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EMS PRESS NEWS ‘Tis the season for soup

The Official Newspaper of Edmunds Middle School

Issue 2, 2013

By Isidora Bailly-Hall, Izzy Vansuch, Simran Padgett / EMS Press Staff

Prodded by the first snowfall and dropping temperatures, the EMS Press decided to offer a small sampling of soups at local eateries. We visited Stone Soup and Bruegger’s to taste the soup offerings of the day. At our first stop we ventured into the land of local business at Zabby and Elf’s Stone Soup. It’s

Tim Elliot prepares tomato soup at Stone Soup.

a locally run store placed conveniently near our school. Founded in 1997 by Tim Elliott and Avery Rifkin, Stone Soup has been in Burlington for

16 years. Stone Soup relies on word of mouth to advertise their restaurant. In fact, their only ad is in the EMS Press! (Continued on pg. 4)

The spelling bee buzzes at Edmunds where in our area. This year it was at Tuttle Middle School in The spelling bee is a worldSouth Burlington. Last year we wide competition. There is even hosted it right here at Edmunds. one here at Edmunds!! Mr. BoyThe winner of the regional comers and Ms. Howard were the ad- petition goes to the state competivisors for the spelling bee this tion in Northfield, Vermont. year. Mr. Boyers has been an adThe teams in the regional comvisor for seven years and this is petition can change from year to Ms. Howard’s first competition. year. Generally we compete The competition could be any- against schools like Tuttle, Willis-

By Cenia Lowry / EMS Press Staff

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ton, Shelburne, etc. On each spelling team there can only be six people. The 6th grade spelling team members were Zander, Emma, Sven, Zoey, Zaley, and Katie. The members of the 7/8 spelling team were Ruby, Theo, Lena, Delia, Zora, and Anna. (Continued on pg. 7)


Anjou and the Little Pear is the ultimate in treasure hunting with our ever changing inventory” — Jess Ackerman, Anjou & The Little Pear

The hunt for hidden treasure By Kolby Darrah EMS Press Staff

Treasure hunting is fun, because you get to be surprised by what you find. We visited Anjou and the Little Pear, a consignment store at 53 Main Street in Burlington, owned and operated by Jess Ackerman. Consignment stores are interesting because you see stuff you have never found before. “ I sell Antique, Vintage & Modern Furnishings, art and decorative home accessories, ” explained Ackerman. The store had an interesting smell, like antiques. We looked around and saw old stuff made out of wood and metal. I like to search for something old, usually coins, and choose one to buy that looks older and shinier. How do all of these strange objects arrive at the store? Ackerman gets people to find antiques for her, so she can sell them at her store. Her consigners bring her objects which, she sells and takes 20% of the sale. She said, “ I like the old feel to the

Lamps, bottles, fabrics and furniture all fill the rooms of Anjou and the Little Pear.

antiques ” . The shop opened in July 2009. Ackerman believes her location is a good one, “ I love the vibrancy of the lower Main Street neighborhood in Burlington. The lake is a half a block away and I am on a great corridor connecting UVM & Church Street to the waterfront. The space lends itself to what I do - We have garage doors that can be opened in the back for larger items coming and going. ”

There are things like lamps, and dishes, paintings and couches. The most expensive item that she has sold is a Eames Lounge chair for $3000. We wondered where the name “ Anjou and the Little Pear ” came from. Ackerman told the story, “ When I started dreaming up my business, the Pear came to mind, as it is tasteful and green. I wanted to find and sell items that were just that... tasteful. The green is part of the re-

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use nature of the business. ” Ackerman is happy working with antiques and other used items. She meets new people every day and she gets first glance at all kinds of treasures. She adds, “ I am satisfied with my store. I am happy coming to work opening my doors to new treasures and meeting new people every day. I've formed a lot of great relationships with my 975 consigners! ”


Fire in the spire at the Congregational church Aliaksandr Bychkou was accused of committing this crime. He On October 23 the Congregapleaded innocent. It has been retional Church’s steeple on College ported that Bychkou heard voices St. was set on fire. Genni, a sixth inside his head telling him to go into grader at Edmunds Middle School, the steeple and look for treasure. saw the church burn at 6:10. The According to some sources, Byfiremen appeared a few moments chkou was seen carrying a black later. Genni was stunned as she bag at the site. A fireman also watched the church burn. found a red gas tank inside the The Congregational Church was church steeple. Bychkou had a wife, baby, and a brother at his trial. built in 1867 and also serves as a YMCA daycare facility. This is not The steeple was dismantled on the first time a fire has started in the November 4. The total damage of steeple. In 1994, the Congregation- the fire is estimated to be about al Church steeple caught fire. The $1,000,000. steeple was burned extensively. By Cenia Lowry / EMS Press Staff

Humane Society of Chittenden County By Simran Padgett / EMS Press Staff

he Humane Society of Chittenden County is a wonderful place. It offers animals a home when they have nothing. They accept dogs, cats, and small mammals no matter how old or in what condition. These animals can stay as long as they need until they get a good home. The weirdest animal they have had is a chinchilla. This is a loving and caring place for animals to stay. The humane society has 13 full-time employee’s, 3 part-time employee’s and about 250 volunteers. The society relies on donations and adoptions to run their business. It has been open and running for 112 years, from 1901 to now, 2013.

Dance … or not? The school year is in full swing, and with it comes classes, tests, new friends, and...school dances! Dances can be fun, but they can also be filled with drama and can occasionally end in tears (at least for the girls). However, money from the dance tickets and the bake sale goes to the school to fund field trips and fun activities for the students, so it might be in your best interest to go. I talked to some students about school dances. EMSP: What do you think about the dances? Simran: I like them. They’re fun and energetic and they have good food. But it gets kind of crowded and it can be kind of awkward sometimes. EMSP: What do you think about having to buy a ticket in advance? Simran: I don’t like it. I think you should be able to either get a

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The charred steeple of the Congregational Church on College Street.

By Ella Staats / EMS Press Staff

ticket or just pay at the door. There should be a ticket line and a paying line. EMSP: What could be improved with the dances? Izzy: They should get rid of the ticket system. They should play better songs, because all the songs are from, like, 2005. The music is also kind of loud. Simran: They should sometimes turn off the crazy lights because it hurts your eyes. In general it seems like we need better music and no dance tickets. Dances happen in Sept., Oct., Dec., Feb., April and June, and always on Fridays. I would recommend going just to socialize, be with friends, eat snacks, and support the school. The next dance is Dec. 13--aka Friday the 13th! But don’t worry. I promise you this dance won’t be cursed.


Soup: A second helping ... (Continued from pg. 1)

Stone Soup has a repertoire of about 50 soups, but they only serve four at a time. Their most popular soup is broccoli cheddar. After Stone Soup we ambled down Church Street to Bruegger’s Bagels to taste their soups. Unlike Stone Soup, Bruegger’s is a nationwide chain, and believe it or not, it was started in Burlington! Founded in 1983 by Nord Brue and Mike Dressell, ownership of the Bruegger’s chain has changed hands several times. It is currently is owned by Le Doeuff, a French company that owns many bakeries all over the world. Unlike Stone Soup where you have to order and pick up in person, you can call up in advance and have it ready for you upon arrival. Bruegger’s makes about 7 different kinds of soups in all. Their most popular soup is Chicken Spaetzel. When it comes to advertising, Bruegger’s is more active than Stone Soup with email blasts with coupons and ads in the windows. As a price comparison, soup costs $4.50 at Stone Soup with fresh bread, and $4.59 for soup and bagel bites at Bruegger’s. Both Bruegger’s and Stone Soup make delicious soups. We interviewed the managers or owners of the restaurants and asked about their ingredients. Q: Do you use local ingredients in your soups? Stone Soup: Whenever possible they use leeks, squash, potatoes, pumpkins, carrots from the farm in Burlington. Bruegger's: Does not use local ingredients in their soups.

Q: Do you use any special machinery to make your soup? Stone Soup: Blenders, immersion blender for smooth soup. The China cap strains out big chunks. It is used to infuse flavor. Bruegger's: does not have any special machinery. Soup arrives pre-made from other Breugger’s facilities. Q: How do you come up with your recipes? Stone Soup: Many people come up with recipes. The employees have a free creative license. They create them and then get approval from Tim Elliot to serve them in the restaurant. Bruegger’s: Soup is pre-made other Bruegger’s facilities.

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Q: Do you serve vegan or vegetarian soups? Stone Soup: There are four soups each day, one vegan, one meat, one orange ( like squash or pumpkin) and one cream/dairy choice. Bruegger’s: There are vegetarian soups. There are no vegan choices though. The chef is in the process of creating one. Q: How much money do you spend on ingredients? Stone soup: Whatever the cost is of the bowl of soup is, 20% or 30% of it is the cost of ingredients. Bruegger’s: A single soup cup costs 2.00 for them to produce.


Red is the Rage By Maddi Evans/ EMS Press Staff

2:00 p.m., Special Agent Enrique Camarena left the American ConOn Thursday the 24th of Octosulate in Guadalajara, Mexico, to ber, one middle school in the meet his wife, Mika, for lunch. heart of Burlington was dressed Special Agent Camarena had up to look like a group of insane been in Mexico for more than four red squirrels. This middle school years on the trail of Mexican mariwas our very own Edmunds Midjuana and cocaine drug dealers. dle. Agent Camarena was about to be As part of Red Ribbon Week reassigned, because in three our own Ms. Angela took it into weeks of investigating he had her hands to make sure that evecome dangerously close to exry student knew about how terriposing the top leaders of a multible drugs are. Each and every billion dollar drug pipeline. student wore red all over or just Camarena lives among us no took one of the many supplied ribbons attached to the shirts and more but lives in the nationwide ribbons to show that they pants of 6th, 7th and 8th graders. celebration, red ribbon week. For “Believe, achieve, succeed, drug How was red ribbon week started more information about red ribbon free!� you ask? Well, I could tell you it week ask Ms. Angela from our This was one of the golden was NOT a pretty story. own VKAT, or go to redribinscriptions on the many, many Thursday, February 7, 1985, at bon.org.

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Thoughts about early release schedule while to see what it’s like, the EMS Press decided to find out Last summer, the Burlington what some students thought of School District changed the this change to the schedule. school week so we spend an Many people like the half days hour less time in the classroom and a few people do not. One of on Wednesdays. the main reasons in support of Originally, this schedule was the half days was that people enpresented so teachers could have joy a change in the week. This more enrichment opportunities. was seconded by the point that With this came a barrage of pathese days provide time for sturental complaints. Parents were dents to be more independent. concerned about finding superviOther people said that on sion for their children after school. Wednesday you are exhausted Adding another hour of care from the beginning of the week could be very difficult. and you want some time to relax. Now that we have had quite a Overall, more people who were

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interviewed liked these new Wednesdays than not. Though many fewer people disliked this new schedule, they also had valid reasons for their preference. One person interviewed pointed out that this makes it so that many students need to be ‘babysat’. Another point was that parents already have enough trouble figuring out after school care, and a radical change like this has a big impact on parents’ schedules. Other people thought that half-days were treats and making them standard made them lose their charm.

The Vermont Fencing Alliance atmosphere, there are also many fun traditions. One of those tradiThe VFA (Vermont Fencing tions is Mayhem Night. alliance) aka the northern horde, This is the club’s end of the is a local fencing club full of year celebration involving all sorts swashbuckling fencers. The club of games including wizards and has provided lessons in Middlewarriors (fencing capture the flag) bury, Vermont since its founding where they fence outside in 1992 and it later expanded to (provided it isn’t raining) for the Charlotte in 1997. whole time. The club gives clasThey have hosted the Middle- ses in foil and epee but we do ocbury Open for 20 years. Their casionally take up a saber for spefencers compete in tournaments cial events. During the holidays with all of the Green Mountain di- the VFA has a candy stealing holivision. The VFA provides a variety day party in which winners are of levels available for people of chosen based on how much canthe age of 9 or older. dy they stole. On the second lesAlong with the club’s serious son of every session we play the By Isidora Bailly-Hall / EMS Press Staff

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drawbridge game where newer fencers learn a bit about bouting and pretend to be knights and barbarians. The VFA is a great place to learn to fence and have fun.


My rap

Drawing by Carson Syrell, Champlain Elementary School

I was good in my hood I stood and got my catwood she saw my childhood and I sat down and got my beefwood I eat and saw a cool school, but it was a night school I went to the cool school and sat down on a stool look at the calendar it was April fool and look the teacher told me that it's a high school and saw my friend Abdul and we look at our books; it was a comic book They told me that I have to go in the car for the scar I was sad so I looked at the star she told me that I was sad, I need to add you okay Add me she told me, Don't go too bad so go back to the rap, go to the app and clap but hear it, but don't fall for the trap and snap and don't open the death cap ha peace out, yo

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Anime club has fun, brings friends together By Izzy Vansuch / EMS Press Staff

Anime Club is a club that meets on Mondays from three pm to five p.m. you like anime, then you should join! They watch and draw anime. I interviewed some of the members of Anime Club, Ava, Brook, Kayley, and Maddi. They said, “I like seeing their friends.” “Anime is my passion. It is why I go to school on Mondays’.” “I like to Like to draw.” “Anime club is fun, and everybody is cool.” “You learn Japanese, draw, listen to music, and watch anime.” Join Anime Club!

Brook, Ava, and Kayley play music together at Anime Club.

Submit Cartoons in the boxes throughout the hallways or scan them and send them to emspress@bsdvt.org

By Maddi Evans, Grade 7

Drawing by Robert Wimble

By Maddi Evans, Grade 7

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Contributors: Isidora Bailly-Hall Kolby Darrah Maddi Evans Cenia Lowry Simran Padgett Ella Staats Izzy Vansuch Advisors: Deena Murphy Michael ChaucerTortorello Daniel Simpson


The EMS Press is starting a partnership with the Malayaka House in Uganda! The Malayaka house is a children’s home in Uganda that helps “the most vulnerable orphaned and abandoned Ugandan children” (www. malayakahouse.com). It was started by a Vermonter, Robert Fleming, in 2005. The EMS Press hopes to create a pen-pal program with them. The plan would be to write letters to them, scan our letters, and email them to the Malayaka house where they would print them and deliver them. They will do the same to deliver their letters too. We also plan on doing some fundraisers throughout the year to support them. How to get involved To take part come to the EMS Press meeting after

school at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 11 in the Chorus Room Computer Lab.

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The Cartoonie Page is edited by Maddi Evans and Isidora Bailly-Hall

Drawing by Maddi Evans, EMS Grade 7

Drawing by Robert Wimble EMS, Grade 7

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