November 26, 2014 - The Essex Reporter



November 26, 2014 - The Essex Reporter
NOVEMBER 26, 2014
Vol. 34, No. 48
Prsrt Std ECRWSS
U.S. Postage Paid Permit No. 266
Essex Junction, VT 05452 Postal Patron-Residential
Planners endorse 200-acre subdivision near Indian Brook
Eight home sites planned
with most of land
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Indian Brook Road residents joined
members of the Essex Planning Commission
in the town offices Nov. 13 to learn about
the proposed subdivision of 213 acres of
woodland and meadows near the popular
Indian Brook Park and reservoir.
The proposal from landowners Steve and
James Unsworth calls for eight new homes
and the conservation of about 75 percent
(160 acres) of the parcel. Six of the home
lots will range from 1.5 to 8 acres and two
lots will be 11 and 14 acres. The Planning
Commission unanimously approved the
sketch plan and master plan after a Nov. 13
public hearing. The planning commission
will hold at least two more hearings on the
Planning commission members lauded
the developer for designing the neighborhood
to maintain the integrity of wildlife habitat
and conserve the majority of the land as
“The layout shows consideration to the
natural resources that are there,” planning
commission chairman Dustin Bruso said.
“I think it shows a little more awareness
of the environment than some of the other
applications that have come before us.”
The development also requires state
permits for septic systems, water supply,
stormwater treatment, wetland mitigation
and construction best practices. Each lot is
proposed to draw water from individual wells
and treat wastewater with individual on-site
septic systems.
“(The state) will review all of our septic
designs and make sure we are protecting
all of the groundwater in this area,” said
engineer Doug Goulette of Lamoureux
& Dickinson, who is representing the
Unsworths on the application.
A pleasant surprise
All the home sites would be accessed
off Indian Brook Road, where 27 houses
already exist. Planners noted that a Vermont
Association of Snow Travelers trail exists on
the parcel and asked the developer to retain
the trail. They also required consultation
with the Essex Trails Committee about
carving out an easement for a trail access to
Indian Brook Park from Old Stage Road.
“This is an opportunity to capture that
trail that is already proposed (in the
2011 Town Plan),” said trails committee
member Sean Folley. “It gets pedestrians
and bicycles off Indian Brook Road, where
there’s not much room or accommodation
– See INDIAN BROOK on page 3a
Community meeting
discusses opiate
abuse and treatment
For The Essex Reporter
Harold Bergeron, 99, of Essex Junction, poses in his home
Monday after receiving the French Legion of Honor – the highest
military honor from the French government – on Nov. 17 during a
ceremony in Montpelier.
Two Essex Junction
residents receive
French Legion Honor
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Harold Bergeron, 99, and Leonard
(Len) Pilus, 92, both of Essex Junction,
were given the French Legion of Honor
– the highest military honor from the
French government – on Nov. 17 during
a ceremony in Montpelier.
The award came as a surprise to
Len Pilus, 92, of Essex Junction, was given the French Legion of
Honor – the highest military honor from the French government – on
Nov. 17 during a ceremony in Montpelier.
Bergeron who claimed that during the
war he had only done what he was
ordered to do.
“I didn’t do anything special, I just
did my job. This was a complete surprise
for me.”
Bergeron worked as a Company
Clerk in the 66th Infantry Division with
the rank of Corporal.
“The Company Clerk we had couldn’t
type and I could. So I had to do all the
typing,” Bergeron said.
After joining the military Bergeron
spent one month in England with
his unit until they were moved to
France aboard the Belgian vessel SS
Léopoldville. The move to France was to
aid in the Battle of the Bulge.
During World War II the Germans
were notorious for dispersing their
U-Boats around Europe and especially
in the English Channel. On Dec. 24,
1944 a German torpedo for the U-486
struck the ship and within three hours
the SS Léopoldville sank and around
800 men were killed. The ship was about
five miles from the shores of Cherbourg,
After arriving in France, Bergeron
continued his duties as Company Clerk
and returned home in 1945.
“They insisted that we carry the
company records with us at all times. So
when the ship sank we lost all of them.
They’re still on the bottom of the ocean,”
Bergeron said. “I had to write up records
– See HONOR on page 2a
A Nov. 17 Opiate Community Forum was
held at Burlington’s Main Street Landing as
a follow up to the Governor’s state of the state
address and a June forum on opiate addiction.
A panel of professionals who work closely with
opiate addiction in Chittenden county and
northern Vermont presided over the sparsely
attended meeting. The gathering was part of
a four-tiered approach to tackling Vermont’s
growing opiate problem that includes developing
treatment, community, prevention and
neighborhoods in recovery.
One of the main questions the meeting
sought to answer was, “How are people getting
treated in our area?” The panelists presented a
multifaceted, often interdependent approach.
The Howard Center distributes Naloxone
(a medication that reverses the effects of an
overdose), needles, has 24-hour detox support,
as well as outpatient therapy. The Day One
program run by the UVM medical center offers
individual and group therapy. Maple Leaf
Farm provides inpatient rehabilitation for
addicts, lasting up to four weeks. The Vermont
department of Corrections provides social
services and aids in finding employment and
housing for former inmates in an effort to reduce
recidivism. Sober houses are another asset to
addicts as well as Suboxone, a prescription drug
used to curb addiction cravings.
Quitting opioids is much more than just the
detox process, as William Keithcart of Day One
is quick to point out, “Recovery is a lifestyle
change and most people have no idea what that
means.” For clients at Maple Leaf, it means
finding them a place to live, a job and a way to
remain in a safe environment after inpatient
treatment. Opioid dependence is not usually an
addict’s only dependence or diagnosis, but often
therapy is used to treat co-occurring disorders or
a background of trauma.
Dr. Fred Holmes, a retired Suboxone
prescriber, has known some of his patients
since they were children. In addition to helping
them curb intense cravings he also encourages
“picturing a life that is beyond the substance
abuse… try to have people connect with dreams
they may have had or forgotten.”
Although the panelists put up a unified
front in the treatment of the burgeoning heroin
epidemic, there were people who pointed out
very real flaws with the system. One mother
whose son died of a heroin overdose voiced her
opposition to the “one shot and your out,” policy
for residential programs such as Maple Leaf.
– See OPIATE on page 3a
Saxon Hill School looks for a new home
solvers. Everyone gets a chance to sit down and talk
about what works and what doesn’t work and here we’re
dealing with a group of people who don’t want to talk to
For 50 years, the Saxon Hill School has been
educating pre-school children in Jericho. Next summer
JHS owns the Old Red Mill, which houses the
that may change since their landlord, the Jericho
Snowflake Bentley Museum and a craft shop, the
Historical Society (JHS), will not renew the school’s
building rented by Saxon Hill School, and another
lease. Founded in 1964 in a farmhouse on Skunk Hollow
residential building. Historical Society President Ann
and the Mill would be closed down
Road the school, which bills itself as Vermont’s first
Squires said the leach field that used to service the
parent cooperative pre-school, has been located just off
school failed in 1990 requiring effluent to be pumped to
Route 15 and adjacent to the Old Red Mill Park for the
a backup field. Three years later the Old Red Mill’s leach
last 29 years.
field failed and was redone to accommodate the mill and
Ann Squires
Director of Education Michele Campbell said the
the residence. In 2010 that field failed again and a pump
Jericho Historical Society President
school was taken by surprise by the non-renewal. A
station was installed to pump waste to the same backup
review of JHS board minutes from May and July reveal
field. Squires said the replacement system did not
no discussion of the lease but when Jen Tumilowicz,
comply with state requirements but was grandfathered
the school’s historical society liaison, attended their
in because it was already in use. She said there is no
September meeting she was told there was the possibility
room for another field to be created in the event the
Although the letters contained no rationale for the
the lease would not be renewed. After she left, the board
non-renewal, the school was verbally informed that it was current one fails.
voted 10-1 with one abstention not to renew the lease
Squires said she was told that leach fields can last up
due to concerns about the cost of replacing the building’s
and a certified letter was sent a month later on Oct. 9.
to 30 years and this one has been used for 24 years. Since
septic system in the event of a failure. Campbell
The letter offered the school an extra month to finish out
the state is in the process of designing new regulations,
requested a conversation with the JHS board in the
the school year. Saxon Hill requested an extension until
she has no idea what the cost of a new system might
hope of finding a mutually agreeable solution as well as
Aug. 30, 2016 to give them time to find a location that fits the opportunity to look at the septic report and/or get a
be, but she has heard estimates of over $100,000. She
their philosophy as well as to raise money for the move
believes it has taken over a year to install a new system
second opinion.
but the request was denied in writing on Nov. 5, prior to
“That didn’t happen,” she said. “We work with kids
the board’s Nov. 13 meeting.
and teach them to be socially aware and to be problem
– See SCHOOL on page 2a
For The Essex Reporter
“If the leach field failed today,
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lovely affair. It was very
well organized and there
were a lot of attendees.”
Pilus served in the
294th Joint Assalt Signal
Company (JASCO) from
“He was in the service
for almost exactly three
years. Nov. 25, 1942 until
Nov. 23, 1945,” Marie said.
She explained that
they had been high school
sweethearts when they
both lived in Newburgh,
N.Y. and they were married
March 22, 1945 before
Pilus was sent to Hawaii
for amphibious invasion
training until he was sent
home in November.
“They let the wives of
the soldiers go with them to
California, but they didn’t
tell us we couldn’t go to
Hawaii with them until we
got there,” Marie said. “I
was only 19 at the time and
I’d never been on a train.”
After returning home
from Hawaii Pilus and his
wife made their home in
the U.S. Although they did
take some time to travel to
Europe together.
“I remember going back
to France and I stood in
the same spot on the beach
that I stood during the
war,” Pilus said. “There
was a cement structure
there, and we didn’t know
what it was. For whatever
reason it was still there
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when we went back, so
I had someone take a
for about 150 men. They
said I did a good job.”
at the gas station next
Eventually Pilus found
After returning home
door and worries about
a job at IBM in Essex,
from Europe on Dec. 24,
the effect that kind of
and moved with Marie
1945 Bergeron continued
delay would have on the
to work as an auto parts
two residential tenants,
continued to work at IBM
manager, while his wife,
as well as the crafters
Mary Bergeron, worked
until 1984.
who sell their wares at
for ETNA as an insurance
Pilus admitted that
the gift shop. Squires
adjustor. The pair has
he wasn’t planning on
plans to convert the
known each other since
attending the ceremony,
school into office space
high school, and married in
but was glad that he did.
and will eventually do the
February of 1943. In 2015
“There were so many
same with the residential
they will be celebrating
people there to get medals
tenants although they
their 75th wedding
for their service,” he said.
have not been asked to
Pilus received two
Bergeron also received
medals from Vermont for
“If the leach field
the Bronze Star from the
National Defense along
today,” she said
United States after serving
with the French Foreign
“the school would have to
in World War II. He will be
be out in three days, the
turning 100 this January
tenants would have to
and says that he is the
of two French women who
leave and the Mill would
oldest WWII veteran in
be closed down unless we
gratitude for her husband’s
used an outside port-alet.”
service in France.
Bill Zabiloski,
“Two French girls
“I was really surprised
Assistant Regional
in their 20’s came up to
to get this award… The
Engineer for the state’s
me when Len was off
whole ceremony was very
Drinking Water and
well done,” Pilus said. “We
Groundwater Protection
have it on a disk, but we
Division, said he is not
their parents telling
don’t have anything to play
aware of any failure of
stories about how well the
it with.”
the Historical Society’s
“We aren’t like you
current septic system. He
the French. They told
younger folks, we have
said the state does not
me they just wanted to
our TV and that’s all we
recommend installation of
really need for technology,”
of Honor – the highest military honor from the French government – on new systems unless there
much that meant to
chimed in his wife of 69
is evidence of failure of
Nov. 17 during a ceremony in Montpelier.
years Marie. “It was a
the old one and there is no
limit to how long a leach
field can operate.
“Some people are
proactive,” he said, “but
you can continue to use
a system as long as it
hasn’t failed.” Zabiloski
said he could not venture
an opinion on the cost of
a new system but noted
that the permitting
process is not a
particularly lengthy one.
“Depending on the size
of the project it’s 30 to 45
days to issue a permit,” he
said “but a failed system
would go to the top of the
workload and the permit
would be issued sooner.”
Saxon Hill parents
and staff attended the
Nov. 13 meeting of the
Historical Society to
plead their case one more
time. The JHS board
agreed to allow the school
to solicit a second opinion
about the septic system,
which will be done as
soon as possible. The
school will also explore
ways to lessen their
impact on the system,
such as a chemical toilet,
and the JHS may call a
special meeting before
their regularly scheduled
January meeting for a
follow-up vote on the
school’s request for
an extension. At the
least, the school would
like two more months
to accommodate their
summer camp. Squires
believes the board will
vote to allow those extra
weeks. The JHS also
agreed to allow the school
to keep their outdoor
playground equipment in
place until they can find a
permanent home.
Saxon Hill has formed
an advisory council to look
at properties that meet
the school’s philosophy.
The school’s current
location provides them
with immediate access
to the Old Mill Park
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some of these amenities.”
In the meantime,
the school has launched
a capital campaign
for a new location and
the historical society
is considering doing
the same for a new
septic system. The
Saxon Hill School is
accepting donations at
shscapcampaign. They are
hoping to raise $150,000
and money is already
coming in.
“People have already
come out to help,”
said Campbell. “This or (802) 847-0000
community is amazing.”
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from page 1a
for bicycle traffic.”
Planners noted,
however, that the presence
of wetlands between Old
Stage Road and the park
may make a contiguous trail
difficult to site.
As part of the approval,
planners required a traffic
study that takes into
consideration the difference
between summer and winter
traffic on Indian Brook Road
— summer recreation traffic
to the park is much greater
than offseason traffic.
About a dozen residents
attended the hearing.
Some offered details about
the site’s topography
and pointed out that the
Indian Brook watershed
is classified as “impaired”
by the State of Vermont.
Resident Cheryl Hackett
advocated for retaining the
natural environment.
“There is a lot of
development going on in
Essex,” she said. “This is
conservation land that is
enjoyed by a lot of people
and is home to a lot of
animals. Is it necessary to
develop it?”
The parcel is split
between the town’s lowdensity residential zone that
allows 1-acre subdivisions,
and its conservation
zone that allows 10-acre
subdivisions. Bruso noted
that the commission has
to allow development
applications that conform
to the town’s zoning.
Residents who would
like to see changes to the
zoning regulations should
participate in the Town Plan
update that the planning
commission is currently
undertaking, he said.
from page 1a
Expulsion can leave addicts
back on the streets or in
the worse case victim of an
overdose. In 2013 alone, 68
Vermonters died of opioid
related causes.
Inpatient treatment
provided by the state lasts
only two to three weeks,
which many think is too
short. Another family
member affected by heroin
stated of rehab, “This
sounds like a 1970s alcohol
treatment program” that
doesn’t fit the “young men
from upper middle class
families with no history of
trauma.” “I don’t think we
know anything,” one mother
said, whose son attended
eight treatment programs
before dying of an overdose.
Over-enrollment is
probably the most pressing
problem facing heroin abuse
programs in Vermont.
Currently the Howard Center
has an active waiting list
of 300 people, but can only
take in five new people a
week. Although the Governor
pledged to address this issue,
many remain skeptical
that adequate funds will be
funneled into the expansion
of opiate addiction treatment
programs. Dana Poverman
of the Howard Center added,
“even if there were sufficient
funds, there’s not sufficient
workforce.” Many doctors opt
out of prescribing Suboxone
because of the stigma
associated with drug-addicted
populations. But as William
Keithcart pointed out,
“People would be shocked at
the number of professionals
on methadone in Chittenden
In addition to working
with the growing number of
addicts many panelists and
audience members expressed
a need to address prevention
among young people. They
advise that we need better
education, more compassion
for addicts and help to
reintegrate former addicts
into their home communities.
Keithcart posed the
question, “What do you do
once you get this fantastic
euphoric feeling? Nothing
else matters… it takes over
your soul.” Poverman replied,
“When people are struggling
what we need to be saying is
please come back.”
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The Environmental Protection Agency is working with the State of Vermont on a new cleanup plan for Lake Champlain. FILE PHOTO
Restoring Lake Champlain
EPA hosts
public forums
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“We have known
for sometime that
Lake Champlain has
been getting too much
pollution. Particularly
phosphorus, one of the
nutrients that can lead
to excessive plant growth
and algae blooms,”
said Department
of Environmental
Commissioner David
Mears as he addressed
somewhere around
145 Vermonters at
the Double Tree Hotel
in Burlington last
Mears continued to
discuss the history of
Lake Champlain and
the concept of a Total
Maximum Daily Load
(TMDL), which was
developed in the 1990s.
The TMDL is a proposed
amount of phosphorus
that is deemed
Next, a plan was
laid out by Stephen
Perkins, of the U.S.
Protection Agency (EPA),
in a series of PowerPoint
slides. According to the
presentation, the current
amount of phosphorus
expelled from Vermont
into the Lake is around
631 tons per year. The
proposed target level is
a 34 percent reduction;
around 415 tons per
New York and
Quebec have also been
attempting to lower their
output of pollutants, but
have much less work to do
as Perkins explained. Their
current levels of phosphorus
are 214 and 78 tons per
year, respectively.
The Vermont portion of
Lake Champlain has been
divided into 13 segments
under this plan. A series
of calculations and factors
were used to determine
which segments needed
more attention than others.
Point sources – which
include wastewater
treatment plants, sewer
system and concentrated
animal feeding operations
– are sources of phosphorus
emission that require a
federal permit or other
regulation and a Waste
Load Allocation (WLA).
Non-point sources, such as
agriculture and forestry
runoff, were grouped into
Load Allocation (LA). These
two factors were used along
with a margin of safety
(MOS) to determine the
TMDL of each segment of
Vermont’s Lake Champlain.
The other half of the
forum gave the attendees
an opportunity to ask
questions of the panelists
or make comments of their
A topic of high interest
among Vermonters
regarded agriculture. The
first statement came from a
man who identified himself
as James.
“I think many of us
here in the room think that
Vermont has an exceedingly
bad reputation when it
comes to cleaning up the
lake. I myself would rather
you have an adversarial
relationship with Vermont
because we are relying on
you to get this job done. I
wince whenever you say,
‘we have a plan.’”
James continued
to claim that Vermont
government puts the dairy
industry before clean water.
“[The state] puts the
needs of 600 conventional
dairy farmers before the
needs of the other 600,000
who not only have a right to
expect the state to protect
the public trust, they
subsidize this industry.
That this is an admission
that the state’s effort to
clean up the lake goes well
beyond regulatory passivity
and well beyond judicious
tolerance. It goes all the
way to willful blindness.”
James’ comments
were spurred by Vermont
Secretary of Agriculture
Chuck Ross’ denial of
a Conservation Law
Foundation petition
to force farms in the
Missisquoi Bay area to
utilize best management
practices. Ross was away in
Washington D.C. during the
panel and was represented
instead by the Deputy
Director of Agriculture
Resource Management –
Laura DiPietro.
A Vermont dairy farmer
announced in contrast to
James’ statements that
he is currently working
to drastically lower the
amount of phosphorus his
farm discharges.
“I’m working on another
project; a centrifuge to
take out 70 to 90 percent of
the phosphorus. I’m going
to be a pilot farm for this
and if this works it’s going
to be huge for the water
quality. So I’m just letting
you know that things are
happening. The state does
regulate us quite a bit … a
lot actually.”
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Mike Winslow of
the Lake Champlain
Committee announced that
he had noticed a 35 percent
increase in the allocated
TMDL in the current
plan when compared with
a TMDL plan that was
disapproved in 2002.
Mears allowed
Eric Smeltzer – an
environmental scientist –
to field the question. He
admitted that the allocated
levels of phosphorus had
risen due to a wetter
Vermont in recent years.
The increased saturation
had generated higher
“The change is primarily
due to the different
hydrology that we are
experiencing compared to
the old TMDL,” Smeltzer
Founder of Collins
Grazing – Abe Collins –
claimed that clean water
will always come from
landscapes blanketed in a
healthy topsoil.
“The topsoil in Vermont
has largely been lost from
the Vermont landscape.
That’s out history and we
have to own up to it, but it’s
not good to wallow in it,”
Collins said.
He continued by saying
that deep topsoil should be
grown in the watersheds
in order to create cleaner
water. According to Collins
the technologies are being
developed to allow land
managers to feed back
information regarding
water cleanliness and soil
Bob Roberts, of St.
Albans, claimed to have
been working for seven
years on a machine that he
says could solve the bluegreen algae problem in
Lake Champlain.
All suggestions,
comments and questions
were written down on an
easel and will be taken into
account as the initiative
The next public meeting
period regarding the Lake
Champlain restoration is
scheduled for March 30,
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Notice of Public Meetings
December 3, 2014 7:30 P.M.
Essex High School Auditorium
Educational Drive, Essex Junction, VT 05452
Please come and join us for the first of several public
information meetings relative to the rehabilitation of the town
office building at 81 Main Street. The agenda for the meeting
will be:
(1) Brief history of the site.
(2) Why do we need to rehab this building?
(3) Review of drawings.
(4) Explanation of current timetable of events.
(5) Explanation of financing package.
(6) Explanation of phasing schedule.
(7) Questions from the public.
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The Selectboard of the Town of Essex shall, as part of its
regularly scheduled meeting, hold a public meeting to discuss
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The coming
The Vermont Administrative State is again on the
The Administrative State is one where many
functions of government are centralized and controlled
by state agencies and boards, and ever fewer are retained
under the democratic control of local public bodies and
the people themselves.
Since 1921 Vermont has had an Administrative State
for Transportation. The State took control of state and
federal highways, and generally supervised town roads
and streets, airports and railroads.
This centralization has generally been
noncontroversial. The state’s highway system is clearly
a public good, and most of the financing flows from state
and federal coffers. Everyone agrees that the State has
every right to license those who use the highways, and to
tax vehicle owners and motor fuel users to maintain the
The first modern attempt to enlarge the
Administrative State failed. In 1970 the legislature
enacted the development control law, Act 250. The
newly appointed Environmental Board was tasked with
creating a Land Use Plan setting forth how every acre of
the state could and should be used in the public interest.
Vermonters balked. It was one thing to have the
State control the high end of the transportation system. It was quite another to have a state Environmental
Board control the allowed uses of all private land. From
1973 to 1976 citizens waged a heated battle against the
State Land Use Plan, until its last weakened version
quietly disappeared in the senate. In 1984 the legislature
repealed the requirement that there even be such a plan.
What remains of the original Act 250 are the permit
criteria requirements for larger developments. Gov. Kunin’s 1988 effort to revive state-enforced
land use planning – in her words “uniform in standard,
specific in requirements, and tough on delinquents” –
led to Act 200. But her longed-for state land controls
faded away soon after passage, when 128 towns adopted
resolutions condemning the scheme. The next leap forward came in 1997 with Act 60,
which gave sweeping but not complete powers to the
State Board of Education and (now) Agency of Education.
Now there is a new proposal for going the rest of the way
into the full-bore Administrative State for Education (see
In 2011 single payer health care activists, led by
new Gov. Peter Shumlin, finally succeeded in creating
the Administrative State for Health Care. When Green
Mountain Care appears (supposedly in 2017), it will
abolish private health insurance, and allocate all health
care through the appointed Green Mountain Care Board.
It will ensure “appropriate care at the appropriate time
in the appropriate setting”. The Board will of course
ration that care to keep spending within the amount that
can be extracted from taxpayers.
Last month came the latest proposal to create
the ultimate Administrative State for Education. Lt.
Gov. Phil Scott, not heretofore known for his bold
pronouncements on public issues, advocated creating
the equivalent of the Green Mountain Care Board “to
help rein in school spending costs and control education
property taxes.”
Scott said his autonomous board of experts could
control school budgets, adjust property tax rates, and
force consolidations. At least by implication, it could take
any action it saw fit to flatten out rising public school
Interestingly, Scott’s Progressive opponent Dean
Corren, an ardent supporter of the Administrative State
for Health Care, called Scott’s all-powerful Board a “total
state takeover”. Even Gov. Shumlin chimed in with this
support for local control: “One of the worst ideas that
we can endeavor is telling local communities that we’re
gonna take away their power to choose what they’re
gonna spend on education on town meeting day. That’s a
basic right of Vermonters.”
It’s not likely that Scott will press forward with
this ill-conceived brainchild, but there will ever be new
proposals to centralize all power in the State. That is
the central goal of modern (post-1912) Progressivism:
put everything possible under the centralized control of
enlightened experts, order ignorant and selfish citizens
and their local governments to do their bidding, and
extract the needed funds from taxpayers helpless to
resist the power of the Great Administrative State.
And if the disgruntled citizens are restive, restrict their
political rights to make sure they cannot effectively
The Great Administrative State leads to citizen
powerlessness. It will ultimately crush citizen initiative,
restrict liberty, and reduce its citizens to subjects.
Free Vermonters need to say: Not here. Not now. Not
ever. John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen
Institute (
Vermont 4-Horses
The Vermont delegation to the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup toured the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington while in
Kentucky from Nov. 7-9. Delegates included:
Pictured in the back row from left: Courtney Bronson, Shoreham; Lexy Brooks, Whitehall, N.Y.; Emma Pearson, North Hero;
Alexis Walker, Essex Junction; Rachel Scibek, Colchester; Ashley Scott, Milton; Kyle Scott, Milton; Katelyn Patenaude, Derby
Line; Kaelyn Jenny, Essex Junction; David Gringeri, West Haven.
Pictured in the front row from left: Catherine Thrasher, Rupert; Madison Wood, Kirby; Ruth Snow, Northfield; Morgan Quimby,
Underhill; Holly Weglarz, Hartland; Kassidy Wyman, Cambridgeport. COURTESY OF UVM EXTENSION 4-H
Letters to the Editor
Water, sewer, taxes.
As a small business owner and a
resident, I am struggling to pay my
taxes and water and sewer bills, while
I watch valuable services, such as road
maintenance being cut. I was relieved
to see that my sewer bill went down,
but then discovered it didn’t, because
we now are paying quarterly rather
than semi-annually. Tricky.
At Town Meeting a couple of years
ago a $7.5 million police station was
voted for along with the customary
annual salary increase for town
employees. We are paying for a new
fire truck and our water and sewer
infrastructure is going to need a
major upgrade. The selectboard has
recently endorsed a $1.7 million
renovation of the town offices, which
I assume will be part of the budget
voted on in February next year.
Town salaries are the biggest
part of our property tax expense. The
Town Manager and the selectboard
recently negotiated a 3.5-4 percent
yearly raise for union employees for
the next several years, which is now
frozen into the budget for the next
several years. Customarily, after the
Town Manager negotiates a raise
for the union employees, he comes
to town meeting and tells voters it
is only fair to give the non-union
employees, including him, the same
raise. When town employees get a
3.5 percent salary increase, their
retirement is also increased 3.5
If town citizens had limitless
cash and the same raises that town
employees get, we could afford to give
our hard-working town employees
raises and pension increases each year.
The Town Manager threatens at town
meetings that if staff doesn’t get a raise
that services will have to be cut, when
it is the exact opposite, that services
are being cut to pay staff salaries.
upcoming session. That’s a far cry
from having it near implementation.
Some Internet searching finds
that Energy Independent Vermont
(a coalition of groups trying to cut
Vermont carbon emissions) recently
released a study and is kicking off a
campaign for a statewide carbon tax.
The funds obtained by the tax would
be re-cycled back into the economy.
The study provides a detailed
discussion of how that may increase
economic activity for Vermont. Lynn
disagrees with that analysis. The
45-cent per gallon tax Lynn says is
“about to be slapped” on Vermonters
Sharon Zukowski would actually begin at 4.5 cents
Essex in 2017 and increase each of the
following 10 years to the resulting 45
Reviewing the 45-cent
cents in 2027. That’s just one of the
tax on gas
scenarios in the study and not, as yet,
At first it’s difficult to determine
part of any legislation.
exactly what Emerson Lynn is
It is my sincere hope that during
referring to in last week’s editorial:
the next legislative session the
“Are they nuts? State about to
governor and the legislature engage
slap $.45 cent tax on gas.” But it is
in a thoughtful review of Vermont’s
certainly not what the title implies.
tax system in an atmosphere of
Lynn doesn’t state who “they”
intelligent investigation. Editorials
are other than “several Vermont
with inflammatory headlines and
environmental groups and key
few supported facts or references do
policy makers” so it’s not easy to get
not help that process. A carbon tax
more information. Though the title
may well be bad for Vermont but let’s
states “about to slap,” the text of the
discuss it openly and honestly.
editorial says “It will not happen.” So
Curt Taylor
why write about it? The legislature is
not in session, no such bill has been
proposed and the governor is more
Full of light
worried about keeping his job than
I want to send out a special thank
slapping on new taxes.
you to the Essex Junction Parks
A third of the way through the
and Rec department for the truly
editorial we find that the tax is
magical sight I witnessed on my drive
actually part of a carbon tax system
home at Maple Street Park. The
that Lynn says he may support on a
lit-up trees are spectacular! What a
national or regional level, but not on
wonderful way to start the holidays
the state level. A recent Burlington
with a colorful display in one of our
Free Press article (“Vermont advocate community parks. Just one more
groups push for carbon tax” dated
reason I love living in Essex Junction,
Nov. 13) states that the chair of the
Vermont. Happy holidays!
House Energy and Natural Resources
Chrissy Frankenhoff
Committee says he is drafting carbon
tax legislation and will push it in the
Essex Junction
I am not saying that town staff
doesn’t do a good job or doesn’t
deserve a salary increase. Don’t we
all? However, Essex citizens are
struggling to pay their taxes and
water/sewer bills and all their other
expenses. At the same time we
aren’t getting the same income and
retirement increases that town staff
have been receiving from our tax
dollars for decades. It seems like our
town government and Town Manager
are disconnected and more concerned
for town staff than for the economic
plight of town citizens.
Shop local; support small business
The campaign to “shop small” on the Saturday after
Thanksgiving started in 2010 as an effort to give small
businesses – many struggling to get out of the red after
a long recession – a much needed shot in the arm. Since
then, it has become a powerful movement to give back to
the brick-and-mortar establishments that line our Main
Streets and keep our communities vibrant.
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Unlike Black Friday, a day that perpetuates painfully
early wake up calls, snarled traffic, battling for parking
spots and getting jostled by crowds, Small Business
Saturday encourages the patronage of local businesses
that support their local communities.
The concept is simple: Instead of “one-stop-shopping”
at the nearest “big-box” store, you shop at small, locallyowned businesses for things you simply can’t find at the
mall, and instead of dealing with temporary workers who
don’t know the merchandise, there’s a good chance you’ll
be dealing with the owner – who cares very much about
making you happy so you’ll come back again throughout
the year.
Small Business Saturday has one thing in common
with Black Friday: deals and discounts. Shoppers have
given Small Business Saturday their vote of confidence
by spending $5.7 billion at locally owned shops and
restaurants last year according to a survey conducted by
the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
and American Express. Last year’s spending marked a
3.6 percent increase over 2012’s event.
It’s really that simple – when you shop local and shop
small, you’re supporting your friends and neighbors.
You’re supporting your community, keeping most of that
money right on Main Street.
So, this holiday season, make a difference in your
community – shop local on Small Business Saturday.
Shawn Shouldice lives in Montpelier and serves as the
State Director of NFIB’s VT Chapter.
The Essex Reporter • November 26, 2014
Essex Junction Senior Center
Essex Junction
Senior Center
The crowd was
buzzing at our fall bridge
tournament Nov. 14,
when 72 players enjoyed
a fun afternoon of cards,
desserts and laughter. The
rave reviews were great,
especially the enthusiastic
thumbs up from Bricky
Duquette. Kudos to Linda
Himelstein, Donna Harnish,
Brooke Conger and Sandy
White for an outstanding
job organizing the event.
Many heartfelt thanks to
them as well as to Donna
Powell, Lou Ann Pioli and
all the generous people
who provided the delicious
Special thanks go
to our sponsors for
donating wonderful
prizes. Maplehurst Florist
provided two beautiful
floral arrangements, RL
Valley Company gave four
gas cards good at any of
their Maplefield’s stores,
and Sweet Clover Market
and Essex Cinema each
gave two gift certificates.
Their support is much
Congratulations to
Sherry Marcoux and
Lorraine Colman on taking
first place again. Sherry
and Lorraine also won last
fall’s tournament and have
consistently placed first
together at other venues for
many years. Getting good
Anyone 50 years of age or older is welcome
at the Essex Junction Senior Center.
Located at the Five Corners between the
fire station and the Brownell Library, the
Center is open weekdays from 10 a.m.-4
p.m. For information, call 876-5087 or visit To make a reservation
for the Senior Van call 878-6940.
cards is a help, but knowing
what to do with them makes
all the difference. Bravo!
Second place went to
Linda Brenner and Colleen
Fitzgerald. Elsa Polworth
and Carol Cincotta came in
third. Several people won
door prizes, and everyone
had fun.
The Knights of Columbus
and Rotary International
provide their annual
Christmas luncheon at the
Fairgrounds Dec. 3. Tickets
are $5 and available Monday
morning at the Senior
At the November
meeting, members were
asked to consider a Code
of Conduct to help assure
that the Center is a safe
and enjoyable place for
everyone. The proposed
Code of Conduct is standard
for senior centers nationally
and edited slightly to meet
our needs. At the Dec.
10 meeting at 12 p.m., a
motion will be made to adopt
the Code of Conduct, and
discussion will follow.
Photographers Bill
Boccio and Bentley Merrick
were the featured artists
at our Senior Art Show. It
was a pleasure to have their
photography decorating our
space. Thanks Bill and Ben.
Do you like to dance?
Whitcomb Woods holds
dances every Friday
night from 7-11 p.m.
Anyone 55 or older is
welcome. Bring your
own refreshments and
drinks and enjoy a lively
Every year, we make
Christmas baskets for
about 20 homebound
people. If you can donate
baked goods or other
gifts, please put them in
the collection box at the
Center, and if you are
interested in preparing
and/or delivering the gift
baskets, please contact
Donna Harnish.
The Senior Van offers
Essex residents aged 60+
free transportation in
Essex weekdays from 9
a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays
from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
For reservations, call
878-6940 the previous
business day between 9
and 11:45 a.m.
The Senior Center
now has our own phone
number: 876-5087. The
old number is only for the
Senior Van program. We
are installing a Plexiglas
window in the office
so that we can lock it
after hours. This will
also help block sounds
between the senior van
speaker phones and
activities happening in
the main room.
Wendell G. Reed
Wendell G. Reed, 89, of
Essex died on Tuesday, Nov.
18, 2014 at his home with
family at his side.
He was born on Feb.
6, 1925 in Bakersfield, Vt.
the son of the late Gaylord
and Jessie (Giddings)
Reed. He graduated from
Brigham Academy in
June 1943, and enlisted
into the 101st Airborne
Division immediately after
Wendell saw action in
the Normandy Invasion
on D-Day, the Holland
Campaign, and at Bastogne
during the Battle of the
Bulge. He was awarded the
Purple Heart, the Bronze
Star, and the Belgium Croix
de Guerre.
Upon his discharge, he
was married to Alberta Read
and had four children. He
graduated from Greeley
State College, Colorado in
1949. Wendell returned
to Vermont and began his
teaching career in 1949 at
Brigham Academy for four
years. He then taught at
the North Bennington High
School for one year in 1953.
He returned to Bakersfield
in 1954 and bought the
General Store. He sold the
store in 1958 and moved
to Essex Junction in 1959
where he started teaching
at Richmond High School
and Mt. Mansfield Union
High School when formed.
He was the last principal at
Richmond High School.
While teaching he
earned his Master’s Degree
from St. Michaels College.
Throughout his entire
teaching career he was
always active in coaching.
He coached the Mt.
Mansfield soccer team to the
State Championship in 1968
and 1972.
Wendell enjoyed
traveling, reading, going to
the camp on the lake, but
most important to him were
the times spent with his
He is survived by his
loving wife of 68 years
Alberta Reed of Essex; their
children Lyn Beaupre and
husband Leo of Boulder,
Colo. and Dana Reed and
wife Holly of Underhill;
his grandchildren Wade
and Reed Beaupre, Jessie
Hammond; and by his
great grandchildren
Garrett, Dante, and
Rihanna Beaupre, and
Will Hammond. He was
predeceased by his son
Jeffrey Reed and his
daughter Cheryl Kim
Phyllis Lorlano, left, Donna Powell, center, and Aurora Shea, right, play a challenging hand at the
fall bridge tournament. PHOTO | BUD CONGER
United Way Volunteer
participating in the 24th annual “Books
for Children Gift Campaign.” Choose from
a list (available now) or make your own
‘Tis the season to volunteer. The
choices at participating bookstores for a
listings below are a sample of the 300+
discount. Books are needed by Dec. 10 to
volunteer needs from more than 250
be distributed through local agencies that
agencies found online at www.unitedwaycc. serve children. Contact Rebecca Goldberg:
org. More information available at 860865-7216 or [email protected]
1677, Mon.-Fri. from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Cathedral Square Corporation is
Two groups are looking for volunteers
seeking volunteers to bring good cheer
to wrap gifts to be distributed to those who and good food to seniors without family
would otherwise go without:
or funds to entertain. Prepare and serve
a delicious homemade meal for about 15
ReSOURCE – Gift wrapping for all
residents on the day before Thanksgiving
shoppers with an optional cash donation
or early Christmas week. Musical groups
in support of the Essential Goods Voucher
could also provide entertainment (guitar,
Program, a poverty relief program. Dec. 6,
7, 13, 14 and 20, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the small ensemble, “family bands,” vocalists)
Household Goods Store on Pine St. Contact to appreciative seniors. Background check
Lizzy Fox: 223-6607 or [email protected] required. Contact Beth Alpert: 861-3297 or
[email protected]
Vermont CARES – Wrap gifts at the
Burlington Town Center holiday table.
Lucy’s House for the Prevention of
Volunteers work in teams, so sign up with a
friend. Dec. 12-24, 3-hour shifts between 11 Homeless Pets is looking for volunteers
to make dog and cat toys to distribute at
a.m. and 8 p.m. Contact Christian Pinillos:
local food shelves for the holidays. Join in
863-2437 or [email protected]
at Brownell Library in Essex on Dec. 6, 1-3
p.m. to make tug toys, catnip sock toys, etc.
Fletcher Free Library invites
Contact Sierra Ellis-Clements: 879-0898 or
volunteers to share the joy of reading by
[email protected]
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Essex Automotive Services
The National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA)
has finalized rules that require that
all passenger cars produced after
mid-2018 be outfitted with rearview cameras. Now, one major
manufacturer of electric vehicles
and the Alliance of Automobile
Manufacturers are looking to go to
even greater lengths. They filed a
petition with the NHTSA to remove
side mirrors and replace them
with cameras. The idea behind this
move would be to provide a more
comprehensive picture of what
is happening to the vehicle’s side
and rear as well as to improve fuel
efficiency. Side mirrors create drag
that impedes a vehicle’s progress
through the air. Smaller and more
aerodynamic side cameras slice
through the air more readily.
SERVICES, your safety is
our number one concern. We
know how important your car’s
performance and safety are, and
want you to trust us with your
automobile needs. We’re located
at 141-147 Pearl St, Essex Jct.
When you bring your car to us we
guarantee your satisfaction with
our work. Call 802.879.1966 for
an appointment. We offer same day
service, and free customer shuttle.
Ask us for details.We open 6:59am,
with no appointment needed.We
feature A.S.E. Technicians. “Service
You Can Trust”. It’s time to get your
car ready for winter. “We do it all!”
We are open for Business!!!
OPEN 6:59 AM
HINT: During the 1990s, the U.S. Department of Energy worked with automakers
to produce energy-efficient concept cars
with cameras instead of side-view mirrors.
Lt. Col. Leo Ernest Ells
The family would like
to extend special thanks
to the staff and caregivers
at Mansfield Place and the
VNA. A funeral service was
held on Nov. 21, 2014 at 5
p.m. at the Ready Funeral &
Cremation Service Mountain
View Chapel, 68 Pinecrest
Dr. in Essex Junction. There
was time to visit with family
from 4 p.m. until the time
of the service. Burial will be
in Maple Grove Cemetery,
Bakersfield in the spring. In
lieu of flowers donations in
Wendell’s memory may be
made to the Visiting Nurse
Association, 1110 Prim Rd.
Colchester, VT 05446. To
send online condolences
to the family visit www. ◊
Jules Coté
Interment was Friday, Nov.
21, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Ft.
Jackson National Cemetery
in Columbia, S.C.
Memorials can be
directed to St. Thomas
Aquinas Priest Retirement
Fund, 1400 Suther Road,
Charlotte, N.C. 28213 (704549-1607).
Condolences to the family
may be offered at www. ◊
Jules Coté
ESSEX — Jules Coté,
78, of Essex passed away
on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014,
at the Vermont Respite
House in Williston. He
was born Sept. 10, 1936
in Asbestos, Quebec, son
of Raoul and Marie-Anna
Coté. Jules graduated from
Dartmouth College in 1960,
Lt. Col. Leo Ernest Ells and Boston University
Lt. Colonel Leo Ells (Ret.) with a Masters Degree in
went home to our Lord on
1965. Jules became a Lion
Friday, Nov. 14, while at
in 1966, and was a Past
his home in Pineville, N.C.
International Director of
Leo was born in Berlin,
Lions Clubs International.
New Hampshire, in 1929 to
He was formerly Associate
Joseph and Florence Ells.
Director of Helen Keller
He served his country for 21
National Center for Deafyears in the U.S. Army. He
Blind Youth and Adults,
completed two combat tours
and retired as Executive
in the Korean War as well as Director of the Vermont
serving at the Pentagon as
Association for the Blind and
the DCA financial officer.
Visually Impaired in 2000.
He married the love of
In recognition of his service
his life, Cecile T. Rousseau,
to his community and career,
on Feb. 19, 1955, at our lady he received numerous honors
of Mercy Catholic Church in
and awards, including the
Rock Island, Quebec.
Ambassador of Goodwill
After a full career with
Medal, the highest honor
the U.S. Army, Leo retired
Lions Clubs International
and began a new career in
grants its members, and was
higher education at Texas
a multi-level Progressive
Tech University and later
Melvin Jones Fellow.
at the University of N.C. at
Jules believed in
and loved spending
He and Cecile retired to
his family and
sunny Florida where they
friends. He loved travel,
enjoyed life and fishing
audio books, playing piano,
on the Banana River in
gardening, playing card
Melbourne, Fla., where Leo
quickly became feared by the games, camping, all things
schools of fish due to his skill maple, and never passed up
a dessert.
with his rod and reel. They
He is survived by his wife
returned to Charlotte to be
Jacqueline; son Marc and
near their three children.
Leo was a loving husband Michelle Coté of Delaware;
daughter Carmelle and John
and father, brother, uncle
Terborgh of Essex Junction;
and grandfather. He was
grandchildren Emma,
kind and generous as he
provided advice and guidance Hannah and Christian Coté,
Bryce and Graham Terborgh;
to so many.
brothers and sisters.
Survivors include his
A Mass, followed by a
wife, Cecile; three children,
memorial gathering in the
Sandra, Helena, and David;
five grandchildren, Kathryn, Parish Hall, will be held
at Holy Family Church, 36
Samantha, Savannah,
Lincoln St., Essex Junction,
Patrick and Elizabeth; and
Vermont (802-878-5331) on
his sisters, Helen and Alice.
Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 at
He follows to our Lord,
12:30 p.m. Interment will
his parents; brothers, Ed
and BJ; sister, Ellie; and two be at the convenience of the
family at a later date.
nephews, Jim Higgins and
In lieu of flowers, the
Kevin Carter.
family requests donations be
The family of Leo
made to:
appreciates all of the love
Lions Clubs International
and support from friends and
Foundation (LCIF)- www.
family including all of his
neighbors at the Dorchester
Manor, and the tender care
php (you may select nonfrom Angelica Mecido.
member), or
Services were held at St.
Vermont Respite HouseMatthew Catholic Church,
8015 Ballantyne Commons
Parkway, Charlotte, N.C. on remembering-honoringloved-ones (to support the
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014,
at 11 a.m. (704-543-7677).
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Essex Area
C alendar
25th Annual Women’s Festival of Crafts. Over eighty female
Holiday Puppet ShowJericho Town Library present “Jack and
The Bean Stalk.” Youth puppeteers using puppets borrowed
CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH- (Fundamentalindependent.) 61 Main St., Essex Junction, 878-8341.
Pastor James Gangwer. Sunday School 10 a.m. Worship
Service 11 a.m. Sunday evening worship 6:30. Wednesday
evening youth groups; Awana, Pro-Teens and Prayer
meeting 7 p.m.
CHRIST MEMORIAL CHURCH- Route 2A, Williston, just
north of Industrial Ave. Wes Pastor, Senior Minister, 8787107, Proclaiming Christ and Him crucified Sundays at
SAINTS - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- 73 Essex Way, Essex Junction - All Welcome! Sacrament
Meeting - Sundays at 10 AM. Come learn about the restored
gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s awesome! Family History Center
- Sundays 1 - 3 PM, Thursday 7 - 9 PM. Come find your
ancestry! The FHC has website resources (such as www., including free access to,
microfiche and microfilm readers, and a staff of capable
genealogists. For more info, call 802-879-9142, email
[email protected], or check out
from the Vermont Department of Libraries Children’s Book
Exhibit Center. Jack and the Beanstalk is a joyous, original adaptation of the classic tale about poor Jack who went to sell his
cow and came home with three magic beans. The puppet show
will be followed by a craft and a snack. Jericho Town Library,
Jericho, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Contact: 899-4686.
Thanksgiving Day Mass. The Chapel of St. Michael the Archangel, St. Michael’s College Campus, Colchester, 10 a.m.
Contact: 654-2333.
Free Thanksgiving Dinner. The Catalyst Church welcomes all
to a Thanksgiving Dinner. No RSVP needed. Catalyst Church,
Jericho, 12-3 p.m. Free. Contact: 899-2949.
craftswomen and artisans including Column Inch Collection
featured artist Jess Polanshek will have their work on sale.
The festival will offer a wide selection of unique Vermont
handmade gifts for the holiday season. Food and beverages
available for purchase. Runs through November 30. Memorial
Auditorium, Burlington. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10
a.m.-5 p.m.
Holiday Cookie Decorating. South End Kitchen will be celebrat-
ing the holidays with free cookie decorating. Participants can
choose a holiday themed sugar cookie and decorate it with
a variety of frostings and toppings. Then wrap up cookies to
gift or eat. Stop by Lake Champlain Chocolates on Pine St.
before or after your cookie decorating for free hot chocolate. Decorating also on November 30. South End Kitchen,
Burlington, 1 p.m.
Christmas Craft Show. Soup, sandwiches, baked goods, Vermont
maple syrup, crafts and grannies’ attic. Grace United Methodist
Church, Essex Junction, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Information: 878-8071.
Ascension Parish Annual Craft Fair. A wide selection of local
crafters will be selling their work for the holiday season.
Georgia Elementary and Middle School, Georgia, 9 a.m.-3
p.m. Contact Andrea: 578-8043.
Holiday Tea. The Burlington Garden Club will be hosting a
holiday tea, bake sale and silent auction. A large selection
of special home baked desserts and tea sandwiches will be
available. Proceeds of the event will benefit academic scholarships, garden therapy and civic beautification projects. Faith
United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2-4 p.m. $8.
Information: [email protected] or 343-0847.
Plaza, Colchester VT. 05446 802-338-9118 www. or [email protected] Sunday
Service at 10:30am Lead Pastor, Brent Devenney
ESSEX ALLIANCE CHURCH - 37 Old Stage Road in Essex
Junction. Sunday Services: 7:45 am, 9 am, 10:15 am and
11:30 am. Phone: 878-8213.
join us for worship that combines the best of traditional
and contemporary music and spirituality. We are a safe
and welcoming space for all people to celebrate, worship,
ask questions, and put down spiritual roots. Adult Bible
Study at 8:30 am. Service at 10:00 am with Sunday School
and childcare provided. We offer a variety of small groups
for prayer, Bible study, hands-on ministry, and studying
contemporary faith issues. 119 Center Rd (Route 15) Essex
Center. Rev. Mitchell Hay, pastor. 879-8304.
JUNCTION -UCC, A Welcoming Community, Accepting
and Serving All in the Spirit of Christ. 1 Church Street,
Essex Junction, VT 05452. Telephone (802) 878-5745,
Website: ; Email: [email protected]
Senior Pastor, Rev. Mark Mendes. Associate Pastor, Rev.
Ryan Gackenheimer. Sunday Worship Services: 8:30
and 10:15 am. Communion: first Sunday of every month.
Sunday School meets weekly at 10:15 am. Junior High
Youth Group meets Sundays from 11:30 – 1pm. Senior
High Youth Group meets Sunday evenings from 5 – 7pm.
Heavenly Food Pantry – Last Thurs. of the month 2-6 pm,
except in Nov. & Dec. when it is the 3rd Thurs., Essex Eats
Out Community Dinner – 1st Friday of the month, 5:30 –
7pm. Music includes Senior Choir, Praise Band, Junior
Choir, Cherub Choir, Handbell Choir, Men’s Acapella and
Ladies’ Acapella groups.
Blood Drive. All presenting donors on Black
Friday will receive a coupon for a free
On-Demand movie from Xfinity. American
Red Cross Blood Donor Center, Burlington, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Information: 1-800RED CROSS or
prints, oil paintings, holiday cards and
more. Proceeds support Local Motion and
the Ronald MacDonald House. Donations of canned goods accepted. Sale
runs through Dec. 1. Monstream Studio,
Burlington, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Information:
Mad Robin Contra Dance. The Mad Robin
Callers Collective invites dancers to
work off turkey and stuffing during this
post Thanksgiving contra dance. Live
music from Dave Carpenter, April Werner and Brian Perkins. Wear clean, softsoled shoes and comfortable clothes.
Bring a bottle of water. Beginners lesson
precedes dance. First Congregational
Church, Burlington. 7:45 p.m. beginners
lesson; 8-11 p.m. dance. $5-$10 sliding
scale. Information:
Bridge Club. The Burlington Bridge Club will
- Mass Schedule, Saturday Vigil: 4:00pm - St. Lawrence,
Sunday Morning: 8:00am - St. Lawrence, 11:00am - Holy
Family, 7:30pm - Holy Family. For more information visit our
web page
FELLOWSHIP - Visit Services are held at
9:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Sunday of each month
from September through June. 195 Vermont Route 15,
Jericho (the red barn across from Packard Road). 899-2558.
(off Rt. 2A at the Fairgrounds Gate F) 802-878-4014 www. The Rev. Ken Hitch v [email protected]
8:15am Holy Eucharist Rite II (no music) 10:30am Holy
Eucharist Rite II (with music) 9:20am Adult Ed: Bible Study
10:15 am Godly Play.
ST. PIUS X CHURCH - 20 Jericho Road, Essex, 878-5997 Administrator: Rev. Charles Ranges. Masses: Saturday 4:30
pm and Sunday 9:30 am. Confessions: Saturday 3:30pm 4:00 pm or please call 878-5331 for an appointment.
ST. THOMAS CATHOLIC CHURCH - 6 Green St., Underhill
Center. Father Charles R. Danielson, Parish Priest.
Weekend Masses: Saturday-4:30 p.m., Sunday-8:30. Daily
Masses: Check with or call 899-4632.
be hosting its regular bridge club meeting. Card game enthusiasts and players
of all skill levels are invited to participate. New members welcome. Refreshments served. Burlington Bridge Club,
Williston, 7 p.m. $6. Contact: 651-0700.
3D Printing, Designing and Scanning
With Blu-Bin. Instruction in basic pro-
grams teaches attendees how to build
digital models of their ideas. Blu-Bin in
Burlington, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Call
to preregister: 345-6030.
do I want to be? C: How can I change
the world? An open meeting welcomes
those looking to explore these inquiries.
Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4:45-6
p.m. Free. Information: 865-7211.
Nia with Suzy. Drawing from martial arts,
dance arts and healing arts, Nia focuses
on sensory-based movements to inspire
participants to explore their potential.
Benefits include increased body awareness and balance as well as cardiovascular conditioning. South End Studio,
Burlington, 9-10 a.m. $14. Information:
Meet the Grinch! Essex. Children and their parents get acquainted with Dr. Seuss’ meanest,
greenest character over stories and themed
activities. Phoenix Bookstore, Essex, 11 a.m.
Free. Information: 872-7111.
Balkan Folk Dancing. Taught by Louise Brill.
Easier line and circle dances are taught
the first hour, followed by intermediate dances, reviews and open request
dancing. Beginners are welcome and
no partner required. Wear informal,
comfortable clothing. Plenty of parking.
The Dish: A Series for Inquisitive Eaters.
Food Solutions New England's A New
England Food Vision is a bold vision for
what New England’s local food economy
might look like if it were able to provide
50 percent of clean, fair, just and accessible food for New Englanders by
2050. The panel hopes to have a fun,
uplifting holiday conversation about
the opportunities and possibilities of a
global food system that operates with
the same values as a community-based
food system. Learn how Vermont-based
food businesses are investing in global
sustainability. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 5:307:15 p.m. Free. Information: artsriot.
Happy December!
CVAA Lunch. CVAA will be hosting its
weekly lunch at Covenant Church. The
menu will include corn chowder, Caesar
salad with grilled chicken and croutons,
and a fruit filled cookie. Milk to drink.
Covenant Church, Essex Center, 12 p.m.
Free, donations accepted.
Contact: 865-0360.
Shape and Share Life Stories. Prompts
trigger real life experience stories,
which are crafted into engaging narrative and shared with the group. Led by
Recille Hamrell. Dorothy Alling Memorial
Library, Williston, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free
and open to all adults. Information: 8784918 or
Trivia Night. Trivia buffs gather for a meeting
of the minds. Hotel Vermont lobby, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Contact: 651-5012.
Community Soup and Bread Supper. The
Covenant Community Church will be
hosting its monthly soup and bread super. Eat in or take out options available.
Stay to eat with family and friends or
pick up to take home. There will be a
variety of soups, breads and a sweet
dessert. Covenant Community Church,
Essex/Jericho line, 4:30-7 p.m. Donations accepted. Contact Pastor Peter:
Liberty In North Korea Presentation.
Gentle Yoga with Jill Lang. Jill Lang, Wil-
liston resident and yoga certification
candidate, presents a gentle yoga class.
Bring your own mat. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Free. Contact: 878-4918.
Peace And Popcorn. The first Tuesday of
style of music. Skinny Pancake, Burlington, 8-10 p.m. No cover. Information:
OK ABC Practice. A: Who am I? B: What
Benefit Art Sale. Shoppers stock up on
Street, Essex Junction. 878-8071. 1 mile south of the Five
Corners on Maple Street / VT. Route 117. Worship Sundays
at 9:30 a.m. with concurrent Church School Pre-K to High
School. Handicapped-accessible facility. Adult Study Group
Sundays at 11:00 a.m. Adult Choir / Praise Band / Women’s
Fellowship / Missionally active. Korean U.M.C. Worship
Sundays at 12:30 p.m. Come explore what God might be
offering you!
Suite 1, Colchester, VT 05446. Join Imam Islam Hassan
([email protected]) for the five daily prayers. Timings at ISVT
homepage The call for Friday Jumah prayers is
exactly at 1:00PM followed by Khutbah and prayer. Additional
Friday night lectures between Magrib and Isha prayers.
Weekend Islamic classes on Sundays 9:45AM-1:30PM for all
children 4 years and older during the school year. Interested
non-members always welcome. (802) 655-6711 or [email protected] or Facebook.
Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 3-6
p.m. $6 recommended donation. Contact
Louise: 540-1020 or [email protected]
every month the Peace and Justice Center
hosts a movie night where community
members select a film from our public
video library to watch together. With
nearly 100 titles to choose from, this
is an evening of good films and good
company. All are welcome. Peace and
Justice Center, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.
Information: 863-2345.
Movies at Main Street Landing: Scrooged.
The Movies at Main Street Landing series
present the classic 1988 holiday comedy
“Scrooged” starring Bill Murray. Main
Street Landing Film House, Burlington,
7 p.m. Donations benefit local charities.
Contact: 540-3018.
Cajun Dance Party. The Green Mountain
Playboys will be playing a concert of
Cajun music fit for dancing. The Vermont
based band includes Alec Ellswort on
fiddle and vocals; Jay Ekis on vocals
and guitar; Noah Hahn on bass; and
Lee Blackwell on guitar and drums. All
five members are well-versed Cajun
musicians, having traveled to Louisiana a
number of times to learn and share this
Hear the voices and insights of those
who have experienced life in North
Korea first hand. Attendees will gain
an understanding of the challenges
the people face and the ways they
are overcoming them. North Korean
presenters will share incredible insight,
hope, and inspiration. Peace & Justice
Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Information:
[email protected]
Jazzercise Lite for 50 Plus. A fun, easy
dance and fitness class that combines
dance, yoga, pilates and strength training for all levels of fitness with instructor Kit Sayers. 10-visit punch pass can
be purchased at Essex Junction Senior
Center. Essex Junction Senior Center,
Essex Junction. Tuesdays 8-9 a.m. and
Thursdays 11 a.m.-12 p.m. $30 members, $35 non-members. Contact Lou
Ann: 876-5087.
Movie Matinees. Starting Nov. 14, the
Colchester Parks and Recreation will be
offering movie matinees on the second
and fourth Fridays of each month.
Popcorn and coffee will be provided.
Movies begin at 1 p.m. Free. 781
Blakely Road, Colchester. Information:
The Essex Reporter • November 26, 2014
C alendar
CVAA Tai Chi for Arthritis. Due to popular
Essex Community Justice Center’s Citizen
Advisory Board Meetings. Meetings
take place on the second Wednesday of
all even numbered months. The Community Justice Center provides restorative responses to crime and conflict
in the greater Essex area. The Citizens
Advisory Board advises the Community
Justice Center on policy, direction and
programming in an ongoing capacity.
Community Justice Center, Essex Junction,
5:30 p.m. Contact Kate: 662-0001 or at
[email protected]
Harriet Farnsworth Powell Historical
Museum. The museum contains vintage
photographs and collections of everyday
objects from Essex Junction and Essex
Town. Self-guided walking tour offered.
Open through October. Harriet Farnsworth Powell Historical Museum, Essex,
Thursdays 6:30-8 p.m.; Sundays, 1-4
p.m. Free. Contact Eva: 879-0849. Essex Rotary Meeting. Essex Rotary Meet-
ings are held on Wednesdays at 12:10
p.m. at The Essex. Serving the communities of Essex, Essex Junction, Jericho and
Colchester-Milton Rotary meeting. Thurs-
days. Serving the communities of
Colchester, Milton and the Champlain
Islands. Hampton Inn, Colchester, 12 p.m.
Essex Eats Out Community Meals. Essex
Eats Out seeks to build community connections by providing healthy, free meals
in a warm, safe and inclusive atmosphere. Meals will be served: first Friday
at First Congregational Church; second
Friday at Holy Family/St. Lawrence
Parish Center; third Friday at St. James
Church; fourth Friday at Essex United
Methodist Church; and fifth Friday when
applicable at St. Pius X Church. 5:30-7
p.m. each week. Transportation available. Call Dawn Thursday by 9 a.m.
to schedule Friday transit: 878-7622.
Information: [email protected] or
Bagpipe and Drum Lessons. The St.
Andrew’s Pipeband of Vermont offers
instruction for bag piping and drumming
as an encouragement and incentive for
attracting new members. The instructional program is designed to integrate
and transition a piper or drummer into
the “parade” band at a level of basic
competency. St. James Episcopal Church,
Essex Junction, Wednesday evenings.
Free. Contact Beth: 343-4738.
Drop-In Pottery Wheel Class. Spend Friday
nights with our pottery instructors learning the basics of wheel working. Try the
wheel and have some fun with other
beginner potters. Through demonstrations
and individual instruction, students will
learn the basics of preparing and centering the clay and making cups, mugs
and bowls. Price includes one fired and
glazed piece per participant. Additional
fired and glazed pieces are $5 each.
No registration necessary but space is
limited. First come, first serve. BCA Print
and Wheel Studio, Burlington, Fridays
8-10 p.m. $12. Contact: 865-7166.
Drop-In Life Drawing Class. This drop-in
life drawing class is open to all levels
and facilitated by local painter Glynnis
Fawkes. Spend the evening with other
artists, drawing one of our experienced
models. Bring drawing materials and
paper. No registration necessary. Ages
16 and up. BCA Center, Burlington,
Mondays 6:30-8:30 p.m. $8. Contact:
Free Yoga for Survivors. H.O.P.E. Works is
offering a free and confidential traumainformed yoga program for survivors
of sexual violence. Meets on the first
Saturday of each month. Registration is
required to attend. Laughing River Yoga,
Burlington, 1:30 p.m. Free. Contact: 8640555, x19 or [email protected]
Creative Tuesdays. Artists exercise their
imaginations with recycled crafts. Children under 10 must be accompanied by
an adult. Fletcher Free Library, Burling-
Gutterson Field House, UVM, Burlington, 11 a.m. $5-$10 suggested donation or a
food donation. Information:
ton, 3:15-5 p.m. Contact: 865-7216.
Beginner yoga classes. Tuesdays. In lieu of
a fee, please bring a non-perishable item
or monetary donation for the Richmond
Food Shelf. Richmond Free Library, 201
Bridge Street, Richmond, 6-7 p.m. Contact: [email protected] or 318-5570.
Burlington Writers Workshop. A free writing
workshop for all Vermonters. Meets every
Wednesday in downtown Burlington.
Free and open to the public. Participants
must register at More info:
Cell Phones For Soldiers. Local residents
can support these collection drives by
donating their old cell phones at A. W.
Rich Funeral Home, 57 Main Street, Essex Junction or at the American Legion,
3650 Roosevelt Highway, Colchester.
Collections accepted 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact: 849-6261.
Champlain Echoes. A women’s four-part
harmony chorus group seeks additional
women to sing in their holiday performances. Meetings are Monday nights.
The Pines, Aspen Drive, South Burlington,
6:30 p.m. Contact: 655-2174.
Community Wellness Day. Practitioners
offer Reiki, Shiatsu, aromatherapy,
acupressure, energy work and more to
those looking to experience alternative healing. 2 Wolves Holistic Center
in Vergennes, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. most
Fridays. Sliding-scale donations; preregister the Tuesday prior. Contact: [email protected] or 870-0361.
English As A Second Language Classes.
Improve your English conversation skills and
meet new people. Wednesdays. Administrative Conference Room: Intermediate/
Advanced. Pickering Room, 2nd Floor:
Beginners. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington,
6:30-8:30 p.m. Contact: 865-7211.
Essex Art League. Meets the first Thurs-
Tech Help with Clif. Offering
one-on-one technology help. Bring
in your new smartphone, tablet,
e-reader, etc. Clif will sit down with
you to help you learn your device
and it’s capabilities. First come, first
helped. Essex Free Library, 1-3 p.m.
Brownell Library closes at 5
p.m. for Thanksgiving holiday
Thursday, November 27
Library closed for
Thanksgiving holiday.
Friday, November 28
Library closed for
Thanksgiving holiday.
Drop-in Story Time. Mondays.
Reading, rhyming and crafts
each week. All ages welcome. No
registration required. Essex Free
Library, 10:30 a.m.
Lego Club. Mondays. We have
thousands of Legos for you to build
awesome creations. Snacks will be
provided. Essex Free Library, 3:30-5
Story Time for Babies and
Toddlers. Tuesdays. Picture books,
songs, rhymes and puppets for babies
and toddlers with an adult. Brownell
Library, 9:10-9:30 a.m.
Drop-in Knitting Group.
Connect with other knitters and
tackle new knitting projects. Both
beginner and advanced knitters
are welcome. Essex Free Library,
Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Story Time for 3- to 5-Year-
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Tell Elsie!
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holds support group meetings for family
members of youth going through the process of coming out. One Sunday evening
and one Wednesday morning each
month at Outright Vermont. Contact:
German-English Conversation Group.
Italian Conversation Group. Open to all
interested in learning/hearing the Italian
language. Room 101, St. Edmunds Hall,
St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Every
second and fourth Wednesday of the
month, 7-9 p.m. Contact: 654-2536.
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The Ho anza
Family Support Group. Outright Vermont
Improve your German conversation skills
and meet new people. First and third
Wednesday of each month. Local History
Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington,
6:30-8:30 p.m. Contact: 865-7211.
[email protected]
day of the month. The meeting agenda
includes a business and social time, and
features a guest artist presentation. Essex Junction Congregational Church on
Main Street, Essex Junction, 9-11 a.m.
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Toy Library Playgroup. Fridays. Ages birth
through five years. Memorial Hall, Essex,
9:30-11 a.m. Contact Lauren: 878-6715.
VCAM Access Orientation. Free. Vermont
Community Access Media, 208 Flynn Avenue 2-G, Burlington. Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact:
651-9692 or
Women’s Craft Group. Inventive females work
Olds. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Picture books, songs, rhymes,
puppets, flannel stories and early
math activities for preschoolers.
Brownell Library, 10-10:45 a.m.
Creative Writing Club for
Ages 9 Plus. Wednesdays. Let
your imagination soar as you write
your own stories and poems using
prompts, games and other writing
exercises. Essex Free Library, 3:304:30 p.m.
Toddler Story Time.
Wednesdays. Stories, songs and
crafts for ages 18 months-3 ½ years.
Essex Free Library, 10:30 a.m.
Registration required.
20% off
$10 off
20% off
on artful projects. First and third Thursday
of the month. Free. Essex Alliance Church,
Essex, 7-9 p.m. Contact: 238-2291.
Local Libraries
Wednesday, November 26
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offers a 50-minute guided exercise class
for anyone over the age of 50. The
session begins with a warm up, stretching exercises, then strength training
using Hammer Strength equipment with
guidance. The class ends with a relaxing
stretch and cool down, and participants
are welcome to use the cardio machines
before or after if they wish. HammerFit
Gym, Essex, Mondays and Thursdays
9:30 a.m. $5. Information: 878-0444.
Certified 5K on the UVM women’s
cross-country course. Great footing
on cinder and paved path as well as
grass. Walkers welcome. The race will
be timed with large race clock, but
no results are recorded other than
top three male and female finishers. Proceeds benefits the Chittenden
Emergency Food Shelf.
Senior Strength. HammerFit Gym in Essex
nized day trips, lunches and dinners are
a great way of making friends and get
acquainted with things in the community.
The club meets on Wednesdays twice
monthly from September to June. Contact
Dana 864-0766 or Orchard 985-3870.
Newcomers Club. Newcomers Club’s orga-
NOV 27
demand, CVAA will be sponsoring Tai
Chi for Arthritis. Wednesday evenings,
beginning Oct. 29. The class is offered to
anyone age 50 and older. It is intended
for adults who are still in the workforce.
Winooski Senior Center, Winooski, 5:306:30 p.m. Contact Rachael: 865-0360 or
[email protected]
Small Business
Small Business
Saturday tote bags
while supply lasts
First 20 customers
win a FREE
Depot Home & Garden
Gift Card
$10 to $50 value
2 Great Stores 1 Convenient Location!
36 Park Street, Essex Jct. • 878-8596 • Mon-Sat 8-6, Sun 10–4 •
Read to Zyla. Thursdays. Zyla
is a trained therapy dog that loves
books. Sign up for a 15-minute time
slot to read your favorite books to her.
For ages 4-10. Essex Free Library,
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Preschool Story Time. Books,
songs, rhymes and crafts for ages 3.55 years. Free and open to the public.
No registration required. Essex Free
Library, Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
Minecraft Club. Fridays.
Come show off your world-building
and survival skills on our Xbox
360. Play and discuss with fellow
“minecrafters.” Snacks will be
provided. Essex Free Library, 3-5
Rock, Roll and Read Story
Time. Fridays. Rock out and read
with books, songs and instruments.
All ages. Essex Free Library, 10:30
Drop-in Story Time for Kids of
All Ages. Twice a month on Fridays.
Babies, toddlers and preschoolers
are welcome to come listen to picture
book stories and have fun with
finger plays and action rhymes.
No registration required. Brownell
Library, 10-10:45 a.m.
Brownell Library, 6 Lincoln Street, Essex Junction. Contact: 878-6956.
Essex Free Library, 2 Jericho Road, Essex. Contact: 879-0313 or
[email protected]
Got the
commuter blues?
Call or email by December 5, 2014
to learn about other transportation options, and you’ll be entered to win a CCTA
bus pass for one month (valued up to $150) or a $100 gift certificate to
Earl’s Cyclery & Fitness — your choice!
800-685-RIDE (7433) | [email protected]
The Essex Reporter • November 26, 2014
Cioffi and Jacobs
Alyssa Jean Cioffi
and Joshua Robert
Jacobs were united in
marriage on Oct. 11, 2014
at The Barn at the Lang
Farm in Essex Junction.
Alyssa, the daughter of
Glenn and Michele Cioffi of
Essex Junction, graduated
from Essex High School and
Robert Morris University.
She currently works as a
nurse at Champlain Valley
Union High School and
Essex Pediatrics.
Joshua, the son of
Connie Russell and Mike
Jacobs of Essex Junction,
graduated Essex High
School and Western New
England College. He now
works in sales at Overhead
Kate Cioffi and Ashley
Godin were the maids of
honor, Caitlin Arthur,
Jordan Smalling, Shannon
Culleny, Crystal Horican,
Ashley Morgan and Caitlin
McCrea were also members Alyssa Cioffi and Joshua Jacobs
of the bridal party.
Mike Richardson and
Justin White, were the best men, Ryan Neary, Nick Hendry, Jesse Coutrayer, Tom
Jacobs, Kyle Piche and Paul Morgan were also groomsmen.
The newlyweds reside in Williston.
Madeline Green and
her horse I Gotta Lotta
Pizzazz, of Essex, left,
and Kira Clokey and her
horse Rennos Pretty
Penny, of Jericho, right,
were presented with yearend awards given by The
Champlain Valley Horse
Shows Association at the
Capitol Plaza in Montpelier
on Oct. 26. Both riders train
with Brad Giroux of Giroux
Performance Horses out
of Brigham Hill Stables in
Albany Berkshire Ballet celebrates 40 years
of the Nutcracker at the Flynn
A Burlington holiday
tradition since 1974,
Albany Berkshire Ballet’s
“The Nutcracker” has been
captivating audiences with
its magic and wonderment.
The enduring production
returns to the Flynn
MainStage on Nov. 29-30.
This enchanting ballet
unites children from all
over Vermont to perform
with professional dancers
at the legendary Flynn
Albany Berkshire
Ballet, under the guidance
of Artistic Director
Madeline Cantarella Culpo,
has choreographed the
cherished holiday classic,
which also features the
beloved score of Peter
Tchaikovsky. With lavish
sets and scenery designed
by Carl Sprague, the
performances feature over
120 local dance students
from 33 Vermont towns.
Helena Sullivan, owner
and Artistic Director of
Stowe Dance Academy,
Mad River Dance Academy,
and the Rehearsal Mistress
for Albany Berkshire Ballet,
has been working with
our young, local dancers
to prepare them for the
production. Sullivan herself
was in the Nutcracker as
a youth and is delighted to
continue the tradition of
keeping the magic of The
Nutcracker alive.
Aspiring Vermont
dancers, ages 3 to 17,
coming from Chittenden,
Addison, Franklin, Lamoille,
Orleans and Washington
counties are given the
opportunity to perform
with professional dancers
from across the globe on the
historic Flynn stage. Three
Thanksgiving weekend
performances will take
place at the Flynn Center
for the Performing Arts,
each with a different cast
of local dancers. The young
dancers will be performing
as reindeer, clowns, angels,
party children, battling
soldiers and maids. Essex
Junction locals performing
in the shows include: Maren
Altadonna, Mila Lim Cho,
William Danis (Fritz),
Macey Odit and Ludovica
Saturday, Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 30 at 1 p.m.
Tickets at or call 863-5966.
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Local dancers from Essex perform in the Nutcracker at the
Flynn this weekend.
Pictured from left to right Ludovica Palmieri, Maren Altadonna,
Maecy Odit and Mila Lim Cho (front). PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
Stephen A.
Unsworth, of
Unsworth Law,
PLC in Essex
Junction, has
been selected
for the 2014
Super Lawyers
List, ranking
him among the
top lawyers in
New England.
He focuses
exclusively on
Estate Planning,
such as Wills,
Trusts, Probate,
Elder Law,
and Medicaid
Planning. He has
been named a
“Super Lawyer”
each year since
its creation
in 2007. This
Stephen Unsworth
distinction is
based on peer
nomination, extensive evaluations and independent
Unsworth graduated with distinction from the
University of Maine at Orono and received his Juris
Doctorate from Western New England College School
of Law in Springfield, Mass. A native of Vermont,
he devotes a great deal of his free time to serving his
community. He is active in his church and serves on the
Advisory Board of the Salvation Army. An avid sailor,
he lives in Shelburne with his wife and three children.
B Section
The Essex Reporter
November 26, 2014
“I want to instill a focus of passionate, hard work and defense in this team.”
Jesse Coutrayer
Boys’ basketball coach
Coutrayer takes the reins:
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EHS welcomes new head coach
The Essex Reporter
Fans will no longer see
Jeff Goodrich leading the
huddle on the sidelines of
Hornet boys’ basketball games.
After taking over as Athletic
Director for Essex High School
the position of head basketball
coach has been turned over
to 29-year-old EHS grad and
six-year assistant coach Jesse
Coutrayer was a member
of the Essex basketball team
and a 2003 graduate. He
continued to play for three
years at Johnson State and
graduated in the winter of
2007. After taking an extra
semester of courses he worked
as a grad assistant for the
college. Currently when he
isn’t on the court he works
a pre-school teacher at the
Robin’s Nest Children’s
Center in Burlington.
He began helping Goodrich
with the EHS boys’ basketball
team during the 2008-2009
season as an assistant for both
the junior varsity and varsity
teams. However, last season
Coutrayer was able to work
solely with the varsity squad
full time.
Last week the winter
season practices and tryouts
commenced and Coutrayer
stepped onto the court for his
first week as head coach.
He mentioned in an
interview last Thursday that
taking on the new role has
unveiled new responsibilities.
“There is a lot of work
that you have to do behind
the scenes. I had an idea
of all that Jeff did, but I
didn’t realize how much
goes into it, but he’s been
really helpful. Overall there’s
been plenty of advice and
everyone is great over there,”
Coutrayer said.
Some of the new
responsibilities include bus
scheduling, ordering new
equipment and budgeting.
“I’m not just focused on
the varsity team. I have
to make sure that all my
coaches have everything
they need,” Coutrayer said.
“It’s about making sure that
everything runs smoothly in
the entire program.”
At 5-feet, 6-inches
Coutrayer says his plan for
the Hornets this season will
be to keep the team working
hard and hold a defensive
“Derek Jeter is one of my
favorite athletes and he once
said in an interview, ‘you
don’t have to have talent to
work hard.’ That’s been my
mentality and how I work
as a basketball player,”
Coutrayer said. “I had to
work hard as an athlete and
I want to instill a focus of
passionate, hard work and
defense in this team.”
appy Thanksgiving! As one of
my all-time favorite holidays, I
love everything this one has to
offer. Family, food, football, November’s
shining moment, vacation and turkey.
Not sure why we don’t eat more bird
during the year? Anyway, enjoy your day.
I have a feeling I will.
Winter sports began last week. With
no school – but in-service Monday and
Tuesday – practices remain after school.
No school Wednesday, Thanksgiving or
Friday then it’s back to school Monday.
Once back to the grind, the countdown
until Christmas vacation begins.
Unofficially it will be three weeks and
about 20 days until the next break –
more on that next week. Games will
begin that week.
Senior Recognition
Last week at the Vermont StudentLeadership Conference. Kathleen Young
and Brendan Gleason were chosen as
Vermont Scholar-Athletes by the Vermont
State Athletic Directors Association. Only
five seniors of each gender in our state
are selected for this prestigious honor.
Both are remarkable examples of amazing
student-athletes here at EHS. Kathleen
will be attending Harvard next fall and
playing field hockey, while Brendan has
narrowed his collegiate search down to
Tufts, Cornell and Notre Dame where he
plans to play lacrosse. My money is on the
Fighting Irish. Boy would I love to go to a
Notre Dame football game in South Bend
next fall.
Jesse Coutrayer
Winter Schedule
Our Athletic Director has a supply of
Winter Season Schedules in the office.
If you work at school, stop by and help
yourself. In the meantime feel free to
check the EHS athletic website for team
schedules. Updates will occur over the
Sock Drive
The Athletic Leadership Council will
be holding a Sock Drive to support the
needs of local homeless shelters starting
on Tuesday, Dec. 2. There will be drop
locations set up near the main office at
EHS and at each Home athletic contest
in December. Feel free to contribute and
participate. Track and Field Clinic
The Vermont Track and Field Cross
Country Coaches Association sponsored
the first track and field clinic in our
state in quite a while Saturday at
Essex Middle School. The VTFCCCA
had coaches and speakers from UVM,
Middlebury and Dartmouth Colleges
as well as Bryant University. South
Burlington and Essex High School
also contributed speakers. One notable
presenter was Jason Polakowski the
strength training coach at Bryant who is
an Essex alum and former high hurdle
state champion. Thanks to Geoff Bennett
and Chris Polakowski for organizing.
Middle school swimmers compete in Fall Classic
Essex Middle School eighth-graders Jake McIntyre, left, and Ross Macy, right, competing in the 200-yard butterfly event for Green Mountain
Aquatics Swim Team at the Fall Classic Swim Meet in White River Junction on Oct. 8.
In the Nov. 20 issue of The Essex Reporter the name of the current cheerleading coach was incorrect.
The coach is currently Brittany Picard, who is coaching three teams including UVM Cheer.
Kara Sheftic
Speaking of former EHS athletes,
basketball player Kara Sheftic had seven
points in Boston University’s 63-62
comeback win over Harvard last week.
Her play on defense was also crucial
down the stretch, and Coach Steding
said Sheftic limited Harvard’s presence
in the interior. “She did an amazing
job,” Steding said. “I thought that she
was solid. The instant you tell Kara
something, the instant you tell her change
this and do it this way, she applies it
immediately. She doesn’t question things.
She just accepts it, does it and gets to
work. She’s physically tough. She’s got a
great frame. She’s got a lot of upside and
potential. She’s learning to be a scorer,
and she’s strong. She’s learned really
well.” Very nice praise. Kathleen Young
Speaking about Kathleen Young and
accolades, she was named Burlington
Free Press Miss Field Hockey, Metro
Player of the Year, and Twin State 2014
… and 2013. Young scored seven goals
and had six assists, totaling 25 goals
and 31 assists in her high school career.
Teammates Tiffany Barnes, Christina
Tellez, Madison Corkum, and Sienna
Teare also garnered honors. Not sure
how Jenna Puleo was not mentioned.
Boys’ Hockey
Boys’ hockey wins the lottery and will
be playing the first Hornet game of the
winter on Dec. 3 after break.
12/3 Boys’ Ice Hockey @ South Burlington 7:25 p.m.
Final Thoughts
Is Florida State an exciting team to
watch or what? The Patriots are rolling,
Odell Beckham can play – though I
thought he should have been flagged for
offensive pass interference – and so can
Tony Romo.
The Essex Reporter • November 26, 2014
S ports
Turkey trot tradition
Westford hosts 25th fun run for charitable giving
For The Essex Reporter
Twenty-five years
ago the Committee for
Westford Children and
Families decided to
hold a turkey trot. The
fun run was originally
planned to cover the costs
of babysitting services
and a dinner offered to
participants of a parenting
class; the class dissipated
after a few years, but the
Westford Turkey Trot
became a tradition.
The annual event drew
a good crowd in its 25th
year with 249 registered
runners plus volunteers.
The Committee for
Westford Children and
Families is now made
up of six local woman:
Allison Weinhagen, Perky
Maddocks, Kim Horton,
Andrea McBride, Peggy
Rodgers and Rosemary
Shea-Cobb – who all
participated in this year’s
All profits from
registration, concessions
and merchandise go to
3K and 10K participants
start their races during the
Westford Turkey Trot on
local causes. Some of which
include the Westford Food
Shelf, baskets for the
annual holiday church
auction, concerts, Four
Winds – a nature program
for students and local
families in need.
“We give as the need
arises,” said Weinhagen.
The Westford Turkey
Trot offered different
lengths for participants.
The 100-yard Tot Trot,
for 5-year-olds, rewarded
runners with chocolate
turkeys at the end. The 3K
and 10K runners began
together at Westford
Elementary School and
followed a “scenic, rolling
hills” course according
to Maddocks. The 10K
runners ranged from 14- to
over 60-years-old.
Ken Schalz, the male
winner for the 60 and
older category had a time
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of 44:57:1. Compared to
the winning runner in the
14 and under age group,
Timothy Cobb, who had a
time of 44:21:2.
The fastest time of the
morning was 35:17:6, run
by Paul Allison. Allison,
who is also the Nordic
Skiing coach at Essex
High School, registered
in the 20- to 29-year-old
age category and was the
overall winner.
Following the races,
hand-painted turkey
medallions made by
Longina Smolinski, a
Westford resident, were
given to the winners of
each age group. There was
also a raffle; all runners
and volunteers were
automatically entered to
win prizes donated by local
families and companies.
“It is always a fun
community event,” said
The 25th annual
Westford Turkey Trot
raised over $4,000.
Members of the Committee
for Westford Children and
Families have a plan to
work all the profits back
into the community.
“In prior years, we’ve
been able to donate every
time a request comes in,”
said Weinhagen.
Paul Allison, of Jericho, was the overall winner of the Westford
Turkey Trot on Saturday.
Participants in the 3K and
10K races near the Westford
Elementary School during
the Westford Turkey Trot on
Saturday, December 6
The Essex Reporter • November 26, 2014
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watercolor, oil, acrylic and photography. All work is small
size with small prices. Great Vermont-made Christmas gifts.
On display through Dec. 4. Burnham Library, Colchester.
Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tuesday and
Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 12-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-3
p.m.; Sunday, Closed. Information:
FAR AWAY PLACES. The Darkroom Gallery presents this
exhibition of travel photographs that transport you to a
unique time and location; photographs that portray a land,
its people or a culture in its natural state, images that have
no geographical limitations. Exhibition runs through Nov.
30. Gallery hours: Monday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. or by
appointment. Information: 777-3686.
NOW. Since the beginning of time, mankind has found the
beauty and complexity of nature to be a source for personal
adornment. This exhibition at the Shelburne Museum explores
the concept of nature in jewelry design as a reflection
of our culture’s evolving relationship with our biological
surroundings, from the fetishization of the Art Nouveau
movement to the current politicization of environmental
activism. Exhibit on display through March 8. Pizzagalli Center
for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum, Shelburne. Gallery
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $8 adults; $5 children.
Lana Platter
Spotlight on Tamara Cameron
least another 12 hours to
fire in the kiln.
“You never get back what
you but into it,” she said.
“Anybody who works in clay
does it as a labor of love…
and I’m in a place that I can
do that now.”
Three of her four
children have graduated
from Colchester High
School; the youngest is a
ninth grader.
In addition to her own
work, Cameron has
been teaching at the
Living and Learning
Pottery Co-Op at the
University of Vermont
for the past eight years.
The classes at the L&L
Tamara Cameron drinks
a lot of tea. “I like the
process of tea,” she said over
a cup during an interview
last week. “I hate teapots
that don’t work and cups
that don’t keep your tea
So, Cameron has made
it her full-time business to
hand build ceramic teapots,
mugs and other forms.
“It’s all very important,”
she reiterated, “the way a
teapot holds, how it pours
and if the lid falls off.”
Cameron is not what she
describes as a “production
potter” — someone who
reproduces the same thing
over and over. “I’m always
changing the form,” she
Cameron grew up in
Nova Scotia, Canada and
earned degrees in graphic
design and Art Education
from Nova Scotia College of
Art and Design in 1985. She
first began working with
clay 20 years ago when she
decided she wanted to add
something different to her
life as a stay at home mom.
The first class she took was
a handbuilding pottery
class when she lived in
“I think it is important
to do handbuilding first,”
said Cameron who moved
to Colchester 13 years ago.
“When you work on a wheel
you can get preoccupied
with the mechanics… I
think people don’t know
what clay is like off the
wheel; the wheel is very
As a handbuilder,
Cameron starts with a
flat slab of clay and builds
“I think my graphic
design background helps
me think about how to
turn a flat plane into a
form,” Cameron explained.
“That’s what I enjoy
most about the process is
creating new forms.”
Creating the work does
take a long time. Cameron
estimates that one mug
takes approximately four
hours and then takes at
Slab tea pot
What: Sweet Sips
Tamara Cameron
When: Friday, Dec. 12 from 7-9 p.m.
Where: One Arts Center,
72 North Champlain Street, Burlington
Cost: $8, free for members.
Includes two specialty cocktails and use of
artist’s mug. Purchase of mug is additional.
Details: Mingle, listen to live music and enjoy
a hot drink of your choice in a handcrafted
mug made by Colchester artist, Tamara
Cameron. Mugs will be available for purchase.
More info:
What: Cloth & Clay Sale
When: Saturday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Mug combination
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Open House!
Sunday, Nov. 30
12:00 - 3:00
2 Greenfield Road Ext.
Unit #G3, Essex, VT 05452
Condo Living with 3 finished floors, upgraded new
kitchen and appliances, patio, deck, use of pool
and courts.
MARVIN FISHMAN EXHIBIT. Vintage Inspired Lifestyle
Marketplace announces an exhibition of paintings from
Vermont artist Marvin Fishman. Born in New York City,
Fishman eventually moved to Vermont and headed the
University of Vermont’s media and production facilities.
This black and white series of work entitled “Series
II” evolved from Fishman’s ruminations on the
black and white work of his early filmmaking days.
Exhibit runs through Nov. 30. Vintage Inspired
Marketplace, Burlington. Gallery hours: MondaySaturday, 10 a.m.-5p.m.; Sunday, 12-4 p.m. Information:
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Contact Tamara at [email protected]
“150 MINUTES.” A show featuring the recent works by artist
Scottie Raymond who goes by the alias, eSKae1. Initially
inspired by his recent success in the Magic Hat Wall to Canvas
competition, where each artist is given 150 minutes to complete
a piece of art. Building off of this concept, eSKae1 created a
series of 150 minute “instantly produced art.” The pieces are
inspired and informed by the visual and literary artists of the Beat
generation. Raymond uses mixed media, primarily spray cans, to
build and position juxtaposed layers, ultimately culminating in
an individual character. Exhibit runs through Dec. 31. Magic Hat
Art Space, South Burlington. Gallery hours: Monday-Thursday,
10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.- 7p.m.; Sunday, 12-5 p.m.
NEW WORKS. Artist Laurel Waters’ exhibit “New Works”
contains framed prints and several large original installations
of colorful, expressionistic Vermont landscapes. Through color
and brushstroke, Waters paints capture an exciting fluidity
and energy. On display through Nov. 30. Shelburne Vineyards,
Shelburne. Gallery Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Artist information:
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studio are open to students,
alumni and community
This past fall
Cameron planed to offer a
handbuilding in clay class
for the Colchester
LIFE parks and
recreation program,
however enrollment
was too low. She
hopes to
the political cartoons of the late Burlington artist, illustrator
and children’s book author Jane Clark Brown will be on display
the Pickering Room at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington.
Jane Clark Brown produced over 300 political cartoons for
the “Suburban List,” a weekly newspaper published in Essex
Junction, from 1968 to 1975. Her insightful cartoons dealt with
many local, state and national issues. Exhibit runs through Dec.
30. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 12-6 p.m.
Information: 399-8364 or [email protected]
Directions: From 5 Corners - 117 River Rd.
East to Greenfield on left. Follow Greenfield
up and around to Greenfield Ext, follow signs.
Where: One Arts Center,
72 North Champlain Street, Burlington
“As Davorka told the story of
how she and her family had
survived day to day and finally
fled during the conflict, it
was clear that she mourned
the loss of the spirit of her
beloved city. Even if they
had stayed and survived
the war, her sons would
not have known the same
community of peoples
coexisting peacefully.”
- Laurie
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Vermont International Festival will be celebrating its 22nd
year of showcasing the diversity of Vermont with arts,
crafts, food, dance and musical performances representing
cultures from all over the world. The festival will run Dec.
5-7. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction. Friday 5-8
p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tickets will be on sale at the door. Admission is good for the
entire weekend. $7 adults; $5 children 6-12; $5 for seniors;
$20 family pass; and children under 6 are free. Information:
and 6 for a unique holiday shopping experience in the South
End Arts District. Over 50 businesses and studios will be open
for your shopping pleasure. Get one-of-a-kind gifts, while
supporting our local artists and business community. There will
be transportation, food, events and entertainment throughout
the South End. Information:
SALMAN RUSHDIE TALK. Internationally renowned author
Salman Rushdie will talk about the importance of stories in
a special Vermont Humanities Council event at Burlington’s
Ira Allen Chapel on Jan. 14 at 5 p.m. Held jointly as a Vermont
Reads and First Wednesdays program, Rushdie’s talk, ”What’s
the Use of Stories That Aren’t Even True?” is free and open to
the public. Tickets for the Rushdie talk are available at the
following locations: UVM’s Dudley H. Davis Center and Patrick
Gymnasium; Brownell Library in Essex Junction; and at the
Vermont Humanities Council office in Montpelier.
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December 11, 2014 - 6:30 P.M.
1. Presentation by David Roberts, Consultant at VT Energy Investment Corp., &
Michele Boomhower, MPC/CCRCP about electric cars and vehicle charging
2. Public Comments
• FINAL PLAN AMENDMENT: Eric & Elaine Gailloux- Proposal to
amend the curb cut and re-configure the driveway for property at 173 Lost
Nation Road in the AR & C1 Zones. Tax Map 74, Parcel 6-2.
• SIMPLE PARCEL SUBDIVISION: Christina Gordon & Lisa HobbsProposal to subdivide a 9.34-acre lot into two lots located at 109 Osgood
Hill Road in the AR & C2 Zones. Tax Map 15, Parcel 23-1.
• SIMPLE PARCEL SUBDIVISION: Steve Pomarico d/b/a Paramount
Properties, LLC-Proposal to subdivide a 6.25-acre lot into two lots located
at 218 Brigham Hill Road in the AR & C1 Zones. Tax Map 17, Parcel 17.
4. Worksession: 2016 Draft Town Plan
Chapter One: Essex’s Planning Process and
Chapter Three: Essex’s Sense of Place
5. Minutes (11-13-14)
6. Other Business
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Antique Norman
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0751Animal Problem on Maple St
0945Littering on Center Rd
1314Citizens Dispute on Saxon Hill Rd
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1946Citizens Dispute on Park St
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0506Alarm on Hiawatha Ave
0623Alarm on Hiawatha Ave
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1509Traffic Offense on Main St
1532Motor Vehicle Complaint on Sand
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1609Lost Property on Steeplebush Rd
1622Motor Veh Complaint on Center
1748Accident on Jericho Rd
1843Burglary on Cabot Dr
2241Parking Problem on Jericho Rd
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0907VIN Verification on Maple St
0919Welfare Check on Sand Hill Rd
0944Juvenile Problem on Founders Rd
0949Accident on Susie Wilson Rd
1021Bad Check on Maple St
1101Accident on Pearl St
1232Theft on Seneca Ave
1508Theft on Pearl St
1532Juvenile Problem on I289
1720Susp Circumstance on Cherry St
1724Burglary on Browns River Rd
1852Susp Circumstance on Maple St
1900Citizens Dispute on Towers Rd
1911Welfare Check on Jackson St
2056Suspicious Circumstance on Iris
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2357Citizens Assist on Corporate Dr
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0913Traffic Offense on Center Rd
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ADL Agenda
School perspective
To close or not to close
Understanding the call on snow-days
The girls’ intramural football team, Yeet Crew,
finished second in this year’s championship.
They are the first girls’ team to make it to the
championship game. The boys’ team, So Fresh, So Fly, They Will
Make You Cry, went undefeated and won the
ADL intramural football championship. They
get to have their team name engraved on the
intramural trophy and got to play the teachers in
the eighth annual ADL Turkey Bowl on Friday,
Nov. 21.
From Principal Laurie Singer
As we move towards the end of our
first trimester, progress reports will be
sent home shortly after our Thanksgiving
break. Included with the reports will be
a visual representation of what families
will see when they access the PowerSchool
Portal from our website (www.ccsuvt.
org/adl). Use the same username and
password to access the portal that was
used during student-led conferences in
October. If you find that technical support
is needed, contact the CCSU Helpdesk by
phone at 802-857-7000, x1234 or by email
at: [email protected] A reminder that
the portal will be open from Dec. 2-19.
Should families desire to have a teacher
or team meeting after viewing the report
and portal information, call or email the
teacher or team to make an appointment. Yearbooks
Yearbook sales have started and the
Yearbook Club has been working hard on
making a fabulous yearbook for ADL. The
books are $20 and are in color again this
year. Parents can order online or you can
pick up an order form in the front office.
Sales close on Feb. 20, 2015. Yearbooks are
distributed the last week of school in June.
EHS finalist in $2
million Samsung Solve
for Tomorrow Contest
Essex High School
announced on Nov. 18
that it is a Vermont state
finalist in the Samsung
Solve for Tomorrow contest,
a nationwide competition to
increase interest in science,
technology, engineering
and math (STEM) by
challenging teachers and
students to take topics out
of traditional classroom
settings and into local
communities. In addition
to being awarded two
Galaxy Tabs, seven teachers
received a professional
development course from
PBS Teacherline.​ Essex High School has
moved onto this round of the
competition for their interest
in using STEM to address
the white nose bat fungus
issue in the area. Essex High
School is one of five schools
in Vermont to become a
state finalist in the contest.
During the next phase of the
competition, an Essex High
School teacher will create
a lesson plan to address
the issue in an educational
setting. The state winners
will be announced in early
Bracelet sales benefit
Nicaraguan artisans
The Essex High School
Spanish Honor Society is
participating in the Pulsera
Project: This Project is run
by a non-profit organization
that empowers young
Nicaraguan artisans
through the sale of their
colorful hand-woven
bracelets (“pulseras” in
Spanish) in the United
States. All proceeds from
pulsera sales are then
reinvested in different
programs in Nicaragua,
including scholarships,
micro-loans, support for the
Si A La Vida kids shelter,
environmental programs,
workers’ rights advocacy,
and educational programs.
Spanish Honor Society
students will be selling
these bracelets from Dec.
1-12 at lunchtime outside
of the cafeteria from A
through D lunch, as well
as before and after school.
Each pulsera is a unique
and wearable work of art,
and comes tagged with the
picture and signature of the
young artist who made it.
The bracelets cost $5 each.
Media Center News
The Library at EHS/
CTE had an exciting grand
opening in September,
occupying an old periodical
room is now a dynamic
maker space.
bus transportation
If only it was as easy
as just taking Tom
CCSU Director of
Messner’s word and
Property Services Bruce
having a decision made
Ben Dickie
Murdough, who has
before it was time to call it
been in contact with the
a night …
Essex Junction Public
The record-breaking
Works and/or the Essex
snow that was dumped
Police Department
on Buffalo, N.Y. recently
Essex Town
was a harsh reminder
Superintendent Mark
that winter is officially
here and as if you weren’t already
Gathering information from these
well aware, weather in Vermont is an
constituents then leads to a wellunpredictable thing. While most of the
informed decision on the status of
world is asleep, the temperatures can
massively fluctuate within a few hours, CCSU schools that day. By 5:45 a.m.,
DeNova then shares that with me and
leaving roads and sidewalks as everthat’s when the highly anticipated
changing, unknown variables.
As the Communications Coordinator information starts to roll out.
The first order of business is
for Chittenden Central Supervisory
sending out notifications using our
Union, I am responsible for notifying
emergency broadcast system, called
families in the early morning hours if
Connect 5. This alerts all families
schools are closed or delayed on those
with a voice recorded message and
weather-inflicted days. While this may
an email to let them know if school is
seem like a simple yes-or-no decision,
delayed or cancelled for the day (and
the process that takes place prior to
messages being delivered involves many this is great time to remind you to keep
your information up to date with the
levels of input and communication.
administrative assistant at the school
Just last week I had the pleasure to
attend the Governor’s Statewide School your children attend). I then notify the
Vermont Association of Broadcasters,
Safety conference in Burlington and
which is how the scrolling updates
one message really stood out and was
appear on the bottom of your TV screen
intertwined as Secretary of Education
and in the school closing updates on
Rebecca Holcombe, Governor Peter
local radio stations. Next, a banner
Shumlin, and keynote speaker William
is created across the top of the CCSU
Modzeleski spoke. If you were asked
and individual school websites with
what the top concern of school systems
is, you would probably answer by saying this news, and finally a tweet is sent
education. While that is without a doubt out from our CCSU Twitter account
right near the top, the actual number
We strive to have this information
one priority is safety. Safety comes in
disseminated by 6 a.m. at the very
many shapes and forms and when the
latest, giving families time to make
decision to open or close a school comes
or adjust their plans for the day
into play on a snowy Tuesday, it’s the
only factor that matters.
How we communicate as a
As community members, I wanted
community continuously changes and
to give you a peak behind the curtain
I am always seeking feedback that you
on how the progression of this decision
might have to deliver these notifications
CCSU Superintendent Judith DeNova as efficiently as possible. If you have
any suggestions, do not hesitate to
and I keep a keen eye on the weather
contact me by email: [email protected]
throughout the week to try and be as
prepared as possible. Weather updates
Now that you know how the
ping DeNova’s phone throughout the
decisions are made and communicated,
night if storms are approaching and by
have a happy and safe Thanksgiving,
5 a.m. each morning, she is already in
make sure your shovels are handy and
consultation if there is even a question
please forgive me if my voice is still a
with the following:
little sleepy when your phone rings at
Westford principal Marcie Lewis,
5:58 a.m. the next time mother nature
who has been in contact with the
decides to remind us that we still live in
Westford Town Garage and the local
New England.
What is a maker space?
It’s a space where students
and teachers can learn
experientially. It houses tools
and materials for creating
all sorts of things. There are
materials for drawing and
painting, while there are also
tools such as a vinyl cutter
and a button-maker. One can
enjoy knitting, using Makey
Make kits, or learn to write
code for Arduino.
The maker space provides
an opportunity to collaborate
and innovate, working
individually or in small
groups with a wide variety of
materials, including low or
no-tech projects, as well as
some ‘tech-y’ offerings. We
hope that many individuals
will bring a variety of
expertise to this space. The
plan is to offer workshops on
any number of projects, to be
offered by students, teachers
or community members.
Students are using the
space throughout the school
day, working individually
or with a couple of friends
on a wide array of creative
General music
enterprises. Teachers are
classes at Essex Middle
also bringing small groups
School are already
in for tutorials and projects.
wrapping up our first
There is a calendar for
“trimester”, so students
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are completing their
use the space. If you are an
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that means finishing
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original compositions
that were created using
the Noteflight computer
program. Eighth grade
students prepared a
research project and
created presentations
about the musical topic
of their choice. In many
cases this included a
listening example that
was representative of the
musical group or artist
that they might have
Some students also
participated in the first
annual District Jazz
Festival, which was held
at Brown’s River School
on Nov. 14. Students
were selected by their
teachers to perform in
either Jazz Band or Jazz
The Essex Middle
School Arts Night /
Holiday Concert will take
place on Dec. 18. Exhibits
and demonstrations of
Art, Design and Tech Ed,
Family and Consumer
Science and Music classes
will be on display starting
at 6 p.m., followed by
the concert featuring
the Essex Middle School
Bands at 7 p.m.
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Founders Memorial
Students at Founders
have been learning about
bullying, teasing and other
forms of peer aggression.
Various children’s books,
hands on activities,
discussions and role plays
have been a part of the
guidance curriculum this
year. Students in third
grade recently heard the
story “Enemy Pie” and
made their own enemy pie
with a partner. Of course,
enemy pie is made with
slices that show all of the
ways to be a good friend.
Fourth grade students
have been working on
assertiveness skills and
recently read the book “Just
Kidding” to learn about the
harmful effects of teasing.
On the grade 4/5 team and
in all fifth-grade classes
students have been making
brochures that will be used
to share the information
Local youth leaders in
substance free living
Ten students from
Essex High School boarded
a bus two weeks ago
destined for Smugglers’
Notch Resort for an
overnight retreat in the
name of substance free
living. Those 10 students
are a part of a nationally
known youth group called
Above the Influence or
ATI. This group has had a
strong presence in Essex
for the past five years,
inspiring their peers at
EHS, and throughout the
county, to think about the
negative influences that
exist in day-to-day life.
Essex ATI presented
on their successes at the
retreat, which hosted
upwards of 50 high school
students from all over
Chittenden County.
“It’s amazing how this
group has stepped up to
be a county-wide force,
spreading their message
Mater Christi
Ashley Stempek, left, and Abby Guenther, right, from Susan
Miyamoto’s fifth-grade class displays their bullying brochures.
they have learned about
bullying with third graders.
School wide, students
had the opportunity to
submit a comic strip into
our Upstander comic strip
contest. Congratulations to
our winners: third grader
Abby Spafford, fourth
grader Ingrid Gilliam, fifth
graders Justin Prim and
Gill Stawinski. The grade
level winners’ comic strips
will be published and posted
around our school building
as reminders to all students
and staff about how to be an
up stander in the event of a
bullying or teasing.
Submitted by Kelly
School Counselor.
Patrick Flaherty, of Colchester, plays the part of witness. Pictured from left to right: Gunho
Youn of Burlington, Phoebe Weller of Colchester, Ludovica Palmieri of Essex Junction, Isabelle
Tousignant of Shelburne, Tre` Diemer of Shelburne, Lucienne Miquel of Essex Junction, and
Ethan Treadwell of Burlington.
The eighth-grade social studies classes
at Mater Christi School in Burlington spent
several Fridays becoming familiar with the
U.S. Constitution by conducting Supreme
Court mock trials. Brent Tremblay, middle
school social studies teacher, invited the
two homerooms to each choose a case that
were interested in and then hold a trial with
classmates serving as defendants, judge,
witnesses and other court personnel.
The case had to involve a constitutional
issue and the events that lead to its going
before the Supreme Court.
The cases chosen by the students were
Texaco Inc. v. Dagher, 547 U.S.1 which
involved the application of U.S. antitrust law
and United States v. Stevens, 559 U.S. 460
which involved Amendment #8, Cruel and
Unusual Punishment.
After the mock trials took place,
the eighth graders each completed an
Essex High School students in the Above the Influence group assignment in which they reported what
traveled to Smugglers’ Notch Resort earlier this month for
an overnight retreat. Pictured in the back from left to right:
Viggy Rajendran, Nate Brennan, Ethan John, Matt Wu, Ashley
Gehsmann and Dylan Garcia.
Pictured in the front from left to right: Charlotte Murphy, Kathleen
Young, Sarah Tobey and Dominique Sweat.
Karen Rotach’s first
graders have been learning
about families “now and
long ago” as part of our
social studies curriculum.
We visited the Harriet
Powell Museum and had a
chance to learn about the
history of Essex families
and see what life was like
about making healthy
choices,” said Essex CHIPS
Prevention and Wellness
Director Matt Whalen, the
group’s adviser. “They are
light-years ahead of where
I was at their age.”
Winter road
Essex CHIPS, the
local anti-drug coalition,
has been convening and
supporting the group since
its inception.
More information at
“long ago”. We learned
about several different
important families that
still live in Essex today.
We had fun looking for
different artifacts during
our scavenger hunt.
We have also been
reading books in the
classroom and making
comparisons between life
“then” and “now”. We read
some nonfiction material
on PebbleGo (a wonderful
This Week: Winter
Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont
students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic
audiences. Each week, in this newspaper, YWP presents a selection of the
best local writing and photography. This week’s writing is in response to
the prompt, Winter Tales. Several YWP pieces will be performed as part of
Winter Tales at FlynnSpace in Burlington, Dec. 10-14, and we will present a
selection of the best writing here.
By FaiTh hammond
Grade 5, Thomas Fleming School
As I’m looking, looking
down this winter road
where I need to tread
to get the much needed
cup of sugar
from Ms Honey –
a witty, little lady next door –
I see trees bending down
from the weight of the snow
wrapping around me like a cold hug,
and a pair of tracks barely visible
from the fresh, fallen snow.
I hear my breath
and the occasional
from snow falling off branches
from too much weight.
I whack them aside
only for the bare
evergreen branches to come back
and slap my face like a whip.
Ms Honey,
only next door,
yet far away.
So I keep trudging, walking,
down this winter road.
websites they used to research the case, the
constitutional issue involved, the parties
involved in the case, when and where the
case took place, the events that led up to the
case going before the Supreme court, the
ruling of the Supreme Court, the reasoning
behind the decision and how they (the
student) feel about the ruling.
Members of the court audience were
impressed by the students’ understanding of
the case and the evident passion of some of
the students in defending their cause. The
students not only got a better grasp of the
place of the U.S. Constitution in American
life but also learned some facts that attested
to the freedoms granted by the constitution.
Upon hearing the response of a witness
that questioned the existence of one of these
freedoms, a student blurted out, “We are not
a Communist country!” It was with obvious
reluctance that the judge tapped the gavel
for order.
FeaTure PhoTo
library resource on the
Internet) and created
our own T-charts on the
Chromebooks. We are
going to add our work to
our on-line portfolios which
the children are creating
in the classroom. This has
been a wonderful way to
tie in technology with our
reading, writing, and social
studies curriculum.
Submitted by Karen
Frost horse
By morgan suTliFF
Grade 5, Thomas Fleming School
On a lonely sledding hill
after everyone has gone home,
a girl wants to take one last run and
she puts the icy cold metal blades on the snow.
She sees a snow storm in the distance.
It sounds like an angry horse galloping.
Her brother beckons for her to come home
with him. She declines.
And when she’s about to take off,
the snowstorm hits.
Her hat flies off across the lake
toward where a white horse stands.
For moments the girl and the horse stare
into each other’s eyes.
Then a snowy blast whips past the horse
and he’s gone.
So the girl runs home
to tell her tale of the frost horse.
nexT PromPTs
Smugglers’ Notch, Kevin Huang, Burlington High School
Invention. You’ve just invented the next big thing!
What is it and what does it do? Alternates: 15, 10,
5. Create a short dialogue of three characters. The
first can only speak 15 words, the second 10, and
the third just five words; or Author. Write in the
style of your favorite author or poet. Due Dec. 5
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The Essex Reporter • November 26, 2014
Gluten-free herbed bread stuffing
If you can find unsliced gluten-free baguettes or rolls, grab them. Otherwise, use
pre-sliced sandwich bread. But don’t remove the crusts; why waste one of the best
parts? Consider this recipe a template, which gives you the freedom to add sausage,
bacon, and/or dried fruit, or subtract a spice or two.
1 pound soft gluten-free bread, torn into 1-inch pieces (12 to 14 cups)
10 tbsp unsalted butter
1 pound onions, chopped (3 cups)
4 large outer celery stalks, chopped (2 cups)
1 1/4 tsp salt
2 1/2 tbsp chopped fresh sage leaves
1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme leaves
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 large eggs
1 1/2- to 2 cups turkey or giblet stock or reduced-sodium chicken broth.
Method of preparation
Preheat oven to 300 F. With a fork or your hands carefully tear bread into 1-inch
pieces and spread them out in a single layer in 1 or 2 large rimmed baking sheets.
Bake the bread until completely dry and pale golden, about 25 to 30 minutes. Let
the bread cool. Do ahead: The bread can be toasted three days ahead and kept in an
airtight container at room temperature.
Meanwhile, increase the oven to 400 F. Melt the butter in a 12-inch heavy
skillet over medium heat, then add the onions and the celery with the salt and
cook, stirring occasionally, until softened. Add the herbs and the pepper and cook,
stirring, 1 minute. Gently toss the bread with the onion mixture in a large bowl,
Carve a turkey like a pro
Roasted turkey is
the centerpiece of many
holiday feasts. That
glistening, golden skin
and moist meat beneath
is the perfect companion
to potatoes, string beans
and any number of side
Many holiday chefs
have received compliments
on the appearance of a
freshly prepared turkey
sitting on the holiday
serving platter. But those
same chefs may not know
how to properly carve up
their masterpieces after
the grand presentation has
been made.
1.Place the turkey on a
large, sturdy cutting
board. Do not cut the
turkey in the pan you
used to cook it. Remove
the string that may be
tying the legs together.
Turn the board so that
the back of the turkey is
facing you.
2.Choose a sharp knife
to carve the turkey.
A long, narrow knife
may work best. Serrated
knives may tear the
turkey meat, so it may be
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parallel to the thigh
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better to use a flat knife.
Some people prefer the
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3.Cut through the skin
on a leg and gently
bend the leg as you
slice through to
expose the joint. Cut
through and remove the
entire leg. Then separate
the drumstick from the
thigh. Repeat on the
other side.
4.Cut the thigh meat
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5.To slice the breast
meat, insert your
knife in the center
of the breast bone
and cut down until
you reach the ribs.
Then slice the breast
meat in toward your
initial cut so you are
cutting across the
grain of the meat. This
will keep the meat
tender. Another idea
is to remove one side
of the breast and slice
across it to produce
smaller pieces for
6.Find the wish bone
and place it on the
side to dry. Children
typically like to break
the wish bone.
7.Find the joint of the
wings and remove
them in a similar
fashion as you did
for the legs. They are
small enough that they
should not require
extra slicing and can
be placed whole on the
serving platter.
8.Drizzle the sliced
meat with any
reserved cooking
juices to keep the
turkey moist and
Since turkey is
usually the star of many
holiday meals, it pays
to know the correct
way to carve turkey for
then transfer it to a buttered 3- to 4-quart shallow baking dish.
Whisk together the eggs and stock (more if you like your stuffing moist, less if
you like it crisp) in another bowl and drizzle it over the stuffing. Cover the dish
tightly with foil and bake the stuffing until an instant-read thermometer inserted in
the center registers 160 F, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake it
until the top is golden and crisp, about 10 minutes.
Festive cocktails for
Thanksgiving dinner
dinner at your place? You
may have an array of
savory sides, a tasty turkey
and a delectable dessert
already planned, but if you
are looking to really wow
friends and family with a
memorable feast, consider
creating a few signature
cocktails for the occasion.
As more spirits brands
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excitement these flavors This Thanksgiving, take your feast to the next level by serving
create, especially around up some fun and festive cocktails.
Thanksgiving when great
cocktails and food are the
center of attention,” says
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Alongside your dessert course, consider serving up these sweet cocktails:
Dessert Table
• 1 part Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka
• 1 part DeKuyper Crème De Cocoa Dark Liqueur
• 1 part half and half • Combine ingredients in a mug and serve.
Peppermint Cocoa
• 1 part Pinnacle Peppermint Bark Vodka
• Hot Chocolate
• Prepare hot chocolate, pour into a mug with Peppermint Bark Vodka. Rim the mug
with crushed peppermint candy. Garnish with whipped cream and cherries.
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