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District unveils new school times By COLIN FLANDERS The Essex Westford School District has unveiled changes to start and stop times across its 10 schools for next fall. Students in kindergarten through third grade will start school at 7:45 a.m. and be released at 2:45 p.m.; Thomas Fleming, Founders Memorial and Westford Elementary will begin at 8 a.m. and be released at 3 p.m.; and both EWSD middle schools will start at 8:15 a.m. and be released at 3:15 p.m. Essex High School’s schedule will remain the same. District leaders offered the final proposal at the May 1 board meeting after a months-long process that’s seen three iterations of the plan discussed at several public forums. "I'm actually really proud of all the

feedback we've gotten and how we've adjusted and continued to adjust, but stuck to our three big ideas," superintendent Beth Cobb said. Those included a common duration across grade levels, later start times for older students and a recurring collaboration time for staff. The administration had hoped to move back the start time for EHS, too, citing research that recommends later start times for older students. But changes there would impact the Center for Technology, Essex and sending schools across the county, and parents said it’s important high school students are released before grades K-8 because many of them watch younger students after school. The high school will retain its 8 a.m.

start time, and the district will study changes in the years to come, Cobb said. Alexis Dubief, a sleep researcher and Essex Jct. resident, urged administrators to find a way to delay the start time at EHS. “We are drowning in evidence that we are killing our children, literally, to be sleep deprived chronically for four years in high school,” she said. “It is of critical importance that we make this change, and I really hope we can make this happen.” The new schedule will also dismiss all EWSD students an hour early every Tuesday. That weekly window will give staff a chance to collaborate on a regular basis and provide over 35 hours of professional development time, taking the See TIMES, page 2


Essex Westford School District administrators shared new start and stop times for their 10 schools earlier this month that are set to take effect this fall.

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Village beefs up burn ordinance Multiple violations could result in fines up to $750 By COLIN FLANDERS The village of Essex Jct. is considering a beefed-up burn ordinance after a string of resident complaints about excessive burning by their neighbors. Judith Graves, who lives on Athens Drive, attended the May 8 meeting to request the trustees strengthen the village’s burn ordinance. She said she’s complained to the village multiple times, and the fire chief told her the ordinance lacks the teeth to address her concerns, despite smoke entering her house on several windy days. “I would like to be able to open my windows in the summer,” she said. Unified manager Evan Teich said the village has received numerous complaints from other residents, too. He said many go directly to the fire department, so he met with Essex Jct. Fire Chief Chris Gaboriault, and they agreed the current ordinance needs a boost. “When we do have to send a fire truck out to a property, it is going to cost the taxpayers several hundred dollars for that truck to leave the station,” Teich said. He proposed changes that cover two ordinances in the municipal code: regulation of public nuisance and enforcement.


The Albert D. Lawton band plays during the annual All-State parade at Essex High School last Wednesday. Up to 2,500 performers were expected to participate including bands from EHS, Westford and Essex Middle School. The 91st annual festival was in Essex for the fourth time in its history. See more photos of Essex bands at

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Essex Jct. resident buzzes into primetime By COLIN FLANDERS Walking up to the podium in Culver City, Calif. surrounded by the hues of nostalgia, Laura Buermann was ready. The Essex Jct. resident’s appearance on “Jeopardy!” earlier this month was a long time coming, spanning decades as a fan and a dozen years as a hopeful contestant. Buermann’s first attempt came in the early 2000s after a visit home from college matched up with the Clue Crew’s stop at the University Mall. She didn’t make it, but the experience did open her eyes: Of course, she thought, they must get contestants from somewhere. Why not her? Buermann has taken the online quiz every year since then and once

before got the call for an audition. There, “Jeopardy!” hopefuls run through another 50-question quiz, a mock version of the game and then a camera test. Soon after, Buermann learned she would be placed into the contestant pool and finally got the call last November. Threats of the falling short in the big leagues might force some people into a cram session (think Rosie Perez hunched over a kitchen table in “White Men Can’t Jump”). Buermann, however, decided to head to the show on the laurels of her weekly trivia team and wealth of literature knowledge. “I was actually worried I would psych myself out,” she admitted. The show’s speed and depth See JEOPARDY!, page 3

State: 21 dead cows found on Essex farm By MIKE DONOGHUE for The Essex Reporter


Essex Jct. resident Laura Buermann poses for a photo with the one and only Alex Trebek during her apperance on Jeopardy! taped this January for an episode that aired earlier this month.

Authorities say almost two dozen dead cows had to be disposed from a farm on Chapin Road following a complaint of possible animal abuse last month, according to state records. Essex police have declined to discuss what officers found at the Earle Matthews Farm at 272 Chapin Rd. on April 27. Police Chief Rick Garey wouldn’t release information on the criminal investigation until after the Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed it, possibly this week. See COWS, page 3

Town initiates first tax sale after adopting new policy By COLIN FLANDERS The town of Essex is initiating its first tax sale under a new policy that aims to recoup delinquent payments. Defined in state law, tax sales are auction-style transactions in which municipalities can sell a person’s home to recover owed property taxes. Staff requested the tax sale policy after the town’s audit showed taxes more than 60 days overdue totaled about $585,000 in deferred revenue, assistant finance director Sarah Macy told the selectboard March 19.

“There's a lot to be said about balancing the financial realities of our taxpayers and the needs of the town,” Macy said. “I'd like to use this policy as a chance to initiate a conversation about where we all stand and what we think the right balance of carrot and stick.” Macy informed the selectboard that as of May 2, tax delinquencies totaled about $967,000, or 7.9 percent of the town’s budgeted tax revenues for fiscal year 2018. That’s down from $1.3 million when the board first adopted the policy a month ago, but Macy said the drop is likely due to people catch-

ing up to the March 15 deadline. The town bills for taxes annually. Payments are due twice a year, and the town sends out quarterly delinquent notices. A missed tax payment prompts a one-time 8 percent penalty and delinquent payers are charged an additional one percent interest per month. The new policy establishes when to initiate a tax sale and defines what properties should be included. Sales will now be trigged whenever the town’s total delinquent taxes, interest, penalties and fees are more than 3 percent

of the current year’s budget for property tax revenues, and will include properties without payment plans that are either delinquent for multiple years or for one year while owning more than $10,000. Fifteen accounts are now under payment plans, leaving 36 under the new policy’s guideline as of last week totaling about $683,000, or 69 percent, of the total delinquencies. They will now receive a demand letter from the town that indicates the final date to pay before heading to the town attorney, who will send another demand letter See TAX SALE, page 2


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BUrN from page 1 They would increase the maximum civil penalty for violating a village ordinance from $500 to $800 and add language to the open burning section to exclude the burning of leaves along with burning brush, trash and debris. Teich said the village has attempted to inform residents on multiple occasions that yard waste can be brought to the Champlain Solid Waste District for free disposal. Graves said she was concerned about how the new language would be interpreted, because often when village officials arrive to her neighborhood after a complaint, the initial smoke had dissipated. Teich noted the section would also be broadened with a sentence that says even materials allowed under the ordinance must not cause a nuisance. "We want people to enjoy their yards, we want them to enjoy their properties; we are only dealing with the nuisance part," he said.


He told Graves the village will attempt to deal with “what we see and what is going on” by the time it gets to her neighborhood. He suggested starting with Essex Police because they can usually respond to a situation like that quicker than a fire truck. “Our police and fire know what's going on, and we'll be able to deal with people who are violating the ordinance,” he said. “One hundred percent, I don’t know. But better than we were able to do before.” If someone is caught violating the proposed ordinance, it could be costly. The first offense would result in a warning, with each subsequent offense during a calendar year increasing by $250 up to $750. If that wasn’t enough to address the issue, the last resort would be legal action, Teich said, but ideally, the ordinance will encourage compliance. “I don't actually want to fine anybody,” he said. “I'd rather get compliance, and I'd rather people be a good neighbor, be considerate of what they're doing. But failing that, we would have to fine people to get their attention.”

from page 1 place of the four half-days scheduled throughout the year. “Research says that the No. 1 way to improve student improvement is through giving time for staff, for teachers, to work together and be aligned with their curriculum,” Cobb said. The final proposal carves professional development time out once a week instead of spreading it out across two. Parents requested that change so they only had to figure work around the schedule changes once a week, Cobb said. District leaders say the early release format is being used around the region. They plan to continue working with community partners to find potential childcare opportunities, but the district won’t provide daycare for that extra hour. It will


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have a bus come through and pick up students, Cobb said. Board member Patrick Murray shared a concern he’s voiced multiple times throughout the process. He hoped the district could find a way to lessen the impact on low-income families who likely can’t afford extra childcare costs due to the early dismissals. “Those are the people that I worry about,” he said. “I fear that that goes completely against the equity portion of what we've all been striving toward.” Brian Donahue, EWSD chief operating officer, recognized this but said the lack of quality and affordable childcare is a prevalent issue under the current system, too, noting all local afterschool programs are maxed out as-is. “[Families are] trying to string this all together,” he said. “Maybe what we’re doing is shining a light on that. We’ve got to

figure out as a community how we deal with this.” District administrators first alluded to the schedule changes after debriefing the failed transportation launch for Essex Jct. due to a lack of bus drivers. Since then, Donahue said, the district has taken a more comprehensive look at its transportation model, including whether some Essex Town routes could also cover the village. District leaders are also exploring a hybrid system to bring some administrative functions in-house to cut down on costs. That would allow the district to offer more competitive wages for drivers, administrators said back in March. Donahue said the district could begin recruiting new drivers this summer. Donahue acknowledged there’s pressure on the district to get it right this time, though he said the delay did allow ad-

TAX SALE from page 1 sometime in the next month. Tax sales can also be trigged if one or more accounts without a payment plan have more than $50,000 in delinquent taxes and related fees. Taxpayers can seek abatements with the Board of Civil Authority, and Macy said the time-frame between the town’s letter and the attorney’s letter is residents’ “last chance” to work with her for a more lenient payment plan — agreements that require taxpayers to stay up-to-date on all current taxes while working to pay off delinquencies. "We want communication,” she said. “We want a reasonable plan to pay off the delinquent taxes. You're only going to be penalized if you just ignore us.” But once the town attorney gets involved, the policy kicks in: Property owners must then either pay 100 percent of the delinquent balance plus associated fees or pay 50 percent upfront along with a signed agreement to pay the balance in monthly installments over a year. Meanwhile, the town attorney will be-

ministrators to find more efficiencies. He said it’s possible they will need fewer than the 11 drivers estimated last year and felt confident the Essex Jct. expansion would occur this fall. “These are big things, and so we’re taking some risks,” he said. “With risk comes some uncertainty. I think we’re trying to work with our partners, we’re trying to be reasoned and professional about it, but there will come parts of this that are outside of our control.” He said the start and stop times could be altered slightly to mesh with the eventual transportation plan. But the point of this process was to make sure transportation didn’t dictate the learning model, he said, and he didn’t expect any dramatic changes. Plus, Donahue said, the worst-case scenario played out this year, and “we’ve had a really good year of public education in our community.”

gin research to identify all lien holders, who are also notified of the delinquency. The town must then post an advertisement in The Reporter three weeks in a row before the sale. The highest bidder wins the title but doesn’t receive it for 366 days, giving homeowners a year to pay back all the delinquent taxes and associated fees. Members briefly discussed whether they wanted to decide on an annual basis whether to initiate the tax sale process, but selectman Andy Watts said he’d prefer to operate strictly off the policy so that members aren’t “doing it arbitrarily.” Based on the current timeline, the town could be hosting its first tax sale this August after six years without one. Macy believes the process is a “big wakeup call” and said while she would prefer to see all delinquent payers catch up in time, the tax sale process is necessary to ensuring accountability and fairness. Selectboard chairman Max Levy agreed. "Most people pay their taxes on time,” he said. “Those few that don't, if there's no consequence, then others may decide if there's no harm, why pay?"

Former Essex official denies DUI crash STAff rEporT A former local official has pleaded not guilty in Vermont Superior Court to a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol on Interstate 89 in Colchester after he crashed his car into an Vt. Agency of Transportation plow truck three months ago, police say. Herbert A. Durfee III, 55, of Grand Isle had an estimated alcohol level of .111 percent when his car collided with the 2012 plow truck as it spread salt about 1:12 a.m. February 10, state police said in court papers. Durfee has spent much of his career in public service, including as the community development director for Essex Town for five years and with the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission for 10 years. He has been town manager of Norwich for the past year and previously worked as town manager in Fair Haven for four years.

The Colchester Center Volunteer Fire Department freed Durfee from the wreckage. He had various injuries, including a collapsed lung, and was unconscious after the crash, police said. Police said they had to obtain a search warrant from a judge to get blood drawn from Durfee when he was taken to the University of Vermont Medical Center. By calculating back to the time of the crash, a chemist reported Durfee had a projected alcohol level of .111 percent, court records show. Cynthia Provost, 41, of Essex Jct., was driving southbound in the large state dump truck when it was struck from behind, police said. They said she was not injured. Police said in February initial reports showed Durfee tried to pass the truck on the right, striking the passenger-side plow wing, police said. His car was totaled in the crash.

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Brush fire damages town equipment

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separates it from many gameshows. Contestants can breeze through a halfdozen questions in under a minute in topics ranging from geography to the Seattle rock band Foo Fighters. But Buermann said watching on TV does no justice to the rapid-fire of questions contestants experience. Nor does armchair participation compare to the spotlight, she learned. “My first question didn’t go particularly well,” Buermann said. “I was so surprised that the buzzer actually went off, my brain just went blank.” She picked it up from there, securing a total of $2,600 in the first round and $9,000 in the second heading into Final Jeopardy. The category was 19th century Americans. “On July 10, 1804 he wrote a letter of goodbye, just in case, to ‘My Dearest Theodosia’; he lived until 1836,” read the question. (The answer: Aaron Burr, the third vice president of the United States, who penned the letter a day before killing Alexander Hamilton during a duel in Weehawken, N.J.) As the camera panned to Buermann, her disappointment was clear. But neither of her competitors knew the answer either, and despite losing $9,000 on her final wager, Buermann finished in second place. Nearly two weeks after the show’s airing, Buermann said she’s eventually gotten over missing the final question. She graded her performance a solid B and said she feels good after watching the show on May 2 with a few friends. “We tried to keep it low-key, but it was nice to have people I know like me anyway, regardless of how it looked on TV,” she said. Her performance included 12 correct answers and one miss while hitting first on the buzzer about 23 percent of the time, according to fan website Since her 23-or-so minutes of fame, Buermann has heard from people all over the country letting her know their thoughts of her performance. And she’s received a lot of support from her office and residents around town. “Jeopardy!,” now in its 33th season, films at Sony Studios on the same lot as other popular gameshows, including “Wheel of Fortune.” Buermann said she enjoyed the experience and was surprised to learn some of the show’s behind-the-scene functions, like how a week’s worth of episodes are filmed in a single day, meaning a multi-day returning champion might run through five games in a single taping. “That’s made watching it at home so much more fascinating,” she said. “Because you know what went into that experience.”

By COLIN FLANDERS A brush fire in Essex Center last Saturday damaged town equipment after spreading to a stockpile located behind the Essex Public Works garage. Essex and Essex Jct. Fire Departments responded to Tanglewood Drive around 4 p.m. on May 11 for a reported brush fire. Members of the Essex Fire Department, which is located nearby, laid a supply line through the fire station out back near the heaviest portion of the fire while hand line crews worked to contain the blaze, EJFD said in a news release.

COWS from page 1 But the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and the Humane Society of Chittenden County were among the other agencies alerted and have provided a snapshot of what they encountered on farm situated about three-quarters of a mile from the Essex-Westford town line. State veterinarian Dr. Kristin Haas said the carcasses were mostly adult cattle in the barn, plus a few “well-decomposed adult animals outside as well as a pile of less decomposed calves,” an email to other state officials said. Haas said the farm needed technical assistance with disposal. The Reporter’s multiple attempts to reach Matthews, 75, both by phone and at his residence were unsuccessful, as was a call to his son. One state email indicated Matthews was homebound due to an injury in December. There are conflicting reports on the number of live cows that were removed from the Matthews farm and placed

Officials say there was one minor injury to a citizen who attempted to extinguish the fire before crews arrived. Dennis Lutz, town public works director, said the fire spread from a neighbor’s yard into public works’, impacting several trees on both sides. It also burned up much of the department’s stockpile of pipes for drainage culverts, as well as some fabrics used for construction and several other pieces of equipment. The town is now cataloging the damage for reports it will submit to its insurance company. Lutz didn’t have a loss estimate as of Monday, but assured there’s money in the

in the temporary care of a Westford farmer, who was willing to adopt them. It was either 11 or 13, according to state records. “They are technically property of the Town of Essex,” Deputy State’s Attorney Sally Adams said in an email three days after the raid. It’s unknown if the transfer was ever completed. The neighborhood Large yellow road signs warning “cattle xing” are posted along Chapin Road by the Matthews farm, but there was not a single cow within miles in recent weeks. The site, also listed as the Matthews Brothers Farm, ceased milk production on its own volition on January 3, the Vermont Ag Agency told The Reporter. The agency says the co-op dealing with the owner notifies the state when a farm shuts down. The number of active milk farms continues to decline in Vermont. There were 735 registered farms this week in Vermont compared to 1,015 in 2010, according to ag agency spokesman Scott Waterman. The Matthews Farm is “a mess, to say the least,” Haas reported: Responders had to excavate a path through the manure

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budget to buy additional pipes for any projects this year. “Hopefully, at some point, we get reimbursed for what we lost,” he said, adding it’s unclear whether that would be through the town’s insurer or the neighbor’s. Lutz commended the fire departments’ response. He said the blaze could have spread to the public works’ storage shed, where it keeps emergency generators, spare tires and a good portion of its winter salt. “That would been a lot more catastrophic and a lot more expensive,” Lutz said.

to lead out the live animals, she wrote. There was also concern about water quality, according to records released by the state in response to a Vermont Public Records request. “The barn literally has a stream underneath it and the pit is likely full if the barn is full,” Laura DiPietro, director of water quality within the ag agency, said in an email. She suggested a certified small farm operation inspector visit the site. Vermont farms are normally subject to state inspections every six months. A review of these reports shows no major problems that forced any temporary shutdown at the farm. A state report from July 21, 2016 showed an inspector ordered Matthews to keep the milk house door closed, restock fresh pails and other minor suggestions. A report a year later directed Matthews to wash the milk house walls and clean outside the pipeline. In both cases, he was told to sweep down cobwebs. “Reinspection looks much better, thank you,” inspector Ashley Hudson wrote during a 10-minute stop at the farm July 27, 2017, state records show. “Need to clean out heifers

and put more bedding under all animals,” Hudson wrote during an 11-minute stop on Oct. 31, 2017. A 5-minute inspection on Nov. 15, 2017 was also satisfactory and was the last such report on file. Little is known how the farm fell into trouble in recent months. Essex Town officials have said they had no knowledge of any outreach for help. Two state agencies – agriculture and human services – fund a program known as Farm First, a free, confidential business and personal services program for farmers. Essex municipal records show the property is up to date on its $9,624 annual taxes, town clerk Susan McNamara-Hill said. The property includes two barns, one milk house, two silos and four equipment sheds, according to public records in the Essex Town assessor’s office. The property entered the Farm Stabilization Program in 1986, town records show. The case is one of six reports of possible animal abuse Essex police say they’ve responded to in town since April 1. The other five complaints involve dogs being left in cars. No charges were filed in those cases.


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Students pose for a photo in front of the new raised garden beds behind Essex High School, which the Dave Carter's class built so students in wheelchairs could participate in the activity.


CTE students give back to school community By COLIN FLANDERS A group of students at the Center for Technology, Essex recently put their skills to use and built raised garden beds that allow for handicap-accessible gardening behind Essex High School. The project was inspired by EHS physical education teacher Sandy Cahill, who wanted to find a way to help special education students in wheelchairs partake in the

springtime hobby. She reached out to David Carter’s pretech class that focuses on building arts and small engine systems. Carter’s class met with the students who would use the two flower beds and then set aside a day to crank out the structures. They were met with applause last Thursday morning from members of the special education community as they delivered the beds behind the school.

Built of cedar donated from a local resident, the beds will now be filled with soil and compost donated from CTE’s agricultural program. Carter said the project is one of several community service projects his program has undertaken. He said the projects allow his students to take pride in their work and spend time with a population they might not otherwise have much interaction with. And they see how their skills can be used to

give back to the community. “That’s one of the things I’ve always liked about building,” Carter said. “To be able to stand back and look at what you’ve done. Now, there’s these planter boxes that everyday they’re going to walk by, look at and have that sense of pride.” One of those students, 10th-grader Levi Ashline, shared a similar assessment. “[It feels] pretty good to help someone,” he said.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Thanks for cleaning up The Essex Conservation and Trails Committee wishes to thank all of those who participated in the 3rd Annual Spring Clean-Up Day on Sunday, April 22 at Indian Brook Park. Approximately 50 enthusiastic volunteers of all ages showed up to lend a hand on Earth Day, which turned out to be an unexpectedly sunny and pleasantly beautiful day. While one group of volunteers worked on cleaning trails, a second group worked on digging up and pulling up 251 invasive buckthorns, and a third group of trail keeping volunteers learned proper pruning techniques from Chuck Vile, the town tree war-

den, town forester and former Vermont state lands forester. The success of the clean-up days depends on volunteers, and we are grateful to those who took time that afternoon to help maintain and enhance this wonderful town resource. We hope you’ll join us in October for our 5th Annual Fall Clean-Up Day. Thank you! Cristine Hammer Vice-chairwoman, Essex Conservation and Trails Committee Thanks for all-state support Congratulations to the students that participated in the All State Music Festival this past weekend. Those that

were lucky enough to attend any of the performances were treated to wonderful performances by some of the most talented young musicians in Vermont. Thank you to Heather Finlayson, Asiat Ali, Tom Walters and the Essex High School community for their hard work in hosting the festival. And, thank you to all the Essex and surrounding community members for opening their homes to host the musicians while they were here attending the festival. What a wonderful experience for all that were involved! Patty Bergeron Housing chair, 2018 All State Music Festival

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ReP. LoRI HoUGHToN At 12:18 a.m. Sunday morning, your House chamber adjourned. With heartfelt gratitude I say thank you to Essex Jct. for the opportunity to serve you in Montpelier. I appreciate all who reached out with their questions and opinions. We didn’t always agree, but the conversations were always respectful and enlightening. H.911, the budget bill, passed the House with overwhelming tri-partisan support with a vote count 117-14. The education funding bill was more partisan with a vote 89-43. Media chatter over the past few weeks has been about the governor’s proposal to use $58 million in one-time money to prevent an increase in property tax rates. Your legislative body instead moved forward with making fiscally sound investments in our future while keeping increases in property tax rates consistent with the local approval of school budgets. The F2019 budget growth over 2018 is .9 percent. Our budget impacts each and every resident. This year’s budget strengthens our fiscal health, protects the most vulnerable and focuses on affordability initiatives and economic and workforce development. I’m particularly supportive of improving Vermont’s fiscal health with $34.5 million pay down of the retired teacher’s pension liability which will save Vermont taxpayers over $100 million in interest payments. H911, makes changes to Vermont’s personal income tax and education financing system. This legislation rep-


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resents sound fiscal policy, is good for low and middle income Vermonters and provides for a more transparent and simple financing system. This legislation creates a new Vermont standard deduction, creates a new Vermont personal exemption equal to $4,150 per exemption, lowers rates for the first three income tax brackets by .2 percent, expands the Vermont earned income tax credit from 32 percent of the federal EITC to 36 percent and exempts taxable social security benefits from single files with less than $45,000 in adjusted gross income and married filers with less than $60,000. Relative to current law, this legislation returns over $29 million in FY2019 to taxpayers. The education financing portion of the legislation fully restores the stabilization reserve, repeals the general fund transfer to the education fund on a revenue neutral basis ensuring the fund is more transparent and creates two study commissions - one to study the state’s revenue system for improvements and modernization and the second creates a staff-to-student ratio task force. Most importantly the residential education tax rate only increases by $.026 cents. It’s not possible to provide a detailed summary of both bills in this short article. Please join Rep. Giambatista and me for an end-of-session community conversation Monday, May 21 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Essex Senior Center located at 2 Lincoln St. Again, it’s been an honor serving all of you. Stay in touch and have a great summer!

reins as spring rolled in with temperatures in thing, but it seems like spring may be here to The sunshine and warmer temperatures we’re experiencing are sure to draw people outside after a long, cold winter, and many are eager to get back into fun outdoor activities. However, if any of the outdoor activities you’re about to resume involve the water, I would urge you to take a moment to check the water temperature before grabbing your swimsuit, kayak or canoe. Just because the grass is turning green and the air has warmed up doesn’t mean the water is warm enough to enjoy. Any water under 70 degrees Fahrenheit can start to negatively affect your breathing and muscles, and right now our rivers and lakes are closer to the high 30s or low 40s. Those are dangerously low temperatures for anyone not wearing proper cold-water gear. Life vests will keep you afloat if your kayak or canoe capsizes, but at these cold-water temperatures your body will be sapped of energy and getting back to shore will be immensely difficult. In water temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit people can become exhausted or unconscious in less than 15 minutes. In the temperatures we’re seeing now, that high 30s to low 40s range, you would have about a 30-minute window before you became completely exhaust-


ed or unconscious, and hypothermia would set

Fighting for Vermont's veterans

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By seN. BeRNIe saNDeRs As a longtime member and former chair of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I am honored to be able to work on behalf of Vermont’s 45,000 veterans and their families, who have done so much in service to our country. That is why I am organizing a Veterans Town Hall and Resource Fair this Saturday, May 19, at Norwich University from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. We’ll hear updates from Washington and learn about veterans’ resources and projects here in Vermont. Our special guest will be Matthew Shuman, national legislative director for The American Legion. I hope you can join us. To RSVP, please call 1-800-3399834 or visit veteransfair. I have long believed the cost of war must include the cost of caring for the warrior. That is why one of my very highest priorities in Congress is ensuring our nation’s veterans have access to the quality health care and benefits they have earned and were promised. I am proud that in recent years, we have made some very good progress expanding veterans’ health care in Vermont. We now have an extensive Women's Health Program at the White River Junction VA Medical Center, tailored to the unique needs of female veterans. We have five Community Based Outpatient Clinics throughout the state that offer quality primary care and advanced telemedicine. And we have two Vet Centers that provide specialized mental health services for combat veterans. Of course, there is much more to do. The good news is that Congress recently appropriated $2 billion for VA hospital maintenance and improvement projects, which should also free up funds to help fill the more than 30,000 VA staff vacancies. Both of these are critically important to make sure veterans in Vermont and across the country can access the care they

in rapidly at that point. This becomes danger-

need, when and where they need it. The budget also included funding for another top priority of mine, the Vermont National Guard’s Veterans Outreach Program, which helps service members, veterans and their families cope with the challenges associated with deployments and reintegration. As we look ahead to next year’s budget, my priorities are expanding Burlington’s very successful Lakeside Clinic to offer more services, and building a dental clinic at the White River Junction Medical Center. Moreover, I believe VA benefits should

I have long believed the cost of war must include the cost of caring for the warrior. be expanded to cover comprehensive dental care. We must also expand and fund the very popular Caregivers Support Program. The program, which provides support for family members who care for disabled veterans, is currently limited to post-9/11 era veterans. It is long past time that all veterans and their families benefit from this commonsense and cost-effective program. And we must similarly expand other programs that help disabled and aging veterans, including adult day and respite care. Meanwhile, this is a time of significant uncertainty for veterans, especially in terms of efforts to privatize the VA. In March, President Trump fired VA Secretary David Shulkin, because Shulkin was “an

obstacle to privatization who had to be removed.” The president’s first choice to replace Dr. Shulkin withdrew from consideration and, so far, Trump has not nominated anyone else for this critically important post. Please know that I will vigorously oppose any nominee for secretary who isn’t well qualified to run an organization as complex as the VA, or who supports efforts to privatize the agency. Veterans in Vermont and throughout the country deserve nothing less. The Department of Veterans Affairs has an extraordinary mission of providing health care, benefits, and burial services to our nation’s 20 million veterans. It is no secret that the VA – like any large organization – has its share of struggles. But what strikes me is that when I talk with Vermont veterans, the feedback I hear is overwhelmingly positive, especially in regards to the health care they receive. The VA understands the unique needs of veterans. It provides comprehensive, patient-centered care under one roof, eliminating the divide between preventive care and treating illness. It treats the whole patient, delivering both physical and mental health services. And it offers both traditional and complementary medicine. Importantly, as a Rand Corporation study just reported, the VA does all of this while consistently producing medical outcomes that are as good as or better than the private sector, and at an equal or lower cost. A few years ago, I worked closely with Sen. John McCain to improve VA facilities, expand programs, and allow the VA to hire more doctors and nurses. While we are making good progress, we must continue this work to strengthen and expand the VA – not privatize or dismantle it – so the VA will be there for generations of veterans to come. I hope you join us to discuss these and other issues at our Veterans Town Hall Meeting on May 19.

sponders performing a water rescue. So please, before you venture back into the rivers, ponds and lakes, make sure that you are dressed appropriately for the water temperatures. It’s also highly recommended to use a life vest when boating, and to make sure that you are not out on/in the water alone. As always if you’re interested in volunteering with Essex Rescue please contact Joe Congdon at 878-4859 ext 7. On May 26 we will also be holding our annual open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring the family and stop by to enjoy some food, fun activities and get to know your local first responders! We’re located at 1 Educational Drive, right in front of the Essex High School. We look forward to seeing you!



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Religious Directory

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

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Your local first responders invite you to follow up the Memorial Day parade at the Essex Rescue open house. Bring your family, enjoy some food and meet your local rescue crew. See the calendar listing on Saturday, May 26 for complete details.

17 Thursday Food allergy awareness sTory Time 10:30 a.m., Essex Free Library. Join for books, songs and an activity as we learn about food allergies for Food Allergy Awareness Week.

read To archie

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

mounT mansField scale modelers

6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Brownell Library, Essex Jct. An informal gathering of scale model enthusiasts and model builders encompassing all areas of skill level. Show off projects, discuss modeling tips and techniques and gain inspiration from fellow modelers. Call 879-0765 after 6 p.m. for more information.

divorce lawyer Book Talk

7 p.m., Phoenix Books Burlington, 191 Bank St., Burlington. Join James J. Sexton for a discussion of his new book, "If You're In My Office, It's Already Too Late: A Divorce Lawyer's Guide to Staying Together." After dealing with more than a thousand clients whose marriages have dissolved, James Sexton knows all of the whatnot-to-dos for couples who want to build - and consistently work to preserve - a lasting, fulfilling relationship. James is a trial lawyer with two decades of experience negotiating and litigating highconflict divorces. $3, comes with $5 couploon for the featured book. All proceeds from ticket sales go to the Vermont Foodbank.

18 Friday essex Free liBrary and Brownell liBrary closed For The vermonT liBrary conFerence. ParenTs' nighT ouT

5:30 - 9 p.m., Founders

School, 33 Founders Rd., Essex Jct. Looking to spend a night out with not kids and without the high cost of a babysitter? A night where they can be supervised and be with their friends? We will get your kids moving with organized activities and free choice options as well as dancing along to some preselected, kid appropriate tunes. A pizza dinner will be provided to all participants from Little Caesar's. We will slow down the evening with a classic G or PG rated movie. Your kids will have the option of watching the movie, coloring images from the movie or both, all while munching on popcorn! Your children have the option of changing into their pajamas for our movie. Please provide a water bottle and an extra snack. Children in attendance must be potty trained. Please notify us of any medical concerns or allergies at the time of registration. Call 878-1342 for information.

19 saTurday milTon yard sale day 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., yard sales all over Milton, headquarters at Transparent Computers, 204 U.S. Route 7, Milton. Be a part of this exciting, annual Milton Yard Sale event, which will be promoted throughout Milton and surrounding areas in hopes of drawing a huge crowd. Be sure to stop by yard sale headquarters to pick up a map. Whether hosting a yard sale or spending the day garage sale-ing, the day will be packed with bargains and fun! Contact Cheryl Persitz at capersitz@

Boy scouT TrooP #624 garage sale

8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., First Congregational Church, 1 Church St., Essex Jct. Stop by and see what the scouts are selling to help fund their program. There may be a treasure waiting for you!

PracTice acT

9 a.m., Burnham Memorial Library, 898 Main St., Colchestser. The Burnham YA partners with the Princeton Review to offer you

practice tests. Sign up online or call to take a full-length practice test to hone your skills for the real thing. Sign up at least one week prior to the test date. The test generally lasts about four hours so bring snacks. Free; call 2645660 to sign-up.

FriendchiPs 5k race For menToring

9:30 a.m., Founders Memorial School, 33 Founders Rd., Essex Jct. Whether you prefer to “run, walk or roll”, this event is for everyone interested in supporting our local youth. Teams of 10 or more can participate for $10 a person, students and seniors for $15, and $25 for adults. Participants can register at friendchips5k2018.

Food allergy awareness sTory Time 10 - 10:30 a.m., Brownell Library. Read stories, sing songs and do an activity with food allergies for Food Allergy Awareness Week.

diy Fairy door workshoP

10 a.m. - noon, Sunset Studio, 71 Center Rd., Essex Jct. In this very special workshop you'll create your own fairy door house, a magic portal to the fairy world! Starting with a wooden door the perfect size for fairies, our supply of materials will spark your creativity and charm - add moss, pebbles, shells, and other natural materials and add other embellishments. You'll leave with a fairy door to place inside or outside for fairy friends to find. All ages; children under 5 must have adult supervision. $15, resident; $20, non-resident.

weekend sTory Time

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

sTory Time

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

single adulTs' volleyBall, game and PoTluck dinner nighT

6 p.m., Essex Alliance Church, 37 Old Stage Rd., Essex Jct. For more information and to RSVP contact Patty at 2382820.

20 sunday eThan allen homesTead museum hisTorical Talk

2 p.m., 1 Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington. “The Greensboro Blockhouse Project: The Preliminary Results.” The Bayley-Hazen Military Road, from Newbury to Hazen’s Notch, was to provide a speedy conduit for troops to reach southern Canada during the Revolutionary War. Jill Baker and Pat Haslam, authors of "The Greensboro Blockhouse Project. An Historical and Archaeological Investigation in Greensboro, Vermont," will present the results of their preliminary investigations of the site considered to be that of the Revolutionary War period blockhouse in Greensboro.

Bella voce's "sing creaTion's music"

3 p.m., McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael's College, 1 Winooski Park, Colchester. Concerts will feature music celebrating spring and the beauty of creation from Scotland, England, Italy, Spain, America and other cultures as well as music by Vermont composers Gwyneth Walker and Richard Stoehr. Featured guest artists are Laura Markowitz, violin, and John Dunlop, cello. $18, door; $15, advance order at For more information visit

roland Pigeon memorial concerT

4 - 5:30 p.m., UCW white church, Westford common, Route 128, Westford. In remembrance of, Roland Pigeon, Westford's most beloved musician who passed away one year ago, fellow musicians, friends and family will share their musical talents in celebration of his memory. The

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calendar lOcal MEETINGS ThURSday, May 17

time treat.


MONday, May 21

7 - 9 p.m., Westford Elementary School, 146 Brookside Rd., Westford.

6 p.m., village Bike/walk advisory committee, Lincoln Hall, 2 Lincoln St., Essex Jct.

24 ThURSday

6:30 p.m., Joint Town planning commission and village Trustees, Lincoln Hall, 2 Lincoln St., Essex Jct.

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

TUESday, May 22 6 p.m., village Trustees, Lincoln Hall, 2 Lincoln St., Essex Jct.

TUESday, May 23 6:30 p.m., Town cemetery commission, Essex Police Station, 145 Maple St., Essex Jct.

ThURSday, May 24 6:30 p.m., Town planning commission, Town offices, 81 Main St., Essex Jct.

special country music concert will feature over 20 musicians, promising great variety and talent. An afternoon of a of country, folk, classical and old time fiddle music awaits. Free. Refreshments will follow the entertainment. For more information call 879-4028.


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

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3:15 - 4:15 p.m., Brownell Library. Make a kazoo to march in the Memorial Day Parade with the Libraries Rock band.


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

23 wEdNESday BaBy playGROUp

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

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




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

chESS clUB

3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Come and play chess with a friend and solve the chess puzzle.


6:30 - 8 p.m., Essex Senior Center, 2 Lincoln St., Essex Jct. This is an open conversation, time for you to tell your reps what is important to you and ask questions about the session. Please join!

22 TUESday pUBlIc wORkS STORy TIME aNd fOOd dRIvE

8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Brownell LIbrary. Public works staff will be on hand to read truck stories, and children will have the opportunity to climb inside a real public works truck! Please help us Fill a Public Works Truck and bring a non-perishable food donation for Aunt Dot’s Place. Even if you are not able to come to the story time, food donations will be collected until 2:30 p.m.

MakE a kazOO fOR ThE BROwNEll MEMORIal day

10 - 11 a.m., Essex Free Library. Need some tech help? Drop in with your device and your questions. 10 a.m., Phoenix Books Essex, 2 Carmichael St., Essex Jct. Enjoy timeless tales and new adventures with your little ones. Free; all ages.

TEch hElp wITh clIf

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

REad TO daISy, ThERapy dOG

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

wORld waR I IN ESSEx

7 p.m., Memorial Hall, 5 Towers Rd., Essex Jct. The Essex Community Historical Society Tales and Treasures of Essex presents “World War I in Essex.” Brennan Gauthier has accumulated a collection of photos and stories which describe the impact of the Great War upon Vermont and her solders. For this presentation, he will focus on soldiers from Essex.

MakE a BaTh BOMB

7 - 8:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Learn how to make a relaxing bath


10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Holiday Inn, 1068 Williston Rd., South Burlington. All jewelry and scarves will be priced at 75% less than regular retail (jewelry $5, scarves three for $25), and we’ll have other direct-frommanufacturer bargains, including $15 tunics and dresses. As always, we’ll be putting out new merchandise daily and the background music will be great! Visit about/clearance-sales for more information.

REad TO aRchIE

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

alBERT d. lawTON SchOOl SpRING cONcERT 7 - 9 p.m., Albert D. Lawton School, 104 Maple St. Essex Jct.


7 - 8 p.m., Essex Middle School 60 Founders Rd., Essex Jct.

"wIckEd vERMONT" BOOk laUNch

7 p.m., Phoenix Books Burlington, 191 Bank St., Burlington. Join Thea Lewis to celebrate the launch of her new book, "Wicked Vermont." Take a revealing ride through the unique and colorful history of our state. Lewis is a Vermont native with a writing career that has spanned more than three decades. Her titles include "Haunted Burlington, Spirits of Vermont’s Queen City," "Ghosts and Legends of Lake Champlain" and "Haunted Inns and Ghostly Getaways of Vermont." Lewis is also the creator of Queen City Ghostwalk, the Burlington walking tour chosen ‘Best Scary Stroll’ by Yankee Magazine. $3, includes $5 coupon off featured book. Proceeds from ticket sales go to the Vt. Foodbank.

25 fRIday BakEd BEadS TENT SalES

10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Holiday Inn, 1068 Williston Rd., South Burlington. (See Thursday, May 24 for more details.)

MUSIc wITh Raph

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

MUSIcal STORy TIME 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.,

Essex Free Library. Rock ‘n’ read together on Friday mornings with books, songs, and instruments. All ages.

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


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


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10 a.m., parade route follows Route 2A south from the Expo to Five Corners then turns west onto Route 15 and returns to the Expo.


10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Holiday Inn, 1068 Williston Rd., South Burlington. (See Thursday, May 24 for more details.)


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


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


11 a.m. 4 p.m., Essex Rescue, 1 Educational Dr., Essex Jct. Come join Essex Rescue, your local ambulance crew, at their annual open house. Immediately following the Essex Memorial Day Parade, bring the family and enjoy food, activities and get to know your first responders! We look forward to seeing you!


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


Sweet Butters Farm, Essex Jct. The Veterans Homestead Series is designed to engage the veteran population interested in setting up their own home operation. Workshops will be held at different locations in Chittenden and Addison Counties and will be led by veterans in the field. The series runs from March through September. This session is "Designing and Building the Resilient Garden." If you are a veteran or family member and would like to participate, please inquire at 377-1214 or wildrootsfarmvt@gmail. com.

Pets of the Week LEO

2 years old Neutered male Arrival Date: 2/28/2018 Breed: Mixed breed Energy Level: High Size/Weight: Medium/ 65 lbs. Reason here: Leo was not a good fit for his previous home Leo, our bouncing brindle boy needs a home! Leo is clearly a good looking guy, there’s no debate about that, but Leo is so much more! Looking for a housetrained pooch? Look to Leo! Looking for a dog to go on VT adventures with? Look to Leo! Want an affectionate buddy to cuddle with after your outdoor adventure? Look to Leo! Like most dogs, Leo still needs to work on some of his training, but he is off to a great start! Leo needs a family that can continue to mold him into the great pooch we know he is. Are you the right person for Leo? Come find out! My thoughts on: Cats: He has no history with cats Dogs: Leo has been interested in other dogs and may do well with a proper introduction Children: He needs a home without children

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TOWN OF ESSEX ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT PUBLIC HEARING Municipal Conference Room 81 Main Street, Essex Jct., VT June 7, 2018 - 6:00 PM 1. David Drive Properties, LLC-CONDITIONAL USE: Proposal for a 5,600 s.f. warehouse addition to accommodate 3 commercial units and office space. The property is located at 5A David Drive in the Retail Business (B1) District, Tax Map 47, Parcel 3-5.


2. Lang Family, LLC-CONDITIONAL USE: Proposal to add outdoor recreation uses. to include family friendly style events, such as concerts and community events. The property is located at 43 Upper Main Street in the Mixed Use Development -Planned Unit Development (MXD-PUD) (B1) Subzone District, Tax Map 90, Parcel 5. 3. Minutes: April, 5, 2018 4. Other Business Justin St. James, Chair, Zoning Board of Adjustment

ESSEX POLICE REPORTS Emergency: 911 • Non-emergency: 878-8331 • 145 Maple St., Essex Jct., VT 05452 •

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2 - Driving with a suspended license 1 - Domestic assault; first degree 1 - Unlawful restraint; first degree

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8:46 a.m., Animal Problem Upland Rd. 8:47 a.m., Disturbing the Peace on Jericho Rd. 9:43 a.m., Suspicious on Pinecrest Dr. 10:53 a.m., Larceny on Pearl St. 11:36 a.m., LSA on Carmichael St. 11:39 a.m., Suspicious on Pinecrest Dr. 11:39 a.m., Lost/Found Property on Main St. 11:54 a.m., Suspicious on Upland Rd. Noon, Animal Problem on Lamore Rd. 12:15 p.m., Passing School Bus on Educational Dr. 12:22 p.m., Suspicious on Brickyard Rd. 4:03 p.m., Animal Problem on Sydney Dr. 4:49 p.m., Simple Assault on Woodside Dr.

tuesdAy, MAy 8

1:19 a.m., Aggravated Assault on Pearl St. 1:40 a.m., Overdose on Maple St. 9:13 a.m., Animal Problem on Park St. 9:15 a.m., Lost/Found Property on Center Rd. 10:15 a.m., Suspicious on Morse Dr. 11:45 a.m., DLS on Pearl St. 1:44 p.m., Family Disturbance o Susie Wilson Rd. 3:34 p.m., Larceny on Park St. 5:14 p.m., Suspicious on Pearl St. 7:07 p.m., Suspicious on Baker St. 8:14 p.m., Suspicious on Morse Dr.

9:15 p.m., Vandalism on Lost Nation Rd. 9:39 p.m., Traffic Offense on Pearl St. 10:18 p.m., Animal Problem on Cascade Ct.

WednesdAy, MAy 9

12:29 a.m., Attempt to Locate on Main St. 8:43 a.m., Animal Problem on Susie Wilson Rd. 2:55 p.m., Citizen Dispute on East St. 8:13 p.m., Property Watch on Craftsbury Ct. 10:48 p.m., Suspicious on Central St. 10:58 p.m., Trespass Violation on Susie Wilson Rd.

thursdAy, MAy 10

12:48 a.m., Family Disturbance on Carmichael St. 9:56 a.m., Suspicious on Susie Wilson Rd. Noon, MV Complaint on Upper Main St. 12:10 p.m., Utility Problem on Park St. 12:10 p.m., Accident on Fort Pkwy 2:49 p.m., Suspicious on Pearl St. 4:49 p.m., Animal Problem on Market Pl 6:27 p.m., Larceny on Park St. 8:11 p.m., Animal Problem on Lost Nation Rd.

FridAy, MAy 11

2:44 a.m., Suspicious on Hagan Dr. 3:47 a.m., Trespass Violation on David Dr. 6:18 a.m., False Info to Police on Susie Wilson Rd. 8:08 a.m., Lost/Found Property on Saxon Hill 12:53 p.m., Suspicious on Maple St. 4:29 p.m., Larceny on Educational Dr.

4:44 p.m., MV Complaint on I-289 8:11 p.m., Animal Problem on Sydney Dr. 8:41 p.m., Illegal Burning on Margaret St. 10:04 p.m., Communications Offense on Carmichael St.

sAturdAy, MAy 12

8:38 a.m., Noise Disturbance on Pearl St. 10:32 a.m., Property Damage on I-289 12:30 Lost/Found Property on Devon Hill Ct. 2:45 p.m., Citizen Dispute on Susie Wilson Rd. 2:50 p.m., Larceny on Essex Way 2:53 p.m., Family Disturbance on Carmichael St. 4:24 p.m., Animal Problem on South St. 5:12 p.m., Unsecure Premises on Founders Rd. 7:27 p.m., Animal Problem on Essex Way 10:46 p.m., Vandalism on Acorn Cir.

sundAy, MAy 13

11:17 a.m., Animal Problem on Browns River Rd. 12:07 p.m., Animal Problem on Indian Brook Rd. 5:09 p.m., Simple Assault on Park St. 6:35 p.m., Intoxicated Person on South St. 6:49 p.m., Lost/Found Property on Maple St.

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SPORT SHORTS • By JOE GONILLO May has finally brought spring weather. Sports are so much more enjoyable to watch. There was a big track meet at Burlington High School Saturday. It was a beauty! We are a little past the halfway point of the season making all games a bit more important in determining playoff positioning. Conference finals for NHL and NBA on every night. Enjoy. The track teams competed in the 46th annual BHS Invite Saturday. In the slightly different scoring setup by meet director Pavel Dvorak, the teams combined scores determined the standings. The Hornets’ strong showing saw them score 197 points, second only to St. Johnsbury’s 216. Mt. Mansfield Union finished third followed by Rice, and South Burlington. The meet serves as a clear mid-term exam for athletes and teams. Essex passed with flying colors. Gold medal performances led by the boys’ and girls’ 4x100m relay teams of Jackson Baker, James Boldosser, Tyler Routhier and Spencer Towle; Kat Morin, Nejla Hadzic, Morgan Whitney and Arianna Moffatt; and the mile relay team of Jamaal Hankey, Boldosser, Towle and Henry Farrington. Other winners include Michael Baker with a pole vault of 12’ 8”; Hankey in the 300mIH running a time of 41.10; Jacob Rigoli throwing the discus 144.5”, and Hannah Neddo taking the high jump with 5’ 2”. 8 places scored. Here’s a look at the top performers: • 2nd – Rigoli shot; Guerino LJ; Aubrey McKenna discus; • 3rd – Guerino 400m; Farrington 1500m; Hankey HH; boys’ 4x800 relay; J Baker LJ; Lizzie Martell 400m; Maria Campo shot; Neddo LJ; Hadzic 300mLH; • 4th – girls’ MR; Neddo TJ; • 5th – Martell 200m; Hadzic HH; girls’

4x800 relay; Neddo PV; 6th – Boldosser 400m; Peter Alden 3000m; J Baker HJ; Ali Green HH; 7th – Sam Velasquez HJ; Campo discus; Ciera Manrique javelin; 8th – Towle 400m; Farrington 800m; Wyatt Lamell discus; Aubrey McKenna discus; Lamell and Will Couture ran 3-4 in the frosh 100m. Erin Noel placed 7th. Natalie Preston placed 2nd and Brady Marisus was 3rd in the FR 1500m. Congrats to all.

The boys’ lacrosse team, 8-4, extended their winning streak to six before bowing in double overtime to Middlebury. The story of their week was about the biggest win of the season, 9-7, on Tuesday evening over the SB Wolves. The Essex defense held the Wolves scoreless in the fourth quarter. Cam Frankenhoff and Jordan Hines scored two goals in the fourth to seal the win. Hines had four goals, Andrew Cooledge two assists, Sam Bowen 1g 2a, Cam Frankenhoff 2g, Chris Davis 1g, Grady Corkum 2g. Aidan Haggerty made ten saves. For SB Calvin Hultgren 2g, Rees Baker 3g, Aaron Murakami 2g, Nick Liscinsky 2a. Ryan Hockenbury, who doubles as a heck of a water safety instructor at Sand Hill Park in the summer, made eight saves. They continue to climb in the D-I rankings. They host top-seed CVU Thursday and Rice under the lights Friday night. The JV’s are 3-5 after a tight 8-7 loss to SB. Keane Mahoney led the Hornets with a multi-goal game. The frosh are 1-1 with a loss to SB and a win over Milton. CVU is up this week. The girls’ lacrosse team was 2-1 last week and plays to a 3-5 record. Essex beat BFA 10-9, fell to MMU 10-8, and dropped BHS 10-8. In the loss versus the Cougars Lucy Miquel scored three times, Maddy Young had two goals and two assists, Abby Robbins two scores, and Maya Boyers netted a goal. Goalkeeper Ella Fris-

bie had four saves. Boyers and Jenna Puleo each scored twice versus the Seahorses. Olivia MillerJohnson, Bailey Tetrault, Miquel, Young, Robbins and Tess Hastings added a goal. They have three games over the week ahead with games vs Vergennes, Middlebury, and SB. The JV’s are 5-3 after wins over MMU 10-7 and BHS. The JV-b team lost to the Red Hawks 12-3 to fall to 0-2. They play MMU and Harwood. The baseball team stopped their losing streak, went 2-1, and is 4-5. They defeated BHS 16-6 and North Country 18-6 before losing 11-10 to CVU. They are starting to heat up offensively - like the weather. In the latter Corey Gianelli banged out three hits, Ryan Yong and Garrett Somerset knocked in a couple of runs, and Robbie Meslin had two hits. They face a four-game week versus MMU twice, CVU and Missisquoi Valley. The JV’s are 4-4 drilling BHS and NCUHS by scores of 15-2 and 13-3.The frosh were 1-1 last week outslugged Enosburg 13-12 and lost to CVU 10-1. The softball team extended their winning streak to nine games with three wins last week: 22-0 over BHS, 6-1 in Newport and a 17-0 shutout of CVU. In one of their tightest games of the season Maddie Catella crushed a three-run homer. Caitlin Toth pitched a complete game and had 6 K’s. Molly Bruyns had two hits and Jamie Morin drove in two runs. In Saturday’s thrashing both Rachel Yandow and Makenna Thorne hit grand slams. Sarah Knickerbocker added two hits and an RBI. Opposition this week is MMU times two, CVU and MVU. The JV’s defeated NCUHS and are 6-0. The girls’ tennis team went 2-1 and is 3-4. They lost to BHS, beat SB and Colchester. In the 5-2 win over the Lakers the Hornets got singles wins from Destina Suren, Anna Ursiny, Lauren Riley and Tilly Krishna pus the doubles team of Michaela Campo and Emily Friedman. The boys’ tennis team is 4-1 after wins last week. Essex beat BHS 7-0, SB 5-2 and CHS 6-1 to extend their winning streak to 8-0 . They play CVU and Stowe. The girls’ rugby team racked up four wins over the weekend while the boys went 2-0. Grab your passports for Stanstead, Quebec Wednesday and Paul Smith on Sunday. Yankees beat the Red Sox two out of three in the Bronx last week to actually come back from the dead and tie for the AL East lead. Happy Birthday to exstudent and all-star LAX player Teo Olsen - not sure how he was forgotten - Heather Garrow, Gael Shungu, Wendy Hirschman, Robin Hollwedel, Britnee Chan, Amy Johnson, Nick Kent, Austin Hall, Lyle Newell, Kim Gleason, Ryan Elliott, Joe O’Brien and Jim Noreault. Congratulations to Mariah Neverett on her engagement!


ABOVE: Makenna Thorne, varsity senior captain, crushes a grand slam home run on May 12 against CVU. BELOW: Emily Augostino leads the JV Hornets, pitching to a 12-6 win over St. Johnsbury. The JV squad has been especially dominating, shutting out teams while putting up double digit scores.

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the mixer bowl in 2 or 3 additions, mixing on low after each addition to just combine the wet and dry ingredients, The resulting dough will be shaggy and sticky. Grease a large bowl (that will hold the rising dough) with butter and set aside. Generously flour the work surface where you will be kneading the dough, then turn out the dough onto this surface, Sprinkle the top of the dough with flour and knead the dough for about 10 minutes: because the dough is very sticky flour the work surface and the top of the dough frequently as you knead. A bench scraper is also very helpful to make getting the dough off the work surface a quicker process. When the dough is ready it will be smooth, and still very soft. Place

the dough in the greased bowl, cover the top with clean dish towel or plastic wrap, and place the bowl in a room-temperature location away from drafts. Allow the dough to rise for 1 hour to 1-½ hours until it is doubled in size. While the dough is rising prepare the filling: Grate the almond paste into a small bowl. Add in the remaining 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar, the finely chopped almonds, and ½ cup of the chocolate chips. Stir these ingredients together and hold them aside. Melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter and have this ready with a pastry brush. Turn the risen dough out onto a floured surface and press the air out of the dough. Divide the dough into two portions. Roll each portion out into 7-inch by 16-inch rectangles.

Brush each rectangle with the melted butter, leaving a 1 inch gap at the long sides. Divide the almond-chocolate chip filling between the two rectangles: spread the filling out to the short sides but on the long side leave a 1-inch gap. Roll up the rectangles from the long sides pinch the seams closed. Slice each roll into 6 portions: I find that a sharp serrated knife drawn gently back and forth through this soft dough makes neat cuts without compressing the dough. An homage to the Marvel movie 'Black Panther', these sweet chocolate rolls are filled with almond and chocolate, and decorated to look like black panther claws! Line 1 large or 2 smaller baking sheets with parchment paper (whichever will hold the 12 rolls and fit in your oven on the same rack.) Place the rolls on the baking sheet(s), seam-sides down and spaced apart from each other. Loosely cover the rolls with plastic wrap and leave them in a room temperature spot to rise for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350⅓ F. Cut a piece of parchment paper into small pieces, about 2-inches by 2-inches each. To store the panther claws, place them in a storage container deep enough so that the container can be covered without the tops of the claws being disturbed. They will keep at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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This bread dough is rather sticky, so for kneading a bench scraper is very helpful to make getting the dough off the work surface a quicker process. When it is time to slice the rolled dough I find that a sharp, serrated knife drawn gently back and forth through the dough makes neat cuts without compressing it.


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Center for Technology wins 39 medals at skills competition Students from technical centers around Vermont gathered to compete in the statewide SkillsUSA competition on April 4 and 5. These industry leadership and skillsbased competitions allow students the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned in their studies. The Center for Technology, Essex had 75 students competing in a wide variety of leadership and technical skill competitions. It was a record-breaking year for CTE students taking home medals: Customer Service: Dilaram Temirova - Gold Ali Al Jarah - Bronze Technical Drafting: Brendan McCormack - Gold Som Dahal - Bronze Additive Manufacturing: Team A: Joshua Martelle, Denver Wiederin - Silver Team B: Joshua McQuinn, Thomas Chasse - Bronze Commercial Baking: Catherine MacGillivray - Bronze Architectural Drafting: Ryan Catozzi - Gold T-Shirt Design: Jimmy Jiang - Gold

Alex Goodman - Bronze Culinary Arts: Srijana Dahal - Silver ThaZin Aye - Bronze Job Skill Demonstration: Ethan Karshagen - Gold Web Design: Team A: Alex Goodman, Nolan Moore - Gold 3D Visualization and Animation: Team A: Haley Fox, Soren Sandblom - Gold Team B: Donovan Garcia-Buckler, Maliki LaForce - Silver Team D: Jimmy Jiang, Katelyn Miles Bronze Restaurant Service: Asher Pellett - Gold Information Technology Services:

Ryan Parker = Gold Christopher Adkins - Bronze Dental Assisting: Cidney Owen - Bronze Dental Assisting – Postsecondary: YongJi Wu - Silver Allison Fitzgerald - Bronze Cosmetology: Kendra Henninger - Gold Kayla Gevry - Bronze Chapter Display: Team B Johannes Everse, Jessica Bortz, Mercedes Burnham - Gold Pin Design: Haley Fox - Gold Interactive Application & Video Game Development: Team F: Colton Lambert, Judah Avery Gold Team A: Eli Kline, Joshua Carner - Bronze Medal winners received tools, prizes and scholarships, and gold medalists qualify for the national competition next month in Louisville, Ky.

EHS 2018 EHS/CTE Career Fair: On April 18 over 90 professionals and careers were represented at the Essex High School and Center for Technology Career Fair/ Job Expo. The gymnasium was packed with students throughout the day speaking with professionals from social service fields, manufacturing, marketing and tourism, trade fields, IT, healthcare, science, law and more. Over two dozen hard working student volunteers did everything from setting up the gym, carrying supplies, greeting participants, covering for lunches, engaging other students, handing out ice cream, assisting our guests with various tasks, running a raffle, and cleaning up afterwards. The CTE Professional Foods Program provided a delicious lunch for the guests. Our incredible maintenance, AV and IT staffs helped throughout the day Champlain Valley Expo helped us by donating tables and chairs to use.


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Founders Students from Christine Gorman's third grade class at FMS are shown here presenting a check for $440.10 to Casey McMorrow from "Kids Make a Wish Vermont." This was the profit from their week long school store and raffle.

Congratulations to Roland from Summit Street School, who won the second grade championship trophy at the 2018 Vt. Scholastic Chess Championships! Roland also took time to explain to his classmates the moves and strategies he employed to win each of his four games.

Hiawatha Welcome spring. Students have been enjoying the warmer weather and completing outdoor classroom activities for a change of pace and as an earned celebration for positive behavior. Kayla Johnson and Alice Weston took their ELL and ISN students to Burlington for a day of biking from Oakledge Park to the waterfront. Teachers have been treated by the PTO to special coffee drinks or smoothies as part of Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank you, families, for making our staff feel so special. Our school continues to be a busy place. Kaylie Bufano has been hosting “mystery readers” for several weeks now and Karen Seaman’s students had an opportunity to observe and sketch a live lobster as part of their ocean unit.

First and third grade classrooms spent a morning at a performance at the Flynn, which is always a treat, and Scott Evans arranged for presentations for each grade level by the puppet troupe Kids on the Block. Cookies and Milk night was a great success this past Tuesday as families gathered for pre-bedtime reading, with staff serving cookies and milk. Every student in the school received a book as part of this fun family event. Thank you to all who turned out, and for your continued support of reading at home. “Make something in May” is the Learning Center’s current theme. Each week a different type of hands-on project is completed in class. This past week had students engineer paper into movable fish and pop-up cards. Upcoming projects involve “dazzling duct tape,” “beautiful beads,” and “stitches ‘n stuff.” Following directions for projects is sometimes challenging, but students are so satisfied with their creations in the end, when they stick to it and don’t give up.


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