The Citizen - 09-22-22

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CVU engineering team expands to include more students

Artists, craftspeople throw open their doors to visitors

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September 22, 2022

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Allegations of sexual discrimination against the Charlotte Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service’s former deputy chief have added controversy to the town’s push for a municipally operated fire and rescue department. Specifically, the accused former officer, Rob Mullin, wants to get paid to help with the transition. At its last meeting, the selectboard heard from Thomas Gates, a volunteer with the service who claimed it was common knowledge in the department that female employees “had been passed over for promotion” by Mullin, who had been terminated in April. In a story published earlier this month, The Charlotte News cited anonymous sources claiming a drop in the number of female employees and volunteers was due to sexual discrimination by Mullin, who passed over women with equal training credentials to their male coworkers. “I’ve been on Charlotte Fire and Rescue for four years, and I worked with Mr. Mullin at the Burlington Fire Department for a quarter of a century, so there is clearly no reason whatsoever that I’m vindictive. I’m not,” Gates, the only person to go on record in The Charlotte News story, said at the selectboard’s Sept. 8 meeting. “These are facts that took place, facts which can be verified. There are multiple witnesses.” See DISCRIMINATION on page 12

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Many of the activities at this year’s Oct. 1 Dead Creek Wildlife Day are tailored to children. See page 3 for more.

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Picking away across the Champlain Valley ABIGAIL CARROLL COMMUNITY NEWS SERVICE

Apple-picking season is back in Vermont, and orchards across the state are starting to come alive with visitors — and apples. The Citizen checked in with three

orchards across the Champlain Valley to see what their owners think about this year’s fall fun.

Yates Family Orchard, Hinesburg In the Hinesburg-Monkton area, Jessika Yates has been running Yates Family Orchard since 2008. She started out with

2 acres and now manages four times that amount. Yates thinks this season will be good for business. Her orchard boasts 28 kinds of apples that ripen throughout the fall. Jessika’s overall favorite? Northern Spy. See APPLES on page 8

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Called Vermont’s ‘ethics guru’

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Here are the results of last Friday’s Rotary Club of Charlotte, Shelburne, and Hinesburg golf ball drop: 1st prize, closest to pin: Andrew Burtt of Hinesburg won $1,000, 2nd prize, second closest: Corrine Levinthal of Shelburne won $500, 3rd prize, third closest: William Kennaugh of Shelburne won $250, 4th prize, farthest from pin: Ric Flood of Charlotte won the gift basket. Overall longest drive: Joe Galati won a 1-year membership to the Kwini Club. Beta Technologies donated use of the helicopter, operated by pilot Nate Dubie, and Steve Gonsalves and The Kwini Club allowed Rotary use of its driving range and provided support throughout the event. Proceeds will support the purchase of automated external defibrillators and other emergency services in the area. According to the fundraising website, the club met its goal, raising $10,040.

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A longtime South Burlington resident and lawyer has been selected to receive the American Inns of Court Professionalism Award. Michael Kennedy was picked from within the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, which covers Vermont, New York and Connecticut. The honor goes to a lawyer or judge “whose life and practice display sterling character and unquestioned integrity, coupled with ongoing dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession and the rule of law,” according to the organizers. Kennedy, who is known as the “ethics guru” of Vermont, has been bar counsel for the state professional responsibility program since 2012. A component of the Vermont judiciary, the program is responsible for legal ethics and attorney discipline. “He is greatly admired and respected by judges and lawyers in Vermont for his diplomatic and careful advice to lawyers facing difficult ethical problems,” wrote Geoffrey W. Crawford, the chief federal judge for Vermont, who nominated Kennedy. “I know from friends in the bar that he is their first call when questions arise about a lawyer’s duty to his or her client and their professional obligations,” Crawford said. Kennedy is only the second Vermonter in the past 20 years to win the award. John B. Webber, a Rutland lawyer, received it in 2006. Kennedy was raised in South Burlington and comes from a

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family well-known for public service. His mother served the city as a state legislator and his father was the principal of the middle school. He was a 1985 graduate of South Burlington High School where he was a standout student-athlete. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont in 1989 and his law degree from the George Washington University Law School in 1993. He served at South Burlington High for 15 years as the head coach for the boys’ varsity basketball program and the past three years as the assistant head coach for the girls’ hoop team. Kennedy, who now lives in Williston, also is a marathon runner. Chief Judge Debra Ann Livingston of the Second Circuit will present the award to Kennedy next month during a ceremony at the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse in New York City. Then, later in October, Kennedy and other circuit recipients will be honored at a ceremony at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. As bar counsel, Kennedy

advises attorneys on issues related to legal ethics and Vermont’s rules of professional conduct. He also screens disciplinary complaints and administers the program for resolving complaints via nondisciplinary dispute resolution methods. Kennedy teaches continuing legal education seminars on ethics and professional responsibility, which often incorporate trivia quizzes. He produces a popular legal ethics quiz in blog format each week. He is a former president of the Vermont Bar Association, and currently chairs its pro bono committee and previously served on its governance committee. He is also a member of the Vermont Commission on the Well-Being of the Legal Profession. Kennedy began his career with the professional responsibility program in 1998 as deputy disciplinary counsel. In that role, he was responsible for investigating and prosecuting violations of the rules of professional conduct. After two years, he was promoted to the role of disciplinary counsel, where his role expanded to include managing the attorney discipline office and providing legal support to the Professional Responsibility Board. Since becoming bar counsel, he has shifted his focus to educating both judges and lawyers on legal ethics, civility and professional responsibility. Kennedy also served as assistant attorney general in Vermont’s Department of Health, where he prosecuted the state’s involuntary commitment petitions. From 1993 to 1998, he was a special assistant attorney general in Vermont’s Department of Corrections.

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CVU offers engineering, robotics for kids The RoboHawks are back! The Champlain Valley Union High School robotics team is gearing up for the year after winning last year’s Vermont FIRST Tech Challenge state championship and receiving the Inspire Award for being an “exemplary team and ambassador” to the tech challenge. These results qualified the RoboHawks for the world championships in Houston last April and while the team didn’t receive any awards, members can’t wait to put what they learned to work this year. But first the RoboHawks want to keep their momentum going by expanding access to the program, encouraging as many middle- and high-school students to get involved in FIRST robotics programs, which offer some of the best science, engineering and technology skills building in the world, inspiring innovation and fostering self-confidence, teamwork, communication and leadership. This year, the school has created a junior varsity team, which meets every Tuesday from

3:15-5 p.m. Students interested in coding, engineering, design or digital media should check it out. The robotics team is also offering an engineering club for students during C3 time, which allows students to explore hands-on projects. In the past, students have used rapid prototyping to make arduino cars and ping pong ball slingshots. The club meets on red days during C3. For middle school students, the RoboHawks are also created a FIRST Lego League robotics team in every school. The league solves competition challenges using Lego robots.

Mentors, volunteers needed To get middle school teams off the ground, the program needs volunteers and mentors, and no experience is necessary. There are stipends for coaching a team due to a grant from the state. To volunteer, join a team or get your questions answered, email cvu-robohawks@cvsdvt.org or stop by during school.

Snakes, bats, birds: Get your wildlife fix If you enjoy wildlife be sure to make plans to attend the 20th Dead Creek Wildlife Day in Addison on Saturday, Oct. 1. Activities are designed for people who enjoy hunting, fishing, birdwatching or learning about Vermont’s diverse wildlife and ecosystems. The event will be held at the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area on Route 17, west of Route 22A. Early risers can begin the day with a bird banding demonstration at 7 a.m. Two large tents at the headquarters will open at 9:30 a.m. and feature wildlife-related exhibits and activities such as decoy carving, building bluebird boxes and nature crafts. The visitor center will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. featuring displays about conservation and wildlife management in Vermont. This year, enjoy a guided walk along the interpretive trail to learn about various features and habitats. Live critters will include a selection of snakes, turtles, raptors and more that visitors can see up close. New this year will be a bat house building program, and Wild

Kitchen will be on the road with campfire cooking. There will be a presentation on the eastern meadowlark and an hour of learning how to take photographs of wildlife. This will also be the last year to see Warden Dog Crockett in action as he sniffs out gunpowder; he retires from the department in October. Retriever dogs will be working in area ponds, and all the favorite nature walks will be take place. All events are free, and a free shuttle bus will provide regular access to nearby field events throughout the day. “We want to welcome visitors to the 20th year of the popular Dead Creek Wildlife Day,” said Amy Alfieri, manager of the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area. “Visitors love to see the live animals and working dogs, and the kids love to build their own bluebird box to take home.” The festival is hosted by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, Delta Waterfowl and Otter Creek Audubon Society. For more go to vtfishandwildlife.com.

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Child passenger safety check takes place Friday Eleven Vermont child passenger safety technicians will receive awards during National Child Passenger Safety Week on Friday, Sept. 23, at 11 a.m., at the Chittenden County Sheriff’s Department, 70 Ethan Allen Lane, South Burlington. As part of the celebration, technicians will offer safety seat checks, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. next door at the Kid Logic Learning Daycare. This event honors technicians that work year-round to raise the awareness of parents and caregivers about the dangers children face riding in vehicles. To become a child passenger safety technician, technicians must go through national certification training and keep up on new technology each year.

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“Child passenger safety seats are designed to protect our youngest passengers in the event of a crash, but these seats cannot work as designed when they are not installed correctly,” said Sid Bradley, coordinator of the Vermont Child Passenger Safety Program. The event is offered through the Chittenden/Franklin County SHARP program, Vermont Department of Health and Vermont Office of Highway Safety. Lt. Allen Fortin, leader of SHARP, said, “We want to ensure that all children who are under 8 years of age are riding in a correctly-installed safety seat that is appropriate for their age and size.” Appointments are not required. Find other car seat events and more information at beseatsmart. org.

Vermont State Police Blotter Sept. 15 at 4:52 p.m., Forrest White, 44, of Hinesburg, was cited for violating his ignition interlock device restriction after police stopped

him on North Road. Police say White’s driver’s license restricts him to driving vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device.

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We must step up and protect patient rights, abortion access, doctor says Guest Perspective Dr. John R. Brumsted

sion-making process that includes required consultation with clinical ethics leaders and our chief medical officer. We strive to provide thoughtful and compassionate care in those circumstances. We have strengthened policies that allow staff members and students who are learning in our institutions to opt out of certain procedures due to moral objection. That includes abortion. I applaud recent actions by leaders in Vermont and New York to incorporate reproductive health care rights into state law. This November, Vermont voters will consider a constitutional amendment declaring that “personal reproductive autonomy is central to the liberty and dignity to determine one’s own life course.” This is an important step to further ensure that these critical health care services remain accessible. In the run-up to Vermont’s constitutional vote, we’re likely to see an intensification of divisive rhetoric. But at this moment, we must focus on the fundamental right of patients to make their health care decisions — and the consequences to patients, families, communities and public health when that right is taken away. Dr. John R. Brumsted, president and CEO of the University of Vermont Health Network, specialized in obstetrics and gynecology in northern New York and northern Vermont during his career as a physician.

Obituaries Susan Krasnow Susan Krasnow, 73, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, at the Vermont Respite House in Colchester. She fought hard against the disease of ovarian cancer, treating each day as another day to live with her family and friends. Susan was born on April 22, 1949, to Howard and Frankie Lass in New York. She grew up in Long Beach, N.Y., attending Long Beach High School, and then college at Cornell University. Susan was never one to stop learning, earning multiple master’s degrees from the University of Vermont. Susan spent over 40 years dedicated to the field of special education and disability services at the elementary, high school and college level, positively impacting the lives of thousands of children and tens of thousands of people in their lives. Her commitment to ensure that all

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students can learn and achieve was a testament to her belief in that we should all work toward a fair and just world. In 1970, Susan married Gerry Krasnow and moved to Vermont to raise their family: daughter Alysia, son Aaron and daughter Emilie. Family was the most important

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As a health care safety net provider for more than 1 million people in two states, the University of Vermont Health Network exists to serve the needs of its patients. So, when the essential right of patients to make decisions about their health care is jeopardized, we have an obligation to speak up. This is one of those times. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization — and subsequent moves by politicians in many states to curb or eliminate access to safe abortion services — undermines health care access for millions of people. This impact falls disproportionately on those who already faced long-standing health care inequities and systemic or socioeconomic barriers to health and wellness. Access to reproductive health care — previously a constitutional right — is now in large part determined by geography, politics and privilege. This is not how health care should work. Our health network stands in support of preserving access to the full range of reproductive health care, including abortion services. We support the right of patients to make decisions, with their health care provider, for themselves and their families.

As a longtime physician focusing on women’s and family health care, I’ve seen first-hand how personal and difficult these decisions can be: They come down to individual circumstance, at specific points in time. I’m proud that our health system is here to serve patients as they make these decisions. With political rhetoric ramping up, I want to provide facts and context on this issue as it relates to our network. First, it’s important to note that our patients asked us for complete reproductive care, and we responded by providing those services. We offer high-quality reproductive health care, including services and education related to contraception; preconception care and planning; infertility; assisted reproductive care (including in vitro fertilization); pregnancy; abortion; and adoption — in whatever way is appropriate based on a person’s unique clinical circumstances. We believe decisions about reproductive health, including abortion, are a private matter between patient and provider. The frequent invocation of late-term abortion in public debate ignores the fact that abortion late in pregnancy is extremely rare — both in Vermont and nationally — and almost always results from a combination of dire medical need and intense social stressors. In rare situations when abortion is considered later in pregnancy, we follow a careful deci-

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Above: Artist Kathleen Fleming in her studio. Left: A floorcloth by Deborah Goudreau.

October sees return of Vermont open studio tours The second Open Studio Weekend in the celebration of the 30th year gives visitors and collectors the opportunity to tour through the small towns of Vermont to studios where they can purchase well-made things and talk with the artist that made them. Open Studio Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., celebrates craft and artwork. With a focus on the studio, including work space and materials, the event aims to illustrate both that creating art requires an investment of time, specialized tools and equipment. Curious to meet three artists in the immediate area and see inside the studios? This is your chance. Local artists Kathleen Fleming of Charlotte, Deborah Goudreau of Hinesburg, and Ginny Joyner of Charlotte will open their studios on the Chittenden loop of the

Vermont Crafts Council annual fall tour. More at vermontcrafts.com/lower-chitt enden-loop, where you’ll find information about other artists on the statewide tour. During the two-day statewide event, artists, including potters, metal workers, jewelers, weavers, painters, woodworkers, photographers, book artists, printmakers and more, open their studios to visitors to discuss and demonstrate their work.

Deborah Goudreau 1957 Charlotte Road, Hinesburg Pottery, sculpture and floorcloths “I enjoy working with clay, from making pottery that is functional, feels good in your hands and is appealing to the eye to more fanciful works. My bird feeders and planters have become popular items for house-warming gifts. My sculptural works

range from one-of-a-kind to theme-based series to unique facial portraits and busts. I also like to paint,” Goodreau said. “Floorcloths, originally used as rugs by pioneers, offer an opportunity for me to paint a myriad of designs on a usable surface.”

Kathleen Fleming 889 Bean Road, Charlotte Contemporary mixed media painter “I paint mixed-media pieces inspired by the landscape. My process is one of exploration and discovery. Spontaneously applying paint, collage and pastel builds a foundation for the more considered layers above. I love the little surprises that happen while I’m painting — the way a warm yellow pops next to a cool blue; the drips that can alter a whole composition,” Fleming said. “Working with the mistakes and the happenstance

pushes me to find solutions. How can I create calm from chaos? Beauty from mud? It’s all a metaphor for life, to embrace the messy complicated world that is all around and turn it into something beautiful and true.

Ginny Joyner Studio 2810 Greenbush Road, Charlotte Watercolor painting “My inspiration comes from the observation of the seasons and brilliance of the natural world. I love studying intricate forms and following patterns, colors and structures to really get to know a subject,” Joyner said. “Painting is a form of meditation for me. My work ranges from detailed botanicals to loose landscapes with a little humor occasionally thrown in. I work in all mediums but usually come back to watercolor because of its vibrancy.”

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continued from page 5 her side in sickness and in health. When Susan was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2018, Ed was with her for doctor appointments and chemotherapy treatments, with steadfast love and companionship. Ed was Susan’s primary caregiver for over four years and was holding her hand when she died. Susan was very lucky to have found such deep loves in her life as with Gerry and with Ed. Susan loved many things: her family, her work, traveling all over the world, rescuing old dogs, the music of Elton John, Joni Mitchell and Weezer, going to concerts with Emilie, and visiting and connecting on FaceTime with her grandsons Griffin, Henry and Leo Butler and Jacob Krasnow. She was incredibly proud of her children, and each one has followed in hers and Gerry’s footsteps to make their life work focused on family and the welfare of others. An incredible source of pride for Susan was to watch Emilie’s run for the Vermont Statehouse this year, knowing that in public service Emilie would be the change she wished to see in the world. Susan is survived by her daughter, Alysia Krasnow Butler and her husband, Tim; son, Aaron Krasnow and his wife, Jennifer; daughter, Emilie Krasnow; husband, Ed Cafferty and his children; broth-

er, Peter Lass and his wife, Gail; sister, Jane Krasnow and brotherin-law, Edward Krasnow; sister, Elly Shafranek; brother-in-law, Michael Krasnow and sister-inlaw, Sumru Tekin; brother-in-law, Robert Krasnow and his wife, Lourdes; sister-in-law, Dianne Krasnow; and grandsons, Griffin, Henry and Leo Butler and Jacob Krasnow. Susan is also survived by 19 nieces and nephews and their children. She was predeceased by her father, Howard Lass; her mother, Frances Lass Levitzky; her stepfather, Leo Levitzky; her husband, Gerald Krasnow; her sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Peter Seligmann; and her brother-inlaw, Lawrence Krasnow. The family would like to thank the staff of the Vermont Respite House for making Susan’s last week a calm and peaceful one. Additionally, the family would like to thank Lisa Vanacek for her care and support for Susan this summer, allowing Susan to remain at home as long as possible. In lieu of flowers, the family requests support for the South Burlington Food Shelf. Donations can be made online at southburlingtonfoodshelf.org or by mail at South Burlington Food Shelf, PO Box 9417, South Burlington VT 05407.

A celebration of life will occur at a later date. May her memory be a blessing to us all.

Denise E. Johnson Denise Johnson, 70, of Shelburne, died on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, at Mansfield Place in Essex surrounded by her family. Born on May 15, 1952, in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of David and Noreen O’Riordan. Denise grew up in Endicott, N.Y., and attended Plattsburgh State College. On April 6, 1974, she married Merrill Johnson Jr. They moved to Shelburne where Denise worked for IBM for many years. Denise is survived by her son, Michael and his wife, Miranda of Huntington; son, Daniel and his wife, Gail of Windham, Maine; grandchildren, Mia and Max, and Merrill; her sister, Betty O’Riordan; her sisters-in-law, Karen DeRosa and her husband, Rich, and Kristen Johnson-Budziak and her husband, Walter; brother-inlaw, Neil Johnson and his wife, Kathe; as well as many nieces and nephews. Denise was predeceased by her husband, Merrill; her parents; her sisters, Noreen O’Toole and Jeanne Correll; her brother, David O’Riordan; her mother and father-

in-law, Merrill and Bereneice Johnson; and two nephews, Ari and Jesse Finander. Denise was an amazing and thoughtful wife, mother and friend, and she brought joy to all those she met. Denise enjoyed gardening, baking, reading, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. She was always supporting her husband and children in their many endeavors, willingly going along on weekend ski trips, baking for the Cub Scouts or volunteering for local charities. Denise was an active member of the Shelburne Lions’ Club for many years. There will be a private burial at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation at alzfdn.

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Above: Golden Apple Family Farm in Charlotte doesn’t have apples to pick — yet — as the family works to reclaim the orchard and land. Left: Apples are ripe for picking at Yates Family Orchard in Hinesburg.

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continued from page 1 “This season is tremendous,” she said, looking out into the trees on a recent afternoon. She expects to have trees full of fruit all season. One of the main events at Yates Family Orchard is a concert every Sunday through mid-October. Local bands play on the deck overlooking the orchard while guests pick apples, relax at picnic tables and enjoy cider doughnuts. At the concert Sept. 11, two of Yates’ longtime friends, Margaret Urban and Betsy Brown, came to

listen to the Allman Brothers tribute band Soulshine Revival. Urban said they come back each year because “my community is here.” Community, and community-building, is important to Yates and part of her orchard’s mission. One way she goes about fostering making that happen? The “dreamee,” a cider doughnut topped with a creamee. It’s become something of a famous offering among locals.

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“One of the things that we as a family really enjoy is … that little moment of being able to make someone’s day,” Yates said. A bag of apples in one hand and a dreamee in the other can do just that, she said.

Golden Apple Family Farm, Charlotte What would become Golden Apple Family Farm was a feral orchard for years. When Heather and Ramsey Herrington took the land over in 2017, they found rows of neglected trees, and they’ve been locked in an uphill battle trying to save them ever since. “We’re not quite where we want to be with the trees,” Heather said. But folks can still come taste the orchard’s other goods or have a picnic amid the swaying trees and cooing chickens — and in doing so support the Herrington’s mission to use regenerative agriculture to bring the land back to full health. The method refers to a rehabilitative approach to farming. There isn’t one clear definition, but it usually involves focusing on the health of the farm as a whole by paying attention to plants, soil and other forms of biodiversity. For the Herringtons, this looks like mixing wood chips from dead trees into the soil and using grass clippings for mulch. The couple has turned to pigs, chickens and sheep to tackle soil health, too. Instead of using a machine, they rely on pigs

to till the soil and sheep to chew down weeds. Compost from the chickens feeds the land. They have also been helping the trees by pruning them. “Over a series of years, we take the dead wood out,” Ramsey said. “It gives you a lot of vegetative growth and reduces production in the short term.” They are also removing dead wood and clearing branches in the center of the trees, which helps bring in sunlight and leads to more fruit. All this work on the land acts as “a real connector to the property,” Ramsey said. “It’s the place, and the people, and the living aspect of the farm that are seamless.” Despite the lack of apples, they invite people to enjoy the land and see the historic trees while they work to bring them back into production.

Shelburne Orchards For Nick Cowles, running Shelburne Orchards is a family affair. His dad ran the orchard, and Cowles took it over after his father almost sold the place in 1974. His daughter, Moriah Cowles, is set to take over from him, and he’s excited the orchard will stay in the family. Cowles is optimistic about the apple season at his orchard this year. About 90 percent of the orchard has been set aside for folks to pick their own apples. This year

marks what’s known as a bumper crop, he said, or an unusually large harvest. It comes from a successful growing season with plenty of rain and warm temperatures, he said. “This year is a big, big year,” he said. “It’s crazy when you drive to the orchard to think that all these apples are gonna get picked. I mean, they’re just row after row after row.” Along with about 8,000 apple trees, the orchard hosts a band each weekend and offers cider by the glass and doughnuts to go along with it. People who might want to visit by horse will find a special treat: a free apple for their equine friend. “It’s a wonderful place to bring the kids,” Cowles said. “They’re coming for the apples, but they’re also coming just to get out in the orchard and have something to do.” Out of all the apple varieties, Macintosh is the clear winner for Cowles, and he even recommends using it in apple pies. Something to try this fall is the orchard’s brandy — known as Dead Bird Brandy — that Cowles has been making out of apples that drop to the ground. He started this project in 2009, and it takes eight years for the brandy to age. “It’s the kind of thing that takes numerous generations, really, to make a really good brandy, and we’re feeling pretty good about how it’s all unfolding,” he said.


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SPORTS Fall start

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Boys’ soccer Champlain Valley 5, South Burlington 1: Two different players tallied twice, and Champlain Valley downed South Burlington in boys’ soccer on Friday, Sept. 16. Zach Spitznagle had two goals and two assists to pace the Redhawks, while Lucas Kelley added two goals and one assist. Sam Dennison scored one for CVU, while Tom Roberts and Chandler Turner each chipped in with an assist. Evan Statton made five saves in goal.

Girls’ soccer Champlain Valley 1, Burr and Burton 1: The girls battled back to a tie with Burr and Burton on Saturday in Hinesburg. Chloe Pecor scored the tying goal for the Redhawks, who surrendered a goal on a penalty kick in the first half. Emma Allaire stopped four shots to earn the win in net. CVU moves to 1-0-1.

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alive in the second half and scored 35 unanswered points to beat South Burlington-Burlington on the road Friday night. Jack Sumner had two rushing touchdowns and a 10-yard catch for a TD to pace the CVU offense. Asher Vaughn added a six-yard TD rush and Aidan Miller had an eight-yard run for a touchdown. Max Destito threw for 129

yards and a touchdown pass, while Ollie Cheer added another rushing touchdown.

Field hockey Champlain Valley 1, Rice 0: Champlain Valley beat Rice with a late goal and remained undefeated after their matchup on Saturday, Sept. 17. Emma Kim scored the lone

goal with 13 minutes to go in regulation. Danielle Gamlin had an assist on the game winner. Grace Ferguson made four saves to earn the shutout in goal, while CVU moved to 3-0.

Boys’ golf Three Champlain Valley players tied for medalist honors and the Redhawks captured the win at

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COMMUNITY Sign of the times

Community Notes Vermont students hold Day of Racial Equity The Vermont Student Anti-Racism Network is gathering at the Statehouse Friday, Sept. 30, to promote racial equity and youth activism, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will include workshops exploring anti-racism work concepts, music from a student band and conversations with Vermont legislators. Lunch from local food trucks will be available. Speakers include Astrid Young of Stowe High School, Zoraya Hightower from the Peace and Justice Center, and Democratic candidate for Congress, Becca Balint. If you plan to attend, please register at vsarn.org. Vermont Student Anti-Racism Network is a statewide group of students working to build anti-racist schools. It’s mission states: “We endeavor to educate ourselves and others about race, power, privilege and oppression in order to foster a more inclusive and anti-racist community starting with our schools. We strive to disrupt the racial hierarchy of our society starting with our own group.”

Senior center hosts Monday Munch The next Monday Munch at the Charlotte Senior Center is Sept. 26, 212 Ferry Road, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The meal features meatloaf, mashed potatoes, broccoli salad and apple pie with ice cream. A $5 donation is appreciated. The menu on Oct. 3 has not yet been announced. Check the website in case of last-minute cancellations at charlotteseniorcentervt.org.

Hinesburg holds meet and greet with officials The Hinesburg Selectboard has scheduled a meet and greet for Thursday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m.-noon at the Hinesburg Police Station, outside on the porch weather permitting, for residents to meet, ask questions and speak with Todd Odit, town manager, police chief Anthony Cambridge, and Merrily Lovell, chair of the selectboard.

The board said it hopes to hold more of these events at different locations and different times so people can have a chance to meet with local municipal leaders in person.

Age Well seeks substitute volunteers Age Well needs you! The social services agency needs substitute volunteers for its meals programs, particularly in Shelburne and Burlington. Since 1974, Age Well has been part of Vermont’s area agencies on aging, coordinating services and care for older adults throughout Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties. Age Well provides services and resources to older Vermonters such as Meals on Wheels, community meals, restaurant ticket programs, special events, care and services coordination and health and wellness opportunities like tai chi. All programs and services are offered at no cost. Age Well is looking for substitutes who can serve as on-call volunteers in the case of last-minute cancellations. The time commitment is based on your availability. Delivery is typically between 9-11 a.m. Email volunteer@agewellvt.org or call 802-662-5249 if you are interested.

Talk a walk, help defeat ALS On Saturday, Sept. 24, people living with ALS, family members, friends, caregivers and others will join the fight to find a cure at the Vermont Walk to Defeat ALS, at Oakledge Park in Burlington, sponsored by the ALS Association’s northern New England chapter. Take part in a walk along the waterfront, and enjoy live music by Michael Hahn and friends, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, a special appearance by the Hillbilly Dog Truck, raffles and more. ALS, often called Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive motor neuron disease, which gradually robs people of their ability to walk, talk, swallow and eventually breathe. It has no known cause or cure, and a life expectancy of only two to five years

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Grab and go meals in Shelburne Oct. 11 Age Well and St. Catherine’s of Siena Parish in Shelburne are teaming up to provide a meal to go for anyone age 60 and older on Tuesday Oct. 11. The meal will be available for pick up in the parking lot at 72 Church St. from 11 a.m.noon. The menu is chicken cacciatore, wheat rotini, peas & carrots, wheat bread with butter, strawberry shortcake with cream, and milk. To order a meal contact Sheryl Oberding at soberding@ yahoo.com or 802-825-8546. The deadline to order is Thursday, Oct. 6. Participants must register and forms will be on hand at meal pick up or download it at bit.ly/3LkbQBi.

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Garden club features photography expert The Burlington Garden Club offers the program, “How to Capture the Moment with your Camera,” with Arabella Dane on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 1 p.m., United First Methodist Church, 899 Dorset St., South Burlington. Dane is experienced as a flower show judge, and in horticulture, floral design and photography, and she will share her passion, technical knowledge and artistic touch as she demonstrates the dramatic contrasts and subtle expressions captured through photography. The program is free and open to the public. For more inforSee COMMUNITY NOTES on page 16

Months of closed-door discussions by the selectboard to try and wrangle the volunteer fire and rescue squad under municipal oversight had gained an air of cooperation in recent weeks — after the organization’s board called out the selectboard for discussing a transition in “so-called executive session.” The town in August voted to request bid proposals for a consultant to help with the transition and, at the Sept. 8 meeting, the selectboard opened the only two bids it received: one from a company in Wyoming for $44,000 — well over the bid request’s $30,000 limit — and another from Mullin for $28,000. Now, the selectboard must decide whether to hire an employee accused of sexual discrimination or hire a company thousands of miles away for a contract nearly $15,000 over the town’s contracted limit. “I know these young women and I’ve spoken with them, and it’s common knowledge throughout the department that (Mullin) told one of them that if she didn’t wear leggings in the station, guys wouldn’t stare at her ass,” Gates

said. “Now, he’s the only supervisor who decides whether she gets promoted for a $3-an-hour pay raise.” Mullin has vehemently denied the allegations and claimed at the selectboard meeting that after his termination, when he applied for unemployment benefits, “Charlotte Fire and Rescue had the clear opportunity to make such a claim in an effort to impact my application. They did not, and instead only stated that I had violated policies and procedures.” That hearing for his unemployment benefits, Mullins said, gave the fire and rescue organization and its attorney the opportunity to make claims about inappropriate workplace behavior on his part and it chose not to. He said the hearing officer ruled in his favor and determined that no misconduct took place that would have disqualified him from unemployment benefits. “In all my years of public service, I’ve never intentionally treated a woman colleague differently than I would treat a male colleague. I would challenge anyone to present proof to the contrary,” Mullin said. “It is truly regrettable that certain individu-

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als have taken upon themselves to attempt to smear my reputation.” The fire and rescue service’s board members, in response to the allegations, say the department “maintains a firm and vigorous commitment to a fair and safe work environment,” organization president John Snow said. “We have policies, we have procedures to keep it safe and a fair workplace (and) the management team is dedicated to keeping it a safe, good place to work,” board member Chris Davis told the selectboard. “We take any violation of policy really seriously. We’ve got board members who are on top of this, working on this diligently, so that if there is a complaint or anything like that it’s going to be fully investigated.” The Charlotte News reported that an out-of-court settlement had been reached with a female fire and rescue squad employee, but that has yet to be verified. Snow told The Citizen in an email that “CVFRS maintains a strict policy of confidentiality of all personnel actions and will not comment on any individual employee.” Gates remains a volunteer with the squad and appears to have a history with Mullin — he previously worked with him for years at the Burlington Fire Department before working under him at the Charlotte department. “This man knows that I’m the most experienced ambulance driver, perhaps in Charlotte history,” Gates said, alleging that Mullin “obstructed (recertifying) my EMT and being on the roster — knowing that I was retired, live two minutes away and never drank. And that ambulance that he is responsible for, it’s been allowed to go out of service dozens of times, because he wants to be petty.” “I’m not being vindictive. I joined fire and rescue because I want to give to the community,” Gates said. “I don’t care about playing anybody’s games, and I’m not going to worship somebody. I don’t care who it is, if I think you’re crossing the wrong line, I’m going to come right out and say so.”

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GEMINI May 22 - June 21 Your love life may seem confusing this week, Gemini. It may wax and wane from fevered passion to apathy. Rough patches are not unusual and you need to see this through.

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Richmond Art Crawl returns to village green Celebrate and support the arts in the free, outdoor Richmond Art Crawl on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Richmond Town Center, 203 Bridge St. The event features over 40 vendor booths, everything from professional to first-time artists, teen artists and kids, four food trucks, kids’ events, and more. Sponsored by local businesses and Radiate Art Space, the event is the nonprofit’s main fundraiser The event will be held rain or shine. More at radiateartspace.org.

Register ahead for Age Well meals The Age Well meal pickup for Thursday, Sept. 22, is from 10-11 a.m., Charlotte Senior Center, 212 Ferry Road, and features turkey tetrazini, Scandinavian vegetables, wheat dinner roll with butter, apple and berry crisp and milk. You must have pre-registered by Monday, Sept. 19, with Kerrie Pughe, 802-425-6345 or kpughe@charlotteseniorcentervt.org The meal on Thursday, Sept. 29 — register by Sept. 26 — is roast pork with gravy, boiled potatoes with parsley, butternut squash, wheat bread with butter, apple cake with icing and milk. The meal on Thursday, Oct. 6 — register by Oct. 3 — has not been announced. Check the website for last-minute cancellations at charlotteseniorcentervt.org.

Ethan Allen Homestead talk tackles historical dress The Ethan Allen Homestead presents “Dressing the 18th-century Working Woman” by Skye Makaris, head of historical dress at the museum, on Sunday, Sept.18, 2

p.m., 1 Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington. This event is not just for women. Makaris will broaden everyone’s perspective, including Revolutionary War buffs, artisan crafters, about this richly fascinating time. More information at 802-865-4556 or ethanallenhomestead@gmail.com.

Howard Center holds World Mental Health Day event Join Howard Center on Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 6-8 p.m. for a World Mental Health Day event with featured speakers Dr. Alice T. Chen and Ferene Paris Meyer. Chen is a board-certified internal medicine physician and a national leader in physician advocacy, community organizing and public health. Meyer is a storyteller and founder of All Heart Inspirations. Chen will draw on her years of experience and expertise to discuss the causes of burnout, particularly those present in health care and social services settings, physical and mental symptoms, and strategies for addressing burnout in all facets of life, including the workplace. Meyer empowers those navigating mental health to be their authentic selves and has personally found storytelling to be healing and transformational in her own experience with anxiety and depression. Advance registration is free but required for this virtual Zoom webinar. More at howardcenter.org.

Catholic parish hosts film on adoption The film “An Adoption Journey” follows one’s family personal journey and will be screened at St. Catherine’s Parish Hall, 72 Church St., Shelburne, on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 11:30 a.m. Following the presentation, a light lunch will be served. For more information, contact Alice Benson at jbenson288@comcast.net or 802-999-9344.