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Fine cuisine


Eagle soared

A Middlebury Art major returns with an eatery focused on exquisite local foods. See Arts + Leisure.

A fundraiser netted enough money to keep Monkton General Store in business. See Page 2A.

A Mt. Abe senior leads the 2019 Independent Girls’ Basketball All-Star Team. See Sports, Page 1B.



Vol. 73 No. 11

Middlebury, Vermont 

Thursday, March 14, 2019  40 Pages


What is the future of town meeting? Declining attendance causes concern By ABAGAEL GILES and MEGAN JAMES MIDDLEBURY — On Saturday, March 2, Jeff Fortin stood to speak at Monkton’s 2019 town meeting. “How many of you here are under the age of 40?” he asked. About six people raised their hands. “In 30 years, if this continues, will we have a town meeting?” Fortin asked. It’s a question that others in Vermont are asking, particularly in light of trends that show less voting

is happening at the meetings and more is happening at the polls. Fortin, 39, was referring to a pattern he’s observed over his six years of attending town meetings in Monkton. The lifelong resident and long-time property owner asked his fellow residents to reach out to the young families that are moving to the area and encourage them to attend the meeting. He said his own willingness to attend changed once he learned that town meeting was his primary opportunity to make his voice

“I think that town meeting is a great tradition. At the end of the day, it makes every voter a legislator for one day… it’s the ultimate check on our elected officials, and sometimes that check is exercised quite vigorously.”

— Jim Douglas

heard on matters of the local budget, which determines the property tax.

This year, Monkton saw 107 attendees at its Saturday meeting, where the town’s budget and other items were debated and voted on from the floor. Sharon Gomez said that in her 10-year tenure as town clerk, town meeting has drawn, on average, between 120 and 140 participants. “We try to get a head count every year,” she said. In Vermont, attendance and demographics of attendees at town meetings can be difficult to track. Towns are not required to count, record or report the number of (See Meetings, Page 3A)

SOME FEAR THAT fewer young people in attendance and less voting from the floor dooms town meetings in Vermont.

Independent photo/Megan James

ANWSD to recount narrow budget OK By ANDY KIRKALDY VERGENNES — The 672-665 Town Meeting Day vote backing the $22,139,341 Addison Northwest School District spending plan for the coming year is headed for a recount. Ballots are expected to be counted late this week. As of Monday one registered voter from each of the five ANWSD communities — Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham — had emailed ANWSD clerk Tara Brooks, as required by law, requesting the recount. Brooks will oversee the district office recount, which will be conducted by members of each community’s Board of Civil

Authority (BCA). BCAs consist of selectboard or council members, justices of the peace, and town or city clerks. Brooks said the Vermont Secretary of State’s office had confirmed that emails alone — not written or inperson notification — were enough to meet the legal standard to trigger a recount, assuming at least one email came from a registered voter in each town. Many ballots will be counted at the ANWSD offices in Vergennes at 8 a.m. on Friday, but because of differing interpretations of election law and the ANWSD Articles of Unification, city officials from (See ANWSD, Page 13A)

Kepes tapped to lead Ferrisburgh Central Former Mt. Abe principal moves to K-6

JOHN BENT, RIGHT, shows fellow Hannaford Career Center students Sam Klingensmith, middle, and Owen Farrell how to listen for leaks in lines that collect maple sap. In addition to his regular coursework in forest science, Bent has been developing the prototype for a device that would measure sap flow and transmit the data to computers.

Independent photos/Christopher Ross

Student invention tackle maple problem Flow meter could transform industry

A SADDLE VALVE connects a mainline (on right) to the transmission line that delivers sap to the Hannaford Career Center’s sugarhouse in Weybridge. Students have invented a meter (not shown) that would measure the flow of sap through these lines.

By CHRISTOPHER ROSS WEYBRIDGE — At the same time that forest science students at the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center are learning the art of maple syrup production they’re also attempting to revolutionize it with a device to measure sap flow. Teacher Aaron Townshend and student John Bent call it the “maple weir,” and they, along with Hannaford STEM student Will Larocque, are field-testing it this week at the Lemon Fair Road sugarhouse operated by the Career Center in Weybridge. A weir is a low dam — often featuring a V-shaped notch — that raises a stream or river’s water level in order to regulate or

measure its flow. If it works, the maple weir will measure the flow of sap through a sap line and transmit the data to a computer in the sugarhouse. If one day it becomes standard equipment, the invention could save the maple syrup industry a lot of time and money in inspecting and maintaining lines. “This has been years in the making,” said Townshend, a forestry and natural resources instructor at the Career Center. “Students came up with the idea and they’ve developed this to solve a problem.” It all started when Townshend called a local maple researcher and (See Maple, Page 14A)

By ANDY KIRKALDY FERRISBURGH — Former Mount Abraham Union High School principal and current Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union curriculum coordinator Andy Kepes will be the new Ferrisburgh Central School principal. Kepes’ hire became official

Porter to close Bristol primary care practice By JOHN FLOWERS MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center (PMC) will close its primary care practice in Bristol on April 12 in the wake of the recently announced departures of half of the practice’s health care providers. While PMC officials acknowledged their decision to close Porter Primary Care Bristol was made more hastily than they would have preferred, they’re confident affected patients will be able to land new family doctors at neighboring Mountain Health Center or at other Porter practices within Addison County. “We would have rather spent three to six months mapping this out,” (See Practice, Page 14A)

Officer Fisher ready to retire after 33 years on the beat

By JOHN FLOWERS MIDDLEBURY — Officer Scott Fisher used to keep multiple police uniforms in his closet. And not spare uniforms for a single department. For a time during the mid-1980s, Fisher was working shifts for the Middlebury, Vergennes and Vermont State Police departments. It was all he could do to keep his own officer identification numbers straight when they

came across his radio. Give him a little time, and he still remembers them. It was 482 with VSP; 2588 with Middlebury; 705 with Vergennes. “I like to stay busy, but I could do without the adrenaline flow,” Fisher said with a grin during an interview on Monday. His adrenaline flow will abate considerably beginning on March 29 — his 63rd birthday, when he’ll retire from Middlebury PD in his

33rd year of full-time service. Fisher got into police work by happenstance back in 1984. Two of his buddies — the late Ed Cyr, and Greg Blair — were working as Middlebury Police officers. They also put in occasional hours working for Fisher’s small company, Fisher Fire Equipment, installing fire suppression systems in restaurants. Cyr and Blair suggested to Fisher that they broaden their partnership. “They told me the police department needed

help and that I should apply,” he recalled. “I went through the interview process and ended up getting hired.” Fisher earned his part-time officer certification through the Vermont Police Academy, which opened several doors — and he walked through all of them in order to make a livable wage. He became an auxiliary state police trooper and dispatcher, based primarily in Middlebury. (See Fisher, Page 12A)

on Monday night, when the Addison Northwest School District board was happy to endorse the unanimous recommendation of its search committee to replace Beth Brodie, who will step away after three years. Search committee and ANWSD (See Kepes, Page 7A)

By the way The Addison County River Watch Collaborative will hold a training session for prospective volunteers on Saturday, March 16, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Addison County Regional Planning Commission offices at 14 Seminary St. in Middlebury. The collaborative depends on a network of well-trained and hardy volunteers to collect samples from area rivers and streams once per month from April to September. Volunteer river monitors are needed to help sample on the Otter Creek, Middlebury River, Lemon (See By the way, Page 7A)

Index Obituaries................................. 6A Classifieds.......................... 7B-8B Service Directory............... 5B-6B Entertainment.........Arts + Leisure Community Calendar......... 8A-9A Arts Calendar.........Arts + Leisure Sports................................. 1B-3B

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New Porter leader to be named soon

Student play

ADDISON REPERTORY THEATER actors will stage “Never Before Scene, 10-Minute One-Acts and Dessert Buffet” at the Hannaford Career Center on Charles Avenue in Middlebury this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. A.R.T., in collaboration with Culinary Arts, present this celebration of student content, student production and student expression. Pictured at a Monday rehearsal are, left to right, clockwise from above, detectives Anna McIntosh and Connor Harris discuss a murder case over the deceased (Aidan Warren) while suspect Wisdom Edwards lurks; Eden Ginsburg is the subject of boy talk between Edwards and Harris; Warren is an innocent abroad beguiled by Ethan DeWitt as a genie; and Edwards taunts Harris and McIntosh. Independent photos/Steve James

Monkton residents help local store pay down debt Donations, sales cover $20K in back taxes By CHRISTOPHER ROSS MONKTON — One week after they approved budgets, elected local leaders and attended to other details of our democracy, Addison County residents, especially in Monkton, came out in droves to do a little more voting — this time with their wallets. There was only one issue on the ballot: Does the community want the Monkton General Store (MGS) to stick around? “As many know, small general stores in our state are struggling to (stay) open,” wrote MGS owners Darcee and Sam Alderman on Facebook last Wednesday. “Unfortunately, at this time, we are one of them.” So they asked the community for assistance. “We have three days to increase our revenues significantly in order to stay open,” they continued. “We are asking everyone to please help us. If we cannot come up with the money needed, we will be forced to close our doors permanently on Saturday night.” At issue was more than $90,000 in sales tax that the business still owed the state. According to Darcee Alderman, the Vermont Department of Taxes notified MGS that it had five days to come up with $20,000. A torrent of online support and encouragement ensued. “I can’t imagine Monkton without MGS,” wrote selectboard member John McNerney. “They do a lot for this community, sometimes putting the community ahead of the

business.” The flash fund-raising campaign also drew some out-of-towners. “We drove from Montpelier to support you, and will trek over more often now!” wrote Stefanie J. Pinard. Cathy Miller remembered a freezing cold day when, with her young daughter in the car, she stopped in at MGS to get gas, only to discover she’d left her debit card at home. “I would not have made it home (except that) they let me fill my tank and come back and pay two hours later,” she wrote. “This is the difference between a chain and a small-town store.” On Friday, MGS employee Liz Stokes started a GoFundMe campaign. “Darcee and Sam have done great for the past 11 years running this place and deserve a fighting chance to keep (it) going,” she wrote. “So come help keep MGS open — as a community we can do this! Every little bit helps.” At press time the campaign had raised more than $8,000. On Saturday morning customers swarmed the store, clustering around the deli, telling stories, waiting patiently in line. A metal bucket at the front checkout counter overflowed with tens and twenties. Several baskets of Darcee’s homemade specialty chocolates had been cleaned out. By midday MGS had met its $20,000 goal. “There were droves of people coming in, and the phones just kept

AFTER THE MONKTON General Store announced on social media last week that it would need to raise $20,000 immediately to avoid closure, shoppers from as far away as Montpelier descended on the store, emptying shelves, flooding the deli with orders and tipping with fistfuls of cash. A GoFundMe campaign raised more than $8,000 to put them over the top.

Independent photo/Christopher Ross

ringing. People were coming in from everywhere,” the Aldermans wrote on Facebook the next day. “Without everyone who gave on the GoFundMe page, shopped in the store or online, the doors of our beloved store would not open tomorrow or ever again.” By Monday the store’s shelves were essentially empty, Darcee Alderman told the Independent. “All of our employees stayed and helped me this weekend,” Alderman said. “There was no way I could have done it alone.” It will take a week or so to restock the store and get things “back to where they need to be,” she predicted. But Alderman was thinking not only about the future of her own business, but also about the viability of all Vermont general stores. “It’s not just us,” she said. “We’re shutting down left and right.”

As grateful and relieved as she was, Alderman expressed frustration with what she saw as an unfair retail playing field. “We’re here trying to make life easier for small towns, but I feel like we’re on our own,” she said. “We work our butts off. It would be nice if the state could do something to help.” She was especially infuriated, she said, by the system of volume discounts leveraged by large corporations, which aren’t available to mom-and-pop shops like hers. Still, she said, she’s planning for future success. Eventually she’d like to secure a wholesale license for her side business, Alderman’s of Vermont Chocolate Candy Confections, which would allow her to distribute her products to other retailers. Some of those retailers have already made

inquiries, she said. “Having that license would help us tremendously,” she said. In the meantime, MGS will focus on meeting the community’s needs. “Want to keep up with what the community needs,” she said. “But in order to do that, I need to know what they want.” Sometimes, it turns out, what the community needs is a reminder. “People told us that,” Alderman said. “They said, ‘We just needed a reminder to come in.’” As a result of that reminder, and much more, MGS was able to close another of its Facebook updates on Sunday with the following simple phrase: “See you TOMORROW!!!!” Reach Christopher Ross at christopherr@addisonindependent. com.

By JOHN FLOWERS MIDDLEBURY — The search for a new Porter Medical Center president has been whittled from 450 hopefuls to just three finalists, one of whom could be named the organization’s next leader as soon as next month. It was last October that an 11-member Porter Medical Center committee launched the search to replace current Porter President Dr. Fred Kniffin, who will be stepping down on June 1 to devote more time as an Emergency Department physician. The committee, led by past PMC board Chairperson Maureen McLaughlin and current Chairperson Sivan Cotel, has spent much time sifting through resumés and gleaning feedback from Porter stakeholders on the qualities they’d like to see in a new top administrator. Porter Medical Center includes the hospital, Helen Porter Rehabilitation & Nursing, and a dozen affiliated provider practices throughout the county and in Brandon. Consultants from the firm Witt Kieffer have been coordinating the nationwide search, which produced many quality applicants, according to Porter spokesman Ron Hallman. Search leaders narrowed the initial candidate pool down to 60, then down to 25 who were further screened and interviewed by consultants. The top nine of the those 25 hopefuls were invited to the search committee’s Jan. 24 meeting. “We reviewed these nine candidates, reminding ourselves of the priorities that our community, members, employees, providers and other stakeholders identified for PMC’s next leader,” McLaughlin said through a recent memo updating the search. Five semi-finalists emerged from the “January nine.” Those five visited the Porter campus for two days of vetting in mid-February. Three finalists are now left standing. Porter officials aren’t releasing their names. “(The names) are being confined to the Porter community at this point, as some of the candidates have current positions and they are trying to maintain some level of confidentiality,” Hallman said. They will however become well known to their prospective colleagues. “Once again, we plan to ‘road show’ these candidates via face-toface meetings with Porter employees, providers and managers (as well as two town hall meetings for each candidate) — and afterwards will provide an online opportunity for all interested to weigh in with feedback on each of the finalists,” McLaughlin added through her memo. “With this feedback, along with our own notes and additional information from Witt Kieffer, our goal is to decide on one finalist in March who we believe best meets the criteria we heard from many as to what Porter needs, and to recommend this finalist to the board.” The PMC board next meets on Wednesday, April 3. Hallman said there’s a “chance” the board could vote on the top candidate at that gathering. Hallman believes the six-month search will end with a hire. “My sense is the committee is pleased with all three finalists,” Hallman said. Reporter John Flowers is at

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Meetings (Continued from Page 1A) people who attend town meeting to the Secretary of State’s office, even if they vote on their budget or for town officers from the floor. And since the 1980s, more towns have elected to vote on their town budgets and elected officials using an Australian ballot system instead of voting from the floor. In 2019 in Addison County’s 23 municipalities, 14 towns voted on their annual budget for FY 20192020 from the floor of town meeting and on their elected officials by Australian ballot on Town Meeting Day, March 5. Five towns voted on their elected officials and their town budget by Australian ballot on March 5, and three towns — AT MONKTON TOWN Meeting this month, resident Jeff Fortin asks Waltham, Granville and Hancock how many of those in attendance were under 40 years old. When very — voted for elected officials and few people responded in the affirmative, he wondered aloud about the town budgets entirely from the future of Vermont’s town meeting tradition. Independent photo/Abagael Giles floor. Salisbury residents cast their whether a contentious issue was on questions,” said Douglas, adding votes for the annual budget and the ballot in a given year and how that higher voter participation is an for elected officials by Australian much of the process was decided by observed advantage of relegating ballot. Heidi Willis, a resident of Australian ballot. a decision to Australian ballot but, Salisbury for nearly 20 years and Of those factors, voting by “What is right for one community a teacher there for 30, says this Australian ballot was the biggest may not work for another.” practice has eroded the value of predictor of voter turnout, with According to data published by town meeting. towns that decide the majority of the Vermont Secretary of State’s “In Salisbury, the meeting is their meeting by Australian ballot Office, in 2018, the statewide purely informational now. There is seeing lower turnout. average turnout for floor votes discussion, but nobody can vote or To write the book, Clark and co- at town meeting was just over 8 change the budget from the floor. author Frank Bryan, a now-retired percent of those listed as eligible There’s no teeth to the process political science professor at UVM, to vote. Susan Clark says these anymore,” said Willis, analyzed 30 years numbers should be taken with who said that town of data collected by a grain of salt: turnout at town meetings use to be “In Salisbury, the students at UVM’s meetings from year to year is greatly meeting is purely “raucous.” Town Meeting affected by what is on the agenda in Anecdotally, she’s informational Project, an ongoing a given town. However, on average, seen attendance now. There is research initiative in towns across the state that voted decline and is worried now headed by by Australian ballot, 23 percent of discussion, but that it is only the Center for Research eligible voters participated. town’s older residents nobody can vote In a survey emailed to newsletter on Vermont Director who continue to attend or change the Richard Watts. subscribers and shared on social the informational budget from the Since 1969, students media by the Addison Independent portion of the meeting: floor. There’s have attended and during the week after Town “I think town meeting no teeth to the collected attendance Meeting, 47 percent of respondents is one of the things data annually at who had not attended a town that makes Vermont process anymore.” thousands of town meeting recently cited their ability — Heidi Willis meetings across the to vote by Australian ballot in the unique place it is. There’s something state. their town as the primary reason. about the sense of community “One of the trends we’ve seen is Thirty percent cited work or lack it fosters and a group of people that we have much better attendance of childcare as their reason for working together for the common per capita in small communities, not attending meetings. However, good and for the future.” regardless of the median income 40 percent of the 143 respondents Since 2017, Willis and a group level,” said Clark, adding that said they had attended six or more of fellow concerned citizens have whether the ballot contains a hot town meetings in the last 10 years worked to organize childcare during topic is also a leading determiner (71 percent of respondents reported the Salisbury meeting, promote a from year to year of how big a their age as 55 or older). community potluck afterwards, give town’s turnout. In his years as moderator at away door prizes to those who stay According to Watts, no formal Middlebury’s meetings, Douglas until the end and recruit community data exists regarding the ages of recalled that the most exciting organizations such as the historical town meeting attendees, however, meeting he ever moderated was the society, fire department and of the more than 100 students he Middlebury school district (now conservation commission to set up sent to 30 town meetings across part of Addison Central School displays. They call themselves the Vermont last week, many reported District) meeting about 20 years “Champions of Town Meeting.” being some of the only young ago, where voters elected to decide In Starksboro, which also offers people in attendance. the school budget by Australian childcare and saw 111 people “A few said they were called out ballot. “Nearly 800 people showed attend its town meeting this month, and offered applause,” Watts said. up for this meeting,” recalled first time town meeting-goers are Since 2013, the Vermont Douglas. awarded small containers of maple Secretary of State’s office has “I think that town meeting is syrup. In Monkton, the Monkton issued town clerks a great tradition. Book Club provides pies and an annual survey At the end of the at Middlebury’s town meeting, regarding town “One of the trends day, it makes every participants this year were offered meeting, due back we’ve seen is that voter a legislator for handmade cloth shopping bags. At to the state within one day… it’s the we have much many towns, Girl Scout troops run 60 days of issuance. check on our better attendance ultimate microphones and sell cookies. According to the elected officials, and 900 ATTEND 1969 MEETING results of the survey per capita in small sometimes that check According to Susan Clark, co- issued in 2018, of communities, is exercised quite author of the 2005 book “All Those Vermont’s 255 towns, regardless of the vigorously,” said In Favor: Rediscovering the Secrets 112 conducted voting median income Douglas this week. of Town Meeting and Community,” at town meeting by “There is a certain attendance town meeting across a combination of level.” — Susan Clark cumbersomeness to Vermont has declined since the late Australian ballot and the process, but it 1960s. floor vote, 77 used a also shows a kind of Middlebury’s town meeting in floor vote exclusively and 45 voted respect for the people.” 1969 drew an estimated 900 people, exclusively by Australian ballot. Heidi Willis said she hopes to according to Addison Independent Data for 2019 is due later this see attendance rise at Salisbury’s coverage at the time. “The biggest spring. meetings: crowd in many a Middlebury According to former governor “We need these meetings. Of memory” gathered to cut $40,000 and Secretary of State Jim Douglas, course you get the mundane but from the budget in an “emotional” who retired this year after serving as then you have to deal with the meeting. They also “drove the Middlebury’s Town Moderator for deeply meaningful: your kids’ bodyheat temperature up so high 33 years, voting by Australian ballot education. If we have a model and in the Municipal Auditorium that a has advantages and disadvantages a place where you can learn to be woman fainted.” for Vermont communities. civil and respectful within your Clark says over 30 years there “There are three categories own community, that broadens out have been three leading factors of items that can be decided by into the wider culture and informs that contribute to attendance at Australian ballot: election of our national discourse. I think we town meetings: the size of a town, officers, the budget, and public are losing that.”

Lawmakers return to business

Agenda to include Act 250 revisions

By JOHN FLOWERS SHOREHAM — Addison County lawmakers this week began the second half of the 2019 legislative session, and a few of them took time at Monday’s legislative breakfast in Shoreham to discuss some of their top priorities for the stretch drive to the final gavel. Monday’s breakfast came after the Legislature’s traditional hiatus of town meeting week, and featured only two lawmakers: Sen. Chris Bray, D-New Haven, and Rep. Harvey Smith, R-New Haven. Both are dealing primarily with environmental legislation; Bray chairs the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee, and Smith is a member of the House Natural Resources, Fish & Wildlife Committee. Last week’s respite from Statehouse action gave lawmakers a chance to reconnect with their constituents and reflect on the first two months of the 2019 session. Smith and Bray were asked what they believed were some of the most important pieces of legislation going forward. For Smith, it’s a proposed rewrite of Act 250, the state’s land use planning law. The law was originally passed in 1970, and lawmakers believe it should be revised to better reflect 21st-century development and environmental priorities. A “Vermont Commission on Act 250: The next 50 years” has provided recommendations for the bill now under consideration. Those

recommendations include: • Requiring that development pitched at elevations of more than 2,000 feet come under Act 250 jurisdiction, as a means of protecting mountain ridgelines. The current Act 250 trigger is 2,500 feet and higher. • Repealing the exemption for farming, logging, and forestry below 2,500 feet, when these activities occur in areas that have been designated as “critical resource areas.” • Requiring the Natural Resources Board or its successor work with the other state agencies to create a predictable timetable for the Act 250 permitting process. Smith said he’s concerned some of the proposed revisions to Act 250 could hamper development and farming. “It appears to me that Act 250 jurisdiction is going to cover most of Vermont, and not just some large development projects, including forestry and agricultural operations,” Smith said. He acknowledged the proposed Act 250 rewrite would make it easier to develop “designated downtown centers” that have been vetted by the Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development. But there are only 23 such downtown centers in the state, and they’re largely built out, according to Smith, who specifically cited the case of Main Street Bristol. “There isn’t really any opportunity to do any new growth and development,” he said. “There’s no place to grow in those areas… If we’re going to do that, we need to include areas the towns have

designated for growth and development, whether it be commercial, residential or mixed us,” he said. He predicted the Legislature will need the full biennium to process the Act 250 bill. Bray singled out three bills his committee has been dealing with. The bills seek to promote clean water, curtail single-use plastic bags, and regulating the use of polyfluoroalkyl (Pfa) substances — which don’t break down — in products handled and consumed by humans. “It has become a ubiquitous compound,” Bray said of Pfa. “It’s a family of 5,000 compounds, and Vermont has regulated five as a result of the Bennington exposure. We have learned they are carcinogenic in many ways. From a public health point of view, we want to make sure Vermonters are not exposed to these carcinogens, and start to understand where they are, how they travel, and start to regulate them from a public health point of view.” An abortion bill was discussed on Monday in Shoreham (see related story on this page). Also discussed at Monday’s breakfast were: • Property taxes. Smith said “rising property taxes” was one of the most prevalent concerns he heard from his constituents during town meeting week. He was one of the ballot counters for the Mount Abraham Unified School District budget, which passed by only 13 votes. “(Property taxes) are becoming a hurdle for a lot of people,” Smith said. Reporter John Flowers is at

Senate readies for debate on abortion legislation

By JOHN FLOWERS SHOREHAM — A topic of conversation at Monday’s legislative breakfast in Shoreham centered around H.57, a bill aimed at preserving a woman’s right to have an abortion. That right is already guaranteed at the federal level through the Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision, but state lawmakers drafted H.57 as a way to maintain a woman’s right to choose if the land’s highest court reverses its position on abortion law. Local lawmakers said they’ve received many emails from people for and against abortion rights.

Critics have suggested H.57 might pave the way for the state to legalize so-called late-term abortions. Authors of the bill have said that claim is false. Father Luke Austin of St. Mary’s Catholic Church said, “Early in the pregnancy, the interests are toward the mother; later in the pregnancy the interests are more toward the potential life and state’s interest in protecting that life.” He noted New York state’s Reproductive Health Act has used case law in delineating “viable life” at 24 weeks. “What are the chances that could

be put onto H.57 in the Senate?” Austin asked. Sen. Chris Bray, D-New Haven, replied that the Senate hasn’t been able to devote much time yet to H.57, but added it would get its turn and could be sized up for amendments during the legislative process. Rep. Harvey Smith, R-New Haven, called H.57 a “very emotional and controversial” bill. “For the first time since I’ve been in the Legislature and dealing with abortion issues… I had a few prochoice supporters asking me to vote ‘no’ on this bill because they thought it went too far,” Smith said.

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to the Editor

Re-energizing Town Meeting Will changing times continue to conspire against Town Meeting, or is there a way to re-energize this once vital Vermont tradition? That’s the question behind a front-page story in today’s issue. Anecdotal stories of this year’s Town Meeting are encouraging. In Starksboro, for instance, 111 residents attended a three-hour meeting on Saturday morning. There, hot coffee was available along with baked goods from the Four Winds Nature Institute, and free day care was provided in an adjacent room. The packed hall and civil discourse — an extra $7,000 was allocated to the budget to care for a community building — was testament to a town proud of its sense of community. Statewide numbers, however, tell a less enthusiastic story. According to data published by the Vermont Secretary of State’s office, the statewide average turnout for floor votes at town meeting in 2018 was just over 8 percent of eligible voters. In towns that voted by Australian ballot, an average of 23 percent of eligible voters participated. Town-by-town results can vary widely depending on whether there were controversial issues to discuss, whether budgets and elected officers were voted on the floor or by Australian ballot, or whether all issues were voted by Australian ballot and the traditional “town meeting” only served as an informational meeting. Not surprisingly, those town meetings serving only as informational meetings were greeted with the least amount of enthusiasm, while those deciding town budgets and articles from the floor, along with some elected officials, attracted the most attendance. And, not surprisingly, the smaller the town, the higher the percentage of turnout. What’s the secret to Starksboro’s relative success? A few observations: First, it’s on a Saturday morning, so younger parents can attend (Monday nights after 7 p.m. just doesn’t work); second, hot drinks and baked goods were served; and third, day care was provided. The conundrum for many towns is that while there might not be much in the budget to discuss, and lacking a controversial issue, it’s still important to get together to talk about the community’s well-being and future. One idea could be to set up workshops ahead of the meeting to discuss topics important to the town. For example, what, if anything, might towns do to help prevent gun violence at area schools? Or has the town done everything it can to attract younger families? Is Green Up Day all it could be, and are the town’s parks and rec programs doing everything it can for the population’s health? These aren’t necessarily items to be discussed when going over a town budget, but they could draw interested people to a pre-meeting workshop who might stay for the main event. High attendance at Town Meeting isn’t critical for the state or individual towns to function well, but it is a cherished part of Vermont for a reason: it brings communities together. That’s reason enough to try new things and learn from those who are doing it well. Angelo Lynn

Guest commentary

State Auditor answers criticism By State Auditor Doug Hoffer The State Auditor’s Office serves Vermonters by ensuring that state government and entities that receive taxpayer funds are operating effectively and efficiently. As such, I would like to clear the air about some misinformation regarding my office and my intention to audit Vermont’s Accountable Care Organization (OneCare Vermont). Some have expressed concerns about the need for such an evaluation and our authority to do so. Here are the facts. OneCare Vermont is part of a national experiment blessed by the federal government to change the way health care is provided and paid for. Although other states are going down this road, our ACO will be a virtual monopoly, receive hundreds of millions in public funds, and eventually touch the lives of most Vermonters. That is sufficient reason to conduct periodic audits on behalf of Vermonters. The State Auditor’s Office primary function is to conduct performance audits of state government. The State Auditor may “at his or her discretion, conduct governmental audits...of every department, institution, and agency of the State” (emphases added; 32 V.S.A. § 163). Part of that responsibility includes auditing the performance of entities that are paid by the state with public funds. Such audits typically include a review of the state’s management of such contracts and, in some cases, may include a review of a regulatory entity’s performance of its duties. OneCare Vermont has a huge contract with the Department of Vermont Health Access to provide care to part of the state’s Medicaid population. The current annual value is almost $100 million. The State Auditor’s authority is reflected in state contracts that include audit provisions requiring the contractor to retain and make available on request all records related to performance under the terms of the contract. This is true of the OneCare Vermont contract for Medicaid. Therefore, contrary to what some have suggested, the State Auditor already has the authority to audit OneCare Vermont. The confusion arose from a bill introduced in the House at my request (H.181) that would provide expanded access to records from OneCare Vermont. I thought this would be useful because: 1) OneCare is a very large for-profit corporation that is part of a complex web of other entities affiliated with the University of Vermont Medical Center, which could present challenges to tracking the flow of funds and 2) OneCare, like other powerful private entities, can be expected to contest some of our records requests, and such disputes distract from and delay audit work. The point is that I want nothing more than the tools necessary to do the job of ensuring that public dollars are used effectively and efficiently to provide critical services to Vermonters. Furthermore, and contrary to what some have said, I have no interest in regulating the ACO. That is the job of the Green Mountain Care Board. Our job is to conduct independent performance audits. To some extent, the misinformation about H.181 reflects the fact that the health care industry spends more on lobbying than any other interest group in Vermont. That is their lawfully protected right, but, in this case, it’s troubling if the goal is to limit transparency and accountability. What’s more, if OneCare is performing well, why wouldn’t it welcome an independent review? The shift from fee-for-service to the so-called “all payer” model has a lot of potential, along with some risks. Notwithstanding the Green Mountain Care Board’s ongoing oversight, an experiment of this size and complexity requires multiple sets of eyes. Indeed, it would be irresponsible to claim otherwise. I fully expect that the Auditor’s office will devote resources to this subject for years to come, including a review of the role of the Green Mountain Care Board. The Legislature, which established and relies on the Board, does not have the resources to evaluate this work, so we will fill the gap. Finally, the Auditor’s office has exceptional staff with considerable experience auditing complex subjects. I am confident we can do the work and add value.


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Farmers should stay positive

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MOUNT ABRAHAM STUDENT-ACTORS Eden Ginsburg, playing an earthling, and Wisdom Edwards, an alien on a mission, on Monday rehearse one in a series of one-act plays to be performed by Addison Repertory Theater students at the Hannaford Career Center’s Black Box Theater off Charles Avenue in Middlebury this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Culinary Arts students will serve a buffet during intermission.

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Fictional detective offers real lessons In the past few months, I have been on binge, reading Louise Penny’s Armande Gamache novels. Gamache is a high-ranking officer in the Sûreté in Quebec. The central setting of the novels is a village called Three Pines. Penny has created in Gamache a man who happens to be in law enforcement. So many detective novels feature detectives who happen to be men or women. It is the job that is important, not life, not being human. As a reader, I often find many truths in fiction. I found myself gravitating toward Gamache’s often-repeated paths to wisdom: I don’t know. I’m sorry. I need help. By Ruth I was wrong. Farmer Armande Gamache learned these paths to wisdom from his mentor in the Sûreté. As he rose through the ranks, he offered these pearls to others in his charge. Some embraced them. Others thought they were signs of weakness. I found them welcome respite. So many protagonists of detective novels exhibit cleverness that masks egotism, disdain for others, and even cruelty or sociopathy. There is something so humane about: I don’t know. I’m sorry. I need help. I was wrong. Many years ago, I decided that I had finally become comfortable with saying to myself and (eventually) to others, “I don’t know.” It is interesting to witness people’s responses when I say those words. They are

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rarely an accepted response and frequently seen as unacceptable. If you don’t know a thing, particularly something within your purview, then what good are you? You are certainly not the perfect person that we need in this position at this time. Say “I don’t know” to someone the next time they ask you an important question requiring a significant answer. Watch their face. What is the first thing they say? I have seen the dismay, frustration, impatience and even anger on the faces of people to whom I’ve said “I don’t know. They are waiting for more, such as: I’ll find out. I’ll get right on it. It’s not important. Those qualifiers may not be satisfactory but they suggest that someone (you) will find an answer or take responsibility for not having an answer. A weight is lifted. The phrase “I’m sorry” is frequently accompanied by additional words that serve as a deflection. When told that they’ve hurt your feelings people often say: “I’m sorry you feel that way.” To me, this means, “I’m sorry that you are forcing me to confront your oversensitivity. Get over yourself.” When told that a sickness has occurred or someone has died: “I’m sorry to hear that” is a stock response to being burdened with someone else’s tragedy. In the past few months, I’ve been saying “I’m sorry” and nothing more. I am acutely aware that those words sound inadequate alone even though they are true. If I really mean I’m sorry to hear that (as in why are you (See Ways of Seeing, Page 5A)

Trip down memory lane with old pals

Last weekend, while back in my hometown for a fam- days; sleeping (or not sleeping, depending on the hot ily gathering, I caught up with a couple of old friends. flashes); how to ease lumbar pains; and even ethics — This year, the emphasis was on “old.” specifically, whether you are morally obligated to point At 51, I’m in good health. I don’t have a fear of aging out a stray whisker on another friend’s chin (answer: (although those “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” commer- yes). cials are starting to make me a little uncomfortable). By the time we had finished dinner, we’d had in-depth “I’m not getting older, I’m getting better,” I like to say, discussions of sun-damaged skin, the increasing magnifiwincing whenever I stand up from a seated cross-legged cations of our reading glasses and the lamentable effects position on the floor. “Just let me walk this off for a sec.” of gravity on various body parts we had once been quite But other than a bit of stiffness here and there, I barely proud of. even think about the toll the years are I swear we used to be fun. taking. As we waited for the check, I At least that’s what I’ve been telling saw a woman at another table who myself. looked like one of my sixth-grade On Saturday, however, when I went classmates. My girlfriends, who out to dinner with two childhood knew her, confirmed it and waved girlfriends I hadn’t seen in a few years, her over. something was different. I remember She apologized for not coming what we used to talk about when we over sooner; she had thought she By Jessie Raymond recognized me but wasn’t sure. first knew each other: boys, clothes and, probably, the imminent release “That’s OK,” I said. “After all, we of then-very-wholesome Michael haven’t seen each other in almost” Jackson’s “Thriller” video. — I did a little math in my head — “40 years.” That’s not what we talked about this time. We all laughed. And then, as the number hung there, First, we ordered drinks — water all around, it turned we got very, very quiet. out. One of us is quitting smoking and can’t resist when Breaking the silence, she said, “Well, it was great to she drinks, one has found alcohol upsets her stomach and see you,” and fled for the exit. one is trying to lose weight. I regretted the faux pas. Why had I felt the need to We laughed about how times had changed, recalling point out the jarring passage of time? In an effort to make a night in 1986 when we made fuzzy navels by carving things less awkward, I shouted after her, “Hopefully I’ll holes in oranges, pouring in vodka and peach schnapps, see you in another 40 years. If we’re alive!” and sucking the mixture out with a straw. That time, nobody laughed. (Making things less awkIt had seemed pretty wild at the time. ward is not my forte.) Talk of our current teetotaling led to conversations But that was the theme of the night. We had gone from about our respective levels of caffeine tolerance these (See Jessie, Page 5A)

Around the bend

It’s easy to flip through the TV channels or scroll through social media or the internet and be hit with negative, upsetting and frustrating news. As a dairy farmer, I see and experience some of the same feelings hitting so many others right now, at my own local level. But it’s easy to forget there’s much to be thankful for and to work towards in 2019. I’m a third-generation dairy farmer, and my family has been taking care of our animals and maintaining our lands along Lake Champlain in West Addison for 40 years. I’m proud of this legacy and want it to continue for years to come. Yes, the price we get here on the farm for our milk is not good, it hasn’t been for several years now. It’s pushed some of our farming neighbors to the decision to cut their losses and sell off their cows — it’s frustrating to see hardworking dairy farmers go out of business, but it’s the reality we’re currently dealing with. The economics and financials for each farm are different, and each family must do what’s best for them. Each farm does things differently. From the buildings and equipment used, to farming practices and the number of cows milked, each farming family runs their operation in their own unique way. But every farm has some important similarities: we all take the best possible care of our cows, and we do everything in our power to protect our soils and waterways. These two pieces are at the heart of the nutritious milk we produce each day. And that is something that won’t change in the year ahead. My brother Tim and I understand that each day brings a new challenge. We’re fortunate to work with so many partners who believe in the value of dairy farming; from our cow nutritionist, to our veterinarian, our dedicated employees, and many more. We believe in the future of Vermont dairy. We see opportunities in the years ahead, and we’re ready to meet the difficulties head-on. As climate change mitigation and water quality protection become bigger focuses, we’ll continue to utilize practices that prevent runoff, increase soil health, and allow our crops to store more carbon on our fields in Vermont and Eastern New York. And we’ll strive each day to give our cows a healthy, happy, and comfortable home. The recent government shutdown or the price for milk (set at the federal level), are just a few of the issues that are out of our control. It will take conversations at higher levels to influence changes on those scales. What I can do is stay positive during the year ahead, support my fellow dairy farmers in Vermont and New York and work towards a better tomorrow. I get up every day at 4 a.m., head out to the barn and feed our cows. I do it because I love it. I do it because I’m a dairy farmer and I’m following in the footsteps of all the farmers that came before me. I’ll continue to do everything in my power to keep open a path for future generations to be here on the farm. I’ll keep working the farm and producing the wholesome milk you expect and deserve, and you keep drinking milk and enjoying the delicious options in your local dairy aisle. Steve Kayhart West Addison

Editorial policy needs to shift

As one who frequently reads both the Addison Independent’s letters to the editor and your lead editorial, I value the public platform that the newspaper offers our community. I have experienced virtually open access to your paper for my occasional letters. I am grateful. That said, I would like to suggest a shift in policy in what I see as a growing trend. Specifically, I am concerned about editorials that comment on letters to the editor in the same edition. I understand that in a small town newspaper keeping journalistic and publishing roles totally separate is difficult. (The New York Times does this by publishing a statement that its Editorial Board and op-ed pages are distinct operations.) When your editorials claim to correct errors in letters to the editor (See Letter, Page 4A)

Addison Independent, Thursday, March 14, 2019 — PAGE 5A

The very idea of a Democracy Every civil society differs from that America ranks high, perhaps every other one by virtue of its highest, among the civilizations people, its language and culture, of world history. And this is the and its geography. Therefore, reason for her greatness. But Democracy did not begin the question: “In what respect is in America, rather this nation different it began in Greece, from other nations?” and it was because is not idle. However, the founders of this The United States of nation were schooled America is not only in the Classics and different from other enlightened by them nations, it is supposed that the American to be exceptional. revolution has been The question whether described as “the a civil society is result of reason,” by exceptional is one which was meant, of world-historical reason in a Greek import. Those sociidiom. eties are exceptional The American Tradition locates that leave their mark on world history and Political Tradition the origin of Democracy in Athens, where civilization. It has An essay by it achieved archetypbecome commonplace Victor Nuovo al expression in the that proof of American exceptionalism resides Middlebury College life and career of its great leader, Pericles in the fact that Democprofessor emeritus (495–429 BCE). racy has, by default, of philosophy Pericles was an come to be accepted Athenian aristocrat, worldwide as the paradigm or rule of government, well-born, well-educated, and whereas, before this nation’s well-connected. He was no doubt founding, in Europe, hereditary highly intelligent, a patron of the monarchy was the rule. Until the arts, a lover of learning and of modern period, it was commonly his native city, a true patriot, and supposed that hereditary mon- brave. He was not much to look archy was the original form of at physically — he had a bulbous government, a natural offshoot of head (hence, he is always depicted patriarchy, which was supposed to as wearing a helmet), and his be the original form of the family. frame was neither formidable nor Modern political orthodoxy no graceful. But he was resolute and longer adheres to this opinion. the force of his will made up for Its paradigm is government by any physical deficiencies. He was consent of the people, its origin popular among the people and was a social contract, and it follows repeatedly elected to positions of from this that the state does not political and military leadership. belong to a ruling family, rather In these roles, he presided over it is a public trust in which all the golden age of Athens. But this the people share. And it is now golden age was short lived. Before the advent of democratcommonly supposed that civil society originated in this way, and ic rule, the Athenian government that democracy is its natural out- was aristocratic. Certain families, growth. The self-creation of this through their wealth and ambination, its rise, its growing power tion, rose to power until a single and influence, its world-historical family seized power, and its head success, is believed to have caused ruled as tyrant. [Tyrant, in Greek this change of mind. The change is closer in meaning to dictator began slowly. The end of the First than king.] He was overthrown in World War, which brought an a popular uprising, and the people end to European empires and the rose to power, and also came into ascendency of the United States as possession of the city and its gova world power, is the point of no ernment. What gave power to the people was the large number of return. To summarize, the universal veterans of imperial wars. Athens acceptance of Democracy, rather had become an imperial power, a than hereditary Monarchy or Ar- great sea power; the greatest in istocracy, as not only the standard the Eastern Mediterranean, and of political correctness, but also as by these means it increased its the form of government that is the wealth and dominions. The sailors most proper and the most durable, and marines, who enabled all this is viewed as a historical conse- were not aristocrats but common quence of the historical achieve- men. When after service they ment of The United States of returned to the city, they particiAmerica and the reason for its rise pated in elections and they were among the nations, its unmatched courted for their votes. Pericles, growth in wealth and power, and under whom many of them had its worldwide influence, its seem- served, and whom they greatly ing invincibility, which is taken respected, became the first citizen as further proof that it will long of the city with their support, endure. On account these things and under his leadership Athens

became a nation “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” He brought greatness to the city, not only politically and militarily, but by sponsoring the arts and architecture whose monuments, although now in ruin, still evoke wonder. But the history of ancient Athens is a tragedy. Thucydides, also an Athenian, and a generation younger than Pericles, wrote an account of it in his History of the Peloponnesian War. The Peloponnese (literally, “Pelop’s Island”) is a great island west of the Greek mainland, connected to it by an isthmus. Its dominant city was Sparta, whose power rivaled Athens. They had become political rivals. These rivalries caused a great war between them, in which many other Greek cities became involved, supporting one or the other side. The war lasted a quarter of a century until Athens, its fleet destroyed, ignominiously blockaded and confined within its walls, was starved into surrender. Pericles died during the second year of the war, a victim of a plague that struck Athens. Earlier in that year he was chosen by the people to deliver an oration on an occasion like our Memorial Day, honoring the war dead, those who had given their lives for the city. Thucydides gives an account of it. Pericles began by praising the ancestors from whom Athenians had received the city and the land, a free gift. This is just like the way we have received our town and its place. And the ancestors bequeathed a form of government along with it. It was not the rule of one person, or of a few, rich and privileged, but government of the many; whose leaders are elected from the people, by the people, and who rule for their good. Freedom of assembly and free expression, even in times of war, are a hallmark of the city, along with self-reliance in defense of the city. Vigilance not servility is the proper means of survival. And culture its heart and soul. “We cultivate beauty without extravagance, the love of wisdom without weakness, wealth not as a privilege or a means of self-aggrandizement or vain ambition, but as a means of action that benefits the city.” The city is a school of virtue, a city on a hill, a heritage given to the world. The founders of this nation were cognizant of this idea; it was their model, and their aim was to establish a city whose glory would be a beacon to others, a light to enlighten. It is a noble idea, worth emulating. But it shines against the dark background of the tragic end of the golden age of Athens. It still shines. Read Thucydides. He has many lessons to teach us.

Ways of Seeing (Continued from Page 4A) burdening me with bad news) I stay silent and feel the burden. We cannot always avoid being impacted by others. As a perfectionist, saying “I need help” is difficult for me. Even thinking those words has sent me into a shame spiral. Somewhere in my psyche, I’ve accepted the U.S.A. mythology of the rugged individualist. I have to pause and accept how implausible that is. I want to be strong, knowledgeable, capable, and I am. Still, I won’t get very far without help. And finally, I was wrong: How many times have I heard — or said — that phrase with qualifiers, most of the time divesting responsibility: I was wrong but you … I was wrong but if they hadn’t … It is really hard and humbling to simply say, “I was wrong.” Saying “I was wrong and I’m sorry” could

lead to a moment of grace. I don’t know. I’m sorry. I need help. I was wrong. Each of those statements can lead to greater connection when offered in honest communication with another. Taken together they

could lead to a more harmonious framework for living in this world. Ruth Farmer is a published essayist and poet. S he directs the Goddard Graduate Institute in Plainfield, and is sole owner of Farmer Writing and Editing (

Letters to the Editor ‘Polarizing’ language was not helpful in BLSG debate I am writing in response to Mr. Lynn’s editorial of 3/7/19, “BLSG: Finding Common Cause.” If one were interested in helping those engaged in the debate regarding the spraying and board practices of the Brandon Leicester Salisbury Goshen and Pittsford Mosquito District, then I wouldn’t begin by calling the discussion a “slugfest.” Mr. Lynn also describes the Salisbury Town Meeting as “Trumpian,” though he wasn’t actually in attendance. As one who attended the whole meeting (and has worked with a small group of Salisbury citizens trying to maintain a meaningful, informative, respectful and enjoyable Town Meeting…) I find this characterization as highly offensive and wildly inaccurate. I would offer a different description of the meeting. It was civil, respectful, lively, and very informative. As happens at most Town Meetings, there were differences of opinion, all of which were heard out. There was no name calling, bullying, ridiculing, chanting, or swinging on the flag … none! (I have attended a few Salisbury meetings that did include some of the aforementioned.) Though not a Salisbury resident, Dr. Lawton was given permission to speak for 5 minutes, after a voice vote by the citizens, as required by Town Meeting rules of order. He had been apprised of this requirement days before Town Meeting occurred. There were loud voices on both sides during the voice vote. When Dr. Lawton

Mr. Lynn suggests caution in reading the information offered by Moosalamoo W&W. One could suggest the same caution when reading BLSG materials. The BLSG report in the Salisbury Town Report warned residents about the possibility of the Zika virus in Vermont. As corrected by a Vermont State Ag official, the mosquitoes that carry Zika are found only in Texas and Florida and don’t live in Vermont. If Mr. Lynn truly wants to help in finding common cause, then he could widen his sources of information, note that a number of recent letter writers are citizens of wide experience and expertise, deep community involvement and are well respected, even if falling under the dubious category of “liberal environmentalist”! He could also refrain from using polarizing language. To be clear, Salisbury residents engaged in a lively, passionate, informative and respectful debate and discussion around this topic during Town Meeting, as opposed to a Trumpian slugfest and perhaps, the lawsuit and the close Salisbury vote are not a “nuisance” but a wakeup call. Heidi Willis Salisbury

Jessie (Continued from Page 4A) being crazy young kids getting drunk on booze-filled oranges to women comparing notes on bunion-friendly shoes and complaining that almonds “disagree” with us now. Is this how it goes? Next, will I start keeping hard candy in my handbag? Will I wear a housecoat and slippers when I watch my programs? Whatever. I’m getting older. Maybe I can’t toss back almonds the way I used to. And maybe a typical — and, to be honest, preferred — Saturday night is one that involves having a quiet dinner and then retreating to the living room, where I can doze off on the couch. (“Just resting my eyes,” I say, exactly like my grandmother used to.) That’s fine. Time passes. And I usually don’t pay much attention to the changes it brings. But the conversations my friends and I had that night took a new and disturbing turn toward the geriatric. How is that possible, when it seems like just yesterday we were talking about Guess jeans and Duran Duran? I’m not saying we should live in the past. But the next time the three of us get together, there’s no way I’m letting us spend the whole night talking about aging. That gets old real fast.

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Letter (Continued from Page 5A) in the same edition of the paper, it must be recognized that such pre-judgments may be seriously prejudicial for a reader. The practice is a bit like having a moderator at Town Meeting who, before giving the floor to a speaker, tells the audience why what is about to be said is not accurate. I would like to recommend that the editor’s practice of commenting on letters to the editor be discontinued, or at a minimum more clearly separated in time and space. Randy Kritkausky Whiting

exceeded his time limit and went off topic, Moderator Wayne Smith correctly and respectfully required him to stop. Comments that I heard at the potluck following the meeting were that the meeting was informative and useful and civil. What could be construed to be “Trumpian” in this whole situation is how disagreement is perceived. Disagreement and differing opinions, to state the obvious, is a foundation of democratic practice. In this case, the BLSG does not appear to welcome differing perspectives, criticisms, suggestions, or anyone with new ideas, either about operating as a board, or in field practice. Former Salisbury BLSG representative Kip Andres has written a clear and descriptive letter about his observations and experiences with the BLSG Board which can found in the Addison Independent online paper, or Moosalamoo Woods and Waters website. His description is of a board that is secretive, defensive, entrenched and unprofessional. I encourage folks to read the full letter, which is reasoned and detailed. (The Addison Independent declined to print the letter in full in its print edition because of its length.)


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VERMONT — It’s time for another Vermont Maple Sugar Makers’ Association open house weekend, this year scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24 at sugarhouses across the state. Vermont leads the nation by a commanding margin as the top maple producing state. Total U.S. maple syrup production in 2018 was 4.1 million gallons, with Vermont’s contribution accounting for more than 1.9 million of those gallons. Maple Open House Weekend is a chance for Vermont sugarmakers to do their victory dance while opening the doors of their sugarhouses for visitors traveling from near and far wanting to see, taste, and experience Vermont maple syrup. Organizers expect a larger crowd that than the estimated 40,000 visitors last year. Twenty-two new sugarworks have joined this year’s event. In addition to sugarhouse experiences, local Vermont businesses who specialize in MARIE E. BENOIT their own craft and support Vermont’s maple industry by including maple in March 15, from 5-7 p.m., at Brown- their ingredients, on their menus, and McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 16, at 2 p.m. at the North Ferrisburgh United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers contributions LINCOLN — Town Meeting was may be made to The Derick Leroy Benoit Scholarship Fund at VUHS extra special and festive this year as we Attn: Lee Shorey, 50 Monkton Rd., celebrated the 100-year anniversary of the Burnham Foundation. It was great Vergennes, VT 05491.◊ to see the hall filled with townspeople wearing Mardi-gras beads — there were balloons and banners all around, and it had a general feeling of congeniality. The highlight of the evening was 9-11 a.m. at the Snow Bowl. The presenting a special plaque of honor to course will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 Mark Benz for his tremendous contrip.m. on lower Allen Trail. Unlimited butions toward ensuring the restoration runs on the course for participants and preservation of Burnham Hall. will provide fun for the whole day. After the flood of 1998, when the Awards and prizes presented after the building was inundated with 5 feet of course closes at 2 p.m. Cost for each water and much was destroyed, Mark pre-registered skier is $20 and $25/ took action. He applied for FEMA skier on race day. The Snow Bowl grants, state grants, local grants, and will offer a special discounted lift sought funds from any possible source. ticket of $40 ($60 value). His particular way of making a human Registration online at quarryhi- connection with the granting agency, via email at quarryhi- was extraordinary. With his enthusiasm, on Facebook, for the project, he developed an experor by calling the school at 388-7297. tise for winning awards. Even when

Marie Benoit, 79, North Ferrisburgh NORTH FERRISBURGH — Marie E. Benoit, 79, of North Ferrisburgh, passed away Friday, March 8, 2019, at the Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury with her loved ones at her side. Marie was born August 30, 1939, in New Haven. She was the daughter of Leroy and Rachel (Garrapy) Gordon. Marie graduated from Shelburne High School in 1958, then joined the U.S. Air Force, where she was an Air Traffic controller through 1961. After returning home she became a woodworker, making furniture and household items throughout her life. She married her husband Ernest Benoit of 54 years, on Jan. 9, 1965. The couple moved home to the family farm in North Ferrisburgh in 1969 where her husband still resides. Marie loved to work in her flower and vegetable gardens, read a good romance novel, paint ceramics, go camping with the family and watch Disney movies with her grandchildren. She was a great cook, but her greatest passion was her family. Marie spent her life dedicating hers to her loved ones. Marie is survived by her husband Ernest L. Benoit of North

Ferrisburgh; her children Dennis J. Benoit and partner Peggy of Addison, Shawn Benoit and partner Gina of Milton, and Tina (Benoit) Lothian and husband David of Franklin; her grandchildren Maria Benoit and partner Chris, Kristina Benoit, Dylan Lothian and wife Erin, Caleb Lothian and Logan Benoit; and her great-grandsons Collin and Cyrus Clair. She is also survived by her sister Cynthia and husband Robert Patti of Colchester, sister Elaine Marrow of Vergennes, sister Linda Fuller and husband John of Mosinee, Wis., brother Roger Gordon and wife Cheryl of Brandon, Sister in-law Joanne Gordon of South Hero, Sister in-law Jeannette Lucier and husband John of N. Ferrisburgh, and her lifelong friend and adopted sister Kay Orvis of Lincoln. Marie had many special nieces and nephews along with her very special caretaker Karen Pelkey. Marie was predeceased by her parents Leroy and Rachel Gordon, brother William Gordon, along with many amazing in-laws and her very special Grandson Derick Leroy Benoit. Visiting hours for family and friends will be held on Friday,


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receiving rejections, he never stopped trying. With his perseverance, he has brought in roughly $500,000 worth of funding for Burnham Hall, and it was wonderful to be able to honor him at our Town Meeting on Monday night. The crowd was on their feet and if you see him around, be sure to thank him for his work. The plaque was beautifully crafted and inscribed by our very own Rainville family at Maple Landmark. Andrew Rainville designed the 100 year celebration logo, which you can see on a banner at Burnham Hall, and this was also inscribed on the plaque for Mark. The plaque will be hung in Burnham Hall, for all to see (location to be determined, but probably near Walter Burnham’s portrait). Please stop to look at it when you are there. There will be a film about Front Porch Forum at the library on Wednesday, March 27, from 7-9 p.m.

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The Gateway Farm, 506 North 116 Rd., Bristol. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4.p.m. Twin Maple Sugarworks, 88 W. River Rd., Lincoln. Saturday, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Sunday, noon-6 p.m. Vermont Trade Winds Farm, 1639 Route 74 East, Shoreham. Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Village Mapleworks, 505 Main St., Orwell. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Some traditional Open House activities include sampling syrup; pancake breakfasts; horse-drawn sleigh rides; sugar-on-snow parties; and plenty of maple products to taste including maple donuts, maple cotton candy and maple creemees. In addition to the open houses at sugaring operations, the Middlebury Inn and Shacksbury Cider will offer maple-themed food and drinks. For more information about the weekend and to view the map and list of participating sugarhouses and partnering businesses visit vermontmaple. org/mohw.

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offered for sale at their locations are also included on the tour map. Open houses in Addison County include the following: Boyer’s Orchard, 1823 Monkton Rd., Monkton. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Bread Loaf View Farm, 564 Cider Mill Rd., Cornwall. Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dakin Farm, 5797 Route 7, Ferrisburgh. Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Hillsboro Sugarworks, Mountainside Ln., Starksboro. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Irish Hill Maple Products, 999 Swinton Rd., Bridport. Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m. Little Hogback Farm, 2365 Lower Notch Rd., Bristol. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Red Rock Valley Maple Farm, 160 Sugarhouse Ln., Starksboro. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Solar Sweet Maple Farm, 3841 South Lincoln Rd., Lincoln. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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(Continued from Page 1A) board member Laurie Gutowski said at the meeting the committee believed Kepes to be a clear-cut choice among the finalists, calling him “very energized.” “He was amazing,” Gutowski said. “He rose clearly to the top.” Another member of the search committee was long-time FCS teacher Peter Stapleford, who in an ANWSD press release described more of the traits that made Kepes an appealing choice. “Andy is a natural leader. I look forward to being challenged. He brings a wealth of experience to go along with his king-size sense of humor and work ethic,” Stapleford said. At Monday’s meeting, Superintendent Sheila Soule called Kepes a “phenomenal school leader” and described his style. “He leads with heart and compassion,” Soule said. Kepes, a 52-year-old 1990 Middlebury College graduate and Canton, N.Y., native, is wrapping up his fifth year at Rutland Northeast, a stint that followed a combined 10 years as a Mount Abe principal and science teacher. He lives in Addison with his Andy wife, Janet Kepes, who teaches German at Vergennes Union High a K-12 Westport, Conn., private School. Both their children, now school, and his girlfriend was also grown, went through Addison going to teach in the area. Central School and VUHS. “I think I kept coming back to the Those connections made up one fact that I liked being around kids. reason Kepes found the opening I also think potentially that my compelling. He said it was the only girlfriend at the time was looking job he applied for. at teaching might have helped, too. “It’s in my community. I don’t It was Janet,” Kepes said. live in Ferrisburgh, but They both stayed I’ve found myself more in Connecticut until “It’s in my and more invested in 1999, when they moved the Addison Northwest community. I to Vermont. Janet community. Through don’t live in eventually landed at my kids I spent 13 years Ferrisburgh, VUHS, while Andy in that community,” but I’ve found Kepes was in and out Kepes said. of education until myself more In fact he and Janet taking a permanent had a conversation and more job five years later at last summer that invested in Mount Abe as an earth foreshadowed his new the Addison science teacher. He was job. Northwest recruited for that job “Janet loves community. because he previously hypothetical questions. had spent a year at Through my She said, ‘What would Mount Abe as a longdraw you away from kids I spent 13 term sub. what you do currently?’ years in that Five years later, And I said I would love community.” having earned his to go back to teaching ­— Andy Kepes master of education science. Or, I said, I leadership degree would love to try K-6 from the University principaling. And she even asked of Vermont, Kepes was hired as what school I would like to work Mount Abe’s principal, keeping in, and I said my ideal school was that job for another five years until Ferrisburgh,” Kepes said. leaving for the curriculum position The education field was not his in Rutland Northeast, which is first choice back at Middlebury centered around Otter Valley Union College, although he did take one High School. education course. Kepes majored The time on the Rutland in environmental science. Northeast job that Kepes spent in “I was going to save the world,” the district’s elementary schools he said. got him wondering about becoming But Kepes had in the past an elementary school principal. enjoyed one job. “I’ve really enjoyed my time “I was a summer camp swimming with working with kids, younger instructor and always loved it,” he students, at Rutland Northeast, said. which really makes me think I’d As Kepes neared graduation a really like being attached to one recruiter suggested teaching at school,” he said.

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Hughes at or 802-453 4412. More activities at St. Patrick’s Day breakfast in Shoreham. Saturday, March 16, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Shoreham Congregational Church, 28 School Rd. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with corned beef hash or sausages with your pancakes or French toast, egg dishes, home fries, Irish soda bread and Beverages. Tickets $8 Adults/$4 children/$20 families. Bring a non-perishable item for the food shelf to help those in need. River Watch training in Middlebury. Saturday, March 16, 9-11:30 a.m., Addison County Regional Planning Commission, 14 Seminary St. Learn water quality sampling methods and help protect local waterways at this volunteer training session. Bagels, fruit and locally roasted coffee available starting at 8:30 a.m. More info contact Matthew Witten at 802-434-3236 or mwitten@ Va-et-vient in Middlebury. Saturday, March 16, 2-3 p.m., Helen Porter Rehabilitation and Nursing, 30 Porter Dr. A free concert by local trio Va-et-vient, who performs traditional French, Québecois, Cajun, and Créole songs, and loves to have the audience sing along.

collected food items are donated to the Whiting Food Shelf, which serves several surrounding communities. Quarry Hill School 9th Annual Iguana cup Family Fun Slalom Ski Race in Hancock. Sunday, March Age Well Senior Luncheon in Vergennes. 17, registration at 9 a.m., skiing 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Thursday, March 14, 10 a.m., Armory Lane Middlebury College Snow Bowl. Skiers/riders of all Senior Housing, 50 Armory Ln. Doors open at ages and abilities welcome. Register as a team or 10 a.m. for bingo and coffee hour. Meal served at noon individual to vie for the prestigious Iguana Cup. Prizes of Yankee pot roast with boiled potatoes, cabbage, for fastest, best costume, and more; handicap scoring and carrots, wheat roll and Leprechaun Cake. Bring format gives everyone a chance to win. Discounted your own place setting. $5 suggested donation. 72 adult lift tickets $40 ($60 value) Early registration by hours advanced notice required. Call Michelle at noon on March 15 is $20 and includes raffle ticket for 802-377-1419. Open to anyone age 60 and up and a variety of great prizes; $25/skier day of race. their spouse of any age. Free ride may be provided. Zig Zag Lit Mag’s Issue.6 release party in Bristol. Call ACTR at 802-388-2287 to inquire. Sunday, March 17, 2-4 p.m., Mary’s at Baldwin Creek, “State of the State Department and Diplomacy” 1868 N 116 Rd. The party will feature readings and discussion in Middlebury. Thursday, March 14, 3-4:30 work from Addison County writers and artists — folks p.m., Community Room, EastView at Middlebury, from Hancock, Bristol, Middlebury, Vergennes, Orwell, 100 EastView Ter. The final installment of the “Great Hinesburg, Weybridge, St. George, North Ferrisburgh, Decisions” program, a national discussion program and Monkton. Copies of Issue.6 will be available for on world affairs. Facilitated by Middlebury College purchase. Coffee and cash bar. More info at zigzaglitProfessor Emeritus Nick Clifford with guests. Free and or open to the public. Mother Up! in Middlebury. Sunday, March 17, 5:30“What Places Do You Most Love in Middlebury?” 7:30 p.m., Middlebury Recreation Center. Mother forum in Middlebury. Thursday, March 14, 5-7 p.m., Up!: Families Rise Up for Climate Action is a project Middlebury Town Offices, 77 Main of 350VT bringing together families to talk about the St. The Middlebury Conservation tough realities of climate change and to participate in Commission wants to hear from the transition to a healthier and safer world. Will celethe community, through an interacbrate the March 15 Climate Strikes tive process involving maps, markand talk about how to support youth ers, and small conversations among MIDDLEBURY STUDIO SCHOOL —Adult: Garden Design with in leading future actions. A vegetarneighbors. Monica Przyperhart, of Judith Irven, Oils, Pastels, Drawing, Try Colored Pencil Drawing, ian meal and childcare for ages 8 and the Community Wildlife Program at Mon & Thurs Wheel Classes, Summer Clay Classes Kids: NEWunder will be provided. RSVP helpful, Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, but not required. Contact Ashley Laux Make Your Own Gifts for Mother’s & Father’s Day, Clay Wheel will facilitate a process designed for more info at motherupmidd@350vt. to recognize what it is, exactly, that & Hand Building. Contact Barb org. makes Middlebury special to us, its 247-3702, email residents. Educated Decisions (VRED) commuMINDFULNESS BASED STRESS REDUCTION — a suite of nity dialogue night in Vergennes. meditative practices improving wellness, offered at Vergennes Thursday, March 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Governor’s Breakfast Movement Studio, 179 Main St., Vergennes, weekly beginning cafeteria, Vergennes Union High in Middlebury. Monday, School. 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Terrarium Design – Bristol Elementary School, Mountain *RESCHEDULED FROM JAN. 24* Construct two open globe succulent terrariums. Susan Goldstein, St. While children play in an early Thursday, March. 14, 6:30-8:30 childhood classroom parents can p.m., Champlain Valley Unitarian April 27. Info or registration call 453-4032 or share about their child and learn more Universalist Society, 2 Duane Ct. about their child’s communication, Following the business portion the social, play, and motor skills. Free meeting, at 7:30 p.m., the Harrington and takes about one hour. Children three years old by and McIntosh families of Ripton will present “Short Starting plants from seed workshop in Starksboro. September 1st or four years old who have not been Saturday, March 16, 2-3:30 p.m., Starksboro Public Legs, Long Trail: Four Summers on the Long Trail,” previously screened are invited to attend. More info Library/Town Hall, Route 116. Want to grow your describing how their two families decided to try backand to schedule an appointment call MAUSD Early own food this year? Abby Ahern shares her secrets packing together. More info contact Ruth Penfield at Education Program at 453-3674. to get good results when starting plants from seed. 802-388-5407 or No special materials needed. Bring your questions. Age Well Senior Luncheon in Bristol. Monday, March “Of Grief, Garlic and Gratitude: A Night with Kris 18, 10:45 a.m., Cubbers, 8 Main St. Doors open at Parking behind Town Offices. Francoeur” in Middlebury. Thursday, March 14, 10:45 a.m., meal served at 11 a.m. Menu is chef’s 6:30 pm., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. United “Zama” on screen in Middlebury. Saturday, March 16, choice and always delicious. 72 hours advanced 3 and 8 p.m., Dana Auditorium 356 College St. Zama, Way of Addison County and Middlebury Union Middle notice required. 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Friday, March 15, 5-7 p.m., St. Ambrose Parish Hall, 11, School St. All-you-can- Lunch and Learn about animals in Middlebury. 14, 7 p.m., Community Room, Ilsley Public Library, Monday, March 18, 12 noon-1 p.m., Homeward eat fried or baked haddock, French fries, cole slaw, 75 Main St. Otter Creek Audubon’s Cabin Fever Bound, 236 Boardman St. The educational series beverage and dessert. Tickets adults $12/children lecture series presents Nathaniel Sharp, Citizen from Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane under 9 $6/immediate family of 5 $37. More info at Science Outreach Naturalist at the Vermont Center Society, aims to inform the community about a wide 802-453-2488. for Ecostudies. Sharp will discuss nature projects range of topics relating to the wellbeing of animals. Bingo in Vergennes. Saturday, March 16, 5:30-8 p.m., Vermonters can participate in. Free. All are welcome. This week: “Humane Wildlife Exclusion” with Joann St. Peter’s Parish Hall, 85 South Maple St. Doors open “iNaturalist and the Vermont Atlas of Life” in Nichols. Free, pre- registration is requested; contact at 5:30 p.m., Bingo starts at 6 p.m. All cash prizes and Middlebury. Thursday, March, 14, 7 p.m., Community Hannah Manley at 388-1100 ext. 224 or hmanley@ 50/50 raffle. Refreshments sold. Sponsored by St. Room, Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Otter Creek Peter’s Cemetery Committee to benefit the ongoing Audubon presents Nathaniel Sharp, Citizen Science “E.B. White: Beyond ‘Charlotte’s Web’” talk in efforts for cemetery improvements. Outreach Naturalist at the Vermont Center for Middlebury. Monday, March 18, 1-2:30 p.m., Ecostudies, who will talk about the Vermont Atlas of King Pede card party in Ferrisburgh. Saturday, March Community Room, EastView at Middlebury, 100 16, 6:30 p.m., Ferrisburgh Community Center, Route Life project using iNaturalist, a citizen science App and EastView Ter. Join Kathy Hall, bibliographer and fan, 7. The evening begins with a sandwich supper and website that allows you share your wildlife sightings in when she discusses White’s expansive career, from then on to the games. King Pede is a unique game a meaningful way. Free and open to the public. writing children’s novels, to “New Yorker” essays, to that involves “trick-taking” techniques such as in Informal showing by Dante Brown in Middlebury. political commentary, to poking fun at “celebrities.” Hearts and Spades or Pitch. A game of fun and skill. Thursday, March 14, 7:30 p.m., Dance Theatre, Free and open to the public. Come prepared to use your strategic thinking. Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. Visiting artist-in-residence Dante Brown shares a recent solo Escape room for adults in Orwell. Saturday, March Addison County traumatic brain injury group in Bristol. Monday, March 18, 5:30-7 p.m., Holley Hall, 16, 7 p.m., Orwell Free Library, 423 Main St. Can you and his experiences in the professional dance world 1 South St. The group meets every 3rd Monday of the escape the library? Solve puzzles and decipher clues as a company founder, educator, and performer. Free. month to supports people with Traumatic Brain Injury. to earn your exit. More info at 802-443-3168,, or More info contact Larry Buck at 802-349-7392.





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AARP Smart Driver class in Middlebury. Friday, March 15, 9 a.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. Learn researchbased safety strategies that can reduce the likelihood of having a crash and how aging, medications, alcohol, and other health-related issues affect driving ability and ways to adjust to allow for these changes. This class is designed for Vermont drivers. There are no tests. Fully accessible. RSVP to Pat Ryan at 802-3881220 or Age Well Senior Luncheon in Middlebury. Friday, March 15, 11 a.m., the Glass Onion, Hannaford Career Center, Charles Ave. *This month is full. Call Michelle at 802-377-1419 to reserve for next month – date tbd.* Meal is Chef Woody Danforth’s choice and is prepared by the students in the Culinary Arts program. “History Happens Here” presentation in Middlebury. Friday, March 15, 1:30 p.m., Henry Sheldon Museum, 1 Park St. Glenn Andres presents the second talk in the Sheldon’s Did You Know? series, exploring the stories of Addison County people and events from Revolutionary times onward that have had local, and in many cases, national and even international significance. Tickets $10 for Sheldon members/$20 non-members. More info and advance registration at or 802-388-2117. Proceeds will benefit the Sheldon Museum’s education programs. Baked potato fundraiser in Cornwall. Friday, March 15, 5:30-7 p.m., Cornwall Congregational Church, Route 30. Help raise funds for benefit Habitat for Humanity of Addison County. Toppings include sour cream, chili, cheese, jalapeño, broccoli cheese sauce, corn salsa, bacon and more. $5 per potato. Eat in or take out. More info contact Betsy Stine at 802-462-2012. Teen Karaoke in Middlebury. Friday, March 15, 6-8 p.m., Community Room, Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Do you belt out Beyonce in the shower? Do you dance the night away in your bedroom? Come join other teens and share your talents. Pizza provided.




Green Mountain Club hike or snowshoe on the Jerusalem Trail. Saturday, March 16. A strenuous 5.6-mile hike, with elevation gain of 2,000 feet. Lunch at Glen Ellen Lodge. Bring water, lunch and appropriate clothing and gear for the weather, and anticipate changes in temperature and weather as elevation is gained. Contact leader Ivor




All-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast in Addison. Sunday, March 17, 7-11 a.m., Addison Fire Station, junction Routes 17 and 22A. Menu includes plain and blueberry pancakes, sausage, bacon, home fries, coffee, hot chocolate, and orange juice. Tickets $7 adults/$5 kids under 12. Funds will be used to purchase equipment for the Addison Fire Department. More Info at 802-759-2237. Scouting For Food Breakfast in Orwell. Sunday, March 17, 8-10:30 a.m., Orwell Town Hall, Main St. The Scouting organizations from Orwell, Benson, and Shoreham host. Bring two non-perishable food items per person to the Orwell Town Hall and be treated to a free all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash, home fries, pancakes, French toast, fresh fruit, coffee and orange juice. All




Age Well Senior Luncheon in Vergennes. Tuesday, March 19, 10 a.m., Armory Lane Senior Housing, 50 Armory Ln. Special St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold Raffle party. Irish music will be played and everyone gets entered into the raffle for free. Doors open at 10 a.m. for coffee hour. Meal served at noon of Irish corned beef stew, with potatoes, carrots, cabbage, turnips, Irish soda bread and St. Paddy’s Day cake. Bring your own place setting. Advanced tickets required. $5 suggested donation. Call Michelle at 802-377-1419. Open to anyone age 60 and up and their spouse of any age. Free ride may be provided. Call ACTR at 802-388-2287 to inquire. American Red Cross blood donation in Middlebury. Tuesday, March 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Legion,

Justice for all

VERMONT MIGRANT JUSTICE representatives will talk about about the struggle of migrant farmworkers in Addison County and throughout the state at the presentation “Migrant Justice: Supporting Vermont Migrant Farm Workers and Their Families” in Middlebury on Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m., in the Community Room, Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Photo/Caleb Kenna

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49 Wilson Rd. Individuals of all blood types, especially type O, are needed. Donors can make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Advanced improvisation showing in Middlebury. Tuesday, March 19, 5 p.m., Dance Theatre, Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. This informal showing demonstrates the research undertaken by the Advanced Improvisation course directed by Lida Winfield. Ron Rost and Deborah Felmeth perform music composed in the moment. Free. More info at 802-443-3168 or “Migrant Justice: Supporting Vermont Migrant Farm Workers and Their Families” in Middlebury. Tuesday, March 19, 7 p.m., Community Room, Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Representatives from Vermont Migrant Justice will about the struggle of migrant farmworkers in Addison County and throughout the state. Armchair travel to Orkney, Scotland, in Starksboro. Tuesday, March 19, 7 p.m., Starksboro Public Library, Route 116. In this presentation by Donna Lescoe and Patrick MacManaway, see the ancient Neolithic sites from Iron Age to the Vikings and take the ferry from John O’Groats to Kirkwall in photos and stories including Skara Brae village, the Watch Stone and the Broch of Gurness. Whiskey tasting tips too. Refreshments (but no alcohol) after the talk. Free and open to all. Parking behind Town Office.




Age Well Senior Luncheon in Middlebury. Wednesday, March 20, 11:15 a.m., Middlebury Rec Center. 154 Creek Rd. Doors open at 11:15 a.m., accordion music with Clifford Douglas. Meal served at noon of shrimp and veggie chow mein, brown rice pilaf, oriental vegetables, chow mein noodles and tapioca pudding with mandarin oranges. Bring your own place setting. $5 suggested donation. 72 hours advanced notice required. Call Michelle at 802-377-1419. Open to anyone age 60 and up and their spouse of any age. Free ride may be provided. Call ACTR at 802-388-2287 to inquire. Movement Matters Spotlight with Shakia Johnson in Middlebury. Wednesday, March 20, 4:30 p.m., Dance Theatre, Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. Shakia Johnson’s master classes engage with the history of hip hop through its evolution of movement. She is an accomplished choreographer, performer, and educator based in Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley, and is a beloved instructor at the Bates Dance Festival. Free. More info at 802-443-3168, middlebury. edu/arts or “For Future Generations: The Preservation and Care of Fort Ticonderoga’s Collections” in Addison. Wednesday, March 20, 7 p.m., Addison Fire Station, 44 Route 17 just west of Addison Four Corners. Fort Ticonderoga Director of Collections Miranda Peters discusses the wide range of collections programs currently underway at Fort Ticonderoga at the Addison Town Historical Society spring meeting. Guests are invited to bring items and questions: handouts will be provided for conservation resources. Light refreshments.




Age Well Senior Luncheon in Vergennes. Thursday, March 21, 10 a.m., Armory Lane Senior Housing, 50 Armory Ln. Special meal in memory of Maggie Stebbins Quinn. Doors open at 10 a.m. for coffee hour. Meal served at noon of pork chops, sweet yams, winter mixed vegetables, wheat roll and pumpkin cake with icing. Bring your own place setting. $5 suggested donation. 72 hours advanced notice required. Call Michelle at 802-377-1419. Open to anyone age 60 and up and their spouse of any age. Free ride may be provided. Call ACTR at 802-3882287 to inquire. “Gentlemen and Journeymen: Performing Masculinity in 1890s Paris” in Middlebury. Thursday, March 21, 12:30 p.m., Sabra Field Lecture Hall, Mahaney Art Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. Alum Jason Vrooman, Curator of education and Academic Programs, discusses the depiction of working-class and bourgeois masculinity in Nabi theater programs. Then, follow him to the Museum to view art relating to gender and class in 19th-century Paris. Free. More info at 802-443-3168 or Amphibian ecology and road rescue training in Cornwall. Thursday, March 21, 6:30-8 p.m., Cornwall Town Hall, 2629 Route 30. Join biologists from the North Branch Nature Center to learn about the yearly spring migration of salamanders and frogs and how to assist them in crossing busy roads safely. Also hear about North Branch’s Amphibian Road Crossing Citizen Science Project, which recruits local community members to rescue of thousands of amphibians while collecting important migration data used by ecologists and planners. “On Golden Pond” in Middlebury. Thursday, March 21, 7 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. The Poor Lost Circus Performers bring this touching, funny and warmly perceptive study of a spirited and lovable elderly couple facing their twilight years to the THT stage. Tickets $20/$17 students, plus fees, available at, 802-382-9222, or in person at the box office Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.




Age Well Senior Luncheon in Middlebury. Friday, March 22, 11:30 a.m., Rosie’s, Route 7 South. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Meal served at noon of pulled turkey dinner, mashed potatoes, peas, dinner roll and dessert. 72 hours advanced notice required. Call Michelle at 802-377-1419. $5 suggested donation does not include gratuity. Open to anyone age 60 and up and their spouse of any age. Free ride may be provided. Call ACTR at 802-388-2287 to inquire. “Never Meant to Last: Everyday Treasures of Ephemera from the Archival Collections of the Henry Sheldon Museum,” in Middlebury. Friday, March 22, 1:30 p.m., Henry Sheldon Museum, 1 Park St. Join Archivist Eva Garcelon-Hart and avid ephemera collector, Lucinda Cockrell, for a broad overview of the Sheldon archives’ colorful ephemera collection. Part of the Sheldon’s Did You Know? series. Tickets $10 for Sheldon members/$20 non-members. More info and advance registration at or 802-388-2117. Proceeds will benefit the Sheldon Museum’s education programs. A Story Sampler in Middlebury. *RESCHEDULED FROM FEBRUARY 13* Friday, March 22, 3 p.m., Community Room, Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. A new approach to telling, hearing and seeing stories, A Story Sampler involves four short stories told by local tellers before a listening audience. Come be a listener and provide responses to help shape future offerings. Dayve Huckett in Middlebury. Friday, March 22, 3:304:30 p.m., EastView at Middlebury, 100 EastView Ter. Dayve Huckett, Kansas City born and widely traveled as a musician, and now settled happily in Vermont,

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audiences an eclectic and refreshing mix of traditional and contemporary folksongs played with spirit and an old time country sensibility. Free, open to the public and fully accessible. RSVP to Pat Ryan at 802-3881220, or “What Places Do You Most Love in Middlebury?” forum in East Middlebury. Sunday, March 24, 3-5 p.m., Sarah Partridge Community Library, 431 E Main St. The Middlebury Conservation Commission wants to hear from the community, through an interactive process involving maps, markers, and small conversations among neighbors. Monica Przyperhart, of the Community Wildlife Program at Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, will facilitate a process designed to recognize what it is, exactly, that makes Middlebury special to us, its residents.



Grow your own

WANT TO GROW your own food this year? Abby Ahern shares her secrets to get good results when starting plants from seed at a starting plants from seed workshop in Starksboro on Saturday, March 16, 2-3:30 p.m., at Starksboro Public Library on Route 116.

returns to EastView’s Bistro with his joyous fingerpicking style guitar and voice, covering many musical styles. Free and open to the public. Lenten Fish Bake in Vergennes. Friday, March 22, 5-7 p.m., St. Peter’s Parish Hall, 85 South Maple St. Come join us for battered baked haddock, fries, macaroni and cheese, green beans, cole slaw, rolls, dessert, punch, milk and coffee. Tickets adults $12/children under 12 $6/children under 6 free/immediate family only $35. More info call 802-877-2367. “On Golden Pond” in Middlebury. Friday, March 22, 7 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. The Poor Lost Circus Performers bring this touching, funny and warmly perceptive study of a spirited and lovable elderly couple facing their twilight years to the THT stage. Tickets $20/$17 students, plus fees, available at, 802-382-9222, or in person at the box office Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.




Green Mountain Club Long Trail snowshoe/ski. Saturday, March 23, TBD. This will be a moderate to strenuous hike involving a car drop, with the location to be determined by the leader 5-7 days in advance based on conditions. Interested participants must contact leader Ali Zimmer well in advance at or 802-3492166. More activities at Pancake breakfast in Bridport. Saturday, March 23, 7:30-10 a.m., Bridport Community Hall. 82 Crown Point Rd. Help raise funds for Morning Sun Lodge’s Scholarship Fund. Menu includes plain and blueberry pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, home fries, coffee and juice. Tickets $8 adults/$6 children 6-17/under 5 free. Local syrup will be available for sale. Needle felting basics in Orwell. Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m., Orwell Free Library, 423 Main St. Learn the basics of needle felting with local felting artist Cindy Watrous. Participants will make a whimsical gnome to take home. Community art project in Middlebury. Saturday, March 23, 1-4 p.m., Community Room, Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Community Bridges invites all to help create a collaborative mandala representing community inclusion and connections to be hung on the Chain Link Art Gallery in the middle of downtown Middlebury. All art supplies and refreshments provided. No experience necessary. Ages 13 and up. More info contact Carolyn Brewer at 802-388-6751, ext. 148. Transition Town potluck in Weybridge. Saturday, March 23, 5-7 p.m., Weybridge Elementary School, 210 Quaker Village Rd. Come hear Ruah Swennerfelt, activist, homesteader, blogger, and author discuss the worldwide Transition Towns movement about transitioning to a world that is less vulnerable to climate change and less dependent on fossil fuels. Bring a dish, your interest and your question. “On Golden Pond” in Middlebury. Saturday, March 23, 2 and 7 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. The Poor Lost Circus Performers bring this touching, funny and warmly perceptive study of a spirited and lovable elderly couple facing their twilight years to the THT stage. Tickets $20/$17 students, plus fees, available at, 802-382-9222, or in person at the box office Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. “Little Red Robin Hood” on stage in Vergennes. Saturday, March 23, at 7 p.m., Vergennes Union High School. Monkton Rd. The Ferrisburgh Central School’s Children’s Theater presents this goofy, action-packed and family-friendly show. The play, authored by Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus, is produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Services. Ed Gerhard in Concert in Brandon. Saturday, March 23, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Sq. Come hear Grammy-winning guitar instrumentalist Ed Gerhard. Tickets $25 (+ $2 processing fee), available online at, at the 802Tix box office at 77 Grove St. in Rutland, by cash or check at Kamudas Country Market in Pittsford, or limited seating at the door on the evening of the concert. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Pittsford Village Farm. Annemieke McLane and Emily Taubl in Bristol. Saturday, March 23, at 8 p.m., Walkover concert room, 15 Main St. Pianist McLane and cellist Taubl give an evening performance of intimate Bach gems carefully selected by the musicians, two days after the composer’s spring equinox birthday. Tickets $15 advance/$20 day of performance. Reservations and more info at 802-453-3188 x 2 or at walkover@mac. com.




“On Golden Pond” in Middlebury. Sunday, March 24, 2 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. The Poor Lost Circus Performers bring this touching, funny and warmly perceptive study of a spirited and lovable elderly couple facing their twilight years to the THT stage. Tickets $20/$17 students, plus fees, available at, 802-382-9222, or in person at the box office Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Woodchuck’s Revenge in Middlebury. Sunday, March 24, 2 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. Formed in front of the fire on a winter’s night in 1990, Woodchucks’ Revenge brings together three friends with a lifelong love of music to offer their


Legislative Breakfast in Salisbury. Monday, March 25, 7-8:45 a.m., Congregational Church of Salisbury, 853 Maple St. Talk with local legislators over breakfast. Purchase of breakfast not required to attend but helps defray the cost of opening the hall. Veterans’ luncheon in Middlebury. Monday, March 25, 1 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. Join us for a monthly complimentary luncheon, as we serve those who have served as a way of sharing our thanks. Come meet other Veterans and friends and enjoy a delicious meal. Free and open to all Veterans. Fully accessible. RSVP to Pat Ryan at 802-388-1220, or Addison County Right to Life meeting in Bristol. Monday, March 25, 6:30 p.m., Federated Church of Bristol, 37 North St. All members are encouraged to attend and visitors are welcome. More info contact Chris Holden at 802-388-3563 or bobbillchris@rwch. net.



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Free Diabetes Management program in Bristol. Begins Tuesday, March 26, 9-11:30 a.m., Bristol Federated Church, 37 North St. Trained facilitators will help people with type two diabetes learn and receive encouragement to eat better, become more active and decrease the risk of serious health problems related to diabetes. This workshop meets for six weeks and is free. Registration required. More info contact Courtney Thorn, 802-388-8860 or Age Well Senior Luncheon in Vergennes. Tuesday, March 26, 10 a.m., Armory Lane Senior Housing, 50 Armory Ln. Doors open at 10 a.m. for bingo and coffee hour. Meal served at noon of roast pork, mashed potatoes, California blend vegetables, wheat roll and oatmeal raisin cookie. Bring your own place setting. $5 suggested donation. 72 hours advanced notice required. Call Michelle at 802-377-1419. Open to anyone age 60 and up and their spouse of any age. Free ride may be provided. Call ACTR at 802-3882287 to inquire. Madeline May Kunin: “Coming of Age” lecture and book signing in Middlebury. Tuesday, March 26, 3 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. Join Madeleine May Kunin, diplomat, author and former three-term Governor of Vermont. She will share her newest book, a memoir where the topic is aging, but looks well beyond the physical and emotional tolls and is an honest and positive look at aging and how it has affected her life. Books available for purchase. Free, open to the public and fully accessible. RSVP to Pat Ryan at 802-388-1220, or “The Future of the Hemp Industry in Vermont” in Orwell. Tuesday, March 26, 5 p.m., Orwell Free Library, 423 Main St. Alyson Eastman, Deputy Secretary of VT Agency of Agriculture, and Cary Giguere, the Division Director of Public Health Agriculture Resource Management Division, will discuss the 2014 Farm Bill, 2018 Vermont Legislation & 2018 Farm Bill, as well as current work with the FDA & USDA. Q & A to follow. “How to weed your attic” in Middlebury. Tuesday, March 26, 5:30 p.m., Community Room, Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Vermont co-authors Elizabeth “Wiz” Dow and Lucinda Poole Cockrell and will discuss the art of “weeding” a space, whether it’s a deceased relative’s attic or your long-neglected garage, with an eye toward what we should keep for the sake of history and our communities. Free.

2019 Addison County RAbiEs CliniCs A number of rabies vaccination clinics are being sponsored by the Addison County veterinarians during the month of March. Each clinic is open to all residents of all towns. Dogs should be leashed and cats in carriers for the safety of all. To avoid confusion and delay, please bring a copy of the pet’s most recent Rabies Certificate. Payment by CASH only– please no checks, exact change appreciated. StarkSboro Town Clerks Office

Sat. Mar. 16 9AM – 11AM


New HaveN Town Clerks Office

Sat. Mar. 16 1PM – 3PM


LiNcoLN Town Clerks Office

Sat. Mar. 16 9AM – 10:30AM


GoSHeN Town Office

Sat Mar. 16 10AM – 12PM


LeiceSter Town Office

Tues. Mar. 19 5PM – 6PM


SaLiSbury Town Office

Tues. Mar. 19 6:15PM – 7:15PM


MoNktoN Fire Dept.

Tues. Mar. 19 6PM – 7PM


briStoL Animal Hospital

Wed. Mar. 20 5:30PM – 6:30PM



wHitiNG Fire House

Tues. Mar. 26 5:30PM – 6:30PM


SHoreHaM Fire House

Thurs. Mar. 28 5PM – 7PM


The Mountaineers in Middlebury. Thursday, March 14, 12:15-12:45 p.m., St. Stephens Episcopal Church. U.S. Air Force Heritage Winds Quintet in Vergennes. Thursday, March 14, 7 p.m., Vergennes Opera House. Middle School Instrumental and vocal concert in Vergennes. Thursday, March 14, 7 p.m., Vergennes Union High School. Lyn Elder in Middlebury. Friday, March 15, 3:30-4:30 p.m., EastView at Middlebury. Durham County Poets in Brandon. Friday, March 15, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music. Va-et-vient in Middlebury. Saturday, March 16, 2-3 p.m., Helen Porter Rehabilitation and Nursing Big Night in Lincoln. Saturday, March 16, 6 p.m., Burnham Hall. An evening of songs and arias in Middlebury. Saturday, March 16, 8 p.m., , Mahaney Arts Center. Mark LaVoie in Middlebury. Sunday, March 17, 2 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek. High School Instrumental and vocal concert in Vergennes. Tuesday, March 19, 7 p.m., Vergennes Union High School. Vaughn Watson in Middlebury. Thursday, March 21, 12:15-12:45 p.m., St. Stephens Episcopal Church. Dayve Huckett in Middlebury. Friday, March 22, 3:304:30 p.m., EastView at Middlebury. Ed Gerhard in Concert in Brandon. Saturday, March 23, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Town Hall. Annemieke McLane and Emily Taubl in Bristol. Saturday, March 23, at 8 p.m., Walkover Gallery and Concert Room. Woodchuck’s Revenge in Middlebury. Sunday, March 24, 2 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek The Black Feathers in Middlebury. Thursday, March 28, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater. Rick Ceballos in Middlebury. Friday, March 29, 3:304:30 p.m., EastView at Middlebury. Ameranouche in Brandon. Saturday, March 30, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music. Jazzou Jones in Middlebury. *RESCHEDULED FROM FEB. 17* Sunday, March 31, 3 p.m., EastView at Middlebury.

orweLL Fire House

Fri. Mar. 29 5PM – 7PM


bridport Fire House

Sat. Mar. 30 10AM – 12PM


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Middlebury police officer earns award from Legion MIDDLEBURY — American Legion Post 27 in Middlebury on March 10 presented Middlebury Police Officer Jared Harrington its Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award in a ceremony at Post 27’s Wilson Road headquarters. Officer Harrington is a graduate of Middlebury Union High School and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He has been with the Middlebury Police Department since 2017. He lives in Middlebury with his wife and two young children. He also serves in the Marine Corps Reserve. Police Chief Tom Hanley submitted Harrington’s name and recommend him for the American Legion Post 27 award. He laid out Harrington’s accomplishments in the past year, including: • Recipient of the Department Distinguished Service Medal and Life Savings Medal for going into a burning house on a frigid January night, prior to the arrival of the Fire Department, and forcibly removing an elderly resident with a cognitive impairment who refused to leave the home. He was able to get her out of the house and move her to safety where she ended up being tended to by relatives. • Recipient of the Merit Commendation medal for spending three hours tracking an runaway high-risk psychiatric patient who had been violent and threatening to hospital staff and the later the police.



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MIDDLEBURY POLICE OFFICER Jared Harrington, left, is congratulated by American Legion Post 27 Chaplain Oscar Gardner as he prepares to receive the organization’s “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” award at the local Legion’s centennial celebration soiree on Sunday, March 10. Independent photo/John Flowers

He was able to take control of the person by calming the person down, and got him back to the emergency room for treatment. • Recipient of the Merit Commendation for rescuing a male suffering from frostbite and hypothermia. At 3 a.m. on January 1, 2018, with an air temperature of minus 25 degrees (F), Officer Harrington came across a male in the roadway. He found him suffering from hypothermia and frostbite, rendered emergency first aid treatment and got him to the emergency room. The male

survived. Hanley also noted that Officer Harrington is the department’s nonlethal use of force instructor, having completed certification training at the police academy and provides in-house training for officers on non-lethal training and self-defense tactics. He is also the firearms and deadly force instructor in training. “Officer Harrington’s conscientious attention to duty and his dedication to policing are evident in his daily work,” Hanley said in his recommendation.

MIDDLEBURY — Mary Hogan School fifth-grader Kirin Biancosino is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee Vermont State Competition at Southern Vermont College in Bennington, on Friday, March 29. He is the son of Amit Prakash and Michole Biancosino of Middlebury. This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition. School GeoBees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took an online qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society then invited the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State GeoBees. State champions will receive a medal, $1,000 in cash and other prizes, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters on May 19-22, 2019. Students that come in second and third place will receive cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively. Each State Champion will advance to the National Championship and compete for cash awards and college scholarships. In 2019, the national champion will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, $1,000 in cash, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, and an

MIDDLEBURY’S KIRIN BIANCOSINO, a Mary Hogan fifth-grader, displays the plaque and certificate showing his GeoBee excellence.

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Local 4-H’ers make grade in culinary competition

MIDDLEBURY — Although Feb. 23 may have been cold and blustery outside, inside it was positively tropical as 29 local 4-H club members took part in the annual Addison County 4-H Foods Day, which featured a Hawaiian luau theme this year. The 4-H’ers gathered at Middlebury Union Middle School in Middlebury for labs, a culinary contest and buffet lunch. University of Vermont Extension 4-H in Addison County sponsored the event, which was open to any 4-H’er with an interest in foods and nutrition. Susan Bodette, a nutrition educator with the UVM Extension Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, presented a nutrition lab where the youths learned about healthy food choices and portion size. They also played volleyball with others in their age group as part of an exercise lab, which focused on the importance of staying active. In the foods lab the 4-H’ers prepared dishes for the buffet lunch with the help of 4-H leaders Heather Mattison of Whiting, Janet Piper of Bridport, and Melinda Piper of Sudbury. The older 4-H’ers, Grades 8-12, made chicken kabobs, Grades 5-7 prepared BBQ pork wonton tacos and Grades K-4 made two kinds of Hawaiian salsa. For the culinary contest each age group was assigned a different food category and asked to make a dish at home to bring for evaluation and to share at lunch. Entries were judged by Addison County 4-H adult volunteers on taste, appearance, nutritional information, table setting and appropriate garnishes, among other criteria. Winners were: Grades K-2 (appetizers): Noah Sheldrick, Salisbury, bacon-wrapped chicken (first); Desiree Plouffe, Bridport, wild Hawaiian cocktail meatballs (second); Timmy Wright, Whiting, glazed kielbasa bites (third). Grades 3-4 (salads): David Bertrand, Whiting, Hawaiian fruit salad (first); Trevor Wright, Whiting, healthier Hawaiian macaroni salad (second); Caroline Allen, Panton, Hawaiian grilled chicken salad (third). Grades 5-7 (entrées): Jordan Bertrand, Whiting, Hawaiian pork tenderloin (first); Lydia Raymond, Charlotte, Hawaiian pulled pork (second); Emma Oliver, Bridport, sweet and sour pineapple chicken (third). Grades 8-12 (desserts): Brooke Bertrand, Whiting, old fashioned Hawaiian dream bars; Nick Sheldrick, Salisbury, pineapple icebox cake (second); Katherine Whipple, Bridport, Hawaiian berry bread pudding (third). All 4-H Foods Day participants received a Hawaiian lei and recipe booklet containing the contest recipes. They also donated canned goods for the Addison County Emergency Food Shelf in Middlebury. For information about the 4-H cooking project or Addison County 4-H, contact UVM Extension 4-H educator Martha Seifert at (802) 388-4969, ext. 355, or

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(Continued from Page 1A) It’s a job that saw him perform marine and snowmobile patrols. At the same time, Fisher worked part-time for the Middlebury and Vergennes police departments. “I had a lot of things going,” Fisher said with a grin. He performed his duties well, and the folks in Vergennes took notice, offering his first full-time patrolman’s gig, which he accepted. Fisher continued to live in Middlebury, where he would work the occasional shift for Chief Al Watson. Watson put on a full-court press to woo Fisher away from the Little City. “He told me ‘You’re a Middlebury resident, you should work in Middlebury,’” Fisher said. The clincher? A $1,000 bump in pay. Fisher was making $13,101 at the time. And of course there was no commute. Fisher became a full-time Middlebury Police patrolman on Aug. 29, 1986, and he’s never looked back. He joined a Middlebury force that at the time carried seven patrol officers, a captain, a lieutenant and a detective. The department now counts 15 uniformed personnel, when it’s fully staffed. PERILOUS SITUATIONS It’s a career that’s seen him work days, nights, evenings and overtime. Many of the shifts have been uneventful, thankfully, meaning Fisher and the folks he’s sworn to protect finished the day safe and sound. But then there are other days when Fisher and his colleagues encounter perilous situations. And that’s when experience and training kick in. Fisher was on duty during the double-murder/suicide at the Pine

Meadows housing development some 25 years ago, a tragedy that resulted in Middlebury schools being put on lockdown while authorities ensured there wasn’t a suspect at large. There was the epic ice storm of 1998, which paralyzed much of Addison County with downed electrical lines and impassible roads. “Ed Cyr and I were on duty for around 30 hours straight,” Fisher recalled. “We couldn’t leave, and (reinforcements) couldn’t get in.” “A lot of us put in long days and didn’t see our families for a while,” Fisher said. He remembers Middlebury Village resembling a war zone — largely deserted streets that echoed with loud banging sounds. Only these sounds weren’t gunfire; they were noise created by snapping tree limbs that couldn’t support the weight of the ice that had enrobed them. Another ethereal ice storm scene recorded in Fisher’s mind: A public works official hitching a makeshift blade to a bucket loader that he used to clear fallen trees off North Pleasant Street. Then there was the train derailment in downtown Middlebury in October 2007, when all officers were called in to ensure public safety while crews stabilized the freight train and cleaned up spilled fuel. Fisher doesn’t like to brag, but his file includes some glowing citations from Chief Tom Hanley for his job performance. For example: • On Jan. 17, 2018, Fisher was sent to 428 Court St. on a report of a potential drug-overdose victim. He found an unresponsive 38-year-old woman collapsed on the stairs of the building. Seeing the symptoms of a potential opioid overdose, Fisher administered two successive doses

of Naloxone that ultimately revived the woman. “Officer Fisher acted with all due haste and his intervention was effective in reviving the woman until she could receive medical care at the hospital,” the citation reads. • On Sept. 18, 2018, Fisher, Sgt. Mike Christopher and Det. Kris Bowdish were dispatched to a Weybridge Street home on a report of a young mother who was feeling suicidal as a result of family matter. Fisher, first on scene, found the woman on the ground on a steep slope near Otter Creek, a ligature tightened around her neck and fastened to a tree. She was severely oxygen-deprived, as gravity had pulled her down the slope, tightening the ligature around her neck. Fisher used his knife to cut the ligature and gave her first aid. As she began regaining consciousness she became combative, but Fisher and his fellow officers restrained the woman until an ambulance arrived and took her to Porter Hospital for treatment. “Officer Fisher acted with all due haste and his intervention was effective in reviving the woman until she could receive medical care at the hospital,” reads the citation. It’s no surprise that things usually turn out well when Fisher responds to a call. He’s a self-described “people person” and was born and raised in the town he serves. So when he encounters someone in trouble, or causing trouble, he likely knows the person and/or the person’s family. “I’ve always enjoyed public service,” Fisher said, whose resume also includes a stint on the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association (now called “Middlebury Regional EMS”). “It’s always about the (See Situations, Page 13A)

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ANWSD (Continued from Page 1A) articles of agreement and figure out Vergennes (and maybe other towns) how to handle this in the future,” will count their own municipality’s Brooks wrote in a Wednesday ballots. morning email to the Independent. Brooks acknowledged the Devine said in her opinion questions about the articles the process raised of unification Voters in the Mount by Vergennes provide for Abraham Unified School City Clerk Joan c o m m i n g l e d District — which comprises Devine, but said reporting of the towns of Bristol, Lincoln, the important results, but not Monkton, New Haven and issue was that the for commingled Starksboro — also very will of residents counting of narrowly passed their school be satisfied and ballots outside of budget on Town Meeting Day. the ballots will be each municipality. As of Wednesday morning, counted again. Devine said school administrators had “I just want to other articles not received enough requests get the recount of unification to trigger a recount of the done in a timely around Vermont 1,140–1,127 passage of the fashion to honor use boilerplate $31 million spending plan. the request of language that the petitioners. It specifically calls is my goal to ensure this happens for commingling of ballots before regardless of location. The ANWSD counting, but the ANWSD articles board will need to look at their lack that provision.

“In ours it’s not in there. The very last sentence was taken out,” said Devine said. Therefore, she has concluded Vergennes voters did not support commingled ballots when they backed unification. She cited a different Vermont election law that requires such a vote. “All they’ve authorized is that the budget will be authorized by Australian ballot. And because they aren’t commingled I follow a different statute on the process,” Devine said, adding, “The law clearly says they have to vote to commingle, and our voters did not vote to commingle.” Devine scheduled the Vergennes recount for 3 p.m. Thursday at the city’s Green Street fire station. The count will be shared with ANWSD officials when completed. Addison Town Clerk Marilla Webb said members of her town’s

Situations (Continued from Page 12A) people. It’s community oriented. You get a sense of self-worth.” TURNING LIVES AROUND At the same time, he knows a cop is the last thing a suspect wants to see at the scene of a crime. But such cases can have happy endings, he noted. “Sometimes, later on, they thank you,” he said, recalling folks who’ve turned their lives around. Fisher has spent a lot of his career getting young people on the right path. He ran the Middlebury Police Department’s Explorers Program for 21 years, until 2012. The program taught local youths the basics of public safety and public service. He served as Middlebury’s school resource officer for a decade. “When we first started the program, it was a little bumpy; kids looked at us like, ‘They’re coming in here to bust us,’” Fisher recalled. Eventually, students came to appreciate Fisher and future SROs as people interested in their wellbeing. Fisher walked the halls of Middlebury Union High School while his own two children were

enrolled there. His contributions to the school district included two years as junior-varsity softball coach. “Sean Farrell said, ‘I really need a coach, you wouldn’t be up for another task, would you?’” Fisher said with a chuckle. His dedication to student activities extended to Mary Hogan Elementary School’s “climbing wall” program, through which children learn the principles of trust and teamwork while benefitting from exercise. Fisher will miss his work with children as he transitions to his “postretirement” career: A new business venture called Scenic View Trades, specializing in the installation of security camera systems, flood sensors and driveway detectors. He’ll still be in the public safety realm, with one big difference. “I won’t have to put on a gun and a vest before I go to work,” Fisher said of one of the things he’ll miss the least in retirement. “My wife (Tammy) will tell you that the scariest thing for her is getting a phone call in the middle of the night and hearing the Velcro on my vest.” But he’ll miss the rewards, which

money can’t buy. “When you change a person’s life,” he said, “when you talk them out of taking their own life. And when you see them later, they remember.” Chief Hanley said Fisher would be missed. “He was reliable, conscientious and dedicated to his duty,” Hanley said. “He had a remarkable ability to find things amiss when on patrol. With his lifelong knowledge of Middlebury and the people who live here, he could sense when things were out of place. He knew how to organize his patrol time and it didn’t matter what shift he was working. So many times when he worked the midnight shift he’d interrupt a burglary at a local business, catching the perpetrator in the act. He was always vigilant. His career was marked by integrity and judiciousness; he always appropriately applied discretion. Scott worked under any condition or circumstance without ever complaining. He was of the old school. He loved his job and it showed.” Reporter John Flowers is at

BCA would bring ballots to the ANWSD office in Vergennes on Friday morning, and Brooks reported Waltham Town Clerk Mary Ann Castimore planned to bring Waltham’s ballots there herself. Panton’s town office was not open on Wednesday. Panton Clerk Pam Correia did not immediately respond to a message left on her home phone. Ferrisburgh Town Clerk Gloria Warden on Wednesday morning said she was aware of Devine’s concerns and was adopting a waitand-see approach, while pledging ballots would be counted in a timely manner. “However the final decision is to do the process, is what we’ll do,” Warden said. Warden saw a silver lining to the differing points of view on how to handle the recount. As Brooks

also mentioned, Warden said the ANSWD board can examine the election procedure and propose a solution. “The good point is it’s going to clean it up, and people will know,” Warden said. REVOTE BUDGET? Regardless of a recount result, the bar is set higher if residents want to petition for a revote of the school budget. The law requires a petition signed by 5 percent of the total electorate of the five communities to trigger a revote. As of earlier this week the total ANWSD checklist stood at 6,159. Municipal officials noted voter numbers can fluctuate almost daily as people register or move on. If that ANWSD voter count holds, petitioners would need at least 308 valid signatures to present to Brooks

to trigger a special election on the budget vote. The deadline for such a petition would be 30 days after the election, or April 4. After three years of essentially level district spending, that $22,139,341 budget approved on March 5 will increase school spending by about $1.03 million, or 4.89 percent. Largely because of declining enrollment the tax impact could be an extra 9.6 cents on school tax rates in ANWSD towns, although final numbers won’t be known until the Legislature is through tinkering. Also, roughly two-thirds of Vermont homeowners pay based on their incomes and will receive rebates, thus not feeling the full impact of any increase. Andy Kirkaldy may be reached at

Golden Anniversary Ronnie and Bonnie Murray of Bridport are happily celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on March 15th. Life long residents of Addison County, Bonnie has been employed for 40 plus years with the Middlebury Police Department and insists she has no immediate plans to retire. Ronnie was employed with Suburban Propane for many years and now claims to be retired, but can be found a couple days of the week working at the The Residence at Otter Creek. Their family sends them warmest congratulations and sincere best wishes on their Golden Anniversary! And may this special Anniversary bring them a wish that love and joy will be theirs to share throughout the years ahead.

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(Continued from Page 1A) asked him if he thought it would be possible to measure sap flow in the field. The researcher didn’t suggest it was impossible, but he didn’t hold out much hope for the idea. “This just piqued my students’ interest,” Townshend said. “So I took the problem and gave it to them.” According to a lab paper written last year by students Jacob LaFleche and Adam Whitcomb, measuring sap flow could help sugarmakers more easily locate leaks, sags and frozen lines. For operations with tens of thousands of sap lines, such an invention could translate into a big-time savings. The device could also help them understand exactly under what circumstances sap runs at its best. Previous classes have tested prototypes in a classroom setting, but Bent and Larocque, who joined the project this semester, have taken it to the finish line. “Mr. T handed me this box of stuff and said ‘Here, let’s make this happen,” said Bent, who is a junior at Mount Abraham Union High School. Using PVC, wire and 3-D printing, Bent has produced a series of prototypes and built a customized casing. In another part of the building, Larocque worked out the electronics and software. In a demonstration on Monday Bent provided the Independent with a thorough and authoritative description of the device, which involves proprietary technology. If this week’s testing works, Townshend plans to meet with industry leaders to talk about viability and mass production. “Ideally, these would be cheap enough to install on every main (sap) line,” Bent said. “Someday we’d also like it to be able to measure temperature and vacuum pressure.” Bent is well acquainted with the industry — he’s been working at Starksboro’s Bear Cobble sugarhouse for the last three years. “I started off doing line work in the woods,” he explained. Then he discovered that he’s really better with the mechanical stuff, he said, so even though he enjoys being out in the woods, he spends a lot of time performing maintenance in the sugarhouse. Over time he has learned the operation’s entire maple

(Continued from Page 1A) PMC President Dr. Fred Kniffin said of the closure plan for Porter’s Bristol practice. But the decision to close, Kniffin explained, has had to be timed with the recently announced departures of key staff from a Bristol practice carrying almost four full-time equivalent positions, including Drs. Emily Glick, Natasha Withers, Lynn Wilkinson and Will Porter, along with Family Nurse Practitioner Ania Mortier and Physician’s Assistant Cassidy Heisler. During the last two months, PMC officials learned Mortier would be opening a private practice in Middlebury with Dr. Laura Weylman. Glick will soon move out West to be closer to family. And Dr. Porter is joining Mountain Health to help lead what Kniffin described as a “very robust” Medication-Assisted Treatment program for those afflicted with addiction disorder. Remaining Bristol Primary Care staff will be redeployed to other PMC practices in Middlebury, Vergennes and Brandon, according to Porter spokesman Ron Hallman. “All these moves make sense for the providers involved and have our support — but it does put us at a fork in the road,” Kniffin said. On the one hand, PMC could have tried to replace the three providers in order to sustain the practice at 61 Pine St., in the “Bristol Works” complex. It was Dr. Kevin Mulholland who established the office in 2006, at a time when longtime Bristol physician Dave Henderson was transitioning into retirement. Porter acquired Mulholland’s practice in 2008 to give it more stability and give Porter Medical Center a presence in Bristol. In those days, PMC was still independent and its leaders were wary of the potential for the University of Vermont Health Network gaining a toehold in the local health care market. But conditions have greatly changed since 2008, Kniffin stressed. PMC two years ago became an affiliate of UVM Health Network, so there’s no reason to worry anymore about a possible incursion by a competitor. The competition has instead come from Mountain Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center. As such,

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production system, which includes about 30,000 taps. Last summer he helped replace 12,000 lines. On Monday Bent shared a time-saving technique with fellow students who had spent the morning in the woods examining lines for leaks, nicks and “squirrel chews.” A few feet from where the maple weir will be installed, he pointed out the valve that connects a threequarter inch main line with the oneinch transport line. “You can’t tell if leaky saddle valves are leaking by just looking at the loop,” he told fellow student Sam Klingensmith. “You turn (the valve) off, wait like 30 seconds or a minute or whatever and then you turn it back on real slow to see if you can hear.” Bent and Klingensmith bent their heads over the valve and listened. “There’s a little leak on that, did you hear it?” said Bent. “Yeah, I heard it,” said Klingensmith, who shook his head. “So we could have just done that instead of checking every single…” Bent nodded. “Yeah. When you’ve got 30,000 taps, you learn tricks like this

really quick.” Maple syrup production makes up only one unit of the forest science courses Townshend teaches every year at the Career Center. Students learn a wide variety of forest management skills that earn science and elective credits. They then take what they learn and compete with other students around the state in events sponsored by Future Farmers of America (FFA) and other organizations. Bent, who won first place in a FFA soil science competition last year, will compete in several events at the FFA state convention in May and in another competition elsewhere called Game of Logging, which provides training and competition in various forestry skills, including chainsaw use. Townshend said Bent’s natural abilities and interests make him a great fit for a project like the maple weir. “You can just see it in certain kids,” he said. “They’re the ones who are going to really get into it, really do the work. John’s got his own workspace out there and he’s doing it, he’s problem-solving.”

Mountain Health receives enhanced They mailed letters out to affected federal support, allowing it to offer patients on Friday, March 8. a sliding scale discount for services “We’ll make sure every patient to income-eligible uninsured and has a smooth landing somewhere,” under-insured patients. Mountain Hallman said. Health’s varied services include MOVING TO MTN. HEALTH primary care, acupuncture, dental Martha Halnon is CEO of care, Medication-Assisted Treatment Mountain Health. She’s confident (MAT) and massage the practice will be able therapy. to accommodate a “good Mountain Health number” of the soonprovides the to-be displaced Bristol aforementioned services Primary Care patients. to approximately 4,000 “We have two newer patients in a combined physicians who are total of around 5,200 in what I would call a square feet at 74 Munsill ‘building year,’” Halnon Ave. just across the said. “There is some parking lot in Bristol capacity. The trick is Works. The practice’s going to be how we listed physicians include control the growth… We Drs. Marian Bouchard, are certainly willing to Brian Bates, C. Edward “All these help our community out. Clark, Frank Provato, moves make We’re just beginning Jeffrey Wulfman and sense for the to understand what Kate LaMancuso, who it means, as patients are complemented by providers make their (health care) two nurse practitioners, involved and decisions.” dental care staff and have our Porter Medical several RNs, LPNs and support — but Center still has a few medical assistants. it does put us years left on its Bristol Porter Primary Care lease, according at a fork in the Works Bristol, meanwhile, to Kniffin. He’s been serves around 1,700 road.” talking to Bristol Works patients in more than — PMC President owner Kevin Harper Dr. Fred Kniffin about future disposition 7,000 square feet in the same complex. of the space. “It is clear from these numbers Halnon acknowledged Mountain that the service area is over- Health could be in the market capacitated with providers,” Kniffin for additional room given the said in a recent message to the Porter impending influx of new patients. community. “There is absolutely “We’ve been in communication no way either practice can be truly with Kevin about space, because successful with eight providers we were already tight,” Halnon vying for 6,000 patients.” said. “The question is, what’s the Kniffin emphasized the decision total square footage that will make to close Porter’s Bristol practice was financial sense to us and how does based on operations and not finances. this space availability work into He lamented the impact the that?” decision will have on patients. Kniffin is pleased Dr. Porter “It’s going to be disruptive for will help fortify Medicationthe 1,700 patients we serve up there Assisted Treatment (MAT) services and I feel badly for all of them; it’s originally launched in Bristol by Dr. disruptive for our employees and I Glick. feel badly for all of them as well,” “Losing Will from Porter stings a Kniffin said. “But when we look little bit,” Kniffin said. “But the way at what’s best for our organization he described it to me, he’s moving and the entire Addison County over to a really well-supported community we serve, this is the right MAT program. If he can continue to thing to do.” do this work, that’s what counts for It was on Wednesday, March 6, our community.” that PMC officials decided to close Reporter John Flowers is at Bristol Primary Care.


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To go — or not to go? What do you think Alex Cora should do? What would you do in his position? Cora is the manager of the Red Sox, the World Champion Red Sox, the on-the-field leader of the team. His performance in this role last year was impeccable, perfect, as the Red Sox won 119 games, the most ever in their long history. Cora grew up and learned the game in Puerto Rico in the town of Caguez, 16 miles from San Juan: He is a proud American from that island territory. He signed with the Red Sox on Oct. 22, 2017, the 26th Red Sox manager since baseball’s integration in 1947 and the first non-white. Before he had managed a single game for the Red Sox, he led a delegation in January 2018, bringing nearly 10 tons of relief supplies (food, water, and other essentials) to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of its devastation by Hurricane Maria five months earlier. About the actual signing of his contract, he said, “I didn’t talk about money. I didn’t talk about incentives. I didn’t talk about housing or cars and all that. All I wanted was a plane full of supplies for my hometown.” The week after the Red Sox victory in the World Series last October, Cora returned to Puerto Rico with the Championship trophy for a triumphant celebration, along with a number of Red Sox representatives, including teammates Christian Vazguez, Chris Sale, and Rick Porcello. Herein lies Cora’s dilemma. As World Series victors, the Red Sox have been invited to the traditional visit to the White House to receive formal congratulations from the President. That visit will take place on May 9 (postponed from Feb. 15 because of the partial government shutdown at that time). Cora is undecided about going. He has been both outspoken and (See Lindholm, Page 3B)

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By ANDY KIRKALDY ADDISON COUNTY — Once again the Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team proved to be the cream of the local crop, winning 20 games before falling in a Division II semifinal. And a senior team leader who was the Eagles’ only returning starter from their 2018 title team is the 2019 Addison Independent Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year — Jalen Cook. Two more of Coach Connie LaRose’s Eagles join Cook on the 2019 Addison Independent Girls’ Basketball All-Star Team. Coach Billy Waller’s Vergennes program enjoyed its most productive campaign in more than a decade, winning nine games and taking D-II’s No. 5 seed to overtime in a first-round playoff loss. The Commodores were deep, and 10 team members earned major playing time, a situation that also limited individual stats. Four are honored here. Coach Kelly Trayah’s youthful Otter Valley squad played hard and won six times, but an at-times MOUNT ABRAHAM SENIOR Jalen Cook, the top local scorer this past season, is the 2019 Addison inconsistent offense limited the Independent Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year. Independent file photo/Steve James Otters as they posted six wins. Two juniors FIRST TEAM defensive coverage, steals and 2.5 assists per earned recognition on JALEN COOK, game … Worked the top talking to people. She the Independent team. MOUNT ABE of the press effectively was probably the best Coach Jen Heath’s SENIOR, PLAYER … Made key plays at communicator on the Middlebury team went OF THE YEAR. the end of close games team … She’s got some through a major rebuild Notes: Quick, athletic … Voted Lake Division length, she’s athletic, and infusion of youth, and skilled offensive Player of the Year by she’s quick, all the things and despite some player who also helped opposing coaches. the ballhandler doesn’t competitive efforts did spark the Eagles on the LaRose’s Quotes: “She want to be looking at not post a victory. One defensive end … Led all was a tough rebounder when they’re trying to of the team’s promising local scorers with 12.7 and a good defender … break a press … She younger players made COOK points per game while She’s got a very quick came up big in really a lot JOHNSTON the Independent squad. shooting 43 percent on first step … She had a of the games.” Selections were made based two-point attempts and 32 percent very quick release on her shot … CHLOE JOHNSTON, on observation, statistics and on threes … Contributed across She was a good leader, always MOUNT ABE JUNIOR. Notes: consultation with the coaches. the board with 5.7 rebounds, 3.0 trying to help her teammates with (See All-stars, Page 2B)

Middlebury baseball bested in extra innings HOBOKEN, N.J. — The Middlebury College baseball team dropped its opener on Saturday to host Stevens Institute, 5-4, in 10 innings. The Panthers rallied to tie with two runs in the ninth inning and took the lead in the 10th, but host Stevens scored twice in its final at bat, tying the game on a sacrifice fly and scoring the winning run on a

throwing error. Middlebury will play on Thursday at Rensselaer before heading to Atlanta this weekend for a threegame series with Emory, starting with a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday. On this past Saturday, Middlebury took the lead in the first, when Justin Han reached on an infield single and scored on a Sam Graf sacrifice fly.

The Ducks (2-4) took the lead in the bottom half of the first with two runs off starter Colby Morris, the only runs he surrendered in a six-inning stint. Stevens made it a 3-1 game in the seventh on a basesloaded walk; the run was credited to Conor Himstead. In the top the ninth, the Panthers scored when Ryan Hanrahan singled in Brooks Carroll, and a Gray

Goolsby sacrifice fly plated Henry Strmecki. The Panthers took the lead in the 10th when Carroll drove home Han from third base with an infield hit. The Ducks then rallied for the win with the one-out sacrifice fly and error. Colin Waters (0-1) took the loss in three innings of relief. He allowed one earned run on four hits.

Women’s lax picks up pair of big home wins MIDDLEBURY — After a rare opening loss on March 2, the Middlebury College women’s lax team bounced back with a pair of big home wins this past weekend. The 2-1 Panthers, ranked No. 6 last week in NCAA Division III, will next play at league foe Wesleyan on Saturday. On this past Saturday the Panthers bolted to an 11-0 first-half lead on the way to a 16-3 victory over visiting league foe Connecticut (1-2). Senior attacker Emma McDonagh led the offense with five goals and an assist and surpassed 150 career points (112 goals and 42 assists). Emily Barnard chipped in three (See Lacrosse, Page 2B)

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Panthers run well at NCAA D3 title meet BOSTON — The Middlebury College track and field team posted a few excellent results at the 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships this past Friday and Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, including a championship by the men’s distance medley relay team on Friday. The Panther On Saturday DMR team of Nathan Hill Panther (1,200 meters), Rory Kelly Arden Cole- finished man (400m), second Jimmy Mar- in the tinez (800m) 3,000-meter and Jonathan P e r l m a n with a (1,600m) on schoolFriday posted a record time winning time of of 9:45.85. 9:56.54, claiming the title by 2.21 seconds over runner-up North Central (Ill.). The women’s DMR team of Abigail Nadler, Gretchen McGrath, Cassie Kearney and Kelly finished fifth in 11:45.37. Also on Friday Minhaj Rahman finished eighth in the men’s (See Track, Page 2B)


Men’s tennis nets two 9-0 victories

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s tennis team opened is spring season with a pair of 9-0 victories. The defending NCAA Division III champions begin this season ranked No. 2. The Panthers opened Saturday with a 9-0 win at Skidmore (5-2) before returning home to defeat Hamilton (0-1), also by 9-0. The Panthers will host No. 10 Brandeis this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The Panther No. 1 doubles team of Lubomir Cuba and Nate Eazor, No. 2 duo of Noah Farrell and Peter Martin, and No. 3 tandem of Aleksandr Samets and Andre Xiao each won twice. Against Skidmore posting wins from Nos. 1 to 6, respectively, in the singles ladder were Cuba, Farrell, Stanley Morris, Xiao, Eazor, and Adam Guo. Against Hamilton posting wins from Nos. 1 to 6, respectively, in the singles ladder were Morris, Guo, Alex Vanezis, Samets, David Vilys and Zach Hilty.

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PANTHER FRESHMAN FORWARD Lily Riseberg comes around the goal and tucks the ball past Connecticut College goalie Nina Fazio to score one of Middlebury’s 11 first-half goals in Saturday’s 16-3 win.

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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s tennis team on Saturday opened its spring season with a 9-0 home victory Saturday over Hamilton. The Panthers, ranked No. 6 in NCAA Division III, will host No. 18 Brandeis this Saturday at 10 a.m. Winning doubles matches were No. 3 tandem of Maddi Stow and Nora Dahl, the No. 2 team of Heather Boehm and Ann Martin Skelly, and the No. 1 pair of Katherine Hughes and Skylar Schossberger. In singles, winning matches in the Nos. 1 through 6 slots, respectively, were Hughes, Boehm, Schossberger, Stow, Emma Gorman and Emily Bian, all in straight sets.

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(Continued from Page 1B) goals, Jane Earley scored twice, and nine Panthers scored in all. Erin Nicholas finished with three ground balls and three caused turnovers and scored a goal, while Casey O’Neill (goal) and Henley Hall each controlled four draws. Kate Bermingham scored twice for the Camels, who received nine saves from Nina Fazio. Julia Keith (four saves) and Kate Furber (three saves) each played a half in goal for Middlebury. Nine players also scored for Middlebury in their 16-1 win over Springfield (3-2) on Friday afternoon. Kate Zecca finished with three goals and two assists to pace the Panthers, while Earley, Nicholas, Jenna McNicholas, Kirsten Murphy and Madeline Riordan each scored twice. Emma White scooped four ground balls and caused three turnovers. Keith made one save in the first half for Middlebury, while Furber made a pair of second-half stops. Brenna Keefe finished with six saves for Springfield.

(Continued from Page 1B) Quick and relentless defender whose 10.3 points per game trailed only Cook locally … Averaged 4.8 steals and deflected another 4.2 passes a game while playing tough on-ball defense … Led the Eagles with 3.0 assists per game and chipped in 3.4 rebounds … Good ballhandler and shooter who connected at a 44 percent rate on twos and 33 percent on threes. LaRose’s Quotes: “She was rarely in foul trouble as the season progressed, which was really good for us, because we couldn’t really afford to have her off the floor … She’s such a hard worker, a committed worker, on the court … She wants to get better every day … She’s got a refreshing eagerness about playing the game … I wouldn’t trade her for a point guard I saw this year. I really wouldn’t.” CIARA McCLAY, VUHS SENIOR. Notes: Provided ballhandling, speed and defense in the backcourt for Vergennes and played particularly well down the stretch … Helped in all departments by averaging 5.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, a team-high 3.5 assists, and 2.6 steals … Routinely sliced through o p p o s i n g presses with her quickness handling the ball … Team leader who embraced fewer minutes to allow Waller to platoon two McCLAY groups of five athletes each. Waller’s Quotes: “She picked up a notch the last 10 games of our season. She was very, very good … Her assists went sky-high over the last 10 games, and the turnovers went way down … She was beating presses to the point that teams were taking them off … She was not just stealing passes, she was picking kids’ pockets ...She was one of the first kids to buy into my platoon system, and it was going to be her minutes that were going to be cut … That says a lot about her.” ALIA EDMUNDS, OV JUNIOR. Notes: Versatile two-way player and team leader who averaged 8.1 points, a team-high 7.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists … Had the skills, quickness, outside shot and floor vision to play on the perimeter and strength and size to be effective in the post and on the boards … Strong individual and smart team defender and EDMUNDS communicator at both ends of the court. Trayah’s Quotes: “She was the field general for the defense … She is our voice … She’s a very good passer. She plays multiple positions. She could probably play point guard if we needed her to … She was our best shooter, and she’s also good inside … She would post up with anybody … She consistently works

MIDDLEBURY’S EMMA MCDONAGH carries the ball on her way to scoring five goals in Saturday’s Panther win over Connecticut College, surpassing 150 points for her career. Independent photo/Steve James

Track (Continued from Page 1B) 35-pound weight throw with a toss of 62 feet-7.25 inches. On Saturday Panther Rory Kelly finished second in the 3,000-meter with a school-record time of 9:45.85. Her result, along with the wom-

en’s DMR team’s fifth-place finish, helped the Panther women tie for 16th place out of 76 scoring schools. The Middlebury men’s team placed 17th out of 67 scoring schools. Both DMR teams, Kelly and Rahman all earned All-American

designations for their performances. In preliminary action on Friday, Kearney and Meg Wilson raced in 800-meter preliminaries. Kearney finished ninth in 2:14.04, while Wilson was 15th (2:17.69). Tasha Greene also finished 17th in the mile in 5:10.73.


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on her game.” KATE GOSLIGA, VUHS SOPHOMORE. Notes: Go-to scorer for the Commodores who averaged 9.0 points per game with a variety of moves in the low post … Could score with either hand effectively and had a strong first step to the hoop … Improved as an individual and help defender and led all local players with 55 blocked shots, or 2.6 per game, GOSLIGA adding 5.1 rebounds per contest. Waller’s Quotes: “She was a target player for us … If games were close and we needed shots made down the stretch it was her … Her low-post game is very old-school, in a good way … She’s got backto-the basket moves … She passes out of the post pretty well, and she can draw fouls … Her defense was a giant improvement over last year. She moved her feet … She could slide across the lane and help.” SECOND TEAM LIVIA BERNHARDT, OV JUNIOR. Notes: Effective low-post scorer whose 10.0 points per game were third-best locally … Found a way to put the ball in the basket even though opponents routinely packed the paint to defend OV’s inside game … Strong rebounder who averaged 7.4 boards per game … Sound interior defender who improved in that department as the year BERNHARDT progressed. Trayah’s Quotes: “We knew we were going to get points through her … She’s quick to the basket … She finishes really well around the basket. She’s got nice soft hands … She has a good little shot from 10, 12 feet out and rebounds like a monster … She was always battling in there for rebounds … In quite a few games she was a double-double … She’s such a good kid to coach. EMILY ROONEY, VUHS JUNIOR. Notes: Major contributor to the Commodores with strong defense, passing, ballhandling and rebounding from the guard position … Averaged 4.3 steals, 3.5 assists (tying McClay), 5.7 rebounds (more than half on the offensive end) and 2.9 points … Typically defended ROONEY opponents’ top guards … Led VUHS in plus-minus rating in the games that stat was tracked. Waller’s Quotes: “Rooney is probably one of the top two or three post passers I’ve had … More than anything she has a will that she


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imposes on others. Usually it’s on the defensive end … She does take that challenge of guarding that best guard on the opposing team … She reads the play on both ends … Her anticipation is just outstanding … She’s in tremendous condition.” BRIANNA VANDERWEY, VUHS SENIOR. Notes: Big presence in the paint for VUHS, especially at the defensive end, averaging 8.2 rebounds, a local best, and 2.5 blocks per game … Showed a real knack for blocking her own opponent’s shots and helping out, all while not never fouling out in four years of varsity play … Could hit the open shot and convert offensive r e b o u n d s e f f i c i e n t l y, averaging 6.0 points. Wa l l e r ’ s Quotes: “She does lot of her damage facing up … She’s got pretty good VANDERWEY range … Her defensive rebounding is outstanding … Bri does a great job of coming over and making that shot difficult or just flat-out blocking it … She blocks a lot of shots without fouling … She can challenge shots on a nightly basis and never get in foul trouble … She has impeccable timing.” IVY DORAN, MUHS FRESHMAN. Notes: Poised, competitive and skilled freshman point guard who led the Tigers with 5.0 points and 1.5 assists per game … Strong, athletic defender who averaged 1.5 steals and often guarded opponents’ top scorers … Good rebounder from the guard position, picking off 3.4 per game. H e a t h ’s Quotes: “We were a different team when she was in foul trouble DORAN or wasn’t on the court … Her composure as a ballhandler really stuck out. She’s got great ballhandling ability … She played some of the other teams’ top players because she’s a really intense player … She’s just a really intense player and competitor … She’s a very hard worker with a great attitude … She’s only going to get better with that kind of work ethic.” MOLLY MURRAY, MOUNT ABE SENIOR. Notes: Glue player for the Eagles at both ends of the floor … Good defender, ballhandler and passer who helped the Eagle offense run well, took good care of the ball and could hit the open shot … Strong rebounding guard who averaged 3.0 per game … Also averaged 4.1 points, 2.0 steals and 1.5 assists. L a R o s e ’s MURRAY Quotes: “Molly was just consistent game-in and game-out. She’s going to work hard defensively, going to grab some boards here and there … She’s a pretty consistent shooter … I wish she’d shot a whole lot more …She’s really a hard worker. She could go all game long, just a real battler out there … She did a great job really denying shots and closing out on shooters.” Andy Kirkaldy may be reached at

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MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE SENIOR Lewis Nottonson works hard up a hill at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe this past Friday to claim 10th in the 20K classical race at the NCAA Ski Championship. He earned “All American” designation for the performance.

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Pair of Middlebury College skiers become All-Americans STOWE — The Middlebury College ski team finished 10th this past weekend at the 2019 NCAA Ski Championships, hosted by the University of Vermont at Stowe Mountain Resort and the Trapp Family Lodge. Utah won the national title with 530.5 points, followed by Vermont (476), Colorado (455) and Dartmouth (447). Middlebury scored 150 points. Action began with Nordic skiing on Wednesday. Peter Wolter and Lewis Nottonson paced the Panther men in the 10-kilometer freestyle. Wolter took 15th in in 25:16, and Nottonson in 25:18. On the women’s side, Alexandra Lawson was 26th in the classic 5K in 14:31. In alpine action on Thursday Middlebury’s Justin Alkier finished ninth in the men’s giant slalom in 1:58.42 to become an All-American. Middlebury’s top finisher in the women’s GS was Caroline Bartlett, who captured 11th in 2:02.90. Madison Lord placed 30th in 2:09.90. In Friday’s Nordic racing Nottonson claimed 10th in the 20K classical race in 56:56. Wolter was 30th in 59:15. Nottonson, a resident of Addison, came back from 19th place in 12.4mile race, to finish in the top 10 in the country, making the senior the Panthers’ sole Nordic AllAmerican”at this year’s NCAA meet. He was second Eastern skier, behind UVM’s Ben Ogden. Middlebury was the top Division III school in the Nordic competition. The mass-start race was held on a beautiful winter day with

temperatures climbing into the 30s. Coaches and wax techs apply kick wax to the kick zone on the underside of the ski so that the skiers may propel themselves forward over the snow before initiating the glide phase. Temps around the freezing mark make it challenging to dial in the proper wax, and climbing temps during a race make it challenging for skiers, who rely on technique to keep from slipping, especially on the uphills. According to a report from a spectator, Nottonson lost the front two packs, which formed early in the race, due to the blistering pace and single file nature of skiers gliding in the two pairs of tracks on the winding downhills of the open

fields, preventing him from taking advantage of the benefit of drafting off of the skier immediately in front of him. Thus, he spent much of the race slowly clawing his way through the string of skiers as he moved toward the front. Also on Friday, Middlebury’s Avery Ellis was 18th in the women’s classical 15K, taking 18th in 49:40. Panther Annika Landis finished 25th spot in 50:25. On Saturday Caroline Bartlett paced the Panther women in the slalom, taking 19th (1:53.77). Madison Lord was 26th (1:55.80). All three Panther men missed gates and had to hike on either their first or second runs. Tim Gavett fared best and placed 24th.







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(Continued from Page 1B) restrained in reacting to President Trump’s response to the destruction wrought by Maria in Puerto Rico and the enormous tasks and expense required for its reconstruction. He has described that response as “disrespectful” — specifically concerning Trump’s questioning of the revised death count in Puerto Rico (“a plot by Democrats to make me look bad”) and his interest in redirecting funds intended for Hurricane Maria victims to the relief efforts in Florida and Texas. This White House celebration used to be just a happy ritual that accompanied athletic success at the highest levels. More recently, in the Trump years, it has become fraught with controversy. The first team to visit the White House was the World Series Champion Washington Senators in 1924, there at the invitation of Vermont’s own Calvin Coolidge, who had attended Games 1, 6, and 7 of the Series. (That was the last and only time a Washington team has won the Series, prompting the expression: “First in war, first in peace, and last in the American League.”) The first basketball team to be honored by the President in the White House was, appropriately, the Boston Celtics in 1963, invited by their townsman John F. Kennedy. The White House honor did not become commonplace until the Reagan Era. Just last year, Golden State Warriors players, and their coach, Steve Kerr, made it clear they would not attend the White House event, so President Trump made it clear they were not welcome. In a counter-gesture, the Warriors visited the National Museum of African-American History with Washington, D.C., students on the day the White House visit had initially been scheduled. Warriors star Klay Thompson said at the time: “We’re going to hang out with some kids, take them to the Museum, and hopefully teach them some things we learned along the way, and give them some great memories.” Then, the 2018 Super Bowl Champs, the Philadelphia Eagles (remember them — they beat the Pats) were uninvited, their June visit canceled by the President when a number of Eagle players indicated they would not attend. The conflict there was over players not standing for the National Anthem, Trump pronouncing they should be fired or suspended by their teams. On a personal note, my son David has been to one of these White House parties. In 2011, he was the Director of Media Relations for Major League Soccer Champions, the Denver Rapids. His Rapids team was honored by then-President Obama. “It was amazing,” David said, “and a lot of the thrill had to do with meeting Obama.” So what will happen on May 9 — and what will Alex Cora choose to do? Red Sox management has remained neutral, making it clear that each player will decide for himself whether or not to go. Four players have announced they will not be a part of it: Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Hector Velazquez, and Rafael Devers. Another five — David Price, Xander Bogaerts, Eduardo Rodriguez, Eduardo Nunez, and Christian Vazquez say they are undecided. Others are going enthusiastically. Brock Holt says he is “excited.” Chris Sale thinks it will be “pretty cool.” It’s difficult not to note that 12 of the 13 players who have indicated they will attend are white. Those undecided, or not going, are persons of color. Is it possible that this matter will distract and divide the dramatically cohesive Red Sox clubhouse of last season? General Manager Dave Dombrowski says about that he has “no concerns at all.” Likewise, owner John Henry: “It’s strictly optional. It’s a tradition that a lot of our players are really looking forward to.” The manager of a baseball team, like Alex Cora, is decidedly middle management in the organization’s structure. Where does his primary loyalty reside? To the players he leads, or to those at whose behest he serves (who will all attend the ceremony)? Cora seems genuinely torn: “It’s a topic that back home is huge,” he said last month. “If I go, I’ll represent Puerto Rico the right way. I don’t know what kind of platform I will have if I go. `“We’ll see.”

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Vergennes Police Log VERGENNES — It appears Vergennes vehicle owners have not even this late in winter gotten the message that it is not legal to park vehicles on city streets overnight between December and March. On six nights between March 4 and 10 Vergennes police ticketed vehicles left on city streets overnight in violation of the city’s winter parking ban. In all, police ticketed nine vehicles and ordered one to be towed. Police also continued to run a series of directed patrols on city streets intended to enforce traffic laws, notably speeding. In that seven-day period city police conducted seven such patrols around the city and ticketed 11 motorists.

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In other action between March 4 and 10, Vergennes police: On March 4: • Helped Vermont State Police by responding to a one-car crash in Monkton. • Stopped a vehicle on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh after a report or erratic driving and determined the driver was not impaired. On March 5 backed up state police while they dealt with an assault case at Aubuchon Hardware in Ferrisburgh. On March 6: • Dealt with minor two-car accidents on West Main Street and in the Shaw’s Supermarket parking lot. • Euthanized a deer that had been struck by a vehicle on Monkton

Road in Monkton. • Looked unsuccessfully for a car reported to be speeding on High Street. • Checked a home for a resident who was absent. On March 7 dealt with a report of an assault at Northlands Job Corps and decided the incident did not merit charges. On March 9 handled a minor twocar crash on Main Street. On March 10: • Told a man to stop illegal use of a Main Street Dumpster. • On behalf of state police checked out a report of a suspicious man with a flashlight at the intersection of Plank Road and Route 7, but found no one.

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further and found he was under the influence of intoxicants. Troopers took Valentic into custody, took him to the New Haven state police barracks for processing and released him after issuing a citation for driving under the influence, second offense, and a ticket for following too close. That wasn’t the only DUI citation that state police issued in Addison County in the past week. On March 7 at approximately 10:35 p.m. troopers saw a vehicle traveling northbound on Route 7, south of the Maplefields gas station, in New Haven at 81 mph in a posted 50 mph zone. A motor vehicle stop was conducted and the operator was identified as Cagnina. While speaking with Cagnina, Troopers also detected signs of impairment. Cagnina was screened for this roadside and subsequently arrested for suspicion of DUI. Cagnina was transported to the New Haven Barracks for processing and later released on a citation for the offense of Excessive Speed and DUI. Police stopped the

car and issued Leeann Cagnina, 32, of Johnson, R.I., citations for DUI and speeding. Separately, on March 9 at about 10 minutes until midnight state police saw an equipment violation and stopped a motor vehicle on Route 7 in Middlebury. After screening Robert Mccuen, 45, of Brandon, troopers cited him for DUI. In other recent activity, Vermont State Police: • On March 4 at approximately 6:21 p.m. saw a tractor-trailer cross the centerline multiple times on Route 22A in Bridport and stopped the vehicle. Police cited William A. Bostwick, 60, of Guilford for negligent driving. • On March 5 at just after 11 a.m. responded to a report of a simple assault in Ferrisburgh. Troopers said they learned that William Herrington, 66, of Vergennes had physically assaulted another person. They took Herrington to the New Haven barracks and cited him for simple assault. • On March 6 stopped a motor vehicle stop on Route 116 in Bristol after the trooper saw a driver he knew to have a suspended license. The trooper cited Cheryl Barrows, 54, of Salisbury for driving with a criminally suspended license and violation of conditions of release.




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Already consigned – 15 head of Angus 700 LBS. Feeders More Animals to Come All BF breeds welcome!! Don’t miss this annual spring sale All quality consignments welcome A MUST SALE TO ATTEND! **Cash in on your overstock!!!** For more info call 802-388-2661 (ACCS) Sale Manager: TG Wisnowski & Sons (802-989-1507) Auctioneer: John Nop


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Appliance Repair






GAS OR ELECTRIC Washers Refridgerators Dishwashers Disposals

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Waste Management – Roll-off container service

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Buy Local! 802.989.0396

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Where you’ll find a treasure in every corner.

We sell and consign collectibles, antiques, dishes, tools, furniture, re-usable, re-purposed, art/craft/jewelry items and so much more!

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Quaker Village Carpentry

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New Construction Remodels and Additions Window and Siding Installation Smaller Home Repairs

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Dryers Ranges Microwaves Air Conditioners

• plumbing

• insulation • laughter • livestock • lumber • masonry • painting

• engineering • equipment rentals • firewood • flooring • hay • heating & ac

Heating & AC


Alexander Appliance Repair Inc.

• appliance repair • auto glass • business cards • carpentry/contractors • consignment • computers

• Man lifts up to 80’ • man basket w/crane up to 188

• concrete compactors • backhoes

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40’ to 80’ manlifts manlifts 40’ 80’ 42’to material forklifts 42’ material forklifts 42’ material Fork lifts up forklifts to 15,000 lbs. Fork lifts lifts up up to to 15,000 15,000 lbs. lbs. Fork


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I have worked with quadriplegic, paraplegics, amputees, hospice, Respite, dementia Alzheimer’s stroke victims, Critical Care TBI...just to name a few.

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Serving all your plumbing and heating needs. Owned and operated by: Bill Heffernan, Jim & David Whitcomb


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Business Service Property Services

“Where Peace of Mind is Everything” Offering a Full Range of Services for Second Home, Vacation, and Rental Properties to Out-of-State and Absentee Homeowners

• plumbing • real estate • renewable energy • roofing



roofing Michael Doran

Surveying LAROSE SURVEYS, P.C. Land Surveying/Septic Design

Marcel Brunet & Sons, Inc. Windows & Siding Vergennes, VT

Siding • Windows Additions • Garages • Decks 800-439-2644 • • 877-2640

Free estimates estimates •• Fully Fully Insured Insured Free

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• 6’X5’ = $60 • 6’X7’= $65 • 6’X11’= $75 • 8’X7’=$105 • 10’X5’=$125 • 11’X5’= $145 • Bike storage $10/month

Real Estate

Call or Text Alice to set up a showing or to learn more!

Jack Associates

• tree services • window treatments • wood services

Ronald L. LaRose, L.S. • Kevin R. LaRose, L.S.

as seen at Addison County Field Days!

• Standing seam • Standing seam ••Asphalt shingles Asphalt shingles Slate •• Slate

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Timothy L. Short, L.S. Property Line Surveys • Topographical Surveys FEMA Elevation Certificates 135 S. Pleasant St., Middlebury, VT 388-3511

Premium window treatments, retractable screens and awnings. 298 Maple Street Middlebury, VT 802.247.3883

Call today to list YOUR ad in our Business & Service Directory


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Addison Independent


Public Meetings

ADULT ALL‑ RECOVERY Group Meeting for anyone over 18 who is struggling with addiction disorders. Wednesdays, 3‑4 p.m. at the Turning Point Center (54 Creek Rd). A great place to meet with your peers who are in recovery. Bring a friend in recovery. For info call 802‑388‑4249 or 802‑683‑5569 or visit turn‑ AL‑ANON FAMILY GROUP ‑ For families and friends of problem drinkers. Anony‑ mous, confidential and free. At the Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd, Middlebury. 7:30‑8:30 PM Friday eve‑ nings. AL‑ANON: FOR FAMI‑ LIES and friends affected by someone’s drinking. Members share experience, strength and hope to solve common problems. New‑ comers welcome. Confiden‑ tial. St. Stephen’s Church (use front side door and go to basement) in Middlebury, Sunday nights 7:15‑8:15 pm. ALCOHOLICS ANONY‑ MOUS, 1 SUNDAY. 12 Step Meeting, Middlebury, United Methodist Church, North Pleasant St. 9‑10am. Discussion Meeting, Bristol, Howden Hall, 19 West St. 4‑5pm. Women’s Meeting, North Ferrisburgh, United Methodist Church, Old Hol‑ low Rd. 6‑7pm. 12 Step Meeting, Vergennes, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Park St. 7‑8pm. AA 24‑Hour Hotline 802‑388‑9284, aavt. org. ALCOHOLICS ANONY‑ MOUS, 2 MONDAY. As Bill Sees it Meeting, Ripton, Rip‑ ton Firehouse, Dugway Rd. 7:15‑8:15am. As Bill Sees it Meeting, Middlebury, The Turning Point Ctr, 54 Creek Rd. Noon‑1pm. Women of AA (Step/Speaker), Middle‑ bury, The Turning Point Ctr, 54 Creek Rd, 5:30‑6:30pm. Big Book Meeting, New Ha‑ ven, Congregational Church, Village Green, 7:30‑8:30pm. Discussion Meeting, Bran‑ don, St. Thomas Episco‑ pal Church, Rte 7 South, 7:30‑8:30pm.


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Public Meetings

ALCOHOLICS ANONY‑ MOUS, 3 TUESDAY. 12 Step Meeting, Middlebury, The Turning Point Ctr. 54 Creek Rd. Noon‑1pm. Daily Reflection Meeting, Vergennes, Congregational Church, Water St. 7‑8pm.

NA (JUST IN TIME) Mon‑ days, 6:30 pm, held at The Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd.

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


NA MEETINGS MIDDLE‑ BURY: Sundays, 3:00 pm, held at The Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd. NARCAN KITS are avail‑ able at the Turning Point Center of Addison County FREE of charge. Narcan (Naloxone) is a nasal spray used to reverse an opioid overdose in progress. These kits are specifically intended for public distribution and can be used by anyone to save a life. Easy train‑ ing is provided at Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd, and takes approximately 10 minutes. Wednesdays between 9 a.m. ‑ noon, or call for an appointment (802) 388‑4249. PARKINSONS SUPPORT GROUP meets on the last Thursday of every month from 10 am to 11:30 am. We meet at The Resi‑ dence at Otter Creek in Middlebury. For info call APDA at 888‑763‑3366 or parkinsoninfo@uvmhealth. org. R E F U G E R E C O V E RY ‑ TUESDAYS 6‑7 p.m. A non‑theistic, Buddhist‑in‑ spired approach to recovery from addictions of all kinds. Dedicated to the practices of mindfulness, compassion, forgiveness, and generosity, this recovery meeting uses meditation and kindness to heal the pain and suffering that addiction has caused. Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd. (802) 388‑4249.

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

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Seasonal Groundsworker

Middlebury College is a top-tier liberal arts college with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in faculty/staff teaching and research. An Equal Opportunity Employer, the College is committed to hiring a diverse faculty/staff as we work to foster innovation in our curriculum and to provide a rich and varied educational experience to our increasingly diverse student body. Currently hiring for:

Seasonal Groundsworker

For full description, visit: EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability.

CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY INSTRUCTOR The Patricia A. Hannaford Regional Technical School District is looking for a student-centered construction instructor to join our collaborative team for the 2019-20 school year. The successful candidate will have experience and proven success working with young people in addition to a minimum of five years of experience in the building trades. Experience in multiple trades associated with residential and light commercial construction highly desirable. NCCER Certifications also highly desirable. Candidates must have a viable path to earning a Vermont Licensure endorsement in Career and Technical Education in 17-B Architecture and Construction. This position is anticipated to be half-time afternoons for the 2019-20 school year, moving to full time during the 2020-21 school year. Excellent benefits and school year, family-friendly work schedule. For more information, contact Len Schmidt at 802-382-1005. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, résumé, three letters of reference, and any applicable transcripts and/or certificates to:

– now –

The ADDiSon inDepenDenT iS Seeking A

people-peRsoN foR ouR G HIRIN dyNAmIc sAles TeAm The Addison Independent is hiring a top-notch advertising representative with sales experience to sell new and service established accounts in Addison, Rutland, and Chittenden County. Individual must be excited to represent existing print and digital marketing plans as well as budding new digital platforms. Must enjoy meeting and working with people, have strong written and verbal communication skills and a desire to actively listen and help businesses succeed. Challenging, fast-paced work both within the office and on the road. Must have professional appearance, attention to detail and a creative attitude. This position offers ample opportunity to excel. Commission-based compensation with health care package, 401K benefits and flexible work schedule. Excellent opportunity for learning or honing sales/ business skills. To apply, please send resume and cover letter to: Christy Lynn, Director of Sales 58 Maple Street | Middlebury, VT 05753





Look here for volunteer opportunities! Want to be involved in your community? Is your 2019 resolution to give back? Always check this space for opportunities to get involved in local organizations. Use your skills to better your community.

Dana Peterson, Superintendent Hannaford Career Center 51 Charles Avenue Middlebury, VT 05753 This position will remain open until March 15th, 2019 . A candidate’s packet must be complete before an interview will be granted.



Are you looking for an engaging position in a busy office where you can be part of an award-winning team that publishes community news every day? Are you a problem solver always looking to lend a hand? Do you have a can-do attitude where you’re always looking for the next way to help out? Then you might be JUST who we’re looking for! The Addison County Independent is hiring a parttime administrative assistant to help in the advertising department. This gold star individual will work with our team of on-the-go sales executives and the rest of the office team to keep operations running smoothly and help get the paper to press smoothly! 20-30 hours depending on schedule and availability of the right applicant. Excellent organizational skills necessary, good command of spelling and grammar and a knack for creativity is helpful. Willing to train all specific skills. This is a great opportunity to get to know the ins and outs of the media business or hone your office skills. Please send letter of interest and resumé to Christy Lynn, Director of Sales/Associate publisher:



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

Addison Independent


Cash in on our 4-for-3 rates! Pay for 3 issues, get 4th issue free! • email:


An ad placed for consecutive issues (Mondays & Thursdays) is run 4th time free! • Special 4 for 3 rates not valid for the following categories: Services, Opportunities, Real Estate, Wood heat, Attn. Farmers, For Rent & Help Wanted

Name: Address: Phone: Email: DEADLINES: Thurs. noon for Mon. paper


ADDISON INDEPENDENT 58 Maple Street, Middlebury, VT 05753 802-388-4944

Mon. 5 p.m. for Thurs. paper

• 25¢ per word • minimum $2.50 per ad • $2 internet listing for up to 4 issues • minimum 2 insertions

Notices Card of Thanks Personals Services Free** Lost ’N Found** Garage Sales Lawn & Garden Opportunities Adoption ** no charge for these ads

Work Wanted Help Wanted For Sale Public Meetings** For Rent Want to Rent Wood Heat Real Estate Animals Spotlight with large


Att. Farmers Motorcycles Cars Trucks SUVs Snowmobiles Boats Wanted Real Estate Wanted Vacation Rentals

The Independent assumes no financial responsibility for errors in ads, but will rerun classified ad in which the error occurred. No refunds will be possible. Advertiser will please notify us of any errors which may occur after first publication.

Number of words: Cost: # of runs: Spotlight Charge: Internet Listing: TOTAL:


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CLASSIFIEDS Help Wanted BANKRUPTCY: CALL to find out if bankruptcy can help you. Kathleen Walls, Esq. 802‑388‑1156.

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CUBBERS RESTAURANT‑ full‑time position available. Nights and some weekend hours required. Some ex‑ perience preferred. Starting pay $13‑$15/hr. depending on experience. If interested please stop by Cubbers at 8 Main St., Bristol and fill out an application. Call 453‑2400. Ask for Ben or Drew.

DRIVING POSITION open‑ ing for route sales & delivery 4 days a week. Class B CDL preferred but not required. This is a salaried position with benefits, pay is com‑ mensurate with experience. Apply in person at Maple Meadow Farm, 518 Maple Street, Salisbury.

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PART TIME POSITIONS We are seeking people with winning personalities and great attitudes to join our team.

Part-time Deli Person & Part-time Store Clerk/ Cashier positions available with flexible scheduling, but must be willing to work some nights, weekends and holidays. Please apply on-line at or in person, and ask for Store Manager Maplefields –– Bristol 42 West Street • Bristol, VT EOE

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FULL‑TIME POSITIONS available immediately. We are Vermont’s larg‑ est residential cleaning service. Seeking expe‑ rienced cleaners only. Reliable transportation is a must. $16/hour. Email 802‑355‑6500.

GREENHOUSE WORK‑ ERS WANTED. Seasonal, March‑June. Also part time available; great for students and others. Call Bill Spencer, First Season Greenhouses 802‑475‑2588. Best time to call between 5pm‑6pm.

PAINTERS WANTED ‑ Acorn Painting is seeking two professional painters for winter interior work. Ex‑ cellent pay, great benefits. Reliable transportation, tools and a positive no nonsense attitude is a must. This is a great opportunity for people looking for full time work year round. A minimum of three years experience necessary. Call 453‑5611 Serious ap‑ plicants only.

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EASTVIEW AT MIDDLE‑ BURY is seeking a highly motivated and experienced individual for both our Main‑ tenance and Housekeep‑ ing teams. Hours would be Monday – Friday with a possible weekend rotation. Competitive pay and ben‑ efits. Help us keep EastView beautiful and well‑main‑ tained. Interested? Send resume to acoyle@ or call 989‑7502.

POSITIONS NOW AVAIL‑ ABLE at Wintergreen Residential Care home in Brandon, VT. Looking for motivated individuals to work with elderly/dementia pa‑ tients. Must be able to work independently, weekends and holidays, and have reli‑ able transportation. A posi‑ tive attitude and a love for the elderly is a must. To find out more about the positions available or to set up an interview, contact Tonia at 802‑342‑3995.

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SEEKING A FULL-TIME EMPLOYEE to work in its warehouse. Duties include filling customer orders, receiving freight, driving forklift, bagging feed, and assisting other employees. Agricultural experience and CDL license preferred. Must be able to lift 50lb. bags. Benefits include medical, 401K, and vacations. Contact Skip Cray at 802-388-7000 or Addison CentrAl sChool distriCt


Middlebury Union Middle School is seeking coaches for the following: Girls’ Lacrosse Head Coach Girls’ Lacrosse Assistant Coach Softball Assistant Coach Baseball Assistant Coach

Amy Pyfrom/Athletic Director Middlebury Union Middle School 48 Deerfield Lane Middlebury,VT 05753

This is a great opportunity for an energetic and engaged community leader who is passionate about making a difference in the community by leading an organization in a co-directorship model. The successful candidate will possess strong communication skills, a team-oriented work style, a passion for working with families and children, and a dedication to social justice issues. The candidate will have experience working with human services and state agencies, experience in all aspects of human resource and personnel management and experience in managing and overseeing data collections and analysis. Candidates must also demonstrate understanding of financial management of multiple funding streams and fund development. Preference will be given to candidates with a graduate degree in social work, nonprofit management, education, or a related field. For more information, including a full job description, please contact Donna Bailey at Interested applicants are expected to submit their letter of interest, resume, and contact information by March 29, 2019, sent by regular mail to: ACPCC Search Committee, P.O. Box 646 Middlebury, VT 05753 or by email to:

Nursery/Greenhouse Assistant

Excellent perks including an employee discount and flexible schedule. Ability to work weekends is essential. Please stop in to pick up an application or send Resume and References to: Middlebury AGWAY Farm & Garden, Attn: Jennifer Jacobs 338 Exchange St. Middlebury, VT 05753 or by email to

YOUR YARD, GARDEN AND PET PLACE Middlebury Agway – 338 Exchange St. – Middlebury, VT.

Addy Indy Classifieds are online:

Part-time Position Saturdays Required Own Vehicle Required

(4x4 preferred, Auto- transmission only) More info please contact: Wayne Temple Postmaster E. Middlebury, VT 05740 802-388-6685

SHARED LIVING PRO‑ VIDER sought for a man in his late 40’s, who is eager to increase his independence. He enjoys working out on his bike, playing board games, and watching sporting events and TV. He is com‑ mitted to his part‑time job and receives community support services M‑F. Best match would be able to pro‑ vide support for independent living skills, balanced meals, and medical oversight due to a traumatic brain injury. Tax‑free annual stipend of $31,500, room and board payment of $8,600, and a respite budget. Call Elsie Sutton at Community Associ‑ ates. (802)388‑4021.

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Preschool Teachers Wanted

Bridge School of Middlebury, founded in 1980, is expanding it’s high quality education to include preschool. Are you interested in joining our team and being part of a new and creative venture opening in April? We are looking for two teachers, 40 and 30 hours, one of whom shall be licensed. Teachers with strengths in curriculum planning and collaborative teaming and an interest in emergent curriculum are encouraged to apply. Experience and degree in early childhood education or related field preferred. Salaried position with benefits. Send cover letter, resume, and three written references to Bridge School, 1469 Exchange St, Middlebury, Vt, 05753 or via email to jenne@ For more information, contact Jenne Morton at 877-3742. 

Busy Landscaping and Excavating firm seeking skilled, motivated and reliable people. Full-time and Seasonal positions available. We are looking for experienced help in landscaping, excavation and lawn maintenance. Must have valid drivers license. Commercial mowing or excavation experience required. Wage based on experience. Mail or email resume:

TOM BODETTE Excavating & Landscaping, Inc. 6 Lower Plains Rd, Middlebury, VT 05753, Attn: Leslie.

Call 388-4529.

Applications will be accepted until the positions have been filled. E.O.E.


We’re thrilled you’re interested in working for the finest whiskey company in the world. Please visit work-with-us/ for a list of current openings and how to apply. All applicants may submit a resumé with 3 professional references to No phone calls please.

Middlebury Agway is seeking an experienced, qualified and motivated individual to assist in a thriving retail plant sales department. IN SEASON up to 40 hrs/OFF SEASON 20+ hrs per week position. Responsibilities include Care and Sales of Greenhouse and Nursery Plants, Seeds and Bulbs, plus a desire to provide great customer service. Extensive Plant knowledge is a must! Cashier experience is a plus. Qualified Candidate must have a dedicated work ethic perform physical lifting as required and work hard in the spring and summer seasons.

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Coaching Positions

Interested parties should send a letter of interest, resume, and three current letters of reference to:

The Addison County Parent/Child Center (ACPCC) is continuing the search for a new Co-Director to lead this well-known and highly respected nonprofit located in Middlebury, Vermont. Founded in 1980, the ACPCC is a member of the Vermont Parent Child Center Network dedicated to providing family support services, therapeutic childcare and education, prevention and support for youth, adults and children in Addison County.

United States Postal Service Rural Carrier Associate

SHARD VILLA ‑ A LEVEL 3 Residential Care Home, now hiring part‑time care givers. All three shifts. Must be reliable & compassionate team player. At Shard Villa, we are a close‑knit team of caregivers who rely on each other to ensure our residents receive the highest quality of care. We only hire commit‑ ted professional caregivers who love working with the elderly during all hours of the day and night. Apply in person. 1177 Shard Villa Rd., Salisbury, VT.

HOPE HAS AN opening for a part time retail associate. 15 hours a week, reliable schedule, fun and active en‑ vironment. Must have good cash handling and math skills, and solid customer service ability. We also have a part time opening in our warehouse. 29.5 hours a week to start, with the po‑ tential for moving to full‑time. Must have good customer service skills, be able to lift, stand, and walk for extended periods of time. Mechanical ability a plus. Send resume and cover letter, indicat‑ ing the position for which you’re applying, to HOPE, 282 Boardman Street, Suite 1A, Middlebury, or email to receptionist@hope‑


Applicants must possess a strong knowledge of coaching principles with previous coaching experience preferred. Must possess strong organizational skills and the ability to communicate and relate to student athletes.


Help Wanted

Help Wanted

KITCHEN LEAD/ DELI COORDINATOR We are looking for a kitchen lead/coordinator to oversee the My Fresh Cafe day in and day out to ensure optimal customer experience and smooth kitchen operation. The job will be to direct the food preparation process for hot plate and cold well products to maximize sales but limit spoilage waste while keeping up with Food Safety Standards. Must have the ability to be a leader and delegate effectively. Hours range from 4am to 9pm, with occasional weekends and possible holidays. Apply at: MAPLEFIELDS.COM or in person and ask for Store Manager. EOE

Full Time Position—Primarily Addison County, VT (Bridport area would be central) Primary responsibilities include collecting herd data, weigh and sample milk during milking times, entering data in a computer. Must be able to lift 50 lbs., have a reliable vehicle, be self-motivated, be able to work independently and work a varying schedule which includes early mornings and late evenings, must enjoy working with cows. Individual must have positive personality and enjoy working with people. Must have a High School diploma and a minimum of one year of dairy farm experience. Competitive salary and benefits, mileage reimbursement, training, support and equipment provided. Email letter of interest and resume to:

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Counseling Service of Addison County Do you know the real cost of commuting? Many Addison County residents drive to Burlington or Rutland to work. The IRS says you spend 54.5 cents for every mile you travel in your car. Cut down your commute and save hundreds of dollars a year! It’s like getting a raise for a shorter commute! Work close to home! For current employment opportunities, please visit our website:

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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.


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Help Wanted SHARED LIVING PRO‑ VIDER sought for a man in his late 40’s, who is eager to increase his indepen‑ dence. He enjoys working out on his bike, playing board games, and watching sporting events and TV. He is committed to his part‑time job and receives community support services M‑F. Best match would be able to pro‑ vide support for independent living skills, balanced meals, and medical oversight due to a traumatic brain injury. Tax‑free annual stipend of $31,500, room and board payment of $8,600, and a respite budget. Call Elsie Sutton at Community As‑ sociates. (802)388‑4021. SHARED LIVING PROVID‑ ER sought for a man in his mid‑30’s on the autism spec‑ trum. This intelligent and independent man enjoys watching movies and playing online video games. He has a keen interest in participat‑ ing in household chores and mastering independent living skills. He has his own trans‑ portation. Tax‑free annual stipend of $27,000, room & board payment of $8,600, and a respite budget. A quiet and patient home in Bristol, Middlebury, or Ver‑ gennes would be a great match. Please contact Tim Franklin at Community As‑ sociates. (802)388‑4021.

For Sale 2 TRAILER LOADS, logs to haul from Middlebury. Barter or pay what is right for you. 382‑8555, leave message. 2 WINPOWER ELECTRIC generators, PTO driven. Model 8040 $2,000. Model 4525 $1,400. 802‑453‑3870. 2002 FORD F150 V8. 78,000 miles. Inspected. Full size bed. Plow and cap. Ex‑ cellent shape. $5,800 obo, cash. 897‑7126. BARRELS ‑ 55 GALLON food grade. Great storage for sap/syrup, water, grain, compost. $25/each. Call 453‑4235. FOUR NOKIAN ROTIIVA HT tires. 265/65R17 116T XL. Fit 2nd gen. Tacoma. $240. 759‑6001. POOL TABLE, SLATE. 8ft. Brunswick. Excellent condition. $1,500. OBO. 802‑352‑4631. PRIVACY HEDGES ‑ spring blowout sale. 6ft. Arborvitae ‑ reg. $179, now $75. Beau‑ tiful, nursery grown. Free Installation/Free delivery. Limited Supply. Order now: 518‑536‑1367, lowcosttreef‑

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BRISTOL 2+3 BEDROOM apartments. Heat, lawn care, snow removal, park‑ ing, small storage space included. 802‑453‑2566.

TOWN OF MIDDLEBURY INVITATION TO BID BID NUMBER # 20190305-1 Sealed competitive bids for a Tandem Axle Dump Truck will be received at the office of the Town Manager, 77 Main Street, Middlebury, VT 05753 until 11:00 AM, March 18, 2019. The Town of Middlebury, VT reserves the right to waive any informalities, reject any and all bids, or to accept any bid deemed to be in the best interest of the Town. Information for Bidders, Specifications and Bid Forms may be obtained free of charge at the Municipal Building at 77 Main Street, the Department of Public Works at 1020 Route 7 South or on the Town’s webpage at

CHARMING STUDIO APARTMENT in the heart of downtown Middlebury. Tile bath and kitchen. Avail‑ able June 1st. Text Baba, 802‑373‑6456.

DRY, WINTER/SUMMER STORAGE SPACE in Ad‑ dison. Available storage space in my barn for sum‑ mer/winter storage. The barn is structurally sound and weather‑tight with electricity. No heat or run‑ ning water. The barn is also available for lease. The en‑ trance door measurements are 8’ wide by 7’ high. For more info: 802‑363‑3403 or LARGE 4 BEDROOM colo‑ nial house, Salisbury. 1 3/4 bath. Large living room, din‑ ing room, kitchen and family room with attached 2 car garage. Secluded setting. 11 minutes to MUHS .$1,800. monthly. References and deposit. 802‑989‑8399. MIDDLEBURY 2 BED‑ ROOM near downtown. Appliances, off street park‑ ing, lease. No pets. Real Net Management Inc. 802‑388‑4994. MIDDLEBURY 3 BED‑ ROOM ground floor apart‑ ment with deck and parking, in the center of town. $1,400/ mo. all inclusive. No pets. 802‑349‑8544. MIDDLEBURY, 2,600 SQ FT office space. Court St., cen‑ tral location, parking. Can be subdivided. Real‑Net Man‑ agement Inc. 802‑388‑4994. SUGARWOOD APART‑ MENTS is currently ac‑ cepting applications for 2, 3 and 4 BR apartments in Middlebury. All income/ assets must be verified to determine monthly rent, but tenants only pay 30% of their income toward rent. NP/NS. W/D hook‑ups. Call 802‑247‑0165 or visit our website Equal Housing Opportunity.

The Addison Northwest School District seeks proposals for services by a qualified auditing accountant. This RFP is issued as part of a process to ensure that the District selects the firm that will provide a combination of the best services, at a fair and competitive price. All respondents agree, by submitting a response to the RFP, that the decision of the Addison Northwest School District is final. 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 Elizabeth Atkins, Business Manager at 802-877-3332 Ext 102 or email at 03/11

BRISTOL VILLAGE, HIGHLY Visible Retail/Of‑ fice street level space on the Main Street. Approx. 1,800 SF plus basement storage. Available March 1, 2019. $1,370 mo. Call Tom at Wallace Realty 453‑4670 or

C O R N WA L L 1 B E D ‑ ROOM apartment, 1‑1/2 bath, skylights, private deck. $950/mo. includes h e a t a n d h o t w a t e r. batesproperties@yahoo. com

For Audit Services

Questions may be addressed to Patti Kirby - or by phone at (802) 388-4045.

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Wood Heat FIREWOOD. CUT, SPLIT and delivered. $210/cord seasoned. $185/cord green. 802‑282‑9110.


Real Estate 2 0 1 9 E N E R G Y S TA R homes, Modular, Dou‑ blewides and Single‑ wides. Open 7 days a week. Beanshomes. com. 600 Rte. 7, Pitts‑ ford, VT. 1‑802‑773‑2555 tflanders@beanshomes. com. Down Payment As‑ sistance Now Available. EAST MIDDLEBURY, DAI‑ SY Lane Lot #11. Beautiful, level 1/2 acre building lot with good southern expo‑ sure on a private lane. Town water, power and cable hookups at curbside. Site approved for four bedroom home with conventional (no mound necessary) septic system. $68,000. Call Jack Brown 388‑7350.

Att. Farmers HAY FOR SALE, small square bales and mulch. 802‑453‑2054. HAY FOR SALE. Small square bales + first cut, mulch. 802‑349‑9281. WHITNEY’S CUSTOM FARM WORK. Pond agi‑ tating, liquid manure haul‑ ing, drag line aerating. Call for price. 462‑2755, John Whitney.

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

Public Notices Index Public notices for the following can be found in this ADDISON INDEPENDENT on these Pages 9 & 110B.

v. KRISTEN A. LAFLAM, MICHAEL H. CRAM AND MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., AS NOMINEE FOR QUICKEN LOANS INC. OCCUPANTS OF: 33 Purinton Road East, Lincoln VT MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY UNDER 12 V.S.A. sec 4952 et seq. In accordance with the Judgment Order and Decree of Foreclosure entered FORMTEXT , in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Kristen A. Laflam and Michael H. Cram to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Quicken Loans Inc., dated May 6, 2006 and recorded in Book 63 Page 570 of the land records of the Town of Lincoln, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of the following Assignments of Mortgage: (1) Assignment of Mortgage from Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Quicken Loans Inc. to Bank of America, N.A., Successor by Merger to BAC Home Loan Servicing, LP fka Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, LP, dated October 19, 2012 and recorded in Book 73 Page 175; (2) Assignment of Mortgage from Bank of America, N.A to Green Tree Servicing LLC dated May 28, 2013 and recorded in Book 74 Page 193 and (3) Assignment of Mortgage from Ditech Financial LLC f/k/a Green Tree Servicing LLC to MTGLQ Investors, LP dated September 7, 2018 and recorded in Book 82 Page 552, all of the land records of the Town of Lincoln for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 33 Purinton Road East, Lincoln, Vermont on April 8, 2019 at 10:00 AM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, To wit: TAX ID NUMBER 04-01-48-000 Land situated the County of Addison in the State of VT A CERTAIN PIECE OF LAND IN LINCOLN, IN THE COUNTY OF ADDISON, AND THE STATE OF VERMONT, DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS, VIZ: THE LANDS AND PREMISES CONVEYED HEREBY ARE CURRENTLY BELIEVED TO BE BOUNDED, NOW OR FORMERLY, AS FOLLOWS: ON THE NORTH BY TOWN HIGHWAY NO. 15, ALSO KNOWN AS THE OLD COUNTY ROAD AND/OR PURINTON ROAD; ON THE SOUTH BY LANDS DONOVAN K. MAYO AND ROSEMARY D. MAYO WHICH WAS CONVEYED TO THEM BY EDSON W. COBB AND SANDRA J. COBB BY THE DEED REFERRED TO BELOW AND WHICH IS SHOWN ON A SURVEY ENTITLED “’PROPERTY OF DONOVAN K. MAYO AND ROSEMARY D. MAYO” DATED SEPTEMBER 15, 1982 BY RONALD L. LAROSE, LS.; ON THE EAST BY TOWN HIGHWAY NO. 3, ALSO KNOWN AS THE DOWNINGSVILLE ROAD; ON THE WEST BY LANDS OF CLARENCE AND WILMA HALLOCK. BEING ALL THE SAME LANDS AND PREMISES CONVEYED TO MICHAEL H. CRAM AND KRISTEN LAFLAM BY DEED OF DONOVAN K. MAYO AND ROSEMARY D. MAYO DATED APRIL 12, 2004 AND RECORDED APRIL 14, 2004 IN BOOK 60, PAGE 106 OF THE LINCOLN LAND RECORDS, Commonly known as: 33 Purinton Rd East, Lincoln, VT 05443 Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description. Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described. TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within sixty (60) days after the date of sale. The mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale. DATED : February 28, 2019 By: Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032

Addison County Probate Court (2) Addison County Superior Court (3) Addison Northwest School District (1) Bridport (1) Bristol (1) Middlebury (2) Middlebury Cemetery Assoc. (1)

Town of BridporT – inviTaTion To Bid on Lawn Care

TOWN OF MIDDLEBURY INVITATION TO BID BID NUMBER # 20190305-2 Sealed competitive bids for a Tandem Axle Body Build will be received at the office of the Town Manager, 77 Main Street, Middlebury, VT 05753 until 11:00 AM, March 18, 2019. The Town of Middlebury, VT reserves the right to waive any informalities, reject any and all bids, or to accept any bid deemed to be in the best interest of the Town. Information for Bidders, Specifications and Bid Forms may be obtained free of charge at the Municipal Building at 77 Main Street, the Department of Public Works at 1020 Route 7 South or on the Town’s webpage at Questions may be addressed to Patti Kirby – or by phone at (802) 388-4045.

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Sealed bids for mowing and trimming various municipal parks, cemeteries and grounds in the Town of Bridport during the 2019 season will be accepted until noon on March 18, 2019 at the Bridport Town Clerk’s Office, 82 Crown Point Road, P.O. Box 27, Bridport, VT 05734. Bids should be submitted with a price on a per mowing/trimming basis. Frequency will be weekly or as needed. Must provide proof of insurance. Call the Bridport Town Garage at 802758-2113 or email bridportdpw@gmavt. net for more information and to arrange a visit to sites prior to bidding. Information for Bidders can also be obtained at the Town Clerk’s Office, 758-2483, and on the Town’s website - The Town of Bridport reserves the right to reject any and all bids. The Public Notices section appears every Monday & Thursday in the

Addison Independent

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PUBLIC NOTICE Full Passport Service Addison County Courthouse The Addison County Clerk is available to accept passport applications and provide passport photos.



Ditech Financial, LLC f/k/a Green Tree Servicing LLC vs. Karen Curavoo a/k/a Karen Brisson; Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP; Town of Weybridge NOTICE OF SALE

By virtue and in execution of the Power of Sale contained in a certain mortgage given by William C. Sinks, III and Karen B. Curavoo a/k/a Karen Brisson, to Chittenden Trust Co. dba Chittenden Mortgage Svcs., dated January 16, 2007, and recorded in Book 45, at Page 466, of the City/Town of Weybridge Land Records, of which mortgage the undersigned is the present holder by Assignment of Mortgage recorded in Book 82, Page 547, for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at April 4, 2019 at 1:30 PM at 3460 Quaker Village Road, Weybridge, VT 05753 all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, To Wit: ‘’Being a …parcel with premises thereon as depicted on,” Plat of Survey Showing a Proposed Boundary line Adjustment for Karen Curavoo in tile towns of Weybridge & New Haven, Vermont” dated January 2001 and recorded in Map Book 2 Page 12 of the Weybridge Land Records. Commencing at an Iron pipe set in the edge of the right of way of Quaker Village Road, so-called, said point marking the southwest corner of the lands herein described; • Thence s 86° 52’ 28 E a distance of 253.57 feet to an Iron rod; • Thence N 82° 29’ 08” E a distance of .606.43 feet to an iron rod, said point marking the southeasterly corner of the lands herein described; • Thence N 07° 30” 52” W a distance of 274.70 feet to an iron rod, said point marking the northeasterly corner of the lands herein described; • Thence S 82° 29’ 08” W a distance of 762.18 feet to an iron rod setin the easterlyedge of the right of way of QuakerVillage Road, said point marking the northwest corner of the lands herein described; • Thence S 08° 26’ 58” W a <distance of 96.36 feet along the easterly edge of the right of way of Quaker Village Road a distance of 153.64 feet to the place or point of beginning. • Reference is made to a Quit Claim Deed from Edward Curavoo to Karen Curavoo dated May 1, 1996 and recorded at Book 34 at Page 462 of the Weybridge Land Records. • Reference Is further made to a Quit Claim Deed from Edward Curavoo to Karen Curavoo dated May 16, 1990 and recorded in Book 29 Page 83 of the Weybridge Land Records and In Book 46 Page 319 of the New Haven Land Records. • Reference Is further made to a Quit Claim Deed from Karen B. Curavoo to Karen B. Curavoo and William Sinks, dated November 10, 2003 and recorded in Book 43 Page 29 of the Weybridge Land Records and in Book 65 Page 320 of the New Haven Land Records. • Reference Is made to a quit Claim Deed from Karen B. Curavoo to Armond Brisson and Pamona O’Brien Brisson dated February 23, 2001 and recorded in Book 39 at Page 191 of the Weybridge Land Records and in Book 59 at Page 127 of the New Haven Land Records. • Reference Is made to a Quit Claim Deed from Armond Brisson and Ramona O’Brien Brisson to Karen B. Curavoo dated February 23, 2001 and recorded in Book 39, Page 193 of the Weybridge land Records and to be recorded in Book 59 at Page 125 of the New Haven Land Records. The above-mentioned Quit Claim Deeds describe a boundary line adjustment between the) said Brisson and Curavoo. Reference can be made to a Corrective Quit Claim Deed from Karen B. Curavoo to Karen B. Curavoo and William C. Sinks III to be recorded in the Town of Weybridge and Town of New Haven land Records prior hereto. The description of the property contained in the mortgage shall control in the event of a typographical error in this publication. The public sale may be adjourned one or more times for a total time not exceeding 30 days, without further court order, and without publication or service of a new notice of sale, by announcement of the new sale date to those present at each adjournment or by posting notice of the adjournment in a conspicuous place at the location of the sale. Terms of Sale: $10,000.00 to be paid in cash or by certified check by the purchaser at the time of sale, with the balance due at closing. The sale is subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described. The Mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at sale Ditech Financial, LLC f/k/a Green Tree Servicing LLC Jeffrey J. Hardiman, Esq., Bar No. NH# 18519 / VT#4632 BROCK & SCOTT, PLLC 1080 Main Street, Suite 200 Pawtucket, RI 02860 Phone: 401-217-8701 Fax: 401-217-8702 3/7, 14,21



U.S. Bank, National Association as Legal Title Trustee for Truman 2016 SC6 Title Trust vs. Kylee Rochon; Craig S Rochon NOTICE OF SALE By virtue and in execution of the Power of Sale contained in a certain mortgage given by Kylee Rochon and Craig S. Rochon, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Quicken Loans, Inc., dated November 21, 2006, and recorded in Book 63, at Page 125, of the City/Town of Leicester Land Records, of which mortgage the undersigned is the present holder by Assignment of Mortgage recorded in Book 79, Page 427, for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at April 4, 2019 at 2:30PM at 2437 Leicester Whiting Road, Leicester, VT 05733 all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, To Wit: Being all and the same lands and premises conveyed to Craig S. Rochon and Kylee Rochon by Warranty Deed of Kenneth Lajeunesse of even date herewith and to be recorded in the Land Records of the Town of Leicester and being described therein as follows: “Being all and the same lands and premises conveyed to Kenneth Lajeunesse by Warranty Deed of Agnes Lajeunesse dated March 16,2001 and recorded in Book 53, Page 430 of the Town of Leicester Land Records and being described therein as follows: “Being all and the same lands and premises retained and excepted from the transfer of the Grantor’s home farm to Catlin J. Fox and Ann W. Claghorn by Warranty Deed dated May 4, 2000 and recorded in the Leicester Land Records at Book 52 Page 350-353. Said property is more specifically defined in a survey of the retained parcel entitled “Subdivision of Lands of Agnes Lajeunesse, Whiting Road, Leicester, Vermont” prepared by Courcelle Surveying Co. dated April 27,2000 and recorded in the Leicester Land Records Survey Plat Book Number 2 Page 59. “Subject to any outstanding mortgage deeds, easements, residential covenants and encumbrances of record as of the date hereof, provided, however, that encumbrances otherwise extinguished by the operation of law, including the Vermont Marketable Record Title Act as found in 27 V.S.A. §601 et. seq., are not hereby revived. “In the event the above description inadvertently omits or improperly describes any of the Grantor’s lands and premises in said town, whether co-terminus with the described lands or not, it is the intent of the Grantor that this description and Deed be construed as conveying and in tact, conveys, all the Grantor’s remaining lands and premises in said town of which the Grantor was seized as of the date of this Deed. “RESERVED unto Agnes Lajeunesse, for and during the terms other natural life, a life estate in and to the dwelling house and lands conveyed herein, including, without limitation, the full use, control, income and possession of the dwelling house, in addition to the full power and authority for and during the terms other natural life to lease, convey or mortgage an estate in fee simple absolute or a lesser estate, in and to said land and premises, or any part thereof, by her sole deed, free and clear of any and all claims of others, including any claims of any Grantees herein and to use the receipts there from for her benefit. “Effective on the death of said Agnes Lajeunesse, said KENNETH LAJEUNESSE, his heirs and assigns, shall lake title to the within described lands and premises in fee simple absolute.” The description of the property contained in the mortgage shall control in the event of a typographical error in this publication. The public sale may be adjourned one or more times for a total time not exceeding 30 days, without further court order, and without publication or service of a new notice of sale, by announcement of the new sale date to those present at each adjournment or by posting notice of the adjournment in a conspicuous place at the location of the sale. Terms of Sale: $10,000.00 to be paid in cash or by certified check by the purchaser at the time of sale, with the balance due at closing. The sale is subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described. The Mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at sale U.S. Bank, National Association as Legal Title Trustee for Truman 2016 SC6 Title Trust Jeffrey J. Hardiman, Esq., Bar No. NH# 18519 / VT#4632 BROCK & SCOTT, PLLC 1080 Main Street, Suite 200 Pawtucket, RI 02860 Phone: 401-217-8701 Fax: 401-217-8702 3/7, 14,21

REGULAR HOURS Monday – Friday 9am to 1pm Appointments appreciated, but not necessary.


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Man cited for reckless endangerment

Don’t let ’em sink

VERMONT STATE LAW requires that ice fishing shanties be removed from the ice before the ice weakens. The shanty must be removed before the ice becomes unsafe or loses its ability to support the shanty out of the water, or before the last Sunday in March — the 31st this year — whichever comes first. All contents, debris, wood, and supports must also be removed so they do not become a hazard to navigation in the spring. The fine for leaving an ice fishing shanty on the ice can be $1,000, and shanties may not be left at state fishing access areas. State Game Wardens are available for questions via the Vermont State Police radio dispatcher. Photo courtesy Vermont Fish & Wildlife

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Gregory Laliberte, 37, of Middlebury for reckless endangerment, after he allegedly fired shots into some brush off Burnham Drive on March 4. Police said they were called to the scene by a neighbor who had heard gunshots in the area at around 7 p.m. Laliberte allegedly told police he had fired shots into the brush because a passing vehicle had come close to hitting him and his dog. In other action last week, Middlebury police: • Responded, with local firefighters, to a report of smoke coming from a building on Route 7 South on March 4. Police said the building owner was starting a coal stove. • Took a report about an alleged road-rage incident in the Court Square area on March 5. The case remains under investigation. • Cited Randall Spillane, 21, of Toms Rover, N.J., for driving under the influence, following a traffic stop at the intersection of North Pleasant and High Streets on March 5. • Responded to a reported domestic disturbance involving two brothers at a Court Street residence on March 6. Police said one of the brothers agreed to leave the home. • Heard from a local juvenile who voiced concerns about a sexually “inappropriate video” being taken at a Smead Road location on March 6. The complaint is being investigated. • Investigated, through the school resources officer, a reported argument between siblings at

Middlebury Police Log

Middlebury Union High School on March 6. • Began an investigation on March 7 into a “possible” assault of a student on Middlebury Union Middle School campus on March 7. • Were informed someone had allegedly used stolen tokens to get services at the Exchange Street Car Wash on March 7. The complaint is being investigated. • Helped three Middlebury College students who had become lost while hiking Snake Mountain on March 7. Police gave the students a ride to their vehicle so they could return to campus. • Received a complaint about a driver who appeared to be texting while driving on Route 7 South on March 8. A witness told police the driver nearly rear-ended the vehicle in front of him several times and that he allegedly crossed the center line of the road. Police warned Vermont State Police to be on the lookout for the man. • Received a report of a vehicle being struck by a “strange object and a liquid-type substance” while traveling on Route 7 South on March 9. • Responded to a report of someone ringing a Washington Street resident’s doorbell “continuously” on March 9. Police said they were unable to find the alleged offender.

EMBRACING HEALTHY LIFESTYLES! RiseVT is a community –based primary prevention initiative. Sponsored by UVMHN Porter Medical Center and OneCare, RiseVT recently hit the ground running in Addison County. Our mission is to help communities embrace healthy lifestyles encouraging physical activity and healthy food choices. In your own quest for better health, you may find that setting goals is a great first step. How Do You Start?

Make your Health Goals SMART! SMART means that your goals are:



Current and upcoming opportunities to get moving!

What do you want to accomplish? Choose action-oriented goals that mean the most to you.



30 Miles, 30 Days Walking Challenge Kickoff is Saturday, March 16 at 1pm, Bristol Recreation Field

Track your progress to know when you’ve achieved your goal.



Be Realistic. Set goals you can reach.

Here are some helpful tips: • Stay on track by sharing your new goals with friends and family. • Write down your action plan. • Revisit and revamp initial goals if barriers arise.

Contact Michele Butler to register - 802 388-8804



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• Assisted a South Pleasant Street woman who wanted a drunken and verbally abusive man removed from her home on March 9. Police said they returned the man to his home. • Investigated a report of a woman sitting on the floor of a bank ATM vestibule on Main Street on March 9. Police escorted the woman to the Charter House Coalition’s warming shelter. • Heard from a woman on March 9 who couldn’t find her vehicle after having parked it in the Main Street area for a church service. Police said the vehicle had been towed. • Were informed of the suspected theft of photographic equipment from a room at the Lodge at Otter Creek retirement community on March 9. • Helped a woman found sleeping in a vehicle parked off Court Street Extension on March 9. Police determined the woman was intoxicated and gave her a ride home. • Turned over, to Middlebury College Public Safety, a drunken student who had gotten lost on Weybridge Road on March 9. • Responded to a domestic disturbance at a Valley View home on March 10. Police said it was a verbal dispute between two sisters. • Gave a ride home to a drunken man who was in the lobby of the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel on March 10. • Investigated a noise complaint at a Washington Street residence on March 10. Police said the homeowner was hosting a party and agreed to quiet her guests.

Public Notices can be found on Pages 9B & 10B. MIDDLEBURY CEMETERY ASSOCIATION PUBLIC NOTICE

The annual meeting of the Middlebury Cemetery Association will be held at the offices of Langrock, Sperry and Wool, 111 S. Pleasant St., Middlebury, VT on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. 3/4, 7, 11, 14, 18


The Bristol Zoning Board of Adjustment will hold a hearing on March 26, 2019 at the Town Offices located at 1 South Street beginning at 7:00 P.M. to consider zoning permit #19-301, Susan Bowen (Parcel #060251), requesting a conditional use permit for a 6 unit, multi-family dwelling and a 5 unit, multi-family dwelling on lots 2 and 3 of Woodland Drive property. Copies of the complete zoning applications are available for review at the Bristol Town Office during regular business hours. PROBATE DIVISION DOCKET NO. 90-2-19ANPR STATE OF VERMONT DISTRICT OF ADDISON, SS. IN RE THE ESTATE OF LORI P. MCDURFEE NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of the estate of Lori P. McDurfee of Starksboro, Vermont. I have been appointed to administer this estate. All creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate must present their claims in writing within four (4) months of the first publication of this notice. The claim must be presented to me at the address listed below with a copy sent to the court. The claim may be barred forever if it is not presented within the four (4) month period. Dated: March 4, 2019 Trisha Smith 1621 VT RT. 17 Bristol, VT 05443 802-377-5483 Name of Publication: Addison Independent Publication Date: March 14, 2019 Address of Probate Court: Addison Probate Court, 7 Mahady Court, Middlebury, VT 05753 3/14

PROBATE DIVISION DOCKET NO. 91-2-19ANPR STATE OF VERMONT DISTRICT OF ADDISON, SS. IN RE THE ESTATE OF GREGORy E. KIRBy NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of the estate of Gregory E. Kirby of Panton, Vermont. I have been appointed to administer this estate. All creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate must present their claims in writing within four (4) months of the first publication of this notice. The claim must be presented to me at the address listed below with a copy sent to the court. The claim may be barred forever if it is not presented within the four (4) month period. Dated: March 10, 2019 M. Elizabeth Kirby 776 Vt. Route 22A Panton, Vt. 05491 802-759-2190 Name of Publication: Addison Independent Publication Date: March 14, 2019 Address of Probate Court: Addison Probate Court, 7 Mahady Court, Middlebury, VT 05753 3/14

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ARTS+LEISURE March 14, 2019

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Matt Corrente, chef and co-owner of the Arcadian in Middlebury, makes pasta. On a busy night, Coreente says they’ve gone through as many as 100 dozen eggs and 200 pounds of flour — that’s a lotta pasta. Caroline Corrente, Matt’s wife and co-owner, runs Haymaker Buns out of the Middlebury space in the mornings. INDEPENDENT PHOTO / STEVE JAMES

Chef Matt crafts pasta for local-Italian cuisine


ucatini tossed with house-cured jowl bacon, Pomodoro and parmesan cheese, Vermont lamb neck ragu with orange, black olive, shaved pecorino and fried breadcrumbs over potato Paccheri, black orrchiette with panfried rock shrimp, Calabrian salami and chili: these are the sorts of dishes that jump off the dinner menu at the Arcadian in Middlebury.


Chef and co-owner Matt Corrente says these dishes draw on the flavors of his two homes: his parents’ Italian household in coastal Rhode Island and his chosen home in Addison County. At the Arcadian, you can ask the staff where each ingredient listed on the menu comes from, and the list of offerings is likely to change if Corrente gets word from a local farmer or vendor that something new and

compelling is in season. Corrente, along with his wife Caroline, opened the Arcadian in the fall of 2018. Caroline runs Haymaker Buns out of the same space; and in the mornings, the building is home to her cozy cafébakery. The pair are veterans of Burlington’s food scene with roots in Middlebury — Corrente graduated from Middlebury College in 2006 with a major in studio art and all of the coursework necessary to attend dental school. He did two stints at Two Brothers; the first while a college student and, most recently, as the restaurant’s chef. “Right after graduating from Middlebury, I started looking into lab work and medical school. It was hard to see the light at the end of that tunnel,” said Corrente. He decided he wanted to indulge his

growing interest in art. “At that point, I’d worked for seven or eight years as a bartender, waiter, a busboy, but never in the kitchen.” But Corrente knew he wanted to cook. “Even working in the front, I used to spend a lot of time in the back, trying to learn and watch the cooks,” he said. “Food emerged as the perfect marriage of art and science.” His fine art background and knack for precision led him to fine dining. After attending the prestigious Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan, he apprenticed under internationally renowned, multi-Michelin star chef Daniel Boloud for three and a half years. “That was my entrée into the New York fine dining SEE CHEF ON PAGE 3

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ongtime Addison County resident and writer (and Addison Independent sports columnist), Karl Lindholm will read from his memoir, “Also Plays: Stories from a Middlebury Life,” on Sunday, March 17, at 4 p.m. at the Champlain Valley UnitarianUniversalist Society (CVUUS) in Middlebury. “Also Plays” is a collection of over 100 stories, anecdotes, vignettes from Lindholm’s nearly half century at Middlebury College, from his time as a student (1963-67) to his retirement in 2011, and then on to his 50th reunion in June 2017. Lindholm was described as “a Master Jack-of-all-Trades,” whose roles included Dean of Students, Study Abroad Adviser, Assistant Professor of American Studies, and Dean or Faculty Head in all five residential commons at Middlebury. He retired as the Emeritus Dean of Advising. His classmates at his reunion in June 2017 all received a copy of this memoir. “I laughed, reread passages, laughed some more, and, yes, was sad too at times,” said Lindholm’s classmate Carol Collin Little, M.D.




In his Introduction to “Also Plays,” Middlebury College historian David Stameshkin writes, “Karl’s stories range from the loving, even sentimental portraits of classmates and colleagues to very funny experiences and very sad ones as well.” The first story explains the title of the memoir. Lindholm was on the basketball team as a student at Middlebury. One of his teammates got his hands on a scouting report of the Middlebury team from a friend at Trinity College (Hartford). Next to Lindholm’s name on the scouting report was simply, “Also Plays.” “An apt description of my career at Middlebury,” he explained. “Also Plays” includes stories of his beloved mentors, Erica Wonnacott of Weybridge, Dean of Students from 1969-88, and

Karl Lindholm will read from his memoir at CVUUS in Middlebury on Saturday afternoon.

former MUHS Principal and Cornwall resident Frank Kelley, Middlebury’s first Director of Residential Life. Lindholm’s time in the Dean of Students Offices coincided with the college’s decision to eliminate fraternities — and they certainly did not go away quietly. So a number of entries treat the so called “fraternity wars.” Lindholm’s four children, Jane, David (Midd ’05), Peter (Midd ’18), and Annie, were all born in Middlebury and they too find their way into his tales. Math Professor and Dean of Middlebury College from 1986-94 (and Lindholm’s boss during that time), John Emerson found “Also Plays” “profoundly moving, exceedingly well-written, entertaining and thought-provoking.” Adding that “this book project contributes a great deal to the history, the lore — the very essence — of Middlebury College.” Come hear Lindholm read and discuss on Saturday at CCVUUS, located in Middlebury at 2 Duane Court, near Middlebury Union High School. The Vermont Book Shop is sponsoring the event. For more info call CVUUS at (802) 388-8080.

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scene,” said Corrente, who said that despite having to work 100-hour weeks for $8.25 an hour, he was hooked.

When he eventually moved to Greenwich, Conn. for training, he found himself working once again in Italian restaurants. “I worked with a few chefs who were literal pirates in the kitchen,” Corrente explained. “They were pretty sexy role models to have, these kind of scary, Anthony Bourdain-esque figures.” Arrrrg!

of a particular region, the Arcadian’s pasta section is divided into three sections, with dishes from Italy’s southern, central and northern regions. Traditional dishes like Tagliatelle Bolognese and Spaghetti cacio e pepe populate the menu, along with creative fusions like the Pumpkin Mezzalune, which features half-moon pasta stuffed with local pumpkin, and served with brown butter, almond and sage breadcrumbs. “We try to run everything we do through the Vermont, New England filter. We ask, can we get good ingredients for that dish here? If not, should we do it?” Corrente said. Often, the answer is yes — with a little creativity. “Right now, we are kind of in the winter doldrums of local produce,” said Corrente a couple weeks ago.


When some fellow Middlebury College graduates asked him to help them launch the French bistro Pistou, where he met Caroline, who graduated from the University of Vermont in 2012 with a degree in Anthropology and later studied pastry making at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. They moved to Middlebury together in 2015, when Corrente was offered the position of executive chef at Two Brothers. When Corrente launched the Arcadian, he knew he wanted to combine regionally-specific Italian cuisine with Vermont’s culture of farm-to-table dining. “In Italy, food and dining is farm-to-table,” he said. “The thought is, if you took an Italian cook out of their small town in Italy and plopped them in the middle of Middlebury and said, ‘make food,’ what would they do?” The Correntes are committed to honoring Italy’s regional cuisines, but also to sourcing their ingredients in Vermont and New England. Corrente says that is relatively easy to do: Vermont, like Italy, has a diverse agricultural landscape with mountains, rolling hills, valleys, a lake and the sort of food artisanship in its small communities that breeds terroir. To do this, Corrente has kept the traditional format of an Italian menu, complete with an antipasti section (of which half are fresh salads), a pasta section featuring dishes around nine varieties of fresh, housemade pastas and a secondi section, with meat and seafood options. In Italy, Corrente says that there are more than 100 varieties of traditional pastas. To guide diners and let them tailor their meal around the cuisine

Black orecchiette, a seafood dish that features pasta made with fresh squid ink, is a specialty at the Arcadian in Middlebury. INDEPENDENT PHOTO / STEVE JAMES

“For our caprese salad, which would traditionally feature fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and basil, we’ve opted to keep it local. Instead of tomatoes, we are serving beets. We made and smoked our own mozzarella in-house [with Vermont milk]. We added a little blood orange to the mix for some acid.” With regard to the pasta, Corrente chose to make it the focus of his menu because he enjoys making it. “Pasta brings me a lot of joy to make.” Hashtag “sparkjoy” everyone. To make the nine varieties of pasta on the menu, Corrente and his cooks use an extruder machine and a mix of old-fashioned rolling pins and delicate handwork. “We have four or five varieties that can be cranked through the machine,” Corrente said. “These doughs use semolina flour, which is very fine, and can be hydrated with things like spinach puree, squid ink or wine as well as water.” The linguine, tagliatelle and ravioli are all made by hand. Linguine and tagliatelle are rolled and cut from a high-protein flour

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dough with lots of eggs for chewiness and strength, while the ravioli is softer and designed to have a gentle give when chewed. Once formed, the pastas are portioned and cooked fresh when a customer orders. Corrente is working now on developing a new pasta dough, hydrated with saffron tea from a local farm in Addison County. He’s also working on a house-made gluten free option. Corrente doesn’t count out the individual pieces of pasta made but said that, “in a really busy week, we’ve gone through as many as 100 dozen eggs and 200 pounds of flour.” In addition to specialty pasta dishes like the black orecchiette, a seafood dish that features pasta made with fresh squid ink, the Arcadian features seafood like the Arctic char with local sunchokes, sweet onion and cider glaze and Steak Diane, a mustardcrusted hanger steak with roasted cippolini and crimini mushrooms. Each dish can be paired with one of the restaurant’s rotating list of more than 24 wines, each of which are hand-chosen according to region and variety. Most are old world and half are from female vintners. Or try one of the creative cocktails, which are herbally infused with creative ingredients inspired by the food cultures of First Nation Peoples across North America (looking for a sidecar? Try the Balama, which features brandy, apple preserves, rose orgeat, toasted honey and cappelletti). “We want to build accessibility in our menu,” explained Corrente. “So people can come for a dish of pasta and a drink after work or sit in the dining room on an anniversary and share a meal that inspires memory with service that makes them want to come back.”

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IN TOWN Auction event in Middlebury features local artists


his Saturday, Addison County Home Health and Hospice and End of Life Services, Inc. (formerly known as Hospice Volunteer Services) will host the 11th annual Dream Vacation Raffle at Middlebury Inn, from 4-6:30 p.m. Tickets to the event are $25. (See page 16 for a list of local places to buy a ticket and more details.) There will be several local artists featured at Saturday’s event, including a watercolor painting of Camel’s Hump by Deborah Holmes, a turned wooden bowl by Tom Dunne, a woven basket by Kristine Myrick-Andrews, a painting by Celeste Forcier, a wooden bowl by Thomas Marrinson, a painting and book by Phoebe Stone and a quilt by Bev Desforges. For more info call (802) 388-7259.

artist spotlight Bev Desforges has been sewing for the past 54 years. She found quilting 40 years ago and got into long-arm quilting just a decade ago. Now she runs a Handi Quilter that is 14-feet wide with a 24inch throat — that’s big enough to do an oversized King. She completed “The Big Dream Dahlia” quilt and donated it to the ACHHH raffle in memory of her friend Jane Chartrand Delong, who recently passed away. This 40-inch square wallhanging has a pre-printed fabric with over 60 different patterns on each petal of the dahlia image. Desforges, a member of the local Milk & Honey Quilters Guild, works with digital patterns on her long arm quilting machine; she doesn’t do anything free hand. What might have started out as a hobby 40 years ago has become much more for this Sudbury artist who works at Quilters’ Corner at Middlebury’s Sew-N-Vac. “I just love quilting,” said Desforges, who also operates Craft With A Heart — a small business she started that primarily makes maple leaf potholders. For more info email

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hamber music collaborations have always been an essential part of renowned Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov’s work. On Friday, March 15 he joins German pianist Andreas Staier to perform an all-Schubert program of fourhand works at the Mahaney Arts Center in Middlebury.

Though the Middlebury Performing Arts Series boasts a strong history of solo piano concerts, a four-hand program is a rare treat. “With this concert, we continue the season’s pairing of regular Series friends with artists new to Middlebury,” explains Performing Arts Series Director Allison Coyne Carroll. “Melnikov has performed for us several times, and we’re thrilled to have him return. It’s a pleasure to welcome Staier — one of the world’s leading harpsichord and fortepiano players — to Middlebury.”

ALEXANDER MELNIKOV Known for his often unusual musical and programmatic decisions, Russian pianist Melnikov discovered a career-long interest in historically-informed performance practice at an early age. He is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, and as a young musician he was awarded important prizes at the International Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau (1989) and the Concours Musical Reine Elisabeth in Brussels (1991). Together with Staier, Melnikov developed a program that sets excerpts from Bach’s WellTempered Clavier in musical dialogue with Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues. Recently

Internationally renowned pianists Alexander Melnikov and Andreas Staier (above) will perform a four-hand piano concert at the Mahaney Arts Center in Middlebury on Friday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m.  PHOTO / JOSEP MOLINA

the artists recorded the all-Schubert program of four-hand pieces to be performed in Middlebury. Intensive chamber music collaborations are an essential part of Melnikov’s work; past partners include cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, another Performing Arts Series alumnus.

ANDREAS STAIER German pianist Staier’s indisputable musical mastery has made its mark on the interpretation of baroque, classical and romantic repertoire for period instruments. Acknowledged by his peers

and a wider audience, Staier continues to defend intellectual and artistic standards in both known and neglected works for the keyboard. Catch this class-act this Friday, 7:30 p.m., at the MAC’s Robison Hall. Tickets are $30 for adults; $25 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, emeriti, and alumni; $10 for youth; and $6 for Middlebury College students. Tickets for PASS members are discounted. Tickets are on sale at 802-443-MIDD (6433) or arts/tickets.

Free screening of ‘Zama’ in Middlebury This Saturday, March 16, the Hirschfield International Film Series continues with “Zama.” Screenings will be held at 3 and 8 p.m. at Dana Auditorium on the Middlebury College campus. Free and open to all. Zama, an officer of the Spanish Crown born in South America, waits for a letter from the King granting him a transfer from the town in which he is stagnating, to a better place. His situation is delicate. He must ensure that nothing overshadows his transfer. He is forced to accept submissively every task entrusted to him by successive Governors who come and go as he stays behind. The years go by and the letter from the King never arrives. When Zama notices everything is lost, he joins a party of soldiers that go after a dangerous bandit. In Spanish with English subtitles. (1 hr 55min)

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50/FIFTY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION IN MIDDLEBURY. Thursday, March 14, 6-9 p.m., Lower Lobby, Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. An evening celebrating the Middlebury College Museum of Art’s 50th year. Fifty featured works are on display-one from each year, back to 1968, chronicling the growth and evolution of the collection. Director of the Arts Pieter Broucke gives a curator’s talk at 7 p.m., followed by a reception with birthday cupcakes. Free. More info at 802-443-3168 or OPENING ART RECEPTION: UNA KAECK IN MIDDLEBURY. Friday, March 15, 2 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. Una is a middle school student attending North Branch School in Ripton and has been creating all of her life. Join this an opening reception that celebrates her bold youthfulness as it translates to her most recent body of work. Free, open to the public and fully accessible. RSVP to Pat Ryan at 802-3881220, or MEMORY AND THE CREATIVE ARTS: “ALIVE INSIDE” FILM AND DISCUSSION IN MIDDLEBURY. Wednesday, March 20, 12-2 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. Join us for lunch & a film screening, followed by a discussion with Margie Bekoff, therapeutic musician, and Nancy Schaedel, memory expert of this documentary that follows social worker Dan Cohen as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those living with it. Free, open to the public and fully accessible. Space is limited. RSVP is required to Suzanne Bennett at 802-377-3393, or


VERMONT COMEDY ALL-STARS WITH TINA FRIML IN MIDDLEBURY. Saturday, March 16, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. An evening of the Vermont’s best and brightest comics with Vermont’s Funniest Comedian of 2018 Tina Friml, featuring Tim Bridge, Tracy Dolan and Sky Sandoval. Tickets $15 balcony/$20 main floor, available at, 802-382-9222, or in person at the box office Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.


JARS OF JOY WITH SISTER-TO-SISTER AT MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE. Saturday, March 16, 2-4 p.m., Chellis House. Calling on all middle school girls to make Jars of Joy with Middlebury students.

Developed by Middlebury College student Meredith Robertson and her mom Pam, Jars of Joy are filled with quotes of wisdom and inspiration. When Meredith was struggling in middle school, she used the power of words to strengthen her positive outlook on life. Participants will also engage in conversations about inspiring women and make no-bake key lime pie and vegan chocolate mousse. Free. To register please email Karin Hanta at or call 802-443-5937.


“CHEF FLYNN” ON SCREEN IN MIDDLEBURY. Sunday, March 17, 2 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. In the latest installment of the MNFF Winter Screening Series, 10-year-old Flynn McGarry, child cooking prodigy, transforms his family’s living room into a supper club using his classmates as line cooks. Experiencing rather sudden fame, Flynn outgrows his bedroom kitchen, and sets out to challenge the hierarchy of the culinary world. An fascinating and entertaining documentary from director Cameron Yates. Tickets $13.


MONGOLIAN CULTURE FESTIVAL IN LINCOLN. Thursday, March 14, 1-2:30 p.m. Lincoln Community School, 795 E. River Rd. Students and educators at Lincoln Community School (LCS), in partnership with Sas Carey of Nomadicare, will host a culmination of their study of Mongolian culture. Families and community members are welcome for all of the festivities. More info call 802-453-2119. “TASTE OF FERRISBURGH — MAPLE” IN FERRISBURGH. Friday, March 15, 5:30-7 p.m., cafeteria, Ferrisburgh Central School, 56 Little Chicago Rd.. A cooking competition where students and their parents make a maple themed dish to “sell” at the event. Come and enjoy the fun during Vermont’s own sugar season. More info contact Sara Driscoll at WILLOWELL BOOGIE BENEFIT IN LINCOLN. Saturday, March 16, 6 p.m., Burnham Hall, 52 E. River Rd. Get down to the toe-tapping tunes by Cajun Country and Western swing band Big Night. The evening will include a silent auction, free refreshments, and drinks. All are welcome to this fun-filled evening in support of nature-based programing. Tickets $10 at the door. Kids are free.




Museum of Art, Mahaney Art Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. Pieter Broucke, Curator of Ancient Art, gives a gallery talk highlighting some of the major acquisitions and explains past, present, and future collecting strategies. Free. More info at 802-4433168 or “PUNCH NEEDLE RUG HOOKING AND ITS VERMONT ROOTS” IN MIDDLEBURY. Wednesday, March 20, 1:30 p.m., Henry Sheldon Museum, 1 Park St. Artist and teacher Amy Oxford will trace the origins of punch needle rug hooking and its evolution from the 1880s to the present, along with an opportunity to give the craft a try. Part of the Sheldon’s Did You Know? series. Tickets $10 for Sheldon members/$20 non-members. More info and advance registration at henrysheldonmuseum. org or 802-388-2117. Proceeds will benefit the Sheldon Museum’s education programs. “George Houghton: Vermont’s Civil War Photographer” in Orwell. Wednesday, March 20, 6 p.m., Orwell Free Library, 473 Main St. A hidden gem in Vermont’s history is the photographic work of Civil War-era Brattleboro photographer George Houghton. Historian Donald Wickman will explore Houghton’s life and work, and examine some of the images that brought the Civil War back to Vermont.


THE MOUNTAINEERS IN MIDDLEBURY. Thursday, March 14, 12:15-12:45 p.m., St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 3 Main St. Come hear Middlebury College’s renaissance a capella group. Part of St. Stephen’s free midday concert series. free to bring a lunch. Light refreshments provided. U.S. AIR FORCE HERITAGE WINDS QUINTET IN VERGENNES. Thursday, March 14, 7 p.m., Vergennes Opera House, 120 Main St. Come hear the woodwind quintet component of the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, dedicated to using the power of music to honor our veterans, inspire patriotism, communicate the Air Force story, and recruit those who are interested in serving our nation. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Free. INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCAL CONCERT IN VERGENNES. Thursday, March 14, 7 p.m., Vergennes Union High School, Monkton Rd. Come hear VUHS Middle Schoolers perform. DURHAM COUNTY POETS IN BRANDON. Friday, March 15, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Rd. Enjoy the groove and good humor of these five seasoned musicians from Ormstown, CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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Quebec and the surrounding Chateauguay Valley; they all are songwriters who work individually and collaboratively in composing their music. Tickets $20. Pre-concert dinner available for $25. Reservations required for dinner and recommended for the show. BYOB. More info call 802-247-4295 or e-mail ALEXANDER MELNIKOV AND ANDREAS STAIER, PIANO, IN MIDDLEBURY. Friday, March 15, 7:30 p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. For his fifth performance at Middlebury, Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov joins German pianist Andreas Staier for an all-Schubert program of four-hand works. Tickets $30 Public/$25 Midd ID holders/$10 Youth/$6 Midd students. PASS Members $22 Public/$16 Midd ID holders/$8 Youth/$5 Midd students. More info at 802-4433168 or LYN ELDER IN MIDDLEBURY. Friday, March 15, 3:304:30 p.m., EastView at Middlebury, 100 EastView Ter. Elder, a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and traditional music historian, brings his timely “Ireland the Brave” program to EastView’s Bistro, two days before Saint Patrick’s Day. Free and open to the public. AN EVENING OF SONGS AND ARIAS IN MIDDLEBURY. Saturday, March 16, 8 p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. Select Middlebury College music students present a variety of songs, duets, and arias that range from the Baroque era to the present. Accompanied on piano by Annemieke McLane and affiliate artist Cynthia Huard. Free. More info at 802-443-3168 or CHAMPLAIN VALLEY FIDDLERS IN MIDDLEBURY. Sunday March 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., VFW, 530 Exchange St. Doors open at 11 a.m. for Jam Sessions. Music and dancing from noon-5 p.m. $3 donation. Refreshments available. All fiddlers welcome. MARK LAVOIE IN MIDDLEBURY. Sunday, March 17, 2 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. LaVoie has been playing harmonica, and performing for 40 years. His solo voice and harmonica performance is a unique acoustic style that is reminiscent of the late, great, blind legendary harmonica player Sonny Terry. Free, open to the public and fully accessible. RSVP to Pat Ryan at 802388-1220, or INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCAL CONCERT IN VERGENNES. Tuesday, March 19, 7 p.m., Vergennes Union High School, Monkton Rd. Come hear the Vergennes Union High School music ensembles perform. “DATA STREAM: LIVE ELECTRONIC MUSIC IMPROVISATION” IN MIDDLEBURY. Wednesday, March 20, 8 p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. Sandy Nordahl, Scot Schwestka, and Peter Hamlin celebrate a musical friendship and creative collaboration that goes back 30 years, with improvisatory concerts that explore electronic technology’s many possibilities

for performance and sound. Free. More info at 802-443-3168 or VAUGHN WATSON IN MIDDLEBURY. Thursday, March 21, 12:15-12:45 p.m., St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 3 Main St. Come here Watson, Dean of the Vermont Chapter of the American Guild of Organists performs an organ recital. Feel free to bring a lunch. Light refreshments provided. Free.



| ARTS+LEISURE | Thursday, March 14, 2019 — PAGE 7 ACTS AND DESSERT BUFFET” IN MIDDLEBURY. Friday, March 15, and Saturday, March 16, 7 p.m., Black Box Theater, Hannaford Career Center, Charles Ave. A.R.T., in collaboration with Culinary Arts, present this celebration of student content, student production and student expression. The order of the plays will be a mystery and chosen at random. Audience members will open envelopes with numbers that correspond to plays, but no one will know in advance of the show. Buffet in the Glass Onion Restaurant at intermission. Tickets $15. More info call 802-382-1036.

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late winter pruning: the perfect antidote for

Cabin Fever


abin fever hits us all in late winter: after months of indoor living we find ourselves yearning for spring, and we can surely be forgiven for grumbling about the heavy wet snows that come in March.

Cabin fever: “a claustrophobic reaction from with photos by being confined in a small space for an extended period of time, resulting in extreme irritability and restlessness, often accompanied by an urge to go outside, even in rain, snow, dark or hail.” That’s Wikipedia’s definition anyway.

by JUDITH Irven

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I know that I, for one, am longing to spend more time outdoors — although perhaps not in “rain or hail!” Also, interestingly enough, a number of recent scientific studies have demonstrated that, by simply getting outside and interacting with nature your cognitive abilities and your sense of well-being will both improve. But this is probably something you intuitively knew already.

Time to prune So, if you are a gardener who is beset by cabin fever, may I suggest the perfect antidote: unearth your pruning saw, sharpen your clippers, and get going on some late winter pruning. Even in March, as we humans are eagerly anticipating spring, most of our trees and shrubs are still fully dormant, making late winter an excellent time for pruning. Pruning stimulates the plant to create new growth, which will kick into high gear the moment spring arrives. And without its leaves, the structure of the plant is readily apparent, making pruning that much easier for the gardener. Pruning is the removal of any part of a plant to promote plant health and a desirable growth form. And it certainly covers a host of specialized goals and techniques, from

training young trees for long-term structure and enhancing fruit production, to creating diminutive bonsai.

Easy does it I work with one plant at a time and, before making a single cut, I stand back and examine it carefully. I look for old or diseased wood, and analyze whether the interior looks cluttered. With my first cuts I remove all the branches that are dead, diseased or really old, each time cutting all the way back to a strong live branch, or in the case of suckering shrubs, right to the ground. These are called “thinning cuts.” When making a thinning cut it is important not to leave a protruding stub; it will eventually die and in the meantime it creates an entryway for disease. Furthermore, it doesn’t look so good. At the same time take care not to cut too close the parent branch. Locate the “branch collar” — the ridge of bark at the junction between the side branch and the trunk. The branch collar is also an active growth site so, by making your cut just outside it the collar, new bark will quickly grow over and heal the wound. Next I look for branches that are rubbing their neighbors, or will become that way in another year or two. Rubbing branches also create entry points for disease, and their contrary directions spoil the aesthetics of the plant. So, for the good of the whole, I will sacrifice one. Now I stand back again and contemplate whether, by removing a few healthy branches, I could achieve a less cluttered interior. I am careful not to overplay my hand. During the coming growing season the plant needs to manufacture sufficient food in its leaves to carry it through next winter. So I make sure that at least 75 percent of all leaf-bearing branches remain after I have finished the job. Finally, I look to see whether the plant would look better if it were slightly more compact. If the answer is yes, I gently trim back the outermost branches, using what are known as “heading cuts” — slicing across the twig

During last winter Judith de-cluttered the interior of this serviceberry, seen he

ere in its glory last spring, by removing all crossing branches.

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Pruning this large wild apple tree would be a daunting job for the home-owner. But, over several winters, Fred Schroeder of Bristol, who specializes in apple-tree pruning, gradually removed a number of interior branches to create the beautiful framework you see here.

just above a robust outward-growing bud. In the coming season this remaining bud will become the leading growth point for that twig. So, again, before cutting, I pause to visualize how the plant will look, a year or two from now, when these leading buds have grown into new twigs or even complete branches.

What not to do Some pruning jobs are best postponed until later in the season: •

Spring flowering shrubs, like azaleas and lilacs, set their flower buds the previous summer. To avoid sacrificing any blooms for the following season, prune them within a month of flowering.

Conifers are best pruned after the first flush of new spring growth.

Roses should be pruned after the first green buds emerge in spring, when you can easily see and remove any winter die-back.

Photos / Dick Conrad

In late winter the sap is running full bore in both maple and birch trees, and pruning at this time will cause excessive bleeding. These types of trees are best pruned during the summer or in early winter. (However you should avoid pruning any woody plants between August and October; the new growth stimulated by late summer pruning will not be fully hardened before the onset of winter.)

Also pruning large trees is always best left for an expert. However, even when you call in somebody else, it is extremely helpful if you can both visualize and communicate your desired results — after all it’s your garden.

Visit a nursery I love pruning and I am always eager to learn more. So a few years ago I joined a group of professionals for a March pruning workshop at the South Forty nursery in Shelburne where, at that time, they raised field-grown ornamental trees and flowering shrubs for sale in local garden centers. He demonstrated for us his technique for pruning a 5-year-old crab apple. Using thinning cuts, he quickly skimmed the entire upper surface of each main branch, removing all the small internal branches (often called water sprouts) at the precise spot where they joined the parent. He then turned his attention to the tree’s outer branches. Young trees make extensive annual growth at the branch ends that, left unchecked, will result in an ungainly tree.  So, using heading cuts, Comai removed half or more of the previous season’s growth, making each cut at an outward facing bud. The result was a beautifully shaped tree destined for a lucky gardener. We all then returned to Comai’s sugaring operation, to warm up and watch as he recycled his pruning wood into fuel.

Judith Irven and Dick Conrad live in Goshen where together they nurture a large garden. Judith is a Vermont Certified Horticulturist and teaches Sustainable Home Landscaping for the Vermont Master Gardener program. You can subscribe to her blog about her Vermont gardening life at northcountryreflections. com. Dick is a landscape and garden photographer; you can see more of his photographs at

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

Thu 3/14 6:30pm Free


Middlebury Union Middle School Principal, Kris Francoeur – author of the book Of Grief, Garlic and Gratitude – Sam’s Love Story – shares a personal and heart-wrenching story about persevering and managing to stay sane after the death of her son Sam who suffered an accidental overdose of prescription opiates. Presented by United Way of Addison County.

Sat 3/16 7:30pm $15 balcony/$20 main floor


Town Hall Theater presents an evening of Vermont’s best and brightest comics with Vermont’s Funniest Comedian of 2018 Tina Friml, and featuring Tim Bridge, Tracy Dolan and Sky Sandoval.

Sun 3/17 2pm $13



Child cooking prodigy, 10-year-old Flynn McGarry, transforms his family’s home into a supper club – using classmates as line cooks – and challenges the hierarchy of the culinary world. Fascinating and entertaining documentary by Cameron Yates.

Thu–Sun 3/21–3/24 See Times Below $20/$17 Students PRESENTED BY THE POOR LOST CIRCUS PERFORMERS:


Garnering critical and popular acclaim both off and on Broadway, this play is a touching, funny and perceptive study of a spirited and lovable couple facing their twilight years. Thu & Fri 3/21–3/22 7:30pm; Sat 3/23 2pm & 7:30pm; Sun 3/24 2pm

Thu 3/28 7:30pm $15/$20/$25


U.K. natives, Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler perform Americana, Folk and Acoustic Indie Rock, with Hughes’ superb guitar work buoying the beautiful harmonies. Their 2016 album Soaked to the Bone was met with critical acclaim.

Sat 3/30 12 pm - $24/ $10 Students


A Wagnerian event for the ages. Christine Goerke plays the defiant Brunnhilde. Tenor Stuart Kelton and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek play twins Siegmund and Sieglinde. Greer Grimsley sings Wotan. Philippe Jordan conducts. Pre-performance talk at 11:15 by Greg Vitercik in the Studio.


EXHIBITS 10TH ANNUAL MOUNT ABE EMERGING ARTISTS EXHIBIT. On view March 5-27, featuring the work of these Mount Abraham students: Katharine Heath, Emily Crowe, Marley Keith, Emily LaRock, Karissa Livingston, Evan Logan, Camilienne Mass, Hannah Zimmer, Lucinda Guy, Cole Kowenhoven, Adrien Larocque, Rebecca Laurent, Caroline Sodaro, Rosemary Thurber, Sawyer Forbes, Autumn Guimond, Olivia Heath, Grace Hobbs, Evan Laurent, Owen Maille, Patrick Marcotullio and Rosa Tropp. A public reception will be held on Tuesday, March 5, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Art on Main, 25 Main St., Bristol. (802) 453-4032 or 50/50: FIFTY YEARS OF COLLECTING FOR MIDDLEBURY. On view Jan. 25-Aug. 11, featuring one piece of art from every year Middlebury College has formally been acquiring art for its permanent collection. Middlebury College Museum of Art at Mahaney Center for the Arts, Route 30, Middlebury. (802) 443-5007 or ART OF THE EARTH. On view March 1-April 30, featuring BAG artists take on the Earth, including pottery by guest artist Amanda Ann Palmer. An opening reception will be held on Friday, March 1, from 5-7 p.m. This is part of a series of themed exhibits honoring our planet and celebrating the BAG’s 20th anniversary. The Brandon Artists Guild, 7 Center Street, Brandon. (802) 247-4956 or AT HOME. On view through March 31, featuring work from 12 of the gallery’s artists alongside furniture from Stone Block Antiques. The show features groupings of work that can be imagined as different rooms in a home, punctuated with beautiful antiques pieces. Northern Daughters Fine Art Gallery, 221 Main St., Vergennes. (802) 877-2173 or northerndaughters. com. FREE & SAFE, IN NEW ENGLAND. A permanent exhibition at the Rokeby Museum that addresses slavery, abolition, and the Underground Railroad. Rokeby Museum, 4334 Route 7, Ferrisburgh. (802) 877-3406 or ICE SHANTIES: FISHING, PEOPLE & CULTURE. On view Feb. 15 through the summer, featuring the structures, people and culture of ice fishing seen through the lens of Vermont-based Colombian photographer Federico Pardo — with audio reflections from the shanty owners drawn from interviews conducted by the Vermont Folklife Center. A reception will be held on Friday, Feb. 15, from 5-7 p.m. Vermont Folklife Center, 88 Main St., Middlebury. (802) 388-4964 or MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY WORKS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION. On view Jan. 8-April 28, featuring more than 30 works from the museum’s modern and contemporary collections, including recent video works by William Kentridge, Tracey Moffatt, and the Swiss team of Peter Fischli and David Weiss. Other artists represented include Andrew Lenaghan, Banksy, Damian Hirst, Shazia Sikander, Dale Chihuly, Elizabeth Catlett, Andy Warhol, Judy Chicago, Christian Marclay, Kara Walker, and Dennis Byng. Middlebury College Museum of Art at Mahaney Center for the Arts, Route 30, Middlebury. (802) 443-5007 or museum.middlebury. edu. POETRY ON AND OFF THE PAGE. On view through the summer, featuring “Object Poems” by Vermont-based poet and translator, Jody Gladding along with fine press poetry broadsides and manuscripts by poets such as Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, and William Carlos Williams. Middlebury College Special Collections, Atrium, Lower Level, and Special Collections, Davis Family Library. (802) 443-3028. THE LIGHT SHOW. On view Feb. 15-March 24, featuring unique lamps and lanterns created by Vermont artists. An opening reception will be held at the gallery on Friday, Feb. 15, 5-7 p.m. Jackson Gallery at Town Hall Theater, Middlebury. (802) 382-9222 or

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Durham County Poets return to Brandon Music


randon Music is thrilled to welcome back Durham County Poets on Friday, March 15. Hailing from Ormstown, Quebec and the surrounding Chateauguay Valley, the five seasoned musicians, all of whom are songwriters, work together individually and collaboratively in composing their music.

Delving into a variety of styles and genres, their musical influences include a broad range of artists. From The Band to Dire Straits, Leon Redbone to James Taylor and Neil Young, they have managed to put it all together to create their own musical style best described as bluesy country/folk with a lot of verve. The lead singer, Kevin Harvey, is a naturally laid back vocalist who nails the essence of whatever song he’s singing, bringing it to life in a way that serves the music and, particularly, the lyrics. The obvious joie de vivre expressed while performing together is reflected in the good-time feel that the band creates, which has been captivating their audiences

Enjoy the groove and good humor of Durham County Poets at Brandon Music on Friday March 15, at 7:30 p.m.

consistently since their inception six years ago. They have just added a drummer to the band — Rob Couture (formerly of the Echo Hunters.) The Durham County Poets also feature David Whyte on electric guitars and vocals, Neil Elsmore on guitars and vocals and Carl Rufh on double bass and vocals.

live music THE MOUNTAINEERS IN MIDDLEBURY. Thursday, March 14, 12:15-12:45 p.m., St. Stephens Episcopal Church. U.S. AIR FORCE HERITAGE WINDS QUINTET IN VERGENNES. Thursday, March 14, 7 p.m., Vergennes Opera House. MIDDLE SCHOOL INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCAL CONCERT IN VERGENNES. Thursday, March 14, 7 p.m., Vergennes Union High School. DURHAM COUNTY POETS IN BRANDON. Friday, March 15, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music. LYN ELDER IN MIDDLEBURY. Friday,

GRAB THE MIC March 15, 3:30-4:30 p.m., EastView at Middlebury. BIG NIGHT IN LINCOLN. Saturday, March 16, 6 p.m., Burnham Hall. AN EVENING OF SONGS AND ARIAS IN MIDDLEBURY. Saturday, March 16, 8 p.m., , Mahaney Arts Center. MARK LAVOIE IN MIDDLEBURY. Sunday, March 17, 2 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek HIGH SCHOOL INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCAL CONCERT IN VERGENNES. Tuesday, March 19, 7 p.m., Vergennes Union High School.


let us know

Come see this lively show on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Concert tickets are $20. A preconcert dinner is available for an extra $25. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 247-4295, email or visit to learn more.



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the movie TRANSIT — RUNNING TIME: 1:01 — RATING: R History hits every age group differently, sometimes with inconceivable hardship. In wartime, transit can be the zone that harbors survivors on the losing side. This is the story of Georg, a quiet man who faces internment and death if he fails to get on a ship sailing for Mexico or America. “Transit,” the movie, captures all this. Writer/director Christian Petzold has accomplished the impossible by ignoring the specifics of any particular war. He has chosen to show us that all wars leave rootless survivors. Georg (Franz Rogowski) is the symbol of the tragedy of war. The story opens with Georg caring for a dying man while hidden together in an empty room. When the man dies, Georg assumes his identity as an author and uses his unfinished manuscript to secure his own right to passage out of the country. He moves quietly through the time leading to the departure date, always in danger from the soldiers who are searching for their victims.

Franz Rogowski and Paula Beer star in “Transit” (2018).

by loss and danger. The depth of their loneliness sinks into the audience. Aren’t all of history’s wars killing grounds where survivors carry deep emotional wounds? That is the unvarnished question asked by this story.

As fear and loneliness deepen in Georg, we in the audience begin to feel the despair of having no home, family or friends while being on the conquerors’ death list. In a dirty alley, he befriends a little boy. Every military sound forces him to run, to hide from the soldiers hunting for people without papers. Rootless, homeless and in danger, he meets people as he sneaks through the streets — the boy, the woman, the inspector. The depth of their tragedy and shame sinks into us with force.

How has director Petzold given us this astonishing movie in a way that the audience sits in total silence and never wonders where, when, how? By not fussing over dates or places or the issues of this war, he focuses on the ruin of all wars by showing us one man who is hunted, alone, and marked for death.

“Who is the first to forget when one leaves? The leaver or the one who is left?” He loves the woman (Paula Beer) who is looking for her husband. Are hers the tears of new joy or despair? He never knows. For another woman, the despair is too much. He returns to the boy’s family apartment to help. They are gone too; their home is full of refugees.

After one country wins, survivors are on the run with no way back to their old lives and no way forward to new ones. Life and death, today and tomorrow have become phantom concepts for them. The director has taken us into the dark of their lives in a way that has put the characters in grim emptiness and the audience in stunned silence. What a symbol Georg is.  — Reviewed by Joan Ellis

Georg and the few people he meets have all been emotionally destroyed

the book



The Call of the Wild, by Jack London To the Bright Edge of the World, by Eowyn Ivey

(Knopf Publishing Group)

Two young men at the center of this novel, Jack and Wynn, best friends at Dartmouth, had decided to take off the fall semester, and using money they earned as NOLS instructors earlier in the summer, set off on a wilderness canoeing trip to Hudson Bay. In what would turn out to be a ruinous decision, they determined having a sat-phone would ruin the spirit of true adventure. They planned to fish and forage, have plenty of time for rest days and fires by the water’s edge. But a forest fire, far larger than either had ever encountered before, swiftly ends that leisurely quality of the trip. It takes only a few pages for Heller to insert tension, and his writing style — terse and punctuated — effectively maintains this tautness unrelentingly throughout this harrowing tale. When a woman disappears from her campsite and her husband is likely the culprit, the boys circle back to rescue her. That decision jeopardizes their safety and their timing, and the likelihood of their being overrun by a mega-fire increases. Heller is a master in this novel; his dialogue is realistic, and the sense of place is all encompassing. This book will keep you up at night.  — Reviewed by Jenny Lyons of The Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury.

The Terror, by Dan Simmons City of Thieves, by David Benioff Wintering, by Peter Geye The Salt Path: A Memoir, by Raynor Winn Into the Forest, by Jean Hegland The Hunger, by Alma Katsu The Stranger in the Woods, by Michael Finkel The Revenant, by Michael Punke

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667 PEASE ROAD, PANTON $869,000


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realestate It’s not all luck. Advertising helps too. Call us today. 802-388-4944

The agents and staff of Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty in Addison County have joined together under one roof at 66 Court Street. Pictured from left to right: Jane Ogden, Nancy Ryan, Liz Marino, Mandy Hodson, Deb Hillman, Tammy Petersen, Amy Young, Donna Laberge and Sue Walsh.

Four Seasons joins offices in Middlebury Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty (SIR) in Addison County will bring their agents and staff from Vergennes and Middlebury together under one roof at 66 Court Street in Middlebury. “Uniting Vergennes and Middlebury to one Addison County site brings an


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

Available This Spring One & two bedroom units starting at $1,300

enhanced excitement and energy to the workplace,” added Laurie Mecier-Brochu, Regional Manager for Addison County for Four Seasons SIR. “The transition will further strengthen the quality of service for our customers and clients through the collaboration of our team of trained and professional agents.”

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