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Hockey Crowd pleasers misconduct confirmed By COLIN FLANDERS The Essex Reporter Essex High School confirmed allegations of student misconduct between two varsity hockey players are true, according to a statement released Tuesday afternoon by Pietro Lynn, the school’s attorney. The statement says a student’s conduct violated the school’s policy on harassment, hazing and bullying. The incident was initially reported to an assistant principal at the school on February 5, resulting in one player — sophomore Alexander Giummo — being suspended from the boys’ hockey team. After learning of the allegations, the school notified Essex police, who then passed on the investigation to the Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations, a county-wide taskforce that investigates sexual crimes and child abuse, Sgt. Michael Warren confirmed last week. The CUSI investigation ended March 15 and is now under review by Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan, he said last Friday. Donovan declined to estimate how or when he’ll announce any decision to file criminal charges and provided no further comment. According to Lynn’s statement, “the accused student admitted that he engaged in the misconduct supporting the finding,” adding the administration found the accusations were credible. In a phone interview Tuesday afternoon, Lynn declined to elaborate on the nature of the misconduct. The written statement comes a week after the school finalized a report detailing the findings of its internal investigation into the incident. Lynn denied The Essex Reporter’s public records request for the report, filed with the Chittenden Central Supervisory Union School District. The report won’t be made public, Lynn said. “There is no way we can produce this report without violating federal privacy,” he said Monday. On Tuesday, Lynn denied a subsequent appeal sent to superintendent Judith DeNova for a redacted version of the report. In a follow-up interview Tuesday afternoon, Lynn said the statement was only released after both parties involved consented to its content. “The school has taken

EMS chefs take home prize By COURTNEY LAMDIN Essex Middle School’s Junior Iron Chef team was ready for action last Saturday and proved its cooking chops by taking home a prize. The Action Ready Team won the Crowd Pleaser Award at the ninth annual creative cooking contest, held Saturday, March 19 at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Jct. The award is given to teams who best incorporate color, texture and taste for a true crowd-pleasing dish, said Jennifer Sutton, Essex Town School District farm-toschool coordinator. Team members Laura Printon, Aidan Mejia, Kayla Chicoine, Kaitlyn Myers and Grace Arcovitch cooked up a falafel rainbow spinach wrap with mango drizzle. They were coached by Sutton and Jacqueline Hoff, EMS head chef. EMS’ second team, Flaming

Eagles, also competed with a recipe for Green Mountain pesto risotto with Parmesan crisps. Team members Gracie Welch, Chloe Daniels, David Roberts, Jordan Stevens and Chelsey Bearor were coached by family and consumer science teacher Mary Viglotti and Bonnie Szarkowski, ETSD child nutrition coordinator. “Both our teams did an exceptional job of showing team work, collaboration, communication and, of course, culinary skills,” Viglotti said. Junior Iron Chef asks student teams to create recipes using seasonal ingredients, which they have to source themselves. Coaches help students along the way, but on competition day, they’re on their own. Teams have just 90 minutes to prepare their dishes, which are taste-tested by a panel of judges. This year’s group included Vermont Rep. Jill Krowinski,

Essex police looking for suspect in child luring incident By COLIN FLANDERS Essex police are asking for help identifying a man they say tried to lure a 13-year-old boy into his vehicle around 8 p.m. on March 16. Police say the boy was walking home when the man pulled up near him and told him to get into his truck. The boy refused and took off running toward his residence. The man left the area immediately after. The truck was described as a dark blue Toyota truck with slightly tinted windows and a dark blue cap covering the truck’s bed.

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James Beard-winning cookbook author Molly Stevens and St. Johnsbury Academy student Peggy Fischer, a finalist in the Food Network’s Kids Baking Championships, among others, a press release said.

The event is sponsored by VT FEED, a statewide farm-to-school program that raises awareness about healthy food and nutrition. See portions of the students’ recipes on our food page, 17.

A few cuts above the rest Essex Jct. barber celebrates 50th anniversary

By COLIN FLANDERS The Essex Reporter

– See MISCONDUCT on page 2


Essex Middle School students participate in the ninth annual Junior Iron Chef competition. PHOTOS | HARJIT DHALIWAL

This vintage photo depicts Garry Montague, owner of Garry’s Barbershop in Essex Junction, who celebrated his 50th anniversary as a barber on Tuesday. COURTESy PHOTO

Fifty years is a long time for anyone, but for a small business owner? It’s a lifetime. Just ask Garry Montague, owner of Garry’s Barbershop in Essex Junction, who celebrated his 50th anniversary as a barber on Tuesday. Montague, who turns 70 in May, began cutting hair as a 19-year-old. He worked for six years before purchasing the Essex Junction barbershop in 1972. “The looks have changed a little bit, but the atmosphere’s the same. You always get a good joke when you come through the door,” said Lori HammondSmith, who has worked at the barbershop 21 years. Three conversations advanced

to a soundtrack of purring clippers early Monday afternoon. Montague and a young serviceman discussed the latter’s time spent training in Korea. Occasionally, Montague referenced the man’s girlfriend, who sat in a waiting chair along the wall — his way of inviting her into the conversation. Robin Yates, Montague’s daughter, stood nearby. She trimmed the hair of a recent Champlain College graduate, listening on as he detailed the relationship with his siblings. Hammond-Smith spoke with a couple browsing the shop’s immense selection of hair products resting atop a seventiered shelf that boasts over 23 different brands.

– See BARBERSHOP on page 11

Efforts underway for better rail service By COLIN FLANDERS The Essex Reporter

The long-sought goal of restoring passenger rail service between Vermont and Montreal got a boost earlier this month as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau publicly endorsed an agreement aimed at expediting border travel. During the first official visit by a sitting Canadian prime minister in nearly two decades, Trudeau voiced support for expanding the current agreement at a joint press conference with President Barack Obama on March 10. “Today we also reaffirmed our determination to move ahead with an agreement to pre-clear travelers through immigration

and customs, making it even easier for Canadians and Americans to travel and visit and do business together,” Obama said. Trudeau’s endorsement came a week after Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy introduced legislation to expand current pre-clearance facilities, which accelerate customs and immigration for U.S.-bound travelers, and two months after the Essex Junction Village Board of Trustees approved $1.1 million of structural improvements to the village’s train station. The U.S. currently runs nine pre-clearance stations in various Canadian airports. An agreement signed in March 2015 between the U.S. and Canada now allows for pre-clearance to expand to marine, land and rail.

The issue of pre-clearance is a major domino in the fight to bring back rail service to Montreal. The Montrealer began service in 1972, operating for over 20 years before Amtrak eliminated the train in 1995 due to financial constraints. The main issue plaguing the service was lengthy stops at the Canadian-U.S. border, according to Brian Searles, former head of the Vermont Agency of

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Transportation. Amtrak crews had to switch out with Canadian National crews at the border, an issue that is now cleared up after a restriction in the Canadian contract. Passengers also had to get off at the border and go through customs, costing at least an hour of travel. “Basically, it wasn’t a service that could compete with the

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appropriate disciplinary action against the accused student but cannot specify the nature of the discipline because of federal student privacy laws,” his statement reads. According to CCSU’s policy, punishment for committing hazing, harassment and/or bullying range from “an age appropriate warning, reprimand, education, training and counseling, transfer, suspension and/or expulsion of a student.” Just over a month ago, Giummo filed a lawsuit with the Chittenden Superior Court – Civil Division on February 23 stating the allegations made against him were false, court papers show. The lawsuit was then withdrawn by Giummo’s lawyer, Brooks McArthur, on March 4 before reaching a judge. The defamation lawsuit alleged the accusation of “sexual misconduct” was false and damaged Giummo’s reputation. The teammate involved in the incident was named in the lawsuit, along with the teammate’s parents and three South Burlington residents, court papers show. The school’s statement ends with saying the school will move forward. “Essex High School hopes this matter will serve as a positive example to students in the district and beyond,” Women’s Resale Clothing the statement reads.

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Colchester police arrest burglary suspects By COLIN FLANDERS Colchester police arrested a man and woman they say were behind at least two burglaries and one larceny this month, a press release said. Police say Samuel Blatt, 24, of Winooski and Melissa Weston, 23, of Burlington were taken into custody on March 15 after a search warrant was executed on Weston’s home. Blatt, who was on escape status from the Department of Corrections for numerous offenses, including burglary, was found hiding in the attic, a press release said. Police say the two are behind at least one burglary in Winooski and two in Colchester, including a daytime incident on Joey Drive on March 11. Both Blatt and Weston face charges of burglary and possession of stolen property, police said. Blatt was lodged at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility, and Weston was cited to appear in Vermont Superior Court – Criminal Division on March 22. Colchester police were assisted by Winooski and Burlington police in the investigation.

Pedestrians hit in Colchester collision By COURTNEY LAMDIN Two pedestrians were injured in a crosswalk on College Parkway last week, police said.

Colchester police say the vehicle driven by 62-year-old Jill Kleinman of Charlotte struck two pedestrians near the west entrance to St. Michael’s College just after 7:30 a.m. on March 17. Kleinman was not injured, but both pedestrians were transported to the hospital for evaluation, a press release said. SMC Public Safety and Rescue assisted on the accident scene, which closed eastbound lanes of College Parkway for about an hour during the investigation, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call Cpl. Jaime Bressler at 264-5555 or email jaime.bressler@

Police investigate fatal crash By COURTNEY LAMDIN Milton police are investigating a fatal accident in which a Colchester man died last Wednesday, a press release Thursday said. At 4:50 p.m. March 16, police responded to U.S. Route 2, east of Milton’s Sand Bar State Park, where they found 69-year-old Gibson Cunningham unresponsive, police said. Milton Rescue transported Cunningham to the University of Vermont Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Police said Cunningham’s 2008 silver Chevrolet Malibu was traveling eastbound, crossed the centerline and struck a tree. It’s unknown whether Cunningham’s death resulted from a medical condition or injuries sustained in the crash, the press release said. An autopsy was scheduled last week. There was no evidence of drugs or alcohol at the scene. Cunningham was wearing his seatbelt, police said. Officers are looking to speak to anyone who might have witnessed this crash. Call 893-2424 with any information.

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Anyone 50 years of age or older is welcome at the Essex Area Senior Center. Located at the Five Corners between the fire station and the Brownell Library, the center is open weekdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For information, call 876-5087 or visit To make a reservation for the Senior Van call 878-6940. To register for any special activity, contact Lou Ann Pioli, Director, at 876-5087.


sold out crowd of seniors enjoyed a traditional Irish meal of corned beef and cabbage recently at St. Pius Church. The University of Vermont Celtic Cats provided lively entertainment with high stepping Irish dances. Thank you to Donna and John Harnish and all the St. Pius volunteers for organizing such a great time! There was quite a bit of excitement at the end of the March cribbage tournament, as three people were tied with perfect scores going into the last game. Would there be a three-way tie? Luckily for Woody Martel, he was the only one of the three who won the last game, and Thad Wolinski was close behind in second place. This is Woody’s second winning month in a row, and it will be interesting to see if he dominates again at the next tournament on April 16. Seniors are invited to the center on March 24 from 3-4 p.m. to meet with Essex High School students to brainstorm ideas for potential inventions to help seniors. Monday, March 28 enjoy “Relax with Arts.” From 10:30 a.m.-noon, listen to soothing music while doing some adult coloring. Enjoy a potluck and birthday celebration March

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30 at Maple Street Park. It’s free if you bring a dish to share and $4 if not. An informational membership meeting follows. Tickets will be available at the potluck for a lunch April 6 at Grand Buffet. On April 6, the Senior Van runs for two special events. A.D. Lawton School invites seniors to a dress rehearsal for a production of “Annie” at 3:30 p.m. Call Lou Ann Pioli at 876-5087 for reservations. That evening, the annual Village Meeting is at 7 p.m. at EHS. A free dinner is offered to village residents in the cafeteria at 6 p.m. Call 878-6940 Monday-Friday between 9-11:45 a.m. to reserve the van. Meetings of the board

of directors now take place the second Thursday of every month at 9 am. and are open to the public. The next meeting is April 14. Want to brush up on your driving skills? Sign up for an AARP Smart Driver course on April 22 from 9 a.m.- 2 pm. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-AARP. Bridge players—save the date! Our annual spring bridge tournament is May 13 at 1 p.m. Members pay $10 and non-members pay $12 for an afternoon of friendly competition, scrumptious refreshments, great prizes and a silent auction. This is a successful fundraiser for the center, and it’s always a lot of fun. Plans are in the

works for a trip to the Winnipesaukee Playhouse to see Cabaret on August 22. Starting April 6, tickets will be available for members and Essex residents. Want to get in shape for spring? How about getting some exercise? Every Wednesday, Sandi McGowan teaches Seated Yoga from 10-11 a.m. It’s free for members and $1 for others. Kit Sayers leads Jazzercise Lite Tuesdays at 8 a.m., Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 11 a.m. and strength training Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. Kit’s classes require purchase of a punch card.

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O pinion Perspective The time is now to take a smarter approach on marijuana

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By Gov. Peter Shumlin Last month, the Vermont Senate passed a bill to end the failed War on Drugs policy of marijuana prohibition in Vermont. This was a big step forward for our state. Bringing marijuana out of the shadows of prohibition is a smarter approach to regulating a substance that over 80,000 Vermonters admit to using on a monthly basis. It makes no sense that we tell those Vermonters that possessing an ounce of marijuana is no more serious than speeding, but then we tell them they must go buy it from a drug dealer who could care less what else they sell or how young their customers are. Many Vermonters get this. According to a recent poll from Vermont Public Radio, nearly 55 percent of Vermonters favor legalization, while only 32 percent oppose it. Even many of those who oppose the current legislation recognize as other states act, Vermont will eventually move forward with legalization. The question has now become not if Vermont should legalize marijuana but when. On that question, it’s time for Vermont to act, and not just because the right policy is to fix the broken system we have now. In the coming years, Vermont could very well end up surrounded by legal marijuana markets as states to our south and east, as well as a country to our north, all move toward legalization. This fall, Massachusetts voters will go to the polls to vote on a referendum to legalize marijuana. A poll of Massachusetts voters indicates a majority support legalization. Colorado, Washington State, Washington D.C., Oregon and Alaska have all voted to legalize marijuana in similar votes. New Hampshire legislators have been seriously debating legalization legislation, which even passed the House in that state. Canada’s recently elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised to legalize marijuana in that country. Maine and Rhode Island are also considering referendums to legalize marijuana in the coming years. Vermont has a clear choice. As states nationwide and those close to home continue working to enact smarter policies around marijuana, we can be the first state to do it right. We can lift the veil of prohibition that has prevented us from taking rational steps to address all the issues that come with marijuana use that exist right now, given that one in eight Vermonters uses the substance on a monthly basis. Or we can choose to delay making the right policy choice, continuing to bury our heads in the sand and hope that a policy that has failed for decades will all of the sudden start working. The stakes are important. The bill passed by the Vermont Senate would represent the most careful, deliberate attempt to regulate marijuana in America. Before passing the bill, the Senate took testimony from experts, asked the right questions and learned lessons from those states that have legalized marijuana already. The result is a bill to create a system, which would represent a huge improvement over the status quo. It would ban the sale of edibles which have caused so may problems in Colorado. It would also allow us to drive out the black market and the illegal drug dealers that come with it, do a better job than we currently do of keeping marijuana out of the hands of underage kids, deal with the drugged drivers who are already driving on our roads, address treatment and educate Vermonters to the harmful effects of consuming marijuana, alcohol and cigarettes. That approach is in stark contrast to the one proposed in the Massachusetts referendum that will be voted on in November, which would allow edibles that have caused huge problems in other states, smoking lounges, home delivery service and possession of up to 10 ounces of marijuana. Vermont’s bill allows none of that. If Massachusetts moves forward with its legalization bill while Vermont delays, the entire southern part of our state could end up with all the negatives of a bad pot bill and none of the positives of doing the right thing. The choice in front of Vermonters and their elected representatives in the next couple of months is whether we want our state to take a rational step to end an antiquated War on Drugs policy that almost everyone agrees has failed. We can take a smarter approach in Vermont and be prepared for whatever other states around us do. But we must have the courage to do it.

The Rotary Club of Essex recently honored local public service professionals for their dedication to “service above self” at its annual dinner. Standing left to right, honorees included Essex Police Chief Brad LaRose, Stephen Dunning of Essex Rescue, George Henry of the Essex Fire Department, Zachariah Fike of Purple Hearts Reunited and Assistant Essex Junction Fire Chief Raymond Weed. Unable to attend was Michelle Hodgson of the Essex Police Department. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

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be very irresponsible. Legalizing marijuana to generate revenue to fund other programs is often A special congratulations goes mentioned but it should not be. That out to four Albert D. Lawton sixth- justification is the equivalent of graders: Madeline Moino, Madison me deciding to sell my prescription Rabidoux, Lily Schekter and Fiona medication or other drugs because Legg. These four young ladies created there are bills to pay and I can’t a rap song about two famous women budget my money properly. Ask yourself the question, “If in U.S. history, Susan B. Anthony and Sally Ride, in celebration of there would be no tax revenue from this, would it even make it to a vote National Women’s History Month. They videotaped the rap song and in the legislature?” There are a lot of sent it off to resources being invested in the war Flocabulary is a national program against tobacco due to the health that weekly discusses news stories risks, and legalizing marijuana is from around the world in a rap song. going to create more health issues. More than 40,000 schools nationwide The American Lung Association with hundreds of thousands of states, “Smoking marijuana clearly viewers watch this program every damages the human lung, and regular use leads to chronic bronchitis and week in classrooms across the U.S. The rap song was this week’s can cause an immune-compromised winning entry. As a result, all of the person to be more susceptible to sixth-graders at ADL will create a lung infections. No one should be 10-second video that will be shown at exposed to secondhand marijuana the start of the March 25 Flocabulary smoke. Due to the risks it poses to lung health, the American Lung program to schools across the U.S.  Association strongly cautions the Way to go, ladies. public against smoking marijuana as Peter Gustafson, advisor well as tobacco products.” Vermont has taken a very clear A.D. Lawton School and strong stance against impaired driving. Legalizing marijuana for recreational use will increase Don’t legalize instances of impaired driving and recreational pot put officers in charge of keeping our Vermont is battling an addiction roads safe in a bad position. There is epidemic that extends well beyond no reliable system to test if a person opiates, which we are primarily is under the influence of marijuana focused on. The legalization of the at the time of a traffic stop and this drug marijuana is not something will lead to guilty people getting away that we the people of Vermont need with impaired driving. In the past right now. Currently marijuana is couple of years, there have been news regulated as a medical drug, as it reports of hash oil labs discovered in should be, but making marijuana Vermont. I don’t recall seeing any available for recreational use would such articles prior to the relaxing of

From the Statehouse Happy Spring!! It’s amazing to see those Debbie tiny grape hyacinths peeking out of the soil and Evans reminding us that things are waking up after our topsy-turvy winter. Things are moving very quickly at the Statehouse. It has been a busy past few weeks, looking down the road to adjournment. Long hours of debate have ensued mostly with thoughtful results for Vermonters. My committee looked at setting up a Vital Records Study Committee, which would study Vermont’ s laws governing the administration and issuance of vital records and best practices in other jurisdictions. This includes verifying who can certified copies of birth and death certificates, who can issue these copies, standards for storing vital records, possibly streamlining the filing process and penalties for fraudulent activities with vital records. These are all vital (no pun intended) in keeping the integrity of this most important state and municipal responsibility. The next bill is the Office of Professional Regulation, which modified annually in Government Operations.

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marijuana possession laws. These labs create a public danger equal to that of meth labs. If recreational use of marijuana is legalized I have serious concerns that these types of operations will become more common. While legalizing marijuana will please some people and generate revenue, overall it is not good for the well being of Vermont.

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Investing in afterschool I believe every Vermont community and family should have access to quality afterschool and summer learning programs for their children. I work full-time and want my kids to be in a fun, safe and convenient environment. Afterschool programs are essential for working families like my own and help to provide peace of mind about my kids while I am work. Expanded learning opportunities are an integral part of Vermont’s education system; we need to make sure that they are fully utilized, sustainable and accessible to all. Dedicated state funding for afterschool and summer programs would be a great step to help achieve this goal. For more information, please visit www.vermontafterschool. org.

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The legislature created OPR to focus on professional and occupational licensing administration. The major change this year involves shifting licensing of alcohol and drug abuse counselors from the Department of Health and of positions at the Department of Environmental Conservation to OPR, the latter being potable water supply and wastewater system designers and pollution abatement facility operators. The bill does not include changing standards of practice, scope of practice, training, etc. Notaries public will be presented this week. Current law is archaic, dating from the 1700s, and include no standards, responsibilities or duties. There is no authority recognized to correct questionable or just plain bad practices. Signatures on notarized documents have limited portability and validity across the nation and abroad. This has an impact on personal affairs and commerce. This bill incorporates language from the Uniform Law Commission, including the use of a seal, stamp and/or a log and requires of appropriate training. The bill defines the role of assistant judges in the 14 counties and the role of OPR. Further, the bill exempts law enforcement and members of the judiciary, among others, from the requirements of the bill. “Ban the box” also passed, which now won’t require former prisoners to check a box on a job application asking for criminal convictions, allowing them to compete for a job on merit and skills, and not just on whether they have been convicted of a crime. Employers may ask as soon as the first interview if the prospective employee has ever been convicted of a crime. Vermont would be the ninth state to implement the ban. I’d like to extend my thanks to all who came out for the marijuana forum in Essex. I continue to receive emails from concerned citizens on either side of the issue. This is important. I feel that a continued open dialogue is essential. The House committees on Government Operations and Judiciary will hold a public hearing from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 31 where lawmakers will take testimony on S.241, a bill to legalize marijuana. It is a continued pleasure and honor to be your voice in Montpelier. I can be reached at with your questions or concerns.


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Adult coloring takes hold

By ABBY LEDOUX A table full of coloring pages and Crayola pencils wouldn’t normally look out of place in a room full of Milton Public Library patrons. But on the evening of March 9, there were no children here. For 90 minutes every month, members of Milton’s adult coloring club can reconnect with their inner child through a trendy activity now touted as an effective relaxation method. Coloring books marketed specifically to adults have soared in popularity over the last year, cropping up at craft and bookstores and seemingly every corner of the Internet. Last year, The New York Times reported a 96-page coloring book called “Secret Garden” by Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford sold more than 1.4 million copies in 22 languages since 2013, topping Amazon’s bestseller list last March. Intricate floral patterns and mandala designs abound, and there’s no shortage of variety: Offerings range from colorable cats and curse words to “Buff Bernie,” featuring more than 20 pages of the Vermont senator and presidential hopeful in bodybuilding poses. Milton Public Library staff learned other libraries were capitalizing on the trend – albeit with tamer designs – and hosting coloring nights, and adult programming coordinator MaryBeth Peterson approached director Meghan Bellavance about starting an event in Milton. Peterson recalled coloring with her sons – now 17 and 20 – as children. “I would be the one left,” she said. “They’d go off playing, and I’d still be coloring.” Almost 15 people showed up to the first coloring night in December, a pleasant surprise for Bellavance who worried the trend might fall flat in Milton. She quickly discovered people were already coloring privately, to unwind before bed, for instance. Bellavance suggested the nostalgic activity is attractive to those who want to unplug from ever-pervasive technology.

Its low-cost, low-maintenance nature is also a draw to understaffed and overwhelmed librarians. “It’s an easy thing that I can do that gets people in the door, and they’re responding to it,” Bellavance said. That was clear on a recent Wednesday night, when a group of women unloaded their supplies and put pencil to paper. Miltonian Lena Fishman came equipped with several books, her own sharpener and a menagerie of colored pencils in a traveling case.


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Fishman heard about the trend on Facebook, but her coloring club tablemate Jane Phillips said she “didn’t have a clue” about its popularity until recently. Fishman ordered her first coloring book from a catalogue, picked up another at Michael’s and now has “a stack like this,” she said, motioning several feet off the floor. “It’s just so relaxing,” she said. “You just get so involved in the colors, you just forget about everything else that’s going on in your life.” Strangers until they connected through coloring, Fishman and Phillips have built a friendship – something Bellavance is thrilled to witness since libraries aim to reduce social isolation, helping patrons

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A CONVERSATION WITH ROBERTO LUGO. On April 2, Burlington City Arts invites you to the BCA Center for a conversation with artist Roberto Lugo about his work in the “Dysfunction” exhibit and his approach to ceramics as a platform for social change. BCA Center, Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Information: Event/conversation-roberto-lugo

connect with new people. One such newcomer arrived on Wednesday night and sat at an empty table. “Ma’am, did you want to come and sit with us?” Fishman called to her. “There’s plenty of room,” Phillips added. “Sure,” the woman said, gathering her supplies. “I’ll come over.” Milton Public Library’s adult coloring club meets from 6:30 – 8 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month and is free with no sign-up required. Refreshments and supplies are provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own.

DYSFUNCTION. The long lasting association of ceramics with functionality engrains a tension between craft and fine art. “Dysfunction” challenges this tension by asserting that functionality may depend upon context rather than an absolute and fixed purpose. “Dysfunction” presents artwork varying from beautiful and precious to surreal and grotesque in an effort to initiate a dialogue about our own assumptions concerning ceramics. The crux of Dysfunction lies in the human tendency to categorize, organize, and separate. Together, these 10 artists represent a microcosm of a larger artistic zeitgeist focused on questioning the social, political and economic forces that determine “proper function.” BCA Center, Burlington. Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Closed Sunday and Monday. Information: POP ART PRINTS. Pop Art emerged in the late 1950s and early 1960s, offering a stark contrast to Abstract Expressionism, then the dominant movement in American art. This exhibit presents a selection of 37 prints from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s permanent collection. The installation includes works primarily from the 1960s by Allan D’Arcangelo, Jim Dine, Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Mel Ramos, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselmann. On display through May 22. Fleming Museum, UVM Campus, Burlington. Gallery Hours: Mondays, closed; Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 12-4 p.m. Information: “A BODY IN FUKUSHIMA.” Featured are the photographs of Eiko Otake, documenting a visit she and William Johnston, photographer and Wesleyan University Professor of Japanese history, made in 2014 to the eradicated communities evacuated after reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plants suffered massive damage in the wake of an earthquake and tsunami. Many train stations were destroyed or contaminated by radiation. By walking into each station and placing her body within, Eiko sought to remember the people and day-today lives that passed through the stations and towns before the disaster. On display through May 28. Amy Tarrant Gallery, Burlington. Gallery Hours: Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: performances-events/amy-e-tarrant-gallery.html For more listings visit:

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First time at camp? Talking with your child

By BOB DITTER, L.C.S.W. Sending your child away to camp for the first time is a major milestone for most families, one that is often marked by excitement, anticipation, and perhaps even some anxiety. Though camp is certainly about making friends and having fun, it is also about being on your own and being a part of a community. One of the most important things you as a parent can do to help prepare your child for both these aspects of camp is to talk with your child about it before he/she goes. In fact, it may be better to have several occasional, shorter talks rather than one long conversation as children often absorb more when there is less to think about at one time. I also find that children do better with this sort of conversation if it is part of a more general conversation and if it is part of a pattern of talking, either at the dinner table or while riding in the car doing errands. The following are some sample topics for discussion that will help prepare your child emotionally for their big adventure:


Camp is not anything if it is not about making new friends. If you are shy about meeting new kids, then learn to get to know others by being a good listener. Remember also that not everyone in your cabin, bunk, or group has to be your friend, and you don’t have to be everyone else’s friend. As long as you treat others with respect and they do the same with you, then having one or two friends at camp is fine. If you have more, then that’s great!



There are many exciting things to do at camp, many of which you may never have tried before. If your child tends to be a bit homesick or worried about being homesick, remind him/her about the excitement of going to camp: Remember, when you first decided to go to camp, what made you so excited? You may not like all the activities, or you may be better at some than others. That’s normal. I, however, hope you are willing to try. The more you put into camp, the more you will get out of it!

everything is new — the kids, the activities, the routines, the bed you sleep in, the bathroom. It takes a few days to get adjusted, so be patient with yourself. Most of the time you will be having so much fun you won’t mind all the changes, but if you do, remember that you will get so used to things that by the time you come home you will miss all those things!


Camp is about fun, but it also requires that you help out. Clean-up is part of camp. You do it every day! As your parent, I hope you will cooperate!

You, like every other camper there, will be part of a cabin, bunk, or group. As your parent, I hope you will cooperate with others and help out. That’s part of what makes camp so special — kids helping each other out. Most kids will help you if you are friendly and help them. Give yourself time. One thing about camp is that almost

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Getting help

Everyone has good days and bad days. If you are having a problem, your counselor is there to help you! You don’t have to wait to tell us if you are upset about something. After all, if your counselor doesn’t know what might be troubling you, he/she can’t help you. Be honest and ask for what you need. If your counselor doesn’t seem to be concerned or doesn’t help you, then you can go to the unit director, head counselor, etc. Parents should know who these “back-up persons” are and how their child will recognize them if they need to.

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It’s a great thing to remind your first-time camper about his or her strong points. I would focus not just on what they do well, but their positive qualities as well, such as what makes them a good friend or the type of person other kids would want to know. Helping children identify their strengths can help them when they are having a setback — one of those inevitable growing pains all children have from time to time. Talking with your child about these kinds of issues is a great way to show support as your child gets ready to take this important step on the road to being more resilient and self-reliant. For you as a parent, it can give you more peace of mind as you allow your child to participate safely in a broader world. To learn more about camp and child development, please visit the American Camp Association’s family-dedicated Web site:, or call the toll-free number, 1-800-428-CAMP (2267). Bob Ditter is a child and family therapist living in Boston who consults extensively with people who work with children. Originally printed in CAMP Magazine, reprinted by permission of the American Camp Association; © 2006 American Camping Association, Inc.

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A fun summer job

Why you should consider being a camp counselor By SABRINA LIGUORI Essex Reporter intern With the summer fast approaching, many teens are wondering what they are going to do to occupy themselves during the long, well-deserved break. Over summer vacation, teenagers often spend more time than they should indoors watching Netflix or playing video games. While relaxation in a comfortable, air-conditioned home is satisfying and pleasant, spending time outside should be everybody’s top priority. This is just one of the many reasons becoming a camp counselor is a great idea. Camp counselors get to spend lots of time outside playing games and soaking up the sun, while making money all the while. Admittedly, it is true that every job pays money, but not every job has the convenience of summer camp counseling. When the summer rolls around, so does employment, and by the time school begins again in the fall, final paychecks have already been signed. The

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tional Church/United Church of Christ, Colchester. Worship service with agape meal at 6:30 p.m. Readings at 7 p.m. Information: 658-9155.

Holy Thursday. Our Lady of Grace Church will celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7 p.m., as well as Eucharistic adoration until 9 p.m. Our Lady of Grace Church, Essex Junction. Information: 878-5987.

CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH- (Fundamentalindependent.) 61 Main St., Essex Junction, 878-8341. Pastor James Gangwer. Sunday School 10 a.m. Worship Service 11 a.m. Sunday evening worship 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening youth groups; Awana, Pro-Teens and Prayer meeting 7 p.m. CHRIST MEMORIAL CHURCH- Route 2A, Williston, just north of Industrial Ave. Wes Pastor, Senior Minister, 8787107, Proclaiming Christ and Him crucified Sundays at 9:30 a.m. DAYBREAK COMMUNITY CHURCH - 67 Creek Farm Plaza, Colchester VT. 05446 802-338-9118 or brentdaybreak@gmail. com Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m. Lead Pastor, Brent Devenney. ESSEX ALLIANCE CHURCH - 37 Old Stage Road in Essex Junction. Sunday Services: 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Phone: 878-8213. ESSEX CENTER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 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 put down spiritual roots. Adult Bible Study at 8:30 a.m. Service at 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. 119 Center Rd (Route 15) Essex Center. Rev. Mitchell Hay, pastor. 878-8304. FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF ESSEX JUNCTION, 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. 1 Church Street, Essex Junction, VT 05452. Telephone (802) 878-5745; Website:; Email: Senior Pastor, Rev. Mark Mendes. Sunday Worship Services: 8:30 and 10:15 am. Communion: first Sunday of every month. Sunday School meets weekly at 10:15 am. Jr. High Youth Group, Sr. High Youth Group every Sunday. 5th/6th Grade Youth Group, 1st Sunday of the month. Heavenly Food Pantry – fourth Thursday of the month, 2-6pm, except for Nov & Dec when it is the third Thursday. Essex Eats Out Community Dinner – 1st Friday of the month, 5:30 – 7pm. Music includes Senior Choir, Praise Band, Junior Choir, Cherub Choir, Handbell Choir, Men’s Acapella and Ladies’ Acapella groups. GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - 130 Maple Street, Essex Junction. 878-8071. 1 mile south of the Five Corners on Maple Street / VT. Route 117. Worship Sundays at 9:30 a.m. with concurrent Church School Pre-K to High School. Handicapped-accessible facility. Adult Study Group Sundays at 11:00 a.m. Adult Choir / Praise Band / Women’s Fellowship / Missionally active. Korean U.M.C. Worship Sundays at 12:30 p.m. Come explore what God might be offering you! HOLY FAMILY - ST. LAWRENCE PARISH - Essex Junction, - Mass Schedule, Saturday Vigil: 4:00pm - St. Lawrence, Sunday Morning: 8:00am - St. Lawrence, 11:00am - Holy Family, 7:30pm - Holy Family. For more information visit our web page LIVING HOPE CHRISTIAN CHURCH - 1037 South Brownell Road, Williston ,VT 05495. A Living Hope.... a Loving God. 862-2108 | | www. 9:00 a.m. Children and Adult Sunday School. 10:00 a.m. Worship and Service. MT. MANSFIELD UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP - Visit Services are held at 9:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Sunday of each month from September through June. 195 Vermont Route 15, Jericho (the red barn across from Packard Road). 899-2558. ST. JAMES EPISCOPAL CHURCH - 4 St. James Place (off Rt. 2A at the Fairgrounds Gate F) 802-878-4014 www. The Rev. Ken Hitch v office@stjamesvt. org 8:15am Holy Eucharist Rite II (no music) 10:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II (with music) 9:20am Adult Ed: Bible Study 10:15 am Godly Play. ST. PIUS X CHURCH - 20 Jericho Road, Essex, 878-5997 - Administrator: Rev. Charles Ranges. Masses: Saturday 4:30 pm and Sunday 9:30 am. Confessions: Saturday 3:30pm - 4:00 pm or please call 878-5331 for an appointment. ST. THOMAS CATHOLIC CHURCH - 6 Green St., Underhill Center. Father Charles R. Danielson, Parish Priest. Weekend Masses: Saturday-4:30 p.m., Sunday-8:30. Daily Masses: Check with www.stthomasvt. com or call 899-4632.



Good Friday. Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion. Our Lady of Grace, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Information: 878-5987.



Adult Coloring. Switch off the phone, com-

puter and TV. Come try the new coloring book trend that is helping adults, benefit from the quiet Zen that a coloring session can bring. Books and color pencils are provided. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Information: 878-4918 or www.williston.

“Messiah Sing.” The Mormon Tabernacle

Choir, orchestra at Temple Square and four soloists from the Metropolitan Opera present a non-denominational broadcast of Handel’s “Messiah.” Bring a non-perishable food item to benefit a local food shelf. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, South Burlington. Pre-concert Social, 4:30 p.m., concert 5 p.m.

Holy Saturday. Solemn Easter Vigil. Our Lady of Grace, Essex Junction, 7:30 p.m. Information: 878-5987.

Easter Vigil Mass. Holy Cross Church, Col-

chester, 7 p.m. Information: 863-3002.


Adult Craft Group. This monthly group invites

crafters bring their unfinished projects and work in a friendly, supportive, craft environment. All craft types welcome. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Information: 878-4918 or

Open Studio Collage Workshop. Whirled

Tree Arts Studio invites budding artists to take a break from their busy lives to learn how to create beautiful mixed media compositions using paint, paper, fabric and found objects. All creative levels welcome. Whirled Tree Art Studio, Burlington, 12-1:30 p.m. $5-$10 suggested donation. Information:

Community Service Opportunity with Salvation Army. Join others in the commu-

nity to help serve dinner at the Salvation Army. Volunteers will meet at 4 p.m. at 64 Main St. in Burlington where they will set up dining room, serve dinner and clean up. Home baked goodies welcome. Free parking available. Pre-register. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 4-6:30 p.m. Information: 878-4918 or


Sunday Coffee Mix and Mingle. Members

of the LGBTQA community gather to bond over books, coffee, art and more at this casual hangout. Barnes and Noble Bookstore, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Information: 860-7812.

Easter Celebrations. Easter sunrise service 7

a.m. Light breakfast follows at 8:00 a.m.; Easter celebration worship 9:30 a.m., Easter egg hunt after worship. Families welcome at all services. Malletts Bay Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Colchester. Information: 658-9155.

Easter Sunday Mass. Holy Cross Church, Col-

chester, 8:45 a.m. Information: 863-3002.

Easter Sunday Mass. Easter Sunday Mass.

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Pre-School Open House. The Colchester

School District will be holding an open house for parents of children who may be interested in attending the pre-school program for the 2016-17 school year. The open house is intended to explain the program and answer questions that will be important considerations for each parent as they prepare to make this decision. Malletts Bay School, Colchester. 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Please contact Nancy Smith for an appointment at 264-5894 or

Shape and share life stories. Prompts trig-

ger real-life experience stories, which are crafted into engaging narrative and shared with the group. Free and open to all adults. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Contact: 878-4918.

Trivia Night. Trivia buffs gather for a meeting

of the minds. Hotel Vermont lobby, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Contact: 651-5012.


M.A.G.I.C.: Masculinity and Gender Identity Conversation. Participants of any

and all gender identities gather for a casual discussion on a wide variety of topics ranging from inequality to language, media and food. Wellness Co-op, Burlington, 2-3 p.m. Free. Information: 370-5369.

Mandarin Chinese Class. The Agape Com-

munity Church invites language enthusiasts to practice the Chinese dialect spoken throughout northern and southwestern China. Agape Community Church, South Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Information:


Movies at Main Street Landing: “Hannah and Her Sisters.” This series presents

the Woody Allen-directed 1986 comedy, “Hannah and Her Sisters,” starring Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest and Michael Caine. Main Street Landing Film House, Burlington, 7 p.m. Donations benefit a local charity. Contact: 540-3018 or www.

Interstitial Cystitis Support Group. Interstitial cystitis is recurring pelvic pain, pressure or discomfort in the bladder and pelvic region and urinary frequency/urgency. This is often misdiagnosed and mistreated as a chronic bladder infection. If you have been diagnosed or have these symptoms, you are not alone. We are building a Vermont-based support group and welcome you to email bladderpainvt@ or call 899-4151 for more information.

Creative Tuesdays. Artists exercise their

imaginations with recycled crafts. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:15-5 p.m. Contact: 865-7216.

Burlington Writers Workshop. A free

writing workshop for all Vermonters. Meets every Wednesday in downtown Burlington. Free and open to the public. Participants must register at More info: can support these collection drives by donating their old cell phones at A. W. Rich Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Essex Junction, or at the American Legion, 3650 Roosevelt Highway, Colchester. Collections accepted 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact: 849-6261.

Champlain Echoes. A women’s four-part

harmony chorus group seeks additional women to sing in their holiday performances. Meetings are Monday nights. The Pines, Aspen Drive, South Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Contact: 655-2174.

Community Wellness Day. Practitioners

offer Reiki, Shiatsu, aromatherapy, acupressure, energy work and more to those looking to experience alternative healing. 2 Wolves Holistic Center in Vergennes, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. most Fridays. Sliding-scale donations; preregister the Tuesday prior. Contact: or 870-0361.

English As A Second Language Classes. Divorce Care Support Group. Divorce is

a tough road. Feelings of separation, betrayal, confusion, anger and selfdoubt are common. But there is life after divorce. 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. The 13-week Divorce Care Support Group for men and women will be offered on Sunday evenings, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Feb. 28 through May 29 at the Essex Alliance Church, Essex Junction. Register: 9894081 or

Children’s Breakfast. First and third Satur-

day of each month. The Grace United Methodist Church will be offering a free breakfast for children ages K-5, though all children are welcomed. Crafts, songs, Bible stories and games. No registration needed, and parents can stay and have coffee. Grace United Methodist Church, Essex Junction, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Information: 878-8071 or

Essex Art League Meetings. Meetings hap-


at St. James Church, fourth Friday at Essex United Methodist Church and fifth Friday when applicable at St. Pius X Church. 5:30-7 p.m. each week. Transportation is available. Call Dawn Thursday by 9 a.m. to schedule Friday transit: 878-7622. Information: or www.

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pen on the first Thursday of the month. The meeting agenda includes a business and social time, and features a guest artist presentation. Essex Junction Congregational Church, Essex Junction, 9-11 a.m. Information:

Craft Connection. Come to the Essex Alliance

Church community as women gather for a time of crafts and fellowship. Twice a month, Wednesday evenings. Essex Alliance Church, Essex. Contact Deb: 238-2291.

Essex Eats Out Community Meals. Essex Eats

Out seeks to build community connections by providing healthy, free meals in a warm, safe and inclusive atmosphere. Meals will be served: First Friday at First Congregational Church, second Friday at Holy Family/St. Lawrence Parish Center, third Friday

Improve your English conversation skills and meet new people. Wednesdays. Administrative Conference Room: intermediate/advanced. Pickering Room, Second floor: beginners. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Contact: 8657211.

Family Support Group. Outright Vermont

holds support group meetings for family members of youth going through the process of coming out. One Sunday evening and one Wednesday morning each month at Outright Vermont. Contact: 865-9677.

Italian Conversation Group. Open to all

interested in learning/hearing the Italian language. Room 101, St. Edmunds Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, 7-9 p.m. Contact: 654-2536.

Toy Library Playgroup. Fridays. Ages birth through 5 years. Memorial Hall, Essex, 9:30-11 a.m. Contact Essex Parks and Rec: 878-1342.

VCAM Access Orientation. Free. Vermont

Community Access Media, 208 Flynn Ave. 2-G, Burlington. Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact: 651-9692 or www.vermontcam. org.

Colchester-Milton Rotary meeting. Thursdays. Serving the communities of Colchester, Milton and the Champlain Islands. Hampton Inn, Colchester, 12 p.m.

Essex Rotary Meeting. Essex Rotary Meet-

ings are held on Wednesdays at 12:10 p.m. at The Essex. Serving the communities of Essex, Essex Junction, Jericho and Underhill.

Duplicate Bridge. Wednesdays. Essex Junc-

tion Senior Center, Essex, 1 p.m. Information: 876-5087.

Celebrate Recovery. Thursdays. This confi-


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C ALEnDAR dential 12-step recovery program puts faith in Jesus Christ at the heart of healing. We offer multiple support groups for both men and women, such as chemical dependency, co-dependency, sexual addiction and pornography, food issues and overcoming abuse. All those 18 and older are welcome. Sorry, no childcare. Essex Alliance Church, Essex. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., sessions begin at 7 p.m. Information: or 310-9062.

Mah Jongg. Join other Mah Jongg enthusiasts ages 50 and over at the Essex Junction Senior Center at 10 a.m. on Mondays and Fridays. New players are always welcome. Free to members of EJSC, others pay $1 per day. Membership at EJSC is open to anyone 50 years of age and older and is $12 per year. Contact: 876-5087 or

Senior Strength. HammerFit Gym in Essex offers a 50-minute guided exercise class for anyone over age 50. The session begins with a warm up, stretching exercises, then strength training using Hammer Strength equipment with guidance. The

class ends with a relaxing stretch and cool down, and participants are welcome to use the cardio machines before or after if they wish. HammerFit Gym, Essex, Mondays and Thursdays 9:30 a.m. $5. Information: 878-0444.

competency. St. James Episcopal Church, Essex Junction, Wednesday evenings. Free. Contact Beth: 343-4738.

Drop-In Pottery Wheel Class. Spend Friday nights with our pottery instructors learning the basics of wheel working. Try the wheel and have some fun with other beginner potters. Through demonstrations and individual instruction, students will learn the basics of preparing and centering the clay and making cups, mugs and bowls. Price includes one fired and glazed piece per participant. Additional fired and glazed pieces are $5 each. No registration necessary but space is limited. First come, first served. BCA Print and Wheel Studio, Burlington, Fridays 8-10 p.m. $12. Contact: 865-7166.

Essex Community Justice Center’s Citizen Advisory Board Meetings. Meetings take place on the second Wednesday of all even-numbered months. The Community Justice Center provides restorative responses to crime and conflict in the greater Essex area. The Citizens Advisory Board advises the Community Justice Center on policy, direction and programming in an ongoing capacity. Community Justice Center, Essex Junction, 5:30 p.m. Contact Kate: 662-0001 or at

Bagpipe and Drum Lessons. The St.

AARP Free Tax Prep Help. For taxpayers and low and middle incomes, especially those age 60 and older, Tak and Dorothy Ng, AARP foundation certified tax preparers, will offer 45-minute appointments. Call 878-6955 or drop by the library’s circ. desk to schedule an appointment. Available until April 7. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9:15 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. A Visit from Full Circle Gardens. As the snow begins to melt, learn more about how to prep your garden for spring. Essex Free Library, Essex Center, 6-7:45 p.m.

The Essex Junction Water Department will be flushing deadend street water mains in the Village during the weeks of March 21 and March 28 between the hours of 8 AM and 3 PM. Residents should let the cold water faucet run if they experience dirty water or air in the water lines. Residents who notice low water pressure or have no water as a result of the flushing should call the Village Office (878-6944).

Greek pastry & Take-out dinner Saturday, March 26th

Drop-In Life Drawing Class. This drop-in

Andrew’s Pipeband of Vermont offers instruction for bagpiping and drumming as an encouragement and incentive for attracting new members. The instructional program is designed to integrate and transition a piper or drummer into the “parade” band at a level of basic



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life drawing class is open to all levels and facilitated by local painter Glynnis Fawkes. Spend the evening with other artists drawing one of our experienced models. Bring drawing materials and paper. No registration necessary. Ages 16 and up. BCA Center, Burlington, Mondays 6:30-8:30 p.m. $8. Contact: 865-7166.

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Take-Out Dinner 11a.m.– 7p.m. Chicken Souvlaki Platter, Gyros Platter, Falafel Platter and Vegetarian Platter

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he served with who were killed there, give voice to individuals who continue to silently carry the psychological burdens of a war that ended over 40 years ago. “Calm Frenzy: One Man’s Vietnam War” is a collection of Loring Bailey’s Vietnam-era letters. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-8:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30 Film Screening: Under the Cloak of Darkness. Latino American series sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. This is a documentary about Vermont’s migrant Mexican farmhands, who work long hours every day to keep Vermont’s struggling dairy farms going. Because many of these workers are undocumented, they live in almost complete isolation in a state that is overwhelmingly white. This film aims to humanize this invisible community and bring to light the issues surrounding migrant labor. Chris Urban, who conducted the filmed interviews, will lead a discussion and answer questions following the screening. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-8:30 p.m.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 31 FRIDAY, MARCH 25 Crafternoon. Help to create a paper bag village. For students Grades 4 and up. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4:30 p.m. Dungeons and Dragons. Embark on imaginary adventure. Our Dungeon Master serves as the game’s referee and storyteller. Grades 6 and up. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-8:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, MARCH 26 Hippity Hop Storytime. Hop on in to the library for some springtime songs, books, and a craft. Essex Free Library, Essex Center, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

MONDAY, MARCH 28 AARP Free Tax Prep Help. For taxpayers and low and middle incomes, especially those age 60 and older, Tak and Dorothy Ng, AARP foundation certified tax preparers, will offer 45 minute appointments. Call 878-6955 or drop by the library’s circ. desk to schedule an appointment. Available until April 7. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9:15 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Reading Buddies. 8th graders from ADL will read with children 5-10 years old at Brownell Library. This program continues weekly until the end of April. Please register in advance. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Film Screening: “My Father’s Vietnam.” A book and a film featuring never-before-seen photographs and 8mm footage of the era, Soren Sorensen’s “My Father’s Vietnam” is the story of three soldiers, only one of whom returned home alive. Interviews with the filmmaker’s Vietnam veteran father, and the friends and family members of two men

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AARP Free Tax Prep Help. For taxpayers and low and middle incomes, especially those age 60 and older, Tak and Dorothy Ng, AARP foundation certified tax preparers, will offer 45 minute appointments. Call 878-6955 or drop by the library’s Circ. Desk to schedule an appointment. Available until April 7. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9:15 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Read to McKenzie the Dog. McKenzie is a certified reading and therapy dog. Sign up for a 15-minute session to read her your “just right book.” For ages 5-10. Registration is required. Essex Free Library, Essex Center, 3:15-4:15 p.m. Adult Evening Book Discussion. Join us as we discuss “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. Copies of the book are available at the main desk. Essex Free Library, Essex Center, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

ONGOING Read to Daisy and Archie, Therapy Dogs. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Daisy and Archie love to listen to kids read. They are certified by Therapy Dogs of Vermont. Daisy’s owner is Maddie Nash, a retired school counselor. For all ages. Archie’s owner is Christine Packard, chair of Brownell Library Trustees. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:304:30 p.m. Story Time for Babies and Toddlers. Tuesdays. Picture books, songs, rhymes and puppets for babies and toddlers with an adult. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9:10-9:30 a.m. Story Time for 3-5 Year Olds. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Picture books, songs, rhymes, puppets, flannel stories and early math activities for preschoolers. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Tech Help with Clif. Offering one-on-one technology help. Bring in your new electronic devices and Clif will sit with you to help you learn more about them. Please call to make an appointment. Brownell Library, Mondays, Feb. 1 and Wednesday, Feb. 3, noon -1 p.m.

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Free Yoga for Survivors. H.O.P.E. Works is offering a free and confidential trauma-informed yoga program for survivors of sexual violence. Meets on the first Saturday of each month. Registration is required to attend. Laughing River Yoga, Burlington, 1:30 p.m. Free. Contact: 8640555, x19 or atsarah@

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he Huntington’s Disease Society of America is hosting a free symposium on the disease open to family and medical professionals on April 2 at UVM Medical Center. Huntington’s disease is a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. It deteriorates a person’s physical and mental abilities during their prime working years and has no cure. HD is known as the quintessential family disease because every child of a parent with the disease has a 50/50 chance of carrying the faulty gene. Today, there are approximately 30,000 symptomatic Americans and more than 200,000 at risk of inheriting the disease. The Huntington’s Disease Society of America is the premier nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by HD. From community services and education to advocacy and research,

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by Marjorie Guthrie, the wife of legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie who died from HD complications in 1967 when he was only 55 years old. The Guthrie family legacy lives on at HDSA to this day. At the April 2 symposium, Huntington’s disease experts in the field will give updates on clinical trials and research, discuss genetic testing considerations, address end-of-life issues and have a general discussion on family needs. Continental breakfast and lunch provided. This is event is sponsored by Teva Pharmaceuticals. The conference is free of charge, but you must register by email or phone with Virginia Goolkasian at 978-905-5588 or vgoolkasian@hdsa. org. A flyer with details on parking and topics/speakers will be sent via email upon registering.

SENIOR STRENGTH. HammerFit Gym in Essex offers a 50-minute guided exercise class for anyone over the age of 50. The session begins with a warm up, stretching exercises, then strength training using Hammer Strength equipment with guidance. The class ends with a relaxing stretch and cool down, and participants are welcome to use the cardio machines. Mondays and Thursdays 9:30 a.m. $5. Information: 878-0444.


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Change a battery, save a life March 13 marked the beginning of Daylight Saving Time as Vermonters moved their clocks ahead an hour. The Vermont Division of Fire Safety wants everyone to remember to also change the batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. While changing the battery, it’s also important to check the date on the alarm. Most smoke alarms have an effective life span of around 10 years, and CO alarms work for approximately 5-7 years depending on the manufacturer. If you do not have smoke or CO alarms in your home, it is strongly recommended you install them as soon as possible to increase your chance of escaping a home fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association, approximately 60 percent of home fire deaths between 2009 and 2013 were in homes with non-existent or inoperable smoke alarms. Failure to maintain or replace dead batteries was the leading cause.

COMMUNITY WELLNESS DAY. Practitioners offer Reiki, Shiatsu, aromatherapy, acupressure, energy work and more to those looking to experience alternative healing. 2 Wolves Holistic Center in Vergennes, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. most Fridays. Slidingscale donations; preregister the Tuesday prior. Contact: or 870-0361.

Vermont law requires all new smoke alarms be photoelectric. Photoelectric alarms have been proven to reduce “nuisance alarms” caused by cooking or steam from bathrooms, and this type of alarm can activate sooner to smoldering (upholstery) fires. In addition to working smoke and CO alarms, it is also important to have a fire escape plan – especially in homes with small children – and to practice that plan at least twice a year. Following these safety tips can reduce fire deaths and injuries. Always remember: Hear the alarm, get out, stay out. For additional information on specific installation requirements for smoke CO alarms, visit www.firesafety.

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Recently parents have been asking me an earful of questions about why their children get ear infections and if anything can be done to prevent them. Hear me out on this topic as I provide some guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding treatment of ear infections. More than half, if not three quarters, of ear infections in children are caused by viral germs. These infections get better simply with tincture of time. Ear infections caused by bacteria do need treatment with an antibiotic, but since these are in the minority as a cause, the American Academy of Pediatrics now suggests not treating ear infections in children over 6 months of age automatically with an antibiotic. Instead, the recommendation is to treat the pain for the first day or two with acetaminophen or ibuprofen with the hope that the virus causing the infection will be defeated by the child’s own natural immune system. If the ear pain and discomfort persists after 48 hours despite good pain control, then antibiotics might be considered. This delay in treating ear infections with antibiotics is to avoid overuse of antibiotics, which can make the bacterial germs more resistant to common antibiotics and thus more difficult to treat. Of course, the best way to deal with an ear infection is not to let one happen. So what can we do to prevent them? The best way to do this is to teach your children good hand washing to prevent the spread of germs from one person to another. In addition, breastfeeding your baby for at least the first six months and making sure their immunizations are up to date decreases the risk of ear infections. Keeping children away from environmental tobacco smoke will also make it easier for viruses to not get stuck in the nose, move up into the ear canal and cause an infection. Hopefully tips like this (and I don’t mean Q-Tips) will give you more than an earful of information when it comes to better understanding your child’s ear infection. Lewis First, MD, is chief of Pediatrics at The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. You can also catch “First with Kids” weekly on WOKO 98.9FM and WPTZ Channel 5, or visit the First with Kids video archives at www.

Celebrate Red Cross Month by giving blood in March During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to join in its lifesaving mission by giving blood. Red Cross Month is a celebration of the everyday heroes, like Karla Essmiller, who are the face of the Red Cross in their communities. Essmiller began donating blood and even coordinated a few blood drives when she was in college. “Donating blood is a simple gift that I can make that may help up to three people live another day,” Essmiller said. “That makes me feel like a hero.” The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors of all blood types are needed to help accident and burn victims, patients undergoing organ transplants, those receiving cancer treatments and others who rely on blood products. Make an appointment to become a hero to patients in need by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).


The Essex Reporter • March 24, 2016

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District to celebrate local food

By Colin Flanders The Essex Reporter

Fans of locally-sourced produce will receive an early treat this spring in the form of the Gather, Taste and Learn event, a free celebration of the Essex Town School District’s farm-to-school mission. The event will be held in the Founders Memorial School cafeteria and gymnasium on March 31 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Stacy Bruyns, who has four daughters in each of the district’s school levels, has organized the gathering for the past two years. She likened the event to an indoor farmers’ market: Products and produce will available for purchase, and attendees will be treated to a variety of free tastings, including maple syrup, salsa, pesto and smoothies. The two Essex Junior Iron Chef Teams, which competed in the State Jr. Iron Chef Competition at the Champlain Valley Expo last weekend, will be leading cooking demonstrations and providing samples of various soups, pizzas and desserts. Raffle donations will benefit future farmto-school events, and there will be various hands-on activities, including four children’s craft stations. Bruyns was inspired to organize the event after realizing many children don’t eat healthy foods on a daily basis. “We wanted the kids to get passionate about eating right,” Bruyns said. Jennifer Sutton, the district’s farm-toschool program coordinator since last fall, stressed in the importance of beginning these conversations early, like teaching students to choose apples over candy bars. These behaviors can then become habits, leading to a healthier lifestyle. While the farm-to-school committee hopes tools for healthy eating will one day be a required part of the curriculum, Bruyns said members understand teachers’ time is already crunched. “So we’re branching out and finding new ways to teach children,” she said. Part of that is opening students’ eyes to careers in food production, a field Bruyns believes is often overlooked. “We’re not finding everyone come out of college with super jobs anymore,”

Essex Middle School students participate in the ninth annual Junior Iron Chef competition. 

Bruyns said. The event will be a chance to witness firsthand the vitality of farming as a livelihood, thanks to a handful of local farmers, like Nate Rogers, owner of Rogers Farmstead, a Berlin-based meat, wheat and dairy farm. Rogers said the event is both a chance to connect with consumers and with some old friends; he worked at IBM in Essex for 19 years before opening up the farm with his wife, Jessie. Most importantly, it’s a chance to bridge

the gap between food and farming, as Rogers believes there’s a “stark disconnect” between the two. “Anytime you can make that connection for a kid — where real food comes from — they don’t forget that,” he said. Nearly 300 people attended last year’s event, but Bruyns believes that number will increase thanks to the school merger, bringing together Essex Town, Essex Junction and Westford. It will be the second large-scale event looking to cultivate this relationship,

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coming weeks after the Stream of Lights parade welcomed the three communities in Essex Junction in early February. Bruyns loves seeing children get involved: The hundreds of students participating will craft over half the food served. Beyond that, she simply enjoys the look on children’s faces as they try new foods. “They realize that just because it looks different, it’s not going to taste bad,” she said. “The more they’re around something like this, it becomes infectious.”

Barbershop from page 1

By their feet sat containers of maple syrup, which Yates’ husband sells. In return, Montague promises to make sure Yates doesn’t move back home, he told the couple. When asked about his job, his answer carries a similar wryness. “It beats working for a living,” he said, sweeping away the remnants of his latest cut. “As you can see, Garry doesn’t take too many things seriously,” Hammond-Smith said a few minutes later. Thus is life in Garry’s

Barbershop: a mix of haircuts, jokes and occasional life advice. Asked for a tip he might share with a new barber, his answer is cut-and-dry: Be nice. “Even if someone is a jerk, if they come once a month over five years, they drop a lot of money. Be nice to everybody,” Montague said. His customer base is a steady mix of reoccurring patrons and first-timers. The difference isn’t hard to tell: Montague welcomes his regulars by name the moment they enter the shop. They’re what keeps Montague

going. They’re what keeps Montague coming back. “After you get done at work, you don’t miss work; you miss people,” he said. Moments later, the Champlain grad left the shop but not before assuring Montague he’d be back. Yates, who’s worked at the shop for about six years, paints Montague’s dedication with brief glimpses from her childhood. “He’s always been that dad that got up every morning and never complained. Just got up and went to work, came home at 7:30 at night,” Yates said, adding

a few local farmers would often stop by, asking for haircuts upon her dad’s return. Yates says customers often ask what it was like growing up with Garry the Barber as her father. “You tell me,” she answered. “He slept in Bakersfield, but he lived here. This is his family,” said Yates, who now lives in Fairfield. It’s this dedication that seems to breed the most admiration from those closest to Montague. Hammond-Smith, who apprenticed with Montague

when she first began at the shop, struggled to think of Montague’s life without cutting hair. “We’re very proud of him. He’s going to die with scissors in his hand,” she said. Montague found humor in the prospect. And despite the recent milestone, he has no plans of slowing down any time soon. “The good Lord hasn’t called me yet. I told them if I die, just prop me up against the wall and at 6 o’clock, call the undertaker,” Montague said with a smile.

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automobile,” said Searles, who is currently contracted as a rail project consultant with VTrans. The Montrealer was replaced with the Vermonter, which provides daytime service from St. Albans to Washington, D.C. Though the March 2015 agreement was a major step forward, there was still work to be done. That’s where Searles comes in. He and former U.S. Ambassador Raymond Chretien were appointed in July 2015 as facilitators between the “many partners” involved in the process, Searles said. This includes Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York, along with the province of Quebec and Amtrak, among other entities. Leahy’s legislation, called the Promoting Travel, Commerce and National Security Act of 2016, would give the U.S. the ability to prosecute American personnel stationed in Canada for wrongdoing while shielding American citizens from prosecution by a foreign government, a distinction deemed a prerequisite for full implementation of the agreement. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection currently operates 15 facilities in six countries, staffing more than 600 staff. In fiscal year 2014, pre-clearance intercepted more than 10,000 “inadmissible travelers,” saving the U.S. more than $20 million in “detention, processing and repatriation costs,” according Leahy’s website. More than 16 million U.S.-bound travelers were processed that year. Leahy’s legislation is currently pending before both the U.S. House and the Senate, with similar legislation pending before the Canadian Parliament. Searles hopes both will be passed within the next few months.

Challenges remain

Though pre-clearance was a major roadblock, it was not the only obstacle. The Montreal Central Station also requires an upgrade. Preliminary plans were finished about a year ago and now require permitting and more detailed construction plans, Searles said. The railroad tracks on both sides of the border are also in need of a makeover. Most of the line on the American side has been or is now being upgraded. The Vermont line was completely rehabilitated, thanks in large part to an $8 million federal grant awarded to VTrans and the New England Central Railroad in 2012. The other states’ lines must be rehabbed before the Montreal station is built, Searles said. Operating agreements also need to be renegotiated between both the U.S. and Canada, and Amtrak will also need to renegotiate its contracts with Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut, as the line is subsidized by each state. These talks will consider the added cost and benefit of serving Quebec’s population of 5 million, Searles said. Christopher Parker, executive director of the advocacy group Vermont Rail Action Network, cited this additional ridership as a major motivation for restoration. “Links between Quebec and Vermont are good for us economically,” he said. “If you want [Montrealers] here — which I think we do — you have to make it easy for them. Otherwise they’re just going to go up north.” Parker also believes a renewed line between Montreal and New York City would improve the train’s performance and ridership, but both he and Searles were hesitant to estimate the project’s

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completion date. “There are more unknowns than knowns here,” Searles said. He cited the Montreal station’s two-year construction period, adding there’s always a chance for hiccups in permitting and planning. The pre-clearance progress clears a big hurdle, Searles said. “Then you can get into the specific planning and make not only accurate cost estimates, but time estimates,” Searles said. Local officials are also anticipating greater rail service. Village station improvements include a canopy for buses

and patrons and upgrades to the bathroom and lobby. Most passengers traveling to the greater Burlington area disembark in Essex Jct., spurring what Village Board of Trustees President George Tyler believes could provide a healthy boost to the town and village economy. “We are absolutely certain that improving that area would allow us to capture much more of the potential economic benefit of having a high quality transit center in the middle of the village,” Tyler said in an email.



The Essex Reporter • March 24, 2016

Essex rink hosts Super Regional tournament


he Essex Skating Facility hosted the New England District Squirt T2 Super Regional Tournament on March 11-13. Teams from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island attended the event, with more than 300 players and fans converging on Essex. The Vermont team struggled early, falling to teams from Manchester, N.H. and Casco Bay, Maine, the latter of which eventually won the tournament. Vermont finished strong, however, picking up a dominant 8-2 win over Woonsocket, R.I.



pring sports are underway. In some cases, teams may be picked by week’s end. The gym is jammed with athletes. Some teams may be practicing outside if the weather permits. The NCAA tourney has already lived up to its billing in exciting games. Easter is Sunday. Enjoy the holiday with family. Though I tried, there was seriously no way I could have watched every single college hoop game televised last weekend. Jason Douglas of Hinesburg makes a diving save.  Photos | Kyle St. Peter Close games, upsets, 15-2 massive upsets, buzzer-beaters and a lot of fun are exactly why the NCAA Tournament is the most exciting time of the year. The World Series, Super Bowl, Lord Stanley’s Cup and the NBA Finals may compare, but don’t even come close. The Madness The Essex Youth Hockey Peewee AA continues Thursday throughout the team made it to the semifinals at the New Easter weekend. The half court buzzerEngland District Tournament last week beater Friday night was the shot of the after being crowned the Vermont State tourney as it topped Thursday’s gameChampions the week prior. tying 3-pointer from mid-way between half-court and the three-point line. That Essex defeated the New Hampshire was nothing compared to Sunday’s Texas Lakers before falling to the Maine Moose in A&M rally, down 12 with just over 40 the semifinals. seconds to go before forcing overtime to To qualify for the New England win later. You just have to keep watching. tournament, Essex had to fight back against A couple of high school sporting a strong Woodstock team, securing a double events to report on as two all-star hockey overtime win to capture the Vermont State games took place last weekend. In the Title. Matt Cincotta scored the goal in the girls’ contest, Bailey Gaskill scored, second overtime to win the game. Sarah Tobey added an assist and Vika “It was a total team effort,” Essex youth Simons was in goal for the winning (3-2) hockey coach Matt Clark said. Austin team. The Harris squad won the The team celebrated its success with boys’ game 3-2. Hornet Austin Theriault a night of pond hockey, joined by Ryan was the Harris MVP for his defensive Young, Sam couture and Maverick King of play. Goaltender Erik Short shared time the Essex High School boys varsity team, in between the pipes for the winning who brought along its own Peewee hockey team. Congratulations to senior Cole trophy, and Maddy Young and Justine The Essex Youth Hockey Peewee AA team poses with members of the Essex High School hockey Picard, who was named to this summer’s Martin of the girls varsity team. Vermont Shrine Football Team. It’s the “It was a great night spending it on the boys and girls hockey teams after playing pond hockey last Saturday night.  63rd meeting between New Hampshire  Photo contributed pond and celebrating,” Clark said. and VT. Fair Haven’s Brian Grady is the head coach. The game is Saturday, Aug. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Castleton University. Camp begins July 31. I went to my first Shrine Game last summer and was impressed with the Shriners and Castleton. All-Star Honors continued: Nordic Skiers Chloe Lemmel-Hay and Peter Feehan; Indoor Track and Field — Jenna Puleo, Shade Hankey, Amanda Sinkewicz, Katie James and Chike Asanya. The St. Pius seventh and eighth grade CYO girls hoop team placed econd last week in the Vermont State Tournament. They defeated CTK Rutland 33-22, then fell to Mater Christi 3024. The girls will represent Vermont in the New England CYO tourney in Bridgeport, Ct. on the weekend of April 1-3. The team members are Adrienne Noyes, Olivia Noyes, Hannah Morway, Flynn Barcomb, Sara Sparks, Christina McKivergan, Rachel Yandow and Katya Dragon. ADL player Adrienne Noyes scored 13 points in the semifinal, and Flynn Barcomb totaled 8 points in the championship. Also congrats to Essex residents Christina McKivergan and Flynn Barcomb for their efforts in the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition. Both girls scored 16 out of 25. Christina took first place for The Essex sixth-grade Mini Metro team, which finished the season a perfect 13the 12-year-old division while Flynn took 0, poses for a photo. Back row, from left: Head coach Adam Rabidoux, Heidi second place for the 13-year-old division.  From left, Christina McKivergan, 12, and Flynn Barcomb, 13, Stewart, Mila Gookin, Macy Hutton, assistant coach Paul Rabidoux, Emilyrose Both are sharpshooters. won the pose for a photo after winning the Knights of Columbus Mercier, Sophia Hope and assistant coach Ken Hope. Front row, from left: Paige Condolences to the Couture family on free throw shooting championship for their respective age Winter, Mary McClintock, Madison Rabidoux, Cailey Appenzeller and Emma the death of Jean Couture last week. She groups. Both made 16 of 25 attempts.  Photo contributed Whitney. Not pictured: Assistant coach Ally Hennessey. Photo contributed was a Junction resident married to icon Bernie for 50-plus years raising five mature, successful children and many grandchildren. Also BIKES! Now Thru POSITIVE YOUTH SPORTS ALLIANCE OF ESSEX attended the funeral of CLOTHING! April 11th! Debbie Gilbert Saturday in ACCESSORIES! Barre. It was a beautiful Sara Arden and daughter Megan ceremony. The family Essex High School did a wonderful job with Sara Ardren and her daughter Megan have been “inspirational” everything: the singing, to many players, coaches, friends, and family, in their fall and winter the readings, the poem, the volunteer work in support of EHS Volleyball and Basketball. story and picture on the back Sara has been involved in a volunteer capacity with the volleyball of the mass bulletin. Math program this past year. Coach Karen Chesser stated that “She is always teacher Mike wrote one of the best eulogies I have ever going above and beyond and has plays an intricate part of why Essex heard. Sad to hear of the High Volleyball Team is where it is today, becoming a varsity level sport. passing of sportswriter Mal During the basketball season, Sara also did a great job taking over Boright, 81, last Friday. He the annual Pink Zone event to benefit breast cancer awareness. Coach retired from fulltime Shawn Montague, Varsity Girls Basketball Coach at EHS, said of her work then took a job at efforts,”It is a monumental job and she pulled it off without a hitch. the Williston Observer in Her organization was impeccable for a true community building event.” 2004 reviving its sports’ Megan volunteered her time as a team manager during basketball department. I got to know and was Sara’s “right hand woman” during the organization phase of him pretty well over the Each month PYSA of Essex the Pink Zone event, distributing t-shirts and beads to various athletic years and enjoyed talking to is accepting nominations for teams. Players and coaches alike were very happy to have Megan’s him and reading his articles.  YOUR positive impact involvement. Happy Birthday wishes to Central VT teacher This mother and daughter team is a great example of what makes of the month at Windy Kelly, ex-EHS IA Essex High School and community sports successful!! 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The Essex Reporter • March 24, 2016

S CHOOLS EMS Congratulations to the Essex Middle School Mathcounts team!

Four outstanding EMS students from took second place at the Vermont MATHCOUNTS Statewide Competition Saturday, March 12 at Vermont Technical College in Randolph. The EMS includes students Jihan Dahanayaka, Will Suratt, Henry Wu and Nathan Wu who have been coached by teacher Eric Biederbeck. F. H. Tuttle Middle School Team took the first place. Two team members, Henry and Nathan, each qualified for the National Championships by finishing second and fourth respectively in the individual competition. They will travel to the 2016 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Washington, D.C. for May 7-10. Henry was additionally the second place winner in the Countdown Round. MATHCOUNTS is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging “bee” style contests. Vermont’s program is in its 33rd year and focuses on middle school students in their formative years to encourage them to consider careers in science, technology, engineering or math.

Mathcount team members L to R: Jihan Dahanayaka, Nathan Wu, Henry Wu, and Will Suratt with Joe Kudrle (Back, vT Coordinator) are pictured. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

“Take a book, return a book” boxes are catching on even in places where Kindles and brick-and-mortar books abound. Some are part of the Little Free Library project - a movement that offers free books housed in small containers to members of the local community. An EMS Design Technology Education class was presented with the idea of making two for the Essex Elementary School. The class researched, designed and constructed a pair. The two minilibraries are going to be part of Essex Elementary Schools playground’s new read and relax area. Community service is a core value at EMS, and the DTE class is always seeking ways to give back to the community. The students will be taking a trip to EES later this spring to present the little free libraries to the school.

Left: Chris Davis and Cindy Sheeran are pictured. PHOTO | DAN AIROLDI

Essex Middle School eighth-grader Ryan Poulin is pictured with former Boston Bruin Willie O’Ree, the keynote speaker at the Anti-Defamation League New England youth Congress in Boston on March 16. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

Willie O’Ree, known as “the Jackie Robinson of hockey” after breaking the National Hockey League’s color barrier in 1958 with the Boston Bruins, inspired more than 1,400 teachers and students as keynote speaker at the AntiDefamation League New England Youth Congress at the Sheraton Boston Hotel on March 16, including Essex Middle School eighth-grader Ryan Poulin, who led a discussion as a peer trainer. This was his third year participating in Youth Congress. The 22nd annual ADL event brought middle and high school students to Boston to explore current incidents of racism and injustice within an historical context and develop action steps to address racial bias and prejudice in their schools and communities in workshops held throughout the day. Introduced by Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson and ADL New England Regional Director Robert Trestan, Willie captivated the huge crowd with stories of the racism he faced after becoming the first black player in the NHL, encouraging the kids to stay strong, reject prejudice and work hard in school.

Fleming Flyer Accolade card goal met: In February, Fleming School began a new school-wide incentive program to recognize student’s kindness, respect and responsibility by rewarding Fleming Falcon Accolade Cards. Cards were collected by classroom and added to a school count. After just one month, we’ve surpassed our first school goal of 243 with 279. We marked the students’ good work with an all-school music and dance achievement celebration on March 18. Classrooms celebrated with a karaoke and lip-dub afternoon, and students then danced through the halls and made their way to the gymnasium for an allschool dance party. We will work toward a higher target for a second round. Third trimester begins: The third trimester began March 11. Our students will continue to work hard as we move into the final bend in the school year. New Student Council: A new group of students took over as the third trimester Student Council on March 18. Students talked about the remainder of the year and how they could make a difference at the school while holding the final term. We look forward to their bright ideas and enthusiasm taking on these important roles. Cultural Pride Spirit Day - March 25: The second trimester Student Council chose Cultural Pride Day as the theme for our next school spirit day on March 25. Students are encouraged to discover more about their ancestral roots and demonstrate a family connection through clothing or artifacts on this spirit day where we also express pride for the growing global diversity of our school. We will also have an international food sampling at lunch that Friday and an international dance performance at 2:30 p.m. Our school community is welcomed to attend. Vermont School Battery Recycling Challenge: From March 7-31, Fleming School will participate in the Call2Recycle Vermont School Battery Recycling Challenge. Students and families are encouraged to collect used household batteries and bring them to the collection bin in the school’s main lobby. For more information about the program, please visit our website. Girls on the Run begins next week: Fleming’s two Girls on the Run teams will meet for the first time this week after school. Our students look forward to the return of this program, and we’re happy to have Coach Jessa and Coach Courtney leading the way.

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Family Reading Night at FMS

We had about 35 attendees at our recent community forum, including seven students. We began as a large group and talked about the societal issues we see in public, our workplaces and at home that are coming into schools. Assistant principal Amie Conger described the ripple effect of both good and negative behaviors, large and small, and how they can impact others. We then broke into smaller facilitated groups to identify the trends we were seeing, with students forming their own group for a facilitated discussion. This included how the increasingly common use of social media to communicate can sometimes lend itself to misinterpreted tones in a message, cyberbullying and incorrect information. We also talked about politicians, athletes and musicians modeling negative behaviors. We acknowledged a general sense of lack of empathy, pressures on families and complacency about bad behaviors.

On Thursday, March 3, 250 Founders Memorial School students and parents gathered for the 26th annual Family Reading Night. Organized by the school library and sponsored by the ETSD PTO, students read one of six book choices in advance and met to discuss the books. This year, the book selections were: “Crenshaw” by Katherine Applegate, “Circus Mirandus” by Cassie Beasley, “Ranger in Time: Rescue on the Oregon Trail” by Kate Messner, “The Hypnotists” by Gordon Korman,

“Masters of Disaster” by Gary Paulsen and “Space Taxi: Archie Takes Flight” by Wendy Mass. Families met in the cafeteria for an ice cream treat before proceeding to one of 16 different locations to have a multigenerational book discussion. Students could keep the book after the event or swap it for another on the list. Submitted by Sara Jablonski, FMS librarian

Next, we brainstormed some ways in which we can support each other as a community to turn these behaviors around. Some suggestions were to have more events like Fine Arts Night and the Parade of Lights that brings the community together in positive ways. Providing clear opportunities for families and community members to become involved in schools and parent/guardian run groups were ideas offered. We talked about using social media to bring youth and adults together, as well as reaching out to buddy high school and middle school students more often. Finally, we came together to share our discussions and possible solutions. The group overwhelmingly decided we should meet again, enlarge the group, and be sure to include the voices of our English Language Learner families. The goal will be to plan specific steps from the list we created in the first forum that we can take together. Thus, ADL will host a second community forum on April 27 from 6-7:30 p.m. Pizza will be served. We encourage families and community members to join us. Please mark your calendars today and become part of the discussion. Henry Kinney, Charles McGeary, Kaki McGeary, Abby Hoppe, Anna Hoppe and Orrin Mead discuss “Circus Mirandus” by Cassie Beasley. PHOTO | SARA JABLONSKI

– Laurie Singer, Principal Fine Arts Festival Thanks: The ADL art and music students extend a huge thank you to the many parents, friends and community members who came to EHS on March 10 to support our annual Fine Arts Night. This gave us an opportunity to share the amazing time and energy we have put into our talents and allowed for yet another event to draw our communities of Essex, Essex Junction and Westford together. Thank you for your continued support of the arts. ADL Musical – Save the Dates: ADL will present its annual musical, “Annie,” on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 7-9 at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Tickets are now on sale: $6/adults and $4/students and seniors. Mark your calendars and get your tickets early, as we are often sold out.


ETSD upcoming events ETSD 3/28 – ETSD School Board Meeting, Essex Middle School Library, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 3/31 – ETSD Farm to School: Gather, Taste, Learn Community Event, FMS Café and Gym, 6–7:30 p.m. Free. 4/4 – ETSD School Board Meeting, FMS Library, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Essex Elementary School students Zachary Jackman and Stella Griffin use a stethoscope to listen to their hearts while learning about the heart in physical education class in preparation for the annual Jump Rope For Heart Event.

EES 3/28 – GuidanceParenting Workshop, EES Learning Center, 6-7 p.m.

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½ c. thawed frozen spinach, drained and finely chopped

5 c. firmly-packed fresh kale, heavy stem removed

1 ½ c. whole wheat flour

2 cloves garlic

1 ½ c. white flour

½ tsp. kosher salt

½ tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. pepper

1 tsp. salt

½ c. olive oil

5 Tbs. coconut oil

¾ c. grated Parmesan cheese

2/3 to 1 c. water

Procedure 1.

Squeeze water out of spinach and finely chop. Measure ½ c. and place in small bowl.


In medium bowl, measure and beat whole wheat flour, white flour, baking powder, salt and coconut oil with a hand mixer.


Add spinach to flour mixture and combine well with mixer.


Add 2/3 c. water in a steady stream if using a beater. Add more water if needed.


Knead dough with floured hands and roll into 10 balls. Cover with dishcloth.


Let rest for 10 minutes.


Heat a fry pan on medium. Spray with cooking spray.


Roll out each dough ball into a thin circle using a small amount of flour.


Cook in fry pan about 20 seconds on each side.

Procedure 1.

Remove kale from stem and break into bite sized pieces. Clean kale using salad spinner and set aside in bowl.


Chop garlic using food processor. Add salt, pepper and kale.


Drizzle in olive oil through the “chute” and continue to pulse until pesto reaches desired consistency.


Add Parmesan cheese and pulse in processor.

This is a portion of the recipe for Green Mountain Pesto Risotto with Parmesan Chips the Flaming Eagles team from Essex Middle School presented to judges at the 2016 Junior Iron Chef competition on Saturday, March 19.

10. Place each tortilla on a plate and cover with damp dishcloth.

This is a portion of the recipe for Falafel Rainbow Spinach Wraps with Mango Drizzle the Action Ready team from Essex Middle School presented to judges at the 2016 Junior Iron Chef competition on Saturday, March 19. The full recipe won the “Crowd Pleaser” award.

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