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‘Go + Come’

Home cookin’

The local trio Va-et-vient has a passion for Franco-American music. See Arts + Leisure.

The Panther men’s hoop team won twice last weekend and will host a playoff game. See Sports, Page 1B.

Coyote hunt Protesters raised their voices in Bristol, but the coyote hunt went ahead anyway. See Page 7A.


Vol. 71 No. 7

INDEPENDENT Middlebury, Vermont

Thursday, February 16, 2017

40 Pages


Donahue resigns from Middlebury leadership

Ferrisburgh selectboard has charter ready to go

By JOHIN FLOWERS MIDDLEBURY — Citing increased professional and family responsibilities, Middlebury Selectwoman Donna Donahue confirmed on Tuesday she will resign from her post, effective March 8. The Middlebury selectboard will now solicit interest from local residents for the one year left on Donahue’s original, three-year term. Donahue joined the board in September of 2014. The selectboard at the time picked Donahue to serve the remaining six months of a term vacated by former Selectman Travis Forbes. Donahue then successfully ran for the position on Town Meeting Day 2015. “It has been a privilege to serve the Middlebury community,” Donahue stated in a brief, handwritten resignation note to selectboard Chairman Brian Carpenter. During a phone interview on (See Donahue, Page 12A)

Treasurer, clerk status hinges on spring vote

Ice show

SKATERS REHEARSE THEIR parts in Middlebury College’s upcoming Winter Carnival ice show, set for Saturday and Sunday in Kenyon Arena. Seen here rehearsing Monday night are Oprea Littlefield, above center, Claire Clark, above right, Ronan Young, below left, and college student Joey Hernandez, below right. See more photos on Page 2A. Independent photos/Trent Campbell

Norris picked to fill vacated House position By JOHN FLOWERS SHOREHAM — Longtime Shoreham resident and former farmer Terry Norris this week replaced former Addison-Rutland House Rep. Alyson Eastman, I-Orwell. Norris, who was appointed by Gov. Phil Scott on Monday and sworn in at a Statehouse ceremony on Tuesday, now represents Shoreham, Whiting, Orwell and Benson in the Vermont House. Eastman, who was re-elected to her second term last November, resigned from the post in late December after Scott picked her to serve as his deputy secretary of agriculture. Norris, 68, co-owned and operated a 1,250-acre dairy farm in Shoreham (See Norris, Page 11A)

By ANDY KIRKALDY FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents will probably vote as soon as this spring whether to approve the town’s first charter, one that would give the Ferrisburgh selectboard the power to appoint the town’s clerk and treasurer. Elected officers now fill those positions, and selectboard members have not been pleased with the town treasurer’s job performance, but have said they have little recourse to deal with the issue because of his elected status. On Feb. 7 the selectboard adopted the proposed charter, and Board Chairwoman Loretta Lawrence said at its Feb. 21 meeting board members plan to set dates for an Australian ballot vote on the document and the two public hearings that must come before that vote. If residents back the charter, state law also requires the Vermont Legislature to give the final OK. “We have to get residents’ approval first, and then legislators will bless it or not,” Lawrence said. Lawrence said she hopes the town process can be completed in time for the Legislature to act during this session. But is not clear at this point, Lawrence said, what the warningdate requirements are for the hearings and whether that timetable is realistic. Town officials are still researching the law and hope to have answers before the selectboard’s Feb. 21 meeting. Still, Lawrence acknowledged it could be next winter before lawmakers will consider a charter approved by the town. On Feb. 21 board members also must choose a date to add to the charter for when the board’s new appointing powers would take effect; Lawrence said she will recommend (See Ferrisburgh, Page 12A)

The man who captured county on video is ready to retire By JOHN FLOWERS MIDDLEBURY — Dick Thodal has spent that past 28 years behind a video camera, giving area residents a chance to star in their own talk shows, comedy segments, cultural programs and political theater — all broadcast on Middlebury

Community Television (MCTV) Channel 15. Now Thodal, 69, will soon get a chance to headline his own reality show: His much-deserved retirement, and there won’t be any cameras rolling. “I want to get out of the way of

the younger people,” Thodal said on Monday, seated on the talk-show set where he has filmed scores of publicaccess shows. “I love to tinker, and I‘ve got a lot of semi-started projects to do,” he added. Thodal — the first paid employee

in the 32-year history of MCTV — will officially exit stage left this coming June. He has already passed the mantle of executive director to Kurt Broderson. Thodal will work part-time until his departure, doing what he has done since the spring of 1989: Helping people produce their

own cable access shows, as well as recording local cultural, political and recreational events. No one in Middlebury has attended more local public gatherings, governmental meetings and musical events than Dick Thodal. If Thodal (See Thodal, Page 11A)

Three options pitched for Bristol’s firehouse B&B? Museum? Workshop/residence?

THE BRISTOL SELECTBOARD is entertaining three proposals to renovate the now unused historic firehouse on North Street. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

By GAEN MURPHREE BRISTOL — The old North Street firehouse in Bristol has been standing empty since last July, when the Bristol Fire Department moved into its station on West Street. Now three parties are vying to bring new life to the century-old building as a machinery museum, a bed and breakfast or a private residence. The potential purchasers of the historic village property on Monday presented their ideas to the Bristol selectboard, which quizzed each on its plans. Selectboard members postponed the final selection until their next meeting, Feb. 27. After a nonbinding vote at last year’s town meeting showed residents in favor of selling 32 North St. “as is,” the selectboard stipulated that any new owner “preserve/restore” the

“historical integrity” of the exterior of the 1897 building. The requirement to preserve the historical exterior is part of the deed, Town Administrator Therese Kirby explained, and so would be part of any subsequent sale of the property. A 1970s-era building on the site, known as “Station 2,” could be torn down or maintained as a new owner saw fit. The cost of renovations to the 3,600-square-foot wood frame structure have been estimated at $500,000 to $800,000. All applicants were required to demonstrate proof of funding. The selectboard’s criteria for choosing a winning proposal includes: “price, economic impact on Bristol, conformity and complementation with (See Firehouse, Page 14A)

By the way Does anybody out there know who put up the hearts on doors in downtown Middlebury on Tuesday? The fact that it was Valentine’s Day made it not so surprising to us, but when we saw that there were hearts posted on the door of the Vermont Statehouse and elsewhere, too, we started to think that this was part of a concerted effort. Could it be a band of joyful souls trying to spread a message of welcome and happiness? Special Olympics Addison County will hold a coin drop on Route 125 in East Middlebury (See By the way, Page 7A)

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Carnival on ice

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE’S ANNUAL Winter Carnival ice show will be presented in Chip Kenyon Arena Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. The show features area children, parents, college students and competitive skaters from around New England. Seen here rehearsing Monday night are, clockwise from top left, college student Yiyi Jin; Natalie McDaniel, left, Andie Phelps, Sydney Safran, Kiran Singh, Parker Austin and Catherine Stone; college student Brenna Roets; Phoebe Raphael, center; college student Lydia Waldo; Sienna Rubright; and Charlotte Graham, left, and Ruby Harrison.

Independent photos/Trent Campbell

Addison Independent, Thursday, February 16, 2017 — PAGE 3A

Middlebury police probing phony $100s

GMP Panton effort slow to power up Learning curve over, company now moving By ANDY KIRKALDY PANTON — Green Mountain Power’s town-wide effort in Panton to make town buildings more energy efficient and to help residents and business owners’ properties with energy audits has not gone as smoothly as GMP or town officials had hoped. But both parties remain optimistic about the long-term success of the six-month-old project known as “eVolve Panton.” eVolve Panton kicked off on a sunny, late-August morning at Panton Town Hall press conference attended by GMP’s top brass, Panton selectboard members, Efficiency Vermont representatives and local legislators. There, GMP CEO Mary Powell touted the partnership between the state’s largest utility and the town of Panton as a template for Vermont’s energy future. The partnership was created when town officials agreed to support GMP’s nearby 40-acre, 4.99-megawatt solar array, now producing power. “We are going to be able to do in 12 months what would otherwise take about 20 years to accomplish,” Powell said. “We’ll deliver a lower carbon, a lower cost and a more sustainable future for Panton, and I believe become an incredible example not just for the rest of Vermont, but for the nation.” In exchange for Panton’s array support, GMP agreed to help fund and design energy improvements to Panton Town Hall, town clerk’s office and town garage; install an electric car charging station and lighting at the park-and-ride lot across the road from town hall, work that has been done; partner with Efficiency Vermont to offer Panton home, farm and business owners energy audits and design work; and provide emergency backup power to town buildings from the solar array. After August, Panton Selectboard Chairman Howard Hall said GMP stumbled out of the gate in delivering on its end of the bargain. “It was a big rush for us to get this thing going and they pushed us pretty hard. And we accommodated them with a lot of things, and we just kind of felt like, ‘You kind of dropped the ball,’” Hall said. GMP Chief Spokesperson Kristin Carlson doesn’t dispute things haven’t all gone smoothly: She described a learning curve for GMP. “It’s exciting to do something completely new that hasn’t been done before. But when you do that, there’s a lot of learning that has to happen. And I remember when we talked with the town about this we knew it wasn’t going to be flawless,” Carlson said. “We’re excited to keep learning about things and moving quicker. We are committed to doing all these things in Panton.” Carlson said GMP, which has assigned Senior Vice President Brian Otley to oversee the effort and meet regularly with the Panton selectboard, appreciates Panton’s willingness to be forthright with the company. “The good thing we have found with Panton is they are all in, and they are really good about giving us feedback on what’s working and not working, and we need that,” Carlson said. “Because this is new. Our promise was never that we had this all figured out and that we were going to come in and do this. It was always a partnership, and a partnership in how do we figure this out.” Hall agreed issues are being worked out.

PANTON SELECTBOARD CHAIRMAN Howard Hall and other Panton officials have been disappointed with parts of the rollout of Green Mountain Power’s eVolve program, but believe things are now on track.

Independent photo/Trent Campbell

“I think they see the point,” he not say the exact number of homes said. “They don’t want to see us un- but there are 315 taxable parcels in happy.” town — have either been visited or MICRO-GRID, AUDITS are scheduled for a visit by the teams Providing the battery-powered now affiliated with GMP and Effimicro-grid that will supply emergen- ciency Vermont. cy electricity to Panton’s town buildOf those, she said, 61 homeownings will not be a problem, Carlson ers have either agreed to getting said. work done or a proposal “We’ve done a few “Everything for work written. micro-grids,” she said. “We’re going to see a Howard is “That part I think is golot of progress in the next saying is dead few months, and it’s reing to go really well.” GMP engineer Josh on … I think ally going to put Panton Castonguay said he ex- it has been on the forefront of this pects the company to file a learning energy transformation,” in March with the Public process for us she said. Service Board to amend WORK ON its solar array Certifi- to work with BUILDINGS cate of Public Good, an the town. And Most of what remains amendment that would everything to be resolved are the deallow GMP to build the they have tails of the work to Panmicro-grid “in the calen- provided us ton’s buildings and how dar year.” much money each side as feedback But the energy audits will contribute. did not get off to a good we have taken Hall said one problem start. Hall said there were to heart and was that messages from issues with an initial con- adopted and GMP representatives at tractor, although the ef- tried to change first were inconsistent. fort appears to be going and improve “They had people in the right direction. that made promises, and “They’re actually go- moving their eyes were bigger ing around and doing forward.” than their stomach. They — GMP Chief made a lot promises of homes now. They’re acSpokesperson what they wanted to do, tually scheduled to do Kristin Carlson and then they were like, my home for a blower-door test,” Hall said. ‘That’s going to cost a Carlson acknowllot of money,’ and all of edged the glitches, and said GMP a sudden they started to walk some has weekly meetings with Efficiency of this back,” he said. Vermont to make sure things are goHall credited GMP for owning up ing well. to its mixed messages. “One of the things, again, is learn“We’ve pointed it out to them, and ing what works, who are the good they go, ‘You’re right. We did say partners to do the work. So there has those things, and we’re on the hook been some timing delay as we work for those things,’” Hall said. through those kinks,” she said. “We Hall said GMP also took time to are back on track. We have been try- understand municipal funding: The ing to keep the town and the select- selectboard cannot simply commit board in the loop on some of those money to a project without consulttiming challenges.” ing with voters. Carlson said as of late last week “I can’t just arbitrarily and capri76 of Panton’s homes — Hall could ciously reach and grab $20,000 for

this kind of stuff,” Hall said. “Being a little town of 668 people every dollar counts, and we have to make sure we spend every dollar correctly, and there is a legal procedure we have to follow. It took them some catch-up time to understand the process of municipal work, and I think they got it. They have to express how it’s going to work and how it’s going to happen.” He got no argument from Carlson. “Everything Howard is saying is dead on … I think it has been a learning process for us to work with the town,” she said. “And everything they have provided us as feedback we have taken to heart and adopted and tried to change and improve moving forward.” Both GMP and the selectboard hope Town Meeting Day could move this final element forward. Otley and Carlson plan to attend town meeting to answer questions and present building options to residents, and Carlson said an agreement could be reached as soon as a selectboard meeting later in March. “It’s really up to them and the residents how they want to move forward on the town piece,” Carlson said, adding, “We’ll take their lead on what works and what they want to do.” Hall called town meeting “a great opportunity for people to come out with questions and feedback.” He was also asked if he believed an agreement could be reached. “I am confident in that. And I think we are probably 80 or 90 percent there,” he said. Carlson said GMP still believes Panton will show the way forward for other communities. “We knew going in that it was going to be a learning process,” she said. “Thankfully, we’ve had a partner like Panton that is willing to give us feedback and keep moving forward. And that’s the way this project is really going to work and become a model for the state.”

By JOHN FLOWERS of the bills. MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Middlebury police believe there police believe they have pinpointed could be an additional one or two bills the source of some phony $100 bills circulating around the community. passed at three local businesses on Anyone who spots such a bill should Feb. 10. call police at 388-3191. Middlebury Police Sgt. Police are warning merMike Christopher said the The words chants and citizens to carebills in question are of the “For motion fully inspect banknotes — same size and coloring of picture use particularly those of high a real $100 banknote, but only,” in denominations — prior to are clearly marked as beaccepting them. Christoing non-negotiable. The capital letters, pher noted there are pens words “For motion pic- appear to that merchants can use ture use only,” in capital the right of to tell the difference beletters, appear to the right the depiction tween a real and fake bill; of the depiction of Benja- of Benjamin the pens use iodine-based min Franklin, as well as ink that doesn’t react to Franklin, as across the top of the back cotton-based currency well as across paper but does show up of the note. Christopher added the the top of the on photocopier-type paink featured in the fake back of the per. Real banknotes also banknotes appears darker note. have watermarks and an than those used in a real embedded, vertical thread $100 bill. He added the passing through the bill. paper stock seems a little stiffer than The U.S. Secret Service has recentnormal currency. ly reported the passing of counterfeit Unfortunately, the culprit was able bills in Chittenden County, accordto pass at least three notes at Mid- ing to Middlebury Police Chief Tom dlebury businesses, perhaps taking Hanley. advantage of a busy checkout clerk, “We believe the people passing the according to authorities. Police re- bills are probably from the area,” he cords show Middlebury Discount said. Hanley is urging merchants to Beverage, Champlain Farms and the check out for Subway Restaurant each took in one currency security tips.

Two snowmobiles down in lake; one body recovered

ORWELL — State police in Vermont and New York on Wednesday recovered the body of a man in Lake Champlain that could be one of two Vermont men who went missing after their snowmobiles plunged into Lake Champlain last Thursday. The body of the man was being taken to the New York State Medical Examiner in Albany for positive identification, Vermont State Police reported early Wednesday evening. Jonathan Ryan, 32, of Shoreham and Brandon Barrett, 23, of Benson were reported missing on Thursday, Feb. 9. Friends of the pair found their truck and trailer parked at Benson Landing, where Vermont State Police said it was evident the two men rode onto the lake with separate snowmobiles and travelled north during the late afternoon or early evening that day. Police report that Ryan and Barrett were en route to a restaurant in Ti-

conderoga, N.Y. Friends followed the tracks to the area off Chipman Point in Orwell, Vt., and Putnam Station, N.Y.; the friends didn’t dare go farther because the ice appeared to be so unsafe. A group of state police from both sides of the lake searched the area. After finding snowmobiles and articles of clothing belonging to the two men on Sunday morning, police determined that the pair went through the ice on the New York side of the lake The joint search team used sonar equipment and scuba divers in their quest to find Ryan and Barrett, but suspended the search late Sunday through Monday because of winter storm conditions . Both men are experienced snowmobilers with knowledge of the lake. Search efforts were due to continue on Thursday morning in an effort to find the other man.

CORRECTION: An article in the Monday, Feb. 13, issue of the Independent detailing new initiatives in palliative care for Addison County residents contained two errors. First, a quote attributed to ARCH board President Daphne Jensen — which was also used in a front page pull

quote — should have been attributed to ARCH Community Coordinator Laurie Borden. Second, there are three ARCH rooms for terminally ill patients at Helen Porter Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center and not four, as stated in the article. We regret the errors.

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to the Editor

Gov. Scott right to defy Trump

Nation seeks to build wrong wall

Vermont’s Republican Gov. Phil Scott should be commended for his willingness to defy President Trump’s recent immigration order that seeks to deport undocumented immigrants that have long been allowed to remain in the country under Republican President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. A bill unveiled last week stipulates that Vermont would not actively help the federal government carry out the new immigration order, nor would the state aid the federal government in creating a registry about Vermonters, such as listing their political or religious preferences. Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan led the effort to draft the bill, calling Trump’s initiative “federal overreach.” Specifically, the bill permits only the governor to enter into agreements allowing Vermont law enforcement to assist the federal government for such purposes, which Scott said last week he does not anticipate any circumstances that would encourage him to do so. The bill addresses a particularly aspect of Trump’s executive order that would give state and local law enforcement agencies the power to “perform the functions of an immigration officer.” The bill would also preempt any federal action that might require Vermont to collect information about its residents, such as religious affiliation, for the federal government. Such information, Donovan said, could be used to create a federal registry of all Muslims in the state. Though Scott received some Republican criticism for his support of the bill, Scott was right to warn Republicans that such federal overreach could be used against causes they hold dear under a different president, such as targeting the right to bear arms. Republican House leader Don Turner, R-Milton, refused to sponsor the bill, but Republican Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, known as more of a moderate, signed on as a Republican sponsor. Hopefully the bill will see swift passage.

So you want to build a wall? So you want to build a wall? Then build a wall that keeps out hate. Build a wall that keeps out poverty and ignorance. Build a wall that keeps out hunger. Build a wall that keeps out disease and pain. Build a wall that keeps out pollution and environmental degradation. Build a wall that keeps out war. Build a wall that keeps out racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia and all forms of prejudice. Build a wall that keeps out greed and love of money. Build a wall that keeps out lust for power. Build a wall that protects religious freedom. Build walls for people and not against them. Build these walls that need no physical bricks but need moral and ethical principles to stand, held together by the mortar of compassion and love. And build onto and keep up those walls and parts of walls already in place, that have attempted to do these things. Do not neglect them, do not abuse them and do not lose them. Build these walls, for they are like the walls of the New Jerusalem, the walls of a peaceable world, a true kin-dom of God’s peace, a home for all people. Build these walls, for they are the best walls we can build and the ones our world really needs. Michael Doran Vergennes

Trump’s first 21 days Forget Trump’s first 100 days; consider the first three weeks. Michael Flynn’s firing as national security adviser to Mr. Trump after just 24 days in the post captured headlines as the most titillating political news of the week (so far), along with the fact that Trump’s campaign team had been having frequent contact with Russian officials during the same timeframe that Russia was hacking into the Democratic Party’s emails (despite previous denials of any such contact from Trump and others right down the line). But neither item was the most important news of the first half of the week. Rather, Russia’s escalating invasion of the Ukraine through its “rebel forces” and Russia’s secret deployment of a new cruise missile that violates a 1987 arms control treaty are far more important challenges facing Trump’s chaos-prone administration. Military experts say the deployment of the cruise missile system this December, which had been closely monitored by the Pentagon in recent years, poses a threat to our NATO allies — an international alliance with the U.S. that Trump has continually undermined since the start of his presidential campaign. With Russian President Vladimir Putin testing the boundaries of Trump’s stated admiration of him, the question now is whether Trump will play a stronger hand as Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has been championing or will he fold and allow Russia to begin the destabilization of Eastern Europe? Trump buckled last week when China challenged the president on his relations with Taiwan, forcing Trump to embrace support of the United State’s “one-China” policy. The reversal earned Trump an early reputation of being able to bully those weaker than he is, but backing down to stronger foes. The stakes are also escalating as domestic and foreign intelligence officers have announced months of surveillance of Trump’s campaign exchanging communications with Russian officials, including a few NATO allies concerned that Trump would abandon America’s support of NATO and leave them open to Russian aggression. That information is sure to be released as Trump’s unsteady hand threatens their national security, and which could be the source of damaging connections that congressional Republicans are unable to ignore. And that’s just this week. Previously he insulted Mexico; pulled out of an international trade agreement giving China an open door into what had been American markets; temporarily upset the world with his travel ban on refugees and immigrants that was later overturned by the courts; has caused fear and hardship among America’s farmers and their undocumented laborers; reversed policies to curb greenhouse gases, causing more damage to the Earth’s environment; and on and on. Even Republicans are stunned by the damage done in just three weeks.

Flynn’s fired; Trump’s judgment Americans’ concern over President Trump’s sudden dismissal of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is not just that Flynn committed a serious violation of protocol, but that Trump knew about Flynn’s misdeeds for several weeks and did nothing about it. Trump also allowed Flynn’s lies to mislead the Vice President, so the Vice President was caught unknowingly defending that lie. Making matters worse, Americans now are learning that Trump’s campaign team had connections and frequent communication with Russian officials during the time Russia was hacking into Democratic emails — despite the fact they had denied such connections numerous times leading up to the election and since then. Odd, too, that FBI Director James Comey chose not to investigate those suspicious activities with Trump’s campaign (though he knew about them at the time) but rather, at the 11th hour, reopen the prospect of Hillary Clinton’s emails. Comey, of course, was Trump’s pick to remain as director of the FBI and is now reviewing the evidence of Trump team’s collusion with Russian officials. But the biggest concern is that Trump’s choice of Flynn was inherently flawed. Flynn, after all, had been previously dismissed from a post at the Defense Intelligence Agency for erratic management, and during his brief 24-day stint as national security adviser, he failed, as the Washington Post’s editorial board wrote, “to prepare Mr. Trump for conversations with foreign leaders, inadequately vetted executive orders and staffed key positions with military cronies even before he lied to the media and vice president about the content of his conversations with the Russian ambassador.” Not only did Flynn add to the swamp of cronies in Washington, but Mr. Trump showed particularly bad judgment in making the appointment and then sticking by him as long as he did. The continuing dysfunction in the White House is not just Trump’s chaotic way of doing things, but rather a disorganized team exercising poor judgment. Look for more disruption over the coming weeks, and a continued decline in the public’s confidence in this administration.

Angelo S. Lynn


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Coyote hunting needs regulation


SNOW COVERS THE Bristol town Green after a small storm hit the county last Thursday. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

Dedicating ourselves to freedom

Last month my husband, daughter and I joined the ant victories like the Voting Rights Act, our country’s million or so other people thronging the streets of the racist history, from its very founding, has continued to nation’s capitol. We walked along the wide avenues, in a rear its bigoted head. Because white people have never sea of pink knitted hats, declaring our love for humanity, really faced the tremendous cruelty of slavery and Jim and our determination that even with the previous day’s Crow, we seem doomed to keep implementing policies inauguration of He Who Shall Not Be Named, our bod- that harm Black people. In Ava DuVernay’s film “The ies are our own. Thirteenth,” we learn that slavery didn’t exactly end, it The signs were amazing. From the humorous (You’re was shifted from the “Peculiar Institution” that created So Vain, You Probably Think This March much of the nation’s wealth, to a Is About You) to the heartbreaking hidden way for those with money (Three young women wearing jackets and power to coerce those without on the backs of which were stitched: 1. into servitude. “To all the little girls who are watching The Thirteenth amendment this 2. Never doubt that you are valuable reads: “Neither slavery nor inBy Joanna and powerful 3. and deserving of every voluntary servitude, except as a Colwell chance and opportunity in the world”), punishment for crime whereof the we never tired of reading the incredible, party shall have been duly concreative, powerful signs. victed, shall exist within the UnitBut my favorite sign of all was one I saw online, upon ed States.” Do you see? If someone is incarcerated, it is returning home from the March. It read, “I’ll see all you constitutional for the state to force them to work. nice white ladies at the next Black Lives Matter march, In the immediate aftermath of the election, I noticed right?” I take this sign as a personal challenge, to do a something different about how many white liberal peobetter job of showing up for marginalized communities. ple seemed shocked by the outcome, compared to PeoThe way I see it, People of Color have been crying out, ple of Color, who seemed deeply disappointed, but not for generations, about their mistreatment at the hands of nearly as surprised. This was illustrated by a Saturday those with power in this country. Night Live skit, in which the Black people watching the First a cry against slavery, and all the kidnapping, news on election night were like, “America elected a rape, brutality and terror it wrought on innocent people. racist to the highest office in the land? We were kind of After the all too brief period of Reconstruction, immedi- expecting this.” ately after the Civil War, a cry to end Jim Crow. Because This draws me to the conclusion that the extent to that cry was unheeded, nearly six million people fled the which we educated liberal people are surprised by the Deep South between 1915 and 1970, refugees in search election results is the extent to which we have FAILED of safety and a better life. to listen to the lived realities of People of Color. How While the Civil Rights Movement yielded import(See Ways of Seeing, Page 5A)

Ways of Seeing

Getting older and (at least a bit) wiser A decade or so ago, my husband Mark and I were driv- College kids might not know better, but adults should. ing through town when we saw an older man carefully I’m not sure exactly when I stopped seeing kegs at the sweeping the dirt off his blacktop driveway. rare parties I go to. But nowadays, the gatherings I attend “Hoo boy,” we laughed. “You know you’re old when are more likely to feature cake and coffee (decaf if it’s not only do you have time to sweep your driveway, but after 3 p.m.). you actually think it matters.” Wow. I’ve changed. Well, time has passed. And, as embarrassed as I am to This all came to mind this morning when I was hand say it, I’m starting to feel an affinity with that old man. washing some wool sweaters. Me. Hand washing. It’s My priorities are changing. crazy. It’s not about being tidy; I’m not. It’s more about me As a young adult, much to my mother’s chagrin, I overcoming my careless ways, and finding myself with managed my wardrobe along Darwinian principles. I a growing need for things around me would throw everything into one load to be just so. — darks, lights, delicates, hand-knits In other words, I’m getting old. — with the full expectation that the Not decrepit old, but old in the way weak and sickly items that couldn’t that I look at younger people and take the agitation would get weeded wonder why they don’t make lists. Or out. So be it. leave enough time to get to the airNow here I am, years later, a difport. Or pack a snack, just in case. ferent person. Without thinking, I I’m becoming my mother. separate clothes according to color, By Jessie Raymond hang-drying anything liable to shrink, A few days ago, I saw a YouTube video of a senior citizen, surroundand, yes, hand washing the things I ed by college students, doing a keg don’t want to get pummeled in the stand. They held him upside down and he gulped beer washer. Why wouldn’t I? from the tap while they cheered. It’s almost like I’ve started to develop a grown-up atIt went viral because old people just don’t do stuff like titude about life in general. Quaint old aphorisms like “a that. stitch in time saves nine” and “a place for everything, With good reason. When they put the guy down, he and everything in its place” suddenly mean more to me teetered for a second, and then fell over into a stack of than the one motto I lived by for decades: “Whatever.” lawn chairs. After Sunday night’s snowstorm, for instance, I shovWhile the bros cheered, I cringed. There may have eled several miles of paths to the chicken coop, bird feedbeen a time when I thought keg stands were cool — even er and woodpile. This goes against my long-established if I didn’t possess the upper body strength to do one my- and time-saving habit of just tromping a path into the self. But now, with age, I see that they’re actually stupid. (See Raymond, Page 5A)

Around the bend

I am writing to express my support for the regulation of coyote hunting in Vermont. As of now they can be hunted 365 days/year, night and day, with no bag limit. This is partly because the Department of Fish and Wildlife does not need to “manage” the coyote population to maintain their numbers — the coyote are quite capable of doing this for themselves by increasing their rate of reproduction when there is a decline in population. Regulations would address the needless killing of countless animals during the coyote derbies, one of which is happening now in Bristol. Research has shown that coyotes have minimal impact on deer herds, which is another argument the derby enthusiasts use to justify their “sport.” The Department of Fish and Wildlife conducts hunter education classes that teach that animals should be “respected and utilized,” neither of which happens in these derby hunts. It’s time for the Department of Fish and Wildlife to back up their philosophy with some regulations. Sue Rasmussen Shoreham

Bias study had too many flaws In an article in the Addison Independent on Feb. 2, “Local Chiefs Contest Racial Bias Report,” Police Chief George Merkel of Vergennes and Police Chief Tom Hanley of Middlebury, express some misgivings about the results of a recent racial bias study of local and state policing. I have similar misgivings. The study was conducted by Stephanie Seguino of UVM and Nancy Brooks of Cornell University, and titled “Driving While Black and Brown in Vermont.” It can be found online. This kind of a study is critically important for us to be able to understand race bias and color of skin prejudice in our communities. Racial bias is very personal to those on the receiving end, and there is no need for statistics for them to understand how they are being hurt. However, for the wider community statistics are important to be able to understand the magnitude and source of the problem, especially for those who are white or light and not the subject of discrimination. I grew up in an integrated environment and elementary school; my best childhood friend and still even today, is Black; I went to integrated summer camps; taught in integrated schools; was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines; and continue to work in an integrated situation. I feel at least some understanding of what bias and prejudice are and how people are hurt. I see racial prejudice in Vermont, both of individuals and institutionally. We need to work to eliminate racism, bias, (See Letter, Page 5A)

Addison Independent, Thursday, February 16, 2017 — PAGE 5A

In pursuit of manliness Working as a school resource if an overweight, dull-witted poofficer, I frequently find myself liceman ventured into the forest at reflecting upon my time in high night I’d be able to pounce on him, school. Fortunately most of the and, armed with only rudimentary embarrassing details are buried in carving flints, transform him into the murky depths of my mind, but porterhouse steaks. At that point in my life I’d never a few persistent memories invariably bubble to the surface. Most actually killed anything more subrevolve around falling in love and stantial than a baby rat, and, in all the attendant heartbreak. Aside honesty, the rat incident had not gone well. I’d caught from the romanit using one of those tic misadventures, sticky glue traps. An another prominent ill-considered choice, theme is my struggle since upon capture to define manhood. I one must surmount can distinctly recall the additional emobeing bemused by tional hurdle of disthis, feeling that the patching the wrigexamples of violent gling beast. I admit, and irresponsible I hadn’t thought that men available to me aspect of the prowere not attractive, cess through, imagbut unable to find any ining the murderous inspiring alternatives. squishing would deAfter considerable liver a blow to my soul-searching, inconscience of roughvolving the writing of This week’s writer ly the same magnimaudlin poetry and is Police Officer tude as stepping on a anguished pouting, Christopher L. bug. Since I had, as a I decided manliness Mason, school young male, deprived consisted of rugged resource officer for many an insect of its independence. In Middlebury. life through magpursuit of this ideal, I began taking long, nifying lens, ritual solitary jaunts through the woods de-legging and other unsavory and along the bleak coastline of means, I anticipated no difficulty. my hometown. I was entirely unprepared for the Those excursions were deeply beady, yet poignantly expressive satisfying, but I felt I was facing eyes, conveying, in equal meavery little real danger — besides sure, terror and appalling cuteness. the occasional gorse thicket and Due to the flood of hypocritical misplaced soccer hooligan. The sympathy evoked, I found myself south coast of England has an completely incapable of enacting undeniable charm, but I began to my initial plan of whacking it over thirst for something more chal- the head with a hammer. lenging. I persuaded myself that I consulted the medical student after my schooling was complete, who lived next door regarding the I would travel to a remote tropi- most merciful means of terminacal country, where I would charm tion. He promptly informed me the wary indigenous tribespeople that, in his professional opinion, into divulging all their survival drowning was by far the most techniques, and then venture forth benign method of killing an innointo the heart of darkness. Ob- cent animal. So, I filled a bucket viously I would have suffered a and heroically descended into the gruesome death — assuming the basement to face my fury victim. tribespeople didn’t just shoot me At that point it struck me that with poisonous darts for being in- immersing the glue trap in water sufferable, I’m sure I would have might render it useless, and if I succumbed to the venomous fauna were to remove the horror-strickor toxic flora within moments. en mammal from the adhesive, it I imagined locating a pictur- might be possible to save myself esque cave, replete with rocks the crippling expense of another eroded by the elements to resemble plastic tray filled with gelatinous furniture, and settling there for not gunk. To this end, I went in search less than three years, which struck of tools. Though the baby rat was me as a suitable amount of time to only about the size of my little findigest all the wisdom of the forest. ger, I wasn’t prepared to touch it. I I was convinced I’d find enough could tell it possessed razor-sharp food, either in the form of succu- biting teeth, and, despite my burlent berries or wild, char-roasted geoning sympathy, I wasn’t about creatures that I would catch using to give it the satisfaction of exactsharpened sticks and my finely ing revenge upon my delicate dighoned jungle wits. I had, after all, its. The only remotely serviceable seen “First Blood,” starring Syl- tools I could find, however, were vester Stallone, several times, and enormous wrenches. So it was, was, as such, well informed on with one pair of vast, steel-toothed how to manufacture lethal pokey tongs holding the trap and another traps. I was fairly confident that grasping the baby rat about the tor-



so, I struggled to pry them apart. Alas, I had vastly underestimated the tenacity of the glue, and it took so much pressure to wrench the little beast loose, its organs were completely crushed. I continued with the drowning, but I knew in my heart it was a farce — the rat had already suffered a terminal squishing. Still, it somehow managed to swim free from the pincers at one point and rise to the surface. It was with a hint of admiration that I weighted the little fellow down and sank him to his final ignoble doom. As I sat there, hunched over the bucket, re-drowning the wretched creature, it struck me that the magnanimity of the process had been somewhat undermined. In retrospect I suppose the hammer would have been infinitely less cruel. Still, I imagined myself in the tropical landscape skewering a wild pig or antelope, skinning it and pulling its innards out would pose no significant problem. I have since participated in the evisceration of a few chickens, and, I have to say, inserting my hand into a recently deceased chicken is one of the most repulsive things I’ve ever experienced. I thought it would be akin to removing the giblets from a frozen bird — I was completely unprepared for the warmth and obscene wetness awaiting me within the cavity. And that was a chicken! Imagine the sheer volume of inside parts one would encounter in, say, a zebra. Of course, since I would never have gotten within several miles of a wild animal it’s all rather academic. Even if some slow (preferably maimed) creature had by mischance hobbled into range, and I had cast my pointy stick at it, it’s more likely I would have induced cardiac collapse through the sheer comedy of my effort than pierce any vital organs. I did, ultimately, realize my ambition of traveling, and I did have strange and wondrous experiences. Fortunately I never had to depend upon my dubious jungle wits to survive, which is why I’m here today, still struggling to figure out what it means to be a man. It’s safe to say, I no longer believe it’s all about rugged independence. I consulted my 12-year-old daughter on the issue, and she declared with supreme confidence, “Boys are annoying!” It was all the wisdom I could extract from her, and I’m reasonably certain she was not excluding me from her judgment. It may be that peace resides in embracing my ignominious heritage as a man — to be a source of irritation to the womenfolk. In the words of the illustrious Greg Kinnear, sometimes “the best thing you have going for you is your willingness to humiliate yourself.”

Raymond (Continued from Page 4A) snow and letting the tracks ice over until, after a few freeze-thaw cycles, the trail becomes an ankle-twisting agility course that lasts until spring. (Look, Ma, I’m showing forethought!) I used to think only tightly wound losers took their time, planned ahead, and stuck to routines. But these days, I fill up the gas tank before the light comes on. I scrape ice off the whole windshield instead of just scratching a 4-inch circle on the driver’s side. I put the dog leash in the same spot every day. I weed out the junk mail before I stack the bills, which I then pay — on time. Heaven help me, I carry a tape measure in my purse. Who am I? I always thought I’d stay the same forever, but I’m realizing that, with a few exceptions (I’m looking at you, keg stand guy), we all mature and

evolve in a predictable way over the years. Whether we like it or not. Now I find myself, one handwashed sweater at a time, turning into someone who prefers schedules to spontaneity, order to chaos. Without any conscious effort, I’ve become the kind of person who keeps

extra AA batteries on hand — and knows where they are. I wonder: Will I continue to grow more methodical and fastidious as I get older? Consider this: I’m only 48 now. So, yes. At the rate I’m going, it’s safe to say there’s a well-swept driveway in my future.

Letter (Continued from Page 4A) prejudice, on personal levels and all reaches of our society, and to embrace all of the diversity found in Vermont. And that is why this study is so important. However, there are many aspects of this report that are troubling. First, the criticisms by the two police chiefs should be listened to closely. I don’t know about Chief Merkel, I do know that Chief Hanley has been working to eliminate bias from Middlebury Police Department for years and I think has been pretty successful. Their point that the reasons and conditions and situations for traffic stops should part any of such study are valid. As much as I think this sort of study is needed I think that it does more harm than good. The author’s basic comparisons of drivers being stopped are based on false assumptions. The study attempts to compare “stop rates by race compared to racial shares of the population.” Their question is, “are Black or Hispanic drivers stopped at a higher rate than other members of the population?” The other members of the “population,” in the studies’ terms are, “white, Asian, or Native American.” The study finds that Black and Hispanic drivers are stopped at a higher rate. But the problem is that the population they are compared to is the general population of the geographic area a particular police department is located in, and not the actual population of drivers on the road. The study uses the American Community Survey, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau to ascertain racial makeup. This survey simply records the make-up of the population of specific communities, people self-identified by race. No questions about, do respondents to the survey have a drivers license? So this cannot determine the race of drivers on local or major highways of whatever community is being studied. In addition, the study uses data from the Vermont Department of

Asian, or Native American. Vermont driver’s licenses do not have race listed on them. When stops are made, in how many cases does the police officer accurately know the race or ethnicity of the driver before the stop is made? It stands to reason that there are many incidences where race of a driver is not known such as, at night, inclement weather, when detected by radar from a long distance, when following a car violating law, and others. This issue was not taken into account by the study. Unfortunately the study makes it sound like there is a great deal of bias in Vermont policing. There probably is some, but the study doesn’t measure it. I think it incumbent upon the authors to get a better idea of the actual identities of actual drivers so their comparisons are valid. The authors also need more data. The current study is based on only one or two years of data, which seems quite small for the far-reaching conclusions drawn. The study goes on to look at what happens after a stop, to arrest rates, whether or not contraband was found and gender of stopped drivers. But it does not research why there are differences in these, or the circumstances, or the outcomes. The tone of the study is only of dry statistics. The are many variables of any stop that any study must take into consideration when analyzing whether or not race or bias is involved. I hope the authors will come forward to tell us of the studies’ limitations and inaccurate assumptions and tell us they will correct these deficiencies. And I hope they continue their work because we need factual and accurate information in order to move our society toward inclusion, reduce bias, and be standing on the side of love of our fellow travelers. Paul A. Stone Orwell

Ways of Seeing (Continued from Page 4A) many of us were out in the streets demonstrating when time after time, Congress passed laws mandating longer prison sentences for nonviolent crimes? How many of us protested when we learned that white people use drugs about as often as nonwhite people, yet People of Color are much more likely to be arrested and serve sentences for drug possession? As stated by The Drug Policy Alliance, “The consequences of any drug conviction are life-long and severe, and are not experienced equally. Despite comparable drug use and selling rates across racial groups, African Americans and Latinos are disproportionately punished for drug law violations. Drug violations are an easy solution for police officers pressed for high arrest quotas, resulting in thousands of wrongful arrests that overwhelmingly victimize communities of color.” As a group, white people have done a pretty lousy job of taking these grievances seriously. We haven’t shown up when communities of color cry out against police brutality, unfair sentencing laws that rip

families apart, or generational economic injustice. I believe if we as a nation had listened more closely, and linked arms with people whose backgrounds may be quite different from our own, we would not be in the mess we’re in now. So if you ever hear anyone say, “Black History Month? Why don’t we have White History Month?” I hope you will take this person by the hand, sit them down on the couch, and show them Ava DuVernay’s film “The Thirteenth,” or her other amazing film, “Selma.” If you hear anyone say, “Black Lives Matter? How about All Lives Matter?” Tell them it’s for the same reason if you go to the doctor with a broken arm, your doctor doesn’t say, “All Bones Matter!” The area that is injured needs to be attended to. Your doctor knows that, which is why she will set your bone

so you can heal. To help our country heal, we all need to be clear eyed and open hearted. We need to seek out the perspectives of those who have been harmed, listen to their voices and insist that our institutions treat people fairly. For all the injustices of the past, let us make amends. Let us dedicate ourselves to liberty and justice for all, absolutely all of us. Joanna Colwell is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher who founded and directs Otter Creek Yoga, in Middlebury’s Marble Works. Joanna lives with her family in East Middlebury. When not practicing or teaching yoga, Joanna enjoys taking walks, cooking, serving on the board of WomenSafe and working with the Middlebury chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice. Feedback welcome at: joanna@ottercreekyoga. com.

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Motor Vehicles, “not-at-fault drivers in accidents to determine race of drivers.” The authors don’t explain the logic of this, but do admit, “37 percent of the data about race is missing from officers’ accident reports.” This cannot be a reliable way to determine the race of drivers on Vermont roads. For the most basic questions to be answered the actual driving population must be known. You cannot just simply compare to the general population of the town, county or area of the traffic stop. Unfortunately the study uses these two methods to establish the race or ethnicity of drivers. Both methods are flawed and the authors admit this, but carry on with their study anyway. I submit that without reliable data about the actual population of drivers, it is not possible to accurately ascertain the race of drivers stopped compared to the actual driving population. Therefore I don’t think the authors’ conclusions are accurate, that “Blacks and Hispanics are stopped at a higher rate than white Asian or Native American.” This question remains unanswered. A high percentage of drivers on major roads through communities, such as 22A through Vergennes or Route 7 through Middlebury, are drivers from outside the community, from diverse places, drivers passing through, and most likely a very diverse population of people that does not accurately reflect the population of a town or Addison County. To compound the reliability of the study, police officers are asked, by new Vermont law, to determine the race of drivers who are stopped. This means when an officer is standing on the side of a busy road, with traffic zooming by, and it’s raining, and it’s nighttime, the officer is expected to make an accurate determination of the driver’s race. I don’t think it is realistic, even under the best of circumstances, to accurately determine a person’s race, that is white, Black, Hispanic,


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KEY LARGO, Fla. — Barbara Gross Goodman of Key Largo, Fla., passed away on Jan. 29, 2017 in Middlebury, Vt. of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. She was 81. Barbara was born in Cleveland, Ohio and attended Shaker Heights High School. She graduated from Brown University in Providence, R.I., in 1957. That same year she married Jack Goodman and they began what would become a nearly 60-year marriage in Newport, where she taught high school English and Jack served in the U.S. Navy. Barbara and Jack subsequently moved to Pleasantville, N.Y., and then nearby Chappaqua, where they raised their family of three children and numerous four-legged friends. Barbara was a talented artist, having studied at the Rhode Island School of Design while in college. She had a wonderful eye for color and facial expression, accompanied by a skilled hand with a pencil or brush, and was always sought out by her children for assistance with school projects. She took up her easel again after her children had left the nest and painted — mostly portraits — in oil. Barbara was also active in liberal causes including women’s rights, banning nuclear weapons and Planned Parenthood. She was a great conversationalist, particularly with the young, and on the

periodic occasion when a fundraiser for Greenpeace or the World Wildlife Fund would door knock their home, Barbara would, in addition to making a donation, have a good chat about what they were up to. An active swimmer and tennis player, she swam and played club doubles well into her 70s, when her Alzheimer’s prohibited these activities. Most of all, Barbara will be remembered for her loving spirit. She was generous to a fault, and she took care of many dear friends over the years. She was particularly sympathetic to the elderly, having lost both her parents at a relatively young age. Many of her elderly friends served as surrogate grandparents for her children. It’s not possible to remember Barbara without noting her love of animals, particularly dogs. Springer spaniels and, more recently, Labrador retrievers were an essential part of her entire adult family life. Dogs and dog walking were often the bridge that connected her to others in the community, and she rarely would pass up an opportunity to greet a friendly canine and its owner when walking in a park or down the sidewalk. More recently, she battled this terrible illness with great courage, strong bearing and perseverance. To the great joy and benefit of her family, many friends, and careers, she stayed true to her personality and character.

BARBARA GOODMAN Barbara remained the warm, funny and beautiful person that she was to all of us fortunate enough to know and love her. Barbara is survived by her husband, Jack, her three children, Will, Jane and Jack Jr., their spouses Victoria, Peter and Lisa, and seven grandchildren, Benjamin, Nathaniel, Eli, Anna, Sam, Nora and Maggie. She will be deeply missed. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to Planned Parenthood in Barbara’s memory.◊

Curtis, Sr. (Jeanette) of Bridport, John (Deborah) of Hydeville, Lyle (Carol) of Bakersfield and Ronald (Regina) of Whiting, one daughter, Carol Hubbard of Brandon, 16 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson; a brother, Mervyn of Island Pond, Vt., brotherin-law, John MacIver of Littleton, N.H.; many nephews, nieces and cousins. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Anita, in 2012 and his son, Lenard, in 1991. The family would like to thank the many Home Health and Hospice workers and volunteers of both Addison and Franklin County who allowed our parents to remain at home for the past ten years. We are deeply indebted to you. Visiting hours will be Thursday, Feb. 16, from 4-7 p.m. at Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls with a time of remembrance at 7 p.m. led by Rev. Barbara Purinton. Funeral services will be Friday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. at the Shoreham Congregational Church, Route 74, Shoreham Village with Rev. Christina Del Piero officiating. A time of visitation will be held at the church from 1 p.m. until the hour of the service. Interment will be held this spring in the Lake View Cemetery in

Vt., Lexington Mass., Cabot High School and Bristol, Vt. where he taught math, was principal and superintendent of Mount Abraham Union School. He was beloved by all of his students. After retirement he was employed by Brown-McClay Funeral Home for 20 years. He enjoyed golfing, dancing, skiing, big band music and spending time with family and friends. He is survived by his sister Ann Wetmore of Schenectady, N.Y. and several nieces and nephews. Services will be at the Bristol Federated Church in Bristol on Monday Feb. 20, at 1 p.m. Interment will be in Middletown Springs in the spring. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Bristol Federated Church.◊

WILLIAM SIMMONS Jesse worked tirelessly as caregiver and guardian of his widowed mother, often making several trips per day to Lincoln to attend to her needs. His passion for quality work and spirit of giving brought help and knowledge to those around him, and his vast and varied abilities were an inspiration to many. He will be dearly missed. Bill Simmons will be remembered at Burnham Hall in Lincoln, Vt. on Feb. 19, at 1 pm. Family and friends are invited to attend. His ashes will be spread at later dates in the two great oceans on which he spent many of his years. ◊

and husband Ken of Keene, N.H.; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her father. Visiting hours will be held Sunday, Feb. 19, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home, 117 South Main St., Middlebury. Funeral services will be held Monday, February 20, at 11 a.m. at the Middlebury Congregational Church, with the Rev. Andy NagyBenson officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 200906011 or online Online condolences at◊


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GENE WILLEY Shoreham. Contributions in Gene’s memory may be to Addison County Home Health, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753 or Franklin County Home Health, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478. Condolences, photos and favorite memories may be shared through ◊

William Hoadley, 92, formerly of Bristol BRISTOL — William Neal Hoadley, 92, passed away Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 in Schenectady, N.Y. following a brief illness. He was born Oct. 12, 1924 in Rutland, Vt., the son of William O. and Gertrude K. Hoadley of Middletown Springs, Vt. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by three sisters: Beverly Lannetti, Marian Jean Quinn and Gail Bissonnette. Neal served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and the Korean War. He graduated with a bachelor of arts from Tufts University and a M.Ed. from Boston University. Neal was a member of Black River Lodge Masonic Lodge #85 and Bristol Libanus Lodge # 47. He was also a member of the Cairo Shriners. Neal was a teacher in Ludlow

Port Clyde. He returned to lobstering many times in his early adulthood and learned valuable trades and skills like lobstering, clamming, fishing, hunting, and boat building as well as car mechanics, electrical work, plumbing and house building from his grandfathers and father. Like them, he was a “jack of all trades.” With his abundance of skills, Bill worked alongside his father, William Emery Simmons, building and then working on two boats: the Galatea and the Tioga, which were moored in Gloucester, Mass. Later, he moved west and began fishing up and down the Pacific Northwest coast, living in Fort Bragg, Calif., where he met the mother of his children, Kay Gibson. After several years of fishing, he returned east with his children and began his tenure with the Georgetown Light Department, again drawing on and increasing his mechanical, electrical and automotive skills. Furthermore, he provided his children with many of the things he enjoyed as a child: boating, swimming, sports and camping. Eventually, he moved to Vermont to be closer to his parents and built a log cabin in New Haven with a beautiful view of South Mountain. During this time he worked as a commercial driver, crane operator and most recently a Licensed Nurse Practitioner, spending his last formal job in the service of others. During and after this period, Bill and his partner

Barbara Moodie, 67, Middlebury MIDDLEBURY — Barbara J. Moodie, 67, passed away peacefully at her residence in Middlebury on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. She was born May 3, 1949 in Middlebury, the daughter of George Foster Sr. and Jean (Huntress) Foster. Survivors are her husband Floyd K. Moodie Jr. of Middlebury; her mother Jean Foster of Middlebury; two sons, Kraig Moodie and wife Paula of Hershey, Pa.; and Keith Moodie and wife Elizabeth also of Hershey, Pa.; her grandchildren, Alexis, Courtney and Conner. Also by her siblings, Wayne Foster and wife Jody of Minneapolis; Warren Foster and wife Sally of Brandon; George Foster Jr. and wife Deborah of Middlebury; and JoAnne Myers

Gene D. Willey, 86, Shoreham SHOREHAM — Gene D. Willey, 86, passed away at the home of his son, Lyle, in Bakersfield on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He was born Oct. 24, 1930 in West Littleton, N.H. to Rupert and Georgia (Farnham) Willey. Gene was a 1948 graduate of Littleton High School and pursued his lifetime passion of dairy farming, beginning on the family farm off Foster Hill Road. On July 31, 1949 he married Anita Santy of Lyman, N.H. and together they worked the farm and raised six children. In 1963, Gene and Anita purchased and operated a farm in Shoreham, Vt. where they remained for the rest of their lives. Gene was both an ambitious and progressive farmer. In addition to farming, he was a licensed cattle dealer, real estate broker and operated a farm auction business. He served as a dairy advisor to U.S. Rep. James Jeffords, was President of the Addison County Farmer Bureau, and a key legislative liaison for both the local and state Farm Bureau. He was an early member of the Shoreham Fire Department, a town lister, and member and Trustee of the Shoreham Congregational Church. He is survived by four sons;

NEW HAVEN — William Martin Simmons (born Sept. 25, 1953), devoted father, son, partner, and sibling, passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 9, 2017, in New Haven, Vt. He is survived by his longtime partner Jessica Albrecht of New Haven, Vt.; mother, Darlene Watts Simmons of Bristol; three sons, Daniel James Riggle of Salem, Mass., William Adelbert Simmons of Olympia, Wash., and Dustin Travis Simmons of Weybridge, Vt.; sisters Janie Elizabeth Simmons of Rockaway Beach, N.Y. and Barbara Lynn Olesen of Castaic, Calif.; three nephews, Matias del Sol Garcia Simmons, Mika and Mikkel Olesen; and one niece, Belen de la Luz Garcia Simmons; as well as numerous cousins in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Colorado. Bill was born in Beverly, Mass. and spent his childhood living in Topsfield, Mass. As a boy, he was fortunate to spend a lot of time during holidays and summers in the Penobscot Bay area of Maine, with both sets of grandparents and for a time with his great-grandparents, “Nana and Papa Tim” and “Papa Harris.” He enjoyed exploring the dairy farm owned and operated by his maternal grandparents in Tenants Harbor with his sister and many cousins. As he got a little older, he rose before dawn to spend the day on his paternal grandfather’s lobster boat in

MIDDLEBURY — Age Well will have a special St. Patty’s First Friday celebration meal featuring corned beef and cabbage, boiled potatoes and carrots, rye bread and Saint Patty’s day cake for dessert on Friday, March 3, at the Middlebury VFW (arrive after 11 a.m.). Certified organic regular

and decaf coffee will be donated by Vermont Coffee Company. Middlebury’s own O’Hanleigh will entertain the crowd with IrishAmerican music. Advance reservations are required, so call Age Well at 802-865-0360 ext. 1018 to reserve. Suggested donation is $5.

Credit Union to award service scholarships

BURLINGTON — Vermont Federal Credit Union will be awarding four $2,000 educational scholarships to students with a history of strong academic achievement and service to the community. Vermont Federal is now accepting online scholarship applications for the 2017-2018 academic year. The Credit Union’s Scholarship Committee has been awarding students with scholarships for more than fifteen years and is excited to be able to provide this

benefit to the community. Two scholarships, in the amount of $2,000 each, will be awarded to graduating high school seniors who have been accepted to an accredited undergraduate program at a college, trade school or university for the fall 2017 semester or spring 2018 semester. The Credit Union will also be awarding two $2,000 scholarships to students who are already enrolled in or looking to go back to an accredited undergraduate program at a college,

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Desabrais Family, we would like to extend our sincere appreciation for all the support, kindness and generosity given during our time of loss. The thoughtful acts of kindness whether they were food, flowers, cards, memorial donations, kind words or shared memories were truly heartwarming. With Much LOve and Thanks

The Desabrais Family

Stephanie Anderson of Vergennes has been named to the president’s and dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester at Southern New Hampshire University. Anna Hauman of Starksboro has been named to the president’s list for the fall 2016 semester at Plymouth State University. Tegan Waite of Brandon recently presented as part of the annual Castleton University event Castleton Engaged!, a celebration of the many ways Castleton students engage with their communities through coursework, athletics, student activities and more. Melyssa Anderson of Hancock

trade school or university during the fall 2017 semester or the spring 2018 semester. The deadline to apply for these scholarships is Monday, April 10. The application and complete details can be found on the Scholarships page at Recipients will be selected based on their academic achievements, student and community leadership activities, as well as other criteria.




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has been named to the dean’s list and president’s list for the fall 2016 semester at Goodwin College. Olivia Bloomer of Brandon has been named to president’s list for the fall 2016 semester at Husson University. Bloomer is a junior who is currently enrolled in Husson’s bachelor of science in criminal justice / bachelor of science in psychology with a mental health rehabilitation technician / community (MHRT/C) certification program. Layla Paine of Bristol has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester at Hofstra University.

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Jared North, a senior biology major at Grove City College, has been named to the dean’s list with high distinction for the fall 2016 semester. Jared is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert North (Elaine) of Ferrisburgh, Vt. Sausville student brief Samara R. Sausville of Vergennes will participate in a St. Lawrence University off-campus study abroad program in Austria during the spring 2017 semester. Sausville is a member of the Class of 2018 and is majoring in economics and business in the liberal arts. Sausville graduated from Vergennes Union High School.







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By the way (Continued from Page 7A) this Saturday, Feb. 18, across from the East Middlebury fire station. This coin drop directly supports all the local winter athletes who will be competing in snowshoe, cross country and Alpine skiing at the Special Olympics Winter Games hosted by Suicide Six in Woodstock on March 3-5. The athletes truly epitomize their motto of “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

BRISTOL RESIDENT HOLLY Tippett of Vermont Coyote Coexistence Coalition speaks to a group of as many as 75 people who came to the Bristol green on Saturday to protest a hunting contest that takes advantage of Vermont’s open, year-round season on coyotes. Photo courtesy of Susan Humphrey

Coyote hunt attracts protesters Contest proceeds with little success

Baldwin said. He did note that they called a game warden when a property owner in New Haven came out of their home with a pistol after a coyote hunter’s dogs strayed onto their land. The hunter called his dogs and the situation did not escalate. State wildlife officials question whether such hunts have any effect on coyote populations, saying studies show that coyotes will produce more pups when their numbers are under pressure from hunting. Others have claimed that coyotes don’t bother their livestock and thus aren’t a threat. Baldwin is convinced that coyotes are a threat to livestock (he says he’s seen it on his land) and to deer; hunting coyotes results in more prize bucks in the deer herd, he claims. He said that since he’s been hunting coyote in the Bristol area, that same area has produced more heavy deer than it did 10 years ago. Nick Fortin, Deer Project Leader for the Department of Fish and Wildlife, told the Independent that deer older than six weeks can outrun a coyote. A fact sheet from his department said deer numbers are monitored “and there is no indication that coyotes are negatively influencing deer populations in Vermont.” After last weekend’s sorry results, Baldwin said he is not sure if he’s going to run the hunt again next year. “I don’t make any money off it,” he said. Still, he’s not philosophically opposed to it. “I’m not here to wipe out every coyote,” Baldwin said. “You’ve got to keep the ecosystem in check.”

The event space at Edgewater at the Falls gallery in Middlebury will host a Student Art Show & Competition featuring the works of students from Orwell, Ripton, Salisbury and Weybridge. The community is invited to the gallery off Mill Street for a special reception this Saturday from 4-6 p.m. The show runs through the 26th.

Addison County is in need of Guardians ad Litem. The State of Vermont mandates that a Guardian ad Litem be appointed when a child comes to the attention of the Family Court because of abuse and neglect. Judges may appoint a GAL for juveniles involved in delinquency cases or for children in custody disputes. GALS are also appointed in some vulnerable adult cases. The role of the Guardian ad litem is to advocate for the best interest of the child

and to ensure they do not get lost in the system. Tony Krulikowski, the Guardian ad Litem coordinator for southwestern Vermont, says hundreds of Vermont children are currently involved in the court system. To find out more or to volunteer, contact Krulikowski at Anthony. or check out the Guardian ad Litem Program online at The Tour de Farms bicycle event has been taking place in Addison County each fall for several years. In it, cyclists pedal from one farm to the next eating locally produced food along the way. If you want a taste of a fun outdoor activity in warmer weather, tune into Vermont Public Television this Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. to watch the show “Outdoor Journal,” which will offer its take on the Tour de Farms. Vergennes boat builder extraordinaire Douglas Brooks will deliver a talk titled “Skiffs to Sail Ferries: The Story of Vermont’s Small Boat Traditions” next Thursday evening at the Lake Champlain Basin Program office in Grand Isle. If you want to learn more about how many of Vermont’s historic boatbuilding traditions have involved residents building their own boats, attend the free presentation at 6:30 p.m. at 54 West Shore Road.

Letters to the Editor The word ‘immigrant’ doesn’t apply to all Americans In a recent article about the “community conversations” Rev. Andrew Nagy-Benson and I are helping to organize, I used the phrase “We are all immigrants,” to discuss this Sunday’s panel devoted to a better understanding of Islam in America today. Several kind friends have shared with me that that phrase inadvertently ignores the reality that native people are not immigrants, nor are those who were brought here by

violence and against their will. I am continuing to learn the power of language to shape our conversations! That said, we hope many will join us for this panel discussion Sunday, Feb. 19, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Middlebury Congregational Church, 2 Main St., Middlebury. The panel will include Ata Anzali, Middlebury College ‎assistant professor of Religion; Naila Baloch and Beau Scurich, associate chaplains and Muslim advisors at Middlebury

College; Farhad Khan, owner of Middlebury’s One Dollar Mart and President of the Islamic Society of Vermont; and Muslim students from Middlebury College. They will share their experiences of being Muslim in the U.S. and will welcome your questions. Please join us on Sunday afternoon to listen and learn and share. All are welcome. Emily Joselson Middlebury

Newspaper, recreation department are major assets I have lived permanently in this fantastic community for 33 years and was a summer resident beginning in 1957. In my 60 years I have lived in and visited many parts of this country, Canada, Mexico and lately I’ve had the chance to go to four countries in Europe. In my slightly biased opinion, Addison County is my favorite and the best! I’d like to comment on two of my favorite aspects of this community. The first is our terrific local newspaper. Twice a week the Addison Independent expertly covers everything from all the local news and sports to interesting dialogue in the “letters to the editor section.” They also attract local business advertisement that lets us know about all the great products that are locally available as well as all the fun things there are to do here. The paper is always being innovative. Now they have the special arts section in Thursday’s paper. They also produce our local phone book and several regional magazines.

The Independent’s support of this community is unrivaled in their promotion and sponsorship of so many local events and organizations. For example the paper publishes and distributes the Middlebury Recreation Department guide four times a year, free of charge to the tax payers. The Middlebury Recreational Department is the other organization I’d like to recognize. The wide variety of activities and sports they offer for

kids to seniors is, I believe, second to none in a community of our size to much larger. There is so much more to be proud of and to enjoy in this great area we call home. I just want to say thanks to the Independent, the Lynn family and all your terrific staff. And thanks Terri Arnold for the great job you do in directing the Rec Department! Steve Hare Middlebury

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By JOHN S. McCRIGHT BRISTOL — The coyote hunting contest scheduled for this past weekend by a Bristol man came off as planned. Plenty of protesters showed up, as well as almost three dozen hunters. The only thing missing was a plentitude of coyotes. Todd Baldwin, organizer of the “Wile E. Coyote Hunt 2017,” said the results were “not good”; only four coyote carcasses were turned in from a total of 35 registered hunters. Two of the coyotes were bagged in Rutland County, one in Panton and one in Starksboro; the largest was 42 pounds. Three years ago a much larger group of hunters brought in 16 coyotes. Baldwin, who hunts with dogs, saw nine coyotes during the hunt, but didn’t manage to get a shot off. The hunt was held last Thursday through Sunday, noon; with hunters paying a $25 registration fee that allowed them to bring in a coyote killed anywhere in Vermont during the contest period. Prizes were given for the largest animal killed. In Vermont the hunting season for coyotes is year round, and there is no bag limit. Although the hunt did draw hunters from as far away as Sheffield and Bethel (one participant was a Connecticut resident), Baldwin said publicity from people opposed to the hunt kept the number of hunters down. A protest organized by the Vermont

Coyote Coexistence Coalition, or VCCC, drew between 50 and 75 people (and at least 6 domesticated dogs) to the Bristol village green on Saturday afternoon. The VCCC said those in attendance included lifelong hunters, wildlife rehabilitators, farmers, landowners, students and children. They called on the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and its board to stop what they called “the ongoing, reckless persecution of these vital predators.” Protest signs covered a wide range of concerns from the current open season on coyotes to concerns about hunting with dogs. Tim Gillespie of Middlebury thanked those who participated in the rally in a Facebook post. He criticized state officials’ reasons for allowing an open season on coyotes. “None of those justify the senseless, wasteful slaughter of a beautiful, intelligent animal for entertainment purposes,” he wrote. “The cost is not just to coyotes but to humans and our morality.” Holly Tippett, a VCCC protest organizer and Bristol resident, also decried the killing contest. “Vermont’s treatment of a vital predator is appalling, unethical and cruel,” she said in a press release. “Since most of the coyotes killed during this contest will be discarded, it is a clear wanton waste issue, which is in direct contradiction to any respectable wildlife management practices.” The hunt organizer said there were not direct confrontations with protesters. “I told my guys not to bother them,”

Vermonters interested in asking their Congressman a question directly are encouraged to go to Rep. Peter Welch’s Facebook page at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, where the Hartland Democrat will engage in a live Facebook Q&A. This forum will allow Vermonters to ask questions about Rep. Welch’s agenda in the new Congress, what is happening in Washington, or his take on news of the day. The back and forth is scheduled to go for about an hour.

Make-A-Wish Vermont and ArtsRiot have teamed up for a Vermont-style fundraiser: the 2017 Vermont Beardies. Vermont beards of all shapes and sizes are invited to enter, from any part of the state; participants are encouraged to ask their friends to support their beards through donations. Proceeds will support Make-A-Wish Vermont. Registration is now open, and all are welcome to enter The fun will culminate on March 18 at ArtsRiot from 5-7 p.m., when beards will be evaluated and critiqued by celebrity judges including Jonathan Goldsmith, who was the original “Most Interesting Man In The World” in a series of TV commercials. MakeA-Wish Vermont grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

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Classes at EastView in Middlebury. Thursday, Feb. 16, 3‑4:30 p.m., EastView at Middlebury. EastView resident Nick Clifford will facilitate a class on “Saudi Arabia in Transition,” the fourth in an eight‑week series. Open house at Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury. Thursday, Feb. 16, 4‑7 p.m., 51 Charles Avenue and 372 Mainelli Road. View student projects and meet current students, faculty and staff. Call 382‑1012 for more information or visit Snow date will be March 2.




All fiddlers welcome. Call 897‑7461 with questions. MNFF winter screening series in Middlebury. Sunday, Feb. 19, 2 p.m., Town Hall Theater. The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival winter screen‑ ing series presents “Moonlight,” the astonishing narrative feature film from director Barry Jenkins. Tickets $12 for an individual film. The series pass, good for all five films, is $50. Info: 802‑382‑9222 or Winter Carnival Ice Skating Show in Middlebury. Sunday, Feb. 19, 2 p.m., Middlebury College’s Kenyon Arena. The Ice Show will feature skaters of all ages and abilities, including nationally competi‑ tive guest skaters, in a fun and music‑filled event. The theme this year is “Strength to Rise.” The show is run by the Middlebury College Figure Skating Club, a non‑competitive figure skating program. Tickets $6 available at Middlebury College box office or at the door. Community conversation on Islam in America Today in Middlebury. Sunday, Feb. 19, 4-5:30 p.m., Congregational Church of Middlebury, 2 Main St. A panel including Ata Anzali, Naila Baloch, Farhad Khan, Beau Scurich and Muslim students from Middlebury College will share their experiences being Muslim in the U.S. in the wake of the President’s executive order on immigration. Questions welcome. Open to everyone. Community Chorus in Middlebury. Sunday, Feb. 19, 7‑8:30 p.m., Mead Chapel. It’s not too late to come join the chorus – in the regular rehearsal location – as

song by Beethoven to breathtaking new works by contemporary American composers. Open to all high schoolers and adults who love to sing. Plan to attend at least one rehearsal weekly on Sunday and/or Tuesday. Contact conductor Jeff Rehbach, or 989‑7355, for details.



Storymatters in Middlebury. Wednesday, Feb. 22, 4 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, Community Room. “Storymatters” invites you to a story sharing experience, with the theme of “Awakening.” Tales can be simple or involved; moments of light and laughter or times of shadows and uncertainty. Come listen or tell your awakening story. Morgenstern Piano Trio in Middlebury. Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts. Named after the 19th century German poet Christian Morgenstern, this young trio will perform works by Tailleferre, Ravel and Vermont native Pierre Jalbert. Tickets $20/15/6. Info: or 802‑443‑3168.

Green Mountain Club walk in Ripton. Friday, Feb. 17, Spirit in Nature Trails in Ripton. Walk or snowshoe at Spirit in Nature Trails in Ripton. Easy 2‑3 miles; gently rolling terrain at a moderate pace. Contact Ruth Penfield for meet‑ ing time 802‑388‑5407 or For other events visit Opening reception in Brandon. Friday, Feb. 17, 4‑7 p.m., Compass Music and Arts Center. An opening reception will be held for the “Prelude to Spring: Last Thursday of the month concert Botanical Art in Vermont” exhibit, which features the in Middlebury. Thursday, Feb. 23, work of three of Vermont’s finest botanical artists: 12:15‑12:45 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Bobbi Angell, Susan Bull Riley and Church. Erik Johansson of Brattleboro will perform Stephanie Whitney‑Payne. The Scandinavian winter songs and accompany himself exhibit runs through April 1. on a folk harp that he built. Bring a lunch. Light CD release party in Middlebury. refreshments will be provided. Friday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m., Town Hall VERGENNES MOVEMENT STUDIO ‑ Mindfulness Classes at EastView in Theater. The father/son acoustic duo of David and Nathan Gusakov Based Stress Reduction, a suite of meditative practices Middlebury. Thursday, Feb. 3‑4:30 p.m., EastView at whose band is “Last Train to Zinkov” improving wellness, offered at, 179 Main St., Vergennes. 23, Middlebury. EastView resident Nick will celebrate their first CD release Weekly beginning Tuesday, March 28th – May 16 at 6:00 Clifford will facilitate a class on “U.S. called “Regeneration.” Tickets $12 and may be purchased at www. p.m. – visit, 802 793 5073.   Foreign Policy and Petroleum,” the fifth in an eight‑week series., 382‑9222 or at Registration Deadline - March 25. “5+ Weeks in Patagonia” talk in the THT box office. Middlebury. Thursday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m., Champlain Valley Unitarian they prepare music for spring concerts in early May. Universalist Society. The Bread Loaf Section of the Uplifting music to celebrate the wonder of star‑filled Green Mountain Club will present a talk titled “5+ “Mental Illness and Recovery” work‑ nights and an awakening to new possibilities, from Weeks in Patagonia” by Norma Norland of New shop in Middlebury. Saturday, Feb. 18, 9 a rarely heard song by Beethoven to breathtaking Haven. Open to the public. Refreshments will be a.m.‑4 p.m., CSAC, 89 Main St. The National new works by contemporary American composers. served. Admission is free; however, voluntary dona‑ Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont (NAMI Open to all high schoolers and adults who love to tions to support the GMC Education Program will Vermont) will offer the Mental Illness and Recovery sing. Plan to attend at least one rehearsal weekly be accepted. workshop for family members, peers, professionals on Sunday and/or Tuesday. Contact conductor Jeff Green Mountain Club Taylor Series Program and community members who want to learn more Rehbach, or 989‑7355, in Middlebury. Thursday, Feb. 23, 7‑8:15 p.m., about mental illness and recovery. Registration is for details. Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society required. For more information or to register visit meeting space. The Taylor Adventure Series or email presents “Patagonia.” The public is invited. Ladies union rummage sale in New Haven. Refreshments will be served. For other events visit Saturday, Feb. 18, 9 a.m.‑1 p.m., New Haven Green Burial Vermont meeting in Congregational Church. There will be a ladies union Middlebury. Monday, Feb. 20, 3‑4:30 rummage sale with clothes and books only at the p.m., Ilsley Public Library. Green Burial New Haven Congregational Church. For more infor‑ Vermont, will host an informational meeting and the mation contact Carol 453‑5059. “Thesis in Dialogue” in Middlebury. documentary video, “Dying Green” will be shown, Come sing in Middlebury. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2‑4:30 Friday, Feb. 24, 12:15‑2:45 p.m., Rohatyn followed by a brief talk by Michelle Acciavatti, coau‑ p.m., Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Center for Global Affairs, Middlebury College. thor of House Bill 3. House Bill 3 would raise the Society meeting hall. Interested singers will gather “Thesis in Dialogue” featuring Tim Fraser ’16, winner legal minimum burial depth from five feet to three together to learn and sing the march “anthem” that of the International and Global Studies Award for and a half feet, an important consideration in green went viral at the Women’s March in Washington D.C. his thesis “Restarting the Sendai Reactor: Ecology burial practices. on Jan. 21. All are welcome. Free. Suggested dona‑ of Japanese Civic Activism Post‑Fukushima”; and tion of $10 will go to WomenSafe. RSVP to theresa‑ Richard Samuels, Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of the Center for “Tangerine” in Middlebury. Saturday, Feb. 18, 3 p.m. International Studies at MIT, who will present on and 8 p.m., Dana Auditorium. A transgender work‑ Third Tuesday Luncheon in “Disaster and Change in Japan.” Lunch is free for ing girl tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve, Middlebury. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 11 current Middlebury College students/faculty/staff; searching for her pimp boyfriend. This microbudget a.m., Middlebury Rec Center, Creek Road. suggested $5 donation for others; RSVP by Feb. 20 odyssey through the subcultures of Los Angeles was Geoff Conrad will unravel the mysteries of the to shot with three smartphones. Free. Info: Info: www. Middlebury Rotary Club with a presentation of their The Middlebury Hippolytus Sarcophagus: Greek or 802‑443‑3168. past and present service missions. The noon lunch Myth and Roman Reality in Middlebury. Friday, Winter Carnival Ice Skating Show in Middlebury. menu will include swiss steak with brown gravy, Feb. 24, 12:15 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts. Saturday, Feb. 18, 4 p.m., Middlebury College’s baked stuffed potato, broccoli with cheese sauce, Wentao Zhai ’17 discusses the museum’s Roman Kenyon Arena. The Ice Show will feature skaters of dinner roll and strawberry shortcake for dessert. child sarcophagus, the topic of his independent all ages and abilities, including nationally competi‑ Advance reservations required. Call Age Well at research, addressing the depiction of the Greek tive guest skaters, in a fun and music‑filled event. 802‑865‑0360 ext. 1070 to reserve. Suggested myth of Phaedra and Hippolytus as a means The theme this year is “Strength to Rise.” The show donation $5. of exploring the relationship between Classical is run by the Middlebury College Figure Skating Antiquity’s two major cultures. Enjoy further conver‑ Club, a non‑competitive figure skating program. Taking photos on your phone/tablet camera work‑ shop in Middlebury. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 3:30‑5 p.m., sation over a light lunch in the lobby. $5 donation Tickets $6 available at Middlebury College box office The Residence at Otter Creek. In this workshop suggested; free to College ID cardholders. or at the door. participants will look at how to operate their phone, Clarinet and piano concert in Middlebury. Friday, Opening reception in Middlebury. Saturday, Feb. 18, tablet or computer camera, as well as discover how Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., Mahaney Center for the 4‑6 p.m., Edgewater at the Falls Gallery. An open‑ to take, save and send photos while exploring the Arts, Robison Hall. Steven Klimowski and Sadie ing reception will be held for the “Student Art Show new social trend of “selfie” taking. Bring your device Brightman team up to play a concert of music for & Competition” featuring the work of students from and a sense of humor. Class size is limited. Free. clarinet and piano. The music spans the clarinet/ Orwell, Ripton, Salisbury and Weybridge. Open to RSVP to Connie Leach at 388‑1220 or cleach@resi‑ piano repertoire from Romantic to Modern, includ‑ the public. ing Brahms, Debussy and improvisations on some King Pede card party in Ferrisburgh. Saturday, Feb. of the great popular melodies. Free. 18, 6:30 p.m., Ferrisburgh Town Hall and Community Panel on “Racism in International Development” in “NER Out Loud” in Middlebury. Friday, Feb. 24, Middlebury. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 4:30‑6 p.m., Rohatyn Center. The socializing begins with a sandwich 8 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury Center for Global Affairs, Middlebury College. Panel supper and then onto an evening of fun and card College. Students from Oratory Now will read on “Racism in International Development” with games. This is a great way to keep in touch with your selections from the New England Review literary Emma Crewe, professor of social anthropology, neighbors and support our Grange. magazine in this third annual live performance of SOAS, University of London; Conor Shapiro ’03, “NER Out Loud.” A reception will take place in the president and CEO, St. Boniface Haiti Foundation; downstairs lobby immediately following. Free and and William Michael Cunningham, founder, Creative open to the public. Info: or Investment Research. All‑you‑can‑eat pancake breakfast in The Hidden Mind/Body/Money Connection presen‑ 802‑443‑3168. Addison. Sunday, Feb. 19, 7‑11 a.m., tation in Middlebury. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m., Addison Fire Station, at the junction of Routes REV Fitness for Women, 175 Wilson Road. Colleen 17 and 22A in Addison. The menu includes plain and Smith, life empowerment coach, will provide tools blueberry pancakes, sausage, bacon, home fries, and information leading to powerful progress. Free. Snowshoe Festival in Goshen. coffee, hot chocolate and orange juice. $6 adults; $4 Registration required: www.revfitnessforwomen. Saturday, Feb. 25, Blueberry Hill Inn Ski kids under age 12. Benefits the Addison Volunteer com/contact‑us.html or Michele Butler at 989‑0096. Center. The Endurance Society will host its Fire Department. Funds will be used to purchase Community Chorus in Middlebury. Tuesday, Feb. annual Snowshoe Festival at the Blueberry Hill Inn equipment. For more information call 759‑2237. 21, 7‑8:30 p.m., Mead Chapel. It’s not too late to Ski Center. Choose from 10K, 30K or 60K snow‑ Champlain Valley Fiddlers in Middlebury. Sunday, come join the chorus as they prepare music for shoe distances or try the 5K sled run (helmet and Feb. 19, noon‑5 p.m., VFW Exchange Street. The the spring concerts in early May. Uplifting music sled required!). For more information visit http:// Champlain Valley Fiddlers will perform at the VFW to celebrate the wonder of star‑filled nights and an with fun and dancing. Refreshments will be available. awakening to new possibilities, from a rarely heard Green Mountain Club X‑C ski or snowshoe in Ripton. Saturday, Feb. 25, Rikert Ski Touring Area, Ripton. Cross‑country ski or snowshoe, depend‑ ing on conditions at Bread Loaf’s Rikert ski touring area. Time and distance depending on the interests and skill level of the group. Minimum two hours. Co‑leaders Anne Christie and Ralph Burt. Contact Anne for meeting time at or 802‑388‑4347. Day pass needs to be purchased by participants who are not already season pass holders. For other events visit www.gmcbreadloaf. org. Antiques and collectibles sale in Brandon. Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m.‑2 p.m., Compass Music and Arts Center. There will be a wide selection of unique and one‑of‑a‑items ranging from vintage jewelry, small to medium sized furniture and shabby chic, to general collectibles like coins, stamps, post‑ cards, dolls, glassware, china, toys, sports cards and much more. To reserve a space visit www. or call 247‑4295 by Feb. 23. The Met: Live in HD in Middlebury. Saturday, Feb. 25, 1 p.m., Town Hall Theater. The Met: Live in HD series will present Dvorak’s haunting fairy tale “Rusalka” starring Kristine Opolais. Tickets $24/10 students and may be purchased online at townhall‑ or by calling 802‑382‑9222 or visiting the THT box office Monday‑Saturday noon‑5 p.m. Kids try hockey for free in Middlebury. Saturday, NORMA NORLAND OF New Haven took this photo of two Patagonian gauchos managing Feb. 25, 1:30‑2:45 p.m., Memorial Sports Center. their horses in South America. 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THE WINTER CARNIVAL Ice Show this Saturday and Sunday will feature skaters of all ages and abilities, including shown here at a rehearsal, Isabella Wilbur, left, Ella Kozak, Clarabel Redondo and Ronan Young. The show at Middlebury College’s Kenyon Arena is run by the Middlebury College Figure Skating Club, a non-competitive figure skating program. Tickets $6. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

youngsters from age 4 to 9 a free experience to try youth hockey. A limited amount of equipment is available to borrow. MAHA’s top coaches will be on the ice to assist. No previous skating or hockey experience needed. Info: “Sunset Song” in Middlebury. Saturday, Feb. 25, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Dana Auditorium. Adapted from Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s novel, “Sunset Song” tells the story of Aberdeenshire farm girl Chris Guthrie as she searches for her independence, against the odds, just before the World War I. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series. Free. Counterpoint in Middlebury. Saturday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Middlebury. Counterpoint Chorus will perform motets and flute sonatas by Johann Sebastian Bach. $20 adults; $15 seniors; $5 students and limited means. Tickets available at the door. Info: www.counterpointchorus. org. Cabin Fever Series in Bristol. Saturday, Feb. 25, 8 p.m., Walkover Concert Room, 15 Main St. The Cabin Fever Series will present Dana and Susan Robinson in concert. Admission $15 in advance; $20 day of show. For reservations call 453‑4613 or 453‑3188. The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble concert in Middlebury. Saturday, Feb. 25, 8 p.m., McCullough Student Center, Wilson Hall. Bring your dancing shoes or just come listen to great music performed by The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble. Swing dance lessons for beginners start at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Middlebury Swing Dance Club. Free. DJ skate night in Middlebury. Saturday, Feb. 25, 8‑10 p.m., Memorial Sports Center. DJ skate night presented by friends of Middlebury hockey. All ages and abilities welcome. $5 adult; $3 student. Snack bar will be open and rental skates available. Info:




All you can eat public breakfast in Vergennes. Sunday, Feb. 26, 7:30‑10 a.m., Vergennes Masonic Lodge. Only $8 for eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, blueberry pancakes, French toast, home fries, waffles, corned beef hash, sausage gravy and biscuits, juice, coffee and tea. Everyone is welcome. Proceeds will support various local community needs and organizations. Piano and cello concert in Middlebury. Sunday, Feb. 26, Mead Chapel, Middlebury College, 4 p.m. Cellist Dieuwke Davydov and pianist Diana Fanning celebrate 40 years of performing as a duo with a concert at Mead Chapel, where their first concert together took place in December 1976. They pres‑ ent the program for their upcoming 8th concert tour in Europe, including works by Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Hindemith, Brahms, Saint‑Saëns and Kathy Wonson Eddy ’73. Free. Sing‑a‑long gathering in Ripton. Sunday, Feb. 26, 4‑5 p.m., Ripton Church. Come to the Ripton Church to sing songs of hope and unity and peace. Bring your harmonica, your guitar, your saxophone, your voice! Homemade treats will be served. Call 388‑6107 with ideas and questions. Counterpoint Chorus in Middlebury. Sunday, Feb. 26, 7:30‑9 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

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Shrove Tuesday pancake supper in Shoreham. Tuesday, Feb. 28, 5‑7 p.m., Shoreham Congregational Church. Shrove Tuesday is the day before lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. The menu will include pancakes with maple syrup, latkes with applesauce, sausage, home fries and beverages. $7 adults; $4 children and $20 for a family. Bring a non‑perishable food item for the Food Shelf. All are welcome. Bridge School open house in Middlebury. Tuesday, Feb. 28, 6‑7 p.m., Bridge School, 1469 Exchange St. All prospective parents and guardians are welcome to come learn about Bridge School’s unique, engaging curriculum. Tour the school, talk to teachers and school leaders and ask ques‑ tions. There are K‑6 openings for fall 2017. Light refreshments will be provided. For more informa‑ tion visit prospective‑family‑info‑night/.




Pianist Michael Arnowitt in Middlebury. Wednesday, March 1, 7 p.m., Town Hall Theater. Vermont pianist Michael Arnowitt will perform and discuss key musical compositions from 1911, including Igor Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.” The performance is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesday lecture series and is free and open to the public.




Senior meal in Bristol. Thursday, March 2, noon, First Baptist Church of Bristol. The menu will be lasagna, salad bar, home‑ made rolls, cottage cheese and chocolate cookies. Suggested donation is $4. Be sure to call Nancy at 453‑5276 if you’re not already on the list. Come early and talk with friends and meet new ones. Classes at EastView in Middlebury. Thursday, March 2, 3‑4:30 p.m., EastView at Middlebury. EastView resident Nick Clifford will facilitate a class on “Latin America’s Political Pendulum,” the sixth in an eight‑week series. Twist O’ Wool Spinning Guild meeting in Middlebury. Thursday, March 2, 7 p.m., 49 Wilson Road. There will be a general meeting and show and tell, followed by a session of learning to knit short rows. All are welcome. For more information call 453‑5960.




Age Well First Friday Luncheon in Middlebury. Friday, March 3, arrive after 11 a.m., Middlebury VFW, Exchange Street. A special St. Patty’s celebration meal featuring corned beef and cabbage, boiled potatoes and

carrots, rye bread and Saint Patty’s day cake for dessert. Certified organic regular and decaf coffee donated by Vermont Coffee Company. Music by Middlebury’s own O’Hanleigh, will entertain the crowd with Irish‑American music. Advance reserva‑ tions required, call Age Well at 802‑865‑0360 ext. 1018 to reserve. Suggested donation $5. “American Radical” play in Middlebury. Friday, March 3, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater. “American Radical” is a one‑woman piece about Elizabeth Cady Stanton, one of the earliest pioneers for women’s rights, starring Kate Redway. For tickets call 382‑9222 or go to The Mantis! An Evening of Live Storytelling in Middlebury. Friday, March 3, 8‑10 p.m., Marquis Theater. Come to The Mantis! for an evening of live storytelling. All stories must be true, first person, no notes, and no stand up comedy acts. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Michael Ray Kingsbury at MRK4vt@aol. com or 802‑779‑5488.




Carnevale in Vergennes. Saturday, March 4, 7 p.m., Vergennes Opera House. Carnevale in Vergennes will be an exceptional and unforgettable evening to benefit three area nonprofits: Vergennes Opera House, Vergennes Partnership and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vergennes. This year’s theme is Il Circo della Vita!...the Circus of Life! “American Radical” play in Middlebury. Saturday, March 4, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater. “American Radical” is a one‑woman piece about Elizabeth Cady Stanton, one of the earliest pioneers for women’s rights, starring Kate Redway. For tickets call 382‑9222 or go to

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Werner, Hart NEW HAVEN — Dr. Eleonore Werner and Dr. Michael Hart were married Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, at Tourterelle in New Haven, Vt. The wedding was officiated by the Rev. Susan Cooke Kittredge followed by a reception, dinner and dancing. The bride, 32, is keeping her name. She is a clinical instructor in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She graduated from Dickinson College and received her MD from The University of Vermont College of Medicine followed by residency at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. She is the daughter of Sandra Bonomo of Salisbury, Vt. and Douglas Werner of Ripton, Vt. The groom, 32, is a pediatric cardiology fellow at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He graduated from Middlebury College, and received his MD from The University of Vermont College of Medicine followed by residency at Stanford University. He is the son

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Harthman, Little MIDDLEBURY — Bill and Denise Kipp of Middlebury, Vt., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Natalia Celeste Harthman to Michael James Little, son of Mike and Tina Francis of Middlebury, Vt. Natalia graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and is an interior designer at Vermont Custom Closets in Williston. Michael graduated from the University of Northern Ohio and is the manager and part-owner of Mr. Mike’s Cleaning Service, Inc. in Middlebury. An October 2017 wedding is planned.

MIDDLEBURY — As a winter blizzard blanketed Boston with snow this past Saturday the Middlebury Union High School Jazz Ensemble blew into The Hub and played some hot music that earned the band top honors in their class at the largest high school jazz competition in the nation. “Midd Jazz,” as it is known, won first place in Large Ensemble Class 4 — a category that included 15 schools — in the 49th annual Berklee High School Jazz Festival. More than 3,000 high school students who comprise more than 200 bands and vocal ensembles compete for $175,000 in scholarships to various Berklee College of Music summer programs. The Berklee Festival hosted 208 ensembles in three categories — Vocal Jazz, Small Combo and Large Ensemble in sections determined by school population. Schools were primarily from the Northeast, but also came from Puerto Rico, Florida, California and Indiana. Not only did the MUHS contingent win its class, but Midd Jazz was also the fourth-highest rating among all large ensembles, which encompassed six divisions and approaching a hundred bands. Midd Jazz Performed three charts: “Giant Steps” by John Coltrane, “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” by Jimmy Van Huesen, and “Cassandra” by Dave Brubeck. Oziah Wales (alto

(guitar), Ev Pyfrom (trombone), Oziah Wales (alto and soprano saxophone) and Jakub Kraus (tenor saxophone). And also Josie Abbott (baritone saxophone), Joshua Girard (trumpet), Greta Hardy-Mittell (piano and clarinet), Addy Parsons (trombone and flute), Patrick Messenger (drums), Archie Milligan (trombone), Caleb Benz (alto saxophone), Hunter Munteanu (tenor saxophone) and Simon Kiel (bass). The MUHS Jazz Ensemble meets

MUHS JUNIOR OZIAH Wales plays a solo on his alto saxophone in a performance of “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” Saturday in Boston.

saxophone) was recognized as a “star musician” for our ensemble due to his featured solo on “Polka Dots and Moonbeams.” In addition, Wales will be performing in the All Eastern Jazz Ensemble in April in Atlantic City, N.J. Members of the MUHS Jazz Ensemble who played at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston are Micah Rubin (drums), Michael Huber (bass trombone), Spencer Doran (trumpet), Joel Pyfrom (trumpet), Devon Kearns (trumpet), Nico Brayton (vibes and piano), Julian Schmitt (trumpet), Tobias Broucke

ADDY PARSONS, A Middlebury junior, performs with Midd Jazz, the MUHS jazz ensemble, at a regional competition at Berkley College of Music last Saturday.

as a credited course during the school year for 40 minutes daily. The ensemble is by audition only and students must audition yearly for acceptance into the ensemble. “Midd Jazz” has placed first in the Vermont Association of Jazz Educators Jazz Festival for the past nine years. The VT Discover Jazz Festival began awarding clinics two years ago to the top ensemble, allowing Midd Jazz to work with bassist Christian McBride and the Marcus Roberts Trio. Midd Jazz has not attended the Berklee Jazz Festival until this year due to conflicts with winter break. But after deciding not to travel to Georgia for the Marcus Roberts Jazz Festival (they were invited by Roberts after a recent clinic) it was discovered the Berklee festival worked into the school schedule and the jazz ensemble applied. MUHS Jazz Director Anne Severy is in her 36th year of teaching; the past 31 years have been at Middlebury Union High School. She was awarded the Green Mountain Music District V Teacher of the Year award in 2006 and the UVM Teacher of the Year for Addison Central Supervisory Union in 2015. Severy said it was very exciting to take part in the completion and to perform so well. “Guess I shouldn’t have waited till my 36th year of teaching to go,” she said.

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• Helena Tavis & Jonathon Lanpher, Middlebury, Feb. 6, a son, Tanner James Lanpher. • Samantha Wells & Nicholas Littlefield, Salisbury, Feb. 9, a daughter, Ellen Marie Littlefield. • Sarah (Kelley) & Jason Perrotte, Ferrisburgh, Feb. 9, a son, Parker Jason Perrotte.

ANNE SEVERY DIRECTS the Middlebury Union High School Jazz Ensemble during their award-winning performance at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival in Boston on Saturday. The group won their class in a competition that featured 3,000 high school students.

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MIDDLEBURY — This spring, Community College of Vermont (CCV) will offer a free workshop in effective presentation methods at its Middlebury academic center. The course will be held on four consecutive Tuesdays, from 5-8 p.m., beginning March 7. the Quebec student in their Addison The workshop will focus on how County home. The dates of this to present ideas, proposals and year’s exchange are July 16-Aug. 13. Rotary will organize the exchanges and provide transportation. Other than hosting another student, there is no cost to students. Rotary values international exchanges and wants to make this opportunity available to all eligible high school students in Addison County. Those who are homeschooled are invited to apply. MIDDLEBURY — St. Stephen’s For further information and to on the Green in Middlebury continapply, email Rotary Club members ues its “Last Thursday of the Month” David Clark (david2108@myfair- concert series with a program of or Tim Hollander (tim. Scandinavian winter songs on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 12:15 p.m.

Rotary offers exchange with French speakers MIDDLEBURY — High school students who have completed at least one year of French and who want to experience life in a French speaking household are encouraged to apply for the Rotary Club of Middlebury’s free youth exchange program with the Rotary Club of Sherbrooke, Quebec. “This is a great opportunity for students studying French to meet others their own age,” said club President Ben Fuller. “Our first exchange was last summer. It’s close to home and still culturally different.” Students will be matched with a high school student in Sherbrooke, stay in his/her home, and then host

reports on technical and nontechnical topics. Topics include: structuring presentations for different purposes, strategies for persuading people in authority to support one’s position, effects of nonverbal communication and ways to develop and incorporate visual aids. This workshop is free and open

to the public. Have a news tip? Funding is provided by a Call Mary Burchard at Trade Adjustment Assistance 352-4541 Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant from NEWS the U.S. Department of Labor. SALISBURY — The Town Hall For more information, contact Restoration Committee will meet Jenney Izzo at 802-388-5370 or Thursday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. in the Town Hall. The public is welcome. The annual Town meeting will be held Saturday, March 4 at 3 p.m. at the Community School. There will be displays, activities for children and songs in English and in Swedish. a discussion of the money articles A man of many talents, Johansson’s followed by a potluck supper. Voting “day job” is organ technician in by Australian ballot will take place the employ Steven Russell Organ Tuesday, March 7 in the town office. Co. of Chester. He maintains pipe The polls will be open from 8 a.m. organs around the state, including St. to 7 p.m. Stephen’s historic instrument. The rabies clinic will be held He sings with a Swedish chorus Tuesday, March 14 from 6:30 p.m. in Londonderry and also works with to 7:30 p.m. at the town office. Dogs Rustan Swenson of Shoreham on should be leashed and cats in carripromotion of Scandinavian music in ers; cost is $15 per animal not $17 as Vermont. was previously reported.

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Thodal Planner Fred Dunnington, and (Continued from Page 1A) had $1 for every event he has Caroline Donnan. Back then, MCTV was based in immortalized over the past 28 years, he would possess a substantial nest a small office in Middlebury Union High School, behind the learning egg. “The question (of meetings center. The organization around 1990 attended) has occurred to me, but landed in its current studio in the top I never wanted to do the math, floor of the Ilsley Public Library. Thodal believes MCTV’s because I thought it might be a little too overwhelming,” Thodal said association with the Ilsley has been beneficial for both utilitarian and with a grin. One would think Thodal’s philosophical reasons. “Public access is often referred exposure to so many municipal and school meetings would make him an to as First Amendment TV,” Thodal said, noting the library inherently expert on local affairs. Not so. He’s busy during meetings also promotes free speech and shifting camera angles to make sure conversation and adding, “There is people at home see the person who no better place for public access TV to be than in a public library.” is talking. By 1989, the MCTV “It goes in one ear board felt it was time and out the other,” he “Dick has to hire a part-time chuckled. staffer to tend to some One of the nicest been a great of the increasing and most gracious mentor to me, and myriad chores people you’ll ever of running a small meet, Thodal has and has really TV station. Thodal rarely said no to a established a successfully applied request for coverage great example for that job as MCTV’s of a community event. of how public technical director, There have been times when he has toted his access television which started as an MCTV camera to five integrates into a 8-hour-per-week gig. His duties included evening meetings in a community.” helping folks produce single week. — Kurt Broderson original programming, “The bad part is, I assisting them with missed a lot of my kids growing up,” Thodal said. “My wife film editing and loaning out MCTV (Sally) is very understanding. We cameras and other equipment. “I’ve been a jack of all trades,” kind of figured that more than three nights out (per week) is probably not Thodal said. “I’ve got a lot of good. But there were a lot of three experience with a lot of things.” MOVING FORWARD nights out, and more.” His résumé bears that out. GROUND FLOOR After graduating from MUHS in He started at MCTV back in the mid-1980s. The nonprofit — funded 1965, Thodal attended the University by a franchise fee through Comcast of Vermont, earning a degree in — had no paid staff in the beginning biological science. There weren’t and was thus solely dependent on many jobs available in that field in volunteer labor. Thodal has had a Vermont, so Thodal improvised. He lifelong interest in photography, so worked in construction, and then as a he was happy to help record local machinist in the Brown Novelty Co. mill in East Middlebury for almost events. He was among a group of early 30 years. Like many Vermonters, MCTV pioneers that included he became adept at juggling several Lou Megyesi (Thodal calls him part-time jobs in order to make a “the father of MCTV”), former decent living. That changed in 1995, when Middlebury College spokesman Ron Nief, former Middlebury Town Thodal became MCTV’s first, full-

Norris (Continued from Page 1A) the governor reopened the search for nearly 40 years. That farm is and recently interviewed another now headquarters to WhistlePig Rye three hopefuls — including former Whiskey. Norris operated his own Addison-Rutland Rep. Will Stevens, photography business for 23 years, I-Shoreham. and he currently works on the Fort Stevens, who represented AddisonTiconderoga Ferry during the spring Rutland from 2007-2015, also through fall. A native Vermonter, he had strong farming credentials. has resided in Shoreham since 1960. He and his wife, Judy, operate Norris holds a Bachelor of Science in Shoreham’s Golden Russet Farm. Electrical Engineering from Tri-State Stevens previously served on the University in Angola, House Agriculture Ind. Committee. Norris identifies Stevens declined himself as an to comment on independent, but the outcome of the acknowledged he interviewing process. agrees with Scott, a “The governor Republican, on most considered all issues. He said on candidates and felt Wednesday he has Terry was the best already been in touch candidate to serve the with Republican people of this district,” minority leadership Kelley said. “He has a in the House about similar background to the prospect of Rep. Eastman, while participating in GOP also bringing a fresh caucuses. He added perspective, which TERRY NORRIS he could see himself reflected what the caucusing with both major parties. governor heard residents were looking “I’m a little nervous, but excited,” for in a representative. With that in Scott said of his sudden ascension mind, and his experience in both from ferry captain to lawmaker. “I’d agriculture and business, the governor like to do some worthy things for our believes Terry is the best candidate to state and the four towns I represent.” represent the needs of the district.” This is Norris’s first foray into state Eastman — who is settling into politics. His civic resume includes her new role as deputy secretary of a stint on the St. Mary’s Catholic agriculture — has known Norris for School board. He currently serves as many years and suggested he apply financial secretary for the Middlebury for the Addison-Rutland vacancy. Knights of Columbus. “I think he’ll do a good job,” Scott, through a press release, cited Eastman said during a phone Norris’s background in farming as a interview. “I thank Terry for taking particular asset to the Legislature. this on, knowing we are close to “Like Rep. Eastman, Terry has crossover and town meeting.” a history in farming and values Crossover is the point at which the role agriculture plays in our bills must be passed out of legislative culture, as well as its importance committees in order to be considered to Vermont’s economy, which was by the full House or Senate this important in making this selection,” session. said Gov. Scott. “I’m glad to have Norris said he’s looking forward to identified someone with a passion tackling major issues facing farmers, for representing the interests of the including declining milk prices and people of Shoreham, Orwell, Whiting clean water regulations that relate to and Benson, and who understands the farm runoff into Lake Champlain and economic and affordability challenges its tributaries. Vermonters in the region are facing. Norris believes it will take around He will be a strong advocate for the three to four weeks for him to get community, and I look forward to settled into the Statehouse and get working with him.” accustomed to the legislative process. After being sworn in Tuesday, “Everyone so far has been very Norris officially took his place on the understanding,” he said. House Committee on Agriculture and At this point, Norris believes he Forestry on Wednesday afternoon. will run for the Addison-Rutland seat Scott administration spokesperson when it is up for grabs in November Rebecca Kelley said Norris was one of 2018. of five candidates who applied for Scott on Monday also announced the Addison-Rutland House vacancy. the re-appointment of Rebecca Two people initially applied, but Holcombe as Secretary of Education.

time executive director, overseeing MCTV operations and programming, which have improved greatly during his tenure. When Thodal joined MCTV, programs were filmed on 0.75inch tape, before switching to VHS format during the early 1990s. “With VHS, everything had to happen in ‘real time,’” he recalled. Film editing was a particularly laborious process with tape, according to Thodal. The edits had to be rolled onto a second tape. Thodal compares editing to the process of making maple syrup. Just as it takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup, making original programming can be tough and time consuming. “I figured out pretty early that if we were going to have programming on the air, it pretty much had to be done in real time,” Thodal said. “That’s why all of our meetings, church services, talk shows and lectures is really 90 percent of what we have on (the air).” Things got easier during the late 1990s, when MCTV switched to DVDs. “Going to a digital format, you could edit, transfer, import (material) and deal with digital files in a much more efficient way,” Thodal said. Another big advance came around a decade ago, when MCTV began offering its programs on demand through its website, MCTV has aired some fine programs through the years, and Thodal has some favorites, including “The Fred Show,” a comedy offering from former resident Fred Kuhr that was ultimately carried on 25 cable access channels throughout the Northeast; and “Eastern Woodland Gathering,” produced by John Dedam, which featured footage of Native American gatherings in New England. Thodal also enjoyed “Behind the Valley of the Dolls,” produced by Joe Covais, a series of comedy shows about alleged UFO abductions in Middlebury. Covais, afflicted with diabetes, was tragically going

DICK THODAL IS retiring from his post as executive director of Middlebury Community Television after 28 years on the job. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

blind at the time he was producing program submissions — but the the shows. MCTV staff would put ones the station airs remain solid. pieces of tape on the control buttons For example, “Middlebury Five-O,” of the editing machines so he could a current events show produced by independently craft his show. Middlebury police Officer Chris MCTV aired many different local Mason, has developed a keen talk shows during the 1990s, starring following. folks like former Sen. Tom Bahre, LOOKING AHEAD R-Addison, and former Rep. Betty Thodal believes he is leaving Nuovo, D-Middlebury. MCTV at the right time Nuovo’s talk show, “I’ve been a jack — and in good hands. about various Along with Broderson, legislative issues, had of all trades. MCTV’s staff includes a particularly long run. I’ve got a lot of program Director Nuovo, in her early experience with Kathy Wheatley and 80s, only recently coordinator a lot of things.” production retired after having Jim Corbett. He’ll miss — Dick Thodal his co-workers and the spent more than 30 years serving in the many folks he’s helped Vermont House. with programming over the years. “Betty would knock out four “I’ve met so many interesting shows in one sitting,” Thodal said, people,” Thodal said. marveling at Nuovo’s energy. “I Len Rowell, chairman of the have not seen anyone else do that.” MCTV board, thanked Thodal for The advent of YouTube has his many years of service. provided a convenient, global “Dick is really a remarkable forum for novice filmmakers and leader,” Rowell said. “He has commentators to showcase their served the community in any way talents. As a result, MCTV has he possible could. He can always be been getting a smaller variety of counted on.”

Broderson said it will be “next to impossible” to replace Thodal’s institutional memory about the organization. “Dick has been a great mentor to me, and has really established a great example of how public access television integrates into a community,” Broderson said. “We consistently lead the state in the percentage of locally originated content on our channels, and have a great record of covering town government, gavel to gavel. We have very active outreach in the schools, and have started TigerTV, a middle school news team at MUMS. We’re anticipating negotiating a new contract with Comcast before the year is out, which will hopefully lead to a timeline for bringing HD channels to Middlebury. Dick charted us on a very strong, stable course over the past twenty years, and I hope to continue the same commitment to local voices, local stories, and local access as we move into the future.” Reporter John Flowers is at

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ANeSD seeking your help with recent survey

BRISTOL — The Addison Northeast Supervisory Union school and central office administrators have drafted four strategic goal statements, and they are asking for public feedback. They are seeking that feedback through a four-question survey online at: w w w. s u r v e y m o n k e y. c o m / r / ANESDStrategicGoals. They developed the goals using input gathered from faculty and staff on opening day; Relationship By Objective documents; and the ANeSU vision, mission and ends. The leadership team will consider the feedback they receive and create a second draft of these goals. The second draft will then be submitted to the Strategic Plan Steering Committee for adoption. Once adopted, each goal will have an action team assigned to it to develop objectives, action steps, timeline and metrics. ADDISON COUNTY

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Leslie Donlin of Lincoln has been named to dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester at Husson University. Donlin is a first-year student currently enrolled in the bachelor of science in criminal justice / bachelor of science in psychology with a mental health rehabilitation technician / community (MHRT/C) certification program.

Ferrisburgh (Continued from Page 1A) July 1 to the board, understanding that if the Legislature cannot act until next winter the early appointment date will be moot. But Lawrence said local House Reps. Warren Van Wyck and Diane Lanpher advised the selectboard that an effective appointment-power date is needed to complete the charter and allow the Legislature to vote on the document. “They need that date in there to facilitate their part,” Lawrence said. CHARTER AND ELECTION The two-page charter includes basic language giving the town the right to “continue to be a municipal corporation” with “all the powers granted to towns and municipal corporations by the Constitution and laws of the State … together with all implied powers necessary to carry into execution all the powers granted,” including to “enact ordinances” consistent with the Vermont Constitution. Most of the rest of the document — written by the town attorney after reviewing other town charters, per Lawrence — deals with the selectboard’s right to appoint the town clerk and treasurer, set their hours and pay, and write their job descriptions — as is already done with other town employees. It’s no secret the selectboard has been unhappy with Treasurer Garrit Smits, and that unhappiness led the board to seek to write a charter

giving them appointment power. Board members and town auditors say bill payments have not been made on time, resulting in fees for the town, including two late charges from the IRS, and that Smits has not worked regular hours even though he is paid on the basis of 35 hours a week. Professional auditors also recently stated that some accounts are not reconciled, bank deposits have not been made in a timely manner, and fund balances were not recorded. Smits has said the selectboard unfairly reduced his hours, that he has made changes and signed contracts that have saved the town money, and many late payments were the fault of Road Foreman John Bull for not submitting invoices in a timely manner. Bull disputed that contention in a phone call and letter to the Independent. The selectboard has been frustrated about its inability to work with Smits to correct what members see as serious problems, because as an elected official Smits answers to voters, not to the board. Smits filed to be on the Town Meeting Day ballot to retain his position, and is being challenged by town auditor Deb Healey. Smits also is also challenging Town Clerk Gloria Warden for her post. Those races will be decided by Australian ballot on March 7. PANTON CHANGE The charter change is a path that

Panton and other towns around the state have also chosen. Panton in 2014 joined the then roughly dozen Vermont towns — including Vergennes, Stowe, Springfield and Berlin, as well as a number of larger communities — that appoint clerks and treasurers. Panton officials have in the past two-plus years said the charter change has worked well for their small town. Panton Selectboard Chairman Howard Hall described a sense among current and former board members that the change was one of the best things they accomplished. Hall said all town employees, including the clerk and treasurer, are now covered by a personnel policy that offers “equal, fair and consistent treatment for all employees” as well as establishes consistent disciplinary procedures. He said the selectboard had no issues with its clerk, who remained on the job through the transition, or treasurer, but was concerned about what could happen in the future in a town, like Ferrisburgh, that does not have a town manager to oversee operations of elected officials. “A selectboard member doesn’t really have time to monitor their daily activities,” Hall said. “It does make you feel powerless. You do have a fiduciary responsibility.” If there were a conflict with another elected official, Hall described what he and fellow board members feared

could happen. “Basically they can thumb their nose at you,” he said. “They can say, ‘What are you going to do? You can’t fire me.’” FERRISBURGH FUTURE? Lawrence said having hiring and firing power over town employees would allow the Ferrisburgh selectboard to protect its town from future problems. “With this situation, the job isn’t getting done, and the elected official isn’t making sure the job is getting done,” said Lawrence, adding, “If an appointed person isn’t doing the job it’s going to show up fast, and it’s easier to remedy the problem, I think, than if it’s an elected official. We hope not to be in this position again.” Lawrence said residents would retain power because they could vote the selectboard out of office if they didn’t like the board’s performance. “I also think that the voters could petition the selectboard. There are ways if they are really concerned,” she said. “I think there are safety checks if you are elected officials on the selectboard.” The proposed charter is brief in describing duties for the clerk and treasurer, but also gives the selectboard the power to write job descriptions. “We tried not to put too much in the charter,” Lawrence said. “But we will further that by giving job descriptions.”

The selectboard on Feb. 7 made a unanimous decision to open up the clerk and treasurer positions to nonresidents. “We would like to broaden the scope of applicants,” Lawrence said. “You just don’t want to limit your resources. It may well be you don’t have to leave Ferrisburgh.” Selectboard members are on record in minutes as saying the situation in Ferrisburgh is similar to the worst-case scenario that Hall described in Panton. Selectmen Red Muir and Jeff Warden at the Feb. 7 meeting joined two residents in calling for a selectboard vote of no confidence in Smits and a motion of support for Healey in the treasurer’s contest. But Lawrence said the board took no action, in part because it was not a pre-warned agenda item. “That was all public comment,” Lawrence said. “It wouldn’t be appropriate to take a vote of no confidence, especially in public comment.” However, Lawrence said, Healey has the “abilities and expertise in bookkeeping” to be an effective treasurer. “I think the board unanimously supports Deb Healey,” Lawrence said. “I think the minutes speak for themselves.” Andy Kirkaldy may be reached at

with new laws and bureaucracy. Donahue noted board members must depend on each other to relay important information prior to voting on issues. And there are times when the board doesn’t have the time to digest all of the available information, according to Donahue. “I’m a process person,” Donahue said. “I believe a clear and open process leads to the best possible outcome. I’m not sure there’s always time to do that the way we conduct our selectboard business. It’s hard to process all the information we get, and it’s hard to share all our information. It’s a very difficult position.” Donahue said her decision to step down from the board was a tough one. She wanted to make sure to stay on through town meeting, in order to fulfill her reporting assignments to residents at the annual gathering on the evening of March 6. Leaving on March 8 means she won’t have a say in the leadership elections for the next selectboard, which she believes is appropriate. Donahue said her time on the

board has been rewarding. She has repeatedly raised concerns about a $40 million plan to replace the Main Street and Merchants Row rail bridges. That project is currently on hold pending an environmental assessment of the construction area. “I was fully supportive of the project once it got going, but I don’t think it was the best solution for the town,” Donahue said. Donahue said it’s unlikely she’ll run again for the board in the future. “I don’t think it’s a good match for me,” she said of the job. Middlebury residents interested in serving the final year of Donahue’s term should contact Middlebury Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay at 388-8100. If a resident is unhappy with the person the selectboard picks to serve out the term, he/she can file a petition requesting a special election, according to Town Clerk Ann Webster. The petition would need roughly 260 signatures, equivalent to 5 percent of the registered voters in Middlebury. Reporter John Flowers is at

Donahue (Continued from Page 1A) During a phone interview on Tuesday, Donahue noted her job in the National Bank of Middlebury’s marketing department had recently increased from three days per week to four. That increased commitment, coupled with “family issues out of state,” prompted her to announce her resignation. Donahue said she doesn’t believe she has the time necessary to fulfill her selectboard duties. She added she’s not a person to do things “half way” and felt it was best to step aside and let someone else take on the role. “I have strong feelings about voter trust and accountability,” Donahue said. She praised her colleagues — and the board as a whole — for the role they, as volunteers, play in conducting town business. The Middlebury selectboard meets twice per month, but members do a lot of additional work behind the scenes. They belong to various town subcommittees and attend functions representing the community. They do a lot of prep work for their meetings


and routinely field constituent phone calls. Board members perform their tasks largely out of a sense of civic duty. They receive a small stipend for their efforts. But the responsibilities of elected municipal officials continue to grow








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requirement comes from. A few other states require a minimum depth of soil over the body and a three-anda-half foot depth would be consistent with these guidelines. It also provides a sufficient smell barrier to keep animals from scavenging grave sites. Green burial is a return to how interment took place in the past and in contrast to the expensive and environmentally destructive burial practices that have evolved in this country, especially since the Civil War, when embalming was necessary to be able to ship bodies of slain soldiers home to families for burial. A green burial does not embalm the body, uses a simple biodegradable shroud or coffin, no concrete or steel vault, and a grave only three-and-ahalf feet deep. Vermont is behind the curve in adopting green burial practices relative to other states. There are currently 150 green burial sites in 28 states and the District of Columbia and Vermont Green Burial believes the time has come for Vermont to move into these ranks and is optimistic about passage of House Bill 3.

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Michele Patton named partner at local law firm

MICHELE B. PATTON Law. She also published an article on California ballot initiatives in the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law. Patton currently lives in Bristol. She enjoys hiking, skiing and boating. She is active in P.E.O., a nonprofit organization supporting women’s education. She serves on a Hearing Panel for the Vermont Professional Responsibility Board, which reviews cases of attorney misconduct. She is on the Board of Directors of the Sara Holbrook Community Center and the Vermont Association for Justice.

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Lender McLaughlin promoted at NBM MIDDLEBURY — National Bank of Middlebury has announced the promotion of Meaghan W. McLaughlin to assistant vice president, business community lender. McLaughlin’s main focus will be commercial lending in the Middlebury area. McLaughlin joined the National Bank of Middlebury in early 2010, starting as a credit analyst. Overall, she has worked in the banking industry for fifteen years, including roles in residential lending and commercial underwriting for National Bank of Middlebury. She graduated from Bucknell University with a bachelor of arts in economics. In the past, she has worked for Citigroup and Morgan Stanley. “I’m very excited to continue supporting Vermont’s economy by working with businesses in our community in my role as a Business

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MIDDLEBURY — Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP is pleased to announce that Michele B. Patton has been named a partner. Patton represents individuals and businesses in a wide range of legal issues, and is based in the Middlebury office. Her litigation practice includes workers’ compensation claims, personal injury cases, trust and estate litigation, and general civil litigation matters. She also assists individuals and businesses with employment-related issues, including discrimination, wrongful termination, workers’ compensation, unemployment, compliance with state and federal employment laws, misclassification of employees and independent contractors, and transgender and other LBGT issues in the workplace. Prior to joining the firm in 2010, Patton worked with victims of domestic violence through Bay Area Legal Aid and the California Asylum Representation Clinic. In 2008, she was chosen as a Herma Hill Kay Fellow for her work advocating for domestic violence victims. In law school, she was an editor of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal and the Berkeley Journal of Criminal

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THE OLD BRISTOL firehouse’s second floor meeting room features a kitchen area.

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WAINSCOATING LINES THE walls of the first floor of the old Bristol firehouse and pressed tin adorns the ceiling. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

Firehouse (Continued from Page 1A) neighborhood and downtown design and economic mix.” MACHINERY MUSEUM Bristol resident Robert Bernstein has submitted a proposal to restore the historic building and use it to house a museum of New England 19th century woodworking machinery. The selectboard rejected Bernstein’s proposal of the same nature last fall. “This proposal presents real opportunity for the town that other proposals won’t,” Bernstein told the selectboard on Monday. He said that among these unique benefits are: • Continuing public use of the landmark property. • Distinguishing Bristol as a cultural and historical destination. • Bringing tourism dollars to Bristol, along with grant funding. • Providing potential for educational use and volunteerism. Given Bristol’s long history with wood manufacturing and the woods products industry, Bernstein said his proposal would show Bristol to be a place “that honors its heritage and moves into the future with farsighted projects.” Bernstein highlighted a number of changes in his new proposal including a willingness to commit to five years of property taxes for a purpose he described as “very likely able to be exempted,” upping his offer price by about 6 percent (offers have

A STAIRCASE IN the old firehouse leads from the fire truck bays to the second floor meeting room. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

not been disclosed publicly), and a willingness to sign an agreement stating that he would not use the facility to simply warehouse his machinery collection. Bernstein also offered the town a permanent seat on the museum’s board of directors. Bernstein has gathered a number of endorsements for his proposal, including ones from State Sen. Claire Ayer, Bristol State Reps. Dave Sharpe and Fred Baser, and Ann Lawless, the executive director of the American Precision Museum

in Windsor. The Precision Museum houses the country’s “largest selection of historically significant machine tools.” Bernstein plans to have the Bristol museum open in 2018. He estimates renovation expenses at under $100,000. In terms of redevelopment experience, Bernstein cited his work on the board of the Rokeby Museum and his outreach to similar enterprises to discuss the feasibility of and get support for his proposal. Bernstein would keep the 1970s Station 2 and renovate it as an exhibit space. PRIVATE HOME/WORKSHOP William Gibbs would use the property as his private residence, with the first floor a small wood shop and the second floor a living area. “I plan on restoring this in ways that the other people won’t be able to,” he said. Gibbs has worked as a master carpenter for over three decades, and he described himself to the selectboard as an “extensively trained military structural superintendent: background covers anything that can be covered in masonry and carpentry, predominantly carpentry. I’ve run up to 75-man crews, taking on every kind of project you can imagine. This goes all the back to World War I as far as buildings are concerned.” Gibbs talked in detail about the building’s condition right down to the fact that it still has its original coal chute and described what would

THE WALLPAPER on the firehouse’s second floor features images of vintage firefighting equipment. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

be needed to restore it, including how to remake the windows using the original rolled glass and how to restore the horsehair plaster walls. “She’s an old girl but a proud one,” Gibbs said. Gibbs has been living in Georgia, Vt., and is in the process of relocating to Bristol, where he has family, including brother Kevin Gibbs, who is police chief. He’s currently employed at Connor Homes as part of the small windows division, which is still operating after the owner closed all other operations at the end of December. In his proposal, Gibbs said he was also “open and willing” for the town to use the property “for occasional static displays to promote a sense of pride in the town’s great history and honoring the past during events such

as parades and holidays. Such static displays could include parking of fire engines, posting of signs, and similar displays of historical importance. Gibbs plans to do almost all the work himself, with exceptions including septic and electrical work, and estimated the building would require close to 850 hours in manpower. Because he plans to carry out most of the renovations himself (750 hours of work), Gibbs estimated renovation expenses at under $35,000. “She will be a gem in the town when I get done,” Gibbs said. Gibbs would renovate Station 2 as a garage or storage area. FOUR-BEDROOM INN Heather and John “Peeker” Heffernan are proposing to renovate 32 North St. as a four-guestroom inn to be called the “Firehouse Inn.” Peeker Heffernan is well known in the community as co-owner/operator of Heffernan Brothers Aggregate and has worked in excavating and as a general contractor since 1986. A former fire chief, he is also a Bristol selectman and has recused himself from the decision-making process. “We want to preserve the building and we have high standards to preserve the whole history of the firehouse as well,” said Heather Heffernan. “I really love the historical part of it.” The Heffernans said that part of the motivation behind their proposal was the dearth of places to stay in Bristol and they felt that having an inn in the historic firehouse would benefit the town as a whole. The Heffernans propose to create a common area on the main floor, including a full kitchen and half bath. Two bedrooms would go on the first floor and two on the second. One of the upstairs guest rooms would have

a view of the exposed hose tower. The inn would have a “historical fire house theme.” The Heffernans plan to dismantle “Station 2” and possibly reuse it at another location off site. They plan to put in five parking spaces along the northern boundary, take out the remaining pavement and landscape with shrubs, grass and perennials. “We are adamant about preserving the historic integrity of the building and plan on opening and restoring the hose tower, restoring the original tin ceiling on the main floor, and refinishing the wood flooring on the second,” the Heffernan’s wrote in their proposal. The Heffernans’ proposal would require a change in zoning bylaw that would allow owners of a fourbedroom guest facility to live off site. The new zoning regulations that will be before Bristol residents on Town Meeting Day stipulate that guest facilities of one to 12 bedrooms, whether in the “inn” or the “bed and breakfast” categories, must be owner occupied. The Heffernans’ timeline would be to put the bylaw change to the community at the March 2018 town meeting but to begin work beforehand removing station 2, designing the septic system, installing a new basement floor and dismantling the interior. The main interior renovation would begin after the bylaw vote. They estimate renovation expenses at $200,000. “I want it to be a positive thing for Bristol. It’s not just for us, it’s for everybody,” said Heather Heffernan. “I think it would be a really beautiful building to restore.” Residents can see the proposals at the Bristol town office.


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Appreciate this, Boston backers I tell my daughters all the time they are spoiled. We didn’t raise them to root for Boston professional sports teams, even though both Kristine and I grew up rooting for them, in her case especially the Bruins on Channel 38, the local UHF station back in the day when Orr and Esposito helped the Bs win a couple of Stanley Cups. But our kids caught the bug, maybe in part because the four major teams — Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins — have collectively won 10 championships in the past 16 years. In context, that’s an average of one every 2.4 years for my older daughter and one every two years for her sister. But truthfully, I was spoiled early on, too. My family moved to Massachusetts when I was six, in 1960. I started following sports in 1963. Now, for sure that was in the middle of one of the greatest dynasties in sports history: The Celtics won six titles between 1963 and 1969, two more before I turned by older daughter’s age (1974 and 1976), and three more before I turned 32 (1981, 1984 and 1986). Add in the two Bruins championships and my teams won 11 titles before I was 22. But by then troubling signs had begun to crop up. The Sox had a 3-0 lead in a Game Seven in the 1975 World Series, and lost. Even before the Series their best hitter, Jim Rice, broke his hand when hit by a pitch. Their manager pinchhit for an effective reliever late in the seventh game, leaving a rookie (See Kirkaldy, Page 3B)

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Women’s hockey eyes first place By ANDY KIRKALDY MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s hockey swept two NESCAC games from last-place Colby this past weekend, moving into a first-place tie with Hamilton in the process. The Panthers, 14-6-2 overall, and the Continentals are both 9-4-1 in NESCAC play. However, Hamilton defeated the Panthers in two headto-head meetings and holds the tiebreaker heading into the final weekend of the regular season. The Panthers finishes with two games vs. Williams, at home on Friday at 7 p.m. and on the road on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Ephs, 10-102 overall, are tied for fourth place in NESCAC at 7-5-2. (See Hockey, Page 2B)

MIDDLEBURY UNION HIGH School senior Ally Larocque shoots a pass off to teammate Keagan Dunbar during Tuesday night’s game against Colchester. Middlebury lost the game, 52-46. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

Girls’ basketball: Eagles move in standings Tigers edged at home; OV, VUHS fall By ANDY KIRKALDY ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school girls’ basketball action, all on Tuesday, only Mount Abraham prevailed, picking up a road victory, while Middlebury and Otter Valley

dropped home contests and Vergennes came up short on the road. EAGLES The Eagles defeated host Milton, 50-38, as Emma Carter led the charge with 22 points against the

4-11 Yellowjackets. Mount Abe improved to 9-6 with its fourth win in the past five outings and unofficially moved into sixth place in the Division II standings. The Eagles’ next two games are against winless Missisquoi, on the road on Thursday and at home

on Monday. TIGERS Visiting Colchester edged the Tigers, 52-46, in the process denying MUHS the chance to move up to No. 8 in the D-I standings. Instead, the Lakers improved to 10-6 with their (See Wrap, Page 2B)

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By ANDY KIRKALDY MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s basketball team this past weekend split its two final regular season NESCAC games, an effort good enough to nail down the No. 4 seed for the league’s postseason and earn the right to host a quarterfinal game this Saturday. The Panthers also won a non-league game at Plattsburgh on Tuesday. (See Women, Page 2B)

Sports BRIEFS Boys’ hockey nets split of two games MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team split two games last week. The Tigers’ record stood at 8-6-2, good for sixth place in Division I, heading into a game scheduled for Wednesday at BFA-St. Albans after the deadline for this edition of the Independent. The Tigers are set to visit Stowe on Saturday. On Feb. 8, the Tigers defeated host Colchester, 3-1, as Brett Viens, Henry Hodde and Tyler Giorgio each found the back of the net. Tiger goalie Doug DeLorenzo stopped 22 shots, while Max Brault scored and Jake Rocheleau made 25 saves for Colchester, which fell to 3-11-1. On this past Saturday, visiting Champlain Valley leapfrogged the Tigers in the standings with a 2-1 victory. Both teams are 8-6-2, but CVU has more quality points. Max Akey and Joe Parento scored for CVU to make it 2-0, and Ziven McCarty pulled MUHS to within a goal with a third-period strike. Goalie Ty Parker made 13 saves for the Redhawks, and DeLorenzo stopped 21 shots.

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE SENIOR Bryan Jones shovels off a pass after running into some defensive pressure against Trinity Saturday afternoon. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

Panther men enter playoffs on a roll PANTHER JUNIOR JACK Daly puts up a three-pointer during Saturday’s game against Trinity. Daly scored 19 points in the Middlebury win.

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By ANDY KIRKALDY MIDDLEBURY — After two key NESCAC home wins this past weekend, the Middlebury College men’s basketball team will begin its quest for its fourth league playoff championship since 2009 at home this Saturday as the tournament’s No. 2 seed. The Panthers also won a non-league

Middlebury will host No. 7 Bates (15-9, 4-6 NESCAC) at 2 p.m. on Saturday in a rematch of a game played at Bates this winter and won by the Panthers, 79-71. Tickets for that game are being sold in a package with the 4 p.m. Panther women’s basketball quarterfinal at (See Men, Page 3B)

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SCOREBOARD HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Boys’ Hockey 2/15 MUHS at St. Albans........................Late Girls’ Hockey 2/15 MUHS at Colchester.......................Late Boys’ Basketball 2/13 VUHS at Montpelier........... Ppd. to 2/16 2/13 Milton at Mt. Abe................ Ppd. to 2/16 2/15 Missisquoi at VUHS........................Late 2/15 Mt. Abe at MUHS............................Late 2/15 MSJ at OV......................................Late Girls’ Basketball 2/14 Colchester vs. MUHS...................52-46 2/14 Mt. Abe vs. Milton.........................50-38 2/14 Mt. Mansfield vs. VUHS................48-34 2/14 Windsor vs. OV.............................64-36 COLLEGE SPORTS Women’s Hockey 2/12 Midd. vs. Colby.................................8-1 Women’s Basketball 2/14 Midd. vs. Plattsburgh....................59-54 Men’s Basketball 2/14 Midd. vs. Plattsburgh....................91-70

SCHEDULE HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Boys’ Hockey 2/18 MUHS at Stowe......................6:30 p.m. 2/22 Rice at MUHS..............................7 p.m. 2/25 MUHS at U-32.............................7 p.m. Girls’ Hockey 2/18 MUHS at Northfield....................... Noon 2/22 Essex at MUHS...........................5 p.m. 2/25 MUHS at St. Albans................5:30 p.m. Boys’ Basketball 2/16 Milton at Mt. Abe..........................7 p.m. 2/16 VUHS at Montpelier................7:30 p.m. 2/17 MUHS at Colchester....................7 p.m. 2/18 VUHS at Milton.....................11:30 a.m. 2/18 Mt. Abe at St. Albans............12:30 p.m. 2/18 MUHS at Missisquoi...............1:30 p.m. 2/18 OV at Proctor..........................2:30 p.m. 2/20 Fair Haven at OV........................ 7 p.m. 2/21 Milton at MUHS...........................7 p.m. 2/21 VUHS at St. Albans.....................7 p.m. 2/21 Mt. Abe at Missisquoi..............7:30 p.m. 2/21 Fair Haven at Mt. Abe..................7 p.m.

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Women (Continued from Page 1B) top three seeds. The highest remainThe Panthers, 17-7 overall and ing seed after this weekend’s quar6-4 in league play, will meet No. 5 terfinal round will host the NESCAC Colby (12-11, 4-6 NESCAC) at 4 final four on Feb. 25 and 26. p.m. this Saturday. The game is a reThe Panthers clinched their winmatch of a Feb. 3 clash between the ning league season by staving off two teams in Middlebury in which host Trinity’s rally on this past Satthe Panthers prevailed, urday in a 65-59 victory. 64-49, by outscoring the Trinity (12-10, 3-7 Mules in overtime, 17-2, Sarah NESCAC) trailed by after Colby had rallied Kaufman paced 47-37 entering the from a late deficit to tie Middlebury fourth quarter, but used the game. of 8-3 runs to tie with 17 points, athepair Tickets for the game game at 55-55 on a are being sold in a pack- including Peace Kabari layup with age with the 2 p.m. hitting three 3:33 to go in regulation. men’s basketball quar- times from The Panthers anterfinal for $5 for adults behind the arc, swered with back-toand $2 for students and while adding a back baskets by Colseniors. They are availleen Caveney and Betsy able through the college: game-high six Knox to retake the lead, Readers are advised to assists. and iced the win by hitgo online to athletics. ting six straight free, find the women’s throws in the final 35 seconds. basketball article, and click on the Sarah Kaufman paced Middlelink. If any tickets remain, they will bury with 17 points, including hitbe sold at the door beginning at 1 ting three times from behind the arc, p.m. on Saturday. while adding a game-high six assists. Middlebury has not hosted a NES- Catherine Harrison contributed 14 CAC quarterfinal since 2013, when points and 14 rebounds, her sixth the Panthers defeated Bates, and double-double of the season, while their winning NESCAC regular sea- Knox hit seven or 11 shots from the son is the program’s first since the floor to net 15 points. Caveney added 2001-2002 campaign. nine points, and Alex Huffman conAmherst (24-0, 10-0), Tufts (22-1, tributed four steals. Kabari finished 9-1) and Bowdoin (20-3, 8-2) are the with 21 points for Trinity.

On Friday, host Amherst went on a 24-2 second-quarter surge to lead by 35-9 at halftime in a 67-33 victory over the Panthers. Kira Waldman’s seven points led the Panthers, while Harrison and Lily Kuntz followed with six points apiece. Harrison added a team-best seven rebounds and blocked two shots. Amherst held Middlebury to 23 percent shooting and forced 17 turnovers. Meredith Doswell (18 points) and Ali Doswell (15 points and five assists) sparked undefeated Amherst, the No. 1 team in NCAA Division III. On Tuesday the Panthers earned a 22-7 edge in the third quarter in a 5954 win at Plattsburgh (10-13). Middlebury led by 45-34 after three periods, but the Cardinals crept to within 56-53 with about two minutes to go. A three-pointer by Panther Lily Kuntz with 57 seconds left helped seal the win. Maya Davis and Caveney paced the Panthers with 12 points apiece, while Waldman finished with 11 points and eight rebounds. Huffman tied Waldman with eight rebounds to go along with six assists. Huffman also added three steals and blocked two shots. Harrison and Kuntz each contributed nine points and six rebounds.

Hockey (Continued from Page 1B) Hamilton can clinch the league’s top postseason seed and home ice by sweeping two games at Connecti-

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Williams, Middlebury will earn postseason home ice, starting with a quarterfinal on Feb. 25. The final four is next on the following weekend. Certainly, the Ephs are likely to offer more resistance than Colby (019-3, 0-15-1 NESCAC) did in losing at Middlebury by 8-1 on Sunday and 6-0 on Saturday. On Sunday, the Panthers took a 3-0 lead in the first 7:14. Kelly Sherman’s deflected shot made it 1-0; Maddie Winslow, who finished with a hat trick, made it 2-0 on a power play with an assist from Elizabeth Wulf; and Lizzie Sheline circled the net to bury the rebound of a Janka Hlinka shot. Middlebury added four goals in the second period. Winslow made it Panther 4-0 three minutes goalie in, and Jessica Young scored Julia her team-leading Neuburger 12th goal at 12:03 made five by backhanding saves to in a shorthanded breakaway earn her tally. Late in the eighth period Winslow career jammed home a loose puck, and shutout. Katherine Jackson scored 15 seconds later to make it 7-0. The Mules got on the board at 3:25 of the third, when Katie McLaughlin snapped in the rebound of an Eleanor Knutzen shot. Sheline added the final goal by tapping home a short feed from Abby Marmer. Two Colby goalies combined for 28 saves, while Middlebury’s Lin Han stopped 14 shots. On Saturday, Middlebury held Colby to five shot on net. Winslow scored the game’s only first-period goal, backhanding home a Victoria Laven rebound. Hlinka made it 2-0 4:35 into the second period by knocking in a Rachael St. Clair centering pass, and at 15:24 Anna Zumwinkle scored her first career goal on a shot from the right point after taking a feed from Jackson. Zumwinkle struck again 3:12 later, netting a five-onthree power play goal with another shot from the right point after working the puck with Carly Watson. Laven and Sherman added goals in the third period. Panther goalie Julia Neuburger made five saves to earn her eighth career shutout. Halley Fine finished with 45 saves for Colby.

TIGER SENIOR RILEY Fenster tries to grab a rebound away from Colchester’s Maygan Blow Tuesday night in Middlebury. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

Wrap (Continued from Page 1B) fourth straight win and moved from No. 8 to No. 7, while the Tigers (96) dropped to No. 11 in the tightly bunched table. Laker standout Gabby Gosselin broke loose in 36 points to spark her team, while Keagan Dunbar led MUHS with 23. COMMODORES Host Mount Mansfield (5-10) eased past VUHS, 48-34, as Cougar

Katie Estes scored 19. Xzavia Berry led VUHS with 15 points and Ciara McClay added seven, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Commodores from dipping below .500 for the first time this winter at 7-8. OTTERS Visiting Windsor broke the game open in the second half to defeat the Otters, 64-36, and improve to 122. OV (5-8) was within 31-23 early

in the third period before Windsor caught fire. Windsor freshman Olivia Rockwood hit five threes and finished with 21 points. OV surrendered more than 48 points for the first time this season and saw its streak of holding foes to 32 points or fewer snapped at six games. Julia Lee (14 points), Gabby Poalino (12) and Sophia Bloomer (seven) led OV in scoring.


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Men (Continued from Page 1B) $5 for adults and $2 for students and seniors. They are available through the college: Readers are advised to go online to, find the men’s basketball article, and use the “Click Here” link. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Tufts (19-5, 8-2) finished tied with the Panthers for first place, but the host Jumbos defeated Middlebury this season, 91-85, and thus earned the tiebreaker for the top seed. Amherst (176, 7-3) is seeded third, and Wesleyan (19-5, 6-4) is seeded fourth. The highest remaining seed after this weekend’s quarterfinal round will host the NESCAC final four on Feb. 25 and 26. The winner of the NESCAC tournament will earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament; Middlebury, Amherst and Tufts, all ranked in the top 20, appear to be good bets to earn at-large bids regardless of NESCAC results. If the Panthers — who were set to play one more regular season game at Plattsburgh on Wednesday — advance to the NCAA tournament, they will do so for the eighth time in the past 10 years under Coach Jeff Brown. A year ago Middlebury won the NESCAC tournament as the No. 4 seed, upsetting No. 1 Trinity and No. 2 Amherst in the final four on the way to a title the Panthers also won in 2009 and 2011. The Panthers then won one NCAA game. On this past Friday vs. Amherst, the Panthers shot 61 percent in the first half to lead by 59-38 at the break in a 106-91 victory. Amherst cut Middlebury’s second-half lead to 11 at one point, but never came within single digits. Buckets from Matt St. Amour often stopped Amherst runs, and Middlebury put the game away for good with 2:54 to go when St. Amour drilled a long three to make it 101-85. St. Amour finished with a gamehigh 31 points, shooting six of 12 from behind the arc. His six threepoint field goals tied a career high, and he added four assists. With his 31 points, he moved into sixth place alltime at Middlebury with 1,487 points, surpassing Jason Prenevost, who netted 1,457. After adding 28 more points on Saturday, St. Amour was named the NESCAC Player of the Week and moved into fourth in the all-time program scoring table. Jake Brown scored 23 points and dished out six assists for the Panthers on Friday, but injured his ankle and played only the first two minutes on Saturday. Jack Daly finished with 14 points, a game-high 12 boards and seven assists. Forward Nick Tarantino went six for nine from the floor for a

HANOVER, N.H. — The MidPlacing sixth was Colin Hayes in dlebury College ski team finished a 2:04.71, and Riley Plant was 16th season-best third at the Dartmouth in 2:06.07. Carnival this past Friday and SatPanther Caroline Bartlett took urday, scoring 675 third for the Panther points to trail only Middlebury’s women in the GS in Vermont (900) and 2:08.74. Lexi CalDartmouth (864). highlight came in cagni took 12th in New Hampshire Friday’s men’s 2:10.85, and Katie (656) was fourth. Utter was 16th in giant slalom at The Panthers re- the Dartmouth 2:11.41. turn to action this Nordic races were weekend when they Skiway, won by moved to the Craftshost their Middle- Panther Rob Cone bury Nordic Center bury Carnival on in a two-run time due to lack of snow Friday and SaturDartmouth’s of 2:03.17. It was at day at Rikert Nordic home course. In FriCenter and the Mid- the sixth carnival day’s 3x5-kilomedlebury Snow Bowl. win of his career. ter freestyle relay M i d d l e b u r y ’s races, the Middlehighlight came in bury men’s team of Friday’s men’s giant slalom at the Sam Wood, Adam Luban and Evan Dartmouth Skiway, won by Pan- Weinman finished sixth in 37:35, ther Rob Cone in a two-run time of and Lewis Nottonson, Jacob Volz 2:03.17. It was the sixth carnival and Gabe Mahoney placed 15th in win of his career. 38:48.

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE JUNIOR Nick Tarantino sinks a turnaround jumper during Middlebury’s 97-80 win over Trinity Saturday afternoon.

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dozen points, and guard Bryan Jones added 10 points off the bench. Jayde Dawson led Amherst with 24 points to surpass 1,000 career points in the game, and Johnny McCarthy scored 19. As critical as Friday’s victory was, the Panthers needed to win on Saturday to nail down home court for a quarterfinal: Trinity came in with a 6-3 league mark, and a win would have given them a tiebreaker over the Panthers. And the Panthers started slowly in what turned into a 97-80 victory. The teams traded early leads until the Panthers pulled ahead by 25-19. Trinity scored the next hoop, but then the Panthers went on a 21-5 surge. St. Amour produced eight points during the spurt, while Jones, a senior seeing his first career start with Brown sidelined, added five. Jones concluded the run with a three-pointer that made it 46-26 with 2:26 remaining in the half. Trinity called time and answered with points from Ed Ogundeko to pull within 50-36 at the break. The Bantams came out firing in the second half, cutting the lead to 62-53 on an Eric Gendron layup at 14:58. Middlebury answered with another run, 17-5 over the next seven minutes, with seven points from St. Amour and contributions from Adisa Majors, Tarantino and Daly, whose three-pointer made it 79-58 with 8:01 left. St. Amour scored his game-high 28 points on 11-for-16 shooting, including four-for-five from behind the arc. In the game he moved another two

PANTHER SENIOR MATT St. Amour scored a game-high 28 points in Middlebury’s 97-80 win over Trinity Saturday in Pepin Gymnasium. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

Schedule (Continued from Page 1B)

2/24 Mt. Abe at Milton..........................7 p.m. 2/24 VUHS at MUHS...........................7 p.m. 2/24 OV at Burr & Burton.....................7 p.m. Girls’ Basketball 2/16 OV at Springfield.........................7 p.m. 2/16 VUHS at North Country..........6:30 p.m. 2/16 Mt. Abe at Missisquoi...................7 p.m. 2/17 Milton at MUHS...........................7 p.m. 2/18 OV at Enosburg......................2:30 p.m. 2/20 MUHS at VUHS...........................7 p.m. 2/20 Missisquoi at Mt. Abe...................7 p.m. 2/21 OV at Fair Haven.........................7 p.m. 2/22 MUHS at Mt. Mansfield................7 p.m. 2/23 Mt. Abe at Colchester..................7 p.m. 2/23 VUHS at Missisquoi.....................7 p.m. 2/24 OV at Windsor.............................7 p.m. 2/27 Colchester at VUHS....................7 p.m. 2/27 MUHS at Mt. Abe.........................7 p.m. 2/28 Hartford at OV.............................7 p.m. 3/2 VUHS at Mt. Abe...........................7 p.m. 3/2 North Country at MUHS.................7 p.m. 3/3 OV at Mill River..............................7 p.m. Gymnastics 2/18 Championship Meet at Essex......2 p.m.

Wrestling 2/24&25 ....................... State Meet at VUHS Nordic 2/24 ................. State Classic Meet at Rikert 2/27..............State Skate Meet at Craftsbury COLLEGE SPORTS Women’s Hockey 2/17 Williams at Midd..........................7 p.m. 2/18 Midd. at Williams.........................7 p.m. 2/25 NESCAC Quarterfinal.....................TBA Men’s Hockey 2/17 Midd. at Hamilton.........................7 p.m. 2/18 Midd. at Amherst..........................3 p.m. 2/25 NESCAC Quarterfinal.....................TBA Women’s Basketball NESCAC Playoffs 2/18 No. 5 Colby at No. 4 Midd...........4 p.m. 2/25&26 NESCAC Final Four.................TBD Men’s Basketball NESCAC Playoffs 2/18 No. 7 Bates at No. 2 Midd...........2 p.m. 2/25&26 NESCAC Final Four.................TBD Late events occurred after deadline. Spectators are advised to consult school websites for the latest schedule updates.

spots up the program’s career point list to 1,515, surpassing both Joey Kizel (1,493) and Kevin Kelleher (1,498). Daly finished with 19 points, a game-high 10 rebounds and nine assists. Jones netted 16 points with four threes, Tarantino chipped in 10 points, and forward Eric McCord contributed eight points, eight rebounds and six assists. Jeremy Arthur led Trinity with 19 points, while Ogundeko scored 14 and pulled down a team-best nine rebounds. On Tuesday, the Panthers breezed past host Plattsburgh, 91-70, as Matt St. Amour continued to make history: He became the first Middlebury player with two 500-point seasons by scoring a game-high 30 to give him 521 on the year. He went 11 for 15 from the floor including five for seven from behind the arc and also notched five boards, three assists and three steals. St. Amour also scored five points in an 11-0 run that stretched the Panther lead to 69-49 midway through the second half. Daly contributed a career-high 13 assists to go along with 15 points and three steals. Tarantino scored nine points and pulled down a game- high 11 rebounds, while Majors scored 17 points off the bench. Jonathan Patron led the 11-12 Cardinals with 16 points.

On the women’s side, Cate Brams, Orli Schwartz and Katie Feldman took 12th in 45:04, and Kaitlin Fink, Luna Wasson and Claire Benton were 17th in 46:23 On Saturday, Luban led the men’s Nordic squad by taking ninth in the 10K classic. Wood was 20th, and Weinman finished 21st. Brams led the women in the 5K in 12th in 16:05. Schwartz was 29th in 16:43, and Feldman was 30th (16:45). Cone took second-place in Saturday’s slalom in 1:37.91 after leading after the first run. Colin Hayes captured sixth in 1:39.92, while Christopher McKenna was ninth in 1:40.12. Middlebury finished second in the event. Jackie Atkins was the top Panther on the women’s side, taking 15th in 1:44.68. Bartlett was 19th (1:45.22), and Utter tied for 20th (1:45.24).

Kirkaldy (Continued from Page 1B) to face Joe Morgan and allow the game-winning hit. That fall, the Patriots were arguably the best team in football. It was the year the Oakland Raiders were 16-1 and won the Super Bowl. The Patriots beat the snot out of them in Foxboro, 48-17, their only loss. I was at that game watching John Madden trying to get the number of the truck that hit his team. In the playoffs, the Pats led Oakland in the third quarter, 21-10, despite some horrific officiating (flagrant uncalled pass interference by Raider LB Phil Villapiano on Pats TE Russ Francis killed a drive, for example). Oakland scored to make it 21-17 and had one last chance to win, but a phantom roughing-the-passer call against the Pats on a third-and-18 play with 1:24 to play essentially gave the Raiders the game. It was the only roughing-the-pass call in Patriot lineman Sugar Bear Hamilton’s career. Old-school Patriot fans sneer at Raider fans who whine about the 2000 “Tuck Rule” playoff game the Patriots won. Then Patriots owner Billy Sullivan squabbled with Coach Chuck Fairbanks a year or two later, and the Patriots spiraled back to mediocrity, surfacing once a decade to

get drubbed in a Super Bowl (1985 and 1996), before one of which the team was embroiled in a drug scandal. For years after 1972, the Bruins were good, but never quite good enough, and a bad knee cut Orr’s career short. The worst came in 1979, when the Bs led the hated Canadiens in Montreal, 4-3, late in Game Seven in a Stanley Cup semifinal. Pardon, so sorry, Monsieur Cherry, it seems you might have too many skaters on the ice and must pay the penalty, n’est-ce pas? The Canadiens scored on the ensuing power play and went on to win. The Cs provided some respite in the mid-1980s, of course, with Larry Bird, Robert Parrish, Kevin McHale, Dennis Johnson, Cedric Maxwell and Danny Ainge. Their three titles in that stretch were things of beauty, and an excellent case can be made that their 1986 team, with a healthy Bill Walton coming off the bench, was the greatest NBA squad ever assembled. After 1986, Bird’s back and McHale’s feet began to give out, and the Celtics’ slow decline began. Ah, 1986. Doesn’t that bring us back to the Red Sox? My wife said she will never forget the look on

my face when the ball squibbed between Buckner’s legs and allowed the Mets to complete their unlikely Game Six rally. I once read a piece that pointed out the Sox franchise was so unlucky over the years that the four times they made the World Series between 1918 and 2004, in each case they faced the single most dominant National League team of the respective decade. The 1946 and 1967 St. Louis Cardinals, the 1976 Cincinnati “Big Red Machine” Reds, and the 1986 New York Mets all won more games than any other NL team during each of those decades. So my wife’s and my Boston sports fandom got off to fast starts. And, as my sainted Scottish Granny used to say, “After the Lord Mayor’s show comes the dustcart.” And, yes, I hear you Cleveland and Philly, I know it can get worse. But this was year after year of having Lucy snatch the football away just as you were about to kick it. The message for us Boston fans — including my daughters — is to keep kicking that ball and enjoying the Lord Mayor’s Show while we can. I mean, we haven’t even talked about Bucky Bleeping Dent yet…

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

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

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

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ALCOHOLICS ANONY‑ M O U S M I D D L E B U RY MEETINGS SUNDAY: 12 Step Meeting 9:00‑10:00 AM held at the Middlebury United Methodist Church on N. Pleasant Street. Came to Believe Meeting 1:00‑2:00 PM held at The Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd, Middlebury. ALCOHOLICS ANONY‑ M O U S M I D D L E B U RY MEETINGS THURSDAY: Big Book Meeting Noon‑1:00 PM at The Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd, Mid‑ dlebury. Speaker Meeting 7:30‑8:30 PM at St. Ste‑ phen’s Church, Main St. (On the Green). ALCOHOLICS ANONY‑ M O U S M I D D L E B U RY MEETINGS TUESDAYS: 12 Step Meetings; Noon‑1:00 PM. AND 7:30‑8:30 PM. Both held at The Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd, Middlebury. ALCOHOLICS ANONY‑ M O U S M I D D L E B U RY MEETINGS WEDNESDAY: Big Book Meeting 7:15‑8:15 AM is held at the Middlebury United Methodist Church on N. Pleasant Street. Discus‑ sion Meeting Noon‑1:00 PM at The Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd. ALCOHOLICS ANONY‑ MOUS NEW HAVEN MEET‑ INGS: Monday, Big Book Meeting 7:30‑8:30 PM at the Congregational Church, New Haven Village Green.


ALCOHOLICS ANONY‑ MOUS RIPTON MEET‑ INGS: Monday, As Bill Sees It Meeting 7:15‑8:15 AM. Thursday, 12 Steps and 12 Traditions Meeting 7:15‑8:15 AM. Both held at Ripton Firehouse, Dugway Rd. ALCOHOLICS ANONY‑ MOUS VERGENNES MEETINGS: Sunday, 12 Step Meeting 7:00‑8:00 PM. Friday, Discussion Meeting 8:00‑9:00 PM. Both held at St. Paul’s Church, Park St. Tuesday, Discussion Meeting 7:00‑8:00 PM, at the Congregational Church, Water St. ARE YOU BOTHERED BY SOMEONE’S DRINK‑ ING? Opening Our Hearts Al‑Anon Group meets each Wednesday at 1:30 pm at Middlebury’s St. Stephen’s Church on Main St. (enter side door and follow signs). Anonymous and confiden‑ tial, we share our experi‑ ence, strength and hope to solve our common problems. Babysitting available. M A K I N G R E C O V E RY EASIER (MRE). Wednes‑ days, 5:30‑7:00 p.m. at the Turning Point Center (54 Creek Rd). This will be a facilitated group meeting for those struggling with the decision to attend 12‑Step Programs. It will be limited to explaining and discuss‑ ing our feelings about the 12‑Step Programs to create a better understanding of how they can help a person in recovery on his/her life’s journey. A certificate will be issued at the end of all the sessions. Please bring a friend in recovery who is also contemplating 12‑Step Programs. NA MEETINGS MIDDLE‑ BURY: Fridays, 7:30 pm, held at The Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd. NA MEETINGS MIDDLE‑ BURY: Mondays, 6 pm, held at The Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd.



NEW SUPPORT GROUP ‑ Grief Anonymous Meeting every Thursday @ 6:30 pm at Grace Baptist Church 52 Merchants Row, Middelbury, Vt. First Meeting Thursday, December 1st, 2016 OA (OVEREATERS ANON‑ YMOUS) MEETS on Thurs‑ days at 6 PM. Located at the Turning Point Center of Addison County, 54 Creek Road, Middlebury, VT. OPIATE OVERDOSE RES‑ CUE KITS are distributed on Wednesdays from 9 am until 12 pm at the Turning Point Center of Addison County, 54 Creek Rd, Middlebury, VT. A short training is required. For info call 802‑388‑4249 or 802‑683‑5569 or visit www. PARKINSONS SUPPORT GROUP meets on the last Thursday of every month from 10 am to 11:30 am. We meet at the Mountain Health Center in Bristol. For info call APDA at 888‑763‑3366 or parkinsoninfo@uvmhealth. org.


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The Volunteer Center, a RSVP recently moved one block south to 79 Court Street. Our new office collaboration of provides additional workspace, storage, and parking. The proximity to RSVP and the our former office space is ideal for continuing our collaborative work United Way of with the United Way of Addison County. Please come visit us! Our Addison County, entrance is conveniently located on Thomas Street and we have posts dozens of volunteer opportunities both on street parking and parking behind the building. on the Web.Go to www.unitedwayaddison VolunteerDonate and click on VOLUNTEER NOW!

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The Addison County Chamber of Commerce is seeking a part-time Membership Sales Professional to help maintain and grow our list of partnering businesses in the community. Through personal visits, cold calls, e-mails, and other means of contact, this person will help local businesses understand the values of Chamber membership. Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: • Prior sales experience is a must • Excellent verbal and written communication skills • Ability to establish rapport with potential members • Ability to work comfortably and effectively with Chamber staff, board members, volunteers, peers and subordinates • Must be a self-starter and work with limited supervision • Ability to work independently and make on-the-spot decisions • Ability to maintain accurate records You will work from your own home or office and must have access to computer, phone, dependable transportation and be reliable and accountable, again without needing constant supervision. This is part-time position that is flexible and accommodating to a variety of schedules. Offering a generous compensation plan with a stipend for expenses. Please email your cover letter and resume to No phone calls please.

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

NEW HORIZONS CLUB PROGRAM COORDINATOR National Bank of Middlebury is embarking on a STAR Search…. We’re recruiting for a “CONDUCTOR” to lead our successful mature market program. Talents needed: • Ability to listen to our customers and match products and services to their unique needs • Ability to JUGGLE multiple projects • Ability to DAZZLE our customers with superior service • Ability to ORCHESTRATE activities appealing to varied interests • Ability to be an NBM ambassador in our communities • Creativity • Diplomacy • Dependability • Flexibility This is a part-time position (24 hours/ week) in an excellent work environment. The position provides competitive compensation package. Interested persons must apply in person by March 3, 2017 at:

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

SHIFT SUPERVISORS RITE AID, one of the nation’s leading retail drugstore chains, is looking for responsible individuals to fill these full time positions in the local area. Applicants must be able to work days, nights and weekends. Experience preferred but will train appropriate candidate. Please mail your resume or apply in person with your resume to:


1 Prince Lane Bristol, VT 05443 OR your local RITE AID store


Part-time cashiers for flexible schedules NIGHTS & WEEKENDS A MUST. Apply in person at:

East Middlebury Maplefields 3201 Rte 7 South, E. Middlebury Ask for Brittany or pick-up an application EOE

Interested candidates can also apply online to the position in the careers sections of our website, RITE AID is an Equal Opportunity Employer

5 Carver St., Brandon 240 Court St., Middlebury 30 Main St., Middlebury 29 Green St., Vergennes 28 Main St., Bristol 140 Commerce St., Hinesburg

LPN’s & RN’s

Our busy pediatric office is looking for a reliable per diem nurse. Must enjoy interacting with children and be able to multi task cheerfully!

Please send resume and 3 references to:

Rainbow Pediatrics

For a copy of the job description or questions, please contact Sandra Trombley (802) 388-4982 or email

Attn: Lisa Ryan 44 Collins Drive, Suite 202 Middlebury, VT 05753 OR Email them to:


Help Wanted

BOOKKEEPER – Full Time Addison County’s public transportation provider is seeking a full-time experienced Bookkeeper to handle bank reconciliations, record deposits, handle payroll as well as other Accounting functions. Must understand and have experience in accrual accounting. Good computer and customer service skills required as well as the ability to multi-task. Knowledge of regulatory requirements for not-for-profit entity and tax exempt status preferred. College degree or a combination of experience and education is preferred. Position will be Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. Some travel may be required. Excellent benefits including: health insurance, long-term disability, retirement plan, vision plan, vacation, sick and paid holidays. Selected candidate must pass required background checks and Drug/Alcohol testing. Confidentiality is a must. Please submit resume and cover letter to:

Human Resources Manager Addison County Transit Resources 297 Creek Road, Middlebury, Vermont 05753 Or via email to: No phone calls, please ACTR is an AA/EO Employer

Counseling Service of Addison County

DIRECT CARE PROVIDER Are you seeking a Full- or Part-time opportunity to make a difference in peoples’ lives? Be a part of 24/7 team providing residential supports to CRT consumers in residential setting. Support consumers around daily living skills. Experience in working with mentally ill preferred. Knowledge of, or desire to learn about, the needs and abilities of the mentally ill. Ability to deal with clients in all types of situations with patience, insight, and compassion. Ability to work effectively with other agency personnel in the implementation of client program and goals. Valid driver’s license, good driving skills, use of car necessary occasionally. To apply, please submit resume and cover letter to Apply online at Or mail to Human Resources at 89 Main St, Middlebury, VT 05753

The Residence at Otter Creek, a premiere senior living community in Middlebury, VT is accepting applications for: Nurse: FT, Per Diem Care Givers: FT, PT Part-time Servers Part-time Receptionist Non-qualifying part-time Office Assistant Non-qualifying part-time Activities Assistant/Driver Applicants must be able to work weekends. Background Checks required. Please email your resume to Stacie at or stop by and pick up an application from the front desk. The Residence at Otter Creek 350 Lodge Road • Middlebury, VT 05753


Agri-Mark has a full-time immediate opening for a THIRD SHIFT Maintenance Mechanic Technician to work in our Middlebury, VT facility. Flexible work schedule required, including rotating weekends, and working scheduled holidays. Preferred candidate will have a journeyman’s electrical license and/or strong PLC experience. The candidate should be well versed in VFD’s, pneumatics, and production plant equipment. Must be able to work both independently and as a team member. Excellent troubleshooting and maintaining plant equipment in a food production environment. Position provides 40+ hours per week, paid leave, and paid holidays. Agri-Mark offers a competitive starting wage and an excellent benefits package. This includes health, dental and vision insurance, 401(k), pension plan, and much more.

MIDDLEBURY UNION MIDDLE SCHOOL Softball Coach Middlebury Union Middle School is seeking a Softball Coach. Qualified applicants will be flexible and energetic and possess the ability to communicate with and relate to middle school students. Knowledge of middle level softball coaching principles required with previous coaching experience preferred. Interested parties should send a letter of interest, resume, and three current letters of reference to: Scott Sivo, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Middlebury Union Middle School 48 Deerfield Lane Middlebury, VT 05753 Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. E.O.E.


Attn: Ashley Jacobs

869 Exchange Street Middlebury, VT 05753 EOE


Staff Accountant Green Mountain Beverage, located in Middlebury, VT is looking for an organized, energetic Staff Accountant to join our Finance team. Responsibilities: The processing of a variety of inventory related transactions consisting of bill of material management, manufacturing transactions, receivings, inventory adjustments, and transfers. This position is also responsible for reconciling inventory values between the computerized records and physical stock. Requirements: A bachelor’s degree in accounting or equivalent experience, attention to detail, strong communication, organization, problem solving, Excel and MS Office skills are essential. Experience with Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains is preferred. Green Mountain Beverage provides a strong total compensation package, including insurance coverages, 401(k) plan and paid time off. EOE Please email cover letter and resume to with SA0317 in the subject line to apply for this position.

Is looking to fill the following positions: Line Cook – Full Time Server Breakfast/Lunch or Dinner Full or Part Time Bus Person - Breakfast/Lunch or Dinner - Part Time Competitive Wages and Benefits Stop in and fill out an application OR Send Resume to

ACORN PAINTING IS LOOKING to hire a few qualified painters. Must have experience with interior and exterior finishes, product knowledge, tools, valid driv‑ ers license and transporta‑ tion. A good attitude, strong work ethic and refined skills earns top pay. Serious appli‑ cants only. For appointment call 802‑453‑5611. ADMINISTRATIVE ASSIS‑ TANT‑ PART TIME ideal candidate has attention to details, excellent organi‑ zation and personal time management, strong inter‑ personal skills, team player, excellent writing and com‑ munication skills, computer and typing skills, prior legal experience or training and a sense of humor. We of‑ fer flexible schedule and PTO. Send letter of interest and resume to jwagner@ or to Marsh and Wagner, P.C., 62 Court Street, Middlebury, VT 05753 by February 17, 2017. A L A R M I N S TA L L E R computer and electrical experience a must. Reli‑ able transportation and a desire to learn and work. Fire alarm license a plus. Must be able to pass a strict background check. Send resume to: Alarms, PO Box 734, Middlebury, VT 05753. BANKRUPTCY: CALL to find out if bankruptcy can help you. Kathleen Walls, Esq. 802‑388‑1156. CLEAN TOUCH GROUP is seeking energetic house‑ keepers. Great pay. Apply in person at the Courtyard Marriott, 309 Court Street, Middlebury, VT.

Middlebury Inn 14 Court Square Middlebury VT 05753

PLUMBER Needed for a busy fuel company. Must be able to work Monday thru Friday, be ambitious and a hard worker, obtain a positive attitude and enjoy working with others.

For more information call Tim at


32 Pine Street • Bristol

CO‑OP SEEKING GREAT STAFF Middlebury Natural Foods Co‑op has several opportunities including a cashier, store assistant, and kitchen staff. Our ideal candidates enjoy providing excellent customer service and value natural and local foods. If you are interested in working with great food, great people apply at your earliest convenience. Com‑ plete our application online at or ask our staff for one the next time you are in our store. EASTVIEW HAS AN IM‑ MEDIATE opening for a full time nurse. Nurse re‑ sponsibilities include su‑ pervision of assigned aides, case management and as‑ sessments, performance of skilled treatments and procedures, and assisting the Health Services Director with oversight of activities of daily living, family/social concerns, and completion of all necessary paperwork/ MDS data and health care plans. This position requires some weekend and holiday availability. Email cover letter and resume to: greatplace‑ towork@eastviewmiddle‑ or website, www. 802‑989‑7500. FIRST SEASON GREEN‑ HOUSES is now accepting applications for greenhouse workers. Work is seasonal. March‑May or June. Can be full or part time. Knowl‑ edge of plants helpful but not mandatory. Also, looking for a jack of all trades person who is familiar with propane heaters. Profit sharing and discount on plant purchas‑ es included. Contact Bill Spencer at 802‑475‑2588 to schedule an appointment. Best time to call is 5‑6 pm. KAYHART BROTHERS IN ADDISON has an opening for outside crops, equip‑ ment and mechanic posi‑ tion. Experience preferred. Full time. Competitive pay, health insurance and IRA. References and valid divers license required. Call Tim at 802‑349‑6676.


Jackman’s Inc. is an EOE.

Help Wanted

or email

LOCAL FOOD PRODUCER looking for qualified and energetic person to work food shows and festivals. Sporadic work schedule to start, could possibly expand given experience and willing‑ ness to grow, weekends a must. Experience preferred. Knowledge of beekeeping a plus. Send cover letter and resume to: cva@to‑ or PO Box 127, Middlebury.

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THE INN ON THE GREEN is now hiring additional breakfast service / housekeeping staff for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday mornings from 6:45 AM ‑ 1:00 PM. Additional hours/days pos‑ sible. Housekeeping experi‑ ence preferred, but will train. Contact Bruce or Brenda at 802‑388‑7512 to apply.

CORNWALL EFFICIENCY APARTMENT country setting, 12 minutes to college. $675 includes all. Batesproperties@

IMMEDIATE OPENING FOR full‑time salaried Bookkeeper position in support of Addison County Community Trust’s (ACCT’s) mission of provid‑ ing affordable housing. The Bookkeeper is responsible for maintaining financial records of ACCT’s growing portfolio of multifamily housing partner‑ ships. Proven bookkeeping ex‑ perience required; other desir‑ able experience includes fund accounting, asset manage‑ ment, and federally assisted housing program compliance. Must have a strong sense of teamwork with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team; flexibility and good judgment; ambi‑ tion to develop new skills and be highly organized. EEO. Respond with resume and cover letter by 2/20/17 to MIDDLEBURY PT FLORAL MERCHANDISER. Morning availability, Tue., Fri., & Sun. with additional hours required for holidays. Please contact Cindy at: 518‑410‑4028. OTTER CREEK BAKERY is hiring for a bakery counter service position. Full time. Ex‑ perience preferred. Must be able to multi task, be quick on your feet with positive attitude, interest in providing good food and coffee drinks with great customer service. Check out our website: ottercreekbak‑ see what we do, if this looks like a good fit send resume and letter of interest to our e‑mail with references and availability. No phone calls please. Application is a hot link on our website’s homepage. SPECIALIZED RESIDENTIAL SUPPORT join a dedicated team of support for two women with developmental disabilities based in their Middlebury home. In a therapeutic environment, you will provide stability and consistency, and help them achieve their personal goals. They are looking to expand their horizons, while learning independent living/social skills, personal boundaries, emotional self‑regulation, and healthy life‑style. Seeking an ener‑ getic team player as well as creative thinker. Experience with behavioral support desir‑ able. Fully‑benefited position with two overnights per week with weekend hours. To ap‑ ply, visit www.csac‑, or respond to CSAC HR, 89 Main Street, Middlebury, VT 05753, 802‑388‑6751, ext. 425.

For Rent

For Sale ANTIQUE DOUBLE BARREL ACME Arms Co. 12 gauge. Beautiful vintage firearm. $185. 802‑989‑5803. CEDAR POSTS for sale. 8 foot‑ ers, no points. 802‑388‑4831. COME TO YOUR LOCAL con‑ signment shop to find furniture, collectables, dishes and so much more. Open Monday thru Saturday 10 to 5. Located in the Compass Music and Art Center, 333 Jones Drive, Brandon, VT. 802‑465‑8436.

For Rent 1,800 SQ. FT. WAREHOUSE as is or renovate to suit. Creek Road, Middlebury. 802‑558‑6092. BRISTOL NEW TWO BEDROOM apartment. Trash, snow removal, heat and storage in‑ cluded. $1,400 a month. Pets negotiable. 802‑355‑1926. BRISTOL RENTALS WOODLAND APARTMENTS in‑ cluded: heat, hot water, trash pickup, parking, snow removal, mowing, range, refrigerator and dishwasher. We fix things. Ef‑ ficiency $560. 1 bedroom $645. 1 bedroom $760. Located on Woodland Drive. Coin washer and dryer in each building. Pets negotiable. No smoking. 802‑662‑3136.

DRY, WINTER/SUMMER STORAGE SPACE in Addi‑ son. Available storage space in my barn for summer/winter storage. The barn is structurally sound and weather‑tight with electricity. No heat or running water. The barn is also avail‑ able for lease. The entrance door measurements are 8’ wide by 7’ high. For more info: 802‑363‑3403 or rochon_m@ MIDDLEBURY; TWO BEDROOM 2ND floor apartment. Walking distance to town and college. Parking for one vehicle. 802‑388‑7402 evenings. No pets, no smoking. $1100 per month includes heat, water, snow removal and lawn care. Previous rental references and deposit required. NEW HAVEN, 2 BEDROOM upstairs apartment. Bright and spacious. Need 1st and last month’s rent. Price includes heat, electricity & rubbish re‑ moval. No pets, $1195 per month. Call 802‑453‑4037. NEW HAVEN: BEAUTIFUL VIEWS, sunny apartment. Garden space. No pets, no smoking. References, security deposit, lease. $875/month plus utilities. 802‑236‑2040.


BRISTOL; 3 BEDROOM APARTMENT heat, hot water, snow and lawn care included. Carpeting, stove and refrigera‑ tor. Available now. $1150 per month. Basement. Garage. 802‑453‑2566.


BRISTOL; 3 BEDROOM APARTMENT Heat, trash, snowplowing, lawn care, park‑ ing, small storage, stove & refrigerator included. $1,175/ mo. 802‑453‑2566.

For Rent

For Rent

It’s against the law to discriminate when advertising housing. Particularly on sites like Craigslist. And it’s easier to break the law than you might think. You can’t say “no children” or “adults only.” There is lots you can’t say. The federal government is watching for such discrimination. Let us help you sift through the complexities of the Fair Housing Law. Stay legal. Stay on the right side of the nation’s Fair Housing Law. Call the Addison Independent at (802) 388-4944. Talk to our sales professionals.



VERMONT’S TWICE-WEEKLY NEWSPAPER Middlebury, VT 05753 • (802) 388-4944 •

Att. Farmers

WHITNEY’S CUSTOM FARM WORK. Pond agitating, liquid manure hauling, drag line aerat‑ PRIME RETAIL SPACE IN ing. Call for price. 462‑2755, John MIDDLEBURY it doesn’t get Whitney. any better than this fantastic, unique retail space best loca‑ tion in town. Windows on Main St. and windows overlooking Otter Creek in back. 750 sq. ft., AC. Phone 802‑989‑7277 or 206‑715‑5344.


SINGLE ROOM PROFESSIONAL office in historic Mid‑ dlebury landmark, overlooking downtown. Space dimensions 15x15, with common areas and bathrooms shared with other professional tenants. Rent $500 per month which includes heat, electric, hot water, gar‑ bage, recycling and private off street parking. For inquiry call 802‑989‑8822. SUGARWOOD APARTMENTS is currently accepting applica‑ tions for 2, 3 and 4 BR apart‑ ments in Middlebury. All in‑ come/assets must be verified to determine monthly rent, but tenants only pay 30% of their in‑ come toward rent. NP/NS. W/D hook‑ups. Call 802‑247‑0165 or visit our website www.sum‑ Equal Housing Opportunity.




2011 SUBARU LEGACY, 108,000 miles. New timing belt, car starter, new brakes. Good condition. 4 winter and 4 summer tires. $8,250. OBO 802‑759‑2030.

2014 GMC SIERRA regular cab, 4x4 , V‑6, full GM bed liner. ARE fiber cap‑ brown. 8,000 miles . Lube and oil recently done. $23,500. Call 802‑453‑3760.

TRUSTED 3RD GEN. VT Antique dealer specializing in jewelry, watches, silver, art, military, an‑ tique collectibles, etc. Visit www. or call Brian at 802‑272‑7527. Consulting/ap‑ praisal services available. House calls made free of charge.

Public Notices Index

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

Addison County Court Addison Northwest School District – Addison Fer‑ House (1) risburgh, Panton, Ver‑ Act 250 Notice – Bristol (1) gennes, Waltham (1) Addison Northeast Super‑ Bridport (1) visory – Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven, Starksboro (1) Starksboro (1)

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VALLEY VIEW APARTMENTS is currently accepting applica‑ tions for 1 and 2 BR apartments in Vergennes. All income/assets must be verified to determine monthly rent, but tenants only pay 30% of their income toward rent. Elderly or disabled only. W/D onsite. Call 802‑247‑0165 or visit our website www.sum‑ Equal Housing Opportunity.


The Legal Voters of the Town of Bridport are hereby warned and notified to meet at the Bridport Community/Masonic Hall on Tuesday March 7, 2017 at 10:00 o’clock in the forenoon to transact the following business. The polls for voting by Australian balloting will be open from Want to Rent 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The business meeting will be open at 10:30 AM. Article 1. To elect the following officers by Australian Ballot: OLDER ADULT SEEKING 1. Town Moderator for a term of one year. small furnished apartment or 2. Selectman for a term of three years. house in Middlebury for the 3. Selectman for a term of two years. months of July and August of 4. Addison Central School District Director for 3 years. 2017. Contact jnelson@asumh. 5. School Director for a term of 10 months. edu. 6. School Director for a term of 10 months 7. Auditor for a term of three years. 8. Water Commissioner to the Board of Water Commissioners of the Tri-Town Wood Heat Water District #1 for a term of three years. TIMBERWOLF FIREWOOD: 9. First Constable for a term of one year. Dry or green. Call for prices. 10. Second Constable for a term of one year. 802‑388‑7300. 11. Tax Collector for a term of one year. 12. Town Agent for a term of one year. 13. Grand Juror for a term of one year. Real Estate 14. Cemetery Commissioner for a term of five years. Article 2. To hear reports of the Town Officers and take action there on. BUILD YOUR DREAM HOUSE Article 3. Will the Legal Voters appropriate the sum of $12,500.00 for the Bridport Fire on one of the six remaining Department? home‑sites in East Middlebury’s Article 4. Will the Legal Voters appropriate the sum of $8000.00 for the Town Line First Daisy Lane, a small established Response? subdivision with village water, Article 5. Will the Legal Voters appropriate the sum of $1,500.00 for Addison Central Teens? underground electric, cable Article 6. Will the Legal Voters appropriate the sum of $608.00 for Addison County Economic and telephone to each lot. All Development Corporation? sites are approved for simple Article 7. Will the Legal Voters appropriate the sum of $2500.00 for the Addison County in ground septic. Just down the street you’ll find a library, Home Health & Hospice, Inc.? playground, tennis courts and Article 8. Will the Legal Voters appropriate the sum of $500.00 for the Addison County the beautiful Waybury Inn and Humane Society? Pub. That’s not all, Daisy Lane Article 9. Will the Legal Voters appropriate the sum of $1600.00 for AC Parent/Child Center? is 15‑20 minutes from the Snow Article 10. Will the Legal Voters appropriate the sum of $250.00 for Addison County Readers? Bowl, two 18 hole golf courses Article 11. Will the Legal Voters appropriate the sum of $400.00 for Addison County and beautiful Lake Dunmore. Restorative Justice Services? Telephone 802‑388‑2502 or Article 12. Will the Legal Voters appropriate the sum of $760.00 for Addison County Transit 802‑388‑7350. Resources? Article 13. Will the Legal Voters appropriate the sum of $500.00 for the AGE WELL? Article 14. Will the Legal Voters appropriate the sum of $500.00 for American Red Cross? Article 15. Will the Legal Voters of the Town appropriate the sum of $250.00 for Big Heavy For Rent World? Article 16. Will the Legal Voters appropriate the sum of $600.00 for Charter House Coalition? Article 17. Will the Legal Voters appropriate the sum of $1750.00 for the Counseling Service of Addison County? Article 18. Will the Legal Voters appropriate the sum of $700.00 for Elderly Services/Project Independence? Article 19. Will the Legal Voters appropriate the sum of $1000.00 for H.O.P.E.? Article 20. Will the Legal Voters appropriate the sum of $600.00 for Hospice Volunteer Services? Article 21. Will the Legal Voters appropriate the sum of $700.00 for John Graham Shelter? Article 22. Will the Legal Voters appropriate the sum of $3045.00 for Middlebury Regional EMS? Article 23. Will the Legal Voters appropriate the sum of $850.00 for Open Door Clinic? Article 24. Will the Legal Voters appropriate the sum of $1200.00 for Platt Memorial Library? Article 25. Will the Legal Voters appropriate the sum of $320.00 for Retired and Senior Volunteer Program? Article 26. Will the Legal Voters appropriate the sum of $500.00 for The Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired? Article 27. Will the Legal Voters appropriate the sum of $190.00 for Vermont Center for Independent Living? Article 28. Will the Legal Voters appropriate the sum of $500.00 for Vermont Adult Learning? Article 29. Will the legal Voters appropriate the sum of $1250.00 for WomenSafe? Article 30. Will the Legal Voters approve of there being due and payable on all taxes remaining unpaid at the end of the calendar month in which they are due interest at the rate of one percent per calendar month, or fraction thereof, for the following three calendar months and thereafter at the rate of one and one-half percent per calendar month, or fraction thereof, (such interest shall be imposed on a fraction of a calendar month as if it were an entire calendar month) ; effective as of December 1, 2017? Article 31. Will the Legal Voters authorize the Select Board to spend up to $325,000.00 for the purpose of replacing the Crown Point Road bridge (Sunderland Bridge) contingent on receiving a state grant and using accumulated surplus to complete the project? Article 32. Shall the Town have its taxes paid to its Treasurer on or before November 10, 2017? Article 33. 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ADDISON NORTHEAST SUPERVISORY UNION NOTIFICATION OF ASBESTOS MANAGEMENT PLAN AVAILABILITY The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (40 CFR 763.93 [g] [4] requires that written notice be given that our schools have Management Plans for the safe control and maintenance of asbestos-containing materials found in their buildings. These Management Plans are available and accessible to the public at the ANESU Superintendent’s Office, 72 Munsill Ave, Suite 601, Bristol, VT 05443 and at administrative offices of its member school districts: Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven, Starksboro and Mt. Abraham Union Middle/High School #28.



The Addison Northwest School District seeks proposals from interested Energy Service Companies to conduct a technical energy audit of our facilities and implement an Energy Performance Contract, in order to identify and implement capital improvements to reduce energy and related costs in those facilities such that annual cost savings are applied to annual payments for improvements. Addison Northwest School District, Vergennes, VT to include the following locations: Addison Central School Ferrisburgh Central School Vergennes Union Elementary School Vergennes Union High School For a bid packet, please contact Tonia Mears, Business Manager at 802-8773332 ext. 18 or email at: tmears@anwsu. org 2/14/17 2/16

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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MUHS honor roll MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union High School has recognized the following students for academic achievement during the second quarter of the 2016-2017 school year. GRADE 9 High Honors: Kenneth Barkdoll, Caleb Joseph Benz, Quinn James Berry, Katherine Berthiaume, Nicolas Keats Losano Brayton, Carly Rose Burger, Eryn R. Diehl, Katherine W. Donahue, Spencer David Doran, Mary Ann Eastman, Joseph Germain Findlay, Hunter Gale, Alice Mai Ganey, Maeve Hammel, Hale Hescock, Malia L. Hodges, Emma Cecilia Huntington, Ebenezer M. Jackson, James Halsey Jette, Devon Sean Kearns, Annie TulliaLapiner, Journey Sophia LaRose, Mira Lenore Maglienti, Rosemary E. Munkres, Hunter Lord Munteanu, Mary Nagy-Benson, Isabel Anderton Olson, Owen Palcsik, Emily Grace Pecsok, Eva Phair, Logan Pierson-Flagg, Devyn Pratt, Julian Cyrus Roy, Alison Seaton, Gwen Stafford, Cassie Lynn Stearns, Grace Elizabeth Tucker, Sabina Campbell Ward, Theo WellsSpackman and Franklyn N. Wolff. Honors: Alexis Nicole Bartlett, Derek Kamrin Bartlett, Celeste Berenbaum, Eli Winter Billings, Isaiah Tye Bullock, Kelsey Buteau, Tyler Joseph Buxton, William Carpenter, Gabriel James Cason, Jacob Corkins, Camden Devlin, Timothy Michael Dyer, EloeGile, Timothy Goettelmann, Liam Hamilton, Jenna Howlett, Ethan Kent, Brianna Nichole Lathrop, Martine Rita Limoge, Rosemary Worthington Maheu, Anna Healy McIntosh, Taylor Starr Moulton, Ryan Nadeau, Olivia G. Pottinger, Spencer Ryan Pratt, Nekaiya Shine, Dalylah Snow Sorrell-Cushman, Kassidy Sunderland, Talin Margaret Teague, Kobe Taylor Terk, Thatcher Trudeau, Sylvia Vorsteveld, Mayson Drew Wisnowski, Peter Wolosinski and Rielly Wright-Quesnel. Honorable Mention: Jesse R. Audet, Avery Austin-Neil, Nicholas Carrara, Siobhan Eagan, Evan Joseph Forbes, Anthony Carlton Garner, Hunter Reese Heffernan, Addison Hubbell, Alexia Huestis, Colleen Oster, David Peters, Isabella Marie Pistilli, Ian Ploof, Sydney Provencher, Josie Hannah Rheaume, Nadya G. Sato, Phoebe Elizabeth Smith, Charles Welch and Michael Whitley. GRADE 10 High Honors: Ada May Anderson, Parker Conger Beatty, Hogan Beazley, Aileen Bosworth, Heather Ann Cloutier, Silas D. Conlon, Colin M. Dowd, Nora Rose Draper, Jayden Fitzgerald, Lacey Jane Greenamyre, Anabel Hernandez, Henry Hodde, Isaiah Kelly, Suzanne Jane Klemmer, Emily E. Laframboise, Maisie Newbury, Emma Larkin Pope McCright, Joel Richard Pyfrom, Kyra Roberts, Anna Scharstein, Arianna Marie Slavin, Benjamin Nelson Turner and Grace Widelitz. Honors: Trinity Bryant, Benjamin Crawford, Samuel Vose Daly, Zachary Albert Dunn, Tristan Durante, Winston George Forbes, Jacob Galvin, Marina Andrea Herren-Lage, Max


Theodore Hirdler, Michael Huber, Audrey Elizabeth Huston, Anne Marie Kappel, Larkin Kenney, Drew T. Kiernan, Justin Larkins Koontz, Sarah Grace Kutter, Kristin Rebecca Landry, Abigail Taylor LaRock, Carly Larocque, Will Larocque, Eleanore Jean McGarry, Tucker Marshall Moulton, Peter Marcus Orzech, Colton Edward Paquette, Virginia MagenPatz, Jacob Allan Peluso, Emily C. Pottinger, Ethan Elbert Reiderer, Jesse Aaron Rubin, Kaylee Rose Shum, Jordan Scott Stearns, Natali Sullivan, Diya Taylor, Megan Thomas-Danyow, Katherine M. Wallace, Silas Wisell, Xavier Jude Wyncoop and Carson Yildirim. Honorable Mention: Isaac Edward Buttolph, Wyatt Cameron, Kolby Arthur Farnsworth, Derek Paul Felkl, Ian Fenster, Niccolo Calder Gori-Montanelli, Justin Jackson, Ayanna Margaret Mason, Alexis Matot, Sophie Poppenga, Camden Zachery Schnoor, Katelyn Stearns and Ashley Sunderland. GRADE 11 High Honors: Josephine Renell Abbott, Lydia Alberts, Bridget J. Audet, Janet Barkdoll, Jacob Lee Brookman, Sarah Broughton, Anna Buteau, Hunter Cyerra CummingsWashburn, Dylan Disorda, Keagan McKenzie Dunbar, Santiago Fernandez, Margreta Louise HardyMittell, Justin Holmes, Alexandria Johnson, Emma Jones, Nikolaus Kaufmann, Diana A. Kiiykbayeva, Katherine Koehler, Ezra Marks, Sophia M. Marks, Jacob Duane Martin, Satchel Rust McLaughlin, Francesca Palitta, JaroPerera, Julian Francis Schmitt, Blair Elizabeth Stone, Michael Roger Stone and Alexander Yurista. Honors: Jordan Allen, Helen Rose Anderson, Benjamin Edward Balparda, James Francis Baroz, Olivia Helen Beauchamp, Kathryn Eliza Billings, Andrea Boe, Jakob Boeckermann, Tre Xavier Bonavita, Cooper James Bullock, Arden Sequoyah Carling, Rebekah Chamberlain, Alyson Chione, Brianna Cotroneo, Duncan Crogan, Jack Deppman, Jackson D. Donahue, Mercedes Forbes, Ashlynn Rose Foster, Tyler Michael Giorgio, Abigail Heath Gleason, John David Goettelmann, Krystian Gombosi, Colin Grier, Lucy S. Groves, Polly Heminway, Tulley E. Hescock, Samuel L. Hodges, William Kirby Huntington, Jake Marcel Ingenthron, Chloe Kane, Caroline Elizabeth Kimble, Steven M Landry, Sophie Ilana Lefkoe, Christian Leggett, Cassandra Manning, Kayli Manning, Elizabeth Marini, Ziven McCarty, Jared Thomas Messner, Joseph Miller, Ella Nagy-Benson, Matthew Ouellette, Bethany Palmer, Nicole Palmer, Addy Parsons, Raven J. Payne, Bastiaan Byker Phair, Brandon Porey, Ryan Quenneville, Isabel M. Rosenberg, Meilena Ruth Sanchez, Jared Parker Schauer, Nicholas Scott, Natasha Shepard, Gaia Sheridan, Justine Smith, Spencer Michael Smith, Gabrielle Joy Sullivan, Shannon Sunderland, Lauren Sylvester, Katalin A. Tolgyesi, Matthew William Townsend, Megan Lynne Townsend,

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CCV names fall dean’s list MONTPELIER — The following students at the Community College of Vermont were named to the fall 2016 dean’s list: Briana Hanley

of Middlebury, Molly Wetmore of Middlebury, Anthony Woods of Middlebury, and Sydney Alderman of North Ferrisburgh.

Local students make President’ list MONTPELIER — The following students at the Community College of Vermont were named to the fall 2016 president’s list: Ayla Gill of Ferrisburgh, Kristen

Lavigne of Lincoln, Carina Isbell of Middlebury, James Sanchez of Middlebury, Michelle Rogals of Orwell, and Rose Curran of Whiting.


The Starksboro Development Review Board (DRB) will hold a public hearing on the following application(s) beginning at 7:45 P.M. on March 9, 2017 at the Starksboro Town Office. 1. Application # 2016DRB-04-SD is a request by David Brown and Mabel Rondinelli-Brown for a minor 2-lot subdivision and boundary adjustment of parcel # B394S.1. The final plat hearing review will be conducted pursuant to sections #350 and #426 of the Starksboro Land Use and Development Regulations. Parcel B394S.1 is a 75+/- acre parcel with frontage on Mason Hill North in the Low Density and Residential Commercial District and Forest Conservation District. Application # 2016DRB-04-SD is available for review at the Town Office. This will be the first business item on the DRB’s agenda. 2. Application #2017DRB-01-W is a request by Cecilia Elwert for a waiver from the provisions of the Starksboro Land Use and Development Regulations on parcel # F417L1S. Specifically, the applicant is proposing to construct an addition to her home within the required setback. The DRB will conduct a review of the waiver request pursuant to section #423. Parcel #F417L1S is located at 1056 VT Rte. 17 in the Low Density and Residential Commercial District. Application # 2017DRB-01-W is available for review at the Town Office. This will be the second business item on the DRB’s agenda. Interested persons are invited to attend the hearing, or send a representative. Pursuant to 24 VSA § 4464(a)(1)(C) and 4471(a), participation in this local proceeding is a prerequisite to the right to take any subsequent appeal. David Wetmore 2/16 Administrative Officer

Andre Trudeau, Lucy Ursitti, Emma Vanacore, Caileb Joseph Vaudrien, Brendan Wagner, Oziah Wales, Jack Robert Waterman, Joseph Whitley, Laura Whitley, Christina Lynne Wiles and Daniel Wisell. Honorable Mention: Sierra Barnicle, Cassidy Rain Cushman, Dustin Kyle Davio, Megan Delorme, Skyeler Devlin, Ciara Eagan, Fyn Fernandez, Wyatt Galipeau, Anna Hodson, Lanelle Hogan-Mairs, Tyler Hotte, Brian P. Kiernan, Marina M. Lafountain, Alexa Yaqian Lapiner, Cassidy Taylor Lucia, Mary Katherine Lynch, Brooks Emerson Maerder, Hailey Quenneville, Camden Samuel Simpson, William K Stanley and Garrett Keith Troumbley. GRADE 12 High Honors: Patricia Burkins, Payton Elizabeth Buxton, Meigan Quetzal Clark, Erin Gebo, Tiffany Gile, Joshua Girard, Amalia Maria Herren-Lage, Tasha S. Hescock, Karl Kaufmann, Charlotte Keathley, Bryce Kowalczyk, Jakub Stanger Kraus, Kelsey Many, Lauren Ann Martin, Eli Andrew Miller, Shelby Monica, Katherine Merritt Moulton, Kiana Plouffe, Jessica Rich, Hannah Roque, Brooke Rubright, Lilia Kathleen Smith, Sullivan Swearingen, Molly Taylor, Andrew Trombley, Nathan Warren, Maria Kathryn Wiles, Indigo Hannon Woods and Claire Wulfman. Honors: Brittany Baker, Charles Barber, Nicholas Beattie, Pierson Clarke Beatty, Joshua Bechhoefer, Abigail Esther Benz, Leigh Patricia Boglioli, Ian-Tor Bright, Tobias Boudewijn Francesco Broucke, Calista Carl, Spencer Carpenter, Allison Nicole Cherrier, Monroe Rita Cromis, Ross Crowne, Tamika Marie Davis, Dace Joseph Eaton, Hadley Elizabeth Evans Nash, Riley Fenster, Hannah Ruth Forbes, Marissa Marie Freegard-Rougier, Henry Ganey, Anne Marie Carmela Garner, Andrew Buckley Gleason, Owen Hammel, Rowan Ella Hendy, Ronan Howlett, Megi Hoxha, Amelia Blicke Ingersoll, Faith Alexandria Joyal, Trey Kaufmann, Makayla Kimball, Nicolas Pharr Koontz, Josef Robert Langevin, Ally Larocque, Katelyn Rose Larocque, Sylvia Jane Lash, Chanyiah Lynn Lawrence-Meacham, Hattie Lindert, Thomas Adirondack Maron, George McKeever-Parkes, Damien Montell Lee Morris, Spencer William Newton, Fiona Katherine O’Neil, Bethany Mae Orvis, Katherine Oster, Renee Oudman Blackwood, Sierra Phillips, McKenna Poppenga, Troy Provencher, Harlow Punderson, Lucas Benjamin Pyle, Mikayla Robinson, Micah Benjamin Rubin, Douglas J. Sandler, Shayla Smith, Darcy Staats, Erin Madison Stocker, Lauren Mae Turner, Howard Vander Wey, Brett Larson Viens, Maria Welch and Colleen Joanne Wilson. Honorable Mention: Owain Alexander, Asaiah D. Anderson, Ryan Cook, Channler Nichole Gendreau, Elijah Avery Hamilton, Leah Mei Raymond, Michaela Lena Sylvain, Wade Lee Terrier, Elijah George Tucker and Taylor Rose Wisnowski. William Bisson of Middlebury was named to the Becker College dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester. Bisson is pursing a bachelor of arts degree in interactive media design.


TIGER JUNIOR SHANNON Sunderland steps around Colchester defender Gabby Gosselin Tuesday night in Middlebury.

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VUHS honor roll VERGENNES — The following Vergennes Union High School students were recognized for academic achievement during the second quarter of the 2016-2017 academic year. GRADE 12 High honors: Brandon Cousino, Caroline Johnston, Sadie Kass, Shay Pouliot, Lauren Scott and Rebecca Unger. Honors: Madison Ask, Brandon Chamberlain, MaKaila Cota, Cailin Curler, Abigael Dobson, Emma Duprey, Ian Gramling, Agon Hasani, Anna Huppuch, Eva Kamman, Jacob LaFleche, Nicholas LaFleche, Sadie Newman, Eli Paquin, Zoey Parker, Relief Quinn, Max Ratti-Bicknell, Megan Rooney, Howard Vander Wey and Samuel Webb, Jr. GRADE 11 High honors: Ally Atkins, Lance Bergmans, Leigah Burbo, Lillian Clark, Kristina Jochum, Chloe Martin, Benjamin Praamsma, Grace Smart, Megan Tarte and Marigrace Wojciechowski. Honors: Anneke Boelens, Lillian Brinkman, Guinevere Brownell, Adelaide Cushman, Norah Deming, Allysha Devoid, Tucker Dike, Peighton Duprey, Kayla Gevry, Haruka Isayama, Benjamin Kayhart, Casey Kimball, Erin Lawrence, Judith Portugal-Dunne, Aaron Premont, Lianna Sargent-Maher, Anya Sonwaldt, Ashley Towle and Yung-Ting (Albert) Tsai. GRADE 10 High honors: Emma Bryant, Bethany Delgadillo, Bess Gramling, Marin Howell, Emily Jackson, Olivia Lorrain, Wade Mullin, Ezekiel Palmer, Sarah Peterson, Hannah Philbrook, Dylan Rapoport, Madeline Smith, Emily Steen, Sydney Tarte, Paiton Tolmer and Cedar Winslow. Honors: Michael Alexopoulos,

Sepehr Belar, Chandler Brigan, Colby Bushey, Benjamin Clark, Holden Clark, Kylie Comeau, Hunter Coyle, Ashley Cray, Rudy Davis, Cyrus Devine, Raven Duke, Dominic Fleming, Connor Gill, Austin Goodell, Lillian Goodyear, Jameson Haggett, Jack Halpin, Saige Henderson, Spencer Hurlburt, Olivia Hutchins, Cheyenne Jewett, Kamren Kiefer, Rachel Leete, Morgan Lynk, Brodie Martin, Lydia Sabourin, Abigail Smith, Brianna Vander Wey, Carter Visicaro, Caitlin Walsh, Nathan Wojciechowski and Andrew Woods. GRADE 9 High honors: Luke Bergmans, Leah Croke, Sophie Hatch, Rory Patch, Emily Rooney and Kai Williams. Honors: Emma Beauchemin, Robert Bicknell, Brianna Billings, Emily Brinkman, Ian Brons, Adelaide Brooks, Kaleigh Campbell, Benjamin Curtis, Matthew DeMatties, Nathan DeVos, Aidan Gardner, Jackson Hameline, Kyla Heir, Marlie Hunt, Karyn Kenfield, Maya Praamsma, Erich Reitz, Aidan Scott, Grace Smith, Jeffrey Stearns and Robert Verburg. GRADE 8 High honors: Summer Chabot, Zehra Cushman, Xander DeBlois, Rebekah Duprey, Emalie Gernander, Emma Jackman, Reagan Kayhart, Hannah Kelly, Kobe Kessler, Jordan Kimball, Natalie Martin, Jarret Muzzy, Anna Rakowski, Adam

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ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION #9A0358-1 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6093


On January 26, 2017, Town of Bristol, PO Box 249, Bristol, VT 05443 filed application #9A0358-1 for a project generally described as the subdivision of a 36.6 acre tract of land into three lots: Lot 1=8.6 acres; Lot 2=9.1 acres, and Lot 3=18.9 acres. There is no construction or physical disturbance proposed or approved. The project is located 300 feet south of Bristol Fire Station in Town of Bristol, Vermont. The District #9 Environmental Commission is reviewing this application under Act 250 Rule 51 -- Minor Applications. The application and proposed permit are available for review on the Natural Resources Board’s web site ( by clicking on “Act 250 Database” and entering the project number “9A0358-1”. No hearing will be held and a permit may be issued unless, on or before February 28, 2017, a person notifies the Commission of an issue or issues requiring the presentation of evidence at a hearing or the Commission sets the matter for hearing on its own motion. Any hearing request must be in writing to the address below, must state the criteria or subcriteria at issue, why a hearing is required and what additional evidence will be presented at the hearing. Any hearing request by an adjoining property owner or other interested person must include a petition for party status. Prior to submitting a request for a hearing, please contact the district coordinator at the telephone number listed below for more information. Prior to convening a hearing, the Commission must determine that substantive issues requiring a hearing have been raised. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law will not be prepared unless the Commission holds a public hearing. If you feel that any of the District Commission members listed on the attached Certificate of Service under “For Your Information” may have a conflict of interest, or if there is any other reason a member should be disqualified from sitting on this case, please contact the district coordinator as soon as possible, no later than prior to the response date listed above. Should a hearing be held on this project and you have a disability for which you are going to need accommodation, please notify us by February 28, 2017. Parties entitled to participate are the Municipality, the Municipal Planning Commission, the Regional Planning Commission, affected state agencies, and adjoining property owners and other persons to the extent they have a particularized interest that may be affected by the proposed project under the 10 criteria. Non-party participants may also be allowed under 10 V.S.A. Section 6085(c)(5). Dated at Essex Junction, Vermont this 10th day of February, 2017. Geoffrey W. Green, District Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 (802) 879-5657 2/16

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Police: Sledgehammer used in vandalism ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont unlawful mischief and providing false State Police arrested Panton man on information to a police officer. Redmond is due to answer the Monday after he allegedly threw a charges in Addison sledgehammer through Superior Court, the window of a car. criminal division, on On Thursday, Feb. April 24. 9, troopers responded Police Log In other the only to Jockey Lane in other recent activity Ferrisburgh for a vandalism report. The victim reported reported by the New Haven state there had been a sledgehammer police barracks, troopers: thrown at the window of their vehicle. • On Feb. 9 were alerted to the While investigating, troopers fact that two men on snowmobiles received conflicting stories. The had left to cross Lake Champlain but victim said he was driving his vehicle had not been heard from. On Feb. on Jockey Lane and saw a man, later 12 Vermont State Police, working identified as 29-year-old Matthew with counterparts from New York, Redmond, standing on the side of the recovered the two men’s snowmobiles road. The victim reported Redmond in the lake but as of Tuesday morning ran into the road as he was driving by hadn’t located the men. See a full and threw a sledgehammer into the story in the A section. front windshield of the vehicle. • On Feb. 10 at 5:25 p.m. After a thorough investigation and responded to a two-vehicle collision new information was received on Feb. at the intersection of Routes 7 and 13, state police arrested Redmond 22A in Ferrisburgh. Police report and took him to the New Haven VSP that both vehicles were southbound barracks. There, they cited Redmond on Route 7 and Harold E. Woods, for aggravated assault, reckless 70, of Middlebury rear-ended the endangerment, disorderly conduct, vehicle in front of him stopped at

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All talk

FOUR VERGENNES UNION High School students took part in the Vergennes Rotary speech contest on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at the Champlain Valley Christian School in Vergennes. Pictured from left are Addie Brooks and Mike Davis, both freshmen; Mason Charlebois, a junior; Sophia Parker, a senior; and speech coach Cookie Steponaitis.

Police aid man with health crisis BRISTOL — At around 8 p.m. on Feb. 3, Bristol police responded to a report that a middle-aged man was trying to get women into his vehicle in the area of Prince Lane. Police located the man on Route 116 and found him to be experiencing a mental health crisis. The Vermont State Police referred the man to the UVM Medical Center in Burlington for evaluation. Between Jan 29 and Feb. 5, Bristol police conducted nine towncontracted traffic patrols, covering Hewitt, Lincoln, Burpee, Monkton, Stoney Hill and Hardscrabble roads, among others. Officers issued six tickets and eight warnings. Tickets were issued for speeding and a stop sign violation. Warnings were issued for failure to possess proof of insurance, speeding, defective equipment, improper display of license plate and running a stop sign. On Jan. 31 and on Feb. 1, 2 and 5, Bristol police checked the security at Mount Abraham Union High School. In other activity Jan. 29-Feb. 5 Bristol police: • Received a complaint from a person who came into the station of harassment and threats over social media and began investigating on Jan. 29. • Investigated a reported open door on Lawson Lane on Jan. 30. Police found no signs of forced entry and notified the homeowner. • Worked out of the office at Bristol Elementary School, interacting with students and staff on Jan. 30. • Assisted an elderly resident of Rhode Island who was left in Bristol following a dispute with family members on Jan. 30. The officer coordinated with WomenSafe to arrange transportation for the stranded elderly person. • Investigated a report to the Department for Children and Families that drugs (methamphetamine and


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crack cocaine) were being made in a district residence in which an infant was also present on Jan. 30. The complainant had called DCF to report that she could smell the drugs through her window. An officer went to the complainant’s apartment but could not smell any drugs. However, the officer was able to smell a tub of bleach that was in the complainant’s kitchen sink. The same complainant has made numerous reports in the past of the same thing and all reports were unfounded. • Worked out of the Bristol Elementary School office on Feb. 1. While there, an officer also met with the principal to discuss student safety patrol and visited with staff and students. • Prepared a truancy notice for an MAUHS student and family on Feb. 1. • Monitored the MAUHS student parking lot beginning at 2:35 p.m. on Feb. 1 in response to reports of aggressive driving by students as the buses leave. Police issued one warning for violation of a one-way road sign. • Investigated a reported theft from a Munsill Avenue apartment on Feb. 1 and determined that no theft had happened. Police said the complainant has a history of false reports due to an ongoing medical issue. • Assisted an elderly female resident with dementia who had been located walking outside, not dressed for the weather on Feb. 1. Police contacted the caregiver, who immediately retrieved the elderly woman, who was not injured. • Worked out of Bristol Elementary on Feb. 3, visiting with

students and staff. Police investigated a reported assault that had occurred at the school on Jan. 31, but found the incident to have been horseplay on the playground that had been addressed by school staff. • On Feb. 2 began investigating a reported attempted fraud in which an unknown subject was attempting to obtain tax-related documents from a local organization. • Checked security at the Hub teen center after receiving a request from Hub staff on Feb. 2. No problems were found. • Fingerprinted three individuals as part of background checks for working in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union on Feb. 3. • Investigated a report of a resident receiving threats through social media on Feb. 3. • Helped calm a disruptive student at MAUHS on Feb. 3 • Responded on Feb. 3 to Briggs Hill Road, where a Bristol road crew member reported the town truck was on fire. Bristol fire and police both responded to the scene. No one was injured and the vehicle was removed from the roadway. • On Feb. 3 conducted a consent search of an electronic device as part of an active investigation. The device was found to contain paraphernalia of child exploitation material. • Conducted foot patrol and business checks in the downtown area on Feb. 4. • Responded to an establishment on Airport Drive for a reported disorderly customer on Feb. 4. • Conducted a consent search of an electronic device as part of an active investigation on Feb. 4. Police found no contraband items on the device, and marked it to be returned to the owner. • Conducted a bar check at the American Legion during their Super Bowl party on Feb. 5.

the intersection. State police did not identify the driver, make or model of the car that was struck. Police said Woods had fallen asleep prior to the collision. They cited him for careless and negligent driving. • On Feb. 10 at 9:10 p.m. went to the scene of a one-car crash on Hardscrabble Road in Bristol. State police determined the vehicle slowly drifted off the road, inconsistent with the driver’s account of what had happened. The trooper observed signs of impairment in the driver, identified as 57-year-old Linda Lee Brunelle of Bristol; a drug recognition expert screened her. Police cited Brunelle for driving under the influence. The 2010 Subaru Legacy Brunelle sustained heavy damage but she was uninjured. • On Feb. 12 at midnight, while conducted motor vehicle enforcement on Panton Road in Panton, saw a vehicle travelling east on the road at 84 mph in a posted 45 mph zone. Troopers stopped the vehicle on Panton Road, identified the driver as Nicholas Symula, 22, of Ferrisburgh, and cited Symula for speeding.

Man cited for assault following dispute MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury at a Court Street residence on Feb. police cited Christopher Lambert, 8. Police said the resident was upset a 33-year-old homeless man, for because he couldn’t find his cat. domestic assault and a variety of Police said the missing cat was other charges, following an alleged ultimately found in the apartment. • Found a drunken, sleeping man fight with a woman at a Seymour sitting in the entryway of Street residence on Feb. the municipal building 12. at 77 Main St. on Feb. Police said Lambert 8. Police said the man was lodged in lieu of Police Log declined treatment at $500 bail. In addition to Porter Hospital, and he domestic assault, police also cited Lambert for simple assault, left the area. • Assisted Middlebury Regional unlawful mischief, and six counts of engaging in assaultive behavior in the EMS to get through a locked door to at a South Pleasant Street apartment to presence of a child. In other action last week, reach a patient on Feb. 8. • Briefly closed North Branch Middlebury police: • Returned a found wallet to its Road in East Middlebury on Feb. 8 rightful owner on Foote Street on after a truck went off the road. Feb. 6. • On Feb. 8 assisted Vermont State • Were informed someone had Police with a vehicle off the road on vandalized a mailbox on Munson Route 125 west in Cornwall. Road on Feb. 6. • Responded, along with • Responded to a report of an out- Middlebury Regional EMS, to a of-control juvenile in the Valley View report of a suicidal woman at a neighborhood on Feb. 7. Woodland Park residence on Feb. 9. • Investigated an allegation that Police said the woman was taken to a Middlebury Union High School Porter Hospital. student had threatened someone • Investigated a burglary at (electronically) at the school on Feb. Addison County Commission Sales 7. on East Main Street on Feb. 9. • Ticketed a youth for being a Police said someone forced their minor in possession of tobacco on the way through a door at the business MUHS campus on Feb. 7. and stole an undisclosed number of • Responded to a report of some items. Anyone with information on missing prescription drugs at the this crime is asked to call Middlebury Residence at Otter Creek on Lodge police at 388-3191. Road on Feb. 8. • Investigated a possible hit-and• Investigated a noise complaint run accident involving two vehicles


in the parking lot of a Court Street business on Feb. 10. • Served a no-trespass order on Feb. 10 on a person who was not wanted at a Foster Circle residence. • Received three separate reports of someone passing fake $100 bills at area businesses on Feb. 10 (see related news story in A section). • Responded to a report of an unruly student who had allegedly shouted obscenities at another student at MUHS on Feb. 10. • Were informed on Feb. 10 of a theft from the One Dollar Market on Court Street Extension on Feb. 10. • Discovered a marijuana pipe in a student’s vehicle parked at MUHS on Feb. 11. Police said MUHS officials will handle discipline of the student. • Issued court diversion paperwork to a 20-year-old man found in possession of alcohol on Court Street on Feb. 11. • Assisted a larceny victim in the Court Street area on Feb. 11. • Assisted Vermont State Police deal with a call at Porter Hospital on Feb. 11. • Cited Trevor Emilio, 21, of Middlebury for driving under the influence, following a traffic stop on Seminary Street Extension on Feb. 11. Police said they measured Emilio’s blood-alcohol content at 0.137 percent; the legal limit for driving is 0.08. • Assisted a local man who believed he was being stalked on Court Street on Feb. 12.

Vergennes Police Log VERGENNES — Vergennes police handled a variety of incidents between Feb. 6 and 12, including two involving excessive speed, one in which they helped Vermont State Police in Panton; other traffic violations; vandalism to a truck; and the continuing failure of some residents or their guests to honor the city’s wintertime ban on overnight street parking. During those seven days, Vergennes police: • On Dec. 6 conducted a background check on a candidate for the Vermont Army National Guard. • On Dec. 9 responded to Union Street, where a resident was concerned about loud banging outside of a home. Police discovered wind was blowing hanging lanterns against the building. • On Dec. 9 picked up a dollar

bill from the National Bank of Middlebury because employees were concerned about a small amount of an unknown white powder sticking to it. • On Dec. 10 and 11 ticketed and ordered towed cars left out overnight, one each on Green and North streets. • On Dec. 10 cited Japheth Kehoe, 33, of Bridport for driving with a civilly suspended license, driving with plates not assigned to a vehicle, and driving without a registration and insurance. Those actions were taken after stopping the vehicle Kehoe was driving on West Main Street for defective equipment. • On Dec. 10 cited Kaillas Ghayalod of Lake Hopatcong, N.J., for excessive speed; police allege he was driving 60 mph in a 30 mph West Main Street zone. • On Dec. 11 looked into the

attempted theft of an inspection sticker from a pickup parked in the city, a theft in which a truck window was broken to gain access to the sticker. • After a Dec. 11 citizen alert, warned a driver on Route 7 in Waltham for crossing the highway’s centerline. • On Dec. 12 helped VSP at a traffic stop in Panton in which a driver allegedly drove 80 mph in a 45 mph Panton Road zone; city police evaluated the driver for impairment by marijuana and searched the car for the drug, but determined he was not impaired and found only traces of marijuana. • On Dec. 12 saw a car with flashers on in a Hopkins Road driveway and checked to make sure all was OK; it was.

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Lausanne Allen, left, Carol Reed and Suzanne Germain took a break from their interview to sing a tune at the Addison Independent last month.


Va-et-vient honors its Franco-American roots


usic has been used as a way to communicate and connect for a long time — a way to come and go freely across cultures, borders and languages. The best part is that you don’t have to have a fancy degree or know all your scales; all you need to make music is the passion (a sense of rhythm helps, too).


The local trio Va-et-vient — appropriately translated from French as “go-and-come” — is inspired by the members’ Franco-American roots. With backgrounds rich in French culture and language, Carol Reed, Suzanne Germain and Lausanne Allen create beautiful harmonies, while teaching and engaging audiences on both sides of the Quebec border with their French,

Québecois, Cajun and Créole music. Much of their inspiration stems from Martha Pellerin — whose life’s work was keeping traditional Québecois music alive in Vermont. Pellerin organized the Rassemblement des Artistes Franco-Americain, which helped reconnect Reed, Germain and Allen to their interest in French heritage. Pellerin died at the age of 39. Reed and Germain connected at her memorial service in 1998 (Allen was there too) and have been making music together since. A few years later, in 2001, Reed, Germain and George Dunne of Lincoln, founded Va-et-Vient. Dunne left his spot as the group’s accordion player after 14 years in 2015. “Some of our members go and come,” said Reed. Allen joined in when Dunne stepped out. Three women is a different mix for this group,

but after a year, all is well. “We’re loving it,” said Reed, who plays guitar and sings. “Three part harmonies with three female voices is an exceptional experience.” “Lausanne is the professional,” Reed assured. “We’ve learned our music education through her.” Sure, that’s true; Allen studied music at Reed College from 1970-73 then went on to study North Indian Classical music at the Ali Akbar College of Music in Marin County, California. But there’s no doubt about any of their musical professionalism; it is honestly the last thing you think about when they begin to play. Their joyous music is filled with deep history and an unrestrained, soulful rhythm — it’s impossible not to smile, let alone keep your toes from tapping. SEE TRIO ON PAGE 16

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ART Prelude to Spring: Botanical Art in Vermont EXHIBIT WELCOMES WARMER WEATHER IN BRANDON


rtists often focus on the elegance and beauty of plants and flowers, depicting them in a spectrum from abstraction to the minute, scientific detail of botanical illustration. Through the centuries, botanical art has combined precise observation of plant life with the balance and beauty of original compositions. “Prelude to Spring: Botanical Art in Vermont,” a new and distinctly different exhibit, opens at the Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon on Friday, Feb. 17. The exhibit presents the work of three of Vermont’s finest botanical artists. Bobbi Angell, Susan Bull Riley, and Stephanie Whitney-Payne. These artists create watercolor paintings and etchings derived from careful observation of plants and flowers. The work of Angell, Riley and Whitney-Payne all show an obvious love for the subject. Creating botanical work is a slow art form, where hours or even days can be spent on a single bloom, intently observing botanical details and faithfully recording them as buds open into flowers and blossoms fade, wither and die. The artists clearly have a passion for the plants as well as the work, revealing a relationship with the subject that is intimate and deeply focused. Angell began her career with a botany degree from the University of Vermont in 1978 and has been drawing, and growing, plants ever since. She is basically self-taught, yet has developed an impressive career as a scientific illustrator and artist for John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seed catalog, the popular New York Times garden column, and the North Hill Garden memoirs by Joe Eck and Wayne Winterrowd, among others. Angell’s copper etchings will be displayed. Printmaking is relatively new to Angell (who also works in pen and ink), a process she said she was immediately smitten with. Watercolor is another common medium for representing the botanical world. Its translucence allows the white paper to reflect light back to the viewer, and the medium allows for the most delicate of

brushstrokes and breathtaking detail. Many subtle layers of color, applied delicately one on top of the other, create depth and a luminous glow. When painting botanical images, Riley and Whitney-Payne reach for the watercolor paints. Birds and plants have attracted Riley’s awe and admiration from her earliest memories growing up in Burlington so the careful study of their form and color through painting was a natural response for her. Her work has received honors in galleries throughout Vermont and New England and is in the collections of the New York State Museum and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, and has also been published by American Chestnut Foundation and National Science Foundation. Her work currently hangs in the Vermont State House. SEE SPRING ON PAGE 3

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Whitney-Payne, when she moved to rural Vermont, made the transition from a publishing career to painting primitive landscapes and then to the detailed nature of botanical painting, studying under Ann Marie Evans. Along with her work depicting native and cultivated plants, found in collections here and abroad, she continues on a personal project of painting a series of plants used in chemotherapy and medicinal treatments — some of which are on display at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Ascutney Hospital in Windsor, and the Sojourne Community Health Clinic in Westminster. The three artists are members of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) and the New England chapter (NESBA). There will be an opening reception on Friday, Feb. 17, from 4-7 p.m. The exhibit runs through April 1 at Compass Music and Arts Center, Park Village, Brandon. For more info, visit LEFT: Blue Flag Diptych by Bobbi Angell.

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Braided Rug show weaves history into art


RE-IMAGINE THE BRAIDED RUG ON EXHIBIT AT VERMONT FOLKLIFE CENTER, MIDDLEBURY new exhibit is on display at the Vermont Folklife Center. “Re-imagine the Braided Rug,” featuring the work of West Fairlee rug braider Delsie Hoyt, went up on Feb. 4 and will be up through April 29.

As an artist, Hoyt was inspired by the unique creative vision that her GreatGrandmother, Annette “Nettie” Nelson, of Ryegate, Vt., brought to the craft over a century ago. Nettie’s unique, braided “pinwheel” design was a major break from rug making conventions of her time and is now in the collection of the

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum at Colonial Williamsburg.

so integral to the craft, and the limited amounts make each work one of a kind.”

“I seek to challenge conventional notions of what a braided rug can be through experimental designs that range from swirling galaxies to pastoral Vermont landscapes,” Hoyt explained.

Hoyt’s rugs have been featured on television and in magazines and books including Mary Sheppard Burton’s “A Passion for the Creative Life” and Norma Sturgis’ “The Braided Rug Book.” She teaches and demonstrates at craft schools, “braid ins,” and museums across the country.

“I never graph out my designs,” she said. “For me, the colors, pattern and scale of new and recycled wool plaids, checks and tweeds suggest elements of a composition and provide its depth and texture. Incorporating recycled clothing into my work honors the virtue of thrift

The Vermont Folklife Center is located at 88 Main Street in Middlebury. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For more info call (802) 388-4964 or visit www.

Edgewater Gallery hosts elementary student art show


dgewater Gallery will host an exhibit of Addison County elementary school student art, Feb. 15-26. The students were asked to repurpose exhibit postcards to create a poster with the theme “The Importance of Arts in the Community.” Their work will be judged and prizes will be awarded at the opening reception on Saturday.

Students from Orwell, Ripton, Salisbury and Weybridge, across seven different grades, participated. Jessica Perkins, a fifth- and sixth-grade Art Educator at Orwell Village School and Edgewater Gallery Associate, organized the contest and art exhibit. “After discussing

the importance of art in our community, my students were thrilled to hear that their artwork would be hung in a ‘real live gallery space.’ The competition aspect of the poster creations inspired them to think outside of the box so that their poster would stand out among the other young artists’ work. As an Art Educator it is this kind of innovative and creative thinking that... prepares them for the future of this everchanging world.” Christine Jenkins, K-2 Art Educator at Salisbury Community School and Ripton Elementary, had 75 student art pieces created. “My students were excited to be in an art show and really took off with this project, cutting out little pieces to collage or tracing their whole hand. They are really looking forward to seeing their

work hung at the gallery.” Sarah Flinn also had her third- and fourth-grade students at Weybridge Elementary participate in the community arts poster contest. “The students did a stellar job collaborating and stretching their initial thinking.” One of the participating students shared, “I am super excited to have my artwork hung in a space that supports art in our schools. I hope when people see our artwork we inspire them. The earth is boring without art.” The posters are on display at Edgewater Gallery at the Falls, 1 Mill St., Middlebury. There will be a reception for the students, their families and the community on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 4-6 p.m.

one two three THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS WEEK FATHER-SON DUO RELEASES CD David and Nathan Gusakov, a dynamic father/son acoustic duo, are releasing their first CD “Regeneration.” The duo’s band, Last Train to Zinkov, will celebrate at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. Come congratulate them on Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12. Buy them ahead of time at www., (802) 382-9222, at the THT box office, or at the door an hour before show time.




Skaters of all ages and abilities, including nationally competitive guest skaters, will perform once again in this year’s Winter Carnival Ice Skating Show at Middlebury College’s Kenyon Arena on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 4 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. The show is put on by the Middlebury College Figure Skating Club, a noncompetitive figure skating program. Tickets are $6. For more info visit


Catch Moonlight this Sunday at 2 p.m., at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins, was nominated for eight Academy Awards and winner of the 2016 Golden Globe Award for Best Drama, Moonlight has captivated audiences with its sensitive treatment of growing up black in America. This film is part of the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Winter Screening Series. Tickets are $12.

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EXHIBITS AMERICAN FACES: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF PORTRAITURE AND IDENTITY. On exhibit Feb. 17–April 30 featuring 90 portraits from more than 20 collections exploring why Americans have been fascinated with images of themselves. The Middlebury College Museum of Art, located in the Mahaney Center for the Arts on Route 30, Middlebury. (802) 443–5007 or

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Fri 2/17 7pm $12


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.

With Nate and David Gusakov for their new release Regeneration. Cutting-edge acoustic folk: mindful of the heart, mindful of ancestry, mindful of joy... with strings, vocals and wildly creative compositions.

Sun 2/19 2pm $12

BRISTOL CLAY STUDIO EXHIBITION. On exhibit Feb. 7-28, featuring student work. An opening reception will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, 3-5 p.m. All are welcome. Art on Main, 25 Main Street, Bristol. (802) 453-4032.


MARILYN GILLIS. On exhibit Jan. 27-Feb. 17, featuring Marilyn Gillis’ recent fiber art, created by working with handmade silk papers, fabrics, paint, dye and other mixed media. Creative Space Gallery, 214 Main Street, Vergennes. (802) 877-3850 or

Winner of the 2017 Golden Globe for best Drama, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world.

MOLLY WATSON HAWLEY. On exhibit Jan. 13-Feb. 28, featuring Molly Watson Hawley’s landscapes, seascapes and portraits. Jackson Gallery, located in the lower level of Town Hall Theater, Middlebury. (802) 382-9222 or PRELUDE TO SPRING: BOTANICAL ART IN VERMONT. On exhibit Feb. 17-April 1, featuring the work of three of Vermont’s nest botanical artists: Bobbi Angell, Susan Bull Riley and Stephanie Whitney-Payne. An opening reception will be held Saturday, Feb. 17, 4-7 p.m. Compass Music and Arts Center is located in Park Village at 333 Jones Drive, Brandon. (802) 247- 4295 or RE-IMAGINE THE BRAIDED RUG. On exhibit, Feb. 4-April 29, featuring the work of West Fairlee rug braider Delsie Hoyt. An opening reception will be held at the gallery on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 2-4 p.m. Vermont Folklife Center, 88 Main St, Middlebury. (802) 388-4964 or www. STUDENT ART SHOW. On exhibit Feb. 3-28, featuring student artwork from Barstow Memorial School, Leicester Central School, Lathrop Elementary School, Otter Valley High and Middle School, Sudbury Country School, and Whiting Elementary School. An opening reception with non-alcoholic refreshments will be held at the Brandon Artists Guild gallery on Friday, Feb. 3, from 5-7 p.m. Brandon Artists Guild, 7 Center Street, Brandon. (802) 247-4956 or THE IMPORTANCE OF ARTS IN THE COMMUNITY. On exhibit Feb. 1526, featuring collage work by elementary students from Orwell, Ripton, Salisbury and Weybridge, across seven different grades. There will be a reception for the students, their families and the community on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 4-6 p.m. Edgewater Gallery at the Falls, 1 Mill Street, Middlebury. (802) 458-0098. UNTOUCHED BY TIME: THE ATHENIAN ACROPOLIS FROM PERICLES TO PARR. On exhibit Jan. 10-April 23, featuring early archaeological publications, antiquarian paintings, drawings and prints, as well as photographs, books, and more recent images that are all drawn from collections at Middlebury. Together they bear testimony to the fascination with the Acropolis that has prevailed from the Enlightenment to the present. Middlebury College Museum of Art, 72 Porter Field Road, Middlebury. (802) 443-5007. HAVE AN EXHIBIT YOU WANT PUBLISHED?

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Kristine Opolais stars in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting “Song to the Moon.” Pre-Show talk in the gallery at 12:15

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Pianist Michael Arnowitt examines Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, and other pieces written in 1911 by Ravel, Schoenberg, Bartok, and Rachmaninov.

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This moving play, in two intimate conversations, is a stunning portrayal of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the founder of the woman’s rights movement at Seneca Falls in 1848.

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Sonya Yoncheva sings one of opera’s most beloved heroines, the tragic courtesan Violetta, with the great Plácido Domingo as Germont. Pre-show talk in the Byers Studio at 12:15 courtesy of the Opera Company of Middlebury.

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OPENING RECEPTION IN BRANDON. Friday, Feb. 17, 4-7 p.m., Compass Music and Arts Center. An opening reception will be held for the “Prelude to Spring: Botanical Art in Vermont” exhibit, which features the work of three of Vermont’s finest botanical artists: Bobbi Angell, Susan Bull Riley and Stephanie Whitney-Payne. The exhibit runs through April 1. OPENING RECEPTION IN MIDDLEBURY. Saturday, Feb. 18, 4-6 p.m., Edgewater at the Falls Gallery. An opening reception will be held for the “Student Art Show & Competition” featuring the work of students from Orwell, Ripton, Salisbury and Weybridge. Open to the public.


Saturday, Feb. 18, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Dana Auditorium. In this International Film Series movie, a transgender working girl tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve, searching for her pimp boyfriend. This microbudget odyssey through the subcultures of Los Angeles was shot with three smartphones. Free. Info: Info: www. or 802-443-3168.

MNFF WINTER SCREENING SERIES IN MIDDLEBURY. Sunday, Feb. 19, 2 p.m., Town Hall Theater. The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival winter screening series presents “Moonlight,” the astonishing narrative feature film from director Barry Jenkins. Tickets $12 for an individual film. The series pass, good for all five films, is $50. Info: 802-382-9222 or

MUSIC CD RELEASE PARTY IN MIDDLEBURY. Friday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m., Town Hall Theater. The father/son



acoustic duo of David and Nathan Gusakov whose band is “Last Train to Zinkov” will celebrate their first CD release called “Regeneration.” Tickets $12 and may be purchased at www.townhalltheater. org, 382-9222 or at the THT box office. COME SING IN MIDDLEBURY. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2-4:30 p.m., Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society meeting hall. Interested singers will gather together to learn and sing the march “anthem” that went viral at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21. All are welcome. Free. Suggested donation of $10 will go to WomenSafe. RSVP to theresachancegleason@ CHAMPLAIN VALLEY FIDDLERS IN MIDDLEBURY. Sunday, Feb. 19, noon-5 p.m., VFW Exchange Street. The Champlain Valley Fiddlers will perform at the VFW with fun and dancing. Refreshments will be available. All fiddlers welcome. Call 8977461 with questions. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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COMMUNITY CHORUS IN MIDDLEBURY. Sunday, Feb. 19 and Tuesday, Feb. 21, 7-8:30 p.m., Mead Chapel. It’s not too late to come join the chorus – in the regular rehearsal location – as they prepare music for spring concerts in early May. Uplifting music to celebrate the wonder of star-filled nights and an awakening to new possibilities, from a rarely heard song by Beethoven to breathtaking new works by contemporary American composers. Open to all high schoolers and adults who love to sing. Plan to attend at least one rehearsal weekly on Sunday and/or Tuesday. Contact conductor Jeff Rehbach, or 989-7355, for details. MORGENSTERN PIANO TRIO IN MIDDLEBURY. Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts. Named after the 19th century German poet Christian Morgenstern, this young trio will perform works by Tailleferre, Ravel and Vermont native Pierre Jalbert. Tickets $20/15/6. Info: www. or 802-443-3168. COUNTERPOINT IN MIDDLEBURY. Saturday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Middlebury. Counterpoint Chorus will perform motets and flute sonatas by Johann Sebastian Bach. $20 adults; $15 seniors; $5 students and limited means. Tickets available at the door. Info: CABIN FEVER SERIES IN BRISTOL. Saturday, Feb. 25, 8 p.m., Walkover Concert Room, 15 Main St. The Cabin Fever Series will present Dana and Susan Robinson in concert. Admission $15 in advance; $20 day of show. For reservations call 453-4613 or 453-3188. PIANO AND CELLO CONCERT IN MIDDLEBURY. Sunday, Feb. 26, 4 p.m., Mead Chapel, Middlebury College, 4 p.m. Pianist Diana Fanning and cellist Dieuwke Davydov will perform a concert in Middlebury College’s Mead Chapel. Free.

ON ICE WINTER CARNIVAL ICE SKATING SHOW IN MIDDLEBURY. Saturday, Feb. 18, 4 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 19, 2 p.m., Middlebury College’s Kenyon Arena. The Ice Show will feature skaters of all ages and abilities, including nationally competitive guest skaters, in a fun and music-filled event. The theme this year is “Strength to Rise.” The show is run by the Middlebury College Figure Skating Club, a non-competitive figure skating program. Tickets $6 available at Middlebury College box office or at the door.


TABLET CAMERA WORKSHOP IN MIDDLEBURY. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 3:30-5 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek. In this workshop participants will look at how to operate their phone, tablet or computer camera, as well as discover how to take, save and send photos while exploring the new social trend of “selfie” taking. Bring your device and a sense of humor. Class size is limited. Free. RSVP to Connie Leach at 3881220 or


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ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES SALE IN BRANDON. Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Compass Music and Arts Center. There will be a wide selection of unique and one-ofa-items ranging from vintage jewelry, small to medium sized furniture and shabby chic, to general collectibles like coins, stamps, postcards, dolls, glassware, china, toys, sports cards and much more. To reserve a space visit or call 247-4295 by Feb. 23.

STORIES STORYMATTERS IN MIDDLEBURY. Wednesday, Feb. 22, 4 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, Community Room. “Storymatters” invites you to a story sharing experience, with the theme of “Awakening.” Tales can be simple or involved; moments of light and laughter or times of shadows and uncertainty. Come listen or tell your awakening story. “5+ WEEKS IN PATAGONIA” TALK IN MIDDLEBURY. Thursday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m., Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society. The Bread Loaf Section of the Green Mountain Club will present a talk titled “5+ Weeks in Patagonia” by Norma Norland of New Haven. Open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free; however, voluntary donations to support the GMC Education Program will be accepted. GREEN MOUNTAIN CLUB TAYLOR SERIES PROGRAM IN MIDDLEBURY. Thursday, Feb. 23, 7-8:15 p.m., Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society meeting space. The Taylor Adventure Series presents “Patagonia.” The public is invited. Refreshments will be served. For other events visit “NER OUT LOUD” IN MIDDLEBURY. Friday, Feb. 24, 8 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College. Students from Oratory Now will read selections from the New England Review literary magazine in this third annual live performance of “NER Out Loud.” A reception will take place in the downstairs lobby immediately following. Free and open to the public. Info: or 802-443-6433.

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Meet the chef

The Marquis: more than just the movies


here are plenty of reasons to love Addison County. We’ve got sprawling farmland, a giant summer fair, historic villages, a vibrant shiretown, lakes for swimming and mountains for hiking — you name it. But there’s one thing our beloved home has sorely lacked.


peppers, shredded cheddar, homemade queso fresco, pico de gallo, the diner’s choice of meat, and a new fan-favorite sauce called “garlantro” (combining garlic and cilantro). “We’re making everything from scratch now,” says Sarah Giard, the theater’s general manager. “We use real tomatillos — we don’t open No. 10 cans. We cook beans, all of our sauces are homemade, we make the adobo that we use in our sauces — everything.”

Mexican food.

Washington County’s got the Mad Taco. Chittenden County’s got El Gato Cantina and El Corjito. Windsor County’s got the Mojo Cafe. So what can Addison County residents do when we crave spicy peppers and guacamole? The somewhat surprising answer lives inside The Marquis, Middlebury’s downtown movie theater. From the building’s exterior, you might not guess that inside, chefs are serving up homemade Southwestern cuisine five nights a week. The kitchen is open Wednesdays through Sundays, and the chefs aren’t messing around. Anywhere else, you might expect movie theater nachos to come with goopy imitation cheese, but at the Marquis, your tortilla chips are topped with Cabot — their choice brand for all the restaurant’s dairy products, right down to the butter on your popcorn. The newest menu item: a quesadilla with tequila-caramelized onions and

Giard is no stranger to Vermont’s restaurant business. She’s worked at Britsol’s Bobcat Cafe for seven years and still tends bar there when she’s not at the Marquis. When she first joined the theater’s team about a year ago, she planned to manage the staff and bar. But with her culinary experience and a culinary degree and hospitality training from Paul Smith’s College, she now oversees the kitchen and its three staff members, including the main chef, Thomas Ahearn. Giard signed on soon after current owner Ben Wells bought the theater from Bill Schafer, who had been a joint owner until then. It was Schafer who thought of adding a restaurant to the theater — he had managed the Big Picture theater in Waitsfield for a number of years (and therefore understood the euphoria that occurs when food and movies exist in the same space). Then he met Wells, who had recently moved to Middlebury to attend the college’s language school. “Somebody made an introduction, and (Bill CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


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and I) started talking,” Wells said. “He thought he wanted to do Southwestern, and I thought it was such a good fit because I managed a southwestern restaurant for five years in Boulder. So when he said that, it was like, ‘OK, this is meant to be.’” Since Giard has arrived, the Marquis’s restaurant (located through a door to the right of the ticket counter) has seen new layers of blue, green and red paint. Chili-pepper lights adorn a blackboard, which lists menu items in colorful chalk: burritos, tacos, nachos, salads, quesadillas and sides. And it’s not missing an essential feature: A fully-stocked, tequila-themed bar, featuring small-batch spirits from local distilleries like Stonecutter’s, App Gap and Whistle Pig, now sits beside the kitchen. A robust collection of local craft beer is displayed in a fridge to the right. With so many different components, Giard thinks the Marquis is an ideal venue for a first date. “If you’re going for a movie, you grab a couple of burritos, something awesome to drink, and you go snuggle on the couch,” she said. “Where else can you do that? It’s just this whole different level of intimacy. You’re sharing food, the alcohol loosens you up, you’re on the couches — you’re so much more comfortable than you would be in a movie theater where you have to sit in a seat and awkwardly share a popcorn. It’s the next level of what going on a date to the movies should be.” For a more interactive experience, the theater holds weekly events, including open-mic nights, trivia, Retro Game Show Night, stand-up comedy, movie roasts and ladies’ nights. “And then on Fridays,” said Wells, “if there isn’t something specific happening, we just put up a movie in the cafe. People come in and just hang out. It’s a very casual but social kind of thing where you can sit at the bar, you can eat some dinner, you can have some cocktails, you can hang out with your friends.”

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Wells has seen considerable growth in the last year, and he hopes to continue to draw new Addison County residents into the theater, away from the stressors of daily life. “The chance to go to the movies has always been that suspended disbelief,” he says. “I think every time you go out to dinner, part of why you’re going out is the food, but so much more of it is the broader letting go, being social, just having fun.”


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amed after a 19th-century German poet, the Morgenstern Piano Trio has been lauded by the Washington Post for “unanimity, polished technique and musical imagination.” This young yet accomplished trio will perform at the Mahaney Center for the Arts next WEDNESDAY FEB. Wednesday as part of the Middlebury Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College Performing Arts Series.


The concert program will include Germaine Tailleferre’s ravishingly beautiful Piano Trio, initially written in 1916-1917, and revised six decades later; Maurice Ravel’s Baroqueinspired Piano Trio in A Minor; and Vermont composer Pierre Jalbert’s Piano Trio No. 2, written specifically for the Morgenstern Trio.

MORGENSTERN PIANO TRIO Trio members Catherine Klipfel (piano), Stefan Hempel (violin), and Emanuel Wehse (cello) first met as students at the Folkwang Conservatory in Essen, Germany. After only two short years of working together, the trio emerged with top prizes and awards including the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio Award in 2010. This prize catapulted them onto the United States music scene, with performances in Washington’s Kennedy Center, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and further concerts across the country. The trio has garnered many honors before and since, including first prize at the International Joseph Haydn Competition in Vienna, awards at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and the prestigious ARD Competition in Munich, and the German Music Competition. Most recently, the Morgenstern Trio was selected by the European Concert Hall Organization for its Rising Star Series, granting the group debut concerts in Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, Cologne, Brussels, Birmingham and Stockholm. In summer 2014 the trio launched their own Morgenstern Festival in Germany. They have also released five critically-acclaimed CDs, and are currently at work on a new release featuring the Jalbert work that will be performed in Middlebury next week.

The Morgenstern Piano Trio will perform at the Mahaney Center for the Arts Wednesday, Feb. 22. PHOTO / IRENE ZANDEL

PIERRE JALBERT Earning widespread notice for his richly colored and superbly crafted scores, Pierre Jalbert has developed a musical language that is engaging, expressive and deeply personal. Among his many honors are the Rome Prize, the BBC Masterprize, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s 2007 Stoeger Award, given biennially “in recognition of significant contributions to the chamber music repertory,” and a 2010 award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Jalbert, with five decades of life-experience, describes his second piano trio as “two movements of contrasting character. A couple

of ideas inspired each movement: the first was the thought of a desert landscape at night, desolate and calm; the second came from an incident driving home in Houston… These were simply starting points and the music itself eventually developed on its own terms.” Jalbert will offer a free pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. in Room 125 of the Mahaney Center for the Arts. The Morgenstern Piano Trio’s concert will follow the talk on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in t Robison Hall at Mahaney r e lb Ja Center for the Arts in Middlebury. e r r Pie Tickets are $20 for the general public; $15 for Middlebury College ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. For tickets and more info, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or visit

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he Michele Fay Band will perform live original and Americana music at Brandon Music this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The band brings a comfortable groove of folk, swing and bluegrass-influenced songs that are woven seamlessly together.


Fay’s heartfelt lyrics and crystal clear, authentic voice are accompanied by guitar and banjo. The “crack backing band,” adds to the charm and sincerity of the songs.

Brandon Music

The group’s repertoire provides a mix of understated originals and well-placed traditional covers, played and sung with relaxed polish, personality and taste. Kalev Freeman, on fiddle, brings a light-hearted, lilting sound. Michael Santosusso, on upright bass, adds dynamic beat and harmonies. Fay’s husband, Tim Price, contributes

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MICHELE FAY BEGAN WRITING SONGS AND PLAYING THE GUITAR AT THE AGE OF 12. accomplished, melodic instrumentals on mandolin, electric guitar, and acoustic guitar. The band’s performances are both energetic and unpretentious, appealing to a wide range of audience. Its growing musicianship is increasingly being well received throughout the region as it continues to gather its well-deserved recognition. Tickets are $20 with a pre-concert dinner available for an extra $25. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 247-4295 or visit for more info.

Michele Fay, Kalev Freeman, Tim Price and Mike Santosusso will perform live at Brandon Music this Saturday.

Hay Burners light it up in Middlebury Deb Brisson and the Hay Burners will play at 51 Main in Middlebury on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 8-10 p.m. Led by Brisson’s powerful, expressive vocals, the Hay Burners will play a mix of originals and favorite covers in a style that’s

sometimes soulful and bluesy, other times rocking alt country. Backing Brisson’s guitar and vocals are Mark Pelletier, guitar and vocals; Pete Ryan, bass; John Wallace, drums; and Doug Wilhelm, harmonica, congas and percussion.

live music LOOSE MONKEYS. Friday, Feb. 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 51 Main, Middlebury.

MICHELE FAY BAND. Saturday, Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music. DEB BRISSON & THE HAY BURNERS. Saturday, Feb. 18, 8-10 p.m., 51 Main, Middlebury. GUMBO YA YA. Friday, Feb. 24, 8-10 p.m., 51 Main, Middlebury.

BEN COSGROVE. Saturday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music. Deb Brisson and the Hay Burners will perform at 51 Main in Middlebury this Saturday.

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the movie PATERSON — RUNNING TIME: 1:58 — RATING: R Let the mood of Paterson roll gently over you. We are taken out of the spinning culture of our lives and dropped into the quiet world of Paterson, driver of bus #23 in Paterson, N.J. By movie’s end we sit in stillness thinking about the man we have been watching and that alone is a tribute to the movie. How does writer/director Jim Jarmusch create Paterson’s world? As he focuses on one week in the bus driver’s life, we learn that this quiet man wakes up each morning at 6:15 while lying peacefully in bed with his sleeping wife Laura (Golshifteh Farahani). Her sleepy smile says both good morning and good-bye to the man she obviously loves. Then it’s downstairs to a bowl of Cheerios where Paterson’s attention is caught by a box of matches that becomes fodder for the poem he will write in his head as he drives that day. He listens to the chatter of his passengers, acknowledges a fellow bus driver with a toot of his horn, returns to the bus station, and walks home. When he walks his dog after dinner, he stops at a bar for just one beer and a little conversation, his only connection to the outside world. He is a man of silent habit. Meanwhile, Laura is at home turning their small house into a canvas of black and white abstractions. Throughout her day she paints the floors, walls, curtains, rugs — everything — including all her clothes in bi-colored angles and swirls. Her art is as demanding of attention as Patterson’s is private. The two are together in the evening and share the small details she brings up to draw him in. When Laura says she had a dream about having twins, Paterson’s first thought is, “one for each of us.” When he starts noticing twins on his drives, we know they are going into his poetry – one for him, one for her. And that’s their chemistry. In two lives free of bedeviling distractions, they pursue their separate artistic passions. While Laura sees everything in terms of black and white design, Paterson sees

Adam Driver and Golshifteh Farahani in Paterson (2016).

everything around him in terms of his poetry. In answer to writer/director Jarmusch, actor Adam Driver has created a man whose poems emerge from the details he absorbs on his bus drives. When he returns home to the woman he loves, he makes no comment on the extraordinary geometry she has made of their house. That’s hers, not his. And that’s their way. In Adam Driver, Jim Jarmusch found the perfect messenger for the character and atmosphere he had imagined. We watch a silent bus driver isolated in creative design as he absorbs the smallest details of life around him. At the end of the day, he remains quiet even in the chaos of Laura’s abstractions. Director Jarmusch’s hopes are beautifully realized in Paterson the poet, and we reenter the outside world knowing we have seen something that was dear to its writer/director.


— Reviewed by Joan Ellis



Giants, treasures, runes, gods, goddesses, Valkries and, yes, the mighty hammer — prepare to revel in all that is Norse in this cunning new book by New York Times bestselling author and force unto himself Neil Gaiman. When Gaiman was a small boy, no more than seven, he first encountered Asgard, the home of the Aesir and where Odin makes his home, in the pages of Marvel comics. He went on to read and reread Norse myths, in their many forms and permutations and now he is telling those stories himself. It’s an exciting journey through mythical lands, not a static collection of tales. Gaiman begins at the very beginning, introducing the players: Odin, his son, Thor and Loki. He tells of how Thor acquired his hammer, how the wall around Asgard came to be, how Thor and Loki traveled to the land of the giants, and how Loki came to be in possession of Sleipnir, a huge gray eight-legged horse. Gaiman succeeds in this classic retelling of Norse myths because he invites us to engage with the gods on a human level and also because the book is structured as a novel. Perfect for reading aloud. — Reviewed by Jenny Lyons of the Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury.

The Sellout, by Paul Beatty The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas High Cotton, by Darryl Pinckney My Life, My Love, My Legacy, by Coretta Scott King We Should All Be Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie They Can’t Kill Us All, by Wesley Lowery Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly

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Room-by-room lighting tips

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rying to set a romantic mood in the bedroom doesn’t take the same amount of light as chopping veggies in the kitchen. Each room has its own lighting needs. Here’s a breakdown:

KITCHENS (5,000-10,000 total lumens)

• Kitchens are a challenge to light because they serve so many purposes — food prep, family dinners, homework location. Layering light — recessed, pendants, ceiling fixtures — gives you the type of light you need. To reduce shadows, place recessed lights on the sides (not centers) of ceilings. Light kitchen islands so shadows don’t fall where you’ll be cutting vegetables or kneading dough. Chandeliers in the center of the room should have shades that direct light down. Always install under-cabinet lights for task lighting. Use above-cabinet lighting for ambient and mood lighting.

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LIVING ROOMS (1,500-3,000 total lumens)

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Ceiling fixtures aren’t good lights for applying makeup or shaving; they cast shadows on faces. Placing lights on the sides of a mirror is better. Tubular fluorescents that are the same length of the mirror work well. Budget for a light above the tub and shower when you remodel. All bathrooms should have their own light and exhaust fan. Install dimmers for middle-of-the-night bathroom visits.

BEDROOMS (2,000-4,000 total lumens)

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Living room lighting should be flexible. With ambient lighting, avoid placing lights directly over seating unless you angle them away. Use task lighting, usually lamps, for reading and other things. Install accent lighting for the room’s focal point and artwork.

DINING ROOMS (3,000-6,000 lumens)

BATHROOMS (4,000-8,000 total lumens)

general bedroom tasks, such as making the bed, dressing, and cleaning. Use table lamps with warm lights to help set the mood for rest and relaxation. Add dimmers to bedroom lights so you can quickly change the mood.

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Don’t position lights above your dining chairs — it’ll cast ugly shadows on faces. Size the fixture no wider than the table less 12 inches. Adjustable recessed lights (ones you can position at different angles) are great for highlighting centerpieces, candles, or flowers Dimmers are a must. More info at


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Allen comes from a musical family. Her maternal grandfather, Guillaume Henri LaBombarde, had roots in Quebec; he played and called for dances in the Etna, N.H., area before she was born. Her uncle Clarence, a.k.a. “Woody,” played with “Woody and the Ramblers” (a local band). He’s the one who got Allen started; one night he put his4-year-old niece up on a barstool and had her sing “Bimbo.” “That’s when I knew I had the ‘performance gene’ and I couldn’t deny it,” said Allen. “I was always making up melodies and playing them on imaginary instruments, humming and singing when I could.” Allen didn’t get the fiddle she asked for in fifth grade, so she played trombone in the marching band at Hartford High School instead. She then turned to an intense study of oral traditions in North Indian Classical music through her college years, but she gave it up after attending her first contra dance in New Hampshire in 1975. “Here were musicians playing the traditional music of my culture — and without sheet music and music stands — improvising within the framework of the demands of the dance,” Allen explained. “I was hooked and left Indian music and California behind to settle back in my home state and take up the fiddle in earnest.” Allen’s been calling dances since the late ‘80s, traveling around the country calling coast to coast and north to south, as well as touring with nationally recognized bands for several years. She recently called a dance for the Spice on Snow Festival in Montpelier — and soon will call another for the Governor’s Institute at Goddard College in Plainfield. “I love the role of the caller at a dance,” she said. “My role is to welcome people in and help them find their ease on the dance floor, to choose dances that bring out the best in the dancers and make the hall hum with the best music possible.”

“THAT’S WHEN I KNEW I HAD THE ‘PERFORMANCE GENE’ AND I COULDN’T DENY IT.” — Lausanne Allen Allen is also a private music teacher. She houses too many instruments to count at her South Starksboro home, where she lives with her husband, Brian Anderson, (an accomplished and impressive blacksmith), their long-haired Chihuahua, Lailee, and a flock of foul.

SUZANNE GERMAIN Germain plays all the fun and funky instruments, like the spoons and the washboard, oh, and her feet. Her parents are from Quebec and she grew up in a French-speaking household. They moved to South

Burlington when she was 11.

the marriage was short-lived.”

“There were no musicians on either side of my family,” said Germain. “My father couldn’t sing but he adored music.”

In 1982, Reed returned to Vermont and two years later bought her home in Leicester, where she raised her son Louis and daughter Sonia Kulhowvick, (the music teacher at Middlebury’s Mary Hogan Elementary).

“MY PASSION IS MUSIC. . . — Suzanne Germain IT’S IN ME.” Germain, on the other hand, has a natural gift for music. It’s not forced or over-practiced; her low, almost raspy voice brings a depth you wouldn’t expect from such a petit person. And her clattercrack-cracks on the washboard drive the songs in a comfortable and easy rhythm. But Germain didn’t pursue music professionally. She earned her nursing degree from the University of Vermont first in 1976, then got her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in ‘85, her Women’s Health Nurse practitioner license in ‘92 and most recently her Master’s in 2013. She and her husband, Dr. Ed Clark — they’ve been married for 31 years and raised two daughters — started Mountain Health Center in Bristol in 1986. Since then, she’s worked there part-time as a nurse Practitioner. For 24 years she also worked part-time at Planned Parenthood. Dr. Clark retired in 2010, but Germain still works at the Bristol health center part-time; she also volunteers at Open Door Clinic in Middlebury. Germain has no formal music training. She learns as she travels. The Lincoln resident worked as a nurse in Mexico for three years, in Nicaragua for one year, in Switzerland for nine months and has volunteered in Peru, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia and Honduras. While working as a nurse she was also collecting music. “I know tons of songs,” she said. That’s an understatement. It also helps that she is fluent in French, English and Spanish. “My passion is music,” Germain said. She also sings with WomenSing, an a cappella group that focuses on world music. But Va-et-vient’s music is in her history. “This group focuses on French music,” she said. “I grew up with Quebec traditional music — it’s in me.”

CAROL REED Reed grew up in Stamford, Conn., but spent her sixth-grade year in Lausanne, Switzerland — yup, it’s a strange coincidence that Reed plays with Lausanne Allen — and that’s where she learned French. She came to Middlebury College and continued her study of French, spending her junior spring in Paris, studying and playing the guitar in the Métro. Before she left, she had met her first husband, a FrenchMoroccan street musician; together they had a son before Reed graduated college in ‘79. “Following graduation, we traveled in Europe and Morocco performing street music,” said Reed. “But

Through the ‘80s, Reed was a weaver. But after loosing her weaving fabrics, loom and woven peices in a tragic house fire in ‘88, she switched gears, went back to school for four years and received her Master’s in Education in French from Castleton. Oh, and she married Richard Reed in ‘91. “I discovered that I could teach French more easily, especially to young students, through music and dance,” said Reed, which works out well for her theatrical personality. French is only one of Reed’s languages; the list includes Spanish, German and a bit of Italian and Arabic. Reed taught French at the Lake Champlain Waldorf School in Shelburne for 20 years. Now she travels to teach French at Williamstown Middle and High School, where her students (grades 8-12) are learning to sing and dance for Mardi Gras.

“FOR ME THE MOST IMPORTANT PART IS A HUGE SENSE OF — Carol Reed EMPOWERMENT.” Through it all, Reed has always been involved with music. She was in the rock band “Lazyboy and the Recliners” in the ‘80s, did some folk music at Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and has been performing French music with Germain since 1998. “Suzanne and I travel to traditional music festivals north of the border each year,” Reed said. “I love to flirt with the 80-year-old friends in Québec who are renowned keepers of traditional songs. We’ve received an incredible reception from Québecois musicians, who always teach us new songs.” Just this past fall, Reed and Germain took two weeks to travel to Paris and Brittany. “We stayed with musicians,” Reed said. “Performed in a pub and in the Paris Métro, and participated in Breton singing and dancing circles.” “For me the most important part is a huge sense of empowerment,” said Reed. “I can sing things that are important to me.” Wherever they travel, whatever their experiences, Reed, Germain and Allen are sure to soak up a little something and add it to their repertoire of FrancoAmerican music. Catch Va-et-vient live in their occasional gigs in Addison County (look for them in our calendar) as well as at Contois Auditorium in Burlington at 4 p.m. on March 20 — it’s International Francophonie Day! Want to plan a trip north across the border? Go see Va-et-vient performing in Quebec on March 4 and again on April 8. Learn more at

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