The Citizen - 08-4-22

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Bliss takes reins


Hinesburg man new head of Charlotte fire, rescue

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August 4, 2022

Weekly news coverage for Charlotte and Hinesburg

Charlotte investigates town-run fire, rescue

View from Mt. Philo

‘Not a decision to be taken lightly,’ CVFRS says COREY MCDONALD STAFF WRITER


A view of the Champlain Valley and lake from atop Mt. Philo.

Charlotte may soon establish its own municipal fire and rescue department, according to selectboard members, upending the private-public partnership between the town and the nonprofit Charlotte Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services. During the public comment portion of the July 25 selectboard meeting, Louise McCarren, in response to a resident’s question about the fire and rescue service, said that “one of the options, which is under consideration, is to turn it into a municipal system.” “We haven’t gotten there. We haven’t decided yet,” McCarren said. She did not See RESCUE DEPARTMENT on page 13

$46K study approved for Hinesburg fire station, town hall COREY MCDONALD STAFF WRITER

Hinesburg is opting for the two-for-one approach. The selectboard during its July 20 meeting authorized $46,800 for Wiemann

Lamphere Architects to make conceptual designs for improvements to both the town hall and the fire station. The study would essentially lump the issue of the “failing” town hall roof and the 50-year-old fire station into one. The company would spend August studying each build-

ing and by the end of October come up with renovation designs for both buildings, or completely new building designs. The firm will also study the potential for a new building housing both the fire station and a new town hall. “I think this is a good move to get us

through the concept design and then we’ll have some options to really get a palate for what the taxpayers want, what can we work out and go from there,” Hinesburg town manager Todd Odit said. See TOWN HALL on page 13

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Justin Bliss takes reins as Charlotte fire chief Served as South Burlington firefighter COREY MCDONALD STAFF WRITER


A rendering of the proposed Charlotte highway garage.

Town garage, bond vote set Charlotte voters asked to approve $1.5 million COREY MCDONALD STAFF WRITER

Charlotte voters will decide on Tuesday whether the town will build a new town garage, and whether the town can borrow $1.5 million to pay for it. During Charlotte’s special town meeting on Aug. 9, voters will be asked to authorize debt to the tune of $1.5 million — be it via a bond or a bank note — to finance the design and construction of a new town garage. The town has been in a hurry to build a new town garage after the 100-year-old building on Church Hill Road was destroyed in a latenight fire in December, taking with it all the snowplows used to clear

80 miles of Charlotte roads. Officials have estimated the total cost of the garage to be roughly $3 million. The balance of the cost, if the bond vote is approved, would be “paid from funds offset by the federal ARPA grant and from accumulated reserves totaling $500,000 within the town’s highway fund and highway capital fund,” according to town officials. If the debt is approved, a property valued at $500,000 would pay an additional $72 taxes in the first year, which would then decrease each year over the life of the 20-year loan to approximately $42. The town plans on building the new garage at the former flea market site on Route 7 on

the southeastern-most portion of Burns Woods, a 54-acre townowned property between Route 7 and Greenbush Road. “Four other town-owned and four privately-owned parcels were also considered — none of these parcels are as well situated or configured as the ‘flea market parcel’ for the proposed Town Garage,” officials said. The building is being planned to be “fossil fuel free,” meaning it will be heated without propane or oil, and will also be “solar ready,” although the installation of solar panels will be a separate project from the building’s construction. Early voting has already begun and will run through Aug. 9. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Justin Bliss takes no time in answering what led him to firefighting in the first place: family. For him, firefighting is a generational duty, an indelible childhood experience spending summers with his grandfather —who helped start a fire department in New York — and his two uncles, which has kept him on the emergency services path for much of his life. He’d hitch along with his grandfather and uncles on calls and “it was just the coolest thing I’d ever seen in my life,” he said. “Like, man, this is something I really need to get involved with. I was absolutely enamored from day one.” Now, Bliss will take the reins as Charlotte’s newest fire chief, replacing Dick St. George, who was chief of the department for seven years. One could argue he might be overqualified for the job. Bliss’s infatuation with firefighting has led him to all sorts of specializations within emergency service. His most recent position was with the fire service in Suffolk, Va., but before that he was a firefighter in South Burlington. He’s also been a member of Colchester Technical Rescue. He’s completed ice rescue classes, he’s a certified swiftwater technician, he can handle boat operations, and he’s a disaster medical specialist with the Vermont Urban Search and Rescue team. “My most recent class, I went

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to a disaster specialist class down in South Carolina. That was a week long and we learned how to treat disaster victims in collapsed buildings and the different medical considerations that you need,” he said. “That was a fantastic class. That was so much fun. I wish I could go back.” He’s not overqualified, just the “best informed” for the job, he said. “We may never see any of these incidents in Charlotte,” he said. “But the fact of the matter is that I know what goes into them might steer me to better decisions for some incidents that we do have here.” Bliss lives in Hinesburg with his wife and two kids, ages 3 and 5. He was something of a stay-athome dad during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, but he soon learned of the new opening in Charlotte. “It seemed like an interesting job, a new challenge for me,” he said. “I know what goes into running a department and I’ve helped run departments before, but I’ve never been a chief. And I needed a new project to sink my teeth into — there’s only so much housework you can do.” In his new role, he hopes to bolster training and “really firm up basic firefighting skills,” and he says he wants to explore making Charlotte “a regional resource.” “We have a fantastic cache of equipment here. We’ve got a fantastic knowledge base. There’s no reason that we shouldn’t be able to share that with everybody,” he said. “I’m personal friends with a lot of the area fire chiefs already. And, I know we can come together as a group and assist each other in training. That only helps us because we don’t have the number of volunteers that we used to. So, we are constantly calling mutual See BLISS on page 13

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Over 50 attorneys endorse Sarah George in reelection bid More than 50 practicing attorneys have endorsed Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George this week. The list of endorsements includes criminal and civil lawyers and former state’s attorneys and comes in the wake of four current and former state’s attorneys endorsed George’s opponent, Ted Kenney, in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. “A prosecutor makes decisions on the facts of the case and the law that exists, not on the winds of public opinion,” Burlington attorney Frank Twarog said. “In my experience, Sarah George does what she feels is right, just and within the bounds of the Constitution 100 percent of the time.” Former Windsor County State’s Attorney Robert Sand, who is now a law school professor, praised George’s commitment to criminal justice reform. “I think Sarah has demonstrated a broader commitment to reshaping and rethinking what a

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just system looks like and what the role of a prosecutor is in the justice system than honestly any state’s attorney I’ve ever seen in Vermont,” he said. Other former state’s attorneys who signed onto the endorsement letter include Paul Jarvis and Sandra Baird. “George has exercised the power of her elected office judiciously and in keeping with the highest values of Vermont to

ensure all of us are guaranteed due process and equal protection afforded by the constitutions of Vermont and the United States,” Baird said. Supporters say that George, who is an incumbent in the race, has been working to address racial disparities in the criminal legal system, including policies that treat substance use as a health matter and that restrict the use of cash bail for lower-income Vermonters. “It is especially meaningful to have the support of so many prominent lawyers, because they know firsthand the requirements of the job of state’s attorney and have seen my work up close,” George said in a press release. Several weeks ago, citing the need for both public safety and criminal justice reform in Chittenden County, nine labor unions representing police, fire and rescue personnel endorsed Kenney’s bid to become the next state’s attorney for Vermont’s largest and busiest court.

Primary election day is Tuesday In addition to voting in Vermont’s primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 9, Charlotte voters will also decide whether to build and fund a new town garage. (See related, page 2) Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Charlotte Town Hall, 159 Ferry Road. In Hinesburg polls will be open on election day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at town hall. Contested races include a new Chittenden Southeast Senate district with five Democrats vying for three slots on the Democratic side of the ballot. Newcomers Lewis Mudge of Charlotte and Steve May of Richmond are looking to unseat two of three incumbents — Thomas Chittenden, Ginny Lyons and Kesha Ram Hinsdale. Three Democrats will appear on the November General Election ballot. Two Charlotters face off for the lone seat in the Vermont House to represent Charlotte and a slice of Hinesburg. Chea Waters Evans is attempting to unseat incumbent representative Michael Yantachka. Both are

Democrats. In Hinesburg, two Democrats, Christina Deeley and Phil Pouech, are seeking the seat of Hinesburg Rep. Bill Lippert, who is retiring after years of service. Other contested primary races include Vermont’s sole seat in the U.S. House and for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Patrick Leahy, on both the Democratic and Republican tickets. In the Democratic prima-

ry voters will need to pick a preferred candidate in races for lieutenant governor, secretary of state and attorney general. In the Republican primary, voters will need to select a candidate for governor and lieutenant governor from the field of contenders. Two Democrats also face off in the Chittenden County State’s Attorney race. Incumbent Sarah George faces Ted Kenney for the county’s top law enforcement job.

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OPINION Letters to the Editor Vote Hinsdale, Lyons, Chittenden for Senate To the Editor: I support Thomas Chittenden, Kesha Ram Hinsdale and Ginny Lyons for state Senate. These are experienced Democrats who will continue to deliver for Chittenden County. I’m proud of their support for the clean heat standard, emission reductions and protection of endangered forests. I’ve gotten to know Chittenden over the last few years and have found him to be humble, positive and transparent but most importantly accessible. He’s a leader who thinks big picture with a regional approach. Join me in supporting this team of proven Democrats on primary election day, Aug. 9. Chris Trombly South Burlington

Mudge ‘essence of citizen legislator’ To the Editor: I’m voting for Lewis Mudge for Senate, and I want to encourage others to do the same. He is invested in our towns in Chittenden County, serves tirelessly on the Charlotte Selectboard and has three kids in the school system. He continually sacrifices his time for the town and embodies the essence of a volunteer legislator. This is the kind of person we need to represent our new district in Montpelier. Professionally, Mudge works as a human rights advocate. I have watched him Zoom in on selectboard meetings from the Central African Republic where it is 2 a.m. His continued work in the human rights field shows that he has the principles to represent our communities. When Mudge moved to Charlotte from Kenya with his family he immediately got involved in our local church, teaching at the Sunday school, where he shows

patience, energy and a sense of humor. He is running against three incumbents, but we have three votes in this race. I encourage readers to mark Lewis Mudge as one of their votes on Aug. 9. He will serve us well. Mike Dorsey Charlotte

Mudge’s background prepares him for Senate To the Editor: These days we are reminded every day why we need candidates to volunteer and defend democracy. In our state Senate race we can choose a candidate — Lewis Mudge — who will stand up for democracy and fight for human rights here as he has done in my home country: the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mudge moved to the eastern Congo in 2008 when militias were targeting civilians. He took up a job to train journalists and later joined Human Rights Watch where he continues to work to this day. Whether here in Charlotte on the selectboard or working in the Central Africa Republic, he approaches problems with curiosity and humility. He always wants to learn more and hear perspectives. The diplomacy skills he learned in Goma, Bunia and Bukavu in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo have served him well in Vermont. I have seen him call people in Charlotte to seek their input on issues and problems, he listens and appreciates what they have to say. We can use more of that in Montpelier. We also have a chance to elect someone who will promote the voices of new Americans in Montpelier. Mudge understands that new Americans make Vermont — and the country — a better place to be. We know he will advocate for policies that will help new Americans get settled See LETTERS on page 6

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Time is right to send Evans to Montpelier To The Editor: There’s a new Sherriff in town and Chea Waters Evans is her name. Running as a Democrat for the House seat in Chittenden-5, which covers Charlotte and part of Hinesburg, we are voting for Evans on Aug. 9 in the Vermont Democratic Party primary. Residents of Charlotte for four decades, Evans and her family are actually not so new in our town. Beyond those blue streetside signs with the pink “Chea” denoted on them, we know her as a leading voice for our commu-


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nity. Her role as a journalist and editor — for The Citizen, The Charlotte News and, more recently, for The Charlotte Bridge and Seven Days, gives Evans deep insights into our community and provides her the ability to understand issues and people’s thinking on a granular level. Beyond her editorial experiences, she is deeply involved as a parent, as a volunteer and in all things that are important to us. Honesty. Compassion. Confidence. Flexibility and integrity are exceptional traits that distinguish her work and active involvement in our community. Evans, through research and generous listening, demonstrates a true compassion evidenced in her ability to see the needs of our community and pursue a course of action that becomes the greatest benefit to all involved. She has the ability to convert knowledge into wisdom. As editor and writer, Evans aspires to respect pluralistic opinions, analyze problems and help us see solutions based on what is good and right. She has a good grasp of the issues that are important to people in Charlotte and Hinesburg like farming, affordable housing, diversity, equity and women’s rights. In a recent article, I wrote that I see an America deeply dissatisfied with the way things are going. The New York Times reports that only 13 percent of voters say the country is on the right path. There is a generational turnover coming in political leadership. The Boomer generation is about to retire, thus requiring new leaders. There is a strong hunger for change that demands unconventional outsiders, and the further outside the better. It’s time for a woman to represent Charlotte and Hinesburg in Montpelier. Evans is willing to stand up for families, for women, for diversity in all its forms, for affordable housing, for farmers, for everyone who needs a little help being heard. Serious about leading and serving, Chea Waters Evans is dialed in to the community in a way that makes this the right moment to send her to Montpellier. Robert M. Caldwell Charlotte

Mudge searches for thoughtful outcomes To the Editor: Lewis Mudge and his family moved to Charlotte after serving many years in Central Africa working on the documentation of human rights abuse issues. He has

a clear sense of the importance of public service and an appreciation of the values of good governance. With this experience, he developed a desire to work for our local government in a volunteer capacity. He was elected to a seat on the Charlotte Selectboard and now has served over two years. He has proven himself to be a good listener of the various concerns of the community. His leadership style is to evaluate the issues and work to understand both sides of any argument. Rather than taking a hard stand, Mudge offers compromises so that his vote often makes the resolution palatable for all. This style of old-fashioned negotiation serves the greater good. Mudge is well prepared for topics on the selectboard agenda by meeting with and talking to involved citizens well in advance of the meetings. He is able to set expectations in advance so that the decisions are not headline grabbing but thoughtful outcomes. As a thoughtful family man and an experienced community leader, he is ready to take on the challenge of the state Senate. With his commanding speaking skills, he will be a representative voice for his constituents. Vote for Lewis Mudge in the Democratic primary Tuesday, Aug. 9 Lane Morrison Charlotte

Give Mudge a nudge: Elect him to Senate To the Editor: I work across Chittenden County, and I support Lewis Mudge as a candidate for state Senate. He is on the selectboard in Charlotte. I ran against him for his current seat and have been very impressed with his leadership and positive influence thus far. To be clear, I don’t agree with him on everything but have learned that we have very similar goals and visions for the future. I would rather vote for a politician who stands by his convictions and engages in discourse than one who bends to whatever direction the political winds are blowing. I will also say this for Mudge: He always seeks input and opinions before taking a decision, even if it is one that may not be popular with all of his constituents. Additionally, he really enjoys the minutia of helping run a town, which will be an asset in Montpelier. He also cares about our towns in Chittenden County and wants to see them do well. Mudge has three small kids in See LETTERS on page 7

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continued from page 6 the public school system and he’s invested in our communities. He wants to see business growth and housing expansion without losing sight of Vermont’s principles and while protecting our green space. In a world where too many politicians focus on getting the message right, I want someone who will just do the job, listen to his constituents and try his best. I’m voting Mudge. Mike Dunbar Charlotte

Chittenden proven leader, public servant To the Editor: I encourage you to join me and vote for Thomas Chittenden in the Aug. 9 Democratic primary. Chittenden is a proven leader and remarkable public servant, both as a state senator and as a South Burlington city councilor. Chittenden is incredibly studious, he researches difficult policy issues and asks challenging questions. He can disagree without being disagreeable. These are admirable qualities in any elected official. I am proud to serve with him on the South Burlington City Council. Please join me and help re-elect state Sen. Thomas Chittenden. Matt Cota South Burlington

Kenney will bring equity, safety to county To the Editor: I write this letter of support for Ted Kenney, a Democratic candidate for Chittenden County State’s Attorney in the primary on Aug. 9. I am a former civil rights investigator and prison educator. I served as a development director for a mental health agency

and volunteered for a restorative justice program in New Zealand. I’m a lifelong liberal Democrat. Access to housing, food, physical and mental health services, and substance use treatment are of paramount importance. My lived experience as a Chittenden County resident has shifted. I personally witnessed an attempted theft in my pharmacy, stopped by a customer. I was afraid someone would get hurt. My favorite customer service rep at my grocery store explained that security is now needed because people are carrying baskets and carts of products out without paying. Stolen bikes show up, abandoned, in our neighborhood. Additionally, objective statistics demonstrate significant upticks in aggravated assaults, burglary and car theft in Chittenden County. Kenney understands that criminal justice reform and public safety are not mutually exclusive. We can work together to create a safe, vibrant and equitable community where all can thrive, while also addressing past racial, ethnic, gender and socioeconomic inequities. His stellar record includes service to Vermonters as a lawyer in government and private practice, engaging in criminal defense, civil litigation, personal injury litigation, transactional and business formation law and estate law. He graduated from the University of Vermont and worked his way through law school at American University. As former president of the Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, he offers a unique perspective on balancing rights of the accused with public safety. Most recently, he served as division chief at the Vermont Office of the Attorney General. Ted Kenney has the experience and unique, balanced perspective to foster an equitable, safe and just Chittenden County. Katherine Bielawa Stamper Burlington

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Join local celebrities Darren Perron, Champlain Valley school district principal Adam Bunting, Serena Magnan O’Connell, and many more for this year’s Dancing with the Burlington Stars, a charity fundraising event where teams of local celebrities and dance professionals compete for a good cause. The Vermont Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired brings back its popular annual event Sunday, Sept. 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Flynn Theater in Burlington. After a two-year hiatus, local celebrities and local dance professionals will once again team up to shine on stage. Participants this year include Jordan Sassi and Ryan Doyle, Brea McBride and Darren Perron, Liza Matton Mercy and Leo Wermer, Rick Kinsman and Heather Liebenguth, Olivia Schrantz and Adam Bunting, Tino Rutanhira and Alexis Kamitses and Serena Magnan O’ Connell and Jon Bacon. All proceeds from the event benefit Vermont Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired in its mission to enable Vermonters who are blind or visually impaired to be more independent, cultivate adaptive skills and improve their quality of life. Tickets are on sale now at the Flynn box office.

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Senior Center offers meals for pickup The Age Well meal pickup for Thursday, Aug. 4, is from 10-11 a.m., Charlotte Senior Center, 212 Ferry Road, and features

meatballs in marinara sauce with parmesan cheese, penne pasta, mixed blend vegetables, dinner roll with butter, vanilla fluff with cream and milk. You must have pre-registered by Monday, Aug. 1, with Lori York, 802-4256371 or The meal on Thursday, Aug. 11 — register by Aug. 8 — is chicken-n-biscuit, chicken in gravy, red mashed potatoes, diced carrots with dill, biscuit, pound cake with strawberries and cream and milk. The meal on Thursday, Aug. 18 — register by Aug. 15 — is cavatappi with cheddar cheese and Canadian bacon, beets, broccoli florets, dinner roll with butter, Craisin and date cookies and milk. Check the website for last-minute cancellations at

Hinesburg Fire Department offers 911 sign program The Hinesburg Fire Department would like to remind residents about its 911 address sign program. Signs are double sided and coated with high visibility reflective green material with high visibility and reflective numbers making address identification fast and easy for emergency services. The cost per sign is $25, which includes a free five-foot signpost if needed, as well as installation by a Hinesburg Fire Department member. For more information or to place an order for a sign, feel free to stop at the fire station if someone is available, leave a message at 802-482-2455 or email info@

Red Cross blood drives Charlotte Senior Center, 212 Ferry Road, Aug. 4, 2-7 p.m.

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Student-run theater troupe presents murder mystery “Lucky Stiff,” a musical produced entirely by young adults, including several from Shelburne and Charlotte, opens tonight, Thursday, Aug. 4 at Williston Central School. The murder mystery farce is full of mistaken identities, millions in diamonds and a wheelchair-bound corps, and runs through the weekend, Aug. 4-6 at 7:30 p.m. There’s also a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Ticket sales will support future Verdantrics Production Company shows and help defray costs from this year’s production. Verdantrics, founded by Tommy Bergeron of Essex and Shea Dunlop of Hinesburg in 2019, is a portmanteau of verdant — green and blooming — and theatrics. This spring, recent Champlain Valley Union graduates Avery Smith of Shelburne and Isabella Hackerman of Charlotte,

connected with Verdantrics to pitch their idea for a youth-led musical. Bergeron and Dunlop had planned to dissolve Verdantrics after they graduated college but instead decided to pass down the company to the next generation of young artists. Smith and Hackerman, along with the rest of the team for this summer’s production, are continuing the vision of the founders with a fresh group of young adults invested in the arts. Not only have Smith and Hackerman tackled new challenges as artistic and music directors by running rehearsals, choreographing dance numbers and blocking scenes, they have dived head-first into running a nonprofit with tax forms, insurance agreements and budget spreadsheets. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at at the door.

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played at Castleton University’s David Wolk Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 6. The two teams will stay at Castleton University for six days before playing in the game. Local athletes on the team include Jared Anderson, Ryan Canty and Angelos Carroll from Champlain Valley Union High School, and Amari Fraser from South Burlington High School. The Maple Sugar Bowl Game is sponsored by the Cairo Shriners of Rutland and Mt. Sinai Shriners of Montpelier. This game is a fundraiser for three area Shriners Hospitals for Children. Tickets are available at

Golf tournament benefits CVU girls’ basketball Support Redhawks girls’ basketball Sunday, Sept. 25, at Cedar Knoll Country Club in Hinesburg at the 2nd annual CVU Redhawks Girls Basketball Golf Tournament. The day will include greens fees, cart rental, a light breakfast, lunch, appetizers and cash bar, raffle prizes and great sunset views. Cost is $90 per person or

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Pamela Davies Clark

Pamela Davies Clark Pamela Davies Clark, longtime resident of Charlotte, Shelburne and Monkton, died in Washington D.C. on Monday, March 21, 2022, surrounded by family. A devoted friend, enthusiastic golfer, consummate host, proud mother and beloved grandmother, she always treasured the time she spent with family and friends. Pam was born in Batavia, N.Y., to Mary Ellen (Doton) and Charles Davies. She was adored by her siblings, Thom Davies, Don Davies (who predeceased her) and Cathy Blake and their families. Although she lived in many places throughout her life, Vermont was the only place she truly called home. It was where she built homes and businesses, celebrated the rich connection to the place where generations of relatives contributed to the land and character of the state, and where she and Thomas Pierce raised their three children. She was an active contributor to the communities where

she lived, serving on the school board in Shelburne and participating in town halls in Charlotte. After running a bed and breakfast in the family home for several years, she was part of the team that purchased and undertook a historic renovation of the former home of Rene and Helen Gadue on the Shelburne Town Green to open the Heart of the Village Inn in 1996. In recent years Pam spent time in Florida where she developed a love of golf, painting, birdwatching and winters without shoveling snow. She lived a rich, full life with an unfailingly positive outlook that propelled her through good times and hard times and was reflected in the joyful celebration of her 29th birthday every year, even after her children far surpassed that milestone. She is survived by many who loved her and miss her, including her children, Heather Pierce of Washington D.C., Greg Pierce of New York, N.Y., and Randal Pierce of Burlington, and their families. Her husband, Stephen Clark, predeceased her, and Pam had a special bond with her stepdaughter Tricia Clark. With cousins in the dozens, Pam took every opportunity she could to visit and connect with family. Her friendships were deep and lasting. She forged lifelong relationships with the children that she got to know and with whom she shared her love of crafts, nature and sparkly jewelry, welcoming all as family regardless of family tree. Her art and her handmade cards and her masterful baking lessons are documented in the

photographs and memories of those she loved. A celebration of her life with family and friends will be at the Doton Family Farm in Woodstock, 202 Lakota Road, on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, at noon. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stern Center for Language and Learning, 183 Talcott Rd #101, Williston VT 05495. Marilou Estacio

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ness she displayed every day. With the family continuing to grow, her sons Jhammar and Michael brought new joy into her life: her grandkids. Her priority was always family, whether here or in the Philippines, and she never chose between the two. She would never pass up an opportunity to spend time with the people she loved. She would want everyone to focus on the good, the laughs and the little things — celebrating her and all the memories shared. As she taught those around her to love hard, she spread her kindness and endless generosity everywhere she went. She made the world a better place and will be forever missed by every life she touched. Marilou is survived by the Estacio, Bissonette, Cruz, Martel, Antonio and Bermejo families. A funeral mass was held at St. Catherine’s Church in Shelburne, on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at 1 p.m. The family requests memorial tributes be directed to Marilou’s funeral fund to assist with expenses. Monetary donations can be made through Jhammar Cruz’s Paypal ( paypalme/inmemoriesofmarilou) and Venmo (@jhammarcruz).

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continued from page 10 many difficult events throughout his life that he endured with strength and determination. He was a talented jack of all trades who could repair most anything with the supplies he had in front of him. Steve and Janet were married for 43 wonderful years during which Steve accomplished many things. He was a firefighter, president of the snowmobile club, a snowmobile safety course instructor, and a host of many horse rides with his closest friends and family. He was a devoted father and a hero to his grandsons. Steve attended Champlain Valley Union High School after which he earned a certificate in the industrial field from Burlington High School. He started his own auto body shop in Shelburne where he trained other young men in the trade. He then went on to work as an auto damage appraiser for over 30 years. Most recently, he established his own appraisal business in the Northeast Kingdom. During his busy work life, Steve was able to find the time to coach and grow the wrestling programs at both Champlain Valley and Vergennes Union high schools. He also became a Little League coach, umpire and a mentor to youth of all ages. He was truly the heart of his community. Steve and Janet recently

fulfilled their dream of moving to Island Pond to reside on their beautiful ranch with their horses and beloved dog, Sadie. Steve is survived by his loving wife, Janet; his children, Jessica and Scott; and his grandsons, Noah and Nathan Abbott. He is also survived by his parents; his brothers, Christopher (Karen) and James (Marilou); his sister, Nancy (Jim); along with a multitude of extended family, close friends and neighbors. A celebration of life took place at the American Legion, 60 Railroad St., Island Pond, on Friday, July 15, 2022, 1-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a fund has been established in Janet’s name to help with Steve’s final expenses, at Community National Bank, P.O. Box 441, Island Pond





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Remains of Hinesburg soldier from WWII finally found Army Pvt. Alevin A. Hathaway, 20, of Hinesburg, killed during World War II, was accounted for on Jan. 14, 2020, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. The announcement was officially made in mid-July. In November 1944, Hathaway was assigned to Company E, 2nd Battalion, 109th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division. His unit was engaged in battle with German forces near Hürtgen, Germany, in the Hürtgen Forest, when he was reported missing in action on Nov. 6. His body was not recovered, and he was declared killed in action Nov. 7, 1945. Following the end of the war, the American Graves Registration Command was tasked with investigating and recovering missing

American personnel in Europe. They conducted several investigations in the Hürtgen area between 1946 and 1950 but were unable to recover or identify Hathaway’s remains. While studying unresolved American losses in the Hürtgen area, a Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency historian determined that one set of unidentified remains, designated X-2739 Neuville, recovered from a minefield south of Hürtgen in 1946 possibly belonged to Hathaway. The remains, which had been buried in Ardennes American Cemetery in 1950, were disinterred in April 2018 and sent to the laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, for identification. To identify the remains, scientists used dental and anthropological analysis, as well as circum-

stantial evidence found on the battlefield. Scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System also used DNA analysis. Hathaway’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at Netherlands American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in Margarten, Netherlands. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for. Hathaway will be buried in his hometown. The date has yet to be decided. For family and funeral information, contact the Army Casualty Office at 800-892-2490. Hathaway’s personnel profile can be viewed at Submitted by the Hinesburg Historical Society.

SPECIAL TOWN MEETING WARNING The legal voters of the Town of Charlotte, Vermont, are hereby notified and warned to meet at Charlotte Town Hall, 159 Ferry Road in the Town of Charlotte on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, between the hours of seven o’clock (7:00) in the forenoon (a.m.), at which time the polls will open, and seven o’clock (7:00) in the afternoon (p.m.), at which time the polls will close, to vote by Australian ballot upon the following Articles of business: ARTICLE I Shall the voters authorize the design and construction of an approximately 9,000 sq. ft. highway garage on Town-owned land west of Route 7 for an amount not to exceed Three Million Dollars ($3,000,000) to be financed over a period not to exceed twenty (20) years? ARTICLE 2 If Article I is approved, shall the Town of Charlotte issue taxable general obligation bonds or notes, or incur a taxable loan obligation in an amount not to exceed One Million Five Hundred Thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($1,500,000) to finance, together with other funds and resources of the Town, the design and construction of an approximately 9,000 sq. ft. highway garage on Town-owned land west of Route 7? The legal voters of the Town of Charlotte are further notified that voter qualification, registration and absentee voting relative to said special meeting shall be as provided in Chapters 43, 51 and 55 of Title 17, Vermont Statutes Annotated. The legal voters of the Town of Charlotte are further notified that an informational meeting will be held on Monday, August 8, 2022, at the Town Offices in the Town of Charlotte and electronically on the Zoom platform beginning at six-thirty (6:30) in the evening (p.m.), for the purpose of explaining the proposed project and the financing thereof. Adopted and approved at a special meeting of the Selectboard of the Town of Charlotte duly called, noticed, and held June 20, 2022.


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The town in April voted to go out to bid for a study and design respond to a voicemail seek- was put on the back burner due rescue service, the potential for for a new fire station. Fire officials ing additional comment, but to COVID-19 protocols as well increased costs, and the risk of say they’ve outgrown the station selectboard chair Jim Faulkner as a reconfiguration of the town’s interrupted service,” Bomba and need to expand to accommoconfirmed during the meeting development review board. said. “To this end, CVFRS date their needs. that the town is looking into a It is unclear when, or if, any believes these discussions should Meanwhile, a town committee different form of management action will be taken by the select- be happening in open meetings was formed to address town hall’s of Charlotte Volunteer Fire and board. Under the current agree- within the town rather than in failing roof. Hinesburg employRescue Services. ment between the two parties, so-called executive sessions.” ees discovered water leakage last “We’re in the process of the relationship can be dissolved Bomba added that the winter and an inspection later changing that,” he said in following “180 “CVFRS does revealed that part of the building’s response to the resident’sDAY ques- days after not object to SHELBURNE “CVFRS believes face painting. wooden framing was bowed and tion. receipt the idea of continued frommembers page 4toward CVFRS’ showed serious deterioration. Towards the end, the Charlotte-ShelSelectboard of written notice a municipal these discussions The condition of the slate is in the end of the meeting had that the Town department to burne-Hinesburg Rotary invites folks to poor condition” due to “extremely an executive session with the has adopted a the should be happening assume age, assistant town manager Joy Shelburne Society will estabhave a head to the Little rLeague next to former deputyHistorical fire chief and head resolution e s p o n s i b ifield lDubin Grossman said. The slate of service, Rob Mullin, although lishing a municitiesthe of annual Fire openFire meetings display and president Dorothea Penar will in the Station for Rotary roof was originally added in 1901 it is unclear what was discussed ipal department and Rescue underwent some modificalead a meeting. cemetery tour at 1 p.m. Food the ven- within Golfthe Ball Drop and services” a chancebut to winand prizes in the that performs town tions in the 1990s. and with services.” thatthe “we believe dors Charlotte round Volunteer out theFire event everything depending on where numbered balls In putting forward the proposRescue Services has provided In a press rather than in soa transifrom coffeeresponse and lemonade burgers and land. Proceeds fromsuch al,fund Odit said he was “avoiding a ticket sales emergency service for to release sent to tion should be help project or that project,’ knowexecutive Charlotte since oper- meeting The Citizen, the subject of the‘this creemees. Kids1950. will Itenjoy animals called Rotary’s many projects through year. ates as a nonprofit organization acting president a detailed plan from Shelburne Farms,that craftof projects, and sessions.” run by a board of directors the CVFRS, implement“manage that service all them- Jared Bomba, ed over the selves. We don’t manage at all,” said that the BLISS — Jared Bomba course of 12-24 Faulkner said. move to estabcontinued from page 2 months in order “When it comes budget time, lish a fire and rescue department to retain staff and maintain uninthey come and present their under its own control “is not a terrupted service.” aid.” budget, that’s the time we can decision to be taken lightly” and The fire and rescue service The Charlotte Volunteer Fire look at the items on their budget suggested the discussions be currently staffs seven full-time and Rescue Service currently staffs if we want to make changes,” he held in a public forum. employees but is primarily made seven full-time employees, includadded. “To sustain the high quality up of 20 per diem employees and ing Bliss, but is primarily made up The public-private relation- of services currently in place, 16 volunteers. of 20 per diem employees and 16 ship is currently governed by such a change requires substanThe board of directors this volunteers. a memorandum of understand- tial research, planning and, most past month approved the hiring Bliss comes into Charlotte ing that was first inked in 2014 importantly, a thorough town of Justin Bliss, a former South during an interesting time. The and was last updated in 2019. discussion call to be certain that all Burlington firefighter, as the selectboard may soon considfor rates: 985-3091 The agreement is supposed to parties understand the difficul- chief of the department. (See er taking bring the service into be renewed every two years but ties of maintaining a fire and related, page 2) hands, upending or email municipal the public-private relationship


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SAGITTARIUS Nov. 23 - Dec. 21 Sagittarius, if you find that your mind is muddled and communication is not coming easily to you, take a break and enjoy some alone time. Engage in solo projects.

CAPRICORN Dec. 22 - Jan. 20 Capricorn, words may not be the best way to express what you are feeling right now to a partner. Actions will speak louder than words.

AQUARIUS Jan. 21 - Feb. 18 Things could get intense for you this week, Aquarius. A lot of information is headed your way. A roadblock is in your path, but don’t let this trip you up.

PISCES Feb. 19 - March 20 Pisces, are you prepared for the spotlight to be turned on you at work? Brush up on your skills and what you have to say to superiors.

CLUES ACROSS 1. Female parent 5. NY city 10. Israeli diplomat Abba 14. Surrounded by 15. Car part 16. Simple aquatic plant 17. Tough skin of fruit 18. Finnish lake 19. Composition 20. Very willing 22. One and only 23. Cluster cups 24. Famed Hollywood director 27. Score perfectly 30. Important lawyers 31. Undivided 32. Part of the foot 35. Spun by spiders 37. Married woman 38. Reagan’s Secretary of State 39. Instruments 40. The A-Team drove one 41. Short-tailed marten 42. Oil organization 43. Predecessor to the EU 44. “Hotel California” rockers 45. Color at the end of the spectrum 46. Actress Ryan 47. Digital audiotape

48. Expression of creative skill 49. Scientific instrument 52. Dog-__: marked for later 55. Israeli city __ Aviv 56. Fencing sword 60. Turkish title 61. Wise individuals 63. Cold wind 64. Popular type of shoe 65. The territory occupied by a nation 66. Tattle 67. Chop up 68. Actress Zellweger 69. Romanian city CLUES DOWN 1. Female of a horse 2. Bowfin 3. Chinese dynasty 4. Small venomous snake 5. Global news agency 6. Common fractions 7. American state 8. Tired 9. Boxing’s GOAT 10. Made less severe 11. A group of countries in special alliance 12. God of fire (Hindu) 13. Northeast Indian ethnic group 21. Anchor ropes 23. They __


25. Apprehend 26. Autonomic nervous system 27. A theatrical performer 28. 2-door car 29. Partner to flowed 32. Pair of small hand drums 33 Former Houston footballer 34. Discharge 36. Former women’s branch of the military 37. Partner to cheese 38. Witch 40. Live in a dull way 41. Satisfies 43. Snakelike fish 44. Consume 46. Type of student 47. Erase 49. Instruct 50. Girl’s given name 51. Spiritual leader of a Jewish congregation 52. Every one of two or more things 53. Indian city 54. Greek letters 57. Weapon 58. Geological times 59. Cycle in physics 61. Soviet Socialist Republic 62. Witness

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