July Committee $6,000 WomenSafe $3,500 Bristol Historical Society $2,500 Total: $105,756 ARTICLE 16: Will the voters support the following non-binding resolution? In 2016 the Vermont Department of Public Service wrote the Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan. It states Vermont will meet 25% of its energy needs using renewable sources by 2025, 40% by 2035, and 90% by 2050. On January 1, 2018, the U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, “I am not issuing an appeal. I am issuing an alert, a red alert, for our world ... Climate change is moving faster that we are. Inequalities are growing ... I urge leaders everywhere to make this New Year’s resolution: Narrow the gaps. Bridge the divides. Rebuild trust by bringing people together around common goals. Unity is the path. Our future depends on it. Thank you.” “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: Second Notice” (, 11/13/17) states, “Especially troubling is the current trajectory of potentially catastrophic climate change due to rising greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels ... Lay citizens must insist that their governments take immediate action as a moral imperative to current and future generations of human and other life.” All fossil fuels used in Vermont are imported, resulting in a financial drain on the Vermont economy. Local renewable energy and efficiency measures increase Vermont job opportunities and boost our state’s economy. In light of the above statements, Bristol urges the State of Vermont to: 1. Firmly commit to developing renewable energy for all people in Vermont, 2. Continue to support comprehensive energy efficiency in our homes, businesses, and municipal buildings, 3. Delay any new expansion of natural gas pipelines unless or until it is determined that it will not cause the State to exceed the goals of no more than 10% of the State’s energy coming from fossil fuels, by the year 2050, 4. Ensure that the transition to renewable energy is fair and equitable for all residents. ARTICLE 17: To transact any other non-binding business that may legally come before this meeting. Adopted and approved at a meeting of the Selectboard of the Town of Bristol duly called, noticed and held on January 22, 2018. Received for record and recorded in the records of the Town of Bristol on January 23, 2018. Bristol Selectboard: John “Peeker” Heffernan, Chair; Joel Bouvier; Peter Coffey; Theodore Lylis; Michelle Perlee ATTEST: Jen Myers, Town Clerk 2/15

Lincoln LINCOLN — The 2018 Winter Olympics are officially underway and I’m so excited to watch the amazingly talented Team U.S.A. go for the gold. The Parade of Nations is always a highlight for me. You can just feel the Olympic spirit as the athletes beam with pride waving their nation’s flag, taking selfies with their teammates and dancing along with the music. Good luck to all of the athletes. The U.S.A.’s first gold medal of the games was awarded to 17-year-old Redmond Gerard in the Snowboarding Slopestyle Final. Go Team USA. We’re celebrating a special birthday in our household this month. Happy

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Birthday, Jacob. I can’t believe you’ll be a decade old on February 18th. Wishing you the best birthday ever. I love you. The third- and fourth-graders at Lincoln Community School are partnering with Middlebury College students on their senior projects, which are focused on Lincoln both past and present. Upon invitation from the Burnham Foundation Committee and the Lincoln Select Board, we will be interviewing Lincoln residents. We welcome individual and family groups to come share your stories and memories of Lincoln. Interviews will be conducted by Middlebury College students, some


The Addison County Regional Planning Commission (ACRPC) and Middlebury Planning Commission will hold a joint public hearing on March 1st 2018 at 12:00pm in Rm 188 at the Town Office, to review the Middlebury Town Plan. The Town of Middlebury has requested that ACRPC grant regional approval of their Town Plan pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 4350(b). The purpose of the review is to determine whether the Middlebury Town Plan: (1) is consistent with the goals established in 24 V.S.A. § 4302; (2) is compatible with its regional plan; (3) is compatible with approved plans of other municipalities in the region; and (4) contains all the elements included in 24 V.S.A. §4382. The Middlebury Town Plan encompasses the entire Town of Middlebury. Copies of the Middlebury Town Plan can be viewed at the Middlebury Town office or on their website: Adam Lougee, Executive Director Addison County Regional Planning Commission 388-3141 2/15


The legal voters of the Police Department Special Service District of the Town of Bristol are hereby WARNED and NOTIFIED to meet at Holley Hall in said Bristol, on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, between the hours of 7:00 a.m., at which time the polls will open, and 7:00 p.m., at which time the polls will close, to vote by Australian ballot on the following articles of business: ARTICLE 1: Will the voters of the Bristol Police District adopt the proposed 2018-2019 fiscal year budget in the amount of $461,374, a portion thereof in the amount of $422,974 to be raised by a District special assessment property tax; the tax rate on the 2018 Grand List of the property in the area included within the District sufficient to raise said special assessment property tax sum as taxes to be determined by the Selectboard? Informational Meetings: The legal voters of the Bristol Police District are further notified that informational meetings will be held at Holley Hall in Bristol on Monday, February 19, 2018 during a regular Selectboard meeting which will commence at 6:00 p.m., and on Monday, March 5, 2018 during a special Selectboard meeting which will commence at 6:00 p.m. (preceding the Annual Town Meeting which will commence at 7:00 p.m.), for the purpose of discussion about the proposed Police District Budget. Adopted and approved at a meeting of the Selectboard of the Town of Bristol duly called, noticed and held on January 22, 2018. Received for record and recorded in the records of the Town of Bristol on January 23, 2018. Bristol Selectboard: John “Peeker” Heffernan, Chair; Joel Bouvier; Peter Coffey; Theodore Lylis; Michelle Perlee ATTEST: Jen Myers, Town Clerk 2/15


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The Cornwall Development Review Board will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at 7 pm, at the Cornwall Town Hall, located at 2629 Route 30 in Cornwall, Vermont. Purpose of the hearing: To hear a request by Mary Markwell, of 610 Snake Mountain Road, Cornwall, Vermont to subdivide an 18 acre lot on Snake Mountain Road into 2 lots: one with approximately 14 acres and the other with approximately 4 acres. The matter was classified as a minor subdivision by the Cornwall Development Review Board on December 6, 2017. All applications are available to the public at the Cornwall Town Clerk's office, 2629 Route 30, Cornwall, Vermont. You are free to review the file for any additional information concerning this particular matter. Persons wishing to be heard at this public hearing may do so in person, or may be represented at the hearing by a licensed Vermont Attorney or an authorized agent. Please note that in accordance with Chapter 117, Section 4464, of the Vermont statutes, participation in this public hearing is a prerequisite to the right to make subsequent appeal. 2/15


WILMINGTON SAVINGS FUND SOCIETY, FSB, D/B/A CHRISTIANA TRUST, NOT INDIVIDUALLY BUT AS TRUSTEE FOR PRETIUM MORTGAGE ACQUISITION TRUST v. COREY M. COLLETTE AND MICHELLE L. FORQUES-COLLETTE F/K/A MICHELLE L. FORQUES OCCUPANTS OF 873 BASIN HARBOR ROAD, BRIDPORT, VT MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY UNDER 12 V.S.A. sec 4952 et seq. In accordance with the Judgment Order and Decree of Foreclosure entered June 20, 2017, in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Corey M. Collette and Michelle L. Collette to Kittredge Mortgage Corporation, dated April 13, 2006 and recorded in Book 67 Page 151 of the land records of the Town of Bridport, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of the following Assignments of Mortgage: (1) Assignment of Mortgage from Kittredge Mortgage Corporation to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Mortgage Network Inc. dated April 13, 2006 and recorded in Book 67 Page 151, (2) Assignment of Mortgage from Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Mortgage Network Inc. to Wells Fargo Bank, NA dated August 8, 2012 and recorded in Book 81 Page 103 and (3) Assignment of Mortgage from Wells Fargo Bank, NA to Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB, d/b/a Christiana Trust, not individually but as trustee for Pretium Mortgage Acquisition Trust dated April 20, 2016 and recorded in Book 87 Page 485, all of the land records of the Town of Bridport for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 873 Basin Harbor Road, Bridport, Vermont on March 5, 2018 at 10:00 AM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, To wit: Being all and the same land and premises described in a Warranty Deed from Donald M. Collette and Norma J. Collette to Cory M. Collette and Michelle L. Collette, also sometimes known as Michelle L. Forgues-Collette, dated July 25, 2001, recorded in Volume 51, Pap 25 of the Land Records of the Town of Bridport. Said lands are more particularly described therein as follows: “Being a PORTION of the same land And premises described in a Warranty Deed from Lawrence J. Begnoche and Mabel Laura Begnochc to Donald M. Collette and Norma J. Collette, dated October 12, 2000, recorded in Volume 49, Page 152 of the Land Records of the Town of Bridport. Said land and premises may be more particularly described as follows: Beginning at a 5/8” iron pin act in the easterly sideline of Town Road No. 2, also known as Basin Harbor Road, said iron pin marking the northwesterly corner of lands, now or formerly, owned by the Sarah N, Guenig, William T. Nichols and Calvin E. True, Co-Trustees of the Louise T. Nichols Indenture of Trust and the southwest corner of the lands described herein as depicted on a Survey Map entitled “Proposed Subdivision of Lot #5 Lands of Donald M. Collette & Norma J. Collette easterly of Basin Harbor Road Bridport, Addison County, Vermont” by Timothy L. Short, Licensed Surveyor No. 651, dated March 21. 2001 and recorded in the Land Map Records of the Town of Bridport as map #135; THENCE’ S 83° 33’ 34” E a distance of 470.17 feet to an iron pin; THENCE S 85° 11’ 18” E a distance of 1016.73 feet to an iron pin; THENCE S 86° 18’ 56” E a distance of 1634.64 feet to an iron pin marking the southeasterly corner of the lands described herein; THENCE N 02” 41’ 40” E a distance of 129.82 feet to an iron pin marking the northeast corner of the lands described herein; THENCE the following courses and distances in and along the southerly line of lands retained by the Grantors herein, Donald M. Collette and Norma J. Collette: 1) N 85° 11’ 57” W a distance of 1617.92 feet to an iron pin; 2) N 84° 55’ 38’ W a distance of 1045.65 feet to an iron pin; 3) N 06’ 09’ 30” E a distance of 37.00 feet to an iron pin; 4) N 83° 50’ 30” W a distance of 450.00 feet to an iron pin located in the easterly line of Town Road No. 2; THENCE S 05° ‘51’ 31” W a distance of 200.59 feet in and along the easterly line of Town Road No. 2 to an iron pin marking the point or place of beginning. Said lands are noted on the aforesaid survey map as Lot # 5(b) and contain 11.44 acres, more or less. Also conveyed herewith, but by Quitclaim only, are those lands lying westerly of the premises described herein and the centerline of Town Road No. 2, also known as Basin Harbor Road. Reserved herewith, for the benefit of the Grantors herein, their heirs and assigns, for use in common with the Grantees, their heirs and assigns, is an easement and right of way for purposes of ingress, egress and the installation, repair, maintenance and replacement of necessary utility services. Each party utilizing said right of way shall share equally in the costs of repair and maintenance, including snowplowing, of that portion of the right of way used in common. Also herewith is an easement and right of way ten (10) feet either side of the centerline of the right of way as constructed where said right of way crosses retained lands of the Grantors for the purpose) of providing ingress, egress and installation, repair, maintenance and replacement of necessary utility services to the lands conveyed herein.” Reference is hereby made to the aforementioned deed arid deeds and records therein referenced, all in further aid of this description. Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description. Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described. TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within sixty (60) days after the date of sale. The mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale. DATED: January 31, 2018 By: /S/Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. 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Police wrestle aggressive man

K-9 finds missing Midd. woman By JOHN FLOWERS MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Police Department’s newest — and only — four-legged recruit is proving her worth. Middlebury police Officer Bill Austin and his K-9, Neila, were put into action last Saturday, Feb. 10, when authorities received a “missing person” involving a Green Mountain Place resident suffering from a memory loss disease. Police said the woman had left her home to walk at an indoor track at Middlebury College. When she didn’t show up at that location

and couldn’t be found, the police called in the K-9, an 11-month-old Belgian Malinois. Neila picked up the missing woman’s scent from a piece of clothing and followed it to the college’s field house. There, they found the woman safe and sound. Chief Tom Hanley said Neila has, in her three months on the force, proven to be an incredible asset. “Among other things, the K-9 was used to help deter an assault against the officer when engaging a violent psychiatric patient negating the need for physical force,” Hanley

said. “Demonstrating versatility, she successfully tracked a missing Alzheimer patient. Officer Austin and the K-9 team are far exceeding the expectations we provided the voters in Middlebury when they voted to support this program.” It was on Town Meeting Day this past March that Middlebury voters agreed to spend $30,620 to re-establish a K-9 program for their local police department. This money helped pay for the purchase of Neila and also help cover some of the significant, first-year expenses of the program.

Accident ends with DUI citation ADDISON COUNTY — A New York man was cited for drunk driving last Wednesday after his truck overturned in a ditch in Cornwall. On Feb. 7 at 4:40 p.m. Vermont State Police were called to a onevehicle crash off Route 30 near Parkhill Road in Cornwall. Troopers report that Michael Maloney, 41, of Bangor, N.Y., was driving a 2016 Chevy Silverado pickup when he pulled to the side of the road to allow another vehicle to pass. Upon doing so, police report, the truck got caught on the soft shoulder, slid off the roadway and turned onto its side in the ditch. While speaking with Maloney, troopers detected signs of impairment, so they screened him for drunk driving, took him to the New Haven state police barracks for processing and later released him after citing him for driving under the influence of alcohol. In other recent activity, Vermont State Police: • On Feb. 5 at a little before 1 p.m. responded to a two-car crash on Route 7 near South Middlebrook Road in Waltham. Initial reports indicated that there was airbag deployment and injuries. Police report that Susan Bourdon, 60, of Waltham was driving northbound and stopped to turn left onto South Middlebrook Road, when a car driven by Molly Saunders, 27, of Middlebury ran into the rear end of Bourdon’s car — causing a lot of damage. Saunders’ car was totaled; no injuries were reported. Police are still investigating. Vermont State Police were assisted on scene by members of Vergennes Fire Department, Vergennes Area Rescue Squad and the Bristol Rescue Squad. • On Feb. 9 at around 5:40 p.m. received a 911 call reporting that a car had crashed into a tree off Route 7 near Carol’s Hungry Mind in New Haven. Initial reports were no other cars were involved and there appeared to be no injuries. Police report that Karl-Matthew Lin, 19, of Middlebury told them he was driving a 2017 Ford Escape southbound on Route 7 and started to pass another southbound car, but saw a northbound vehicle cresting the hill in front of him and swerved left. The Escape went off the east side of the road traveled across a snow-covered lawn and struck a tree. Lin and his three passengers were all screened roadside by rescue personnel for minor bumps and contusions. Troopers cited Lin for negligent driving.


School Briefs Weybridge resident Trey Kaufmann was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester at Wheaton College in Norton, MA. Kaufmann, class of 2021, is also a member of the school’s men’s lacrosse team. To qualify, students must earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

PUBLIC NOTICE Full Passport Service 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.


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• On Feb. 10 at approximately 7:35 p.m. were dispatched to a motor vehicle versus snowmobile crash on Route 22A in Benson. Police report that a snowmobile crossing the highway failed to yield to a vehicle driven by 29-year-old Jonathan P. Bruso of Orwell. Bruso’s vehicle struck the snowmobile, causing nonlife-threatening injuries to the driver. DUI charges were pending against the snowmobiler awaiting blood test results. State police cited Bruso for driving with a criminally suspended license. • On Feb. 11 at approximately 1:45 a.m. stopped a vehicle on Hardscrabble Road in Monkton after observing several traffic infractions. Police cited Jacob Jimmo, 32, of Lincoln for driving with a criminally suspended license. • On Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. stopped a car on Route 7 in Middlebury that was driven by a person known to have a suspended license. Police ended up citing Cheryl Barrows 53, of Salisbury for driving with a criminally suspended license. • On Feb. 12 at approximately 7 p.m. watched a motor vehicle disregard a stop sign at the corner of North Street and Plank Road in New Haven. After checking with the Department of Motor Vehicles, the trooper cited Josh Thorpe, 34, of Whiting for driving with a criminally suspended license. Vermont State Police release a daily log of a selection of their activities. In Addison County, those activities included: • Feb. 6, motorist assistance, Route 17, Addison. • Feb. 6, citizen assist, Jockey Lane, Monkton. • Feb. 6, sex offender registry check, Route 7, New Haven. • Feb. 6, citizen assist, Tatro Road, Starksboro. • Feb. 7, motor vehicle/ disturbances, Dog Team Road, New Haven. • Feb. 7, traffic crash, Route 125, Cornwall. • Feb. 7, motor vehicle/ disturbances, Route 7 and 17, New Haven. • Feb. 7, DUI, Route 30, Cornwall. • Feb. 7, agency assist, Larose Lane, Bristol. • Feb. 7, suspicious person or circumstance, Shacksboro Road,


The Town of Monkton is looking for a Zoning Administrator to fill a part-time position. Must be available to attend evening meetings and have day time hours at the Town Hall. Previous experience desired. View complete job description at www. Please submit resume by February 20, 2018 to: Monkton Planning Commission P.O. Box 12, Monkton, VT. 05469. 2/12

Shoreham. • Feb. 8, accident with injury, Route 7, Salisbury. • Feb. 8, suspicious person or circumstance, Route 7, Ferrisburgh. • Feb. 9, motorist assistance, Route 7 and Whitman Hill Road, Vergennes. • Feb. 9, careless or negligent driving, Route 7, New Haven. • Feb. 10, motorist assistance, Bristol Road, Monkton. • Feb. 10, agency assist, Route 7 and Plank Road, Waltham. • Feb. 10, traffic crash, Upper Notch Road, Bristol. • Feb. 10, motor vehicle/ disturbances, West Road and Route 22A, Panton. • Feb. 10, welfare check, Lincoln Gap Road, Lincoln. • Feb. 10, accident with damages, Silver Street, Monkton. • Feb. 10, traffic crash, Route 17 at the Bristol/Starksboro town line. • Feb. 10, driving with a suspended license, Bristol and Hardscrabble roads, Monkton. • Feb. 11, motor vehicle/ disturbances, Route 17, Starksboro. • Feb. 11, accident with damage, Dakin Road, Ferrisburgh. • Feb. 11, traffic crash, Route 74E and Route 22A, Shoreham. • Feb. 12, motor vehicle or other disturbances, Munson Road and Route 116, Middlebury. • Feb. 12, driving without insurance, Route 7 and Middlebrook Road, Ferrisburgh. • Feb. 12, directed patrol, Route 7 near the fire station in Ferrisburgh. • Feb. 12, juvenile problem, Old Stage Road, Orwell. • Feb. 12, driving with a criminally suspended license, North Street and Quarry Road, New Haven.


Pursuant to 17 V.S.A. §2680(g), the qualified voters of the City of Vergennes are hereby warned and notified that a public informational hearing will be held on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. at the Vergennes Fire Station Meeting Room located at 50 Green Street for the purpose of hearing comments and addressing questions regarding a bond vote to replace an existing fire truck. The estimated cost of the new fire truck is $500,000.00. The article as it appears on the City’s Australian ballot is as follows: Shall the bonds of the City of Vergennes, in an amount not to exceed five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000.00), be issued for the purpose of purchasing a new firetruck to replace Engine 316? The above article will be voted by Australian ballot on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the Vergennes Fire Station located at 50 Green Street. The polls will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Dated at Vergennes, VT this 23rd day of January 2018. Vergennes City Council 2/15

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77 Main Street Middlebury, VT 05753 Separate sealed BIDS for the construction of the Well Monitoring Improvements project will be received by the Town of Middlebury, VT. The project consists of the construction of two (2) well monitoring buildings with appurtenances, an addition to the existing Well House No. 3, electrical, site work, and restoration. The BIDS shall be received by the Town of Middlebury, Public Works Department, 1020 South Route 7, Middlebury, VT, until 1:00 p.m., February 27, 2018 and then at said office publicly opened and read aloud. If BIDS are forwarded by mail, the sealed envelope containing the BID must be enclosed in another envelope containing the BID addressed to the Town of Middlebury, Public Works Department, 77 Main Street, Middlebury, VT 05753. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting is scheduled at the Public Works Department 10:00 a.m. on February 15, 2018. All prospective bidders are encouraged to attend this meeting. The CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be examined at the following locations: 1. Town of Middlebury, Public Works Department, 1020 South Route 7, Middlebury, VT 05753. 2. Aldrich + Elliott, PC, 6 Market Place, Ste. 2, Essex Jct., VT 05452. 3. AGC of VT Plan Room, c/o Works In Progress, 20 Farrell Street, Suite 103, So. Burlington, VT 05403. Copies of the CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be obtained at the office of Blue Prints Etc. located at 20 Farrell Street, South Burlington, VT 05403, upon a nonrefundable payment of $150.00 for each set. Checks shall be payable to Blue Prints Etc. February 5, 2018 Kathleen Ramsay Town Manager 2/5

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury In other action last week, police cited Michael Cordoba, 26, Middlebury police: of Middlebury for domestic assault, • Received a report about a assault on a police officer, resisting drunken person who had fallen arrest and aggravated disorderly asleep in a hallway in a Court Street conduct, after an incident at a Case apartment building on Feb. 5. Street apartment on • Arranged for the Feb. 9. towing of a disabled Police responded vehicle that has been to the apartment after creating a traffic hazard Police Log being told of a man and on Shard Villa Road on woman screaming in Feb. 5. the apartment, with the man allegedly • Were informed on Feb. 5 that telling the woman he “was going to a student had allegedly assaulted kill her,” according to authorities. a teacher at the Champlain Valley Officers Scott Fisher and Nathan Academy in Catamount Park. The Hayes were first to arrive on the case remains under investigation. scene, eventually assisted by Officer • Responded to a report of a Kevin Emilio — who was off-duty at vehicle leaving the scene of an the time, according to police. accident in Court Square on Feb. 5. Here’s how Middlebury Police • Served a no-trespass order on a Chief Tom Hanley described the man who had refused to leave Two actions of his officers at the scene: Brothers Tavern on Feb. 6. “The officers engaged an enraged, • Helped Middlebury Regional aggressive person (Cordoba) who EMS with a man who had suffered had just committed a violent domestic a medical episode in the Danyow assault,” Hanley said. “Cordoba told Drive area on Feb. 7. Police said the the approaching officers he had a gun man was taken to Porter Hospital. in his waistband and made gestures • Responded to a report of a as though he was about to produce missing vehicle in the Water Street it. Confronted as such, the officers area on Feb. 7. Police are determining could have used their firearms to whether the vehicle was misplaced protect themselves. Instead, with or stolen. a variety of other, less lethal force • Responded to a report of an options available, they used sound unwanted, drunken man on North tactics and subdued the individual Pleasant Street on Feb. 8. using Taser and pepper spray. • Responded to a report of a “It is a credit to the professionalism woman who might have overdosed of these officers that they did not on her medication in the Court Street react to provocation, but instead area on Feb. 8. maintained their composure, • Were informed on Feb. 8 about evaluated the situation, and in matter two Middlebury Union High School of split seconds made decisions that students who had missed “a number resulted in a successful capture as of days of school.” opposed to inflicting potential fatal • Assisted Middlebury Regional wounds,” he added. EMS on Feb. 9 with a drunken He additionally credited Emilio woman on Court Street Extension for his dedication to his fellow who had been bleeding from an officers by committing himself to injury. their assistance while off-duty. • Were informed of the alleged


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theft of a purse from an unlocked apartment on Court Street on Feb. 9. Police continue to investigate the complaint. • Investigated a report of vandalism to a vehicle parked off Case Street on Feb. 9. • Received a report of a student damaging another student’s iPod at MUHS on Feb. 9. • Responded to a “missing person” report on Feb. 10. Officer Bill Austin and his K-9, Neila, found the woman safe and sound (see story in this edition). • Helped a motorist who had gone off Route 7 South during bad weather on Feb. 10. • Responded to a report of a fight in the Court Street area on Feb. 10. Police said they found no fight in progress, but warned the two arguing people to stop making noise. • Conducted winter parking enforcement on Main Street on Feb. 10. • Assisted some local parents with a child custody issue on Feb. 11. • Were asked to help in the search for a North Pleasant Street woman on Feb. 11. Police said the woman had returned to her home soon after the call came in. • Confiscated a small amount of marijuana and a pipe from a driver following a traffic stop on South Main Street on Feb. 11. Police said they served the culprit with court diversion paperwork. • Enforced the winter parking ban on Main Street on Feb. 11.


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(Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven, Starksboro) The legal voters of the Mount Abraham Union High School District No. 28, are hereby notified and warned to meet at Mt. Abraham Union High School in Bristol, Vermont on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 6:00 PM to discuss and transact the following business. Article 5 requires a vote by Australian ballot to occur at the official polling places in Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven and Starksboro,* on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, between the hours of 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM. *Official Polling Places: Bristol Holley Hall Lincoln The Town Office Monkton Monkton Volunteer Fire Department New Haven New Haven Town Hall Starksboro Robinson Elementary School ARTICLE 1: To receive and act upon the reports of the Union High School District Officers. ARTICLE 2: To establish the salaries for elected officers of Union High School District No. 28 for the period from their taking office to the date the District ceases to exist pursuant to the Merger Study Report and Articles of Agreement as approved by the Vermont State Board of Education on September 20, 2016. ARTICLE 3: To elect officers, following nominations from the floor, each for a term that will expire on the date the District ceases to exist pursuant to the Merger Study Report and Articles of Agreement as approved by the Vermont State Board of Education on September 20, 2016, as follows: A Moderator; A Clerk; and A Treasurer. ARTICLE 4: To elect a community representative to serve on the Patricia A. Hannaford Regional Technical School District Board of Directors for a term that will expire on the date the District ceases to exist pursuant to the Merger Study Report and Articles of Agreement as approved by the Vermont State Board of Education on September 20, 2016. ARTICLE 5: FOR DISCUSSION ONLY: To be voted on by Australian ballot on Tuesday, March 6, 2018: The Mount Abraham Union High School District No. 28 Board of School Directors has determined that public interest and necessity demand incurring bonded indebtedness to finance the final design, permitting, site work and construction of renovations, capital improvements and additions to Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School at an estimated total project cost of Twenty-nine Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($29,500,000.00). It is expected that 0% of the project costs will be eligible for state school construction aid because there is presently a moratorium on state school construction aid funding. Therefore, the Mount Abraham Union High School District No. 28 will be responsible for 100% of the project costs ($29,500,000.00) which the Board recommends be funded through the issuance of up to Twenty-nine Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($29,500,000.00) of general obligation bonds and with funds previously and to be budgeted for Construction Services. So: Shall general obligation bonds of the Mount Abraham Union High School District No. 28 in an amount not to exceed TWENTY-NINE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ($29,500,000.00) be issued for the purpose of financing, together with other funds of the District, the final design, permitting, site work and the construction of renovations, capital improvements and additions to Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School together with related eligible project expenses? State funds are not available at this time or this project is not eligible to receive state school construction aid. The Mount Abraham Union High School District No. 28 will be responsible for all costs of any borrowing and the costs of the improvements and additions to the Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School. Article 6: To transact any other business proper to come before said meeting. Article 7: To adjourn the Annual Meeting. Upon closing of the polls, the ballot boxes will be sealed, transported to and re-opened at the Superintendent’s Office in the Town of Bristol, where the ballots will be commingled and publicly counted by representatives of the Boards of Civil Authority of the Towns of Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven and Starksboro under the supervision of the Clerk of the Mount Abraham Union High School District No. 28. The legal voters of the Mount Abraham Union High School District No. 28 are further warned and notified that a public information meeting will be held for the purpose of explaining the proposed school building improvements and the financing thereof on February 28, 2018 at Mt. Abraham Union High School Large Cafeteria at 7:00 pm. The legal voters of Mount Abraham Union High School District No. 28 are further notified that voter qualification, registration and absentee voting relative to said annual meeting shall be as provided in Sections 706u-706w of Title 16, and Chapters 43, 51 and 55 of Title 17, Vermont Statutes Annotated. Adopted and approved at a meeting of the Board of School Directors of the Mount Abraham Union High School District No. 28 held on January 10, 2018. Received for record and recorded in the records of the Mount Abraham Union High School District No. 28 on January 11, 2018. ATTEST: ATTEST: Dawn Griswold, Chair Karen Wheeler, Clerk Mount Abraham Union High School District No. 28 Mount Abraham Union High School District No. 28 1/29

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Mathis receives national education award GOSHEN — Former Rutland Northeast Superintendent and Vermont Board of Education Vice Chair Bill Mathis of Goshen has been named National Outstanding Public Educator by the Horace Mann League. Mathis is currently the managing director of the University of Colorado at Boulder’s National BILL MATHIS Education Policy Center. His colleague, Kevin Welner of the NEPC, was also named on various the Outstanding Public Educator around the

by the Horace Mann League. The awards will be presented this Friday, Feb. 16, in Nashville in conjunction with the national conference of the American Association of School Administrators. Mathis was a National Superintendent of the Year finalist and a Vermont Superintendent of the Year. To increase equity, he has worked state finance systems nation. In addition to

popular columns, he has published or presented research on finance, assessment, accountability, standards, school vouchers and Constitutional issues. Mathis reacted to the news by pointing to the continued, invaluable work of those in public schools nationwide. “It is certainly humbling for me and Kevin to even be considered in the company of the illustrious earlier recipients of this award,” Mathis said. “Our work at NEPC is important, but it’s the continued work of the nation’s 3.1 million public educators that will see us through to a firmer and stronger democracy. That’s the nature of our

collective work.” The NEPC, housed at University of Colorado School of Education, produces and disseminates highquality, peer-reviewed research to inform education policy discussions. Founded in 1922, the Horace Mann League is named in honor of Mann, who is considered the founder of public education. The league’s purpose is to strengthen our public schools, and its members believe that the U.S. public school system is an indispensable agency for strengthening the ideals of our democracy and the most necessary unifying and dynamic influence in American life.

Mt. Abe Union High School honor roll BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School has announced its honor roll for the first semester of 2017-2018. Honorees include: GRADE 9 Work Habits Highest Honors: Brewer Atocha, Danniel Auclair, Charlotte Doyle, Emma Fay, Louisa Funk, Eliana Ginsburg, Lucas Jensen, Darius Kainen-Kodis, Aiden Lavigne, Sarah Lavigne, Madison Shepard, Sadie Thomas, Ava Young and Hannah Zimmer. Work Habits High Honors: Jack Beauchaine, Emily Crowe, Katrina Howard, Emily LaRock, Karissa Livingston, Grayson Lyons, Camilienne Masse, J. Henry Matson, David Norton, Liam Oxford, Elizabeth Porter, Eleanor Ragsdale, Savannah Scrodin, William Vichi and Christofer Wolak. Work Habits Honors: Louis Beauchaine, Quincy Cook, Lilah Cunningham, Liam Davison, Sam Forbes, Colby Gile, Scout Hall, Marley Keith, Koby LaRose, Latham Lomax, Hannah Marcum, Griffin Paradee, Isabella Seissen, Isaiah Szczecinski and Jacob Thomsen Academic Highest Honors: Brewer Atocha, Charlotte Doyle, Louisa Funk, Eliana Ginsburg, Darius Kainen-Kodis and Hannah Zimmer. High Honors: Scout Hall, Aiden Lavigne, J. Henry Matson, Elizabeth

Porter, Madison Shepard, Christofer Wolak and Ava Young. Honors: Danniel Auclair, Quincy Cook, Emily Crowe, Emma Fay, Joseph Hemingway, Lucas Jensen, Marley Keith, Koby LaRose, Sarah Lavigne, Karissa Livingston, Evan Logan, Hannah Marcum, Camilienne Masse, David Norton, Eleanor Ragsdale, Savannah Scrodin and Sadie Thomas. GRADE 10 Work Habits Highest Honors: Jnana Breck-Arndt, Josie Brennan, Emma Campbell, Carly Counter, Maximilion Doherty-Konczal, Grace Hobbs, Abigail Iliff, Liam Kelliher, Alexis Kouwenhoven, Cole Kouwenhoven, Rebecca Laurent, Sydney Minnerly, Sydney Perlee, Mae Peterson, Asa Shlansky and Juliette Snell. Work Habits High Honors: Shayna Block, Owen Darling, Jackson Gepfert, Lucinda Guy, Addison Harris, Brian Larson, Charlotte Layn, Camille Lyons, Eric McKean, Peter McNerney, Alanah Rockwell, Jonas Schroeder, Maizy Shepard, Wyatt Thompson and Charlotte Willis. Work Habits Honors: Katelyn Benson, Faith Brinkman, Silas Burgess, Anne Conner, Ethan DeWitt, Wisdom Edwards, Abigail Hoff, Chloe Johnston, Ryan Lathrop, Rylee-Mae Mason, Cassatt Melchior,

Sean Meyer, Caroline Sodaro, Roza Stewart and Brynn Winchester GRADE 10 Academic Highest Honors: Jnana Breck-Arndt, Josie Brennan, Emma Campbell, Carly Counter, Owen Darling, Maximilion DohertyKonczal, Abigail Iliff, Liam Kelliher, Alexis Kouwenhoven, Rebecca Laurent, Eric McKean, Sydney Minnerly, Sydney Perlee, Mae Peterson and Jonas Schroeder. Academic High Honors: Lucinda Guy, Addison Harris, Grace Hobbs, Abigail Hoff, Cole Kouwenhoven, Camille Lyons, Wyatt Thompson and Rosemary Thurber Academic Honors: Shayna Block, Ethan DeWitt, Ryan Lathrop, Charlotte Layn, Peter McNerney, Maizy Shepard, Juliette Snell, Charlotte Willis and Brynn Winchester GRADE 11 Highest Honors: Thomas Carr, Jalen Cook, Kai Dobek, Casondra Dykstra, Sawyer Forbes, Cora Funke, Eden Ginsburg, Olivia Heath, Chessley Jackman, Peter Koenig, Evan Laurent, William Martin, Roman Mayer, Erik McLysaght, Molly Murry, Jessalyn Murray, Dana Norton, Emily Rathbun, Elizabeth Siminitus, Emily Tardie, Leeya Tudek and William Wright. High Honors: Ryan Adams, Grady

Brokaw, Isaiah DiNapoli, Claire Holloway and Jennifer Steadman. Honors: Ashley Aldrich, Weston Allred, Lindsey Armell, Ruby Ball, Sophie Brown, Quinn Casillas, Benjamin Collaro, Carlyle Grundon, Autumn Guimond, Elayna Jennings, Shealyn Layn, Owen Maille, Mhairi McMurray, Takumi Melchior, Elizabeth Nault, Olivia Paine, Kevin Pearsall, Ryan Rougier and Ethan Venman. GRADE 12 Highest Honors: Aine Alexander, Martha Bruhl, Emma Carter, Nickolas Catlin, Vanessa Dykstra, Molly Funk, Emma LaRose, Isabella Lucarelli, Aidan May, Jenna McArdle, Abigail Nezin, Casey Ober, Abigail Perlee, Lydia Pitts, Emma Radler, Gillianne Ross, Carley Sherwin, Kaela Thurber and Cecilia Vichi. High Honors: Robyn Arena, Madeline Bernoudy, Brian Cousineau, Taylor Duffy, Isaac Giles, Eli Jensen, Renata Khusyainova, Kameryn Norse, Joseph Norton, Katelynn Ouellette, Samuel Paradee, Eli Rickner, Maria Sanchez Rondan and William Schoenhuber. Honors: Bailey Allard, Megan Aube, Christopher Boyer, Katelyn Gebo, Anna Igler, Phoenix King, Jessica Kleptz, Lucas Livingston, Sascha Richter, Delana Tow and Dustin Whitcomb.

Winter imagery

“THE MINGLING,” AN acrylic painting on an old Vermont kitchen cupboard, was created by Middlebury artist Patricia LeBon Herb. It is among an exhibit of paintings by The “Blue Swans” group on displaying in the lobby of the Ilsley Library on Main Street in Middlebury. The exhibit, called “Winter into Spring,” went up Feb. 3 and will be on display until March 31. The show includes the artwork of Klara Calitri, Linda Hampton Smith, Molly Hawley and Yinglei Zhang, in addition to LeBon Herb’s piece.

County students make the dean’s list at Castleton CASTLETON — At the conclusion of the fall 2017 semester at Castleton University, a number of Addison County residents were awarded for their hard work by being named to the president’s and dean’s lists for the fall semester. President’s list honorees, who have maintained a grade point average of 4.0, include Casey Briggs of Starksboro, Kristian Bruce of Orwell, Kayla St. Marie of Vergennes, Hannah Welch of Sudbury, and Bruce Wright of Bridport. Dean’s list recipients, who must maintain full-time status and a semester grade point average of 3.5, include: Emma Best of Salisbury, Alison Boise of New Haven, Izabel Burd-Tamdogan of Middlebury, Calista Carl of Bridport, Brandon Chamberlain of Vergennes, Kayla Charron of Vergennes, Catherine Clifford of Orwell, Justin Connor of Addison and Monica Connor of Orwell.


Also Danielle Eddy of Brandon, Ellie Gevry of New Haven, Angela Golding of Bristol, Alexis Hedding of Brandon, Brianna Hedding of Brandon, Megan Hedley of Shoreham, Hannah Hobbs of Middlebury, Jeb Hodsden of Addison, Lauren Hodsden of Bridport, Shana Houle of Brandon, Paige Jipner of Bristol, Patricia Kaufmann of Shoreham, Thomas Langevin of Middlebury, Alexis Lape of Brandon, Katelyn Larocque of East Middlebury, Chanyiah Lawrence of Middlebury and Alaisha Lucia of Leicester. In addition, Ashley MattisonFournier of Whiting, Caitlin McCluskey of Middlebury, Danielle Morse of New Haven, Pavin Parrish of Rochester, Phoebe Parrish of Rochester, Gabrielle Ryan of Bristol, Kristin Simmons of Whiting, Aaron Smith of Middlebury, Allyson Stearns of Vergennes, Kate Steller of Rochester and Kristen Toal of Ferrisburgh.

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In news from southern New England, James Pecsok of Cornwall and Elyas O’Classen of Goshen were named to the dean’s list at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Conn., for the 2017 fall semester. Roger Williams University, in Bristol, R.I. has named Harper Smith, of Middlebury to the fall 2017 dean’s list. The honor is given to fulltime students who complete 12 or more credits per semester and earn a grade point average of 3.4 or higher. Over 200 students studied globally in the fall 2017 semester as part of Gettysburg College’s Center for Global Education, representing over 30 majors in over 25 countries. Among them was Abigail Lane, a Health Sciences major from Middlebury, who spent the semester studying in Spain. The college is located in Gettysburg, Pa.

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In recognition of their academic efforts, four Addison County students have been named to Norwich University’s dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester. They include Nicholas Brian Myers and Zachariah Ethan Mlcuch of New Haven and Christopher Harold Leach and Ian Gramling of Vergennes. Cedarville University, in Clearville Ohio, has named Alix Kauffman of Addison to its dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester. This recognition required Kauffman to maintain above a 3.75 GPA for the semester. Allison White, daughter of Karen and Steve White of Weybridge, has been named to the Plymouth State University president’s list for the fall 2017 semester. To be named to the list, a student must achieve a grade point average of 3.7 or better for the fall 2017 semester and must have attempted at least 12 credit hours during the semester. White is a Business Management major and currently studying abroad at the University of Roehampton, London, UK for the spring semester. Two Addison County students have been named to the dean’s list at the University of Maine in Orono. Megan Ogden of Bristol and Joshua Cook of Vergennes were two of the 2,229 students recognized for achieving this honors in the fall 2017 semester, completing 12 or more credit hours in the semester and earning a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. By maintaining full-time status and a semester grade point average of 3.5, Joshua Sickles of Addison, was recently named to the Castleton University dean’s list for the fall semester of the 2017-18 academic year.

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Jeff Fritz played Mr. William G. Bixby on Sunday for a group of about 40 guests who toured the Vergennes library to learn more about its history. 


Meet Mr. Bixby — a local legendary philanthropist


his past Sunday afternoon some lucky history buffs got to meet a 188-year-old Vergennes icon. Adorning his classic brown suit and tie and capped off with his fez, Mr. William Grove Bixby gave a tour of his namesake, the Bixby Memorial Library.


Not buying it?

his suit… Jeff was entertaining, he’s got a lot of personality. It was really fun and educational.” “Mr. Bixby was very much a philanthropist,” explained Fritz, who is also a city alderman and the president of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vergennes. Fritz first played Bixby a few years ago during the Bixby Ball event, when guests enjoyed dinner and dancing under the dome.

OK, neither are we.

Of course the original Bixby is dead. In fact he died way back in February of 1907. But his legacy is very much still alive in the Little City. “We had a good group of about 40 people,” said Bixby Library Executive Director Jane Spencer. “Mr. Bixby (played by Jeff Fritz) was dressed in

“There were about 14 people there and I thought, ‘I’m going to dress up like Mr. Bixby,’” he said. “I found a suit to mimic the picture of him hanging in the library — complete with a fez.” Fritz got into it and began doing more research. “Bixby was a very shy man, but he was a very

generous man. He gave regularly to the city library before the Bixby was built. From what we know, he apparently was helpful to the poor, but not a churchgoer (and this always has been a big church-going community). He was part of a group of late Victorian gentlemen who were maybe a little more enlightened than their fellows.” Born in Vergennes in 1829, Bixby lived in Vermont’s smallest city for the majority of his life (except for a five-year stint in Colorado). As a young man he was in business with his father, who owned a hardware store in the Sherman Block, and he later owned several manufacturing businesses along Otter Creek. His residence was in Vergennes — though he wintered in warmer climates — and he built an impressive collection of books. SEE BIXBY ON PAGE 3

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| ARTS+LEISURE | Thursday, February 15, 2018

FILM ‘I Am Evidence’ shows in town

Opera opens in the Brandon Music barn




he Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival continues the 2017/18 Winter Screening Series at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury with the timely documentary, “I Am Evidence,” on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. Directed by Trish Adlesic and produced by Mariska Hargitay, “I Am Evidence” sharply portrays the story of four sexual assault survivors whose rape kits went untested for years. The film follows the four survivors as they navigate their way through the criminal justice system and learn that, so often, the system is broken. This documentary reveals the history of the way we treat the crime of sexual assault in this country, and

the positive effects that occur when perpetrators are held accountable and survivors are given an opportunity for healing and justice. “I Am Evidence” won the audience award for Best Documentary Film at both the Provincetown and Traverse City Film Festivals.

time filmmakers. Coming up on March 11, the series will feature the riveting drama “Novitiate,” directed by Maggie Betts.

“I Am Evidence” will be introduced by its director, Trish Adlesic (visiting Middlebury from New York) and documentary director Bess O’Brien will moderate a Q&A following the screening with Adlesic.

Individual tickets are $12 and are available at middfilmfest. org, where you can also find additional info on films and trailers. Tickets are also available through the Town Hall Theater Box Office, either in person (MondaySaturday 12-5 p.m.), by phone at (802) 382-9222 or online at calendar-and-tickets.

Expanding to six films from five this season, the MNFF Winter Screening Series offers one distinctive feature every month beginning in December and concluding in May. The Series retains its exclusive focus on prominent work by first- and second-

Editor’s Note: MNFF thanks its venue partner, Town Hall Theater, as well as its sponsors: The Addison Independent, Farm Fresh Radio, IPJ Real Estate, Brennan, Punderson & Donahue, PLLC, and Marble Trail Financial.

BARN OPERA Announces its inaugural performance of MADAMA BUTTERFLY by G. Puccini

Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Brandon Music, Brandon Vermont.

Opera is coming to Brandon. Well “Barn Opera,” to be specific. What is “Barn Opera” you ask? Simple. It’s opera in a barn. Compass Music and Arts Foundation is offering music and opera lovers a transparent type of operatic performance, with voice anda principal piano, exclusive intimate This just initial event will feature cast in of allan professional artists thatand all currently reside in Vermont, including; soprano, ​Helen Lyons ​(Madama Butterfly - Ferrisburgh, VT) who returns home setting — the charming Brandon Music barn. from her professional operatic career throughout Germany; tenor ​Joshua Collier ​(B.F. Pinkerton December 14, 2017 (Brandon, VT)—As a new exciting offering from the Compass Music and Arts Foundation, ​BARN OPERA​ is ecstatic to announce its arrival and assimilation into the already incredibly rich cultural fabric of Vermont. ​BARN OPERA​ will be making its debut by presenting Puccini’s timeless and tragically romantic ​Madama Butterfly​ in the intimate venue of Brandon Music, with professional singers and piano. This performance and all subsequent performances of BARN OPERA​ will be for the benefit of the Compass Music and Arts Foundation, and will seek to provide opportunities for local and regional talent to be featured, as well as raise funds to enable cost-free arts education to the families and residents of Vermont.

Brandon, VT), who has recently relocated to Vermont from Boston, and has been seen locally with the Opera Company of Middlebury and Southern Vermont Lyric Theatre; baritone ​Cailin Marcel Manson​ (Sharpless-Putney, VT), sings throughout the region in opera and oratorio, and leads the Bennington Choral Society, mezzo-soprano, ​Julie Olssen ​(Suzuki - Jamaica, VT), who has been featured with Operaworks and regional companies throughout New England; and Maestro ​Ken Olssen ​(Piano/Conductor-Jamaica, VT), who leads the ensemble from the piano, has been on music staff at Tri-Cities opera and others, and along with his wife Julie, are the founders of the Southern Vermont Lyric Theatre; tenor ​Cameron Steinmetz ​(Goro - Montpelier, VT) and soprano Allison Devery ​(Kate Pinkerton - Montpelier) have been seen in soloists and in choral performances throughout the state including Opera Company of Middlebury and Burlington Choral Society.

Barn Opera will make its debut with Puccini’s timeless and tragically romantic “Madama Butterfly” on Saturday, Feb. 17. This performance and all subsequent performances of Barn Opera will benefit Compass Music and Arts Foundation, and will seek to provide opportunities for local and regional talent to be featured, as well as raise funds to enable cost-free arts education to the families and residents of Vermont. “Madam Butterfly” will feature a principal cast of all professional artists that all currently reside in Vermont. Next Saturday’s inaugural event is sold out. The intimate space has only 50 seats. Guests were invited after making a donation of $50 or more to the Foundation. A second performance of “Madam Butterfly” is being considered. To make a donation or find out more visit barnopera. com, call (802) 247-4295 or email at barnopera@

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“Bixby was successful in his CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 own right, but not necessarily a wealthy man,” explained Fritz, who lives with his partner in one of the old Victorian houses on Main Street in Vergennes.


He did have a yacht and often made trips from Vergennes to Lake Champlain. He later purchased three islands in Thorpe’s Cove. But true to form, Bixby didn’t even display customary flags on his boat — too showy. In the city of Vergennes, Bixby can also take credit for Prospect Cemetery. “He was the original organizer of the cemetery,” Fritz said. “He pushed for an independent cemetery (apart from political influence) and bought new land around the existing cemetery.” Bixby came into his fortune when his sister Eleanor died. She had been married to a man who owned several hotels in Chicago. With no direct heirs, Bixby inherited the large estate.

diameter hanging 40 feet above a tiled floor. It’s made up of 33 identical triangular pieces in purple, yellow and green. “There were many things that they did to keep it simple that were quite intentional,” Fritz explained. “Many people comment on floor under the dome, at first it looks like a subway bathroom floor, but it’s designed to reflect and absorb the light of the dome. When the bright sun shines in, wow, that floor dances.” The building was complete a year later on Aug. 1, 1912. The 3,530 volumes plus public documents, reports and magazines of the City Library, along with Bixby’s own collection of 500 books, were moved into the newly opened Bixby Library. A dedication ceremony was held on Oct. 1, 1912, where then president of Middlebury College John M. Thomas was known to say:

did you know?


“He didn’t tell anybody what his intentions were,” Fritz said. “He handwrote his will and left $50,000 to his family and servants; another chunk to Tuskegee Institute (a private, historically black university located in Tuskegee, Ala.); $18,000 to the cemetery in addition to the land he purchased and the rest ($300,000) was for a new library.” The Bixby Library was modest, like Bixby. To keep his character a part of the building process, Bixby had appointed a board of trustees from friends and people of note in Vergennes. They picked the site (where a hotel used to stand) and placed the cornerstone on Sept. 21, 1911. Over 1,000 people came out to witness the event. The architects and builders came from New York City and used Indiana limestone pillars, yellow tapestry brick and native stone to construct the building. The style is Greek and Roman — hence the pillars. The entrance opens with double oak doors and the entire interior is built around the beautiful stainedglass dome. The dome is an impressive eight feet in

“The free public library is one of our great modern democratic institutions. It is supported by all for the uplift of all … This library should be a working tool for this community, entering into every part of its life, industrial, educational, civic and religious.” The library opened a month later. By the 10th anniversary, reports calculate the library’s circulation had reached 30,000, and by its 20th and grown to almost 40,000.

These days, “Bixby has expanded services so we’re not just about books any more,” Spencer said, noting the new building expansions and renovations planned. “It’s about people and programs.” But growth was intended from day one. “Thomas said in his 1912 dedication of the library that it should be ‘the place where every man, woman and child would prefer to be most, next to his own home.’ And that the library should ‘be mindful of change; an institution unwilling to change will not succeed.’” “I am very excited about the future of the library,” said Fritz when asked if the planned additions to the library might take away some of this rich history. “And I can say without reservation that Mr. Bixby would be too. He was a modern man.” Editor’s Note: Sunday’s event was co-sponsored by the Ferrisburgh Historical Society. The library and historical society will partner again for a March performance of classical music at the Ferrisburgh Town Hall.

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OUT OF TOWN 8th Annual Dance Showcase embraces inclusion


his Saturday, New York City, New England and Montreal’s best professional and semi-professional dance companies and soloists will perform selections from a diverse background of dance disciplines at the 8th Annual Dance Showcase in Burlington. This year’s show is titled “Embracing Inclusion through Movement” and is a benefit for Vermont Family Network and Puppets in Education. One hundred percent of proceeds will benefit these two Vermont-based non-profits. VFN empowers and supports all Vermont families of children with special needs so that all children reach their full potential. PiE teaches children how to keep themselves safe and healthy and to appreciate each other’s differences. With lifesized puppets, PiE reaches over 10,000 children each year throughout Vermont, New Hampshire and New York with their 22 programs. To learn more visit and

Bryce Dance Company will perform at the Black Box Theater in Burlington this Saturday evening.   PHOTO / ARTHUR FINK

The event on Saturday, Feb. 17 will take place in Main Street Landing’s Black Box Theater, 60 Lake Street, in Burlington. The show begins at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $28 at the door, and are available through VFN (802) 876-5315, x247 or through the Flynn box office at

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IN TOWN Jazz innovator lights up the Middlebury stage



race Kelly wrote her first song at seven years old, recorded her first CD at 12, orchestrated and performed her original composition with the Boston Pops Orchestra at 14, and performed at President Obama’s inauguration at 16. At only 25 years old, this jazz phenomenon and vocalist has released 10 albums and headlined more than 700 shows in 30 countries. This musical star will shine at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts on Friday, Feb. 16. Performing Arts Series Director Allison Coyne Carroll first saw Kelly while at a house concert in Harlem. She recalls noticing a hush falling over the boisterous crowd.

Jazz artist Grace Kelly will perform at Middlebury College on Friday, Feb. 16. 

“The audience was completely rapt in Ms. Kelly’s delivery, energy, and grace (no pun intended),” said Coyne Carroll, who knew that a Middlebury audience would also be wowed. Kelly has performed or recorded with Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr., Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Emma Stone, Lin Manuel, Esperanza Spalding, Lee Konitz, David Sanborn and Gloria Estefan to name a few. As a songwriter, she has won multiple ASCAP Composer Awards and International Songwriting Awards. In efforts to bring jazz to a younger audience as well as to bridge music, cinematography, and her joyful personality, Kelly launched a new

weekly video series called “Grace Kelly PopUp” on social media, which has racked up over one million views in less than a year. “I think everybody comes to life with a calling,” Kelly said. “I’ve been super blessed that my calling in life has been music and that I found it from an early age. But what I really hope my music brings to people is healing. There’s nothing that makes me feel better than when somebody, after a show, says ‘You lifted me up.’” Is it the main reason she plays? Her response comes without hesitation: “It’s the only reason.”


At Friday’s concert Kelly will lead a handpicked quartet of outstanding young musicians including pianist David Linard, bass and background vocalist Julia Pederson, and drummer Connor Kent. The show begins at 8 p.m. on Friday in Robison Hall at the Mahaney Center for the Arts in Middlebury. Tickets are $28 for adults; $22 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, emeriti and alumni; $10 for youth 18 and under; and $6 for Middlebury College students, and are on sale by calling (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or at middlebury. edu/arts/tickets.




“L’Elisir d’Amore” will be screened live from the MET at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater this Saturday, Feb. 17, at 1 p.m. Performed last October by The Opera Company of Middlebury, “L’Elisir d’Amore” is a popular operatic comedy. A free talk about this opera will be given at 12:15 p.m., by Scott Morrison. Tickets are $24, $10 students (plus preservation fees), and are on sale through the Town Hall Theater Box Office, at or (802) 382-9222.

“Daddy Long Legs” is a musical about a 25-yearold inheritor of an orphanage. The show features Hannah Logan and Elliot Franklin, accompanied by Dieuwke Davydov on cello, Michael Corn on guitars, Serena Eddy on percussion, and Tim Guiles on piano. The story and songs are fun, playful and poignant. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, Feb. 21-23, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 (+ $2 preservation fee) at the box office, or (802) 382-9222.

Suki Fredericks will be at BigTown Gallery in Vergennes this Thursday, Feb. 15, 6 p.m., for a group discussion on art collections and collecting. She is a Vermont-based paintings conservator who has worked in museums and the private sector since 1976. Fredericks conserves paintings from collections throughout the Northeast, either in the studio or on-site, as necessary. RSVP recommended (but not required) at

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SNOWSHOE/HIKE IN STARKSBORO. Saturday, Feb. 24, from 10 a.m.-noon, Common Ground Center, 473 Tatro Rd. Vermont Clean Water Network will host a morning of snowshoeing or hiking around the headwaters of Lewis Creek. Learn from a naturalist about special land and aquatic features in a winter landscape. Reflect on sacred interpretations of headwaters as they begin their journey to Lake Champlain. Snowshoes, fun activities, snacks and warm beverages provided.

ARTS ELINOR STEELE TAPESTRY OPENING RECEPTION IN MIDDLEBURY. Friday, Feb. 16, 5-7 p.m., Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, 68 South Pleasant St. Vermont designer/ weaver Elinor Steele Friml will display examples representing forty years of dedication to the art of contemporary

hand-woven tapestry. The exhibit will include works from several of her series, including abstract and impressionistic images, landscapes, and geometric compositions. More info at 802-382-9222 or

BOOKS SUE HALPERN IN MIDDLEBURY. Tuesday, Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m., Vermont Book Shop, 38 Main St. Sue Halpern will read from, discuss and sign her new novel, “Summer Hours at the Robbers Library,” a wry, observant look at contemporary life and its refugees.

FILM “L’ELISIR D’AMORE” LIVE STREAM IN HD IN MIDDLEBURY. Saturday, Feb. 17, 1 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. The MET’s production of Donizetti’s comedy. A free talk about the opera will be given in the studio on the lower level before the


broadcast at 12:15 p.m. Tickets: adults $24/$10 students, and are available at 802-382-9222,, at the box office Monday-Saturday noon-5 p.m., or at the door. “AMERICAN HONEY” ON SCREEN IN MIDDLEBURY. Saturday, Feb. 17, 3 and 8 p.m., Dana auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, 356 College St. In an attempt to escape her troubled home, Star, a teenage girl, joins a crew of traveling salespeople and gets caught in a whirlwind of law-breaking, partying, and love. Free. “I AM EVIDENCE” ON SCREEN IN MIDDLEBURY. Sunday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. The MNFF Winter Screening Series present this documentary directed by Trish Adlesic and produced by Mariska Hargitay. Watch the trailers, read more about the films and buy tickets at A series pass, covering admission to all six films, is available for $60. Individual tickets to the films are $12. Also available on the THT website, at the THT box office or day of show. “LOOK AND SEE” ON SCREEN IN FERRISBURGH. Thursday, Feb. 22, 7-8:30 p.m., Ferrisburgh Town Offices, 3279 Route 7. Join the Ferrisburgh Conservation Commission and Shelburne Farms for a cinematic portrait by filmmaker Laura Dunn of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the mind’s eye of writer, farmer, and activist, Wendell Berry. More info at lookandseefilm.


com or “MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON” ON SCREEN IN MIDDLEBURY. Friday, Feb. 23, 3-5 p.m., Community Room. Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Middlebury Community Classic Film Club presents this timely Jimmy Stewart film. All are welcome. A discussion will follow the film. “LA BOHEME” LIVE STREAM IN HD IN MIDDLEBURY. Saturday, Feb. 24, 12:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. The World’s most popular opera returns in this MET production with a cast of young stars. A free talk about the opera will be given in the studio on the lower level before the broadcast at 11:45 p.m. Tickets: adults $24/$10 students, and are available at 802-3829222,, at the box office Monday-Saturday noon-5 p.m., or at the door.

JUST FOR FUN WINTER FEST IN MIDDLEBURY. Saturday, Feb. 24, noon-6 p.m., Middlebury Recreational Park and downtown restaurants. The Better Middlebury Partnership hosts this afternoon of all things winter — snow sculpture contest, entertainment, relay races, local food vendors, free skating, Fat bike demos, Hot cocoa and cookies, Bonfire and s’mores, and much more. Tickets $5, Children 5 and under free.

MUSIC “‘[SHE IS] BEAUTIFUL:’ THE DOUBLE PIPE IN GREEK MUSIC, RELIGION, AND VASE PAINTING” IN MIDDLEBURY. Friday, Feb. 16, 12:30 p.m., Dance Theater, Mahaney Center for the Arts, 72 Porter Field Rd. Professors Damascus Kafumbe, Pavlos Sfyroeras, and Pieter Broucke team up for a multi-pronged contextualization of the musical ritual on an alabastron by the Emporion Painter that was recently acquired by the museum. Part of the Fridays at the Museum series. Free. JOSH AND ROSE TABOR: OLD CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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HYMNS AND FIDDLE TUNES IN MIDDLEBURY. Friday, Feb. 16, 3 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. Enjoy an afternoon of delightful and familiar music when Josh and Rose Tabor perform on guitar and fiddle. Free, open to the public and accessible to those with disabilities. RSVP to Pat Ryan at 802-388-1220, or pryan@ THE GRACE KELLY QUARTET IN MIDDLEBURY. Friday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, 72 Porter Field Rd. Experience saxophonist, singer, and composer Kelly, who plays with the heart and passion of an old soul yet with the genre-bending zest and energy of a 25-year-old. Tickets $28 adults/$22 Middlebury College faculty, staff, emeriti, and alumni/$10 youth 18 and under/$6 for Middlebury College students. Available at 802-443-MIDD (6433) or 2 RAVENS IN CONCERT IN BRISTOL. Saturday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m., The Walkover Gallery and Concert Room, 15 Main St. The next installment of Walkover’s Cabin Fever Series. Tickets $15 in advance and $20 day of the show. For reservations or more info call 802-453-3188, ex2. PAUL ASBELL IN MIDDLEBURY. Saturday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, 72 Porter Field Rd. National recording artist and affiliate artist Paul Asbell performs his unique blend of blues, jazz, and American roots music. Free. CHAMPLAIN VALLEY FIDDLERS IN MIDDLEBURY. Sunday, Feb 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., VFW, 530 Exchange St. Jam session from 11 a.m.-noon followed by music and dancing. Refreshments available. All fiddlers welcome. Come and enjoy the fun and dancing. $3 donation. BOB RECUPERO AND MICHAEL CORN IN MIDDLEBURY. Sunday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. Michael and Bob play a wide range of tunes including jazz from the 1930s & 40s, some standards and some fun sing-a-longs. Maybe a cowboy song or two. Free, open to the public and accessible to those with disabilities. Part of The Residence’s Sunday Music series. RSVP to Pat Ryan at 802-388-1220, or pryan@

did you know? CHINESE NEW YEAR BEGINS FRIDAY, FEB. 16. IT’S THE YEAR OF THE DOG. NATASHA KOVAL PADEN, PIANO, PERFORMS IN MIDDLEBURY. Sunday, Feb. 18, 4 p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, 72 Porter Field Rd. In “Song, Dance, and Story” Ukrainian native and affiliate artist Natasha Koval Paden will feature the rhythms of song, dance and story in a selection of works by Liszt, Chopin, and Liapunov. Free. COMMUNITY CHORUS IN MIDDLEBURY. Sunday, Feb. 18 and Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7-8:30 p.m., Mead Chapel. Join the chorus and prepare music for its spring concerts in early May, as well as a special appearance with the Middlebury Wind Ensemble in mid-April. Open to all, highschoolers and adults, who love to sing. Plan to attend at least one rehearsal weekly on Sunday and/ or Tuesday. More info contact conductor Jeff Rehbach at rehbach@ or 802-989-7355. LYNNETTE COMBS PERFORMS IN MIDDLEBURY. Thursday, Feb. 22, 12:15-12:45 p.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 3 Main St. St. Stephen’s 7th Annual noonday recital series presents Combs, organist of Christ Church Montpelier, who will perform “800 Years of Organ Music in 30 Minutes.” Free. FORMOSA FOLK ON STAGE IN MIDDLEBURY. Saturday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Ct. The Formosa Quartet returns to Middlebury to perform a folkinfluenced program, including Dana Wilson’s Hungarian Folk Songs, Mark O’Connor’s Appalachia Waltz,

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and Dvorak’s American Quartet. Tickets $16-$26. More info at THE CHRISTINE MALCOLM BAND IN BRANDON. Saturday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Rd. Come hear Malcolm’s Vermont blend of rich original country, folk and blues with a high note of rock. Tickets $20. Pre-concert dinner available for $25. Reservations required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. More info call 802247-4295 or e-mail PAUL ASBELL IN MIDDLEBURY. Sunday, Feb. 25, 2 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. Come listen and understand why David Bromberg said this about Paul’s playing ... “I’ve been a fan of Paul’s guitar playing for quite a few years- I think he’s one of the best-kept secrets in American music today!” Free, open to the public and accessible to those with disabilities. Part of The Residence’s Sunday Music series. RSVP to Pat Ryan at 802-388-1220, or pryan@ SOPHIE SHAO AND FRIENDS PERFORM IN MIDDLEBURY. Wednesday, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, 72 Porter Field Rd. Cellist Shao, winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and top prizes at the Rostropovich and Tchaikovsky competitions, is a versatile and passionate artist whose performances the New York Times called “eloquent, powerful.” Tickets $30 adults/$25

Middlebury College faculty, staff, emeriti, and alumni/$10 youth 18 and under (NEW youth ticket price!)/$6 Middlebury College students, on sale at 802-443-MIDD (6433) or middlebury. edu/arts/tickets.

THEATER PUCCINI’S “MADAMA BUTTERFLY” IN BRANDON. Saturday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m., Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Rd. Come hear Barn Opera’s debut performance. Vermont-based opera professionals will stage this tragically romantic work as a benefit for the Compass Music and Arts Foundation. Invitations sent to anyone making a donation of $50 or more to the Foundation. More info at or at 802-247-4295. BROADWAY SHOW “DADDY LONG LEGS” IN MIDDLEBURY. Wednesday, Feb. 21, Thursday, Feb. 22 and Friday, Feb. 23, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Come see this new musical about orphans, inheritance, family, charity, shame, resilience and personal growth. A family-friendly show. Tickets are $18 (plus $2 preservation fee) at, 802-382- 9222, at the THT box office, or at the door before show time. “SEX WITH STRANGERS” ON STAGE IN MIDDLEBURY. Sunday, Feb. 25, 4 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S Pleasant St. Middlebury Actors Workshop present the story of 20-something sex blogger Ethan and unsung 40-ish novelist Olivia and their complicated relationship. (Language warning).

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upstaged Brandon Town Hall



he stage has been set for the future of the Brandon Town Hall… literally.

said. “Sometimes their heels would go right through the holes in the stage.”

Work has been completed on a new stage at the hall, thanks to a $14,250 matching Vermont Arts Council Cultural Facilities Grant The non-profit Friends of the Brandon Town Hall organization has put up $14,250 in matching funds toward the project in order to get the grant. In fact, the Friends have paid for the work, and will be reimbursed by the Arts Council.

In order to ensure that the stage would meet professional standards, Marden called Eric Mallete, executive director of the Paramount Theater in Rutland, and gave the materials list to Shields and his crew. It took 5,000 screws, a new plywood subfloor and a ¾-inch fiberboard surface, plus three coats of matte black paint, to complete the new stage, which also extends out two feet farther into the hall.


FOBTH President Dennis Marden said Tim Shields Construction was contracted to do the work, which began on Dec. 4. The project was completed on Jan. 9. Marden is thrilled with the results. Gone is the tongue-and-groove stage, original to the hall, which was built in 1861. Splinters, holes, and gaps were all part of performing on the old stage, Marden said. “Ladies in heels would have a hard time,” Marden


come in everyday and see the progress,” Marden said

New steps were built on either side, as well as a ne set of center steps going up to the stage. “None of the steps were the same,” Marden said. “The run (the width) of the steps were all different. Some were 7 inches, some were 9… And now you can go down the stairs, and they don’t squeak.”

The new stairs make it much safer to do a show in the hall, and so does the improved backstage lighting. New LED proscenium lights were installed around the stage opening that shine onto the main curtain. New outlets were added along the downstage edge of the stage, and new blue LED lights were installed backstage on the stairs leadin to the Green Room in the basement and over the prop shelves.

Two smaller stage platforms were rebuilt downstage left and downstage right, replacing the steps and uneven areas that existed previously.

“It was just remarkable, to watch them do this and

In the span of one month, Tim Shields Construction ripped out the old tongue-andgroove stage at the Brandon Town Hall, top left, laid down a new plywood subfloor and a 3/4 inch fiber board, middle left, and extended the stage out two more feet, top right. Roughly 5,000 screws were used to secure the new surface, with each screw hole meticulously caulked and sanded smooth, above. Finally, three coats of matte black stage paint was used to finish the job, left, which included new stairs downstage left, center, and right. PHOTOS / DENNIS MARDEN

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The interior of the Brandon Town Hall is looking young and vibrant despite its age now that a new stage has been installed. The building, constructed in 1861, has undergone several uprgrades and restororation projects, thanks to fundraising by the Friends of the Brandon Town Hall. PHOTO / LEE J. KAHRS

“It gives us more acting and performance space out here,” Marden said. “It also gives us better acoustics.”

dance acts that could not safely perform on the old stage. He has 19 events booked for the 2018 season.

Better still, the new stage allows Marden to book

“It’s just wonderful,” Marden said. “It’s just exciting

what’s happening here.” For more information about the Brandon Town Hall, or to make a donation, visit

Friends of the Brandon Town Hall President Dennis Marden points out some of the upgrades that came with the new stage. The project was paid for with a matching grant from the Vermont Arts Council. PHOTO / LEE J. KAHRS

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Merchants Row, Middlebury, VT Tickets: 802-382-9222 Preservation Fee: $1-$2 per ticket

In the Jackson Gallery at Town Hall Theater


February 10 – March 31, 2018 Opening Reception Friday, February 16, 5 - 7pm Vermont designer/weaver Elinor Steele Friml will display examples representing forty years of dedication to the art of contemporary hand-woven tapestry.

Sat 2/17 1pm $24/ $10 Students


MET IN HD — Soprano Pretty Yende debuts a new role at the Met as the feisty Adina, opposite Matthew Polenzani. Bartlett Sher’s production is charming, with deft comedic timing, but also emotionally revealing. Scott Morrison will give a free talk at 12:15pm in the studio.



A riveting and timely documentary of four sexual assault survivors whose rape kits went untested for years, following them as they navigate their way through the criminal justice system and learn that, so often, the system is broken.

10 YEARS: THE CAMERON PRINT PROJECT. On view Jan. 9-April 29, featuring 29 works of art produced over the past decade in a series of annual collaborations between visiting artists and advanced printmaking students. The Middlebury College Museum of Art, located in the Mahaney Center for the Arts, Route 30, Middlebury. (802) 443-5007 or 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. CREATIVE SPACE WINTER SHOW. On view Jan. 1-Feb. 22, featuring the work of over 40 Vermont artists in all types of media including oils, acrylics, encaustics, prints, glassware, woodenware and jewelry. Creative Space Gallery, 214 Main Street, Vergennes. (802) 877-3850 or ELINOR STEELE TAPESTRY. On view Feb. 10-March 31, featuring Elinor Steele Friml’s 40 years of dedication to the art of contemporary handwoven tapestry. The exhibit will include works from several of her series, including abstract and impressionistic images, landscapes and geometric compositions. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Feb. 16, from 5-7 p.m. Jackson Gallery at Town Hall Theater, Middlebury. (802) 382-9222 or STUDENT ART SHOW. On view Feb. 2-27, featuring the annual show of new artwork by local students from grades K to 12. Brandon Artists Guild, 7 Center St, Brandon. (802) 247-4956 or

Wed 2/21 – Fri 2/23 7:30pm $18


THE MUSICAL A heartwarming Cinderella story about a witty and winsome young woman and her mysterious benefactor, Daddy Long Legs is a beloved musical in the spirit of Jane Austen, The Brontë Sisters and Downton Abbey.

Sat. 2/24 12:30pm $24/ $10 Students MET LIVE IN HD


The world’s most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production starring a cast of young stars, including Sonya Yoncheva as the fragile Mimì and Michael Fabiano as the poet Rodolfo. Scott Morrison gives a free talk at 11:45 am.



When youngish prodigy sex blogger Ethan tracks down his idol, the gifted but unsung forty-ish novelist Olivia, he finds they each crave what the other has.


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UP HOME. On view Jan. 16-March 31, featuring hand-colored photographs by Susanne and Neil Rappaport of Minnie Griswold and her perfectly preserved life in Pawlet. Vermont Folklife Center, 88 Main St, Middlebury. (802) 388-4964 or WHILE THE TREES RUN. On view Feb. 1-March 11, featuring NoDa’s stable of artists and introducing two new Californian artists: Katie Ruiz and Heather Gordon. Northern Daughters Fine Art Gallery, 221 Main St, Vergennes. (802) 877-2173 or WINTER INTO SPRING. On view Feb. 3-March 31, featuring paintings by Klara Calitri, Linda Hampton Smith, Molly Hawley, Patricia LeBon Herb and Yinglei Zhang. Isley Public 75 Main St, Middlebury. (802) 388-4095 or

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EXHIBITS Elinor Steele Friml shows 40 years of tapestry art


ermont designer/ weaver Elinor Steele Friml will display examples representing 40 years of dedication to the art of contemporary hand-woven tapestry. The exhibit will include works from several of her series, including abstract and impressionistic images, landscapes and geometric compositions. Steele combines a strong sense of color and composition with meticulous craftsmanship to create her tapestries. Working from a small scale printed color drawing and a full sized “cartoon” or line pattern she interprets her designs while weaving by hand on a high-warp loom using traditional tapestry techniques. Combining several strands from a large palette of wool yarns to achieve the desired colors and gradients, she takes full advantage of the rich tone and texture that

The award-winning artist has been represented in national and international exhibitions and has been commissioned to create numerous works for corporate, healthcare and residential settings. She studied Fine Art at the University of New Hampshire and Tapestry at the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. With creative interests in music and theater as well as art, she currently manages the Jackson Gallery and Town Hall Theater Box Office in Middlebury, and is scenic artist for the Opera Company of Middlebury. Steele’s tapestries will be on exhibit in the Jackson Gallery from Feb. 10-March 31, with an opening reception on Friday, Feb. 16, from 5-7 p.m. The Jackson Gallery is located in the lower level of Town Hall Theater. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 12-5 p.m., and an hour before any public events in the building. For more info call (802) 382-9222 or visit



are inherent in the medium.






“Reconstruction II” is a hand-woven tapestry by Elinor Steele Friml. See more of her work in the Jackson Gallery Feb. 10-March 31. Don’t miss the opening reception this Friday, 5-7 p.m.

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the movie OSCARS, 2018 After a lukewarm movie year, most of the Oscar nominated films are in theaters now. If you missed any, all are worth seeing before Oscar night on Sunday, March 4. Hollywood not only saved the best for year’s end, they reassured us that there are some brilliant performers of all ages still acting for our pleasure.

LADY BIRD This is director Greta Gerwig’s masterpiece. A whip smart high school graduate is navigating the familiar elements of growing up. Gerwig assembled and directed a cast that lifts this right to the top of this year’s movies. In the hands of Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts and Timothée Chalamet, what might have been ordinary is fiercely intelligent and deeply moving.

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI This is the explosion of a mother enraged at police who have failed to find her daughter’s murderer. Frances McDormand embraces the violent script with abandon by painting her anger at the police on three giant billboards just outside town. The movie unfolds inside the police department in an odd mixture of accusations, violence, profanity, shifting alliances and comic moments. You will laugh and shiver as McDormand unleashes her rage. She’s an original, no question.

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME This film unfolds with sublime gentleness in Italy. We soak up the beauty of the Italian countryside as a young boy and his older friend build a friendship, and make love. In other hands, this might have been fraught with family disapproval and drama. Director Luca Guadagnino has created magical surroundings and wise, quiet people who make this a thoroughly natural coming-of-age story that catches what so many feel but don’t say. A salute to a superb cast that delivers this story with great sensitivity.


Watergate. Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks create Kay Graham and Ben Bradlee in two subtle and very effective performances. As owner and editor, the two took the Washington Post into the big time as they faced jail time if the courts had ruled against them. Tom Hanks simply becomes Bradlee and Meryl Streep uses great restraint in creating the woman who succeeded her editor husband after he committed suicide.

THE SHAPE OF WATER A tender love story between two afflicted, isolated people who never expected to lose themselves in a beautiful romance. In one of the finest performances of this year, Sally Hawkins becomes a mute woman who can convey everything she is thinking by gesture and expression. That said, we are also given hatred, cruelty, violence and murder. Guillermo Del Toro and Hawkins, with fine help from other actors. Against tough odds, she turns the story into a powerful fable and her astonishing performance helped the film win 13 Oscar nominations.

NOMINEES Best Actor: Timothée Chalamet. Best Actress: Sally Hawkins, Frances McDormand, Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep. Each one of these five movies springs from original and inspired thinking by writers, directors and actors.

The Post gives us the threads of the Pentagon Papers case that ignited

the book

— Reviewed by Joan Ellis



The Devil’s Highway, by Luis Alberto Urrea

(Riverhead Books)

This is an articulate and self-reflective account of a young man attempting to hold onto his identity while serving as an agent for the United States Border Patrol from 2008 to 2012, working in the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Raised by his mother, a park ranger in the Southwest, Cantú wants to really know the border in a way that could benefit his future career as a policy maker. But it becomes increasingly difficult for him to compartmentalize his internal compassionate beliefs while carrying out official orders — tracking humans who have illegally crossed the border, recovering abandoned drugs, and deporting or detaining the people they apprehend. The detailed portrait of the arid landscape provides context to the descriptions of the border and flow of migrants from Mexico, critical to understanding the current situation. This lucid account makes it possible for the reader to distinguish the plight and experiences of separate and distinct human beings caught up in the often indistinguishable and overwhelming mass of statistics. Cantú quotes “Bloodlands” author Timothy Snyder: “It is for us as scholars to seek (the) numbers and to put them into perspective. It is for us as humanists to turn the numbers back into people.” Cantú does just that.  — Reviewed by Jenny Lyons of The Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury.

Bones: Brothers, Horses, Cartels, and the Borderland Dream, by Joe Tone In the Country We Love: My Family Divided, by Diane Guerrero Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time, by David Miliband Tell Me How It Ends, by Valeria Luiselli Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card, by Sara Saedi The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life, by Lauren Markham

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MUSIC Paul Asbell gives free solo acoustic guitar performance


uitarist Paul Asbell will perform a solo concert on Saturday, Feb. 17, at Middlebury College’s Robison Hall. “Steel String Americana” will delight music lovers across genres with his fresh takes on blues and jazz standards, old-timey country tunes and original pieces from the “American roots” tradition. In his 50-year career, Asbell has recorded three solo CDs: “Steel String Americana,” “Roots and Branches” and “From Adamant to Atchafalaya.” He has played and recorded with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Paul Butterfield, Magic Sam, Earl Hooker, David Bromberg, Paul Siebel, Mary McCaslin, Sonny Stitt, Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin and others. His jazz-fusion group Kilimanjaro has released several award-winning recordings, and performed at jazz festivals worldwide, including Montreux, Montreal, Atlanta and Roskilde, in Copenhagen. Their latest, “Homecoming,” was picked by Jazziz magazine for their “Best of 2009” CD.

Come hear Paul Asbell play a free solo acoustic concert at Mahaney Center for the Arts on Saturday, at 8 p.m.

Max Cohen and Lui Collins will perform at the WalkOver Gallery in Bristol this Saturday evening for the Cabin Fever Series.

Asbell has taught guitar for over 45 years, including positions at Dartmouth, Skidmore, and other colleges. He presently teaches at Middlebury College and the University of Vermont.

2 Ravens WalkOver gallery in Bristol

The concert begins at 8 p.m. at the Mahaney Center for the Arts, and is free and open to the public.


live music JOSH AND ROSE TABOR. Friday, Feb. 16, 3 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, Middlebury. DEL RUE. Saturday, Feb. 17, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., Notte, Middlebury.

BOB RECUPERO AND MICHAEL CORN. Sunday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, Middlebury. NATASHA KOVAL PADEN. Sunday, Feb. 18, 4 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College. CHUNHOGARANG. Wednesday, Feb. 21, 4:30 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College. LYNNETTE COMBS. Thursday, Feb. 22, 12:15-12:45 p.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Middlebury.



ark your calendars for this Saturday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m., when the WalkOver Gallery welcomes two of the 3 Ravens. This will be a magical, buoyant evening of delicious harmonies, thrilling fiddling, songs from the Celtic traditions and from each performer’s repertoires, accentuated by the elegant poetry of Jane Yolen. It’s part of the Cabin Fever Series. The 3 Ravens are folk musicians Donna Hebert, Lui Collins and Max Cohen. Unfortunately, due to a medical emergency Hebert won’t be able to perform. Collins’ and Cohen’s rich voices blend into harmony while telling stories that draw from life and fantasy. These two Ravens will guide you on vocal and instrumental journeys that often end with the audience singing along to beloved standards. Don’t miss this intimate evening on Saturday, upstairs at 15 Main Street in Bristol. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 day of the show. For reservations call (802) 453-3188, x2. To learn more about 3 Ravens visit

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Four simple ways to cut your mortgage costs


onthly mortgage payments are the biggest single expense for many homeowners. So it’s understandable why plenty of homeowners would love to trim those costs. Here are a few tips:



Making bi-weekly instead of once-a-month payments can save homeowners substantial amounts of money. A year’s worth of once-amonth payments equates to 12 payments per year. But homeowners who pay on a bi-weekly basis will make 26 half payments, or 13 full payments, per year. That extra annual payment can be applied directly to the principal, dramatically reducing how much homeowners pay in interest over the life of their loans.

Refinancing a loan also can save homeowners substantial amounts of money each month. Homeowners are typically eligible for lower interest rates when refinancing their loans, meaning they will pay less in interest each month. However, refinancing is not free, so homeowners should first check the going home interest rates and examine their credit scores to see if the interest rate they’re likely to get upon refinancing will save them money. The cost of refinancing might be more than homeowners can save.


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Homeowners whose initial down payments are less than 20 percent of the sale price will have to pay private mortgage insurance, or PMI. But once the balances on such mortgages falls below 80 percent, homeowners can cancel such insurance. Homeowners may also be able to stop paying PMI by having their homes reappraised.

Real estate values increase and decrease, and homeowners who feel their homes have decreased in value can request that their homes be reassessed. Homeowners whose homes are assessed at a value lower than the current value can expect to pay less each month in taxes. — MetroCreative

EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY The Jackson Group cordially invites you to tour this lovely contemporary home just outside Middlebury. You will find the beautifully finished interior a delight with its cathedral ceiling, fireplaces, light-filled rooms, and stunning westerly views. All on 100 acres in a pastoral setting. We look forward to showing you this exquisite property. Serious Buyers Only, Please. $835,000

The Jackson Group

86 Main Street, Vergennes, VT 05491 (802) 877-2134 (800) 639-8052 Email:

All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 as amended which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or persons receiving public assistance, or an intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.” This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertisement for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination, call HUD Toll-free at 1-800-424-8590. For the Washington, DC area please call HUD at 426-3500.

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