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L.A. emigrant creates circus class in Williston BY JASON STARR Observer staff

You might call Rob Crites a climate refugee. Or a pandemic migrant. Or just someone ready to return east after building a performing arts career over two decades in Los Angeles. Whatever the confluence of reasons Crites and his family left the drought-choked West for the greener pastures of Vermont, he has found a home here — and a home for his unique educational offerings. Crites is a circus performer with a resume that includes a stint on Paul McCartney’s 2004 tour of Europe and numerous movie and TV roles. In 2020, he embarked with his wife and son on a cross-country trip that included a stay in Vermont, where his parents (Stowe) and brother (Shelburne) live and where he had regularly visited. “We’ve been coming here for

The Circus Skills class taught by Rob Crites (far right) shows off a pyramid at Williston Central School on Thursday. OBSERVER PHOTO BY AL FREY

over 20 years, and we just fell in love with it again. We didn’t realize on the trip that we were shopping for

our future home,” Crites said. The family returned to California, but not to stay. By early 2021,

they were back in Vermont, settling in a home in St. George. “Living in Los Angles at the

to $72,000, and the owners haven’t responded to letters from the town assessor or town attorney seeking collection. Earlier this year, the selectboard formalized the town’s tax sale policy in preparation to hold auctions. “With anyone who has delinquent taxes, our first approach is we want to work with that

person, the property owner, to bring their taxes current,” Town Manager Erik Wells said. “There are a lot of different ways to do that, and this is a step available in state law to get the delinquent taxes paid.” The properties are on Butternut Road, Shunpike Road, Old Creamery Road, Williston Road,

Southridge Road and Stoneybrook Drive. A tax sale would likely be held, auction-style, at Town Hall. A property owner can pay the delinquency at any time leading up to the sale to cancel the sale. Even after the sale, there is a one-year grace period allowing the property owner to pay the

height of the pandemic with no vaccines, it certainly opened our eyes to bigger things,” Crites said. “For many reasons we wanted to make a change for the better, and right at the top of the list was quality of life for our son. We were ecstatic at the possibility of him going to Allen Brook, Williston Central and CVU.” Crites worked as a paraeducator at Williston Central during his first year here in 2021 while his son attended Allen Brook. From there he connected with the Williston Recreation and Parks Department. He had been a teacher of circus skills in Los Angeles alongside his performing career, and he saw an opportunity to offer a similar program here. “It seemed like circus was underserved here in the greater Burlington area,” he said. Crites, partnering with Williston Parks and Rec, launched his circus skills class earlier this month. Seven students come to the WCS gym on Thursday afternoons for 75 minutes of juggling, stilt-walking and unisee CIRCUS page 2

Tax delinquencies lead to possible property auctions BY JASON STARR Observer staff

Williston town administrators have identified seven properties to put up for public auction in an attempt to recoup losses from unpaid taxes. The properties have tax delinquencies ranging from $3,000

delinquent taxes (and interest) to retain the property. “The process provides multiple steps and warnings for folks to pay off the delinquent taxes,” said Wells. “It’s been a few years since the town has considered a tax sale. But we want to work to make sure everyone’s taxes are current.”

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cycling, as well as acrobatics and balancing exercises. “In addition to the coordination, they’re getting self-esteem, self-confidence and physical activity,” Crites said. “Having fun and learning skills is the goal and the result.” Crites grew up in Maryland near Washington D.C., and while he’s happy to be back in the Eastern U.S., he’s not giving up on his California-based performing career. In November, he will be on the set of a Disney musical, in line with his previous work on movies such as “Austin Powers 3” and TV shows like “Dancing with the Stars.” In addition to the pandemic, California’s wildfires were another major factor in his move from L.A. “We know several people who lost their homes in fires,” he said. “We could regularly see smoke in the air in Los Angeles. The incidents just kept getting closer and closer to our home.”

Circus performer/instructor Rob Crites, left, demonstrates balancing a feather on his chin during the circus skills class at Williston Central School on Thursday. Eliza Howard, middle, tries balancing a feather on her palm while Vaughn Ruhl attempts it while on a roller board.

Crites, above, demonstrates how to walk on stilts while the circus skills class at Williston Central School sits in a circle, left. OBSERVER PHOTOS BY AL FREY


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Pandemic-induced worker shortage lingers

age, but I knew it was coming,” Kelley said. Vermont’s workforce gap predates the pandemic, Barewicz notes — a result of the BY JASON STARR Baby Boomer generation, who Observer staff are now well into their 60s and 70s, retiring. What the pan“Is the pandemic over?” Pres- demic appears to have done is ident Joe Biden was asked last quicken the pace of retirements week in a televised interview. among older workers. And while Biden answered yes, “Maybe they were a year or one lingering effect of the glob- two away from when they were al health emergency is an acute thinking they were going to reshortage of workers. tire and they made the decision Vermont Department of La- to retire earlier than they were bor Econanticipating,” omist Matt Vermont De“I don’t think people Barewicz said partment of are just sitting We d n e s d a y Labor Spokesthere have man Kyle around not working been more Thweatt said. because the rent is than 20,000 From the open jobs pre-pandemic getting paid.” in Vermont year of 2019 to Chris Donnelly throughout the mid-pan2022. Champlain Housing Trust demic year of “That’s a 2021, Vermont record high,” lost about he said. 27,000 workers, according to The shortage is apparent in Barewicz. The labor force has signs around town advertising since rebounded slightly. on-the-spot interviews and sign“The demographic bubble ason bonuses, and in the scaled sociated with the Baby Boomers back hours some businesses is real,” Barewicz said. “It is a have been forced into for lack of large cohort, and I don’t think it staff. gets enough attention in terms At the Williston Coffee Shop, of pointing to that as a singuowner Eric Kelley has suspend- lar massive contribution to our ed Saturday operations. The economic growth that occurred change began in August, when, through the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and not unexpectedly, he lost some 2000s, when our labor force staff to a return to school. peaked … I think what we are “It was a real abrupt short- seeing now is that people who

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Williston Coffee Shop employee Sophie Soto-Phipps preps food for the lunch crowd Tuesday at the Williston Coffee Shop. The shop has had to close on Saturdays due to a lack of staff. OBSERVER PHOTO BY JASON STARR

have had a long, successful career are transitioning into a different phase of their life.” A loss of older, established workers ripples through the workforce, allowing younger workers to step into opportunities that used to be filled by more experienced workers, creating hard-to-fill entry-level openings. “Teens and younger workers

are getting more and more opportunities,” Thweatt said. That helps explain the Williston Coffee Shop’s experience of late, where workers are quick to leave for what they perceive as a better opportunity elsewhere. Employee Sophie Soto-Phipps said the traditional two-week notice period for leaving a job is no longer a standard courtesy, which puts a strain on the work-

ers and business owners left to pick up the slack. “Sometimes they just stop showing up,” Kelley said. “Sometimes it’s after a couple months, sometimes after a couple weeks and sometimes after a couple days … They are at a point in life where there is a lot of fluctuation, and they are not afraid to move on until they find see WORKERS page 22

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Ex-Williston police officer’s certification revoked

starting neighborhood watch programs. “I am proud of my 13 years of service to the Williston community,” Trybulski said in A former Williston police officer who a a statement to the Observer. “At this point, a prosecutor previously said had shown a “clear year and a half after my resignation, I have pattern of profiling and bias” has been perma- put my employment with the Williston Police nently banned from obtaining certification to Department behind me and have moved on. I serve as a law enforcement officer in Vermont. am grateful to those who have been supportive However, exactly what Travis Trybulski of me, both during my employment with the did to warrant that ban has not been publicly town and since my departure.” spelled out. The revocation of Trybulski’s certification After Trybulski signed a stipulation with stems from violations of Williston Police Dethe Vermont Criminal Justice Council in partment policies dealing with fair and imparwhich he withdrew an objection to the ban, the tial policing and conducting traffic stops on Council voted 13-1 last Tuesday to enact it. Feb. 4, 2021. The lack of detail prompted one member The stipulation adopted last week does of the council to question whether not reference enough information was being prothe race of vided to the public. any parties, or Evan Meenan, deputy direc“I am unwilling to provide much tor of the Vermont Department of detail about call (Trybulski) as a State’s Attorneys and Sheriffs, votthe stops. A ed against accepting the stipulation witness and will not one-paragraph with Trybulski. He said during the summary inaccept any criminal meeting that his concern wasn’t dicated that with the permanent revocation of cases from him.” Trybulski left a Trybulski’s certification, but that welfare check Sarah George the agreement doesn’t say what octo respond to Chittenden County State’s curred. another call reAttorney “Five, 10 years from now if garding a persomeone is reading this, those adson knocking ditional facts that would actually on the door of a support a finding of willful bias enforcement residence and not leaving. based on someone’s demographics are just not Eventually, the stipulation reads, police summarized in this stipulation,” Meenan said. stopped a vehicle and Trybulski “secured Trybulski worked for the Williston Police voluntary consent from the operator of such Department for 13 years, leaving in 2021. He vehicle to search the vehicle despite no reasonorganized the department’s annual Chowder able suspicion or probable cause to believe that Challenge fundraiser for the Williston Com- there were any controlled substances or any munity Food Shelf and was instrumental in other items related to potential criminal activBY ALAN J. KEAYS VTDigger

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the facts asserted herein,” the seven-page document states. Criminal Justice Council Chair William Sorrell, speaking after the meeting, said he shared Meenan’s concerns upon initially reading the stipulation. He ultimately supported the resolution after the council debated for 90 minutes, including about half behind closed doors. “What you heard in the discussion, at least on the part of some, (was) ‘Why isn’t there more flesh on the bones of the allegation,’” Sorrell said. “The explanation was this was


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a negotiated settlement and one must assume from that it was a give and take.” Assistant Attorney General Jacob Humbert negotiated the stipulation with Trybulski or his representative, Sorrell said. The council could not secure a penalty greater than the permanent certification revocation, even if it had rejected the stipulation, he said. Trybulski was the subject of a Brady letter in March 2021 written by Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George. Prosecutors prepare the letters, which can end officers’ careers, to inform defense attorneys about possible credibility and integrity issues. George wrote that as a result of an internal investigation regarding a “pattern of misconduct” by Trybulski, prosecutors’ ability to rely on his testimony in cases had been “significantly undermined.” “Specifically, the incidents highlighted in the investigation show violations of the Fair and Impartial Policing policy through a clear pattern of profiling and bias,” George wrote. “Therefore, I am unwilling to call him as a witness and will not accept any criminal cases from him going forward.” During the Democratic primary campaign for Chittenden County state’s attorney, Trybulski marched with Ted Kenney, George’s opponent in the race, to promote Kenney’s campaign. In addition to the permanent revocation of Trybulski’s certification in Vermont, his decertification will be reported to the International Association of Law Enforcement Standards and Training National Decertification database, which houses the National Decertification index. — Jason Starr contributed reporting

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A renewed celebration of African American heritage BY CHRISTINE HUGHES “This is our national truth: America would not be America without the wealth from black labor, without black striving, black inge-

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brating. Most of them have historical roots that quite often are lost on us. Vermont has taken the unique approach of unearthing something that was previously lost. The fourth Saturday of August has been proclaimed Vermont First African Landing Day. Inspired by the passage of the 400 Years of African American History Commission (H.R. 1242) and the 1619 Project, the Vermont Racial Justice Alliance initiated this commemoration three years ago. Vermont First African Landing Day marks the historical beginnings of African Americans in what would become the United States. It reminds us of the day that “20 and odd” enslaved Africans who had been stolen from a Portuguese slave ship placed their feet on the ground in what was then Port Comfort, Va. They were immediately traded for supplies. Shortly before this, Virginia held its first meeting of its general assembly. This historical event is considered to be the beginning of the system of government we proudly call democracy. While many historians are quick to point out the prior existence of Spanish

slavery and forms of indentured servitude in the world, 1619 marks the early English-colonial beginnings of the massive institution of slavery in what would become the United States. This nation cannot un-know the unearthed history and contributions of American descendants of slavery in the development of all facets of life in the United States. We can however now hope to build a better future as we embrace and fully understand our past. The worldwide racial reckoning in response to the televised police murder of George Floyd served as one of the components that sparked a desire for a deeper understanding of who we are as a nation. Consistent with our history as a nation, that step forward sparked a massive backlash of hate. The theme of Vermont First African Landing Day this year was “We’ve come this far by faith.” Through hundreds of years of slavery, breeding plantations, an economy fed by stolen land and forced, free labor, emancipation proclamation, exception clauses in federal and state constitutions, segregation, the Jim Crow era, the criminalization of blackness and poverty, our

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other groups. Erin, our incumbent representative, is a long-time school teacher and also a member of the Champlain Valley School Board. In her role as our representative, she led the effort to pass the Universal School Lunch bill, helping to ensure that no school-aged child in Vermont goes hungry, and has supported efforts to promote climate action and racial justice. Amongst the most important issues for this election, and in light of the recent Supreme Court decision to overturn national reproductive rights, is Angela and Erin’s support for Proposition 5 and Article 22, the Reproductive Liberty Amendment. Proposition 5 states, “The right to reproductive liberty is central to the exercise of personal autonomy and involves

This November, I encourage my fellow Willistonians to vote for Angela Arsenault and Erin Brady as our representatives in the Statehouse. Angela and Erin will bring a wealth of experience to the role, ensuring those who represent us in Montpelier are best able to advocate for our community. Angela is a professional journalist and has served on and chaired the Champlain Valley School Board for the past few years, amidst the pandemic no less. In addition, she is a prolific volunteer, giving her time to the Williston Community Justice Center, the Williston-Richmond Rotary Club, the Education Justice Coalition of Vermont, and

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BY EMMA COTTON VTDigger Hunting groups are suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over new restrictions on hunting with dogs in the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, which spans several eastern Vermont counties. The groups, which include the Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation, the Vermont Traditions Coalition, Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and the Vermont Bearhound Association, claim that Fish and Wildlife did not provide an adequate opportunity for public comment before imposing the new rules. In a plan finalized in August 2021, the agency shortened the length of time that hunters can train their dogs in the wildlife refuge, according to the suit, banning the activity in June and July to protect ground nesting birds. “Quite frankly, sports people were somewhat blindsided about new rules being promulgated that they had no input on,” said Chris Bradley, president of the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs. “Honestly, I would like to think there’s nothing sinister here other than a fairly major procedural oversight by the Fish and Wildlife department.”

The Service’s plan also banned hunting with dogs entirely on Putney Mountain in Windham County, which is part of the refuge, unless hunters are pursuing grouse. The refuge covers the Connecticut River watershed and includes parts of New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Keith Shannon, acting chief of public affairs for the Northeast Region of U.S. Fish and Wildlife, declined to comment, citing the litigation. The hunting groups filed the suit last Wednesday in the United States District Court of Vermont. Brenna Galdenzi, president of Vermont wildlife advocacy group Protect Our Wildlife, said a public comment period took place for the plan. Her organization submitted comments, she said, and solicited comments from other members of the public at the time. According to the lawsuit, the Service did not detail the relevant restrictions in the plan offered for public comment. “U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services should be spending all of their time and resources protecting our endangered and threatened species on these wildlife refuges, and instead, now, they’re forced with fighting this frivolous lawsuit that’s mired in special interests,” Galdenzi said.

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Jay Peak sold; Burke could be next


The court-appointed receiver overseeing Jay Peak Resort provided a new look Friday into the recent auction of the ski area, and gained the approval he was seeking to sell it to the highest bidder. The receiver, Michael Goldberg, also revealed that another Vermont property under his control, Burke Mountain Resort, may soon be sold. Both ski resorts had been owned by Ariel Quiros and embroiled for years in the largest fraud case in state history. Goldberg had said in a court filing last week that Pacific Group Resorts Inc., of Park City, Utah, bid $76 million for Jay Peak, which has been in receivership for more than six years. Pacific Group Resorts had made an initial bid of $58 million for Jay Peak, according to earlier court filings leading up to the auction. Goldberg had provided little information about the daylong, closed-door auction, not even revealing the number of other bidders that took part. However, during a hearing Friday morning to approve the sale of the resort, Goldberg provided a

glimpse of what took place during the auction. The hearing was held over video from U.S. District Court in Miami. According to Goldberg, two other bidders, who he did not identify, took part in the auction, offering initial bids of $60 million and $61 million. “There were about 48 separate bidding rounds,” he told the judge. Goldberg also said during the hearing that the sale of Burke Mountain Resort might be soon at hand. He did not disclose the potential buyer. Goldberg had testified at a court hearing earlier this year that he was pursuing a deal with Burke Mountain Academy, a world-class ski training school, involving some of its benefactors. “We’re in discussions on a potential sale of that and we would go through the same process as we did here and bring that before your honor,” Goldberg told the judge Friday. ”Again, we will never take any major step without coming before your honor and getting your approval.” Goldberg told the judge that after a roughly $5.2 million sewer bond that Jay Peak is on the hook for, as well as broker and other fees associated with the transaction, he expected to net about $70 million from the sale. Those funds

would then be distributed to defrauded Jay Peak investors. “We expect the distribution, or I do, (based on a) preliminary back-of-a-napkin estimate to the creditors of Jay Peak, the investors, to be somewhere around 40 cents on the dollar, your honor,” the receiver said. Goldberg said he would provide the court with the exact figures following the closing of the sale, which is expected to take place around Oct. 15. Pacific Group Resorts owns a handful of other ski areas in the United States and Canada, including Ragged Mountain in New Hampshire and Powderhorn Mountain Resort in Colorado. Jay Peak Resort is valued on the town of Jay’s grand list at about $85 million, having been assessed as high as $121 million in 2020 but reduced following a challenge to the figure from resort officials. Quiros, Jay Peak’s former owner, as well as Bill Stenger, Jay Peak’s past president, and William Kelly, an adviser to them, are all in federal prison. State and federal regulators began enforcement actions against Quiros and Stenger in April 2016, landing the resort in court-appointed receivership.

Regulators accused the two men of misappropriating $200 million of the more than $350 million they raised from foreign investors for massive upgrades at the ski resort through the federal EB-5 visa program. Those enforcement actions were resolved with financial settlements with Stenger and Quiros, which included Quiros surrendering his ownership stake in both the Jay Peak and Burke resorts. Three years after the civil enforcement, Quiros, Stenger and Kelly were indicted on federal criminal charges related to a separate project they orchestrated to build a $110 million biomedical research facility in nearby Newport. All three eventually reached

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plea deals with prosecutors. Friday’s hearing took place in a Florida federal court because that is where Quiros was living and where many of his businesses were based when the civil enforcement action was filed in 2016. Goldberg said during the hearing that the sale remained contingent on the “assignment” of state leases currently with Jay Peak to Pacific Group Resorts, which he did not anticipate would create a problem. Judge Darrin P. Gayles then approved moving forward with the sale to Pacific Group Resorts. “I do note that this is a fair resolution,” the judge said. “It’s actually a pretty good resolution.”

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An abundance of hiking options with arresting views can be found at the Catamount Community Forest on Governor Chittenden Road. Situated on 400 acres, this town-owned forest has trails for everyone young and old, from bikers to hikers, novice to experienced. The area started as a cross country ski center in 1978, be-

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came a nonprofit in 2005 and was conserved as a public conservation area in 2019. It is a combination of forests, fields and wetlands with over 20 miles of trails. Probably the best view is from the “Look Out” accessed by the Bear Run Trail or Look Out Trail. ALLEN BROOK NATURE TRAIL

For a slightly more leisurely walk, Williston’s Allen Brook Nature Trail is home to some wonderful photo opportunities. While the original trail was built in 1997, the 2019 brochure from the Town of Williston explains that it has been extended once in 2010 to connect to Michael Lane and again in 2019 to connect to Wildflower Circle and Jensen Lane. “The boardwalk and observation platform (are) ideal for nature study or quiet contemplation,” the brochure states. However, local photographer Jenn Adams suggests the top of the trail by Williston Central School for the best spot for a snapshot. MUD POND COUNTRY PARK

Another area for more relaxed leaf peeping is the Mud Pond Country Park area off of Oak Hill Road. The Mud Pond Conservation area as a whole is 113 acres; the hiking trail is a 2.3-mile main loop with a .75-mile extension loop. This white pine forest is home to remnants of stone walls, a spattering of northern hardwood trees on the eastern slope and southern border, as well as a hemlock grove along South Road. Parking can be found in the Mud

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Leaf Peepers

Pond Conservation Area parking lot on South Road. FIVE TREE HILL COUNTRY PARK

Five Tree Hill Country Park, off Old Creamery Road and Oak Hill Road, is 57 acres of forest owned by the Town of Williston. Before being acquired by the town, it was an agricultural site. In the town’s description of the history of Five Tree Hill in its 2018 brochure, the town notes “(a) survey from the 1800s reveals that part of the land was also used as (an) apple orchard and had an operating cider mill beginning in 1836.” Though some of the steeper hiking trails are for those with more experience or time on their hands for a longer trek, the sights are considered to be worth it as the pinnacle offers a spectacular view of the valley toward Lake Champlain. WILLISTON VILLAGE

Nestled in the heart of town, the Historic Village District of

Williston is a must see for all. While large parts are residential, the Village still holds splendid scenery and popular photography spots such as the Town Green beside the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library. According to the library’s website, the Williston Public Library was established in 1905 and opened in what is currently the Town Hall Annex with Sylvia Warren as its librarian for the next 50 years. In the 1940s, however, Dorothy Alling decided to create her own library out of her house through donations from famous Vermonters and the “Williston Mother’s Penny Club.” She called it “Little Folks Library.” In 1960, the original brick portion of the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library opened. The library saw two extensions between 1980 and 1988 due to population increases. Town administrators are currently studying the possibility of expanding the library again.

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Take cuttings now for new plants next spring BY DEBORAH J. BENOIT Special to the Observer

Summer ends and all those lovely annuals we’ve grown so fond of will soon come to an end, too. But it doesn’t have to be. Some of those “annuals” aren’t really annuals as their life cycles aren’t completed over the course of a single growing season. They’re actually what are referred to as “tender perennials” — perennials that aren’t cold hardy in our U. S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones.

While they won’t survive our Northeast winters, they can spend the winter indoors safe from freezing temperatures. This means that the beautiful fuchsia you’ve had hanging on the front porch or the colorful wave of coleus bordering your favorite flower bed don’t have to die when the first killing frost arrives. You can bring a potted plant indoors to overwinter, or dig up an in-ground plant, pot it and bring it inside until spring. But a better alternative may be to take cuttings of your favorites see CUTTINGS page 15

Coleus, begonias and mums are among several types of ‘tender perennials’ from which gardeners can take cuttings to root over the winter to grow new plants for spring planting. COURTESY PHOTO BY DEBORAH J. BENOIT

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Begin by taking a cutting about 5 inches long from the end continued from page 14 of a healthy stem, being sure to include several leaf nodes. A to grow new plants that will be node is the place on the stem ready to move outside in the where a leaf is attached. Put the spring. It’s a little more work, cuttings in a container of water but it’s a fun project at a time so they’ll remain fresh. when the garden is heading toPrepare each cutting by reward its long winter’s nap. moving the leaves from the botBy taking cuttings from ten- tom portion of the stem, leaving der perennials, such as coleus only the top two leaf clusters. (Plectranthus scutellarioides), To root in water, place the begonias cutting in (Begoniaa containceae) and Some of those er of room geraniums temperat u re “annuals” aren’t really like the lemwater, makon-scented annuals … While they ing sure no citronella leaves are won’t survive our plant (Pelarbelow the gonium citNortheast winters, surface of the rosum), you water. Place they can spend the can grow the container new plants winter indoors. in indirect over the light. Change coming winwater weekter. ly. In a few weeks you should Look around your garden. see roots appear. Any likely candidates? You’ll Once roots have grown, want a nice, healthy specimen transfer the cutting to a containto give your cutting the best er with potting soil. Keep the chance to root and produce a ro- soil moist, but not wet. bust plant. As an alternative, you can Whether you’re taking a cut- start cuttings directly in soil. To ting from a coleus, geranium or do this, prepare a container of begonia, the process is the same. moist potting soil. As with waYou have the option of rooting in ter-rooted cuttings, remove the water, then transferring to soil bottom leaves. Dip the wet stem once roots have formed, or plac- in rooting hormone (available in ing the cutting directly in soil. the gardening section of your lo-


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cal store). Use a pencil or chopstick to make a hole in the soil. Insert the stem and gently press the soil around it. Pots can contain one or multiple cuttings. Place a cover, such as a clear plastic bag, over the container to help retain humidity. If condensation appears on the cover, open it to let the excess moisture

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Garden evaporate to prevent rot. You’ll be able to tell when the cutting has rooted if you tug gently on it and feel resistance. Once it has established roots, it should begin to show new growth. Be sure the young plant stays out of cold drafts and away from drying heat sources. Water as needed and provide adequate

light. By spring you should have a new crop of your favorite plants for your garden. Deborah J. Benoit is a UVM Extension Master Gardener from North Adams, Mass., who is part of Vermont’s Bennington County Chapter.

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Armadillos sleep up to 16 hours each day.

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With changes in climate happening around the world, some animals are exploring new territories. Armadillos, which like warm weather, are migrating, or moving, north since the temperatures are rising. You might have seen one of these uniquelooking animals if you live between Texas and Nebraska, which is where they can be found in the U.S. The Mini Page takes a look at armadillos this week.


Armadillos mostly eat larvae, or insect young. Their powerful claws help them dig for ants, termites and other bugs. Their long tongues help them slurp up termites and ants from long tunnels after they dig close enough. This is a trait they share with a relative, the anteater. Armadillos can also dig their own homes, called burrows, using their claws.

There are 20 species of armadillos. They range in size and color, but they all have the shell armor. The largest type is the giant armadillo, which can weigh between 40 and 70 pounds and is around 35 inches in length. This big creature can be found in South America. The smallest of the species is the pink fairy armadillo. When fully grown, it is usually about 4 inches long and weighs 4 ounces. The pink fairy is found only in central Argentina. Instead of using its shell for protection, like the other species of armadillos, the pink fairy uses it to regulate its body temperature.

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Armadillos are mammals that vary in size, but most are about 30 inches from the tips of their snouts to the ends of their tails. They are easy to identify because their skin looks like armor. They have long snouts and strong, sharp claws, and even some hair. Armadillo means “little armored one” in Spanish. Their tough outer armor protects them from danger and predators such as coyotes, bobcats, wolves, bears and raccoons. This armor is made up of plates of keratin, a protein found in hair, fingernails and toenails. When it feels it is in danger, an armadillo rolls up into a ball, making it seem smaller and less interesting to predators.

Many armadillos may live in a single burrow, so it can be quite deep.


Armadillos used to be found only in South America and Central America. Now, one species, or type, of this small mammal lives in the United States: the nine-banded armadillo. Scientists predict armadillos will keep moving northward as temperatures continue to rise and their natural habitats, like rainforests and wetlands, continue to reduce in size and number.

Armadillos are nocturnal, which means they sleep during the day and come out at night to feed. However, since they have blurry, colorless vision, armadillos often forage, or search, for food when there is a bit of sunlight left in the day.

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Words that remind us of armadillos are hidden in this puzzle. Nancy Some words are hidden backward, and some letters are used

Amy: Why wasn’t the armadillo ever stressed? Arnie: He just rolled with it!

















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rise and their natural habitats, like rainforests When it feels it is in danger, an armadillo rolls up into a ball, making it seem smaller and and wetlands, continue to reduce in size and number. less interesting to predators.

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Mini Jokes

Words that remind us of armadillos are hidden in this puzzle. Some words are hidden backward, and some letters are used twice. See if you can find: ARMADILLO, ARMOR, BALL, BURROW, CLIMATE, DANGER, GIANT, INSECTS, LARVAE, MAMMALS, MIGRATION, NOCTURNAL, PINK FAIRY, PREDATOR, RAINFORESTS, SNOUT, WETLANDS.











Amy: Why wasn’t the armadillo ever stressed? Arnie: He just rolled with it!






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As melting polar ice in summer threatens the region’s iconic polar bears with starvation, a previously unstudied population of the bears in southeastern Greenland has been found to survive despite the lack of sea ice much of the year. The subpopulation has adapted by using chunks of glaciers breaking off Greenland as platforms to hunt seals year-round. Since there is sea ice in that region only from February to May, the glacial icebergs help the small population of polar bears to survive for the rest of the year. adapted with permission from Earthweek.

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By Jim Miller older adults that are allergic to eggs, FluBlok, which is a recombinant vaccine that does not use chicken eggs in the manufacturing process, is your best option. This vaccine is proven to be 30 percent more effective than a standard-dose influenza vaccine in preventing flu in people age 50 and older. All of these vaccines are covered 100 percent by Medicare Part B as long as your doctor, health clinic or pharmacy agrees not to charge you more than Medicare pays. PNEUMONIA VACCINES

Another important vaccination the CDC recommends to seniors, especially this time of year, is the pneumococcal vaccines for pneumonia. Around 1.5 million Amer-

icans visit medical emergency departments each year because of pneumonia, and about 50,000 people die from it. The CDC recently updated its recommendations for the pneumococcal vaccine and now recommends that everyone 65 and older who has not previously received any pneumococcal vaccine should get either PCV20 (Prevnar 20) or PCV15 (Vaxneuvance). If PCV15 is used, this should be followed by a dose of PPSV23 (Pneumovax23) at least one year later. Or, if you’ve previously received a PPSV23 shot, you should get one dose of PCV15 or PCV20 at least one year later. Medicare Part B also covers two different pneumococcal shots — the first shot at any time and a different, second shot if it’s given at least one year after the first shot.

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Sandra J. Allen

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sandra J. Allen, 74, on Sept. 12, 2022 at the UVM Medical Center in Burlington. She was born in Huntington, VT on Nov. 5, 1947, to Forrest and Margaret (Pecor) Rublee. In 1970, she married Dayle Allen, Sr. She worked as a housekeeper at the University of Vermont for 33 years. In her spare time, Sandra enjoyed playing cards with family and friends and also enjoyed crocheting Afghan quilts. Left to cherish Sandra’s memory is brother Paul Rublee and wife Janice of Georgia, VT and her sister Louise Mitchell. Also, sons Bruce Rublee and wife Joyce of Starksboro, VT, Bill Rublee and wife Laurie of Richmond, VT, Dayle Allen, Jr. and wife Julie of Starksboro, VT, step-sons Harold Allen and wife Kum Hui of CA, Wesley Allen and partner Susan of Richmond, VT; step-daughter Beverly Allen of Morrisville, VT, several grandchil-

dren, great-grandchildren, and dear friends. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Dayle, and sisters Lena, Ethel, and Joan. Visiting hours will be Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 between 10:30 am and noon at Gifford Funeral Home, 22 Depot Street, Richmond, with burial following at Maplewood Cemetery in Huntington. Arrangements are in care of Gifford Funeral Home, 22 Depot Street, Richmond, VT.

David L. Dunne

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of David L. Dunne, 65, of natural causes at his home in Richmond on Sept. 9, 2022. Burial with full military honors will be held at the Vermont Veterans Cemetery in Randolph, VT this fall. A complete obituary will appear at www.vtfuneralhomes. com at a later date. Arrangements are in care of Gifford Funeral Home, 22 Depot Street, Richmond, VT.

Ann Kittell Ellwood

Ann Kittell Ellwood, 78, of Colchester, Vt. passed away on Sept. 14, 2022, after a brief battle with cancer. She leaves behind her children Laurie Ellwood and Trish Hoffmann of Largo, Fla., Doug Ellwood of Colchester, Vt. DeAnn and Jason Charron of Essex Jct., Vt. and Betsy Ellwood of Colchester, Vt. Her grandchildren Clayton Ellwood, Olivia Ellwood, Avery Charron, and Ricky Beirholm. Her brother Kenneth Kittell of Burlington, Vt. and Nephew Albert Kittell of Willison, Vt. She also leaves behind many extended family members and great friends across this earth who have witnessed her love and light and her

OBITUARIES Rosalie M. Fontaine — 5/26/39 - 9/5/22 — (“Rosie”) loved to see people smile. You would often find her singing, dancing or sharing a good laugh with friends and family. Recently Rosie made many new friends in the Williston Woods community during her daily walk-a-clock outings. All who knew Rosie were blessed with her endless love and humor. In Rosie’s early days growing up at the Red house on Mill Hill in Montgomery, she helped to instill the love of family, food and music. She loved singing with her sisters; Nancy, Linda and Kay at the grange hall. A highlight at the age of 12 was performing “This Is My Country” on WWSR in St. Albans. Over the years Rosie’s love of music ranged from Loretta Lynn and George Strait to Imagine Dragons and she encouraged everyone to join in regardless of who’s company she was in. Rosie knew that music brought people together and would make them smile. Rosie met Hollis Pudvah and they shared a love of snowmobiling and fast cars. Together they had three beautiful daughters: Debbie, Darlene and Diane. As the girls grew older, Rosie joined the catering department at Jay Peak with her mother-in-law, Phyliss. She enjoyed many years there and her girls enjoyed their winters sliding down the hills of Jay on cafeteria trays and sipping creamy milk from the kitchen. As they grew older, the girls and Rosie moved to the big city of Burlington, VT. This was quite a change for all of them, but Rosie knew that it would bring them new opportunities. They moved to Elmwood Ave, across from Bushey’s Taxi. Shortly after they moved there, Rosie waltzed into Bushey’s asking for a job. But in the 70’s-80’s women didn’t drive

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taxis. It didn’t take long for her to convince them to hire her and she became the first female taxi driver in the city. This caught the eye of fellow driver, Andre. He loved her charisma and quick wit, and she loved his French-Canadian charm. This was the beginning of their love story. Together they had many adventures, but most of all they enjoyed spending time with their family. During the summers their house was always full, as Rosie and Andre hosted bbq pool parties, or a round of competitive horseshoes. You never left their house hungry, as Rosie loved to cook for her family. Her baked beans, chicken and dumplings, and tapioca pudding are some of the highly requested items. Rosie took her love of racing cars to the demolition derby at the fair and took home second place amongst all male competitors. This woman could drive! She then went on to start a career at the DMV as a driving test instructor. Rosie was an entrepreneur by nature. She was artistic and could create beautiful works of art capturing natures beauty through photography and floral arrangements, which she then turned into successful businesses. Rosie and her beloved Andre enjoyed travel-

ing across the country in their RV. Visiting the west coast, especially the deserts of Arizona, were always a favorite of theirs. During the winters they eventually settled near their daughter, Darlene in Webster, Florida. Rosie was a familiar face at the community jams, singing, dancing, and entertaining friends as “Mini Pearl” and many other characters, ensuring all who attended left with a smile. Everyone couldn’t wait until the next jam to see what she had in store for them. When Rosie and Andre weren’t in Florida, they spent their time attending flea markets, going to bingo, the casino, and of course singing and spending time with family. Over the past 13 years Rosie “GG” has cherished her time with her great grandchildren, Taylor and Michael Noonan. Some of her favorite memories were attending Taylor’s theater and band performances and kicking pinecones with Michael to see who can send them the furthest down the street. They both had such a special bond with their GG. There is so much more to be said about Rosie, but in the end what she did was make our worlds brighter. She would want you to remember to sing, sing your heart out. There are so many family and dear friends that made Rosie’s life grand, daughters; Debbie, Darlene, Diane. Sisters; Nancy, Linda and Kay. Grandchildren; Angela (Shaun), Christopher (Liz) and Michael. Great Grandchildren; Taylor and Michael and many cousins, aunts, uncles. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Rosie’s name to The American Heart Association. Services will be held at LaVigne’s in Winooski on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 4-7. A burial at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph will be Thursday, Sept. 22 at 1pm.

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OBITUARIES Mary Jane (Plouffe) Gauthier, 99, a longtime resident of Richmond, Vermont and later a resident of Mansfield Place in Essex Junction passed away peacefully Sept. 8 at her home in Essex Junction with her family present to comfort her during her brief illness. Mary Jane was born on April 18, 1923 in Drummonville, Quebec and grew up in Enosburg Falls, one of nine children of her father and mother, Amede Plouffe and Olivia (Jutras) Plouffe who predeceased her. She was also predeceased by her brothers, Armand, Romeo, Lucien, Loren, Rosaire, Paul, and Homer as well as her only sister Mary Anne Boyd, her husband of 65 years Paul Gauthier who passed in 2010, and a grandson John Desautels. Mary Jane is survived by her daughter Frances Desautels of Troy, NY, and sons, Rosaire Longe and wife Irene of Burlington, and Robert Gauthier and wife Kathi of Milton, five grandchildren, Roger Longe, Michael Desautels, Susan Desautels, Erik Gauthier, and Amy (Gauthier) St. Denis as well as six great-grand-

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children, Cheryl Desautels, Maverick, Ledger, and Penelope St. Denis, and Greer Gauthier. Mary Jane was a strong and caring wife, mother, and grandmother to whom family was very important and she was loved and respected by those who knew her. Both her and her husband Paul were self-made people whose success in life was accomplished through hard work and perseverance. They met in 1945 upon Paul’s return from service in Europe at the Liberty Diner on Church Street in Burlington where Mary Jane worked. A short courtship resulted in their marriage in Bristol, Connecticut on Nov. 23 1945. Mary Jane continued working as a waitress while Paul drove trucks. They returned to Burlington after several years in Connecticut. They lived in Burlington until their retirement in the late seventies at which time they moved to their final home together in Richmond. In 1952 Paul entered the Burlington Fire Department and shortly after Robert was born.

Mary Jane then became a fulltime mother and housewife devoting herself to her family and managing the couple’s apartment house. In 1962 Paul and Mary Jane founded Queen City Fire Extinguisher Company. Mary Jane worked in that business as the office/business manager until her retirement in the seventies. Together they built a family business that lasted for fifty-seven years and later became FireProTec in Colchester. Mary Jane and Paul enjoyed a long retirement together. She greatly enjoyed working in her many flowerbeds and perhaps more than anything cooking for Paul and the family. Not only a loving mother Mary Jane was actively involved in the lives of her grandchildren whom she enjoyed greatly. In her later years all the family enjoyed her

recounting her memories of years past. Until the end her mind was sharp and the detail of her memories astounded everyone. She remained fiercely independent managing her own affairs and asking for little assistance. She was loved by all that knew her and will be deeply missed. There was a graveside service at Resurrection Park Cemetery in South Burlington Sept.16th. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to University of Vermont Health Network Hospice Service. Our family would like to thank the staff of Mansfield Place for their loving care in Mary Jane’s final years as well Hospice Services for their exceptional care in her final days which allowed her to pass at home and on her terms.

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something they like to do.” He also noted that, given the high number of openings in Burlington, the college student workforce is finding jobs in the city and is not as available to Williston businesses as in the past. One theory expressed through the pandemic was that enhanced unemployment benefits ($600 per week from the federal government on top of regular state benefits) were keeping people out of the workforce. While the Labor Department has no data to verify that, Thweatt said there is anecdotal evidence that the benefits allowed people time to re-evaluate their work situation and potentially make changes. This was especially true in the service industry, which lost workers when it was completely shut down in the spring of 2020. Some workers didn’t return when it re-opened. “Maybe they elected to pivot in their career to an office setting or remote work or some-




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distributed about $160 million in federal funds to keep people in their homes, according to a VTDigger report. Champlain Housing Trust Community Relations Director Chris Donnelly said the benefit offered up to $1,200 in rent for hundreds of tenants in the Trust’s low-income housing units. But he doesn’t believe it was enough to keep people out of the workforce. “By this point, for the people who are getting rental assistance, it’s because they need it,” he said. “I don’t think people are just sitting around not working because the rent is getting paid.” Meanwhile, the labor force has increased by about 8,000 people from a low point in 2021, according to Barewicz. Similarly, the number of open jobs ticked down through the summer from 26,000 in June to 23,000 in July, he said. “That trend is positive from a labor force perspective,” said Barewicz. Thweatt attributes the rebound partly to people reconsidering pandemic-hastened retirements. Vermont’s labor force has also been bolstered by a population increase of about 4,000 over the past two years. “Successful employers are going to be the ones who think differently about the skills they need and the characteristics of the jobs they are trying to fill,” Barewicz said. “The ones that can tap into to those labor pools that are being under-utilized that have resources and have time — it might not be a standard 40-hour schedule. It might not be the same position it was before, but there’s a lot of opportunities for employers to think creatively and hire within the existing labor pool.”

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September 22, 2022 clinic. Resources will be provided for continued learning and playing opportunities. Bring your own paddle or use a loaner. Instructor: Corey Gottfried. PICKLEBALL 101

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The basketball court at Rossignol Community Park will be closed until Sept. 25 for resurfacing. Half of the court is being repurposed into a play area with a track, hopscotch, four square, chalk-drawing squares and a basketball hoop. It will be an

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