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South Burlington considers carbon free construction

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Climate action task force slowly rolls out plan AVALON STYLES-ASHLEY STAFF WRITER

While South Burlington city councilors seem keen to follow the Queen City’s lead in their efforts to eliminate fossil fuel use during new construction, city manager Jessie Baker cautioned against passing another ordinance the city can’t enforce — something the city has a history of doing.

The first recommendation from South Burlington’s Climate Action Task Force, to require all new construction to use a renewable heating system for a primary heat source, was presented at a council meeting Monday ahead of the task force’s full plan. Task force member Andrew Chalnick explained that while they are See ORDINANCE on page 20

Spike It! For Ukraine SB High School Ultimate Frisbee holds fundraiser MAGGIE CALZARETTA COMMUNITY NEWS SERVICE

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Athletes from South Burlington competed in late July in the Vermont State Track & Field meet hosted by St. Johnsbury Academy and the Vermont Recreation and Parks Association.

Two rising seniors at South Burlington High School have a plan to get fellow students interested in the school’s Ultimate Frisbee program — and to raise awareness and money to help victims of the war in Ukraine. Clara Margulius and Saksham Bhardwaj, both Ultimate Frisbee players, are holding a spike ball

tournament Thursday, Aug. 18 during SoBu Nite Out, 5-8 p.m. Teams of two can enter with at least a $20 donation, but participants are encouraged to raise more for their team. All proceeds will go to the nonprofit World Central Kitchen, which has been providing meals to those impacted by the conflict. “Reading about what is happenSee UKRAINE on page 14

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Constant gardener

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

Heather Moore doesn’t consider herself an artist per se, but she is a gardener. The kind of gardener who speaks Italian to her artichokes to help them grow and who looks at her newest endeavor as executive director of the Shelburne Craft School as a dream opportunity to tend to a flourishing ecosystem. “This is already a thriving garden. It’s absolutely gorgeous. My job is making sure that it’s watered and that it has what it needs to continue to flourish and be this place where there’s so much heart and that people are just joyful,” Moore said, settling into a chair in her new office, a low-ceilinged space in one of the craft school’s historic bunkhouse buildings. The Shelburne Craft School, which offers education and studio space for artisanal arts such as fiber, woodworking, pottery, visual arts and more, is a historic landmark of the community, having started in the 1930s as an

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

informal woodworking program in the Trinity Church Rectory before it was incorporated in 1945. Further back, the red frame building was originally used as a harness shop and later as a meat market, and the other two buildings were used as bunk houses when laborers were building the Rutland Railroad, according to back issues

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of the Shelburne News. The craft school also attracts artists and students from around Chittenden County, from South Burlington to Hinesburg to Charlotte, with its classes and expansive clay studio. Moore officially came on board last week, after a hiring process with the board of directors and feedback from staff, following

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the exit of director Claire Gear. Board chair Andrew Everett is excited for Moore to join the craft school, for her “fundraising acumen, financial competence and unparalleled track record,” although he added kudos to Gear for her strong leadership and shepherding of the craft school through the height of the pandemic. Moore comes from an education background, having worked as the executive director of Camp Thorpe and at Vermont Commons School in South Burlington for nearly a decade. She attended Skidmore College and is currently at the University of Vermont where she’ll soon defend her doctorate in educational leadership and policy. A Proctor native with a family that goes back 10 generations or so, Moore now lives in Shelburne with her husband and daughter, just about a mile from the craft school. In fact, she’s walked to work every day since coming on board and she hopes to continue the tradition even after cold weather arrives. Being involved with the community is one of the reasons Everett said the board was so keen to hire Moore. “She is very smart, very bright,” Everett said. “It was important to us that she has a real tie to the community.” Being an artsy or crafty person was not a requirement for the job, although Moore’s husband is an artist and she said she plans to take classes herself to get to know all the different aspects of the school. She’s especially excited about the

school’s new weaving classes, she said, seemingly giddy as she spun yarns on the dream this whole process has felt like to her. “It’s like a fairy tale. There’s a lot of magic and organic beauty in these buildings,” she said, touching the shelves of multi-colored thread in the weaving studio, packed with looms — each one has a name, she added. “I feel like I might be dreaming. This is so ideal for how I wanted to live my life. I think this place allows you to be a full human being, create beautiful things with your hands, create real community and truly know one another. And I don’t have to build that — it’s here.” That genuine joy shown through during her interview and was another stand-out reason Everett is glad to have hired Moore. “She’s sneaky funny,” he added, noting how Moore is “very polished, very put together, very professional,” but that at the end of the interview everyone was “howling with laughter.” As a parent in the community whose daughter often attended classes at Shelburne Craft School, and who seemed to find a home away from home there, Everett added that Moore’s strong experience as an educator is in harmony with the craft school’s earliest mission when it started in the 1930s, to provide hands on education in craft skills. “Fred, who’s a painter here — beautiful work — he was telling See SCHOOL on page 3


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Primary election is next Tuesday AVALON STYLES-ASHLEY STAFF WRITER

With Vermont’s primary nearly upon us, here’s what you need to know to vote in South Burlington next Tuesday. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at four polling locations around the city, designated per district. The city offers a map and list to help you find your polling location by street address. There is a new fifth voting district in the city shared with Williston thanks to redistricting, which means if you live on the south side of I-89 in the vicinity of the Williston border, you should check with city clerk Donna Kinville, or visit the city website, to verify if you are in the new Chittenden-8 district. Those in the new district will no longer visit F.H. Tuttle Middle School polling place but should instead head to city hall at 180 Market St. on election day. For residents in the other districts, your polling locations are the same: folks in Chittenden-9 head to Tuttle, Chittenden-10 to Chamberlin School, Chittenden-11 to Tuttle and Chittenden-12 to Orchard School. Contested races include a new Chittenden Southeast Senate district with five Democrats vying for three slots on the Democratic side of the ballot. Newcomers Steve May of Richmond and Lewis Mudge of Charlotte are looking to unseat two of three incumbent candidates — Thomas Chittenden of South Burlington, Ginny Lyons of Williston and Kesha Ram Hinsdale of Shelburne. No Republican or Progressive candidate submitted paperwork to represent South Burlington in Montpelier. After the primary, three Democrats will

appear on the November General Election ballot. All South Burlington’s five House races are uncontested pending hail Mary write-in challengers. Those running include Noah Hyman (Chittenden-8), Emilie Krasnow (Chittenden-9), Kate Nugent (Chittenden-10), Brian Minier (Chittenden-11), and incumbent Martin LaLonde (Chittenden-12). If you’ve not registered to vote yet, there’s still time: new voter registration can be filled out online, or in person at your local clerk’s office. However, time has likely run out to safely mail back your ballot if you received an absentee, so make sure to fill out one of the three received, then return all three ballots to the city hall drop-box by 4:30 p.m. on election day or your appropriate polling location before polls close. If you did not request an absentee ballot, you can still vote early by dropping by the city clerk’s office and filling out an early ballot. The South Burlington city clerk’s office will close at noon on Monday, Aug. 8 to prepare for the election. Other contested primary races include Vermont’s sole seat in the U.S. House and for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Patrick Leahy, on both the Democratic and Republican tickets. In the Democratic primary voters will need to pick a preferred candidate in races for lieutenant governor, secretary of state and attorney general. In the Republican primary, voters will need to select a candidate for governor and lieutenant governor from the field of contenders. Two Democrats also face off in the Chittenden County State’s Attorney race. Incumbent Sarah George faces Ted Kenney for the county’s top law enforcement job.

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continued from page 2 me that the true heart of Shelburne is right in the middle of our courtyard. I love that. I think this is where the heart of Shelburne is,” Moore said. “Creating art is what makes us human ... I think it does that because you’re tapping into your essence, your soul, your spirit, and the people around you are too so it becomes less of a facade of their humanity and what you really are starts to shine through.” As far as her vision goes, Moore is still

getting her feet wet but suggested she’s interested in turning some spaces into galleries and is planning to get the mobile craft trailer up and running again. For now, she plans to continue tending the garden and helping the school to bloom. For more information about fall programming, visit shelburnecraftschool. org or stop by the craft school to chat with Moore.

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South Burlington Police Blotter Total incidents: 235 Larceny: 23 Suspicious events: 23 Welfare checks: 14 Trespass orders: 14 Directed patrols: 13 Retail theft: 12 Animal problems: 8 Domestic incidents: 7 Car crashes (property damage): 6 Missing person: 1

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South Burlington Police Department this week welcomed two of its newest members, shown here with Chief Shawn Burke, officers Aaron Correia and Nicholas Kandra. Both men will spend the next three weeks studying and prepping before shipping off to the Vermont Police Academy for 17 weeks of training.

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Top incidents: July 24 at 12:28 p.m., police responded to the DoubleTree on Williston Road for reports of unlawful mischief and vandalism July 24 at 7:31 p.m., police checked on the well-being of someone at the Northfield Savings Bank. July 25 at 10:10 a.m., someone reported a case of larceny on Farrell Street. July 25 at 3:04 p.m., an officer checked out the safety ability of a child car seat. July 26 at 12:08 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Dorset and Market streets. July 26 at 8:03 p.m., police issued a trespass order for a residence on Birch Street. July 27 at 10:52 a.m., police responded to the University

Mall for reported retail theft. July 27 at 10:41 p.m., police responded to Simon’s on Shelburne Road for a reported alcohol offense. July 28 at 3:23 p.m., someone reported a juvenile problem on Dorset Street. July 28 at 8:34 p.m., someone reported a case of identity theft on Shelburne Road. July 29 at 9:41 a.m., a car crash in the Healthy Living Parking lot was late reported. July 29 at 3:29 p.m., someone reported an animal problem on Four Sisters Road. July 30 at 3:27 a.m., an alarm went off in the University Mall. July 30 at 12:13 p.m., police checked on the well-being of someone on Farrell Street. Arrests: Michael A. King, 51, of Colchester, was arrested July 28 for retail theft. Miguel Diaz, 23, of Shelburne, was arrested July 29 for driving under the influence (criminal refusal). Teilya M. Brunet, 33, of Burlington, was arrested July 29 for first degree domestic assault. Sheila A. Cochones, 53, of Barre City, was arrested July 31 for unlawful mischief and retail theft.

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OPINION Same-sex marriage faces threat from Supreme Court in these assurances? Particularly since the court has made clear that precedents that it finds incorrect, Rep. Martin LaLonde no matter how long-established, should be overruled and plainly In 2000, Vermont was the first holds that the 14th Amendment’s state to enact legislation recognizdue process clause only covers ing civil unions. In 2009, it was rights that are rooted in history and the first state to legalize same-sex tradition. Same-sex marriage is not marriage through legislation. The so rooted. Marriage Equality Act Justice Clarence was passed with an overThomas, in his concurride of the governor’s ring opinion in Dobbs, veto. explicitly declares that Shortly afterwards, “in future cases,” the same-sex couples in court “should reconMichigan, Kentucky, sider all of this Court’s Ohio and Tennessee sued substantive due process state officials, chalprecedents,” including lenging laws defining Obergefell. He calls that marriage as a union Martin LaLonde decision (and others) between one man and Vermont House “demonstrably erroone woman. In 2015, of Representatives neous” and states that the Supreme Court District 7-1 the court has the duty reviewed those cases and to “correct the error” issued an opinion under established in those cases. Notathe name Obergefell v. Hodges. bly, however, no other justice It held that the 14th Amendment joined his concurring opinion. So, requires states to provide licenses perhaps, there is hope. for marriages between same-sex In any event, today, Obergefell couples and recognize the marriagremains the law of the land nationes of same-sex couples that were ally. States must grant marriage lawfully licensed and performed licenses to same-sex couples and out of state. recognize marriages licensed and In June 2022, the majority performed in other states. opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson But what would happen if Women’s Health Organization Obergefell were overturned? overruled Roe v. Wade and Prior to Obergefell, most Planned Parenthood of Southstates had some sort of samewestern Pa. v. Casey. Both of sex marriage ban in place, either those cases were rooted in the through the state constitution, same constitutional ground as Obergefell, the 14th Amendment’s state law or both. These bans were invalidated in 2015 by Obergefell. due process clause. Dobbs held Should the U.S. Supreme Court that only rights that are “deeply overturn the right to same-sex rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition” and “implicit in the concept of ordered liberty” can be protected under this provision of the Constitution. To the extent that other rights, such as same-sex marriage, are not “deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition,” the reasoning in the Dobbs opinion calls them into question. The court, however, tries to tamp down this concern in Dobbs. The majority opinion states that “nothing in this opinion should be understood to cast doubt on precedents that do not concern abortion,” specifically including Obergefell. It distinguishes those other precedents as not involving “potential life.” In his concurring opinion, Justice Brett Kavanaugh made the same point: “I emphasize what the court today states: Overruling Roe does not mean the overruling of those precedents and does not threaten or cast doubt on those precedents.” How much stock can we put

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marriages, those state laws and constitutional provisions would take effect unless states changed those laws to recognize same-sex marriage. Given the increased acceptance of same-sex marriage, many states would likely lift their bans. But not all. It is also possible that states could give same-sex marriages fewer or different benefits from

those granted to opposite-sex marriages. They could, for example, deny same-sex couples the rights to property and inheritance, adoption or advance health directives. A ruling overturning Obergefell would not reverse state laws such as Vermont’s that allow same-sex marriage. But same-sex couples married in Vermont would not

be able to count on other states recognizing their marriage as valid or providing them with the same rights that they receive in Vermont. If you have any questions or input on this or other matters related to the recent spate of U.S. Supreme Court opinions, contact me at 802-863-3086 or mlalonde@ leg.state.vt.us.

Quality health care requires thoughtful financial support now Guest Perspective Frank Cioffi At times, we take our health for granted. Until something goes wrong, we are not inclined to think about the incredible facilities and providers that we have available to us. No doubt, the pandemic touched and awakened each of us in some life altering way. Over the past few years members of my family and close friends have had significant medical conditions that resulted in them having to seek treatment and care in the University of Vermont Medical Center. In each of their situations the medical care they received and the quality of service and treatment was life changing, life sustaining and compassionate.

In such a small state we are so incredibly fortunate to have University of Vermont Medical Center, the only level 1 academic medical center in Vermont and northern New York, serving a population of 1 million and caring for all of the health care needs of this almost exclusively rural region. It is essential that we understand that keeping our medical center economically vital is critically important to the economic stability of Vermont and to the health and well-being of Vermonters. Recently, Gov. Phil Scott wisely and accurately summarized a major concern about the fragility of our health care system: “Stabilizing our health care system has become increasingly urgent. Our health care system’s ability to provide access

to affordable, timely and quality care is very fragile as it emerges from the pandemic and confronts the impacts of deferred care, an aging population, a workforce crisis and the historically high inflation that increases the costs of supplies, energy and staff. With all these factors, the swystem is at risk of significant disruption and instability.” In the current environment operating a health care facility and system such as University of Vermont Medical Center is incredibly challenging and our state and federal governments need to step up to provide more financial support and assistance to ensure that financial stability is foundational to providing access to quality care. A hospital should not be See CIOFFI on page 7

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a human rights advocate. I have watched him Zoom in on selectboard meetings from the Central African Republic where it is 2 a.m. His continued work in the human rights field shows that he has the principles to represent our communities. When Mudge moved to Charlotte from Kenya with his family he immediately got involved in our local church, teaching at the Sunday school, where he shows patience, energy and a sense of humor. He is running against three incumbents, but we have three votes in this race. I encourage readers to mark Lewis Mudge as one of their votes on Aug. 9. He will serve us well.

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the ballot: “all persons are born equally free and independent, and have certain natural, inherent, and Rev. Timothy Naples unalienable rights, amongst which are the enjoying and defending As a Catholic pastor, I try to life and liberty, acquiring, possessput my faith ahead of temporal ing and protecting property, and objectives. Ask me which candipursuing and obtaining happiness date I might endorse for some and safety; [alternate words added office, and I will first read you say] therefore slavery and inden3,000 words on Catholic theology tured servitude in any form are and the functioning of democratic prohibited.” elections. Then, after considerI vote yes. able conversation, I might share At present, our Constitution’s my opinions about which fallible wording states that a human being seems person could be forced to me the best, or the to be a “servant, slave, least bad, candidate. I or apprentice,” if “bound Leo Nadeau will always try to offer by law for the payment South Burlington propositions that do of debts, damages, fines, not require explicitly Mike Dorsey costs, or the like.” We Christian confessions for Charlotte Mudge ‘essence now have applicable, consideration. of citizen legislator’ better functioning legal Elections and laws, Vote for Chittenden expectations for these though linked in repreTo the Editor: matters, considering all sentative governments, for state Senate I’m voting for Lewis Mudge Rev. Timothy Naples things from bartering to are very different things. for Senate, and I want to encour- To the Editor: bankruptcy. If you give me a set of age others to do the same. He is Thomas Chittenden’s voice The proposed propositions, in a context invested in our towns in Chitand advocacy is much needed articulation is apt, and it is rightly where debatable words are still tenden County, serves tirelessly in the Vermont Senate, in my expressive of our best values on definable in principle, the essential on the Charlotte Selectboard opinion, and I urge you to reelect the dignity of each human being. matters may be distilled much and has three kids in the school him. He has supported the develThe present wording, there since more quickly. system. opment of workforce housing at 1777, was adopted as a matter Every voting Vermonter, prior He continually sacrifices his the city and state level, including of economics, in fact contrary to to or on Nov. 8, will be asked if time for the town and embodpermit reform to facilitate in-fill racism (hence, Vermont never they wish to approve or reject two ies the essence of a volunteer development. allowed that some supposedly constitutional amendments for the legislator. This is the kind of He supports income sensitivinferior class of people could be state. person we need to represent ity programs to protect the most enslaved by force). The proposed The following change to Chapour new district in Montpelier. new wording is not a panacea See LETTERS on page 7 ter 1, Article 1 of the Vermont Professionally, Mudge works as to fix all our problems where Constitution will be proposed on economics interplay with freedom and opportunity. But a stronger affirmation of dignity and freedom, essentially against forced labor, is quite welcome. The other constitutional amendment is denser and more debatable. But it must be tackled. The following addition to Chapter 1 of the state constitution will be up for vote: The addition of Article 22 is proposed, which reads in full, South Burlington’s Luxury Theatre “Article 22. [Personal reproductive liberty] That an individual’s right with All Digital Picture & Sound! 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a thing quite distinct from the essence of this amendment, even if those who want unlimited abortion access include that former cause in their vision. The unlimited access is the thing very much up for debate. Now maybe you are very much pro-choice regarding abortion in early terms. But if you side with the majority of Americans about late term abortions, then this is not the constitutional assertion you want. This unqualified sentence in our state constitution would mean to establish that reproductive autonomy, in regard to any woman, emphatically dictates no other human may be legally recognized in her womb, in the 25th, 30th, 35th or even 40th week of pregnancy. Reproduction, by the definition implied in this absolutized statement, cannot be acknowledged until some time after a baby is born, and thus no fetus/child in utero shall ever be allowed any recognition in law. This is not a moderate pro-choice view. It is a complete denial of the need to balance the rights and dignity of women with the rights and dignity of the viable baby in late pregnancy. Even Roe v. Wade acknowledged this need explicitly inside its framework of pro-choice dictates. At this moment, abortion is legally allowable in our state. It is not hindered via current Vermont law for all of pregnancy. Those who claim access to legal abortions in Vermont is in jeopardy without the addition of Article 22 to our Constitution are just wrong. Read up on Dobbs v. Jackson, vis-à-vis state laws, and read our current Vermont abortion law, H.57. Then ask if there is any application to the late-term abortion debate other than claiming reproductive autonomy as an unassailable loophole to keep a perpetual legal endorsement for all possible abortions, even elective third-trimester ones. “All persons are born equally free and independent.” Must it be that we cannot recognize such freedom and independence as rooted in a dignity acquired sometime in the womb? The near universal idea at stake is well outside of religious concerns. Most of us believe there is an important class of human beings involved in the viable life in a late term pregnancy. There lies the convergence with our newer articulations of freedom. Slavery will be outlawed in the most direct terms because See NAPLES on page 7


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continued from page 6 vulnerable. He supported the much-needed revisions to the state education funding formula that will help those districts dealing with more challenged populations. Chittenden is a strong supporter of public transit, having served as chair of the Green Mountain Transit Board. He supports state bonding for school capital projects to help remedy serious deferred maintenance, and he supports strengthening regionalization where it makes sense, such as regional dispatch and airport governance. Thomas embodies my values in government. Please reelect Thomas Chittenden on primary election day, Tuesday, Aug. 9 John Dinklage South Burlington

Mudge’s background prepares him for Senate To the Editor: These days we are reminded every day why we need candidates to volunteer and

defend democracy. In our state Senate race we can choose a candidate — Lewis Mudge — who will stand up for democracy and fight for human rights here as he has done in my home country: the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mudge moved to the eastern Congo in 2008 when militias were targeting civilians. He took up a job to train journalists and later joined Human Rights Watch where he continues to work to this day. Whether here in Charlotte on the selectboard or working in the Central Africa Republic, he approaches problems with curiosity and humility. He always wants to learn more and hear perspectives. The diplomacy skills he learned in Goma, Bunia and Bukavu in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo have served him well in Vermont. I have seen him call people in Charlotte to seek their input on issues and problems, he listens and appreciates what they have to say.

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continued from page 5 forced to use its reserves to subsidize operational costs and endanger its ability to make strategic and necessary investments in facilities, equipment and build capacity and sustain the retention and attraction of highly talented nurses, doctors, clinicians and providers. Recent actions by the hospital have shown they are working to address both the workforce and cost inflation threatening their sustainability. In its recent agreement with the union representing their nurses, it is committed to investing $70 million in additional wages and other financial benefits to attract and retain fulltime employees. That action clearly demonstrates University of Vermont Medical Center’s foresight and its commitment to responsibly retain and attract the best providers and proactively address workforce and cost inflation challenges by transitioning away from the reliance upon travelers and temporary workers. Under our current system, creating a budget is a math equation and the only place to go for increased revenue is to commercial insurers. The state did not

increase hospital reimbursements from Medicaid for the current fiscal year, and Medicare is proposing low or negative rate increases. It is critically essential that government payers step up to the plate and cover their share of the expense, recognizing the more we reimburse from Medicaid, the more we draw down federal dollars to support Vermont’s delivery system. In this region, we cannot separate the financial and policy discussion about health care costs from the high-quality services we all expect to receive for ourselves, our loved ones, our employees and community. If we’re to meet the needs of the people of this region, we must have a financially sound delivery system and great people providing care. Investing in our hospitals is an investment in our own health. Frank Cioffi of South Burlington is the president of Greater Burlington Industrial Corp., the regional economic development organization serving employers, municipalities and communities in Chittenden County.

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continued from page 6 it is too dehumanizing for a human being. Shall the proposition stand that every viable baby lacks all status and rights as a human being, so long as the smallest contingent of people and their doctors claim it so? We should leave behind such unqualified and uncertain notions of autonomy. Let us articulate liberty in reproductive matters in some other way. Making a constitutional amendment about human reproduction, which doesn’t also include regard for parental responsibilities, is just a grand exercise of turning

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oxymorons into elaborate political jargon. I see my no vote as a challenge to our lawmakers to work on new affirmations that incorporate all the principles at work in the complex decisions of becoming a parent or not. The proposers of Article 22 have endorsed the extreme position, which is blind to this need, and there is a certain class of viable humans written off in the process. Rev. Timothy Naples is pastor at St. John Vianney Parish in South Burlington.

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continued from page 7 We can use more of that in Montpelier. We also have a chance to elect someone who will promote the voices of new Americans in Montpelier. Mudge understands that new Americans make Vermont — and the country — a better place to be. We know he will advocate for policies that will help new Americans get settled here. Vermont can be a challenging place to come to at first, but Lewis Mudge in the Senate will help with that. He is a man of integrity, and we should elect him to the Vermont Senate. Guillaume Teganyi Charlotte

Give Mudge a nudge: Elect him to Senate To the Editor: I work across Chittenden County, and I support Lewis Mudge as a candidate for state Senate. He is on the selectboard in Charlotte. I ran against him for his current seat and have been very impressed with his leadership and positive influence thus far. To be clear, I don’t agree with him on everything but have learned that we have very similar goals and visions for the future. I would rather vote for a politician who stands by his convictions and engages in discourse than one who bends to whatever direction the political winds are blowing. I will also say this for Mudge: He

always seeks input and opinions before taking a decision, even if it is one that may not be popular with all of his constituents. Additionally, he really enjoys the minutia of helping run a town, which will be an asset in Montpelier. He also cares about our towns in Chittenden County and wants to see them do well. Mudge has three small kids in the public school system and he’s invested in our communities. He wants to see business growth and housing expansion without losing sight of Vermont’s principles and while protecting our green space. In a world where too many politicians focus on getting the message right, I want someone who will just do the job, listen to his constituents and try his best. I’m voting Mudge. Mike Dunbar Charlotte

Zuckerman right candidate for lieutenant governor To The Editor: The primary season is upon us, and I would like to state my case for voting for David Zuckerman in the lieutenant governor’s race. I have known Zuckerman for more than 20 years. Because he is a farmer, he is keenly aware of the issues that I, and many Vermonters, feel strongly about, especially the environment and food insecurity. Those

two issues are so tied together and important and former lieutenant governor Zuckerman’s leadership in those areas make me feel he is the best candidate for the job. As a small business co-owner — Full Moon Farm— he knows how difficult it can be at times trying to make a living in Vermont. He has also been an advocate for the downtrodden for decades and continues to be that advocate. When he is asked a question, he gives thoughtful answers with facts and ideas for solutions for the actual question asked. This is unusual these days when we seem to get flowery pronouncements from other politicians with just a bunch of fluff and no substance. You can see that for yourself on his website. In all the time I have known Zuckerman I have not always agreed with him on every issue, but I have never doubted his honesty and integrity. As I conclude this letter I want to go back to the environmental issue. I look at my daughter and think of future generations and what type of situation we are leaving them. The person a heartbeat away from the governor’s seat must be an unwaveringly strong environmental advocate. David Zuckerman is that person. Peter K. Carmolli South Burlington

Chittenden listens, researches, makes sound decisions To the Editor: We are pleased to support Thomas Chittenden for state Senate. Sen. Chittenden is an independent and thoughtful voice at a time when too many in office choose partisanship over progress. He has been accessible and hardworking, listens to constituents, researches issues and makes careful and thoughtful decisions on our behalf. We are fortunate to have a senator from South Burlington who both cares deeply about the local community and about the broader impacts of legislation on the entire state. We believe Thomas Chittenden has more than earned our vote for reelection and we hope that you will join us in voting for him in the Aug. 9 primary. Dennise Casey and Neale Lunderville South Burlington

Restorative justice, yes, but fund police too To the Editor: Professor Kathy Fox’s essay advocating for restorative justice programs is well stated. (“Alternative justice works better than ‘tough on crime’ approach,” July 21, 2022) Restorative justice has an important role in any civilized society. Restorative justice programs are particularly effective in juvenile justice settings. Unfortunately, however, violent crime in Chittenden County has reached a level far beyond the capabilities of the restorative justice programs. Homicides and armed assaults are increasing at an alarming rate. It has

been reported that these crimes have allegedly been committed by repeat offenders with histories of violence. Restorative justice programs are ill suited to address these patterns of violent criminal behavior. The most recent homicide in Burlington reveals that the time has come for the Burlington City Council to fund the Burlington Police Department to permit them to do the challenging job that is asked of them. It is also time in these cases for the Chittenden County State’s Attorney to place a greater priority on preserving the safety of the public through swift and effective enforcement of the law. John M. Conroy South Burlington

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

Support Chris Winters for secretary of state To the Editor: I will be voting for Chris Winters for Vermont Secretary of State in the upcoming Democratic primary on Aug. 9, and I urge you to do so as well. I cannot imagine a candidate with greater experience, integrity and dedication than Winters. I had the privilege of working with him for many years during my tenure at the Vermont Department of Health and was always impressed by his knowledge of the broad range of issues for which the secretary of state’s office is responsible. The office is responsible for professional regulation, ensuring voter integrity, maintenance of public records and many other tasks. His 25 years of experience in the office, including his most recent six years as deputy secretary, demonstrate his commitment to the mission of the office as well as his expertise in the responsibilities of the role. Vermont will be fortunate to have Chris Winters at the helm, so please join me in voting for him as our next secretary of state. Dawn Philibert South Burlington See LETTERS on page 9


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Toll best equipped to be lieutenant governor To the Editor: To date, most coverage of the lieutenant governor’s Democratic primary focused on the four candidates’ resumes and fundraising efforts. Given the unusual circumstances that Vermont voters face this year, it is prudent to dig deeper. I believe those unusual circumstances should be the major factor in weighing who is best prepared to hold the office of lieutenant governor during the next two years. What are these unusual circumstances? They are the mass exodus of incumbents from the Vermont House of Representatives and Senate this year. Forty-one House members, or 27 percent, are not seeking reelection. Ten Senate members, or one-third, are not seeking reelection. We are going to have lots of new blood in our Statehouse. What is of greater significance is that nine of the 14 committee chairs in the House are not returning. The chairs of the following committees are not seeking reelection: appropriations, agriculture & forestry, education, energy and technology, government operations, health care, human services, judiciary, and ways and means. This constitutes the loss of a colossal amount of knowledge and experience about how our government operates. While the Senate’s loss of one-third of its body is significant, only two committee chairs are retiring. In addition, we will have new people in four statewide offices: lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state and treasurer. My conclusion is that Kitty Toll’s experience of having served 12 years in the House, including 10 years on the appropriations committee and four years as its chair, is the best match for the job. Having served on appropriations, she knows Vermont government programs inside and out — their revenue sources, services, investments and expenditures. Her competence and compassion for all are recognized and trusted by her former peers. In addition, she is known as a consensus-builder. She works effectively with all the parties. No one who knows Kitty doubts that she will put her expertise and relationship-building skills to work to help fill the void created by the retirements of so many valued and hardworking Vermont representatives and senators. Another context in which Toll stands out is geography. She

was born, raised, educated in the Northeast Kingdom and remains a lifelong resident there. She is only the second Democrat to represent Danville in Vermont’s House. Chittenden County should not have a lock on most statewide offices in our diverse state. When one goes beyond the resumes, Toll is best suited to meet the needs of the Legislature and all Vermonters during these unusual circumstances. Sandy Dooley South Burlington

Chittenden offers judgment, leadership To the Editor: We are honored to support Thomas Chittenden for reelection to the Vermont Senate. He has consistently demonstrated the importance of fact-based, holistic thinking about state and local Vermont issues. He recognizes the importance of considering all the potential public impacts of the decisions facing Vermont leaders today. It will take deep experience and strong leadership like his to effectively address climate and affordability challenges converging on our brave, little state. We have all benefited greatly from his sound judgment and commitment to public service. So, join us in supporting Thomas Chittenden’s generous willingness to continue to lead Vermont forward. Peter and Leslie Plumeau South Burlington

Reason for police, fire union endorsements To the Editor: If you are planning to vote in the Democratic primary on Tuesday, Aug. 9, please vote for Ted Kenney for Chittenden County State’s Attorney. Kenney has been endorsed by the Burlington, Colchester, South Burlington, Williston and Winooski police and firefighters’ unions and the Fraternal Order of Police in Chittenden County. There’s a reason for that. John and Joanne Varricchione South Burlington

Vote Hinsdale, Lyons, Chittenden for Senate To the Editor: I support Thomas Chittenden, Kesha Ram Hinsdale and Ginny Lyons for state Senate. These are experienced Demo-

crats who will continue to deliver for South Burlington. I’m proud of their support for the clean heat standard, emission reductions and protection of endangered forests. I’ve gotten to know Chittenden over the last few years and have found him to be humble, positive and transparent but most importantly accessible. He’s a leader who thinks big picture with a regional approach. Join me in supporting this team of proven Democrats on primary election day, Aug. 9. Chris Trombly South Burlington

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Kenney will bring equity, safety to county To the Editor: I write this letter of support for Ted Kenney, a Democratic candidate for Chittenden County State’s Attorney in the primary on Aug. 9. I am a former civil rights investigator and prison educator. I served as a development director for a mental health agency and volunteered for a restorative justice program in New Zealand. I’m a lifelong liberal Democrat. Access to housing, food, physical and mental health services, and substance use treatment are of paramount importance. My lived experience as a Chittenden County resident has shifted. I personally witnessed an attempted theft in my pharmacy, stopped by a customer. I was afraid someone would get hurt. My favorite customer service rep at my grocery store explained that security is now needed because people are carrying baskets and carts of products out without paying. Stolen bikes show up, abandoned, in our neighborhood. Additionally, objective statistics demonstrate significant upticks in aggravated assaults, burglary and car theft in Chittenden County. Kenney understands that criminal justice reform and public safety are not mutually exclusive. We can work together to create a safe, vibrant and equitable community where all can thrive, while also addressing past racial, ethnic, gender and socioeconomic inequities. His stellar record includes service to Vermonters as a lawyer in government and private practice, engaging in criminal defense, civil litigation, personal injury litigation, transactional and business formation law and estate law. He graduated from See LETTERS on page 18

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South Burlington adopts declaration of inclusion Wave of Vermont communities sign statements participate in policy making and municipal programming; when all have equitable access South Burlington joined a to city services; and when all growing number of Vermont believe that their leaders are communities adopting decla- actively working to breakdown rations of inclusion after pass- hundreds of years of systemating a statement last month that ic racism,” the statement reads. The council also pledged condemns discrimination and pledges to take concrete steps in the statement to be more in building a more inclusive “visible, vocal and supportive in our efforts to ensure equity community. Bob Harnish of Pittsford and racial justice,” adding sexism, clasand Al Wakesism, ableism, field of Mendon “This work will ageism, relihave been on a gious intolermission to get take dedicated ance, homopho100 Vermont anti-racist bia and implicit municipalities bias under that to adopt declainitiatives that umbrella. rations of incluLastly, the sion by next we bring into our inclusion declaMay and made ration acknowltheir stop at the everyday decision edges the someSouth Burlingwhat skin-deep ton City Counmaking.” nature of a cil in April to make their proposition to the statement, noting that action must follow: “A Declaracity. While city councilors tion of Inclusion is only the seemed amenable at the time, first step towards addressing they opted to craft their own the impacts from centuries statement rather than adopt of historic systems that have Harnish and Mendon’s as marginalized many members of our community. This work some other towns have done. After a few drafts, South will take dedicated anti-racBurlington city councilors ist initiatives that we bring approved at their July 18 meet- into our everyday decision ing a statement tailored to the making.” According to the Vermont community, noting the steps city government is already Chamber of Commerce, at taking to foster inclusion and least 58 municipalities have a welcoming environment, as an inclusion statement on the well as pledging to continue books. In addition to support from the chamber, Harnish the work. “The South Burlington City and Mendon’s initiative has Council recognizes that our support from the Vermont community is strongest, most League of Cities and Towns, connected, and best served the Social Equity Caucus, when trust is held between city the National Association of government and the commu- Colored People and Vermont nity; when all feel they can Interfaith Action. AVALON STYLES-ASHLEY STAFF WRITER

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To beef up South Burlington’s overtaxed emergency medical staff, the city council has voted to give some federal pandemic funds to train more local paramedics. New fire chief Steve Locke, who succeeded Terry Francis after a brisk rearrangement of leadership a couple months ago, explained the dire need to fill departmental gaps at a meeting Monday, highlighting how this allocation would be a needed investment in retain-

ing staff. “That transition from being a regular EMT who can do some things to a paramedic level education is really important to our staff and important to our community. It’s difficult to recruit paramedics,” he said, adding that the city has not “invested in our own members since 2010 when we trained the first group of paramedics.” With little discussion other than a few questions and words of support, the city councilors voted to grant Locke’s request for $12,062 from a surplus fund

accrued at the end of the fiscal year. With the money, he hopes to enroll three of the department’s EMTs in a Williston-based training program to reach paramedic licensure. The cost to attend is $25,000 per student with an additional $6,500 in overtime to backfill the shift while the employee attends training, covered by a combination of state grants — $42,438 for two of the three qualifying staff — $40,000 from the city’s paramedSee SURPLUS on page 20

Over 50 attorneys endorse Sarah George in reelection bid More than 50 practicing attorneys have endorsed Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George this week. The list of endorsements includes criminal and civil lawyers and former state’s attorneys and comes in the wake of four current and former state’s attorneys endorsed George’s opponent, Ted Kenney, in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. “A prosecutor makes decisions on the facts of the case and the law that exists, not on the winds of public opinion,” Burlington attorney Frank Twarog said. “In my experience, Sarah George does what she feels is right, just and within the bounds of the Constitution 100 percent of the time.” Former Windsor County State’s Attorney Robert Sand, who is now a law school professor, praised George’s commitment to criminal justice reform. “I think Sarah has demonstrated a broader commitment to reshaping and rethinking what a

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ensure all of us are guaranteed due process and equal protection afforded by the constitutions of Vermont and the United States,” Baird said. Supporters say that George, who is an incumbent in the race, has been working to address racial disparities in the criminal legal system, including policies that treat substance use as a health matter and that restrict the use of cash bail for lower-income Vermonters. “It is especially meaningful to have the support of so many prominent lawyers, because they know firsthand the requirements of the job of state’s attorney and have seen my work up close,” George said in a press release. Several weeks ago, citing the need for both public safety and criminal justice reform in Chittenden County, nine labor unions representing police, fire and rescue personnel endorsed Kenney’s bid to become the next state’s attorney for Vermont’s largest and busiest court.

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South Burlington public gallery explores ‘In the Garden’ The South Burlington Public Art Gallery is featuring an exhibition of nearly 50 paintings, drawings, prints and mixed-media works called “In the Garden,” which runs through August. Curated by Jessica Manley of the South Burlington Public Art Committee, the show brings together five Vermont artists who are avid gardeners and nature enthusiasts: Gregg Blasdel, Kimberly Bombard, Sara Katz, Kate Longmaid and Dianne Shullenberger. From flowers, vegetables and “weeds” to pollinators and other garden wildlife, the exhibition immerses viewers in botanical explorations in a variety of media and scale. Blasdel, a printmaker and mixed-media sculptor, is professor emeritus at Saint Michael’s College. He lives and has a studio in Burlington, along with his wife, Jennifer Koch, who is also an artist and frequent collaborator. The exhibition features six of Blasdel’s aquatint etchings from a recent series. Katz was born in South Jersey and grew up in Cabot on a vegetable farm with a greenhouse and nursery. Her work is influenced by her agricultural background, Japanese heritage and interest in the natural world. She lives and paints in North Ferrisburgh on a homestead farm that she shares with her husband, landscape architect and artist H. Keith Wagner, their son and daughter. The exhibition features a brandnew series of her paintings. Bombard, a Burlington-based artist, is a second-generation Vermonter whose mother immigrated to Vermont from Ireland. Her large-scale still life paintings of flowers represent the opposite of stillness; rather flowers grow and die in a short timeframe, making them the perfect symbols for life, death, love and beauty. Shullenberger creates intimate fabric landscapes and still life works, sculptures and colored pencil drawings. A passionate outdoors woman, Shullenberger’s art reflects the places she loves. Her home and studio are in Jericho, though during the summers she can often be found working at her treehouse studio on the shores of Lake Michigan. The show exhibits a selection of different media. Based in Shelburne, Longmaid specializes in contemporary portraiture, still life and landscapes. The exhibition showcas-

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Teams, judges and emcees at the 2019 Dancing with the Burlington Stars event. This year’s event will be held on Sept. 11. See more, below.

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

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

Red Cross blood drives Charlotte Senior Center, 212 Ferry Road, Aug. 4, 2-7 p.m.

Online course teaches composting basics Registration is now open for the University of Vermont Extension’s master composter course, designed to teach the basics of backyard composting. The online course opens Sept. 2. It runs for eight weeks and course materials, including weekly learning modules, two online manuals, quizzes, a final exam and additional course mateSee COMMUNITY NOTES on page 13

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Church barbecue supports wilderness camp

Obituary Pamela Davies Clark

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On June 18, Faith United Methodist Church in South Burlington offered a community take-out pulled-pork barbecue to benefit the Machia Wilderness Camp in Milton. This nonprofit summer program offers kids a hands-on experience in nature from the standpoints of survival, sustainability and inspiration in order to help them to become better stewards of the Earth. Members of the church and camp trustees worked together to prepare over 150 dinners for the public and raised $6,400.

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rials, will be available to participants until Dec. 2. Two tracks — volunteer and certified — are offered to meet participant needs. Live discussion sessions with instructors will be offered via Zoom on six consecutive Thursdays from 6-7 p.m., beginning Sept. 8. These will be archived for later viewing. The course is sponsored by the UVM Extension Community Horticulture Program with financial support from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. To register or learn more visit go.uvm.edu/mastercomposter.

Museum night features Brickdrop, bird diva August’s free Friday event at Shelburne Museum is Aug. 5, and features live music, lawn games, food trucks and special exhibitions, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. At 6 p.m. Brickdrop will help you get in the groove with its energetic and funky jazz fusion. Then check out the museum’s collections buildings, play lawn games, and enjoy food from local vendors.

From 5-6 p.m. meet bird diva Bridget Butler on a self-guided tour to learn about bird characteristics, explore bird-themed artworks at the museum, ask questions, and join in for a slow birding activity.

Krupp releases third book in trilogy Garden writer Ron Krupp of South Burlington has released the third in his Woodchuck Gardener’s trilogy, “The Woodchuck Travels through the Garden Seasons: Ornamental and Landscape Plants, Pollinators and Native Species and the Insect Apocalypse.” “In my new Vermont garden book, I reveal the practical nature of plants and their aesthetic qualities, all complemented with poetry and prose, sketches, photos and paintings,” Krupp said. “The best way to create a sustainably designed habitat for songbirds, bees, hummingbirds, butterflies and insects is to provide a native pollinator landscape in your garden,” Krupp said. “Restoring native plant

Pamela Davies Clark, longtime resident of Charlotte, Shelburne and Monkton, died in Washington D.C. on Monday, March 21, 2022, surrounded by family. A devoted friend, enthusiastic golfer, consummate host, proud mother and beloved grandmother, she always treasured the time she spent with family and friends. Pam was born in Batavia, N.Y., to Mary Ellen (Doton) and Charles Davies. She was adored by her siblings, Thom Davies, Don Davies (who predeceased her) and Cathy Blake and their families. Although she lived in many places throughout her life, Vermont was the only place she truly called home. It was where she built homes and businesses, celebrated the rich connection to the place where generations of relatives contributed to the land and character of the state, and where she and Thomas Pierce raised their three children. She was an active contributor to the communities where she lived, serving on the school board in Shelburne and participating in town halls in Charlotte. After running a bed and breakfast in the family home for several years, she was part of the team that purchased and undertook a historic renovation of the former home of Rene and Helen Gadue on the Shelburne Town Green to open the Heart of the Village Inn in 1996. In recent years Pam spent time in Florida where she developed a love of golf, painting, birdwatching and winters without shoveling snow. She lived a rich, full life with an unfailingly positive outlook that propelled her through good times and hard times and was reflected in the joyful celebration of her 29th birthday every year, even after her children far

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surpassed that milestone. She is survived by many who loved her and miss her, including her children, Heather Pierce of Washington D.C., Greg Pierce of New York, N.Y., and Randal Pierce of Burlington, and their families. Her husband, Stephen Clark, predeceased her, and Pam had a special bond with her stepdaughter Tricia Clark. With cousins in the dozens, Pam took every opportunity she could to visit and connect with family. Her friendships were deep and lasting. She forged lifelong relationships with the children that she got to know and with whom she shared her love of crafts, nature and sparkly jewelry, welcoming all as family regardless of family tree. Her art and her handmade cards and her masterful baking lessons are documented in the photographs and memories of those she loved. A celebration of her life with family and friends will be at the Doton Family Farm in Woodstock, 202 Lakota Road, on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, at noon. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stern Center for Language and Learning, 183 Talcott Rd #101, Williston VT 05495.

habitat is vital to preserving biodiversity. By the act of creating a native plant garden, each patch of habitat becomes part of a collective effort to nurture and sustain the living landscape.” The other books in his trilogy include “The Woodchuck’s Guide to Gardening” and “The Woodchuck’s Return to Gardening.” For more information, contact Krupp at woodchuck37@ hotmail.com or 802-658-9974.

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The 28th Green Mountain Athletic Association Red Rocks 5K is Saturday, Aug. 6, starting at 9:30 a.m. Formerly known as the Scholarship Trail Race, the 5K benefits the association’s scholarship. The race starts at Red Rocks Park, 4 Central Avenue, in South Burlington. For information, contact the race director at redrocks@gmaa.run. The scholarship awards are a given annually to students graduating from northern Vermont high schools.

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continued from page 1 ing over there, we wanted to do everything we can to help,” Margulius said. A growing sport, the Ultimate Frisbee community across the state is tight knit. The two students want to build that kind of support for victims of the war, too. “Ultimate Frisbee is definitely one of the newer varsity sports and really just started to gain popularity in the past couple years,” Margulius said. “Ultimate has a true spirit of the game, which adds a fun component and creates a good community.” Vermont is the only state where Ultimate Frisbee is a varsity sport. “You can play ultimate with guys and girls — it’s one of the sports that is less reliant on athletic ability, so it’s very welcoming,” Bhardwaj said. “When I heard about

the girls’ team getting this event together, I thought it was a good opportunity to get the guys’ team involved too.” Margulius first tried to organize the event during this past school year, but she found it hard to shore up donors and participants while keeping up with schoolwork. Having the event in the summer allowed her and her classmates to put more attention toward nailing down donors, including Heritage Toyota, Cheese and Wine Traders and Wings Over Burlington. “We can scale the event up now (with those sponsors),” Margulius said, “It’s going to be a part of SoBu Nite Out at Veterans Memorial Park — there are food trucks and live music, which makes a really fun environment and draws a lot of people already.”

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The organizers chose spike ball to promote Ultimate Frisbee — rather than Ultimate itself — because of its simplicity. Spike ball only requires teams of two, a small net and a ball. Even if people don’t want to participate, Bhardwaj said, they can watch the games and send in donations while attending the community night out. Drumming up interest in their sport excites Margulius and Bhardwaj, but the two see the event as an opportunity to also do something bigger. “I have distant family ties to Ukraine,” Margulius said. “When I volunteered at an event earlier in the summer with Vermont Stands with Ukraine, there was a spirit and community that was really touching and that I want to bring to this event.” Vermont Stands with Ukraine is an organization that aims to unite the Ukrainian community in Vermont since the start of the war in February. The group works closely with the World Central Kitchen and organizes rallies to raise awareness of the conflict’s

cost. “World Central Kitchen is the largest food relief organization in Ukraine,” said Vermont Stands with Ukraine organizer Yuliya Gulenko Rudick. She was born and raised in Ukraine and most of her family still lives there. “I was so happy to see a local Vermonter wanting to do something to help,” she said. “Having this support from all over the world helps people like my family keep on going.” Margulius and Bhardwaj are excited now that their plan is in place, and they hope the turnout will follow. “It’s been a great experience putting this event together,” Margulius said, “working with our community to make it happen, bringing the community together and creating a fun environment while raising awareness for the Ukraine situation and fundraising for a great cause.” More information is available at standwithukrainevt.com or on the event’s Instagram page, @spikeitforukraine.

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VERMONT FISH & WILDLIFE

Vermont hunter education courses are being held in August and September.

Thinking of hunting? Sign up for Vermont hunter education Vermont’s volunteer hunter education instructors are now holding a limited number of courses throughout the state. A person must pass the basic hunter education course before they can purchase their first hunting license. “Most of these courses are held in August and September,”

Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s hunter education coordinator Nicole Meier said. “All our instructors are volunteers. They teach because they are passionate about hunting and want to ensure that Vermont’s safe hunting legacy continues. We credit Vermont’s strong safety record with our volunteer instructors.”

There were no hunting related incidents in 2021, she said. Courses are available in basic hunter education, bowhunter education, trapper education and combination hunter-bowhunter education, and are listed as they become available on Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s website at vtfish andwildlife.com.

Green Mountain Bicycle Club August rides For rules of the road, liability waivers and other club information, visit thegmbc.com. Sunday, Aug. 7 Buck Hollow and Beyond: 40-mile route goes north to Fairfax, through Buck Hollow into Fairfield, returning via St. Albans. Longer loop continues to Sheldon. Meet at 8:45 a.m., Milton High School. Leader is Joyce McCutcheon, mellowmiti@aol. com. Sunday, Aug. 14 Northeast Kingdom Adventure: 54-mile ride explores the southeast corner of the Northeast Kingdom. Interesting attractions include Currier’s Market in Glover with its impressive taxi-

dermy collection and the Museum of Everyday Life and its new exhibit, “Knots.” Meet at 8:45 a.m., Caspian Lake Public Beach, Beach Road, Greensboro. Leader is Kevin Batson, kevbvt@gmail.com. Sunday, Aug. 21 Waitsfield and Waterfalls: Enjoy a scenic tour through the countryside of Waitsfield and Warren with a visit to Moss Glen Falls south of Warren (not the one in Stowe). Longer ride stops at Texas Falls. Meet at 8:45 a.m., Waitsfield Elementary School. Leader is Mark Dupuis, mdd514902@ yahoo.com. Saturday, Aug. 27 Gravel Stone Walls and Solar Panels: This scenic 30-mile ride

goes from Underhill to Cambridge on mostly dirt and gravel roads pass a myriad of old stone walls and not so old solar panels. Meet at 8:45 a.m., St. Thomas Church of Underhill, 6 Green St. Leader is Phyl Newbeck, phyl@ together.net. Sunday, Aug. 28 Meandres et Beaux Villages: A 60-mile tour of pretty villages across the Canadian border. There is some dirt and a couple of hills. Bring your passport or the required customs documents. Fill out Canada’s ArriveCAN app at least one day in advance; preregistration required. Meet at 8:45 a.m., Highgate Elementary School. Leader is Bill Regan, william.regan.802@ gmail.com.

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

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Females use long ovipositors to make holes in the soil and lay their eggs. Once hatched, larvae enlarge holes by tossing out sand and silt; the resulting “throw piles” of debris can be helpful in locating larval burrows. The best strategy for preserving these beautiful insects is likely protecting cobblestone beaches in areas where they live, including along the Connecticut River, which runs between New Hampshire and Vermont, Vermont’s Winooski River, Pemigewasset River in New Hampshire, and Maine’s Carrabassett River. River dams are the single largest threat to these habitats. Free-flowing rivers move across their floodplains building, eroding, and rebuilding sand and gravel bars, beaches and islands such that cobblestone features in rivers vary in age from freshly formed, to long-established. Beaches of

different ages provide different microhabitats for a range of organisms and increase biological diversity in river corridors. New beaches lack vegetation. Gradually, plants such as dogbane move in and stabilize substrates. The next successional stage includes willow saplings and cottonwoods that in time grow to be substantial trees. Occasional Tropical Storm Irene-scale floods reset the system by removing vegetation and redepositing sediments. Receding floods first drop the largest rocky sediments and cobbles, then gravel, followed by sand and eventually silt. This sediment sorting leaves cobblestone beaches high and dry above the water line — creating prime real estate for cobblestone tiger beetles. Dams hinder this natural beach rebuilding process, thereby eliminating several microhabitat types

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for significant distances upstream. This eradicates habitat for cobblestone beetles and for a whole set of other species, including plants, insects, and the birds and fish that rely on them for shelter and food. Other habitat threats include invasive plants, use of insecticides, riverbank stabilization efforts, water pollution and off-road vehicles. Omland and I searched cobblestone beaches by walking near dogbane patches and on newer plant-free beaches and mid-channel bars. The first gravel bar we visited was at the confluence of the Huntington and Winooski rivers, where Jonathan Leonard, coauthor of “Northeastern Tiger Beetles,” and his daughter Emma found cobblestone beetles in 1997, and where Omland has seen them since. We were rewarded by tiger beetle sightings, but of a different

species. The common shore tiger beetle (Cicindela repanda) is less picky about habitats and was the only tiger beetle species we saw on our trip. Other scientists have observed cobblestone tiger beetles later in the summer, and so I think additional canoe trips are warranted. I’m happy to have any excuse for more time on the river. Declan McCabe teaches biology at Saint Michael’s College. His first book, “Turning Stones: Exploring Life in Freshwater” will soon be published by McDonald and Woodward. Illustration by Adelaide Murphy Tyrol. The Outside Story is assigned and edited by Northern Woodlands magazine and sponsored by the Wellborn Ecology Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, nhcf.org. This piece received additional support from the Arthur Getz Trust.

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Understanding miracle of forest regeneration Into the Woods Ethan Tapper The aftermath of a disturbance, whether natural or human-caused, can be a very stressful time for forest stewards and forest lovers, leaving a forest seeming ugly, empty, hopeless. However, if we allow ourselves to look beyond the “mess” and to consider a more holistic understanding of what forests are and how they work, we can see that these moments are opportunities — chances for the forest to showcase the miracle of regeneration and the many benefits that come with it. Forests are resilient. When light and space is made available in the forest, it is inevitably filled with regeneration: the growth of new trees and plants. Disturbances are more than something that forests endure. Ever since there have been forests, there have been fires, windstorms, ice storms, insect and disease outbreaks. Forests, and the thousands of species that comprise them, have adapted to these disturbances for thousands of years. As jarring as they may be to us, forests need disturbances; they are a critical part of how forests change over time, how they become diverse and complex and how they provide habitat for wildlife. The miracle of regeneration is the evolutionary response of the forest community to a dynamic world. Light — the currency of the forest — is usually controlled by trees, their broad canopies casting the understory in shade. Through the death of trees, a disturbance allows some of this precious light to reach the forest floor, offering an opportunity for new trees to establish and to grow toward the riches of the canopy. Like wildlife, each tree and plant species occupy a complex ecological niche. One of the ways that trees’ niches are defined is by the light levels under which they are most competitive. Shade-intolerant species like white birch and aspen (poplar) require very large openings, such as those caused by a largescale or catastrophic disturbances, whereas shade-tolerant species like beech, sugar maple and hemlock can grow in near or complete shade. Mid-tolerant species like white ash, red oak and yellow birch compete best in mid-sized openings, too small for shade-intolerants and too big for slow-growing shade-tolerants to be competitive in. Trees are also adapted to a variety of other conditions — different tree species are competitive on different soil types and depths, on different slopes and aspects. Yellow birch and hemlock seedlings often grow on rotting “nurse logs,” or on the upturned roots of fallen trees. White pine seedlings colonize scarified (disturbed) soils, whereas sugar maple does best with a deep layer of decomposing leaves. Red oak and white ash establish advance regeneration — seedlings which may wait in the understory for a decade or more, ready

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Vermont cliffs monitored by biologists and volunteers for nesting peregrine pairs this spring and summer reopened Aug. 1 for recreationists.

All clear: peregrine falcon nesting done Hikers and rock climbers can return to Vermont cliffs now that peregrine falcon nesting season has ended. The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has confirmed that all the young falcons have learned to fly and should not be disturbed by human presence on the cliffs. “The young peregrines have fledged, and nesting data suggest Vermont falcons had a successful year. A final report will be issued later this year,” Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s migratory bird biologist Doug Morin said. “The falcon’s nesting success

is due to a combination of factors, including good weather and cooperation from hikers and rock climbers who observe a respectful distance from nesting falcons during this critical period. Peregrine nesting success would not be possible without more than 50 volunteers who monitor the nest sites statewide from March to the end of July.” According to Audubon Vermont biologist Margaret Fowle, who coordinates the monitoring effort on behalf of the department, biologists and volunteers monitored peregrine pairs that occupied about 50

to shoot upwards in the event of a distur- to the pollinators that visit the diversity of bance. Cherries, raspberries and blackber- herbaceous plants in flower. Each step in ries produce seeds that can this continuum of change remain viable but ungeris normal, natural and While it is incredible to important to a wide range minated in forest soils for decades, only sprouting of living things. witness the resilience following a disturbance. Understanding the While it is intuitive to miracle of regeneration, of a forest, how it think of regeneration as and the benefits it brings, a means to an end — the can change the way that responds to adversity process by which dead we think about disturtrees are replaced by living bances in the forest — with regeneration and trees — the process itself whether it’s a windstorm has tremendous value to renewal, this resilience or a forest management the forest community. As a project. Forests are built forest regenerates, it passes on change: Every old isn’t limitless. through many different growth forest was once stages, each of which provides unique habi- a young forest and will be one again, and tat, and which is used by wildlife from the every tree in the woods is the legacy of the insectivorous birds that hunt in canopy gaps death of a tree, the memory of a disturbance.

Vermont cliffs in early spring and summer. “We greatly appreciate the time and effort volunteers put into monitoring the population this year, and we thank landowners and recreationists for their cooperation in protecting nesting peregrines from human disturbance,” said Fowle. Peregrines were removed from the state’s threatened and endangered species list in 2005. Ongoing cooperation from recreationists and continued monitoring efforts by fish and wildlife and Audubon will help ensure the peregrine’s recovery in future years.

While it is incredible to witness the resilience of a forest, how it responds to adversity with regeneration and renewal, this resilience isn’t limitless. The miracle of regeneration is threatened by invasive plants, pests and pathogens, by deer overpopulation, by climate change, by forest fragmentation and by deforestation. In this moment it is critical that we act not just to protect forests but also to protect their ability to regenerate, to adapt, to change and to remake themselves for the world of the future. Ethan Tapper is the Chittenden County forester for the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. See what he’s been up to, check out his YouTube channel, sign up for news and read articles at linktr.ee/chittendencountyforester.


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Coexistence between people and black bears is imperative Guest Perspective Justine Goldblatt Seeing a mama black bear lead her three little cubs across a fallen log in the clearing ahead is a moment in which you feel such a connection with wildlife. The bear family accepts your presence there as a visitor, but sadly, humans are not as tolerant of bears. Black bears are crucial to Vermont for a variety of reasons. Not only are they majestic, intelligent creatures who provide immeasurable joy to photographers and wildlife enthusiasts, but they also play an important role in the dynamic web of Vermont’s ecosystem. But black bears are in trouble. They face various threats from climate change, cars and daily human activities. Some threats are difficult to mitigate, such as a changing climate, while others should be simpler, namely humans changing their behavior. In recent years, the number of human and bear interactions has increased. Part of this is due to Vermont Fish and Wildlife formalizing online bear reporting on its website. Bear incidents are also on the rise due to mandatory composting, people feeding birds year-round, more people keeping chickens, and people not practicing proper animal husbandry, just to name a few. What’s happened is that bears have learned over the years that they can find high-calorie/highfat food in human-populated areas without much effort. Cubs spend almost two years with their mothers and during this time they are soaking up all their mother’s knowledge, but also some of her bad habits. While blaming the uptick in bear incidents on a higher bear population is an easy conclusion to make, it’s not

accurate. I was happy to read that the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department bear biologist refuted claims that the bear population is increasing and instead attributed bear incidents to a change in bear behavior and range. While I agree with the department on a lot of things, we part ways when it comes to their support of bear hounding. Hounding involves packs of dogs that are unleashed into the woods and run uncontrolled for miles in pursuit of their prey. The hound hunters track the dogs with GPS devices. Hounding starts on June 1 when bear cubs are still learning how to climb trees and when mother bears should be able to nurse their young without being harassed. This activity lasts all summer long. Then, starting on Sept. 1 bear hounders can use their hounds to shoot bears dead from trees. What I cannot reconcile is that if we want bears to feel comfortable in the woods and not our backyards, then why does the department allow this? This is an example of letting politics rule wildlife regulations. When that happens, wildlife loses. If Vermonters work to become more conscious of the way their lifestyles impact bears, we can decrease the number of humanbear conflicts. This includes simple actions such as not leaving trash outside or bird feeders out year long. Additionally, properly fencing in chicken coops and crops. Black bears are a vital part of our ecosystem that deserve to be respected and protected. Vermonters must become more aware of how their actions increase interactions with these bears and try to change. Justine Goldblatt lives in Burlington.

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continued from page 9 the University of Vermont and worked his way through law school at American University. As former president of the Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, he offers a unique perspective on balancing rights of the accused with public safety. Most recently, he served

as division chief at the Vermont Office of the Attorney General. Ted Kenney has the experience and unique, balanced perspective to foster an equitable, safe and just Chittenden County. Katherine Bielawa Stamper Burlington

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Vermont Mittens, Outright Vermont team up for LGBTQ community Dana Kaplan said. Outright hopes to reach visitors of Vermont Teddy Bear Company who may be Vermont Mittens and Outright Vermont questioning their identity or gender and to have joined forces to raise money for local let them and their loved ones know they are LGBTQ youth through a new donation not alone, Kaplan said. “We can spread Outright Vermont’s effort amid a surge of laws targeting the message, not just in Vermont, but outside community. Vermont Mittens founder Jen Ellis — of Vermont,” said Cassandra Clayton, brand who earned national attention for crafting creative design manager for Vermont Teddy mittens worn by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders Bear Company. “Hopefully get people to during President Joe Biden’s inauguration think about how they can be allies of the — promises to donate a portion of every LGBTQ community in their own regions sale of mittens to the Burlington LGBTQ and states.” At least five candidates running for stateadvocacy nonprofit. wide office this year are “I can’t wait to see how members of the gay and we can harness this part“We can spread transgender communinership together for powerty, including U.S. House ful human connection and Outright Vermont’s candidate Becca Balint, social change,” said Ellis, message, not just in Senate candidate Isaac an elementary school Evans-Frantz, gubernateacher and a member of Vermont, but outside torial candidate Brenda the LGBTQ community. Siegel and state treasurMore than half of the of Vermont.” er hopeful Mike Pieciak, states in the U.S. lack laws all Democrats, and U.S. protecting individuals from discrimination based — Cassandra Clayton Senate candidate Christina Nolan, a Republican. on sexual orientation or Vermont Teddy Bear Siegel, who, like gender identity, accordPieciak, is running unoping to The Trevor Project, a nonprofit focusing on suicide prevention posed in the party’s primary, has said she among LGBTQ people. The group also wants to make Vermont a sanctuary state for reports that 45 percent of LGBTQ youth people fleeing states with active and aggreshave seriously considered suicide, a rate sive anti-LGBTQ laws. She also wants to that’s higher among young people of color, enshrine those rights in Vermont’s Constiand that one in five transgender and nonbi- tution. Republican Gov. Phil Scott, who is nary youth tried to take their own life in the running for re-election, signed a bill last past year. The partnership began June 1 and will April prohibiting defendants at trial from last at least one year. Vermont Mittens is a citing a victim’s gender or sexual orientasister brand of Vermont Teddy Bear Compa- tion as justification for violence. Across the ny, which Ellis partnered with last year to country, people charged with assaults and murders of LGBTQ people have used this mass produce her viral mittens. Together, the organizations hope to strategy to win acquittal in court. This April, Scott also signed a bill streambring national awareness to the importance of caring about marginalized, at-risk youth. lining the process for people to change the “People may think, ‘I don’t need this, or gender identity on their birth certificates. this is not for me’ and the truth of the matter The law was championed by Rep. Taylor is that it’s going to take us all to change the Small, P/D-Winooski, Vermont’s first openly world that we’re living to benefit every- transgender state representative, and allows body,” Outright Vermont executive director Vermonters to list their gender as “X,” an KATHERINE IZADI COMMUNITY NEWS SERVICE

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action that aligns with 14 additional states and Washington, D. C. Folks at Outright Vermont, Vermont Mittens and Vermont Teddy Bear Company say they want to do what they can to help young Vermonters feel supported.

“We’re trying to help change Vermont a little bit and give young people a chance to feel celebrated and joyful in their identities, which is not typically the narrative that gets connected to LGBTQ youth in this day in age,” Kaplan said.

News from South Burlington Public Library South Burlington Public Library 180 Market St., southburlingtonlibrary.org For information about any programming, cancellations or in-person changes, call 802-846-4140 or email southburlingtonlibrary.org. Some events may change from in-person to virtual. Some events require preregistration. Hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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and Beyond in the digital lab and play some awesome games while meeting new people. This event is best suited for teens and adults over 18.

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Fridays, Aug. 5, 12,19 and 26, 3-4:30 p.m. After-school movie. Aug 5: “IMAX Under the Sea.” Aug. 12: Walt Disney’s “Pirate Fairy.” Aug. 19: “Legends of Atlantis.” Aug. 26: “Great Barrier Reef.”

Fridays, Aug. 5 and 19, 10 a.m.-noon Join the library every other Friday morning in the digital lab for 1:1 assistance and to learn new skills.

ADULTS Board game brunch Saturday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Join Friendly Tabletop Gamers of Essex

English conversation circle Monday, Aug. 8, noon-1 p.m. English as a Second Language discussion group, facilitated by an experienced instructor Louis Giancola.


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continued from page 1 going to present the plan following inventory of emissions from 1990public outreach in September, they 2017, released last year, making it felt this proposed ordinance is “so the second biggest contributor after compelling” that there was no time transportation. to waste. Over the years, South Burling“It seems to be practical. ton city government has commitDoesn’t seem very costly. The tech- ted to various climate change nology is there and lots of folks are measures. In 2014, the city coundoing it: building new construction cil passed an energy efficiency effectively carbon free,” Chalnick resolution. In 2017 they joined the said, adding that passing such a Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition local ordinance is one of the few and the Paris Climate Agreement “direct levers” the city has control to reduce greenhouse gas emisover when it comes to reducing sions by upwards of 26 percent human-made climate change. below peak levels by 2025. Last The task force’s proposal year, they passed a resolution reaffollows what the city of Burlington firming their commitment to fight implemented a year ago, a require- climate change and creating the ment that at least 85 percent of a climate action task force. new building’s Passing this heating need be ordinance would “Climate change is met by a system be the first fueled by electricconcrete policy the biggest human ity, wood pellets or step based on another renewable their plan. health crisis we’re source, including Many resifacing in the 21st renewable gas and dents who biofuels. chimed in their century.” In South Burlsupport for the ington, the task ordinance reitforce hopes to —Beth Zigmund erated oft heard take its energy doomsday ordinance a step akin South Burlington rhetoric further by adding to rearranging hot water to the deck chairs on mix and requiring new develop- the Titanic and pleading with city ment to use heat pumps. councilors not to “commit suicide They offered exemptions to as a species,” as one commenter both new requirements. The first, said. similar to Burlington, would grant Beth Zigmund of South Burldevelopers a waiver if they can ington urged councilors to pass the prove that using a renewable heat- ordinance and not drag their feet in ing system for the primary heat bureaucracy. source is “uneconomical,” or more “(Climate change) is the biggest costly over a 25-year period. They human health crisis we’re facing also proposed offering a hard- in the 21st century. I just want to ship exemption for the heat pump bring us back to the foundational requirement. argument for doing this as quickly To give a sense of the Queen as we possibly can,” Zigmund said City’s experience with the ordi- in her support of the ordinance. nance, Burlington city councilor Most city councilors also Jack Hanson noted that they have offered support, pending further seen “very little pushback” to the discussion, but city manager Jessie policy, from developers or other- Baker noted enforcement could get wise. dicey as the city does not have a “Every new building that we director of permitting inspection, add, if we’re adding new buildings nor a municipal electric utility like with fossil fuel heating, that’s just Burlington. one more building that we’re going “There is a lot of human infrato have to figure out how to decar- structure in Burlington that exists bonize. So, we’re really making to move this kind of ordinance our jobs harder and it’s really a forward that we just don’t have bad investment to continue to build here,” Baker said, adding that with new construction that relies on a current vacancy in the city’s fossil fuels, to continue to invest in planning and zoning administrator heating systems that are meant to position, the department is already last for decades,” Hanson said. running on fumes. Hanson also suggested that “I do think South Burlington South Burlington learn from his has a history of adopting ordinanccity’s work and take the ordinance es that we have no enforcement or a step further, as the task force education capacity to implement,” suggested, by including the hot she continued, noting that the water requirement. administration’s intention is not Heating buildings in Vermont to slow climate change mitigation makes up about 34 percent of efforts. “It is perpetuating a probgreenhouse gas emissions, accord- lem within our existing ordinancing to the Vermont Department es around other things right now,” of Environmental Conservation’s such as stretch code requirements,

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continued from page 10 ic fund and the city’s one-time allocation of surplus funds. In a city council memo, Locke noted that since 2010 the department has relied on hiring already trained paramedics rather than on investing in current staff, but that that model is “no longer sustainable, nor in alignment with professional development best practices.” All the department firefighters save the chief are advanced EMTs and seven are licensed paramedics. But with the department’s low numbers, Locke said he wants to get to a “sweet spot” of having between 7-10 paramedics on staff. Between a staffer on injury leave and a few parental leaves, current staff numbers are around 24 with five spots unfilled. With someone on site

inclusionary zoning regulations and rules governing short-term rentals and bed and breakfasts, Baker said. More enforcement and education capacity are likely a municipal budget discussion topic, however, meaning if city councilors tie the proposed ordinance to an enforcement mechanism it would likely get pushed until after budget talks this winter. To get the ordinance adopted

at all times, that’s meant a lot of overtime, Locke said — on average, every day clocks about 60 hours of overtime, he said. “We knew this was going to be a tough few months. It is a grind right now that the staff are in,” he said. The department averages about 15 calls per day, a heavy volume he noted, and they receive mutual aid often. While the city’s collective bargaining agreement allows employees to be compensated while attending professional education activities, Locke noted that an agreement to revoke compensation for the EMTs while in class and not on shift is a major factor in why they’re able to pursue this licensure. “Employees will be released from duty during class time but

sooner, the city council could opt for self-certification as an enforcement tool until the administration has a better option. The climate action task force recommends adopting an ordinance that would take effect for permits issued on or after Jan. 1, 2023. Chalnick added that after the task force presents its full plan, it will likely ask the city council to look at existing infrastructure as well, not just new construction,

will return to work the balance of the shift upon conclusion of the day in class. This agreement reached with the union is significant; it is unlikely we would be able to support this endeavor without it,” Locke noted in the memo. City manager Jessie Baker also lent her support for Locke’s request, noting it would be good for long-term planning to replenish “that rolling cycle of education.” The city currently allocates $10,000 every year to a dedicated paramedic fund. During budget talks earlier this year, the city council gave an additional $50,000 of federal pandemic recovery funds to support fire and emergency medical service staff on top of the approved budget.

but changes to that would require a charter change. Pending further discussion about whether to tie the proposed ordinance with enforcement or not, city council chair Helen Riehle suggested staff write an ordinance tailored to South Burlington, to include cost implications for discussion at a future meeting. “We can always change and add things but that would be a starting point,” she said.


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