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Shelburne, businesses question motel vouchers
September 22, 2022
Program helps hundreds find housing COREY MCDONALD STAFF WRITER
Shelburne town officials have suggested limiting the number of motel vouchers, a critical state program that helped hundreds of people with housing during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of Vermont’s General Assistance Housing Program, people who are homeless can apply for emergency hotel vouchers. Several motels and hotels along Route 7 participate in the state program, including the T-Bird Motel and the former
Harbor Place, which is operated by the Champlain Housing Trust. But some business owners and town officials say that frequent calls along the Route 7 corridor is also draining police services. Now, town officials may look into limiting how many of those vouchers could be given out within Shelburne’s borders, according to discussions from the selectboard’s most recent meeting. Selectboard member Luce Hillman at the Sept. 13 meeting suggested asking the town’s attorSee VOUCHERS on page 10
One apple at a time
Picking away across the Champlain Valley ABIGAIL CARROLL COMMUNITY NEWS SERVICE
Apple-picking season is back in Vermont, and orchards across the state are starting to come alive with visitors — and apples. The Other Paper checked in with three orchards across the Champlain Valley to see what their owners think about this year’s fall fun.
Shelburne Orchards For Nick Cowles, running Shelburne Orchards is a family affair. His dad ran the orchard, and Cowles took it over after his father almost sold the place in 1974. His daughter, Moriah Cowles, is set to take over from him, and he’s excited the orchard will stay in the family. See APPLES on page 8
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Here are the results of last Friday’s Rotary Club of Charlotte, Shelburne, and Hinesburg golf ball drop: 1st prize, closest to pin: Andrew Burtt of Hinesburg won $1,000, 2nd prize, second closest: Corrine Levinthal of Shelburne won $500, 3rd prize, third closest: William Kennaugh of Shelburne won $250, 4th prize, farthest from pin: Ric Flood of Charlotte won the gift basket. Overall longest drive: Joe Galati won a 1-year membership to the Kwini Club. Beta Technologies donated use of the helicopter, operated by pilot Nate Dubie, and Steve Gonsalves and The Kwini Club allowed Rotary use of its driving range and provided support throughout the event. Proceeds will support the purchase of automated external defibrillators and other emergency services in the area. According to the fundraising website, the club met its goal, raising $10,040.
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Local attorney selected for prestigious award MIKE DONOGHUE CORRESPONDENT
A longtime South Burlington resident and lawyer has been selected to receive the American Inns of Court Professionalism Award. Michael Kennedy was picked from within the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, which covers Vermont, New York and Connecticut. The honor goes to a lawyer or judge “whose life and practice display sterling character and unquestioned integrity, coupled with ongoing dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession and the rule of law,” according to the organizers. Kennedy, who is known as the “ethics guru” of Vermont, has been bar counsel for the state professional responsibility program since 2012. A component of the Vermont judiciary, the program is responsible for legal ethics and attorney discipline. “He is greatly admired and
respected by judges and lawyers in Vermont for his diplomatic and careful advice to lawyers facing difficult ethical problems,” wrote Geoffrey W. Crawford, the chief federal judge for Vermont, who nominated Kennedy. “I know from friends in the bar that he is their first call when questions arise about a lawyer’s duty to his or her client and their professional obligations,” Crawford said. Kennedy is only the second Vermonter in the past 20 years to win the award. John B. Webber, a Rutland lawyer, received it in 2006. Kennedy was raised in South Burlington and comes from a family well-known for public service. His mother served the city as a state legislator and his father was the principal of the middle school. He was a 1985 graduate of South Burlington High School where he was a standout student-athlete. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont in
1989 and his law degree from the George Washington University Law School in 1993. He served at South Burlington High for 15 years as the head coach for the boys’ varsity basketball program and the past three years as the assistant head coach for the girls’ hoop team. Kennedy, who now lives in Williston, also is a marathon runner. Chief Judge Debra Ann Livingston of the Second Circuit
will present the award to Kennedy next month during a ceremony at the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse in New York City. Then, later in October, Kennedy and other circuit recipients will be honored at a ceremony at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. As bar counsel, Kennedy advises attorneys on issues related to legal ethics and Vermont’s rules of professional conduct. He also screens disciplinary complaints and administers the program for resolving complaints via nondisciplinary dispute resolution methods. Kennedy teaches continuing legal education seminars on ethics and professional responsibility, which often incorporate trivia quizzes. He produces a popular legal ethics quiz in blog format each week. He is a former president of the Vermont Bar Association, and currently chairs its pro bono committee and previously served on its governance committee. He
is also a member of the Vermont Commission on the Well-Being of the Legal Profession. Kennedy began his career with the professional responsibility program in 1998 as deputy disciplinary counsel. In that role, he was responsible for investigating and prosecuting violations of the rules of professional conduct. After two years, he was promoted to the role of disciplinary counsel, where his role expanded to include managing the attorney discipline office and providing legal support to the Professional Responsibility Board. Since becoming bar counsel, he has shifted his focus to educating both judges and lawyers on legal ethics, civility and professional responsibility. Kennedy also served as assistant attorney general in Vermont’s Department of Health, where he prosecuted the state’s involuntary commitment petitions. From 1993 to 1998, he was a special assistant attorney general in Vermont’s Department of Corrections.
Child passenger seat safety event Friday Eleven Vermont child passenger safety technicians will receive awards during National Child Passenger Safety Week on Friday, Sept. 23, at 11 a.m., at the Chittenden County Sheriff’s Department, 70 Ethan Allen Lane, South Burlington. As part of the celebration, technicians will offer safety seat checks, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. next door at the Kid Logic Learning Daycare. This event honors technicians that work year-round to raise the awareness of parents and caregivers about the dangers children face riding in vehicles. To become a child passenger safety technician, technicians must go through national certification training and keep up on new technology each year.
“Child passenger safety seats are designed to protect our youngest passengers in the event of a crash, but these seats cannot work as designed when they are not installed correctly,” said Sid Bradley, coordinator of the Vermont Child Passenger Safety Program. The event is offered through the Chittenden/Franklin County SHARP program, Vermont Department of Health and Vermont Office of Highway Safety. Lt. Allen Fortin, leader of SHARP, said, “We want to ensure that all children who are under 8 years of age are riding in a correctly-installed safety seat that is appropriate for their age and size.” Appointments are not required. Find other car seat events and more information at beseatsmart. org.
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Health network names new CEO
Dr. Sunil “Sunny” Eappen
Dr. Sunil “Sunny” Eappen, has been named president and CEO of the University of Vermont Health Network. Eappen will be responsible for oversight of all operations, including the academic medical center, five community hospitals, children’s hospital, multi-specialty physicians’ group, and home health and hospice agency. He currently serves as chief medical officer and senior vice president of medical affairs for Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and is an associate professor of anesthesia at Harvard Medical School. He succeeds Dr. John R. Brumsted, who is retiring after more than 10 years. Eappen starts Nov. 28. “All through the search process, Dr. Eappen stood out as a leader whose personal and professional values closely align
with the strategic direction of the network,” said Allie Stickney, chair of the health network board of trustees and CEO search committee. “His track record of building partnerships, commitment to health equity and belief in a value-based approach to health care will build upon the strong foundation Dr. Brumsted began a decade ago.” Throughout his time at the Mass General Brigham system, Eappen’s leadership was integral to improving clinical care and the patient experience. He also served since 2020 as the interim leader for Brigham’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, representing Brigham and Women’s for Mass General Brigham United Against Racism. Eappen is the author of numerous published articles and a national speaker on topics including optimizing operating
room efficiency, surgical checklist implementation and change management. “I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to work alongside, learn from and support thousands of dedicated providers and staff across Vermont and northern New York, and to deliver on the promise of the UVM Health Network,” Eappen said. “Together, we will address our challenges and work to provide expert, equitable, value-based health care for our patients and communities.” “I’m incredibly pleased with the result of the search, and I’m dedicated to ensuring a smooth leadership transition for our health system,” said Brumsted. “Dr. Eappen is an accomplished academic physician and skilled administrator, including his interim leadership of one of the premier teaching hospitals in the country.”
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Shelburne Police Blotter Total reported incidents: 68 Medical Emergencies: 24 Suspicious incidents: 1 Domestic Incident: 1 Animal Problems: 1 Fraud: 1 Theft: 2 Car Crash: 3 Pending investigation: 4 Incidents: Sept. 12 at 10:12 a.m., Shelburne police assisted the Shelburne Highway Department while the removed a tree that had fallen on Spear Street. Sept. 12 at 12:31 p.m., Shelburne fire officials assisted Ferrisburgh Fire on a search for a missing elderly woman. Sept. 13 at 7:46 a.m., Shelburne Police assisted Hinesburg police with domestic disturbance call. Sept. 13 at 1:01 p.m., a caller reported someone had threatened them over the phone. A harassment report was taken and the case is under investigation. Sept. 13 at 1:58 p.m., a theft from a motor vehicle in the Fisher Auto Parts parking lot was reported. The case is under investigation.
Sept. 14 at 8:26 a.m., a two-car crash was reported with no injuries on Graham Way. Sept. 15 at 6:48 a.m., a two-car crash was reported on Shelburne Road with some injuries. A person was transported to the hospital. Sept. 15 at 3:45 p.m., another two-car crash was reported on Shelburne Road near Webster Road. The patient was transported to the hospital by Charlotte Rescue and Shelburne Rescue. Sept. 15 at 4:43 p.m., a retail theft was reported from Kinney Drugs. Officers located the individual and issued them a trespass notice. Sept. 15 at 7:13 p.m., a woman’s vehicle was vandalized on Shelburne Road. Sept. 16 at 5:47 a.m., a woman told police she was driving with a man who was making threats of self-harm and was refusing to let her out of the vehicle. Shelburne Police, South Burlington Police and Vermont State Police were notified, and the vehicle was located at Shelburne Fishing Access. After a brief standoff the man was taken into custo-
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Man lodged after police altercation on Bay Road South Burlington police arrested a Colchester man for unlawful restraint and violating conditions of release for possessing a firearm during a Bay Road dispute on Sept. 16. Bail for Jason Breault, 46, of Colchester, was set at $2,000, and he was ordered not to possess any weapons, including BB guns, and to not have contact with a woman involved in the incident. South Burlington Police responded to Shelburne around 5:49 a.m. where they found Breault and a woman inside a vehicle. (Shelburne Police were not on duty at the time.) Police suspected the car was the same one involved in an attempt to elude police and careless and negligent operation the night before in Colchester. Officers successfully negotiated the woman’s release but Breault refused to shut off the vehicle so she could be safely
dy by South Burlington Police. Sept. 16 at 7:21 a.m., Shelburne Fire assisted Charlotte Fire at a motor vehicle crash on the Ethan Allen Highway. Sept. 16 at 10:29 a.m., some items were stolen from a construction site on Shelburne Road. The case is under investigation. Sept. 16 at 12:10, a man told
South Burlington police confiscated a rifle and BB gun after a Sept. 16 incident.
escorted away. Breault threatened to leave the scene and lead police on a pursuit, and he was also handling a lever-action-style rifle while he talked to officers, before placing it on the dashboard. Police took him into custody after he agreed to get out
police he was assaulted by another guest at the Countryside Motel. Sept. 17 at 7:03 a.m., “gunshots or fireworks” were heard near Executive Drive. Sept. 17 at 3:45 p.m., police responded to a call of an unresponsive guest at North Star Motel. Police and EMS determined the patient was dead.
of the car. He was evaluated at University of Vermont Medical Center before his arraignment. Breault had been prevented from possessing firearms after an Aug. 4 incident where he brandished a BB gun thought to be a real firearm in a South Burlington grocery store parking lot.
The death does not appear to be suspicious, but the medical examiner’s office is determining cause of death. Police did not disclose the name. Sept. 18 at 1:11 p.m., a man’s vehicle was reportedly stolen and was later found at the Tenneybrook Square. The vehicle was returned to its owner.
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Community Notes Shelburne Fire Department pancake breakfast is back
Shelburne celebrates diversity at potluck
The Shelburne Fire Department is flipping pancakes again for its annual pancake breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 8, 7:30-11:30 a.m. at the Shelburne Community School. Everyone is welcome, so come say hello to the members of the volunteer fire department. The cost is $6 for kids, $12 for adults.
To celebrate Shelburne’s diversity and honor the different cuisines that nourish the community, the Shelburne Equity & Diversity Committee, in collaboration with Shelburne Parks & Recreation, is hosting a Heritage Potluck, at the town gymnasium, Sunday, Oct. 23, 3-7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Just bring a dish to share that highlights your family’s traditional cuisine. Dig up your own recipe, or one from your parents, great grandparents or ancestral lineage. Dishes should feed six or more people. Bring a list of ingredients to help those with food allergies. There will be no alcohol. Paperware, utensils, tables, chairs and beverages will be provided. Space is limited, so register by Friday, Oct. 14, at bit.ly/3Ug3MWp.
activism, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will include workshops exploring anti-racism work concepts, music from a student band and conversations with Vermont legislators. Lunch from local food trucks will be available. Speakers include Astrid Young of Stowe High School, Zoraya Hightower from the Peace and Justice Center, and Democratic candidate for Congress, Becca Balint. If you plan to attend, please register at vsarn.org. Vermont Student Anti-Racism Network is a statewide group of students working to build anti-racist schools. It’s mission states: “We endeavor to educate ourselves and others about race, power, privilege and oppression in order to foster a more inclusive and anti-racist community starting with our schools. We strive to disrupt the racial hierarchy of our society starting with our own group.”
Catholic parish hosts film on adoption
Williston church holds chicken pie supper
The film, “An Adoption Journey,” follows one’s family personal journey and will be screened at St. Catherine’s Parish Hall, 72 Church St., Shelburne, on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 11:30 a.m. Following the presentation, a light lunch will be served. For more information, contact Alice Benson at jbenson288@ comcast.net or 802-999-9344.
It’s chicken pie supper season. Williston Federated Church is holding a takeout-only chicken pie supper Saturday, Oct. 8, 44 North Williston Road. The meal includes chicken pie and biscuit, squash, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, cranberry sauce and apple or pumpkin pie. Tickets are $15; children $8. Reservations are required. Pick up times are staggered starting between 4:15 and 7 p.m. Exact change is appreciated. Drive through the parking lot at the designated time and meals will be delivered to your car.
Age Well seeks substitute volunteers Age Well needs you. The social services agency needs substitute volunteers for its meal programs, particularly in Shelburne and Burlington. Since 1974, Age Well has been part of Vermont’s area agencies on aging, coordinating services and care for older adults throughout Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties. Age Well provides services and resources to older Vermonters such as Meals on Wheels, community meals, restaurant ticket programs, special events, care and services coordination and health and wellness opportunities like tai chi. All programs and services are offered at no cost. Age Well is looking for substitutes who can serve as on-call volunteers in the case of last-minute cancellations. The time commitment is based on your availability. Delivery is typically between 9-11 a.m. Email volunteer@agewellvt. org or call 802-662-5249 if you are interested.
Grab and go meals in Shelburne Oct. 11 Age Well and St. Catherine’s of Siena Parish in Shelburne are teaming up to provide a meal to go for anyone age 60 and older on Tuesday Oct. 11. The meal will be available for pick up in the parking lot at 72 Church St. from 11 a.m.-noon. The menu is chicken cacciatore, wheat rotini, peas & carrots, wheat bread with butter, strawberry shortcake with cream, and milk. To order a meal contact Sheryl Oberding at soberding@yahoo. com or 802-825-8546. The deadline to order is Thursday, Oct. 6. Participants must register and forms will be on hand at meal pick up or download it at bit.ly/3LkbQBi. An Age Well representative will be available to purchase $5 restaurant tickets to dine at any participating restaurants. More at agewellvt.org.
Vermont students hold Day of Racial Equity The Vermont Student Anti-Racism Network is gathering at the Statehouse Friday, Sept. 30, to promote racial equity and youth
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Shelburne Fire Department assisted Charlotte fire crews at a boat fire at the Point Bay Marina Sept. 10 around 7:25 p.m. Shelburne Fire Boat 1 extinguished the fire and towed the boat to the dock so it could be removed from the lake. The department is one of only a few units in the area with these capabilities. The fire is still under investigation.
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Back row, from left, senior patrol leader Fisher Irwin, Scoutmaster Dr. Brian Irwin, troop committee chairman Mike Major, former Scoutmaster Jim Brangan and troop guide Anders Erickson. In front, Eagle Scouts Drew Buley, John Curley, Gerrett Gruendling, Joseph Oppenlander, Matthew Ireland and Gerrit Pottmeyer.
Shelburne Eagle Scouts celebrate Shelburne’s Troop 602 celebrated five new Eagle Scouts this summer at a celebration at the Scout Barn at Davis Park. The Eagle ceremony, the first since the pandemic, was launched with remarks from Eagle Scout Joseph Oppenlander, who shared his experience of his own journey over 75 years ago. While today’s Scouting journey incorporates more high adventure trips, what hasn’t changed is the commitment to serving the local community while developing skills that are essential for any young adult — keeping fit and healthy, learning to lead and communicate, learning how to cook and manage personal finances, planning camping and hiking trips, emergency preparedness and citizenship in the community and the world. Scoutmaster, Dr. Brian Irwin, congratulated the Scouts on their commitment and dedication to
the troop and the community, and thanked all the parents and leaders who have helped support the scouts, including Eagle project mentors Kevin Pottmeyer, Tom Knight, Dan Erickson and Michael Ireland. Former Scoutmaster Jim Brangan enlisted a young Scout to help him hand out gifts tailored to each Scout’s unique journey, surprising them with unheard stories of past camping trips. The list of achievements and merit badges required for the Eagle Scout rank is substantial and culminates in a project that serves the citizens in the community. Gerrit Pottmeyer and Garrett Gruendling patiently waited through the pandemic to celebrate their Eagle Scout award. Pottmeyer designed and installed a pedestrian safety walkway across Route 7, while Gruendling designed and built accessible game tables for Shelburne
Beach. Matthew Ireland designed and built a custom display cabinet for the Shelburne Historic Society at the Pierson Library. John Curley built a boardwalk to help prevent erosion at the wetlands area of the Shelburne Village Dog Park, and Drew Buley designed and built a custom sign and bike racks for the library. Troop 602 restarted its fall program in September. Over the summer, troop adventures included a scuba diving trip to the Scouts’ Florida Sea Base, a camping, hiking and kayaking trip to Saguenay in Quebec, and a week learning new skills at Scout camp in the Adirondacks. The Troop is open to boys or girls over age 11 or who have completed fifth grade. If you want to know more, leave a message on the Troop 602 Facebook page.
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Garden club features photography expert
The Age Well meal pickup for Thursday, Sept. 22, is from 10-11 a.m., Charlotte Senior Center, 212 Ferry Road, and features turkey tetrazzini, Scandinavian vegetables, wheat dinner roll with butter, apple and berry crisp and milk. You must have pre-registered by Monday, Sept. 19, with Kerrie Pughe, 802-425-6345 or kpughe@ charlotteseniorcentervt.org The meal on Thursday, Sept. 29 — register by Sept. 26 — is roast pork with gravy, boiled potatoes with parsley, butternut squash, wheat bread with butter, apple cake with icing and milk. Check the website for last-min-
The Burlington Garden Club offers the program, “How to Capture the Moment with your Camera,” with Arabella Dane on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 1 p.m., United First Methodist Church, 899 Dorset St., South Burlington. Dane is experienced as a flower show judge, and in horticulture, floral design and photography, and she will share her passion, technical knowledge and artistic touch as she demonstrates the dramatic contrasts and subtle expressions captured through photography. The program is free and open to the public.
Shelburne Parks & Rec News Beginner pickleball Join Len Gulino for an introductory lesson to learn how to play America’s fastest growing sport. Gulino is an avid pickleballer, former USAPA ambassador and pickleball instructor who enjoys sharing his passion for the game with new players. Sign up in advance is required, as this opportunity is limited to a maximum of three players per class. Gulino will provide paddles and balls to use during the class. Please wear court sneakers (not running shoes) and bring a water bottle. To maximize the opportunity for as many as possible to participate, registration is limited to one class per person. Each class will be approximately 1.5 hours, with the opportunity to continuing playing games for 30 minutes. The registration fee benefits the recreation department as Gulino is volunteering his services. In the event a class is canceled due to weather, the registration fee will be refunded. For ages 21 years and up. The
session is Monday, Oct. 3, at 10:30 a.m. Cost is $20. At the Davis Park courts.
Adult volleyball Registration is still open for this coed, pick-up play. This is a recreational level program with an emphasis on fun. Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m., through May 24 in the Shelburne town gym. Cost is $30.
Advanced volleyball Three-on-three matches with higher level play. This night is more competitive and intense. Need a minimum of six to run. Sundays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., through May 21 in the Shelburne town gym. Cost is $30. ($35 if signing up for both leagues.
Adult tennis All ages and abilities are welcome to join informal instruction and organized play. Play is Fridays, Sept. 2 to May 26, 6:30-10 p.m. at the gym. Cost is $30.
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OPINION We must step up and protect patient rights, abortion access Guest Perspective Dr. John R. Brumsted As a health care safety net provider for more than 1 million people in two states, the University of Vermont Health Network exists to serve the needs of its patients. So, when the essential right of patients to make decisions about their health care is jeopardized, we have an obligation to speak up. This is one of those times. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization — and subsequent moves by politicians in many states to curb or eliminate access to safe abortion services — undermines health care access for millions of people. This impact falls disproportionately on those who already faced long-standing health care inequities and systemic or socioeconomic barriers to health and wellness. Access to reproductive health care — previously a constitutional right — is now in large part determined by geography, politics and privilege. This is not how health care should work. Our health network stands in support of preserving access to the full range of reproductive health care, including abortion services. We support the right of patients to make decisions, with their health care provider, for themselves and their families. As a longtime physician focusing on women’s and family health care, I’ve seen first-hand how personal and difficult these decisions can be: They come down to individual circumstance, at specific points in time. I’m proud that our health system is here to serve patients as they make these decisions. With political rhetoric ramping up, I
want to provide facts and context on this issue as it relates to our network. First, it’s important to note that our patients asked us for complete reproductive care, and we responded by providing those services. We offer high-quality reproductive health care, including services and education related to contraception; preconception care and planning; infertility; assisted reproductive care (including in vitro fertilization); pregnancy; abortion; and adoption — in whatever way is appropriate based on a person’s unique clinical circumstances. We believe decisions about reproductive health, including abortion, are a private matter between patient and provider. The frequent invocation of late-term abortion in public debate ignores the fact that abortion late in pregnancy is extremely rare — both in Vermont and nationally — and almost always results from a combination of dire medical need and intense social stressors. In rare situations when abortion is considered later in pregnancy, we follow a careful decision-making process that includes required consultation with clinical ethics leaders and our chief medical officer. We strive to provide thoughtful and compassionate care in those circumstances. We have strengthened policies that allow staff members and students who are learning in our institutions to opt out of certain procedures due to moral objection. That includes abortion. I applaud recent actions by leaders in Vermont and New York to incorporate reproductive health care rights into state law. This November, Vermont voters will consider a constitutional amendment declaring that “personal reproductive autonomy is central See BRUMSTED on page 16
Letters to the Editor Planners fix problem of mixed overlay district To the Editor: At its last meeting, the Shelburne Planning Commission voted to remove the mixed residential character district from the Shelburne Road form-based code overlay district. This is a wise and timely decision, marking a course correction for the town — one that has been badly needed since last September when unintended loopholes in the code first came to light. As a member who served on the commission that introduced form-based zoning under the championship of then fellow member Kate Lalley, I could only agree with the Blue Lines consulting team that Shelburne’s zoning policy in the town’s residential area along the northern part of Shelburne Road is “overly complex for
a small geographic area” and “relies on unclear, vague or contradictory language” compared to the town plan. In retrospect, I think we tried to do too much in too little time to bring about radical change in the look and feel and economic impact of this part of town and assumed that as errors or omissions were discovered that they would be handily corrected. From today’s vantage point I don’t see the idealized illustrative plan, on which the form-based zoning is based, is being realized. The problems that began in the mixed residential character district are probably just beginning. To conclude, the planning commission created the problem, and the planning commission is fixing the problem. That’s how it should be. Ann L. Hogan Shelburne
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A fall scene at Meach Cove last October.
October Hello old friend Good to see you Before we go any further There’s something I’d like to say, I’ve missed you. For eleven months I’ve been waiting To spend time with you again. In our worn-in flannels Faded blue jeans and Beanies and Bogs. I see there’s a full moon on the 9th I’m looking forward to it. Can I share a secret? Promise you won’t tell? When it was really hot and humid I thought of you and wished you were here. I know what you’re going to say, It’s summer! Enjoy!
Be mindful! Be present! But it’s true. And I know deep down, You’re the only one who understands me. And to be honest, Since we’re being honest with each other, I’m glad you’re back. To go for long walks in the woods, Without breaking a sweat. To watch the sunsets over Lake Champlain, At a reasonable hour. And to sit quietly with you, Looking at your glorious orange. — Rob Broder Rob Broder is poet laureate of Shelburne, program director at the Pierson Library and a picture book author.
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Fall means apple picking time at local orchards, especially in Vermont Champlain Valley where conditions are just right.
Cowles is optimistic about the apple season at his orchard this year. About 90 percent of the orchard has been set aside for folks to pick their own apples. This year marks what’s known as a bumper crop, he said, or an unusually large harvest. It comes from a successful growing season with plenty of rain and warm temperatures, he said. “This year is a big, big year,” he said. “It’s crazy when you drive to the orchard to think that all these apples are gonna get picked. I mean, they’re just row after row after row.” Along with about 8,000 apple trees, the orchard hosts a band each weekend and offers cider by the glass and doughnuts to go along with it. People who might want to visit by horse will find a special treat: a free apple for their equine friend. “It’s a wonderful place to bring the kids,” Cowles said. “They’re coming for the apples, but they’re also coming just to get out in the orchard and have something to do.” Out of all the apple varieties, Macintosh is the clear winner for Cowles, and he even recommends using it in apple pies. Something to try this fall is the orchard’s brandy — known as Dead Bird Brandy — that Cowles has been making out of apples that drop to the ground. He started this project in 2009, and it takes eight years for the brandy to age. “It’s the kind of thing that takes numerous generations, really, to make a really good brandy, and we’re feeling pretty good about how it’s all unfolding,” he said.
She started out with 2 acres and now manages four times that amount. Yates thinks this season will be good for business. Her orchard boasts 28 kinds of apples that ripen throughout the fall. Jessika’s overall favorite? Northern Spy. “This season is tremendous,” she said, looking out into the trees on a recent afternoon. She expects to have trees full of fruit all season. One of the main events at Yates Family Orchard is a concert every Sunday through mid-October. Local bands play on the deck overlooking the orchard while guests pick apples, relax at picnic tables and enjoy cider doughnuts. At the concert Sept. 11, two of Yates’ longtime friends, Margaret Urban and Betsy Brown, came to listen to the Allman Brothers tribute band Soulshine Revival. Urban said they come back each year because “my community is here.” Community, and community-building, is important to Yates and part of her orchard’s mission. One way she goes about fostering making that happen? The “dreamee,” a cider doughnut topped with a creamee. It’s become something of a famous offering among locals. “One of the things that we as a family really enjoy is … that little moment of being able to make someone’s day,” Yates said. A bag of apples in one hand and a dreamee in the other can do just that, she said.
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CVU on hot streak LAUREN READ CORRESPONDENT
Boys’ soccer Champlain Valley 5, South Burlington 1: Two different players tallied twice, and Champlain Valley downed South Burlington in boys’ soccer on Friday, Sept. 16. Zach Spitznagle had two goals and two assists to pace the Redhawks, while Lucas Kelley added two goals and one assist. Sam Dennison scored one for CVU, while Tom Roberts and Chandler Turner each chipped in with an assist. Evan Statton made five saves in goal.
Girls’ soccer Champlain Valley 1, Burr and Burton 1: The girls battled back to a tie with Burr and Burton on Saturday in Hinesburg. Chloe Pecor scored the tying goal for the Redhawks, who surrendered a goal on a penalty kick in the first half. Emma Allaire stopped four shots to earn the win in net. CVU moves to 1-0-1.
Football Champlain Vally 42, South Burlington-Burlington 20: The Champlain Valley offense came alive in the second half and scored 35 unanswered points to beat South Burlington-Burlington on the road Friday night. Jack Sumner had two rushing touchdowns and a 10-yard catch for a TD to pace the CVU offense. Asher Vaughn added a six-yard TD
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rush and Aidan Miller had an eightyard run for a touchdown. Max Destito threw for 129 yards and a touchdown pass, while Ollie Cheer added another rushing touchdown.
saves to earn the shutout in goal, while CVU moved to 3-0.
Boys’ golf Three Champlain Valley players tied for medalist honors and the Redhawks captured the win at Rocky Ridge on Saturday. Bryce Bortnick, Jason Douglas and Jake Strobeck each shot a 40 as part of a five-way tie for the top spot. Connor Mulaney and Travis Stroh each had 41 to round out the CVU scorers. The Redhawks finished with a score of 161 for first place, Rice (170) and Middlebury (196) followed in second and third.
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Obituaries Denise E. Johnson Denise Johnson, 70, of Shelburne, died on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, at Mansfield Place in Essex surrounded by her family. Born on May 15, 1952, in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of David and Noreen O’Riordan. Denise grew up in Endicott,
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Denise was an amazing and thoughtful wife, mother and friend, and she brought joy to all those she met. Denise enjoyed gardening, baking, reading, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. She was always supporting her husband and children in their many endeavors, willingly going along on weekend ski trips, baking for the Cub Scouts or volunteering for local charities. Denise was an active member of the Shelburne Lions’ Club for many years. There will be a private burial at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation at alzfdn.org/ support-us/donate. The family would also like to thank the staff at Mansfield Place for the exceptional and compassionate care provided to Denise during her time there.
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LIBRA Sept. 23 - Oct. 23 An unexpected financial windfall could come your way this week, Libra. While it could be tempting to spend all this extra money right away, save some for a rainy day.
SCORPIO Oct. 24 - Nov. 22 Your desire for excitement could lead you on a wild goose chase, Scorpio. You may find that it’s not excitement you need, just a change of scenery. Book a trip.
SUDOKU Here’s How It Works: Sudoku puzzles are formatted as a 9x9 grid, broken down into nine 3x3 boxes. To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box. You can figure out the order in which the numbers will appear by using the numeric clues already provided in the boxes. The more numbers you name, the easier it gets to solve the puzzle!
SAGITTARIUS Nov. 23 - Dec. 21 Sagittarius, this week you may find that one day you are calm and collected, and the next you are all riled up. Find a balance between them both to get through the days.
CAPRICORN Dec. 22 - Jan. 20 Capricorn, though making sudden changes in your life seems like a good idea, it’s best to take some time mulling things over before you dive into any new situations.
AQUARIUS Jan. 21 - Feb. 18 Even the best plans can use a little tweaking from time to time. Go with the flow, Aquarius. Enjoy this more laid back approach and consider taking it more often.
PISCES Feb. 19 - March 20 Pisces, a professional change will happen soon. All that hard work you have been putting in is sure to pay off in the weeks ahead.
CLUES ACROSS 1. Crops sown in winter in India 5. Nursemaids in East Asia 10. Investigates 12. Treated like a child 14. About religious belief 16. Widely used exclamation 18. Car mechanics group 19. Not good 20. Indigenous people of Alberta 22. Everyone has one 23. Fencing sword 25. Soaks 26. The human foot 27. Of she 28. Erythrocyte (abbr.) 30. Soldiers 31. Energy, style and enthusiasm 33. Playwright O’Neill 35. Stone parsley 37. Small stones 38. Gas descriptor 40. Monetary unit of Samoa 41. Jeans manufacturer 42. NHL great Bobby 44. Cool! 45. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! 48. Winged
50. Partner to “oohed” 52. Defensive nuclear weapon 53. Coated 55. Furry household friend 56. Chinese principle underlying the universe 57. Prefix meaning “within” 58. Makes easier 63. Transferred property 65. Branched 66. Hillsides 67. Abba __, Israeli diplomat
15. Talk excessively 17. Bronx cheers 18. Drain 21. Renews 23. Monetary unit in Asia 24. Relative biological effectiveness (abbr.) 27. Carthaginian statesman 29. Aged 32. Mauna __, Hawaiian volcano 34. Firearm 35. Consolation 36. An island in the north Atlantic 39. Pitching statistic CLUES DOWN 40. Disconsolate 1. Eggs in a female fish 43. A part of a river where 2. Military mailbox the current is very fast 3. Unit to compare power 44. Call it a career levels 46. Behave in a way that 4. Line on a map degrades someone connecting similar 47. Health insurance points 49. Recommend 5. One who accepts 51. Baltic peninsula 6. Partner to cheese 54. Father 7. Ancient Greek sophist 59. After B 8. About hilus 60. Bar bill 9. Southeast 61. Doctors’ group 10. Where actors ply their 62. 2,000 lbs. trade 64. Equal to one quintillion 11. Beloved Philly sandwich bytes 13. Intend
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the land over in 2017, they found rows of neglected trees, and they’ve been locked in an uphill battle trying to save them ever since. “We’re not quite where we want to be with the trees,” Heather said. But folks can still come taste the orchard’s other goods or have a picnic amid the swaying trees and cooing chickens — and in doing so support the Herrington’s mission to use regenerative agriculture to bring the land back to full health. The method refers to a rehabilitative approach to farming. There isn’t one clear definition, but it usually involves focusing on the health of the farm as a whole by paying attention to plants, soil and other forms of biodiversity. For the Herringtons, this looks like mixing wood chips from dead trees into the soil and using grass clippings for mulch. The couple has turned to pigs, chickens and sheep to tackle soil health, too. Instead of using a
machine, they rely on pigs to till the soil and sheep to chew down weeds. Compost from the chickens feeds the land. They have also been helping the trees by pruning them. “Over a series of years, we take the dead wood out,” Ramsey said. “It gives you a lot of vegetative growth and reduces production in the short term.” They are also removing dead wood and clearing branches in the center of the trees, which helps bring in sunlight and leads to more fruit. All this work on the land acts as “a real connector to the property,” Ramsey said. “It’s the place, and the people, and the living aspect of the farm that are seamless.” Despite the lack of apples, they invite people to enjoy the land and see the historic trees while they work to bring them back into production.
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to the liberty and dignity to determine one’s own life course.” This is an important step to further ensure that these critical health care services remain accessible. In the run-up to Vermont’s constitutional vote, we’re likely to see an intensification of divisive rhetoric. But at this moment, we must focus on the fundamental right of patients to make their health care decisions
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