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November 10, 2016

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ESSEX SELECTS THREE NEW REPS Bancroft and Myers reclaim seats



Photos by COLIN FLANDERS Top: Voters in Essex's 8-2 district fill out ballots at Essex Middle School on Tuesday. Above: Voters grab ballots at Essex High School on Election Day.

few new faces are heading to Montpelier following Tuesday’s election after a newcomer snagged the most votes in two of Essex’s three districts. For Chittenden District 8-2, Essex’s most contested, Democratic duo Lori Houghton and Dylan Giambatista captured the village’s two open seats, netting 2,570 and 2,369 votes respectively. Republican incumbent Paul Dame, who served one term, earned 2,084 votes, while fellow Republican Michael Plageman received 1,751. With two seats up for grabs in Chittenden

District 8-1, voters gave Democrat Betsy Dunn 2,748 votes, and incumbent Republican Linda Myers earned 2,680. Libertarian V. Chase placed a distant third with 845 votes. In Chittenden District 8-3, shared with Westford, Essex voters favored author and Democrat John C. Churchman by 163 votes to incumbent Republican Bob Bancroft, yet the latter reclaimed his seat by 60 votes after factoring Westford ballots. Offered 15 out of 26 potential candidates for justice of the peace, Essex voters selected Houghton, Jennifer Ashe, Myers, Linda Costello, Tim Jerman, Debbie Evans, Betsy Dunn, Dame, Deborah Billado, Giambatista, Diane Clemens, Bernard Couture, Robert Chaffee and See ELECTON, page 2

Recreation district vote date official Selectboard and trustees warn December date By COLIN FLANDERS


fter eight months of discussion and debate, it’s official: Essex voters will decide the fate of their recreation departments this December. The board of trustees unanimously approved to warn next month’s special election during its

Tuesday night meeting. The evening prior, the selectboard voted to as well, ending months of speculation over whether voters would even see the proposed recreation district this calendar year. The selectboard meeting provided little fanfare, with only a few residents choosing to speak on the See REC, page 11

Essex schools beat state in science NECAP scores By COLIN FLANDERS Essex students outpaced state averages on this year’s science New England Common Assessment Program, according to data released by the Vermont Agency of Education last week. Essex Town School District students exceeded statewide proficiency rates by large margins. Just under 62 percent of fourth-graders at Founders Memorial met or exceeded proficiency,

about 13 percent points more than statewide counterparts. Eighth-graders at Essex Middle School widened the gap, meeting proficiency at a rate of 48 percent, 26 percent more than the statewide average. “We’re looking to see if when we’re assessing our kids during the school year, is it matching up with what the state test is doing,” said Ellen Thompson, director of instruction at ETSD. See NECAP, page 11

Photo by KAYLEE SULLIVAN Shawn Trout of First Republic Brewery pours an array of craft beers at the business' River Rd. location last week. The brewery's taproom opened on Oct. 22.

A brewing passion First Republic’s taproom is now pouring



etween 2006 and 2008, Vermont Army National Guard soldiers Shawn Trout and Kevin Jarvis were stationed in the same area of Iraq, right outside of Baghdad.

They didn’t know each other then. On Oct. 3, 2010, the pair met on their first day of their new fulltime job at Revision Military in Essex Jct., the beginning of their post-military life. Now, they run First Republic Brewery together. “We’re very proud of what we

did,” Trout said about their time in the service. “But we’re doing something else right now.” Homebrewing grew from a small interest into a full-time career for Trout, but the transformation was a lengthy process. See BREW, page 16

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Courtesy photo Police say an Essex man ripped down these Trump signs last Sunday.

Police: Essex man ripped down Trump signs By COLIN FLANDERS Police arrested an Essex man who say they ripped down a handful of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump campaign signs Sunday afternoon on Essex Road in Williston, marking the seventh incident at the address over the past two weeks, according to a news release. Williston police say a driver spotted 23-year-old Rashid H. Atweh tearing

down the signs around 4 p.m. at 435 Essex Rd. The driver then tried to block in Atweh until police arrived, leading to a brief physical altercation. Atweh also accidentally hit the passerby’s car with his own while trying to leave the area, police said. No one was injured. Atweh was cited for unlawful mischief and is expected to appear in court on November 22.

Janet Hunt. For statewide offices, Essex favored Republican Phil Scott, granting the current lieutenant governor 6,135 voters compared to 4,837 for Democratic candidate Sue Minter. A tight lieutenant governor race saw Progressive/Democrat David Zuckerman edge Republican Randy Brock, 5,587 to 5,147. Voters chose incumbents Jim Condos and Beth Pearce for secretary of state and state treasurer, respectively. Essex gave Democrat Sen. Patrick Leahy more than a two-to-one advantage over Republican challenger Scott Milne, while Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) earned 9,498 votes, more than 8,000 above Liberty Union challenger Erica Clawson. Essex resident Dan Feliciano, Republican candidate for auditor, earned 4,993 votes, a close second to Doug Hoffer’s 5,083. Choosing six of eight candidates for Chittenden County state senator, Essex voters picked Tim Ashe, Ginny Lyons, Debbie Ingram, Michael Sirotkin, Philip Baruth and John C. Gifford. In the national races, Essex handed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton a major advantage over

Photo by COLIN FLANDERS Martha McLaughlin hits the polls at Essex Middle School with two little helpers by her side.

Republican nominee Donald Trump, 6,715 to 3,013. Libertarian Gary Johnson received the third most with 416; 811 voters chose to write in their own candidate. The 11,357 ballots cast out of Essex’s 16,495 registered voters on Tues-

day represent a 69 percent turnout. Bill Parmelee, a poll worker at Essex Middle School, said a handful of voters relayed Tuesday was their first time voting. “I think this campaign got people motivated,” he said.

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Hillary Clinton (D), 6715 Rocky De La Fuente (I), 31 Gary Johnson (L), 416 Gloria Lariva (LU), 9 Jill Stein (G), 153 Donald J. Trump (R), 3013


Pete Diamondstone (LU), 61 Cris Ericson (M), 194 Patrick Leahy (D), 7236 Scott Milne (R), 3512 Jerry Trudell (I), 113


Erica Clawson (LU), 855 Peter Welch (D/R), 9498


Doug Hoffer (D/P), 5083



Deborah “ Deb” Bucknam (R), 2674 T.J. Donovan (D), 7854 Rosemarie Jackowski (LU), 216



Tim Ashe (D/P), 6358 Philip Baruth (D/P), 5031 John C. Gifford (R), 4660 Debbie Ingram (D), 5772 Tom Licata (I), 2720 Virginia “Ginny” Lyons (D), 5996 Christopher A. Pearson (P/D), 4103 Michael Sirotkin (D), 5412

Dylan Giambatista (D), 2369



Randy Brock (R), 5147 Boots Wardinski (LU), 141 David Zuckerman (P/D), 5587

Murray Ngoima (LU), 278 Beth Pearce (D/R), 8520 Don Schramm (P), 1237


Daniel L. Gamelin (D/R), 8546

Bill “Spaceman” Lee (LU), 190 Sue Minter (D), 4837 Phill Scott (R), 6135


John C. Churchman (D), 747

Paul Dame (R), 2084

Lori Houghton (D), 2570 Michael Plageman (R), 1751


Jennifer Ashe (D), 4623 Maureen Ploof Beauvais (I), 1665 Deborah Billado (R), 3795 Robert Chaffee (D),3592 John C. Churchman (D), 2320 Diane Clemens (D), 3751 Linda Costello (D), 4493 Bernard Couture (D), 3664 Patricia Crocker (R), 2975 Paul Dame (R), 3859 Betsy Dunn (D), 4012 Debbie Evans (D), 4280 Dylan Giambatista (D), 3757 Dawn Hill-Fleury (R), 3344 Lori Houghton (D), 4746 Janet Hunt (D), 3554 Tim Jerman (D), 4474 Robert Lavalette (R),2727 Robyn Myers Moore (R), 3044 Scott Moore (R), 3080 Greg Morgan (D), 3167 Linda K. Myers (R), 4560 David A. Rogerson (R), 2829 Hannah Shepard (R), 3039 Michael Smith (D), 3303 Justin St. James (D), 2889

Betsy Dunn (D), 2748

WATER BONDS ARTICLE 1: Yes, 7311 No, 2613



Jim Condos, 9510 Mary Alice “Mal” Herbert (LU), 658

Yes, 6422 No, 3355


Marina Brown (LU), 253 Dan Feliciano (R), 4993

ARTICLE 3: Linda Myers (R), 2680

Robert L. Bancroft (R), 581

Yes, 7140 No, 2635

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A detoured path

Police: Naked man in McDonald’s parking lot nets DWI

Pathways' clients tell their own stories of struggle


Photo by KAYLEE SULLIVAN Maura Collins, chairwoman of the board of directors at Pathways Vermont, poses in her office in Burlington. Collins' day job is with the Vermont Housing Finance Agency.

incarcerations or repeated lapses back into substance abuse.” This story is familiar to Moore, whose list of troubles isn’t short. Sitting in a McDonald’s booth last week, he slowly slid a coffee cup back and forth as he openly told his story of addiction and struggle. In Virginia, he faced a debacle with his now ex-wife. Diagnosed with a brain aneurism in 2008, she underwent surgery and treatment, amounting to $150,000 in medical bills, all of which he said he was left to pay once she split for her high school sweetheart. Moore fell into a drunken stupor with no income for 16 months. “This went on: I could acquire a good job, making OK money,” he said. “Fortunately, the majority of addicts are fairly smart people when they’re clean. It doesn’t have to be book smart but intelligent. I’ve had $80,000 and $100,000 a year jobs. I’ve blown them because of alcohol and drugs.” Now living in an Essex Jct. apartment and a month into his

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Essex police say they received reports of a naked man in a vehicle making lewd gestures at the McDonald’s on Pearl Street last Thursday. When officers arrived on scene around 12:30 p.m., they located 49-year-old Lee Gillies, of Richmond, still naked at the time, a press release said. Police determined Gillies had been drinking, as a breath test showed his blood alcohol content to be .139 percent, police said. Vermont’s legal limit is .08 percent. Police cited Gillies into court for driving while intoxicated and for lewd and lascivious conduct, the news release said. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Essex police department at 878-8331.



n 1976, Steve Moore was stationed in Washington, D.C. as an Army generator operator/mechanic. He joined the service to escape his drug addiction and trouble with the law. When he arrived in D.C., however, his addiction went wild. “PCP was the drug of choice. And there was usually a canteen full of tequila strapped to my side,” he said. Discharged in August 1977, Moore said it was easier for the Army to get rid of him than to deal with the issue. Now, he said, they offer drug treatment to suffering soldiers, because addiction is a recognized disease. In the absence of help, Moore’s addiction spanned years, and his troubles followed him from state to state. Originally from the St. Albans area, Moore made his way from D.C. back to Vermont, as well as to Virginia, California and Utah. It wasn’t until this past July, after notching some sobriety under his belt, he made his way back to his home state. In September, he stopped sleeping in his pickup truck and moved into an apartment with the help of Pathways Vermont. Pathways is a nonprofit that offers five programs to aid homeless and at-risk people. One of these programs is a veteran

branch controlled by the Vermont Veteran Services. Maura Collins of Essex Jct. is chairwoman of Pathways’ board of directors. Though she isn’t on the frontline of the nonprofit’s day-to-day work, she’s can attest to how it helps veterans. “These are military trained individuals who are taught not to be vulnerable, not to need help, but to be able to answer the call and respond to any situation, trained to know what to do,” she said. “When someone generally doesn’t know where to turn or what to do, that is counter to everything that they’ve been trained for.” Even though Moore only spent about a year in the service, he said he embodies a similar “gogetter” attitude, where he’s not looking for a handout or relying on people to take care of him. Throughout her five years as the board chair, Collins has seen a constant theme of Pathways walking beside clients, rather than leading them, dragging them along or picking up their messes. Most of the stories she hears come directly from the clients themselves. Pathways believes it’s important for clients to tell their own stories, with their own voices, she said. “I’ve never heard someone talk about a straight path out of the challenges they faced,” she said. “They’re often repeated episodes of homelessness or repeated

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By members of the Recreation Governance Study Committee


ecently a Front Porch Forum post suggested "the way they are setting up the RGSC (Recreation Governance Study Committee), it is opening the village to fraud" since the "executive director is allowed to move money in and out of accounts at his discretion with no oversight at all" and that a selectboard member "could not legally see the UMD spreadsheets without a court order." This was a reference to the Agreement for the Recreation District, which reads, “The executive director may at any time transfer an unencumbered appropriation balance or portion thereof between general classifications of expenditures within a category of funds (i.e. parks, events, etc.).” This language is similar to the charter’s for the Town of Essex and Village of Essex Jct.: “The manager may at any time transfer an unencumbered appropriation balance or portion thereof between general classifications of expenditures within an office, department or agency.” For all three organizations, this allows for some minor flexibility of spending during the fiscal year. Fund movement within the budget beyond a category or department must be approved by the board for all three organizations. Similarly, members of the public will have the same access to the financial records of the recreation district, as they do their other municipali-

ties. Like the trustees and selectboard, Essex Community Parks and Recreation (if created) will have a five-member elected board that will operate under Vermont open meeting laws, and the budgets will be prepared and presented to voters prior to the vote. However, the recreation district budget will be voted on by Australian ballot, not voice vote, a process that routinely has higher voter participation. The agreement calls for the board to appoint an independent treasurer who shall: (a) Maintain custody and distribute the funds of the district and sign, make or endorse in the name of the district all checks and orders for the payment of monies and pay out and disburse the same. (b) Keep a record of every note or bond issued by the district and of every payment thereon of principal and interest and, if coupons are taken up, shall cancel and preserve them. (c) Render a statement of the condition of the finances of the district quarterly and at all other times as shall be required by the board. (d) Prepare an annual financial statement of the district and distribute it to the members. Additionally, "The board shall cause an audit of its financial records to be performed annually by an independent professional accounting firm or a certified public accountant." The agreement can be found at www.essexrec. org.

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"I Let You Go" By Clara Mackintosh Devastated by a hit-andrun accident that kills her young son, Jenna moves to the remote Welsh coast to start afresh, but she continues to be haunted by fear and grief. All the while, two dedicated policemen try to get to the bottom of the case.

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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: 7 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, senior minister, proclaiming Christ and Him crucified, Sundays: 9:30 a.m., 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. Sunday Worship Services: 8:30 and 10:15 a.m. Communion: first Sunday of every month. Sunday School: 5th/6th Grade - 1st Sunday of the month, Jr. & Sr. high youth groups - every Sunday. Heavenly Food Pantry: fourth Thursday of the month, 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, Praise Band, Junior Choir, Cherub Choir, 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.; 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 high school. Handicapped-accessible facility. Adult study group Sundays: 11:00 a.m; adult choir, praise band, women’s fellowship, missionally active. Korean U.M.C. worship Sundays: 12:30 p.m., come explore what God might be offering you! HOLY FAMILY - ST. LAwREnCE PARISH - 4 Prospect St., Essex Jct., Saturday Vigil: 4:00 p.m, St. Lawrence; Sunday Morning: 8:00 a.m., St. Lawrence; 11 a.m. & 7:30 p.m., Holy Family. For more information visit www. 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.

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Essex Middle School students are pictured with a World War ii veteran at last year's Veterans Day free lunch. This year's lunch will follow a ceremony at the Five Corners in Essex. All veterans are welcome. See listing for details.

10 ThurSdaY read To archie

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

children’S STorY Time

6 p.m., Rocky’s Pizza, 39 Park St., Essex Jct. Mother Goose stories and Aesop’s Fables.

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6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Essex Free Library. Join us for a talk with Jack Lazor, farmer and activist, as he discusses food choices people make and how they relate to climate issues.

equal meanS equal: documenTarY Screening

6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. screening, Main Street Landing Film House, 1 Main St., Burlington. This documentary by Kamala Lopez offers an unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today. Along the way, Lopez reveals the inadequacy of present laws that claim to protect women, ultimately presenting a compelling and persuasive argument for the urgency of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment. Suggested donation: $5 per person.

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efforts. There will be a free lunch for veterans at Essex Middle School immediately following the ceremony.

VinTage moVie maTinee

Noon, Bayside Activity Center, 2 West Lakeshore Dr., Colchester. Bring your lunch at noon to meet others or just come for the movie at 1 p.m. Beverages and popcorn provided. This week's movie is "Sergeant York" starring Gary Cooper.

VeTeranS daY Program

2 p.m., Thomas Fleming School, 21 Prospect St., Essex Jct. Fleming’s annual Veterans Day program invites parents, community members and especially veterans. Come honor all who have served.

Jericho arTiSan markeT annual holidaY gifT Sale

5 - 8 p.m., Jericho Community Center, 329 Browns Trace Rd., Jericho. A community event encompassing fine art, crafts, music and food. Vendors offer high quality wares in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, enhanced by local musicians who join us during the show. Take a break during your shopping to catch up with friends while enjoying onsite refreshments from the Jericho Town Library soup sale or the school bake sale. For a map and vendor information, visit www. jerichoartisanmarket. com.

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annual chriSTmaS Bazaar

ST. JAMES EPISCOPAL CHURCH - 4 St. James Place, Essex Jct., off Rt. 2A at the Fairgrounds Gate F. 8784014. Rev. Kim Hardy. Holy Eucharist: 8:15 & 10:30 a.m. Adult study: 9:15 a.m. Visit;

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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.

11 a.m., Five Corners, Essex Jct. VFW Post 6689 will hold a public ceremony to honor veterans and acknowledge their

VeTeranS daY ceremonY

9 a.m., United Church of Colchester, 900 Main St., Colchester. Shop quality craft tables with quilting, knitted items, painted wood, metal design, jewelry, watercolors and more. A kids room features crafts, presents and face painting. You can also find a huge bake sale, quilt raffle and soup, sandwiches and pie. No entry fee. Proceeds benefit Colchester

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9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Founders Memorial School, Essex Center. The Essex Unified Sports Programs will feature a variety of crafters, a raffle, bake sale and light lunch. The fair offers unique gifts and great buys for your holiday shopping needs. Come join the fun and help support Unified Sports, an after school sports program for kids in 3rd grade through high school with and without disabilities. Teams participate in bowling basketball, snowshoeing and bocce. At the end of each sport, a tournament is organized by Special Olympics of Vermont.

ST. JameS church crafT fair

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, 4 St. James Place (Gate F to the Champlain Valley Expo), Essex Jct. For more information, call 878-4014.

fiVe cornerS crafT feST and indoor farmerS’ markeT

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., 75 Maple St., Essex Jct. Visit bazaars at Holy Family/St. Lawrence Parish Hall, St. James Episcopal Church, the First Congregational Church, the Essex Area Senior Center and the Farmers Market at the Maple Street Recreation Center. Every site has its own special attractions that you won't want to miss. One-day only! Local, organic farm-raised pork, beef, poultry and vegetables, plus lots of great handcrafted items. Hot food vendors will be on site. EBT accepted.

Jericho arTiSan markeT annual holidaY gifT Sale 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Jericho Community Center, 329 Browns Trace Rd., Jericho. (See Friday, Nov. 11.)

neighBorhood ToY STore daY

10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Turner Toys and Hobbies at Essex Outlets. Free play events, kids’ craft

workshops, wooden trains, giveaways and a visit from Champ! For more information, call 233-6102. Free. VT gEnEALOgY LiBRARY

oral hiSTorY aS diScoVerY reSearch

10:30 a.m. - noon, 377 Hegeman Ave., Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester. Gregory Sharrow of the Vermont Folklife Center explores the significance of oral history as a documentary research method, illustrated with excerpts from his field recordings. if you have considered adding oral histories to your genealogy, please join us! Sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. Free.

whole Book aPProach

11 a.m., Phoenix Books, 21 Essex Way, Essex Jct. Calling all kids! Join us for our weekly "Whole Book Approach" story time. The approach explores the ways words, pictures and book design work together to tell a complete story. An adult leads children through the book, rather than reading the book at/to them. We’ll hold story time just about every week. Want to double check on a particular date? Call us at 872-7111.

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5 - 11 p.m., Hampton inn, 42 Lower Mountain View Dr., Colchester. The india Cultural Club presents a cultural show with dance and dinner. For tickets, email or call 878-0008.



4 - 5 p.m., Westford UCW church. O'hAnleigh entertains audiences with lively and haunting rhythms of irish America. A special opportunity to enjoy irish music while warming up with the band. Appropriate for the entire family. Refreshments served; free will donation to support the

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calendar local meetInGS thurS., nov. 10

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

mon., nov. 14

5:45 p.m., village bike/walk advisory committee, Lincoln Hall, 2 Lincoln St. Essex Jct.

mon., nov. 15

7 p.m., brownell library trustees, Brownell Library, 6 Lincoln St., Essex Jct.

Westford Music Series. For more information, call 879-4028.

14 monday drop-In Story tIme

10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Essex Free Library. Enjoy books, songs and crafts each week. All ages.

leGo club

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

muSt read mondayS

6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Intricate, compelling, and witty, "The Book of Salt" by Monique Truong weaves historical characters with remarkable originality. An inspired novel about food and exile, love and betrayal. Pick up a copy of the book at the main desk.

head start on your holiday gifting and make one for a friend, a few for yourself or both! Sign up online to reserve your spot and ingredients. For teens in grades 6-12.

drop-In Gentle hatha yoGa

4:30 p.m., Burnham Memorial Library. Bring a mat and enjoy poses for mindful stretching and relaxation. A registered nurse of over 30 years, Betty Molnar is certified as a Hatha yoga instructor from the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago. Beginners and intermediates welcome. Sponsored by Friends of the Burnham Library.

drop-In knIttInG club

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

15 tueSday

16 wedneSday

Story tIme for babIeS and toddlerS

tech tIme wIth tracI

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

Story tIme for preSchoolerS

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

vermont GenealoGy lIbrary

3 - 9:30 p.m., 377 Hegeman Ave., Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester. The Vt. Genealogy Library has the resources to help you find those elusive ancestors. For more information, visit www.

read to daISy

3:15 - 4 p.m., Brownell Library. Daisy loves to listen to kids read and is certified by Therapy Dogs of Vermont. Daisy’s owner is Maddie Nash, a retired school counselor. For all ages.

mIddle School plannerS and helperS

3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Celebrate November’s National Button Day by making your own, and plan your first activity with the younger students. Snacks served.

teen tInker tueSday: bath bombS

4 p.m., Burnham Memorial Library. We’re mixing, molding and scenting our own unique bath bombs. Get a

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. Ticket required. For more information, call 8765087.

eSSex rotary club meetInG

12:10 p.m., The Essex, 70 Essex Way, Essex Jct. The Rotary Club of Essex is known for offering a superb lunch, featuring speakers on topics of interest to the community at large. Visitors welcome.

woolly bear wInter

3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Author Abbie Bowker will explain the idea for her book "Woolly Bear Winter," do a reading, share some artwork and lead a fun craft project. Appropriate for ages 3-9. Younger children might need a parent's help with the craft.

tedx brownell lIbrary: connectInG

6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Brownell Library. View and reflect upon Ted Talk videos centered on the theme of connecting. A great opportunity to connect with others!

17 thurSday brownell lIbrary cloSed 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. read to archIe

3:15 - 4 p.m., Brownell

Greek pastry & Take-out dinner Saturday, november 12th

Library. Archie loves to listen to kids read and is certified by Therapy Dogs of Vermont. Archie’s owner is Christine Packard, chair of Brownell Library Trustees. For all ages.

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voIceS for homeleSS InfantS and toddlerS

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., UVM Davis Center, 590 Main St., Burlington. The second annual Maker Faire allows students in gades K-12 to share their creative and engineering projects with the public. The event will feature exhibits, programs and workshops. School teams can also compete in the Aiken Engineering Challenge during the event. Free admission.

4 - 5:30 p.m., Williams Family Room 403, UVM Davis Center, 590 Main St., Burlington. A presentation and panel discussion on a recent UVM study highlighting the realities of providing early intervention services for homeless children ages 0-3. To RSVP, please contact Tamira Martel at or call 864-7402 ext. 208.

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muSIcal StorytIme

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evenInG book dIScuSSIon

6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Essex Free Library. Join us for a book discussion of "Waking Up White" by Debbie Irving.

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

SonGS and StorIeS wIth matthew

10 - 10:45 a.m., Brownell Library. Matthew Whitten performs songs about our world and tells adventurous tales. Funded by the Friends of Brownell Library. All ages.

teen advISory board

3 - 4:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Create a mustache display for the teen room, celebrate National Candy Day and try your persuasive skills in Book Lust. For high school students.

fall craft

3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Bridget Meyer will help students create a fall craft. For students in grades 1 and up.

famIly movIe

6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Free popcorn and drink. All ages.

maGGIe’S fIber frIday for adultS

6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Maggie Loftus, veteran knitter, will be settled in front of the fireplace in the Main Reading Room. She invites adult knitters and crocheters to join her with their projects and engage in conversation. Bring patterns to share if you’d like.

Take-Out Dinner starts at 11 a.m. Chicken souvlaki, beef gyro and falafel dinner

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9 - 11 a.m., Essex Area Senior Center. Open to all! For more information, call 876-5087.

6 p.m., Rocky’s Pizza, 39 Park St., Essex Jct. Mother Goose stories and Aesop’s Fables.

Greek pastries, spinach pie

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10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Champlain Valley Exposition, 105 Pearl St., Essex Jct. Join Champ and the Lake Monsters for a morning of free fun and activities including fan-favorite inflatable games, obstacle courses, coloring and activity stations, free hot dogs (while supplies last), a piggy bank giveaway to the first 250 kids and raffles with lots of great prizes. The Lake Monsters encourage attendees to bring at least one non-perishable food item to donate to the Vermont Food Bank. Merchandise, ticket packages and holiday stocking stuffers will be available for purchase. For more information, call 655-4200.

chIldren’S Story tIme

Pastry sales start at 10 a.m.

The Essex Unified Sports Programs will host the

25th Annual Essex Craft Fair

Saturday, November 12th from 9 AM to 3 PM at Founders Memorial School in Essex Center. The craft fair will feature a variety of crafters, a raffle, a bake sale and a light lunch. Admission is free. The craft fair offers unique gifts and great buys for your holiday shopping needs. Come join the fun and help support the Unified Sports program. This after school program is for kids 3rd through high school with and without disabilities who participate in sports such as bowling, basketball, snow shoeing, and bocce. At the end of each sport, the teams participate in a tournament that is organized by Special Olympics of Vermont

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InternatIonal GameS day

1 - 4 p.m., Brownell Library. Teen players help you discover new games. All ages and skill levels are welcome; kids 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

SInGle adult actIvIty

6 p.m., Essex Alliance Church Community Center, 37 Old Stage Rd., Essex Jct. A volleyball game and potluck dinner night for adults only. Suggested donation is $2. For more information and to RSVP, contact Patty at 2382820.

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8:30 & 10:45 a.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 130 Maple St., Essex Jct. A free breakfast with pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice and coffee.

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1 - 4 p.m., Essex Area Senior Center. $6 entry fee. All ages welcome.

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VNA: Healing door to door



hen Mary LaPalme fell down the stairs of her Milton home last September, she didn’t feel any pain. “It was silly,” she said. “I just remember coming to the bottom and [thinking], ‘What happened?’” That’s when she caught sight of her mangled ankle. Broken in three spots, it required a handful of metal plates and rods to mend. After surgery, LaPalme was sent home with strict orders to stay off her feet. Her doctor gave her another instruction: Call the Visiting Nurse Association. Laura Roberts, a physical therapist with the VNA, has walked up LaPalme’s drive twice a week for nearly two months. “There has been a lot to work on,” Roberts mused. She quietly knocked on the door before letting herself in last Monday, knowing LaPalme’s injury prevents her from moving around quickly. As she measured a set of vital signs, Roberts asked about new artwork on the wall. With pride, LaPalme confirmed her young grandsons painted the masterpieces. It was just last year LaPalme moved to Milton from New Hampshire to live with her son and grandchildren. She retired from a job in human services, working with cognitively impaired adults. “It was easier for me,” she explained. “Everything was easier. But, of course, now it’s been a little hard on [my son].” When Roberts comes knocking on her door, LaPalme said it removes a burden from her family. Her son works full time, she explained, and now doesn’t have to worry how he will transport her to biweekly physical therapy appointments. “I can’t get out of the house to get to the car and go any place,” LaPalme said. “Laura and I are going to be working on that over

the next several weeks.” Roberts, a Colchester resident and University of Vermont alumna, has been with the VNA for more than 20 years. Before that, she worked as a physical therapist in a variety of clinical settings across New England. When she transitioned from clinical to home care, Roberts said she noticed a difference in her patients’ demeanor. “People are, for the most part, more comfortable at home,” she said. “You see them in the hospital or in rehab and they’re anxious, they want to go home. I get to see them when they’re in their element.” LaPalme is one of up to six clients Roberts sees per day, all in Milton. The VNA even hired a per diem PT to help Roberts keep up with high demand in the community. Visit times usually hover around the one-hour mark, but Roberts says it’s easy to lose track of time. For clients who live alone, Roberts’ visits may represent the only chance they have to socialize. “Some people don’t get to visit a lot,” she explained. “I try to give those people an extra five minutes.” When folks do have family around, like LaPalme, Roberts said she tries to integrate them into the healing process. She’s given LaPalme’s grandsons some exercises to try alongside their grandmother. Working in a client’s home gives Roberts a glimpse into their lives. She knows when it might be appropriate to recommend other services. An occupational therapist, for example, can help patients accomplish the daily activities and tasks they need – and want – to do after a disability, injury or illness. After leading LaPalme on a few laps around the kitchen with the assistance of a walker, Roberts set up an exercise station with items found throughout the house. She dragged a dining room chair across the carpet and tied


HOME A monthlong series for Hospice and Home Care Month a bright yellow resistance band to the wooden backing. Later, she laid a thin towel on the kitchen floor, allowing LaPalme to practice gripping objects with her toes, maneuvers she called low-tech. Guided by Roberts, LaPalme twisted and turned her ankle through a variety of motions. Some prompted a grimace, and Roberts backed off. Others seemed a bit too easy, and Roberts adjusted the resistance. “I couldn’t do this when I first started,” LaPalme said, staring at her ankle. “Even this is new, just being able to put my foot down [flat].” Roberts said throughout the visit, she mentions new benchmarks and reminds LaPalme of her progress. Remarking on the unseasonably sunny November day, she even offered the prospect of taking the appointment outside, much to LaPalme’s delight. Staircases leading to her bedroom and to the garage have largely confined LaPalme to the living room couch for several weeks. Being cooped up is LaPalme’s biggest challenge: With two young grandsons, she likes to be on the go. “I have to remind myself sometimes how far I’ve come,” LaPalme said. “It was harder in the beginning. At least now I can see the light.” LaPalme says her son took her to Rite Aid just days prior,

Photo by MICHAELA HALNON Visiting Nurse Association physical therapist Laura Roberts helps client Mary LaPalme walk on a recently injured ankle. Roberts comes to LaPalme's Milton home twice a week.

} how far I've come.

I have to remind myself sometimes – Mary LaPaLMe, MiLton

pushing her through the aisles in her wheelchair. “Big deal, right?” she said. “But it was a big deal to me. It just made it even stronger, my urge to be able to do that stuff myself.” LaPalme knows her improvement means Roberts’ vis-

its will eventually come to an end. “I will miss her, but the idea that I could get into the car and actually drive,” LaPalme said, trailing off. “It won’t be that long,” Roberts replied, smiling. “Really.”

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from page 1 topic. The warning discussion took less than 20 minutes, a stark contrast to the lengthy, and often heated debates centered on recreation over the past few months. Selectboard vice-chairwoman Irene Wrenner, who's been extremely vocal in her criticism of the proposal, shared only one word during meeting’s portion dedicated to the warning: “Nay.” The vote passed 4-1. Wrenner felt no need to voice concerns again, she said when asked at the Essex High School polls Tuesday afternoon. Anyone paying attention knows her stance, she added. Though voting against the warning, she chose to sign it

along with her seatmates. “I don’t want to look like a no show,” she said, noting she hasn’t missed a meeting in 10 years, and since the board approved the warning, there was no point to not sign. Village resident George Dunbar suggested the selectboard consider adding language to the district agreement that references the tax stabilization plan, which the Recreation Governance Study Committee included in its prospective budget. The trustees supported the idea in a resolution. The stabilization agreement would help lessen the additional tax burden for town residents over a five-year period instead

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Chittenden Central Supervisory Union students also beat state averages, yet by smaller margins. Fourth-graders at Thomas Fleming School met proficiency at a rate of 48.5 percent, half a percent higher than the state averages, while 30 percent of Albert D. Lawton eighth-graders met proficiency, about 8 percent more than the state. Half of Essex High School’s 11th-graders met or exceeded proficiency, about 20 percent higher than the state’s score. Created in collaboration with Rhode Island and New Hampshire, the science NECAPs have been administered to students annually since 2008. CCSU executive director of curriculum Amy Cole said the tests actually assess students on old standards. Over the past year and a half, Vermont educators have been teaching to the next generation science standards. “We’re in a funny place,” Cole said of Vermont’s science assessments. The state is currently still developing a test to asses these new standards. Still, like Thompson, Cole views the science NECAPs as a snapshot into CCSU’s programs. She highlighted the high school’s STEM academy, which began with about a dozen students and has well over 100 now, and includes strong local partnerships. “We know that we owe it to our community to be able to provide those supports for kids in the area of science,” Cole said. This year’s NECAP results didn’t differ much from 2015, according to the Vermont AOE. A number of classes in Essex show improvements, however. While the percentage of proficient fourth-graders at Thomas Fleming was nearly equal to the year prior, about 12 percent more eighth-graders met proficiency at ADL. Rates increased by 15 percent at Founders Memorial and 2 percent at EMS. Only the high school scored a lower rate than the previous year, falling by just half a percent point. The results also show major gaps still exist between varying income levels, both statewide and in Essex. Vermont students who receive free or reduced lunch, an indicator of low family income, scored about 20 percent less than students who didn’t. In Essex, the gap is even larger, where about 24 percent fewer low-income students met proficiencies at Thomas Fleming, while 30 percent fewer did so at ADL. Founders Memorial had the lowest gap, with students receiving free or reduced lunch meeting proficiencies at a rate of 55 percent, just 8 percent lower than students who didn’t. At Essex Middle School, the performance gap grew to nearly 40 percent. “That’s concerning,” Thompson said, while noting small sets of data, like the number of free-lunch recipients, which, for eighth-grade is 24, the results can largely differ from year to year. Part of Thompson’s work is ensuring the district reaches all students, regardless of socioeconomic status, to help them master the next grade’s essential background knowledge and vocabulary, she said. While praising Vermont’s statewide averages, secretary of education Rebecca Holcombe said the broader mission is to achieve equity. “These results show that we still have a long way to go,” she said in a news release.

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of one large sum increase. “If people perceive this as being a promise and it’s not encoded anywhere, or not committed anywhere, then there’s no obligation that it has to happen,” Dunbar said. Chairman Max Levy confirmed the stabilization plan is not set in stone. Selectman Andy Watts said it will be up to village voters to decide. John Sheppard, town resident and contributor to PlanBforEssex, the political action committee aiming to defeat the proposal, urged the selectboard to hold off on warning the vote. “This is foolhardy,” he said. “There is no reason we can’t take more time and more study

and don’t act with such precipitous intent.” The RGSC has two more forums planned prior to the vote: November 16 at Founders Memorial School and December 6 at Essex High School. The election, slated for December 13, will cost the town and the village an estimated $5,000 and $2,600, respectively, according to joint municipal manager Pat Scheidel. Last week’s Reporter highlighted town clerk Cheryl Moomey’s decision to hold the vote in a special election rather than during Tuesday’s national election. “It was my decision and my decision alone that this would

be difficult, if not impossible,” Moomey wrote in a memo to the RGSC. Levy acknowledged Tuesday was the preferred date to allow for the greatest turnout, but based on Moomey’s advice, it would have been very complicated, he said. The only other option, to postpone the vote until Town Meeting Day in March, would require two budgets to be built during the next few months, he added: one with recreation still under the town government, and one without it. “Nobody is really happy that it came to that, but that’s the date we have,” Levy said.

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ou’re welcome in advance for this one. Grandparents, aunts, uncles and parents, listen up. You all are about to learn some tricks to save you time, money and headaches. These gift ideas are those that can be handed down for generations to come. Buy less and play more. Starting by age from newborn to 5-yearolds, here it goes. Newborns to 6-montholds are at the best age to get them what they need, because they are not yet at an age of want, “gimme” or understanding about how this giving thing all works out for them. As a grandparent, parent or other loved one, the goal is to find something the wee one needs or something that maybe you have noticed they don’t have is a must. Something that means a lot and comes from the heart. My favorite go-to for littles is their first security blankets, tag blankets or loveys as we affectionately call them in our home. My daughter took her lovey to college with her, so we take them pretty seriously. I especially love tag blankets as they are small and have a variety of textured tags. These can be homemade easily using Pinterest or bought at local craft shows. Six months old to 1 year old is a time of great development. There are options galore for this age group and if even not appropriate for a 6-monthold, you know they will be

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ready for that item soon enough. Push and pull toys are especially great, as this age span is figuring out how to crawl, move forward and back, pulling themselves up and eventually pushing. These toys are the types that can be handed down from generation to generation. Cars, trucks, prams, airplanes, animals and wagons are just a few of the choices. One to three year olds are such a fabulous age. There is so much happening for this wide range of ages from a widening imagination, needing space to move, growth in literacy and writing skills and so much more. Children love to mimic what they see. If a child has a younger sibling, a new baby or a new cousin, they watch and learn. They are using blocks as cell phones and carrying babies wrapped in pillow cases all around the house. This is girls and boys. It is perfectly normal and ac-

ceptable as well as encouraged. Little boys and girls that watch nurturing relationships are practicing for real life. At the age of 1, if a child does not have their own baby doll with a baby blanket and a few accessories, this is a great time to introduce this type of dramatic play. Drums, shakers and xylophones are also wonderful choices for young children. Steer clear of the flashing lights and battery operated noise makers; chances are it will be hidden by the days end, or the batteries will have suddenly gone “missing.” Ages 3 to 5 years old is filled with so much growth and wonder from science to art and dramatic play to literacy. So many choices, so little money and time! Dollhouse, fairy and gnome houses, fire

houses with a variety of people and furniture are always a hit among this age group. Simple games like the old classics Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders and Memory are all perfect choices. Children are learning turn taking, fairness and how to be a good sport, and introductions to simple games are one way to start that conversation. Manipulatives and building toys are always a hit. Duplos or Legos, depending on the age and stage of child, are always a classic, and if you are looking for something that is a new modern twist, check out Magnatiles. Stick with the actual name of these fabulous magnetic tiles; the mock types do not live up to the original! For more gift ideas, check out our Pinterest page.


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Every person who enters the field of education has both an opportunity and an obligation to be a leader. This notion at times flies in the face of traditional assumptions about leadership in the United States and here in Vermont. Most people are prone to think that leadership as an individual activity is linked to someone who sits on top of a hierarchal chart. These people are considered to have what it takes to save the day through brilliance, charisma and perseverance. Those who believe that leadership is determined by the organizational chart and “who is in charge” may be puzzled by the premise that teachers should be considered leaders even though they don’t find themselves named within a traditional leadership structure. That premise, however, is fundamental to the work in schools today, especially now that the Essex Town School District and Chittenden Central Supervisory Union have joined together to form the Essex Westford Unified School

District. As John Gardner wrote, “Every great leader is clearly teaching, and every great teacher is leading.” In ETSD, this is very much the case. Through our work as a district over the last five years, teachers and principals have worked diligently to foster a collaborative culture in each of our schools, where the needs of students are the center of all decisions. Structures are thoughtfully designed to provide teachers the time they need to have professional conversations about student work. Conversations are not personalized, and the leading question is not what the student needs to do, but rather what the teacher needs to do to engage and meet the needs of her or his students. A student’s journey from preschool to 12th grade is more exciting and rewarding when teachers are empowered to make instructional decisions that impact learning. Teachers’ leadership is now more than ever a necessary factor in ensuring the success of all students.



HackVT: A team of students from the Intro to Computer App Development class at EHS spent 24 hours at HackVT on October 14 and 15. They designed and created an app to help students create and sign up for study groups. Tyler Beckwith, James Fox and Sam Velasquez comprised the only high school team in a field of about 100 coders from local colleges and web development businesses. They created a functional app, presented it to an experienced team of judges and had lots of fun and free food. National Honor Society induction ceremony: The EHS National Honor Society chapter held its annual induction ceremony on October 25. Sixty-five students were inducted after meeting membership criteria under the four tenets of character, leadership, service and scholarship. President Ian Lyle and vice presidents Henry Weith, Emily Tupaj and Ben Centracchio led the ceremony. EHS math teacher Kristin McNamara was the guest speaker. Masterclass workshops: The Academy of Visual & Performing Arts hosted several masterclass workshops for art students during the month of October. Professional artists from the community taught the workshops, which were based on the artist's specific art form and skillset. Sarah Rutherford, a mural artist from Rochester, N.Y., started things off by teaching a lesson on how to make community art, or murals. Angel Herrera, a local Latin dancer and Zumba instructor, then

Courtesy photo EHS students participated in a salsa dancing workshop with local Latin dancer and Zumba instructor Angel Herrera.

took the reigns to teach a fun salsa dancing workshop for our dance strand. Jon Gailmor, a local singer/ songwriter, also led a songwriting workshop with our music strand students, who wrote and recorded a song about how powerful music is. Kyle Ambusk, a professional videographer and video editor, taught a workshop on film post-production editing in Adobe Premiere Pro. Local performer Andy Butterfield ended the day with a stage combat workshop while graphic designer Kara Murphy instructed a lesson on app design. November Career Talks: On November 9, Career Talks represented careers in speech language pathology and special education. On November 30, Career Talks will focus on the Navy's STEM fields and Nuclear Propulsion Program. If you

center for technoloGy, essex Cawd students finding career success: Computer Animation and Web Design (Cawd) at CTE is a technical center program focused on using new media skills for the 21st century, including web design, game design and animation. This program is for both high school and adult students. Cawd recently took a class field trip to Dealer. com, a local employer which focuses on automotive website design and development. is now the largest single employer of Cawd stu-

dents. Some of the professional recommendations given to our students include: • Don’t stop learning • Try new things • Take risks • Follow your passions • Friendships and relationships are very

are interested in being a presenter for a future talk, please contact Pam Hemingway, career development coordinator, at phemingway@ccsuvt. org. College visits: On November 10, EHS tenth-graders will take part in a college visit from 8 - 11:20 a.m. All students will be randomly selected to visit one of the following colleges: UVM, St. Michael’s, Champlain, or VTC – Williston Campus. The purpose is for the students to get exposure to a college campus and meet with college students and faculty. Fall musical: Over 50 EHS students have been working tirelessly since September on this year's fall musical, "Urinetown." In a dry frontier town on the edge of the future, a popular uprising is beginning to stir against corporate control of water. Come see this Tony Award-winning dark, political, (musical) farce. Shows will take place November 17, 18, and 19 at 7 p.m., with a matinee on November 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door and at EHSurinetown.brownpapertickets. com. Admission is $5 for children and students and $8 for adults. For more information, call 857-SHOW. Athletic leadership council: Our annual ALC Charity Bowl is coming up on November 15 at 3:30 p.m. Our junior and senior female students will be competing against each other while raising money for the Mad River Valley Five Families Fund. Come watch and cheer them on. Our annual dodgeball tournament is also coming up in the gymanisum on November 18 at 3 p.m.; EHS students will compete against each other while fundraising for a chosen charity.

important – not just socially, but professionally Our former students who now work at are visiting the Cawd class in the coming months to give back to our program through volunteer work and to help our students continue their career preparation. These alumni demonstrate what can happen to your career

when you combine hard work with a program like Cawd. For more information on what we do in Cawd, the professional opportunities that come with it and to see if it may be right for someone in your life, please visit our website or contact us. Planning for the 2017-2018 school year is already underway.

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Volleyball photos by KYLE ST. PETER, soccer photos by COLIN FLANDERS Clockwise from top: 1) Charlotte Frivoll keeps a ball in play during the Hornets' game last Saturday against CVU at St. Michael's College. 2) Senior Sabrina Ligouri rises up for a spike. 3) Essex students cheer on their boys volleyball squad. 4) Tristan Salgado cuts past a Burlington defender last Saturday at Burlington High School. 5) Essex captain Matthew Lyon helps up teammate Aidan Whitney after the Hornets' loss to Burlington.

Hornets wrap up season

It was a disappointing end to fantastic seasons for four Essex varsity teams, who fell just short of state championships last Saturday. Despite the losses, Essex has much to be proud of after second-place finishes in boys and girls volley, boys soccer and field hockey. Relive some moments from the Hornets' final contests of the fall season through photos from each game.

Finally, Election Day and no more ridiculous commercials, especially on Sundays for football. Championship Saturday turned up empty for the Hornets, but not without a fight. Field hockey, boys soccer, cross-country and both volleyball teams competed well. Crosscountry continues on the New England’s. Football championships this weekend with an all-star game to follow. Winter sports sign-up meetings are this week. Some student/athletes get a few weeks off for well-deserved rest. Let’s remember Veterans Day is Friday. Thanks to all our vets! The boys soccer team defeated South Burling 2-1 in overtime (4-3 on PK’s) in the one of the most exciting semifinals in recent memory. A first half flick by Hamza Halilovic off a Salgado assist put the No. 1 home team up 1-0. A Rebel penalty kick knotted the game at 1 early in the second stanza. Two overtimes failed to produce a winner, so the game, and the right to play in the championship finals, went to PKs. Essex won the toss and chose to shoot first hoping to generate a little pressure. AJ Whitney and Tristan Salgado hit the back of the net as did their Rebel opponents, and they were even early. Jordan Calhoun’s homework paid off as he hit his shot, but South Burling responded putting the score at 3-3. Up stepped one of the state’s best goal keepers, Paul Federico, who calmly banged in his shot for the lead. Just moments later, he got back in net and made his biggest save of the season, and his life, stopping SB’s last shot to propel the Hornets into the championship game. In Saturday’s game, the No. 2 Seahorses edged the Hornets 1-0 on an early second half goal. The Hornets played a great game but just could not find that “one shining moment,” according to Coach Jake Orr. Fans watching the game were treated to soccer at its finest. The Hornets played their hearts out till the final horn and should be proud of the game and their season. The field hockey team defeated Colchester in the semis behind goals from the dynamic duo of Jenna Puleo and Anna Singer. The Hornets matched up with nemesis SB in the championship game Saturday, and Puleo scored the game’s first goal five minutes in. The Rebels answered with fourstraight goals in about seven minutes. Singer took a pass from Jamie Morin to cut the lead in half. But that was it for the Essex scoring. SB won 4-2 ending the Hornets’ successful season at 12-32. Excellent job, girls. See SHORTS, page 14

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Photo by COLIN FLANDERS Essex's Jacob Gookin consoles his teammates after the Hornets fell to the CVU Redhawks in last Saturday's championship game, 3 sets to 1.

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Photo by TERI FERREIRA Sophomore Lucy Miquel reaches for the ball during the Hornets' game against South Burlington last Saturday at the University of Vermont.

With the hopes of a team sweep on the line at SMC, the Hornets’ volleyball teams invaded the Colchester campus with the undefeated girls ranked No. 1 and the boys No. 2. Their opponents, yet again, were the CVU Red Hawks. The girls were in search of their first title while the boys had won three in a row. The CVU girls upset the Hornets going the distance in five sets. Essex won the first set and seemed on their way, but the Red Hawks won two close ones to pull ahead 2-1. The Hornets rallied for a 25-22 win, forcing a final set to determine the state champion. A 15-10 decision went CVU’s way, earning them the championship as Essex finished second again. On the boys side, despite a valiant effort, CVU got by the Hornets in four sets. Essex took the first set, but then came up a bit short in the last 3m falling 25-23, 25-18 and 25-23 as the Hawks broke their winning streak. Great season for both teams. Congrats to Sabrina Liguori and Charlotte Frivoll, who have been selected to the Vermont Girls All-State Volleyball Team. The team of 12 will compete in the first annual Girls All-State Volleyball match versus New Hampshire on November 20th at 3 p.m. at Keene High School.

The girls and boys cross-country teams finished third and fourth in the D-I state meet in Thetford. AnnMarie Martell ran the best race of her fall, placing third to pace the Hornets. Emma Farrington was ninth, followed by Hanna Brisson 24th, Katie James 32nd and Giulia Eddy 40th, Olivia Miller-Johnson and Ary Wilson were 51st and 52nd. Henry Farrington finished 10th, the only Hornet in the top-10. Martin Thomas placed 14th, Peter Alden 25th, Jake Wagner 26th, Ian Lyle 29th, Jake Moran 34th, and Ben Stewart 35th. Winter sports registration is still open. Take care of this before, during or after your meeting. The Cubs are World Series Champions. Bill Murray, Harry Carey, Theo Epstein and Michael J. Fox are smiling. Sad news as neighbor Jim Van Orden and former student Corey Jewell passed away last week. Condolences to their families. Happy birthday to my beautiful three-year-old granddaughter, Gianna Theresa. She is a special young lady. Also wishes to Sharon Adams, Courtney Brooks, cousins Mark Gonillo, Elizabeth O’Lear, Katie Santerre Smith and Cynthia McCormack.

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Oil and water do not mix. Water will splatter in hot oil, which can cause burns and injuries. Try to limit splattering by drying foods and shaking off excess batter. Dredge foods in flour first, which will help the batter stick to foods and prevent it from sliding right off in the oil. Dress the part. Even with practice and caution, some oil can splatter. Wear old clothes and an apron so you do not ruin expensive items – oil stains are not easy to remove from clothes. Don’t overcrowd foods. It can be tempting to put several pieces of food in the fryer at one time. But this can lower the oil’s temperature, resulting in soggy food. For even, hot cooking, avoid overfilling the fryer. Blot off excess oil. Allow fried foods to drain on paper towels to absorb any extra oil from cooking. Eat foods promptly. Fried foods are best enjoyed shortly after cooking for ultimate crispiness and flavor.

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Photo by KAYLEE SULLIVAN Brewer Shawn Trout stands behind the bar at First Republic brewery last week before the taproom opened for the evening. Trout owns the company alongside his brewing partner Kevin Jarvis. While their homebrew shop opened last April, the taproom was a long awaited reveal, which finally came together last month.

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While working at Revision, the pair began homebrewing out of Jarvis’ garage. In the thick of it, they put in 80-hour workweeks. They had to figure out where to draw the line. “We said we either had to go for it or we stop,” Trout explained. “And we decided – it was a pretty easy decision – just go for it.” They signed a lease for their current River Rd. location in November 2015 and transformed a cubicle filled area into a welcoming homebrew shop and taproom. While the homebrew shop made its debut this past April, shipment problems with the manufacturer sent the taproom opening to the back burner. Homebrew equipment sales caught on, though, and the two developed a good customer base, Trout said, which was helpful when the taproom finally opened on October 22. After a disheartening summer of turning both locals and tourists away when they came in expecting a drink but only finding the shop, the grand opening was an appreciated

one. “One of the best parts of it is working for yourself,” Trout said. “Knowing that if this doesn’t succeed, there’s no one else to blame but yourself. We’re in control of how things go.” Getting First Republic up and running had its challenges, Trout said, but every time they were knocked down, they got back up. Their military-based attitude may have something to do with that. An impeccable sense of work ethic, determination and understanding of the job and getting it done are all part of the perseverant mindset that made the dream of a brewery a reality, Trout said. Though traits acquired from military experience aided the two in starting up a small business, being veterans is not what they want to drive their clientele. It’s advertised on their social media pages and website, but it’s the great product and service they want to be known for. “[Being a veteran is] definitely a part of us, I wouldn’t say it defines us, but it’s definitely a part of us,”

Trout said. Jarvis, who served for about 10 years, now works full-time for General Dynamics and provides support for Trout, who handles the brewery’s day-to-day operations. Usually working about 12-hour days, Trout appreciates the support from Jarvis and three other investors, whom he said are mostly friends and family. In the near future, Trout sees opportunities for First Republic to continue to grow. This includes monthly classes for people interested in learning to homebrew, a larger selection of winemaking equipment and additional staff, so he can eventually take a day off. Even though he’s working long hours to achieve his vision, Trout said brewing wasn’t always a passion he had in mind. “I was a Bud Light guy,” Trout joked. Since moving to the Burlington area from his hometown in southern Vermont, he’s generated an appreciation for the craft beer culture in the area, one he’s now fully immersed in.


his month the Jericho Artisans Market will return to the Jericho Community Center, providing a space for people to stock up on locally made products for themselves and holiday gift giving. This year’s event will take place Friday, Nov. 11 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the opening reception on Friday night, visitors will be serenaded by Bonnie McCleod’s harp music. Other musicians, including Beth London and Linda Rodd of Full Circle, will perform Saturday. A wide variety of artisans are taking part in this year’s event including two food purveyors. It’s Arthur’s Fault will sell sauces, marinades, fudges and other delectable products, while Hannah London Christiansen, a new vendor, will have a table full of chocolates. Christiansen is one of five new faces gracing this year’s event. There will be jewelry, retro travel posters, appliquéd children’s clothing, pottery, paper maché, lap quilts, napkins and runners, glass windows, llama yarn, potholders, candles, advent calendars and a wide variety of cards and prints. Conor Lahiff of Jericho will be at the market for the first time this year, displaying cards and prints based on his original photography. A meteorologist by trade, Lahiff started selling his photographs last year and has shown at two locations in Richmond. This is the first time he has taken part in a show. “I don’t really have any expectations,” he said. “I’ll just go in with an open mind and see what people think of my work. It will be fun either way to have the experience.” Lahiff will be displaying notecard-sized Christmas cards, standard 5x7 greeting cards and prints, some of which will be matted and framed. His specialty is landscapes, and he has recently begun experimenting with high dynamic range photography which takes three different exposures in succession and combines them together. He also enjoys the challenges of night photography. The Jericho Artisans Market started in 1993 to help bring attention to the

programming at the Jericho Community Center. “The original goal,” said organizer Carla Hochschild “was to find career artists and introduce them to the community.” Artists were recruited from beyond Jericho to those from throughout the Chittenden East School District area. To reflect their commitment to the community, organizers made sure to include other groups, initiating a raffle to benefit local schools and a soup sale by and for the Jericho Town Library. This year there will also be a bake sale to benefit the MMU Honor Society. At one point market outgrew its original space and moved to the Mount Mansfield Union High School library, but artists and organizers soon realized they missed the cozy confines of the community center. After a brief hiatus, the event returned to its roots, and this will mark the third year back at that location. “I love the community center space,” Hochschild said. “It feels more welcoming, not just to the artisans but also to the customers. People literally rub shoulders with one another but that breeds a kind of affection.” Painter Kristin Richland of Sweet Enemy Art in Underhill will have her fifth year at the market, bringing cards and prints of animals like rabbits, cats and ravens. She’s also created advent calendars with a bear theme that sold out at the Champlain Valley Expo this year. “They’re not uber-religious,” she said. “They’re more of a quasi-secular countdown to Christmas.” Richland enjoys doing small shows and doesn’t mind giving up a weekend to peddle her wares. “The Friday night part has been neat,” she said, “because we catch people on their way home.” The show features both full and part-time artists. Many artists have websites or shops to sell their wares, but Hochschild thinks the market brings a personal connection to the sale. “There’s something about seeing one another and talking to the artist that is important,” she said. “People sit down for a cup of soup and compare their purchases. That’s what I love about this event.”

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November 10, 2016 The Essex Reporter  
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