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Essex PD to buy new guns, gear By COLIN FLANDERS


ssex police department plans to buy new handguns, heavy armor vests and ballistic helmets for all officers with seized assets, Chief Brad LaRose said. The selectboard unanimously approved

the $46,000 purchase from its equitable sharing funds, or money brought in through seized assets from drug enforcement, during its November 21 meeting. “We ask a lot of our force going into dangerous situations,” selectboard chairman Max See GEAR, page 4

Green Mountain Power and GlobalFoundries partner in state’s largest solar project By KAYLEE SULLIVAN


epresentatives from Colchester’s Green Mountain Power gathered at GlobalFoundries in Essex Jct. Tuesday to announce the companies’ partnership in a new solar project. Embracing the renewable energy revolution, the new facility located on GlobalFoundries’ land and

leased to GMP, will produce over 8 million kilowatt-hours per year. This energy will power GlobalFoundries, along with 1,100 Williston homes, GMP CEO Mary Powell said. The 4.7-megawatt project, located on the Williston side of the GlobalFoundries campus, will provide 500 kW to the company. The balance will go toward powering GMP customers in the area, See SOLAR, page 2

Photo by KAYLEE SULLIVAN Harold Bergeron, 101, is Vermont's oldest veteran. Wearing his World War II hat, Bergeron showcases his French Foreign Legion Medal of Honor in his Essex Jct. home last week.

A fountain of youth Vermont’s oldest vet still chuckling at 101



hen Harold Bergeron was a young man, he took a drink from the Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine, Fla. He’s now 101 years old. “I claim that’s the best thing I’ve done,” Bergeron said last week, rest-

ing at the kitchen table of his Essex Jct. home. As a clock ticked in the background, Vermont’s oldest veteran reminisced on the years passed. His time in the military, his job at the local auto garage and Essex Center Grange, memories of his daughter and his marriage – which is 73 years strong – were all of noted importance.

Mary, his wife, is 102 years old, and the two live independently at home. The pair tied the knot in February 1943. Two months later, Bergeron was deployed in the Army. That same year, he took his magical sip from the fountain. Bergeron, of the 66th Infantry See VETERAN, page 3

VTANG preps for short-notice deployment Photo by COLIN FLANDERS A partially burned residence at 57 Park St. is pictured, where Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity plans to build four new homes next spring.

Habitat finds home in Essex By COLIN FLANDERS Four Chittenden County families will have a chance to purchase an affordable home next spring thanks to Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity, which plans to build in Essex for the first time in its history, organization officials

A 'few hundred' airmen to be sent overseas By MICHAELA HALNON

said. Habitat recently purchased property at 57 Park St. and plan to tear down what’s left of a partially burned house from a July fire and build a two-story triplex in its place. A fourth home will be inside a carriage house at the back of the property and will be revamped

A few hundred airmen from the 158th Fighter Wing of the Vermont Air National Guard will be deployed overseas in the coming weeks, officials announced last week. The airmen will be sent to the United States Central Command, Major Gen. Steven Cray said at a press conference. That area includes Northern Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

See HABITAT, page 10

See VTANG, page 4

Photo by MICHAELA HALNON Gov.-elect Phil Scott joined VTANG Major Gen. Steven Cray to announce the department of hundreds of airmen in the coming weeks.

Who is ... Dan ChaFetz? Essex Jct. man competes on 'Jeopardy!'



Courtesy photo Essex Jct. resident Dan Chafetz, right, is pictured with host Alex Trebek during his appearance on Jeopardy! this summer. Taped in August, the episode aired Tuesday night; Chafetz finished in third place.

ans of the hit game show Jeopardy! might have seen a familiar face flicker across their screen during Tuesday night’s episode. Dan Chafetz, an Essex Jct. resident, joined host Alex Trebek and two other contestants, answering trivia questions in pursuit of a cash prize. Taped in August, the show aired just this week. Chafetz, a data specialist for the bank JP Morgan in South Burlington, said he finished in third place after missing the Final Jeopardy! question.

Chafetz is a longtime fan of the show and took an online Jeopardy! quiz early this summer. The 50-question test is open to the public and administered every few months. The quiz featured similar categories, and questions were about as rigorous as the televised game, he said. Jeopardy! scouts were impressed with Chafetz’s performance and soon invited him to New York City for a live audition. The mock exercise included buzzers, a second written test and verbal questions. See JEOPARDY, page 12

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Powell explained. “Vermont’s largest solar project is being unveiled today at Vermont’s largest manufacturer,” Powell said as the room filled with applause. At about half the price of other solar projects, the new project is the most cost-effective solar generation project in the state, Powell said. With a vision of providing cost-effective, lowcarbon and reliable energy, Powell said the new facility is a large step forward for GMP. A little less than 20,000 panels span the approximate 55-acre project. Within that area rests a four-acre Sandia research training center, GlobalFoundries senior location executive Janette

Above: Courtesy photo / Right: Photo by KAYLEE SULLIVAN Above: The 55-acre solar project made possible by a partnership between Green Mountain Power and GlobalFoundries is shown from an aerial view. Right: Mary Powell, CEO and president of GMP, addresses the crowd at a press conference Tuesday at GlobalFoundries in Essex Jct.

Bombardier said. The site is owned by the U.S. Department of Energy and provides a place for solar research testing. The research center is a bonus for leveraging and optimizing their product, Powell said. The training center will make the project even more valuable in the long run, she said, but

it’s not the main focus of the development. Growing this new project specifically in Vermont is another bonus, she said. “We operate in the state of Vermont as a regulated utility,” she noted. “But because Vermont has in many ways pioneered legislation that has helped facilitate [clean energy],

I would say in this really important energy transformation, we’re lucky that we work in Vermont.” Powell went on to add that Sen. Bernie Sanders pioneered the adaptation of the center, one of five in the nation. He built a relationship with Sandia, convincing them of the importance of studying solar

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Division, shipped to Southampton, England in November 1944. His daughter, Ann, was born one month prior. On December 24, his company took off for Cherbourg, France to fight in the Battle of the Bulge. The ship didn’t make it. “Christmas Eve has never been the same,” he said. Five miles from shore, the S.S. Leopoldville was struck by German submarine U-486. The men on board had two options: Jump into the 48-degree water or attempt to leap onto a rescue destroyer boat. Bergeron couldn’t swim, so he chose the latter. While he sat chuckling in his blue button-up flannel and round-rimmed glasses, Bergeron made light of the memories, but was silenced at points, remembering the men lost. Thirty-two in his company never made it back home. Yet, his company trudged on. “That’s war,” he explained. Bergeron was one of 26 survivors from his platoon. Of the 2,000 or so men, 763 were either killed by the blast or perished in the cold waters, Leopoldville historian Allan Andrade said. One of these men was Bergeron’s company clerk, who carried records for Company C’s 150 men on the ship, fearing others would misplace them. Lost in the wreck, Bergeron was responsible for typing and recreating the records. This was a unique skill. Before deployment, Bergeron took over the typing for his company clerk, who wasn’t as proficient at the task. “It got me out of a lot of drilling,” he joked. Bergeron chalks his typing talent up

Photo by KAYLEE SULLIVAN Vermont's oldest vet Harold Bergeron holds his French Foreign Legion Medal of Honor in his Essex Jct. home last week.

to a commercial course he took before graduating from Essex Jct. High School. Typing wasn’t always an escape though. Across the pond, he typed the letters to the next of kin of his soldiers lost. The Leopoldville disaster was kept a secret from the public for years, Andrade said, to keep morale high for the soldiers overseas. Unless someone received word from a soldier like Bergeron, they wouldn’t have known about the disaster, he explained. A World War II buff, Andrade dug into the Leopoldville’s history upon his retirement from the New York City police department. While he knew he wanted to write something about WWII, Leopoldville wasn’t his initial quest. But he stumbled on the disaster, realizing the lack of research done on the topic. His work resulted in a book, “Leopoldville: A Tragedy Too Long Secret,” bringing to light the troubled journey of men like Bergeron. “It’s taken me down avenues I never

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“He just couldn’t believe it,” Yandow said. “99 is now his favorite restaurant.” Until recently, Yandow said her father didn’t talk much about his experience overseas. But as he gets older and receives more recognition for his service, she said he’s opening up more. “She’s my right hand man,” Bergeron said of his daughter. While his present days may be spent doing housework, taking care of his wife or enjoying his daughter’s nightly visits, a good amount of his time in the past was spent traveling, he said. When he returned from war – which allowed him to travel through London, Paris and Switzerland – Bergeron joined his wife at the Essex Center Grange. Eventually working his way up to state master, or president, Bergeron and his wife traveled around the country to national conventions. Out of the 50 states, Bergeron said he’s been to about 40. The well-traveled man, with his flannel neatly tucked in, rose from the kitchen table as a train chugged down the nearby tracks and a clock chimed in the living room. “My Fountain of Youth [moment,] that’s my excuse,” he said.


could have imagined,” Andrade said. The same goes for Bergeron. Recipient of a Bronze Star, a certificate of merit and the French Foreign Legion Medal of Honor, Bergeron is a decorated man. Holding the medal across his kitchen table, he caressed the front and back of it, spreading a sense of pride throughout the room, which was also decorated – but with holiday placemats and knickknacks. Recently, Bergeron showcased the medal at a veterans’ recognition ceremony hosted by the Green Mountain chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. As for the other 20 or so veterans present, “they were a lot younger,” Bergeron said with another grin. Every Thursday, Bergeron takes a trip to the grocery store with his daughter, Ann Yandow, sporting a stitched “World War II Veteran” cap. The lid catches some eyes. “They’re always talking to me,” Bergeron said of shoppers. “I don’t mind. I enjoy talking to them.” A couple weeks ago while dining in the local 99 restaurant, a young man saw Bergeron in his hat and sent a gift card to his family’s table, paying for his dinner.

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from page 1 Levy said. “We want to make sure you have the equipment you need to keep your people safe.” The department negotiated with Interstate Arms Corporation to trade Glock .40 caliber handguns for 9mm versions of the same brand, LaRose said. Research shows the 9mm is more accurate and handler-friendly, he said, adding officers’ current weapons are over a decade old. The department ordered 36 guns, including five replacements in case a weapon must be sent back to the manufacturer or entered into evidence after an officer-involved shooting. The bill will be about $10,000 after the swap, LaRose said. He expects to order the guns within the next

few weeks and hopes to set up range dates to certify officers in the spring. The department will also buy heavy armor vests and ballistic helmets for high-level threat situations, purchasing the latter from Essex Jct.'s own Revision Military. The specific helmet model made headlines after saving an officer’s life by stopping a bullet during the June shooting at an Orlando nightclub, which left 50 dead. LaRose expects the gear to be delivered this month. After LaRose’s presentation, selectboard vice-chairwoman Irene Wrenner cited a number of residents who have concerns about the increasing militarization of police forces. “How much closer does this [purchase] put us to militarized force as

opposed to a peacekeeping force?” Wrenner asked. LaRose said it boils down to keeping officers as safe as possible. He referred to an incident last month when officers responded to a Franklin St. apartment complex after an Essex man fired more than a dozen rounds, some hitting the neighboring buildings. Fortunately, the situation was resolved peacefully, LaRose said, yet not all are. “I hope we never have to wear those vests,” he said. When to use the gear will be based on officer judgment instead of a firm policy, LaRose said in a phone interview last week. “You don’t know what a situation is going to bring until it’s over. It’s very difficult to assess,” he said.

Yet LaRose also understands the perception that such gear might escalate a situation. He recalled a resident concerned about the department’s use of long rifles at the scene of an armed standoff in September, when a man threatened to kill any police officers he contacted. LaRose assured the rifles were only along the scene’s perimeter as a worst-case scenario, not near the individual. If the officers aren’t in a position to stop a potential threat, however, then the public could be at risk, he said. “It’s a balancing act,” he added. Police deescalated that situation without incident. LaRose said the department received about $66,000 in equitable sharing funds last year. The balance has been used for

Photo by COLIN FLANDERS A Glock .40 caliber handgun sits on a table in the Essex police station. Police plan to purchase 9mm versions of the same brand.

purchases like speed monitoring units, as well as covering expenditures like rent for the Community Justice Center. Selectman Andy Watts noted a number of Vermont municipalities object to the equitable sharing funds program over fear of potential abuse. He referenced some cases around

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The mission will likely last for a few months, Cray said. Officials would not specify the total number of local airmen deploying but confirmed at least one Essex resident would be sent on this mission. In 2014, 40 VTANG airmen called each Essex or Essex Jct. home – one of the highest concentration totals in any town in Vermont or New York. The mission is considered “shortnotice,” a non-technical term generally meaning the assignment came less than 30 days before deployment, Cray said. He first got word of a potential deployment a few weeks ago. The mission was confirmed early last week. “I am extremely proud of the wing leadership and our airmen, who have stepped up for a mission that they are trained to do,” Cray said. The fighter wing boasts 1,100 airmen. Around 100 are already deployed

Airmen from the 158th Fighter Wing of the Vermont Air National Guard will be deployed overseas in the coming weeks for a shortnotice mission, officials said last Wednesday.

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on missions around the world, according to officials. The airmen set to deploy includes pilots, mechanics, intelligence and communications officials. “I asked [the airmen] to find a way to say ‘yes,’” Col. Patrick Guinee said of the upcoming mission. “After that, it was

their choice.” The few hundred deployment slots were filled within hours by volunteers, he added. Governor-elect Phil Scott and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) attended last week’s press conference, offering grati-

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tude to the airmen and their families. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy sent written statements of support. “There’s never a good, opportune time for the Guard to be deployed, and certainly around the holidays is one of those moments when we reflect on the challenges ahead,” Scott said. “We’re very proud of what the Guard has done for us as a state, and we want to recognize that we’re here for their families while they are away.” After offering his own thanks, Welch took questions from reporters about President-elect Donald Trump, who will take over as commander in chief of the military on January 20. “The American people chose him, so we’ve got to make the best of this,” Welch said of Trump. “He doesn’t have any experience, let’s hope he gets some good advice.” VTANG officials could not confirm whether the upcoming mission would extend beyond Inauguration Day next month.


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Special tax districts complicate matters The more I hear about the special tax district being proposed for combining the essex Jct. recreation and Parks and essex Parks & recreation, the clearer it becomes to me that this new form of municipal governance may provide opportunities for other community departments. Why not establish STDs for the fire departments, libraries, public works, planning and zoning? each new STD would have its own budget process, bonding authority and taxing authority, giving them the autonomy to finally get many of their outstanding wants funded. each of these STDs would have its own director, governing board, financial, human resource, and information technology departments and respective operations staff. Given this new trend, citizens would vote for members of each of the five STD boards (recreation, fire, library, public works, planning) in addition to voting for selectboard members, village trustees and school board candidates. voting for the various STD board candidates and budgets and/or bond votes would occur whenever the assorted STD boards decide to warn their votes. The opportunity to possibly vote numerous times throughout the year on such a variety of budgets and candidates has got to excite those who delight in democratic processes. Should the budget vote fail for any of the STDs, opportunities would emerge to vote on revised budgets. “vote early, vote often” could take on a whole new meaning.

Another benefit of more STDs would be more occasions to be involved in the budgeting process instead of having just three (town, village and school) budget constructs in which to participate. This new arrangement would provide even more stratification of the taxing entities we all enjoy. To federal, state, town, village and school, this would add recreation, fire, library, public works and planning. or … Do not create these special interest group STDs but leave these entities (recreation, fire, public works, libraries and planning) under their current respective governing structures. ePr would stay under the jurisdiction of the selectboard and eJrP would return to the village trustees, its home before being loaned to the Prudential Committee. Why create more levels of bureaucracy, when there has been a concerted, successful effort in recent times to consolidate town and village functions? Let the selectboard and trustees do their jobs and create balanced budgets (one each) and one tax for their respective entities. More municipal services will probably continue to consolidate in the future, and as the time is right, one municipal government is likely to emerge with a singular recreation department, residing therein. STDs are not opportunities; they are distractions and complicate matters for taxpayers. Please vote no on December 13.

Reasons to vote no on December 13 The special tax district for recreation and parks has been brought up for a vote, with no serious discussion of alternatives and no explanation why should we have a new government entity that exactly overlays the town. If the essex Junction recreation & Parks is not to be managed by the village anymore, and become a responsibility of the whole town, then clearly it should be merged with the Town's Parks and recreation and managed as a

town department. Setting up the STD instead is unnecessary, inappropriate, unaccountable and wasteful: It would not have oversight by the selectboard and town manager, as all other town functions do. Its separate budget would not reflect trade-offs with other town priorities, and is likely to grow excessively over time. Moreover, unnecessarily, this vote is being held on December 13, a separate day from all our other votes. This is likely to reduce turnout, as has been the result of separate dates for school budget

Hold out for a better rec plan If you’re passionate about one or both of our recreation departments, please study the proposal to create a special taxing district rather than to consolidate both essex Jct. recreation and Parks and essex Parks and recreation under town government. The STD structure introduced by village leaders last winter has fewer checks and balances on recreation's power to set policy and raise taxes. With less oversight and without the context of an overall town budget funded by taxpayers, will the rec budget grow too fast? Will multiple revotes be required when its budget doesn't pass? This proposal has been framed “in the spirit of consolidation,” but it’s actually a merge-andseparate move, unlike any seen before in essex. approval of the STD would create a third municipality, contrary to recent consolidations of town and village departments which have worked toward turning two municipalities into one. Forming this additional entity could hamper ongoing consolidation efforts. This yearlong STD odyssey has already cost taxpayers a small fortune: $16,000 in legal fees, many hours of staff (and volunteer) time, and $8,000 for a special December election. If voters reject the STD, both departments could continue to function collaboratively, with the option of merging someday, as have other departments. Before casting your vote, please familiarize yourself with the backstory by visiting Then join me in voting no on December 13.

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Keep consolidation moving forward: Support the recreation district By Max Levy & GeorGe TyLer


ur words represent only our opinions and not necessarily those of fellow board members or municipal staff. For three years, the town and village have collaborated to make local government more efficient by consolidating municipal services when opportunities arise. each opportunity's unique challenges required a thoughtful, evenhanded solution. For example, we moved the village Public Works Department under the administrative umbrella of the town, but allowed the department to maintain its separate identity and have the village trustees recommend its budget. a town employee runs the essex Senior Center, but the village provides the facilities. Community planning will most likely become a town operation, but the village will maintain a separate development review board to evaluate projects in the village. In each case we strove to maintain customer service by understanding each department's culture and operation and preserving the things it does best. above all, we've avoided the traditional town vs. village turf battles. We approached recreation consolidation the same way: How do we maintain what's best in each department, consolidate governance and administration, and blend operations together rather than have one department simply “take over” the other? We appointed a 10-member committee to study the possibilities and recommend a solution. Their answer – to create a union municipal district – is an excellent one. The governance structure allows the town and village

to oversee operations. It gives voters strict control over budgets and, with australian (paper) balloting, encourages greater voter turnout. It keeps all properties and assets in the hands of the essex community, and it offers the best chance of continuing all the recreational leagues, family events, traditions, programs and services that have evolved in the essex community over the last 40 years. Some don't agree with this collaborative approach. They insist consolidation means having the town take over the village department. Period. Never mind political concerns, culture and the complexities of assimilating a larger (village) department with its unique programs and independent history into a smaller town department. They reject the recreation study because it didn't validate their preconceived ideas. Fortunately, all but one of the elected officials in the town and village overseeing the recreation study see the wisdom of finding common ground and trying to preserve what's best in both departments. That's why they agreed to put the question to the voters. That's why they allowed the recreation Governance Study Committee to continue reaching out and answering questions. For the past three months the committee has circulated through the community explaining how they came to their recommendation, how it would work and why it makes sense. Despite their efforts, and the efforts of village and town staff to address concerns, critics of the proposal have only become more incensed. They've tried to “brand” the union district as an “STD” to create a negative impression in voters' minds. They've claimed the study process, which was

monitored by village, town and supervisory union administrative and legal staff, was “rigged.” Despite both recreation departments' histories of prudent budgets and stable finances, they've tried to convince voters that bringing the departments together will suddenly make their budgets spin out of control. Those opponents can't explain why the same governance structure that works for the town, village and school districts won't work for recreation. They decry “creating another bureaucracy” when they know that combining the two departments would, in fact, streamline administrative needs. They change the subject when it's pointed out that a similar town-village union district created essex High School and the Center for Technology. We support the union recreation district proposal not only because it preserves our wonderful recreation programs while controlling costs, but also because it is the best way to keep town-village consolidation moving forward. as we continue with the collaborative process we began three years ago, we might soon approach the question of a complete government merger. Consolidating the recreation departments now in a way that builds mutual trust rather than stirs political tensions will take us one giant step closer to that goal. Max Levy is the chairman of the Essex Town Selectboard. George Tyler is president of the Essex Jct. Board of Trustees. Editor’s note: This op-ed is in response to selectboard vice-chairwoman Irene Wrenner’s Sept. 29 perspective.

votes. To have true democracy in our town, we have to consolidate the voting days. This by itself is a reason to bother and show up and vote no. (you can also vote ahead of that date, at the town office.) This is our only chance to stop the ill-advised STD plan. If it passes, in the future we'll only get to vote on its ever-growing budget (perhaps on some dreary special voting day).

I’m voting no December 13 I’m voting no on December 13 for creating a special task district for an “essex Community Parks & recreation,” and I urge you to do the same. Why? Many reasons. Perhaps you have seen the list of pros and cons distributed by the recreation Governance Study Committee. What they fail to tell you is that there is a much simpler way to combine our two recreation departments; one that accomplishes the pros of a combined department and none of the cons, but doesn’t require another tax structure (which will only serve to increase costs, that is, our taxes) nor a separate loosely governed structure. What is that way? Merging the two departments in the same manner the town and village have already merged seven departments (such as police and public works) and plan to merge at least four more. Merging the recreation departments simply follows this already well-paved path. That recreation merger— when it happens—results in this list of pros and cons: Pros: • Ultimately creates one merged recreation department • Maintains current tax structure • Eases into the merged recreation department via a tried and true method • The merged department reports to same municipal manager

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• The merged department falls under an already functional governance structure • No vying for school space • Doesn’t create resident and taxpayer confusion • Fee structure the same for village and town outside the village residents • Combines parks and recreation governance and dollars under one entity • Aligns with general community direction of consolidating schools/municipal services • Solves the problem immediately, creating no future repercussions • Fairly addresses tax inequity between village and town outside the village • Doesn’t add another budget nor separate voting structure • Public support for merging departments under an existing governing structure • Recreation related funds and fees will be used for recreation as collected and budgeted. Cons: • No special tax district with its attendant separate governance, separate tax structure, separate budget, separate voting structure, all under a loose governing structure. Why create a separate structure when the current one is perfectly adequate and has a solid history of success for all of us? It makes no sense. That’s why I’m voting no. Rich Maggiani Essex Town

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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. CITYREACH CHURCH - 169 Pearl St., Essex Jct. Behind Subway, on the back side of the building. Pastor Brent Collins. Sunday worship service: 10 a.m. & 5 p.m. A casual, family-focused and friendly Christian Church with practical teaching, great music, a safe kids program (Nursery-5th grade) and an exciting and empowering church experience, www.essexjunction.cityreachnetwork. org;; facebook: CityReach Church - Essex Junction. 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 - 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: 8:15 & 10:30 a.m. Adult study: 9:15 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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Wander around the Village and enjoy all it has to offer at the Train Hop and Tree Lighting! As you enjoy model train displays and holiday activities, mark the locations you visit on a provided map. Be sure to stop by the Brownell Library to write letters to Santa with the Essex Reporter staff. See Fri., Dec. 9 listing for more information.

1 ThurSdaY baked beadS Sale

10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Holiday Inn, 1068 Williston Rd., South Burlington. The 11th Annual Jewelry and Scarf Sale features heavily discounted overstock products. Free parking and admission. For more information, visit www.bakedbeads. com/about/clearancesales.

noonTime book diScuSSion

Noon, Essex Free Library. Join us as we discuss "Woman in White" by Wilkie Collins.

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.

communiTY Soup & bread Supper

4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Covenant Community Church, 1 Whitcomb Meadows Ln., Essex. Choose from a variety of hearty soups and breads and a sweet dessert. Stay and eat with friends and family or pick up to take home. Donations accepted. Call Pastor Steve Anderson at 879-4313 for more information.

children'S STorY Time 6 p.m., Rocky's Pizza, 39 Park St., Essex Jct. Mother Goose stories and Aesop's Fables.

adulT coloring

6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Essex Free Library. Come join the fun of adult coloring! Bring your own books or choose from a variety of printed pictures supplied by the library.

2 fridaY SongS & STorieS wiTh maTThew

10 - 10:45 a.m., Brownell Library. Matthew Witten performs songs about our world

and tells adventurous tales. For all ages; no registration required. Funded by the Brownell Library Foundation. 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Holiday Inn, 1068 Williston Rd., South Burlington. (See Thursday, Dec. 1.)

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. For more information, email 6maggie2@

VinTage moVie maTinee

dungeonS and dragonS

baked beadS Sale

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: "The Maltese Falcon" with Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor.

Teen adViSorY board

3 - 4:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Teens connect to plan programs, hang out and give advice. For high school students.

VermonT inTernaTional feSTiVal

5 - 8 p.m., Champlain Valley Exposition, 105 Pearl St., Essex Jct. Find crafts from all over the world, ethnic and gourmet foods and traditional international music, dance and stories. This annual gala offers a fun environment in which we learn and experience new things and appreciate one another. Tickets: $7/ adults, $5/ages 6-12, free/children under 6, $20/family (two adults and thier children). For more information, visit

magic: The gaThering

6 - 8 p.m., Brownell Library. Whether you know the game or are curious to find out more, come have tons of gaming fun! For grades 6 and up.

maggie'S fiber fridaY for adulTS

6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Maggie Loftus, veteran knitter, will be settled in

6:30 - 9 p.m., Brownell Library. Embark on imaginary adventures. Our Dungeon Master, Owen, serves as the game's referee and storyteller. For grades 6 and up.


holidaY crafT Show

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., 224 US2, Grand Isle. A popular stop during the Champlain Islands’ Holiday Hop. Shop local and support your neighbors! For more information, call 343-2740 or email grandislecraftshow@ MALLETTS BAy CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

crafT fair

9 a.m. - 4 p.m., 1672 West Lakeshore Dr., Colchester. Contact Lois Fontaine at 343-9767 or email lannfontaine@ GREEN MOUNTAIN PUG RESCUE

crafT and Vendor Show

10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Rice Memorial High School, 99 Proctor Ave., South Burlington. A pug kissing booth with available and alumni GMPR pugs, a raffle, a sales table with pug and GMPR merchandise and over 30 vendors and crafters.

wriTe for righTS! 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Brownell Library. The world’s largest human rights event is held annually on or around International Human Rights Day. Come write, email, text or tweet and help end human rights abuses. Snacks

provided. Hosted by Amnesty International USA in VT.

baked beadS Sale 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Holiday Inn, 1068 Williston Rd., South Burlington. (See Thursday, Dec. 1.)

VermonT inTernaTional feSTiVal

10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Champlain Valley Exposition, 105 Pearl St., Essex Jct. (See Friday, Dec. 2.)

whole book approach

11 a.m., Phoenix Books, 21 Essex Way, Essex. Calling all kids! Join us for our weekly "Whole Book Approach" story time to explore the ways words, pictures and book design work together to tell a complete story. Call us at 872-7111. 15TH ANNUAL

feSTiVal of choirS

6 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, 73 Essex Way, Essex Jct. The Montpelier Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosts the interfaith musical performance featuring several local church and community choirs. Designed to usher in the spirit of Christmas as a community. Free admission; all are invited. For more information, contact Nancy at 8994739.


counTrY breakfaST

8 - 10:30 a.m., St. Thomas Parish Hall, 6 Green St., Underhill Center. Bring the whole family to this buffetstyle breakfast. Includes juice, fruit, eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, home fries and coffee or tea. By donation. All are welcome. Call 899-4632 for more information.

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10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Champlain Valley Exposition, 105 Pearl St., Essex Jct. (See Friday, Dec. 2.)

the Grinch at Phoenix Books

Noon, Phoenix Books, 21 Essex Way, Essex Jct. Children and kidsat-heart will meet Dr. Seuss' meanest and greenest creation when the Grinch himself visits Phoenix Books. All ages are welcome to bring a camera and get a photo taken with the Grinch. The event will also launch Phoenix Books' annual food drive, and attendees are invited to grow their hearts three sizes by bringing a nonperishable donation for the local food shelf.

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2 p.m., St. michael’s College mcCarthy Arts Center recital hall, 1 Winooski Park, Colchester. The Vermont National Guard and the office of the Adjutant General are proud to present “Vermont’s own” 40th Army Band. The concert will feature seasonal favorites including Leroy Anderson’s "Sleigh ride," "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "Chanukah is here" and a holiday sing-a-long. Free. For more information, call 338-3480 or visit the 40th Army Band on Facebook and Twitter.

full circle: Music for Winter holidays 2 - 4 p.m., Phoenix Books, 191 Bank St., Burlington. Browse for gifts while you enjoy live holiday music from many countries and time periods. Full Circle is a group of five women who play a mixture of medieval, renaissance, Celtic, folk and holiday music on recorder, tin whistle, harp, guitar, hammered dulcimer, percussion and with voices. Their recordings will be offered for sale at the store.

5 Monday droP-in story tiMe

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

sPanish Musical

For more information, visit www. / 6 p.m., village capital Hours: Mon. - Sat. 10-5

Program review committee, Lincoln hall meeting room, 2 Lincoln St., Essex Jct. 6:15 p.m., recreation Governance Public forum and Q&a, Essex high School, 2 Educational Dr., Essex Jct. Free childcare begins at 6 p.m.

thurs., dec. 8

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


10:30 - 11:15 a.m., Brownell Library. Join Constancia Gomez, an experienced Spanish teacher, for this interactive Spanish musical class for kids. The class will have activities to keep little ones and parents moving.

tech helP With clif

Noon & 1 p.m., Brownell Library. Offering one-on-one technology help! Bring in your new gadget or gizmo and Clif will sit with you to help you learn its ways. reservation required; please call 878-6955 at least 24 hours in advance.

holiday card MakinG

3 - 4 p.m., Brownell Library. make a greeting card out of recycled cards to send to someone special for the holidays. For all ages.

leGo cluB

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


is the sun BiG?

7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Brownell Library. When we look at the star that powers our world and neighboring planets, it is hard to think of anything dramatically bigger – 1 million Earths could fit into the sun! however, our yellow Dwarf star is not nearly as big as stars can get. A talk by Joel Greene.

6 tuesday story tiMe for BaBies and toddlers

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

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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 & helPers

3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Brownell Library. mPh will meet to practice their program for fourth- and fifth-graders the following week. Snacks served.

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.

7 Wednesday tech tiMe With traci

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

tech helP With clif

Noon & 1 p.m., Brownell Library. Offering one-on-one technology help! Bring in your new gadget or gizmo and Clif will sit with you to help you learn its ways. reservation required; please call 878-6955 at least 24 hours in advance.

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. FirST WEDNESDAy LECTurE:

aMerica in a neW, More danGerous World

7 - 8:30 p.m., Brownell Library. Veteran diplomat George Jaeger discusses recent, rapid changes in world power relationships and key challenges America faces: From our perception of our world role and nuclear policy to our critical relationships with Europe, russia and China.

8 thursday noontiMe Book discussion

Noon, Essex Free Library. Join us as we discuss "Woman in White" by Wilkie Collins.

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.

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6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Essex Free Library. As we enter the stressful holiday season, yoga instructor Kelley reagan gives an informative workshop on the many benefits of yoga.


9 friday all aGes storytiMe

10 - 10:30 a.m., Brownell Library. Come listen to picture book stories and have fun with puppets, finger plays and rhymes. For ages birth to 5.

Musical storytiMe

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

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 viewers' choice.

train hoP & tree liGhtinG

6 - 8 p.m., Downtown Essex Jct. Business and communitiy partners host model train displays or train and holiday related activities throughout downtown Essex Jct. maps are provided to visitors identifying "hop Stations," or participating locations. Wander around the Village and enjoy all it has to offer while marking locations visited on your map. Be sure to stop by the Brownell Library to write letters to Santa with the Essex reporter staff!

10 saturday Whole Book aPProach

11 a.m., Phoenix Books, 21 Essex Way, Essex Jct. (See Saturday, Nov. 26.)

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4 - 5 p.m., uCW white church, Westford Common. An afternoon of medieval, renaissance and traditional music. Free. refreshments will be served.

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as needed, said Catherine Stevens, the organization’s advancement director. “We’re looking forward so much to building in Essex,” Stevens said. “We think it’s a great location for families to be.” Habitat plans to break ground in the spring and hopes to finish construction in 2017, Stevens said. The closing comes four months after the selectboard provided $3,500 as part of the town’s human services funding initiative, the first time the town has funded the organization. A United Way human needs assessment showed affordable housing as the No. 1 issue affecting Chittenden County, where the median sale price for a home this year was $275,750, according to Hickok & Boardman Re-

alty’s most recent market report. Essex hasn’t closely studied affordable housing in over 25 years, dating back to a report by the Affordable Housing Task Force in 1990. Though no longer active, the group concluded the only way affordable housing will be created is through cooperative efforts between the town and developers. That’s where Habitat steps in, selling houses at cost, or at about half the market rate for an identical home. It does so by partnering with local businesses that offer significant discounts and sourcing most of the construction, with an average project seeing upward of 300 volunteers, Stevens said. The prospect of a $20,000 down payment

isn’t realistic for families making near minimum wage, and coupled with exuberant rent prices around the county, affordable housing can seem unattainable, Stevens said. With Habitat, families can purchase the homes with a 25- to 30-year, nointerest loan with no money down. Those payments are then used to construct more homes. A volunteer-based family selection committee will pour over applications before choosing four families for the Essex location. Stevens expects an informational meeting to take place soon, where interested families can attend and begin applying. Families qualify if they make less than 60 percent of the median household income, currently about $50,000 for a

family of four, yet have a stable income to pay for a mortgage. They must also demonstrate a need for the home, for reasons like living in crowded or unsafe environment. Additionally, they’re required to perform 400 hours of “sweat equity,” like helping with their own home, on other construction projects or working shifts at ReStore, a Habitat-owned resale shop. Stevens, who’s been with Habitat for four years, believes many people don’t realize the poor housing environments that exist around Chittenden County. She recalled one recent family who was living in a 45-year-old mobile home with mold and little insulation, and said the need for affordable housing isn’t going away.

“When you own a house, you’re immediately a part of a community,” she said. Habitat’s Chittenden County affiliate is one of seven in Vermont, all part of a global nonprofit that’s built more than 600,000 homes, sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide. The local chapter has built more than 60 homes in Chittenden County. Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity raises all its funds locally, Stevens said, and is excited to break ground in Essex, where a number of donors and volunteers live. Selectman Andy Watts reached out to Habitat after the town’s 2016 plan cited a goal of establishing a partnership with affordable housing organizations.

Since 1986, the town has allotted 1 percent of its annual budget toward human services funding. This year’s total was $126,000. Habitat initially questioned the appropriateness of requesting funding, fearing Essex’s high property value would prevent them from purchasing any land, Watts said. But Watts suggested the organization consider its Williston ReStore location as a contribution to Essex. As luck would have it, the property hit the market soon after, and Habitat jumped at the chance, Stevens said. “I am thrilled to pieces,” Watts said. “In fact, I’m going to encourage them to ask for more money next year.”

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An ever-growing raffle now includes prizes totaling nearly $500. Mayville said prizes like a summer pass to the Maple Street Pool and tickets to the Champlain Valley Fair are just some of the winnings sure to catch attendees’ attention. It can be hard to predict just how many residents will turn out for this year’s event, especially before seeing a weather forecast, Mayville said. Still, she estimates anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 folks will make their way downtown next Friday. Mayville said organizers are still looking for volunteer conductors. Acting as village ambassadors, the recruits will lend a helping hand by checking off tickets and answering questions at the various hop stops. It’s a post Mayville looks forward to all year. “It makes me so happy to see people coming down here, especially the kids,” she said. “It’s really magical for me and definitely one of my favorite parts of my job.”

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That setup, Chafetz said, helps producers weed out show-hopefuls who may have consulted a few outside sources during the preliminary online quiz. He left his audition feeling increasingly confident. “I knew I did really well on the mock game,” Chafetz said. “After that, I didn’t know for sure, but [I thought] the odds of getting on definitely went up.” Chafetz’s instincts were correct. By late August, he was on a plane to Culver City, Calif., ready to tape a real episode at Sony Studios. Jeopardy!, now in it’s 33rd season, films on the same lot as other popular game shows, including Wheel of Fortune. Chafetz prepped for his showing by studying old episodes. When a question stumped him, Chafetz said he gave himself an “introductory course” on the subject.

He also spends his free time listening to podcasts and audiobooks and always keeps up on current events. Unfortunately, Chafetz said his prep work wasn’t enough to net a win. “I got a pretty tough ‘Daily Double,’ and I wagered pretty heavily on it,” he said, referring to a special question contestants’ sometimes face. “I was wrong. It was pretty hard.” Chafetz said he continued on and answered several questions accurately. But in the last round, he drew a blank. George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984” was the answer to “Final Jeopardy!” Chafetz said he is very familiar with the book – he even owns a T-shirt depicting the cover art. Under pressure, he couldn’t come up with the title. “I was pretty disappointed,” he said, noting his knowledge of the liter-

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