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Town: Election glitch caused by Act 46 hiccup By COLIN FLANDERS Local officials are blaming a legislative oversight for allowing village residents to vote in an election last month that was supposed to only be open to town residents. The mishap stems back to Act 46, the landmark school merger law under which the Essex Westford School District was created, according to Essex Jct. Rep. Dylan Giambatista, who sits on the House Education Committee.

Giambatista said the 2015 law used language from old statutes that applied to union high schools when addressing governance for newly unified districts. “It often happens that when you recycle legal language, there are sometimes unforeseen complications or unintended consequences,” he said. Giambatista requested a redraft of sections in Act 46 that deal with elections to unified boards, but the Vt. Agency of Education

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said it didn’t have the resources for a complete cleanup at the time. He instead asked for limited language to target EWSD’s situation, and attorneys for the AOE and House Education Committee drafted language that was included in last year’s omnibus education bill. But the law still contained language that undermined the legislative fix, so the school board’s legal counsel recommended the district ask individual municipalities to warn the vote.

The problem: The town of Essex covers village residents, too, so when incumbent Liz Subin sought re-election for a seat designated for residents in the former Essex Town School District, her name appeared on both village and town ballots, even though she only represents the latter. Subin was unopposed, meaning the extra 372 votes she received from village voters did little more than boost her total tally. But theoretically, with the election open to

the entire town, a village resident could have sought and won election to the school board for a seat designated for town residents. Martha Heath, school board chairwoman and Westford resident, acknowledged the error in comments to the selectboard last month and said the school board should have reviewed the ballots before the elections. “We won’t make that mistake in the future,” she said. See ELECTION, page 3

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t’s a little after 10 a.m., and the rain has held off just long enough for Mason Bauer and Sarah Hall to get to work. Unburdened from school for the week, they delay their start several hours this Friday morning to lead an unusually large posse: their mothers, two former employees (who happen to also be their siblings) and a local reporter seeking an exclusive. They take the disruptions in stride, understanding the life of an entrepreneur is nothing if unpredictable, and soon stand on the doorstep of their first client. Julie Davis hands over her rambunctious golden retriever, Berkley, to Mason, who, at just 9 years old somehow manages to rein in the dog’s youthful wiggles. Jones, the Davis’ elder statesman, stands alongside two other pooches attached to Sarah’s leash. The trio sniffs the grass and each other while Sarah chats with Davis, and Mason and Berkley continue their tango. A minute later, the group bounds across the damp sidewalk — first stopping to check for traffic — cross the street, and they’re off. Sarah and Mason are used to the hectic roundup. They’re among Essex’s youngest business owners and have been for the last few years. Their moniker, M.A.P.S., incorporates their names and their two siblings’, who accompanied the venture until leaving to pursue their own interests (an amicable split, it seems). Sarah, the company’s oldest executive at age 11, traces her business savvy back to a win in her first major negotiations: a deal with her father that said they can get a second dog if Sarah pays for it. M.A.P.S. has grown from those humble


Mason Bauer races ahead of Sarah Hall during a walk around their Essex neighborhood last Friday. The duo runs their own dog walking business, M.A.P.S., and donates its profits to non-kill shelters in Vermont. They have donated to four so far, with a goal of reaching all 33 in the state. beginnings to now serve four neighborhood clients. And while it’s trimmed staff in half, the duo makes up for its lack of manpower with enthusiasm: They can be seen walking around their neighborhood well before 8 a.m. some days. It’s an effort to achieve their ambitious mission of donating $100 to every nonkill shelter in Vermont. On Sunday, they dropped off a check to Maple Leaf Mutts, marking their fourth shelter thus far. With 29 more shelters and dog-walking bringing in an average $5 per client, however, the entrepreneurs knew they needed

to expand. So they began running summertime lemonade stands and now sell batches of homemade paw wax for winter protection. Still, walking has and will remain a tenet of the M.A.P.S. business model. The duo is now looking for more neighborhood clients through a precise advertising campaign. The media blitz includes flyers, business cards and a surprisingly comprehensive website. They even keep a binder that denotes a handful of options — Google Map printouts on which they highlight various routes like

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Family reflects on long journey to new Habitat home in Essex By COLIN FLANDERS When listing the glories of owning your own home, fixing a dripping faucet likely wouldn’t break into the Top 10. But after years of renting, taking ownership of those little things sometimes matter most. “I’m just glad it will be our own to deal with,” said Misty Pretty, whose family is one of four that will soon move into the new Habitat for Humanity project on 57 Park St. Pretty, her husband, Blake Morley; and their two children, ages 10 and 15, have lived in a rental unit in Fort Ethan Allen for the last few months, but their journey to homeownership spans years, filled with tenuous landlords and frustrating obstacles. “Getting involved in this project was like, "Oh my gosh, there's still good people," Pretty said, “because we've had so much bad happen.” They had tried buying a home at one point, but the sale fell through last minute, forcing

the “Elephant,” which, well, looks like an elephant. There are also plans for a shed they’d like to build one day. That’s down the road. For now, Mason and Sarah are focused on providing the best service possible, learning a few important lessons along the way. “Always have treats,” Sarah said. “And Band-Aids,” Mason mused. Sarah, who admits she’s fallen a few times, agreed. Doggie bags are a must. Friday’s trip was twice halted as they took turns picking


Blake Morley and Misty Pretty pose for a photo with their children on the porch of their new home in Essex. them to move in with Morley’s parents in Jericho. That home did offer the kids their own bedroom. But the parents slept in a studio-like room that connected to the living room and kitchen, and with Morley sleeping in after a late-night See HABITAT, page 2

The owner of the Backstage Pub & Restaurant will have two hearings this month before the Essex Selectboard and the Vermont Liquor Control Board on whether disciplinary action should be taken against its licenses to serve alcoholic beverages. Problems continue to mount for the owner, Vincent Dober Sr., 53, of Burlington and his bar at 60 Pearl St., the director of compliance enforcement for the Vt. Liquor Control Department said this week. A new complaint about Dober being impaired while working has been filed, Chief Skyler Genest said in the public notice of hearing. And VLC now has evidence of Dober pleading guilty in a Crown Point, N.Y. court last December to misdemeanor charges of criminally possessing a weapon and unlawfully possessing a large capacity ammunition feeding device, according to state records. The records note there

also was a civil finding against Dober for driving while his ability was impaired by alcohol. The Essex Selectboard renewed Backstage’s liquor license during a special meeting last Wednesday but also agreed to conduct a hearing on May 7 on whether to suspend or revoke the license due to ongoing concerns. The VLC board set a separate disciplinary hearing for May 16 in Montpelier based on a new complaint that Dober was impaired again while working at the bar about 10 p.m. last Saturday, Genest said. Dober failed to provide a breath test as required, Genest said in the notice of hearing. Dober agreed to pay a $350 fine on April 11 after being found impaired while tending bar on February 21, records show. That night, Dober’s alcohol level was .172 percent according to the breath test administered by a liquor investigator. As part of the settlement of the first case, Dober agreed See BAR, page 3


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DOGS from page 1 up after a bathroom break (The rule: Whoever is walking the culprit picks up the poop.) You must also know your clientele. Some dogs get along better than others, they said, and some are more likely to chase a bird. M.A.P.S. fills a void for dog owners who struggle to find time to give their pets the exercise they need. For owners and dogs, the benefits are obvious. But the two business gurus receive something in return for their efforts, too. Mason said he values helping dogs get exercise. “It’s just fun,” he said. His reason for loving dogs is as equally simple: “They're cute, and they sometimes have a lot of energy.” For Sarah, the charitable operation is just her latest. She donated a little over $200 to the Humane Society of Chittenden County for her fifth birthday, asking for money in lieu of gifts. "I've loved dogs my whole life," she said. “I always wanted to be a vet or dog trainer … if I’m ever nervous or anything, dogs have always just been like a comfort. “They have no opinion,” she continued. “They’re just really great friends.” Plus, they both agreed, there’s no better feeling than handing over a check and knowing their days of hard work have all been worth it. Davis, the dogs' owner, meets Sarah and Mason outside her house as they return from the half-mile trip. She hands over payment, including an additional dollar owed from a previous walk, and then offers up her own five-star review. “They’re super, super, super amazing,” she says as she ushers her two dogs back inside. Jones, standing on the porch, seems happy to be home. Berkley, meanwhile, walks in, sits down and peers from behind Davis toward his friends through a small gap in the doorway, as if counting down the hours until they return.


TOP: Sarah Hall and Mason Bauer pick up client Julie Davis' two golden retrievers, Jones and Berkley, before heading out on a walk last Friday morning. BOTTOM LEFT: M.A.P.S. stashes its profits into a mason jar and saves up money until it can donate a $100 check to a non-kill shelter. Four down, 29 to go. BOTTOM RIGHT: Sarah and Mason flip through some of their business literature, which includes an itinerary of previous trips and potential routes.



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LocaL ELECTION from page 1 Still, she points to the unified district’s articles of agreement, which prescribe proportional representation on the school board that includes two residents from Westford, four from the village and four from the townoutside-the-village. “Frankly, if there had been a contest for school director, we would have challenged the election,” Heath said. “But there wasn’t any reason to, since that outcome would have been the same.” Selectwoman Irene Wrenner, meanwhile, who emailed Giambatista with concerns on voting day, asked for a concrete fix that preserves the seat for townoutside-the-village residents. “Promises are promises,” she said. “People voted on it for that reason.” Giambatista has worked with the Senate Education Committee this session to patch up the loophole. Considered temporary, that bill will expire in 2020 to allow the AOE and the legislature to perform a comprehensive review and cleanup of some sections of Act 46. Giambatista said the legislature could then extend the sunset, if necessary. “Longer term, we need to work with the [governor’s] administration to make sure we’re doing a better job so that schools around the state, and their newly unified boards, have the proper election process,” he said.

Legislature passes voter checklist bill By COLIN FLANDERS A bill introduced by Essex Jct. Rep. Dylan Giambatista that would protect voter checklists from being shared with federal agencies or foreign governments is heading to Gov. Phil Scott's desk. The bill, H.624, would prohibit government employees from releasing various forms of personal information kept on state and town checklists with agencies like President Trump’s Election Integrity Commission, which sparked widespread concern last year after it requested states to turn over voter data. “It’s a first step to making sure that making sure that voter and personal information in Vermont is not used in a way that many of our neighbors told me was unacceptable,” Giambatista said. After passing the House in February and advancing through the Senate with a minor amendment, the bill was back before the House on Tuesday morning, where it passed without issue. Scott will now have five days from the day it reaches his office to either stamp his approval, veto or let it become law without his signature. The commission, which Trump disbanded via executive order in January, sought personal data including birthdates and Social Security numbers. Giambatista said some residents considered disenrolling from the checklists over fear of the commission obtaining such information. Vt. Secretary of State Jim Condos’ office fielded similar concerns, according to his deputy secretary, Chris Winters. Winters said the office tried to talk dozens of Vermonters out of removing themselves from the lists by assuring there was no plan to release their data. “It was really heartbreaking to hear people have to make that choice,” Winters said. “No one should have to make that choice.” Last year, Condos called the commission a “waste of taxpayer money” and said Trump’s voter fraud claims were nothing more than a “systemic national effort of voter suppression and intimidation.” Still, he initially said he was legally obligated to provide some of the information under Vermont’s public records law. He shifted his stance a week later, citing concerns with the

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Vince Dober, owner of the Backstage Pub and Bar, must attend a hearing before the selectboard on May 7 to determine whether it will suspend or revoke his bar's license due to ongoing concerns.

to provide a breath test whenever requested by law enforcement. Backstage was issued a threeday license suspension for a separate violation of having an intoxicated patron that same night. The suspension is expected to begin at the start of business this Friday morning and run until the close of business Sunday night. Essex police say they’re concerned about the large number of cases directly involved with the bar. There were 26 offenses between Jan. 1, 2017 and April 4, 2018 that generated some kind of police response, Chief Rick Garey said. Garey said there are at least seven documented DUI cases that came out of Backstage. The other complaints include five assaults,


A new bill that's advanced through the legislature would prohibit voter checklists from being shared with federal agencies or foreign governments. Essex Jct. Rep. Dylan Giambatista, who sponsored the bill, said he heard from residents who were concerned their information could be shared with President Donald Trump's now-disbanded Election Integrity Commission. commission’s authority and plans for the data, making Vermont one of 44 states to refuse the request. Winters said Condos feared the commission planned to use the checklists to carry out an aggressive purge and “undermine the public’s confidence in elections.” Some data on voter checklists is considered a public record, but state law requires a signed affidavit stating requesters don’t plan to use the list for commercial purposes to prevent usage by telemarketers or data miners, Winters said. The new bill would further restrictions by denying any release to federal and foreign entities looking to either create a registry, publicly disclose the list compare it to other state or federal databases. It would also require individuals to sign an affidavit stating they will not share

two disorderly conducts, nine intoxicated persons and one drug overdose. There was one late-reported case of somebody pointing a firearm at another patron and one complaint involving a possible dispute between two motorcycle gangs, the chief said. The Essex Selectboard did agree to renew the liquor license for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6689 on Pearl Street but indicated it wanted a letter removing Dober as an officer. Dober, who attended the selectboard meeting, agreed to tender his resignation as post commander. Municipal manager Evan Teich said this week there are no problems with the operation of the VFW as far as the town is concerned. Firearms case Genest said VLC will provide the state board with new information


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the lists with agencies seeking them for those purposes. The bill’s passage would mean Vermont is poised to deny any future request for checklists from federal agencies and sets the potential for a conflict between the state and federal government. Winters and Giambatista said they worked with the attorney general’s office to ensure the bill could withstand legal scrutiny. And Winters said while Trump’s commission is no longer active, there’s no telling what future administrations may ask of Vermont. “This is not about Donald Trump,” Winters said. “This is about protecting voters’ private information. It doesn’t matter who’s sitting in the White House. We thought this was a federal overreach.”

about Dober’s arrest in New York and subsequent convictions last fall. The case actually began in Addison County when a veteran Vermont State Police trooper stopped Dober’s truck on the New York side of the Champlain Bridge on Sept. 20, 2017, public records show. Dober showed signs of possible alcohol impairment, according to a sworn affidavit by Vermont Cpl. Justin Busby, who was running radar on Vermont 17 in Addison when he saw a speeding truck, turned on his blue lights and signaled for the driver to pull over. Busby said the driver, later identified as Dober, continued past Vermont 125 and eventually onto the Champlain Bridge, which connects the two states. Busby detected alcohol and spotted a handgun on the console, the affidavit said. Dober said he had a Ruger

.380 in the center console, which Busby seized and determined was loaded. When prompted, Dober said he had a few other weapons. Busby seized an AR-15, a .40-caliber carbine and a loaded .45-caliber pistol, and placed them on his cruiser hood for officer safety, the affidavit said. Busby then contacted New York State Police, and a N.Y. trooper subsequently arrested Dober for possessing prohibited weapons and for the alcohol violation, Busby wrote. By not stopping in Vermont, which has few gun laws, Dober found himself facing multiple charges in New York. It remains unclear if the weapons were ever returned to Dober. A New York public records request by The Essex Reporter was pending as the newspaper went to press.


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Brownell Library looks to combat sewage issues By COLIN FLANDERS The Brownell Library plans to implement some changes in its bathrooms after a recent influx of sewage issues in the historic building. Such challenges aren’t rare in an old and busy building like Brownell. But the frequency of the problem has ramped up over the last month, according to director Wendy Hysko, prompting a cross-departmental response. On March 12, a clogged line turned into a raw sewage flood when the mid-level toilet and janitor’s closet sink overflowed into the hallway. After the lines were cleared, Servpro cleaned the carpet and floors and cut out the lower bathroom walls to dry out the in-


terior. All seemed well until the evening of March 22, when cleaners discovered more raw sewage in the janitor’s sink — the “canary in the mine,” as Hysko put it. The cleaners called Essex Police, who had emergency contact numbers for library staff, and reached Hysko who dispatched the response while on a snowboarding trip in Bolton. A technician came by the next day, augured the lines and discovered two blockages in the outgoing line. He then snaked a camera through the pipe and found an older section of the pipe where tree roots pierced through every few feet. A week later, the cleaners reported sewage yet again filled the janitor’s sink. The lines would need to be augured two more

times in the following days. Village public works superintendent Rick Jones and the septic technician recommended using different toilet paper, installing disposal units for feminine products and possibly putting in air hand dryers so the library can get rid of paper towels — presumably the “biggest culprit,” Hysko said. Jones said a contractor periodically treats the main sewer lines for roots and the village flushes most on a four-year cycle with certain areas performed annually. But since the library’s problem lies before it connects to the main line, it hasn’t been treated. He noted homeowners are responsible for both their sewer lines and the connections to the main line, but since the village owns this building, public works gets in-

volved. He expected the contractor to take care of the roots in the next few months and said the library’s bathroom changes will likely be a short-term fix. Hysko said while the library has experienced a few flooding problems during her tenure, this is her “first sewage experience.” It’s prompted a new program on May 9 that will inform attendees of best practices. The village’s wastewater department, which saw its own trials with non-disposable baby wipes clogging pipes last December, will also present at the event. Hysko said she’s proud of how well her staff has managed the situations, allowing the library to stay open as it addresses some of the problems. “We haven’t had to close the doors, and I don’t believe we will,” she said.

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From left, Shawn Trout and Kevin Jarvis, owners of 1st Republic Brewing Company, have been recognized as the 2018 Vt. Veteran Owned Business of the year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Essex Jct. brewers named Vt. Veteran Business of the Year A brewing company in Essex Jct. has been named the 2018 Vermont VeteranOwned Business of the Year. Kevin Jarvis and Shawn Trout, owners of 1st Republic Brewing Company, are being recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration for rapid growth, financial success and community involvement. Trout is an Army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and Jarvis is a Vermont National Guardsman veteran who served in Iraq. Although the two are both from Vermont and served overseas at the same time, Jarvis and Trout did not meet until 2011 when they worked at the same company. The two hit it off becoming friends and soon started homebrewing out of Jarvis' garage in Fairfax, brewing 35-gallons a week. Today 1st Republic Brewing operates out of a 3,000 square-foot facility producing about 800 barrels of beer a year. "When we first started thinking of starting a brewery our minds went in a million different directions, the ultimate goal was to make this a full time job which is has, so I'm very excited about that. It's been a huge learning experience, not only from the beer making side, but also on running a full-time operation, it has been a priceless experience so far," Trout said in a news release. As the company has grown, the owners have stayed true to their homebrewing roots as 1st Republic Brewing Company is also the state's largest homebrew supply shop. The company sells everything from hops and grains to kettles and burners. Custom-

ers can visit their store in Essex Junction or shop online at www.1strepublic-homebrew. com. Active in the community, Jarvis and Trout contribute to the University of Vermont Children's Hospital, Passion for Paws, the Travis Roy Foundation, a local wounded warrior integration organization and a local sports team. "We're a small business but we're trying to make big, positive impacts within our community and state," Trout said in a news release. "This dream of ours has only happened because of the great people in Essex Vermont and the surrounding area who stop by and enjoy a beer with us every day. We love seeing everyone's faces every day, and them enjoying our beer is what makes it all worth it." The owners of 1st Republic Brewing will be presented their award during the 2018 Vermont Small Business Awards Ceremony cohosted by Vermont Business Magazine in June. The ceremony is open to the public and registration will be available in May. "Military service can translate very well to the private sector," said Darcy Carter, SBA Vermont district director, in a news release. "Veterans were taught leadership, motivation and work ethic when they served. These qualities are necessary to be a successful entrepreneur." In addition to Jarvis and Trout, 1st Republic Brewing has two minority owners, David Jarvis and Mike Drake, who are also veterans.

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By REP. DYLAN GIAMBATISTA Last week was the 16th week of the 2018 legislative session. The clock is ticking as we work to adjourn in the next two weeks. I am pleased that the priorities I outlined in the January 11 edition of the Essex Reporter have passed or are under consideration in final negotiations. Foremost amongst these was creating a new program to provide funding for postsecondary education tuition for Vermonters who serve in the Vermont National Guard. As a member of the House Education Committee, I've enjoyed working with Guard leadership to advance a workable proposal through the House. In March, we passed a program that would create a tuition entitlement for eligible Guard personnel who seek to earn up to a 4-year degree at one of the Vermont State Colleges or the University of Vermont. This is an important investment that would put us on par with surrounding states, all of which offer similar support for their Guard personnel. While we successfully passed the program in the budget (H.924) backed by the House, the Senate last week cut its funding. I'm working with a nonpartisan group of House members to restore funding so more of our service people can access college and other postsecondary training. A second priority I put forward this year was passing a

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law to protect sensitive voter data maintained by the State and Vermont municipalities. I am grateful that the Senate last week passed a bill I introduced (H.624) to protect your personal information. As I noted in the Essex Reporter at the start of the session, this was a top issue based on feedback I heard last summer from neighbors who were alarmed when President Trump convened a commission to collect voter information from states. The presidential commission generated a lot of pushback. Bipartisan leaders of over 40 states, including our secretary of state, opposed the President's initiative on the grounds that it could jeopardize election security and personal information. I want to thank the Senate for approving this important bill. I am hopeful Governor Scott will sign it into law once it arrives to his desk. These are just two of the many bills that will be finalized in the days ahead. I'll post a session wrap-up to my website, www.vtdylan.com, shortly after we adjourn. Seeing as this is my final Message from Montpelier column this year, I want to thank the Essex Reporter for providing us this space to keep neighbors updated throughout the 20172018 legislative session. I'm grateful for everyone who has reached out during my first term. Thank you -- it's a great honor to serve Essex Junction!


Street by street, tree by tree Submitted by the ESSEX JCT. TREE ADVISORY


here was a time that our main streets were cathedrals; the elms were pillars that majestically lined our roads. The canopy of these imperial trees offered more than shade; it made our main streets feel like public spaces with a strong sense of place. Unfortunately, as these trees succumbed to the Dutch elm disease many of these streets lost this magical quality. What were once spaces to linger, streets became merely corridors. encouraging traffic to move through as efficiently as possible. The devastation of the American elm provides a number of lessons. One thing learned from the loss of the elms is the understanding that planting a majority of one species is fraught with peril. One disease can decimate a large percentage of a community’s trees. Currently, the emerald ash borer is the latest challenge that many Vermont communities will be facing. The iconic images of streets lined with elms reminds us of the importance of trees to our cities and villages. In addition to the aesthetic appeal, they provide environmental, economic and social benefits. They improve air and water quality, provide habitats for wildlife, raise property values and foster emotional well-being for members of a community. As one takes an evening stroll through the charming neighborhoods of Essex Junction, one can appreciate that the village has many of the elements that create a strong sense of place. A forward-looking tree planting program that promotes a future in which our streets are lined and canopied with

mature trees will only heighten this sense. The Essex Junction Tree Advisory Committee was created in 2014 to help shape this vision for the village. It has been committed to ensuring that the village reaps all the benefits of a robust tree planting and maintenance program. In addition to expanding and maintaining a healthy urban forest, the committee's goal has been to engage the community in the stewardship, management and recognition of the Village's tree resources. The Tree Advisory Committee’s first project was to partner with the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program to inventory the tree resources within the Village. In addition to looking at the condition of trees to determine tree care needs, the inventory also identified areas of planting opportunities. A portion of the Public Works budget has been earmarked to both maintain and enhance the Village tree community. Given the advisory role for this yearly budget, the strategy of the committee has been to focus on enhancing the Village’s tree resources one street at a time. The right of ways of many streets in the Junction are relatively narrow for tree planting. As this might be perceived as a challenge, the committee has viewed this as an asset. One of the key missions of the committee is to engage and educate the community to foster tree stewardship, and this has provided an opportunity to partner with local property owners. After surveying a particular street for tree planting opportunities, the committee contacts local property owners to see if they would be interested in having a tree planted on their property in proximity to the street. If property owners are interested, the Village pays for the tree and helps with the care of the tree for the first year. Beyond the first year,

the property owners are given enough tree care information to allow them to confidently take care of their trees. Over the past few seasons the Tree Advisory Committee has partnered with property owners on Main Street, Pearl Street, Maple Street, and South Summit Street. In addition to engaging local private property owners, it has been the goal to engage and educate the community at large. The committee created a self-guided tree walk at Maple Street Park. At the entrance to the park, participants can pick up a pamphlet that includes a tree walk map and information about all the diverse species of trees. If attention to our Village tree community will be sustained, it is critical to develop the land stewards of the future. Through Arbor Day events, the committee has engaged our young community members through tree plantings at our local schools and at Maple Street Park. At last year’s Arbor Day event, the committee partnered with the forestry program at the Center for Technology to plant several new trees in front of the high school. The committee has planted twenty trees a year on average and actively seeks new planting opportunities. Over the past several years Essex Junction has demonstrated a renewed commitment to its tree resources and has become the sixth community in Vermont to earn Tree City USA recognition, a program sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation. Essex Junction is focused on the future. While we can feel nostalgia for our streets lined with American elms, we have embraced an aesthetic that is more sustainable. As you walk through the streets of Essex Junction, appreciate the cacophonous richness of textures and colors that a diverse tree community offers.

Support ridesharing companies By PAUL DAME There’s something in the DNA of Vermonters that comes from our Yankee ingenuity that helps us solve problems using limited resources, and usually in a way that helps benefit our community at large. While a full-time professional squad of firefighters might make sense for larger areas like Burlington – the same service is quite impractical for smaller communities in rural Vermont. So we improvise, and put together a network of dozens of volunteers who help out – when the need arises. Similarly a centralized public transportation system makes sense in population dense areas like those in and around Burlington. But it becomes difficult to justify it most parts of the state. But just as previous generations of technology, like pagers and radio, helped to enable volunteer fire departments to provide an important service in rural

areas that would otherwise be impractical, today there is another opportunity for rural Vermont to embrace technology to help empower individuals to help their neighbors. Transportation network companies like Lyft are looking to expand in Vermont to help connect Vermonters to each other and make the impractical possible, using a decentralized model similar to the volunteer firefighters our local communities depend on. Networks like Lyft don’t seek to send in fleets of vehicles to crowd our roads with out of state license plates, but instead are here to help us better connect with each other. In so many places in rural Vermont there are people who – due to age, finances or other circumstances – find themselves temporarily, or permanently without a means of transportation. Lyft can help solve those challenges and fill critical transportation needs.

There are also thousands of Vermonters who could really benefit from making a few extra bucks, and maybe making better connections with the people that live in their area. Individuals around the country have used services like Lyft to earn money on their own schedule. in 2017, Lyft drivers nationwide earned $3.6 billion. Over 90 percent of those drivers drove parttime around a full-time job or other responsibilities. Lyft has also been shown to enhance safety by reducing DUIs and giving people a safe way to get home. Communities around the country with access to ridesharing services have seen declines in DUI arrests and deaths. Additionally, ridesharing services provide a greater level of safety than do traditional transportation options. Before a potential driver can offer his or services, they must undergo a thorough background check process that checks for criminal of-

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fenses and driving infractions. Companies like Lyft also carry insurance limits up to $1,000,000,000. And they have a number of other innovative features, like the two-way rating system, real-time tracking of rides, and the ability to share you route and ETA with a friend, that all enhance rider safety beyond what public transit offers. As the legislature looks at regulating these ridesharing companies I hope that they can preserve the way these companies have been able to do business so that drivers and riders can continue to benefit from financial opportunities and needed transportation in places where they are hard to come by while also providing common sense protections and the freedom they need to help each other as neighbors. Paul Dame is president of the Vermont Young Professionals organization.

The case for active forest management Forestry is the practice of managing forested ecosystems. However, forests seem to be able to take care of themselves --- do we really need to manage them at all? In theory, forested systems don’t need human intervention to be healthy. If left alone, a forest will grow, change and develop, be periodically disturbed by natural events and recover. However, “leaving forests alone” as a management strategy is more complicated than it seems, largely due to problems created by humans. Nearly all Vermont’s forests are recovering from being cleared for agriculture in the 1800’s. While most fields were abandoned and regrew into forests, these areas are now generally less diverse, less healthy, less resilient to disturbance and feature lower-quality wildlife habitat than the forests that existed prior to clearing. Invasive pests, nearly all introduced by humans in the past 100 years, have also fundamentally altered our forests. Exotic pathogens have ravaged or removed American Chestnut, American elm, Butternut, and American beech from Vermont’s forests, with ash trees soon to follow due to the recent discovery of emerald ash borer (EAB) in Vermont. Invasive exotic plants such as honeysuckle, common and glossy buckthorn, Japanese barberry and multi-flora rose outcompete native species in our forests’ understories and inhibit their ability to regenerate and respond to disturbance. An additional problem apparent across much of Vermont is over-browsing by white-tailed deer. Deer have become an impediment to forest regeneration in Vermont due to habitat changes and decreased hunting and predation. In the wintertime, deer browse heavily on tree seedlings, and can effectively steer the future forest towards tree species that they find less palatable, such as invasives and beech. This over-browsing challenges our forests’ ability to regenerate a diversity of tree species, and to respond to disturbance with vigor. To add to these problems, forests must cope with habitat loss, fragmentation, climate change, pollution, many other changes in environmental conditions. Forests adapt to change over time; these are the same adaptations that allow species native to our forests to form a functional community. However, at some point we must consider how much change a forest can tolerate over a short period of time, and wonder if we can give our forests a helping hand. By engaging in active management we have the opportunity to help forests remain resilient and to mitigate the effects of these drastic changes. So, what can we do? One of the most important things is to be active in removing invasive exotic plants and controlling their spread. Our forests rely on natural regeneration to respond to disturbance and changing environmental conditions. Invasive plants outcompete native regeneration and only increase in intensity without our intervention. Cutting and hand-pulling these plants is a step in the right direction, but for more established populations of invasives, using herbicide is often the only realistic way to control them. You can find more information on invasive exotic plants and their treatment at VTInvasives.org. Secondly, we can employ smart harvesting techniques that increase the health of our trees and the diversity of tree species, sizes and ages in our forests. Using harvesting to remove unhealthy trees and favor our highest quality, healthiest stems will increase vigor and decrease stress in our forest, and creating pockets of regeneration will increase diversity, improve wildlife habitat and ultimately make our forests more resilient. Leaving the tops and limbs of trees in the woods and un-lopped during and after logging, while it looks messy, provides great wildlife habitat and protects regeneration from deer browse. Being active in creating regeneration also gives us a chance to overwhelm the browsing ability of our local deer herd. Finally, I would argue that harvesting timber is important in and of itself; it supports our working lands economy and the loggers, truckers, mills and timber processors in our communities, and provides a local source of heat, building materials, paper, electricity and more. It also provides income to forest landowners, helping them pay taxes, fund non-commercial stewardship activities (such as invasive species treatment) and incentives keeping our forested land intact and forested. As I often say to people: we can harvest a local, renewable resource while improving the health of our forest and producing awesome wildlife habitat … Why wouldn’t you want to do that? Ethan Tapper is the Chittenden County forester. He can be reached at 585-9099, ethan.tapper@vermont.gov, or at his office at 111 West St., Essex Jct. For more information about timber harvesting, please visit VTCutWithConfidence.com.



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Religious Directory

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

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Are you curious about what is considered flushable when it comes to disposing down your toilet? A representative of Essex Junction Wastewater will answer your questions on Wednesday, May 9. See listing for details.

3 Thursday Brownell lIBrary closed from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. for sTaff In-servIce read To archIe

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

communITy soup and Bread supper

4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Covenant Community Church, 1 Meadows Ln. Essex Jct. Choose from a variety of hearty soups and breads, plus a sweet dessert. Stay at the church to eat with friends and family or pick up to take home. For more information, call Pastor Jeannette Conver at 879-4313. Donations are welcome, but not expected.

r.a.d. women's self-defense course

6 - 9 p.m., Essex Police Department, 145 Maple St., Essex Jct. This course is intended for females who wish to learn survival techniques and instincts. It will teach participants what they need to do physically and mentally to make it through an attack by an aggressor. Women only; under the age of 18 may attend with parent permission. $10 resident; $15 non-resident.

essex players: "The man who came To dInner"

7:30 p.m. Essex Memorial Hall, Towers Rd., Essex Jct. A pompous celebrity, famous for his acerbic wit, largerthan-life appetites, and hoards of Hollywood friends, slips on the ice and unexpectedly becomes an imperious long-term houseguest of a small-town Ohio family just before Christmas. What could possibly go wrong? Directed by Adam Cunningham, a large cast and impressive set make this play an ambitious theatre romp that harkens back to a time when theatre was spectacle—a special event—larger than life! Tickets and information can be found at essexplayers. com.

4 frIday rummage sale

9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Grace

United Methodist Church, 130 Maple St., Essex Jct. Take what you need and pay what you can! Call 878-4078 for more information.

preschool fun

10 - 10:30 a.m., Brownell Library. Come sing songs, hear stories and play with the parachute. Ages 2 and up.

musIcal sTory TIme

10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Essex Free Library. Rock ‘n’ read together on Friday mornings with books, songs, and instruments. All ages.

sTar wars day

2:30 - 4:30 p.m., Brownell Library. May the fourth be with you! A fun filled afternoon at the library where you can meet a stormtrooper, undergo Jedi training, shoot the Death Star and try the land a lightsaber challenge. With special visitors including a stormtrooper, Darth Nihilis, and a member of the Jedi.

magIc: The gaTherIng

6 - 8 p.m., Brownell Library. Come play the role of planeswalker: a powerful wizard who fights others for glory, knowledge and conquest. Your deck of cards represents weapons in your arsenal, spells you know and creatures you can summon to fight for you. Grades six and up.

may The fourTh celeBraTIon

6 p.m., Phoenix Books, 2 Carmichael St., Essex Jct. May the fourth be with you! Join us for an evening of all things Star Wars. We'll have the latest Star Wars books (for everyone from kids to adults), Star Wars-themed crafts and more. Costumes encouraged. Free; all ages.

sIngle adulTs’ volleyBall and game nIghT

6:30 p.m., Essex Alliance Church Community Center, 37 Old Stage Rd., Essex Jct. Call Ivar at 879-7599 to RSVP or for more information.

KnIT nIghT

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

essex players:

"The man who came To dInner"

7:30 p.m. Essex Memorial Hall, Towers Rd., Essex Jct. (See Thursday, May 3 for details.)

colchesTer communITy chorus sprIng concerT

7:30 p.m., Colchester High School, 131 Laker Ln., Colchester. Come hear the community chorus sing an "Homage to Friendship" at their spring concert. The chorus is comprised of over 45 people from Colchester, Milton, Essex, South Burlington, Williston and Grand Isle and over a 36-year span have given over 100 concerts, including a five concert tour in England. The concerts always include a wide repertoire of music that appeals to both young and old. Free; donations gratefully accepted.

5 saTurday heavenly cenTs ThrIfT shop

9 a.m. - 1 p.m., 3 Main St., Essex Jct. Lots of summer clothes and special dresses. Donations are always accepted.

rummage sale

9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 130 Maple St., Essex Jct. Take what you need and pay what you can! Call 878-4078 for more information.

vna respITe house 5K walK and run

8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. start, Malletts Bay School, 609 Blakely Rd., Colchester. The Fun Run, formerly the Jiggety Jog, is the Respite House’s signature fundraising event. Come walk, run, play lawn games and ride a smoothie bike! $20; more details can be found at vnacares.org/ run.

green-up day

9 a.m. - noon, townwide. The purpose of the day is cleaning roadsides, drainage swales and park/common areas - not personal yard or business site clean-up. The Town of Essex will pick up rubbish from the following identified drop-off sites, those sites specifically assigned by the Recreation Department, and wherever the specially marked Green-Up Day bags are placed along the road edge: Town Common - across from the Essex Free Library, Indian Brook Reservoir,

Highway Garage/Fire Station - Sand Hill Road and the northeast corner of the Susie Wilson Rd./ Blair Rd. intersection. As a thank-you to volunteers, hot dogs, chips, and even some healthy snacks will be available at the Town of Essex Public Works yard on Sand Hill Road from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. while they last.

weeKend sTory TIme

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

sTory TIme

11 a.m., Phoenix Books Essex, 2 Carmichael St., Essex Jct. Each week, we'll choose a new picture book, a classic or a staff favorite to read aloud together. Free; all ages.

"chasIng coral" fIlm presenTaTIon

2 - 3:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. This elusive story may be out of sight and out of mind, but the solutions exist all around us. This film launches an impact campaign to ensure the loss of our reefs does not go unnoticed.

cInco de mayo aT The posT

3 - 7 p.m., VFW Post 6689, 73 Pearl St., Essex Jct. Feast at the taco bar, enjoy drink specials and enter our hat contest. Open to the public.

essex players: "The man who came To dInner"

7:30 p.m. Essex Memorial Hall, Towers Rd., Essex Jct. (See Thursday, May 3 for details.)

6 sunday mIlTon fun run In color

10 - 1 p.m., Bombardier Park West. Run a one mile, two miles or a full 5k all while getting a rainbow of colors thrown at you! There will also be music, dancing, bouncy house, face painting, concessions and more. Registration and fun begins at 10 a.m.; start time is 11 a.m. For info and to register, visit miltonptavt.

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calendar loCal MeetinGS thurSDay, May 3

6 p.m., town Zoning Board, Town offices, 81 Main St., Essex Jct.

MonDay, May 7

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

tueSDay, May 8

6:30 p.m., public informationa Meeting: Susie Wilson road Corridor project, Lincoln Hall, 2 Lincoln St., Essex Jct. 6:30 p.m., town Conservation and trails Committee, Town offices, 81 Main St., Essex Jct.

thurSDay, May 10

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

org/fun-run. All profits benefit field trips for Milton Elementary and Middle School. All ages; raise $10 to run, $15 to qualify for a T-shirt while supplies last.

Grief Share Support Group

10 - 11:30 a.m., Essex Alliance Church, 37 Old Stage Rd., Essex Jct. Weekly through May 13. For registration and information, contact Ron Caldwell; ron_caldwell@comcast. net.

eSSex playerS: "the Man Who CaMe to Dinner"

2 p.m. Essex Memorial Hall, Towers Rd., Essex Jct. (See Thursday, May 3 for details.)

Vyo SprinG ConCert

3 p.m. Flynn Ctr. for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. The VYO performs Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s "Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64" in its entirety concluding their yearlong exploration of this work and the Tchaikovsky in Vermont project. The Vermont Youth Orchestra Association’s Percussion Ensemble performs "Fanfare for Tambourines" by John Alfieri. Camille Saint-Saëns’s "Danse Macabre" and the first movement of "Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor" performed by senior soloist, Greta Hardy-Mittell complete the program. $17 adults; $12 students. Call 863-5966 or visit flynntix.org for more information.

7 MonDay Story tiMe

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

teCh help With Clif

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

leGo CluB

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

8 tueSDay Story tiMe for BaBieS

9:10 - 9:30 a.m., Brownell Library. Picture books, sign language, songs, rhymes and

puppets for babies & toddlers with an adult.

preSChool Story tiMe

10 - 10:45 a.m., Brownell Library. Come listen to picture book stories and have fun with finger plays and action rhymes. Ages 6 and under; no registration required.

Drop-in KnittinG CluB

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

proState CanCer Support Group

6 - 8 p.m., Hope Lodge, 237 East Ave., Burlington. Wives, partners, men newly diagnosed, men dealing with recurrent prostate cancer, men dealing with the side effects of treatment and men who have been successfully treated for the disease are all invited to attend. Any men dealing with advanced prostate cancer are also encouraged to attend in order to benefit both themselves and others by sharing their experiences. This week Dr. Alissa Thomas, a neuro-oncologist at the UVM Medical Center and assistant professor at the UVM College of Medicine, Dept. of Neurology, will be with us. Discussions are informal and refreshments available.

9 WeDneSDay preSChool Story tiMe

10 - 10:45 a.m., Brownell Library. Come listen to picture book stories and have fun with finger plays and action rhymes. Ages 6 and under; no registration required.

BaBy playGroup

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

teCh tiMe With traCi

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

Story tiMe

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

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3:30 - 4:30 p.m, Brownell Library. Daisy loves to listen to kids read. She is Certified by Therapy Dogs of Vermont. Daisy's owner is Maddie Nash, retired school counselor. For all ages.

What ShoulD you fluSh? an ounCe of preVention for your hoMe anD BeyonD

7 - 8 p.m., Brownell Library. A representative from Essex Junction Wastewater will help us understand what is and is not ok to flush down the toilet. Come learn the facts before you end up with an expensive and messy sewage backup.

10 thurSDay firSt WeDneSDay enCore: phySiCiStS’ DreaM of a theory of eVerythinG

2 - 3 p.m, Brownell Library. Theoretical physicists have long dreamt of a theory of everything that encompasses all particles of matter and their interactions. Dartmouth professor Marcelo Gleiser describes how physics and astronomy obtain knowledge of the natural world and how their limitations preclude us from ever getting to a“final” theory. Recorded at the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury on Dec. 6, 2017. First Wednesdays are a program sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council.

reaD to arChie

3:15 - 4:15 p.m., Brownell Library. (See Thursday, May 3 for details.)

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6 - 9 p.m., Essex Police Department, 145 Maple St., Essex Jct. (See Thursday, May 3 for details.)

eSSex playerS: "the Man Who CaMe to Dinner"

7:30 p.m. Essex Memorial Hall, Towers Rd., Essex Jct. (See Thursday, May 3 for details.)

11 friDay MuSiC With raph

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

MuSiCal Story tiMe

10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Essex Free Library. Rock ‘n’ read together on Friday mornings with books, songs, and instruments. All ages.


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

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

eSSex playerS: "the Man Who CaMe to Dinner"

7:30 p.m. Essex Memorial Hall, Towers Rd., Essex Jct. (See Thursday, May 3 for details.)

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11 a.m. - 4 p.m., 1st Republic Brewing Company, 39 River Rd., Essex Jct. Join experienced brewer Shawn Trout and learn about the process of brewing beer. This class will primarily cover extraction brewing, the most common brewing method for home brewers. We’ll discuss the basics of equipment, steeping, adding extract, boiling, cooling, fermenting, bottling and more, to get you started on making your own beer at home. A demonstration will be performed, and participants will have the opportunity to purchase equipment, ingredients, and/or recipe kits after the program. After the lecture & demo, enjoy a beer and Q&A in the brewery: one pint of any 1st Republic beer on tap is included with your registration. Age 21and up; $10, Colchester residents, $15 non-residents.

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

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DanCinG at the poSt

7 - 10 p.m., VFW Post 6689, 73 Pearl St., Essex Jct. Come dance to the sounds of Contraband. No cover; open to the public.

eSSex playerS: "the Man Who CaMe to Dinner"

7:30 p.m. Essex Memorial Hall, Towers Rd., Essex Jct. (See Thursday, May 3 for details.)

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10 - 11:30 a.m., Essex Alliance Church, 37 Old Stage Rd., Essex Jct. (See Sunday, May 6 for complete details.)

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9:45 a.m., Trespassing on Main St. 9:58 a.m., Lost/Found Property on Railroad Ave. 11:23 a.m., Animal Problem on Cascade St. 11:57 a.m., Simple Assault on Essex Way 12:16 p.m., LSA on Essex Way 1:56 p.m., Citizen Assist on Drury Dr. 2:02 p.m., Lost/ Found Property on Cascade St. 2:14 p.m., Larceny on Essex Way 2:47 p.m., LSA on Educational Dr. 4:50 p.m., LSA on Susie Wilson Rd.

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7:40 a.m., MV Disturbance on Carmichael St. 8:02 a.m., Larceny on Dalton Dr. 9:57 a.m., Animal Problem on Sleepy Hollow Rd. 11:36 a.m., Citizen Assist on West St. 1:28 p.m., Citizen Assist on Pearl St. 1:39 p.m., Suspicious on West St. 4:53 p.m., Suspicious on River Rd. 5:54 p.m., Citizen Dispute on Railroad St. 7:19 p.m., Suspicious on Upper Main St. 9:27 p.m., Citizen Assist on Colchester Rd.

9:57 p.m., Welfare Check on Pearl St.

FridAy, Apr. 27

3:40 p.m., Larceny on Center Rd. 7:22 p.m., Larceny on Essex Way 7:49 p.m., Citizen Dispute on Baker St.

sAturdAy, Apr. 28

11:50 a.m., Theft of MV on Pleasant St. 12:17 p.m., Family Disturbance on Main St. 2:05 p.m., Larceny on Kellogg Rd. 3:18 p.m., Larceny on Upper Main St. 4:30 p.m., Lost/ Found Property on Main St. 9:20 p.m., Attempt to locate on River Rd. 9:34 p.m., Suspicious on West St. 9:41 p.m., Family Disturbance on Pearl St.

7:16 a.m., Suspicious on Center Rd. 8:44 a.m., Suspicious on Susie Wilson Rd. 11:29 a.m., Suspicious on Sunset Dr. 11:43 a.m., Suspicious on Pinecrest Dr. 2:26 p.m., Animal Problem on Colchester Rd. 3:31 p.m., Animal Cruelty on Chapin Rd. 3:41 p.m., Animal Problem on Pearl St. 8:37 p.m., Animal Problem on Rotunda Ave. 2:45 a.m., DUI on Pearl St. 4:59 a.m., Medical Assist on Old Stage Rd. 8:12 a.m., Suspicious on Colchester Rd. 12:17 p.m., Animal Problem on Sand Hill Rd. 2:12 p.m., LSA on Park St.

sundAy, Apr. 29

tickets issued: 11 WArnings issued: 35 Fire/eMs cAlls: 53

This log represents a sample of incidents in the date range. See more online at essexreporter.com or call the police non-emergency number: 878-8331

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SPORT SHORTS By JOE GONILLO April Vacation is over. Some sports action bookended around some rain. Now it’s May and thoughts are zeroing in on the end of school! NBA and NHL playoffs in high gear. NFL Draft lasted three days. SAT’s Saturday. Don’t forget your ID’s. The boys’ lacrosse team went 2-0 last week with some solid offense. They opened with a 16-8 win over the Cougars. Andrew Cooledge, Chris Labonte and Cam Frankenhoff all pumped in four goals. Grady Corkum scored two goals and two assists. Aidan Haggerty made 15 saves. On Saturday, they dropped BFA 19-12. Cooledge scored four more with an assist, and Labonte also scored four goals. Frankenhoff added a hat trick, and Corkum had two goals and an assist in the win. They are now 4-3 and face a three-game week vs Colchester, Hanover and at Woodstock Saturday afternoon. The JV's lost their games 11-6 to Mt. Mansfield and 8-5 to St. Albans to stand

1-3 on the season. The girls’ lacrosse team is 1-2. No games last week, and a big game in Hinesburg vs CVU Friday. The JV's play to a 2-1 record. The JV-b squad has three games. The baseball team was snake bit last week. The boys lost 1-0 to Rice on a WP/PB and also fell to Rutland 8-5 Saturday afternoon in the completion of a snowed out game. They are 2-2 and host South Burlington this week. The freshman go against BFA, MMU, and at Rutland in a Saturday jamboree. The softball team keeps right on winning. 2-0 last week, 4-0 overall, as they absolutely crushed Rutland 26-5 and Rice 26-0. In the latter Kaitlyn Butkus smacked a two-run HR, Jamie Morin had two hits and five RBI’s, and Rachel Yandow hit a three-run triple. Emily Harvie was the WP. They play SB this week. The JV's moved to 3-0 with a 15-0 shutout of Rutland. The track team hosted their annual Vacational in decent weather. Highlights

can be seen in the results below. Next meet home on the docket is Wednesday. The tennis teams play Burlington and Rice. No results reported for ultimate and rugby. Sox beat the Rays to salvage the last game of the series. Now I enjoy Jerry Remy and Dave O’Brien, but when Kimbrel struck out Carlos Gomez to end the game, I thought it was the playoffs or the World Series! Incredible Celtics-Bucks and CavsPacers series. Great drafts by NYG and Pats. Dallas did a good job too. The VPA HOF banquet/ dinner is Friday evening in Montpelier. Happy Birthday to Mary Krug, Westford mayor Mike Olsen, Erika Senn, Cindy Godin, Ramunto’s Jeff Paul, Gilbert, Gail DiMambro, Sydney Duncan, Judy Brady, Tracie Cole, Andy Aldrich, Mike Bates, Bruce Garrapy and Laurie Robinson Daizell! Wanted to mention that last week was the anniversary of the passing of my mother-in-law, Terry Bechtel and my dad, Don Gonillo. Not sure what the correct word might be - interestingly, ironically, or spiritually - they both went to heaven on April, 20 in 2011 and 2013 respectively. Miss them both!

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Results from Hornets "vacational" on April 24 (Top-20 finishers) ESSEX BOYS 100 Meters 7 Jamaal Hankey - 11.70 9 Ryan Guerino - 11.71 11 Jackson Baker - 11.82 400 Meters 3 Ryan Guerino - 53.28 7 James Boldosser - 54.03 17 Michael Baker - 58.97 800 Meters 9 Charles Martell - 2:20.25 1500 Meters 4 Henry Farrington - 4:23.11 12 Charles Martell - 4:38.02 18 Kegan Bergeron - 4:51.93 3000 Meters 3 Henry Farrington - 9:37.94 18 Val Laverty - 10:58.72 20 Ethan Boutin - 11:06.93 110m Hurdles 2 Jamaal Hankey - 16.02 8 Adam Friedman - 19.40 11 - Logan Allen - 19.91 300m Hurdles 1 Jamaal Hankey - 41.44 6 Zach Preston- 47.77 8 Adam Friedman - 48.21 4x400 Relay 2 Preston, Hankey, Guerino. Feehan 3:46.75 Shot Put 1 Jacob Rigoli - 47-10.0 3 Breyer Sinor - 42-3.0 Discus 1 Breyer Sinor - 149-0

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100 Meters 8 Morgan Whitney - 13.57 11 Arianna Moffatt - 13.69 13 Kylee Giroux - 13.80 200 Meters 4 Lizzie Martell - 27.47 6 Morgan Whitney - 27.72 7 Arianna Moffatt - 28.29 400 Meters 2 Lizzie Martell - 1:02.01 800 Meters 8 Natalie Preston - 2:39.02 20 Morgan Marckres 2:52.53 1500 Meters 8 Morgan Marckres - 5:32.49 11 Hannah Brisson - 5:34.85 17 Mollyanne Fay - 5:52.88 3000 Meters 6 Hannah Brisson - 12:08.62 100m Hurdles 1 Nejla Hadzic - 17.46 4 Hannah Poquette - 17.67

5 Ali Green - 17.76 300m Hurdles 1 Nejla Hadzic - 51.83 8 Ali Green - 55.20 4x100 Relay 1 Poquette, Whitney, Hadzic, Moffatt - 53.59 4x400 Relay 2 Martell, Preston, Marckres, Monahan 4:44.03 Shot Put 7 Lily Bulger - 28-3.00 8 Aubrey McKenna -27-11.00 13 Emily Gonyeau - 26-0.00 Discus 5 Lily Bulger - 82-9 6 Aubrey McKenna - 77-9.50 Javelin 2 Ciera Manrique - 96-4 7 Aubrey McKenna - 74-11 14 Simran Saini - 65-0 High Jump 2 Hannah Neddo - 4-10 8 Greta Alexandra-Parker - 4-2 Pole Vault 2 Hannah Neddo - 8-6 Long Jump 2 Hannah Neddo- 15-2.00 4 Hannah Poquette - 14-6.00 Triple Jump 1 Hannah Neddo- 33-9.00 4 Hannah Poquette - 28-0.25

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EWSD sent teams to the Vermont Middle School Bridge Building Competition at VTC on April 12. There were 72 teams from 30 schools with a total of 294 students taking part. Above is a photo of Heather Dunn's class at Essex Middle School working on final preparations.

Albert D. Lawton Youth art month: ADL eighth grade student Anniella Pettingill recently won first place representing the state of Vermont for national Youth Art Month. Anni-

ella's design was made into a 3 x 5 foot flag that went to the NAEA conference in Seattle, Wash. A winner was selected from each state in honor

and celebration of visual arts in our schools. Anniella won $1,000 from Sargent Art Materials and was recognized at the state house on March 30. Sofia Smith also won as runner up in the middle school division for her flag design. Peace poster: ADL seventh-grader Peyton Ashe won first place among stu-

dents in the EWSD for her peace poster design sponsored by the Lion's Club International. She was honored at the local chapter on March 28. Congratulations also go out to Nina Carmolli and Noa Kreiter, who placed second and third for their designs.

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In February, the Essex Middle School Athletic Leadership Council combined with the EMS Cheer team to volunteer their time and help run the annual EMS B Team Basketball Tournament. This year, proceeds gathered from ticket and concession sales went to Aunt Dot's Place. The students pictured worked hard through the three-day tournament to make it a success, and as result, they were able to give $1,000 to Aunt's Dot's on behalf of the EMS community.

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