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Kirstie Paschall slides in her vote at Essex High School on Tuesday morning accompanied by her 3-month-old daughter, Nora, who was attending her second-ever election after also hitting the polls for the August primary.

Giambatista and Houghton cruise to re-election Redmond breaks through, Myers retains seat Local voters choose Scott, Zuckerman



sizable midterm turnout saw incumbents sweep the board in

ing people what was on their minds – a lesson she planned to carry on

state and federal races Tuesday while voters handed down clear

to Montpelier. “I’m just really humbled,” she said when reached Tues-

advantages in both Essex house districts.

day night. “I’m excited to represent Essex and really understand what

Democrat Marybeth Redmond led all vote-getters in the two-seat

people’s concerns are and bring all of those voices to the statehouse.”

Chittenden 8-1 district with 2,458, while Republican incumbent Linda

In Chittenden 8-2, incumbent Democrats Lori Houghton and Dylan

Myers retained her seat with 1,974 votes, about 400 more than Progres-

Giambatista earned re-election, receiving 3,013 and 2,895 votes, respec-

sive/Democrat Tanya Vyhovsky, unofficial results show.

tively. Challenger John Brennan, a Republican, finished a distant third

Redmond credited her success to simply knocking on doors and ask-

with 1,448.

See ELECTION, page 2

Alleged courthouse rape victim sues state By COLIN FLANDERS A woman who said she was sexually assaulted at Burlington’s Edward J. Costello Courthouse is suing the state of Vermont for negligence nearly a year after a jury acquitted her alleged rapist. Filed in Washington County Superior Court last month, the lawsuit accuses Burlington criminal courthouse security of failing to protect the woman from sexual assault despite several reports of her alleged attacker’s aggressive behavior toward female attorneys on the morning of Oct. 16, 2015. The suit names the state of Vermont as its lone defendant and references the ac-

cused – Robert Rosario, 35, of New York – throughout the complaint. “[The] state of Vermont and its security officers knew of the foreseeable risk of harm of violent assault on courthouse visitors and knew or had reason to know that Robert Rosario, in particular, posed a threat,” the lawsuit says. The state will argue court officers couldn't have forseen that Rosario would commit the alleged crime and therefore the state shouldn't be held liable for his actions, according to Kate Gallagher, chief of civil division at the Attorney General’s Office, which is representing the state. “There is no duty here that was breached,” she said.

The woman lived in Essex during Rosario’s trial last December, and the lawsuit says she still lives in the county. The Reporter does not identify victims of alleged sexual assault without their consent. Reached Monday, her attorney, David Lynch, declined to comment on the case. The assault has left the woman with ongoing medical expenses to address mental and physical harm rising to the level of some “permanent disability,” according to the lawsuit. She asks for compensatory damages and any relief the court deems just. Rosario’s trial focused heavily on interactions between Rosario and the woman

leading up to the incident. Court records show she was there for a meeting with a counselor while Rosario attending a hearing for a drug trafficking charge. The alleged victim testified that Rosario approached her several times and insisted she knew him. Later, she said, he went into the women’s bathroom, shoved her into one of the stalls, told her to “shut up” and raped her. Prosecutors from the Attorney General’s Office told the jury the woman was homeless and working to overcome a drug addiction at the time of the incident. They called her the “perfect victim.” See LAWSUIT, page 2


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ELECTION from page 1 And unopposed incumbent Republican Bob Bancroft is heading back to Montpelier to represent Chittenden District 8-3, which a portion of Essex shares with Westford. Mimicking statewide results, incumbents reigned supreme in both of Essex’s districts. Village voters granted Gov. Phil Scott a 2,496 to 1,851 advantage over Democratic challenger Christine Hallquist, and favored Progressive/Democrat David Zuckerman over Republican Don Turner Jr., 2,633 to 1,739. District 8-1 voters, meanwhile, handed Scott 2,567 votes compared to Hallquist’s 1,420, and gave Zuckerman a 2,270 to 1,755 advantage over Turner Jr. Three Republicans, including Essex resident Paul Dame, struggled to gain traction against the incumbent slate in Chittenden

County’s Senate race, with Tim Ashe (D/P), Ginny Lyons (D), Debbie Ingram (D), Michael Sirotkin (D), Phil Baruth (D) and Christopher Pearson (D/P) easily retaining their seats. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders cruised to his third term in the U.S. Senate, with the Associated Press calling his victory over Republican Lawrence Zupan race moments after the polls closed Tuesday evening. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) also won handily, as did Democrats T.J. Donovan (attorney general), Beth Pearce (state treasurer) and Jim Condos (secretary of state). The 9,940 ballots – a third of which were early or absentee – cast from Essex’s 16,384 registered voters on Tuesday represent a 61 percent turnout, eight points shy of the 2016 presidential election.


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Rosario’s attorney, Bob Katims, sketched a different picture. He told jurors the alleged victim “badgered” Rosario – whom she knew from drug-related encounters – and initiated consensual sex in what she hoped was an exchange for drugs. Only when Rosario left without following through did the woman allege he raped her, Katims said. Focusing less on the alleged attack and more on the hours leading up to it, the lawsuit says Rosario accosted and catcalled several female attorneys as he remained in the courthouse two hours after his hearing. Those female attorneys told a male colleague that they had been sexually harassed by a man later determined to be Rosario, court records show. “They described his behavior as sexually aggressive and inappropriate,” a police affidavit says. “He had followed each of them very closely and made them feel uncomfortable and unsafe to the point they had hidden in an interview room waiting for him to leave.” The male attorney reported the claims to a security officer less than an hour before the incident, according to court records. “Despite Mr. Rosario’s observed and reported behavior, security personnel took no action to investigate, monitor, confront or remove Mr. Rosario from the building,” the lawsuit

says. It claims the victim’s alleged rape is a “direct and proximate result” of this negligence. The lawsuit doesn’t name the female attorneys, but Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George told The Reporter last week she was among the women harassed by Rosario. “He was approaching me pretty continuously, attempting to get me to agree to go on a date with him, asking me out, telling me that I was beautiful,” George recalled. “He was not angry or aggressive in the violent sense. He was aggressive in the determined sense.” Such behavior didn’t seem all that unusual to George, who said female attorneys often get asked out in the courthouse. But she said Rosario's behavior went beyond those typical encounters, and what stuck out to her most was who it was coming from: She once prosecuted Rosario for domestic assault and now he was “asking me out to lunch.” George said she believes the victim’s allegations but doesn’t think Rosario was doing anything illegal prior to the incident, nor does she believe what she reported was enough for court officers to take action. Proving negligence requires plaintiffs to show defendants were put on actual notice – or in this case, that the state could have foreseen that Rosario posed a risk to the woman. Assistant AG Gallagher didn’t think Rosario’s behavior met that standard. She was even more skep-

tical of the lawsuit’s second charge: That by disregarding the female attorneys’ claims, the state violated the Public Accommodations Act, which says members of protected classes – in this case, women – have a right to be free of sexual harassment in public spaces such as a courthouse. Gallagher didn’t fully understand why that law would have any merit in this case because the alleged victim was not claiming she was sexually harassed. And even so, Gallagher said, the claim “cuts two ways.” "The individual who is alleged to have assaulted the plaintiff – he has a constitutional right to be in the courthouse," she said. The lawsuit, meanwhile, says court officers would have taken the female attorneys' claims more seriously if they were men. The Chittenden County Superior Court clerk, who oversees the court’s judicial officers, deferred questions to her Washington County counterpart, who deferred to the Attorney General’s Office. Neither George nor any other female attorneys testified at Rosario’s trial – the judge ruled their testimony would be too prejudicial, George said. She admitted it felt a “little strange” that the lawsuit alleges the state – her employer – discriminated against her, and said she had no idea the suit was coming. It didn’t come as much of a surprise to Rosario’s former attorney, however. Katims said the defense knew the alleged victim retained legal counsel last year but said the court didn’t want attorneys diving into that during the trial. He said the lawsuit is of “no concern” to his former client, whose legal issues in Vermont have been resolved (After he was acquitted of the sexual assault case, Rosario posted bail on the remaining drug charge and went on to receive credit for time served during both cases, Katims said.) “[The alleged victim’s] issues are with the state of Vermont, not with him,” Katims said. Gallagher doesn’t believe the trial’s result will factor into the state’s defense. The heart of the matter is not whether the attack took place but who is responsible for it, she said, and it’s the state’s position that the “criminal and only the criminal” is responsible for any misconduct. “I’m not really wanting to rehash all the allegations with respect to the rape itself,” Gallagher said. “I don’t think it will be necessary. I certainly don't want to put this plaintiff in that position. I’m thinking that we will be able to resolve this case without ever having to address that.”

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Essex Jct. bagpipe group to commemorate WWI armistice 100th anniversary By MADELINE CLARK From the green hills of Tyrol to the Green Mountain State, bagpipers will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the World War I armistice—and in the U.S., Veterans Day—by rising with the sun and playing “When the Battle’s Over.” St. Andrew’s Pipers of Vt., an Essex Jct. based group, will be among them. “We're very excited because it's going to be this remembrance of the sacrifice of the Great War,” St. Andrew’s pipe major Beth Paul said. “It's particularly poignant for us because, of course, there were many U.S. soldiers in World War I and, in fact, there were over 2,000 pipers.” Over 1,700 pipers worldwide will play the song at 6 a.m., their local time, commemorating the hour the armistice was signed 100 years ago, according to Paul. Around 12 members of St. Andrew’s Pipers will meet at the First Congregational Church of Essex to partici-


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pate. “When the Battle’s Over” was composed by Scotsman William Robb in the 19th century and played

said, adding that alongside its historical significance in war, bagpipes are “an instrument that people want you to play.” For some of the group’s members who are veterans—Paul included—there is added significance to the event, she said. But even for those who never served, there is pride and honor in commemorating veterans. Elizabeth Malone, a three-year piper, said the history behind the event appealed to her. “When I think back to World War I, I think of how many countries came together to right what they thought was evil,” she said, adding the event is a great way to mark the end of a negative period that brought positive and lasting See BAGPIPES, page 4

by pipers as they returned to their barracks after combat ended, according to the College of Piping manager Stuart Letford. Pipers accompa-

nied Scottish combat units to battle to aid with morale and provide entertainment on marches, Letford wrote in a research paper.

“It’s very appropriate to use that instrument during the centenary,” St. Andrew’s piper and Scottish transplant Ewan Cameron


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roles to first aid, educators and programs like the Civilian Conservation Corps or Vista Corps. “That's a great way to enhance that feeling of citizenship and patriotism and supporting your country.” It’s good to see women serving in active combat roles today, Paul said, adding, “Whether you're a woman or a man doesn't really impact how you can contribute.” This Veterans Day, Paul will serve again by leading St. Andrews Pipers in a World War I armistice signing commemorative bagpipe concert. The group will

By MADELINE CLARK Beth Paul picked up her bagpipes. Music swelled to fill a small sitting room in her Essex Jct. home as she breathed life into the instrument’s bag. As her slender fingers covered and revealed holes on the the recorderlike neck of the pipes, Paul moved the instrument’s three drones—the antennalike poles atop the bag— changing the sounds it produced. Paul is pipe master of the Essex Jct. based St. Andrew’s Pipeband of Vermont. She’s played since the ’80s and has held almost every office in the band from treasurer to corporal, pipe sergeant to quartermaster. But it’s not the only type of quartermaster she’s been. Paul is a veteran of the Vietnam War era and served stateside as a quartermaster officer at Fort McClellan in Alabama. In 1971, at 20 years old, Paul graduated college, and her father signed for her to join the U.S. Army since she was a year too young to enlist herself. Her family was no stranger to service with her father having served in the Navy, grandfather and uncle in the Army, a brother and sister in the Marine Corps and another sister a stewardess for Pan-American flights. “It wasn't really, ‘was I going to go into the military,’ but rather, ‘which branch would I go into,’” Paul said. During her time at the fort, Paul served various roles. At one point she worked in a warehouse, managing boots, uniforms and other supplies and shipping them as needed. In another post, clothing sales, she sold uniforms. One of her favorite parts of the job, she said, was kitting Medal of Honor recipients. These individuals, according to Paul, were outfitted free-ofcharge for life. The Women’s Army Corps School was founded at Fort McClellan in 1952, according to the U.S. Army Garrison website. Two years later, it became the first permanent home of the Women’s Army Corps Center. Between 500 and 700 women served with WAC during the Vietnam War, according to Texas Christian University history professor Kara Vuic. Most worked as clerks, cartographers,


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Beth Paul plays a tune on her bagpipes in the small sitting room of her Essex Jct. home. reporters, stenographers, typists, photographers and air traffic controllers, Vuic said. Women were not permitted to fight in active combat. “I would have been happy had I had a more active role in supporting the troops in the field,” Paul said. “But at that time, women weren't even handling weapons.” Paul said she and her compatriots never chafed at the inequity: “It was just the way that it was.” But when she met her husband, George—a chemical officer, advanced class— in October 1971 and the couple wed the following April, she challenged standards. According to Paul, her female officer friends assumed she would resign since marriage and children often spelled an end to a woman’s military service. “The powers that be made it clear that if I became pregnant, I would be expected to resign,” she said. “They didn't really see women being pregnant and still being on active duty; it just wasn't done.” But Paul kept on. She had a two-year commitment and wanted to complete it. She knew the “hierarchy’s” opinion and that her choice “wasn’t go to go over well.” But she completed her stint, and when it ended, she left the Army and started a family, which would grow to include four children. “It was just a different time,” Paul said. “People thought about work and marriage and family life differently.” Paul’s young adult years and draw to the military, while normal in her family, did seem unique when compared to her peers, she said. “It certainly seemed different than what a lot of my contemporaries were doing,” she said.“[It was]

play several tunes including “When the Battle’s Over,” a traditional Scottish retreat song. Paul was inspired to join the group in 1983 when she watched them perform in Maple Street Park. She recalled seeing one female piper among the players’ ranks. “I had never seen a female piper before,” Paul said. “So I waited, hung around and talked to her, and she said … I should get lessons because she was leaving, she was moving to some other city.” The rest, as they say, is history.

frowned on to be in the Army, in the service, really at that time.” In college, Paul protested to allow military recruiters on college campuses while many of her classmates challenged the war. “I got fired from my [part-time] job,” she said. “I had got to work late because I had been at a counter-protest, and they said, ‘Yeah, well we can't be having that, so don't come back.’ But I got another job.” Today, Paul said she’s a proponent of service for all. “[There’s] all kinds of work that folks could do for the betterment of the country, for the betterment of their community,” she said, adding service comes in many forms from military

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at the event including “When the Battle’s Over” and “On the Road to Passchendaele,” a piece dedicated to over 500,000 soldiers who lost their lives en route to the namesake town in Belgium. The group will then switch to songs that were popular with soldiers during the war such as “Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag,” and “It’s a Long Road to Tipperary.” Visitors are welcome to attend the performance; participants will be treated to breakfast from the Quality Bakeshop afterward. During the event, Paul will discuss the history of the songs and the church’s pastor will lead a prayer and remembrance of veterans. “Piping is kind of oddball stuff anyway, so to have this thing that's going to involve players all over the world is just really cool to me,” Paul said. “It's that kind of music that fires folks up.” The St. Andrew’s Pipers practice each Wednesday around 7 p.m. in St. James Episcopal Church in Essex Jct. They perform at events, parades and several commencement ceremonies around the state including St. Michael’s College in Colchester.




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perhaps more at risk because of these influences. “I joined ATI because I heard about the great things that it does for the community and the positive influence it has on younger kids by providing them with positive role models and providing them with advice on how to live a safe happy life” said Olivia Doty, an EHS senior. The ATI group plans, and coordinates youthled projects that support the students of the Essex Westford School District (EWSD). These initiatives engage teens in rewarding

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and challenging activities that encourage healthy life style choices. One example over the past year was a culinary project supported by the EWSD, and generously hosted by the Inn at Essex. At this maple-themed event, ATI members and about 25 students (6th-8th grade) participated together in a two-hour cooking class. This gave students from the Albert D. Lawton, Essex Middle, and Westford schools the opportunity to learn some cool culinary skills It also enabled these youth to interact with students from other schools (and the ATI members) in a stress-free and cooperative environment. The younger kids had a blast, and asked questions of ATI members about what high school is like. The older ATI teens were able to “be the influence” for the younger students. According to Lindsay Falby (a guidance counselor at Essex Middle School), “Our students who participated were so thankful for an opportunity to explore an interest outside of the academic setting. I know they mentioned many times that it was so cool to have people at school and the community who were invested in supporting ideas like this one at The Essex.” In addition to fun and enriching experiences (like the cooking class), Essex ATI has coordinated school and community presentations on topics that are important to the health of Essex youth. This past year, ATI conducted an antibullying workshop at one local school, and a community presentation at EHS about the rising popularity of electronic cigarettes for teens. The ATI youth are older high school students concerned about making good choices, and being role models for younger teens. We applaud their maturity and service to others. They represent another important characteristic of a Quality Youth Development (QYD) community.

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New law can help opiate crisis I personally knew Maddie Linsenmeir when she was a young, cheerful, energetic girl taking ski lessons with my children at Cochran’s Ski Area in Vermont. How could I know back then that this rosy-cheeked little girl would end up become a symbolic figure in the battle to end the opioid crisis now facing our state and our country. As an assistant judge in family court in Chittenden County, I am witness to what opioids are doing to our community’s families. I see addiction so powerful that young parents end up choosing drugs over their children’s welfare. Earlier this month, I attended a presentation in Washington, D.C. arranged by the Office of White House Intergovernmental Affairs. Several topics pertinent to our state were covered by White House cabinet members and staff. One of the speakers, Jim Carroll, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, touched home when he read aloud the moving obituary of Maddie. Mr. Carroll made it very clear that his department considers opioid addiction a disease, and curing it is his highest priority. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. A very important bipartisan bill was signed into law last week to help our country deal with the massive opiate crisis that is costing tens of thousands of lives every year in our country. The AMA-approved bill, known as the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, along with several other provisions, focuses on improving access to treatment services, including medication-based treatment and removing patient restrictions on Medicaid and Medicare, even if the patient is in jail. The new law also allows the fining of drug companies and distributors for allowing over prescribing of opioids and allows government authorities to research non-addictive drugs for patient pain management. To help eliminate the drug flow into the US, the law also creates methods to check for foreign shipments of illegal drugs to the U.S. They say that hope springs eternal. For me, I am hopeful that this new law will bring the opiate crisis to its knees. Locally, we need to eliminate the market for opioids by giving those addicted in our community the help they need, once the market dries up the illegal drug providers will leave us alone. Some might say this is wishful thinking, but for that little girl I remember on the ski slope, I am willing

to give everything I can to turn wishful thinking positive action. Connie Cain Ramsey Domestic violence prevention orgs need your support I was 8 years old the first time I saw a woman getting beat up by her boyfriend, through the window in the apartment building next to our house. For a few years I listened nearly every week as the beatings took place at another neighbor's apartment. Later, one of my best friends in college practically disappeared as her boyfriend increasingly isolated her further and further away. I thought she had abandoned me in favor of him, but I later learned that I missed an opportunity to really help. Those are only a few of the times I have borne witness to the violence that lives in our community between people who are trying to love. I volunteered at Women Helping Battered Women (now known as Steps to End Domestic Violence) when I moved to Vermont in order to plant roots in my new community, and what I got in return was a hundred times more valuable. They taught me how to understand the imbalance of power and the desire for control that bleeds into so many relationships. They taught me about feminist organizational theory, which I still use today as I run my own business. They taught me what a healthy relationship was supposed to look like, which gave me an idea of how I needed to improve my own self. They helped me understand my strength, and how to use it in service to others. I'd still be swimming in the shallow end of the pool of life if it weren't for them. After working on the hotline for two years, my co-worker was murdered by her husband. It turns out that knowing how to help doesn't stop the violence. As a numbers person involved in nonprofits, believe me when I say that domestic violence organizations need your support. Plenty of other people doing good work need your support, too, to be sure, and I know many of us already dig pretty deep to support so much great work in our community. We are lucky in Burlington to have a better safety net than many others. However, federal funding has evaporated over the last decade, despite plenty of women, some men and lots of children living in fear for their lives. Please consider donating now to Steps to End Domestic Violence, or to your local domestic violence program. I promise you, this money is not wasted on fat salaries, gala events or cushy benefits. You may not know what to do next

time you hear your neighbor beating up their partner. Even after 20 years of trying to know, I still find myself struggling in those moments. But making sure there are people at the other end of the hotline, who can help her navigate the legal system, and a safe place for her to go if she decides to leave, is an important way to help. Donate now at Learn more about DV: If you'd like to know more about how to volunteer, call 658-1996. Heather Belcher Owner, Sweet Clover Market Shooting debate shouldn't include emotions I watched a documentary on Walter Williams the other day, and I was struck by the commentary of one of those interviewed. He said, “The mandate in a free society is not to give freedom to people who agree with you, but rather, the essence of liberty is to allow freedom for people who disagree with you.” For people to take it upon themselves and “do the right thing,” there has to be negotiation and mediation to define what that means for both parties, equally. We all have many different interests and opinions. Neighbors have challenges now and then. Any effort you put in to get along with your neighbors is one of the best investments you'll ever make. The recent selectboard change in consensus which intends to severely limit hunting on public parcels shows me, in my opinion, they are leaning towards governing by emotion and not fact. They are purposely singling out an activity safer than badminton for special regulations not based on any logical premise backed by data. I understand logical to describe something that comes from clear reasoning based on facts. Encouraging the wearing of bright colors to be seen is logical. An almost total ban on an activity with a 100 percent safety record is not. There is no logical reason to restrict hunting in any form on these public parcels where the activity has been co-existing for decades with absolutely zero incidents. I'm afraid this shows, in my opinion, the selectboard may also forgo logic in the future and do the same type of emotional governing on other issues. I would urge every resident on every side of any issue important to you to attend these meetings and be heard. The selectboard should be encouraged to return to logical governing based on facts, not emotion. Kendall Chamberlin Essex Jct.


At the heart of the center By LOu ANN PiOLi Coordinator, Essex Area Senior Center During the four years that I’ve had the privilege and pleasure of working with our 50+ population at the Essex Area Senior Center, I’ve received a lot of praise for the growth and warm environment that has been nurtured here. While I take great pride in our Center and in my work, I am always quick to point out that I have not accomplished this alone. At the heart of this wonderful place that so many call their second home are dozens of volunteers who give selflessly each day for the good of the seniors we serve. I’m not sure people understand all that is involved with running a successful senior center. Take Brenda, for example. Of the 710 volunteer hours logged from April to September of this year, 480 of them belonged to Brenda. She’s here nearly every day, chipping in with just about every facet of the center, and then some. Besides cleaning and organizing, setting up for programs, running our weekly Bingo program, helping with Wednesday meals, sending birthday cards to every one of our 300plus members, coordinating trips with me and shopping for center needs, folks joke that the kitchen here is “Brenda’s kitchen,” where she is often found cleaning, straightening cupboards, making coffee and tea for folks, and even scrubbing the refrigerator! Then there’s Randy, who, before he was injured in a fall, did a lot of the “bull” work, schlepping tables and climbing ladders to hang decorations for every event and season. He also took over our monthly (or more) Costco runs to keep us in supplies. Liz heads our Silent Auction Committee and works diligently year after year to raise money for our Center. Anne-Marie leads the Craft Fest Committee, another annual fund-raiser so important to the Center. She also chairs our Knitting and Crocheting group, and along with Martha, June, Joan, Doug, Darquise, Jeannine and Jacki creates beautiful items to sell at our Craft Fest to benefit the Center. Sandi leads our ever popular weekly Seated Yoga class and Book Club. Moe is my “right hand man”, setting up/ breaking down tables, bringing in the flag, and teaching/ leading Cribbage. Billie leads our Seated Tai Chi program. Maddie, Nancy,

Martha, Jeannine, Randy and Cathy regularly call Bingo. Dick heads up Duplicate Bridge. Connie teaches Mah Jongg lessons, and she and Karen R. lead Mexican Train Dominoes. Chris makes sure our ice-cube trays are always filled. Anne leads our Mah Jongg Tournaments. Connie, Jeannine, Mike and Polly, Karen R., June, Karen M. and Monica are quick to volunteer for events and anything else that is needed, as well as opening/closing or covering the Center when I can’t be here. Betty G. is a constant for our Wednesday meals to set up, serve and clean up. She’s often joined by Jeff and Gloria and various volunteers from area churches. Then, in addition to those mentioned above, there are all the other folks who willingly donate their time and energy on our many committees: Dottie, Betty P., Lila, Joyce, Doug, Beverly, Judy, Linda, Jean, JoAnn, Rosie, Ernie, and Rose D. We can’t forget our members, too numerous to list, who offer to bake/cook for our events or who donate items to the Center or for our auctions, or who just show up to make friends, play, welcome newcomers, and laugh, adding so much to the “family” we’ve created here. There are so many amazing seniors who make this Center what it is. It should not come as any surprise that I refer to them as “the heartbeat of the Center, keeping it alive and vibrant.” If you’ve never visited us, please do stop in. We’d love to have you! A few reminders: Our silent auction began Monday, Oct. 29 and runs through Saturday, Nov. 10. Open to the public. Bidding takes place Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The annual Five Corners Fall Craft Fest is November 10 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit the Senior Center, First Congregational Church, Holy Family Church and St. James Church for a wide array of creative vendors and food. The center will be closed on Friday, Nov. 9 in order to set up for the Craft Fest. The annual Christmas Luncheon for Essex seniors and members of the Senior Center sponsored by the Essex Knights of Columbus and Rotary will be Wednesday, Dec. 5 at noon. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the center during regular business hours. Essex Area Senior Center is located at 2 Lincoln Street at the Five Corners. Please call 876-5087 for more information or visit our website,

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Poisoning can be serious


By TESSA ROY Essex Rescue

oisoning emergencies can be serious, and time is of the essence when it comes to seeking treatment. Many homes take precautions in hopes of preventing an emergency. We store dangerous chemicals away from food products, we follow the safety instructions on the containers, we childproof the cabinets chemicals are stored in, but still every year poison control receives almost 2 million calls from people seeking advice in a poisoning emergency. As the parent of any toddler will tell you, kids are excellent about getting past childproof locks and it only takes a second for things to turn dangerous. What should you do if you round the corner and find your child has gotten into chemicals or household cleaners? Or if you have been exposed to a chemical? The Poison Control Center is here to help. You can call 1-800-222-1222 or even visit their website at www.webpoisoncontrol. org and someone will be there to answer your questions and provide advice. You should have some critical information ready for the agent you’re speaking to. They will need to know the age of the patient and the presence of any symptoms especially if the patient is unconscious or having trouble breathing. You’ll also need to know the weight of the patient as well as the patient’s health history and any preexisting conditions they may have. They will need to know the exact product that the patient was exposed to, the size of the container, and the strength of the product. Other important information to convey is when the exposure occurred and how long it lasted for, the amount of product involved in the exposure, and finally your name, phone number, zip code, and how you are related to the patient. It can be a good idea to give your phone number right at the start of the call just in case the call gets disconnected, that way the agent will have a way to contact you. When it comes to poisoning emergencies specific information is critical to getting accurate advice. If you guess the patient’s weight incorrectly, name the wrong product, guess the wrong amount that the patient was exposed to, or give an incorrect exposure time then the center may inadvertently give you inaccurate information. Poisoning emergencies are not a time for guessing. If you don’t know the exact information the agent is looking for let them know that so that they can err on the side of caution. In the event they have you call 911 or go to the hospital or urgent care clinic it can be a good idea to bring the container of the product the patient was exposed to for the caregivers to see, but only do so if the product can be brought along safely. For example, bringing the container of laundry detergent could be done safely, where as it would be dangerous to bring along a container of pesticides. If you can’t bring the container but you are able to safely photograph it that is another option. In the past some doctors used to tell parents to keep syrup of ipecac on hand at home just in case of a poisoning emergency, or to induce vomiting in some other way. It is not a good idea to induce vomiting unless you are specifically instructed to do so by poison control. There are times when inducing vomiting can actually put the patient in even more danger, and recent studies show that vomiting does very little to relieve a poisoning emergency. If you don’t already have the Poison Control Center number programed into your phone now would be a good time to do so as you don’t want to hunt down the number in the middle of an emergency. As always if you’re interested in joining Essex Rescue please contact Colleen Nesto at 847-4859 ext 4.

When it comes to poisoning emergencies, specific information is critical to getting accurate advice.



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Religious Directory

nov. 10

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. Jesse Mark, lead pastor. Sunday service: 10:30 a.m., AWANA: Thursdays twice a month,; brentdaybreak@ 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 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. 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 - UCC, an Open and Affirming Congregation, embracing diversity and affirming the dignity and worth of every person, because we are all created by a loving God. 1 Church Street, Essex Junction, VT 05452. Telephone (802) 878-5745; Website: Email: Senior Pastor, Rev. Mark Mendes, Assoc. Pastor, Rev. Josh Simon. Sunday Worship Services: 8:30 and 10:15 am. Communion: first Sunday of every month. Faith Formation meets weekly at 10:15 am. Jr. & High School Youth Groups on Sundays. Heavenly Food Pantry – second Monday, 5:30-7:30pm; fourth Thursday, 2-6pm, except for Nov & Dec when it is the third Thursday. Essex Eats Out Community Dinner – 1st Friday of the month, 5:30 – 7pm. Music includes Sanctuary Choir, Finally @ First Band, Joyful Noise, Cherub Music, Handbell Choir, Men’s Acapella and Ladies’ Acapella groups. 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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Ready to get a jump on your holiday shopping? The craft fair season kicks into high gear this weekend with the Five Corners craft festival and a Christmas Bazaar. Set up at multiple locations, there should be plenty of variety to help you find those unique gifts you are looking for. See Saturday, Nov. 10 for details.

8 Thursday Food shelF

9 - 11 a.m., Aunt Dot's Place, 51 Center Rd. Essex Jct. 9 - 11 a.m., Aunt Dot's Place, 51 Center Rd. Essex Jct. Aunt Dot's Place is happy to serve the communities of Essex, Westford, Jericho and Underhill. Visit auntdotsplace. com for more information.

Building BrighT FuTures Preschool PlaygrouP

9:30 - 11 a.m., Maple Street Recreation Center, 75 Maple St., Essex Jct. Join other caregivers and children for play time. We ask that you bring a drink and indoor shoes. There will be craft, sensory, story time and songs.

seaTed yoga

10 - 10:30 a.m., Essex Area Senior Center. Led by dedicated member and volunteer, Sandi McGowan, this exercise class is open to all seniors. Class is free for EASC members, $2/session for non-members.

new canasTa

12:30 - 4 p.m., Essex Area Senior Center. Free.

seaTed Tai chi

12:30 - 1:30 p.m., EJRP Aspire, 74 Maple St., Essex Jct. Tai chi is a martial art that combines gentle movements, breathing techniques, and stretching. Led by Billie Hall and sponsored by Age Well; free to area seniors.

heavenly PanTry

2 - 6 p.m., First Congregational Church, 39 Main St., Essex Jct. The Food Pantry is open to residents of Essex Junction, Essex Town and Westford. Clients will need an ID for each member of the household and a utility bill. Clients may only visit the Pantry once in each calendar month.

Teen cenTer

2:30 - 5:45 p.m., Essex CHIPS, 2 Lincoln St., Essex Jct. Throughout the school year, students attend to play, relax, visit with friends and receive homework help under the supervision of our lovely staff and volunteers. Open to students attending ADL and EMS. Free; open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

includes several community members from the Essex area. Tickets start at $24; visit FlynnTix. org for more information or to purchase tickets.

9 Friday youTh MenTal healTh and FirsT aid Training 8:30 - 4:30 p.m., Essex CHIPS, 2 Lincoln St., Essex Jct. YMHFA is an 8-hour course that teaches adults how to help youth who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and various types of crises. Visit events/EssexCHIPS for more details and to pre-register.

Music wiTh raPh

9:30 - 10 a.m., Brownell Library. Come sing, dance and play with Raph. All ages.

Musical sTory TiMe

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

sTeaM Fridays: wild weaTher

3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Create and explore with science, technology, engineering, art and math.

essex eaTs ouT

5:30 - 7 p.m., Holy Family Church, 36 Lincoln St., Essex Jct. Free community dinners for all! If you need a ride, please let us know with an email to

ParenT's nighT ouT

5:30 - 9:30 p.m., Founders Memorial School, Essex Jct. 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. All EPR programs require pre-registration; visit for more details.

10 saTurday run your can oFF!

7 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Gilbrook Natural Area, Winooski. A 1.25 mile loop on smooth forest single track has been set up for you to run as many loops as you can or want to during this day long event. Visit the Essex High School Nordic team tent while you are there! Please pledge to donate goods as an entry fee.

chrisTMas craFT Fair

9 a.m. - 4 p.m., United Church of Colchester, 900 Main St., Route 2A, Colchester. Features a variety of quality crafts including unique painted items, quilted items, punched tin, turned wood pieces, crafted soap, dried florals as well as, knitted and crocheted items, jewelry, stocking stuffers, porcelain snow babies and more. There will also be a quilt raffle, a crafters raffle and a bake sale. Lunch of homemade soups, sandwiches and pies will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. No entry fee.

heavenly cenTs ThriFT shoP 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., 3 Main St., Essex Jct. Start your holiday shopping with our new decoration section and get ready for winter with our selection of hats, mittens and scarfs.

Five corners craFT FesTival

9 - 3 p.m., St. James Church, First Congregational Church, Holy Family Church and the Essex Area Senior Center all come together to provide a multi-stop craft festival to help with early holiday shopping. Again this year each event will give a punch cards to the first 125 visitors at their location. Cards that have been fully punched by visiting all events during the day will be entered into a drawing to win one of five gift baskets. A large silent auction will be at the Senior Center and First Congregational Church. Please contact Linda Bogardus at 872-8972 or for more information.

ParenT's nighT ouT

chrisTMas Bazaar

wii Bowling

2:30 - 4 p.m., Essex Area Senior Center. Join the fun and see if you can beat your friends! Maybe we’ll start a league. Can be played seated or standing.

6 - 9 p.m., Maple Street Park. Treat yourself to a quiet night in or an evening out on the town when you sign your child up for this supervised movie night. Visit for information.

lego Fun

aniMe nighT

Food shelF

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

eaTing To BeaT TyPe 2 diaBeTes

6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Essex Free Library. Registered Dietitian Joanne Heidkamp, MS, RDN, will share strategies for choosing and preparing the foods that will help you manage your blood sugar.

Modern wesTern sTyle square dance

7:30 - 9 p.m., Maple Street Park. You don't need to know how to dance - "If you can walk to music you can learn to square dance." Email Wayne or Susan Pierce at

lyric TheaTer PresenTs "annie"

7:30 p.m., Flynn Theater, 153 Main St., Burlington. Come see Lyric Theater's most recent adaptation of the Tony award-winning musical. The cast

6 - 8 p.m., Laboratory B, 266 Pine St., Burlington. Join us as we view the latest animated shows originating from Japan. We'll watch four or more episodes and then chat about the show. You will also be able to learn about other anime events in our area. Enter through the side door.

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


7:30 - 9:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 1 Church St., Essex Jct. The Grange is a family, community organization with its roots in agriculture.

lyric TheaTer PresenTs "annie"

7:30 p.m., Flynn Theater, 153 Main St., Burlington. (See Thursday, Nov. 8 for complete details.)

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., St. Pius X Church, 20 Jericho Rd., Essex Jct. Bring the entire family to enjoy our many craft offering. Please email for information about attending or being a participating crafter. 9 - 11 a.m., Aunt Dot's Place, 51 Center Rd. Essex Jct. (See Thursday, Nov. 8 for details.)

weekend sTory TiMe

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

Books For Frenchcanadian research

10:30 a.m., Vermont Genealogy Library, Fort Ethan Allen, 377 Hegeman Ave., Colchester. When you need to understand the historical, political, social and religious influences on our French-Canadian ancestors' lives it may be time to "crack a book." This is especially true when looking for advice on the research process itself, on migration paths, name changes and understanding the records themselves. A panel of five of our researchers will describe their favorite resources. $10.

Book release PresenTaTion

10:30 a.m., Dorothy Alling

Memorial Library, 21 Library Ln., Williston. Richard Allen will discuss his book based on a journal of an Essex man who traveled the eastern U.S. in 1841.

Blood drive

11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Essex Cinemas, 21 Essex Way, Essex Jct.

lyric TheaTer PresenTs "annie"

1 and 7:30 p.m., Flynn Theater, 153 Main St., Burlington. (See Thursday, Nov. 8 for complete details.)

surviving The holidays

2 - 4 p.m., Essex Alliance Church, 37 Old Stage Rd., Essex Jct. When you are grieving a loved one's death, the holiday season can be especially painful. This seminar helps participants prepare for the holidays and even discover hope for the future. Register online at For more info contact Ron Caldwell at 578-6891. Free.

vFw BBq and dance

5 - 10 p.m., VFW Post 6689, 73 Pearl St., Essex Jct. Good food followed by the band Hullahbaloo at 7 p.m. Open to the public.

11 sunday sT. andrews PiPe Band oF verMonT "BaTTle's over" 6 a.m., First Congregational Church of Essex Junction, 39 Main St., Essex Jct. "Battle's Over" is an international commemoration marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of WWI. At 6 a.m. local time, 1,000 lone pipers throughout the country will play outside cathedrals and other locations in this historic, international event. Free.

Fall counTry BreakFasT BuFFeT

8 - 10:30 a.m., St. Thomas Church Parish Hall, 6 Green St., Underhill. The buffet style breakfast will include juice, fruit, eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, home fries and coffee or tea. The cost is by donation. All proceeds will benefit the Josh Pallotta Fund. Currently, the Parish Hall is not handicap accessible. Any questions, please call the Rectory Office 899-4632.

veTerans day cereMony

11 a.m., Five Corners, Essex Jct.

shriners' Bingo

12:30 - 4:30 p.m., Champlain Valley Expo, 105 Pearl St., Essex Jct. Come play Bingo! Win some cash and support the Mt. Sinai Shriners of Vermont. Visit for more information.

lyric TheaTer PresenTs "annie"

1 and 6 p.m., Flynn Theater, 153 Main St., Burlington. (See Thursday, Nov. 8 for complete details.)

12 Monday village and Town oFFices, essex area senior cenTer, Brownell and essex Free liBraries closed in oBservance oF veTerans day Tween cenTer

3 - 5:45 p.m., Essex CHIPS, 2

calendar loCal meetings

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9 - 11 a.m., Aunt Dot's Place, 51 Center Rd. Essex Jct. (See Thursday, Nov. 1 for details.)

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

monDay, novemBer 12 Noon, town economic Development Commission, Town offices, 81 Main St., Essex Jct.

tuesDay, novemBer 13 9:30 a.m., senior Center Program Committee, Essex Area Senior Center, 2 Lincoln St., Essex Jct. 5:30 p.m., village tree advisory Committee, Lincoln Hall, 2 Lincoln St., Essex Jct. 6:30 p.m., village trustees meeting, Lincoln Hall, 2 Lincoln St., Essex Jct. 6:30 p.m., town Convservation and trails Committee, Town offices, 81 Main St., Essex Jct. Lincoln St., Essex Jct. Throughout the school year, students attend to play, relax, visit with friends and receive homework help under the supervision of our lovely staff and volunteers. Open to students attending Thomas Fleming School. Free.

Heavenly Pantry

5:30 - 7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 39 Main St., Essex Jct. The Food Pantry is open to residents of Essex Junction, Essex Town and Westford. Clients will need an ID for each member of the household and a utility bill. Clients may only visit the Pantry once in each calendar month.

CHeCkmates square DanCing

6 - 9 p.m., Maple Street Park. Advanced and challenge level. Participants must have completed the plus style of Western Style Square Dancing. Call Fred or Betty Smith at 891-9677 for more information.

13 tuesDay toDDler story time

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

BuilDing BrigHt Futures PresCHool PlaygrouP

knitting project or start a new one in the company of fellow knitters!

14 weDnesDay eHs BlooD Drive

9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Essex High School, 2 Educational Dr., Essex Jct.

HomesCHoolers' Book grouPs

9 - 10 a.m., Brownell Library. Grades k - 3 read two titles from the Red Clover Award Nominees; grades 4 - 8 discuss a book from Dorothy's List; grades 9 - 12 discuss one of this year's GMBA nominees.

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

teCH time

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

senior lunCHeon

Noon. - 1:15 p.m., Essex Middle School, 60 Founders Rd., Essex Jct. Come enjoy a cafeteria special.

teCH HelP witH CliF

9:30 - 11 a.m., Maple Street Recreation Center, 75 Maple St., Essex Jct. (See Thursday, Nov. 1 for details.)

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

PresCHool story time

rotary CluB oF essex

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


12:30 - 3:30 p.m., Essex Area Senior Ctr. Every card costs a penny, so if you play 10 cards, each game costs a dime. If 20 games are played in an afternoon, your total for the afternoon would be $3.

seateD tai CHi

12:30 - 1:30 p.m., EJRP Aspire, 74 Maple St., Essex Jct. (See Thursday, Nov. 8 for details.)

reaD to ginger tHe Dog

2 - 3 p.m., Essex Free Library. Read a story and snuggle with our adorable book-loving canine friend, Ginger!


2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Library Elementary Event Planners meet to make a snack, discuss and prepare an activity to present to elementary students. All middle school students welcome.

ronalD mCDonalD House CHarities Bingo

4 p.m., Champlain Valley Exposition, 105 Pearl St., Essex Jct. Early bird games start at 6:30 p.m.

yoga witH JonaH

5:30 - 6:30 p.m., First Congregational Church,1 Church St., Essex Jct. Wear comfortable, non-restrictive clothing. Bring a mat or borrow one at the event. Donations welcome, but not required.

FooD sHelF

6 - 7:30 p.m., Aunt Dot's Place, 51 Center Rd. Essex Jct. (See Thursday, Nov. 8 for details.)

DroP-in knitting CluB 6:30 - 8 p.m., Essex Free Library. Bring in your current

FooD sHelF

BuilDing BrigHt Futures PresCHool PlaygrouP

9:30 - 11 a.m., Maple Street Recreation Center, 75 Maple St., Essex Jct. (See Thursday, Nov. 1 for complete details.)

seateD yoga

10 - 10:30 a.m., Essex Area Senior Center. (See Thursday, Nov. 8 for details.)

senior Center Book CluB

10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Essex Area Senior Center. The Book Club will be discussing “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion. New members are welcome!

seateD tai CHi

12:30 - 1:30 p.m., EJRP Aspire, 74 Maple St., Essex Jct. (See Thursday, Nov. 8 for details.)

mexiCan train Dominoes

12:30 - 4 p.m., Essex Area Senior Center. Newcomers welcomed!

wii Bowling

2:30 - 4 p.m., Essex Area Senior Center. Join the fun and see if you can beat your friends! Maybe we’ll start a league. Can be played seated or standing.

mount mansFielD sCale moDelers

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

aDl Fall BanD ConCert

7 - 9 p.m., Albert D. Lawton School, 104 Maple St., Essex Jct.

eHs Presents "Big FisH"

7 - 9 p.m., Essex High School, 2 Educational Dr., Essex Jct. This production features a cast of 43 talented student actors and will take audiences on a magical journey from fiction to fact and back again. Visit for more information. Tickets on sale in advance by going to; remaining seats will be available at the door. $5, students/seniors/children; $10, general admission.

moDern western style square DanCe

Noon - 1:15 p.m., The Essex, 70 Essex Way, Essex Jct. The Rotary Club of Essex serves the communities of Essex, Essex Junction, Jericho, Underhill, and Westford. We offer a superb lunch, with speakers on topics of interest to the community at large. Visitors are always welcome.

7:30 - 9 p.m., Maple Street Park. You don't need to know how to dance - "If you can walk to music you can learn to square dance." Email Wayne or Susan Pierce at

tHe Human exPerienCe witH FooD From italy

BaBy time

Noon - 1:15 p.m., Brownell Library. Amanda Anderson, scholarship recipient from the Vermont Italian Cultural Association, shares her experience interning in Rome this summer with UVM alumna owned ‘Flavors of Italy.’ Brown bag lunch, and desserts and refreshments will provided by the Vermont Italian Club.

DuPliCate BriDge

1 - 3 p.m., Essex Area Senior Center. Duplicate Bridge is a variation of contract bridge where the same bridge deal is played at each table. Led by dedicated member Dick Ross. Members play for free, non-members are $1/session. New players welcomed.


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.

reaD to Daisy

3:15 - 4:15 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.

Dine anD DisCuss: "BreaD anD roses, too"

5:30 - 7 p.m., Brownell Library. Pot-Luck dinner precedes Intergenerational book discussion of this year's Vermont Reads book, "Bread and Roses, Too" by Katherine Paterson.

16 FriDay 9:30 - 10 a.m., Brownell Library. Meet other families, read a board book, learn some sign language and play.

maH Jongg

10 a.m. - noon, Essex Area Senior Ctr. Members play for free. Non-members pay $1/ visit. Newcomers are always welcomed!

musiCal story time

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

souP anD sanDwiCH

Noon - 1 p.m., Essex Area Senior Center. You bring your own sandwich, the Center supplies dessert, beverages and delicious soup from the CTE Culinary. $1 members, $2 non-members. Reservations are required; call 876-5087.

knitting anD CroCHeting

1 - 2 p.m., Essex Area Senior Ctr. For more information call Lou Ann Pioli at 876-5087.

steam FriDays

3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Create and explore with science, technology, engineering, art and math. For grades 1 and up.

vFw wing nigHt

5:30 - 7 p.m., VFW Post 6689, 73 Pearl St., Essex Jct. Open to the public.

essex eats out

5:30 - 7 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, St. James Place, Essex Jct.

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Family movie: "moana"


Wild Bird Sale

6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Come see the Disney animated hit "Moana" with friends.

Sale Dates: Monday Oct. 29 to Friday, Nov. 16

eHs Presents "Big FisH"

7 - 9 p.m., Essex High School, 2 Educational Dr., Essex Jct. (See Thursday, Nov. 15 for details.)



17 saturDay


9 - 11 a.m., Aunt Dot's Place, 51 Center Rd. Essex Jct. (See Thursday, Nov. 8 for details.)

89¢ each

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Feeders and Accessories

Select Suet

FooD sHelF

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Brownell Library. This is an event for local activists to call attention on the discrimination, abuse, intimidation and violence that women human rights defenders face and to call on governments to protect their rights. This event is just one of thousands that will be carried out throughout the United States and countries worldwide. All materials supplied; refreshments served while they last; free and open to the public.

50 lb. Black Oil Sunflower Seed

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No other discounts apply during this sale.

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Mon - Fri 7:30 - 5:30, Sat 8:00 - 4:00, Sun Closed

weekenD story time

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

siBling revival: songs For PeaCe

10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Essex CHIPS, 2 Lincoln St., Essex Jct. Natanya and Raphael grew up singing music in the folk tradition. Extended family gatherings and car rides were filled with voices in harmony. With a focus on peace and lighthearted fun, they bring this communal folk spirit to a younger generation. Fun for the whole family!

using google searCH to FinD anCestors

10:30 a.m., Vermont Genealogy Library, Fort Ethan Allen, 377 Hegeman Ave., Colchester. Ed McGuire will discuss how to use this tool to locate records associated with your ancestors. He’ll demonstrate the use of commands & operators in your queries to improve the relevance of your search results. $10.

BuilDing BrigHt Futures PresCHool oPen gym

3 - 4:30 p.m., Maple Street Park Recreation Center. Come run around inside during the cold winter months. There will be a bouncy house, balls, trikes, a play hut, a mini-slide and push toys for ages 5 years and younger.

eHs Presents "Big FisH"

7 - 9 p.m., Essex High School, 2 Educational Dr., Essex Jct. (See Thursday, Nov. 15 for complete details.)

18 sunDay woko Flea market

8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Champlain Valley Exposition, 105 Pearl St., Essex Jct. Features tag sale items, crafts, antiques, and more, and is a great opportunity for those looking to buy – and sell – bargain merchandise and related goods.

vFw auxiliary BreakFast

9 - 11 a.m. VFW Post 6689, 73 Pearl St., Essex Jct. Open to the public.

etHan allen HomesteaD "tHe turBulent sons oF tHe revolution"

2 p.m., Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington. Former New York Times bureau chief and visiting professor at Dartmouth College, Christopher Wren, will discuss his latest book on the Green Mountain Boys focusing on the role they played during the Revolutionary War and in Vermont’s formative years. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.

eHs Presents "Big FisH"

2 - 4:30 p.m., Essex High School, 2 Educational Dr., Essex Jct. (See Thursday, Nov. 15 for details.)

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Monday, Oct. 29 - Saturday, Nov. 10. Essex Area Senior Center. Stop by to bid on a variety items during the largest annual fundraiser.

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STROLLER, SINGLE TRADITIONS, 50 Antiques SEAT, great shape, $8. CALIBER, Muzzleloader, new condition ROCKING CHAIR, 802-527-7891 OAK, in good shape. TWIN BABY CAR- with 3-9 scope. Camo Asking $15. Call 802- RIAGE, great shape, nickel, never seen the woods. Paid $350, ask868-7469 $75. 802-527-7891 ing $250. Call 802-933VT TEDDY BEARS, 6219 Collectibles still in box, never played Firewood/Lumber/ CANADIAN EXPLOR- with, one is white the Fencing ER MUGS, each has a other is brown. Paid (1), different Canadian dis- $75. each, asking $40. DRYWOOD, covery. Asking $1 each. each or both for $70. CORD, mostly Maple. Call 802-868-7469 Will make great Christ- Easy access, you pickup, in St. Albans. $250. EXPO ‘67 GLASS- mas gifts. 802-524Cash only. 802-3935070 WARE, 14 glasses in 0119 Electronics/Camtotal. Asking $1 each. eras/Etc. Call 802-868-7469 Furnishings WALLACE NUTTING CELL PHONE, AT&T, GATE, METAL, PRINTS (15), assorted in excellent condition, WHITE. 50”x54”, only prints, in frames. Ask- works great, no cracks. used one day. $100. ing 1,100 OBO. Call Asking $30. Call 802802-527-7891 582-5557 802-582-0194 Exercise/Sporting Heavy Equipment Children’s Items & Equipment Toys SKATES, 1989 E120B CAT excaCARRIAGE, CLEAN, HOCKEY MEN’S, size 11, in ex- vator, Town of EnosGOOD condition, plaid cellent condition. Ask- burgh is accepting pattern. $70. 802-527ing $25. Call 802-524- sealed bids for a 1989 7891 E120B CAT excavator, 3061 CRIB, LARGE SIZE, approximate hours maple wood. $25. 802- Firearms,Bows, Etc 15,500 on the machine. 527-7891 Deadline for bids is 20 GAUGE AMMO,3 11/16/2018 at 3:00 at PLAYPEN, PAK N boxes for skeet shoot- the Enosburgh Town Play, like new. Green, ing, 4 boxes Remington Office 239 Main St. pink and blue colors small game 8 shot. Enosburg. The selectwith some white. In very Some slugs and buck- board reserves the right good condition. $70. shot. $40 takes all. Call to refuse any and all 802-527-7891 802-933-6219 bids. Bids will be

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CAT FOUND, SMALL, gray/black cat with white toes and a little white face. Found around the Brown Avenue in Swanton. If this is your cat or you would Pets like the cat please call BORDER COLLIES, 802-868-4397. Needs a FEMALE, 13 weeks home before winter! old. UTD on shots. Wanted to Buy $650. each. Call 802782-5264, ask for SarBUYING ANTIQUES ah. Complete households, most anything old/of Lost & Found good quality. 45+ years buying! Fair prices paid! Call Ed Lambert 802-528-5651 or 802-782-1223 St. Albans


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Montpelier Antiques Market Sunday Nov. 11 & 25, 2018 Canadian Club 414 East Montpelier Road (Rt. 14), Barre, VT 8:00am -1:00pm Vendors offering advertising, glassware, furniture, tools, toys, jewelry, postcards, books, Early American, hunting, fishing, books, paintings, militaria and much more. Spaces available. www.montpelier Early Buyers $5 (8am) General Public $2 (9am) Call Don Willis Antiques (802) 751-6138



Underhill: Share a rural home with independent senior who enjoys nature, Scrabble and VPR. $100/mo. in exchange for help with housekeeping, cooking a few meals each week and some companionship. Private BA. No deposit! 802-863-5625 HomeShareVermont. org for application. Interview, references, background check required. EHO Essex Jct: Share a home with professional couple who enjoy yoga and PBS. $400/mo. (all inc) plus help with pet-care on weekends. Shared BA. No smoking. No deposit! 802-863-5625 HomeShareVermont. org for application. Interview, references, background check required. EHO

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October 29 - November 4 Arrests

1 DLS 1 False information to law enforcement to implicate another 1 Retail theft (<$900, attempt)

MondAy, oCtober 29

1:22 a.m., Suspicious event on Morse Dr. 6:04 a.m., Burglary on Pearl St. 6:32 a.m., Accident with property damage on Pearl St. 7:20 a.m., Accident with property damage on Jericho Rd. 8:09 a.m., Accident with property damage on Kellogg Rd. 12:06 p.m., Property damage on Brownell Dr./West St. 12:15 p.m., Theft on Wasson St. 2 p.m., Missing person on Educational Dr. 3:14 p.m., Animal problem on Weathersfield Bow 3:52 p.m., Citizen dispute on Pearl St. 4:08 p.m., Suspicious event on Central St. 6:17 p.m., Found property on River St. 7:46 p.m., Animal problem on Carmichael St.

tuesdAy, oCtober 30

10:33 a.m., Accident with property damage on Pearl St.

10:57 a.m., Found property on Pearl St. 11:31 a.m., Motor vehicle complaint on Essex Way 11:50 a.m., Vandalism on Pearl St. 3:32 p.m., Juvenile problem; location withheld 4:02 p.m., DLS on Park St. 6:08 p.m., Suspicious event on Baker St. 6:59 p.m., Accident with property damage on Maple St. 8:15 p.m., Accident with personal injury on Towers Rd. 8:42 p.m., Juvenile problem; location withheld

WednesdAy, oCtober 31

6:17 a.m., Vandalism on Elm St. 6:37 a.m., Vandalism on Southview Rd. 6:47 a.m., Motor vehicle complaint on Pearl St. 6:52 a.m., Vandalism on Camp St. 7:24 a.m., Vandalism on Mansfield Ave. 9:59 a.m., Motor vehicle complaint on Pinecrest Dr. 10 a.m., Missing person on Sycamore Ln. 10:38 a.m., Vandalism on Jackson St. 10:57 a.m., Theft on Colchester Rd. 1:29 p.m., Fraud on Jericho Rd. 2:16 p.m., Juvenile problem; location withheld 3:14 p.m., Suspicious event on Pearl St. 4 p.m., Trespassing on Kana Ln. 4 p.m., Accident with property damage on Main St. 5:20 p.m., Accident with personal injury on Center Rd./Essex Way

5:27 p.m., Vandalism on Camp St. 6:22 p.m., Theft on Lincoln St. 7:54 p.m., Juvenile problem; location withheld 8:43 p.m., Animal problem on Center Rd./Essex Way

thursdAy, noveMber 1

8:03 a.m., Fraud on Jericho Rd. 8:27 a.m., Assault on Educational Dr. 8:51 a.m., Fraud on Jericho Rd. 8:58 a.m., Assault on Susie Wilson Rd. 10:49 a.m., Theft on Susie Wilson Rd. 12:53 p.m., DLS on Pearl St. 3:19 p.m., Trespassing on Pearl St. 3:57 p.m., Suspicious event on Indian Brook Rd. 6:19 p.m., Citizen assist on Maple St. 6:45 p.m., Suspicious event on Jackson St. 6:54 p.m., Suspicious event on Pinewood Dr. 10:34 p.m., Medical; location withheld

FridAy, noveMber 2

11:03 a.m., Vandalism on Educational Dr. 12:03 p.m., Weapon offense on Education Dr. 2:19 p.m., Suspicious event on Center Rd. 3 p.m., Animal problem on Old Stage Rd. 4:55 p.m., DLS on Colchester Rd. 5:26 p.m., Animal problem on Main St. 6:51 p.m., Vandalism on South St. 10:15 p.m., Vandalism on Greenbriar Dr.

sAturdAy, noveMber 3

6:50 a.m., Accident with property damage on I-289/ Exit 10 9:23 p.m., Found property on Center Rd. 10:43 p.m., Fraud on Susie Wilson Rd. 11:19 p.m., Citizen assist on Park St. 12:22 p.m., Suspicious event on Susie Wilson Rd. 12:39 p.m., Accident with property damage on Railroad Ave. 6:18 p.m., Found property on Pearl St. 8:12 p.m., Intoxication on Susie Wilson Rd.

sundAy, noveMber 4

3 a.m., Domestic disturbance; location withheld 6:58 a.m., Animal problem on Laurel Dr. 8:56 a.m., Animal problem on Cardinal Ln. 9:06 a.m., Threatening on Carmichael St. 11:32 a.m., Weapon offense on Browns River Rd. 2:06 p.m., Nose on Central St./Railroad Ave. 4:13 p.m., Theft on Essex Way 4:23 p.m., Citizen assist on Pearl St. 4:29 p.m., Citizen dispute on Maple St. 5:04 p.m., Citizen dispute on Pearl St. 6:17 p.m., Arrest on warrant on West St. 7:39 p.m., Suspicious event on Corporate Dr. 10:32 p.m., Suspicious event on Upper Main St.

totAl CAlls: 134

This log represents a sample of incidents in the date range. For more information, call the non-emergency number: 878-8331

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Hornets cap nearly flawless


ABOVE: The top seed Essex High School Hornets girls' varsity volleyball team hoists the championship trophy after they defeated No.2 CVU in three straight sets (25-20, 25-14, 25-17) during the state finals on Saturday. The dominating Hornets were undefeated this fall, losing only two sets all season over 17 games. BELOW: Senior captain Valerie Bessette shows off her solid form during a serve in the championship on Saturday. OPPOSITE TOP: Sophomore Amanda Lyon has her hands all over the ball as she elevates to block a CVU player. OPPOSITE MIDDLE: This year's champions pose with their newly earned trophy and medals after capping off their perfect season. OPPOSITE BOTTOM: Excitement ripples through the team at the end of the match, as the new champions celebrate. We will have many more color photos of the Hornets' match on our website, By JOSH KAUFMANN COLCHESTER — Imposing as undefeated, No. 1 seed Essex’s size and athleticism were, what doomed Champlain Valley Union’s valiant and intense effort to win the rivals' third straight finals meeting was the Hornets’ overwhelming depth. The Redhawks had won the inaugural Vermont Principals Association girls volleyball tournament over Essex, and were looking to avenge the Hornets’ 2018 finals win over CVU. The second-seed Hawks got the start they were hoping for, but four straight points to start the championship doubleheader at Ross Sports Center didn’t make Essex blink. “I told them not to worry if they’re down early. Just keep fighting,” Essex coach Jen Ligouri said. ”And we did that.” CVU’s only loss in a 13-1 regular season was a 3-1 decision at home to Essex on Oct. 11. The hot start only helped keep things close in the first set, a 25-20 Hornet win that was followed by 25-14 and 25-17 Essex victories for the title. “We basically play our game,” Ligouri added. “We didn’t pay attention to what their score is. Just play our game, play volleyball. And that’s what they did. They were just focusing on playing our game.” The Redhawks’ top blockers held their own against Essex’s imposing senior Madeline Folsom and freshman Jazmin Munson. But the Hornets also had Jessica Rose, Rachel Yandow, Amanda Lyon, Elizabeth Goodrich, and Grace Asoera popping up everywhere CVU tried to attack, and by early in the second set the Hawks were just trying to keep the ball in play. They did a really good job establishing their block, and that was really hard to get around,” CVU coach Jeanne Nauheimer said. “It’s a really good block. They just played really well.” After Yandow’s clutch serving wiped out the early deficit, emphatic kills by

Folsom and Munson got Essex to 23-17 in the first set, before Asoera and Munson went high to force a shot wide for the win. Essex got more championship-level serving in the second set, turning aside a CVU rally from its own quick 10-2 hole. Rose, a sophomore, racked up six straight points to make it 17-11. Asoera, one of six seniors, launched a 5-1 Essex run for a 22-12 lead, and moments later Munson slammed down a block to finish off the second set. “Our girls were there fighting tooth and nail. I think there were a couple of unfortunate moments when we couldn’t get a point and get the serve back,” added Nauheimer. In the third set the Hornets raced to an 8-2 lead and went up by as much as 11 before the Hawks closed slightly, and Essex sealed the victory on Kayla Boutin’s serve to finish off a perfect 17-0 season. Liguori was particularly pleased that everyone on the roster got into the act in the third set without the team missing a beat. “Every single Hornet on the roster played top quality volleyball,” she said. “My girls played very well and I'm incredibly proud of all of them. I was very happy that I played every player on my roster in the championship match. It was such a great experience for everyone.” The Hornets lost just two sets this fall, one of them to the Redhawks three weeks earlier. CVU finishes 14-2, undefeated against the rest of the state. It was the third Essex-CVU finals matchup in as many years of the sports’ varsity status. CVU took the 2017 title 3-2, and Essex won 3-1 a year ago. “Jessie Rose was crushing the ball into CVU’s defensive players all day,” Liguori said. Rose racked up eight kills, Munson added four and seven stuff blocks, and Folsom served a team-high four aces along with four kills.




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season with championship “Every single Hornet on the roster played top quality volleyball. My girls played very well and I'm incredibly proud of all of them. I was very happy that I played every player on my roster in the championship match. It was such a great experience for everyone.” Jen Ligouri

Essex Hornets girls' volleyball varsity coach

Pets of the Week GEORGE

~ 4 years old Neutered male ~ Breed: Mixed breed Arrival Date: 10/10/2018

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Meet George! Oh, George, your sweet face just melts our hearts! Found as a stray and recovering from a skin infection, George has been working on sprucing himself up for his new family. We think this dapper gentleman is ready to move on to comfy couches and being spoiled! From stray to family, add George to your pack today! My thoughts on: Dogs: George has been interested in dogs at HSCC and may do well with a proper introduction Cats: His history with cats is unknown Children: His history with children is unknown

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in the Essex Area Senior Center’s SILENT AUCTION Ends at 2 pm during the Craft Fest 2 Lincoln Street (Closed Friday Nov.9) Saturday,

November 10th

For Info call Essex Area Senior Center, 876-5087. Stop in to bid at 2 Lincoln Street, Five Corners, M-F 10am-4pm. Winners need not be present and will be notified by phone.

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JOSH KAUFMANN, Essex Reporter

Surrounded by her Hornet temamates, senior goalkeeper Yasmine Nsame gets her hand up to try and block a corner kick play during the girls varsity semifinals on October 31. The loss ended the playoff run for Essex, who had been dominant in the playoffs leading up to the game.

Girls soccer bows out in semis By BEN KAUFMANN COLCHESTER — A pair of Leah Lamothe corner kicks were converted into Colchester goals in Wednesday’s Division I semifinal and a stellar Laker defense held Essex scoreless to reach the Division I championship game with a 2-0 win Oct. 31. Brooke Booska flicked in a Lamothe offering just 85 seconds after the opening whistle to give No. 3 Colchester (13-4) a 1-0 lead and a huge advantage. Midway through the second half, Madison Finelli blasted a Lamothe corner into the back of the net for the second time in a three-minute span. Her first score was whistled back due to a Laker foul, but her second counted and gave Colchester a 2-0 lead. “We scored a lot of goals that way this year,” CHS coach Jeff Paul said of the great set-piece day his girls had. “It’s been Leah Lamothe and Summer Hathaway; they’ve been spectacular taking those for the majority of the season. The kids had to come through when they had to and they did today.” Wednesday’s victory completed Colchester’s season sweep of the No.7 Hornets (9-6-1), following a pair of 1-0 Laker victories in the regular season. It also punched Colchester’s ticket to Saturday’s Division I championship game against undefeated top seed Champlain Valley (17-0). Colchester fell to the Redhawks 1-0 in September, and though the regular-season finale was a 5-1 loss at CVU, the Lakers became just the third team to score against the Redhawks this season. Paul said CVU’s record and scorelines from this season won’t be in Colchester heads come Saturday. “You get to a state championship game, you go out there and do the best you can. It doesn’t matter who we’re playing or what our history has been with them. So we’re just going to go play, have a good time, and see what happens.” For Essex coach Kevin Barber, Wednesday’s defeat was a disappointing end to an otherwise excellent season.

“We played hard. They were better than us today. Especially on the set pieces. We couldn’t get to the ball. We’ve struggled with that all year and they took advantage of it today,” Barber said, noting that a defense that didn’t allow a goal in the run of play Wednesday was a huge part of a strong year for the Hornets. “Half of our goals given up were to CVU. Now we’ve given up four to Colchester total, so it’s pretty admirable what we’ve done in the back. We just would have liked to have scored three tonight.” What was largely a back-and-forth game duked out in the middle third of the field was short on high-quality chances but full of excellent defense and midfield play from both sides. Both coaches noted that Booska’s goal less than two minutes into the game was critical in such a high-stakes game. “It’s pretty damaging,” Barber said. “We hadn’t been in a situation like this before, so we talked about how the first five minutes might be crazy. We’re going to have extra energy and something bad or something good might happen and we’ll need to deal with it. But I think they were prepared for it. I’m not sure that the goal was exactly what we had imagined but I think we dealt with it pretty well. I thought we pressured them right after, we just didn’t get one in.” For Paul’s Lakers, aided by seven saves from sophomore goalkeeper Olivia Moore, Wednesday’s semifinal couldn’t have gotten off to a better start. “I think in a semifinal against a team this talented it’s a huge thing for us. It takes the pressure off a little bit. I’m just so proud of our kids.” Essex had upset second-seed Mt. Mansfield in the quarterfinals to earn its trip to Colchester, and the Hornets were seeking a first championship appearance since dropping consecutive title games to CVU in 2012 and 2013. Senior goalie Yasmine Nsame stopped 10 shots Wednesday in her final game for a Hornet program that will have to wait another year to try to win its first title since 2007.

SPORTSHORTS By JOE GONILLO Happy November. I’m sure there still is some Halloween candy hanging around your house. Be strong; don’t eat it all! Congrats to our girls’ volleyball team on its state championship Saturday at St. Michael’s College. Some exciting football news of the powderpuff variety can be found below. Still some fall sports left. FYI - first day of winter sports is Monday, Nov. 26. Let the Thanksgiving countdown begin! Congratulations to the girls’ volleyball team on winning the 2018 D-I state title. The Hornets once again shut out their opponent, this time CVU, winning in three straight sets 25-20, 25-14 and 25-17. They completed an undefeated season with a sparkling 17-0 record. The Hornets defended their title and won in a dominant fashion to claim their second straight state championship. CVU

started strong with a 4-0 lead but EHS stormed back with strong serving by Rachel Yandow to tie it up at 4-4. The score stayed close for most of the set, but the Hornets pulled away winning the first set 25-20. They held onto that momentum going into the second set with another hot taking a 10-2 lead winning 25-14. EHS took the final set 25-17 with every single Hornet on the roster playing top quality volleyball. Jessie Rose crushed the ball into CVU's defensive all day and led with eight kills. Jazmin Munson had four kills and seven stuff blocks against the CVU hitters. Maddie Folsom led the team with four service aces and also had four kills. Our No. 3 boys’ volleyball team fell in the semis to a good No. 2 Lyndon Institute team by 3-1 in match play. The Hornets had a fine season ending with a record of 8-6. LI defeated EHS 3-1 in their season finale. CVU won states Saturday at SMC. The varsity boys’ soccer team saw their fall come to an end in the semifinals last week. Over in the Kingdom, No. 2 St. Johnsbury edged by them 2-1 scoring a goal in the first half and early in the second. Adam Lyon put No. 3 Essex on the board by way of a slick penalty shot cutting the deficit to a lone goal. Sadly, the boys could not get any closer and fell a score short in getting to the finals. They played great soccer all sea-

EHS seniors selected for all-star football game


ornet seniors Tyler Millette and Keshon Peters of Essex have been chosen to take part in next month’s 18th annual North-South Senior All-Star Football Game at Castleton University. Kickoff is slated for at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 17. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students, and will be available at the gate starting an hour prior to game time. All proceeds benefit the scholarship and grant programs of the Vermont Chapter of the National Football Foundation.


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son and played to a record of 11-3-3 one of their best in recent years. CVU easily beat the Hilltoppers 4-1 in Saturday’s final at Burlington High School in somewhat nasty weather. The varsity girls’ soccer team also lost a close game in the semis to Colchester High School. The No. 2 Lakers jumped on the Hornets less than two minutes into the game forcing EHS to play from behind all game. Though they pressured their opponents, Essex could not bang in the equalizer. Colchester added an insurance goal to vault them into the finals. Ending with a record of 9-7-1, the girls came together and had a great season. CVU edged the Lakers in the state championship Saturday morning in a messy rain. The Essex boys’ and girls’ cross country teams will be on their way to the New England’s Friday for Saturday’s big meet. Race site is Manchester, N.H. Reported a couple of weeks ago that they may continue their season and compete in the Nike XC Regionals in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Good luck and have fun. Football news of the powderpuff variety. The Annual Athletic Leadership Council Charity Bowl will take place on Saturday, Nov. 10. Kickoff is slated for 10 a.m. The charity the students have chosen is the National Organization for Women Foundation. This foundation promotes the women's “love your body” campaign, deals with crises in family courts and works toward global justice and equality for women. All proceeds from the Charity Bowl will go

towards helping this cause. Please come out to support the junior and senior girls as they fight on the gridiron to support your mothers, wives and daughters. Congratulations to former EHS track and field hurdle star Jason Polakowski, who was recently named to the strength training staff of the Philadelphia Phillies. Nice promotion from Bryant College to the MLB. You know I will be texting him for tickets even in Fla.! So last week I sent out congrats to the Red Sox. Then I read their manager, Alex Cora, lost it a bit with his “S#*k it” comment at their parade. Come on, junior. Rookie manager, pressed all the right buttons in how to win with class. Tough to backpedal on this one. Sad news as EHS grad Laura Cole passed away last week. Donations an be made to the Laura Cole Scholarship: C/O Pasco Educational Foundation PO Box 3162 Pasco, WA 99301 Happy Birthday wishes to former EHS’er Christina Metropoulos Moulton, Kendra Pratt Wallace, Jeffersonville’s Trevor Thompson, Mikey Colantoni, Megan Ayers, Big James Olsen, Connor Leblanc, Katie Santerre Smith, NC’s Nelson Mayhew, Lance Wordlemann, Cynthia Peterson, Mark Gonillo, Ashley Degiovanni Noelle and Bill Hella. A very special, loving, Happy Birthday No.5 to our granddaughter, Gianna, who we will see very soon. XOXO

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ose’s energetic all-around play helped Essex shrug off an early deficit to CVU in the state championships Nov. 3 at St. Michael’s College, where the Hornets won their second title in the sport’s three years as a varsity activity. The junior contributed to a dominant Essex performance at the net that forced the Redhawks into numerous errors throughout the 25-20, 25-14, 25-17 victory, along with strong serving and back-court defensive play. In helping Essex notch a perfect 17-0 record, Rose accumulated 63 service aces, 56 kills and 53 defensive digs.

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