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February 16, 2017
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Trustees seek historic school building Prudential committee nixes rec agreement
By COLIN FLANDERS
epresentatives from Essex Jct.’s municipal and school boards met last week to tie up some loose ends before the unified school district begins this July. The Essex Prudential Com-
mittee, which oversees the Essex Jct. school district, agreed to terminate an agreement with the board of trustees regarding governance of Essex Jct. Parks and Recreation, signaling the department’s final days as a school entity. The prudential committee also unanimously voted
to transfer ownership of Park Street School to the village for $1. Village voters will judge the purchase during the trustees’ annual meeting April 5. If passed, voters will then need to approve the sale at the Essex Jct. School District’s annual meeting April 10. See SCHOOL, page 4
Photo by COLIN FLANDERS Park Street School, built in 1873, is said to be Vermont's first brick schoolhouse. The village board of trustees aim to obtain ownership of the building from the prudential committee. Voters will decide on the measure during the Essex Jct. School District's annual meeting April 10.
Police aim to combat dog bite trend
Kings and queens shine at prom
By KAYLEE SULLIVAN
By COLIN FLANDERS
he lights were dimmed last Friday night as blue and red strobes flashed in the Essex Alliance Church gymnasium, where guests broke out in funky dance moves at the end of a red carpet, cloaked under a large balloon arch. One of 350 churches worldwide to host Night to Shine, a prom organized by the Tim Tebow Foundation, Essex Alliance welcomed 85 guests with disabilities and about 140 caregivers and 250 volunteers. “Tonight has been really awesome because it’s been allowing me to have a great social opportunity and see friends I haven’t seen in long See PROM, page 2
Photo by KAYLEE SULLIVAN Sammy Minter, left, dances with his buddy, Angella Pratt, at Essex Alliance Church's Night to Shine prom last Friday night. Pratt also accompanied Minter to his high school prom as his caregiver, while her sister was his date. A special educator, Pratt has provided care for Minter for about 10 years. Last Friday night, they were paired by chance.
The Essex Police Department plans to rewrite a local ordinance to help enforce the town’s leash law in response to a spike in vicious dog complaints and bite incidents, Cpt. Rick Garey said. Local ordinances require dogs to be leashed off their owner’s property, excluding the dog park and Indian Brook and Saxon Hill parks. Yet many owners don’t comply, Garey said. “We need to nip that in the bud and say listen, if you’re a dog owner, you have a responsibility to your neighbors and everybody out there,” Garey said. “This is a public safety issue. You need to keep your dogs under control.” Police data shows there were 19 reported incidents of bites or vicious dog complaints in 2015. That number jumped to 49 incidents last year, See POLICE, page 4
Essex Selectboard candidates contend, share views at forum By COLIN FLANDERS
hree candidates vying for seats on the Essex Selectboard participated in a forum last week, sharing their views on the town’s budget, consolidation and their vision for the future. Held at the Channel 17 offices in Burlington, the 45-minute forum featured incumbents Max Levy and Andy Watts as well as challenger Mona Sheppard. Voters will choose two of the three for three-year terms during Town Meeting Day elections March 7. Moderator Lauren-Glenn Davitian first asked the candidates about the ongoing consolidation between the town and the village and
whether they supported a full-on merger. All three candidates favored moving forward with the current piecemeal approach. Watts said some efforts were pushed back due to the recreation debate and said the fire departments and the planning governance structure are likely the next discussions. He also described current efforts like the joint public works department, which, according to its agreement, must be examined by a committee that will report to the selectboard by October 1. As far as a complete merger goes, Watts said he’s heard mention of a board with up to nine members to govern both the town and See FORUM, page 3
Photo by COLIN FLANDERS From left, Max Levy, Andy Watts and Mona Sheppard chat before their forum at the Channel 17 offices in Burlington last Friday. The trio is vying for a pair of three-year seats on the selectboard.
Florists arrange for snowy holiday
BUSY BODIES The second installment of a series exploring a professional's busiest time or day of the year.
By KAYLEE SULLIVAN
A Photo by KAYLEE SULLIVAN Jon Houghton, owner and manager of Maplehurst Florist in Essex, puts together an arrangement of orange roses at his Main Street shop last Monday in preparation for Valentine's Day.
foot of snow may have dropped on Chittenden County overnight this week, but for local florists gearing up for Valentine’s Day, the show had to go on. Ribbons were carefully cut and swirled around vases, and purposely picked flowers were placed amongst green-
ery as the creative design process flurried around Essex and Colchester flower shops last Monday, Feb. 13. “A good florist always carries a shovel, right?” joked Jon Houghton of Maplehurst Florist in Essex, noting when it comes to Valentine’s Day weather, you just never know. In the midst of one of See FLORISTS, page 14
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Photos by KAYLEE SULLIVAN Left, prom-goers hit the dance floor last Friday night in the gymnasium at Essex Alliance Church. Above, attendees of all ages danced to tunes like the "Cupid Shuffle" and "The Cha Cha Slide." Essex Alliance was one of 350 churches worldwide to participate in Night to Shine, a prom headed by the Tim Tebow Foundation.
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time,” guest Bennett Townley, 19, said. As songs like the “Cupid Shuffle,” “We Are Family” and “The Cha Cha Slide” blasted from the speakers, attendees between ages 14 and 70 swayed back and forth and waved their hands in the air as laughter escaped their wide smiles. For some, it was their first prom; for others, it was their first date. In Kaitlyn Hollden’s case, it was both. The 28-year old Colchester resident went to her homecoming but never prom. This time, she was crowned queen, and
her date was capped king, along with the 83 other guests. “The joy on the hearts of these children takes your breath away,” event cochair Bill Smith said. “When we say children, we say it loosely,” his wife and co-chair Susan Smith said of the guests and their "uniquely able" daughter. “Because our daughter is 43, but they’re kind of kids in their hearts. And they’re pure; pure hearts, pure joy, loving; it’s like God gifted them with something extra, which is love.” Purposely scheduled the weekend before Valentine’s Day, the night was founded on showering the attendees with love and care, Sarah McNulty of Essex
Alliance said. Once arriving at the church, guests checked in, received a nametag and met their “buddy” of the night before heading to the hair and makeup room, where they got dolled up for free. Shoes were shined, hair was curled and sparkly flats were slipped on before they climbed into a limo, which escorted them a few dozen yards down the drive to the gym. As the limo doors opened, the passengers’ names were loudly announced before they were escorted down the red carpet as paparazzi surrounded them with flashing cameras. To Angella Pratt’s surprise, a “buddy” from Colchester, she was matched with a familiar guest. A special educator, Pratt is highly involved in the disabled community. “I actually went to his high school prom with him,” she said of her guest, Sammy Minter. She’s done personal care for Minter for 10 years; last year, they ventured to Disney together. An hour or so into the event, Minter stepped away from his walker and into Pratt’s arms, moving and grooving on the dance floor. Parents and caregivers watched from a room above, enjoying a catered meal. “We’ve got all them accounted for,” one woman said, leaning on her husband’s shoulder. Down by the food tables, which showcased cotton candy, popcorn and fried favorites, Cindy Rickson stood with her 23-year old daughter, Caitlin. Rickson couldn’t decide who was more excited: her or her daughter. One thing she knew for sure, though, was this prom was more enjoyable than Caitlin’s high school one.
“Caitlin has been tolerated, patronized and accommodated for, but she’s never been celebrated,” Rickson said. Last Friday night was all about the celebration. This year was the first time Night to Shine traveled to Vermont. Essex Alliance, along with another church in southern Vermont, brought the prom to life. When the pastor at Essex Alliance announced he’d like to adopt the event, the Smiths immediately jumped on board. Planning started in November, and they got the final go-head from the Tim Tebow Foundation in December. The Smiths saw it as a unique opportunity, one their daughter never had the chance to experience. As they began talking to other people in the community, they learned that many other parents with children with disabilities were in the same boat. “The excitement level is just off the charts,” Bill Smith said. Next year, they hope to pass the torch to their daughter’s pastor in San Diego. That way, she can have a night to shine, too. As for Essex, the co-chairs said they’re already looking forward to making the 2018 Night to Shine bigger and better. “I’m just grateful for the opportunity for a lot of these kids and adults to get out and have a night of fun and just celebrate them and have a great time together,” Jennifer Townley said. Moments later, her son, Bennett, headed back into the red and blue lights with his new buddy by his side, ready to break out another dance move.
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village, though it hasn’t been officially discussed yet. “That's a direction that we could start looking at,” he said. Sheppard said consolidation needs to be a balanced effort between finding the best service model and what the community can afford. “We all can agree that we need tax equity for everyone,” she said. The selectboard must be transparent and accountable during these discussions, however, Sheppard said, pointing to its role in the recreation debate as an example. “A lot of people came forward and felt they were talked down to, they felt they were bullied, they felt they weren't treated right,” she said. “We have a lot of work to do with that — engaging people, giving them respect and listening to their opinions.” Sheppard was active in the recreation debate during many meetings last summer before she stopped attending due to their “toxic” environment, she wrote in a letter to the selectboard last year. Levy, current selectboard chairman, said he “absolutely” believes the town should proceed with consolidation to create a more sustainable community. While the current system of using memoranda of understanding isn’t perfect, the goal is continuous improvement, he said. Although 'merger' has been considered a “bad word,” Levy said it would maximize service delivery and efficiency. Still, the electorate would have to make that decision, he said. Meanwhile, an important gauge on the prior efforts will likely come when selectboard and trustees decide whether to change their municipal charters and codify the joint manager position into law. Current joint manager Pat Scheidel, who plans to retire in June 2018, has said the move would serve as a consolidation stop valve and create a more stable environment for an incoming manager. Levy called the role “cornerstone” to the consolidation process, Watts said it’s a decision the selectboard will have to make, and Sheppard said she’s not willing to commit until she sees a written evaluation of the position’s outcomes. Asked if they backed the town’s $13.7 million budget proposal, both incumbents, who approved it last month, continued their support. It’s estimated the budget will result in a 3.15 percent general tax increase over the current year. “The objective of this budget was to maintain the same level of high quality services that the residents expect,” Levy said, calling it “responsible” in part because it transfers money to the capital plan to help maintain funding for infrastructure improvements. “If we don't invest in ourselves, why
would anybody come to Essex and invest in Essex?” he asked. Watts added the selectboard cut $200,000 during its process, including nine line items where the same amount was requested for a few years but never spent. He also asked residents to voice their thoughts during budget work sessions to better inform the selectboard. “If people would tell us what they don't want, we'd certainly take it out,” he said. Sheppard, meanwhile, said she doesn’t support the budget. She cited numbers from the 200514 town plan that show the average increase during that time was 3.14 percent. She compared those to an average 6.14 percent increase over the past four years, during three of which the town used fund balance to reduce the tax burden, she said. “These tax burden increases are just not sustainable,” she said, pointing to seniors without cost of living increases and workers who need two jobs to make ends meet. To address this, she’d call for a oneyear moratorium on transfers to the capital budget and ask all departments to shave 1 percent, resulting in an overall savings of $500,000, enough to level this year’s budget increase, she said. "This would give property owners some breathing room,” Sheppard said. “And after all the changes and increases over the past years, I think they need it.” Perhaps the forum’s most interesting question forced the candidates to think ahead: What is your vision of Essex in 20 years? Sheppard sees Essex as a community beyond town-versus-village issues, with future residents wondering why it was ever a big deal. She also envisions more shared modes of transportation, community centers and new clean businesses. “To help get there, I would try to work to make sure Essex gets its fair of federal and state funds, and make sure it gets its share of grants,” she said. Levy hoped families would seek out the town as a place that pursues and supports young innovators, “even if they work in another country,” he said. Like Sheppard, he also longs for a shift in the status quo. “Wouldn’t it be nice if we could have fully consolidated services by then?” he wondered aloud. For Watts, the future holds the most ambitious vision, at least as far as technology goes. He pictured virtual reality communications, autonomous cars and every house and store wifi-connected — “if there’s even stores left,” he said. Referencing the town plan, which renews every five years, Watts hoped to illustrate the importance of keeping up-to-date with this shifting landscape. Missing out on just one these could have a major impact on infrastructure, he said. “What we need to do is not get stuck in doing things the way we always have,” he said.
Police searching for robbery suspect By COLIN FLANDERS Police are seeking information on a robbery that occurred at Champlain Farms in Essex Jct. last Sunday night, a news release said. Police say a suspect entered the 56 Pearl St. store around 9:30 p.m. and showed a knife before leaving with an undetermined amount of money. The suspect is described as 6 feet tall, medium build and dressed in black, the news release said. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 878-8331.
man cited for DuI after crash By COLIN FLANDERS Essex police say they cited a man for driving under the influence after an officer witnessed a crash at the intersection of Susie Wilson Road and Pearl Street last Friday
around 11:30 p.m. Police say Edwin Gelinas, 31, and his passenger weren’t injured. Gelinas was cited to appear in Chittenden Superior Court – Criminal Division on March 2.
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Coming less than five months before the Essex Westford School District assumes all assets of its two existing entities — Essex Town School District and the Chittenden Central Supervisory Union — the moves represent succession efforts from the prudential committee, which dissolves on December 31. A failed vote would mean the EWSD board takes ownership of the building. Village president George Tyler said the trustees wished to obtain Park Street School, which the prudential committee owns, in part because they are assuming oversight of EJRP and therefore want any facilities it uses to fall under their purview. Park Street School was built in 1873 and was Vermont’s first brick schoolhouse, according to the village website. The building currently houses EJRP’s preschool program and Essex High School’s ACE program, an alternative learning center. Owning the building could be helpful if repairs become necessary, Tyler said, suggesting the unified board may not want to fund historic preservation efforts, which can be costly. “On the other hand, I think the village would be highly motivated because it fits into our whole concept of village center redevelopment,” he said. The village has some experience in this: About 10 years ago, taxpayers funded about $800,000 in repairs, he said. Tyler also alluded to future development in the area and said the village would be better posed to negotiate for improvements around the building. He pointed to 4 Pearl St., where the village offered the developer waivers in return for an additional 15 feet of sidewalk space, as an example. Of course, the unified school board could also negotiate for similar improvements, but Tyler anticipated it’d be reluctant to do so. “They would not be familiar with what’s going on the village; it’s not going to just be village folks on the board,” he said.
Committee member Patrick Murray wondered if the EWSD board would object to losing the property so close to the district’s start date. EWSD doesn’t have any say in the decision, committee member Jason DiRosa countered. “This is really a matter of the board governing the village schools deciding what was best for the programs that are strictly within the village,” DiRosa said. It would be the second major land transfer since Essex and Westford voters approved the school merger in November 2015. Westford voters favored a similar conveyance last October, purchasing two parcels of land from their school district, including about 65 acres of trails. Yet in that case, Westford school board chairman Mark Drapa approached the EWSD with the plans before the vote. CCSU superintendent Judith DeNova suggested Essex’s prudential committee also wait to sign any final agreements before it explains them to the unified board. “That’s just a respectful consultation,” DeNova said, adding the unified board understood Westford’s decision because each community “knows what it needs to do going forward.” The following evening, committee chairman Michael Smith presented to the EWSD board, which noted the move will have minor budget implications — $10,000 in rent for the ACE program. Committee member Marla Durham asked the trustees to allow ACE to stay there for a few years so the unified board can find a new location. Tyler agreed. In the same vein, DeNova said she hopes the trustees continue to use the building for school-related purposes, pointing to a “huge waiting list” for EJRP’s preschool program. “Continuing to have that building serve the needs of young children is something I think the community would respect moving forward – that it’s not being used as office space,” DeNova said. The prudential committee also unanimously voted to terminate its agreement to govern EJRP, which it’s done since 1973.
Smith highlighted the failure of the recreation district proposal but said the two boards would have this discussion regardless of the vote’s outcome. “We’re here to formalize that process and complete what we’ve been talking about all along,” he said. The trustees signed an agreement last September signaling their intentions to work with the prudential committee to transfer EJRP to the village in the event of a no vote. The rec program is incorporated into their budget, Tyler said, which will be up for voice vote April 5. The prudential committee will still oversee EJRP’s 2017 audit this fall, while the village will begin processing this year’s EJRP seasonal employees. Both boards reflected on their history during what will likely be one of the last meetings between the two — a notably cordial affair, reminding some it wasn’t always that way. In 2009, a disagreement over the placement of a baseball field resulted in a divisive multi-year dispute about who rightfully owned EJRP, leading to attorneys from both boards preparing for litigation, Tyler said in an email Friday. Rather than going to court, however, the two sides agreed to a self-renewing contract recognizing the prudential committee’s control over EJRP. The agreement could have been terminated at any time if both boards agreed to it. Tyler joined the board when the ordeal began, he said, and is the only trustee still serving from that time. “Since then, we have done our best to mend fences and respect the prudential committee's positive role,” he said. Citing this history, DeNova applauded the great respect formed between the two boards. “That’s a tribute to the people sitting at this table right now,” she said. “I’d say the same,” Tyler responded. “We’re going to miss the prudential committee.”
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Garey said. The department is also seeing more dogs running at large, with no owner in sight. This further complicates bite incidents, Garey said; two victims received rabies shots recently after police couldn’t identify the dog’s owner to verify the dog was vaccinated. Currently, the town ordinance imposes a $50 civil ticket for the first offense, increasing up to $400 by the fourth and any subsequent offenses. Garey hopes to make the law more enforceable by allowing officers to instead issue municipal tickets. Failure to pay those can result in a suspended driver’s license, he said. “I wanted to give people a reminder and fair warning … we’re going to take more enforcement action,” he said. Garey also stressed that state law requires residents to register their dogs with the town clerk’s office. Doing so helps ensure rabies vaccinations are up to date, he said. In 2014, Essex had 1,473 registered dogs. Two years later, that number was up to 1,618, village and town clerk Susan McNamara-Hill said. Garey suggested this increase might explain the rise in bite incidents as well as the fact that there are simply more people outside. “People are out trying to be healthy, walking more, and with that, they are bringing the animals,” he said. That being said, Garey also believes the department needs to do a better job of educating citizens about being a responsible dog owner. That will likely involve two hearings required for ordinance changes, where the public can share feedback on the proposals. At least one local dog owner is in favor of the changes. Whitney Doremus, owner of the Vermont Dog Club, said many people feel like they can’t bring their dog in public because other owners don’t follow the leash law. “It’s in everybody’s best interest,” she said. “Now I completely understand the joy of letting your dog off leash and run — it’s one of the most joyful things in the world, to watch your dog just run through the woods — but it’s just not fair to everybody else when you’re in a public place.”
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ost of last week’s legislative work took place in the various committees. Relatively little time was spent on the floor, which was a relief given the prior contentious week. There were 44 bills introduced in the House last week. With the possible exception of the paid family leave bill (H.196), most would be of interest to only a few. A complete listing of bills introduced in the House can be found at http://legislature.vermont. gov/bill/all-house/2018. Only three bills passed the House last week. They addressed the sharing of information of financial institutions (S.2), a certain kind of automobile insurance (H.143) and the donation of defibrillators (H.14). A listing of all bills passed by the House can
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be found at http://legislature.vermont. gov/bill/passed/2018. There was a special session on the floor for all members on ethics. The Senate is currently working on a bill. Floor activity will be picking up as committees finish up their work on a variety of bills. The marijuana legalization bill is expected to come before the full House soon. The election of a sergeantat-arms, an adjutant and inspector general and trustees for the University of Vermont and the Vermont State Agricultural College will take place this Thursday. The Transportation Committee had a very busy week. We started marking up the committee’s transportation bill. We received presentations on the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Municipal Roads General Permit
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program (water quality), ongoing efforts to get bus service between Manchester/ Bennington and the Amtrak station in Albany, N.Y., the ongoing replacement of a large I-91 bridge in Brattleboro and the planned replacement of two bridges (train tunnels) in downtown Middlebury. The committee received an informative presentation on the 2016 Statewide Transportation Public Opinion Survey (2,232 responses). The survey looked at travel behavior and consumer satisfaction. The results have yet to be published, but here are some highlights: Mean weekly miles traveled is 58, average commuting length is 16.6 miles, 83 percent drive alone, 18 percent are dissatisfied with winter highway maintenance, 15 percent are dissatisfied with DMV services and 27 percent are dissatisfied with the physical condition of the state’s highways.
Two other presentations of particular interest were an update of work on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail and the planned diverging diamond interchange project at I-89’s Exit 16. When completed, the LVRT will be 93 miles long. Currently, two sections have been completed: A 17.4-mile section from Cambridge to Morrisville and 15.4 miles from Danville to St. Johnsbury. I encourage people to visit the Cambridge/Morrisville section. There are a number of restaurants at both ends and in Jeffersonville. A new Morrisville business is going to rent electric pedal assisted bikes. The planned Exit 16 diverging diamond interchange project is unique and promises to significantly relieve traffic congestion at the interchange. A visualization of this can be found at http://bit.ly/1C9gk2j.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Support Mona Sheppard I will be voting for Mona Sheppard on Tuesday, March 7 for a seat on the Essex Selectboard. Her experience in municipal government and her finance background will add value to the board. Mona is committed to effective, accountable and transparent government. I believe she will work to ensure programs and processes are
assessed routinely and implement appropriate metrics for an impartial evaluation of outcomes. In preparation for her bid for the selectboard, Mona has studied town operations including consolidation efforts. She is committed to assuring these efforts address equity comprehensively – from a financial, personnel management and governance perspective – and to considering both the short and long-
Levy has the knowledge to lead As we approach Town Meeting Day on March 7, it is very important to determine who will we vote for to run the town of Essex for the next three years. My mind is made up, and I will be voting for Max Levy. Max has done a good job over the past several years looking out for our municipal tax dollars. I first met Max during my tenure on the board and always found him to be well prepared for the meetings, informed about the functioning of town government and able to work productively within the board structure. Over the last several years as chairman of the selectboard, Max has always listened and allowed the entire board to be heard. During these times of ongoing consolidation of services within the town and village, we need a leader who has knowledge and experience of the workings and needs of the town and has the ability to listen to the taxpayer. Therefore, I would recommend that you also vote for Max Levy on March 7. Alan Nye Essex Jct.
term implications of consolidation. I have observed Mona over the past year as she participated in selectboard and other local meetings and find her to be well informed, thoughtful and respectful at all times. I urge you to join me in supporting Mona Sheppard.
Max will strengthen town, village I write in support of Max Levy for Essex Selectboard. I have worked closely with Max since the spring of 2014 when he reached out to the Heart and Soul of Essex to see if we could help to find a creative solution to growing community concern around voting. An active group of residents was ready to create and distribute a petition to change the way we vote on our municipal budgets. Because Max had taken part in many of the engagement activities during the two-year project, he knew that meaningful dialogue could lead to the creation of a robust model for civic engagement. The Essex Governance
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Group was created, and after six months of research, meetings and deliberations, the group came up with a plan that will meet the needs Essex voters now and in the future. This kind of innovative approach to problem solving is critical to making Essex the best that it can be. I believe Max is the right person to continue to strengthen the relationship between our two municipalities—a relationship that has deepened significantly over the past several years as we move toward shared services and increased efficiencies. Thank you,
Sara Nancy Benevento, 76, passed away as a result of heart and kidney failure on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 with her beloved husband, children and family by her side. She now joins our Heavenly Father in eternal life. Sara was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on March 3, 1940 the daughter of
Please join us in supporting Max Levy for selectboard. In his tenure serving the town of Essex, Max has been able to forge a sense of collaboration between our communities to the benefit of all. With a shared town manager and the unification of many services, the Village of Essex Jct. and the Town of Essex have begun to realize the opportunities and efficiencies that come from planning and working together. Even in the face of more divisive matters, Max has fully engaged with the chal-
lenges, participated in the process and has sought to be a problem solver. With finite resources, we need to be assured that our municipal leaders are able to keep an open mind to the possibilities, while honoring the qualities that make each of our communities unique. With shared pride and strategic leadership we can maximize our collective potential for our communities and taxpayers. Max Levy is the proven leader whom we trust to do just that! Kim and Matt Gleason Essex
Sheppard has my vote Mona Sheppard would be a welcome addition to the Essex Selectboard. She does her homework when new issues are discussed. For instance, she was very helpful in gathering information relevant to deciding the value of having a special tax district recreation department. Her input helped the town voters make an informed decision rather than go with the status quo. Please support Mona Sheppard in the upcoming election. Genie Christiansen Essex
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the late Joseph and Maddalena (Sperandeo) Monaco. She was married in St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn to Vincent Benevento on Nov. 25, 1961. Sara and Vince celebrated their 55th anniversary on Nov. 25, 2016. They renewed their wedding vows on Nov. 12, 2016 officiated by longtime friend and pastor the Rev. Charles Ranges. Sara worked as a legal secretary prior to marriage, assisting not one, but four, attorneys. She was the long-time bookkeeper for dear friend John Adams' shoe business and a very accomplished homemaker. Sara volunteered with the Essex Jct. School Board, board of civil authority and as a justice of the peace. She also served as a eucharistic minister for
the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Essex Jct. Sara is survived by her husband of 55 years (662 months), Vince Benevento, of Essex Jct.; by their four children: Michael (Kristine) Benevento of Williston, Joseph (Petra) Benevento of Essex, Lana (George) Knight of Peru, N.Y. and Teresa (Caryn) Benevento-Munroe of Jericho; by 11 grandchildren: Matthew and Calvin Benevento, Alexander and Nicholas Benevento, Gabrielle and Corey Knight, Tad and Avery Bliss, Jack and Grady Tacy-Munroe and Maxim BeneventoMunroe. Sara is also survived by her sister Mary Capelli of So. Burlington. She was predeceased by her siblings Salvatore, Tina and Nancy. Visiting hours were held Sunday, Feb. 12,
2017 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Ready Funeral & Cremation Service, Mountain View Chapel, 68 Pinecrest Dr. Essex Jct. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m. in St. Lawrence Church, West St. Essex Jct. Burial will be in the spring at Holy Family Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her name to the Vermont Foodbank, 33 Parker Rd., Barre, VT 05641. To send online condolences to her family, please visit www.readyfuneral.com. Arrange with your funeral home to send remembrances to news@essexreporter. com by Fridays at 5 p.m of desired week's publication.
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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: 7 p.m., Wednesday evening youth groups, Adult Bible study and prayer: 7 p.m.; FundamentalIndependent. CITYREACH CHURCH - 159 Pearl St., Essex Jct. Behind Subway, on the back side of the building. Pastor Brent Collins. Sunday worship service: 10 a.m. & 5 p.m. A casual, family-focused and friendly Christian Church with practical teaching, great music, a safe kids program (Nursery-5th grade) and an exciting and empowering church experience, www.essexjunction.cityreachnetwork. org; firstname.lastname@example.org; facebook: CityReach Church - Essex Junction. CHRIST MEMORIAL CHURCH - Route 2A, Williston, just north of Industrial Ave. 878-7107. Wes Pastor, senior minister, proclaiming Christ and Him crucified, Sundays: 9:30 a.m., www.cmcvermont.org. 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; email@example.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 and 10:15 a.m. Communion: first Sunday of every month. Sunday School: 5th/6th Grade - 1st Sunday of the month, Jr. & Sr. high youth groups - every Sunday. Heavenly Food Pantry: second Monday of the month, 5:30-7:30 p.m., fourth Thursday of the month, 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; firstname.lastname@example.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: 8:15 & 10:30 a.m. Adult study: 9:15 a.m. Visit www.stjamesvt.org; email@example.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.
phoTo courTeSY oF BurlingTon Technical cenTer
Jacob Perreault is an Essex High School student in the welding and metal fabrication program at Burlington Technical Center. Check out more BTC programs at the upcoming open house at 52 Institute Rd., Burlington on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. See listing for more information.
16 ThurSdaY Free Tax help
9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Brownell Library. Free tax help for taxpayers with an annual gross income less than $60,000, with special attention given to those 60 or over. Volunteer AARP foundation certified tax preparers Tak and Dorothy Ng will help qualified patrons who make a one-hour appointment. Taxpayers should arrive 10 minutes before their appointment and bring all information and documents they have received that apply to their 2016 income taxes.
read To archie
3:15 - 4 p.m., Brownell Library. Archie loves to listen to kids read and is certified by Therapy Dogs of Vermont. Archie’s owner is Christine Packard, chair of Brownell Library Trustees. For all ages.
Funeral planning WorkShop
6:30 p.m., 68 Pinecrest Dr., Essex Jct. Ready Funeral Home hosts a workshop allowing attendees to list all personal wishes, funeral plans and other important information. The funeral director will also be onsite to answer any questions. Give yourself peace of mind and heart and join us for this informal meeting. Light refreshments will be provided.
17 FridaY all ageS STorYTime
10 - 10:30 a.m., Brownell Library. Come listen to picture book stories and have fun with puppets, finger plays and rhymes. For ages birth to 5.
10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Essex Free Library. Rock out and read on Friday mornings with books, songs and instruments. For all ages.
vinTage movie maTinee
Noon, Bayside Activity Center, 2 West Lakeshore Dr., Colchester. Bring your lunch at noon to meet others, or just come for the movie at 1 p.m. Beverages and popcorn provided. This week's movie is "Meet Jane Doe," a film starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck.
live acTion role plaY 3:30 - 5 p.m., Brownell Library. LARP with Sydney is open to all middle and high school students who want to have adventures in a mythical land.
6:30 p.m., Deborah Rawson Memorial Library, 8 River Rd., Jericho. Watch and discuss the 2016 Oscar-nominated film that tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who fought a legal battle that would end at the U.S. Supreme Court. We’re happy to welcome Phyl Newbeck, a Jericho-based freelance writer, who wrote “Virginia Hasn’t Always Been for Lovers: Interracial Marriage Bans and the Case of Richard and Mildred Loving.” Watch this powerful film and talk with Newbeck about her experience researching the book.
BurlingTon SongWriTerS’ group SeSSionS
6:30 p.m., 118 Center Rd., Essex Center. Come out for an evening of original music from local songwriters Mark Pendergrast and Peter Bingham. Bring a picnic and enjoy the music by candlelight. Free admission. Donations to benefit the performing artists and the grange.
6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Free popcorn and drink.
18 SaTurdaY BurlingTon Technical
cenTer open houSe
10 a.m. - 3 p.m., 52 Institute Rd., Burlington. Students and families are encouraged to come learn about the dynamic range of programs and services available at BTC. The event will include demonstrations, tours of the aviation program at the Burlington Airport and opportunities to talk with teachers and students at the tech center. For more information, visit burlingtontechnicalcenter.com or call 864-8426. VT GENEaLOGy LiBRaRy
10:30 a.m. - noon, 377 Hegeman Ave., Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester. Patti Malone has spent 2+ years using the results from FamilyTreeDNa and ancestryDNA to research her family tree and find genetic cousins. How has she done it? What’s involved? Would she do it the same way after all the work, time and energy she’s invested? Join us for an entertaining and informative look at the world of genetic genealogy. $5. For more information, visit www.vtgenlib.org or call 310-9285.
10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Essex Free Library. Start off your weekend with books, rhymes and songs every Saturday morning.
Whole Book approach
11 a.m., Phoenix Books, 21 Essex Way, Essex Jct. Calling all kids! Join us for our weekly "Whole Book approach" story time. The approach explores the ways words, pictures and book design work together to tell a complete story. The adult leads the children through the book rather than reading the book at/to them. We’ll hold story time just about every week. Want to double check on a particular date? Call us at 872-7111.
engineer For a daY
1 - 4 p.m., Brownell Library. Johnson State College’s math club members will help students build a miniature trebuchet, a type of siege engine most frequently used in the Middle ages. Recommended for grades 7 and up.
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WinTer Bridal ShoW
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Essex Resort & Spa, 70 Essex Way, Essex Jct. Meet the area’s top wedding professionals, taste amazing appetizers, listen to music and see the latest in bridal fashions by Danielle’s Bridal. Tickets and registration available at burlingtonvtbridalshow. com. For more information, call 459-2897.
model railroad aSSociaTion
1 p.m., Brownell Library. Lew White will speak to the Green Mountain Division of the National Model Railroad association about weathering track and ties. Refreshments will be served. all skill levels and rail modeling interests are welcome. For more information, visit www. greenmountainnmra. com.
STorYTeller Bill TorreY
1:30 p.m., Deborah Rawson Memorial Library, 8 River Rd., Jericho. Bill Torrey is a sixth-generation Vermonter. after working for 40 years in the woods, Torrey recently began a new career as a writer and oral storyteller. Join us for his presentation of “Stories from Behind the Barn.”
eThan allen: priSoner oF War
2 p.m., Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington. Willard Sterne Randall, Ethan allen's biographer, will explore allen's capture, captivity and the 954-day ordeal he endured as a British
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calendar local meetings tHurs., feb. 16
6 - 7:30 p.m., village planning commission, Lincoln Hall, 2 Lincoln St., Essex Jct.
mon., feb. 20 town and village offices closed for President's Day.
6 - 7:30 p.m., Prudential committee, Essex Jct. Parks and Recreation department, 75 Maple St., Essex Jct. 7:30 p.m., Town selectboard, Town offices, 81 Main St., Essex Jct.
POW in the Revolution, adding new evidence on the details of his exchange, facilitated by Alexander Hamilton, and return to Vermont to recover.
tues., feb. 21
5:30 - 7 p.m., Village tree advisory committee, Lincoln Hall, 2 Lincoln St., Essex Jct. 7 - 9 p.m., Brownell Library trustees, Brownell Library, 6 Lincoln St., Essex Jct.
tHurs., feb. 23
4 - 7 p.m., EWSD negotiations, CCSU central office, 51 Park St., Essex Jct. 6:30 p.m., town planning commission, Town offices, 81 Main St., Essex Jct.
fresH cHecK day
brownell and essex free libraries closed for president's day.
11 a.m. - 2 p.m., St. Michael's College, Alliot Student Center lobby, 1 Winooski Park, Colchester. Join us for a mental health celebration focused on reducing stigma, encouraging dialogue and raising awareness for mental health resources and coping strategies. Live music, free food, therapy animals and tons of free prizes.
tecH Help witH clif
storytime for babies & toddlers
9:10 - 9:30 a.m., Brownell Library. Picture books, songs, rhymes and puppets for babies and toddlers with an adult.
free tax Help
9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Brownell Library (See Thursday, Feb. 16.)
storytime for prescHoolers
10 - 10:45 a.m., Brownell Library. Picture books, songs, rhymes, puppets, flannel stories and early math activities for preschoolers.
vermont genealogy library
3 - 9:30 p.m., 377 Hegeman Ave., Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester. The Vt. Genealogy Library has the resources to help you find those elusive ancestors. For more information, visit www. vtgenlib.org.
read to daisy
3:15 - 4 p.m., Brownell Library. Daisy loves to listen to kids read and is certified by Therapy Dogs of Vermont. Daisy’s owner is Maddie Nash, retired school counselor. For all ages.
6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Essex Free Library. Do you have a knitting project you are working on? Come join us and knit in the company of others.
22 wednesday tecH time witH traci
10 - 11 a.m., Essex Free Library. Need some tech help? Drop in with your device and your questions.
Noon & 1 p.m., Brownell Library. Offering one-on-one technology help! Bring in your new gadget or gizmo and Clif will sit with you to help you learn its ways. Reservation required; please call 878-6955 at least 24 hours in advance.
essex rotary club meeting
12:10 p.m., The Essex, 70 Essex Way, Essex Jct. The Rotary Club of Essex offers a superb lunch, featuring speakers on topics of interest to the community at large. Visitors welcome.
3 - 4:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Participate in fun and friendly building with Legos. For kids entering kindergarten and up. Kids under 5 are welcome to participate with parental supervision.
"arc of Justice"
7 p.m., Deborah Rawson Memorial Library, 8 River Rd., Jericho. Join Jericho resident Bob Robbins for a screening of the 20-minute documentary “Arc of Justice,” followed by a presentation on the origins of the community land trust movement and how its history continues in our area.
23 tHursday free tax Help
9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Brownell Library (See Thursday, Feb. 16.)
read to arcHie
3:15 - 4 p.m., Brownell Library. Archie loves to listen to kids read and is certified by Therapy Dogs of Vermont. Archie’s owner is Christine Packard, chair of Brownell Library Trustees. For all ages.
evening booK group
6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Essex Free Library. Join us as we discussion “Dead Wake” by Eric Larson.
autHor talK: “cHemo pilgrim”
6:30 p.m., Phoenix Books Burlington, 191 Bank St., Burlington. Join Cricket Cooper to celebrate the launch of her new book, “Chemo Pilgrim: An 18-Week Journey of Healing and Holiness.” Cooper has been an ordained Episcopal priest since 1989. Shocked by her cancer diagnosis three days before her 51st birthday, she planned a series of pilgrimages to holy sites of various traditions. $3. For more information, visit www. phoenixbooks.biz or call 448-3350. ESSEx COMMuNiTy PLAyERS
7:30 p.m., Essex Memorial Hall, 5 Towers Rd., Essex Jct. Essex Community Players is proud to present this quirky comedy/drama from one of modern theater’s most engaging new playwrights. Directors Roya and Becky Millard of Montpelier bring us the unique blend of lyricism, sparkling humor and fierce intelligence that is Sarah Ruhl’s “Stage Kiss.” Purchase tickets at www.essexplayers. com or at the Memorial Hall box office. Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for ages 55+. For more information, call 878-9109.
24 friday songs and stories witH mattHew
10 - 10:45 a.m., Brownell Library. Matthew Witten performs songs about our world and tells adventurous tales. Funded by the Brownell Library Foundation. For all ages.
10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Essex Free Library. Rock out and read on Friday mornings with books, songs and instruments. For all ages.
wii bowling at bayside
Noon, Bayside Activity Center, 2 West Lakeshore Dr., Colchester. Join us for Wii bowling.
dungeons and dragons
6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Embark upon imaginary adventures. A Dungeon Master serves as the game’s referee and storyteller. For grades 6 and up.
maggie’s fiber friday for adults
6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Maggie Loftus, veteran knitter, will be settled in front of the fireplace in the Main Reading Room. She invites adult knitters and crocheters to join her with their projects and engage in conversation. Bring patterns
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7:30 p.m., Essex Memorial Hall, 5 Towers Rd., Essex Jct. (See Thursday, Feb. 23.)
25 saturday weeKend storytime
10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Essex Free Library. Start off your weekend with books, rhymes and songs every Saturday morning. VT. GENEALOGy LiBRARy
winoosKi’s History and Heritage
10:30 - noon, 377 Hegeman Ave., Colchester. Discover how Winooski was founded, who first settled here and why its citizens moved to establish a separate municipality. Peruse photos from the era, and hear stories from Winooski’s French Canadian and irish past. $5. For more information visit, www.vtgenlib. org or call 310-9285.
wHole booK approacH
11 a.m., Phoenix Books, 21 Essex Way, Essex Jct. Calling all kids! Join us for our weekly "Whole Book Approach" story time. The approach explores the ways words, pictures and book design work together to tell a complete story. The adult leads the children through the book rather than reading the book at/to them. We’ll hold story time just about every week. Want to double check on a particular date? Call us at 872-7111. ESSEx COMMuNiTy PLAyERS
7:30 p.m., Essex Memorial Hall, 5 Towers Rd., Essex Jct. (See Thursday, Feb. 23.)
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2 p.m., Essex Memorial Hall, 5 Towers Rd., Essex Jct. (See Thursday, Feb. 23.) For the show, Essex residents pay $14.
ricK and tHe all star ramblers
2 p.m., Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington. Rick Norcross, leader of Vermont’s premier western swing band, will perform a solo concert to benefit the Homestead. Tickets on a first come, first served basis. $20. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 863-5403.
ongoing easc activities
Essex Area Senior Center, 2 Lincoln St., Essex Jct. A full list of activities happening at the EASC can be found at www. essexvtseniors.org. All activities for ages 50+. Call 876-5087 for more information.
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10:34 a.m., Juvenile Problem on Founders Rd. 11:42 a.m., Citizen Assist on Logwood Cir. 11:55 a.m., Juvenile Problem on Educational Dr. 12:52 p.m., Suspicious on Lincoln St. 4:30 p.m., Stray Animal on Beech St. 5:54 p.m., Citizen Assist on Center Rd.
11:20 a.m., Citizen Assist on Lavigne Rd. 1:12 p.m., Juvenile Problem on Bixby Hill Rd. 2:41 p.m., Juvenile Problem on Founders Rd. 3:18 p.m., Burglary on Claire Dr. 3:53 p.m., Theft on Lincoln St. 5:59 p.m., Suspicious on Tyler Dr. 6:09 p.m., Threatening on River Rd. 8:17 p.m., Suspicious on Central St. 9:38 p.m., Lost Property on Pearl St.
8:29 a.m., Citizen Dispute on West St. 8:34 a.m., Suspicious on Colchester Rd. 9:08 a.m., Suspicious on Market Pl. 1:37 p.m., Animal Problem on Pioneer St.
5:18 p.m., Missing Person (Found) on Woodside Dr. 7:35 p.m., Suspicious on River Rd.
7:06 a.m., Suspicious on West St. 10:19 a.m., Suspicious on Roscoe Cr. 11:59 a.m., Threatening on Juniper Ridge Rd. 9:16 p.m., Citizen Assist on Carmichael St. 9:53 p.m., Citizen Assist on Pearl St.
4:45 a.m., Citizen Dispute on Railroad St. 9:51 a.m., Citizen Assist on Greenfield Rd.
12:55 p.m., Theft on Wilkinson Dr. 1:05 p.m., Citizen Dispute on Brickyard Rd. 1:40 p.m., Citizen Assist on Reps Dr. 4:14 p.m., Citizen Assist on Pearl St. 5:50 p.m., Theft on Main St. 9:57 p.m., Juvenile Problem in Loubier Dr.
12:16 a.m., Suspicious on West St. 1:59 p.m., Citizen Assist on Abare Ave. 6:07 p.m., Citizen Dispute on Park St. 10:27 p.m., Citizen Assist on Park St.
12:20 a.m., DUI on Susie Wilson Rd. 4:24 a.m., Suspicious on Pioneer St. 1:26 p.m., Suspicious on Pearl St. 2:14 p.m., Stray Animal on Brownell Dr. 8:29 p.m., Suspicious on Colchester Rd. 10:15 p.m., Citizen Assist on Lincoln St. 10:59 p.m., Suspicious on Susie Wilson Rd.
tIcketS ISSUeD: 17 WarnInGS ISSUeD: 44 FIre/eMS caLLS DISpatcHeD: 50
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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school ADL AGENDA
ADL students participate in the District III music festival
Courtesy photo Students from ADL participated in the District III Music Festival recently. Front row: Elizabeth Messier, Bella Joly, Mia Phillips and Sydney Parent. Second row: Eli Pay, Elaina Hertle, Olivia Toomey, Skylar Hunter-Barbarow and Jordan Verasamy. Third row: Eric Lu, Celeste Moyer, Tatum Jewell and Emma a. Fourth row: Kaito Esselstrom, Ella Hughes, Patrick Herrin and Zachary Schmalz.
he 47th Annual Albert D. Lawton Invitational Basketball Tournament will take place February 22 through February 25 at the Albert D. Lawton Intermediate School in Essex Jct. The tournament is the oldest middle school basketball tournament in Vermont and one of the oldest in the nation. Many of the top college players in the area got their start dribbling for glory at the ADL Tournament. This year, there will be six Chittenden County middle school teams competing for the title in both the boys’ and girls’ categories. Invited teams competing at this year’s ADL Tournament include boys and girls teams from Essex Middle School, Camel’s Hump Middle School of Richmond, Edmunds Middle School of Burlington, Colchester Middle School, Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School of South Burlington and teams from Albert D. Lawton. Defending their 2016 titles are the Edmunds Middle School boys and the Essex Middle School girls Entertaining the audience will be the Lawton Jazz Band led by Adam Sawyer on February 23 as well as EJRP youth basketball the next day. Saturday evening games will be opened with “The Star Spangled Banner” led by Gary Moreau
and performed by the ADL Select Chorus. ADL yearbook: The final day to purchase ADL yearbooks is March 1. With vacation coming next week, purchases should be made before students leave on break — when they return, it will be too late. Order forms are available in the main office or online on the ADL website. Don’t be the only one in your class without this wonderful keepsake of your year at ADL. Essex Community Fine Arts Celebration: The annual Essex Community Fine Arts Celebration will take place on March 16 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Essex High School. Schools from Essex, Essex Jct. and Westford will all participate. The evening will feature displays of visual art, choral and instrumental music ensembles, theater, dance and film. We hope you will take some time to come and witness “Arts for All.” ADL spring choral concert: The annual ADL spring choral concert will take place on March 23 at 7 p.m. in the school gymnasium. Music will be performed by the handbells, select chorus and chorus. In addition, several individual students will perform solos and duets for your listening pleasure. The evening promises to be enjoyable for all, and we hope you will join us.
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ESSEX MIDDLE SCHOOL The seventh grade Nova Team has been working with the Youth Green International program to reach out to fellow middle school students around the world. Most recently, Nova students held a video conference with a middle school class in Dakar, Senegal. It was amazing to see how quickly kids connect; within 10 minutes, there was singing, dancing and dabbing crossing the Atlantic. Along with this, the team has arranged the delivery of laptops donated by last year’s eighthgraders to schools in Senegal and Bhutan by the U.S. Air Force. A small group will also be working to com-
Photo by SECK ABDOUL AZIZ Students in Dakar prepare for their video conference with students from EMS' seventh grade Nova Team.
plete a picture book about Lake Champlain and the importance of clean water to be shared with children around the world. Then, on March 17,
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CAMPS SERVING ESSEX & ESSEX JUNCTION • Camp Koda, co-ed day camps at Founders and Essex Elem. • One week specialty art and musical theater camps • Camp Abnaki, boys overnight & day camp on N. Hero’s shores
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sports SPORT SHORTS
by JOE GONILLO
H Photos by BOB LOCICERO The Essex wrestling squad took first place at the Northern Vermont Athletic Conference championships last weekend at Champlain Valley Union. The Hornets cruised past Milton and Mt. Abraham in the quarter and semifinals, respectively, before downing CVU in a tough finals match up. Up next for the Hornets is the JV state championships at Spaulding on Saturday, and then the varsity state championships in Vergennes on February 25. Clockwise from top: 1) Gabe Allen looks for a pin during the NVAC championships last Saturday. 2) Alex Rizvanov lifts his opponent off the mat. 3) Ben Stewart celebrates with coaches after a win.
HORNETS CROWNED NVAC CHAMPS
Essex Warriors qualify for NE tournament Seven Essex Warriors took off for Lake Region Union High School last weekend to compete in a youth New England qualifying tournament. The top three finishers in each weight class move on to the Youth New England Wrestling Championship in Providence, R.I. on March 11 and 12. The Warriors left with four champions on the day: Jack Arpey, Connor Kirby, Chris Folsom and JD Sunderland. They also boasted three third-place finishers, including Lance Watson, Jaden Anderson and Talon Kirby. This weekend, the seventh- and eighth-grade Warriors head to Barre for the Vermont state championships, where the top three finishers in each weight class also qualify for the NE championships.
Hornets' game schedule Alpine skiing 2/16 EHS @ Jay Peal - TBA 2/20 EHS @ Hardack (BFA) - TBA
Girls hockey 2/18 EHS vs. Rutland - 4:30 p.m. 2/22 EHS @ Middlebury - 5 p.m.
Boys basketball 2/16 EHS vs. North Country - 7 p.m. 2/21 EHS @ Colchester - 7 p.m.
Boys hockey 2/18 EHS @ Colchester - 8:20 p.m.
Girls basketball 2/17 EHS vs. Burlington - 7:30 p.m. 2/20 EHS @ Spaulding - 7 p.m.
Gymnastics 2/18 EHS host state championships - 2 p.m.
Wardens share shanty reminder Vermont wildlife officials wish to remind residents that state law requires ice fishing shanties be removed from the ice before the ice weakens, a news release said. The name and address of the owner must be on the ice shanty. Shanties must be removed before the ice becomes unsafe or loses its ability to support the shanty out of the water, or March 26, whichever comes first. Failure to do so can result in a $1,000 fine. All contents, debris, wood and supports must also be removed so they do Photo by KATARINA KRIZANAC not become a hazard to navigation in the spring, and shanties may not be left at state fishing access areas, the news release said. District game wardens say they’re Parker Ryan eyes the lane during last Saturday's match in Enosburg. The Hornets placed third out of four teams. available for questions via the Vermont They'll now have two weeks of rest before hitting the individual championships on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Champlain State Police radio dispatcher.
Essex bowlers' sights set on states
Lanes, where they'll hope to build off a successful season that's included three first-place finishes.
appy Valetine’s Day! When in doubt, don’t forget: Chocolate is the answer. We are looking forward to vacation, playoffs and more state championship contests. The Pink Zone fundraising and games were another tremendous success, as was EAC’s first-ever Night to Shine. The ADL Tourney is next week. Spring training begins this week. I’ll have to figure out how to get down to Florida. The gymnastics team is on fire! They have taken care of business during the regular season and not only own a perfect 6-0 record, unscathed and undefeated once again, but their meets have not been close. Last week on senior night they scored 141.45 points, barely a point off their winter high in a win over both Milton and Montpelier. They head into Saturday’s state championships as the undisputed favorite; the depth, strength and power of this team is amazing. Good luck coaches and team as the Hornets again host this meet starting at 2 p.m. Get there early for good seats and t-shirts. Congratulations to the wrestlers, who took the Northern Vermont Athletic Conference crown last weekend. In some tough and hard-fought matches, the Hornets prevailed by beating Milton (72-6) and Mt. Abraham (57-16) en route to downing CVU (4927) in the finals. States are next week at Vergennes. More congrats to the cheerleaders, who also took the NVAC title in their competition. Good luck as they head to Vergennes on Saturday for their state competition. No time is listed, so check with athletic department ASAP. Good luck to all the EHS track and field athletes who qualified for the New England Championships: Katie James, Sade Hankey, Guilia Eddy, Maria Campo, Chike Asanya, Peter Alden, Henry Farrington, Jamaal Hankey, Jackson Baker, Sam Velasquez and Hannah Neddo. The girls hockey team is 13-2-1 after a streakbreaking loss to BFA and a 4-4 tie with Spaulding. The Hornets rallied for three late goals to force with the Tide. Frankie Martin scored twice, Maddy Young had a goal and an assist and Hannah Barrett banged in the gametying goal. Isabelle Seguin made 16 saves. Burr and Burton and Rutland are up this week. The Hornet boys hockey team went 1-1 last week and is now 10-6. They beat U-32 then fell to Spaulding last Saturday, snapping a seven-game winning streak. They play Woodstock and CHS. The boys basketball (5-11) team split games, See SHORTS, page 12
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sports Nordic takes first and second
Photo by JANET WILSON An Essex skier leads the way during the Hornets' race last week at Dickinson Farm in St. Albans.
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The Essex boys and girls Nordic skiing teams placed first and second, respectively, at last week's meet at Dickinson Farm in St. Albans. The Hornet boys led the pack with an overall score of 16, followed by BFA-St. Albans with 39 and Burlington High School with 46. The Hornets placed a trio in the top five: Charles Martell (second), Jake Wagner (third) and Neil Hutcheon (fourth). Following close behind was Jamie Shearer in seventh, Keegan Yao in 14th, Noah Beckage in 25th and Sam Schultz in 27th. Meanwhile, the girls just missed first place, tying with Burlington for points at 29 but placing second on a tiebreaker. The girls were led by Annemarie Martell in second place, followed by Emma Farrington (fourth), Elizabeth Martell (sixth), Emma Chadwick (17th), Kristyn Van Allen (18th), Emma Pearson (21st), Abby Monahan (22nd) and Emma Brott (25th). The Hornets now have two weeks of rest before hitting Rickert Nordic Center in Ripton for the Vermont state championships. Three days later, they will travel to Craftsbury for the second day of championship events. Race times will be announced at a later date.
SHORTS from page 11
beating South Burlington before losing to CVU. The JVs beat SB 56-32. They were led by Burke Hoover’s 16 and Nolan Davis’ 10 in a strong team effort. CVU edged them 3327 as Essex fell just short in a strong defensive effort. Next week the teams go against Spaulding and North Country. Our girls basketball team went 1-1 last week, getting bounced by CVU before edging Rice 3834 on Friday to cap the Pink Zone games. Kylie Acker had nine, including the game-winner, while Emmalee Smith dropped two free throws in the last eight seconds of the game. Josina Munson had 11 as they improved to 8-6. Nice win! The JVs went 2-0 with wins over the Red Hawks and Knights to up their record to 13-1. This week, both teams battle St. J at home for a little revenge and Burlington, too. The JV B squad is 12-4 and plays Mt. Abe this week to end their successful season. The Nordic skiers enjoyed the snow and had a super day in St. Albans with the boys winning and the girls placing second. Finishing second, third, fourth and seventh for a total of 16 points were Charles Martell, Jake Wagner, Neil Hutcheon and Jamie Shearer, respectively. The girls finished second, fourth, sixth and seventh for 29 points in this order: AnneMarie Martell, Emma Farrington, Elizabeth Martell and Emma Chadwick. Nothing this week, but next week has the state classic race at Rickert. The UVM men’s basketball team is 23-5 and on a 15-game winning streak! The Pink Zone games last Friday were another great event. All three girls' games came down to the wire as ADL edged EMS 27-26, the JVs won 50-41 in overtime and varsity won by four. The fundraising, led by the girls basketball players and cheer teams from all of the participating schools, was the most successful to date with over $3,500 raised for the UVM Breast Care Center. It was a fantastic evening of basketball, charity and community spirit. Special thanks to Sara Ardren and her crew
for organizing and running the evening. The public is invited to the 47th Annual Albert D. Lawton Invitational Basketball Tournament, which runs from February 22-25. The tournament is the oldest middle school basketball tournament in Vermont and is one of the oldest in the nation. Many of the top college players in the area received their start dribbling for glory at the tournament. This year there will be six Chittenden County middle schools, including Essex Middle School and ADL, competing for the title in both the boys and girls categories. Defending their 2016 titles are the Edmunds Middle School boys and the Essex Middle School girls. Entertaining the audience will be the Lawton Jazz Band led by Adam Sawyer on February 23 as well as EJRP youth basketball the next day. Saturday evening games will be opened with “The Star Spangled Banner” led by Gary Moreau and performed by the ADL Select Chorus. There will be three games each day starting at 3:30 p.m. The entry fee for daily tournament games is a mere $2 with children fourth grade and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. There will be refreshments available in the cafeteria during all games. "Bring it Back" this week focuses on Grant McKinstrie, an MMU grad and a senior at Western Carolina University. He’s here helping the movement as an intern while finishing up his sports management and finance major at WCU. He’ll be working with head man Jim Carter to contact alumni and assist in the fundraising campaign. A calcutta is in the works for very early April. Sad news: Essex Jct.’s Sara Benevento passed last week, as well as Marybeth Deweese, wife of former CCSU superintendent Mike, and longtime resident June Murray. Condolences to their families. Happy birthday wishes to Ken Fontaine and Chelsea Zelko. Happy 46th anniversary, Joe and Joan Murphy (wow!).
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Common myths about frozen food
American households throw away about $2,200 worth of food each year
rozen foods are staples in many households. Freezing foods can ensure there’s always something to eat at home, and freezing leftovers can help prevent waste created when foods spoil before they can be eaten. Wasted food is a pressing issue across North America. A 2014 report from Value Chain Management International Inc. indicated that $31 billion worth of food is wasted every year in Canada, and roughly 47 percent of wasted food comes from private homes. Americans throw away approximately $165 billion worth of food each year, which translates to as much as $2,200 per household, according to a recent study from the Natural Resources Defense Council. Freezing foods can cut back on that waste and make people feel better about eating habits at home, especially when they push past the myths and get to the facts about frozen foods. MYTH: Frozen food is less nutritious. FACT: Frozen foods can actually be more nutritious than some fresh items available at the grocery store. That’s because out-ofseason produce is sometimes picked before it has ripened and then stored while shipped long distances. Nutritional con-
tent may be depleted even before the food reaches the dinner table. Frozen foods are picked at the height of ripeness and then flash frozen. Such foods will only lose some of their nutritional value during storage. MYTH: Frozen foods are more expensive. FACT: Often frozen foods can be less expensive than fresh foods. That’s especially true when purchasing whole foods rather than prepackaged convenience foods, such as whole meals. MYTH: Frozen foods contain preservatives or are highly processed. FACT: There are plenty of healthy choices in the grocery store freezer that aren’t highly processed. Look at the ingredient list to confirm what is in a product before buying it. The freezing process often removes the need to rely on preservatives, and freezing keeps food from developing bacteria or other microbes that make people sick. These microbes cannot grow on foods stored at temperatures less than 0 degrees F. MYTH: All foods can be frozen. FACT: Many foods freeze under the right conditions, but there are some
that should never be frozen. In certain foods, the structure may break down or taste can be affected. Delicate vegetables like lettuce will disintegrate when thawed. Creams can curdle or separate when thawed. Foods should not be frozen in cans or eggs in eggshells. Avoid freezing foods with a high water content, as they will end up a soggy mess as they defrost. MYTH: Frozen foods last forever. FACT: Many foods can stay fresh for months, but they can begin to lose quality and taste if they are left frozen for too long. Prepared leftovers can be stored for two to three months on average. Raw meat may last anywhere from four to 12 months. Label frozen foods to remember the “use by” date. Freezing food and relying on healthy frozen alternatives at the supermarket can be reliable and cost-effective. It also helps cut down on food waste from spoilage.
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Photos by KAYLEE SULLIVAN Left, roses are ready to be delivered at Claussen's in Colchester. Above, Valentine's Day arrangements surround Jon Houghton as he poses in the flower cooler at Maplehurst Florist in Essex.
and pink flowers. Preparing for these purchases though, isn’t simple, he explained: The process begins after the Christmas holiday. Flowers are delivered to Claussen’s three or four days before the Feb. 14 holiday, but ribbons are made into bows and bases are taped long before. Vases filled with greenery also lined both shops’ flower coolers in preparation for last-minute customers requesting an arrangement. That way, half the work is already done, Conant explained. When customers come in last-minute, which
they often do, employees try and put them at ease, Brenda Wheel of Claussen’s said. “It doesn’t matter, we have the flowers, we’re gonna fix you up with something,” she added. “Bring it on.” As she spoke, the phone rang as one fellow employee chatted with a customer and another stood delicately arranging an assortment in the design area — a place Houghton compared to the kitchen of a restaurant. While the desks may get a bit messy, much of the behind-the-scenes organization comes from keeping detailed notes of
previous years’ orders, including popular purchases, trendy items and the weather, Wheel, a 37-year employee, said. When the 13th approaches, Claussen’s 20-year floral designer Cheryl Delorme said she knows her feet and back are going to hurt, usually clocking a 10 to 12 hour workday. The 13th, she said, is the shop’s busiest arrangement day, while the 14th is a notably hectic delivery time. Some deliveries, Houghton explained, are more thought-out or symbolic than others. He remembered delivering a dozen roses from a man
serving overseas: 11 fresh, one silk. “I’ll love you until the last rose wilts,” the attached card read. For sentiments such as this, somebody has to be the messenger. “It’s not so much us the florists so much as it’s the flowers as the vehicle to convey the message,” Houghton said. Whether it’s a flower, two or a dozen, the picking process is an experience, Houghton said. Mother’s Day, Maplehurst’s busiest time of the year, is the same in that regard, he added. When holidays like February 14 fall on a
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