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Chili Festival Preparations for the Vermont Chili Festival in Middlebury on March 8 are brewing. See Page 11A.

Home cookin’

Saturday clinic

The VUHS boys will host a playoff game for sure after winnng on Tuesday. See Sports, Page 1B.

A Saturday morning clinic at Porter Hospital is being led by Dr. Maya Zimmermann. See Page 3A.

ADDISON COUNTY

INDEPENDENT Vol. 68 No. 8

Middlebury, Vermont

Thursday, February 20, 2014

32 Pages

75¢

UD-­3  voters  to  consider  recreation  facility  lease  Feb.  25 By  JOHN  FLOWERS 0,''/(%85< ² 0LGGOHEXU\¶V SODQWREXLOGDQHZUHFUHDWLRQIDFLO-­ LW\RII&UHHN5RDGZLOOIDFHLWV¿UVW PDMRU KXUGOH DW WKH DQQXDO 8' PHHWLQJRQ7XHVGD\)HEZKHQ GLVWULFW YRWHUV ZLOO EH DVNHG WR DX-­ WKRUL]HWKHQHJRWLDWLRQRIDOHDVHIRU WKHODQGRQZKLFKWKHVTXDUH IRRWIDFLOLW\ZRXOGEHEXLOW 7KH URXJKO\  DFUHV RI ODQG LV

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Years  later,  Dollar   General  gets  OK By  ANDY  KIRKALDY )(55,6%85*+²7KH9HUPRQW 6XSUHPH &RXUW RQ )HE   XSKHOGD(QYLURQPHQWDO&RXUW UXOLQJ IDYRULQJ D 'ROODU *HQHUDO VWRUH SURSRVHG IRU WKH )HUULVEXUJK LQWHUVHFWLRQRI5RXWHDQG0RQNWRQ 5RDG 7KH)HUULVEXUJK=RQLQJ%RDUGRI $GMXVWPHQW LQ )HEUXDU\  ¿UVW JUDQWHG ODQGRZQHUV *URXS )LYH //&DSHUPLWIRUWKHGLVFRXQWUHWDLO VWRUH ,W LV SURSRVHG IRU D DFUH ¿HOGWKDWOLHVDFURVV0RQNWRQ5RDG IURP'HQHFNHU&KHYUROHWDQGDFURVV Route  7  from  a  solar  farm.   $ JURXS RI QHLJKERUV DSSHDOHG that   approval   to   Environmental   &RXUWZKLFKEDFNHGWKH)HUULVEXUJK ERDUG LQ 2FWREHU  7KH QHLJK-­ (See  Dollar  General,  Page  14A)

ID-­4 budget calls for new teaching post

Picking up  speed

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STUDENT  JACK-­ SON  COFFEY,   above,  competes   in  the  Vergennes   Union  Elemen-­ tary  School  winter   Olympic  games   that  the  school   organized  to  coin-­ cide  with  the  2014   Olympics  in  Sochi.   Left,  Jacob  Aunch-­ man,  back,  Keaton   St.  Martin,  Jackson   Bennett  and  Gavin   Grady  race  in  the   four-­man  bobsled   competition  last   week. Independent  photos/ Trent  Campbell

By the way

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George  seeks  encore   on  Middlebury  board   to  cap  2014  agenda

Top  court   backs  Rt.  7   store  in   Ferrisburgh

Vergennes  resident  Marion  Sul-­ livan   spent   a   recent   weekend   in   New   York   City   at   The   Fresh   Air   Fund’s   annual   Volunteer   Leader-­ ship   Conference.   Sullivan,   who   is   a   Fresh   Air   Fund   coordinator   (See  By  the  way,  Page  17A)

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PAGE  2A  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  Addison  Independent,  Thursday,  February  20,  2014

Sick  leave  bill  advances Critics  argue  measure  would  place  burden  on  businesses

Going  for  gold DAN  FREEMAN,  OWNER  of  Dan  Freemanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Leatherworks  in  Middlebury,  recently  completed  a  pair   of  boots  made  with  gold  leather  for  a  client  planning  to  wear  them  during  Mardi  Gras  festivities  in  New   Orleans  next  month. Independent  photo/Trent  Campbell

VUES  to  introduce  read-­a-­thon By  ANDY  KIRKALDY   VERGENNES  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  Thanks  to  a  link   between  the  two  schools,  Vergennes   Union   Elementary   School   this   win-­ ter  is  borrowing  an  educational  fun-­ draising   tactic   from   Middleburyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Mary  Hogan  School. On   Feb.   28,   an   all-­school   as-­ sembly   at   VUES   will   kick   off   that   schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Read-­a-­Thon,â&#x20AC;?   in   which   pupils   can   earn   money   for   a   future   bonus  program  at  VUES  by  reading   books   outside   of   the   classroom   and   being  paid  to  do  so  by  sponsors,  pos-­ sibly  at  the  suggested  rate  of  a  penny   a  minute. That   approach   has   worked   well   at   Mary   Hogan   since   2011,   ac-­ FRUGLQJ WR 0DU\ +RJDQ ÂżUVWJUDGH teacher  Melissa  Flint  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  who  is  also   D :DOWKDP UHVLGHQW DQG ÂżUVWJUDGH parent  at  VUES. Flint   and   Michelle   Eckels,   a  Ver-­ gennes   resident   and   VUES   third-­ grade  parent,  approached  the  VUES   school-­community  organization  and   JRWLWVEOHVVLQJEXWQRÂżQDQFLDOVXS-­ port,   to   introduce   the   Read-­a-­Thon   to  the  Vergennes  school.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  just  wanted  to  bring  that  sense   of   excitement   to   this   school,â&#x20AC;?   Flint   said.   Flint   said   she   doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   know   how   much   money   to   expect   the   VUES   Read-­a-­Thon   to   raise,   although   she  

hopes  to  earn  enough  to  allow  VUES   to   afford   an   artist-­in-­residence   dur-­ ing  the  next  academic  year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  said  to  my  husband  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d  be  hap-­ py  if  we  got  $5,000,  and  he  said  go   low,â&#x20AC;?  she  said. Flint   is   happy   to   report   a   half-­ dozen  civic  groups  have  helped  fun-­ draising �� outside  of  student  sponsor-­ ship  to  get  off  to  a  good  start.   They  do  not  plan  to  ask  city  busi-­ nesses  for  cash,  but  hope  merchants   will   allow   them   to   put   up   signs   in   windows   or   otherwise   encourage   young  readers.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re   not   asking   community   businesses   to   give   money,   but   to   show   support   for   it,â&#x20AC;?   Flint   said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  trying  to  get  the  word  out  to   the  community  that  this  is  happening   at  the  school.â&#x20AC;? In  fact,  encouraging  young  readers   is  the  other,  and  probably  more  im-­ SRUWDQW EHQHÂżW WR WKH 5HDGD7KRQ approach  to  fundraising.   Âł:H UHDOO\ ZDQW WKHP WR ÂżQG D pure  love  for  reading.  If  they  havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   been   a   reader   before,   maybe   they   will   become   a   reader,â&#x20AC;?   Flint   said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;The  biggest  goal  here  is  we  wanted   to  get  kids  reading  and  have  fun  with   it.â&#x20AC;? Reading   targets   vary   by   grade   OHYHO.LQGHUJDUWHQHUVDQGÂżUVWDQG second-­graders  will  be  asked  to  read  

15  minutes  a  day;Íž  third-­  and  fourth-­ JUDGHUV  PLQXWHV DQG ÂżIWK DQG sixth-­graders,   35   minutes.   Younger   students  can  count  the  time  their  par-­ ents  read  to  them,  and  teachers  will   keep  a  running  tally  of  reading  time   totals. Individuals   and   classrooms   that   perform   well   will   be   rewarded.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thundercatâ&#x20AC;?   readers,   individuals   who  do  the  best,  can  earn  extra  treats   from  the  schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  healthy  snack  cart,   and  high-­performing  classrooms  can   earn  extra  time  in  the  city  swimming   pool  for  younger  students  and  on  the   Vergennes  Union  High  School  ropes   course  for  older  groups. Flint   believes   VUES   pupils,   who   are   seeking   sponsors   now,   are   buy-­ ing  in.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   kids   are   pumped   up   about   it,â&#x20AC;?  she  said.   Flint   and   Eckels   are   eager   to   see   how   the   Read-­a-­Thon   effort   plays   out  at  VUES.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Michelle   and   I   are   just   excited   about  learning  as  we  go.  How  many   are  going  to  be  Thundercat  readers?   Are   we   going   to   get   100   percent   participation?â&#x20AC;?   Flint   said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re   curious  to  see  what  kind  of  response   we   get   in   the   community   and   the   school.â&#x20AC;? Andy  Kirkaldy  may  be  reached  at   andyk@addisonindependent.com.

By  JOHN  FLOWERS she  was  told  that  San  Francisco  busi-­ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Act   48   means   every   Vermonter   BRISTOL  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  A  bill  that  would  re-­ ness   owners   had   expressed   similar   will  have  health  care,â&#x20AC;?  said  Middle-­ quire   many   Vermont   businesses   to   trepidations  about   the   new   law.   But   bury   resident   and   longtime   single-­ allow  their  employees  to  accrue  paid   recent   reports   indicate   those   busi-­ payer   advocate   Ellen   Oxfeld.   She   sick  time  is  advancing  in  the  House,   ness  owners  are  pleased  with  the  law   argued   that   a   single-­payer   system   where   the   measure   has   unleashed   a   because  it  results  in  them  not  having   would  lead  to  less  billing  chores  and   great  deal  of  debate  about  the  poten-­ to  train  as  many  replacement  work-­ bureaucracy. tial  impact  on  businesses. ers,   according   to   Ayer,   the   Senate   â&#x20AC;&#x153;With   one   payer,   you   can   control   That   bill,   H.208,   was   one   of   sev-­ majority  whip. the  price,â&#x20AC;?  she  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;There  is  more   eral   topics   discussed   at   Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   â&#x20AC;&#x153;You   are   losing   more   productive   price   control,   and   we   desperately   legislative  breakfast  in  Bristol. time   when   you   are   training   a   new   need  price  control.â&#x20AC;? The   House   Committee   on   Gen-­ personâ&#x20AC;?  to  replace  someone  who  had   Rep.   Mike   Fisher,   D-­Lincoln,   eral,   Housing   and   to   leave   because   of   acknowledged   the   Legislature   will   Military   Affairs   re-­ repeated   absences,   have   many   details   to   work   out   dur-­ cently  voted  out,  by  a   according  to  Ayer. ing  the  next  three  years  before  a  sin-­ 6-­1-­1  vote,  a  bill  that   Van   Wyck   said   gle-­payer  system  can  become  a  real-­ would  allow  workers   Vermont   cannot   be   ity.  Fisher  is  chairman  of  the  House   at   businesses   with   compared   to   an   ur-­ Health  Care  Committee. more  than  5  employ-­ ban   center   like   San   â&#x20AC;&#x153;My   highest   priority   is   wringing   ees   to   accrue   up   to   Francisco   and   there-­ all  the  savings  out  of  the  system  that   seven   earned   sick   fore   believes   the   donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   go   to   anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   care,â&#x20AC;?   Fisher   days   per   year   that   impact   of   the   new   said. would  not  carry  over.   law   will   be   different   But   the   General   Assembly   is   far   This   would   trans-­ on   local   businesses,   from  unanimous  in  its  support  for  a   late  into  one  hour  of   most   of   which   are   single-­payer  system. sick  time  per  30-­hour   quite  small.   Van  Wyck   expressed   some   of   his   work  week. Bill   H.208   is   cur-­ concerns. Proponents   say   rently   being   re-­ â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  share  all  the  rosy  predic-­ the   bill   would   pro-­ viewed  by  the  House   tions  people  have  about  health  care,â&#x20AC;?   SEN.    CLAIRE    AYER vide   more   job   secu-­ A p p r o p r i a t i o n s   Van  Wyck  said. rity   for   workers,   while   helping   to   Committee. He   referenced   problems   with   prevent   the   spread   of   illnesses   in   Participants  at  Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  breakfast   single-­payer  systems  in  such  coun-­ the   workplace.   Opponents   believe   also   discussed   water   quality   issues   tries   as   Canada   and   the   United   the  bill  would  foist  another  regula-­ and   the   stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   ongoing   health   care   .LQJGRPFLWLQJVSHFLÂżFDOO\ORQJHU tion   on   businesses   that   continue   to   reform  effort. waiting  times  for  some  procedures.   struggle   in   an   economy   on   the   re-­ Ayer,   chairwoman   of   the   Senate   Van  Wyck  predicted  many  medical   bound.   Earned   sick   leave   require-­ Health   and   Welfare   specialists   would   ments   have   been   adopted   in   San   Committee,   ex-­ leave   the   state   if   a   Francisco   (by   ballot   initiative)   and   plained   lawmakers   single-­payer   system   Connecticut  (by  legislative  action),   have   the   goal   of   es-­ is   adopted.   He   said   according   to   local   lawmakers.   In   tablishing   a   single-­ Vermont   should   in-­ San   Francisco,   workers   earn   one   payer   health   care   stead   recruit   more   hour   of   paid   sick   time   for   every   system  by  January  of   insurance   compa-­ 30   hours   worked.  Workers   in   busi-­ 2017,  per  the  terms  of   nies   to   serve   the   nesses  with  10  or  fewer  employees   Act  48.  In  the  mean-­ population,   an   ac-­ HDUQXSWRÂżYHGD\VSHU\HDUZKLOH time,  Vermont  has  es-­ tion   he   said   would   workers   at   larger   businesses   earn   tablished   a   federally   prompt   rates   to   go   nine  days  per  year. mandated  health  care   down. The   Connecticut   law   applies   to   exchange   (Vermont   Rep.   Harvey   businesses  with  50  or  more  employ-­ Health   Connect)   that   Smith,   R-­New   Ha-­ ees,   and   manufacturing   industries   is   currently   enroll-­ ven,   said   he   has   are  exempt. ing   individuals   and   heard  stories  of  some   Rep.   Warren   Van   Wyck,   R-­Fer-­ small   businesses   for   LQGLYLGXDOV ÂżQGLQJ risburgh,   was   the   lone   member   of   a  variety  of  insurance   their   premium   costs   the   House   Committee   on   General,   plans. doubleâ&#x20AC;?   REP.    HARVEY    SMITH â&#x20AC;&#x153;almost   Housing  and  Military  Affairs  to  vote   She   said   Vermont   through   Vermont   against   the   plan.   He   said   he   based   will   request   a   waiver   from   the   fed-­ Health   Connect.   And   he   believes   that  vote  largely  on  comments  from   eral   government   to   allow   it   to   au-­ some   Vermont   businesses   will   seri-­ small  business  owners  who  said  the   tonomously   use   its   Medicaid   and   ously  consider  leaving  the  state  if  a   new   regulation   could   force   them   to   Medicare   money   for   a   single-­payer   single-­payer  system  is  established. close. system.   Ayer   and   other   state   law-­ â&#x20AC;&#x153;A  lot  of  businesses  are  very  ner-­ â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   overall   impact   on   business   PDNHUVEHOLHYHPRUHHIÂżFLHQWXVHRI vousâ&#x20AC;Ś  â&#x20AC;?  Smith  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  would  urge   would  be  negative,â&#x20AC;?  Van  Wyck  said,   those   funds,   coupled   with   adminis-­ caution  as  we  move  forward.â&#x20AC;? adding  he  believes  it  might  result  in   trative  savings  and  tax  assessments,   Reporter   John   Flowers   is   at   fewer  business  start-­ups. FRXOG HIIHFWLYHO\ VXEVLGL]H DQ HIÂż-­ johnf@addisonindependent.com. Sen.  Claire  Ayer,  D-­Addison,  said   cient  single-­payer  system.

ANwSU  school  head  candidate  withdraws By  ANDY  KIRKALDY VERGENNES   â&#x20AC;&#x201D;   One   of   the   WZR ÂżQDOLVWV IRU WKH SRVW RI$GGL-­ son   Northwest   Supervisory   Union   superintendent   withdrew   his   can-­ didacy  late  last  week,  according  to   $1Z68RIÂżFLDOVOHDYLQJ$1Z68 ZLWKMXVWRQHÂżQDOLVWIRUWKHMRE Former   South   Burlington  Assis-­ tant   Superintendent   and   Vermont   School  Board  Association  Director   Winton  Goodrich  told  the  ANwSU   superintendent   search   committee   that   he   had   one   job   offer   already   DQGZDVDÂżQDOLVWIRUDQRWKHUSRVW According   to   an   email   sent   to   all   ANwSU  staff  by  a  search  committee   member,   Goodrich   will   accept   the   ÂżUVWRIIHULIQRWRIIHUHGWKHVHFRQG Current   ANwSU   Assistant   Su-­ perintendent   and   Addison   Central   School  Principal  Wayne  Howe  also   recently   withdrew   his   candidacy   after  accepting  an  offer  to  become   WKH 1RUWKÂżHOG (OHPHQWDU\ 6FKRRO principal.

That   leaves   current   Orleans   Southwest   Supervisory   Union   Superintendent   JoAn   Canning   to   visit  ANwSU   schools   on   Monday,   meet   with   the   public   during   that   afternoon,  and  sit  with  the  ANwSU   ERDUGWKDWHYHQLQJIRUD¿QDOLQWHU-­ view. Canning,   who   has   both   an   un-­ dergraduate  degree  and  a  doctorate   from  the  University  of  Vermont,  has   served  in  Hardwick  as  the  Orleans   Southwest  school  head  since  2010.   That   supervisory   union   includes   nine   schools   and   about   1,100   stu-­ dents,  according  to  her  rÊsumÊ.  Be-­ fore  then,  she  was  an  assistant  su-­ perintendent   in   South   Burlington,   her  hometown,  for  six  years. Canning  also  has  extensive  expe-­ rience  in  special  education,  includ-­ ing   a   three-­year   stint   in   ANwSU   between  1991  and  1994. The   ANwSU   board   is   inviting   members  of  the  public  to  VUHS  at   3:30  p.m.  on  Monday  to  meet  and  

question   Canning.   Her   rĂŠsumĂŠ   is   also  available  for  review  at  anwsu. org  by  clicking  on  the  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Superinten-­ dent  Screening  Committeeâ&#x20AC;?  link. According  to  an  email  from  AN-­ wSU   board   chairwoman   Laurie   Gutowski,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   school   board   will   use  your  feedback  from  the  forums   WRDVVLVWZLWKWKHLUÂżQDOGHFLVLRQ´ The  ANwSU  board  will  meet  at  6   p.m.  on  that  Monday  and  interview   Canning  in  an  executive  session.   Typically,  if  such  a  visit  and  in-­ terview  day  goes  well,  a  job  offer  is   made  at  its  conclusion.   Goodrichâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   withdrawal   is   not   entirely   surprising.   ANwSU   Su-­ perintendent   Tom   Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien,   whose   soon-­to-­conclude  13-­year  tenure  is   one  of  the  longest  in  Vermont,  con-­ ÂżUPHG WKLV ZHHN WKHUH DUH DW OHDVW 16   anticipated   superintendency   openings   in   the   state   for   the   next   school  year. Andy  Kirkaldy  may  be  reached  at   andyk@addisonindependent.com.


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Lawmakers  eye  education  overhaul Saturday clinic meets Major  district  consolidation  the  goal

lives  of  educators  or  their  ability  to   centives  to  merge  voluntarily,  failed. focus   on   their   jobs,â&#x20AC;?   Cook   said   in   Political  will  appears  to  be  build-­ you  want  children  to  do,  you  have  a   a   statement.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;We   believe   there   is   a   ing  behind  the  structural  changes  to   By  ANNE  GALLOWAY   better  chance  of  getting  there,â&#x20AC;?  Hol-­ continuing   and   fundamental   place   school   governance.   House   Speaker   VTDigger.org in   this   discussion   for   local   commu-­ Shap  Smith  told  the  Democratic  cau-­ VERMONT   â&#x20AC;&#x201D;   A   proposal   that   combe  said. There   are   12   different   types   of   nities,   not   merely   because   of   their   cus  last  month  to  keep  an  open  mind   would  dramatically  change  the  struc-­ ture   of   public   education   is   gaining   schools   in   Vermont   that   come   in   historic   role   in   education   but   also   as  House  Education  creates  a  frame-­ URXJKO\ÂżYHGLIIHUHQWVL]HV²DOORI because   of   the   continuing   and   fun-­ work  for  a  new  system. traction  in  the  Vermont  Legislature. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   think   we   may   be   at   a   unique   School   boards   would   be   consoli-­ which   take   a   different   approach   to   damental   place   their   public   schools   dated   into   smaller   units   that   would   best   practices,   curriculum   and   as-­ play  in  the  life  of  our  communities.   point  in  time  in  the  history  of  educa-­ To   the   extent   any   plan   addresses   tion  in  the  state  of  Vermont,â&#x20AC;?  Smith   govern   larger   groups   of   students,   sessment,  she  says. $VDUHVXOWKHUDJHQF\KDVDGLIÂż-­ these  and  other  fundamental  matters,   said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;We  have  a  lot  to  be  proud  of,   if   a   plan   now   in   the   House   contin-­ ues  to  build  momentum.  The  House   cult  time  gathering  data  from  schools   we  will  be  able  to  lend  our  expertise   and  I  think  we  could  do  even  more.   The   educational   community   has   Education   Committee   is   consider-­ and   assessing   best   practices.   This   and  possible  support.â&#x20AC;? Jeff  Francis,  chair  of  the  Vermont   been  looking  at  issues  that  have  been   ing  the  elimination  of  the  stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  60   makes   it   impossible   to   draw   con-­ supervisory  unions  and  â&#x20AC;&#x153;realigningâ&#x20AC;?   clusions  about  schools  that  are  suc-­ Superintendents   Association,   said   on   the   front   burner   around   gover-­ the   stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   282   school   districts   into   FHHGLQJRUIDLOLQJÂł,WÂśVYHU\GLIÂżFXOW the   formation   of   single   pre-­K   to   nance  and  the  way  we  structure  our   30   to   60   districts.   The   deadline   for   to   assess   problems   when   you   donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   12th-­grade   school   districts   would   educational   system   for   a   long   time.   enable  schools  to  deliver  educational   The   last   time   we   looked   at   school   the   consolidation   of   school   boards   have  comparable  data,â&#x20AC;?  she  said. Larger   district   units,   opportunities   and   help   school   lead-­ districts  in  the  state  of  Vermont  was   would  be  January  2018. in   1892.   Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   good   to   look   at   gover-­ Holcombe   said,   could   ers  measure  results. The  way  public  schools   â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has to â&#x20AC;&#x153;More  and  more  we  hear  that  su-­ nance  every  century  and  a  half.â&#x20AC;? improve   reporting   re-­ are   currently   managed   at   be about Smith   asked   lawmakers   to   ask   quirements,   stabilize   pervisory  unions  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  have  utility  in   the  local  level  is  outdated,   student leadership   and   create   an   the   context   of   a   21st-­century   learn-­ questions   about   the   current   system.   lawmakers   say.   They   be-­ environment   in   which   ing   system,â&#x20AC;?   Francis   said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are  our  institutions  now  presenting   lieve  Vermontâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  19th-­cen-­ outcomes. a  tremendous  amount  of  redundancy   the  best  education  opportunities  that   schools  can  innovate. tury  governance  structure   It canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be And   then   there   is   the   that   goes   on   from   school   district   to   they  could?  Are  there  barriers  in  the   is   hampering   educational   that some of school  district,  and  as  our  school  dis-­ current  system  and  should  we  take  a   money  question. opportunities  for  students,   the kids get tricts  get  smaller,  you  see  more  and   look  at  that?  There  are  some  barriers,   Student   enrollment   has   especially  in  rural  areas. opportunities dropped   20   percent   over   more  struggling  to  see  how  they  can   and  we  could  take  a  look  at  our  way   Lawmakers   say   chang-­ and others the   past   15   years,   but   create  opportunities  for  kids  in  their   of  doing  things.â&#x20AC;? ing   the   way   schools   are   Peltz   and   others   say   the   system   spending   continued   to   communities.â&#x20AC;? governed   will   improve   donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. If you Lawmakers   make   no   promises   has   to   make   a   historic   shift   in   the   increased   over   that   same   curriculum   development,   fail on that I about   cost   savings.   Rep.   Johannah   way  schools  are  governed  in  order  to   teaching  practices,  access   would really period. Despite   the   efforts   Donovan,   D-­Burlington,   chair   of   address   a   convergence   of   pressures   to  data  and  ultimately  lead   question if of   local   boards   to   keep   House   Education,   supports   the   new   â&#x20AC;&#x201D;   including   global   competition   to   better   educational   out-­ this is good spending   in   check,   Ver-­ governance   system   and   she   says   it   for   jobs   and   dwindling   tax   capac-­ comes  for  students. mont  has  the  second  high-­ could   lead   to   better   cost   effective-­ ity   â&#x20AC;&#x201D;   that   are   hurting   local   public   Lawmakers   hold   the   for kids.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Rebecca est   rate   of   spending   per   ness  over  time. schools.   Lawmakers   say   realigning   Burlington  school  district   Holcombe pupil   in   the   nation,   after   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  think  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  accountability  for  tax-­ the   governance   structure   will   result   up  as  a  model.  There,  one   secretary of New   York   state.   It   costs   payers;Íž  I  think  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  more  accountabil-­ in   more   equitable   student   access   to   board  manages  a  pre-­K  to   education $18,571  a  year  to  educate   ity  for  students,  and  so  I  think  weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll   educational   opportunities,   better   12th-­grade   public   school   see   where   weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll   go   with   it,â&#x20AC;?   Dono-­ school   management,   shared   use   of   a  child  in  Vermont. system  for  4,000  students. resources  and  eventual  cost  savings. Statewide  property  taxes  went  up   van  said. A  secondary  result,  they  say,  could   Declining   enrollments   have   re-­ be   potential   cost   savings   and   more   5   cents   per   $100   of   assessed   value   A  COMPLICATED  SYSTEM Vermont   has   a   multi-­layered   sys-­ sulted   in   the   depopulation   of   many   stability  for  taxpayers  through  better   this  year  and  will  likely  go  up  an  ad-­ ditional  7  cents  this  year.  Education   tem   of   local   governance.   The   state   small  schools  in  Vermont.  Since  the   PDQDJHPHQWRIÂżQDQFLDOUHVRXUFHV Rep.   Peter   Peltz,   D-­Woodbury,   experts  worry  that  many  school  bud-­ has   282   school   districts   with   1,440   late   1990s,   the   student   population   Ă&#x20AC;RDWHGDWZRSDJHPHPRODVWPRQWK gets  will  be  rejected  on  Town  Meet-­ school  board  members  and  60  super-­ has  dropped  from  about  105,000  stu-­ that  outlined  the  criteria  for  realign-­ ing   Day   even   though   local   school   visory   unions.   In   rural   areas   of   the   GHQWV WR DERXW  LQ ÂżVFDO \HDU ment  including  educational  opportu-­ boards   have   tried   to   keep   spending   state,   many   school   boards   manage   2014. Of  the  stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  282  school  districts,   QLWLHV ÂżVFDO HIÂżFLHQF\ FRPPXQLW\ increases   below   3   percent.   In   many   student   populations   of   fewer   than   231   have   fewer   than   500   students;Íž   involvement,  transportation  and  sta-­ towns  taxes  will  go  up  8  percent  to   100  students. Vermont   has   the   lowest   ratio   of   92  districts  have  fewer  than  100  stu-­ bility  for  taxpayers.  A  bill  has  not  yet   11   percent,   as   a   result   of   spending   in   previous   years   (school   spending   students   to   school   board   members   dents. been  drafted. Statewide   property   tax   revenues   â&#x20AC;&#x153;The  general  proposal  is  to  make   went   up   5   percent   last   year,   for   ex-­ in   the   nation:   One   school   board   member   for   57   students.   are  distributed  to  schools  based  on  a   sure   we   do   our   best   to   channel   re-­ ample)   and   shifts   in   the   Maine,   which   has   the   per  student  reimbursement.  As  small   sources  on  the  whole  broad  front  of   stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Education   Fund,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second   lowest   ratio,   has   schools   have   seen   a   further   erosion   UHVRXUFHV DQG ÂżQDQFHV WR HQFRXU-­ including   the   rebasing   of   one   school   board   mem-­ of  student  enrollments,  funding  from   age   good   practices   and   support   for   the   General   Fund   transfer   accountabiliprincipals  and  teachers  at  the  school   and   new   programs   paid   ty for taxpay- ber   for   135   students.   the  state  has  also  declined. In   other   states,   school   Some  school  districts  are  so  small   OHYHO E\ ÂżUVW ORRNLQJ DW KRZ ZHÂśUH for  out  of  the  fund  includ-­ ers; I think boards   manage   districts   that   a   slight   change   in   the   factors   channeling  it  currently  and  by  look-­ ing  pre-­K  programs,  adult   itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more acwith  tens  of  thousands  of   that  affect  the  formula  for  state  and   ing   at   the   governance   structure   and   basic   education,   prison   countability local  funding  can  translate  into  steep   the   board   structure   and   trying   to   education   and   a   new   dual   for students, students. The  last  time  Vermont   increases   in   local   property   taxes.   streamline   that   to   make   it   more   ef-­ enrollment   program   for   and so I changed   the   gover-­ The   small   town   of   Walden,   for   ex-­ ÂżFLHQW´3HOW]VDLGÂł:HKDYHDKXJH high  school  seniors. nance   structure   for   pub-­ ample,  rejected  its  school  budget  six   If   voters   start   to   balk   think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll disparity  in  terms  of  educational  out-­ lic   schools   was   in   1892   times  in  the  past  year.  The  factors  in   en   masse   at   the   price   tag,   see where comes  in  this  state.â&#x20AC;? when  the  state  went  from   play?   The   district   saw   a   13   percent   School  boards  and  the  Agency  of   some   educators   say   there   weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll go with 2,500  local  school  boards   increase  in  taxes,  a  decline  in  school   Education  would  have  several  years   will   be   cuts   to   basic   ser-­ it.â&#x20AC;? to   a   total   of   300.   In   the   enrollments   and   several   students   to   decide   what   shape   the   new   dis-­ vices   and   teacher   layoffs   â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Rep. 1960s,   with   the   advent   who  need  special  education  services   tricts   would   take   based   on   historic   that  could  erode  the  public   Johannah of  the  interstate  highway   moved  to  town. patterns,   geography,   transportation   school  system. Donovan, system  and  a  burgeoning   â&#x20AC;&#x153;When   you   only   have   relatively   In   a   climate   of   declin-­ and  educational  programs.  An  itera-­ D-Burlington, student   population,   Gov.   few  students  any  variables  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  a  few   tive   map   would   be   developed   and   ing   enrollments,   Hol-­ chair of House Phil   Hoff   pressed   for   a   families   moving   out   of   town,   stu-­ mutually   agreed   upon   by   state   and   combe   says,   itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   going   to   Education union  school  district  sys-­ dents   with   high   needs   moving   in,   ORFDO RIÂżFLDOV RYHU DQ H[WHQGHG SH-­ get   harder   and   harder   for   tem   to   support   funding   changes  in  property  values  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  any  of   very  small  school  districts   riod  of  time. these  things  can  dramatically  change   Two   organizations   that   would   be   to  provide  a  good  education  for  stu-­ for  better  high  schools. Over   the   years,   governors   have   taxes,â&#x20AC;?   according   to   Steve   Dale,   directly  affected  by  the  proposal  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;   dents. Joel   Cook,   CEO   of   the   Vermont-­ attempted   to   reduce   the   number   executive   director   of   the   Vermont   the   Vermont   Superintendents   As-­ sociation   and   the   Vermont   School   NEA,  stresses  that  the  state  would  be   of   school   districts.   Hoff   tried   and   School  Boards  Association. Meanwhile,  student  enrollment  in   Boards  Association  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  are  willing  to   â&#x20AC;&#x153;well-­advised   not   to   gloss   over   the   failed,  as  did  Gov.  Madeleine  Kunin   consider   the   plan   now   taking   shape   fundamental  role  that  local  commu-­ in  the  1980s.  Richard  Cate,  commis-­ the  stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  cities  is  growing  and  costs   in   the   House   Committee   on   Educa-­ nities   will   play   in   the   effectiveness   sioner   of   the   Department   of   Educa-­ are  going  up  in  larger  districts  to  ac-­ WLRQ Ă&#x20AC;RDWHG D SODQ LQ  WR FRQ-­ commodate   the   need   for   more   sup-­ tion.   The   stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   teachers   union   is   and  passage  of  any  change  plan.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We  do  not  oppose  changes  to  the   solidate  supervisory  unions  that  was   ports  for  low-­income  and  English  as   also  open  to  the  idea. a  Second  Language  students. Representatives  from  the  superin-­ governance  system,  so  long  as  what-­ also  relegated  to  the  dustbin. This   time,   lawmakers   in   House   SCHOOL  BOARDS tendents  and  school  boards  associa-­ ever  system  is  in  place  provides  the   tions   say   consolidating   school   dis-­ best   array   of   educational   opportu-­ Education   are   taking   the   lead,   and   CONSIDER  THE  PLAN The  plan  would  necessarily  mean   tricts  into  larger  units  of  governance   nities  for  all  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  not  just  most  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  of   theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re   taking   a   different   tack   after   would  solve  one  of  the  biggest  prob-­ our   children   and   the   transition   to   their   previous   attempt   (Act   153),   a  reduction  in  the  number  of  school   (See  Overhaul,  Page  6A) lems   for   rural   supervisory   unions:   any  new  system  does  not  disrupt  the   which  gives  local  school  districts  in-­ )LQGLQJ TXDOLÂżHG VXSHULQWHQGHQWV ZKR DUH ZLOOLQJ WR PDQDJH ÂżYH WR eight   separate   local   school   boards.   The   turnover   rate   for   superinten-­ dents  this  year  is  30  percent. Rebecca   Holcombe,   the   new   secretary   of   education,   would   be   charged   with   creating   and   manag-­ ing   a   design   team   to   work   with   lo-­ cal  school  boards  to  determine  how   best   to   combine   districts   in   regions   of  the  state.  Her  primary  concern  is   whether   restructuring   public   educa-­ tion  will  help  students  excel. 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patients, doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs By  JOHN  FLOWERS MIDDLEBURY   â&#x20AC;&#x201D;   It   had   been   more   than   a   year   since   Dr.   Maja   Zimmermann   had   stopped   seeing   patients   on   a   regular   basis.   She   had   started   devoting   her   energy   to   administrative   tasks   as   director   of   Porter   Practice   Management   (PPM),   and   missed   the   daily   con-­ tact  with  folks  needing  care. Now  Zimmermann  is  getting  the   best  of  both  worlds. She   continues   to   provide   lead-­ ership  and  support  for  the  11  area   medical   practices   that   make   up   PPM,  but  is  now  back  to  dispens-­ ing  patient  care  through  a  recently   launched  Saturday  morning  clinic.   That   clinic,   based   at   Porter   In-­ ternal   Medicine   on   the   Porter   Medical   Center   campus,   is   open   WR SDWLHQWV RI WKH ÂżYH JHQHUDO SUDFWLFHV WKDW DUH DIÂżOLDWHG ZLWK PPM:  Addison   Family   Medicine,   Little  City  Family  Medicine,  Ne-­ shobe   Family   Medicine,   Bristol   Internal   Medicine   and   Porter   In-­ ternal  Medicine. Also   eligible   for   visits   are   pa-­ tients   requiring   pre-­travel   vacci-­ nations.   Those   traveling   to   exotic   destinations   that   are   home   to   rare   maladies,   can   visit   Zimmermann   to   make   sure   their   immunizations   are  up  to  date  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  for  example,  she   is   the   only   yellow   fever   vaccine   provider  in  Addison  County. And   as   well   as   the   urge   to   ad-­ minister   direct   care   again,   Zim-­ mermann   pointed   on   Monday   to   another  motive.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   wanted   for   a   long   time   the   opportunity  for  patients  to  be  seen   on   the   weekend,â&#x20AC;?   Zimmermann   said. The  clinic  is  open  from  8  a.m.  to   12:30  p.m.  It  is  not  a  walk-­in  clinic,   meaning  that  eligible  patients  must   call  ahead  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  on  the  same  day  that   care   is   needed,   if   necessary.   The   number  is  382-­3470. Zimmermann   said   the   clinic   is   allowing   some   patients   to   avoid   having   to   wait   until   a   Monday   to   be  seen  for  such  ailments  as  pneu-­ monia,  urinary  tract  infections,  ear   infections,   minor   injuries   and   fol-­ low-­up  care  for  wounds.  The  clinic   is   not   for   people   seeking   care   for   chronic   medical   conditions   or   ba-­ sic  check-­ups.

DR.  MAJA  ZIMMERMANN In   additional   to   providing   di-­ rect  care,  Zimmermann  is  able  to   do  some  triage,  sending  the  more   serious   cases   to   the   emergency   room.   And   the   Porter   Hospital   laboratories   are   conveniently   nearby   for   patients   who   need   blood  work,  X-­rays  or  other  tests   to  assist  in  their  diagnoses. A   receptionist   and   nurse   assist   Zimmermann  at  the  clinic.  When   Zimmermann   canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   be   there,   Nurse  Practitioner  Christin  Bland   KDVÂżOOHGLQ Zimmermann   said   she   sees   around  10  patients  each  Saturday   morning,   and   the   clinic   has   been   full  during  the  past  two  Saturdays. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It   has   been   very   well   re-­ ceived,â&#x20AC;?  Zimmermann  said. Porter   Medical   Center   spokes-­ man   Ron   Hallman   agreed   the   clinic   has   become   a   valuable   re-­ source. Âł7KH EHQHÂżWV RI WKLV 6DWXUGD\ clinic   for   patients   who   require   primary  care  services  when  most   other  practices  are  closed,  include   both   more   timely   and   personal-­ ized  care  and  also  an  opportunity   to  potentially  avoid  a  visit  to  the   Emergency   Department   for   an   ailment  that  does  not  require  that   level  of  service  or  expense,â&#x20AC;?  Hall-­ man   said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;So   we   are   extremely   pleased   to   have   started   this   pro-­ gram  to  better  serve  our  commu-­ nity.â&#x20AC;?     Reporter   John   Flowers   is   at   johnf@addisonindependent.com.

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Vote  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Yesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  on  UD-­3  lease  of   land  for  town  rec  building

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As  I  read  the  problems  and  the   NH\IHDWXUHVRIWKHWRZQRIÂżFHDQG 9RWHUVRIWKHVHYHQWRZQ8'VFKRROGLVWULFWZLOOGHFLGHQH[W7XHVGD\ recreation  project,  I  became  a  stron-­ whether  it  is  prudent  to  lease  2.5  acres  of  land  to  the  town  of  Middlebury   ger  supporter  of  the  project.  Why?   on  which  to  site  the  townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  municipal  gym.  The  UD-­3  board  earlier   ADA  accessibility. endorsed  the  project,  which  would  also  include  a  $400,000  bond  vote  for   I  am  a  physical  therapist,  and   a  2,000-­square-­foot  addition  onto  the  building  to  be  used  for  Middlebury   the  concept  of  accessibility  for  all   Union  High  and  Middle  School  sporting  events. people  is  at  the  core  of  my  beliefs.   Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  why  the  proposal  is  a  good  idea  and  deserves  support  from  voters   You  may  think  it  is  not  important  to   throughout  the  town  and  school  district: you,  but  those  who  need  accessible   Â&#x2021;7KHSURSRVHGPXQLFLSDOJ\PDQGDFFRPSDQ\LQJSDUNLQJDUHDZRXOG buildings  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  get  to  make  that   replace  the  dilapidated  and  shuttered  building  currently  on  the  site.  The   choice  on  whether  it  is  important  or   school  district  bought  the  property  in  2000  for  $275,000  from  American   not.  It  just  is. Legion  Post  27  with  the  intent  to  use  it  as  athletic  facilities  for  the  adjacent   The  moment  when  you  or  your   VRFFHUVRIWEDOODQGODFURVVHÂżHOGVEXWWKHEXLOGLQJKDVVLQFHEHHQGHHPHG loved  ones  need  better  accessibility   uninhabitable.  It  is  currently  a  liability  to  the  school  district  and  must  be   happens  quickly,  and  the  ADA  com-­ razed.  The  townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  proposal  helps  the  school  district  solve  that  problem  and   pliance  law  has  been  put  into  place   regain  value  from  the  land. to  be  there  for  you  in  the  event  you   Â&#x2021;:KLOHWKHVTXDUHIRRWPXQLFLSDOJ\PZRXOGEHGHGLFDWHGWR ever  need  it. town  uses,  the  proposed  agreement  includes  language  that  would  make   Children,  teenagers,  and  adults   the  facilities  available  to  the  general  public  and  school  district.  Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  just   who  need  to  get  into  town  spaces   common  sense.  Language  that  would  give  the  town  programs  priority,  but   should  be  able  to  do  so  indepen-­ make  the  facility  available  for  school  use  when  not  otherwise  used  is  easily   dently  with  dignity  and  grace. GRQHDQGVHUYHVWKHJUHDWHUJRRGWRWKHEHQHÂżWRIDOOWD[SD\HUV Sara  Daly Â&#x2021;3DUNLQJDWWKHQHZJ\PZRXOGEHHYHQPRUHSOHQWLIXOIRUXVHUV Middlebury including  at  larger  events  like  Town  Meeting  (the  gym  would  be  the   obvious  place  for  that  occasion,  just  as  it  is  today.)  And,  for  most  residents,   WKHORFDWLRQRIWKHJ\PLVDWUDGHRIIEHWWHUIRUVRPHDQGQRWDVJRRG for  others  depending  on  which  side  of  town  one  lives  on. Â&#x2021;)RUYRWHUVZKRGRQÂśWNQRZVWXGHQWDWKOHWHVDQGIDQVPXVWXVHD few  portable  outhouses  during  sporting  events  as  not  other  facilities  are   According  to  2010  census  data,   available.  Athletes  often  change  clothes  in  cars  onsite,  or  in  the  woods   women  make  up  about  52  per-­ VXUURXQGLQJWKHÂżHOGV1RQHDUE\VKHOWHULVDYDLODEOHIRUWKRVHFDXJKW cent  of  Middleburyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  population.   in  sudden  storms  during  games.  The  new  facility  would  solve  those   Instead  of  having  a  single  woman   shortcomings. on  our  seven-­member  selectboard,   Â&#x2021;1HZVSDFHDOVRZRXOGEHGHVLJQHGIRUWKHWRZQÂśVVHQLRUFHQWHU wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  it  be  nice  if  Middlebury   programs,  which  we  imagine  would  be  a  welcome  change  from  the   had  a  selectboard  that  more  fairly   closed-­in  basement  of  the  current  site,  and  would  feature  ADA-­accessible   represented  its  population? entranceways,  as  well  as  up-­to-­date  restrooms  and  kitchen  facilities.  With   Please  vote  on  Town  Meeting   adequate  parking  right  outside  the  door,  the  new  facility  should  be  a  vast   Day,  March  4.  Alternatively,  early   improvement. voting  is  available  in  person  at  the   Â&#x2021;)LQDOO\WKHSURSRVHGVTXDUHIRRWDGGLWLRQZRXOGIHDWXUHIRXU 0LGGOHEXU\WRZQFOHUNÂśVRIÂżFHHY-­ team  rooms,  restrooms,  showers  and  storage  space  for  school  district  use,   ery  Monday  through  Thursday  from   DQGZRXOGEHSDLGIRUE\VFKRROGLVWULFWWD[SD\HUV 7:30  a.m.  to  5:30  p.m.  between  now   Fears  that  the  town  facility  might  devolve  into  a  new  school  gym,  with   DQG0DUFKRUFRQVLGHUÂżOOLQJRXW town  rights  shunted  aside,  are  ludicrous  and  are  merely  another  effort   A75$&725%/2:6VQRZRIIRI0LGGOHEXU\&ROOHJHÂśVDUWLÂżFLDOWXUIIRRWEDOOÂżHOG0RQGD\DIWHUQRRQ a  mail-­in  absentee  ballot.   E\RSSRQHQWVWRVRZXQFHUWDLQW\ZKHUHQRQHH[LVWV7KHVDPHLVWUXH 7KHÂżHOGLVDOVRKRPHWRWKHFROOHJHÂśVPHQÂśVODFURVVHWHDPZKLFKRSHQVLWVVHDVRQDWKRPHRQ0DUFK Ross  Conrad ,QGHSHQGHQWSKRWR7UHQW&DPSEHOO FRQFHUQLQJXQH[SHFWHGFRVWV7KHDUFKLWHFWVKDYHPDGHWKRURXJKFRVW Middlebury estimates  and  put  that  in  their  proposed  budget. To  make  this  proposal  a  reality,  school  district  and  town  residents  must   do  two  things:    'RQÂśWIRUJHWWRDWWHQGWKH8'DQQXDOPHHWLQJQH[W7XHVGD\)HE at  6:30  at  the  MUHS  building.  You  must  be  present  to  vote. :LWKWKHYRWHORRPLQJRQWKH0LGGOHEXU\WRZQRIÂżFH town   meeting,   a   policy   adopted   to   allow   us   to   publish   When  a  recent  selectboard  can-­  9RWHÂł\HV´RQ$UWLFOHWROHDVHWKHODQGWRWKHWRZQIRUWKHSXUSRVH project,  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  time  to  look  through  all  the  fog  at  the  issues.   PRUHRIWKHĂ&#x20AC;RRGRIOHWWHUVZHJHWEHIRUHWRZQPHHWLQJ didate  asked  me  for  suggestions  on   noted  above.   )LUVWSOHDVHYRWH7KRVHZKRWKLQNWKHWRZQRIÂżFHV every  year  from  around  the  county.  Letters  in  this  issue   how  to  improve  the  current  town-­ Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  good  for  all  school  athletes  and  their  families,  plus  creates  a  good   gym,  and  teen  and  senior  centers  should  remain  at  their   are  spread  over  four  pages. gown  relationship,  I  didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  have   YDOXHIRUVFKRROGLVWULFWDQG0LGGOHEXU\WD[SD\HUV current  location  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  at  a  projected  cost  of  $6.4  million  of   For  the  record,  this  is  my  third  Clippings  on  this  topic.   any  positive  suggestions.  However,   Angelo  S.  Lynn UHQRYDWLRQV²H[SUHVV\RXUFRQVFLHQFH Our  publisher  has  editorialized,  and  Middlebury  College   when  I  got  home,  I  remembered  the   ,I \RX SUHIHU WKH SURSRVDO IRU QHZ WRZQ RIÂżFHV  President  Ron  Liebowitz,  among  others,  has  weighed  in   cardinal  rule  at  my  sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  high  school   yards  away  and  a  gym  on  Creek  Road  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  a  plan  that,  with   for  the  deal.   on  the  New  Hampshire  seacoast. $5.5  million  of  support  from  Middlebury  College,  would   As  for  how  many  letters  we  have  already  run  opposing   His  four-­year  secondary  school  sits   cost  the  town  an  estimated  $2  million  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  vote  that  way   the  project,  the  answer  is  42.  Eleven  of  those  came  from   completely  intertwined  with  the  town.   one   source,   nine   from   another,   and   The  most  difÂżFXOWDVSHFWRIWKHYRWHEHIRUH0LGGOHEXU\UHVLGHQWVRQWKH on  Town  Meeting  Day. At  orientation,  the  principal  openly   My  view  is  that  the  downsides  to  the   VL[IURPDWKLUG municipal  building  proposal  is  trying  to  get  a  handle  on  the  cost  to  renovate   DQGÂżUPO\LQIRUPHGQHZVWXGHQWVDQG $2  million  option  are  the  loss  of  a  few   I   guess   the   Independent   has   a   lot   the  municipal  building  and  gym  versus  the  cost  to  build  new.   parents  that  to  preserve  and  enhance   to  learn  from  North  Korea  about  sup-­ ,WÂśVQRWGLIÂżFXOWEHFDXVHWKHFRPSDULVRQVDUHGLIÂżFXOWWRJUDVSEXWUDWKHU downtown  parking  spaces,  the  fact  the   a  positive  relationship  between  the   gym   will   be   slightly   smaller,   and   â&#x20AC;Ś   pressing  dissent. because  it  is  so  easy  for  opponents  of  the  project  to  cherry-­pick  numbers   school  and  the  town,  the  cardinal   well,  thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  about  all  I  can  think  of. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a  sample  of  opponentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  oth-­ and  spread  confusion.   rule  was  to  turn,  smile  and  wave  at   The  pluses  are  new,  functional  and   er  issues:   A  letter  in  todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  paper  by  Greg  Sellars,  engineer  of  the  2012  study   By Andy oncoming  cars  when  crossing  every   Â&#x2021; 6HOHFWERDUG PHPEHUV ZHUH DO-­ hired  by  the  town  to  make  an  initial  assessment  of  how  much  it  would  take   HQHUJ\HIÂżFLHQW EXLOGLQJV EHWWHU DF-­ Kirkaldy sidewalk.  At  every  crossing.  Every   cess   for   most   Middlebury   residents   OHJHG WR KDYH FRQĂ&#x20AC;LFWV RI LQWHUHVW WRFRUUHFWDIHZRIWKHJ\PÂśVGHÂżFLHQFLHVUHVSRQGVWRWKDWYHU\LVVXH+H single  day.  All  the  sidewalks  are   WRWKHJ\PDQGWKHPRYHRIWHHQDQG Two   had   to   recuse   themselves   from   writes  that  residents  may  be  wrongly  led  to  believe  the  renovations  of  the   shared  by  the  town  and  the  school  and   senior   centers   out   of   the   gray,   win-­ voting   on   the   deal,   one   because   her   gymnasium  could  be  done  for  the  $548,000  as  cited  in  that  2012  report,   that  greeting  is  mandatory. when  the  reality  is  that  the  study  did  not  include  several  major  components   dowless  municipal  building  basement  (go  down  there  if   husband  then  worked  for  a  company  related  to  Middle-­ He  also  shared  that  if  students   you  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  believe  me,  and  the  teens  have  already  agreed).   bury  College,  another  because  he  is  a  professor  emeritus.   that  would  be  needed  for  a  more  complete  renovation  that  would  make  the   ever  caught  him,  the  principal,  not   The  other  sites  are  not  inferior,  nor  are  they  less  acces-­ Tenuous   at   best,   but   apparently   the   statute   is   so   vague   gym  suitable  for  long-­term  use.  Readers  interested  in  his  deliberately  non-­ walking  the  walk,  he  would  treat   sible,  no  matter  what  some  would  have  you  believe. that   enough   members   of   the   selectboard   voted   against   partisan  position  are  encouraged  to  read  his  letter  on  Page  7A. the  entire  student  body  to  Ben  and   I   can   also   think   of   4.4   million   other   reasons   to   vote   them. We  also  spent  several  hours  this  week  re-­visiting  the  current  facilities   Jerryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  ice  cream.  One  afternoon,   \HVDQGZLWKWKH0LGGOHEXU\UHVLGHQWLDOVFKRROWD[UDWH But  former  board  chairman  John  Tenny,  a  builder  who   and,  once  again,  going  over  the  costs  of  the  projects  that  Middlebury   he  was  escorting  a  dignitary  across   had  contracts  with  the  college,  and  the  professor  in  ques-­ residents  must  understand  to  make  an  informed  decision  when  voting  on  the   set  to  go  up  by  9  cents,  those  reasons  look  pretty  good.   the  road  and  a  student  caught  him,   Meanwhile,   opponents   of   the   project   have   come   up   tion,   Victor   Nuovo,   both   served   on   the   board   while   it   proposed  $6.5  million  bond  represented  in  Article  6.   forgetting  to  wave,  and  took  a   Here  are  the  basic  facts  town  residents  should  all  be  able  to  agree  to,  and   with  seemingly  endless  objections.  But  before  address-­ talked  with  the  college  on  other  deals,  including  the  one   picture  on  his  iPhone.  The  whole   ing  some  of  those,  letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  look  at  the  idea  this  paper  is,  in   for  the  Cross  Street  Bridge. which  can  also  be  double-­checked  on  the  townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  web  site:   school  dined  on  Ben  and  Jerryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   the  words  of  one  person  on  Front  Porch  Forum,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;restrict-­ Why   did   it   become   an   issue   now?   Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   what   an-­ Â&#x2021;7RUHQRYDWHWKHH[LVWLQJWRZQRIÂżFHJ\PRQWKHFXUUHQWVLWHWKHFRVW that  evening,  and  the  principal   ing  public  discussion Â��on  its  pages  while  giving  the  pro-­ other  selectman,  who  voted  against  the  two  selectboard   would  be  $5,798,300.    That  includes  a  contingency  fee  of  $415,000,  which   openly  acknowledged  his  omission.   members,  wrote  on  a  public  comment  board:  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The  Cross   DOORZVIRUXQH[SHFWHGH[SHQVHVDQGLVFRPPRQLQUHQRYDWLRQVRIEXLOGLQJV SRQHQWVRIWKHGHDODOOWKHVSDFHWKH\ZDQW´ Everyone  was  reminded  that  being   The  poster  referred  to  the  Independentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  recent  policy   Street  Bridge  Project  was  clearly  in  the  best  interest  of   in  poor  condition  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  and  the  municipal  building  is  in  lousy  condition.  If   courteous  and  friendly  is  the  best   (See  Clippings,  Page  5A) \RXLQFOXGHRIÂżFHUHQWDOVSDFHGXULQJFRQVWUXFWLRQWKHFRVWURXQGVXSWR of   limiting   letter-­writers   to   one   letter   per   topic   before   building  block  of  all. million.   Krista  M.C.  Conley 7KHFRVWWRWD[SD\HUVZRXOGEHDQDGGLWLRQDOFHQWVRQWKHWD[UDWHRU Middlebury $120  annually  on  a  $200,000  residence  over  the  life  of  the  20-­year-­bond. Â&#x2021;,I\RXEXLOGDQHZRIÂżFHPXQLFLSDORIÂżFHEXLOGLQJRQWKHH[LVWLQJVLWH The  Shumlin  administration  plans  to  launch  a  single-­ the  level  being  discussed  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  somewhere  around  10  per-­ DQGUHQRYDWHWKHJ\PRQWKHH[LVWLQJVLWHWKHFRVWLVPLOOLRQ,WÂśVQRW payer   health  care  system  in  Vermont  on  Jan.  1,  2017.  The   cent   â&#x20AC;&#x201D;   could   also   be   burdensome   to   small   businesses   more  because  the  task  of  renovating  the  municipal  building,  which  is  in   administration   needs   to   provide   Vermonters   with   more   that   cannot   currently   afford   the   cost   of   health   care   for   PXFKZRUVHVKDSHWKDQWKHJ\PLVVRH[WHQVLYH 7KHFRVWWRWD[SD\HUVLVFHQWVDGGHGWRWKHWD[UDWHRUSHU\HDU information   on   those   plans,   preferably   before   the   No-­ their  employees. 5HÂł16$OLNHQHGWRVSHHGSDWURO´ vember  2014  elections. The  administration  has  said  almost  nothing  about  how   (Letters,  Feb.  6): on  a  $200K  residence. The   administration   is   currently   devoting   most   of   its   the   rest   of   the   revenue   needed   for   single-­payer   would   Â&#x2021;%XLOGLQJDQHZPXQLFLSDOEXLOGLQJDGMDFHQWWRWKH,OVOH\/LEUDU\DQG Question:  Why  doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  John  Bur-­ WLPHRQKHDOWKFDUHWRUHVROYLQJWKHGLIÂżFXOWLHVWKDWKDYH EHUDLVHG6RPHLQ0RQWSHOLHUKDYHVDLGWKDWDÂłOX[XU\ ton  take  himself  and  every  America-­ building  a  new  gym  at  the  Creek  Road  site  would  cost  $6.5  million,  with   0LGGOHEXU\&ROOHJHSLFNLQJXSPLOOLRQOHDYLQJWKHWRZQWRÂżQDQFH marred   the   launch   of   Vermont   Health   Connect.   While   WD[´FRXOGEHXVHGWRUDLVHWKHVHIXQGV7KLVVRXQGVYHU\ hating,  anti-­law  enforcement,  whiny   over  70,000  Vermonters  are  now  covered  by  VHC,  small   PXFKOLNHDWD[RQDVVHWVRUZHDOWK+RZHYHUDWD[RQDV-­ Vermonter  and  leave  this  country  to   million.   7KHFRVWWRWD[SD\HUVLVFHQWVDGGHGWRWKHWD[UDWHRUDQQXDOO\IRU businesses  are  still  unable  to  enroll  their  employees  on-­ sets  could  result  in  a  large  number  of  high-­net-­worth  in-­ go  live  in  Russia  with  his  idol,  Ed   line,   and   no   participants   are   able   to   dividuals,   especially   retirees,   decid-­ Snowden? a  $200K  residence. ing  to  leave  Vermont  for  other  states,   Some  opponents  have  suggested  renovation  costs  could  be  much  lower.   pay  their  premiums  online.   We  will  all  be  better  off  without   With   businesses   between   50   and   thus   reducing   the   revenue   available   KLPDQGKLVWD[GROODUV 7KDWÂśVQRWWUXHE\DQ\VLJQLÂżFDQWPHDVXUHLIWKHEXLOGLQJVDUHWREHEURXJKW for  health  care. up  to  code  and  renovated  in  a  like-­new  manner.  Costs  could  be  much  lower   100   employees   required   to   provide   R.  Woods coverage   through   VHC   as   of   Jan.   1,   The   administration   has   provided   in  the  short  term  if  the  community  decides  to  kick  the  can  down  the  road,   Rochester  Âż[LQJ WKH FXUUHQW SUREOHPV very  little  information  about  the  ben-­ GHIHUFUXFLDOPDLQWHQDQFHDQGVDGGOHWKHQH[WJHQHUDWLRQRI0LGGOHEXU\ soon   is   important   before   a   larger   HÂżW VWUXFWXUH LQ D VLQJOHSD\HU SODQ residents  with  an  even  greater  cross  to  bear.  But  even  opponents  have   JURXSRISDUWLFLSDQWVHQWHUV9+&QH[W :RXOGWKHEHQHÂżWVEHVRPHZKDWOLP-­ recognized  the  need  for  substantial  renovation  of  the  municipal  building  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;   \HDU7KHGLIÂżFXOWLHVODXQFKLQJ9+& ited,   similar   to   those   in   Medicare,   a   By  Eric  L.  Davis and  the  numbers  speak  for  themselves. program  in  which  many  participants   Angelo  S.  Lynn also   raise   questions   about   whether   state  government  has  the  administra-­ feel   the   need   to   purchase   a   supple-­ ,QDÂłODVWOHWWHU´RQWKLVFULWLFDOLVVXH tive   and   technical   capacity   to   enroll   mental   insurance   policy?   Or,   would   itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  tempting  to  try  to  refute  all  the   ADDISON COUNTY over   600,000   participants   in   a   completely   new   single-­ the  single-­payer  plan  provide  a  more  comprehensive  lev-­ erroneous  arguments  by  supporters  of   payer  system. 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Letters to the Editor

Town  Meeting  Letter  Policy

Many  reasons  to  support  municipal  building  project I  am  writing  to  urge  the  people   of  the  town  of  Middlebury  to  sup-­ port  the  town/college  agreement   by  voting  in  favor  of  the  proposed   bond  issue  (Article  6).  There  are   two  compelling  reasons  to  do  this:   need  and  cost.  The  need  should  be   evident  to  anyone  who  considers   the  condition  of  our  current  town   RIÂżFHVDQGJ\P:HPXVWUHQRYDWH them  or  build  new  ones.  The  town/ college  agreement  will  enable  the   town  to  do  this  at  a  minimum  cost   to  taxpayers.  For  $2  million,  thanks   to  the  collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  contribution  of   $4.5  million  debt  service  plus  $1   million  in  cash,  we  will  gain  a  new   town  hall,  a  recreation  center,  and  a   public  park,  which  the  college  will   maintain  for  99  years  and  more.   There  is  no  other  way  in  sight  to   make  this  project  more  affordable  

to  the  town.  No  plausible  alternative   KDVEHHQEURXJKWIRUZDUG:HKDYH a  heavy  responsibility.  If  we  fail  to   seize  this  opportunity  now,  there  is   no  reason  to  suppose  that  another   will  arise  soon.  Time  will  pass.  The   need  will  grow  more  critical,  and   the  cost  will  become  greater.   I  have  heard  it  said  that  if  the   town  votes  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Noâ&#x20AC;?  on  this  issue,  a   new  selectboard  will  be  able  to   negotiate  a  new  agreement  with  the   FROOHJHWRÂżQDQFHDQHZDQG\HWWR EHGHÂżQHGSURMHFW7KLVLVKLJKO\ unlikely.  The  college  has  said  noth-­ ing  to  give  anyone  reason  to  believe   it.  It  has  said  it  is  committed  to   this  project  and  this  only.  So,  it  is  a   reckless  and  self-­deceitful  hope  that   the  college  will  open  its  purse  once   DJDLQ:KDWWKLVKRSHGRHVSURYHLV how  essential  the  college  contribu-­

WLRQLVWRÂżQDQFHWKLVSURMHFW,Q public  life,  it  is  necessary  to  seize   real  opportunities,  and  not  go  chas-­ ing  after  imaginary  ones.  Therefore,   I  urge  Middlebury  voters  to  support   the  bond  issue. But  there  are  more  reasons  than   necessity  to  vote  for  the  bond  issue:   FLYLFGXW\DQGFLYLFSULGH:HKDYH an  opportunity  to  give  a  gift  of  du-­ rable  buildings  to  our  posterity  that   enrich  public  life,  gifts  such  as  we   have  received:  Battell  Bridge,  the   Town  Hall  Theater,  Ilsley  Library,   Cross  Street  Bridge.  Like  virtue,   doing  oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  civic  duty  is  its  own   reward,  but  there  is  even  a  greater   delight  in  achieving  something  in   which  future  generations  will  take   pride. Victor  Nuovo Middlebury

Childcare  union  bill  would  mute  providersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  voices As  a  group  of  family  childcare   providers,  we  want  to  voice  our   concerns  about  the  child  care  union   bill,  S.316. It  would  take  away  our  ability   to  voice  our  personal  opinions  and   make  it  mandatory  that  the  union   will  be  the  only  voice  heard,  if  this   goes  into  effect. Please  take  a  moment  to  look  at   the  ripple  effect  that  will  happen   LIWKHXQLRQLVYRWHGLQ2XUSULFHV to  families,  some  of  whom  already   have  a  hard  time  paying,  will  have   to  increase  because  providers  will   be  mandated  to  pay  union  dues  or   JLYHXSWKHLUEXVLQHVVHV:KHQZH close,  parents  will  lose  their  jobs,   centers  will  not  be  able  to  support   the  amount  of  children  needing   care  and  if  they  do,  it  may  cause   changes  to  the  quality  and  respectful   care  they  provide  due  to  increased   stressors.  

:LWKRXWXQLTXHTXDOLW\SURJUDPV to  choose  from,  our  society  will  be   compromised.  Parents  should  have   the  choice  to  put  their  children  in   smaller  programs  if  they  feel  it  is  in   the  best  interest  of  their  children. Think  about  the  other  repercus-­ sions.  There  are  no  guarantees  that   subsidy  will  increase  because  of  a   XQLRQ6XEVLG\LVDSDUHQWEHQH¿W QRWDSURYLGHUEHQH¿W+RZZLOOWKH union  guarantee  an  increase  in  qual-­ LW\":HDOUHDG\KDYHWKH67$56 program  where  providers  have   to  prove  that  they  go  above  and   beyond  state  regulations  to  improve   the  quality  of  childcare  in  their  pro-­ grams  in  order  to  gain  STARS. :HDOUHDG\KDYHDYRLFH7KHUH was  a  year-­long  committee  that  all   providers  were  able  to  be  a  part  of   that  rewrote  the  childcare  regula-­ tions  for  the  state  of  Vermont.  It  is   proven  that  providers  are  entrusted  

to  adapt  and  respond  to  ever-­ changing  priorities  and  evolving   needs  of  children  and  families,  by   building  alliances  and  developing   trust,  promoting  self-­awareness  and   VXSSRUWLQJWKH¿QHWXQLQJRIYRLFH to  have  the  courage  to  stand  up  for   what  we  believe  in. Michelle  J.  Sherwin,  Amy   Smith,  Geralyn  Barrows,  Jeanne   Bergeron,  Louise  Bowdish,  Rose   Brady,  Laura  Briggs,  Jennifer   Bromley,  Lori  Brown,  Wendy   Chase,  Cookie  Cummings,  Jen-­ nifer  Cyr,  Kirsten  De  La  Cruz,   Tanya  Desrocher,  Janette  Du-­ mont,  Dawn  Goodro,  Bethany   Hallock,  Regina  Houle,  Muffy   Kashkin-­Grollier,  Morgan  Kit-­ tredge,  Donna  Meacham,  Susan   Owen-­Jankowski,  Casey  Ragan-­ Selecky,  Helen  Swenor,  Katie   Welch,  Bruce  Welch  and  Katrina   Whitcomb

Opponents  low-­balling  gym  costs,  says  author  of  report First,  let  me  be  clear  that  this  is   QRWDOHWWHUVSHFLÂżFDOO\DGYRFDW-­ ing  or  opposing  the  proposed  town   RIÂżFHDQGUHFUHDWLRQDOEXLOGLQJ plan  which  involves  Middlebury   College  assuming  $4.5  million  in   debt  and  donating  $1  million  for  a   QHZPXQLFLSDORIÂżFHEXLOGLQJDQG recreational  center,  the  relocation   RIWKH2VERUQH+RXVHDQGWKHODQG exchange  (Article  6).     Instead,  I  would  like  to  clarify   information  taken  from  a  De-­ cember  2012  structural  report  on   the  gymnasium.  As  the  structural   engineer  hired  by  the  town  to  write   this  report,  I  would  be  remiss  to  not   respond  to  recent  phrases  describ-­ ing  the  existing  Municipal  Gym-­ nasium  building  such  as  â&#x20AC;&#x153;excellent   structural  condition,â&#x20AC;?  â&#x20AC;&#x153;structurally   sound,â&#x20AC;?  â&#x20AC;&#x153;excellent  brick  work/con-­ ditionâ&#x20AC;?  (and  more)  in  framing  the   discussion.     My  biggest  fear  in  seeing  this   language  show  up  week  after  week   is  that  this  language  and  the  context   and  arguments  to  which  it  is  being   used  for  seems  to  be  greatly  under-­ estimating  the  complete  rehabilita-­ tion  and  renovation  work  potentially   required  for  the  gymnasium,  while   drastically  simplifying  the  conclu-­ sions  and  recommendations  of  the   report.  I  am  offering  to  readers  a   VXPPDU\RIWKHÂżQGLQJVVRWKDWSHR-­ ple  can  make  their  own  conclusions   informed  by  a  fuller  understanding   of  the  condition  of  the  building.     7KHH[LVWLQJURRIDQGĂ&#x20AC;RRU systems  of  the  gymnasium  were   generally  found  to  be  structurally   adequate  in  supporting  current   building  code-­required  loading.   However,  many  issues  in  addition   WRWKHURRIDQGĂ&#x20AC;RRUFDSDFLWLHVZHUH brought  up  in  the  report  including:   potential  reinforcing  or  replacement   of  the  main  wood  roof  structure  

ZKHUHZDWHULQÂżOWUDWLRQDQGURWKDV RFFXUUHGDIXOOLQYHVWLJDWLRQQHHGHG and  potential  new  secondary  drain-­ age  system  for  the  entire  roof,  and  a   new  tapered  roof  system  to  provide   DGHTXDWHGUDLQDJHDQHZH[WHULRU main  entrance  north  stair  and  land   ing  structure  involving  complete   removal  and  re-­build  with  new   FRQFUHWHIRXQGDWLRQVDQGUHSDLUVWR the  interior  south  entrance  landing   DQGVWDLUVVSHFLÂżFDOO\WKHFRQFUHWH slab  and  removal/replacement  of   corroded  steel  beams. Regarding  the  exterior  brick   condition,  there  were  additional   issues  noted  in  the  report  regard-­ ing  evidence  of  water  and  moisture   movement  through  the  wall  on  the   west  side  of  the  building  in  the  form   RIYLVXDOHIĂ&#x20AC;RUHVFHQFHRUZKLWHVDOW deposits,  on  the  face  of  the  brick.     Last  but  certainly  not  least,  there   is  the  issue  of  the  noticeable  settle-­ ment  and  cracking  of  the  basement,   interior,  and  exterior  masonry  walls   on  the  north  side  of  the  building,   along  with  the  multitude  of  repairs,   investigations,  and  funds  spent  in   the  past  in  trying  to  remediate  this   issue.     The  report  recommended  a  period   of  monitoring  for  any  settlement   the  building  may  still  be  undergo-­ ing,  with  recommendations  on  what   measures  will  be  required  once  the   state  of  the  current  building  is  better   understood.  As  I  am  sure  you  are   well  aware,  the  foundation  systems   IRUDQ\EXLOGLQJDUHE\GHÂżQLWLRQ the  building  blocks  of  the  structure   and  a  key  element  to  the  entire   building  performing  adequately  for   its  intended  service  life.  In  this  case,   the  future  monitoring  and  settlement   VWXG\PD\FRQÂżUPWKHFRPSOH[LWLHV in  trying  to  completely  remediate   the  settlement  issues  on  what  ap-­ SHDUVWREHDWULFN\ÂżOOVLWHZLWKRXW

appropriate  funds  and  further  foun-­ dation  improvement  solutions.   I  should  also  note  that  this  report   was  based  on  limited  and  isolated   observations  of  the  structural  sys-­ tems  on  the  interior  of  the  building.   Any  number  of  unknown  conditions   could  be  uncovered  during  whatever   renovations  are  required  for  the   building. How  much  work  and  to  what   level  the  rehabilitation  needs  to  go,   LQDGGLWLRQWRPHHWLQJPLQLPXP¿UH and  building  safety  code  require-­ ments  if  future  renovations  are  to   occur,  is  a  complex  topic  involving   a  myriad  of  issues.  Sustainable  and   building  life-­cycle  issues  including   indoor  air  quality  and  the  health   of  the  occupants  of  the  building,   long-­term  building  maintenance  and   energy  consumption,  the  presence   RIDQ\KD]DUGRXVEXLOGLQJDQG¿QLVK materials  (asbestos,  lead  paint,  etc.),   building  embodied  energy  and  exist-­ ing  building  re-­use,  among  others,   all  need  to  be  carefully  considered   when  comparing  the  potential  reha-­ bilitation  of  a  historic  brick  building   to  a  newly  constructed  building  on  a   different  site.     Since  I  no  longer  work  for  the  en-­ JLQHHULQJ¿UPWKDW,ZDVZLWKDWWKH time  this  study  was  completed,  any   opinions  or  inferences  the  reader   takes  from  this  letter  are  mine  alone.   I  would  be  happy  to  tour  the  exist-­ ing  building  again  with  those  who   have  questions  to  go  over  the  issues   that  were  observed.  I  also  look   forward  to  the  creative  and  innova-­ tive  solutions  that  I  know  the  town   RI0LGGOHEXU\RI¿FLDOVWKHSURMHFW design  team,  and  the  Middlebury   residents  will  come  up  with  for   either  path  that  is  chosen  once  this   debate  is  behind  us.     Greg  Sellers Middlebury

Town   Meeting   Day   is   coming   up   and   the   Addison   Independent  wants  to  give  everyone  a  chance  to  have   WKHLUYRLFHVKHDUGLQRXUOHWWHUVIRUXP:HHQFRXUDJH citizens  to  discuss  and  debate  issues  and  candidates  on   which  they  will  cast  ballots  come  March  4.  To  ensure  

that  we  have  room  to  publish  a  letter  to  the  editor  from   any   local   resident   who   wants   to   share   their   opinion   we  will  limit  each  individual  to  one  letter  of  no  more   than  800  words  on  a  single  topic  during  the  six  weeks   leading  up  to  Town  Meeting  Day.

Letter (Continued  from  Page  4A) DEUXSWKDOWDWWKHWUDI¿FFLUFOH2XU municipal  buildings  will  be  destroyed   and  replaced  by  an  unnecessary  col-­ lege  gateway  park.  In  exchange,  we   will  acquire  two  badly  located,  under-­ sized,  humdrum  new  buildings. To  me,  the  proposed  town  hall   next  to  the  Ilsley  Library  resembles   a  cross  between  the  newest  Kinney   Drugstores  and  a  New  York  Thruway   rest  stop.  It  would  increase  parking   demands  while  shrinking  the  badly   overcrowded  parking  lot  and  would   make  needed  library  expansion   H[WUHPHO\GLI¿FXOWDQGFRVWO\\HWLW would  be  too  small  for  town  meeting   and  major  elections.  Voting  booths,   ballot  boxes  and  essential  election   supplies  would  have  to  be  trucked   expensively  to  some  other  venue. The  proposed  Creek  Road  gym   would  add  to  Route  7  congestion   and  sprawl.  It  would  be  beyond   walking  distance  for  most  residents,   including  many  children  who  use  the   downtown  gym.  It  would  have  no   dedicated  space  for  the  senior  center  

or  martial  arts  and  no  space  at  all  for   the  teen  center.  Any  expansion  would   HOLPLQDWHWKH/LWWOH/HDJXH¿HOGV7KH draft  UD-­3/town  agreement  on  the   proposed  gym  is  still  unsettled  and  it   LVQRWFOHDUWKDWZHZLOOVHHD¿QLVKHG document  before  voting.  It  appears   now  that  the  town  would  assume  most   expenses  and  risks  and  school  use  of   the  gym  might  well  compete  with  full   access  by  residents.  (It  is  unknown  as   of  Feb.  14  whether  gym  construction   on  the  site  is  even  legal  under  Act  60.) Both  proposed  new  buildings,  al-­ ready  over  budget,  would  be  built  on   a  shoestring,  requiring  corner-­cutting   LQPDWHULDOVDQGHQHUJ\HI¿FLHQF\:H would  not  know  in  advance  what  we   were  actually  getting.   Keeping  the  gym  and  town  hall   together,  even  if  we  decide  to  build   PRGHVWQHZRI¿FHVVDYHVPRQH\ with  a  shared  heating  plant  and  other   facilities.  The  existing  gym  has  ample   space  for  all  activities  plus  expansion   room.  It  is  structurally  sound,  with  ex-­ cellent  brickwork,  and  can  be  afford-­ ably  renovated.  Parking  is  plentiful.  

The  downtown  gym  contributes  to  a   thriving  town  center  and  helps  Main   6WUHHWEXVLQHVVHV2IFRXUVH0LGGOH-­ EXU\LVQRWDIĂ&#x20AC;XHQWDQGFDQQRWZDVWH money  on  luxuries.  But  neither  are  we   beggars  who  must  sell  our  municipal   heartland  to  our  rich  neighbor  for   quick  cash. As  disturbing  as  the  physical   upheaval  of  our  town  is  the  manner   in  which  the  selectboard  has  trampled   democratic  process  in  railroading   its  scheme  through,  virtually  tear-­ ing  up  our  duly  adopted,  binding   town  plan.  They  have  manufactured   a  false  sense  of  urgency  to  justify  a   hasty  vote.  Fortunately,  a  majority  of   selectboard  candidates  have  promised   to  vote  â&#x20AC;&#x153;noâ&#x20AC;?  on  the  bond.  I  hope  that   a  majority  of  citizens  will  also  see  the   wisdom  of  defeating  Article  6  (the   bond)  and  approving  Article  9  at  town   meeting,  preserving  our  municipal   land  for  town  use  and  claiming  the   peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  right  to  decide  Middleburyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   future. Judy  Olinick Middlebury

Letters  can  be  found  on  Pages  4A,  5A,  7A,  12A.

Clippings (Continued  from  Page  4A) the  town.  That  is  why  people  willing-­ ly  turned  a  blind  eye  to  John  Tennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   DQG 3URIHVVRU 1XRYRÂśV FRQĂ&#x20AC;LFWV RI interest.â&#x20AC;? 6RWKLVSXEOLFRIÂżFLDOZDVZLOOLQJ WR RYHUORRN DOOHJHG FRQĂ&#x20AC;LFWV ZKHQ agreeing  with  a  project,  but  used  al-­ OHJHG FRQĂ&#x20AC;LFWV DV D SOR\ WR SUHYHQW this   project   from   coming   to   a   vote.   7KHFRQĂ&#x20AC;LFWVZHUHQHYHUUHDO Â&#x2021;2Q)URQW3RUFK)RUXPRQHSRVW-­ HUDVNHGÂł:KHUHZRXOGWRZQPHHW-­ ing  be  held?â&#x20AC;?  and  he  and  others  have   wondered   about   election   materials   WUDQVSRUWDWLRQ DQG VWRUDJH :HOO the  new  gym  on  Creek  Road  will  be   surrounded   by   more   parking   than   WKH H[LVWLQJ WRZQ RIÂżFH EXLOGLQJ the  site,  again,  is  more  accessible  to   most  of  Middlebury,  not  just  folks  on   WKHZHVWVLGHRI2WWHU&UHHNDQGWKH gym   will   have   a   closet   for   election   storage. Â&#x2021;7KHWRZQSODQFDOOVIRUWKHWRZQ

RIÂżFH WR VWD\ SXW IRHV VD\ :HOO town  plans  are  binding  because  zon-­ ing   laws   must   be   based   upon   plans   to  have  standing,  an  issue  that  is  not   relevant   here.  And,   yes,   in   an   ideal   world  town  plans  would  perfectly  re-­ Ă&#x20AC;HFW UHDOLW\ DQG DQWLFLSDWH FKDQJLQJ FLUFXPVWDQFHV2XUVGLGQRWSUHGLFWD $5.5  million  offer  that  solves  a  prob-­ lem  that  has  been  fruitlessly  studied   for  20  years. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d  say  200  yards  is  close  enough   to  the  original  site  to  meet  the  planâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   intent. Â&#x2021; 7KH J\P FDQ EH Âż[HG PRUH cheaply   than   Bread   Loaf   estimates,   RSSRQHQWV VD\ :HOO HYHQ LI WKDW statement  were  accurate,  the  gym  is   DWWDFKHG WR WKH LQHIÂżFLHQW GHFUHSLW RIÂżFHEXLOGLQJWKDWPXVWJRWRPDNH this  deal  happen.   But   the   statement   is   not   accurate.   Bread   Loaf   Corp.   has   studied   this   project   for   months   and   produced   UHDPVRIHVWLPDWHVDQGUHVHDUFK2S-­

SRQHQWV DUH QRW TXDOLÂżHG WR FKHUU\ pick  a  few  numbers  and  question  the   ÂżUPÂśVHQJLQHHUVDQGDUFKLWHFWV And   the   folks   in   Vergennes   and   Ferrisburgh   donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   question   Bread   /RDI ZKLFK LV ÂżQLVKLQJ WKH FLW\ÂśV new  police  station  under  budget  and   ÂżQLVKHG)HUULVEXUJKÂśVQHZWRZQRI-­ ÂżFHEXLOGLQJRQEXGJHW ,FRXOGJRRQDQGRQ2QHSHUVRQ on  Front  Porch  Forum  called  the  col-­ legeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  contribution  a  â&#x20AC;&#x153;real  estate  pur-­ chase,â&#x20AC;?  as  if  what  the  college  is  get-­ ting  back  in  the  deal  is  really  worth   PLOOLRQ2WKHUVFDOOWKHSURFHVV Ă&#x20AC;DZHGEXWWKHSURSRVDOZLOOEHGH-­ cided   by   residents,   not   selectboard   PHPEHUVDQGFROOHJHRIÂżFLDOV Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  really  simpler  than  it  looks.  If  a   voter  truly  believes  in  the  current  site   and  is  willing  to  pay  the  $6.4  million   freight,  vote  no.  If  a  resident  sees  the   EHQHÂżWVRIWKHQHZEXLOGLQJVDWDFRVW to  taxpayers  of  $2  million,  vote  yes.   The  rest  is  just  noise.

Finally,   will   the   voters   have   enough   information   about   the   pro-­ SRVHG EHQHÂżWV DQG ÂżQDQFLQJ VWUXF-­ ture   for   single-­payer   to   be   able   to   make  informed  decisions  about  can-­ didatesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  positions  on  these  issues  in   the  November  2014  election?  If  the   administration   keeps   to   its   current  

schedule,  the  November  2016  elec-­ tion   will   be   too   late   to   make   these   decisions,   because   that   election   would   come   less   than   two   months   before  the  start  date  for  single-­payer.   Eric  L.  Davis  is  professor  emeri-­ tus   of   political   science   at   Middle-­ bury  College.

Davis (Continued  from  Page  4A) be  based  on  a  sliding  scale?   The  more  complex  a  system  of  co-­ pays  and  deductibles  is  established,   the   more   administrative   costs   will   be   borne   by   providers,   thus   defeat-­ ing   one   of   the   goals   of   single-­pay-­ er.   However,   a   system   with   no,   or   simple,   out-­of-­pocket   costs   would   require   more   revenues   to   be   raised   through  taxes.  

Real  Estate   and  You by  Ingrid Punderson  Jackson

OPEN  BUYER  AGENCY   AGREEMENTS There   are   3   main   types   of   EX\HU DJUHHPHQWV GHÂżQLQJ your   agreementâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   exclusivity:   exclusive   buyer   agency   agreements,   exclusive-­agency   buyer   agency   agreements   and   open  buyer  agency  agreements.   Each   type   of   buyer   agreement   has   its   own   advantages   and   disadvantages,   so   consider   your   options   before   choosing   which   route   youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll   take.   Take   a   moment   to   review   before   meeting   with   potential   buyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   agents   and   deciding   which   type   of  agreement  is  best  for  you.   An   open   buyer   agency   agreement   provides   no   exclusivity   to   any   agent.   This   allows  the  buyer  to  contract  any   number   of   agents   to   represent   their   interests   and   allows   the   buyer   to   additionally   locate   and   secure   properties   on   their   own   without   being   held   indebted   to   a   broker.   Only   an   agent   who   locates   and   secures   a   property   for   buyer   purchase   is   entitled   to   payment   in   this   type   of   arrangement.  If  the  seller  secures   a   buyer   independent   of   the   agency,  no  commission  is  paid.   Ingrid  Punderson  Jackson Real  Estate Â&#x2021;FHOO WROOIUHH www.middvermontrealestate.com


PAGE  6A  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  Addison  Independent,  Thursday,  February  20,  2014

ADDISON COUNTY

Obituaries Simone Malzac, 101, Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY   â&#x20AC;&#x201D;   Simone   B.   Malzac,  101,  died  Thursday  evening,   Feb.   13,   2014,   at   Helen   Porter   Healthcare  and  Rehabilitation  Center. She   was   born   Nov.   2,   1912,   in   Quebec,   Canada,   the   daughter   of   WKHODWH+HQULDQG/HRQLH /HPLHX[  Bolduc.   Simone   married   Roch   Mizeal   Malzac   in   August   of   1932   in   St.   Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Catholic  Church,  Orwell.   She   was   a   member   of   St.   Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Catholic   Church,   Middlebury   and   was   a   Licensed   Practical   Nurse,   primarily  at  Porter  Hospital,  for  many   years.  She  enjoyed  sewing,  knitting,   cooking  and  taking  care  of  her  large,   H[WHQGHG IDPLO\ 6KH ZDV WUXO\ WKH matriarch  for  the  Bolduc,  Malzac  and   Leggett  families  throughout  her  life.   She  also  treasured  her  faith  and  was  a   role  model  and  inspiration  to  all  who   knew  her.   Survivors   are   her   daughter,   Janet   Leggett   of   Middlebury;Íž   her   son,   Roch   Richard   Malzac   and   wife,   Elizabeth,   of   Torrington,   Conn.;Íž   her   sister  Irene  Boise  of  New  Haven;Íž  her   brother   Dennis   Bolduc   of   Bridport;Íž   her   grandchildren,   Carolyn   Perine   (Ken),  Robert  Leggett  (Joanne),  Jane   Roy  (Eugene),  David  Leggett  (Sue),   all   of   Middlebury,   Judy   Whitney  

(Tim)   of   Chinook   Mont.,   Deborah   Farr  (Rick)  of  Valrico,  Fla.,  William   0DO]DF 0DUW\  RI :DFR 7H[DV Shelly   Curtsinger   (Mike)   of   Bluff   'DOH7H[DV0LFKDHO0DO]DF /HRQD  RI&DUUROOWRQ7H[DV6DP0DO]DFRI 5LFKDUGVRQ 7H[DV DQG (PLO\ %LEE 5LFN RI$UOLQJWRQ7H[DVJUHDW grandchildren;Íž   and   25   great-­great-­ grandchildren.   She   is   also   survived   by   numerous   nieces,   nephews   and   cousins.   She   was   predeceased   by   her   husband,   Roch   Malzac,   who   died   in   1958;Íž   her   sisters   Alice   Boise,   Marcienne  Malzac,  Gabrielle  Bailey   and   Jean   Huestis;Íž   and   her   brothers   Ben  and  Gerald  Bolduc.   A  Mass  of  Christian  burial  will  be   celebrated  on  Friday,  Feb.  21,  2014,   at   11   a.m.   at   St.   Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Catholic   Church,   Middlebury,   with   the   Rev.   William  Beaudin  as  celebrant.   There  will  be  no  visiting  hours.   Burial  will  be  at  a  later  date  in  St.   Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Cemetery. Memorial   contributions   may   be   made   to   St.   Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   School   at   86   Shannon   St.,   Middlebury,   or   to   Helen   Porter   Healthcare   and   Rehabilitation   Center   at   30   Porter   Drive,  Middlebury.  The  family  would   like   to   thank   the   staff   at   Addison  

Barbara Bushey 71, Middlebury

SIMONE  B.  MALZAC

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Lester Case Sr., 75, Ferrisburgh FERRISBURGH  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  Lester  Gordon   Case   Sr.,   75,   of   Ferrisburgh   passed   away   peacefully   on   Monday,   Feb.   17,   2014,   at   Helen   Porter   Nursing   Home  in  Middlebury  after  a  yearlong   illness.  He  was  the  loving  husband  of   55  years  to  Marion  (Anderson)  Case. Born   April   10,   1938,   a   son   of   the   late   Kenneth   E.   and   Lillian   (Geoffrion)   Case   in   New   Haven,   Conn.,  he  was  happiest  when  he  was   working   â&#x20AC;&#x201D;   either   on   the   job   as   an   electrician,   or   by   building,   renovat-­ ing   or   other   projects   at   home.   He   was  proud  to  have  served  in  the  U.S.   Navy  in  the  mid-­1950s. An   accomplished   mechanic,   there   wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  an  issue  with  the  family  cars   WKDW/HVWHUFRXOGQÂśWÂż[+LVGHWHUPL-­ nation   and   refusal   to   accept   â&#x20AC;&#x153;good  

enoughâ&#x20AC;?   was   an   inspiration,   and   sometimes   an   aggravation,   to   those   closest   to   him.   If   he   had   a   motto   it   would   be,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why   bother   doing   it,   if   youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  not  going  to  do  it  right.â&#x20AC;? His   dedication   to   his   family   was   unwavering   and   he   did   all   he   could   to   protect   and   provide   for   them,   sometimes  working  two  or  three  jobs   when  times  were  tight.  He  may  have   EHHQ H[KDXVWHG EXW ZRXOG DOZD\V ÂżQGWKHHQHUJ\WRGRZKDWQHHGHGWR be  done. A   quiet   man   by   nature,   he   was   content  to  observe  those  around  him,   contributing   a   comment   here   and   there.   One   of   his   favorite   pastimes,   upon   moving   to   Vermont   in   2006,   was  watching  the  classic  cars  cruise   Route   7   from   his   front   porch   in   the  

summertime.   In   winter,   he   enjoyed   watching   the   birds   and   looking   for   animals   and   their   tracks   in   the   coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  park-­like  backyard. Lester   will   be   greatly   missed   by   his  wife  Marion;Íž  his  son,  Lester  Case   Jr.   (Debra)   of   North   Haven,   Conn.,   his  daughter,  Kris  Pearsall  (Geoff)  of   %ULVWRO ÂżYH JUDQGVRQV /HVWHU &DVH III  of  Fortson,  Ga.,  William  Case  of   Meriden,   Conn.,   Thomas   Case   of   North   Haven,   Conn.,   and   Kyle   and   Kevin  Pearsall  of  Bristol;Íž  and  great-­ JUDQGVRQ $\GHQ &DVH RI :LGHÂżHOG Colo. ,Q OLHX RI Ă&#x20AC;RZHUV WKH IDPLO\ asks   that   contributions   be   made   to   Addison   County   Home   Health   and   Hospice,   for   whose   support   the   IDPLO\LVH[WUHPHO\JUDWHIXO¸

MIDDLEBURY   â&#x20AC;&#x201D;   Barbara   A.   Bushey   71,   of   Middlebury,   died   Thursday,  Feb.  13,  2014,  at  Fletcher   Allen  Health  Care  after  a  brief  illness. She   was   born   on   July   9,   1942,   in   Middlebury,   the   daughter   of   the   late   Raymond   Sr.   and   Catherine   (Whitman)   Allen.   She   graduated   from  Middlebury  High  School,  class   of  1960. Barbara  was  employed  as  a  recep-­ tionist   at   CVPS   for   many   years.   She   later   became   a   bank   teller   at   the   National   Bank   of   Middlebury   before   retiring.  After   retirement   she   thoroughly   enjoyed   volunteering   at   Porter   Hospital ��  as   well   as   for   the   Everybody  Wins!  reading  program  at   Mary  Hogan  School. She   married   the   love   of   her   life,   Ralph  Bushey,  on  May  4,  1963.     Everyone   who   knew   Barb   knew   that   she   was   an  AVID   and   Devoted   5HG6R[IDQ$1'VKHOHWHYHU\RQH know  it!  She  would  rarely  miss  even   a  single  game.  One  of  the  things  that   she  wanted  throughout  her  entire  stay   LQWKH6,&8ZDVKHU5HG6R[KDWDQG she   wore   it   proudly   until   the   end.   Barbâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   other   great   enjoyment   was   quilting   and   knitting.   Many   family   members   and   friends   have   enjoyed   these  gifts  for  many,  many  years. Barb   was   a   longtime   member   of   the   Otter   Valley   Good   Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   RV   Club   and   an   honorary   member   of  

Perkins   of   Bennington,   Vt.;Íž   and   his   parents,  Kenneth  Robert  Murray  and   Hazel  M.  Murray  of  East  Middlebury,   Vt.  He  also  leaves  four  brothers:  Scott   of   Middlebury,   Vt.,   Robert   and   his   wife  Dorie  of  Rutland,  Vt.,  Mark  and   his   wife   Patty   of   East   Middlebury,   Vt.,   and   Richard   of   Middlebury,  Vt.   He  also  leaves  several  grandchildren,   nieces  and  nephews.   ,QKLVÂżQDOKRXUVKLVIULHQG+RQRU Hawk   of   Goshen,   Vt.,   performed   a   Mohawk   Passover   Prayer   to   help   guide   his   spirit.  A   memorial   service   will  be  held  at  a  later  date.  In  lieu  of   Ă&#x20AC;RZHUVKLVZLIHDVNVWKDWPHPRULDO donations   be   made   to   the   Disabled  

BARBARA  A.  BUSHEY and  compassion  this  past  month.  You   were  all  wonderful. ,QOLHXRIĂ&#x20AC;RZHUVPHPRULDOFRQWUL-­ butions  may  be  made  to  the  Addison   County   Humane   Society   at   236   Boardman  St.,  Middlebury.  or  to  the   Volunteer  Program  at  Porter  Hospital,   Porter  Drive,  Middlebury.   Arrangements  are  under  the  direc-­ tion   of   the   Sanderson-­Ducharme   Funeral   Home,   www.sandersonfu-­ QHUDOVHUYLFHFRP¸

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#3   at   4   Jayne   Court.   The   victimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   QHLJKERUFDOOHGLQWKHÂżUHDIWHUVPHOO-­ ing  smoke  in  her  upstairs  apartment.   In   checking   the   downstairs   apart-­ ment,  she  noted  smoke  coming  from   unit  #3  and  called  911.   The  occupant  of  the  unit,  Terrance   Derrick,   as   well   as   tenants   from   the   adjacent   units,   were   all   safely   HYDFXDWHG:KHQ ÂżUHÂżJKWHUV DUULYHG on   scene,   they   noted   heavy   smoke   coming   from   the   front   door   of   the   apartment  and  upon  entry  located  the  

¿UH LQ D EDFN EHGURRP 7KH\ ZHUH DEOHWRTXLFNO\H[WLQJXLVKLWDQGOLPLW the   blaze   from   spreading   into   other   areas  of  the  unit  and  the  building. Investigators   have   concluded   that   WKH¿UHZDVWKHUHVXOWRIDFDUHOHVVO\ discarded   cigarette.   The   incident   is   not   considered   to   be   suspicious   in   nature. Derrick   was   taken   to   Porter   Hospital  and  treated  for  smoke  inha-­ lation  and  released  a  short  time  later,   according  to  police.

close   ties   between   communities   and   schools. They   understand   that   change,   however   painful,   is   necessary,   Dale   says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People   are   saying   the   status   quo   LV QRW MXVWLÂżDEOH WKDW WKHUH QHHGV WR be  a  new  path  forward,  but  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  criti-­ cal  that  we  get  it  right  because  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a   very   fragile   conversation   and   could   come   apart   at   any   time,â&#x20AC;?   Dale   said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;We  need  to  start  with  the  fundamen-­ tal  belief  that  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  important  to  go  to   a  different  place,  and  the  question  is   what  is  that  place.â&#x20AC;? 'DOH H[SHFWV WKH EURDGHU 96%$ membership  to  react  in  a  one  of  three   ways.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some  people  will  be  enthusi-­ astic,  and  some  people  will  be  angry,   and   some   people   will   be   wondering   what  the  heck  youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  doing,â&#x20AC;?  he  said. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   important   that   the   state   make  

a  commitment  to  be  a  partner  in  the   process   with   local   school   boards,   otherwise   it   will   come   off   as   a   top-­ down   directive   from   Montpelier,   he   said. School   boards   are   under   pressure   from   local   voters   who   are   question-­ ing   dramatic   increases   in   property   WD[HV HYHQ WKRXJK ERDUGV KDYH done   an   â&#x20AC;&#x153;unbelievable   jobâ&#x20AC;?   on   their   budgets   this   year,   keeping   spending   increases  below  3  percent. Nevertheless,   some   districts   are   VHHLQJGRXEOHGLJLWWD[LQFUHDVHV â&#x20AC;&#x153;We  are  very  concerned  about  this   upcoming  town  meeting,â&#x20AC;?  Dale  said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;If   any   sizable  budgets   come  down,   you   can   predict   in   small   school   schools   teachers   will   be   cut.   This   wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   be   coming   out   of   something   you   wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   notice   this   will   come   out  of  opportunities  for  students.â&#x20AC;?

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(Continued  from  Page  3A) board   members   in   Vermont.   The   issue   is   very   emotional   for   many   school   board   members   who   see   local   schools   as   the   center   of   their   $PHULFDQ 9HWHUDQV 32 %R[  communities. Middlebury,  VT  05753. Nevertheless,   the   29-­member   H[HFXWLYH ERDUG RI WKH 9HUPRQW School  Boards  Association  last  week   voted   unanimously   to   pursue   alter-­ natives   to   the   current   system   with   the   Legislature   and   the   Agency   of   Education. ,W ZDV D GLIÂżFXOW GHFLVLRQ 'DOH said,  and  support  from  the  boards  is   fragile.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;We  want  to  be  engaged,  but   ZHGLGQRWWDNHDVSHFLÂżFYRWHRQDQ\ of  the  outcomes,â&#x20AC;?  he  said. Board   members   are   concerned   about  how  the  state  will  partner  with   local   districts   to   create   an   equitable   system  that  continues  to  maintain  the   DAVID  ROBERT  MURRAY

David Murray, 66, Daytona Beach, Fla. DAYTONA   BEACH,   Fla.   â&#x20AC;&#x201D;   David  Robert  Murray,  66,  of  Daytona   Beach,  Fla.,  died  Feb.  11,  2014. He   served   in   the   U.S.   Army   as   a   combat   engineer,   having   spent   most  of  his  military  career  in  Berlin,   Germany.   He   came   home   in   1967   and   worked   as   a   carpenter   most   of   his   life.   In   his   later   years   he   retired   to   his   home   in   Florida   where   his   family  says  he  enjoyed  life,  going  to   WKHEHDFKDQGUHOD[LQJLQWKH)ORULGD sunshine. He   is   survived   by   his   wife,   Paula   Lafontaine   Murray;Íž   his   children,   Joshua   and   Justin   of   Battle   Creek,   Mich.;Íž   his   stepdaughter,   Heather  

the   Vermont   Beagle   Club   as   well   as  a  past  member  of  the  Foot  of  the   Mountain  Snow  Travelers.   She   is   survived   by   her   daughter,   Julie   Bushey   and   her   wife   Penny   Ploof   of   Middlebury;Íž   sons   Bruce   Bushey  and  wife  Bridget  Charlebois   of   Middlebury   and   Patrick   Bushey   DQG FRPSDQLRQ 5R[DQQH :LOOLDPV of  Bridport;Íž  her  sister,  Patricia  White   and   husband   Robert   of   Estero,   Fla.;Íž   her   brothers,   Raymond   and   wife   Clara  Allen  of  Maryland  and  Michael   Allen   of   Rutland.   She   also   adored   her  grandchildren,  Cody  Bushey  and   Caileigh  Bushey,  as  well  as  her  four-­ legged   grandson,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jackson.â&#x20AC;?   Barb   also   had   numerous   nieces,   nephews   and  cousins.   She   was   predeceased   by   her   husband,   Ralph,   on   July   28,   1979,   and   by   her   siblings,   Alice   Stevens,   John  Allen,   Nancy  Tricell,   and  Tom   Allen.   Funeral   services   were   held   on   Thursday,   Feb.   20,   2014,   at   1   p.m.   at   the   Sanderson-­Ducharme   Funeral   Home,   117   South   Main   St.,   Middlebury.  Visiting  hours  were  held   beforehand  from  10  a.m.  until  noon.   A   reception   followed   the   service   at   Fire  and  Ice  Restaurant  on  Seymour   Street. The  family  would  like  to  thank  all   the   doctors   and   nurses   in   the   SICU   at   FAHC   for   their   wonderful   care  

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Letters to the Editor Middlebury  gym  can  be  renovated  at  reasonable  cost The  actual  cost  for  a  phased   completion  of  renovation  work  on   the  Middlebury  town  gym  is  less   than  $500,000  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  no  gut  job  or  new   WD[QHHGHG3HRSOHÂżQGLWKDUGWR believe  the  gym  can  be  updated  for   so  little  money.  The  net  difference   of  some  $2.2  million  between  Bread   Loafâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  estimates  and  actual  costs   is  accounted  for  largely  by  three   categories  of  expense: 1.  Bread  Loafâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  proposed  interior   demolition  of  a  functioning  facil-­ ity  and  replacement  of  functioning   systems  and  features,  including  a   relatively  new  roof,  functioning   ERLOHUVQHZHUOLJKWLQJÂżUHDODUP half  the  existing  wiring,  new  bleach-­ ers,  new  paint  and  plaster  repair,   and  much  more. 2.  Bread  Loafâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  estimated  hun-­ dreds  of  thousands  of  dollars  in   ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  costs,  which  apply  only  to  a   gut  renovation. 3.  Bread  Loafâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  very  substantial   payday. A  single  letter  canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  address  all   these  numbers.  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll  focus  here  on   Bread  Loafâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  estimate  of  $290,000   for  electrical  work.  On  the  basis  of   whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  actually  needed  (replacing   half  the  wiring;Íž  maintaining  existing   luminaires,  exterior  lighting,  and   exit/emergency  lighting),  Bread   Loafâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  $290,000  becomes  $33,500.   A  similar  scale  of  difference  is  seen   throughout  Bread  Loafâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  estimates   for  stripping  the  gymâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  functional   components  and  replacing  them. The  numbers  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  citing  are  based   on  an  engineering  survey  done  by   Engineering  Services  of  Vermont   (ESV)  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  the Â��document  Selectman  

1LFN$UWLPLGHQWLÂżHGODVWPRQWKDV the  â&#x20AC;&#x153;only  real  numbers  we  haveâ&#x20AC;?  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;   together  with  the  2012  task  list  that   has  been  guiding  the  ongoing  task-­ by-­task  updating  of  the  gym.  Please   QRWHWKDWDVLJQLÂżFDQWDPRXQWRIWKH work  on  the  task  list  has  been  com-­ pleted;Íž  for  example,  new  bleachers   (Bread  Loaf  estimate  $50,000  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  ac-­ tual  cost  $8,700),  repair  of  concrete   steps  (Bread  Loaf  estimate  $23,500   â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  actual  cost  $4,005),  and  interior   painting/plaster  patch  (Bread  Loaf   estimate  $50,000  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  actual  cost  with   volunteer  labor,  under  $500). Of  course,  the  proponents  now   claim  these  were  intended  as  stop-­ gap  measures.  Please  remember,  in   presenting  these  numbers,  Select-­ man  Nick  Artim  frequently  referred   to  restoring  the  gym  to  â&#x20AC;&#x153;pristineâ&#x20AC;?   condition  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  nothing  stopgap  about   that.  The  fact  is  these  are  primar-­ ily  deferred  maintenance,  just  like   replacing  windows  or  a  heating   system  in  your  house.  And  that  fact   is  clear  on  the  public  record. ESVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  list  of  potential  projects   includes  some  that  are  needed  only   LIWKHDGMRLQLQJRIÂżFHEXLOGLQJLV demolished.  For  example,  the  work   QHHGHGWRVHSDUDWHWKHRIÂżFHEXLOG-­ ingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  electrical,  HVAC,  and  plumb-­ ing  systems  totals  $56,500  and,   in  Bread  Loafâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  estimates,  would   require  hundreds  of  thousands  of   dollars  to  replace  in  the  gym.  This   includes  main  electrical  panels,   water  connections,  heating  connec-­ WLRQVÂżUHDODUPV\VWHPWHOHSKRQH system,  etc.,  plus  Bread  Loafâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  fees   for  this  work. ESV  also  was  asked  to  provide  

estimates  for  items  its  survey  deter-­ mined  to  be  unnecessary,  such  as   replacing  all  interior  lighting.  ESV   notes  that  â&#x20AC;&#x153;it  appears  that  the  exist-­ LQJOXPLQDLUHVZHUHUHWURÂżWWHGWREH IDLUO\HIÂżFLHQW´,QWKHUHFRPPHQGD-­ tions  for  lighting,  ESV  stated:  â&#x20AC;&#x153;It  is   our  opinion  that  it  is  not  necessary   to  replace  all  luminaires  throughout   the  building,  but  rather  the  exist-­ ing  luminaires  could  be  relamped   and  cleaned.â&#x20AC;?  The  estimate  for  this   unnecessary  item  is  $45,000  plus   Bread  Loafâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  fees  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  money  that   would  be  spent  in  a  gut  renovation,   when  all  thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  needed  are  bulbs. With  Bread  Loafâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  fee  structure,   for  every  dollar  of  taxpayer  money   %UHDG/RDIVSHQGVLWVSURÂżWVJURZ We  do  not  need  a  design/build   team  or  its  overhead  for  a  phased   update  of  the  gym. In  summary,  Bread  Loafâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  estimate   of  $2.7  million  for  a  â&#x20AC;&#x153;basic  gut  rehabâ&#x20AC;?   works  very  well  for  Bread  Loafâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  bot-­ tom  line;Íž  not  so  well  for  the  townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.   If  the  bond  is  approved,  we  get  less   substantial,  smaller,  poorly  located   buildings;Íž  deprive  seniors  and  teens   of  dedicated  space  they  truly  need  and   use;Íž  increase  parking  problems;Íž  and   lose  an  ideal  location  while  needlessly   increasing  taxes. +RZLVLWZHÂżQGRXUVHOYHVLQWKH midst  of  this  debacle?  I  refer  you   to  Ruth  Hardyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  comments  on  how   poorly  this  entire  project  has  been   done,  made  at  the  Dec.  17,  2013,   selectboard  meeting  and  available   from  middleburyfreepress.org  or   middleburycommunitytv.org. Ron  Kohn Middlebury

I  canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  claim  to  be  a  regular  at  the   And  I  still  have  to  challenge  myself?   gym,  but  I  do  go  occasionally,  espe-­ Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  all  that  matters?  So  when  do   cially  in  the  winter.  One  of  the  exer-­ I  get  to  sit  on  the  couch  and  eat  bon-­ cises  I  like  to  do  is  bicep  curls  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  sit-­ bons? ting   on   a   bench   with   my   elbow   on   This  is  the  Self  that  seeks  comfort. my  knee,  raising  a  weight   Another   part   of   my   to  my  shoulder,  then  low-­ mind  says  this:  Yes!  New   HULQJ LW WRZDUG WKH Ă&#x20AC;RRU challenge!   New   learn-­ I   use   the   weights   down   ing!   New   experiences!   at  the  far  end  of  the  row   Bring   it   on!   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve   done   â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  not  quite  the  ones  you   work   and   family,   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve   need  a  microscope  to  see,   learned  some  skills  along   but  almost.   the  way;Íž  nowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  the  time   One   evening   last   fall   to  stand  up,  brush  myself   as   I   was   studiously   per-­ off,   beat   my   chest,   and   forming  my  usual  40  bi-­ stride  into  something  big   cep   curls   with   my   usual   and   new   and   hard   and   weights,  I  made  eye  con-­ challenging.   Watch   out,   tact   with   a   burly   young   world! man   lifting   metal   discs   This   is   the   Self   that   the  size  of  a  small  truck.   seeks  adventure. Making   friendly   con-­ And   somewhere   versation,   I   commented,   by Abi Sessions caught  in  the  tug  between   â&#x20AC;&#x153;This   is   pretty   pathetic,   the  comfort-­seeking  Self   isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   it,   compared   to   what   you   can   and  the  adventure-­seeking  Self  is  the   do?â&#x20AC;? Self   that   seeks   balance.   For   better   â&#x20AC;&#x153;No,  no,  not  at  all,â&#x20AC;?  he  answered.   or   worse,   this   balance-­seeking   Self   â&#x20AC;&#x153;As  long  as  weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  challenging  our-­ usually  leads  the  way  for  me. selves,  thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  all  that  matters.â&#x20AC;? So   the   challenges   I   take   on   are   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve   been   thinking   about   that   modest,   mostly   within   my   comfort   statement  ever  since. zone.   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m   learning   Spanish   on   Ro-­ One   part   of   my   mind   says   this:   setta  Stone,  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  learning  to  cook  In-­ Challenging   myself?   Are   you   kid-­ dian   cuisine,   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m   learning   to   facili-­ ding?   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve   worked   in   schools   for   tate  a  group  of  memoir-­writers.  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m   nearly  40  years,  changing  jobs  every   learning  to  design  gardens  for  other   six  years.  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  raised  three  kids  and  a   people,   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m   learning   about   home-­ smattering  of  foster  kids.  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  stayed   lessness   and   local   government,   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m   married  for  42  years.  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  helped  to   learning   to   write   a   column   for   the   start   a   church.   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve   maintained   an   local   newspaper.   Nothing   very   ad-­ old   house   and   a   large   garden.   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve   venturous,  but  there  appears  to  be  a   tried   to   be   a   contributing   member   theme  here  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  I  like  the  challenge  of   of  the  community  in  as  many  ways   learning  new  things.   as   I   can.   Now   my   kids   are   grown   What   my   burly   gym   companion   and  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  retired  from  full-­time  work.   had   in   mind   with   his   statement,  

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though,   was   probably   more   in   the   physical  realm.  And  there,  I  realize,   the  comfort-­seeking  Self  has  gotten   the  upper  hand.   Workouts   have   become   shorter   and  less  frequent;Íž  stiff  joints  remain   unstretched   and   muscles   untested.   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  used  the  same  weight  for  those   bicep   curls   for   two   years.   My   ex-­ pectations  are  low.  I  have  no  goals.   Sitting   in   my   soft   chair   next   to   the   woodstove,  I  can  make  a  dozen  ex-­ cuses  for  not  moving.  Clearly,  I  have   not  been  challenging  myself.   Until  last  week,  that  is,  when  our   daughter   forwarded   an   email   with   this   subject:   16   Astounding   Back-­ packing  Trips  to  Add  to  Your  Bucket   List.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thought   of   you,â&#x20AC;?   she   said.   How  did  she  know  I  needed  a  goal   to   raise   my   expectations?   How   did   she  know  I  needed  a  challenge? Backpacking   â&#x20AC;Ś   I   remember   backpacking.   I   love   backpacking!   And   astounding   â&#x20AC;Ś   I   love   astound-­ ing!   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve   already   done   three   of   the   recommended   trips,   so   that   only   leaves  13  to  go!  With  a  great  deal  of   luck,  I  could  have  time  to  do  most  of   them.  I  think  a  goal  has  just  landed   LQWRP\OLIH²JHWWLQJÂżWIRUVRPH astounding  backpacking  trips.   The   adventure-­seeking   Self   has   awakened!   I   WILL   get   out   of   my   chair,  I  WILL  stand  up  and  beat  my   chest,   I   WILL   challenge   myself   to   JHWÂżWVRWKDW,FDQVKDUHVRPHRIWKH astounding  adventures  the  world  has   to   offer,   and   stride   into   something   big  and  new  and  hard  and  challeng-­ ing.   Abi  Sessions  is  a  retired  educator.   She  lives  in  Cornwall  with  her  hus-­ band,  Bill.  

,QWHULP%ULVWROVFKRROOHDGHUJHWVYRWHRIFRQÂżGHQFH Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   note:   The   following   letter   was  read  to  the  Bristol  school  board  at   its  Feb.  9  meeting,  in  response  to  the   school  board  and  superintendentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  de-­ cision  to  open  the  position  of  principal   to   outside   applications.   Sandy   Jump   has  served  as  interim  principal  since   July  2013. As  a  public  school  Bristol  Elemen-­ tary  School  has  been  entrusted  with   the  academic,  social  and  emotional   education  of  our  children.  Parents,   staff  and  other  community  members,   and  you,  the  school  board,  all  have   important  roles  to  play  in  making   BES  successful.  We  speak  on  behalf   of  the  staff  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  teachers,  educational   assistants,  custodians,  kitchen  staff,   and  nurse  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  many  of  whom  are  also   Bristol  residents  and  past,  present   and  future  BES  parents.  We  have   dedicated  our  professional  lives  to   ensuring  that  the  children  are  safe  and   able  to  learn  and  develop  to  their  full-­ est  potential. This  is  a  time  of  transition  for  BES,   and  transitions  can  be  both  stressful   and  an  opportunity  for  growth.  As  the   school  board  considers  the  hiring  of   a  permanent  principal,  weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d  like  to   share  with  you  our  experience  with   Sandy  Jump  over  past  six  months.   We  want  to  explain  why  we  hope  she   will  become  our  permanent  principal.   Sandy  came  to  us  with  years  of  ex-­ perience  in  a  wide  variety  of  schools   ²VPDOODQGODUJHDIĂ&#x20AC;XHQWDQG struggling,  and  schools  with  diverse   age  ranges  and  populations.  BES  had   just  adopted  an  improvement  plan  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;   the  Green  Mountain  Star  Plan  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  and   Sandy  is  well  versed  in  the  school   improvement  process.  Her  experience   matched  our  needs. One  of  the  central  tenets  of  the   GMS  plan  is  shared  leadership,  and   as  soon  as  Sandy  was  hired  she  began   meeting  with  as  many  members  of   the  staff  as  were  available.  She  met   during  the  summer  with  the  School   Leadership  Team,  and  spent  the   majority  of  the  meeting  time  listen-­ ing  to  our  concerns  and  priorities.   This  turned  out  to  be  representative   of  her  leadership  style.  Anyone  who   has  met  Sandy  knows  she  has  plenty   to  say,  but  she  always  spends  at  least   as  much  time  listening  as  she  does  

talking.  In  every  situation,  Sandy  goes   beyond  just  listening  to  staff  con-­ cerns;Íž  she  elicits  our  ideas  for  how  to   solve  problems,  gives  feedback  which   UHĂ&#x20AC;HFWVKHUHGXFDWLRQDOH[SHULHQFH and  then  proposes  possible  solutions.   She  is  willing  to  have  us  try  a  variety   of  approaches,  but  will  not  hesitate  to   step  in  and  make  a  decision  when  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   necessary.  She  knows  how  to  walk   that  most  delicate  tightrope  of  leader-­ ship  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  sharing  leadership  while   being  willing  to  make  the  hard  calls   when  necessary. Sandy  is  a  highly  visible  principal.   She  travels  through  the  school,  pop-­ SLQJLQWRFODVVHVFKDWWLQJEULHĂ&#x20AC;\ZLWK teachers,  educational  assistants  and   children.  Periodically  she  drops  into   the  staff  room  to  chat  with  whoever  is   eating  lunch.  She  stops  into  special-­ LVWVÂśRIÂżFHVDQGFODVVURRPV,I\RXÂśUH busy  with  students  sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll  observe  for   a  moment,  interact  with  the  children   when  appropriate,  and  leave.  If  youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re   free,  sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll  stay  for  a  conversation  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;   getting  to  know  you  better  and  giving   you  the  opportunity  to  ask  questions   and  share  your  thoughts.  That  is  the   key  to  Sandyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  leadership  style  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;   respectful  involvement.  She  takes   the  time,  and  has  the  insight,  to  get   to  know  her  staff  both  as  people  and   as  professionals,  which  allows  her  to   GUDZRQRXUVWUHQJWKVIRUWKHEHQHÂżW of  the  children. One  of  the  responsibilities  of  a   principal  is  to  shepherd  members  of   WKHVFKRROFRPPXQLW\WKURXJKGLIÂż-­ cult  times.  When  a  child  is  struggling,   academically,  socially  or  emotionally,   everyone  around  that  child  is  affected   â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  parents,  teachers  and  schoolmates.   Sandy  has  the  unenviable  task  of   sharing  hard  truths  with  parents  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;   that  their  child  might  have  a  serious   issue  which  needs  to  be  addressed.   She  needs  to  support  teachers  who   are  trying  to  teach  when  a  child  is  in   crisis,  and  to  protect  the  other  children   who  are  bewildered  and  even  hurt  by   that  child.  Sandy  is  willing  to  risk  the   anger  of  parents  who  may  not  agree   with  her  professional  assessment  of   their  childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  needs;Íž  she  tries  her  best   to  recommend  what  will  best  serve   each  child,  and  the  community  of   children  in  our  care.

Sandy  has  been  able  to  keep  us  on   an  even  keel  even  through  challeng-­ ing  staff  turnovers.  This  fall  two  out   of  three  of  our  special  educators  were   new,  two  special  educators  were  on   long-­term  medical  absences,  and   then  one  of  the  new  teachers  resigned   DQGKDGWREHUHSODFHG'LIÂżFXOWDV this  was,  the  staff  felt  that  Sandy  was   supporting  us,  looking  for  solutions   that  would  serve  the  needs  of  children   without  burdening  stretched  staff   more  than  absolutely  necessary. Sandy  has  guided  us  deftly  through   the  transition  from  Catrina  DiNapoliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   principalship  and  the  initial  imple-­ mentation  of  the  Green  Mountain  Star   Plan.  As  a  result  the  staff  is  feeling   FRQÂżGHQWDQGHQHUJL]HG:HIHHOVXS-­ ported  and  empowered  as  profession-­ als  and  learners.  While  no  leader  can   easily  please  all  the  relevant  constitu-­ ents,  Sandy  has  certainly  gained  our   WUXVWDQGFRQÂżGHQFH Rather  than  go  through  another   transition,  with  a  new,  unknown   leader  at  the  helm,  we  would  love   to  go  forward  with  Sandy.  BES  is   a  wonderful  school  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  with  great   children  and  families,  professional   and  dedicated  teachers  and  staff  and   a  wonderful  interim  principal.  We  ask   that  you  let  us  continue  on  this  path. Michele  Lowy,  Darin  Maloney,   Cathy  Jipner,  Heidi  Schwartz,   Rebecca  Zavadil,  Laura  Bouvier,   Kristina  Reen,  Jackie  Raymond,   Peg  Sutlive,  Jan  Epstein,  Andrea   Murnane,  Kyra  Ginalski,  Kim   Krampetz,  Mary-­Jane  Brough-­ ton,  Christine  McGovern,  Bridget   Nardiello,  Sandy  Haddock,   Debra  Lyons,  Heather  Estey,   Carol  Spaid,  Sarah  Scrodin,   Cathy  Smith,  Linda  Barrows,   Rhonda  Hoag,  Jennifer  Willey,   Jenni  Utter,  Andrea  Halnon,  Deb   Mager  Rickner,  Jere  Urban,  Alice   Emmell,  San  Gordon,  Michaela   Wisell,  Pamela  Laurent,  Judy   Welch,  Wendy  Lossmann,  Victo-­ ria  Snyder,  Robin  Dion,  Jennifer   McCormick,  Betty  Soneira  RN,   Kari  Griner,  Kathleen  McKen-­ nan,  Sarah  Mangini,  Kathy  Mar-­ tell  and  Kirsten  Beneke Bristol  Elementary  School  staff

Middlebury  has  opportunity  to  look  to  the  future Middlebury:  It  is  time  to  look   ahead,  not  back.  Remember  when   some  objected  to  EastView  because   LWZRXOGFDXVHWUDIÂżFSUREOHPVRQ South  Street  (it  did  not  and,  at  last   count,  has  created  73  jobs),  or  that   the  Cross  Street  Bridge  was  in  the   wrong  place  (it  isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t)  or  even  that   WKHWUDIÂżFFLUFOHZRXOGQRWEHDEOH to  handle  trucks  (it  can).  We  made   Middlebury  a  better  place  to  live   in  by  making  those  improvements   possible  and  we  can  do  it  again   by  voting  NOW  in  favor  of  the   SURSRVHGQHZWRZQRIÂżFHDQGJ\P 7KHROGJ\PFDQÂśWEH³¿[HG´ for  $500,000  or  a  million  dollars   no  matter  what  some  opponents   of  progress  would  have  you  think.   (The  proper  number  is  around   $2.7  million.)  It  is  old,  has  a  poor  

foundation  and  its  mechanical  and   electrical  systems  are  obsolete.   /HWœVIDFHLW7KHWRZQRI¿FHVDUH LQHI¿FLHQWDQGXJO\$QGWKHFRO-­ lege  is  not  about  to  build  us  a  new   WRZQRI¿FHLQIURQWRI7ZLOLJKW Hall  as  some  wish.  They  are  much   more  likely  to  walk  away  from   their  current  generous  offer  and   leave  us  to  build  the  new  facilities   on  our  own. There  you  have  it:  Do  it  now  at  a   taxpayer  cost  of  $2  million  ($0.02   increase  in  tax  rate),  or  turn  it  down   and  leave  it  to  the  next  generation   of  voters  to  deal  with  the  prob-­ lem.  That  will  be  years  from  now   because,  like  it  or  not,  if  we  lose   this  opportunity  the  odds  are  that  we   will  talk  and  argue  about  this  issue   for  a  long,  long  time.

1RWKHQHZWRZQRIÂżFHORFDWLRQ wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  solve  our  parking  issues  but   it  does  not  make  them  worse.  Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve   built  a  new  police  station,  improved   RXUÂżUHVWDWLRQDQGEXLOWWKHEULGJH and  someday  weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll  build  a  parking   JDUDJHRUÂżQGDQRWKHUVROXWLRQIRU parking. But  please,  look  ahead,  not  back.   <RXUHOHFWHGRIÂżFLDOVZLWKWKHFRO-­ legeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  help,  have  devised  a  smart,   cost-­effective  solution  to  a  long-­ standing  problem.  Please  vote  for  it.   Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  turn  it  down  because  it  isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   perfect  or  removes  a  bit  of  nos-­ talgia;Íž  look  to  the  future  and  take   another  step  in  keeping  Middlebury   the  wonderful  community  that  it  is   and  will  continue  to  be. Max  Kraus Middlebury

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in   a   series   of   beginner   tai   chi   classes   for   seniors,   meeting  Mondays  and  Thursdays  through  April  17.   Sponsored   by   CVAA,   these   free   classes   can   help   CCV   Information   Session   in   LPSURYH EDODQFH Ă&#x20AC;H[LELOLW\ DQG PXVFOH VWUHQJWK LQ Middlebury.  Thursday,  Feb.  20,  5:30-­6:30   seniors.  Register  at  453-­5885  or  1-­800-­642-­5119,  or   p.m.,   10   Merchants   Row.   Find   out   about   visit  www.cvaa.org.   Community   College   of   Vermontâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   classes   starting   Lecture   on   music   in   1980s   video   games   at   in  summer  2014.  An  academic  adviser  will  go  over   Middlebury   College.   Monday,   Feb.   24,   4:30-­6:30   the   process   of   enrolling   and   discuss   courses   and   p.m.,   Axinn   Center,   Room   229.   Musicologist   Neil   programs  available  at  CCV.  Info:  388-­3032.   Lerner   presents   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Dynamic   Leaps:   Musical   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bats  on  the  Brinkâ&#x20AC;?  lecture  in  Middlebury.  Thursday,   Innovations   and   Backwards   Glances   in   Donkey   Feb.   20,   7-­9   p.m.,   Ilsley   Library.   Postponed   from   Kong  and  Super  Mario  Bros.â&#x20AC;?  Free.  Info:  443-­3168   Feb.   13.   Vermont   wildlife   biologist   Scott   Darling   or  www.middlebury.edu/arts.   talks  about  the  decline  in  the  stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  bat  population   Talk   by   former   ambassador   to   Germany   at   due   to   white-­nose   syndrome.   Part   of   Otter   Creek   Middlebury   College.   Monday,   Feb.   24,   4:30-­6:30   Audubonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Cabin  Fever  Lecture  Series.  Free.   p.m.,  Robert  A.  Jones  â&#x20AC;&#x2122;59  House  conference  room.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bobcats  in  Our  Backyardsâ&#x20AC;?  presentation  in  New   Philip  Murphy,  former  U.S.  ambassador  to  Germany,   Haven.   Thursday,   Feb.   20,   7-­9   p.m.,   New   Haven   ZLOOSUHVHQWÂł*HUPDQ\(XURSHDQG$PHULFD:KHUH 7RZQ 2IÂżFH :LOGOLIH ELRORJLVW /DXUD )DUUHOO WDONV 'R:H*RIURP+HUH"´ about  this  elusive  creature  in  our  region.  Part  of  the   Eckankar  presentation  in  Middlebury.  Monday,  Feb.   New   Haven   Conservation   Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Armchair   SP,OVOH\/LEUDU\+DYH\RXOLYHGEHIRUH" Naturalist  Speaker  Series.   Do  dreams  hold  the  keys  to  a  better,  happier,  more   VXFFHVVIXO OLIH" 7KLV RSHQ GLVFXVVLRQ EDVHG RQ WKHWHDFKLQJVRI(FNDQNDUUHOLJLRQRIWKH/LJKWDQG Sound  of  God,  will  explore  those  topics  and  more.   All-­you-­can-­eat   pancake   breakfast   in   Info:  www.eckankar-­vt.org.   All-­you-­can-­eat   spaghetti   dinner   in   New  Haven.  Sunday,  Feb.  23,  7-­11  a.m.,   Meet  the  Candidates  Night  in  Lincoln.  Monday,  Feb.   Weybridge.   Friday,   Feb.   21,   5-­8   p.m.,   New   Haven   Town   Hall.   Plain   or   blueberry   24,  7-­9  p.m.,  Lincoln  Library.  Lincoln  residents  are   :H\EULGJH (OHPHQWDU\ 6FKRRO 6SDJKHWWL pancakes,  French  toast,  pure  Vermont  maple  syrup,   invited  to  come  meet  the  folks  who  are  running  for   and   meatballs,   green   salad,   garlic   RIÂżFHLQ/LQFROQWKLV\HDU:DOW*UHLQHUZLOOPRGHU-­ bread,   homemade   desserts   and   ate.  Info:  453-­2665.   beverage.   Proceeds   go   toward   Lecture   on   West   African   hunting   songs   at   WKH :H\EULGJH 9ROXQWHHU )LUH Middlebury   College.   Monday,   Feb.   24,   7:30-­9:30   Department.  Adults  $8,  children  6-­12   p.m.,   Mahaney   Center   for   the   $5,   under   6   free.   Tickets   available   at   LEARN TO DANCE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Nightclub Two Step. Sunday afternoons Arts,   Room   221.   Anthropology   WKHWRZQFOHUNÂśVRIÂżFHRUDWWKHGRRU 1:30 to 2:30, March 2, 9, 16, 23. No experience required. and   religion   professor   Joseph   â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   Meaning   of   the   Masksâ&#x20AC;?   dance   Hellweg   presents   â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   Harp   Classes held at the Cornwall Town Hall on Rte 30. $40 for 4 week Is   the   Hunterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Qurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;an:   Text,   performance  at  Middlebury  College.   series, of a one hour lesson each week. For information: www. Performance   and   Narrative   Friday,   Feb.   21,   8-­10   p.m.,   Mahaney   Center   for   the   Arts.   The   2014   Dance   in   Dozo   Hungint   Songs   of   champlainvalleydance.com Call John at (802) 897-7500. Company   of   Middlebury,   under   the   Northwestern   CĂ´te   dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Ivoire.â&#x20AC;?   direction   of   Christal   Brown,   premieres   Free.   Info:   802-­443-­3168   or   scrambled   eggs,   bacon,   sausage,   home   fries,   three  original  works.  The  performance  is  the  culmi-­ www.middlebury.edu/arts.   FRIIHH WHD DQG MXLFH 7R EHQHÂżW WKH 1HZ +DYHQ nation  of  a  multi-­semester  investigation  of  the  ritual   Volunteer  Fire  Department.   of   masking   across   cultures.   Tickets   $12/$10/$6,   available   at   802-­443-­6433   or   http://go.middlebury. Free   painting   lesson   in   Vergennes.   Sunday,   Feb.   23,   10   a.m.-­1   p.m.,   Kennedy   Brothers.   Lillian   edu/arts.  Also  on  Feb.  22.   Senior   luncheon   in   Middlebury.   Kennedy   will   create   a   painting   of   the   Vergennes   Tuesday,   Feb.   25,   11:30   a.m.-­1:30   p.m.,   Falls   and   explain   her   process   as   she   works.   The   Russ  Sholes  Senior  Center.  CVAA  sponsors   SDLQWLQJ ZLOO ODWHU EH DXFWLRQHG RII WR EHQHÂżW WKH a  luncheon  of  meatloaf  with  brown  sauce,  mashed   Vergennes  Partnership.  Drop-­in  event.  Info:  lillian@ Green   Mountain   Club   snowshoe   or   potatoes,  carrots  and  turnips,  oatmeal  bread,  choc-­ kennedybrothers.com.   hike  in  Ripton.  Saturday,  Feb.  22,  Spirit   Historical   society   meeting   in   Addison.   Sunday,   olate  pudding  and  cream.  Suggested  donation  $4.   LQ1DWXUHWUDLOV(DV\PLOHVJHQWO\UROO-­ Reservations   required:   1-­800-­642-­5119,   ext.   634.   Feb.  23,  2-­4  p.m.,  Bring  a  dessert  to  share  at  this   ing  terrain  at  moderate  pace.  Contact  leader  Harris   Free  transportation  via  ACTR:  388-­1946.   meeting   of   the   Addison   Town   Historical   Society.   Abbott   at   (802)   878-­4873   or   jabbott4111@myfair-­ Beverages   will   be   provided.   All   Addison   County   Vermont   Health   Connect   informational   session   point.net  for  meeting  time.   in   Bristol.   Tuesday,   Feb.   Vermont   Health   Connect   25,   1-­2   p.m.,   Lawrence   Memorial   Library.   informational   session   in   Navigators   from   the   Open   Brandon.  Saturday,  Feb.  22,   Door   Clinic   in   Middlebury   8:30-­9:30  a.m.,  Brandon  Free   will   be   available   to   answer   Public   Library.   Navigators   questions   about   eligibility,   from  the  Open  Door  Clinic  in   ÂżQDQFLDO DVVLVWDQFH DQG Middlebury   will   be   available   enrollment   deadlines.   To   to   answer   questions   about   schedule  an  appointment  or   HOLJLELOLW\ÂżQDQFLDODVVLVWDQFH learn  more,  call  989-­6872.   and  enrollment  deadlines.  To   Cameron   Visiting   Artist   schedule   an   appointment   or   Talk   at   Middlebury   learn  more,  call  989-­6872.   College.  Tuesday,  Feb.  25,   Rummage   sale   in   New   4:30-­6:30   p.m.,   Johnson   Haven.   Saturday,   Feb.   22,   Memorial   Building,   Room   9   a.m.-­2   p.m.,   New   Haven    -DNH :LQLVNL LV DQ Congregational   Church.   artist   on   the   research   and   Clothing   and   books.   Info:   development   team   for   453-­3498.   (FRYDWLYH 'HVLJQ ZKHUH Artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;   supply   yard   sale   in   fungi   are   transformed   Brandon.   Saturday,   Feb.   into   rigid   molded   materi-­ 22,  10  a.m.-­4  p.m.,  Compass   als   and   may   eventually   Music   and   Arts   Center,   333   replace   Styrofoam.   His   Jones   Drive.   An   indoor,   fully   mixed-­media   images   heated  craft  sale.  Sellers  get   underscore   the   free-­asso-­ a   6-­foot-­by-­6-­foot   space   to   ciative   manner   in   which   sell   unwanted   art   supplies   internal  fantasy  can  project   and  materials  or  found  objects   itself   into   the   world.   Free.   that  could  be  used  creatively   Info:   443-­3168   or   www. or   repurposed.   Flat   fee   $30   middlebury.edu/arts.   per   space,   no   commission.   Milk   &   Honey   Quiltersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;   Deadline   to   reserve   space:   Guild   meeting   in   Feb.   20   or   until   all   spots   Middlebury.  Tuesday,  Feb.   DUH ÂżOOHG 6QRZ GDWH 0DUFK 25,   6-­8   p.m.,   American   1.   Info:   247-­4295   or   info@ Legion.   Pizza   and   project   cmacvt.org.   night.  A  social  hour  of  pizza,   Free   painting   lesson   in   salad  and  soft  drinks  will  be   Vergennes.   Saturday,   Feb.   ARTIST  LILLIAN  KENNEDY  will  offer  a  free,  drop-­in  painting  demonstration  and  les-­ followed   by   making   pillow   22,   10   a.m.-­1   p.m.,   Kennedy   son  at  Kennedy  Brothers  in  Vergennes  on  Saturday  and  Sunday,  Feb.  22  and  23.  She   FDVHVIRUDQDUHDQRQSURÂżW Brothers.   Lillian   Kennedy   will   create   a   16-­by-­20-­inch   painting   of   the   Vergennes   Falls,   which   will   later   be   auc-­ Instructions   and   a   supply   will   create   a   painting   of   the   tioned  off  to  support  the  Vergennes  Partnership. list   will   be   emailed.   Show   Vergennes   Falls   and   explain   and   tell   welcome.   For   info   her   process   as   she   works.   or  the  supply  list:  948-­2420.   The   painting   will   later   be   historical   societies   are   welcome   to   come   and   Auditions   for   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Almost,   Maineâ&#x20AC;?   in   Middlebury.   DXFWLRQHGRIIWREHQHÂżWWKH9HUJHQQHV3DUWQHUVKLS share   ideas   for   programs   and   joint   activities.   Info:   Tuesday,   Feb.   25,   7-­9   p.m.,   Town   Hall   Theater.   Drop-­in   event,   continues   Feb.   23.   Info:   lillian@ 759-­2598.   Middlebury  Community  Players  present  this  quirky   kennedybrothers.com.   romantic  comedy,  a  series  of  two-­character  playlets   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   Them   Bodies   Saintsâ&#x20AC;?   screening   at   Meeting   on   community-­owned   solar   energy   proj-­ ect   in   Shoreham.   Sunday,   Feb.   23,   2-­4   p.m.,   about   a   small   town   in   northern   Maine.   Roles   for   Middlebury  College.  Saturday,  Feb.  22,  3-­5  p.m.,   6KRUHKDP(OHPHQWDU\6FKRRO*HRUJH*URVVDQG up  to  19  men  and  women  age  20  through  seniors.   'DQD$XGLWRULXP'LUHFWRU'DYLG/RZHU\ÂśVÂżOP %DUEDUD :LOVRQ ZLOO SUHVHQW D SURSRVDO WKH\ KDYH Perusal  scripts  available  at  the  THT.  Play  runs  May   is  set  in  1970s  Texas,  where  outlaw  Bob  Muldoon   developed   for   a   member-­owned   solar   project   to   1-­4.  Info:  388-­7432  or  735-­8041.   tries  to  reunite  with  his  wife,  Ruth,  and  the  child  he   EHQHÂżW6KRUHKDPUHVLGHQWV7KHPHHWLQJZLOODOVR has   never   met.   Free.   Info:   802-­443-­3168   or   www. focus  on  cold-­climate  heat  pump  technology  to  cut   middlebury.edu/arts.   heating   costs   in   the   winter   and   provide   air   condi-­ â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   Meaning   of   the   Masksâ&#x20AC;?   dance   performance   tioning  in  the  summer.  Info:  897-­5339  or  george@ at   Middlebury   College.   Saturday,   Feb.   22,   3-­5   Senior   luncheon   in   Bristol.   pinnacle-­consulting-­llc.com.   p.m.,  Mahaney  Center  for  the  Arts.  The  2014  Dance   :HGQHVGD\ )HE   DP SP Company   of   Middlebury,   under   the   direction   of   Alexander   Melnikov   in   concert   at   Middlebury   Bristol   American   Legion.   CVAA   invites   College.   Sunday,   Feb.   23,   3-­5   p.m.,   Mahaney   Christal  Brown,  premieres  three  original  works.  The   seniors   to   a   noontime   meal   of   chicken   marsala,   Center   for   the   Arts.   The   Russian   piano   sensa-­ performance  is  the  culmination  of  a  multi-­semester   PXVKURRP VDXFH PDVKHG FDXOLĂ&#x20AC;RZHU JUHHQ tion   returns   to   Middlebury   just   a   month   after   his   investigation  of  the  ritual  of  masking  across  cultures.   beans,  dinner  roll  and  pineapple  upside  down  cake.   last   appearance.   He   will   play   a   solo   program   of   Tickets   $12/$10/$6,   available   at   802-­443-­6433   or   Suggested   donation   $4.   Bring   your   own   place   6FKXPDQQÂśV 6\PSKRQLF (WXGHV DQG %RRN 7ZR RI http://go.middlebury.edu/arts.   setting.   Free   transportation   with  ACTR:   388-­1946.   Shostakovichâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   24   Preludes   and   Fugues,   op.   87.   Prime   Rib   Dinner   in   Hancock.   Saturday,   Feb.   22,   Reservations  required:  1-­800-­642-­5119,  ext.  610.   Pre-­concert   lecture   by   Larry   Hamberlin   at   2:15   6-­7   p.m.,   Community   Church   of   Hancock   and   p.m.  in  Room  221.  Tickets  $25/$20/$6,  available  at   Konrad   Ryushin   Marchaj,   Sensei,   talk   at   Granville.   Prime   rib,   mashed   potatoes,   vegetable,   Middlebury  College.:HGQHVGD\)HE 802-­443-­6433  or  www.middlebury.edu/arts.   salad,   roll   and   dessert.   To-­go   orders   available   for   p.m.,   Axinn   Center,   Abernethy   Room.   Ryushin   pickup  from  5-­5:45  p.m.  Tickets  $23.  Reservations   Meet   the   Candidates   event   and   potluck   in   6HQVHL SUHVHQWV Âł:KDW ,V 'HDWK ,I 7KHUH ,V 1R Salisbury.   Sunday,   Feb.   23,   4-­6   p.m.,   Salisbury   required   by   Feb.   14.   Tickets   and   info:   767-­9157,   6HOI"$%XGGKLVW3HUVSHFWLYHRQ/LYLQJ'\LQJDQG Church.   The   Conservation   Commission   and   the   767-­3742,767-­3662  or  767-­9034.   Freedom.â&#x20AC;?  He  is  the  abbot  and  resident  teacher  of   Salisbury  Public  Library  host  this  annual  event,  with   King  Pede  party  in  Ferrisburgh.  Saturday,  Feb.  22,   Zen  Mountain  Monastery  in  Mt.  Tremper,  N.Y.  Free.   a  community  potluck  supper  to  follow.  The  church   6:30-­8:30  p.m.,  Ferrisburgh  Community  Center  and   will   provide   baked   ham;   community   members   are   Richard   Wagner   talk   at   Middlebury   College.   Town  Hall.  Sandwich  supper  followed  by  an  evening   :HGQHVGD\ )HE   SP +LOOFUHVW  asked  to  bring  casseroles,  salads  and  desserts.   of   fun   and   card   games.   Come   planning   to   play   *UHJ 9LWHUFLN SUHVHQWV Âł5LFKDUG :DJQHU DQG WKH King   Pede   or   bring   your   own   favorite   card   game.   Revolution   of   Love.â&#x20AC;?   Free.   Info:   www.middlebury. 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28

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Mar

1

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5

WEDNESDAY

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THURSDAY â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creative   Collectivityâ&#x20AC;?   talk   at   Middlebury  College.7KXUVGD\0DUFK

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IN  FABRIC  ARTIST  Judith  Reillyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Culinary  Choices,â&#x20AC;?  a  sneaky  feline  attempts  to   897-­2647.   Monday,   11   a.m.-­7   p.m.;   Starry  Night  CafĂŠ.  5371  Route  7  in  Ferrisburgh.   swipe  a  treat  from  a  table  of  goodies.  Reillyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  work  will  be  displayed  along  with  many   Wednesday   and   Thursday,   2   p.m.-­7   Wednesday-­Sunday. othersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  in  the  Brandon  Artist  Guildâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  member  show  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Still  Life  and  Sculpture,â&#x20AC;?  which   p.m.;  Saturday,  9  a.m.-­1  p.m.  Programs   Stone   Leaf   Tea   House.   Marble   Works,   opens  with  a  reception  at  the  Guild  on  Friday,  Feb.  28,  at  5  p.m. on  website:  www.plattlib.org.  Preschool   Middlebury.   Exhibit:   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Foreign   Language   story   time,   ages   3-­5,   two   Mondays   a   Featurel:   Collaborative   Conceptual   Works   month,   10:15   a.m.   Youth   story   time,   by  Yinglei  Zhang  and  Rachel  Baird.â&#x20AC;? 1:30  p.m.  (17  and  under  must  be  accompanied  by  a  parent  or   ages  5-­12,  second  Wednesday,  2:45  p.m.  Lap-­sit  story  time,   6WXGLR 9  0DLQ 6W 9HUJHQQHV DERYH $GGLVRQ 2XWÂżWWHUV guardian).  247-­8230. second  Thursday,  11  a.m.  Lego  Night,  third  Thursday,  5:30-­7   Info:  877-­6524  or  www.bethanyfarrell.com. Hancock   Free   Public   Library.   Wednesday,   1-­5   p.m.;   Thursday,   p.m. Stratford   House   Pottery   gallery   and   studio,   294   Route   22A,   noon-­6   p.m.;   Saturday,   9   a.m.-­1   p.m.   Books,   videos   and   Russell   Memorial   Library.   Monkton.   453-­4471.   Tuesday   and   Orwell.   Weekdays   10   a.m.-­5   p.m.,   call   proprietor   Stacey   DVDs.  Other  items  available  through  interlibrary  loan. Thursday,   3-­7   p.m.;   Friday   and   Saturday,   9   a.m.-­1   p.m.   Stanhope  at  948-­2105  to  ensure  it  is  open  the  day  you  wish   Ilsley   Public   Library.   75   Main   St.,   Middlebury,   388-­4095.   Friday  Story  Hour,  second  and  fourth  Friday,  10-­11  a.m.  WiFi   to  visit. Monday,   Wednesday   and   Friday,   10   a.m.-­6   p.m.;   Tuesday   available. Town  Hall  Theater  Jackson  Gallery,  Merchants  Row,  Middlebury.   and   Thursday,   10   a.m.-­8   p.m.;   Saturday,   10   a.m.-­4   p.m.   Monday-­Saturday,  noon  to  5  p.m.  382-­9222.   October-­April,   Sunday,   1-­4   p.m.   Early   Literacy   Story   Times,   Salisbury   Free   Public   Library.   458-­0747.   Tuesday-­Thursday,   2:30-­5:30   p.m.;   Saturday,   9   a.m.-­noon.   Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Time,   Vermont   Folklife   Center.   88   Main   St.,   Middlebury.   Gallery   and   Thursdays,  10:30-­11:15  a.m.  Itsy  Bitsy  Yoga,  Thursdays,  July   Tuesday   2:30-­4   p.m.   Info:   http://salisburyfreelibrary.blogspot. shop  hours  Tuesday-­Saturday,  10  a.m.-­5  p.m.  Admission  by   11-­Aug.   8,   10:30-­11:15   a.m.,   for   ages   birth   through   5   years.   com. donation.  388-­4964.   Garden  Story  Times,  Tuesdays,  June  18-­Aug.  6,  10:30-­11:15   Vermont  Studio  Furniture  Gallery.  718  Old  Hollow  Road,  North   a.m.   Mayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Music   and   Movement,   Tuesdays,   10:30-­11:15   Sarah  Partridge  Community  Library.  East  Middlebury.  388-­7588.   Ilsley  Library  cards  accepted.  Tuesday,  9  a.m.-­noon;  Thursday,   Ferrisburgh.  Gallery  hours,  Saturday,  10  a.m.-­2  p.m. a.m.,   for   ages   birth   through   5   years.   Magic:   The   Gathering   2-­6  p.m.;  Saturday,  9  a.m.-­noon.  Book  sale  on  Saturdays. WalkOver   Gallery.   15   Main   St.,   Bristol.   Gallery   hours   are   games   for   kids   in   grades   6-­12,   third   Tuesday   of   the   month,   Monday-­Friday,  9  a.m.-­4  p.m.  453-­3188.   4-­6   p.m.   Hand   in   Hand   community   service   projects   for   kids,   Starksboro  Public  Library.  2827  Route  116,  Starksboro  (in  town   KDOO   3DUNLQJ EHKLQG WRZQ RIÂżFHV 0RQGD\  =RQH7KUHH *DOOHU\  0DSOH 6W WKLUG Ă&#x20AC;RRU 0LGGOHEXU\ ,QIR ÂżUVW 7KXUVGD\ RI HYHU\ PRQWK  SP 9ROXQ7HHQV a.m.-­6  p.m.;  Thursday,  10  a.m.-­5  p.m.;  Saturday,  9  a.m.-­1  p.m.   1-­800-­249-­3562  or  www.zonethreegallery.com.   second   Thursday   of   every   month,   3:30-­4:30   p.m.   Young   Story  time  (ages  3-­5)  Monday,  10:30  a.m.  453-­3732. Writersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  Club,  third  Thursday  of  every  month,  3:30-­4:30  p.m.   Mysterious  Hogwarts  Reading  Society,  last  Thursday  of  every   Whiting  Free  Library.  Main  Street  opposite  the  church.  623-­7862.   Call   for   hours.   Story   time   with   Deb   Lendway,   10   a.m.   month,  3:30-­4:30  p.m.  Youth  Media  Lab,  Tuesdays,  3:30-­4:30   Wednesdays. p.m.  For  a  complete  listing  of  ongoing  and  special  childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Bixby   Memorial   Library.   258   Main   St.,   Vergennes.   877-­2211.   activities,  visit  www.ilsleypubliclibrary.org  or  call  the  Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Monday,   12:30-­8   p.m.;   Tuesday,   12:30-­5   p.m.;   Wednesday   Room  at  388-­4097. Go  online  to  see  a  full  listing  of   and  Thursday,  10  a.m.-­5  p.m.;  Friday,  12:30-­5  p.m.;  Saturday,   Lawrence   Memorial   Library.   40   North   St.,   Bristol,   453-­2366.   10  a.m.-­2  p.m.  Preschool  multi-­age  story  time  Thursday,  10:30   Monday,   10   a.m.-­5   p.m.;   Tuesday   and   Thursday,   10   a.m.-­8   a.m. p.m.;  Wednesday  and  Friday,  1-­5  p.m.;  Saturday,  9  a.m.-­1  p.m.   Brandon  Free  Public  Library.  Preschool  story  hour  every  Friday   Monday,  10  a.m.-­4  p.m.,  free  walk-­in  computer  help.  Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   at   1   p.m.   with   Deb   Lendway.   Movies   shown   every   Friday   at   autumn   story   times,   Mondays,   10:30-­11   a.m.,   Thursdays,  

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State Newsbriefs /DZPDNHUVÂżQGLW $ERXWVLJQ KDUGWRFUDIW'8, XSIRUPHGLFDO GUXJOHJLVODWLRQ PDULMXDQDLQ9W By  LAURA  KRANTZ VTDigger.org VERMONT   â&#x20AC;&#x201D;   Lawmakers   are   clear  that  they  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  want  drivers  on   drugs,  but  theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  not  sure  what  to  do   about  it  and  are  beginning  to  run  out   of  time  this  session. The   House   Judiciary   Committee   last  week  said  it  may  consider  setting   standards  for  drugged  driving. The  committee  plans  to  hear  from   four   experts   about   DUI   Wednes-­ day  morning,  according  to  its  online   schedule. This   topic   arose   in   part   because   the   law   decriminalizing   possession   of   small   amounts   of   marijuana   that   passed  last  year  called  for  a  task  force   to  examine  laws  surrounding  driving   XQGHUWKHLQĂ&#x20AC;XHQFHRIGUXJV7KHWDVN force  did  not  arrive  at  a  single  recom-­ mendation  for  how  to  set  the  law.   House   Judiciary   does   not   have   a   bill  before  it  but  last  week  discussed   the  possibility  of  introducing  a  com-­ PLWWHH ELOO VLQFH WKH GHDGOLQH WR ÂżOH individual   bills   has   passed.   They   could   also   modify   H.501,   a   related   bill. In  Vermont   there   is   a   higher   stan-­ dard   of   proof   for   drugged   driving   than  there  is  for  driving  under  the  in-­ Ă&#x20AC;XHQFH RI DOFRKRO 7KH VWDQGDUG IRU DUI-­alcohol   in   Vermont   is   a   blood   alcohol  content  of  0.08  or  higher.  The   court  has  also  set  a  second  standard  of   â&#x20AC;&#x153;impairment  to  the  slightest  degree.â&#x20AC;? To   charge   someone   with   DUI-­ drugs,   however,   prosecutors   must   prove   the   person   was   incapable   of   driving  safely. The  committee  recently  considered   language   proposed   by   legislative   at-­ torney   Erik   FitzPatrick   that   would   raise  the  drugged  driving  standard  to   â&#x20AC;&#x153;impairment  to  the  slightest  degree.â&#x20AC;? Some   committee   members   last   week   said   they   were   not   sure   if   cre-­ DWLQJDPRUHVSHFLÂżFVWDQGDUGZRXOG actually   deter   drivers   from   driving   while  on  drugs.

By  LAURA  KRANTZ VTDigger.org Eight   months   after   the   stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   ÂżUVW PHGLFDO PDULMXDQD GLVSHQVDULHV opened,  1,017  patients  have  registered   with  the  state  to  receive  the  drug,  the   Department  of  Public  Safety  told  law-­ makers  this  week. A   fourth   dispensary,   Southern  Ver-­ mont  Wellness,  is  slated  to  open  Tues-­ GD\LQ%UDWWOHERURRIÂżFLDOVVDLG7KH stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   other   three   dispensaries   are   in   Burlington,  Brandon  and  Montpelier. A  bill  in  the  Senate  would  add  two   more   dispensaries   and   allow   those   businesses   to   offer   home   delivery   of   marijuana. The   bill   would   also   eliminate   a   statewide  cap  on  the  number  of  regis-­ tered   patients   who   receive   marijuana   from  a  dispensary. Of  the  1,017  patients  registered  with   the   state,   642   patients   have   selected   dispensaries,  said  Francis  Aumand,  di-­ rector   of   the   criminal   justice   services   division   of   the   Department   of   Public   Safety. The   other   375   patients   grow   their   own,  Aumand  said. The  bill,  S.247,  also  increases  from   two  to  four  ounces  the  amount  of  mar-­ ijuana   a   dispensary   can   cultivate   and   possess   per   patient.  That   rule   applies   to  dispensaries  that  serve  more  than  14   patients. 3XEOLF VDIHW\ RIÂżFLDOV PDULMXDQD advocates   and   dispensaries   say   they   compromised   on   the   bill,   sponsored   by  Sen.  Jeanette  White,  D-­Windham,   but  all  support  it. 3XEOLF VDIHW\ RIÂżFLDOV DJUHHG WR eliminate  the  patient  cap  and  add  two   dispensaries  in  exchange  for  striking  a   proposal   to   add   post-­traumatic   stress   disorder   to   the   list   of   â&#x20AC;&#x153;debilitating   medical  conditionsâ&#x20AC;?  that  qualify  a  per-­ VRQ WR DSSO\ IRU D UHJLVWU\ LGHQWLÂżFD-­ tion  card. That  list  now  includes  cancer,  mul-­ tiple   sclerosis,   HIV   and   other   condi-­ tions.

There   needs   to   be   more   research   DERXW PDULMXDQDÂśV HIÂżFDF\ LQ WUHDWLQJ PTSD,   according   to   Aumand.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;We   want   to   make   sure   that   it   grows   at   a   pace  that  can  be  regulated,â&#x20AC;?  he  said.

6WDWHPRQH\VHW DVLGHIRUKRPH HQHUJ\SURMHFWV By  JOHN  HERRICK VTDigger.org VERMONT   â&#x20AC;&#x201D;   The   Vermont   De-­ partment  of  Public  Service  has  pulled   together   $670,000   to   reduce   the   up-­ IURQWFRVWRIÂżQDQFLQJUHVLGHQWLDOWKHU-­ PDOHIÂżFLHQF\SURMHFWV During   a   recent   news   conference,   Gov.   Peter   Shumlin   and   the   depart-­ ment   announced   an   initiative   to   cut   GRZQ RQ WKH FRVW WR ÂżQDQFH WKHUPDO HIÂżFLHQF\SURMHFWV7KHDGPLQLVWUDWLRQ expects   the   money   to   leverage   up   to   $6.5   million,   which   could   be   used   to   serve  up  to  1,300  homes,  according  to   a  news  release. Âł,QYHVWPHQWV LQ HQHUJ\ HIÂżFLHQF\ save  Vermont  families  money  on  their   fuel  bills,  but  also  support  local  jobs,   strengthen   the   economy,   and   reduce   greenhouse   gas   emissions,â&#x20AC;?   Shumlin   said   a   statement.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody   wins   with  this  investment.â&#x20AC;? The  initiative  could  drive  down  the   FRVWWRÂżQDQFHSURMHFWVE\VXEVLGL]LQJ interest  rates,  for  example.  The  depart-­ ment  will  issue  a  request  for  proposals   for  interested  banks  and  credit  unions,   after  which  the  state  will  decide  how   WROHYHUDJHFXUUHQWIXQGVWRVXSSRUWÂż-­ nancing  projects. George   Twigg,   director   of   pub-­ OLF DIIDLUV IRU RI (IÂżFLHQF\ 9HUPRQW said   one   of   the   largest   challenges   for   homeowners  interested  in  thermal  ef-­ ÂżFLHQWO\LVWKHXSIURQWFRVW â&#x20AC;&#x153;These  things  pay  for  themselves  in   the  long  run,  but  you  have  an  upfront   cost,â&#x20AC;?  Twigg  said. (IÂżFLHQF\ 9HUPRQW WKH VWDWHÂśV HI-­ ÂżFLHQF\XWLOLW\WKDWVXEVLGL]HVWKHUPDO HIÂżFLHQF\DQGZHDWKHUL]DWLRQSURMHFWV provides   $2,000   for   projects   that   can   cost  up  to  $7,000,  he  said.

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ONE  OF  ED  Blechnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  sledding  dogs  gets  a  little  curious  during  a  photo  shoot  in  Addison  last  week.   Look  for  a  story  about  Blechner  and  his  dogs  in  the  Senior  Lifestyles  section  of  next  Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  edition   of  the  Addison  Independent. Independent  photo/Trent  Campbell

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PAGE  16A  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  Addison  Independent,  Thursday,  February  20,  2014

Monkton   the  event  of  a  gas  explosion. (Continued  from  Page  1A) Selina   Peyser   is   a   79-­year-­old   Menard   said   the   eminent   domain   widow   who   lives   with   her   son,   who   letter  caught  her  off  guard. is   recovering   from   a   climbing   acci-­ â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   felt   threatened   and   shocked   by   dent.  Her  property,  which  includes  a   it,â&#x20AC;?   Menard   said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;It   wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   my   un-­ 7,500-­square-­foot  home,  tennis  court   derstanding   of   how   it   was   going   to   and  108  acres,  is  assessed  by  the  town   work.â&#x20AC;? at  $889,800. Vermont  Gas  had  previously  made   In   a   Jan.   22   letter   from   Vermont   an   offer   to   use   one   of   Menardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   32   Gas   in   which   the   utility   discussed   acres   for   the   pipeline.   She   declined   beginning   the   process   of   eminent   WRVWDWHWKHVSHFLÂżFVRIWKHRIIHUEXW domain,  Vermont  Gas  offered  Peyser   said  it  was  not  acceptable  to  her.  Me-­ $5,600  for  1.2  acres  of  her  property,   nard  added  that  she  does  not  feel  that   plus  $1,400  for  crop  loss. Vermont  Gas  is  living  up  to  its  MOU   Peyser  said  the  offer  was  woefully   with  Monkton. inadequate.   She   said   the   pipeline,   if   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   feel   like   itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   the   last   re-­ built,   will   greatly   devalue   her   prop-­ sort,â&#x20AC;?  Menard  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  feel  like   erty. the  negotiations  have  been   â&#x20AC;&#x153;It   will   be   virtually   â&#x20AC;&#x153;It (Peyserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhausted.â&#x20AC;? unsellable,â&#x20AC;?   Peyser   said.   Menard   said   that   she   â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   offer   they   made   is   property) is   worried   Vermont   Gas   will be ludicrous  and  offensive.â&#x20AC;? will  successfully  seize  her   Peyser,   a   German   im-­ virtually property   using   eminent   migrant,   previously   lived   domain. unsellable. with   her   husband,   Fred-­ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  not  the  land  weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re   erick,   on   Long   Island   The offer losing.   Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re   losing   the   while  he  worked  as  an  in-­ they made whole   homestead,â&#x20AC;?   Men-­ vestment   banker   on   Wall   is ludicrous ard  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  losing  the   Street.   The   couple   built   value,   and   weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re   losing   the   home   in   Monkton   in   and the  safety.â&#x20AC;? 1975   with   the   intention   offensive.â&#x20AC;? Menard   said   she   is   not   of   living   the   rest   of   their   â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Selina Peyser sure   if   she   will   hire   an   lives  there.  Frederick  died   attorney   if   the   eminent   in  2008. domain   proceedings   begin,   as   her   â&#x20AC;&#x153;To  me  this  is  all  terribly  stressful.   ÂżQDQFLDO UHVRXUFHV DUH OLPLWHG 6KH This   is   my   land,   my   home,â&#x20AC;?   Peyser   said  she  disagrees  with  the  tactics  that   said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just  because  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  lost  my  hus-­ Vermont   Gas   is   using   to   secure   the   band   doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   mean   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m   willing   to   necessary  easements  in  order  to  begin   give  up  on  my  home,  by  any  stretch   construction. of  the  imagination.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any  people  should  not  be  threat-­ 7KLVLVQÂśWWKHÂżUVWWLPH3H\VHUKDV ened,   especially   old   people   who   tussled   with   a   Vermont   utility   com-­ just  want  to  live  out  the  rest  of  their   pany.  Back  in  the  1980s,  the  Peysers   lives,â&#x20AC;?   Menard   said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;We   always   fought   against   a   similar   project   by   wanted  a  log  house,  and  we  worked   Champlain  Pipeline  Co.  That  project,   our   whole   married   life,   and   to   have   a   proposed   340-­mile   pipeline   from   this   happen,   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m   beside   myself   over   the  Canadian  border  through  the  state   the  whole  thing.â&#x20AC;? to   Massachusetts,   was   eventually   Claire   Broughton,   who   lives   on   abandoned. Pond  Road,  said  she  ignored  the  let-­ After   Frederickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   death,   Peyser   ter  sent  to  her  because  Vermont  Gas   FRQWLQXHGWKHÂżJKW6KHVDLGVKHIHDUV has   not   answered   questions   that   she   for   her   safety   with   a   gas   pipeline   has  about  how  the  pipeline  will  affect   nearby,  and  recalled  a  deadly  natural   her  property.  Broughton  said  she  does   gas  explosion  near  her  home  in  Brus-­ not  know  where  her  well  will  be  relo-­ sels   in   1956.   The   proposed   pipeline   cated,  or  where  an  access  road  will  be   would   run   less   than   300   feet   from   built  on  her  property. Peyserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   have   any   reaction   to   the   Nancy   Menard,   who   lives   half   a   letter   because   I   havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   gotten   any   mile   south   of   Peyser,   also   said   she   answers   about   what   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve   wanted   to   was   concerned   about   the   proximity   know,â&#x20AC;?  Broughton  said. of  the  pipeline  to  her  home.  The  line   Broughton   said   she   was   alarmed   would   come   within   75   feet   of   Men-­ to  hear  of  the  arrests  of  two  Vermont   ardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  log  home  on  Hollow  Road,  well   Gas  subcontractors  in  Franklin  Coun-­ within   the   300-­foot   potential   impact   ty   on   suspicions   of   manufacturing   radius  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  an  area,  as  calculated  by  the   methamphetamine.  Court  documents   federal   Department   of   Transporta-­ state  that  the  workers  may  have  been   tion,  that  is  at  high  risk  for  damage  in   high   while   working   on   the   pipeline  

between  Georgia  and  St.  Albans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That  scares  me,â&#x20AC;?  Broughton  said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  want  those  kind  of  people  on   my  property.â&#x20AC;? VERMONT  GAS  RESPONDS Steve   Wark,   communications   di-­ rector  for  Vermont  Gas,  said  the  util-­ LW\ LV OLYLQJ XS WR LWV &HUWLÂżFDWH RI Public  Good  from  the  Public  Service   Board   and   its   Memorandum   of   Un-­ derstanding  with  Monkton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vermont  Gas  continues  to  negoti-­ ate  in  good  faith  with  all  landowners   who   are   willing   to   work   together   to   ÂżQG UHVROXWLRQ´ :DUN ZURWH LQ DQ email. Speaking   to   the   Monkton   MOU,   Wark  said  that  criteria  used  to  deter-­ mine   that   negotiations   have   deterio-­ rated   to   the   â&#x20AC;&#x153;last   resortâ&#x20AC;?   of   eminent   domain   include,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;that   the   owners   have  stated  they  will  not  enter  into  an   agreement   with   Vermont   Gas   (and)   that  the  owners  have  refused  the  high-­ est  offer  or  have  made  a  counter  offer   that  excessively  exceeds  the  fair  mar-­ ket  value.â&#x20AC;? Wark  declined  to  say  how  many  of   the  36  landowners  in  Monkton  have   reached   an   agreement   with   Vermont   Gas,  citing  ongoing  negotiations.   Explaining   why   Vermont   Gas   did   not   send   a   letter   to   all   of   the   land-­ owners   with   whom   the   utility   has   not  yet  reached  a  deal,  Wark  said  that   the  company  did  not  send  letters  â&#x20AC;&#x153;in   cases  where  agreement  on  terms  ap-­ pears  likely.â&#x20AC;? Despite  the  inference  that  Vermont   Gas   sent   letters   only   to   landowners   that  the  utility  had  little  faith  it  could   reach  agreement  with,  Wark  said  that   he   believes   eminent   domain   can   be   avoided  entirely. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m   always   hopeful   that   agree-­ ments  can  be  reached,  and  both  par-­ WLHVKDYHWREHĂ&#x20AC;H[LEOH´:DUNVDLG Peyser,   as   well   as   Monkton   land-­ owners  Jane  and  Nathan  Palmer,  have   said   that   they   will   not   voluntarily   cede  their  land  to  Vermont  Gas  under   any  circumstances. Wark   declined   to   say   when   Ver-­ mont  Gas  would  begin  the  process  of   eminent  domain,  should  it  be  neces-­ sary. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   process   will   proceed   on   a   case-­by-­case  basis,â&#x20AC;?  Wark  said. RESIDENTS  APPEAL  TO  TOWN Monkton   selectboard   chair   Steve   Pilcher   said   that   some   of   the   three-­ dozen   residents   whose   property   would  be  used  for  the  pipelineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  pro-­ posed   route   have   reached   out   to   the   board  about  the  negotiating  tactics  of   Vermont  Gas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many   of   the   Monkton   landown-­

ers   have   told   the   selectboard   and   me  personally  that  Vermont  Gas  has   dropped  the  ball  in  terms  of  keeping   them  informed,â&#x20AC;?  Pilcher  said.   He  added  that  not  everyone  under-­ stands  the  easement  process.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many  people  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  want  Vermont   Gas   on   their   land,   period,â&#x20AC;?   Pilcher   said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their   initial   reaction   is   that   theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll  try  and  keep  Vermont  Gas  off   their  land  and  completely  ignore  the   negotiation  process.â&#x20AC;? The  town  has  brought  in  a  lawyer   to   host   an   easement   workshop,   at   which   residents   could   ask   questions   about  the  process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   not   an   easy   process   and   itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   scary   because   Vermont   Gas   has   the   large   stick   of   eminent   domain,â&#x20AC;?   Pilcher  said. Pilcher   said   the   selectboard,   with   the  town  attorney,  has  drafted  a  letter   to   Vermont   Gas   and   the   Public   Ser-­ vice   Board,   stating   the   town   is   con-­ cerned   the   utility   is   not   living   up   to   the  MOU  because  it  is  not  using  emi-­ nent  domain  only  as  a  last  resort.  The   board  has  not  yet  decided  whether  to   send  the  letter,  and  will  talk  further  at   its  next  meeting,  Pilcher  said. Pilcher  said  that  if  the  selectboard   does  choose  to  act,  he  does  not  think   it  is  likely  the  board  will  do  more  than   write  a  letter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our   legal   bills   have   been   astro-­ nomical  this  past  year,â&#x20AC;?  Pilcher  said. Thea  Gaudette,  one  of  two  Monk-­ ton  delegates  to  the  Addison  County   Regional   Planning   Commission,   brought   the   concerns   of   town   resi-­ dents   to   the   full   commission   at   the   Feb.  12  meeting.   Gaudette  said  the  commission  will   decide  if  it  has  the  power  to  enforce   the  MOU  between  Monkton  and  Ver-­ mont  Gas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because   the   Public   Service   Board  included  in  its  decision  these   MOUs,  our  feeling  is  that  if  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  part   RI WKH &HUWLÂżFDWH RI 3XEOLF *RRG there  has  to  be  a  way  to  go  back  and   say,   â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Wait   a   minute,   weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re   not   fol-­ lowing  this,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;?  Gaudette  said. On   Town   Meeting   Day   next   month,  a  wider  sampling  of  Monk-­ ton   sentiment   will   be   known,   be-­ yond   those   who   have   received   the   eminent   domain   letters   and   those   who  have  negotiated  with  Vermont   Gas.  At  that  meeting  all  town  resi-­ dents   will   have   the   chance   to   vote   on  an  article  asking  the  town  to  de-­ nounce   the   portion   of   the  Addison   Natural  Gas  Project  that  would  run   through  Monkton. Zach   Despart   may   be   reached   at   zachd@addisonindependent.com.

WKWKLV\HDU ZKLFKHYHUFRPHVÂżUVW The  same  Vermont  law  requires  the   name  and  address  of  the  owner  to  be   on  the  ice  shanty. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ice   conditions   can   deteriorate   quickly   with   warmer   weather,   so   we  

urge   owners   of   shanties   to   get   them   off  the  lakes  while  it  is  still  safe  to  be   on  the  ice,â&#x20AC;?  said  State  Game  Warden   Major  Dennis  Reinhardt.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The  law  ex-­ ists  to  help  ensure  that  shanties  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   become   a   boating   hazard   and   create  

VERGENNES   â&#x20AC;&#x201D;   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winds   of   Change,â&#x20AC;?   a   drama   about   a   family   transformed   as   wind   power   towers   go   up   on   a   mountain   ridge   behind   their   farm,   will   be   read   by   a   group   of  actors  on  Saturday,  March  1,  at  6   p.m.  at  the  Bixby  Memorial  Library   in  Vergennes.   Written   by   Vermont   playwright   Lesley   Becker,   the   play   is   set   in   a   town   enmeshed   in   heated   contro-­ versy   as   their   rural   community   un-­ dergoes   momentous   changes   during   construction   of   a   large-­scale   utility   project.   The   play   examines   the   im-­ pact   on   the   families   living   close   by   the  wind  towers,  and  the  tension  be-­ tween  competing  values.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winds  of  Changeâ&#x20AC;?  was  produced   last   February   at   Off   Center   for   the   Dramatic  Arts  in  Burlington  and  be-­ comes  more  relevant  as  the  problems   associated  with  wind  turbines  affect   more  and  more  Vermonters. The   play   obliquely   raises   an   is-­ sue  that  is  unique  in  the  building  of   industrial   wind   turbines:   a   societal   acceptance   that   the   health   and   well   being  of  some  neighbors  will  be  sac-­ ULÂżFHGIRUZKDWLVSHUFHLYHGWREHWKH greater   good.   The   controversy   over   wind   turbines   is   escalating   in   Ver-­ mont   as   more   projects   are   proposed   for   rural   mountaintops.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winds   of  

LESLEY    BECKER &KDQJH´ H[SORUHV WKH FRQĂ&#x20AC;LFWV LQ-­ herent   in   placing   wind   turbines   on   Vermontâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  hills. This   reading   features   Bob   Car-­ mody,   Charlie   Yarwood,   Mary   Scripps,  Johannes  Garrett  and  Steve   Thurstan.   The   play   has   â&#x20AC;&#x153;powerful   insights  into  a  changing  landscape,â&#x20AC;?   said  Annette  Smith,  executive  direc-­ tor  of  Vermonters  for  a  Clean  Envi-­ ronment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winds   of   Changeâ&#x20AC;?   is   presented   by  In  House  Productions.  Admission   is  free.

6XJDURQVQRZSDUW\WREH KHOGLQ6WDUNVERUR0DUFK STARKSBORO   â&#x20AC;&#x201D;   The   annual   sugar   on   snow   party   sponsored   by   the   Starksboro   Village   Meeting   House   Society   will   be   held   on   Sat-­ urday,  March  8,  from  1-­3  p.m.  at  the   Starksboro   First   Baptist   Church   on   VT  Route  116  in  Starksboro  village. This   event   has   been   offered   for   over   nearly   50   years,   and   was   in-­ spired  by  the  maple  sugar  socials  in   the  early  1900s  held  by  the  womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   group   at   the   old   church.   Enjoy   de-­ licious   traditional   maple   sugar   on   snow,   homemade   doughnuts,   sour   pickles  and  beverages.  The  syrup  is   locally  produced. From   2-­3   p.m.,   enjoy   the   lively,   toe-­tapping   music   of   the   Toss   the  

Feathers  fellas  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  Matt  Witten,  Rick   Ceballos  and  Billy  Drislane. Tickets  for  this  favorite  event  of   the   season,   perfect   for   the   whole   family   and   all   ages,   are   $5   for   a   single   serving,   $6   for   a   double   serving  for  one,  and  $3  for  children   12   and   under.   Other   special   food   made  with  maple  will  be  available   for   sale,   as   will   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Berthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Book,â&#x20AC;?   Starksboro   T-­shirts,   and   more.   For   information   about   the   meet-­ ing   house   and   its   restoration,   visit   www.starksboromeetinghouse.org.   With  the  wet  summer  last  year,  the   painting   project   was   put   on   hold;Íž   plans  continue  for  putting  back  the   top  stage  of  the  belfry.

King  Richard  III  talk  set  at   the  Ilsley  Library  March  5  

MIDDLEBURY   â&#x20AC;&#x201D;   Author   and   scholar  Kavita  Finn  will  examine  the   real  story  behind  the  crimes  of  King   Richard  III  in  a  talk  at  Ilsley  Public   Library   in   Middlebury   on   March   5   debris  that  will  wash  up  on  shore.â&#x20AC;? at  7  p.m.  Her  talk,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Richard  III:  The   7KHÂżQHIRUOHDYLQJ\RXULFHÂżVKLQJ Man  and  the  Legend,â&#x20AC;?  is  part  of  the   shanty  on  the  ice  can  be  up  to  $1,000,   Vermont  Humanities  Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  First   and   shanties   may   not   be   left   at   state   Wednesdays   lecture   series   and   is   ÂżVKLQJDFFHVVDUHDV free  and  open  to  the  public. Shakespeare   immortalized   Rich-­

,FHÂżVKLQJVKDQWLHVPXVWEHRIIWKHODNHE\0DUFK VERMONT   â&#x20AC;&#x201D;   Vermont   state   law   UHTXLUHVWKDWLFHÂżVKLQJVKDQWLHVPXVW be  removed  from  the  ice  before  the  ice   becomes  unsafe  or  loses  its  ability  to   support  the  shanty  out  of  the  water,  or   before   the   last   Sunday   in   March   (the  

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ard  III  as  a  hunchbacked  tyrant  who   murdered   his   way   to   the   English   throne.   Finn   will   consider   whether   he  was  actually  guilty  of  the  crimes   laid  at  his  door,  and  if  not,  who  was? Kavita   Mudan   Finn   received   her   PhD   in   English   literature   from   the   University   of   Oxford   in   2010.   She   teaches   Renaissance   history   and   womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   studies   at   Simmons   Col-­ lege   and   writing   at   Southern   New   Hampshire  University.  She  held  lec-­ turer  positions  in  medieval  and  early   modern   literature   at   Georgetown   University   and   the   University   of   Maryland,   College   Park,   from   2010   WR  DQG KHU ÂżUVW ERRN Âł7KH Last   Plantagenet   Consorts:   Gender,   Genre,   and   Historiography,   1440-­ 1627,â&#x20AC;?  was  published  in  2012. For  more  information,  contact  the   Ilsley   Public   Library   at   802-­388-­ 4095   or   contact   the   Vermont   Hu-­ manities   Council   at   802-­262-­2626   or   info@vermonthumanities.org,   or   visit  www.vermonthumanities.org.

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Health  Matters  PLOOLRQ LQ FRQVWUXFWLRQ GHEW IRU the   townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   new   municipal   building   DQG UHFUHDWLRQ FHQWHU 7KH FROOHJH ZRXOG DOVR SD\ XS WR  PLOOLRQ IRU the  Osborne  House  relocation  and  the   clearing  of  the  94  Main  St.  site. ,WÂśVDSODQWKDWKDVFRPHXQGHUÂżUH from   some   local   residents   who   be-­ lieve   the   town   shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   give   up   the    0DLQ 6W SDUFHO 7KH\ DOVR DUJXH that  the  recreation  center  would  be  too   far  removed  from  the  downtown  and   WKDW WKH QHZ RIÂżFH EXLOGLQJ ZRXOG not   have   enough   parking   and   would   thwart   potential   future   expansion   of   the  adjacent  Ilsley  Library. But  George  and  others  believe  the   plan   would   serve   Middlebury   well.   George  said  that  he,  too,  would  have   preferred  to  keep  the  municipal  build-­ ing  and  gym  at  their  present  location,   but   he   believes   such   a   proposition   would   have   been   too   expensive   for   local  taxpayers.   7KHUHIRUH VRPH VHOHFWERDUG PHP-­ bers,   including   George,   approached   the  college  asking  if  it  would  be  will-­ LQJ WR SDUWLFLSDWH &ROOHJH RIÂżFLDOV said  yes,  with  the  caveat  that  the  in-­ stitution  acquire  94  Main  St.  and  that   the  new  municipal  building  be  erected   elsewhere. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We   hoped   (the   college)   might   even  consider  supporting  a  project  on   site,  but  that  was  not  to  be,â&#x20AC;?  George   said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;President   Liebowitz   agreed   to   make   the   pitch   to   college   trustees   at   their   board   meeting   and   came   back   with  a  proposal  that  we  kind  of  upped   the  ante  on.  We  told  him  we  needed  to   EHDEOHWRKDYHHQRXJKRIDÂżQDQFLDO contribution   to   limit   the   exposure   to   WKHWRZQDWDSSUR[LPDWHO\PLOOLRQ or  2  cents  on  the  tax  rate,  for  a  bond.  

We  were  able  to  negotiate  that  num-­ ber  into  play.â&#x20AC;? George   believes   the   resulting   agreement  is  solid. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  believe  we  have  a  proposal  that   provides   us   with   an   opportunity   to   NHHS RXU WRZQ RIÂżFH GRZQWRZQ albeit   on   the   Osborne   site,   and   we   have  an  opportunity  to  create  a  new   recreation  facility  for  our  town  that   has   a   big   appetite   for   recreational   programs   for   adults   and   kids,   and   have   a   modern   facility   with   more   programs,â&#x20AC;?  George  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a  fan-­ tastic   opportunity   at   a   pretty   low   cost  for  us.â&#x20AC;? +H VDLG WKH WRZQ RIÂżFH SURMHFW coupled  with  the  razing  of  the  Laza-­ rus   building   and   new   rail   tunnel   and  park,  could  bring  some  positive   changes   to   downtown   Middlebury   for  future  generations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   think   this   provides   the   down-­ town  with  a  whole  new  opportunity   to   be   a   destination,â&#x20AC;?   George   said.   Âł,WÂśV QRW TXLWH WKHUH \HW 7KH SURM-­ ect)  removes  some  problematic  town   RIÂżFH EXLOGLQJV WKDW DUH H[WUHPHO\ costly   to   maintain   and   heat.   It   will   create  two  new  buildings  that  I  think   are  going  to  be  fantastic  in  terms  of   WKHLUGHVLJQDQGKRZWKH\ZLOOÂżWLQ with  the  rest  of  the  community.â&#x20AC;? If  he  is  to  win  another  year  on  the   selectboard,  George  will  have  to  de-­ feat  fellow  candidate  Heather  Seeley.   Six   other   candidates   are   vying   for   two  three-­year  spots  on  the  board. Âł7KH LPSRUWDQW WKLQJ IRU PH LV putting  the  time  and  energy  into  the   work,  which  I  am  committed  to  do-­ ing,â&#x20AC;?  George  said. Reporter   John   Flowers   is   at   johnf@addisonindependent.com.

ming  that  is  best  for  students  at  our   (Continued  from  Page  1A) school,â&#x20AC;?   Buzzell   said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;With   three   at  the  Mary  Hogan  school.   7KH ZDUQLQJ ZLOO LQFOXGH D VHSD-­ sections,  we  are  concerned  it  would   UDWHSURSRVDOIRUWRÂżQDQFH not  be  able  to  provide  the  individual   a   new   play   structure   to   replace   the   instruction  to  allow  for  the  best  stu-­ DJLQJ.LGVSDFH7KDWZLOO dent  learning  to  take  place.â&#x20AC;? Approximately   90   full-­   and   part-­ be   covered   through   education   re-­ serve  funds  and  could  be  further  re-­ time  employees  are  on  the  Mary  Ho-­ duced  through  grants  and  donations,   gan   School   payroll.   Approximately   40  of  those  are  teachers,  according  to   DFFRUGLQJWRVFKRRORIÂżFLDOV Mary   Hogan   Elementary   school   %X]]HOO 7KH FXUUHQW WHDFKHUVÂś FRQ-­ tract  expires  this  summer,   currently   serves   408   chil-­ dren   grades   K-­12   and   â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are one DQG RIÂżFLDOV KDYH IDF-­ WRUHGLQDSHUFHQWVDODU\ projections  call  for  an  ad-­ increase   for   next   school   ditional  four  students  next   of the few year  and  a  4.5-­percent  in-­ year.   Five   years   ago,   the   schools in crease  in  health  care  pre-­ VFKRRO ZDV VHUYLQJ  Vermont PLXPV7DONVFRQWLQXHIRU students.   that is a   new   teachersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;   contract   Buzzell   also   noted   that   for   all   faculty   in   the  Ad-­ an   increasing   percentage   seeing dison  Central  Supervisory   of  ID-­4  enrollees  are  eligi-­ a slight Union. ble  for  free  or  reduced-­rate   increase Buzzell   called   the   pro-­ OXQFKHV $URXQG  SHU-­ posed   2014-­15   budget   â&#x20AC;&#x153;a   cent  of  the  school  popula-­ in student WLRQ ÂżW LQWR WKDW FDWHJRU\ population.â&#x20AC;? continuation  of  the  educa-­ during   the   2001-­2002   â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mary Hogan tion   efforts   and   funding   academic   year,   while   the   Principal Tom priorities   weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve   estab-­ number   has   increased   to   Buzzell lished  in  past  years,â&#x20AC;?  add-­ ing  the  spending  plan  does   PRUH WKDQ  SHUFHQW WKLV not  include  any  major  new  initiatives   year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We  are  one  of  the  few  schools  in   other  than  the  one  new  teacher. But   he   pointed   to   a   few   smaller   Vermont   that   is   seeing   a   slight   in-­ crease   in   student   population,â&#x20AC;?   said   budget   drivers   that   he   said   should   0DU\+RJDQ3ULQFLSDO7RP%X]]HOO boost  student  achievement  and  spice   said,  referring  to  the  statewide  trend   up  the  school  day. School   directors   have   budgeted   of  declining  enrollment. Buzzell   said   the   school   currently   IRUQHZFRPSXWHUODEHTXLS-­ VHUYHV DURXQG  NLQGHUJDUWQHUV ment   that   will   allow   students   in   ZKR ZLOO PDWULFXODWH WR WKH ÂżUVW JUDGHVWRWDNHQHZWHVWVWKURXJK JUDGHQH[W\HDU7KHUHDUHQRZWKUHH the   Smarter   Balance   Assessment   ÂżUVWJUDGH FODVVHV 7KH ,' ERDUG Consortium  (SBAC)  of  the  Common   based  on  feedback  from  parents,  has   Core  State  Standards.   7KH 0DU\ +RJDQ 6FKRRO LV GURS-­ sought  to  keep  classroom  enrollment   DWDURXQGFKLOGUHQIRUJUDGHV. ping  New  England  Common  Assess-­ 7KDW KDV SURPSWHG VFKRRO GLUHF-­ ment  Program  (NECAP)  testing,  ex-­ WRUV WR UHFRPPHQG WKH IRXUWK ÂżUVW cept   for   in   science.   Buzzell   said   the   grade  section,  which  will  require  the   online   SBAC   testing   has   a   feature   hiring  of  an  additional  teacher  at  the   through  which  students  can  immedi-­ ÂżUVWDQGVHFRQGJUDGHOHYHOSOXVDQ ately  be  fed  a  tougher  question  after   aide.  A  large  incoming  kindergarten   HDFK FRUUHFW UHVSRQVH 7KH WHVWLQJ class   is   also   expected   this   fall,   ac-­ DOVR FDQ IHHG VWXGHQWV OHVV GLIÂżFXOW questions  following  wrong  responses. cording  to  Buzzell. Mary   Hogan   School   leaders   are   â&#x20AC;&#x153;We  think  (the  four  sections)  will   allow   for   instructional   program-­ always  looking  for  ways  to  increase  

school   offerings   without   boosting   education   taxes,   according   to   Buz-­ ]HOO 7KH VFKRROÂśV DQQXDO UHDGD WKRQ UDLVHV  WR  IRU ÂżHOGWULSVDQGRWKHUH[WUDFXUULFXODU RSSRUWXQLWLHV 7KH ,'ÂśV 0F*LO-­ ton   Memorial   Fund   is   expected   to   JHQHUDWHDOPRVWIRUVSHFLDO programs,  such  as  Camp  Keewaydin   and  a  trip  to  Boston. 7KHSURSRVHGEXGJHWDOVRLQFOXGHV  WR DGG VRPH ORFDOO\ JURZQ produce  and  meats  to  school  cafete-­ ria  offerings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d   like   students   to   get   a   bet-­ ter  understanding  of  the  vibrant  ag-­ ricultural  community  we  have  here,â&#x20AC;?   Buzzell  said. If  approved  as  presented,  the  ID-­4   EXGJHWZRXOGDGGFHQWVWR0LG-­ dleburyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   equalized   homestead   tax   rate.  When  added  to  the  impact  of  the   8'EXGJHW IRU0LGGOHEXU\8QLRQ Middle   and   High   schools),   Middle-­ buryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   residential   rate   increases   by    FHQWV RU  RQ  RI DS-­ praised  property  value. Ruth   Hardy,   chairwoman   of   the   ID-­4  board,  is  pleased  with  the  pro-­ posed   budget   and   the   playground   proposal. Âł7KH,'%RDUGLVSURXGWRSXW EHIRUHWKHYRWHUVDÂżVFDOO\DQGHGX-­ cationally   responsible   budget   that   will   serve   our   community   and   stu-­ dents  well,â&#x20AC;?  Hardy  said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We  are  proud  to  offer  an  exciting   new   playground   design   to   our   stu-­ dents   and   community,â&#x20AC;?   she   added.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;While  it  is  sad  that  the  beloved  Kid-­ space  structure  must  come  down,  the   new  structure  will  be  accessible,  af-­ fordable,  and  safe.  It  will  be  funded   completely   with   grants,   donations   and   education   reserve   funds,   and   therefore  our  community  will  see  no   tax  increase  to  support  this  important   project.â&#x20AC;? Additional   information   about   the   playground  project  can  be  found  on   the  Mary  Hogan  School  website,  of-­ ÂżFLDOVVDLG Reporter   John   Flowers   is   at   johnf@addisonindependent.com.

(Continued  from  Page  1A) ticipation,   and   demolish   the   Lazarus   building  at  20  Main  St.,  a  project  that   will  result  in  better  access  to  the  Mar-­ ble  Works.   7KDWDUUDQJHPHQWDOVRFDOOVIRUWKH college   to   acquire   a   small   parcel   of   town-­owned   land   behind   the   Ilsley   Library  that  the  institution  will  com-­ bine  with  its  own  real  estate  to  market   WRDGHYHORSHU7KHKRSHLVWKHGHYHO-­ RSHUZRXOGFUHDWHDQDV\HWXQGHÂżQHG project   to   make   the   downtown   more   of  an  economic  magnet. And   2014   will   also   result   in   the   long-­awaited  replacement  of  the  Sand   Hill   Bridge   on   Route   125   in   East   0LGGOHEXU\ 7KDW PDMRU XQGHUWDNLQJ will  result  in  some  short-­term  incon-­ venience   (detours),   but   long-­term   VDIHW\DQGWUDQVSRUWDWLRQEHQHÂżWVIRU those  going  back  and  forth  from  Mid-­ dlebury   to   Ripton   and   to   Hancock,   Granville  and  Rochester. Âł7RJHWDOORIWKLVDFFRPSOLVKHGLQ 2014  would  be  huge,â&#x20AC;?  said  George. And   Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   to-­do   list   also,   of   course,   includes   another   major   proj-­ ect   that   has   captivated   the   attention   RI PDQ\ 0LGGOHEXU\ UHVLGHQWV 7KH proposed  construction  of  a  new  town   RIÂżFH EXLOGLQJ DW  0DLQ 6W DQG D new  recreation  center  on  property  off   Creek  Road.   7KH  PLOOLRQ SURMHFW LV WLHG WR an   agreement   with   Middlebury   Col-­ lege.  Plans  call  for  the  college  to  ac-­ quire  the  current  municipal  building/ gym  at  94  Main  St.,  which  would  be   razed   and   turned   into   a   public   park.   7KHLQVWLWXWLRQZRXOGUHORFDWHLWV2V-­ ERUQH+RXVHDW0DLQ6WWRDWRZQ RZQHGSDUFHODW&URVV6WUHHW In  return,  the  college  would  assume  

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Research  shows  that  many  of  us   believe   breakfast   to   be   the   most   important  meal  of  the  day.  And  sci-­ HQFHEDFNVXSWKHPDQ\EHQHÂżWVWR eating  breakfast.   Fuels   Your   Empty   Tank.  After   a  night  of  fasting,  your  bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  gas   tank   is   empty.   Skipping   breakfast   and  running  on  empty  can  leave  you   tired  and  out-­of-­sorts.  Some  people   drink   coffee   to   get   â&#x20AC;&#x153;energyâ&#x20AC;?   and   perk  up  but  this  plan  actually  back-­ ÂżUHV7KHHQHUJ\WKDWIXHOVRXUERG\ comes   from   the   calories   in   food.   Caffeine   may   rev   your   engine   but   the   effect   is   only   temporary.   Your   engine  will  stall  out  in  a  few  hours   without  food  energy  to  fuel  it. Boosts   Brain   Power.   Studies   suggest   that   eating   breakfast   may   help   children   do   better   in   school   by   improving   memory,   alertness,   concentration,   behavior,   problem-­ solving   ability,   test   scores,   atten-­ dance,   mood,   and   their   ability   to   get  along  with  peers. Just   Good   for   You.   Breakfast-­ eaters   tend   to   meet   their   daily  

needs  for  important  nutrients  such   DVFDOFLXPÂżEHULURQYLWDPLQV$ and   C,   and   zinc.   Also,   they   tend   to   have   lower   blood   cholesterol   levels,   which   means   a   lower   risk   for  heart  disease.  Better  digestion,   stronger   bones,   and   an   improved   metabolism   were   also   seen   in   breakfast-­eaters.   The   Right   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weigh.â&#x20AC;?   Eating   breakfast   can   curb   the   appetite   by   keeping   us   from   overeating   throughout   the   day.   Children   and   adults   who   eat   breakfast   are   less   likely  to  be  overweight.   :LWK DOO RI WKHVH EHQHÂżWV ZK\ is   it   then   that   so   many   of   us   skip   breakfast?  Lack  of  time  or  appetite   are  the  most  common  reasons. If  time  is  a  problem,  plan  ahead   to  avoid  a  morning  time  crunch. Add   breakfast   items   to   your   shopping   list   to   have   them   on   hand.   Each   evening,   set   the   table   for   breakfast   and   put   out   non-­ perishables,   such   as   cereal   boxes,   oatmeal,  peanut  butter,  or  fruit.  Or,   create  more  time  in  the  morning  by  

Maple,  Walnut  and  Flaxseed Panakes  (from  epicurious.com) FXSDOOSXUSRVHĂ&#x20AC;RXU FXSĂ&#x20AC;D[VHHGPHDO FXSÂżQHO\FKRSSHGZDOQXWV 1-­1/5  tsp  baking  powder 1/2  tsp  baking  soda 1/2  tsp  salt 1-­1/4  cup  lowfat  buttermilk 1/4  cup  maple  syrup 1  large  egg Whisk   dry   ingredients   in   medium   bowl   to   blend.  Whisk  wet  ingredients  in  another  medium   bowl.   Add   wet   mixture   to   dry   ingredients   and   whisk  until  just  incorporated.   Brush   large   skillet   lightly   with   vegetable   oil   and  heat  over  medium  heat.  Add  batter  to  skillet   by  the  quarter-­cupful.  Cook  until  bubbles  appear   on   surface   of   pancakes.   Flip   pancakes   over   and   cook  until  golden  on  bottom,  about  2  minutes.   Variations:     Add  a  mashed  banana  to  the  wet  batter.   Add  raisins  and  a  dash  of  cinnamon  to  the  batter.     6XEVWLWXWHWKHDOOSXUSRVHĂ&#x20AC;RXUZLWKFXSRDW Ă&#x20AC;RXUFXSZKROHZKHDWĂ&#x20AC;RXUDQGFXSDOO SXUSRVHĂ&#x20AC;RXU Replace   buttermilk   with   skim   milk   and   some   Greek  yogurt

preparing  other  items  the  night  be-­ fore,   such   as   backpacks   and   what   to   wear.   Store   milk,   yogurt,   and   hard-­boiled   eggs   in   front   of   the   fridge  so  they  are  easy  to  grab.  Re-­ set  the  alarm,  adding  just  10  extra   minutes  to  enjoy  breakfast  without   a  rush.   7R KHOS EXLOG DQ DSSHWLWH LQ WKH PRUQLQJ VWDUW VPDOO 7U\ D VPDOO item,   such   as   a   glass   of   milk   or   banana,   for   a   few   days   and   then   build  to  a  larger  breakfast  at  home   or  a  second  breakfast  a  short  while   ODWHU7KLVZLOOKHOS\RXUERG\ÂżQG its   appetite   in   the   morning.   Give   leftovers   a   try.   Breakfast   foods   may  not  be  appealing  but  perhaps   last  nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  stir  fry  or  chicken  legs   sound  good.  Breakfast  can  be  any   IRRG 7U\ GULQNLQJ EUHDNIDVW WR build  an  appetite.  Smoothies  or  an   instant   breakfast   drink   prepared   with   milk   are   sometimes   easier   with  a  small  appetite. Kids  are  more  likely  to  eat  break-­ fast  if  their  parents  do,  so  make  this   a  family  affair.  

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Middlebury  Pediatric  and  Adolescent  Medicine  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  388.7959

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25th Anniversary

Take a look...

Trail Around Middlebury

at the map of Middlebury and you will see that we are blessed with an abundance of public lands to the east of the village and Otter Creek. These are largely the gifts of three forward-thinking conservationists: Joseph Battell (Battell Woods & Chipman Hill 1915), Eleanor Means (Means Woods, 1977) and Willard Jackson (Wright Park, 1985), who inspired the eventual creation of the Trail Around Middlebury (TAM) in 1989.

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The Middlebury [Area] Land Trust was new, having been incorporated in 1988 following the completion of Donna Goodmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thesis â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Land Protection Study for the Town of Middleburyâ&#x20AC;?. I had been hired as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coordinatorâ&#x20AC;? for the fledgling organization. Our work focused on reaching out to large landowners in Middlebury (primarily dairy farmers), to explain how the land trust might be able to assist with the long-term conservation of their farms to benefit their businesses as well as our communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s continued viability. I sat around many kitchen tables listening and learning from these intrepid Vermonters about Vermont agriculture and how we can share one mission for mutual gain. At the same time, I was living in Middlebury and started walking over Chipman Hill every day. I literally never saw anyone on the hill and could not believe that this incredible resource was so underutilized. As a young natural resource planner I was learning about Frederick Law Olmstead and the creation of New York Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Central Park and Bostonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Emerald Necklace and had an â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ah hahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; moment on Chipman Hill one day â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thanks to the gifts of three visionary conservationists Middlebury was almost halfway to having our own Emerald Necklace! By joining the already-conserved lands with a continuous trail we could encourage local recreation, build awareness around existing conservation areas and build support for the continued conservation of land on which to build our own â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Emerald Necklaceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. After convincing the board that it was a good idea to expand our mission to include a trail, we had a naming contest as well as a logo contest. Once the name was chosen, Al Stiles carved the logo on a piece of Luan and the trail was born. The first sections of trail were developed and blazed through the existing public lands. At its inception, some people had concerns about having the trail near their homes or about providing permanent easements for the trail across their property. At an early select board meeting, the public works director at the time spoke against it â&#x20AC;&#x201C; concerned that a trail would be a haven for criminal activity. Chief Hanley, who was then new to his position, spoke up in support of the TAM, based on similar past experience. Eventually, the board was swayed to support the idea. We had many hurdles to overcome along the way â&#x20AC;&#x201C; crossing private property, the Otter Creek and the railroad (twice). Sometimes it seemed like an impossible task. We started reaching out to all of the various landowners to plant the seed while developing the trail on the already publicly owned lands to the east.

This column is the first in a series dedicated to educating and engaging the community on the Trail Around Middlebury (TAM), its history and varied routes. It is also part of MALTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign to raise an endowment for the TAMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exciting future. We encourage you to walk any section of this remarkable, local jewel and to contribute to MALTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trail endowment campaign. See you on the TAM!

For more info on the TAM or the Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) call 802.388.1007 or visit maltvt.org

In 1996 I moved temporarily to Oregon. I returned three years later to a christening of the new bridges at Beldenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Falls. One day while hiking in Wright Park I ran into a friend who said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do you know about the TAM? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the greatest!â&#x20AC;? How lucky we are to have a community worth hiking and biking in and to have had so many people involved in supporting the TAM over these many years. We now have our very own Emerald Necklace! Contributed by Amy Sheldon MALTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first Executive Director, 1989-1996


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