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The BFA-St. Albans junior varsity cheerleading team performs during Saturday’s Academy Cheer Challenge at the CollinsPerley Sports Center. See Sports, 1B


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Budget plan bit of ‘vanilla’ Town manager goes for clarity By JESSIE FORAND Messenger Staff Writer


T. ALBANS TOWN — Aside from minor reorganization, St. Albans Town’s proposed annual spending plan for the next fiscal year is neither an exciting nor controversial document, says the town manager. However, the budget does make allowances for six-figure improvements to the bay dock, should grant funding be approved, and will be the last spending plan approved prior to the arrival of big-box store Walmart. For now, however, the next fiscal year’s spending plan amounts to “a pretty darn vanilla budget,” said Carrie Johnson, town manager. Johnson said the town is working to obtain grant funding for dock work through the State of Vermont. The addition money for

Franklin County Snow Raiders Club held its St. Albans Bay Radar Run Saturday with competitors revving up their engines in heats clocked by radar. The event drew a good crowd despite the cold. After all, these are snowmobile enthusiasts. See more photos today on our Messenger Facebook page. GEORGE OUILLETTE photos

Above, Britney Surprenant charges through the course. She passed the finish line in a rush of snow for a posting of 92 mph. Left, Blair Whitney, is seen here with dad, Ryan Whitney, just prior to the Ryan’s first timed radar run clocked at 82 mph. Entrants pay a $10 fee and purchase race slots at five for $20 to try to improve their competition standings.

Warming up for a concert The horn section of the fourth grade beginner band, including Kyle Wilkens (left) and Kalan Kenyon (right), play during the Swanton Elementary winter concert. See more photos, page 11A

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Carrie Johnson, town manager the dock was set aside for matching funds in case that state funding is granted in the amount of $100,000. The budget includes the police contract line item of $513,604, which has been a controversial issue in the past. That contract, however, is firm for this year and not up for reconsideration until next year when it could simply be renewed or put out to bid. A police advisory committee ! See TOWN on page 5A


Addison Co. schools explore union district Seven towns may vote to adopt RED solution Editor’s Note: The experiences of other Vermont school districts may be of value when and if the area of school consolidation takes root locally. Here is one example of what is happening elsewhere in the state. By JOHN FLOWERS


IDDLEBURY — A committee exploring ways to streamline operations within the Addison Central Supervisory Union

is recommending that residents in the seven-town school district vote on a referendum that some believe could reduce bureaucracy and create more educational equality and opportunities for students. Specifically, the ACSU Study Committee wants to hold a vote on whether to combine some, or all, ACSU schools into a Regional Education District, known as a RED. Made possible under Vermont’s Act 153, an RED is a new type of union school district that can allow multiple community and ! See EDUCATION on page 11A

BFA begins search for new principal Public input sought



By MICHELLE MONROE Messenger Staff Writer


T. ALBANS —Bellows Free Academy (BFA) school board is seeking public input regarding the hiring of a new principal. Dennis Hill, has announced that he will leave to become Missisquoi Valley Union High School (MVU) principal for the start of the next school year. The BFA board has posted a survey asking what attributes community members think are most important in a school principal. Options include creating a clear vision and generating excitement about that vision, creating a

culture of achievement, setting high standards for achievement, and building strong relationships with faculty, students and the community. Respondents are also asked to comment on BFA’s strengths and the challenges they believe the new principal will face. The BFA board is also asking respondents to state what one question they would ask of a principal candidate. The survey will be posted on the BFA Web site (www.bfasta. net) through Feb. 8.

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Livingston builds a musical following in St. Albans City resident teaches piano, flute to students age 6 to 60 ST. ALBANS CITY –


indy Livingston has played and taught music for nearly 50 years, starting with the recorder at age 8. A year later, flute lessons started; and never ended. In her twenties, piano lessons started; and never ended. Her life and education in music never ends. “It’s who I am, and I learn something every time,� said Cindy, who teaches piano and flute lessons at her St. Albans home through her business, St. Albans Music Studio. “I think it’s important for people that teach music to stay current with their instruments.� When school ends, Cindy’s workday begins. Each afternoon, she has about a half-dozen, back-to-back students in piano (where the age range is 6 to 60) and flute (taken by junior high and high school students when their teachers encourage private lessons). “St. Albans has been a good place,� Cindy said. “It takes a while to build a following.� Cindy’s bent is classical music, but she caters to all interests – from the high school girls that wanted to learn Beatles tunes and ‘70s pop, to the boy that first studied with her and moved on to jazz. “Some of these little ones know more about classical music than my high school students, because they fall asleep to it,� Cindy said. Cindy’s students perform two annual

recitals – in winter and spring – and she offers two group classes a year (divided by age) that are 90 minutes long, and she provides food. Past sessions include “Amazing Phrasing,� “The Not So Simple Crescendo� and “From Baroque to Contemporary in 20 Minutes.� “It’s actually an opportunity for my students to get to know each other,� Cindy said. “Otherwise, it’s really one on one.� Cindy’s father moved his family from the steel mill town of Irwin, Pa., to the green


mountains of Vermont when he transferred to IBM in Essex. Cindy and her husband, Phil, a builder, have been married 33 years. Cindy wanted to be a musician when she graduated from Essex High School in 1974. “I never wanted to be anything else,� she recalled. When she graduated from the University of Vermont in 1978 she wanted to be a musi-

VERMONT IN BRIEF Vt. lawmakers to take economic development tour

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont state senator is taking exception to remarks made by the head of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group on the development of large-scale wind power in the state. VPIRG executive director Paul Burns this past week said supporters of a threeyear moratorium on mountaintop wind power in Vermont are denying the science of climate change, and likened them to people who deny evolution. That drew a rebuke from Sen. Peter Galbraith, who rose Friday in the Senate to criticize Burns’ remarks. Galbraith said none of the supporters of the wind moratorium deny the science of climate change. He urged that the debate be conducted in a more civil tone.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A busload of Vermont lawmakers heads north this coming week for a tour of economic development projects in the Newport and Jay areas. Members of the House Commerce and Economic Development and Transportation committees are scheduled to depart Montpelier at 8 a.m. Tuesday to view projects being launched by Jay Peak resort Bill Stenger and his partners. Expansions at Jay Peak and the Burke Mountain ski area, a new hotel and two new manufacturers in Newport are among a group of projects that are expected to bring up to 10,000 jobs to northern Vermont.

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cologist at the college level, because of her passions for music history and iconography. Instead, she sold real estate and taught religious education. At one time, she was also religious education director for a local church. Through it all, though – since middle school – she taught music lessons. She officially opened her business at her former Fairfax home, in 1992. “I don’t know why I waited so long,� she said. Another interesting side note about Cindy: she and her best friend, Sabrina Rood – an Essex native now residing in Washington State – met through music in grade school and have been performing together in a duo called Sarabande (named for a Baroque form of dance) since 2001. “She knows when I’m going to breathe,� Cindy said of Sabrina. Cindy will always teach music. “If my body lets me,� she said.


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Oil falls to below $97 after weeks of strong gains By PABLO GORONDI The Associated Press


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WANTON â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Challenger Learning Center was recently presented with a check for $2,500 by Barrette Ford to support the future center. Through Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drive 4 UR Community initiative, Barrette Ford worked with several Franklin County Organizations to bring these dollars for the Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s use. Bringing the STEM Focused Challenger Learning Center to the State of Vermont will provide essential opportunities for all of Vermont and communities in Northeastern New York, Northern New Hampshire and communities in Southern Quebec. The Center is glad to have Jon Barrette and Sara Barrette of Barrette Ford as one of our greatest promoters. They joined forces with The Ford Motor Company, Swanton PTO, Swanton Schools, Board Members of The Challenger Learning Center, St. Marieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market, and several members of the Franklin County Community to bring these dollars to help advance the Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital fundraising efforts. For each Drive 4 UR Community

event, Ford dealers team up with a local nonprofit organization to schedule a test drive fundraising event. The dealers provide the cars to be test-driven and work together with the nonprofit groups to organize and publicize the event. For every valid test drive completed, Ford Motor Company will donated $20 to the participating nonprofit or community group, up to a maximum of $6,000. We were fortunate to make $2,500 on our first event. As a part of the daily events, families were invited to test drive a car while children were able to participate in several NASA developed STEM activities. Children had fun learning about the science of rockets and completed an activity of building balloon rockets. They examined how craters are formed and how they impact the Earth. They created their own craters by making flour craters. Students worked in teams to use science, technology, engineering, and math skills to design, measure and record various data for these activities. Barrette Ford and the Challenger

Learning Center will be planning another Drive 4UR Community Fundraiser for April 16. There will be special visits from the Ford Motor Company to highlight how STEM related learning is linked to the new technology found in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s automobiles. We hope to set a goal for $4,000 dollars for our next event. This project is just one example of how organizations can work together with our future center to promote STEM Education for our area. The center will allow Vermont to focus on the success of helping to build a workforce in our region. This is one way that we can ensure to develop the skilled workers we need for the jobs of the future. The Challenger Learning Center Board is proud to have had the experience of working as a team to bring this activity to our community. You are invited to join us in our journey! Please visit our website at for additional information. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Challenger Learning Center

EW YORK â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Oil prices fell below $97 a barrel Monday amid some optimism over possible direct negotiations between the United States and Iran on nuclear issues and as traders booked some recent profits. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for March delivery was down $1.03 to $96.74 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 28 cents to finish at $97.77 a barrel on the Nymex on Friday. Oil prices have been partly supported of late by tensions in the Middle East which have fueled concerns about the safety of oil supplies flowing from the region. And sanctions against Iran have hampered the Islamic Republicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to sell its oil. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden indicated a possible change in approach. On Saturday, while on a visit in Germany, Biden said Washington was ready for direct talks with Iran over its nuclear program, which Teheran insists is only for peaceful purposes. The Iranian foreign minister on Sunday welcomed Bidenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gesture but did not commit to taking up the offer. Negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.S. Security Council plus Germany have made little progress and analysts welcomed the possibility of direct talks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seems that small steps in that direction have started,â&#x20AC;? said Olivier Jakob of Petromatrix in Switzerland. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The U.S. had its election, Israel had its election but Iran still needs to go through its elections in June and that could still be a delay in the formal process but already a small change of dynamics will be important.â&#x20AC;? A stronger dollar also hurt oil prices by making crude more expensive â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and a less appealing investment â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for traders using other currencies. On Monday, the euro was down to $1.3559 from $1.3652 late Friday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We expect some further correction lower in the oil market today, as the strengthening U.S. dollar currently weighs on oil prices, while investors would like to lock in recent gains,â&#x20AC;? analysts at Sucden Financial Research in London said. Brent crude, used to price international varieties of oil, was down 81 cents to $115.95 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London. In other energy futures trading on Nymex: â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wholesale gasoline fell 3.03 cents to $3.0233 per gallon. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Natural gas retreated 2.7 cents to $3.274 per 1,000 cubic feet. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Heating oil lost 1.11 cents to $3.1495 a gallon.

UK Treasury chief announces bank breakup powers a ring fence,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to repeat the mistakes of the past.â&#x20AC;? The new measure gives regulators the power to force a complete separation of a lenderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s retail business from its investment banking. Risky investments undermined banksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; stability in 2008, leading to taxpayer bailouts of two big U.K. banks. Osborneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s remarks follow recommendations from the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards that proposals for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;ring-fenceâ&#x20AC;? to protect retail banks needed to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;electrifiedâ&#x20AC;? to discourage banks from probing for loopholes. Osborne had been reluctant to accept the idea, but faced pressure stemming from public outrage over the behavior of Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s banks.

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Pull-tab tax may not be Vt.’s bonanza “

Charitable gambling” in Vermont comes in the form of break-out tickets, or pull-tabs. It’s a simple game: buy a card, pull back the tab, if the images match, you win. It’s popular because you’re not playing against the House; there are a finite number of winners. Apparently, we do this a lot. But we’re not sure. The state tax department has put a $170 million a year estimate on our bar-time habit. But it’s regarded as a “very rough estimate.” Regardless, the Shumlin administration has identified the fun as a something that could generate an estimated $17 million in revenue each year, money that would be used to fund the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and alternative energy and efficiency projects. The proposed plan is to assess a 10 percent surcharge on the retail value of the tickets. The proposal has caught the attention of the various civic organizations in the state that use the tickets to raise money for their charitable organizations. There are roughly 600 bars in Vermont that sell the tickets and about 8,500 nonprofit organizations that could be participants. It’s a largely unregulated activity, which means it’s not an activity that invites the participants to be overly transparent. Go figure. Thus, the administration’s objective is two-fold: it’s one way to raise money for a good cause that is not a broad-based tax; and, it’s a way to make sure that the end-line charity gets all the proceeds intended. Will it raise as much as the administration hopes? That’s questionable. Both Connecticut and Massachusetts tax pull-tabs and raise far less than what the Shumlin administration intends. The reputed leader in pull-tab revenues is Minnesota, which generated about $34 million in revenue from pull-tabs in 2009. Minnesota has 5.3 million people. We have 626,011. Last year, Minnesota decided it would pay for its new Vikings stadium through its new electronic pull-tabs and bingo. They were hoping for an estimated $100 million a month in sales. They have had to cut that estimate in half. Part of Minnesota’s problem is that they have yet to be able to install the electronic version of the pull-tabs in enough bars to satisfy the need. But even where they are installed, they are generating less than anticipated. [Legislators in Minnesota also elected not to include revenue from the traditional paper pull-tabs.] Minnesota’s example brings to mind several things: first, it seems a bit ambitious for Vermont to raise $17 million, given our small population; second, we don’t know what change in behavior will occur – if any – if the Legislature goes along with the governor’s plan; third, assuming that private sector vendors would bear the cost of installation, having electronic pull-tabs would be an easier, and perhaps more compelling way to play the game. It would also provide for easier oversight. In Minnesota, the growth of the electronic games [pull-tabs and bingo] is expected to double the amount of money funneled into its charitable gambling industry. Vermont might be well advised to watch to see if that prediction is met. If so, it could be a guide to follow. There is an understandable aversion to gambling of any variety. It’s something that picks at the pocket of those who normally can’t afford the cost. But it makes more sense to tinker with pull-tabs or breakopen tickets than to consider larger scale operations, like casinos, which other states are considering. The pull ticket amounts are normally small, the odds are more appealing, and the proceeds guided toward charity. We just need to proceed with the understanding that the 10 percent tax on the state’s charitable gambling business may generate a lot less than anticipated. by Emerson Lynn


by Garry Trudeau

Letters Satisfied to know we have two great schools for our children


ortunately for the students at the St. Albans Town Educational Center, perception is rarely reality. Last week, nine eighth-grade students from SATEC swapped places for a day with nine students from St. Albans City School. This provided a great experience for the 18 “swapped” students as well as the receiving eighthgraders who interacted with them. Firstly, I need to state that no one is more proud and positive about both the City school and the Town school than I. I graduated from City school several years ago. Now, I have a daughter who is a student there and a respected uncle who teaches on City school’s Team USA. For the past three years, I have been a seventh and eighth grade teacher at the Town school. My respect and pride for both schools is immense. However, after a great swap day followed by the SATEC ambassadors describing their day at City school to their classmates, I was gravely disappointed by the multiple articles that were written in the Messenger this past weekend. Had I not been knowledgeable about both schools, I would have believed a false reality that equates SATEC as the School of Flintstone and SACS as the School of Jetson. Even the three large quotes on the front page contained one positive about SACS and two negatives about SATEC. As a parent and as an education professional, there is much that I admire about Team USA. Students are organized in committees and nations, academics are combined with a focus on public speaking, and the students are taught to promote a strong community outreach. My disappointment and frustration within the Messenger articles certainly was not the positive light that was cast on the deserving teachers and teams at City school. Rather it stems from an absence of positives about our students and teams at SATEC. I was not surprised that the current City students were proud of their school. They should be. What surprised me was the one-sided slant that was authored in the articles. I felt compelled to address the apparent distortion. I clearly realize that the 18 student ambassadors witnessed a one-day snapshot. It’s very difficult to get a clear picture of a public education system from such a short glance. During a 40 minute enrichment period, I assisted Mr. Goodland in giving a tour of our building to the SACS students. Most of our time was spent asking the City students about their school and what they like about it. They were very eager and shared many positives. However, I wish that we had spent some time sharing with them many of the positives that we offer that cannot necessarily be viewed on an average day. While I normally practice humility about activities in which I am involved, I believe it is important for our community members to realize just some of the innovative accomplishments of our students and our school. Though we currently do not have an official “committee” time for our students, many groups use enrichment times to execute student-led initiatives. For example, one group led by two of our teachers, organized several fundraisers including a bottle drive that included 50 volunteers and raised over $1,000. A science group organized and executed a green up day and cleared and maintained nature trails in the wooded area on the school grounds. Another group, led by Mr. Goodland, have planned several off-site field trips to visit and learn about several area businesses and a government department such as Mimmo’s, Eastern Dragon, Northwestern Medical Center, and the Fire Department. Next, they are visiting a dairy farm and Blooming Minds Enrichment Center. In fact, this group initiated the City-Town student swap. All four of our homerooms adopted several area families at Christmas and filled a large truck and two cars with gifts. Our ten-member 8th grade Courage, Careers, & Leadership (CCL) committee has planned and organized several guest speakers for our entire 8th grade and, on occasion, our 7th grade as well. Our students planned and hosted a forum for the Franklin County Senate Candidates prior to election day, a leadership seminar led by Rear Admiral Warren Hamm, and a demonstration by Officer Weatherby and his K-9 partner Wyatt. Our next speaker is a retired counter-intelligence officer and we have contacted former Lt Governor Brian Dubie about visiting. In addition, our CCL helped organize 400 SATEC students who participated jointly with City school for this past November’s Veteran’s Day celebration in Taylor Park. To capture each event, our students use equipment from Channel 15/16 and display their programs for the local community to view. Although students could always benefit from more pub-

lic speaking opportunities, there have been s e v e r a l instances of our students d i s p l ay i n g their talents for public speaking besides routine practice in all classes. Anyone who was present at the Ve t e r a n ’ s celebration heard three outstanding speeches and a musical performance from Town students alongside several excellent speeches by City students. Following our Senate Candidate forum, five of the six candidates immediately approached me and stated that our student moderator was the best moderator they had encountered during the entire election season. Last year, a group of our current eighth-graders met with a City school committee regarding energy efficiency. The collaboration between students was extremely positive as they jointly planned and advertised for an energy efficiency seminar at BFA. Several of our students informed our SATEC school board of their activities and performed brilliantly. Our group of students organized and executed a school-wide computer shutdown program that saved thousands of computer-hours. Our classes are routinely innovative. Students perform multiple hands-on science experiments and complete tasks online. Language Arts students create videos and participate in several mock trials each year. Students in Social Studies often create board games to show their understanding of complex issues, complete scavenger hunts and spy missions, and can be found outside learning about Baron von Steuben by drilling around the school grounds like it was the 18th century. Math students use mirrors to measure the elevation of the radar base, discuss the mathematical underpinnings of Google Earth, and have completed an individualized personal finance unit that compared the income and expenses they are likely to have as a student at BFA using linear functions. In bettering my own teaching, I continue to seek the best methods that are non-traditional and innovative as well as those that are “traditional.” At SATEC, we are always open to newer, better ideas to integrate with what we already do well. I would be a fool to think that any public education system is or could be perfect. The few student accomplishments that I have mentioned have occurred with just our current eighth-graders. The rest of the school contains many more examples of innovation and student led accomplishments such as the strong Odyssey of the Mind program that has more than 25 participants. The purpose of my letter is not to be a complete, inclusive list of activities. Instead, it’s purpose is to counter many of the negative undertones and messages that were present in the three Messenger articles that covered the City-Town student swap. Mr. Goodland’s purpose in organizing the student exchange was to encourage collaboration, learning, and understanding between students at both schools. He wanted to break down existing “City-Town” stereotypes before these students become classmates at BFA next August. In that spirit, our SATEC students were encouraged to focus on positives when they spoke with the Messenger folks. Instead, the Messenger articles presented the exchange as a competition between two drastically different schools. Heavyweight contenders wrestling for the title of ‘King of St. A’ with one victor and one loser. I feel badly for the 18 students who were asked to decide which school was better. It would be difficult for anyone to weigh the differences after spending nearly nine years in one building and a single day in the other. At this point, I am satisfied to know that we have two great K-8 schools in our community. It is in everyone’s interest that both schools continue to be great. It is also in everyone’s interest that we constantly seek improvement and mutually beneficial collaboration. Respectfully submitted, Bryan DesLauriers SATEC Teacher & Parent of a SACS Student


The St. Albans (Vt.) Messenger, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013

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EICESTER, England (AP) — He wore the English crown, but he ended up defeated, humiliated and reviled. Now things are looking up for King Richard III. Scientists announced Monday that they had found the monarch’s 500-year-old remains under a parking lot in the city of Leicester — a discovery Richard’s fans say will inspire new research into his maligned history. University of Leicester researchers say tests on a battle-scarred skeleton unearthed last year prove “beyond reasonable doubt” that it is the king, who died at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, and whose remains have been missing for centuries.


continued from page 1 has been working on law enforcement needs and hopes to soon work with a consultant, perhaps from the Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT) to further research the issue. The budget also includes an ambulance line item for $97,903. Also absent from this year’s budget and Town Meeting Day ballot, is the French Hill Road reconstruction project, which failed at last year’s meeting. Johnson said she and the selectboard decided to have an analysis and a plan created to show whether that work is in fact needed and what specifically is needed. Funds set aside for French Hill reconstruction will be used for that study. Selectboard chair Bernie Boudreau noted the French Hill project, too, saying the town chose not to put $100,000 away for a project not completely engineered. There is also no extra money in the budget for the town’s forest. Work will continue, likely to involve Project Soar students, to develop directional signs. Parking lot upgrades will be completed, too, but Johnson said that required no additional funds. No direct expenses were needed regarding the arrival of a Walmart store tentatively slated for completion in October. Johnson said traffic concerns were addressed during the permitting process. As was previously reported, the selectboard at its last regular meeting approved the proposed spending plan that calls for a 1.6 percent increase in taxes, Selectman Joe Montagne said the budget would require about $14 more in taxes on a home valued at $200,000. The current fiscal year budget required a 4.5 percent tax increase. Johnson said there are no unexpected or surprising items in the budget. The budget justification that was prepared to explain expenditures lists most categories as “level funded.” Boudreau, asked for comment on the budget, said, “I’m a firm believer that it is more responsible to raise your budget a little bit at a time.” He considers a responsible tax increase to be a value somewhere between zero and three percent. The town manager also has worked to prepare a budget document that is more easily understood, but fully accomplishing that will take at least one more budget cycle. Instead of listing items under a general term, such as “town administration,” she has begun to be more specific, showing where expenses actually occur, such as salaries dedicated to town clerk, town listers, planning and zoning, and police offices. “I don’t want to over simplify it, but I really just wanted to make this easier for everyone to understand and to follow,” she said. Former manager Gerry Myers started reorganizing the budget a bit last year, also as a step toward making year-to-year comparisons easier. However, such comparisons won’t be easy until the next fiscal year document is released. “It’s going to be a little tough because you can’t just look at 2012-13 and compare that salary line to the 2013-14 salary line, because it’s going to look like we dropped it by half and that’s not representa-

tive of what we really did,” Johnson explained. Johnson was clear that new accounts were created. Simply put, only the accounting method was changed. She added that this year’s budget reflects some necessary maintenance work and a few public works projects. Engineering consulting fees are involved, for work to be done for future planning, as mentioned in the Messenger late last month. For example, the town will hire consultants to look at capital improvement and budget planning. The town’s General Fund needs have been steadily on the rise, the actual budget in 2012 showed $3,472,904, the fiscal year 2013 budget showed $3,758,545, and now the Fiscal Year 2014 budget shows a total of $3,819,867. The town’s Park and Recreation fund did see a significant increase, from $65,779 last year to $155,911 this year. Parks salaries saw a $3,280 increase, but the largest growth came from grant-funded projects which the town was required to match, including $12,000 for a backstop at the Bay Park softball field. Changes to meet compliance requirements for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) were budgeted at $10,000, for an upgrade of Bay Park restrooms. Bay dock expenses jumped from $5,000 last year to $10,000. The budget section dedicated to funds given to area organizations, including Court Diversion, Home Health, Care Partners, Martha’s Kitchen, Laurie’s House, and the Humane Society, among others, saw a $20 decrease. Added to that list are Vermont Green Up at $300 and Vermont Adult Learning at $500.



T. ALBANS — André W. Brosseau, 59, a lifelong resident of this community passed away peacefully Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in the Fletcher Allen Healthcare Center, following a short illness. His loving family was at his side. He was born in St. Albans on Dec. 1, 1953, the son of Dr. Albert and Julianna Brosseau. On May 3, 1980, André married Margaret Connor, in St. Patrick’s Church in Fairfield. Andy and Margaret went on to raise their son, Matthew. André attended Holy Angels School, Central Catholic High School, and graduated from Bellows Free Academy and the University of Vermont. André was employed by Perrigo for the past 27 years. André was a lifelong carpenter and craftsman, and enjoyed bee keeping with his father-in-law in his early years. He would also develop a passion for collecting milk bottles from Vermont dairy farms, which led his family on many antique outings across the state. His greatest enjoyment came from the years he dedicated to traveling with his wife and son for hockey games and tournaments. André is survived by his wife, Margaret, son, Matthew, sisters and brothers-in-law; Therese and Richard Aucoin, Monique Brosseau, Sister Rita Brosseau, Jacqueline Brosseau-Cyr, Madeleine and Geoffrey Bates; brother and sister-in-law; Claude and Louise Brosseau. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Daniel Connor, Sheila Heald, Loretta and Richard Pigeon, Maureen and Robert Morgan and many nieces and nephews. André was preceded in death by his parents,

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ATERBURY –– The Vermont Criminal Information Center (VCIC) will implement a new Sex Offender registration database, as well as a new Sex Offender Web site. “The department is confident that the new OffenderWatch system will help the Vermont Sex Offender Registry improve the quality and accuracy of the information maintained by the database, while providing a higher level of service and protection to the public and law enforcement,” said Commissioner of Public Safety Keith Flynn, in a press release. The Vermont Sex Offender Registry is used to track sex offenders in Vermont. The new registry database, developed with Watch Systems LLC, will provide VCIC with a more robust and versatile tool for the management of sex offender registrants, according to a statement released on Friday. Statewide mapping capabilities are built into the software. Where possible, the software minimizes manual entry by using calculated fields and auto fill dropdown menus thus reducing the

possibility of typographical errors. The system utilizes several electronic interfaces to other systems, such as the National Crime Information Center and the Vermont Criminal History database, to help ensure that information is accurately and consistently passed between the systems. Among the new features of the software, the system can send electronic and telephonic notifications to sex offenders requesting address verifications as well as providing those with email the ability to electronically update their address and living status. This will assist the Sex Offender Registry in ensuring the most current addresses and information for offenders is on file in a timely manner. Citizens using the enhanced registry Web site will now be able to receive email alerts when a new internet-posted sex offender moves into their city or town; and the alerts will remain in effect until cancelled by the citizen. The Internet address for the new public Web site is

daughters Alicia Brosseau and Amanda Lee Brosseau and sisters Cecile, Suzanne, Marie Ellen Brosseau, father-in-law and motherin-law Bernard and Mary Connor, brothers-in-law Winslow Heald, and Ronald Cyr and nephew, Liam Morgan. Visitation will be at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main St, St. Albans, on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. in Holy Angels Catholic Church on Lake Street with the Reverend Maurice J. Roy as celebrant. Interment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Avenue – Suite 310, White Plains, New York 10605. Assisting Andre’s family is the Heald Funeral Home of St. Albans. Condolences and memories may be sent to the family through www.



NOSBURG FALLS — Carolyn Kittell Whiting, 81, of Enosburg Falls died peacefully Feb. 1, 2013 at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington with her devoted husband and loving family at her side. She was born March 27, 1931 at her grandmother’s home in Sheldon and graduated from Enosburg Falls High School in 1949. On June 4, 1950, she married the love of her life, John Whiting, with whom she raised two daughters who were her pride and joy. Carolyn was always ready to help others. She was the organist at the Rice Hill Methodist Church for 15 years and when asked to

fill in temporarily as organist at the West Enosburg Methodist Church, she did for over 40 years. She had a green thumb and ran Whiting’s Flower Shop with her husband from 1965 to 1987. She was a member of the Sheldon Grange, where she and John met, for many years as well as the West Enosburg United Methodist Women, the DAR and Enosburg Historical Society. Carolyn was predeceased by her father and mother Alan and Alice (Smith) Kittell, her stepmother, Gladys “Sally” Riley Kittell, sister, Eleanor, brother-in-law, Roger Clokey and nephews Alan Kittell and Glenn Clokey. She is survived by her husband of (almost) 63 years, John Whiting; two daughters Janet Spaulding and her husband, Michael of Fairfax, and Jeanne Whiting Magoon and her husband, Mark of Enosburg; granddaughters Jessica Rowe and her husband, Ricky, Ryan Yandell and her husband, Jeremy all of Norman, Okla., Ellen and Maggie Ross; greatgrandchildren Calliope and Clementine Rowe, Drake, Jayden and Kensey Yandell; her brother, Stanley Kittell and his wife, Kay, her sister, Alberta Clokey and her partner, Frank Reed and stepbrother, Christopher Riley of Lachine, Quebec. Visitation will be held Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Spears Funeral Home in Enosburg Falls. A celebration of Carolyn’s life will be held at Enosburg Falls Methodist Church on Feb. 6, 2013 at 2 p.m. A luncheon will be served at the church immediately following the service graciously provided by the United Methodist Church women. Interment will be held this spring in the Rice Hill Cemetery in Sheldon. For those who wish, contributions in Carolyn’s memory may be made to the West Enosburg United Methodist Church c/o Darlene Wright, 1811 Horseshoe Circle Road, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450. Private condolences may be sent to Carolyn’s family on-line through www.



URLINGTON — Mark Victor Brown died on Jan. 30, 2013 from complications of living. Mark was

born May 4, 1957 and was the beloved first child and only son of Donald A. Brown and Dorothy Seale Brown. He was raised in the Burlington area and graduated from Burlington High School in 1975. From his parents he learned to love the outdoors. He was a hunter and fisherman, and always chose to work out of doors whenever possible. He worked in the building trades in Vermont, Texas and Alabama. Mark returned to Vermont several years ago to be close to his family. During those years he spent much time bird watching, learning to cook and spending time outside. Mark married Patricia Billado in 1989 and she has been by his side ever since providing him with loving care. Pat, his parents, his two children from a previous marriage Tabatha Soliz and her husband, Richard as well as his son, Joseph V. Brown, survive him. Mark’s two sisters Faith Brown, Martha Brown and her husband, Rob Donaldson also survive him. Through his marriage with Pat he became a beloved Papa to her children, who were by his side through his last illness and death. No greater tribute could be asked for than their love and attention to him through the years and right up to the last moments of his life; Jeff Billado and his wife, Crystal of Winooski, Julie and James Benham of St. Albans, Lori and Richard Senna of St. Albans. He also leaves his grandchildren Jonathan Billado, Katelyn Duchaine, Joshua Billado, Amanda Billado, Jacob Billado and Mark Billado, as well as Jaime Benham. Mark was predeceased by his cherished grandson, Tyler Billado. Mark’s family wishes to thank Dr. Ben Parkhurst of FAHC for his kind attention during Mark’s last illness. They also wish to thank Tom LaVigne, one of Mark’s childhood friends, for all his help and support in making arrangements for a celebration of Mark’s life, to be held on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the LaVigne Funeral Home, 132 Main Street, Winooski, VT. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Vermont Nature Conservancy at http:// index.htm or The Nature Conservancy 27 State Street, Suite 4 Montpelier, Vermont 05602 Phone: (802) 229-4425 Fax: (802) 229-1347.

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use approval to operate a furniture store. The property is located in the B-2 Business 2 District. 3. Case 2013-006 – 109 North Main Street, LLC. Parcel #’s11,022,009 / 11,022,013 / 11,022,015 / 11,063,109 / 11,063,115 / 11,063,117 / 11,063,119. Applicant requests a major site plan approval. The properties are located in the B-1 Business 1 District.) B. Other business (1. Approval of meeting minutes. 2. Planning and Development update). C. Public comment. D. Decisions ! Highgate Planning Commission meeting at 6 p.m. at Municipal Office Building. Agenda: 1. Call to order. 2. Other business (a. Review and approval of Jan. 14 minutes. b. Discussion of bylaw review timeline. c. Planning update to the selectboard. d. Update on projects. e. Fee update information). 3. Deliberative session. 4. Adjournment. ! St. Albans City Council

Monday, Feb. 4

Public Meetings: ! Town of St. Albans Selectboard special meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall. Agenda: 1. Call to order. 2. Public Hearing on Proposed Charter. 3. Adjourn. ! St. Albans City Development Review Board meeting at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. Agenda: A. Public Hearings (1. Case 2013-004 – Gregory & Kimberly Douglas. 222 North Main Street/Parcel #22,063,222. Applicant requests conditional use approval to change a multi-family dwelling into a single family dwelling. The property is located in the B-2 Business 2 District. 2. Case 2013-005 – Daniel J. Handy Family Trust/Gregory Abbott. 260 North Main Street/Parcel #22,063,260. Applicant requests conditional

special meeting at 5:15 p.m. at City Hall. Agenda: 1. Executive session. 2. Other business. 3. Adjourn.

Tomorrow Tuesday, Feb. 5

Public Meetings: ! Town of Swanton Selectboard meeting at 7 p.m. at the Town Office Building. Agenda: A. Call to order. B. Pledge of Allegiance. C. Meeting Topics: 1. Minutes (a. Jan. 15, Jan. 21). 2. Public comments. 3. Old business. 4. Law Enforcement and Fire Department (a. Swanton Village Police Chief report. b. 40 MPH zone on Rt. 7 update). 5. Highway department (a. Salt and Sand updates. b. Well drilling quotes. c. Other updates). 6. Franklin County Humane Society (a. Discuss 2013 contract). 7. Discuss open meetings info. 8.

Correspondence. 9. Other business. 10. Public comments. 11. Upcoming events. 12. Executive session. 13. Adjournment. ! Georgia Board of School Directors regular meeting at 6 p.m. at the Georgia School Library. Agenda: 1. Call to order. 2. Consent agenda (minutes, correspondence). 3. Public comment. 4. Board business (a. FY14 budget: communication, budget guide and presentation. b. Update on board elections / petitions. c. Set next meeting date). 5. Reports (Principal, financial, superintendent, board/school committees). 6. Policy review. 7. Other. 8. Executive session. 9. Adjourn. ! BFA UHSD #48 / NWTC Board of School Directors meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the BFA Library Conference Room. Agenda: 1. Call to order. 2. Pledge of allegiance. 3. Visitors (3.1 Academy 21 Student presentation). 4. Consent agenda (4.1 Approval of minutes. 4.2 Student representative report.

4.3 BFA Administrator’s report. 4.4 NWTC Director’s report. 4.5 Supervisory Union report. 4.6 FCSU Steering Committee report. 4.7 BFA committee reports. 4.8 Collins Perley report). 5. Old business (5.1 Policy for adoption (a. Student bullying prevention policy). 6. New Business (6.1 FY13 Budget status. 6.2 FY14 Student schedules / changes. 6.3 FY14 budget summary. 6.4 Principal search discussion). 7. Other business (7.1 Collins Perley Sports Center Manager’s report. 7.2 Department reports. 7.3 Monthly financial report). 8. Agenda Items for future meeting (8.1 Booster Club presentation. 8.2 Revision of bylaws. 8.3 Non-union, non-certified guidelines. 8.4 Environmental club presentation. 8.5 Student team reports). 9. Approve warrants. 10. Executive session (10.1 Personnel). 11. Adjourn.

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USDA announces important updates on the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program C

OLCHESTER â&#x20AC;&#x201D; U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Vermont State Executive Director Robert Paquin today announced that beginning Feb. 5, USDA will issue payments to dairy farmers enrolled in the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program for the September 2012 marketings. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended the authorization of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Farm Bill) through 2013 for many programs administered by

FSA, including MILC. The 2008 Farm Bill extension provides for a continuation of the MILC program through Sept. 30, 2013. MILC payments are triggered when the Boston Class I milk price falls below $16.94 per hundredweight, after adjustment for the cost of dairy feed rations. MILC payments are calculated each month using the latest milk price and feed cost. As announced by FSA on Jan. 22, all dairy producersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; MILC contracts are automatically extended to Sept. 30, 2013. Eligible producers therefore do

not need to re-enroll in MILC. MILC operations with approved contracts will continue to receive monthly payments, if available. The payment rate for September 2012 is approximately $0.59 per hundredweight. The payment rate for October 2012 marketings is approximately $0.02 per hundredweight. The payment rate for November 2012 marketings is zero. Before the October MILC payment can be issued, dairy farmers must complete a new Average Adjusted Gross Income (AGI)

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form for 2013. The new form, CCC-933 Average Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) Certification and Consent to Disclosure of Tax Information, must complete by producers before they can receive payments for a variety of programs administered by FSA and USDAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Producers may obtain CCC-933 at their local USDA Service Center or online at Dairy operations may select a production start month other than October 2012. Producers who want to select a production

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Vermont Maple Sugar Makers’ Association holds annual meeting E

SSEX JUNCTION — On Tuesday, Jan. 29, the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers’ Association (VMSMA) held its 120th Annual Meeting at the Vermont Farm Show at the Champlain Valley Exposition where Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets Secretary Chuck Ross addressed the crowd of 240. VMSMA Chair Jacques Couture presented two awards which are given annually to those who have demonstrated a commitment of service to the Vermont maple industry. The Sugar Maker of the Year was presented to David and Barbara Mayotte of East Fairfield. Longtime sugar makers, Dave and Barb started Mayotte’s Maple Products in 1980 to supply equipment to area sugar makers, creating strong customer relations with their willingness to remain open on weekends and late into the night, accommodating the busy schedules of the sugaring season. Dave and Barb were early adopters of many of the modern techniques that are now commonplace in maple syrup production, including reverse osmosis to concentrate maple sap before boiling. In 2012, Dave and Barb retired from their business, leaving a lasting legacy within the Vermont maple community. The Sumner Hill Williams Memorial Cup, awarded to the Maple Person of the Year, was presented this year to Don and Betty Ann Lockhart of Charlotte. Don and Betty Ann have long been active in the maple industry, volunteering for many marketing and promotional events. Together they founded Perceptions, Inc., an award-winning, full-service, self-contained media company, producing several maple-themed video productions including Voices from the Sugarwoods and The Magical Maple Tree. The company has received several CINE Golden Eagles, Telly, and Communicator Awards, as well as numerous regional and local awards. Betty Ann has also written several books on the history of Vermont Maple, including Celebrating Centuries of a Proud Tradition: Pure Vermont Maple – A Treatise of Facts, Folklore and Recipes from Vermont’s Community of Sugarmakers for the Vermont Bicentennial and Maple Sugarin’ in Vermont, a history of maple sugar production from Native Americans up to the mid-twentieth century. About VMSMA: The Vermont Maple Sugar Makers’ Association was founded in 1893 and is made up of sugar makers and maple packers who are committed to producing the highest quality maple syrup in the world and promoting the “Official Flavor of Vermont.” For more information, please visit — Vermont Maple Sugar Makers’ Association


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Department of Public Safety unveils new sex offender registration database and website W

ATERBURY — The Vermont Department of Public Safety is pleased to announce that the Vermont Criminal Information Center (VCIC) will be implementing a new Sex Offender registration database, as well as a new Sex Offender website. “The department is confident that the new

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The Vermont Sex Offender Registry, managed by VCIC pursuant to 13 V.S.A. § 5402, is the process of recording and tracking sex offenders in Vermont. The new registry database, developed with Watch Systems LLC, will provide VCIC with a more robust and versatile tool for the management of sex offender registrants. Statewide mapping capabilities are built into the software. Where possible, the software minimizes manual entry by using calculated fields and auto fill dropdown menus thus reducing the possibility of typographical errors. The system utilizes several electronic interfaces to other systems, such as the National Crime Information Center and the Vermont Criminal History database, to help ensure that information is accurately and consistently passed between the systems. Among the new features of the software, the system can send electronic and telephonic notifications to sex offenders requesting address verifications as well as providing those with email the ability to electronically update their address and living status. This will assist the Sex Offender Registry in ensuring the most current addresses and information for offenders is on file in a timely manner. Soon after the system goes live VCIC hopes to allow access to critical information in the database to the law enforcement community for investigative purposes. Offender mapping is one of the many capabilities that would be made available to law enforcement so they can better track and monitor offenders in their commu-

nity. The Vermont Sex Offender Registry website contains information on sexual offenders in Vermont who are required to register and whose information we are legislatively allowed to post to the internet. The new website, powered by OffenderWatch®, will now function in real time which means that when a change is made in the Vermont Sex Offender Registry database it is automatically pushed out to the website and is accessible to the public almost immediately. The National Sex Offender Registry website is updated in a similar fashion. The internet address for the new public website is: Citizens using the enhanced registry website will now be able to receive email alerts when a new internet-posted sex offender moves into their city or town; and the alerts will remain in effect until cancelled by the citizen. VCIC worked extensively with Watch Systems, LLC to customize their nationally recognized OffenderWatch system to meet Vermont’s needs. The OffenderWatch system is complies with current federal guidelines regarding the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. OffenderWatch is in use with 4565 agencies nationwide in over 34 states and handles nearly 60 percent of the nations registered sex offender population. For more information about the Vermont Sex Offender Registry, visit sex_offender or call VCIC at 802-244-8727. — Department of Public Safety

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ENERGY Civil rights lawyers: NYPD Beer will help power Alaska brewery spying broke rules


ASHINGTON (AP) — The New York Police Department’s focus on Muslims has renewed the political surveillance of the 1960s and ‘70s that was banned under a landmark legal ruling, according to a new court filing by civil rights lawyers. They are seeking an injunction against further surveillance of Muslims without evidence of crimes and a new courtappointed auditor to oversee police activities. Describing continuing surveillance of Muslims as “widespread and intense,” the civil rights lawyers complained that the NYPD has monitored public places where Muslims eat, shop and worship and has kept records and notes about police observations despite any evidence of unlawful or terror-related activities. The lawyers said the NYPD’s actions violate rules, known as the Handschu guidelines, that a court had imposed as part of a 1985 landmark settlement with the NYPD to a lawsuit they filed. “There is substantial persuasive evidence that the defendants are conducting investigations into organizations and individuals associated with the Muslim faith and the Muslim community in New York, and have been doing so for years, using intrusive methods, without a reasonable indication of unlawful activity, or a criminal predicate of any sort,” the lawyers wrote in a motion to be filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. They said the NYPD’s actions were so “flagrant and persistent” that an auditor should be appointed. A spokesman for the NYPD did not respond to a phone message and email request for comment from The Associated Press. The NYPD and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg have said the department follows the Handschu guidelines and did not break any laws over the course of its surveillance of Muslim communities. NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly has said the department has plenty of oversight, including five district attorneys, a committee that investigates police corruption, the NYPD’s own internal affairs office and the court-imposed Handschu guidelines. The spying was the subject of a series of stories by the AP that revealed the NYPD intelligence division infiltrated dozens of mosques and Muslim student groups and investigated hundreds. The NYPD is the largest police department in the nation, and Bloomberg has held up its counterterrorism tactics as a model for the rest of the country. The new court motion by the civil rights lawyers refers repeatedly to the AP’s reporting and includes some internal NYPD documents the AP had obtained and published.

By JOSHUA BERLINGER, Associated Press


UNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaskan Brewing Co. is going green, but instead of looking to solar and wind energy, it has turned to a very familiar source: beer. The Juneau-based beer maker has installed a unique boiler system in order to cut its fuel costs. It purchased a $1.8 million furnace that burns the company’s spent grain — the waste accumulated from the brewing process — into steam which powers the majority of the brewery’s operations. Company officials now joke they are now serving “beer-powered beer.” What to do with spent grain was seemingly solved decades ago by breweries operating in the Lower 48. Most send the used grain, a good source of protein, to nearby farms and ranches to be used as animal feed. But there are only 37 farms in southeast Alaska and 680 in the entire state as of 2011, and the problem of what to do with the excess spent grain — made up of the residual malt and barley — became more problematic after the brewery expanded in 1995. The Alaskan Brewing Co. had to resort to shipping its spent grain to buyers in the Lower 48. Shipping costs for Juneau businesses are especially high because there are no roads leading in or out of the city; everything has to be flown or shipped in. However, the grain is a relatively wet byproduct of brewing, so it needs to be dried before it is shipped -- another heat intensive and expensive process. “We had to be a little more innovative just so that we could do what we love to do, but do it where we’re located,” Alaskan Brewing co-founder Geoff Larson said. But the company was barely turning a profit by selling its spent grain. Alaskan Brewery gets $60 for every ton of it sent to farms in the Lower 48, but it costs them $30 to ship each ton.


In this photo taken Jan 23, in Juneau, Alaska, Brandon Smith, the Alaskan Brewing Co.’s brewing operations and engineering manager, speaks to reporters about the company’s new boiler system. The brewery has installed a unique boiler system that burns the company’s spent grain the accumulated waste from the brewing process into steam which powers the majority of the plant’s operations. So four years ago, officials at the Alaskan Brewing Co. started looking at whether it could use spent grain as an in-house, renewable energy source and reduce costs at the same time. While breweries around the world use spent grain as a co-fuel in energy recovery systems, “nobody was burning spent grain as a sole fuel source for an energy recovery system, for a steam boiler,” says Brandon Smith, the company’s brewing operations and engineering manager. It contracted with a North Dakota company to build the special boiler system after the project was awarded nearly $500,000 in a grant from the federal Rural Energy for America Program. The craft brewery is expecting big savings once the system is fully opera-

tional in about a month’s time. Smith estimates that the spent grain steam boiler will offset the company’s yearly energy costs by 70 percent, which amounts to about $450,000 a year. Alaskan Brewing Co. makes about 150,000 barrels of beer a year. The beer is distributed in 14 states after recent entries into the Texas, Wisconsin and Minnesota markets. It brews several varieties of beer, but is best-known for its Alaskan Amber, an alt-style beer. The company is also known for its distinctive beer labels, including featuring a polar bear on its Alaskan White Belgian-style ale. When asked which beer’s spent grain burns the best Smith joked “we’re still trying to figure that out. We have our suspicions.”

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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, St. Albans, is a community driven membership organization that provides learning opportunities for people 50 and older, who are interested in intellectual pursuits without the tests, papers or grades. The Institute is affiliated with The University of Vermont and is led by local community members. Membership dues will support the development of the Institute’s future programs, which will be shaped by the expressed interests of the members. Payment of membership dues entitles subscribers to attend all 12 sessions during the semester. Regular dues are $40 for an individual and $70 for a couple. Non-members may attend single lectures for $5 each. Membership dues will be accepted at any session. Become a member today by completing the membership form. Send it with your dues to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - St. Albans, John A. Newton, Treasurer, 29 Country Club Estates, Swanton, VT 05488-3008. Make checks payable to: “University of Vermont.”

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Military mom must rally all of her family to move DAILY CROSSWORD THE Daily Commuter Puzzle

FOR RELEASE FEBRUARY 4, 2013 by Jacqueline E. Mathews

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DEAR ABBY: We’re a military family and have moved often since my husband and I married. In the past, relocating was always easy because our two sons were younger, but we have lived in the same community for more than five years now. Our older son is 14 and a freshman in high school. My husband has reached a point in his career where he can either retire from the military or re-enlist to finish out his 30 years. Either way, it will probably require another move. Our 11-year-old son is a free spirit who seems to adjust wherever we are. The problem is, our teenager is begging us not to move because of the friends he has in school. I’m torn. I understand my son’s reasons, and people who had to move as teens agree it’s difficult when they’re in high school. We live in a very small town, and I’m sure the move will take us to a larger area. I know my son will see he’ll have more to do and will make a lot more friends. But he doesn’t want to leave and is becoming very emotional about it. My husband is willing to leave without us, get settled and let our son finish high school here. I don’t want to separate the family. Can you help us? -- NOT “AT EASE” IN GEORGIA DEAR NOT AT EASE: Do not separate your family. If this were your son’s last year of high school, I might feel differently. However, there is still plenty of time for him to make new friends at a new high school. Because he doesn’t want to lose his old ones, he can stay in touch with them electronically. What your son is experiencing is one of the realities of military life, and it may teach him to become more adept at social relationships. So think positive and do not let his fear of change hold you back. *



DEAR ABBY: I have a pet peeve and it’s an aggravation I encounter frequently. For some reason, people do not understand hours of business. Our hours are always clearly posted, so PLEASE don’t knock on the door

Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www. or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. before the business is open. My personal irritant has to do with closing time. When the sign says we close at 9 p.m., it means the doors lock at that time. It does NOT mean that if you can slide in the door 30 seconds before closing that we must stay and serve your needs for however long you are present. If you can’t complete your business at or before closing time, then come back tomorrow or find a business that stays open later. There are still a lot of duties to be finished after the last customer leaves and before we can go home. -- HAD A LONG DAY, RICHLAND, WASH. DEAR HAD A LONG DAY: Not only was it a long day, it appears to have been a bad one. If it wasn’t, you wouldn’t have forgotten that the most important thing in running a business is customer service. This sometimes can mean bending the rules. If you find this too difficult, you can always refuse to open your door early and “remind” anyone who enters just before closing that you lock your door promptly at the posted hour for the reason you stated. Individuals who want more personalized service are, indeed, free to shop at stores with more flexible hours. (And they will.)

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secondary schools to operate under one board with a common budget with shared resources. The committee spent almost two years convening public forums in the ACSUmember towns of Bridport, Cornwall, Middlebury, Ripton, Salisbury, Shoreham and Weybridge asking residents their priorities for their respective schools and how they could continue to offer quality education in the face of declining enrollment and budget constraints. Those who showed up at the forums acknowledged the need for better communication and shared resources among schools. But there was no overwhelming support in any of the seven communities for any dramatic steps, such as closing and/or combining schools. That â&#x20AC;&#x153;left the committee at a crossroads as to which direction do we take this,â&#x20AC;? said ACSU Study Committee Chairman Eben Punderson of Weybridge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no question a lot came out of the forum process, but what didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come out of the forum process was any real clear advocacy for real changes in the governance structure.â&#x20AC;? While there wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t any great public outcry for change, committee members conceded that the direct question of changing the schoolsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; governance structure was not squarely asked, nor were the financial and logistical implications of such a move offered to forum participants. The ACSU schools are currently governed by nine separate boards with a combined total of 52 members. This has made for a lot of evening meetings for ACSU administrators â&#x20AC;&#x201D; particularly the superintendent. Some feel the number of meetings is scaring off some potential successors to Superintendent Gail Conley; the ACSU is in its fourth search effort in two years. So committee members felt uncomfortable about simply abandoning the governance debate and decided to pursue it to a conclusion: A vote, up or down, by ACSU voters once they have learned all the pertinent facts and consequences of establishing a Regional Education District. Punderson said the committee was swayed greatly to take this position by a letter written by its former chairman, Rick Scott of Bridport. In his letter, Scott cited several reasons for allowing district residents to vote on the issue. They include: 2Â&#x2DC; F!=FÂ?Â&#x2019;^azÂ&#x2DC; Â&#x2030;Â&#x2019;Â&#x2DC; !Â&#x2DC; 3pmÂ&#x2019;Fquence of our recent failure to secure a superintendent

continued from page 1 of schools for the ACSU, the importance of governance restructuring has become significantly more important,â&#x20AC;? Scott said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The issue put forward by one of our most recent finalists was directly related to the number of boards the superintendent is accountable to â&#x20AC;Ś And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entirely plausible that our governance structure has caused other potential candidates to not even consider the ACSU.â&#x20AC;? 2Â&#x2DC; =ÂŁ3!Â&#x161;apm!dÂ&#x2DC; FÂ&#x201E;ÂŁaÂ&#x161;¨Â&#x2DC; Scott said an RED would allow the ACSU to direct its combined resources at such offerings as a secondlanguage program. Secondlanguage instruction is not offered in all ACSU schools, mainly because of a lack of resources. Consequently, some ACSU students are not as prepared as others to take on a second language when it is offered to all students beginning in 8th grade. 2Â&#x2DC; OOa3aFm3¨Â&#x2DC; Â&#x2030;Â&#x2DC; Â&#x2019;amVdFÂ&#x2DC; budget across the schools would equalize the costs of education across the district, providing cost equity to the taxpayers,â&#x20AC;? Scott said. 2Â&#x2DC; ÂŁÂ&#x161;pmph¨Â&#x2DC; 3pÂ&#x161;Â&#x161;Â&#x2DC; mpÂ&#x161;F=Â&#x2DC; state officials have been discussing legislation to reduce the total number of supervisory unions from the current 63 to 15. He said it might be in the ACSUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best interest to pre-emptively create its own RED to make sure that it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t arbitrarily thrust into a larger supervisory union by the state. 2Â&#x2DC; am!m3a!dÂ&#x2DC; am3FmÂ&#x161;aÂĽFÂ&#x2019;Â&#x2DC; The state, under Act 153, is offering financial rewards to communities participating in REDs to minimize impacts to tax rates during the first four years of the transition. There are four incentives for the creation of REDs: 1. An 8-6-4-2 cent-per-year reduction in residential property tax during the first four years for districts that create REDs. 2. Up to $20,000 in consulting fees associated with planning. 3. Up to $130,000 in additional â&#x20AC;&#x153;facilitation grants.â&#x20AC;? TÂ&#x2DC; pÂ?VaÂĽFmFÂ&#x2019;Â&#x2019;Â&#x2DC; pO Â&#x2DC; Â&#x161;^FÂ&#x2DC; requirement to return state aid for school construction in the case of school closures. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The original $20,000 budget remains intact and there is some money left,â&#x20AC;? Scott said of the RED process going forward. If it is to pursue forming an RED, the district must follow some additional steps mandated in Act 153: Create a plan to form the new union, conduct a costbenefit analysis, submit the plan to the Vermont Board of Education for its approval, and gain voter approval in all involved districts.

Scott would like to see that vote take place before the end of the year, ideally this fall.

ANWSU GOVERNANCE Over the past decade, the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union spent many months holding multiple votes on what was ultimately an ill-fated attempt to bring all its schools under one board. Residents in some towns voiced concerns about how the consolidation would affect their property taxes; others were concerned the move might be the first step in combining and/or closing some community schools. Similar concerns are likely to be aired during the ACSUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s consideration of an RED. Conley said he understands the arguments both for and against establishing an RED. He noted that while such a move would reduce bureaucracy and create new efficiencies, community members would have to sacrifice some of the local control they currently have over their community Â&#x2019;3^ppdÂ&#x2019;Â&#x2DC; pÂ?Â&#x2DC; F§!hzdF:Â&#x2DC; Â&#x161;^FÂ&#x2DC; single RED board (with representation from all participating communities) would have to make financial and curricular decisions for the perceived good of the whole district, as opposed to the micromanaging that local boards can now do at their respective schools. And an RED board, Conley said, could be thrust into decisions of whether special programs now offered at but a few member schools should either be offered district-wide or eliminated, because of the more global budget. ACSU schools, Conley noted, already share some teachers and services across town lines. Those relationships include music and art teachers who work at multiple ACSU schools; shared second-language students in Weybridge and Ripton as well as Middlebury Union Middle School and High School; and shared custodians, nursing staff and paraprofessionals. The next few months are shaping up to be very busy ones for the ACSU Study Committee as it navigates the provisions of Act 153 toward a vote on an RED. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My position is to let the study committee continue its work,â&#x20AC;? ACSU board Chairman Mark Perrin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is something to be said about following through on a process and bringing it to closure.â&#x20AC;? -- -- -John Flowers is a reporter for the Addison County Independent, a Messenger sister publication.


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