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Recount confirms selectboard race winner By COLIN FLANDERS Elaine Haney Sopchak will officially join the Essex Selectboard after Saturday’s recount of the race for a three-year seat shows she won by 18 votes. Requested by candidate Mona Sheppard, the recount confirms Town Meeting Day results despite finding six missed votes from the preliminary count. The extra ballots split support between Sopchak and Sheppard to maintain the initial outcome. The hand-counted ballots now

show Sopchak earned 934 votes to Sheppard’s 916, while third-place finisher Timothy Farr kept his total of 126. Six members of the Essex Board of Civil Authority, comprised of selectboard members and justices of the peace, oversaw the proceedings: Paul Dame, Linda Myers, Linda Costello, Deb Billado, Diane Clemens and chairwoman Dawn Hill-Fleury. They broke into pairs and thumbed through nearly 2,000 ballots rolled out from a vault at the town offices, one counter reading out the name while

the other wrote down the result. A dozen attendees, meanwhile, including some village trustees, watched the two-hour event, sitting silent as the ballots were read. Village results matched the original total and heavily favored Sopchak, 609 to 186. Town ballots, counted twice after a discrepancy in the first attempt, gave Sheppard a similar boost: 730 to 325. The breakdown of votes by municipality showed strong support for Sheppard from town residents in a See RECOUNT, page 2


Members of the Essex Board of Civil Authority and the Essex town clerk look over vote tallies for the town during Saturday's recount.


EWSD advances school time discussion By COLIN FLANDERS


A drone captured this idyllic scene above Killoran Drive in Essex Jct. after a recent snow dump last week, confirming that while it is indeed March, winter still has much to give.

Next year, alarm-snoozers at Essex High School might catch a break — and a few more Z’s, according to an early draft to change start and end times for the 10 schools within the Essex Westford School District. There, administrators are working to create a new schedule that would address inconsistencies in the current system, align with brain science and carve out time for teachers to collaborate. Last week’s draft presented to the school board served as a “straw proposal” aimed at starting the conversation and will undergo more tweaks and public outreach before a decision is made, according to chief operating officer Brian Donahue. “It’s just make-believe right now,” he said. But it also outlined three ideas that will continue to drive the conversation as district leaders balance the tenets of an optimal learning schedule against the concerns of parents who must navigate through any eventual changes. “Each one of them really has a chance to make your life better, and each one of those has a definite chance to make it more complicated,” Donahue told the parents who attended the March 8 meeting. “That will be the process, because as we react, we react See TIMING, page 3

Essex High Theater finds extraordinary in ordinary

Essex Cinemas brings small movies to big screen at film festival

Group to participate in upcoming one act festival

Moviegoers will have a unique slate of pictures to choose from at the Essex Cinemas later this month, all part of the 21st annual Green Mountain Film Festival’s first venture into Chittenden County. The cinema will play host to 21 alternative movies over 10 days, starting with “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” on Friday night. The offerings give a scaled back taste of the expansive GMFF held concurrently in Montpelier. Eric Reynolds, who became Essex Cinemas general manager last year, was the first to propose the local festival spinoff. A Montpelier resident, he’s worked closely with GMFF for years. Reynolds said he’s especially excited to bring the smaller budget documentaries and foreign films to the big screen, noting many


By MICHAELA HALNON Essex High School theater director Aly Perry faced an enviable task when selecting a show to tackle for this year’s Vermont One Act Festival: Her last two shows had been, by all accounts, rousing hits. Last year’s festival entry, “The Boy at the Edge of Everything,” earned the Essex group a state championship title. This fall, “Les Miserables” effectively brought an epic musical to the small stage. “I needed something that was going to be sort of uplifting and wacky that would sweep out the beautiful ashes of ‘Les Mis,’” Perry said. “It’s really challenging to follow ‘Les Mis’ with anything.” Enter: “Three Kinds of Wildness” by Donna Oblongata. This show is certainly “less linear” than the prior productions, Perry confirmed. In fact, it’s a bit hard even to grasp a plotline within the comedic,


Essex High School Theater participants listen to director Aly Perry during a rehearsal last Friday. The group is competing in the upcoming One Act Festival. social commentary of a show. A few details are somewhat clear: A Greek chorus of mushrooms makes an appearance, each with a distinctive trait (think: “stinky” or “popular”), the actors end the show with a parade, and the whole story takes place in the deepest gold mine in the world. Perry first saw the “celebratory janky-ness” years ago in New York and was inspired by the do-it-yourself philosophy touching everything from the set to the non-traditional actors on stage. “Bringing that part to the surface

has been a great teaching opportunity and a learning opportunity for everybody,” Perry said. “It’s an opportunity to show them a different way of making theater.” And while the cast and crew of “Les Mis” topped 80 total, “Three Kinds” is made up of a more intimate 33-person troop. Costumes for the show are student directed, with the exaggerated make-up and outfits taking inspiration from the circus, Perry said. The kids will take their show on See ONE ACTS, page 2

portray current events through a humanitarian lens. “[The movies] just sort of open peoples’ eyes to a wider world and what human beings are struggling with and persevering through in other parts of the world,” Reynolds said. “They give people a better sense of the world community.” Plus, he said the movies offer a window for Essex viewers to discuss difficult topics with neighbors. One documentary, “Life After Life,” follows three men who have spent most of their lives incarcerated in the San Quentin State Prison. After folks watch the prisoners’ quest to carve out space in the outside world, they can stay for a panel discussion about restorative justice, GMFF executive director Karen Dillon said. “Even though the film See FESTIVAL, page 2


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Selectboard chooses firearms facilitator By COLIN FLANDERS The selectboard has chosen a facilitator to lead what’s expected to be a contentious debate over possible changes to the town’s firearms ordinance. Members interviewed three finalists before choosing Jennifer Knauer, a Jericho resident who runs her own facilitation and conflict management firm. With a $10,000 budget, she’s now expected to lead a process to draw input from those in favor of heightened restrictions and those ardently against them. Knauer can base some of her efforts on a report then-Essex Police Chief Brad LaRose shared nearly a year ago, suggesting a phased-in approach that considers qualifying language instead of an all-out ban on discharging firearms. Chairman Max Levy said he hoped the facilitator’s recommendation would reflect what the majority wants. But Knauer said if that remains the goal, she’s “probably not your gal.” That’s because managing conversations like these in a balanced way, while still interpreting the content, is difficult and not the role of a facilitator, she said. “My role is in bringing people to the table to have a conversation about it and making sure people have a space to do that work with each other,” she said. Knauer circled back to this main question multiple times during her interview: What’s the selectboard’s objective? For example, do members expect the process to function like a negotiation, where people can exchange ideas and attempt a compromise? Or, like when she facilitated a discussion in Newport about Walmart coming to town, is it an attempt to hear from those who the change will impact the most, while understanding that change itself is inevitable? A clear objective will help determine who Knauer needs to seek input from and how those sessions function. Without an answer, she said, it’s hard to determine the best approach. In an email Tuesday morning, Levy said the selectboard expects Knauer to convene public forums and “use other methods” to solicit input, alluding to an ongoing concern that some in favor of heightened restrictions have felt intimidated at previ-

ous meetings. Levy said Knauer will help the board make an “informed decision” with a committee “of some type” to assist in interpreting the data. At this point, it’s unclear when that will occur. The advertisement for the position said the town expected the process to take a month, with a final report due in the following weeks. But Levy said the board will have a better idea of the timeline once Knauer begins her work. Knauer, meanwhile, sees her role as keeping the conversation on track and maintaining a specific focus — the ordinance — to avoid a broader, general debate over firearms. That may be easier said than done, given the tensions that flare anytime the ordinance has come under scrutiny in the past. “I’m not sure that any tool is going to prevent that from coming into the conversation,” Knauer said. “It’s trying to figure out how to work with it in a way that’s truly compassionate.” Selectwoman Irene Wrenner appreciated hearing Knauer plans to focus on specifics, since Wrenner reported hearing concerns that any changes would be “the first of many” focused on curbing gun freedoms in town. For Knauer, those “legitimate concerns” lead to more questions: “What assurances does someone have that it’s not a slippery slope? What kinds of language or what sort of protections or what unintended consequences are they worried about, that such an ordinance might suggest?” Other questions focused on Knauer’s ability to remain objective during the discussions, and Wrenner relayed a question from a resident who wanted to know whether the candidates were gun-owners or members of the National Rifle Association (she said she’s neither). Sensing a trend, Knauer said that’s exactly the reason she doesn’t want to be the final arbitrator on the community’s wishes, especially since she’s not a resident and doesn’t know much about firearms. “We are not neutral beings,” she said. “We are clearly biased people, and it’s working with those biases in a way that makes sense and it doesn’t get in the way with balanced participation.”

Village, school races unopposed By COLIN FLANDERS After an exciting Town Meeting Day race, Essex voters have a bit less excitement ahead at the polls for village and school elections next month with no contested elections anywhere on the ballot. Andrew Brown and Elaine Haney Sopchak are unopposed for two threeyear seats on the village trustees, while Diane Clemens and Liz Subin are

both the lone candidates for three-year seats on the school board in the village and town, respectively. Martha Heath, board chairwoman from Westford, is also running unopposed. Additionally, two candidates — Beth Custer and Joe Knox — are running for seats on the Brownell Library trustee board, while a five-year seat remains empty. And moderator Steven Eustis is again looking to take up the podium.

Voters will convene for annual meeting April 9 in the Essex High School auditorium to elect a treasurer, moderator and clerk. They will also hear reports from the school board and listen to an informational review of the proposed school budget. The following day, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., where voters will judge the district’s budget, capital plan and choose their candidates.

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FESTIVAL from page 1 is set in San Francisco … the questions the film raises are just as pertinent for us in Vermont as anywhere else,” Dillon said. “Especially now, the world needs empathy.” Most people don’t conflate movie watching with community bonding, Dillon noted, but viewing a flick together (even in darkened silence) connects an otherwise disconnected group of people through a shared experience. That will be reinforced, in several cases, by interactive activities after the showings conclude. A married couple will also host a post-movie Q&A on their film “Sweet Parents,” a drama that examines the relationship be-

tween an aspiring sculptor and struggling young chef in New York, on Friday, March 23. “That gives us insight into media that we often are missing,” Dillon said. “We don’t often get the point of view that this was made by two really young people who wanted to say something.” The Essex festival closes with a talkback on “The Summer of Walter Hacks” with Vermont filmmaker George Woodard on Sunday, March 25. Very few of the movies at the Essex GMFF will play in other mainstream theaters across the country, Dillon said. A few don’t even have a distribution plan for the North American market. That happens for a variety of reasons, Dillon said. Plainly, some American viewers are very resistant


Elaine Haney Sopchak, left, and Mona Sheppard, right, wait to hear the results of last Saturday's recount for their Town Meeting Day race.

RECOUNT from page 1 performance similar to her bid for the selectboard last year. Then, she earned more votes than the two incumbents who retained their seats thanks to higher support from village voters. But Sheppard’s bid eventually fell short. After the final tallies were read, the two challengers shook hands. “As close as it was, we

ONE ACTS from page 1 the road to St. Johnsbury Academy this weekend and perform alongside students from other schools across the region. Two winners will be selected to advance to the statewide competition in Springfield. There, another pair will be chosen to represent Vermont at the New England showcase. Each competing show’s run, set-up and take down must clock in under the onehour mark. Several of the oneact participants played a role in “Les Mis,” but most said they weren’t exactly shocked to learn Perry had selected a much more un-

needed to do this,” Sheppard said. “I think you’re right,” Sopchak responded. “Absolutely.” Vermont law says recounts in local elections can only be requested by candidates who lost by less than 5 percent of the overall ballots cast, divided by the number of candidates (three in this case). Hill-Fleury, who’s been a justice of the peace for 40 years and chairwoman of the BCA for the last 20, said usual piece for this season. “Both shows are very much Aly Perry shows in the way that they’re styled,” student Ingrid Zinger joked. “It is a brand with patent pending.” All kidding aside, Zinger said expectations were certainly high as they started rehearsals, and she worried newcomers might be disappointed if the show didn’t advance as far in the One Act Festival this time around. Regardless of the outcome this weekend, student Jaylin Rae said the castwide bonding has added an extra layer of delight to the show not as present during a big production like “Les Mis.”

to watch a movie with subtitles. “Our media streams are quite specific in North America,” Dillon explained. “These are really worthy, award-winning foreign films that simply aren’t deemed economically viable for the North American market.” There’s one movie both Reynolds and Dillon are especially thrilled to see flash across the cinemas’ massive T-Rex theater: “Take Every Wave,” a documentary about big wave surfer Laird John Hamilton. “Those big, giant waves rolling over the big giant screen — I think that’s going to be a lot of fun to watch,” Reynolds said. For a full list of the Green Mountain Film Festival movies playing at Essex Cinemas and to buy tickets, visit http://bit. ly/2FLEbRM.

this was the first recount she’s seen in an Essex local election. Campaign season isn’t over for Sopchak, who’s also running for re-election on the board of trustees in next month’s election. It will likely be a much easier task, however, since she and fellow incumbent Andrew Brown are both unopposed. In an email to The Reporter, Sheppard said the election shows how “every vote really does count,” though it fails to provide clarity on the path ahead. “With an 18-vote win, which is a margin less than 1 percent of the total votes, there was no answer from the voters on what direction the town wants to go,” she said, before wishing the new board and town manager good luck. Sopchak, meanwhile, thanked Sheppard for the campaign. She said she hopes to ensure Sheppard’s consistent calls for transparency, better communication and strong fiscal controls make their way to the selectboard’s operation. “That’s something really special about one acts,” Rae said. “We also get to spend a lot more time together because we do travel … this year we’re going to have four hours together on a bus!” That’s relevant to work onstage too, Perry said, noting the slew of communityoriented themes the play hammers home. “[The] play touches on the themes of how to build community, where celebration is in our daily lives, how we celebrate one another … [and] where the fantastic lives in our ordinary lives,” Perry added. “Whether that be a lowly mushroom or a parade.” “Three Kinds of Wildness” plays at Essex High School on March 16 and 23 at 7 p.m. Tickets will by on sale at the door; $5 for students/ seniors, $9 general admission. Visit for more information.


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Chief Operating Officer Brian Donahue talks through a presentation of draft changes to the start and end times for the Essex Westford School District's 10 schools during a board meeting March 8.

TIMING from page 1 to one person’s, ‘This would be awesome,’ which is another person’s: ‘Please do not do that to me.’” At some point, however, the decision will come down to priorities, he said, since the concerns of all can’t be mutually solved. Currently, start and stop times widely vary across the district and even across some grade levels, resulting in significant variations in how long students attend school. For example, K-2 students at Essex Elementary start a half hour later than their peers at Summit Street. Since the latter is also dismissed five minutes later, the two groups of students see a 35-minute difference in the time spent at school each day. Spread across an entire year, that equals about 12 less days of instructional time, Donahue said. Those same Essex Elementary students start school almost an hour later than Essex Middle Schoolers, despite decades-old

research showing older students need more sleep than younger ones. “As I raised my four kids, I never had a problem getting my 7-year-old out of bed,” Donahue said. “By the time they’re 17, I usually need, like, explosives to get them out.” The initial proposal shared last week looked to answer those questions: What if students attend school for the same duration, and what if the schedule reflected what we know about the needs of adolescents? That led to a draft showing Essex’s three youngest schools starting at 7:45 a.m., its two mid-level elementary schools — Founders and Thomas Fleming — at 8 a.m., and its two middle schools at 8:15 a.m. Westford, meanwhile, would still start at 8 a.m. and high-schoolers would begin each day at 8:30 a.m. Then, through a mix of early dismissals for K-8 and late arrivals for high schoolers, the district could create weekly time for staff to collaborate that would take the place of the current half-day professional development periods. District leaders like Donahue understand a long list of challenges stand in the

way of such a system. And a few parents who spoke at last week’s meeting highlighted two of the biggest: the increased need for childcare and the impact on getting kids to and from school. “The mom guilt is already starting,” parent Lisa Anger said. “My head’s already trying to figure out how this is going to work. It’s stressful.” Board member Patrick Murray worried how the changes would impact some of the more vulnerable families in the district — those who can’t afford an extra $20 an hour in childcare every week. “How deeply are we looking at the equity involved in a decision like that?” he asked. “Because it seems like there is a greater financial burden on those who can least afford it, and equity is the biggest conversation we’ve had the entire time we’re a board.” Murray, who has a daughter in second grade, also empathized with parent concerns at the meeting. “They’re very real, and they will affect me,” he said of the changes. “The same worries you have are the same worries that we

have up here, and we’re going to think this process through.” Superintendent Beth Cobb said the district has met with the YMCA and Essex Jct. Parks and Recreation to find ways to support families on early dismissal days. Some districts already have similar systems in place, she said, pointing to Williston, where schools offer free childcare for that hour. “I know we’re dedicated to working that out,” she said, adding the district is willing to host a community conversation to hash out some more questions with parents. The draft schedule changes arrive to the board four months after the admin team first alluded to the concept in their response to the failed transportation expansion. District leaders continue to work toward a new hybrid busing model. But Donahue said their focus remains on creating a system that puts learning first and builds transportation around it. “Otherwise,” he said, “we’re asking our educators to work on the optimal software determination of our transportation network. And it really just shouldn’t be about that.”

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Tech center helps Lucy's House giving back where we can.” Ellis-Clement described such contributions as vital. “We don’t pay any staff, we’re all volunteers, we donate our time,” she said. “The more that we can get some of this stuff donated means my time can go toward working on grants and fundraisers.” Ellis-Clement said Lucy’s House currently has donation boxes at the Price Chopper in Essex, AT&T in Williston, Petit Brook Veterinary Clinic in Colchester, and the Town of Essex offices. Ideally, she would have 20. Lucy’s House currently delivers over 3,000 pounds of pet food to shelves in the Essex area, including the Heavenly Food Pantry, the EssexJericho-Underhill food shelf and collection sites in Williston, Colchester and Milton. A total of 18,000 pounds of pet food is distributed to over 60 towns in three counties every month, she said. Ellis-Clement said meeting demand means getting more donation boxes into the community. “I would love to get more grocery stores on board, other organizations,”

By NEEL TANDAN Jan Ellis-Clement was looking for help when she ran into David Carter, an instructor at the Center for Technology, Essex, at a community service fair last year. Ellis-Clement is the founder of Lucy’s House, a non-profit dedicated to preventing pet homelessness, and she needed more pet food donation boxes to place in businesses in the area. Carter volunteered to help. “It was a good opportunity to reach out and help an organization that is trying to do good for our world,” Carter said. A few of the students in Carter’s “Building Arts and Small Engine” class were given old pallets to work with. Carter said they deconstructed them and cut the slats to size before screwing them onto a wooden frame. He said the boxes, which are sturdy and look like old wooden crates, served a dual purpose. “Part of training the students to be better citizens and more capable for the workforce is to also instill that sense of community,” he said. “And

she said. “But sometimes it’s a corporate policy issue, and sometimes it’s being at the right place at the right time.” She said Lucy’s House receives donations of pet food for dogs and cats, as well as guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, exotic birds, lizards, turtles and tropical fish. Lucy’s House was founded about 10 years ago after Ellis-Clement was left in a wheelchair after a car accident. During that time, two service dogs gave her independence, support and companionship. That experience led to the creation of Lucy’s House, she said, to help provide food and funding for emergency medical bills for struggling pet owners. Ellis-Clement said she didn’t want other pet owners to be separated from the animals they love and depend on. Every year, CTE and EHS organize a school-wide pet food drive for Lucy’s House. Ellis-Clement said the students are always a delight and selfdirected. “It’s easy-breezy,” she said. “They’re wonderful to work with.”


Jan Ellis-Clement, founder of Lucy’s House, shows off one of her new pet food donation boxes this week, courtesy of the students at the Center for Technology, Essex. Lucy's House is a non-profit dedicated to preventing pet homelessness.

Meet your Guard "Meet your Guard" is a new feature in The Essex Reporter, provided by the Vermont National Guard. Each month, we'll feature another soldier or airman. Stay tuned!

Name: Sgt. Peter A. Shepardson Military Specialty: 91B Wheeled-Vehicle Mechanic Years of Service: 3 Unit: Brave Company, 186th Brigade Support Battalion Hometown: Essex Jct. Current Town: Westford High School/Graduation Year: Essex High School ‘15 Q. Why did you join the Vermont National Guard? A. I joined the Vermont Army National Guard because I wanted to do more with my life than just a 9 -5 job. Q. What do you do in the Vermont National Guard? A. I am a 91B, wheeled-vehicle mechanic. I drill with Bravo Company, 186th Brigade Support Battalion at Camp Johnson in Colchester. Q. What do you do for civilian work? A. I don't have a civilian job. I work full time for the Vermont Army National Guard as a diesel technician at Combined Support Maintenance Shop in Camp Johnson.

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Q. What do you think is the greatest benefit of being in the National Guard? A. The greatest benefit of being in the National Guard for me, is the skills you learn as a Soldier and the people you meet. The people I've met in the Vermont Guard are the most

interesting and skilled people I've ever met in my life, even more than people I've met while in training.

people remembering me when I worked on their car, made their food, or just taking the time to hold a door for them

Q. How has being a National Guard member benefited you in your local community and job? A. For me, the benefit of being in the Vermont National Guard has been the recognition. Most places I go people usually remember me when they know I'm in the Vermont National Guard, and people are always friendly.

Q. What do you do for work? A. I work full time for the Vermont Army National Guard as a diesel technician at Combined Support Maintenance Shop in Camp Johnson.

Q. What is your most memorable military moment? A. My most memorable moment in the Vermont Army National Guard so far was when I became a Sgt. or Non-Commissioned Officer. My father pinned me for the ceremony. Seeing the pride and joy in his eyes at that moment will always stay with me. Q. How long have you lived in Vermont? A. I have lived in Vermont since birth and grew up in Essex Junction until I was 19-years-old when I moved to Westford. Q. What is your favorite aspect of living or working where you do? A. My favorite thing about living and working in Essex was

Q. What has surprised you about the Vermont National Guard? A. What surprised me the most was how many people from different branches of the military come to Vermont Army National Guard. Q. What is your favorite part about serving in the VT National Guard? A. My favorite thing about the Vermont Army guard would again be the people I meet. The knowledge and diversity of people in the National Guard is amazing. Q. How many push-ups did you get on your last physical fitness test? A. 78, I'm aiming for 85 next PT test. Q. BONUS: Ask a question for the next soldier or airmen A. Why would you recommend someone join the Vermont National Guard?

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opinion & community LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


Thank you, Essex To the voters of Essex, thank you very much for turning out last Tuesday and for the honor of electing me to sit on the Essex Selectboard. The importance of this election was reflected in the high turnout, and I am grateful that so many residents went to the polls, voted for me, and more importantly, voted for a stronger Essex in the future. I would like to thank Mona Sheppard, who, throughout her campaign, consistently called for more transparency, better communication and strong fiscal controls. I will work with

the selectboard to ensure all three. I also thank Tim Farr for stepping up as a candidate and reminding us all of the importance of working together. Thank you to the many Essex volunteers who supported my campaign by handing out flyers, carrying signs and waving on street corners, hosting lawn signs, spreading the word through social media, putting letters of support in the paper and online and encouraging friends and family to vote. Thank you also to all the many residents who asked me questions and sought to learn more about the election and our community.

I would especially like to thank town staff and the members of the Essex Board of Civil Authority, who gave up their Saturday morning to conduct a smooth recount. It is an exciting time for Essex. We have been collaborating in unprecedented ways for several years now, to the benefit of the entire community. I look forward to working with the selectboard, the village trustees and town staff to continue collaborating for a strong future for Essex. Elaine haney Sopchak

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To call or not to call? That is the question. By TESSA rOY


ave you ever found yourself in a situation where you weren’t sure if you should call for an ambulance? It may seem like an odd question, but ambulances aren’t just used for critical trauma cases or cardiac arrests. Often, we transport patients who are too ill or injured to drive themselves or be driven to the hospital by family members. So, when should you call an ambulance? If the patient has a life-threatening condition, if their condition could worsen on the way to the hospital, if they are in need of medical intervention during the transport, or if moving the patient could cause them harm, you should certainly call for an ambulance. If you feel that the situation is an emergency and the patient should be cared for

by a medical professional, then you should call 911 and request an ambulance. If you just aren’t sure one way or another, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Just because the ambulance and crew arrive to help does not mean that you are required to ride with them to the hospital. In some cases, prehospital care providers can perform an assessment and consult with a physician in the emergency department to determine whether or not being transported by ambulance is the right solution to the medical problem. Some signs to look for that might indicate a medical emergency are loss of consciousness or altered mental status, severe allergic reactions, difficulty breathing, an acute confused state, difficulty speaking, weakness on one side of the body, bleeding that cannot be stopped, coughing up blood, persistent and severe chest pain, broken bones,

poisoning and severe burns. When you call 911, do your best to remain calm and speak as clearly as possible. Providing accurate information is also essential. Giving an accurate location is vital, as the ambulance crew can’t help you if they can’t find you. If the dispatcher can give the ambulance crew a clear picture of what to expect, the crew can prepare while responding. If there is information about the patient or their condition that you don’t know, that’s OK. The most important thing is to stay as calm as possible and to follow any instructions the dispatcher may give you. While you are waiting for the ambulance to arrive, take a couple of minutes to write down important information about the patient. Identify the patient’s legal name with the correct spelling, their date of birth, and try to locate the patient’s driver’s license or

other form of identification. Make a written list of the patient’s medications, drug allergies and significant past medical history. The ambulance crew will also want to know if the patient is on home oxygen. Does the patient regularly take their medications? Is the patient regularly cared for by a doctor? If so, who and why? Has the patient been sick or hospitalized recently? Has this emergency happened to the patient before? Who is an emergency contact for the patient, and can you list their name and phone number? By clearly and legibly writing this information down, it will save the ambulance crew time and minimize a delay in the care and transportation of the patient. If you're interested in becoming an EMT or driver with Essex Rescue contact Joe Congdon at 878-4859 ext 7.


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rEP. BOB BAncrOFT After a recess last week, the legislature reconvened this week. While committees were hard at work, floor activity was rather slow during the first half of this year’s session. The second half promises to be a busy one. Since the opening day in January, 377 bills were introduced in the House (919 for the biennium). So far this year, the House has passed 63 bills. Only eight bills been have passed by the House and Senate. H.511 (marijuana bill) is the only one signed by the governor. A complete listing of bills passed by the House and Senate can be found at http://bit. ly/2DqbhkK. In addition to the perennial Budget Adjustment Act, which reconciles the current year’s budget with changes in revenues and various program expenditures, the House passed four other bills of wide interest and controversy. The first (H.511) was the legalization of possession and the growing of marijuana. The second one (H.691) was a multifaceted highway safety bill, which contained a controversial provision authorizing primary enforcement of the seatbelt law. The third, another contentious transportation bill (H.237) passed by the House, called for roadside saliva testing for drugs. The fourth bill (H.675) dealt with the removal of firearms from a home when there is a risk of bodily harm to someone. With the exception of the marijuana bill, the Senate has yet to address the remaining three. Looking forward to the remainder of the 2018 session, there are several bills/issues which promise to be quite

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controversial. First, and foremost, will be legislation dealing with guns. Universal background checks, raising the age to purchase long guns to 21 (already 21 for handguns) and banning bump stocks are likely to come up in the next few weeks. We are also likely to see language addressing increased school security. Another area where there will be considerable debate is the proposed changes to the state’s income tax law. There are two parts to these changes. The first deals with lowering the income tax rates so that the impact of changes in federal law do not result in many Vermonters paying higher state income taxes. If Vermont does nothing, Vermonters will end up paying around an additional $30 million (net) in state income taxes due to changes in federal law. The second area of changes to Vermont’s income tax laws has to do with funding education. The House Ways and Means Committee was initially looking at an income tax surcharge that would reduce education property taxes by 50 percent. This proposal would have significantly simplified the current complex education funding mechanism. The proposal has been abandoned and replaced with an income tax surcharge that will reduce education property taxes by only 10 percent and, unfortunately, add an additional layer of complexity to education funding. My hope is that the legislature will be dealing with some proposals that directly address the rising cost of education in Vermont. The governor has presented a list of possibilities to be considered.

ESSEX JCT. – Ann E. Schuler of Essex Jct., passed away peacefully on Jan. 29,

By rOY SAVAGE Many remain confused and overwhelmed when considering issues of health care reform. Within our hotlycharged political climate, provocative headlines buzz with tidbits of the complex challenges society faces in facilitating effective and affordable health care for all, while deeper analyses describe the ongoing struggle to weigh costs to some against benefits to others. Many believe that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare,” has been the ultimate fix for the U.S. health care market, while others feel it has created new and worse issues in spite. If Obamacare truly solved the problems facing our system, what arguments say otherwise? The PPACA sought to curb rising health care costs, improve quality of care system-wide and expand access to care and insurance to those without. It also facilitated the creation of state-run health insurance exchanges where consumers could purchase policies covering a standardized set of “essential health benefits” to ensure sufficient care. Those with incomes between 100 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level qualify for cost-sharing subsidies or tax credits to mitigate costs, and the law allowed states to expand Medicaid to cover those below the FPL. Furthermore, young people up to age 26 may remain insured by their parents’ plans, and those with pre-existing conditions may not be denied coverage or charged excessive premiums. These sound like a few big wins, right? A read between the lines tells a different story. Consumers purchasing exchange-based plans often face limited choices, with those in some areas and income levels only qualifying for a single coverage option. Within these plans, purchasers may face constrained provider networks, and many continue to pay higher-than-comfortable costs even after receipt of subsidies. The individual mandate requires eligible individuals to purchase insurance or face a tax penalty, forcing some into plans that leave them underinsured, defined as spending more than 10 percent of their incomes toward out-of-pocket costs or more than 5 percent toward premiums. An estimated 13 percent of individuals meet this definition, and data show that their financial outcomes often include high levels of medical debt, reduced levels of savings, and even bankruptcy. A 2012 supreme court decision gave states the ability to choose whether or not to expand Medicaid, resulting in some 2.4 million people remaining too “wealthy” for Medicaid and too “poor” to qualify for plans on the exchange. So, while the ACA has benefitted many, others are potentially left worse-off, or at least, no better. Policymakers face a set of intricate challenges in attempting to mitigate these issues. Many see the necessity of state-run health insurance exchanges but disagree with the use of tax credits to subsidize consumers’ spending. Those with pre-existing conditions tend to cost more to insure, and as America’s graying population continues to suffer from ever-higher rates of chronic disease, these costs will rise further to burden the insurance markets in greater magnitude. The individual mandate is designed to pull younger, healthier people into the insurance pool to balance out these costs but is an arguable incursion on the notion of civil liberties. For the underinsured and those left stuck in Medicaid’s coverage gap, the PPACA creates an unfair and unrealistic expectation of safety. If policymakers are going to take this B- legislation up to A+ territory, they will need to carefully consider ways to decrease the costs of care to reduce the costs of insurance by extension. Greater investments into preventive care, comparative effectiveness research and alternative financing modalities such as Accountable Care Organizations could reduce these costs while improving population health levels. As aging boomers continue to get sicker, our system needs a huge influx of primary care providers to efficiently manage care. Expansion of Medicaid needs to be a mandate, not an option, to prevent the uninsured from using the expensive emergency department as a free clinic. The young and healthy need an incentive to participate – not a disincentive to avoid it. Ultimately, these measures are the highest-yield opportunities for policy makers to focus on as this legislation continues to evolve. We as consumers can best play our part by recognizing our behaviors and supporting the proposals that streamline these paths. Roy Savage is a graduate student in healthcare management at the University of Vermont and a manager of a Vermont-based nonprofit health and human services agency. He lives in Essex.




Ann E. SchulEr

Affordable Care Act: Win, loss or draw?

2018, just one day shy of her 84th birthday. She was born in Milwaukee, Wis. and spent her childhood in Sheboygan, Wis. and Winona, Minn. Ann attended the University of WisconsinMadison and UC-Berkeley where she discovered her passion for writing. While in California, Ann met and married Dave Schuler. Dave's work with Mobil Oil Corp kept them moving around the country. They enjoyed their time in California, New Jersey, Kansas, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Ann served as a beat and features reporter on local newspapers in many of

these locations, at one point meeting, interviewing and politely arguing with Richard Nixon, the Republican candidate for California in 1962. Ann worked on the bones of a novel from time to time, but was satisfied with creating a substantial cache of feature articles, short stories and poetry for a local Virginia arts and interest magazine. At times outspoken and confrontational, Ann carried on the tradition of exploring the realm of lesser known subjects and circumstances, often returning with a detailed, surprising and stylish creation. She had a gifted way of crafting unique

and descriptive words and phrases, inviting the reader to gaze upon familiar and unknown circumstances in great detail, accompanied by a mix of creative observations. After Dave's death in 2004, Ann moved to Vermont to be closer to her family. She truly enjoyed attending and watching her grandsons at many sporting and cultural events. Aside from her interest in writing, Ann was a talented gardener, an avid tennis player and a lover of arts of all kinds. Ann is survived by a son, a daughter and three grandsons.


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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. Rev. Josh Simon, associate pastor. Sunday Worship Services: 8:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Communion: first Sunday of every month. Faith formation: weekly at 10:15 a.m. 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, Finally @ First Band, Joyful Noise, Cherub Music, 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.

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VSAC will host college and career conference on the St. Michael's campus to answer questions for those students moving on from high school about how college, apprenticeships or other pathways will prepare them for their careers. See the full listing on Saturday, March 17 for complete details.

15 Thursday aarP Free Tax helP

9:15 - 11:30 a.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.

homeschool skaTing

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

Book Talk: "my 30-year love aFFair wiTh Food in vermonT"

6:30 p.m., Phoenix Books Burlington, 191 Bank Street, Burlington. Join Sandi Earle for a talk on her new book. She will be giving the first 20 attendees who purchase a book at the event a free four pack of the Shotgun Wedding Chocolate Truffles, which is a recipe from the book! (One per customer. Some exclusions apply.) Sandi Earle is a professional baker and chef, and is currently the Executive chef at Champlain College, and a Sodexo district chef in Vermont and Northern New York. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Vermont Foodbank. $3; includes $5 off coupon for the featured book.

16 Friday music wiTh raPh 10 - 10:30 a.m., Brownell Library. Come

sing and play with Raph. All ages.

sTory Time

10 - 10:30 a.m., Brownell LIbrary. Come listen to picture book stories and have fun with puppets, songs and rhymes. All ages.

musical sTory Time

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

lego Fun

3 - 4:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Come build creatively with Legos and see what others build. Children under 8 years old must bring a responsible caregiver.

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 "cars 3"

6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Race car Lightning McQueen suffers a severe crash while trying to compete with a younger rival named Jackson Storm. Afterwards, McQueen embraces new technologies as he trains for a return to the racetrack. Walt Disney Pictures 2016. Rated G. 109 min. Free popcorn and drinks!

17 saTurday vsac's college and career PaThways

9 a.m - 1:30 p.m.., St. Michael's College, Colchester. Parents and high school students are encouraged to attend VSAC’s half-day conference to introduce and guide you through all things college and pathways to skilled trades, apprenticeships and great careers without college. New workshop paths allow high school families to focus on the topics that matter most to them, with 15 different college & career workshops to choose from led by experts in the field. Topics include the admissions process, college search, how to pay, applying for financial aid, scholarships and grants, campus life, internships, co-ops and study abroad, skilled trades, apprenticeships and certificate programs. Free.

heavenly cenTs ThriFT shoP

9 a.m. - 1p.m., 3 Main

St., Essex Jct. Fill a Hannaford grocery bag for only $2. We have lots of winter items available.

a day oF singing wiTh The amidons

10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mount Mansfield Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 195 Vermont Route 15, Jericho. Peter and Mary Alice Amidon, versatile and widely respected performing and teaching artists from Brattleboro, are coming to Jericho for a singing workshop! They bring a repertoire of great four-part arrangements of a wide range of traditional American secular and sacred songs, including African American gospel and spirituals, old and new American shape note pieces, newly composed pieces and old hymns. The Amidons' energy and warmth encourage people to feel relaxed while empowering groups to create rich and soulful harmonies. You will leave feeling great, with a packet of songs to take with you. Please bring a lunch. $35; for information email vthockeyman@ or call 343-4513.

weekend sTory Time

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

sTory Time wiTh ciTy markeT

11 a.m., Phoenix Books Essex, 2 Carmichael St., Essex Jct. Enjoy your Saturday morning and celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a reading of the children’s book "O'Sullivan Stew" by Hudson Talbott. Filled with imagination and wit, this is a hilarious tale that will keep readers coming back for more. After we read together, we'll have a fun and interactive healthy food activity. This event is presented in partnership with City Market. Free; all ages .

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.

sT. PaTrick's day dinner

5 - 6:30 p.m., St. Thomas Church, 6 Green St., Underhill Ctr. Bring the whole family to this traditional Irish dinner.

Adults $14; children under age ten are $8; families $40; children under age five are free.

usa dance: Ballroom social

6:30 - 11 p.m., ElleyLong Music Center, Fort Ethan Allen, 223 Ethan Allen Ave., Colchester. The Vt. chapter of USA Dance is hosting its monthly social dance. If you've ever wanted to try ballroom dance, our social starts with two lessons to get you moving! All attire from casual to formal, clean shoes recommended and no dance partner necessary. $15 general admission; $10 seniors, students and USA Dance members.

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.

saFe Place communiTy PresenTaTion and Pancake BreakFasT

11:30 a.m - 12:45 p.m.., Essex CHIPS Teen Center, 2 Lincoln St., second floor, Essex Jct. As of late January, this area has opened the first Safe Place program in Vermont as a key component of TeenLine, a new program at Essex CHIPS. TeenLine and Safe Place are in partnership with multiple community agencies in the area, including Vermont 2-1-1 and SPECTRUM Youth and Family Services. Come enjoy a pancake breakfast and learn about the services provided for youths in need of help.

divorce care suPPorT grouP

5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Bluewater Ctr., 145 Pine Haven Shores Rd., Shelburne. 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 425-7053.

19 monday aarP Free Tax helP

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

TUESdaY, MaR. 20 5:30 p.m., village Tree advisory committee, Lincoln Hall, 2 Lincoln St., Essex Jct.

7 p.m., Brownell library Trustees, Brownell Library,

9:15 - 11:30 a.m., Brownell Library. (See Thursday, March 15 for complete details.)


10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Essex Free Library. Enjoy reading, rhyming and crafts each week! All ages.

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.


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

chESS clUB

3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Come play chess for an hour! We provide chess sets and you provide the strategy. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Chess sets funded by the Brownell Library Foundation.


5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Come learn and play this 4,000-year-old strategy game with Max and Celia. All ages!


6:30 - 8 p.m., Essex Senior Ctr., 2 Lincoln St., Essex Jct. Come join an open conversation and put the spotlight on issues that you find important.


9:10 - 9:30 a.m., Brownell Library. Picture books, sign language, songs, rhymes and puppets for babies and toddlers with an adult.

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9:15 - 11:30 a.m., Brownell Library. (See Thursday, March 15 for complete details.)


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


3:15 - 4:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Create and explore with science, technology, engineering, art and math. Build a table out of newspaper that can hold up books in this session. First grade and up.

6 Lincoln St., Essex Jct.

ThURSdaY, MaR. 22 6 p.m., village planning commission, Lincoln Hall, 2 Lincoln St., Essex Jct.

SaTURdaY, MaR. 24 5:30 p.m., Joint village Trustees/Selectboard, Lincoln Hall, 2 Lincoln St., Essex Jct.

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


bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

ST. MIchaEl'S SpRInG plaY: "fUddY MEERS"

7 p.m., McCarthy Arts Ctr., St. Michael's College, 1 Winooski Park, Colchester. The play "Fuddy Meers" by David Lindsay-Abaire jars and challenges its audience’s sense of reality, but ultimately this darkly comic thrill-ride coaxes viewers towards a positive outcome. The play’s title derives from attempts in the script by a supporting character with a stroke to say “funny mirrors.” Meanwhile, the main character, Claire, has Psychogenic Amnesia – that is, although she can retain a lot of information over the course of a day, she wakes up the next morning a blank slate. Free; reserve seats at fuddysmc.

22 ThURSdaY

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

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10 a.m., Phoenix Books Essex, 2 Carmichael St., Essex Jct. Enjoy timeless tales and new adventures with your little ones.


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.


1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Join Brownell Library and the Vermont Italian Club for the first of three parts of "Best of Youth," an award-winning Italian epic that follows the lives of two brothers, from the 1960s to the 2000s.


3:30 - 4:30 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.


3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Children read for an hour with ADL middle school students. Bring a favorite book or choose one here.

TEdx TalK: a SpaRK Of InSpIRaTIOn

7 - 8:30 p.m., Brownell Library. TED Talk videos around the theme will be viewed and reflected on, making this is a great opportunity to connect with others! In TEDx, x = independently organized event. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, selforganized events that

9:15 - 11:30 a.m., Brownell Library. (See Thursday, March 15 for complete details.)

Noon - 1 p.m., Essex Skating Facility, 2 Educational Dr., Essex Jct.


6:30 p.m., Phoenix Books Burlington, 191 Bank St., Burlington. Join Annelise Orleck, author of "We Are All FastFood Workers Now: The Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages," to discover the story of low-wage workers rising up around the world to demand respect and a living wage. Annelise is professor of history at Dartmouth College and the author of five books on the history of US women, politics, immigration and activism. She lives in Thetford Center. $3; includes coupon for $5 off the feature book.


6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Model builders encompassing all areas of interest and skill levels are welcome. Show off individual projects, discuss tips and techniques and gain inspiration from fellow modelers.

ST. MIchaEl'S SpRInG plaY: "fUddY MEERS"

7 p.m., McCarthy Arts Ctr., St. Michael's College, 1 Winooski Park, Colchester. (See Friday, Mar. 21 for complete details.)

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


Bus Day Trip to

dUnGEOnS & dRaGOnS

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

ST. MIchaEl'S SpRInG plaY: "fUddY MEERS"





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7 p.m., McCarthy Arts Ctr., St. Michael's College, One Winooski Park, Colchester. (See Friday, Mar. 21 for complete details.)

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


11 a.m., Phoenix Books Essex, 2 Carmichael St., Essex Jct. Enjoy timeless tales and new adventures with your little ones.

SInGlE adUlTS’ vOllEYBall, GaME and pOTlUcK dInnER nIGhT

6 p.m., Essex Alliance Church Community Center, 37 Old Stage Rd., Essex Jct. $2 suggested donation; RSVP and get more information from Barb at 879-1469.

ST. MIchaEl'S SpRInG plaY: "fUddY MEERS"

7 p.m., McCarthy Arts Ctr., St. Michael's College, One Winooski Park, Colchester. (See Friday, Mar. 21 for complete details.)

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

Swap ThInG: a nEw cOMIcS EvEnT

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Memorial Hall, 5 Towers Rd., Essex Jct. Inspired by the intimate comic book shows of the 1970s and 1980s, three local comic book fans are launching Swap Thing, an old-school comic book sales and swap event. Swap Thing will feature dealers, collectors and fans from around the region buying, selling and trading old comics. Free; visit devilsdream. org/swap-thing for more information.


2 p.m., Ethan Allen Homestead Museum, 1 Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington. Join NPR Moth Mainstage storyteller, woodsman, author, and sixth generation Vermonter Bill Torrey as he tells hilarious, heartwarming, true stories about growing up in the ‘60s in Vt. $15; snacks including hot hors d’ouevres and a chance to win a door prize included with admission. To reserve tickets email or call 863-5403.

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8:35 a.m., Larceny on Susie Wilson Rd. 2:36 p.m., Burglary on Central St. 4:43 p.m., MV Complaint on Kings Ct. 5:21 p.m., Lost/Found Property on Pearl St. 5:40 p.m., Suspicious on Pearl St. 9:42 p.m., MV Complaint on Jericho Rd.

11:21 a.m., Disorderly Conduct on Maple St. 2:34 p.m., Larceny on Lincoln St. 3:15 p.m., Burglary on Mansfield Ave. 3:57 p.m., MV Complaint on Oakwood Ln. 4:08 p.m., Larceny on Pearl St. 4:50 p.m., Suspicious on Whitcomb Meadows 7:33 p.m., DUI on Susie Wilson Rd. 9:47 p.m., Family Disturbance on Autumn Pond Way

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8:23 a.m., Citizen Assist on Maple St. 11:13 a.m., Citizen Assist on Owaissa Ave. 1:11 p.m., Burglary on Autumn Pond Way 1:07 p.m., Littering on Old Colchester Rd.

Wednesday, MaR. 7

9:45 a.m., Suspicious on Redwood Terr. 11:19 a.m., Larceny on Autumn Pond Way

4:33 a.m., Impounded Vehicle on Park St. 5:30 a.m., Suspicious on Densmore Dr. 6:48 a.m., Parking Problem on Iroquois Ave. 7:20 a.m., MV Complaint on Main St. 8 a.m., Animal Problem on Ronald Ct. 8:09 a.m., Passing School Bus on Heatherbush Rd.

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8:33 a.m., Comm Offense on Maplelawn Dr. 10:49 a.m., Loitering on Essex Way 11:20 a.m., Suspicious on Pearl St. 1:45 p.m., Lost/Found Property on Susie Wilson Rd. 4:16 p.m., Suspicious on Carmichael St. 6:38 p.m., Citizen Dispute on Baker St. 7:12 p.m., Animal Problem on Upland Rd. 7:47 p.m., Trespassing Violation on Maple St. 8:55 p.m., MV Complaint on River Rd. 9:35 p.m., Mental Health Assist on Carmichael St.

FRiday, MaR. 9

1:17 a.m., Noise Disturbance on Ethan Allen Ave. 4:17 a.m., MV Complaint on Adams Ct. 6:09 a.m., MV Complaint on River Rd. 6:52 a.m., MV Complaint on Iroquois Ave.

8:01 a.m., Intoxicated Person on Sand Hill Rd. 9:32 a.m., Suspicious on Pearl St. 9:34 a.m., MV Disturbance on Towers Rd. 2:45 p.m., Suspicious on Old Colchester Rd. 5:33 p.m., Theft on Susie Wilson Rd. 6:54 p.m., Animal Problem on Tanglewood Dr. 10:38 p.m., Simple Assault on Lyon Ln.

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12:17 a.m., Welfare Check on Pearl St. 12:38 a.m., Theft on Maple St. 2:43 a.m., Suspicious on Fox Run Rd. 3:15 a.m., Suspicious on Jericho Rd. 9:06 a.m., Suspicious on Main St. 1:34 p.m., Suspicious on Maple St. 6:28 p.m., Larceny on Carmichael St. 6:36 p.m., Animal Problem on Sand Hill Rd.

7:16 p.m., Suspicious on River View Dr. 7:56 p.m., Family Disturbance on Hiawatha Ave. 8:21 p.m., LSA on Susie Wilson Bypass 11:42 p.m., Vandalism on Pearl St.

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12:27 a.m., DUI on Susie Wilson Rd. 5:08 a.m., Suspicious on Abare Ave. 8:25 a.m., Suspicious on Upper Main St. 10:55 a.m., Suspicious on Adams Ct. 7:58 p.m., Welfare Check on Maple St. 8:36 p.m., Animal Problem on Tanglewood Dr.

TickeTs issued: 11 WaRnings issued: 34 FiRe/eMs calls dispaTched: 54

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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Prior to break, everyone at Essex Middle School traced and cut out their hands, wrote their name and expressed themselves as to who they are and what they like to do. In the photo below, all staff members' hands are in brown as the trunk of the tree. There are about 500 hands on the mural. The quote says, "Our roots keep us grounded so our leaves may feel the wind that will carry us to where we belong."


EMS Sixth grade students in the Unified Arts class iExplore at Essex Middle School recently took part in a Curiosity Fair. In this class the students have been discussing the engineering design process and how to use that to create/research a topic. Each student or team of students came up with an inquiry question that they wanted to learn more about and developed a curiosity project around their question.

Before break Westford students took part in a three-day Olympic celebration. Each classroom represented a country and students received flags for their country that they would trade with others within the building.

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QueStionS & at t i t u d e Compelling questions ... and maybe a few actual answers

How’d they overlook Kirk? Good question, and frankly, it should be a little embarrassing. The NASCAR Hall of Fame nominating committee added five new nominees to the ballot last week, including the obvious addition of Jeff Gordon. But they also added former crew chief Kirk Shelmerdine, to which we all should’ve said, “Of COURSE, Kirk Shelmerdine, how’d they miss that one for so long?”

Can he get inducted? He could, sure. And he should, it seems. Remember, Ray Evernham was inducted into the Hall this year. He had three Cup Series championships as crew chief for Jeff Gordon. Shelmerdine won four championships between 1986-91 with Dale Earnhardt. Four! Dale Earnhardt! He quit at age 34 to embark on his own racing career, but never found long-lasting traction. He should go into the Hall, and sooner than later.

— Ken Willis, ken.willis c u p S ta n d i n g S 1. Kevin Harvick 168 2. Kyle Busch 156 2. Martin Truex Jr. 156 4. Joey Logano 152 4. Ryan Blaney 152 6. Denny Hamlin 137 7. Brad Keselowski 134 8. Kyle Larson 131 9. Clint Bowyer 125 10. Aric Almirola 123 11. Kurt Busch 117 12. Austin Dillon 114 13. Ryan Newman 101 14. Paul Menard 97 15. Erik Jones 93

W h at ’ S o n ta p CUP SERIES: Auto Club 400 SITE: Auto Club Speedway (Fontana, California, 2-mile oval) TV SCHEDULE: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 2:30 p.m.), qualifying (Fox Sports 1, 7 p.m.). Saturday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.). Sunday, (Fox, coverage begins at 3 p.m.; green flag, 3:30 p.m.)


1. Harvick’s win Kevin Harvick’s third consecutive Cup Series victory was driven by vengeance (see below) but took him to a tie with Mark Martin at 40 wins on the all-time list. Harvick, 42, became the first over-40 driver since Harry Gant (1991) to win three consecutive races.

2. Harvick warning Harvick won Las Vegas, and his team was slapped with a heavy fine and penalty days after. That made Harvick angry. “This win (Phoenix) was more important than winning at Homestead,” he

said. “I wanted to drive it home for all you supporters out there, and all you haters. I see you.” Gulp.

3. Matty D’s ride Matt DiBenedetto didn’t have a sponsor for his No. 32 for the race at ISM Raceway and used social media as a cry for help. Several drivers pledged thousands of dollars, and in the days leading up to the race, the team got a sponsorship deal from Zynga Poker. That’s a full house.

— Godwin Kelly, godwin.

2018 Schedule and WinnerS Feb. 11: Clash at Daytona (Brad Keselowski) Feb. 15: Can-Am Duel at Daytona (Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott) Feb. 18: Daytona 500 (Austin Dillon) Feb. 25: Folds of Honor 500 at Atlanta (Kevin Harvick) March 4: Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas (Kevin Harvick) March 11: Camping World 500(k) at Phoenix (Kevin Harvick) March 18: Auto Club 400 at Fontana March 25: STP 500 at Martinsville April 8: O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas April 15: Food City 500 at Bristol

Kevin Harvick used his anger as fuel to win his third straight Cup Series race in his No. 4 Ford. [AP/ RICK SCUTERI]

April 21: Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond April 29: Geico 500 at Talladega May 6: AAA 400 at Dover May 12: Go Bowling 400 at Kansas May 19: All Star Race at Charlotte May 27: Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte June 3: Pocono 400 June 10: FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan June 24: Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma July 1: Chicago 400 at Chicagoland July 7: Coke Zero 400 at Daytona July 14: Quaker State 400 at Kentucky July 22: New Hampshire 301 July 29: Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Aug. 5: 355 at the Glen, at Watkins Glen Aug. 12: Pure Michigan 400

Aug. 18: Night Race at Bristol Sept. 2: Southern 500 at Darlington Sept. 9: Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Sept. 16: Las Vegas 400 Sept. 22: Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Sept. 30: Bank of America 500(k) at Charlotte road course Oct. 7: Delaware 400 at Dover Oct. 14: Alabama 500 at Talladega Oct. 21: Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Oct. 28: First Data 500 at Martinsville Nov. 4: Texas 500 Nov. 11: Can-Am 500(k) at Phoenix Nov. 18: Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead

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godWin’S picKS F o r au to c lu b WINNER: Kyle Larson REST OF TOP 5: Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano FIRST ONE OUT: Kevin Harvick DARK HORSE: Chase Elliott DON’T BE SURPRISED IF: Larson, who was the undisputed king of 2-mile ovals last season, holds the title … until further notice.

The Cup Series looks like a two-driver battle for the title between Kevin Harvick (No. 4) and Kyle Busch (No. 18). [AP/RICK SCUTERI]

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Based on the first four NASCAR Cup Series races of the season, it looks like a two-driver battle between Kevin Harvick, who has posted three consecutive wins, and Kyle Busch, who has finished second to Harvick in his past two starts. “They’ve been right there each and every week so far,” Busch said. “You’ve gone to three of arguably his (Harvick’s) best race tracks these past three weeks.” OK, boys, on to California.

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2. Larson’s streak

KYLE BUSCH VS. KEVIN HARVICK: This is not so much a feud, but what is shaping up as a season-long battle between two veteran drivers looking for a second Cup Series championship.

Kyle Larson has won every Cup Series race on a 2-mile oval since the second race at Michigan in 2016. He swept all three 2-mile races last year and takes a four-race streak into Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, where he will collide with Harvick’s three-race win streak this season. “I put a lot of emphasis on California,” said Harvick, from Bakersfield. “I got so amped up that I wrecked it on Lap 0 last year.”

GODWIN KELLY’S TAKE: Yielding the floor to Busch: “They’re certainly good, they have kind of picked up right where they left off and we beat them at Homestead … ask me again in August, not next week.”

3. Lap leader William Byron, 20, led his first NASCAR Cup Series laps driving the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. He led 15 consecutive laps at ISM Raceway before drifting back to a 12th-place finish. It may not look like much, but it is 15 laps more than teammate Jimmie Johnson has led this season. “We need to be a little better and we are going to be right there,” Byron said. “It was fun to at least be up there a little bit.”

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RIGHT: Sophomore Hornet Grae Wiggett can't break free to punch in the puck during Monday night's Division I high school girls' hockey championship. Despite a strong season that put them atop the playoff rankings, the Hornets fell in a tough loss 0-2 to the BFA St. Albans Bobwhites. BELOW: The Hornets are all class as they line up to congratulate the winners. We have more pictures from the girls' hockey final, the boys' hockey final and all the sports from the winter season online at our website

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SPORT SHORTS By JOE GONILLO The state championship hockey games lined up for Monday and Wednesday nights - past this writer’s deadline. I’m sure others at the ER have it covered (and we do - see our sports galleries online at I love that both the boys’ and girls’ teams made it to UVM. NCAA March Madness kicks off this week, in high school girls’ basketball the championship in D-I went to St. Johnsbury over CVU last weekend and MLB spring training is getting more interesting. Spring sports looming - Happy St. Patrick’s Day. The top seeded Hornet girls’ hockey team easily defeated Rice 5-2 (15 games in a row now) in the state semi’s improving to a smoking hot 19-3 and most importantly advancing to the D-I finals vs long-time rival and nemesis BFA. The Comets and the Hornets split their 2 games this season: 4-0 BFA then 3-0 EHS. Trailing 1-0 in the opening period against the Green Knights, frosh Abby Robbins tied the game at 1. Classmate Courtney Himes gave the Hornets a 2-1 advantage soon after. Rice tied the game at 2, then Essex took over. They slammed the door defensively with Sophie Forcier, 15 stops, keeping the net clean. Molly Bruyns, Olivia Miller-Johnson, and an insurance tally from Hannah Palmer punched their ticket to Monday’s championship. The second seed Essex boys’ hockey team, now 18-3, won yet another 1-goal playoff game (and their eighth in a row) 3-2 over a determined Stowe squad and moved into the state championship game vs Spaulding. Trailing 1-0 early, the Hornets tied their home semifinal on Sudden Sam Couture’s first goal of the game in the waning minutes of the first period. In the opening moments of the second period, Couture lit the lamp again to give Essex a 2-1 advantage. Ryan Young added a huge goal in the third period. Stowe’s Max Carr scored his second goal of the game with five minutes to play, giving Hornet’s fans some exciting moments, but the defense and goalkeeper Sam Foster, who stopped 30 shots, shut the door and set the boys up for a Wednesday tilt for the state title. Our boys’ basketball team lost their playdown game to BFA St. Albans last week 74-52 ending their winter with a 6-15 record. Grant Robertson scored 17 points and Robbie Meslin dropped 15 up in autotown. The Hornets will return just under half their roster next season. Did you hear or read that Hornet Maverick King was named the Vermont preseason 2018 Player of the Year by MaxPreps? Congrats, Mav! Feel free to check it out on (under the MaxPreps icon). That’s quite an honor. I loved watching Tiger Woods play last weekend. Congratulations to University of New Hampshire distance runner Elle Purrier who won the mile at Texas A&M Saturday in 4:31.76. That put her 0.06 – that’s six thousandths of a second - faster than the second place runner. I have a friend who needs some help, and some of you may know him. Former St. Michael’s College and Rice soccer coach and high school teacher Azzie has had multiple operations recently resulting in the removal of one of his eyes because of infection. As his nature and faith testify, Azzie is staying strong throughout this tragic, unfortunate situation. Feel free to read specific details, and possibly help if you can, at My Final Four picks: Virginia, Villanova, North Carolina and Duke. We are remembering Debbie Gilbert this week. Happy Birthday Andrea Leo, Ordina Smailhodzic, Caraline Flaherty, former Hornet HH/LH state champ Mari Hanerfeld Brennan, former Rice sharp shooter Jilby Danis Besaw, Jefferson Goodrich and Violet Martin.

Native Vermonter Purrier wins NCAA mile national championship COLLEGE STATION, Texas – University of New Hampshire senior Elle Purrier won her first national championship, winning the mile run at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas on Saturday evening. The Montgomery native and Richford H.S. alumnus is the first Vermont-born athlete to win an NCAA Division I track and field championship. Purrier led the indoor mile wire to wire, pulling away in the final lap. The final backstretch saw Colorado's Dani Jones move up from the pack, as she caught up with Purrier and challenged her in the final turn. The two ran side by side to start the final stretch but Purrier held off Jones and won the event in 4 minutes, 31.76 seconds, just 0.06 seconds ahead of Jones who finished in 4:31.82. It was the closest margin of victory in the women's mile since 1991. Purrier's dominance in the mile continues. She posted the second-fastest time in NCAA history in the event earlier this year , with a time of 4:26.55, just less than a second off the all-time fastest mile at 4:25.91.

Purrier improved on her time from last year's indoor mile by 0.12 seconds, when she finished second in 4:31.88, less than a second behind the winner. In 2016, Purrier finished third in 4:38.42. With the finish, Purrier is also a nine-time All American, her most recent All-America crown coming for her 18th place finish in the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Purrier also made UNH history by being the first Wildcat to compete in two events at the NCAA level, competing in the 3000m run later Saturday night. Purrier finished 14th in the event with a time of 9:25.93. Purrier competed in nine final events this season, running the mile, the 3000m and the 800m. Her finish in the 3000 at the NCAA Indoor Championships was the first time she finished behind a collegian in a final this season. The national title is just the third in UNH history, and the first for track and field. In 1995, UNH women's lacrosse was crowned NCAA champions, and the 1998 women's hockey team won a national title.

Getting along swimmingly


The Green Mountain Aquatics swim team sent eight of its mightiest 15- to 18-year-old high school athletes to compete at the New England Age Group Championship Meet held in Worcester, Mass. the weekend of March 2-4. GMA finished 12th overall out of 47 teams. LEFT to RIGHT: Cassie Woodson, Ross Macy (EHS), Oliver Austin (EHS), Cameron Marcus, Elliot Limanik, Jake Crock (EHS), Casey Keenan (EHS) and Jake McIntyre (EHS).

New England Age Group Championship Meet INDIVIDUAL TOp 20 FINIshERs: Oliver Austin

Casey Keenan

Ross Macy

Jake McIntyre

3rd - Men 15-18 200 Yard Breast 8th - Men 15-18 400 Yard IM 12th - Men 15-18 1000 Yard Free 17th - Men 15-18 100 Yard Breast

6th - Men 15-18 100 Yard Free 8th - Men 15-18 100 Yard Back 8th - Men 15-18 50 Yard Free 10th - Men 15-18 100 Yard Fly

10th - Men 15-18 100 Yard Back 14th - Men 15-18 200 Yard Back 19th - Men 15-18 100 Yard Fly 20th - Men 15-18 200 Yard Fly

3rd - Men 15-18 200 Yard Back 7th - Men 15-18 200 Yard Free 11th - Men 15-18 100 Yard Back 17th - Men 15-18 400 Yard IM 17th - Men 15-18 200 Yard IM

RELAY FINIshEs: 3rd - Men 15-18 800 Yard Free Relay (Casey Keenan, Oliver Austin, Ross Macy and Jake McIntyre) 8th - Men 15-18 400 Yard Free Relay (Jake McIntyre, Ross Macy, Oliver Austin, and Casey Keenan) 10th - Men 15-18 400 Yard Medley Relay (Ross Macy, Oliver Austin, Cameron Marcus, Casey Keenan)

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