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Vol. 70 No. 51

INDEPENDENT Middlebury, Vermont

Thursday, December 22, 2016  48 Pages

ACSD budget reflects school tax decreases By JOHN FLOWERS MIDDLEBURY — The latest draft of the first-ever global budget for Addison Central School District (ACSD) schools indicates education property tax rates for the seven member-communities could drop next year between 3 cents (in Middlebury) to 27 cents (in Weybridge).

While pleased that school governance unification will deliver some fiscal year 2018 savings to residents in Bridport, Cornwall, Middlebury, Ripton, Salisbury, Shoreham and Weybridge, ACSD officials on Monday said they were disappointed to not be delivering even lower tax rates that had been anticipated through the efficiencies

of consolidation and the financial incentives promised by the Vermont Agency of Education. The AOE, among other things, is giving the ACSD towns a 10-cent education property tax break during its initial, transition year from nine individual school boards and eight separate budgets to a single ACSD board presiding over one spending plan.

It should also be noted that district officials are proposing to achieve next year’s tax savings by, in part, applying $815,327 from a total of $1,276,695 in surplus funds from the fiscal year 2016 school budgets. This would result in a district-wide education tax rate of $1.61. Using none of the surplus would create a (See ACSD budget, Page 18A)


Addison Northwest board to get look at first unified spending plan By ANDY KIRKALDY VERGENNES — Residents of Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham can get their initial look on this coming Wednesday at what will be firstever unified Addison Northwest

School District (ANWSD) budget to include spending for all four local schools and their central office. A draft budget for the 20172018 school year of the soonto-be-unified district, formerly (See ANWSD, Page 1A)

City-area educators propose salary hike ANWSD union starts with 10.95% request By JOHN FLOWERS VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest Teachers’ Association (ANTA) on Monday presented what it believes is a solid starting point in its salary negotiations on behalf of Vergennes-area educators for the next academic year: a 10.95-percent increase. That initial ANTA proposal is in response to Addison Northwest School District (ANWSD) negotiators’ initial salary offer to district teachers of a salary hike of $747 for the 2017-2018 academic year (which translates to a 1.4 percent increase), as well as significantly increasing the starting pay for new teachers from around $36,000, to $42,609 annually. The district is comprised of Vergennes Union High School and the Vergennes Union, Addison and Ferrisburgh elementary schools. Both sides acknowledged they do not expect their initial offer to be accepted by the other side. But the gulf between the two proposals shows that Addison Northwest directors and teachers have their work cut out for them if they are to agree on a new contract in time for next school year, which spans July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. “I am very optimistic and hopeful that things will be resolved,” said Vergennes Union High School Guid(See ANTA, Page 16A)

By the way Eager to power up your Tesla or Chevy Volt that’s waiting under the tree? Well, if you get that lucky, Green Mountain Power is offering a presentation and discussion on how electric vehicles could be integrated into a “smart grid” — one that has the flexibility, according to GMP, “needed to accommodate variable sources of generation, including wind and solar.” Green Mountain College professor Steven Letendre will present and lead the discussion. County residents without electric cars might have to burn some fossil fuel to attend the free event at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 3. It (See By the way, Page 17A)

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COMMUNITY MEMBERS FOLLOW the score during the annual “Messiah Sing” at the Congregational Church in Middlebury Sunday afternoon. The event attracts local musicians, singers and community members who perform Handel’s Messiah. Independent photo/Trent Campbell


All Ye Faithful ‘Messiah Sing’ brings community together in song By GAEN MURPHREE MIDDLEBURY — Over 300 area residents came together for the county’s 32rd annual “Messiah Sing” this past Sunday at the Congregational Church in Middlebury. “The Messiah Sing is a big celebration, musically and spiritually,” said long-time Messiah soloist Leila McVeigh. “Being surrounded by a rich, full choir singing beautiful text is overwhelming in the best sense of the word. Part of the joy of the event is its inclusiveness, that anyone can walk in off the street, grab a score and start singing.”

“Messiah Sing” conductor Jeff Rehbach, familiar to many as conductor of the Middlebury College Community Chorus, began the local tradition in 1984. Rehbach’s love of “come one, come all” Messiah sing-a-longs began in his undergraduate dorm where a harpsichord playing resident organized a Messiah sing every year. Rehbach started as a singer and moved on to conducting the piece as a graduate student in musicology. “It was just completely open. (See ‘Messiah Sing’, Page 2A)

JEFF REHBACH LEADS the “Messiah Sing” at the Congregational Church in Middlebury Sunday afternoon. Rehbach has been organizing and conducting the annual community event since 1984.

Independent photo/Trent Campbell

Orwell’s Eastman to join Scott’s cabinet as deputy ag secretary

Tri-Town has a very, very bad day

By JOHN FLOWERS MONTPELIER — Governor-elect Phil Scott on Wednesday announced the appointment of Addison-Rutland Rep. Alyson Eastman, I-Orwell, as the new deputy secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. Her appointment means that Scott will need to appoint a replacement to serve out the two-

By ANDY KIRKALDY ADDISON — After a series of incidents between this past Thursday and Monday that included two water main breaks and a power outage at the Tri-Town Water District plant, district officials on Monday afternoon asked their customers in Addison, Bridport and Shoreham to begin boiling drinking and cook-

year term to which Eastman was re-elected last month. Eastman ran unopposed for the seat that represents Orwell, Shoreham, Whiting and Benson. “I am honored and excited to work with the agricultural industry,” Eastman said during a brief phone interview Wednesday afternoon. (See Eastman, Page 17A)

District’s troubles snowball as water mains break ing water. The disruption in service Friday affected around 1,600 customers, and some residents reported discolored water coming into their homes during the events. District board Chairman Darwin Pratt said Tri-Town officials acted to issue the boil or(See Tri-Town Water, Page 18A)

PAGE 2A — Addison Independent, Thursday, December 22, 2016

‘Messiah Sing’ (Continued from Page 2A) Anybody could come and sing. Anybody could come and play,” said Rehbach. “So that’s where, for me, the tradition started.” Rehbach brought that same spirit of openness to Addison County when he came here in the early 1980s as a librarian at Middlebury College. “I always appreciate the balance Jeff creates, between helping us sound good, and letting everyone relax and have fun with the music,” said McVeigh. At this past Sunday’s performance, Rehbach led the 300-member chorus upbeat, on-tempo and in tune. Facing the crowd throughout the two-hour program he had them in stiches when he instructed singers to get the “g” in there so the chorus’s first big number was about the “glory of the Lord” and not the “lorries” of God’s heavenly trucking company. Rehbach encouraged the crowd by shouting “Bravo!” after particularly tricky sections, and he asked the chorus to tackle a short passage just one more time, saying, “Now that you know it, just have a good time singing it.” At the chorus “Unto Us a Child Is Born,” Rehbach put a little Christmas joy in every heart by reminding participants: “The next one is a fun little dance and I have a note to myself that says ‘keep this light.’ The child isn’t very heavy. Just imagine you’re bouncing that baby

in your arms.” At the famous “Hallelujah” chorus he quipped, “Next is something many of us wait for all year.” Rehbach said that it has been “wonderful to have seen the Messiah Sing grow over the years.” He described the early years as just a piano and a few dozen people. This year’s 14-member string ensemble was led by Molly Bidwell, Carole Fenn, Hilary Hatch and Emily Sunderman, and was bolstered by trumpet player Bruce Burgess and harpsichordist Jenny Bower. Soloists included soprano Leila McVeigh, along with basses Jack DesBois, Joe McVeigh and Jim Wright. St. Alban’s voice teacher Erin Grainger sang alto. Opera singer Adam Hall sang the tenor solos, thrilling the chorus-members-turned-audience with his technical perfection and heartfelt interpretation. But in the whole this is a performance not to watch, but to be a part of. “The reward, the joy in this tradition, for me, is simply that it allows the community to come together and to make music together and to enjoy doing it,” Rehbach said. “It’s just a delight that people are willing to take the risk of coming out and not necessarily knowing the music inside out, as we haven’t rehearsed it, and simply have that sound fill this incredibly beautiful space and have that sense of joy — as a community — that music can bring.”

THE ANNUAL “MESSIAH Sing,” a community performance of Handel’s Messiah, was held at the Congregational Church in Middlebury Sunday afternoon. The gathering of musicians, featured vocalists and community singers was directed by Jeff Rehbach, bottom left. Featured vocalists seen here are Jim Wright, top left, and Joe McVeigh, center left. Independent photos/Trent Campbell

Addison Independent, Thursday, December 22, 2016 — PAGE 3A

Porter follows ‘Blueprint for Health’ in major shift in how care is delivered County providers join forces on state initiative By JOHN FLOWERS MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center leaders said they are “allin” on a major shift in the way health care is delivered in the state, a shift designed to cure patients in a cheaper, more effective and more holistic way. It’s called the “Vermont Blueprint for Health,” a state-led, nationally-recognized initiative that is helping health care providers meet the medical and social needs of people in their communities. All of the Blueprint work is closely integrated with health and human service organizations throughout Addison County that guide care delivery and payment reforms at the local level. According to the Vermont Department of Health, the Blueprint’s overarching goals are to produce better health care services, a healthier population, and better control over medical care costs. In short, it means the county’s providers are doing more talking amongst themselves — and particularly with patients — to make sure their needs are better met in doctors’ offices, the hospital, the local nursing home, and/or in their homes when they are recovering from major procedures. Any primary care practice that wants to become a “patient-centered medical home practice” can qualify for Blueprint membership and thus qualify for funding to hire a support team such as Porter’s. A combined total of 129 primary care practices spread through all 14 of the state’s medical service areas are currently participating. “Historically, hospitals wait for patients to come to us when they’re sick or injured,” PMC spokesman Ron Hallman said. “We bandage them up and send them on their way and then they’re on their own. I think we are now entering a world where we going to be responsible for more than that. We are going to be interested in, ‘Does this person need food?’; does this person have mental health, housing and do they have all of the services they need in a comprehensive way to really treat the whole person and keep them well, versus just bandaging them up and sending them home.” To that end, PMC has assembled a team of “Blueprint” professionals to implement these new goals. These folks and their services are made possible through a combined total of approximately $900,000 in annual Blueprint funding from a combination of state grants, federal Medicaid

and Medicare payments, and private insurance funds. Susan Bruce is manager of PMC’s Blueprint Project for the Middlebury health service area. She oversees PMC’s Blueprint funding and presides over Porter’s Blueprint staff and its Community Health Team. “It is the side of Porter that has been working behind the scenes to get ready for the current and future of health care, in terms of not just taking care for people when they come here sick, but thinking about population management and chronic care and all kinds of ways we coordinate and manage care and work with others,” Hallman said of the organization’s Blueprint efforts. “It is a side of Porter that I think is really important,” he added. “We have a very robust team of really smart people working on it.” PORTER MEDICAL CENTER has been implementing changes through Vermont’s Blueprint for Health that emphasize less costly and more effiIt was in 2012 that PMC created cient patient services. Pictured here, left to right, are Community Health team members Kaylana Blindow, Cathy Swearingen, Susan Bruce, Alison its “Community Health Team,” led Wurst, Angel Bishop, Laura Marsh, Matthew Wollam-Berens, Amanda Van De Weert, Paula Chiuchiolo, Judy Brouillard, Mathew Couch and Alexby Cathy Swearingen. The Com- andra Jasinowski. Courtesy photo munity Health Team, among other things, is expanding current services to include free care coordination, tors, dieticians and social workers in with various transitions as they leave the litany of new rules and standards second healthiest county in Vermont. counseling, substance abuse treat- the Middlebury health service area. the hospital and seek other services. outlined in the state and federal And Vermont consistently ranks as ment support and health coaching, The care coordinators help folks “I’m working to help them health care reform plans. She pro- one of the healthiest states in the according to Dr. Carrie Wulfman, overcome any barriers they might smoothly move toward wherever vides the same kind of health in the union. PMC’s chief medical officer and an encounter in accessing medical ser- else they need to go for their health,” community, assisting all community Porter Hospital was recently recAddison County family doctor for vices and/or achieving their health Wurst said. “ I like to view case agencies, including CSAC, the Par- ognized by the National Organizathe past 18 years. goals. management as sort of the ‘web’ ent-Child Center of Addison County tion of State Offices of Rural Health Porter also creat“One of the main that exists between all these differ- and Addison County Home Health & (NOSORH) as one of two Vermont ed a Case Manage- “This is the future issues this effort is ent setting of health care. It’s very Hospice. hospitals with a rating of “Excelment Department six of medicine, trying to address is critical for people in achieving their “One of the things we are focusing lence in Quality.” And Helen Porter months ago under the that we have many health goals and their life goals.” on is coordinating care, approach- nursing home last spring earned a and this is the leadership of Alison great organizations in Those different health care set- ing it in a systematic way instead prestigious CMS 5-Star Quality ratfuture of health Wurst, APRN. this community, but tings might include Helen Porter of just looking at individual cases,” ing. “These are two care. We want haven’t historically Healthcare and Rehabilitation, the Jasinowski said. “We’re really trying It seems like the only thing cerefforts dealing with our community been great at ‘hand- Counseling Service of Addison to re-design workflow at the commu- tain about the health care industry population health reoffs,’ — patients go- County and/or Elderly Services, Inc. nity level and bring it down to each these days is that it will continue to form in our commu- to know we are ing from us to anoth- It all depends on the patients’ needs. organization.” change, and local officials want to nity,” Wulfman said. aware of this, er agency,” Hallman “Patients are responding very well Dr. Fred Kniffin, president of make sure the PMC remains a part of “We collaborate a lot, and working on explained. “Some- to finally being seen as the experts PMC, is pleased with the impact the that evolution. but there are two arms it. We can do a times, that hand-off is in their own care, and being the ones Blueprint work has been having on “The reality is that people respond to this (the Commudaunting for an indi- able to direct their care,” Wurst said. patient care in Addison County. to where the resources are,” Hallnity Health Team and lot more things vidual patient.” “And providers are also finding that “We have been doing this work man said. “We are still primarily in a Case Management). for our patients, So the Community they have less of a burden, because for a number of years, and doing it world where people get paid for ‘sick Both fall under the now.” Health Team’s goal it’s not just one more pill that’s go- simply because it’s the right thing care,’ for volume. So keeping people umbrella of payment is to help make that ing to fix them. It’s really looking to do,” Kniffin said. “I have viewed healthy out of the hospital and man— Dr. Carrie Wulfman reform and health hand-off, so the pa- at how the whole community is go- what we’ve been doing the past few aging their care is still something care reform at both tient can seamlessly ing to be able to help that provider years as building the infrastructure, we’re learning to do… It is the wave the state and national levels, she not- go to the next place they need care. achieve their goal of diabetes con- doing the right thing, getting ready of the future, but payment reform ed. “If you’re going to have an integrat- trol or other medical conditions. It’s for the future. The future is coming, hasn’t quite caught up with the care “This is the future of medicine, ed system, it has to be truly integrat- taken a little pressure off the pro- and payment reform is driving that. reform that we’re doing. So it’s the and this is the future of health care,” ed,” Hallman said. “You can’t have vider offices; they know they don’t So now we have this infrastructure classic situation where we still have Wulfman said of PMC’s Blueprint 17 independent organizations that have to try to fix the world. We have built, we have great services for our one foot in one canoe and one foot efforts. “We want our community don’t talk to each other, or don’t un- a really good team that can do all of community, and we are about to put on the dock, and we’re trying to live to know we are aware of this, and derstand each other.” that.” it on steroids. All of a sudden it will in both worlds at the same time.” working on it. We can do a lot more Wurst is director of Porter Case Alexandra Jasinowski is PMC’s be the right thing to do, but it will Nonetheless, Hallman said of the things for our patients, now.” Management, as well as nurse prac- Blueprint Quality Improvement fa- also make us money, instead of lose Blueprint program, “this is an investSwearingen said the Communi- titioner in the hospital’s Emergency cilitator for the Middlebury area. us money.” ment in the future.” ty Health Team is embedded within Department. She and her colleagues She provides support to primary The efforts are paying dividends, Reporter John Flowers is at eight PMC primary care practices. track patients as they move through care practices, helping them to — according to PMC officials. johnf@addisonidependent.com. She oversees those care coordina- the health care system, helping them among other things — wade through Addison County is now ranked the

Starksboro man cited for gun, restraining order violations STARKSBORO — Vermont State Police cited Duane Bedell, 51, of Starksboro, for violation of a temporary restraining order and unlawful possession of a firearm, stemming from an incident at a Starksboro home on Dec. 16.

State police said they were contacted by the Department of Probation and Parole about the alleged relief from abuse order violation. It was during their investigation that VSP said they concluded that Bedell had violated the court or-

der and was also in possession of “multiple firearms and drugs.” Police said they searched the home and seized all the firearms and drugs they found. They placed Beddell under arrest and ultimately

took him to the Chittenden County Correctional Center where he was lodged on $2,500 bail. Police said Bedell was also issued several criminal tickets by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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Editor’s note: An editorial about the credibility of Santa Claus appeared more than 100 years ago in The New York Sun. It was written by Francis Pharcellus Church, an assistant to the paper’s editor. A true Christmas classic, it has outlived its writer, the recipient, and the newspaper that gave it life. Its most famous phrases are often recalled and sometimes parodied. Here we reprint the famous letter and response, partly in the hopes that parents will take the time to read it aloud to children of appropriate ages and for all to reflect on the less commercial aspects of this holiday season.

Jane Palmer’s passionate and articulate letter (Dec. 12, 2016) regarding the gas pipeline deserves to be placed on the same shelf as Henry David Thoreau’s essay on “Civil Disobedience.” Her comment, “... our government is there to serve, we the people, not corporations...” told me that even in these trying times of cash-leveraged politics and corporate collusion, there is hope. Burgess Needle Ripton

********** We take pleasure in answering at once and thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

Liberals wrong on wind power

Dear Editor: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus? Virginia Hanlon 115 West 95th Street Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except what they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world around him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole truth and knowledge. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world. You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, not even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No Santa Claus! Thank God he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

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I have something to say to those liberals who are horrified about Trump being elected President. A lot of you liberals have the same Trump-like attitude in many ways. Anyone who says that those who can’t sleep at night next to large wind turbines should suck it up and suffer without compensation, and anyone who decrees that such suffering is only in their own weak little minds (like our forebears thought about post-traumatic stress disorder), and any of those of you who didn’t speak out in rage about a huge corporation trying to directly buy votes in Grafton and Windham, are very Trump-like yourselves. I am as horrified of you as I am of Trump. Justin Lindholm Mendon

Frigid flow

THE NEW HAVEN River flows over some frozen rocks in Bristol last Friday when temperatures dipped below zero. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

Christmas reinforces love, family

People have every right to be thankful on Thanksgiving. But for me, Christmas is the pinnacle of holiday blessings. Maybe it’s because I am fortunate to be married into a large, wonderful family. If Norman Rockwell were still alive, he’d bring his easel to the Heffernan home in Bristol to record four generations of a salt-of-the-Earth family breaking bread, opening presents and catching up on the latest news. As the lone professional scribe in the family, I can’t help but feel like John Boy Walton at these gatherings, making mental notes of infants giggling at the sight of older siblings playing with new toys as the intoxicating aromas of By John a fresh-cooked roast, cookies and the Flowers essence of Christmas tree pine waft through a conversation-filled room. I realize how lucky I am to share in this spectacle. My brother lives in the Midwest and my parents both died at age 55. And now that I’m 54 with a birthday coming up in less than a month, I’m being extra vigilant about carelessly discarded banana peels. I look both ways three times before I cross the street. And contrary to the Sammy Hagar rock ‘n’ roll classic, I can drive 55 on a highway with a speed limit of 65. The blessing of a large family is what shortens your list of material wants. My wife, Dottie, knows it’s like pulling teeth to get me to make up a Christmas list bearing more than socks, maple cream, a new pair of sneakers and another Stevie Ray Vaughan T-shirt to add to my collection. “Don’t you want anything else?” she asks each year.

Not really. Health. Family. Friends. A roof. A plate of food a couple times a day. My 52-year-old buggy for cruising around on sunny days. My little, beat-up boat for fishing. Got it covered. It’s all about Christmas, and the prelude to it, which includes the yearly trek for the tree. We could easily get one pre-cut around a mile away from our door, but that would ruin a tradition. Nope, our family is among the legions of other hearty souls committed to the “pick-your-own” variety. It means driving a little further and sometimes paying a little extra to pick out, and harvest, your own Christmas tree, then jerry-rig it to the top of your car and pray it doesn’t fly off during the drive home. In years past, I was the designated “Paul Bunyan” of the family. They entrusted me with a sharp handsaw to make “quick” work of a 12-inch diameter pine tree. Fifty-seven thrusts later, my mouth and clothes full of snow, the tree would finally topple with the softest of thuds. Sarcastic applause would follow from Dottie and our children, Mark and Diane. Now 23 and strong enough to pull a tree out by the roots, Mark is in charge of the tree felling. That’s after Diane picks it out, making sure it is filled out as much as possible and situated a country mile from the car. After all, you tend to appreciate your tree more if you have to drag it through several snow drifts while your teeth are chattering. Dottie snaps a ton of photos from every angle to make sure the tree harvest is captured for future generations, (See Clippings, Page 5A)


Holiday shopping tests a marriage Two weekends ago, my husband Mark and I celebrat- engine cools. ed our 22nd anniversary. We spent the night at a cozy inn Mark, however, looks at shopping as an end in itself. in Stowe, and we would have had a lovely time — if only He likes to go to every store and dreamily walk each we hadn’t pushed our luck. But on Saturday, we decided aisle, looking for gifts that might thrill or touch the heart to go Christmas shopping. As a couple. of each recipient. It’s so inefficient. We hadn’t made that mistake in years. He shops without limits on money or anything else, so Mark — a slow-moving, avid browser and generous I try to rein him in. I steer him away from, for example, spender — and I —a hermit and a miser (but really quite items that are fads, that are too big to store, or that serve a hoot once you get to know me) — do not shop well no purpose (a six-foot-tall Olaf snowman doll, for intogether. stance, fails on all three counts). He just loves giving gifts. And, he “You never want me to buy anyloves looking for gifts, based on no thing for anyone,” he says, kicking particular criteria at all. I, on the other the floor. hand, focus on whether the gift will And that’s how it goes for the be appreciated or used by the recipiwhole day, until we feel that if we ent. So, while Mark’s face lights up at enter one more store together, the every object he sees, I look on sternride home could involve vehicular ly, objecting to anything impractical manslaughter — committed entirely or overpriced. By Jessie Raymond inside the car. Way back in the ’90s — after the So, this year I vowed, in honor of fourth consecutive year that our annu22 years of (non-shopping-related) al Christmas shopping trip to Burlington ended with me wedded bliss, to put up with Mark’s tortoise-like shopin tears, threatening to cut up the credit card, and Mark ping pace, and to be accepting of his misguided and exsulking, muttering something about a wet blanket — we travagant gift choices. decided our marriage would stand a better chance if we I didn’t last long. stopped trying to enjoy shopping as a couple. Since then, Two hours (and three stores) into our Great Shopping Mark has gladly done 95 percent of our Christmas shop- Adventure, we ended up in a certain too-fragrant bath ping while I stay home. products shop, where Mark thought we could pick up I don’t know what we were thinking this year. some stocking stuffers, and I thought I could develop an We approach Christmas shopping differently. I make instant headache. a list, I determine where each gift can be acquired at the We were both right. best price, and I plan a trip that involves the fewest stops He casually wandered around the displays, sniffon the shortest possible route. I consider it a successful ing bottle after bottle of jasmine/toilet-cleaner-scentshopping excursion if I can be back in the car before the (See Raymond, Page 5A)

Around the bend

Firefighters earn praise for efforts This past Wednesday, Dec. 14, I had the pleasure of joining the members of the Middlebury Fire Department at their December monthly meeting. It is a particularly enjoyable occasion because it gives me an opportunity to share some time with our firefighters as they break from their constant, ongoing training regimen for a holiday season celebration of camaraderie. It was a fine evening and then the alarm sounded for reports of smoke at a Murdock Court residence. In less than one minute the celebration ceased and the fire trucks were rolling to the call of duty, and the severe fire conditions that awaited them. At the fire scene I observed the high level of professionalism that our firefighters demonstrate as they worked with all of their skills and capabilities to remedy a terrible condition. They overcame tremendous heat and smoke as they fought to extinguish the intense flames that lit the night sky. I also observed the cooperative and helpful efforts from the Middlebury Police Officers who arrived simultaneously, and the Middlebury Emergency Medical Technicians and Weybridge and New Haven fire fighters that soon followed to assist. Unfortunately I then saw the pain on many of their faces as they realized that even with all of their proficiencies and expertise, this fire was too severe for them to completely change the outcome. In Middlebury we are extremely fortunate to have these highly professional emergency responders. The expertise that they demonstrate is result of countless hours of training and preparation for a wide array of possible scenarios. They are the best and deserve our thanks for the dedication that they provide each day, always ready to respond at a moments notice to help when trouble occurs. When you see a firefighter or police officer or emergency medical technician, be sure to stop and thank them for their service to our community. I find that they don’t expect this gratitude, but they deserve it. Nick Artim Middlebury

Bridges proposal warrants review The first grant agreement between the Town of Middlebury and VTrans on the Middlebury Rail Project WCRS-23 gave an illusion of mutual control over the project that was simply that — an illusion. Worse, it placed great financial liability on the Town. When the local project management team asked that the agreement be renegotiated, we did so to mitigate financial (See Letter, Page 5A)

Addison Independent, Thursday, December 22, 2016 — PAGE 5A

To Gov.-Elect Scott:

Make Lake Champlain great again In one month’s time, state Treasur- its associated toll, not to mention the Vermonters support investment in er Beth Pearce will present the new decaying infrastructure issue. And our rivers, lakes, ponds, beaches and governor with a wonderful oppor- just last week, in a story reported by drinking water. We are frugal, but tunity to enhance the quality of our Vermont Public Radio, Scott seemed we are not foolish. The Agency of lives and develop our economy. At to be relying on federal regulators Commerce and Community Develthat time, she will unveil her compre- to “ease up” on Vermont. He was opment reports: Community surveys hensive analysis for all the different hoping, it would appear, that the and stakeholder groups that were ways we can invest in Vermont’s Environmental Protection Agency convened in 2012 and 2013 named rivers, lakes, ponds and even down- would not enforce the law. After all, “funding for water and wastewater President-elect Donald infrastructure” as the top priority to towns. Trump has little regard strengthen Vermont communities This investment is for the environmental and the state’s economy. Indeed, considered critical if protection work of the without addressing the many issues Vermont is to have EPA, even going so far surrounding water quality, runoff and swimmable, drinkable, This week’s writer as to call for its disso- availability, construction and growth fishable waters now lution. For Vermonters in Vermont will be limited and our and in the future. It is is James Ehlers, a already suffering prop- natural resources — so key to our so critical, that Pearce public policy expert erty value losses, busi- brand and the industries such as tourand her team, along with 18 years of ness revenue losses and ism that rely on clean water and lakes with experts at the experience in health, health impacts, this is — will be negatively affected. Department of Taxes, water and fisheries outlandish. Agency of Natural Re- issues, and executive The University of Vermont found sources, and Agency of director of Lake VPR’s Pete “Vermonters rank water quality as Agriculture, Food and Champlain InternaHirschfeld went on to a top public policy priority and are Markets, spent the bet- tional. report that Mr. Scott willing to pay to improve the health said, “he won’t abide of Vermont’s waterways,” according ter part of this past year examining 70-plus revenue sources passage of any new revenue increas- to survey data published in a report and their potential for covering that es in 2017.” And he says he hopes by the Vermont EPSCoR Adaptainvestment necessary to form the ba- Vermont “won’t need any.” It’s our tion to Climate Change in the Lake mess, and we should clean it up. Ex- Champlain Basin (RACC) project. sis for a clean-water economy. A clean-water economy is an pecting tax payers from other states More than 95 percent of respondents economy predicated on protecting to pay to clean up our pollution does ranked water quality as either “modbeaches, drinking water, fisheries not seem very, well, Republican. erately important” or “very importFurther, Mr. Scott, hope is not a ant,” a higher percentage than for all and groundwater, rather than the current economy, where polluters profit plan. If a race car is to compete, it other public issues in the survey, inat our expense. Thankfully, Gover- needs a powerful, well-running en- cluding preserving the working landnor-elect Phil Scott campaigned on gine. And engines cost money. The scape and economic development. “building a stronger economy,” and economic engine that is Lake ChamThere is nothing affordable about in his “core principles for econom- plain, the engine that decaying communiic growth,” he pledged to set “clear is our tourist econoties, poisoned drinking budget priorities and make smart in- my, they need to be Further, Mr. water, toxic beaches overhauled. And that Scott, hope is vestments.” and declining fisheries. The water sector certainly is in requires investment. Permitting pollution to not a plan. If a Before even tak- race car is to need of prioritization, and investproliferate is going to ment could not come soon enough, ing office, Scott has compete, it needs make neither America given the $68 million deficit we have declared he will not nor Lake Champlain amassed by failing to adequately in- consider investing in a powerful, wellgreat again. Smart inour communities and running engine. vest in our communities. vestment, however, The pollution of Lake Champlain their water needs. And engines will keep the engine and other waters hasn’t led only to How is it that literally cost money. The humming — creating public health issues and environmen- hundreds of experts economic engine jobs and cleaning up tal contamination. It has led straight agree on the need for polluted waters. that is Lake to economic decline. The Agency of state investment to I urge the goverCommerce and Community Devel- ensure swimmable, Champlain, the nor-elect to seriously fishable engine that is our reconsider from whom opment declared in June 2014, “In- drinkable, adequate, aging and failing waste- waters, and Scott pins tourist economy, he is taking his adwater and stormwater infrastructure his success, and the they need to be vice on this issue. We is the principal barrier to reaching future of our commu- overhauled. And need your protection; the lake needs your a host of state and local goals, from nities, on hoping we protection. Vermontbuilding more housing for all income won’t need any reve- that requires investment. levels, to revitalizing communities, nues? ers overwhelmingly I realize hope is to protecting the environment. For support investment in Vermont communities to thrive and not a plan, but I am still hoping. the restoration and protection of our Scott’s position was misconstrued public waters, and we will not tolergrow, this issue must be addressed.” It is somewhat confounding then by Hirschfeld. There is no way a ate the D.C. swamp overtaking Lake that our new governor, with his man with Scott’s commitment to the Champlain, neither figuratively nor demonstrated commitment to the economy could dismiss the boom in literally. On this we are united. Won’t economy, has no apparent plan to Vermont jobs that public investment you join Sen. Patrick Leahy and address the economic crisis that is in our downtowns, rural communi- countless other Vermonters in workVermont’s poisoned and polluted ties and waters would create — for ing to keep Lake Champlain great? waters. His campaign deftly avoid- those running the shovels to those ed the topic of water pollution and running the boardrooms.



Time to rally against hate, intolerance media platforms to re- has come to stand for. We must be Our community, and to provide a stage persistent and indomitable. There indeed, our nation, has Community fuse for hate groups and thus is an undercurrent of fear and inbeen shocked out of Forum

normalize their agen- timidation that has been released complacency recently da. And we call upon in our country and abroad. I would by hate crimes and exThis week’s writer all people of good con- suggest that fear is the handmaiden pressions of extreme is Jack Mayer, a racism, anti-Semitism, Middlebury resident, science to be vigilant, of courage. When we embrace our fear — at white supremacy, mito not be afraid, and to pediatrician and these moments of decision — we speak out.” sogyny and anti-immiauthor. Now is the time are invited to be brave. A friend grant sentiments. We to put our convic- of mine, a psychiatrist who fought are all called upon to be tions into action, to speak out and against the fascists in the Spanish “Upstanders” and not bystanders. Recently, the Association of Ho- demonstrate with courage, for tol- Civil War in the Lincoln Brigade locaust Organizations, a network erance, decency and respect for all said to me before he passed away, dedicated to the advancement of Ho- people. We must be the civil oppo- “If you’re not scared, it isn’t courlocaust education, remembrance and sition to any and all measures that age.” I carry that wisdom with me research, released this powerful state- diminish the high ideals our nation always and it has served me well. ment calling on lawmakers, and civic and religious leaders to condemn white nationalist groups and other groups that promote hate speech and intolerance. This statement has been affirmed by 90 institutions and 71 Holocaust scholars: “Recent months have seen a surge in unabashed racism and hate speech — including blatant anti-Semitism and attacks on Hispanics, Muslims, African-Americans, women, the LGBTQ community, as well as other targeted groups. Journalists have been threatened. Places of worship, schools and playgrounds have been defaced with Nazi symbols intended to intimidate and arouse fear. White supremacist groups have become self-congratulatory and emboldened. As Holocaust scholars, educators and institutions, we are alarmed by these trends. History teaches us that intolerance, unchecked, leads to persecution and violence. We denounce racism and Thank You for Your Patronage! the politics of fear that fuels it. We stand in solidarity with all vulnerable groups. We take Elie Wiesel’s words to heart: ‘I swore never to be Always Accepting New Patients silent whenever and wherever human and Emergencies beings endure suffering and humiliation.’ Therefore, we call upon all elected officials as well as all civic and religious leaders to forcefully and explicitly condemn the rise in hate speech and any attacks on our democratic principles. 11 COURT STREET • MIDDLEBURY, We call upon all media and social

Letter (Continued from Page 4A) liability, not to create a document that repudiates the Town’s responsibilities vis-a-vis this project. The reality is we have never had the authority to control this project. What we have had is the opportunity to give our opinion on VTrans plans and to offer input on how the plans are executed (things like work hours). From the beginning this has been a rail project that includes two state owned bridges whose height are not to the liking of Vermont Rail, the Rail Council and the AOT. I have never heard a compelling argument for the investment of what will surely be more than 50 million dollars of tax payer money, my money and yours, for this project. The rail safety issues relating to drainage problems, track alignment and updating the track to continuous weld track have never been questioned. We all agree we want passenger rail along the western corridor, but we should closely examine the costs and the return on investment (ROI). Once these basic safety improvements are made, passenger trains could navigate the corridor. It should be remembered that we had passenger rail, and it was discontinued because it was not cost effective. It

would be nice to know what kind of commitment Amtrak will make in the face of millions of dollars of investment. Another aspect of this project has been about Categorical Exclusion, and this has now been addressed by the State. Because you can do something (like use Categorical Exclusion to ignore environmental concerns) does not mean you should do something. There are many serious environmental issues involved in this project. The comment by Secretary Cole that it is unfortunate that the threat of a lawsuit has caused this postponement is misleading and thoughtless. We, the Town, and the State should do the right thing. We have an obligation to abide by the environmental regulations that protect our lands and waterways. Categorical Exclusion is an archaic, irresponsible rule. The opportunity to conduct a proper environmental assessment is “not unfortunate” but rather appropriate and warranted. Here is the most important consideration; our bridges should be replaced now. Their repair is long overdue. If safety is “the” prime consideration, the bridges warrant immediate attention. The bridges can be replaced in well under a year for something in the vicinity

of $6 million dollars. It needs to be done now, not in 2020. Rail safety improvements can be made when the environmental assessment is complete. Subsequently, if and when there is enough evidence of economic value to spend millions and millions of dollars to increase the height, that issue can be undertaken as a separate project. If recent elections tell us anything, it is that people are angry about things being done the same old way, about not being heard. My personal belief is that the State should go back to the beginning and look hard at the goals of this project, how best to achieve them and to remember that the Rail considerations are only one aspect of this project. The social and economic well-being of the Middlebury community is also at stake. It seems insensitive that Secretary Cole would say, “This is this generation’s turn, in Middlebury, to sacrifice for the future generation.” If we are asked to endure four years of serious disruption in our lives, it should be for well-articulated, well-substantiated, measurable benefits. Asking the State to take a hard look does not seem unreasonable by comparison. Donna Donahue Middlebury

“This,” he said, in a harsh whisper, “is why I don’t like Christmas shopping with you.” The feeling was mutual. But, in fairness, my aversion to shopping isn’t all Mark’s fault. I only recently realized I don’t like crowds. It explains so much: why I get anxious in airports, why I’ve always believed that spending New Year’s Eve in Times Square should be used as punishment for violent criminals, why I’ve never understood the ap-

peal of orgies. This past Saturday morning, Mark announced that he was headed to Burlington to go Christmas shopping again — and that I was not invited because he wanted “to have fun this time.” “Good,” I said. “I’d rather die than have to spend eight hours with you in a busy mall.” We both had a wonderful day. I just love that after all these years we still know how to make each other happy.

vides cover to an increasing number of presents. And that’s just a bonus. The real treasures, to me, are the peo-

ple placing those gifts under the tree. And you don’t even need to wrap them.

Raymond (Continued from Page 4A) ed shower gel and gingerbread/ new-car-smell hand lotion while I practiced holding my breath. After 40 minutes, I resorted to crawling, hoping to find air below the heaviest layers of industrial scents. At that point the fumes overtook me. I don’t remember anything until I opened my eyes and looked up to see Mark, a bag of bath products clutched to his chest, staring down at me where I lay on the floor.

Clippings (Continued from Page 4A) who unfortunately might order theirs through Amazon.com. Once home, we prune the lower branches from the tree and plop it into a stand for a meticulous straightening process that would make a civil engineer proud. While Mark and I balance the tree in place, Dottie assesses it from 17 different angles. “Move it around two inches that way. No, move it back three inches. To the right, a little bit more. Now left. Darn — you know, why don’t you move the whole thing closer to the window so we can see it from outdoors?” Next come the decorations, which get affixed to the accompaniment of some holiday-appropriate tunes. One rendition per year of “All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth” is just about right. There was a time when Diane would sit on my shoulders to give the tree its crowning flourish of a star or angel. I’d still give it a shot, but Diane does not trust my aging back. Probably the right call, as it would be tough to get into the holiday spirit confined to a body cast after taking a tumble. As the days go by, the tree pro-

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Grace Marie Weber, 61, Weybridge



Marietta (Maggie) Ann Pomainville, 62, Bristol BRISTOL — Marietta (Maggie) Ann Pomainville, 62, of Bristol, as of Dec. 14, 2016, is being fitted with her glitter wings and getting ready to audition with David Bowie. She is survived by her current husband Gary Pomainville and first husband RC Jedlick II. She lives on through her daughters and grandchildren, Erica Jedlick, mother of Cynthia Austin, and Jaclyn and Dominic Paolantonio, parents of Celeste and Walker. She is the beloved daughter of Henrietta and Micheal (deceased) Walsh of Brandon. Loved with grace by her dearest Aunt Constance Chamberlin of Randolph and by her stepsister Michelle (Tootie) Sheldrick. Marietta was a free-spirited soul who could find the good no matter where she roamed. She had itchy feet. Her love of the oceans and

MARIETTA POMAINVILLE mountains brought her many places, whether it was her nickel tour of Lincoln, roaming around New

Orleans, or getting a tan in Florida. She left a spark of joy and optimism wherever she went and with whomever she met. Her heart was big enough to accommodate not only her own family but always had room for teenagers or friends in need. She loved life and laughter and always looked for the best in people. When not spreading her glow, she was lost in books and cooking shows. A remembrance party will be held and hosted at her last place of employment, the Vermont National Country Club in South Burlington, on Wednesday, Dec. 28, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Flowers to the family are enjoyed greatly; donations made in her name to your local Rotary Club would make her smile.◊

Viola Leskinen, 69, Leicester LEICESTER — Viola Leskinen, age 69, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, at her home in Leicester. Ms. Leskinen was born in Helsinki, Finland on Nov. 18, 1947. She was the daughter of Kaarlo Johan and Hilda (Viiru’n) Leskinen. She came to this country with her family in the early 1950s. She grew up in Bayside, Long Island, N.Y., where she received her early education. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen on July 22, 1957. She earned her degree in Biology from Columbia University, class of 1979. She has been employed as a Bidder for Eastern Contractors Association for the New England region for many years. She has been a member of the National Association of Women in Construction since








1983. She has been a resident of Leicester since 2010, after moving to Vermont from Bayside, N.Y. She belonged to Life Bridge Christian Church in Brandon. Surviving is her adopted family Cathie and Dan Lackard of Leicester. Several cousins in Finland also survive her. The memorial service “In Celebration of her Life” will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, at 11 a.m., at Life Bridge Christian Church. Pastor Roger Foster will officiate. A private graveside committal service and burial will take place, at a later date, in Brookside Cemetery in Leicester. Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made in her memory to: Addison County Humane Society, 234 Boardman St., Middlebury, VT 05753.

VIOLA LESKINEN Arrangement are under the direction of the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon.◊

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WEYBRIDGE — Grace Marie Weber, 61, of Weybridge passed away unexpectedly at her home on Dec. 14, 2016, with her beloved husband Steve by her side. Grace was born in Queens, N.Y. on Oct. 22, 1955, the daughter of Martin and Johanna Zanichkowsky. She was the tenth of fourteen children who were raised in New York, then later in Nashua, N.H. She attended St. Christopher’s elementary school, and graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary High School in Nashua. She attended Middlebury College, majoring in history and Italian, graduating Magna Cum Laude with High Honors in history in 1979. Her junior year was at the University of Firenze in Florence, Italy. Intensely loyal to family, church and friends, Grace was fearless in upholding her highest sense of right. One could not help but feel her deep love and compassion for people. Grace cherished her role as wife and mother. She was a longtime member of the local Christian Science church, and long served as Sunday school teacher, reader, soloist and board member. A natural teacher, Grace developed a pilot program for comprehensive instruction in English grammar and from 1997-2000 was a teaching assistant in that subject for grades 4-6 in Weybridge Elementary School. From 1999-2002 she assisted with grammar instruction at St. Mary’s School in Middlebury, and taught English and reading for Grade 7 at St. Mary’s (2001-2002). For four years (2003-2007) Grace homeschooled her youngest daughter Lucy and in 2006 and 2007, coached her to victory in the Vermont section of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. She also introduced the St. Mary’s spelling bee competition and organized the program coaching the winners in preparation for the State competition. The teaching aspect of Grace’s

GRACE WEBER life is connected to her great passion for Italian. For many years she had a weekly conversation group at home. For the past six years she taught Italian at the Italian American club in Rutland. She also conducted two one-week summer camp sessions in 2015 and 2016. Grace fell in love with Sicily when she and Steve visited in 2012. Then during the summers of 2014-2016 she volunteered to work for two week sessions on properties confiscated from the Mafia and leased by the Italian government to an organization called Terra Libera. Steve joined her at the end of her work camp session near Mount Etna in 2015, and they spent two weeks based in Cefalu on the north coast, where Grace had cultivated warm friendships with the priest and parishioners of the Parish of St. Francis the prior year. Another of Grace’s passions was music. She loved singing with the Middlebury Community Chorus and the Burlington Choral Society. She lived for opera and knew many scores by heart. Grace also shared her singing in community productions, talent shows, family weddings and at home with her husband and

children. Recycling coordinator for the town of Weybridge for many years, Grace always brought hot chocolate to the volunteers on cold winter days. She also was active in the Weybridge Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary, planning dinners and fundraisers to support the community. Grace was widely and dearly loved in her large family and community. We will miss her vibrancy and zest for life, her deep love of family and music, her lovely gardens and her incredible baking skills. She was predeceased by her parents, Martin and Johanna Zanichkowsky; and her two eldest brothers, Martin and James. Grace is survived by her loving husband, Stephen Weber of Weybridge; her three children: Andrea Borriello, Iris Oxford Davies and Lucy Weber; and her three stepchildren: Joan Vanacore, Tom Weber and Nancy Weber. She is also survived by her siblings: Martha Burns of Chester, N.Y.; Louise Naples of Woodhaven, N.Y.; Anne Harnish of Manchester, N.H.; Catherine Andruskevich of Merrimack, N.H., Paul Zanichkowsky of Biddeford, Maine; Steven Zanichkowsky of Arlington, Mass.; Anthony Zanichkowsky of Nashua, N.H.; Elizabeth Zanichkowsky of Jefferson, Wis.; Rita Zanichkowsky of Falmouth, Maine; Sylvia Martin of Brighton, Mass.; and Stephanie Zanichkowsky Bye of Niland, Calif.; as well her grandchildren Casey, Joseph, Rosie and Jackson; and many nieces and nephews, all of whom carry fond memories of their beloved “Gracie.” A celebration of Grace’s life will be held in Mead Chapel on Jan. 7, at 11 a.m. A reception will follow in Kirk Alumni Center. In lieu of flowers, donations can made in Grace’s honor to the following organizations: Addison County Community Action Group (HOPE) http://www.hope-vt.org/ or Elderly Services http://elderlyservices. org/.◊

William Martin McCartney, 56, Middlebury MIDDLEBURY — William Martin McCartney, 56, passed away Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016 at the University of Vermont Medical after a brief illness with his family by his side. He was born Aug. 14, 1960 in North Conway, N.H. to Sidney and Wilma (Martin) McCartney. He was a graduate of Vermont Academy class of 1978 and attended St. Michaels College. William worked in the hospitality field for many years. He enjoyed skiing, football and hockey games, but most of all spending time with his children. He told them he loved them and they were his best friends shortly before he passed. He is survived by his daughter Elizabeth Martin McCartney of Littleton, N.H., and his son William Singerly McCartney II of Middlebury. Also by his longtime friends who he referred to as his brother and sister David and Patty Thibodeau, his loving dog Jake, several cousins, and his ex-wife and friend Kathleen McCartney. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home located at 117 South Main St., Middlebury. The Rev. Brett Cody, pastor of the Whiting Community Church, will officiate. There will be a celebration of his life on Jan. 28, 2017, at the Inn at

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The family of

Jason Thomas Farr 12/21/71 — 8/28/9


Loving and missing you for eternity. -Ma

Henry “Bud” Cook

would like to thank all those who sent cards, flowers, food and donations in his memory. We truly appreciate all his friends and extended family who came to the celebration of his life on Dec. 4th.  Thank you all so very much!

Addison Independent, Thursday, December 22, 2016 — PAGE 7A

Neighbors question truck depot

Ferrisburgh facility proposed for Industrial zone in rural area

Hero of Main Street!

U.S. REP. PETER Welch came to Middlebury last Thursday to accept the Hero of Main Street Award from the Vermont Retail and Grocers Association. After a brief award ceremony at Middlebury’s Forth ‘n Goal, below (with owner David Disque and Dan McIntosh), the Congressman toured other downtown businesses, where he spoke with Vermont Bookshop owner Becky Dayton, center, and Sweet Cecily owner Nancie Dunn, above. Independent photos/Trent Campbell



Edward ‘Pete’ Gipson, Jr., Middlebury MIDDLEBURY — Edward “Pete” Gipson, Jr., age 82, passed away Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, at Shard Villa in Salisbury. Mr. Gipson was born in Middlebury on Dec. 3, 1934. He was the son of Edward Merrell and Marjorie (Tarble) Gipson. He grew up in Middlebury where he received his early education and graduated from Middlebury High School, class of 1953. He attended the University of Vermont, where he studied Civil Engineering. “Pete” entered the U.S. Army in July 1958 and was honorably discharged in July 1960. On Nov. 23, 1963, he married Ruth Annie VanBuren in Middlebury. Mrs. Gipson predeceased him Feb. 3, 2016. Mr. Gipson worked as an Engineer for the Vermont Agency of Transportation for 38 years. He retired in 1996. He was a member of Middlebury

American Legion Post #27. He also belonged to Union Lodge #2 Free & Accepted Masons, and this year he received his 50 year pin. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed reading and puzzles. Surviving are his two sons: David Gipson and his wife Luella of Bridport; and John Gipson and his wife Carolyn of Burlington; his sister Ann R. Gipson of Middlebury; and five grandchildren, Chantal, Lea, Jessica, Christopher and Lauren. The graveside committal service and burial with Military honors will take place at a later date in Farmingdale Veterans Cemetery in Middlebury. Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made in his memory to: The Columbus Smith Estate Trust at Shard Villa, 1177 Shard Villa Road, Salisbury, VT 05769.

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By ANDY KIRKALDY FERRISBURGH — The proposed in-town move of Ferrisburgh trucking firm J.A. DeVos and Sons Inc. to Tuppers Crossing drew fire at a Dec. 7 Board of Zoning Adjustment hearing from some area residents, who said it was a poor fit for the neighborhood. J.A. DeVos and Sons Inc., owned in part by former Ferrisburgh Selectman John DeVos Jr., is planning to move from the north end of town to a 9-acre parcel on Tuppers Crossing, a half-mile road that runs west from Route 7 to Botsford Road about a half-mile north of Vergennes. DeVos defended his proposal at the hearing, which will re-open on Feb. 1, saying, according to minutes, that the business has generated no complaints in 35 years from neighbors of its current Greenbush Road location, where in August it was operating eight tractor-trailer units. The trucking company has for more than a decade been sharing space there with the other DeVos family business, organic dairy producer Kimball Brook Farm. DeVos told the Independent in August that two of his three sons want to move the trucking business to Tuppers Crossing on a parcel that is now largely rural, but is next to railroad tracks and is zoned industrial. They seek to build a fenced facility with an 8,000-square-foot commercial building, an aboveground fuel tank, parking and entry on the south and west sides, and an outdoor truck-wash area for 30 trucks per week with runoff on the north side of the building. Per zoning board minutes, “The interior of the building would be used for changing tires, oil changes, and other light repair work, with storage for tools and truck parts, an office area and bathroom facilities.” Their application includes provisions for landscape screening on the east and west sides, and the project would have the “same runoff management system in use at the Ferrisburgh town garage,” according to minutes. Per minutes, DeVos said the trucks would be empty when leaving and arriving and would not weigh more than about 26,000 pounds. The 9 acres in question lies in Ferrisburgh’s Industrial District zone, and “Freight and trucking terminal” is listed as a permitted conditional use. That designations means the use is allowed if approved by the Ferrisburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment, which may attach conditions after a public process. Per Ferrisburgh zoning, in granting a conditional use permit the zoning board must consider whether a proposal adversely affects the “character of the area,” and the board may attach conditions to minimize a proposal’s impact. NEGATIVE IMPACT? And some neighbors told the zoning board on Dec. 7 that the trucking facility would have a negative impact on property values and the character of the area. Residents David Pierson and Jane Melrose, who live at the intersection of Tuppers Crossing and Botsford Road, expressed those opinions at the meeting, according to minutes, and in an email to the Independent. “This trucking facility does not seem a good fit in this place for many reasons. We would like to stop the project totally,” they wrote

in an email that also cited the “en- planted well below the level of the vironmental impact of trucks carry- building site, and would do little to ing gasoline, propane and hazardous screen the building from Route 7.” waste.” Dumont, per the minutes, also Pierson and Melrose, like fellow said “the application did not address neighborhood residents Ken Ville- many issues required to grant a conneuve and Aubrey Choquette, have ditional use permit, such as the inhired an attorney. Atcreased truck traffic torney Liam Murphy turning off Route 7 spoke on Pierson and “The applicant onto Tuppers CrossMelrose’s behalf on really has to ing, the nearby railDec. 7, and attorney hear what his road grade crossing, James Dumont spoke and the blind upfor Villeneuve and neighbors have to hill approach to the say and how they property from the Choquette. Murphy called the feel about it … west.” application “skinny,” That’s all part of Not all neighbors according to minutes: objected. Stephen He said the landscap- zoning. Character Warner, who lives ing proposed was in- of the area is one across the road from adequate, suggesting of the most major the project, said he “large berms with had not objection. factors.” plantings to the east Rob Stearns, speak— Zoning Board ing on behalf of his and west to mitigate Chairwoman mother, who owns noise issues and damCharlene Stavenow two homes west of age to the view from Route 7 and Botsford the property, said Road.” he did not object to the proposal but Murphy also said the area is would like to see better screening. “mostly rural residential,” and the CONCERNS ADDRESSED? project would harm its character, Last week, DeVos told the Indeand he requested a noise study and a pendent he believed he could relimit on hours of operation. spond to neighbors’ concerns. Choquette said the project was “We’ll deal with every one of “incompatible with the surrounding them. It’s in the works now,” he said. area” and property values would be “We have no problem with the bushharmed, according to minutes, and es and the berms and all that stuff.” that drawings appeared “to show a One, he said, was inaccurate: “Our building higher than the maximum building will not be over 35 feet in of 35 feet, and that light and glare height.” from the project would be a constant Others he questioned as valid, inproblem,” cluding the limits on hours of operAs did Murphy, per the minutes ation. Choquette criticized extensive site “I can go to the Mobil station there work done this past summer before and my car can get fueled 24 hours a DeVos applied for a permit. Cho- day,” DeVos said. “Why should I be quette cited noise, and said landscap- told not to do it when the new COCO ing was inadequate because “trees station there can do it?” (See Ferrisburgh, Page 12A) that appear on the plan would be

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Noonday concert in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 22, 12:15-12:45 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 3 Main St. George Matthew Jr. in a recital of Advent and Christmas organ music. Bring a lunch and enjoy the music. Free. Christmas candlelight service in Starksboro. Thursday, Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m., Starksboro Village Meeting House. The annual Starksboro village meeting house Christmas candlelight service will be held with the Rev. John Burbank leading the program of lessons and carols. Pianist Lois Burbank will be accompanied by Daniel Phillips on violin and vocalist Joanne Russell.




Hannukah story time in Lincoln. Friday, Dec. 23, 10:30 a.m., Lincoln Library. A special visitor will share traditions with us along with stories, songs, snack and a craft. Lumen in Bristol. Friday, Dec. 23, evening, downtown Bristol. Come to Lumen, Bristol’s celebration of fire and light.




Christmas Eve service in Shoreham. Saturday, Dec. 24, 5 p.m., Shoreham Congregational Church. The Shoreham Congregational Church will celebrate a traditional Christmas Eve service in the sanctuary. The Rev. Christina Del Piero will lead the service of carols, candles and a spiritual message.




Oxford carol book sing in Middlebury. Tuesday, Dec. 27, 7-9 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Come and enjoy singing your favorite carols from this classic collection, along with a cup of hot-mulled cider. Bring your copies of “The Oxford Book of Carols” (1964 edition), “The New Oxford Book of Carols” (1992 edition), or “The Shorter New Oxford Book of Carols.” For more information contact Daniel Wright at 545-2309 or dmwright@gmavt.net.




Scandinavian Christmas music in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 29, 12:15-12:45 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Erik Johansson of Bellows Falls presents a program of vocal and instrumental Scandinavian Christmas. Johansson not only sings in all four Scandinavian languages (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and Finnish), he sets his own poems to music. Bring a lunch and enjoy as you listen to the music! Free.



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17th annual Tiger alumni hockey games in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 30, 5:15-10:45 p.m., Memorial Sports Auditorium Center in Middlebury. First game: women’s alumni hockey game 5:15-6:45 p.m.; second game: the legends of Tiger hockey (slower game) 7-8:45 p.m.; third game: future legends of Tiger hockey (faster game) 9-10:45 p.m. $25 recommended donation per player. If you have questions email or call Dan McIntosh at fngdan@mac.com or 388-3444.




Best Night in Bristol. Saturday, Dec. 31, 5 p.m., First Baptist Church of Bristol. The First Baptist Church of Bristol is offering a homemade soup supper with special breads and brownies. There are a variety of soups and chili to choose from. Enjoy the music and warm up with a soup supper. The Grift in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 31, 8 p.m., Town Hall Theater. The best band and best brew in New England come together on the region’s biggest dance floor for a New Year’s Eve Party. The Otter Creek Brewing folks will serve some of their newest beers and The Grift is guaranteed to get you on your feet. Doors open at 8 p.m., band starts at 9 p.m. Tickets $15 advance, $18 at the door, and may be purchased at www. townhalltheater.org, 382-9222, or at the THT Box Office Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

Noon music

ST. STEPHEN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH will hold a noonday concert featuring Advent and Christmas organ music on Thursday, Dec. 22, from 12:15-12:45 p.m. Bring a lunch and enjoy the music. Free.




First day bird hike in Ferrisburgh. Sunday, Jan. 1, 9 a.m., Button Bay State Park. Otter Creek Audubon Society invites you to combine the tradition of New Year’s Day birding trips with a First Day Hike to walk the trails in search of overwintering birds. Christmas concert in Weybridge. Sunday, Jan. 1, 3-4 p.m., Weybridge Congregational Church. The Weybridge Parish Bells will hold a Christmas concert and sing-along featuring traditional favorites and more. All are welcome. Free will donation. Information: 545-2895 or 989-1480.




Blood pressure clinic in Brandon. Tuesday, Jan. 3, 10 a.m., Forestdale Senior Center. RAVNAH blood pressure/ foot care clinic will be held at Forestdale Senior Center. $10. No appointment necessary. Call 770-1536 for more information.




“Manet: Portraying Life” screening in Middlebury. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 11 a.m., Town Hall Theater. Town Hall Theater’s Great Art Wednesdays series returns with “Manet: Portraying Life,” a documentary exploring the exhibition of the same name at the Royal Academy of Arts. Tickets $10/$5 students, and may be purchased at www.townhalltheater. org, over the phone at 382-9222, or in person at the box office. Labor historian talk in Middlebury. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 7 p.m., Ilsley Public Library. Labor historian Annelise Orleck will recount the struggle for welfare rights by Las Vegas women in the 1970s in a talk titled “What if Poor Women Ran the World?” Orleck is a professor of history at Dartmouth College.




Senior meal in Bristol. Thursday, Jan. 5, noon, First Baptist Church of Bristol. The menu is baked ham, mashed potatoes, carrots, homemade rolls and banana cream pie. Suggested donation $4. Come early and talk with friends and make new ones. Call 453-5276 a week ahead to be on the list.




First Friday luncheon in Middlebury. Friday, Jan. 6, 11 a.m., Middlebury VFW, Exchange Street. A special noontime meal featuring roasted pork with southern sausage stuffing, oven roasted red potatoes, gravy, mixed beans, spinach and romaine salad with choice of dressing, dinner roll and pound cake with blueberries and strawberries for dessert. Certified organic regular and decaf coffee donated by Vermont Coffee Company. Advance reservations required. Call Age Well at 802-865-0360 ext. 1070 to reserve. Suggested donation $5.




Green Mountain Club hike in Charlotte. Saturday, Jan. 7, Mt. Philo State Park. Hike or snowshoe this easy, 2-3 mile hike, which is dog-friendly. Contact Mike Greenwood at mike802vt@comcast.net or 349-5653. Info: www. gmcbreadloaf.org. Young adventurers club in Waltham. Saturday, Jan. 7, 9 a.m., Buck Mountain. Come to the animal winter picnic at Buck Mountain. While the pace is geared toward younger adventurers (ages 4-8), everyone is welcome. Call or email YAC leader Lauren Bierman for meeting location and details at 349-7498 or laurenbiermanrn@gmail.com. Info: www.gmcbreadloaf.org. “Nabucco” screening in Middlebury. Saturday, Jan. 7, 1 p.m., Town Hall Theater. Town Hall Theater’s MET Live in HD series rings in the new year with a broadcast of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Nabucco,” starring opera luminary Placido Domingo in the title role. Tickets $24/$10 students and may be purchased at www. townhalltheater.org, over the phone at 382-9222, or in person at the box office. DJ skate night in Middlebury. Saturday, Jan. 7, 8-10 p.m., Memorial Sports Center. DJ skate night presented by friends of Middlebury hockey. All ages and abilities welcome. $5 adult; $3 student. Snack bar will be open and rental skates available. Info: www.memorialsportscenter.org.




Parish breakfast in Vergennes. Sunday, Jan. 8, 8-10 a.m., St. Peter’s Church. Come for a delicious breakfast of eggs, omelets (to order), hot cakes, French toast, sausage, bacon and more. Bring your family and friends. Adults $8.50; seniors (over 60) $7.50; kids 6-12 years $6. Children under 6 free and immediate families of five or more $28. For more information call 877-2367.

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Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix in Middlebury. Sunday, Jan. 8, 2-3:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater. Join Johnny Peers and his troupe of performing rescue dogs, the Muttville Comix, as they perform challenging and hilarious tricks and routines — fun for the whole family. $20 adults/$10 ages 18 and under. Tickets available at the THT box office, 382-9222 or www.townhalltheater.org.




Festival-on-the Green meeting in Middlebury. Wednesday, Jan. 11, 6:30 p.m., Middlebury Union Middle School. Enthusiastic volunteers needed to help plan the 39th annual summer Festival-on-the Green. For more information, call 462-3555 or just show up at the meeting.




“The Athenian Acropolis, Revisited” in Middlebury. Friday, Jan. 13, 12:15 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre. Pieter Broucke, associate curator of ancient art, presents a virtual gallery talk exploring the enduring fascination with the High Classical monuments from the Enlightenment to the present. $5 suggested donation; free to College ID holders. Info: www.middlebury.edu/arts or 802-443-3168. Constantinople in Middlebury. Friday, Jan. 13, 8 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College. Persian music trio Constantinople makes its Middlebury debut in a special collaborative concert with kora player Ablaye Cissoko. The program is approximately one hour, 30 minutes. Tickets $25 public; $20 College ID holders; students $6. Info: www.middlebury.edu/arts or 802-443-3168.



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Otter Creek Audubon Society walk in Middlebury. Saturday, Jan. 14, 8-10 a.m., Otter View Park parking area. Community members are invited to help survey birds and other wildlife at Otter View Park and Hurd Grassland. Beginning birders welcome. Come for all or part of the walk. Info: 387-1007 or 388-6019.



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LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer). Youth support group meets Monday nights, 4-6 p.m., Turningpoint Center, Marble Works, Middlebury. Info: 388-4249. Middlebury Garden Club. Second Tuesday. Location varies. Pat Morrow, 462-3741. NEAT (Northeast Addison Television) Channel 16. Fourth Monday, 5-7 p.m. NEAT studio in Bristol. Bruce Duncan, bduncan@madriver.com. Neshobe Sportsman Club. Second Monday, 6 p.m. potluck; 7 p.m. meeting. 97 Frog Hollow Road in Brandon. Otter Creek Poets. Open poetry workshop held Thursdays, 1-3 p.m. Ilsley Library in Middlebury. Poets of all ages are invited to share their poetry for feedback, encouragement and optional weekly assignments. Bring a poem or two to share (plus 20 copies). Led by David Weinstock. Free. Orwell Historical Society. Fourth Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Orwell Free Library. PACT (People of Addison County Together). Third Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Vermont state office building on Exchange St. in Middlebury, Health Department conference room. 989-8141. Samaritan’s Cupboard. Assembly of God Christian Center, 1759 Route 7, Vergennes. Third Thursday through October. Vergennes Lions Club. First and third Wednesday, 6:45 p.m., American Legion. Club address: PO Box 94, Vergennes, VT 05491. Info: President Tim Cowan, 877-2382. Vergennes Rotary Club. Tuesday mornings, 7:158:30 a.m., Champlain Valley Christian School, 2 Church St. Breakfast served at 7:15 a.m. GOVERNMENT & POLITICS Addison Peace Coalition. Saturday, 10:30-11 a.m. Triangle Park in Middlebury. Citizens for Constitutional Government in Bridport. Thursday, 7-9 p.m. Bridport Community School. Learn about the U.S. and Vermont constitutions and how to defend our rights. Five-Town Area Vigil for Peace. Friday, 5-5:30 p.m. Bristol green. All welcome to speak out for world peace. Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles Mobile Service Van. Second and fourth Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Every Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Addison County Courthouse, in Middlebury. The van offers written exams, customer service and road tests. 828-2000.

BINGO American Legion Hall, Middlebury. Wednesday. Doors open 5:30 p.m. with early birds. Jackpot $3,000. Food available. Benefits veterans, scholarships and community programs. 388-9311. Brandon Senior Center, Brandon. First and third Mondays. 6 p.m. Refreshments sold. 247-3121. Brandon American Legion. Tuesday, warm-ups 6:15 p.m., regular games 7 p.m. Food available, complimentary hot tea and coffee. Info: 247-5709. VFW Post 7823, Middlebury. Monday. Doors open 5 p.m., quickies 6:15 p.m., regular bingo 7 p.m. 388-9468. FUNDRAISING SALES Bixby Memorial Library Book Sale, Otter Creek Room, 258 Main St., Vergennes. Monday-Friday, 2-4:30 p.m. (Thursday, 2-6:45 p.m.); and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Proceeds support library programs and materials. Brandon Free Public Library Used Book Sale. Wednesdays, 4-7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The 2016 season runs May 4 through mid-October. Ilsley Public Library Book Sale. First Saturday, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Vermont Room. Ongoing sale in The Last Word during library hours. Info: 388-4095. St. Peter’s Closet in Vergennes. Behind St. Peter’s. Open on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Two Brothers Tavern’s Charitable Mondays. First Monday. 10 percent of entire day’s proceeds go to designated charity. DANCE, MUSIC, ARTS & EDUCATION Bridge at Ilsley in Middlebury. Thursdays, 5:30-8 p.m., Ilsley Library. Single players welcome. Info: 462-3373. Bristol folk session in Bristol. Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m., Hatch 31, 31 Main St. Open jam. Bring your voices, instruments, songs and tunes. Irish/Celtic, Maritime, Appalachian, Quebecois, Roots/Blues, World Music, Dead, Dylan. Info: www.vtceltic.com/bristol-folksession.html.

LIVEMUSIC Pantet in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 22, 7-9 p.m., 51 Main. The Brother Brothers (David and Adam Moss) in Ripton. Saturday, Jan. 7, 7 p.m., Ripton Community Coffee House. The Matt Flinner Trio in Ripton. Saturday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m., Ripton Community Coffee House.

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SPORTS Co-ed volleyball in Middlebury. Pick-up games Monday, 7-9 p.m., Middlebury Municipal Gym. Jack Brown, 388-2502; Bruce at Middlebury Recreation Department, 388-8103. Family tennis court time in Middlebury. Sundays, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Middlebury Indoor Tennis. Family play drop-in offers families a chance to play together. Equipment is provided. Open to all levels of play. Info: Erin Morrison, emorrison@acafvt.org. CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS ACT (Addison Central Teens). Drop-in hours during the school years: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 3-6 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 3-7 p.m. 94 Main St. (Middlebury Town Office building), below rec. gym. Teen drop-in space for kids. Hang out with friends, play pool, watch movies, and eat great food. Baking: every Thursday from 3:30-5 p.m. Info: 388-3910 or www.addisonteens.com. Addison County Amateur Radio Association. Sunday, 8 p.m. On the air on club repeater 147.36/147.96 MHz, 100 Hz access tone. Nonmembers and visitors welcome. Addison County Emergency Planning Committee. Last Wednesday, 5 p.m. State Police Barracks. Public invited. Addison County Republican Party. Third Friday, 7 p.m., Ilsley Library, Middlebury. 897-2744. American Legion Auxiliary Post 27. Fourth Monday, 7 p.m. American Legion, Wilson Road, Middlebury. Addison County Council Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. Fourth Tuesday, noon-1:30 p.m. Addison County Courthouse in Middlebury. 388-9180. Brandon Lions Club. First and third Tuesday, 7 p.m., Brandon Senior Center. Brandon Senior Citizen Center. 1591 Forest Dale Road. 247-3121. Bristol Historical Society. Third Thursday, 7 p.m., Howden Hall, 19 West St., Bristol. Champlain Valley Fiddlers’ Club. Middlebury VFW, 530 Exchange Street. Third Sunday (except Easter), noon to 5 p.m. Donation $3. Refreshments available. Looking for fiddlers young and old. Open to public. Info: 342-0079. The Hub Teen Center and Skatepark. 110 Airport Drive, Bristol. Open mike night, first Thursday of the month, 5:30-7:30 p.m., free for all ages; reserve a spot at thehub@gmavt.net. Info: 453-3678 or www.bristolskatepark.com.



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TOWN A Christmas present Last year the Holiday Craft Se- the mailbox each day and smell that ries at Middlebury’s Ilsley Library heavenly smell. The idea of “smell offered a session on making balsam cushions” combined Ken’s weaving pillows. The newsletter described with what was freely available from the program, “Expert seamstress Su- our environment. Ken would come san Highley will guide us in creat- in the door with branches, then grind ing these simple sewn gifts.” I don’t them with a hand meat grinder and dry them near our know why, but I am wood stove. Every drawn to the workbreath was balsam shop. incense. When I get to the “Where did you library, I notice a tasell them?” asks ble with a basket of Chris, bringing me material, a containback. er of buttons, some “All over. New notions, an ironing York — in the best board and iron, along stores. New Hampwith a sewing mashire Crafts Stores. chine. About 15 kids Frog Hollow.” and adults are cutI am having trouting, sewing and fillble answering, thinking pouches. This is ing or making a dewhat I see, but what cision about making I really notice is the a balsam pillow with smell of balsam. the scent overpowerI walk around the ing me. I find some tables, sifting through tatting and hand sew material until I find By Sas Carey it onto the material. some green cotton Chris comes by. with stars and moons and snowflakes. I cut two five-inch “So you are adding the Milky Way.” I nod. pieces of cloth as the sheet of direcI felt the challenge of making a tions on the table directs. Standing beside me is Chris, the reference life on eight acres a friend gave us. librarian, who used to play with We took down a warehouse in Ismy kids when they were all around land Pond for lumber to build the 3 years old. He starts talking to me house. We had no money. The mail and I can’t ignore what’s happening was our connection with the outside inside any longer. He says, “So, Sas, world. No telephone. No electricity. Our VW bus had broken down after have you ever made these before?” “We used to live on making bal- transporting a gas refrigerator from sam pillows in the hippy days. Our Connecticut. We had a brook for whole income was from selling water. Balsam. I never imagined by them.” I think, yes, we sold the little putting weaving and balsam togethones for $3 and if we sold half-a-doz- er, the product would become our en, we could eat well for a week or means of survival. The sewing matwo. I speak very softchine needle moves up ly, but everyone hears. hen the and down while Chris It’s a small town and town sews the seam on his everyone knows evpillow. I am slowly, eryone. “I have made opened slowly attaching the thousands of them. the road for us, “Milky Way” as I sit Ken would weave the balsam trees beside the container material and I would with the needles. sew them,” I say. I am needed to be cut And then I get it. I surprised to hear the and trimmed. We words come out of my would walk to the need to make anothmouth. I don’t usually mailbox each day er one. One for Ken to remind him of this talk about Ken since and smell that time in his life. One to we have been divorced heavenly smell. soften his rough road. for decades. I find two pewter but“Oh,” says Chris, “You made them of woven material. tons in the shape of hearts after I cut Maybe I remember that. Does Ken out material for a second pillow. I sew one button to each side of the still weave?” “No, in fact, he has cancer now.” material with moon, star and snowI don’t add that he has just sold his flakes, just like mine. I zip the seams loom and he has sent me the amount on the sewing machine, as if the he got from selling it. Also in the en- years are seamless. The librarians velope was a letter telling me how are cleaning up. Students have left. touched he was that I trusted him As I walk to my car, I smile. I with my life savings so he could buy know that when Ken opens the that loom. “smell cushion,” he will remember. “Oh, I’m sorry.” When he sees the hearts, he will I busy myself with cutting the know love never ends. I know for five-inch pieces but can hardly focus sure that this is the best present I am with the balsam smell bringing back giving this year. memories of a house we built in the Sas Carey is the director of three Northeast Kingdom, of the chick- documentaries about Mongolian ens, the rabbits, the garden and the nomads and author of “Reindeer birth of our son with just the two of Herders in My Heart.” She hopes to us. When the town opened the road return to Mongolia in 2017 to begin for us, balsam trees needed to be filming a new documentary. She lives cut and trimmed. We would walk to in Middlebury.

Ways of Seeing

Sounds of the holidays

ON DEC. 12 THE Vergennes Union High School Music Department put on its Winter Concert. Choral Director Liana Fitt led the Concert Choir and Commodore Singers and Instrumental Director Susan O’Daniel conducted the VUHS Symphonic Band and Commodore Jazz Ensemble. Among the performers were singers Sydney Tarte, left, Lillian Goodyear and Emily Steen, and clarinet players Bess Gramling, left, Ashley Cray and Cedar Winslow.

Photos by Phil Julie Gramling

milestones BIRTHS

• Jeannine (Sandler) & Ryan Schembeck, Brandon, Dec. 9, a daughter, Rian Carter May Schembeck. • Becca (Shaffer) & Mick Graham, Shelburne, Dec. 10, a son, Colin Everett Graham.

• Lisa (Pantaline) & David Hudson, Pittsford, Dec. 10, a son, James David Hudson. • Bianca (Stone) & Ben Pease, Middlebury, Dec. 11, a daughter, Odette Susan Stone-Pease. • Macri (Ringey) & Bradley Lambert, Cornwall, Dec. 12, a son, Koen Marc Lambert. • Rebecca (Santor) & Brian Lavoie Sr., Ferrisburgh, Dec. 12, a son, Brian Francis Lavoie Jr. • Tanya & Robert Smart, Monkton, Dec. 15, a son, Matthew Sumner Smart.

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PAGE 1A — Addison Independent, Thursday, December 25, 2009

Middlebury Lions Christmas Memory Tree

Florence Abel Connie Abeling James Aldrich Mary Jane Aldrich David Allen Dorothy Allen Faith Angier Joyce Redard Aschoff Brian & Ramona Atherton Donald Atherton Fredrick Atherton Katherine Atherton Verna Atkinson Stanley P. Atwood Mary Rose Audet Norman Audet Alan Ayer M.D. Cleo Bagley Harvey Bagley Zebber Bagley Ann Bagley Rogers Bob Baker Florence Banner (5) Frank Banner (5) Megan Louise Barber Megan Barber Dale Barclay Ray Barclay Paul Bark Raymond Barnes Leon Barnett Leslie “Popper” Barnett Dr. Lyndon “Bill” Barnett Ruth “Nana” Barnett Mattie Bartlett Linda Baslow Roger Bassett Natalie H Beattie Helen Beecher William and Geraldine Beecy Arthur Benedict Edith Benedict (6) Leonard Bergeron Marie Rose Bergeron Ann Berry Anna Berry Chuck Berry Jim Berry (2) Gladys Bibeau Joseph Bielawski Gladys Bigelow Harold Bigelow John Bigelow Rose Bigelow Tom Billings Wilfrid Bilodeau Floyd Birchmore Maudi Bishop Lawerence Bishop Sr. Thomas Bliss Bill Bodette Eileen Bodette (2) Kay Bodette Lee Bodette Alice Boise Annette Boise Charles Boise Grandma Boise Mary Boise Michael Boise Mom & Dad Boise Reginald Boise William Boise Boise Pets Gerald Bolduc Michael Bolduc Polly Bolduc Larry E. Booska Robert A. Booska Anna Booska-Botsford Geoffrey Booth Michael S. Brace Rodney W. Brace Charles Brakeley (5) Mons Paul Bresnehan Steve Bronish Altha G. Broughton Elmer Broughton Geneva Broughton Martin H. Broughton Baby Boy Brouillette Albert Brown Linda Brown Lorenza Brown Gayna Browne Winston Browne Fletcher Brush Richard Bullock Edward Burke John G. Burke John Walter Burke Lillian Burke Lois Burke Marylou Burke Irene Burns Bernice Bushey Melvin Bushey Lawrence Butler Ralph Butler Ruth Butler Bud Butterfield Irene Butterfield Marie Butterfield Edgar Butterfield Sr. Barbara Buttolph (5) Norma Carr

“It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.” The Middlebury Lions Club wishes to recognize those donors who have honored their deceased family and loved ones, to whom this page is dedicated. The thought of each person represented by a single bulb together on one special tree illuminates the air with memories. May their lives be remembered this holiday season.

The Middlebury Lions Club, marking their 64th year of service to their community and state, has again this year presented their 38th annual “Christmas Memory Tree.” With the cooperation of the Addison County Independent the names memorialized on the “Tree” are listed on this page. Dedicated though we Lions may be to our particular causes, we can in no way match the dedication, love and esteem shown by these beloved donors who make available this listing of memorialized names. In the face of dedication, we Lions stand in humble awe. The Officers and Members of the Middlebury Lions Club

Let peace come to those of war Unlock the lock, let open the door. Give hope to those who feel despair. May their smiling face forever flare. Let the sun shine warmth amongst their stable Give bread to place upon the hearth Give joy to those who feel the sorrow, Remember their strength that we might borrow, Let us have the courage to climb the hill. Have we the strength to say I will? Give them the grace at your heavenly feast, For rest is theirs with eternal peace. Let us recall their hopes, their dreams, They stood in support like a sturdy beam. Memories of them shall we always cherish, Our love for them shall never perish. Lion Tom Broughton Past International Director

Hubert T. Casey Keith R. Casey Norman Dow Casey Raymona F. Casey Cecile Cawley Walter Cawley Edward Charbonneau Guy Chicoine Carol Choquette Walter Cibulski Alexa Cioffi Clancy (dog) Neri Clark Ruth Y. Clark Ernest Cloutier John Cloutier Rollande Cloutier Alice Maud Colburn Luther Dodge Colburn Margreta Colburn Wm. (Bill) Cole Elizabeth R. Collins Dr. Ray W. Collins Douglas Condon Elizabeth Condon Michael Condon Theresa Condon Stephen Condon Jr. Alice Condon Quesnel Laura Conlon William Conlon Bette Coons (2) James Coons Jennifer Beth Coons Jimmy Coons Morton Coons (2) Frederick Cope Gladys Cope Oliver Cope Sarah Cope Sharon Cope Stephen Cope Bertha Counter Henry Counter Stanley Counter Albert Cousineau John Cousino Joyce Cousino Ruth Cousino Wayne Cousino Clarence Cox Ruth Cox Ethel Crowe Harold Crowe Christopher Cunningham Phyllis Cunningham (2) William Cunningham Patti Curtis Whitehead Doll Cyr Kate Cyr Leonard D ‘Sonny’ Cyr Leonard P Cyr Mable Cyr Mr. & Mrs. Louis Cyr Mr. & Mrs. Philipp Cyr Mr. & Mrs. Wilber Cyr Doris Cyr-Pelkey James Danyow Lucy Danyow Patricia Danyow Raymond Buck Danyow James Danyow Jr. (2) Ann & Junior Davis Art Davis Bill Davis Della Davis Mary Davis Loretta Degray Steven Degray Lena DeLage Andre Denis Barbara Pidgeon Denis

Tony Denis Norma Denu John Desforges Leo Desforges Yvette Desforges Bertha Desjadon Walt Desjadon Howard Devoid Evelyn DeWitt Gerald DeWitt Robert DeWitt Earl DeWitt Jr. Earl DeWitt Sr. Rebecca DiPanni Henriette Doucet Roger Doucet Claudia Dragon Cora E Dragon Ellsy Dragon Mom & Dad Dragon Rhoda Dragon Rhonda Dragon Sandy Dragon Helen Draper Marcel Dubois E. Arthur Duffany David Dupoise (2) Frank Dupoise Heath Dupoise (2) Marilyn Dupoise (2) Michael Dupoise (2) Mr. & Mrs. Albert Dupoise Mr. & Mrs. David Dupoise Mr. & Mrs. Frank Dupoise Sophrania Dupoise Ethel Edwards Thomas Edwards Doris G Estright Gene Evans Flora Farnsworth (2) Harold Farnsworth (2) Lori Farnsworth Lucien Farnsworth Lynn Farnsworth Maynard Farr (2) Elaine Farrell James Farrell Armand Faubert Lucille Faubert Sidney Fenson Sr. Elizabeth Fiske Jack Fiske Thelma Flachsland William Flachsland Eric Flannagan (2) Sue Flannagan (2) Terry Flynn Nancy Foote (5) Ralph Foote (5) Coleen Forbes Mary Force Janice Forguites (2) Leslie Forguites (2) Francis Forrest Gary Forrest Mary Forrest Shirley H Fowler Howard French Barbara Fuller Giadwyne Fuller Jim Fuller Juanita Fuller Kay Gale All the Gale pets Roger K. Gelinas Bertha Gemmill Wallace Gemmill Stella Gero Howard Gero Jr.

Howard Gero Sr. Ruth Gipson Marilyn Golembeski Alfred Gonzalez Joseph Dodie Gonzalez Joseph M. Gonzalez Mabel Dorau Gonzalez Mary S. Gonzalez Narcisco J. Gonzalez Paul A. Gonzalez Pennie J. Gonzalez Raymond J. Gonzalez Raymond N. Gonzalez Donald Goodrich Hazel Goodrich Wilbur Goodrich Lyle Greenwood Peggie Greenwood Robert Guertin Sr. Blanche Hallock Gladys S Hallock Jesse O Hallock John Hallock Olga Hallock Wayne O Hallock John & Noreen Halpin Ruby (Betts) Hanmer Walter F Hanmer Floyd Harcourt Viola Harcourt Lynn W Hinman Guy Hoague Celia Hobbs John Hoff Kenneth Hopper (5) Susan Hopper (5) Inez Hubbell Louise Hubbell (2) Robert Hubbell Lynn Huestis Erma Humiston Frederick Humiston Sidney Humiston Howard Humiston Sr. Deborah Humphrey Todd Humphrey Ara Jackson Dean Jackson George Jackson Jacqueline (White) Jackson Ruth Jackson Walter Jackson Jake Jacobsen Lynn James Stephen James James Jette Anna Johnson (2) Stanley Johnson Mudge & Jack Joppe Harold Kelley Jane Kelly Ed Kelton Eric Kemp Larry Kemp Paul Kemp Darwin Kimball Philip Kingsbury Linda Kirby Mary Ann Knapp Tasha Kniep Kodi Beatrice Laberge Becky LaBerge Charles Laberge Charlie Laberge (2) Donald Laberge Laura L. Laberge Liz Laberge (2) Louis Laberge Marilyn L. Laberge Mary Laberge

Steven Laberge Robert W Laberge Sr. Helen Ladon Aline LaFountain Doris LaFountain John E. LaFountain Joseph LaFountain Lisa Marie LaFountain Raymond LaFountain Reginald LaFountain Robert J. LaFountain Wilfred LaFountain Sr. Donald Lagrow Hugh Lagrow Irene Lagrow Rita Lagrow Robert Lagrow Ruth Lagrow Alicia Lambert Donald Lamothe Fred Landon Harris Larocque Roger Larocque Bertha Larrow Donna Lawton (2) Henry Leach Dolly LeBeau Helen LeBeau Guy F LeBel Anita Leggett George Leggett Robert W Leggett Charlott Leggett Hurlburt Lindiwe Sandra Liska Bradford Seabury Littlefield Steven A Longo Rhodalee Lundrigan Barbara Mack Gene Maheu Joani Maloy Lorraine Malzac Roch Malzac Simone Malzac Jennie Marshall Judy Marshall Manley Marshall Facine Martin Ivis Masterson Stewart Masterson Brian P. Mayer Ferdinand Mayer Genevieve M. Mayer Karen L. Mayer Paul E. Mayer Steve Mc G Sidney McCartney (5) Mac McCarty Sara McCarty Kevin McFadden Doris L. McGee Jack McKinley Kenneth McKinley Ron McKinnon Eileen McQuillan Jane D. Miller Catherine Mitchell Daffidol Monty Napoleon Monty Kathleen Denis Moore Christopher MorrisonShamburg Richard Morse Amanda Morton Harold Moulton John Moynihan Marion Moynihan Charles Mraz Letty Mraz Will Mraz Bethia Munger

Donald Munger Eric Munger Joseph Munson Paul Munson Rena Munson Howard “Hod” Murray Rita Murray Thomas Murray Family Douglas Murray Jr. James Muzaca F Beatrice Myrick Kenneth W. Myrick Mr. & Mrs. Frank Narabone Nokuphiwa Ndlouvu Frances Needham Leonard Needham Janice Neilson Bernard Newton (4) Midred Newton (2) Regina Nickerson Maude O’Dea Judy O’Donnell Leon O’Donnell Matthew O’Donnell Coleman Ted Okerlund Ed Okoniewski George Okoniewski Joyce Okoniewski Mary O’Kunieski Thomas O’Kunieski Brad Orvis Gary Orvis Roger Orvis Glen Oski James Oski Charles Ouellette Roger “Pete” Paquette Yvette Paquette Betty Parizo Matthew “Stub” Parizo Beverly Parker Horace I. Patterson Lillian Patterson Lyman H Payne Marion H. Payne Stanton F. Payne Stella Rachel Payne Delvene Pecor Kenneth Pecor (2) Karen Pedersen Peder Pedersen John Pelletier Sr. Linda Pedress Harold K. Perkins Harold P. Perkins Kenneth Perkins Marguerite Perkins Patrick H Perkins Prescilla Perkins David Peryea Harold Peryea Jean Peryea Leo Peryea Melvina Peryea Tommy Peryea Ellen L Peterson Eric Peterson Frank Petrosino Joe Philion John A Phillips III Augustus Pidgeon Duane Pidgeon Kathleen Pidgeon Verna Pidgeon Robin M Pierce Nancy Pietruszkiewicz Jane Porcheron Maud Porcheron Raymond Porcheron Helen Pratico

Philip Pratico Charlotte Pratt Donald Pratt Roscoe Pratt (2) Sara Pratt Crista Quenneville Little Vincent Quenneville Sr. Allen “Bugger” Quesnel Ann Quesnel Lorenzo Quesnel Matt Quesnel Terry Lynn Quesnel Thomas Quesnel Bonnie Randall Laura Record Loretta Record Vernon Record Walter Reed Errnie Reichert Gary Reichert Dave Reising Betty L Rheaume Joe Riley Levi Riley Mary Riley Vernon Riley Sr. Albert Ringey Carol A. Ringey Jeff Ringey Mike Ringey Paul F. Ringey Phyllis Roberts Martha Rogers Jim Rooney Millicent Rooney Duncan Rosborough Adele Rounds Lee Rounds Robert Rounds Lynn B. Ryalls Mary Sanborn Albert Sanborn Sr. Sarah Sander Gerald Sawyer Theo Sawyer Rear Admiral Allen G. Schnable Jane R. Schnable Patricia Schnable Gertrude L. Seaburg Harold E. Seaburg Roger Searle Sue Searle David Sears Jackie Severance Nelson Severance Charles Severy Lorraine Severy Mary Shackett Mike Shackett Joe Shackett Sr. Butch Shaw Jourdy Shaw Harold Shepard Susan Shepard Andrew Sherman Ethel Sherman Robert P. Sherman Susan Sherman Dewey Shiverette Flora Shiverette Frather John Shortill Omer Simard Rosalie Simard Claudia E. Smith Dewey and Eleanor Smith Haward M. Smith Marian N. Smith Michael J. Smith Michael Smith Family Spanky Hilda Spaulding Joyce Sperry Winford Sperry Spot (dog) Bruce Steady Edith “Tippy” Steady

James Steady Pauline Steady Randall Steady (2) Randy Steady Nancy A. Stearns Aunt Millie Steele Patricia Stehmeyer Dick Stillings Richard Stone Jerry Stout Joyce Stout Howard Strong Jo Ann Strong Julia Strong Vernon Strong Roger R. Strong Jr. William Stuck Isabelle Swain Michelle Swain Winston Swain Bill Thomas Joan Thomas Muriel Toczko Tonya Jim Towle Edgar Turpin Mary Ann Turpin Ruth Turpin Norma Tyrrell Ralph Tyrrell Tyson Paul (Yogi) Varno David Volkert Bertha K. Waite Jean F. Waite Willis H. Waite James Walker Katherine Walker Hazel M. Wallace Howard L. Wallace Joseph A. Wallace Nicholas Warren Sandra Warren Howard Warren Sr. Anna Watson Crystal Wells John Wetmore Linda L. (Payne) White Joe Whitehorne Bertha Whitman Leon Whitman Ernestine Whitney Lizzie B. Whitney Marilyn Whitney Win Whitney Russell Whitney Sr. Henry Wilcox Margaret Wilcox Ralph Wilcox Everett R Williams Pauline V Williams Chief Don Williamson Ellen Williamson Barbara Wimette Edward Wimette Tom Wisell Grandson Paul Woods Sophia B Worden Patricia A (Payne) Wright Terry York David Young Kyle D. Young John Zaluki Lorraine Zaluki Anthony Zawistowski Leo Zawistowski Stephania Zawistowski Robert Zazzali Chuck Zeno Diana Zeno Pepe Zeno US Troops

In memory of Lions listed below who starting in 1952 and have served unselfishly. Their work will live on as we fellow Lions follow in their foot steps to serve our Middlebury area community. As our toast says,

“Not above you, Not beneath you, But always with you”. “We serve”

Merry Christmas

Lion Forrest Lowell Lion Bert Demarais Lion Harris Thurber Lion Martin Broughton Lion Stan Payne Lion Bob Frett Lion Ray Mason Lion Frank L. Cutler Lion Erie Volkert Lion Stan Lazarus Lion Harry Browe Lion Paul Munson Lion Sid Ward Lion George Saul III

Lion Tom Brown Lion Ron Knef Lion Bill Clark Lion Francis Haggarty Lion Roscoe Pratt Lion John Kerr Lion Floyd “Supe” Peck Lion Chet Ketcham Lion Dr. Ray Collins Lion Bob Brooks Lion Greg Lyons Lion Irwin Brent Lion Gerald C. DeWitt Lion R. Michael White

PAGE 12A — Addison Independent, Thursday, December 22, 2016

Ferrisburgh (Continued from Page 7A) DeVos also said the noise that one neighbor stated his trucks made, 80 to 90 decibels, was “not accurate,” but that he was addressing the noise issue. “I’m also having a sound study done. I’ve got partial information on that already from the federal government,” DeVos said. DeVos, who will bring his own attorney to the Feb. 1 meeting, also took issue with the suggestion hazardous waste would be brought to Tuppers Crossing. “We don’t haul hazardous waste. We haul petroleum. They leave the yard empty. They come back empty,” he said. The zoning board asked DeVos

to address neighbors’ concerns in a updated application at the next meeting, and according to minutes Chairwoman Charlene Stavenow suggested DeVos “take them very seriously.” Last week, Stavenow told the Independent that project neighbors raised valid issues that required a detailed response. “These issues are critical enough that the applicant really has to hear what his neighbors have to say and how they feel about it and how he might rearrange and how he might rethink his permit application in terms of how to make his neighbors more comfortable,” Stavenow said. “That’s all part of zoning. Character of the area is one of the

most major factors.” The zoning board will also make a site visit, and the work done this past summer could become an issue, she said, with a redo of some of the work a possible condition of a potential approval. “He disturbed a lot of property. He took it upon himself to do it without the benefit of a permit or a hearing,” Stavenow said. “When we do a site visit on this property we might not approve at all how he did it.” Stavenow said the proposal would get careful scrutiny. “It’s certainly going to be a very serious discussion on that application,” she said. Andy Kirkaldy may be reached at andyk@addisonindependent.com.

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tion in March is not simply deducted from last year’s rate. Rather, that amount will be a discount from whatever final rate is necessary to support the budget that ANWSD residents approve this coming March. And then towns’ Common Levels of Appraisal (CLAs) can move rates up or down further. Canning said in preparing a budget proposal, she and other ANWSD officials kept in mind two directives from the ANWSD board, to keep taxes down and to preserve programs. But she added making accurate tax rate projections at this point is not realistic because of factors that include 2017 CLAs are not yet known and the Legislature will not make final statewide school tax rates until spring. “The board wants to see tax rates kept low, and that’s certainly the promise when we went to unified, that we’ll have lower taxes. And we’re not going to know that information until the CLA comes out and we have some other data from the department (of taxes), so I have no prediction,” Canning said. “On the other side, they (board members) want to make sure we’re continuing to not decimate our programs. They want to make sure the decisions we make are fiscally responsible, but don’t have a negative impact on the students.” What Canning can say now is that the central office budget included a “slight reduction in special ed and preschool.” She said she is still working through the consolidation of the

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Addison Independent, Thursday, December 22, 2016 — PAGE 13A

Brandon man cited for DUI after traffic stop BRANDON — A former star Otter Valley Union High School football player was charged with drinking and driving on Saturday night. Vermont State Police said they pulled over Carson Leary, 19, on McKinley Avenue in Rutland Town on Dec. 17 at 9:47 p.m. for an unspecified motor vehicle violation. The troopers that made the stop reported that Leary showed signs of

impairment and consented to a field sobriety test. Just after 10 p.m., Leary reportedly had a preliminary measurable breath alcohol content of 0.103 percent. The BAC limit in Vermont is 0.08 percent. According to police, Leary was taken into custody and transported to the State Police Barracks in Rutland and processed for suspicion of DUI. Leary was cited to appear in court at

Salisbury SALISBURY —The Salisbury Public Library will be closed on Saturday, Dec. 24 and also on Saturday, Dec. 31. Landfill prices will increase on Jan. 1, 2017. For town residents the price will be $3.50 per bag or $35 for a 10 bag punch card. For non-residents the price will be $5 a bag or $50 for a 10 bag punch card. Cards may be purchased at the landfill or from the town office; all fees at the landfill are by check only, no cash.

a later date. Leary was a captain and the starting quarterback for the undefeated 2015 OV football team, which won the Division III Championship that fall. He was named Gatorade Player of the Year, a national award recognizing the top student-athletes in the United States. Leary is a first-year student and football player at the University of New Hampshire.

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The town is forming a committee to plan the placement of energy sources within the town, especially renewable energy projects. If you would like more information or to serve on the committee call Barrie Bailey at 352-4231. Positions open for election at town meeting are the following: moderator, one year; town clerk, one year; selectboard, one year (to fill an unexpired term); selectboard, two years; selectboard, three years; collector

of delinquent taxes, one year; lister, three years; lister two years (to fill an unfilled position); first constable, one year; auditor, one-, two-, and three-year terms; town agent, one year and grand juror, one year. Petitions for open offices are available at the town office. Completed petitions and a completed consent of candidate form are due to the town clerk on or before 5 p.m. on Jan. 30 for your name to be on the ballot.

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Shelter sets record for animals served MIDDLEBURY — Homeward beyond county lines. In past years, Bound, Addison County’s Hu- Homeward Bound had taken in a mane Society, is excited to an- half dozen out-of-county animals, nounce that they have typically a few dogs set a record in 2016 “We would not from the south. In the with 908 animals latter part of 2015, it served; 253 dogs, 541 be in a position became clear that the cats, and 114 small to save these shelter had the capacanimals like rab- animals if it ity to reach out even bits, birds, and guin- wasn’t for our further beyond its ea pigs. Of the 908 staff, volunteers traditional boundary animals, 454 were lines. and the surrendered by their Homeward Bound owners, 234 were community in Executive Direcstrays, and 220 were which we live.” tor Jessica Danyow transferred in from ­ — ­ Jessica Danyow shares, “In 2015, we high volume shelters achieved a 33 percent outside Vermont. This far surpass- decrease in the average length of es any previous year, as tradition- stay for an animal at our shelter. ally the shelter sees 600 animals in We set a goal in 2016 to capitalize a given year. on the operational efficiencies that The 30 percent increase rep- enabled us to reduce our length of resents 100 additional animals stay and expand our reach to help from Addison County and 200 animals from high-volume shelmore animals transferred in from ters in other parts of the country.”

Danyow adds, “We would not be in a position to save these animals if it wasn’t for our staff, volunteers and the community in which we live. We’re proud to be able to say that a record number of animals were served by Homeward Bound this year. We also know we couldn’t have done it without the support of passionate donors and volunteers, our local media, and a caring community.” Homeward Bound’s goal going into 2017 is to maintain the level of service to people and animals that was achieved this year and to grow community programs aimed at eliminating the causes of animal homelessness. Danyow shares, “We are going to continue to change the lives of homeless animals and forever impact the lives of the families who adopt them. It is a privilege to be doing this work.”

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Bristol Police Log BRISTOL — Bristol police, on Dec. 14, began an investigation into two counterfeit $20 bills recovered from a Bristol business. One bill had been passed on Dec. 13, the other about a week earlier. The bill passed a pen test conducted by the store, but closer examination by Merchants Bank determined several security features, including a security strip and watermark, were missing. Police advised the U.S. Secret Service. Additional victim businesses have been identified, with two more counterfeit $20s and a counterfeit $50 passed. A $100 bill that passed a screening by one of the victim business’s bank has been forwarded to the Secret Service for further examination. At this time no suspects are known. Bristol police conducted five town-contracted traffic patrols between Dec. 12 and Dec. 16, covering Briggs Hill, Burpee, Lincoln, and Monkton roads and Daniel’s Four Corners. Police issued two tickets for speeding and one warning for defective equipment. In other action, Dec. 12 through Dec. 18, Bristol police: • Initiated an investigation into a sex offense involving potential child exploitation on Dec. 12. • Forwarded fingerprints for back-

ground checks on two women working in a local daycare center on Dec. 13. • Transferred a family court order when it was discovered that a former Mountain View resident had moved to Lincoln on Dec. 13 • Investigated a reported trespass complaint at the Kountry Trailer Park on Dec. 13. • Visited with students and staff while working out of the BPD office at Bristol Elementary School on Dec. 14. • Checked a delivery truck in the Rite Aid parking lot on Dec. 15, after two subjects were seen heading north on North Street with a dolly and merchandise from the truck. Police found that the delivery person had walked merchandise up to Almost Home, leaving his delivery truck in the Rite Aid parking lot. • Responded to a request to accompany a Bristol resident as he retrieved belongings of a juvenile on Dec. 15. • Responded to a citizen report of a vehicle on Main Street with a broken window. Police found that the damage had been caused near a hiking trail and involved a theft from that vehicle reported to Vermont State Police on Dec. 15.

Lincoln LINCOLN — For those of you who have been following the “Guinea bird saga,” my neighbors Katherine and Finn really came through! It was the final chance for this bird before the really bad cold weather

• Met with a district business owner who suspected an employee of theft, on Dec. 16. • Worked out of the BPD office at BES on Dec. 15. • Conducted a forensic examination of a cell phone involved in an incident under investigation by the Addison County Unit for Special Investigations on Dec. 16. • Prepared a police report on a rental vehicle believed damaged in Bristol, on Dec. 16. • Responded to a 911 hang up on Mountain Street on Dec. 16. • Assisted a motorist waiting for her parents to come to Bristol and pick her up at 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 17. An officer stood by until the parties were together. • Responded to an alarm activation at the Bristol Police Department on Dec. 17. An officer found the alarm had gone off because of motion detected in the garage. The building was cleared and secured. • Responded to a reported dispute at a Basin Street residence, at 3:36 a.m. on Dec. 18. The male homeowner requested that a female guest be removed from the property. Both subjects appeared intoxicated. Police drove the woman to a family member residing on Lovers Lane.

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was to hit us. My friends managed to catch him in a blanket and held him in their lap all the way to Addison, where they had found a wonderful lady named Jan who put him in a barn with friends of his own kind!

A desperate payer of mine was answered just in the nick of time and he can live out his days warm, well fed and not along anymore. May you all have a blessed Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year!

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Audubon camp seeking applications ADDISON COUNTY — Otter Creek Audubon Society (OCAS) is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for the summer of 2017 for teens (ages 14-17) who have a passion for the outdoors. This scholarship is to attend Hog Island Audubon Camp, a renowned summer camp off the coast of Maine run by the National Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The full scholarship is available for one of the two Hog Island Audubon’s five-day programs open to teens: Coastal Maine Bird Studies or Marine Natural History. While the Otter Creek Audubon offers an annual scholarship for a local teacher to attend Hog Island Audubon’s special educator’s program, we are offering a full scholarship this year to a student thanks to the fundraising efforts by board member Tyler Pockette.

Pockette received a similar scholarship from OCAS nearly 15 years ago to attend a different Audubon summer camp in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Pockette’s experience there helped nurture his passion for the outdoors (especially birds), connected him with other teens who shared that same passion and kick-started his future toward an education and career in wildlife biology and conservation. He now has several years of work experience in wildlife biology, is still an active member of Vermont’s birding community and is a member of the board of directors for the Otter Creek Audubon Society. In an effort to pay forward the opportunity that was given to him as a young teen, he chose to embark on a year-long quest to raise money for a scholarship to send another teen to the Hog Island Audubon Camp.

By combining his two greatest passions of photography and birding, he spent 2016 attempting to photograph as many species of birds in Vermont as he could, while collecting donations along the way from the Vermont birding community. With the year coming to an end, he has currently photographed 257 species and has raised enough money for one full teen scholarship and part of another scholarship. Pockette’s photographs for this fundraising project can be viewed online at https://www.flickr.com/photos/141790488@N02/. Addison County teens who wish to apply for this scholarship can find details and an application at Otter Creek Audubon Society’s website, http:// ottercreekaudubon.org/. The deadline for submitting the application has been extended to Jan. 8, 2017. Call Carol at 802-989-7115 with questions.

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Letters to Santa Dear Santa, My name is Kylee and I am 5 years old. For Christmas can you bring me a snuggie tail, some skinny jeans size 6, a pink unicorn that lights up and sings, a new Elsa castle. The complete set of paw patrol including the big truck. Oh can you bring me shoes that tie because I want to learn how to tie my shoes. I will leave cookies and a cup of milk for you. I will leave some corn for the reindeer. I love you Santa. Love, Kylee Cole P.S.: Can you get me a real baby sister so I can have someone to play with.

Dear Santa, May I have a hamster and robow bog and some dolls like monstr high dolls. Also may I have an American girl doll with cheerleading outfit, electric guarter, microphone speakout, viewmaster virtual reality starter pack, monopoly countdown, gogily eyes, a skatbord and a foteboll and a baskitball hoop and hatck a ball. Love you. Mercedes Sheldrick East Middlebury

Dear Santa, How can you make presents with your elves? Can your reindeer really fly? Where do you live? I’ve been a good boy (but my older brother says “No, not really”). I don’t punch Ibis (my brother). I clean up too. That’s it. I would like a ninja turtle alarm clock, a spiderman costume that shoots webs out of the arm and a spiderman watch. I would also like a lego motorcycle. And a batman cape to fly. Here’s a joke: A banana. I want everyone to be nice and play and be nice to each other. Bye, Milo Kin, age 31/2

Dear Santa, For Christmas I want stuffed animals and baby clothes. If you peek in my room you can see all my stuffed toys but it will be dark. Love, Carly Day Bristol

Dear Santa, I would like some projects. Sorry I was so shy when you visited Middlebury. Thank you for the toys you have given us all these years. Love, Caroline Rose Larocque, age 6 East Middlebury

Dear Santa, I would like some new Legos with directions. Thank you for the handcuffs last year. I think I’ve lost both keys. David Larocque, age 4 East Middlebury

Dear Santa, I have been very very very very good this year so please may I have a visit from one of your elvs? I understand that he/she will half to come back to the North Pole to live with you on Christmas eve, and I don’t mind. I have read the Elf on The Shelf book soo so many times, and I love it. I have even seen videos where people get there elvs and I would really like one. I don’t want any other presents this year, Instead I will make my elf presents!! Thank you soo soo much Santa! I love you! Quinny Boglioli New Haven P.S.: Santa one more thing If you have time please help the poor too.

Dear Santa, how do you see the girls and boys. have I been naughty or nice. for Christmas I want some Lego ninjago sets and a bunch of lego nexoknights sets and a Nintendo 3ds. I want hilary clintin some how to be presidint. Ibis Kin, age 7 Middlebury


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(Continued from Page 1A) the current 7 hours and 15 minutes ance Counselor Susan Oliveira, a to eight hours, and that new teachlead negotiator for ANTA. ers have two additional non-student She called the 10.98-percent sal- days on their work calendars during ary increase proposal “a reasonable their first year with the ANWSD for starting point to allow us to end up in “orientation and other district-desiga happy place.” nated work.” The board is also proOliveira added that since ANWSD posing an academic year of 190 days teachers currently work at the lowest “with no fewer than the minimum salary scale in the county, “we have number of student days required unto start out at a place that gets us out der Vermont law.” of the dungeon.” But on Monday it was ANTA’s Addison Northwest teachers are turn to reinforce its requests and ofcurrently in the final year of a three- fer its official reaction to the school year pact that expires next June 30. board’s initial offers. Oliveira and Union and school district negotiators other ANTA members specifically have met a handful of times since argued the board’s proposed contract last summer in what has terms would: been, for the first time • Have the effect of ever, a public bargain- “(The 10.98 adding 24.66 extra days ing process. As is often percent salary to the current 185 days the case, wages, health increase) is on the ANSWU school and dental benefits, and a reasonable calendar. They arrived length of the academic starting point to at that figure by adding year and school day have up the extra hours that emerged as the most hot- allow us to end would be result from inly contested issues in the up in a happy creasing the school day place... We have from 7 hours, 15 mincontract talks. The Addison Inde- to start out at a utes, to eight hours, as pendent earlier this place that gets well as adding five days month reported the to the school year. us out of the school board’s ini“Our teachers are tial offer. In addition dungeon.” worth more than $4.19 ­— Susan Oliveira, an hour for over a to the salary increase a lead negotiator month of additional described above, the for ANTA work,” reads a graphic school board offered teachers — during the in ANTA’s rebuttal prefirst six months of the sentation on the school new pact — the same health care board offer. benefits they are currently receiving. Union officials also noted that The district currently pays 87.5 teachers routinely work beyond the percent of the premiums for a Ver- hours for which they are paid, when mont Education Health Initiative one considers such tasks as grading (VEHI) health care plan, and the papers at home and giving extra help same dollar amount for teachers en- to some students. rolled in a comparable Blue Cross/ Mark Koenig, leader of the ANBlue Shield plan. But from Jan. 1 to WSD board’s negotiating team, notJune 30, 2018, the board is offering ed the Addison Northeast and Addito contribute toward the costs of four son Central Supervisory Unions both different VEHI health care options currently have 7.5-hour school days that will be available. Specifically, and calendars of 186 days and 188 the board is offering $4,404 annual- days, respectively. “This is our initial proposal,” Koely toward the cost of single-person coverage; $8,256 toward the cost nig said of the five additional schools of two-person (adults) coverage; days. “Five days seemed like a rea$6,804 toward the cost of a poli- sonable starting point.” • Represent a 30 percent cut in the cy covering a parent with children; and $12,180 toward a family plan. A teachers’ combined salary and beneteacher can instead receive $2,000 in fit package — not including the extra lieu of their health benefit and apply 24 days of work the union said the it to a spouse’s health care plan un- school board is requesting. ANTA der which they prefer to be covered. said the board is proposing what The board pitched an increase in amounts to a 41.5 percent cut in the the length of the school day from district’s health insurance contribu-

tion, and a 46.3 percent cut in dental insurance coverage. “We all have financial commitments and mortgages and we shouldn’t suffer a more than 30 percent decrease in our salary and benefits package in one year,” Oliveira said. She added ANTA has, in the past, settled for less in pay increases in order to maintain a good benefits plan. “We sacrificed one for the other,” Oliveira said. But she and her colleagues believe it is time that Addison Northwest officials “bring us out of the basement and pay us a fair wage, compared to the districts around us.” Koenig acknowledged the board was “incorrect” in its initial dental insurance offer, and that there are no plans to pare back that benefit. • Restrict professional development opportunities for teachers. The board is proposing to establish an annual pot of $150,000 to help teachers pay for professional development classes, on a first-come, first-served basis. ANTA officials argue that sum translates to 80 of the current 107 ANWSD teachers being able to take less than one University of Vermont course. Koenig argued the district is currently spending around $130,000 each year for professional development for its teachers, so $150,000 is a boost and is comparable to what the Burlington school district is offering its more numerous educators. He said the number was also calculated based on the number of Addison Northwest teachers that have been using the professional development benefit during the past five years. “We have never hit $150,000 in the past five years,” Koenig said. “It’s not our intention to take anything away. We thought we were adding a buffer.” The two sides are next scheduled to meet on Thursday, Jan. 12, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the Vergennes Union High School library. School board and ANTA officials said they are hopeful for an accord in the coming months. “Every year, when we start negotiations, we are typically far apart,” Oliveira said. “Over the course of several months of negotiation, we have a long history of coming to an agreement that everyone is happy with. I hold every confidence that we can do that again, this time.”

Addison Independent, Thursday, December 22, 2016 — PAGE 17A

Bridging gaps, building futures By Jan Demers

Executive Director Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity

What if… “I’d never have become either, if not for blindness,” Steve said. “I was on a different path. You can’t ask for a better fit for a blind person than massage and hypnotherapy. After all, what does blindness lead to: enhanced touch, and deeper listening.” Steven Fidler came to CVOEO in 2014 to participate in a Rent Right class to help him find and retain housing. From there he worked with our Financial Futures program. He invested his time in all aspects of the program. He participated in growing money classes and increased his learning through individual counseling sessions with a financial coach. Steve engaged with a microbusiness counselor to research, plan and pursue business development. He established a savings plan and committed to growing an individual development account with matched savings to further his budding business’s marketing and expansion. His dreams were born out of adversity. Diagnosed at age 4 with a progressive eye disorder, he expected to retain some functional sight until his older years. Instead, months after college graduation, he awoke to find his sight lost. A long road back of overcoming limitations led to massage school, hypnotherapy training and ultimately this opportunity through CVOEO. His struggle brought slow and strong success. “The people around me here were supportive, and made it clear this was for me, not them.” There are many “ifs” in life. “Ifs” that can hold us back or propel us forward. CVOEO’s Microbusiness program offers a path of self-sufficiency to people who have an idea. They may have low income. They may have not quite enough education. They may be shut out of employment that could pay a living wage. None of these challenges need to hold anyone back. The Microbusiness Program at CVOEO’s Financial Futures Program offers the tools, reality checks and ongoing support to encourage a new wave of entrepreneurs under the direction of Kate Larose. Simeon Geigel and John Gergely are Microbusiness counselors. Last year 149 individuals participated in this program. 12 new businesses were created. 21 businesses expanded. 17 businesses engaged in enhancements. 11.5 full time equivalent jobs were added to the workforce. Brian Headd, Chief Economic Advisor at the U.S. Small Business Administration, says that America’s 3.7 million microbusinesses made up 75.3 percent of all private-sector employers in 2014 and provided 10.8 percent of all private-sector jobs. The Microbusiness Program at CVOEO started in 1988 and has never been fully funded. 28 years of propulsion and modeling determination to those we serve. Our “ifs” speak to the wonder of what could be done with more resources. There are only seven Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) openings offered each year. What if that could be expanded? How many more businesses, home purchases and continued educational opportunities would come into being? We don’t know the future; however, “What if” is a powerful place to start. Steven Fidler Massage and Hypnotherapy is located at 12 Court Street (Route 7) in Middlebury (802) 349-1576. CVOEO’s Financial Futures program may be reached at katelarose@ cvoeo.org; 802-860-1417 ext. 112

Eastman (Continued from Page 1A) She vowed to be a “team player” with other state officials in working with farmers during a very challenging time of low milk prices and new environmental standards. Eastman said she spoke with Scott yesterday, and offered to give him some suggestions for her replacement in the House. She added Scott is likely to ask state GOP and Democrat leaders to each submit two candidates for the Addison-Rutland post. Other cabinet appointments announced on Wednesday by the Scott administration included Anson Tebbetts as secretary of the Agency of Agriculture; Joe Flynn as secretary of the Agency of Transportation; and Cory Gustafson as commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access, which is responsible for the management of Vermont’s publicly funded health insurance programs. “My goal with each appointment

ALYSON EASTMAN is to identify strong leaders who will work tirelessly on behalf of all Vermonters and who understand the urgent need to grow our workforce and economy and make Vermont more

affordable,” Scott said through a press release. “Anson, Alyson, Joe and Cory share these priorities and each bring unique experience and perspectives that will be a great asset to the state, our team and their individual agencies and departments.” Eastman was raised on a 270-acre family farm in Orwell. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Champlain College and has represented Addison-Rutland in the House since 2015. She has served on the House Committee on Agriculture and Forest Products, and owns her own business — Lake Home Business Services Inc., in Orwell — providing farm labor consulting, bookkeeping and payroll services to farmers throughout Vermont. The home-based business has a handful of employees and completes immigration paperwork for foreign workers taking part in the H2A seasonal work visa program.

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By the way (Continued from Page 1A) will be held at the company’s Energy Innovation Center at 68-70 Merchants Row in Rutland. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) agreed with President Obama that drilling in the Arctic wilderness and certain areas of the Atlantic Ocean, which the President banned this week in what experts say is an airtight executive order, posed unacceptable dangers. Leahy on Tuesday released this statement: “The President clearly listened to the countless voices of coastal residents who oppose the unnecessary risk that drilling poses to their way

of life and to the coastal economies that depend on healthy oceans and pristine beaches. I agree with the President that these risks, as well as those posed to the wildlife and marine life that call these oceans home, should not be jeopardized to enable multi-billion dollar corporations to benefit from risky offshore drilling activities. I applaud President Obama for today’s announcement, as well as that of the Canadian government. This important cross border work with Canada ensures that a joint withdrawal of the Arctic will prevent irreparable harm to the rare and fragile Arctic ecosystem.”

Unfortunately, a fire destroyed the Crescent Orchards packing facility in Orwell last Friday, Dec. 16, spoiling apples kept in the facility. Firefighters from Orwell, Benson, Shoreham and Whiting, along with Middlebury EMS responded to the fire, working in near zero conditions. The cause of the fire is not yet known. On a happier note, it’s been sunny with reasonable temperatures this week, and there’s moderate snow in the forecast for what could be a very merry white Christmas. Enjoy and Happy Holidays to all!

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State of Vermont searching for a secretary of state BARRE — As part of the transition process, Governor-elect Philip Scott has requested that the State Board of Education commence a search for Secretary of Education. The State Board of Education announced today that the deadline for cover letter and resume submissions by applicants has been extended from the original Dec. 14 to Jan. 10.

Under the law (3 V.S.A. 2702), the State Board of Education recommends at least three qualified nominees to the Governor. The position will begin on March 1. Stephan Morse, Chairman of the State Board of Education, appointed a committee from the Board to commence the search, and said that he hoped to complete this search by the

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Tri-Town Water (Continued from Page 1A) der after a recommendation from state officials, who were concerned about the potential for contaminants to have entered the system while underground pipes were broken. But Pratt emphasized the order was a preventive measure, and that there was not necessarily a problem. “The biggest thing I want to emphasize is it’s precautionary,” Pratt said. “We just want to be sure people know about it.” Pratt said in a Tuesday morning interview some customers have called fearful that it might be dangerous to shower, for example, and he wanted to put those concerns to rest, pointing out the limits to the order. “Anything that’s drunk or cooked with should be boiled,” Pratt said. State officials were set to test Tri-Town water on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the order could be lifted as early as Thursday if the

water passes muster. The Indepen- to say service was out. The district dent will update this story online superintendent responded, Pratt said, and discovered the first — when notified the order is lifted. “They said we had to do it for and more troublesome — leak, one two days, and then hopefully we large enough that the plant had to be taken offline. can lift the order,” “Sixty to 80 feet Pratt said. “We’re hop“The biggest above the plant there ing it’s OK.” was a major leak in By Tuesday, Pratt thing I want the pipe. The pipe said the system was to emphasize had split. We shut the back up to normal is it’s plant down and got a operating status after crew in there the first events that also in- precautionary. cluded a fire in Orwell, We just want to thing in the morning and dug down and a car accident on Tri- be sure people found the split. But Town Road in Addison that caused the power know about it.” there was so much — Tri-Town Water water coming back outage, the failure of District board through the pipe we the Tri-Town plant’s Chairman had to get a couple backup power system, Darwin Pratt pumps to pump it out and the temporary loss so the guys could get of service to Shoreham down in there,” Pratt said. “So it customers. “This is the first time we’ve had was about 4:30 Friday night they anything like this,” Pratt said about actually got the repair done.” In the meantime the second isthe unusual combination of events. The first sign of trouble came sue cropped up, a fire in Orwell to just after midnight on Thursday which the Shoreham Fire Departlast week, when a customer called ment responded. That meant, Pratt

said, the main Shoreham tank, which has to be filled to at least to a certain level to maintain customers’ water pressure, was being drained at the same time the plant was offline. On Saturday, Tri-Town officials asked customers to limit water use, and customers in Shoreham lost service. “They were pumping off some hydrants down there. It drew our tank really low down there. The two things happened at about the same time. So here we are with a tank that’s really been drawn down a lot, and we’ve got a main line which we can’t pump any water to the tank,” Pratt said. “So we tried to notify people to not use as much water. I guess Shoreham at one point was out of water.” Then came more bad news — a car hit a Tri-Town Road power pole, and it proved to be the first in a row of dominoes. “On Saturday morning there was a car accident up near the water plant where a guy sheared

off a light pole and consequently knocked the power out to the plant. We have a backup generator that automatically came on, but something malfunctioned there, and actually our panel boards started smoking and the fire department had to go down there,” Pratt said. “So we had to shut it down again because all our panels got fried.” Electricians soon followed firefighters to the scene. “They ended up bypassing stuff so we could get up and running again,” Pratt said. But he said the electric panels are shot, and Pratt’s first stop after speaking to the Independent on Tuesday was a meeting with an insurance adjuster. Possibly because of the second outage, the final issue cropped up on Monday — a Route 22A water main broke at a saddle, which joins two pipes. Pratt can’t say for certain what caused the break, but thought the stress on the system from the prior few days might have played a role.

“Then yesterday (Monday), we had another leak on 22A,” Pratt said. “I’m not sure with a lot of air in the pipe that’s what caused it, but a saddle broke up there, so we had to shut down the main line one more time.” The second leak was fixed within a couple hours, Pratt said, but the series of unfortunate events drew the attention of state officials, who insisted on the precautionary boil order. “Then about 4 o’clock yesterday we got a phone call from the state,” he said. “The water might be as good to drink as it has ever been, but with all these other things going on we definitely had to do that.” Pratt praised Tri-Town workers for many extra hours late last week and over the weekend, and thanked Tri-Town’s neighboring water district for pitching in. “Our employees have worked around the clock,” Pratt said. “And we also had some help from the Vergennes-Panton District. They’ve done a lot for us.”

ACSD budget (Continued from Page 1A) district-wide education tax rate of $1.66, according to ACSD Business Manager Josh Quinn. “The fund balance we have now we will probably never see again,” ACSD Superintendent Peter Here’s how the current budBurrows said. get would affect the local edOfficials want to earmark another ucation property taxes of the $100,000 of the surplus for an seven ACSD towns, based on education reserve fund, and the current Common Level of Apremaining $361,368 for various praisal information and using a capital projects at district schools. portion of the fiscal year 2016 Quinn and other ACSD surplus for tax stabilization: administrators are putting together a list of $2 million in needed physical • Bridport’s rate would deimprovements to district schools. It cline from the current $1.82 per will be up to the board to determine $100 in property value to $1.69. how to prioritize the proposed • Cornwall’s would decline $361,368 for capital upgrades. from the current $1.60 to $1.51. “We have a long list,” Quinn said. • Middlebury’s would drop PER-PUPIL NUMBERS DROP from $1.81 to $1.78. Here’s the major reason why local tax rate savings next year won’t be • Ripton’s would drop from bigger, according to ACSD officials: $1.92 to $1.76. a drop in student numbers. The • Salisbury’s would decline Agency of Education is calculating from $1.73 to $1.64. ACSD will have 1,765.25 equalized pupils in fiscal year 2018, which • Shoreham’s would decline would be a decline of 70 compared from $1.66 to $1.60. to this year. Around 20 of that is • Weybridge’s would drop associated with an actual decline from $1.94 to $1.67. in enrollment district-wide. And approximately 50 of that is related to an “overestimation of pre-K numbers by roughly 50 equalized on Jan. 11 in hopes of finalizing a pupils for the current school year,” spending plan to put to voters on according to a budget narrative Town Meeting Day. The board provided by Quinn. will meet again on Jan. 17 if an This all has a bearing on how much additional meeting is required to put state aid the ACSD will receive. The the budget to bed. local residential school tax rate is BOARD MEMBERS REACT based on the district’s spending per Individual ACSD board members equalized pupil. Equalized pupils offered their views on the district’s are the number of students in a first global budget and its potential district’s two-year Average Daily tax implications. Membership (ADM), weighted by Board member Chip Malcolm grade level: 0.46 for pre-K, 1.0 for of Middlebury said while he’s grades K-6, and 1.13 for generally pleased, grades 7-12. he hopes taxpayers “That was a significant will study the budget reality hit for us,” ACSD documents carefully so Superintendent Peter they can determine how Burrows said of the the spending plan affects equalized pupil numbers. their respective schools. “We didn’t expect it to “I think we’re going drop that much.” in the right direction,” Though little Malcolm said. “This is consolation for fiscal a year of transitioning, year 2018, Burrows said budget wise, but it’s the district’s equalized also not a year of radical pupil count is expected educational change.” to rise and stabilize in Board member “That was a the near future. J.P. Rees, also of Quinn stressed the significant Middlebury, said the ACSD tax-impact reality hit for district should place numbers could improve more emphasis on the by the end of this month. us. We didn’t fact that its long-term That’s when the state is expect it to budget goal is enduring expected to provide the drop that equal educational latest Common Level opportunities for all kids of Appraisal figures for much.” in the ACSD. — ACSD Vermont Communities. “The goal of this Superintendent The CLA is an budget is to maintain the Peter Burrows equalization ratio used to status quo and not rock adjust the assessed value the boat,” Rees said. of property within a municipality Chris Eaton, ACSD board to its estimated fair market value. member from Weybridge, agreed. Each municipality’s CLA is used to “Right now, it’s great to have calculate its actual homestead and a starting point,” Eaton said. non-residential education property “It’s going to take years to work tax rates. through a lot of these discussions It was two weeks ago that the around bigger possible changes ACSD board got its first look in education. What we have now, at a roughly $37.3 million 2018 I think it’s great, and it’s a nod to fiscal year spending plan for the what’s to come.” district’s seven elementary schools Board member Ruth Hardy of and Middlebury Union Middle and Middlebury was among the board High Schools. The current budget members who believes more of draft reflects $30,468,224 in local the 2016 surplus should go toward education spending, which would be stabilizing the fiscal year 2018 a 0.47-percent decrease compared budget. to this year. “We have to, in the first year, see The ACSD board could decide a tax decrease or there are going to to earmark more of the $1,276,695 be taxpayers who are going to be surplus to further stabilize the local really concerned,” she said. tax rates. The panel will next meet Failing that, the board should

School taxes set to drop in ACSD towns

make some cuts, according to Hardy. “If we’re not going to use the fund balance in order to ensure tax reductions, we’re going to have to reduce the budget to ensure tax reductions,” she said. “So it’s one or the other, in some way. And right now, we’re basically saying a ‘level budget.’” Hardy believes there’s room to cut some administrative, salary and staffing costs. “We have to make good on what we sold this on last year,” Hardy said, referring to the Act 46 vote that created the unified ACSD. Board member Jason DuquetteHoffman of Middlebury had a different perspective. He said he was concerned about the future potential consequences of adding a large amount of one-time surplus money into next year’s budget. “We are creating a hurdle for ourselves down the line for a certain short-term advantage of this particular budget,” he said. “I have some real concerns that our budget reflect what people can expect to see long-term.” The current $37.3 million budget, for example, does not include funding for a district-wide global languages program. Some board members had hoped to offer such a program next year in the unified district. Burrows explained that while foreign language instruction is a future priority, the current budget concerns — and the need to flesh out a program — prompted him to exclude a district-wide funding and staffing for a language program. “My recommendation is that we not add (language positions) this coming year, and give us time to build a program,” Burrows said. ACSD board Chairman Peter Conlon of Cornwall gave high marks to the budget proposal. “I think this does what we can to preserve what we have and not make a big shock to the system,” Conlon said. “In our discussions about Act 46 and unification, we set up an expectation that there would be tax-rate decreases — 10 cents for sure. But we have this per-pupil glitch and we have the offsetting money to correct that, hopefully.” Reporter John Flowers is at johnf@addisonindependent.com.

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Many highlights in the past year This past sports year proved to be memorable in a number of ways, and not just for championships, although athletes at Middlebury College and Vergennes, Mount Abraham and Middlebury union high schools did earn a few of those. To review, chronologically, the titles: • Mount Abe sophomore Lydia Pitts won three Division II indoor track events. • VUHS junior Brandon Cousino and MUHS senior Nick Beauchamp earned Vermont wrestling crowns. • The MUHS boys’ Nordic team cruised to a D-II championship. • The Panther women’s hockey and men’s basketball team won NESCAC playoff titles, the skaters after earning the No. 1 seed and the hoop squad in an upset. • The Panther women’s lacrosse team won the NESCAC playoff and NCAA D-III championships. • Pitts won three more outdoor track golds; Tiger senior Hannah Buttolph won her second straight D-II high jump crown; Tiger senior David Dregallo won at 3,000 meters and Tiger junior Henry Ganey at 800 meters; and MUHS girls and boys’ relay teams each prevailed in two races. • The Mount Abe baseball team stunned the field and earned D-II laurels after entering the tournament as a No. 8 seed with a 5-11 record. I’m not going to pick No. 1 coaches, players, performances or moments of the year, but many deserve mention. Kate (Perine) Livesay of Middlebury College women’s lacrosse, in her first year taking over from Missy Foote, one of the most decorated and successful coaches in the nation, guided her team to the league title by (See Kirkaldy, Page 3B)

ScoreBOARD HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Boys’ Hockey 12/14 Spaulding vs. MUHS......................4-2 Girls’ Hockey 12/17 MUHS at Beekmantown.....Postponed Boys’ Basketball 12/15 MSJ vs. OV.................................61-46 12/16 OV vs. Twin Valley......................37-35 12/16 S. Burlington vs. VUHS..............75-44 12/16 Fair Haven vs. Mt. Abe...............72-63 Girls’ Basketball 12/15 Winooski vs. VUHS....................36-33 12/17 MUHS vs. Winooski....................51-40


HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Boys’ Hockey 12/20 MUHS at Lake Placid................6 p.m. 12/28 Stowe at MUHS (Tourney).........7 p.m. 12/29 L. Placid at MUHS (Tourney).....7 p.m. Girls’ Hockey 12/21 MUHS at Rutland.......................5 p.m. 12/28 C. Hawks at MUHS (Tourney)...5 p.m. 12/29 Spaulding at MUHS (Tourney)...5 p.m. Boys’ Basketball 12/19 VUHS at Lake Region...............7 p.m. 12/19 Mt. Abe at Winooski...................7 p.m. 12/20 OV at MUHS..............................7 p.m. 12/22 OV at Mt. Abe............................7 p.m. 12/22 VUHS at Fairfax....................7:30 p.m. 12/23 MUHS at Mt. Anthony...........6:30 p.m. 12/27 MUHS at S. Burlington..............7 p.m. 12/27 Twinfield at VUHS......................7 p.m. 12/27 Randolph at Mt. Abe..................7 p.m. 12/28 Mt. Anthony at OV.....................7 p.m.

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MUHS starts fast; OV finishes strong By ANDY KIRKALDY MIDDLEBURY — With 3:10 gone in the third quarter of Tuesday’s home game against Otter Valley, junior Middlebury Union High School guard Cody Pomainville fed senior forward Spencer Carpenter on the break to give the Tiger boys a 36-31 lead. Chances looked good for the Tigers’ first win in three tries. But OV junior guard Josh Letourneau’s three-pointer with 2:10 gone in the fourth quarter capped an improbable 27-7 run that made the score 58-43, Otters. In that surge OV senior guard Derek Aines scored 14 of his 33 points, junior guard Payson Williams tallied seven of his 22, and Letourneau six of his nine. The Tigers finally fought back, forcing four OV turnovers in the fourth quarter and going on an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 58-51 with 1:58 left in the game. Seniors Trey Kaufmann and Pierson Beatty converted offensive rebounds in that

TIGER JUNIOR J.D. Goettelmann pulls down a rebound during Tuesday’s game against Otter Valley. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

stretch, Pomainville went coast-tocoast and scored in the lane, and Carpenter and junior guard J.D. Goettelmann each hit free throws. And they forced a turnover after Goettelmann’s free throw at 1:58 cut the lead to seven. But they immediately turned the ball back over to the Otters. The Tigers then had to foul, and Aines made eight for 10 from the line in the final 1:45 to seal the win, 66-53. The Otters moved to 2-1 with the victory, which came after their first win, 37-35 on the previous Friday over Division III Twin Valley. Aines — who sank five three-pointers — said Tuesday’s result should give a lift to the Otters, who are determined to improve over this past winter’s four-win campaign. “It gives us momentum for the season,” Aines said. “We’re trying to pick it up this year.” OV Coach Greg Hughes was not happy with his team’s play vs. Twin Valley, but saw Tuesday as a step forward. “The start of the game, the first quarter, I felt pretty much the same about the way we were playing,” Hughes said. “But we started kicking in past the last three, four minutes of the second quarter, when we actually started playing basketball, and the third quarter, we actually started playing basketball at times. In the fourth quarter we finished out well. It just gives us a little more comfort and confidence in how we can play. I think we have a skilled team. We just have to be confident when we do stuff.” MUHS Coach Kyle Lussier saw his team start out strong, outrebounding OV in the first quarter by 14-8 and forcing six turnovers in taking a 17-11 lead after eight minutes. The Tigers essentially maintained that advantage until the third period even though the Otters started to play better. Lussier deployed two defenses, a (See Basketball, Page 2B)

OTTER SENIOR DEREK Aines draws a foul from Tiger junior Brooks Maerder during Tuesday night’s game in Middlebury. Aines scored a game-high 33 points in the Otters’ 66-53 win.

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Girls’ hoop: Eagles, VUHS win By ANDY KIRKALDY ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham defeated visiting Otter Valley before a full house to highlight local high school girls’ basketball action earlier this week. In other action, host Fair Haven held off Middlebury, and Vergennes prevailed at home. EAGLES-OTTERS In their first game on the new Mount Abe gym floor, the Eagles (21) snapped a 20-20 halftime tie with eight straight points on the way to a

48-40 victory over OV. Fans packed the gym for the occasion — Mount Abe Coach Connie LaRose called it “just an awesome crowd.” Emma Carter led the Eagles with 21 points, and Olivia Young (six points, 10 rebounds) and Emma LaRose (six points on two second-half three-pointers) also made big contributions. Gabby Poalino (10 points) and Julia Lee (nine) topped the Otters’ scoring table. The Eagles play at Fair Hav-

en’s holiday tournament on Friday and Tuesday, facing the Slaters in the first round. They also play at a four-team tournament at Champlain Valley the following Friday and Saturday. The Otters host MUHS this Friday and visit Proctor next Thursday. TIGERS-SLATERS On Tuesday, host Fair Haven (20) edged MUHS, 47-44. The Tigers took a 34-33 lead into the fourth quarter as the teams traded the ad( See Wrap, Page 3B)

Cousino sets mark; Cram also takes title

By ANDY KIRKALDY GRANVILLE, N.Y. — Senior wrestlers Brandon Cousino and Tyson Cram from Vergennes and Otter Valley union high schools, respectively, won titles this past Saturday at a tournament in Granville, N.Y. Cousino won all three of his 182-pound matches by first-period pin and was voted the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler by the 14 coaches of the competing teams.

Cram won four matches in the crowded 145-pound weight class to earn his title. The three victories also pushed Cousino’s career mark to 141-26, surpassing the VUHS record of 139 wins set in 2000 by Scott Bissonette, now a program coach. His seven pins this year pushed his career mark to 90 pins. Mount Abraham scored the best team finish, taking sixth with 65


points. Roman Mayer at 120 pounds and Gary Conant at 132 pounds each took second-place finishes for the Eagles, and Kevin Pearsall at 182 and Dylan Little at 195 each took fourths. The Otters were ninth at 43.5 points. Jacob White (fourth at 132) and Josh Beayon (fourth at 170) also reached the podium for OV. Middlebury was 10th with 32 (See Wrestling, Page 3B)

Sports BRIEFS Mount Abe boys earn second victory

WINOOSKI — The Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ basketball team kept its early season momentum on Monday, when the Eagles took an early lead and cruised to a 53-40 win over host Winooski. The Eagles, winless for the past two seasons, improved to 2-1. For the second straight game, four Eagles reached double figures, this time topped by Jackson Counter’s 15. Chris Wood scored 12 points and Jack Willis and Coleman Russell added 11 for the Eagles. Mount

Abe bolted to a 23-10 first-quarter lead and won by that same 13-point margin. Abdullahi Sadik scored 14 to lead the 1-1 Spartans. The Eagles on Thursday at 7 p.m. will play their home opener on their new gym floor, with Otter Valley the opponent. Randolph (on Tuesday) and Winooski (on Friday) visit the Eagles next week. Mount Abe has already defeated both those teams on the road.

Commodores sunk in Lake Region BARTON — Host Lake Region dealt the Vergennes Union High School boys’ basketball team a 68-50 setback on Monday night, dropping the Commodores to 0-3. Riley Urie’s 22 points led four Rangers in double figures as Lake Region (1-2) broke into the win

column. Adam Gill tossed in 29 points to lead the Commodores. They will be looking for their first win on this Thursday at BFA-Fairfax and also host Twinfield and Mill River next week, on Tuesday and Friday, respectively.


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Basketball (Continued from Page 1B) 1-3-1 zone and man-to-man, but neither worked well in the second half. “We left Aines open too much. That’s what we did wrong. We got flat-footed,” Lussier said. He believed it also took too long for the Tigers to respond to the Otters’ big surge. “We couldn’t react when they made a run,” Lussier said. “We just let them go at it. I think that’s the biggest thing. We couldn’t react to their shooters making shots.” Kaufmann (19 points, 15 rebounds) and Beatty (11 points, seven in the first half, plus seven rebounds) had a lot to do with the Tigers’ 3026 halftime lead. Kaufmann scored eight in the first period, including six straight to erase a 5-3 OV lead, and at the end of the second period scored in the lane after a Carpenter offensive board and fed Beatty for a breakaway buzzer-beating layup. Aines and Williams combined for 21 of OV’s 26 first-half points. Critically, after the six first-quarter turnovers, the Otters committed none in the second and then three in the third as they took control. “It was only our third game, so I think we were a little bit nervous,” Aines said. “Once we got settled in I think we did better.” Also, after the Tigers earned a 24-16 edge on the boards, including team rebounds, in the first half, the smaller Otters held the advantage after the break, 25-23. Senior Tyler Peterson and sophomore Tyler Rowe joined Aines and Williams doing good work on the boards. “We picked it up on getting defensive boards and just pushed it from there straight to our offense,” Aines said.

OTTER JUNIOR JOSH Letourneau avoids Tiger defenders Andre Trudeau and Spencer Carpenter during Otter Valley’s 66-53 win Tuesday night. Independent photos/Trent Campbell

Hughes said the Otters also did a better job playing hard on defense and on the boards even when their offense wasn’t clicking. “When we start missing (shots), we start missing everywhere. Rebounds, turnovers, it just goes downhill. But when we’re shooting well, then we start picking it up. We start playing harder. And it’s a mindset we need to start creating without those shots going in,” he said. “But they definitely played well-rounded. They passed the ball. Once they fig-

ured out where the openings were, things started rolling.” Lussier was looking for the Tigers, who have a challenging non-league schedule to open their season, to respond when they hosted BFA-St. Albans on Wednesday after the deadline for this edition of the Independent.

“We’ve got to get five guys on the same page, busting their butts, doing what we’re asking them to do consistently,” Lussier said. “Once we can get that, get some more life, get some guys believing in what they’re doing a little more, we’ll be on the right track.”

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Kirkaldy (Continued from Page 1B) defeating Trinity in the final, avenging the Panthers’ regular season home loss. In an NCAA semifinal the Panthers had to knock off an undefeated Cortland team that had smoked them a year ago in the NCAA tournament, and in the final had to defeat Trinity again. In each of those games, Middlebury started quickly. Livesay’s team was prepared, and that’s good coaching. Longtime Mount Abe baseball Coach Jeff Stetson has been blessed with great talent and experience in winning a number of his titles, and this spring’s team eventually proved to have ability. But the Eagles started 0-6 and had to do some soul-searching after a 20-4 loss to MUHS. Then the Eagles stabilized before playing their best baseball in the playoffs. The athletes might deserve the lions’ share of the credit, but that’s good coaching. Some of the most accomplished high school athletes of 2016 have already been mentioned. Pitts won six track events and is also an all-star soccer player. Cousino wrestled to an undefeated regular season at 182, including at tough out-of-state tournaments, before steamrolling his state meet competition. To name just a few others, at Mount Abe, senior Nesta McIntosh wrapped up a four-year career on the girls’ soccer team as a two-time Independent Player of the Year. Senior Owein LaBarr excelled at soccer and lacrosse, and junior Emma Carter has led the girls’ basketball team in points per game for two years in a row. At VUHS, graduate Tyler Crowningshield led the Commodore lacrosse and the Tiger hockey teams in scoring, senior Devon Kimball is a three-sport and American Legion baseball standout, and senior Megan Rooney made all-state as a soccer defender and placed at the state meet for the track team this past spring. At Otter Valley, senior Allison Lowell finished her field hockey career with 54 goals and scored six times in one game to set a new school record; junior Gabby Paolino made her mark in softball, soccer and basketball; senior Tyson Cram won his 100th wrestling match, placing at the state meet, and excelled on the football field; and senior Greg Whitney reached the podium at the wrestling tournament, fared well for the OV and Legion baseball teams, and was a two-way all-star football lineman. At MUHS, seniors Andrew Gleason and Lily Smith and juniors Andi Boe and Helen Anderson were top three-sport standouts. Senior Payton Buxton became one of the state’s top softball pitchers and is a four-year varsity hoop athlete, and junior Keagan Dunbar led all Vermont girls’ basketball players in scoring while playing tough defense for the lax team. Some of those athletes provided the year’s top performances, while others were team efforts: • Cousino completed his undefeated Vermont season by winning four matches by pin at the state meet to win the title at 182 pounds. • Beauchamp won his first three 195-pound matches by pin and then won the crown with a 3-0 decision in the final. • Panther senior and Cornwall native Katie Mandigo, a goalie, was named the MVP of the NCAA women’s lax Final Four after stopping 22 of the 40 shots she faced in two games, including some jaw-dropping saves at critical times. • The Tiger boys’ Nordic skiers won every event in the two-day state meet and finished 92 points better than runner-up U-32; if it were the Olympics they’d have memes like swimmer Ka-


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EAGLE LYDIA PITTS is one of many local athletes who had strong seasons this past year. Pitts was an all-star soccer player and earned several track medals.

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just planted, and I hoped that I would go straight up, and I hoped it would stop her. I hoped it would be enough,” said Buttolph, who also contributed all six of her points in the late going. “Thankfully it was.” 2. More defense: This is not one single play, but a sampling of great work from Eagle junior third baseman Caleb Bonvouloir in his team’s 3-0 semifinal win at higher-ranked Harwood. Bonvouloir also singled in Eagle two runs and scored the other. In the third, Bonvouloir charged a slow roller and made a strong throw, and then snagged a line drive on one hop that exploded at his feet before firing to first for the out. In the sixth he dove full out to his left to stop a onehop liner from going into left field, jumped to his feet and tossed to (first baseman Coleman) Russell for the out. 3. There’s nothing like an overtime game-winner, especially from an Eagle defender who was moved into the attack and scored the only goal of the game against visiting rival Vergennes. Ultimately, Coach Dustin Corrigan’s decision to move junior Lydia Pitts from defense to striker in overtime proved to be the difference. VUHS goalie Anya Sonwaldt (13 saves) had no chance at Pitts’ game-winner at 3:45. Pitts took a feed from junior middie Casey Ober at the top of the box, touched the ball to her right, and then laced back it into the upper left-hand corner. 4. Let’s hear it for teamwork: This Tiger boys’ lax overtime game-winner began with a great defensive play and ended after three crisp passes — and never would have happened if not for a clutch regulation score.

The Tigers needed senior middie Ali Abdul Sater’s late goal to force overtime, and then a key defensive play to set up senior attacker Jack Hounchell’s game-winner 1:27 into the extra session as MUHS defeated the Cougars, 9-8. The decisive play started when junior defender Brett Viens knocked the ball loose from a Cougar attacker, scooped it and fed junior middie Trey Kaufmann. Kaufmann carried down the right side, beat a defender and fed sophomore attacker Jack Donohue to the right of the goal. Donohue drew the last defender and fed Hounchell at the far post. Hounchell threw one quick fake before depositing a low shot past Cougar goalie Will Macone for his second and more important goal of the game. Hounchell insisted he had the easiest job in the Tigers’ winning coast-tocoast effort. “That was nice. Trey Kaufmann, I was telling him to slow down because we didn’t have a break or anything. But he beat his guy, and my man slid to the guy he passed to, and I was wide open on the crease,” Hounchell said. “It wasn’t much of me doing anything. It was just catch and finish. It definitely was fun. It felt good to get the win for our team. It was definitely exciting.” 5. And in Vergennes in February, late drama: The visiting Tiger boys’ hoop team found itself down by one in the final seconds. Coach Kyle Lussier drew up a successful play for senior Ryan Miller, a capable shooter off the bench. The Tigers inbounded to point guard Nick Holmes near midcourt,


MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE SENIOR and Cornwall native Kate Mandigo was the MVP of the NCAA Division III women’s lacrosse final four and helped the Panthers win the national title. Courtesy photo/Middlebury College

(Continued from Page 1B) points. Joe Langevin took third at 285 for the Tigers, as did Joe Whitley at 152, both with two pins and 3-1 records. Cousino was the only Commodore wrestler at the tournament. He scored 24 points to place VUHS 12th. Also competing for the local teams at Granville were: • Eagle Ben Murray at 126, 1-2. • Tiger Dustin Davio at 132, 2-2. • Eagle Josh Hardy at 145, 2-2. Next week, MUHS will host its

annual Hubie Wagner Invitational on Wednesday and Thursday. Mount Abe will attend that event. OV is scheduled to attend a twoday tournament in Cohoes, N.Y. According to VUHS coaches earlier this month, Cousino will compete at a challenging tournament in Lowell, Mass., on Tuesday and Wednesday, and then head to Noble High School in Maine to join one of more teammates for another event on Thursday and Friday. His senior teammate Kyle Kingsley (3-2 in early action) could join him there.

THE MOUNT ABRAHAM Union High School baseball team’s unexpected Division II championship win was one of the highlights of the 2016 sports season.

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and he drove toward the left side of the lane and dished to Miller on the left flank. Miller was ready, telling himself, “Just have confidence. I’ve been hitting in practice.” His high-arching shot caught some rim, but rattled in, leaving VUHS

Coach Peter Quinn to call time with 3.2 seconds to go… “It’s pretty crazy right now. It’s just kind of unreal,” Miller said. “It was the biggest shot I’ve hit in my career by far. It was an exciting moment, and something I’ll never forget.”

Wrap (Continued from Page 1B) vantage back and forth, but the Slaters took the lead for good, 3634, on a Halle Coloutti layup with five-and-a-half minutes to go and eventually stretched the lead to 4235. The Tigers (1-1) fought back and cut the lead to 46-44 on a Keagan Dunbar three-pointer with just less than a minute to go, but could come no closer. Dunbar led the Tigers with 14 points, and Payton Buxton and Riley Fenster added eight apiece. Coloutti paced the Slaters with 12, while Adriana Dalto (11) and Olivia Bowen (10) also reached double figures. The Tigers travel to OV on Friday and host Mill River on Tuesday.

COMMODORES On Monday, the Commodores shrugged off what Coach Billy Waller called cold shooting to outlast visiting Montpelier, 28-24. VUHS led by eight early in the fourth and held off a Solon rally. Xzavia Berry recorded double digits in points (10) and rebounds (11) for the second straight game for VUHS, while Ciara McClay chipped in eight points and Brianna Vanderway grabbed 10 rebounds. VUHS was also set to visit Winooski on Wednesday evening after the deadline for this edition of the Independent. The Commodores were hoping to avenge last week’s 36-33 home loss to the Spartans. They also host Harwood on Friday, and then are idle next week.

Schedule (Continued from Page 1B)

12/30 Mill River at VUHS.....................7 p.m. 12/30 OV at Windsor...........................7 p.m. 12/30 Winooski at Mt. Abe...................7 p.m. Girls’ Basketball 12/19 Montpelier at VUHS...................7 p.m. 12/20 OV at Mt. Abe............................7 p.m. 12/20 MUHS at Fair Haven.................7 p.m. 12/21 VUHS at Winooski.....................7 p.m. 12/23 Harwood at VUHS.....................7 p.m. 12/23 Mt. Abe at FH Tourney..........3:30 p.m. 12/23 MUHS at OV..............................7 p.m. 12/26 Mt. Abe at F. Haven Tourn............TBD

12/27 Mill River at MUHS....................7 p.m. 12/29 OV at Proctor.............................7 p.m. 12/30&31.......... Mt. Abe at CVU Tournament Wrestling 12/20 MUHS at Spaulding...................6 p.m. 12/20 Mt. Abe at St. J..........................6 p.m. 12/22 VUHS at Mt. Mansfield..............6 p.m. Gymnastics 12/21 MUHS at CVU...........................7 p.m. Late events occured after deadline. Spectators are advised to consult school websites for the latest schedule updates.

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ADULT ALL- RECOVERY Group Meeting for anyone over 18 who is struggling with addiction disorders. Fridays, 3-4 p.m. at the Turning Point Center (54 Creek Rd). A great place to meet with your peers who are in recovery. Bring a friend in recovery. For info call 802388-4249 or 802-683-5569 or visit www.turningpointaddisonvt.org.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS BRANDON MEETINGS: Monday, Discussion Meeting 7:30-8:30 PM. Wednesday, 12 Step Meeting 7:00-8:00 PM. Friday, Big Book Step Meeting 7:008:00 PM. All held at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Rte 7 South.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYM O U S M I D D L E B U RY MEETINGS FRIDAY: Discussion Meeting Noon-1:00 PM at The Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd, Middlebury.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYM O U S M I D D L E B U RY MEETINGS THURSDAY: Big Book Meeting Noon1:00 PM at The Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd, Middlebury. Speaker Meeting 7:30-8:30 PM at St. Stephen’s Church, Main St. (On the Green).

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS NORTH FERRISBURGH MEETINGS: Sunday, Daily Reflections Meeting 6:00-7:00 PM, at the United Methodist Church, Old Hollow Rd.

M A K I N G R E C O V E RY EASIER (MRE). Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Turning Point Center (54 Creek Rd). This will be a facilitated group meeting for those struggling with the decision to attend 12-Step Programs. It will be limited to explaining and discussing our feelings about the 12-Step Programs to create a better understanding of how they can help a person in recovery on his/her life’s journey. A certificate will be issued at the end of all the sessions. Please bring a friend in recovery who is also contemplating 12-Step Programs.

ARE YOU BOTHERED BY SOMEONE’S DRINKING? 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 confidential, we share our experience, strength and hope to solve our common problems. Babysitting available.

OPIATE OVERDOSE RESCUE KITS are distributed on Wednesdays from 9 am until 12 pm at the Turning Point Center of Addison County, 54 Creek Rd, Middlebury, VT. A short training is required. For info call 802388-4249 or 802-683-5569 or visit www.turningpointaddisonvt.org.

PARTY RENTALS; CHINA, flatware, glassware, linens. Delivery available. 802-3884831.

AL-ANON FAMILY GROUP - For families and friends of problem drinkers. Anonymous, confidential and free. At the Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd, Middlebury. 7:30-8:30 PM Friday evenings. AL-ANON: FOR FAMILIES and friends affected by someone’s drinking. Members share experience, strength and hope to solve common problems. Newcomers welcome. Confidential. St. Stephen’s Church (use front side door and go to basement) in Middlebury, Sunday nights 7:15-8:15 pm.

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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS BRISTOL MEETINGS: Sunday, Discussion Meeting 4:00-5:00 PM. Wednesday, 12 Step Meeting 7:00-8:00 PM. Friday, Big Book Meeting, 6:00-7:00 PM. All held at the Howden Hall, 19 West Street. ALCOHOLICS ANONYM O U S M I D D L E B U RY MEETINGS SATURDAY: Discussion Meeting 9:0010:00 AM at the Middlebury United Methodist Church. Discussion Meeting 10:0011:00 AM. Beginners’ Meeting 6:30-7:30 PM. These two meetings are held at The Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd, Middlebury.

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ALCOHOLICS ANONYM O U S M I D D L E B U RY MEETINGS MONDAY: As Bill Sees It Meeting Noon1:00 PM. Big Book Meeting 7:30-8:30 PM. Both held at The Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd, Middlebury. ALCOHOLICS ANONYM O U S M I D D L E B U RY MEETINGS SUNDAY: 12 Step Meeting 9:00-10:00 AM held at the Middlebury United Methodist Church on N. Pleasant Street. Came to Believe Meeting 1:002:00 PM held at The Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd, Middlebury.

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

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS RIPTON MEETINGS: Monday, As Bill Sees It Meeting 7:15-8:15 AM. Thursday, 12 Steps and 12 Traditions Meeting 7:15-8:15 AM. Both held at Ripton Firehouse, Dugway Rd.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS NEW HAVEN MEETINGS: Monday, Big Book Meeting 7:30-8:30 PM at the Congregational Church, New Haven Village Green.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS VERGENNES MEETINGS: Sunday, 12 Step Meeting 7:00-8:00 PM. Friday, Discussion Meeting 8:00-9:00 PM. Both held at St. Paul’s Church, Park St. Tuesday, Discussion Meeting 7:00-8:00 PM, at the Congregational Church, Water St.



ALCOHOLICS ANONYM O U S M I D D L E B U RY MEETINGS TUESDAYS: 12 Step Meetings; Noon1:00 PM. AND 7:30-8:30 PM. Both held at The Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd, Middlebury.

NA MEETINGS MIDDLEBURY: Fridays, 7:30 pm, held at The Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd. NA MEETINGS MIDDLEBURY: Mondays, 6 pm, held at The Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd.

NA MEETINGS MIDDLEBURY: Sundays, 3:00 pm, held at The Turning Point Center, 54 Creek Rd. NEW SUPPORT GROUP Grief Anonymous Meeting every Thursday @ 6:30 pm at Grace Baptist Church 52 Merchants Row, Middelbury, Vt. First Meeting Thursday, December 1st, 2016 OA (OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS) MEETS on Thursdays at 6 PM. Located at the Turning Point Center of Addison County, 54 Creek Road, Middlebury, VT.


Renee Marceau, of Middlebury,

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WE BUY OLD STUFF Estates, collections, antiques etc. Also hunting and fishing items. Call Erik 802-3450653.

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The Volunteer Center, a collaboration of RSVP and the RSVP and the United Way of Addison County are looking United Way of for a volunteer to help schedule tax appointments. If you Addison County, are organized, know how or would like to learn to use posts dozens of google calendar and are comfortable on the phone, this volunteer opportunities opportunity is for you! You will support a vital program on the Web.Go to

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PARKINSONS SUPPORT GROUP meets on the last Thursday of every month from 10 am to 11:30 am. We meet at the Mountain Health Center in Bristol. For info call APDA at 888-763-3366 or parkinsoninfo@uvmhealth. org.

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BOOKKEEPER – Full Time Enjoy a fast-paced, fun environment? Like working with people? Try working for ACTR!

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

LNA’s – full time days Non-licensed Nurses’ Aides – full time days We offer competitive wages and benefits package. Must mention this ad and accept full time day shift employment to receive the sign on bonus. Please call and ask for Alysha to schedule an interview or to stop in to complete an application and on-the-spot interview.

Selected candidate must pass required background checks and Drug/Alcohol testing. Confidentiality is a must. Please submit resume and cover letter to:

The Arbors at Shelburne Attn: Alysha Curtis 687 Harbor Road Shelburne,VT. 05482 (802) 985-8600 • acurtis@benchmarkquality.com A Benchmark Assisted Living Community, EOE

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

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For Rent 1,800 SQ. FT. WAREHOUSE as is or renovate to suit. Creek Road, Middlebury. 802-558-6092. 2 BEDROOM APARTMENT, Cornwall, 8 miles from the college. $925/month. Heat, snow removal and lawn care included. Garden space available. First, last, security and references required. Call 802-462-3624. 281 MAIN STREET, VERGENNES Available now, medium size 2 bedroom apartment. $900 per month. Laundry hookups, large enclosed porch & full bath. Heat and hot water included. Call 802-862-7467.

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We are seeking a Master’s or Bachelor level Outreach Worker who will support young families and teenagers in Addison County. Strong candidates must have knowledge of child and adolescent development, family systems, mental health issues, and excellent judgment. A familiarity with community resources is preferred. Flexibility and collaboration is a must. This is a full- time position with generous benefits, total hours negotiable. Licensed social worker and counselors encouraged to apply. Contact Info: Please contact Donna Bailey at dbailey@addisoncountypcc. org or Sue Bloomer at sbloomer@ addisoncountypcc.org . Deadline for applicants is January 3, 2016.


BRANDON HOUSE FOR RENT. 1880’s farmhouse, 3 BR, 2 full baths. Large rooms, extra storage, w/d hookup, pets negotiable. References and security deposit required. Available now. $1,200/month+ utilities. Call 781-259-0229. BRIDPORT 2 BEDROOM mobile home. Quiet road. $900 month, includes heat and electric. No pets, no smoking. Deposit, credit check, 1 year lease. 802758-2369. BRISTOL APARTMENT, 1 LARGE BEDROOM, with bonus room and 1 bath. Efficient gas heat. Excellent condition. Wi-Fi, water & sewer included. No pets. No smoking. $735 month. Contact Tom at Wallace Realty 802-453-4670 or Tom@ WallaceRE.com.

BRISTOL; 3 BEDROOM APARTMENT heat, hot water, snow and lawn care included. Basement. Garage. 802-453-2566. DRY, WINTER/SUMMER STORAGE SPACE in Addison. Available storage space in my barn for summer/winter storage. The barn is structurally sound and weathertight with electricity. No heat or running water. The barn is also available for lease. The entrance door measurements are 8’ wide by 7’ high. For more info: 802-363-3403 or rochon_m@yahoo.com. FORESTDALE 3 BEDROOM 3 bath home for rent. Basement is finished. $1,500 a month plus utilities and deposit. No dogs/smoking. Call 207-350-5673. LAKE DUNMORE: COZY 2 bedroom lakefront winterized cottage. Available January to June, shorter periods. Gas heat, comfortably furnished, carpeted. Plowing, trash collection, recycling, wifi, satellite TV included. 12 minutes to Middlebury or Brandon. 802-352-4236; karen@northcovecottages. com. MIDDLEBURY ROOM FOR RENT. Kitchen privileges. Available now. First and deposit. $550/month. Located near Hannaford Supermarket. 802-388-1912.

Part time LNA Instructor for Adult Technical Education to work with adult students preparing them to take the State Board of Nursing LNA exam. Duties include direct instruction of existing curriculum to a diverse population of students for approximately 110 hours including 40 hours in clinical situations. Course is tentatively scheduled for two afternoons per week starting in March with weekend clinical dates in May. Minimum of LPN, at least 1 year experience in long-term care. Some instruction experience preferred. Compensation is $1975 for 40 clinical hours, $3450 for 70 classroom hours, both roles require additional prep time. Please send letter of interest, resume, certifications/licenses  and letters of recommendation to:

OFFICE SPACE IN MIDDLEBURY. Court Street/ Creek Road, 2nd floor. Utilities included. 280 square feet. Contact Eric at 802388-6054. OFFICE SPACE IN MIDDLEBURY. Court Street/ Creek Road, 2nd floor. Utilities included. 400 square feet. Contact Eric at 802388-6054. PANTON: SHARE A HOME with a woman in her 80’s who is active in the community. Reduced rent for female house-mate in exchange for snow shoveling, occasional errands, night time presence. Shared bath/ kitchen. No pets/smoking. 802-863-5625 or HomeShareVermont.org for application. Interview, references, background checks required. EHO. STARKSBORO: SHARE A HOME with woman in her 60’s and provide help with housekeeping and yard work. $200/mo. plus utilities. Shared bath. Must be cat/dog friendly; no additional pets. No smoking. 802-863-5625 or HomeShareVermont.org for application. Interview, references, background checks required. EHO. THE ADDISON COUNTY Community Trust is updating the waiting lists for the Smallest City Apartments located in Vergennes, Vermont. Apartments include one and two bedroom units. Rents are $775 and $880, respectively, all utilities included; rental assistance may be available. Income restrictions apply. Accessible units available. For more information, please call 802877-3749. TDD 771. Equal Housing Opportunity. THE ADDISON COUNTY Community Trust is updating the waiting lists for the Smallest City Apartments located in Vergennes, Vermont. Apartments include one, two and three bedroom units. Rents are $820, $928, $1,061, respectively; Rental Assistance is available. Income restrictions apply. Accessible units available. For more information, please call 802-877-3749. TDD 771. Equal Housing Opportunity.

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For Rent TWO BEDROOM APARTMENTS available for occupancy. Modern apartments, carpet/tile, w/d hookups plus onsite laundry. Ample parking and storage. Includes trash,snow removal,professional management and 24 hour maintenance. Efficient gas heat/ hot water. In quiet Middlebury neighborhood. Rents are $546-$778 per month plus utilities. Income limits apply. References required. Please call us at 802-4725016 for more information. Equal housing opportunity. VALLEY VIEW APARTMENTS is currently accepting applications for 1 and 2 BR apartments in Vergennes. All income/assets must be verified to determine monthly rent, but tenants only pay 30% of their income toward rent. Elderly or disabled only. W/D onsite. Call 802-247-0165 or visit our website: www.summitpmg. com. Equal Housing Opportunity.

VERGENNES 2 BEDROOM HOME with den and offstreet parking on quiet, one-way street across from elementary school, city pool, tennis and basketball courts. Easy walk to high school. $1,350/month. Heat and water included. Credit and background check, security deposit and lease required. Available January 1st. 802989-0959.

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FOR SALE BY OWNER 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,500 square foot home. Back up generator. Attached two car garage. On 13+ acres in Bridport. $199,000. Call 802989-9099.

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1937 OLD TOWN CANOE. Good condition. Hanging in barn 25 years. must sell, moving. Call for details, delivery available. $1,000. OBO. 802-453-4235.

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READY-2-BURN: SEASONED www.1-855-MIDDMEN.com - Perfectly seasoned split 16” firewood. Free delivery. TIMBERWOLF FIREWOOD: Dry or green. Call for prices. 802-388-7300.

Real Estate BUILDING LOT, DAISY LANE, East Middlebury. Town water, underground telephone, cable and electric service. Good perking soil. Regular septic. Site approved for 4 bedroom home. Jack Brown, 802-388-2502 or 802-388-7350. Email: brownnov@together.net.

SUBARU FORESTER 2014 Ticonderoga, NY. 30,400 miles, remote starter, all wheel drive. Five star safety rating. Husband got a company car and we no longer need it. Runs great. Long scrape diver’s side, subtle stains on seats. Cash or bank check only. Sale price based on Kelly Blue Book value. Warranty: powertrain until 8/6/18 or 60,000 miles, emissions 150,000 miles. katiepangia@yahoo.com. 518-503-5117.


MILLWRIGHT EXPERIENCE or comparable wanted to oversee the expansion of our production facility in Middlebury. Full time, short term, starting January. Full Sun Company; 802-9897011.

TRUSTED 3RD GEN. VT Antique dealer specializing in jewelry, watches, silver, art, military, antique collectibles, etc. Visit www. bittnerantiques.com or call Brian at 802-272-7527. Consulting/appraisal services available. House calls made free of charge.

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


VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Dec. 15 cited a Main Street resident for driving under the influence of alcohol and violating the conditions of his release. Cited was Christopher Holwager, 26, of Vergennes. Police allege that they smelled alcohol on his breath when they stopped his vehicle for defective equipment on Main Street, and that Holwager failed roadside sobriety testing. Police also allege his evidential blood-alcohol test registered at 0.123, above the legal BAC for driving of 0.08. Vergennes police between Dec. 12 and 18 also ticketed seven vehicles for violating the city’s winter parking ban, ordering three of them to be towed, and in a mostly quiet

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 https://secure.vermont. gov/SOS/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). Birth Information Network Rule. Vermont Proposed Rule: 16P086 AGENCY: Human Services, Department of Health CONCISE SUMMARY: The Birth Information Network was established in 2003 to conduct statewide, population-level surveillance of birth defects and other congenital conditions by the Department of Health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently declared a level 1 emergency regarding the Zika virus. This rulemaking adds any birth defects identified by the CDC as being associated with maternal exposure to the Zika virus, such as microcephalus. Because the conditions that need to be tracked are changing as new information becomes available, the rule includes any new conditions identified by the CDC. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Lillian Colasurdo, Department of Health, 108 Cherry Street, Burlington, VT 05402 Tel: 802-951-0107 Fax: 802-951-1275 Email: ahs.vdhrules@vermont.gov URL: http://healthvermont.gov/regs/index.aspx. FOR COPIES: David Englander Department of Health 108 Cherry Street, Burlington VT 05402 Tel: 802-863-7280 Fax: 802-951-1275 Email: ahs.vdhrules@vermont.gov. Impaired Driver Rehabilitation Program Rule. Vermont Proposed Rule: 16P085 AGENCY: Human Services, Department of Health CONCISE SUMMARY: This rulemaking reorganizes and clarifies the rule implementing Vermont’s Impaired Driver Rehabilitation Program (IDRP). Successful completion of IDRP is required to regain an unrestricted driver’s license for those individuals whose licenses have been suspended as a result of an alcohol or other drug-related driving conviction. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Shayla Livingston Department of Health, 108 Cherry Street, Burlington, VT 05402 Tel: 802-863-7312 Fax: 802-951-1275 Email: ahs.vdhrules@vermont.gov URL: http://healthvermont.gov/regs/index.aspx. FOR COPIES: David Englander Department of Health 108 Cherry Street, Burlington, VT 05402 Tel: 8025-863-7280 Fax: 802-951-1275 Email: ahs.vdhrules@vermont.gov. 12/22


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On November 29, 2016, Shoreham BTS Retail, LLC, 14600 Detroit Avenue, Suite 1500, Lakewood, OH 44107 and Shoreham Telephone, LLC (Ed Tisdale), 56 Campus Drive, New Goucester, ME 04260 filed application #9A0364 for a project described as the partial review under Act 250 criteria 1G, 5, 9B, 9K and 9L for the construction of a retail building. The project is located at 3167 Route 22A in Town of Shoreham, Vermont. The District #9 Environmental Commission will hold a site visit on January 5, 2017 at 9:00 AM and public hearing on the application to immediately follow the site visit on January 5, 2017 at 9:30 AM. The public hearing will be held at Shoreham Fire House, Fire House Road, Shoreham, Vermont. If you feel that any of the District Commission members listed on the attached Certificate of Service under “For Your Information” may have a conflict of interest, or if there is any other reason a member should be disqualified from sitting on this case, please contact the district coordinator as soon as possible, no later than prior to the response date listed above. Parties entitled to participate are the Municipality, the Municipal Planning Commission, the Regional Planning Commission, affected state agencies, and adjoining property owners and other persons to the extent they have a particularized interest that may be affected by the proposed project under the 10 criteria. Non-party participants may also be allowed under 10 V.S.A. Section 6085(c)(5). The application may be viewed on the Natural Resources Board’s web site (www.nrb.state. vt.us/lup) by clicking “Act 250 Database” and entering the project number “9A0364”. For more information or disability accommodations, contact Geoffrey W. Green, District Coordinator before the hearing date at the address or telephone number below. Dated at Essex Junction, Vermont this 9th day of December, 2016. Geoffrey W. Green District Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 Geoffrey.green@vermont.gov 12/22


Pursuant to 24 V.S.A. Section 133(3)(a), the taxpayers of the County of Addison are hereby given notice that a public hearing regarding the proposed county budget for 2017-2018 will be held at the Judge Frank Mahady Courthouse in Middlebury on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. This budget is for fiscal year July 1, 2017- June 30, 2018. More information and extra copies of the budget may be obtained at the Addison County Superior Court, Frank Mahady Court House, Middlebury, Vermont. Tel. 802-388-1966 Alice M. George, Assistant Judge & Irene Poole, Assistant Judge 2017-2018 EXPENSES 2017-2018 Proposed (continued) Proposed REVENUE: County Tax $ 166,906.00 Estimated 0.03963% 2017-2018 Passports $ 4,000.00 Notaries $ 1,600.00 Interest Earned $ 175.00 Wills for safekeeping $ 4,000.00 Rent Income – Jail Bldg. $ 22,800.00 TOTAL INCOME $ 199,481.00 Anticipated Surplus

$ 30,000.00 $ 229,481.00

EXPENSES: Court: Court and County Personnel Salaries $ Benefits $ Dues & Memberships $ Office Expense $ Advertising- Passports $ Insurance $ Legal $ Professional Services $ Contracted Services $ Contingency $ Subtotal $

45,420.00 4,200.00 2,500.00 2,300.00 2,300.00 2,930.00 550.00 1400.00 3,600.00 300.00 65,500.00

Fire claims Middlebury man’s life

Vergennes Police Log

Sheriffs Department: Personnel: Salaries Benefits Office Expense Telephone Insurance/Bonds Training VIBRES/VLETS Radio Subtotal

$ 81,600.00 $ 20,045.00 $ 500.00 $ 1,500.00 $ 13,000.00 $ 500.00 $ 4,500.00 $ 750.00 $ 122,806.00

Probate Court: Supplies/Equipment Dues Contingency Subtotal

$ $ $ $

Jail Building: Utilities Bldg & Grounds Insurance Inspections Custodial Capital Improvements Subtotal

$ 25,000.00 $ 5,000.00 $ 3,500.00 $ 1,500.00 $ 2,750.00 $ 2,500.00 $ 40,250.00


$ 229,481.00

400.00 325.00 200.00 925.00

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week: • On Dec. 13 responded to an incident in which three juveniles had started a fire in a fire pit on North Green Street and then had been disrespectful to firefighters who responded. Police insisted they apologize to firefighters. • On Dec. 16 directed traffic around a truck stuck on the upslope from the Otter Creek bridge. • On Dec. 18 issued a citation to a Comfort Hill resident on behalf of Vermont State Police. • On Dec. 18 at a West Main Street traffic stop ticketed a motorist for possessing a small amount of marijuana and for speeding. • On Dec. 18 sent the department Drug Recognition Expert to Porter Hospital to help VSP.

Public Notices

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded, with the Middlebury Fire Department, to a blaze at a Murdoch Court residence on Dec. 14. As previously reported in the Addison Independent, Robert Kellogg, 95, was killed in the fire that destroyed his home. In other action last week, Middlebury police: • Responded to a report of tire tracks and footprints allegedly leading to a bloody scene behind some buildings off Route 7 south on Dec. 12. Police said they followed the tracks and found evidence of hunters taking some rabbits. • Responded to a report of someone destroying merchandise at the Dollar Store on Court Street Extension on Dec. 12. Police said the suspect was a man with disabilities who was “acting out.” The man had calmed down, and the store owner declined further action, according to police. • Assisted Middlebury College Public Safety with a person suspected to have overdosed on Dec. 12. Police said the patient was taken to Porter Hospital. • Helped Middlebury College Public Safety with a non-student


107 Panton Road, Vergennes, VT 05491, 802-877-3155 Notice is hereby given that the contents of the self-storage units listed below will be sold at public auction by sealed bid on January 7, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. This sale is being held to collect unpaid storage fees, charges and expenses of the sale. Jerry Hendrix Travis Denton John Goodspeed Unit 80 10x10 Unit 48 5x10 Unit 80 5x10 Household items Household items Household items

Middlebury Police Log

who was trespassing on campus on Dec. 12. • Received a report that someone had stolen a Twin Circles resident’s check and cashed it on Dec. 12. • Assisted a mental health agency with a suicidal person in the Exchange Street area on Dec. 14. • Removed, at the request of an Exchange Street business, a person who was creating a disturbance on Dec. 14. • Responded to a truancy complaint at Middlebury Union Middle School on Dec. 15. • Conducted a welfare check on a woman in the Bakery Lane area on Dec. 15. The woman was offered a place at the local homeless shelter. • Investigated a report of a person trying to cash a fraudulent check at a Washington Street business on Dec. 15. • Ticketed a minor for being in possession of tobacco products on Middlebury Union High School campus on Dec. 15. • Assisted a motorist with a vehicle that was leaking gas on Exchange Street on Dec. 15. • Responded to a noise complaint in the Seminary Street area on Dec. 15. • Assisted municipal water and road crews with a water main break

Nichole Nimblett Unit 109 5x10 Household items

Gail McEvoy Unit 36-2 5x10 Household items

Sean Devries Unit 40 5x10 Household items

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Lawrence Lane Unit 88 5x10 Household items

Nicole Taylor Unit 104 10x15 Household items

Patrick Durfee Unit 56 5x10 Household items


Alan Morrie Unit 111 10x15 Household items

Lisa Stockwell Units 110 & 108 Household items


Payment to be made in cash at time of bid a $50.00 cash deposit is required all units to be emptied & broom clean within 24 hours of accepted bid. Deposit will be returned at that time. Town & Country Self-Storage reserves the right to accept or reject any bids. Town & Country Self Storage and owners have the right to refuse any and all bids and to cancel the sale without notice. 12/22


JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION v. BRADLEY S. MARSDEN AND ARLENE L. MARSDEN OCCUPANTS OF 153 ROGERS ROAD, MIDDLEBURY, VT MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY UNDER 12 V.S.A. sec 4952 et seq. In accordance with the Judgment Order and Decree of Foreclosure entered December 8, 2015 in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Bradley S. Marsden and Arlene L. Marsden to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for CTX Mortgage Company, LLC, dated June 25, 2008 and recorded in Book 237 Page 244 of the land records of the Town of Middlebury, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of an Assignment of Mortgage from Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for CTX Mortgage Company, LLC to JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association dated November 1, 2012 and recorded in Book 262 Page 325 of the land records of the Town of Middlebury for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 153 Rogers Road, Middlebury, Vermont on January 11, 2017 at 10:00 AM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, To wit: Being all and the same lands and premises to be conveyed to Bradley S. Marsden by Warranty Deed of Johanna Vaczy of even date herewith and to be recorded immediately prior hereto in the Town of Middlebury Land Records and therein being more particularly described as follows: “Being all and the same lands and premises conveyed to the herein Grantors, as Paul Vaczy and Johanna Vaczy, by Warranty Deed of Joseph Cotroneo, III and Sara L. Cotroneo, dated August 29, 2001, recorded in Book 184 at Page 25 of the Middlebury Land records, and therein described as follows: ‘Being a portion of the same lands and premises conveyed to Joseph Cotroneo, III and Sara Lynn Cotroneo by Warranty Deed of Paul Parot and Harriet Parot dated March 16, 2000 and recorded in Book 176, Page 564 of the Middlebury Land Records... The property is more particularly described as Parcel One in said deed as follows, viz: Being a portion of the lands and premises described in a deed from Charles F. and Claribel H. Rogers to the said Gladys R. Ridley dated June 15, 1953, recorded in book 53 page 159 of the Middlebury Land Records and situate in said Ridley’s real estate development on or near U.S. Highway No. 7 just southerly of the Village of Middlebury, the piece or portion thereof hereby intended to be conveyed being more particularly described as follows: Being lot number 14 as designated on a plan of said development prepared by Harry Morse April 1954 on file in the office of the Town Clerk of Middlebury. Commencing at a point in the westerly line of the new highway in said development known as Rogers Road, which point is the southeasterly corner of the premises herein conveyed, the northeasterly corner of lot number 13 in said development and is marked by an iron pipe driven into the ground, thence north 22[°] 20’ east along the westerly line of said Rogers Road 100 feet; thence north 67[°] 40’ west along the southerly line of lot number 15 in said [development] 125 feet to an iron pipe driven into the ground, thence south 22[°] 20’west 100 feet along the easterly line of lot number 23 in said development to an iron pipe driven into the ground, thence south 67[°] 40’ east 125 feet to the point or place of beginning. …’’’’

Reference is hereby made to the Quit Claim Deed from Paul Vaczy and Johanna Vaczy to Johanna Pope Vaczy dated July 16, 2003, recorded July 24, 2003 in Book 202 Page 62 of the Middlebury Land Records. Reference is herby made to the above-mentioned instruments, the records thereof, the references therein made, and their respective records and references, in further aid of this description. Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described. TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid in cash, certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid in cash, certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within thirty (30) days after the date of sale. The mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale. DATED: December 7, 2016 By:/S/ Rachel Jones, Esq. Rachel Jones, Esq.– Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032 NOTICE: THE LAW FIRM OF BENDETT & MCHUGH, PC IS A DEBT COLLECTOR AND IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION WE OBTAIN WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. IF YOU HAVE PREVIOUSLY RECEIVED A DISCHARGE IN BANKRUPTCY WHICH DISCHARGED THIS DEBT, THIS CORRESPONDENCE IS NOT AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED TO BE AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT, BUT ONLY ENFORCEMENT OF A LIEN AGAINST PROPERTY 12/15, 22, 29

AGENDA 7:00 1. **Call to Order 2. *Approval of Agenda 3. *Approval of Minutes of December 13, 2016 Regular Selectboard Meetings 4. **Citizen Comments [Opportunity to raise or address issues that are not otherwise included on this agenda] 7:05 5. **Director of Planning & Zoning Jennifer Murray Regarding Submission of an Application for Better Communities Grant Funding 7:15 6. *Public Hearing on Close-Out of North Pleasant Street Housing Rehabilitation Project **Middlebury Business 7:20 7. Development Fund Evaluation Committee White Paper – Overview by Committee Chair Nick Artim 7:30 8. *Public Hearing on FY18 General Fund Budget Proposal, Including Administration, Libraries, Public Safety, Public Works and Parks & Recreation 8:00 9. **Jamie Gaucher, Director of Business Development & Innovation, Regarding the MBDF Advisory Board Meeting of December 20th to Review Proposal for Use of the Town’s Revolving Loan Fund for Infrastructure Investments for a Beverage Hub 8:05 10. *Approval of Check Warrants 11. *Town Manager’s Report 12. Board Member Concerns 13. *Executive Session – if needed 14. **Action on Matters Discussed in Executive Session 8:20 15. *Adjourn * Decision Item ** Possible Decision 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. Additional information about most Agenda items is available on the Town’s website, www.townofmiddlebury.org, on the Selectboard page.


on Seymour Street on Dec. 16. • Assisted the Middlebury Fire Department with a chimney fire on Seymour St. Extension on Dec. 16. • Conducted a welfare check on a homeless person in the Bakery Lane area on Dec. 16. Police provided shelter information to the individual. • Assisted United States Secret Service with their investigation of a counterfeit $20 bill on Dec. 16. • Were informed that someone slashed the tires on a vehicle parked behind the Ilsley Public Library on Dec. 17. • Received a report that someone had smashed the window of a vehicle parked under the Cross Street Bridge on Dec. 17. Police said the culprit apparently didn’t steal anything from the vehicle. • Investigated another report of a window smashed on a vehicle on Dec. 17, this one parked off Court Street. • Responded to a report of a man having “mental health issues” in the North Pleasant Street area on Dec. 17. Police found the man on Exchange Street and took him to the University of Vermont Medical Center for further evaluation. • Euthanized an injured deer found on Quarry Road on Dec. 17. • Responded to a report that someone had smashed a window out of a vehicle parked at John Graham Court on Dec. 18. Police said nothing was reported stolen from the vehicle.

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RT. 125 • EAST MIDDLEBURY, VT Sales for Dec 15 & Dec 19 BEEF R. Mack Hatch Farm Kayhart Bros. A. Brisson Pinello Farm Gosliga Farm

Costs Lbs. per lb 1535 .63 1185 .61 1890 .58 1825 .57 1725 .55 1170 .54

Dollars 967.05 722.85 1096.20 1040.25 948.75 631.80

CALVES J. Fifield Conants Riverside Woodnotch Champlainside M. Garvey

Lbs. 114 102 106 117 96

Costs per lb 1.20 1.20 1.00 1.00 1.00

Dollars 136.80 122.40 106.00 117.00 96.00

Total # Beef: 317 • Total # Calves: 376 We value our faithful customers. Sales at 3pm - Mon. & Thurs. For pickup and trucking, call 1-802-388-2661


The Town of Weybridge Selectboard will hold a hearing on amendments and updates to its Town Plan, Zoning Regulations and Subdivision Regulations, as required under Chapter 117 S4384 and S4444, 4441 and 4444 (b). The hearing will be held at the Weybridge Town Offices, Tuesday, January 3, 2017 ay 7:00 p.m. The Town Offices are an accessible facility. Statement of Purpose: The Weybridge Town Plan is a comprehensive document prepared in conformance with the provisions of Chapter 117 of the Vermont Municipal Regional Planning and Development Act. The proposed Town Plan represents an update from the duly adopted plan in 2011. The Town Plan provides a guide for the future of Weybridge’s natural and human environment. It also provides a record of the town; its current conditions, facilities, and programs; its natural and cultural resources and demographic make-up. The Town Plan provides the basis for the implementation and administration of the zoning bylaws and other regulations. It also constitutes a statement of the Town’s vision for the purpose of Act 250 hearings. All areas within the Town of Weybridge are affected by these changes, but none of the changes alter the designation of any land area. Changes to the town plan are relatively minor, except for its Energy and River and Streams sections. In the course of updating its Town Plan and applying the Zoning Regulations revised and adopted in 2014, and its Subdivision Regulations adopted in 2006, the Planning Commission found some minor areas needing updating so, as part of the public hearing, the Planning Commission is also proposing minor changes to Zoning Regulations and its Subdivision Regulations. Topic areas for discussion include: Proposed Table of Contents (following introduction): Section 15. Recreation 8. Public Facilities 1. Roots and Traditions 16. Energy 9. Paying for Government 2. Land Resources 17. Communications 10. Biological Diversity 3. Land Use Planning 18. Regional Relationships 11. Rivers and Streams 4. Jobs 19. Implementation Program 12. Wetlands 5. Housing 13. Groundwater 6. Schools 14. Air Quality 7. Transportation Copies of the proposed Town Plan, Zoning Regulations and Subdivision Regulations with all proposed changes in “tracked changes” format can be viewed at the Town Clerk’s Office, Weybridge, Vermont during regular hours. For further information please call the Town Clerk’s Office at 802-545-2450. Weybridge Selectboard Dan Mason, Chair 12/19

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Area Religious Holiday Services ADDISON COUNTY — Several Addison County-area churches have set their schedules for special Christmas events and services. ADDISON The Addison Community Baptist Church will have a Christmas Eve candlelight service on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 4 p.m. BRANDON St. Mary’s Church will hold a Christmas Eve Mass on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., and a Christmas Day Mass on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 10 a.m. A New Year’s Eve Mass will be held Saturday, Dec. 31, at 4 p.m., and a New Year’s Day Mass on Sunday, Jan. 1, at 10 a.m. St. Thomas & Grace Episcopal Church will hold a Christmas Eve service Saturday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. Children should arrive at 6:30 p.m. to prepare for their part in the service. Located on Route 7 in Brandon village. The Brandon Congregational Church will have a Christmas Eve Worship service of lessons, carols and candlelight at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24. There is no service on Christmas morning. BRIDPORT The Hope Community Fellowship will have a Christmas Day service at the Bridport Community Hall on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 10:30 a.m. St. Bernadette’s Church in Bridport will hold a New Year’s Eve Mass on Saturday, Dec. 31, at 7:30 p.m. BRISTOL The First Baptist Church of Bristol will hold their family Christmas Eve candle lighting service on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. There will be readings, carols and special music. St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church will hold Christmas Eve Mass on Saturday, Dec. 24, with a Children’s liturgy at 5:15 p.m., and at 9 p.m. with Senior Choir. There will be no Christmas day service. The Bristol Christian Fellowship will have a regular worship service on Christmas morning, Sunday, Dec. 25, at 9 a.m. CHARLOTTE On Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, there will be a family service at 4:30 p.m. and a traditional candlelight service at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 25, there will be a Christmas Celebration with carols and story at 10 a.m. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church will hold Christmas Eve Masses on Saturday, Dec. 24, in several locations: at 4 p.m. at the Old Lantern, at 7 p.m. at St. Jude in Hinesburg, and at 10 p.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Christmas Day Mass will be held on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 10 a.m. at St. Jude in Hinesburg. New Year’s Eve Mass will be held on Saturday, Dec. 31, at 4 p.m. at St. Jude in Hinesburg. And a New Year’s Day Mass will be held on Sunday, Jan. 1, at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. at OLMC, and at 9:30 a.m. at St. Jude in Hinesburg. CORNWALL The First Congregational Church of Cornwall will hold a Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Mary Kay Schueneman will preside. The Christmas Morning Worship will be a shared worship with Weybridge Community Church at the Weybridge Church on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 10 a.m. EAST MIDDLEBURY The East Middlebury United Methodist Church will hold a Christmas Eve service presenting “The Gift” at 5 p.m. All are welcome. Valley Bible Church in East Middlebury will have a candle lighting service on Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, at 6:30 p.m. FERRISBURGH The Ferrisburgh Center United Methodist Church will hold a Christmas Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 5 p.m. There will be a Christmas morning worship on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 9 a.m. LEICESTER St. Agnes Church will hold a

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Christmas Eve Mass on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 5:15 p.m. LINCOLN The United Church of Lincoln will hold three candlelight Christmas Eve services on Saturday, Dec. 24: a 6:30 p.m. service with children’s pageant, an 8:30 p.m. traditional service, and an 11:30 p.m. service with carols, readings and Communion. There will be a simple Christmas celebration service on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 9:45 a.m. MIDDLEBURY St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Middlebury will hold Christmas Eve Masses on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 4 and 9 p.m. A Christmas Day Mass will be held on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 9 a.m. There will be a New Year’s Eve Mass on Saturday, Dec. 31, at 5:15 p.m., and a New Year’s Day Masses on Sunday, Jan. 1, at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. The Congregational Church of Middlebury will hold Christmas Eve services on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Both will include the lighting of candles. There will be a Christmas worship service on Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, at 10 a.m. On Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m., there will be a candle-lighting service with carol singing, special music and visual presentation. There will be a brief, “come-as-you-are” morning service on Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, at 10 a.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church will hold a Christmas Eve pageant and Communion service on Satur-

day, Dec. 24, at 4 p.m.; and a Christmas Eve service with choral music at 10 p.m. The Christmas Day service will take place Sunday, Dec. 25, at 10 a.m. The Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society will hold a Christmas Eve service on Saturday, Dec. 24, ending with candle lighting and the singing of “Silent Night”; at 5 p.m. there will be a Christmas Celebration for all ages, including a no-rehearsal Christmas pageant, with carols and youth choir; and at 7:30 p.m. a service titled “Unto You This Night a Child is Born.” Rev. Barnaby Feder and the CVUUS choir will lead our traditional service of carols, lessons and reflection, with special musical guests Bruce Douglas and Molly Pratt. The Middlebury United Methodist Church is hosting a Longest Night Blue Christmas service on Wednesday, Dec. 21 in the church sanctuary at 5 p.m. This service is held on the winter solstice to serve as a light in the darkness for those who are struggling with loss, loneliness and grief in the holiday season. On Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary, the sixth annual Christmas Benefit Concert for Charter House will take place. Local artists from Addison County will perform vocal arrangements of their favorite holiday music. There will also be a hymn sing. A free will offering will be taken to support the warming shelter at Charter House. There will be a Christmas candlelight service of lessons and carols on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. On

Christmas morning, Sunday, Dec. 25, at 10:45 a.m., there will be worship with communion. All are welcome. Universally accessible. Hearing assistance available. Street and lot parking. NORTH FERRISBURGH The North Ferrisburgh United Methodist Church will offer two Christmas Eve services on Saturday, Dec. 24: at 5 p.m., a 45-minute family-friendly service that features carols and activities geared toward young children; and at 7:30 p.m. an hour-long traditional service with carols, the choir, sermon and candle lighting. On Sunday, Dec. 25, there will be a Christmas Day service at 10 a.m. featuring 45 minutes of Christmas carols and fun. PANTON The Panton Community Baptist Church will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 6 p.m., and a Christmas Day service on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 10:30 a.m. SALISBURY The annual Christmas candlelight service will be held at the Salisbury Congregational Church on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. There will be no service on Sunday, Dec. 25, or Sunday, Jan. 1. Sunday services will resume on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 10 a.m. SHOREHAM The Shoreham Congregational Church will celebrate a traditional Christmas Eve Service on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 5 p.m. Rev. Christina Del Piero will lead the service of Scripture readings, carols, an inspiring

message, and the traditional candlelight ceremony. Special music will be provided by the choir, with featured singers Abby Adams and Jim Ellis, and distinguished guest organist Charles Callahan. St. Genevieve’s Church in Shoreham will hold a Christmas Eve Mass on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. SOUTH STARKSBORO The Jerusalem Gathering will hold a Christmas Eve service on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Jerusalem Schoolhouse behind the Jerusalem Store, just off Route 17. Carols, candles, and the Eucharist will be celebrated in the Episcopal tradition. Families with children are always welcome. The annual Starksboro Village Meeting House Christmas Candlelight service will be held Thursday, Dec. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Meeting House located in the center of Starksboro Village on VT Route 116. STARKSBORO The Baptist Church (2806 Route 116) will hold a celebration of Christmas service at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 25. The First Baptist Church of Starksboro will hold a First Day service at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1, at its sister church, the Community Church, located at 4910 Main Road, Huntington Center. VERGENNES St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will hold its Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist, Rite II, on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 4 p.m. with a choir and children’s pageant. On Sunday, Dec. 25, at 8 a.m., there will be a Holy Eucharist.

St. Peter’s Church will hold a Christmas Eve Mass on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 4 p.m., and a Christmas Day Mass on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 9 a.m. The Vergennes Congregational Church will have Christmas Eve Candlelight services on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 4 p.m. for children and families, and at 7 p.m. there will be a traditional candlelight service. There will be a Christmas morning service and carol sing on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 9:30 a.m. Vergennes United Methodist Church will hold a Candlelight Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. There will be no service on Sunday, Dec. 25. Victory Baptist Church will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 6:30 p.m. WEST ADDISON There will be no service at the West Addison United Methodist Church on Sunday, Dec. 25. WEYBRIDGE Weybridge Congregational Church will hold a Christmas Eve carol and candlelight service Saturday, Dec. 24, at 5 p.m. The church will continue to celebrate Christmas in worship on Sunday, Dec. 25, with a service of carols, reading and reflections at 10 a.m. WHITING The Whiting Community Church will hold a Christmas Eve Candlelight service on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. There will be a Christmas Day service on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 11 a.m.

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John Chiles stands in front of his 2,350 degree furnace at his home-studio in Orwell earlier this month prior to a Christmas ornament making workshop.  INDEPENDENT PHOTO / TRENT CAMPBELL

Orwell Glass heats up workshops


ccording to John Chiles, Orwell Glass’s owner and chief glassblower, the newest and coolest thing to videotape on a GoPro is molten glass. Chiles leads glassblowing workshops throughout the year at Orwell Glass’s space at the Maritime Museum and at his home-studio in Orwell. The workshops are open to anyone with a curiosity about the craft. Many of these curious folk are children.


“We’ve had little kids show up, and they’ve got their Go-Pros on. It’s pretty fun,” Chiles said. “Most people have never been in a glass shop before, so they’re a little bit nervous, but they’re holding something that’s glowing, and you have to respond to it or it just falls on the floor. So it’s enthralling.” Standing in front of a red-hot — 2,350-degrees to be exact — furnace this month, Chiles explained his work. The company has two sides. One is Orwell Glass, which welcomes intrigued outsiders

to attend 20-minute workshops and make simple glass pieces to take home. The second is John Chiles Glass, in which Chiles designs colorful and quirky goblets, vases and bowls that he sells to high-end markets under his personal trademark. In the classes, participants blow Christmas balls and stamp sun catchers in the color and design of their choosing. Recently, he taught a group to make glass ornaments for Christmas. Soon, Chiles hopes he will be able to expand his offerings to include more adult classes. “You’d be amazed how many people sign up for our classes, and then they get here, and say, ‘This has been on my bucket list for so long,’” Chiles said. “So we’d have (different levels), because a lot of people will make a Christmas ball and a sun catcher, but then they want to make a tumbler. And then, of course, the next thing is a goblet, or a vase, or a bowl. And then we’d have date night, so you could go and make tumblers together and do stuff like that. That’s the ultimate goal.” SEE GLASS ON PAGE 3

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o some, art is seen as a luxury — and in some ways this is true: it is not key to our basic survival. However, to others, it is essential to a life well lived. Speaking to some of the art lovers in Addison County, we found out how the transformation of a blank wall in a home goes beyond décor to representing someone’s ideals and identities.


Middlebury resident Patti Marrinan recalls that the first piece of art she bought was from a fellow student at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn. “As far back as I can remember, I had an appreciation for art and kind of lived by the spirit of Phi Beta Capa’s motto: the love of learning is the guide of life.” Patti and her husband Tim, now retired from careers in finance and law respectively, began early on in their marriage to fill their home in Minnesota with artwork celebrating their passion for history. They collected prints, illustrations, paintings and folk art from early Americans and British artists William Sharon Ramey


Hogarth and Beatrix Potter. “In our study of liberal arts we have been drawn to all forms of art and stories it tells,” Patti said. “For example, if you were to walk through our house, you could tell a lot about us as a family.” A collection of needlework samples, dating back to the turn of the 17th century, tells the story, Patti said, “Of New England where our great great grandfathers came from.” Cindy & Michael Seligmann

Tim described the prints they have from the American Revolution, and said “they were great learning devices for our kids, we could walk them all the way from the battle of Lexington to the surrender of Yorktown.” “We always felt by putting these works in the hallway,” Patti chimed in, “ that as our sons were growing up they would learn the history. Art is a more enjoyable way of learning about history than just reading it in a book.” Thirteen years ago, Tim and Patti bought their home in Vermont and their “evolution of collecting art” (as Patti described it), took a turn towards landscapes. Even though they were now drawn to the works of living artists working in Addison County, they still made historical connections. TJ Cunningham’s paintings first caught their eye because one landscape reminded them so strongly of Little Roundtop on the Gettysburg battlefield in Pennsylvania Rory Jackson is another Vermont favorite, and their attraction to his work is two-fold: first, because of his ability to capture the dynamism of Vermont’s skies. “I mean we’ve got landscape in Minnesota,” Tim said, “Blue sky and all that. But there is nothing in my opinion that compares to the big skies of Vermont.” But they were

“ART TEACHES US TO SEE. IT IS ALSO AN IMPORTANT POLITICAL AND SPIRITUAL TOOL.”  —Cindy Seligmann also drawn to Jackson’s clouds because they reminded them of works by early 20th century illustrator N.C. Wyeth. Buying art is often done jointly with a partner, in part because it is often meant for the home — to be hung on the wall, or sometimes used when it comes to functional craft. This can mark a special occasion, like an anniversary or a trip taken together, but often the experience of selecting a piece together is the creation of a new memory altogether. Cindy Seligmann, of Ripton, described one such occasion when she recalled the first piece she acquired with her husband, Michael. The two (now retired) psychologists were in Boston, where, Cindy recalled, “We had been to a conference and were intellectually wired. We went to lunch together, drank wine and then went to the galleries nearby. We were in love. Love, wine, learning… who knows!” she joked. But this marked the beginning of a serious dedication to supporting the arts, especially on the local scale. “We believe strongly that art is an important means of teaching and that schools should include both the experience of creating it as well as art history,” said Seligmann, who is a longtime student of the Middlebury Studio School. “Art teaches us to see. It is also an important SEE ART ON PAGE 7

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A true expert when it comes to glass, Chiles also makes equipment, like ovens and furnaces, that he sells to other glass manufacturers. He recently sent the makings of an entire craft shop to Bangkok, Thailand. “We’re one of the only places in Addison County that loads containers and ships them to the east,” Chiles said. “We ship equipment to Shanghai, southern China... all over the place.” Chiles also engineers tools that help other glass crafters create specialty products. Recently, he created a gadget that allows one of his customers to make lots of tiny glass octopi. Processes for making new products like this often involve weeks of design work, and the mental challenge that comes with it. “Sometimes you have to say, ‘We’re in way too deep right now, we should just turn it all off and go rethink what we’re doing,’” Chiles said. “It’s hard to model it — you can’t just use cardboard and some foam. It’s gotta come out of the furnace, and it’s gotta be the right temperature. We have different glasses that we melt depending on what the project is.” But Chiles said he wouldn’t rather be doing anything else. He discovered glassblowing in the early ‘80s while teaching woodworking at a community college in Pennsylvania. Ever since then, he said, he’s been hooked. From the beginning, Chiles made glassblowing his fulltime gig. Though his equipment business pays the bills, his favorite thing to do is sit in the shop making bowls and vases.

John Chiles holds one of his glassblown vases in his Orwell studio.



And it’s even better when he can share his passion with the public. “People are happy,” Chiles said. “Most people don’t have any attachment to the physical world — picking something up and putting it in the wood stove, or cooking — that’s about as close as some people get. But actually making something they’re going to have around that’s going to last for generations, most people don’t have that kind of experience. So when they get to do that, they’re pretty excited about it.”

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OUT OF TOWN Cirque Mother Africa comes to VT


his jaw-dropping show highlights the world-class talents of artists from multiple African countries, including Ethiopia, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Benin, Zimbabwe and Guinea. Rich in rhythm and robust in song, this extravaganza of traditional and contemporary arts features exuberant traditional dancers, breathtaking acrobatics, a swirl of colorful masks and beads and powerful percussionists who surround it all in a storm of sound. Start 2017 off with some energy;

catch the show on Jan. 3 at 7:30 at the Flynn Center for Performing Arts in Burlington. Tickets: $15-$36. A special student matinee series (for students in grades 2-12) will play on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m., and Wednesday, Jan. 4, 9:30 a.m. Student tickets: $9.50. For tickets and info call 802-863-5966 or visit www. flynncenter.org. To learn more about Mother Africa visit www.circus-mother-africa.com.

FREE HOLIDAY MOVIE SHOWS AT PARAMOUNT DEC. 27 Worried about running out of things to do after the Christmas rush? Mark this one on your calendars. Head south for Downtown Rutland’s Free Winter Movie Series. They’re showing Mighty Ducks on Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are free and the event is open to the public. Concession stand provided by Roots the Restaurant. A little about Mighty Ducks (in case you

missed it when it came out in ‘92). After reckless young lawyer Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) gets arrested for drunk driving, he must coach a kids’ hockey team for his community service. Gordon has experience on the ice, but isn’t eager to return to hockey, a point hit home by his tense dealings with his own former coach, Jack Reilly (Lane Smith). The reluctant Gordon eventually grows to appreciate his team, which includes promising young Charlie Conway (Joshua Jackson), and leads them to take on Reilly’s tough players. Rated PG.

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onkton’s own Circeo Films, founded by Jonnie and Jennifer Corcoran, released it’s first feature length film “She Sings to the Stars” back in early spring this year. The Marquis Theater in Middlebury screened the film in mid-March. After the local screening, Jonnie, who produced the film, and Jennifer, who wrote and directed it, launched a Seed and Spark crowdfunding campaign to raise money for marketing and distribution. The Corcorans were able to successfully raise $39,000 by May 2. “We’ve re-tooled our sound mix and outputted new masters to get the film ready for a worldwide distribution deal which is currently in negotiation,” wrote Jonnie in a recent update. “She Sings to the Stars” has been running at the iconic Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe (which is owned by George R.R. Martin, creator of “Games of Thrones”) since the start of October and will continue through Dec. 29 “due to the enthusiastic audience response,” says their Seed and Spark website. “She Sings to the Stars” has also since screened at film festivals in Albuquerque, NM and Portland, OR and has now been honored with eleven awards. “She Sings to the Stars” offers a glimpse into an unknown America. It centers around three people: A Native American grandmother who lives alone in the desert without water; her halfMexican grandson who is caught between life in modern Los Angeles and the traditions of the Native American world of his grandmother; and a down-on-his-luck magician who finds himself lost at her door. Jennifer Corcoran said she met the grandmother character, “Mabel,” in a dream. “She said, ‘It’s time to sing the song. Listen. It will take you four years,’” Jennifer recalled. As preparation to write the script, she constructed three life-size, newspaper-stuffed dressed figures of the characters and listened. She and her brother assembled a cast, arranged to shoot the film at a location in the southwest desert , and took the leap. Just as the dream predicted, the effort to complete the film took four years.

Circeo Film producers Jonnie Corcoran, second from left, and Jennifer Corcoran, third from right, pose with the cast and some of the crew of Circeo’s first film, “She Sings to the Stars.”

The three main roles are played by Larry Cedar, Jesus Mayorga and Fannie Loretto. Cedar, who plays Lyle the magician, is best known for his role as “Leon” in the HBO series “Deadwood.” Mayorga, who plays the grandson, has appeared in “Breaking Bad” and “Sicario.” Loretto, who plays grandmother Mabel, is a first-time actress who rose to the occasion. “She Sings to the Stars” is the first in a series of films that Cicero Films has in the works. Jennifer describes the series as “about women and their relationship to the indefinable, what lies beyond the veil of enculturation.” They are already at work on the second film, which they plan to film in 2018 in West Cork, Ireland, and hope to release in 2020.

did you know? “She Sings to the Stars” is coming out with a limited edition DVD, plus bonus “Behind the Stars” (interviews and behind-the-scenes) footage for the holidays. Buy the DVD at store.shesingstothestars.com.

Editor’s note: John McCright wrote the original story about Circeo Films, published March 21, 2016. Read that story online at www. addisonindependent.com/201603monkton-filmcompany-releases-its-first-feature-length-movie.

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Merchants Row, Middlebury, VT Tickets: 802-382-9222 www.townhalltheater.org

Sat 12/31 Doors 8pm; Show 9pm $15*


Bid farewell to 2016 and welcome 2017 with Middlebury’s favorites – The Grift!

EXHIBITS ADDISON COUNTY IN PROFILE: SILHOUETTES FROM THE HENRY SHELDON MUSEUM ARCHIVES. On exhibit through December at the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, 1 Park St., Middlebury. 3882117 or www.henrysheldonmuseum.org. AMAZING GRACE: CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF GRASS ROOTS ART AND COMMUNITY EFFORT. On exhibit through January 21 featuring more than 25 current and pasts artists supported by GRACE (Grass Roots Art and Community Effort). Vision & Voice Gallery located in the Vermont Folklive Center, 88 Main Street, Middlebury. (802) 388-4964.

*Cash Bar and snacks for purchase

Wed 1/4/17 11am $10/$5 Students GREAT ART WEDNESDAYS

MANET FROM THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS LONDON This eagerly awaited exhibition is the first to cover Manet’s portraiture.

Sat 1/7/17 1pm $24/$10 Students METROPOLITAN OPERA LIVE IN HD


The legendary Plácido Domingo brings another new baritone role to the Met under the baton of his longtime collaborator James Levine. Jim Pugh gives a free talk in the studio at 11:45am.

Sun 1/8/17 2pm $20/$10 ages18 & under


Six personality-plus canines will tickle your funny bone! These mutts have even played the White House. A show for the whole family and for the dog lover in each of us, bringing 1,000 laughs to Town Hall Theater.

Sun 1/15/17 2pm $12/Series Pass – $50 for 5 films MNFF WINTER SCREENING SERIES


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

Sat 1/21/17 1pm $24/$10 Students MET LIVE IN HD:


Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo are back as opera’s classic lovers in Gounod’s lush Shakespeare adaptation.

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


This jazzy musical comedy won the 1990 Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score. Tickets on sale soon through the Middlebury College Box Office.

ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN AND EARLY EUROPEAN ART. Ongoing exhibit, highlighting an Egyptian Old Kingdom relief and an early fifteenth-century Italian panel painting. Lower Gallery at the Middlebury College Museum of Art, 72 Porter Field Road, Middlebury. (802) 443-5007. EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN ART. Ongoing exhibit, featuring landscapes by American painters Jasper Cropsey and John Frederick Kensett alongside sixteenth- and seventeenth-century European religious and devotional images and American and European sculpture. Cerf Gallery at the Middlebury College Museum of Art, 72 Porter Field Road, Middlebury. (802) 443-5007. INDEPENDENCE MUST BE WON: THE ART OF ELLEN VIERECK. On exhibit for 2016 at Mount Independence State Historic Site. 497 Mount Independence Road, Orwell. 802-948-2000 or 
www.historicsites.vermont. gov/MountIndependence. MORE LIGHT. On exhibit Dec. 1 through Jan. 15 featuring a group show of small works by Bonnie Baird, Anne Cady, Sobelman CortaPega, Rebecca Kinkead, Katie Loesel, Cameron Schmitz and Pamela Smith. Northern Daughters Gallery, 221 Main Street, Vergennes. Thursday-Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 877-2173. ‘PEACE ON EARTH.’ On exhibit Nov. 4-Jan. 7 featuring the good in people, the beauty of this world, and that as human beings, we are all in this together. The exhibit was an open call to artists for that which celebrates and strengthens the ideals of ‘Peace on Earth’. The resulting compilation of work presents an eclectic view of the theme. Compass Center, 333 Jones Drive, Brandon. (802) 247-4295. ROBERT F. REIFF GALLERY OF ASIAN ART. Ongoing exhibit of East Asian ceramics. Middlebury College Museum of Art, 72 Porter Field Road, Middlebury. (802) 443-5007. 7 Artists for our 7th Birthday: A small works show. On exhibit Nov. 1-Dec. 31 featuring the works of Sara Katz, Patty Sgrecci, Irma Cerese, Hannah Sessions, Amy Brnger, Michael Egan and CJ Hockett. Edgewater Gallery at the Falls, 1 Mill Street, Middlebury. 802-4580098. THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON: MY FAVORITE THINGS. On exhibit Nov. 4-Jan. 31 featuring a holiday themed show by the ensemble company of the Brandon Artists Guild. Brandon Artists Guild, 7 Center Street, Brandon. (802) 247-4956. WORLD CHALLENGES. On exhibit Nov. 15-Jan. 14 featuring three local artists — Sansea Sparling, Sarah Ashe and Chuck Herrmann — and their viewpoints on climate change, the refugee/immigration crisis and the Syrian Civil War. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, 1 Park St., Middlebury. 388-2117 or www.henrysheldonmuseum.org. HAVE AN EXHIBIT YOU WANT PUBLISHED?

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political and spiritual tool.” For some, like Sharon Ramey who has been summering in Vermont for decades, bringing art into your life is an absolute necessity. “You know how you take care of your health — and for a good life, you take care of your friends and your family,” Ramey explained. “Well, to me, art is almost like breathing.” Ramey, a research psychologist, said in her family, art was seen as “absolutely one of the daily elements of life.” “I thought, if you have extra money, what could be better than spending it on something that you can look at or you

scientist, is helping make sure the arts are healthy.” She particularly enjoys the art scene in Vermont. “I think Vermont is an extraordinary state because it has two kinds of beauty: It has the natural wild beauty, and it has attracted all sorts of artists. Artists are exceptionally interesting people. They’re processing and interpreting and they’re giving back.” Jessica Perkins, an employee of Edgewater Gallery, has noticed that what a lot of people find in art, especially in Vermont, is a representation of their own memories. “Of the past couple people I worked with, one bought a Hannah Sessions piece of Brandon Gap because he used to live in Vermont. Sometimes the artwork preserves memories of a place that they love. Another family wanted a Joe Bolger piece because they used to vacation on an old dairy farm in


can touch and you can live with, that you can tell stories about, and how you see it over the years changes,” Ramey said. Even when she didn’t have “extra money,” art was just as imperative to Ramey. In 1963, she was 19 and studying in Mexico City. “I went to an art opening at a fairly renowned gallery,” she recalled. “And I fell in love with a painting. I was a scholarship student, and I couldn’t possibly buy it, but when I saw it I immediately exclaimed I had to have that painting and live with it the rest of my life.” It took her four years to pay off the piece, which cost as much as the stipend she was earning as a graduate student back in the states. Ramey said she loves that she can support artists “now that I am an older person. I like to wear a piece of jewelry and know that a young artist, or a student made it. Because I really think the United States especially doesn’t support the arts at the level that a great society should support it. I like to think that my hard earned money, as a

Vermont with their families. I think it is something along the lines of reminding them of a good place in their life.” Painting and other visual artists thrive in Vermont, perhaps due to our natural wonders as Ramey suggests, but the state boasts a long-standing tradition of craftwork as well. Seligmann believes that “art and craft at their best are sometimes very close to each other. I’m not sure when one becomes the other.” Vermont is rich with artists and craftspeople offering creations at all price points, everywhere from an art gallery to the farmers market. We are especially lucky at this time of year. Many of us are busy shopping for everyone on our list, and more and more we choose to “shop local.” By supporting members of our own arts community, we are able to give those we love a piece that can lead to learning, a lasting memory, or perhaps the ongoing joy and wonder that some believe comes uniquely from art. Isabel Lower writes for Edgewater Gallery.

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One trick to keep in your back pocket during vacation week: ice skating. The Memorial Sports Center in Middlebury offers public skating Monday through Sunday next week. Skating is great to break up the day, wear out the kids and hit the reset button on vacation boredom. It’s hard to be bored when you’re focused on not falling while learning to skate or flying around the rink with your kids. Skate rentals available. Find the rink schedule on MiniBury’s or Memorial Sports Center’s homepage. — Eliza Eaton, MiniBury.com


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ACTIVE FIRST DAY BIRD HIKE IN FERRISBURGH. Sunday, Jan. 1, 9 a.m., Button Bay State Park. Otter Creek Audubon Society invites you to combine the tradition of New Year’s Day birding trips with a First Day Hike to walk the trails in search of overwintering birds. GREEN MOUNTAIN CLUB HIKE IN CHARLOTTE. Saturday, Jan. 7, Mt. Philo State Park. Hike or snowshoe this easy, 2-3 mile hike, which is dog-friendly. Contact Mike Greenwood at mike802vt@comcast.net or 349-5653. Info: www. gmcbreadloaf.org. YOUNG ADVENTURERS CLUB IN WALTHAM. Saturday, Jan. 7, 9 a.m., Buck Mountain. Come to the animal winter picnic at Buck Mountain. While the pace is geared toward younger adventurers (ages 4-8), everyone is welcome. Call or email YAC leader Lauren Bierman for meeting location and details at 349-7498 or laurenbiermanrn@gmail.com. Info: www.gmcbreadloaf.org. DJ SKATE NIGHT IN MIDDLEBURY. Saturday, Jan. 7, 8-10 p.m., Memorial Sports Center. DJ skate night presented by friends of Middlebury hockey. All ages and abilities welcome. $5 adult; $3 student. Snack bar will be open and rental skates available. Info: www.memorialsportscenter.org.


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HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT SERVICE IN STARKSBORO. Thursday, Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m., Starksboro Village Meeting House. The annual Starksboro village meeting house Christmas candlelight service will be held with the Rev. John Burbank leading the program of lessons and carols. Pianist Lois Burbank will be accompanied by Daniel Phillips on violin and vocalist Joanne Russell. HANNUKAH STORY TIME IN LINCOLN. Friday, Dec. 23, 10:30 a.m., Lincoln Library. A special visitor will share traditions with us along with stories, songs, snack and a craft. CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE IN SHOREHAM. Saturday, Dec. 24, 5 p.m., Shoreham Congregational Church. The Shoreham Congregational Church will celebrate a traditional Christmas Eve service in the sanctuary. The Rev. Christina Del Piero will lead the service of carols, candles and a spiritual message.

music and warm up with a soup supper. THE GRIFT IN MIDDLEBURY. Saturday, Dec. 31, 8 p.m., Town Hall Theater. The best band and best brew in New England come together on the region’s biggest dance floor for a New Year’s Eve Party. The Otter Creek Brewing folks will serve some of their newest beers and The Grift is guaranteed to get you on your feet. Doors open at 8 p.m., band starts at 9 p.m. Tickets $15 advance, $18 at the door, and may be purchased at www.townhalltheater.org, 382-9222, or at the THT Box Office MondaySaturday, noon-5 p.m.

SOCIAL BUTTERFLIES LUMEN IN BRISTOL. Friday, Dec. 23, evening, downtown Bristol. Come to Lumen, Bristol’s celebration of fire and light.

THEATER MUSIC NOONDAY CONCERT IN MIDDLEBURY. Thursday, Dec. 22, 12:15-12:45 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 3 Main St. George Matthew Jr. in a recital of Advent and Christmas organ music. Event is free. Bring a lunch and enjoy the music. THE BROTHER BROTHERS (DAVID AND ADAM MOSS) IN RIPTON. Saturday, Jan. 7, 7 p.m., Ripton Community Coffee House.

NEW YEAR’S EVE BEST NIGHT IN BRISTOL. Saturday, Dec. 31, 5 p.m. The First Baptist Church of Bristol is offering a homemade soup supper with special breads and brownies. There are a variety of soups and chili to choose from. Enjoy the

JOHNNY PEERS AND THE MUTTVILLE COMIX IN MIDDLEBURY. Sunday, Jan. 8, 2-3:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater. Join Johnny Peers and his troupe of performing rescue dogs, the Muttville Comix, as they

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uring the holiday season, it’s easy to get swept up in the hustle and bustle. As school lets out for winter break and family arrives from out of town, our todo lists of shopping, cooking, cleaning, baking and merry-making grow by the minute. Holiday stress is real folks, very real.


Samantha Isenberger gets it, “life is moving really fast,” she said in an interview last week. “I want to offer people a creative space to pause and listen.” And that is what she has done. Last year, she and her husband John Wetzel (who runs the Stone Leaf Teahouse) opened il·lu·mi·nate, a business just around the corner in Middlebury’s Marble Works. The space (previously occupied by Otter Creek Kitchenware) has a warm commercial feel. The tall ceilings and open floor plan make the room feel spacious, while the softly lit kitchen, cushions and futon remind you of home. The only structural addition made to the space two summers ago, was a side room for Isenberger’s massage practice — then they iced the cake by adding a sauna. “It improves circulation and lowers blood pressure,” Isenberger explained of the sauna. That, and it’s a nice way to warm your muscles up before a massage (or just to warm up on a cold winter day period.) “This space is what I was hoping for,” she said. Isenberger has had her own massage practice in Middlebury since 2008, but has bounced around to four or five different locations. il·lu·mi·nate seems to have it all — a studio for Isenberger’s massage practice, an office where Wetzel works when he’s not at the teahouse, a large open space for communal gatherings, and a full kitchen where Isenberger bakes treats for the teahouse.


The four sweets she typically makes daily are inspired by their trip to Japan in 2012 (and a past customer/friend who shared a few recipes). “When you order tea (Matcha tea) in Japan, it always comes with a treat on the side,” Isenberger explained. But you won’t find the matcha flavored treats served at the Stone Leaf in Japan — or anywhere else for that matter. “I tweaked the recipes,” Isenberger said. The 39-year-old native of Gettysburg, Penn., said her love for spending time in the kitchen was



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sparked by her grandmother. More spe the sourdough starter that was passed grandmother to her mother to her. She for the Tea House since it opened in Ju

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When the space is not being used, she and Wetzel practice yoga and tai chi (respectively) in it. “This place is kind of a haven for us,” she said, adding that their Middlebury home can feel small and crowded with distractions. “I have to take care of myself,” Isenberger said. It’s not just something she tells her clients. “It’s an endless journey and I’m in there with everyone else learning.”

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Though the space is not a walk-in (you have to call or email first), Isenberger is open to people contacting her to talk about how the space can be used. “These are kind of crazy times and people need to get together more,” she said. “If you have something to share, this is a space to unify and create conversation.” Reach Isenberger at sarksun@yahoo.com or call (802) 377-5446.

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HOLIDAY SEASON The holiday season has arrived. This year, Christmas (Dec. 25), Hanukkah (Dec. 24-Jan. 1) and Kwanzaa (Dec. 26Jan. 1) are all celebrated in the last week of December. If you happen to be celebrating Christmas, here are some interesting tidbits to know and share this holiday season.

Each year, more than three billion Christmas cards are sent in the United States alone.

All the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas would equal 364 gifts.

Christmas carols began as an English custom called “wassailing.” Individuals toasted neighbors to a long and healthy life.

Santa Claus’ modern look was inspired by writings from The Knickerbockers of New York and imagery from Clement Clarke Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” Moore denied authoring the famous poem for 15 years after it was published anonymously, feeling the poem was beneath his talents.

Each holiday season, PNC Wealth Management calculates the costs of the gifts in the song, “The 12 Days of Christmas.” The price index for the gifts went from $12,673 in 1984 to more than $24,000 in 2011. The most expensive gift is the swimming swans.

Christmas was not declared an official holiday in the U.S. until June 26, 1870.

Christmas trees typically grow for 15 years before they’re cut and sold. This means the trees sold today were likely planted in 1999.

The song “Jingle Bells” was originally written for Thanksgiving. People loved it so much that the lyrics were changed to fit Christmas.

Before turkey, the traditional Christmas meal served in England was a pig’s head and mustard.

During the Christmas season, nearly 28 sets of LEGO are sold every second.

Christ may have been born in a cave

rather than a manger. According to the gospel of Luke, the shepherds that helped find shelter for Mary to give birth kept their flock in a cave. The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is built over a cave called the Grotto of the Nativity, where Jesus is believed to have been born.

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Along with evergreens and twinkling lights synonymous with the holiday season, poinsettias make up a key component of holiday decorating. Unlike holly and some of the other greenery that is commonly associated with the holidays, poinsettias do not naturally thrive in the colder temperatures. These plants originate in southern Mexico and were considered an exotic plant when first introduced to the United States by Joel Robert Poinsett, the first American ambassador to Mexico. Poinsettias can be fickle plants and ones that gardening novices may find challenging to maintain.

Because they are a tropical plant, poinsettias can be damaged by exposure to low temperatures, even if they are only exposed for short periods of time. They should be wrapped and protected against the elements when brought home. For maximum plant life, poinsettias need to be placed near a warm, sunny window, or another area that has ample amounts of light. They thrive in temperatures between 60 and 75 F and should be kept away from warm or cold drafts. Water the plant whenever the surface feels dry to the touch. Water until it drains out the bottom, but don’t let the plant sit in water. Over- or underwatering can cause leaves to drop prematurely and

wilt. Poinsettias do not need to be fertilized while the plant is in bloom. The Ohio State University Extension says poinsettias can be reflowered the following Christmas, but unless a yearlong schedule of care is observed, the results usually are not good. Poinsettias are short-day plants, which means they flower about 10 weeks after the daylight shortens to about 12 hours or less. Contrary to popular belief, poinsettias are not poisonous to humans or animals, but they should not be ingested.

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From selecting the perfect tree to the final decorated masterpiece, Christmas trees are a great part of the holiday season. The Germans are credited with bringing the first Christmas trees into the home and decorating

them in the spirit of Christmas. The first recorded reference to the Christmas tree dates back to the 16th century. Here are a few other facts about Christmas trees you may not have known.

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esterday was the shortest day of the year, so it’s no wonder we try to brighten the season with some festive twinkle lights. Some folks are content just hanging lights on their Christmas trees, while others get their holiday jollies by making sure every square inch of their home is lit up.

The tradition of Christmas lights stretches back to early modern Germany when people used candles to decorate Christmas trees in Christian homes. Those candles were harbingers of what would come when electric lights replaced gas and other open flame illuminating devices that were commonplace prior to the 20th century.

Thomas Edison, the inventor of the first successful practical light bulb, also created the first strand of electric lights that would be used in holiday decorating. In 1880, Edison put his light bulbs on display. According to a 2003 article in American Heritage magazine titled “The Wizard of Your Christmas Tree,” Edison strung incandescent bulbs all around the compound of his Menlo Park, NJ, laboratory. Edison constructed an eight-mile underground wiring system in order to power this grand light display. The concept of electric holiday lights took a bit of time to catch on. Edison’s friend and associate Edward Johnson was tasked with stringing together colored lights in 1882 and placing them on an evergreen tree. Johnson hand-wired 80 red, white and blue light bulbs. In 1895, President

Grover Cleveland requested the White House family Christmas tree be illuminated by multicolored electric light bulbs. In 1903, when General Electric began to offer pre-assembled kits of holiday lights, stringed lights were reserved for the wealthy and electrically savvy. For example, in 1903 a single string of electric lights cost $12, or around $300 today. It would take several more years before holiday lights became a national tradition. On Christmas Eve 1923, President Calvin Coolidge (ahem, a Vermonter) began the country’s celebration of Christmas by lighting the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse located south of the White House with 3,000 electric lights.

HAPPY ‘FESTIVUS FOR THE REST OF US’ There are numerous end-of-year holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Eve are celebrated this time of year. But there is also a lesser known holiday that’s celebrated in December. Each Dec. 23, legions of “Seinfeld” fans and many others who are familiar with the popular series, pay homage to “A Festivus for the Rest of Us.” This contrived, alternative holiday was a plot line developed for the beloved Costanza family on the series and was billed as Frank Costanza’s creation. Festivus debuted on Dec. 18, 1997, on the episode, “The Strike.” Instead of a tree, candles or carols, Festivus celebrations involve a metal pole, the airing of grievances and feats of strength. Many believe Festivus was simply a television creation, but the holiday is loosely rooted in fact. Daniel O’Keefe, a former writer for “Seinfeld,” reluctantly admitted that his father, Dan, actually invented Festivus in 1966. O’Keefe told CNN that his little brother let the Festivus traditions slip out, and other writers for the show, including Jerry Seinfeld, felt it would make for a great episode, particularly because the holiday wasn’t beholden to anything political or religious. That was the reason O’Keefe’s father developed it in the first place.

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The real Festivus had few similarities to the TV version. While there was an airing of grievances, the pole and feats of strength were absent. In addition, Festivus would be celebrated any time between October and May. O’Keefe has written that his father would also nail a bag containing a clock to the wall each year, but he doesn’t know why his father did this. Since 1997, the holiday has become a worldwide celebration, with people gathering around their own metal poles in late December every year. Happy Festivus one and all!

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hristmas tunes have been flooding the radio waves for almost a month now, and while some of us quickly flip the channel or plug in our Spotify playlists (sans jingle bells), others love this month of musical cheer.

Billboard, which tracks the music industry’s most popular songs, compiled its own list of the most popular Christmas songs. The list measures the volume of people who have been exposed to the song on the radio, and is based on ranking rather than exact figures of listeners; here are the 10 most popular Christmas songs from this survey.


“Happy Xmas (War is Over),” by John Lennon: This song debuted in 1971 and was written by Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono. Performed with the Harlem Community Choir, the song was originally a protest song about the Vietnam War before it eventually became a Christmas standard.


“Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24),” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra: According to Nielsen, this instrumental mashup of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “Carol of the Bells” is one of the best-selling Christmas digital singles in SoundScan history. A combination of full, classical orchestra and rock, “Christmas Eve” is a memorable and powerful piece of music.


“White Christmas,” by Bing Crosby: Crosby crooned this tune in

1942 in the movie of the same name, and Irving Berlin’s song soon became one of the most popular holiday tunes of all time. It has been covered innumerable times and has become a holiday season standard.


“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” by Andy Williams: This popular Christmas song was written by Edward Pola and George Wyle in 1963. The song celebrates the traditions and feelings of the Christmas season.


“Feliz Navidad,” by Jose Feliciano: This Spanish-English pop song is recognized by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers as one of the 25 most-played and recorded Christmas songs around the world. Puerto-Rican born Feliciano has said that the song has always been a bridge to the cultures that are so dear to him.


“A Holly Jolly Christmas,” by Burl Ives: This song was written by Johnny Marks, an American songwriter. Ironically, Marks was Jewish, but he specialized in Christmas songs and wrote many of the holiday standards people love, including this upbeat tune and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”


“The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire),” by Nat King Cole: Believe it or not, this song was

actually written in the summer when composers Bob Wells and Mel Torme were trying to cool off with winter imagery. Snow-covered images and phrases eventually turned into lyrics for this popular song that was most memorably recorded by Nat King Cole.


“Jingle Bell Rock,” by Bobby Helms: This song has been performed by many, but Helms’ version of the hit is perhaps the best known. The song highlights the crossover style known as “rockabilly” and merges the classic “Jingle Bells” with rock n’ roll references of the 1950s.


“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” by Brenda Lee: Brenda Lee was a chart-topping female vocalist of the 1960s who owes much of her success to this beloved holiday classic. Despite the mature sound of her voice, Lee recorded this version when she was only 13 years old.


“All I Want for Christmas is You,” by Mariah Carey: This up-tempo love song has become a Christmas classic and one of Carey’s most popular hits. She co-wrote and co-produced the song with Walter Afansieff. It is one of the few, modern, original Christmas songs to stand the test of time and become an official Christmas standard.

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the movie MANCHESTER BY THE SEA — RUNNING TIME: 2:17 — RATING: R When you see Manchester by the Sea, give yourself plenty of time to sink into its pace and its beauty. Writer/director Kenneth Lonergan has made an art form of the characters and the landscape and you need patience to appreciate how he delivers on those levels. The movie opens on a fishing boat where Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is playing with his small nephew Patrick while his brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) pilots the boat. This will be a recurring memory for Lee as his life turns dark. When Lee is told his brother has died of a heart attack, he is living in a one room apartment while earning his living as a man of many trades — plumber, carpenter, physical fixer. He leaves immediately for Boston where he finds he is responsible for Joe’s son Patrick, the little boy we saw on the boat in the first scene. Patrick (Lucas Hedges) is now 16. As Lee struggles with arrangements, we meet his former wife Randi (Michelle Williams in a short but heartstopping performance). We learn only through flashbacks why Lee is the broken, fumbling man we are watching in real time. This is not a movie that has a plot. It is instead the story of the effects of an earlier tragedy on one man and throughout the story, we in the audience wonder in silent curiosity whether he will ever recover. He is a man consumed by grief, forced to do things he has never done before. Will his new responsibility to his nephew become a path for his own healing? Whatever happens, Lee is a barely controlled explosion waiting to erupt. Director Lonergan sets a slow pace for his film, all the better for us to absorb the role of the landscape around Beverly, Mass., and the town of Manchester by the Sea. By lingering on waves, snow, wind and cold, he delivers the essence of the long winters in those seaside towns.

Casey Affleck and Lucas Hedges in Manchester by the Sea (2016).

Patrick’s father dies, Lee realizes that despite the sorrow, the boy is a teenager who has band practice, a series of girlfriends and hockey practice. As we watch their relationship grow and falter by turns, it becomes obvious that Lonergan’s gift to us is a lingering sense of person and of place. Casey Afleck paints an indelible portrait of a man limited partly by his nature, partly by circumstance and he does it without ever breaking character. His performance is genuine and consistent. Lucas Hedges is a gifted young actor who will be around for a long time. Affleck, Hedges, Williams — not one of them breaks the serious, depressed mood created by death. Kenneth Lonergan has created for these fine actors a sense of time, place, and culture that affects each of them as they deal with the one unspeakable tragedy that affected the whole family long ago. 

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The Handmade Life, by Ramona Barry The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, by Elisabeth Tova Bailey Your Cabin in the Woods, by Conrad E Meinecke Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More, by Erin Boyle On Living, by Kerry Egan The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu

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Sharing Joy All of us at Addison Press thank everyone we serve for helping us deliver quality news to the communities we call home. To our readers, our advertisers, our news sources, our numerous businesses and professional partners, we offer our sincere thanks. Without your help and support we couldn’t bring Addison County the thorough news coverage, the much loved photography, and the wide variety of advertising information that residents throughout the region have come to expect. Pausing to reflect on our blessings during this wonderful time of year–thinking of family and friends, of community and neighbors– we realize how lucky we are to live in Vermont. We are heartened by the many blessings we cherish, and hope that peace and generosity will inspire each of us to lend a hand and our hearts whenever possible.

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