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By JESS WISLOSKI For the Essex Reporter

Malawi flood victims receive Shelterboxes from Rotary clubs around the world, including the Essex Rotary.

The Essex Rotary Club is helping families affected by devastating flooding in Malawi with ShelterBox, a humanitarian relief charity that assists survivors of disasters around the globe. The flooding in Malawi has affected 230,000 people and has wreaked havoc on the small but densely populated country in southeastern Africa, where most people survive on subsistence farming. Crops of maize are destroyed, villages obliterated, homes have been swept away and many livestock have been killed. “The members of more than 33,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide place value in service above self,” said Phil Murdock, President of the Rotary Club of Essex. “We have a commitment to helping others in need, which Essex Rotarians do on local, national and international levels.” ShelterBox provides humanitarian aid to help families rebuild their lives after losing their homes and possessions following a disaster such as earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict. Each box is tailored to the specific disaster but typically contains a large tent for a family, thermal blankets and groundsheets, water storage and purification equipment, solar lamps, cooking utensils, a basic tool kit, mosquito nets and a children’s activity pack. A few months ago, the Rotary Club of Essex donated funds to prepare a ShelterBox for families affected by an inevitable disaster. “You never know when the next disaster will strike,” said Emily Sperling, president of ShelterBox USA. “With generous donations, such as this one from the Rotary Club of Essex, we were able to prepare aid in advance of this disaster, which is now being distributed to the most vulnerable people impacted in Malawi.” ShelterBox is currently also responding to conflict in Gaza and has deployed boxes to Nepal as well. — Staff report

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A 20-member volunteer committee tasked with investigating the value of a school district merger across Essex and Westford will vote next week on whether proceeding with a consolidation is in the educational communities’ best interests.  The early “straw poll” vote will help the group gauge how interested the community might be in moving forward with formal proceedings of a merging of the four school districts that currently serve Essex Junction, Essex Town, Westford and the High School/Technical Center into one unified district.  “We are going to take a show of hands to see where people are leaning on the consolidation,” said Brendan Kinney, who chairs the Regional Educational District study committee, also referred to as the RED committee. “What we want to do from here on out is we want to identify what is the top remaining questions from the members of the committee, that they would need to learn to be able to make an informed decision about consolidation.”  The move to study consolidating, which comes at the urging of the state Legislature,

would hopefully help improve efficiency of district hiring, stabilize per-pupil spending and of maintenance and upkeep, create greater transparency in school budgeting, and streamline curriculum to serve students better, school leaders and proponents have said. Another boon to district consolidation — a

Currently the state has 277 school districts, and 2014 saw the highest numbers of school budgets rejected across the state in more than a decade. statewide property tax incentive that’s currently being debated in Montpelier. “We have met for a number of weeks now, and at the very last meeting was sort of the last of our planned meetings around what we considered to be the big themes involved in making the decision,” Kinney said.    Recapping the past several

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Village Kids counselor charged with possessing child porn The Essex Rotary recently donated a ShelterBox to aid victims of flooding in Malawi.

Edith Klimoski, chairwoman of the Essex Rotary Club’s International Committee, talks about the group’s ShelterBox project at a recent meeting as club President Phil Murdock looks on.

Essex couple opens firm brokering Vermont dreams   By JESS WISLOSKI For the Essex Reporter

An airy, exposed-brick coffee shop filled with couches and the waft of fresh-ground Stumptown Coffee beans, a light din of activity and the occasional screech of a milk-steamer, repurposed railroad artifacts on the walls, the merciless foot traffic of teenagers and framed “landscapes” of Essex Junction at the height of the industrial revolution. Call it a dream — specifically, my New England fantasy business. Mine’s not important though — but yours is. Or, this Essex couple thinks so, and is willing to help you stake your claim on it, using a model that’s become a growing trend among small

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More than 450 undergraduates and 22 graduate students received their diplomas during a Mother’s Day commencement in the St. Michael’s College sports center. This year’s commencement speaker was Bernard Lafayette Jr., a distinguished senior scholar-inresidence at Emory University and civil rights activist for over 50 years. Lafayette also received an honorary doctorate of human letters during the ceremony. BRIAN MACDONALD/ ST. MICHAEL’S COLLEGE

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By JASON STARR The Essex Reporter A former after-school and vacation camp counselor working in Essex Junction parks and schools will be arraigned this week on possession of child pornography charges. Essex Junction Recreation and Parks Director of School Age Childcare Adam Sollace notified village parents in an email last week, saying the counselor, Anthony Giroux, resigned from his Village Kids Program and Camp REACH position April 17. According to South Burlington Detective Ron Bliss, police seized electronic devices from Giroux’s home last month during his arrest as part of a statewide investigation of Internet crimes against children. The investigation is under the direction of the Vermont attorney general. Giroux was processed in South Burlington and released after his arrest. He is due for arraignment Thursday in Vermont District Court. As part of his responsibilities with Essex Junction Recreation and Parks, Giroux helped provide after school care for elementary

school children and worked at the department’s summer day camp. “(Investigators) do not believe that any of our children have been endangered in any way,” Sollace wrote in the email to parents. Chittenden Central Supervisory Union Superintendent Judy DeNova released a statement Monday reiterating that children in Giroux’s care are not believed to have been endangered. “Mr. Giroux resigned his employment from EJRP prior to our knowledge of the criminal investigation, and EJRP was not involved in the investigation,” DeNova wrote. She noted that Giroux had passed multiple background checks both prior to his hiring and on an annual basis while employed by Essex Junction Recreation and Parks. The checks included state and national databases. DeNova wrote that afterschool staff are not permitted to be alone with a child in a closed classroom space. “We are committed to providing a safe and supportive learning environment for all our children in our schools and recreational programs,” her email states.


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Colchester mead-maker nudged into restaurant business By JASON STARR The Essex Reporter As Groennfell Meadery has tackled the challenges of startup production and distribution of a beverage most people have never tried, the selling of mead pints at its Colchester facility has helped stabilize the two-year-old business. But owners Ricky and Kelly Klein recently learned that the practice takes them out of compliance with their Class 4 liquor license, which allows them to manufacture mead but limits offerings to only two-ounce tastings. “When you start selling pints with a fourth-class license, we will step in,” Department of Liquor Control Director of Education, Licensing and Enforcement Bill Goggins said. That is something the Kleins

discovered in April after liquor control agents were in for a visit. The business has a welcoming area in view of the mead brewing operation for tastings and pint sales, and they want to retain that aspect of the business. In order to do so, they plan to upgrade to a first-class liquor license. With the upgrade comes a state requirement that the meadery also sells food. “We have to provide something substantial. Pickles and potato chips don’t count,” Chief Executive Officer Kelly Klein said. “I understand it. Having people throwing back alcohol without eating anything to slow them down is not ideal.” This is the same process microbreweries have gone through as they have evolved from manufacturing and tasting rooms to selling pints and food. Mead, an alcoholic beverage brewed with fermented honey,

is classified as a wine by the Department of Liquor Control. Entering the restaurant business comes with new regulatory hoops, including a conditional use application to the Colchester Development Review Board and inspections by Vermont Department of Health officials. There’s also an investment in food and equipment. Groennfell only hopes to break even on food sales, Klein said. The location near the end of Hercules Drive behind Costco was chosen for its manufacturing potential, not to be a bar and restaurant. “We don’t want to be a restaurant,” said Klein, “we Groennfell Mead co-founder Ricky Klein samples the product at the company’s want to serve food so we can Colchester facility. FILE PHOTO also serve pints.” The meadery attracts walk-in the business was authorized to sell not fining us or shutting us down. traffic from nearby St. Michael’s They are communicating with us, College as well as employees of the pints from the tasting room under the same provision that allows and we want to comply with the business and government buildings them to sell pints with special law. It’s just that it’s confusing, around Interstate 89’s Exit 16. event permits. and it seems like it’s been It also hosts occasional special “(The Department of Liquor reinterpreted recently. events. Control) has been really nice about “Lots of other places were doing Klein said she read Class 4 all of this,” Klein said. “They are license regulations and believed it,” Klein said.

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Convict had been living in Essex Dramatic arrest altered school day

The 37-year-old convict who was arrested by plain-clothes U.S. Marshals near the Essex Junction Amtrak station April 30 had been living in the Essex area, U.S. Marshals said Monday. Jeremy Jennings is scheduled to appear in federal court in Burlington on June 4 to answer to charges of failing to comply with probation conditions. According to court documents, he served

15 years on a rape conviction in Addison County and another two-plus years for obstruction of justice. Michael Mosley, an employee at A.J.’s Kitchen, said he witnessed the midday arrest on Railroad Avenue that left Jennings and several U.S. Marshals injured. He said Jennings was talking with a shopkeeper on Railroad Avenue while walking a dog when several marshals engaged him. “It was crazy because I wasn’t realizing what I was watching,” Mosley said. “They wrestled with him for a good amount of time.”

Essex Police notified Essex Junction school administrators the morning before the planned arrest. Both Summit and Fleming schools, as well as the preschool at Park Street, were advised to keep children indoors. Recess was held in school gyms, and a planned walk for Summit students to Essex High School for a school play was postponed. The Essex Police assisted the U.S. Marshals, setting up a perimeter around the train station and dealing with Jennings’ dog after the altercation. Jennings is currently in federal custody. Jennings was originally released


from prison in 2010. According to court documents, he repeatedly changed residences, moving between upstate New York, where he had family, and Vermont. He moved to the Newport area to live near friends he had made while incarcerated, according to court documents. According to a March 10 probation officer report, Jennings was cited for disorderly conduct and unlawful trespass in Hyde Park in February. He also allegedly failed to participate in sex offender treatment. - Staff report


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months of work, he explained, the committee heard “presentations from the superintendents about governance and the structure of each district, we heard from the directors of curriculum and assessment from each district,” and from leadership of Chittenden East Supervisory Union, which consolidated last year. “We took this stepby-step approach to learn about what was going on in each district and see where we might be able to benefit from moving together to a consolidated district,” Kinney said.  Currently the state has 277 school districts, and 2014 saw the highest numbers of school budgets rejected across the state in more than a decade. Westford was one of the communities to vote down the 2014 budget.  The RED committee, made up of parents, school board leaders, retirees, and even one student from the neighboring communities, was formed in January in an effort to get ahead of any state mandate that might come from the Legislature requiring districts to consolidate.

What does the “winner” get aside from this new business? In the Mix Cupcakerie’s case, 80 hours of on-site training from the current owner, Carole Kelaher, all the existing staff, equipment, and ongoing guidance as needed. date. Mix Cupcakerie’s deadline is May 17. Dreambroker then runs a contest, using largely social media, hoping to attract a high number of applicants-cum-contenders paying an entry fee (for the bakery, that’s $75), writing a 100-word essay about why they want the shop, and submitting a cupcake recipe. (The recipe’s a unique requirement for this shop.) In the case of an Alabama goat farm that is also using a contest-auction process to sell and has an October deadline, just 2,500 applicants would pay off the farm’s mortgage, and leave a new owner with an additional $20,000 for seed funding their new effort. What does the “winner” get aside from this new business? In the Mix Cupcakerie’s case, 80 hours of on-site training from the current owner, Carole Kelaher, all the existing staff, equipment, and ongoing guidance as needed. Where the Waitsfield community comes in, is the bakery is also taking donations towards the preservation of the bakeshop. “We are asking people in the community that don’t want to see another empty storefront to donate,” said Drummond. “It starts at $10 and goes as high as $300.” Though the winner is also bound to a few strings attached — including the promise to maintain the space as it is currently for one year, and to keep Kelaher’s menu 90 percent intact during

that time — they basically get a shop handed to them that they otherwise might never be able to build from scratch. Dufresne and Drummond see it as a way to keep small Vermont business thriving. Drummond recalled her husband’s stories of the Brownell Block growing up, biking to get candy at Tip Top News, and shopping on the weekends. She said she wishes that it was still so vibrant downtown, and more pedestrian-oriented. “We’d love to run a contest here and have it exceed our expectations and be successful,” she said. “We’d love to invest in our community with this project.” For more information on the bakery, visit dreambrokerindustries. com. For more on the hotel, visit




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Presently, the three communities are served by 10 schools spread across four separate districts. Each district – Essex Town, Westford, Essex Junction, and U46 (which represents the High School and Technical Center) – has its own school board, but three districts are also overseen by the Chittenden Central Supervisory Union. Essex Town has an altogether separate school board, and serves 1,295 students. CCSU serves 2,781 students. The four- or fiveyear tax incentive being offered to communities that voluntarily choose to form a Regional Education District and consolidate could be quite valuable to taxpayers, said Grant Geisler, the chief financial officer for CCSU. “If we were to try and reduce our homestead property tax rate by 8 cents in Essex Junction, Essex Town and Westford – you’re talking about cutting $3 million out of the budget,” Geisler said.  In April, Essex Town approved a 4.1 percent budget increase for schools, and the village voted to approve a 4.2 percent budget increase.


businesses in the northeast. Dreambroker Industries is a new brokerage firm that’s taking an unusual approach to selling local, small-town businesses. Its founders, a Lincoln Street couple, Damaris Drummond, 34, and Eric Dufresne, 42, are basically hoping to bust out of their 9-to-5 jobs by encouraging — and facilitating — others to do the same. Using a businessfunding model that’s increased in popularity since Kickstarter began — the website that enables donors to chip in for a cause, be it a comic book, ice-cream shop, or teenytiny tech device to bring it to reality — Dreambroker aims to bring the newest iteration of crowdfunding to the next level. They hope to do so in a way that could transform, or preserve, the streetscapes of Vermont’s most charming towns. Drummond and Dufresne, who moved from Brooklyn four years ago to start a family in the village, said they were originally lured to Vermont by the potential, the romantic allure of a slower, better way of living. “We bought a house… we fell in love with a dog,” Drummond said, recounting their path from the arts world of New York City, where she worked in galleries and he worked as a television producer and editor. In two years they had their son, Josiah, now 1. “We’re loving living here,” said Drummond. “It’s really just an incredible pace of life, quality of life, and we want to spread that quality of life with others.” But, though Drummond now manages the Darkroom Gallery several days a week, and Dufresne has found work in the state, he still accepts occasional jobs in New York City, producing for TV. Frankly, said Drummond, it’s hard


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More cuts, fewer taxes By GOV. PETER SHUMLIN

Even as Vermont’s economy continues to show signs of progress, the message I hear from Vermonters is that they don’t feel the economic recovery is reaching their pocket books. While we have the sixth lowest unemployment rate in America and Vermont employers have thousands of job openings, incomes and wages for working Vermonters have not recovered fast enough from the depths of the Great Recession. This is a national trend from which Vermont is not immune, and it’s why I am so focused on making this economy work for every single Vermonter. As the legislative session comes to a close, I am very concerned about proposed income tax hikes that will make it even harder for working Vermonters to get ahead. In my view, we need to make every effort to cut spending before we ask middle class Vermonters to pay higher taxes. The Legislature has done good work dealing with a very challenging budget gap facing the state this year. However, I feel that the income tax changes being considered are not geared toward improving our economy or Vermonters’ prosperity. Instead of making these changes and asking working Vermonters to pay more in income taxes, I feel we should do everything we can to reduce spending further and avoid these increases. My message is simple: Let’s find additional spending reductions before we ask Vermonters to pay more income taxes. The changes being talked about in the legislature will hike income taxes on Vermonters by limiting their ability to deduct home mortgage interest, charitable giving, and catastrophic medical expenses. Each of these deductions exists to support individuals and families working hard to make a living. Limiting them will not only result in middle class Vermonters paying higher taxes; it will have adverse effects on our efforts to promote an economy that works for all Vermonters. Take the mortgage interest deduction. Allowing families to deduct mortgage interest encourages people to buy a home, put down roots in Vermont, and contribute to strong communities. We need more young people starting families in this state, and homeownership is something I want to promote. The changes being discussed, however, would make it harder for Vermont families to afford to buy a home, increasing taxes, for example, on those with a mortgage of $250,000. This will hurt most for homeowners at the beginning of their mortgage when they are stretching to make ends meet. At a time when property taxes are on the rise, income growth is slower than we wish, and we’re looking to attract young families to this state, the last thing we should do is make it more expensive to own a home in Vermont. Another proposed income tax increase would limit the ability of Vermonters to deduct catastrophic medical expenses, an important lifeline for Vermonters who suffer from an unforeseen medical emergency or expense. We know that while nearly all Vermonters are insured, too many are underinsured and one accident or medical complication can lead to bankruptcy. The catastrophic medical deduction exists to help soften the blow to Vermonters’ bottom lines when they experience such an event. Make no mistake about it, the proposal to limit this deduction would hit seniors the hardest since they take nearly 70 percent of the deductions for catastrophic medical expenses. And then there is limiting charitable deductions. We can all think of a charity, whether Vermont-based or not, that has made a difference in our lives or the life of someone we know. Think of the Vermont Foodbank helping to feed those in need during the holidays, or the Red Cross helping to get aid to those who suffered from the recent earthquake in Nepal. We want people to donate to charities because they do the often thankless work that no one else will. Limiting the incentive for Vermonters to donate to those charities is not pennywise and pound foolish; it’s foolish all around. I know some will say it’s not consistent when I say we cannot raise taxes on Vermonters since I proposed raising revenue to shore up primary care and reduce health care costs in the longer term. But there is an important difference. I proposed a dedicated revenue source that would have drawn down $100 million in federal matching funds to be used specifically for our health care challenges. Not only would my proposal have returned through health care premium savings the money paid by Vermonters, it would have also leveraged federal funds to help pay for tens of millions in health care expenses that will now have to be borne by Vermont taxpayers. The legislature has not acted on my proposal, which is their prerogative. But I feel strongly that if we are not going to deal with our health care challenges, we must do more work to reduce spending to soften the blow of the health care cost increases that will result from inaction on this issue. Otherwise, we will be back year after year asking Vermonters to pay more in taxes.

Letters to the Editor Food Pantry hungry for more clients The Heavenly Food Pantry in Essex Junction is a vibrant community outreach program. Held at the First Congregational Church on Main Street, we are serving as many as 200 people a month comprising 80 plus families. Our support comes from many sources: private donations, groups such as the Lions Club and Rotary, and area businesses. Food — including frozen items, bakery and deli products, and meat — is donated through Hannaford’s grocery store. Hannaford also gives the pantry Helping Hand boxes that are pre-packaged boxes filled with items such as peanut butter, pasta and soup. Local food drives are sponsored by groups such as the Boy and Girl Scouts, the Post Office, Holy Family and St. Lawrence churches, area schools and IBM. Perhaps most importantly, we may also purchase food staples from the Vermont Food Bank, located in Barre. Also available are food stuffs from the USDA. Additionally, eggs, fresh fruits and vegetables are purchased and distributed each time the pantry is open. Non-food items include toilet paper, tooth brushes and toothpaste donated by area dentists, deodorant and laundry detergent. Dog and cat food is also available courtesy of Lucy’s House. Because of the amount of food donated, the pantry is also able to deliver food to Whitcomb Woods and the Meadows (both senior housing complexes), Woodside Juvenile Facility and the Colchester Food Pantry. The best news is that the Food Pantry is looking to serve even more individuals and families. Open every fourth Thursday of the month from 2- 6 p.m., the pantry has the ability to accommodate a larger number of folks than those

whom we now serve. The pantry welcomes volunteers who might find this outreach a rewarding experience. Please contact the church office at 878-5745 for additional information. The Food Pantry welcomes the opportunity to serve the community in a most meaningful and helpful way.

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Thanks for budget approval The Prudential Committee would like to thank all voters who came to the polls on April 14 and cast a vote either for or against the proposed Essex Junction K-8 school budget. We know that it is not always easy to find time within our increasingly busy schedules to take part in the civic process. To those who voted in support of the over $18 million school budget, thank you for your support and we hope to continue to deliver budgets that will retain your support. To those who voted against, please let us know what changes you would like to see that will have you voting in favor of future budgets. The budget process for next year has already begun. If anyone has suggestions for items to be added, reduced or altered, please let us know. Our email addresses are on the CCSU website at The sooner those items can be considered, the more likely changes can be made. Also, the continuing members of the Prudential Committee would like to thank everyone who voted in our two new members, Jason Dirosa and Candace Morgan. We all are looking forward to another great year.

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Legislative activity picked up last week. The Bob House passed 11 bills Bancroft covering such things as regulating rent-to-own businesses, restricting campaign funding for lobbyists, licensing foresters and town charters. None of the bills were controversial. For a complete listing of all bills passed by the House, the Senate or both bodies, go to http:// The Health Care Committee, which I serve on, was very busy this week. The committee took testimony on H.98 — an act relating to reportable disease registries and data. This bill, which proposed to expand access to students’ immunization records for school administrators and enable interstate sharing of records within the state’s Immunization Registry, was passed by the House on March 19 and sent to the Senate. During consideration in the Senate, an amendment was added to H.98 and passed on April 22. This amendment called for the elimination of the philosophical exemption (PE) for the immunizations required of children to enter school. In order for a child to attend school (public or private), they are required to be vaccinated against 10 diseases: measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox (varicella), diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), hepatitis B, polio, and meningococcal (required to enter 7th grade). There are two additional vaccines required for pre-school children receiving child care outside the home. Home school children are not subject to these requirements. In Vermont, parents (guardians) can exercise one of three options to exclude their child from receiving the required vaccines: medical, religious and philosophical. There are 19 other states that have the PE (philosophical exemption). In the 2013-2014 school year, 5.8 percent of the students enrolled in public or private kindergartens were covered by the PE (second highest in the country). A student with a PE may be missing only one vaccination. A relevant and disconcerting statistic is that there are 58 schools in Vermont where the immunization rate is below 80 percent, which is significantly under the desired target of 95 percent. I had no idea of how emotional and contentious the PE is. Both the parties opposed and in support of the PE are very well organized. While I have not kept count, I

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am sure I have received well over 200 e-mails on the issue (as of this past Sunday). I have also had many in person and telephone conversations on the topic. Over the last few weeks, I have read many pages of research results and opinions on the efficacy and potential side effects of vaccinations. Last week the Health Care Committee took testimony every day. If my count is right, we heard from 35 witnesses: various officials from Vermont’s Department of Health, lawyers, medical doctors, health care professionals and parents. One of the witnesses was Robert Kennedy Jr., who testified regarding his concerns over the use of the vaccine preservative thimerosal, a compound that contains mercury. (While thimerosal is still used in some flu vaccines, there is none or only small trace amounts in childhood vaccines.) The committee was scheduled to take more testimony Monday followed by a public hearing. If the bill with the PE moves forward, I suspected it will come to a final vote this week. A decision on excluding the PE has turned out to be the most challenging one I have faced this legislative session. While it is relatively easy for me to make decisions on economic issues, it is a very different and difficult situation for me to make decisions involving the balancing of public welfare against personal freedom. I came into this issue with the belief that vaccines, which had eradicated so many terrible diseases, were one of the most significant achievements of the 20th century. I still believe this to be true, but have come to appreciate the concerns some have over the efficacy of vaccines. I was truly moved by the testimony of a mother whose child became very ill the day after receiving a vaccine. She explained in detail her quest to get answers from doctors throughout the country at a great expense to her family. Her reason for wanting to keep the PE is that she does not believe she would be able to get a medical exemption (ME) for her younger children. We also heard from a medical doctor and a law school professor who raised some interesting points on keeping the PE. On the other hand, I have heard from scores of pediatricians, doctors of internal medicine, family practitioners, nurses, medical researchers and parents of children and adults with autoimmune diseases, who want the PE eliminated. While I have come to appreciate some of the concerns expressed by those that want to preserve the PE, I do not believe these concerns outweigh the public health benefit of achieving a 95 percent vaccination rate. I view keeping the PE as tacitly saying that vaccines are dangerous to the point that we should not allow anyone for any reason to forego getting their child vaccinated. I think it would be worthwhile, possibly next year, to look at the criteria for obtaining a ME. If one of my children developed a critical illness right after receiving a vaccination, I think a doctor ought to place significant weight on this event in deciding to give me a ME for a younger child. I had planned on including a section in this report to a recap what the House had done to date. That is no longer necessary as Linda Myers’ column last week provided an outstanding summary and commentary on the House’s work. I would encourage those who missed it to look it up on the Essex Reporter’s web site. This coming week is expected to be the last of this year’s session. We have been told to expect sessions to go into the night, and a Saturday session is likely. The big money bills will be up for a vote (appropriations [budget] and tax bills). We will also be dealing with the education, health care and water bills. Bob Bancroft represents Westford and rural Essex in the Vermont House of Representatives.


The Essex Reporter • May 14, 2015

Senior Citizens, Inc. Gloria Deeley Senior Citizens Inc.

Soon the Essex Senior Citizens will go into a summer hiatus, but we will return in August for our first potluck luncheon! While many slip into a summer activity mode, the officers will be planning the calendar for 2015 – 2016.  But I do hope that each of you will keep in mind the plan to join the Essex Junction Senior Center and the Essex Senior Citizens, Inc. to become one organization — a name to be selected from the many suggestions submitted by the both groups.   Now, you may ask, “what will change?”  Well, there will be two sites:  the Center at the Five Corners and the meal site at Essex Junction Park and Recreation on Maple Street - no change. There is an annual $12 membership fee (that’s only $1/month) which gives members access to the many activities available — some are free and others at a reduced rate for those who are members, now that’s a plus!   Our present board would be dissolved and a new advisory board would be formed, with representation from both groups.  So, as LouAnn suggested at our May 6 luncheon, “let’s put our ‘mental floss’ to use, clear out some misconceptions, and move forward positively, holding onto our old friendships and opening our hearts to new ones.” LUAU AND POTLUCK ON SATURDAY, AUG. 8.  This festive

“In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take.” — Anonymous

event is a joint gathering of the senior center and Essex Senior Citizens. Time for

the grass skirt and Hawaiian shirt - and time to limbo! The Senior van will provide

May 5: Board Meeting: The following are the officers for 2015-2016: Co-presidents Donna Harnish and Gloria Deeley Treasurer: Renate McGrath Secretary: Peggy Pearson and Rose Drost will share the position until October with Joanne Leedy will assume this role with Peggy and Rose as a backup. Jean Allard has resigned as secretary. We wish you well and thank you for being part of the team, you will be missed! May 6: Soup & Sandwich luncheon: sandwiches, dessert, and volunteers sponsored by St. Pius And Grace Methodist churches. Thank you, thank you! Speaker LouAnn Pioli, senior activities coordinator gave an introduction to the Essex Junction Senior Center and the Essex Senior Citizens, Inc. becoming a new organization. May 13: Board Hosts at Maple Street: LouAnn Pioli, Senior Activities Coordinator, will give some insight into plans for our 2015-16 programs for the Wednesday luncheons. May 20: Annual cookout to be held at the Essex Alliance Community Center. Tickets are $5 and are on sale next Wednesday. The Essex High School Jazz Band will provide entertainment. May 27: Potluck: May birthday celebration. June 3: Finale Luncheon

Essex Police Report 81 Main Street, Essex Jct., VT 05452 •

May 4 - 10, 2015

Tuesday, May 5 0515 Alarm on Main St 0632 Susp Circumstance on Cherry St 0712 Suspicious Vehicle on Old Stage Rd 0916 Theft on Central St 0923 Fraud on Raymond Dr 1059 Theft on Upper Main St 1122 Theft on West St 1235 Citizens Dispute on Indian Brook Rd 1240 Accident on Susie Wilson Rd 1252 Suspicious Person on Pearl St 1323 Juvenile Problem on Educational Dr 1408 Property Damage on Sand Hill Rd 1526 Motor Vehicle Complaint on West St 1647 Susp Circumstance on Center Rd 1741 Motor Vehicle Complaint on Alderbrook Rd 1745 Threatening on Maple St 1911 Motor Vehicle Complaint on Woodlawn Dr 1917 Motor Vehicle Complaint on Countryside Dr 2011 Citizens Dispute on Sand Hill Rd 2140 Accident on Dalton Dr 2218 Alarm on River Rd 2230 Assault on Pleasant St 2255 Suspicious Person on Main St

The American Cancer Society is seeking volunteers to be a part of the annual Relay For Life of Chittenden County event scheduled for June 19-20. Community volunteers lead and organize each local event with the support of cancer society staff. From assisting with


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Monday, May 4 0201 Welfare Check on Old Stage Rd 0503 Susp Circumstance on Iroquois Ave 0629 Accident on River Rd 0926 Noise Complaint on Cushing Dr 1108 Alarm on Bobolink Cir 1127 Suspicious Person(s) on Old Stage Rd 1252 Citizens Dispute on Sand Hill Rd 1337 Accident on Kellogg Rd 1411 Suspicious Person on Maple St 1416 Fire Complaint on Jackson St 1422 Motor Vehicle Complaint on Pearl St 1425 Accident on Susie Wilson Rd 1612 ATV Complaint on Brigham Hill Ln 1654 Theft on Educational Dr 1804 Fire Complaint on Camp St 1820 Fire Complaint on Perry Dr 1840 Welfare Check on Sherwood Sq 2007 Fire Complaint on Jericho Rd 2020 Alarm on Pearl St

Volunteers needed for Relay For Life at Champlain Valley Expo

Wednesday, May 6 0004 Intoxicated Person on Central St 0528 Citizens Dispute on Lost Nation Rd 0955 Citizens Dispute on Saxon Hill Rd 1200 Suspicious Person on Pearl St 1320 Juvenile Problem on Educational Dr 1433 Citizens Dispute on Sand Hill Rd 1629 Juvenile Problem on River Rd 1736 Vandalism on Educational Dr 1750 Motor Veh Complaint on Center Rd 1952 Family Fight on Gaines Ct 2254 Alarm on Sand Hill Rd Thursday, May 7 0651 Found Property on Beech St 0710 Suspicious Vehicle on Brickyard Rd 0725 Directed Patrol on Pinecrest Dr 0827 Parking Problem on Pearl St 1011 Citizens Assist on Susie Wilson Rd 1100 Vandalism on Woodside Dr 1100 Assault on Woodside Dr 1601 Accident on Browns River Rd 1627 Accident on Center Rd 1731 Assault on Brigham Hill Rd 1759 Motor Veh Complaint on Jericho Rd 2000 Citizens Dispute on Pearl St 2012 Fire Complaint on Sage Cir 2043 Disabled Vehicle on Fort Parkway Friday, May 8 0822 Motor Vehicle Complaint on Susie Wilson Rd 0825 DLS on Old Colchester Rd 0940 Susp Circumstance on Sand Hill Rd 1021 Burglary (Arrested) on Browns River Rd 1130 Accident on Lincoln St 1224 Suspicious Circumstance on River St 1252 Welfare Check on Center Rd 1344 Welfare Check on Pearl St 1352 Accident on Susie Wilson Rd 1358 Missing Juvenile on Franklin St (located) 1524 Motor Vehicle Complaint on Educational Dr 1537 Alarm on Abare Ave 1716 Citizens Dispute on South St 1717 Accident on Pearl St 1726 Citizens Dispute on South St 1759 Disabled Vehicle on Fort Parkway

1840 Welfare Check on Susie Wilson Rd 1855 Accident on Susie Wilson Rd 1856 Assisted the Fire Department on Parizo Dr 1938 Accident on Maple St 1948 Juvenile Problem on Tyler Dr 2006 Theft on Upper Main St 2117 Family Fight on Jericho Rd 2137 Motor Vehicle Complaint on Park St 2206 Welfare Check on River Rd 2225 Citizens Dispute on River Rd Saturday, May 9 0006 Fire Complaint on Susie Wilson Rd 0338 Alarm on Essex Way 0511 Suspicious Person on West St 0519 Alarm on Park St 1001 Citizens Dispute on Commonwealth Ave 1106 Theft on Old Colchester Rd 1206 Alarm on Founders Rd 1245 Citizens Dispute on Pleasant St 1320 Welfare Check in Westford 1353 Welfare Check on Ethan Allen Ave 1432 Motor Vehicle Complaint on I289 1507 Fraud on Greenfield Rd Ext 1634 Suspicious Vehicle on Gentes Rd 1647 Disabled Vehicle on Center Rd 1720 Alarm on Rustic Dr 1742 Motor Veh Complaint on Center Rd 1944 Suspicious Person on Central St 1951 Vandalism on Prospect St 1958 Susp Circumstance on Central St 2113 Theft on Colchester Rd 2120 Suspicious Circumstance on Pearl St 2142 Fire Complaint on Mohawk Ave 2230 ATV Complaint on Saybrook Rd 2234 Alarm on Market Pl Sunday, May 10 0655 Utility Problem on Essex Way 1106 Fraud on Essex Way 1124 VIN Verification on Chapin Rd 1232 Shoplifting on Pearl St 1704 Citizens Dispute on Irene Ave Rd 2045 Citizens Dispute on Seneca Ave Tickets Issued: 12 Warnings Issued: 34 Fire/EMS Calls Dispatched: 41

planning and promoting the annual event to taking part the event itself, there are various volunteer opportunities for interested community members. The Relay For Life of Chittenden County is a community-based event

where teams and individuals will take turns walking the track and camping out overnight at the Champlain Valley Exposition. Because cancer never sleeps, each team is encouraged to have at least one participant on the track at all times. Funds raised support the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving mission. Activities and entertainment make Relay For Life fun for the whole family. Four million people participated in more than 6,000 events worldwide last year. “The Relay For Life movement is all about our community uniting to finish the fight against cancer,” said Jen Clark, Relay For Life community manager. “We rely on the support of volunteers to help make the Chittenden County event a success.” If you would like to join the Relay For Life of Chittenden County as a volunteer or team participant, visit us online at or contact Jennifer Clark at Jennifer.Clark@cancer. org or 802.872.6323.

Volunteers By SUE ALENICK United Way Volunteer Volunteer once a week, once a month or once in a while. The listings below are a sample of the 300+ volunteer needs from more than 250 agencies found online at www. More information available at 860-1677, Mon.-Fri. from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. A FRIENDLY GREETING The Shelburne Museum is looking for volunteer greeters for morning (10 a.m. -12:30 p.m.) and afternoon shifts (12:30-3 p.m. or 3-5:15 p.m.), May through October. Volunteers may serve one day a week or more. Training provided. Contact Pam Nuovo at 985-3346, Ext. 3305 or email pnuovo@ MENTORS NEEDED HowardCenter is seeking to provide community friends mentors to hang out and enjoy the world with some wonderful kids. Volunteers are matched with a child for a fun, nurturing, one-to-one relationship. Training, personal interview and background

check required. Contact Catherine Shahan at 4886913 or email cshahan@ YOUTH EVENTS Service Rendered is in need of volunteers for their ongoing youth events including dances and basketball tournaments throughout Chittenden County. Training provided. Interview and background check required. Contact Bruce Wilson at 772-7699 or email servicerendered@ WALKING BUDDIES – Ethan Allen Residence is looking for volunteers to join elders for a walk around the neighborhood. Walks are usually half an hour or less and help keep these seniors moving and engaged during the summer. Flexible scheduling. Contact Chloe Marchand at 658-1573 or email cmarchand@ THE ART OF CARING Art from the Heart offers art-making opportunities for young hospital patients and their families. Volunteers transform hospital areas into temporary art studios and help children create paper airplanes, decorate

IV stands, and just be kids again! Volunteers are asked for a one morning a week, six-month commitment. Training provided. Interview, references and background check required. Contact Rebecca Schwarz at 5782831 or email rschwarz@ SOWING THE SEEDS – Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) will be giving away seeds, seedlings and compost to interested low-income gardeners and needs volunteers to help set up and organize the plants and manage the flow of gardeners. Gardening knowledge is helpful, but not necessary. May 15, twohour shifts between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Contact Travis Clairmont at 8636248 or email tclairmont@ MARCHING ALONG Essex Parade Committee is gearing up for the Essex Memorial Parade and needs volunteers to help set up, walk the parade as a marshal, hand out water, clean up, etc. All volunteers receive a parade T-shirt! May 23, 8 a.m. - noon. Contact Caroline Ashley at 878-4671 or email

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Essex Area Religious Directory

C alendar 14 Thursday Internet Safety: Avoiding Scams, Fraud and Hoaxes. Mike Stridsberg, NEFCU

Information Security Manager, exposes the latest tricks of the hacker trade and discusses steps you can take to prevent becoming a victim of online fraud. Seating is limited, registration is encouraged. New England Federal Credit Union, Williston, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. 879-8790 or sign up at

First Aid for Dogs. The Humane Society of

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. 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 9:30a.m. THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 73 Essex Way, Essex Junction - All Welcome! Sacrament Meeting - Sundays at 10 AM. Come learn about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s awesome! Family History Center - Sundays 1 - 3 PM, Thursday 7 - 9 PM. Come find your ancestry! The FHC has website resources (such as, including free access to, microfiche and microfilm readers, and a staff of capable genealogists. For more info, call 802-879-9142, email, or check out org DAYBREAK COMMUNITY CHURCH - 67 Creek Farm Plaza, Colchester VT. 05446 802-338-9118 www. or Sunday Service at 10:30am Lead Pastor, Brent Devenney ESSEX ALLIANCE CHURCH - 37 Old Stage Road in Essex Junction. Sunday Services: 7:45 am, 9 am, 10:15 am and 11:30 am. Phone: 878-8213. www.essexalliance. org. 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 am. Service at 10:00 am 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. 879-8304. FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF ESSEX JUNCTION -UCC, A Welcoming Community, Accepting and Serving All in the Spirit of Christ. 1 Church Street, Essex Junction, VT 05452. Telephone (802) 878-5745, Website: ; Email: Senior Pastor, Rev. Mark Mendes. Associate Pastor, Rev. Ryan Gackenheimer. 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, Sundays 11:30-1:30, Sr. High Youth Group, Sundays 5-7, 5th-6th Grade Youth Group, 1st Sunday of the month 11:30 – 1:30. Heavenly Food Pantry – fourth Thursday of the month, 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 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). 8992558. 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 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.

Chittenden County’s Our Best Friends University will present a seminar entitled First Aid for Dogs. This informative seminar will answer questions like: What to do if your dog got a laceration or bluntforce-trauma? When is it appropriate to go to the emergency room? What are some steps you can take for prevention? Hilton Burlington, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Information: www.chittendenhumane. org or 862-0135.

Shelburne Vineyard Thursday Concert Series: Carol Ann Jones. The concert

will feature Carol Ann Jones, a Vermonter and singer/songwriter of music ranging from rock, country and pop to jazz and blues. Southern Smoke BBQ will be on hand selling supper dishes; wine and beer will be for sale by the glass; and a portion of all wine proceeds will benefit VT Family Network. Shelburne Vineyard, Shelburne, 6 p.m. Free. Information: www.



Military Bowling Night. Spare Time Col-

chester invites local military and their families in for a free night of bowling. Bowling and shoe rental is complimentary for our local service men and women and their immediate families. Spare Time Bowling Alley, Colchester, 4-7 p.m. Information: 655-2720.

Talk. Community Senior Center of Richmond,

Huntington and Bolton will be hosting Captain Richard Phillips of Underhill. Philips will tell his story of being hijacked on the high seas. This event, which is open to all ages, is a fundraiser for the Community Senior Center of Richmond, Huntington and Bolton. Camel’s Hump Middle School, Richmond, 7-8:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Information: 434-5439.


liston, 7 p.m. Adults: $25, children under 12: $10. Tickets are available at www. or at the door.



The “Lutheran” Bach. St. Paul’s Cathe-

dral Arts presents Oriana Singers’ The “Lutheran” Bach. Scott Metcalfe will lead the period-instrument orchestra, William Metcalfe will conduct. Soloists are Snyder, Whitehouse, Levis, Drysdale, Bushey, Radtke, Hall and Moreau. St. Paul’s Cathedral, Burlington, 4 p.m. $25. Tickets available at the door or at www.

Harvey Amani Whitfield: “The Meaning of Slavery in Vermont.” Vermonters have always been proud that their state was the first to outlaw slavery in its constitution but is that what really happened? The author of “The Problem of Slavery in Early Vermont 1777-1810” considers the deepest questions about what freedom actually meant for African Americans in Vermont well into the nineteenth century.  Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, 4 p.m. Free admission. Information: http://



CVAA Senior Lunch. CVAA will be hosting

its weekly lunch at Covenant Church. The menu will include baked fish with lemon butter sauce, rice pilaf, stewed tomatoes, whole wheat rolls and mandarin oranges. Milk to drink. Covenant Church, Essex Center, 12 p.m. Free, donations accepted. Information: 865-0360.

Trivia Night. Trivia buffs gather for a meeting of the minds. Hotel Vermont lobby, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Contact: 6515012.

Hinesburg Artist Series Spring Concert.

Jericho Town Library Spring Book Sale. The Jericho Town Library will be hosting its annual Spring Book Sale. $2.00 hardcover books; $1 large paperbacks, CDs, and DVDs; and 50 cents for small paperbacks and children’s books. These prices are subject to change without notice and do not include some specially priced books that may be of greater value. During the last two hours of the sale, shoppers can fill a grocery bag full of books for only $5. Jericho Town Library, Jericho, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Information: 899-4686.

Green Mountain Bicycle Club Introductory Ride. The Green Mountain Bicycle

Club will be hosting an introductory group ride. Experienced riders will explain the rules of the road and teach novice cyclists how to ride safely in a group. There will be at least two ride leaders who will teach group dynamics, including signaling and passing, as well as learning to respect cars.  The pace will be determined by the ability of new riders. Rides are between 12 and 20 miles long.  Cyclists must wear helmets and have bikes in good working condition.  Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Wheeler log at Veterans Memorial Park, South Burlington, 10 a.m.  Information:

5th Annual HeavyFest. The Magic Hat Ar-

tifactory is hosting the 5th Annual HeavyFest, an outdoor music festival to benefit Burlington-based non-profit Big Heavy World. The Artifactory has procured a dynamic lineup of musical talent that will take the outdoor stage at the brewery including Kat Wright, Soule Monde, Rough Francis, Swale and Gowanus. Additional event happenings include an outdoor beer garden, food trucks, brewer-lead tours, live art and more. Magic Hat Brewery, South Burlington, 1-6 p.m. Admission: $5. Information: http://www.magichat. net/heavyfest

All Shook Up Variety Show. Singer-song-

writer, Francesca Blanchard will perform as part of the All Shook Up Variety Show, which benefits The Joe Shook Scholarship Fund. The fund provides scholarships for differently-abled campers to attend Partners In Adventure’s summer daycamp program. The show will be hosted by comedian Maryanne Gatos and will include performances by fiddler Duncan Yandell, guitarist Dylan Hudson and R&B artist, Jamell Rogers. Free refreshments provided. Williston Central School, Wil-

a fee, bring a non-perishable item or monetary donation for the Richmond Food Shelf. Richmond Free Library, 201 Bridge Street, Richmond, 6-7 p.m. Contact: or 318-5570.

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:

Cell Phones For Soldiers. Local residents

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: 2wolvescenter@ or 870-0361.

English As A Second Language Classes. Improve your English conversation skills and meet new people. Wednesdays. Administrative Conference Room: intermediate/advanced. Pickering Room, 2nd 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 The concert will feature The South County interested in learning/hearing the Italian Chorus, The Hinesburg Community Band language. Room 101, St. Edmunds Hall, and In Accord under the direction of Rufus St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Every Patrick with guest conductor Roy Kelley. second and fourth Wednesday of the Champlain Valley Union High School Aumonth, 7-9 p.m. Contact: 654-2536. ditorium, Hinesburg, 7:30 p.m. The concert Toy Library Playgroup. Fridays. Ages birth is free, donations welcome. Information: through 5 years. Memorial Hall, Essex, 9:30-11 a.m. Contact Lauren: 878-6715.


VCAM Access Orientation. Free. Vermont


CVAA Community Senior Meal. Ray’s


Beginner yoga classes. Tuesdays. In lieu of

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

Seafood, Essex Junction. 10:30 a.m. check Women’s Craft Group. Inventive females work on artful projects. First and third in; 11 a.m. lunch. $5 suggested donation. Thursday of the month. Free. Essex AlContact: 865-0360. liance Church, Essex, 7-9 p.m. Contact: Movies at Main Street Landing: “Swing 238-2291. Time.” The Movies at Main Street LandEssex Rotary Meeting. Essex Rotary Meeting series present the 1936 George ings are held on Wednesdays at 12:10 Stevens directed musical romance classic p.m. at The Essex. Serving the communi“Swing Time,” starring a cast including ties of Essex, Essex Junction, Jericho and dance legends Fred Astaire, and Ginger Underhill. Rogers in arguably their most iconic roles. Main Street Landing Film House, Colchester-Milton Rotary meeting. ThursBurlington, 7 p.m. Donations benefit local days. Serving the communities of Colcharities. Contact: 540-3018. chester, Milton and the Champlain Islands. Hampton Inn, Colchester, 12 p.m.


Duplicate Bridge. Wednesdays. Essex Junc-


Essex Art League Meetings. Meetings hap-

CVAA Community Senior Meal. Meatloaf.

JP’s Diner and Deli, Essex Junction. 10:30 a.m. check in; 11 a.m. lunch. $5 suggested donation. Contact: 865-0360.


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


Trivia Mania. Nectar’s presents Trivia Mania,

a pub style trivia game. Questions are displayed on the TVs and are read aloud. Categories range from pop culture, history, science, literature and more. Entertainment provided by Top Hat DJs. All ages. Nectars, Burlington, 7-9:30 p.m. Free. Info: 658-4771.

Ongoing Champlain Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group. Dr. Scott D. Perrapato, DO, will answer questions about prostate cancer surgical procedures. Plus, general discussion and sharing among survivors and those beginning or rejoining the battle. Second Tuesday of each month. Hope Lodge, 237 East Ave, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Contact: 274-4990.

Free Yoga for Survivors. H.O.P.E. Works is

offering a free and confidential traumainformed 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

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.

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:

Celebrate Recovery. Thursdays. This confidential 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: 8765087 or

Jazzercise Lite for 50 Plus. A fun, easy

dance and fitness class that combines dance, yoga, Pilates and strength training for all levels of fitness with instructor Kit Sayers. 10-visit punch pass can be purchased at Essex Junction Senior Center. Essex Junction Senior Center, Essex Junction. Tuesdays 8-9 a.m. and Thursdays 11 a.m.-12 p.m. $30 members, $35 nonmembers. Contact Lou Ann: 876-5087.

Movie Matinees. Colchester Parks and Recreation offers movie matinees on the second and fourth Fridays of each month. Popcorn and coffee will be provided. Movies begin at 1 p.m. Free. 781 Blakely Road, Colchester. Information: 264-5640.


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Notice Annual Meeting Essex Junction Cemetery Association Essex Junction Cemetery Association Annual Meeting to be held at the Village Conference Room at the Lincoln Hall on May 18, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

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The VT Korean American UMC will host the Annual Korean Food Fest to support the United Methodist Women’s Mission and to share Korean culture with Vermont. Taste authentic Korean Food including beef BBQ, stir-fried sweet potato noodles, dumplings and Kimchi. Price includes all four food items and dessert. Grace United Methodist Church, Essex Junction, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Adults $12 and children $8. Information: 338-7571.

Newcomers Club. Newcomers Club’s orga-

nized day trips, lunches and dinners are a great way of making friends and get acquainted with things in the community. The club meets on Wednesdays twice monthly from September to June. Contact Dana 864-0766 or Orchard 985-3870.

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 before or after if they wish. HammerFit

Gym, Essex, Mondays and Thursdays 9:30 a.m. $5. Information: 878-0444.

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 kate@

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nections 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 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 available. Call Dawn Thursday by 9 a.m. to schedule Friday transit: 878-7622. Information: or

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THURSDAY, MAY 21 Digital Literacy for Seniors Program: Intro to Skype and Facetime. The Essex Free Library will be hosting a series of informative programs to help local senior citizens develop new technology skills. This week seniors will learn about Skype and Facetime for video calling. Limited spots available. Please register by calling 879-0313. Essex Free Library, 6 p.m.

ONGOING 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. No reservations needed. First come, first helped. Brownell Library, Mondays, 6-7 p.m. and Wednesdays, 1-2 p.m. Drop-in Story Time. Mondays. Reading, rhyming and crafts each week. All ages welcome. No registration required. Essex Free Library, 10:30 a.m.

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Picture books, songs, rhymes and puppets for babies and toddlers with an adult. Brownell Library, 9:10-9:30 a.m. Story Time for 3- to 5-Year-Olds. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Picture books, songs, rhymes, puppets, flannel stories and early math activities for preschoolers. Brownell Library, 10-10:45 a.m. Creative Writing Club. Wednesdays, for ages 9 and older. Let your imagination soar as you write your own stories and poems using prompts, games and other writing exercises. Essex Free Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Toddler Story Time. Wednesdays. Stories, songs and crafts for ages 18 months-3 ½ years. Essex Free Library, 10:30 a.m. Registration required. Preschool Story Time. Books, songs, rhymes and crafts for ages 3.5-5 years. Free and open to the public. No registration required. Essex Free Library, Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Lego Club. Mondays. We have thousands of Legos for you to build awesome creations. Snacks will be provided. Essex Free Library, 3:30-5 p.m.

Minecraft Club. Fridays. Come show off your world building and survival skills on our XBox 360. Play and discuss with fellow “minecrafters.” Snacks will be provided. Essex Free Library, 3-5 p.m.

Drop-in Knitting Group. Connect with other knitters and tackle new knitting projects. Both beginner and advanced knitters are welcome. Essex Free Library, Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.

Rock, Roll and Read Story Time. Fridays. Rock out and read with books, songs and instruments. All ages. Essex Free Library, 10:30 a.m.

Story Time for Babies and Toddlers. Tuesdays.

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Drop-in Story Time for Kids of All Ages. Twice a month on Fridays. Babies, toddlers and preschoolers are welcome to come listen to picture book stories and have fun with finger plays and action rhymes. No registration required. Brownell Library, 10-10:45 a.m.

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TRAVELERS IN POSTWAR EUROPE. Photographer H. A. Durfee, Jr. spent a long career in obstetrics and gynecology at Mary Fletcher Allen Health Care. Between 1951 and 1953, while practicing medicine at a U.S. Army Airbase in Germany he took more than 600 black-and-white images in the aftermath of World War II. A majority of the work remained unseen for more than 60 years, until 2014, when Durfee’s son began to print the negatives, bringing these images to view. The exhibit runs through June 28. Fleming Museum, UVM Campus, Burlington. Gallery hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12-4 p.m.; Mondays, closed. Admission: $5 adults; $3 students and senior citizens; children under 6, free. Information:

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The Essex Community Players will stir things up with Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” a magical tale of shipwrecks and storms, revenge and reconciliation, and a father’s love for his child May 15-17 and 22-24. The cast of 20 is led by Colchester’s Adam Cunningham, who plays Prospero, a wizard who creates a storm at sea to draw others to his island. Cunningham has worked in many capacities with Essex Community Players, having served on the board, directed “Our Town” last year and appeared in “Dial M for Murder” and “Deathtrap.” The cast is filled with actors from most Chittenden County towns, including Essex residents David Dilego, Kayla Tornello, Josh McDonald and Isaak Olson. Several Essex residents are working on the production crew, including producer Carol Wheel. Other Essex crew members are Art Kilmer, Peggy Bonesteel, Pamala Armstrong, John Mauger and Louise Richmond. The play is an ambitious undertaking, according to director Cheri Gagnon. “A huge cast, an entwined multithreaded storyline, a shipwreck set on a remote island complete with magic, weaponry and period costumes, but hey, it’s Shakespeare,” Gagnon said. “Our producer Carol Wheel has assembled a really talented and hardworking production crew who are bringing my vision to life. It’s exciting!” Essex Day is Sunday, May 17, when Essex residents get discounted tickets, and the Essex Department of Parks and Recreation provides transportation for seniors.  In keeping with The Essex Community Players Gives Back tradition of sponsoring a local nonprofit, and to support development of the arts in youth, all proceeds from intermission refreshments will be donated to Burlington’s King Street Center — whose goal is to give children, youth and families the skills and support necessary for a healthy and productive future. Tickets may be purchased through Essex Community Players online at or


The Tempest cast of 20 features many Chittenden County residents.

download and print a ticket order form. The Memorial Hall Box Office will be open on May 2 and May 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and two hours before each performance. For additional information, please visit or call the box office at 878-9109 (during box office hours only).

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“WALTER WICK: GAMES, GIZMOS AND TOYS IN THE ATTIC.” The Shelburne Musuem will be hosting this retrospective exhibition of the photographic illustrator and award-winning co-author of the “I SPY” children’s books. Featuring large-scale photographs, meticulous models, and behind the scenes video of Wick and his assistants building the models, this exhibition will thrill with puzzles, vibrant colors and optical illusions. Exhibit runs through July 5. Shelburne Art Museum, Shelburne. Exhibit Hours: WednesdaySunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $8 adults, $5 children. Information: “KODACHROME MEMORY: AMERICAN PICTURES 1972-1990.” Shelburne Museum’s Pizzagalli Center presents the inaugural solo museum exhibition of the photography of Nathan Benn. Comprised of 67 evocative color photographs, the exhibition spans the two decades prior to the digital revolution. Florida-born Benn, formerly a staff photographer at National Geographic, focused his lens with ethnographic precision on the regional textures of an America, in Vermont and Florida, which for the most part, now exists only in memory or on film. Kodachrome Memory will be on view through May 25. Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne. Exhibit Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $8 adults, $5 children. Information:

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“THE WASKOWMIUM: WHERE THE ART STOPS.” The Amy E. Tarrant Gallery presents selections from art collector Mark Waskow’s extensive collection. Waskow’s world-class art collection known as “The Waskowmium,” is elusive with over 15,000 art objects collected since 1998 and is considered to be the largest private collection of in northern New England. The gallery will have 45 pieces on display feature Vermont artists and exemplify Waskow’s varied, eclectic interests. On display through May 30. Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, Burlington. Contact: 652-4505. WATERCOLOR EXHIBITION. Vintage Inspired Marketplace will be hosting an exhibition of work by local watercolorist, Jane Brooks. The body of Brooks’ work is comprised of watercolors. A medium not really suited to her style and technique, but the one she loves. The paintings featured are highly detailed and fine-tuned renderings of objects in still life. On display through May 31. Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday from 12-4 p.m. PILES AND PASSAGEWAYS: DRAWINGS AND PRINTS. Artist Katie Loesel is the next featured artist at Shelburne Vineyard’s Tasting Room Gallery. Loesel’s current body of work “Piles and Passageways” explores ideas of piling, webs, and balance. Through worlds and structures comprised of geometric shapes, lines and ladders, she explores just how much can be piled up before it falls down. The use of cool colors with stark black and white evokes an icy, wintry atmosphere reminiscent of glaciers, icebergs and winter mountains. Size, height and formwork together to build a solid foundation that can teeter on the verge of collapse. Exhibit runs until June 1. Shelburne Vineyard’s Tasting Room Gallery, Shelburne. Gallery hours: Sunday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 9858222 or

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he second week of May is upon us. We have three full weeks of the month left. All our sports are in the midst of playoff runs. Wins are as good as gold these days, important to say the least. The weather should hold, yet if it rains, check the Hornets’ athletic website or phone line for up-to-date information. Hope all moms had a great Mother’s Day. Please do not start the school or graduation countdowns yet…

Hornet Jackie Quackenbush moves to defend against a CVU attacker on Saturday at Champlain Valley Union.


Essex girls’ lax held off in 1-3 week By JOE CARDELLO The Essex Reporter

The Essex girls’ lacrosse team is now 2-5 after their first games of May. After beating Colchester last Monday, the Hornets were bested by both Burlington and CVU. An 18-8 win over the Lakers on May 4 was followed by a six-goal loss to Burlington that Wednesday. After the final period, the Hornets had scored 13 goals, but couldn’t match the Seahorse 19-goal count. Over the weekend, Essex travelled to CVU for their first matchup with the Redhawks this season. CVU was 4-1 prior to their win over the Hornets and had only lost by three to Middlebury in early May. The Redhawks collected 12 goals and held Essex to four for the weekend win. CVU’s Annie Keen led the Redhawks with five goals and goalie Bailee Pudvar made the net nearly inaccessible. For the Hornets Anna Olsen, Macall Meslin, Hannah Danis and Mady Corkum each picked up a point. Sarah Horrigan and Linsday Hallowell shared time in the net for Essex. The Hornets were scheduled to play Middlebury on Monday, but that game was postponed due to inclement weather. Essex continued its season on Wednesday against MMU and will play South Burlington on Saturday. The Hornets and Rebels met in April and South Burlington took a 12-7 win.

Softball team plays hardball Wiggett clocked a double and had an RBI in the mid-week win. The Hornets are one of Then, on May 9, the only two teams that have Hornets tamed the Tigers remained undefeated in and took an 8-1 win. the 2015 season. The Essex Rutz had 15 Ks and only softball team’s luck has two hits were collected extended through the bitter by Middlebury batters. cold of April and into the Kristen Perkins, Kylie warmer days of May as the Svarczkopf and Rutz all Hornets went 3-3 last week. picked up two hits during On May 5, Essex the seven innings. knocked back Spaulding in This week, the an 18-4 win followed by a Hornets faced Colchester 4-0 shutout against South and will play in Burlington. Burlington tonight. Over Ali Rutz was on the the weekend, the team mound against the Rebels will be at St. Johnsbury and only allowed three hits for their first meeting of in seven innings. Kasandra the season.

By JOE CARDELLO For The Essex Reporter

BASEBALL The baseball team went 3-0 last week, is 6-3, and extended their winning streak to five games. Maverick King’s base hit scored Elijah Baez in their extra inning 5-4 win over second base. Noah Baez pitched a complete game victory. Joey Robertson went 2-3 and had two RBI’s while Elijah Baez was 2-4 and two RBIs. The Hornets then drilled Spaulding 14-2. In their final game of the week, they beat MIDD 11-3 scoring eight times in the last two innings. Tyler Roberge had two hits and two RBI’s while King drilled a big triple. Eli Baez got the win in relief. This week the opponents are Colchester, Burlington, and St. J. The JVs went 3-0 and remained undefeated at 8-0. Against the Tigers Liam Colter hit a solo HR, and Casey Mulrow tossed a complete game in their 18-3 win. Hornet Mady Corkum swipes for the ball during a game at CVU on Saturday.

Hornets hit hot streak By JOE CARDELLO For The Essex Reporter The months are heating up and so is the Essex baseball team — with a five-game win streak. The Hornets started May undefeated and drove in 31 runs in three games during a 3-3 week. Last Monday the Hornets hosted Spaulding and outplayed the Crimson Tide in a 14-2 win. During the Thursday game in South Burlington,

an RBI from Maverick King sealed an Essex win, 5-4 , in the first extra inning. Joey Robertson and Elijah Baez had two RBIs. The Hornets finished the week by capping their streak in Middlebury with a 12-3 win over the Tigers with some late-inning runs. Tyler Roberge knocked in two runs and King clocked out a triple. Essex looked to continue its streak against Colchester on Tuesday afternoon and will play Burlington tonight and St. Johnsbury on Saturday.


5/14 EHS @ Burlington 4:30 p.m. 5/16 EHS @ St. J 11 a.m. 5/19 EHS @ Missisquoi 4:30 p.m.



LACROSSE Our boys’ lacrosse team went 2-1 last week and is now 8-2. The Hornets began the week with a 16-4 slaughter of St. J. Noah Ferris scored three goals and added an assist. Connor Leblanc had three goals and an assist. Caleb Weinhagen scored two with an assist. Avery Lamphere and Andrew Lounsbury stopped five shots. They fell 18-10 to a sharp Hanover, N.H. squad with Brendan Gleason scoring four goals and one assist. Henry Adams has one goal and two assists and Sean Vanzo added two goals of his own. Andrew Lounsbury made 12 saves. They clubbed Coach Corkum’s hometown Woodstock 15-8 Friday night, own a 6-2 record, and are Vermont’s best team. This week they hit the road to play CVU and Colchester. The JVs went 2-1 and are 3-2. The girls’ lacrosse team was 1-2 and is now 2-5 this spring. They began the week with a big 18-8 win over Colchester. Jackie Quackenbush scored four goals with two assists to lead the charge. Anna Olsen and Hannah Danis scored three goals, Madison Corkum scored twice and Haley Golden scored once and dished out three assists. Burlington beat them 19-13 in a high-scoring affair. They ended the week with a 12-4 loss to the Red Hawks at CVU. Danis netted two goals. The JVs beat Colchester 9-7, Burlington 6-4, and and fell to CVU suffering their first loss of the season. This week they play Middlebury, MMU and South Burlington.


5/14 EHS @ Shelburne Middle School 3:30 p.m. 5/16 EHS vs. St. J 10 a.m. 5/18 EHS vs. So. Burlington 3:30 p.m. 5/20 EHS @ So. Burlington 3:30 p.m.


5/14 EHS vs. CVU 3:30 p.m. 5/16 EHS @ St. J 10 a.m. 5/18 EHS @ So. Burlington 3:30 p.m. 5/20 EHS vs. So. Burlington 3:30 p.m.

SOFTBALL The softball team went 3-0 as well to remain undefeated at 9-0. The girls shutout South Burlington 4-0 as winning pitcher Ali Rutz pitched a three-hitter. Kasandra Wiggett went 2-3 including a double and an RBI. Essex then rocked Spaulding 18-4. They concluded the week with an 8-1 win over the Tigers. Rutz allowed a mere two hits striking out 15. She, Kristen Perkins and Kylie Svarczkopf all banged out two hits. The JVs clobbered South Burlington 30-9. The Lakers, the Seahorses, and the Hilltoppers are up this week.  TRACK AND FIELD Fresh off their BHS Invitational victory, the Hornets traveled to Mount Abe last week in their only meet. While they won both competitions, many of the young athletes stepped up and did the job. On Wednesday, the Hornets hosted a fourteam meet. A handful of athletes are planning on competing at South Burlington on Friday in the 2nd annual “Coaches vs. Cancer” meet. A special thanks to the Evans family for hosting a small BBQ last week for some of the kids. GOLF The golf team placed second to CVU last week up in St. J. They defeated St. J and Colchester. The boys have three matches and the girls two this week. TENNIS The tennis teams continue to win. The boys were 2-0 shutting out Colchester and MMU 7-0. The girls also went 2-0 and 6-1 on the year beating


– See SHORTS on page 2b


5/14 EHS @ Champlain C.C. 3 p.m. 5/15 EHS @ Cedar Knoll C.C. 3 p.m. 5/16 EHS @ Newport C.C. 12 p.m. 5/19 EHS @ West Bolton C.C. 3 p.m.

5/16 EHS vs. So. Burlington 11 a.m. 5/18 EHS vs. BFA 4:30 p.m. 5/20 EHS vs. U-32 5 p.m.


5/18 EHS @ UVM 3:30 p.m.

5/15 EHS @ Cedar Knoll C.C. 3 p.m. 5/19 EHS @ Jay Peak C.C. 3 p.m.


5/15 EHS @ Colchester 4 p.m. 5/19 EHS vs. Middlebury 4 p.m.



5/19 EHS @ Montpelier 4:30 p.m.


5/20 EHS vs. So. Burlington 8 p.m.

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the Lakers and the Cougars as they both look and play strong. Stowe, CVU, and St. J are the Hornet’s opponents this week.

Little league, big honor Essex Town Little League dedicated their main softball field to Jim Svarczkopf of Essex Junction. Svarczkopf was the former softball coach and vice president of Essex Little League Softball. The dedication was made on May 2 during the opening ceremonies in honor of Svarczkopf’s many years of volunteer service to the league.

ULTIMATE FRISBEE Ultimate Frisbee defeated St. J 15-5 and is 3-0.


Council will be hosting a blood drive on Thursday, May 21. Appointments will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Specific time slots are reserved for community members at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Walkins are welcome or appointments can be made by emailing essexblooddrive@ This year’s blood drive will challenge South Burlington High School, with each school competing to collect the most blood. Please come show your support for our high school and community.

PICARD Joey Picard was recently named captain of the Endicott football team and his big brother Adam is enjoying a stellar season at the plate. He went 1-4 Sunday in a loss to Rhode Island. He crushed a double off the Green Monster versus Boston College and is hitting .261. He leads the UMASS Minutemen in doubles (he has nine), HR (he has three), and RBI’s (he has 21). Here’s hoping he gets drafted next month.

PRO SPORTS A-Rod belted his 661st home run passing Willie Mays for fourth place on baseball’s all-time list.  Suspend Tom Brady for “Deflategate”? Ridiculous. Buzzer beaters in the NBA playoffs over the weekend, and the New York Rangers are still alive in the hunt for the Stanley Cup.

BLOOD DRIVE In association with the American Red Cross, EHS Athletic Leadership

YOUTH SPORTS Not that I truly understand the game, but I watched yet another girls’

youth lax game Sunday before taking my wife and my mom to Mothers’ Day brunch. Essex and Shelburne played an exciting game. Both teams look strong. EHS’ Hillary Arthur and Charlie Burnett were on the bench for the visitors. Abbie Robbins scored at least five goals, a young Burnett and Frisbee played solid defense, and the Essex goalie stopped a ton of shots. Sydney Peet banged in three goals and one assist for the home team while sister Madison had one score and three assists. They form a dominating attack duo. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Birthdays this week include Essex resident Abby Smith and Milton’s Gavin Rushford. Missed EHS veteran Mark Bombard and Hornet sophomore Hannah Danis. GOODBYES Early goodbyes to Social Studies teacher Jason Webster, who may be off to an overseas land far, far away, and to librarian Renee Turvey, who will still be working locally.

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A forgotten island

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By Audrey dAWson Grade 10, Essex High School I remember a time when ... life wasn’t such a challenge. Time didn’t fly by, and my daily view was only three feet high. I look straight ahead into the distance now, where a stark ocean stares back at me apathetically, but when I was little, it was easier to really see things around me. My understanding of the world may have been limited, but who is to say I didn’t see more? The ladybugs crawling on swaying fronds of thick grass, the muddy footprints, the forgotten toys, the fuzzy dust bunnies under the couch, and the crispy tumbling leaves of autumn. I remember that I saw the world differently, but I don’t know when that changed. When did I start to focus on what is far ahead as opposed to what is close, the more important details of each day? How do I open my eyes and focus again? I remember a time when ... life was simple, at least compared to life now. I remember when the majority of weekends weren’t bogged down by homework, responsibilities, and worries for the uncertain future.

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I remember vivid, bright days, crisp and green, the smell of spring. I would pull out a patchwork blanket and spread it over the tender green grass. I would bring my stuffed animals, maybe a book. I would lie there and read, watch the swirling blue sky, keep the ants from crawling onto my little island. I would rest, as my mom and dad fertilized the garden, cleaned the cars, mowed the lawn, organized life around me. Why did this stop? Why do I keep my animals alone on a dusty chair in the corner of my room? When did my ritual of welcoming spring come to an end? I don’t even remember. Maybe it is because I started to do the spring chores. Maybe my parents slowed down too. I want so desperately to go back. To grab a blanket and a book. It’s something that I never knew I missed. I never knew that it was important until I was far away from both my open-minded innocence and my home in Vermont. The simplest things are easily lost, but now that I’ve realized it, I hope to reclaim them for my own.

Jo Munson, Essex High School

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Lacrosse scoop Junior Voyagers Training Camp

For three hours on May 16, the Voyagers will be hosting their Junior Training camp for players age 17-21 at the Essex Skating Facility. The camp registration begins at 3 p.m. and the event will kickoff at 4 p.m. The $50 registration fee will be discounted if a player is signed with the Junior Voyagers. “We are excited to have the Junior Training camp this weekend and to see some local players who might be the face of the franchise for a few years,” said Junior Voyagers Head Coach Trevor Wagar. Last year, Wagar led the Junior Voyagers through an undefeated season

and the initial Montreal Junior League Championship in his first year as head coach. “We are in a pretty competitive league this year and the level of competiveness will be high,” Wagar said. “We are hoping that with the athleticism, coachability and great lacrosse playing ability that most of the players have coming in, we will have a great team this season and things will only get better each year.” The training camp will continue on May 19 and 21 between 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Players are encouraged to have rib pads and bicep pads or protection. Joe Cardello

The Essex AAU 5th Grade Girls’ Basketball Team wins the AAU Vermont State Tournament Back row, from left: Head coach Adam Rabidoux, Emilyrose Mercier, Emma Whitney, Macy Hutton, Mary McClintock, Mila Gookin, assistant coaches Gerry Stewart and Ken Hope. Front row, from left: Cailey Appenzeller, Paige Winter, Madsion Rabidoux, Heidi Stewart and Sophia Hope.


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S chools Geo Bee Results The ADL Geo Bee team finished in second place at their regional competition held at Essex Middle School on May 4. From Principal Laurie Singer The host team, Essex Middle School, Coming up on May 22 will be ADL’s annual won the regional against three other Memorial Day Assembly at 8 a.m. This competing teams and will represent student-facilitated event includes student Northern Vermont at the State Geo emcees, readers of Memorial Day writings Bee Championships set for May 9 at and the Gettysburg Address, the playing of Northfield High School. Congratulations Taps, performances by the band, orchestra, go to Caleb Ahern, Patrick Herrin, Ella and chorus, and introduction of an adult guest speaker. This year’s speaker will be Col. Hughes, Munroe Shearer, Matt Tupaj and Sam Phillipo for representing ADL so James Spaulding, who has been the head of the Essex High School Junior ROTC program well. for the past several years. It is a powerful State Fitness Competition morning and we invite the community to On May 1, the ADL Fitness Team join us if possible. Weather permitting, competed in the Vermont State our assembly is held outside in front of the Middle School Fitness Competition school. If the weather is inclement, we will at Norwich University in Northfield. gather in the gym. Also taking place that Students were selected for the team day will be our Memorial Day BBQ for hot based on their fitness scores in physical lunch, which runs from 11-12:30. Volunteer education class. Official results from the servers are needed; please contact Barb competition will be released in the next Edwards at 878-1388 if interested. One last couple of weeks. piece of information to share is that our endof-year dates have been solidified. Promotion Spring Concert The annual ADL Spring Concert will Night for eighth-graders will be June 15 at be held on May 21 at 7 p.m. in the school 6:30 p.m., while the last day of school for gymnasium. This performance will feature sixth- and seventh-graders will be June 16, all ADL ensembles including band strings, with dismissal occurring at our regular 2:40 chorus, select chorus, jazz band, wind p.m. time. Step Up morning will take place ensemble, and handbells. We would love from 8-9:30 a.m. on June 16, with Fleming to see the gymnasium full for this student fifth-graders starting their day at ADL and then going to Fleming afterwards. The end of art show and music performance. Please the year is approaching quickly. join us.

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Summit Scoop Summit’s last day of school will be June 16. This will be a full day of school. Reminder Kindergarten registration and early dismissal for kindergarten students: Kindergarten registration will take place on May 27. If you have a child who will be 5 years old before Sept. 1 and you plan on having this child attended kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year, please call this phone number as soon as possible to start the process. 8577999. Students currently in kindergarten will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. on that day. Final PTO Meeting for this school year The final PTO meeting of this school year was held on May 12. This has been an incredibly successful year of events sponsored by our active PTO. Many thanks to our current officers, Nicki Giard-Jeter (chair), Sachi Hergesheimer and Kelly Adams (co-treasurers) and Sarah Mosley (secretary). The dedicated volunteer hours by these individuals

and many PTO members is to be applauded and makes all the difference at Summit Street School. Please join us for this final PTO meeting. Election of officers for the 2015-2016 school year will occur during this meeting. Natural playground news Come see us at the Five Corners Farmers Market this summer: Thanks to the adventurous spirit of Kelly and Paul Adams leading the charge, the Summit PTO’s Natural Playground Committee has been approved as an ‘official’ vendor at the Farmers Market for 12 weeks this summer. Beginning June 5, look for Summit families selling iced tea and sometimes lemonade when you visit the market. We are excited about this as not only a wonderful fundraising opportunity, but also a great way to connect with our community. We still need some supplies so we can minimize the cost and maximize fundraising. If anyone has a Coleman hot water on demand system to loan, please email Kelly Adams at kamcc71@yahoo. com. Class Brick Paver Project

Sailing Camp Sailing Instruction & Race Team 2 week sessions for Ages 8 to 18

Orders are still rolling in for personalized pavers so it’s not too late to get one if you still want to place an order for your family. The playground committee is also working on a fun way to offer another opportunity for Summit kids to show their school spirit and create a special memory together. Each grade will be able to choose their favorite art from a group of selected images through a voting system that will result in a special commemorative brick for each grade, engraved with their year of high school graduation. Stay tuned for more information. Questions? Contact Gracie at summitstreetschoolpto@ Calendar May 14: Mr. Neil and Mrs. Dall’s classrooms place new flags on veterans’ graves at Central Street Cemetery May 18: Mr. Neil and Mrs. Dall’s classrooms are off to the Audubon Center leaving at 8:30 a.m. May 20: No school for students, as its StudentLed Conference Day May 21: Ms. Kerry’s class will present at a Memorial Day assembly; PreK will go to Whitcomb Farms leaving at 12 p.m. May 22: Mrs. Trombley’s class will go to Maple Street Park leaving at 11 a.m. May 25: No school – Memorial Day May 26: Playground committee meeting at 7 p.m.

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May 27: Kindergarten students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. This is 2015-2016 kindergarten registration day.

FMS The third-grade students from the Bacon/Kitchen Team at Founders Memorial School embarked on a wonderful field trip to the Flynn Theater last month to see a play about Laura Ingalls Wilder. The play chronicled the life and times of Laura and the Ingalls family as they traveled across America in a covered wagon during the late 19th-century. Students were able to see how the Ingalls family persevered through rough terrain, bad weather, and scarlet fever. The Flynn Student Matinee Series connects children, teachers, and schools with the performing arts in deep and meaningful ways, bringing performances to Vermont that both

Mrs. Kuhlmeier and many FMS students enjoyed the play about Laura Ingalls Wilder on a field trip to the Flynn Theater. They learned about how times were so different during the 19th century.  EMILY BACON

complement school curriculum, and introduce students to worlds they have never known before. The high-quality shows illustrate the dynamic relationship between the performing arts and history, literature, and world cultures. Students were in awe about how different life was in the late 19th century.

EHS Ice Cream Party at the Library The EHS/CTE library will host a Green Mountain Book Award event on May 15. The Green Mountain Book Award, initiated in 2005, is a reader’s choice award for Vermont students in grades 9-12. The program is intended to encourage high school students to become enthusiastic and discriminating readers. If students read at least three of the year’s 15 nominated titles, they may vote for their favorite in the spring. The event at the library is for those students to cast their votes, discuss books with fellow students, teachers and librarians, and to enjoy a bowl of ice cream (and toppings) while doing so. Look for further news of which book wins and some photos from the day. For more information about the award, visit this site: children_and_teens/book_awards/green_ mountain National Honor Society Scholarship National Honor Society adviser Stacey Anthony is pleased to announce that Matthew Wu has been named one of 53 state winners in the National Honor Society Scholarship from the National Association of Secondary School Principals. A total of 200 finalists were chosen from among nearly 6,800 applicants. From the 200 finalists, 53 state winners were selected. As a state winner, Wu is recognized as one of the top 53 NHS members in the nation this school year. While at EHS, Wu has been active in the boys cross country, basketball and tennis teams, has been a student government senator, Spanish honor society treasurer, math league team captain, member of the athletic leadership council, scholar’s bowl, Red Cross club and volunteered for Essex Chips and the Brownell Library. As Anthony put it, “Matt possesses all of the qualities of a great leader and requires minimal oversight from his NHS advisers. He was instrumental in organizing and advertising the peer-tutoring program and midterm exam review event at the school. He has been a pleasure to work with throughout the year. Needless to say, Matt has been an incredible asset to NHS as well as the greater school community.” JROTC Saying goodbye after 37 years has brought much pride for all the accomplishments and sadness that this chapter is coming to an end. Representative Linda K. Meyers invited this last class of EHS cadets to Montpelier last week to be honored by the Vermont Legislature. In turn, they presented her with a flag in a

Sierra Harris reflected on this trip, saying, “I learned that grasshopper storms are real and they will eat everything very fast!” Breya Montague said, “My favorite part was when Laura was going to be a teacher because she was following her dreams!” This play left a lasting impression on our students. — Emily Bacon

case with an inscription on the back, which read: The cadets, past and present of the Essex High School Air Force Junior ROTC truly appreciate you planning a Resolution in the Vermont Legislature to honor our unit. Through 37 years, cadets of VT 781 have been a visible part of the Essex community and they have enjoyed tremendous support from community leaders and parents like yourself. Whether in your capacity as Vice Chair of the Vermont House Committee on Corrections and Institutions or as a mother of an alumni cadet, your support has been critical to the viability and sustainability of this program. You have exemplified the Air Force JROTC motto by helping to Build Better Citizens for America! This American flag was flown over Essex High School in your honor on May 4, 2015. Please accept it as a token of our appreciation for everything you have done for the Essex High School Air Force JROTC, our State and our nation. Glory Reinstein To Conduct Final Concert Essex High School Choral Director Glory (Douglass) Reinstein will conduct her final concert on May 20, 7 p.m., in the EHS auditorium. It is the final choral concert of the school year, but Reinstein’s final high school concert of her 38-year career, 16 of those years at EHS. The concert will feature senior solos as well as the ensembles—Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Kaleidoscope, and PitchPipes. Reinstein says it will be a “bittersweet moment” and will miss working with her students. Because the final concert of the year is dedicated to the seniors, she did not want to detract from that and will be celebrating her retirement on June 6 from 2-4 p.m., in the EHS cafeteria. She hopes past and present students and community members will attend. Refreshments will be served and an open mic will be available for anyone who would like to say a few words and or sing a short song. To RSVP for the June 6 event, email Kelly Green at Glory will be working her side business, Malletts Bay Music, full time as of July 1 and will continue to serve as Assistant Conductor for Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont. Coffee House Fundraiser for Nepal The final coffee house for the school year at Essex High School will be accepting donations for Nepal. The coffee house, set for May 29 at 7 p.m., is open to any performing arts’ student and is held in the cafeteria. Refreshments will be available. Donations will be accepted at the door and sent to UNICEF. Come on out and support the performers as well as the Nepal fundraiser.

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S chools Upcoming events



Friday, May 15 Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade dance EMS 7– 9 p.m.

Wednesday, May 20 After-School Fifth-Grade Language Exploration FMS 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday, May 16 FriendCHIPS 5K Fun Walk/Run @ ADL 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Friday, May 22 Memorial Day Assembly / Band Performance EMS 1– 2:15 p.m.

Monday, May 18 School Board Meeting Founders Memorial School Library 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 19 RED Study Meeting Essex High School Library 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Hiawatha Highlights Musical Petting Zoo A huge thank you to all the parents who came in to help with the Musical Petting Zoo. Children had a wonderful experience that could not have happened without your help and volunteer time. Pancake Dinner A huge thank you to everyone who participated in the Pancake Dinner Night. What a wonderful time for Hiawatha families to get together to eat pancakes, listen to fabulous music by School Counselor Scott Evans and his band, and to congregate with other families and Hiawatha teachers. This was also a time to pay tribute to our wonderful French teacher, Madame Clayton. We will miss saying “Bonjour Madame” every week. We wish her and her family the very best. Additionally, this event could not have happened without the

Monday, May 25 NO SCHOOL in observance of Memorial Day Holiday Tuesday, May 26 Fifth- and sixth-grade Welcome to EMS Night EMS Cafeteria 5:30– 6:30 p.m.

generosity of donated food items, raffle items and personal time from the PTO, Hiawatha families and our amazing teachers. Thank you all for making our school so welcoming and special. PTO Update There will be one more exciting and very meaningful event planned for this year with the PTO. The PTO will be assigning each grade a theme for food donations to help stock the summer food program that will be accessed by some of our Hiawatha families. This hands-on event will teach children the rewards of helping others in our school community. Thank you ahead of time, parents and children, for your generosity and kindness.

The Health Informatics class at the Center for Technology, Essex has been working with staff in area health care offices and departments at the UVM Medical Center to practice their skills. They teamed up with Be The Match and the Rutland Regional Medical Center to help sponsor a Bone Marrow Registry Drive on May 13 in the Essex High School Gym. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

EMS Students in grades one to three were treated to a wonderful musical opportunity on Thursday, April 30 when the Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s Musical Petting Zoo came to our school. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

Reminders *No School on May 20 for Teachers Professional Day *No School on May 25 for Memorial Day

End of the Year *Last day of school is June Library Happenings 16. Dismissal at 3 p.m. May 20-29 - Gently used *For more information on books accepted for book swap school news, please visit May 29 - All library our school website at www. materials due back to the or library contact Amanda Stevens at 878-1384 or Tom Bochanski Week of June 1 - Annual at book swap in the library


Jeffrey Domoto, music director of the Vermont Youth Orchestra, is conducting Mrs. Skinner’s Essex Middle School Orchestra. Some of the EMS students shown are Nick Rancourt, Avery Kupferer, Nathan Wu and Oona York SHIRLEY BRUNET

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Chris Kenny appointed St. Michael’s College director of athletics


Essex Junction resident Chris Kenny will be the next athletic director at St. Michael’s College, the school announced last week. Kenny’s appointment takes effect on July 1, when the current director of athletics, Geri Knortz, retires after 18 years. “We all know Chris as a loyal and faithful employee of long standing, but what impressed me in this search process was his command of the strategic issues facing the college as well as his carefully developed approaches to developing solutions,” said St. Michael’s College President John J. Neuhauser. “I am happy that Chris will bring his wide-ranging knowledge of this college and its people to an ambitious agenda which keeps studentathletes at the center of intercollegiate athletics here while simultaneously improving the athletic experience for students.” Kenny, who is in his 28th year as an employee of St. Michael’s, has worn many hats during his nearly three decades with the institution. He has held the role of senior associate director of athletics for a little less than a year after spending 11 years as the associate director of athletics, which followed five as the assistant director of athletics. Since 2003, Kenny’s responsibilities have been comprehensive, including the management of the department’s NCAA compliance, public relations, marketing and promotions, and institutional advancement efforts while also serving as a program administrator for seven varsity sports. He has been the department’s liaison to numerous campus constituents during that time.  “I am truly honored to assume this role at this remarkable mission-driven institution, where athletics plays an integral part in the holistic education of our students,” said Kenny. Kenny ascends to the head of the Department of Athletics at a time when more than 20 percent of the college’s 2,000plus undergraduates are student-athletes, as St. Michael’s offers 21 NCAA Division II varsity sports. A well-known face around campus and among alumni, Kenny is a member of several committees, both on campus and in the outer realm of college athletics. A former member of the NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer National Committee and men’s soccer and men’s tennis regional advisory committees, he is a member of the NE-10’s Committee on Sports Administration. Kenny has been an active volunteer in and outside the Burlington community,

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with organizations such as Make-AWish Vermont; Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, a residential summer camp for children with cancer; and The Barton Center for Diabetes Education. He has served as the director of the Robert J. Kenny Memorial Golf Tournament, a fundraising event that has endowed camping scholarships at the Clara Barton Camp for girls and Camp Joslin for boys with diabetes since 1994. Formerly a member of the board of directors for Camp Ta-Kum-Ta and the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Champlain and PILOT leadership development programs, Kenny joined the board of directors for the C. Douglas Cairns Recreation Arena in 2014. An undergraduate product of St. Michael’s, Kenny earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism in 1986, and a Master of Science degree in administration at the College in 1998. A native of Greenfield, Mass., Kenny lives in Essex Junction with his wife, Lisa, and daughters Jillian - a member of the St. Michael’s Class of 2018 and Molly. He will become only the fourth director of athletics at St. Michael’s since just after the end of World War II, joining George “Doc” Jacobs (1947-68), Edward P. Markey ‘51 (1968-97) and Knortz (19972015). Kenny is the first alumnus to assume the post since Markey nearly half a century ago. — Staff report

St. Michael’s May 10 graduation honors activist

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During its commencement on Mother’s Day, St. Michael’s College honored speaker Bernard Lafayette, Jr. Lafayette, who turns 75 this year, has been a civil rights activist for over 50 years. He was a cofounder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, a leader in the Nashville, Tenn., lunch counter sit-ins, and was a Freedom Rider, and an associate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With this year’s national observance of the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Ala., and the subsequent march from Selma to Montgomery that led to the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the 108th commencement celebrated the role that Selma-based missionaries of the College’s founding religious order, the Society of Saint Edmund, played alongside Lafayette and others in that era’s Civil Rights movement across the South. PHOTOS BY BRIAN MACDONALD/ ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE

May 14, 2015 Essex Reporter  
May 14, 2015 Essex Reporter