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JANUARY 24, 2013

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Lawmakers open gas price inquiry Brennan and fellow House members host hearings in Montpelier and Colchester By JASON STARR  The Colchester Sun Three House of Representative committees  followed  up  a  day  of  gas  price  hearings  in  the  Statehouse  Tuesday  by  soliciting  public  comments  on  the  issue  at  Colchester  High  School Tuesday night.  It  was  a  solid  showing  by  the  lawmakers:  18  members  of  the  transportation,  commerce  and  judiciary  committees  sat  side  by  side  in  the  high  school  auditorium,  outnumbering 

approximately one dozen citizens who attended  to log their thoughts on the issue. Turnout was  likely muted by single­digit temperatures. The  two­hour  hearing  produced  strong  testimony  then  evolved  into  more  of  a  group  conversation.  It  was  hosted  by  Rep.  Pat  Brennan  of  Colchester,  the  chairman  of  the  House Transportation Committee. The price of gasoline in Chittenden County  has  come  up  as  an  issue  partly  through  the  work of Sen. Bernie Sanders, who last summer  investigated  the  consistent  price  difference  between  gas  in  Chittenden  County  and  other  areas of the state. The difference ranges from  10  to  30  cents  per  gallon,  both  citizens  and  lawmakers agreed Tuesday. Sanders testified via phone earlier in the day.  The  committees  also  heard  from  Chittenden  County  gas  retailers  and  distributers  (often 

the same company, which was identified as a  contributor to the pricing situation) as well as  Attorney General Bill Sorrell and independent  oil  price  indexers,  who  noted  that  retail  gas  profit  margins  in  northwestern  Vermont  are  consistently  among  the  top  15  out  of  400  metropolitan markets monitored nationally.  “It’s  as  if  the  entire  county  is  just  an  off­ ramp  on  Interstate  89  and  so  it’s  okay  to  charge  20  cents  a  gallon  more  than  down  the  road  in  Middlebury,�  said  Alex  Weinhagen,  a commuter from Westford. “I have heard no  rational  explanation  from  any  of  our  retailers  as to why that difference is there. Without that  explanation there’s nothing consumers can do  other than just get mad. “That  additional  premium  is  simply  going  into  the  pockets  of  these  retailers,�  he  continued.  “It’s  a  ridiculous  situation.  I’m 

really glad  you’re  looking  into  it  and  I  hope  you are able to come up with some answers.â€? Brennan  reported  that  during  Tuesday’s  Statehouse hearing in Montpelier, the leading  retailers  in  Chittenden  and  Franklin  counties  blamed  the  price  difference  in  northwestern  Vermont  on  a  higher  cost  of  labor,  higher  general  overhead,  geography  and  the  other  “unique  aspects  of  what  they  see  as  the  pressures on Vermont prices.â€? “They made acceptable arguments I guess,  but we have to take a real close look at those,â€?  said  Brennan.  “We’ve  got  work  to  do  ‌  We  have  drawn  no  conclusions,  but  we  laid  the  groundwork  for  understanding  how  the  gas  pricing in this part of Vermont works.â€? John  Lomas,  a  resident  of  Hinesburg, 

Frosty footwork CHS hosts state dance competition By KELLY MARCH  The Colchester Sun

–See GAS on page 3

Island Line Trail repairs move forward

By PHYL NEWBECK  For The Colchester Sun

Colchester, BFA­St.  Albans,  Mount  Mansfield,  Missisquoi  Valley,  Mount  Anthony  and  South  Burlington  rocked  the  Colchester  High  School  gymnasium  with  jazz,  pom and hip hop routines during the  Lakers’ fifth annual state high school  dance competition on Saturday. The Frosty Footwork competition  marked  the  start  of  the  competitive  season for the Lakers, who competed  and placed in two of the three events  featured  on  Saturday.  Colchester  won  a  first  place  trophy  for  its  jazz  performance,  with  Mt.  Mansfield  Union  and  BFA­St.  Albans  placing  second  and  third,  respectively.  The  Lakers  also  earned  second­place  honors  for  their  pom  routine,  with  South  Burlington  taking  first  and  Missisquoi taking third.  “The girls did an excellent job and  I was so proud of their performance,�  coach Lauren Sylvia said. “This was  our  first  competition  and  I  think  they  did  great  for  their  first  big  performance. “We  are  always  looking  to  improve,� she added. “We definitely  need to work on how we perform and  make sure that we are entertaining the  judges. And of course there is always  all the technique we need to work on,  as well as being together.� The results are a familiar start to  the  season  for  the  Colchester  squad  that placed in jazz and pom in every  competition it competed in throughout  the 2012 season before placing third 

“The flooding  of  2011  was  one  of  the  best  things  that  happened  to  us,�  is  not  the  sort  of  thing  one  expects  to hear from Chapin Spencer,  Executive  Director  of  Local  Motion,  but  let’s  let  him  finish the sentence.  Referring  to  the  many  stakeholders  —  municipal,  regional,  state  and  non­profit  —  involved  in  the  maintenance  of  the  Island  Line  Trail,  Spencer  notes  that  the  flooding  was  good  because  it  brought  the  various  parties  together  and  provided the impetus to repair  previously damaged pieces of  A member of the Lakers’ dance team performs a jump during a pom routine at the Frosty Footwork Vermont State  infrastructure,  as  well  as  the  Dance Competition at Colchester High School on Saturday afternoon. More photos on page 11.    more recent destruction.   Photo by Monica Donovan Subsequent  to  the  disastrous  2011  floods,  a  out of the 11 high school dance teams  collection  of  stakeholders  in  that competed in states last year. “As long as we work hard and stay focused and do the best the Island Line Trail began to  Familiar  or  not,  Sylvia  convene for monthly meetings.  acknowledges  that  it  will  take  a  that we can, we will have a great season.� Groups  represented  included  lot  of  hard  work  to  place  in  the  the City of Burlington, Town  championships again this year. Coach Lauren Sylvia of Colchester, Town of South    “We  only  saw  some  of  the  Hero,  Vermont  Department  teams  (on  Saturday),  but  our  usual  of  Fish  and  Wildlife,  Local  competitors  will  still  be  difficult  to  Motion,  RunVermont,  Colchester did not perform in the hip  something  fun  and  different  to  do,�  beat,�  Sylvia  reflected.  “As  long  as  Champlain  Islands  Chamber  hop category, which Mount Anthony  Sylvia  explained.  “It  also  gives  us  we  work  hard  and  stay  focused  and  of  Commerce  and  Lake  do the best that we can, we will have  won, on Saturday, the team has plans  more  to  work  with  when  we  go  to  Champlain  Chamber  of  on revealing a new routine at its next  states.� a great season.� Commerce.  Occasionally  the  competition.   The Lakers next competition will  The  Lakers  may  also  perform  a  faces  at  the  table  changed,  “We  have  never  done  hip  hop  be  held  in  Middlebury  on  Friday  routine in a new style – hip hop – at  but  the  focus  on  repairing  the state competition this year. While  before  and  thought  it  might  be  just  evening. the  Island  Line  Trail  never  wavered. Now  meeting  on  a  quarterly basis, the Friends of  the Island Line Trail gathered  at  Colchester  Town  Hall  on  Jan. 16 to provide updates on  their  progress.  Colchester’s  section  of  the  trail  has  been  completed,  while  Burlington  what kind of donations we get, but we already have a  is  hoping  their  first  set  of  lot of high value items this year.  repairs will be finished in the  “The  money  we  raise  goes  to  our  community  spring.    Further  work  will  service projects,� he added. “We give scholarships to  be  done  on  the  Burlington  Colchester and Milton students, support youth sports  WHAT: section  of  the  path  in  2014  By KELLY MARCH  organizations  and  a  number  of  other  humanitarian  Colchester-Milton Rotary Club auction and  2015.    Repairs  in  South  efforts.  Hundreds  of  local  organizations  have  The Colchester Sun Hero  fall  under  the  auspices  benefited over the years.�  WHERE: of Vermont Fish and Wildlife.   This year’s auction will take place from 10 a.m.  The Colchester­Milton Rotary Club will auction  Colchester High School Munson  Earth  Moving,  the  until 2 p.m. in the Colchester High School cafeteria. off over $25,000 worth of donated goods during the  company  contracted  to  do  For those interested in previewing the items for  Colchester Winter Carnival on Saturday, Feb. 2.  WHEN: those  repairs,  has  already  auction, a list of items will be posted on the Rotary  Items  for  auction  include  jewelry,  Lake  Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. begun work, bringing in their  Club’s website prior to the event. Additionally, live  Champlain cruises, radio advertising, weekend get­ equipment and dumping rock  viewing will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Feb 2. aways,  downhill  skis,  family  fun  packages,  gift  at  the  first  major  washout.   Donations can be dropped off at the Hampton Inn  certificates to local restaurants, hotels, golf courses,  They  had  to  stop  when  the  in Colchester anytime from now until the auction. To  gas stations and ski areas, health club memberships  weather  turned  warm  but  arrange to have items for donation collected from a  and more.  expect  to  start  up  again  once  There will also be a silent auction during the live  relations  chair,  the  Rotary  has  been  holding  this  convenient location, contact Earl Wertheim at 802­ the access roads harden.  They  651­1690. auction. annual auction with much success since 1998. are scraping the path, leaving  For  more  information,  visit  the  Rotary  Club’s  According  to  Earl  Wertheim,  the  Colchester­ “We  usually  raise  between  $8,000  and  $20,000  as many trees as possible, and  Milton Rotary Club’s assistant governor and public  (at the auction),� Wertheim noted. “It all depends on  website at  –See REPAIRS on page 3

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Q &  A The Little Purple Cake Shoppe Marriam Khan !"#$%&"'(&)*+$%&"%%"',$% Marriam  Khan,  of  Colchester,  admits  to  having  the  “biggest  sweet  tooth  ever!”  That’s  something  that  many  of  us  can  relate  to.  However,  she  has  turned  her  love  of  cake  and  sweets  —  and  also  flowers  —  into  masterful crafts.  Khan  bakes  custom  cakes  with  intricate  decorations  for  all occasions.  Born  in  Pakistan  and  brought  up  in  Nigeria,  she  moved  to  Vermont  about  12  years  ago.  “Vermont  is  the  longest  I  have  ever  lived  in  one  place,”  she  explained.  “I  am married to the man of my  dreams,  my  best  friend,  the  rock  of  my  strength.  We  are  blessed with two giggly girls:  Amani, 6, and Amaal, 5.” Khan  attended  school  in  Nigeria,  and  pursued  a  Master’s  degree  in  Applied  Psychology  in  Pakistan.  She  remembers loving to bake ever  since she was a little girl. “My  mom  owned  a  cake  business  growing  up  and  I  would  always  help  her,  especially  with sugar decorations,” Khan  said. Wanting to make cakes for  her  own  two  daughters,  she  began The Little Purple Cake  Shoppe out of her home about  three  years  ago.  She  doesn’t  have a storefront; all her treats  are  made  fresh  to  order  only,  and from scratch.   “I  believe  in  quality  over  quantity  and  therefore  limit 

myself to  two  to  three  cakes  per  week.    I  am  very  detail  oriented,  and  somewhat  of  a  perfectionist and therefore my  cakes take up a lot of time.” Recently Khan shared her  love of cakes and flowers. Q: What inspired you to  start a cake business? A:  My  children.  I  wanted  to  be  able  to  make  their  birthday  cakes,  and  then  I  was  hooked.  I  was  a  stay  at  home mom of two girls, only  14  months  apart.  Cakes  were  the  best  way  to  be  creative  and also be able to stay home  with my girls. I am also very  blessed  to  have  a  husband  who has always supported me  in my creative endeavors.   Q:  Why  are  making  cakes,  cupcakes  and  other  sweets rewarding? A:  They  are  rewarding  because  of  the  happiness  they  bring  to  people.  It  is  an  expression  of  my  art,  and  I  love  the  fact  that  it  makes  people  happy  to  look  at  and  more so to eat. Q: How do you come up  with your designs? A:  My  designs  are  based  around  each  customer’s  individual need. I make custom  cakes, which means there are  hardly ever two cakes that are  exactly  the  same.  I  love  all  things girly, I must admit. But  when it comes to designing a  cake,  the  theme  that  a  client  is  working  with  becomes 

Marriam Khan and her two daughters, Amani and Amaal, sit at their home in Colchester on Monday evening.  Photo by Oliver Parini

the primary  inspiration.  If  there  is  something  unique  or  special  about  the  recipient,  I  try  including  that  in  the  cake  somehow.  My  sugar  work  takes  the  entire  week  generally.  It  is  all  about  the  details.  Q:  Do  you  have  other  creative endeavors? A:  Even  though  I  love  making cakes, flowers remain  my  first  love.  During  the  wedding season, I do wedding  flowers  under  the  name,  Just  Weddings  Flowers.  I  have  been doing flowers in Vermont  for more than a decade. I have  taken  many  flower  classes  and  attended  many  seminars. 


A: Flavors: I love all cake!  That  is  the  problem.  I  have  the  biggest  sweet  tooth  ever.  But if I were to pick one, OK  maybe two, I would say carrot  cake and lemon cake.  Types:  All  girly  cakes  are  my  favorite,  be  it  for  a  birthday,  shower  or  any  other  sweet  occasion.  I  love  adding all the details. And the  reaction  that  I  get  from  my  clients is what makes me want  to make every cake better than  the previous one.  Q: What are your goals? A: I am extremely thankful  for all the support people have  shown me. I am so humbled by  it. It is because of all of them 

and their  support  that  I  am.   I  love  making  sweet  treats  that make people happy, it is  extremely gratifying, and the  best return I could ask for.   My  goal:  I  want  to  be  a  better  person,  and  I  want  to  make  a  difference,  for  the  better,  even  if  it  is  a  small  difference.  My  message:  Let  kindness,  knowledge  and  peace  be  what  we  have  to  share  —  and  a  little  sweetness.  — Elsie Lynn Editor’s  Note:  Khan  can  be  reached  via  email  at


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16 location  in  Colchester  for  is  yes.  Part  of  the  solution  is  the  right  to  install  discounted  making Act 250 a much easier  gas  pumps.  Costco’s  Act  250  process … It’s not working and  pressured lawmakers to pursue  development  review  process  it’s  costing  middle  class  and  evidence of collusion, accusing  for  the  project  has  been  the  lower class Vermonters a lot of  the  leading  gas  retailers  of  venue  for  environmental  and  money in gas right now.” traffic  challenges  from  R.L.  Weinhagen  wondered  why  acting as a cartel. “How  do  you  prove  they  Vallee Inc., which owns an Exit  one of the stations doesn’t keep  are  in  cahoots,”  he  asked.  16­area gas station. Purvis said  prices lower to attract a higher  he’s been following the process  volume  of  sales:  “If  the  gas  “That’s the issue.” company’s  haven’t  explained  “The market may not be as  closely. “Costco  has  been  fighting  that to you yet, make them,” he  free  when  the  distributors  are  the  retailers,”  acknowledged  Act 250 in this town for seven  said.  “We  didn’t  expect  to  walk  Hinesburg  Rep.  William  years  to  get  gas  pumps,”  he  said.  “It’s  some  about  the  out  of  here  with  an  answer  to  Lippert. Colchester  resident  environment  and  some  about  the  problem,”  Brennan  said,  Joey  Purvis  encouraged  the  traffic,  but  it’s  more  about  “but  we  hear  you.  We’re  not  going to walk away and forget  possibility  of  competition  competition. “Would  prices  come  down  this.  We’ll  see  where  we  go  from  Costco,  which  has  been  fighting  existing  gas  if  Costco  sold  gas,”  asked  from  here,  but  there  are  no  station  owners  near  its  Exit  Purvis.  “Naturally  the  answer  quick­fix answers to this.” john abry  remax north professionals  861.3278

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laying down large and then middle­sized rocks  with the goal of completing the first phase by  February.  The final phase with smaller rocks  will take place in the spring and will cost less  than $100,000.  South Hero will probably also  have to make some repairs to the access road.  One of the topics of conversation on Jan. 16  was the resumption and improvement of Local  Motion’s  bike  ferry.    The  hope  is  to  prevent  wind  disruption  of  ferry  service  with  the  aid  of  wave  attenuators;  floating  breakwaters  which  would  protect  the  docks  from  the  prevailing  southerly  winds.    If  all  goes  well,  the attenuators, which will be 84­ by 20­feet,  will be able to stay in place during the winter  but  if  that  isn’t  possible,  a  storage  facility  will  be  needed.    Because  this  is  a  federally  funded project, the process for winter storage  will  have  to  be  a  formal  one.    At  this  point,  Shelburne Shipyards is the only viable option.   The  goal  is  to  have  the  new  ferry  begin  running  on  June  15  although  that  may  be  delayed  due  to  the  complicated  bidding  process.  The ferry will run daily until Labor  Day and on weekends through Columbus Day.   The  new  pontoon  boats  will  have  room  for  at  least  16  people  and  their  bicycles,  plus  a  Coast Guard­licensed captain and a deck hand,  and  will  have  two  outboard  motors.    Since  service  is  expanding  there  is  a  question  of  how much to charge.  Leadership Champlain,  a  division  of  the  Lake  Champlain  Chamber  of  Commerce,  is  helping  with  marketing,  promotion and discussion of the fare structure.   When the ferry ran only on August weekends,  the suggested donation was $5 for a round trip.   During 2010, the last year of operations, this  was  raised  to  $10  with  a  discounted  price  of 

“It’s taken a long time due to the complexity, but the level of commitment is exceptional. It’s been great to transcend politics. It’s quite a success story.” Chapin Spencer, Executive Director of Local Motion

$6 for residents of Colchester and South Hero  and members of Local Motion.  The notion of  a season’s pass was discussed at the meeting,  as was the idea of having discount days during  off­peak times.   The  Island  Line  Trail  brochure  will  be  revised  to  include  the  new  schedule  and  perhaps add a QR code for smart phones.  The  trail will be promoted at trade shows in Quebec  and other locations and there will be a ribbon­ cutting ceremony with all the stakeholders this  summer.  The plan is to make sure the entire  path  is  referred  to  in  publications  rather  than  the  individual  pieces.    All  the  stakeholders  agree  this  is  a  shared  resource,  which  goes  beyond  the  boundaries  of  their  individual  jurisdictions.  “It’s  taken  a  long  time  due  to  the  complexity,”  said  Spencer,  “but  the  level  of  commitment is exceptional.  It’s been great to  transcend politics. It’s quite a success story.” 


In the  Jan.  3  edition  of  The  Colchester  Sun  an  article  about  Claussens  Greenhouse  noted that Bill Claussen started  Claussens  in  1972.  He  in  fact  purchased  the  green  house  from  Neal  Carpenter  Jr.  and  his  wife  Glenna  who  built  Carpenters  Greenhouse  and  Cider  Mill  in  1964,  and  sold  it  to  Bill  Claussen  in  1972.  The original buildings are still  being  used  and  the  cider  mill  is  also  still  in  use  at  Boyer’s  Orchard.  Neal  Carpenter  was  a  lifelong resident of Colchester.  He  was  one  of  the  founding  members  of  the  Colchester  Center  Volunteer  Fire  Department,  he  also  worked  for  the  Colchester  Road  department. Neal and his wife  Glenna  also  built  Lone  Pine  Campsites  in  1967  and  the  operated  this  until  they  sold  it  in 1988.  Neal took some time  off then he built Meadow Run  Equestrian  Center  in  1992.  He  operated  this  with  his  granddaughter Lisa Bortz. Neal  past away in 2009 and Meadow  Run  Equestrian  Center  was  sold in 2010.  

I love  reading  about  floral  arranging,  too.  We  now  primarily do wedding flowers.  I  have  a  business  partner,  Katherine Dudley, with whom  I do flowers. We work out of a  studio in Charlotte.   Even  though  flowers  take  up  most  of  my  summer,  cakes  happen  throughout  the  year.  I  only  take  on  10  or  so  wedding cakes during the year  as  I  feel  I  can’t  do  justice  to  both  flowers  and  cake  on  the  same  day  for  two  different  weddings.  I  want  to  make  sure  that  when  I  commit  to  something, I give it my all.  Q: What is your favorite  kind of cake and why?

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The Colchester Sun | Thursday, January 24, 2013


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The party starts By INGE SCHAEFER This Sunday, Jan. 27, the  first  of  many  special  events  celebrating  Colchester’s  250th  Anniversary,  will  be  held.  The  United  Church  of  Colchester  (Main  Street  in  the  Village)  will  host  the  first  “Musicale”  performance  beginning  at  3  p.m.  Performing  will  be  a  Colchester  High  School  graduate,  now  a  junior  music  education  and  vocal  performance  major  at  the  Crane  School  of  Music  (N.Y.).  Cameron  Brownell  is  a  baritone  who  will  be  accompanied  by  Carol  Reichard on piano. Cameron  performed  in  several  high  school musicals and this past  year  did  summer  stock  on  Cape Cod.  If  you  look  up  the  word  “musicale”  in  Webster’s  Dictionary, it says, “a social  affair  featuring  a  musical  program.”  Carol  adds,  “It  offers  a  musician  an  opportunity to perform in an  intimate  setting.”  Cameron  says  the  concert  will  feature  folk  songs  by  Roger  Quilter  and  Vaughan  Williams,  German  Lieder  (songs)  by  Schubert,  sacred  works  by  Bernstein  and  a  variety  of  opera  arias  and  Broadway  classics.  It  is  free,  open  to  the  public,  and  a  reception  by  the  church  follows.  Donations  will  be  accepted  to  help  Cameron  participate  in  the  seven­week  summer  Middlebury College German  for  Singers  Program.  What  a  great  way  to  kick  off  a  year­long  celebration  that  recognizes  the  signing  of  Colchester’s Charter on June  7, 1763.  If  you  would  like  to  volunteer your help with this  exciting year­long event, stop  by  the  Colchester  Historical  Society  Parsonage  House  on  Main  Street  (next  to  the  Town  Meeting  House),  at  7  p.m.,  tonight,  Jan.  24.  The  250th  Steering  Committee  will  be  meeting  to  discuss  upcoming  events,  and  much  more. Help is always needed  so plan to attend or send me  a  note  of  your  interest  —   Winter  Carnival  is  just  a  week  away!  I  love  Winter  Carnival.  It’s  truly  a  local  event,  so  be  prepared  to  run  into  folks  you  know.  The  talent  show  on  Friday  night  is  a  huge  hit  and  well  it  should  be  —  we  really  do  have  talent  in  this  town.  The  first  year  I  went,  I  was  amazed  by  the  caliber  of  musical  performances,  but  I  have  to  admit,  my  favorite  was  a  young  man  doing  a  stand­up comedy routine. He  gently, but effectively, teased  our  Winooski  and  Milton  neighbors  and  offered  other  local  humor  that  was  just  plain funny. It seems there’s  not  a  lot  to  belly  laugh  over  these  days,  so  maybe  that’s  why  I  liked  him  so  much.  Sadly,  I  can’t  remember  his  name,  but,  who  knows,  maybe  he’ll  be  back.  There  may also be a surprise visitor  from  the  250th  Anniversary  popping  in  to  remind  us  of  our  history  and  how  lucky  we  are  to  live  here.  All  that  and it’s only Friday night.   You’ll  want  to  come  back  on  Saturday  and  catch  the Rotary auction from 10­2  p.m.  What  I  like  about  the  auction — besides what I end  up  bidding  on  —  is  the  fun  they  have  auctioning  over  $20,000 worth of items. Was  it  last  year  when  the  team  of  Sen.  Dick  Mazza  and  Lt.  Gov.  Phil  Scott  bantered  back  and  forth  about  whose  homemade chili was the best  and  why  you  should  bid  on 

    TOP  RIGHT:  Colchester  Middle  School  students  present  submissions  for  the  Lions  International  Peace  Poster  contest.  Each  year,  Lions  clubs  around  the  world  sponsor  the  contest  in  local  schools  and  youth  groups  to  encourage  young  people  worldwide  to  express  their  visions of peace. For 25 years,  more  than  4  million  children  from nearly 100 countries have  participated  in  the  contest.   This  year  CMS  participated  in  the  event  for  the  first  time  and  had  70  participants.  The  theme  for  this  year  was  “Imagine Peace.”       Each  poster  was  judged  on  originality,  artistic  merit  and  expression  of  the  theme.  Posters  advanced  through  several  judging  levels:  local,  district,  multiple  district  and  international.  The  Lions  Club  held  an  award  ceremony  at  the  Hampton  Inn in Colchester to recognize  Colchester’s  showing.  The  Colchester  Lions  Club  chose  the  following  students  as  winners.       First  place:  Djoule  Warren;  second place: Anya Olmstead­ Posey;  honorable  mention:  Brooke  Marcotte,  Cydney  Viens,  Kaylyn  Morse,  Nicole  Corriveau and Tabitha Myers. Djoule  Warren  was  named  as  second  place  winner  for  District  45  and  for  the  State  of  Vermont.  Her  poster  is  pictured at left.


theirs? I  know  the  Chili  Contest is back as is Lt. Gov.  Scott, and Sen. Mazza always  attends,  unlike  some  other  local  politicians.  So  who  knows,  maybe  the  dynamic  duo  will  again  exchange  a  few  barbs,  and  before  you  know it you’ll be laughing so  hard, your sides will hurt. As  you  can  tell,  I’m  hooked  on  laughing  more,  and  Winter  Carnival is the place to start.  To  get  a  little  serious  though, money raised by the  Rotary  will  go  to  Operation  Helping Hands, youth sports  and  graduation  scholarships.  You  might  be  interested  in  knowing  that  some  of  the  items  to  be  auctioned  include  signed  (by  actors)  TV scripts, skis, hotel stays,  restaurant  gift  certificates,  Lake  Champlain  cruises  and  much,  much  more  (there’s  even  still  time  to  donate  an  item!). Some of the Rotarians  helping  this  year  include  Suzanne  Brown,  Earl  Wortheim,  Cathy  Laclair,  Michael Swaidner and Ron  Lewis.  Getting  back  to  that  Chili Challenge, if you want  to  enter  call  Colchester  Recreation,  265­5640  to  register ($15). Money raised  goes to the Blue Star Mothers  of  Vermont  who  support  returning  veterans  and  their  families  and  do  other  advocacy  for  our  troops.  Bring  your  crock  pot  with  a  ladle  by  10  a.m.  to  the  high  school.  After  judging  the  chili  will  be  sold  for  lunch  —  yum!  When  your  tummy  is  full  with  chili  or  some  of  the  other  tasty  items  offered  for  sale  in  the  cafeteria,  you  can  walk  around  and  enjoy  all  the  indoor  activities  and  live  entertainment  in  the  auditorium.  Well,  that  sums  up  why  I  love  Winter  Carnival  —  food,  friends,  fun  —  it  doesn’t  get  much  better than that!  Did  you  know  that  our  local  Lions  Club,  along  with  others  throughout  the  world,  sponsor  the  Lions  International  Peace  Poster  Contests  in  local  middle  schools  and  youth  groups?  This year Colchester Middle  School  students  particpated  in  the  event  for  the  first  time,  and  lo  and  behold,  70  kids  entered  (see  photo,  this  page).  Each  poster  was  judged  on  originality,  artistic merit, and expression  of  theme.  The  Lions  held  an  award  ceremony  for  the  local  winners  in  January  at  the  Hampton  Inn.  Thanks  to  Sandy  Hawkes,  CMS  art  teacher  for  the  info  and  photo.  Sandy  (a  CHS  graduate  herself) is also working with  Fran  Allyn,  Colchester’s  volunteer  art  coordinator  on  an  art  contest  for  the  250th  Anniversary.  According  to  Sandy,  “We  want  to  get  the  word  out  to  ALL  to  include  private  school  and  home­ schooled children.” It’s open  to all PreK­12 grade kids and  will  use  as  a  template  the  Colchester  Lighthouse  (the  logo for the 250th Anniversary  celebration). The deadline is  April  12,  and  entries  should  be sent to A. Cummings, c/o  CHS  Art  Dept.,  Laker  Lane,  Colchester 05446.   So much going on. What  a great place to live! Have a  good week and God bless!

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A better way to address poverty? By EMERSON LYNN When Gov. Peter Shumlin proposed diverting $17 million  from  the  Earned  Income  Tax  Credit  program  to  child  care  providers, he did so recognizing that he would be taking from  one  pot  dedicated  to  low­income  Vermonters  and  putting  it  in  another  pot  for  the  same  cohort.  He  did  so  believing  his  goal — early childhood education – would be helped more by  subsidizing child care than continuing the tax credit.  The proposal has drawn the ire of progressives and many  within  the  Democratic  party.  They  like  the  idea  of  more  resources  devoted  to  early  childhood  education,  but  oppose  the idea of it being drawn from an existing program designed  to help low income Vermonters. They would prefer another  pot of money be found to accomplish the same goal.   Wouldn’t we all.  What both share is the understanding that poverty is the  issue, the question is how to address it and whether diverting  the  funds  from  one  program  to  another  really  addresses  the  problem.  Legislators should consider this when debating the issue:  !"# $%&'(") *# +,-./# *0(&%*1# 23(4)# 56# 7%&0%")# (8# )9(*%# students  identified  as  low  income  also  score  below  state  7&(8:0:%"0;#<%=%<*>#56#7%&0%")>  This  is  not  new.  There  has  been  a  direct  correlation  between poverty and underachieving students for as long as  test results have been gathered.  In  Vermont,  day  care  centers  are  part  of  a  “Step  Ahead  Recognition  System  (STAR)”  which  is  graded  from  a  one­ star  provider  to  a  five­star  provider.  There  are  many  other  children who either don’t attend day care centers, or are taken 

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care of by friends or family.  The  challenge  is  to  identify  those  children  who  would  most benefit from a better educational environment, and then  to figure out how to put that together.  That needs has to be squared with the governor’s stronger  focus, which is the move toward universal preK education.  That begs the second question in this debate: Is the focus  on increased child care subsidies creating an unnecessary and  perhaps injurious division of purpose? If poverty is a direct  link  to  poor  educational  results,  then  doesn’t  it  make  more  sense to help low­income students by placing them in school,  with highly qualified teachers, and subsidizing that expense? Here’s an example: At St. Albans City Elementary school,  roughly 20 percent of the students are classified as transient,  meaning  their  families  move  from  school  system  to  school  system because the parents, most often, are shifting from one  rental situation to another. That’s not only disruptive for the  students involved, but for any class that has to adjust to new  students coming in and out during the school year.  These  are  the  children  at  risk.  If  the  school  were  home  to these students at a preK level, the chances would improve  considerably  that  the  transient  rate  would  decline  and  their  academic performances would improve. #!"#()9%&#?(&@*1#:) *#("%#)9:"A#)(#(88%&#:"0&%2*%@#*43*:@:%*1# :) *# B4:)%# 2"()9%&# )(# 72:&# )92)# :"0&%2*%# ?:)9# 2# *09((<C32*%@# environment.   This  acknowledgement  is  fundamental.  If  we  accept  the  fact  that  a  student’s  success  is  most  often  defined  by  the  student’s educational proficiencies, then we must also accept  the  fact  that,  as  a  state,  our  task  is  to  get  more  low­income  Vermont children into school at an earlier age.  Vermont is also in a unique position to accomplish this.  Our  student  population  has  declined  by  15  percent  over  the  past  decade,  which  means,  obviously,  that  the  space  exists.  No additional overhead is needed. A 15 percent decline also  means the manpower exists, at one level or another. Cafeterias  are available to make sure the children are fed. #.A2:"1#<%) *#&%)4&"#)(#)9%#56#7%&0%")#8:A4&%>#!8#56#7%&0%")# (8# <(?C:"0('%# *)4@%")*# 2&%# 82:<:"A# )(# '%%)# (4&# *09((<* # academic standards, then it also follows that they are not part  of the cohort that gathers its high school diploma on the way  to college the following fall.   They are part of the 50­60 percent in Vermont not going  on to college or prepared to go to college.  It’s 50 percent we can’t afford to lose. If we can lower this  percentage from 50 percent to 40 percent, that’s an enormous  benefit not only in terms of the lives affected, but in how the  pressure on our social services system would be reduced and  our workforce strengthened.  Perhaps  a  pilot  program  could  be  established  to  show  how this might work. Pick an area where the poverty level is  well defined and a school has the space and manpower. Help  both  the  school  and  the  preK  level  children  make  suitable  arrangements at an affordable cost.   At  the  very  least,  legislators  should  recognize  the  issue  for  what  it  is  and  work  to  prevent  any  scenario  that  diverts  attention from where it is needed most, which is figuring out  the  best  educational  environment  for  the  children  most  at  risk. We question whether the current course fits that need.

Emerson Lynn is co­publisher of The Colchester Sun and  publisher of the St. Albans Messenger.


The Colchester Sun | Thursday, January 24, 2013

Burnham Memorial Library BOOK REVIEWS “The Grannyman,”  by Judith Byron  Juvenile Picture Book, 1999 Reviewed by Gizelle Guyette, Youth Services Simon  the  Siamese  cat  is  nearing  the  end  of  a  long, full life. As aches, ailments and the indignities  of old age curtail his independence, he spends the long  nights  gazing  into  the  moonlight  and  remembering  the  good  days,  the  sweet  moments  with  his  human  family, as, weary and melancholy, he waits for death.  Instead, with a soft little plunk on the old cat’s chest, a  new day is born. Simon must rally himself one more  time to teach a kitten all the things it must know in  order  to  be  a  proper  feline,  and  with  this  sense  of  duty comes a rejuvenated will to live, and even a new  name. Although she is better known as the author of  the Skippyjon Jones series, Schachner’s earlier work,  with simple, warmhearted prose and soft crayon­and­ watercolor illustrations, has depth as well as humor.  This story will be appreciated by anyone who has loved an aging pet, felt depressed about growing  old themselves, or discovered that it is never too late to find and embrace new purpose. “House of Leaves,”  by Mark Z. Danielewski  Adult Fiction, 2000 Reviewed by Rachel Donaldson Muse, Archivist,  MLS Don’t  be  misled  by  the  gimmicks  employed  by  “House  of  Leaves”  –  the  complicated  footnotes  with  their  own  footnotes,  text  that’s  upside  down  or  sideways,  paragraphs  that  form  shapes  on  the  page  –  this  modern  horror  tale  has  substance  as  well  as  flash.  At  least  three  stories  in  one,  “House  of  Leaves”  is  narrated  by  a  wayward  tattoo  parlor  employee,  Johnny  Truant;  Johnny  lucks  into  an  apartment  after  the  death  of  the  previous  tenant,  a  mysterious man named Zampanó. Zampanó has left  behind a fascinating scholarly work concerning a lost  documentary film, The Navidson Record. The film,  if  it  ever  existed  at  all,  supposedly  told  of  a  family  who find themselves in a bizarre house with shifting  walls and mysterious corridors that appear overnight.  Johnny grows increasingly obsessed with Zampanó’s  research and the Navidsons’ strange house, losing his  grip on reality as he digs deeper into the mysteries.

Marissa Strayer­ development  director  of  Orchestra.      Prior  to  joining  Benton  has  been  appointed  the  Vermont  Symphony  the orchestra staff she served  as director of recruitment and  program support for Mobius,  The  Mentoring  Movement  and  as  assistant  inn  director  at Shelburne Farms. Strayer­Benton  holds  a  Bachelor’s  Degree  in  Business  Administration  from  Champlain  College  and  a  Certificate  in  Nonprofit Management from  Marlboro College.  She also  participated  in  the  Mercy  Connections  Women’s  Small  Business  Program,  “Start Up.” Strayer­Benton  received  the  Rising  Star  Award  from  Vermont Business Magazine  in  October  2012.    She  grew  up  in  Enosburg  Falls  and  currently lives in Colchester. Marissa Strayer­Benton



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Town News “Colchester, Vermont, located on Lake Champlain’s Malletts Bay, is a diverse, civic-minded community endowed with a rich heritage of commercial, agricultural, recreational, and educational gifts. Proud of the quality of life already enjoyed here, the people of Colchester seek to build upon this foundation to ensure economic prosperity, recreational opportunity, and an entrepreneurial spirit for future generations” Vision Statement, Heritage Project, 2012 2."(3)%%)#*!4(*!3)'156)!(.*4.%*4./$( $)1"(5-67*6"$(8"'3)'1"9(:;(/."(2)#!( 3')1(<5!,(=>?<5!,(=@+(( A)%*-"(B"85'/1"!/( >&K"#.&?$,=$2/-4<$L'#<&#@$K"3'4&$4/'&)$  Colchester Police assisted the Colchester  School District this week in a sweep  of Colchester High School by several  canine teams for the presence of drugs.    CPD Corporal David Dewey is a canine  instructor for the Vermont Criminal  Training Council and he held a regional  training for canine handlers on Monday  Jan. 14 at the high school.   Corporal  Dewey and K‐9 Tazor joined teams  from UVM, Shelburne and Hardwick in  the sweep.  While this event provided  training for the dogs and handlers,  !"#$%&'(&)*+"#,$&*,-.&'/01(")'*1-2* '$%""#*123,-,'()1/"-*4&)&*"-*%1-2*("* 2&1#*4,(%*1-5*6-2'*(%&*2"0'*315*%1.&* made.  No drugs were  located during this  event.    Read the complete  !"#$%"&"'()!%*!"+ A5'C$(5!9( ###,-)%-."$/"'$0!,-)1 D"-'"56)!(  >&K"#.&?$,=$M3&($

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Alliance Française hires director The Alliance Française of  the  Lake  Champlain  Region  (AFLCR)  announced  on  Jan.  14  the  hiring  of  Linda  Pervier,  its  veteran  volunteer  administrator,  as  a  full­time  president  under  a  one­year  contract. “We  are  very  active  on  several  fronts,”  said  AFLCR  Board  of  Directors  Chair,  Sylvie Butel, “and it is just no  longer  possible  to  serve  and  engage  the  community  and  to  sustain  the  organization  structurally,  all  on  one’s  lunch hour. Linda has been an  avid  and  effective  volunteer,  even  earning  a  place  in  the  prestigious Ordre des Palmes  académiques for her work.”  Ernie  Pomerleau,  Vermont’s  Honorary  French 

Pervier, who is on a leave  of absence from the Shelburne  Museum  development  department  while  under  contract,  very  much  looks  forward  to  setting  up  shop  at  the  AFLCR’s  classroom/ library  suite  at  123  Ethan  Allen Avenue in Colchester.

Consul for  Vermont  and  member  of  the  AFLCR  Board  of  Directors,  adds  that  “(Ms.  Pervier’s)  advocacy  and  promotion  of  French  culture  and  language  in  our  region  spans  many  years  and  is  extraordinary,  and  we  are  really  pleased  to  have  her  aboard  as  our  first  hired  administrator.” 

Essex Automotive Services

WISHING YOU WELL The control arms that create the attachment between the frame and the !"##$%&'()&*+),#(-$#($#,-"%.#,/(0-"(-&1( triangular in shape; hence, they are often referred to as “wishbones.” The broad end of the control arm attaches at the frame and pivots on bushings, and the narrow end attaches to the steering knuckle and pivots on a bushing. When an upper control arm (at each wheel) works in tandem with a lower control arm, the suspension is referred to as a “double wishbone.” Not only do control arms function under great stress (particularly at the bushings), they are exposed to the elements. Steering looseness and wobbling at high speeds should prompt a control-arm inspection for bushing failure. This week’s column has been brought to you as a public service. The key to good auto repair lies in troubleshooting the problem. Here at ESSEX AUTOMOTIVE SERVICES, 2*$(3#+4-&%+!(-$#(56768(9#$"%:#1(;42( can check your car for any problem. If you are experiencing problems with your car, bring your automobile to 141-147 Pearl St, Essex Jct. If you have questions about your car call 802.879.1966 today to speak to an expert. We offer same day service, and free customer shuttle. Ask us for details. We open at 6:59am, with no appointment needed. We feature A.S.E. Technicians including Master Techs. “Service You Can Trust” “We do it all!” We are open for Business!!!

OPEN 6:59 AM NO APPT. NEEDED HINT: In some cases, it is only necessary to replace the bushing in a failing control arm. Other control arms are only available as complete units, which necessitates replacing the entire control arm.


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Spoken Word competition Part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. convocation week series. Free and open to the public.

A musical program in an intimate setting. Featuring Cameron Brownell, CHS graduate and baritone, accompanied by Carol Reichard on piano. Including songs by Roger Quilter and Vaughan Williams, German Lieder (songs) by Schubert, sacred works by Bernstein and a variety of opera arias and Broadway classics. Free and open to the public. A reception by the church to follow the performance. Donations will be accepted to help Cameron participate in the seven-week summer Middlebury College German for Singers Program. United Church of Colchester, Main Street, Colchester Village, 3 p.m.


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Film. “Red Tails” is the story of the Tuskegee Airmen. Part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. convocation week series. Free and open to the public. Cheray Science Hall room 111, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Oakridge Townhome! You  would  think  it  was  new!    You  will  appreciate  how  well  cared  for  this  3  level  townhome  is.    3  bedrooms,  2  ½  baths,  !"#$%&'#() %*+*,-) "../0) kitchen  with  island  .$#,) 1.) (*,*,-) &,() family  rooms,  handy  2,() 3..") %&4,("5) &,() private  master  suite.  Private  backyard  with  Paver  patio. Offered  at  $314,900

Presentation. “Changes in Federal Tax Law.” Presenter: Grant Peterson, Senior Stakeholder Relationship Tax Consultant & Robert Fett, Taxpayer Advocate Service. Free, seating is limited. New England Federal Credit Union, 141 Harvest Lane, Williston, 5:30-7 p.m. Contact: 879-8790

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Adult auditions. The Lyric Theatre Company’s production of “Oliver, The Musical.” With stage ages from 8-80, and characters of many types, this show has something for everyone. The Schoolhouse, 8 Catkin Drive, South Burlington, 5:45 p.m. Visit: Contact: 802-658-1484. Music with Raphael. Preschoolers up to age 5 dance to traditional and original folk music. Free; limited to one session per week per family. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 21 Library Lane, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Contact: 878-4918. NOTE: Keep an eye out in next week’s A&E page for a spotlight on Raphael Groten!



Pasta night. Live Entertainment with In-Kahoots. No cover. $7 adults, $3 children under 12. Open to the public. VFW Post 6689, 73 Pearl Street, Essex Junction, 5:30-10 p.m. Contact: 233-2673 GET ALL THE BENEFITS ­ $259,900

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Spoken Word competition. Part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. convocation week series. Free and open to the public. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Potluck and movie. “The Juggler of Notre Dame” for adults and “We Bought a Zoo” for children. Arts, crafts and food. Tierney Hall, Holy Cross Church, Colchester, 6 p.m. Contact Peggy: 863-8163 or Holy Cross: 863-3002.


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tional Skating Month celebration. Free skating and lessons. All ages and levels welcome. Please bring your own skates; no rentals at the arena. UVM Gutterson Field House, Burlington, 9-10 a.m. Contact: 802309-0419 or



Family dance and dinner. Music by The Irregulars. Calling by Nancy Turner. Bring clean, soft-soled shoes, no partner necessary. Cost: $10 dance, $10 dinner for adults; $5 dance, $5 dinner for children. Capital City Grange Hall, Montpelier/Berlin, 3-8 p.m. Contact: 802-477-3951.

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McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7 p.m.

Reception. “Bounty.” Sculpture installation by Vermont artist Gregg Blasdel. The 2013 Barbara Smail Award recipient will be announced. Exhibit runs through Apr. 6. Art Lab, Fourth Floor, The BCA Center, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Contact: 802-865-7166.

Reception. “In the Eye of the Beholder.” Pastel works by Anne Unangst, Cindy !"#$%&'() *+,) -*".#*) /#00) 1*23,) 4+) &'3) same series of landscapes. Explores artistic interpretation and point of view. Exhibit runs through March 31. A photo ID is required for admittance. Governor’s Gallery, 5th Floor, Pavilion Building, Montpelier, 3-5 p.m. French Canadian concert and dance. Live music: “The Hip Replacements.” Suggested donation: $5. Richmond Free Library, Bridge Street, Richmond, 7 p.m. Contact Fran: or Tim: Community dinner. Live music, homemade lasagna, salad and desserts. Free and open to the public. United Church of Hinesburg, 10570 Route 116, Hinesburg, 5:30-7 p.m. Talk. “Large Blackouts in the Power Grid: Why They Happen and What to Do About It.” UVM assistant professor of engineering, Paul Hines, shares his knowledge. Free and open to the public. Room 101, Cheray Science Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 3:15 p.m.



Essex Bands annual spaghetti dinner and dance. Make your reservations now! Cost: $10. Features live music and tasty food. Essex High School, 5:15 p.m. Contact: 802-878-6035. Pan-Celtic music. Irish, Scottish, Quebecois and Appalachian tunes performed by area artists and visually enhanced by the Heather Morris Scottish Dancers. A lively, varied and entertaining evening for all ages. Cider, tea, shortbread and scones are offered by donation following the concert. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Route 15, Jericho, 7-9 p.m. Contact: 802-878-3840 or Free ice skating celebration. Join the Champlain Valley Skating Club for their Na-

Winter festival. 56.3)4+)%"378)9'#0,"3+:2)*.tivities, winter games, theater, song and 2&4";&300#+<7) =024>) ?*"*,3() 14+%"3) *+,) food vendors. Snowshoes provided, bring cross country skis and sleds. Suggested donation: $1-5. North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street, Montpelier, 2-5 p.m. Contact: 802-2230577 Race. “The 1/9 Miler” is a short run to ben3%&) @'3) A3"B4+&) 9'#0,"3+:2) @"C2&) D4C+dation. Registration: $25 per runner. Join a team or run solo. Church Street Marketplace, Burlington, 1 p.m. Register online: Pasta dinner. Hosted by The Vermont Italian Club. Cost: $20 adults, $12 children. Elks Club, 925 North Avenue, Burlington, 5-7 p.m. Contact: 802-922-5005.



Cancer prayer and support network. All denominations are welcome. Find support during or after involvement with cancer. Essex Center United Methodist Church, Route 15, Essex, 6:30-8 p.m. Contact: 878-7166 or jo-bill@comcast. net.



Essex High School college planning meeting. Juniors and parents are invited to attend. Essex High School, 6:30 p.m. MMUsic choral hour. Choral ensembles from -&7) -*+2%30,) E+#4+) /#<') F.'440) ?"32ent a cornucopia of choral gems. Free and open to the public. Bring a bag lunch. Coffee and tea are provided. Free parking. Handicapped accessible. St. Paul’s Cathedral, 2 Cherry Street, Burlington, 12 p.m. Contact: 864-0471.



Artist talk. “Magic Mountain.” Paintings and works on paper by Karla Wozniak. Ex-

CIRC ALTERNATIVES TASK FORCE MEETING All are welcome and encouraged to attend. All meetings are fully accessible. Detailed information is available at The public is encour*<3,)&4)2C1B#&).4BB3+&2)G#*)&'3)H312#&37)6+$4"B*&#4+)4+)2#<+#+<)C?)$4")+4&#%.*&#4+)4$) CIRC Alternatives-related meetings can also be accessed through the website or by contacting Diane Meyerhoff of Third Sector Associates: 802-865-1794. For additional information contact CCRPC Assistant/MPO Director, Michele Boomhower: 802-846-4490 x15 or mboomhower@ccrpcvt. org. Williston Town Hall, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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The Colchester Sun | Thursday, January 24, 2013

CALENDAR hibit runs through Feb. 1. Williams 301, University of Vermont, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Book discussion. “How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm And Other Adventures in Parenting” by Mei-Ling Hopgood with selections from “Bringing Up Bébé” by Pamela Druckerman and “The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” by Amy Chua. Professor Laurel Bongiorno, a leads this discussion on global parenting styles. Free copies of books may be obtained at the library’s Circulation Desk. Local History Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 7 p.m. Contact: 865-7211 Reading and discussion. “Lincoln: Bicentennial of his Birth” led by John Turner. Session 2: The Portable Lincoln, by Andrew Delbanco. Please contact library to register. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 21 Library Lane, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Contact: 878-4918 Essex Rotary meeting. Committee meetings. Serving the communities of Essex, Essex Junction, Jericho and Underhill. The Essex, Essex Junction, 12:10 p.m.



CIRC Alternatives Task Force meeting. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. All meetings are fully accessible. Williston Town Hall, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Detailed information is available at http://www. For additional information contact CCRPC Assistant/MPO Director, Michele Boomhower: 802-8464490 x15 or mboomhower@ccrpcvt. org.




!"#$%&!#"'()&*$+&,#)-&Baked or fried haddock !"#$ !%%$ &'($ )*+",-.$ /0-&1$ 234$ 5(6$ 5(6son. Open to the public. VFW Post 6689, 73 Pearl Street, Essex Junction, 6-7 p.m. Contact: 878-0700 First Friday art walk. Over 40 galleries and art venues stay open late to welcome walkers and share our the art scene. Check out to see a list of participating venues. Citywide, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Contact: 802264-4839 or info@artmapburlington. com.



.)/0+12)&3(44-&The annual winter gala hosted by The Vermont Symphony Orchestra and the Champlain Valley Friends of the 789.$:%%$560;((#-$7(6<0"&=-$>+%%$?("()&$ VSO educational and musical programs throughout the state. Features a silent auction, complimentary ballroom lesson tickets, cocktail reception, live swing <@-+;$ !"#$ #+""(6.$ A+;B(&-1$ 23CDEFGD.$ Tables for 10 are available. Grand Maple Ballroom of the Dudley Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, 6 p.m. Contact: 800-VSO-9293 x25 or at !#526+& 7(2('"(2& $8005#-& Menu: Pea soup, meat pie, mashed potatoes, dessert and beverages. Free will donation to ben()&$&'($;'!6+&+(-$0H$I0-!6J$/0@";+%$0H$&'($ Knights of Columbus 4684. Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church Hall, Richmond, 5 p.m. Contact: 876-7713(evenings) or 434-2521(daytime)



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IT’S TIME TO BRUSH UP ON YOUR CAT’S DENTAL HYGIENE. 70% of cats under the age of 3 will develop dental disease. Bring your cat in for dental care during the month of February “National Pet Dental Month” and receive a FREE feline dental kit.

EVENTS AT BURNHAM MEMORIAL LIBRARY Monday, January 28 :2%5#;525#(%"12(4&'5$$5#%&3119&'"$68$$"12-&For anyone grade 6 to adult who loves a good “read–and–rant.” Eat something sweet and talk about a book. Stop by to sign up. 6:30 p.m.

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Adult writing group. Join a writing group for aspiring authors of all styles. The group is led by Carrie Shamel. 6:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, January 29 <'84%&3119&'"$68$$"12&;#180-&Discussion will be led by a staff member. This month: “Killing Lincoln” by Bill O’Reilly. 1 p.m.

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>#5$6+114&/8$"6&?"%+&@(0+(54-&Wednesdays. Raphael plays guitar while emphasizing good fun, taking turns, and dancing. Best for ages 3-5. Colchester Meeting House (next door to the Burnham Memorial Library), 898 Main Street, Colchester, 12:30-1 p.m. Contact: 878-0313 or

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A#10B"2& ;52%45& +(%+(& )1;(-& Tuesdays. Bring a mat and enjoy poses for mindful stretching and relaxation. Beginners and intermediates welcome. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Call 878-0313 to sign up. Drop-in storytime. Saturdays. A weekly selection of music and books for children of all ages. No sign-up required. Contact: 878-0313. 10 a.m.

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One-on-one tutoring. Mondays (4:30-6 p.m.), Wednesdays (4:306 p.m.), Thursdays (3-6 p.m.), and Saturdays (10 a.m.-1 p.m.), starting Jan. 23. Students from the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Colchester campus) tutor students in reading, math, and science at the library. The program is focused on grades 1-6, but tutoring is available in other grades for certain subjects. There is no fee for this service. Call 878-0313 to sign-up.

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Monday, Wednesday: 10 a.m.­8 p.m.  Tuesday, Thursday: 10 a.m.­6 p.m. Friday: 12­5 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.­3 p.m. Contact: 879­7576 or Street, Essex Junction, 9-11 a.m. Contact: 878-0700

Ongoing Bingo. Sponsored by the Whitcomb Woods Residents Association. Whitcomb Woods, 128 West Street, Essex Junction. Mondays at 6 p.m. Contact: 879-1829. 7544&0+125$&,1#&$14'"5#$-&Local residents can support these collection drives by donating their old cell phones at A. W. Rich Funeral Home, 57 Main Street, Essex Junction. Collections accepted 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact: 849-6261. 7+(#"%)&6(/0(";2-&C552&,1#&D5(2$ is collecting gently worn jeans in any, size, brand or style to donate a local charity. Collection through Feb. 10. Collection spots: First Congregational Church, Essex Junction; Aeropostale in the University Mall, South Burlington. Visit: 71/08%5#& 64($$5$& ,1#& ('84%$-& Held weekly for 4-5 weeks. Includes Fundamentals, Windows 7, Greeting cards and various workshops and seminars. Call for course descriptions and to sign up. Pines Senior Living Community, Aspen Drive, off Dorset Street, South Burlington. Contact: 802-864-1502. E2;4"$+&($&(&$5612'&4(2;8(;5&64($$5$-&Improve your English conversation skills and meet new people. Wednesdays. Pickering Room, Second Floor: Intermediate/Advanced. Administrative Conference Room: Beginners. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Contact Elena Carter, FFL Outreach Department: 865-7211. Essex Art League. M((&-$ &'($ )6-&$ A'@6-#!J$ of the month. The meeting agenda includes a business and social time, and features a guest artist presentation. Essex Junction Congregational Church on Main Street, Essex Junction, 9-11 a.m. Visit: Essex Junction Block Party Committee. Want to help plan the block party on July 20? Use your talents to put together a family-friendly community event in the heart of a historic downtown. Meetings are the 4th Monday of every month. Es-(*$N@";&+0"$M@"+;+5!%$0H);(-L$G$O+";0%"$ Street, Essex Junction, 4 p.m. Contact Patty: 878-6944 or patty@essexjunc-

SUMMARY: Poor Rory. She recently got downgraded from her Essex Rotary meeting. Essex Rotary Meetings are held on Wednesdays at 12:10 p.m. at The Essex. Serving the communities of Essex, Essex Junction, Jericho and Underhill. Family support group. Outright Vermont holds support group meetings for family members of youth going through the process of coming out. One Sunday evening and one Wednesday morning each month at Outright Vermont. Contact: 865-9677. Genealogy. O(&$&'($(*5(6&-$)"#$&'!&$<+--+",$ ancestor. Resources available for New England and New York. Vermont Genealogy Library, Hegeman Avenue, Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, Tues: 3-9:30 p.m. and Sat: 10 a.m.-4p.m. Contact: 802238-5934 or :2,(2%&(2'&%1''45#&0#1;#(/$-&Join us for a rhythmic morning of play, song, puppetry and community for families with toddlers. Come once a week: every Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Infant classes offered Fridays. Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Shelburne, 9-11 a.m. Contact: 985-2827 Italian conversation group. Open to all interested in learning/hearing the Italian language. Room 101, St. Edmunds Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, 7-9 p.m. Lupus support group. Third Saturday of the month. Brownell Library, Kolvoord Community Room, Essex Junction, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Contact: F182%& F(2$*54'& $6(45& /1'545#$-& Informal gathering of model enthusiasts. All skill levels welcome. Third Thursday of each month. Kolvoord Community Room, Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:308:30 p.m. Contact: 878-0765. Open gym. Ages 4 and under. Free. Every Saturday through March 2. Balls, basketball, balance beam, trampoline, riding toys, and fun activities toddlers. Essex Junction Parks and Recreation, Maple Street, Essex Junction, 3-4:30 p.m. Contact: 878-6715 or LMBruneau@ >#5$6+114& 04();#180-& Tuesdays


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communal cat room to a single-occupancy cage. “Was it something I said?” she asks. Well, the catty remarks she’s made to other kitties here didn’t help. Fortunately, Rory has no beef with people. But she does have spirit—like a liberated princess. Give her a kingdom to rule, #0"=&$<!B($'(6$),'&$ for attention, tell her she’s beautiful, brush her long locks only until she says stop—and she’ll be the sweetest, purringest kitty you’ve ever had. Really, it’s not that much to ask. Especially if you’ve got a sense of humor.

Humane Society of Chittenden County 802-862-0135


Religious Directory Daybreak Community Church 67 Creek Farm Plaza, Colchester VT. 05446 802-338-9118 or Sunday Service at 10:30am Lead Pastor, Brent Devenney

Islamic Society of Vermont 182 Hegeman Avenue. 655­6711 Islamic Society of Vermont. Join Imam Islam Hassan (imam@ for the five daily prayers. Timings at ISVT homepage The call for Friday Jumah prayers is exactly at 1:00PM followed by Khutbah and prayer. Additional Friday night lectures between Magrib and Isha prayers. Weekend Islamic classes on Sundays 9:45AM-1:30PM for all children 4 years and older during the school year. Interested non-members always welcome. (802) 655-6711 or or Facebook.

Malletts Bay Congregational Church UCC

1672 West Lakeshore Dr. 658­9155. Rev. Mary Nelson Abbott, Pastor. Worship Service: Sunday at 9:30 a.m.; Church School: Sunday at 10:00 a.m.; Fellowship time: Sunday at 10:30 a.m.. Childcare provided. All are welcome!

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church 1063 Prim Road, 658­0533. Rev. Lisette Baxter, Rector Sundays: 8 a.m. & 10 a.m., Holy Eucharist 10 a.m. Sunday School: Nursery & all grades Wednesdays: 11:30 Bible class; 12:30 Holy Eucharist For evening services & Adult Education, check answering machine. All are always welcome.

United Church Of Colchester ­ ABC Rte 2A­Village Green, 879­5442. Pastor Josh Steely. Worship: 10:30 a.m. Adult Sunday School: 9 a.m. Youth Sunday School during 10:30 worship; pre-school through 11 years. Nursery care available during worship Christ Centered - Family Oriented.


The Colchester Sun | Thursday, January 24, 2013

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Jan. 15- Jan. 22, 2013 Tuesday, Jan. 15 0052 Alarm on Orion Dr 0420 Suspicious Event on Bay Rd 0708 Alarm on W Lakeshore Dr 0827 Domestic Assault on Seventh St 1051 Accident on W Lakeshore Dr 1111 Assist Public on E Lakeshore Dr 1333 Medical on Creek Farm Rd 1404 Juvenile Problem in Colchester 1511 Violation of Cond. of Release on Blakely Rd 1512 Vandalism on Greenwood Dr 1528 Prop. Damage on Roosevelt Hwy 1704 Assist Public on Blakely Rd 1713 Disorderly Conduct on Gilman Cir 1721 911 Hangup on Prim Rd 1726 MV Complaint on Blakely Rd 1811 Burglary on Mayo Rd 1853 Prop. Damage on College Pkwy 1919 Domestic Disturbance in Colchester 2217 Assist Public on Malletts Bay Ave 2241 Assist EMS on Mills Point Rd

Wednesday, Jan. 16

THEME: SUPER BOWL ACROSS 1. Idealized image 6. Snake in the  grass 9. Attired 13. Bourne actor 14. U.N. labor  agency 15. Domenikos  Theotokopoulos,  a.k.a. El _____ 16. Like NCAAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  eight 17.  Microprocessor  chip, for short 18. Number of  planets 19. *Expensive  Bowl purchase 21. *Tied with  Steelers for most  appearances 23. Big fuss 24. Hoodlum 25. Car wash  option 28. Camera setting 30. *Found on  many players 35. Corner pieces 37. Snoopy 39. As opposed to  best 40. Etna output 41. Where one  is treated for  drug or alcohol  dependence 43. Flood survivor 44. Time on the  job 46. Foolhardy 

challenge 47. Tyrantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s power 48. Listed on  driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license 50. Chapter 11  issue 52. â&#x20AC;&#x153;___ for the  courseâ&#x20AC;? 53. Royal Indian 55. E in B.C.E. 57. *Cause of  Superdome leak 61. One who  inspires fear 65. Set of values 66. *Coachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ___  talk 68. Factual  evidence 69. No person 70. Draft choice 71. Lacks 72. Very pleased  with oneself 73. *Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s won  more than its  counterpart 74. Affirmatives DOWN 1. Brainchild 2. French Sudan,  today 3. Gulf V.I.P. 4. â&#x20AC;&#x153;_____ go!â&#x20AC;? 5. Iroquois tribe 6. *Recordâ&#x20AC;?holder  for touchdowns  and points scored 7. Mont Blanc, e.g. 8. _____ football 9. Stewie Griffinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  bed 10. Construction  set for kids 11. Common flu 

feeling 12. Some letter  toppers 15. Cheap showy  jewelry 20. Pitcherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  domain 22. *Wide  receiver, aka  wide___ 24. Taqueria  offering 25. Like one from  Prince Charlesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  domain 26. Winged 27. *47 29. Threeâ&#x20AC;?____  sloth 31. *____ Dorsett, 

won one Super  Bowl ring 32. Girl Scout unit 33. Japanese port 34. Catchall  category 36. Belted out 38. Bygone era 42. Type of sailing  ship 45. *Joe Montana,  only ______  winner of Super  Bowl MVP 49. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Joy Luck  Clubâ&#x20AC;? author 51. *Named after  Vince Lombardi 54. Birthplace of  anime

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0647 Assist Public on Heineberg Dr 0800 MV Complaint on Prim Rd 0800 DUI on Blakely Rd 1011 Vin Verification on Roosevelt Hwy 1023 Suspicious Event on Jasper Mine Rd 1027 Assist Motorist on Blakely Rd 1140 Suspicious Event on Lower Mtn View Dr 1228 Juvenile Problem in Colchester 1251 Prop.Damage on E Lakeshore Dr 1518 Fire Alarm on Campus Rd 1538 Assist Public on Blakely Rd 1656 Assist Public on College Pkwy 1749 MV Larceny on Heineberg Dr 1824 Welfare Check on Kensington Rd 2021 Medical on Prim Rd 2118 Domestic Disturbance in Colchester 2118 Violation of Cond. of Release on Johnson Ave 2245 Disturbance on Main St 2255 911 Hangup on Johnson Ave 2310 Threats on S Park Dr

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1434 Prop. Damage on Main St 1503 Alarm on Colchester Point Rd 1641 Dom. Disturbance on Gilman Cir 1845 Assist EMS on Abigail Dr 1940 Phone Problem on New England Ave

Friday, Jan. 18

Monday, Jan. 21

0507 Alarm on Bay Rd 0841 Assist Fire Dept on Bay Rd 0844 Assist Public on Ethan Allen Ave 0854 Alarm on Heineberg Dr 0942 Assist EMS on Logan Dr 1054 Accident on College Pkwy 1212 Violation of Cond. of Release on College Pkwy 1238 Suspicious Event at Village Commons 1742 Assist Fire Dept on Woodbine by the Lake 1948 Vandalism on S Park Dr 2027 Assist EMS on Roosevelt Hwy 2149 Suspicious Event on Abigail Dr 2156 Prop. Damage on Coon Hill Rd 2230 MV Complaint on College Pkwy 2248 Assist EMS on Grey Birch Dr 2251 Drugs on Severance Rd 2324 Theft on Porters Point Rd

0254 Fire Alarm on Broadacres Dr 0349 Assist Agency on Lexington Rd 0537 Assist Agency on Bay Rd 0826 Assist EMS on Shetland Ln 0837 Welfare Check on Meadow Dr 1001 Assist Fire Dept on Ethan Allen Ave 1149 Mental Health Issue on East Rd 1244 VIN Verification on Roosevelt Hwy 1341 Suspicious Event on Prim Rd 1400 Suspicious Event on Foley Rd 1422 911 Hangup on Landing Ave 1529 MV Larceny on Ethan Allen Ave 1624 VIN Verification on Bay Rd 1705 Traffic Hazard on E Lakeshore Dr 1713 Assist Fire Dept on Ethan Allen Ave 1731 Assist Agency on Tamorac Pl 1737 Assist Fire Dept on Ethan Allen Ave 2050 Assist EMS on Prim Rd 2320 Phone Problem on Fifth St

Saturday, Jan. 19 0011 Assist Agency on Ethan Allen Ave 0326 MV Complaint on Roosevelt Hwy 0844 Assist Public on S Park Dr 1231 Alarm on Liberty Ln 1404 Assist Agency on S Park Dr 1621 VIN Verification on Blakely Rd 2059 Larceny on Campus Rd 2129 MV Complaint on S Park Dr 2146 Medical on Andrea Ln 2214 Suspicious Event on S Park Dr

Sunday, Jan. 20

Thursday, Jan. 17 0111 Trespass on Campus Rd 0404 Suspicious Event on Lilac St 0846 Assist EMS on Pierre Ct 0902 Alarm on Crossfield Dr 0925 Suspicious Event on Orchard Dr 1016 MV Complaint on W Lakeshore Dr 1115 Larceny on Leclair Dr

0118 Alcohol Offense on S Park Dr 0124 Disturbance on Julie Dr 0232 MV Complaint on Barnes Ave 0352 Alarm on Heineberg Dr 0409 Welfare Check on S Park Dr 0520 Alarm on Hegeman Ave 0608 Assist Agency on Main St 1034 Violation of Cond. of Release on Second St 1107 Alarm on Church Rd 1214 Suspicious Event on Malletts Bay Ave

1400 MV Complaint on Bay Rd

Tuesday, Jan. 22 0031 Assist Public on Bay Rd 0230 Welfare Check on Hegeman Ave 0230 Suspicious Event on Roosevelt Hwy 0825 Prop. Damage on Roosevelt Hwy

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Current Exhibits September â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bounty.â&#x20AC;? Sculpture installation by Vermont artist Gregg Blasdel. Runs through Apr. 6. Art Lab, Fourth Floor, The BCA Center, Burlington. Contact: 802-865-7166.

Susanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pick: Photo by Bill Boccio

â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Eye of the Beholder.â&#x20AC;? Pastel works by Anne Unangst, Cindy Griffith, and Marcia Hill based on the same series of landscapes. Explores artistic interpretation and point of view. Runs through March 31. A photo ID is required for admittance. Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gallery, 5th Floor, Pavilion Building, Montpelier.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Magic Mountain.â&#x20AC;? Paintings and works on paper by Karla Wozniak. Runs through Feb. 1. The Colburn Gallery, University of Vermont, Burlington.

n Dec. of 2010, the Village of Essex Junctionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longest serving employee retired. Bill Boccio worked for over 30 years at the Essex Junction Wastewater Treatment Plant. Now, just two years later, the Essex Junction resident is becoming well known around town once more â&#x20AC;&#x201D; this time for his photography.


Colchester Middle School art. A variety of projects from grades 6-8 which demonstrate some unique lessons in color, line and perspective. Students included: Nicole Corriveau, Kelsi Wallace, Hannah Miller, Mariah Lavallee, John Shail, Grace McConnell, Svea Phelps and Abby Handy. Runs through mid-Feb. Colchester Town Office, Colchester.

A self-proclaimed â&#x20AC;&#x153;eager explorer and notorious wanderer,â&#x20AC;? Boccio will rise before dawn to capture that perfect shot â&#x20AC;&#x201D; often making some friends along the way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The birds and animals I shoot get used to my presence as I walk in their territory,â&#x20AC;? explained Boccio. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m speaking to them all the time. They know my voice. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost like they love to pose for me.â&#x20AC;? All of Boccioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s photos tell a unique story. His wildlife shots capture the serenity of animals unaware, while his landscapes quietly portray all that is striking about The Green Mountain State. After viewing Boccioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest installment of photographs hanging in the Brownell Library, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obvious that he has a way with nature. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no wonder; Boccio has always preferred being outdoors since childhood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I could never sit still to read and love books like my classmates,â&#x20AC;? Boccio revealed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to get outside alone to wind down and watch and listen to nature.â&#x20AC;? Because of his natural ability to draw and

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Feathers, Fur and Fins.â&#x20AC;? Works by Sarah Rosedahl inspired by nature, birds, wildlife and domestic animals. Runs through Jan. 31. Island Arts gallery at Merchants Bank in the South Hero Inn, 301 Route 2, South Hero. Stop by each Wednesday in Jan. 121:30 p.m. to meet the artist.

Photo by Bill Boccio

paint, Boccioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s instinct for composition was present from a very young age. When he finally discovered photography in his early teens, Boccio explained, it quickly became his â&#x20AC;&#x153;new true love for expression.â&#x20AC;? And even the harshest Vermont winter doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep Boccio and his Sony A77 indoors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am very vigilant of condensation problems in winter,â&#x20AC;? Boccio explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wrap and seal my camera in a plastic bag before entering indoors so I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get spots on lens and interior camera.â&#x20AC;?    Since retiring two years ago, Boccio has made photography his full-time job. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been commissioned for corporate and private projects, has been featured in solo and group exhibitions and has done print

editorial work for several magazines, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vermont Bride.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I get some amazing shots every day of the week. It is a dream come true for me,â&#x20AC;? Boccio shared. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always welcome any new opportunities that come my way.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rare Earth.â&#x20AC;? A look at various landscapes captured in photos. Through Feb. 3. Darkroom Gallery, 12 Main Street, Essex Junction.

Boccioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhibit at the Brownell Library, on 6 Lincoln Street in Essex Junction, will run through the month of January in the Kolvoord Community Room.

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1/25 Reception. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bounty.â&#x20AC;? Sculpture installation by Vermont artist Gregg Blasdel. Art Lab, Fourth Floor, The BCA Center, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Contact: 802-865-7166. 1/25 Reception. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Eye of the Beholder.â&#x20AC;? Pastel works by Anne Unangst, Cindy Griffith, and Marcia Hill based on the same series of landscapes. Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gallery, 5th Floor, Pavilion Building, Montpelier, 3-5 p.m. 1/25 French Canadian concert and dance. Live music: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hip Replacements.â&#x20AC;? Suggested donation: $5. Richmond Free Library, Bridge Street, Richmond, 7 p.m. Contact Fran: or Tim: whiteford@ 1/26 Essex Bands annual spaghetti dinner and dance. Cost: $10. Features live music and tasty food. Essex High School, 5:15 p.m. Contact: 802-878-6035. 1/26 Pan-Celtic music. Irish, Scottish, Quebecois and Appalachian tunes. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Route 15, Jericho, 7-9 p.m. Contact: 802-878-3840 or ggildeme@

Know an artist? Let Susan know today! Email or call 878-5282.

Colchester students to perform The Colchester Middle School has reason to be proud of its many budding musicians. Several of these CMS music students were recently selected to perform in the upcoming Vermont District III Grade 7 and 8 Music Festival, which is being held at the Essex Middle School on Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. The Music Festival will feature chorus, string and band performances by select students representing all of the Champlain Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s middle school music programs.

Horton; Abby Ladd; Jerome Trudeau; Elysia Way; and Emily White.

The following CMS band students were selected to perform: Josh Kalfus (bassoon); Haley Kieny (clarinet); Kristian Labrie (percussion); and Connor Zwonik (percussion).

The following Colchester Middle School chorus students were selected to perform in the festival: Renee Brouillette; Claire Cameron; Jimmy Collins; Natalee Garen; Ethan Goedken; Meghan Harbison; Erin

Tickets for the District III Grade 7 and 8 Music Festival are limited. Those interested in attending should visit the District III Music Festival website at http:// to check for ticket availability and/or order online.

Many students from 17 Champlain Valley area schools auditioned for the opportunity to perform. The selection process is competitive and based upon scores students receive during the audition

For more information, contact Marie Bouffard, Friends of Colchester Music Chair at friendsofcolchestermusic@gmail. com

The following CMS students were selected to perform in the string ensemble: Avery Finelli (violin); Brenna McMannon (violin); and Corinna Pilcher (violin).

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ABOVE AND RIGHT: Members of the Lakers’ dance team perform a pom routine during the Frosty Footwork Vermont State Dance Competition at Colchester High School on Saturday  afternoon.  BELOW LEFT: Judges watch a performance at the Frosty Footwork Vermont State Dance.   Photos by Monica Donovan

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The Lakers joined hundreds of wrestlers from across the  northeast  in  travelling  to  Essex  High  School  to  compete  in  the Michael J. Baker Classic, Vermont’s largest high school  wrestling tournament, this weekend.  Of the 34 teams that competed in the two­day tournament  named  after  a  longtime  local  wrestling  coach,  Colchester  placed 20th overall.  Juniors  Jerry  Barich  and  Chris  Wicks  led  the  Lakers  by  wrestling  to  top­five  finishes  in  their  respective  weight  classes.  The  Marshood  High  School  wrestling  team,  of  Maine,  won  the  tournament,  while  Mount  Mansfield  Union  placed  the highest of participating Vermont teams. The  Lakers  will  host  the  Colchester  Invitational  on  Saturday  at  9  a.m.  The  team  will  then  play  host  to  St.  Johnsbury, Milton and Middlebury during its last home meet  Colchester junior Jerry Barich wrestles an opponent from Ausable Valley at the Michael J. Baker Classic on Friday evening. of the season on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 6:30 p.m. Photo by Oliver Parini

BOYS’ BASKETBALL: 1/24 Colchester vs. Spaulding 7 p.m.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL: 1/25 Colchester at South Burlington 7:15 p.m.

BOYS’ HOCKEY: 1/26 Colchester at Rice 4:30 p.m.

GIRLS’ HOCKEY: 1/26 Colchester at BFA 7 p.m.

WRESTLING: 1/26 Colchester at Colchester 9 a..m.

ALPINE: 1/25 Colchester at Bolton TBA

NORDIC: 1/25 Colchester at Mt. Mansfield TBA

1/28 Colchester at St. J. 7 p.m.

1/30 Colchester at Mt. Abe 7:30 p.m.

1/30 Colchester at Stowe 4:30 p.m.

1/30 Colchester at hartford 7 p.m.

1/30 Colchester at Colchester 6:30 p.m.

DANCE: 1/25 Colchester at Middlebury TBA

1/29 Colchester at BFA 5 p.m.


The Colchester Sun | Thursday, January 24, 2013


Colchester junior  Ricky  Giroux  puts  up  a  shot  over  CVU’s  defense during a game on Monday evening at Colchester High  School.  Photo by Oliver Parini

Lakers fall in OT The Colchester High School boys’ basketball team seemed  primed  to  record  its  first  consecutive  wins  of  the  season  on  Monday night. After snapping a five­game lose streak against  North  Country  on  Jan.  11,  the  Lakers  found  themselves  with  a  two­point  advantage  over  the  visiting  Champlain  Valley  Redhawks (6­5) with less than a minute remaining in regulation. But then CVU’s Austin Busch drained two free throws to tie  the game and force an overtime showdown. Colchester and CVU both posted strong defenses throughout  the overtime period, not allowing a single basket until the final  minute of the game when Champlain Valley scored a field goal  to clinch the 42­40 victory.  Junior Ricky Giroux and senior Matt Bellows led the Lakers  in scoring, tallying nine points each. Colchester (2­8) will look to rebound at its home game on  Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. ­Kelly March

Men’s basketball snaps five­ game skid  The  men’s  basketball  team  finished  1­1  last  week  in  Northeast­10  Conference  action,  falling  to  Southern  Connecticut  State  University,  60­56,  on  Tuesday  before  bettering  American  International  College,  62­ 55,  on  Saturday  to  snap  a  five­game  losing  streak.  The  Purple  Knights  have  held  seven  opponents  to  60  points  or  less,  while  seven  of  their  losses  came  by  seven  points  or fewer. Sophomore  Corey  Crawford  II  scored  a  career­ high  20  points  on  7­of­13  shooting  while  adding  eight  rebounds  against  Southern  Connecticut State. The Purple  Knights  held  the  Owls  to  17.2  points  fewer  than  their  season average, which ranked  third  the  league  heading  into  the  game.  Classmate  Dom  Ditlefsen  drained  three  three­ pointers  and  finished  with  13  points  and  six  boards.  First­ year  Will  equaled  his  season  high  with  10  points  on  7­for­ 11  shooting  from  the  free  throw  line,  sophomore  Mike  Thompson  registered  nine  points and nine rebounds, and  classmate  James  Cambronne  controlled  a  career­high  12  rebounds while blocking four  shots. Thompson netted 14 points  on  5­of­8  shooting,  including  a 2­for­2 showing from three­ point  range,  while  adding  a  pair  of  blocks  at  American  International.  Cambronne  shot  5­for­7  to  finish  with  12  points,  senior  Derek  Knutty  totaled  nine  points  on  4­for­ 5  shooting,  and  Crawford  notched  nine  points,  eight  rebounds  and  four  assists.  Ditlefsen tallied five assists for  the  Purple  Knights,  who  shot  47.1  percent  and  committed  only  five  turnovers.  With  75  career  blocks  in  40  games,  Cambronne is tied for ninth in  program history.   Women’s basketball tops  NCAA qualifier during two­ game week The  women’s  basketball  team  went  1­1  last  week  in  a  pair  of  Northeast­10  Conference matchups, beating  Southern  Connecticut  State  University, 62­60, on Tuesday  before  suffering  a  69­68  overtime  loss  to  American  International  College  on  Saturday. The Purple Knights  have  held  nine  opponents  to  60 points or less, while seven  of their losses came by seven  points or fewer. Senior  Nicole  Adach  paced the Purple Knights with 

THIS WEEK IN ST. MICHAEL’S COLLEGE ATHLETICS 20 points and six steals against  a  Southern  Connecticut  State  team  that  reached  the  second  round of last season’s NCAA  Tournament.  Adach  hit  7­of­12  from  the  field  while  shooting at a 3­of­4 clip from  both three­point range and the  free  throw  line.  Junior  Alexa  Long  finished  with  10  points  and  seven  rebounds,  and  senior Megan Olsen tallied 10  points,  three  assists  and  three  steals.  First­year  Makenzie  Burud  had  eight  points,  four  boards  and  three  assists,  while  junior  Cara  Deroy  contributed six points and four  assists,  recording  the  game­ winning  lay­up  with  10.3  seconds  remaining.  Senior  Kayla  Carnell,  of  Burlington,  grabbed six rebounds. Long  scored  19  points  by  hitting  6­of­9  from  the  floor  while collecting a career­high  17  rebounds  at  AIC.  Adach  recorded  her  eighth  20­point  game  of  the  season,  totaling  20  points  on  4­of­6  shooting  and an 11­for­16 performance  from  the  free  throw  stripe  while also adding nine boards.  Olsen  contributed  nine  points  and  six  rebounds,  while  first­year  Megan  Gaudreau  connected  for  three  three­ pointers  to  finish  with  nine  points.  The  Purple  Knights  scored all 13 of their points in  overtime  on  free  throws,  and  led 68­66 after Burud knocked  down two free throws with 12  seconds to go, but the hosts hit  a three with five seconds left.   Men’s hockey matches  ranked foes into third  period twice The  men’s  ice  hockey  team kept pace with a pair of  nationally­ranked  opponents  during  an  0­2  weekend.  The  Purple  Knights  fell  to  No.  2  Norwich  University,  5­2,  in  Eastern  College  Athletic  Conference (ECAC) East play  on  Friday  before  slipping  in  a  non­conference  tilt  to  No.  9  Amherst  College,  4­1,  on  Saturday. Senior  Rich  Rodeschini  netted  his  first  marker  of  the  season  as  the  go­ahead  goal  that  gave  St.  Michael’s  a  2­1  lead 8:20 in the second period  against a Norwich team ranked  in  last  week’s  U.S.  College  Hockey  Online  (USCHO)  Division  III  national  poll.  First­year  Kevin  Altidor  also  scored,  and  sophomore  Dave  Donzanti made 30 saves. Sophomore  William  Côté  scored  a  second­period  goal  to  give  the  Purple  Knights  a  lead  against  Amherst,  which 

was ranked in the most recent  national  poll.  Senior  Mike  Dizgun  stopped  37 shots.   Women’s hockey stays even  with No. 9 Manhattanville  into second period of  setback The  women’s  ice  hockey  team  was  0­2  last  week  in  Eastern  College  Athletic  Conference  (ECAC)  East  action,  falling  in  overtime  at  Nichols  College,  3­2,  on  Friday  before  holding  a  2­2  tie with 5:42 left in the second  period  of  a  5­2  loss  at  No.  9  Manhattanville  College  on  Saturday. Seniors  Melissa  Hallisey  and  Madelena  Santore  each  scored  at  Nichols,  with  Santore  returning  from  injury  and  playing  in  her  first  game  since  Nov.  16.  Classmate  Erin  Stevens  registered  her  third  career  50­save  contest,  totaling 50 stops. Hallisey  and  sophomore  Fernanda Saavedra both found  the  back  of  the  net  against  a  Manhattanville  team  that  was  ranked  nationally  by  U.S.  College  Hockey  Online  (USCHO) and  Stevens turned away 29 shots  in  the  contest  while  pushing  her  career  total  to  2,146.  She  now  stands  18th  all  time  in  career  saves  among  goalies  who  played  in  a  Division  III  conference.   Skiing places 10th at St.  Lawrence Carnival The  Alpine  and  Nordic  skiing  teams  combined  to  finish  10th  out  of  16  schools  at the St. Lawrence University  Carnival  on  Friday  and  Saturday. Alpine senior Gabbi  Hall  took  19th  in  the  giant  slalom on Friday before men’s  sophomore  Fredrik  Sandell  and  first­year  Brad  Farrell  both  notched  top­20  finishes  in  the  slalom  on  Saturday,  as  Farrell  raced  to  15th  and  Sandell took 17th. Farrell  placed  22nd  in  the  giant  slalom  event  on  Friday,  while  junior  Tim  Spangler  turned  in  a  37th­place  finish.  Junior  Carl­Oscar  Bredengen  finished  third  among  Purple  Knights,  placing  43rd  overall.  In  Saturday’s  action,  Bredengen  was  the  Purple  Knights’  third  finisher  in  the  slalom,  placing  31st,  one  spot  ahead  of  first­year  Kevin  Krone.  Hall  took  34th  in the slalom, while first­year  Nicole Cordingley (Litchfield,  N.H./Campbell)  and  senior  Christina  Billotti  grabbed  the 

next two spots for the team. During  Molly  Peters’  debut  as  the  Nordic  head  coach,  senior  Colin  Delaney  was the men’s team’s highest  finisher  in  the  20K  freestyle,  as  he  skied  to  a  50th­place  finish,  while  sophomore  Isaiah St. Pierre and first­year  Samuel Fogg were the team’s  next  two  finishers.  In  the  women’s 15K freestyle event,  senior  Katlyn  Keane  placed  first  among  Purple  Knights,  and  junior  Silke  Hynes  and  sophomore  Chloe  Boutelle  grabbed  the  next  two  spots  for  St.  Michael’s.  Delaney  paced  the  men  in  the  Nordic  3K  prologue  freestyle  by  tying for 32nd, and St. Pierre  and  Fogg  were  the  team’s  next  two  finishers.  Hynes,  Boutelle  and  Keane  finished  within  13.8  seconds  of  one  another,  as  they  grabbed  the  top  three  spots  for  the  St.  Michael’s  women  in  the  3K  prologue freestyle.        Swimming & diving gall at  St. Lawrence The  men’s  and  women’s  swimming  &  diving  teams  each  lost  during  a  dual  meet  at  St.  Lawrence  University  on  Sunday,  as  the  1­6  men  dropped  a  110­107  decision  and the 3­4 women fell, 130­ 87.  The  Purple  Knight  men  combined  to  win  five  events  in the meet. Senior  Andrew  Marshall  finished  first  in  both  the  500­ and 1,650­yard freestyle  events  for  the  men’s  team.  Sophomore  Nathan  Paluso  took  first  in  the  100­yard  breaststroke,  first­year  Sam  Miller  was  the  top  finisher  in  50  free,  and  the  duo  joined  junior  Jack  Mulderrig  and  first­year  Nick  Johns  for  a  victory  in  the  200­ yard  medley  relay.  Paluso  took  second  in  the  100  free,  Mulderrig finished as runner­ up  in  the  100­yard  butterfly,  and  first­year  Joe  Thomas  placed second in the 200 free.  Thomas  joined  Marshall,  Miller and first­year Brandon  MacPherson  for  a  second­ place  finish  in  the  200  free  relay.  Additional  second­ place  finishers  included  senior  Kyle  Esposito  in  the  500  free,  sophomores  Matt  Pearson  and  Joe  Vo  in  the  100  breast  and  one­meter  dive,  respectively,  and  first­ year  Chad  Phalon  during  the  200­meter individual medley. On  the  women’s  side,  first­year  Catherine  Tierney  was  second  in  both  the  500  and  1,650  free  events,  and  sophomore  Steph  Nadow  was  runner­up  in  the  100­ yard  backstroke.  Nadow  was  joined  by  senior  Corine  McAllister,  junior  Julie  Mullowney  and  first­year  Luci  Franklin  for  a  second­ place  finish  in  the  200­free  relay.


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The Colchester Sun | Thursday, January 24, 2013


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Thursday, Jan. 24 What: Spaghetti Supper and Raffle When: 5-8 p.m. Where: Porters Point School Tuesday, Jan. 29 What: Junior College Night When: 6:30-8 p.m. Where: Colchester High School library

St. Francis Xavier School Board Chair, Brian Senecal,  Principal  Jesse  Gaudette  and  pastor,  Monsignor  Richard Lavalley hold a check for $150,000 given to the  school’s  endowment  fund  by  an  anonymous  alumnus  in honor of the school’s 150th anniversary. “This is the  largest, single donation to our endowment in the history  of St. Francis Xavier School,” said Gaudette. “This gift  is  the  epitome  of  celebrating  our  past  by  helping  us  prepare for our future.”  Photo contributed 


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Sixth-grader, Colchester Middle School Mariah Lavallee  from  the  Harbor  House  at  Colchester  Middle  School  has  been  chosen  as  this  week’s Reader of the Week. Lavallee selected as her favorite book “Hidden,” by  Helen Frost. The plot: Wren and Darra, who are both  14­years­old, are assigned to the same cabin at Camp  Oakwood. They realize very soon that they know each  other’s  most  private  secret.  When  they  were  both  eight,  Darra’s  father  stole  a  car  and  concealed  it  in  his garage. He did not realize that terrified Wren was  hidden in the back of the vehicle, and Darra secretly  tried to help Wren escape.

which is safe and that which  is best avoided. The  interactive  and  age­appropriate  curriculum  Union  Memorial  School  DARE  includes  education  about  students  have  been  receiving  decision­making  and  an  important  lesson  about  conversations  about  risks  keeping themselves safe. Colchester  Police  and  consequences.  It  also  Department’s  Corporal  provides  students  with  Fontaine,  Colchester  School  information about where they  District’s  DARE  officer,  has  can go for help for a variety  been  meeting  with  students  of  issues,  methods  and  to  explain  about  identifying  techniques  for  determining  whether  certain  household  a  person’s  credibility,  items  —  such  as  cleaners  maintaining  responsibility  and  medications  —  are  safe  and accountability for one’s  to  touch.  Corporal  Fontaine  actions and much more. For  more  information  is  discussing  packaging  about DARE, call Colchester  labels,  different  types  of  storage containers, and where  Police  Department  at  (802)  various  household  items  are  264­5556. — Submitted by  frequently  kept  in  order  to  Colchester School District help  students  understand  the  differences  between  that 



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Colchester Middle School  will  host  its  Humanities  Curriculum  Night  event  on  Wednesday,  Jan.  30  from  6­7:30  p.m.  This  event  will  explain  CMS’s  newly  revised  language  arts  and 

MBS At Malletts  Bay  School,  as  a  result  of  extensive  and  highly  effective  teacher  collaboration,  students  have  been  practicing  important  twenty­first­century  skills  through  hands­on  learning  projects. While  conducting  a  comprehensive  study  of  Native  Americans  as  part  of  the  school’s  updated  social  studies curriculum, MBS third  graders  made  small,  tribal­ inspired  traditional  crafts  and  then  shared  them  with  one another during a potlatch  celebration  featuring  foods  from  varying  tribal  regions. 

PPS In a  fine  example  of  integrating  technology  into  curriculum, some Porters Point  School  students  embarked  on  an  exciting  new  endeavor  —  mystery Skyping! Mystery  Skyping  allows 

Monday, Jan. 28 What: Union Memorial School Day at Three Brothers Pizza When: All day Where: Three Brothers Pizza Wednesday, Jan. 30 What: Humanities Curriculum Night When: 6-7:30 p.m. Where: Colchester Middle School

social studies curriculum to  the community in a way that  is  interactive  and  engaging  for  parents  and  students  alike. The  revised  curriculum  aligns with the new Common  Core  State  Standards  and  includes revisions to grading  practices  and  assessments.  CMS  teachers  and  administrators  will  explain 

how the  revised  curriculum  will  raise  the  level  of  academic  rigor  for  students,  ensuring  differentiated  instruction  for  all  learners  and  offering  individualized  learning  extensions  for  students  exceeding  the  standard.  Community  members  will  learn  about  KUDs  (“Know,  Understand,  Do”) 

and about classroom routines  designed  to  maximize  student  learning.  CMS  staff  will  also  share  various  ways  in which the new curriculum  will  help  to  strengthen  academic  performance  and  close achievement gaps.  For  more  information,  call CMS at (802) 264­5800. — Submitted by  Colchester School District

More recently,  the  students  delved  even  further  into  their  research,  each  class  preparing  an  informational  presentation  and  then  breaking into groups to share  their  knowledge  with  other  classes.  This  independence  and sharing with one another  created  a  very  high  level  of  energy  and  engagement  for  the students.  These  collaborative  learning  strategies,  including  those  that  involve  speaking  and  listening  skills,  incorporate  important  elements of the new Common  Core  State  Standards.  For  more information, call MBS  at (802) 264­5900. — Submitted by  Colchester School District

CHS A group  of  Colchester  High  School  students  conducted  extensive  research  on the impact of globalization  in our community and around  the world. Juniors  and  seniors  in  Ms.  Wood’s  geography  class  began  studying  globalization  abroad  —  particularly  in  developing  countries  —  before  the  Thanksgiving  holiday.  More  recently,  the  students  identified  local  individuals  and  organizations  and  conducted  interviews  to  discover  the  impact  of  globalization  much  closer  to  home.  The  final  result  was  a  collaboratively  written 

book, which  included  firsthand accounts and aspects  of  photojournalism  that  demonstrated  the  important  global  connections  the  Colchester community has and  the  tremendous  contributions  our greater community makes  to the nation and to the world.  While  using  many  important twenty­first­century  skills,  the  students  involved  with  the  research  project  gained a critical understanding  of the importance of a variety  of  research  methodologies,  particularly  in  establishing  interpersonal  connections  and  obtaining firsthand accounts.  For  more  information,  please call CHS at (802) 264­ 5700. — Submitted by  Colchester School District

for their  mystery  Skying  by  brainstorming  questions  for  the  mystery  classroom  in  order  to  try  to  discern  its  location.  After  obtaining  the  answers to the questions they  posed, the students conducted  online  research  in  order  to  narrow down the possibilities  —  eventually  discovering  that  the  mystery  class  was  in 

Chicago. Such application  of  technology  in  the  classroom  also  speaks  to  our  teachers’  preparations  for  the  coming  Common  Core  State  Standards.  For  more  information, call PPS at (802)  264­5920. — Submitted by  Colchester School District

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The Colchester Sun | Thursday, January 24, 2013

Customized bridesmaid dress makes a practical gown By EMILY FREDRIX  Associated Press

Wedding: Creative  Ideas  for  Planning  a  Beautiful,  Affordable,  and  Meaningful  Celebration.” I simply hadn’t  I’m  practical.  Never  bought  into  the  wedding  dreamed  of  having  a  lavish  myth, she says. gown. Didn’t want to endure  T h e  myth  is  why  a long hunt for bargains. s o  m a n y  So  four  little  words  from  the  saleswoman  spoke  to  me:  “Bridesmaid  dress.  In  white.” Yes,  I’m  wearing  a  bridesmaid  dress  to  my  own  wedding.  It’s  simple,  elegant,  relatively  cheap  and  easy.  Talk  about  putting  the  “bride”  in  bridesmaid. When  I  showed  up  at  my  local  Macy’s  bridal  salon on my first day of dress  shopping, I explained that  I  wanted  something  elegant,  good  for  an  outdoor  summer  wedding,  at  a  price  that  wouldn’t  rival  the liquor bill. What  the  saleswoman suggested  is  a  little­known  trick  that  can  save  hundreds  of  dollars  or more on a wedding  dress.  Perhaps  even  better,  you  can  customize  your  wedding  dress  however  you  like  it;  bridesmaid  dresses  are  usually  basic  —  satin  or  silk,  without  the  beads, lace and other frills on  many traditional gowns. And  at  anywhere  from  $100  to  $300,  there’s  no  traditional  price  tag  either.  Get  a  bridesmaid  dress  in  white,  ivory  or  whatever  color you want. Wear it as is.  Or glam it up with accessories  and  have  a  unique  —  and  cost­effective — look. It’s  called  a  wedding  dress hack, I’d later find out. Happy  with  my  plan,  I  couldn’t  help  looking  at  the  women  sorting  through  the  expensive gowns at the store.  Why  would  they  want  to  spend  thousands  on  a  dress  for  one  day?  They  could  spend  far  less,  still  look  amazing and save the rest for  their  honeymoon  or  a  house.  Why  didn’t  I  feel  their  urge  to  splurge?  Was  something  wrong with me? Not  at  all,  says  Meg  Keene, author of “A Practical 

w e d d i n g s k e e p  getting  bigger  (hello  Kardashians)  and  prices  keep  going  up.  Women  see  the  glamour  and  feel  they  are  supposed  to  have  it,  regardless  of  cost,  says  Keene,  who  started  the  blog  “A Practical Wedding” when  planning her own nuptials in  2008. Dresses  are  among  the  biggest  costs  of  a  wedding,  averaging  nearly  $1,200,  according  to  The  Wedding  Report,  Inc.,  which  tracks  industry  spending.  And  don’t  forget  accessories,  headpieces  and  veils.  An  extra $250, please. The average U.S. wedding  now costs more than $26,000. “There’s  now  this  industry  around  weddings,”  Keene  says.  “If  the  word  ‘wedding’ is attached, people  will pay.”

It doesn’t  have  to  be  that  way,  especially  for  dresses.  There  are  so  many  other  options:  bridesmaid  dresses,  prom  dresses,  vintage,  renting,  borrowing  and  making. Women like me who seek  out  alternatives  sometimes  wonder  if  they’ll  look  like  a  bride.  But,  says  Keene,  there’s no one way to look. “You remember how  your wedding felt, not  how it looked,” says  Keene,  who  wore  a  $250  vintage  dress  to  her  wedding. A f t e r  d e c i d i n g  that  I  w o u l d  customize  a  bridesmaid  dress,  I  a l l o w e d  myself  one  i n d u l g e n t  e x p e r i e n c e  at  a  designer  wedding­ gown  studio  so I could get  ideas.  After  trying  on  half  a  dozen  pouffy,  fancy gowns, I knew  that  ivory  looks  just  fine  on  me,  a  sweetheart  neckline  works  well,  and  an  A­line  cut  and  strapless  are  both flattering. I  took  all  that  knowledge  back  to  my  original  salon,  to  my  saleswoman  friend.  In  minutes,  I  found  the  dress.  The  sample  was  white  with  a  black  floral  print,  but  in  the  mirror  I  envisioned  myself  in  ivory.  With  a  deep  purple  sash, maybe some silk flowers  stitched  onto  it.  And  maybe  some  tulle  underneath  to  give  me some pouf. It’s all up to me. Final  price?  The  tag  said  $205,  but  after  a  bridal  salon­ wide  sale  of  15  percent  off,  it  was $174.25, before tax. Bam. Now  I’m  planning  my  accessories.  And  talking  glowingly  about  my  wedding  dress rebellion. The question I get is always  the  same:  “What  about  your  bridesmaids?  What  are  they  wearing?” Bridesmaids?  I’m  not  having any. We’ve decided to elope.


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Origins of bridal customs

Chances are  those  who  have  attended  a  wedding  have  witnessed  some  popular  traditions  take  place.  The  bride  wears  a  veil,  a  court  of  wedding  attendants  accompanies  the  bride  and  groom,  and  birdseed,  rice  or  flower  petals  are  tossed.  But  have you ever wondered why?  The wedding customs are ripe  with tradition and harken back  to days when superstition and  myth often ruled the day. Throwing  rice:  Today  it  has  become  de  rigueur  to  blow bubbles, toss birdseed or  release  doves  when  the  bride  and  groom  leave  the  house  of  worship  newly  betrothed.  That’s  because  savvy  individuals  found  that  raw  rice can pose a hazard to birds  pecking in the area. However,  rice throwing is an old custom  that dates back to the Middle  Ages,  when  wheat  or  rice  where  thrown  to  symbolize  fertility for the couple. Bouquet:  Nowadays,  the  bride  carries  a  beautiful  bouquet  of  flowers.  But  the  purpose  of  the  bouquet  held  different  meanings  in  the  past.  Saracen  brides  carried  orange  blossoms  for  fertility.  Others  carried  a  combination  of  herbs  and  flowers  to  ward  off  evil  spirits  with  their  aroma.  Bouquets  of  dill  were  often  carried;  again  for 

fertility reasons, and after the  ceremony,  the  dill  was  eaten  to encourage lust. Bridesmaids:  There  may  be  arguments  over  dresses  and how many bridesmaids to  have in a wedding party now,  but  in  ancient  times  it  was  “the more the merrier.” That’s  because  bridesmaids  were  another  measure  to  keep  the  bride safe against evil spirits.  Essentially  the  bridesmaids  were  decoys  for  the  spirits  —  dressing  like  the  bride  to  confuse  the  spirits  or  maybe  help  deter  them  to  leave  the  bride be. Wedding  rings:  Wearing  of  wedding  rings  dates  back  to  ancient  Egypt.  The  round  shape  of  a  ring  symbolizes  eternal love. The ring is worn  on the fourth finger of the left  hand  because  it  is  believed  this finger has a blood vessel 

that goes directly to the heart. Wedding  cake:  The  traditional  wedding  cake  evolved  from  Roman  times  when the cake was originally  made  from  wheat.  It  was  broken  over  the  bride’s  head  to  ensure  fertility.  All  of  the  guests  eat  a  piece  for  good  luck.  Single  women  used  to  place  a  piece  of  wedding  cake  under  their  pillows  in  the hopes of finding their own  husbands. Father  accompanying  the  bride:  This  tradition  symbolizes  that  the  bride’s  father  endorses  the  choice  in  husbands  and  is  presenting  his daughter as a pure bride to  that man. Kissing  the  bride:  In  older times, a kiss symbolized  a  legal  bond.  Therefore,  the  bride and groom kissed to seal  the deal on their betrothal.

10 trends for ‘green’ weddings Environmentally friendly  ideals  are  now  permeating  all  aspects  of  daily  living.  Many  people  want  to  take  the  concept  further  and  ensure  their  nuptials  —  and  subsequent  reception — are good for the planet as well. Although there are no firm statistics on the  number  of  green  weddings  being  held  each  year,  emerging  trends  point  to  the  growing  interest in eco­conscious weddings. Individuals  who already do their best to recycle, reuse and  reduce  want  to  employ  those  same  values  on  their wedding day. There  are  many  ways  to  employ  a  green  mindset  to  wedding  planning  and  execution.  Largely  the  carbon  footprint  of  a  wedding  can  be  reduced  simply  by  scaling  back  and  avoiding  over­consumption.  Here  are  some  ideas to think about. 1.  Reduce  travel.  Research  indicates  that  more  than  two­thirds  of  emissions  in  the  U.S.  are  produced  by  energy  consumption  and  transportation.  By  reducing  guests’  need  to  travel  far  for  a  wedding  or  offering  transportation  that  can  accommodate  several  people at once (like a bus), carbon emissions  will be reduced. 2.  Home  is  where  the  heart  is.  Keeping  weddings close to home is helpful. Those with  big  backyards  or  a  park  nearby  can  host  the  event at home or in a nearby park and reduce  dependence on large reception halls that use up  large  amounts  of  energy  to  operate.  A  home  wedding  also  gives  couples  the  opportunity  to  shop  around  for  locally  produced,  organic  foods. 3.  Shop  for  floral  alternatives.  Flowers  would seem “green” in themselves. However,  many  blooms  available  at  florist  shops  are  grown in hothouses with the use of pesticides  and chemical fertilizers, something that is not  very  good  for  the  environment  at  all.  Brides  opting  for  something  more  eco­conscious  could  consider  alternative  options,  such  as  bouquets made of sustainable succulent plants 

and centerpieces  full  of  organic  fruits  and  wildflowers. 4. Choose an open registry. Instead of fine  china that may never be used, many couples are  opting for open registries that enable guests to  gift  everything  from  eco­friendly  housewares  to  charitable  donations  to  cash  for  down  payments on a home. 5.  Opt  for  mixed  seating  arrangements:  Instead of formal escort cards indicating firm  seating  arrangements,  couples  are  saving  paper by allowing guests to choose their own  seats from mix­matched options, such as long,  communal benches and comfy sofas. 6. Go with something old. Recycled gowns  and  gently  used  items  are  good  alternatives  for eco­conscious brides. Many websites will  match  up  brides  with  others  looking  to  swap  items at low or no cost. 7. Skip the paper. Though etiquette experts  frown  on  abandoning  paper  invitations  for  electronic  ones,  many  couples  are  doing  just  that.  For  those  who  still  prefer  paper,  print  invitations  on  recycled  paper.  Reduce  other  wedding  stationery  needs  by  posting  information on a wedding website shared with  family and friends. 8. Go small scale. Instead of inviting every  last cousin and distant uncle, couples are opting  for  more  intimate  affairs,  including  only  the  people they are closest to, which saves on cost  and helps the environment. 9. Trim some of the wedding day fat. Some  couples  opt  for  an  all­you­can­eat  buffet  and  then  a  subsequent  dessert  bar  later  on  in  the  evening.  Stuffed  guests  may  end  up  wasting  more  food  than  eating  it.  Instead  of  all­you­ can, go for a more traditional meal. 10.  Choose  a  charitable  party  favor.  Instead  of  a  party  favor  that  collects  dust  on  a  shelf,  couples  are  choosing  to  gift  with  organic products or a donation to a charitable  organization in the guests’ names.  — Metro Creative Graphics, Inc.

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The Colchester Sun | Thursday, January 24, 2013


A surprise on the water

By CARA CHAPMAN For The Colchester Sun June 6 was a windy day on Swan Lake in  New  Hampshire.  Dan  Bahrenburg  had finally  managed  to  get  Erin  Mallory  away  from  her  friends  by  planning  a  rowboat  trip  across  the  lake. Erin brought a book, thinking Dan would  simply row her around. Dan  stopped  in  a  bay  sheltered  from  the  wind  as  the  clouds  cleared  and  the  sun  came  out. He pulled out a poem he had written and  started  reading  it  to  Erin.  The  wheels  in  her  head  began  to  turn,  and  everything  started  to  fall into place. “I knew when he started reading the poem,”  Erin said. “In my head I was thinking, ‘Is this  going where I think it’s going?’” “I was nervous,” Dan added. “He  was  probably  more  nervous  about  dropping the ring,” Erin said jokingly. “It was  a rocky little boat.” Erin, daughter of Joanie and Leigh Mallory  of Colchester, graduated from Colchester High  School in 2002, graduated from St. Lawrence  University  in  2006  and  earned  her  Master’s  Degree at St. Michael’s College in 2012. Dan,  son of Betsy and James Bahrenburg of South  Burlington,  graduated  from  the  Vermont  Academy  in  1999  and  earned  his  Bachelor’s  Degree at the University of Vermont in 2003.

Dan’s proposal came about two and a half  years  after  the  couple  first  met  in  January  2010.  “He remembers,” Erin explained, “because  it was his dog Jack’s birthday.” Erin  became  friends  with  Dan’s  sister,  Amy,  when  she  started  teaching  at  Orchard  School  in  South  Burlington.  Amy  and  Erin  made  plans  to  hang  out  downtown  one  Saturday  night,  and  Amy  convinced  her  brother  to  come  along.  The  crew  went  snowshoeing the next day, and Erin and Dan  went out on their first date the next week. “It  was  fun  getting  to  know  Dan,”  Erin  said.  “He’s  always  ready  to  try  something  new.” Dan  said  that,  if  he  had  to  describe  Erin  in  one  word,  it  would  be  independent.  “You  need  to  make  sure  you  find  someone  that’s  happy with themself first,” he said. “It made  our relationship so much better.” “From  the  beginning,  he  was  always  so  caring about family,” Erin said. Both have great  relationships  with  each  other’s  families  and  consider their parents role models for successful  Dan Bahrenburg and Erin Mallory embrace at Intervale Center in October 2012.  and lasting marriages. The Mallorys have been  Photo courtesy of Ilke VG Photography married for 35 years, while the Bahrenburgs will  celebrate their 45th anniversary this August. “My family loved her right away,” Dan said,  decisions  such  as  the  venue,  dress  and  caterer  “take your time in some things. Also, enjoy it.  already made. Erin said that Dan has been pretty  Plan something that should be really fun.” “and I love Erin’s parents.” The  two  have  planned  a  June  wedding  at  Plans  for  the  wedding  have  steadily  fallen  involved with the plans.   “When  planning  a  wedding,”  she  advises,  Shore Acres in North Hero, Vt.  into place over the past few months, with major 

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time. In  addition,  practicing  the toast once it’s been written  will  make  you  feel  more  comfortable  and  confident  in  front of the crowd. If possible,  practice  in  front  of  a  friend  or family member so you can  solicit  feedback.  A  friend  or  relative might be able to help  you  fine­tune  the  speech,  which  in  turn  can  calm  your  nerves once you’re handed the  microphone. Avoid  alcohol.  Getting  liquored  up  prior  to  your  toast  is  a  recipe  for  disaster.  Though  it  may  seem  like  a  good  idea  to  employ  alcohol  to calm your nerves and lower  your  inhibitions,  it’s  not  a  good idea. Consuming alcohol  before your toast increases the  chance  that  you  will  end  up 

embarrassing the  bride  and  groom as well as yourself. Get to the point. Men and  women  who  have  attended  their  fair  share  of  wedding  receptions  no  doubt  have  sat 

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through a  long­winded  toast  from  the  best  man  or  maid  of  honor.  Such  toasts  can  bring  a  festive  reception  to  a  grinding halt, and guests will  likely tune out before the best  man  or  maid  of  honor  gets  to  the  point.  Being  succinct  should be a goal. Avoid long­ winded  walks  down  Memory  Lane  in  favor  of  a  toast  that  thoughtfully cuts to the chase  and lets everyone get back to  celebrating. Spin  a  yarn.  While  it’s  important  to  be  brief,  don’t  be so brief that no one at the  reception  learns  about  your  relationship  to  the  bride  or  groom.  Share  a  humorous  anecdote  from  your  mutual  past  to  illustrate  the  type  of  relationship  you  share  with  one another. This story should  have an element of humor but  don’t  include  anything  too  embarrassing.

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The toasts  can  be  one  of  the most memorable parts of a  couple’s wedding. Sometimes  a  toast  is  memorable  for  its  humor  and  heartfelt  sense  of  appreciation,  while  other  toasts  are  more  memorable  for all the wrong reasons. One  of  the  reasons  toasts  can  be  so  unpredictable  is  that  giving  a  toast  is  such  a  unique  experience.  It’s  something many guests never  do,  while  those  who  do  give  a toast may only do it once in  a lifetime. It’s understandable  to  be  nervous  when  asked  to  give a toast at a wedding, but  there  are  a  few  tricks  of  the  trade  that  help  calm  those  nerves  and  ensure  the  toast  is memorable for all the right  reasons. Practice  makes  perfect.  Few  people  are  capable  of  standing  in  front  of  a  crowd  of  people  and  speaking  off  the  cuff.  A  speaker  should  take  this  into  account  and  practice  their  speech  before  the  big  day.  A  spur­of­the­ moment  speech  may  provide  an  adrenaline  rush,  but  such  an  endeavor  may  come  off  as  if  you  didn’t  care  enough  to  put  the  effort  into  writing  a  thoughtful  toast  ahead  of 

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The Colchester Sun | Thursday, January 24, 2013

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Philip Mailhiot of Mountain Hollow Game Calls demonstrates  a coyote call to the exhibition attendees. 

Exhibition attendees  climb  the  Vermont  National  Guard’s  climbing wall.

Madison Westover, 3, of Swanton, hooks into a fish with Tony Frazier at the kids’ trout pond at the Yankee Sportsman’s Classic  on Saturday afternoon in Essex Junction. 

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Jaeger Smith, 7, of Shelburne, shoots a bow and arrow at  a target.

Chase Stokes, 6, of Ferrisburg, aims an air rifle at a target  with  Camp  Ta­kum­ta  Turkey  Shoot  volunteer  Shelby  Sheehan, of Vergennes.

The National  Rifle  Association’s  Great  American  Whitetail  Collection  hangs on display. 

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