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Growing flowers, controlling pests, managing a big renovation. It’s all in our Special Section C.

MUHS softball stretched a winning streak at the expense of a young VUHS team. See Page 1B.

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Vol. 72 No. 20

INDEPENDENT Middlebury, Vermont

Thursday, May 17, 2018

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By CHRISTY LYNN MIDDLEBURY — Last summer, felt like it husband Sam was in with both and I finally decided to my vision for the making room for a new home. We felt feet on the house we had jump giving our house renting. We like we were bought the been another life. That was at house and began process that the could be compared a Soon though, beginning. an 85-year-o to giving ld a and temperatu the days started to It started withfacelift. shorten demolition ress had beenres started to drop. Our of the house on the proganother tenantthat we had been rentinghalf of a massive delayed by the discovery fire that had to most of seen any major and hadn’t blazed through the house, rendering work for at least 50 years. 12-inch-wide beams useless One weekend “I’ve learned charcoal and wall over the with a jackhamm was spent last decade of sheathing that and floor er removliving ing the crumbling with someone to keep things had meant central designer who is a chimney, level and at least plum mere two construc /builder… that others were piles We were shockedof soot. tion projects off brittle spent prying like are at the roller coasters damage and exposing old plaster and …” the structure amazed that made from wooden lath planks easily completely. wasn’t lost feet wide that two had been split and a half the fire With like an accordion and stretched as well as mold the discovery of to span the in the roof that had collected Each layer due of smoked-st walls. chose to hire to lack of ventilation wallpaper , we a team or plywood ained, moldy the removed felt roofing material, not just to replacing paneling but to fully thankful sigh like the house was givingwe roof. The crew rebuild the material we of relief. Each truckload a just as temperatushowed up in December brought to res of really We had stripped the transfer started to fall. , station all (See Restoratio of the plumbing n, Page 3C)


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Rep. Van Wyck won’t run for another term

Decision affects Addison-3 House race

By JOHN FLOWERS public safety, advocated publicly and FERRISBURGH — Rep. Warren voted for a more affordable Vermont, Van Wyck, R-Ferrisburgh, won’t seek no new taxes, limited government, re-election to a fourth consecutive, business development, reasonable two-year term representing regulations for business and Addison-3 in the House, agriculture, and support citing a desire to spend for the vulnerable,” Van more time with family and Wyck wrote in his farewell return to full-time status statement. “In helping at his job as a computer many constituents navigate analyst programmer with state government services, the University of Vermont. I have been pleased to Van Wyck, 65, informed meet many of you. Please the House Republican feel free to contact me caucus of his decision until the end of my term in late last week. He relayed December. VAN WYCK the message to his “A special thanks to constituents through a those who have supported May 10 statement on his Facebook me and my work in Montpelier over account. The two-seat Addison-3 the years,” he added. district includes the towns of Addison, Van Wyck joined the House in Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and dramatic and unexpected fashion. Waltham. Then Gov. Peter Shumlin appointed “During my time as a representative, Van Wyck to an Addison-3 I have stressed the importance of (See Van Wyck, Page 13A)

SOME OF THE 24 children currently living at the Orphanage of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Haiti play in the courtyard during a visit from two Addison County women last month. The women were part of the United Church of Lincoln’s effort to help at the orphanage.

Photo courtesy of Karen Wheeler

Lincoln church aiding Haitian orphanage Progress made in 7 years; much yet to be done By CHRISTOPHER ROSS international data plans for their LINCOLN — At the United phones didn’t work because there Church of Lincoln they’re known was no cell reception. as the “Orphanage Angels.” “It was a real eye-opener,” said Last month, their luggage full- Wheeler, who had never been to up with supplies Haiti before. and their hearts But the director of full-up with love, “Many of the Notre-Dame, Father Patrice Wassmann kids are not Jonel Bourdeau, and Karen Wheeler technically welcomed them with boarded a plane orphans … open arms. bound for Caribbean Their families For a week nation of Haiti. Wassmann cannot afford to Wheeler stayed at and Their destination: the L’Orphelinat Notre- feed them, so orphanage, working Dame de Perpetuel sometimes the and playing with the Secours, eight miles best they can do children, helping north of Port-au- is send them to when and where they Prince. an orphanage.” could. They distributed Arriving in 50 pairs of the Shoe — Karen Wheeler That Grows, a type a country still struggling to of durable adjustable recover from a devastating 2010 footwear that expands up to five sizes earthquake, they discovered that — perfect for growing children. their hotel had no electricity or They delivered to Father Bourdeau running water. And their prepaid (See Haiti orphanage, Page 14A)

Bristol selectboard to sign pact with Vt. Gas By CHRISTOPHER ROSS BRISTOL — Natural gas service is coming to Bristol. After months of intense discussion, the town selectboard on Monday night voted, 3-1, to pledge their signatures on a proposed license agreement with Vermont Gas Systems (VGS) as soon as the

remaining contract kinks get worked out. The decision surprised many of the 50 in attendance at the Holley Hall meeting, who had expected to continue a discussion about a proposed survey — or even a vote by residents — that would gauge town (See Bristol, Page 12A)

ANWSD superintendent candidates to meet public

PATRICE WASSMANN OF Lincoln has returned to Haiti several times sine 2010 to help coordinate the Lincoln church’s support of the orphanage. Photo courtesy of Karen Wheeler

VERGENNES — Members of the public will have a chance to meet the finalists to become the new Addison Northwest School District superintendent on this coming Tuesday and to give feedback to the ANWSD board about the candidates. The screening committee charged with finding a replacement for departing Superintendent JoAn Canning was interviewing four candidates this past Wednesday and is expected to advance up to three finalists for consideration next week. Officials said those finalists will tour ANWSD schools — Addison Central, Ferrisburgh Central,

Vergennes Union Elementary and Vergennes Union High schools — during the day on Tuesday. They will be available to meet residents and answer their questions between 3:30 and 5 p.m. that day at Vergennes Union High School. According to an ANWSD press release there will also be an opportunity to provide feedback to the ANWSD board. Those with questions about the process may direct them to ANWSD board member Tom Borchert, chairman of the Superintendent Screening Committee, at tborchert@anwsd. org.

Cornwall weighs future of 215-year-old church

By the way The upcoming transfer of The Diner property on Middlebury’s Merchants Row to the Town Hall Theater is prompting longtime customers of the much-loved eatery to recall fond memories of having consumed some hearty meals there through the decades. The 80-year-old landmark drew a loyal clientele through the days when it was known as Steve’s (See By the way, Page 12A)

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Parishioners discuss possible new uses for historic building

By JOHN FLOWERS CORNWALL — Most folks turn their attention to estate planning as they approach their golden years, to make sure their worldly possessions are conveyed according to their wishes. If individuals can make such decisions for themselves, why shouldn’t they do it for their places of worship? It is in this spirit that the dwindling number of parishioners of the First “The Congregational Church of Cornwall are starting to plan for a time when building there may no longer be worshippers is not for left to hear the gospel on Sundays. sale, but Congregation leaders recently we would collected results of a townwide survey in which Cornwall residents were consider asked to weigh in on potential future offers.” uses of the historic church building at — Jack Watts, 2598 Route 30, should membership longtime reach a point where the institution parishioner becomes unsustainable. “We’re declining in size and inclining in age,” the Rev. Mary Kay Schueneman said of the Cornwall church’s flock of around 50, of which 15 typically show up for Sunday service. “We are committed to not just playing this out to a point of, ‘The last one out turn out the lights.’” The Cornwall Church is not unique in confronting its MARY KAY SCHUENEMAN, pastor of the First Congregational Church of Cornwall, is helping her congregation plan for the mortality, in the secular sense of the word. Organized future of their 215-year-old place of worship on Route 30. (See Church, Page 13A) Independent photo/Trent Campbell

PAGE 2A — Addison Independent, Thursday, May 17, 2018

Ferrisburgh legal fees $18,000 over budget Issues bust planned spending limits

By ANDY KIRKALDY to run a deficit,” he said. FERRISBURGH — While dealFor example, he said, the town ing with two thorny legal problems could postpone for a year repairing during the current fiscal year the the tower and cupola of the Union town of Ferrisburgh has overspent Meeting Hall it owns on Route 7. two line items devoted to legal fees Ebel said a recent inspection showed by almost $18,500 and counting, that work could wait without doing according to Treasurer Deb Healey any long-term damage to the buildon Wednesday. ing. The Ferrisburgh selectboard has DISPUTES UPDATE spent $24,102.15 on attorneys, plus Ebel also on Tuesday updated the a mediation firm, compared to a line selectboard on where things stood on item of $8,000, while the town’s those two disputes, and on Wedneszoning board has spent $6,337.90 day described the status of each to compared to a budget of $4,000. the Independent. Many of the fees Ebel, Selectman have been generated “We’re still Steve Gutowski, by two ongoing disFerrisburgh Tree gathering putes. Warden Cliff Mix and One is between the information to University of Vermont town and the owners nail that down. Extension Service of the Vorsteveld Farm We’re still expert Jeff Carter met over the cutting of with Hans, Gerard trees along Arnold Bay working out that and Rudolf Vorsteveld Road in April 2017, an detail where and their attorney at act Ferrisburgh alleges trees will be Arnold Bay Road on was done illegally in planted. We’re Tuesday. the town’s road right of There, Ebel said, way. The Vorstevelds looking on doing they discussed how, maintain they own the the planting. what kind of, and how land and did nothing We’re not going many trees could be wrong, an opinion planted along the road to leave it to not shared by many without interfering of their Ferrisburgh them.” with the tile drainage — Rick Ebel system neighbors. the VorThe other is bestevelds plan to install tween the town and Sand Road to improve the fields that run along dog rescuer Sheila McGregor, who the east side of the road. the town alleges has allowed a rat Ebel said the company that will infestation on her property to spread install the system will provide GPS to her neighbors and is operating a data to pin down where and how non-conforming home occupation many trees can be planted, while without a permit in a residential Carter and Mix will work to identify zone. McGregor maintains there are species. no more rats, and the statute of limStill to be worked out is who will itations has expired for the town to pay and how much to re-plant trees require a permit for her dog-rescue along the road, Ebel acknowledged, operation. although he said trees would be Despite the high costs, Healey is planted and he remained confident optimistic that because of savings the two sides could reach an agreeelsewhere in town spending the ment. town will not be in the red when the “We’re still gathering information fiscal year ends on June 30, barring to nail that down,” he said. “We’re unforeseen circumstances in the next still working out that detail where month and a half. trees will be planted. We’re looking “I think there is plenty of room. on doing the planting. We’re not In the aggregate we should not going to leave it to them.” have expenses exceeding income,” Meanwhile two hearings are the treasurer said. “We should not upcoming on what are the most imexceed the budget.” mediate issues on McGregor’s Sand Ferrisburgh Selectboard Chairman Road property, on which she has Rick Ebel said on Wednesday that housed dozens of dogs for more than the board would take steps if neces- a decade. The situation has generated sary to keep spending in the black. complaints from neighbors about “We may look at some projects noise, smells and loose animals. we were looking at taking care of in On May 23 the Zoning Board (See Ferrisburgh, Page 3A) maintenance, because we don’t want

Clowning around

LOCAL STUDENTS CHECK out some circus-themed art created by Monkton Central School students on display at the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union Arts Fest at Mount Abraham Union High School last week.

Independent photo/Trent Campbell

Cook picked as permanent VUHS asst. principal By ANDY KIRKALDY VERGENNES — After a competitive process that drew a number of applicants, interim Vergennes Union High School Assistant Principal Ed Cook last week became the school’s permanent assistant principal. VUHS Principal Stephanie Taylor announced the decision in an allschool email on May 9, not long after Cook had been chosen as one of two finalists by a search committee that included teachers, staff and community members, and students. Cook had worked as a physical

Vermont in 2006 and his education teacher and undergraduate bachelor’s department head at VUHS of science degree from from 1997 until January, UVM in 1995. when he was picked as the He also coached the interim assistant principal VUHS boys’ varsity after another competitive lacrosse program from process guided by a 2010 to 2016, and similar search committee. transitioned to coaching One of Cook’s primary responsibilities at the the VUHS-Mount Abraham boys’ varsity school is overseeing its lacrosse team this past disciplinary proceedings COOK spring. Cook has also and procedures. Cook, a Monkton resident, earned coached JV boys’ lacrosse and his master’s degree in educational basketball and middle school boys’ leadership from the University of basketball and lacrosse.

Notably, in 2008 Cook worked with then Addison Northwest Supervisory Union curriculum coordinator Carol Spencer and Vergennes Union Elementary School PE teacher Robyn Newton to land the district a $1 million Department of Education grant that Cook then helped manage. The grant was used to purchase equipment at the three district elementary schools as well as VUHS, including rope courses, snowshoes, in-line skates, and heartrate monitors, and to build Frisbee golf courses.

Officials warn of bear with cubs in Chipman Hill area

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police have a warning for those who are in the woods on the east side of Chipman Hill and the Trail Around Middlebury (TAM) in that area: stay away from bears. A bear with three cubs has a den in the Chipman Hill area, police are

reporting. The bear and cubs roam about the entire area, along the TAM through Means Woods (north of Seminary Street Extension) and Battell Woods (south of Seminary Street Extension), as well as in adjacent fields. If you see the bear, do not go

near it. “A sow tending cubs can be very aggressive and may cause injuries, while cubs have no fear and can appear playful,” according to a release from the town. “The bears will generally avoid human contact. Do not try to approach the bears or

try to get close for a photograph.” If you encounter the bear or its cubs, then leave the area immediately. A 200-pound bear was shot on Chipman Hill in 2013 after it harassed human residents of the neighborhood.

ANWSD special revote on several items set for Tuesday By ANDY KIRKALDY VERGENNES — Residents in the five Addison Northwest School District (ANWSD) municipalities will vote Tuesday on whether to authorize school officials to take action on several matters — action that was approved earlier this year but through technically impermissible means. District voters on May 22 will cast ballots at their usual polling places on articles originally voted on at the February ANWSD annual meeting as well as decisions made by the ANWSD board at a regular Mon-Sat 7:30am-5:30pm Sun9-49-4 meeting — including a land swap Mon-Sat 7:30am-5:30pm Sun greenhavengardensandnursery.comwith the town of Addison and the creation of a district-wide capital 2638 Ethan Allen Hwy, New Haven fund. 2638 Ethan Allen Hwy, New Haven District officials called for district-wide Australian balloting after 802-453-5382


legal advice confirmed that those operating procedure for school earlier meeting and board decisions districts because tax money does this winter constituted “public not typically show up in time to pay questions” that, according to the bills that arrive early in the school Articles of Unification year. that created ANWSD, Article 3 deals require residents to Article 2 asks with the ANWSD weigh in at the ballot voters to allow board’s decision box. to create a “capital the ANWSD The warning for the improvements and vote itself includes board to borrow facility repair and four articles that money in maintenance reserve do not fully outline anticipation of fund,” and the placeall those specific into that fund tax revenue that ment decisions. Article 1 is of $124,650 from will arrive later boilerplate. a surplus from the Article 2 asks in the year. previous fiscal year. voters to allow the Article 4 on the ANWSD board to May 22 ballot is borrow money in anticipation of tax vague in print. It acknowledges that revenue that will arrive later in the action was taken at the February anyear. Such borrowing is standard nual meeting even though “the vote

on such public questions should have been by Australian ballot,” but does not list an action or actions. It also asks voters to back a statement that “any act or action of school district officer or agents pursuant to be readopted, ratified and confirmed by the voters.” According to information on the ANWSD website and Facebook page those actions included: • Establishing salaries for ANWSD board members at $850, $1,275 for the chairperson, and $3,000 for the treasurer. • Allowing the board not to mail out a printed annual report to all residents, but instead to give residents 30 days notice that it would be made available to those who would like a copy before the annual ANWSD meeting.

• Approving the long-planned swap of two parcels of land near Addison Central School, one owned by the town of Addison in exchange for one owned by ANWSD. Each parcel is a third of an acre. ANWSD will receive land close to the elementary school, while the town will receive land closer to its former town hall, which Addison hopes can be eventually renovated into a new town clerk’s office and community center. Polls will be open on May 22 in Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham during normal voting hours in each community. Officials also remind residents they may stop in to clerk’s offices and vote any time by absentee ballot. Andy Kirkaldy may be reached at

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Rob Carter takes over as county chamber president

Afterschool fun

AT NESHOBE ELEMENTARY School in Brandon the SOAR (Success through Opportunities, Academics and Recreation) program is looking back as the school year enters its final weeks. During the past few months fourth-grader Steven Lackard, above left, is extremely proud of the research and construction of the bridge he made in the Building Bridges Club offered through SOAR Afterschool Program; kindergartner Liam Kulhowvick, above, tries his luck at the spinning plate trick during the SOAR family circus; and, left, Aaron Carr-Perlow, Kaiden Lee and Rowen Steen enjoy the wintertime during SOAR’s Winter Wanderings club. All Neshobe students are invited to take part in the Summer SOAR program, July 2-Aug. 3, with weekly programs, activities and field trips planned. Breakfast and lunch will be served all days. More info on the SOAR website at neshobe. or call Nancy Bird at 802-2473721, Ext 2011.

Gov. Scott to call lawmakers back next week

Fight looming over state budget, taxes

By XANDER LANDEN MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott told lawmakers Tuesday that he plans to call them back to Montpelier for a special session next week, mainly to settle a $33 million disparity in their education funding proposals. In a letter to Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson, D-South Hero, and President Pro Tem Tim Ashe, D/P-Chittenden, Scott said he intends to call a session that would start on Wednesday, May 23, and wrap up by Friday, May 25. Scott’s plan is no surprise. He has pledged to veto the budget and a number of other bills, and told lawmakers on Saturday that he would see them back in the Statehouse soon. Since the beginning of the year, the governor has vowed to oppose any bills that would raise taxes and fees. In recent weeks, he said a veto and special session were inevitable if the Legislature didn’t adopt his plan to buy down the property tax rates using $58 million of one-time money. The tax and budget bills the Legislature passed before adjourning this session would raise property taxes by $33 million, according to Scott, moving them closer to his position, but not close enough. “Last year we were able to work together to pass a budget and education financing bill that did not rely on a single new revenue source, including level property tax rates. I am more than confident we can accomplish the same this year,” Scott said in the letter. The Scott administration has said that its plan — which would also include provisions to change how special education is funded, create a statewide teacher health care benefit and create a task force to help schools shed staff — could generate nearly $300 million in savings over five years. But both Democrats and Republicans have expressed concern over using one-time funds to patch the hole in the education fund for the second year in a row. “Last year the governor insisted on buying down rates with onetime money and we knew that it would create a problem this year and I just am not willing to do that again,” Speaker Johnson said in an interview Tuesday. While the state saw a dramatic windfall of $35 million from a set-

tlement with the tobacco industry and $44 million from unexpected tax revenue this year, lawmakers chose not to harness this one-time money to carry out Scott’s plan. Instead, they prioritized investments in the state’s fiscal health, including a $34 million proposal to chip away at the state’s unfunded employee and teacher pension liabilities. Lawmakers said this move would save taxpayers $100 million in interest over time. In his letter, Scott said that if he called a special session he would hope for it to focus only on the budget and education finance — issues with a direct impact on property tax rates. “To ensure an efficient use of time and taxpayer resources, I will not introduce, or call for, legislation not related to resolving the one remaining disagreement. It is my hope you will commit to the same.” BEYOND THE BUDGET Johnson said she was not on board with that plan, especially as Republicans were responsible for preventing a number of bills from reaching the floor at the end of the standard legislative session, which wrapped up during a late-night session on Saturday. “He can call us back, but he doesn’t get to determine what the agenda is and what we do while we’re in session,” she said. Johnson listed about 10 bills that

were either ready or almost ready for a floor vote when the House GOP caucus decided to limit the number of bills they would allow to move forward in an expedited fashion, snarling some key proposals. Those bills include the merger of the liquor and lottery commissions, the simplification of government for small businesses, taxes on e-cigarettes and opioid producers, and school safety legislation drafted largely in response to the high-profile arrest of Fair Haven teen in February. If lawmakers followed Scott’s request and didn’t take up other legislation, these bills would be dead until the next legislative session. Johnson added that she doesn’t think three days — the timeline Scott has laid out for the special session — would be enough time to hash out the budget and education finance proposals. “You can’t pass a bill in three days,” she said. “We’re talking about $1.6 billion and something that affects every community.” In his letter, Scott invited House and Senate leaders to meet with him over the next week to “iron out an agreement” ahead of the special session. Before “moving forward” with Scott, Johnson said she wants the governor to let lawmakers know which bills he plans to veto. Earlier this session, the governor

identified about dozen bills he said he would veto on the basis that signing them into law would hurt the state’s business climate. On the list was the minimum wage bill, a key Democratic proposal that would raise the base pay rate for workers to $15 an hour by 2024. Scott has yet to let the Legislature know formally if he plans on following through with his threats, Johnson said. “I think we need to be clear with people what’s at stake here,” she said. While the budget and tax bills would increase property taxes, Johnson noted the Legislature has made efforts to meet the administration in the middle by lowering the proposed increases. The tax bill, H.911, would raise property tax rates by 2.6 cents for homeowners and 5.5 cents for nonresidential property taxpayers, down from rate increases of about 5 and 7 cents in a previous proposal. “I think given where we started, we’ve moved quite a bit,” Johnson said. “And I would like to see the governor move a bit on some of his asks as well.”

MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Chamber of Commerce recently appointed Robert B. Carter to serve as president of the organization. A year ago Carter began providing member and sales support to the Chamber, and took on the role of interim president in November. He replaces Sue Hoxie in this position after her resignation in November and subsequent move to Vermont Coffee Company. Carter is a 1978 graduate of the University of Vermont with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry and 1983 graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with a Master’s in Pastoral Studies. He spent the majority of his professional life working for Soundview Executive Book Summaries, originally of Bristol. During a 30-plusyear career, Carter worked through the ranks to become vice president of marketing. In this position, he covered all aspects of marketing, from copywriting to ad layout, email marketing to social media development, and budgeting and analytics. He was also a frequent speaker at various marketing and publishing conferences and seminars. After leaving Soundview to start his own marketing consulting company in March of 2017. Dave Donahue, chairman of the board of the Chamber, said the board chose Carter to fill the position of president based on his marketing and sales skills, his partnership-building experience and his knowledge of the local community. “Rob is committed to serving the

ROB CARTER membership of the Chamber and to connecting with members to better understand the wants, needs and goals of Addison County businesses and non-profits,” Donahue said. “We are fortunate to have someone with Rob’s experience, drive and commitment.” Carter has been tasked by the board to provide support to current Chamber members, to grow the membership ranks, and to build partnerships with other community organizations in order to better serve the needs of Addison County businesses and non-profit organizations. The Addison County Chamber of Commerce is an association of individuals representing business interests, working together to promote commercial business and non-profit organizations, and support tourism in Addison County. Find more information online at addisoncounty. com.

Ferrisburgh (Continued from Page 2A) of Adjustment will hold a hearing to consider McGregor’s appeal of the notice of zoning violation that Ferrisburgh zoning administrator Bonnie Barnes issued her on April 17. That notice required McGregor to apply for a conditional use permit for her nonprofit dog rescue operation, with Barnes ruling it was a home occupation that required such a permit. McGregor’s attorney said at a recent Ferrisburgh Board of Health hearing that the statute of limitations had expired because McGregor had been operating for 15 years. On May 29 the board of health

will reconvene to evaluate whether McGregor has met the requirements of a February order to deal with the rat infestation. According to Ferrisburgh Health Officer Jamieelynn Gaboriault there were signs of a rat infestation during a May 4 inspection and work remained to be done to conform with specific conditions. McGregor said at a May 8 hearing more progress had been made, and told the Independent there were no more rats. Ebel said at the conclusion of the May 8 hearing the board was prepared on May 29 to impose fines or pursue court action if it was not satisfied with the situation at that point.

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Cornwall church’s plight is the town’s plight as well

Ralston would be good senator It is good news for Addison County that Paul Ralston is considering a run for State Senate. I’ve known him for many years, and I followed his career as a former State Representative. With his legislative experience he will bring a strong and positive voice to the Senate, especially at a time of fiscal crises when Vermont needs small business. Vermont is a wonderful place to live, but it faces serious problems, and I am confident that Paul will skillfully and responsibly represent his constituents in Addison County and the citizens of the state. I’ve lived in Bridport since 1984 and in Addison County for 53 years. I am a retired professor of American History at Middlebury College. Travis B. Jacobs Bridport

The plight of the First Congregational Church in Cornwall should send warning signals throughout the county’s rural towns. Dwindling rural populations and a declining interest in religious services by younger generations has led to smaller congregations — sometimes so small that the closing of a church becomes a likelihood. The 215-year-old Cornwall church, which has served five generations of Vermonters dating back to 1785, has a congregational of about 50 with about 15 who typically show up for Sunday services. With a large building to maintain and dwindling participation, it’s right to ask if those numbers can realistically maintain an active and viable church. The concern here is not where this congregation might go to meet if the church were to close and sell (there are ample seats available in nearby churches), but of the services lost to the community. From outreach to families in need (often helping to provide food and shelter) to providing comfort in times of grief, churches have traditionally been one of the first places families turn to and to which communities rally when hard times strike. Congregations throughout the county and state also do worlds of good for the community, state and nation with the number of charities they help support and actions of good faith they routinely carry out. To be without a vibrant church lessens the strength and vitality of our communities. It’s not that Cornwall or any other community would not survive. It’s not the end of the world. Change happens and one of the changes underway is that younger families prefer being nearer to city centers (or in them), rather than the rural countryside. And today younger generations, particularly in Vermont, are less religious. Small rural churches will need to accommodate those changes in the smartest ways possible, and Cornwall is wise to initiate the discussion through a town-wide survey well before the end is nigh. They have time to plan, to strategize for the best use of the building as well as how to serve the community and its parishioners in the most productive way. To that end, it’s important to note that churches like Cornwall’s are often seen as community assets even though the responsibility, fiscally and otherwise, falls on just a few church members. It is, in other words, a community concern, not just the concern of a few church-going members.

Protesters called for divestment

Angelo Lynn

Rep. Welch slams Farm Bill Republicans in Congress said the tax cuts passed earlier this year would do great things for the economy and help individual Americans. While most Americans were opposed to it, Republicans nonetheless claimed it to be a huge accomplishment, and told us just to wait to see all the good that would come from it. Well, the economy is churning along about like it had been in the last couple of years under the previous administration and, while the rich have definitely gotten richer, the wealth gap between the rich and poor has also gotten bigger. No surprises there. Anyone with secondgrade math skills could have predicted as much. But what those most opposed to the tax cuts feared, and what Republicans refused to admit, is now coming true: cuts to social services. Republicans have already cut 24 million Americans off health care insurance. And now they are going after cuts to supplemental food provisions for those Americans in need. Those services are contained in the annual farm bill, where Republicans and President Trump have proposed cutting $23 billion in nutrition benefits from children, veterans, the elderly and disabled who depend on that food to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We’re talking cuts to Meals on Wheels, food stamps and programs that provide meals for students who come to school hungry. Americans should be outraged by the Republican proposal. Listen to Vermont congressman Peter Welch as he addressed his colleagues on the House floor earlier this week: “This farm bill is outrageous… It is a continuation of an effort to ratchet down any help that Americans need. This nutrition bill supposedly is going to help people by taking $23 billion worth of benefits away from children, veterans, elderly, and the disabled who need that food. “Why? Well, there’s a reason. We passed a tax cut. And by the way, it wasn’t paid for. $2.3 trillion was added to the deficit for a tax bill where 87 percent of the benefits go to wealthy, multinational corporations and individuals earning over $890,000 a year. Well, the bill has come due and we have a proposal here to come up with $23 billion to pay for (just a small part of it) and in this case, that’s taking meals off the table of people in need… I’m from Vermont where we have lots of folks who need help and we have lots of Vermonters who, with very little money, with enormous volunteer effort, are doing things that put meals, good meals, on the tables of those families. Don’t pass this farm bill that takes that nutrition away from our Vermonters and our American citizens.” Or is this, the Republican way, what we are to expect under Trump and a GOP Congress that talks about helping the average Joe, but then does the opposite? Angelo Lynn


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A true native son to fill the ranks I’ve always been proud of my family’s contributions in the military. They’re all gone now, so I have no choice but to acknowledge their service through cherished keepsakes: A pair of McClellan 1859 Union Army cavalry saddlebags from ancestor Henry Parke. A Silver Star medal my Grandpa Fred earned during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. My grandpa Max’s straight-edge razor, uniform patches and an autographed photo of then-touring actress Ida Lupino from his service in Saipan, also during WWII. A photo of my dad, a Vietnam War-era veteran, smartly attired in his U.S. Navy dress whites. The same kind of pattern of service has been true on my wife Dottie’s side of the family, including her dad, uncles and a brother. By John I’ve felt kind of sheepish through Flowers my adult years for having been the member of the family to break a pretty long run of continuous military service. Sure, I registered for the draft in 1980 as I was supposed to, but was never called. Always intent on pursuing a career in journalism, I wasn’t sure Stars & Stripes could give me the training I was looking for. I took a pass, while feeling immensely grateful to those who served and sacrificed in my place. So it’s with a whirlwind of emotions that I report our son, Mark, will soon become one of those who’ll be taking my place. He’ll soon head off to boot camp as an enlistee with the Vermont Air National Guard. A new link in a chain that will hopefully extend into a period of unparalleled peacetime in world history. The move made good sense to Mark, who’s always

been a helper and a doer. His Uncle Steven Heffernan has been a Vermont Air Guard member for more than two decades, and was able to provide Mark with a testimonial and encouragement. So when Mark saw a chance to help his country, save some money for school bills and receive training as a medic, he signed up after some careful consideration. As a parent, you feel a great sense of pride tempered by some understandable trepidation. Will he be safe? Will he be called to a war zone at a moment’s notice? How will he take the hollering, heat and pressure of basic training in Texas? How will I avoid becoming a wreck during long communication blackouts mandated during his initial sojourn with Uncle Sam? Needless to say, I’ve found myself paying closer attention to national news these days. Ecstatic that North and South Koreas are becoming friendlier, but wishing “bigly” that someone would pull the plug on our Commander in Chief’s Twitter account. Wincing every time I hear about a troop transport plane mishap. Grateful for the protections offered to service men and women both here and abroad. Looking forward to becoming a member of the Vermont Air Guard’s extended family. While concerned for my son, I’m a little envious about the adventures and camaraderie he’ll share. Proud of him and the medical care he’ll be providing, something he’s already been doing as an EMT. There’ll be a tear in my eye when we wish Mark farewell. But it won’t be shed in sadness. Godspeed, Mark.


Possible senate primary adds spice Sen. Claire Ayer’s decision not to run for another term in the Vermont Legislature has produced a rare occurrence in the Addison Senate district, consisting of all the Addison County towns, plus Huntington and Buel’s Gore in Chittenden County. For the first time in many years, there will be an open Senate seat in the Addison District, that is known to be open well before the deadline for candidates to file petitions to be on the ballot. This year, that deadline is Thursday, May 31. Democratic Sen. Chris Bray has indicated that he will file for another term. Ruth Hardy of East Middlebury has already declared her candidacy for one of the Democratic nominations in the two-seat Senate district. Former Rep. Paul Ralston has said that he is giving very serious By Eric L. Davis consideration to seeking one of the Democratic nominations and will formally announce his plans soon. Assuming Ralston declares his candidacy, there will be a competitive Democratic primary on Aug. 14, with at least three candidates seeking two Senate seats. Republicans would like to contest the district in the November general election, but whether the GOP can recruit two competitive candidates in the Addison District is an open question. The Republicans might nominate only one candidate and hope that bullet-voting could make that person a contender in November. In other parts of Vermont where the Democratic Party is strong, such as the Mad River Valley and far southern Vermont, legislative challengers to Democrats have declared their candidacies as independents, and some of

Politically Thinking

them have won seats in the House. Many, but not all, of these independents support Gov. Scott on matters of budget and tax policy, but differ from the Republican Party on issues such as social policy and restrictions on the sale of firearms. By running as independents, they also avoid being associated with President Trump and the national Republican Party. Will there be any competitive independent candidates in the Addison Senate race? There is unlikely to be very high turnout in the Aug. 14 Democratic primary. With Gov. Scott running for re-election, no highprofile Democratic challenger, who currently holds, or has previously held, elected office has declared her or his candidacy for governor. The candidates who have declared do not have high name recognition around the state, and some of them may well struggle to raise enough money to get the word out about their candidacies. The statewide Democratic incumbents are all in a strong position to be re-elected, and most of them will face no opposition in the primary. Total primary turnout could be as low as 15 percent of the state’s registered voters, or about 70,000 people, divided perhaps 45,000 in the Democratic primary and 25,000 in the Republican primary. Although a competitive Senate primary in the Addison District could lead to somewhat higher turnout in this area than the statewide average, I would be surprised if more than 4,000 people voted in the Democratic primary in the Addison District, and the turnout could well be closer to 3,000. If there (See Davis, Page 5A)

Last Friday, members of the Middlebury College student organization Divest Middlebury gathered in the lobby of Old Chapel, the college’s administrative building, for an educational demonstration against the school’s investments in fossil fuel corporations. As the Board of Trustees met, we lined the hallway, equipped with orange signs reading “Pledge to Divest in Fall 2018.” We were gathered to demonstrate our desire to engage in dialogue with our Board about divestment and the moral implications of our institution’s role in exacerbating climate change. In a Student Government Association referendum last month, Middlebury students came out to vote in record numbers, with 80 percent voting to divest our College’s endowment from the 200 fossil fuel corporations with the largest carbon reserves. The vote was a demand that the Board of Trustees begin the divestment process, a demand that Middlebury hold its endowment accountable. It is time for our school to join the global movement — along with roughly 880 other institutions — that has already succeeded in divesting $6.09 trillion from the fossil fuels industry. The college’s current investment in the fossil fuels industry isn’t moral, and it doesn’t make financial sense. The Board of Trustees supposedly exists to preserve Middlebury’s “educational excellence and financial vitality.” MSCI, a prominent financial analysis firm, created two nearly identical investment indices, with one excluding fossil fuel corporations. If $1 billion had been invested in 2010, the fossil fuel free index would be worth $2.24 billion, compared to the $2.13 billion worth of the other index. This is just the tip of the iceberg: fossil fuel assets are valued based on the assumption that we will burn all reserves. The valuing of these investments does not account for the actions necessary to mitigate the threat of climate change, so fossil fuel investments have come to represent a carbon bubble that will burst when emission reductions become a global priority. We sat in the first floor lobby of Old Chapel from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Board members walked by us, some stopping to talk to us, curious about the students holding large orange posters and wielding fact sheets chronicling the plethora of fiscal and moral reasons to divest. We were met with varying degrees of interest, ranging from enthusiasm to opposition. We shook hands, made eye contact, stood back when Board members shook their heads to imply they had no interest in speaking with us. It was important that we had been there to shake the hands of these people that didn’t know any of us personally, that we were able to demonstrate just how important this issue is to the student body and our continued dedication to divestment. The college is supposedly committed to environmental mindfulness and stewardship in all its activities. Our handbook states that “This commitment arises from a sense of concerned citizenship and moral duty and from a desire to teach and lead by example … all individuals in this academic community have personal responsibility for the way their actions affect the local and global environment.” Our mission statement claims that (See Letter, Page 5A)

Whales above me?

Last week Craig Zondag, a wonderful naturalist, took a group of us on a contemplative tour of our farm. It was eye opening to see this familiar valley through new (and very experienced) eyes. At one point, someone asked about the contours of Snake Mountain and why the hills around here have that iconic shape? Craig reminded us that the whole Champlain By Cheryl Valley had been Mitchell underwater, with the exception of the tops of Snake Mountain and Mount Philo, which were islands. Then he asked if we could imagine standing under water right here with whales swimming above us. It was a startling thought and cracked open a whole new way of seeing the landscape and our place in history. There have been many venues recently where we have been challenged to create a positive vision for our world as a beacon to lead us forward. When George Lakey, author of “Viking Economics,” came to Middlebury to share what he had learned from studying the economic and social systems in Scandinavia, he placed a heavy emphasis on the shared vision of everyday people in moving society to be inclusive and equitable. At first I was slightly offended, thinking: well we have a vision too, but the situation here is so different

Ways of Seeing

that it just isn’t possible to achieve it. I started thinking back to twenty years ago when People for Addison County Together practiced group visioning. Four or five people to a table, we worked together to draw pictures of our dreams for the county. Almost every group made the same drawing — a beautiful town green, populated by people of all ages, races, and abilities; surrounded by a vibrant downtown area, services such as schools and hospitals, beautiful and affordable housing, and further out beautiful working farms and lovely forested lands. This kind of dreaming was going on in most other counties at the same time. The depicted visions were remarkably similar all over the state, even in Chittenden and Rutland. So why then are we still struggling to have vibrant and inclusive communities? At a more recent discussion with colleagues, all of whom are committed to assuring the wellbeing of Vermont children, we had a similar discussion last week. How does a community that helps all children and families to thrive look? This attempt to create a common vision seems to have gone on for decades now, yet many children in our communities are still hungry, frightened or neglected and too

many young families are struggling to make ends meet. I am wondering what we can learn from imagining ourselves way back when the whales were swimming through this valley? I’m thinking about how the seasons of our lives unfold, each generation trying to make changes that will be good for their children and grandchildren. Can we set our intentions to implement a shared vision for all of us, instead of just drawing a pretty picture and putting it on the shelf? I have a tendency toward magical thinking but was reminded by Craig’s question of the hard reality of change, of the glaciers melting and slowly moving forward, scraping away the landscape in their path. The whales moved out to sea as the salt waters receded. The hills were covered with vegetation, then animals, and now people. I’m wondering what I can do in the years left to me to keep the slow pace of change going forward? I’m hoping that our group visions of a better life for all children will become more concrete realities in the years ahead. I’m hoping to work a little bit harder toward that end. Cheryl Mitchell is president of Treleven, a retreat and learning program located on her family’s sheep farm in Addison County. She does freelance consulting on issues related to children, families, social policy and farm to community work.

Letters to the Editor Rail bridges project need not paralyze the downtown For the past year, a lot of concern has been expressed on these pages about the future of downtown Middlebury. The necessary replacement of the two railroad bridges likely began this recent round of angst. At the moment, there is a lot of discussion about the use of a few parking spaces for a bus stop on the town green. Most recently, Gregory Dennis lamented the lost spaces in his “Between the Lines” column of May 10th. Perhaps he is right and the loss of two (or is it three?) parking spaces will lead directly to a derelict downtown. Conversely, however, maybe those with limited mobility should be advantaged and those who are privileged enough to own a car and able enough to walk should stroll those two or three blocks that Mr. Dennis would prefer bus riders to walk. At any rate, as long as the focus is on cars and parking spaces, the potential vibrancy of Middlebury will be limited. More cars and more parking do not a lively downtown create. People make a downtown vibrant, and people do not linger

long in spaces dominated by cars and loud trucks. So how to attract people into the center of Middlebury and, more importantly, how to get them to stay? The solution is to build traffic calming infrastructure. Bike lanes (actual bike lanes, not useless sharrows) would slow down traffic and provide a buffer between cars and pedestrians. Curb extensions to shorten pedestrian crossings are another effective traffic calming method. The town should work to make it easier for pedestrians to cross the streets, rather than suggest they wave a yellow flag to ask vehicles for permission to cross. Cities like Copenhagen and Amsterdam have bike lanes and other traffic calming measures in abundance. These cities prioritize people over cars because multiple studies have shown pedestrians and cyclists create more economic, health, and societal benefits than cars. Not surprisingly, these cities also have vibrant city centers. Now, I recognize that Middlebury is not Copenhagen or Amsterdam, or even Burlington. However,

those like Mr. Dennis and myself who would like to see the center of Middlebury thriving need only to look to the other side of the Green Mountains for inspiration. In 2016, Bethel, Vt., teamed with AARP and Team Better Block to make multiple temporary improvements on their main street. For one weekend they removed parking spaces and replaced them with bike lanes, slowed down traffic, and created little parklets along the street for people to stop and gather while enjoying the established stores and multiple pop-up shops. The result of that weekend was a community that came out to enjoy the calmer and more people-friendly downtown and, perhaps most relevant for Mr. Dennis, several pop-up shops began to investigate ways to open permanent stores in vacant buildings. The way to create a livelier and economically thriving downtown is not to try and accommodate as many cars as possible, but rather focus on making it more accommodating to people. Erik Remsen Middlebury

committee events, parades, fairs, and other gatherings held in the summer. This activity will be particularly important for Middlebury-based candidates who may not be well known in the Bristol and Vergennes

areas, or the Chittenden County portion of the district. Eric L. Davis is professor emeritus of political science at Middlebury College.

Davis (Continued from Page 4A) were three competitive candidates in a Democratic primary under these circumstances, as few as 2,200 to 2,500 votes might be enough to win one of the nominations in the primary. In a low-turnout primary, candidates need to emphasize personal contact with voters rather than more broad-based appeals. While candidates will produce lawn signs and bumper stickers, run newspaper advertisements, and send out mailers, their emphasis will be on getting to events where they can meet voters, such as house parties, party

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Moral pessimism and the liberal state Editor’s note: This is the 15th gram, dictatorial and cruel in their in a series of essays looking at the manner of promoting them, dismisfoundations of conservatism and sive and even hostile to others, and ultimately, because their particular liberalism. programs had no lasting universal By Victor Nuovo Moral pessimism is a state of value, bored and disillusioned, mind rooted in the unhappy belief their achievements were of little that the human species is deeply value even to themselves. And all this occurred in what flawed, and that it is was believed to be a incapable of achievmost enlightened age ing moral goodness. and in a nation that In a previous essay, I was regarded, even by asked whether this is other nations, as the a quality either of the most enlightened of conservative or of the all. liberal mind and conLikewise, the chief cluded that it properly domains of the enlightbelonged to neither, enment, the arts and for conservatives and sciences, had become liberals are advocates infected with this of constructive social intellectual malady. To programs, and it Liberalism vs be sure, in themselves, would be inconsistent for anyone to proConservatism the arts and sciences are immune from such mote such a program An essay by arbitrariness, for truth and also doubt that Victor Nuovo and beauty are by their it can be achieved. Nevertheless, the Middlebury College very nature inviolable; but the intellectuals writings of liberals professor emeritus who labored in them and conservatives of philosophy had no such immunity, — and of many politand they sold their ical philosophers who souls in exchange for move back and forth between their camps — are filled recognition and wealth. All culture with places that are undeniably — political, artistic, and intellectual, became degraded, commodpessimistic. Why is this so? In January 1795 the German ified, commercialized, and cheap. philosopher, poet and playwright This was a culture very much like Friedrich Schiller (1759–1805) be- our own. Rousseau would say, “I gan the serial publication of a work told you so!” This is a serious matter, for if titled “On the Aesthetic Education of Man.” It answers my question. among the educated elite of our age Like Burke and Wollstonecraft, this malady prevails, a retrograde Schiller was moved to write his culture of vain ambition, cheap book by the French Revolution. goods, and eventual ennui, what Like Burke, he doubted that the hope can there be for our future? Schiller believed there was an revolution would have a happy ending, or that its declared goals, antidote, “the aesthetic education universal freedom and equality, and of man”. Like Wollstonecraft, he lasting peace would be achieved. believed that universal education The spontaneous outbreaks of mob was the only remedy. But he violence concerned him — this warned, that his remedy, if applied, was natural, he thought, for once required a long period of time to the working poor were released take effect, at least a century. What did he propose? Just what from all ancient feudal laws, they had only themselves to rely on to is aesthetic education? Schiller beprovide for their basic needs; and lieved that art rather than science once they realized their power, or philosophy is the most effective they could not resist getting even means of opening the human mind with their former oppressors. and making it free. For art, whether What worried Schiller more was visual or aural, be it poetry or fine “the betrayal of the intellectuals.” art, is creative, and in this creative The vanguard of the revolution, endeavor, artists discover that all of them highly cultivated and although the products of their labor learned; they had failed to provide may be imitative of nature, they the moral leadership needed to are above mere nature by being bring the revolution to its proper semblances or appearances, hence goal. Rather, they had become free, subject to their own rules or divided among themselves, each the rules of their creator. This disadvocating his own favorite pro- covery liberates the imagination,

Letter (Continued from Page 4A) Middlebury is teaching ethical citizenship to address the world’s most challenging problems. It’s impossible to read these words and not see the hypocrisy. While our school boasts carbon neutrality and a commitment to sustainability, we contribute to an industry that feeds climate change and disproportionately harms marginalized populations. It’s heartbreaking to learn about your own culpability in systems causing incredible devastation. That’s how many of us protesting for the Board to pledge to divest feel: heartbroken, disappointed, and scared. We don’t want our college



to function on hypocrisy because it’s convenient or because it’s easy. We want our college to protect our futures; we want our college to participate in the ethical citizenship and stewardship it espouses. Our generation has been charged with an enormous undertaking. It feels like we are constantly being told — in classes, by the media,

by adults — that it’s our moral imperative to stop climate change. Last week, we showed our Board of Trustees that we are trying. Now, it’s their turn. Cora Kircher, Zoe Grodsky, Alec Fleischer and Lucy Weiss Students on behalf of Divest Middlebury Middlebury College

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unleashes the creative spirit, and is the proper basis on which science and morality depend. Without it, the scientists would be unable to fashion hypotheses and extend the scope of knowledge, and moralists would be unable to rise above the necessities of their situations in life and imagine laws and institutions that are inclusive, non-discriminatory, expansive, and just. He described the intellectual process as a form of play, a capacity to create ideas, a sort of secular transcendence. Aesthetic education is grounded in the free play of the imagination. Children learn to think by learning how to play, which is all the more reason for public day schools, and all the more reason to begin public education at the earliest possible age, when the mind first awakes from its prenatal slumber, or even, as Plato prescribed, for pre-natal care. From pre-school through primary and secondary school, through university education, play is the synthesizing power mediating between material reality and the most abstract and most morally serious ideas. All of this should take place in the public domain and be accessible to all, free of special privilege. Is it achievable? Schiller wasn’t sure, but he was certain that it is the only constructive way forward and that all liberal minded persons should support it. I see no reason to disagree with him. What makes it unsure, are the conflicts that arise from human vanity, competing ambitions, and folly. In the light of this folly, the weight of moral pessimism increases and the scales tilt toward conservatism. Postscript: After further reflection, I’ve come to believe that pessimism represents a third tradition of our political heritage. I will elaborate on this in subsequent essays. The expression, “the betrayal of the intellectuals” is the title of an English translation of a book by the French philosopher Julien Benda, first published in 1927, “La Trahison de clercs.” This was time of the growth of nationalism, of fascist ideology, of rumors of and political murder. Benda blames intellectuals for the dysfunctions of this period, without knowing the horror that would follow. It is curious that the book which had been earlier hailed by liberals, is now a favorite among conservatives; further evidence of why it is difficult to distinguish between them.

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Richard Cram, 71, formerly of Middlebury GREENSBORO, N.C. — Richard Palmer Cram went to be with the Lord on April 20, 2018, at the age of 71 years. He will forever be remembered by his wife and best friend Judy; three daughters; Suzann (Art), Leann (Boz), and Amanda (Brent); brother Peter (Donna), sister Jill (Terry), and two stepchildren, Adam and Sam. Twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild, and many other relatives and beloved friends will miss Richard’s smile and encouragement. He is predeceased by his parents, Edward and Ruth Anne (Palmer), and his sister, Bonney. Richard was raised in Middlebury, Vt., served in the Air Force and graduated from Union College with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He lived in various states, finally settling in Greensboro, North Carolina. Richard worked as an IT professional and DBA at such companies as General Electric, Black and Decker, VF Corp and LabCorp. After retirement, he returned to school and became a commissioned lay pastor. Richard then had the privilege of serving as pastor to the congregation of Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church in N.C. before heading overseas. Richard’s passions were people and travel, and he very much enjoyed residing in Casablanca, Morocco the last few years of his life. While living in Casa, Richard and Judy had the opportunity to travel all over Europe and Africa, appreciating new cultures, and learning about themselves in the process. Richard greatly valued participating in the

RICHARD PALMER CRAM African Entrepreneurship Award program, encouraging and mentoring young entrepreneurs from Africa and around the globe. He truly believed that African entrepreneurs are the economic future of the continent. A celebration of Richard’s life will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, June 2, at Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church, 2614 Oak Ridge Rd, Oak Ridge, NC 27310. The Reverends Marti Reed Hazelrigg and John Hartman will preside. Donations in memory of Richard can be made to Autumn House, 3902 Derbyshire Dr. Greensboro, NC 27410. Autumn House is a small residential facility that serves adults with developmental disabilities.◊

Joel Kilbourn, 62, Ferrisburgh FERRISBURGH — Joel Arthur Kilbourn, 62, of Ferrisburgh, Vt., passed away peacefully on May 5, 2018. Joel was born in Middlebury, Vt. on July 22, 1955, the son of John and Jeannine Kilbourn. He grew up in Bristol, Vt. He graduated from Mount Abraham Union High School and attended Lyndon State College. He was a skilled carpenter and mason and took his ability to San Francisco, Ca., where he also worked in a Veterans’ hospital. He also drove a school bus on the Charlotte route. Joel spent many days at his cousin Perry’s garage lending a hand whenever he could. He had a great love of Lake Champlain and being on his boat. Joel was a tremendous brother who loved his family very much. He was an artist, clearly gifted from pencil to paint. Joel is survived by his siblings Lynn Kilbourn of Colorado Springs, Co.; Louise K. Brynn (David) of Bristol; Alan J. Kilbourn of Bristol; and Lauris K. Chamberlain (Benjamin) of Bristol; his dear nieces and nephews Michael (Jennifer), Devon (Rose), Callie (Cam), John and Linwood (Katie); his loving stepmother Sara Trudeau; a special friend Gerrie Heuts; cousin extraordinaire Perry Kilbourn; his uncle Claude

Horst Funk, 89, formerly of Ripton DACULA, Ga. — Horst Roland Funk, 89, of Dacula, Ga., passed away on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, with his loving wife Elfi by his side. Horst was born in Altendambach, Germany to Robert and Hedwig Funk. He received his apprenticeship as a toolmaker in Suhl, Germany. He married his childhood sweetheart, Hildegard Hofmann, also of Altendambach. They were married in their hometown and departed after the war moving from East Germany into West Berlin. Horst worked in West Berlin for several years where their first two children, Michael and Christel were born. Eventually, they emigrated to the U.S. and lived in Middlesex, N.J., where they had two more children, Peter and Heide . While in New Jersey, Horst, Hilde, Michael and Christel became U.S. citizens, an event Horst was very proud of. Horst was a dedicated, successful, hard working business owner, living the American Dream. He and his business partner Bill Wilson Sr. operated Continental Precision Corporation in New Jersey. They designed and built many of the modern techniques still used in the plastic injection molding industry today. In 1978, Horst and his family moved to Ripton, Vt. He established CPC of Vermont in Middlebury, where he, his wife, Hilde, and their two sons, Michael and Peter, worked together for many years. In his spare time Horst enjoyed the beauty of the Vermont mountains, skiing, boating, tending to the home and gardens, building model trains, and spending time with his family. After Hilde’s passing in 1998, Horst married his caring second wife, Elfi. In 2000 Horst retired from CPC and moved South with Elfi to enjoy warmer weather. They resided in Florida for four years, and then relocated to Georgia. Enjoying their newfound life together, they spent many weekends hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Horst was predeceased by his parents, his first wife Hilde and his brother Egon. He is survived by his wife, Elfi Funk and stepdaughter, Carolin Griebel; son Michael Funk, his wife Diane, of New Haven, Vt., and their three children Abigail, her husband Less and Horst’s great

BRISTOL — A graveside memorial service for Roger P. Audette, who died Nov. 27, 2017, at age 92, will be held at the Mount St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Bristol on Sunday, May 27, at 3:30 p.m. A reception to

JOEL ARTHUR KILBOURN Brassard and aunt Mary Brassard; and many loved cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his parents John and Jeannine Kilbourn and his best dog ever, Pete. A celebration of Joel’s life will be an art opening of his work on Sunday a, May 20 from 3-5 p.m. at 11 Main St. in Bristol. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bristol Historical Society.

HORST ROLAND FUNK grand child Matilda, Matthew and Alexandra; daughter Christel Rathbun, her husband, Rollin, of Hillsborough, N.J., and their son Christian and step sons Rollin and Andrew. Also son Peter Funk, his wife, Clara of Cornwall, Vt., and their three children, Jonathan, his wife Maren, Timothy, and Samantha and her husband Andrew; daughter Heide Figel, her husband Anthony, of Middlesex, N.J. and their daughters Trystin and Kirstin, also his in-laws, Harald and Johanna Hofmann, Elfi’s sister Sigrid, her husband Dietmar, and their children Dana and Michael. Horst is also survived by his brother, Eberhard Funk, his wife, Christel, and their daughters Simone, husband Juergen and their daughter, Sabrina; and Silke, husband Detlef and their daughter, Melanie, of Altendambach, Germany; his sister-in-law Elli Funk and her children; and Horst’s best beloved rescue dog and daily companion, Klemens. There will be a celebration of Horst’s life on Saturday, May 19, at 11 a.m., at the Congregational Church in Middlebury. 2 Main St. Middlebury, Vt. A burial of his ashes will follow at the Cook Cemetery in Ripton. There will be a reception at the Ripton Community House. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Addison County Humane Society or the American Heart Association.◊

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spent most of her life with her aunt and uncle Wayne and Norma Carr in Bridport. She recently moved to Crossville, Tenn., where she attended Hilltoppers, which she was quick to tell everyone she loved. She loved visits with her friends and family. She will be greatly missed by all those that knew and loved her.

RICHMOND — Deborah Marie Salant of Richmond, Vt., passed away on December 23, 2017, surrounded by family and friends. She was born in Middlebury, Vt., June 21, 1952, to the late Charles and Lorraine Severy and was the oldest of three children including Judy Severy and the late Oral Severy. She married Barry Salant Sept. 3, 1977, and moved to Richmond where they lived for nearly forty years. Deborah was the beloved secretary at Richmond Elementary for many years, where she touched countless

lives with her kindness, patience, love and humor. She is survived by her husband Barry, her three children Nick, Danielle, and Dylan; as well as her greatest joys, her three granddaughters Genevieve, Noam, and Mika, and her sister and best friend Judy Severy. Please join us for an open burial at the Riverview cemetery June 1, at 3 p.m., followed by a celebration of life at Durand Rd. in Richmond. Please bring a flower to plant in her honor in one of her cherished gardens.◊

Genevieve Hoops, 90, formerly of Middlebury MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. — Jen left us for her next adventure on Thursday, May 10, 2018. She was 90 years of age. Jen was born in Walton, N.Y. and adopted by Grover and Ethel Keener. An area resident for most of her life, she lived in Slate Hill, N.Y. until 1971 where she was a dairy farmer and a successful breeder of Ayrshire Cattle and Morgan Horses at Wawayanda Farms. In 1971, Jen moved to Middlebury, Vt., where she continued as a breeder of Ayrshire Cattle, Morgan Horses and dairy farming. She remained in Middlebury until 1998, when she returned to Middletown, N.Y. She was a life member of the Ayrshire Breeder Association and the Morgan Horse Association. If you knew her, you realized her strengths, accomplishments, strong work ethic, independence and her love of America. The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Robert Dinsmore, Dr. Steven Grundfast, Dr. Sandeep Singh, personal aid Gwen and neighbor Mary for the care and love given to our mother. Survivors include her loving children, Brenda E. Hoops of Baltimore, Md.; and Herman R. Hoops and his wife Valerie of Jensen, Utah; grandson Hatteras Herman Hoops, who served in the U.S. Army Special Forces and his wife Sheila; granddaughter Gillian Elisabeth Boutin and her husband Dan; great grandchildren Zachary, Xander and Jacqueline Boutin and Nicholas and Saoirse

GENEVIEVE ‘TOMMY’ KEENER HOOPS Hoops; Dorothy Steneck and some good friends from the Middletown High School Class of 1945. Jen was predeceased by her husband Herman R. Hoops in October 1988. A celebration of her life is being planned for a later date. Cremation will take place at the Cedar Hill Crematory, Newburgh, N.Y., and interment of her cremains will be in the family plot in Wallkill Cemetery, Phillipsburg, N.Y. Memorial contributions in Jen’s name may be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550. To send a condolence to the family visit◊

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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union Middle School has announced its honor roll for the 3rd Quarter of the 2017-2018 academic year. Students on the honor roll include: Academic High Honors: Camilla Adelman, Stella Andrews, Narges Anzali, Thomas Ash, Megan Balparda, Julia Bartlett, Melody Berenbaum, Nell Brayton, Naomi Brightman, Carlisle Brush, Catherine Carpenter, Aidan Chance, Nyna Cole, Maddie Crowne, Ivy Doran, Zora Duquette-Hoffman, WEYBRIDGE — A memo- May 27, at 3 p.m. at Weybridge Arianna Graham-Gurland, Viviana rial service for The Rev. William Congregational Church. A reception Hammond, Anya Hardy-Mittell, Dahlia J. Richard Jr. will be on Sunday, will follow. Harrison-Irwin, Edwin Hodde, and Sarah Holmes. Also Ainsleigh Johnson, Sophie Larocque, Owen Lawton, Ben Munkres, Zoe Noble, Fairley Olson, Rebecca Orten, Aslan Peters, Lia Robinson, Vivian Ross, Ele Sellers, Holly Staats, Alex Tolgyesi, Hannah Turner, Toby Wells-Spackman, Thomas Wolosinski, Nora Wootten, Katrina Yurista and Mischa Yurista. Academic Honors: Maxwell Alberts, Kelsey Altemose, Oliver Anderson, Ann Andrus, Connor Bachand, Noah Berg, Willem Berry, Kagen BesserJones, Taylor Betourney, Camila Blanco, Lili Boe, John Boglioli, Willa Boglioli, Alexandra Bonavita, Skylar Broughton, Caroline Browdy, Zachariah Burrows, Hannah Cameron, Henry Carpenter, Scarlet Carrara,

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celebrate his life will be held thereafter at the Masterson residence in Bristol. He formerly lived in Bristol, was a longtime resident of Balston Spa, N.Y., and died in Saratoga, N.Y.

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Lauralee Searle memorial service LINCOLN/BRIDPORT — A memorial service for Lauralee (Pinky) Searle, 76, of Bridport/ Crossville, Tenn., will be held May 22, 1 p.m., at Maple Cemetery in Lincoln. Everyone is invited to meet at the Community Hall in Bridport for cupcakes (her favorite) afterwards. Lauralee grew up in Addison. She

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Hailey Clark, Ancel Coburn, Talia Cotroneo, Madison Cram, Elisabeth Crawford and Lou Cushman. Also Isabella Daignault-Bailey, Megan Daly, Madysen DeBisschop, Wu Dong, Genevieve Dora, Hana Doria, Catherine Dyer, Louis Favreau, Reese Fitzgerald, Willow Fitzgerald, Avery Gale, Shannon Gillett, Owen Hamilton, Patience Hanley, Paige Hescock, Rita Ho, Henry Hunsdorfer, Mary Johnson, Amanda Kearns, Matthew Kiernan, Evan Krizo, Oni Krizo, Ella Landis, Lily Lapiner, Reilly Lawson, Carter Lee and Jason Li. Along with Camille Maglienti, Eli Marks, Jordan Martin, Olivia McCray, Cady Scout McKibben-Baier, Nathaniel McVeigh, Clare Molineaux, Lucas Palcsik, Konan Pasciak, Brianna Pike, Cadyn Pitner, Terrian Quesnel, Sarah Reiderer, Tyler Robinson, Eliot Schneider, Trevor Schnoor, Benjamin Seaton, Landon Shubert, Isabella Smith, Liam Southerland, Abigail Stafford, Abigail Sunderland, Vanessa Sunderland, Caroline Teague, Alanna Trudeau, Abby Tufts, John Wallace, Samuel Warren, Emma Welch, Katherine Whipple, Brian Whitley, Zach Wilkerson and Kaya Wright. Work Habits High Honors: Kelsey Altemose, Stella Andrews, Narges Anzali, Megan Balparda, Julia Bartlett, Melody Berenbaum, Willa Boglioli, Nell Brayton, Naomi Brightman,

Carlisle Brush, Catherine Carpenter, Nyna Cole, Talia Cotroneo, Elisabeth Crawford, Maddie Crowne, Megan Daly, and Ivy Doran. Arianna Graham-Gurland, Anya Hardy-Mittell, Dahlia Harrison-Irwin, Paige Hescock, Edwin Hodde, Sarah Holmes, Ainsleigh Johnson, Amanda Kearns, Ben Munkres, Zoe Noble, Fairley Olson, Lia Robinson, Vivian Ross, Ele Sellers, Holly Staats, Hannah Turner, Samuel Warren, Emma Welch, Katherine Whipple, Thomas Wolosinski, Nora Wootten, Katrina Yurista and Mischa Yurista. Work Habits Honors: Camilla Adelman, Oliver Anderson, Thomas Ash, Connor Bachand, Max Beazley, Sania Belar, Noah Berg, John Bergeron, Kagen Besser-Jones, Paige Bessette, Cassie Bettis, Camila Blanco, Lili Boe, John Boglioli, Alexandra Bonavita, Trey Bosworth, Joleigh Bradford, Rose Bright, Skylar Broughton, Caroline Browdy, Emma Brown, Kegan Brown, Claire Bruley, Luly Burtch and Ainsley Busby. Also Hannah Cameron, Scarlet Carrara, Cameron Castelli, Emily Chamberlain, Aidan Chance, Layne Chant, Hailey Clark, Ashauntia Couture, Jadyn Cram, Madison Cram, Lou Cushman, Isabella DaignaultBailey, Madysen DeBisschop, Wu Dong, Genevieve Dora, Hana Doria, Lydia Dragon, Zora Duquette-Hoffman,

Audrey Dutton, Alysa Farley, Louis Favreau, Reese Fitzgerald, Willow Fitzgerald, Avery Gale, Lille Gee, Megan Gemignani, Owen Gibson, Shannon Gillett and Saskia Gori-Montanelli. As well as Owen Hamilton, Zachary Hamilton, Viviana Hammond, Patience Hanley, Rita Ho, Maya Huestis, Henry Hunsdorfer, Mary Johnson, Matthew Kiernan, Evan Krizo, Oni Krizo, Ella Landis, Lily Lapiner, Sophie Larocque, Owen Lawton, Jason Li, Cameron Litchfield-Farrar, Liliana Luksch, Camille Maglienti, Eli Marks, Jordan Martin, Olivia McCray, Elvis McIntosh, Cady Scout McKibben-Baier, Finn O’Neil and Rebecca Orten. And Lucas Palcsik, Konan Pasciak, Brianna Pike, Cadyn Pitner, Zoie Plastridge, Michael Plouffe, Terrian Quesnel, Sarah Reiderer, Jett Rheaume, Addie Riche, Lizzy Robidoux, Tyler Robinson, Trevor Schnoor, Benjamin Seaton, Josalyn Sheldrick, Howard Simpson, Abigail Stafford, Asher Stokes, Abigail Sunderland, Vanessa Sunderland, Makayla Swan, Caroline Teague, Jacob Terrien, Alex Tolgyesi, Alanna Trudeau, Jack Trudeau, Abby Tufts, Liam Wagner, John Wallace, Nolan Warner, Riellie Washburn, Zachary Welch, Kyle Wells, Toby Wells-Spackman, Brian Whitley, Zach Wilkerson, Shawn Woodhouse and Kaya Wright.

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Top 8 bills approved by the Legislature this session By ELIZABETH GRIBKOFF, MONTPELIER — Vermont’s senators and representatives worked past midnight Saturday to reach compromises on the tax bill, the budget and other key pieces of legislation from this session before adjurning. Here we’ve summarized eight major bills this session that will have the broadest and most immediate impact on Vermonters, including a tax break for Social Security. At least a third of the top bills face a veto threat in a special session Gov. Phil Scott called for next week. (See more about the special session on Page 3A.) MINIMUM WAGE The Legislature passed the minimum wage bill, S.40 last week. The bill would gradually raise Vermont’s minimum wage from $10.50 an hour to $15 an hour by 2024. Opponents of the bill, including Gov. Scott, say if the higher wage becomes law, workers will lose jobs as businesses look to shed employees with higher salaries. The governor has said he will veto the bill when it comes to his desk. PAID FAMILY LEAVE The House gave final approval to the paid family leave bill last Friday, but a veto from the governor is expected. H.196 relies on a new payroll tax to enable Vermont workers to take up to 12 weeks of paid parental and family leave, with a cap on six weeks of family leave per year. Employees would pay a 0.136 percent payroll tax for a parental and family leave insurance program. Workers who take the benefit would receive 70 percent of their income during the leave period. Supporters of the bill say that paid family leave will reduce stress for families and attract young people to Vermont who want to start families. GUN CONTROL Gov. Scott signed historic gun restrictions into law on the Statehouse steps in April. Act 94 expands background checks in private sales, raises the purchase age to 21 with some conditions, limits magazine sales and bans bump stocks. Act 92 enables law enforcement officials to remove weapons from people arrested or cited on domestic violence offenses. Prior to the enactment of these new statutes, Vermont had among the most lax gun laws in the nation. EXTREME RISK Scott also signed into law Act 97, which enables law enforcement officials to confiscate weapons from people deemed to pose an “extreme risk” to themselves or others. The legislation was pursued in response to news that 18-year-old Jack Sawyer had planned to shoot former classmates in Fair Haven Union High School. A judge granted the  first extreme risk order to the prosecutor in the Sawyer case, shortly before he was released on bail. Act 97 allows a prosecutor to seek a temporary order in civil court to seize firearms from a person found to be a risk and hold the guns for 15 days. At the end of that period, a prosecutor can seek to extend the seizure up to six months following a hearing. The Legislature also passed a domestic terrorism bill at the end of

the session that criminalizes taking “substantial steps” toward planning to harm, kidnap or kill a group of people. The governor is expected to sign the legislation. MARIJUANA This session, Vermont became the first state to legalize marijuana through legislation rather than by voter referendum. Scott signed a bill legalizing recreational use of small amounts of marijuana in January. Starting July 1, Vermonters 21 or older can possess 1 ounce or less of marijuana and four immature and two mature plants. To address concerns raised by the governor and opponents of legalization, the bill creates criminal penalties for using pot in a vehicle with children and increases penalties for providing marijuana to anyone underage. The law does not establish a retail market for sale and taxation of marijuana. SOCIAL SECURITY Scott’s budget proposed to phase in a tax exemption for Social Security benefits over three years. While that provision has made it into the final tax bill, H.911, the governor has pledged to veto other portions of the legislation that include an increase in the property tax. Vermont is one of only four states that taxes Social Security beneficiaries. Lawmakers chose to implement the tax breaks in year one, and they pay for it with a slight increase in taxes for high-income earners. EDUCATION FUNDING Working well into Saturday evening, the House and Senate finalized versions of the tax and budget bills. The Legislature used $9.8 million in surplus tax receipts to fill the education fund reserve and raised property tax rates. They rejected Scott’s plan to use $58 million of one-time money to buy down the rates and carry forward deficit spending in the education fund. Instead, they approved a 2.5-cent hike in residential property tax rates and a 5-cent hike in non-residential rates. The property tax hikes face an all but certain veto from the governor. CLEAN WATER FUNDING The lone bill this session that would have provided funding for Vermont’s federally mandated clean water efforts will reach the governor without any funding. Lawmakers rejected any fee or tax increases to pay for phosphorus mitigation efforts. Scott wants to put off implementation of a long-term clean water funding source until next year. The bill, S.260, requires the administration to repair lakes, such as Lake Carmi, that are in “crisis.”






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Age Well senior luncheon in Vergennes. Thursday, May 17, 10 a.m., Vergennes Area Seniors Armory Lane Senior Housing, 50 Armory Ln. Doors open at 10 a.m. for bingo and coffee hour. Students from Cornerstone Preschool will provide entertainment at 11:30 a.m. BBQ beefsteak, mashed potatoes, peas and pearl onions, wheat bread, and peaches will be served at noon. Bring your own place setting. $5 suggested donation. Advanced reservations required. Call Michelle to reserve 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. A Walk in their Shoes: Dementia Simulation in Middlebury. Thursday, May 17, 4-5 p.m. The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. Allow our Certified Dementia Practitioners to take you through an experience to better create a positive environment for those with dementia. RSVP to Pat Ryan at 802-388-1220, or pryan@residenceottercreek. com. Event is free and open to the public. Handicap accessible. “Maple Syrup Industry Past and Present” talk in Bristol. Thursday, May 17, 7 p.m., Howden Hall, 19 West St. The Bristol Historical Society will present local resident David Folino, successful maple syrup producer to discuss maple syrup industry and its prospect in the 21st Century. Free and open to the public. More info call Steve Ayotte at 802-453-7709. “Vermont’s Deaf Culture: Building Bridges Through Theater” in Bristol. Thursday, May 17, 7-8:30 p.m., Holley Hall. The One world Library Project presents this show on the beauty and expressiveness of sign language and the connections it can forge to a rich but sometimes inaccessible culture. More info at Lawrence Memorial Library, 802-453-2366 or



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“Opioids in Relation to Self, Family, and the Community” in Middlebury. Friday, May 18, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Community Room, EastView at Middlebury, 100 Eastview Ter. Dr. Will Porter will address opioids and their effects on communities. Free and open to the public. Stories from Behind the Barn with Bill Torrey in Middlebury. Friday, May 18, 3 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. Join NPR Storyteller, Woodsman, and Author Bill Torrey as he tells hilarious, heartwarming, true stories about growing up in the ‘60s in Vermont. RSVP to Pat Ryan at 802-3881220, or Event is free and open to the public. Handicap accessible. “The Last of the Hill Farms” opening reception in Middlebury. Friday, May 18, 5-7 p.m., Vermont Folklife Center, 88 Main St. A public reception and gallery talk on the new exhibit by photographer Richard Brown. The photographs reflect his fondness for a time when Vermonters earned their livelihoods from the land without much aid from internal combustion engines. Complimentary locally sourced food and drink, including beer, wine, craft cheeses, produce, and more will be served. Song Fest in Middlebury. Friday, May 18, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Salon, Middlebury Community Music Center, 6 Main St. Enjoy listening to artists Liz Anker, Andrew Binns, Peter Cirka, Ali Dawson Gibson, Cynthia Huard and Betty Kafumbe as they explore the intricate relationship between poetry, music and the listener. The first of three concerts in the inaugural year of MCMC’s Song Fest. More info at “Boston Marriage” on stage in Middlebury. Friday, May 18, 8 p.m., Vermont Coffee Company Playhouse, 1197 Exchange St. MCP’s Company Be will present a fully staged reading of David Mamet’s clever drawing-room comedy, Diana Bigelow directs fellow Bristol thespians Susanne Peck, Kendra Gratton, and Gretchen Cole in this sophisticated and fanciful play. Tickets at the door. For mature audiences.




Green Mountain Club Mt. Philo hike in Charlotte. Saturday, May 19. An easy to moderate 2-mile hike and with an elevation gain of 636 feet with breathtaking views of the Lake Champlain Valley and New York’s Adirondack Mountains. Wear appropriate clothing for hiking and bring water, a snack and hiking poles, if used. More info contact Ralph Burt at or 802-355-4415. More activities at Pancake Breakfast in Shoreham. Saturday, May 19, 8-10 a.m., Shoreham Congregational Church, 28 School Rd. Special feature of Swedish potato sausage. Quantities limited so come early to get some. Also on the menu, blueberry pancakes, French toast, egg dishes, sausage, home fries, and beverages. Cost $8 adults/$4 children 12 and under/ $20 for families. Trade spring experiences with your friends and neighbors as you enjoy great food. Town-wide yard sale in Monkton. Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Monkton Fire House, 3747 State’s Prison Hollow Road and homes throughout Monkton. Proceeds from vendor sign-up fees and food sold throughout the day will go toward Monkton Girl Scouts. Breakfast, lunch and snack items will be available throughout the day at the Monkton Fire House. Maps of sale locations available at the Monkton General Store or at the MVFD on the day of the sale. More info contact Jamie Steadman at 802-338-6731 or Town-wide lawn & garage sale in New Haven. Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. To get on the map submit house number and street name by Monday, May 14. Maps showing locations of sale sites will be available beginning Wednesday, May 16, at the New Haven Town Office, New Haven Public Library, the Village Green Market, the Jiffy Mart at the junction of Routes 7 & 17 and the New Haven Mobil on Route 7 South. More info contact Suzy Roorda at 802-4535978, or newhavenrec@ Plant Sale in Middlebury. Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m.noon, Middlebury College Park, intersection of Routes 30 and 125. Hosted by the Middlebury Garden Club, gardeners will find flowers, herbs, houseplants, vegetables, perennials and annuals for shade and full sun ready for planting. All potted plants are grown locally by club members and are proven cold hardy. Experts will be on hand to give planting, pruning and easy maintenance tips. Proceeds benefit the Garden Club’s activities. Rain or shine. Yard sale and plant sale in Vergennes. Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 55 School St. Get some good deals at The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes yard sale and the Bixby Library having a plant sale. Yard sale items include: toys and games including remote control vehicles, fabric, yarn, holiday decorations, new bike helmets, books, stuffed animals and puppets. The Bixby Library will have a variety of annuals and perennials. More info call 802-877-6344. Spring Book Sale and Plant Sale in East Middlebury. Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m.-noon, Sarah Partridge

Library, 431 E. Main St. House and garden plants are from $1 to $5 each. All hardcover books are $1, all paperbacks $.25. All proceeds go toward the book budget at Sarah Partridge Library. Workshop “Lettuce Talk about Composting,” Saturday, May 19, 10-11:30, Weybridge School Library, sponsored by the Weybridge Energy Committee and presented by the Addison County Solid Waste Management District. Learn to start your own or improve your already existing backyard composting system. Refreshments. Free and open to the public. RSVP to Fran Putnam “Lettuce Talk about Composting” workshop in Weybridge. Saturday, May 19, 10-11:30 a.m., Weybridge Elementary School Library. Learn to start your own or improve your already existing backyard composting system. Sponsored by the Weybridge Energy Committee and presented by the Addison County Solid Waste Management District. Free and open to the public. Refreshments. RSVP to Fran Putnam “Of Wheelmen, the New Woman, and Good Roads: Bicycling in Vermont, 1880-1920.” lecture in Vergennes. Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Bixby Library, 258 Main St. In this lecture, UVM professor Luis Vivanco explores the early history of the bicycle in Vermont, a new invention that generated widespread curiosity when it arrived here in the 1880s. Prize Bingo in Leicester. Saturday, May 19, 1:00 p.m., Senior Center. A week later than usual, due to Mother’s Day. Refreshments served. All welcome. Song Fest in Middlebury. Saturday, May 19, 1-4 p.m. Salon, Middlebury Community Music Center, 6 Main St. Sit in on a Master Class at 1 p.m., led by Song Fest performers, and witness the process of how a pianist and singer learn to work together and fine tune their performance. A performance of the songs worked on will round out the afternoon. Part of the inaugural year of MCMC’s Song Fest. More info at “The Wizard of Oz” silent version on screen in Brandon. Saturday, May 19, 7 p.m., Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Sq. Experience the early silent film version of L. Frank Baum’s immortal tales, featuring silent comedian Larry Semon in a slapstick romp that also casts Oliver Hardy as the Tin Man. Silent film expert Jeff Rapsis will play live accompaniment. Free. Donations accepted, with proceeds to help continuing preservation work. Song Fest in Middlebury. Saturday, May 19, 7:309:30 p.m., Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Ct. Mezzo-soprano Dawn Pierce, tenor Joshua Collier and soprano Sarah Cullins come together to share some of their favorite English and American arts songs. The final concert in the inaugural year of MCMC’s Song Fest. Tickets $20. More info at




*RESCHEDULED FROM MAY 11* Green Mountain Club Mt. Moosalamoo hike in Goshen. Sunday, May 20, begin at Moosalamoo Campground, Ripton-Goshen Rd. Wildflower hike. Easy/moderate 4 mile round trip hike on Mt. Moosalamoo Trail. 500 ft. ascent. (Option: additional 2-mile RT, hike to the junction with Oak Ridge Trail then on to Moosalamoo summit; total 1,530 ft. ascent.) Bring camera, water & snack. Call leader Ruth Penfield 802-388-5407 for directions, meeting time & to confirm participation. More activities at Town-wide lawn & garage sale in New Haven. Sunday May 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. To get on the map submit house number and street name by Monday, May 14. Maps showing locations of sale sites will be available beginning Wednesday, May 16, at the New Haven Town Office, New Haven Public Library, the Village Green Market, the Jiffy Mart at the junction of Routes 7 & 17 and the New Haven Mobil on Route 7 South. More info contact Suzy Roorda at 802-453-5978, cscasam@ or Vergennes Voyager bike ride in Vergennes. Sunday, May 20, meet at 9:45 a.m., east parking lot, Vergennes Union High School, Monkton Road. Join the GMBC for a 26-mile rolling (easy) or 39-mile flat to rolling (easy/moderate) rural ride along Otter Creek to Middlebury for a bakery stop. The longer ride rolls out by Kingsland Bay State Park before heading south to Middlebury. There are no big hills on this ride. More info contact leader John Bertelsen at 802-864-0101or, or co-leader Karla Ferrelli at 802-864-0101 or karla. Chicken and Biscuit Dinner in New Haven. Sunday, May 20, noon and 1 p.m. (2 sittings) New Haven Congregational Church. Adults/$10, 6-11/$5, under 6/free. Star Wars Trivia in Middlebury. Sunday, May 20, 1 p.m., Marquis Theater, 65 Main St. Teams of 1-4. $10 per team. Towne Meeting plays in Middlebury. Sunday, May 20, 2 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. Always a crowd pleaser, Towne Meeting is known for their powerful vocal harmonies and engaging performances. Part of the Residence’s Sunday Music Series. Free and open to the public. Handicap accessible. RSVP to Pat Ryan at 802-388-1220, or pryan@ “An Extraordinary Ordinary Woman” — Susan Ouellette speaks in Ferrisburgh. Sunday, May 20, 3 p.m., Rokeby, 4334 U.S. Route 7. Hear Ouellette, author of “An Extraordinary Ordinary Woman,” will give a presentation about Phebe Orvis, who in 1820, began a journal that she faithfully kept for a decade. Richly detailed, her diary not only captures details of everyday life of an ordinary woman living in 19th century Vermont and upstate New York Books will be available for purchase. House Party for Barb Wilson in Whiting. Sunday, May 20, 3-5 p.m., 278 North Rd. Meet Barb Wilson, a candidate for State House Add-Rut 1 District (Benson, Orwell, Shoreham, Whiting) in the Democratic Primary. Hosted by Randy Kritkausky and Carolyn Schmidt.



Age Well senior luncheon in Bristol. Monday, May 21, 10:45 a.m., Cubbers, Main St. Doors open at 10:45 a.m., meal served at 11 a.m. Chef’s Choice — always delicious. Includes beverage and dessert.

$5 suggested donation does not include gratuity. Advanced reservations required. Call Michelle to reserve 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. MUHS Music Department Spring Concert in Middlebury. Monday, May 21, 7 p.m., Auditorium, Middlebury Union High School, Charles Ave. Featuring the MUHS Concert Choir and Concert Band. The band will be performing a movement from Johan de Meij’s “Planet Earth.” Free and open to all.




Age Well senior luncheon in Vergennes. Tuesday, May 22, 10 a.m., Vergennes Area Seniors Armory Lane Senior Housing, 50 Armory Ln. Doors open at 10 a.m. for bingo and coffee hour. Meal of sweet and sour chicken over brown rice pilaf, broccoli florets, wheat bread, and pineapple tidbits will be served at noon. Bring your own place setting. $5 suggested donation. Advanced reservations required. Call Michelle to reserve 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. Sue Halpern in Middlebury. Tuesday, May 22, 1-2 p.m., Community Meeting Room, Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Author and Middlebury College scholar-in-residence Halpern will talk about the writing life and read from her new novel, “Summer Hours at the Robbers Library.” Book signing to follow. Emerson, Granner & Company perform in Middlebury. Tuesday, May 22, 3 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. Come enjoy vocal music from Broadway Shows from the ‘20s through the ‘70s from composers like Hoagy Carmichael, Victor Shertzinger, Jules Styne, Charles Strouse & more. Free and open to the public. Handicap accessible. RSVP to Pat Ryan at 802-388-1220, or pryan@ Ruth Hardy for Vermont State Senator campaign kickoff party in Middlebury. Tuesday, May 22, 5 to 7 p.m., American Flatbread, Marble Works. Join a family friendly party to kickoff Ruth Hardy’s campaign for Vermont State Senate. Flatbread will be served, there will be a cash bar, and opportunities to make your hopes and dreams for VT seen and heard. Financial contributions of any size will be gratefully accepted to support grassroots democracy. Internet Safety Night for Parents. Tuesday, May 22, 6:30 p.m., Ferrisburgh Central School, 56 Little Chicago Rd. A discussion of current issues with internet safety and how parents can gain control over devices and their children’s access. Snacks and childcare provided. Book Discussion in Middlebury. Tuesday, May 22, 7 p.m., The Vermont Book Shop, 38 Main St. Meet and discuss “Elmet” by Fiona Mozley. Open to everyone, the Vermont Book Shop (VBS) Book Discussions are held on last Tuesday of every month.




Age Well senior luncheon in Shoreham. Wednesday, May 23, 11 a.m., Halfway House, Route 22A. Corn chowder, tuna salad sandwich, coleslaw, dessert, and beverage. Advanced reservations required. Call Michelle to reserve 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. James Blair on photography in Middlebury. Wednesday, May 23, noon, Henry Sheldon Museum, 1 Park St. Join James P. Blair, retired “National Geographic” photographer, as he discusses some of the 36 photographs from the Sheldon Museum’s collection now on view in the exhibit Our Town: Love, Joy, Sadness, and Baseball — 100 Years of Photography from the Sheldon Museum. Limit 20. Reserve your spot at 802-388-2117 or Authors Ken Ilgunas and Bill McKibben in Middlebury. Wednesday, May 23, 6:30 p.m., The Marquis Theater, 65 Main St. Environmental writers in conversation with McKibben featuring Ilgunas’ new book, “This Land Is Our Land: How We Lost the Right to Roam and How to Take It Back.” Free and open to the public. Book signing to follow.




Age Well senior luncheon in Vergennes. Thursday, May 24, 10 a.m., Vergennes Area Seniors Armory Lane Senior Housing, 50 Armory Ln. Doors open at 10 a.m. for bingo and coffee hour. A roast turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, roll, and pound cake with

Contemporary noir

FIONA MOZLEY’S DARK debut novel “Elmet,” about a family living on the outskirts of society is an impressive slice of contemporary noir steeped in Yorkshire legend. Come talk about it when the Vermont Book Shop’s Book Discussion group meets on Tuesday, May 22, 7 p.m., The Vermont Book Shop, 38 Main St., Middlebury.



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All the rage

IN HIS LECTURE “Of Wheelmen, the New Woman, and Good Roads: Bicycling in Vermont, 1880-1920,” UVM Professor Luis Vivanco will explore the early history of the bicycles in Vermont. The talk takes place in Vergennes on Saturday, May 19, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Bixby Library, 258 Main St.

berries will be served at noon by students from the Champlain Valley Christian School. Bring your own place setting. $5 suggested donation. Advanced reservations required. Call Michelle to reserve 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. Pilgrimage presentation in Middlebury. Thursday, May 24, 3-4 p.m., Community Room, EastView at Middlebury, 100 Eastview Ter. The Rev. Dr. Lawrence Jones presents an illustrated reading of poetry, travel log writing and video in the wake of his 500-mile hike of El Camino de Santiago de Compostela last summer in France and Spain. Free and open to the public. Michael Nerney in Brandon. Thursday, May 24, 7-8 p.m., Brandon Inn, 20 Park St. Nerney, an internationally renowned consultant in substance abuse prevention and education will address current trends in adolescent substance use, why adolescents love risk-taking, how drugs change the adolescent brain, and how to effectively support your child, among others. Free. A Night of Excellence in Brandon. Thursday, May 24, 7 p.m., Auditorium, Otter Valley Union High School. Route 7 South. OVUHS will honor many of the great accomplishments its students have achieved throughout the year. Awards vary from recognition of community service to prestigious book awards and scholarships to colleges for juniors.




Age Well senior luncheon in Middlebury. Friday, May 25, 11:30 a.m., Rosie’s, Route 7 South. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., meal served at noon. Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas, coleslaw, and maple bread pudding. Advanced reservations required. Call Michelle to reserve 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 802-3882287 to inquire. Pianist Christopher McWilliams in Middlebury. Friday, May 25, 12:15-1 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 3 Main St. In this concert, Mr. McWilliams will feature his original works for solo piano including a Prelude and Fugue and a four-movement sonata. “What Do We Do Now? The climate fight in context” lecture in Middlebury. Friday, May 25, 3 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. Renowned author and activist Bill McKibben speaks about the many cross-cutting currents right now and how we make sense of where politics, science, and policy are taking us at the moment. Free and open to the public. Refreshments and social hour to follow. Handicap accessible. RSVP to Pat Ryan at 802-388-1220, or Table of Grace community meal in Vergennes. Friday, May 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Vergennes Congregational Church, 30 S. Water St. Menu includes meatloaf, potatoes, vegetable and dessert. Free.




Early Bird Nature Walk in Orwell. Saturday, May 26, 8-10 a.m., Mount Independence, 497 Mount Independence Rd. Bird expert Sue Wetmore, guides this walk to identify the birds of spring and spring migration. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. No pets please. Meet in front of the Museum. More info at 802-9482000 or Independence. 29th Annual Lawn Sale in Lincoln. Saturday, May 26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., rain or shine. Sponsored by Weathervane United Senior Housing. If you would like to have a sale, contact Jodi at 802-453-2785. For $15 you will be included on the map. Spaces are also available on the walkway between the store and town clerk’s office. Annual Plant and Bake Sale in Monkton. Saturday, May 26, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Monkton Friends Methodist Church, 78 Monkton Ridge. More info at 802-453-5192. Plant sale, bake sale and luncheon in Brandon. Saturday, May 26, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Brandon Congregational Church, 1 Carver St. Brandon-grown small trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, veggie and herb starts for sale. A luncheon of Hot Dogs, homemade baked beans and coleslaw, along with a variety of homemade goodies for sale, will be in Fellowship Hall. Note: Depending on construction, plant sale may be in front of the cemetery instead of the church. More info contact Mary Cliver at 802-247-0180 or Phyllis Torrey at 802-247-7897. King Pede in Ferrisburgh. Saturday, May 26, 6:30 p.m., Ferrisburgh Town Hall, Route 7. A sandwich supper followed by an evening of fun and card games.



SUNDAY Masonic Breakfast in Bridport. Sunday, May 27, 7:30-11 a.m., Bridport Community

Hall. All-you-can-eat breakfast with plain and blueberry pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon and eggs, coffee, juice and fruit cup. Adults $8/children $3. All proceeds to benefit Masonic charities. More info call Russ Buck at 802-758-2685. Mark LaVoie plays in Middlebury. Sunday, May 27, 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 reminiscent of the late, great, blind legendary harmonica player Sonny Terry. Part of the Residence’s Sunday Music Series. Free and open to the public. Handicap accessible. RSVP to Pat Ryan at 802-388-1220, or Honey in the Hive in Middlebury. Sunday, May 27, 3-4 p.m., Community Room, EastView at Middlebury. 100 Eastview Ter. A local, skilled and energetic quartet presents a concert of French Canadian and Celtic music using fiddle, piano, bass, banjo and feet. Free and open to the public.




Memorial Day Parade in Middlebury. Monday, May 28, at 9 a.m. The theme of this year’s parade is “Keeping Their Memory Alive”. Remember our fallen asked for nothing but to be remembered when sacrificing their all. Those interested in participating in the parade must call Middlebury American Legion Post #27 at 802-3889311 to register by Wednesday May 23rd.




Age Well senior luncheon in Vergennes. Tuesday, May 29, 10 a.m., Vergennes Area Seniors Armory Lane Senior Housing, 50 Armory Ln. Doors open at 10 a.m. for bingo and coffee hour. Meal of spinach quiche, tossed salad, mixed vegetables, wheat roll, and applesauce will be served at noon. Bring your own place setting. $5 suggested donation. Advanced reservations required. Call Michelle to reserve 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.




The Value of Exceptional Customer Service seminar in Middlebury. Wednesday, May 30, 8-9:30 a.m., EastView at Middlebury, 100 Eastview Ter. Join social relations expert Lauri Brown and learn the importance of a positive attitude, extra attentiveness to customers, and customer-friendly language in this seminar offered by the Addison County Chamber of Commerce. Members free, non-members $10. Fish processing seminar in Vergennes. Wednesday, May 30, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Fish & Wildlife will hold a one-day fish processing seminar at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, 4472 Basin Harbor Rd, Vergennes. Learn how to clean, fillet and cook fresh Vermont fish. Registration is required. Email or call 802-265–2279.




Age Well senior luncheon in Vergennes. Thursday, May 31, 10 a.m., Vergennes Area Seniors Armory Lane Senior Housing, 50 Armory Ln. Doors open at 10 a.m. for bingo and coffee hour. Lunch of Shepherd’s pie, broccoli florets, dinner roll, and cantaloupe served at noon. Bring your own place setting. $5 suggested donation. Advanced reservations required. Call Michelle to reserve 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. Addison County Bike Club Annual Meeting in Middlebury. Thursday, May 31, 6:30 p.m., Marquis Theater, 65 Main St.




VUHS Pops Concert in Vergennes. Friday, June 1, 6 p.m., Auditorium, Vergennes Union High School, Monkton Rd. “A Streetcar Named Desire” opera in Middlebury. Friday, June 1, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. The Opera Company of Middlebury presents André Previn’s faithful opera adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ classic play, its jazzinflected score evoking a highly charged New Orleans setting. A pre-performance talk will take place one hour before curtain at the Memorial Baptist Church. Tickets: rows B & C $55, Rows D-M $65, Balcony $80/ available at or at the box office at 802-382-9222. More info at




Branch to Spoon: Carving Workshop in Ferrisburgh. Saturday, June 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rokeby, 4334 U.S. Route 7. Join instructor Robert Palmer for a day of spoon carving at Rokeby Museum using hand tools and traditional Swedish methods. Register at Shelburne Craft School. Cost: $100 plus $75 Hand tool cost (you will keep the hand tools). Rhubarb Festival in Middlebury. Saturday June 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Ct. Its’ time for everything rhubarb. For $10, festival-goers get a freshly made sandwich, a green salad with raspberry-rhubarb dressing and rhubarb pie with whipped cream. Homemade rhubarb and rhubarb-strawberry pies for sale, and sweets and savories; gently used bling, scarves, ties, books; wide variety of plants and seedlings. Games and face painting for kids, and live music throughout the day. Half the proceeds go to Hope. Handicapped parking behind the church or at nearby high school. More info at 802-388-8080 or National Trails Day Hike into History in Orwell. Saturday, June 2, 2-3:30 p.m., Mt. Independence State historic Site, 472 Mt. Independence Rd. It’s National Trail Day. Mount Independence Coalition board member Mark Brownell leads this guided hike into Revolutionary War history. Piano recital in Middlebury. Saturday, June 2, 7-8 p.m., Community Room, EastView at Middlebury. 100 Eastview Ter. The younger piano students of Diana Fanning perform a recital. Free and open to the public. Caroline Cotter in Brandon. Saturday, June 2, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Rd. With a captivating soprano voice and award winning songwriting, Caroline Cotter’s travel inspired songs take listeners all over the world and into the depths of the human heart. Show $20. Dinner & show $45. Reservations required for dinner and recommended for the show. BYOB. Call 802-247-4295 or email to reserve. Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio in Ripton. Saturday, June 2, 7:30 p.m., Ripton Community Coffee House, Route 125. This trio slides “from sweet acoustic Appalachian old-timey vibe with Patty Griffinesque lyrics to brassy New Orleans blues piano with a bone thrown to Bessie Smith.” Open mic followed by featured performers. $10 general admission/$15 generous admission.

LIVEMUSIC Song Fest in Middlebury. Friday, May 18, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Salon, Middlebury Community Music Center, 6 Main St. Patrick Fitzsimmons in Bristol. Saturday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m., Holley Hall. Song Fest in Middlebury. Saturday, May 19, 7:309:30 p.m., Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society. Young Novelists in Brandon. Saturday, May 19, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music. Robin Gottfried Band in Middlebury. Saturday, May 19, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., Notte. Towne Meeting in Middlebury. Sunday, May 20, 2 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek. Jazzou Jones plays in Middlebury. Sunday, May 20, 3-4 p.m., EastView at Middlebury. MUHS Music Department Concert in Middlebury. Monday, May 21, 7 p.m., Middlebury Union High School. Emerson, Granner & Company in Middlebury. Tuesday, May 22, 3 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek. Christopher McWilliams in Middlebury. Friday, May 25, 12:15 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Gumbo Ya Ya in New Haven. Friday, May 25, 6-8 p.m., Lincoln Peak Vineyard. Del Rue in Middlebury. Saturday, May 26, 9:30 p.m.12:30 a.m., Notte. Mark LaVoie in Middlebury. Sunday, May 27, 2 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek. Honey in the Hive in Middlebury. Sunday, May 27, 3 p.m., EastView at Middlebury. VUHS Pops in Vergennes. Friday, June 1, 6 p.m., Vergennes Union High School. Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio in Ripton. Saturday, June 2, 7:30 p.m., Ripton Community Coffee House. Caroline Cotter in Brandon. Saturday, June 2, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music. Dianna Fanning piano students in Middlebury. Sunday, June 3, 7 p.m., EastView at Middlebury.

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TOWN MASON CHARLEBOIS OF Vergennes receives his Vermont State DAR Good Citizenship Scholarship award from state DAR chair Joy Minns.

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Student wins DAR Good Citizen Scholarship

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KINDERGARTENERS AND FIRST-GRADERS take part in a recent Bike Smart training at Mary Hogan Elementary School in Middlebury. In bad weather they used the gym, but on this day they got outside onto the playground.

Photo by Sabrina Butterfield, Mary Hogan PE teacher

I am in love with my doorknob I love the way it fills my hand So firm with its feminine curve Pressing into my palm, guiding me Through the wall on a lingering farewell I am in love with my car I love that I must feed and change it My queen and good company Taking me inside and wherever I desire Taking every journey in equanimity I am in love with a girl And that’s where love gets tricky Because a girl is a shape that changes And because I don’t know her At least, as well as I think I do.

good citizens keep our nation moving forward?” without prior knowledge of the subject within a two-hour time limit and without reference material. Charlebois’ essay, “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It” contributed to his selection for the award. He received a certificate, pin, and a $500 cash award in recognition of his achievement and as a student who exemplifies the DAR good citizen qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. Senior students from any and all

accredited Vermont High Schools are eligible to compete in the Good Citizen Scholarship Contest via local DAR Chapters. Non-DAR judges independently judge essays and credentials. Winners from each of the sponsoring chapters advance to the State level of judging. State first place winners advance to the Northeast Division level and the eight Division level winners to the National level where a $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a female and a male high school senior.

Of Love and a Teapot

The little things I am in love with my teapot I love it for the song it sings Fluted gently between the cracks That smile that jagged grin Breathing steam in soft green notes

VERGENNES — Mason Charlebois, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Marcel Charlebois of Vergennes and a senior at Vergennes Union High School, received the Vermont DAR Good Citizen Scholarship Contest Winner on May 13. Charlebois received this prestigious award based on letters of reference, school activities, service to community, school transcript, his responses to contest questions and future plans. He was required to write an essay on “How do the combined actions of many

A girl will not sing for me every time I ask She will not press into me every time I reach out Nor will she take me everywhere I desire A girl is moved by an unseen world Herself, a self-evident enigma And yet, I am in love with a girl I love that she will not do what I expect Every time that I ask, desire, or reach out; I am in love with a girl Because she also has a teapot And turns doorknobs and drives a car And when she tells me no She reminds me that I am not needed Always, to make all things beautiful And that is such a relief.

— Alexandre Apfel

A recent transplant to the Champlain Valley, Alexandre Apfel brews for Fiddlehead Brewing Co. and for pleasure at home. Writing began as a therapeutic exercise and while it has transformed into a more intentional practice, the line remains reassuringly vague.

This poem by Alexandre Apfel is And that is the whole beauty of it. a gem of surprise and insight. We He reminds us in simple eloquent feel from the start the pleasure the words, what he himself is being speaker receives from particular reminded of: that love, and I would objects in his life and the quali- add close friendship, is not about ties and experiences that come having expectations and demands. from them. There is the pleasure It is about accepting and honorthat comes from his ing, cherishing and teapot, not only for supporting another its functionality, but toward who they because it sings and are meant to be. It flutes through its might mean lots jagged cracks. And of togetherness there is the pleafor some; lots of sure of the steam, a space for others. soothing balm for By letting go of the senses. preconceived ideas And there does and expectations, seem to be somean ease and flow thing, too, about a can enter. There door knob, an object might be discomfort the poet shows us and resistance, but how to feel in a that is all part of both a tactile and the territory when it emotional way: the comes to meaningfirm sureness of it so ful growth. By Susan Jefts easy to hold, and the Mr. Apfel writes offer of possibility “I love that she will in its turning. And there is the car, not do what I expect/Every time I the beloved car, offering freedom, ask, desire, or reach out.” We get adventure, and reliability, espe- the sense that the speaker truly cially when well cared for. means this. And not only does he But a girl, or any human being, mean it, he loves and values it, as is not so definable or consistent, he knows it is central to the qualas the speaker implies, and is not ity of their relationship. There is a an object. “A girl is moved by the feeling here of true honoring and unseen world,” writes our poet. respect.




When there is a demanding or rigid approach to relationship, or anything for that matter, there is little room for love, for joy, for a true unfolding. It occurs to me this is how it is in writing poetry. As soon as we think we know what a poem is going to be about and how it should be, we lose its pulse. We are listening instead to our limited intellect and ego. Decent writing might result, but it will likely be just an intellectual exercise. If we can listen at a deeper level, though, and let the words, rhythm, and imagery fall in place, we might find a true poem before us. This poem has that feel of having been listened to and followed from beginning to end. The poet got out of the way, probably not knowing just what was coming. How lucky for us he did. ————— Susan Jefts is a poet and educator living in Cornwall, whose work has been published throughout the country. She is currently working on a book of poetry and will be offering workshops this spring using the poetry of Rumi and other ancient poets to explore our lives and what we feel called to. For more info, contact her at Her website is


• AnGayle Vasiliou and Logan Price of Middlebury, May 1, a boy, Theo Constantine Price.

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Vt. historic sites to open May 26 Clinton campaign manager to visit Midd. ADDISON — Chimney Point, Mount Independence and Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Sites open for the 2018 season on Saturday, May 26, at 10 a.m. These sites host a variety of engaging programs. Hours of operation this year will be 10:00 to 5:00. Chimney Point is on Lake Champlain in Addison. Opening this year are two new permanent exhibits. “Crossing Paths” and “Point of Contact” focus on the Native American, French Colonial, English, and early American history of the Chimney Point area, incorporating archaeological findings from the Lake Champlain Bridge project. The special seasonal exhibit in the ballroom is “A Brush with Nature: The Art of Lillian Kennedy.” The grounds include picnic tables and a short trail with interpretive signs and a historic pier from the 1929 Lake Champlain Bridge. Events include the first ever astronomy program on August 18, 7:30 to 11 p.m., night skies

permitting, and the annual Northeast Open Atlatl Championship on September 23. Chimney Point is open Wednesdays through Sundays and Monday holidays, 10 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 15. More information is available at 802-7592412. Orwell’s Mount Independence, a National Historic Landmark, is named after the Declaration of Independence. It is one of the largest Revolutionary War defenses built by the Americans. Visit the museum and then choose one or more of trails — six miles in all — to walk. On May 26, opening day, Sue Wetmore will lead the annual spring bird walk; meet outside the museum at 8 a.m. The year’s highlight is Soldiers Atop the Mount living history weekend, September 8 and 9, with a 5K walk on the 9th. Mount Independence is open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 15. Call 802-948-2000 for more information. The Hubbardton Battlefield State

Historic Site is the location of the only Revolutionary War battle fought in what would become Vermont. It is one of the best-preserved battlefields in America, retaining most of its original setting. On Monday, May 28, at noon is a short Memorial Day ceremony at the battle monument. The annual battle weekend is July 7 and 8. Scores of reenactors and lively new offerings are expected. Hubbardton Battlefield is open Wednesdays through Sundays and Monday holidays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $3.00 for adults and free for children under 15. For more information call 802-273-2282. The last day of the season is Sunday, Oct. 14. Other Vermont State-owned Historic Sites opening on May 26 are the President Calvin Coolidge site in Plymouth, Justin Smith Morrill Homestead in Strafford, and Old Constitution House in Windsor. For special events information visit events.

Brandon church to host plant sale, lunch BRANDON — The Brandon Congregational Church, at 1 Carver Street in Brandon, will officially welcome spring with their annual plant sale, hot dog and bean luncheon and bake sale on Saturday, May 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Despite the delayed spring and the construction in their front yard, the stalwart members of Brandon Congregational Church in Action are going to hold this


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LINCOLN — Lincoln’s 29th Annual Town-Wide Yard Sale is fast approaching. Weathervane United, Inc. is hosting the Annual Town-Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, May 26, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. rain or shine. Plan now to have your own sale at your home, at the Library, or new this year setup along the Weathervane walkway. A $15 donation to benefit Weathervane United, Inc. Senior Housing will put you on the map. Orange arrows and markers will be setup to direct people to your location. Sign up at the Lincoln General Store or call 802-453-2785. The Lincoln Fire Company will also be selling food at the firehouse. The Lincoln Historical Society will be participating in the May 26 town-wide yard sale. Donations of useable, clean items would be appreciated. Donations may be brought to the museum on Wednesday, May 23, and Thursday, May 24, from 1-5 p.m. and Friday, May 25, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call Eleanor Menzer at 802-453-2807 for additional information. The Lincoln Library Annual Book and Plant Sale will also be happening on Saturday, May 26, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be a great selection of books at great prices. REMINDER: LCS Volunteer & Family Breakfast is Friday, May 18, from 7:45-8:35 a.m. Assembly will begin at 8:45 a.m. and will feature a performance by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s “Ah! Capella” group. This is an adults only breakfast. Until next time...Be The Reason Someone Smiles. Keep Trying. Create Your Own Sunshine.


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LEICESTER — The Leicester Historical Society is sponsoring Prize Bingo on Saturday, May 19, at 1 p.m. at the Senior Center. All are welcome, refreshments served.

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event on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. On offer will be Brandon-grown small trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, veggie and herb starts. Because of the Segment 6 work, the sale may be in front of the Cemetery instead of the Church building — or it may be in front of the Church — but they’ll be the folks with the plants. Inside Fellowship Hall the church will hold a luncheon of hot dogs, homemade baked beans and

coleslaw. There will also be variety of homemade goodies for sale. Take a break from visiting galleries and running errands and enjoy a quiet few minutes with neighbors and friends. All proceeds generated will support Brandon Congregational Church projects. For more information, contact Mary Cliver at 802-247-0180 or Phyllis Torrey at 802-247-7897.

MIDDLEBURY — Robbie Mook had first-hand experience of the 2016 Presidential campaign. As Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign manager, he spent hours every day thinking of little else. Mook will share his thoughts on the 2016 battle for the White House and the current state of politics at Middlebury Rotary Club’s Gala Dinner on Friday, June 15. Among other things, he will speak about his experience and the perspective he has gained since the night in November when the Trump campaign took the White House. Born in Sharon, Vt., Mook has spent a career as a political campaign strategist and is currently seen on TV as CNN’s political commentator. The dinner will run from 6-9 p.m. at the Middlebury Inn, on Court Square, and there are still tickets available and include horsd’oeuvres and a four-course dinner for $65, with a cash bar from 6 to 7 p.m. with dinner to follow.

Salisbury SALISBURY — Chris Turner, Salisbury’s Green Up Day coordinator reports these figures for this year; 155 bags of trash, 2 tires, and 14 large items removed from our roadsides. She said that more than 140 residents, students and 4H Swamp Riders worked to make our community look so much better. She thanks all those who helped.

HILLARY CLINTON’S PRESIDENTIAL campaign manager Robbie Mook will speak at this year’s Annual Rotary Gala at the Middlebury Inn on Friday, June 15. Photo courtesy Robbie Mook

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The Salisbury UCC Church’s recent rummage and bake sale was a success raising over $800 for the ongoing repair and maintenance of the building. Thank you to everyone who purchased and donated to the sale. Residents around the lake report enjoying the calling of the loons; sometimes even during daylight hours.

The Salisbury Free Public Library thanks Neat Repeats for their recent grant to purchase a new printer. Neat Repeats welcomes donations of clean clothing, shoes, jewelry, linens small kitchen utensils and other miscellaneous items for resale at their Bakery Lane store in Middlebury. They also need volunteers.

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Watch for turtles crossing roads to lay eggs Bristol

MONTPELIER — It’s springtime and Vermont’s turtles on are on the move. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is asking for the public’s help in keeping them safe. Female turtles are looking for places to deposit their eggs, sometimes choosing to lay along the shoulders of roads, which can end tragically. “Turtles often cross roads as they search for a nest site,” said Steve Parren, biologist for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. “They are a slow-moving animal in today’s fast-paced world, so they have a tough time making it safely across the road. Turtles grow slowly and live a long time, so losing a mature breeding female is a huge loss to the turtle population.” Turtle nesting activity peaks from late May through June. At this time of year, drivers are urged to keep an eye out for turtles in the road, especially when driving near ponds and wetlands. To decrease the number of turtles that are killed by vehicles, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has been collecting data to identify stretches of road that are hotspots for wildlife migrations. They are working closely with VTrans, and with Jim Andrews from the Vermont Reptile & Amphibian Atlas, among other partners. “When you spot a turtle in the road, you may be able to help it across. First be sure you’re in a safe

TURTLES IN VERMONT, like this snapping turtle, are now digging their nests on the shoulders of roads. Drivers are urged to keep an eye out for them on the road and report any sightings.

Photo by George Scribner

spot to stop and get out of your car, as human safety comes first,” said Andrews. “If you’re going to move a turtle off the road, always move it in the direction it was traveling. They know where they’re going.” According to Andrews, most turtles can simply be picked up and carried across the road. However, if the turtle has no colorful lines, spots, or other markings, it is probably a snapping turtle, so people should not get too close to the animal to avoid

being bitten. Snapping turtle’s necks are nearly as long as their shell. Instead, people should push the turtle across the road with an object like a shovel or broom. Andrews is also asking paddlers, boaters, and anglers to report turtle sightings throughout the state to the Vermont Reptile & Amphibian Atlas website at The reports help conservationists keep track of the status of these species in order to act if a species appears to be

in decline. “Sending in a report is quick and easy,” said Andrews. “Just snap a photo or two of the turtle, and submit your observation via the website or email. We’re constantly impressed with Vermonters’ commitment to conservation and willingness to help us save turtles.” Observations can be submitted to the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas online at or

Solid Waste Management District. Learn to start your own backyard composting system, or improve the one you’ve already got. It’s free and open to the public, with refreshments provided. RSVP to Fran Putnam at

will coincide with the Vermont Town and City Management Associations Spring Conference and a tour of the net-zero ready town office facility. After the brief presentation, John Dale from Bread Loaf will lead a tour of the town offices for the attendees of the Vermont Town and City Manager’s conference.

musicians). The tour culminated in the Munkreses and others playing at a traditional music festival in Edinburgh. Upon their return to the Green Mountain State, Romy found out she had won the Young Tradition contest, which earned her a $1,000 prize and opportunities for representing YTV such as at the New World Festival in Randolph.

By the way (Continued from Page 1A) Park Diner. Catelin Harwood, current co-owner of The Diner, said more than 15 patrons have stepped into her office in recent weeks “sharing heartfelt stories and regaling memories of decades past being spent at The Diner,” which closes next Sunday, May 27. But in the meantime, it will be business as usual. Then on Memorial Day, the Diner will open for a liquidation sale from noon to 4 p.m., during which people can buy everything from memorabilia to large equipment. It will be a chance for fans to make peace with the eatery’s closing and buy a piece of what has been a local tradition. Please share your Steve’s or Diner memories with the Independent for a future article. Email them to A workshop appropriately titled, “Lettuce Talk about Composting,” will take place on Saturday, May 19, from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Weybridge Elementary School library, sponsored by the town’s Energy Committee and presented by the Addison County

The Addison County Sheriff’s Department during the period of May 21 to June 1 will be stepping up its patrols for the “Click It or Ticket” program focusing on aggressive driving and seatbelt protection. So make extra sure to buckle up when you take the wheel. Do it for your own safety and for the people who love you. And also because it’s the law. The new(ish) Middlebury Town Office building and its builder will be honored Thursday for its sensitivity to the environment. Bread Loaf Corp. — the builder — at 2:30 p.m. will present the Vermont Green Building Network’s award for Vermont’s Greenest Commercial Building to the town\the Middlebury Town Offices in a brief ceremony at the town offices. The presentation

Middlebury is in the midst of its latest reappraisal of townwide properties, and Town Assessor Bill Benton is enlisting homeowners’ help in ensuring a smooth process. Any Middlebury property owner who has yet to receive, or reply to, a request for an inspection as part of the reappraisal should call Monica Sanchez at 458-8005 to schedule an appointment. Benton said the reappraisal is now around one-third done, with most of East Middlebury and the Case Street area completed. Romy and Ben Munkres, the sister-brother traditional musicians from Cornwall, were recently in Scotland traveling with Young Tradition Touring Group (25 young

Supporters of affordable housing have an opportunity to further the cause and sample some awardwinning cider. The Woodchuck Cidery at 1321 Exchange St. in Middlebury will host the third annual “Sip to Support Affordable Housing” event on Saturday, June 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. The event will include four 2-ounce samples of Woodchuck Hard Cider, appetizers, music, a silent auction and raffle. Proceeds will benefit the Addison County Community Trust’s efforts to develop and sustain low-cost housing in the area. For more information, call the Community Trust at 877-2626, ext. 104.

(Continued from Page 1A) interest in signing up for natural gas service. That discussion had, in fact, been scheduled first on Monday night’s agenda, but at the meeting’s opening, selectboard chair Peter Coffey moved to postpone it until the board had addressed another item: a motion pledging their signatures on the VGS agreement. “If we vote to agree to the agreement, there’s no point in having the survey,” Coffey said. To Wendy Wilson, a member of the town Energy Committee and co-author of the survey, the move felt like a slap in the face. “The takeaway from the April 30 meeting, as I recall, was that the selectboard wanted this survey to help inform how they would proceed with the Vermont Gas contract,” she told the Independent on Tuesday. “Clearly something changed. I was feeling pretty good about how things were working out with the selectboard until last night. Now I question their interest in representing a broad cross section of the people of Bristol.” Vermont Gas last year finished its multi-year build out of the Addison Natural Gas Project — a pipeline to deliver gas from Colchester to Middlebury. It is already building a spur into Vergennes and has discussed extending service into Bristol. Since the town’s Feb. 12 natural gas forum, discussion about the VGS project at selectboard meetings has been dominated by pipeline opponents — a fact resident Kevin Hanson and others hoped to change. “It is becoming important for people that support natural gas to attend selectboard meetings,” Hanson wrote in a May 12 email to fellow Vermont Gas supporters. “The opposition, typically ranging from 15–20 people, far outweighs the 1–3 coming to support the project. They dwell on their social beliefs about natural gas with sensational testimony that has questionable validity. Their stance is that ‘no one’ wants natural gas and that the selectboard is just jamming this through.” Fifteen of the 50 in attendance on Monday night spoke out in favor of the pipeline, nearly all of them citing a desire to reduce their energy bills. “I want this to go through as fast as possible,” said Stan Livingston. “As I understand it, natural gas is quite a bit cheaper, up to 50 percent cheaper, and that’s going to help out a lot of people in the town of Bristol. For a few people in the town to try and stop this, in my opinion, is just wrong. You shouldn’t be asking everybody else to pay more because a few people are worried about it.” It’s a sentiment pipeline opponents

have failed to rebut effectively. “Many in the town aren’t as interested in environmental impacts and don’t understand that long-term costs (averaged over 20 years) will likely be considerably lower by transitioning to efficiency and renewables rather than natural gas,” acknowledged Sally Burrell the day after the meeting. “And, of course, it infuriates me that the gas industry is getting away with artificially low gas pricing to encourage pipeline build out.” The cost of the Addison Natural Gas Project has so far more than doubled from its originally promoted cost of $58 million to $165 million now. On April 23 the Vermont Supreme Court upheld a Public Utility Commission ruling that the cost overruns did not warrant a reconsideration of the company’s Certificate of Public Good, though it did not specify what portion of those cost overruns Vermont Gas should be allowed to recoup from customers. The Bristol selectboard and pipeline supporters have for months claimed that a majority of Bristol’s residents would welcome natural gas service, but none have provided anything other than anecdotal evidence for their claims. Opponents, for the most part unconvinced by those claims, had been hopeful that the proposed survey would provide the town with useful data. That survey, however, is not dead yet. In a second move that surprised many in attendance, the selectboard voted to move forward with the survey, though it wasn’t clear what purpose it would serve. “Personally, I don’t see the point in having a survey,” said Coffey in a separate interview. “What are we going to do with it?” Wilson also questioned the usefulness of the survey. “We are no longer gathering information to inform the selectboard decision about the pipeline,” she said. “Knowing that the pipeline is essentially a done deal de-legitimizes the survey and makes it difficult — if not impossible — to get a representative cross section of the community to take it. What’s the point of anyone taking the survey if the selectboard has already made their decision?” Regardless, the decision was the selectboard’s, alone, to make. The state statutes clearly specify that utility-related business, like the contract with Vermont Gas, shall be conducted at the sole discretion of town selectboards. On Monday night, Bristol’s selectboard performed their duty as charged.

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(Continued from Page 1A) said they aren’t interested in creating religion is on the decline throughout or operating the new foundation. New England and indeed the nation. • 95 percent of respondents said Older, longtime churchgoers are they considered Cornwall’s historic passing away and their ranks are not structures to be at least “somewhat” being filled by a younger generation. important, with 50 percent indicating So the pews are becoming more and they are “extremely important.” The more empty. Cornwall Church building dates back And the long-term prognosis is not to 1803. comforting, particularly in Vermont. • A combined total of 61 percent A Gallup poll released in February of those surveyed said they believed 2017 indicated only 21 percent of the church space would likely be adult Vermonters describe themselves used by organizations they know or as “highly religious.” This gave are members of. Vermont the dubious distinction • 89 percent said they believe of being the least religious state in a charitable foundation is an the union, edging out Maine and appropriate option for the future of Massachusetts. the church building. Vermont’s parting from prayer Some respondents included might seem counterintuitive, given its comments. aging population — a demographic “It seems like a great wedding that tends to affiliate with religious venue,” said one. institutions. But the current trend is “Not a private home,” another real, and congregations are trying to wrote emphatically. prepare for the future. Others suggested the following alternative Organizers of the uses for the building: Cornwall Church Three scenarios Day care, gathering survey invited 284 are slowly space for community Cornwall residents emerging for the potluck meals and (by email) to complete musical events, an it. They received building: Sell it, “arts” venue, satellite 101 responses — a turn it over to office for social service 35-percent return a nonprofit, or organizations, or office rate — by the time the create a private space. seven-question survey charitable A few respondents closed on May 7. foundation expressed concerns that “The congregation a charitable foundation at the Cornwall UCC to preserve could run into Church is getting the structure smaller,” reads a and find an substantial expenses in preamble to the survey. alternative use its stewardship of the “So we are looking to serve the 215-year-old place of at the possibility of worship. “Economics will transferring ownership community. — Pat Mattison, be a huge challenge,” of the church building Cornwall Church warned a respondent. sometime in the notcouncil president “Stop looking for too-distant future.” ways to spend money,” Pat Mattison, wrote another. “The president of the Cornwall Church council, said three building should be sold. There is scenarios are slowly emerging for enough office space, enough meeting the building right in the tiny village: space. Our population numbers don’t Sell it, turn it over to a nonprofit, or warrant more ways to make more create a private charitable foundation space with no funding.” to preserve the structure and find EXPAND MEMBERSHIP? Some of those surveyed wondered an alternative use to serve the if the church could increase its community. Still, it doesn’t appear passersby on membership with more outreach. Unfortunately, that’s easier said Route 30 will be seeing a “for sale” than done, according to Schueneman, sign on the lawn. “The building is not for sale, but who’s been the Cornwall Church we would consider offers,” said pastor for the past seven-and-a-half longtime parishioner Jack Watts, years. She noted the declining who was instrumental in drafting the number of dedicated churchgoers survey. in the area can take their pick of Here are some key results of the parishes in Shoreham, Whiting, recent Cornwall survey: Bridport, Cornwall, Weybridge and • 95 percent of the respondents Middlebury. No shortage of venues, said they believe enough Cornwall and plenty of seating available in residents would join or assist a most cases. charitable foundation to coordinate The congregation owns the future uses of the church building. building and the land upon which • 65 percent of those surveyed it sits, though none of the property

(Continued from Page 1A) vacancy created by the tragic death of incumbent Rep. Greg Clark, R-Vergennes, on Nov. 30, 2012. Van Wyck was re-elected in his own right during the 2014 and 2016 elections. His district-mate throughout his tenure has been Rep. Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes. He spent his first term serving on the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs. House leaders then transferred him to the Committee on Energy and Technology, which has allowed him to share his tech skills and his strong views on both renewable and conventional energy. Van Wyck has picked up additional assignments during his time in the Statehouse, serving on the Joint Energy Committee, the Vermont Web Portal Board, the Canvassing Committee and the Legislative Information Technology Committee, for which he served as vice chair in 2016. “It’s been a commitment — not only for me, but for my wife,” Van Wyck said during a Monday phone interview of the work in Montpelier. He officially took Clark’s place back on Feb. 7, 2013. “The number one thing I went in there for was to follow up on the principles that Rep. Clark stood for, and I believe I fulfilled that,” Van Wyck said. “I believe I was a voice for limited government, business development, core Republican principles… and serving any constituent in the district who might have an issue with state government.” Some of those constituent concerns have involved Act 250, Vermont’s land use development act passed into law in 1970. “That continues to be troublesome for people who want to do business development,” Van Wyck said of the law. He lamented the significant numerical majority Democrats enjoy in the Vermont House, a fact he said has prevented the GOP from fulfilling much of its legislative agenda. Van Wyck is pleased however that Republican numbers in the House have increased to the point where Democrats no longer enjoy a vetoproof majority on bills that fail to win Gov. Phil Scott’s signature. House Democrats currently hold an edge of 83 members to 53 for the

MEMBERS OF THE First Congregational Church of Cornwall are asking area residents for guidance with determining potential uses for their historic worship hall, which was built in 1803. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

around it, according to Mattison. The structure has a kitchen, shares a well with two adjacent homes, and has an adequate septic system for church services and occasional functions, Mattison said. The structure is equipped with a chair lift to get disabled persons to the second floor. The congregation maintains an endowment fund to maintain and occasionally repair the building. Having resources means parishioners aren’t under pressure to quickly convey their beloved venue. So a decision to deed away the asset would likely come down to human endurance rather than financial resources. “With so few people, how much energy do we have available to continue this?” Mattison said. Meanwhile, parishioners are having a parallel discussion about how to maintain their religious association if and when their meeting place is conveyed to someone else. Mattison said the congregation could perhaps negotiate an arrangement with a future owner to keep the structure available for Sunday services. Sale of the building would present the end an era in Cornwall. Mattison noted more than five generations of some local families have attended services there. The

church was organized on July 15, 1785. At the time of the building’s construction in 1803, there was only one church (in Middlebury) that had more members. In addition to sorting out its space, the Cornwall Church congregation will need to find a new pastor. Schueneman, who also preaches at the Middlebury United Methodist Church, will soon take the helm at a church in Michigan. Her last service at the Cornwall Church will be June 10. The church has lined up interim pastors to lead services in the near term while parishioners look for Schueneman’s successor — which could be a trickier-than-usual proposition in light of the shrinking congregation size. Schueneman believes the Cornwall parish, with the help of the United Church of Christ, will be up to the challenges that lay ahead. “This is how we can be faithful, to make sure this building doesn’t end up being empty,” Schueneman said.

GOP, with seven Progressives and seven independents. BRAIN INJURY CARE Still, Van Wyck enjoyed a few successes during his tenure. He was a lead sponsor four years ago of H.555, which paved the way for criminal defendants with traumatic brain injuries to be committed to Vermont Department of Health care if they are deemed incompetent to stand trial. Prior to passage of the new law, suspects with TBI could be set free if judged incompetent to stand trial. “They don’t just get a ‘get out of jail free card,’” Van Wyck said of the law. When it came to votes on the House floor, Van Wyck wasn’t shy about parting ways with Democrats — or even his Republican colleagues. For example, in 2014, Van Wyck was among just three House members to vote against a bill mandating that all law enforcement officers collect data about the race of people they pull over. The bill, S.184, passed on a vote of 138-3. Van Wyck explained at the time he voted “no” due to what he said were “invasive reporting requirements” in the bill. In 2015, Van Wyck cast the lone dissenting vote (119-1) on a House resolution opposing Indiana’s controversial “religious freedom law.” Prior to an ensuing amendment to that measure OK’d by the Indiana state legislature, the law was interpreted as allowing Indiana business owners to deny service to gay and lesbian citizens. Van Wyck at the time explained his vote thusly: “Vermont has plenty of challenges within its borders. I am not interested in passing judgments on the actions of the legislatures of the other 49 states unless they directly affect the substantive well-being of the state of Vermont and its residents.” Van Wyck believes his votes were consistent with the views and principles he shared during his campaigns. “Sometimes it’s been a bit lonely, but I think there’s a principle there I wasn’t willing to compromise,” he said. The Van Wycks are now looking forward to taking their first real vacation in six years. Rep. Van Wyck has no regrets about his legislative career. “It’s about the people in the community,” he said of his main reason for running. “I was there to serve, and I enjoyed doing that.”

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FATHER JONEL BOURDEAU, far left, along with employees and residents of the Orphanage of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, pose for a photo after welcoming longtime supporters and United Church of Lincoln members Karen Wheeler (sitting left) and Patrice Wassmann (sitting right). The Lincoln church has helped the orphanage for years. Courtesy photo

Haiti orphanage (Continued from Page 1A) money raised for Notre-Dame by the United Church of Lincoln. They even distributed bubble gum, which was donated by congregation members Jane and Steve Cooper, so the kids could learn the simple pleasure of blowing a bubble. In a land without pancakes or waffles Wassmann and Wheeler did have to get creative with the maple syrup they’d brought, courtesy of UCOL members Don and Jody Gale, but they soon discovered that cornmeal is an excellent vehicle for delivering a sweet dose of Vermont gold. The United Church of Lincoln has been supporting Notre-Dame since 2011. Wassmann, a semi-retired nurse and Lincoln resident, first heard about the orphanage while visiting Haiti to help out after the earthquake. On a subsequent trip a few months later, she saw Notre-Dame for the first time. “They had no food,” she said. “Kids were sick with mumps and staph infections. They were sleeping on the floor of a rented building.” The nearest water source, the village well, was a half-mile away, she added. Wassmann has returned several times over the years and has been helping coordinate UCOL’s support of the orphanage, which includes money for food, supplies and modest employee salaries. During that time, a number of other donors and nonprofits have come forward, as well. Dr. Patricia Back of Cincinnati purchased land for a new building, and Sustainable Orphanages for Haitian Youth, run by Staten Island native Elaine Brower, continues to raise money and awareness. “Things are much better for the kids now,” Wassmann said. “They had been sick before, but now they’re healthy.” Notre-Dame now has its own well, so the children don’t have to carry five-gallon buckets back and forth across the village. They also have a rain-barrel shower and three flushing toilets.

The orphanage is at the moment home to 24 children, whose individual stories can be found on the Sustainable Orphanages for Haitian Youth website. Someday, Wassmann and Wheeler said, Father Bourdeau would like to accommodate as many as 50 youngsters. “They function as a family,” Wassmann said. “They do chores together. The older kids help the younger kids. They share toys.” Though Notre-Dame is an orphanage, “many of the kids are not technically orphans,” said Wheeler, a Bristol resident. “Their families cannot afford to feed them, so sometimes the best they can do is send them to an orphanage.” During their visit, Wassmann and Wheeler traveled to the mountains with a trio of young girls who hadn’t seen their birth family for three years. They came bearing muchneeded gifts of food, shoes, books and cash. After four years of helping raise funds for Notre-Dame, Wheeler decided she needed to see it for herself: “Last fall I just decided: I need to go. I needed to make a personal connection with this place I’d been hearing about and supporting.” Wassmann was eager to reestablish her own connection, she said, to “get eyes on it, assess needs, let them know we care enough about them to visit.” CREATING A WISH LIST Now that they have returned, they’re working on a fundraising wish list. “Our first goal is to raise $15,000 in the next couple of months for a roof for the house and school,” Wheeler said. She plans to organize photographs and recollections from their trip into a fundraising presentation, and to solicit help from other churches. “All it would take would be for 15 churches to raise $1,000 each,” she said. Next on their wish list is solar power, to help reduce the orphanage’s need for a propane-fueled generator that’s too small to run all the time.

WHILE THEY WERE in Haiti last month, Karen Wheeler and Patrice Wassmann traveled to the mountains with a trio of young girls bearing much-needed gifts of food, shoes, books and cash. Photo courtesy of Karen Wheeler

“They use the generator for a couple of hours a day in the evening for lights and to cool off the small refrigerator,” Wheeler said. “Obviously they can’t keep much in it other than water and juice, since it is only on for a short time each day.” Items they hope to fund further in the future include a septic tank (which would have to be dug by hand), an expansion of the kitchen and maybe even a second story and quarters for volunteers. Notre-Dame has profoundly changed the way Wassmann and Wheeler experience the world, they said. “Everything I do, I stop and think about it: teeth brushing, dishwashing, just everything,” Wheeler said. “When I go to rummage sales, I think to myself, ‘This dress would be great for this person, or these shoes...’” Wassmann said. Meanwhile, Father Bourdeau continues his work at Notre-Dame, slowly but surely. A 2015 fundraising video captures his work perfectly: “Piti, piti, wazo fe nich li — Little by little the bird builds its nest.” For more information about L’Orphelinat Notre-Dame de Perpetuel Secours, visit Reach Christopher Ross at christopherr@addisonindependent. com.

BRISTOL RESIDENT KAREN Wheeler, bottom right, visits with new friends at the Orphanage of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, last month. Sponsored by the United Church of Lincoln, Wheeler and fellow congregant Patrice Wassmann delivered donations to the orphanage and spent a week there helping out. Courtesy photo


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THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018




• School News • Legal Notices

Acadia National Park from a lightweight canoe “We should have done this 10 years ago.” That was the day’s refrain. The third of four times my wife, Deborah, or I repeated it was the third or fourth times we lifted our new ultralight Wenonah kevlar canoe off of or onto the roof of our car, with barely more effort than it takes to lift a mug of coffee to our lips. Don’t get me wrong. We’re thankful for the 17-foot Old Town Discovery canoe we bought a quarter of a century ago when the oldest of our sons was young, and the youngest hadn’t yet entered the world. In terms of durability and delight delivered per dollar spent, it was one of the best purchases we’ve made as a family. It has carried us on overnight camping trips, day trips and short picnics. We’ve paddled it on big lakes and small rivers, hauled it on wheels into remote mountain ponds, and even paddled it on saltwater a time or two. Though over the past few years since our boys have grown up, we’ve mostly paddled it tandem, it still has a third seat popped into the middle from days when it hauled our entire family of five plus a dog. It has withstood several beatings from use, and several more from sitting outside through New England summers and winters with never a roof over its head. And it kept on floating. It took a snowplow straying too far from our driveway two winters ago to even put a crack in it, and even that couldn’t sink it. It also weighs approximately 90 pounds according to one online catalog. Though canoeing ranks at the top of the list of our favorite activities together, as our ages have crept upward, the burden of lifting a 90-pound canoe over our heads, turning it upside down, getting it onto the roof of our car, and then off again, not just once but twice every time we went paddling, has proven an increasingly greater disincentive to go canoeing. So a couple years (See Dickerson, Page 3B)

ScoreBOARD HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Girls’ Lacrosse 5/14 Essex vs. VUHS.............................17-3 5/14 MUHS vs. Burr & Burton.................13-6 5/15 Lamoille vs. VUHS..........................12-6 5/16 Essex at MUHS..............................Late Boys’ Lacrosse 5/14 Lamoille vs. Mt. Abe.........................7-4 5/15 Stratton vs. OV.................................9-7 5/15 S. Burlington vs. MUHS....................8-6 5/16 Mt. Abe at St. Johnsbury................Late Baseball 5/14 OV vs. Springfield...........................13-3 5/14 MUHS vs. Milton.............................12-2 5/15 Missisquoi at Mt. Abe......... Ppd. to 5/16 5/15 MUHS vs. VUHS..............................3-0 5/16 OV at Hartford................................Late Softball 5/14 OV vs. Hartford...............................13-7 5/15 MUHS vs. VUHS............................19-1 5/15 Missisquoi at Mt. Abe......... Ppd. to 5/16 5/16 OV at Mill River...............................Late COLLEGE SPORTS Women’s Lacrosse NCAA D-III Tourney at Midd. 5/13 Midd. vs. Babson............................18-5

TIGER SOPHOMORE GWEN Stafford beats the throw to Commodore junior Sydney Tarte at first base during Tuesday’s game in Middlebury.

Independent photo/Trent Campbell

Tiger softball keeps rolling, tops VUHS

(See Schedule, Page 3B)

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team dismissed Babson, 185, on Sunday in second-round NCAA Division III tournament action, and by doing so earned the right to host an NCAA regional this weekend. The 17-2 Panthers will face Illinois-Wesleyan (15-4) in one Saturday game at 11:30 a.m., while Catholic (15-6) and York will square off at 2:30 p.m. The winners of Saturday’s games on Kohn Field will return on Sunday at 1 p.m. to meet for the right to advance to the tournament’s final four on May 26 and 27 in Salem, Va. The Panthers, ranked No. 4, will be favored in their games this weekend, although they have not faced any of the three teams. If they do advance past the regional, their semifinal opponent will almost certainly be College of New Jersey, one of the two teams to defeat Middlebury this spring. Salisbury (18-1) and either Gettysburg (17-2) or Amherst (16-2) will be favored for the other semifinal berths on the other side of the bracket. Middlebury has played only its NESCAC rival Amherst (See Panthers, Page 3B)

Foursomes tie in Ralph Myhre golf MIDDLEBURY — Early-season Bill Davidson Thursday Men’s Golf play at Ralph Myhre Golf Course last week produced a tie for first place between two foursomes. On May 10 the quartet of Richard Romagnoli, John Davis, George Ramsayer and Nick Causton battled the team of Joe Bartlett, Tom Maxwell, Mike Davis and Robert Smith to a deadlock. The day’s low net scorer was Matt Biette.

OV softball erupts past Hurricanes TIGER SENIOR BRIDGET Audet smacks a double during Tuesday’s game against Vergennes Union High School. Audet scored and drove in a run in Middlebury’s 19-1 win. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

In local lacrosse play only MUHS girls earn a win Boys’ teams, VUHS girls fall


HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Girls’ Lacrosse 5/17 GMVS at VUHS....................... 4:30 PM 5/18 Milton at VUHS........................ 4:30 PM 5/18 CVU at MUHS......................... 4:30 PM 5/19 Burlington at MUHS.....................11 AM 5/21 Harwood at VUHS................... 4:30 PM 5/21 St. Albans at MUHS................. 4:30 PM 5/22 VUHS at Stowe........................ 4:30 PM 5/23 Mt. Mansfield at MUHS............ 4:30 PM 5/24 VUHS at Milton............................. 7 PM 5/25 Rice at MUHS.......................... 4:30 PM Boys’ Lacrosse 5/17 MUHS at Woodstock.................... 4 PM 5/19 MUHS at Hanover...................... 10 PM 5/19 OV at Mt. Abe..............................11 AM 5/21 Mt. Abe at Milton........................... 7 PM 5/22 St. Albans at MUHS...................... 4 PM 5/23 OV at Hartford......................... 6:30 PM

Middlebury women’s lax to host in tournament


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By ANDY KIRKALDY they can compete even without MIDDLEBURY — The good four-year starting pitcher Payton times continued early this week Buxton, the 2017 Vermont Gafor the Middlebury Union High torade Player of the Year, who School softball team, graduated a year ago. which topped visiting Senior Bridget Audet, Vergennes on Tuesday, “We’re finally junior Abby LaRock 19-1, for the Tigers’ getting the and sophomore Gwen fourth straight win and bats on the Stafford have taken fifth in six outings. turns on the mound ball like we The surge has for MUHS this spring. pushed the Tigers’ know we can. “We didn’t have record to 6-4 after Our defense Payton come back a slow start that in- has been good, this year, and I think cluded losses against other than we they were all, ‘I don’t the first-place teams had a rough think we can do it.’ in Division I and II, start with But I think they’re Essex and Mount finally realizing (they Abraham, respec- Milton.” can). We had a great — Tiger Coach game against Missistively, and defending Polly Rheaume quoi,” Rheaume said. D-I champion Mount Anthony, which is un“I think they finally defeated in Vermont. Their only decided, hey, we can compete loss since those opening games with the top teams.” came against 8-2 Missisquoi, She said the Tigers are playing which slipped by the Tiger, 6-5, better in all aspects, even considon a miscue in the bottom of the ering an early hiccup in the field seventh. during their Monday 18-8 home Tiger Coach Polly Rheaume win vs. Milton. said the streak has coincided “We’re finally getting the bats with the team’s understanding (See Softball, Page 2B)

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MUHS MIDFIELDER EMILY Laframboise, a junior, protects the ball from a Burr & Burton defender and looks to make a play during the Tigers’ 13-6 home victory on Monday. Laframboise scored three times and set up a goal. The Tigers will host a key game vs. Champlain Valley at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and also entertain Burlington on Saturday at 11 a.m. Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy

By ANDY KIRKALDY ADDISON COUNTY — A home win by the Middlebury girls highlighted local high school lacrosse action early this week, as in other games the Mount Abraham/ Vergennes, MUHS and Otter Valley boys came up short, as did the VUHS/Mount Abe girls. MUHS GIRLS On Monday the Tiger girls went on a mid-game 12-0 run during a 13-6 victory over Burr & Burton. MUHS trailed the Bulldogs, 2-1, midway through the first half when Isabel Rosenberg scored twice to MUHS trailed start the Tigers’ big surge. Goalie Raven Payne (eight saves) made the Bulldogs, several key stops in the first half to 2-1, midway preserve the Tiger momentum. through the Rosenberg finished with four goals, and Emily Laframboise first half added three goals and an assist. when Isabel Ella Nagy-Benson and Lacey Rosenberg Greenamyre chipped in a goal and scored twice an assist apiece, and Ada Anderto start the son, Malia Hodges and defender Keagan Dunbar also found the Tigers’ big net. Rosenberg and Greenamyre surge. led MUHS with six ground balls apiece. Audrey Anglum and Shayla Heekin scored two goals apiece for the Bulldogs, who are 6-7 but own wins over the top three teams in the Division I standings. The 6-2 Tigers, in fourth place, were set to host Essex on Wednesday after the deadline for this sports section (See Lacrosse, Page 3B)

HARTFORD — The Otter Valley Union High School softball team on Monday defeated host Hartford, 137, by erupting for six runs in the sixth inning to snap a 6-6 tie. Stephanie Palmer keyed the big inning with an RBI double, while Gabby Poalino drilled a two-run homer in the first inning and scored three runs for OV. Also contributing to the OV attack were Mia Politano, whose two hits included an inside-the-park homer, and Bella Falco and Shayla Phillips, with two hits apiece. Morgan LaPorte earned the complete-game win, walking a season-low one batter as the Otters improved to 4-8.

Girls’ tennis can’t ground Falcons MIDDLEBURY — Visiting North Country defeated the Middlebury Union High School girls’ tennis team on Monday, 7-0, leaving the Tigers in search of their first victory of the spring. In individual matches: • At No. 1 singles, MUHS forfeited. • At No. 2 singles, Daleyn Brondich (NC) defeated Elizabeth Bright, 6-3, 6-0. • At No. 3 singles, Gabi Gyuruovics (NC) defeated Anna Scharstein, 6-1, 6-0. • At No. 4 singles, Alyssa Hilliber (NC) defeated Ellie Kiel 6-0, 6-1. • At No. 5 singles, Sophie Hawguitz (NC) defeated Abby Bailey, 6-1, 6-2. • At No. 1 doubles, Anika Hamby/ Sylvana Deon (NC) defeated Emma Franklin/Isadora Luksch, 6-4, 6-1. • At No. 2 doubles, Emma Brown/ Frankie Lynch (NC) defeated Lois Alberts/Cammy Kutter, 7-6, 7-6.

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Track athletes vie in Burlington BURLINGTON — Mount Abraham Union senior Lydia Pitts posted the only victory among local competitors at the major Burlington High School Track and Field Invitational on Saturday, but a number of other Eagle, Middlebury and Vergennes athletes also posted strong finishes. While Pitts won the girls’ 100-meter hurdles, her teammate Emma Radler took second in the girls’ pole vault, and another Eagle senior, Jackson Counter, finished third in both the boys’ shot put and javelin. The girls’ four-by-400-meter relay team put in the top performance for the Tigers, taking second. Isabel Olson, Caroline Kimble, Ailey

Bosworth and Helen Anderson ran for MUHS in the event. Local athletes posting top-10 finishes in Burlington were: GIRLS’ EVENTS: • Pole vault: 2. Radler, Mt. Abe, 9-2; 9. Lucy Guy, Mt. Abe, 7-1. • Shot put: 4. Emma Carter, Mt. Abe, 30-9.5. • Long jump: 6. Pitts, Mt. Abe, 15-5.75. • 4x800 relay: 2. MUHS, 10:05.07 (Olson, Kimble, Bosworth, Anderson). • 100-meter hurdles: 1. Pitts, Mt. Abe, 15.53. • 4x100 relay: 8. MUHS, 55.78 (Chloe Kane, Meredith Kimble, Ginny Patz, Emily Pottinger).

• 800: 7. Olson, MUHS, 63.34. • 300 hurdles: 10. M. Kimble, MUHS, 52.45. BOYS’ EVENTS: • Pole vault: 8. Oliver Roy, Mt. Abe, 9-2; 9. Gabe Cason, MUHS, 9-2. • Shot put: 3. Counter, Mt. Abe, 42-1. • Discus: 7. Nevin Jemison, Mt. Abe, 108-1. • Javelin: 3. Counter, Mt. Abe, 161-10. • 1,500: 6. Sam Holmes, MUHS, 4:15.31. • 4x100: 10. MUHS, 48.25 (Tristan Durante, Ben Balparda, Sutton Perry, C.J. Bryant). • 800: 6. Holmes, MUHS, 2:04.2.

Tiger nine tops VUHS; OV wins By ANDY KIRKALDY ADDISON COUNTY — Middlebury edged Vergennes to highlight local high school baseball action early this week.

In other games, MUHS won on Monday, while Otter Valley picked up another victory. Mount Abraham’s home game on Tuesday vs. Missisquoi was postponed until Wednesday.









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VUHS AT MUHS On Tuesday, Tiger hurler Wyatt Cameron outdueled Commodore Will Wormer as MUHS topped visiting VUHS, 3-0. Cameron tossed a complete-game two-hitter, striking out 10 and walking just one. Only one Commodore, Cooper O’Brien, reached third base, on the Tigers’ only error, which came in the third inning. Ethan Bissonette poked both VUHS hits. His second single came to lead off the fifth inning, but the Tigers middle infield of Hale Hescock and Devon Kearns turned a double play to help keep the game scoreless. MUHS then broke through in the bottom of the fifth off Wormer. Cameron walked and Skyeler Devlin singled, and after a sacrifice bunt both scored on Jack Waterman’s long double. The final run came in the sixth. Kearns and MUHS Brian Foote pitcher Wyatt walked, and Cameron after Kearns tossed a moved to third completeon a fly ball he came home on game the front end two-hitter, of a double striking steal. Wormer out 10 and threw fivewalking just plus innings, allowing three one. runs, four hits and four walks as VUHS dropped to 3-9. MUHS improved to 7-3 and remained unbeaten in the Lake Division. The Tigers are set to play visiting Spaulding, also unbeaten in the league, for first place at home on Thursday. On Monday the Tigers topped visiting Milton in five innings, 12-2. Kearns paced the Tigers’ 14-hit attack by driving in three runs with three hits. Aaron Larocque also contributed three hits, while Cameron, Nick Kaufmann and Hescock all poked doubles. Hescock earned the pitching win, striking out six while allowing five hits and two walks. OTTERS On Monday the Otters remained unbeaten vs. D-II competition with a five-inning, 13-3 victory over visiting Springfield. Josh Beayon and Payson Williams set the tone early with back-to-back first inning homers. Each finished with three hits: Williams scored four times, while Beayon doubled and scored three runs. Marcus McCullough tossed the first four innings for the pitching win, allowing three hits and three runs while striking out six. The 8-3 Otters were set to visit improving Mill River on Wednesday.

VERGENNES UNION HIGH School freshman Ema Gernander pitches against Middlebury Tuesday afternoon.

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Softball (Continued from Page 1B) on the ball like we know we can,” Rheaume said. “Our defense has been good, other than we had a rough start with Milton.” Meanwhile, Coach Mike Martin’s 0-9 Commodores also lost their pitcher, Maranda Aunchman, but to injuries suffered in an offseason car accident. Freshmen Ema Gernander and Jordan Norris have gamely volunteered to lob the ball across the plate, but teams cannot compete in fast-pitch softball without a hurler. “That’s our struggle, and we knew that coming in,” Martin said. “We’ve corrected it a bit. There aren’t so many walks. But that’s our weakness right now. If we had a pitcher we’d be a lot better. But we’ll keep working on it.” Although Stafford held VUHS to two hits and two walks and struck out eight in five innings on Tuesday, the Commodores also made solid contact on many outs and also made good plays, notably by senior shortstop Megan Tarte, who ended the Tigers’ 15-run third inning by nailing Carly Larocque trying to stretch a double into a triple; junior second baseman Cheyenne Jewett; and junior catcher Sam Rathbun. “All year we’ve been getting the bat on the ball. Defensively we’re starting to get a little better. They make the plays that are there,” Martin said. VUHS took a lead in the first inning. Eighth-grader Aubrey Tembreull doubled and moved to third on a wild pitch. Rathbun walked and stole second to add to the threat. Tembreull scored on a close play on VUHS junior Sydney Tarte’s ground out, beating Tiger junior first baseman Ashley Sunderland’s throw to the plate by dancing around the tag. The Commodores only had two

COMMODORE JUNIOR SAM Rathbun connects with the ball during Tuesday’s game against Middlebury.

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more baserunners as Stafford threw well and the Tigers played sound defense: Senior right fielder Emily Jackson walked in the second, Norris walked in the fourth, and Darcy Tarte singled in the fifth. MUHS took the lead on the bottom of the first inning. Stafford led off by lining an inside-the-park homer to right. Larocque then singled, moved up on a wild pitch and ground ball, and scored on a two-out error. In the third Gernander, who started, and Norris, who relieved

mid-frame, combined to walk nine batters and allow five hits while the Commodores made errors. The result was a 17-1 Tiger lead. Abby LaRock singled and Audet stroked a ground-rule double to start the festivities; junior catcher Katelyn Stearns, Sunderland and Stafford poked RBI singles; Sunderland and senior DH Hailey Quenneville (twice) picked up RBIs on ground balls; LaRock, Audet and Stearns drove in runs with bases-loaded walks; and Larocque capped the inning with a bases-loaded double. In the fourth the Tigers tacked on two more runs. LaRock doubled and moved up on a wild pitch. After Audet walked, junior shortstop Taylor Sylvester scored LaRock with a ground ball that forced Audet at second base. Sylvester came around to score on two passed balls and a double steal; it was her third run of the game after walking twice in the third. On Monday the Tigers topped visiting Milton, 18-8, after overcoming defensive lapses that led to an early 4-0 deficit. LaRock earned the pitching win, allowing six hits and a walk, and also knocked out three hits. Stafford tripled, doubled, and singled twice, and Larocque doubled and singled twice. Rheaume said the Tigers are pointed in the right direction as the season enters the home stretch. “I think everything will finally come together. Hopefully it’s getting there, and when playoffs come around we’re ready for everybody,” she said. Martin said despite the frustration of one-sided setbacks, the Commodores understand they are making progress. “Their heads are in it,” he said. “They’re young, ninth-graders a lot of them, so you’ve got to make sure their focus is good. But their spirits are up, and they come to play.” Andy Kirkaldy may be reached at

Addison Independent, Thursday, May 17, 2018 — PAGE 3B

Men’s tennis hits NCAA quarters MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s tennis team easily won the NCAA Division III Regional it hosted this past weekend and as a result advanced to the quarterfinal round of the tournament for the 15th time in the past 16 years. The 20-3 Panthers reached the semifinal round in 2017 after reaching the finals in each of the past two years. They will be seeking the program’s third NCAA title and first since 2010. Their quarterfinal opponent on May 21 in Claremont, Calif., where the rest of the tournament will be held, will be Whitman, a team the Panthers have not met this spring.

A win in that match would mean a semifinal against either Emory or Williams, and the Panthers have defeated both those teams this season. However, teams that have defeated Middlebury, Bowdoin and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, are lurking on the other side of the bracket. On Sunday Middlebury won the regional final, 5-1, over Johns Hopkins (19-4) on the team’s own Proctor courts. The Panthers won two of three doubles matches. At No. 3 Timo van der Geest and Peter Martin defeated Vishnu Joshi and Vik Vasan, 8-4. The Blue Jays evened the match at No. 2 when Joe Cartledge and

Austin Gu topped William de Quant and Noah Farrell, 9-7. At No. 1 Kyle Schlanger and Lubomir Cuba gave Middlebury the lead by defeating David Perez and Scott Thygesen, 9-7. The Panthers then won three singles matches in straight sets for the win. At No. 5 Nate Eazor topped Gu, 6-1, 6-4; at No. 3 de Quant topped Eric Yoo, 6-1, 6-1; and Andre Xiao clinched the match at No. 6 by topping Justin Kang, 6-0, 6-4. Cuba, Farrell and Schlanger led their matches when Kang finished his match. Middlebury had advanced to the regional final by topping Wilkes on Saturday, 5-0.

Women’s tennis advances in NCAAs MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s tennis team breezed through the NCAA Division II Regional it hosted this past weekend and advanced to the final eight of the tournament for the fourth straight season. The 16-3 Panthers will play NESCAC foe Wesleyan in the quarterfinal on Monday in Claremont, Calif. The Panthers have defeated the Cardinals twice this spring, 6-3 and, more recently, 5-3 in a semifinal of the NESCAC tournament. A quarterfinal victory would send the Panthers into a semifinal vs. either Emory or Chicago, two teams Middlebury has not faced

this season. Top-ranked NESCAC champion Williams is in the other side of the bracket. Middlebury has reached the semifinal round in each of the past two seasons, but has never played in an NCAA final. Middlebury won the regional final, 5-1, over Skidmore (17-6), in a match played at Middlebury’s Proctor courts. The Panthers won two of three doubles matches. At No. 3, Heather Boehm and Molly Paradies picked up the first point with an 8-0 win over Jessica Ampel and Alexa Goldberg. The No. 1 Thoroughbred team of Risa Fukushige and Michelle Fuca evened the score at 1-1 with an 8-5 victory over Katherine

Hughes and Skylar Schossberger. At No. 2 Maddi Stow and Catherine Blazye edged Skidmore’s Renee Karchere-Sun and Ada Wiggins, 8-6. The Panthers then clinched the match with three straight-set singles wins. At No. 5 Schossberger defeated Laura Swenson, 6-0, 6-2; Hughes topped Wiggins at No. 2, 6-4, 6-0; and Boehm clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-0 triumph over Karchere-Sun at No. 3. Blayze, Christina Puccinelli and Paradies were all leading their matches when Boehm finished her victory. On Friday the Panthers had dispatched visiting Geneseo State, 5-0, in their first NCAA match.

Boys’s tennis blanks Falcons, now 5-2 NEWPORT — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ tennis team blanked host North Country on Monday, 7-0, and improved to 5-2 this spring. The Tigers won five out of six matches in straight sets, and No. 5 singles player Sam Daly won by forfeit. In contested matches:

• At No. 1 singles, Mauricio Gonzalez (MUHS) defeated Nick Bliss (NC), 6-0, 6-1. • At No. 2 singles, Ziven McCarty (MUHS) defeated Conor Davis (NC), 6-0, 6-0. • At No. 3 singles, Jesse Rubin (MUHS) defeated Colin Archer (NC), 6-0, 6-0. • At No. 4 singles, Loke Lannesk-

og (MUHS) defeated Derek Medley (NC), 6-2, 6-1. • At No. 1 doubles, Andy Giorgio and Abel Anderson (MUHS) defeated Evan Trembley and Andrew Carbonneau (NC), 6-1, 6-0. • At No. 2 doubles, Tre Bonavita and Aiden Cole (MUHS) defeated Gabe Blake and Chris Johnson (NC), 6-7, 6-4, 1-0.

and Lucas Livingston added a goal apiece. Griffin Paradee and Jack Halpin picked up assists, and goalie Grady Brokaw made five saves. The Lancer goalie stopped 11 shots as the 0-6 Eagles pressed in search of their first victory. The Eagles were set to play at St. Johnsbury on Wednesday. COMMODORE GIRLS On Monday host D-I Essex earned a 17-3 victory over the young D-II Commodores. Ten

Hornets scored, led by Abby Robbins with three goals and four assists, and Essex goalie Ella Frisbie made five saves. Norah Deming (two goals) and Hannah Kelly scored for the Commodores, and goalies Ashley Tierney (eight) and Harriet Anderson (six) combined for 14 saves. Back in D-II on Tuesday, the Commodore girls fell to visiting Lamoille, 12-6. Kelly, Jalen Cook and Erin Lawrence each scored twice, and Tierney stopped a dozen shots for the VUHS-Mount Abe squad, which dropped to 1-8. Goalie Wenzdae Wendling made seven saves for the 4-4 Lancers. OTTER BOYS On Tuesday host Stratton got past the OV boys, 9-7, in a D-II matchup. Goalie Alec Stevens made 15 saves for the 3-6 Otters, and Hayden Gallo led the attack with three goals. Tim Kittler and Ethan Sulik-Doty chipped in two goals apiece against 5-3 Stratton. TIGER BOYS On Tuesday visiting South Burlington rallied for an 8-6 victory over the Tiger boys. MUHS led, 6-4, midway through the third period before the 8-2 Rebels notched the game’s final four goals. SBHS moved into third place in D-I with the win, while the 6-4 Tigers dropped from third into sixth in the tightly bunched standings. Three Rebels scored two goals apiece, and goalie Ryan Hockenbury made 13 saves. Bode Rubright led MUHS with three goals, Kolby Farnsworth chipped in a goal and three assists, and goalie Cam Devlin stopped 12 shots.

Lacrosse (Continued from Page 1B) and will get a rematch with second-place Champlain Valley at home on Friday. EAGLE BOYS On Monday host Lamoille hung on for a 7-4 victory over the Eagles. The Lancers took a 6-2 halftime lead, but Eagle Coach Ed Cook said his team controlled much of the second half. Sam Paradee scored twice to lead the Eagles, and Nick Catlin

TIGER JUNIOR MIDDIE Ada Anderson keeps an eye on Burr & Burton’s Shayla Heekin during Monday’s 13-6 Tiger girls’ lacrosse victory. Anderson scored a goal during the home win.

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OUR COLUMNIST THIS week kicked off his research of the fish in the lakes and streams at Acadia National Park in Maine with a canoe through one of Mount Desert Island’s many freshwater creeks.

Photo courtesy of Matthew Dickerson

Dickerson (Continued from Page 1B) ago we began longing for a lighter canoe, and I began reading about the options. 2018 was the year. Our 30th anniversary, and my recent selection as an artist-in-residence at Acadia National Park, proved the impetus for us to move forward with the dream. A central part of my residence at Acadia is writing about the abundant lakes and ponds and cold freshwater streams — and the associated ecosystems that have evolved around this geology — that is a unique feature for a relatively small island off the coast of Maine. Meeting some of the native cold-water fishes that inhabit these waters was also part of my proposed plan. I envisioned near-daily paddles around the park’s ponds and lakes including on some waters accessible only via hike and portage. This was a perfect excuse for us to get the new canoe we’d been wanting. So after talking with a sales rep at Wenonah about our paddling styles — we mostly paddle lakes and quiet rivers, and were looking for a good balance of stability with maneuverability — we

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(Continued from Page 1B) among those teams, defeating the Mammoths, 11-9, on the road. Against Babson (13-8) the Panthers bolted to a 5-1 lead in the first 10 minutes on the way to a 12-3 advantage at the half. Middlebury’s Hollis Perticone sprinted down the field after winning the initial draw and scored 11 seconds into the game. The Beavers answered at 28:08 on a Juliana McGuire free position but the Panthers scored nine of the next 10 goals — including the 100th of Perticone’s career — to lead by 10-2

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with 5:33 left in the half. Babson broke the spell to make it 10-3, but the Panthers scored twice in the final 1:25 to restore order and then allowed only four shots on goal in the second half. Twelve Panthers found the net. McDonagh led the Panthers with four goals, while Perticone added three to go along with six draw controls. Georgia Carroll scored a pair while dishing out two assists, Emily Barnard scored one and added two assists and Erin Nicholas controlled five draws to go along with a goal

and an assist. In goal, Kate Furber made five first-half saves, while Julia Keith stopped a pair of second-half shots. Lexi Lenaghan and McGuire each scored twice to pace Babson, and goalie Cricket Fligor made 15 saves. Middlebury held advantages of 36-15 in shots and 17-7 in draw controls. On Saturday Babson had downed Castleton, a team including former Middlebury Union High School players Emma Best and Calista Carl, 17-4. Best scored for the 11-7 Spartans in that game.

5/17 Mt. Abe at Fairfax.................... 4:30 PM 5/17 Missisquoi at VUHS................. 4:30 PM 5/18 OV at Bellows Falls................. 4:30 PM 5/19 MUHS at Fairfax..........................10 AM 5/19 Milton at Mt. Abe (2)....................10 AM 5/19 Spaulding at VUHS......................11 AM 5/19 MUHS at St. Albans...................... 2 PM 5/21 VUHS at Fairfax....................... 4:30 PM 5/22 Fair Haven at OV..................... 4:30 PM 5/22 Mt. Abe at MUHS..................... 4:30 PM 5/22 VUHS at Milton........................ 4:30 PM 5/24 Mt. Abe at Spaulding............... 4:30 PM 5/24 Leland & Gray at OV............... 4:30 PM

5/24 Missisquoi at MUHS................ 4:30 PM 5/24 VUHS at Fair Haven................ 4:30 PM 5/24 VUHS at Randolph....................... 5 PM COLLEGE SPORTS Women’s Lacrosse NCAA D-III Regional at Midd. 5/19 Midd. vs. Ill. Wesleyan....................TBA 5/19 York vs. Catholic.............................TBA 5/20 Regional Final............................... 1 PM

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5/24 Lamoille at Mt. Abe....................... 4 PM 5/25 Montpelier at OV........................... 4 PM 5/25 MUHS at CVU.............................. 4 PM 5/26 Mt. Abe at U-32............................11 AM Baseball 5/17 Mt. Abe at Fairfax.................... 4:30 PM 5/17 Spaulding at MUHS................. 4:30 PM 5/17 Missisquoi at VUHS................. 4:30 PM 5/18 OV at Bellows Falls................. 4:30 PM 5/19 Milton at Mt. Abe (2)....................10 AM 5/19 MUHS at Fairfax..........................10 AM 5/19 Spaulding at VUHS......................11 AM 5/21 MUHS at St. Albans................. 4:30 PM 5/22 Mt. Abe at MUHS..................... 4:30 PM 5/22 VUHS at Milton........................ 4:30 PM 5/23 Fair Haven at OV..................... 4:30 PM 5/24 Mt. Abe at Spaulding............... 4:30 PM 5/24 Missisquoi at MUHS................ 4:30 PM 5/25 Mill River at OV........................ 4:30 PM Softball 5/17 Spaulding at MUHS................. 4:30 PM

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us, replaced by the calls of thrushes, mourning doves, crows, and the sough of wind through grass. After rounding a few corners, we came through a gap in the trees and a vast wide wetland marsh opened up in front of us, with the park’s peaks appearing in the background beyond. We continued on. Several times we came to a bend in the creek, or saw what appeared to be a beaver dam ahead, and thought our journey had ended, but each time a way opened up. Not until we had made it close to three miles up the creek did the stream final grow too narrow, shallow, and clogged to continue. We turned and paddled back downstream into the wind and the pinkish-yellow globe of sun dropping through thin clouds to the west. Twice a small group of deer appeared by the river, browsing on streamside snacks. They kept a nervous eye on us, but didn’t flee. Back at the car, we hoisted Honey back up on to Wasabi. For the fourth time of the day we repeated our refrain. But now I really did mean two different things.



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settled on the Heron, a 15-foot model weighing a mere 30-eight pounds in the ultra-light kevlar version. That’s less than half the weight of its predecessor. So there we were, unloading the honey-colored Wenonah Heron from our wasabi-colored Subaru by the side of Northeast Creek on Mount Desert Island, just a few yards above tidewater, with the iconic peaks of Acadia National Park just a few miles away. And as we plucked the new canoe off and set it down on the grass in relative ease, Deborah and I were both wondering why it had taken so long to make the purchase. I also wondered why it had taken me so long to come to Acadia and to Mount Desert Island. As the only national park in all of New England, and one of the most visited in the country, it has been a household name for as long as I’ve lived. Somehow, I’d never made it. Until this week. As we paddled up Northeast Creek, facing Acadia National Park though just outside its boundaries, the sounds of the traffic of Maine State Route 3 slowly faded behind

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By LISA CHASE production as well as the complexity Picking apples, learning how ma- of food systems. ple syrup is made, tasting heirloom One benefit for farmers and ranchtomatoes, milking a cow — all of ers is that they can supplement their these activities are part of the grow- income through direct sales of local ing trend of agritourism. products and by charging for experiA few generations ago, most fami- ences from farm tours to farm stays lies had relatives, friends on their farms. While it or neighbors living on may seem like a winfarms, if they weren’t The farming win for farmers and for farmers themselves. To- population has visitors, not everyone day the age-old tradition shrunk to less is in agreement about of visiting farms and which activities should ranches to experience than 2 percent be permitted on farms agriculture and celebrate of the U.S. and what constitutes harvests is seeing a population and agritourism. revival in Vermont and most people, Some researchers throughout the U.S. and especially in maintain that agritourother countries. ism must take place on urban and Understanding how a working farm, while food was produced was suburban others include nononce as easy as visiting areas, have no working farms as well grandparents or neigh- connections to as farmers’ markets and bors on their farms. But agriculture. agricultural fairs. The the farming population connection to agriculhas shrunk to less than ture and the engagement 2 percent of the U.S. population and of visitors is also an issue, leading to most people, especially in urban and policy controversies over whether suburban areas, have no connections activities on farms that have little to to agriculture. do with agriculture should be includTo remedy this disconnect, farms ed, such as weddings and outdoor and ranches are opening their barns, recreation such as mountain biking. fields, forests and farmhouses to the Led by researchers in Italy, where public. Visitors can learn about food the term “agriturismo” originated, and fiber production and experience there is a push for a unified definition firsthand the sights, smells, sounds of authentic agritourism in the Euand tastes of a working farm. This ropean Union. The definition there invaluable experience helps people carries tax and policy ramifications of all ages better understand and that are critical for farm viability appreciate the challenges of food over the long term.

Farmers deploy a bevy of conservaBy ANSON TEBBETTS From Vermont’s inception, free- tion measures to keep phosphorous dom and unity have spurred innova- on their fields. Adopting these best tion. John Deere invented the tractor. management practices to protect water has also improved Ben and Jerry created soil. And efforts are world-class ice cream. currently underway Environmental leaders to spark further innolike George Perkins vation in phosphorus Marsh defined conmanagement, building servation. The state’s on that progress. rich history highlights Gov. Phil Scott how Vermonters and has challenged the their values have led agencies of Natural the way. Resources, Agriculture Innovation continand Commerce to find ues today. Farmers engineers, innovators are working with and entrepreneurs who engineers, scientists can work with farmers and researchers on TEBBETTS to deploy new and inprojects that improve novative approaches to the environment while improving their finances. Biodigesters trans- capture and reuse phosphorus. That form manure to electricity. Perennial innovation could take the form of plants and grasses transform bare extracting phosphorus from manure, soils into buffers to protect rivers, processing waste to produce energy, and perhaps generating revenue and and lasers help milk cows. Our next challenge is phosphorous creating jobs. Possible approaches innovation. Phosphorus is essential include production of compost, for plant growth, and both human and fertilizers and bio-char. There are animal health. Too much phosphorus many companies working on these can be harmful to our waterways. solutions and, through the Phospho-

At issue are questions about whether the term “agritourism” should be limited to activities on working farms that are closely related to agriculture such as direct sales and education. Or whether agritourism also should refer to onfarm hospitality, outdoor recreation and entertainment. The question of how to define agritourism also has important implications for policy, zoning, liability and programming that supports agriculture in Vermont and the U.S. The inconsistencies in how it is defined affect research, policy and programs to support agritourism and hinder the ability of researchers and agricultural interests to fully understand the sector’s economic importance. In Vermont efforts are being made to clarify issues surrounding agritourism through the introduction of H.663, a bill relating to municipal land-use regulation of accessory on-farm businesses. The bill passed through the Vermont House of Representatives and Vermont Senate last week. Although the bill does not directly address the question of what agritourism is, or how it should be defined in the future, it may help spark interest in, and start a dialogue about, agritourism and its implications for Vermont. Editor’s note: Lisa Chase is director of the Vermont Tourism Research Center at the University of Vermont Extension.

rus Innovation Challenge, Vermont is at the table. In phase one of this project the state has made $250,000 available for “proof-of-concept” grants to support several projects. The state is accepting proposals for this seed money over the next two months. A panel comprised of scientists, entrepreneurs, and business experts will help guide the selection. If you would like to take up the challenge, we look forward to hearing from you! We know that achieving Vermont’s clean water goals will require us to deploy both traditional conservation measures and new methods and ideas. We look forward to a day when products or processes that ensure clean water and farm viability are the standard, taking their place alongside other tools on our farms, many of which have their roots in Vermont. Freedom and unity includes innovation which continues to move Vermont forward, as it has for centuries, improving our environment, families and communities. Editor’s note: Anson Tebbetts is secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets.

Local youth show off their horse smarts BURLINGTON — The State 4-H Horse Judging Contest, sponsored by University of Vermont Extension 4-H, was held May 6. In addition to the 33 4-H participants, six Future Farmers of America members took part. The competition was split between two locations, Equestrian’s Edge, Fairfax (judging) and Westford Elementary School, Westford (oral

reasons and awards ceremony). The youths judged five classes of horses, which were stock horse in hand, hunter in hand, Western pleasure, hunter under saddle and hunt seat equitation. Overall, Shyanne Wedge of Shoreham placed seventh in the Juniors division (ages 12 and 13). The FFA contests finished as follows: Kira Kemp, Cornwall

(first); Mahaila Gosselin, Salisbury (second); Cori Kerr, Middlebury (third); Nayda Sato, Cornwall (fourth); Courtney Curler, Bridport (fifth); Heather Cloutier, Addison (sixth). To learn more about upcoming 4-H horse events, contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator, at wendy.sorrell@


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Middlebury Union High School MIDDLEBURY — The following Middlebury Union High School students have been named to the honor roll for the 2017-2018 third quarter. NINTH GRADE High Honors: Lois Alberts, Abel Anderson, Olivia Audet, Abigail Bailey, Anna Berg, Alexander Bleich, Elizabeth Bright, Chloe Clark, Aiden Cole, Lydia Deppman, Ava Devost, Emma Franklin, Andy Giorgio, Evan Gregory, Colby Hammond, Wesley Hirdler, Charles Hodson, Martha Horne, Timothy Hunsdorfer, Camille Kutter, Ella McKhann, Kaitlyn McNamara and Kyle Mitchell. And also Lucas Nelson, Thomas Nevins, Sarah Nicolai, Andrea Palmer, Sutton Perry, Rhys Pitner, Oliver Poduschnick, Sophie Pope McCright, Chelsea Robinson, Alexander Shashok, Sofia Stefani, Nicholas Suchomel, Anna Wagner, Kathryn Waterman, Paige Williamson and Ireland Young. Honors: Zachary Bean, Jordyn Bessette, Lukas Broughton, Owen Connelly, Gabriel Dunn, Jonathan Flores-Torres, Benjamin Graham, Bridget Graham, Mason Kaufmann, Rosa Kehoe, Ahsan Khan, Kaylee Lathrop, Alexander Mencel and Fraser Milligan. And also Abagail NicholsonWemette, Kai Pasciak, Jackson Rizzo, Bode Rubright, Wyatt Rubright, Marshall Sanchez, Griffin Schneider, Kieran Sheridan, John Stirling Sidaway, Mia Thebodo, Kelsey Treadway, Gwen Troumbley and Camila Van Order Gonzalez. Honorable Mention: Bailey Farrell, Chase Given, Maycee Godshalk-Tidd, Mahaila Gosselin, Camille Malhotra, Charles Mraz, Isaac Norris, Karic Riche and Harper Sinclair. TENTH GRADE High Honors: Kenneth Barkdoll, CalebBenz, Celeste Berenbaum, Katherine Berthiaume, Nicolas Brayton, Nicholas Carrara, Wren Colwell, Miah Cushman, Camden Devlin, Eryn Diehl, Spencer Doran, Mary Ann Eastman, Joseph Findlay, Alice Ganey, Anthony Garner, Timothy Goettelmann, Maeve Hammel and Hale Hescock. And also Malia Hodges, Emma Huntington, Ebenezer Jackson, Devon Kearns, Journey LaRose, Mira Maglienti, Rosemary Munkres, Jameson Pierce Murray, Mary Nagy-Benson, Isabel Olson, Owen Palcsik, Emily Pecsok, Eva Phair, Maya Praamsma, Devyn Pratt, Catherine Schmitt, Alison Seaton, Phoebe Smith, Dalylah Sorrell-Cushman, Gwen Stafford, Cassie Stearns, James Thorpe, Sabina Ward, Katelyn Warner and Theo Wells-Spackman.


Honors: Derek Kamrin Bartlett, Ellen Berg, Quinn Berry, Eli Billings, Carly Burger, Kelsey Buteau, Tyler Buxton, William Carpenter, Gabriel Cason, Matthew DeMatties, Lillian Fleming, Hunter Gale, Morgan Galipeau, Jasmine Gero, Chloe Hamilton, Liam Hamilton, James Jette, Kira Kemp, Ethan Kent and Ellie Kiel. And also Meredith Kimble, Annie Lapiner, Brianna Lathrop, Martine Limoge, Anna McIntosh, Taylor Moulton, Hunter Munteanu, Ryan Nadeau, David Peters, Logan Pierson-Flagg, Olivia Pottinger, Spencer Pratt, Sydney Provencher, Josie Rheaume, Anika ShookKemp, Talin Teague, Kobe Terk, Thatcher Trudeau, Grace Tucker and Peter Wolosinski. Honorable Mention: Ileigh Aube, Louis Bergevin, Isaiah Bullock, Timothy Dyer, Coleman Field, Eloe Gile, Zoe Hill, Jenna Howlett, Samuel Klingensmith, Isadora Luksch, Rosemary Maheu, Mckenna Phillips, Isabella Pistilli, Ian Ploof, Nadya Sato, Kassidy Sunderland, Charles Welch, Michael Whitley and Rielly WrightQuesnel. ELEVENTH GRADE High Honors: Ada Anderson, Hogan Beazley, Isaac Buttolph, Silas Conlon, Rebekah Crossman, Colin Dowd, Nora Draper, Jayden Fitzgerald, Owen Heminway, Anabel Hernandez, Nanja Horning, Isaiah Kelly, Will Larocque, Naoko Maruyama, Alexis Matot, Maisie Newbury, Michael Odell, Joel Pyfrom, Jesse Rubin, Diya Taylor, Benjamin Turner, Katherine Wallace and Grace Widelitz Honors: William Barber, Parker Beatty, Jack Berthiaume, Aileen Bosworth, Trinity Bryant, Max Carson, Brenna Cook, Benjamin Crawford, Samuel Daly, Zachary Dunn, Simon Fischer, Jacob Galvin, Sophia Goldring, Niccolo GoriMontanelli, Lacey Greenamyre, Caleb Hamilton, Marina HerrenLage and Max Hirdler. And also Michael Huber, Audrey Huston, Justin Jackson, Drew Kiernan, Suzanne Klemmer, Emily Laframboise, Carly Larocque, Asa McEvilla, Eleanore McGarry, Samantha Paige, Virginia Patz, Emma Pope McCright, Emily Pottinger, Holly Rancour, Kyra Roberts, David Robidoux, Brandon Ronish, Anna Scharstein, Natali Sullivan, Taylor Sylvester, Megan Thomas-Danyow, Xavier Jude Wyncoop and Carson Yildirim. Honorable Mention: Alek Bartlett, Riley Brown, Catara Riley Doner, Tristan Durante, Jaime Muniz Gonzalez Muniz, Deanna Hilaire, Anne Kappel, Justin Koontz, Aaron Larocque, Tucker Moulton, Ethan Reiderer, Kaylee Shum, Jordan

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Stearns, Katelyn Stearns, Ashley Sunderland and Silas Wisell. TWELFTH GRADE High Honors: Lydia Alberts, Helen Anderson, Bridget Audet, Janet Barkdoll, Olivia Beauchamp, Andrea Boe, Jacob Brookman, Arden Carling, Hunter CummingsWashburn, Jack Deppman, Keagan Dunbar, Santiago Fernandez, Krystian Gombosi, Lucy Groves, Margreta Hardy-Mittell, Tulley Hescock, Anna Hodson, Justin Holmes, Nikolaus Kaufmann, Caroline Kimble and Katherine Koehler. And also Sarah Grace Kutter, Steven Landry, Brooks Maerder, Elizabeth Marini, Ezra Marks, Sophia Marks, Satchel McLaughlin, Archie Milligan, Ella Nagy-Benson, Addy Parsons, Jaro Perera, Bastiaan Phair, Hailey Quenneville, Isabel Rosenberg, Meilena Sanchez, Lianna SargentMaher, Jared Schauer, Julian Schmitt, Michael Stone, Katalin A. Tolgyesi, Andre Trudeau, Jack Waterman, Laura Whitley and Christina Wiles. Honors: Benjamin Balparda, Sierra Barnicle, Tre Bonavita, Brennan Bordonaro, Sarah Broughton, Leigah Burbo, Rebekah Chamberlain, Alyson Chione, Brianna Cotroneo, Duncan Crogan, Cassidy Cushman, Paul Deering, Skyeler Devlin, Jackson Donahue, Ciara Eagan, Fyn Fernandez, Brian Foote, Wyatt Galipeau, Tyler Giorgio, Abigail Gleason, John David Goettelmann and Lauren Greig. And also Colin Grier, Samuel Hodges, William Huntington, Alexandria Johnson, Olivia Kayhart, Brian Kiernan, Gabe Lamphere, Alexa Lapiner, Waseya Lawton, Sophie Lefkoe, Cassidy Lucia, Rachal Lussier, Mary Lynch, Jacob Martin, Ziven McCarty, Joseph Miller, Ryan Morgan, Matthew Ouellette, Bethany Palmer, Nicole Palmer, Raven Payne, Jebadiah Plouffe, Brandon Porey, Nicholas Scott, Gaia Sheridan, Camden Simpson, Justine Smith, Spencer Smith, William Stanley, Blair Stone, Gabrielle Sullivan, Shannon Sunderland, Alexandra Tellier and Matthew Townsend. And also Megan Townsend, Garrett Troumbley, Lucy Ursitti, Emma Vanacore, Caileb Vaudrien, Brendan Wagner, Oziah Wales, Joseph Whitley, Daniel Wisell and Alexander Yurista Honorable Mention: Jonathan Alger, Ella Beattie, Cooper Bullock, Cade Christner, Dylan Disorda, Thomas Eastman, Brianna Hogan-Mairs, Tyler Hotte, Thomas Hussey, Chloe Kane, Brynn Kent, Carter Leggett, Joshua Levins, Kayli Manning and Arianna Slavin.


RACHAEL AND DUNCAN MATHEWSON, the daughter and son of Duncan and Arlene Mathewson of Little Torch Key, Fla., and Middlebury, Vt., graduated from the University of Florida on May 5, 2018. The sister and brother are both members of the Middlebury Union High School class of 2013. At UF, Rachael received her bachelor’s degree in Telecommunication with a specialization in Media and Society. She will be going for her master’s degree in International Sports Journalism at St. Mary’s University in London, England. Duncan, known to his friends as “R.D.,” graduated Cum Laude with a double major in Political Science and Anthropology. He will be working on his master’s degree in Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland this September. Both will celebrate their 24th birthday on June 5 and spend their summer working in the Florida Keys and in Vermont before leaving for graduate school this fall in the United Kingdom.

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Castleton University student Kathleen Ambrose of Vergennes was recently named the 2018-19 Senior Class President. As an elected representative for the Castleton senior class, she will represent the interests of students in their respective graduating class. The Senior Class President is the official spokesperson of the senior class student body and oversees all senior class student association activities, development and fiscal planning. Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, recently released its list of students named to the dean’s list for the winter semester ending in April 2018. A number of those students hail from Addison County. They include Allison Dewey, a graduate of Deerfield Academy, Samantha Reiss, a graduate of Mt. Abraham Union High School, and five Middlebury Union High School graduates: Payton Buxton, Nick Holmes, Samuel Holmes, Annie Lindholm, and Anna Roy. Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H., has named Darcy Staats of Salisbury to the dean’s list for spring 2018. Staats, who majors in Environmental Science, is a member of the class of 2021. To qualify for the Dean’s List students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours in graded courses.

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Mickayla Ann Marie Myers of Ferrisburgh was among nearly 3,200 graduates who received degrees from the University of NebraskaLincoln during commencement exercises May 4 and 5. Myers earned a Master of Science from the Office of Graduate Studies. Tegan Waite of Brandon was tapped by Castleton University for the SGA Community Service Award for the 2017-2018 academic year. This award is given annually for outstanding volunteer service to the Castleton/Rutland County community.

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MUHS CLASS OF 1988 will be holding it’s 30th class reunion events Thursday August, 9th ‑ Sunday Au‑ gust, 12th. Please contact Jana (Baldwin) Avram for more information at:

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 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, .

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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, Middle‑ bury, The Turning Point Ctr, 54 Creek Rd. 7:30‑8:30pm. 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, 7:30‑8:30am.

ALCOHOLICS ANONY‑ MOUS, 6 FRIDAY. Spiri‑ tual Awakening Meeting, Middlebury, St. Stephen’s Church, Main St. (on the Green) 7:30‑8:30am. Dis‑ cussion Meeting, Middle‑ bury, The Turning Point Ctr. 54 Creek Rd. Noon‑1pm. Big Book Meeting, Bristol, Howden Hall, 19 West St. 6‑7pm. Discussion Meet‑ ing, Vergennes, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Park St. 8‑9pm.

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ALCOHOLICS ANONY‑ MOUS, 7 SATURDAY. Discussion Meeting, Mid‑ dlebury, United Methodist Church, North Pleasant St. 9‑10am. Discussion Meet‑ ing, Middlebury, The Turn‑ ing Point Ctr. 54 Creek Rd. 10‑11am. Beginner’s Meet‑ ing, Middlebury, The Turn‑ ing 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. MAKING RECOVERY EAS‑ IER (MRE). Wednesdays, 1‑2 p.m. at the Turning Point Center (54 Creek Rd). This will be a facilitated group meeting for those struggling with the decision to attend 12‑Step Programs. It will be limited to explaining and dis‑ cussing our feelings about the 12‑Step Programs to create a better understand‑ ing of how they can help a person in recovery on his/her life’s journey. A certificate will be issued at the end of all the sessions. Please bring a friend in recovery who is also contemplating 12‑Step Programs. NA (JUST IN TIME) Wednesdays, 9 am, held at The Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd. NA MEETINGS MIDDLE‑ BURY: Fridays, 7:30 pm, held at The Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd.



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Garage Sales ANNUAL GARAGE SALE. 47 Lower Plains Road, Middlebury. Friday May 18, Saturday May 19, 8am‑4pm, weather permitting. House‑ wares, dishes, clothing, craft supplies, lots of toys, books, jewelry, small furniture, some vintage and retro items. EXTRA STUFF SALE May 18th and May 19th. 217 Cot‑ tage Lane, Middlebury.

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HUGE PLANT SALE. Over 100 varieties and more daily. Perennials, herbs, bushes, fruits, limited vegetables and annuals. Yard sale items also. 9:00 ‑ 1:00; Saturday, May 26. 400 Jokey Lane, Monkton; Saturday, June 2. 91 Sey‑ mour St., Middlebury (limited selection) or by appointment starting May 18. Wildflow‑ er Estate, Jenne Morton. 877‑3742.


YARD SALE ‑ SATURDAY 5/26. 8:30 ‑ 1:00. Secretary desk, settee, leather chairs, counter stools, LL Bean tent and backpack. Speakers, tools, miscellaneous items. Also potted perennials. Gary/ Leigh Harder, 46 Lower Plains Rd., East Middlebury. 388‑2005. YARD SALE. LARGE AMOUNT of fishing gear and boating items. DR Chipper in excellent condition. Craftsman tools and many household items. May 18, 19 and 20. 8am. 1020 North Street, New Haven.



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Warehouse Manager Middlebury, Vermont

Join our Middlebury plant and be part of a co-operative that makes awardwinning cheese and dairy products!

and great attitudes to join our team.

Part-time Cashiers & Deli Employees needed. Apply in person or pick up an application at: Maplefields –– Shoreham Service Center

Corner of Routes 22A and 74 • Shoreham, VT EOE

We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package including paid time off, health, dental and vision insurance, 401(k), pension plan, and much more. Apply in person, by email to or send your resume with cover letter to:

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MAINTENANCE MECHANIC Join our Middlebury plant and be part of a co-operative that makes awardwinning cheese and dairy products! Agri-Mark/Cabot Creamery has full-time immediate openings for SECOND SHIFT (4pm-12am) and THIRD SHIFT (12am-8am) Maintenance Mechanics. Flexible work schedule required, including rotating weekends, and working scheduled holidays. • The preferred candidate on second or third shift will be well versed in PLC & VFD’s. • The other position on second shift should be well versed in pneumatics, hydraulics, servicing motors, gear boxes and other general equipment maintenance.

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• Occupational Therapist, Full Time • Weekend Community Health Nurse, Full Time • Hospice Nurse • Personal Care Assistant • Evening Custodian, Part Time Submit Resume and Cover Letter to: Liz Gregorek, Director of Human Resources P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753 or email: Call (802) 388-7259 for more information

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The Patricia A. Hannaford Regional Technical School District is seeking a teamoriented, well organized, confidential administrative assistant to join our collaborative office team beginning July 1, 2018. The successful candidate will hold an associates’ degree and three years of office experience or ten years of experience working in a multifaceted professional office that emphasizes multitasking, problem-solving and flexibility in assignments and schedules. In addition the successful individual will possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, computer and web-based application skills and also have experience promoting positive relationships among co-workers, board members, community members, volunteers and service representatives. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, résumé, three letters of reference, and any applicable transcripts and/or certificates to: Dana Peterson, Interim Superintendent Hannaford Career Center 51 Charles Avenue Middlebury, VT 05753 EOE These positions will remain open until filled. A candidate’s packet must be complete before an interview will be granted.


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(HELEN PORTER MEMORY CARE) Full-time, permanent: up to $1,000 signing bonus available! Full-time, temporary: summer opportunity through August 31, 2018. For more information & to apply, visit and click on “Careers.”

HOPE is currently accepting resumes for the following positions. Resale Store Associates – two positions, one 29.5 hours per week and one 40 hours per week. Solid cash handling and customer service skills required. Warehouse Associate, 29.5 hours per week. Solid communication skills, ability to multi-task. Duties include answering phone, assisting donors, cleaning, repairing, and more. Holiday Shop Coordinator, 20 hours per week. This new year-round position will include a variety of tasks, beginning this summer with assisting at HOPE’s reception desk, as well as holiday program prep, including soliciting items needed for the Holiday Shop. In the fall, the job will shift to focus solely on managing the setup and implementation of the Holiday Shop. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills required. To apply for one of these jobs, send resume and cover letter to: or mail to 282 Boardman Street, Ste 1A, Middlebury. Be sure to clearly indicate the position for which you are applying.

Two Heavy equipment operators – (Bulldozer or Front End Loader) Yearround positions, experience required, mechanical ability a plus. Benefits included. Call (802) 482-2335 for more information or send resume to: Hinesburg Sand & Gravel, Co., Inc., 14818 Route 116, Hinesburg, VT 05461.

Town of Shoreham

Seeking part-time Zoning Administrator Duties include assisting public with permit applications, administer and enforce the town zoning bylaws. Detailed job description available at Shoreham Town Office. Please send letter of intent with qualifications to; Shoreham Planning Commission, 297 Main Street, Shoreham, VT 05770  or 897-5841



The Patricia A. Hannaford Regional Technical School District is looking for a student-centered automotive instructor with ASE Certification (or equivalent) to join our collaborative Transportation Cluster for the 2018-19 school year. The successful candidate will have experience and proven success working with young people in addition to a minimum of two years of experience in general automotive repair. Candidates must hold or be eligible to obtain a Vermont Licensure endorsement in Career and Technical Education in Transportation 11-17C This position offers some flexibility and can accommodate candidates interested in both 1/2-time and full-time employment.

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Mechanical background is a must. Excellent troubleshooting with a strong safety record and awareness. There is a wide variety of work to do. Willing to train the right candidate on the specific equipment. Must have ambition to learn and be willing to work both independently and as a strong team member. Position provides 40+ hours per week, paid leave and holidays. We offer a competitive starting wage and excellent benefits, including health, dental and vision insurance, 401(k), pension plan, and much more. Apply in person, by email to or send your resume with cover letter to:

ACORN PAINTING; PAINTERS wanted. Must have 2 years experience, valid driv‑ ers license, tools and reliable transportation. Strong work ethic and good attitude earns excellent pay. Call 453‑5611 for interview.

RECEPTION DESK STAFF opening at The Inn on the Green in Middlebury, VT. If you have very strong customer service skills and are interested in working in the hospitality industry, we would love to talk to you about joining our team. While experience is desir‑ able, we will train the right person to be successful in our friendly, supportive en‑ vironment. The available shift is Saturday‑Tuesday, 2:30 ‑ 9:30pm (some flex‑ ibility in start time is pos‑ sible). Please stop by, email innkeeper@innonthegreen. com, or call 802‑388‑7512 for more information or to submit a resume or appli‑ cation.

Preferred candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree or an Associate’s degree with at least five (5) years of experience in a warehouse/logistics management capacity, preferably in the refrigerated food industry. Individual must have demonstrated skill using Microsoft programs, and be a strong leader and team member who can work across multiple functions and disciplines.

Agri-Mark Attn: Ashley Jacobs 869 Exchange Street Middlebury, VT 05753 EOE M/F/D/V

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ASSISTANT DIESEL MECHANIC at Champlain Orchards, Shoreham. Re‑ sponsible for repair main‑ tenance of equipment and machinery. Mon ‑ Fri, 7am to 5:30pm. Possible weekend work. Understanding and ability to operate all pieces of orchard/farm equipment and thorough knowledge of mechanical operations of en‑ gines, electrical and hydrau‑ lics. CDL preferred. Please forward your resume to: hr@ChamplainOrchards. com.

Part-time positions available with flexible scheduling. Must be willing to work nights & weekends.

We are seeking an experienced Warehouse Manager to oversee the warehouse operations in our Middlebury, VT manufacturing plant location. This individual will provide a high level of support and direction to employees, including scheduling of employees, oversight of work assignments, and overall work productivity/employee performance. This position also handles inventory counts, coordinating of trucking, supply ordering, and other misc. warehouse deadlines.

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MAINTENANCE Substance Abuse Case Manager Part-Time: $16-$20 per hour

Case manager conducts substance use screening and provides short term interventions for treatment referrals, case coordination, monitoring, and wraparound services to parents/ caretakers involved in the investigation and assessment of a child welfare case. Co-located at DCF district office. Mon-Fri position; no on-call, evening or weekend hours. Minimum Bachelor’s degree in social work or human services related field. Apprentice Substance Abuse Counselor Certificate or ability to test for certification within three months of hire. Experience working with families, multidisciplinary teams, substance use disorders, and knowledge of community resources preferred. Lund offers competitive pay, paid training, and comprehensive benefit package including health, dental, life, disability, retirement, extensive time off accrual, 11 paid holidays, and wellness reimbursement. EEO/AA Send resume and cover letter to: Human Resources fax (802) 864-1619 email:

Vermont State Housing Authority needs two top-notch, organized individuals – one full time and part time to handle maintenance & repair needs for residential properties in Middlebury, Brandon and/or Vergennes. Individuals must be able to perform the necessary maintenance & repair work, respond at odd hours, work within budgets & time constraints & maintain records. High School + minimum 3 years related experience, reliable transportation & required level of vehicle insurance, valid driver’s license, clean driving record, your own hand tools & ability to move appliances & lift up to 100 # up or downstairs. For complete details and job description, visit Cover letter & resume to: HR, VSHA, 1 Prospect St., Montpelier, VT 056023556. Equal Opportunity Employer.

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SUMMER CAMP NURSE position. We are looking for a great nurse who enjoys working with kids, being in the outdoors and living sim‑ ply. Join us at Songadeewin of Keewaydin for girls. Meet and work with friendly people and make a difference in the lives of children. RN or LPN from July, 18 ‑ August, 18. This is a residential posi‑ tion. Competitive salary and 100% tuition for camper‑age children. For more informa‑ tion, please contact Ellen Flight at 802‑352‑9860 or

PENTAIR/OPTIFLO POOL pump. 3/4 hp used two sum‑ mers. 4 cartridge filter sys‑ tem, bought at Pool World. $100 for both. 349‑9823.

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HOME SHARE; LARGE room, private bath, shared kitchen. Non‑smoking. $400/ mo. plus garden and house‑ work. 802‑475‑2112.

M I D D L E B U RY‑ F U R ‑ NISHED ONE or two room suites. Private entrance, private baths, kitchen. All included; w/d, wifi, internet, utilities, off‑street parking. Tasteful. Immaculate. Se‑ rene. In classic 1840 home. $400‑$500. Call/text Susan, 802‑989‑8941.

ONE BEDROOM, FIVE‑STAR energy effi‑ cient apartment in Salis‑ bury, close to Lake Dun‑ more. One half of duplex. Large bedroom with full bath up. Living room and kitchen with all appliances on first floor. Heated basement with W/D. Private sun deck. $850/month, plus utilities. Absolutely non‑smoking, no pets on premises. Deposit and references required. One year minimum lease. Available 4/1/2018. Call 802‑352‑6678.

REAL ESTATE FOR SALE. The building season is upon us. If you’re considering a new home you should look at our two remaining lots on East Middlebury’s Daisy Lane. This is an established residential development with town water, nearby tennis courts, playground and only minutes away from the Snow Bowl and Lake Dunmore. Call Jack at 388‑2502 or 388‑7350.

BANKRUPTCY: CALL to find out if bankruptcy can help you. Kathleen Walls, Esq. 802‑388‑1156. K.A. BAGLEY, INC. is hiring for lawn care maintenance and landscaping. Need to be honest, reliable and motivat‑ ed. Must have a valid driver license. Wage based on ex‑ perience. Call 802‑352‑9088 to apply.


LIKE TO COOK? Get paid to cook 1 or 2 days per week. Please call Barbara for details. 877‑3562.

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Financial Aid Counselor/Student Resource Advisor Middlebury Academic Center The Community College of Vermont (CCV) is looking for a dynamic and engaging individual to join CCV, as a Financial Aid Counselor/Student Resource Advisor. This is a 60% position based in our Middlebury center and the regular schedule will be made in collaboration with the Center, with some travel for training and a flexible work schedule required on occasion. The fast-paced duties handled in this position require flexibility, strong computer skills, solid decision-making abilities, a positive attitude, and a willingness to adapt and change to the ever-moving cycles of an academic year. The ideal candidate will have a history of working in financial aid, possess strong interpersonal skills, enjoy working with students, and an ability to use humor in the workplace. Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate discipline, plus two to three years of relevant experience required. To see the full posting and apply:

Accountant Needed WhistlePig is growing and needs an accountant with good analytical skills. Experience with SAP Business One or similar ERP software and/or manufacturing process/COGS/inventory experience preferred. Would also help with GL reconciliations, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable and expense account audits and general office tasks. Please send resume and three professional references to: with the subject line “Accounts Position”.


Do you enjoy older people? Are you committed to helping frail elders enjoy life and live at home with our support? Activity Leader/Caregiver (Part-time or full-time) Project Independence Adult Day Center Join our team of caregivers in our elderly day care center. Bring fun and connection into elders’ lives by leading musical programs (no music skills necessary), discussions, exercise and sports activities. Assist with walking, wheelchairs, toileting needs. Hours fall between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. B.A. or equivalent experience. Candidates should be patient, flexible, good-humored, and creative. Rewarding work in a caring environment. Please send resume with 3 references by May 21 to: Eric Covey Elderly Services, P. O. Box 581 Middlebury, VT 05753 or

SHARED LIVING PROVID‑ ER for a woman in her 50’s with a mild developmental disability. She needs to tran‑ sition from independent liv‑ ing, and would like support in ensuring safety, medication oversight, and getting to her part‑ time job in Middlebury. Experience with Alzheimer’s desirable. She loves to lis‑ ten to rock’n roll and Chris‑ tian music, read the Bible, watch game shows, and spend quiet time in nature. She smokes, and has an indoor cat. A county setting is ideal. Generous tax‑free stipend, monthly room and board payment and a respite budget. Call Donna Quesnel at Community Associate. (802)388‑4021.

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THE BURLINGTON FREE PRESS is looking for a reli‑ able early morning riser to deliver copies of the news‑ paper in Middlebury. Inter‑ ested parties must have a reliable vehicle, valid driver’s license and liability insur‑ ance. Potential earnings of $1,300/mo. plus tips. Please contact Monique at 802‑316‑7194 for more information.

For Sale BRUSH HOG 5FT ‑ 3PTH. $650. Also, enclosed trailer 36ft. Gooseneck tri‑ax‑ le. Ramp door. $6,500. 802‑247‑6168. NEW ‑ SPECIALIZED 700 BIKE with disc breaks. Hy‑ brid tires. Value $700. Best offer over $500. Call Lois, 802‑989‑7279.

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ADDISON: LAKE CHAM‑ PLAIN waterfront camp. Beautiful views, gorgeous sunsets, private beach, dock, rowboat and canoe included. $600 weekly, or call for weekends. 802‑349‑4212, no texts.

For Rent 1,800 SQ. FT. WARE‑ HOUSE commercial space. As is or renovate to suit. Creek Road, Middlebury. 802‑558‑6092. BRANDON ‑ IN THE VIL‑ LAGE, large 2 bedroom duplex. Sunny three level living. South facing deck. Washer/dryer. $1,150/mo. Includes heat, water and sewer. batesproperties@ CHARMING STUDIO APARTMENT in the heart of downtown Middlebury. Tile bath and kitchen. Avail‑ able immediately. Baba, 802‑373‑6456. DRY, WINTER/SUMMER STORAGE SPACE in Addi‑ son. Available storage space in my barn for summer/winter storage. The barn is structur‑ ally sound and weather‑tight with electricity. No heat or running water. The barn is also available for lease. The entrance door measure‑ ments are 8’ wide by 7’ high. For more info: 802‑363‑3403 or EXECUTIVE 1 BEDROOM APT with office (not a bed‑ room) in Brandon. Beautiful location, close to town. All brand new. Complete with all appliances: stove, refrigera‑ tor, microwave, dishwasher, washer and dryer; energy star rated. Long term lease. No smoking and no pets on property. $850/mo. plus utilities. Credit check, refer‑ ences and deposit required. 802‑352‑6678.

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MIDDLEBURY ‑ PROFES‑ SIONAL office suite. 1,205 sq. ft. office space. Conve‑ niently located in Middle‑ bury ‑ Court St./Creek Rd. 2 private offices, large re‑ ception area, large central open space for additional offices/cubicles or board‑ room. Private bathroom. Ready to move in. Call Eric at 388‑6054. MIDDLEBURY 1 BED‑ ROOM apartment. Close to college. $800/month plus deposit. Some utilities in‑ cluded. 388‑0401. MIDDLEBURY 2 BED‑ ROOM near downtown. Appliances, off street park‑ ing, lease. No pets. Real Net Management Inc. 802‑388‑4994.

MIDDLEBURY, 2,600 SQ FT office space. Court St., cen‑ tral location, parking. Can be subdivided. Real‑Net Man‑ agement Inc. 802‑388‑4994. MIDDLEBURY: RETAIL/ OFFICE space for rent. 1,303 square feet. Front door parking. Contact Eric at 388‑6054. (Countryside Carpet and Paint) NEW HAVEN VILLAGE, large sunny kitchen. East/ West views, garden space, porch and deck, hard wood floors. No pets, no smoking. References. $925/month plus utilities. 802‑236‑2040. NEW HAVEN, 2 BEDROOM apartment with all applianc‑ es, heat and rubbish re‑ moval. No pets, no smoking. $800/month, $850 deposit. 802‑453‑2275.

MIDDLEBURY OFFICE SPACE for rent. 400 sq.ft., second floor. Contact Eric at 802‑388‑6054.

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SHOREHAM 2‑BEDROOM, 2nd floor apartment. 920 Square feet. Pine floors. Eat‑in kitchen. Huge liv‑ ing room. Propane heat & stove; electric hot water. Walking distance to elemen‑ tary school. 20 minute ride to Middlebury. No smoking. No pets. Available April. $775/ mo + utilities. 802‑388‑5411. SMALL UPSTAIRS STUDIO apartment. Available June 1st. $600/mo. Heat included. 4 miles south of Middlebury. Contact:

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

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PROCTOR, VT: $850 per month, 2 bedroom town‑ house duplex, washer/dryer hookups. Parking, snow and trash removal included. Available early to mid April. Call Kathy 855‑1570 or Tony 855‑1531.

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Police officers keep eyes on Bristol Chance meeting results in citations Bristol Vergennes BRISTOL ­— Between April 30 and May 6, Bristol police completed 12 foot and car patrols along Main Street, North Street and surrounding areas. Officers also completed 30 minutes of directed patrol in different areas outside the police district on seven occasions and did 45 minutes on an eighth occasion, according to the department’s most recent police log. During that same period, officers checked security at Mount Abraham Union High School four times and completed one fingerprint request. From April 29 through May 5 a Bristol police officer attended the National Interdiction Conference for training. • On April 30 watched a local property at the owner’s request. • On April 30 located a vehicle sought by other police agencies on suspicion that the driver was impaired, but found the driver was not impaired. • On May 1 helped a resident who had locked themselves out of their residence. They got in. • On May 1 assisted a motorist on Stony Hill Road. • On May 1 got a motor vehicle complaint regarding driver’s actions the previous day. Offices spoke to both parties involved and explained

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the rules of the road; no further action was required. • On May 1 received a report from a driver who returned home on April 30 to find that their car had been damaged in a accident that may have occurred while parked at Mount Abraham Union High School. • On May 1 responded to a report that a vehicle was in the driveway of a vacant property. Police learned that a neighbor had temporarily parked a vehicle there to allow room for a delivery. • On May 2 inspected a child seat and provided a new child seat. • On May 3 looked into a suspicious vehicle call. Investigation revealed it was a person delivering newspapers. • On May 3 participated in a truancy related meeting. • On May 3 inspected a child seat and provided a new child seat. • On May 4 at 2 a.m. initiated an investigation into a threatening complaint. Investigation is ongoing. • On May 4 looked into an alarm

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Addison County Courthouse (1) Ferrisburgh (2) Addison Co. Probate Court (2)

Middlebury (2)

Addison Co. Superior Court (1) Shoreham (1) Bridport (1)

Vermont Secretary of State (1)







NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of the estate of Aileen Diana Lanz of Middlebury, 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: May 9, 2018

NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of the estate of Josephine Emerson Roby of Sherborn, Massachusetts. 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: May 10, 2018

Michael John Lanz 82 Grant Ave. East Rockaway, NY 11518 (516) 491-0225 Name of Publication: Addison Independent Publication Date: May 14, 2018 Address of Probate Court: Addison Probate Court, 7 Mahady Court, Middlebury, VT 05753 5/14

Deborah R. Boyce (a.k.a. Deborah E. Boyce) 173 South Main Street Sherborn , MA 01770 Name of Publication: Addison Independent Publication Date: May 17, 2018 Address of Probate Court: Addison Probate Court, 7 Mahady Court, Middlebury, VT 05753 5/17


(Owner) 77 Main St., Middlebury, VT 05753 Separate sealed BIDS for the: Middlebury Water Reservoir Repair Project will be received by The Town of Middlebury, Public Works Department at: 77 Main Street, Middlebury, VT 05753 until 1:00 pm (prevailing local time) on Friday, May 25, 2018 if mailing, or to the Public Works Department at 1020 South Route 7 if hand delivering, and then at Middlebury Public Works Dept. publicly opened and read aloud. A Bid Bond will not be required. The CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be examined at the following locations: Engineering Ventures, PC 208 Flynn Avenue, Suite 2A Burlington, VT 05401 Town of Middlebury, Public Works Offices, 1020 South Rt. 7, Middlebury, VT 05753 Works in Progress, 20 Farrell Street, Suite 103, South Burlington, VT 05403 Copies of the CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be obtained at the office of Engineering Ventures, PC located at 208 Flynn Avenue, Suite 2A, Burlington, VT 05401. Bid, Guaranty, Performance and Payment Bond requirements shall follow the Town of Middlebury’s Bid and Contract Security Policy. Federal minimum wage rates and public work employment laws are applicable. A pre-bid conference for prospective bidders will be held at the Middlebury Public Works Building located at 1020 S. Route 7, in Middlebury, at 10:00 a.m. on May 16, 2018 Representatives of Engineering Ventures and the Town of Middlebury will be present to answer questions from bidders and discuss participation requirements. May 2, 2018 Kathleen Ramsay Town Manager 5/7


The resident and non-resident owners, lienholders and mortgagees of the real estate in the Town of Shoreham, in the County of Addison, and State of Vermont are hereby notified that real estate taxes for the 2017 tax year assessed by the Town of Shoreham remain, either in whole or in part, unpaid upon the following described real estate in the Town of Shoreham as indicated below, to wit: Frederick P. Hart and Kathy M. Hart: Delinquent 2017 Property Taxes Being that certain leasehold interest, with any and all improvements now thereon, located at 4054 Lapham Bay Road, as conveyed to Frederick P. Hart and Kathy M. Hart by Assignment of Lease of Frances M. Hutchins, survivor of Fred and Frances Hutchins, dated August 30, 1991, and recorded in the Shoreham Land Records in Book 40 at Page 265 (Parcel I.D. #20-0189.000). And so much of said real estate will be sold at public auction at the Shoreham Town Clerk’s office, a public place in said Town on the 21st day of June, 2018 at 9:00 o’clock in the forenoon, as shall be requisite to discharge such taxes with costs and fees, unless previously paid. Any questions or inquiries regarding the above-referenced sale should be directed to the following address: Carroll, Boe & Pell, P.C. ATTN: James F. Carroll, Esq. or Wanda M. Murray, Paralegal 64 Court Street Middlebury, Vermont 05753 Telephone: (802) 388-6711 Carroll, Boe & Pell, P.C. and the Town of Shoreham do not give any opinion or certification as to the marketability of the title to the above-referenced property as held by the current owner/ taxpayer. The only acceptable forms of bid payment at the day of tax sale are: bank check payable to Carroll, Boe & Pell, P.C., Real Estate Trust Account; letter of credit from bank followed by bank check payable to Carroll, Boe & Pell, P.C., Real Estate Trust Account; and/or cash. No personal checks will be accepted. Dated at Shoreham, Vermont this 7th day of May, 2018. Kathleen Brisson, Town of Shoreham Delinquent Tax Collector 5/10

at a local business and found it was due to employee error. • On May 4 received court paperwork to be served. Middlebury police ended up serving the person. • On May 4 received a found wallet, contacted the owner and turned it over to them. • On May 5 at 1:57 a.m. checked on a person in a vehicle that had been there approximately two hours. It turned out the person was tired and parked to get some sleep before continuing. • On May 5 investigated a report of multiple gunshots near Airport Drive. An officer spoke to a person who had been at school for the previous hour and they said they had not heard anything or seen anyone in or around the area. • On May 5 assisted the Bristol Rescue Squad with a medical call. • On May 6 looked into an accidental 911 hang up from an elevator at a local church. Someone accidentally pushed alarm button inside elevator. • On May 6 assisted at the Human Powered Parade event. • On May 6 responded to a local business for an alarm activation and determined it was employee error.


Harold Curtis Park 2018 Basketball Court Renovation Sealed competitive bids for renovations to the basketball court at Harold Curtis Park in East Middlebury will be opened at the Town of Middlebury Recreation Center Building on Wednesday May 30, 2018 at 2 PM. Information for Bidders and Bid Forms can be obtained without charge at the Municipal Building at 77 Main Street, Middlebury, VT 05753, or can be accessed on the Town’s webpage at Please contact Beth Dow at 388-8100 ext. 202 for additional information. Bids must be received by 1 PM on Tuesday May 29, 2018 to be considered for the contract. 5/10

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


VERGENNES — An encounter with the Vergennes Police Department’s Drug Recognition Expert in a city convenience store led to multiple charges for a Vergennes woman on May 11. Police allege that Kathleen Ayers, 48, showed signs of impairment when she ran into the DRE at the Small City Market that Friday. The DRE alleged that Ayers then failed sobriety testing, and Ayers, who allegedly drove to the store, was cited for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, third offense; driving with a criminally suspended license; and violating conditions of release. In other action between May 7 and 13 Vergennes police: On May 7 cited three Northlands Job Corps students for larceny for the alleged theft of $740 from a Northlands employee. cited were Keon Carter, 19, of Waterbury, Conn.; Killian Melecio, 18, of Fieldsboro, N.J.; and Roy Angus, 20, of Hartford, Conn. On May 8: • Calmed a man and woman arguing at a Hillside Drive apartment and stood by while the man retrieved belongings; Vermont State Police assisted and drove the man to a Ferrisburgh home. • Investigated a possible assault at Northlands in which an employee who tried to calm two arguing students allegedly was pushed by one of the students, a female; the employee told police she was not pushed, but felt threatened, and the student was expelled.


Notice is hereby given that the contents of the self-storage units listed below will be sold at public auction by sealed bid at the 116 Self Storage facility. This sale is being held to collect unpaid storage unit occupancy fees, charges and expenses of the sale. The entire contents of each self-storage unit listed below will be sold, with the proceeds to be distributed to 116 Self Storage for all accrued occupancy fees (rent charges), attorney’s fees, sale expenses in relation to the unit and its sale.Any proceeds beyond the foregoing shall be returned to the unit holder. Contents of each unit may be viewed on May 31, 2018 commencing at 10 a.m. Sealed bids are to be submitted on the entire contents of each self-storage unit. Bids will be opened one-quarter of an hour after the last unit has been viewed on May 31, 2018. The highest bidder on the storage unit must remove the entire contents within 48 hours after notification of their successfull bid. Purchase must be made in cash and paid in advance of the removal of the contents of the unit. A $50.00 cash deposit shall be made and will be refunded if the unit is broom cleaned. 116 Self Storage reserves the right to accept or reject bids. R. Cote – Unit 36 G. Moulton – Unit 53 5/10

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PROPOSED STATE RULES By law, public notice of proposed rules must be given by publication in newspapers of record. The purpose of these notices is to give the public a chance to respond to the proposals. The public notices for administrative rules are now also available online at rules/ . The law requires an agency to hold a public hearing on a proposed rule, if requested to do so in writing by 25 persons or an association having at least 25 members. To make special arrangements for individuals with disabilities or special needs please call or write the contact person listed below as soon as possible. To obtain further information concerning any scheduled hearing(s), obtain copies of proposed rule(s) or submit comments regarding proposed rule(s), please call or write the contact person listed below. You may also submit comments in writing to the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules, State House, Montpelier, Vermont 05602 (802-828-2231). Rules Governing Inspection of Motor Vehicles. Vermont Proposed Rule: 18P016 AGENCY: Agency of Transportation, Department of Motor Vehicles CONCISE SUMMARY: The rule adopts Federal Safety Standards by which motor vehicles are inspected for compliance with safety and emissions requirements. The rule describes the procedure for inspecting motor vehicles, sets pass/fail/advisory criteria, and ensures the State of Vermont is upholding the National Highway Safety Standards for vehicles being driven on the State’s public highways. The rule consolidates multiple duplicative periodic inspection manuals into one concise document, and clarifies the role of inspection mechanics in conducting periodic inspections. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Scott Davidson, Chief Inspector, Agency of Transportation, Department of Motor Vehicles 120 State St., Montpelier, VT 05603-0001 Tel: 802 828 - 4647 Fax: 802 828 - 2170 E-Mail: URL: http://dmv. FOR COPIES: Megan O’Toole, Department of Environmental Conservation1 National Life Drive, Montpelier, VT 05620 Tel: 802 249 – 9882 Fax: 802 828 – 2826 Email: Megan. VOSHA Rule: 29 CFR 1910.1024 Occupational Exposure to Beryllium in General Industry. Vermont Proposed Rule: 18P017 AGENCY: Department of Labor CONCISE SUMMARY: Beryllium is a strong alloying element. When included as an alloy, Beryllium is known for its hardness and heat resisting properties. Beryllium is used in the aerospace, electrical, metallurgical and machining industries. Beryllium also occurs in the slag used to produce blasting agents commonly used in construction and maritime industries, as well as alloys used in the dental industry. Occupational exposure to respirable Beryllium is highly toxic and has long been known to cause Berylliosis, also known as Chronic Beryllium Disease (CBD) and lung cancer. It has also been long known that the current exposure limits published by OSHA, (1910.1000) have not been sufficient to protect workers exposed to Beryllium in its respirable form. The new VOSHA standard not only establishes new and more restrictive permissible exposure limit to Occupational Exposure to Beryllium but also instructs employers in updated industry practices, both medical and protective, to protect those employees so exposed. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Daniel A. Whipple, Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration, P.O. Box 488 Montpelier, VT 05601-0488 Tel: 802-2825084 Fax: 802-828-0408 Email: URL: vosha/. FOR COPIES: H. Leslie Burns, Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration, P.O. Box 488 Montpelier, VT 05601-0488 Tel: 802-282-5085 Fax: 802-828-0408 Email: les.


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On May 9: • Responded to a report of a dog left in a hot car in the Shaw’s Supermarket parking lot; police said windows and a sunroof had been left open. • Calmed an arguing divorcing couple at a Thomas Circle residence. • Dealt with a two-car accident at the intersection of Main and Green streets. • Searched near a South Maple Street home after a resident heard someone on his rear steps at about 11 p.m., but found no one. • Dealt with a loose-dog complaint near the intersection of School Street and Mountain View Lane. On May 10: • Cited John C. Stokes Jr. for driving under the influence, test refusal, following a traffic stop on South Water Street. • Calmed two John Graham Shelter residents arguing outside the building. • Calmed a separated couple arguing about child seats during a child custody exchange. • Spoke to a man who had stopped his car on South Water Street and was talking to young children; childcare workers reported he had done so more than once and acted suspiciously. • Backed up state police at an

accident at the junction of Route 7 and Monkton Road that involved a truck and two cars. • Calmed a resident of Valley Vista who felt suicidal and called for help from the center’s parking lot. • Looked into a report of an assault at the John Graham Shelter and determined that a resident had refused to turn over a crockpot from her room that is against center rules and employees had had to pull it away from her, thus no assault had occurred. On May 11: • Went to check a dog reported to be left in a car with windows rolled up on Main Street. Police said it was 48 degrees out and the car’s sunroof was open. • Took a report of a fender-bender in the Shaw’s parking lot. • Checked on the welfare of a city resident; she was not at home, but police reached her by phone in Burlington and determined she was OK. • Took a report that $33 had been stolen from a Main Street apartment. On May 12 found a vehicle that state police were seeking after it allegedly caused property damage in Panton and alerted troopers, who came in and took the vehicle and driver back to the scene of the property damage. On May 13 took a report from Northlands that two pairs of sneakers had been taken from a box belonging to a student who had been dismissed from the program.


Public Hearing on Bus Stops on Main Street At the Post Office & St. Stephen’s Church Middlebury Town Offices Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 7:15 p.m. At its regularly-scheduled meeting on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 7:15 p.m., the Middlebury Selectboard will hold a public hearing on the bus stops on Main Street at the Post Office & St. Stephen’s Church. In preparation for the meeting, officials from the Town and ACTR are working to identify potential alternatives on Main Street to lessen the impact to parking, while maintaining service to bus passengers. If you need special accommodations to attend this meeting, please contact the Town Manager’s Office at 388-8100 x-202 as early as possible. 5/17


West Branch Dead Creek Culvert STP MM 18(6) The Town of Bridport, with federal Transportation funding through the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans), is seeking engineering services for a project to replace a deteriorating corrugated metal pipe squash type culvert with a precast concrete box culvert. The culvert is located approximately 700 feet north of address 2666 Basin Harbor Road, TH 17, Bridport, Vermont. The West Branch of the Dead Creek flows north/ northeast through the culvert, draining to Otter Creek, which empties into Lake Champlain. The development of the project must follow the VTrans Municipal Assistance Bureau project development process. To view the complete RFP and requirements for submission go to www.dubois-king. com/projects-bidding-active and download the document. Questions regarding this RFP should be directed to Jonathan Ashley, Municipal Project Manager, phone (802) 465-8396, email . Proposals Due: The Consultant should submit five (5) copies of their proposal to the Town of Bridport, Attention: Joan Huestis, P.O. Box 27, Bridport, VT 05734 no later than 12:00 PM on May 25, 2018. 5/3


The Town of Ferrisburgh will be holding Grievance Hearings on Thursday, May 24th at the Ferrisburgh Town Clerks Office between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. according to V.S.A. Title 32, §4111(G). Please call the Ferrisburgh Town Clerk’s Office at (802)877-3429 to schedule an appointment. “A person who feels aggrieved by the action of the lister’s and desires to be heard by them, shall, on or before the day of the grievance meeting, file with them his objections in writing and may appear at such grievance meetings in person or by his agents or attorneys. Upon hearing of such grievances the parties thereto may submit such documentary or sworn evidence as shall be pertinent thereto.” Town of Ferrisburgh Board of Listers Joseph Blasius, Carl Cole, Brian Goodyear 5/17


SUPERIOR COURT CIVIL DIVISION ADDISON UNIT DOCKET NO: 247-10-12 ANCV U.S. BANK TRUST, N.A. AS TRUSTEE FOR LSF9 MASTER PARTICIPATION TRUST, Plaintiff v. MATTHEW D. MCCAIN; LAURIE MCCAIN; MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., AS NOMINEE FOR COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, INC.; Defendants NOTICE OF SALE By virtue and in execution of the Power of Sale contained in a certain mortgage given by Matthew D. McCain and Laurie McCain to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Countrywide Bank, FSB, its successors and/or assigns, dated June 19, 2007 and recorded in Book 123 at Page 365 of the Town of Ferrisburgh Land Records, of which mortgage the undersigned is the present holder by Assignment of Mortgage recorded on April 26, 2018 in Book 161 at Page [to be indexed], for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 2:00 p.m. on May 30, 2018 at 292 Stage Road, Ferrisburgh, VT 05456 all and singular the premises described in said mortgage To Wit: 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. 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 Trust, N.A. As Trustee For LSF9 Master Participation Trust, Jeffrey J. Hardiman, Esq. Shechtman, Halperin Savage, LLP 1080 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860 401-272-1400 Attorney for Plaintiff 5/3

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Police rescue teen stuck in tower MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police assisted local firefighters at around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 13, in rescuing a youth who had climbed the radio tower on Chipman Hill and couldn’t get back down. Police took the youth to Porter Medical Center to meet with representatives of the Counseling Service of Addison County. In other action last week, Middlebury police: • Assisted at the scene of a threevehicle crash on Case Street on May 7 involving two Middlebury police cruisers and a Dodge Durango truck. As previously reported by the Independent, the two cruisers were headed to a reported domestic dispute on Mead Lane when a southbound Durango driven by 40-year-old Patrick Chaffee of East Middlebury struck the rear driver’s side of the lead police car, driven by Officer Connor Sousa. The truck then went sideways into the northbound lane and was struck by the following police car, driven by Officer Kevin Emilio. Emilio and Chaffee were taken to Porter Hospital; Emilio had surgery on his leg and is still recovering from injuries sustained in the crash, including a broken ankle. Vermont State Police, who are investigating the crash, said drugs


RT. 125 • EAST MIDDLEBURY, VT Sales for May 10 & May 14 BEEF M & L Quesnel VTC P. Bushey M. Pelthis T. Maclaren CALVES Danyow Farm Champlain Farms Kayhart Bros. Jeff Phillips Bruce Farm

Costs Lbs. per lb 1305 .57 1275 .57 1130 .60 1810 1.20 1375 .82.5

Dollars 743.85 726.75 678.00 2172.00 1134.38

Costs per lb 1.15 1.10 1.25 1.225 1.25

Dollars 108.10 107.80 131.25 121.28 127.50

Lbs. 94 98 105 99 102

Total # Beef: 261 • Total # Calves: 332 We value our faithful customers. Sales at 3pm - Mon. & Thurs. For pickup and trucking, call 1-802-388-2661

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and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in this crash. This case remains under investigation • Recovered, from a Route 7 South parking lot, a trailer that had been reported stolen from Franklin County on May 7. • Helped a South Village Green resident who reported a missing FedEx package on May 8. • Served an Addison County Family Court order on a local man on May 8. • Served a temporary restraining order on a local man on May 8. • Ticketed two Middlebury Union High School students for being minors in possession of tobacco on campus on May 8. • Informed state court officials on May 8 about unexcused school absences logged by nine Middlebury Union Middle School students. • Made note on May 9 of three Mary Hogan Elementary students with unexcused absences. • Were informed on May 9 that someone had torn/cut three window screens at the Ilsley Library. • Assisted Middlebury Regional EMS with a suspected overdose patient outside of Two Brothers Tavern on Main Street on May 10. • Began an investigation into a possible ATM fraud case in the Court Street Extension area on May 10. • Warned a couple about sleeping under the Cross Street Bridge not to do so on May 10.

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• Investigated a reckless driving complaint on Foote Street on May 10. • Assisted Middlebury Regional EMS in helping a person who had overdosed on medication at the South Village Green apartments on May 11. • Responded with Vermont State Police and Middlebury firefighters to a report of a vehicle fire off Seymour Street on May 11. • Served a no-trespass order on May 11 on a woman who had been sleeping in a parking lot off Valley View Road. • Served a no-trespass order on May 11 on some people who had been camping in the Chipman Hill area on May 11. • Referred to state officials on May 11 the case of a Mary Hogan Elementary School student who had missed what they said was “many” days of school. • Responded to a report of a MUMS student threatening selfharm on May 11. Police took the student to meet with the district’s crisis team. • Helped MUMS officials deal with a student who had been misbehaving on May 11. • Responded to a noise complaint in the Washington Street area on May 12. Police said they asked a large group of Middlebury College students to turn down their music. • Investigated a vandalism complaint at the Creek Road Laser Wash on May 12. • Responded to a report of cows in the roadway at the intersection of Foote Street and Route 7 South on May 12. Police said the cows were returned to their barn.


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“AN EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY Woman,” focuses on the diaries of Bristol resident Phebe Orvis, who kept a diary for ten years recounting 19th century life in Bristol and surrounding areas.

Photo courtesy Rokeby Museum

Rokeby to look at a women’s 1800 life FERRISBURGH — Rokeby Museum will open for its 2018 season on Sunday, May 20. Marking the start of the 2018 special program series, Susan Ouellette, Professor of History and American Studies at St. Phebe Michael’s Orvis, a College will Bristol speak about resident her recently with ties to p u b l i s h e d book, “An Vergennes Extraordinary and Middlebury, O r d i n a r y Woman” at 3 began a p.m. journal in Of special 1820 and interest to Addison County kept it faithfully for r e s i d e n t s , and Vermont a decade. and New York history enthusiasts, Ouellette shares her research and analysis of the diary of Phebe Orvis. Orvis, a Bristol resident with ties to Vergennes and Middlebury, began a journal in 1820 and kept it faithfully for a decade.

SUSAN OUELLETE WILL highlight Rokeby Museum’s Opening Day with a talk about 19th century Bristol resident and diarist Phebe Orvis.

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Her diary not only captures details of everyday life of an ordinary woman living in 19th century Vermont and upstate New York, but also sheds light on her ambition for education and family, and how the changing social and economic environment in which she lived greatly affected

her life. Books will be available for purchase. The Museum is located at 4334 Route 7 in Ferrisburgh. Call 802-8773406 or e-mail at rokeby@comcast. com for more information. Tickets for the program only are $5 program only or free with Museum admission.

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PUTTING THE BEST spin possible on a messy situation, the Brandon Artists Guild is set to produce over 100 pieces of art in the form of quilt blocks to hang on the exterior of buildings in Brandon as a way to beautify the town as it undergoes two more years of downtown road construction. Leading the effort are, from left, Ashley Wolff, Joan Drew, Warren Kimble and Robin Kent, along with Judy Reilly (not pictured.)

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Brandon’s Quilt Trail brightens the landscape



You know the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

patterns on wood panels to hang in prominent places throughout the town in what will be known as “The Quilt Trail of Brandon Vermont.”

Well, the Brandon Artists Guild has launched a project that will brighten the landscape in response to a multi-year road construction project that has ripped up their downtown green and is reconfiguring the traffic pattern through the heart of the downtown.

“With all the construction we had to do something to feel good about the town,” said Brandon resident and prominent folk artist Warren Kimble, “and, of course, have some fun. We had to have something to get excited about.”

Armed with paintbrushes, high-quality exterior plywood cut in perfect squares, quilt patterns and a lifetime of artistic experience, the group of artists — led by Joan Drew, Warren Kimble, Robin Kent, Judy Reilly and Ashley Wolff — are creating quilt block

Drew, of Leicester, hatched the idea; and she, Kimble and the others head up the project with a simple goal: to engage gallery artists on a group project and have fun, to involve and excite the Brandon community, and to entice travelers to stop in Brandon during the ongoing road construction over the next two summer construction seasons. To cap off the event, the Artists Guild plans to host

an auction of the wooden quilt blocks in the summer or fall of 2019. Four quilt boards have already been installed on the exterior north wall of the Guild gallery at 7 Main St. facing Café Provence — ideal viewing for patrons of the restaurant. And that’s just the point: the quilt blocks are to be hung in store windows, maybe sandwich boards on the sidewalk, on the sides of buildings or barns — anywhere the public will notice them throughout town and have the greatest impact to beautify the buildings and create interest in the project and in the community. “It’s the business of art!” said Kimble, explaining that art — if done well — can “energize the downtown” and reflect well on SEE QUILTS ON PAGE 8

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ART ‘Fish and Feather’ – the best in wildlife artistry


ost Vermonters love nature — love it so much, in fact, that they are happy to look at depictions of it hanging on the wall if they can’t get out and enjoy it. Perhaps with that in mind, the Bristol gallery Art on Main is presenting the exhibition “Fish and Feather: The Wildlife Artistry of Painter Nick Mayer and Carver Gary M. Starr.” Master carver Gary Starr makes bird sculptures in Middlebury and award-winning illustrator Mayer paints realistic images of fish at his Lincoln studio. This combined exhibit reflects the

exceptional artistry and technique of two men passionate about the natural world and their creative expression of what they see and experience in it. “Fish and Feather” opens on Friday, May 18, with a public reception from 5-7 p.m. at the 25 Main St. gallery. It will be on display until July 1. If asked, Gary Starr will tell you he has seen over 4,300 different birds — in fact he has traveled the world in search of new species — from places as far flung as Antarctica and the Galapagos to the more mundane Kansas prairies. Each place offering new inspiration for his carving work.

Gary began carving as a boy under the tutelage and inspiration of his father, master carver and collector George Ross Starr Lincoln resident Nick Mayer, a former marine biologist, applies some of this characteristic fine detail to a painting. Jr., who was well see what new species will be recognized in the world of decoy introduced each year. He says the art. Gary knows the year that he perennial favorite and best seller carved his first bird — and every is the bright red cardinal — what is other bird he has ever not to love! made — because of George’s insistence Nick Mayer is a full-time nature that every piece be illustrator whose style embraces signed and dated. the natural beauty of fish and other Gary would show marine life with a unique scientific his father his work, perspective. He is a former marine only to be turned biologist, adventurer and a lifelong back to make it “just fly fishing addict. He survived by so.” At age 40, Starr the skin of his teeth after falling began carving fulloverboard off a commercial fishing time and created his vessel into the Bering Sea, then highly successful business Starr Decoys. his float plane nearly crashed in Northern Labrador — this inspired People from across Nick to pursue his true calling as the globe buy and an artist. Painting is his passion and collect his birds; from decoys to his beloved he has developed a celebrated touch. ornaments his buyers are passionate, and wait anxiously to SEE ART ON PAGE 3

Gary Starr, who has seen birds all over the world, carves beautiful avian images out of wood.

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FOOD Tour de Farms bike ride peddling to Vergennes


In its first 10 years the Tour de Farms has been centered around Shoreham/ Orwell and then Bristol/Monkton/ New Haven. ACORN (Addison County Relocalization Network), which organizes the annual biking farm tour, recently announced that the 11th Annual Tour de Farms will visit farms in the Vergennes area. It’s slated for Sept. 16. The new venue and the later date will allow the Tour to link up with another growing local food celebration — that afternoon the Eat on the Green Food and Music Festival will take place in downtown Vergennes. The Tour de Farms links two great activities that center on health: outdoor exercise and healthy local foods. The 2018 tour, which will take place Sunday, Sept. 16, will feature a 30-mile route with six farm stops and a shorter, kid-friendly 10-mile route for those who prefer a more relaxed adventure. The 30mile route leaves from Vergennes Union High School between 8:30-9:30 a.m., and a 10-mile route departs between 10 and 10:30 a.m.

Riders make a tasty stop at a farm during a previous Tour de Farms. This year’s tour will be Sept. 16.

• Kimball Brook Farm • Nea Tocht Farm

Over 30 local farms, food businesses and restaurants will be participating. Sample everything from organic fruit smoothies to pulled pork to maple scones.

• Adam’s Berry Farm

The terrain includes small hills with some short, steep rises. Mountain bikes or road bikes with wide tires are strongly recommended due to loose gravel. Participants will be sharing the road with cars. ACORN recommends the Tour for children over 14 years old, children younger than 14 should be experienced road riders and must be accompanied by an adult. A map of the final route will be provided at registration on Sept. 16.

• Philo Ridge Farm

The second annual Eat on the Green

So far, the 2018 farm stops include: • Boundbrook Farm • Flower Power VT

Food and Music Festival ditches the bike but keeps the local food. At this event, from noon to 6 p.m. on the City Green, participants will be invited to sample delicious bites from our area’s popular restaurants and eateries. Enjoy live bands and a cash bar hosted by Bar Antidote, and the kids can take part in fun activities. Admission for this event has not yet been released. The Tour de Farms was featured in Outside Magazine in 2015 when listing Middlebury as one of the 16 best places to live in the U.S. and the 2016 Tour was highlighted in “The Local Motive” series on Vermont PBS. SEE TOUR ON PAGE 14


Sporting art specialist Fred Polhemus writes, “In today’s world of sporting art, Nick Mayer is simply one of the best practitioners in the market. In terms of fish portraits, Nick is among

the top two or three practitioners in the world. His work is that good and he delivers renderings of fish that are not only technically accurate, convincing and powerful but are also fresh, spontaneous and full of life.” Mayer has illustrated two books on

fish — “Catalina Island Dive Buddies,” written by International Gamefish Association historian Mike Rivkin (Silverfish Press) and “Wild Oceans,” an adult coloring book (Fox Chapel Publishing). He is currently working on “Fish ABCs,” a children’s book featuring one fish for each letter of

the alphabet. His work and licensed products can be seen in galleries and stores in over 30 countries. Art on Main’s spring hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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OUT OF TOWN Bella Voce’s ‘Sing Creation’s Music’ spring concerts

Bella Voce’s members include music educators, choir directors, college students and women who simply enjoy singing.

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ermont’s premier women’s chorus is headed to Scotland this summer so they have some wonderful music from the British Isles to share with you, including a Gaelic carol and an annual, familiar tune by beloved Scottish poet Robert Burns. Fans of the “Outlander” TV series will recognize the “Skye Boat Song.” You’ll hear a Northumbrian folk song and Cantiamo will perform the playful English Madrigal “Fair Phyllis.” But not only songs of Scotland and England: you’ll hear music from Italy, Spain, and a robust Hebrew song of praise, “Mi Chamocha.” Closer to home, there will be American folk songs as well as music by Vermont composer Gwyneth Walker and three pieces by Richard Stoehr, an Austrian-born composer who lived and taught here in Vermont at Saint Michael’s College in the last half of the past century. Bella Voce is thrilled to welcome guest artists Laura Markowitz on violin and John Dunlop on cello; those two who will be featured on many of the pieces to be performed at this concert. The chorus will take the stage on Saturday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m., at the Stowe Community Church, 137 Main St. in Stowe and on Sunday, May 20, at 3 p.m., at the McCarthy Arts Center Recital Hall, 18 Campus Road, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester. Tickets, $18 general admission and $15 for seniors and students, are available at the door or from Flynn Tix at 802-86-FLYNN or

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IN TOWN Meet some opera singers, hear them warm up


he Opera Company of Middlebury opens its 15th Season with “A Streetcar Named Desire,” which will run from June 1 to 9 at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater.

Come to the Unitarian Universalist Society at 2 Duane Court in Middlebury for the annual “Meet the Singers” reception on Sunday, May 20, at 5 p.m. Settle back and enjoy the singers as they perform their favorite arias, then get to know them over drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Space is limited, so purchase your tickets now to be the first to hear these magnificent singers. There will be appetizers and a cash bar as well as the performances. Tickets are $35 general admission, and may be purchased at, 802-3829222, at the THT box office (Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.) or at the door if available. Composer André Previn once said that Tennessee Williams’ play was already an opera — just without the singing. With its sweeping passions, exotic location (a sweltering New Orleans in the 1940s) and a central character who rivals all of the great operatic heroines, it was only a matter of time before someone set it to music. Previn’s operatic take on this American classic is extremely faithful to the original play. “In fact, he had no choice,” says Opera Company of Middlebury’s artistic director Douglas Anderson. “The Williams estate wouldn’t let him change a single word. The result is an opera that has all of the hallmarks of a great play: amazing language, high drama, and a great story.”

Gregory Gerbrandt performs in the Opera Santa Barbara’s production of “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

Photo by David Bazemore.

The role of Blanche Dubois will be played by soprano Meredith Lustig. “She’s a terrific soprano,” says Anderson, “but she also has a lot of musical theater experience, and that’s key. For this opera you need exceptional singers who are also exceptional actors.” Baritone Gregory Gerbrandt plays the hulking Stanley Kowalski, having played the role at Opera Santa Barbara and Opera Idaho. Soprano Cree Carrico debuts with the company as Stella, and OCM alum Jamie Flora will sing the role of Mitch. Rounding out the company are Olga Perez Flora, Joshua Collier, Sara Petrocelli and Cameron Steinmetz. Guest Conductor Michael Sakir will conduct the 29-piece OCM orchestra. “A Streetcar Named Desire” marks the 20th OCM production directed by Douglas Anderson and stage-

managed by Mary Longey. Previn’s score is something of a miracle, drawing on jazz and blues but maintaining its own distinctive voice. “Previn could have easily written imitations of what we think of as New Orleans music, but here the jazz is more of an undercurrent, a suggestion of New Orleans without falling into simply copying the style. The result is a contemporary opera that is inviting and accessible, but still a gripping operatic experience.” “A Streetcar Named Desire” will be performed on June 1, at 3 (matinee), 7 and 9 p.m., at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater. Tickets may be purchased at, 802-3829222, or at the THT Box Office (Monday-Friday, Noon-5 p.m.). More information about the




Experience the early silent film version of L. Frank Baum’s immortal “The Wizard of Oz” with live music provided by SATURDAY MAY silent film expert Jeff Rapsis at Brandon Town Hall at 7 p.m. This 1925 black-and-white film features comedian Larry Semon in a slapstick romp and Oliver Hardy as the Tin Man. Popcorn for sale. Admission free, donation welcome.

Retired “National Geographic” photographer James Blair will discusses some of the 36 photographs from the Sheldon Museum’s collection now WEDNESDAY MAY on view in the exhibit “Our Town: Love, Joy, Sadness, and Baseball — 100 Years of Photography from the Sheldon.” Limit 20. Noon at 1 Park St. Reserve your spot at 802388-2117 or

What’s it like to take a 500-mile hike in a foreign land? The Rev. Lawrence Jones presents an illustrated reading of poetry, travel log writing and video from THURSDAY MAY his pilgrimage along the storied El Camino de Santiago de Compostela in France and Spain last summer. EastView at Middlebury, 3-4 p.m. Free and open to the public.




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SPRING REPTILE AND AMPHIBIAN WALK IN ADDISON. Thursday, May 17, 6-9 p.m., Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area, Route 17 West. Herpetologist Jim Andrews will lead an evening field trip that will take participants to parts of the wildlife management area where spring amphibians are most likely to be seen and heard. The event is limited to 20. Bring flashlights and to dress for walking through the woods and on wet ground. More info & registration: amy.alfieri@ or 802-759-2398.

ACTIVE GREEN MOUNTAIN CLUB MT. Philo hike in Charlotte. Saturday, May 19. An easy to moderate 2-mile hike and with an elevation gain of 636 feet with breathtaking views of the Lake Champlain Valley and New York’s Adirondack Mountains. Wear appropriate clothing for hiking and bring water, a snack and hiking poles, if used. More info contact Ralph Burt at or 802355-4415.

Middlebury for a bakery stop. The longer ride rolls out by Kingsland Bay State Park before heading south to Middlebury. No big hills. Leader John Bertelsen: 802-864-0101 or, or co-leader Karla Ferrelli: 802-864-0101 or karla.

ARTS ARTIST’S RECEPTION IN BRISTOL. Friday, May 18, time TBA, Art on Main, 25 Main St. Meet the artists featured in “Fish and Feather: The Wildlife Artistry of Painter Nick Mayer and Carver Gary Starr.” See story on Page 2 for details. “THE LAST OF THE HILL FARMS” OPENING RECEPTION IN MIDDLEBURY. Friday, May 18, 5-7 p.m., Vermont Folklife Center, 88 Main St. A public reception and gallery talk on the new exhibit by photographer Richard Brown. The photographs reflect his fondness for a time when Vermonters earned their livelihoods from the land without much aid from internal combustion engines. Complimentary locally sourced food and drink will be served.

EVERYDAY BIKING WORKSHOPS IN MIDDLEBURY. Saturday, May 19, 10 and 11 a.m., Vermont Coffee Company, 1197 Exchange St. Come for free iced coffee, learn tips from Local Motion on getting about town by bike safely and without getting your bike stolen. Stay for Frog Hollow Bikes coupon for free u-lock. First session starts inside Cafe at 10 a.m. Limit 30 people. Go to to register. Second workshop starts just before 11 am for on-street skills demonstrations and practice and is limited to 10. Go to to register.

ARTIST’S OPENING RECEPTION IN MIDDLEBURY. Saturday, May 19, 5-7 p.m., Steven Jupiter Gallery, 4 Frog Hollow Alley. Come see “Halcyon Days,” a new collection of nature-based abstract works on paper by local artist Kileigh Hannah. These pieces capture Hannah’s awed reaction to fleeting moments of natural beauty in the Vermont landscape. The artist will be in attendance and refreshments will be served. Free.

GREEN MOUNTAIN CLUB MT. Moosalamoo hike in Goshen. Sunday, May 20 (Rescheduled from May 11), begin at Moosalamoo Campground, Ripton-Goshen Rd. Wildflower hike. Easy/ moderate 4 mile round trip hike on Mt. Moosalamoo Trail. 500 ft. ascent. (Option: additional 2-mile Route; total 1,530 ft. ascent.) Bring camera, water & snack. Call leader Ruth Penfield 802-388-5407 for directions, meeting time & to confirm participation.

“THE WIZARD OF OZ” SILENT VERSION ON SCREEN IN BRANDON. Saturday, May 19, 7 p.m., Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Sq. Experience the early silent film version of L. Frank Baum’s immortal tales, featuring silent comedian Larry Semon in a slapstick romp that also casts Oliver Hardy as the Tin Man. Silent film expert Jeff Rapsis will play live musical accompaniment. Free. Donations accepted, with proceeds to help continuing preservation work.

VERGENNES VOYAGER BIKE RIDE IN VERGENNES. Sunday, May 20, meet at 9:45 a.m., east parking lot, Vergennes Union High School, Monkton Road. Join the GMBC for a 26-mile rolling (easy) or 39-mile flat to rolling (easy/moderate) rural ride along Otter Creek to


GARDENING PLANT SALES IN VERGENNES MIDDLEBURY AND EAST MIDDLEBURY. Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., the Bixby Library in Vergennes is



having a plant sale. From 9 a.m.- noon the Sarah Partridge Library at 431 E. Main St. will have its own plant sale, with house and garden plants from $1 to $5 each (incidentally, books will be on sale, too). During that same period — 9 a.m.noon — at the College Park near the roundabout in Middlebury, the Middlebury Garden Club will be selling flowers, herbs, houseplants, vegetables, perennials and annuals for shade and full sun ready for planting. All potted plants are grown locally by club members and are proven cold hardy. Experts will be on hand to give planting, pruning and easy maintenance tips. Proceeds benefit the Garden Club’s activities. Rain or shine.

MUSIC SONG FEST IN MIDDLEBURY. Friday & Saturday, May 18 & 19, Middlebury Community Music Center, 6 Main St. First, on Friday, 7:30-9:30 p.m., will be the “Salon,” with artists exploring the relationship between poetry, music and the listener. On Saturday, 1-4 p.m., will feature a Master Class with a performance of the songs worked rounding out the afternoon. Finally, 7:30-9:30 p.m., at Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Ct. Mezzo-soprano Dawn Pierce, tenor Joshua Collier and soprano Sarah Cullins sing English and American arts songs. Tickets for this final piece are $20. More info at PATRICK FITZSIMMONS CD RELEASE PARTY IN BRISTOL. Saturday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m., Holley Hall. Vermont singer-songwriter will be celebrating the release of his seventh CD, “Bird Tree” with a concert at the beautiful and newly acoustically renovated Holley Hall in Bristol. Tickets $15 at or $20 at the door. Wine/beer cash bar by Tandem. YOUNG NOVELISTS PERFORM IN BRANDON. Saturday, May 19, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Rd. Toronto-based band is fronted by husband and wife Graydon James and Laura Spink. Their sound that has been compared to everyone from The Band to Wilco. Tickets $20. Pre-concert dinner available for $25. Reservations required for dinner and recommended for the show. BYOB. More info: 802-247-4295 or info@ CHAMPLAIN VALLEY FIDDLERS IN MIDDLEBURY. Sunday, May 20, 11 a.m., VFW, 530 Exchange St. Jam session/open stage at 11 a.m., followed by fiddling, music and dancing at noon. 50/50

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glass and hot food available for purchase.

JAZZOU JONES PLAYS IN MIDDLEBURY. Sunday, May 20, 3-4 p.m. Community Room, EastView at Middlebury, 100 Eastview Ter. Before he heads to the Mississippi for a summer season of entertaining on board riverboats, pianist Jones presents a performance of ragtime favorites. Free and open to the public.


MEET THE SINGERS OF “A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE” IN MIDDLEBURY. Sunday, May 20, 5 p.m., Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Ct. Join the Opera Company of Middlebury cast for its annual Meet the Singers reception. Settle back and enjoy the singers perform their favorite arias, then get to know them over drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Space is limited. Appetizers and performance. Cash bar. Tickets $35, available at or at the box office at 802382-9222. GUMBO YA YA IN NEW HAVEN. Friday, May 25, 6-8 p.m., Lincoln Peak Vineyard, 142 River Rd. Vineyard opens at 5:30 for picnicking. Bring a lawn chair and relax to the sounds of this a rock ‘n’ roll stew, cooking up soul calypso, ska, reggae, worldgroove, and n’awlins funk. Free. Wine by the

“BOSTON MARRIAGE” ON STAGE IN MIDDLEBURY. Friday & Saturday, May 18 & 19, 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 20, 2 p.m., Vermont Coffee Company Playhouse, 1197 Exchange St. MCP’s Company Be will present a fully staged reading of David Mamet’s clever drawing-room comedy. Diana Bigelow directs fellow Bristol thespians Susanne Peck, Kendra Gratton, and Gretchen Cole in this sophisticated and fanciful play. Tickets $10 at the door. For mature audiences.

LECTURES “MAPLE SYRUP INDUSTRY PAST AND PRESENT” TALK IN BRISTOL. Thursday, May 17, 7 p.m., Howden Hall, 19 West St. The Bristol Historical Society will present local resident David Folino, successful maple syrup producer to discuss maple syrup industry and its prospect in the 21st Century. Free. More info: Steve Ayotte at 802-4537709.

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“VERMONT’S DEAF CULTURE: BUILDING BRIDGES THROUGH THEATER” IN BRISTOL. Thursday, May 17, 7-8:30 p.m., Holley Hall. The One world Library Project presents this show on the beauty and expressiveness of sign language and the connections it can forge to a rich but sometimes inaccessible culture. More info at Lawrence Memorial Library, 802-453-2366 or SUE HALPERN IN MIDDLEBURY. Tuesday, May 22, 1-2 p.m., Community Meeting Room, Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Author and Middlebury College scholar-in-residence Halpern will talk about the writing life and read from her new novel, “Summer Hours at the Robbers Library.” Book signing to follow. JAMES BLAIR ON PHOTOGRAPHY IN MIDDLEBURY. Wednesday, May 23, noon, Henry Sheldon Museum, 1 Park St. Join the retired “National Geographic” photographer as he discusses some of the 36 photographs from the Sheldon Museum’s collection now on view in the exhibit “Our Town: Love, Joy, Sadness, and Baseball — 100 Years of Photography from the Sheldon Museum.” Limit 20. Reserve your spot at 802-388-2117 or

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“Each community has its own voice through art,” added Brandon artist Robin Kent, noting that her town has become known over the years for its strong and creative arts community and the impact art has had on the town. At its most basic contribution, she said, “Art gives you joy.” 15 YEARS OF ART SHOWS Brandon and the Brandon Artists Guild have been launching such creative art projects since the inception of “The Really Really PIG Show” back in 2003 — an event that was an unexpected success. “Back then I was just trying to do something to put us on the map,” said Kimble, who at age 83 today, remains a boyish bundle of energy, creativity and enthusiasm. “We were the first town in the country to do it in a way that really became widely known, and since then the idea has spread throughout the country.” When the 40-plus painted pigs were finally auctioned, the Artists Guild raised an astounding $165,000 to benefit the organization (after which they purchased their Main Street gallery space) and started an art scholarship program for eight area schools.

“The Really Really PIG Show” was followed by “The Birdhouse Festival” in 2004 and “Brandon Rocks – Chairs of Brandon” in 2005, both huge hits that really put Brandon and the Artists Guild on the map. Four quilt-blocks have already been hung on the north side of the Guild’s gallery at 7 Center Street in Brandon. The quilt-blocks, fr Whiz“ by John Drew, Ashley Wolff and Robin Kent; “Blue Star” by Joan Drew; and “Surrounded” by Warren Kimble.

In 2006, it was “Mighty Brandon’s Flying Palette Circus” — part of a statewide project led by Kimble and the Vermont Arts Council through an event dubbed the “Palettes of Vermont” that would involve more than 6,000 painted wooden palettes statewide and gained Kimble and the Brandon arts community further statewide recognition, including accolades from then Gov. James Douglas. In 2007, it literally was “Reigning Cats and Dogs” in the art project of that year, which saw the painted

family pets become regal objects of fascination and worship. The theme in 2008 was “Brandon Thinks Outside the Box,” featuring six-sided paintings on all sorts of creative box-like pieces of art — some intricate, and others just surprisingly creative. The year 2009 was the 10th anniversary of the Brandon Artists Guild and the theme “Starring Brandon,” featured star-shape artistic pieces that reflected on the star role the artist community had played in the town for the past decade.

In 2010, the theme was “Sunflowers,” and in 2011, “Art Makes Brandon Tick” focused on artistcreative clocks — both antique and whimsical. The theme stayed whimsical in 2012 with “Something’s HATCHING in Brandon,” and after taking a rest in 2013, the Artists Guild launched “Brandon Rocks On” in 2014 — the last event until this year’s “The Quilt Trail.” THE QUILT TRAIL

The quilt blocks come in a variety of sizes, ranging from a 48-inch square to a six-inch square. Show above, from left, are: “Bear’s Paws” by Judith Reilly; “Iris” by Joan Drew; “Wheel of Color,” by Peg Racine; and an Untitled piece by Warren Kimble.

While The Quilt Trail isn’t a new idea — 48 other states have done something similar as has a town in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom — the art lends itself to brightening big outdoor spaces with a durable piece of art that can last outside for about seven years, says Kent, before the paint starts to weather and fade, or much longer if the piece of art is placed on a shadier side of the building or barn or protected from the

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Artists Ashley Wolff, Joan Drew and Robin work on their quilt block “Gee Whiz” at the Brandon Artists Guild Gallery in Brandon earlier this spring.

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in the gallery.

rom left to right, are: “Light to Shadow,” by Judith Reilly; “Gee Independent photo/Angelo Lynn

weather in other ways. But then that’s really not the point of this project, says Kimble, who emphasizes the block quilts are meant to beautify buildings in the town during the construction project. The square wooden quilt blocks will come in five sizes: 48x48 inches, 30x30 inches, 24x24 inches, 18x18 inches and 6x6 inches. The guild plans to produce around 106 quilt blocks, which will be placed throughout the community in a way that creates a walking trail or a driving trail to be depicted on a “Quilt Trail Map” produced later this summer. Artists will work on the block quilts at the guild’s Main Street gallery on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to design and paint the boards. Community members are invited to stop by the gallery to either watch the artists work or help paint or be part of the production process. In addition to the quilt blocks, the guild will open the theme up to all sorts of artistic pieces for sale

“Artists can make it out of fabric, (finer) woods, ceramics, photographers can do it, glass blowers can do it too,” said Drew. “We’re encouraging members of the guild to get creative to make quiltrelated pieces of art for sale to benefit the guild and area schools.” Why do all this work? “Camaraderie,” says Drew, adding it’s fun to have a group project for members of the guild, which is a co-op that attracts artists from all over the state, not just in the Brandon region. And as children’s author and artist Wolff said, echoing Kimble, “Art is in every part of our lives; it’s not just paintings; it’s your car, your clothes, your food, your house, buildings in town, landscapes ... everything.” When art is viewed in that context, it’s more accessible, the artists agreed, and in a project like the Quilt Trail, it’s something that everyone can be a part of. “Anyone can do this project and help with it,”

Drew and Kimble said. “We design the patterns and tape it off, then it’s just painting between the lines.” For more information or to volunteer, call the gallery at 802-247-4956 or stop by the gallery on Thursdays.

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OPERA COMPANY OF MIDDLEBURY – 15TH SEASON Douglas Anderson directs André Previn’s faithful opera adaptation  of Tennessee Williams’ classic play, its jazz-inflected score evoking  a highly charged New Orleans setting. Michael Sakir conducts the  OCM orchestra.

Fri 6/8  5-7pm  In the Jackson Gallery


BIRDS, BEES AND BUTTERFLIES IN THE LAND OF MILK AND HONEY A Group Exhibition of Poetry and Art – Benefit for the Audubon Society.  On display June 1 – July 8, 2018.


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Yellow Submarine is a colorful musical spectacle and an exhilaratingly joyful cinematic experience for  all  ages  — filled  with  visual  invention,  optical   illusions,  word  play,  and  glorious,  glorious  music.


The New Paintings of David Fifield: Head in the Clouds. On view May 4-June 26 at the Brandon Artists Guild. Fifield, who grew up in Vermont, says he is fascinated by the infinite possibilities of abstract art, believing it is more about discovery than creation. The BAG is at 7 Center St., Brandon. (802) 247-4956 or Barn Art. On view April 6-June 16, featuring a juried collection of works from 31 different artists in celebration of barns. Compass Music and Arts Center, 333 Jones Dr., Brandon. (802) 247-4295 or “Where to Land” at Northern Daughters Gallery. A solo exhibit of oil paintings by Bonnie Baird is on view at 221 Main St., Vergennes, from May 3 through June 10. Baird is known for her authentic, personal paintings of the Vermont landscape. Opening reception with live music on May 11, from 5-8 p.m. (802) 877-2173 or The Last of the Hill Farms: Photographs by Richard Brown. On display April 10-June 23, this exhibit offers the chance to experience the Vermont that Brown entered and began to photograph in the 1970s. Fifty years later, the lives, landscapes and time period he so lovingly captured are available for viewing through these large-format, finely detailed, photographic prints. Opening reception and gallery talk on Friday, May 18, 5-7 p.m. Vermont Folklife Center, 88 Main St., Middlebury. (802) 388-4964 or Our Town Our Town: Love, Joy, Sadness and Baseball — 100 Years of Photographs from the Sheldon Museum. On view March 20-July 8, featuring three dozen photographs from the museum’s Research Center curated by James Pease Blair. Henry Sheldon Museum, 1 Park St., Middlebury. (802) 388-2117 or Tranquility. This solo exhibition by Liz Hoag is on exhibit for the month of May at Edgewater Gallery on the Green, 6 Merchants Row, Middlebury. Hoag, a new artist to the gallery, blends the ideas inspired by her nature experiences into her work, using mostly acrylic paint on canvas. Opening reception on Friday, May 11, from 5-7 p.m. Edgewater, (802) 989.7419 or “Impressions” at Edgewater at the Falls Gallery. Lithographic print artist Daryl Storrs will be the featured artist for the month of May. 1 Mill St., Middlebury. (802) 458-0098 or “Fish and Feather: The Wildlife Artistry of Painter Nick Mayer and Carver Gary M. Starr.” This exhibit at Art on Main in Bristol reflects the exceptional artistry and technique of a master carver and an award-winning painter, and reveals their passion about the natural world. It opens on Friday, May 18, with a public reception from 5-7 p.m. at the 25 Main St. gallery. It will be on display until July 1.

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American Wood Sculptor John Cross: A Contemporary Figurative Folk Artist. On view March 20-July 8, featuring the whimsical wood carvings of folk artist John Cross. Henry Sheldon Museum, 1 Park St., Middlebury. (802) 388-2117 or Ancient Mediterranean And Early European Art. Ongoing exhibit, highlighting an Egyptian Old Kingdom relief and an early 15-century Italian panel painting. Lower Gallery at the Middlebury College Museum of Art, 72 Porter Field Road, Middlebury. (802) 443-5007.

THE OPERA COMPANY OF MIDDLEBURY CAST OF A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Settle back and enjoy the singers from A Streetcar Named Desire perform their favorite arias, then get to know them  over drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

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MUSIC Song Fest bringing beautiful music to Middlebury


group of incredible vocal & instrumental artists are coming together to promote some of the best in the musical arts this weekend in the inaugural Middlebury Song Fest. In conjunction with Middlebury Community Music Center, this festival and concert series celebrates classical song in the idyllic setting of the Green Mountains. The theme of the event is “Wild and Wonderful ... all things natural, seasonal and romantic.” With three concerts over two days — plus the opportunity to sit in

creativity, reflection, participation and joy. English and American poets and musicians from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries will be the guides as performers play, sing, reflect, relate and wonder. Concerts vary from exploratory and experimental, to debuts of original music, to traditional art song.


The festival kicks off on Friday evening, May Ali Gibson and Cynthia Huard 18, 7:30 p.m., at developing artists and students to hone their the Middlebury collaborative musical skills. Participants may Community Music Center on Main Street in Middlebury, with a concert that explores include college students beginning their musical careers, budding composers sharing the intricate relationship between poetry, newly written music, as well as vocalist and music and the listener. Singers and pianists of all ages. pianists from both Boston and Vermont will lead listeners on a journey of the It will start with a Master Class at 1 p.m., led heart and mind as they play with poetry, by Dawn Pierce (voice), Ali Gibson (voice), music and our relationship with them. Peter Cirka (piano) and Cynthia Huard (piano). The featured artists will be Liz Anker, Andrew on a “master class” — Middlebury Song Binns, Peter Cirka, Ali Dawson Gibson, Cynthia Watch and listen to students’ learning Fest brings together singers from around experiences and witness the process of how Huard and Betty Kafumbe. the northeastern U.S. to not only sing and a pianist and singer learn to work together explore the classical song repertoire, but to and fine tune their performance. Round the In a Saturday afternoon salon at the MCMC, engage deeply with audiences and inspire afternoon off with a 3 p.m. performance of there will the songs worked on during the Master Class. be an opportunity Experts will provide post-show advice to the for some of musicians. Vermont’s SEE SONGFEST ON PAGE 14 Song Fest in Middlebury. Friday, May 18, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Salon, Middlebury Community Music Center, 6 Main St.

live music

Patrick Fitzsimmons in Bristol. Saturday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m., Holley Hall. More Song Fest in Middlebury. Saturday, May 19, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society. Robin Gottfried Band in Middlebury. Saturday, May 19, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., Notte. Towne Meeting in Middlebury. Sunday, May 20, 2 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek. Emerson, Granner & Company in Middlebury. Tuesday, May 22, 3 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek. Jazzou Jones plays in Middlebury. Sunday, May 20, 3-4 p.m., EastView at Middlebury. Peter Cirka and Andrew Binns

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the movie DISOBEDIENCE — RUNNING TIME: 1:54 — RATING: R Disobedience” is a quiet, strong movie that pierces convention in many ways. The risks it takes are delivered with subtle use of gestures and voice. Director Sebastian Lelio, his team and a fine cast have delivered an unusually complex story in a provocative way. Ronit, a professional photographer in New York, has returned to London’s orthodox Jewish community to attend the funeral of her father, Rav Kruschka (Anton Kesser). She is greeted with widespread disdain by those who believe she deserted him. Two old friends welcome this woman they once knew so well. It is the three of them who will deliver the complicated emotions of the movie with quiet skill that holds our attention. Ronit (Rachel Weisz) and Esti (Rachel McAdams) had experienced attraction to each other as teenagers and Ronit is astonished to find that Esti has married their old friend Dovid (Alessandro Nivola). The two women find their mutual attraction very much alive and it unfolds against the anger of the orthodox community. Confusion engulfs the three of them. That confusion is born of the anger of the tightly knit religious community, of Dovid’s understandable distress, and of the deep honesty of each of the women who love each other despite the rigidity that surrounds them. As their physical affair unfolds, they show us the confines of the community that Ronit once ran from and Esti has accepted. We watch three adults work toward a decision in a culture with strict rules for thinking and behavior. Each of the women delivers her prevailing philosophy of life. Ronit, who couldn’t stand the conformity of the orthodox community, fled to New York to escape her resentment. The anger resurfaces as soon as she returns to London. Esti, who shares so much of Ronit’s bright spirit, falls into deep confusion — to stay in loyalty to husband and orthodoxy or to

Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola star in “Disobedience” (2017).

flee with her friend. Esti, after all, is married, in a restrained and acceptable kind of way, to Dovid, who is a rising power in the consuming culture of the orthodox faith. It is all heightened by the affair — both emotional and physical — that unfolds between Esti and Ronit. In lesser hands, all this could easily have been a genuine misfire. Delivery without histrionics by Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola, leaves us free to sink into their dilemma with genuine curiosity. What is the role of a deeply strict religious culture in a modern society that celebrates personal freedom? What happens when smart young adults who grew up in that culture are lured by the new flexibility of the modern world? The absence of villains here is what makes this movie provocative. Because the acting is so good, we are free to explore all the questions they are asking. Do I stay, or do I go? Which rules: loyalty or freedom? Three exceptional actors lead us in that search while remaining honorable and kind.

the book TIN MAN — SARAH WINMAN (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

This slim novel, presented in halves, tells a heartrendingly beautiful tale. In part one, we meet Ellis, a still-not-yet-old man, worn to numbness both by function — repetitive night shifts as an auto body repairman in the car plant that overshadows Oxford, and by choice — as a practiced way to avoid examining the tragic events of his past. When an injury forces him to take time off work for recuperation, he feels, since time has passed, ready to let in some of the thoughts and memories he usually pushes away. In another life, he might have been an artist. Part two is Michael, boyhood friend to Ellis, almost family, certainly loved. His journals, unpacked, reveal the other side of the story. Loss and love figure prominently in this warm novel, sparingly yet richly told. Details of life, brief moments, words exchanged between friends and family, small kindnesses, grand gestures, memories recovered and re-lived — these valuable bits that make up a life are recorded as a testimony to human lives, their fragility and temerity and strength. It’s a love story, but an unconventional one, one sure to broaden the reader’s view on what it means to love another person. — Reviewed by Jenny Lyons of the Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury.


— Reviewed by Joan Ellis


Ordinary People by Diana Evans The Only Story by Julian Barnes Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor

The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

House of Names by Colm Tóibín

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HOME Tips for creating gallery walls in your space


allery walls, also called moment walls, are one of today’s hottest home decor trends. Gallery walls enable homeowners to create visually appealing groupings of photos, frames, wall art and much more to dress up any room in the house.

Gallery walls can make a statement in the living room, add finesse to an entryway or showcase special items along a staircase. One need only do a quick internet search or browse through lifestyle magazines to see examples of gallery walls for inspiration. Anyone with a little determination can design a gallery wall themself. • Find your muse. The first step to creating a gallery wall is to choose a theme. If floral prints are your thing or you love abstract art, build your gallery around these elements. You can even use color or frame style as the coordinating factor.

t i p o e nal c x E • Take your time. Some people rush into creating gallery walls, and that can be a mistake. Spend time picking out pieces and trying different combinations before you take out the hammer and hardware. The mix should be captivating and look like it was a curated collection. Some pieces can be high-end, while others may be picked up at flea markets or even be your own artwork or photography. • Experiment with dimensions and levels. Gallery walls need not be restricted to flat photos on a wall. Texture and depth can be used in wall designs. Intersperse shelving, sconces, wooden letters, clocks, and more to make the gallery even more eclectic. Feel free to build the gallery around items that are in the house, such as windows or televisions. This can help electronics blend into the design.

• Hang items with precision. Don’t skimp on technique. Use a ruler, a level and the right tools. This ensures pieces are straight and in line with others.

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• Establish your focal point. Make the center of the display at eye level, roughly 66 inches off the ground. Then build the gallery out from around that focal point. There are many patterns that can be built into the gallery, from “spiral” to “centered” to “reflection” designs. • Create a template. Lay the gallery design on the floor and cut newspapers or other paper to the size of each piece. Use masking tape to position these guides on the wall, trying a few arrangements until you are happy with the finished product. Then replace the paper with the artwork.

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Saturday evening, May 19, the third of three CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 concerts in the series will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Court. It will feature truly top-shelf talent — mezzo-soprano Dawn Pierce, tenor Joshua Collier and soprano Sarah Cullins — as they come together to share some of their favorite English and American arts songs. These lovely and talented singers debut Middlebury Song Fest’s opening season exploring poetry, music and all things wild and wonderful.


Among the composers whose works will be heard are Samuel Barber, Benjamin Britten and Aaron Copland. Poets from Emily Dickinson and Jessica Jackson to James Agee and James Joyce will be featured. Local pianist Cynthia Huard and Boston-based pianist Peter Cirka will accompany these fine singers. Expect to experience a lovely evening of song! The suggested donation for the Friday performance is $10; for Saturday night it is $20. Saturday’s master class is free. For more information and to buy tickets go online to


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Town Hall Theater will soon purchase the adjacent property on Merchants Row, currently home to The Diner. THT secured the property for a possible new addition to the theater, perhaps 4-6 years from now. In the interim Town Hall Theater will consider all offers for lease of the building – restaurant, retail, office, gathering space – at extremely reasonable rates. Perfect for a startup or “pop-up” operation. Town Hall Theater is committed to maintaining the building’s role as a vital part of the downtown mix. For more information contact: Douglas Anderson Executive Director 802 388-1436

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

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Garden Weekend warriors Breathing new life into our old home

By CHRISTY LYNN felt like it was making room for a new MIDDLEBURY — Last summer, my vision for the home. We felt like we were husband Sam and I finally decided to jump giving our house another life. in with both feet on the house we had been That was at the beginning. renting. We bought the house and began a Soon though, the days started to shorten process that could be compared to giving and temperatures started to drop. Our progan 85-year-old a facelift. ress had been delayed by the discovery It started with demolition on the half of a massive fire that had blazed through of the house that we had been renting to most of the house, rendering 12-inch-wide another tenant and hadn’t beams useless charseen any major work for at coal and wall and floor least 50 years. sheathing that had meant “I’ve learned over the One weekend was spent last decade of living to keep things level and with a jackhammer remov- with someone who is a plum mere piles of soot. ing the crumbling central designer/builder… that We were shocked at the chimney, at least two construction projects are damage and amazed that others were spent prying like roller coasters…” the structure wasn’t lost off brittle plaster and completely. exposing old wooden lath With the discovery of made from planks easily two and a half the fire as well as mold that had collected feet wide that had been split and stretched in the roof due to lack of ventilation, we like an accordion to span the walls. chose to hire a team not just to replacing Each layer of smoked-stained, moldy the roofing material, but to fully rebuild the wallpaper or plywood paneling we roof. The crew showed up in December, removed felt like the house was giving a just as temperatures really started to fall. thankful sigh of relief. Each truckload of We had stripped all of the plumbing material we brought to the transfer station (See Restoration, Page 3C)


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Lilacs bloom in many varieties By LEONARD PERRY, UVM Horticulture Professor Emeritus Lilacs are great large shrubs for northern landscapes. They require little care, are long lived, and provide welcome color and fragrance in spring. You may not realize that by planting different selections of these old-fashioned shrubs you can have blooms for six weeks or more, and that they come in many colors other than lilac. In my USDA zone 4 garden, I have lilacs that begin bloom on average the second week of May, and the last ends bloom the last week of June. There are two general groups of lilacs, the early bloomers, which bloom in mid- to late-May in this zone (sooner in warmer zones), and the late bloomers in early- to midJune in this zone. The early bloomers are mainly cultivars (cultivated varieties) of the common lilac species (Syringa vulgaris), while the late bloomers are often cultivars of various species or of the Preston hybrids (Syringa x prestoniae). The Preston lilacs were first hybridized by Isabella Preston at the Experimental Farm in Ottawa, Ontario. They are crosses between two species (reflexa and villosa), and include such popular cultivars as the purple ‘Donald Wyman’, the white ‘Agnes Smith’, or the pink ‘James MacFarlane’. Lilac specialists have come up with seven color groupings for lilacs that sometimes are seen with Roman numerals. Unless noted, these examples of good lilac choices are of the common lilac. The first group (I) are the white lilacs such as the single common lilac ‘Alba’, or the single Preston hybrid ‘Agnes Smith’. ‘Edith Cavell’ is a white double, as is ‘Mme. Lemoine’. ‘Primrose’ falls into this group, although the buds and flowers are a unique light yellow. One of my favorite lilacs is the Russian hybrid ‘Krasavitsa Moscovy’, seen also by its English name Beauty of Moscow. The pinklilac buds

open to double white blooms tinged with lavender. The second color group (II) is violet. A very popular cultivar ‘Miss Kim’ of the Manchurian lilac (patula) has been grown for over half a century. Another very popular single in this color is the Korean lilac (meyeri) ‘Palibin’. Both flower a week or so later than the common lilacs, and are shorter. They make rounded shrubs six to eight feet high. Another single violet is the common lilac ‘Albert Holden’, while the rarer Russian hybrid ‘Nadezhda’ (meaning “hope”) is double. Blue is the third (III) color group of lilacs and is less common. Most seen is the common lilac ‘President Lincoln’ with single flowers. Similar are ‘Wedgewood Blue’ and ‘Wonderblue’. ‘Oliver de Serres’ and ‘President Grevy’ are a couple of the less common blue doubles. The true color lilac is the fourth group (IV), yet is less common than you might think. Common lilac cultivars ‘Michael Buchner’ and ‘Victor Lemoine’ have double flowers. Single lilac flowers are seen on the hyacinth lilac (hyacinthiflora) ‘Assessippi’, or the Preston hybrids ‘Charmian’ and ‘Isabella’. The Lemoine name is worth more explanation, as this was the famous French family who in Victorian times bred so many common lilac cultivars, some that we still have today. The purple ‘Charles Joly’, the lilac ‘Michael Buchner’, and the blue ‘President Grevy’ are examples. In fact, the term “French lilacs” is often applied to any cultivar of common lilac, even though in recent years many have been selected in the United States, Canada, and other countries such as Russia. The fifth group (V) of lilacs have p i n k flowers,

such as the single Preston hybrids ‘Helen’, ‘James MacFarlane’, or ‘Miss Canada’. The species that were parents of the Preston hybrids (villosa and reflexa) are pink singles, as is another Asian species (wolfii). The hyacinth lilac ‘Annabel’ is a pink double. ‘Marie Frances’ is a single pink common lilac, while ‘Katherine Havemeyer’ is a reddish-pink double. Red is the sixth (VI) color in lilacs, with the common lilac ‘Congo’ a single. ‘Beacon’ and ‘Hiawatha’ are single red Preston hybrids. ‘Jessie Hepler’ is a red single of a hybrid species (x josiflexa). A couple of the less common red doubles are the common Lemoine lilac ‘President Poincare’ and the hyacinth lilac ‘Sweetheart’. The last (VII) but largest color group of lilacs is purple. Single common lilacs include ‘Ludwig Spathe’ and ‘Monge’. ‘Sensation’ is appropriately named, as this common lilac has purple single flowers, each with a white edge to the petals. Other purple singles are the hyacinth lilac ‘Pocahontas’ and the Preston hybrid ‘Donald Wyman’. ‘Charles Joly’ is a double purple cultivar of common lilac. Look for some of these cultivars and colors the next time you visit a nursery or lilac display garden. A couple of the more extensive and famous displays are the Centennial Lilac Garden, north of Niagara Falls (over 1200 plants of over 200 varieties), and Highland Park in Rochester, N.Y. The latter hosts a lilac festival during mid-May each year, with 2018 marking 120 years of this free festival — the largest such of its kind in North America. If you have just the common lilac in your landscape, why not add some other colors? If you don’t have any, why not start adding them if you have the room, sun, and well-drained soil. Allow sufficient space as, over time, the short cultivars can spread 6 feet across, while most spread up to 12 feet across.


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decision upon decision upon decision about how we are going to use and how we are going to finish each space. Our tolerance for what a space needs to look like in order to be usable has plummeted, and we’ve spent many happy mornings by our beautiful new woodstove on a folding bench with singular focus on the one object in the room that’s finished, willingly ignoring the exposed framing and piles of sheetrock behind us waiting to be hung. Slowly, sometimes begrudgingly,

Restoration (Continued from Page 1C) from the half of the house where we had been working, leaving a bedroom upstairs and the living room, dining room, kitchen and bathroom as finished space downstairs. The “cold zone” was in between. The crew was efficient and

impressed us with their stamina, working in freezing temperatures on top of a roof while maintaining a smile. But it was brutal work and more than once they had to pause due to a major snow or ice storm that rendered the conditions unsafe for outdoor work. Meanwhile Sam

we work through the process. I’ve lost the naïve vision that one day I’ll come home to the vision of the house that Sam and I worked to imagine at the start of the project. Instead, I recognize that we’ll keep chipping away forever, building more functionality into each space before moving on to the next. Eventually, we’ll occupy these functional spaces and slowly we’ll put tools away and realize that we have time for other projects. Hopefully, we’ll be sensible enough to have a party to celebrate that unceremonious moment.

Most Vermonters wouldn’t consider December the right month for a roofing project, but on Dec. 7, 2017, this was the view of the upstairs of my house. The construction crew rid our house of six layers of rotten, charred, partially disintegrated roofing that had been built up and patched over the years.

The central chimney that ran through the middle of the house was structurally compromised and beyond repair. Using a jackhammer and with one person working from the top dropping loose bricks down the chimney and a second person clearing them from a ramp at ground level, we dismantled it brick by brick.

and I would cross the cold zone with flashlights every day, wondering what possessed us to make such a decision. On weekends, we warriors would bundle up and get our own tools out, making the progress we could to keep it all moving forward. By mid-January, we had prepared the downstairs living room enough to install the new woodstove, which was a blessing due to the frigid weather that was threatening the pipes that we still had running through the house. Even blasting space heaters directly on the pipes in the basement, insulating the runs that we could inside and committing to writing over what felt like our life’s savings to the propane company, our interior walls could only pretend to operate as exterior walls so well and it was cold everywhere. But nothing lasts forever and by the end of January we had a new roof and a heightened dormer off the west side of the house, making space for what would be a new bathroom and extra bedroom upstairs. We had newly installed sprayfoam on the

roof and a woodstove working to keep the house above freezing. Sam and I nearly had a party on the first day where the thermometer reached up was into the single digits outside, but inside it was a balmy 39 degrees. On a warm weekend we were able to install eight new windows upstairs, allowing western light into the new space and revealing again our hopeful vision for the end result. What I’ve learned over the last decade of living with someone who is a designer/builder and project fiend is that construction projects are like roller coasters or long bike rides. There are moments of cruising downhill with no friction and only a gleeful feeling in the gut. Then there are the uphill slogs where it feels like every turn of the gear takes a Herculean effort. But perhaps most of the time it’s a long, flat, patiencetesting journey that’s most challenging because of the stamina required to stay committed. For the past 10 months, we have been living in a construction site, traveling between the more and less finished spaces of our house, making

In early January, just as temperatures were dropping to single digits and below, we finally had our new roof insulated and our new woodstove cranking. While still sitting in completely unfinished space, we revelled in the comforts that progress allowed. Photos by Christy Lynn


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Vermont responds to ash borer invasion As part of the ongoing response to the recent discovery of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) within the state, Vermont has joined the United States Department of Agriculture’s 31-state quarantine boundary. The quarantine will help reduce the movement of infested ash wood to un-infested regions outside of Vermont’s borders. Ash wood may not be moved from Vermont to Maine, Rhode Island, or 7 counties in New Hampshire because the pest has not been identified in these states and counties. Vermont will be directing available resources to protect state forest health by providing Vermonters with low-risk options for use and disposal of wood that is already infested. “The areas where EAB has already been found in Vermont pose the greatest risk to the health of our forests,” says Vermont Forests, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael

Snyder. “Based on science and our learning from strategies used in other states, we are choosing to focus on outreach and education in a collaborative approach to seriously limit further spread of the insect within Vermont.” Vermont is developing a series of slow-the-spread recommendations, initially including recommendations for handling logs, firewood, and other ash materials. Examples of these first recommendations include: • Limiting movement of ash material to locations within the infested area, • Transporting logs during EAB’s dormant period, • Chipping infested materials so EAB cannot survive. As a first step in communicating the recommendations, the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation is contacting people who

work in Vermont’s forest economy to provide information about where ash trees are likely to be infested, and how to best handle and transport material from those areas. The State of Vermont already has a firewood quarantine in place to help prevent the introduction of damaging forest pests by prohibiting untreated firewood from entering the state. This firewood quarantine remains in effect. In 16 years since first being detected in Michigan, EAB has been discovered in 32 states. To learn more about these recommendations, to see a map indicating where EAB is known to occur in Vermont, and to report suspected invasive species like EAB, visit Vermonters are also encouraged to familiarize themselves with the signs and symptoms of EAB and keep an eye out for the beetle. Report suspicious findings on

Ash Borers can fly, but probably came by car By DECLAN MCCABE Jim Fuller, a former park ranger at Vermont’s Grand Isle State Park, described this interaction with a tourist from New Jersey, when he confiscated their out-of-state firewood. Ranger Jim: “We are trying to keep the forests clear of invasive insects.” Tourist, as beetle fell from firewood: “you mean like that one there?” In this instance, the hitchhiking insect proved to be an innocuous flathead borer. However, Jim’s anecdote illustrates a major challenge for forest stewards around the region, and especially for officials tasked with managing tourist areas. Invasive insects often hide in wood. Every time someone moves firewood from one area to another, especially when they transport it over long distances, there’s a risk of a new forest infestation. The emerald ash borer (EAB) is a poster bug for this risk. Recently, this highly destructive half-inchlong metallic green beetle has reached Orange County, Vt., and transported wood is one of the potential causes. EAB kills all American ash species, and in our region’s forests, where white ash is common, the insect has the potential to bring about radical change in our ecosystem and loss of timber value, as well as die-offs of yard and street trees. According to State Entomologist Judy Rosovsky, the Orange County infestation was noticed by an observant forester working on private land. He sent photographs to, which confirmed his suspicions. The time between first infestation and tree death is remarkably short — typically, one to four years. The damage occurs as larvae chew their way through the tree’s sapwood, zigging, zagging, and leaving frassfilled serpentine pathways in their wake. As they sever vessels beneath the bark, the effect is similar to someone ringing a trunk with a saw.


Part of the challenge of managing EAB, is that it is hard to detect, especially in the early stages. Generalized symptoms of ill health in ash trees such as crown dieback are often early signs, but other conditions can also bring these same symptoms. A frequently cited diagnostic is the one-eighth-inch, D-shaped hole that an adult beetle leaves as it emerges through the tree bark (adults emerge between May and midsummer). However, in practice, these holes can be very difficult to find and identify. When Rosovsky and her colleagues are inspecting an area, “we look for woodpeckers’ pecks and flecks — flecks of blond bark where the birdy feet have kicked off bark, and pecks just into the wood, where the insects hang out.” Approximately 5 percent of Vermont’s trees are ash, so I feel some stress at the news of EAB’s arrival (one small consolation — mountain ash, a beautiful tree of high elevations, is not a true ash and is immune).

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However, as my father liked to say, “if you must panic, have an organized panic,” and so I asked Rosovsky how people in areas infected by the insect should respond to inevitable tree loss. In Vermont, state officials are developing a plan to discern the extent of the infestation. Roadside ash inventories will likely be components of this effort so that vulnerable areas can be managed to prevent damage by falling trees. In the meantime, Rosovsky quoted her colleague Barbara Schultz, the forest health program manager at Vermont Forests, Parks and Recreation: “don’t panic and don’t cut all of your ash trees.”

Despite the grim prospects, not all the trees will die immediately. According to Rosovsky, “if you are further than five to ten miles from the infestation, you are not at immediate risk.” Unfortunately, towns and property owners should plan for reduced dependence on ash in their landscapes. For example, at Saint Michael’s College where I work, we are considering our options. About 85 ash trees grace our campus with many more scattered through the natural area. According to Alan Dickinson, associate director of grounds, EAB can be checked by injecting insecticides into the soil every other year, but this is an expensive option that at most, can protect individual trees. Preventing the movement of infested wood is the highest priority for slowing the spread of this and other forest pests. Left to their own devices, EAB infestations in Maryland spread at a rate of only a half-mile per year. However, as noted in the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation literature, “all stages of the insect can travel 65 mph down the interstate inside infested wood!” All bordering states and Quebec have emerald ash borer infestations. With beetles also found in Orange, Washington and Caledonia counties, no Vermonter lives more than 70 miles from an infestation. I won’t be felling the green ash from the corner of my yard any time soon, but sadly, neither will I plan on planting any new trees. Declan McCabe teaches biology at Saint Michael’s College. His work with student researchers on insect communities in the Champlain Basin is funded by the National Science Foundation. The illustration was drawn by Adelaide Tyrol. The Outside Story is assigned and edited by Northern Woodlands magazine,, & sponsored by the Wellborn Ecology Fund of New Hampshire Charitable Foundation:

How to grow beautiful pansies By LEONARD PERRY, UVM Horticulture Professor Emeritus Pansies are annual garden flowers (blooms for only one year, then dies) that are usually the first you find for sale in stores in spring. Pansies have been around for many years and are popular, being easy to grow and so colorful during the cooler days of spring and fall. In cool northern climates, pansies will bloom well into summer when temperatures turn hot.  In warm southern climates they’re often planted again in fall, lasting into and even through the winter.  Keeping flowers picked off after bloom (if you have just a few in containers) will keep them more tidy and promote more blooms. If you’re lucky, they’ll self-sow seeds, coming back in future years. Pansies (Viola x wittrockiana) are hybrids of several species, the most common being the viola known as “Heartsease” (Viola tricolor).  While the terms viola and pansy are often used interchangeably, there actually is a difference.  Flowers of violas are usually smaller, those of pansies larger.  The real difference, though, is that pansies have four petals pointing upward and one pointing downward; violas or violets have three petals pointing upward and two downward.    Pansy flowers usually have blotches or markings, making them resemble a face.  This was first discovered on a sport (mutation) in the late 1830s, at the time that pansies were first becoming popular in Europe and England, with hundreds of varieties.  Originally, pansies began as wildflowers in Europe and western Asia.   Pansies continue to be bred, with colors ranging from white to almost black, and most any color and combination in between.  There are ones with large flowers such as the Majestic Giant series (3 to 4 inches across), medium such as the Crown and Imperial series (2 to 3 inches), and multiflora such as the Maxim series and the orange Padparadja (one to 2 inches).  Series are simply groups of cultivars (cultivated varieties) that differ in color but share other traits such as flower shape, size, and hardiness.  Several pansies have been All-America Selections winners such as Majestic Giant White Face in 1966, Imperial Blue in 1975, and both Maxim Marina and Padparadja in 1991.  Some pansies have a pleasant scent—generally yellow and blue ones—the scent most noticed in early morning and at dusk.  There even is a new category of trailing pansies, which spread over two feet wide.  WonderFall and Cool Wave are a couple of these to look for in stores. They are best in hanging baskets, as groundcovers, or spilling over edges of large containers. If you want to start pansies from seeds, plan on plenty of time—14 to 16 weeks before planting outside

in early spring. This means you’ll need to start them in late January or early February indoors, under grow lights or on a sunny windowsill.  It will take several weeks for the tiny seeds to germinate and grow a couple sets of true leaves, at which time you can start giving them a dilute fertilizer.  From sowing onward, make sure to keep the soil moist.  A well-drained seed-sowing mix should be used for sowing and growing on, not soil. If you don’t want the challenge or have the time to start your own pansies, you can buy them in spring ready to plant in the garden or pots.  Use a good potting mix for containers such as windowboxes, adding some slow release or organic fertilizer (according to your choice), at the labeled rates.  Use such fertilizer too in the garden, to which you’ve added an inch or two of compost.  Keep plants watered, especially after planting, but avoid overhead watering—water the soil instead to prevent leaf and flower diseases.  Roots may rot if soils are waterlogged and too wet. There are few pests that bother pansies, and even aphids and spider mites that may get on them usually do little harm.  If you find slugs eating your pansies, there are many remedies to try including saucers of beer (slugs are attracted to them, then drown), copper strips, egg shells, even coffee grounds sprinkled among plants.  Put a roll of moist newspaper in the garden which slugs may hide in during the day (they tend to feed at night), then just remove the paper and slugs. Plant pansies six to ten inches apart. Even the largest stay under one foot high and wide.  Full sun is fine in cool, northern climate.  Morning sun is best in warmer climates. Other than just enjoying pansies for their cheery spring color in containers, along walks and edges, or massed in borders, you can eat the flowers in salads and dessert.  Their flavor is slightly minty.  Or, pick them to dry and use in potpourri.  In the Language of Flowers, popular in Victorian times, pansies represented the thoughts of lovers.  The word pansy comes from the French word “pensee” meaning thought or remembrance. During the 19th century they were used for “love potions”.  Others have used the flowers as a natural dye. Related to pansies, but with much smaller flowers, are Johnny Jump-Ups.  Although traditionally in purple, lavender and yellow, you can find these with other colors such as white, wine red, and pastels.  They’re great to interplant with spring bulbs, and usually come back each year from selfsowing.  For its ease of growth and color, pansy was named by the National Garden Bureau as the annual Flower of the Year for 2017.  You can learn more about this and other flowers of the year on their website (











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By LEONARD PERRY, UVM Horticulturist, and CHARLIE NARDOZZI, Garden Consultant Recycling coffee wastes, waiting to move spring-flowering bulbs, and getting rid of tent caterpillars in fruit trees are some of the gardening activities for this month. Coffee grounds contain some major nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) as well as some micronutrients, so put them to work in your garden. Allow them to dry and then spread them around the base of plants. Lettuce, especially, seems to benefit, and the grounds may benefit acid-loving plants since the grounds are slightly acidic.  Coffee grounds also will deter slugs.  Slit coffee filters and place them around the base of hosta stems, or scatter the coffee grounds, if slugs are a problem.   If you want to move some spring-blooming bulbs to another spot, or thin thick clumps of daffodils, wait until the foliage has turned yellow later in summer, then carefully dig them up and let them dry in a shady spot for a few days. Store the bulbs in a cool, dry place for the summer until it’s time to plant them in fall.  If you haven’t planted containers yet, consider adding a water absorbing product (sold as this in garden stores) to the soil first.  You only need a small amount (follow label directions), with the result being that you’ll need to water less often as plants grow.  This kind of addition is especially useful in hanging baskets that tend to dry out quickly, especially those lined with coir (coconut husk fiber), and in pots made of fiber or clay. Check apple, cherry, and other fruit trees for nests of tent caterpillars. Blast lowlying nests with water to destroy them, or knock them to the ground and destroy them. A spray of BtK (make sure to get the “K” version) will kill emerging caterpillars but, being a natural bacterium, is not toxic to beneficial insects, birds, or humans. 

Hummingbirds arrive back in our area usually in late April in southern locations, early May in the north. After their incredibly long journey northward, they’re ready for food.  Hang a hummingbird feeder or two this time of the year, and either use hummingbird food you can buy (a powder to mix with water), or make your own.   To make your own food for “hummers”, add two cups of sugar to a quart of water, heat to dissolve, then allow to cool before placing out.  Don’t use any other additives such as food coloring.  Refrigerate what you don’t use, and replace the feeder food every few days.  If your feeder hangs from a pole, and ants find it, put Vaseline on a section of the pole to deter the ants. Each year in the recent past, new annual flowers were displayed at the Burlington Waterfront Park and rated by Dr. Perry so you can find out which grow best in our North Country summers.  Some of the top flowers in recent years included Toucan Red canna, Bandana Pink lantana, and Bicolor Pink Stream alyssum.  Several petunias rated highly Supertunia Picasso in Purple, Vista Bubblegum and Vista Fuchsia.  There were several excellent foliage annuals grown for their colorful leaves.  Among these were Black Stockings fountain grass (this one can reach 7 feet high with roots that break pots), Sweet Caroline Bewitched Green with Envy sweet potato, Peter Wonder coleus, Royal Hawaiian Black Coral and Maui Gold elephant ears, and Quicksilver artemisia. Among the many other gardening activities for this month are watching for ticks, pruning off lilac blooms when finished, and dividing perennials if they’re overgrown. Charlie Nardozzi is a nationally known horticulturist, author, gardening consultant, and garden coach (  Distribution of this release is made possible by University of Vermont and Green Works—the Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association. 

Make spring yardwork safer The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) reminds home owners to keep safety in mind when getting out their spring lawn and garden equipment like lawn mowers, edgers, trimmers and more. “After a long winter, we know that everyone is eager to get outside and start working in their yards. But remember to make safety a priority,” said Kris Kiser, president and CEO of OPEI, an international trade association representing more than 100 power equipment, engine and utility vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. “Make sure you’re ‘backyard ready’ by doing some basic maintenance now when we are on the cusp of spring. This will ensure your equipment operates safely and gets the job done.” A good time to assess outdoor power equipment needs is before you need it, adds Kiser. “Whether you need battery, gasoline, propane, diesel, robotic, or hybrid powered equipment, there is a product to fit your needs and that can handle any yard chore.” Before you use a mower, trimmer, blower, chain saw, pruner or other piece of outdoor power equipment this season, inspect the equipment and review safety procedures. Here are tips to help: • Get out owner’s manuals. Follow all guidelines for outdoor power equipment and familiarize yourself with the controls. Misplaced manuals can be found online (and saved on your computer for future reference). • Inspect equipment. Check for loose belts and missing or damaged parts. Replace

any parts needed or take equipment to a qualified service representative. Repair shops are busy when spring arrives. Getting equipment serviced before the rush means you’ll be ready to get outside right away. • Drain old fuel. Fuel should not sit in your equipment’s tank for more than 30 days. Untreated gasoline (without a fuel stabilizer) left in the system will deteriorate, which may cause starting or running problems and even damage to the fuel system. “Old” fuel should be drained and removed, and then newly purchased fuel should be added. • Only use E10 or less fuel. Some gas stations may offer 15 percent ethanol (E15) gas or higher ethanol fuel blends, but any fuel containing more than 10 percent ethanol can damage — and may be illegal to use — in small engine equipment not designed for it. • Label fuel cans with the date of purchase and ethanol content of the fuel. Never put “old” gas in outdoor power equipment. If you don’t know the date of purchase, dispose of the fuel in the can safely and buy fresh fuel. • Clean equipment. Remove dirt, oil or grass stuck to it. A clean machine will run more efficiently and last longer. • Set expectations with your family and pets. It’s been a long winter for them too, and they may want to be outside while you are doing yard work. But while outdoor power equipment is in use, the safest place for kids and pets is inside your home and under the supervision of a responsible adult. Talk with your family about safety and remind them to follow procedures. Learn More. For more safety tips, go to And for further information on proper fueling, go to

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Grow up! This year try vertical gardening By LEONARD PERRY, UVM Horticulture Professor Emeritus Many gardeners now have smaller gardens, either from lack of space or from lack of time to tend larger areas. If you’re one of these, or if you just want to try something novel, grow some vegetables vertically.    Growing vegetables upright not only saves space, but also makes harvesting easier.  You don’t have to stoop to cut fruit from the vines.  This could be quite a saving for older gardeners or ones with back problems. Such culture keeps the fruit away from the ground, and allows better air circulation, so you should see fewer diseases and more easily spot any pests.  Upright vegetables also add an architectural interest.  The garden ceases to be just ordinary and utilitarian, and becomes aesthetic as a well-planned perennial border might.  Vegetables grown upright hide ugly chain link fences, or screen undesirable views.  Pole beans (make sure you don’t get the bush varieties) will climb up just about anything, even other plants.  Native Americans used these in their traditional “three sisters” plantings of beans, corn, and pumpkins.  The corn stalks provided support for the beans, and the pumpkins (or other squash) provided a groundcover or living mulch below.  Just make sure if using this method to give the corn a head start, or the fastgrowing beans won’t have anything to climb.  Pole beans also can be grown on bamboo teepees, trellises, or over an arbor.  The scarlet runner bean is old-fashioned, and has attractive red flowers.  There is even a variety of this now with yellow leaves — a nice contrast with the red flowers.  Pole beans don’t just add a vertical accent, but they keep producing longer than bush beans.  They continue to grow, flower, and fruit as long as you keep picking the pods.  Gourds and winter squash are cousins from the same family, with very long vines — up to 25 feet for the gourds and up to 10 feet for the squash.  Both take a long season to mature, so in the colder northern gardens, give these a head start indoors in peat pots that then can be planted out.  Heavy fruits of winter squash, such as butternut, should be individually supported by cloth twine (strips of used panty hose works great too) tied to the trellis or fence on which the vines are trained. For tying these and other vertical crops to their supports, avoid string that can cut into stems.  Use a soft rope or cord such as cotton clothesline, or one of the thick and soft gardening ropes made just for this purpose.  Melons can be grown similar to winter squash, and their fruit similarly supported with cloth twine or even slings made of old towels, sheets, or rags.  Use old-fashioned or patterned fabric for an additional decorative touch to the vertical garden.  Cucumbers (the traditional vining types, not the newer bush types) can also be grown up a trellis or A-frame structure.  You can also make a cage of the heavy wire used to reinforce concrete.  This will be quite strong, stand up on its own, and support the weight of the vines.  You also can use cages of wide-mesh fencing, only this will need additional support such as from wooden stakes or iron rods.  I prefer the latter as they don’t rot and will last almost forever.  They can be found, and cut to your size needed, at many complete hardware stores.  If using stakes of bamboo, decorative rods, or the rusty-colored iron rods, make sure and purchase “cane toppers”.  These can be plastic or ceramic, just a ball or a decorative structure.  They don’t just add to the aesthetics, but also function to protect your eyes when working around them. If you can’t find these, colorful pencil erasers work on thicker bamboo stakes.  For one-half inch wide stakes, such as metal rods, use short pieces of clear plastic tubing (available at hardware stores) as toppers. Peas, of course, are a favorite early

season, upright crop suitable for the vertical garden. Choose the ediblepod or snow peas that produce longer vines than most shelling, or English peas.  And since they produce early in the season during cooler weather, combine them with later maturing vines such as beans or cucumbers.  Or you may sow peas again in late summer for a fall harvest.  Tomatoes that have stems that keep growing — the indeterminate varieties (check the seed packet or description for this feature) — perform much better grown upright than sprawling over the ground where the fruits can be damaged by disease and insects.  You’ll need a sturdy stake for them, and tie them to it at intervals with soft twine. There also are many types of sturdy and colorful wire supports that you can buy to support these vining tomato varieties.  But don’t just think about growing vegetables upright, as some such as peppers and cherry tomatoes can be grown in hanging baskets.  Good compact cherry tomato varieties include the classic Patio, Tiny Tim, or the newer Micro Tom.  Cascading tomatoes good hanging include the popular Tumbling Tom or Cherry Falls.     Another option for a vertical garden is to plant in containers or large window boxes that are hung from a wall, trellis, or placed on shelves.  Putting containers on shelves of an A-frame, similar to the rungs of a ladder, ensure that the top containers don’t shade those underneath or drip excess water on them and cause diseases. If growing in containers on a wall, choose one facing south or southwest for the most light.   Many vegetables can be grown in containers arranged vertically.  Greens for such a planting include lettuce, spinach, or Swiss chard.  For microgreens — basically leafy seedlings harvested young — there are many choices including cabbage, beets, mustard, and basil.  Quite a few herbs can be grown in vertically-arranged containers, such as parsley, mint, sage, oregano, basil, and chives.  Such smaller plants lend themselves to modular vertical planting systems, which you can find in some complete garden stores and online.  Members of the brassica family such as cabbage, kale, broccoli and cauliflower need large containers.  Growing these off the ground minimizes many pests, including slugs.  If you’re growing root vegetables such as carrots, radishes, onions, leeks, or turnips, think about the container depth.  For some, such as radishes, this is not an issue.  For others, such as carrots, chose short ones such as Little Finger, Short ‘n Sweet, or Chantenay.    Once you become familiar with vertical gardening, or if you’re doing this already, become creative.  There are many other ideas for growing systems, including hydroponic (growing in water, without soil) systems, or creating your own “living wall” with small plants growing between wooden slats or planted in wire mesh.  Try filling a large clay pot with soil, then placing a slightly smaller one on top, and so on. Or stack square-foot wooden boxes, such as one on the center of three lower ones.  If you like building, create a wooden planting pyramid. Experiment with less common vining vegetables such as Malabar spinach, tomatillos, Mexican gherkins (“mouse melons”), asparagus (or Chinese long) beans, or the slender filet beans (known by the French and sometimes seen as “haricots verts”).   If you really want a beautiful vertical garden, consider growing some plants for their edible flowers.  Among these are flowers of some vegetables such as zucchini or other squash, cucumber, fava bean, or garden pea (NOT sweet pea flowers which are toxic).  If growing in containers, consider herb flowers such as borage, basil, or chives.  One of the best edible flowers for growing vertically — best hanging down — is the colorful nasturtium.

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Home & Garden Ways to control

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(MS) — Just when winter thaws out and people are anxious to enjoy the blooming flowers and luscious lawns of spring, pesky pests can appear and impact comfort levels and safety. Many pests resume their levels of activity as spring draws closer and temperatures warm up. The presence of these insects and rodents may cause problems in and around a home, which makes it essential to recognize them and avoid issues. The following are some of the more common spring pests and how to remedy infestations. PAVEMENT ANTS Pavement ants are some of the most common pests residents encounter inside and outside of their homes. These ants are light brown to black with appendages that are lighter than the rest of their bodies. Small in stature, pavement ants have parallel lines on their heads and thorax. Although pavement ants nest outdoors, they can enter homes through small crevices in search of food scraps. Their large colonies may not disappear until treatment is introduced. Keep foods in tightly sealed containers, clear counters and floors of crumbs, and address water sources, such as leaks. Pesticides may be needed in extreme conditions. FLEAS Fleas are tiny, jumping, biting pests that must find a host upon which to live. As ectoparasites, they feed on blood while living on the body of living hosts. Pets can bring fleas inside the yard and home in warm weather. According to the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program, flea larvae develop more quickly at higher temperatures. At normal

room temperatures, the entire life cycle of a flea is about 18 days. Several flea control products are available to control fleas on cats and dogs. There also may be powders and sprays to alleviate flea infestations in the home. Vacuuming is also very effective in killing larvae in the carpet and at picking up adults. WASPS An errant wasp, hornet or yellow jacket may have survived winter and ridden out the colder temperatures within a home. Once the weather warms, queens will begin to look for places to lay eggs and establish colonies. Treating areas where wasps are seen entering and leaving the home is key. Seal holes as soon as possible. Although wasps help control other insect populations, their painful stings and potentially aggressive nature can make them challenging to have around a home. If a nest is found, hire a professional to remove it. SPIDERS Many spiders are not harmful enough to humans and pets to be much of a problem. In fact, spiders can be helpful to have around to control the populations of other insects. Still, many homeowners would prefer these web-slinging friends remain outdoors. Therefore, sealing cracks in a home’s foundation and repairing small openings around windows and doors can help keep spiders out. Also, alleviating moisture issues in basements, garages or attics may keep out other bugs that would be prey to spiders. Homeowners can take the steps necessary to cut down on pests in and around their homes.

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May 2018

Home & Garden

Make your

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(MS) — Flowers of all shapes, sizes, colors, and aromas can make popular gifts and centerpieces for holidays and special occasions, or simply for making your house feel more alive. Prolonging the life of beautiful blooms is a priority for those who want their arrangements to endure for as long as possible. Florists and other experts differ with regard to the best methods of preserving flowers. Here are some ideas to try. TRIM STEMS BEFORE IMMERSING IN WATER The natural emollients and sap in the stems of flowers may cause a film to form over the bottom of the stem after it is initially cut. This can reduce the flower’s uptake of water. To alleviate this, cut the stems once the flowers are home. A 45-degree angle allows for the absorption of the most water. You can recut them at each water change as well. CLEAN VASES OF BACTERIA Be sure that vases or other vessels you use to hold flowers are completely clean. Bacteria can cause the flowers to decompose prematurely. Use a diluted bleach-and-water solution to clean vases thoroughly between uses. WATCH FLOWER PLACEMENT Sunlight and heat may dry out the blooms. Prolong the life of flowers by placing them in the darkest, coolest area of the home. TREAT THE WATER To preserve flowers, do your best to reduce bacteria, provide a food source for the flowers and manage the pH so that the uptake of water will continue to be strong. Sugar can be an adequate food source. Gardenista, a floral arrangement and gardening resource, tested a variety of methods for preserving flowers and found much of the same results across the board. These included vinegar and sugar, conventional flower food, bleach, aspirin, and a penny. The bleach, aspirin, copper penny, and vinegar work as antibacterial agents. The sugar and the plant food help nourish the blooms. In the trials, most of the blooms remained strong for three to four days. PURCHASE IMMATURE BLOOMS Although many desire an arrangement of all opened flowers, bouquets that have some closed buds or those that are just beginning to peek out will likely last longer than bouquets that have already bloomed. The flowers will continue to open and wilting flowers can be removed to make room for the others.

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May 2018

Home & Garden

Lilacs bloom in many varieties

Host a successful

By LEONARD PERRY, UVM Horticulture Professor Emeritus Lilacs are great large shrubs for northern landscapes. They require little care, are long lived, and provide welcome color and fragrance in spring. You may not realize that by planting different selections of these old-fashioned shrubs you can have blooms for six weeks or more, and that they come in many colors other than lilac. In my USDA zone 4 garden, I have lilacs that begin bloom on average the second week of May, and the last ends bloom the last week of June. There are two general groups of lilacs, the early bloomers, which bloom in mid- to late-May in this zone (sooner in warmer zones), and the late bloomers in early- to midJune in this zone. The early bloomers are mainly cultivars (cultivated varieties) of the common lilac species (Syringa vulgaris), while the late bloomers are often cultivars of various species or of the Preston hybrids (Syringa x prestoniae). The Preston lilacs were first hybridized by Isabella Preston at the Experimental Farm in Ottawa, Ontario. They are crosses between two species (reflexa and villosa), and include such popular cultivars as the purple ‘Donald Wyman’, the white ‘Agnes Smith’, or the pink ‘James MacFarlane’. Lilac specialists have come up with seven color groupings for lilacs that sometimes are seen with Roman numerals. Unless noted, these examples of good lilac choices are of the common lilac. The first group (I) are the white lilacs such as the single common lilac ‘Alba’, or the single Preston hybrid ‘Agnes Smith’. ‘Edith Cavell’ is a white double, as is ‘Mme. Lemoine’. ‘Primrose’ falls into this group, although the buds and flowers are a unique light yellow. One of my favorite lilacs is the Russian hybrid ‘Krasavitsa Moscovy’, seen also by its English name Beauty of Moscow. The pinklilac buds

open to double white blooms tinged such as the single Preston hybrids with lavender. ‘Helen’, ‘James MacFarlane’, or The second color group (II) is ‘Miss Canada’. The species that violet. A very popular cultivar were parents of the Preston hybrids ‘Miss Kim’ of the Manchurian lilac (villosa and reflexa) are pink singles, (MS) — Instead of giving away unwanted items that have gathered dust (patula) has been grown for over as is another Asian species (wolfii). around house,Another many people turn to The garage and yard to transform half a the century. very popuhyacinth lilac sales ‘Annabel’ is a pink their clutter into some extra money. 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