Shelburne News - 08-4-22

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Pierson Library honors education with new sculpture

Little Leaguers wrap up another season

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Volume 51 Number 31



Shelburne contemplates consolidating wastewater operations


August 4, 2022

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Engineers with Aldrich + Elliot, the consulting group working on the town’s new wastewater treatment project, are recommending the town consolidate its treatment operations to its Crown Road facility at a cost of more than $30 million, sparking worry among property owners who live near the plant. Shelburne currently operates two wastewater treatment plants: one on Crown Road and another on Turtle Lane off Harbor Road. Both are aging, with equipment and infrastructure at each plant well over 20 years old. “It’s a reliability issue moving forward,” Wayne Elliot, a senior engineer and president of Aldrich + Elliot, said. “We’re a couple years into this. The next step is a bond vote, design permitting and a couple years of construction, so even as of today, if things go smoothly moving forward, you’re still three or four years from having new facilities operational. That’s where the concern becomes the timeframe of useful life here.” Elliot, during a presentation to the selectboard on July 26, gave several options the town could pursue — upgrading both See WASTEWATER on page 21


Norah Jones played to a sold-out Shelburne Museum crowd at a concert on July 28.

Shelburne Craft School welcomes new director AVALON STYLES-ASHLEY STAFF WRITER

Heather Moore doesn’t consider herself an artist per se, but she is a gardener. The kind of gardener who speaks Italian to her artichokes to help them grow and who looks at her newest endeavor as executive director of the Shelburne Craft School as a dream

opportunity to tend to a flourishing ecosystem. “This is already a thriving garden. It’s absolutely gorgeous. My job is making sure that it’s watered and that it has what it needs to continue to flourish and be this place where there’s so much heart and that people are just joyful,” Moore said, settling into a chair in her new office, a low-ceilinged

space in one of the craft school’s historic bunkhouse buildings. The Shelburne Craft School, which offers education and studio space for artisanal arts such as fiber, woodworking, pottery, visual arts and more, is a historic landmark of the community, having startSee SCHOOL on page 20

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Shelburne mulls joining communications union district ABIGAIL CARROLL COMMUNITY NEWS SERVICE

Shelburne may join a communications union district to bring broadband to unserved and underserved homes in the area. Voters will get to decide whether their town forms the area’s first district, an organization of two or more towns that operate as a municipal entity to build and deliver high-speed internet. Communications union districts have become increasingly popular since 2015, when state legislators created the mechanism. The Shelburne Selectboard voted July 26 to put the question on the ballot for November. “This is an equity issue, a business issue, I think a development issue, so we can attract new residents to a place where they can work remotely or start a business that requires really stable, high-speed internet,” selectboard member Cate Cross said. The board listened to a presentation on July 12 by Rob Fish, deputy director of the Vermont

Community Broadband Board. He discussed how communications union districts work and the benefit they can bring to towns. Communications union districts can benefit towns by combining areas of need to make them more desirable to carriers, Fish said. Service providers tend to be more interested in serving larger populations than small, spread-out groups, he said. And these unions can mitigate financial risk for towns and taxpayers, addressing a common roadblock to broadening local internet access. The districts have no taxing power and are funded only by grants and revenue bonds. This means there is no cost to taxpayers, Fish said, and towns are not required to use American Rescue Plan Act money to fund the project. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for internet access and broadband. Remote school and work require internet connections that support streamed meetings. Many people, especial-

ly those in remote areas farther from town centers, have found it challenging to stay connected. Fish said building out fiber-optic cable to homes is the only way to provide 100 megabits per second download and upload speeds — a common goal for broadband advocates. The federal minimum definition for broadband is 25 megabits per second download speed and a 3 megabits per second upload speed. Fish said 92 percent of addresses in the state don’t have access to those speeds. “Cable can provide the download speeds, (but) it cannot provide the upload speeds,” Fish said. “Telehealth, distance learning, remote work, even these Zoom meetings depend on the upload speed.” Fish said 104 addresses in Shelburne lack a speed of 100 megabits per second by 20 megabits per second, and 3,272 addresses in Shelburne are without a speed of 100 megabits per second for uploads and downloads. Nine districts in Vermont


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currently serve 208 member towns and more than half the state’s population. When the districts first grew in popularity, Shelburne was not recommended to form or join a union because Chittenden County is better served than other areas of Vermont. But in many towns, there are pockets of people who struggle to reliably access the internet, including Shelburne. Selectboard members said the idea seemed to require little risk for huge rewards. “I didn’t see any downsides at all, and (there’s) lots of potential upsides,” selectboard chair

Michael Ashooh said. Town leaders said forming a union district does not guarantee the town will receive a grant, but the opportunity for improvement was worth putting it on the ballot. The community’s response at the ballot box, as well as the response from possible partner communities, will decide whether Chittenden County gets a district. Other towns, including Essex and South Burlington, are considering joining the union. Two towns are needed to create a union district, and other towns can join later through a vote of their selectboard.

Shelburne playwright premieres new work “The Mockingbird’s Nest,” a new play by Craig Bailey of Shelburne, premieres this month in the United Kingdom. The work will receive its first domestic staging the following month, with two U.S. theater companies set to produce it this fall. “The Mockingbird’s Nest” is a two-person thriller that features elderly shutin Daisy, who suspects her daughter and live-in caregiver, Robyn, isn’t what she seems to be. “I feel like a log-jam let loose,” Bailey says. “I’m learning playwriting can be a long, iterative process. After a couple years of writing Craig Bailey and table reads, suddenly I had three companies approach me for full productions all within a couple weeks.” Drip Action Theatre Co. in Arundel, South Downs, West Sussex, England, will include the one-act play in The Arundel Theatre Trail running Aug. 20-27. “Mockingbird” will make its U.S. premiere Sept. 15 for a three-day run at the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. It’ll be one of 18 new plays produced by a variety of Pittsburgh-area theater companies during the festival at Duquesne University’s Genesius Theatre in Pittsburgh. In October, Theatre Odyssey in Sarasota, Fla., will feature Bailey’s play as one of four finalists at its One-Act Play Festival held Oct. 6-9 at Florida State University. Bailey wrote the script in 2020. He spent the next two years developing the work through table readings, often conduct-

ed virtually, by several theater companies, including groups in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. The Vermont Playwrights Circle in Montpelier read the play at a gathering in 2021. That same year “The Mockingbird’s Nest” won first place in Frostburg State University’s Center for Literary Arts One-Act Play Competition, first place in Main Street LIVE’s 30-Minute Playwriting Contest in Trinidad, Colo., and best one-act in Chameleon Theatre Circle’s 23rd Annual New Play Contest in Minneapolis. “Mockingbird” was short-listed for Fringe’s 2022 Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing in the United Kingdom. “I feel like trying to find a publisher will be the next logical step after these productions,” Bailey says, “but I’d really like to get a Vermont company interested in producing it first. I haven’t yet been able to sit in an audience and enjoy it myself.” In 2019, he launched Read My Play (, a free script exchange service to facilitate the sharing of critical feedback on works-in-progress among playwrights. He’s co-owner of web development company Root802, and the producer/host of syndicated radio show “Floydian Slip.” He lives in Shelburne with his wife, Noelle MacKay. “The Mockingbird’s Nest” is available for download at the Playwrights’ Center: birds-nest.

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A new sculpture by Chris Sharp was installed last week on long-term loan in front of Shelburne’s Pierson Library. “We’re encouraging people to take a picture with the sculpture, write a short note about an educator who made a difference in their life, and post it and the photo to our social media with the hashtag #PiersonPencils,” said library director Kevin Unrath. The inscription on the sculpture, “Education Will Save the World,” reads: “Our future is filled with miraculous possibilities and seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Clearly, there is a better life for us out there. A life where we live in harmony with ourselves and with this glorious, precious Earth. This balance will not occur by chance. With deliberate vision and exceptional effort, we will orchestrate a sustainable world for our grandchildren and their grandchildren’s grandchildren. In the minds of today’s children, we will create humanity’s salvation. Let us start educating tomorrow’s visionaries today. Education will save the world.” (A loving tribute to Loraine Colman. Believing in forever.) The library will host a grand opening for the work on Shelburne Day, Aug. 20.


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Shelburne Police Blotter Total reported incidents: 79 Traffic stops: 5 Warnings: 4 Tickets: 2 Medical Emergencies: 19 Domestic incidents: 5 Suspicious incidents: 7 Citizen Assists: 4 Thefts: 7 Fraud: 1 Car crashes: 1 Pending investigation: 6

A new bench graces the Shelburne Town Green in honor of the late Jerry Storey. The inscription is detailed on the next page.

Park bench dedicated to Storey, noted Shelburne public servant MIKE DONOGHUE CORRESPONDENT

A park bench on the Shelburne Town Green was dedicated to Edward “Jerry” Storey Jr. on Sunday afternoon. Storey, who died from cancer on March 8, was a longtime local and federal public official, teacher and artist. He served on both the

Shelburne Development Review Board and later on the selectboard for five and a half years, most of that as its chair. Some credited Storey with restoring some sanity and civility that had been missing in Shelburne town business for several years. He had earlier served as a municipal manager for a handful of communities in Maine.



The celebration of his life was postponed until this summer to allow family, friends and others to travel to Shelburne and to install the plaque on the bench. About 65 people, including current and former town employees and officials, attended the dedication and remembrance.

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July 25 at 12:49 a.m., police were called to a domestic incident at the Countryside Motel. July 25 at 10:17 a.m., a resident’s car was stolen from Locust Hill, but found the next day in South Burlington. July 25 at 2:25 p.m., license plates were stolen off someone’s car. The case is under investigation. July 25 at 2:30 p.m., someone called police and asked them to destroy a toy gun she had in her possession. Police took the toy gun and destroyed it per the resident’s request. July 25 at 8:36 p.m., a resident’s mailbox was reportedly vandalized. July 25 at 9:56 p.m., Andrew Lavalle, 37, of Shelburne was issued a citation on an outstanding warrant. July 26 at 10:41 a.m., a walkin reported that her neighbor on Ridgefield Road had been aggressive toward her while she was dropping off a gift

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Tuesday is primary day Polls will be open on primary election day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Shelburne town center gym. Early voting is also allowed at the town clerk’s office, but the office closes at 2 p.m. on the Monday before the primary. Contested races include a new Chittenden Southeast Senate district with four Democrats vying for three slots on the Democratic side of the ballot. Newcomers Lewis Mudge of Charlotte and Steven May of Richmond are looking to unseat two of three incumbents — Thomas Chittenden, Ginny Lyons and Kesha Ram Hinsdale — for a chance to appear on the November General Election ballot. Other contested primary races include Vermont’s sole seat in the U.S.

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continued from page 4 Town Manager Lee Krohn read the dedication citing Storey’s contributions to the town and “Forever public servant — giving voice to All.” Krohn offered some additional extemporaneous comments. Due to the heat, the two-hour event then moved across the street into the new parish hall at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church for more comments and the reception. His wife, Anna Watson, was among those to speak. Among the Shelburne officials in attendance were highway superintendent Paul Goodrich, finance director Peter Frankenburg, police chief Michael Thomas, Shelburne Rescue chief Jacob Leopold, health officer Bob Lake, former selectboard member Ken Albert and retired longtime town clerk and treasurer Colleen Haag. The family donated the leftover catered food from Chef’s Corner in Williston to Shelburne Fire, Police and Rescue, according to Sean Moran, one of the organizers. Before his municipal career in Maine and Vermont, Storey served in the U.S.

Coast Guard and worked for the federal government in Washington, D.C. After serving as an educator, Storey worked with the secretary of the treasury under the administration of President Gerald Ford as well as for U.S. Agency for International Development and the Tennessee Valley Authority under the administration of President Jimmy Carter, developing alternative energy through hydro and wood pellet replacement of nuclear power.

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OPINION Quality health care requires thoughtful financial support Guest Perspective Frank Cioffi At times, we take our health for granted. Until something goes wrong, we are not inclined to think about the incredible facilities and providers that we have available to us. No doubt, the pandemic touched and awakened each of us in some life altering way. Over the past few years members of my family and close friends have had significant medical conditions that resulted in them having to seek treatment and care in the University of Vermont Medical Center. In each of their situations the medical care they received and the quality of service and treatment was life changing, life sustaining and compassionate. In such a small state we are so incredibly fortunate to have University of Vermont Medical Center, the only level 1 academic medical center in Vermont and northern New York, serving a population of 1 million and caring for all of the health care needs of this almost exclusively rural region. It is essential that we understand that keeping our medical center economically vital

is critically important to the economic stability of Vermont and to the health and well-being of Vermonters. Recently, Gov. Phil Scott wisely and accurately summarized a major concern about the fragility of our health care system: “Stabilizing our health care system has become increasingly urgent. Our health care system’s ability to provide access to affordable, timely and quality care is very fragile as it emerges from the pandemic and confronts the impacts of deferred care, an aging population, a workforce crisis and the historically high inflation that increases the costs of supplies, energy and staff. With all these factors, the swystem is at risk of significant disruption and instability.” In the current environment operating a health care facility and system such as University of Vermont Medical Center is incredibly challenging and our state and federal governments need to step up to provide more financial support and assistance to ensure that financial stability is foundational to providing access to quality care. A hospital should not be forced to use its reserves to subsidize operational costs and endanger its ability to make stra-

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

Elect Malloy for U.S. Senate To the Editor: I’ve met Gerald Malloy several times and he is a serious candidate with good policies that will help get us out of the current economic mess we’re in. A career military man with no nonsense policies on crime, immigration and national security he’ll bring desperately needed common sense back to Washington. Bill Supple Shelburne

Toll, Copeland Hanzas offer sound leadership To the Editor: How are we preparing for future leadership in Vermont? This year, we have two very strong candidates in Kitty Toll for lieutenant governor and Sarah Copeland Hanzas for secretary of state. Why Toll? I have known and worked with Kitty for 14 years. Having chaired the House Committee on Appropriates for four years and served on it for six, she understands the complexities of Vermont’s budgetary process better than all the candidates. She also has extensive

experience negotiating between the House and the Senate, a skill sorely needed at this time. Not only that, but she also has the skill, experience and gravitas to become governor should that become necessary. The youngest of 13 children growing up on a farm in Danville, a former middle school teacher, Toll is the clear choice for lieutenant governor. Why Sarah Copeland-Hanzas for secretary of state? As chair of the House Committee on Government Operations, she worked with local, state and national experts to successfully design and pass legislative that allowed us to safely maintain voting access and public meetings without endangering our health. While some states worked to limit access, Copeland-Hanzas led to passage of lawmaking universal vote by mail permanent. As majority leader, not only did she demonstrate the ability to lead over 90 independently elected representatives, but she also showed skill in negotiating with Republican, Democratic and Progressive leaders to find solution to complex changes. As a former business owner, she understands how the role of the Vermont Secretary of State’s office could better serve business owners. She has the knowledge base, leadership skills and political experience to be a terrific secretary of state during this turbulent time for democracy.


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continued from page 7 considering all the potential public impacts of the decisions facing Vermont leaders today. It will take deep experience and strong leadership like his to effectively address climate and affordability challenges converging on our brave, little state. We have all benefited greatly from his sound judgment and commitment to public service. So, join us in supporting Thomas Chittenden’s generous willingness to continue to lead Vermont forward. Peter and Leslie Plumeau South Burlington

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I have seen him call people in Charlotte to seek their input on issues and problems, he listens and appreciates what they have to say. We can use more of that in Montpelier. We also have a chance to elect someone who will promote the voices of new Americans in Montpelier. Mudge understands that new Americans make Vermont — and the country — a better place to be. We know he will advocate for policies that will help new Americans get settled here. Vermont can be a challenging place to come to at first, but Lewis Mudge in the Senate will help with that. He is a man of integrity, and we should elect him to the Vermont Senate. Guillaume Teganyi Charlotte

To the Editor: I am writing today to encourage my friends and neighbors to vote for Thomas Chittenden for Senate. He is measured and thoughtful in his approach to policy and lawmaking. He carefully weighs evidence and opinion, striving to make the best decisions to move our community forward. I strongly support Sen. Chittenden and I hope you will also.

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Mudge’s background prepares him for Senate To the Editor: These days we are reminded every day why we need candidates to volunteer and defend democracy. In our state Senate race we can choose a candidate — Lewis Mudge — who will stand up for democracy and fight for human rights here as he has done in my home country: the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mudge moved to the eastern Congo in 2008 when militias were targeting civilians. He took up a job to train journalists and later joined Human Rights Watch where he continues to work to this day. Whether here in Charlotte on the selectboard or working in the Central Africa Republic, he approaches problems with curiosity and humility. He always wants to learn more and hear perspectives. The diplomacy skills he learned in Goma, Bunia and Bukavu in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo have served him well in Vermont.

To the Editor: I write this letter of support for Ted Kenney, a Democratic candidate for Chittenden County State’s Attorney in the primary on Aug. 9. I am a former civil rights investigator and prison educator. I served as a development director for a mental health agency and volunteered for a restorative justice program in New Zealand. I’m a lifelong liberal Democrat. Access to housing, food, physical and mental health services, and substance use treatment are of paramount importance. My lived experience as a Chittenden County resident has shifted. I personally witnessed an attempted theft in my pharmacy, stopped by a customer. I was afraid someone would get hurt. My favorite customer service rep at my grocery store explained that security is now needed because people are carrying baskets and carts of products out without paying. Stolen bikes show up, abandoned, in our neighborhood. Additionally, objective statistics demonstrate significant upticks in aggravated assaults, burglary and car theft in Chittenden County. Kenney understands that criminal justice reform and public safety are not mutually exclusive. We can work together to create a safe, vibrant and equitable community where all can thrive, while also addressing past racial, ethnic, gender and socioeconomic inequities. His stellar record includes service to

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Vermonters as a lawyer in government and private practice, engaging in criminal defense, civil litigation, personal injury litigation, transactional and business formation law and estate law. He graduated from the University of Vermont and worked his way through law school at American University. As former president of the Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, he offers a unique perspective on balancing rights of the accused with public safety. Most recently, he served as division chief at the Vermont Office of the Attorney General. Ted Kenney has the experience and unique, balanced perspective to foster an equitable, safe and just Chittenden County.

will help those districts dealing with more challenged populations. Chittenden is a strong supporter of public transit, having served as chair of the Green Mountain Transit Board. He supports state bonding for school capital projects to help remedy serious deferred maintenance, and he supports strengthening regionalization where it makes sense, such as regional dispatch and airport governance. Thomas embodies my values in government. Please reelect Thomas Chittenden on primary election day, Tuesday, Aug. 9

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

Vote for Chittenden for state Senate To the Editor: Thomas Chittenden’s voice and advocacy is much needed in the Vermont Senate, in my opinion, and I urge you to reelect him. He has supported the development of workforce housing at the city and state level, including permit reform to facilitate in-fill development. He supports income sensitivity programs to protect the most vulnerable. He supported the much-needed revisions to the state education funding formula that

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To the Editor: I work across Chittenden County, and I support Lewis Mudge as a candidate for state Senate. He is on the selectboard in Charlotte. I ran against him for his current seat and have been very impressed with his leadership and positive influence thus far. To be clear, I don’t agree with him on everything but have learned that we have very similar goals and visions for the future. I would rather vote for a politician who stands by his convictions and engages in discourse than one who bends to whatever direction the political winds are blowing. I will also say this for Mudge: He always seeks input and opinions before taking a decision, even if it is one that may not be popular with all of his constituents. Additionally, he really enjoys the minutia of helping run a town, which will be an asset in Montpelier. He also cares about our towns in Chittenden County and wants to see them do well. Mudge has three small kids in the public school system and he’s invested in our communities. He wants to see business growth and housing expansion without losing sight of Vermont’s principles and while protecting our green space. In a world where too many politicians focus on getting the message right, I want someone who will just do the job, listen to his constituents and try his best. I’m voting Mudge. Mike Dunbar Charlotte

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Over 50 attorneys endorse Sarah George in reelection More than 50 practicing attorneys have signed onto the endorsement letter include endorsed Chittenden County State’s Attor- Paul Jarvis and Sandra Baird. ney Sarah George this week. “George has exercised the power of The list of endorsements includes crim- her elected office judiciously and in keepinal and civil lawyers and former state’s ing with the highest values of Vermont to attorneys and comes in the wake of four ensure all of us are guaranteed due process current and former state’s attorand equal protection afforded by neys endorsed George’s oppothe constitutions of Vermont and nent, Ted Kenney, in Tuesday’s the United States,” Baird said. Democratic primary. Supporters say that George, “A prosecutor makes deciwho is an incumbent in the race, sions on the facts of the case and has been working to address the law that exists, not on the racial disparities in the criminal winds of public opinion,” Burllegal system, including poliington attorney Frank Twarog cies that treat substance use as a said. “In my experience, Sarah health matter and that restrict the George does what she feels is use of cash bail for lower-income right, just and within the bounds Sarah George Vermonters. of the Constitution 100 percent of “It is especially meaningful the time.” to have the support of so many Former Windsor County State’s Attor- prominent lawyers, because they know ney Robert Sand, who is now a law school firsthand the requirements of the job of professor, praised George’s commitment to state’s attorney and have seen my work up criminal justice reform. close,” George said in a press release. “I think Sarah has demonstrated a broadSeveral weeks ago, citing the need for er commitment to reshaping and rethinking both public safety and criminal justice what a just system looks like and what the reform in Chittenden County, nine labor role of a prosecutor is in the justice system unions representing police, fire and rescue than honestly any state’s attorney I’ve ever personnel endorsed Kenney’s bid to become seen in Vermont,” he said. the next state’s attorney for Vermont’s largOther former state’s attorneys who est and busiest court.


continued from page 6 Never mind wearing consumers down so that they surrender to nonfunctioning systems from which there is no escape. They simply quit trying, yielding to an alternate universe that has us in invisible, inescapable chains as we slowly go mad. Some years ago, a car manufacturer decided to get smart and have women called soccer moms design their SUVs. The strategy was wildly successful. The vans sold like hot cakes. Too bad no one at companies like those that manufacture refrigerators, for example, has ever asked women to design them. Instead, they continue to let women maneuver milk cartons around interior lights that hang precariously in the middle of the top shelf. What if essential computer hardware, software and programs were designed and field tested with input from people who actually use them for work, information or services? What if all the techies, here or offshore, were put to the test along with management? The price of not doing that is high. About a decade ago a Newsweek article was among several stories that examined negative behaviors fostered by the internet with implications for mental health. Something the author of the piece wrote seems relevant to a new kind of mental health challenge spawned by today’s internet-driven technology traps. “Altogether the digital shifts … call to mind a horse that has sprinted out from underneath its rider, dragging the person who once held the reins.

No one is arguing for some kind of Amish future. But the research is now making it clear that the internet is not ‘just’ another delivery system. It is creating a whole new mental environment, a digital state of nature where the human mind becomes a spinning instrument panel, and few people will survive unscathed.” Examples of the problems people are encountering, and their effect, are copious and egregious. Here’s an incident that appeared in the Washington Post as I was writing this piece: Three years ago, the remains of a deceased man were supposedly shipped to his family via FedEx, but now, more than three years later the human remains remain lost. When a local newspaper investigated the event recently, FedEx responded quickly. That is, a company chat box replied, “Hello there. My name is Gaby. This is not the experience we want to provide. I am very sorry for the pending delivery. Please send a direct message, I would be happy to assist.” Apparently, a real FedEx response was still pending when the Post went to press. Most of us never experience something that terrible but should you wish to comment, please visit my website or try calling. Callback wait time is six months. Thank you. “We appreciate your patience. Your call is very important to us.” Elayne Clift writes from Vermont while awaiting tech help. More at elayne-clift. com.

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Community Notes Come out and dance with the Burlington stars Join local celebrities Darren Perron, Champlain Valley school district principal Adam Bunting, Serena Magnan O’Connell, and many more for this year’s Dancing with the Burlington Stars, a charity fundraising event where teams of local celebrities and dance professionals compete for a good cause. The Vermont Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired brings back its popular annual event Sunday, Sept. 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Flynn Theater in Burlington. After a two-year hiatus, local celebrities and local dance professionals will once again team up to shine on stage. Participants this year include Jordan Sassi and Ryan Doyle, Brea McBride and Darren Perron, Liza Matton Mercy and Leo Wermer, Rick Kinsman and Heather Liebenguth, Olivia Schrantz and Adam Bunting, Tino Rutanhira and Alexis Kamitses and Serena Magnan O’ Connell

and Jon Bacon. All proceeds from the event benefit Vermont Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired in its mission to enable Vermonters who are blind or visually impaired to be more independent, cultivate adaptive skills and improve their quality of life. Tickets are on sale now at the Flynn box office.

Pick up meal to go at St. Catherine’s Aug. 9 Age Well and St. Catherine’s of Siena Parish again team up to provide a meal to go for anyone age 60 or older on Tuesday, Aug. 9. The meal will be available for pick up in the parking lot at 72 Church St., 11 a.m.-noon. The menu is chicken with a chicken in gravy, red mashed potatoes, diced carrots with dill, biscuit and milk. To order a meal, email Sheryl Oberding at soberding@yahoo. See COMMUNITY NOTES on page 11

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Shelburne Parks & Rec News Final notice: fall soccer registration Fall soccer registration closes Friday, Aug. 5, at midnight. The Shelburne Recreation Soccer League is for students entering grades one through six in the fall. All teams will be assigned

one practice night during the week and will complete in games on Saturdays. The program starts the first week of school and runs through early October. Registrations received after Aug. 5 will be placed on a waitlist and only placed on a team if space allows once the season starts. Registration is $55, with a

$25 uniform fee. Volunteer coaches are needed, so if interested, fill out that section on the registration form. Training for coaches and referees provided. Kindergarten and preschool soccer information will be announced this month.


Local gridiron stars play in Shrine Bowl This week 72 high school football players from New Hampshire and Vermont will begin practicing for the 69th Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl. The summer classic will be played at Castleton University’s David Wolk Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 6. The two teams will stay at Castleton University for six days before playing in the game. Local athletes on the team include Jared Anderson, Ryan Canty and Angelos Carroll from Champlain Valley Union High School, and Amari Fraser from South Burlington High School. The Maple Sugar Bowl Game is sponsored by the Cairo Shriners of Rutland and Mt. Sinai Shriners of Montpelier. This game is a fundraiser for three area Shriners Hospitals for Children. Tickets are available at

Online course teaches composting basics Registration is now open for the University of Vermont Extension’s master composter course, designed to teach the basics of backyard composting. The online course opens Sept. 2. It runs for eight weeks and course materials, including weekly learning modules, two online manuals, quizzes, a final exam and additional course materials, will be available to participants until Dec. 2. Two tracks — volunteer and certified — are offered to meet participant needs. Live discussion sessions with instructors will be offered via Zoom on six consecutive Thursdays from 6-7 p.m., beginning Sept. 8. These will be archived for later viewing. The course is sponsored by the UVM Extension Community Horticulture Program with financial support from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.



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Golf tournament benefits CVU girls’ basketball Support Redhawks girls’ basketball Sunday, Sept. 25, at Cedar Knoll Country Club in Hinesburg at the 2nd annual CVU Redhawks Girls Basketball Golf Tournament. The day will include greens fees, cart rental, a light breakfast, lunch, appetizers and cash bar, raffle prizes and great sunset views. Cost is $90 per person or $360 per foursome, if registered by Sept. 1. Not a golfer? Inquire about sponsorship opportunities to Amy Armstrong at amyarmstrong@

Equity Committee grant drives hiring in Shelburne The Vermont COVID-19 Response Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation has awarded Shelburne’s Equity & Diversity Committee a $10,000 grant. The grant will pay for consultant Tabitha Moore of Intentional Evolution to work with the town to come together to understand what equity, diversity and inclusion mean for Shelburne, and how to best incorporate and meet town government’s commitment to ensuring and sustaining equity, anti-racism, anti-bias and belonging for all people in the community. The committee holds public meetings on Zoom the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6 p.m. Agendas, including links, are available at

Krupp releases third book in trilogy Garden writer Ron Krupp of South Burlington has released the third in his Woodchuck Gardener’s trilogy, “The Woodchuck Travels through the Garden Seasons: Ornamental and Landscape Plants, Pollinators and Native Species and the Insect Apocalypse.” “In my new Vermont garden

book, I reveal the practical nature of plants and their aesthetic qualities, all complemented with poetry and prose, sketches, photos and paintings,” Krupp said. “The best way to create a sustainably designed habitat for songbirds, bees, hummingbirds, butterflies and insects is to provide a native pollinator landscape in your garden,” Krupp said. “Restoring native plant habitat is vital to preserving biodiversity.” The other books in his trilogy include “The Woodchuck’s Guide to Gardening” and “The Woodchuck’s Return to Gardening.” For more information, contact Krupp at woodchuck37@hotmail. com or 802-658-9974.

Night at museum features Brickdrop, bird diva August’s free Friday event at Shelburne Museum is Aug. 5, and features live music, lawn games, food trucks and special exhibitions, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. At 6 p.m. Brickdrop will help you get in the groove with its energetic and funky jazz fusion. Then check out the museum’s collections buildings, play lawn games, and enjoy food from local vendors. From 5-6 p.m. meet bird diva Bridget Butler on a self-guided tour program to learn about bird characteristics, explore birdthemed artworks at the museum, ask questions, and join in for a slow birding activity.

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Elizabeth A. Amundsen

Elizabeth A. Amundsen Elizabeth A. Amundsen, 94, of Shelbourne, formerly of Kingston, N.Y., died Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at University of Vermont Medical Center. Born in Kingston, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Mary Lent Alecca. She took pride in her home, family and friends. Betty was an inspirational woman with a kind heart and open mind, selfless and caring with those she loved. Betty is survived by her son, Craig C. Amundsen of Burlington; her granddaughter, Rachel S. Amundsen and partner, Austin Whitehill of Burlington; three siblings, Charles Alecca of Kingston, Gloria Schatzel of Port Ewen, N.Y., and Marie McHale of Waltham, Mass. In addition to her parents, Betty was predeceased by her husband of 44 years, Theodore Amundsen; and three brothers, Michael, John and Thomas Alecca. Betty will be reposing at the Simpson-Hammerl Funeral Home, 411 Albany Avenue, in Kingston,

on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, from 4-7 p.m. The funeral procession will form from the funeral home on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, at 11 a.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon at St. Mary’s Church. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Simpson-Hammerl Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. The family requests that memorial donations be made to St. Catherine of Siena Church, 72 Church St., Shelburne VT 05482. Online condolences may be left by visiting

Miriam (Welt) Langdon

Miriam (Welt) Langdon Miriam (Mimi) Langdon, 100, died at Berlin Meadows in Barre, Vermont on July 22, 2022. Born on Jan. 30, 1922, in Connecticut, Mimi’s early years were spent in Black River, N.Y. While she and her husband, Red Langdon, spent much of their lives in Rochester, N.Y., and in Fredericksburg, Va., they were summer

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Looby (Michael) of Pittsford, N.Y.; her grandchildren, Liam Looby (Marin) of Madison, Wis.; Maren Langdon Spillane (Dominic) of Northfield; Elizabeth Looby (Turki Alghamdi) of San Jose, Calif.; her three great-grandchildren, Gracelyn and Oliver Spillane and John Looby; and nieces, a nephew, and many cousins. A graveside memorial will occur at Grove Cemetery in Lafargeville, N.Y., at a later date. Please visit to share your memories and condolences.

Pamela Davies Clark

Pamela Davies Clark Pamela Davies Clark, longtime resident of Charlotte, Shelburne and Monkton, died in Washington D.C. on Monday, March 21, 2022, surrounded by family. A devoted friend, enthusiastic golfer, consummate host, proud mother and beloved grandmother, she always treasured the time she spent with family and friends. Pam was born in Batavia, N.Y., to Mary Ellen (Doton) and Charles Davies. She was adored

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by her siblings, Thom Davies, Don Davies (who predeceased her) and Cathy Blake and their families. Although she lived in many places throughout her life, Vermont was the only place she truly called home. It was where she built homes and businesses, celebrated the rich connection to the place where generations of relatives contributed to the land and character of the state, and where she and Thomas Pierce raised their three children. She was an active contributor to the communities where she lived, serving on the school board in Shelburne and participating in town halls in Charlotte. After running a bed and breakfast in the family home for several years, she was part of the team that purchased and undertook a historic renovation of the former home of Rene and Helen Gadue on the Shelburne Town Green to open the Heart of the Village Inn in 1996. In recent years Pam spent time in Florida where she developed a love of golf, painting, birdwatching and winters without shoveling snow. She lived a rich, full life with an unfailingly positive outlook that propelled her through good times and hard times and was reflected in the joyful celebration of her 29th birthday every year, even after her children far surpassed that milestone. She is survived by many who loved her and miss her, including her children, Heather Pierce of Washington D.C., Greg Pierce of New York, N.Y., and Randal Pierce of Burlington, and their families. Her husband, Stephen Clark, predeceased her, and Pam had a special bond with her stepdaughter Tricia Clark. With cousins in the dozens, Pam took every opportunity she could to visit and connect with family. Her friendships were deep and lasting. She forged lifelong relationships with the children that she got to know and with whom she shared her love of crafts, nature and sparkly jewelry, welcoming all as family regardless of family tree. Her art and her handmade cards and her masterful baking lessons are documented in the photographs and memories of those she loved. A celebration of her life with family and friends will be at the Doton Family Farm in Woodstock, 202 Lakota Road, on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, at noon. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stern Center for Language and Learning, 183 Talcott Rd #101, Williston VT 05495. See OBITUARIES on page 13

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continued from page 12 can be made through Jhammar Cruz’s Paypal ( paypalme/inmemoriesofmarilou) and Venmo (@jhammarcruz).

Marilou Estacio Marilou Estacio of Shelburne died the night of Monday, July 18, 2022. She was born April 9, 1960, in the Philippines. She came to Vermont wanting to start fresh and provide for her family back home. While here, she built a home with her partner, Jamie, and his son, Michael. After Marilou’s double-kidney failure, her sister Emma was flown from the Philippines to Vermont to donate her kidney. This gave Marilou the opportunity to live 30 more happy years and the strength to fulfill her desire to be reunited with her son Jhammar. From that moment forward, her circle of family and friends grew in Vermont, where many happy memories were shared. To her family, she was known as Ma, Owa, Telula, Loi, Tita Malou and Lola. Most knew her as Mary, the heart of the Dutch Mill Family Restaurant. From the moment you walked in the restaurant, she would take care of you. She may have shown it in her own fiery way, but she would always make sure you felt welcomed. She was the same way with her own family, filling their hearts with the passion and kindness she displayed every day. With the family continuing to grow, her sons Jhammar and Michael brought new joy into her life: her grandkids. Her priority was always family, whether here

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or in the Philippines, and she never chose between the two. She would never pass up an opportunity to spend time with the people she loved. She would want everyone to focus on the good, the laughs and the little things — celebrating her and all the memories shared. As she taught those around her to love hard, she spread her kindness and endless generosity everywhere she went. She made the world a better place and will be forever missed by every life she touched. Marilou is survived by the Estacio, Bissonette, Cruz, Martel, Antonio and Bermejo families. A funeral mass was held at St. Catherine’s Church in Shelburne, on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at 1 p.m. The family requests memorial tributes be directed to Marilou’s funeral fund to assist with expenses. Monetary donations

Rev. A. Wayne Schwab

Rev. A. Wayne Schwab A memorial service to honor Rev. A. Wayne Schwab will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022, at the United Church of Hinesburg, 10570 Route 116, Hinesburg. Masks are appreciated.

Steven Bissonette Steven John Bissonette, 61, died suddenly in his home on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, with his adoring wife, Janet, by his side. He was born on Feb. 13, 1961, to Charles and Corrine Bissonette of Shelburne. Steve overcame

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

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and beloved dog, Sadie. Steve is survived by his loving wife, Janet; his children, Jessica and Scott; and his grandsons, Noah and Nathan Abbott. He is also survived by his parents; his brothers, Christopher (Karen) and James (Marilou); his sister, Nancy (Jim); along with a multitude of extended family, close friends and neighbors. A celebration of life took place at the American Legion, 60 Railroad St., Island Pond, on Friday, July 15, 2022, 1-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a fund has been established in Janet’s name to help with Steve’s final expenses, at Community National Bank, P.O. Box 441, Island Pond VT 05846; or Venmo handle Steve-Bissonette-Donations


continued from page 4 phone calls and messages from an ex-boyfriend. A report was taken, and the man was issued a trespass notice. July 28 at 2:38 p.m., items were taken from someone’s car at the Shelburne Shopping Park. July 28 at 2:45 p.m., another theft of items from a car was reported at Shelburne Green. July 29 at 12:17 a.m., someone reported their friend’s truck was stolen and was parked at the Shelburne Bay Plaza, but officials could not find the vehicle matching the description. July 29 at 8:09 a.m., items were taken from someone’s car at VIP Tire. The case is under investigation. July 29 at 12:16 p.m., multiple fire agencies from Shelburne,

Burlington, Charlotte and more assisted in extinguishing a residential fire on Steeplebush Road. No injuries were reported. July 29 at 3:03 p.m., a two-car crash was reported on Shelburne Road near Harbor Road. July 29 at 3:41 p.m., a guest staying at the North Star Motel told police their medication had been stolen. July 30 at 7:19 a.m., Shelburne police assisted Department of Children and Families with a report of sexual assault that may have occurred in Shelburne. The case is under investigation. July 30 at 8:16 p.m., police intervened in a verbal fight at the Countryside Motel. The parties were separated. Get the News of Shelburne 24/7


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

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

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Vermont Mittens and Outright Vermont have joined forces to raise money for local LGBTQ youth through a new donation effort amid a surge of laws targeting the community. Vermont Mittens founder Jen Ellis — who earned national attention for crafting mittens worn by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders during President Joe Biden’s inauguration — promises to donate a portion of every sale of mittens to the Burlington LGBTQ advocacy nonprofit. “I can’t wait to see how we can harness this partnership together for powerful human connection and social change,” said Ellis, an elementary school teacher and a member of the LGBTQ community. More than half of the states in the U.S. lack laws protecting individuals from discrimination based on sexual orientation or

gender identity, according to The Trevor Project, a nonprofit focusing on suicide prevention among LGBTQ people. The group also reports that 45 percent of LGBTQ youth have seriously considered suicide, a rate that’s higher among youth of color, and that one in five transgender and nonbinary youth tried to take their own life in the past year. The partnership began June 1 and will last at least one year. Vermont Mittens is a sister brand of Vermont Teddy Bear Company, which Ellis partnered with last year to mass produce her viral mittens. Together, the organizations hope to bring national awareness to the importance of caring about marginalized, at-risk youth. “People may think, ‘I don’t need this, or this is not for me’ and the truth of the matter is that it’s going to take us all to change the world that we’re living to benefit See MITTENS on page 24

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OUTDOORS Cobblestone tiger beetles face habitat challenges The Outside Story Declan McCabe Earlier this summer, I joined graduate school friend and beetle biologist, Kristian Omland, in search of the elusive cobblestone tiger beetle (Cicindela marginipennis). We loaded a canoe with insect nets, jars and binoculars to view beetles while minimizing handling. Absent from our kit: entomologist’s killing jars. Ours was a catch-and-release mission. The cobblestone tiger beetle is a species of greatest conservation need, and we certainly would do nothing to lower its numbers. The cobblestone tiger beetle is a half-inch-long, brown to olive green, lanky, fast-moving insect. The elytra covering its flying wings are bordered by a cream-colored stripe. When it raises its elytra to fly, this beetle reveals a fire enginered abdomen. Long legs keep the beetle off sunbaked stones, and dense white hairs on its underside reduce radiant heating from below. Adult tiger beetles run and fly rapidly to chase down smaller insects. They use long, sickle-shaped, toothy mandibles to catch and perforate prey insects, then release enzymes and acids strong enough to put holes in an entomologist’s net. This results in a soupy meal, which the beetle eats before discarding its prey’s empty husk. Larvae use a different hunting strategy. They live in vertical tunnels in soil and use their armored and camouflaged heads and first thoracic segments to plug the entrances to these tunnels. Should an ant or other small insect get close enough, the larva grabs the prey using its mandibles and drags it below ground to make a meal of it. Habitat loss is the most likely factor to this species’ inclusion on the regional species of greatest conservation need list. Each tiger beetle species has a particular niche, and as their name suggests, cobblestone tiger beetles favor cobble-strewn beaches, islands and gravel bars in large rivers. Females use long ovipositors to make holes in the soil and lay their eggs. Once hatched, larvae enlarge holes by tossing out sand and silt; the resulting “throw piles” of debris can be helpful in locating larval burrows. The best strategy for preserving these beautiful insects is likely protecting cobblestone beaches in


areas where they live, including along the Connecticut River, which runs between New Hampshire and Vermont, Vermont’s Winooski River, Pemigewasset River in New Hampshire, and Maine’s Carrabassett River. River dams are the single largest threat to these habitats. Free-flowing rivers move across their floodplains building, eroding, and rebuilding sand and gravel bars, beaches and islands such that cobblestone features in rivers vary in age from freshly formed, to long-established. Beaches of different ages provide different microhabitats for a range of organisms and increase biological diversity in river corridors. New beaches lack vegetation. Gradually, plants such as dogbane move in and stabilize substrates. The next successional stage includes willow saplings and cottonwoods that in time grow to be substantial trees. Occasional Tropical Storm Irene-scale floods reset the system by removing vegetation and redepositing sediments. Receding floods first drop the largest rocky sediments and cobbles, then gravel, followed by sand and eventually silt. This sediment sorting leaves cobblestone beaches high and dry above the water line — creating

prime real estate for cobblestone tiger beetles. Dams hinder this natural beach rebuilding process, thereby eliminating several microhabitat types for significant distances upstream. This eradicates habitat for cobblestone beetles and for a whole set of other species, including plants, insects, and the birds and fish that rely on them for shelter and food. Other habitat threats include invasive plants, use of insecticides, riverbank stabilization efforts, water pollution and off-road vehicles. Omland and I searched cobblestone beaches by walking near dogbane patches and on newer plant-free beaches and mid-channel bars. The first gravel bar we visited was at the confluence of the Huntington and Winooski rivers, where Jonathan Leonard, coauthor of “Northeastern Tiger Beetles,” and his daughter Emma found cobblestone beetles in 1997, and where Omland has seen them since. We were rewarded by tiger beetle sightings, but of a different species. The common shore tiger beetle (Cicindela repanda) is less picky about habitats and was the only tiger beetle species we saw on our trip. Other scientists have observed cobblestone tiger beetles

later in the summer, and so I think additional canoe trips are warranted. I’m happy to have any excuse for more time on the river. Declan McCabe teaches biology at Saint Michael’s College. His first book, “Turning Stones: Exploring Life in Freshwater” will soon be published by McDon-

ald and Woodward. Illustration by Adelaide Murphy Tyrol. The Outside Story is assigned and edited by Northern Woodlands magazine and sponsored by the Wellborn Ecology Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, This piece received additional support from the Arthur Getz Trust.

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Understanding miracle of forest regeneration that trees’ niches are defined is by the light levels under which they are most competitive. Ethan Tapper Shade-intolerant species like The aftermath of a disturbance, white birch and aspen (poplar) whether natural or human-caused, require very large openings, such can be a very stressful time for as those caused by a large-scale or forest stewards and forest lovers, catastrophic disturbances, whereas leaving a forest seeming ugly, shade-tolerant species like beech, sugar maple and hemlock can empty, hopeless. However, if we allow ourselves grow in near or complete shade. Mid-tolerant species like white to look beyond the “mess” and to consider a more holistic under- ash, red oak and yellow birch standing of what forests are and compete best in mid-sized openhow they work, we can see that ings, too small for shade-intolerthese moments are opportunities ants and too big for slow-growing — chances for the forest to show- shade-tolerants to be competitive case the miracle of regeneration in. Trees are also adapted to a and the many benefits that come variety of other with it. conditions — Forests are While it is incredible to different tree resilient. When species are light and space witness the resilience competitive is made availon different able in the forest, of a forest, how it soil types and it is inevitably depths, on filled with regenresponds to adversity different slopes eration: the and aspects. growth of new with regeneration and Yellow birch trees and plants. and hemlock Disturbances renewal, this resilience seedlings often are more than grow on rotting something that isn’t limitless. “nurse logs,” forests endure. Ever since there have been forests, or on the upturned roots of fallen there have been fires, windstorms, trees. White pine seedlings coloice storms, insect and disease nize scarified (disturbed) soils, whereas sugar maple does best outbreaks. Forests, and the thousands of with a deep layer of decomposing species that comprise them, have leaves. Red oak and white ash estabadapted to these disturbances for thousands of years. As jarring as lish advance regeneration — seedthey may be to us, forests need lings which may wait in the underdisturbances; they are a critical story for a decade or more, ready part of how forests change over to shoot upwards in the event of a time, how they become diverse disturbance. Cherries, raspberries and complex and how they provide and blackberries produce seeds that can remain viable but ungerhabitat for wildlife. The miracle of regeneration is minated in forest soils for decades, the evolutionary response of the only sprouting following a disturforest community to a dynamic bance. While it is intuitive to think world. Light — the currency of the forest — is usually controlled by of regeneration as a means to an trees, their broad canopies casting end — the process by which dead the understory in shade. Through trees are replaced by living trees the death of trees, a disturbance — the process itself has tremenallows some of this precious light dous value to the forest commuto reach the forest floor, offering nity. As a forest regenerates, it an opportunity for new trees to passes through many different establish and to grow toward the stages, each of which provides unique habitat, and which is used riches of the canopy. Like wildlife, each tree and by wildlife from the insectivorous plant species occupy a complex birds that hunt in canopy gaps ecological niche. One of the ways to the pollinators that visit the

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A team of Dragon Boat paddlers gets fired up before the race.

Ride the dragons for charity at festival The 16th Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival, where community teams eagerly paddle 20-person dragon boats to raise money to support cancer survivors, returns Sunday, Aug. 7, 7:30 a.m., to the Burlington waterfront. Despite the pandemic, this year’s festival promises high-energy entertainment like Zumba for paddler warm-up, fast-paced paddling and splashing on the water, musical entertainment Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, along with savory treats from food vendors. Most important, each team will participate in at least two 200-meter races between Splash and the Coast Guard station, cheered on

diversity of herbaceous plants in flower. Each step in this continuum of change is normal, natural and important to a wide range of living things. Understanding the miracle of regeneration, and the benefits it brings, can change the way that we think about disturbances in the forest — whether it’s a windstorm or a forest management project. Forests are built on change: Every old growth forest was once a young forest and will be one

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by fans. This year fundraising will go to the Cancer Patient Support Foundation, which supports Vermont cancer patients and their families so “all who face cancer can do so with dignity, confidence and serenity.” Since its inception in 2006, the festival has given over $3 million to organizations in the community including Camp Ta Kum Ta, McClure Miller Respite House and Integrative Therapies at the University of Vermont Medical Center Cancer Center. The Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival began in 2004 due to the efforts of founders Linda Dyer, a breast cancer survivor, and her husband, John.

again, and every tree in the woods is the legacy of the death of a tree, the memory of a disturbance. While it is incredible to witness the resilience of a forest, how it responds to adversity with regeneration and renewal, this resilience isn’t limitless. The miracle of regeneration is threatened by invasive plants, pests and pathogens, by deer overpopulation, by climate change, by forest fragmentation and by deforestation. In this moment it is critical that

Convinced that research linking dragon boat paddling improves breast cancer recovery at a time when many doctors advocated rest, the couple began a breast cancer survivor and supporter team in 2006. A highlight of the festival is the mid-day flower ceremony when breast cancer survivors’ teams paddle into a flotilla formation and Dyer shares a few words as survivor Bonnie-Jean Arahonian sings a specially selected song. Paddlers from the water, joined by those on the docks, offer a flower to Lake Champlain in honor of their loved ones. More at dragonheartvermont. org.

we act not just to protect forests but also to protect their ability to regenerate, to adapt, to change and to remake themselves for the world of the future. Ethan Tapper is the Chittenden County forester for the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. See what he’s been up to, check out his YouTube channel, sign up for news and read articles at

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Messages of happiness and hope are being left for gardeners in the Shelburne Community Garden.

Community gardeners ‘find’ joy Something magical is happening in the Shelburne community garden. Cherubs and angels are afoot, spreading love and joy throughout the garden. Recently community gardeners have been greeted with a sign portending happiness and magic throughout the garden. Gaily painted rocks were carefully placed in garden plots to bring happiness and to encourage people to spread happiness and joy to others. “As we work in our gardens, it’s nice to know that others are thinking of us and trying to spread joy and happiness in our part of the world,” Eileen Siminger, one of the volunteer coordinators of the Shelburne community garden, said. “It may not make the weeds go away but it certainly warms our hearts.”

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OUTDOORS Green Mountain Bicycle Club rides for August For rules of the road, liability waivers and other club information, visit Sunday, Aug. 7 Buck Hollow and Beyond: 40-mile route goes north to Fairfax, through Buck Hollow into Fairfield, returning via St. Albans. Longer loop continues to Sheldon. Meet at 8:45 a.m., Milton High School. Leader is Joyce McCutcheon, Sunday, Aug. 14 Northeast Kingdom Adventure: 54-mile ride explores the southeast corner of the Northeast Kingdom. Interesting attractions include Currier’s Market in Glover with its impressive taxidermy collection and the Museum of Everyday Life and its new exhibit, “Knots.” Meet at 8:45 a.m., Caspian Lake Public Beach, Beach Road, Greensboro. Leader is Kevin Batson, kevbvt@ Sunday, Aug. 21 Waitsfield and Waterfalls: Enjoy a scenic tour through the countryside of Waitsfield and Warren with a visit to Moss Glen Falls south of Warren (not the one in Stowe). Longer ride stops at Texas Falls. Meet at 8:45 a.m., Waitsfield Elementary School. Leader is Mark Dupuis, Saturday, Aug. 27 Gravel Stone Walls and Solar Panels: This scenic 30-mile ride goes from Underhill to Cambridge on mostly dirt and gravel roads past a myriad of old stone walls and not so old solar panels. Meet at 8:45 a.m., St. Thomas Church of Underhill, 6 Green St. Leader is Phyl Newbeck, Sunday, Aug. 28 A 60-mile tour of villages over the border.


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SPORTS Little League All-Stars For another summer, the Shelburne Little League, representing the towns of Shelburne, Hinesburg and Charlotte, fielded three fantastic All-Star teams to compete in the annual Vermont District 1 Little League tournament. These players practiced and played baseball together almost every day for two months, culminating in the District 1 tournament, which consisted of pool play followed by a double elimination round. While none of the three teams made it through the double elimination round in their respective divisions, all three played with heart and determination and were definitely a joy to watch.

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Heather Moore of Shelburne, the new executive director of the Shelburne Craft School, is excited to take classes in weaving, one of the school’s new offerings.


continued from page 1 ed in the 1930s as an informal woodworking program in the Trinity Church Rectory before it was incorporated in 1945. Further back, the red frame building was originally used as a harness shop and later as a meat market, and the other two buildings were used as bunk houses when laborers were building the Rutland Railroad, according to back issues of the Shelburne News. The craft school also attracts artists and students from around Chittenden County, from South Burlington to Hinesburg to Charlotte, with its classes and expansive clay studio. Moore officially came on board last week, after a hiring process with the board of directors and feedback from staff, following the exit of director Claire Gear. Board chair Andrew Everett is excited for Moore to join the craft school, for her “fundraising acumen, financial competence and unparalleled track record,” although he added kudos to Gear for her strong leadership and shepherding of the craft school through the height of the pandemic. Moore comes from an education background, having worked as the executive director of Camp Thorpe and at Vermont Commons School in South Burlington for nearly a decade. She attended Skidmore College and is currently at the University of Vermont where she’ll soon defend her doctorate in educational leadership and policy. A Proctor native with a family that goes back 10 generations or so, Moore now lives in Shelburne with her husband and daughter, just about a mile from the craft school. In fact, she’s walked to work every day since coming on board and she hopes to continue the tradition even after cold weather arrives. Being involved with the community is one of the reasons Everett said the board was so keen to hire Moore. “She is very smart, very bright,” Everett said. “It was important to us that she has a real tie to the community.” Being an artsy or crafty person was not a requirement for the job, although Moore’s husband is an artist and she said she plans to take classes herself to get to know all the different aspects of the school. She’s especially excited about the school’s new weaving classes, she said, seemingly giddy as she

spun yarns on the dream this whole process has felt like to her. “It’s like a fairy tale. There’s a lot of magic and organic beauty in these buildings,” she said, touching the shelves of multi-colored thread in the weaving studio, packed with looms — each one has a name, she added. “I feel like I might be dreaming. This is so ideal for how I wanted to live my life. I think this place allows you to be a full human being, create beautiful things with your hands, create real community and truly know one another. And I don’t have to build that — it’s here.” That genuine joy shown through during her interview and was another stand-out reason Everett is glad to have hired Moore. “She’s sneaky funny,” he added, noting how Moore is “very polished, very put together, very professional,” but that at the end of the interview everyone was “howling with laughter.” As a parent in the community whose daughter often attended classes at Shelburne Craft School, and who seemed to find a home away from home there, Everett added that Moore’s strong experience as an educator is in harmony with the craft school’s earliest mission when it started in the 1930s, to provide hands on education in craft skills. “Fred, who’s a painter here — beautiful work — he was telling me that the true heart of Shelburne is right in the middle of our courtyard. I love that. I think this is where the heart of Shelburne is,” Moore said. “Creating art is what makes us human ... I think it does that because you’re tapping into your essence, your soul, your spirit, and the people around you are too so it becomes less of a facade of their humanity and what you really are starts to shine through.” As far as her vision goes, Moore is still getting her feet wet but suggested she’s interested in turning some spaces into galleries and is planning to get the mobile craft trailer up and running again. For now, she plans to continue tending the garden and helping the school to bloom. For more information about fall programming, visit shelburnecraftschool. org or stop by the craft school to chat with Moore.

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Proceeds from sales tohelp to his presentation, which can be following months Elliot said. “is ticket really going wefundwouldn’t in,” he said. “I one.” viewed at and bidding, with an anticipated continue to increase the costs. going to can’t speak for creemees. Kids will enjoy meeting animals Rotary’s many projects through thebeyear. The issue with the Harbor completion of July 2026. We’ve really encouraged people this other site,” them on whethfromplant, Shelburne projects, and chain issues this year to go ahead because it’s s e l e c t b o a r d Road Elliot said,Farms, is that itcraft But with “supply — Lee Krohn er they’d even discharges into McCabe Brook, and everything else going in, it is not going to get any cheaper.” member Luce allow that, or which has a very small capability likely this would probably extend Regardless, selectboard Hillman said. whether we could design someto handle wastewater discharges, into the end of 2026 or even into members said it was imperative But the Harbor Road site, thing to meet those more stringent “so the water quality limits are 2027, but we’ll be updating some they put a bond vote up for Town while on a larger parcel of land, limits.” incredibly stringent for that, which of that as we move forward.” Meeting Day. would still be subject to “severe Ideally, the Harbor Road plant limits the ability to do anything Elliot said he anticipated the But concerns are beginning to wetland limitations,” Krohn said. “would be the ideal location else at that site in the future.” upgrades would end up costing stir among community members “It may be a large parcel but it’s because it is on a public works The Crown Road plant the town $33 million, the majority and property owners near the not all useable.” campus, it’s closer to the town discharges into Lake Champlain, of which would paid for through Crown Road facility on Mariners Other residents were more offices — from that standpoint, where state effluent limitations bonds. Cove and Mariners Way, who direct that the Crown Road plant that would’ve been perfect,” Chris —restrictions on the quantities or What remains unclear are the argue that the Harbor Road plant upgrades would directly affect Robinson, the town’s chief water rates of chemical concentrations funding options the town has avail- would be more suitable given it is property owners in the area. treatment plant operator, said. in water quality — are much more able to bring the total capital costs on a 50-acre site with fewer resi“I didn’t hear anybody make “From a reality standpoint, I don’t forgiving than McCabe Brook. down. With supply chain issues, dential homes in the area. any comments about the human think it is.”


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