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Consultants share town center draft By COLIN FLANDERS “The past cannot be the future.” That short tagline from the new Essex Town Center master plan seems to encompass all work going into the ambitious revamp. It’s recognition that although the area remains a vital pocket of growth for Essex’s future, economic forces over the last quarter-century are much different than those today — and the same will be said decades from now. A year in the making, the plan is still in draft form, and it will be at least another year until Essex decision-makers consider any of the recommendations for adoption. But residents and planning commissioners reviewed a draft of the document last Thursday. Four community input initiatives guided the consultants in their crafting of the plan: a steering committee, focus group, community survey and an October open house. Consultants Mark Kane, of Burlington-based SE Group, and Shannon Murray, of Front Porch Community Planning and Design, said their chief goal is to both establish a vision for the ETC’s growth and determine what policies and regulations will help achieve it. But that first required understanding how develop-

ment has evolved since the current town center plan’s adoption in 1991. Turns out, not much. Kane said overall growth has remained somewhat flat, with the bulk of development occurring in and around I-289, a far cry from the full build-out envisioned in the current plan.

- Final plan expected by month's end - Draft shows build-out concept projecting up to 800 new housing units - Consultants plan to recommend up six new zoning districts, focused on a mix of residential and mixed-use “Whatever is happening externally to Essex has not resulted in a lot of fundamental changes,” Kane said. To be fair, a lot has changed since 1991. The circumferential highway is now a punchline, and economic pressures have challenged the viability of traditional growth. Look no further than Peter Edelmann’s plan to revitalize the Essex Outlets to see the response: a density-driven See ETC, page 2

Petitions urge Essex High to change GPA system PHOTO BY NEEL TANDAN

Class-goers take part in a "simple style" tai chi routine at the Essex Senior Center last week. The class is tailored to those who have difficulty standing and is free to the public.

Seniors harness their chi By NEEL TANDAN


or the ideal form in tai chi, one should imagine sitting on the tail of a dragon – core engaged, spine elongated and pelvis forward. This was the advice of instructor Billie Hall while teaching a free seated tai chi class at the Essex Senior Center last week. Seated tai chi is an offshoot of a tai chi for arthritis program, allowing those with impairments that make standing difficult to still reap the benefits of the practice. “This is a combination of both physical and mental,” Hall told the class. “Even though you’re seated, you’re going to get some exercise.” Hall likened the subtle physical shifts in tai chi to stepping off a curb or walking. “We have to shift our weight when we walk. We don't think about it,” she said. “The purpose of the class is to make you mindful of where you are in space and time. Where your feet are. Where your weight is.” There wasn’t a shred of workout clothing in the room, with the attendees donning Vermont winter wear instead – corduroys, jeans, knitted sweaters and turtlenecks. Participants sat on green folding chairs beneath the fluorescent lights, curtains half drawn.

Each movement was slow and deliberate; the air seemed as though it had taken on extra weight as it was pushed and pulled with open hands in front of the eight class-goers. “Pretend you’re in a phone booth. The box is only so big,” Hall said, who teaches sun-style tai chi, with shorter, less strenuous movements and a slower tempo than other forms. "Honor your body. You know where you are today. You know how your body feels today,” she said. During each movement, there was a silence and a calm. You could hear the buzz of the lights, the ticking of the clock and the slow inhalations and exhalations throughout the room. Hall has been practicing tai chi for four years and began teaching two years ago after earning her certificate. She leads both a sitting and standing version of the class on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Covenant Community Church and the Essex Senior Center. Hall said many of the people in her sitting class go on to the standing class after regaining strength and balance. “People say ‘You’re not going to gain any strength seated,’ Hall said. “Oh, you come and try it and we’ll see.” See TAI CHI, page 3

By COLIN FLANDERS A pair of online petitions calling on Essex High School to modify its grading scale say the current system has long disadvantaged students when applying for college and scholarships. The petitions aim to address how EHS converts numerical grades to a grade point average. Currently, an EHS student with an 85 percent average earns a 2.4 GPA, while the same student at Champlain Valley Union earns a 3.0. Similar differences can be found up and down the grading scale when compared to schools around the county. “This is unfair and hurts Essex students when they apply to college, try to get jobs or apply for scholarships. Our hard work deserves to be recognized,” reads a petition started by an EHS student, which has garnered over 175 signatures. That petition appeared after a similarlythemed petition started by parent Erynne Ross.

The petitions are the latest development in a long debate over all facets of EHS grading. In 2016, The Reporter detailed discontent with the district’s passing grade of 70 — 10 points higher than seven other county public schools — and faculty previously led a failed effort to convince the school to reexamine its scale in 2009. EHS principal Rob Reardon acknowledged the historical frustration and said the petitions come at a useful time, given the requirement for Vermont schools to move to a proficiency-based system by 2020. That transition is about two years from completion and will include a discussion on whether to keep the traditional 100 scale or shift to a new system altogether, perhaps a 1 to 4 scale or letter-based, Reardon said. As part of the transition, Reardon said he and fellow EHS administrators plan to propose a grading system to the school board this spring, one that’s more See GPA, page 2

One hundred years later, Essex native recalls a life of 'hard work' By COLIN FLANDERS Grace Naylor still remembers plopping chokecherries in a pail under the summer sun, back before she was old enough to help much in the garden except tug at the weeds. It was hard work, but the five cents she’d earn from her grandfather made it all worth it. And she still remembers the early morning trips down Route 15, shoes sinking in the sand during the mile-and-a-half commute to school at the Four Corners, back when cows dotted the countryside and traffic was little more than a trickle. Naylor and her siblings raced to the porch to watch a rare car rumble past, kicking up dirt in its wake. Naylor turns 100 in two days, and time has changed her hometown. The main roadway now sends a reliable rush of cars pass by her family’s old farm where Simon’s Store now sits, and similar buildings have since

sprouted where other families used to tend the land. Naylor has changed, too. Her vision is fading, and arthritis grips her joints to the point she can no longer partake in once-cherished hobbies: tending her envied gardens or crafting braided rugs that cover her household and many others. But she still lights up when jaunting back to her early childhood, back when she and her sister Delvine caught fish in a trout brook nestled behind their house near Indian Brook, where they lived a year until it burnt down. Back when they used to fry fish over a campfire, playing house, pretending they were parents to their younger siblings until their mother died and they could no longer pretend. Naylor was 13 at the time and too young to quit school, so she finished out the eighth grade and then took over household duties,

buying a book to learn her way around the kitchen, cooking for the whole family and impressing company with her homemade cakes and pies and donuts — especially donuts. Her father, meanwhile, worked shifts at the brickyard and tended a dozen cows in the mornings and evenings. Some nights, Naylor walked down to Christmas plays or parties at the Essex Classical Institute. It was a fine trip, save the covered bridge at Brown’s River, where she always feared a skunk lurked in the shadows (luckily, one never did.) Other days, she finished all the work and then tracked down her eight younger siblings to play ball in the yard or slide down the snow-covered hills. Naylor married her husband, Harold, at age 16. Soon after, the couple purchased her father’s farm, which they’d grow to over 300 acres after another purchase. Later, See NAYLOR, page 2


Grace Naylor, an Essex native, turns 100 on Saturday.


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NAYLOR from page 1 they sold off the land and bought an old schoolhouse from the town. They raised their two daughters in that 1838 schoolhouse, remodeling it to include a second-story and garage, with their dining and living room in place of former cloak rooms that were split up for boys and girls. Photos throughout the house trace the decades since, from sepia headshots to colorful candids, and two sheets of paper detail important phone numbers — mostly family — next to the landline. Some of those familiar faces planned to trek up to Vermont this week for a birthday gathering. Naylor seemed mostly nonchalant about the upcoming milestone. She


leaned back in her armchair by the window, occasionally sitting up when she didn’t quite catch the question. Sometimes there wasn’t much to say, like when she was asked the $1 million (or 100-year-old question) — what’s your secret? “I don’t have any secrets,” she said. “Just work hard all my life. That’s all I know.” But every now and then, a certain memory carried her soft voice like a gust of wind back to a simpler time, when a passing car still inspired awe and a full pail meant some pocket change. Naylor's family is hosting an open house on from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday to celebrate her 100th birthday. There will be light refreshments and birthday cake. If you need directions or have questions, contact her granddaughter Lorrie at 849-6455.



A photo in a scrapbook shows Grace Naylor's Essex home on a bright summer day. The house is a former Essex schoolhouse built in 1838.

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consistent with other county high schools. Still, Reardon said the current system’s impact on scholarships and college prospects “depends on who you talk to.” “If they were all local scholarships, I guess that would be true to a certain degree,” he said. “But usually there’s more to it than one indicator.” He called GPA just one of “many variables” factored into scholarships, and said the list of college destinations, including various Ivy League schools, “speaks well” to whether EHS students are disadvantaged. Reardon’s comments illustrate the lack of consensus over how — or if — a school’s grading system impacts a student’s chances to get into college. Some admissions counselors, in-

ETC from page 1 project that would surround businesses with hundreds of housing units. Similarly, the plan looks to create density that would give the ETC a platform to promote its commercial uses, Kane said. He shared a conceptual build-out that showed up to 1,270 housing units, nearly 800 more than what’s there now, in addition to about 600,000 more square feet of retail and commercial uses (he noted it would likely take decades to fully achieve this). But the plan says that growth brings its own trials, from the tall task of winning over a community accustomed to particular architectural characters to navigating vast infrastructural obstacles. Not to mention the highly-coveted views of the Green Mountains and traffic: “If that’s not the elephant in the room, I’m not sure what is,” Kane said. The consultants say the

cluding one The Reporter spoke with from the University of Vermont in 2016, say they review applications within the context of the school system, which can be seen through the school profile submitted for each student. Ross, the petition starter, dismisses that argument. She said while Vermont colleges are likely familiar with local grading systems, many EHS students attend secondary education out of state. And not all schools have time to recalculate grades, she said, using the example of the University of California, Los Angeles, which fielded over 100,000 applications in 2016. A Wall Street Journal article last month reported that with so many more students applying for college than before, some elite schools now employ a committee-based evaluation — staffers divvy up portions of applications instead of one person reviewing the entire file — giving single ap-

plan accounts for all those challenges while striving to create a better more cohesive ETC — one that emphasizes buildings’ relationship to pedestrians and makes it easier to move about the center. One of their main recommendations is to shrink the current ETC boundary from 900 to 700 acres — cutting out the “golden triangle” — to better align with sewer core boundaries and the current business control design overlay district. And changing zoning, currently a “patchwork” of uses, would allow for a more “unified discussion” on development in the area, Kane said. The draft plan recommends creating six unique districts to include residential, residential/recreation, conservation/recreation and a historic center, in addition to two mixed-use zones straddling Route 15 — north and south — with building heights of up to four and five stories, respectively.

plications less than 10 minutes of face time. Plus, Ross said, parents she’s spoken with say some schools don’t recalculate GPA when their children apply for scholarships, nor do insurance companies that offer “good student” discounts. “There’s this nagging feeling for a lot of parents that [our children] are being presented in a worse light than what they’ve actually achieved,” she said. “So when they go to apply, they look like a worse student.” Ross believes more and more students are impacted each year the district fails to remedy the disparity. She said the school needs to implement a fix before the next class of juniors apply for college. While the high school’s planned proposal does mark some progress, Ross said she’s waiting to see real action. “Then we’ll be satisfied,” she said.

The plan says while some residents voiced concerns over building height throughout the public engagement process, others shared interest in higher densities in the ETC. Consensus centered on the protection the long-range views. Edelmann’s project, which calls for three sixstory buildings, falls within the southern zone. Kane explained the higher height cap there is due to a drop in elevation that makes buildings in the southern district appear shorter from Route 15. The draft plan offers a chapter on recreation and open space that encourages intentional features, like plazas or pocket parks, instead of simply “leftover spaces” like wetlands. “While those natural features must be avoided, lands set aside for open space should complement one of the approved forms within a district,” the plan reads. Other chapters discuss ways to create common

design theme and identity for the ETC, and pedestrian and streetscape improvements, ranging from a new road to sidewalk and crosswalk upgrades. A chapter on building codes also sets the stage for a new hybrid planning model that includes some formbased codes. Those offer municipalities a chance to prescribe specific types of growth by essentially creating a regulatory set of expectations for any development. Kane said form-based codes help drive the conversation between the PC and developers by providing a “shared understanding” of the objectives. The consultants now plan to finalize the document and their recommendations by the end of the month before sending it to the PC, which will then begin its review sometime this spring. To see the full draft plan, visit

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Instructor Billie Hall began teaching tai chi as a way to give back to the community. She said she was amazed by the benefits of the practice after taking it up four years ago.


relaxed and “out of the ears”; and they gathered energy in the palms of their hands and brought it slowly into their body. Hall said socialization is one of the most understated benefits of the practice, some groups being more or less chatty than others and developing their own dynamic. The key is learning how to direct your focus and be aware of one’s own body, Hall said. “It engages our mind in a different way. We're not only thinking about learning something new, but maybe learning how to just let go,” she said. Toward the end of the session,

from page 1 The mental aspect of tai chi is held just as prominently as the physical. During the class, each move was visualized before it was performed and many incorporated an imaginative element, with the dragon’s tail as one example. Participants held imaginary footballs between their hands and rocked them side-to-side; they pretended to have 10-pound weights hanging from their elbows, keeping their shoulders

Hall instructed the class to grasp the “tall grass” at their sides, clenching and releasing, symbolizing the yin and yang that is so important in tai chi. “You don’t know what relaxation is until you’re tight, or vice versa,” she said. For anyone new looking to join, Hall reminds them “it’s not jazzercise,” and the form is slow, each movement building on the previous one. So you have to have to be willing to slow down. “A lot of people think that faster is better,” she said. “Well, I would tend to disagree.”

Scott appoints two Essex residents to judiciary By COLIN FLANDERS Gov. Phil Scott has appointed two Essex attorneys to become Vermont Superior Court judges. David A. Barra, a longtime attorney for the village of Essex Jct., and Scot L. Kline, current general counsel of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation, are among four appointees Scott announced last Thursday. “I’m proud to appoint these impressive individuals to serve Vermonters in our judicial system,” Scott said in a news release. “They have each demonstrated integrity and fairness

throughout their careers and bring valuable experience, judgement and leadership to our judiciary.” Barra was a founding partner with Unsworth & Barra, PLC for nearly two decades before starting his own law firm in 2011. He focuses on civil litigation, zoning, landlord/tenant and municipal law, and has extensive appellate experience in the Vermont Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals. He didn’t return a call for comment by deadline Tuesday. Kline, who’s practiced law for 30 years, previously served as general counsel at the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources from 2005 to 2007 before


joining the Vermont Attorney General’s Office as the chief of the Environmental Protection Division. He joined DFR in 2016 and said he’s leaving the post with “mixed feelings,” though he’s excited at the prospect of his new role. “I’m very pleased to be selected and obviously honored to have the opportunity to serve in this way,” Kline said. Megan J. Shafritz, of South Burlington, and Alicia Sacerio Humbert, of Northfield, were also appointed. All four judges will fill existing vacancies and learn their court assignments once they’re sworn in.



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Essex High School As part of a leadership retreat that took place on January 24, EWSD principals and administrators met with a group of students to talk about such topics as equity and re-imagining what our schools could look like, with the goal of starting the development process of a new vision for the district.

Essex Rotary Speech Contest: EHS sophomore Shristi Rai (pictured above) won the Essex Rotary’s annual speech contest on January 31 at its weekly meeting at The Essex. Rai’s moving speech about her journey as a refugee and the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants’ role in her life won her $100. She will next compete in March against other club winners. EHS Scholars' Bowl: The Essex High School Scholars’ Bowl team is rolling along this season, posting an overall record of 40-3. The Hor-

nets, the defending state champions, had a great day in their playoff opener this year on January 27 at Montpelier High School, posting a 4-1 record to earn the #2 seed going into the second playoff date on March 23 at UVM. The ‘A’ team, made up of seniors Nick Norton, Sam Feehan, and Alex He as well as sophomore Henry Wu, will continue its pursuit of another Vermont-NEA State Title with a tune-up tournament on March 9 at Spaulding High School. The ‘B’ team of Grace Lu, Nathan Wu, Sam Evans and David

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Everyone avoids Five Corners The "major development plans" are fundamentally flawed at the outset. Benjamin Avery, BlackRock's principal developer, writes, "the design lends itself to helping create a true village center DESTINATION [caps mine] that will be a key part of the hub of Essex Jct. for generations to come." For generations past (and the present), people have avoided Five Corners due to the congestion. I'm not being critical of that fact; it's just the way it is. The past is prologue to the future. Five Corners will continue to be a destination to be avoided. Five roads converge, plus railroad tracks intersect three of those roads within 100 yards or so of the point of intersection, and pedestrian walk lights cross all five roads. Pretty much no one wants or elects to drive through Five Corners at any time. Come to think of it, isn't that the reason the circ was built? Ed Shoop Essex Jct. Don’t end portability of Vermont state grants Legislation has been introduced in Vermont that would change the portability policy for Vermont state grants that has been in place for 50 years. Portability allows students with Vermont grants to attend the college that best meets their needs, including institutions of higher education located within Vermont or an out-of-state college or university. Grant recipients choose non-Vermont institutions for many reasons. For some, particularly in the southern and border counties, the nearest college is in a neighboring state. For others, the program they seek to study is not available in Vermont. Others seek institutions that have higher graduation rates or offer work-based learning opportunities not available in Vermont. Some attend programs outof-state—particularly in competitive fields like nursing—because they are not admitted to a program in Vermont. Critics of portability argue that, given limited resources, Vermont should restrict where students use their grants. They argue that portability encourages students to leave Vermont, fuels the “brain drain” and hurts Vermont colleges. I see it from a different perspective. Portability as a policy enables some low and middleincome students to attend competitive institutions in other states, to pursue a program that is not available in Vermont or to experience learning in a new place. In our communities of

Essex, Essex Jct. and Westford there are 101 students who received approximately $150,000 in Vermont State grants to attend an out-of-state school last year. Without portability, these students would have to cover the amount of their grants award from another source, potentially student loans. I am a Vermont state grant recipient and attended college out-of-state. As part of my liberal arts education, I lived and studied abroad. I interned at IBM in Madrid, Spain. These experiences and my education shaped me. Eventually, I returned to Vermont to work, raise my family and engage fully in my community. I am grateful that the Vermont State grant policy supported equal access to education opportunities for me. I believe that portability is important to Vermonters. I believe students from families at all income levels should have a choice of educational opportunities within our fine state, or the choice to attend an out-of-state school, and Vermont State grant recipients should be allowed to take their grant with them, regardless of location. Jaye O’Connell Essex Jct. Naughty or nice? Beware the following false dichotomy: One selectboard candidate says she’s collegial and collaborative, as if her opponents aren’t. Actually, making nice with certain developers isn’t brag-worthy. Nor is awarding nice big tax stabilization agreements later, because their monolith lacks tenants or something. How “nice” that residents instead will pick up the tax-tab! Collaborating with someone trying to build a separate recreation fiefdom all his own? Not so helpful. Over $30,000 tax dollars were wasted in 2016 attempting to make that pet project happen. Collegial candidate will allude – and supporters will say – her competition in the race is “not nice.” Yes, Mona Sheppard (with 40 years in finance) makes no bones about sifting through numbers the rest of us don’t know exist and pointing out shoddy accounting. Is such diligence “not nice” or “incredibly prudent”? Yes, Mona Sheppard tells public officials when they are violating conflict of interest policy or personnel guidelines. Is that “not nice” or “helping to ensure a level field and fair play”? Yes, Mona Sheppard has been slandered by those whose ambitions she aborted. Does that not speak vol-

umes about how low other people will go to get revenge when their tidy plans are exposed? Enough with the fawning politicians already! For my tax dollars, I want more outsiders like Mona serving inside my government. Someone who tells it like it is. Who is more concerned about doing the right thing than having friends who’ll do “anything” for her. Please vote on March 6. Dennis Bergeron Essex Town Please vote Please mark your calendars to Vote on Tuesday, March 6 at Essex High School and Essex Middle School. Polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Elaine for Essex! Toni Morgan Essex Jct. Elaine for Essex I am writing to express my support for Elaine Sopchak's candidacy for Essex Town Selectboard. I met Elaine soon after we moved to Essex Jct. 13 years ago and have been continually amazed by her commitment to our community. She does the hard and often under-appreciated work of supporting the structures and organizations that build this fine community. I am grateful that she is willing to extend herself by running for the Essex Town Selectboard and look forward to casting my vote for her on Town Meeting Day, March 6. Please join me in supporting Elaine! Kelly Adams Support for Farr Timothy Farr may not be known by a lot of folks in the Essex area, but he is a native Vermonter who has been here his whole life! I have known Timothy for 10 years, and the Tim I know is someone who is never afraid of a challenge, is always willing to give a helping hand, and is always looking for ways to help improve the life of those around him and those who seek his help. Yes, Tim is an ambitious young man. However, he is ambitious for all the right reasons. I strongly endorse Timothy Farr for selectboard and will be voting for him on Town Meeting Day! He is the compassionate and ambitious voice Essex voters should want to represent them. I hope the voters of Essex Town and Village come to know the Tim I know. If they did, I have no doubt that that would vote for him on Town Meeting Day! Christina A. Beliveau

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REP. LINDA MYERS Several bills were passed on the floor of the Vermont House of Representatives last week including action on reasonable and prudent parent standards, parentage proceedings, human trafficking, insurance companies and trust companies, establishing a Child Fatality Review Team, sale of property subject to unpaid property taxes, and an explanation of advance directives. As you can see, members of the House debated many diverse bills. Last Friday the legislature bid farewell to the 11 young people, including Iris Hsiang of Essex, who have served as legislative pages for the past six weeks. It is always difficult to say goodbye to these bright young people. But we also await the next group of pages who started work on February 13. House members also took time to honor young Vermonters who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 2017. Seven Eagle Scouts from Essex were honored including Craig Cameron, Eric DeWitt, Brian Cookingham, Kevin Donley, Will Klinck, Daniel Perry and Zachary Preston. Congratulations to them on their achievement. This biennium I am serving on the House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development. My committee considers matters relating to business organizations, including banking, insurance, corporations, workforce development, unemployment and workers’ compensation insurance, and the industrial and internal development of the state. The committee has been assigned almost 100 bills since January 2017, and we continue to move through them. Our most important work this year includes several bills dealing with economic and workforce development. We are also considering a bill requiring the registration of data brokers, businesses that amass personal data and sell that information to other parties. And we continue to work on a bill concerning workers’ compensation. Several bills that I consider as most important deal with the Governor’s Interagency Workforce Plan that will strengthen and expand Vermont’s workforce. The goals of the bills are to increase the number and skill level of available workers in Vermont. To do this, we hope to increase the labor participation rate of Vermonters, recruit and relocate more workers to Vermont, and assist employers in accessing and retaining qualified workers. We hope to expand adult training opportunities at career and technical education centers and create an industry-supported system

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for developing and recognizing credentials and certificates earned through apprenticeships and internships. We also want to develop resources to help businesses employ workers with employment barriers. As part of our efforts in this matter I had the distinct pleasure of attending a meeting last Friday with the German ambassador to the United States, Peter Wittig, to discuss the highly successful apprenticeship programs in Germany and how Vermont can increase these programs for young Vermonters. Ambassador Wittig was accompanied to the meeting by Sen. Bernie Sanders. SEN. TIM ASHE I’d like to briefly update you on three important bills before the Senate. First, the Senate will be debating an increase to the minimum wage later this week. A Senate committee has recommended an increase of $4.50 over a six-year period. This is a more aggressive schedule than current law, which raises the wage by annual inflation. Contrary to popular myth, most low-wage workers are not part timers or teenagers. In fact, 55 percent of all Vermont workers earning less than $12.50/hour earn more than half of their family’s income, and 65 percent of these workers are older than 30. The problem of income inequality affects all other areas of public life, and this bill helps those who the national economy has left behind. Second, the Senate will be debating a bill this week to lower prescription drug prices by importing them through Canada. It is outrageous that a commonly used medicine like Lipitor costs 46 times more per pill in the U.S. than in Canada. As expected, the pharmaceutical industry, which last year bested its own lobbying spending records, is raising its usual red herrings. We need to do something about the ripoff Vermont patients are experiencing, and this bill is one promising approach. Third, the Senate passed a bill promoting net neutrality. President Trump’s FCC has reversed earlier policies that prohibited massive telecommunications companies from slowing down some content and generally restricting a free and fair internet. The Senate bill disallows the State from contracting with telecom firms that do not practice net neutrality for their Vermont customers. This is a critical issue for Vermonters and Vermont businesses and schools.

Share the road with emergency vehicles: A plea By TESSA ROY, Essex Rescue


mbulances, firetrucks and police cars, oh my! You’re bound to see these vehicles driving to emergency scenes, and it’s important to know what to do to stay safely out of the way. Vermont law states that when you see an emergency vehicle driving with its emergency lights and siren on, you must pull to the right and come to a complete stop. This clears the road and allows the emergency vehicle to reach its destination quickly and safely. If drivers don’t pull over, or they pull to the left instead of the right, the chances of a collision increase. You may be surprised that we’re spending time writing an article on what seems like such a simple topic, and I hope that many of you reading this article already know and follow the law by pulling to the right and coming to a complete stop. However, I’ve seen countless drivers fail to move over and stop. Take a moment here, dear reader, to pause and think about how it would affect you if it was you or a loved in our ambulance and a car did not yield. Lights and siren are only used when necessary because it increases the risk of a collision between the emergency vehicle and the public. If we are using emergency lights and siren it means someone needs help right away, and time is of the essence. So please, when you see any emergency vehicle with its emergency lights and siren on, pull to the right and come to a complete stop. Wait for the vehicle to pass and take an extra moment to check for other emergency vehicles before you reenter the lane. It only takes a moment and you could save a life. I spoke with one of our drivers at Essex Rescue to get her take on what drivers do that bothers her the most. Michelle Turner has been with Essex Rescue for four years and has been driving the ambulance for three years. She reiterated that drivers not pulling to the right and coming to a complete stop is a daily issue. Michelle also noted that intersections with two lanes of traffic heading in the same direction tend to be tricky. The drivers in the right lane pull to the right, but the drivers in the left lane often pull to the left. While theoretically this clears the center of the road, the opening is often not large enough to move through quickly and safely with our wide ambulances, and since ambulance drivers are trained to always go left it can be dangerous to have cars pulling to the left as well. For this reason, both lanes should move to the right. Cars in left turn only lanes also need to move to the right, something Michelle says she often sees them fail to do. When they refuse to move to the right this can force the ambulance even further to the left and out into opposing traffic. While opposing traffic should also be pulling to the right and coming to a complete stop, it is still more dangerous for the ambulance to drive in the opposing lane than the lane of travel. It comes down to safety. The safety of the ambulance crew, the patient, the other drivers, of any other emergency vehicle operators and of cyclists and pedestrians near the roadway. Keep yourself and others safe by pulling as far to the right as possible, coming to a complete stop, and checking that the lane is clear before you reenter. If we all work together we can get emergency vehicles to where they need to be in a timely manner and we can all stay safe while doing so. As always, if you are interested in being an EMT or a driver with Essex Rescue please contact Joe Congdon at 878-4859 ext 7. We would love to have you!

If we are using emergency lights and siren, it means someone needs help right away, and time is of the essence.

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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., 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,; Facebook page: 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,; ESSEX ALLIANCE CHURCH - 37 Old Stage Road, Essex Jct. 878-8213. Sunday services: 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., 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.; 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 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; 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.

sTock PhoTo

The Brownell Library is offering free tax help provided by the AARP for those over 60 years of age who also have less than $60k gross annual income. Each Thursday, there will be hour-long time slots that you can sign up for in advance. Sessions will be held Thursdays, Feb. 15 and 22. See listing for complete details.

15 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.

home school skaTing

Noon - 1 p.m., Essex Skating Facility, 2 Educational Dr., Essex Jct. Come enjoy skating open to the home schooling families at our state-of-the-art community center. For times and rental information visit domain/130.

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.

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

musical sTory Time

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

lego cluB

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

Teen adVisory Board

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!

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.

Family moVie: "groundhog day"

6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Brownell Library. An obnoxious weatherman finds himself reliving the same 24-hour period over and over. Rated PG. Free popcorn and drink!

single adulTs' VolleyBall/game nighT

7 p.m., Essex Alliance Church Community Ctr., 37 Old Stage Rd., Essex Jct. Contact Sue at 999-5291 to RSVP.

17 saTurday BurlingTon Technical cenTer oPen house

9:30 a.m. - noon, 52 Institute Rd., Burlington. BTC will be holding an open house for students, parents and friends who are interested in BTC, a technical center serving local high school students, including some from EHS.

sTory Time

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

sTory Time

11 a.m., Phoenix Books Essex, 2 Carmichael St., Essex Jct. Enjoy timeless tales and new adventures with your little ones. Each week, we'll choose a new picture book, a classic or a staff favorite to read aloud together. Free.

sPongeBoB sToryTime WiTh James kochalka

11 a.m., Phoenix Books Burlington, 191 Bank St., Burlington. Join us for a SpongeBob story time with James Kochalka! James Kochalka’s offmodel, chibi-like short SpongeBob strips have entertained readers since SpongeBob Comics issue #1. Now, SpongeFunnies are busting out into a full-length ultracute epic story, “Skate the Cake!” If you like SpongeBob, Squidward, skateboards, cakes, volcanoes, deserts, and famous movie star “Duke McGill,” then you will love this story time! James Kochalka is the first cartoonist laureate of Vermont.

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.

BurlingTon Technical cenTer oPen house

9:30 a.m. - noon, 52 Institute Rd., Burlington. BTC will be holding an open house for students, parents and friends who are interested in BTC, a technical center serving local high school students, including some from EHS.

18 sunday grieF share suPPorT grouP

10 - 11:30 a.m., Essex Alliance Church, 37 Old Stage Rd., Essex Jct. If you have lost a spouse, child, family member or friend, you are invited to attend. Weekly through May 13. For registration and information, contact Ron Caldwell; ron_caldwell@comcast. net.

WinTer Bridal shoW

11:30 a.m., Essex Resort and Spa, 70 Essex Way, Essex Jct. Meet and greet the area’s top wedding pros, taste amazing apps, listen to music and have fun in the photo booth! Sign up to win a slew of grand prizes (drawings at 1 & 2 p.m.) including gift

certificates to many vendors in the area with services geared towards making your big day as special as possible. For information call 4592897 or email judy@

PuBlic skaTing

2 - 5:30 p.m., Essex Skating Facility, 2 Educational Dr., Essex Jct. Come enjoy skating open to the public at our state-of-the-art community center. $3 students; $4 adults. Skate rentals available. For times visit domain/130.

diVorce care suPPorT grouP

5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Bluewater Ctr., 145 Pine Haven Shores Rd., Shelburne. Divorce is a tough road, but there is life afterward. Led by people who have already walked down that road, we'd like to share with you a safe place and a process that can help make the journey easier. Weekly through May 13. Call Sandy to register or for information at 4257053.

choral music oF richard sToehr

3 p.m., McCarthy Arts Center Recital Hall, St. Michael’s College, 1 Winooski Park, Colchester. Three of Vermont’s finest choral ensembles will join forces to perform the works of Richard Stoehr, including worldwide debuts of his choral works. Stoehr was a Viennese-trained composer who taught at St. Michael’s College after fleeing the Nazis. Donations accepted; visit on-campus/events.aspx for more information.

19 monday ToWn and Village oFFices, senior cenTer, essex Free liBrary and BroWnell liBrary closed in oBserVance oF PresidenTs' day. discoVer girl scouTs

6 - 7 p.m, Founders Memorial School, 33 Founders Rd., Essex Jct. Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains

calendar loCal meetings thursday, feB. 15

6 p.m., village planning Commission, Lincoln Hall, 2 Lincoln St., Essex Jct.

tuesday, feB. 20

6:30 p.m., school Board, Essex High School Library, 2 Educational Dr., Essex Jct.

thursday, feB. 22

6:30 p.m., Brownell library trustees, Brownell Library, 6 Lincoln St., Essex Jct.

6:30 p.m., town planning Commission, Town offices, 81 Main St., Essex Jct.

will be holding an information session for girls and parents of girls who attend Essex Elementary School, Founders Memorial School, Hiawatha Elementary School, Summit Street School, and Thomas Fleming School. Girls and their families can meet local Girl Scouts and volunteers, learn about expanded STEM and outdoor programs, enjoy fun girl-led activities, explore programs and register to become a Girl Scout. Plus, girls will receive a free Discover Girl Scouts embroidered patch. Free; for more information visit www., or call (888) 474-9686.

book, a classic or a staff favorite to read aloud together.

Conversation with your representatives

6:30 - 8 p.m, Essex Area Senior Center, 2 Lincoln St., Essex Jct. A community conversation with Rep. Dylan Giambatista and Rep. Lori Houghton. Ask questions of your representatives, learn what's happening in Montpelier and meet your neighbors.

20 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. Flannel stories and activities for preschoolers.

steam tuesday

3:15 - 4:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Create and explore with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. This week is "Light It Up Constellations"! Best for grades one and up.

teCh time with traCi

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

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.

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.

the art of lithuanian Knitting

6:30 p.m., Phoenix Books Essex, 2 Carmichael St., Essex Jct. Your ticket to knitter’s paradise awaits, and Donna Druchunas will be your guide! Join Donna, the author of "The Art of Lithuanian Knitting," for a discussion of the traditional art of Lithuanian knitwear and its modern applications. Donna is a writer and knitwear designer with passions for knitting, world travel and research. She has been visiting Lithuania, where her great-grandparents were born, every year since 2007. Free; all ages. 872-7111 or for more information.

first wednesday leCture (at uvm)

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

7 - 8:30 p.m., Ira Allen Chapel, University of Vermont, 26 University Pl., Burlington. From her long-running strip "Dykes to Watch Out For" to her family memoirs "Fun Home" and "Are You My Mother?," Alison Bechdel has explored in graphic detail the overlap between the personal and the political, the domestic and the global.In this illustrated talk, "Self-Confessed: The Comics of Alison Bechdel," she discusses how her cartooning has evolved. Please note the change in location.

story time for presChoolers

22 thursday

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!

21 wednesday BaBy playgroup

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

story time

10 a.m., Phoenix Books Essex, 2 Carmichael St., Essex Jct. Enjoy timeless tales and new adventures with your little ones. Each week, we'll choose a new picture

aarp free tax help

9:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., Brownell Library. (See Thursday, Feb. 15 for complete details.)

home sChool sKating

Noon - 1 p.m., Essex Skating Facility, 2 Educational Dr., Essex Jct. Come enjoy skating open to the home

schooling families at our state-of-the-art community center. For times and rental information visit domain/130.

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.

evening BooK group

6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Essex Free Library. Please join us for a discussion of "The Boston Girl" by Anita Diamant.

mt. mansfield sCale modelers

6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Kolvoord Community Room, Brownell Library. An informal gathering of scale model enthusiasts and model builders encompassing all areas of skill level. Show off projects, discuss modeling tips and techniques and gain inspiration from fellow modelers. Call 879-0765 after 6 p.m. for more information.

diversity training

7 p.m., Dion Family Student Center Roy Room, St. Michael's College, 1 Winooski Park, Colchester. Presenter Dr. Derek Rovaris, vice-provost of Louisiana State University and PhD, will present on diversity, and also working with participants to acquire important skills in working with people from diverse backgrounds.

essex Community players presents "douBt: a paraBle" 7:30 p.m., Essex Memorial Hall, 5 Towers Rd., Essex Jct. ECP is pleased to announce its winter production of John Patrick Shanley’s "Doubt: A Parable," a powerful and provocative drama of suspicion and certainty, of faith and distrust, of fact and conjecture set in the Bronx in 1964. In keeping with ECP’s “Essex Gives Back” charitable donation program, all monies from concession will be donated to the Chittenden Children’s Advocacy Center. Adults $18; seniors, $16. See or call 878-9109 for ticket purchase and box office hours.

23 friday musiC with raph

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

musiCal story time

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


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.,

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Brownell Library. Embark upon imaginary adventures. Dungeon Master serves as this role playing game’s referee and storyteller. For grades 6 and up.

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essex Community players presents "douBt: a paraBle" 7:30 p.m., Essex Memorial Hall, 5 Towers Rd., Essex Jct. (See Thursday, Feb. 22 for complete details.)

24 saturday vermont roBotiCs Championship

10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Essex High School 2 Educational Dr., Essex Jct. Teams from Vermont and beyond will converge at EHS to put their creations to the test performing tasks and solving puzzles.

weeKend story time

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

story time

11 a.m., Phoenix Books Essex, 2 Carmichael St., Essex Jct. Enjoy timeless tales and new adventures with your little ones. Each week, we'll choose a new picture book, a classic or a staff favorite to read aloud together.

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Pets of the Week

7:30 p.m., Essex Memorial Hall, 5 Towers Rd., Essex Jct. (See Thursday, Feb. 22 for complete details.)

DOLORES 12 year old Spayed female Arrival Date: 1/9/2018 Breed: Domestic short hair – tortoise shell Reason here: I was found as a stray

25 sunday raBies vaCCine and miCroChip CliniC

9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Cosmos Cuts, 4 Southerberry Dr. #102, Milton. Several services will be available for your pet at this convenient clinic, including rabies vaccines provided by Mountainside Mobile Vet Clinic. All proceeds benefit Pibbles and More Animal Rescue. All cats must be in carriers and all dogs leashed. Event is cash only. Microchips, $20; rabies vaccine, $15; dog and cat distemper vaccines, $10; kennel cough vaccine, $10. Those interested must pre-register pets and services desired by contacting Carly Buswell at

grief share support group

10 - 11:30 a.m., Essex Alliance Church, 37 Old Stage Rd., Essex Jct. (See Sunday, Feb. 18 for complete details.)

essex Community players presents "douBt: a paraBle"

2 p.m., Essex Memorial Hall, 5 Towers Rd., Essex Jct. (See Thursday, Feb. 22 for complete details.)

divorCe Care support group

5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Bluewater Ctr., 145 Pine Haven Shores Rd., Shelburne. (See Sunday, Feb. 18 for complete details.)

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9:48 p.m., Animal Problem on Railroad Ave.

Friday, Feb. 9

4:27 a.m., Suspicious on Essex Way 10:07 a.m., LSA on Essex Way 10:24 a.m., Larceny on Gauthier Dr. 5:18 p.m., LSA on Morse Dr. 8:45 p.m., Suspicious on Upper Main St. 11:46 p.m., DLS on Upper Main St.

saTurday, Feb. 10

6:21 a.m., Property Damage on West St. 9:15 a.m., MV Complaint on Susie Wilson Rd. 9:26 a.m., Larceny from MV on Mason Dr. 9:38 a.m., Suspicious on Tamarack Dr. 10:13 a.m., Simple Assault on Pine Ct 11:42 a.m., Family Disturbance on Maple St.

12:58 p.m., Noise Disturbance on Franklin St. 4:09 p.m., Family Disturbance on Taft St. 9:10 p.m., Motorist Assistance on I-289 11:57 p.m., Family Disturbance on S Summit St.

sunday, Feb. 11

1:47 p.m., Suspicious on Susie Wilson Rd. 3:59 p.m., Family Disturbance on Depot St. 9:41 p.m., MV Complaint on I-289 11:22 p.m., Suspicious on Maple St.

TickeTs issued: 8 Warnings issued: 25 Fire/eMs calls dispaTched: 55

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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Last week was busy with sports. Two winter state titles were decided along with some NVAC battles. More contests this week to keep all involved and entertained highlighted by the gymnasts competing in states this coming Saturday. If you stand up tall you can spot the end of the regular season approaching. Pink Zone games were another success, Essex connection in Vermont HOF, the Winter Olympics have begun and I covered a UCONN women’s basketball game for the first time, as well. Congratulations to the track and field team and coaches on their second place finishes at the indoor state meet. The new venue at UVM has been a success; friendly, accommodating and closer than the previous host, Norwich. The D-II meet was Friday night and D-I athletes competed Saturday. The Hornets were second to St. Johnsbury in both meets. The boys scored 105 points to edge Mt. Mansfield Unioin by a point but ended a point and a half behind St. J. South Burlington was fourth at 87.5 as the meet came down to the final event – the mile relay! The gals totaled 104 to the Hilltoppers 230 with SB and Mt. Anthony Union third and fourth.

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The Pink Zone night for the girls basketball teams was a huge win for all involved, especially for the Breast Care Center at the Larner College of Medicine at UVM. Coaches, players, parents and fans all contributed to the successful evening. Our cheerleaders were amazing, the volunteers tireless and community support was so much MORE than outstanding. After a tight first half, the Chargers bested their up-town rival Eagles 45-28 in a fine display of middle school/junior high hoop. The JV’s, now 14-2 after two wins last week, edged the Wolves 40-37 in game two. The varsity, after drubbing Spaulding earlier in the week, went on a ten-zip run to start the game and led throughout in a satisfying revenge win by a score of 52-39, pushing their record to 10-6 inching back up the D-I rankings. Congratulations to the cheerleaders for capturing the NVAC cheer competition in SB a couple of weeks ago. Reports stated Hornets earned first places in Metro Division, first in Elite top gun stunts, Large Varsity Champions, and finally Grand Champions. State competition is Saturday at Vergennes high school. Come out and support the team. The wrestlers continue to have heavy duty success this winter. After a midweek 49-12 W over Milton, the Hornets flexed their

muscles at home on Saturday. Essex repeated as NVAC Championships capturing the 2017-2018 meet in fine fashion. Impressive results look like this: in the Quarterfinals Essex shutout Williamstown 66-0; the Semifinals saw the Hornets defeat Milton again 60-12 leading to the finals, where they defeated St. Johnsbury 44-35 to go back-to-back as NVAC Champs! Congrats to all. JV states this weekend in Barre. States next week at Otter Valley high school. Our boys’ varsity basketball team is 3-11 following a couple of loses to Rice and BHS. In the latter game vs the ‘Horses, Hunter Smith and Stephen Astor led the Hornets on the score sheet. The JV’s are 8-6, losing twice last week to Rice 64-46 and to BHS 47-43. Road games at MMU and St. J this week. The girls’ JV-B hoop team is now 13-0 as they demolished two more opponents last week. They drilled Rutland 60-7 and North Country 41-17. One game left vs Milton Thursday. The frosh boys are 14-1 notching wins over Rutland and St. J in the first round of the BFA End-Of-Season Jamboree, then played in the second round/championship game. They end their season this week vs MMU. The boys’ hockey team lost a tough match to BFA 5-2 early in the week and bounced back in fine fashion with a 7-2 win over SB. Grady Cram scored twice and had an assist while Jonah Janaro scored 1 goal with 2 assists. Willem Barwin, Jared Almeida,

Maverick King and Gordon Schmalz added goals. GK Ben LaPlant stopped 16 shots as the Hornets are now 11-3 trailing only the Bobwhites in D-I. U-32, SHS, and Rutland are up this week. Have you been following our girls’ hockey team? Going to their games? If you have, then you know they are the best team in D-I with a 13-3 record after 3 more wins last week none bigger than their 3-0 win, not upset, of then #1 ranked BFA. They host Rice this Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in their only game of the week, so how about packing the stands and supporting the hottest high school team on ice? P.S. During their eight gamewinning streak, the girls have allowed only six goals. The gymnastic team scored their highest point total of the season. Their 140.0 pts in the win over SB the Hornets served notice to CVU in this week’s state final. Results can be seen in the scoreboard. The bowlers placed first in their third straight match last week in their penultimate tune-up for states next month. The Hornets beat Fair Haven, Hartford and BHS. Alex Prim led Essex bowling a great series with 436. Ben Sawyer, Makenna Thorne, and Emily Harvey also bowled well. Tyler Elias set a PR with his 214. Condolences to the Coutrayer family on the death of George Coutrayer, who was an EHS basketball fan and supporter his entire life; the Dunbar’s on the passing of George Dunbar, who gave years of his life to the Village; and the Laverty’s remembering Richard Laverty, Dad to EHS track and field stars Kevin, Jeanne and Stacey who attended all meets with his wife supporting his very talented children. Happy Birthday Becca Olsen Bailey, Chelsea Zelko, VSOA ref and retired teacher Mike Clark, Kasey Greene, Kristen Rauer Mullen and never-aging Tonya Gramatzki Digangi. Special congrats shoutouts to Melba Masse on her induction into the Vt. Sports Hall of Fame and to Junction lawyer Dave Barra on his judicial appointment. Remembering in-laws Terry and Ed Bechtel and parents Don and Rosemary Gonillo who shared the same anniversary last Sunday. Would have been 72 and 62 years.

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bridal 2018

By the power vested in me Essex accountant-turned-officiant performs hundreds of weddings By MICHAELA HALNON



Essex resident Pat Johnson has married hundreds of couples since founding Lotus Ministries more than a decade ago.



at Johnson was relaxing at her sister’s house one day in 2005 when a video of a relative’s recent wedding ceremony brought her to tears. “It brought me so much joy to see all of these people who were relaxed and fun and everything was loving,” Johnson said. “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I need something like that in my life.’” Johnson, an Essex resident and accountant by trade, resolved to begin building a side gig that would bring her joy in retirement. More than a decade later, she’s joined hundreds of couples in holy matrimony through her company Lotus Ministries. “This is what I needed to do for happiness in my life,” Johnson said. “There was a lot of stress [and] it was serious all the time. Now, on weekends and a few days during the week, I get to be with happy people and fulfill their needs.”

groom held their wedding at Roxy Cinemas in Burlington. Johnson added to their “Princess Bride” wedding theme by adopting an exaggerated lisp as she performed the ceremony, she recalled through hysterical laughter. “Here we were, people had come from long distances for this wedding,” Johnson said. “We were sitting in the little Roxy Theater at 11 in the morning on a beautiful Saturday and then I open with my lisp.” For some, Johnson also serves as a “mini” wedding planner. That means making sure the day unfolds according to schedule and being willing to “be the bad guy” if guests get out of hand. She’s also borne witness to intimate elopements, often one of the only guests to see the wedding unfold in person. Though the busy season won’t hit until mid-May, Johnson said she was scheduled to perform her service at an elopement later this month. “Those are the tearjerkers, the couples where it’s just about them,” Johnson said.

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Johnson prides herself on her unique wedding ceremonies, vastly different than the so-called cookie cutter weddings she’s attended in the past. She begins every consultation with easy conversation, learning all about how the prospective customers met, their passions and hobbies and any religious affiliations or requests. Some of the betrothed are in their 80s and have found true love after a lifelong search. Others are fresh out of high school or met on an online dating site. “So, obviously, one size doesn’t fit all,” Johnson said. Few things are consistent, then, except for one key commonality: Johnson has only performed one wedding inside. Clients have come calling on Johnson from across the country. A pair of Hawaii natives trekked to The Essex for their wedding. When Johnson marveled at their decision to leave the ocean paradise, the mother of the bride told her it was more prestigious to marry in Vermont. Other clients are less focused on public perception. A Canadian bride and

“It’s very pure.” Speaking of water works, Johnson also gets to chat with the groom at the top of the altar as he awaits his bride. She always keeps a few tissues on hand for the sweating brow or stray teardrop. “Many times it’s the groom who’s falling apart, it seems,” Johnson said. “They’re very, very cool until we’re standing there.” About half of Johnson’s couples are interested in exchanging their own written vows. The rest are a bit wary of performing and elect to deliver personal words in private or just focus on the all-important “I do.” Through it all, Johnson said she becomes connected with the couples as they navigate a major life milestone. She’ll follow up on Facebook later, thrilled to see they’ve welcomed a child or two since she saw them last. “I get to know them, and I get to feel like they’re mine,” Johnson said. “At the reception, I’ll have to remind myself to leave because it’s not my family!”

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LINWEAVER JACKSON Colleen Lineweaver and Shannon Jackson were wed on Oct. 14, 2017. Although the couple now resides in Washington D.C., Jackson grew up in Essex Jct. and previously worked as U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders' body man during the campaign. Jackson is currently the executive director of Our Revolution, the organization that has continued the energy from the Bernie 2016 campaign. Lineweaver works for Jane Sanders at The Sanders Institute, a non-profit dedicated to educating the electorate about progressive issues.

PICARD - MCGUIRE Brittany Marie Picard, daughter of Michael and Lorrie Picard, and Steven Richard McGuire, son of Elaine Collins and Richard McGuire, were married at Catamount Country Club in Williston on Sept. 30, 2017 in front of all of their family and friends. The wedding was officiated by the bride's brother, Joseph Picard, and it was followed by a reception held on site. The bride and groom both met in and graduated from Essex High School. The groom is a graduate of Vermont Technical College and works as a production project manager for Dealer. com. The bride is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and works as an intensive needs program specialist in Milton and is the head coach of the Essex High School Varsity Cheerleading team. The couple resides in Essex Jct. The ceremony attend-


ees included best man Joe McGuire, brother of the groom; groomsmen Kevin Fournier, Ryan Morgan, Trevor Fulchino, Matthew Parisi III, Adam Picard, brother of the bride; and cousins of the groom Kevin, Skylar and Michael Millette; man-ofhonor Jordan Avery and matron-ofhonor Jess Lane; bridesmaids Maria Morgan, Allison Hennessey, Camilla Corsaro, cousin of the bride Macey Bouffard, Kayleigh Shappy, and Tay-

lor Tyksinski; junior bridesmaids and cousins of the bride, Alexa and Olivia Porter; ring princess Julia Thibault; flower girls Anna Morgan, Kelly Morgan, and goddaughter of the couple Lucy Morgan, and Delaney Johnson; usher godson of the bride Teddy LaFountaine. The couple honeymooned in Sanibel Island, Fla. and Walt Disney World.

Scott and Jan Plaza of Essex announce the engagement of their daughter Erin, of Colchester, to Matthew Gamache, son of Jayne Gamache of Colchester and Ted and Liz Gamache of St. Albans. A fall wedding is planned.

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3 Steps for an Injury-Free Winter Winter is well underway. This season, patients come through our doors with painful reminders of the downside of living and playing in our beautiful, if chilly, state. Want to get through the cold without incident? Here are three things you can do.


early symptoms blisters. If you think you have frostbite on your feet, try not to walk, as you may cause further harm. Get to a warm place as soon as possible. Dry the frostbitten area completely and very slowly warm the frostbitten areas. Don’t use direct heat or you may burn your skin. Wrap the affected area in a blanket and seek medical treatment. If you are in pain or if your skin remains numb or doesn’t return to its regular color, seek emergency care.

2. Be vigilant when the power’s out ous. You can take steps recommended by Vermont Emergency Management to avoid hazards associated with losing power: Stay away from downed power lines and make sure your power company

knows about them. Never drive over them. If clearing trees or limbs, make sure they are not in contact with power lines. Trees and branches can conduct electricity and electrocute you. If you run a generator,

make sure it is well outside your living area (not in an attached garage) and far enough away from windows or other places where exhaust could enter your home. Carbon monoxide is

deadly and odorless, so be sure that you have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home – especially if you run a generator at any time.

snow; winter itself increases your risk of heart attack. Being in cold temperatures causes your blood vessels to constrict, making your body work harder to move blood around and help the heart to function at its best, increasing your cardiac risk. Overheating can become an issue too, if the many layers you

might don before tackling the driveway become too much after you exert yourself. Overheating causes blood vessels to dilate, which lowers blood pressure dramatically. If you are overdressed or feeling too warm while exerting yourself, it is best to slow down, take a break, or take off a layer of clothing.

3. Shoveling? Baby your back and your HEART! Shoveling snow is the cause of many winter injuries – some you wouldn’t expect. Many arise when normally sedentary people exert themselves to clear the driveway and get on with their lives. If you haven’t exercised in a while, take particular care when shoveling—you might even warm up with

a few stretches indoors before tackling the task. All shovelers should baby their backs by bending at the knees, rather than the waist and pushing snow whenever possible, rather than throwing it. Absolutely avoid twisting your back, which can cause herniated disks. To avoid falls, which cause many serious shov-


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Frostbite – it’s when your skin (usually on your hands or feet) actually freezes. Prevent it by covering your extremities, especially in very cold temperatures or if you will be outdoors for a long time. If you find yourself unprotected in the cold unexpectedly, tuck your hands under your armpits to protect them. It’s time to go indoors if your skin feels numb and develops white patches – the pre-cursors to frostbite. Skin with frostbite becomes dark gray, hardens or develops

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ealth means something a bit different to everyone. For some, the picture of health is running 5Ks with family. For others, it’s being able to manage a chronic condition such as hypertension or diabetes without needing to go to the Emergency Department. For still others, health means being able to kneel on the living room floor without pain and play with our grandchildren. There’s a common thread – when we’re healthy, we are able to enjoy the things that bring meaning to our lives. Health care today is no longer about just taking care of patients who come to the hospital when they’re very sick. It’s about developing habits that help us all get and stay as healthy as possible. We know that it can be difficult to manage a condition like diabetes without a reliable place to store medication. That healthy eating can be a challenge when the produce aisle at the grocery store seems daunting and expensive. And that “getting in shape” can seem impossible when you barely have time to run errands after work. Exciting partnerships are taking root in our community right now that will help each one of us improve our health, no matter where we’re starting. The UVM Medical Center is proud to work with partners in housing, the local food industry, and fitness, to name a few. I’m excited to introduce this column, which will discuss those partnerships and health questions that many of us have at one time or another. I hope that this space will remind you that small steps can make a big difference on the lifelong journey of caring for ourselves. Some weeks, we will talk about seasonal health issues we’re all experiencing together. You’ll see that this week we’ve included some tips for staying safe in cold weather, and a recipe for a healthy twist on comfort food. In the coming weeks and months, I also hope to introduce you to some of the community organizations whose partnership is central to our work combating the opioid epidemic, helping people get the care they need at home, and many other initiatives that will improve life for all of us. In my time at the UVM Medical Center, I have been impressed every day with the ideas and energy that Vermonters bring to the table – whether we’re discussing our gardens, our hobbies, or our health care. I hope that you will join us in the discussion, and that this space offers a way for us to connect and get to know one another. Do you have questions about health, or is there something you’d like to see us discuss in this space? Please get in touch at ––– Eileen Whalen, MHA, RN, is a former trauma nurse who now leads The University of Vermont Medical Center. She currently serves as co-chair of the RiseVT board, and co-chair of the Chittenden County Opioid Alliance board.

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Ingredients: • 1 lb. box of dried pasta • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter • 1/2 onion, finely chopped • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped • 1 tsp dried thyme • 4 Tbsp flour • 2 cups milk • 2 cups grated cheddar • 2 cups butternut squash puree • 1 tsp Dijon mustard • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg • 1/4 tsp cayenne • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Instructions: • Cook pasta in a large pot of salted, boiling water. Drain 2 minutes shy of package instructions and set aside. • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and thyme, cooking until onions are soft (~5 minutes). Stir in flour and cook for about 3 minutes, then add milkstirring until sauce begins to thicken (a few minutes).

• Remove sauce from heat and stir in cheddar. Add squash, mustard, nutmeg, cayenne, and black pepper and mix in. Season to taste with salt. • Pour cheese sauce over pasta until sufficiently coated. Using a spatula, transfer to a 9x13-inch baking dish. • Bake in a 375 degree oven until sauce bubbles around the edges (25-30 minutes).

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Essex seniors harness their chi; politicians urge Essex High to change GPA system

Essex Reporter: February 15, 2018  

Essex seniors harness their chi; politicians urge Essex High to change GPA system