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Victim’s father disparages plea deal By COLIN FLANDERS


Lawrence Press, left, speaks to reporters following a court hearing Friday alongside his attorney, Benjamin Luna. Press' daughter, Emma, was killed in a drunk driving crash a year ago Friday.

The father of a woman who died in a drunk driving crash last year expressed outrage Friday over what he sees as an overly-lenient plea deal for the man who killed his daughter. Lawrence Press spoke to reporters alongside his attorney, Benjamin Luna, minutes after a court hearing in which Riley Watkins, 26, pleaded guilty to felony driving under the influence with death resulting. Today marks exactly a year since Watkins sped through a red light on Susie Wilson Road and crashed his car into a traffic pole, killing his girlfriend, 23-year-old Emma Press.

“This plea agreement does no justice,” said Luna, calling it an “insult” to his client and the public. He went on to lambast the Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office for a “culture of complacency” that allowed Watkins, who was arrested in September 2017 for punching and choking the elder Press, to be released in that case without conditions limiting his alcohol consumption despite eight mentions of his intoxication in the police affidavit. The fatal crash occurred less than two months later. “It defies explanation,” Luna said of that decision. He claimed if the state’s attorney’s office had “done its job,” his

client’s daughter may be alive today. Deputy State’s Attorney Justin Jiron declined to respond to Luna’s accusations. In an email to The Reporter, he said it’s inappropriate for prosecutors to make comments outside of court that could impact a judge’s decision at sentencing. He added Press’ family will have the opportunity to address the court and “advise of their support or opposition to the plea agreement.” Friday’s hearing centered on charges from these two separate incidents. In exchange for Watkins’ guilty plea, prosecutors dropped an additional charge of grossly negligent operation of a moSee PLEA, page 2

School board drafts contingency bus plan By AMANDA BROOKS & COLIN FLANDERS


Brad Kennison speaks to the selectboard during last week's meeting at which chairman Max Levy rolled out a proposal that would require landowners to obtain a permit if they wanted to host a shooting range on their property.

Selectboard considers shooting range permits Shooters say proposal infringes on the rights of homeowners By COLIN FLANDERS Selectboard chairman Max Levy outlined a proposal last week that would require anyone with a backyard shooting range to obtain a permit through the selectboard. The process would give the town at least some control over a practice that, as of now, has virtually no municipal oversight. “We know people are almost always responsible when it comes to [backyard shooting],” Levy said. “But we are looking to make some progress here toward safety, noise and how can ranges also work to be good neighbors – as most of them, I assume, are today.” Under his proposal, residents would need to offer a sketch of their property, including all buildings within a yet-to-bedetermined distance, and outline expected hours of operation. Requesters would then have to present that information at a selectboard meeting, and town staff would alert all abutting neighbors and business so they have a chance to speak prior to any decision, Levy said.

Town staff had repeatedly raised concerns over permitting due to potential liability, but attorney Bill Ellis said he’s not overly worried as long as the permits include language stating property owners must take on full risk and liability of operating a range in town. Members modified several aspects of Levy’s proposal during their Nov. 6 meeting. They decided against requir-

"It feels like it’s a foregone conclusion that you’re trying to take away all our shooting rights." Resident Kendall Chamberlain ing background checks, instead asking Essex police to inform them of any prior range-related issues, and suggested the permits be issued in perpetuity so landowners only need to come back before the board if they make substantial changes to the range or if their property changes hands. “I want to make this easy on folks,” selectwoman Irene Wrenner said. Levy’s proposal came two weeks af-

ter a majority of members tentatively agreed to prohibit shooting at the Essex Tree Farm and allow it at two town parks – Indian Brook and Saxon Hill – during a 45-day window covering deer hunting season. The board decided to lump shooting ranges into its ongoing revisions to the firearm discharge ordinance, though any decisions are far from final: The board must first host two public hearings before it can approve changes. Officials said they would likely delay those hearings until after budget season, meaning it could be at least three months until the discussion comes up again. Resident input came in the expected forms during last week’s meeting. Proponents of regulations shared concerns over noise levels and safety, while opponents say the board is abusing its authority and seeking fixes to a problem that doesn’t exist. Complicating matters for the selectboard are some legal complexities that limit its regulation power. According to a Vermont Supreme Court ruling, sport shooting ranges are exempt from regulation if they existed before May 2006 and maintained the See RANGES, page 2

The Essex Westford School Board has rolled out a new draft of its transportation policy that tells administrators to prioritize busing for youngest students if the district’s ongoing bus driver shortage continues. The revisions, led by the board’s transportation subcommittee, bolster what administrators say is an overly vague policy directing them to furnish busing to students when “reasonable and necessary,” language out of a model policy from the Vermont School Board Association. “It was the feeling of the board that that wasn’t providing sufficient guidance for what we wanted to happen for transportation,” said Keeley Schell, an EWSD board member on the transportation subcommittee. “For the most part, what we’ve added is stuff discussing our vision and expectations that endeavors not to prescribe too many details.” Under the new draft policy, transportation is instead defined as a “privilege” – not required or mandated for “most students.” It codifies previous decisions, like the creation of walking zones, and permits administrators to establish which students can be served by either public transportation or congregated bus stops. Among the factors used to establish routes are: • Availability of sidewalks or pedestrian paths • Condition and class of highways • Traffic speed and density • Students’ age, maturity, health and See BUS, page 3

Laying down roots CTE class helps grow blight-resistant trees By MADELINE CLARK What do you get when you cross an American chestnut tree and a Chinese chestnut tree? A blight-resistant tree—at least that’s what Center for Technology Essex forestry teacher Brian Japp and the American Chestnut Foundation hope. Students in CTE’s “Natural Resources, Forestry and Horticulture” course have collaborated with the Vermont/New Hampshire chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation to restore American chestnut trees in areas where they once thrived and provided both economic and biological benefits, Japp said. About two years ago, the American Chestnut foundation’s Vermont/New Hampshire chapter president Yuri Bihun approached CTE and proposed a partnership in which students would help grow and care for an American chestnut seed orchard, Japp said. See TREES, page 12

Essex officials, residents tour commuter rail cars By COLIN FLANDERS A delegation of local officials and residents trekked to Barre last month for a brief ride aboard David Blittersdorf ’s commuter rail cars, which the energy mogul hopes could one day make daily trips through Essex Jct. and beyond. The “joy ride” campaign is an attempt from Blittersdorf and his company, AllEarth Rail, to spark local stakeholders’ interest in his vision of a commuter rail system here. The goal is to show Vermonters – and their government – that his plan isn’t just theoretical, AllEarth spokesman Nick Charyk said. “This is equipment that is here in Vermont that is ready to

go, and we’re ready to start rolling,” Charyk said. Joining the tour was Essex Jct. Rep. Dylan Giambatista, who noted his interest in commuter rail stems from how transportation contributes to almost half the state’s carbon emissions. He said the state must anticipate the needs of future workers and commuters by creating a “vibrant transportation network,” part of which would be a viable commuter rail. Plus, said Giambatista, who works in Montpelier and earned re-election to the Statehouse last week, “The thought of being able to get on to a commuter train option and take it to work is really appealing.”

The visit comes a little over a year after Blittersdorf visited the Essex Rotary to explain why he invested $5 million of his own funds to form AllEarth Rail, a subsidiary of his AllEarth Renewables, and bring a dozen self-propelled rail cars to Vermont. Atop the list, he said, is the desire to help the charge into a renewable future. That goal carries added relevancy in the wake of last month’s United Nations climate study, which suggested the dire effects of climate change may be approaching faster than previously expected. The cars are operated by a crew of two, half what’s typical for passenger trains, and divide mid-route beSee TRAIN, page 3


Residents join officials from Essex and the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission to pose for a photo in front of one of David Blittersdorf's commuter rail cars in Barre last month.


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Riley Watkins, 26, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence with a death resulting last Friday, a year to the day that he crashed his car on Susie Wilson Road, killing his girlfriend, 23-year-old Emma Press.

PLEA from page 1 tor vehicle with death resulting, reduced a charge of aggravated assault to simple assault and agreed to cap sentencing at eight to 15 years. If convicted on the three original charges, Watkins could have faced up to 45 years in prison and fines of up to $35,000. Luna said prosecutors declined to add additional charges for domestic assault when asked by his client. “When this young man was assaulting and choking me,” Press said, “there was nothing simple about it.” Judge Kevin Griffin said the defense can argue for a lesser sentence down to the minimum if it wishes. He set a pre-sentencing investigation and asked for a daylong sentencing hearing for a yet-to-be-determined date in January. Luna said they “explored the possibility” of a lawsuit against the state but ran into statutory immunities that protect state’s attorneys from liability. Still, Luna said if there were a way to sue the state, he would, because it was “grossly negligent

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oversight.” He called the case against Watkins illustrative of the “broken” and “weak” criminal justice system in Vermont. “We have lost the voice of the victim in this state. We are coddling criminals,” said Luna, a former prosecutor. “Until we have smarter sentences and smarter agreements in situations like this, we’re going to have growing problems.” Press penned a letter asking Judge Griffin to reexamine the facts of the case before allowing the deal to proceed. Griffin referenced the letter in court but said he hadn’t read it, noting statute defines the ways family members can weigh in on cases. Press hoped the letter would “throw a little wrench” in the plea deal. He confirmed he will speak at the upcoming sentencing hearing, but wasn’t sure what punishment would represent justice in this case. “I really don’t care about me. I’m still here. I’m still alive. My daughter isn’t,” he said. “I just want people to remember my daughter.”


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same historic level of noise and use since. Citing those exemptions, selectman Andy Watts asked why the board should include ranges they can’t legislate. Levy said the permit would at least allow the town to create a baseline that could be used to gauge whether a range is used more over time regardless of its age. Whether the town could penalize someone who doesn’t obtain a permit for a grandfathered range will depend on the situation, Levy told The Reporter in a follow-up email. CLIENT UVMHN - permit conditions can be enforced He said Home Healthas they don’t prohibit, reduce or as long limit shooting based on its pre-2006 usage, JOB NO. and at the meeting, likened the enforcement 11619 process to that for dog licenses. DESCRIPTION “If you have a dog and you don’t get it liVNAHOSPICE censed, nobody is going to come and check. (Expertice and But if that dog gets in a fight and it gets reCompassion in the ported, you’re going to get a fine,” he said. comfort of your The chairman asked that Chief Rick own home) Garey or his staff review the National Rifle TACTIC Association range handbook to see if it’s Newspaper a valid reference manual. If a complaint comes in to the police department, he added, officers could pull the permit and see if PUB(S) the range is registered with the town. – Colchester Sunhad opposed any proposal that Garey – Milton Independent made his department a permitting entity, – Essex Reporter saying in an August memo that EPD staff aren’t range experts nor do they want to INSERTION be. But heDATES said last week the process would See Order at Insertion least set a “reasonable and acceptable” standard and allow the department to know BUILT AT where ranges are. 100% Other questions the selectboard will TRIM need/ Mech to tackle are what, if any, criteria it 5.41” x 10.0” would use (1/4Pg) to deny a permit and whether it should set hours in which shooting is alCOLOR lowed. CMYK Reaction among landowners was mixed, QUESTIONS CALL though the majority, like most other meetAmanda Peacock ings on the ordinance, favored no changes. 251.476.2507 Resident Ed Wilbur said he has a problem with the board legislating private property, especially over an activity people have done for “years and years and years.” “For me, it feels like it’s a foregone con-

clusion that you’re trying to take away all our shooting rights,” he said. “I just feel like there’s an agenda, and we’re just not being listened to.” Kendall Chamberlain agreed. He said he felt discriminated against as a long-time Essex resident. “Am I going to have to move to Jericho?” he asked. “What is going on in Essex?” But others urged the board to act, including both Brian Murphy and Sarah Salatino, who spoke to The Reporter last month about their ongoing issues with nearby shooting ranges. “It’s my right as a landowner, being there 21 years, to have peace on my land,” said Salatino, explaining that noise from her neighbors’ shooting ranges have “plagued” her commercial nursery off Brigham Hill Road. Murphy, meanwhile, said while he believes most people take precautions, safety can be a “subjective” notion. To prove his point, he distributed a map showing a nearby range – a dirt pile – in proximity to his house. “Do I think it’s going to happen? No,” he said of a shooting accident. “Am I fearful it’s going to happen? Absolutely.” Several shooters shared their own concerns with the range by Murphy’s house, including Tim Fagnant, who said the diagram “scared the hell out of me.” He also empathized with Salatino but said neighbors like hers give all range owners a bad name: Many shoot safely and respectfully, he said, and asked the board to differentiate between the two. But selectman Michael Plageman put some responsibility on shooters, too. He urged them to help the board “do the right thing” and weed out unsafe ranges. “The last thing I want to do is take away your ability to target shoot, but damn it, I don’t want somebody coming in here and telling me that they pulled a round of their house,” Plageman said. “So you know what? Help us out here a bit.”

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LocaL BUS from page 1 physical ability • Route time and distance • And any other factors the superintendent deems appropriate. The policy also says the district must publicize bus schedules by August and compels the superintendent to submit any purchases, leases or contracts over $15,000 for board approval. Board member Patrick Murray expected to finalize the policy within the next month following last week’s initial reading. At that same meeting, board members learned the status of their current transportation workforce. According to chief operating officer Brian Donahue, the district has lost and gained five drivers since the start of the fiscal year to hold steady at 18, while six more are working their way through the pipeline. That would bring the district to 24, which Donahue said would allow the district to expand busing into the village. He said getting full service to the village by December is still possible, but questioned whether starting a new busing routine just before winter break was the right call. Getting full service “as soon as possible” is still administration’s goal, he said. In an email to The Essex Reporter, Murray said “full service” means all students in the district have access to some form of transportation outside of walking zones. However, this could mean rides on public transportation, not necessarily door-to-door service, he said.

“Rather … we will have stops for all students within established walking distances,” he said, “barring any safety issues or other mitigating circumstances.” The draft requires creating a contingency plan if the district again loses drivers – a real possibility given that school officials say the issues plaguing their local search show no signs of slowing nationwide. Under the policy, the superintendent will prioritize rides based on grade level, starting with kindergarten, and account for various route factors. The idea, subcommittee members said, is the youngest students would have the hardest time getting to school without busing because they rely on it more than their older peers. Data from the first several months of the school year shows about half of the student populations at Essex Elementary and Founders Memorial rode the bus while only 35 percent of Essex Middle School students did. That total shrinks to 14 percent for EHS students who live outside the village. Though much of the draft is aimed at helping administrators run the system as efficiently as possible, one section may actually add bus stops. It says no student can be required to use a congregated bus stop that’s located farther from their house than the walking zone for their corresponding grade level. Board chairwoman Martha Heath asked how that would play out in Westford, where she said many homes are more than

TRAIN from page 1 cause each has a pair of diesel engines. They can also reverse at the end of the line, he said, which means lower costs compared to locomotive-hauled trains. On a micro level, commuter rail could bring benefits to the local economy as well, he told the Rotary club, with Essex Jct. smack dab in between an anticipated route from St. Albans to Montpelier. Blittersdorf still has his work cut out for him, however. AllEarth must secure a public subsidy to make ticket prices competitive with the cost of driving. It must also compel improvements to tracks in various parts of the state — most notably, a 7.8-mile stretch connecting Burlington and Essex Jct. — and convince owners and operators of current railroad lines to allow his service for a reasonable price. Even then, it would need ridership that economically sustains the system. Blittersdorf has alluded he doesn’t want to see his investment sitting idle for long, and spokesman Charyk said it’s “very possible” the company would lease out the cars to other states that are interested. But Charyk said doing so would show Vermont that rail it’s a viable option here. He expected an “exciting six months ahead,” pointing to the upcoming legislation session, where many of the officials who have partici-

pated in the tours would return to the Statehouse and make decisions that could impact the viability of commuter rail. Selectboard member Irene Wrenner hoped the state will “step up” and help the company overcome some of the obstacles. “If people at the state level are turned in and listening and paying attention, hopefully something can happen and it won’t pass us by,” she said. Wrenner added she’s encouraged by the company’s desire to complement other public transit offerings, and said she saw many benefits to commuter rail, including the social aspects, the ease of travel during winter months and, as she simply put, the fun of it all. “Who doesn't love a train?” she asked. Blittersdorf gave officials a tour of the old Bombardier Train Warehouse where the Budd Cars are stored before a quick ride around the railyard. Wrenner said the cars are “built like tanks” but show no sign of wear despite being more than 60 years old. “Until I climbed on one of them, I had no idea how sturdy they were, how safe they feel when they were in motion,” she said. During last year’s public outreach campaign, Blittersdorf repeatedly cited a study from Dallas Area Rapid Transit, from which he bought the cars. The study

a mile away from the nearest pick-up location. She wondered if anyone asked the bus vendor how viable that plan was, and said it may be better to apply the section to K-8 busing only. Murray said the subcommittee agreed that while the stipulation may add bus stops in Westford, that fact alone shouldn’t negatively impact students there. “I don't see any reason why a Westford high school student should be forced to try to get three miles to the closest stop when we don't expect that from anyone else in the district,” Murray said. Board member Brendan Kinney said

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found each dollar invested in rail stations spurred $7 of private investments in commercial development and housing. That could mean a whole lot of private investment locally, if the village ever receives the $1.2 million in federal funding needed to rehab its Amtrak station. “From the business standpoint in Essex,” Wrenner said, “I could just see a lot more commerce and things happening if our railroad station were more than just a stopping point.”


the subcommittee would explore potential ramifications prior to any vote on the policy. The brief discussion underscored the policy’s attempt to address a theme central to the school board’s work over the last several years: equity, and what that means across three municipalities, each with unique characteristics. “That's the challenge,” Kinney said. “We can't make things the same, but we need to provide certain equity of access, so things are going to look different from community to community.”

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opinion & community LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


Redmond says thank you My most generous thanks to the Essex residents of Chittenden 8-1 for electing me as state representative to the Vermont House for the 2019-2020 session. I am deeply grateful for each individual vote received; for every conversation had at your door; and for the many issues and ideas shared that continue to reverberate in my mind. I am energized to continue serving my stellar community and state in this new way! As mentioned when I first declared my candidacy, I will strive to be a responsive legislator who is available to listen to concerns; commits to deep learning and understanding of the issues; and communicates clearly and effectively even if we disagree from time to time. I want to congratulate Rep. Linda K. Myers on her re-election. She has served Essex in the most dedicated of ways. As we stood next to each other at the polls for 12 hours on Election Day, I felt assured that we will work well together in the coming term. I also want to honor Tanya Vyhovsky for running a strong campaign and for highlighting the affordability issues that many Vermonters face; I trust that Tanya’s infusion of energy and vision will grace our community in future. I also want to thank those folks who volunteered on my campaign through many months of work: you supported me every step of the way, and for that I am eternally grateful. In the next few weeks, I will be scheduling monthly meetings at different times of the day in Essex, so you have a chance to connect with me if there’s an issue on your mind. In the meantime, you can always reach me through my website, www. (please subscribe to my periodic e-newsletter); via phone at 488-0531 or via email at Thank you again for your trust in my leadership. I greatly look forward to being your voice in Montpelier. Warm regards, Marybeth Redmond Essex Center Thank you, Essex Junction! I am honored to be selected to serve our community again. I’ve known for a long time that we live in a remarkable community. That feeling was reaffirmed Tuesday as I watched people come to vote. Turnout set a record for midterms, and people I chatted with seemed genuinely optimistic for our future. One of the most uplifting outcomes of the day were the number of young people who registered to vote. Whether you supported me or not, voted or didn’t vote, my role as your state representative is to represent all residents as best I can. We all need to stay engaged, both at the national and local levels, and communicate. I look forward to starting the monthly community conversations again in January and look forward to hearing from residents as issues arise or opinions need to be expressed. Never hesitate to reach out in email, stop me on the street or give me a call. I’m always available to hear your thoughts or concerns. Contact information is available at Thank you again for your support. Rep. Lori Houghton Essex Jct. Thank you for your support It is with my deepest gratitude that I thank the residents of Essex who supported my campaign for re-election to the Vermont House of Representatives. For those of you who wrote letters to the editor on my behalf, I am humbled by the generosity of your words. For those who allowed me to place signs in your yards, thank you for allowing me

that small bit of real estate. For those of you who called me specifically to say you wanted a sign, thank you for making those unexpected offers. For those of you who supported me financially, your contributions were very much welcomed. And for those of you who took the time to stop and talk to me at the polls on that rainy/cold day, your comments were much appreciated. I look forward to the next two years in Montpelier. I will do my utmost to follow through on the concerns you expressed to me as I went door-todoor. Your issues on health care, education, property tax relief, private sector jobs, economic growth, and affordability will be in the forefront of my mind as I work each day at the Statehouse. Thank you all for your support and encouragement. Do not hesitate to get in touch with me at lmyers@leg.state. Rep. Linda Myers Essex Senator says thanks Thank you for my reelection to the Vermont Senate. It is an honor to serve you, and I appreciate your confidence in my work. I look forward to work on health care, water quality, education, affordable housing, energy, jobs and others. I will continue to take a balanced approach toward problems facing our county. I look forward to working on many issues critical to our welfare and sense of community. Thank you again. Please stay engaged in civic activities and contact me with your comments, concerns and questions. Sen. Ginny Lyons Sirotkin says thanks Thank you very much to the voters of Chittenden County for returning me to the State Senate for a third time. There is much work to be done, and I am anxious and ready to get started immediately. I would welcome hearing from you at anytime at sirotkin. with your thoughts and concerns. I also want to extend my sincere appreciation to all the other candidates who worked so hard and ran a totally positive campaign throughout. Thank you again. Sen. Michael Sirotkin Chairman, Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee Thank you, Vermont Over 100,000 Vermonters voted for me last week. I want to thank each and every person for their support. Five months ago, I decided to undertake one of the biggest challenges/ opportunities of my life. Running a statewide campaign for the first time was daunting. Running a statewide campaign against an incumbent even more, considering that only once in the last 50-plus years has an incumbent been defeated in a Vermont statewide election. We assembled a team of volunteers and planned a positive campaign focused on the issues. With little statewide name recognition, we began by introducing me to Vermonters. Vermonters were willing to listen to my perspective and help me in so many ways. Investing in the campaign, hosting house parties, putting up signs and banners, arranging meet and greets, making calls night after night, volunteering for every parade we could find in the state, sharing words of encouragement, or just telling me "I voted for you" was very gratifying. Even though the election results were disappointing, the support I received from people all across our state was humbling. The journey was an incredible experience

and I am a better person as a result. Vermonters welcomed me into this race, our team gave me a chance to win and my family made this a special journey. I'm proud of our team and the campaign we ran. Thank you Gail, Darren, Dawn, Hayden, Rachel, Casey, Shayne, Ben and Tyler. Thanks again, Vermont! Don Turner Jr. Former Republican candidate for lt. governor Is Christmas in trouble? You may know that thousands of Vermont kids are living below the poverty level, and at Christmas, they would not have a “Good Toy Day” if not for the efforts of Toys for Kids (100 percent volunteer, non-profit program). Toys for Kids, coordinated by the Marine Corps League, is the largest Christmas toy collection program in Vermont for needy kids. With the help of NBC Channel 5 TV and many business sponsors, countless volunteers work diligently during the Christmas season to monitor and empty hundreds of red Toy for Kids barrels. All new, unwrapped toys collected are turned over to agencies (such as the Salvation Army) for distribution to needy families in Vermont. We also depend on your generous financial donations throughout the year. Monies collected are used to buy Visa gift cards at Christmas for older kids that are 15 to 17 years old. In 2017, all of our collected toys were dispersed and our savings allowed us to spend ~$22,000 on gift cards. Nevertheless, it was still not sufficient to meet the need. We were short ~4 percent in toy collection efforts and ~$4,500 short in financial donations to satisfy the Christmas need in our Vermont communities. With the growing need year after year, we expect our toy collection and donations in 2018 to fall short. What can you do to provide needy families a good Christmas in 2018 ? For example: If you are an online shopper or shop locally, please purchase an extra toy or two that you can put in one of the red Toys for Kids barrels located throughout the community. We distributed our red toy barrels on November 1. Please check us out on the web at, contact any Marine Corps League member or call me at 872-0354. Thank you and Semper Fi, John Welsh Toys for Kids, Vt. State Coordinator Thank you for taking part in democray I write to share my gratitude with neighbors who voted in last Tuesday’s election. We live in extraordinary times and are fortunate to reside in a community where neighbors follow issues and discuss the news of the day. That energy and engagement continues to move our political process forward. I send my sincere thanks to everyone who voted, regardless of party or preference. I would also like to thank those unsuccessful candidates who put their name and ideas forward this campaign season. Our democracy is built upon the free exchange of different viewpoints. Your voices contribute to the success of our communities and state. It is an honor to serve Essex Junction. I look forward to seeing you around town as we prepare for another legislative session in January. Rep. Dylan Giambatista Essex Jct.


Dwight C. Burleson

BURLINGTON Dwight C. Burleson, 77, passed away at his home on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. With him was his best friend and partner, Judy Perras. Dwight was born in Burlington on Nov. 9, 1940. He was a salesman in the greater Burlington area and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1958/1964 when he was honorably discharged. Dwight is predeceased by his father, Philip Burleson; his mother, Doris King Burleson; his sister, Beverly Burleson Thompson; and his only son, Brett Burleson. He is survived by best friend and partner, Judy Perras; nieces Luann

and Tammy and nephew, Richard; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Many thanks to neighbors and friends for all their kindness and support. Special thanks to the VNA Hospice of Vermont, Park Place Tavern and Grill and Mary Krebser for her Sunday visits. Diker's friends shared his interests of all sports, golf, the Red Sox and the Patriots. Everyone will miss his wry sense of humor and quick wit. Per his request there will be no service, and any donations can be made to the VNA, 110 Prim Rd., Colchester VT 05446. Share condolences at

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Thanksgiving day emergencies By Tessa Roy Essex Rescue Thanksgiving Day and the weekend afterward tend to bring a spike in EMS-related calls. From knife related injuries and burns while preparing food to food poisoning and heart failure, experienced EMTs know that turkey day is bound to be slightly busier than normal. Thanksgiving Day poses a higher risk to those with heart problems because of the salt laden meals. Most Thanksgiving Day dinners will contain the daily recommended intake of salt. Add that to salt eaten with breakfast or a late-night snack, and there can be issues. The more salt present in the body the more water retained, and that can boost blood volume and drive up blood pressure, putting strain on a weakened heart and blood vessels. For this reason, it’s important for individuals with heart problems or high blood pressure to monitor their salt intake on Thanksgiving Day and the weekend after when they’re having leftovers. We’re also heading into winter which means that we’re bound to start seeing snowfall. Heavy snowfalls are another indicator to EMTs that emergency calls will pick up, and not just because of the increased risk of motor vehicle accidents. It’s not uncommon for people to have a heart attack when trying to shovel their sidewalks and driveways, especially if the snow is heavy and wet. Even pushing a heavy snowblower can cause a heart attack in some individuals with weakened hearts. Shoveling snow is a strenuous activity and you should treat it like you would treat any other form of heavy exercise. Make sure that you warm your muscles up before shoveling and take breaks often to catch your breath and hydrate. It also helps to shovel lighter loads of snow versus fewer yet heavier loads. Listen to your body as you shovel, and if you start to feel odd or feel symptoms of a heart attack go inside and call for help. It’s important to know the symptoms of a heart attack, especially if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or a risk for heart disease in your family. Many people describe a feeling of pain or discomfort in their chest, ranging from a sharp pain to a dull ache or even heartburn-like pain. This pain may last or it may come and go. You may also experience pain in your stomach, back, arms (especially the left arm), neck or jaw. You may feel tired or anxious. Women are more likely than men to feel nauseous or start vomiting, but those symptoms can show up in men as well. Some people will also feel short of breath or start coughing or wheezing. Sometimes the only symptom you’ll have will be that feeling of shortness of breath, so it’s important to know your body and stay alert to sudden changes. You may be reading this and thinking, “Well if I’m shoveling my driveway of course I’m going to be tired and short of breath and my back and arms are probably going to hurt, too. How am I supposed to know for sure if I’m having a heart attack or not?” It’s a valid question, and it really comes down to making sure you’re taking breaks while you shovel so that you can keep your heart rate reasonably low and make sure you’re getting enough air into your lungs. It may take a bit longer to shovel, but at least you’ll have some peace of mind. Of course if you are ever in doubt about whether or not you or a loved one is having a heart attack please do not hesitate to call 9-1-1. As always if you’re interested in joining Essex Rescue please contact Colleen Nesto at 847-4859 ext 4.

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The Essex Reporter • November 15, 2018



Religious Directory

nov. 15

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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Essex High School presents their fall production of "Big Fish," a musical journey that blurs the lines between fact and fiction as a soon-to-be father revisits his own father's tallest tales. The production stars over 40 students and will play throughout the weekend, premiering on Thursday, Nov. 15.

15 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.

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. 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.

Mexican Train doMinoes

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 over 40 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 EHSBigFish.; remaining seats will be available at the door. $5, students/seniors/ children; $10, general admission.

Modern WesTern sTyle square dance

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

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.

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.

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.

eaTing To PrevenT and Manage Pre-diaBeTes and TyPe 2 diaBeTes

6:30 - 8 p.m., Hannaford Supermarket, 21 Essex Way,

Essex Jct. Has your doctor expressed concern about your blood sugar? Does diabetes run in your family? Taking charge of your food choices to protect your health. In this store tour we’ll focus on the foods that help keep your blood sugar on track, and how to work more of them into your eating plan. Instructor: Joanne Heidkamp, MS, RDN, registered dietitian nutritionist for Hannaford Supermarkets. Call 878-1342 to register. $7, resident; $10, non-resident.

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

Financial Peace universiTy

7:45 - 10:45 p.m., Essex Alliance Church, 37 Old Stage Rd., Essex Jct. Join this first ever Live Stream Nationwide Event. Financial Peace University is a life-changing program that teaches you how to make the right decisions with your money. You'll be empowered with the practical skills and confidence needed to achieve your financial goals and experience true financial peace.

16 Friday BaBy TiMe

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. Free community dinners for all! If you need a ride, please let us know with an email to essexeatsout@gmail. com.

FaMily Movie: "Moana"

6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Brownell Library. An adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds. Along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she always sought: her own identity. Disney, PG. Free popcorn and drinks!

ehs PresenTs "Big Fish"

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

17 saTurday chrisTMas Bazaar

9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Williston Federated Church, 44 N. Williston Rd., Williston. The bazaar features crafts, a bake sale, meals to go, plants, attic treasures, Solmate socks and a silent auction. Lunch will be served from 11a.m. 1p.m. Come enjoy homemade soups, pulled pork and pulled chicken sandwiches and chili. Proceeds from this event support missions.

Food shelF

9 - 11 a.m., Aunt Dot's Place, 51 Center Rd. Essex Jct. (See

Thursday, Nov. 15 for details.)

PainT and siP BeneFiT

9:30 - 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. noon, Turner Toys, 21 Essex Way, Essex Jct. Paint your own unique fall tree! Kids will each receive a mini canvas and our resident artist will lead a workshop that helps them decorate the tree with their hand and finger prints. Cider and donuts will be served. Please register in advance by calling 233-6102, space is limited and we do expect to sell out. $10 per child; proceeds benefit the Vermont Foodbank.

aMnesTy inTernaTional WriTe For righTs caMPaign

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, please drop in any time during the event.

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.

social BallrooM dance

6:30 - 11 p.m., Elley-Long Music Center, Fort Ethan Allen, 223 Ethan Allen Ave., Colchester. If you've ever wanted to try ballroom dance, our social starts with two lessons to get you moving. Clean shoes are highly

Calendar deadline every Friday at 5 p.m.

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calendar lOCal MEEtingS tHurSday, nOVEMBEr 15 5:30 p.m., Essex Cemetery Commission, Town offices, 81 Main St., Essex Jct.

MOnday, nOVEMBEr 19 7 p.m., town Selectboard, Town offices, 81 Main St., Essex Jct.

tuESday, nOVEMBEr 20 6:30 p.m., School Board, Essex High School Library, 2 Educational Dr., Essex Jct. 7 p.m., Brownell library trustees, Brownell Library, 6 Lincoln St., Essex Jct.

recommended for the dance floor; no partner necessary. $10, seniors, students and USA Dance members; $15, general admission. Visit dancevermont. org for more information.

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.

ViBE VOllEyBall CluB tEEn tryOutS

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., St. Michael's College. Any youth volleyball players looking to expand their skill set and play the game that they love throughout the winter should attend our tryouts. The non-profit club fields eight teams, practices weekly and travels to regional tournaments. All coaches have played either professionally or at the college level. Require registration at or email Sam Fontaine at samvibevball@ For ages 13 - 19.

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.)

ECuMEniCal tHanKSgiVing WOrSHip SErViCE

3 p.m., Malletts Bay Congregational Church, UCC, 1672 W. Lakeshore Dr., Colchester. Participating congregations are Holy Cross Catholic Church, Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, United Church of Colchester, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, and Malletts Bay Congregational Church, UCC. We will be accepting offerings of non-perishable food items for the Colchester Food Shelf.

BalKan FOlK danCing 3:30 - 6:30 p.m., Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, 188 N. Prospect St., Burlington. Easier line and circle dances are taught the first hour, then intermediate dances, reviews and open request dancing. Beginners are welcome and no partner is needed. Lots of parking, come in the back door. Wear informal, comfortable clothing. Free the first time; $6 donation and snacks for the break, if you can. For more information, please call 802

540-1020, or email dance@

diVOrCE CarE SuppOrt grOup 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Bluewater Center, 145 Pine Haven Shores Rd., Shelburne. Divorce is a tough road. Feelings of separation, betrayal, confusion, anger and self doubt are common. But there is life after divorce. Led by people who have already walked down that road, this 13week group for men and women offers a safe place and process to help make that journey easier. For more information and to register, contact Sandy at 4257053. Runs through December 2.

19 MOnday tHE ESSEx WEStFOrd SCHOOl diStriCt Will nOt HaVE ClaSSES tHrOugH Friday, nOV. 23 FOr tHanKSgiVing BrEaK StOry tiME WitH dEB

10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Essex Free Library. Drop in for stories, songs and a craft.

tECH HElp WitH CliF

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

Hand and FOOt Card gaME 12:30 - 3:30 p.m., Essex Area Senior Center. Join friends who already know how to play, or come learn this fun game.


12:30 - 3:30 p.m., Essex Area Senior Center. Join friends in this classic card game.

MuSt rEad MOndayS

6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Brownell LIbrary. This month's book will be "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles.

20 tuESday BingO

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.

VaCatiOn MOViE: "tOMOrrOWland"

2 - 4:10 p.m., Brownell Library. An ambitious teenager discovers a pin that transports her to a futuristic world. She then teams up with a jaded genius, and they embark on an adventure through time and space to save the Earth. Walt Disney Pictures 2015, PG. Free popcorn.

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.


6 - 7:30 p.m., Aunt Dot's Place, 51 Center Rd. Essex Jct. (See Thursday, Nov. 15 for details.)

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


WritErS' grOup

6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Essex Free Library. Interested in building some structure into your writing life? Looking for thoughtful feedback? All levels and genres welcome as we come together to share our work and offer support to one another. Organizational details to be hammered out as we get underway.

21 WEdnESday BrOWnEll liBrary ClOSing Early at 5 p.M. 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.

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

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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.

CaninE CanCEr BaKE SalE

1 - 3 p.m., KeyBank, 185 Route 7 S., Milton. Hosted by Emma's Foundation for Canine Cancer, all proceeds will benefit cancer dogs and their cancer treatments. Also, if anyone would like to bake for the sale, they can call Diana at 782-5758.

ZinE CluB

3 - 4 p.m., Brownell Library. Explore different writing styles and art techniques as you create a zine. What's a zine? These underground publications are cheaply made, printed forms of expression on any subject.

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5 - 8 p.m., Maple Street Park. Take a walk through Maple Street Park and enjoy the bright lights accompanied by festive music. Pick up a scavenger hunt list on your way into the park to see if you can you find all the hidden ornaments in the trees. Lit nightly through Tuesday, Jan. 1.

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11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Essex Cinema, 21 Essex Way, Essex Jct. The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime. Thank you for supporting our community and the American Red Cross!

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5:30 - 7 p.m., Essex Center United Methodist Church, 119 Center Rd., Essex Jct. Free community dinners for all! If you need a ride, please let us know with an email to essexeatsout@

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CHriStMaS CraFt Fair and lunCHEOn

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

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 130 Maple St., Essex Jct. Please call 8797943 with any questions.

9 - 11 a.m., Aunt Dot's Place, 51 Center Rd. Essex Jct. (See Thursday, Nov. 15 for details.)



HOliday CraFt Fair

11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Essex Cinema, 21 Essex Way, Essex Jct. The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime. Thank you for supporting our community and the American Red Cross!

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9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 130 Maple St., Essex Jct. Crafters, vendors, baked goods, Granny's Attic and maple syrup will all be on display. If you are hungry, there will be a sale of coffee and donuts for breakfast, soup and sandwich for lunch.

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5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Bluewater Center, 145 Pine Haven Shores Rd., Shelburne. Divorce is a tough road. Feelings of separation, betrayal, confusion, anger and self doubt are common. But there is life after divorce. Led by people who have already walked down that road, this 13week group for men and women offers a safe place and process to help make that journey easier. For more information and to register, contact Sandy at 4257053. Runs through December 2.

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Essex Free Library. During this time of Thanksgiving we are collecting donations of socks and adult hats and gloves. These items will be donated to C.O.T.S. (Committee on Temporary Shelter).

puBliC SKating

Essex Skating Facility, Educational Dr., Essex Jct. Public Skate is a drop-in time when the community may enjoy rink time for public ice skating. Times and availability are limited, and hours are posted on our calendar. Admission is $3 for students, $4 for adults, and no registration is necessary. Skate rentals are available. Call 857-7300 or visit for more information.

StiCK and puCK tiME

Essex Skating Facility, Educational Dr., Essex Jct. Stick and puck time provides players the opportunity to practice things they cannot practice during public sessions and other hockey related ice times. A helmet and gloves are required to play. Stick and puck times may be divided into different age groupings with some rules that apply specifically to those age groups. Before joining a session, please read the complete Stick and Puck rules on our website, or call 857-7300 for skating rates, skate rental and sharpening rates and more information.

WintEr ligHtS in tHE parK

5 - 8 p.m. nightly, Maple Street Park. Take a walk through Maple Street Park and enjoy the bright lights accompanied by festive music. Pick up a scavenger hunt list on your way into the park to see if you can you find all the hidden ornaments in the trees. Lit nightly through Tuesday, Jan. 1.

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Tuesdays, 3 - 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Vermont Genealogy Library, Fort Ethan Allen, 377 Hegeman Ave., Colchester. The library will be open for research throughout the year. Please visit or call 310-9285 for more info.

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November 5 - 11 Arrests

1 Violation of conditions of release 1 DLS 1 Assault on law enforcement officer 1 Domestic assault 1 Aggravated assault (domestic, first degree) 1 Interfere with access to emergency services

MondAy, noveMber 5

7:39 a.m., Theft on Jericho Rd. 8:17 a.m., Suspicious event on Juniper Ridge 9:45 a.m., Theft on Colchester Rd. 9:49 a.m., Suspicious event on Suffolk Ln. 11:21 a.m., Animal problem on Old Stage Rd. 1:08 p.m., Citizen dispute on Maple St. 1:25 p.m., Medical; location withheld 1:44 p.m., Suspicious event on Pearl St. 2:41 p.m., Found/lost property on Briar Ln. 3:43 p.m., Disorderly conduct on Central St. 4:26 p.m., Welfare check on Jones Ave. 4:32 p.m., Domestic disturbance; location withheld 4:33 p.m., Citizen assist on Franklin St. 5:11 p.m., Animal problem on Main St. 5:19 p.m., Citizen dispute on Pearl St. 5:36 p.m., Motor vehicle complaint on I-289 5:56 p.m., Citizen assist on Rivendell Dr. 6:20 p.m., Suspicious event on Grove St. 8:49 p.m., Accident with property damage on Browns River Rd.

8:58 p.m., Suspicious event on Lost Nation Rd.

tuesdAy, noveMber 6

8:43 a.m., Assault on Pearl St. 9:17 a.m., Motor vehicle complaint on New England Dr. 9:25 a.m., Suspicious event on Education Dr. 10:19 a.m., Found/lost property on Park St. 2 p.m., Accident with property damage on Alder Ln. 4:31 p.m., Animal problem on Main St. 4:33 p.m., Animal problem on Old Colchester Rd. 7:36 p.m., Noise on Central St. 7:51 p.m., Citizen assist on Damon Dr. 8:37 p.m., Suspicious event on Iroquois Ave. 8:44 p.m., Juvenile problem; location withheld

WednesdAy, noveMber 7

7:27 a.m., Medical; location withheld 9:26 a.m., Found/lost property on Chapin Rd. 10:40 a.m., Intoxication on River Rd. 11:17 a.m., Citizen assist on Pearl St. 3:44 p.m., Accident with property damage on Susie Wilson Rd. 6:45 p.m., Accident with property damage on Upper Main St. 10:17 p.m., Domestic disturbance; location withheld

thursdAy, noveMber 8

5:12 a.m., Motor vehicle complaint on West St. 9:05 a.m., Motor vehicle complaint on Gaines Ct. 11:38 a.m., Trespassing on Gentes Rd. 12:41 p.m., Motor vehicle complaint on Colchester Rd.

1:04 p.m., Found/lost property on Pearl St. 2:43 p.m., Littering on Saybrook Rd. 3:18 p.m., Juvenile problem; location withheld 3:57 p.m., Intoxication on Pearl St. 5:01 p.m., Motor vehicle complaint on Upper Main St. 5:20 p.m., Accident with property damage on Park St. 7:17 p.m., Accident with property damage on Pinecrest Dr. 8:32 p.m., Juvenile problem; location withheld 10:09 p.m., Suspicious event on Chelsea Rd.

FridAy, noveMber 9

1:17 a.m., Missing person on S. Summit St. 2:17 a.m., Noise on South St. 7:06 a.m., Juvenile problem; location withheld 9:41 a.m., Accident with property damage on Essex Way 10:20 a.m., Citizen assist on S. Hill Dr. 10:29 a.m., Accident with property damage on Gauthier Dr. 12:56 p.m., Juvenile problem; location withheld 12:58 p.m., Accident with property damage on Main St. 4:02 p.m., Suspicious event on Founders Rd. 4:56 p.m., Suspicious event on Saxon Hill Rd. 5:09 p.m., Juvenile problem; location withheld 5:10 p.m., Accident with personal injury on Upper Main St. 5:23 p.m., Motor vehicle complaint on Greenfield Rd. 6:04 p.m., Citizen assist on Center Rd. 7:27 p.m., Suspicious event on Saybrook Rd.

8:38 p.m., Noise on Carmichael St. 8:59 p.m., Disorderly on Ethan Allen Ave. 11:59 p.m., Citizen dispute on Pearl St.

sAturdAy, noveMber 10

2:52 a.m., Citizen dispute on Pearl St. 10:30 a.m., Suspicious event on Essex Way 11:55 a.m., Domestic disturbance; location withheld 12:32 p.m., Accident with property damage on Pearl St. 12:35 p.m., Citizen assist on Park St. 2:57 p.m., Citizen assist on Killoran Dr. 3:12 p.m., Accident with property damage on I-289 4:23 p.m., Noise on Park St. 7:11 p.m., Citizen assist on Briar Ln. 10:47 p.m., Citizen dispute on Old Stage Rd.

sundAy, noveMber 11

1:14 a.m., Citizen dispute on Fuller Pl. 12:08 p.m., Animal problem on Lavoie Dr. 12:10 p.m., Motor vehicle complaint on I-289 1:29 p.m., Found/lost property on Pearl St. 3:09 p.m., Trespassing on Pinecrest Dr. 4:30 p.m., Animal problem on Sage Cir. 7:06 p.m., Domestic disturbance; location withheld 7:59 p.m., Suspicious event on Pearl St. 8:45 p.m., Motor vehicle complaint on Old Stage Rd. 9:33 p.m., Citizen dispute on Pearl St. 11:17 p.m., Juvenile problem; location withheld

totAl cAlls: 121

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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EHS theater catches 'Big Fish'


Classmates rehearse a musical number in preperation for this week's showing of "Big Fish" at Essex High School. By MADELINE CLARK


ish stories. That’s essentially what Will Bloom thinks of his father’s accounts of meeting magical beings and exploring exotic realms. It’s also what Essex High School students will be telling in their fall performance of “Big Fish.” The musical is an amalgamation of a book and film of the same name by Daniel Wallace and Tim Burton, respectively. It blurs the line between fact and fiction as Will attempts to make sense of his larger-than-life father, Edward, while preparing to become a dad himself. As a reporter, Will seeks the truth. In his mission to find the truth in his father’s folklore, he realizes there’s some fact to even the most fantastical stories, EHS theater director Aly Perry said. “‘Big Fish’ relies on this concept of dream, live, love, bigger,” Perry said. “The play is really asking, ‘How can we as parents, as family members, as fellow humans, interact with one another and find the spark in all of us that

can make us our best and biggest and grandest self ?’” Bringing the musical with its moving sets, colorful costumes and flashback storytelling technique to stage involved auditioning in June 2018 and starting rehearsals the first week of school, Perry said. But if the smiles on the 42 cast members’ faces are any indication, the experience seems to have been as much fun as it was work. Senior Violet Corcoran spoke with wide eyes as she explained her role in the production. She plays Sandra Bloom, storyteller Edward Bloom’s wife. “Sandra is very loving,” Corcoran said. “She's just an old, kind soul, and she just wants everyone to be happy.” According to Corcoran, Sandra holds the family together and keeps the peace, since the relationship between her husband and son is strained. Corcoran, a self-proclaimed “mom”-type, said it wasn’t hard to get into character; she easily identified with Sandra’s bubbly personality and nurturing ways.


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For Ryan Poulin, playing “black-and-white” Will Bloom was akin to being a fish out of water. Will is accuracy-driven and predictable; Poulin says he’s not. “I like going for the extreme and thinking outside the box,” he said, adding the role helped him grow as an actor. “I love digging into a different world … acting is what I'm passionate about.” Poulin has also enjoyed the dancing and singing that drive “Big Fish.” While dancing may not be his forte, Poulin said he loves to sing. Corcoran agreed singing was a definite highlight of theater: “I have been singing since I could talk,” she said. “My life was built around music.” Indeed, her father was a guitarist and singer for a band, and her mother held starring roles in musicals when she was in high school. But when it comes to performing in musical theater, Corcoran said she is still learning—a sentiment Poulin agreed with. “We're all learning,” he said. “We all learn through each other,


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and we all learn through our director.” It’s this very learning Perry expects of her students. “With every production here we hope to push the boundaries of what the students feel they are capable of,” she said. “[They] learn project management skills, team-building skills and the kind of vulnerability that happens in creative work.” Over the course of rehearsals, students were encouraged to take risks in a supportive environment. They tried different intentions, mined empathy from their personal experiences and devoted themselves to the story, all keys to pulling off the show, Perry said. “Theater is only successful when everybody lives and believes in the same world,” she said. Audiences are invited to enter the world of “Big Fish” at 7 p.m. on Nov. 15-17 and at the 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 18. Tickets are available during EHS lunch periods, online and will also be sold at the door. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students, children and seniors.


Summit Street first graders had some special visitors recently, as students from an EHS public speaking class practiced their vocal variety by reading picture books.


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Essex Middle School Fall Back Jamboree: EMS held its Fall Back Jamboree on October 26 (pictured left). Cross Country Champs: Congrats to the EMS Boys Cross Country team, which was victorious in the Vermont Middle School Championship on October 28. The meet was held at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, and featured 16 teams from around the state. Griffin Larson finished with the top time for seventh graders in the state as well (pictured below).

ADL Pumpkin Display: As a community service project, ADL students helped carve some of the pumpkins in art class that were used in the impressive display at EJRP (pictured right). Fort Ticonderoga Visit: Eighth graders from team Nova at ADL visited Fort Ticonderoga on October 26 (pictured below).

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Chase Reynolds and another CTE classmate tend to the West Street seed orchard. Their efforts may restore American chestnut to the Champlain Valley and Southern Vt.

Historically, American chestnuts provided food for livestock and humans, light, rotresistant-lumber and dappled the landscape of southern Vermont and the Champlain Valley, according to Yuri Bihun, president of The American Chestnut Foundation's Vermont and New Hampshire chapter. If restored to their natural settings, they will help with biodiversity and the “rich forest that we enjoy here in Vermont," the forester said.

TREES from page 1 The state offered a site on West Street, which was once a state-run tree nursery, Bihun said. The work requires 30 to 40 years, and the state was willing to allot the land for that time, he added. In the first year, Japp and his students raised hybrid American and Chinese chestnut trees from nut to sapling in their greenhouse before moving them to the West Street orchard. “They brought in a bunch of nuts that we shucked and planted and grew into chestnut trees,” he recalled. Now two years into the partnership, Japp said the collaboration trains his 11 CTE juniors and seniors in orchard management. Those enrolled in his course learn about seed anatomy, tractor safety, rototilling, soil preparation and predation prevention, among other skills. In about five years the West Street trees will be ready to be subjected to blight, and the survivors will become seed trees for the next 20 to 30 years. “My hope for the trees … is that they will produce viable stock and contribute to the progress being made for the restoration of the chestnut tree,” Japp said. At one point, the American chestnut comprised one in five trees along the Appalachian Trail, according to Bihun. In the early 1900s, a fungus called cryphonectria

parasitica caused blight in the trees, nearly eradicating them, the foundation’s website says. Today, American chestnuts are what the U.S. Department of Agriculture has deemed functionally extinct. “Functionally extinct means chestnuts sprout. There's millions of chestnut sprouts, but there's no more chestnut trees or forests,” Bihun said. “They only reproduce vegetatively, and then they die.” The American Chestnut Foundation was founded in 1983 and began efforts to backcross a more resilient American chestnut using the blight-resistant Chinese chestnut and cross pollinating it with its American cousin. The foundation has backcross-bred the species four times to date, halving the proportion of Chinese chestnut genomes each time, while retaining blight resistance in the increasingly pure-strand American chestnut tree. Growers inoculate the trees with blight, using the surviving trees as parent stock, pollinating them with American chestnut and repeating the process, Japp said. Somewhere between 600 and 700 Chestnut trees grow on the West Street property. But most of them will die when subjected to blight, Japp said. The CTE teacher hopes to expand the seed orchard in future years, and one day,

use the surviving trees as parent stock to restore American chestnut trees in the Champlain Valley and Southern Vermont where they once flourished. “It feels really good to be able to have all of these plants, or trees, out here that ... are almost extinct,” CTE senior Chase Reynolds said. “We have a chance of possibly making a small population of them and possibly increasing that in the state of Vermont.” Reynolds said he’s learned a lot about

the work, time and care that go into raising mature trees. He has helped weed the orchard, conduct a mortality study and, on a Nov. 9 visit, prep the site for winter’s chill and frost. Courtney Berscheid, a CTE junior, was busy last Friday feeding the trees a compost mixture produced at the school. “It's pretty amazing, when you think about it,” she said. “It's something that will affect the world.”

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t was a weekend full of charitable events for the Hornets. Essex High School senior

and junior girls braved the cold and snow to raise over $400 for the NOW Foundation (National Organization of Women) and had a blast in the 2018 EHS Charity Bowl. Meanwhile, the EHS Nordic Ski Team volunteered at Run Your Can Off in Win-

ooskiwith Ski Rack and Fleet Feet in a charity run to raise food for the local food shelf. The student athletes on the team helped race organizers with set-up and brought in food themselves before participating in the race as a community service project.


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eterans Day: thank you to all veterans and those who presently serve in the military. Should have done that last week. Speaking of the week...what a week of rain and clouds we had with only a day or two of some sun. I did take advantage of a 50-plus degree weather day and hit the Links for what might have been my last round of golf in 2018. Thanksgiving cannot come soon enough. Have to get a turkey. Winter sports sign-ups took place last week. Basketball, hockey, skiing (nordic and alpine), cheerleading, gymnastics, indoor track and field, wrestling and bowling all had solid numbers of athletes register. A few reminders: athletes should fill out their winter sports registration form; students should log via "sign in with Google" with their email account credentials. Meet the Coaches Night is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. The first day of winter sports practice/tryouts is Monday, Nov. 26 after Thanksgiving. The Essex boys’ and girls’ cross country teams raced in the 2018 New England Interscholastic Cross-Country Championships on Saturday at Derryfield Park in Manchester, N.H. The boys’ results saw La Salle Academy, R.I. win with 49 points. Essex was the top Vermont team in 9th place with 246 points. Burlington was the next Vermont team, finishing in 12th place. Individually, Henry Farrington finished as the first Vermonter in 13th place overall - 16:17. Peter Alden, who will be running for Siena College next year, was next in 22nd place 16:31; Jake Wagner 92nd 17:17; Brady Martisus 100th 17:21; Liam Mack 132nd 17:38; Ben Stewart 149th 17:51 and Walker Stapleton 185th 18:14. They ran on an extremely wet course. Thanks to Coach Blaine Isham for providing me with xc information throughout the season. The Hornet girls were the second Vermont team scoring 491 points and placing 20th overall. CVU scored a mere 78 pts to win. Individually, Natalie Preston was the first Essex harrier to the finish line in 99th place - 20:46; Hannah Brisson - was next in 146th 21:15; Emma Chadwick ran 169th 21:36 followed by Olivia Miller-Johnson 174th 21:43; Morgan Marckres 189th 21:56; Ary Wilson 205th 22:20 and Heidi Stewart 227th

22:57. Running in the day’s second race, the course was in awful shape. Nice job by all. The powderpuff (or powerpuff as Colchester High School tabbed it) flag football game took place Saturday morning. The senior/junior girls braved the cold and snow to raise over $400 for the NOW Foundation (National Organization of Women) and had a blast in the 2018 EHS Charity Bowl. Thanks to the players, adult volunteer coaches – Maria Royer, Dean Corkum and Leo Labonte, scoreboard operator/announcer Jake Orr, officials Ben Johnson and Joe Gonillo and to the 15 fans who showed up with hats, gloves and blankets. The juniors rushed out to an early lead on a Dasha Jaentschke 45 yard TD scamper. The seniors answered with four straight TD’s executing a slashing, cut-back rushing game and some nifty passing. Tess Hastings tied the game with a 30 yd TD reversing her field to score. Aiden Briley showed off surprising bursts of speed to score. MVP Yaz Nasame caught an Abbey Gleason short pass for another TD, and Val Bessette returned an interception to the endzone as the seniors built up a 28-14 halftime lead. Aiden Bradshaw and Izzy Mager tried to help the juniors on the comeback trail, combining for a beauty of a TD pass covering 20 yards, but Nasame and Gleason lead the defense and the offense respectively – both scoring in the second half as the seniors won big 49-21. A good time was had by all. Here's a thought...maybe a night game next year for more fans and donations? Congratulations to the Mt. Mansfield Union Cougars on winning the 2018 D-I Football State Championship Saturday night. They defeated the Red Raiders 38-27 for their first football title in school history. I believe head coach Marty Richards played QB for Bruce Wheeler's Hornets back in the 80's, and assistants Tim Root and Mark Ginsburg spent many years at EHS on the football staff. Congrats to AD David Marlow as well. Nice job! Any time I hear the words “cancer free,” my first response is “Thank God,” and I smile. Read on Twitter last weekend the Red Sox TV announcer, Jerry “Steve Ferreira” Remy told fans those very words. So glad to hear! Happy Birthday Sharon Adams, Courtney Brooks, Courtney Gleason, Chelsea Martin, Elizabeth O’Lear, Keith Murdough, Vita Francis, Zack Falls, Amber Hall Herisson, Becky Dion-Smith, Fort Myers’ golfer Liz Tobin, Far West’s Kira Hancock and BFP’s Alex Abrami. First anniversary wishes to my niece, Jenna Davis, and her husband, Nick. Last year at this time we were in Curtain Bluff, a beautiful resort in Antigua, for their wedding. Was that ever warm and fun!

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BEn STEWART Cross Country: Senior


ising to the occasion at the Vermont Cross Country Championships, Stewart ran perhaps the best race of his career for a top10 finish to help Essex run to its first state championship since 2008. With snow adding a degree of difficulty to the challenging Woods Trail Course at Thetford Academy, Stewart matched his best team finish as he came across fourth for the Hornets, who beat Burlington 27-65 for the Division I title. In five regular-season races, Stewart was the sixth Hornet four times and fifth once. But in the district meet on the fast Missisquoi Valley track he moved up to fourth to help Essex easily take first place, then matched that when he was fourth for EHS at Thetford in the state meet. His 17:27.6 time was a 35-second improvement from the Woods Trail Run three weeks earlier on the same course, and a massive 1:22 pickup from his 2017 states time in better conditions, when he was 45th overall. The 82 seconds moved Stewart up to eighth overall, a 37-point boost to help Essex beat Burlington by 38.

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