The Other Paper - 09-22-22

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the SEPTEMBER 22, 2022

VOLUME 46, NO. 38

One apple at a time

Ball battle

Picking away across the Champlain Valley ABIGAIL CARROLL COMMUNITY NEWS SERVICE

Apple-picking season is back in Vermont, and orchards across the state are starting to come alive with visitors — and apples. The Other Paper checked in with three orchards across the Champlain Valley to see what their owners think about this year’s fall fun.

Shelburne Orchards


Champlain Valley Union’s Charlie Jennings pulls the ball back from South Burlington’s Hammad Ali during the Wolves’ game against the Redhawks Sept. 16 in Hinesburg.

Public Art Gallery exhibit showcases work of three South Burlington artists Through Dec. 13, the South Burlington Public Art Gallery features “South Burlington Showcase,” an exhibit of more than 60 paintings, photographs and mixed media works of three artists from the city — Gin Ferrara, Jeffrey Pascoe and Michael Strauss —

curated by Jessica Manley. Ferrara returned to artmaking following a severe head injury in early 2020. While recuperating, she began a daily drawing practice, which became cemented into a lifestyle as the pandemic took hold.

Drawings led to small watercolors, which in turn led to larger acrylic paintings. With the help of a grant from the Vermont Arts Council, Ferrara moved into a studio, where she has been able See EXHIBITION on page 3

For Nick Cowles, running Shelburne Orchards is a family affair. His dad ran the orchard, and Cowles took it over after his father almost sold the place in 1974. His daughter, Moriah Cowles, is set to take over from him, and he’s excited the orchard will stay in the family. Cowles is optimistic about the apple season at his orchard this year. About 90 percent of the orchard has been set aside for folks to pick their own apples. This year marks what’s known as a bumper crop, he said, or an unusually large harvest. It comes from a successful growing season with plenty of rain and warm temperatures, he said. “This year is a big, big year,” he said. “It’s crazy when you drive to the orchard to think that all these apples are gonna get picked. I mean, they’re just row after row

after row.” Along with about 8,000 apple trees, the orchard hosts a band each weekend and offers cider by the glass and doughnuts to go along with it. People who might want to visit by horse will find a special treat: a free apple for their equine friend. “It’s a wonderful place to bring the kids,” Cowles said. “They’re coming for the apples, but they’re also coming just to get out in the orchard and have something to do.” Out of all the apple varieties, Macintosh is the clear winner for Cowles, and he even recommends using it in apple pies. Something to try this fall is the orchard’s brandy — known as Dead Bird Brandy — that Cowles has been making out of apples that drop to the ground. He started this project in 2009, and it takes eight years for the brandy to age. “It’s the kind of thing that takes numerous generations, really, to make a really good brandy, and we’re feeling pretty good about how it’s all unfolding,” he said.

Yates Family Orchard, Hinesburg In the Hinesburg-Monkton area, Jessika Yates has been running See APPLES on page 10


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Snakes, bats, birds: Get a fall wildlife fix at Dead Creek If you enjoy wildlife be sure to make plans to attend the 20th Dead Creek Wildlife Day in Addison on Saturday, Oct. 1. Activities are designed for people who enjoy hunting, fishing, birdwatching or learning about Vermont’s diverse wildlife and ecosystems. The event will be held at the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area on Route 17, west of Route 22A. Early risers can begin the day with a bird banding demonstration at 7 a.m. Two large tents at the headquarters will open at 9:30 a.m. and feature wildlife-related exhibits and activities such as decoy carving, building bluebird boxes and nature crafts. The visitor center will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. featuring displays about conservation and wildlife management in Vermont. This year, enjoy a guided walk along the interpretive trail to learn about various features and habitats. Live critters will include a selection of snakes, turtles, raptors and more that visitors can see up close. New this year will be a bat house build-

ing program, and Wild Kitchen will be on the road with campfire cooking. There will be a presentation on the eastern meadowlark and an hour of learning how to take photographs of wildlife. This will also be the last year to see Warden Dog Crockett in action as he sniffs out gunpowder; he retires from the department in October. Retriever dogs will be working in area ponds, and all the favorite nature walks will be take place. All events are free, and a free shuttle bus will provide regular access to nearby field events throughout the day. “We want to welcome visitors to the 20th year of the popular Dead Creek Wildlife Day,” said Amy Alfieri, manager of the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area. “Visitors love to see the live animals and working dogs, and the kids love to build their own bluebird box to take home.” The festival is hosted by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, Delta Waterfowl and Otter Creek Audubon Society. For more go to


Many of the activities at this year’s Oct. 1 Dead Creek Wildlife Day are tailored to children.

Nicolas Longo selected as new aviation director Nicolas Longo was appointed director of aviation at the Burlington International Airport last week, effective immediately. “After a rigorous and competitive search, I am proud to announce Nicolas Longo as Burlington’s next director of aviation,” Mayor Miro Weinberger said. “Through his nearly decade-long career here at the airport, and at every step of the selection process, Nic demonstrated that he has the skills, expertise, vision and commitment to lead the next chapter of growth and success for the airport.” Longo, who had been acting director of aviation, has worked at the airport for 10 years. He took over from predecessor Gene Richards, who was fired following

an investigation into reported workplace misconduct in 2021. He was picked from three candidates for the position. “I look forward to the BTV team continuing to grow with our partners — to make the experience transcendent for passengers, airlines, general aviation, tenants and airport employees the best in the country, while proving that we can also be creative and grow responsibly for our future generations, by striving to be the greenest airport possible,” Longo said. Longo has a degree in air traffic management and aviation. He lives in Colchester with his family.

Child passenger safety check Friday in South Burlington Eleven Vermont child passenger safety technicians will receive awards during National Child Passenger Safety Week on Friday, Sept. 23, at 11 a.m., at the Chittenden County Sheriff’s Department, 70 Ethan Allen Lane, South Burlington. As part of the celebration, technicians will offer safety seat checks, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. next door at the Kid Logic Learning Daycare. This event honors technicians that work year-round to raise the awareness of parents and caregivers about the dangers children face riding in vehicles. To become a child passenger safety technician, technicians must go through national certification training and keep up on new technology each year. “Child passenger safety seats are

designed to protect our youngest passengers in the event of a crash, but these seats cannot work as designed when they are not installed correctly,” said Sid Bradley, coordinator of the Vermont Child Passenger Safety Program. The event is offered through the Chittenden/Franklin County SHARP program, Vermont Department of Health and Vermont Office of Highway Safety. Lt. Allen Fortin, leader of SHARP, said, “We want to ensure that all children who are under 8 years of age are riding in a correctly-installed safety seat that is appropriate for their age and size.” Appointments are not required. Find other car seat events and more information at

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Michael Strauss, “Creemee Stand, Waterfront Park,” (2019), acrylic and ink on paper, 11”x14”.


continued from page 1 to explore working in series and creating larger pieces. This exhibition, curated by Jessica Manley, showcases Ferrara’s “Volunteers” series: paintings and photographs of dried milkweed pods and sumac in late autumn. Her intent is to capture the beauty and power of these plants, and other small but significant moments in nature, through watercolor, acrylic and digital photography, each medium highlighting a different aspect of these familiar yet extraordinary flora. Pascoe has been surrounded by art since he was a child. His mother is a professional artist, and when he was a boy, she brought him to summer art camp at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Mass., and later encouraged his own artistic endeavors. In college, Pascoe minored in media communications with an emphasis on photography and film production, but his eventual career took him in another direction. Now retired, he became interested in frost photography in 2015 and ever since has been developing his own techniques for capturing its beauty. For Pascoe, window frost is endlessly fascinating. Fluctuations in temperature, wind and humidity can cause water to crystalize and form intricate, icy patterns — flowers, ferns, flocks of birds, vegetation, outer space — whatever the observer can imagine. Strauss has been painting and drawing since his teens, but it

wasn’t until he retired in 2003, after 40 years as a chemistry professor, that he began to paint full time. His primary interest is in how color and value create the illusion of light and shadow. This is reinforced using linear perspective, which he creates through the lines of lanes, houses, poles, trees and wires in his street scenes. Strauss’ work is strongly influenced by Canadian and California colorists, both in style and subject matter. Though the colors and lines he uses are sometimes not true to nature, the resulting images retain

the logic of light and shadow. He often makes the brightest objects seem lit from within, as well as from incidental light, to create an otherworldly glow, like electrified neon in glass. It is this luminous quality of saturated and impressionistic color that pleases Strauss most. The gallery, located at 180 Market St., is free and available to the public whenever the library, city hall or senior center are open: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. More at

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South Burlington Police Blotter Total incidents: 207 Sept. 11 at 10:30 a.m., police responded to a domestic dispute on Williston Road. Sept. 11 at 7:20 p.m., police secured a building on Hannaford Drive. Sept. 11 at 8:18 p.m., a driver was stopped at Hinesburg Road and Butler Drive on suspicion of driving under the influence. Sept. 12, police responded to four reports of retail theft, a fraud report and a disturbance at University Mall. Sept. 13 at 5:45 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from Bacon Street. Sept. 13 at 8:14 a.m., a report of a runaway was made from an address on Dorset Street. Sept. 13 at 10:24 p.m., police helped with a mental health issue on Gregory Drive. Sept. 14 at 10:30 a.m., police dealt with a traffic hazard at Shelburne Road and IDX Drive. Sept. 14 at 3:56 p.m., an animal – or its owner – was acting up on Maplewood Drive. Sept. 15 at 2:12 a.m., someone tried to elude police at Shelburne and Harbor View roads. Sept. 15 at 8:31 p.m., a suspicious event was reported at Red Rocks Park. Sept. 16 at 4:14 a.m., police dealt with an intoxicated person or persons on Kennedy Drive. Sept. 16 at 9:22 a.m., police were called out for a report of an

unruly juvenile on Dorset Street. Sept. 16 at 10:04 p.m., someone suspected of driving under the influence was stopped on Williston Road. Sept. 17 at 8:31 a.m., a domestic call was reported on Kennedy Drive. Sept. 17 at 1:06 p.m., someone was reportedly trespassing on Williston Road. Sept. 17 at 7:32 p.m., police investigated a violation of the fireworks ordinance on Stonehenge Drive. Arrests: Sept. 12 at 6:21 a.m., Denroy Dasent, 52, of South Burlington, was arrested for domestic assault. Sept. 12 at 5:28 p.m., Larry S. Sunderland, 44, of Bridport, was arrested for driving under the influence, second offense. Sept. 15 at 10:56 a.m., Joshua A. Tripp, 34, of Burlington, was arrested for receiving stolen property, a felony. Sept. 15 at 2:12 p.m., Brent D. Laberge, 39, of St. Albans, was arrested for assault on a law enforcement officer, firefighter, EMS or health care worker, resisting arrest and retail theft. Sept. 16 at 5:49 a.m., Jason P. Breault, 46, of Colchester, was arrested for unlawful restraint/ confinement of a vulnerable

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Man lodged after police altercation on Bay Road South Burlington police arrested a Colchester man for unlawful restraint and violating conditions of release for possessing a firearm during a Bay Road dispute on Sept. 16. Bail for Jason Breault, 46, of Colchester, was set at $2,000, and he was ordered not to possess any weapons, including BB guns, and to not have contact with a woman involved in the incident. South Burlington Police responded to Shelburne around 5:49 a.m. where they found Breault and a woman inside a vehicle. (Shelburne Police were not on duty at the time.) Police suspected the car was the same one involved in an attempt to elude police and careless and negligent operation the night before in Colchester. Officers successfully negotiated the woman’s release but Breault refused to shut off the vehicle so she could be safely

adult, aggravated assault, and violating conditions of release. (See related, above) Sept. 16 at 4:43 p.m., Mary E. Robenstein, 58, of Williston was arrested for eluding a police officer and negligent operation. Sept. 16 at 8:45 p.m., Mark A. Rowell, 29, of Hortense, Ga., was arrested for unlawful mischief. Sept. 17 at 3:27 a.m., Aaliyah John-

South Burlington police confiscated a rifle and BB gun after a Sept. 16 incident.

escorted away. Breault threatened to leave the scene and lead police on a pursuit, and he was also handling a lever-action-style rifle while he talked to officers, before placing it on the dashboard. Police took him into custody after he agreed to get out

son, 20, of Burlington, was arrested for driving under the influence, first offense. Sept. 17 at 10:23 a.m., Anna M. Wells, 32, South Burlington, was arrested for domestic assault. Sept. 18 at 2:01 a.m., Grace E. Palmer, 21, of Ellington, Conn., was arrested for driving under the influence, first offense. Sept. 18 at 3:39 a.m., a 15-year-old

of the car. He was evaluated at University of Vermont Medical Center before his arraignment. Breault had been prevented from possessing firearms after an Aug. 4 incident where he brandished a BB gun thought to be a real firearm in a South Burlington grocery store parking lot.

juvenile, no town of residence provided, was arrested for aggravated operating without consent. Untimely deaths: Sept. 12 at 7:16 p.m., police responded to Hinesburg Road for the death of Paul Maher, 65, of South Burlington. The medical examiner is determining cause and manner of death.

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Is it time to consolidate county’s police agencies? Guest Perspective Brian Searles Recently, Vermont Public reported on efforts to better coordinate and divide responsibilities by Vermont’s state law enforcement agencies, which should result in efficiencies such as less duplication. This is being done, at least in part, in response to staffing shortages and is commendable no matter what the reason. Since policing entities at all levels in Vermont are finding it more and more difficult to find potential officers, perhaps it’s time to have a conversation about how we can do better at the local level. For me, a great conversation starter is embodied in an idea that goes back more than 50 years, promoted by then-Chittenden County State’s Attorney Patrick Leahy. Yes, that Patrick Leahy. The idea was to combine the local police entities in Chittenden County to form what was referred to at the time as a Metropolitan Police Department. Leahy, who is now wrapping up a long run as U.S. senator from Vermont, was successful in convincing the county planning commission, assisted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, to study the idea in some detail, producing an 81-page report in the summer of 1970 that concluded a regional approach would result in a more effective and efficient policing effort. But it didn’t happen. There are several reasons for the failure to implement the recommendations, but three of the most prominent ones were recalcitrant police chiefs, local control advocates and the lack of a supporting county government structure. Those resistors to change don’t seem as strong now as they once were. Professional police chiefs today are mainly focused on delivering the highest quality of services and other local leaders have led successful development of regional entities to deal with systems as diverse as public water, public schools and

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Letters to the Editor Burning wood not answer to energy issue To the Editor: It is not in the best interest for the city of South Burlington and its citizens to propose burning firewood — wood pellets and wood chips — as a solution to the energy crisis, as noted in a city legal notice. Trees are the most significant carbon capture method on the planet. To cut down our forests and burn them to create smoke, carcinogens and, of course, carbon

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OPINION Abortion debate: Vermont businesses cannot remain silent Guest Perspective Donna Carpenter Matthew McCarthy Alison Whritenour Silence is complicity, so whether you’re a sole proprietor or one of the state’s largest and most iconic brands, it’s time to take a firm stance on reproductive rights. Vermont employers have a critical role to play in defending and advancing access to essential care for their workers, consumers and communities. That’s why we’re calling on businesses across the state to endorse Article 22, the Reproductive Liberty Amendment — a historic opportunity to permanently enshrine reproductive rights in the Vermont Constitution. As business leaders, we consider a person’s right to choose to be not only a moral imperative but an economic one as well. In short, a Vermonter who can make decisions about their own reproductive health care, including whether to become pregnant, use birth control or seek abortion care is a Vermonter with a firm grip on the reins of their financial future. Not having enough money to care for a child or support another one is the most common reason people give for wanting to end a pregnancy and Vermonters are rightfully concerned about the financial consequences of carrying a pregnancy to term. In fact, someone who is denied access to abortion and forced to give birth is more likely to experience household poverty lasting at least four years, more likely to not have the resources to cover basic living expenses like food, housing and transportation, more likely to have lower

credit scores and higher debt loads, and their children are more likely to live below the federal poverty level. On the other hand, providing access to the full range of reproductive health care helps people who can become pregnant control their lives, their health and their futures. States that have adopted policies that afford their citizens more control over their bodies are also the states where women have more economic opportunity. In fact, women living in states with stronger reproductive health care have higher earnings and report less occupational segregation, are less likely to work part time, meaning they have higher earning potential, more robust benefits and more upward mobility in the workplace, and they are more likely to transition between occupations and from unemployment into employment. There is also a fundamental connection between reproductive rights and racial justice, as the impacts of abortion restrictions fall largely on people of color and people with low incomes. People of color are disproportionately prosecuted in states where abortion is criminalized, experience higher rates of infant and maternal mortality, and have historically been denied access to care due to racism and structural inequities. Meanwhile, according to a study by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, the legalization of abortion in the 1970s led to a 9.6 percent increase in Black women’s college graduation rate and a 6.9 percent increase in Black women’s labor market participation rate — a figure three times higher than the rate for women writ large. Yet, across the country we are

seeing vicious attacks on reproductive rights and access to care has reached a crisis point. The U.S. Supreme Court’s disgraceful decision to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision has only paved the way for even more, as local, state and national leaders continue to rob people who can become pregnant of their personhood. While many of our businesses have already taken steps to preserve reproductive liberty for our employees — offering travel assistance, paid leave and other benefits to help those living in

places where abortion is restricted seek care elsewhere — what we need is systemic change. The fight to permanently protect reproductive care has never been more urgent but there is a growing chorus of businesses voicing their support for reproductive choice. Some have never used their platform like this before but have chosen to do so in this moment because this time is different, this time we have a chance to create lasting change here in Vermont and inspire change elsewhere by becoming the first in the nation to consti-

tutionally ensure reproductive health care access. In the face of a Supreme Court hell-bent on dismantling our civil liberties and decades of progressive reforms, please help put our brave little state on the right side of history and join us in endorsing the Reproductive Liberty Amendment.

three private study rooms, the community room, The Friends Bookstore, an inviting outside terrace, a library of things, the comfortable sitting area in front of the fireplace and, of course, the incredible new 100-seat auditorium and so much more, this is truly a space for our entire community to use and enjoy. Three essential pillars were the focus of this community effort. The first was collections. We now have and will continue to build a broad, inclusive collection. The second was technology. With free computer access for all ages, a new audio-video room and more, this too will be enhanced as we continue to grow. The third was engaging spaces. One has only to walk through the open, light-filled space to appreciate this. Contributions have been made by a cross-section of our community — individuals, businesses and private foundations. Some gifts were made in memory of or in honor of someone. Whatever the case, all have been welcomed and appreciated.

As the campaign reached its final stages an anonymous gift of a matching contribution was received. The success of matching this, with your additional contributions, enabled us to reach our goal. A week does not go by without someone I know, or someone who recognizes me as part of this effort, stopping me to rave about our new library. It’s a special place, and one that should make our entire community proud. From myself and all the volunteers who have worked on this campaign, thank you. While the capital campaign is finished, the work of the South Burlington Library Foundation continues. We look to all of you for your continued support of this wonderful institution. Come in for a visit. As Albert Einstein said, “The only thing you have to know is the location of the library.”

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Aspire capital campaign ends, work continues To the Editor: This month the South Burlington Library Foundation winds down its Aspire capital campaign in support of the new South Burlington Public Library. We celebrate having successfully donated $1 million, during a pandemic no less, made possible by generous contributions from more than 400 individual donors. Gifts ranged from $1 to over $100,000. May I start by expressing our profound gratitude to all those who contributed. An incredible new community space has been created. From the Marabella KidSpace, with all its fabulous offerings for children, to the stand-alone teen space,

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Drag Queen Story Hour comes to SoBu library South Burlington Public Library ends Banned Book Week with Drag Queen Story Hour featuring Emoji Nightmare and Katniss Everqueer, on Saturday, Sept. 24, noon-1 p.m. The queens will share stories focused on individuality, activism, gender, creativity, expression and social responsibility. Drag Queen Story Hour is just what it sounds like — drag performers read stories and sing songs to children in libraries, schools and bookstores. The story hour captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids can see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they

wish, where dress up is real. Emoji and Katniss will also lead kids in a simple craft — paper crowns to decorate. “People often also wonder why a library might host this type of program. Many of us are familiar with the role that books can play in offering ‘mirrors and windows.’ A mirror is a literary work that reflects a reader’s own culture, values and experiences. Seeing themselves represented in stories supports children’s identity development,” according to a press release from the library. “In contrast, windows in literature offer readers a glimpse into the lives of others. Further, some literary works can operate like a prism: as a prism refracts and changes light, books — and programs — can disrupt and challenge our ideas.” According to the library, Drag

Queen Story Hour acts as that mirror and meets the library’s diversity, equity and inclusion standards outlined by the American Library Association, which state that “socially excluded, marginalized and underrepresented people, not just the mainstream majority, should be able to see themselves reflected in the resources and programs that libraries offer. Children who interact with many types of people become adults who successfully meet the challenges of living in a diverse world. Learn more the national Drag Queen Story Hour group at Learn more about the performers coming to South Burlington at nightpagne. com. Participants of all ages are welcome to join. Masks are encouraged.


Emoji Nightmare and Katniss Everqueer perform at the library Sept. 24.

Community Notes Editor’s note: Our proofreaders missed the joining of two disparate community notes last week — an ice cream social at Faith United Church — and a talk by Dr. Cornell West, which follows below.

Cornell West speaks at Burlington resource center Dr. Cornell West will be the featured speaker as part of a diversity speaker series at the Flynn

Theater Saturday, Oct. 1, 6 p.m., sponsored by the Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center. West will be joined by a community panel asking questions. He is an author, activist and philosopher known to many as Brother West. He is Dietrich Bonhoeffer Chair at Union Theological Seminary and a former professor of the practice of public philosophy at Harvard University and professor emeritus at Princeton University. Information about tickets at,



South Burlington Library introduces braille to kids Hey kids! Learn to read and write your name in braille, and take home a braille alphabet card on Friday, Sept. 30, 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the South Burlington Library. Stephanie Bissonette, teacher of the visually impaired and

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Susan Krasnow Susan Krasnow, 73, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, at the Vermont Respite House in Colchester. She fought hard against the disease of ovarian cancer, treating each day as another day to live with her family and friends. Susan was born on April 22, 1949, to Howard and Frankie Lass in New York. She grew up in Long Beach, N.Y., attending Long Beach High School, and then college at Cornell University. Susan was never one to stop learning, earning multiple master’s degrees from the University of Vermont. Susan spent over 40 years dedicated to the field of special education and disability services at the elementary, high school and college level, positively impacting the lives of thousands of children and tens of thousands of people in their lives. Her commitment to ensure that all students can learn and achieve was a testament to her belief in that we should all work toward a fair and just world. In 1970, Susan married Gerry Krasnow and moved to Vermont to raise their family: daughter Alysia, son Aaron and daughter Emilie. Family was the most important thing to them both. That ethic led to two sisters (Susan and her sister, Jane Krasnow, née Levitzky) marrying two brothers (Edward and Gerry Krasnow) and buying land together in Charlotte so their children could grow up together. They were soon joined on “the hill” by Gerry’s brother Michael Krasnow and his wife, Sumru Tekin. This piece of land, cleared from the side of Mt. Philo, became the place where nine children in the three families would grow up together, just as Susan, Gerry, Jane, Eddie, Sumru and Michael envisioned. For decades they supported each other through life’s triumphs and sadness, including the death of Gerry in 1998. Susan found love again and married Edward Cafferty in 2010, and true to their vows he was by

her side in sickness and in health. When Susan was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2018, Ed was with her for doctor appointments and chemotherapy treatments, with steadfast love and companionship. Ed was Susan’s primary caregiver for over four years and was holding her hand when she died. Susan was very lucky to have found such deep loves in her life as with Gerry and with Ed. Susan loved many things: her family, her work, traveling all over the world, rescuing old dogs, the music of Elton John, Joni Mitchell and Weezer, going to concerts with Emilie, and visiting and connecting on FaceTime with her grandsons Griffin, Henry and Leo Butler and Jacob Krasnow. She was incredibly proud of her children, and each one has followed in hers and Gerry’s footsteps to make their life work focused on family and the welfare of others. An incredible source of pride for Susan was to watch Emilie’s run for the Vermont Statehouse this year, knowing that in public service Emilie would be the change she wished to see in the world. Susan is survived by her daughter, Alysia Krasnow Butler and her husband, Tim; son, Aaron Krasnow and his wife, Jennifer; daughter, Emilie Krasnow; husband, Ed Cafferty and his children; brother, Peter Lass and his wife, Gail; sister, Jane Krasnow and brother-in-law, Edward Krasnow; sister, Elly Shafranek; brother-in-law, Michael Krasnow and sister-in-law, Sumru Tekin; brother-in-law, Robert Krasnow and his wife, Lourdes; sister-in-law, Dianne Krasnow; and grandsons, Griffin, Henry and Leo Butler and Jacob Krasnow. Susan is also survived by 19 nieces and nephews and their children. She was predeceased by her father, Howard Lass; her mother, Frances Lass Levitzky; her stepfather, Leo Levitzky; her husband, Gerald Krasnow; her sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Peter Seligmann; and her brother-inlaw, Lawrence Krasnow. The family would like to thank the staff of the Vermont Respite House for making Susan’s last week a calm and peaceful one. Additionally, the family would like to thank Lisa Vanacek for her care and support for Susan this summer, allowing Susan to remain at home as long as possible. In lieu of flowers, the family requests support for the South Burlington Food Shelf. Donations can be made online at or by mail at South Burlington Food Shelf, PO

Box 9417, South Burlington VT 05407. A celebration of life will occur at a later date. May her memory be a blessing to us all.

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Mark Lynwood Emmons Mark Lynwood Emmons, 61, of Morrisville, died from a medical event at his worksite on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. He was born Sept. 21, 1960, in Burlington, the son of Leon and the late Kay (Benway) Emmons. He graduated from South Burlington High School in 1978. He was an avid skier and fisherman, enjoyed the races at Saratoga, loved kayaking and playing golf, and visiting with his family and friends. He worked as a carpenter, professional housepainter, cook and antique picker. He refinished over one thousand antique trunks. He followed all Boston teams — Patriots, Celtics, Red Sox and Bruins. He is survived by his father, Leon Emmons II and his wife, Linda of Shelburne; two brothers, Jeffrey and partner, Cheryl Trombley of Morrisville, and Kevin and his wife, Brenda Lee Emmons of Connecticut; nephew, Jeremy Emmons and his wife, Emily and their children, Gunnar and Freya of Connecticut; cousin, Suzanne Sanborn and her father, David of Morrisville; special friend, Alexis Beattie and her daughter, Shawna of Morrisville; and best friend, Stephen Gustafsen of North Carolina. He was predeceased by his beloved grandmother, Blanche Emmons; mother, Kay Stensrud and her husband, Gordon; and aunt Sonnie (Emmons) Sanborn. A graveside service will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery in Morrisville on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, at 2 p.m. A reception will follow at the United Community Church of Morrisville in the dining room at 3 p.m.

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continued from page 1 Yates Family Orchard since 2008. She started out with 2 acres and now manages four times that amount. Yates thinks this season will be good for business. Her orchard boasts 28 kinds of apples that ripen throughout the fall. Jessika’s overall favorite? Northern Spy. “This season is tremendous,” she said, looking out into the trees on a recent afternoon. She expects

to have trees full of fruit all season. One of the main events at Yates Family Orchard is a concert every Sunday through mid-October. Local bands play on the deck overlooking the orchard while guests pick apples, relax at picnic tables and enjoy cider doughnuts. At the concert Sept. 11, two of Yates’ longtime friends, Margaret Urban and Betsy Brown, came to listen to the Allman Brothers tribute band Soulshine Revival.

Urban said they come back each year because “my community is here.” Community, and community-building, is important to Yates and part of her orchard’s mission. One way she goes about fostering making that happen? The “dreamee,” a cider doughnut topped with a creamee. It’s become something of a famous offering among locals. “One of the things that we as a family really enjoy is … that little moment of being able to make someone’s day,” Yates said. A bag of apples in one hand and a dreamee in the other can do just that, she said.

Golden Apple Family Farm, Charlotte What would become Golden Apple Family Farm was a feral orchard for years. When Heather and Ramsey Herrington took the land over in 2017, they found rows of neglected trees, and they’ve been locked in an uphill battle trying to save them ever since. “We’re not quite where we want to be with the trees,” Heather said. But folks can still come taste the orchard’s other goods or have a picnic amid the swaying trees and cooing chickens — and in doing so support the Herrington’s mission to use regenerative agriculture to bring the land back to full health. See APPLES on page 11

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Above: Shelburne Orchards owner Nick Cowles to the “door” of the Apple Room. Left: Apples are ripe for picking at Yates Family Orchard in Hinesburg.


continued from page 10 The method refers to a rehabilitative approach to farming. There isn’t one clear definition, but it usually involves focusing on the health of the farm as a whole by paying attention to plants, soil and other forms of biodiversity. For the Herringtons, this looks like mixing wood chips from dead trees into the soil and using grass clippings for mulch. The couple has turned to pigs, chickens and sheep to tackle soil health, too. Instead of using a machine, they rely on pigs to till the soil and sheep to chew down weeds. Compost from the chickens feeds the land. They have also been helping the trees by pruning them.

“Over a series of years, we take the dead wood out,” Ramsey said. “It gives you a lot of vegetative growth and reduces production in the short term.” They are also removing dead wood and clearing branches in the center of the trees, which helps bring in sunlight and leads to more fruit. All this work on the land acts as “a real connector to the property,” Ramsey said. “It’s the place, and the people, and the living aspect of the farm that are seamless.” Despite the lack of apples, they invite people to enjoy the land and see the historic trees while they work to bring them back into production.


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South Burlington walks for migraine awareness Miles for Migraine hosts its 5th annual 2-miler, 5K Run and Relax Burlington Event on Saturday, Sept. 24, 8:30-10:30 a.m., at Veterans Memorial Park, 1000 Swift St., in South Burlington. The event raises funds for migraine

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Vermont students hold Day of Racial Equity The Vermont Student Anti-Racism Network is gathering at the Statehouse Friday, Sept. 30, to promote racial equity and youth activism, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will include workshops exploring anti-racism work concepts, music from a student band and conversations with Vermont legislators. Lunch from local food trucks will be available. Speakers include Astrid Young of Stowe High School, Zoraya Hightower from the Peace and Justice Center, and Democrat-

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for a touchdown for the SeaWolves, while Jonah DeConinck had a rushing TD and Liam O’Connor caught a pass to score. The SeaWolves fall to 0-3 with the loss.


Field hockey South Burlington 3, Mount Mansfield 0: Three different players found the back of the net as the South Burlington field hockey team beat Mount Mansfield Saturday, Sept. 17. Ella Maynard had a goal and an assist to pace the Wolves, who move to 1-1-1 with the win. Bella Gordon and Ava Goyette each added a goal. Izzy Redzic made three stops to clinch the shutout.

Football Champlain Valley 42, South Burlington-Burlington 20: After battling in a tight first half, the South Burlington-Burlington surrendered 35 unanswered points to visiting Champlain Valley and lost its third game of the season. Alec LeClair had a 50-yard punt return

Boys’ soccer Champlain Valley 5, South Burlington 1: Zach Spitznagle had a four-point effort — two goals and two assists — to pace Champlain Valley in a win over South Burlington Friday. Maximilian Fontana had the lone goal for the Wolves, while Vikyat Mulpuri added the assist on the play. Andrew Chandler and Oliver Payson combined to make nine saves for the Wolves, who move to 3-1.

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July 23 - Aug. 23 A turning point in your love life may come this week, Leo. It may hit you in a most unexpected way. Even a relatively simple gesture may sway your feelings.


April 21 - May 21 Taurus, you’ll finally gain greater control over your thoughts this week when someone close to you helps you see the bigger picture. Now you can focus on important things.

GEMINI May 22 - June 21 Your love life may seem confusing this week, Gemini. It may wax and wane from fevered passion to apathy. Rough patches are not unusual and you need to see this through.

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Aug. 24 - Sept. 22 Virgo, your social circle could open up this week and expand your prospects even further. Use the new connections to get out of the house more than ever before.

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