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The Colchester Sun

february 18, 2016

Vol. 15 No. 7

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Town Meeting math

Voters face budget and finance questions

By Jason Starr The Colchester Sun Civic engagement in Colchester this Town Meeting season means considering a variety of municipal financing mechanisms. In addition to the annual town and school district budgets, Colchester voters will also decide on a reallocation of bond funds for high school theater renovations, reauthorization of recurring funding for parks and roads, and a new recurring funding plan for public safety equipment. These plans will be discussed Feb. 29 when Town Meeting Day eve convenes at Colchester

High School. A free community dinner (bring a dessert to share) with updates from the town’s legislative delegation kicks things off at 5 p.m., followed by an annual meeting in the auditorium at 6:30 p.m. The 6:30 p.m. start is an hour earlier than in years past. Voters will then give each financing question an up or down vote during the March 1 election, taking place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Colchester High School gymnasium. According to information distributed by town and school officials, if all items pass, Colchester taxpayers would see a combined net decrease in taxes by an estimated 3.5 cents per $100 of assessed property value. That

amounts to a savings of roughly $110, for example, on the annual property tax bill of a $300,000 home. The town’s $12.1 million budget proposal works against the tax decrease, showing a spending increase of $287,482 (2.4 percent) over the current fiscal year. The proposal would increase taxes by an estimated 1.3 percent — three-fourths of a cent per $100 of assessed value, or $21 on the annual property tax bill of a $300,000 home. That increase would be dwarfed, however, by the estimated tax savings resulting from the proposed $37.9 million school budget. The budget shows an increase in spending over the

current year of $1.5 million (4.1 percent), but because of an expected jump in enrollment in the district’s second-year preschool program — the program is a revenue-generator as a result of Vermont’s new publicly funded early education law — the district’s spending per student would decrease by 1.75 percent. That would result in a tax rate decrease of 4.4 cents per $100 of assessed value, a savings of about $132 on the annual property tax bill of a $300,000 home. Embedded in the proposed town spending increase is a new public safety dispatch –See meeting page 2

An ‘epic’ undertaking for Malletts Bay

Round ’em up

Town approaches revitalization on all fronts By Jason Starr The Colchester Sun

ABOVE: Fifth-graders Isabella Bledsoe, Erin Yarnell, Addie Trahan, Makenna Wirtz and Emma Alter are leading the Malletts Bay School change roundup. LEFT: Preschooler Sawyer Josey poses on Hat Day at Malletts Bay School. Photos contributed

Student leaders from Malletts Bay School formed a “posse” to roundup some change to support the Vermont Children’s Hospital. Fifth-graders Isabella Bledsoe, Erin Yarnell, Addie Trahan, Mackenna Wirtz and Emma Alter are responsible for promoting the roundup and collecting the change jars at the end of each day. The students made posters and use the school intercom to make announcements. The effort was scheduled to continue through Feb. 18. On Feb. 5, the entire school participated

in “Hat Day” in honor of preschool student Sawyer Josey. Sawyer has had his own personal experiences with the Vermont Children’s Hospital. Students at MBS donated change in order to wear a hat that day in school. In addition, the principals have donated two $25 gift cards for Skida hats that were raffled off. The MBS “posse” will visit the Vermont Children’s Hospital in March to deliver the donation. The students set a goal of $400, but early results indicate they may exceed their goal.

Tackling economic obstacles Making a living wage is tough for Vermont women By Liz Cantrell For The Colchester Sun What’s the largest economic obstacle for Vermont women? According to Carmen Tall, an Essex woman who was recently named director of the Women’s Small Business Program at Mercy Connections, the answer is simple. “Making a living wage,” Tall said. According to a report released last month by Change The Story VT — an ongoing strategic partnership to improve women’s economic status in Vermont—Tall is right. The report shows that 43 percent of women who work full time do not earn enough to meet basic expenses as defined by Vermont’s Joint Fiscal Office. Of those, 17 percent make hourly wages of less than $10.10 an hour. The report explained that women in Vermont are significantly more likely than men to live in poverty or economic insecurity. The group used U.S. Census Bureau Public Use data to determine that 57 percent of Vermont women have incomes that fall below $30,000, while 57 percent of men have incomes above that figure. Addressing those troubling figures and helping women find financial security is one of Mercy Connections’ primary goals. Mercy Connections is an educational nonprofit seeking to advance Vermont women’s self-sufficiency through education, mentoring, entrepreneurship, and community. Accordingly, the nonprofit sponsors many programs, trainings, and events designed to help women identify and understand their financial situation and make plans for the future. One of Mercy Connections’ signature offerings, The Women’s Small Business Program, has continuously operated since the days of

Carmen Tall was recently named director of the Women’s Small Business Program at Mercy Connections.  Photo contributed

Trinity College in Burlington. Mercy Connections itself was founded by the Sisters of Mercy as an educational nonprofit after Trinity College closed in 2001. Self-employment and entrepreneurship can be –See obstacles page 2

Decades of planning for water quality improvements, traffic management and recreation facilities were condensed into a 90-minute presentation for the Colchester Selectboard on Feb. 9 to highlight the town’s renewed effort to make positive changes in and around Malletts Bay. Town Manager Dawn Francis is leading a multi-faceted initiative that looks ahead to mid-century with a vision of a waterfront health and wellness center, a lakeshore bike path, better road intersections and reduced stormwater and wastewater impacts. The vision is fueled by citizen input gathered at recent public forums and founded in plans that date back to the 1980s. Francis noted that implementation decisions will rest with Colchester voters and depend on the town’s ability to afford or garner grants for the improvements. “I want to encourage everyone to stay involved,” she said. “Let us know your thoughts on all of these initiatives.” Perhaps the most costly proposal (an estimated $19 million) calls for a sewer line to carry wastewater from Prim Road, Lakeshore Drive and Goodsell Point into the City of Burlington’s North Avenue treatment facility. The sewer line would protect Malletts Bay from aging on-site residential septic systems near the shoreline — 13 of which have failed over the past five years threatening the bay with e-coli bacteria, according to Public Works Director Bryan Osborne. Colchester’s Water District No. 2, which would run the sewer line, has drafted a preliminary agreement with the City of Burlington to ensure the treatment facility has the capacity to serve Malletts Bay neighborhoods. The town is pursuing a $6.5 million grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation for the project. In addition to keeping wastewater out of the bay, the sewer line would enable new commercial and residential growth that is currently limited by geographic constraints on new septic systems. The Colchester Planning Commission is working to get ahead of the possibility of new development –See bay page 2

St. Michael's mourns death of graduate student

A St. Michael’s College graduate student found dead in his room last Thursday morning suffered a “sudden medical event,” according to Colchester police. The student has been identified as 25-year-old Mohammed Al-Kharsan of Iraq. Around 8:30 a.m. last Thursday, St. Michael’s Public Safety Officers notified Colchester Police of a “possible student death” in Senior Hall located on Lime Kiln Road. The final report from the medical examiner won’t be available for several weeks, but police say there was no indication of foul play. Al-Kharsan’s name was initially withheld until the college received confirmation from the Iraqi consular office that his family had been notified, according to an email sent by the Office of the President to students on Friday. Al-Kharsan began studying at St. Michael’s in 2013 on a student visa after receiving his undergraduate degree from the College of Languages in Baghdad, where he was first in his English Language Program. He was scheduled to receive his master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages this May. He was currently working on his thesis under the direction of his advisor, Professor Mahmoud Arani, chair of the Applied Linguistics Department. “Mohammed was an excellent, bright, and very polite student,” said Arani in the email sent out to students. “We are going to miss him sorely, and express our deepest condolences to his family.” The college held a memorial service for Al-Kharsan on Monday. — Colin Flanders


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from page 1 position, an increase in police overtime allowances, an increase in support to Colchester’s volunteer fire departments and an increase in state mandated stormwater improvements. The school’s spending increase would result from a proposed new information technology specialist, new third-grade teacher, increased teacher training, increased athletic expenses and contracted teacher salary increases. The school district, in a separate ballot question, is also asking voters to reallocate up to $730,000 left over from the completed high school science lab renovation bond for renovations in the school auditorium. Renovations would include lighting and acoustic upgrades, replacing seats, re-carpeting and possibly installing air conditioning. Voters will also see three separate ballot questions on the town’s capital plans – tax funding that allows the town to stay ahead of road and bridge repairs, pedestrian improvements and

TOWN MEETING DAY SCHEDULE Monday, Feb. 29 Colchester high school 5 p.m. Community Dinner and legislative update 6:30 p.m. annual school and town meeting Tuesday, March 1 Colchester high school 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. election

stormwater infrastructure costs in the case of the capital transportation program and ahead of park, playground and recreation path needs in the case of the park capital plan. Two of the questions seek yes/no votes on whether to re-authorize the plans for the next six

years at the same rate as currently authorized. The capital transportation plan began in 1993 and has been reauthorized by voters three times. The park capital plan was first approved in 2001 and has been reauthorized by voters two times. The former would collect three and a quarter cents per $100 of assessed property value (costing the owner of a $300,000 home $97 annually); the latter would collect a half cent per $100 of assessed value (costing the owner of a $300,000 home $15 annually.) The third capital plan would be newly created if approved. Called the “public safety capital plan,” it would fund Colchester Rescue equipment and the Colchester Police boat with an annual influx of $18,750 in property taxes. According to town officials, the new fund would remove public safety equipment expenses from the town’s general budget and reduce the cost to the taxpayer from $3.84 per year to $2.73 per year.

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beneficial to women for several reasons, Tall said, and can help women take control of their work situation. “Women often have different life goals. They may appreciate self employment and flexibility that it offers,” she explained, adding “It is also a sense of empowerment when you’re running your own business.” Yet, the road to selfemployment may not be easy for Vermont women. In its 2013 assessment, The Center for Women in Business — a project of the U.S. Chamber of Commerc e— found that Vermont had a lower than average share of full-time self-employed workers who are female. Vermont ranked 35th out of all 50 states, and its share of female self-employed workers was 35.8 percent. Mercy Connection’s Women’s Small Business Program aims to change those statistics. Women can enroll in a 15-week “Start Up” course. Students leave the class with a bank-ready business plan that has been reviewed by lenders and financial experts in the Chittenden County community. These volunteers provide invaluable feedback for students “before they get in front of the banker,” Tall said. She can testify firsthand to the classes’ effectiveness, since she previously taught many of them and witnessed her student’s successes.

In addition to entrepreneurship, Mercy Connections encourages basic financial literacy, a crucial life skill that many Vermont women are not adequately prepared for. Last year, Champlain College’s Center for Financial Literacy used national data to compile a “national report card” on state efforts to improve the financial literacy of high school graduates. Vermont received a grade of “D.” Among other things, Vermont schools were not instructed to require personal finance classes for graduation; personal finance topics are often taught in elective courses, if they are taught at all; and how these standards are implemented is left up to the school districts. At Mercy Connections, women can sign up for seven-week personal finance classes with an optional coaching component, and collaboratively move toward their goals. “That’s where the coaching comes in,” Tall explained. “It helps women implement and design new habits.” Mercy also hosts a “resource night,” which Tall describes as “financial speed dating.” “You go from table to table — insurance, investments, websites — and meet with different representatives from the community. And

it’s a wonderful win-win experience.” Tall stressed that the financial counseling Mercy offers is not crisis management, but rather longterm planning. “We help you get a global picture. It’s ‘how can we maximize the money you’re making?’” she said Women of all ages have sought Mercy’s resources. “Every decade has been represented in these classes,” Tall recalled, “from late 20s and up. We have some women who are 50 or older whose children are gone, and maybe they want to take their life skills and make a business out of them.” Tall, who graduated from Champlain College and Trinity College with a B.S. degree in Business Administration and founded her own mortgage company in Essex Junction, said she wished she had known about these options earlier in her life. “I had no idea there were all these resources, especially for women owned businesses,” she recalled. At an individual level, Mercy Connections encourages women to work in industries that they are passionate about and in jobs that display their strengths. “Maximize your strength and minimize weaknesses— that’s a formula for success,” Tall said.

classified under the federal Clean Water Act as impaired, is also a water quality imperative for the town. “Pretty much anywhere you go in the community you can find some type of drainage problem,” Osborne said. An Environmental Protection Agency/Town of Colchester study completed in 2013 recommended the town start a fee-based stormwater utility similar to those found in Burlington, Williston and South Burlington to fund stormwater projects. Currently, the town’s stormwater projects are supported by property taxes through the town’s general fund budget. The utility would instead base stormwater funding on properties’ impervious surfaces. “There is a lot of feeling that the value of people’s property has very little nexus to how much stormwater runs off that property,” Osborne explained. “(Stormwater) expenses would come off the property tax rate and move over to a fund where people

are billed on how much impervious surface they have on their properties.” The utility would also fund a stormwater management coordinator. “We think that’s important,” said Osborne. “Right now, no one single town employee has the time, unfortunately, to focus entirely on stormwater. So we’re really looking for a concentrated effort.” In addition to water quality improvements, the overall Malletts Bay initiative lays out ways to better manage cars traveling through the area. Osborne identified several intersections that are in the Vermont Agency of Transportation queue for attention in the coming years. The intersection of Lakeshore Drive and Prim Road will be reconfigured to improve left turns, and a traffic signal will be added. The intersection of Laker Lane and Blakely Road will be enhanced with new turning lanes. The former circumferential highway right-of-way will be studied to


from page 1 by reconsidering the town’s lakefront zoning regulations. A draft proposal that was first presented for public comment in October and will undergo a new round of public scrutiny in April would create two new zoning districts to replace existing zoning: a “Lakeshore One” zone would regulate properties between Lakeshore Drive and the water line, and a “Lakeshore Two” zone would affect properties with road frontage on the nonlake side of the road. Both districts would mandate that stormwater runoff created by new impervious surfaces be captured and treated on-site before being allowed to flow into the watershed. “The clean water initiative really represents the most comprehensive effort ever taken by this community to improve and protect the water resources in Malletts Bay,” Osborne said. “It is of epic significance.” Stormwater management throughout the Malletts Bay area, with specific focus on upland streams that are

Presidential hopeful John Kasich to hold forum at high school Vermont will get an up close and personal look at another presidential hopeful as Republican candidate John Kasich plans to

fall dinner, according to Jeff Bartley, the executive director of the Vermont GOP. The visit comes on the heels of what most have considered a strong secondplace showing in the New Hampshire primary, although he trailed Donald Trump by nearly 20 percentage points. The Saturday event will also coincide with the GOP primary in South Carolina. RealClearPolitics has Kasich polling fifth as of Wednesday morning. Kasich’s appearance will mark the third republican candidate to host a public event in Vermont this campaign cycle, joining Donald Trump and Rand Paul. Marco Rubio also visited the state for a private fundraiser last year. At this point, it’s too early to tell where the Vermont GOP is leaning, Bartley said. “This is a very diverse field out there, so we have a lot of different Kasich campaigns in new hampshire. options,” Bartley said, adding that PhoTo | JohnKASiCh.CoM he believes both Kasich and Marco Rubio have strong followings in the Green Mountain state. host a town hall-style forum at Colchester Bartley believes the heightened attention High School on Saturday at 11 a.m. Vermont is receiving from Republican This will be Kasich’s second visit to candidates is due to party rules, which allow Vermont in the past six months; his first for a proportional split among delegates came in October to raise money for the versus a winner-take-all format. Vermont’s primary is set for March 1. Vermont Republican Party during its annual

Climatology talk scheduled at the Deborah Rawson Memorial Library By PHyL newBeCk For The Colchester Sun For the last five years, the Jericho Energy Task Force has been putting together a winter movie series. In January they held a showing of the film “Blue Vinyl” at the Deborah Rawson Memorial Library, but in February, the group will be trying something a little bit different. Rather than show a movie, they will be sponsoring a talk on Feb. 19 by state climatologist Lesley-Ann DupignyGiroux who also doubles as the chair of the geography department at the University of Vermont. Dupigny-Giroux’s presentation will describe current weather phenomena. With phrases such as “El Nino” and “Polar Vortex” entering our vocabulary, she will explain what these words really mean and how they affect our lives. In addition, she will introduce people to the North Atlantic Oscillation, which, in contrast to the Pacificbased El Nino, is situated close to Vermont. The January blizzard along the Eastern Seaboard was a product of the North Atlantic Oscillation. “We need to make sure we aren’t missing pieces of the puzzle,” DupignyGiroux said. “That’s why it’s nice to be a geographer; because it can help bring pieces of the map together.” The lead editor of “Historical Climate Variability and Impacts in North America,” Dupigny-Giroux noted that weather affects virtually all aspects of our daily life. “Whether you check the weather report on your phone or go outside,” she said “the information coming back at you shapes the course of your day. Many of your day to day decisions are based on the weather.” potentially provide a bypass road to take through traffic away from the lakeshore. And the intersection in front of Bayside Park will be studied for design improvements. Also, a bike path is planned to replace the sidewalk along West Lakeshore Drive from Bayside Park to Prim Road. At the same time, the Department of Parks and Recreation has initiated a master plan study of Bayside Park and of a “health and wellness center” on townowned land on the north side of Blakely Road fronting East Lakeshore Drive. “I’m sure all of you are looking at what are the potential costs of all these projects,” Town Manager Francis said. “We’re in the process of refining the costs … It’s dependent on funding we can’t predict right now. We’re looking under every rock in terms of grant opportunities. “All of this starts with a vision,” she said. “We’ve come a long way. There is a ways to go.”

Dupigny-Giroux added that on a grander scale, the weather has a significant impact on the socio-economic status of the state and its inhabitants; affecting things like the ski industry and the maple sugaring season. As part of her presentation, DupignyGiroux will talk about the kinds of weather patterns that converge over the northeast and discuss how daily weather and seasonal patterns are the result of various forces coming together. She hopes an engaged audience will allow her to have an interactive presentation which will include a number of photos to help explain various phenomena. “The power of pictures is greater than the power of words,” she said. Larry Lamb is the Jericho Energy Task Force member who puts together the annual winter movie series. “I decided it was time to try something a little bit different,” he said. “Particularly with the warm December we had and the lack of early season snow, I thought this was a topic that might interest people. So many facets of the state economy are affected by climate. This is a presentation that should interest skiers, sugarmakers, farmers, and just about anyone else who spends time outdoors in Vermont.” “We’re all amateur meteorologists and climatologists,” said Dupigny-Giroux. “Put a bunch of strangers together and they will all start talking about the weather. It’s what binds us and shapes us as human beings.” The presentation will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19 at the Deborah Rawson Memorial Library on River Road in Jericho. Refreshments will be served but it will be a waste-free event so attendees are asked to bring their own bowls and mugs.

Pet of the Week Jenna

6 year old Spayed Female Reason Here: The dogs in my previous home were causing me stress SUMMARY: Joyful Jenna is a fancy lady who knows what she wants in life! And who can blame her?! She is a gorgeous and sensitive gal who simply adores having her head and chin scratched to infinity and beyond. Jenna is a little shy at first meeting, but once this sweetie warms up to you its nothin’ but lovin’! This beauty is looking for lots of attention and a warm lap to curl up on. Does this sound like your match? Jenna is ready to move in with her new family so come meet her today! My thoughts on: Cats & Dogs: Jenna is selective about her friends; she has lived with cats in the past and might do well with another. Active dogs scare her, but she may be ok with a calm dog who respects her space.

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TownNews W E E K LY

the following information highlights some activities performed by the town for the week ending feb. 12. TOWN MANAgEr’S OFFICE Reported by Dawn Francis, town manager

Going out of town over the winter break? remember to cast an absentee ballot if you are going to be away on march 1. as of feb. 9, with three weeks still to go before Voting Day, 240 absentee ballots had been requested/mailed out. for more information about the town manager’s office, please visit or call (802) 264-5509. COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Reported by Kathi Walker O’Reilly, director New and Continuing Projects:  teaming with uVm GIs & mapping students on several different maps to use in marketing and promotions that will be of no cost to the town. we anticipate completion by springtime.  finalizing design elements for the exit 16 improvements.  met with senator leahy’s staff regarding Innovative ag (agriculture) and how to position Colchester for this niche market.  working with the business community, Planning and Zoning, Public works and Parks and recreation on proposed new zoning for west lakeshore Drive, stormwater, and Community Center needs assessment and masterplan.  Possible initiative at fort ethan allen to promote the area and its businesses. Marketing: Completed promotional video with lCatV specifically for the Canadian market. the video and our tourism brochure was on display at the montreal boat show.  met with Vermont - Quebec Initiative staff to discuss partnerships.  researching marketing opportunities for current fiscal year. Expansions/Relocations: attended several grand opening events of the Groennfell mead hall. Congratulations ricky and Kelly! for more information about the Community and economic Development office, please visit www. or call (802) 264-5508. PLANNINg AND ZONINg Reported by Sarah Hadd, director the Colchester Planning and Zoning Department reports the following for the week of february 8, 2016: there is still one vacancy on the Colchester Planning Commission. If you are interested in joining, please attend a meeting to see what is involved in serving or call 264-5602 with questions.  the Colchester Development review board will meet on feb. 24 to review the following applications:

3. sketch Plan application of Jacques baily and leslyn hall for a 3 lot Planned unit Development on a 29.9 acre parcel with lot #1 to be developed with a single family home, lot #2 to be developed with a single family residence, lot #3 to be developed with a single family residence, and a private driveway approximately 1,800 feet in length located at 1173 Grandview road, tax map 74, Parcel 1; and 4. sketch Plan application of spruce hill farm Inc. for a 5 lot conventional subdivision of a 87.5 acre parcel with lot #1 to be a 10 acre parcel developed with a single family residence and an existing barn, lot #2 to be 14.6 acres developed with a single family residence, lot #3 to be 13.5 acres developed with a single family residence, lot #4 to be 25 acres developed with a single family residence and lot #5 to be 24.4 acres developed with a single family residence located at 1751 east road, tax map 12, Parcel 26.  on feb. 9, the select board adopted supplement 38 to the Zoning regulations. this supplement rezones a portion of the property at 83 munson road from agricultural to residential two and include possible changes to the General Development three zoning district at severance Corners to reduce the mandatory building height minimums.  the Planning Commission continues to work on draft zoning changes for malletts bay and will be reviewing property owner feedback and proposed impacts at their feb.16 meeting. this will also be a joint meeting with the Development review board to discuss the application of regulations and an opportunity for feedback. Information on the draft can be found online at: Comments can be e-mailed to or mailed to the Commission care of the town offices. If you would like to receive notice of these events, please click on the notify me tool on the town’s website! for more information about the Planning and Zoning Department, please visit planningz or call (802) 264-5600. PUbLIC WOrkS Reported by Bryan Osborne, director  assisted the historical society in obtaining a $5,000 grant for building improvements  have received and are evaluating bids for the repainting of the rescue building.  have awarded contract for re-carpeting the first floor of the library. work is expected to commence in about two weeks and be completed in 3-4 weeks.  expecting bids next week for repainting the meeting house and the historical society  expecting bids next week for the construction of a meeting room on the third floor of the town offices  amended the Cooperative agreement with Vtrans adding a recently obtained $87,000 grant for the mt. View Drive sidewalk Project  Performing a condition assessment of the exit 16 and malletts bay water systems  working on the integration of impervious surface data, parcel data, and billing software in support of a possible storm water utility  Performing limited clearing of brush and dead trees on the bayside hazelett property  Developing the ffy17 wastewater operating budget for consideration by the board of sewer Commissioners  the expenditures for the snow and Ice removal budget is less than half of what it was at this same time last year. Current expenditures are salt 38%, fuel 25%, overtime 15%.  Continuing work on all aspects of the Clean water Initiative.

1. Preliminary Plat application of the brigante living trust and rivers edge building Development llC for a 45 unit Planned unit Development on a 25.23 acre parcel consisting of 19 single family homes, 13 duplex structures, 1 common parcel, and associated infrastructure located at 239 malletts bay avenue, tax map 6, Parcel 8; 2. Preliminary Plat application of J. brooker llC for a 6 unit PuD subdivision of a 4.36 acre parcel consisting of 4 single family homes accessed off for more information about the Public works Jen barry Drive and 1 duplex unit accessed off Department, please visit holy Cross road located off Jen barry lane, tax publicworks or call (802) 264-5620. map 47, Parcel 001012; Read more town news online:

Colchester residents complete apprenticeships in child care Colchester residents Shiloh Gingras and Katie McGee recently completed the Vermont Child Care Apprenticeship Program. Gingras completed her apprenticeship while employed at Early Years Child Development Center in Colchester, while McGee completed hers at Little Ones University in Essex Junction. The Child Care Apprenticeship Program combines on-the-job mentoring with formal classroom instruction in the field of early childhood education. Gingras and McGee each documented over 4,000 hours of supervised work on the job; completed a sequence of six college courses; and attended over 30

hours of training designed to broaden their knowledge and skills in the field. The Vermont Department of Labor issued their certificates of completion in the trade of Child Care Development Specialist. The Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council is a nonprofit organization that runs the Registered Child Care Apprenticeship Program in partnership with the state Department of Labor and area child care employers. The council contracts the college courses through the Community College of Vermont, with grant funding from the Vermont Child Development Division, as well as private donations.

Burnham Memorial Library bOOk rEVIEWS A Dangerous Place by Jacqueline Winspear – Adult Fiction, 2015 Reviewed by Susan Bliss, Youth Services The Maisie Dobbs books have everything you might expect in a historical mystery series, along with a dash of psychological mysticism. In this, the eleventh book in the series, Winspear shakes things up for her contemplative British heroine. Up to this point, readers have seen Maisie grow up, serve as a nurse during World War I, and help clients solve perplexing mysteries. This novel, set in Gibraltar in 1937, begins just after Maisie has suffered a terrible loss. The investigation of a local murder slowly pulls Maisie out of her grief, but officials may not tolerate the interference of a woman. And why is the British Secret Service following her? With the world poised on the edge of yet another war, Maisie’s life has taken a sharp turn. She consults her inner compass as she makes her life choices, and this soulful installment leaves the reader curious to see just what new paths Maisie will follow next. Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick, Illustrated by Sophie Blackall Juvenile Non-Fiction, 2015 Reviewed by Kelly Tomaseski, Library Director Everyone has heard of Winnie the Pooh, but how many know the true story behind this most beloved bear? Lindsay Mattick is the great granddaughter of Harry Coleburn, the young soldier who bought an orphaned bear cub and named it Winnipeg. Faced with combat in a foreign land, Coleburn entrusts his beloved friend to the London Zoo. It is here that young Winnie’s fortune changes. Filled with captivating illustrations and actual photographs, an informative and familial story unfolds. Young and old will delight in the discovery that Winnie the Pooh is a real bear after all.

WARNING 2016 ANNUAL SCHOOL DISTRICT MEETING COLCHESTER, VERMONT The legal voters of the Town of Colchester, Vermont are notified and warned to meet at the Colchester High School Auditorium, Laker Lane, in said Town on Monday, February 29, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. to act on the following articles not involving voting by Australian ballot (Articles 1 – 6). Absentee ballots may be requested until 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February 29, 2016, by calling the Town Clerk’s Office at (802) 264-5520. ARTICLE 1 To choose a moderator, if elected moderator is not present. ARTICLE 2 To act upon the reports of the School District Officers. ARTICLE 3 To set compensation, if any, to be paid to the School Board Directors. ARTICLE 4 To determine whether the District will vote to authorize the School Directors to borrow money for current and necessary expenses by issuance of notes not in excess of anticipated revenue for this school year. ARTICLE 5 To transact any other business proper to come before said meeting. ARTICLE 6 To adjourn said School District meeting and to reconvene at the Colchester High School, Laker Lane, in said Town on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, for voters in District 9-1 and 9-2 to vote for School Directors and to vote on the following propositions by Australian ballot with voting to begin at 7:00 a.m. and to close at 7:00 p.m. ARTICLE 7 Shall the voters of the school district approve the school board to expend $37,914,750, which is the amount the school board has determined to be necessary for the ensuing fiscal year? It is estimated that the proposed budget, if approved, will result in education spending of $13,297.47 per equalized pupil. This projected spending per equalized pupil is 1.75% lower than spending for the current year. ARTICLE 8 Shall the remaining balance of the bonds authorized for the completed science project in an amount not to exceed $730,000 be allocated for the purpose of renovating the school theater? If in favor of the bond issue, make a cross (x) in this square . If opposed to the bond issue, make a cross (x) in this square . DATED AT COLCHESTER THIS 19th DAY OF JANUARY 2016. SCHOOL DIRECTORS: s/Michael Rogers s/J. Lincoln White s/Craig Kieny s/Lindsey Cox s/Curt Taylor Received for record and recorded at Colchester, January 20, 2016 at 11:38 a.m.

Colchester resident Shiloh Gingras is second from the left and Katie McGee, also of Colchester, is on the far right. PhoTo ConTriBuTed

Attest: Karen Richard, Town Clerk and Treasurer


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Democratizing decision-making By deB Markowitz When I was first elected to public office at the age of 37, I was lucky enough to have a mentor, Tom Lehner, who had spent most of his career in public administration. I first met him when I was a young law clerk to Vermont Supreme Court Justice Louis Peck and he was the court administrator. Tom took seriously the obligation of government to look out for all Vermonters — especially those who could not easily speak up for themselves. I remember how he would raise his eyebrows at me when I was about to move ahead without fully considering all of the unintended consequences of a decision. He would say, “Remember Deb, what you see will depend upon where you are sitting.” Tom was teaching me a lesson in leadership — that great leaders take time to listen. To be most effective, it is important to understand issues from the perspective of all Vermonters, not just from those rich or practiced enough to participate in public debate. This advice sounds simple, but I have seen how difficult it can be to put into practice. It is human nature to see the world through the lens of our own life experiences. We tend to listen to and trust the advice of our own experts and those who share our values. It can be uncomfortable to have our opinions challenged, but this is exactly why it is important for government officials to make it easy for the public to get involved. There has been a long history in our country of ordinary citizens speaking out and organizing against threats to public health and the environment. Examples from across the country include Love Canal in New York, a town built on a toxic chemical dumpsite, and Hinkley, Calif., a small farming community affected by groundwater pollution from a nearby gas plant. In Vermont, highly toxic chemicals from an old, dry cleaning facility in Williamstown contaminated the soil and groundwater. In all of these cases, and many more, grassroots organizations played an important role in protecting health, communities and nature. Advocates and nonprofit organizations ensure that Vermonters have the tools and resources needed to participate in decisions that impact their communities and our Vermont way of life. This is why at the Agency of Natural Resources, we are finding ways to increase public participation in our decision-making. This year, we have brought to the legislature a proposal to reform our permitting process. Our goal is to simplify the notice and comment periods so that it is easier for neighbors and community members to learn about projects and get involved. Other changes will ensure that we develop a transparent record that explains the basis of our decisions and that projects requiring multiple permits can be coordinated, making it easier to participate in public hearings. We are increasing opportunities for stakeholders to meet with agency staff early in the permitting process so we can take into account their concerns. We also hope to get legislative support to establish a reconsideration process for decisions made by the agency that Vermonters can navigate without a lawyer. These changes will be good for the agency and good for Vermont. By increasing the opportunity for Vermonters to participate, our decision-making will be more transparent. With more process up front, there will be less need for costly lawsuits. But the most important reason for creating systems that encourage public involvement is that the decisions themselves will be better. Over the years, I have come to understand how important it is that Vermonters have equal access to the administrative and judicial process. I have also seen how difficult and expensive these proceedings can be and how we must continue to encourage our citizen activists. As environmental pioneer Donella Meadows has said: “No one can define or measure justice, democracy, security, freedom, truth or love. No one can define or measure any value. But if no one speaks up for them, if systems aren’t designed to produce them, if we don’t speak about them and point toward their presence or absence, they will cease to exist.” Deb Markowitz is secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

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So many reasons to support theater upgrade There are some details of the Colchester High School theater renovation proposal that will not be available when you go to vote. Most importantly is what would happen if the renovations do not pass. Colchester will not save $730,000. Yes, the amount would be used to reduce the bond principal, and our expenses would be less. However, the savings would go into the state education fund and be spread out among all the districts in Vermont. Colchester has approximately 3 percent of the students in the state, so Colchester would get about 3 percent, or $22,000, of the savings. As you can imagine, the effect on the tax rate would be insignificant. Perhaps it would be more accurate if the vote asked, “Would you like to receive approximately $730,000 worth of renovations at a cost of approximately $22,000 for the town?” These renovations are badly needed. It may not be noticeable when sitting in the darkened auditorium, but renovations have been put off for years. Much of the theater is original to when the school was built, and many of the newer items are 15 to 20 years old. The lighting system could fail at any moment even during a performance; a portion of the sound system is inoperable; the curtains are torn and threadbare; and the technology is so old that parts are no longer available. We also have had to rent additional sound and lighting for large productions. The auditorium is used not only by the high school students on a daily basis but also by all the schools and the community at large. If upgraded, the auditorium could be rented out to outside groups, which would not only bring in a small amount of revenue, but also cultural opportunities for the community to enjoy. Since these renovations will have to be done at some point if we want to keep utilizing the auditorium, it makes sense to vote to do them now when the funds are available and before the cost increases. Barb Mier Colchester

Colchester schools stand out in state There has been a lot in the news about Act 46 as it relates to education spending, funding and governance. The spending caps have created challenges for most districts in our state. Even with the recently passed amendment that increases the cap by .9 percent, many districts are struggling to meet contractual obligations and stay within the caps without having to cut personnel or programs. That is not the case in Colchester due to our diligent cost containment, consistent “rightsizing” strategies, efforts in taking advantage of cost efficiencies, and last year’s adoption of a universal preK system. The legislated allowable growth percentage in Act 46 limits school district spending for the Fiscal Year 2017 budget. Basically, school districts were given an allowable growth percentage for FY17 in the range of 5.5 percent based on the previous year's equalized per pupil spending. According to the Agency of Education, one of the highest spending districts in the state, Weybridge, had an allowable growth percentage of 0 percent but already spends $19,189 per equalized pupil, while Colchester has a 2.35 percent allowable growth percenatage and spent $13,535 per equalized pupil in 2015/2016. So, Weybridge spends over $5,000 more per pupil than we spend here in Colchester. This demonstrates the exceptional job we have done of keeping our costs low while providing a high quality education for our students. This year’s proposed budget, which includes an equalized per pupil spending rate of $13,297.47, will result in a decrease of about 4 cents to our homestead/residential tax rate this year. Controlling school district spending is just one of the motivations for the legislation. Another foundational tenet of Act 46 is that the cost of schools has gone up while the student population has gone down. According to Act 46, Vermont’s

kindergarten through grade 12 student population has declined from 103,000 in fiscal year 1997 to 78,300 in fiscal year 2015 while the number of school related personnel has not decreased proportionally. But this has not been the case in Colchester. Our enrollment has stayed relatively consistent. School funding is an important issue for Colchester residents, but equally as important is the quality and type of education we provide our students. Research and best practice also tells us that the education we give Colchester students needs to be personalized to fit each learner, learner-driven to let kids own their learning, tech-enabled to leverage technologies that work, and applied to let kids learn by doing. We are educating the whole child, and that is why you will see another bond item on your ballot in March. After completing the new high school science center under budget, we are asking for the remaining $730,000 to be reallocated to update the high school auditorium. This is a much needed renovation that will increase our ability to provide a robust arts program to our students. It will also allow us to engage with and host our community. We have a lot to be proud of here in Colchester: a high quality education delivered in a cost-effective manner, low per pupil spending, care for the whole child as evidenced through our emphasis on academic and extracurricular aspects of students’ education, and a proven, strong leader in our new superintendent, Amy Minor, to name a few. Please come out to show your support for our schools on Town Meeting Day. A yes vote for the school budget and auditorium renovations will help ensure a prosperous future for our entire community. Lindsey Cox Colchester School Board

Capital plans deserve support On behalf of the Colchester Community Development Corporation, I am writing to urge Colchester voters to support the capital plans for transportation (Article 15), parks (Article 16), and public safety (Article 17) at Town Meeting Day. Colchester is one of the few towns in Vermont that actually plans ahead for capital improvements instead of asking voters for big increases in the general operating budget for these items. Since the voters in Colchester have supported these plans for parks and transportation for the last five years, voting “yes” on these two requests will not increase property taxes at all. And for the new capital plan (public safety), the proposed tax increase is less than $3 per year. The town has distributed information regarding what these capital plans have done for the town in the past five years and what is planned for the next six years, so there is no need for me to elaborate on that. But it is important to emphasize that everyone in Colchester uses the roads and bridges, almost everyone uses the parks, and everyone wants the rescue department to be prepared to help us when we need it in an emergency. What a relief it is to know that the needs in these three areas are being addressed responsibly over time instead of asking for emergency funding from taxpayers. Maureen Garofano CCDC President

Support appreciated A heartfelt thank you goes out to all of the families and friends who have sent cards, visited, provided meals, and sent many thoughts and prayers to our family over the past three weeks. It is with all of this support that we can continue to move forward at this very difficult time in our lives. Thank you again to everyone who has touched our lives through Chris. Amy Breen Colchester

From the Statehouse Dogs, cats, elephants and turnips. The Legislature is often chided for spending time Maureen on these types of bills rather Dakin than solving spending, taxing and health care problems, to name a few. These bills were introduced last year, had considerable testimony and — except for the elephant/ivory bill — have passed the House and now await Senate action. The elephant/ivory bill passed out of committee, and floor action is expected soon. When considering a bill, I remind myself that this bill is important enough to someone or to a group(s) to ask that legislation be introduced. At the discretion of the speaker of the House and the subject matter, every bill gets sent to the committee(s) of jurisdiction. Every bill gets at least a cursory review and an introduction by the legislator who sponsored it. The committee members then decide if and when to take it up. The dogs and cats bill from the Agriculture Committee deals with adequate shelter and space for dogs and cats. Animal cruelty seems to be a growing problem, and cases elicit strong emotional responses. This bill sets size and space requirements that allow animals the ability to move about in their enclosures. Their water supply is also addressed. With last weekend’s cold snap, it’s got to be apparent to everyone the importance of taking proper care to keep our pets safe. There were several questions from the floor indicating how strongly people feel and wanting to assure the bill meets its intended purpose. The specifics in the bill will also make it easier to prosecute abusers. On the surface, the elephant bill seemed easy — ban the importation of ivory as a means of discouraging killing elephants for their tusks. The number of elephants in the world is decreasing rapidly, and they could be on the endangered list in the near future. Wait, not so easy. Antique dealers/sellers, musicians and families with heirlooms had lots of concerns. The Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources Committee found itself taking more and more testimony. Several exemptions were included in the bill, and amendments are sure to be offered from the floor. The bill doesn’t satisfy purists who would prefer no exemptions, but my guess is that won’t happen. There are highly effective antiquing methods available today making it difficult to authenticate a genuine article. Some musical instruments still use a small amount of ivory, although

plastics are widely replacing it. The bill further places a limit on the amount of ivory objects may contain. And now to the Gilfeather turnip! If the Senate agrees, the Gilfeather turnip will become Vermont’s official vegetable. Brought to the legislature’s attention by a group of fourth- and fifth-graders from Wardsboro, the bill had strong support in the Agricultrue Committee and the floor. It’s become customary for the legislature to give due diligence to student initiatives. Testifying before a legislative committee and learning about how bills become law are excellent civics lessons. The Gilfeather turnip is uniquely Vermont. Mr. Gilfeather inadvertently crossed a rutabaga and a turnip. A student testified: "Please remember that the Gilfeather turnip is a fitting symbol for Vermonters. Some of us come from many generations of living in Vermont, some of us moved here two months ago. But like the Gilfeather turnip, we are tough-skinned, we put down strong roots, and after a tough challenge like a killing frost, we come out sweeter. We are all Vermonters and like the Gilfeather turnip, we are Vermont strong." Hard to argue with a statement like that. Great advocacy! Dealing with bills like these in the early weeks allows other committees to focus on more complex bills. Following passage of the Mid-year Budget Adjustment Act, the Appropriations Committee is hunkered down working on next year’s budget. The Ways and Means Committee is focused on the annual Fee Bill that hits the floor soon. The Health Care Committee is facing a shortage in the Medicaid budget. The Institutions Committee is determining which capital projects to fund. Transportation is doing likewise with its project list and budget. Education, of course, needs to come up with a funding plan by the end of the session. The list goes on… My committee, Commerce and Economic Development, is tackling the employee/independent contractor definitions as they pertain to worker compensation and unemployment insurance. Rights and responsibilities adhere to all parties, including the employer. The 21st Century workplace and worker, frequently called “the sharing economy,” adds to the complexity. Your citizen legislators are hard at work. Problems are formidable. My intent here was to show that even bills that seem simple are seldom so, and that every bill (almost 900 introduced in the House thus far) have advocates and opponents. Every one of them is given some level of scrutiny because they matter to someone. Maureen P. Dakin represents Colchester in the Vermont House of Representatives.


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Best response to volatile markets? Stay calm Submitted by Heidi Brosseau In recent months, stocks have fallen sharply from their record highs, with one-day drops that can rightfully be called “dizzying.” As an investor, what are you to make of this volatility? For one thing, you’ll find it useful to know the probable causes of the market gyrations. Most experts cite global fears about China’s economic slowdown, falling oil prices and anticipation of a move by the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates as the key factors behind the stock market’s decline. On the other hand, the U.S. economy is still doing fairly well. Employers are adding jobs at a pretty good clip, wages are rising, home prices are up and overall economic growth has been reasonably solid. In other words, we are in a vastly better place than in the period before the Great Recession of 2008 and early 2009, when the financial markets bottomed out. Nonetheless, it’s only natural that you might feel some trepidation over what’s been happening in the financial markets over the past few weeks. So, what should you do? Here are a few suggestions: • Expect more of the same. Be prepared for more volatility, potentially including big drops one day followed by big gains the next. Until the factors considered responsible for the current volatility – that is, China’s slowing economy, low oil prices and the Federal Reserve’s decision on rates – have been fully absorbed into the market’s pricing mechanisms, big price swings, one way or another, are to be expected. • Don’t panic. The headlines may look grim, but today’s newspapers are tomorrow’s recycling pile. Volatility is nothing new, and the financial markets are more resilient than you may think. • Look for opportunities. By definition, a downturn occurs when investors sell massive amounts of stocks, but it actually may be wwa good time to buy them, while their price is down. Look at the most successful businesses and their products and services. If you can envision these companies still being around and thriving in ten years, why wouldn’t you want to buy their stocks at potentially lower prices? • Diversify. During the downturn, just about everyone’s portfolio was affected. But if yours took a particularly large hit, it might be because your holdings are overconcentrated in stocks, especially the types of stocks that fared the worst. You may need to further diversify your portfolio through a mixture of domestic and international stocks, bonds, government securities, real estate, certificates of deposit (CDs) and other vehicles. Diversification, by itself, can’t guarantee a profit or prevent against all losses, but it can help blunt the harshest effects of volatility. • Review your investment strategy. Unless your goals have changed, there’s no reason to revise your long-term investment strategy, even in the face of wild fluctuations in the financial markets. Still, it’s always a good idea to review your strategy at least once a year, possibly in consultation with a financial professional. You may need to make smaller-scale adjustments in response to changes in the economy, interest rates, and so on, but don’t abandon your core principles, such as maintaining a portfolio that reflects your goals, risk tolerance and time horizon. Investing will never be either risk-free or predictable. But by taking the steps described above, you can relieve some of the stress associated with volatility and help yourself stay on track toward your financial objectives. Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investors should understand the risks involved of owning investments, including interest rate risk, credit risk and market risk. The value of investments fluctuates and investors can lose some or all of their principal. Special risks are inherent to international investing, including those related to currency fluctuations and foreign political and economic events. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by local Edward Jones Financial Advisor, Heidi Brosseau, who has an office in Essex Junction.  Email: heidi.brosseau@

Dean’s list fall 2015 Emily M. Berry of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at Colby College. Cassandra P. Labonte of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at Colby College. Rachel E. Scibek of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at Stonehill College. Hannah Echo of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at Providence College. Hannah G. Webster of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at the University of Rhode Island. Megan Chambers of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at Hofstra University. Ashley Francis of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at Hofstra University. Kyle Hatin of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at Lyndon State College. Laura Miller of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at the University of Delaware. Lauren Zwonik of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 President's List at the State University of New York at Potsdam. Keegan Mitchell of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at Keene State College. Margaret M. McNeil of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at St. Anselm College. Kayla Eustace of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at the University of New England. Alana Feeley of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at Hanover College. Sarah Place of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at Norwich University. Richard James Giroux of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at Norwich University. Macie Sicard of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at Lasell College. Rosalie Burke of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's list at Castleton University.

Grant Cummings of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's list at Castleton University. Allison Dwinell of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's list at Castleton University. Erica Hoffmann of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's list at Castleton University. Braeden Doud of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at Northeastern University. Kyla Mooney of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at Northeastern University. Andrew Pike of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at Northeastern University. Patrick D. McHugh of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at St. Michael's College. Nicole E. Talcott of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at St. Michael's College. Summer K. Colley of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at St. Michael's College. Matthew D. McBride of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at St. Michael's College. Lindsay E. McNall of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at St. Michael's College. James R. Hodge of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at St. Michael's College. Nathan A. Hodge of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at St. Michael's College. Nicolas J. Thornbro of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at St. Michael's College. Emily A. Tarr of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at St. Michael's College. Sean Callahan of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. Rachel Cleary of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at Champlain College. Michael Doucette of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's

List at Champlain College. Millisa Gingras of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at Champlain College. Andrew Hamelink of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at Champlain College. Noah Kozlowski of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at Champlain College. Jenny LaCroix of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at Champlain College. Jessica LaRose of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at Champlain College. Mark Miller of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at Champlain College. Ryan Nadeau of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at Champlain College. Jennifer Veronneau of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at Champlain College. Julia Crane of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at the University of Vermont. Grace Yasewicz of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at the University of Vermont. Cassidy Moore of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at the University of Vermont. Kathleen Shiman of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at the University of Vermont. Sandi Caus of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at the University of Vermont. Raya Lurvey of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at the University of Vermont. Deepa Neupane of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at the University of Vermont. Elizabeth Powell of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at the University of Vermont. Anna Senft Miller of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at the University of Vermont. Madeline Powell of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at the University of Vermont. Emily Eakin of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at

SAP! founders Chas Smith, Nikita Salmon and Charlie Smith pose with their product.

By Phyl Newbeck For The Colchester Sun Chas Smith knows a thing or two about business and his father, Charles Smith, and cousin, Nikita Salmon, know a thing or two about maple sugaring. Put those two knowledge sets together and you’ve got a new, local product which is being financed in a novel, and equally local, manner. The story began three years ago when Charles Smith started serving concentrated sap from his family’s small Underhill sugarbush in mason jars at family events. In 2014, Chas Smith returned home to Vermont and took the idea a step further, forming a partnership with Vermont Hard Cider and adding carbonation to the drink, which they named, “Sap!” Using sap from Salmon’s larger sugarbush, also in Underhill, they canned 10,000 beverage units that were sold at Healthy Living and City Market. “It resonated with consumers,” said Chas Smith. “Everybody absolutely loved it.” This year, the family added Ben Tacka to their fledgling company to head up the sales portion of the business. The goal is to expand from 10,000 units to hundreds of thousands to be sold across Vermont and New England. They have partnered with J.R. Sloan of Green Mountain Mainlines in East Fairfield to ensure they will have enough sap in the event the sugaring season in Underhill is below average. “We like to say that we’re crowdsourcing our sap,” said Salmon. Expansion, however, needs more than just trees, and for that reason Sap! is partnering with Designbook, a company co-founded by another Underhill resident, Kyle Clark, to raise money. “It’s a really exciting opportunity to work with another Vermont start-up which is on the leading edge of helping small companies raise money in new ways,” said Smith. Generally, people who want to invest in a company must be accredited; a system he said is devised to protect smaller, less sophisticated investors from making poor decisions. While Smith recognizes that this is a laudatory goal, he noted that it also creates income inequality by keeping out some potential investors who might want to be part of a new business. That’s why Sap! is holding a two-pronged fundraising project through Designbook that is also open to smaller investors. the University of Vermont. John Surprenant of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at the University of Vermont. Andrea Elhajj of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at the University of Vermont. Jeremy Barton of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at the University of Vermont. Keith Kennett of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at the University of Vermont. Caitlin Hester of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at the University of Vermont. Sophia Simkins of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at the University of Vermont. Sophie Singer of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at the University of Vermont. Lauren Hutchings of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at the University of Vermont. Matthew Bouffard of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at the University of Vermont. Kiera Zehnacker of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at the University of Vermont. Sean Handy of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at the University of Vermont. Jordain Williams of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at Mount Ida College. Elizabeth Hamlin of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at the University of New Hampshire. Brett Nelson of Colchester was named to the fall 2015 Dean's List at the University of New Hampshire.

The fundraising has been open for some time but the company will make a more concentrated effort to raise money starting this month. Accredited investors are invited to purchase an equity stake in the business while smaller investors are invited to take part in raising debt financing Someone who invests $10,000 can see their interest compounded by 5 percent over a six-year period and will receive “dividends” in the form of at least one free case of Sap! annually for as long as their note is outstanding. If the company hits a specific revenue figure, those investors may be able to double their money. Only Vermonters are invited to invest. “We’ll be one of the first companies in the country to try an entirely local automated debt raise,” Smith said. “It’s a great chance to be on the forefront of new strategies for local investments. We think it’s important for the future of Vermont and Vermont companies to promote businesses locally.” Although initially Sap! came up with three distinct products, they have narrowed their offerings down to two. Green Label is a lightly carbonated beverage with only nine grams of sugar and 50 calories that is almost like a maple seltzer. Red Label has 16 grams of sugar and 90 calories and is considered a maple soda. “We have hopes and dreams of a lot of other product extensions,” said Smith “but we need to make the first two products first.” The company’s initial batch sold so quickly that they have had to ration the amount they’ve brought to their two retail locations. “Starting in April,” Smith said “we hope to be in stores all over the state.” Smith credits the rise of coconut water with creating a sea change in the beverage industry towards healthier options. “We’ve been able to make a product that meets a market demand,” he said. “There are some other maple water companies but adding carbonation is unique. I also think that part of the reason we’ll be successful is we have an authentic message and a great narrative.” Smith sees his company as a feel-good Vermont story. “We’re keeping trees in the ground and preserving the working landscape,” he said. “We want to do well by doing good and good business should be able to do both. We’re creating community value. Sap! is about making the world a healthier place without sacrificing taste.”

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Religious Directory Daybreak Community Church 67 Creek Farm Plaza, Colchester VT. 05446 802-338-9118 or Sunday Service at 10:30am Lead Pastor, Brent Devenney Malletts Bay Congregational Church UCC 1672 West Lakeshore Dr. 658-9155. Bridge Pastor, Rev. Adrianne Carr Worship Service: Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Church School: Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Fellowship time: Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Childcare provided. All are welcome! Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church 784 Main Street, Colchester Fr. Julian Asucan, Administrator. (802) 878-5987 Mass schedule: Saturday, 4:30 PM and Sunday, 10:45 AM. Confessions: Saturday at 3:30 PM Daily Mass: Monday, 8:30 AM; Wednesday, 5:30 PM Holy Day Masses; please contact the church. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church 1063 Prim Road, 658-0533. Rev. Lisette Baxter, Rector Sundays: 8 a.m. & 10 a.m., Holy Eucharist 10 a.m. Sunday School: Nursery & all grades Wednesdays: 11:30 Bible class; 12:30 Holy Eucharist For evening services & Adult Education, check answering machine. All are always welcome. United Church of Colchester - ABC Rte. 2A-Village Green, 879-5442. Rev. Dr. Russell Willis Worship: 10:30 A.M. Adult Sunday School: 9:00 a.m. Youth Sunday School during 10:30 worship; pre-school through 11 years. Nursery care available during worship. Christ Centered - Family Oriented.



Elder Education Enrichment Lecture. The Elder Education Enrichment group will be offering the next installment of their spring lecture series with Middlebury College Charles A. Dana Professor and Economic Department Chair, Peter Hans Matthews. Matthews will present a lecture entitled, “Five Things Every Vermonter Should Know about the Economy.” Parking and handicap access available. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5 at the door. Information: 864-3516. Artist Reception. Darkroom Gallery will host an artist’s reception for the “Shadow and Light” exhibition to recognize the photographers whose work was chosen for the show. The event is free and open to everyone. Drinks and light refreshments will be available. Among the 42 photographers from all over the world whose photos were selected for “Shadow & Light” are five from Vermont. Darkroom Gallery, Essex, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Information: http://



Introduction to Jin Shin Jyutsu Workshop. In this workshop hosted by the Milton Public Library, learn the fundamentals of this ancient Japanese self-help healing art that was formed thousands of years ago. Milton Public Library, Milton, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Sign up required-call 893-4644. The Irish “Wave” in the Green Mountains. Vince Feeney, author of a published history of “The Irish in Vermont: Finnigans, Slaters and Stonepeggers” tells the little-known story of Irish immigrants in mid-nineteenth century Vermont who fled the Irish potato famine in their homeland and settled in Vermont.  This talk is a VT Humanities Council program hosted by the VT Genealogy Library and is free. Vermont Genealogy Library, Colchester, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Information: or 310-9285. Karaoke. The VFW in Essex Junction will be hosting a karaoke night, which is open to the public. VFW Post 6689, Essex Junction, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Information: 879-0700



Pancake Breakfast. The Grace United Methodist Church will be hosting a community pancake breakfast. The menu will include scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, coffee, and juice. All are welcomed to join us for church service. Grace United Methodist Church, Essex Junction. Two seatings: 8: 30 a.m. and 10:35 a.m. Contact Elizabeth: 878-5923. Stretch and Sip.  Join Switchback Brewery with Sarah Quinttus, from SoulShine Power Yoga of Essex Junction for a special “Stretch and Sip” event. The price of admission includes an all-levels 60-minute Vinyasa flow class followed by a pint or flight of your choice. Bring your own mat and quench your thirst with friends after class with a glass or two. Space is limited and pre-registration is encouraged. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early. The Tap Room at Switchback Brewery, Burlington, 10-11 a.m. $20. Register: 651-4114. Sunday Coffee Mix and Mingle. Members of the LGBTQA community gather to bond over books, coffee, art and more at this casual hangout. Barnes and Noble Bookstore, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Information: 860-7812. Faculty Scholarship Concert. The UVM Department of Music and Dance presents the sixth annual Faculty Scholarship Concert. This concert marks the 40th anniversary of the dedication of the Music Building Recital Hall and Fisk Organ. A showcase of music and dance, classical and jazz, old and new for the benefit of student scholarships. Admission is by donation. All proceeds benefit the music lesson scholarship fund, subsidizing the cost of private instruction for outstanding music students. Music Building Recital Hall. UVM, Burlington, 3-4 p.m.

The Last Five Years

Essex Community Players is proud to bring Jason Robert Brown’s innovative and emotionally powerful musical, “The Last Five Years,” to Memorial Hall. Director Nan Murat says she specifically wanted this venue for the show, because the space is perfect for the intimacy of this two-person performance. The Last Five Years deals with adult themes and includes some explicit lyrics, and is recommended for audiences aged 12 and up. In keeping with Essex Community Players’ “Essex Gives Back” charitable donation program, all proceeds from concession and other purchases will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network at the Vermont Children’s Hospital. Performances will be on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m., at Essex Memorial Hall in Essex Center. Tickets: $14-$18. Information:



Shape and share life stories. Prompts trigger real-life experience stories, which are crafted into engaging narrative and shared with the group. Free and open to all adults. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Contact: 878-4918. Elder Education Enrichment Lecture. The Elder Education Enrichment group will be offering the next installment of their spring lecture series with Peace Corps Regional Recruiter, Zoe Armstrong. Armstrong will present a lecture entitled, “Living and Working Abroad with the Peace Corps.” Parking and handicap access available. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2 p.m. $5 at the door. Information: 864-3516. Introduction to Natural Sourdough. The Milton Public Library will host this informative workshop which will cover how to bake with natural sourdough. You will leave with information and recipes plus a live sourdough culture you can grow and use for baking at home. Milton Public Library, Milton, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Sign up requiredcall 893-4644. Trivia Night. Trivia buffs gather for a meeting of the minds. Hotel Vermont lobby, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Contact: 6515012.



Movies at Main Street Landing: “Lolita.” The Movies at Main Street Landing series presents the Stanley Kubrick-directed 1962 drama, “Lolita,” starring James Mason, Sue Lyon, Peter Sellers, and Shelley Winters. Main Street Landing Film House, Burlington, 7 p.m. Donations benefit a local charity. Contact: 540-3018 or



Open Studio Collage Workshop. Whirled Tree Arts Studio invited budding artists to take a break from their busy lives to learn how to create beautiful mixed media compositions using paint, paper, fabric and found objects. All creative levels welcome. Whirled Tree Art Studio, Burlington, 12-1:30 p.m. $5-$10 suggested donation. Information: www.whirledtree. org



Mandarin Chinese Class. The Agape Community Church invites language enthusiasts to practice the Chinese dialect spoken throughout northern and southwestern China. Agape Community Church, South Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Information: Bingo. The VFW in Essex Junction will be hosting a bingo night, which is open to the public. VFW Post 6689, Essex Junction, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Information: 879-0700

Ongoing Divorce Care Support Group. Divorce is a tough road. Feelings of separation, betrayal, confusion, anger and selfdoubt are common. But there is life after divorce. Led by people who have already walked down that road, we’d like to share with you a safe place and a process that can help make the journey easier. The 13-week Divorce Care Support Group for men and women will

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be offered on Sunday​ evenings, 5​:307​:30 pm, Feb. 28 through May 29 at the Essex Alliance Church, , Essex Junction. Register: 989-4081 or Children’s Breakfast. First and third Saturday of each month. The Grace United Methodist Church will be offering a free breakfast for children ages K-5, though all children are welcomed. Crafts, songs, Bible stories and games. No registration needed, and parents can stay and have coffee. Grace United Methodist Church, Essex Junction, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Information: 878-8071 or Essex Art League Meetings. Meetings happen on the first Thursday of the month. The meeting agenda includes a business and social time, and features a guest artist presentation. Essex Junction Congregational Church, Essex Junction, 9-11 a.m. Information: www.essexartleague. com. Craft Connection. Come to the Essex Alliance Church community as women gather for a time of crafts and fellowship. Twice a month, Wednesday evenings. Essex Alliance Church, Essex. Contact Deb: 2382291. Essex Eats Out Community Meals. Essex Eats Out seeks to build community connections by providing healthy, free meals in a warm, safe and inclusive atmosphere. Meals will be served: first Friday at First Congregational Church; second Friday at Holy Family/St. Lawrence Parish Center; third Friday at St. James Church; fourth Friday at Essex United Methodist Church; and fifth Friday when applicable at St. Pius X Church. 5:30-7 p.m. each week. Transportation is available. Call Dawn Thursday by 9 a.m. to schedule Friday transit: 878-7622. Information: or Champlain Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group. Mary L. Guyette RN, MS, ACNSBC will answer questions about prostate cancer surgical procedures. Plus, general discussion and sharing among survivors and those beginning or rejoining the battle. Second Tuesday of each month. Hope Lodge, 237 East Ave, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Contact: 274-4990. Interstitial Cystitis Support Group. Interstitial cystitis (IC) is recurring pelvic pain, pressure or discomfort in the bladder and pelvic region, and urinary frequency/ urgency. This is often misdiagnosed and mistreated as a chronic bladder infection. If you have been diagnosed or have these symptoms, you are not alone. We are building a Vermont-based support group and welcome you to email or call (802) 899-4151 for more information. Creative Tuesdays. Artists exercise their imaginations with recycled crafts. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:15-5 p.m. Contact: 865-7216. Burlington Writers Workshop. A free writing workshop for all Vermonters. Meets every Wednesday in downtown Burlington. Free and open to the public. Participants must register at More info: Cell Phones For Soldiers. Local residents can support these collection drives by donating their old cell phones at A. W. Rich Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Essex Junction, or at the American Legion, 3650 Roosevelt Highway, Colchester. Collections accepted 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact: 849-6261. Champlain Echoes. A women’s four-part harmony chorus group seeks additional women to sing in their holiday performances. Meetings are Monday nights. The Pines, Aspen Drive, South Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Contact: 655-2174.


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Burnham Library Trustees Meeting. The library’s trustees meet monthly, and meetings are open to the public. 4 p.m.


80s Teen Movie Night. Choose from some weird and iconic oldies but goodies. Free popcorn and fun shenanigans beforehand. Sign up and vote for the movie we watch by Feb. 15. Movie descriptions and permission forms for teens under 13 are available at the youth desk. Please sign up online. 6 p.m.


Bi-Weekly Craft for Kids. Kids 5 and up get to work on a weekly craft project. 3:30 p.m. Snakes Alive. Join Kevin Clarkson as he shows off a few of the snakes in his collection, and teaches us about these fascinating reptiles. 6-7 p.m. Mah Jongg at the Library. Join us for Mah Jongg, the Chinese tile game that has become increasingly popular in the US. Whether you’re new to the game, or have played for years, you’re invited. 6:30 p.m.


Adult Book Discussion. Join our afternoon book group. The discussion will be led by a library staff member. This month, we’ll be reading “The Circle” by dave eggers. 1 p.m. Family Games. looking to try new games with old friends or old games with new friends? The possibilities are endless. Bring a friend, bring your favorite game, or come solo and gameless. For all kids and their families. 1-3 p.m.


Dungeons and Dragons Night. Whether you’ve played before, or it’s your first time, you should join up. Players take on invented personas and use cleverness and luck to face challenges, defeat enemies, and save the day. For teens (14+) and adults. e-mail with questions. 5:30-7:45 p.m. Kids’ Dungeons and Dragons. We now have a separate d and d groups for kids (9-13). Join us for adventures and fun. 6-7:30 p.m.


Drop-In Gentle hatha Yoga. Tuesdays. Bring a mat and enjoy poses for mindful stretching and relaxation. a registered nurse of over 30 years, Betty Molnar is certified as a Hatha Yoga instructor from the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago. Beginners and intermediates welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of the Burnham library. 4:30 p.m. One-on-One Tutoring. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays (except Feb. 15). Students from the albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences’ Colchester campus tutor students in reading, math and science at the library. The program focuses on grades 1-6, but tutoring is available for other grades in certain subjects. Sessions take place on Mondays from 5-8 p.m., Wednesdays from 3:30-8 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. There is no fee for the service. You can call us at 264-5660 to sign up, or for more information. Preschool Story Time. Mondays and Thursdays (until nov. 12). Join us for stories followed by a craft or activity. For ages 3-6. Call to sign-up. 11:45 a.m. Toddler Story Time. Tuesdays. a weekly selection of music, rhymes and stories. ages 18-months to 3 years. Call to sign-up. 10:30 a.m. Preschool Music. Tuesdays. Come to the library for music and fun every Tuesday. Best for ages 3-5. Sponsored by the Friends of Burnham library. 11:30 a.m. Burnham Knitters. Wednesdays. Knitters and other needleworkers of all skill levels meet at the Burnham Memorial library or Colchester Meeting House. Beginners welcome. 6-8 p.m. Lego Club. Thursdays. do you know someone who likes legos? Stop by the library every Thursday and join in. Create a new project each week. 4 p.m. Saturday Drop-In Story Time. Saturdays. a weekly selection of music and books for children of all ages. no sign-up required. 10 a.m.

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Community Wellness Day. Practitioners offer reiki, Shiatsu, aromatherapy, acupressure, energy work and more to those looking to experience alternative healing. 2 Wolves Holistic Center in Vergennes, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. most Fridays. Sliding-scale donations; preregister the Tuesday prior. Contact: or 8700361. English As A Second Language Classes. Improve your english conversation skills and meet new people. Wednesdays. administrative Conference room: intermediate/advanced. Pickering room, 2nd Floor: beginners. Fletcher Free library, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Contact: 865-7211. Family Support Group. Outright Vermont holds support group meetings for family members of youth going through the process of coming out. One Sunday evening and one Wednesday morning each month at Outright Vermont. Contact: 865-9677. Italian Conversation Group. Open to all interested in learning/hearing the Italian language. room 101, St. edmunds Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, 7-9 p.m. Contact: 6542536. Toy Library Playgroup. Fridays. ages birth through 5 years. Memorial Hall, essex, 9:30-11 a.m. Contact essex Parks and rec: 878-1342. VCAM Access Orientation. Free. Vermont Community access Media, 208 Flynn ave. 2-G, Burlington. MondayFriday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact: 651-9692 or Colchester-Milton Rotary meeting. Thursdays. Serving the communities of Colchester, Milton and the Champlain Islands. Hampton Inn, Colchester, 12 p.m. Essex Rotary Meeting. essex rotary Meetings are held on Wednesdays at

12:10 p.m. at The essex. Serving the communities of essex, essex Junction, Jericho and Underhill. Duplicate Bridge. Wednesdays. essex Junction Senior Center, essex, 1 p.m. Information: 876-5087. Celebrate Recovery. Thursdays. This confidential 12-step recovery program puts faith in Jesus Christ at the heart of healing. We offer multiple support groups for both men and women, such as chemical dependency, co-dependency, sexual addiction and pornography, food issues and overcoming abuse. all those 18 and older are welcome. Sorry, no childcare. essex alliance Church, essex. doors open at 6:30 p.m., sessions begin at 7 p.m. Information: recovery@essexalliance. org or 310-9062. Mah Jongg. Join other Mah Jongg enthusiasts ages 50 and over at the essex Junction Senior Center at 10 a.m. on Mondays and Fridays. new players are always welcome. Free to members of eJSC, others pay $1 per day. Membership at eJSC is open to anyone 50 years of age and older and is $12 per year. Contact: 876-5087 or Movie Matinees. Colchester Parks and recreation offers movie matinees on the second and fourth Fridays of each month. Popcorn and coffee will be provided. Movies begin at 1 p.m. Free. 781 Blakely road, Colchester. Information: 264-5640. Senior Strength. HammerFit Gym in essex offers a 50-minute guided exercise class for anyone over the age of 50. The session begins with a warm up, stretching exercises, then strength training using Hammer Strength equipment with guidance. The class ends with a relaxing stretch and cool down, and participants are welcome to use the cardio machines before or after if they wish. HammerFit Gym, essex, Mondays and Thursdays 9:30 a.m. $5. Information: 878-0444.

Essex Community Justice Center’s Citizen Advisory Board Meetings. Meetings take place on the second Wednesday of all even-numbered months. The Community Justice Center provides restorative responses to crime and conflict in the greater Essex area. The Citizens advisory Board advises the Community Justice Center on policy, direction and programming in an ongoing capacity. Community Justice Center, essex Junction, 5:30 p.m. Contact Kate: 662-0001 or at Bagpipe and Drum Lessons. The St. andrew’s Pipeband of Vermont offers instruction for bagpiping and drumming as an encouragement and incentive for attracting new members. The instructional program is designed to integrate and transition a piper or drummer into the “parade” band at a level of basic competency. St. James episcopal Church, essex Junction, Wednesday evenings. Free. Contact Beth: 343-4738. Drop-In Pottery Wheel Class. Spend Friday nights with our pottery instructors learning the basics of wheel working. Try the wheel and have some fun with other beginner potters. Through demonstrations and individual instruction, students will learn the basics of preparing and centering the clay and making cups, mugs and bowls. Price includes one fired and glazed piece per participant. Additional fired and glazed pieces are $5 each. no registration necessary but space is limited. First come, first served. BCA Print and Wheel Studio, Burlington, Fridays 8-10 p.m. $12. Contact: 865-7166. Drop-In Life Drawing Class. This drop-in life drawing class is open to all levels and facilitated by local painter Glynnis Fawkes. Spend the evening with other artists drawing one of our experienced models. Bring drawing materials and paper. no registration necessary. ages 16 and up. BCa Center, Burlington, Mondays 6:30-8:30 p.m. $8. Contact: 865-7166.

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s if stunning vistas and the joy of an exhilarating winter sport were not enough, the state’s ski resorts and communities also offer a cultural immersion that is equal parts pride and pleasure. While Vermont’s ski resorts are well known for their local beer and farm-to-plate offerings, they’re also virtual galleries and exhibition halls for Vermont artists; tastefully outfitted lodges and rocking, local apres bands are just the beginning. A deeper look at the resorts’ “Made in Vermont” vibe reveals mountains of art to be discovered. “According to the 2012 U.S. Census, ‘Vermont ranks third in the nation for artists as a percentage of the workforce, second for fine artists and writers, and eighth for both musicians and photographers,’” Kira Bacon, Vermont Arts Council communications manager said. “The huge presence of the arts and artists is undeniably part of what has sculpted Vermont’s creative culture. The arts should — and arguably do — have the same allure as the state’s beloved landscape, its beer-food culture, and its skiing.” For many skiers and riders, when the lifts stop, the arts begin. Ski resorts and ski towns offer an abundance of arts and culture venues; it’s common and welcome to see visitors sporting “helmet-head” at concerts and galleries. A quick drive along the mountain access road will readily reveal local makers, performing arts venues, and thriving hubs for some of the state’s dozens of arts organizations. Explore Vermont’s Mountains of Art. A sampler of arts and après arts activities at resorts and nearby mountain towns: • That Okemo Mountain Resort brims with so much original artwork is not happenstance; art is a personal passion of Co-owner Diane Mueller, herself an artist with a lifelong commitment to the arts. “I think it’s really important that the experience people have here is related to who we are,” said Mueller. “Featuring local artists is really important.” The resort has a wealth of exclusively New England artists’ works on site, including artwork for Jackson Gore’s 284 rooms and public spaces, as well as a commissioned series of paintings by Vermont Artist Donald Saaf, located in Epic at Solitude Village. • After mastering moguls at Okemo or Killington, head to Rutland’s Chaffee Arts Center and Paramount Theatre for nationally known entertainers appearing in an exquisitely restored 1912 opera house. Also along Route 4, the Crossroad of Vermont Byway, there’s the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center and Quechee Club, a At Bolton Valley Resort, avid skier, mountain volunteer and in-house artist Natasha Bogar’s local landscapes “canvas” the resort’s lodge, tavern and hotel.

Student Exhibition. Students of the Fine Arts department of Mount Mansfield Union High School will exhibit their favorite pieces at the Emile A Gruppe Gallery from through Feb. 21. Unique art in drawing, painting, advanced placement studio art, fine metal, pottery, and both digital and darkroom photography are represented. Emile A Gruppe Gallery, Jericho. Gallery hours: ThursdaySunday, 10:00 a.m.-3 p.m. or by appointment. Information: 899-3211 or www.emilegruppeallery. com/

Vermont Artist Donald Saaf’s work is located in Epic at Solitude Village at Okemo.

private ski resort that offers an annual Artisan Fair with more than 20 Vermont artists in attendance early in the season. • The new Base Lodge at Stratton Mountain Resort has the distinction of artful illumination. Skiers can appreciate the lodge’s hand-forged lighting and chandeliers, made by the nation’s oldest and largest commercial forge, Hubbardton Forge in Castleton. Also onsite, ski photography icon, Hubert Schriebl’s works on display add the finishing touches to the new gallery-quality alpine space. While there, you may also hear local favorites, the Bondville Boys performing in the new Grizzly’s space. • At Bolton Valley Resort, avid skier, mountain volunteer and in-house artist Natasha Bogar’s local landscapes “canvas” the resort’s lodge, tavern and hotel. She offers BYOB Paint Nights on the mountain several times throughout the season. Her landscapes, of which many are original works for sale, are of Bolton Valley vistas and feature dynamic use of light and color reflected on snow. And while technically not a ski town, Burlington is just 20 miles from Bolton and offers dozens of arts venues, galleries and opportunities to purchase arts exclusively “Made in Vermont,” like Burlington City Arts, the Flynn Center and Frog Hollow State Craft Center to name just a few. • At the foot of Smugglers’ Notch Resort, the village of Jeffersonville has been a haven for landscape painters for the last century. Visitors will see plein air artists along the roadsides, particularly in autumn. In town, the Mary Bryan Gallery and Visions of Vermont Gallery offer exceptional opportunities to appreciate or purchase the works of local artists and special exhibits. • At Rikert Nordic Center, the trails lead through forests, old farm fields and to many writers’ delight, also to the historic Robert Frost Summer Cabin. While skiing in this Vermont Poet Laureate’s footsteps, it’s easy to understand the inspiration this area has offered to so many visiting writers, students and skiers. • New this season, Sugarbush Resort partnered with Burlington Paint and Sip to offer apres arts evenings during busy holiday weeks. The resort’s events calendar also offers special arts events, like Snow Drawing with Sonja Hinrichsen. At the resort, you’ll regularly see current exhibits of the works of Photographer Sandy Macys in the Gatehouse and Farmhouse Lodges. • At Stowe Mountain Resort, the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center’s calendar of national acts is likely the bestknown arts offering. But “Made in Vermont” features are also found in the details here too. Within Stowe Mountain Lodge, functional art items like custom-made lamps by Simon Pearce, pottery by Miranda Thomas, and furniture by Charles Shackleton offer up comfort and artistic integrity. There are also classes for arts enthusiasts, like Furniture Making with Turner Mill Timbers; where students learn basic woodworking, joinery and finish techniques to produce log furniture that they can take home at the completion of the course. If Vermont’s peaks and arts have piqued your interest in Vermont arts events, visit —Vermont Arts Council

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Upcoming Events Auditions. Stowe Theatre Guild is excited to announce open auditions for their third production of the 2016 season, “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Auditions will be held in two sessions, Feb. 19 and 20 at the Town Hall Theatre. Show information, character descriptions, and more can be found on our website:, and you can contact Jane Harissis at: Drawing With Charcoal And Chalk. On Feb. 27, Artists’ Mediums will be hosting a drawing class led by Robert Brunelle. Students will learn how to use charcoal sticks, charcoal pencils and chalk to compose drawings on tinted paper. Topics covered include: blending, shadows and light, using the paper as mid-tones and preserving your drawings using fixative. Charcoal is quick and easy to use and is ideal for drawing portraits. Materials needed: graphite pencils, erasers, triangles, ruler, colored pencils, fine markers and drawing paper. Sign up deadline, Feb. 24. Artists’ Medium, Williston, 1-3 p.m. $40. Information: http://vtmakeart. com/2016/01/09/drawing-with-charcoal-and-chalk/ Call for Artists. The 10th annul Discover the Heart of the Islands: Open Farm and Studio Tour will be taking place this summer on July 9 and 10 and is looking for local artists to exhibit and demonstrate their work. All artists will be clustered in 14 different locations around South Hero, North Hero, Grand Isle and Isle Lamotte. All venues will have an appropriate number of artist spaces for exhibiting and demonstrating work. This event allows people to visit vineyards, farms, gardens, art studios, galleries, and farmers’ markets.  Meet the artists, agricultural producers and their animals living and working within sight of, and sometimes at the edge of Lake Champlain. Registration for artists before Feb. 5 is $50, after this the price increases. Information:

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Early lead slips away from boys’ hockey Despite taking an early 1-0 lead during its senior night, the boys’ hockey team dropped a tight 3-2 contest against Spaulding on Saturday, bringing its overall record to 3-14-2 on the season. Sam Corman and Tate Hamblett each tallied a goal for the Lakers, while Brett Krzynski and Jake Rocheleau shared time in the net, recording 11 and 14 saves respectively. Colchester finished up its regular season with a game against South Burlington on Wednesday that concluded after The Colchester Sun went to print.

Jake Rocheleau makes a glove save in the third period versus Spaulding Saturday evening.  photo | Kyle St. Peter

Full-court press propels Lakers

Colchester's Kelsey Cauchon dribbles in front of Vergennes' Shay Pouliot on Monday night. Colchester's Ashley Wells dribbles toward the lane during Monday night's game against Vergennes. The Lakers won 55-37. PHOTOS BY COLIN FLANDERS

Lakers’ schedule

The girls’ basketball team snapped a two-game skid on Monday evening at Colchester High School, downing Vergennes 55-37 in a game filled with scoring runs. The two teams played fairly even through one quarter, Colchester trailing by one with three minutes to go in the first. The Lakers would then break out for a 13-1 run behind three Saige Papariello layups and two Gabby Gosselin jumpers — one of them from distance — to put Colchester up 23-12.

Vergennes would claw its way back with a quick 6-0 run in the second quarter, but Colchester’s full-court defensive pressure eventually overwhelmed the Commodores, causing numerous turnovers on long pass attempts. The Lakers ended the half on a 12-1, extending their lead to 35-19. Vergennes played even with the Lakers in the third, but the defensive pressure again proved to be the difference, as Colchester held the Commodores to just 5 points in the final

Cobras compete in Essex tournament Alpine skiing 2/22 CHS @ NVAC Slalom (@ Stowe) 9:30 a.m. 2/23 CHS @ NVAC Giant Slalom (@ Sugarbush) – 9:30 a.m. Girls’ basketball 2/18 CHS @ Milton – 7 p.m. Dance 2/20 CHS @ States (@ Vergennes) – 5 p.m.

Despite Sunday’s cold temperatures, a few hundred wrestlers and spectators came out to Essex High School for the Junior High tournament and the Youth New England’s Qualifier. Wrestling at the junior-high level were Cobras Diego Casab and Dominic Sunderland. Cameron Katon took first place at the youth level, while second-place winners included Graham Resmer and Jordan Lavoie. Keegan Vance finished third, while Collin Duffy and JD Sunderland both wrapped up the day in fourth-place. Other competing Cobras were: Hunter Gauthier, Matthew Conner, Will Hupfer, Noah Quigley and Justin Mulac. Members of the team will compete in Barre this coming weekend, as well as traveling to New York for tournaments in Whitehall, Corinth and Hoosick Falls. The next Vermont tournament on the team’s schedule will be March 5 in Springfield for wrestlers in grades K-8.

quarter. Gosselin led the way with 13, while Papariello, Hannah Pariseau, and Lauren Bergen each tallied 10. Colchester’s final game of the regular season is on Thursday at Milton. Their record stands at 11-8, good enough for seventh in the VPA rankings.

Fish and Wildlife looking for fishing instructors The Fish and Wildlife Department is seeking volunteers who would like to become Let’s Go Fishing instructors in hopes of passing the state’s fishing tradition to the next generation of Vermonters. The department will be hosting a one-day training workshop for new instructors on Saturday, March 12, at 190 Junction Road in Berlin. Instructors in the program can then organize and lead clinics in their communities for young people and their families. Participants in the training workshops will learn how to teach a fishing clinic, in addition to learning about fishing ethics, aquatic ecology, fisheries management, habitat conservation and tackle craft. The class is informal, and it’s not necessary to have a high level of fishing expertise to become an instructor. “Get involved and get our youth outdoors! The life you change might just be your own,” said Alison Thomas, Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s education coordinator, in a press release. There is no charge for the training and all curriculum materials and lunch will be provided. The workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pre-registration is required, and you must be 18 to participate. Those interested should register by March 1 by calling 802505-5562.


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