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Charlotte Selectboard works to finalize budget

Increased police enforcement, radar signs seen as solutions to speeders

Following another budget work session that took place at the Jan. 11 selectboard meeting, it looks as if Charlotte residents can expect to see a projected budget this year of around $3,085,239 — a nearly $470,000 increase from last year.

In addition to the municipal budget, voters will also be asked to approve a library budget of $324,356 — a $40,000 increase from last year — and a fire and rescue budget of $965,806 — a $75,000 increase from last year.

There is debate over whether these arti-

cles will be combined into one article or three separate votes should the board decide to return to an in-person floor vote at town meeting this year. In a meeting memo, town administrator Dean Bloch wrote that “there are valid reasons for these separate articles, namely: the selectboard doesn’t have managerial oversight over Charlotte Volunteer Fire and Rescue or the library and when the budget was voted by Australian ballot, the separate articles made sense from the perspective of allowing voters to more explicitly approve the budgets for the different services.”

The current projected tax rate is $0.2416 with all three budgets.

Traffic calming

Along with the jump in the budget, town officials are looking to spend $75,000 to solve issues on the roads.

Residents can expect to see a nearly $20,000 increase in the budget for more police enforcement in town, paired with a $25,000 allocation for traffic calming.

Lack of enforcement has been a hot topic issue among residents and town officials this year, mostly about excessive speeding in town. Currently, Charlotte contracts with the Vermont State Police for law enforce-

Racist TikTok post prompts teams to protest CVU games

Two Champlain Valley Union High School girls’ basketball games were postponed — one by Rice Memorial High School and another by Burlington High School — after students at the schools learned of a social media video that a CVU player posted last month that included racist language.

Champlain Valley Union High School principal Adam Bunting, in an apology letter to students, said that in December, “a student-athlete on the CVU varsity girls’ basketball team made the terrible decision to follow a TikTok trend and post a video that was racially insensitive at best.”

The video has since been taken down. The student “made the video with a family member who is a person of color,” Bunting said, and “she wrongly believed it was okay to post something that used the N-word.”

“The student took down the video within an hour, but the damage was done as it was recorded and widely distributed by others,” he said.

The school was notified on Jan. 12 that Burlington High School students would not play CVU in protest of the video. Students at Rice Memorial High School did the same the week prior on Jan. 6.

“We as a team believe that racism is not a trend, nor is it any type of entertainment for social media,” the Burlington team said in an Instagram post on Jan. 12. “We dedicate this day to remind everyone that sadly, racism is still alive in our community.”

The CVU player in question has since been suspended from game play, has lost her captaincy, was removed from leadership clubs in the school, and “has begun restorative practices that follow this process: interviews, education, repair and growth,” Bunting said.

“Last but not least, this player has experienced significant consequences in her life outside of school, but this is not my story to

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Artist gives viewers chance to ‘use their imagination’

The South Burlington Public Art Gallery is featuring an exhibition of 40 paintings by Charlotte artist Marvin Fishman.

Curated by Jessica Manley, the solo show represents a broad retrospective of his main series of two-dimensional work from the last several decades.

“I am a promiscuous art appreciator,” Fishman said. “Figurative, abstract, cubist, impressionist, minimalist, surrealist, expressionist, naive, primitive, mixed media, portraiture, landscape, outsider — whichever, doesn’t matter. I can love some of all. At its most basic, a piece of art has to awaken in me an emotional response and arouse my curiosity. The art does not have to be ‘beautiful.’ It does not have to be harmonious, but it does have to have impact, evoke emotionality, and impel me to dig deeper into the work.”

The exhibit runs through March 14, with an opening reception on Thursday, Jan. 26 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Fishman, who was born in New York City, graduated from Brooklyn College and attended the both the law and graduate schools at the University of Chicago. He initially worked as a journalist in Chicago and as a freelance writer in Mexico.

Returning to New York, Fishman and his friends established The Third World Film Group, and later he and a partner opened their own studio, M2. Fishman became a founding member of Newsreel, a political activist filmmaking group.

After moving to Vermont in the 1970s, Fishman headed the University of Vermont’s media facilities and returned to independent media work and journalism, among other endeavors.

Desiring more physical contact with materials in his creative pursuits, he turned away from film to the more “primitive” and equipment-free medium of painting.

Now in his eighties, Fishman has enjoyed working in his Charlotte studio for the last several decades. His work spans a multitude of genres primarily rendered in acrylic paints and on a variety of media, such as canvas, wood, stones and even dead tree roots. He often works in the wet-on-wet method (alla prima), pouring paint into other wet layers then manipulating it to shape and blend the colors.

“My subjects are imaginary — imaginary faces, landscapes and abstracts. Degas said, ‘Art is not what you see but what you make others see.’ Often enough, the viewer sees figurative images in my abstractions where no such images were purposely made,” Fishman said. “In most of my work, my concerns are density, texture, contrast, movement, design and balance.”

“My aim is to give viewers free rein to use their imagination.”

For more information, contact

The gallery, located at 180 Market St., is free and available to the public whenever the public library, city hall or senior center are open: Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

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COURTESY PHOTOS Above: Marvin Fishman, “A Touch of Tangerine,” acrylic on canvas, 30 inches by 42 inches Below: Marvin Fishman, “Pipe Dreams,” acrylic on canvas, 24 inches by 30 inches

Local students organize event for Holocaust Remembrance Day

Amid increasing antisemitism, hate and intolerance throughout the United States, Vermont students are taking on the responsibility of sharing lessons of the Holocaust with their schools and communities.

To mark United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the conclusion of the first Vermont Holocaust Education Week, Mount Abraham High School 11-grader students Eliza and Emma Doucet have scheduled their second annual Holocaust commemoration event for Friday, Jan. 27 in Bristol.

The Doucet sisters are inviting local families, educators and others to Bristol’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration which will take place Friday, Jan. 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Holley Hall, 1 South St., Bristol. All are welcome. Childcare will be provided.

The United Nations General Assembly has designated Jan. 7 — the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camps — as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The U.N. has urged every member state to honor the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.

Eliza and Emma Doucet, twin sisters, became interested in activism following the 2016 election and the subsequent increase in hate that followed. After seeing the Addison County Jewish Congregation, an institution to which their family belongs, vandalized, the sisters realized that antisemitism exists even in their community.

“I began to get more involved in learning about my family’s

history, heritage and culture. My Jewish identity began to mean a lot more to me than it ever did before and I realized how proud I was and still am, to be Jewish,” said Eliza.

Statewide, Vermont is not immune from antisemitism and racist attacks: reports of antisemitic fliers and swastikas have begun appearing throughout the state. The University of Vermont made national headlines as the institution was being investigated by the Department of Education for allegations of campus antisemitism.

Nationwide, antisemitism may be worse than acknowledged, as most incidents are never reported, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

Vermont Holocaust Memorial is the state’s only group dedicated to facilitating Holocaust education as a means of preserving the memory of that genocide and using those lessons to combat bigotry, bullying and racism of all kinds.

More information can be found at holocaustmemorial-vt. org.

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Hinesburg Police Blotter

Total Incidents: 44

Arrests: 1

Jan. 10 at 4:55 p.m., police helped a person with fingerprinting for employment purposes.

Jan. 10 at 8 p.m., Jonathan Lamb, 56 of Hinesburg, was cited for violating conditions of release and violating an abuse prevention order.

Jan. 10 at 10 p.m., a subpoena was served to a resident on North Road.

Jan. 11 at 12:30 p.m., an officer investigated late-reported damage to a motor vehicle.

Jan. 11 at 5:25 p.m., a citizen was assisted with a VIN verification.

Jan. 11 at 7:18 p.m., officers assisted a disabled motorist on Route 116.

Jan. 12 at 8 a.m., an officer investigated the passing of counterfeit bills at a business on Ballard’s Corner Road.

Jan. 12 at 6:15 p.m., officers responded to a single-car

motor vehicle crash on Lincoln Hill Road.

Jan. 12 at 10:08 p.m., a 911 hang up at a residence on Swamp Road was investigated.

Jan. 13 at 6:42 a.m., an officer investigated an alarm activation at the high schooll.

Jan. 13 at 11:15 a.m., an officer responded to a single-car motor vehicle crash on Charlotte Road.

Jan. 13 at 12:23 p.m., a citizen on Ballard’s Corner Road was assisted with a civil issue.

Jan. 13 at 3:40 p.m., a citizen on Mechanicsville Road was assisted with a civil issue.

Jan. 13 at 5:03 p.m., officers assisted Department of Children and Families with an investigation on Kailey’s Way.

Jan. 13 at 10:20 p.m., an officer investigated a burglary alarm activation at a business on Commerce Street.

Jan. 16 at 3 p.m., officers responded to O’Brien Meadows for a juvenile issue.

Officer’s use of force violated Shelburne department policy

Internal review calls behavior ‘unreasonable,’ ‘unbecoming’

The Shelburne Police Department’s internal investigation into Cpl. Jon Marcoux found that he violated four department policies following his use-of-force incident last year while arresting a teenager.

The internal investigation, conducted by Sgt. Josh Flore over several months last year, found he violated the following policies: abuse of authority, use of force, conduct unbecoming and failure to follow department rules.

The investigation stems from an incident that occurred Jan. 23, 2022, when Marcoux elbowed a teenage girl in the chin after she had spit on him. Video footage of the incident was released this month following a public records request by the Shelburne News.

“De-escalation by Cpl. Marcoux in this case was non-existent and directly impacted the outcome of the situation leading to an unreasonable use of force,” Flore concludes in his report, which provides further details of the incident. “Both parties report the strike in the back of the cruiser as being reactionary in nature

due to Cpl. Marcoux being spit on. While this may be the case, we, as police officers, have the responsibility and the training to overcome the urge to be reactionary.”

Marcoux has since returned to work and has not been charged with a crime, although it is unclear if he was given a demotion in rank or any other disciplinary measures. He could not be reached for comment.

“I’ve been searching for the answer ‘why was I uncharacteristic’ on that day. There are no easy answers, but I think it’s a combination of the types of calls we’re dealing with, (and) the long work hours,” he told Flore in a recorded interview conducted as part of the internal investigation. “But I can say that I recognized that that was out of character for me.”

On Jan. 23, 2022, after getting a call about a stolen vehicle, Marcoux pulled the teen over near Shelburne Village Cemetery on Falls Road. The teen, whose name has been redacted, had taken “(her mother’s) vehicle and left to go get coffee,” Flore said in the report.

The mother called the police on her, claiming that the vehicle had been stolen. At the time, the

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mother had indicated to Marcoux that “basically, she was being a bitch,” Marcoux told Flore in the audio recording.

After pulling her over, the teenager told him that her mother gave her permission and that characterizing the car as stolen was incorrect. She apparently asked to call her mother, but “(Marcoux’s) concern was if he had allowed her to make the call, the bullying behavior would continue,” Flore said in the report.

Marcoux later described it “as a domestic violence call.”

In later interviews with Flore, the teen said that Marcoux “knows her family very well” and said she thought Marcoux did “not like her very well.”

“I’ve had conversations with mom in the past,” Marcoux said, according to an audio of an interview Flore conducted as part of the internal investigation. There had been behavioral issues in the past and officers with the department had worked with the mother and daughter before, according to the report.

“I get it,” the teen told Flore. “I mean, I get anxious even walking into the house. So, I get it, (but) I feel that a lot of the issues that have been brought up to the police station regarding my house have been completely disregarded — what has been going on in my life.”

At the scene, Marcoux repeatedly tells her to get out of the car. She eventually says she’s going to call her mom. “Do whatever you got to do,” he said. “You wanted to be treated like an adult, you are going to be treated like an adult.”

“I didn’t do anything wrong,” she said.

“I didn’t ask you that, OK,” he replies. “At this point you are going to be charged as an adult. I can bring you back in handcuffs to the station, we can go from there. Because my concern is that if I bring you back to the house that you are going to be abusive toward your mother.”

He opens the door and she eventually exits the car. He then handcuffs her. She told him the handcuffs were “really, really tight,” according to a transcript of the interaction. Marcoux then reportedly tightened them further.

“You’re hurting me,” she said. He put her in the backseat, and while he was buckling her in, she “became very angry and verbally abusive” to Marcoux, “yelling

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obscenities” until the seatbelt was fastened, Flore stated in the report.

The girl said she was frustrated because “it was the fact that ... a man put his hands on her,” Flore said the report.

“I believe that I am equal with everybody around me whether or not society says they are above me ... he could have followed me home to make sure I returned (the car) and have a conversation with us,” she told Flore. “For driving my (mother’s) car to a coffee shop, you think you can put your hands on me? Absolutely not.”

While she was in the backseat, she began “yelling and screaming, and then she spits in my face,” Marcoux said, adding he “was being called a Nazi, a fascist ... things along those lines.”

After the teen spit on him, Marcoux said he had a bodily reaction to being spit in the face, he said. “My arm swung out and I caught myself before doing any harm.”

He described having the “typical adrenaline you would have taken someone into custody.”

Marcoux charged the teen with operating without owners’ consent and simple assault with fluids.

On the way to the station, she continued to spit in the backseat and said: “You bastard, you f---ing assaulted me. You punched me in the face,” according to a transcript of the interaction.

After dropping her off at the station, Marcoux later went and picked up the teen’s mother, according to the report. He turned off his body camera and dashboard recordings and told Flore he did not have a reason

when asked why.

When speaking with Flore, Marcoux said he thought “things could have been done different, and I think most people would agree that this is not characteristic of how I normally do things.”

“I can agree with you on that, that this really is not the characteristic Jon Marcoux that I’m used to seeing on the side of the road,” Flore said during his interview with Marcoux. “Was there anything else going on that day that was in your head? Problems at home? Problems here? Was there anything that was clouding your judgment?”

“That is the million-dollar question,” he said. “I can say long hours ... it looks like I worked every day that week.”

Marcoux worked 100 hours over a 10-day period prior to the incident, according to the report.

“I’m not excusing it — who knows if that was a factor,” he said.

Following the incident, Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George requested that Vermont State Police investigate Marcoux’s actions as an assault. However, after reviewing the incident, state police declined to charge Marcoux with a crime.

Since then, George has reasserted that there was “probable cause to charge officer Marcoux with simple assault. However, Vermont State Police disagree and have stated they will not issue a citation for the same.”

George said her only recourse to pursue charges against Marcoux would be to convene a grand jury.

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Fair housing, economic justice: King’s unfinished work

Senate Update

Our annual remembrance of the great Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. affords us many opportunities to reflect on the pursuit of equality as members of our communities, in our state, and across the nation. We often remember MLK’s unifying message in his famous 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech that our children ought to one day be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.

In that speech, however, King began to articulate other dreams that we must still strive to make a reality. Among them was that Black Americans receive a fair shake at accessing housing and economic opportunity. As he states of the post-Emancipation era, “One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. … America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds.’”

Access to safe housing and stable homeownership remained an integral part of King’s work.

In fact, the Fair Housing Act, which prohibited discrimination in the sale and rental of housing, was signed into law one week after his assassination. Today, 55 years later, the act is still in place, but we remain a long way off from realizing King’s dream of housing for all. While we have achieved victories in equitable and affordable housing, we should remain steadfast in the fight for housing equality. We are not immune from this fight here in Vermont. Unfortunately, though often unintentionally, Vermont has the fifth- largest racial homeownership gap in the country. While homeownership for white Vermonters tracks the national average at around 72 percent of families, it is a deeply concerning 21 percent for Black families. However we got here, this gap must be openly discussed and addressed, especially with 24,000 open jobs statewide and 90 percent of our population growth in the past decade coming from the increase in people of color.

The lack of affordable options like townhouses, duplexes and starter homes have worsened the prospects for young families and newcomers. Black Vermonters are actually worse off than they were 50 years ago, when their state’s homeownership rate was 38 percent. This speaks to an ongoing housing and demograph-

ic crisis that is trending in the wrong direction.

As the chair of the Senate Committee on Economic Development and Housing, these figures weigh heavily on my mind. “The Color of Law” by Richard Rothstein is prominently displayed and discussed in my committee this year as we write an affordable housing and homeownership bill. I encourage others to read it to better understand how we have continually failed Black Americans and others in the pursuit of the centerpiece of the American Dream — a place to call home.

It is now up to all of us to make it right — for our Black neighbors, for our young families, for our rural communities

and for all Vermonters. Every family deserves not just housing, but a home. Home is where we find warmth and safety, peace and sanctuary. Home is where we gather to celebrate life’s gains and losses, where our children can do their homework uninterrupted, where our grandparents can transmit wisdom.

This work will not be easy; the most meaningful change never is. I leave you with a quote from Dr. King that I return to most often: “Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’ Vanity asks the question, ‘Is it popular?’ But, conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’

And there comes a time when one must take a position that

is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because one’s conscience tells one that it is right.”

Have a blessed and reflective Martin Luther King Day, and please join me and your other legislative leaders at the Pierson Library in Shelburne on Monday, Jan. 23, from 4-5 p.m. if you would like to continue the discussion.

Kesha Ram Hinsdale, a Democrat from Shelburne, serves the towns of South Burlington, Shelburne, Charlotte, Hinesburg, Milton, Burlington, St. George, Westford, Underhill, Jericho, Richmond, Winooski, Williston, Essex and Bolton in the Legislature.

We dither while winter withers

Watching the delicate, early morning snowflakes fall Tuesday was all too briefly mesmerizing. A decade ago, the couple of inches already on the ground would have adorned an already deep, mid-January snowpack building since early November, hefty enough by now to all but guarantee winter sports easily lasting until early spring. But the new normal quickly intervenes on my fantasy.

Winters are no longer what

they used to be, and this snowfall isn’t nearly enough to make much difference: too little to ski on or snowshoe but a perfect disguise for frozen ruts, intermittent craters and patches of ice, rendering long walks on the road both the only readily accessible winter activity and the easiest option for a quick trip to the emergency room. Though there are many forces at play here and much can change, one thing looks certain in the extended forecast: the freeze-thaw, snow-rain cycle will continue agonizing snow lovers for several weeks.

Those of us who’ve descended

upon Vermont for myriad reasons over the last half-century, I can safely attest, were not anticipating cold, wet and uncomfortable winters. We could have relocated to the Pacific Northwest for that.

I’ve never heard anyone say, “Great, we’re having slush,” but that’s exactly what we’re having, at least until it turns to ice or mud, and we’d better get used to it, according to some scientists, because that’s the way future winters are shaping up.

Climate change writ large? Probably, but it’s complicated.

Even as we come to terms with global warming, we cannot take its implications for granted any more than we’re able to depend on clouds of snow that annually bury hillsides, muffle sound and spur rumination of the “old-fashioned” winters we remember. The complexity of climate science confounds easy labels and simple predictions.

Warming itself isn’t easily categorized and doesn’t always mean what we assume, especially regarding its impacts, which are certainly global, with far reaching implications that defy conventional wisdom.

Warming in one place — the Arctic for instance — does not translate to warming everywhere.

Chatting with meteorologist Roger Hill who runs Weathering Heights in Worcester, a forecasting and consulting service, he explains how one seeming contradiction played out in the

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Trapping commentaries seldom right, most always distort truth

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There have been many recent commentaries by opponents of regulated trapping in Vermont, in which the authors make numerous misstatements as well as unsubstantiated claims to make their point.

In their commentaries, they claim that 68 percent of Vermonters are opposed to trapping. They indicated that this was based on two surveys, one conducted by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department (2018) and one by the Vermont Center for Rural Development (2017).



U.S. with dire results: “Although higher temperatures in the Arctic are increasingly leading to the loss of sea ice, in 2021 those surface changes up north led to cold waves here in the U.S.”

In Texas these fluctuations prompted the National Weather Service to issue unprecedented statewide winter storm warnings as a combination of snow, ice and bitter cold caused a catastrophic failure of the state power grid, stranding millions in the freezing dark, leaving hundreds dead.

While Hill believes that the melting sea ice plays a significant role in our day-today weather, it’s only one factor, with some others even further away, making it difficult to fathom exactly how they could affect winters in Vermont.

“Take Siberia for instance,” he said. “When Russia’s far east has a snowy October, it becomes more likely that the Northeast and New England will have a colder, snowier winter.”

How this happens is not especially easy to grasp but Hill is patient with my questions, taking me very close to my pedestrian limit of scientific understanding.

“The Siberian snow cover reflects light, beaming much of the sun’s warmth back into space, dropping the surface temperature in the Arctic,” he explained, “which in turn impacts the stratospheric polar vortex, eventually causing cold waves here in North America.”

Although most people believe the stronger this much-dreaded climate phenomenon is the lower the temperature will go, but the opposite is the case, according to Hill.

“When the circulation around the vortex is strong, the colder air remains bottled up at the pole but as it weakens, that circulation is disrupted and waves of cold air flow southward,” he said.

As if this isn’t enough, there remains a whole other series of circumstances

Their reading of these surveys is certainly suspect. Correctly reading the poll conducted for the fish and wildlife department by Responsive Management in 2018 indicates that 58 percent of Vermonters support trapping (32 percent strongly/26 percent moderately), while only 25 percent oppose trapping. (Refer to the graph on page 241 of the report.)

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians, the Wildlife Society, and many other wildlife groups and societies support trapping, which is also supported by 71 percent of Americans.

One commentator cited a 2017 survey

that influence the kind of winter weather Vermonters can expect in a given year, including El Nino or La Nina, conditions in the equatorial Pacific that respectively either warm or cool the surface water, subsequently affecting temperature and precipitation in New England.

Storm track is another vital indicator of whether Vermont will get rain, snow or something else out of a specific system.

If the upper-level jet stream takes a low-pressure system to our west, the counterclockwise flow of winds brings with them warmer temperatures and mixed precipitation or just plain rain. An eastern track is an entirely different story, ripe with the possibility as it nears the Atlantic coast of a developing nor’easter or even a bomb cyclone — short for bombogenesis — an explosion of energy that causes a storm to rapidly intensify in a short period of time.

An hour later the snow has stopped, and the sun is shining brightly, casting long, early morning shadows across a burnished field, lustrous gemstones, shimmering in the light. It’s completely gorgeous but I know it’s a facade, a superficial come-on, miles wide and inches deep, a tease, much like the last several winters.

It’s also not nearly enough to plow, of course, so whatever hazards lurk beneath will remain buried, requiring Yak Tracks, hiking poles and the kind of cautious gait that stresses muscles and tendons you didn’t realize you had.

Until it actually happens, I’ll continue dreaming of the kind of snowfall that carries me into the woods, absorbing most sound save the pair of ravens I consistently hear but rarely see as they go about their business and I go about mine through billowing drifts of powder that never fail to intoxicate, luring me into the kind of solitude only deep winter can bring.

conducted by the Vermont Center for Rural Studies in which she claimed that 75 percent of Vermonters want trapping banned. This survey did not reflect Vermonters as a whole, since it was developed and paid for by a group adamantly opposed to trapping, and primarily involved responses from Chittenden County, which is more urban than the rest of Vermont.

Other commentaries have claimed that beaver populations are in decline and trapping adults causes yearlings left in the lodge to freeze to death. Based on discussions with wildlife biologists, there is no documented evidence that either of these statements is true.

Recent surveys indicate approximately 1,200 to 1,400 beavers are trapped annually in Vermont — the same number that were trapped in 1950, the first year of trapping beavers in the 20th century.

These commentators also describe the use of the leghold trap as cruel. First the use of the term leghold is a misnomer. This device was designed to hold an animal

by the foot, not the leg. Leghold is used by those proposing this bill to alarm the public.

I have heard numerous arguments for banning this device, almost all inaccurate. The foothold trap restrains an animal; it does not torture or unduly harm the animal. I have walked up to captured animals that were sleeping, not struggling against the device.

Nontarget animals are released unharmed, with only a numb foot.

Captured animals are generally harvested by shooting with a small-caliber weapon, usually a .22 caliber, not by stomping or bludgeoning.

These commentaries were written by vocal adherents of an anti-trapping and anti-hunting group. It is obvious they do not support the regulated trapping of wildlife. Why do they feel the need to distort the truth?

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Enjoy Age Well meals at

Charlotte Senior Center

The Age Well meal pickup for Thursday, Jan. 19, is from 10-11 a.m., Charlotte Senior Center, 212 Ferry Road, and features oven fried chicken breast, diced potatoes with parsley, peas and onions, wheat roll with butter, date Craisin bar and milk.

You must have pre-registered by the prior Monday with Kerrie Pughe, 802-425-6345 or kpughe@

The Age Well meal pickup for Thursday, Jan. 26, features barbecue pork rib, fried potatoes, carrots, southern biscuit with butter, fruit crisp with cream and milk.

The suggested donation is $5. Check the website for last-minute cancellations at

January programs at the Charlotte Senior Center

• Tuesday, Jan. 24: “Watercolor—Tips from British Artists,” 9 a.m.-noon. Lynn Cummings will lead a discussion about several of her favorite contemporary British artists. Short video clips will be shown and discussed. Explore how their techniques can be incorporated in your own personal paintings. Registration is required for this free program.

• Tuesday, Jan. 24: Join audiologist Dr. Julie Bier for a short

Community Notes

hearing loss presentation with free hearing tests and cleanings, 1 p.m. Learn about the first signs of hearing loss and dealing with tinnitus and balance issues to help prevent falls. Registration required.

• Wednesday, Jan. 25: COVID19 vaccine and flu clinics, 1-6 p.m. Get your COVID-19 vaccine, updated (bivalent) boosters and flu vaccine at this walk-in clinic. Vaccines and boosters are available for pediatric Pfizer (ages 5-11); adult Pfizer (12+) and Moderna (18+). Flu vaccines are only available for those under 65 years.

• Thursday, Jan. 26: potluck lunch followed by music and art, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Potluck in the cafe and then view the photog-

raphy show and listen to the cello performance in the Great Room before the room is closed for the week while it is being painted. Sign-up at the host desk.

• Thursday, Jan. 26: solo cello performance, 1-1:45 p.m. Jonah Hutchin, a young adult cellist from Charlotte, performs. Free. More at

Chat with newly elected rep Chea Waters Evans

Bring questions and concerns for a legislative meet-and-greet with Rep. Chea Waters Evans on Monday, Jan. 23 at 1 p.m.

Waters Evans is the newly elected Chittenden-5 representative from Charlotte and Hinesburg.

‘We’re ALZ in this Together’ at Statehouse

Join Vermonters with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementias, family caregivers, and advocates for older Vermonters “We’re ALZ in this Together: Destigmatizing Dementia” at the Statehouse, 115 State St., Montpelier.

The meeting with legislators and others is Thursday, Feb. 2, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

For information, contact Meg Polyte at or 802-316-3839. More at VH7gzMF.

Free youth event explores engineering

On Feb. 18, students in grades five through 12 will have an opportunity to meet engineering professionals and explore several types of engineering and career options through networking and skill-building workshops.

Discover Engineering, a free day-long event, will be held at the University of Vermont. Registration is required by Feb. 8.

Afternoon workshops will focus on a range of topics including Python coding, water rocket propulsion, robotics, nanotechnology, bridge design, aerodynamics, precision measurement and beam deflection and its relationship to motor and pump design. Students

also can build a car with the university’s Alternative Energy Racing Organization or take part in an engineering design challenge with staff from GlobalFoundries.

A Scouts’ Merit Badge Day will be held in conjunction with Discover Engineering. Registered Boy Scouts and Venturers, ages 11-17, will work on requirements for badges in composite materials, electricity, railroading, astronomy, oceanography, communications and soil and water conservation. For details or to register, go to bit. ly/3J4cFPR.

Town of Charlotte dog licenses due April 1

Dog license renewals in Charlotte are due date April 1 of each year and but new licenses and tags are ready to go.

Neutered and spayed animals are $9, intact males and females are $13. For a working farm dog license, there is an added fee of $5. A current rabies certificate on file is needed to register a dog. All payment is by check or cash.

Call 802-425-3071 or email or to check if current rabies info is file.

Governor’s Institutes open for applications

The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont has just opened applications for the 2023 offerings of its residential summer programs.

Students in grades nine through 11 can apply.

Governor’s Institutes take place on Vermont college campuses and give their attendees the opportunity to dive into a topic for up to two weeks of intensive study. Each institute is focused on a career-oriented topic including arts, engineering, entrepreneurship, environmental science and technology, global issues and youth action, health and medicine, mathematical sciences and technology and design.

Last summer’s session welcomed 487 students from 72 high schools. To learn more or to apply, visit or email with any questions. The deadline is March 31.

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CVU skiers schuss to first-place finish

Alpine skiing

The Champlain Valley alpine ski teams headed to the hills at Cochran’s Ski Area, with both boys and girls coming out on top in the team competition.

Ella Lisle came in first for CVU in the girls’ race, with Dicey Manning coming in third, Carly Strobeck finished in fifth, Rachel Bialowoz was sixth and Addison Bartley rounded out the top finishers in 10th place.

For the boys, Ari Diamond came in third as the top finisher for CVU. George Francisco was fourth and Jake Strobeck came in fifth. Jackson Kany was seventh while Kyle Marvin finished 10th.

Boys’ basketball

Champlain Valley 56, Burr and Burton 21: Champlain Valley held Burr and Burton scoreless in the fourth quarter to get the win Saturday.

Sam Sweeney led all scorers with 15 points for CVU, while Logan Vaughn, Tucker Tharpe and Kyle Eaton each added eight.

With the win, CVU moves to 8-1.

Nordic skiing

The Champlain Valley Nordic ski team placed five skiers in the top 10 in the Tour de Chittenden.

For the boys, Matthew Servin was second overall. Owen Deale came in fifth, Jack Crum followed in eighth and Anders Johnson took the ninth spot.

On the girls’ side, Corinna Hobbs came in ninth place overall.

Girls’ basketball

Champlain Valley 60, St. Johnsbury 37: The girls’ basketball team jumped out to a lead at halftime and cruised to a win over St. Johnsbury on Monday, Jan. 16.

Addi Hunter had a double-double for the Redhawks, scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

Above: Tom Murphy (white/red singlet) from Champlain Valley Union High School defeats Caden Sanborn from Plymouth Regional High School in New Hampsire, to win the 182-pound class at the Michael J. Baker Wrestling Classic on Saturday, Jan. 14, in Essex. Spaulding won overall with 195, followed by Essex (174) and Plymouth with 140.50. CVU’s score was 58 for a 12th-place finish.

Below: A CVU wrestler wins his match Jan. 11 in Hinesburg.

Shelby Companion led all scorers with 16 points.

With the win, CVU moves to 5-0.

The Redhawks also won Saturday, Jan. 14, beating Burr and Burton 65-35.

Merrill Jacobs had 16 points, while Hunter added 11 points.

Girls’ hockey

Champlain Valley-Mount Mansfield 3, Essex 3: Champlain Valley-Mount Mansfield traded goals with Essex in the third period as the two teams battled to a 3-3 tie


Karina Bushweller, Miles Brien and Samara Tucker each had a goal for the CougarHawks, who move to 9-1-1.

Tess Everett added two assists and Grace Ferguson made 11 saves in goal.

The CougarHawks also won Wednesday, Jan. 11, beating Burr and Burton 6-1.

Everett and Tucker each had two goals and one assist, while Bushweller tallied twice. Riley Erdman dished out three assists and Ferguson earned the win in goal.

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State’s attorney retaliates against AG prosecutor, records show

While the Vermont Attorney General’s Office was fighting recently to convict a meat cleaver-wielding man for murdering his wife and trying to kill his motherin-law, Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George was trying to get a car owned by a prosecutor towed from the Burlington courthouse.

And even after the attorney general’s office successfully prosecuted the murder case that George refused to tackle, she subsequently tried to get the office banned permanently from the parking garage under the courthouse.

That’s the finding of a more than six-week investigation by Vermont News First that included multiple interviews and almost 200 pages of documents provided by six state offices in response to requests for public records.

The towing incident is the latest in an ongoing statewide spat that developed when George dismissed two murder charges and two attempted murder charges in Chittenden County on May 31, 2019. The three defendants each said they would use an insanity defense and George indicated she believed she would be unable to successfully fight the insanity defense in each case.

Gov. Phil Scott asked then-Attorney General T.J. Donovan to make his own independent review of each of the three cases George dismissed. Donovan later refiled the charges against the three defendants.

wrong-way fiery crash that killed five teens on Interstate 89.

Repeated attempts to reach George in recent weeks for comments were unsuccessful. She finally responded Friday afternoon with a text message that she was tied up in court all afternoon. George said a timeline included in the public records disclosure told the story.

Parking wars

In the most recent homicide case, Aita Gurung, 39, was charged with the brutal killing of his wife, Yogeswari Khadka, 32 and the attempted murder of his mother-in-law, Thulsa Rimal, 54, at their Hyde Street home in October 2017.

As the trial approached, the attorney general’s office contacted Vermont Building and General Services (BGS), which oversees the operations at state facilities, about securing temporary parking and office space at the Edward J. Costello Courthouse.

Domenica Padula, chief of the criminal division and William McSalis, director of building and grounds safety and security, agreed that state prosecutors could get four parking spaces in the underground garage at the courthouse on Cherry Street.

McSalis noted there was plenty of parking and that some state workers with assigned spaces at the Costello courthouse were still working remotely.

and they don’t intend to let the tow truck into the garage to allow it to happen,” McSalis wrote.

As the incident continued to develop that day, McSalis wrote the immediate plan was for an employee to send information about the car so the owner could be found and asked why it was parked in the spot.

“The car may belong to the attorney general’s team, but maybe not,” he said.

No parking zone

McSalis, a retired FBI special agent, then told his bosses his email was, “Just a heads up because this can turn ugly(er) fast,” he wrote.

And it did.

In a follow-up email, McSalis noted George was still fired up. “Most of her staff’s spots are empty right now, but she still wants to tow it.”

An email exchange between BGS and the attorney general’s office in September identified four people by name that would be using the temporary parking: assistant attorney generals Rose Kennedy and Sophie Stratton, the primary prosecutors on the case, Armina Medic, the victim advocate, and Padula.

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The Vermont Attorney General’s office has now obtained convictions in two cases — Veronica Lewis and Aita Gurung. The third prosecution, which is pending, involved a fatal stabbing on the Church Street Marketplace in March 2017. After the three dismissals by George, then-U.S. Attorney Christina Nolan also secured a criminal conviction in one of the cases. Nolan overcame the insanity claim in a felony gun possession charge against Lewis.

George said at the time she took personal offense that Scott made the request, and she also was unhappy Donovan, whose office has the same authority to prosecute crimes, would even look at the cases.

George said she thought the actions of both Scott and Donovan were political.

The dismissals by George also came nine days after she and veteran deputy prosecutor Susan Hardin deflated an insanity defense used during the high-profile trial of Steven Bourgoin, 38, of Williston, on five counts of second-degree murder for a

Up to four people from the attorney general’s office would be working late into the night after the trial ended each afternoon, and they did not want to have to try to carry evidence, legal papers and other items along dark Burlington streets at 9 or 10 p.m. to their respective cars, which would be left in random parking spots in the city.

As the Gurung trial began, George began a personal effort to tow at least one car after somebody parked in a spot designated for chief deputy state’s attorney Sally Adams, records show.

George asked BGS about towing the vehicle. She also asked the Chittenden County Sheriff’s Department about towing, and she also asked the court clerk’s office, according to interviews.

Nobody was willing to help George have the car towed, in part because they said they did not have authority. They also believed it was unwarranted as there were plently of empty spaces available in the garage.

As the flap began to develop, McSalis wrote in an email to his bosses, “Sarah George is trying to tow a car parking in one of her staff’s spots at 32 Cherry. Court security told her she can’t do that,

The underground parking section in question has 38 marked spots used by the court staff, state’s attorney’s office, the corrections department and the buildings division, according to a diagram provided by the state. The spots are part of the original portion of the courthouse.

There is a second parking section that was added when the original courthouse building expanded from Pearl Street south to Cherry Street.

The only way cars can get into the restricted underground parking areas is to have a specially issued electronic badge from BGS to open the garage door or to buzz the security desk and ask the guard to open it remotely.

BGS Commissioner Jennifer Fitch, in an email to Annie Noonan of the Vermont State’s Attorney’s and Sheriff’s Department, said, “We’ve relayed to our team that we have support and concurrence from your office that Sarah does not have the right to tow vehicles from state grounds.”

Fitch adds, “Anything else you can do on your end to bring resolution to this matter is greatly appreciated.”

George had tried earlier to cut BGS, which handles the parking spots and use of the building, out of the discussion when dealing with Padula.

“I’m not sure why a request for parking in our garage went

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through the central office rather than directly to us — but wanted to reach out to start over,” George said in an email to Padula.

“I’m cutting (BGS) out of the conversation and asking you directly how many spots you need and for how long?” George asked Padula on Oct. 6.

“We don’t have spots available in our garage as they are all used by folks who drive to work, but we might have two in the 108 Cherry parking garage that we can offer,” George wrote.

It was unclear how George was offering the two spots, when BGS controls the space.

Even longtime Superior Court clerk Christine Brock found herself in the doghouse when she tried figuring out who might have parked in the underground garage spot used by Chittenden prosecutor Sally Adams.

Adams wrote an email to Brock and Harold Campbell, the BGS facilities supervisor, asking them to remind their staff about parking in the proper assigned spots.

In an email with the subject line “parking (again!)” Adams wrote, “We have repeatedly asked that this not happen and it continues to happen.”

Adams asked Brock and Harold Campbell to pass the message along to their staff “and also to all tenants of the Costello Courthouse who’s (sic) badge access allows them access to the parking garage.”

able for parking in the garage as many from the office of the state’s attorney were working from home.

“For what it is worth on any given day there are six-to-eight state’s attorney spaces open. They are on a hybrid schedule, so there is ample parking open. Any help appreciated,” said Maguire, a former Chittenden County deputy prosecutor.

John Campbell, executive director of the State’s Attorneys & Sheriffs, was among those offering apologies. “Just to be clear, our department absolutely supports the temporary allocation of parking spots to the Attorney General’s Office for use by its prosecutors who are currently trying the Gurung case,” he said. “Further I find it odd that our Chittenden County Office has raised the issue again because the four spots are clearly marked as ‘Reserved Parking for Attorney General Office Only.’ Once again, I’m sorry that your folks had to waste their time dealing with such a trivial matter.”

The note said, “You are parked in a spot reserved for State’s Attorneys employees. You may not park here. Please do not do it anymore or you will have your vehicle towed.”

Brock forwarded the note five minutes later as requested to the staff and included criminal defense lawyers that attend hearings at the courthouse. Brock added in bold letters for her staff, “Just a reminder that we should not be parking in the parking garage in parking spaces that are not designated for use by court staff.”

Five minutes later Adams fired back an email, asking Brock (with a copy to George) to explain why the court clerk had shared her initial message with six named people “and about 70 other individuals who either have no badge access to the Costello Courthouse or have no business being forwarded an email from me?”

“It is very concerning,” Adams wrote during the Oct. 3 email.

Parking wars, part 2

So just after it looked like peace had been restored at the Costello Courthouse, there was an interesting twist at the end of the Gurung trial.

Assistant attorney general Cindy Maguire sent a note to then-attorney general Susanne Young on Oct. 29 that “yesterday we received a communication from the SA banning us from the parking garage. It is an unnecessary point of stress and honestly feels vindictive,” wrote Maguire, who is assigned to the Department for Children and Families.

“Any help from above would be greatly appreciated. And apologies for bothering you such a seemingly trivial matter,” Maguire told Young.

Maguire had noted in a separate email to Young that there was plenty of space avail-


Included in the records produced on Dec. 15 by the State’s Attorneys & Sheriffs is an unsigned, undated memo that provides a different assessment from the day-to-day emails written at the time.

The memo was sent from George’s office and said that on the second day of cars being parked in the wrong spots, a note was left saying future violations would mean cars would be towed. Yet the emails from the day before from people that control the garage and the parking had made clear that no towing would take place.

The handwritten note left on the offending car did not leave a name or phone number for the driver to reach out and have a conversation.

The note said, “You are parked in a spot reserved for State’s Attorneys employees. You may not park here. Please do not do it anymore or you will have your vehicle towed.”

It was signed “SAS,” trying to indicate the central office of the State’s Attorneys and Sheriffs, which is known within state government as SAS.

Campbell said nobody in his office left the note and nobody was authorized to sign it that way.

Trail proceeds

The third homicide case, passed over by George, is still moving toward a possible trial.

Padula in an email to McSalis on Dec. 8 asked about possible permanent parking spots being allocated to the attorney general’s office at the Burlington courthouse.

“We have some expected appearances next week and any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated!,” Padula wrote.

McSalis responded with a diagram of newly assigned spots for the attorney general’s office at 32 Cherry St.

“The Judicial Security Officers at the Courthouse can help you find them,” he said.


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On Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, Beth Ann Danon, 68, died in the arms of her sister, Mary, and best friend, Kate Mulgrew, succumbing to a recurrence of endometrial cancer.

Beth lived the last few months of her life, first in the warm and welcoming home of her dear friends, Susan Sussman and Scudder Parker, and then with her sister, Mary Kehoe, brother-in-law, Jeff Johnson, and niece, Libby Dysart.

In her last days, she was lovingly cared for by Kate, her best friend of 50 years.

Beth was born in Chicago on May 31, 1954, to William Kehoe and Joan Smith. As a young girl, Beth led her four siblings on endless exciting escapades throughout their Northside Chicago neighborhood; sneaking into hotel lobbies (Marlborough House), climbing on city statutes (Alexander Hamilton), swimming in the conservatory fountain (not allowed), and hunting for wounded turtles, birds and ducks in Lincoln Park and bringing them all home. One of her favorite activities was forming clubs with the sole purpose of setting admission requirements she knew her

little sister could not fulfill, like riding a bike down a long flight of stairs.

Beth began high school in Mamaroneck, N.Y., after her family moved there in 1967 so her mother could pursue her doctorate at New York University. In January 1969, while in high school, Beth led a group of activists to Washington, D.C., to participate in a nationwide anti-war demonstration. Thus began Beth’s life-long pursuit of justice.

Beth finished high school in Hanover, N.H., and immediately returned to New York. Beth started college at NYU in 1972 and finished at Hunter College in 1984.

accepted cases simply because her client needed help. She was never interested in making money. She was only interested in helping people and was drawn to those most in need. Beth was a fierce advocate and highly successful attorney, with the highest of ethical standards. One of her many victories included winning equal health care benefits for same-sex partners of University of Vermont faculty and staff, well before such rights became universal.

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In the interim, she had a lot of fun, waiting tables in some of the classic folk and jazz clubs of Greenwich Village. Living in New York City enabled Beth to indulge her love of opera at the highest level. Beth went on to CUNY Law School at Queens College, graduating in 1987. During law school Beth provided legal services to victims of domestic violence. After graduation, she moved to Vermont to be close to her family, where she lovingly assumed the role of a third parent-figure to Mary’s children, Peter and Libby.

Practicing law was not enough to fulfill her ardent need to pursue justice. Beth was an early board member, and then president, of Vermont CARES. She served as president of the Vermont Bar Foundation and the Vermont Association for Justice. She was a long-standing member of Vermont American Civil Liberties Union. Her work with these organizations is evidence of Beth’s devotion to maintaining a fair and just Vermont community.

Lilly died in April 2022, leaving Beth bereft for some time.

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Beth began her legal career as a law clerk to Vermont Supreme Court Justice Frank G. Mahady. After her clerkship, she practiced law as a plaintiff’s attorney. She was a partner at three law firms, most recently at Kohn Rath Law in Hinesburg, and at one time worked as interim director and staff attorney for Vermont Protection & Advocacy.

In her 35 years of practice, Beth

Beth was the least judgmental person anyone could hope to know. She always had time to listen to her friends’ and family’s problems and woes for as long as necessary, often providing profound and helpful insight. She was reliable and willing to help at the drop of a hat. She found great joy in her Birdland community in North Hero, making connections that were deep and dear. Hers was a life well lived.

Though Beth had no children of her own, she was a devoted aunt to her 10 nieces and nephews. But no remembrance would be complete without mention of her adorable dog, Lilly. Her constant and dear companion for more than 19 years,


Will hold a public hearing on the following applications during the Development Review Board’s regular meeting of Wednesday, February 8, 2023:

7:05 PM 22-262-CU Russ Williams – replace an existing camp at 280 North Shore Rd.

7:30 PM 22-273-SD Gaujac – Preliminary Plan review for proposed 2-lot subdivision at 3260 Greenbush Rd.

For more information, contact the Planning & Zoning Office at 802.425.3533 ext. 208, or by email at:

Beth is survived by her sister, Mary Kehoe and husband, Jeff Johnson of Shelburne; her brother, Bill Kehoe and his wife, Kerstin Cmok of Belmont, Mass.; her brother, John Kehoe and his wife, Marina Kehoe of Statesville, N.C.; and her brother, Michael Smith Welch and his wife, Ami Yamasaki of Tokyo, Japan. She is also survived by her stepfather, U.S. Sen. Peter Welch and his wife, Margaret Cheney; nieces and nephews, Peter (wife Raechel) and Libby Dysart, Lucas and Liam Cmok Kehoe, Leo and Eji Conger, Max Kehoe, Whitney Johnson (wife Anubha Bhadauria), Kasey Murray (husband Osa Imadojemu), and Blake (wife Emily) and Steven Murray; and great nephew, Cassius Dysart, and great nieces, Sosey Dysart and Theodora Imadojemu.

Her family wishes to extend special thanks to Beth’s friends, too numerous to name, who supported her throughout her last months of life. They are also grateful for the support of UVM Home Health and Hospice, nurse Judy Johnson, whose help was both indispensable and kind, and Beth’s primary care provider, Dr. Susan Weinstein and oncologist, Dr. Elise Everett.

A service to celebrate Beth’s life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, at 4 p.m. at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 152 Pearl St., Burlington.

Should anyone wish to honor Beth’s life with a gift, in addition to holding her memory close to heart, we suggest a donation to either the Vermont Bar Foundation or the Chittenden County Humane Society.

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You have a strong desire to clean and organize your home this week, Gemini. Spring cleaning certainly comes early. Conquer that clutter.


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ment, but troopers are only called to Charlotte when there’s a call for service and do not routinely patrol.

Over the past year, enforcement with state police cost the town nearly $30,000 with a minuscule revenue stream for ticket payments. Like many of his neighbors, board member Lewis Mudge questioned, “Where have they been?”

As a solution, the board has been in negotiations with the Chittenden County Sheriff’s Department about increasing patrols intown, but this option doesn’t come without a hefty price tag.

“The idea that we’ve tried forever to get some enforcement, looks like we might have solved that problem,” said selectboard chair Jim Faulkner. “The Chittenden County Sheriff’s Department seems pretty excited about coming down here and they are less expensive than the state police. It’s exciting because we may have found a way to get some enforcement.”

Faulkner went on to explain that the main problem with the state police is that they have “bigger fish to fry” than patrolling Charlotte for speeders, but with the data the selectboard has received, it seems sheriff’s department has higher ticketing numbers and more experience with town deals similar to Charlotte.

The board is considering an increase to 15 hours of patrol time a week at $65 an hour — compared to the state police rate of $78.60 an hour — but with the increase in hours, the town’s police budget might increase to nearly $50,700. The department will also not charge the town for travel

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tell,” he said.

Bunting and the CVU athletic director Ricky McCollum met with administrators and students with the Burlington team shortly after to discuss “a path forward.”

“We agreed to play our next game after our restorative process has had a chance to be completed; after all, an apology without learning is hollow at best,” he said. “In addition, we agreed that the CVU administration would review our practices and consequences going forward.”

He continued that other players around the state were considering postponing games or were planning to forfeit games.

“Before you make this move, I’d ask for


In addition to patrolling, Faulkner explained that the town will also have access to a speed cart that could be available to monitor speeders every day.

The town will receive 70 percent of the ticket that is paid, which in turn, can bring revenue sources up.

“The revenue portion is a little tricky,” said Faulkner, “because we know we get 70 percent, but it really depends on how many tickets.”

The current revenue line on the budget sits at $1,300 but Bloch explained that it could be as much as $10,000.

“It’s no magic here but we will have some money to knock (the expense number) down,” said Faulkner.

Recently, a number of Charlotte residents have demanded action to address excessive speeding in the town. On top of the increased police enforcement budget, residents should expect to see a $25,000 investment in traffic calming measures.

That would cover the cost of six solar-powered radar signs with a memory to record actual speed numbers that are set to be placed along different roads in Charlotte.

Board members stressed that although these numbers have not yet been finalized, they are a relatively accurate indication of what residents could see once the budget is adopted in the coming weeks.

Negotiations with police agencies and the purchase of the radar signs require approval from the selectboard before enforcement can begin.

your trust and remind you that the review of our policies is my responsibility — not our players,” Bunting said in his letter. “I ask you to trust that this player has and is experiencing consequences about which you don’t know. I ask you to trust that she views the video as the worst mistake of her life — because she is learning how much she hurt others, in addition to the consequences of her actions.”

The CVU girls’ basketball played a game at Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester on Jan. 14, and at St. Johnsbury Academy on Jan. 16. Their next scheduled game is Thursday, Jan. 19, at Mount Mansfield Union High School.

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