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Candidate supporters greet voters at the Highgate Elementary School on Tuesday in the hopes to swing a few last minute voters before casting their ballots on Tuesday. Look for election results on page 12. Gregory J. Lamorueux, County Courier

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The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is asking hunters for help in a statewide initiative to gather more biological data on the state’s deer population. Hunters who get a deer during the November 10-25, 2018 rifle season are asked to provide an incisor tooth from their deer when they go to a reporting station. Biologists are collecting middle incisor teeth from all rifle season deer in order to evaluate regional differences in ages and antler characteristics of bucks as well as to help estimate population size, growth rate, health, and mortality rates. Each tooth will be cross-sectioned to accurately determine the deer’s age and the results will be posted on the Fish & Wildlife website next spring. Hunters are asked to obtain a tooth envelope from the reporting agent; write your name, Conservation ID number and date of kill on it. Remove one of the middle incisor teeth, being careful to include the root. Place the tooth in the envelope and give it to the reporting agent. Instructions on removing the tooth will be posted at reporting stations, and a video showing how will be available on Fish & Wildlife’s website www. “Knowing the ages of harvested deer is critically important, and more information allows us to make better management decisions,” said Nick Fortin, Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s deer project leader. “To produce accurate population estimates,

and to better assess our current management strategies, we really need to get teeth from as many deer as possible.”


Have you ever been even a little curious what it would be like to lead police on a high speed chase and not get in trouble? According to Vermont State Police, you could just ask Isaiah Law, of Enosburgh. If what police say is correct, Law was the passenger in a vehicle that tried to flee from State Police in Orleans on November 4th. The driver, Christopher Conley, 24, of Orleans was driving 111 miles per hour on Interstate 89 with Law in the passenger seat of his Subaru Crosstrek. When police tried to pull them over, Conley exited the highway, where he lead police on a high speed police chase, traveling 80 miles per hour down roads that were marked for 35 mile per hour traffic, according to Trooper Lynch. A few miles into the pursuit, police clocked Law at more than 100 miles per hour as he tried to flee from them down a dirt road. Ultimately Conley lost control of the vehicle, crashing about 10 miles away from where the pursuit began. Both Law and Conley were taken into custody, at which point they were transported to the hospital as a precaution. Police did not charge Law with any crimes, but his driver, Conoly, was charged with Attempting to Elude, gross negligence, reckless endangerment, excessive speed, and DUI. Conoly was issued several traffic tickets, but he was also wanted on a department of

corrections warrant. He was turned over into the custody of corrections.


Samuel Gendron, 46, of Richford was arrested by Vermont State Police Troopers on October 27th for attempting to elude, negigent operation, and false information to a law enforcement officer after leading police on a high speed pursuit that lasted about 5 miles. Gendron was initially going to be pulled over for speeding, according to Trooper Hartman. Ultimately police stopped chasing Gendron due to road conditions. Through an investigation, police believe that Gendron was the driver they were pursuiing. He is due in court on December 17th.


The Vermont Department of Fish and Game is hoping to teach Vermonters how to best process their game. Vermont is one of the most rural states in the country, and Vermonters have a proud heritage of living close to the land. Hunting is highly regulated and provides a way to connect with the land, connect with nature and connect with a healthy, sustainable food source that is rooted in Vermont. In 2017, Vermont’s four big game species (deer, bear, turkey and moose) yielded more than 3.5 million servings of wild game meat. Making the most of these

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By Gregory J. Lamoureux County Courier As voters went to the polls on Tuesday, they surely were met with politicians looking to swing the last undecided voter in their direction. It’s unlikely that this was the first time voters will have heard about the candidates vying for their vote This year’s campaign season ranks as one of the costliest in recent years, especially at the local level- in many instances fundraising has matched or even surpassed the local fundraising two years ago for the presidential election, a time that is typically more costly than mid-term elections like 2018. According to the Vermont

Secretary of State’s Office, candidates and Political Action Committees have sunk more than $5.6 million into getting their candidates elected statewide. The Secretary of State’s office is the clearinghouse for all campaign finance disclosures, and according to that office, local candidates running for House and Senate have reported raising more than $184K. The amount each candidate raised ranged from under $500 for Barbra Murphy (I) of Fairfax, and Dan Nadeau (D) of Highgate to an impressive $37,571 from Senate Candidate Corey Parent (R) of St. Albans. Running for house, St. Albans City candidate Kate Larose (D) has raised the most county-wide

with $14,174, followed by Felisha Leffler (D) of Enosburgh with $10,831.89, Casey Toof (R) of St. Albans City with $10,779.51, Mike McCarthy (D) of St. Albans with $8,790.69, and Cindy Weed (P/D) of Enosburgh with $8,055. The most fund-raised House race in the county is the Franklin 3-1 seat (St. Albans City) with $38,258.95 raised between the four candidates vying for two seats. That’s followed by the Franklin-7 race in Enosburgh and Montgomery between Felisha Leffler and Cindy Weed. That race has collected $18,886.89 into the

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CINDERELLA TAKES THE STAGE By Ruthie Laroche For the County Courier Magic will be in the air this week as BFA Fairfax presents Cinderella by Rodgers and Hammerstein, which will begin on Thursday evening and end on Saturday. Preparations for the show began six months ago; auditions were held in April and work on choreography took place during the summer. Jerry Bailey, the show’s producer, is in his tenth year with BFA Fairfax’s annual musicals. “If I’m doing it, it’s going to be big!” said Bailey, smiling. Bailey’s first foray into school theater brought Beauty and the Beast to Fairfax. The show had recently been playing in New York, and Bailey and the theater group in Fairfax went all out. “We rented costumes from New York City,” Bailey recalled, “That set the bar high.” No show goes on without a little drama; Bailey noted that this year’s show is no exception. “We’re doing Cinderella, and I’ve already lost two glass slippers,” said Jerry with a chuckle. On Thursday, the months of work will be on display, and Bailey can’t wait to see the reaction of the audience. “We have one scene that is going to be jaw-dropping. The whole transformation of Cinderella from rags to her ball gown is breathtaking,” Bailey noted, “Kim Taber designed the dress that will transform into the ball gown. Puffs of smoke roll out onto the stage and the white mice turn into horses. The pumpkin carriage rolls out covered in lights. That scene is spectacular!” Another of Bailey’s favorite scenes takes place in the ballroom. “There’s a song called Ten Minutes Ago that is about the prince meeting Cinderella; the choreography in the ballroom is amazing. I love doing anything that can make people say ‘Wow, you did that on that stage?’” Bailey explained that many schools won’t take on a show like Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella due to the expense and presentation challenges. “We work on the special effects with sleight of hand and lighting. It’s all about creating magic on stage!” One person who plays a big part in conjuring up the necessary magic is Brian Senesac. He is a graduate of BFA Fairfax and makes the trip back to Vermont from Dover, NH, each year to do the lighting for the show. Since Fairfax doesn’t have any lighting of its own, Senesac brings in the rental equipment and gets everything set up. In keeping with the program’s desire to see students involved, a student has come alongside Senesac to help with lighting and sound. “I get everything hung and focused and ready for the show.

With the help of an adult volunteer a student can then help with the lighting, sound, and special effects.” Special effects will play important roles of their own in Cinderella. “We like to use fog as our baseline for special effects. We use it because it allows our lighting to be picked up better. We can use it to add colors and shapes,” Senesac explained, “When Cinderella transforms under the blue and white beams above her, the lights and fog really enhance that transformation.” Senesac participated in drama at BFA Fairfax, beginning in the fifth grade and continuing on through his high school years. “We had a director, Richard Hanson, who I had the pleasure to work with. He also taught a theater class. Theater was my go-to in high school, and I made a lot of great connections. It’s really exciting to see these younger kids go through the productions, some becoming leads later in high school. It’s rewarding to see other students do what I enjoyed so much.” Hanson passed away after the production of the Wizard of Oz, Senesac’s sophomore year. The following year Senesac was asked by the school board to student direct a one-act show. From that point on, Senesac has been part of overseeing the productions. The special effects do play a big part in Cinderella, but Bailey encouraged folks to enjoy the cast as well as the on-stage enchantment. “Our Cinderella, Annalise Durocher, who will be studying theater after graduation, has her stamp all over this production.” Annalise took a moment out of a busy week of rehearsals to share her thoughts about the production and her love for theater. “There are so many magical moments in this show that we’ve worked tirelessly to orchestrate, and the cast of characters is so intriguing. I think this is also one of the best musical scores we’ve done in the seven years I’ve been part of the cast. We are always humming a tune from the show!” said Annalise. Durocher feels that the has something for everyone. “There’s action, comedy, and romance, but above all it’s about making your dreams possible when someone says they are impossible. Everyone has worked so hard to pull this together; I can honestly say that I couldn’t have asked for a better show to be my last.” When it comes to the value of theater in the high school experience, Durocher glowed as she spoke. “Words cannot describe how beneficial this experience has been. I have found a second family in every cast and developed a love for musical theater,” Durocher explained, “I’ve learned that hard work, patience, and passion are the

Annalise Durocher and Quentin Stoneburner run through a scene on Tuesday night in preparation for this week’s performance of Rodger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Photo: Brian Senesac three steps to success.” dreams come true for a large that ‘anything is possible’ and we “One of my favorite Broadway number of kids in the community; love that message,” said Bailey. stars, Sierra Boggess, has this sixty students will be participating Thanks to the dedication of saying: ‘You are enough; you are in the musical this year. the cast, the design team, the so enough, it is unbelievable how “Kids that haven’t found a place choreographers, and all the others enough you are. This program has in the school have an outlet, and who work behind the scenes, helped me see that I am enough it’s such a great experience for anything really is possible, even if and my journey from Princess #1 them.” it may not be easy. in the Little Mermaid to Cinderella BFA Fairfax is a relatively small “This production it’s all about has been truly magical. I owe a lot school, and unlike their larger commitment. We’re instilling to my mentors, Jerry Bailey and counterparts, theater productions that idea into our students; it’s Julie Filiberti, and of course, the tend to have a cross section of about dedication and sticking to cast and crew,” said Durocher. participation. something. With a cast of 60 and Durocher isn’t the only student “We have varsity athletes that a show that only has nine leads, from Fairfax who has pursued a participate. It requires flexibility, we have fifty in the ensemble, and career in theater. In 2009, Kalinda but we make it work,” noted some kids may not get on stage Santor, who did choreography for Bailey. during every rehearsal,” Bailey three years while in high school, Rehearsal time with busy explained. went on to study choreography students can be difficult. “It says a lot about the character and now works for the New York “Our ballroom dancers just got of our students that they want to be Conservatories. back from China on Monday. I’ve part of a bigger picture.” “She took her passion from her heard they have been dancing in Bailey, who teaches 7/8 graders small community school all the airports and rehearsing their lines enjoys working with the different way to New York.” abroad,” said Bailey with laughter. age groups who come out for the Student involvement in the Bailey and Julia Filberti, who show. Many of the older students productions is something Bailey works with him on the show, love went through his class in middle loves to incorporate. to see all the students enjoy the school. “It really is student directed, final result. “It’s about connections and choreographed, and produced. “Julia and I sit back during the commitment; the kids love to We have a junior director, a junior show and get goose bumps! We come back to connect year after producer, and two of the leads do tell each other that this is why we year.” choreography,” Bailey explained. do this!” Bailey got his start in local The set design class at BFA Putting on a show the size and theater working with the Cardiac Fairfax designs and builds all the scope of Cinderella takes patience Capers after coming home from sets for the musical, investing and dedication. college. He loved the set design hours of time to create exactly “We go into it knowing how but wasn’t interested in getting on what the show needs. much time it will take and we need stage. Today, he doesn’t mind the Students and staff at the high to be passionate about it,” said limelight like he used to. school aren’t the only ones who Bailey. “I look forward to introducing help make the elaborate musicals Choosing a musical requires the show every night! It gives me come to life. time and effort by the directing the greatest thrill to welcome the “The community really supports team. With a school that serves crowd.” our work,” Bailey noted, “We sixth to twelfth-grade students, the The show will play Thursday doubled advertising in the program team must select something that is at 7-9 pm, Friday at 7-9pm and this year because there were so age appropriate for all. Cinderella Saturday from 2-4pm and 7-9 pm. many businesses that came to us to was chosen this year because of its be part.” timeless message. All the support helps to make “The show focuses on the idea

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Editor’s note: This commentary is by Gabriel Brunelle, who is a social worker working in the field of addiction in Chittenden County. In Gabor Maté’s book, “In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts,” he outlines three necessary conditions for addiction to occur. One is the availability of a substance or activity with an addictive potential (i.e. marijuana, heroin, gaming, sex); another is a pre-existing vulnerability to addiction; and the last is the presence of significant stress. I think the first and last criterion are widely accepted. Most anything has the potential to become addictive for someone of our human species, and our world abounds with stressors. What gives us pleasure or relieves stress can be as subjective and individual as the stressors themselves. Some are obviously more shared than others. That a vulnerability to addiction must exist I think is less understood and is central to my view of addiction as a predominantly social phenomenon. What makes someone susceptible to addiction? What gives someone “an addictive personality,” a popular phrase which speaks obtusely to vulnerability yet isolates individuals from their social milieu with an all-encompassing fault? I have long held that our mental health lives in our relationships — to ourselves, to each other, and to the world. At this point it is well researched that the quality of the relationships we have very early in life is critical to our development at those stages and can greatly influence how we develop later on. The vast majority of human brain development happens outside the womb, in the social environment, and is dependent on relationships. A young enough baby who is left unheld will die. Through their attunement and connection with early caregivers, babies grow the capacity to regulate their own stress and to deepen the rewards of their motivation and bonding. The chemistry of healthy relationships is the chemistry of addiction. Opiates are involved with our bonding processes and other chemicals like dopamine and serotonin are involved with learning, ambition and happiness. Is it any wonder that if we don’t have the benefits of healthy early connections or some other trauma happens which leads us to be isolated or unable to feel connected with others, that many of us engage addictively with substances or behaviors that produce the same chemistry of motivation, bonding and emotional safety inside us? Because that is what we do as humans; we cope and adapt in the face of adversity. We triage as we need in order to protect ourselves and survive. Sometimes something essential and beautiful seems to be irrevocably lost in that process, perhaps because something essential and beautiful was missing in the first place. Involving personality, Maté has this to say about coping near the end of his book: “Indeed, what we call the personality is often a jumble of genuine traits and adopted coping styles that do not represent our true self at all but the loss of it.” Maté also emphasizes that what seems forever lost can be regained; that the brain is elastic and can continue to change and grow with attunement and connections which we can achieve and foster at any time in our lives. I agree; and so I think a social model of addiction calls for social solutions. I was deeply disappointed when the governor vetoed the paid family leave bill. To me, the cost to benefit analysis of that legislation was amazing. I think any policy that promotes healthy connections, family and community can pay huge dividends in terms of addressing myriad social problems like addiction, violence and poverty for generations after it is enacted. To draw such a line in the sand in front of even so small a tax was to me the placement of a rigid and binary framework over what is in reality a very rich, nuanced, and analog world. I also think we need to expand access to other modes of traumainformed healing as well. Trauma lives in the body. There is something fundamentally healing in safe physical contact; and yet many forms of trauma-informed touch therapy are not covered by our state insurance. I think many of our most vulnerable citizens are also the most physically lonely and could benefit from such options. My own mental health counselor told me that the state of Maine covers a lot of different physical therapies with its insurance. That such a conservative state has expanded its coverage suggests a savings on expensive acute care with that kind of holistic treatment, and there must be data available for legislative staff to assist our lawmakers in crafting expansions of our own coverage.


The publisher of the County Courier, Gregory J. Lamoureux, is in a relationship with the State Representative Elect Felisha Leffler. Leffler also does freelance graphic design for the County Courier, but does not have access or any say in the editorial content of the publication. Leffler is not given any preferential treatment, does not get discounted ads, and must meet all the same requirements for submissions to the newspaper’s opinion section as any other citizen, candidate, or representative. This is not new to Vermont. In our small state with, small businesses, others share similar ties. Seven Days publisher, Paula Routy is a domestic partner with Vermont Senator Tim Ashe, a Progressive who represents Chittenden County. If you have questions about our reporting, please contact us. The County Courier will continue to publish quality journalism with impartiality.

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NEVER A BETTER TIME TO HEAT WITH WOOD Editor’s note: This commentary is by Ansley Bloomer, who is assistant director of Renewable Energy Vermont. For every dollar we spend on fossil fuel heating in Vermont, 78 cents is sent out of state. What if, instead of sending $131 million out of state a year on these fuels, we spent even just half of that on locally and sustainably produced fuels where every penny of every dollar stays here, locally? This is less of a hypothetical question, and more of reality, as innovative and resilient working Vermonters are doing just that. With the passage of a sales and use tax exemption on advanced wood heating systems, Vermont is taking steps towards restarting a value chain that will revitalize our rural communities and preserve Vermonters’ relationship with the working landscape. Vermont is 80 percent covered

in forests, which require maintenance and stewardship by licensed foresters to keep them healthy; however, Vermont foresters have been stricken by a regional collapse of low-grade wood markets. Forestry operations aren’t cheap, and low-grade wood sales have provided a funding stream and kept markets viable. In years past, a forester could easily sell that wood, which would make its way to a pulp mill in New England, however, with the shuttering of many of these mills, the low-grade wood market has all but collapsed. This market shift has sent ripples up and down the supply chain, resulting in the loss of well-paying trade jobs and disadvantaging our rural economy. In an effort to preserve the Vermont way of life, this problem has been taken as an opportunity to fulfill commitments our state has made on improving

our climate and increasing our energy independence. Renewable Energy Vermont’s five-year plan for advanced wood heating outlines how Vermont can redirect this low-grade wood towards thermal energy and help keep forests as forests, meeting our clean energy goals. Advanced wood heating is a new take on a long Vermont tradition of heating with wood that requires less effort of homeowners. These advanced wood systems, either boilers or furnaces, are completely automated and run on wood pellets or chips. After making the switch, advanced wood system owners notice no difference between the traditional fuel systems they were using; they just need to set a thermostat. Fuel delivery is the same, a delivery truck pumps the wood into a hopper or a silo, and when you start to feel a little chilly, and the thermostat kicks

on, the system pulls from that reserve keeping you warm and cozy through our Vermont winters. You won’t notice a difference in terms of operation, however, you will be saving money, and making a difference by supporting a local value chain that starts in our forest and ends at your now warm toes. One of the recommendations of the five-year plan was a sales and use tax exemption was taken up by legislative champions on the Senate Committee on Agriculture Sens. Bobby Starr and Anthony Pollina as well as Rep. Robert Helm in the House. Throughout the legislative session, this solution received tri-partisan support and eventually found its way to the governor’s desk. This exemption, which was included in a rural economic development bill signed into law and in effect as of July 1 will help break down the upfront

WILL BOND DOWNGRADE SPARK PENSION REFORM? Editor’s note: This commentary is by Robert Roper, the president of the Ethan Allen Institute. Before moving to Vermont in 1998 he was senior copywriter for Young & Rubicam Advertising in New York. He lives in Stowe. On Oct. 23, Moody’s, the investors credit service, downgraded Vermont’s bond rating from Aaa to Aa1. This has significant implications for the state’s ability to borrow money and the cost of doing so. The reasons Moody’s cited for the downgrade were “low growth prospects from an aging population,” and “debt and unfunded post-employment obligations relative to GDP.” This last point is in reference to Vermont’s unfunded pension liabilities of $4.5 billion. The pension crisis is an issue has been simmering below the public radar for years. Although huge in its potential consequences, it has not received a lot of critical attention for a number of reasons. One, politicians want to avoid it because it is expensive to fix, which

can only anger taxpayers and/ or beneficiaries of cut programs, and it politically complicated as it affects the powerful public employee unions, who don’t want the system, which provides very generous benefits, changed. The other is it is not a particularly sexy issue for the news media; about as fun and interesting for most people as figuring out your taxes, and for most of us more complicated. Hopefully this credit downgrade provides the shock necessary to change this denial dynamic and spur all parties to get serious about reforming the system. It can be done. Look at Rhode Island. Rhode Island is a state that has a lot in common with Vermont. It is a small New England state with an aging population and an overall population that is in decline. (In the last Census, Vermont and Rhode Island were the only two states that experienced an actual population loss.) It has little economic growth, and its governance is overwhelmingly dominated by Democrats.

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In 2011, Rhode Island found itself dealing with a pension crisis similar to Vermont’s today: long neglected, politically challenging, but ready to explode. The state of a little over one million residents had unfunded pension liabilities of $6.8 billion, compared to Vermont today of 623,000 residents and $4.5 billion in liabilities. Rhode Island also had a moderate Republican turned independent governor and a Democratic treasurer who, either out of good governance or sheer necessity, were willing to take up the challenge of fixing the problem. What they accomplished was a complete overhaul of the state’s pension system in The Rhode Island Retirement Security Act (RIRSA) of 2011, which went into effect in 2012. According to an excellent 42-page summary of the process and the end product done by The Reason Foundation, RIRSA had five major planks:

“1. A suspension of cost-of-living adjustments until the pension system reaches a combined 80 percent funding level; 2. A new defined-contribution plan to work in tandem with the current defined-benefit pension plan; 3. An increase in retirement age for current employees; 4. A change to the amortization rate of liabilities, and 5. A plan to help local governments bring their unfunded pension liabilities under control.” Not to say that this was without controversy. After RIRSA passed, several state and municipal unions sued to block the law from taking effect. This led to a settlement in 2015, which “included two one-time stipends payable to all current retirees; an increased cost-of-living adjustment cap for current retirees; and lowering the retirement age, which varies among participants depending on years of service.” (Pensions & Investments 5/29/18) Even this

cost of advanced wood heating for Vermonters. Additionally, $6,000 in incentives are currently available from Efficiency Vermont and the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund, plus your utility might have an incentive for you too. Vermonters can now save upwards of $8,000 on a whole home, clean advanced wood heating system. More details can be found at So, are you ready to make a difference by choosing clean, local wood heat? You can support working Vermonters, help achieve our state’s clean energy goals, and save money by using local wood energy. With the new sales and use tax exemption, combined with incentives available through Efficiency Vermont and the Clean Energy Development Fund, there has never been a better or easier time to heat with local wood.

settlement was challenged and only just resolved in favor of the state this past spring. But, for those politicians worried about the electoral consequences of tackling a tough “third rail” issue, it’s worth pointing out that the state treasurer in 2011, Gina Raimondo, is now Rhode Island’s governor. For all its similarities, Rhode Island is different than Vermont and a Vermont solution would necessarily have to be tailored to fit our own unique circumstances. I offer this example only to illustrate that reform can and should be accomplished. As David Coates, Vermont’s local guru on pension issues, warned last February that, “in 2008 [Vermont’s] pension payment was 2.25 percent of revenues, in 2012 6.4 percent, in 2017 9.4 percent and in 2019 it will increase to 11.5 percent.” (VTDigger, 2/11/18) This is unsustainable, and the implications for all aspects of our government are dire. In that same piece, Coates also warned that failure to address these problems would inevitably lead to a downgrade in our state’s credit rating. Guess he was right! Hope our politicians take notice.

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Property transfers posted by the Vermont Department of Taxes

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Irene & Stanislaw Zaborowska transferred property at 138 Matthias LN to Dawn & Michael Lancaster, $140,000. Arlene Pelkey transferred property at 26 Wrights Way to Christopher & Lynne Wright, $36,300. US Bank Trust, N.A. transferred property at 2948 Greenwoods RD to Parker Forsyth, $73,150. Christina Gaudette transferred property at 1713 Martell RD to Stephen Choiniere & Danielle James-Choiniere, $266,000. Estate of Robert A. Creller, Jr. transferred property at 4 Truck RTE to R.L. Vallee, Inc., $200,000. David Couture transferred property at 49 Martell RD to Darcy & Tara Couture, $n/a. Frances & Lawrence Theoret transferred property at 963 Truck RTE to Sherri Meunier, $168,000.

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Mary Kane transferred property at Lot 2, 762 Eldridge RD to Joshua & Tatum Kane, $35,000. Federal National Mortgage Association transferred property at 242 Main ST to Kaylynne Airoldi & Jesse Tedford, $130,000. Theresa Callan transferred property at 1833 Main ST to James & Kristie Callan, $n/a. 8 Kane Road LLC transferred property at 1027 Vermont RTE 120, Lot 4 to Jordan Dufresne & Amy Kane, $203,000. Deborah & Paul Gleason transferred property at 124 School ST to Brianna Berry, $150,000. James & Kristie Callan transferred property at 1833 Main ST to Theresa Callan, $n/a.

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at ‘staying home’ and Lydon kept shooting their outside linebackers into the flats. We did counters-Ryan Keen was just crushing their tackles. This opened things up for Shaun Gibson-McGillis.” In Demar’s opinion, Shaun Gibson McGillis and Cooper Harvey are some of the best backs in the state, and they got to prove themselves on Saturday. Jordan D’ Amico also stood out in Saturday’s game. “Jordan is probably one of the best linemen in the state. We can spread out our linebackers and he can control the front. Our opponents double and triple team him and he can run through them. He took their quarterback out of the game,” said Demar. Demar extended his gratitude to his coaching staff for their dedication to the program and the

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“This win puts us on the map. I don’t ever want to say that it’s all about winning; we want to raise up good citizens as well as good football players,” said Demar, “but when these kids look back at their youth football careers they will be able to say that they played for a state championship, that they loved their coaches, and made great memories.” Saturday’s game tested the mettle of the young team. Twentytwo athletes will be returning next year and ten will age out of the program. “It was a good game, and the score isn’t indicative of that. We didn’t run away with it until the second half,” said Demar. Seneca Durocher, the seventhgrade quarterback, will be one of the returning players. “Winning the state championship


By Ruthie Laroche For the County Courier Fairfax sports history was made last weekend in Lyndon when the Patriots Youth Football 7/8 team won their first state championship, defeating defending state champions, Lyndon 37 to 19. “We are very excited! They made history twice: they are the first 7/8 Patriots Youth Football team to go undefeated and the first to win a State Championship,” said head coach Don Demar, “The seventh graders on this team don’t know how to lose. They haven’t lost in two years, and the returning eighth graders have only lost two games in two years. These guys have a winning mindset.” Although Demar and the coaching staff don’t put a premium on wins alone, an championship season is a boon for any program.

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wisdom they bring. “Our defensive coordinator, Major Munson, I can’t praise him enough. He helped us make adjustments that helped us earn this win. Our offensive coordinator, Paul Legris, really listens to the kids; he’s an out-ofthe-box offensive coordinator.” “I can’t say enough about the players and the coaching staff. Everyone contributed in some way, shape, or form. This was a true team effort across the board,” said Demar. Heidi Fitzgerald, co-President of the Patriots, has seen many youth football games. “I couldn’t breathe for the first three quarters! I am so proud of our entire team and their hard work throughout, not only this season, but every season leading up to this one,” said Fitzgerald. Her family has been part of the program since it began over a decade ago. “It was great to see past Patriot players and families come to provide their support. It was just amazing- especially when I remember the program in the early years when we were excited if we got one win.” Fitzgerald was especially grateful for the presence of one, special lady. “It couldn’t be any more perfect than to have Karen McNall there to present the trophy to the team. Without her the Patriots Youth Football program would not exist.” Fitzgerald thanked Demar, who coaches and serves as co-president of the program with Fitzgerald. “Don loves football and loves these kids; I think these players were so proud to be able to deliver a championship to Don.” The players, including Eric Wimble, Heidi’s son, also felt the depth of the team’s success. “It was very emotional and inspirational to see how far we’ve come since the beginning of the year. We came together as a team to accomplish our ultimate goal of a championship.” A few other Patriot players shared their thoughts on the win. “I felt nervous going into the game but in the end, it felt great to hold up that trophy knowing we did it as a team,” said Parker Daudelin, a running back and safety for the Patriots. Michael Wootton, a guard and defensive end, enjoyed the redemption after last year’s loss. “It was a great feeling that all the sacrifices we made as a team paid off. To be able to beat the team that beat us last year in the championship was an extra bonus. This is a memory I will never

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THESE LISTINGS ARE PUBLISHED FREE OF CHARGE FOR NOT-FOR-PROFIT AND CIVIC EVENTS WITHIN FRANKLIN COUNTY. ALL OTHERS, PLEASE CALL 802-933-4375 FOR ADVERTISING RATES. PLEASE SUBMIT QUALIFYING EVENTS TO COURIER.CAL@GMAIL.COM THURS. NOV. 8 • Growing the Working Landscape: 8:30am-4:30pm, St. Albans City Hall, 100 No. Main St., St. Albans. All day conference will give ample networking opportunities & time to connect to service providers. Registration required: www. working-landscape-tickets. • Vermont Veterans Small Business Day: 8:30am-2:30pm Langevin House, Randolph (on VTC campus). Learn more about owning a small business & services/programs available to service-connected individuals. Lunch provided. Free, but registration is required: www. sbavt.eventbritecom • Fairfax Reads Book Group: 6:308pm Fairfax Community Library. Discussion of A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, Copies are available to borrow at the library. New members always welcome. • Cinderella, BFA Fairfax Musical

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Enosburg VT Confidential Case; Arraignment; Attorney or Falls,Appear; (M) Hours: M-F: 7-5; Sat. 8-2; Sun. 9-1 Enosburg Falls, Vermont 05450 Domestic (M) Unlawful Mischief Joshua L.; Status Conference; 1 A.; Motion Hearing; (M) False Restricted Depressant/Stimulant/Narcoticgreater than $250 (F) Assault-Agg Fugitive from Justice Pretenses or False Tokens $900 Restricted Case; Arraignment; Possession less than 100X Dose AUTOMOTIVE Domestic-1st Deg State vs. Jacques, Tyler J.; or less (M) Vehicle OperationRestricted Confidential Case; Arraignment; State vs. Laplant, Jack H; Status Conference; (M) Violation License Suspended #1 For DUI Restricted Case; Arraignment; Restricted Status Conference; (F) Assault- of Conditions of Release M) Vehicle Operation-without Restricted Confidential Case; Arraignment; TH Agg Domestic-1st Deg Restricted Case; Criminal Owner Consent DA E BES Confidential Case; Arraignment; Restricted M 50 Babbie Blvd.,J.Swanton, NS T State vs. Laplant, Jack H; Hearing; 1 Restricted Blouin, Joshua vs. StateVT of05488 AR Located behind Rene Fournier’s Equipment Restricted OU HOP ND Status Conference; (F) AssaultState vs. Walker, Andre Jr.; Vermont; Status Conference; 1 802-868-5270 • 800-560-3163 ! 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Jeff State vs. Gullikson, Dawn Agg Domestic-1st Deg State vs. Grenon, Kurt L.; Violation of Conditions of vs. State of Vermont; Status Hernandez Steven Settlement Conference; (F) Release (M) Vehicle Operation- Conference; 2939077 1 Traffic V.; Civil Suspension Preliminary Hearing; 1 BaAC at or Above Burglary License Suspended/(F) DUI #4 or Appeal: on the Record General Automotive Repairs Friday 16th .08% State vs. Lavallee, L.;Inspection Subsequent/Influence State vs. Bergeron, Brad A.; • VT State • TiresNathan Oil Changes Restricted Case; Arraignment; November 2018 For Your Status Conference; (M) Vehicle State vs. Lamos, Christopher Status Conference; (F) False State vs. Benedict, Operation-License Suspended/Osc A.; VOP Merits Hearing; (M) DUI Pretenses or False Tokens greater Restricted Carpet Robert; Restricted Case; Arraignment; Status Conference; (M) Disturbing State vs. Viens, Monique; #1-Influence than $900 & Upholstery(M) Restricted Peace-Phone/Obscene Status Conference; (M) DUI #1State vs. Bessette, Shawn; State vs. Button, Walter F.; State vs. Gabree, Justin M.; DisturbingCALL Peace-Phone/Threaten Drug or both VOP Merits Hearing; 251-3-18 1 Status Conference; (M) Disorderly US TODAY! 114 Troy Street Richford, VT State vs. Laplant, Jack H.; (M) Violation of Abuse Prevention Conduct-Fight etc (M) Assault- Attorney or Appear; (M) Leaving Harm Scene of Crash-Property Damage State vs.933-5202 Benedict, Robert; 848-3800 Status Conference; 7(F) Assault- Order Simple-Attempted by Menace (F) State vs. Pelletier, Tyler; leave message Status Conference; (M) Violation om richfordautorepair@gmail.c Agg State vs. Gines-Reyes, Assault-Agg Deadly Weapon



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FRANKLIN SENATE Town PAM MCCARTHY RANDY BROCK COREY PARENT DUSTIN TANNER ALBURGH 265 377 385 139 BAKERSFIELD 215 208 223 150 BERKSHIRE 159 307 283 98 ENOSBURGH 359 553 521 243 FAIRFAX 885 1023 939 560 FAIRFIELD 344 416 456 248 FLETCHER 274 226 240 229 FRANKLIN 176 365 333 84 GEORGIA 818 1107 1130 448 HIGHGATE 324 780 643 175 SAINT ALBANS CITY 1056 852 1068 601 SAINT ALBANS TOWN 376 471 601 182 SAINT ALBANS TOWN 777 947 1039 356 SHELDON 204 387 398 120 SWANTON 769 1392 1115 397 TOTAL 7001 9411 9374 4030 % 19.42% 26.10% 26.00% 11.18% Franklin 3-1 Town MIKE MCCARTHY CASEY TOOF JAMES B. FITZGERALD KATE LAROSE SAINT ALBANS CITY 1003 900 705 1015 SAINT ALBANS TOWN 352 551 391 310 TOTAL 1355 1451 1096 1325 % 22.28% 23.86% 18.02% 21.79%

FRANKLIN 4 Town GAMACHE BROSSEAU SAVAGE T. CONSEJO(Write-In) SHELDON 377 214 381 38 SWANTON 1109 839 1412 28 TOTAL 1486 1053 1793 66 % 26.00% 18.42% 31.37% 1.15% FRANKLIN 5 Town LINDA COLLINS CHAREN FEGARD DANIEL NADEAU JOSHUA C. ALDRICH SHANE RHODES BERKSHIRE 232 267 81 136 160 FRANKLIN 179 202 126 264 182 HIGHGATE 197 319 360 623 427 RICHFORD 334 279 96 183 188 TOTAL 942 1067 663 1206 957 % 16.49% 18.68% 11.61% 21.11% 16.75%



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W DID YOUR TOWN VOTE? FRANKLIN COUNTY: Close numbers on election night kept most poll watchers on edge as the numbers rolled in. Close races in the Franklin Sheriff race as well as the Probate Judge race far outweighed interest for most people. Early on the numbers were close, with Thomas Oliver leading Roger Langevin in the Sheriff’s race and Vaughn Comeau leading Robert Farrar in the Probate Judge race. Those early numbers came, mostly, from the eastern part of the county, where both candidates were expected to do better. As the night progressed, the sheriff’s numbers flipped. With the addition of St. Albans City, the highest populated district in the county, Oliver’s lead slipped. In the end, it all came down to Montgomery, who hand counts their ballots on election night. At around 10:45, Montgomery had their results. They sealed the deal for both the Franklin Sheriff’s race and the Judges race. In the House races, there was more new Representatives elected on Tuesday than Representatives reelected. Carl Rosenquest (R) of Georgia, Barbra Murphy (I) of Fairfax, Lynn Dickinson (R) of St. Albans City, Brian Savage (R) and Mariana Gamache (R) both of Swanton were all reelected. Mike McCarthy (P/D) of St. Albans, Casey Toof, (R) of St. Albans, Josh Aldrich (R) of Berkshire, Charen Fegard (D) of Berkshire, James Gregoire (R) of Fairfield, and Felisha Leffler (R) of Enosburgh were all propelled into their new rolls as Representatives Elect by their voters. A snafu with numbers in Montgomery’s race left the Franklin 7 race in shambles for a few hours on Wednesday morning. Although the vote total was verbally announced at the

Montgomery Grange where votes were being counted, and those numbers, added to Enosburgh’s numbers favored Leffler. But within the hour the race totals had been uploaded to the Secretary of State’s website, showing a three vote lead to Leffler’s incumbent challenger, Cindy Weed. It wasn’t until mid morning on Wednesday that the error was discovered and fixed, but by then most news agencies had already reported the erroneous information. The midterm election statewide favored incumbents Governor Phil Scott (R) and Lieutenant David Zuckerman, as well as US Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Peter Welch. Voters also favored the incumbents in the lower statewide races of Auditor, Secretary of State, and Attorney’s General. Another snafu that occurred on election day happened when a concerned voter in Richford brought attention to coupon cards that were being handed out by then candidate Joshua Aldrich. The card was a coupon for an extra penny on redemptions at Aldrich’s store, Pop-A-Top Redemption in Richford. The voter brought it to the attention of the Secretary of State’s Office as well as the office of the Attorney’s General. The concern was that handing out a coupon to voters was synonymous with bribing voters for votes. Aldrich’s claim was that he viewed it as no more than handing out pens to voters as they entered the voting location. Aldrich said on Tuesday evening that he stopped handing out the cards when he learned that the behavior could be considered illegal. According to Aldrich, the State opted not to fine him, which could have cost his campaign up to $200.

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SUNRISE/SUNSET Date Thu, Nov 8 Fri, Nov 9 Sat, Nov 10 Sun, Nov 11 Mon, Nov 12 Tue, Nov 13 Wed, Nov 14

Sunrise 6:41:09 6:42:30 6:43:52 6:45:14 6:46:35 6:47:56 6:49:17

Sunset 4:31:08 4:29:57 4:28:48 4:27:41 4:26:36 4:25:32 4:24:31

Length of day 11:36:08 11:36:14 11:36:20 11:36:27 11:36:35 11:36:44 11:36:54

MONEY MADNESS (As of November 7th) Canadian Exchange Rate $1 U.S. buys $1.3096 Canadian $1 Canadian buys $0.7675 U.S. Energy Oil (Light Crude): $61.72/barrel Metals $ Gold: 1,227.10/troy oz Silver: $14.56/troy oz Platinum: $876.20/troy oz Copper: $2.75/lb Ag. $ Corn: 3.7275/bushel Soybeans: $8.79/bushel Wheat: $5.0850/bushel Livestock Lean Hogs: 55.52¢/lb Live Cattle: $1.1610/lb Feeder Cattle: $1.4582/lb

Christine Clark from Swanton with her niece, Erin Desautels from Swanton, Vermont and Donalds, SC enjoying the sunny southern weather at White Oak Horse Community in Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Tennessee. Also from Swanton, VT are Pistol (the Horse) and & Onyx (the dog) which went along with Christine to Tennessee. Next time you’re out of town on business or pleasure, take a copy of the County Courier and snap a photo beside some exotic location. Email it to us at, tell us what town you live in and we’ll share it with the world.

WEATHER FORECAST Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 46. Southwest wind 9 to 11 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. West wind around 7 mph becoming north after midnight. Friday: Rain, mainly after 10am. High near 43. Light and variable wind becoming southeast 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Friday Night: Rain. Low around 38. Southeast wind 9 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts

between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Saturday: A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. West wind 9 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Saturday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 27. West wind 11 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Veterans Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 35. West wind 9 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. West wind 5 to 8 mph becoming south after midnight.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. South wind around 7 mph. Monday Night: A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Southeast wind around 8 mph. Tuesday: Rain and snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 38. Southeast wind 6 to 9 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Tuesday Night: Rain and snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 28. West wind 9 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 30. West wind 14 to 16 mph.

• On Nov. 19, 1863, at the dedication of a military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, President Abraham Lincoln delivers one of the most memorable speeches in American history. In just 272 words, Lincoln reminded a war-weary public why the Union had to fight, and win, the Civil War. • On Nov. 21, 1877, Thomas Edison announces his invention of the phonograph, a way to record and play back sound. He used a stylus on a tinfoil cylinder to play back a song he had recorded, “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” • On Nov. 24, 1932, the FBI crime lab officially opens in Washington, D.C. The single room lab, chosen because it had a sink, had scant equipment and was used primarily as a public relations tool. • On Nov. 20, 1967, San Jose State College students demonstrate against Dow Chemical, the maker of napalm. Napalm was an acronym derived from naphthetic and palmic acids, whose salts were used to make the jellied gasoline -- napalm -- used in flame-throwers and bombs. • On Nov. 23, 1972, secret peace talks resume in Paris between Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho, the North Vietnamese representative. The talks deadlocked weeks later, leading President Richard Nixon to order the massive “Christmas bombing” campaign to break the impasse.


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Montgomery By Lois Lumbra 11/4..WOW!! What a gorgeous afternoon with the warm sunshine, and it seems to good to see the sun after all the rain, fog, snow and wind. This weekend was “Youth Deer Hunting “ and I have a few names that have downed a deer. Alex St. Onge, Connor Walker, Elisabeth Kane, Noah Conger, and

FAIRFAX: • 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month:11am/doors open, 12pm/Lunch at the Fire

Oliver Haddick. Congratulations to these young hunters and to all others that I did not get names of. 11/4. Wayne and Terry Van Gieson up from Virginia have been here visiting his parents Merle and Linda. They left this morning to return home, they have all had a wonderful time while here. Five ladies of the Nimble Thimble Quilting Circle went on a road trip to Peacham, Vt. to visit a quilter that moved to that area. We started the day checking out the weather conditions with a few snow flakes flying around. We decided it was a go and we piled into a SUV and headed South. We stopped in Joe’s Pond to check out a craft store and got completely lost in all that it had to offer. After

make the experience delightful. water infrastructure. 3. Improve Thanks to Susan Delear for the cell and broad band access. assistance in hosting as well as the Happy Birthday to: Morgan pillars of the MCA Sebastion and East, tony Peters 11/11; Sue Melissa for their support. Thanks Wilson 11/12; Charlotte Mercy to Jade and the Community for 11/13; Roger Chauvin, Maddie St. all the great pumpkins. This is Onge 11/15; Anwyn Jones 11/17. an annual event and provides a Anniversary Wishes to: Billy wonderful family outing and to and Denise Baker 11/13. welcome this fabulous season. ** Do you know what you Renee Roddy wants everyone to would get if you played Country know how very much She and the Songs backwards? You would get Girls appreciate all the socks that your house, wife, dog, horse and were sent in for the afterschool truck back and more.*** This is project LEAPS. They received all and the sun is going down and Center for Health 250 pair of warm socks that will itsNorthern going to Tier be dark an hour early Federally Qualified Health Center be given to a shelter to help keep tonight . Have a nice week..M.L many feet warm this winter. T.A. Thanks Girls for such a wonderful The community choice for project..Socktober. comprehensive, affordable 11/29.. Montgomery Thrives.. primary health care... has scheduled their third return and will meet at the Elementary School at 6:30 p.m. – 9. They have three topics on their agenda. 1. How to improve the Village and Center traffic flow and pedestrians safety. 2. Develop Community waste

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Sincere thanks to all of the caring people in our community who reached out to me with cards, notes, flowers and many other forms of support following the August 14th collision in which I was a pedestrian struck by an automobile in a crosswalk in St Albans. We live in a warm, caring community and I truly appreciate the many kind friends and neighbors who have taken time to offer me their support. ---Teresa H. Manahan

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dropping a few bucks there, we made it to Susan Smolinski’s house, and she had thought we would be coming the following day and was not prepared for us. We said we didn’t care and soon settled in and ate lunch and later enjoyed sewing, laughing before it was time to head back North. Women are the best laughers in the world. We were working on throws and cosmetic bags. We all had a very enjoyable day. (Thanks SueP for the articles you sent me.. LL) 10/21..A very loud and happy group of children and their parents met at the MCA Sunday to enjoy a few hours of Pumpkin carving, eating drinking and celebrating the season. Jade Kelly and Chris Dixon-Boles family went into full swing with the decorations setting up of the tables and protecting the floor with plastic. There was plenty of delicious soup, chili, cookies, crackers and drinks along with a large amount of carving tools to

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Claude Joseph Desautels

RICHFORD: Claude Joseph Desautels, age 55, passed away at his home in Richford on Thursday, November 1, 2018. Born in St. Albans, VT, on January 30, 1963, he was the son of Noella (Fontaine) Desautels and the late Jean Noel Desautels. Claude was proud of his FrenchCanadian heritage and being the first generation to live in the United States. His biggest joy in life was his girls; Lauren, age 23, and Katelyn age 21, with their mother Jodi, Emma, age 13, and Sophia, age 11, with their mother Shana. He cared for no one longer then his beloved mother, Noella. He took pride in all his business establishments. He started at the age of 18 with Claude’s

Automotive, the Mill Stone Restaurant, the Hour Bar, the local laundromat and a roofing and contracting company, all while managing several rental properties throughout the area. There was also a period where he was recognized as the town of Richford selectman. With all of Claude’s success he decided to buy some land on the Golf Course Road in Richford in 1996. He and his father Jean, whom he respected and looked up to, built Claude’s home together, which is where Claude began to lay his roots. Those roots would grow to include raising angus beef and pigs, growing his own gardens, running his 3,000 tap sugar bush and logging his own woods. All of which is centered around an unforgettable view of the Vermont mountains where he could gather his family around. Claude was a busy man in life but always found time for his personal interests and excitements which included; cooking for his friends and family, playing pool, skiing, snowmobiling and golfing. He also enjoyed fishing trips with his close friends, playing in a dart league where he competed in bars in the U.S. and Canada and in 1982 he was a 1st place champion in arm wrestling. His interests couldn’t all be found locally, he enjoyed traveling abroad and learning different cultures and languages. His home away from home was his house in Cape Coral, FL. Here he would




frequently visit with family and friends to enjoy the warm sunshine and many fishing adventures all to escape his least favorite time of year – mud season. Leaving behind many relatives, friends and loved ones. His presence will be missed, but his memories will be carried by all those he cherished. Visitation will be held Thursday, November 8, 2018, from 5-8 PM at Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, November 9, 2018, at 11 AM at All Saints Catholic Church, Main St., Richford. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery. For those who wish, contributions in Claude’s memory may be made to the Knight of Columbus, c/o All Saints Catholic Church, 152 Main St., Richford, VT 05476.

Margaret “Peggy” Sullivan Larrow

St. Albans: Margaret “Peggy” Sullivan Larrow long time St. Albans resident passed away, Tuesday, October 30, 2018, with family by her side. Born on February 22, 1930, in Bellows Falls, VT, to the late Hugh

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Gordon Charles Osborne

ST. ALBANS: Gordon Charles Osborne, 93, passed away peacefully on October 31, 2018, while holding his son’s hand. He was born in Richford, VT, to the late Hazel M Osborne. In 1949, he married Gladys Clack, his beloved wife for over 69 years. He worked at the George Yett Bag Company for 47 years, retiring in 1993. During WWII, Gordon served in the US Army from 1943 to 1946. Gordon was a member of St. Albans Lodge 1090, L.O.O.M. and an active member of St Pauls’ United Methodist Church, as treasurer of both Benevolence and PHI ALPHA and famous for his annual turkey dinner ticket sales! Gordon was a devoted member of Green Mountain Post # 1, American Legion, where he was proud to serve as a member of the Veterans’ Funeral Honor Guard for 20+ years. Surviving are his wife, Gladys; his children Susan and Richard Wheland, Gordie and Pamela Osborne; his grandchildren, Kyle Osborne and Amanda and Austin Whitaker; and his great grandchildren, Alexis and Alyza Whitaker. The family was scheduled greeted friends Wednesday November 7th from 10 to 11AM, followed by The Celebration of Life at St Pauls’ UMC, 11 Church Street, St Albans. Military honors will be accorded the World War II veteran following the services at church. Private burial will take place at the St Albans Bay Cemetery. The family is very grateful for the compassion, care, and respect given by all staff members at the Franklin County Rehab Center. We also wish to thank neighbors, friends, and relatives who have given support to Gladys and Gordon in recent years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Paul UMC, The

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Lila M. Patch

ENOSBURG FALLS – Lila M. Patch, age 92, passed away on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the St. Albans Health & Rehab Center. She was born on February 3,

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Emile L. Racine

MILTON: Emile L. Racine, 75, died peacefully Monday November 5, 2018 at the University of Vermont McClure Miller Respite House in Colchester. Emile was born on September 23, 1943 in Burlington, the son of Lucien and Claudia ( Belval ) Racine. He was employed by Vermont Transit for many years and selfemployed for most of his life. Emile married Bernadette Enos on March 4, 1966 in Phoenix, AZ and eventually settled in Milton, where they renewed their vows at St. Ann’s and raised their children Darcy, Jason and Luella. Emile is survived by his wife Bernadette and their son Darcy Racine and his wife Rena of Jay, VT and their daughter

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Gertrude “Trudy” Joyce (Martin) Rocheleau

ST. ALBANS: Mrs. Gertrude “Trudy” Joyce (Martin) Rocheleau, loving mother and grandmother, passed away Monday, October 29, 2018, at the age of 86. She was born in Plattsburgh, NY, on May 27, 1932, daughter of the late Paul T. and Ada E. (Brow) Martin. Trudy worked for over 30 years as a Emergency Room Coordinator at Northwestern Medical Center. She married John Boesch November 3, 1957, and were blessed with a daughter Alicia. Mr. Boesch predeceased Trudy on February 11, 1987. Trudy later met

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FAITH, FAMILY, FARMING By Ruthie Laroche For the County Courier The Papineau Family Farm, nestled on a back road in Highgate, is a place one would only find if they knew where to look. Lucas and Sabrina Papineau and their children Jeremiah and Aubrey have called the place home for almost a decade. The work they do daily has become a source of income, ingenuity, gratitude, health, and purpose. For Lucas, whose family has worked the land for generations, living on the farm and adding his piece to its heritage, is a dream fulfilled. “My grandfather had a 50 head dairy here when I was growing up; I’ve got a lot of good memories from this place,” said Lucas, looking at an aerial photo of the farm taken some time ago. Before the Great Depression the land was farmed by Lucas’ great-grandparents, Henri and Maria Laroche. The Laroche’s lost the farm in 1934, but in 1946 the economy had begun to rebound and Henri and Maria were able to buy back the farm. Lucas’s grandfather Jean-Marie was one of 15 siblings who grew up farming in the Highgate area. Jean-Marie and his wife Pauline Laroche bought the 200-acre family farm in 1961. Lucas and Sabrina had purchased the family farmhouse almost a decade ago, and although little land came with the house, they waited patiently for their chance to acquire more. After Jean-Marie and Pauline passed away, the farmland was put into a trust. A local farmer worked part of the land on a tenyear lease which recently expired. In June, Lucas and Sabrina were able to purchase 60-acres of land associated with the original farm. Like many farms in Franklin County, the Papineau farm has a rich and varied history; Lucas noted that the horse barn on the property has been standing since mid-1800. The hand-hewn beams and wooden pegs attest to its age. Although the Papineau’s have not been able to find proof in town records, Lucas remembers his grandfather telling him that the original house that once stood on the property served as a hotel. “People going in and out of Canada would stable their horses in the horse barn and sleep in the house,” said Lucas. The house they live may have been built on the foundation of the old hotel. “There’s a poured foundation set inside of an old foundation. The original house burned at some point and this one was built over it,” explained Lucas. The Papineau’s live a ‘modest’ life, choosing to live simply and frugally to help them maintain the priorities that they feel are most important to their quality of life. The family spends hours on the farm repairing equipment and buildings, tending to animals,

Lucas and Sabrina Papineau and their children, Jeremiah and Aubrey, stand with Rubina, their milking cow, beside the family’s barn. Ruthie Laroche, for the County Courier and keeping up on the chores that come with each season. For the last six years, the Papineaus have been farming the land they owned near the farmhouse along with other plots of land. “We rented a few acres here and there, which was great because it allowed us to cash flow our business and grow our customer base,” said Sabrina, “It put us in a place where we were ready to expand.” Currently, the Papineaus are raising chickens for meat and as egg layers. The farm is home to 200 egg layers year-round and nearly 500 broilers in the warmer months. This year they also raised 50 turkeys, four grass-fed lambs, and the family’s milking cow Rubina and her calf. In January they will be adding beef cows. Lucas and Sabrina have chosen to run the farm as a small, grassbased farm. “We want our animals to express their natural tendencies,” said Papineau, quoting grass-based farmer and author Joel Salatin, who they have patterned their farm after, “we want to see the cow-ness of the cow, the pig-ness of the pig, and the chicken-ness of the chicken.” “We like to do farming that’s good for everything,” said Lucas, “We decided to do chickens to start after I got back from Afghanistan.” Lucas, who served in the military for nine years was deployed to the Middle East for a one-year deployment in 2010. “When I got back from the war, I felt like I didn’t have a purpose,” said Lucas, “but I knew I wanted to work the land.” Lucas explained that soldiers who serve overseas are put into situations that few folks state-side

can imagine. “You build your own ‘family’ over there and it’s all about staying alive. You’re constantly watching out for each other, always vigilant, and always on the go,” Lucas explained. People who haven’t experienced a deployment might assume the time spent away would be the hardest part of the process. Lucas and many other soldiers would beg to differ. “The hardest part of the deployment for me was coming back to Vermont. My son was born while I was gone; I missed almost the entire first year of his life. When I got back everything was completely different and on top of that, I had to change the entire mindset that I’d been living in.” Not only was he new to fatherhood, but Sabrina, who had been managing the family affairs, had learned to manage the household on her own. “I didn’t feel like I had much of a purpose,” Lucas explained, “I was trying to find something to help me make the adjustment.” Out of that need, the Papineau Family Farm was born. “Originally, we were just trying to get more self-sufficient, more self-reliant,” said Lucas, “I enjoyed that the animals and the land needed us. Farming gave me something to look after.” The family began raising chickens for themselves; soon other folks were asking them if they’d raise animals to sell. The animals take a lot of time, but they aren’t the only thing that keeps Lucas busy on the farm. With older equipment and buildings to maintain, he’s always working on something. “I’m really a Jack-of-all-trades now,” said Lucas with a chuckle,

“farming has taught us a lot. It’s put me in a lot of uncomfortable situations and forced me to conquer my fears.” Before owning the farm Lucas explained that he was afraid of heights. “I was just on top of that barn painting the roof,” he noted, pointing to the large building across the road from the farmhouse, “I do what I have to do.” Lucas has worked as a mechanic for years and currently works a full-time, second shift job at the St. Albans Coop. That mechanical knowledge comes in handy on the farm. “When you’re in the farming business you have to do your own work most of the time. You’d go broke if you hired out everything that had to be done,” said Lucas. Even with all they do on their own, farming isn’t always easy or profitable, even on a small scale. “When things get tight, it gets innovation going. We live ‘out of the box,” said Lucas with a smile. A perfect example of this ingenuity can be seen in an eightton grain bin that Lucas constructed from leftover materials. The bin allows the family to feed the chickens bulk grain, which saves a large sum of money over a year’s time. “We love the lifestyle. You can’t ask for a greater purpose than to take care of God’s land, your family, and to nourish other people,” said Lucas, “it’s the oldest profession in history and there’s a great pride that comes with that.” Faith is the foundation the Papineau’s have purposefully built their lives upon. Farming gives them daily reminders of the incredible healing properties held in the earth around them. “We aren’t a monoculture farm;

we farm with a diverse mix of animals which benefits the soil,” said Sabrina. Lucas explained that the animals do much of the soil work for the farm. Most of the land that the Papineaus rented in the past was overgrown with sumac and briars. Some of the property had to be brush-hogged or plowed, but as soon as that work was done, the animals took over. Goats were introduced first; they chewed up the remaining underbrush and weed-grass. After the goats had done their work, chickens were introduced into the plots of land. “Chickens follow the ruminants; in nature, chickens are the sanitizers. They clean up after the ruminants,” explained Sabrina,”chicken manure has the highest nitrogen content of any manure, so what that does for the land is amazing! In the last three years, we turned all that brush into beautiful, lush, diversified grass.” The chickens live in portable, 120 square foot shelters that can be moved easily from one area to another, usually once or twice a day. A fence surrounds the shelter and keeps the birds contained. Lucas explained that all land has seed-banks that contain seeds that are never allowed to germinate because they are overshadowed by a canopy of weeds. “The grasses you see come up are the lucky ones. They get the right amount of sunlight and moisture; the others are waterlogged or too far down in the soil. When you go into a place and get rid of the brush with the animals, the chickens stay in that one spot and their manure enriches the soil. The chickens

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“We are doing our best to honor the land and the animals. We see ourselves as stewards of the land in this time period. There is a wonderful future in this type of farming,” said Sabrina. The Papineaus noted that it wasn’t that long ago that many people lived a similar lifestyle, living off of and caring for the land in a diversified manner. “We have total respect for anyone who chooses to farm as a career; it’s a difficult path. Having a farm that relies on one enterprise has become more and more difficult. Many farmers have to find ways to diversify,” noted Sabrina. Another piece that’s been lost on many larger farms, the relationship between the farmers and their customers, is a huge part of the Papineau’s lives. “When you have a face-to-face relationship with your customers you have to build their trust,” said Sabrina, “We like that we can tell our customers that all the food they buy from us has a story behind it. Our products are nutrient dense and created in a way that is respectful

to the animal and the land. It’s a whole cycle, and everybody wins in that scenario.” Currently, the farm serves just over one hundred customers. Sabrina and Lucas recalled times when some of those customers called and left kind messages letting them know how much they enjoyed a product. “We used to keep all of those messages on our answering machine to remind us why we did what we were doing when times were tough,” said Lucas. All the layers on the farm are organically fed. The broilers and the turkeys are fed Green Mountain, a locally produced, non-GMO feed. The ruminants are strictly grass-fed. In today’s market, the Papineau’s prices are higher than their grocery store equivalents, but Sabrina pointed out that food that is cheap isn’t always the best food. “It’s all about how quickly and cheaply companies can raise something. If there is anyplace you don’t want to skimp, it’s your food!” said Sabrina. Sabrina, who has lost 80 pounds

since the couple started raising and eating their own food, is a walking testimony to the power of healthy eating. “Just by eating better and exercising I was able to lose weight I hadn’t been able to lose,” said Sabrina, who tends the farm and schools Jeremiah and Aubrey. Lucas is a member of the Farmer Veteran Coalition, an organization that connects veterans interested in agriculture. These veterans come together to help each other heal and grow. The FVC provides veterans with an official label to let folks know when foods have been grown by a farmer that’s also a veteran. “Being part of their organization has also helped us with our marketing,” said Sabrina, “When people see the Homegrown by Heroes’ label on our products and they know they are eating food produced by a veteran.” Lucas has worked with Jon Turner, who established the Vermont chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition, to reach out to other veterans interested in agriculture. Turner, who no longer

serves as president of the VFVC, now hosts classes called the Veteran Homestead Series through his Wild Roots Farm. “We have classes that we hold to help veterans, and others, recover from being overseas,” said Lucas, who hosted a class on the farm this summer. “Lucas enjoys connecting with other veterans through these classes; he knows how much agriculture has helped him and he wants to share that with others. The classes also give veterans the opportunity to learn how to grow healthy food for themselves and their families,” said Sabrina. For the Papineaus, faith, family, and hard work have helped build a life that can provide, not just for them, but for many others as well. “We feel we eat the best food in the world; we love to share that with others through our business,” said Lucas, “It’s an awesome thing to be able to nourish other people and know they are feeding their families great food.”

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can make a big difference in the taste of the meat,” said Nicole Meier, an information and education specialist with the department. “Taking the time to do it correctly assures that you and your family will have many enjoyable meals ahead.”


The St. Albans City Police Department is touting a drug bust that took four dealers off the streets, at least momentarily. According to the Police

Department, a warrant executed at 17 Rugg Street in St. Albans City lead them to arrest Stephen Furtado, 40, of St. Albans, Robbie Robtoy, 30, of St. Albans, Christopher Sostre, 36, of New York City, and Anthony Ketter, 40, of New York City were all arrested. Charges ranged from misdemeanor possession to a felony possession charge and even a fugitive from justice charge out of New York State. Furtado was released on a citation to appear on a possession of crack charge. Robtoy, Sostre, and Ketter were all held.

• Jon Price, 28, of St. Albans was arrested by Vermont State Police Troopers on November 6th after being pulled over on the Frontage Road in Swanton. Troopers said Price was driving with a criminally suspended license. He is due in court on December 17th. • Eric Raymond, 27, of Swanton was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license after being pulled over on November 7th in Swanton. Raymond was cited into court on December 17th.

• Megan Powell, 35, of Enosburgh was arrested by Vermont State Police for driving under the influence on November 4th. According to police, she was stopped near the Fuller Bridge in Montgomery for an equipment violation. She is due in court on November 19th. • Elisha Willey, 18, of Enosburg was arrested by Vermont State Police for driving with a criminally suspended license on October 30th. He is due in court on December 17th.

conservative candidates in the county, the other being the Vermont Conservation Voters Action Fund. The St. Albans PAC has sunk $12,160 into their coffers to help their candidates get elected. According to public filings, $9,000 of that has been dispersed to the Franklin County Republican Part, which according to their filings used that money for a county-wide mailer. The Vermont Conservation Voters Action Fund is a state-wide PAC that aims to get candidates elected who support a Carbon Tax, also known as the E.S.S.E.X. plan. That PAC has invested more than $102K in statewide races this election with much of that going to several local races. The group spent much of the money on advertising, both on Facebook and mailers sent directly to the voters. As of the November 2 filing deadline, the group had spent $250 in Facebook advertising influencing the St. Albans City- backing Democrats Kate Larose and Mike McCarthy, as well as an additional $5,801 for three direct mailers. In the Enosburgh/Montgomery district, the same group invested $250 into Facebook advertising with another $4,888 in three

direct mailers backing Democrat/ Progressive Cindy Weed. So where does all the money come from? The St. Albans PAC reported accepting $4,080 from three wealthy investors who routinely donate to Republican races, Lenore Broughton of Burlington, and Carol and Tom Breuer of Stowe. The Vermont Conservation Voters Action Fund reported to the Secretary of State’s office receiving their $102,500 from seven donors, including $28,000 from Elizabeth Steele (owner of Mainstreet Landing in Burlington), $ 25,000 from the “Green Advocacy Project” based in Palo Alto California, $21,000 from Kinkade Perrot, a wealthy donor from Warren, VT, $16,000 from the “League of Conservation Voters” based out of Washington, DC, David Blittersdorf and Cathleen Miller of Vermont each invested $5,000 of their money as well. Blittersdorf may stand to gain the most from his donation if a Carbon Tax is imposed. The Essex Plan works to try to push consumers from carbon-based power to electric power- mainly green energy, an industry that Blittersdorf is heavily invested in. So, who wins when there are

millions of dollars being spent on Vermont’s elections? Well, to start media companies, print companies, and the US Postal Service. It’s next to impossible to determine how much postage has actually been spent in this election cycle because the price of mailers is not often broken up between postal cost and printing cost. According to the Secretary of State’s filings, at least $116,000 has been spent directly on postage in the past few months in Vermont on mailers that were not already paid for in bulk- significantly more than the $71,000 that candidates and their PACs have reported spending on Facebook for advertising. Tech companies also stand to gain when candidates use them for their campaigns. For instance, most democrats use ActBlue to accept donations into their campaigns. That company has picked up at least $22,000 from Vermont candidates this cycle. Back to media companies for a bit, newspapers received at least $220,000 in ad dollars, $371,000 went to on-line advertising, $768,000 to TV advertising, and $569,000 to direct mailers. Locally the St. Albans Messenger collected at least $23,000 from campaign dollars,

while the County Courier collected at least $12,000. You know those pesky robotic calls you just hate getting? Campaigns have spent at least $72,000 on those to get their message out. If all this sounds like a lot of money, it’s far less than the total reported in the 2016 race, where Vermont candidates raised just shy of $19 million, indicating that once all the reports are filed in a couple of weeks, all these expenses and donations will probably grow significantly. For instance, two years ago campaigns sank almost $7 million into TV ads, to date only 10% of that number has been reported for this campaign cycle, but it also shows a shift in where advertisers are seeing results. All in all, it costs a tremendous amount of money to run a campaign, to get to voters and get their message out. If you’d like to dig deeper into the campaign funds that keep Vermont’s politicians busy this time of year, you can search the public database where all of these numbers came from at

also scratch up the ground and open up new seed banks.” The Papineau’s goal for the 60acre plot they’ve purchased is to see the soil healed and returned to its natural condition. After years of use to grow crops, many of the native seeds have gone dormant or been completely lost. “We’ve been seeding the land one place at a time. There are seed banks in there, but it’s very spotty because the land has been in a rotation of grass, corn and soybeans,” said Lucas. Tillage, land that is plowed and left bare, is difficult for farms like the Papineau’s, especially in land that’s hilly. “When it rains or during the winter time when it’s left bare, the nutrients in the soil are washed away. Mother Nature doesn’t like bare soil so weeds will grow up to try to cover the land, kind of like a scab on your skin. It’s a big healing process on the other side of the road. There’s a lot of work to do, but it’s worth it,” said Lucas.

meals starts with the immediate processing of game correctly which is why the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department now has three online videos demonstrating how to process deer. Finding the videos is easy on the Fish & Wildlife website ( Click on “Hunt” and then “From Field to Freezer.” The educational videos are titled Field Dressing Your Deer, Skinning a Deer and Butchering a Deer. “Correctly processing game

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two candidates’ coffers. The Franklin-6 comes in third with $15,477.25 raised between Kelly Cummings (D) of Fletcher and James Gregoire (R) of Fairfield. The Senate race for Franklin County, where Parent has worked to raise far more than his competition, also has his runningmate Randy Brock of Swanton collecting $24,107 in donations, Pam McCarthy of St. Albans with $20,028.16, and Dustin Tanner (D/P) of Fairfield The Essex/Orleans senate race that also includes Richford and Montgomery has seen very little money invested. Together the three candidates have only reported collecting $2,250. Outside of the individual candidates’ campaigns is where the big money often flows, and that is no exception this year. That money is allowed to be spent freely for candidates, but the candidates’ campaigns are not allowed to coordinate their efforts with outside money. There are two big outside funders into Franklin County’s election this year, the St. Albans PAC which backs financially


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