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March 12, 2011

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Champlain bridge on schedule But contractor gets extension

By Fred Herbst CROWN POINT — The new Champlain Bridge is on schedule, according to the New York State Department of Transportation. That’s despite the fact DOT has granted the contractor a 65-day extension to its pr oject schedule. “The bridge is still on schedule overall, and the department has not changed its planned bridge opening date of Oct. 9, 201 1,” said Deborah Sturm Rausch, DOT communications director. “As with any major construction pr oject, unanticipated conditions and issues may be encountered that impact the work schedule,” she said. “The work to install the drilled shaft substr uctures was delayed due to unanticipated underwater obstructions. The impacts of these substr ucture delays have been analyzed and that part of the pr oject schedule has been adjusted by 65 days. “The contractor and the department ar e exploring opportunities to accelerate other critical work to mitigate the impacts of the substr ucture delays,” Rausch said. “The intent of this acceleration will be to maintain the department’s goal of having the bridge open to traf fic by Oct. 9, 2011.” Flatiron Constr uction, which is building the new span, has encounter ed underwater r emnants of the old Champlain Bridge. That debris has see BRIDGE, page 8


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Voter Rodney DeGray casts his Town Meeting Day ballot in Salisbury. Photo by Lou Varricchio

Residents vote on a variety of issues

A Town Meeting Day wrap-up

By Lou Varricchio MIDDLEBURY — Town Meeting Day is one of Vermont’s founding traditions. It’s tr easured as small-town democracy in action. While attendance at Town Meeting Day events has been in decline, a core group of local voters ar e actively engaged in the pr ocess. Their involvement is a model to younger voters as they re-energize the two century old tradition.

In dozens of communities cover ed by the Eagle in Addison and southern Chittenden counties, voters cast their voice and paper ballots for a variety of issues. Demonstrating the decline in participation was the fact that many ar ea races wer e uncontested. The following r esults wer e available at presstime: Addison: Rob Hunt defeated Kimball Provencher for the Select Board. Steve Torrey and Lisa Davis were re-elected and elected to the Select Board. see TOWN MEETING, page 14

LEICESTER — Through the partnership and har d work of the V ermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA) and the V ermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC), the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is allocating some $154,000 to create new and improve existing mountain bike trails, as well as incr easing bike access throughout the Green Mountain National Forest. The focus of this pro ject is to improve sustainable mountain biking locations which are compatible with other outdoor activities in or der to help diversify the states’ r ecreational facilities. The VMBA is a non-pr ofit or ganization based in Waterbury, dedicated to promoting trail advocacy through education, planning, funding, establishing and maintaining multi-use trails thr oughout Vermont. They endorse responsible, environmentally sensible trail use and the cr eation of community recreation trail networks. The VYCC is also a non-profit youth, leadership, service, conservation and education or ganization that instills the values of personal r esponsibility, har d work and r espect for the envir onment. The allocation comes fr om the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will be used to build a nine-mile mountain bike trail dubbed the Chandler Ridge-Leicester Hollow Loop T rail. The trail will start and end at the Silver Lake campground in see BIKE TRAILS, page 8

Historic storm dumps 2 feet of snow on Vermont Amid power outages, state gov’t shuts down

By Lou Varricchio & Andy Flynn

RUTLAND — An historic snowstorm March 67 dumped close to two feet of snow in V ermont, and a mix of sleet and ice elsewhere knocked out power to more than 10,000 customers. The wors-

ening conditions forced the shutdown of non-essential state offices on March 7. As of 8 a.m., March 7, 6,600 customers are without power , mainly in W indsor and Bennington counties, with scatter ed outages in W indham, Rutland and Addison counties. The towns of Springfield and Chester have been particularly hard hit. There are numerous lines down and tre es and limbs on lines. “While this storm stalled a bit Sunday , the heavy snow and ice really began to pick up early

this morning, and outages started ramping around 3 a.m.,” said CVPS spokesperson Christine Rivers on March 7. “The winter storm warning is in effect until 1 p.m., so we expect additional outages today. Crews are reporting ice accumulations in central and southern V ermont, and we may see ice accumulations in Caledonia County later today. Crews report it is still raining in the Brattleboro ar ea. Our full compliment of cr ews, assisted by outside contractors, is making see SNOWSTORM, page 13

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March 12, 2011

Fire destroys Ballard's Corner Jiffy Mart By Lou Varricchio

From NMP News Reports HINESBURG — A popular convenience store and local morning community gathering spot was destroyed by fire March 3. Ballard’s Corner Jif fy Mart, which opened during the 1980s and was located at the intersection of Shelburne Falls Road and Vermont 116, burned due to an accidental blaze. Firefighters fr om several nearby towns arrived on the scene to battle the fierce fire. No one was hurt. The fire, which totally destroyed the store but left fuel pumps untouched, was being blamed on an electrical problem in the stor e’s furnace. Vermont State Police first

Ballard’s Jiffy Mart in Hinesburg following last week fire. Photo by Marge Sharp

responded to Ballard’s after midnight; a bur glary alarm at Ballar d’s Corner Jif fy Mart alerted police. When troopers arrived, the stor e was in flames, accor ding to

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Hinesburg Police Deputy Chief Frank Koss. Koss said the neighboring Carpenter-Case Library would be closed Mar ch 3 due to water fr om the Ballard’s fire. Koss said the store had experienced some good luck and bad luck over the years.

In 1998, Williston resident Paul Degr ee pur chased a winning $1 million Tri-State Megabucks ticket at Ballard’s. But in 2001, a lar ge amount of tobacco pr oducts were stolen. Last summer , a thief drilled a lar ge hole in the rear wall to gain entrance.

MONTPELIER — Vermont legislators ar e poised to do a flip flop on a 2007 law they enacted. When they do so, they will, again, be permitting schools to spend mor e than the statewide average and cut out the voter. Four years ago, the lawmakers enacted a law forcing local school boards to receive two votes on changing education budgets above a certain level. Now the legislators want to r epeal the law which aimed at curbing uncontrolled school spending. Which pr ompts the question: why change a school budget-contr ol law so soon after it was enacted? Starting last year, leaders of small school boar ds complained to House members that their spending level r estrictions wer e “unfair”; it r estricted the smaller boar ds more than wealthier town boards, they claimed. The 2007 enacted law—a clunky compro mise forged between Gov. Jim Douglas (R) and Democratic House leaders—didn’t actually take effect until 2009; when it did, it forced Vermont school districts to get two voter appr ovals whenever the local boar d’s spending r ose above the statewide average per student. Legislators in the House r ecently gave their tentative approval to move forward the new bill that would repeal the two-vote law. The 2007 rule was passed as a means of reducing ballooning school spending.





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Charlotte couple to discuss Peruvian travels BRISTOL — The Lawr ence Memorial Library in Bristol continues its look at world cultures with an upcoming event, “An Inca Village T oday: The Childr en’s W eaving Club.” The event will be held March 17 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the library in Bristol. Presenters Libby and David VanBuskirk of Charlotte worked with Per uvian master weaver Nilda Callañaupa to found the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco. Libby, a writer and textile specialist. They will tell stories about village families and childr en and how they learn to weave, while David, child psychiatrist and photographer, shows slides from the extensive photo-documentation project he conducted during their many trips to Peru. In the high Andes mountains of Peru and Bolivia, Inca families still practice their most cherished pr e-Columbian traditions. W eaving has, for centuries, been central to this process. Weavers still gather to spin and cr eate

their extraor dinary textiles. The childr en join in with great interest. By five or six, children are able to spin fine yarn. At the same age they weave narr ow bands called “jakimas” to learn each of their village patterns. Thus they can eventually make larger works by joining patterns, altering patterns, burying hints of patterns, and using patterns in outstanding color combinations. Inca patterns carry layers of meaning and ideas that have been transferr ed, without the use of written notations, from generation to generation. In the l990s Per uvian master weaver Nilda Callañaupa perceived that children in her home village of Chincher o wer e no longer learning their repertoire of patterns. Andean weaving traditions were in danger of extinction in one generation. She r ealized that something had to be done to help the small Inca villages pr eserve their textile traditions. Nilda, with Libby and David VanBuskirk of Vermont, founded the Center for T radi-

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March 12, 2011

Gov. Shumlin goes AWOL GOP: ‘What’s up?’

ald said. “Vermonters deserve better. Why is it that no one seems to know wher e Gov. Shumlin is?” The timing of Shumlin’s mystery trip prompted questions about what was going MONTPELIER — Vermont Gov. Peter on—was his absence for personal, health or Shumlin (D) left town last week and political reasons? prompted some political jockeying and joke The governor had just r eturned to V ertelling during his unannounced vacation. mont from a trip to Washington, D.C. to atAccording to V ermont Republican Party tend a three-day National Governor's AssoChairwoman Pat McDonald, “T wo months ciation meeting. into his first term, Gov. Shumlin is taking a At home, there was a statewide health car e vacation. His pr ess secr etary, Bianca Slota, public hearing scheduled for Monday and said he left last Thursday morning and is out Gov. Shumlin's own single-payer health care of state until T uesday night. Slota says she bill is scheduled to be voted out of commitdoes not know wher e the governor is vacatee this coming week. He will not be ar ound tioning.” to answer questions on the bill, or to hear WCAX-TV r eported that Administration Vermonters speak on the issue. Secretary Jeb Spaulding did not know the McDonald said “Vermonters need to know governor's whereabouts, but said he can be that the chain of command is intact and that reached by moble phone. the lines of communication ar e open and Lt. Gov. Phil Scott (R) became acting gov- working for the security and safety of our ernor during Shumlin’s absence. state. Fr om a transpar ency and confidence “Simply being r eachable by cell phone is perspective, the pr ocess was handled very not an acceptable substitute for knowing the poorly.” whereabouts of our head of state,” McDon-

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Panther men win NESCAC title MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College won its second NESCAC Men’s Basketball Championship with a 63-54 win at W illiams in the title game last week. The Panthers earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA T ournament and will make their fourth consecutive trip to the tourney when the pairings are announced Monday afternoon. The victory ties the Middlebury record for wins in a season, as the Panthers impr ove to 25-1, avenging their only loss of the season. The loss snaps a 34-game home winning streak for the Ephs, who fall to 25-2 and are expected to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Panthers jumped out to an early lead over the Ephs. At the 12:36 mark, Nolan Thompson hit a thr ee-pointer from the right side and on the following possession had a long two from the top to put the Panther lead to eight at 16-8. The lead grew to 10 on two occasions, before Williams went on a 12-0 r un to take a 22-20 lead with 5:14 r emaining on a thr ee fr om James W ang. Middlebury answered with a 7-0 spurt, eventually taking a 32-27 lead into the intermission. Thompson finished with 15 points in the game, all of them coming in the opening half. Middlebury extended its lead to nine before back-to-back thr ees from James Klemm and Harlan Dodson cut the lead to 36-33 at the 16:38 mark.

Hockey team defeats St. Johnsbury The MUHS boys hockey team defeated St. Johnsbury Academy, 8-3, and remained in the running for the Division II seed last month. At the end of last month, the MUHS Tigers were 12-2-3.

Tiger girls win The 2011 Middlebury College Men’s Basketball champions. Photo courtesy of Middlebury College Athletics

Just under two minutes later , R yan Sharry backed down in the paint and finished to push the lead back to four after the Ephs finally cut it down to two. Hoping to give some momentum back to his Ephs, Whittington responded with a one-handed hoop before Joey Kizel took the ball the length of the court for an easy bucket. When Hayden Rooke-Ley dr ove to the hoop with 9:24 to play to make the score 46-44, Kizel responded yet again with a hoop of his own. After Sharry had a nice put-back off of a rebound to push the Panthers’ lead to six, the Ephs were forced to take their third timeout of the game. The lead was cut to four befor e a

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dunk fr om Andrew Locke and a thr ee from Jake W olfin gave the Panthers a 55-46 lead with 7:14 r emaining. The Ephs made it a thr ee-point game (5754) at the 1:37 mark after a pair of fr ee throws fr om T roy Whittington. Williams was for ced to foul down the stretch, with the Panthers going 6-6 in the game’s final 43 seconds to seal the win. Thompson was one of four Panthers in double-figur es, with R yan Sharry adding 14 points and a dozen boar ds. Kizel finished with 13, while W olfin added 11. Whittington netted 13 for the Ephs, while Wang added 12. The Middlebury defense held the Ephs to just 31.5 percent shooting from the field.

finding Marrison in the high slot for a quick wrister. Middlebury scored again at the 9:27 mark, when Jennifer Krakower MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College slid a quick pass to Maggie Melber g for her advanced to the NESCAC championship fifth of the year. The Panthers netted their for the seventh time after a 4-0 semifinal third of the period with 5:41 remaining as shutout over Bowdoin. The fifth-ranked Maggie Woodward took advantage of a Panthers (20-4-1) advance to Sunday’s turnover and scored with a wrister breakchampionship game at 2 p.m. against ing to the goal. Bowdoin netminder T ara Amherst, while the Polar Bears finish their Connolly (34:19, 3 GA, 16 saves) was r eseason at 15-9-2. Middlebury netminder placed by Kayla Lessar d following the Alexi Bloom impr oved on her school singoal. gle-season r ecord with her 10th shutout The lead grew to 4-0 at the 5:51 mark of (17 saves) of the season. the thir d period, with a power play tally The first period saw Middlebury with from Laur en Gr eer. Madison Styrbicki two missed power play opportunities, earned her team-leading 16th assist of the ending the period with a 9-7 shots advanseason, as her shot fr om the point was tage. Bowdoin had its best chance to score saved by Lessar d (12 saves). Gr eer at the 16:30 mark, but Kayte Holtz was pounced on the r ebound and potted her robbed from the slot on a great glove save 12th of the year, tying her for the team-lead from Bloom. with Ireland. The Panthers str uck just 3:23 into the Middlebury ended the game with a 33second period, with Heather Marrison net17 shots advantage, earning its 12th win in ting her fourth of the season. Julia Ireland the last 13 games. worked the puck behind the net, befor e

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Panther women advance to finals again by shutting out Bowdoin

At the end of Febru ary, the MUHS girls basketball team was well positioned with a win againts Missisquoi, 50-19. The VUHS Commodor es lost to Colchester 12-7 closing out the regular season for the Vergennes team.

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Tiger boys win, Commodore boys lose The MUHS Tigers nabbed a late February victory while the VUHS Commodor es lost. The boys teams in both towns reflected their girtls teams in gains and loses. The Tigers beat Montpleier 60-53 while the Commodores lost against BF A-ST. Albans, 15-2. Several games r emained before presstime.

Post-season honors for local skiers MIDDLEBURY — Thr ee Middlebury College alpine skiers wer e honor ed when the 201 1 All-East honors were announced following the Eastern Championships at Bates College. First-year racers Hig Roberts (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) and Robert Cone (Killington, Vt.) earned second-team honors on the men’s side, while senior Nicole Dvorak (Essex Junction, Vt.) did the same for the women. Several members of the teams wer e also named to the EISA All-Academic team. Cone and Roberts have both enjoyed gr eat r ookie seasons on the alpine slopes for the Panthers. Cone earned three podium finishes in the GS this season, placing third in both the GS and slalom at Dartmouth. He finished in the top seven eight times, including a fifth place finish in the slalom at

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Opinion From the Editor


ACLU vs. public prayer

or millions of Americans, prayer—public or private—is an important part of their lives. It’s a form of intimate communications between self and deity. Americans of faith pray and worship in many ways and places—chur ches, mosques, synagogues, or ashrams, to name a few. Yet, for a vocal number of Americans, prayer does not belong in the public spher e; it belongs behind closed doors. Last week’s V ermont Town Meeting Day event in the Town of Franklin produced one of the more interesting happenings to occur in years. It took only one r esident, a voter, to get a town and an entir e state talking about the issue of public prayer . With a single action, one meeting attendee placed this contr oversial topic fr ont and center in Vermont. Last January, a similar incident happened in Elizabethtown, N.Y . Some folks got riled up when Essex County Clerk Joe Pr ovoncha, a Catholic lay minister, led the Essex County Board of Supervisors in public prayer . In that case, the board cited the U.S. Supreme Court’s Marsh v . Chambers case of 1983. The Court ruled that beginning a legislative meeting with a prayer is protected by the U.S. Constitution. In fact, the pr ecedent goes back to 1774 when the Continental Congr ess began its sessions with a prayer. Last week, it was Marilyn Hackett of Franklin, Vt., who challenged public prayer. She decided that—after warning Town Moderator Tim Magnant to stop leading a prayer befor e the start of every town meeting—it was time to call in the big guns. With the help of the Vermont chapter of the ACLU, Hackett is suing the town and Magnant. “Article 3 of the V ermont Constitution guarantees that no one may be compelled to attend or support r eligious worship,” said Julie Kalish, an ACLU attorney r epresenting Hackett. “The problem is that the defendants insist upon including prayer as part of town meeting even though voters like Ms. Hackett must attend town meeting in or der to vote on all the warned items.”

Couldn’t Ms. Hackett and Mr . Magnant have sat down and reasoned out a solution rather than call in ACLU lawyers to attract attention? Isn’t r eligious speech fr ee speech? Does Marsh v. Chambers apply to Town Meeting gatherings as it does to legislative meetings? As we have seen in a variety of cases across the nation, definitions about free speech and religious expression in America have been shifting for mor e than 200 years. Conservative voices have frequently accused the ACLU of selective reasoning—turning a deaf ear to r eligious people when their civil liberties ar e abused. While the ACLU is a liberal org anization and a str ong defender of chur chstate separation, it has also been a friend of chur ches and people of faith under assault. Yet we never hear about these kinds of ACLU cases. Here’s an abridged list, courtesy of blogger Sean Aqui, that supports a side of the ACLU we rarely hear about: 2004: The Indiana ACLU defended the rights of a Baptist minister to preach his message on public streets. 2003: The ACLU of Rhode Island supported the rights of car olers to sing outside a women’s prison on Christmas Eve. The prison of ficials backed down and agr eed to let the car oling take place. 2002: The ACLU of Massachusetts filed a brief supporting the right of the Church of the Good News to run highly visible advertisements criticizing the secularization of Christmas, and promoting Christianity as the “one tr ue religion,” after the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Agency r efused to allow the ads on subways. There may never be a final solution to the 200-year -old plus battle over defining fr eedom of speech and r eligious expression in the public square in America. And maybe that’s as the Founders intended. For as Pr esident U.S. Grant said to Congr ess about the issue in 1875, “Let’s declare church and state forever separate and distinct, but each free within their proper spheres.” Lou Varricchio


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ecause of endemic social injustice in the left’s “Amerika,” I was never able to enroll for free at the Harvard Business School. I was still able, out there on the mean streets, to learn the basics of economic Darwinism: the customer is always right and maximize your customer base. One of the basics, inter estingly enough, came from little Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y., in the early 1970s, when the administrators—faced with a per -student deficit they deemed unfixable by adding mor e students—decided to seek fiscal balance by r educing enr ollment instead. More typically, loss of market shar e (a little HBS lingo, there) is cause for management distress, review of policy, output quality and pricing, and hopefully, a successful reversal. Recently, Car oline Hoxby of Harvard ran studies showing that public schools subjected—oh, the inhumanity of it—to charter school competition managed to change their teaching ways to retain students. It showed up through improved student test scores. Ms. Hoxby isn’t at Harvard any more. For a while after Brown v. Board (the 1954 SCOTUS r uling which outlawed de jur e

school segregation), public K-12 urban-district educators claimed the moral high ground by blaming their loss of market share on racist white flight, and that the children of the r eprobate par ents, if they couldn’t be enrolled back into the (enlarg ed) city districts by legal force, should be left to the immoral surrounding counties and good riddance. In 1971, SCOTUS upheld the right of the Charlotte, N.C., school district to r e-capture students who had been moved by their newly-suburbanized parents to outlying Mecklenburg County schools. But then in 1974 SCOTUS, in the Milliken v . Bradley decision, denied the Detroit School district a similar privilege of forcing integration with surr ounding county districts. Since then, slowly, the label of “white flight” has been changed to “middle-class flight”, because the fleeing reprobate parents are now more likely to be non-white. Case in point, the ef forts of the Memphis, T enn., City School District to obtain a legal marriage with surr ounding Shelby County . Some Shelby-ites aren’t pleased. The Commer cial Appeal newspaper of Tennessee and its editors used the following see HARRIS, page 13

Another Piers Morgan fan

like him. I already said that last week; I know, but it’s a good starting point for this week. I like him because—he’s smart and I like smart people an extra lot. I like people who are things I’m not. If I’m a thing, like a comedian let’s say , I don’t so much like other comedians. Or that is to say, I like them, and can enjoy them, but I am a comedian, so I’m not so impr essed with what comedians do, because I know it’s no gr eat big thing. I used to appr eciate the heck out of anyone who baked a great cake, or sweet batch of br ownies, or anything, a pie, cookies. You baked it, I was impressed. I thought folks who baked wer e touched with stardust. Then a few years ago I baked a cake, and it came out fantastic. Now , I’m not at all impr essed by those who bake. I’m impressed by them, just not by their baking. Understanding what’s going on in the Middle East to a level at which you can discuss it, now that’s impr essive, and I think ole Piers can understand stuff like that. Jeez, I’m only on the first reason why I like Piers Morgan. I’m half way to my wor d limit. Actually, I don’t have a word limit. The editor and publisher let me spew however many words I feel I need to serve a r eadable piece. That’s great. Course, with this column I’m feeling like the plug could be pulled at any point or wor d when they’re reading it. It’s a jumbled bit I’d say. But less so then some I’ve read by others. Not in this publication of course. I’ll forge ahead if you don’t mind. He’s British, and the accent is cool. Reasons two and thr ee to like Piers. And being an American’s American, the way he uses words is fresh to my ear. Reason four. I will say though, the other day he was interviewing Massachusetts politician, U.S. Sen. Scott Br own, who apparent-

ly got fiddled with sexually when he was a boy . Now see there, that’s something right there —off the subject I now, but I’m all about giving heart felt love to anyone who was tinkered with when they wer e young, or old, for that matter . Because that stuff is just base, man, the worst. But, I also find it a str etch believing these folks/celebrities, when they say they had to write about their painful episode to be able to let-it-go, to pur ge, and cleanse themselves. Ah, those aren’t the words they use, pur ge, cleanse, it’s a more simple word, what’s the word they all use, I can’t think of it right now, ah, cathartic? The experience, they say, can be cathartic, but that’s not how they all put it. No, that’s not it. Ther e’s a wor d or phrase they all use that basically says writing about the abuse was a very positive thing, something that helped them. I got it. Heal. Heal, is the word . I’m not going to question if writing about being sexually abused when you were young helps you get over it, cause it may , in fact, I’m sure it pr obably does. I’m just questioning folks putting it into a book that’s going to be sold worldwide. I question them because I don’t think they’re including the awful sexual experience stuf f cause it’s going to make them heal, I think they include the bad stuf f cause it’s a going to sell books. I’d put money on the thought that it’s the writing part that helps you heal, not the having the whole world r ead about it part. But who am I to say. I publish my own material, and tell you what, it’s tough ‘cause ther e’s a lot of content for folks to buy. And if I had a tragedy to write about, I’d do it to sell books, not to heal. Ah, yeah, Piers used the word extraordinary about half a dozen times just in his opening with Scott. I found that odd, even though one thing I like about him and other English type are the way they use expre ssive words. So there, there’s my main reason to watch Piers. see THE LOGGER, page 13

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Briefs Hamer leaves Ilsley Public Library Judah Hamer , librarian for youth services at Ilsley Public Library since Mar ch 2009 accepted the dir ectorship of Rutherford Public Library in New Jersey. “Judah has done a terrific job serving youngsters and their families,” said David Clark, Ilsley dir ector. “W e joke that his fans range in size fr om 16 inches to over 6 feet. They are all going to miss him.” Hamer previously served as assistant director of Rutland Fr ee Library, dir ector of Pierson Library in Shelburne, pr esident of the V ermont Library Association, treasurer of the Gr een Mountain Library Consortium, and Young Adult Services Coordinator of Bergen County Cooperative Library System, New Jersey.

4-H contributes to humane society Members of the Critter Creek 4-H Club visited the Addison County Humane Society Feb. 24. They deliver ed needed items for donation to the shelter, including wool catnip toys club members made. The 4-H’ers went on a tour of the facility and had a chance to talk with staf f about animal welfar e topics of concern. Making the cat toys, gathering supplies for donation and visiting the shelter are all part of the club’s community service work.

Event to aid Heritage Day VERGENNES — A special Fr ench Heritage Day fundraising event, titled “Veillée” will be held Marc h 26, 6:30-9 p.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Chur ch Parish Hall in Vergennes The event includes a light supper of Fr ench onion soup, pea soup, French bread and dessert, square dancing, traditional dancing, and spoon playing with instruction. The event is for the family . Tickets: adults $10, children under age 10 $5, seniors a military members $8. For mor e details, call 802-388-7951 extension 1 or see the Web site

Orwell pays legal fees Orwell will start paying legal fees stemming fr om a $128,000 zoning lawsuit dating back to 2007. Recently , the Vermont Supreme Court determined the Town of Orwell’s zoning bylaws wer e pr oblematic after Clyde’s Place sued the town relating to construction work on Mt. Independence Road. Payment of the legal fees wer e approved by voters on Town Meeting Day.

Road repairs to start Last week, Middlebury r esidents appr oved a $3 million bond to r ebuild the town’s r oads. Several pr oblem roads have been reported including some culverts in outlying areas.

Old courthouse sold Middlebury College will sell the old Addison County Courthouse building at 5 Court St.A $2 million deal was struck last week with Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies. The historic structure will become the center’s new home. The center will pr ovide incubation services to new technology businesses in the state.

Library raises funds through pigs Shoreham's Platt Memorial Library was the r ecipient of $6,000 after a pig-kissing event br ought local residents out for a good cause. A $2,000 matching gift was provided by an unnamed resident and also added $600 in local scholarship funds.

New leases on life in Bristol Additional tenants have announced that they will occupy the former Autumn Harp business site. Officials of Graze, an Internet-r elated start-up business, and V ermont Bicycle Touring have announced their plans to set up offices in the 55,000 squar e feet space in Bristol. The former Autumn Harp site is managed by Bristol Works!

Lucky Dog sign stolen A costly, handmade custom wooden sign was stolen from the Lucky Dog Farm on Route 17 in Addison last month. Owners Jeff Nelson and Paul Mahan said the sign has been missing since Feb. 20. V ermont State Police troopers are investigating the theft.

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American Legion to honor Senecal On the evening of Mar ch 10, members of the Vergennes American Legion and guests will celebrate the local Post’s 91st birthday with a baked ziti dinner. Following dinner , Mar guerite Senecal of Vergennes will be presented the Community Service Award. The award is given annually to a local non-Legionnaire for sustained dedicated service to the Greater Vergennes community. A happy hour will kick off the festivities at 6 p.m. followed by dinner served at 7 p.m. The event will be held at the Post located at 100Armory Ln. in Vergennes. Vergennes Post 14 was charter ed in 1920 and today continues the original Legion mission. The local Legion family includes, in addition to Post 14, Unit 14 of the American Legion Auxiliary and Squadr on 14 of the Sons of the American Legion (SAL). Longtime V ergennes r esident Senecal was chosen as the Community Service Awardee for this year in recognition of her many years of service to the Little City, most notably for being the prime force behind Vergennes Day and the French Heritage festival. In addition, she has been deeply involved in the Vergennes Holiday Stroll for years. A number of Legion, Auxiliary and SAL dignitaries from throughout Addison County and Vermont will also be in attendance. The dinner will be pr epared and served by members of the Auxiliary.

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Tree, seedling sale helps local kids The Otter Creek Natural Resources Conservation District is sponsoring its Annual Tree and Seedling Program for area residents. This program was developed for the convenience of area residents and pr oceeds help support on-going conservation projects. Possible uses for the seedlings ar e home orchards, windbreaks, Christmas trees, ornamental, and wildlife habitat. A partial list of trees and seedlings the district is offering are white pine, balsam fir, white cedar, white spruce, shagbark hickory, American chestnut, lilac, disease resistant apples, pears, a plum and a hardy peach. Sugar maple, red maple and white oak are also available.

This year look for a greater selection of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and asparagus that thrives in heavy clay. Butterfly and songbird packs will be back. Sale proceeds help support scholarships for Green Mountain Conservation Camp, Conservation Field Day for allAddison County sixth graders, r esource information workshops, and planting trees alongside streams. Call 802-388-6746 x 26 or e-mail pam.stefanek@ Orders will be welcome throughout April but those received by April 10 will get priority. The District Tree Sale pickup will be held in Middlebury on the morning of April 30.

Local men light the way in design arts The Jackson Gallery at T own Hall Theater will pr esent “Let Ther e Be Light: Fantastic Fixtur es, Lamps and Light Sculpture” by local artists Dennis Sparling, Daniel Sparling and Jim Sanford starting this week. An opening reception will be held Friday , Mar ch 11, 5–7 p.m. The exhibit will be open through April 17 Three artists, each with a designer ’s eye, a naturalist’s appr eciation for plant and animal form, and a fr ee creative spirit, will be r epresented in this exhibit combining art and functionality. The show will include Daniel’s fantastic masks with dramatic light shooting from the faces. Dennis’s lights and sculpture are varied and adventur ous, playful and thoughtful, finely crafted and highly cr eative. Jim Sanfor d cr eates lamps and fixtures from unexpected objects, with a sense of humor and some unusual lighting concepts. Dennis has spent 40 years cr eating sculpture and ar chitectural arts throughout Vermont and the US. He is best known in the Burlington ar ea for the “Leap Fr oggers” sculptur e on the

Made in the shade: light fixtures on display in Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater. Church Street Marketplace and “UVM Catamount” near the Royall Tyler Theatre. Sparling’s studio is located in New Haven, where last year he created a lar ge r epresentational sculptur e of Leonardo Da V inci for the W orld

Canals Conference in Rochester, N.Y. Daniel has learned the sculptural arts from his father while pursuing other creative directions in film, art direction and stop-motion animation. He created the original concept and costume design for Occupational Hazard s, a short film that won the 2010 Vermont International Film Festival Board of Directors Special Award. He continues collaboration with Tim Joy of Projection Films on their current project Soul Keeper — A Joseph A. Citro Story. Jim of Sanfor d/Strauss Architects has been a practicing ar chitect in Vermont for the past thirty years, with his office currently in Middlebury. Known for his ener getic spirit and cr eativity, his wide range of inter est has led to projects in a broad spectrum from component design and fabrication to city planning, including residential, industrial, and commercial work throughout Vermont and the U.S. Jim was one of several architects featured in the recent Jackson Gallery exhibit Home in V ermont.

Ripton ski event attracts 550 Last month’s Bill Koch League Festival on Ripton was a success, according to organizers. The nordic ski event took place at the Rikert Ski Touring Center. The event included a fr eestyle activity and classic venue as well as individual and r elay events. A ski jumping event was held along the Bear Den Trail.

NEW MEMBERS — Timothy Harvey of Bristol Financial Services and Chris Bray of Vermont Coffee Company recently became members of the Rotary Club of Middlebury. Welcoming them are “T” Tall, president Cathy Trudel, and Eric Denu, owner of Countryside Carpet and Paint. Rotary, a worldwide service group, meets Wednesdays, 7:15 a.m., at Rosie’s Restaurant in Middlebury. Photo by David Clarke

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Bike trails from page 1

A new bike trail subsidized by U.S. taxpayers will cut thr ough Green Mt. National F orest land in Addison County. Photo by USNFS

Goshen, with the trail work taking place in Moosalamoo National Recr eation Area, which is a congressionally designated area within the National Forest. The new trail will also be accessible from Branbury State Park and the Blueberry Hill Ski Center in Goshen, while the VMBA will continue to provide project management and oversee all of the cr ews performing the constr uction of the trails. They have been partnering with the USFS for over three years on the project and are looking towards a completion date of fall, 2012. “We have been partnering with the USFS for three years on this project and we saw good progress in 20010, thr ough the har d work of VYCC cr ews and we ar e delighted with this funding allocation for 201 1,” VMBA Executive Dir ector Patrick Kell said in a r ecent press release statement. “We expect to see the Chandler Ridge-Leicester Hollow Loop Trail completed or close to it, by the fall of 201 1. A big thanks to the USFS for their vision in developing this trail.” The new trail will of fer a unique destination, due to the combination of trails along the shores of Silver Lake, a ridgeline trail on Chandler Ridge, fascinating geology in Leicester Hollow and camp ground facilities at Silver Lake, with the afore mentioned additional access from Branbury State Park. The Vermont Department of Tourism is also jumping on the bike trail theme, ealizing r the potential in which mountain biking pr omotes the Gr een Mountain State."Mountain bike tourism is the perfect fit for our Vermont Brand,” Megan Smith stated in a recent press release. Smith is the Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Tourism. “It encompasses the use of our natural landscape while pr omoting good health and family fun. As we expand our venues for mountain biking we will be contributing to local economies in ar eas that might not have alr eady had a focus on outdoor r ecreation, therefore, bringing in new types of business." The VMBA works very hard to not only cr eate new mountain bike trails thr oughout the state, but also to improve existing trails. Some of the other current VMBA projects include the Adams Camp Ride Center in the Stowe-W aterbury area, Rocky Point Chandler Ridge Trail and the Riverside Farm Trails in Pittsfield. To learn more about the Vermont Mountain Bike Association visit www or the V ermont Youth Conservation Corps at

Bridge from page 1


hampered Flatir on’s ability to drill shafts for the substructure of the new span. In addition, winter weather conditions have slowed work, Rausch explained. Diane Lanpher , Vermont state represetative, met with construction and state of ficials r ecently. She said the debris fr om the old bridge has been a problem. “After 3 million pounds of steel fr om our pr evious bridge fell on Dec. 28, 2009, when the bridge was demolished, the workers could not recover all that steel, due to the depth of the lake bottom soil, which hid some of the steel fr om detection,” Lanpher said. “These steel pieces became a significant problem when the drilling of pier #5 began, and caused

delays and damaged equipment. Further , pier #3 r equired a concr ete r e-pour when the first attempt did not meet standards. Both of these things added to some delay last summer . Thankfully, the costs associated with these unexpected problems all fell within the contract’s margin of error.” Crown Point Supervisor Bethany Kosmider r emains confident the new bridge will open in the fall. “There was a 65 day extension given to cover for the time lost when Flatir on had to clean out the channel and for other problems that were unexpected,” she said. “It doesn’t mean Flatiron is going to be late ; it means this extra time is being allowed in case they cannot make up the time lost. I have hear d they will be putting mor e crews on as the weather gets better in or der to complete

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ACLU sues over town meeting prayer Franklin moderator named a defendant

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MONTPELIER — A public prayer at a Vermont Town Meeting Day gathering in Franklin has sparked a law suit and the involvement of the American Civil Liberties Union. The Vermont chapter of the ACLU is suing the Town of Franklin over its opening prayer at the annual Town Meeting last week.

A girl born Feb. 15, Julia Joanna Briggs, to Samuel and Jennifer (Hans) Briggs of Hinesburg. A boy bon Feb. 17, Noah William Sheldrick, to Christopher Sheldrick and Kasi Smith of Salisbury. A girl born Feb. 20, Gracey May Mitchell, to Stacey Roy and Dean Mitchell of Leicester. A girl born Feb. 21, Genevieve Hunt Rathbun, to Katrina and Jeremy Rathbun of Middlebury. A boy born Feb. 22, Jerry Warren Nop, to Warren and Jennifer (Howlett) Nop of Middlebury. A girl born Feb. 22, Anna Rose Dutton, to Candy and Jason Dutton of Ripton. If you have questions, or to submit birth announcements, please call Jennifer at 802-388-6397 or email at

Franklin resident and voter Marilyn Hackett contacted the ACLU about the prayer. The liberal ACLU is representing Hackett in the lawsuit. According to ACLU officials, the public prayer at Franklin's annual town meeting has been in effect for nearly a decade. ACLU officials claim the prayer is both a violation of Vermont’s constitution and its public accommodations law. Moderator Tim Magnant of Franklin has been named as one of the defendants. The ACLU said Hackett has been trying to stop the prayer for several years to no avail.


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The trio of failed budgets marked the first time in the last three years the state education budget declined. The defeated budgets were Grand Isle, North Hero and for the Millers Run School (Sheffield and Wheelock). Stephen Dale, executive director of the Vermont School Boards Association, said there will be no increase in spending during 2012.

MONPELIER — Nearly all of Vermont’s 249 school budgets sailed through the voters’ fires on Town Meeting Day last week— except three. Three out of the 249 budgets presented to Vermont voters went down in defeat last Tuesday. The result was an acrossthe-board 1 percent decline in state education spending.

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Three months from now Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee (VY) will be forced to make a fateful decision: whether to give in to the furious antinuclear campaign led for years by Peter Shumlin, now Vermont's antinuclear new governor, and abandon a safe, reliable, low-cost, nuclear plant that generates about a third of Vermont's electrical consumption. (See last week’s Addison Eagle for an indepth look at costs of closing the power station.) VY's federal operating license

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to answer to their voters for the likely consequences of a shutdown. Those consequences are potentially grave. VY produces 620 Mw of baseload power. It's currently the lowest cost 24/7 power purchased by V ermont utilities. IBM, with its $35 million annual electricity bill, is deeply concerned that without VY , its power costs will rise by as much as 30 percent. That concern is shared by other manufactur ers, hospitals, colleges, local governments, and ski areas. Opponents ar gue that VY's capacity is only 2 per cent of the total New England power grid, and will scar cely be missed. What they don't want to discuss is that the loss of r egional generation r equires finding

replacement power fr om distant sour ces. That creates grid stability problems and possibly constr uction of expensive new transmission lines to move the power into the region. The anti-nuclear activists' pipe dr eam of wind turbines and solar PV notwithstanding, the r eplacement power will lar gely come from coal and gas fire d plants—just the kind of plants that enviros staunchly oppose because they release the carbon dioxide that they believe leads to the dr eaded "climate change". Suppose the legislatur e sneaks out of Montpelier in May without voting to allow VY to seek PSB appr oval for its continued operation. Then what? VY operates with an 18 month fuel cycle. After 18 months online, the plant is shut down, the reactor head pulled, the spent fuel

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moved to a cooling pool, a new fuel load put in, the head put back on, and the plant starts a new power r un. The next scheduled r efueling falls in or around November. When a refueling shutdown takes place, a new fuel load must be on site. The lead time for purchasing fuel assemblies is about five months. So VY will have to place its order in June. But by the time the r efueling is completed, the plant would have only three months to live. What company is going to spend millions of dollars on 18 months' worth of new fuel, when thanks to anti-nuclear politicians the plant would have only thr ee months of operation left? Unless the legislature turns around on this issue by May, and the PSB (as widely expected) issues a Certificate of Public Good by June, Enter gy is almost certainly going to

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weren’t so r eported in the Wall Street Journal (22 Feb 11) it wouldn’t be cr edible. One from page 6 reason: classrooms sized for 25-30 can’t easheadline for their report: “Crime, urban ills ily be doubled in size for structural reasons. fuel black exodus to Shelby County subSuburban Detroit districts, just like some urbs.” suburban Memphis districts, aren’t anxious The same demographic pattern has to welcome the behavioral pro blems the two gripped Nashville, and in such cases it can’t cities want to export, for fear of pare ntal rebe denied that the flight is behavior -based, action to an expansion of cultural diversity to suburban calm and fro m urban chaos. Un- which includes the entir e spectr um of displeasant things happening in the streets are ruptive student behavior they had just essimilarly reflected in the classrooms, which caped. Cambridge University Pr ess in parexplains why, in 2005, Florida adopted a ticular has published a number of studies first-in-the-nation (as best I can determine) documenting the obvious: disr uptive classTeacher Authority Act, which specifically room behavior corr elates negatively with authorizes classr oom teachers to eject dishigher socio-economic status, including, inruptive students. See FL Code 232.27. In the terestingly, such markers as “mothers’ eduTexas legislative hopper is SB 345, a very cation level”. Middle-class par ents who similar proposal by Houston Sen. Mario Gal- have escaped fr om just that envir onment legos (D). Or egon and New York City have don’t want their childr en to experience it. had a disruptive-student-ejection policy for Some educators think they should, not only 10 years, but Vermont, to my limited knowl- in Memphis and Nashville, but in Vermont’s edge, has no Teacher Authority Act, either in Burlington. The new slogan is Socio-Ecoplace or in proposal. nomic Integration. When I was in graded school teachers didSuperintendent Jeanne Collins asserts n’t need such legal armor to run their class- that “SEI is a tool for incr easing student rooms, and the result then was, I clearly reachievement thr ough demographically balcall, 100 per cent pr oficiency (which was anced schools,” by intr oducing lower -SES then and is now , a minimum-competency students into higher-SES classrooms. standard) in math and reading across all 28This ideology r equires five assumptions: 30 of us. Education gets 100% student profi- that the lower -SES students won’t adverseciency at grade level when it holds back any- ly impact (even literally) their higher -SES one who isn’t. Duh. classmates; that the higher- SES students will In all those years ther e was a handful of improve their own achievement; that “I temporary classr oom ejectees (full discloWon’t Learn Fr om You” (see the Herbert sure: I was exiled to the vacant hallway , Kohl book) “students” will achieve better once; cruelly unjustified punishment for an when seated in the educational aura of more incredibly minor infraction) and in only one motivated classmates; that teachers have efcase did one of the miscr eants (a triple fective, legally-r einforced, contr ol of their ejectee) never r eturn to the class. I’d guess classrooms; and, most importantly , that but can’t prove that, if the earlier teacher -aumiddle-class parents will keep their kids in thority-in-the-classroom tradition hadn’t the schools as their social-justice obligation been set aside for ideological r easons, eduto help it all turn out just right. cation wouldn’t have experienced anywhere Assumptions 1 and 2 have been statisticalnear the par ental flight, and school loss of ly disproven. Assumption 3 has had limited students, which subsequently ensued. success. Assumption 4, in V ermont, is It continues to this day: In Detroit, for ex- wrong. Assumption 5 has been statistically ample, with population at half of its earlier disproven. I’d guess that the decades-long high, the new save-the-schools plan is to goal of r educing class size would be adclose half of them and (to demonstrate disvanced, but by driving out those whom the tress but not to be taken seriously) to raise schools should most want to keep as satisaverage class size in high school to 60. If it fied customers.


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progress this morning, but it may get worse before it gets better. “We will work as quickly as we safely can to restore power to customers,” Rivers said. “But we have a lot of r ural, off-road damage alr eady, with the possibility of more to come, and the poor r oad conditions will also slow efforts.”

Those employees working in jobs deemed “essential” were required to keep the following of fices open: Corr ections, Public Safety, Institutions and Transportation Maintenance.

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Even though Gov. Peter Shumlin is away on vacation — destination unknown — he issued a statement about the storm, although it was Lt. Gov . Phil Scott who r emained on the job and in char ge of state operations during the governor’s absence. “I applaud the great work that our emerOn Monday, March 7, the Vermont govgency management officials and Agency of ernment officials shut down most state of- Transportation r oad cr ews ar e doing to fices due to the snowstorm. Non-essential clear the snow and mitigate the impact of state offices in all counties except Benning- potential flooding thr oughout the state,” ton County and W indham County wer e Shumlin said in his statement. “I have spoauthorized to operate on a reduced workken with Lt. Gov Phil Scott, Public Safety force status during the first shift. Commissioner Keith Flynn and our emer“Unless the employees are designated as gency response team and we are following essential personnel and/or r equired by the flooding situation closely . This storm management to be at work, no employees is yet another r eminder for drivers to use are authorized to be in State offices,” stat- extreme caution and only travel when neced the public safety alert on the V ermont essary.” state Web site.

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CVPS buys Omya power division Utility is now no. 1 hydro generator

tiations and a reduced price,” CVPS Executive Chairman Bob Young said. “The Town of Proctor was also helpful in suggesting ways to r educe the impact of rate changes on customers, which led to the long-term phase-in for residential customers.” Under the settlement, accor ding to CVPS spokesman Steve Costello, the pur chase price RUTLAND — Rutland-based Central Vermont dropped from $33.2 million to $29.25 million, includPublic Service is the new owner of the venerable Vering $28.25 million for Vermont Marble’s hydroelectric mont Marble Power Division of Omya. And upon fifacilities and another $1 million for additional assets. nal approval, Omya’s calcium carbonate ore-processThe agreement includes a five-year, six-step phaseing facility in Florence, Vt., will become CVPS’ larg est in of residential rate changes for existing customers. power customer. Omya will fund the transition estimated to be aro und Vermont Marble, a local hydr oelectric generating $1.125 million. operation, services 875 r esidents of the Pr octor area. Costello noted that the agre ement also requires creThe original power operation dates to the early 1900s. ation of a “value sharing pool” between CVPS’s cusCVPS reached a deal with the Vermont Department tomers, Omya, and CVPS shar eholders—if ener gy of Public Service, the Town of Proctor Selectboard and market prices and impr ovements cr eate mor e value Omya Inc. for acquiring the operation and all its asthan anticipated. sets. In a corporate news re lease last week, Costello notThe utility plans to consolidate the division’s serv- ed CVPS plans to spend up to $15 million upgrading ice territory. the aging plants; the generators will join the compaThe sale—which included four hydro electric plants ny’s hydro network that includes the Otter Cre ek and equaling 18.5 megawatts— makes CVPS the lar gest East Creek hydro operations. hydroelectric generator in the New England region. According to company plans, the Pr octor hydr o The purchase of Marble Power took months to nesubstation will be upgraded; the $1.5 million investgotiate, according to CVPS. ment cost will be shar ed among CVPS’s 159,000 cus“The Department of Public Service raised concerns tomers. CVPS’ newly acquired Proctor Hydroelectric Generating Station. about the purchase price, which led to further nego-

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Town Meeting from page 1 Hunt defeated also defeated Car ol Kauffmanfor the UU board. Michele Kelly defeated Kauf fman for the ACS board as well. Addison narrowly approved union. Voters appr oved the $1.71 million ACS budget with a 5 percent decrease. The VUHS budget was approved. Residents ok’ed the town’s donation of $5,000 to celebrate the opening of the delayed Lake Champlain Bridge to coincide with the town’s 250th anniversary. Bridport: Voters approved the elementary school budget of $1,329,218, a 0.12-per cent decrease ove rlast year. Voters approved the combined town and highway budget of $1,078,178. Tim Howlett was elected as school moderator. Steve Huestis defeated Michael White for the Select Board Incumbent Town Clerk Valerie Bourgeois, was re-elected. Incumbent First Constable Robert Anderson was re-elected. Incumbent Selectwoman Mar garet Sunderland was re-elected Brian Desfor ges and Katherine W agner were elected to the School Board. Bristol: Voters ok’d a $1,986,099 budget with an increase of 3.9 increase. Gary Farnsworth was elected to the Mt. Abe School Board (three-year term). He defaetd Abby Degraw and Justin Bouvier. Karl Ginalski and Kris Perlee were elected to the town school boar d (one year term). The candidates narrowly defeated Elin Melchior and Dick Merrill. Voters appr oved the town school budget which saw a decrease of 5.5 percent. Also appr oved by voters wer e the local highway budget, the general fund budget, arts and parks budget, and the o Twn Reserve Find for various community organizations. Alan Huizenga was re-elected to the Select Board (three-year term). Peeker Heffernan was re-elected to the Select Board (two-year term). Charlotte: Voters defeated an effort to reduce the cost of the town budget by $25,000. The increase will fund more local police patrols. A tax empetion for the Charlotte Grange was approved. The grange building hosts a variety of town events. Nancy Menard will explore the costs invvolved in the town coverting to voting machines. Curr ently, Charlotte counts ballots by hand which is tedious and labor intensive. Ferrisburgh: Voters appr oved a 3.8 increase to the town budget and a 3 per cent increase to the town school budget. David Tatlock was elected as Town School Board director (three-year term). Karrie Beebe and Cherly Carson wer e elected to the T own School Boar d (twoyear terms). Adela Langr ock was elected as Unified School director (three-year term). Kurt Haigis was elected to the T own Shcool Board (one-year term). Laurie Gutoswksi was elected as Union

High School director (three-year term). Goshen: Voters approved a new spending plan of $245,180. Defeated was a $3,000 earmark for the new Goshen V olunteer Fir e Company. A town grader will be purchased from interest on timber sales. Residents failed to have a move passed to have constables appointed not elected because the town charter would have to amended by a majority. Shawn Martin was elected first constable. David Gale was r elelcted tot he Select Board. Granville: Voters appr oved town and school budgets. A $66,000 plan to fund r enovations to the old school, as a new town office, failed. Hancock: Voters appr oved a decr ease to the school budget. They also approved the Hancock voters on T uesday morning approved the town budget as presented. A $3,000 budget item of the Building Maintenance Capital Fund was retained. Hinesburg: Voters appr oved a $200,000 bond issue that will fund the r epair and reconstruction of sewage disposal infrastr ucture at the Mountain View Mobile Home Park. Michael Blissonette defeated Maggie Gordon for Stect Board (three-year term). Voters said yes to $500 incr ease to the town budget with taxes paying for it as well as a balance transfer. Taxer surprisingly ok’d a tax incr ease of 11.9 percent—making taxes 13 percent higher than presently. A variety of town expenses wer e also approved including earmarks for the police department, library and Lake Ir oquois Recr eation District among others. Leicester: Town Clerk Julie Delphia was re-elected. Diane Benware and Thomas Baker were eelected to the Select Board. Hannah Sessions we r e-elected to the School Board (three-year term) Connie Carr oll was elected to the School Board (two-year term). for thr ee years. All were running unopposed. Lincoln: Residents approved a $2 million school construction bond Town Clerk Sally Ober will r eceive a pay raise Moderator David Marsters retired after 25 years as town moderator. Middlebury: Voters appr oved a 1.6 increase to the town’s budget. Meeting attendees appr oved a $3 million bond for town roadway improvements. Meeting attendees ok’d borr owing $226,400 to r eplace several town vehicles and hardware. The Mary Hogan School budget will be voted on April 13. Ann Webster was re-eelected as town clerk (one-year term). Dean George and Craig Bingham were reelected to the Select Boar d (thr ee-year terms). Devin Mclaughlin and Quinn Mecham were elected to the Union School Boar d (three-year terms). Karen Lefkoe, Lorraine G. Morse and Serence Eddy-Moulton wer e elected to the Town School Board (three-year terms). Monkton: Voters appr oved the town

budget with a variety of spending increases. The $2,328,997 school budget passed, and unlike most ar ea towns, declined 7 per cent or $163,224. Veteran Carmelita C. Burritt welcomed new Town Clerk Shar on Gomez. The 201 1 town r eport was dedicated to Burritt’s 37year-long service to the town. Burritt announced her retirement plans late last year. New Haven: Residents ok’d a new town plan and appr oved town and school budgets. Voters appr oved the school budget of $1,714,013 which r eflected a 9.5 per cent decline from the current budget. Road maintenance spending was decreased althoug an incr ease raised by taxes of11.3 percent. There will be an incr ease in general fund expenditures to $662,815 with $387,840 r esulting fr om taxes. This r eflects a 21.5 percent increase raised from taxes. Craig Bemis twas elected as Beeman school director Charles Roy was elected to the Slect Board ( two-year term). Pam Marsh was re-elected as chairwoman of the Select Board (three-year term). Lanny Smith was r e-elected town moderator. Orwell: Voters appr oved every item on the town ballot. Legal costs amounting to $128,316 will be paid, the r esult of a multi-year zoning lawsuit. Combined town and r oad budgets wer e approved. Glen Cousineau was r e-elected as T own School director (three-year term). Walker James was r e-elected to the Select Board (three-year term). Panton: Panton, Vergennes and Waltham voters approved th $3.89 million Vergennes Union Elementary School budget. John Viskupwas re-elected to the Select B oard. Voters appr oved an incr ease to a Bixby Memorial Library (Vergennes) request. Voters passed the ANwSU Unified Union and the $8.8 million high school budget. Ripton: Residents r ejected a plan to expand the selectboard. They also defeated an effort to add $12,500 to the elementary school budget; a position will be eliminated as a result. Residents approved an increase to the Ripton Elementary School budget, however , they rejected a plan to use $10,000 to support a paraprofessional. The highway budget was approved. A total $31,100 will be used by the Ripton Fire and Rescue Squad. Laurie Cox, Michael Hussey , and Connie Trudeau wer e elected to the Select Boar d (varying terms). Jerry Shedd was elected to the School Board. Salisbury: The 250th anniversary of the town’s charter was recognized. Stephen Parkes defeated Ben Fuller for the Select Board. Incumbent Selectman Jack Beasley was reelected to the Select Board. The highway budget and a general fund budget request were approved. The elementary school budget, down 1 percent, was approved

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Voters also approved the selectboard ability to borrow money for the townwide reappraisal if needed. Wayne Smith was elected town moderator . Gretchen Huestis, Sue Lewis, and Br ett Rubright wer e elected to the Community School Board. Shoreham: Marthe Fisher and Paul Saenger were re-elected to the Select Board. Voters approved moving $234,500 in Newton Academy fire insurance funds to a new town office fund. The new highway budget and Shor eham Elementary School budget were approved. Robert Warren was elected to the Select Board (three-year term). DeAnn Flagg and Br uce Perlow wer e elected as local school directors. Eric Remsen was elected UD-3 school director (one-year term). Starksboro: This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Starksbor o Volunteer Fir e Department. Bonita Bedar d was r e-elected as Mount Abraham Union High School dir ector. She narrowly defeated David F. Gratton. The general fund budget passed. Voters appr oved cr eation of a r eserve fund of $100,000 for the school district. Other motions and appeals wer e approved. Vergennes: Voters ok’d the $3.89 million Vergennes Union Elementary School budget. They also appr oved the $8.8 million VUHS proposal. The city’s budget will be posted this June. ANwSU unification plans r eceived backing in the five ANwSU towns. Tax-exempt status for Vergennes Area Rescue Squad and Vergennes Masonic Association property will continue. Mayor Michael Daniels was re-elected. Randy Ouellette, Joe Klopfenstein, and Peter Garon were elected as aldermen. Christopher Cousino, T ara Br ooks ) and Carla Mayo wer e r e-elected and elected as VUHS directors. Cheryl Brinkman, Br ooks and Cousino will serve on the ANwSU board. Waltham: Selectman David Kayhart was re-elected to the Select Board. Kristin Bristow was elected to the 12member Addison Northwest Supervisory Union board that will oversee the four union schools. Voters appr oved the $3.89 million VUES budget and the $8.8 million VUHS budget. Voters ok’d an incr ease in the town’s donation to the Bixby Memmorial Library. Weybridge: Voters passed every item on the Town Meeting Day slate. A total of $60,000 was appr oved for repaving town roads. Steve Smith and A.J. Piper were elected tto the Select Board. Incumbents Michele Bayliss and Eric Bowdish wer e r e-elected to the School Board. Whiting: Voters appr oved town and school budgets. V oters also appr oved adding $5,000 to the budget for a feasibility study on local building. Paul Quesnel was elected road commisioner. Ellen Kurrelmeyer was r e-elected to the O.V . High School Board; she was also elected as town/school moderator. Steve Quenneville was r e-elected to the Select Board.

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The Eagle - 15 Thursday, March 18 BRISTOL — The One-World Library Project will host An Inca Village Today: The Children’s Weaving Club from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol. Presenters Libby and Da vid VanBuskirk of Char lotte, working to help preserve the weaving traditions of Inca villages, partnered with Peruvian master weaver Nilda Callañaupa to found the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco.

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Saturday, March 12

VERGENNES — There will be a Corned Beef and Cabbage Supper at the Vergennes Unit ed M ethodist Chur ch star ting at 5:30 p .m. The menu includes: corned beef, boiled potat oes, carrots, onions, rolls, dessert and bev erage. The cost is $8 f or adults and $4 f or children. Takeout orders are available. Call 8773150 for more information. MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Winter Carnival and Chili Contest is 2-4 p.m. The event was voted one of the t en best winter events by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce after its debut in 2009. I t features a community wide professional and amat eur chili cont est on the sidewalks of the hist oric downt own. Compliments Middlebury College’s Winter Carnival and NCAA athletic events. MIDDLEBURY — World-class jazz pianist Lenore Raphael ( performs at Town Hall Theater at 8 p.m. Tickets, $15, are available through the

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Sunday, March 13

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BRISTOL — A ddison County R ight to Life will meet at 7 P M at St. Ambr ose Church. Visitors are welcome. For info 388-2898 or

BRISTOL — St Ambrose Annual Lenten Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m. Adults $12 Children under 11 $5 Immediate family of 5 $35. For more info call 453-2488. HINESBURG- Music Night with St. Jude's Folk Choir at Brown Dog Books at 7 p.m. MIDDLEBURY — Everyone Can Dance with Big APE at Town Hall Theater The latest work from boundary-pushing Big Action Performance Ensemble (Big APE) dance ev ent. Ev eryone Can Dance at Town Hall Theater, at 8 p .m. Tickets, $24/18/6, ar e a vailable thr ough the M iddlebury C ollege Bo x O ffice by calling 443-6433 or online.

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MIDDLEBURY — Everyone Can Dance with Big APE at Town Hall Theater The latest work from boundary-pushing Big Action Performance Ensemble (Big APE) dance ev ent. Ev eryone Can Dance at Town Hall Theater, at 8 p .m. Tickets, $24/18/6, ar e a vailable thr ough the M iddlebury C ollege Bo x O ffice by calling 443-6433 or online. MIDDLEBURY — American Legion St. Patrick’s Party. at 6p.m. Entertainment to follow dinner. MIDDLEBURY — M arch Mudness f or ages 3-8 fr om 10 a.m.-1 p .m., car nival games and prizes, cupcake walk, stories, weird science, crafts, bouncing, oobleck, Cat in the Hat, food, to benefit 6th grade trip. Bridge School, Exchange St.

Religious Services ADDISON ADDISON COMMUNITY BAPTIST CHURCH Addison Four Corners, Rts. 22A & 17. Sunday Worship at 10:30am, Adult Sunday School at 9:30am; Bible Study at 2pm on Thursdays. Call Pastor Steve @ 759-2326 for more information. WEST ADDISON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - Sunday, 9am HAVURAH, THE JEWISH CONGREGATION OF ADDISON COUNTY - Havurah House, 56 North Pleasant St. A connection to Judaism and Jewish life for all who are interested. Independent and unaffiliated. High Holy Day services are held jointly with Middlebury College Hillel. Weekly Hebrew School from September to May. Information: 388-8946 or BRANDON BRANDON BAPTIST CHURCH - Corner of Rt. 7 & Rt. 73W (Champlain St.) Brandon, VT • 802-247-6770. Sunday Services: 10a. Adult Bible Study, Sunday School ages 5 & up, Nursery provided ages 4 & under. Worship Service 11 am * Lords supper observed on the 1st Sunday of each month. *Pot luck luncheon 3rd Sunday of each month. Wednesdays 6:30pm, Adult prayer & Bible study, Youth groups for ages 5 & up LIFEBRIDGE CHRISTIAN CHURCH - 141 Mulcahy Drive, 247-LIFE (5433), Sunday worship 9am & 10:45am,, LifeGroups meet weekly (call for times & locations) BRIDPORT BRIDPORT CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH - Middle Rd., Bridport, VT. Pastor Tim Franklin, 758-2227. Sunday worship services at 8:30am and 10:15am with nursery care provided. Children’s ministries include Sprouts for children age 3-Kindergarten and WOW for grades 1-6, during the 10:15am service. HOPE COMMUNITY FELLOWSHIP - Meets at Bridport Community Hall. Bridport, VT • 759-2922 • Rev. Kauffman. Sunday 9am, 10:30am, evening bible study. ST. BERNADETTE/ST. GENEVIEVE - Combined parish, Saturday mass 7:30pm Nov.1-April 30 (See Shoreham) BRISTOL BRISTOL CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP - The River, 400 Rocky Dale Rd., Bristol. Sunday Worship 9:00am. 453-2660, 453-4573, 453-2614 BRISTOL FEDERATED CHURCH - Sunday service at 10:15am FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF BRISTOL - Service Sunday, 10am ST. AMBROSE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Saturday service 5:15pm, & Sunday 9am BRISTOL SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH 839 Rockydale Rd. - Saturday Services: Bible Studies for all ages-9:30am to 10:30 am, Song Service, Worship Service at 11am. Prayer Meeting Thursday 6:30pm. 453-4712 THE GATHERING - Non-denominational worship, second & fourth Saturday of the month, 7pm Sip-N-Suds, 3 Main St. • 453-2565, 453-3633 CORNWALL FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF CORNWALL - Sunday worship 9:30am EAST MIDDLEBURY/RIPTON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - Sunday worship, 9am VALLEY BIBLE CHURCH - Rev. Ed Wheeler, services on Sundays: Sunday School for all ages at 9:30am, morning worship at 10:45am (nursery provided), and 6:30pm on Wednesdays; Youth Group and AWANA meet on Thursday evenings at 6:30pm ESSEX CHRISTIAN & MISSIONARY ALLIANCE ESSEX ALLIANCE CHURCH - 36 Old Stage Rd., Essex • 878-8213

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classes: Sunday 10:30am, Tuesday 7pm. Watch Bible Forum on MCTV-15 (Middlebury) or NEAT-16 (Bristol) NEW HAVEN CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH Church services 10am on Sunday. All are welcome. NEW HAVEN UNITED REFORMED CHURCH Sunday services, 10am & 7pm ORWELL FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH - Sunday worship service, 10:00am. Contact: Rev. Esty, 948-2900 SAINT PAUL’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Sunday mass 11am, 468-5706 RICHMOND RICHMOND CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST - 20 Church St., Richmond • 4342053. Rev. Len Rowell. Sunday Worship with Sunday School, 10am; Adult Study Class, Sunday 8:30am RIPTON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - 388-2510 SALISBURY SALISBURY CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH (UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST) - Sun. worship svc., 10am SHELBURNE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF SHELBURNE - 127 Webster Road, Shelburne • 985-2848 TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH - 2166 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne. 985-2269 Sunday Services: 8am & 10am. Bible Study 9:00am • Sunday School: 9:50am. The Reverend Craig Smith ALL SOULS INTERFAITH GATHERING - Rev. Mary Abele, Pastor. Evensong Service and Spiritual Education for Children Sun. at 5pm. 371 Bostwick Farm Rd., Shelburne. 985-3819 SHELBURNE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - 30 Church St., Shelburne • 985-3981 • Rev. Gregory A. Smith, Pastor, 8:00am - Holy Communion Service • 9:30am - Family Worship Service with Sunday School SHOREHAM ST. GENEVIEVE/ST. BERNADETTE - Combined parish, Saturday mass 7:30pm, May 1-Oct. 31. (See Bridport) SHOREHAM FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCHUCC - Sunday worship and Sunday school 10am. Pastor Gary O’Gorman. 897-2687 STARKSBORO THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF STARKSBORO - 2806 Route 16, Starksboro. Sunday worship 11am. Chat, Chew & Renew, a pre-worship fellowship and discussion time 10am-10:45am. Sunday mornings in the Fellowship Hall on the accessible first level. All are welcome. First Baptist is an American Baptist church yoked with The Community Church of Huntington for support of its pastor, The Rev. Larry Detweiler; 802.453.5577. SOUTH BURLINGTON NEW COVENANT BAPTIST CHURCH SBC - 1451 Williston Rd., South Burlington. 863-4305 VICTORY CENTER - Holiday Inn, Williston Road, South Burlington • 658-1019 BURLINGTON UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH - Pastor Paul Lyon • 860-5828. Sundays: 10am & 6pm. Wednesdays: 7pm. at 294 North Winooski Avenue. SUDBURY SUDBURY CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH - Sunday worship service and Sunday school, 10:30am SOVEREIGN REDEEMER ASSEMBLY - Sunday worship 10am

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Regional Police Blotter Man stopped on Granger Street

Three-car crash in Poultney

On Feb. 24 the V ermont State Police stopped 36-year-old Eduardo Aviles of Rutland on Granger Street in Rutland for a violation. Subsequent investigation found that Aviles was allegedly operating with a suspended license and that he was intoxicated. Aviles was taken into custody after DUI screening at the scene and pr ocessed at the State Police barracks in the town of Rutland.

On Feb. 25, Vermont State Police responded to 45 Main St. in Poultney in order to assist the Poultney constable investigate a three-car motor vehicle crash. Investigation revealed that operator Rebecca Steinhaur was under the influence of an intoxicant. Steinhaur was subsequently arr ested for DUI and transported to the VSP Castleton VSP Outpost for pr ocessing. Steinhaur declined to speak with Constable Humphries or troppers regarding what had caused her to collide with the parked vehicles. After Steinhaur was pr ocessed for DUI, she was released on citation to appear in Rutland Court at a later date.

Mendon domestic assault On Feb. 24, Vermont State Police responded to Valley View Drive in Mendon to investigate the report of a family fight. Following an investigation into the matter, Todd Blow was arr ested for domestic assault after probable cause was found that he allegedly hit his girlfriend during the course of an argument. He was lodged at the Marble V alley Correctional Center.

Starksboro house burglarized Police investigated a bur glary of r esidence at 91 Meadows Edge Road in Starksboro. The resident came home to find the entry door had been for ced open and several items to include a Nikon camera,Apple Mac laptop, Ipod, Ipad and change bottle had been taken.

DUI in Killington On Feb. 27, the Killington constable r esponded to a report of a single car motor vehicle crash with injuries on Route 100 in Killington near the Golf Course. Further investigation by a r esponding tr ooper r evealed that the operator , Patrick Hudson, was under the influence of alcohol and was subsequently arr ested for DUI 2. Hudson was transported to RRMC for his injuries.

Brandon man in Proctor crash On Feb. 28, the V ermont State Police r e-

sponded to a two-vehicle crash on South Street and Ormsbee Avenue in Pr octor. Investigation revealed that Rodney Kenny, 37, of Brandon, failed to yield to the right of way of Matthew Dobart, 18, of Proctor. Dobart was driving westbound on Ormsbee Ave. and Kenny was driving north on South St. There were no injuries. Kenny was issued a Vermont Civil Violation Complaint for operating with a suspended license.

Family fight in Killington On Mar ch 4, members of the V ermont State Police responded to the Goes er sidence in the T own of Killington for a r eport of a family fight. Investigation at the scene found that during a verbal ar gument Sammi Goes, 36, punched her husband, Gordon Goes, 48, in the face. Sammi Goes was taken into custody and transported to the State Police barracks in Rutland Town.

Marijuana incident in Vergennes On March 4, Vermont State Police stopped a 2006 T oyota 4-Runner bearing New York registration on Route 22a in the city of Vergennes for speeding. Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel and K-9 Aikido assisted. During the stop, over 8 grams of marijuana, 1 gram of THC and fir eworks were located

Ruotolo guilty WOODSTOCK — Annette M. Ruotolo, age 25 changed her plea last week in Windsor Superior Court. The Shar on woman pled guilty to embezzlement charges in W indsor Superior Court Criminal Division, Feb. 28. The Ruotolo case was widely publicized in 2010 after the ex-convenience store worker reportedly stole thousands of dollars from a cash register over several weeks. Det. Sergeant Eric Hudson of the Royalton State Police Barracks made the initial arrest in August 2010. Because Ruotolo change her plea to guilty, she will receive a suspended sentence but will still have to serve 60 days in Windsor County jail. A court sour ce said Ruotolo must complete part of her sentence thr ough the period of probation. Ruotolo was alleged to have stolen the money while employed at the Corner Stop Mini Mart on Route 14. inside of the vehicle. Both Scott Nash and Joseph Darrigo, of Syracuse, N.Y., were later arr ested for possession of marijuana. They wer e later transported to the New Haven State Police Barracks.



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