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Hiring new fire chief ‘unique exception’ City manager explains why AVALON STYLES-ASHLEY STAFF WRITER

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Congratulations Class of 2022! The South Burlington High School Class of 2022 graduated last Friday to raucous cheering and cap tossing. Some highlights from the event included the school chamber choir rendition of “Sing Your Way Home,” the recognition of Big Picture graduates, some jokes about pandemicera camping chairs and the many, many awards for service, academic excellence and resilience that students were given. See more starting on page 11.

No one except a few high-ranking officials knew that the South Burlington Fire Department was getting a new leader until two weeks ago. Most in the community found out Burlington’s fire chief will replace South Burlington’s chief Terry Francis later this year when a press release was issued June 3. No public input was sought, nor a national or statewide search conducted, but city officials say this was a special case. “When the best wants to come serve with you, you say yes,” city manager Jessie Baker said, referring to Burlington Fire Chief Steve Locke, who will take over in South Burlington in August while Francis maintains his duties as city fire marshal. The best after Francis, she said. In explaining why the process was not more transparent, Baker said in an email that as her team recruits and hires “professionals, especially exceptional professionals who are leading teams in our region and who are looking to hold the trust of their current staff and communities, we do our utmost to maintain the confidences of our applicants.” Separating the duties of fire chief from fire marshal was a major reason for the personnel change, Baker said, adding that she and the current chief have talked for months about separating the jobs and about his eventual plans for retirement. Francis has handled both jobs since he took over as interim chief in 2018 — he became permanent chief in 2019 — but the workload is See FIRE CHIEF on page 20


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Rice Memorial hires new interim principal Dr. Andrew Keough has been picked to be interim principal next year at Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington. He officially takes the helm July 5. A school administrator from Sherborn, Mass., his experience includes serving both as a high school principal — Medfield High School and Wellesley High School — and as a school superintendent at both Easton public schools and Dover Sherborn regional schools. Most recently he has been coaching a new principal at Harmony Grove Elementary School in Framingham, Mass. “I am grateful for all the hard work and commitment of Father Patrick Forman and the search committee to find the right person

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for the role with limited time,” said Burlington Bishop Christopher Coyne. Keough and his wife, Christine, have three grown daughters — Julia, Mary and Sophia.

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Welch, local solar leaders optimistic about industry amid slowdown MAGGIE CALZARETTA COMMUNITY NEWS SERVICE

U.S. Rep. Peter Welch on Friday praised President Joe Biden’s recent moves to boost solar energy in the wake of the administration’s trade inquiry into Southeast Asian producers, which industry leaders say has stymied solar installations. “Federal policies must be helpful, not harmful,” said Welch, one of 80 lawmakers who signed a letter to the president last month urging the administration to soften the inquiry’s blow on domestic solar energy. Welch, who is running for Vermont’s open Senate seat, spoke about those issues outside Green Mountain Solar in South Burl-

ington that morning alongside the company’s president and founder, Paul Lesure, and Chad Farrel, CEO of Encore Renewable Energy in Burlington. Biden on Monday, June 6, issued a two-year pause on tariffs against solar products from Southeast Asia and invoked the federal Defense Production Act, which allows the White House to direct production from manufacturers to jumpstart alternative energy sectors. The moves came in response to a Department of Commerce investigation examining whether solar imports from Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam contained Chinese parts, which are subject to tariffs. Solar industry leaders believe

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have been serving Vermonters since the 1940s and oversee the enrollment of nearly two million acres of forestland in the state’s use value appraisal, or current use, program. In addition, each year they advise thousands of landowners on how to take care of their forests, help municipalities manage tens of thousands of acres of community forests and deliver education and outreach to thousands of Vermonters. Tapper has been the Chittenden County Forester since 2016 and is being recognized for his expansive and innovative public outreach. Serving the state’s most populous county, he leads dozens of public events each year, touching thousands of people in the county and

beyond. “Ethan is a hallmark of how to engage Vermonters in understanding the value of Vermont’s forests and how they can take care of their woods. His success is rooted in storytelling, getting Vermonters outside in the woods, working with a diversity of partners and using digital tools to broaden his reach,” Keith Thompson, who oversees the work of the county foresters, said. Tapper also writes a monthly newspaper column, “Into the Woods,” and a quarterly “Forest Insights” column for Northern Woodlands magazine. He grew up in Saxtons River and studied forestry at the University of Vermont.

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CRIME & COURTS South Burlington Police Blotter Total incidents: 266 Larceny: 21 Welfare checks: 19 Suspicious events: 16 Alarms: 14 Agency assists: 13 Public assists: 13 Car crash (property damage): 12 Disturbances: 12 Mental health issues: 10 Traffic stops: 9 Car crashes (injury): 4 Top incidents: June 5 at 6:58 a.m., a driver involved in a crash at Dorset Street fled the scene. June 5 at 11:18 p.m. and 11:21 p.m., officers responded to two car crashes both involv-

ing injuries. The earlier was on Hinesburg Road and the second was on Williston Road. June 6 at 7:49 a.m., officers checked on the well-being of someone at Hannaford. June 6 at 10:47 a.m., a person was reported missing from Dorset Street. June 7 at 11:28 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from Commerce Avenue. June 7 at 11:13 p.m., police assisted with a reported mental health issue on Lime Kiln Road. June 8 at 9:09 a.m., someone on Farrell Street reported their identity stolen. June 8 at 2:28 p.m., police

responded to Deerfield Road for a report of threats and harassment. June 9 at 1:28 a.m., police responded to a residence on Dorset Street for a reported domestic incident. June 9 at 10:27 a.m. and 11:19 a.m., two reports of unlawful mischief and vandalism were reported, the first on Farrell Street, the second on Shelburne Road. June 9 at 6:35 p.m., a suspicious event was reported on Cottage Grove Avenue. June 10 at 6:59 a.m., police responded to Patrick Street for a reported burglary. June 10 at 12:49 p.m., police responded to the Short Stop

on Williston Road for a report of embezzlement. June 11 at 10:10 a.m., police responded to Mayfair Street for a reported juvenile problem. June 12 at 10:26 a.m., police responded to Lime Kiln Road for a reported suicide attempt. Arrests: Mariah M. Spaulding, 27, of South Burlington, was arrested May 16 for retail theft (misdeameanor). Harley D. MacDonald, 36, of Burlington, was arrested May 16 for retail theft (misdemeanor). Michael D. Papareillo, 54, of South Burlington, was arrested May 20 for lewd and lascivious conduct with a child and for kidnapping. Bambi Hall, 36, of Essex, was arrested June 5 for first degree aggravated domestic assault. Sevin E. Gulfield, 24, of Burlington, was arrested June 5 for driving under the influence, criminal refusal, and grossly

negligent operation. George Goins, 64, of Johnson, was arrested June 8 on an in-state warrant. Benjamin O. Hill, 37, of Burlington, was arrested June 8 on an in-state warrant. Michael K. Cunningham, 35, of Burlington, was arrested June 8 on an in-state warrant. Justin Russell, 30, of South Burlington, was arrested June 9 for first degree aggravated domestic assault. Brandy Rose Rockwell, 38, of Burlington, was arrested June 8 on an in-state warrant. Donald R. Fickett, 41, of Essex, was arrested June 10 for two counts of violating conditions of his release, aggravated operation of a vehicle without owners’ consent, and possessing stolen property (felony). Kendra R. Pixley, 43, of South Burlington, was arrested June 11 on an in-state warrant. Trevor Lacross, 31, of Grand Isle, was arrested June 11 on an in-state warrant and for resisting arrest.

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Williston man sentenced to eight years in drug, gun case MIKE DONOGHUE CORRESPONDENT

A five-time convicted felon arrested with multiple kinds of drugs and a loaded handgun at the old Holiday Inn on Williston Road has been sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison. Matthew L. Fidler, 35, of Williston was found with heroin, methamphetamine, depressants, stimulants, narcotics and $5,560 on Feb. 9, 2021, according to police and court records. They also note he had a loaded .40-caliber pistol with a 13-round magazine and a spare magazine with 13 more rounds. South Burlington Police officers found Fidler acting suspiciously when they stopped at the hotel, during the COVID-19 pandemic. He was arrested on state charges and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives later joined the case. Federal judge Christina Reiss imposed the 100-month sentence last week after Fidler admitted to possession with intent to distribute heroin and methamphetamines. She told him he would be under federal supervised release conditions for five years once discharged from prison. Reiss agreed to recommend the sentence be served at the federal prison at Raybrook, N.Y. so he can take college classes and have contact with his family. He will get credit for time served since his arrest and the sentence will be concurrent with some state convictions, Reiss said. Assistant U.S. Attorney Barbara Masterson agreed to drop charges of possession of the .40-caliber pistol and a second count of Fidler having the loaded

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gun to further his drug trafficking business. Fidler’s criminal record includes convictions for an assault and robbery in January 2017, an aggravated assault on law enforcement in November 2018, and a burglary into an occupied dwelling in November 2018 — all in Chittenden County, the ATF said.

Fidler also has out-ofstate convictions for burglary and possession of a controlled substance, ATF special agent Sam Brown wrote in a federal court affidavit. Former South Burlington police officer Michael Goslin saw a man sitting alone in a white Cadillac that was registered to someone else about 11:57 p.m. Feb. 9, 2021, police said. Another city officer said Fidler was likely the driver and he had active arrest warrants. The man was uncooperative and later fled, but was eventually taken into custody, the ATF said. South Burlington Police obtained a search warrant from judge Alison Arms for the Cadillac and seized three suspected ledgers, unknown pills and a birth certificate in the name of “Brian K. Filak.” It was unclear why or how Fidler obtained the birth certificate.

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OPINION On governor’s veto: Public health should not be politicized Guest Perspective Rep. Ann Pugh Rep. Dane Whitman Vermont needs to have conversations about substance use. Year after year, hundreds of lives, young and old, are lost to preventable death. We know that Vermonters are dying at record breaking numbers from opioids, and one death is far too much for somebody who has lost a loved one to fatal overdose. We are facing a public health crisis that warrants our full attention and active engagement. Unfortunately, Gov. Phil Scott’s veto of H.728 hinders this forward momentum. Over the past two years, the

COVID-19 pandemic has shown Sponsored by the entire House Vermont how to respond to a Committee on Human Services, public health crisis: Allow for H.728 was supported across party flexibility, adapt to the lines: Republican, Demolatest evidence, be both crat, Independent and innovative and practical. Progressive. It was an We can reflect on our omnibus bill, with variwillingness to ensure ous policy proposals to access to vaccines: free expand access to services and available in diverse for opioid use disorder. locations. For example, one Are we, as a society, of the initiatives within adopting that same sense H.728 sought to remove of urgency for the opioid barriers to treatment for Ann Pugh overdose crisis? Vermonters on MedicH.728, an act related Vermont House aid. Vermont Medicaid of Representatives to opioid overdose requires patients and District 7-2 response services, was providers to jump a collaborative effort through hoops that to strengthen our state’s strateprivate health insurance companies gies toward overdose prevention. cannot impose by law. Studies suggest that removing this administrative barrier used by Medicaid, called prior authorization, may encourage participation in treatment and improve health outcomes. H.728 would have tasked our states’ pharmaceutical and clinical utilization review boards to hold public hearings and propose changes to our prior authorization policies. Another vetoed initiative included expanding access to services provided by syringe exchange programs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, syringe exchange

services reduce transmission of disease and can greatly increase a participants’ likelihood to engage in treatment and long-term recovery. Current Vermont law, which was enacted in 1999, excludes many organizations from providing needle exchange. H.728 would have granted the Vermont Department of Health increased flexibility in designating organizations as syringe exchange providers. The June 7 veto message ignores these two initiatives, and instead rejects the proposal for an Overdose Prevention Site Working Group. This working group directed the department of health and various stakeholders to investigate the feasibility, liability and costs of overdose prevention sites — facilities where individuals can use drugs under medical supervision. While we heard from various people on the front lines that these sites are worth pursuing, the committee agreed that we needed more information before taking action. We proposed research and planning, which the governor vetoed due to insufficient information. But isn’t the purpose of research to gain information? His veto message reads, “This bill proposes to shift state policy and financial resources away from prevention and toward unproven strategies such as overdose preven-

tion sites.” This statement is misleading. The facts are that there is no obligation in H.728 to fund overdose prevention sites. Furthermore, the Legislature has already funded prevention efforts at the governor’s request, and in addition strengthened resources to substance use treatment providers, recovery centers and syringe exchange programs in this year’s budget. Fortunately, the veto of H.728 will not affect these funding increases. We know that stigma is one of the greatest barriers to overcoming substance use, and we would be disheartened if certain conversations were off-limits for our executive branch. While it is frustrating to postpone policy progress for another year, we are optimistic that the Legislature and the administration will be able to return to the table, hear from Vermonters and find solutions. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that public health should not be political. Rep. Ann Pugh serves South Burlington and is chair of the House Committee on Human Services. Rep. Dane Whitman of Bennington and is also a member of the committee. Both are Democrats.

Letters to the Editor Climate: It’s past time for a new paradigm To the Editor: Have you seen or heard about the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change? If you have children or grandchildren, or care about habitability for all life on our planet, it is frightening. The report states unequivocally that we are in a now or never moment if we hope to avoid catastrophic changes to our climate. Without immediate and deep emissions reductions across all sectors, it will be impossible. A headline today: “Scientists identify the missing ingredient for climate action: Political will.” That’s no surprise. Most people I speak with are deeply concerned about what has the potential to morph from climate change to climate catastrophe but feel helpless to do anything about it. So often I hear or feel personally that the problem is too big for me to be able to make a difference.

We are waiting for our national and international politicians and policy makers to do the right thing. But we can’t wait any longer. The moral imperative is on all our shoulders. World governments are continuing to slow walk the changes we need, and it is up to each of us to take action and commit to speaking out and advocating for the needed transformations on our local level. Yes, we need more housing, and so much more, but we must fundamentally change how we are going about it now if we have any chance of keeping climate change from becoming climate catastrophe. Remember the space race, the wartime efforts of World War II, the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Depression? We need that kind of action now — today. We all need to raise our voices, roll up our sleeves and act. We must encourage, support and demand our community leaders to take bold action and commit to

hold sustainability as the number one priority in all future decisions. How can we bring about the paradigm shift that is necessary to tackle this problem? Our leaders need a new overarching metric for all decisions going forward: Reduce CO2 = Go, Increase CO2 = No. Past initiatives have come from the top down through national leaders’ initiatives. However, in our era of political polarization and gridlock, the best chance for change will come from the bottom up. Large scale demonstrations will play a role but grassroots, hometown, direct citizen engagement is our best bet today and we desperately need people like you and me to show up at every local meeting and bring climate action to the forefront of every decision. Please, get involved, speak out and act today. We need to act like life as we know it depends on it because it does. Laurie Smith South Burlington


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Just one constituent’s voice can lead to change Ultimately, with great assistance from legislative counsel, Local Motion and Department of Motor Vehicles safety Rep. Maida Townsend personnel, the very first language related to power-assisted bicycles was included in that Very early in my 10 years as a state year’s miscellaneous motor vehicles bill and representative, I received an email from became law. a neighbor telling me that we had no law Then there was the constituent who also protecting the state’s waterways from being happened to be a volunteer at the trashed, literally trashed with Ethan Allen Homestead. Prior to tires, cans, whatever refuse one his email arriving, I was totally might think of. I couldn’t believe ignorant of the fact that Vermont this was true, but with help from had no formal recognition of the the legislative counsel, I did my vote on January 15, 1777, declaring research and discovered that this the independence of the territory was indeed the case. then known as the New Hampshire The chair of House CommitGrants. The vote was taken in Westtee on Natural Resources joined minster by delegates from 28 towns me in co-sponsoring a bill to in support of the military and politicorrect this apparent oversight, Maida Townsend cal leadership of Ethan Allen and the and the governor presented my Green Mountain Boys and included neighbor with the pen he used to Vermont House of Representatives adopting the name New Connectisign the bill into law. District 7-4 cut for the territory, changed soon Again, years ago, another thereafter to Vermont. neighbor, riding his power-asI had a bill drafted, ultimately sisted bicycle, was stopped resulting in the Green Mountain Boys’ battle by a local police officer who asked about flag being flown at the Statehouse every Jan. registration and requisite accoutrements on 15. Pre-pandemic, we even had regimental his bicycle. Not wanting to be a scofflaw, he re-enactors, organized through the Ethan went right over to the Department of Motor Allen Homestead, participating in the raising Vehicles office off Dorset Street to ascertain of the battle flag and then presenting the what was needed. present-day colors in the House chamber. Ostensibly, it turned out, equipment You will recognize the battle flag as the flag like that is found on a Vespa-like machine. now used by the Vermont National Guard. What? On a bicycle? I received an email In 2018, the life of a neighbor was lost to and there followed a meet-up at which my domestic violence. Her death involved a gun. neighbor showed me what gas-assisted and Her brother reached out. Ultimately, before electric-assisted bicycles were. I had never heard of such things. Anyway, I went into my the pandemic set in, he came to Montpelier where he testified before House Committee research mode.

Legislative Update

Charlotte man seeks Chittenden Senate seat Political Notebook Lewis Mudge The overarching reason I’ve decided to run for Senate is because my years of experience in Africa have taught me that the democratic process thrives with healthy competition. There was an open seat in the district until the very last minute and I could have dropped out when Kesha Ram Hinsdale got back in the race, but I thought about the reasons why I was interested in serving, principally that Montpelier doesn’t have enough representation from working parents. My parents moved to Orange County in the late 1990s and there was a thriving high school nearby. It’s now closed. We are going to be the oldest state in the country by 2030 and we need to put our demographic crisis up front and start to encourage working parents to come here. This is the best place in the world to raise kids: it’s beautiful, it’s safe, we value community connections and education. I think we need more people in the capital that have an eye toward the future and what kind of state we can become.

I’m looking forward to having conversations across the newly formed district. We have a choice of three votes in this election. I’m not running against any of the incumbents as they all bring something positive to the table. What I am offering though is a new and under-represented voice in Montpelier. We need Vermonters who are working, who have kids in child care, who are paying a mortgage. Some of the issues that are key to me: • We need safe, affordable housing in the district close to where people work. • We need to be resilient and proactive toward climate change. I’ve seen the effects of climate change firsthand in Africa. We are so lucky here in the West that we can adjust for this change and take as many steps as possible toward mitigating its effects. • Broadband and reliable cellular service must be a reality for all in Chittenden County. We aren’t going to get industry at a scale needed to attract workers. People will need the ability to telecommute. I was doing it for years before the pandemic. • Early child care providers in Chittenden County need a living wage and families need support with this critical service. My See MUDGE on page 21

on Judiciary regarding the need for firearms to be removed in cases involving abuse. He testified that it was too late to save his sister, but he hoped to help save the lives of others. It was a powerful statement. The 2022 session saw enactment of legislation that codified a court’s ability to order relinquishment of firearms in emergency relief from abuse orders. It now clearly states that this is an option available to judges when assessing how best to protect the safety of those seeking relief from abuse. It took time, but the process worked — finally — and that voice, early on, was important. This year, toward the end of the 2022 session, a neighbor let me know of a Senate bill that was coming over to the House, a bill seeking to establish an amyotrophic lateral sclerosis registry. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is more commonly referred to as ALS and is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The registry, which has now been signed into law, will track the disease in Vermont and aid research into the causes of ALS. The neighbor who gave me the heads-up had personal experience with the disease and

was willing to provide testimony to House Committee on Human Services. Subsequently, a committee member asked me if this witness was a constituent. When I answered in the affirmative, he told me that the testimony had brought him to tears and cemented his support of the bill. What is my point in writing these vignettes, which reflect only a sampling of the issues brought to my attention over the years by single constituents? A lone constituent voice has the potential to bring about change. Do not hesitate to reach out. Do not despair if positive change is not effected as quickly as would be ideal. The proverbial glass, while half empty, is still half full. That said, do not hesitate to reach out to me with your questions and concerns: mtownsend@leg.state.vt.us; 802-862-7404; 232 Patchen Road; or Duke’s on Saturday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Come January and thereafter, I will heed my own advice and not hesitate to reach out to our representatives and senators serving in the Legislature.

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Community Notes 6:30 p.m. in the historic town hall attached to the library. McKibben will be speaking about his new book, “The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at His Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened.”

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The Residence at Quarry Hill in South Burlington has hired Nancy Lewis as resident engagement director. Previously Lewis worked at The Residence at Otter Creek in Middlebury for four years as resident engagement assistant leading daily enrichment activities for residents and assisting with transportation and activities outside of

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like networks of fungi in the soil,” Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department assistant botanist Aaron Marcus said. “These kinds of discoveries are only possible because of the vibrant communities of enthusiasts and professional botanists who work together to understand and document Vermont’s plant diversity.” Marcus says the department was first notified of a possible small whorled pogonia population in Vermont thanks to the observations of two community scientists: John Gange of Shelburne and Tom Doubleday of Colchester. “John is a passionate and skilled botanist who specializes in orchids and closely follows the sightings people report on the community science app iNaturalist,” said Marcus. “John noticed that birder and retired greenhouse manager Tom Doubleday had used the app to ask for help identifying an unfamiliar wildflower last July and reached out to us with the news that the small whorled pogonia had very likely just been discovered in Vermont.” Popp, Marcus, Doubleday and Gange returned to the site together this spring and confirmed the pres-

ence of small whorled pogonia, which was in bloom at the time. Rare orchids are at high risk from illegal collection and accidental trampling by passive visitors, according to Marcus. To protect the pogonia’s location from potential disturbances, Doubleday removed the public coordinates from his post. The department’s next steps will be to work with the Winooski Valley Park District to look for the small whorled pogonia on nearby conservation land and monitor the population to make sure this species has the best possible opportunity to flourish in Vermont’s portion of its native range. “We’re incredibly fortunate that this small whorled pogonia population is on land protected by the Winooski Valley Park District,” said Popp. “It speaks to the importance of habitat conservation. When we conserve a piece of land, we rarely know all the species that are there, but we do know that conserving intact natural communities yields the best odds for supporting Vermont’s biodiversity, from common species to rare ones.”


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PHOTOS BY AVALON STYLES-ASHLEY

Last Friday at the Patrick Gym on the University of Vermont’s campus, South Burlington High School graduated a total of 226 students, with 54 of them being awarded summa cum laude, the school’s highest academic distinction.

SBHS celebrates student resilience at graduation AVALON STYLES-ASHLEY STAFF WRITER

Student resilience, memories of camping chairs and even more distant memories of a freshman year before the pandemic were some of the highlights at the South Burlington High School graduation last Friday. The Class of 2022, who only experienced one “normal” year of high school, graduated to raucous cheering and tossed caps at a packed stadium on the University of Vermont campus June 10. “A pandemic isn’t something anyone is expected to handle, especially not during these four years,” Paula Donahue, one of the

student speakers, said. “But we took it in stride and made the most of it, even though it was through humorous coping methods and questionable TikToks.” She remembered the world shutting down in March 2020 and discovering small joys as she and her peers went through high school during the pandemic — buckling up in her lawn chair, walking through halls and waving at friends in person, becoming a spike-ball commentator at lunch time, and more. “In our class, I see the leaders of change, those who stand for what they believe in. Time and time again we have petitioned for change, peacefully protested, and

I have no doubt, let our voices be heard in the chaos of our world. I’m so proud of how far we’ve come, and I have no doubt that this is just the beginning of the journey for all of us,” Donahue said. A total of 226 students graduated last Friday, including four graduates from Big Picture, a school-sponsored program for independent learners who work on self-directed projects, internships and more; 54 students in the class were honored as summa cum laude for having a 4.1 or higher grade-point average, the school’s highest academic distinction. Numerous students were given See GRADUATION on page 14


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South Burlington High School

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PHOTOS BY AVALON STYLES-ASHLEY

A theme of student resilience arose out of student and educators’ speeches at the graduation, with many recalling the early stages of the pandemic and how the Class of 2022 only had one “normal” year of high school before it all hit the fan. Superintendent David Young has led the district through the pandemic, though he will depart this July for a new job as superintendent of Catholic schools of Vermont.

Frederick H. Tuttle Memorial Scholarship presented by the South Burlington Educators’ Association...................Olivia Frances Sauve Gary D. Iverson Memorial Scholarship......................................................Gabriel Dylan Palmer George Cannon Memorial Scholarship............................Karina Berlin, Luciano William Calacci James P. Buley Memorial Scholarship.....................................................Sofia Lorraine Richland John Torpey Memorial Scholarship.................................................................. Lucas Tyler Gales Mark A. Evnin Memorial Scholarship............................................................Alyssa Grace Cady Melissa J. Wells Memorial Scholarship............................................................Tylan Paige Emch Michael D. Flaherty Memorial Scholarship.............................................. Catherine Jean White Patricia Nowak Memorial Scholarship presented by the South Burlington Business Association........................Shane Patrick Burke Paul A. Toomey Memorial Scholarship.......................................... Yonathan Yonas Gebreselasie Roderick C. Marcotte Memorial Scholarship presented by the South Burlington Educators’ Association............... Isabella Guizler Bonilla Theodore and Ann Manazir Memorial Scholarship................................Hannah Bey Holliman Thomas Senesac Memorial Scholarship........................................ Leonard Che Romain Brown, Jakob Thomas Mathieson Timothy D. Comolli Memorial Scholarship presented by the South Burlington Educators’ Association.................... Jasmyn Waka Ikeda Walter Schaefer Memorial Scholarship...........................................Sumner Reynard Nenninger COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIPS AES Northeast Scholarship...........................................................................Marc-Andre Berthin Barbara and Paul Jordan Scholarship........................................... Caitlin Elizabeth Lyford-Byrne Christine LaPointe Family Lunch Lady Scholarship..............................................Hazel Nelson Georgia Conservation Commission Scholarship..................................... Lorelei Theresa Lyford Goss Dodge Chrysler Scholarship................................................................ Orionna Lillian Britt Kathryn Buley and Richard Wise Scholarship presented by the South Burlington Educators’ Association............................Garett L. Ward National ROTC Scholarship........................................Shane Patrick Burke, Sylvia Grace Burkman Pizzagalli Can-Do Scholarship.........................................................................Tenzin Losel Yeshi

South Burlington Chamberlin School Parent/Teacher Association Scholarship............................................Matthew Michael Vigneau South Burlington Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School Parent/Teacher Association Scholarship.................................................Kailey Elizabeth Palmer South Burlington Friends of the Arts Scholarship..............................................Gianna Morin South Burlington High School Athletic Booster Scholarship...............Mia Elizabeth Angwin, Samantha Brooks Crane, Jane Margaret Kakalec, Sofia Lorraine Richland South Burlington Orchard School Parent/Teacher Association Scholarship............................................... Josefina Estelle Kummer South Burlington Police Officers’ Association Scholarship..........................Emily Rae Bellew South Burlington Rick Marcotte Central School Parent/Teacher Association Scholarship...................................... Alanna Vy-Vy Nguyen-Kenney South Burlington Rotary Club William W. Stone Scholarship.....................Chelsea Yamungu South Burlington Tim Wile Reach Up Scholarship.......................................... Libass Mbengue SteelBerry Scholarship..................................................................................... Skyla Marie Bailey The Other Paper Scholarship...................................................................... Brianna Nicole Jarvis Thomas A. Farrell Scholarship...................................................................... Sarah Niamh Bagley University of Vermont, Vermont Scholar.............................. Katherine Leslie Teresa Clougherty, Christina Gayle Conklin, Lilla Erdos, Hannah Bey Holliman, Tasneem Ali Hussein, Gianna Morin, Dashiell Robert Neroni, Theo Delmont Neroni, Armand Nicholas Olteanu, Olivia Frances Sauve, Adam Slamani, Ayana Taitt, Eric Michael Tetreault, Anna Mae Willis, Tenzin Losel Yeshi Vermont Golf Association Scholarship.....................Olivia Sage Bennett, Ethan Arnsdorf Borick Vermont JCI Senate Scholarship.................................................................................... Hiba Ali SPECIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS BY THE PRINCIPAL Vermont Presidential Scholar Honorable Mention..................................... Minelle Sarfo-Adu Vermont Presidential Scholar................ Emmanuella Ewura Adjoa Amoah, Marc-Andre Berthin, United States Presidential Scholar.............................................................. Sriram Sethuraman John J. Herbert Award.................................................................................................................. Bruce R. Ladeau Memorial Award..............................................................................................


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Scenes from South Burlington High School’s 2022 graduation.

GRADUATION

continued from page 11

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Courtney Coffman

Rice Memorial High School graduates 94 Seniors at Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington tossed their caps into the air and said goodbye to high school at their graduation on June 4. The private Catholic school gave diplomas to the class of 94 seniors, 11 of whom are from South Burlington, and announced many awards and scholarships. South Burlington student

graduates included Benjamin Harrison, Mason Altadonna, Myla Altadonna, Autumn Carstensen, Courtney Coffman, Kathryn Craig, Charles-Antoine Gagne, Jaydenne Garbarino, Ava Laroche, Ava MacDonough and Sophia Miner. Sydney Washburn of Barre was named Valedictorian and Libby Stevens of Hinesburg was named Salutatorian.

Autumn Carstenson of South Burlington was the Susan Valley Nursing Scholarship. Courtney Coffman of South Burlington won an award for senior excellence in religious studies and the Betsy O’Brien Scholarship, and she was recognized at graduation for commitment to service. Katie Craig of South Burlington was recognized for senior excellence in digital photography.

departmental awards, national their careers but made them stronmerit awards, and community, ger. memorial and South Burling“I actually think you’re ahead ton High School of the game. scholarships. Here’s why: “I’m so proud of Robert Metz, you were forced how far we’ve come social studies to adapt to teacher at South this unanticiand I have no doubt Burlington High pated experiSchool, was ence in order that this is just the honored as the to survive and students’ chosen you did. These beginning of the class speaker. He are invaluable also recalled the life lessons that journey for all of us.” bizarre last three can’t be found years and how, in a crash course —Paula Donahue, video. never in his life, You did he expect to figured out how Class of 2022 to be successhear the phrase: “Can I go to my ful despite locker? I forgot my chair.” constantly changing expectations He also spoke to the students’ in less-than-ideal circumstances,” resilience and how he believes he said. “Seriously, how did you going through high school during do it? I still can’t figure it out for the pandemic did not delay their the life of me how a bunch of teenacademic progress or set back agers pulled this off, but you did.”


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What’s fun this summer in South Burlington? Summer camps still open, pickleball courts and long-awaited dog park underway AVALON STYLES-ASHLEY STAFF WRITER

Summer is around the corner, which means food trucks, live music, tai chi in the park and pickleball. South Burlington’s recreation and parks department also has a few different construction projects underway or planned around the city, which may pause play for a bit but will give the baseball mounds and tennis courts some needed TLC.

Summer camps, music in the park Parks and rec has a host of events set for summer. About 30 youth summer camps which offer things like fishing, chess, rockets, pottery and disc golf are still open for registration. For families who need some financial support, there are scholarships still available, said rec and parks director Holly Rees. Adult programming is also in the works, including plans for yoga and tai chi in the park, among other strength and agility

classes later this summer. Rees and the other recreation specialists are hoping to hold a cornhole tournament in the fall as well as a game of outdoor family bingo. On June 25, the city will host its popular Great American Campout, which brings the community together to camp and watch a movie in Veteran’s Memorial Park. S’mores will be aplenty, and the library might bring its telescope, Rees said. Now in its sixth year, SoBu Nite Out returns with a popping set list and a round of food trucks featuring new and familiar vendors. Opening night will kick off on Thursday, July 7, from 5-8 p.m. at its usual stomping grounds at Veteran’s Memorial Park. More live music will be coming to the park Aug. 12 with a performance from the Green Mountain Brass Band.

Sports field, dog park construction One item on the list of summer construction projects has been years and years in the works:

Wheeler Dog Park. After getting approval from the development review board late last year, the plan to build a dog park in Wheeler is underway. It’s fully permitted and fencing has been ordered, meaning it should arrive as soon as the end of June, Rees said. She hopes to host a grand launch in partnership with the committee on common areas for dogs in August. Szymanski Park is getting a “major overhaul,” Rees said, detailing a two-part plan to resurface the basketball court, repaint it and add new hoops, among other things. The two existing tennis courts are being remodeled into one tennis court and four pickleball courts. Construction on those projects starts at the end of June, meaning the courts will likely be closed for July with a tentative opening in August. “That was one of those capital projects that was slated to happen before COVID,” Rees said, adding that this is the third summer the projects have been delayed. The baseball mounds at

Szymanski are also getting some enhancements, with staff skinning the fields to provide a dirt surface for youth and adult baseball and softball leagues. “A lot of work has been done by parent volunteers for improvements to the baseball mounds,” Rees added. The field maintenance is already approved in the current rec and parks budget, but she plans to present the full scope of all needed repairs to the South Burlington City Council this fall.

Pricey repairs needed in next budget In May, Rees described some of the upcoming maintenance that many rec and parks amenities will soon need to the city council, setting the stage for ask this fall. When budget talks come around, she plans to ask the city council for over $379,000 in capital improvement projects, she said at the May meeting. That would include $76,000 for ballfield fencing, $105,000 for three new dugouts, $50,000 in irrigation upgrades, $100,000 to repave the

southern Veteran’s Memorial Park parking lot and $38,000 for field upgrades. That does not include the cost to repair drainage issues. Rees said she is still awaiting a quote. The recreation and parks department is currently capped at $100,000 for capital improvement projects, city manager Jessie Baker said at the time. “That’s the tax capacity we have in the capital improvement project over parks. So, as we think about building up to $380,000, we are going to have to be prioritizing that against other infrastructure,” Baker said. Still on Rees’ dream list of projects is another that was shelved partly because of the pandemic: an indoor recreation center. Rees hasn’t given up on it, and the project remains on the city’s priorities and strategies list, but it’s unclear what the next steps are considering the most recent council discussions led to questions about reworking plans for the center that were drawn up years ago.

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SPORTS

South Burlington wins first-ever softball title LAUREN READ CORRESPONDENT

Tensions were high at the Division I softball championship game in Castleton. Top-seed BFA-St. Albans and No. 2 South Burlington were locked in a tight, low-scoring battle. But as the tension mounted, Wolves star pitcher Emily Borrazzo remained relaxed. “It could be the Emily Borrazzo show and it’s not. Emily is the most selfless player ever,” South Burlington coach Hailey Reilly said. “I think the team looks to her for that and feels bolstered by that positivity and that selflessness.” With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the seventh and the bases loaded for the Wolves, Borrazzo stepped to the plate a delivered a double to drive in two runs and give her team the 3-1 lead. “I’ve always known how good Emily was and the amount of time she’s clutched up for us is insane,” senior captain Sofia Richland said. “She does so well under pressure…she knows what she needs to do and when she needs to do it.” Then, as the Comets tried to salvage their unbeaten season and their title hopes, Borrazzo struck out the side to clinch South Burlington’s first-ever state title in DI softball. “Right now, I’m just trying to live in the moment and just look back on everything and be so proud of what we’ve done as a team,” Borrazzo said. “I’m just really excited.” South Burlington entered Sunday’s game as the underdog, playing in its first champion-

PHOTO COURTESY OF HAILEY REILLY

Sofia Richland hoists the trophy after South Burlington won the Division 1 softball championships Sunday in Castleton.

ship game. But the Wolves faced BFA-St. Albans, the two-time defending state champs and undefeated coming into the game. The Comets took advantage of their experience to get on the board first, scoring a run in the

second. But a fantastic defensive play from South Burlington third baseman Miah Lafayette, who caught a pop-out bunt attempt and threw out the runner trying to advance to third, turning the double play, kept the game at 1-0.

Team defense and Borrazzo kept BFA off the board. “I looked at my assistant coach in the third inning and I was like, wait, I forgot that they had a run because it didn’t feel like we were down because we

were so energized and so confident,” Reilly said. “I think that was important for us because we didn’t let ourselves like get back on our heels. See SOFTBALL on page 17

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continued from page 16 “We were aggressive the whole time and that was so big for us because it didn’t give us a second to breathe and BFA didn’t have a second to breathe either,” she said. South Burlington found its offense in the fourth inning, after a leadoff single from Emma Stevens gave the team a base runner. Cait Bartlett dropped a sacrifice bunt to advance Stevens to second and Sana AL Namee reached on an error to advance her to third. Jordan Larose drove in the tying run with a ground out. “We focused on hitting like all week,” Reilly said. “We all knew hitting would change the game for us. We trusted our defense, but we knew if we don’t hit, it’s going to be a whole different game.” BFA threatened to retake the lead in bottom of the fourth but another standout defensive play from Lafayette —a diving catch on a pop up down the line — ended another Comet rally. “We knew we’d have to go for those big balls and Miah showed up for us so big today,” Reilly said. “All week, we’ve been saying it’s the last game we play together, and we have to go all out for everything. So don’t wait until the seventh inning to try for a ball.” With the game tied 1-1, Borrazzo went to work. The junior pitcher — just named the Gatorade Softball Player for the Year for Vermont — did not allow the Comets to get another hit. “(Catcher) Emma Stevens and I have a great relationship, so we were able to just figure out what was working for them, what was working for us and try to move around it,” Borrazzo said of the late game success. “We just had talks with each other to figure it out.” South Burlington started a rally in the top of the seventh with a single from Larose. Lafayette followed with a bunt single, and Richland loaded the bases after drawing a walk. After a fielder’s choice eliminated one runner, Borrazzo stepped up and hit a double up the left side of the infield to drive in two runs. Then Borrazzo struck out all three batters in the bottom of the inning. “It’s definitely been a very historic year,” Richland said. “We’ve made so, so, so much history this year, like beating Essex, beating MVU and now winning the championship and against the undefeated team too. It’s absolutely insane.”

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The South Burlington boys Ultimate Frisbee team has been on top for most of the season. The team ended its season on top too. No. 1 South Burlington beat sixth-seeded Burlington 10-6 on Thursday at Middlebury Union High School to capture the Division I state title that capped off an undefeated season. “It feels absolutely spectacular,” South Burlington coach Sebastian Ventrone said. “It’s a really proud feeling to finally win, bring the first state title to South Burlington and we get to finally hang a banner in the gym. It’s exciting.” Taking on the Seahorses, who won last year’s state title, South Burlington traded goals with its opponent early in the matchup. But a quick three-goal run from the Wolves gave them a 6-2 lead.

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“We just have to work hard and worked,” Ventrone said. “They play hard,” Ventrone said of the earned every win. They earned team’s mentality. “It’s all about us every bit of this championship.” first and just working hard.” With Ultimate Frisbee still a After taking the extended young sport, South Burlington has lead, the Wolves kept Burlington been aiming to capture the title at arm’s length, since 2019 when never allowthe sport official“It’s a really proud ing them to get ly earned varsity closer than four status. feeling to finally win, goals. “They wanted “We just to be the kids bring the state title really focused who made histoon stopping their ry as the first to South Burlington.” team to win a handler movement,” Ventrone state title for — Coach Sebastian South Burlingsaid of the team’s strategy. “We ton,” Ventrone Ventrone said. knew that they like to generate a Jack Eltman lot of their offense based off the scored three goals for South Burlhandlers, get into a power posi- ington, while Botond Erdos, Jacob tion.” Russell and Saksham Bhardwaj The team’s defensive strategy also scored. paid off as Burlington could not The win also completed a generate a comeback. perfect season for the Wolves, “I really want to emphasize who went 13-0 between the regujust how hard the players really lar season and playoffs.

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OBITUARIES Paul A. Dye Jr. Paul A. “Joe” Dye Jr. died peacefully on Monday, June 6, 2022, at The Arbors at Shelburne of complications from primary progressive aphasia. Born in July 1936 in Woodsville, N.H., Joe was youngest of four children of Paul A. Dye Sr. and Ruth Hatch Dye. He grew up in Brattleboro and graduated from Brattleboro High School in 1954. After serving for two years in the U.S. Army, Joe attended the University of Vermont. A member of the Sigma Nu fraternity and elected to the Boulder Society, he graduated in 1960 with a bachelor’s degree in education. In 1965, he received a master’s degree in counseling from Boston University and a certificate of advanced graduate study from Northeastern University in 1970. For five years Joe taught English at high schools in Liberty, N.Y., and Stoneham, Mass. He then began his career as a high school counselor at Stoneham High

School. Joe returned to Vermont in 1971 and spent 23 years in the guidance department at South Burlington High School, retiring in 1996. From 1980-1982 he was director of guidance at The American School of The Hague, Netherlands. Joe always had a special place in his heart for all teens, but especially for those who needed his listening ear, sage counsel and unconditional support. The connections he made with students in Family Living Theater, a class he co-designed and directed, were particularly rewarding for him. Outside school, Joe dedicated much of his time to local theater productions. Whether acting, directing or serving as a board member, he was active with both Lyric Theater and Essex Community Players and was a founding member of Shelburne Players. When not involved with plays, he enjoyed his athletic pursuits: biking, kayaking, downhill and cross-country skiing, pick-up basketball, and watching his beloved New York Giants. Joe was

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also an avid reader and a fine writer. Joe married Betty McDonald in 1960 and soon became a loving and actively involved father to his four children. With everything from camping, biking, swimming at the “Quarry,” and playing board games to making root beer, doughnuts, fudge, his special cinnamon buns and “bug juice,” he provided lasting memories for his family. Added to these memories were living for two years in The Netherlands and

traveling in Europe. Once retired, Joe and Betty continued to travel widely in the U.S. and Europe, and then ventured forth to Africa, Asia and South America. Joe leaves his wife, Betty; daughter, Pamela Dye (James Alexander) of Deerfield, Ill.; sons, Paul III (Terry Moore) of Lexington, Mass., Sean (Jenny Russett) of Vergennes, and Christopher (Pamela) of Hampton, N.H. He also leaves nine grandchildren, Rachel and Emily Dye, Katie, James and Hender Dye, Joe, MJ and Rosie Alexander, and Mia Dye; two great-grandchildren, Declan and Corbyn; step-grandchildren, Grady and Allie Clark; and three step-great-grandchildren Ava, Ady and Anderson. Also surviving him are his sister, Sondra Winer of Georgetown, Mass.; sister-in-law, Anne Houghton (Russell) of Littleton, N.H.; brother-in-law, Bernard Couture of Essex Junction; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by broth-

ers, Hender and Lee’ sister-inlaw, Jean Couture; brother-in-law, James Winer; and grandson, John Louis Dye. A time for celebration and reflection on Joe’s life will be held for friends and family at a later date determined by the family. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Marie Sandoval, his primary physician for many years, and all the amazing, caring staff at Gazebo North, the Arbors at Shelburne, and University or Vermont Home Health & Hospice. In lieu of flowers, please send a contribution to Lyric Theater, 7 Green Tree Dr, South Burlington VT 05403 (lyrictheatrevt.org); Shelburne Players, 5420 Shelburne Rd, Shelburne VT 05482 (shelburneplayers.com); or UVM Home Health & Hospice, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester VT 05446 (uvmhomehealth.org/donations). Arrangements are in care of Stephen C. Gregory and Son Cremation Service, South Burlington.

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continued from page 1 overwhelming, he explained: The job takes about five years “Jessie realizes I can’t do five jobs of training, and to “grow a chief” and I appreciate that.” takes about 20 years, Francis esti“I can keep us afloat and mated. that’s good, but we’re at a point As Baker prepared to kick off a where we need to national hiring recognize what’s search process, “This was an happening in the she said she city,” Francis talked to her incredibly unique said, pointing to “peer network” how the demand other exception in our hiring and on fire and EMS “stakeholders” has grown signifiprocess to get the best including the cantly over the Burlington fire years, as has chief, who she’s of the best to South South Burlingknown for years ton’s population. through mutual Burlington as quickly “Let’s realign aid in her time as possible. I realized here, let’s get the as Winooski fire chief doing city managthat even through what the fire chief er and now in needs to do.” South Burlinga national search With 48 years ton, as well as in fire service, through their process, he would still work together he’s also thinking of retirement, on regionalizbe my top candidate.” ing emergency though not imminently. Francis is dispatch. — Jessie Baker, eager to continue “I asked him his work as fire as a peer, how city manager do I go about marshal working on fire prevenrecruiting the tion, such as inspecting construc- best candidates for fire chief? tion and new buildings, conduct- How do I recruit a fire chief like ing fire investigations, educating you?” Baker said. “I wasn’t trying the community, working with to recruit him. I was just picking construction managers, neighbors his brain. But in the course of and city leaders, and other duties. conversations, he said, ‘I’m inter-

ested.’” So, she jumped at the opportunity. “This is not my typical MO. I’m a big believer in national searches and ensuring the community gets the best. That will always be the best practice. This was an incredibly unique exception in our hiring process to get the best of the best to South Burlington as quickly as possible,” she said. “I realized that even through a national search process, he would still be my top candidate.” The South Burlington City Council appoints members to committees, the planning commission and the development review board, and often serves in part on hiring committees for important city positions, but the city manager has “exclusive authority to appoint, fix the salary of, suspend, and remove all employees of the city appointed by him or her subject,” according to the South Burlington city charter. Similar to how Baker came on board a few months before taking the reins from her predecessor Kevin Dorn, Locke will start as incoming fire chief on July 11 with Francis maintaining operational control through Aug. 15, and then Locke will take over. Baker said that she offered the position to Locke on May 27, and

Steve Locke

he signed the offer letter on May 31. “Jessie and I have worked on other public safety initiatives together, we were talking about the transitional plan, and it just seemed like a good opportunity for me. That was really as simple and as complicated as it was,” Locke said. He personally knows many of the local firefighters, especially as the sister cities have lent each other firefighting assistance over the years, he said. He’s also familiar with Francis, with both chiefs having been in fire service in Vermont for decades — Locke is nearing 30 years of service. Francis said he is looking forward to working with Locke,

as he will be serving under the new chief as the fire marshal come August. “It is a wonderful opportunity. I’m excited about it,” Francis said. “He’s a great guy I’ve known him for a long time. We’re running a marathon here and we got the right shoes on now.” Before joining the Burlington department as chief in 2016, Locke spent 23 years working in the Hartford Vermont Fire Department. In the Queen City, he oversaw renovation of five fire stations and the replacement of eight fire trucks, added a third ambulance at the New North End fire station, made changes to fire stations to better accommodate women firefighters and worked on the county’s regionalization of emergency dispatch, among other things. Francis has served as a board member since 2016 and as treasurer since 2019 of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, representing more than 10,000 members. “I think Jessie and I are both people who believe in the value of a national search to see what’s on the market. At the same time, the job market for fire chiefs is flush,” he said. “We were able to find something that is good for both the city of South Burlington and for myself.”

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TAURUS April 21 - May 21 Realize that you may have to tone down your reactions and behaviors this week, Taurus. This will earn the respect of those around you. Others are seeking calm and stability.

GEMINI May 22 - June 21 Some of your to-do items may need to be postponed this week, Gemini. You simply have too much going on and no wiggle room if projects or meetings run late.

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Republic 25. Supreme ruler Genghis 26. Social media hand gesture 28. Semitic Sun god 29. Land 32. Database management system 36. Similar 38. Nice to look at 40. Covered with mud CLUES DOWN 43. Simple dry fruit 1. He played “Milton” 44. Title of respect 2. Elsa’s sister 45. Type of footwear 3. Digital wallet 46. Most lucid 4. About backbone 51. Exam 5. Type of weapon 54. Extinct flightless 6. __ Turner, rock singer bird of New Zealand 7. Microgram 55. “Rule, Britannia” 8. Hair product composer 9. Health care pro 56. Small Eurasian deer 10. Holy fire 57. “Within” 11. Military ID (abbr.) 58. Insures bank’s 12. __ the ante depositors 13. Containing nitrogen 59. A pause for 14. Green citrus fruit relaxation 17. Male parent 60. Social insect 22. Bring up 62. Expresses acidity 23. Murdered 24. Soviet Socialist

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