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Town hired private investigator, shelled out over $10k in legal fees Invoices reveal allegations sparked investigations in both town and village By COLIN FLANDERS The town of Essex paid for a private investigator to probe a complaint against an employee just days after the village kicked off its own personnel-related inquiry, according to legal invoices obtained by The Reporter. The documents reveal a synchronized response to still-undisclosed allegations that surfaced last November. But unlike

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their village counterparts, town officials haven’t discussed their investigation publicly, nor have they explained how the town has racked up over $10,000 in legal fees on the matter. Selectboard Max Levy said he’s unaware of any recent legal issue costing that much. He declined multiple interview requests, writing in emails that he can’t comment on personnel matters, and said he hoped The Reporter’s request for legal invoices answered any questions. The town shared invoices the next day with descriptions of the attorneys’ work redacted – albeit improperly – that allowed the Reporter to glean some details about the investigation. On November 17, two days after the

village contacted an outside attorney for its own investigation, the town’s law firm signed a contract with a New Hampshirebased private investigator Bill Burgess. Earlier that day, town attorney Bill Ellis met with Levy and two village officials: attorney Dave Barra and president George Tyler. Asked a few weeks ago, Levy brushed off that meeting as a regular rendezvous for consolidation updates, explaining the personnel matter would have been one of several conversation topics. But the email exchange in which officials discussed meeting times had the subject line “personnel matter,” correspondence obtained in a records request shows. To date, the town and village have with-

held the nature of the allegations and the name of the accused. The village trustees also refused to name which policy they consulted in handling the matter, and municipal manager Pat Scheidel denied a request for the investigative report. Trustees consider the matter closed. An October invoice, however, shows a town attorney spoke with Scheidel about a “potential hostile work environment complaint” on October 24 — two weeks before town and village lawyers began working on the matter. In an email Tuesday morning, Levy said Scheidel’s office takes “formal and informal complaints very seriously and handles them accordingly.” Scheidel didn’t

From the archives Essex woman finds dated documents during home remodel

Three candidates are vying for a single seat on the Essex Selectboard this Town Meeting Day, including one incumbent — just not the one you’d expect. Selectwoman Sue Cook confirmed Monday she will not seek re-election after filling in for the final two years of former selectman Brad Luck’s term. Meanwhile, trustee Elaine Haney Sopchak is eying a leap to the town’s governing board while planning to still run for re-election in the village. She will face challengers Timothy K. Farr and RaMona Sheppard. Cook said her decision to step away comes with other volunteer opportunities on the horizon. She called her service a valuable experience and felt she added some structure and discipline to the board, lending a perspective that hasn’t always been represented. And she hoped the community had benefitted from her contributions. “It’s just basically come down to what I want to put my time and energy toward,” she said.

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Wrenner creates website on regional dispatch By COLIN FLANDERS An Essex elected official hopes to be the go-to source for what she calls an objective look at the current plan to create a regional dispatch center in Chittenden County. Selectwoman Irene Wrenner has published a website — www.chitcountydispatch.org — to help inform voters on the pros and cons of a regional hub. The proposal doesn’t include Essex, since the selectboard chose to not approve the agreement in December. Still, Wrenner said she felt obligated to share some of what she’d learned after attending 10 study committee meetings last year. “When something like this goes to the voters, the voters who’ve not been paying close enough attention have trouble parsing what is the basic issue and what are the fundamental upsides and downsides,” Wrenner said. Some of that challenge stems from the difficulty of decision makers — in this case, the joint study commitSee DISPATCH, page 2

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Essex resident Rolenda Corrow found this 1915 Essex Junction Graded School District report behind a corner hutch in her home.

Rolenda Corrow knew her house was old — 128 years old, actually, if her research is correct. So when she and her husband decided to remodel the place they’ve called home for more than 20 years, Corrow did her best to keep the integrity of the house in place. She scoured yard sales and antique shops for just the right furniture pieces, often favoring objects that prompted memories of fixtures from her childhood. Corrow was also more than willing to keep some furniture that came with the house when they purchased it. When she decided to move a massive wooden corner hutch from the back of the house to the front entry 11 years ago, she found some unusual papers stuffed behind. “I thought that was really neat,” Corrow said. “I really believe it was in that time era that it happened to fall back there.” An annual report from the Essex Jct. Graded School District is dated June 19, 1915. The green cover, still in remarkably pristine condition, bears the mark of C. K. Drury: “The Essex Junction Printer.” Inside, the year’s expenses are itemized. Teachers’ salaries totaled a combined $6,224.50, and the superintendent took home $257.42 in annual pay. New furniture cost the district $38.90, and school officials spent $140.43 on all new textbooks. The district paid $621.91 on water, fuel and “lights” and shelled out $119.29 for “repairs.” All told, the expenditures came to $9041.01, according to the pamphlet. On the inside cover, someone performed a bit of quick arithmetic in light pencil strokes, perhaps confirming the provided calculations were indeed correct, Corrow surmised. With a laugh, Corrow said discovering the pamphlet has prompted her to think twice about tossing her own budget information after the vote each year. See ARCHIVES, page 3

Community forum educates parents about addiction, prevention and tough conversations By COLIN FLANDERS A community forum hosted by Rep. Lori Houghton last week highlighted the opioid epidemic and offered parents some suggestions on how to help their children avoid substance abuse issues. Houghton was inspired to host the gathering after a recent meeting at the University of Vermont Medical Center, where a handful of people stood and shared their personal stories about how substance abuse disorders have affected their lives.

“I realized in that moment this disease is very much like high-blood pressure and diabetes and cancer,” Houghton said. “It has no barriers to entry. It affects every race, gender, social position and community throughout the country.” Almost one in 10 adults have a substance abuse disorder, and after the highly-potent drug fentanyl hit the scene around 2013, overdose deaths are on the rise: More than 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016 alone, said Dr. Sanchit Maruti, medical director of UVMMC’s addiction

treatment program. “If you can imagine: We’re having the entire Vietnam War, every year,” Maruti said. “This is truly, of our generation, an epidemic.” Meanwhile, 90 percent of those diagnosed with substance abuse disorder don’t receive specialty treatment, and most medical providers aren’t trained to provide medication-assisted treatment, Maruti said. The medical center is now training primary care providers on those specialized treatments, Maruti said, See FORUM, page 2

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Essex Middle School teacher Mary Viglotti shows an example of a project from the eighth grade drug prevention curriculum during a forum on January 24 at Essex Jct. Recreation and Parks.


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INVESTIGATION from page 1 return a request for comment. After hiring the private detective, Ellis penned letters to the complainant and respondent and continued working on the matter almost daily over the next two weeks. The invoice shows he met with Levy and the accused, spoke to the complainant, had repeated contact with Burgess and communicated with potential witnesses. Ellis also reviewed a report on a prior complaint, the invoice shows, though there’s no description with it. The Reporter requested all employee complaints related to a hostile work environment, harassment or discrimination over the last three years. On Tuesday, deputy town manager Greg Duggan said fulfilling the request would cost The Reporter $1,024. He estimated it would take more than 30 hours for each department head to check their files. It’s unclear when Burgess completed his investigation. The town reimbursed its law firm $3,150 for Burgess’ work, and although Ellis spoke with potential witnesses on November 30, there’s no record of further reimbursements in December. Burgess declined a request for interview, saying he never confirms or denies information about clients he “may or may not have work [sic] for.” Ellis didn’t return a call for comment. A week after the complaint was filed, a town attorney finished a draft personnel policy revision dating back to 2013. The attorney then consulted with staff to add additional language throughout November, including “harassment” and “other protected characteristics.” Among changes in the final document: a general provision titled “investigations/violations” that covers all forms of harassment. Levy previously said that language was inspired by the surge of sexual harassment and assault allegations nationwide. He said the revisions were in the works for a while and denied a suggestion that they were related to the personnel matter.

DISPATCH from page 1 tee — to present an objective look at the issue after spending months trying to make it a reality, she said. "It's often difficult for us, as human beings, to step back and see the bigger picture,” Wrenner said. The study committee was formed after a consultant recommended the regional model about a year ago. Members have met monthly since, preparing a charter and prospective financial breakdown. Municipal manager Pat Scheidel eventually joined the committee after the selectboard went back and

“If you can imagine: We’re having the entire Vietnam War, every year. This is truly, of our generation, an epidemic.” Dr. Sanchit Maruti Medical director of UVMMC’s addiction treatment program, referring to the more than 64,00 drug overdose deaths in 2016

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FORUM from page 1 understanding that addiction remains a chronic condition: Fifty percent of patients require additional treatment within a year. Maruti said these disorders are caused by both genetic and environmental factors. Parents and families can help create positive relationships and experiences and reduce access to illicit sources, he said. Forum attendees learned about Essex Westford School District’s drug prevention education program. Essex Police Cpl. Kurt Miglinas and Essex Middle School

forth on whether to appoint a representative at all. Members then sought volunteers before shooting down their lone applicant: Wrenner. After receiving approval from the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, the committee sent its proposal around to the eight Chittenden County towns and cities that funded the initial consultant. Seven chose to place the measure on Town Meeting Day ballots: Burlington, Colchester, Milton, Shelburne, South Burlington, Williston and Winooski. Involved parties acknowledge efforts like this have spanned half a century, ultimately failing to advance after multiple tries. To survive this year, the

teacher Mary Viglotti discussed their 8th-grade curriculum, which includes the “natural high” project, a drunk goggle simulation and mock DUI, among others. Presenters emphasized parents should talk to other parents, not just with their children. “We should be making sure that our kids are going into safe environments in other people’s homes,” said Maria Sanderson, director of the Burlington Partnership for a Health Community. “Those are hard conversations. So maybe we can start some of that in this room.” Sanderson said 90 percent of people with substance abuse problems started using by age 18.

measure needs an affirmative vote from at least three communities. Wrenner’s website includes pages outlining the difference between regional and local dispatch, eight frequently asked questions and an explanation of the process to date. It also qualifies some of the study committee’s assertions. For example: Study committee members have touted the effort as a service and financial win, saying a regional model could greatly shorten emergency response times and create a cost-efficient staffing structure. Yet Wrenner says service will only improve if Shelburne voters agree to

Most kids say they don’t drink alcohol for fear of disappointing their parents. The Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Surveys, given to students in grades six to 12 every other year since 1993, show while adolescent rates of cigarette use have greatly decreased, regular marijuana use is on the rise. Sanderson said this is likely due to society’s changing views toward the drug. The forum coincided neatly with Essex High School students Riley Allen and Paolo Mattos’ first day of filming for a documentary about the heroin and opioid crisis. Allen said she’s heard more about the crisis in school, and her

join the model, allowing the regional center to be both a dispatch and public service answering point, or 911 call center. Otherwise, the delay in transferring from the PSAP to dispatchers will remain. Plus, she said, there are some improvements that could come without regionalizing. Wrenner said improvements to U.S. 911 mapping may lead to faster dispatching, citing a Wall Street Journal article from earlier this month that says better technology could cut out the need for 911 operators to extract a caller’s location (while apps like Uber use GPS data to quickly pinpoint users). That might mean emphasizing faster technology to companies or those in Congress, Wrenner said. She also pointed to testimony from Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo at

father, who works at UVMMC, has come home talking about overdoses among kids her age. She said she hoped to share the film with students and parents. "It's really amazing how a community can come together, bring up this idea and talk more about it, because I think that's what's going to help us prevent this,” Allen said. Mattos was surprised more students didn’t show up to the forum. He felt everyone should hear the talk and said he planned to go home that evening and discuss it with his younger sister. “I know for a fact she's going to have friends that do it,” he said. “I just want her to know the real truth.”

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Selectwoman Irene Wrenner, pictured at a recent selectboard meeting, said she's spent over 100 hours creating a website that offers information about the proposal for a regional dispatch center. a city council meeting last year. Del Pozo said he tells his loved ones to call the direct seven-number line to dispatch, ironically known

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as the non-emergency number, because it's a one-step process. The study committee has also said a regional center would create a costefficient staffing structure, offering now-lacking career advancement for dispatchers. Wrenner notes dispatchers were noticeably absent from study committee meetings, being informed rather than consulted on the plans. Aaron Frank, Colchester’s assistant town manager who chaired the study committee, didn’t return requests for an interview. Wrenner’s web outreach is nothing new for the selectboard veteran: In 2016, she created a similarlythemed website questioning some of the decisions that led up to the plan for a recreation district. Wrenner, who estimates the website has taken over 100 hours, said she believes the best way to serve the public is to take issues and “distill them down into something the person who elected you can understand.” “If I can’t do that,” she said, “then what’s the point?”


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ARCHIVES from page 1 Perhaps most peculiar, though, was the handful of annual reports from the Brattleboro Retreat, a mental health and addiction hospital in southern Vermont. One surprisingly wellkept piece even featured the name “Vermont Asylum for the Insane,” the trope the hospital was founded under in 1834. Corrow has since pored over property records at the town clerk’s office, denoting names and dates of sale as best she can. So far, she hasn’t found a documented connection between any of her home’s inhabitants and the Brattleboro Retreat. Still, Corrow said she sometimes finds herself imagining what the house’s former tenants were like. And while she’s never seen anything supernatural, more than one family member has sworn they spotted a ghost lurking around. “I never really realized, to be honest, when I started to find this,” Corrow said. “I didn’t realize I had all these parts. It was more that I thought it was funny." PHOTOS BY MICHAELA HALNON

LEFT: Rolenda Corrow thumbs through a stack of old documents she found behind a corner hutch in her home. RIGHT: An old school report sports an itemized list of expenses.

TMD from page 1 Sopchak, meanwhile, is gearing up for a longer-thanusual campaign season. Petitions for village trustee are due the day before Town Meeting Day, and elections take place in April. Sopchak said some community members asked her to consider throwing her name in after she’d heard no one had submitted a petition. Though others have since stepped forward, Sopchak said the position would allow her to enhance the partnerships that have already started between the village and the town. She wouldn’t be the first to hold dual roles if elected: Bernie Parizo, a former teacher and state representative, served both the town and village in the 1980s. Asked why she would be a good fit for the selectboard,

Sopchak listed off some traits: experience, competence and dedication to the community. “But also collegial, or respectful,” she said. “I’m in it for the community, not myself,” she added. Sheppard, who will be on her second consecutive Town Meeting Day ballot, said some residents urged her to stay active after falling short to two incumbents last year. She noted her strong support in the town, where she was the highest vote-getter. Sheppard said her supporters have liked her message, especially her hope to bring some civility and oversight to town hall and her continued to focus on budgeting and disciplined spending — skills honed as finance director and human resources manager for the town of Underhill. “You just all have to bring some good ideas down there and see what the people think,” she said. “I just think there’s a lot more transparency that needs to be brought to the selectboard, brought to the town.”

Farr, 31, moved to Essex two years ago and cited his recent drive to get involved, inspired in part by the “massive political shift” across the country that’s shown “everyone’s voice counts.” “If you don’t get out there and you don’t get involved as an individual, and things happen around you politically … you have no one to blame but yourself,” he said. Farr said some residents have shared concerns about the town’s fiscal responsibility, while others seem to be “fed up with the whole system.” Farr has worked with the Vermont Progressive Party for the last two years. He said he hopes to be an alternative to the status quo, noting he’s not some “corporate hotshot” with a high-profile job: He’s a full-time waiter at a local Friendly’s, he said. “I’m just your average Joe,” he said. “I want to represent the folks who feel like they’re being underrepresented in local government.”

Town program offers chance to adopt a trail For Essex residents who enjoy hiking, walking, and spending time outside, an opportunity to enjoy nature and give back to the community is here! The Town of Essex Conservation and Trails Committee, in conjunction with the Essex Parks and Recreation Department, announced that signups are now available for residents to become a part of the Essex Trail Caretaker Program. Similar to the AdoptA-Highway programs, residents who sign up to participate in the program will be able to choose a trail or path to “adopt” and watch over. “This is a fantastic opportunity for residents to help improve and expand the recreation opportu-

nities available in our community,” said Eric McCarthy, chairman of the Conservation and Trails Committee. No advance knowledge, experience, or training will be required to participate in the program. Essex Parks and Recreation will lead training sessions to emphasize proper pruning techniques, how to identify invasive species, and situations in which to call in issues, such as downed trees and other maintenance problems. The revamped Trail Caretaker program is a result of diligent work on part of the Conservation and Trails Committee and the Parks and Recreation Department. “We all recognized that there are a lot of trails that

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are underused but are great recreational resources for our community and we wanted to help encourage the increased use by residents,” said McCarthy. This his program is open to individuals and families alike, including children of all ages, and is a unique volunteer opportunity that combines recreational opportunities with giving back to the community. For or more information or to sign up, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 878-1342, or recmail@essex.org.

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Vermont Sportsman Classic takes over Expo PHOTOS BY BOB LOCICERO CLOCKWISE FROM RIGHT: 1) Jacob Bushey, a volunteer in the Camp Ta-Kum-ta fish booth assists a young angler release a fish. 2) Dustin Dattilio of Bridgeport works on a painting at the Yankee Classic. 3) Johnthon Rodd of Williston tries the custom video game setup built by Green Mountain Gear-Heads of Williston at the Sportsman Classic Friday, Jan. 19. 4) Nine-year-old Jordan Tucker of Hinesburg reacts as she puts one through the target center. Volunteer Dick Laberge of Florida assists her.

Academic achievements Evelyn Beliveau was named a Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar at a ceremony held at Bowdoin College on October 27. This recognition is given to students who were in the top 20 percent of their class during the past academic year based on GPA. Beliveau is a member of the class of 2019 and is earning a major in visual arts and a minor in mathematics. Sebastian Hanna, a biochemistry major, has been inducted into the University of Vermont chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious academic honor society in the United States. Membership in Phi Beta Kappa is a rare honor, and academics and employers recognize it as a mark of intellectual breadth and exceptional academic performance. The following students from the Essex Westford School District were named to the Champlain College President's List for the fall 2017 semester: Kayla Arena, Scott Jurkiewicz, Laura Kessen, David Valley and Christopher Vanornum of Essex Junction. Adam Cross of Westford and Darcy Patnode of Jericho also made the list. Students are named to the Dean’s List for achieving a grade point average of 4.0 or higher. Ann-Marie Marvin of Westford was named to the fall semester Dean’s List for her academic achievements as an LPN nursing student at Vermont Technical College. The following students were names to the Community College of Vermont Fall 2017 Student Honors List for having a 4.0 GPA while taking less than 12 credits: Dori Richards, Melinda Bechtel, Steven Black, Katherine Boller, Ridmi Coe, Kelly Holmes, Marissa Johnson, Chelton Martin, Jordan Norcross, Giancarlo Ortiz, Misha Pemble-Belkin, Megan Pidgeon, Katherine Randall and Elaine Sarkisian of Essex Jct.; Kristen Burns and Brandy Provost of Jericho; Erica Lovejoy of Westford. Essex Jct. students making the Dean's List with GPAs of 3.5 - 3.99 were Bradley Bissonnette, Emily Boisvert, Jessica Johnson, Nicole Mayette, Daniel McKivergan, Malena Meuten, Tyler Mueller, Bhawana Niroula and Riley Williams. CCV also named Elissa Evans and Joshua Fisher to the President's List for achieving 4.0 GPAs while taking full course load. Several students received a place on the

University of Vermont's Dean's List. Jordan Appenzeller, Clara Behrman, Jessica Brideau, Jonathan Burton, Andrew Cimonetti, Liam Coulter, Holly Dahlgren, Zoe Filan, Meaghan Frank, Timothy Gleason, Emily Goodrich, Sebastian Hanna, Gabriela Heermans, Leah Kelleher, Katarina Krizanac, Eric Lamphere, Connor LeBlanc, Jake Meunier, Nicholas Minadeo, Marisa Minadeo, Alistair Murphy, Paula Noordewier, Christopher Nuckols, Ella Overfiled Lamberti, Adam Petrucci, Mallory Stultz, Audrey Wilbur, Timothy Yandow, Grace Yu, Adam Hurlburt, Kaelyn Jenny, Kevin Hancock, Emily Evenson, Alissa Chiu, Amaal Abdelrahman, Charlotte Evans, Alexandra Esposito, Joseph Galati, Melissa Stewart, Annemarie Matell, Charlotte Pratt, Alexander Benevento, Margaret Turvey, Zoe Sheppard, Christopher Diehl, Jacqueline Littlefield, Brittany Moore, Niveditha Badrinarayanan, Connor MacDonald, Priyanka Santhanakrishnan, Nathan Miles, Arthur Beliveau and Sarah Dyke all made the list for have a better than 3.0 GPA and being in the top twenty percent of their class in their respective college or school. Anna Burke, Anna Chaffee, Thomas Chivers, Samuel Clark, Clara Douglas, Steven Garcia, Dyani Jones, Isaac Racine, Makayla Racine, Adam Wechsler, Dakota Jones, Andrea Barton and Samantha Elgin of Jericho all received this same honor, as did Lindsay Hallowell, Julia Kitonis, Christopher Irish and William Dunkley of Westford. Johnson State College awarded positions on the president's list for GPAs of 4.0 to Grace Hazen and Wanda Keosian, where they were joined by Shastina Ann-Wallace of Jericho and Emily Anderson of Westford. Gloria Keough, Elise Hatoum and Matthew Lyon were joined by Peter Barbagallo of Jericho on the dean's list at the University of Rhode Island for their 3.30 quality point average. Alexis Smith made the dean's list at the University of New Haven and was joined by Allison Morrissey of Jericho. Sarah Diesing mad the dean's list at Harding University by maintaining a 3.65 GPA or higher with no imcompletes. Caroline Rose was named to the Lasell

College Dean's List for maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or above. The following students were named to the dean's list with at the University of New Hampshire with honors (GPA 3.5-3.64), high honors (GPA 3.65-3.84) and highest honors (3.85-4): Sarah Dramstad (highest honors), Amanda Reardon (high honors) and Braeden Hughes (honors). Jericho students who also made the list are Marina Bowie and Althea Devereux (highest honors), Molly Finn and Michael O'Connor (high honors) and Jeffrey Carter (honors). They were also joined by Lauren Irish (highest honors) of Westford. Calleigh Brignull made the dean's list at Furman University for a GPA of 3.4 or higher. Ethan Benton was names to the dean's list at Western Connecticut State University. Mackenzie Rumril achieved a minimum GPA of 3.65 to earn a place on the dean's list at Southern Vermont College. Roger Williams University awarded two students in the area with a place on the dean's list for maintaining GPAs of 3.4 and above: Rebecca Astor of Essex Jct. and Jacob Wechsler of Jericho. The University of New England named Mackenzie Burnett, Jonathon Bosley, Amarah Emerson and Karyn Scarczkopf to the dean's list for attaining GPAs of 3.3 and above. Emmas Ruegsegger of Jericho and Joseph Aiken of Westford also received this honor. Students attending Vermont Technical College who were awarded positions on the dean's list for GPAs of 3.5 and above were Eric Alwine, Heather Austin, Jessica Ballard, Emily Bulger, Tyler Couture, Abdulkerim Dozic, Pawan Gautam, Nathan Jenkins, Jill Kowalski, William McSoley, Tapan Nepal, Maggie O'Brien, Diwas Sharma and Samuel Velasquez. Graduating from VTC this semester were Abdulaziz Alsuwaydani with a BS in business technology and management; Hossain Al Mordef, Abdullah Hassan Basarih, and Mohanned Mohammedhosin each earning a BS in computer engineering technology; Keely Marie Colburn earning a paramedic certificate. Maintaining a GPA between 3.25 and 3.74 earned Victoria Bean a spot on the dean's

list at SUNY Canton. At SUNY Oneonta, a 3.5 GPA or above earned Emily Dramstad a spot on the dean's list. Ithaca College names Molly Noel and Laura Sturm to their dean's list . Castleton University awards students maintaining a 3.5 GPA to the dean's list. Nathan Bedell, Carter Kline, Jasmina Kokorovic, Kalvyn Langford, Emily O'Neill, Rohin Saini, Natasha Teston and Liam Welsh were all honored, as well as Jenna McCarthy, Julia Smith, Erin Sulva and Kurtis Swahn of Jericho. Cassidy Reid earned a spot on Siena College's dean's list for her GPA between 3.5 and 3.89. Alec Dorfner make the President's list for maintaining a GPA above 3.9. Bradley Adair of Jericho joined Julie Chadwick, Anna Singer and Abigail Malle on the University of Delaware Dean's List for achieving GPAs of 3.33 or above. Katherine James was named to the dean's list at George Fox University for maintaining a GPA of no lower than 3.5. Annie Grey Tarver was named to the dean's academic honor roll at Baylor University for a GPA of 3.7 or above. Jessica Stowe's GPA of 3.5 or above earned a place on the dean's list at Stonehill College. Southern New Hampshire University awarded Chloie Janara a position on the president's list for a GPA between 3.7-4. Rachel Gammal maintained a 3.5 GPA or above to make the dean's list at Emmaneul College. Jacob Wechsler of Jericho made the dean's list at Roger Williams University with a GPA of 3.4 or higher, joining Rebecca Astor who achieved the same honor. Olivia Malle kept a GPA of 3.5 or above to make the dean's list at Coastal Carolina University. Noah Ferris and Lindsey Gleason both earned places on the dean's list at the College of William and Mary for their 3.6 or above quality point average. Calen Battig of Westford achieved the dean's list at Grove City College with a GPA between 3.4-3.59. Grace Elizabeth Murphy was named to the dean's list at Bentley University.


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opinion & community LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

INTO THE WOODS WITH ETHAN TAPPER

Santa letter had right idea I would like to call your readers’ attention to the cute letters to Santa written by school children that were published in the Dec. 21 Essex Reporter. In particular, the letter written by Angela shows compassion, empathy

and wisdom beyond her years. I reprint it here: “I’m a big kid, but I still believe in you, who embodies love. I believe in the reason for the season. I believe in the spirit of Christmas. I believe the world would be a better place if we acted kind, generous and loving to-

ward each other, all year ‘round. I still have hope and believe we can all come closer together with respect and care for one another. True love, amongst all, is my Christmas wish this year.” Russell W. Kinaman Essex

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REP. LORI HOUGHTON Highlights of Week 4 include the governor’s budget address, the health care access public meeting and the passage of the highway safety bill. The highway safety bill passed by a voice vote of 133-7. Highlights include creating civil violations for license suspensions for persons under 21 including minimum penalties for using portable electronic devices; enhancing penalties for driving under the influence with minors in the car; and establishing primary seat belt legislation. Primary seat belt legislation means police may pull someone over for not wearing their seat belt. Vermont highway fatalities have risen steadily and last year, 52 percent of fatalities were unbelted. Current Vermont seatbelt use hovers around 85 percent; with this legislation, we expect it to increase by 5 percent. Based on Vermont statistics this could save three additional lives and 15 serious injuries each year moving forward. Millions of dollars in medical costs, life insurance premiums, disability payments and lost wages could be avoided, not to mention the physical and mental stress placed on those injured and the family and friends around them. Statistics show racial profiling occurs with traffic stops which caused many legislators to pause. In Vermont we have fair and impartial policing policies - police must track the race of everyone stopped. That information is

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made public and reviewed by many. We need to ensure state and local police are eliminating racial profiling while protecting the lives of all Vermonters. The House and Senate health care committees heard testimony from 51 witnesses at a joint public hearing on access to health care. The call from more than 400 people who attended was for implementing Act 48 with universal health care, with some witnesses urging universal primary care as a next step. Witnesses shared stories of healthcare hardships from being underinsured or not being able to afford premiums. Many people put off going to doctors until there is an emergency. This hearing was a reminder that what we do is not theoretical- Vermonters lives are at stake. The governor proposed total spending at $3.86 million, an increase of $82 million reached without raising any new taxes or fees. A few of his proposals include phased in elimination of income tax on social security benefits for low and moderate income seniors, $3.2 million to attract people to Vermont by targeting those most likely to live here and $400k to a ThinkVT innovation fund to help small business. What was not discussed: programs proposed to be reduced or eliminated to afford these new or expanded programs. All committees of jurisdiction have begun diving into the details with an expected final budget by mid-March.

OBITUARIES

GARY A. BURNS ColCHESTER/lAkElAND, FlA.– Gary Alan Burns, 65, passed away unexpectedly on January 9, at his home in lakeland, Fla.

BERTIE R. BOYCE ESSEX JCT. – Bertie Reynold Boyce died at home in on January 23 in the care of his wife, Marilyn, and beloved family after an extended illness as a beautiful winter rainbow shone on the top of Prospect Hill. His commitment, love of

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He was born in Colchester on April 16, 1952, the son of Rita F. Burns of Essex Jct. and the late kenneth E. Burns. He graduated from Essex Jct. High School in 1970.

Gary worked for many years in the auto parts industry in Essex Jct. He truly enjoyed his work with Essex Auto Supply, Partstown Essex and Federated Auto. Many of his customers went on to become some of Gary’s greatest friends. Gary is survived by his son, Gary Burns Jr., of New orleans and his daughter, Shannon Burns, of oakwood, Ill. He is also survived by one grandson, Damien Burns, of oakwood. Gary leaves his mother, Rita Burns, of Essex Jct.; his sister kathy (Carolin) and her husband, John, of Colchester; his brother Jeff of Shelburne, and his brother Dan and his wife, Suzanne, of Jericho. He is also survived by his partner of many years, Donna o'Connor, of Colchester. Gary was predeceased by his brother David

in 2012. After retirement, Gary decided he was tired of the Vermont winters and split his time between his summer residence in Colchester and his winter residence in lakeland. Wherever Gary was, he continued to make many friends and enjoyed spending time and sharing stories with all of them. Always an avid motorcyclist, some of Gary’s happiest times were touring the countryside on two wheels. Gary was also actively involved with the Fraternal order of Eagles. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in June. The family invites you to share your memories and online condolences by visiting www.davidrussellfuneralhome.com.

family, concern for others and sense of humor will be greatly missed by all. Bertie was born in Groton on March 27, 1933, the son of Raymond Boyce and Anna (Hood) Boyce. He graduated from Wells River High School in 1951, BS University of Vermont in 1956, MS University of Vermont in 1958, doctoral degree Rutgers University 1961 then returned to the University of Vermont. He dedicated 47 years to education and conducting research to improve growing small fruits in New England, retiring in 1998 as professor emeritus. He took much joy in advising and working with hundreds of students over the years. Bertie’s keen love of God’s creation, the outdoors, his family, working with his hands, antique car restoration and genealogy are a cherished legacy for

family and friends. He and Marilyn supported home and foreign mission endeavors especially those focused on medical and educational initiatives for children. Illness disrupted plans to volunteer at Maine’s Seguin Island lighthouse and Give kids the World in Florida. Bertie is survived by his wife of 62 years, his sister, Arvilla Goss, and husband, Sanford; sister-inlaw, Sandra Boyce; his son, Reynold Jonathan Boyce, and wife, kimberly, of San Antonio, Texas; his daughter, kimberley Boyce Paul, and husband, David, of Essex Jct.; his grandchildren kevin Boyce and wife, Tiffany; Erica Boyce Roberts and husband, Scott; Christopher Boyce and wife, Brogan; Matthew Boyce and Alexandria Villarreal, Rebekah Boyce, Zachary Boyce, David Paul and wife,

Jennifer; Timothy Paul, and Seth Paul and wife, Margaret; his great-grandchildren Damien and Niko Cummings, Marnet Roberts, lukas and Mckenna Boyce. He was pre-deceased by his parents and his brother, Stanley. A private internment service will be held in the Boltonville Cemetery in the spring. Thank you to the friends, relatives, SDA Church Family, Dr. Stephen Baad and VNA staff for supporting our beloved dad and family. For those wishing to honor Bertie’s memory, contributions may be sent to The Fold Family Ministries, Box 1188 lyndonville VT, 05851 or the Brownell Mountain School, Seven Day Adventist Church, St. George Rd, Williston, VT 05490.

ESSEX JCT. – Sharon A. (Stetson, Cleary) Von Sitas, 73, of Essex Jct. passed away on Jan. 23, 2018 at UVM Medical Center in Burlington. Sharon was born Dec. 4, 1944 in Colchester to Ray and Phyllis White. She was the chief executive officer of the Northwestern Vermont Board of Realtors. She was recognized nationally in real estate and sat on several national real estate committees. Sharon was also the chief executive officer of the Montana State Board of Realtors. Sharon was also

a lobbyist in Washington D.C. for real estate. She was a graduate from Essex Jct. High School Class of 1962. Sharon enjoyed trips in the family RV. She was an avid reader and was never happier than when she was with her grandchildren. She leaves behind her husband, Edward Von Sitas; stepson, Stephen Von Sitas, and his wife, katja Von Sitas; her grandchildren kai Von Sitas and Blake Von Sitas and several cousins and her best friend, linda osterhoudt. Sharon is predeceased

by her parents, Ray and Phyllis White; her brother, Bill Stetson, and his wife, lee Stetson; and her sister, lucille Remington. The family would like to say thank you to the medical team from Bayada as well as the nurses and doctors of Baird 4 at the UVM Medical Center. A celebration of Sharon’s life was held on January 27. The family also invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting www.awrfh.com

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mong foresters, American beech (Fagus grandifolia) is a common source of consternation. It is often considered a low-value, low quality “weed,” outcompeting other tree species and taking over the forest’s understory. Some foresters interested in maintaining diversity, increasing forest health and growing more commercial tree species have adopted special practices just to avoid regenerating beech, including treating cut beech stumps with herbicide. To the layperson, this may seem a little extreme. Healthy beech trees are beautiful, with smooth grey “elephant skin” bark. A grove of large beech trees has a high, arching canopy, casting green-tinged light on everything below. Beechnuts are a valuable source of food for wildlife, prized by black bear, turkey and deer, among many others. The wood, while not much good for lumber, is decent firewood. So what’s the problem? Beech was dominant in Vermont’s pre-settlement forests, comprising about 40 percent of the trees across New England. It is “shade-tolerant,” meaning that it can grow with very little light, under dense canopies. Shade-tolerant trees dominate undisturbed forests over time; they grow in the understory, waiting for less-tolerant species to decline, at which point they take over. The pre-settlement forests of Vermont experienced major disturbances infrequently (by modern standards), which created great conditions for growing beech and other shade-tolerant species such as hemlock and red spruce. About 80 percent of Vermont’s forests were cleared for agriculture in the early-mid 1800s, eliminating much of our old-growth beech. When this agricultural land was abandoned and allowed to succeed to forest, conditions favored fast-growing shade-intolerant tree species, such as white pine, white birch and aspen. In 1920, just as much of Vermont was beginning to revert back to forest, a new threat to beech was discovered in Nova Scotia. Beech bark disease, also known as the “beech blight,” quickly spread throughout Vermont. BBD is a disease “complex,” the combination of an exotic scale insect and two species of fungi in the genus Neonectria. It manifests itself in the bark of beech trees, which becomes mottled with black lesions and bumps. Most beech trees can still reach a reproductive age but are killed by BBD before they become very large or old. Beech is thought to be able to live for 400-600 years, but today I rarely see one older than 60-80. While some beech trees show resistance to BBD, maintaining relatively smooth bark, they are uncommon. When beech trees are stressed (as they are when they have BBD) their root systems produce sprouts, and so the understory of forests with BBD-infected beech are often dominated by a near-monoculture of beech saplings. These sprouts are equipped with an established root system, allowing them to outcompete young trees of other species, and are genetically identical to the parent tree, making them equally susceptible to BBD. As if that wasn’t enough, beech is one of whitetailed deer’s least favorite foods; due to over-browsing by deer in many areas of Vermont, other tree species get eaten but beech is left alone. All of these factors explain why beech is branded a “weed.” In many forests the presence of beech means a less healthy, diverse understory and overstory, both dominated by a species which is diseased, low-value and skilled at sprouting, good at outcompeting young trees of other species but unable to grow into healthy, mature trees. Vermont’s forests have endured a number of exotic pests and pathogens since European settlement: the American chestnut blight, Dutch elm disease, butternut canker, blister rust, the approaching hemlock wooly adelgid and emerald ash borer … the list goes on. In each of these examples, a pest or pathogen introduced by humans leads to the loss of a tree species or the fundamental alteration of its behavior. These changes reverberate throughout our forested ecosystems, causing unpredictable problems for our native flora and fauna. While BBD-infected beech trees may be cut, encourage the growth of BBD-resistant beech trees wherever they are found. With good management, and given enough time, I think we stand a chance of re-establishing beech as a healthy piece of our forested ecosystems. Ethan Tapper is the Chittenden County forester. He can be reached at ethan.tapper@vermont.gov, by phone at 585-9099 or at his office at 111 West St., Essex Jct.

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Religious Directory

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CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH - 61 Main St., Essex Jct., 878-8341. James Gangwer, pastor. Sunday School: 10 a.m., Worship Service: 11 a.m., Sunday evening worship: 6 p.m., Wednesday evening youth groups, Adult Bible study and prayer: 7 p.m.; FundamentalIndependent. CHRIST MEMORIAL CHURCH - Route 2A, Williston, just north of Industrial Ave. 878-7107. Wes Pastor, lead pastor, proclaiming Christ and Him crucified, Sundays: 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., www.cmcvermont.org. COVENANT COMMUNITY CHURCH - 1 Whitcomb Meadows Lane, Essex Jct. 879-4313. Rev. Jeannette Conver, pastor. Adult bible class: 9 a.m., Sunday service: 10 a.m. with fellowship following. Infant through pre-K childcare provided, cccpastorjeannette@gmail.com; Facebook page: bit.ly/2rDz4NE DAYBREAk COMMUNITY CHURCH - 67 Creek Farm Plaza, Colchester. 338-9118. Brent Devenney, lead pastor. Sunday service: 10:30 a.m., AWANA: Thursdays twice a month, www.daybreakvermont.org; brentdaybreak@gmail.com ESSEX ALLIANCE CHURCH - 37 Old Stage Road, Essex Jct. 878-8213. Sunday services: 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., www.essexalliance.org. ESSEX CENTER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - 119 Center Rd (Route 15), Essex. 878-8304. Rev. Mitchell Hay, pastor. Service 10:00 a.m. with Sunday School and childcare provided. We offer a variety of small groups for prayer, Bible study, hands-on ministry, and studying contemporary faith issues. Please join us for worship that combines the best of traditional and contemporary music and spirituality. We are a safe and welcoming space for all people to celebrate, worship, ask questions and plant spiritual roots. FIRST CONgREgATIONAL CHURCH OF ESSEX JUNCTION - 1 Church Street, Essex Jct. 878-5745. Rev. Mark Mendes, senior pastor. Sunday Worship Services: 8:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Communion: first Sunday of every month. Sunday School: weekly at 10:15 a.m. 5th/6th Grade youth group: first Sunday of month. Jr. & Sr. high youth groups: every Sunday. Heavenly Food Pantry: second Monday of the month, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and fourth Thursday, 2 – 6 p.m., except for Nov. & Dec. when it is the third Thursday. Essex Eats Out community dinner: 1st Friday of the month, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Music includes Sanctuary Choir, Praise Band, Junior Choir, Cherub Choir, Handbell Choir, Men’s Acapella & Ladies’ Acapella groups. UCC, an Open and Affirming Congregation, embracing diversity and affirming the dignity and worth of every person, because we are all created by a loving God. www.fccej.org; welcome@fccej. org gRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - 130 Maple Street, Essex Jct., 1 mile south of the Five Corners on Maple Street / Route 117. 878-8071. Worship Sundays: 9:30 a.m., with concurrent church school pre-K to grade 6. Handicapped-accessible facility. Adult choir, praise band, women’s fellowship, missionally active. Korean U.M.C. worship Sundays: 12 p.m., come explore what God might be offering you! HOLY FAMILY - ST. LAwRENCE PARISH - St. Lawrence: 158 West St., Essex Jct. 878.5331. Saturday Vigil: 4:00 p.m.; Sunday Morning: 8:00 a.m. Holy Family: 36 Lincoln St., Essex Jct., Sundays: 11 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. For more information visit www.hfslvt.org. MT. MANSFIELD UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOwSHIP - 195 Vermont Route 15, Jericho, the red barn across from Packard Road. 899-2558. Services are held 9:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Sunday of each month from September through June. Visit www.mmuuf. org. ST. JAMES EPISCOPAL CHURCH - 4 St. James Place, Essex Jct., off Rt. 2A at the Fairgrounds Gate F. 8784014. Rev. Kim Hardy. Holy Eucharist, Sundays: 10 a.m. Visit www.stjamesvt.org; office@stjamesvt.com. ST. PIUS X CHURCH - 20 Jericho Road, Essex. 878-5997. Rev. Charles Ranges, pastor. Masses: Saturday, 4:30 p.m. & Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Confessions: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. or please call 878-5331 for an appointment.

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The Essex Community Players will be holding auditions for their upcoming production, "The Man Who Came to Dinner." This show will have a large cast with plenty of roles for ages 20 to 75 years old. Auditions are spread out over three days starting on Friday, Feb. 10. See listing for complete details.

1 Thursday drop-In relaxaTIon Group

8:40 - 8:55 a.m., Azimuth Counseling, 8 Essex Way, Essex Jct. 15-minute stress reduction group to help release stress and promote well-being. Led by Gloria Varagallo, LCMHC, AAP. Free. donations accepted. For details visit azimuthcounseling.org or call 288-1001.

sellInG To The VermonT naTIonal Guard

9 a.m. - noon, Liquid Measurement Systems, 141 Morse Dr., Milton. Find out how you can support the growing relationship between the Vermont National Guard and your business! Space is limited; to register by Wednesday, Jan. 31 visit http://vtptac.ecenterdirect.com/ event or contact Joanne Spaulding by email Joanne.Spaulding@ vermont.gov or phone 522-9135.

read To archIe

3:15 - 4:15 p.m., Brownell Library. Archie loves to listen to kids read. He is certified by Therapy Dogs of Vermont. Archie’s owner is Christine Packard, chair of Brownell Library Trustees.

Free communITy soup and Bread supper

4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Covenant Community Church, 1 Whitcomb Meadows Ln., Essex Jct. Choose from a variety of hearty soups and breads, plus a sweet dessert. Stay to eat at the church with friends and family, or pick up to take home. For more information call Pastor Jeannette Conver at 879-4313. Free.

harry poTTer Book nIGhT: FanTasTIc BeasTs

6 p.m., Phoenix Books Essex, 2 Carmichael St., Essex Jct. We’ll be sharing the wonder of J.K. Rowling’s unforgettable stories and introducing the next generation of readers to the unparalleled magic of Harry Potter. Here at Phoenix, young wizards, witches and muggles will be

treated to an evening of beastly games, activities, readings and quizzes. Free; all ages.

adulT colorInG

6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Essex Free Library. Bring your own books or choose from a variety of printed pictures supplied by the library.

2 FrIday preschool yoGa 10 - 10:30 a.m., Brownell LIbrary. Come sing songs, hear stories and do yoga with Danielle. Ages 2 & up.

River Rd., Essex Jct. Our local state reps will make a few comments but most of the evening will be informal conversation, enjoying free pizza (while it lasts!) and drinking very local beverages at a cash bar. Whether you want to chat about issues, ask about state policies or learn how to get involved with Essex Dems, this will be a fun and relaxed place to do just that.

lIVe aucTIon and VarIeTy show

3 - 4:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Build awesome creations with Legos!

7 - 9 p.m., The Lamp Shop, 12 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Join us for performances by Vt. Dance Academy artists, guest musicians and a live auction. All proceeds will directly support VDA's 2018 programs and events. $5 - $15 donations accepted at the door. For more details email info@vermontdance. org.

Teen adVIsory Board

3 saTurday

musIcal sTory TIme

10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Essex Free Library. Rock out and read with books, songs and instruments. All ages.

leGo cluB

3 - 4:30 p.m., Brownell Library. "Peas come back" to plan for the second annual Pun-Off! Wrap up the summer video logistics and "dig into" a snack to celebrate the groundhog. All 9-12 graders welcome.

maGIc: The GaTherInG

6 - 8 p.m., Brownell Library. Whether you know the game or are curious to find out more, come have tons of gaming fun!

FIsh dInner

6 - 7 p.m., VFW Post 6689, 73 Pearl St., Essex Jct. Come join us in support of veterans and enjoy baked or fried haddock, mashed potatoes, french fries, coleslaw, dinner rolls and cake! $12.

knIT nIGhT

6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Adult knitters and crocheters are invited to settle in front of the fireplace in the Main Reading Room to knit, share projects and patterns, and engage in conversation.

Beer, pIzza and conVersaTIon wITh democraTs 6:30 - 8 p.m., 1st Republic Brewery, 39

heaVenly cenTs ThrIFT shop

9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Heavenly Cents, 3 Main St., Essex Jct. Our winter sale begins this weekend. All clothing marked half off, and we have lots of coats, sweaters and pants for sale.

GroundhoG day sTory and snacks

10 - 10:45 a.m., Brownell Library. Stories, music and a craft about Groundhog Day! All ages.

weekend sToryTIme

10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Essex Free Library. Start off your weekend with books, rhymes and songs!

sToryTIme

11 a.m., Phoenix Books Essex, 2 Carmichael St., Essex Jct. Free and open to all ages.

sToryTIme wITh cITy markeT

11 a.m., Phoenix Books Burlington, 191 Bank St., Burlington. Enjoy your Saturday morning with a reading of the children’s book "Escargot," by Dashka Slater. After we read together, we will have a fun and interactive healthy food

activity. This event is presented in partnership with City Market.

preschool open Gym

3 - 4:30 p.m., Building Bright Futures of Essex, 75 Maple St., Essex Jct. Come run around inside during the cold winter months at our open gym, sponsored by the Essex Rotary. Free.

sInGle adulTs' VolleyBall, poTluck dInner

6 p.m., Essex Alliance Church Community Ctr., 37 Old Stage Rd., Essex Jct. $2 suggested donation. Contact Sue at 999-5291 to RSVP.

4 sunday puBlIc skaTInG

2 - 5:30 p.m., Essex Skating Facility, 2 Educational Dr., Essex Jct.

wesTFord musIc serIes: The FronT porch Foursome 4 - 5 p.m., UCW White Church, Westford common, Westford. The Front Porch Foursome is a Vermont-based band that performs feel good music and energetic sounds. The concert will be followed by refreshments and opportunity to meet the performers. Free; for more information contact Marge Hamrell at 879- 4028 or mhamrell@comcast. net.

5 monday sToryTIme

10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Essex Free Library.

Tech help wITh clIF

Noon and 1 p.m., Brownell Library. Offering one on one technology help. Reservation required. Please call 878-6955 at least 24 hours in advance.

leGo cluB

3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Essex Free Library. Build awesome creations using our collection of Legos!

Go cluB

5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Come learn and play this 4,000-year-old strategy game. For grades 1 and up.


calendar locAl meetings thursdAy, feB. 1 6 p.m., town zoning Board, Town offices, 81 Main St., Essex Jct.

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7 p.m., town selectboard, Town offices, 81 Main St., Essex Jct.

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6 p.m., Village capital Program review

Vermont AstronomicAl society

7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Brownell Library. “Collimation” (collinear or in-line) means that all optical elements of a telescope are centered and square to its optical axis and its imaging system. Lenses must be accurately spaced; primary and secondary mirrors must be accurately separated and aligned; focal reducers, field-flatteners, field correctors and focus draw tubes require accurate alignment (centered/moving parallel to the optical axis). A number of collimation options will be discussed. Hosted by "Rev" Bill Wick, Norwich University chaplain.

6 tuesdAy story time for BABies And toddlers 9:10 - 9:30 a.m., Brownell Library. For babies and toddlers with an adult.

story time for Preschoolers

10 - 10:45 a.m, Brownell Library. Picture books, sign language, songs, rhymes, puppets, flannel stories and activities for preschoolers.

droP-in Knitting cluB 6:30 - 8 p.m., Essex Free Library. Bring in your current knitting project or start a new one in the company of fellow knitters!

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3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Come help Library Elementary Event Planners plan their Puff Ball animal event, share your villain backstory and enjoy a groundhog snack. New members welcome. Grades 6 - 8.

7 WednesdAy BABy PlAygrouP

10 - 11:30 a.m., Sunset Studio, 71 Center Rd., Essex Jct. Free.

story time for Preschoolers

10 - 10:45 a.m, Brownell Library. Picture books, sign language, songs, rhymes, flannel stories and early math activities for preschoolers.

storytime

10 a.m., Phoenix Books Essex, 2 Carmichael St., Essex Jct. (See Saturday, Feb. 3 for details.)

tech time With trAci

10 - 11 a.m., Essex Free Library. Need some tech help? Drop in with your device and your questions.

committee, Lincoln Hall, 2 Lincoln St., Essex Jct. 6:30 p.m., school Board meeting, Founders Memorial School library, 33 Founders Rd., Essex Jct.

thursdAy, feB. 8

3:15 - 4:15 p.m., Brownell Library. Archie loves to listen to kids read. He is certified by Therapy Dogs of Vermont. Archie’s owner is Christine Packard, chair of Brownell Library Trustees.

teen AdVisory BoArd

6:30 p.m., town Planning commission, Town offices, 81 Main St., Essex Jct.

5 - 9 p.m., Brownell Library. We will be continuing to film our summer video entry. Grades 9 - 12.

tech helP With clif

9 fridAy

Noon and 1 p.m., Brownell Library. (See Monday, Feb. 5 for details.)

reAd to dAisy

3 - 4 p.m., Brownell Library. Daisy loves to listen to kids read. She is certified by Therapy Dogs of Vermont. Daisy’s owner is Maddie Nash, retired school counselor. For all ages. Please register online.

first WednesdAy lecture: trAnsAtlAntic trAumAs

7 - 8:30 p.m., Brownell Library. The West has been challenged by President Trump's policies, Russian covert actions, and domestic politics. Stan Sloan, visiting scholar at Middlebury College and author of "Defense of the West," asks if a perfect storm of external threats and internal politics is undermining Western values and interests.

extrAVABAndzA concert

7 p.m., Essex High School auditorium, 2 Educational Dr., Essex Jct. Eighth grade band students in Essex Westford School District join the Essex High School bands in an ExtravaBandza concert. Free and open to the public.

8 thursdAy AArP free tAx helP

9:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., Brownell Library. Tax help provided by volunteer AARP foundation certified tax preparers Tak and Dorothy Ng. This service is for taxpayers with less than $60k annual gross income, with special attention to those over 60 years old. If married, both spouses should (but do not have to) be present during an income tax counseling session. Qualified patrons will need to have received and make available all information and documents necessary. Relatively complex returns may be advised to seek professional assistance. Call 878-6955 or visit the library to make an hour-long appointment.

first WednesdAy encore: lAKe chAmPlAin in under An hour

2 - 3 p.m., Brownell Library. Lake an overview of the many phases of this treasured body of water. Recorded at Brownell Library on April 2, 2013. First Wednesdays are a program sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council.

reAd to Archie

rummAge sAle

9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 130 Maple St., Essex Jct. Call Ann at 879-7943 for details.

music With rAPh

10 - 10:30 a.m., Brownell Library. Come sing and play with Raph. All ages.

musicAl storytime

10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Essex Free Library. Rock out and read every Friday morning with books, songs and instruments. All ages.

lArP

3 - 5 p.m., Brownell Library. Live Action Role Play is open to all middle and high school students who want to have adventures in a mythical land.

dungeons & drAgons

6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Embark upon imaginary adventures. Dungeon Master serves as this role playing game’s referee and storyteller. For grades 6 and up.

10 sAturdAy rummAge sAle

9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 130 Maple St., Essex Jct. Call Ann at 879-7943 for details.

essex community PlAyers' Auditions 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Essex Memorial Hall, 5 Towers Rd., Essex Jct. We will be holding auditions for "The Man Who Came to Dinner," a classic 1939 comedy of the clash that occurs when a pompous celebrity, famous for his acerbic wit, larger-than-life appetites and hordes of Hollywood friends unexpectedly becomes an imperious houseguest of a small-town Ohio family. This show has a large cast with plenty of roles to showcase unique personalities and types between ages 20 and 75. Small and large roles are available. Acting newcomers welcome! Production dates are throughout May. See essexplayers. com for more information or contact Peggy Bonesteel; 881-7116 or pdbonest@gmail.com.

WeeKend storytime

10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Essex Free Library. Start off your weekend with books, rhymes, and songs every Saturday morning!

Beginning geneAlogy

10:30 a.m. - noon, Vt. Genealogy Library, 377

Hegeman Ave., Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester. Sheila Morris will discuss records, techniques and best practices for conducting sound research. This talk is aimed at beginners and at those who have already started but are still relatively inexperienced. Sheila will also cover how to organize the records and images that result from your research efforts. Bring as much information as you can about your grandparents; births, marriages, deaths and where they lived. After the talk our volunteers can help you get started using our many resources. $10; call 310-9285 or visit vtgenlib.org.

story time With the Author

11 a.m., Phoenix Books Essex, 2 Carmichael St., Essex Jct. Join us for a story time with Sarah Dillard, featuring her new book, Mouse Scouts Make Friends. In this book, friendships will be tested and opposites will find they have more in common than they thought as the Acorn Scouts figure out what it takes to be true friends. Sarah Dillard was briefly a Brownie and a Junior Scout, and studied art at Wheaton College and illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design. Sarah lives in Waitsfield, Vt., with her husband. All ages.

hArry Potter cluB

2 - 3 p.m., Harry Potter trivia gameplay, discussion, snack and coloring pages. All ages.

the nerBAK Brothers BAnd

7 - 10 p.m., VFW Post 6689, 73 Pearl St., Essex Jct. This is a Valentine themed event, so buy a flower for someone special and enter the raffle to win a box of chocolates! Open to the public.

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8:46 a.m., Directed Patrol on West St. 4:17 p.m., Citizen Assist on Maple St. 5:14 p.m., Family Disturbance on Maple St.

Tuesday, Jan. 23

7:58 a.m., Larceny from MV on Ethan Allen Ave. 11:59 a.m., Animal Problem on Pinecrest Dr. 12:03 p.m., MV Complaint on Pearl St. 12:30 p.m., Vandalism on Cascade St. 1:27 p.m., Animal Problem on Clara Hill Ln. 1:44 p.m., Welfare Check on Brickyard Rd. 2:11 p.m., Welfare Check on Chapin Rd.

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2:11 p.m., Larceny on Essex Way 3:05 p.m., Animal Problem on South St. 4:55 p.m., Theft of Motor Vehicle on Baker St. 8:12 p.m., Family Disturbance on Pearl St.

Wednesday, Jan. 24

12:51 a.m., DUI on River Rd. 1:38 p.m., Suspicious on Pearl St. 4:12 p.m., Burglary on Hawthorn Cir 4:28 p.m., Suspicious on Old Colchester Rd. 4:52 p.m., Vandalism on Pearl St. 5:56 p.m., Suspicious on Center Rd. 6:08 p.m., Burglary on Lamoille St. 6:19 p.m., Animal Problem on Pearl St. 6:48 p.m., Animal Problem on Pinecrest Dr. 7:31 p.m., Noise Disturbance on Drury Dr. 11:51 p.m., DUI on Huron Ave.

Thursday, Jan. 25

7:59 a.m., Suspicious on Weed Rd. 10:46 a.m., Suspicious on Lamore Rd. 11:24 a.m., Suspicious on Pearl St. Noon, Burglary on Seneca Ave. 1:39 p.m., MV Complaint on Upper Main St. 3:45 p.m., Larceny on Jericho Rd. 4:03 p.m., Larceny on Center Rd. 4:22 p.m., Public Speaking on Maple St. 5:40 p.m., Traffic Offense on Center Rd. 6:00 p.m., Suspicious on Gauthier Dr. 6:24 p.m., Fraud on Pearl St.

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2:33 a.m., Noise Disturbance on Park St. 8:53 a.m., Suspicious on Susie Wilson Rd. 9:32 a.m., Welfare Check on Maple St. 11:01 a.m., Suspicious on Pearl St. 1:16 p.m., MV Complaint on Susie Wilson

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7:53 a.m., Unsecure Premises on Hiawatha Ave. 9:36 a.m., DLS on Lincoln St. 10:14 a.m., Communications Offense on Maple St. 10:47 a.m., Suspicious on Cherokee Ave. 12:35 p.m., Lost and Found Property on Center Rd. 1:54 p.m., Citizen Assist on Lincoln St. 2:08 p.m., LSA on Essex Way 2:29 p.m., Suspicious on Pearl St. 6:10 p.m., Suspicious on South St. 6:55 p.m., Citizen Dispute on Pearl St. 9:35 p.m., Suspicious on West St.

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4:25 a.m., Traffic Hazard on Weed Rd. 10:56 a.m., Littering on River Rd. 1:59 p.m., Family Disturbance on Kellogg Rd. 2:22 p.m., Vandalism on Fuller Pl. 4:05 p.m., Suspicious on Pioneer St. 5:12 p.m., Negligent Operation of MV on Fort Pkwy. 5:18 p.m., MV Complaint on Pearl St. 11:04 p.m., Suspicious on Maple St.

TickeTs issued: 21 Warnings issued: 49 Fire/eMs calls dispaTched: 36

This log represents a sample of incidents in the date range. For more information, call the non-emergency number: 878-8331


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Essex misses upset of CVU in double OT

PHOTOS BY KYLE ST. PETER

ABOVE: Surrounded by CVU defenders, junior Sarah Coulter looks for an outlet in Monday night's tough loss to the topseeded Redhawks. Foul shots by CVU in the second overtime ultimately led to the Hornets' defeat 54-59. BELOW: Coulter drives past a Redhawk defender. LEFT: Senior Olivia Duncan rises above a flock of Redhawks as she lets her shot fly.

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SPORT SHORTS By JOE GONILLO January came crawling to an end, but hello February and Mr. Groundhog! The Super Bowl is on tap for Sunday evening enjoy it. Meanwhile the high school and middle school sports’ teams are facing their final month of competition. At the older level, high-schoolers enter the last month of the regular season before the playoffs begin. New coaching announcement: Grace O’Neil is the new girls’ lacrosse coach at Essex high school. At 26 year’s old, she’s been teaching science for four years and coaching field hockey and girls’ LAX. This spring she takes over for Emily Danis, who has coached the team for over 20 years. Our school and school district made a great move by first hiring her to teach, then as an assistant coach and now as a Hornet head coach. Congratulations and good luck, Coach O’Neil! The wrestlers had another solid performance Saturday in Vergennes at the Commodore Bob Benoure Invite. Essex placed 6th out of 23 teams. Ben Stewart was the champion in the 106 lbs. weight class. Noah Bonning placed 3rd in 126 lbs., Seth Carney was also 3rd in 160 lbs. and James Danis finished 4th in 170 lbs. They are back at VHS

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this week and head to Turner Falls, Mass. this weekend. Our boys’ varsity basketball team is 3-7 after splitting 2 games last week. St. Johnsbury edged EHS 69-65 to begin the week, but then they bounced back for a 68-58 win over North Country. Hunter Smith drilled 17 pts., Robbie Meslin 15, and Anthony DeCarvalho 13. The JVs snuck by the Hilltoppers 47-45 and defeated the Falcons 46-34 upping their record to 8-2. Both teams hit the road to play CVU and SB. The girls’ basketball team lost three games last week and fell to 6-5 this season. A 39-38 upset loss to BHS began the week. The girls played well for the most part before losing to the second ranked Green Knights of Rice in a rugged battle. In Saturday’s makeup vs BFA, the 8-3 Comets just got past the Hornets 42-36. Olivia Duncan scored 13 with Sarah Coulter chipping in with 9. This team is talented, so watch the next 3 weeks carefully. The JVs crushed the Seahorses 54-19, grounded Rice 60-20 and put away BFA 4226. They are 10-1. Both squads play 3 more games this week against CVU, BFA again and MMU. The girls’ JV-B hoop team is cruising along at 9-0. They defeated CVU 37-24, and Richford twice by 49-14 and 49-25. Their defense has been outstanding, giving up over 20 points in only five games and never more than 26 pts.; it’s NCUHS and CVU again this week. The freshman boys are on a roll as well with a 7-game winning streak to bring them to 10-1. They beat MMU 51-46, Rice 4943 and rocked SB 65-35. CHS and BFA are

next. The boys’ hockey team is 9-2 and owns a six-game winning streak. The Hornets shutout CVU 7-0 last week, flexing their offensive muscles yet again. In fact in their last five games they have scored 7, 8, 6, 10, and 6 – for a total of 37 goals and a sparkling average of 7.4 goals per game. Next up U-32 at home on Thursday and a gigantic rematch in St. Albans Saturday evening at 7 p.m. Get there early! The girls’ hockey is now 8-3 and on a four-game winning streak of their own. In their last game, Essex iced MMU/CVU 6-1 behind Maddy Young’s three goals, two of which were shorthanded. Frankie Martin, Grace Wiggett, and Sage Amaliksen all scored and Olivia MJ had three assists in the big win. They have allowed a mere four goals during the streak! This week we play at Spaulding and then Middlebury at home on Saturday at 4 p.m. Get out and support the girls! The gymnastic team hit their highest point total of the winter last week in a 137.55 – 106.25 win over STJ. The results of this dominating meet look can be seen on the EHS scoreboard inside. Hope you did not lose faith after the loss to the Red Hawks. They travel to MIDD this week. The track and field team competed in N.H. at Plymouth State on Saturday. Distance runner Zach Preston had a PR in the 1000m run with a time of 2:52.02, while 4 throwers also PR’d: Breyer Sinor won the weight throw with a heave of 57’ 11; Jacob Rigoli placed 3rd at 46’ 3.5”; Maria Campo

finished 4th 29’ 0”; Erin Weiland ended up 3rd in shot 26’9”. Rigoli and Campo also won shot tossing 38’ 9.5” and 31’ 2” respectively. Weiland and Emily Gonyeau were 7th and 10th in throw. Lily Bulger placed 4th in shot with Gonyeau 5th. I heard there was a winter ball conflict, otherwise a few more athletes may have competed. Alpine ski teams were in Sugarbush M/T for the NVAC giant slalom and slalom races respectively. Nordic skiers race Monday at Cochran’s and Saturday at Sleepy Hollow. The bowlers rolled to a 1st place finish Saturday in Enosburg. SB was 2nd, BHS 3rd, and the other Hornets 4th. Essex beat BHS in the semis and, previously unbeaten, SB in the finals 2-1. Here are the match scores: Game 1 EHS 157 SB 153; Game 2 SB 179 EHS 123; and Game 3 Hornets 162 Wolves 151. The cheerleaders will compete in the NVAC’s Saturday @ SB. Start time is noon. An early announcement regarding Pink Zone Girls basketball: they will be played on Friday, Feb. 9 once again at EHS and the Jean Robinson Court. The cheer teams from EMS, ADL and EHS are also participating in the event. All of the money raised by the athletes and at the game itself is donated to the Breast Center at UVMMC. Luckily, Sara Arden is back at the organizational helm. Happy Birthday to former Hornets Bullet Bob Hazen, David Bowers, Susan Willey LaMaster, Ann Mendicino-Wrynn, Mike Antoniak; also ECT’s Christine Chase; ref/ lawyer Dave Barra Sr, and former EJRP boss Peter Selikowitz.

SCHOOL Essex Middle School wrapped up their holiday food drive before winter break, as students from the Phoenix Team (who organized the event) delivered a total of 574 pounds of food to Aunt Dot's Place. Grade levels competed over a two week span to see which one could gather the most items. With 273 total

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$5 Margaritas THURSDAY

1/2 price Nachos

authentic mexican cuisine

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK FOR LUNCH & DINNER 4 Park Street • Essex • 802.662.4334 169 Church St. • Burlington 802.540.3095 • www.ElGatoCantina.com

· all natural chicken wings · ready-to-eat chicken wings · RIPE organic and fair trade avocados · chips & Vermont-made salsa · bacon cheddar burgers AND MORE!

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Essex Reporter: February 1, 2018  

Essex woman finds historic documents in home; town shells out 10k in legal fees; community forum talks addiction

Essex Reporter: February 1, 2018  

Essex woman finds historic documents in home; town shells out 10k in legal fees; community forum talks addiction

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