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Town sues owner of crumbling building

Fireworks store owner cited for illegal sales

By MIKE DONOGHUE The operator of a new fireworks store in Colchester has pleaded not guilty in Vermont Superior Court in Burlington for illegally selling fireworks. A lawyer for Bronwyn Proffitt-Higgins of Stowe said she believes her client has done nothing wrong. Green Mountain Fireworks began opening a store on Macrae Road in Malletts Bay in late April after operating out of large tents in St. Albans in 2016 and in Milton in 2017, court records show. Colchester Police Chief Jennifer Morrison said her officers have responded to 16 calls about fireworks between May 1 and June 4 this year, compared to six cases during the same time period in 2017. She said that mirrors the problems reported by police chiefs in both St. Albans and Milton when the same company operated in those communities. Burlington lawyer Lisa Shelkrot said Proffitt-Higgins acted within the law, that her client has all the proper permits and wants the case thrown out. Morrison’s sworn court affidavit says Proffitt-Higgins did not have the proper permits. She wrote that Green Mountain Fireworks is owned by Matthew Lavigne, 41, and his wife, Proffitt-Higgins, operates the See FIREWORKS, page 3


ported, by private car, to the University of Vermont Medical Center, according to a press release from Cpl. Michael Akerlind of the Colchester Police Department. One man suffered a minor burn, and the others’ injuries included hypothermia and smoke inhalation, according to Bourgeois. “We’re just fortunate it wasn’t worse,” Bourgeois said. “They were all released that same afternoon.” The Malletts Bay Fire Department responded to a call at 11:03

The town of Colchester is suing a building owner for violating a settlement that required him to tear down a dilapidated structure off East Lakeshore Drive. The town’s breach-ofcontract lawsuit, filed on March 7, alleges Richard Labelle failed to remove his 755 East Lakeshore Dr. building by the November 2017 deadline stipulated in a settlement reached two months prior. Town officials have condemned the building, citing structural failings beyond repair, and the lawsuit now says “time is of the essence” for its removal. “There is a tangible risk that the change of seasons, and the resultant softening of the ground around the building, may cause the building to collapse and fall into or very near the waters of Lake Champlain,” the lawsuit reads. The town is requesting the right to take “necessary steps to dismantle the building immediately” and charge Labelle for an itemized list of expenses. The lawsuit also asks Labelle reimburse the town for all costs related to enforcement and attorneys’ fees. But Labelle’s lawyers, in a response to the lawsuit, say the town breached the settlement agreement first

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A boat caught fire on Malletts Bay after its owner refueled the vessel. The boat then drifted into the mooring field on Malletts bay and caught another boat on fire, police said.

Blaze burns boat in bay By MADELINE CLARK Flames alighted a boat in Malletts Bay on Saturday, June 9. The boat’s owner, Khristopher Poulin, 33, of Colchester, and two men had just refueled the vessel and were 200 yards from the docks when the incident occurred, according to Malletts Bay Fire Department Chief Steve Bourgeois. The boat drifted into the mooring field at Hazelett’s Beach where it set another boat aflame, Bourgeois said. No one was onboard the second

boat, which belonged to Mari Girelli, 59, of Colchester. According to Bourgeois, the fire was started by something in the engine compartment of Poulin’s boat. “They heard a pop and shortly after saw flames,” he said. “They jumped in [the water], and the boat drifted through the mooring field and Hazelett’s beach where it set the other boat on fire.” The three men were pulled from the water onto a dinghy by a man from the Bay Harbor Marina, Bourgeois said. They were then trans-

Causeway repairs slated to begin next week By MADELINE CLARK The Colchester Causeway, a fourmile trail that cuts through Lake Champlain, remained closed past the bridge this week. Sections of the trail were gnawed away by rough waves and heavy rain in a May storm, rendering much of the pathway unfit for use by pedestrians and cyclists. On June 5, the Vermont Agency of Transportation announced it would work with the town of Colchester and the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department to expedite repairs to the causeway and reopen the path in early July.

According to Glen Cuttitta, Colchester director of parks and recreation, these repairs will be funded separately from the federal aid the state hopes to receive to make repairs in five counties. The state has issued requests for proposals for construction to open the path in a four-to-five-week window by July, Cuttitta said. These repairs would consist of filling in the areas of the causeway that washed away, as well as resurfacing the path from the bridge to the cut. In a June 5 press release, Gov. Phil Scott said the causeway “is important for the See CAUSEWAY, page 2


Julia Crane, Miss Vermont 2018 and Colchester native, volunteered at Humane Society of Chittenden County’s 24th annual 5K Doggie Fun Run and Walk for the Animals on Sunday. She brought her own rescue dog, Nina, to the event.

Colchester woman to champion organ donation at Miss America competition By AMANDA BROOKS Julia Crane is not your average 22-year-old graduate student. While writing her thesis for her masters in public health at the University of Vermont, the Colchester native has been juggling radio and newspaper interviews, conducting goat races, running with dogs for the humane society and speaking with young women about leadership all around Vermont. Why is she so busy? On May 25, Crane was crowned Miss Vermont 2018. The next day, Crane was launched into her “year of service” as Miss Vermont, a full-time job as a spokeswoman, advocate and community leader. Crane is already hard at work promoting her initiative titled “Be a Hero: Be an

Organ Donor,” which urges people to consider registering as an organ donor. “Every day, 22 people die who could have been saved with an organ donation,” Crane said. “Just one donation can save eight lives.” Crane got involved with organ donation because of her best friend, Courtney, who lives with cystic fibrosis and is currently on the transplant list for a double lung transplant. “When somebody you love is sick or hurt and they’re in the hospital, you want to do anything you can to help them,” Crane said. Crane urges people to consider registering as organ donors and says it is an easy process through Registerme. org, Donate Life’s national donor registry. “You can even do it right on your health

app on your iPhone,” Crane said. However, the most important part about becoming an organ donor is having the conversation with your family, she said. “If one of your family members isn’t comfortable with you becoming an organ donor, tell them why you want to be one,” Crane advised. “I know it’s a hard conversation to have, but by having that conversation, you have the ability to be a real-life superhero to somebody in need.” Crane is eager for the recent changes to the Miss America competition, which she believes will help her to better promote her platform. On June 5, The Miss America Organization announced it will drop the swimsuit portion of the comSee AMERICA, page 3


Senior Laker softball captains Sam Messier, Riley Magoon and Alli Sheets will see their four years spent as varsity teammates come to an end this season.

Lakers bid farewell to trio of talent By BEN CHIAPPINELLI Every sports season ends with the threat of bittersweetness as tight-knit teams watch their rosters dissolve, and student-athletes are left with memories of all the dramatic wins and near-losses that will feel fresh to them for years. For two-time senior captains Riley Magoon, Alli Sheets and Sam Messier, the end of this softball season carries even more weight than usual as it marks the end of a four-year journey together.

The three softball standouts have played as teammates at the varsity level since their freshman year, and together they have set the standard for the current era of Lakers softball. “I’ve been a coach for five years, and these girls have been with me for four of them. They helped build my program,” Colchester High School softball coach Courtney Boetsma reminisced. “It will be a challenge to let these girls go – I have been with them since they were See LAKERS, page 10

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a.m. and were on scene by 11:08 a.m. They fought the flames until 2:18 p.m. and stayed until around 6 p.m., Bourgeois said. According to the press release, also on scene were the Colchester Police Department Marine Unit, Colchester Technical Rescue

LocaL Team, Essex Rescue Squad, Colchester Center Volunteer Fire Company and the U.S. Coast Guard. Bourgeois returned the following day, June 10, and was present when the boats were removed from the harbor, around 4:30 p.m. “All the agencies involved worked well together,” he said. “We all worked together, and no one was injured.”

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Damage to the causeway in an early May storm eroded parts of the trail. Above, damage just after the bridge.

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community and our tourism sector.” The economic impact of closing the path was undoubtedly a large factor in the decision to expedite repairs. Cuttitta said engineers are looking at improvements to prevent similar damage from happening again, but that these repairs would occur at a later time. Ben Rose, the recovery and mitigation section chief at Vermont Division of Emergency Management, said he can’t speak to VTrans’ planned repairs, but he believes they don’t include changes to make the causeway even more resilient. These would be considered a second phase of repairs, he said. The town and Vt. Fish & Wildlife may later apply for hazard mitigation funds to bolster the causeway and protect it from future storm damage, he said, cautioning, “It’s not an easy process, and it’s not fast.” Vermont must have suffered at minimum $1 million in damage to qualify for federal public disaster aid. For a county to qualify, damages must equal at least $3.68 per capita, multiplied by the 2010 census. The U.S. president must review and agree damages are sufficient to warrant federal aid. Rose said FEMA validated Vermont’s preliminary damage assessment at $1.28 million, including $723,000 in Chittenden County, $246,000 in Grand Isle, $93,000 in Lamoille, $115,000 in Orange and $103,000 in Orleans. “The bottom line is that we do not know if, ultimately, they’ll get FEMA funds. But the state will make repairs,” Rose said. “We’re committed to making resil-

iency repairs.” VTrans project engineer Joel Perrigo said the agency planned to advertise the causeway repair project on Monday and allow contractors until June 14 to produce bids. He estimated the cost at $350,000, which does not include repairs to the bridge like in the original estimate. Perrigo hopes to begin repairs on June 18 and finish by July 3. But, VTrans highway division director and chief engineer Wayne Symonds said, weather could impact the timeline. He said the agency tried to “strike a balance” between increasing the project cost and accelerating its timeline. “What was really expedited was getting permits and a contractor on board as opposed to [the pace of] the work,” he said. Symonds said erosion will be repaired by resurfacing the path and adding backfill by the bridge. Perrigo explained the process begins with laying “type one” stone, or stones of 12 inches or less, to the damaged areas. Then a sub-base is added and then aggregate stone on top of that to create the walking and riding surface. “It’s really simple fixes. We’re not changing it [the path], we’re not making anything better, just back to [its condition] before the storm hit,” Perrigo said. The fixes will not take away from the threshold for declaration for FEMA aid but will not be eligible for federal reimbursement, according to Perrigo. For now, though, the causeway’s closure has had an an impact, particularly on Local Motion, a Burlington-based bike rental company that operates a ferry across the cut in the causeway from May to October.

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Local Motion had to cease transportation services until the path reopens. “We had already made a significant commitment: docks, the boat at the causeway,” said Tom Clark, the director of sales and marketing at Local Motion. “When it became fairly clear there wasn’t going to be a season, we had to pull the plug on the season we had already paid for.” Clark said Local Motion had hired seasonal staff, captains and dock ambassadors, who have been unemployed since the closure. However, with the efforts to repair the path, he said Local Motion will operate its ferry as soon as the trail is reopened. “People have called to say they’re ecstatic that the ferry will be open again,” Clark said. The temporary closure may not spell loss for Local Motion, Clark said, citing low numbers last June due to rain. “I’m almost thinking that because of the closure there might be some pent up demand,” he said. “If we get a string of great weather like July and August of 2017, hopefully our ridership will increase.” He said the Colchester Causeway and Local Motion’s ferry have been mentioned in numerous articles in recent years, including in the Boston Globe and The New York Times. “This bike trail is on the map,” Clark said, noting the trailside center has seen renters from 22 countries and 44 states in the last six weeks. “It’s an important resource,” he said. “Just that little eight-minute ferry ride next to the Green Mountains on Lake Champlain sticks in people’s memories ... it’s a remarkable place.” Stay tuned to Colchester Parks & Recreation for updates on the closures and developments.





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menting the changes at our competition next year as we see our contestants and the organization grow together to redefine what it means to be Miss America.” Vermont is the only state to never have placed in the Top 15 at the Miss America competition. Crane wants to be the first. “Of course I have my eye on the title of Miss America,” she admitted. “My upbringing in Colchester really helped raise me and shape me into the Miss Vermont I am today, and I would want to continue representing Vermont as Miss

America.” What would it be like to be crowned Miss America this fall? “It would be crazy,” Crane said. “It would change the impact I could have on a national level to promote organ donation and promote the program.” You can follow Julia’s journey as Miss Vermont 2018 on Instagram @missamericavt. And be sure to tune into ABC on September 9 where Miss Vermont will join other state winners in Atlantic City, N.J. to compete for the title of Miss America.



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petition beginning this year, replacing it with a live, onstage interview. Additionally, the evening gown section of the night will shift to evening attire in general, allowing contestants to wear an outfit of their choosing while discussing their social impact platforms. The competition will also no longer be called

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and blames it for any damages caused by Labelle’s failure to remove the building. How exactly the town breached the settlement is unclear: Labelle’s lawyers did not return multiple requests for comment, and the response doesn’t specify. The conflict dates back to January 2013, when Colchester building inspector Derek Shepardson visited the property after receiving a complaint and found

a pageant. “Miss America will represent a new generation of female leaders focused on scholarship, social impact, talent and empowerment,” Miss America board chairwoman Gretchen Carlson said in a news release. She noted these changes are in response to “a cultural revolution in our country.” For nearly 100 years, Miss America contestants have been judged on talent,

an interview and an onstage question, as well as their performance in swimwear and evening gowns. This year’s changes will eliminate physical appearance from the judging critera, a press release says. “I am so excited that we get to speak more on our social impact issue and our platform,” Crane said. “I am completely behind the changes they have decided to make, and I want to be

the Miss America that represents empowerment.” The Miss Vermont Scholarship Organization will also alter its judging criteria to reflect changes to the national competition. “The changes to the competition will allow the judges even more opportunity to evaluate each contestant's ability to do [her] job,” executive director Barbara Wilkinson said. “We look forward to imple-

multiple violations of the town’s building ordinances. Colchester building codes define unsafe structures as “unstable,” “unsanitary” or “otherwise dangerous to life or other property,” among other standards. Vacant buildings are also “deemed to constitute a hazard.” Shepardson subsequently ordered the building boarded up or removed within 24 hours, according to archived letters from zoning administrator Lisa Riddle posted on the town’s website.

The town conducted another site visit in April 2017, four years after Shepardson’s initial letters, and ordered Labelle remove the building within 30 days. “It is no longer feasible to secure the building by boarding it up,” Shepardson wrote on April 27, 2017. Shepardson issued the same order for another building on Lakeshore Drive owned by Gary L. Gregoire. Gregoire has since torn down that building, according to director of planning and zoning Sarah Hadd. Labelle, meanwhile, ap-

pealed the town’s decision to Vermont Superior Court, but the two sides settled in September 2017. In a response filed May 14, Labelle challenges the town’s representation of Shepardson’s letters and alleges the town is also misrepresenting the settlement. He says the town isn’t entitled to any relief and asks for a trial. Hadd said the town hopes the court will announce a trial date soon.

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Colchester store. Morrison said the company has one permit from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that covers “Class 1.3G Fireworks” for major displays, like at July 4th events for town celebrations. However, the items purchased by Colchester Police Detective Jeremy Wyskiel – who entered the store in plainclothes on May 25 – included “Class 1.4G” fireworks, which are not covered by a permit for overthe-counter purchases, Morrison wrote. Morrison said selling and possessing consumer fireworks has been illegal in Vermont since at least 1990 when she became a police officer. A building permit and a certificate of occupancy from the town do not constitute the proper permit required for fireworks, she said. “Planning and zoning does not regulate what businesses can sell. Mr. Lavigne and Ms. Proffitt-Higgins have been advised that these permits do not constitute a municipal permit to sell fireworks,” the chief wrote. Morrison’s affidavit says the town, police department and business owner have exchanged “numerous emails” showing officials have repeatedly told the business it is operating illegally. Town manager Aaron Frank had a letter hand-delivered to Proffitt-Higgins and sent by certified mail to Lavigne restating the town has not issued any permit that would satisfy state law. In court Friday, Shelkrot attempted to have the case dismissed for lack of probable cause on Friday, but acting Judge Paul Jarvis believed there was enough to start

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DANFORM ANNUAL EVENT the prosecution. He said it was possible he would consider a motion to dismiss after both sides prepared legal arguments. Jarvis urged both sides to come up with agreed facts on the case by this Wednesday, and if it’s not resolved, to return to court date on June 19 at 2 p.m. Jarvis said he would not issue an order blocking sales, but also noted sales would be “at [ProffittHiggins’] own risk.” Proffitt-Higgins and Lavigne said nothing as they left court on Friday. Shelkrot said she wants to move the case along quickly because this is primetime for the business to sell products. A subsequent post on Facebook by Green Mountain Fireworks said, “We are still open, just not releasing inventory until after we finish up in court.” Lavigne started a GoFundMe page seeking $10,000 to help pay for the business’ legal costs. By Sunday night, he’d raised $1,025 from six people. In court documents, Morrison said police still haven’t fully identified the woman operating the store. She “failed to report to the Colchester Police Department as agreed upon to be processed,” Morrison’s affidavit says. The chief said the only identification was verbally and by email. Colchester Sgt. Mike Fish visited the store in uniform on May 7 and chatted with the woman claiming to be Proffitt-Higgins. He told her she was violating the law and anybody buying or possessing fireworks was also in violation. Fish said the woman indicated the business was “hoping to get that resolved through the legislature,” Morrison wrote. Fish said until the change is made, it was still illegal, Morrison noted.

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Needlefelting succulents: no water needed By AMANDA BROOKS Every other month, a group of novice crafters, savvy artists, teachers, lab technicians, moms, publishers and the like meet at the Burnham Memorial Library to transform colorful strands of wool into artfully styled pieces. Themes vary depending on the season; October brings pumpkins and ghouls to the table, while in February, you can find students felting candy hearts and Valentines, perhaps to send to loved ones. Penny Cunningham, Burnham’s adult programming and outreach coordi-

nator, teaches the needle felting class and has done the craft herself for 10 years. Cunningham has worked with the library for five years but also has a degree in textiles from art school. She said anyone is welcome to participate, whether you are an experienced needle felter or someone who has not crafted since kindergarten. She said the learning curve for the activity is quite small; new students pick it up quickly. As someone who considers herself a pretty crafty person (or purchases materials, starts projects, never has time to finish them), I decided to join the group of

needle felters this week to put my skills to the test. This month’s theme had us creating succulent terrariums inspired by trendy plant arrangements from hot, dry southwestern climates. We passed around up-cycled baby food jars to fill with small rocks found outside, as well as sand and moss-colored wool fibers to imitate soil. Then came the needle felting, a seemingly daunting task to us novices in the room turned simple per Cunningham’s instruction. She showed us how to roll the wool into different shapes then jab at it repeatedly (and with caution) with

a needle to interlock the fibers and form a shape. My fingers sustained several pokes, although, thankfully, no blood was drawn. We added smaller details like spines and flowers in bright colors and even learned how to mix colors to create unique shades. When we completed our succulents and cacti, we placed them into our terrar-

iums and admired each other’s work. Everyone proudly carried their creations out to display at home or give to friends. We agreed the activity was easier than anticipated, and some even decided to go home that night and purchase materials online to continue a newfound passion. The class is enjoyable for anyone no matter their

skill level, if not for the end results of a Pinterest-worthy photograph, then for the lively conversation around the table with classmates. Most classes at the library are free of charge, thanks to the Friends of Burnham Library. Anyone is welcome to participate and can register online or by calling the library at 2645660. PHOTOS BY AMANDA BROOKS

TOP LEFT: Penny Cunningham demonstrates needle felting techniques to novices and experts alike. TOP RIGHT: A proud crafter displays her final succulent terrarium, no watering necessary. BELOW: Students had a wide variety of hand-dyed wool to choose from when making their succulents.

ABOVE: Crafters display their completed succulent terrariums. Some remarked that they were going home to purchase needle felting supplies to continue their newfound hobby. BELOW: Colchester Sun reporter Amanda Brooks' final work of art. It is currently being displayed on her office desk, to the delight of her coworkers.



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We can prevent further loss in wake of high-profile suicides By KIRK J. WooDRIng


n the past week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its most recent data on suicide rates in the U.S. Sadly, this announcement was bookended by the deaths of two celebrities, designer Kate Spade and chef/television personality Anthony Bourdain. The CDC data show that since 1999 suicides have increased in the U.S. by more than 25 percent. In the northeast matters are worse, with Maine up 27 percent, Massachusetts 35 percent, New Hampshire 48 percent, and Vermont nearly 49 percent. We’re already treading on difficult ground that can be made all the more treacherous when the national media covers suicides of the rich and famous. When high profile deaths by suicide occur, many of us are shocked and saddened. However, for those who may struggle with intrusive and unremitting thoughts of death by their own hand, these suicides can actually feel empowering. “If someone as famous and successful as ‘X’ can follow through with this, then so can I,” is how the logic flows. As a result,

experts predict we’re likely to see a contagion effect of increased attempts following celebrity deaths by suicide. It is essential that we recognize the warning signs of suicide. Risk factors such as subtle changes of behavior in relationships (including on social media), changes in sleep, loss of interest in activities that were previously enjoyable, recent deaths of loved ones (especially if those deaths were by suicide), legal or financial challenges, should prompt us to ask direct questions. Sometimes we need to make the assumption that, in the presence of multiple risk factors, a person we are concerned about is absolutely having these thoughts. Rather than asking the yes/no question of, “Are you thinking of suicide?” one might say, “Tell me about your thoughts of suicide.” It’s amazing how freeing that statement is for someone who is contemplating a decision that continues to be associated with such profound stigma. Validating that someone is having these thoughts, even if we’re not sure they are, may provide her or him with a sense of relief, and create an opportunity to talk more freely. When someone does talk about suicide, encourage the conversation.

Manager’s Message Aaron Frank, Town Manager The town was without access to Front Porch Forum for most of the month of May and part of June. Despite our paid subscription – which FPF requires in order for the town to have access to all six Colchester FPF “neighborhoods”—it was not until last week that our service was restored. This is not a criticism of FPF, but it does illustrate the problem with relying on a communication method over which the town has little control. For the fastest response to questions or concerns, we encourage residents, businesses and visitors to contact the town directly at 264-5500, or reference our departmental and employee phone and email directory at

Most suicides occur when people don’t talk. Encouraging discussion, listening, and supporting mental health or medical intervention actually helps protect people from suicide. Stay with that person and call a suicide prevention hotline—for example the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255; connect them to the local crisis team; or in cases where the person has the thoughts, means, and a plan to die by suicide, assist them to a hospital emergency department. These actions help those experiencing suicidal thoughts to feel less isolated (and isolation is another risk factor). It’s important to remember that talking about suicide doesn’t create a suicidal person—but not talking about it won’t stop someone who is. Let’s all work to create a society where suicide is no longer an epidemic. Remember that most suicides can be prevented with early and frequent intervention by friends, family, colleagues, or acquaintances.

Police Department Chief Jennifer Morrison School will soon be out and that means more young people on the streets, sidewalks and neighborhoods. Good weather also brings out more pedestrians and bicyclists. Please remember to watch out for other roadway users and courteously share the road! CPD would like to remind the public that possession of fireworks is illegal in Vermont. It is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $100 and up to 30 days in jail for each offense. The Community Outreach Program has finished its first month in action, and the team has been staying very busy. They have assisted officers in dozens of cases and have done outreach to people in the community with unmet social service needs. The goal of the C.O.P. is to provide a supportive presence in communities and to provide a timely response to individuals with social service needs and/or problematic behaviors that are non-criminal and often related to mental health issues or substance abuse. The specialists are able to respond to many situations thereby freeing up police and first response resources. Businesses and individuals can contact the team directly by calling 488-7778.

Kirk J. Woodring, LICSW, is the chief clinical Officer at the Brattleboro Retreat and co-author of the book “Assessing the Risk: Suicidal Behavior in the Hospital Environment of Care.”

Rescue and Technical Rescue Squads Rescue Chief Scott Crady Hello from your new rescue chief. I officially took on the role as of June 1 and am happy to be serving the town of Colchester. We congratulate Chief Amy Akerlind on her transition from her position as rescue chief to that of a per-diem member of rescue. She is also now the proud owner of her own business, Squad Dogs. We welcome our new full-time employee, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Kiley Baillargeon, who will be our volunteer membership coordinator. Kiley is a Colchester native, a UVM graduate and brings us her experience as the director of UVM Rescue. Rescue held its annual open house during National EMS Week on May 23. There was a great turnout of residents. We would like to thank Colchester Center Volunteer Fire Company & Malletts Bay Fire Departments for their attendance and display of apparatus; Colchester Police for their demonstration of K-9 Tazor and grilling expertise; Red Cross & Seat Smart (car seat safety) for their displays and assistance; Colchester Technical Rescue for their display of equipment; and special thanks to paramedic Shelby Evans, our outreach coordinator, for a wonderful job of organizing this event!

Vermont climate economy: The moment is now My first food was a testament to Vermont’s economy. As a baby, the story goes, my parents held me as we admired the steaming arch at our neighbors’ house. They took a small spoon and let me taste my first few drops of Vermont ambrosia: maple syrup. The only problem was, the syrup was so good I wouldn’t let go of the spoon. I have grown up surrounded by reminders of Vermont’s economy. From the sweet scent of boiling sap, to the rumbling of chainsaws in nearby woods, to the tour buses that line Montpelier’s Main Street in fall just as the leaves turn, I’ve watched our natural resource-based economy in action. The landscape is integral to our economy and to the happiness of the vast majority of Vermonters. Climate change threatens the landscape I grew up with, know, and love. Climate change threatens that which I hold dear. But climate change also offers an opportunity, a chance for Vermont to take a small but very real leadership role. It poses an opportunity for our state to show the nation and the world what a climate economy can look like. The truth is that money drives behavior. That does not mean that we are doomed to succumb to the economic barriers in combating climate change. We must efficiently and effectively change the way Vermonters are able to interact with the economy. Like all consumers, Vermonters are unlikely to buy electric vehicles en masse until they are more affordable than other models. The average Vermonter will not choose solar and biomass until these options are as affordable as other energy sources.

Now is the time to get creative. We have the opportunity to make solar, wind, weatherization, electric vehicles, and other alternatives not only more affordable, but more accessible. We can use the settlement money from the Volkswagen emissions lawsuit and other funding mechanisms to focus on increasing the number of charging stations, creating new purchase incentives, and improving consumer awareness. Only when we tackle each aspect of an industry within the climate economy will we succeed. We can also focus on driving biomass adoption, and enhancing our electrical grid to be more flexible and efficient. Incentivizing modern wood heat and expanding smart grid technologies are examples of Vermont-focused initiatives that will put us at the forefront of the fight against climate change, allow us to act as a leader in these sectors, and save our landscape while saving Vermonters money. Most importantly, these initiatives should attract green businesses and support the development of green jobs across Vermont. And so it’s our job as citizens, and our lawmakers’ and business people’s jobs as state leaders, to try to shape the Vermont economy around affordable, renewable, and lasting options. Let this moment mark Vermont’s choice to support our economy while protecting our natural resources, including our sweet maple syrup, for future generations.

Burnham Memorial Library book reviews

I Believe in a Thing Called Love By Maurene Goo Young Adult Fiction, 2017 Reviewed by Kelsey Psaute, Young Adult Services

Light-hearted and smart, this quirky romance is sure to win the hearts of non-Korean drama addicts everywhere! Goo’s novel is laugh out loud funny as Desi navigates her quirky self through snagging her first boyfriend with the help of her Dad’s Korean drama heroines from the shows he watches constantly. The dialogue is snappy and witty and the characters are as large as their expectations. Cute and goofy details, like Desi’s self-designated “flailures” –her attempts at flirting that end in flailing helpless failure—and her interactions with friends leave no part of this narrative untouched by Goo’s sense of humor in everyday life. This book is perfect for romance fans, dramedy fans, and anyone guilty of making too many lists to perfect their life.


Fractals, the Patterns of Chaos

A New Aesthetic of Art, Science, and Nature By John Briggs Adult Non-Fiction, 1992 Reviewed by Connor Zwonik, substitute

What will the weather be like a week from now? What about a month into the future? Scientists and meteorologists have been grappling with these ageold questions for decades. However, these questions do not have simple answers. Earth’s climate is characterized as a dynamical and chaotic system, depending on millions of variables or conditions that create its weather. This idea makes it very difficult for meteorologists to predict the weather more than a few days in advance. This fascinating book does not stop with weather, but also discusses topics ranging from outer space to the human body, depicting how chaos and fractals can be found just about anywhere on our planet. Through these topics, we can better understand how the world works around us and how this complex behaves on an everyday basis.




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Religious Directory Daybreak Community Church 67 Creek Farm Plaza, Colchester 338-9118 / Jesse Mark, lead pastor Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m. AWANA, Fridays twice a month Malletts Bay Congregational Church UCC 1672 West Lakeshore Dr., Malletts Bay 658-9155 / Rev. Sally May / Worship Service: Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Church School: Sunday, 10 a.m. Fellowship time: Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Childcare provided. All are welcome! St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church 1063 Prim Rd, Colchester 658-0533 Sundays: 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist Sunday school and nursery: 10 a.m. Wednesdays: 11:30 a.m. Bible class; Wednesdays: 12:30 p.m. Communion Facebook: St. Andrew’s Church, Colchester VT Webpage: All are welcome.

United Church of Colchester - ABC Rte. 2A-Village Green, Colchester 879-5442 / Rev. Dr. Russell Willis Worship: 10:30 a.m. with youth Sunday school available; preschool to 11 years old Adult Sunday school: 9 a.m. Nursery care available during worship. Christ centered — family oriented.

11:30 a.m., Burnham Memorial Library. Join instructor Melissa Nutting for yoga for you and your preschooler - a delightful way to spend a half an hour with your child. Melissa earned her Children’s Yoga Teacher Certification through the Child Light Yoga Center.

colcHeSTeR/ milTon RoTARY meeTing

Noon, the Hampton Inn, 42 Lower Mtn. View Dr., Colchester. For more information, contact Earl Wertheim at 651-1690 or

cooking THe BookS

1 p.m., Burnham Memorial Library. The group picks a different cookbook or novel that features recipes. Participants will sign up to make a recipe and bring it the day of the meeting. Staff will make a copy of your recipe. This session, we’ll be choosing from recipes in "The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook" by Dinah Bucholz. Call 264-5660 or email to sign up.

Teen cRAFT Time: RAinBow Rock cAnDY

4 p.m., It’s nearly summer! Time to kick off a summer of "Libraries Rock!" crafts with rainbow rock candy. Sign up online at colchestervt. gov/173/Calendar. For grades 6 - 12.

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10 a.m., Burnham Memorial Library. A weekly selection of music and books for children of all ages. No sign-up required.

4 p.m., Burnham Memorial Library. Do you know someone who likes Legos? Stop by the library and join us! Each week we’ll be creating a new project!

SToRY Time

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cHilDRen'S FRee FiSHing DeRBY

6 – 8 p.m., Cornerstone Community Church, 26 Bombardier Rd., Milton. Games, food, family atmosphere. For grades 5-8. All are welcome! Free.

Book TAlk AnD pAnel DiScUSSion

7 p.m., Main St. Landing Black Box, Burlington. Join Yvonne Daley to learn about her new book "Going Up the Country: When the Hippies, Dreamers, Freaks, and Radicals Moved to Vermont." This event will feature a reading and a short panel discussion. Yvonne Daley is the author of five previous books and director of the Green Mountain Writers Conference. Free; open to all.

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9:30 - 11 a.m., Colchester Meeting House.

BABY AnD me SToRY Time

10:30 a.m., Burnham Memorial Library. This library shares the magic of stories, songs, rhymes, bounces and fingerplays. Participants will receive books and more at each session they attend. For babies 18 months and younger and their caregivers.

11 a.m., Phoenix Books Essex, 2 Carmichael St., Essex Jct. Free; all ages.

17 SUnDAY 8 - 11 a.m., Chittenden Co. Fish and Game Club, 1397 Wes White Hill Rd., Jonesville. One of the oldest known fishing derbies in existence, this annual Father's Day event provides trophies and prizes for participants - including the smallest fish! Hot dogs and hamburgers will be available. Ages 14 and under; call 878-4942 for more information.

winooSki FARmeRS' mARkeT

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Champlain Mill Green, 20 Winooski Falls Way, Winooski. Managed by the Winooski Community Partnership, the Winooski Farmers' Market brings you Vermont’s finest local produce, farm goods, artisan crafts, locally prepared foods, musical entertainment and a fun interactive kid’s program. The Winooski Farmers' Market, is distributing free meals at the Winooski Farmers Market for anyone under the age of 18.

AlexAnDeR HAmilTon: "THe mAn, THe plAY AnD THe mUSicAl"

2 - 3 p.m., Ethan Allen Homestead Museum, Burlington. From his birth in the Caribbean to his death in a duel, Alexander Hamilton’s life

was part romance, part tragedy and the inspiration for the blockbuster Broadway musical. Hamilton biographer Willard Sterne Randall discusses the man, and the musical, with excerpts from its score.

18 monDAY SenioR STRengTH gRoUp FiTneSS

9:45 a.m., HammerFit Athletic Club, 21 Essex Way, Suite 115, Essex Jct. (See Thursday, June 14 for complete details.)

pReScHool mUSic 11:30 a.m., Burnham Memorial Library. Come to the library for music and fun every week. Best for ages 3 - 5. Sponsored by the Friends of Burnham Library.

SAnD VolleYBAll

6 p.m. - dark, Bayside Park volleyball pits. Players of all levels are invited to attend. What better way to enjoy the scenic view of Malletts Bay! All you need to bring is water to drink, we will provide the sand! Limited to the first 24 players to sign the waiver sheet each evening. Walk-ons: $2, pay at the court.


10:30 - 11 a.m., Burnham Memorial Library. A weekly selection of music, rhymes and stories! For ages 18 months to 3 years. Call 264-5660 to sign up.

ReAD To willY wonkA THe VolUnTeeR THeRApY Dog

4:15 p.m., Burnham Memorial Library. Read to this volunteer certified therapy dog. If you’re not yet reading, an adult will read to you while you and Willy Wonka sit back and

Calendar deadline every Friday at 5 p.m.


senIor strenGtH Group fItness

7 p.m., planning Commission, Outer Bay Conference Room, Town offices, 781 Blakely Rd., Colchester.

9:45 a.m., HammerFit Athletic Club, 21 Essex Way, Suite 115, Essex Jct. (See Thursday, June 14 for complete details.)

7 p.m., school board, Colchester High School library, 131 Laker Ln., Colchester.

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tuesDaY, June 19

tHursDaY, June 21 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., burnham Memorial library trustees, Burnham Room, 898 Main St., Colchester.

enjoy the stories. Call 264-5660 to sign up!

Drop-In Gentle HatHa YoGa

4:30 - 5:45 p.m., Burnham Memorial Library. 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.

lIons Club WalkInG Club

5:30 - 6 p.m., Niquette Bay State Park, 274 Raymond Rd., Colchester. Participants can walk in groups or individually. No race and purely for fun! For more information contact Ken Emery at 578-7483 or kpemery1960@gmail. com. Participants must pay park entrance fee.

Hot topIC: parks anD reCreatIon

7 p.m., Colchester Recreation Dept., 781 Blakely Rd., Colchester. Major areas of focus include Exit 17 and Clay Point.

20 WeDnesDaY MInt ConDItIonInG for 45+

9:45 a.m., HammerFit Athletic Club, 21 Essex Way, Suite 115, Essex Jct. Classes are appropriate for all abilities instructed by personal trainers who can recommend and demonstrate modifications (due to injury, ailment, etc.) as needed. Ages 45 and up, $5.


9:30 - 11 a.m., Colchester Meeting House. (See Friday, June 15 for details.)

beGInner pICkleball

1 - 2:30 p.m., Bayside Park Tennis Courts. Pickleball combines the elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis on a badmintonsized court with a modified tennis net. This sport requires a degree of physical fitness and mobility, and is a fun way to improve cardio and build hand-eye coordination. Our beginner lessons will teach you the rules of the game, scoring, serving, and other basic techniques. There will be plenty of time to scrimmage with other

beginners in doubles games. Paddles are provided, or bring your own if you have one. All participants should wear sturdy tennis shoes or running shoes, wear comfortable clothing that will allow you to move freely, and bring a water bottle. Ages 55 and up. $20, resident; $25, non-resident.

WeeklY booktIvItY: JoIn tHe banD!

3 p.m., Burnham Memorial Library. Using recycled materials, make your own instruments and perform for the group! Sign up at our website, colchestervt. gov/158/BurnhamMemorial-Library.

YounG WrIters anD storYtellers 4 p.m., Burnham Memorial Library. Join our writing club for children and let’s create stories! For grades k-5. Call 264-5660 for more information and to sign up.

fIve Corners farMers' Market

4 - 7:30 p.m., Five Corners, 3 Main St., Essex Jct. Visit the new location for the return of the farmers' market! Market vendors offer produce, meat, specialty food, agriculture, prepared food, crafts and there will also be a featured community table. The market will also host a wide range of talented musicians. For a full list of vendors and musicians, to learn more and volunteer, please check out our website: 5cornersfarmersmarket. com and 5CornersFarmersMarket.

knIttInG anD More: sWaG stItCHes WItH beaDs

6 - 8 p.m., Burnham Memorial Library. Knitters and other needle workers of all skill levels meet every week; beginners welcome.

sanD volleYball

6 p.m. - dark, Bayside Park volleyball pits. Players of all levels are invited to attend. What better way to enjoy the scenic view of Malletts Bay! All you need to bring is water to drink, we will provide the sand! Limited to the first 24 players to sign the waiver sheet each evening. Walk-ons: $2, pay at the court.

21 tHursDaY

10:30 a.m., Burnham Memorial Library. Join us for stories followed by a craft or activity. Ages 3 - 6; call 2645660 to sign-up.

presCHool YoGa 11:30 a.m., Burnham Memorial Library. Join instructor Melissa Nutting for yoga for you and your preschooler - a delightful way to spend a half an hour with your child. Melissa earned her Children’s Yoga Teacher Certification through the Child Light Yoga Center.

Pearl St., Essex Jct. New England’s largest and oldest quilt event delights visitors with the dazzling color and artistry in the hundreds of quilts on display. enjoy several exhibits of new and antique quilts, lectures and classes by noted quilt artists, quilt appraisals, free gallery talks, vendor demonstrations and great shopping in the extensive vendor mall. Daily admission for adults $12; children under 14 are free. Visit or call 872-0034 for more information.


Noon, the Hampton Inn, 42 Lower Mtn. View Dr., Colchester. For more information, contact Earl Wertheim at 651-1690 or

9:30 - 11 a.m., Colchester Meeting House. Includes free play with a wide variety of activities, story time and group singing. Please bring a snack and a drink for your child. Follows the Colchester School District calendar. When Colchester schools are closed due to weather, playgroup is also closed. Please park between Burnham Library and the meeting house.

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ColCHester/ MIlton rotarY MeetInG

2 - 2:45 p.m., Burnham Memorial Library. Published author, master drummer Saragail Benjamin will bring drums for everyone to play. She’ll teach us to play together, then we’ll drum a story! Dance it! Sing it! Rock it to the moon! Creative, innovative, fun for all ages!

leGo Club

4 p.m., Burnham Memorial Library. Do you know someone who likes Legos? Stop by the library and join us! Each week we’ll be creating a new project!

MIlton farMers' Market

3:30 - 7 p.m., Hannaford Plaza, Route 7, Milton. Locally grown fruits and vegetables, eggs, meat, maple syrup, prepared foods, baked goods, live music and so much more! EBT/SNAP, Farm to Family coupons, and debit cards accepted. Once again, the market will host craft days on the third Thursday of every month and will offer free activities, taste tests, and coupons for kids at the Power of Produce Club. For more information, visit or contact the market manager at 893-1009 or farmersmarket@

ColCHester/ MIlton teen nIGHt

6 – 8 p.m., Cornerstone Community Church, 26 Bombardier Rd., Milton. Games, food, family atmosphere. For grades 5-8. All are welcome! Free.

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9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Champlain Valley Expo, 105

10:30 a.m., Burnham Memorial Library. We will share the magic of stories, songs, rhymes, bounces and fingerplays. There will be giveaways at each session. Ages 0 - 18 months (with caregivers); free.

anIMe Club

4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Burnham Memorial Library. Enjoy watching shows, eating delicious Japanese inspired creations and geeking out with kawaii crafts. Bring likeminded friends and Tanoshimimasu! Grades 6 -12. Sign up at Burnham-MemorialLibrary.

23 saturDaY verMont QuIlt festIval

9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Champlain Valley Expo, 105 Pearl St., Essex Jct. (See Friday, June 22 for complete details.)

saturDaY DropIn storY tIMe

10 a.m., Burnham Memorial Library. A weekly selection of music and books for children of all ages. No sign-up required.

storY tIMe

11 a.m., Phoenix Books Essex, 2 Carmichael St., Essex Jct. Free; all ages.

plan tHe perfeCt Cookout

1 - 3 p.m., Airport Park Pavilion, 500 Colchester Point Rd., Colchester. Summer is the perfect time to entertain outdoors but sometimes organizing a large group of people and planning an adequate meal can be the opposite of relaxing. We’ll coach you on planning the perfect get-together, and provide you with pre-event checklists,

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10• Colchester Sun

• June 14, 2018


Lakers softball season ends in semifinal thriller By JOSH KAUFMANN Colchester Sun/Essex Reporter ESSEX — Another Division I playoff game against a top Metro Division rival, another back-and-forth, lastcomeback-wins escape for the undefeated Hornets as the took on the Lakers in the semis. Colchester, the fifth seed but holder of the state's two most-dominant pitchers in Gatorade winner Riley Magoon and fellow no-hitter collector Alli Sheets, took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third on Brynn Coughlin's 2-out single, a wild pitch, and Sheets' RBI single. Essex tied it in the home fourth when Molly Bruyns doubled with one out and Thorne plated her with an RBI single. Morin's single put runners at the corners, but Magoon got an inning-ending fly to Olivia Brodeur in right to keep it tied as the skies started to darken and light rain continued to fall. The Lakers regained the lead in the fifth, but the first of two intentional walks to Magoon paid off with an inning-ending fly grabbed by Essex center fielder Maddie Catella. Essex ace Caitlyn Toth followed her 1-2-3 fourth with two quick outs to start the fifth, getting a pop-up to second baseman Regan Day and a comebacker. CHS leadoff hitter Sam Messier drew her second walk of the afternoon, though, Coughlin hit her second straight single, and Sheets made it 2-1 with her second straight RBI hit. Stebbins gave Magoon a free pass to load the bases rather than a chance at a 3-run swing, and Catella's catch set up Essex's second comeback. If the free pass bothered Magoon, it didn't show. The senior set down the first hitter in the bottom of the fifth on three pitches, and struck out the next as well, on four. No. 9 hitter Day only saw one pitch, but it was enough for a single to keep the inning going and bring Harvey to bat for an RBI single and a 2-2 tie. Bruyns' second hit in a row advanced Harvey, and Thorne's RBI single gave Essex its first lead. Magoon again escaped what could have been bigger trouble, getting a called third strike to leave Bruyns and Thorne on the bases. The Metro rivals were unable to cash in on sixthinning opportunities, Colchester not advancing Ella Cote after her 2-out single and Essex leaving two on after walks to Logan Pollard and Catella before Sheets took over in the circle and got an inning-ending strikeout. Colchester was down to its last three outs but had Messier starting it off, and came through with two huge runs to again go in front. The leadoff girl singled to reach base for the third time in four chances, and quickly scored when Coughlin

crushed a run-scoring double to left field — just beyond Knickerbocker's considerable range — for a 3-3 deadlock. After Sheets singled, Stebbins wasted no time pointing Magoon in the direction of first base, again to load the bases. Essex finally got the first out with a force at home on a quick play by third baseman Bruyns, but Cierra Morse's sacrifice fly scored Sheets for a 4-3 lead, and a wild pitch put runners at second and third for Trinity Callahan, with a chance to break it open. But once more Toth and the Essex defense merely bent. And for the 2018 playoff Hornets, keeping it close was all that was needed. Against MVU, the late heroics were provided by Morin's 3-run homer and by sensational catches by Thorne and Knickerbocker. To get past the Lakers, the late heroics were provided by Harvey's home run and by Harvey's sensational catch. And an encore by Thorne and Knickerbocker, this time with their brains, bats, and base running. Callahan did her job, driving a low liner toward left field as Magoon sprinted home from third and Comi raced around behind her. Harvey ignored the circling blue



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14, and to see that growth, the way they have made this team more cohesive, there is a bond this year that seems to be very special.” This bond has translated to success on the diamond for the Lakers squad. During Boetsma’s tenure, Colchester has been a perennial powerhouse in the Division I standings, earning 13-3 records and going deep in the playoffs in both 2016 and 2017. “Every year we have ended 13-3, and this year we were very scared because we started 3-3,” Sheets joked. That fear was short lived as the Lakers suffered their last loss on May 1 and proceeded to string together a dominating 10 wins, including a no-hitter by Sheets, where she retired 16 South Burlington batters. Her pitching prowess was rivaled by Magoon, who went 8-1 on the mound this season with a 0.96 ERA. In 51 innings, Magoon struck out 109 batters and only walked nine of the opponents she faced, stats that earned her the title of Gatorade Vermont Softball Player of the Year. During its hot streak, CHS only allowed four total runs by opponents and shut out seven different teams, but their bats were far from silent as they strung together hit after hit often pound-

jerseys as she dove hard to her right, making what would have been a shoestring catch had her shoestrings not been flying in the air behind her as she slammed into the dirt before quickly holding her glove, with the ball, aloft. The senior captain had just enough time to get her breath back before leading off the bottom of the seventh, with dreams of a perfect season and a shot at the program's eighth state title now also three outs from ending. Four pitches later, the dream was alive. Harvey left little mystery about whether her first home run would clear the fence in left field, rounding first and breaking into a grin as it hit the ground 10 feet out of Cole's reach, tying the game at four. One out later, Thorne set up the winner and a trip to Castleton with a masterful at-bat, laying off an 0-2 pitch that was waist-high but inches outside. The next offering from Sheets arrived just inside the previous one, and Thorne found it just to her liking for a single. The senior co-captain stole second before Sheets got a fly to Callahan for the second out, and the next Murderer in the Row — Knickerbocker — ended it with a rocket deep into center field, scoring Thorne without a play at the plate.

ing opponents into the ground with double digit deficits. “What I love about playing with these guys is they are so selfless,” Messier said with a smile, “Allie hits home runs all the time, and so does Riley, but then she just lays down a bunt to move somebody ahead. They’re willing to do anything for the team.” But the compliments flow both ways between all these captains. “Sam is really the unsung hero,” Magoon said. “Not a lot of people pay attention to second base or the infield area, but Sam picks up all the slack for the team – I mean, the range she has is incredible.” This selfless attitude has put the trio in the role of team captains for the past two years, a role they take seriously, remembering when they were freshmen and looked up to thensenior standouts Danielle Whitham and Taylor Losier. “Having a leadership role, makes you want to be better,” Sheets said. “You know that younger teammates are going to eventually be the captains, and you want to set a good example.” Mirroring the success of the regular season, Magoon opened the playoffs with a perfect game, besting CVU 10-0, and Sheets followed up with another nohitter to lead CHS to a 16-0 win over Middlebury. This

set up a match with the undefeated Essex Hornets and redemption for sophomore year. “Sophomore year we were at Essex in the semi-finals, and it was a really good matchup. They had beat us 2-1 in the regular season game, so we knew it was going to be close,” Sheets said. “It ended up being a two-day game and was tied going into the second day, and we lost on a walkoff. So that just motivates me more,” she said. “Even though that game was two years ago, I still think about it every day,” Messier added in a uniquely somber moment. “We all do.” Unfortunately, the Lakers couldn’t rid the ghosts of playoffs past, and they found themselves falling to the Hornets in heartbreaking fashion in the semis, but these leaders are already thinking about their legacy. “You can watch the maturation of not only the human, but the player, and this year being seniors, the women they have become,” their coach said. “They came up every day to play, they brought a smile, they made us laugh – they worked their butts off.” Read a full recap of the Colchester Lakers semifinal game against the Essex Hornets above and check out this week’s Athlete of the Week, Sam Messier, on page 11.


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12• Colchester Sun

• June 14, 2018


Lakers make first appearance in baseball finals since 2000 By ANTHONY LABOR JR. For the Colchester Sun BURLINGTON – The Lakers entered Saturday’s Division I championship game having won 15 of their previous 16 games, while South Burlington came in with seven straight wins, after both rode the momentum of their strong stretch runs into the playoffs to put on a show battling it out for the title. In a back-and-forth game that saw third-seed Colchester come back from three runs down, a 2-run bloop single by South Burlington’s Ben Tate in the fifth inning proved to be the difference as the fourthseed Wolves earned a 5-3 victory. After trailing 3-0 early in the game, the Lakers got two runs in the third and another in the fourth to tie the game 3-3. South Burlington got two runners on with back-to-back singles by John Thibeault and Connor McGrath. Colchester's Tom Vesosky got a groundout to first for the second out with the runners advancing to second and third. But Tate took his 1-2 pitch and popped it up down the right-field line with three Colchester fielders giving chase. The first baseman dove for the ball but it was just out of his reach and landed on the line, allowing the two runners to score what ended up being the winning runs. From there South Burlington reliever Sam Premsagar shut down the Laker bats, allowing only one hit and two walks in 3 2/3 innings of relief to pick up the win. Starter Jack Ambrosino gave up three runs in 3 1/3 innings.

Vesosky took the loss for Colchester, pitching 4 1/3 innings of relief and giving up two runs on five hits and no walks. Starter Saul Minaya threw the first 2 1/3, allowing three runs on four hits with three walks. Thibeault got the scoring starting for South Burlington, reaching in the second inning on an error. He advanced to second when McGrath walked, and came around to score on a single by Chance O’Connor. The Wolves extended the lead to three in the third inning. Nolan Antonicci drew a walk to start the inning, and advanced to second on a passed ball before stealing third and scoring on an RBI single by Ethan Klesch. Klesch scored later in the inning on an RBI hit by Thibeault. The Lakers wouldn’t go away quietly, starting a rally in the bottom of the third. Vesosky led off with a single, Tyler Daniels walked, and Minaya bunted both runners up 90 feet. Vesosky scored when Eben Provost grounded out to the shortstop. Daniels made it home on an RBI single by Chase Corey to make it 3-2. In the fourth, Lucas McClanahan singled and courtesy runner Will Spencer eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Vesosky to tie it at three. The momentum was short-lived, though, with Tate's 2-run single putting the Wolves back in front and Premsagar shutting the door the rest of the way. The Wolves finish 15-5, hoisting their seventh baseball championship. The Lakers (16-4) were making their first championship-game appearance since 2000. PHOTOS BY KYLE ST. PETER

ABOVE: The Lakers' varsity baseball team huddles up for one of the last times during the Division I championship game on June 9. The Lakers fell to the South Burlington Wolves 5-3. LEFT: One of the Lakers reacts as the loss of a state title sinks in. BELOW: The Lakers fans turned in a solid show of support for their baseball team on Saturday. We have more photos online at

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