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Volume 147 No. 18
B RA N D O N C A N E VA R I Editor NORTHSHIRE — Since the Green Up Day program’s inception in 1970, Vermonters throughout the state have come together on the first Saturday in May to collect the trash that lines highway and town roads. This year is no exception, as towns throughout the Northshire have begun planning for their respective Green Up Day festivities. Bill Drunsic, the organizer of the event for Manchester, said although he is unsure of how many people are going to participate in this year’s event, in past years the town has traditionally had 50 to 70 volunteers. This year four businesses have also adopted a road to clean up. Depending on the amount of volunteers, Drunsic said they will cover all of the public streets in Manchester. However, Drunsic said back roads and side streets are sometimes ignored because they are less traveled. Still, he believes participating in this event is important for the community. “It’s … a worthwhile program. I think one of our attractions is our relatively clean road ways,” said Drunsic. Drunsic has identified areas such as the main routes to the recycling centers, the Sunderland landfills, the rubbish stations and other highly traveled areas as the ones that typically have the most litter. Drunsic said he and the volunteers will focus on these first before moving to other roadways. Donna Squires, the organizer of Green Up Day in Arlington, said she tries to cover the entire area of Arlington. “Depending on how many people I get, I put people out on as many roads as possible,” said Squires. However, unlike Drunsic, Squires said she focuses on the back roads first because the state cleans up Route 7A and Route 313. Chad Smith, the organizer of the event in Dorset, has a different method in determining what areas to clean up. “What I try and do is pick a road that needs a lot of work,” said Smith. “What I’ll do is take a look and I take a short walk or drive and you can pretty much see on the side of the road how bad it is.” Smith said the roads he has identified this year that need work are Danby Mountain Road, Peace Street and Lower Dorset Hollow Road. Smith said the majority of the roads that are in dire need of cleaning are usually attended to, but he hopes to get to more roads provided enough volunteers participate. John Lareau, who is organizing the event for the first time in East Dorset, said the organizer usually has a list of streets and when people arrive they are assigned to a street where help is needed. Lareau said if he continues to organize the event in the future he

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The hopeful start of a new tradition



The Burr and Burton boys lacrosse team took home the trophy for the first Freddie Templeton Classic Lacrosse Tournament, played last weekend at Applejack Field in Manchester. From left, BBA captains Charlie Benasich, Brendan McCarthy and Gunner Tuttle accept the winner’s trophy from Freddie Templeton, who was instrumental in getting the school’s lacrosse program underway several years ago.

Wine and food symposium brings industry elite to town
ANDREW MCKEEVER Managing Editor MANCHESTER — Among the general public, Oregon is not usually lumped together with France and California as a source of fine table wines. The hope of modifying that perception brought winemaker Mike Sweeney across the country to Manchester this week for a three-day restaurant symposium hosted by Bennington-based Santé Magazine at the Equinox Resort that finished on Wednesday. The small winery he owns — Cherry Hill Winery, from Rickreall, Ore., — started up in 1998 and is now producing its second vintage of burgundy-style wines on 85 acres, producing about 7,000 cases of wine and selling it in 18 different markets around the country, he said. So why travel more than 3,000 miles to Vermont at this stage of the game? “This is a very good crowd as far as the restaurant trade is concerned,” Sweeney said. “It’s just a good place for us to be.” About 350 food and wine industry professionals, speakers and exhibitors will have flowed through the meeting rooms at the Equinox and the large exhibit tent erected behind the hotel for the symposium, now in its second year, by the time the last wine glass is hoisted and the final culinary masterpiece savored, said Mark Vaughan, the editor and publisher of Santé. Launched in 1996, Santé began as purely a beverage trade magazine, but by 1999 had morphed into a publication that dealt with the full range of issues faced by restaurateurs, from the business side of the industry to spotting trends in food and wine. Currently the magazine, which is published in Bennington, has a circulation of about 55,000 subscribers, including chefs, restaurant owners and managers, he said. The symposium, which brings together top-flight chefs, restaurant owners, bartenders, and wine and food specialists from across the nation, was something the magazine had looked to do almost from its inception more than 10 years ago, he said. “The idea here is that we want to replicate what we do in the magazine by allowing our readers to get together in a nice environment and have the chance to speak to each other,” he said. Out of the welter of conversations will come some theories on where trends in the food and wine business is going next. One of those trends is clearly a rise in the interest in using fresher, organically grown produce, grown as locally as possible in food preparation, he said. “Absolutely the biggest trend, and you’re seeing it at all levels, even among the fast food chains, is fresher foods, less processed foods, with natural production,” he said. “I’m certain that within a year or two you’re going to see companies like McDonalds offering organic green salads.” Buying locally grown produce that isn’t the result of artificial growth hormones is now solidly a national trend, but one that Vermont, despite its green image, may be lagging behind the curve SEE SANTE| A3

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At right, winery owner Mike Sweeney tries to win over new customers, one bottle at a time.

MEMS to host second security forum
B RA N D O N C A N E VA R I Editor MANCHESTER — The second of two community forums to discuss security measures for Manchester Elementary Middle School (MEMS) will be held May 8, from 6 to 6:45 p.m. at MEMS. MEMS Assistant Principal, Steve Flint, said although the school has already conducted some of the foundation work, the forums were being held to ensure that the security measures MEMS plans to take reflect the “hopes and dreams of the community.” “Certainly one of the challenges in this work is what one person feels is safe and secure will likely feel very different for someone else,” said Flint. To gain a greater understanding of what the community would like to see implemented, Flint said the following three questions will be posed to people attending the forum: 1) In your opinion what does this safe and secure school look like? 2) What things are you willing to change for the sake of security and what things are you reluctant to let go of? 3) As we look at increasing the security of the school what equipment would feel appropriate to have in place? Flint said the input the school receives from community members at the forum will be combined with the input from faculty and staff members who will be asked the same questions to determine what measures to take. More recently security experts have been brought in to analyze how best to secure the building. One of the measures that Flint said the school is intent on initiating is an intercom system to communicate quickly. Although Flint said there has not been a security incident at the school precipitating these actions, he conveyed the need for added security. “I would say that our security hasn’t been given as much attention as we’d probably hoped. I certainly wouldn’t say it’s inadequate, but I think it needs to be more deliberate.” The issue of upgrading the school’s security was raised as a top priority when the town voted in favor of issuing the school a $1.5 million bond to make improvements on town meeting day. The school is also considering installing a card reader system on the perimeter of the school for the staff and faculty and security cameras as part of their security measures. “We’re really trying to look at this holistically and keep the best interests of everybody, especially our students in mind,” said Flint. The first forum took place at MEMS on May 3.

Nichols Hill development draws concerns from neighbors
J O S H UA O ’ G O R M A N Special to the Journal DORSET — A proposed subdivision along Nichols Hill Road in Dorset met opposition from adjacent property owners at a meeting of the Dorset Planning Commission Tuesday night. Castle Hill Construction is proposing to subdivide a 197 acre parcel, located just off Nichols Hill Road, into five parcels, three of which will be developed. The other two lots, totaling almost 44 acres, will be donated to the Nature Conservancy. In addition to concerns about the details of the proposed development, property owners adjacent to the subdivision expressed their unhappiness that they were not properly notified of a site visit this past Sunday. David Skulnik, who lives next to the proposed development, noted that the Sunday site visit was actually the second visit that the Planning Commission had scheduled, the first being cancelled due to rain. “It was cancelled and nobody called,” he said. The second site visit, he said, nobody called to say it was happening. David Golobish, who lives on 30 acres surrounded by the proposed subdivision, echoed Skulnik’s concerns. “It’s amazing. I was never notified. Not phone, not e-mail, nothing,” he said prior to the meeting. Planning Commission member Eric Rosencrantz replied that the warning for the site visit on Sunday met the minimum criteria. It was posted at the post office, the town office and in the local paper, he said. Newly elected Planning Commission Chairman Hayward Day said that more could be done to notify landowners adjacent to the proposed subdivision. “In light of peoples’ interest, the applicant should take steps to let


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