December 31, 2014 - The Essex Reporter
DECEMBER 31, 2014
Vol. 34, No. 53
et’s face it, a new century doesn’t really begin
until it turns 15. With this week’s coming of
Twenty Fifteen, we now stand squarely in the 21st
But before we take another step, let’s take a look
back at when the century was still young and romp
through the happenings of 2014. With the proverbial
other shoe dropping at IBM, growing unity between
Essex’s town and village, and a major facelift at Five
Corners, it was an eventful year.
Essex Alliance plans move to Williston
The Essex Junction Planning
Commission grants unanimous approval to
a redevelopment project at the site of the
former People’s United Bank building in the
middle of Five Corners.
Plans call for street level commercial
space and three levels of apartments (51
rental units) in a 60,000-square-foot building
that wraps around the corner of Pearl and
Park streets. In contrast to the current
building that is set back on the lot behind
grass and trees, the new building is being
positioned against an expanded sidewalk
where patio-style seating is envisioned.
Milot Real Estate of Williston is the
The application is approved despite
citizen testimony about the building’s traffic
and aesthetic impacts. Some describe the
four stories as out of scale with the rest of the
village; several express concerns about new
residents, business customers and employees
squeezing village parking and snarling Five
The application receives State of Vermont
land use approval in October and is planned
for construction in 2015.
The church previously on the fact that more
A major, anonymous
gift spurs the Essex
than half the property
purchased 55 acres off
Alliance Church to
Route 2A in Williston and — that on the west side
prepare for a longof the road — is outside
has been fundraising for
planned move out of its
the town’s sewer core
nearly a decade build on
Old Stage Road campus
convinced church leaders
the site. It had hoped to
to an already-purchased
remain in Essex, but two to look elsewhere.
parcel off Route 2A in
Construction was to
in Williston this
Pastor Scott Slocum
says the $18 million
gift is a validation of a
mission the church has
taken on to feed needy
people in Chittenden
County in a sustainable
The church is the largest
consistent donor to the
Williston Food Shelf
and piloted its “Fish
and Loaves” project to
take advantage of indoor
growing techniques to
benefit food shelves.
The donating family
was inspired by the
church’s commitment to The Essex Alliance Church in Essex on Jan. 21.
the cause, Slocum said.
OLIVER PARINI PHOTOGRAPHY
Four stories of apartments
and retail space planned
‘Essex Eats Out’
What began as group of local pastors discussing ways to help foodinsecure Essex residents, a weekly series of Friday evening meals called
“Essex Eats Out” plans a spring launch.
The meals are designed to foster neighborliness, provide a free dinner
to people in need and build new relationships. From physical hunger to
emotional hunger, says Rev. Ken Hitch of St. James Episcopal Church in
Essex Junction, the meals meet a community need.
“Coming together to share a common meal is part of our history as
people, as communities,” he says. “We want people to walk away feeling
connected and comforted and having been fed in multiple ways.”
Five Essex churches are involved as host sites on a rotating basis:
First Congregational Church, Holy Family, St. James, Essex United
Methodist and St. Pious Parish.
The dinners also provide an opportunity for residents to volunteer by
donating food, cooking and cleaning, and donating money.
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Mary Hughes announces her
decision to retire after 13 years as
principal of Summit Street School.
A Vermont educator for 23 years,
Hughes cites a desire to spend more
time with family, to travel and to
pursue personal interests as reasons
for stepping down.
Hughes says she sought to
increase opportunities for Summit
students to use technology to
enhance learning during her
tenure — from technological
enhancements to Lego robotics
— and championed the school’s
transition to standards-based
teaching and learning. She
speaks with pride about her role
in helping Summit attain all-day
kindergarten; a preschool program;
a breakfast program; play-based
kindergarten registration; and
As Hughes enters her
retirement, she says she will
“always remember her years
as principal” and “treasure her
memories of the wonderful children
who have filled the classrooms of
OLIVER PARINI PHOTOGRAPHY
to send message
The Essex Junction
Village Trustees draft strict
regulations on massage
businesses after two local
outlets are caught up in
alleged sexual services
The regulations would
institute a permitting system
for new massage businesses
with the primary requirement
being a written application
where all business owners
and employees would have
to be fingerprinted and
requirements would include
no operating between 10
p.m. and 7 a.m., no locks
on massage room doors, no
services to people who are
intoxicated, no excessive
window coverings, and no
back-alley exits. Permits
would have to be renewed
annually, and a public
hearing would be required if
a complaint is lodged against
“The sole purpose is to
prevent exploitation, sex
trafficking and prostitution in
the village,” Trustee Elaine
The regulations would be a
first in Vermont.
Some established massage
businesses, including the
Essex Resort and Spa, object
to the regulations, and the
year ends with no vote to
The Essex Reporter • December 31, 2014
YEAR IN REVIEW
Hornet hockey claims state title in OT
Essex High School wins the
Division I girls’ hockey championship
with a 3-2, overtime victory over BFASt. Albans.
Essex overcomes a 2-0 deficit to
secure the win with the Hornet defense
and junior goaltender Victoria Gibson
tightening up to stop the Comets in the
The win is Essex’s fourth state title
in program history and its second in
three years. The team ends the season
18-1-4 with its only loss coming against
New York’s Beekmantown during an
The team of 21 loses only four
seniors to graduation, leaving fans
with bright hopes for the upcoming
Layoffs at IBM
in Essex Junction
affect about 100
workers, according to
Gov. Peter Shumlin.
IBM refrains from
commenting on the
The layoffs predate
offload its microchip
that later says it
plans to retain the
remaining 4,100 jobs
at the Essex Junction
RIGHT: The Essex High School girls’
hockey team gathers on the ice after
winning the Division I title at UVM’s
Summit Street and
announce new principals
Suzanne Gruendling is accepted as the new
principal of Summit Street School and begins serving in
the role July 1. Also, Wendy
Cobb accepts an offer to become
the principal at Founders
Memorial School beginning July
Gruendling says that she was
drawn to the position because
of the Summit’s association
with the Chittenden Central
Supervisory Union and because
“Summit Street School has
a reputation as being very
“It’s a fabulous place, with
great energy,” she says. “I’m very Suzanne Gruendling
excited to begin.”
Cobb follows Interim
Principal Joyce Irvine, who provided steady leadership
during the 2013-2014 school year.
A native of Chittenden County, Cobb was looking
to relocate back to the Burlington area and is excited
about continuing her work as an
educational leader at Founders
“I would be honored to
work in the Essex Town School
District,” she says. “Having
researched the great work
going on in the district and at
Founders Memorial, I know that
I have the skills needed to build
a strong professional learning
community that anchors practice
in great ideas, strong values and
an unwavering commitment to
excellence for all children.”
retirement as Brownell
The retirement of
Brownell Library Director
Penny Pillsbury is
announced at the Annual
Village Meeting. Pillsbury,
65, had spent three decades
leading the library.
“It will be kind of
shocking not to be here,” she
says. “I can’t imagine a more
The Town of Essex
continues its search for a
permanent successor into
the new year. Pillsbury
recommends hiring someone
who is savvier with
technology than herself, but
who is similarly committed
to serving patrons and
treating the Brownell staff
she says of her librarian
philosophy. “We run up and
down stairs for people. That
goes a long way … kindness
OLIVER PARINI PHOTOGRAPHY
Max Levy is chosen by fellow members of the
Essex Selectboard to take over as chairman in the
first board meeting since the Town Meeting Day
election that changes the board’s makeup.
Board member Irene Wrenner opposes Levy’s
appointment as chair, preferring herself for the spot
BUSINESS LIAISON GROUP
The Town of Essex Selectboard and the Village of Essex
Junction Trustees are seeking energetic, committed persons,
knowledgeable of the resources and key members of the
Essex business community, to serve in this capacity. Interested
persons should send a letter stating interest, qualifications and
Patrick C. Scheidel, Town and Village Manager,
81 Main Street, Essex Junction, Vermont.
Penny Pillsbury sorts through books at the Brownell Memorial Library in Essex in April.
Levy takes selectboard gavel
TOWN OF ESSEX
The Town of Essex Selectboard and the Village of Essex
Junction Trustees are seeking volunteers to join a business
rapid response group. The purpose of the group will be to have
a small number of Essex residents (7 in number) available to
meet from time to time with the Town and Village Manager
to quickly respond to emerging opportunities for business
growth and improvement. The members of this group will
put a personal face to the Town and Village as a welcoming,
positive community in which to start, locate and grow a
business. The Business Liaison Group will be an additional
tool to supplement, not supplant, the ongoing regular and
more sustained work of the Essex Economic Development
– the longest-tenured board member with a year’s more
service than Levy.
After Levy takes over as chair, the board
unanimously appoints board member Brad Luck to be
vice chairman and board member Andy Watts to be
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YEAR IN REVIEW
Change at The Lincoln Inn
as The Belted Cow closes
The Belted Cow Bistro shuts its doors after five
years on the ground floor of The Lincoln Inn at Five
Corners in Essex Junction.
The spot remains outfitted with a commercial
kitchen for a restaurant tenant, and by year’s end, El
Gato Mexican Cantina opens in the spot.
Building owner Alex McEwing reports that offices
on the second and third floors of The Lincoln Inn
are as full as they’ve been since the 2008 recession.
McEwing also owns the building two doors to the
south on Park Street, which is also as full as it has
been in years, he says.
ETSD school board welcomes
a new member
The Essex Town School District
board appoints Caisil Weldon to fill the
seat left by former chairperson Brendan
Kinney who stepped down. Weldon has
two children in the district and says she
and her husband Matt made a “very
conscious” move to Essex 10 years ago
because of the reputation of the town’s
A self-employed project manager
who consults on marketing efforts for
the Cabot Health Team, among other
clients, Weldon expresses enthusiasm for
community outreach: “I’m very excited to
help,” she says.
Weldon plans to stand for election this
State bans use of phones while driving Streetlights set for
Gov. Peter Shumlin signs a law
banning the use of hand-held phones
while driving. It goes into effect Oct. 1.
“As we all know, distracted driving
is one of the challenges that we’re
facing as technology outpaces common
sense at times,” Shumlin says during
the bill signing at the Agency of
Transportation outpost in Fort Ethan
Sen. Dick Mazza of Colchester, the
Senate Transportation Committee
chairman, adds: “We had a ban on
texting, but that doesn’t work unless
you have the combination of handheld
device and texting. There’s no law
enforcement officer who could enforce
the present law as it is.”
Using hands-free technology such
as Bluetooth devices to talk while
driving remains legal.
cost-saving, energysaving proposal
Pictured from left to right, attorney Chris Maley, Gov. Peter Shumlin, Rep. Maxine Grad and
Sen. Dick Mazza attend the signing of the bill that bans use of cell phones in cars in June at
the Agency of Transportation outpost in Fort Ethan Allen.
The Town of Essex begins replacing all of
its roughly 500 mercury-vapor streetlights
with more efficient light-emitting diode (LED)
The selectboard unanimously approves a
partnership with Efficiency Vermont to fund
the conversion and with Green Mountain
Power, which owns the fixtures. The town’s
Energy Committee estimates the conversion
will save $21,000 annually — 18 percent of the
town’s overall lighting charge paid to Green
Mountain Power the previous year — and will
cut energy used on street lighting by more
The light that is emitted will be brighter
and more focused than that of mercury-vapor
Group takes on ‘future of voting in Essex’
The Heart and Soul of Essex
community group takes on a question
that has long lingered in the community:
Should Essex residents continue to vote
on the town’s annual budget by voice in
an auditorium that seats only 2 percent
of the town’s population, or should the
question move to a traditional ballot?
A group of citizens that formed
to push the “Budget to Ballot” had
proposed moving the budget question
to a town-wide ballot corresponding to
the existing school district and Essex
Junction municipal elections held
annually in April. The traditional March
Town Meeting Day would be a forum for
residents to debate and amend the budget
with the final amount appearing on the
April ballot, the group suggests.
Essex Selectboard chairman Max
Levy cautions that a change of such
consequence deserves a full public
vetting and suggests involving the
Heart and Soul of Essex, a grant-funded
organization formed through the Orton
Family Foundation of Middlebury.
The selectboard offers $5,000 from its
professional services fund as a 50 percent
match to an Orton grant for the project.
The result is a $10,000 investigation
featuring small, facilitated neighborhoodlevel conversations under the project
header: “The Future of Voting in Essex.”
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Town and village merge tax collections
Essex Town and Essex Junction unify their tax billing system in a new collaboration
between the two overlapping municipalities.
Essex Junction residents, for the first time, receive one combined tax bill from the
town showing all village, school and town assessments. Residents of Essex outside the
village see no change to their bills.
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The Essex Selectboard, the Village Board of Trustees and the Essex Junction School
Board agree to try the new system on a one-year basis with an option to renew. All
billing and collections fall under the Town of Essex’s responsibility.
“It is exciting,” says Essex Finance Director Doug Fisher. “We are happy to be
moving in this direction.”
Whitcomb solar farm breaks ground
A solar array that is expected to be the
most productive in Vermont breaks ground
in Essex Junction on a 15-acre piece of the
Junction’s only working farm.
The Whitcomb family previously
portioned off the acreage off South Street
as part of a conservation easement and
developed the solar project in partnership
with Burlington’s Encore Redevelopment.
The project receives approval from
Vermont’s Public Service Board and secures
a power-purchase agreement with Green
Mountain Power, taking advantage of
renewable energy development incentives
under the Vermont’s SPEED program
(Sustainably Priced Energy Enterprise
The solar array comprises approximately
12,000 photovoltaic panels on a plateau
above the Whitcomb’s remaining working
farmland. Its output is estimated at 3.6
megawatts of direct current, according to
Encore Redevelopment Principal Chad
Farrell. That translates to 4.4 million
kilowatt hours per year — enough to power
roughly 900 homes.
Theresa “Tree” SanchezBertram, the owner of a 3-year-old
Mexican restaurant in Burlington,
announces plans to open what
certainly is Five Corners’ first-ever
Essex Junction’s El Gato
Cantina locates in the former
Belted Cow Bistro spot inside The
Lincoln Inn on Park Street.
Bertram describes El Gato as a
family friendly restaurant — “not
too high end” — that hand-crafts
chips, salsa, margaritas and
guacamole daily. Bertram plans
to have a presence at the Five
Corners’ Farmers Market next
All interviewees were decidedly positive in terms
of their initial experience with this approach.
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New digs for Essex Police
The Essex Police Department moves
into its brand new headquarters on Maple
Street. The move into a facility that is 10
times the size of the old headquarters at 81
Main Street is several years in the making
and comes after Essex voters approved a
$6.9 million bond for the project.
Highlights of the 18,000-squarefoot structure include: a multi-purpose
community room, a fitness room for
officers, rooftop solar panels, four holding
cells, a four-car garage (one large enough
for an ambulance), and a community
electric car charging station in the
“Everyone is very excited,” Police
Chief Brad LaRose says. “It’s a beautiful
building. We are looking forward to getting
it up and running and being more efficient
in the services we provide. This building
will allow us to do that.”
“It should be here for 50 years,” Town
Manager Pat Scheidel adds.
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Former Essex Selectboard chairman
Jeff Carr and former Village Trustee
Mary Morris finalize a municipal
consolidation report that says the
sharing of a municipal manager has
been “an unqualified success” for Essex
Town and Essex Junction and there are
more opportunities for consolidation.
The report was commissioned by the
selectboard and village trustees. Carr
and Morris interviewed town and village
staff and department heads about the
shared municipal manager arrangement
that began in 2013, and about future
“All interviewees were decidedly
positive in terms of their initial
experience with this approach,” the
report says. The goal of consolidating is
not to reduce municipal spending but
improve services for citizens, Carr and
The two boards follow up on the
report with detailed plans to merge
municipal tax collection and public
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Goodbye Big Blue
IBM offloads Essex Junction plant
Months of uncertainty about IBM’s future
in Essex is resolved Oct. 20 when the company
announces a deal to transfer ownership of the Essex
Junction plant along with two others in New York
and Quebec to California microchip manufacturer
GlobalFoundries, a privately-owned investment
of the government of Abu Dhabi, says it plans to
retain the roughly 4,000 jobs at the Essex Junction
facility. Gov. Peter Shumlin forms a liaison group
to help GlobalFoundries set up in Vermont. Essex
Selectboard chairman Max Levy and Essex Junction
president George Tyler are named to the team.
The deal, in which IBM is to pay
GlobalFoundries $1.5 billion to take over the three
plants, requires federal approval that is expected in
“It sounded pretty upbeat,” says Andy Watts,
Act 250 approves
The redevelopment of the southwest corner of
Essex Junction’s Five Corners intersection receives
final approval from the District Environmental
Commission that administers Vermont’s Act 250
land use law.
Milot Real Estate of Williston plans to demolish
the existing building on the one-acre property, a
former branch of People’s United Bank, and erect
a four-story complex of apartments, underground
parking and street-level retail space. Widened
sidewalks around the corner are designed to create
a plaza feel.
Architect Greg Rabideau says demolition of the
building may occur this winter and construction
should start in the spring. He anticipates at
10-month build, putting completion at the beginning
“We are very excited about the project. I think
it is going to be a great thing for the community,”
Commissioner Marcy Harding casts a dissenting
vote in the commission’s split decision. Echoing the
Dame turns over village House seat
“We are very excited about the project.
I think it is going to be a great thing
for the community.”
concerns of School Street residents, she says that
the building is too big for Essex Junction.
“A reasonable person would expect the applicant
to take additional mitigating steps to improve the
harmony of the project with the surrounding area,”
she writes. “Particularly, the applicant could have
reduced the mass of the building or at a minimum
designed it to appear less massive, and/or could
have preserved at least a small amount of open
space on the project site.”
The majority opinion is that the village center
is not the place for open space. As stated in the
Village Land Development Code, the village’s goal
is to provide “a compact commercial center in the
village,” the commission majority points out.
Paul Dame upends three-term
incumbent Linda Waite-Simpson
for one of the two Essex Junction
seats in the Vermont House of
The win turns the seat from
Democrat to Republican, and Essex
heads into the 2015 legislative
session with two Republicans – Dame
and incumbent Essex Town Rep.
Linda Myers – and two Democrats
– incumbents Tim Jerman (village)
and Debbie Evans (town) — for a
In Essex’s shared district with Westford — long held by
Westford Democrat Martha Heath — Republican Bob Bancroft
of Westford defeats Democrat Liz Subin of Essex.
“There is a lot I’ll be learning over the next couple months,”
says Dame, a native of Shoreham and an Essex Junction
resident since 2009 who owns a financial consulting business.
He hopes to help achieve short-term legislative property tax
relief while lawmakers grapple with complex long-term solutions
like changing the education funding formula.
“Even if it’s a small step, I want to do something we can do
quickly,” he says.
Subin, a local school board member and community
organizer, says the experience of making her first run at
statewide elected office was memorable.
“I really appreciate the chance to connect with so many of my
neighbors and learn what matters most to the people who live
here,” she says.
Loretta’s restaurant enters
Loretta DeVito celebrates a bittersweet
20th anniversary of Lorretta’s Fine
Italian Cuisine as she comes to terms
with the pending demolition of the space
she has leased on Park Street since
Developer Curt Montgomery of 222
Franklin Inc., says the building will
be demolished in 2015 to make room
for an apartment building — the next
phase of the “Riverside in the Village”
apartments that have gone up next door.
a member of the Essex Selectboard and an IBM
employee, “but I still don’t know how it will play out,
what I’ll have to do for my job, whether I’ll have to
travel. I don’t know.”
Essex businessman Steve Kolvoord sees
the move as a positive for the region. He says
Vermont’s economy can handle whatever decisions
GlobalFoundries makes about its investment in the
Essex Junction plant and workforce.
“That plant was a bastardized child to IBM,”
says Kolvoord. “With GlobalFoundries, all they do
is make chips. That could be a good thing for Essex
because that plant will get all the (attention) it
“The big way to know what’s going to happen is
how much retooling GlobalFoundries does as time
goes on,” he adds. “It will be a year before we really
know what’s going to happen.”
DeVito hopes to re-open Loretta’s
in another Essex location. But she
is unsure if she will find what she is
looking for: a smaller space that is movein ready.
“I really don’t know what I’ll do,”
she says. “This is my passion. I love it. I
would like to keep doing it in Essex, but
I don’t know if it’s feasible.
“I love Essex. I’ve gotten to know
the people here. I’ve had regulars for 20
years. It’s like a family.”
roller rink opens
us about a
Go-carts on the way
Skateland — the
reincarnation of a roller
skating rink by the same
name that operated for 25
years in South Burlington
we volunteer to make
before closing in 2000 —
opens off Susie Wilson
Road in Essex. The rink
shares a 73,000-square-foot
to fruition faster?”
building with a go-cart race
track that remains under
According to facility
owner Scott Perren, the
track will have numerous
turns and electric go-carts
with a central control to set top speeds. The speeds allowed
will vary based on who is using the track with adult race
leagues given the greatest leeway.
Going under the name “Essex Speedway and Action
Center,” it will be the only track of its kind in Vermont. The
closest similar facilities are in Montreal and Albany, N.Y.,
Developed next to the Lowe’s store on a plateau above
Sunderland Brook, the property is also the site of the new
Metro Rock climbing gym that opened in the fall.
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Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, 9:30 a.m. $20 single; $35 pairs; $5 children. Information: www.runvermont.org/firstrun.
CVAA Lunch. CVAA will be hosting its
dog parade. Costumed canines welcome
the New Year with barks and wagging
tails alongside their human companions.
Proceeds benefit PAWSitive Pantry. Gate
House Base Lodge, Sugarbush Resort,
Warren. Registration, 2 p.m.; parade,
3:30 p.m. $10. Information: 583-6349.
MT. MANSFIELD UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST
FELLOWSHIP - Visit www.mmuuf.org. 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.
ST. JAMES EPISCOPAL CHURCH - 4 St. James Place
(off Rt. 2A at the Fairgrounds Gate F) 802-878-4014 www.
stjamesvt.org 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 www.stthomasvt.com or call 899-4632.
Crary and Hillary Stewart team up
with the Fiddleheads and the Highland
Weavers for a spirited New Year’s Eve
Concert. Proceeds benefit the Gillett
Pond Save the Dam Fund. Richmond
Congregational Church, Richmond, 7:30
p.m. $10 suggested donation. Information: 434-4565.
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 www.williston.lib.vt.us.
New Year’s Eve Concert. Hannah Beth
Trivia Night. Trivia buffs gather for a meeting
of the minds. Hotel Vermont lobby, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Contact: 651-5012.
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The Green
Mountain Mahler Festival presents its fifth
annual New Year’s Day performance of
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, under the
direction of Daniel Bruce with chorus master Erik Kroncke. This benefit performance
will feature noted vocalists Allison Mills,
Linda Radtke, Cameron Steinmetz and Erik
Kroncke, together with the Green Mountain
Mahler Festival Orchestra and Chorus. Net
proceeds from the concert will benefit the
Vermont Family Network. Elley-Long Music
Center at St. Michael’s College, Colchester,
3 p.m. Adults $25, senior 62 and older
$20, students $10. Information: www.
Movies at Main Street Landing series
present the 1946 film-noir classic “The
Postman Always Rings Twice” starring film
icon, Lana Turner. Main Street Landing
Film House, Burlington, 7 p.m. Donations
benefit local charities. Contact: 5403018.
Sleigh Rides. The Shelburne Museum will be
hosting winter sleigh rides. Horses take
riders over snow-covered open fields.
Rides leave every half hour; seats are
first come, first served. Weather permitting. Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, 11
a.m.-2 p.m. $8-$10. Information: www.
Score Roundtable Series: Social Media,
Picking the Right Tools. Social media
has become necessary for any business.
Lisa Wood, Owner Sprout New Media will help participants navigate the
social media landscape and help them
determine the most effective tools for
their businesses. Seating is limited and
pre-registration is encouraged. New
England Federal Credit Union, Williston,
5:30-7 p.m. Free. Information: 879-8790
Mah Jongg. The Essex Junction Senior Center
will be having its drop-in Mah Jongg
game. All members of the community
50 years and older are invited to come
down to the center to enjoy this lively
game with other enthusiasts. New players are always welcome. Essex Junction
Senior Center, Essex Junction, 10 a.m.
Free. Information: 876-5087or [email protected]
Studio B invites dancers to kick off the
weekend with improvisation, camaraderie
and laughter. No partner necessary, but
clean, smooth-soled shoes required. North
End Studio B, Burlington, 7 p.m. $7. Information: northendstudios.org or 877-6648. First Friday. A rotating set of DJs and
drag acts serve as entertainment at this
monthly LGBTQ dance party. Higher
Ground, South Burlington, 9 p.m. $5-$10.
VCAM Access Orientation. The Access Ori-
entation is an overview of VCAM facilities,
policies and procedures. This orientation
is the first place to start if community
members are new to VCAM. The workshop last’s approximately 1-2 hours. Once
completed, participants will be a certified
access user, free to utilize the VCAM
facilities and attend additional workshops.
Registration required. Vermont Community
Access Media, Burlington, 11 a.m. Free.
German-English Conversation Group. Spre-
chen Sie Deutsch? Meet others in the community who do. Join the group and practice
foreign language conversation. Fluency not
required nor is attendance at every meeting. Fletcher Free Library, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Contact Barbara: 865-7211.
Queen City Tango Practilonga. North End
Coffee Tasting. Tasters of Counter Culture
Coffee enjoy different varieties that
inspire side-by-side comparisons of
the regional blends. Maglianero Café,
Burlington, 12 p.m. Free. Contact Cory:
[email protected] Bridge Club. The Burlington Bridge Club will
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.
ture, history, science, literature and more.
Entertainment provided by Top Hat DJS.
All ages. Nectars, Burlington, 7-9:30 p.m.
Free. Info: 658-4771.
Premier Floor Hockey Winter Session. Premier Floor Hockey is accepting registrations for their winter floor hockey season.
This is a competitive floor hockey league
and participants should have previous
floor hockey or ice hockey experience.
The play is fast but done in a fun and
safe environment. Runs through April 29.
Sports and Fitness Edge, Essex. Information: www.premierfloorhockey.com or
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:
Movie Matinees. Colchester Parks and
Movies at Main Street Landing: “The
Postman Always Rings Twice.” The
HOLY FAMILY - ST. LAWRENCE PARISH, Essex Junction,
- 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 http://www.hfslvt.org.
ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF VERMONT - 182 Hegeman Ave,
Suite 1, Colchester, VT 05446. Join Imam Islam Hassan
([email protected]) for the five daily prayers. Timings at ISVT
homepage www.isvt.org 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]
isvt.org or Facebook.
to the Veterans of Foreign Wars will be
hosting a community breakfast. The menu
will include all your breakfast favorites.
Plenty of food for everyone. All are
invited, both members and non-members.
VFW Post 6689, Essex Junction, 9-11
a.m. Adults $7; children 10 and under
$3. Information: 878-0700.
Dog Parade. Sugarbush Ski Resort will host a
ESSEX CENTER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - Please
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.
GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - 130 Maple
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
Community Breakfast. The Ladies Auxiliary
weekly lunch at Covenant Church. The
menu will include open-faced, hot, turkey
sandwiches. Milk to drink. American Legion, Colchester, 10:30 a.m. check-in and
11 a.m. lunch. Free, donations accepted.
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. www.essexalliance.org.
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF ESSEX
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: www.fccej.org ; 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.
Forza Samurai Sword Workout. Sculpt lean
muscles and gain mental focus when
performing basic strikes with wooden
replicas of the weapon. North End Studio
A, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $10. Contact:
Trivia Mania. Nectar’s presents Trivia Mania,
a pub style trivia game. Questions are
displayed on the TVs and are read
aloud. Categories range from pop cul-
Recreation offers 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: 264-5640.
CVAA Tai Chi for Arthritis. Due to popular
demand, CVAA will be sponsoring Tai Chi
for Arthritis. Wednesday evenings. 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, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Contact Rachael: 865-0360 or [email protected]
Newcomers Club. Newcomers Club’s orga-
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.
Senior Strength. HammerFit Gym in Essex
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.
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]
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
The Essex Reporter • December 31, 2014
PROTECTING YOUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Do you have an idea or innovation that you’re preparing for the marketplace? The
Vermont Small Business Development Center will be hosting a workshop focusing on how to protect
these ideas and innovations. Scott Holson, VtSBDC’s technology commercialization advisor, will talk
about the various forms of intellectual property protection, how to determine if your innovation should
be patented, and the steps involved in the process. Following the workshop, Scott is available to
provide free one-on-one advising on starting a business or selling an innovation, and creating a plan
to make it happen. Registration required.
CCV Winooski Campus, Winooski, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. FREE.
Information: vtsbdc.org/commercialize or [email protected]
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: 865-7166.
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, Burlington, 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
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 meetup.com. 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:
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]
gmail.com 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: 8657211.
Essex Art League. Meets the first Thurs-
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.
Family Support Group. Outright Vermont
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.
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.
To view more ongoing events go to:
Thursday, January 1
Brownell Library, 9-10 a.m.
Library closed for
New Year’s Day.
GMBA Book Discussion for
Homeschooled Students. New
this year, High School students who
home-school will gather monthly
Friday, January 2
to discuss the books on the Green
Magic: The Gathering.
Mountain Book Award list. For
In Magic, you play the role of
Grades 9-12. Brownell Library, 9-10
planeswalker: a powerful wizard who a.m.
fights other planeswalkers for glory,
Tech Help with Clif. Offering
knowledge and conquest. Your deck
one on one technology help. Bring in
of cards represents all the weapons
in your arsenal, spells you know and your new gadget or gizmo and Clif
will sit with you to help you learn its
creatures you can summon to fight
ways. No reservations needed. First
for you. Beginners welcome. Grades
6 and up. Brownell Library, 6-8 p.m. come, first helped. Brownell Library,
1st Friday Concert:
Author Discussion. Davorko
Shimmering Flutes. Jessica Betz,
Gosto discusses her book “The
Amy Dandurand, Barbara Thomke
(flutes), and Sharon Damkot (piano) Mother’s Journey through War”
which recounts the author’s struggle
make up this quartet and enjoy
to keep her family intact during the
playing a wide range of musical
Bosnian War. Brownell Library,
styles and genres from classical to
secular, from religious to relaxing
and much that falls in between.
They have been making music
together for several years and live
Drop-in Story Time. Mondays.
in Jericho, Underhill and Williston
Reading, rhyming and crafts
where they are also involved in
each week. All ages welcome. No
musical presentation at their
registration required. Essex Free
respective church affiliations. Look
Library, 10:30 a.m.
forward to a musical smorgasbord
that serves up the old masters
Lego Club. Mondays. We have
Quantz, Boismortier, Scarlatti
thousands of Legos for you to build
and Dvorak, but also satisfies 21st
awesome creations. Snacks will be
century tastes with arrangements
provided. Essex Free Library, 3:30-5
by Gershwin, Sullivan, Joplin and
more recent composers. Brownell
Story Time for Babies and
Library, 7-8 p.m.
Toddlers. Tuesdays. Picture books,
songs, rhymes and puppets for
Monday, January 5
babies and toddlers with an adult.
Brownell Library, 9:10-9:30 a.m.
Caveat Lector Creative
Writing Group. Got a story in
Drop-in Knitting Group.
your soul? A poem in your pen? A
Connect with other knitters and
memoir in the making? Whether you tackle new knitting projects. Both
are a long-time writer or aspiring
beginner and advanced knitters
author, you are welcome at Caveat
are welcome. Essex Free Library,
Lector (“Let the reader beware”),
Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.
a supportive peer-writing group
Story Time for 3- to 5-Yearthat will encourage your literary
Olds. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
endeavors and help your writing
Picture books, songs, rhymes,
improve. Brownell Library, 7-8:30
puppets, flannel stories and early
math activities for preschoolers.
Brownell Library, 10-10:45 a.m.
Society: Imaging the Sun, Moon
Creative Writing Club for
and Planets with WebCams by
Ages 9 Plus. Wednesdays. Let
Joe Comeau. Planetary, lunar and
your imagination soar as you write
solar imaging has improved in the
past decade due to advances in video your own stories and poems using
capture and processing coupled with prompts, games and other writing
exercises. Essex Free Library, 3:30improvements in the equipment
available to the amateur astronomer. 4:30 p.m.
Joe will demonstrate some telescope/
Toddler Story Time.
camera combinations typically used
Wednesdays. Stories, songs and
to capture videos that can be made
crafts for ages 18 months-3 ½ years.
into surprisingly detailed images. He Essex Free Library, 10:30 a.m.
will also demonstrate the software
programs used to transform these
Read to Zyla. Thursdays. Zyla
videos into the detailed images.
is a trained therapy dog that loves
Brownell Library, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
books. Sign up for a 15-minute time
slot to read your favorite books
Tuesday, January 6
to her. For ages 4-10. Essex Free
Tech Help with Clif. Offering
Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
one on one technology help. Bring in
Preschool Story Time. Books,
your new gadget or gizmo and Clif
rhymes and crafts for ages
will sit with you to help you learn its
3.5-5 years. Free and open to the
ways. No reservations needed. First
come, first helped. Brownell Library, public. No registration required.
Essex Free Library, Thursdays at
Library Trustees Meeting.
Minecraft Club. Fridays.
Brownell Library, 7-9 p.m.
Come show off your world building
and survival skills on our Xbox
360. Play and discuss with fellow
“minecrafters.” Snacks will be
Wednesday, January 7
provided. Essex Free Library, 3-5
Red Clover Group for
Homeschooled Students. Each
Rock, Roll and Read Story
month, students in kindergarten to
Time. Fridays. Rock out and read
third grade read two titles and do
with books, songs and instruments.
activities with one of the books on
All ages. Essex Free Library, 10:30
the list for this year’s Red Clover
Award. Voting takes place in April.
Brownell Library, 9-10 a.m.
Drop-in Story Time for Kids of
DCF Group for homeschooled All Ages. Twice a month on Fridays.
Babies, toddlers and preschoolers
Students. Each month, students
are welcome to come listen to picture
in grades 4-8 hear book talks from
this year’s DCF list. Students keep a book stories and have fun with
finger plays and action rhymes.
log and vote for their favorite to win
No registration required. Brownell
the DCF Book Award in the spring.
Library, 10-10:45 a.m.
Group discussion is encouraged.
Brownell Library, 6 Lincoln Street, Essex Junction. Contact: 878-6956.
Essex Free Library, 2 Jericho Road, Essex. Contact: 879-0313 or
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The Essex Reporter • December 31, 2014
CCSU rings in the New Year with a new website
The Chittenden Central Supervisory Union (CCSU) is
excited to announce the launch of a newly redesigned website,
which went live this week. The improved destination has been
crafted to reflect the needs of the user, as a resource hub for
all CCSU information.
Immediately visitors will notice a clean design that is more
visually appealing, offers streamlined menus, and features
simple user-friendly navigation, which combine to create an
even better user experience.
Throughout the process of developing the new web page
it has been our goal to create an informative and inviting
experience. Some of the expanded capabilities include:
• Scrolling feature story to highlight the many wonderful
achievements of CCSU students and staff
Streamlined navigation model that is broken down
based on four visitor profiles (Students/Families/
Employees/Community). Visitors are able to browse
the full site, but are offered content-focused tabs to
help narrow down their number of clicks.
A visitor dashboard that provides a visual method to
navigate the site and increase engagement
Incredible CCSU student art gallery
More easily accessible and improved search tool
Improved visual experience with featured images and
videos from CCSU events
Fine-tuned mobile experience so that you can stay up
to date on the go
The new site is still be located at the current address (www.
ccsuvt.org). If you experience any problems using the new
website or if you have any feedback, contact us at: [email protected]
ccsuvt.org. All school-specific sites will remain unchanged at this time.
By SUE ALENICK
United Way Volunteer
Make volunteering your
New Year’s resolution. The
listings below are a sample
of the 300+ volunteer
needs from more than 250
agencies found online at
More information available
at 860-1677, Mon.-Fri. from
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
DAY OF SERVICE
Essex CHIPS invites
volunteers to join them on
Jan. 19 to celebrate Martin
Luther King, Jr. Day with
a day of service. Examples
of past service projects:
helping at the Heavenly
Food Pantry; making
Valentines for Veterans,
helping at a winter
clothing drive, making
pet toys, assembling
Special Olympics gift bags,
painting at the Essex
Senior Center and more.
Last year there was also
an MLK Day Community
Bruch at Essex High
School. Contact Adriane
Schubert at 878-6982 or
Association is in need of
volunteer office support
to provide information
and resources to families
and caregivers statewide.
Flexible schedules and
training is provided.
Contact Jessie Cornell at
316-3839 or [email protected]
Food Shelf has need of a
volunteer to enter data into
their LifeLine database.
Volunteer should be
comfortable using basic
software and specific
training will be provided.
2-6 hours per week.
Contact Anna McMahon
at 658-7939, x 22 or
YWCA of Vermont is
looking for a volunteer
with marketing experience
Residents of the Town and Village will again have the
opportunity to recycle their Christmas trees after the holiday
Residential Christmas trees will be picked up at the
curbside starting at 7:30 AM Monday, January 5th, weather
permitting by Village and Town Public Works crews and
subcontractors. The Chittenden Solid Waste District will
make arrangements to have the trees chipped for use as
mulch or wood fuel. There will be no charge for this service.
If the weather is inclement, requiring the crews to perform
snow removal activities, the pickup will start later in the
week. Some guidelines are:
(1) All tinsel and other decorations must be taken off the tree
or crews will not pick it up. Trees with nails or spikes driven
into the trunk will not be picked up. The CSWD will only
accept clean trees that will not damage their grinder.
(2) Place the tree at the curbside, but not before Monday the
5th of January. If you place the tree out earlier, and the tree
is buried in a snow bank, it will not be picked up.
(3) Wreaths and other items will not be picked up and
recycled because of the mixed product (metal & organic
(4) Be patient regarding the pickup. It generally takes a
number of days to collect all the trees.
(5) Please make every attempt to leave trees at the curbside
on Monday morning. With ongoing winter storms and the
number of trees to be picked up, crews cannot go back in
subsequent weeks to accommodate those who have forgotten
to place their trees at the curb in a timely manner.
(6) The tree pickup is planned to end on Friday, the 9th of
January, unless delayed by weather.
Each year calls are received because the pickup date is either
too early or too late for some individuals. If you miss the
curbside pickup, or would like to recycle your tree earlier
or later, the Chittenden Solid Waste District will accept the
trees at their drop-off facility off Rte. 2A during their normal
operating hours. There will not be a charge for the drop-off
of up to three Christmas Trees from residential customers,
but any additional trees may incur a charge. Trees will not
be accepted for drop-off at the Highway Garage or the
Wastewater Treatment plant.
PLEASE REMEMBER: The alternatives for disposal are
curbside pickup starting on the 5th of January and ending
on the 9th of January or direct delivery by the individual to
the CSWD drop-off facility.
It would be wise to alert your hauler to the service being
provided by the Town and Village, so that the hauler does
not accidentally pick up the tree and charge for its removal.
Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season
Town of Essex and Village of Essex Junction
Public Works Departments
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Thursday, January 1st.
to help create a strategic
marketing plan for the
include conducting market
research and facilitating
focus groups. Flexible
scheduling. Contact Terry
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Battered Women is seeking
volunteers for their
Finance Committee. The
Committee monitors the
agency’s financial health
and helps plan way to
meet financial goals. The
Committee meets the third
Monday of the month,
8:30-10 a.m. in Burlington.
Financial background and
a one-year commitment are
required. Contact Caley
Holden at 658-3131 or
Vermont needs “front end”
volunteers to greet and
assist customers, operate
the cash register, accept
bicycle donations, and
work with other volunteers
to be sure customers are
being helped. Volunteers
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per week (shifts include
Tuesday 5-9 p.m. and
Tuesday-Friday 1-5 p.m.).
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STILL HAVE THAT OLD SPARK?
Many of today’s vehicles run coil
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it when to fire. This computerized
system has no distributors or spark
plug wires. However, there are still
a great many vehicles that have
plug wires under their hoods, and
these wires should be inspected
regularly. Plug wires with breaks
in their insulation allow the spark
to arc (jump), resulting in a weak
(or no) spark at the cylinder.
Consequently, the vehicle will run
rough and fuel mileage will drop. It
is also possible that unburned fuel
will pass into the exhaust system,
where it can harm the catalytic
converter. For all these reasons,
check your plug wires regularly for
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The Essex Reporter
December 31, 2014
ALSO IN THIS SECTION:
• Legal Notices
The master of
By CAMERON MILLER
For The Essex Reporter
It’s a fact: Zambonis are cool. But how do the drivers
create that perfect clean sheet of ice?
The process has Zamboni drivers shaving down the
ice, washing the ice, then finally they lay a clean rinse
of water and smooth it over with the towel. This process
is something that Leddy Park Arena rink maintenance
worker Bob Lapointe has learned to perfect over his 18
years at the rink and 30 years as a maintenance worker.
The technique is something that depends on
circumstances according to Lapointe.
“It’s important to keep a pattern. It’s like second
nature to me now,” Lapointe said in an interview in early
December. “It takes anywhere from seven to 10 minutes
depending on how chewed up the ice is. If the building
is hot and there are a lot of people in the stands and the
heater is on you don’t want to lay a lot of water because it
won’t set up.
“If it’s chewed up really good from an older team then
you need to go slower with a little more water. It varies
with each group. If it’s little kids it’s not that bad.”
This skill and technique is not something Lapointe
learned over night.
“It probably took about six months before I got
comfortable on [the Zamboni],” Lapointe said. “When your
starting out you need to do it every day.”
Just as you’d guess, driving this machine on an ice
surface is not easy. Lapointe faced some frightening
instances during his training.
“When you’re driving around you come to where the
z-doors are and I drove right through the opening. I haven’t
done it since but it is a common thing that happens,”
Lapointe recounted from the very first time he drove a
Zamboni. “I also had it break down while I was on the ice
and I had to have a whole hockey team push me off.”
Lapointe is someone who doesn’t just show up to work
because he ought to or because it is a means to an end.
He says that coming to the rink everyday to do the job is
something he enjoys.
“I like the interaction with the people and the kids. That
is a lot of fun for me,” Lapointe said. “I’ll be out shopping
and some kid will come up to me and say ‘hey that’s Z-Bob.’
Christmas Wish List
2014: Part II
Bob Lapointe cleans the ice at Leddy Park Arena in Burlington on
Dec. 3. OLIVER PARINI PHOTOGRAPHY
It’s cool for me because I get to see these little kids and then
I get to see them as young adults. It’s pretty amazing to
Lapointe has made a name for himself as “Z-Bob” or
Zamboni Bob around Burlington, his hometown, as he has
kept in contact with many of the people he has seen at the
rink over his 18 years.
The Leddy Park Arena has been up and running since
1973 and Lapointe takes a great deal of pride when he hears
how well the rink is kept not only in terms of the ice sheets
but the facilities as well.
“When people say the rink looks nice or that this is their
favorite rink it is really nice to hear and I think that is one of
my favorite parts of doing this.”
Although the pace of play is fast during the Premier Floor Hockey League’s tournament finals no physical play is permitted. Players had
to rely on skill and stamina on Dec. 22 at The Edge Sports and Fitness in Essex.
PHOTOS | DAVE LAVELLE
Premier Floor Hockey sweeps The Edge
Kings win first cup
By JOE CARDELLO
The Essex Reporter
This winter The Edge Sports and
Fitness introduced the Premier Floor
Hockey League and a group of talented
athletes took to the courts for heavy
competition and fun.
“Since my kids were 6-years-old
our whole street – Griffin Court –
would get home from work and eat our
dinners as fast as we could. Then we’d
go out and play street hockey until it
was dark,” said Dave Lavelle, 50, of
Lavelle has lived in Colchester
since 1998 and has played hockey his
entire life. He’s played at The Edge
Sports and Fitness in the Vermont
Floor Hockey League — an open co-ed
league and the only option for floor
hockey at the facility.
“There were people of all skill
levels in the league,” Lavelle said.
“Some of them didn’t know how to hold
a stick and some had been playing
their whole lives. We even had a couple
This wasn’t working according to
Lavelle. He claimed that the huge
difference in skill level made games
one-sided, so he decided to take action
by creating a premier league. This
way the players could have a choice
between a higher level of play or a
more recreational setting.
This past season, Lavelle said 32
players signed up for the new league
and they were divided into four teams.
“More and more people wanted to
play,” Lavelle said. “It’s just been a
The first ever-premier league
championships happened this month
on Dec. 22 at The Edge in Essex. With
the help of his son Dylan, Lavelle
was able to create fairly even teams
and in turn some nail biting matches
throughout the season.
“The games are high energy, but we
have a no tolerance policy for physical
play,” Lavelle said. “The rule is that
you get one warning; if we have to tell
you again, you are out of the league.”
Lavelle added that not one warning
needed to be given this past season
for roughness or unsportsmanlike
behavior of any kind.
The winner of the league was
decided on Dec. 22. During the
final match of the season the Kings
narrowly edged out the Hawks 11-9.
An intense game had the Kings leading
10-2 in the second half. The Hawks
pulled together to knock in seven goals.
With just minutes remaining and one
point separating the two teams King
Matt Henson pushed the lead with a
final minute goal.
On Dec. 29 the tight-knit group of
hockey players went to Gonzo’s HD
Sports in South Burlington for the
presentation of the first ever-premier
cup to the Kings players.
To learn more about Premier
Floor Hockey contact Dave Lavelle at
[email protected] or visit
Bill Galdi and the Chain Gain – new chain gang
equipment; Bill Peters – a reliable second baseman;
Gus Charbonneau – a brand new car; Remzo
Smailhodzic – your whole family back in Vermont;
John Ferris and Justin Norris – new culture for
the Mets; Tom Preska – bowling championship;
Sherri Allard, Bob Hickey, and John Scherer
– tax returns without extensions; Jim and Erin
Murphy – assistant soccer coaching job for Jimmy
somewhere local to utilize talents and add to college
funds for kids; Brian Cummings – a youth movement
in the Bronx and a new team in Jersey; Charley
Ranges – tax free standing for church property;
John Woodley – a solid rotation in the House that
Ruth built; New York; Jean Robinson – another
high lottery pick for Boston; Jay Kiley – another
arm in the Motor City; Peggy Economou – warm
vacations any time of the winter; Steve Emery – the
Steelers win the division and play the Cowboys in the
Super Bowl; Mike Donoghue – a Super Bowl gig;
the New York football Giants – a new team; Dean
Corkum – brand new downhill skis; Grady Corkum
– wicked winter of skiing; Lucy Corkum – Iron Man
race entry; Madison Corkum – spiffy cross country
skis and more state championships; Steve Roberts
– piles of book by your favorite author if, and when
you retire; Mike Baker – never-ending supply of mat
padding; Leighton Walker – Caribbean cruises to
any destination; Mary-Louise Digiovanni, Tom
Jiamachello, and Marilee Taft – return trips to
Europe and the Dominican Republic in retirement;
Deb Stark –vacations; Ellen Emery – standing room
only in the TAP intern business; Jane Goodman – a
relocation to St. Johns; Kate McDonald – a team to
be proud of in the Bronx; Jamie Young – free lunch
as part of your contract; Colleen Birner – leading
leadership to the highest level; Mae Mayville –
spotting the rarest of birds on your next trip; Nate
Sheppard – a job back at EHS; Owen Charron
– healthy eyes to watch Eric Clapton one more time
in the Molson Centre; Jenn and Brad McKenzie –
many happy years; Tim Albertson – another solid
New York Yankees starter; Windy and Mike Kelley
– jobs in Chittenden County; Bill Mayville – Legends
Seating at the Stadium; John and Sue Burroughs
– family trips; Carol Willey – the temperature never
dipping below 60 degrees on your deck; Ruby and Jim
McIntyre – a return to Vermont in the summer; Joe
Mackey – Teachers’ Retirement Watchdog… keep
up the good work; Courtney Brooks – advancement
and a job in management; Joe Johnston and Gene
Nelson –the best replacement possible for Mariano
Rivera a second time; Maria Sciancalepore – the
cushiest of responsibilities in the next stage of life;
Jason Polakowski – contract extension at Bryant
University and to follow in your dad’s footsteps
coaching and training track and field athletes here at
Dave Zehnacker – the reincarnation of the oncepopular IBM-ish Wednesday nights’ summer soccer
league; Bill Duval – team expansion explosion for the
ever-popular women’s summer league stretching from
the North East Kingdom down to Randolph; Barb
Duval – a visit from Curb Appeal in the spring or
summer; Robin Noble – A finished kitchen, a Happy
Belated Birthday, and tickets to a Sox-Yankee series
in the Bronx; Frank Martel – an unlimited supply
of varsity soccer refs to use in the fall and summer;
Don Fillion – a fishing trip to the Florida Keys;
Annah and Chris Sullivan – a return to coaching
and a private practice somewhere warm; Tiffany
Gilbert – maybe ne more baby, possibly a girl to add
to the family while still coaching talented hurdlers
at EHS; Joe O’Brien and Dennis Fillion – more
vacation time; Allison Duffy – a move back to Essex;
Bill Hennessey – one more summer at EJRP; Mike
and Tammi Gilbert and family – closer, new James
Patterson books from Overstock, and free swimming
lessons at Sand Hill Pool; Kevin Barber – Odell
Beckham in next year’s draft; the Bandits – what
the heck, a few more FFB trades in our Beyond
Incompetent Fantasy Football League; Sue Barber –
larger plot for the garden and your plants; Molly and
Kate Barber – success in life after high school; Libby
Smith and Kate Cioffi – a sports administration
job at a local university; Meghan and Zach Smith –
more kids; Leo Labonte – expansion of the stocked,
yet crowded training room; Lynne Labonte – zumba,
zumba, and more zumba; Toria Lajoie – a highly
successful business; Jason and Amy Stannard – a
move to Essex…I found the house…27 Jackson Street,
check it out before somebody swallows it up; Derek
Jeter – a first ballot Hall of Fame election; Andy
Pettitte and Mariano Rivera – total relaxation in
retirement and a calming sense of accomplishment;
Bernie Williams – #51 retired in Monument Park;
Josh Becker – Arizona Cardinal tickets; Greg
Rugby @ South Burlington 5:30 p.m.
Girls’ Basketball vs. Rice 6:30 p.m.
Cheerleadingvs. Rice 6:30 p.m.
– See SHORTS on page 2b
[email protected] U-32 1 p.m.
Boys’ Hockey @ Rutland 3 p.m.
Girls’ Hockey vs. Spaulding 3 p.m.
Indoor Track @ UVM 9 a.m.
Boys’ Basketball vs. Burlington TBD
Cheerleading vs. Burlington TBD
Wrestling @ Spaulding 6 p.m.
Boys’ Hockey vs. Spaulding 6:15 p.m.
Girls’ Hockey @ St. Albans 7 p.m.
Alpine Skiing @ Smugglers Notch 12 p.m.
Girls’ Basketball vs. CVU 7:30 p.m.
Cheerleading vs. CVU
The Essex Reporter • December 31, 2014
from page 1b
Walsh – family health and happiness; Mike
Wells – a trip to the finals in Barre; Noel
Boutin – delicious foods from the rink snack
bar; Mike James – continued success with the
EHS cross country and indoor track distance
runners ; Joe Moore, Bob Magie, Levi
Smith, and Ron Myer – success in ministry
and an EAC move, sooner than later, to its new
home in Williston…
Ally Vile, Andrea Leo, and Samantha
Crocker – I will try this one more time...
new offices for the Town of Essex Recreation
Department. Let’s make this happen people…
Charlie Burnett – the continuation
of a job well done; Randy Burnett – the
offensive coordinator’s job in Baltimore;
Mark Ginsburg – coaching job in college;
Kerry LeClair – free coupon books and
a healthy quarterback; Ryan McLaren –
private practice close by; Dr. Ramsay – may
your research be more than helpful; Brad
Smith – another fine season for the Red Sox;
Nicole Dvorak - the makings of a financial
model; Mario Ross – an unlimited amount
of chocolate to brighten people’s Sunday
mornings; Sherri Ross – another Princess
Cruise; Mark Barry – smooth sailing down
on the waterfront in Connecticut; Adam
Peterson - new soccer referee shirt and some
work at track and field meets; Kenny Burnett
– working with your daughter in the sunny,
summer weather; Vermont National Guard
– thank you for your service and always safe
returns home; Jerome Monichino – pay
raise after that great BFP article, and many
more years at the St. Michael’s College Chapel;
Amy Phillippo - new high quality running
shoes and some quality time for yourself
during the break; Kathy Wells – happiness
and comfort in your Essex Junction home;
Cecilia Golnazarian – a joyful life; Bob
and Mary Anne Chaffee – not a care in the
world on the Cape; Sandy Willey – relaxing
duties as the matriarch of the Willy plantation;
Bob Willey – may your jumper never quit or
miss; John Willey and Chris MacFarlane
– Iron Man Competition; Ace Ali – tickets to
your favorite classical music concert; Our IT
Crew – new computers/books, less problems,
easier computer glitches, and our endless
thanks; Alex Abrami – sports column for
the New York Times; Linnea Willey – some
soccer or lax in the future; Dr. Maddalena
– another outstanding winter with the girls’
hockey team; Jerry Frank – some movement
outside the island castle and another season
with Essex soccer; Deb Maddalena – your
dream job; Shaun MacArdle – coaching your
daughter in Girls on the Run then in a few
years cross country at CHS; Molly Edwards
– choose carefully my dear because last year’s
wish was… One More Baby; the MacArdle
kids – feel free to ask mommy and daddy
for anything - tell them I said it was okay;
Duncan Harvey – a sweet homerun swing;
Diane and Russ Auger – the best weather
on the east coast of Carolina; Emily Scott –
the guidance whisperer back in Connecticut;
Timony Norris – a return to the rigors of SAT
testing; Teresa Fleming, - lifetime contract
for SATS, ACTS, PRAXIS tests; Mac and
Stick McAllister – a full-time sports’ contract
from ESPN Sports; Kara Bissonnette – RF
in Bronx; Ashley Godin – keep the streak
alive; Eric and Leslie Langevin – enjoyment
as parents as memories happen; The EHS,
Brownell, and Essex Free Libraries –
collaboration of assets to benefit readers;
Emily Danis – skiing
in the winter and
Noel, Jay Vallieres – MLS games next
season; Spencer Noble and Jeff Taft – a
BBQ Rib place that will explode on your
taste buds; Andy Gingras – yet another
outstanding season refereeing soccer; Nick
Hendry - a return to the sideline with Sean
Diminick and Dr. Visker; Jessie Coutrayer
– a solid year in your first season at the helm
of EHS boys’ hoops; Nate Crete – that your
business on River Road continues to thrive;
Bruce Murdough – the funds to build a
turf field at the high school; the men’s PE
department – you missed out last year…
complete demolition and that new locker room
with pro-style lockers and hot showers; Janet
Boyden – a new car, a long vacation, and
some quality time by your pool this summer;
Kelly Boyden – A beautiful wedding; Pavel
Dvorak – hosting another New England
Track and Field Championship meet at BHS
very soon; Lida Dvorak – inching closer to
retirement; Curt Maglinas, Todd McCabe,
Brad LaRose, and Bill LaWare – CIA
promotions; Tim Emery – dare we say high
school principal somewhere in Vermont; Peter
and Karen Albright – longer Vermont visits;
Scott Pennington –robotics club national
championship; Erica LeClair– continued
interaction with students; Jay Brady, Peter
Huber, Dave Powlison, Diane Flaherty,
Gloria Reinstein Douglas, Kevin Martel,
Karen Zidovski – congrats on pulling the
retirement trigger; Jim Larkin – multivacations when needed and wherever you
Natalie LeClair, Elaina Coutrayer,
Troy Coutrayer, Kara McNamara,
Leah Murdock, Shannon, Bridget
Hennessey, Ashley Wilson, Kathryn
Kearns, Kristin Kowalski, Erin Oliver,
Khanh Nguyen, Erica Boyce, Katherine
Ramsey, Alexis Purdy, Sam O’Sullivan,
Lauren Goodnow, Jamie Kida, Scott
Cayea, Beau Cameron, Mary Krug,
Kimmy Dirmaier Brandon Keift, Kristin
McNamara, Charlie Kline, Anna Guthrie,
Leah Conchieri, Lexie O’Sullivan, Sarah
Sherman, Katie Polakowski, Lindsey
Judge, Julie Conlon, Casey Dubie,
Bailey Farrell, Shannon Heath, Angela
Henry, Hillary Keithcart, David Bowers,
Simone Mendes, Lindsay Norris, Kyla
Ward, Mike Dimambro, Sarah Flaherty,
Melissa Fontaine, Claire Murphy, Paige
Wood, Kim Dvorak, Chinelo Asanya,
Rosy Gallo, Lucy Lincoln, Isey Esposito,
Nikki Braceras, Alexa Pius, Rachael
Pinto, Paige Hathaway, Emma Sopchak,
Olivia Fontaine, Isabelle Federico, Bobby
Evans, Kevin Conchieri, Tom Carton,
Mariah Neverett, Katherine Furland,
Kira Hancock, Ashley Douglas, Courtney
Gleason, Mariah Neverett, Katherine
Furland, Tim Yandow, Jack Mechler,
Erik James, and others – open invitations
to return to the Hornet track and field team
in the spring and a wonderful life after high
school and/or college filled with success and
smiles; Rose Monahan, Erik James, Irma
Melezovic, Amanda Sinkewicz, Kyle
Baker, Madison Stephenson, Marissa
Minadeo, Lindsey Gleason, Connor
Knowles, Charlotte Murphy, newcomers,
and others – a highly successful spring
season; Olivia DiMambro – much success in
Illinois; Emily Goodrich – Hornet athletic
success and a new sport in the spring; Sand
Hill Pool lifeguards and staff – a ton of sun,
hardly any clouds and thunder, calm camp
kids, a window for the back room, and some
new Wish List equipment; Saint Ambroise
(Azzie) Azagoh-Kouadio – a soccer job in
Chittenden County; Thomas Dvorak - success
in life after college; Antonia ArmstrongLaird – quickly landing a teaching job in
Essex; LJ Harris – success in college; Markie
Palermo – a return to health and running;
Nate Bradbury – full time teaching at South
Burlington; Emily Zelko – success in life
after college; the EHS maintenance and
grounds staff – students who respect
equipment, green grass to cut, less dirt
everywhere, and garbage that finds its
way into trash cans; Dr Feeley’s and
Dr. Summerville’s offices – come
on…TV’s on ceiling for viewing waiting
room patients; Michelle Robitaille
Campbell - teaching and coaching
success; Andy and Jeanne Cole – kids
as future track stars at EHS; Blaine Isham
– a return to Vermont; Ira Isham – talented
wrestling crew at the high school; Martone’s
Market – to continually crank out high
Kearns – sell the
as you have done your time; Mark Teixeira –
health and strength in 2015; Dellin Betances
- the New York Yankees closer; Bill O’Neil – a
hockey state title; Essex Cinemas – comfy
seat, great movies, good deals; Barb Isham
– the VT recycle, energy awareness award;
The Essex – incredible spa conditions; Polo
- less hours for high school kids; Don Tynan
– continued success making profits for your
clients and friends @ Paine Webber…
Matt Conti – maybe an expansion of
your great facilities at Sports and Fitness
Edge and soccer refereeing certification;
Ramunto’s, Boves, Mimmo’s, Hoagies,
Pappa Franks, Rocky’s, Loretta’s, and
Juniors - YUM more delicious Italian food
and pizza; Josh Santerre – an Essex teaching
and coaching job; Mike Goodrich – snow
in January, February, and March; The
Sports and Fitness Edge – new lane for
the track upstairs; David Coggio – more
time in Vermont and a new, bionic knee; Dan
Shepardson - an NCAA Final Four playoff
game; John and Colleen McAuliffe – a long
winter vacation; Ryan McAuliffe – Celtics’
tickets; Matt McAuliffe – New York Knicks
tickets; Kevin McAuliffe – front office job
with the Bruins; Matt Stratford – all-star in
the over-30 league; Tim Stratford – winner
of the masters’ 800m; Steve Hennessey
– front office job in major league baseball;
Tony Romo – a solid stretch and playoff run;
DeMarco Murray –health; Stan Williams,
Eric Barker, Jeff Paul, Scott Bliss, Bill
Eschholz, Tim Rice, Jeff Bennett, Ashley
Wilson, Zach Kramer, Dennis Aikey, Dave
Martin, Jeff Evans, and Catherine Riley
– continued fine job with your sports teams;
Sheila Stawinski – continued outstanding
job with the Captains’ Club; Tom Schaeffer
– definitely some sub-varsity refereeing
next fall; Brad Parker – total enjoyment
in coaching retirement; T.J. Meade – some
free time in the fall to get back on the soccer
field, even part-time; Jim Smith – Master’s
three point competition champion; Andrew
Lucier –another Celtic excursion in the near
future; Ashley Besaw – teaching great kids
at MMU; Rich Haskell – spring training
in Fort Myers and opening the air to guest
broadcaster; Dennis Barcomb – a turf field
at Winooski; Direct TV – fine service, tons of
sporting selections, no weather interference,
and low prices; Comcast, Fairpoint, and
Version – lower internet and cell prices; Judy
Foregger – the fondest of memories; Dick
and Jane Kehaya – total relaxing in The
Villages; Sarah Newman – more free time
with kids; Zaf Bludevich – total enjoyment
in retirement; Jerry Flanagan – a place in
Venice, Fla.; Robin Hollewedell – road trip;
Ben Hollewedell – continued advancement
and safety in your line of work; The Reill
family – comfort in the loss of your father,
husband, and incredibly exceptional man…
John and Liz Tobin – guest boarders
in your new Florida home; Syd and Kathy
Banfield – another dog for yours to play with;
The Langs – tons of your own grandkids;
Hal Getty – your own ferry; Mike Getty –
Spiderman Comic illustrations; Judy Abbott
– hockey tickets; Brian Chandler – more
kids and maybe some Little League coaching;
Pete Shill and Eric Senn – green grass for
the fields and a new parking lot at Tree Farm;
Larry and Jan Lee – the best of wishes for
good health; Josh Lee – Duke basketball
tickets; Janet and Phil Lucier – immediate
retirement and move to Vermont; Dave
Neil – the offensive coordinator’s job with the
Stealers; the girls at the Credit Union – lot
and lots of $1, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 and
appreciative customers; Dan Marlow – a
year or so at BFA before you retire and head
to warmer weather; Paul Lamontagne –
continued sharp photography for Chittenden
County and the rest of Vermont; Joyce’s
Noodle House – the best Egg-Drop soup in
the area; Jack and Nancy Chalmers – that
winter trip because, Nancy, they clean the ice
off the wings of the planes now you know; Jeff
Chalmers – coaching and/or watching your
kids in sports; Jaime and Kristen Chalmers
– scholarship to UCONN for your daughter
in 3.5 years; Steve and Dana Line – so glad
you moved to the Junction, now really enjoy
watching your kids grow up; Nicole and Joe
Colantoni – happiness with family and a
huge book deal; Joel Kynoch – PA job at the
UVM; Jason and Dawn Heminway – family
vacation to a warm climate, your kids in track
and field, and dinner soon; Dan Couture –
Andrew Luck until you retire; the Champlain
Valley Fair – lower prices all-around and the
Eagles, Jimmy Buffet, and Chris Tomlin in
concert; Rich Graham – an invitation to coach
pole vault this spring - really; Ken Fontaine –
to continue your exemplary job as a volunteer
coach and lots of throwers to coach in the
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desserts ; McKinley McNulty – all the
Christmas presents you want; Essex PD – I
feel safe with you up the street, enjoy the police
station; Essex FD – any new equipment you
need; Essex Rescue – huge thank you for all
you do, generally and personally, and all the
supplies and upgrades you need; Marissa
Wells – great job the real world: Ali Wells
– internship with post-college connections;
Sophia Liscio – congrats on the engagement;
Sal Bannerman – a calm quiet home and
workplace @ GMNH…
Mike Smith – a hockey coaching job at
a higher level; Amy Smith – more training
time and new running shoes; Jason Smith –
a bulls-eye slapshot; Abby Smith –massive
Justice gift certificate; Chelsea Zelko –
continued enjoyment with best summer job
in the world; Lorette Soucy – your annual
fashion show and prospective buyer for your
antiques; Mike and Jackie Landsberg - let’s
see… got the fence, have the new porch, have
a dog and a baby… how about another baby;
Scott Slocum – Derek Jeter shirt, Manor gift
card, and healthy knees; Diane Slocum –
continued success in the redecoration and so
much free time with beautiful granddaughters;
Adam Slocum – razor, discounts at Dick’s,
and your own apartment; Willie and Sarah
McNulty – a move into your beautiful new
house ASAP; Kyran McNulty – anything
Frozen and a bigger road bike; Wakely
McNulty – keeping up with your older sister
and your running legs underneath you…
Ryan and Dana Davis – the best life
has to offer and please more Vermont visits;
Kathy and David Converse – free time for
yourselves; Randy-Kay Lavalley – a fine
change to working Wednesday and Thursday at
Structures and a free ski pass; Dale Lavalley
– countdown to retirement at Vermont Gas and
Dallas making the playoffs; Nick Lavalley – a
PHD job with massive benefits like football
tickets; Trevor Rushford – may the plus side
of 40 treat you well and the Eagles play like
they did the 2nd game vs. the Cowboys, Sonny
Rushford – enjoy growing and teaching
your kids as you are doing a great job; Chloe
Rushford –free swimming during the summer,
tons of time on the slopes with friends and
family;; Gavin Rushford – brand new skis;
Derek Kearns – the first pick in our FFB
League next summer; Liz Chouinard – a new
car; Michael – a fishing pole; Uncle Vince –
the happiest life of leisure in Ft. Lauderdale;
Don and Carol Hathaway – two months in
Florida during the winter; Henry and Sandy
Bechtel – new team in New Jersey for the
Giants and major business expansion; Eric
and Holly Hathaway – booming business
at the Lake Dunmore store and vacation
time; Derek Hathaway – inching closer to
graduation, a great summer job, and your
soccer ref certification; Cullen Hathaway –
congrats on the Middlebury football repeat and
all-star selection… the college of your choice
with or without football… you can always run
track at UVM because you are, well, kind of
QUICK!; Sarah and Josh Stark – the best
family vacation ever; Owen, Wyatt, and
Hudson Stark – Disneyland, and free riding
lessons ; Charlie and Kristin Peet – family
cruise an annual trip, plentiful gardens and
eggs, and all-star daughters; Sydney and
Madison Peet – Connecticut trip to see your
cousin this summer, IPONES, new track shoes
for summer recreation track at CVU, and new
lax sticks; Nate Bechtel – Resort vacation;
Amelia Coleman – Resort vacation and
more of those Thanksgiving cookies; Ethan
Bechtel – really, World Series tickets this
coming fall; Stacey Davis – I have to go with
that warm-weather resort vacation; Josh
and Karen Gonillo – the joy of watching my
beautiful 1-year-old granddaughter grow up
and a new home; Gianna Gonillo – continue
to grow, learn, walk, run, read and maybe –
just maybe – a week in Vermont this summer
with Grammy and Pappa Joe; my mom,
Rosemary Gonillo - health, happiness, and
success, enjoy life, Cowboys in the playoffs, a
Yankee rebirth, and unlimited groceries for
homemade Italian dinners, and time with
your great granddaughter; Vince and Karen
Gonillo – an actual vacation, time away, to
simply RELAX; Jenna Gonillo – to achieve
all your goals in the medical field and in your
life; Stacey Gonillo – a solid gig in the EHS
library, a Florida job in the winter, and a load
of your favorite comics to read; my wife Tina –
relaxing vacation in Jamaica, tons of free time,
naps on your new comfortable couch, longer
weekends, babysitting little ones, HGTV, trips
to Connecticut to see son, daughter, and grand
baby and a possible family cruise in the near
As I end this column, I would like to
remember my mother-in-law Terry Bechtel,
my father-law, Ed Bechtel, and my dad,
Don Gonillo, as well as friends who have
passed away. I miss them all very much. The
memories we have help so much especially
over the holidays as they made it so special for
all of us. Now we are creating the memories.
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A new year
often begins with good intentions, as thousands resolve to
make positive changes in their lives. Resolutions are easy to
make when one is toasting at midnight and ready to take on the
world. But resolutions can be harder to keep as the days turn into
weeks and weeks become months.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota found that 80 PERCENT OF
RESOLUTION-MAKERS HAVE GIVEN UP BY VALENTINE’S DAY.
There are several different reasons why resolutions fail, and recognizing potential pitfalls
can help people stick with their positive changes throughout the New Year.
Make resolutions for the right reasons.
Making resolutions for the wrong reasons can be
counterproductive. If you want to lose weight for
cosmetic reasons and not to improve your overall
health, you may find your motivation waning as the
weeks turn into months. Making resolutions for the
right reasons often provides ample motivation.
Don’t go it alone. You’re
more likely to have
success with keeping a
resolution if you have
outside support. Enlist
a buddy to go to the
gym with you or provide
support as you attempt
to quit smoking. Having
a support system in place
can motivate and inspire,
knowing someone will be
keeping tabs on you may
instill enough anxiety to
propel you through your
private if you so
prefer. Many people
are compelled to
share their resolutions
with friends and
family. However, that
can lead to feelings
of competition or
animosity if someone is
realizing goals before
you. Feel free to keep
your resolution private
as you go through the
process. Once you have
met your goal, then
you can share your
making a resolution,
research how much a
resolution might cost.
Gym memberships or new
hobbies may stretch your
budget, and if you cannot
afford a resolution, how
can you keep it? If money
is a concern, choose
resolutions that are
Don’t give up too easily. Some people are up for a challenge and others
are not. Resolutions typically require a little extra effort, especially in the
early stages. Resolutions will not necessarily be easy to keep, but the
longer you stick to a resolution the easier it becomes to make it a reality,
so resist the temptation to throw in the towel too early.
Avoid boring resolutions. Many people
make boring resolutions that often
focus on the mundane instead of more
positive things. Resolutions need not
be changes that profoundly alter
your mental or physical wellbeing. Making fun resolutions will
probably help you stick to them.
Perhaps you will resolve to spend
more time with the kids or promise
to try more adventurous activities.
Maybe you decide it’s time pursue
a hidden passion, such as music
or art. Enjoyable resolutions are
much easier to keep.
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WE HAVE LEFT
Years ago, I heard a story about the
great violinist, Itzhak Perlman. I often
share it during the talks I do about aging.
Here is how it goes.
Mr. Perlman was playing a concert
at Carnegie Hall. Just as he got settled
in and began, one of the strings on his
violin snapped with a loud, “twang”. The
audience immediately became restless
because they understood this would cause a
long delay in the performance.
Due to polio in his youth, Mr. Perlman
moves slowly. It would take a while for
him to make his way backstage. Then,
there would be a wait for the violin to be
restrung. Finally, there would be his slow
return to the stage. All the while, the
audience would be stuck in their seats,
Finally, Carnegie Hall was silent and
Mr. Perlman began to play without the
missing string. Those in attendance that
night insisted it was one of the greatest
concerts they had ever experienced. After
he had taken his bows and the applause
had died down, Mr. Perlman stood and
made this statement, “It is the challenge
of the artist to do as much as he can with
whatever he has left.”
And so it is for those of us who are aging.
Just like the violinist with the missing
string, our challenge is to do as much as we
can with whatever we have left. This is a
matter of courage and will. Both flow from
the closest thing there is to a fountain of
youth. That fountain is a love of life and the
desire to experience more of it.
Aging is a remarkable passage through
time. Our bodies are wearing out, our
usefulness is often challenged, and yet,
deep inside is the unwrinkled soul we have
always been, eager to have another day.
Maybe that is where our resilience
comes from, for no matter what is thrown
at us, we bounce back. We don’t always
bounce back as high as we used to, but still
back we come. On we go, making the most
of what we have left.
The other day, I was in the shack of
an 83 year old man. He had no hot water,
hardly any furniture, and suffered from
a skin disorder, which he described in a
matter of fact way, like it was just a normal
part of life. All alone, preparing to face the
harsh, Vermont winter, with just enough
wood split to make it to spring, he talked
about the glorious beauty the snow always
brings to his mountain.
As I looked into his wrinkled face I
thought of Itzhak Perlman preparing to
continue his concert at Carnegie Hall with
one broken string. There are so many
brave souls scattered across the hollows
and hills of our Green Mountains, each
simply doing what needs to be done with
what they have left.
Scott Funk is an Aging in Place advocate,
writing and speaking around Vermont
on issues of concern to retirees and their
families. More at scottfunk.org.
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IEWOOD COLLECTION, two beautiful
pieces in original
boxes. Never on display. $30. each. 802485-8266 AIR CONDITIONERS
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each. 802-782-5334 CANDLE HOLDERS
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Call 802-527-1398. Private Sale of Storage Unit Contents
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Glen Apt# 13 Essex Junction, VT 05452
has a past due balance of $250.00 owed to
Champlain Valley Self Storage, LLC since
October 31, 2014. To cover this debt, per
our lease dated 5/27/14, the contents of
unit #130 will be sold at private silent
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not open to the public.
COMPUTER MONITOR, SONY, 19”.
Works great. $25.
small. $40. 802-285-6393 DICKENS VILLAGE,
over 20 pieces,
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more. All in original
boxes, out only one
Christmas. $100. 802485-8266 play. $50. 802-4858266 GO PHONE
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value. Selling for $35.
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CHOICE boy and girl
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on display. $100. 802485-8266 DOG, LOST, PITBULL, female, black
and white. Last seen
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good homes, as pets
only. $10. each. 802868-2408 GENERATOR,
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amp used but in great
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GLASSES (8), ANTIQUE, 1920’s, in
wire rack. Never
used, beautiful. $100.
1980, (24) Funk and
Wildlife Encyclopedias. $40. or best
offer. 802-524-4337 GOLF BALLS, PINNACLE, brand new,
pink. Twelve balls
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December 22 - 28, 2014
Monday, December 22
0701Theft on Dalton Dr
0926Abandoned Vehicle on Franklin
1254Shoplifting on Essex Way
1319911 Hang-up on Prospect St
1417Agency Assist on North St
1500Agency Assist on Abnaki Ave
1729Accident on Pearl St
1930Theft on Upper Main St
2010Suspicious Circumstance on
2125Family Fight on Sugar Tree Ln
2214Alarm on Alderbrook Rd
2354Vandalism on Pearl St
Tuesday, December 23
0101Citizens Assist on Upper Main St
0112Phone Problem on East St
0603Violation of Conditions of Release
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tea length. Worn only
once. $35. Call 802891-6140 HOLIDAY DRESSES,
GIRL’S size 10 long
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white satin and lace
collar, satin ribbon tie
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satin and lace collar,
white lace on cuffs.
$10. Girl’s size 14
purple velvet, long
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on Maple St
1024Suspicious Veh on Deer Crossing
1207Suspicious Circumstance on River
1334Traffic Stop. Ticket issued
for Poss. of Marijuana Issued &
Paraphernalia confiscated on Browns
1336Traffic Offense on Old Stage Rd
1420Intoxicated Person on Rotunda
1421Accident on Susie Wilson Rd
1656Phone Problem on Maple St
1831Accident on Essex Way
1902Suspicious Circumstance on Pearl
1919Accident on Pearl St
1927Animal Problem on Juniper Ridge
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and top. $10. Girl’s
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never used. Still in
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grade auger. Selling
for $300. firm. If paid
for in advance will deliver within 25 miles.
Great gift for Christmas to a husband or
wife who loves to ice
fish. Selling for health
reasons. Frank, 802928-3052. MIX, white, 8 months
old, female, not fixed.
Good with dogs but
not good with cats.
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802-485-8266 RACING BOAT
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2134Robbery on Colchester Rd
Wednesday, December 24
0032Noise Complaint on Thasha Ln
0415Alarm on Thompson Dr
0611Alarm on Educational Dr
0954Burglary on Old Stage Rd
1004Alarm on Park St
1215Susp Person on Browns River Rd
1225Animal Problem on River Rd
1235Theft on Pearl St
1517VIN Verification on Maple St
1556Littering on Essex Way
1622Alarm on Browns River Rd
1821Susp Circumstance on Cabot Dr
1906Disabled Vehicle on Colchester Rd
2152Family Fight on Pearl St
2235Susp Vehicle on Hawthorn Circle
2334Accident on Greenfield Ct
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Never on display,
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each. Alburgh. 802796-4027 STRAW HATS,
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Saturday, December 27
0422Agency Assist in Colchester
0751Alarm on Morse Dr
0932Citizens Assist on Maple St
0953Citizens Dispute on Seneca Ave
1211Susp Circumstance on Franklin
1240Animal Problem on Old Stage Rd
1257Suspicious Circumstance on N
1329Citizens Assist on Pearl St
1332Animal Problem on Old Stage Rd
1526Phone Problem on Railroad St
1549Citizens Assist on Essex Way
1553Citizens Assist on Brickyard Rd
1644Motor Veh Complaint on Center
1607Violation of Conditions of Release
1654Accident on Main St
2019Agency Assist on Railroad St
2046Suspicious Vehicle on Jericho Rd
2151Barking Dog on Cherokee Ave
2237Suspicious Circumstance on
Upper Main St
2241Alarm on Pearl St
0822Alarm on Browns River Rd
1218Agency Assist in Colchester
on Park St
1615VIN Verification on Maple St
1632Accident on Susie Wilson Rd
1647Accident on Susie Wilson Rd
1814Lost Property on Butternut Ct
1834Theft on Pearl St
1952Lost Property on Upper Main St
2020Family Fight on Susie Wilson Rd
2104Threatening on Upper Main St
Tickets Issued: 17
Warnings Issued: 89
Fire/EMS Calls Dispatched: 45
VIA 32” LCD, $100.
Sony Bravia 46”
LCD, $160. Remotes
and owners manuals included. Great
802-598-2417 802-933-7675, please
leave message. WANTED: CHRISTMAS VILLAGE House
on Cliff. Stolen approximately three
years ago, much
Any information, call
X-BOX WITH (4) padvinyl, 4x8, screens
dles, (7) games, remote, all cords. Works included. Good condition. You pick up.
great. $75. 802-7528783 802-868-4369 WATCH, VERA
BRADLEY, with (5)
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$40. or best offer.
802-527-1398 FREE/MISC. HEADBOARDS AND
assorted sizes and
styles. 802-752-8783 Showcase
CASE, black. Asking
$10. 802-782-5334 NORDIC TRACK
$500. or best offer.
315-408-3678 Friday, December 26
0633Alarm on Educational Dr
0856Citizens Assist on Lyons Ln
1018Citizens Dispute on Brigham Hill
8783. IPHONE 5C LIFEPROOF case, green.
Like new. Asking $40.
802-782-5334 LIGHTS AND
SOUNDS of 20
Christmas carols in
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outdoor. New in box.
$95. 802-485-8266 Thursday, December 25
0644Alarm on Susie Wilson Rd
1146Agency Assist on Perkins Dr
1259Accident on Essex Way
1723Alarm on Cushing Dr
1729Citizens Assist on River Rd
1756Suspicious Circumstance on
1840Alarm on Pearl St
1856Accident on Susie Wilson Rd
2121DUI on Susie Wilson Byp
2141Welfare Check on Maple St
2249Phone Problem on Pearl St
2341Alarm on River Rd
1041VIN Verification on Maple St
1332911 Hang-up on Carmichael St
1508Citizens Assist on Carmichael St
1636Suspicious Person on S Hill Dr
1753Citizens Assist on Maple St
1848Phone Problem on Lyon Ln
1858Motor Vehicle Complaint on Pearl
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2117911 Hang-up on Center Rd
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14. Not pre-owned
44. MC Hammer’s “2
15. It made Harry
_____ 2 Quit”
46. Last two words
of certain shoe
17. ATM extra
47. “Rambling Wreck
18. Reduce, _____,
From Georgia ____”
48. *Beyonce and Jay
19. *Captured drug
Z performed in them
together in ‘14
21. Zoo section
50. Antonym of #14
23. Go wrong
24. Hat part
52. “Big Island” flower
25. Old age, archaic
compositions for one 53. Leave them
behind for riches?
30. African equines
55. Grazing area
35. *Suspect in PA
57. *Animated Oscarpolice ambush was
60. *Billboard Music
64. Indian restaurant
65. Schiller’s “___ to
67. Got up
68. Remove, as in a
69. A cool ___, as in
70. Takes it easy
71. They’re famous
for being busy
72. Snake-like reef
73. Arrogant one
1. 27 is the ____ of 3
2. Russia’s ____
5. Barn scissors
6. Facts and figures
7. Tiger’s peg
8. Take an oath
10. Displeasure on
11. “Piece of cake!”
12. Obtain or create,
“apple of discord”
20. Cattle control, pl.
22. “That is to say”
24. Suffering from
25. *It caused a scare
globally in 2014
26. Kobe, e.g.
27. Sad song
31. The Phantom
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32. a.k.a. honey
33. White liturgical
34. *2014 Olympic
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49. Sigma Alpha
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Nationals gave away a
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57. Olden-day temple
58. ____ for the
59. Elevator inventor
60. Come together
61. *Hope ____ set
U.S. soccer record for
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63. Egg holder
64. Cause friction
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A YEAR AT THE COLUMN-INCH COLLECTION
Over the past 12 months we have had 13 magnificent artists hang their work on
The Essex Reporter’s and The Colchester Sun’s office walls at the Column-Inch
Collection. Thanks to all the artists for sharing their art with us!
1. JANUARY. Jess Polanshek —
Polanshek of the Hills. Hometown:
Cambridge, Vt. 2. FEBRUARY. Hattie
Saville. Hometown: Colchester, Vt. 3.
MARCH. Mary Krause. Hometown:
Essex, Vt. 4. APRIL. Sheri Larsen.
Hometown: Essex, Vt. 5. MAY. Lucy
Wilcox. Hometown: Jericho, Vt. 6.
JUNE. Paul Novak. Hometown:
Colchester, Vt. 7. JULY. Kevin Morin
& Melissa Thebarge. Hometowns:
Colchester, Vt. 8. AUGUST. Cathy
Colchester, Vt. 9. SEPTEMBER.
Monique Dewyea. Hometown:
Colchester, Vt. 10. OCTOBER.
Elizabeth Garner. Hometown:
Essex Junction, Vt. 11. NOVEMBER.
Paul Tagliamonte. Hometown:
Colchester, Vt. 12. DECEMBER. Fran
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Illnesses seem to peak during the winter
months. A tapped-out immune system as well
as dry, cold air may encourage the spread of
common viruses and bacterial infections more
easily. As a result, it’s important that men,
women and children take every step possible
to ward off sickness when the temperatures
drop. Dietary changes can make a world of
difference, and more and more people are
including these proven superfoods in their
Avocado has high levels
of essential fatty acids and vitamin B6,
which is important in the biosynthesis of
important neurotransmitters. Foods high
in B vitamins may be able to counteract
some of the symptoms of winter-related
This quirky fruit has vitamins C and
K, folate and potassium and is a good
source of fiber. Pomegranate has antiinflammatory properties, which can help
in reducing joint pain and preventing
strokes. Pomegranate may also help the
body fight viruses.
Cinnamon has high levels of antioxidants,
and some studies point to cinnamon as a
natural antibacterial agent. Cinnamon
also can help regulate blood-glucose levels,
which is beneficial for those with diabetes.
Now widely referred to as “dried plums,”
prunes are an important source of boron,
which could prevent osteoporosis. High in
antioxidants, prunes help the body fight a
variety of illnesses.
Cabbage may be a
key element in the fight against cancer.
Cabbage has phytochemicals that can
protect the body against cancer-causing
free radicals. It’s also a good source of
dietary fiber, which can stimulate a
sluggish digestive system.
This food is packed with carotenoids,
which are stellar antioxidants. The
starches in this squash also have
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The Essex Reporter • December 31, 2014
Cost of Vermont Gas
pipeline project jumps
to $154 million
By JOHN HERRICK
The proposed cost of bringing natural gas from
Colchester to Middlebury has jumped almost 80 percent
in the past six months.
Vermont Gas Systems announced Friday that phase
one of its pipeline extension could cost up to $154 million.
That brings the total increase over its 2013 estimate of
$86 million to $68 million.
Vermont Gas successfully
appealed to state regulators
for permission to continue the
41-mile pipeline project this
“This is still
summer after the first increase
and intends to do so again,
a good deal
company officials said Friday.
“This is still a good
for the customers
deal for the customers in
Addison County and will be
in Addison County
a good deal for the state of
Vermont,” incoming Vermont
Gas President and CEO Don
will be a good deal
The utility also said Friday
that it is putting on hold efforts
for the state
to seek PSB approval of a
second phase of the project that
would connect Middlebury to
the International Paper mill in
Ticonderoga, New York. The
Incoming Vermont Gas
company is reviewing the latest
President and CEO
cost estimates for that project.
Rendall, who will assume
the company’s top post in
January, said Vermont Gas
updated the costs using
accepted industry estimating
The cost increase will not affect rates until the next
rate year, which begins Nov. 1, 2015. The company
estimated the previous cost increase would cause rates to
jump about 3.6 percent in 2015. The company did not say
how the latest estimate would affect rates.
The project is now estimated to be complete by
early 2016, rather than the end of 2015 as previously
estimated. The company has installed about 6 miles of
pipeline and needs to settle property easements with
about 20 percent of the landowners along the pipeline
Christopher Recchia, commissioner of the Department
of Public Service, said the state will carefully evaluate
the reasons for the cost increase and their effect on the
second phase of the project. The department will make a
recommendation to regulators during the review process.
Rey, Zara and Umberto Garofano of Essex Junction at The Schoolhouse Kwanzaa Celebration. Zara, as one of the youngest,
joined her class in lighting the first candle on the Kanara.
Schoolhouse students celebrate
the season of light and Kwanzaa
Darkness, light and a celebration
of traditions were all on the menu
at The Schoolhouse in South
Burlington recently. Parents and
students of all ages – 2 to 12 – joined
in the celebrations. On Dec. 19,
Schoolhouse preschoolers celebrated
the winter solstice, performing
favorite winter songs and lanterns
lighting the darkness. Hand motions
brought in “Suzie Snowflake” and
homemade lanterns provided the
ambiance for a touching rendition of
the song “This Little Light of Mine.”
Students “shined light” on their
families, The Schoolhouse and the
whole rest of the world with their
The day before, Schoolhouse
elementary and middle school
students gathered for the annual
Kwanzaa ceremony. Kwanzaa is a
contemporary, non-religious, African
American holiday that focuses on
family, weaving in symbols rooted in
The celebration included
traditional songs and reflections
upon the main aspects of the
Kwanzaa holiday. Geoffrey Debrosse,
of Colchester, Julia Cichoskikelly, of
Hinesburg, Rose Lord, of Charlotte
and Gabriel Helak, of Shelburne,
joined their classmates in a funky,
musical presentation of quotations
from famous figures in African
American history, including Maya
Angelou’s exhortation, “If you have
only one smile to give, give it to the
people you love” and Hank Aaron’s
inspiring insistence that “my motto
was always to keep on swinging.”
The youngest students lit the first
candle of the Kinara, the Kwanzaa
candelabra. This year, Nari Penson,
of Winooski assisted Sophie BresslerDickinson, of Essex Junction, Zara
Garofano of Essex Junction and their
kindergarten classmates in lighting
the candle as the all said, “Umoja
Katie Watts, of South
Burlington, and her first and
second grade classmates related
personal anecdotes about each of
the seven principles of Kwanzaa.
Reflecting on the principle
Katie described her father’s
determination to run a 50K race,
despite being injured, while Pete
Golovach, recovering from a broken
femur, told of his determination to
play outside in the snow despite the
fear of hurting his leg.
Kayli Carlson, of Colchester, and
Evelyn Monje, of Winooski, closed
the ceremony according to Kwanzaa
tradition by leading the crowd in
repeating Harambay – “Let’s Pull
Together – in unison before heading
off to a feast, the Karamu for which
each family brought a dish to share.
Kwanzaa began on Dec. 26
and is celebrated for seven days
culminating in a feast or Karamu
on Jan. 1.
2015 Vermont Brain Bee seeks high school participants
Want to spend an exciting day with
peers who have a curious mind like you?
Come to the UVM College of Medicine
on Feb. 7, 2015, and participate in
the 6th Annual Vermont Brain Bee, a
neuroscience competition and learning
opportunity for any Vermont high school
students. The deadline for registering is
on Jan. 5. Watch a short video to learn
about what the brain bee is and hear
past participants rave about the event.
Go to the website: vermontbrainbee.com
for this and to register for the event. Any
questions, please contact Lisa Bernardin,
the Coordinator of the Vermont Brain
Bee at [email protected]
Pictured are the winners from the 5th Annual VT Brain Bee from Feb. 8, 2014. From the left: Evan
Trus, Champlain Valley High School, second place; Sonia Howlett, Middlebury Union High School,
tied for third place; Jonah Lefkoe, Middlebury Union High School, first place; and Ian Lund, Rice
Memorial High school, tied third place.
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