We may have been socked with

a huge volume of snow this week,
but look for a certain harbinger
of spring this weekend: Daylight
Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. on
Sunday. Turn your clocks forward
one hour before you retire Saturday
night. You’ll lose an hour of sleep,
but you’ll gain an extra hour of day-
light Sunday evening.
blizzard that dumped as much as
two feet of snow on Addison County
early this week blindsided many
Vermonters in the hopeful midst
of an early spring reverie, leaving
many locals foundering Ior help in
a sea of white.
The large snowstorm that came
on top of an usually big winter for
snow (see story) closed three state
highways and numerous local roads,
left several hundred people without
power for a time, kept many people
from their work and resulted in two
snow days for most Addison County
youngsters — three for Shoreham
In Vergennes, like in many other
towns across the county and the
state, people were working overtime
to simply move the mountains of
white stuff out of the way.
The road crew is “doing the best
they can to move the snow and fnd
a place to put it, but they’re far from
Women’s Day Tourney time Giving Back
Vol. 65 No. 10 Middlebury, Vermont N Thursday, March 10, 2011 N 36 Pages 75¢
Beeman Elementary School has
launched its annual community
service projects. See Page 15A.
Panther women’s hockey won the
NESCAC title and will host an
NCAA game. See Page 1B.
People gathered in Middlebury on
Tuesday to observe International
Women’s Day. See Page 3A.
Obituaries .......................... 6A-7A
Classifeds ....................... 8B-11B
Service Directory ............ 9B-10B
Entertainment ........................ 17A
Community Calendar ...... 8A-10A
Sports ................................ 1B-4B
(See By the way, Page 13A)
Snow bound
ELLEN WALTER SHOVELS snow from in front of Blue Moon Clothing and Gifts in downtown Middlebury
Tuesday morning. Mountains of snow on parts of downtown sidewalks made pedestrian passage
MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE STUDENT Kaylen Baker braves the wind and snow of Monday’s storm to make a trek to the Middlebury Post
Ofñce. The storm is on the books as the third biggest to ever hit the ChampIain VaIIey.
Independent photos/Trent Campbell
County digs out from major March storm
(See Snow, Page 20A)
(See Records, Page 13A)
Winter to
go down
in history
Could be second
snowiest on record
‘Death with Dignity’
legislation gets voice
Suicide bill taps into science, emotions
Local woman went to
Oregon to end own life
College prof gets ‘Daily’
dose of national exposure
expects 3,000
for third annual
chili festival
(See Festival, Page 19A)
(See Stanger, Page 20A)
(See Valko, Page 19A)
(See Death, Page 20A)
Middlebury Partnership (BMP)
directors believe they have just
the right, spicy recipe to trigger a
much-needed spring thaw: the Third
Annual Middlebury Winter Carnival
and Chili Festival, an event expected
to draw upwards of 3,000 people to
downtown Middlebury this Saturday.
Originally imagined as a
creative way to draw shoppers
to downtown Middlebury during
what has traditionally been a slow
sales period, the chili festival has
exceeded organizers’ expectations.
The inaugural festival drew around
30 professional and amateur chili
chefs and approximately 1,000
hungry judges. The numbers grew
to 43 chefs and around 2,000 visitors
last year, earning the festival a “Top
10 Winter Events” citation from the
Vermont Chamber of Commerce.
As of Monday, more than 50
cooks from 17 communities in three
According to data from the
Burlington oIfce oI the National
Weather Service, up to two feet
of snow fell on Addison County
in the storm earlier this week,
far more than six to 10 inches
forecasters had initially expected.
NWS monitors called in
amounts that ranged from 21.7
inches in South Lincoln to 24
inches in both Bridport and the
north end of Lincoln.
Elsewhere in the county,
reporters to the NWS measured
23.8 inches in Salisbury and 22
inches in Cornwall.
The NWS does not collect
annual snowfall data for Addison
County, but the two feet of wet,
heavy snow that fell in Burlington
brought this winter’s total there
to 124.3 inches as of Tuesday
afternoon. A couple more inches
were expected on Thursday
before the precipitation changes
over to rain.
That Tuesday amount makes
the winter of 2010-2011 already
Burlington’s third snowiest on
record, surpassing the 122.5 of
2000-01 and 120.2 of 2007-2008.
NWS forecaster Brooke Tabor
said this winter has Burlington’s
No. 2 spot in its crosshairs: In
1886-87, 132 inches fell.
This winter will move into
second place “if we have a normal
spring,” Tabor said. In March,
Burlington’s average snowfall is
MIDDLEBURY — Nancy Valko
was tired of living in the prison that
Lou Gehrig’s Disease had made of
her once vibrant body.
So on a sunny April 19, 2009, the
former Middlebury resident took
one last wheelchair ride through her
favorite park, had a piece of berry
pie, bade farewell to her beloved
friends and family, and went out into
her backyard to draw her last breath.
Valko died a few hours after
ingesting a lethal medication that can
be prescribed under an Oregon state
law that gives terminally ill patients
the right to end their own lives after
Iollowing some specifc guidelines.
Valko had moved from the Green
Mountain State to Oregon in late
2008, in part to take advantage of the
A version of Oregon’s Death with
Dignity law has been introduced this
year in the Vermont House Health
and Welfare Committee (see related
story, Page 1A).
Nancy Valko — mother, avid
outdoors person and former employee
of Mary Hogan Elementary School
and the Middlebury Natural Foods
Co-op — wanted to die on her own
terms, and Oregon was the one
state that could legally afford her
the opportunity to do that. Valko’s
MIDDLEBURY — At the same
time that state lawmakers are trying
to revamp the system by which
Vermonters recover from illnesses,
a group of citizens is urging the
Vermont Legislature to allow
terminally sick people the right to
forgo treatment and end their own
At issue is bill H.274, patterned
after Oregon’s “Death with Dignity
Act.” The proposed legislation —
introduced last month in the House
Health and Welfare Committee —
would allow qualifying, terminally
ill patients aged 18 or older the
option of taking their own lives using
a prescribed drug. Under the terms of
the proposed law, the patient must:
· Be a Vermonter and have
been diagnosed with an incurable,
irreversible disease that would,
“within reasonable medical
judgment” result in death within six
· Make two oral requests in the
presence of his or her physician —
with 15 days in between. When the
patient makes the request the second
time, the physician must offer the
patient the opportunity to rescind the
· Make a written request Ior the
medication, a request that must be
signed, dated and performed in the
presence of two witnesses. Neither
of the witnesses can be the patient’s
physician, counselor, close relative
or anyone who might beneft Irom
the patient’s death. The written re-
NEW YORK — On March 2,
Middlebury College professor Allison
Stanger showed up on television
screens across the nation as a guest on
Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show
with Jon Stewart.”
Stewart invited Stanger, who
chairs the college’s political science
department, to New York to speak
about her book, “One Nation Under
Contract: The Outsourcing of
American Power and the Future of
Foreign Policy.” Stanger said she’s
landed on networks like C-Span
while testifying in Congress, but
never anything that’s broadcast to so
many American homes.
'This was my frst time being on a
show of that prominence,” she said.
“It was exciting, because it’s one of
the few shows I watch on television.”
Stanger’s book, published in
October 2009 but only recently out
in paperback, examines the American
government’s use of private-sector
contractors to carry out foreign policy.
PAGE 2A — Addison Independent, Thursday, March 10, 2011
THE MIDDLEBURY UNION High School senior class is presenting
its annual musical this weekend with performances of “Oliver!”
on March 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and March 13 at 2 p.m. The show,
a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist,” features
a cast of 32 seniors, including Bowen Abbey, above center, as
Fagin; Liz Kelley as Widow Corny and Ben Elmore as Mr. Bumble,
top right; Mariko Totten as Charlie Bates and Jane McCabe as The
Artful Dodger, far right; Sarah Snider as an orphan, below; and
Rachel Getz as Oliver, right.
Independent photos/Trent Campbell
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Daily Show in the paper, then
check out the video clip on our
staII blog.
· Watch a slideshow of the
Middlebury College men’s
basketball team and listen to
the sounds oI Saturday`s game.
where they coasted to victory
in a frst-round NCAA Division
III fnal against Western
· Head to our staII blog to
watch a video showcasing
Ferrisburgh Central School’s
local, healthy food initiatives.
Early this year. the video was
named the winning entry in
'The Reel Farm to School.¨ a
statewide school video contest.
· We held down the Iort at the
oIfce early this month. collecting
results Irom around the count and
announcing them on the liveblog
on our homepage.
For those oI you who missed
it. head to the staII blog to watch
a replay oI our Town Meeting
Day 2011 liveblog.
· Trent Campbell was out
and about on Town Meeting
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MIDDLEBURY This Tuesday.
people in countries across the world
ioined together on bridges. standing
symbolically with women at the
war-torn border oI Rwanda and
the Democratic Republic oI Congo
The events. organized by Women
Ior Women International. were held in
observation oI the 100th anniversary
oI International Women`s Day in
support oI peace and an end to
violence against women in Rwanda.
the DRC. and across the world.
And while the piled and packed
snow in downtown Middlebury
Iollowing Monday`s storm served as
a deterrent Ior some. 12 people turned
out at midday to hold up banners in
observance oI the occasion. The
Women Ior Women International
event declared support Ior women.
especially in time oI confict.
'Stronger women build bridges
oI peace.¨ declared the event
literature. which explained that the
bridge events are calling Ior women
to 'have a greater say at the peace
negotiating tables.¨ and Ior countries
to honor the United Nations goals oI
ending violence against women in
times oI confict.
Melissa Sullivan-Many. a
Middlebury College employee. said
she stumbled upon the Join Me
on the Bridge website in February
and decided to take on the task oI
organizing an event in Middlebury.
reaching out to campus organizations
Ior support.
'I iust wanted to bring attention
to this.¨ said Sullivan-Many. 'This
event promotes peace. and allowing
women to have more oI a say in
Also in attendance at the event
were Jyoti Daniere. the director
oI health and wellness education
at the college. and Julia Sisson. a
iunior at the college. Sisson said
that although gender inequality isn`t
something that`s always easy to see.
it`s something that exists even here
in Vermont.
'This is important because women
are halI the population oI the world.¨
said Sisson. 'Women`s rights are
something to stand Ior.¨
Karin Hanta. director oI the
women`s and gender studies house on
campus. threw her energy behind the
event as well. arriving with a bright
pink sign announcing. 'Honk iI you
stand Ior reproductive rights!¨
Hanta also that a Iocus on
women and peace in confict-
torn areas goes hand-in-hand with
an acknowledgement oI gender
inequalities that exist here in the U.S.
She cited statistics derived Irom the
2000 census.
'When white women make 77
cents to every dollar a man makes.
and AIrican-American women make
68 cents to the dollar. it`s important
to stand up and raise awareness.¨
She said that this event was
iust the frst oI a number oI
events commemorating the 100th
anniversary oI International
Women`s Day. Next Thursday and
Friday. Hanta`s oIfce is sponsoring
a two-day symposium called 'The
F` Word.¨ where speakers and
students will discuss their views on
And while Sullivan-Many said
she`d been in contact with many who
couldn`t make it to Tuesday`s event.
the group was heartened by support
Irom passing cars in the Iorm oI
honks. fst pumps and waves.
Reporter Andrea Suozzo is at
WOMEN STOOD ALONG the Cross Street Bridge in Middlebury Tuesday to observe the 100th anniversary
of InternationaI Women's Day and to show soIidarity with victims of conñicts in Rwanda and the Democratic
RepubIic of Congo.
Independent photo/Trent Campbell
Locals mark International Women’s Day
Middlebury to sell bridge parcels
Offcials see chance for downtown economic development
oIfcials will soon put on the market
two town-owned parcels at the east
end oI the new Cross Street Bridge.
The parcels in question were
Iormerly occupied by the Champlain
Valley Unitarian Universalist Society
(CVUUS) meetinghouse at 6 Water
St. and the David Piper House at 182
South Pleasant St. The town bought
both properties and cleared them to
make way Ior the $16 million Cross
Street Bridge proiect.
Now that the bridge is up and
Iunctioning. the selectboard wants to
sell the two parcels not only to recoup
some money to apply to the proiect
costs. but also to stimulate economic
development in the downtown area.
The board has already
endorsed interim zoning
changes that would give
prospective buyers
and current property
owners in the same area
greater development
Selectboard members
on Tuesday announced
plans to order surveys
oI the two small. now-
vacant parcels when
snow melts. Once those
surveys are done and a
ballpark value Ior both
parcels is established.
the selectboard plans to
solicit proposals Irom
developers seeking to
buy and improve the properties.
'It seems to me this is an area where
we potentially have an opportunity
to help this redevelopment process
that would fow with the success oI
the bridge.¨ Middlebury selectboard
Chairman John Tenny said.
Tenny and his colleagues agreed it
is in the town`s best interest to see the
parcels developed sooner. rather than
later. They hope new. small enterprises
on the two parcels will be precursors to
development oI a much larger. mixed-
use proiect on a bigger parcel behind
the Ilsley Library iointly owned by the
town and Middlebury College. An ad
hoc committee continues to explore
building scenarios Ior the town-gown
'My idea would be to get (the
properties) on the market as soon as
possible.¨ Selectman Dean George
said. noting the added beneft oI
increasing Middlebury`s grand list.
Tenny acknowledged the two
parcels will pose some development
challenges because oI their size
and topography. But he noted both
parcels enioy a key distinction: Prime
'Each (parcel) presents itselI with
substantial exposure to the public.¨
Tenny said.
Middlebury Town Planner Fred
Dunnington said the board could
consider giving the purchaser oI the
South Pleasant Street lot the right to
use some space under the Cross Street
Bridge Ior parking. As it stands. the
parcels would both require setback
waivers. according to Dunnington.
The town originally acquired the
CVUUS property Ior $175.000 and
the Piper House Ior $310.000.
Selectman Victor Nuovo said
the new bridge has made Cross and
South Pleasant streets Iocal points in
the downtown area.
'This. I think. should be looked at as
a wonderIul opportunity
Ior someone who would
like to develop some
important downtown
properties.¨ Nuovo said.
Selectman Nick Artim
said the town is worse
oII the longer the parcels
remain idle. as they
are not generating any
property taxes.
'I am a strong Ian oI
moving this Iorward.¨
Artim said.
Rather than make the
parcels available to the
highest bidder. town
oIfcials vowed to give
extra weight to the most
creative development
proposals Ior the lots. This will give
the town a say in what is built on the
'Besides dollars. I am looking Ior
things that generate trade on the street
pedestrian trade especially and
more energy in the downtown.¨
Tenny said.
In other action on Tuesday.
Middlebury selectmen:
· Agreed to hire a college intern
this summer to Iurther economic
development initiatives in
Middlebury. The intern will be paid
$20 per hour. 20 hours per week under
the supervision oI Assistant Town
Manager Joe Colangelo. The intern
will set up an economic development
symposium and perIorm other tasks
aimed at improving the town`s
business climate. The selectboard has
set aside up to $5.000 to pay the intern.
who will be asked to write a summary
report and who will have to be either
a Vermont resident or enrolled in a
Vermont college or university.
· Met with state Reps. Betty Nuovo
and Paul Ralston. both Middlebury
Democrats. to discuss three main
issues currently being tackled in
Montpelier: Health care reIorm;
the Iuture oI Vermont Yankee; and
potential changes in state tax laws.
Selectboard members urged
Ralston and Nuovo to be careIul in
their approach to legislation that could
increase health care or electricity
costs. They also voiced concern
about any new tax policy that might
ieopardize Middlebury`s 1-percent
local option tax on sales. rooms.
meals and alcohol. Middlebury uses
revenue Irom that tax to draw down
debt on its $7 million share oI the
new Cross Street Bridge. Middlebury
College has agreed to fnance the
remaining $9 million in costs.
Nuovo and Ralston told the
selectboard that lawmakers this year
hoped to simply lay the groundwork
Ior health care reIorm. aimed at
reducing statewide costs that are
proiected to grow to $5.9 billion by
2012. Future policy decisions. they
said. would come in Iuture years and
will be done with citizen input.
Ralston likened the Vermont
Yankee nuclear power plant to a 1960
Chevy in need oI hard-to-fnd parts.
and Nuovo said the state could get
a better deal purchasing electricity
Irom the New England grid when its
contract with VYexpires next year.
The legislators vowed not to support
any measures that might ieopardize
Middlebury`s ability to collect local
option taxes. adding communities
currently levying such assessments
would likely be grandIathered.
· Scheduled an Australian ballot
vote Ior Tuesday. April 12. Ior
residents to re-aIfrm their Town
Meeting Day support oI a $3 million
highway improvement bond. The
vote is necessary because the original.
March 1 reIerendum was improperly
warned. The vote will be preceded by
an inIormational meeting on April 11.
· Agreed on a resolution urging the
legislature to pass a law banning the
use oI studded tires on roads in the
Green Mountain State. Town oIfcials
said studded tires cause thousands
oI dollars oI damage each year to
local roads. and believe the studs are
unnecessary with current winter tire
· Re-elected Tenny as board
chairman and George as vice
chairman in the annual reorganization
oI oIfcers that occurs aIter town
· Noted that a group oI Middlebury
College students will be oIIering
design ideas Ior a centerpiece Ior the
new Main Street roundabout.
Bridport man to be charged
in 2010 stray bullet incident
“This, I think,
should be
looked at as
a wonderful
for someone
who would
like to
develop some
— Selectman
Victor Nuovo
BRIDPORT Addison County
State`s Attorney David Fenster has
decided to prosecute Tracy M. Stone.
36. oI Bridport Ior reckless endan-
germent and simple assault in con-
nection with the accidental shooting
oI Bridport resident Peter Damone
last Aug. 13.
Vermont State Police Det.-Sgt.
Robert Patten. lead investigator in
the case. confrmed the news on
Wednesday aIternoon as the Addison
Independent went to press. Fenster
could not be immediately reached
Ior comment.
Damone was standing in his back-
yard on that date when he was struck
in the Iace by a .45-caliber bullet.
severely iniuring him. The ensuing
months have seen police investigate
whether the bullet had been fred by
Stone. who had been target practic-
ing in his own yard Iour-tenths oI a
mile away.
Damone. 76. is still recovering
Irom his iniuries. which have re-
quired multiple surgeries. The bullet
went through the feshy part oI one
oI his arms and into his Iace. taking
out about an inch oI his iaw while at
the same time piercing his tongue.
He recounted the incident and his re-
covery process in an article that ap-
peared in an extensive Ieature in the
Nov. 1 issue oI the Independent.
Patten said Stone is scheduled
to be arraigned in Addison County
District Court on Monday. April 11.
On Feb. 26 and 27 the Frost
Mountain Nordic Bill Koch club
hosted The BKL New England
Festival with over 500 participants
and their Iamilies at Rikert Ski
Center on the BreadloaI campus.
As the biggest Bill Koch Festival
ever held. it took the work oI many.
many volunteers and sponsors to
make the Iestival
such a success.
We want to send
out a huge thank
you to all oI the
volunteers. donors
and sponsors who made this event
such a tremendous success.
From parking to lasagna the
event came oII without a hitch and
Iamilies Irom all over New England
and upstate New York leIt here on
Sunday pleased by their time in
Middlebury. impressed with our
community and thrilled by the Ies-
tival. Over 500 Nordic skiers Irom
ages 5-13 had the time oI their lives!
Thank you. Middlebury!
Chris and Barney Hodges and
Bruce and Sarah Ingersoll
The Frost Mountain Bill Koch
Festival Committee
Notes of
Our community
welcomed festival
PAGE 4A — Addison Independent, Thursday, March 10, 2011
“Mrowwwwrrrr. Mmmrowwwrr.
Recognize that sound? It’s sort of a cross between a baby
crying, a siren going off, and the demons of hell rising up
in rebellion and depriving you of a good night’s sleep.
Picture it on an endless loop, hitting a crescendo every
half-hour or so, for a couple of weeks without end. It’s the
sound, as we found out not long ago, of a young female
cat in heat.
I know: We brought it on ourselves.
It all started one cold Saturday
night a couple of months ago. We
were leaving our friends’ house when
a petite, smoke-colored stray cat
emerged from under our car, mewing
“You wouldn’t let me stay outside
in this weather, would you?” she cried.
“I bet if I keep up this piteous mewing
long enough you’ll take me home, in
spite of your better judgment.”
She had us pegged.
My husband, Mark, scooped up all six pounds of her
and tucked her in his coat and we drove home, in direct
contradiction of our self-imposed no-new-pets rule. Within
a few days, we had named her Lily, taken her to the vet
and scheduled the all-important spaying procedure.
Lily is a little sweetheart of a cat, but Milo, our semi-
feral former barn cat turned house tyrant, expressed
outrage at her arrival. He’s a hulking beast of a feline
with a strong jaw, sharp claws and violent mood swings.
I won’t say he’s downright dangerous, but when it’s time
for his well-cat visit, the vet shoots him from a helicopter
with a tranquilizer gun.
Milo made it his mission to turn Lily into a cat-shaped
clutch purse. Consequently. she spent her frst week with
us cowering in our daughter’s bedroom, occasionally
mentioning that living outside in the dead of winter hadn’t
really been that bad after all and maybe if we could just
drop her off in a snow bank, far from Milo, that would be
swell. Milo agreed.
We had started to accept that the two would never be
able to live together under the same roof when everything
One day Lily started yowling —
and didn’t stop. She emerged from
the bedroom without fear, rubbing
sensuously against the furniture,
writhing around on the foor in an
unladylike fashion and making
amorous advances toward my wool
slippers. “Mrowwwwr.”
We found ourselves quickly
going mad from the constant aural
bombardment, a tactic sometimes used
in the military to disorient the enemy. It jangled our nerves
and disrupted our sleep. By the third day, we agreed to
sign a war crimes confession, if only Lily would shut up
for a few hours so we could rest.
Milo, on the other hand, found the new Lily positively
intoxicating. He stopped trying to shred her like a head
of cabbage and instead started winking at her when she
sashayed by.
'But you`re fxed.¨ we said.
'I may be fxed.¨ he said. 'but I`m not dead.¨
From then on, he gave Lily full run of the house. He
Iollowed her around. his eyes dilated. his nostrils fared.
Monday was the kind of day to make one ask why.
As in. why am I leaving the saIety oI the oIfce to go to
the college gym to play noontime basketball, when I’m
pretty sure no one else in his or her right mind will head
out in the middle of two feet of snow to do so?
And, once there with only one other guy who made
the same marginally sane decision — New Haven
winemaker Chris Granstrom — I had time to wonder
why I play ball at all.
Chris humored me by discussing the question. Of
course, we both like the fact we’re being entertained
while we exercise, and we like the
guys who play in the noontime game.
But he also said he loved that
moment when things went right,
when he made a good play. I asked
him how that felt, and he described it
as “a rush.”
I asked Chris what else he did for
fun, and he said he plays guitar. After
a little prodding, he agreed the feeling
of playing his instrument well pretty
closely resembled that of succeeding at basketball.
Now, in the course over the years of writing features on
folks who are devoted to particular hobbies or disciplines
— painting, marksmanship, wrestling, long-driving in
golf, taekwondo, to name a few — I always bring up the
question of why they do what they do.
What attracted you to stamp collecting? Why do you
keep painting? What is it about target shooting that
interested you?
Often interview subjects can’t explain. A typical
answer is, “I like the people,” which, of course, isn’t
really an answer. You don’t meet your fellow enthusiasts
until you’re already doing something.
But sometimes people begin to get at the truth. And
usually they sound like Chris. More often than not, they
fnd an activity in which they become totally involved.
Last fall I talked to young Addison painter T.J.
Cunningham. He had been in college studying sculpture,
but two weeks into his frst oil painting class he was
alone at night painting a still life of a pear. Cunningham
described an epiphany.
“It was just me and the canvas and the pear. I knew
then. I don’t know what really marked the moment. I
think I felt myself succeeding. I think it was the tip of
the iceberg. It was just something I could just explore
excellence in for the rest of my life,”
Cunningham recalled.
About a month later I met a
Ferrisburgh couple, both artists, who
were collaborating on depictions
of homes. The project started when
Judith Rey Versweyveld started
becoming obsessed with painting
homes; eventually husband Denis
made sculptures that she painted.
This is her description of how it
began: “I just got carried away with it. I was just making
dozens and dozens of these things and these little
paintings ... But then I said to Denis I would really love
to paint on something three dimensional.”
About three years ago, I spoke to New Haven’s Oakley
Clark, then 18, who rides show horses in jumping
'It`s defnitely adrenaline when it`s going well and
you’re up there. It’s a lot of fun,” Clark said. “It’s
defnitely that Ieeling (oI fying) . when you`re over
the jump. It’s an adrenaline rush.”
Once people fnd their calling. they love getting
better at it. Otter Valley Union High School wrestler
to the Editor
(See Raymond, Page 5A)
(See Clippings, Page 5A)
(See Letter, Page 5A)
Wondering why we do what we do
Cat rescuers can’t take the heat
Feedback sought
on health care
By Jessie Raymond
By Andy
Health care is a human right, and is
truly a moral issue. Addison County
is fortunate to have two local legisla-
tors who are on the committees in the
House and Senate that will create leg-
islation for health care. In the House is
Mike Fisher, who represents Bristol,
Lincoln, Monkton and Starksboro; the
other is Sen. Claire Ayer.
There will be a statewide hearing on
Monday, March 14, on the proposed
universal health care bills. Locally this
meeting will be held at the Hannaford
Career Center in the Vermont
Interactive Classroom, from 6-8 p.m.
Please feel welcome to participate in
this opportunity for government in
In Addison County, workshops are
being offered to form a grassroots
group to support health care as a hu-
man right. There will be a workshop
on Tuesday, March 22, and the topic
is “The Nuts & Bolts of Organizing.”
This workshop is free and is open to
the public. Please feel welcome to
join the group at Middlebury’s Ilsley
Library from 6-8 p.m. The workshop
is sponsored by the Vermont Workers’
I hope to see everyone who is inter-
ested in working on the local level to
support health care as a human right,
at one or both of these events. This is
an opportunity for Vermonters to be
involved in legislation and lead the
nation in care and compassion. If you
have any questions please call me at
545-2443 and leave a message.
Kathy Heitkamp
Richards thanks
Lincoln voters
Thank you to the citizens of
Lincoln who made the decision to
keep me as your representative on
the Mount Abraham Union High
School board. You’ve made a good
choice and I’m here to listen. I
welcome any and all comments. My
contact information is available at
the ANeSU central oIfce and at the
Lincoln town clerk`s oIfce.
I’m available to you at any time
and here to serve the community
of Lincoln, with no hidden agenda.
Please do not hesitate to call me or
drop me an email.
Heather Richards
MUHS schedule
proves effective
I was interested in the letter to the
editor in the Feb. 3 edition of the
Addison Independent claiming that
the current high school block sched-
ule is fawed. The author oI the letter
requests that the school board replace
the schedule with a modifed block
schedule or a traditional seven-period
I might begin by admitting my
belief that all schedules have pros
and cons. both on global and specifc
levels. I feel compelled to point out
some oI the benefts oI our current
block system, in order to balance the
information that has been presented.
· Students learn best when they
are relaxed and comfortable in their
environment. Eighty-minute classes
allow for a certain rhythm that does
not feel like a “race with the clock,”
particularly when students are taking
· Longer class periods allow
classes to be segmented into differ-
ent activity times. There is time to
review assigned homework, time
for instruction, and time for students
to try out what they’ve just learned,
either in groups or independently.
Questions can be identifed and an-
swered before students go home to
work on the night’s homework.
· With regard to instruction. the
block schedule allows for direct
instruction and/or self-discovery
(which helps with long-term concep-
tual understanding). The teacher isn`t
standing over the shoulder of the
students saying “you have 5 minutes
to fgure this out yourselI. Begin.¨
· As a teacher and as a parent. I
do not want my students (or my own
children) to have seven or eight as-
signments to work on each night (aI-
ter sports practice or work). Our top
students are fully scheduled, meaning
many students take academic classes
during all eight blocks available in
a year. Four homework assignments
per night already create a demanding
· As a teacher. the block schedule
gives me more time each day to
connect with my students. Getting
to know each student’s strengths and
weaknesses allows for differentiated
instruction. Moreover, we should not
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Choosing to die with dignity
In the controversial and highly emotional debate over the proposed
“death with dignity” legislation now in the Vermont House, one might
hope that this non-partisan issue can be focused on a single premise:
that each Vermonter has the right to determine how they live their last
days when facing a terminal illness. Written into the law, H.274, are
ample provisions to ensure the illness is terminal (with less than six
months to live); that two or more doctors agree on that prognosis; that
the patient requests the medicine on two different occasions at least
15 days apart; that numerous opportunities are allowed to rescind any
decision to take the medicine; and that the patient self-administer the
medicine at the date chosen.
Predictably, there are doctors who support the law and those who are
opposed, just as there are citizens on both sides of the issue.
The argument for supporting the bill can be summed up best by
a comment by Dr. Diana Barnard in a front page story in today’s
Addison Independent: “My practice, and I think every doctor’s
practice, is about helping people live well for as long as possible. But
we also must realize that all life comes to an end, and that dying well
is just as important as living well.”
Just as poignant is a comment by Dr. David Babbott, a former
physician and retired proIessor oI medicine (aIter 26 years) at the
University of Vermont, who said at a public meeting last week in
Middlebury: “Over time — not overnight — I have become convinced
that patients should have the right to declare when ‘enough is enough,’
and if they so choose, to control the timing and manner of their dying.”
Babbott also makes a good point that while he respects the rights of
people who would not want to take advantage of the voluntary law, he
'reiects the right (oI those opposed) to prevent those oI us who have
different beliefs from living out our own beliefs and values.”
Opponents of the law argue that mankind wasn’t meant to be
in control of life and death matters. It is an emotional, faith-based
argument with no rational counter.
But experience and facts do play a role and can help in Vermont’s
discussion of this issue.
Oregon passed its pioneering “death with dignity” legislation
back in 1998. Since that time, Oregon doctors have written 818
prescriptions for lethal medication, of which 525 patients between the
ages off 24 and 94, ingested. That’s less than 50 people per year who
took advantage of the law. Of those who have used the law, 88 percent
were in hospice care at the time they used the medicine.
Interestingly. when the law was frst passed. only 25 physicians
and fve pharmacies agreed to cooperate with the law. Today. 1.150
physicians and more than 150 pharmacies participate. Not only has the
medical community come around to accepting the law, fears of abuse
by Oregonians have proved unfounded.
Family members are not pressuring patients into ending their lives
in a move to gain an inheritance or relieve themselves of a caretaking
burden. Quite the contrary, says George Eighmey, an advocate for
Oregon’s law: “It is generally the loved one who says, ‘I know you
want to take care of me, I know you love me, but this is my choice;
please let me make the choice.’”
As state legislators decide whether to support this law or not, we
hope the question that tips the scale of justice is whether they allow
Vermonters the right to make their own choices about how they will
face their terminal illness, rather than deny them that option.
Angelo S. Lynn
Ironies of outsourcing war
Middlebury College professor Allison Stanger made big news last
Wednesday when she appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show
with Jon Stewart,” to discuss her book, “One Nation Under Contract:
The Outsourcing of American Power and the Future of Foreign Policy.”
The recent release of the paperback edition provided an opportunity for
Stewart to highlight Stanger’s seven years of research with his deadpan
sarcasm, quick wit and abundant irony.
Some of the highlights of Stanger’s work include these facts:
· The wars in Iraq and AIghanistan were the frst oI America`s wars
in which the number oI hired contractors fghting or providing services
were more than or equal to the number of military personnel. In the
Vietnam War, only 14 percent of that war was supported by contractors.
· Most contractors in Iraq and AIghanistan wars earned three to Iour
times as much as U.S. soldiers; even though they were performing the
same services and paid out of the same Pentagon budget.
· The Pentagon acknowledged that it sent $8.2 billion in contracts
to Iraq, often in cash, with no follow-up from Pentagon auditors; and
Stanger also learned that some of money ended up in the hands of the
Taliban, in Afghanistan.
Stewart nailed the biggest irony when he noted: “The Catch-22 is that,
if we had a draft, we wouldn’t need the contractors, but my guess is that
if we had a draft, we wouldn’t have the wars.”
For more on this, read today’s story; watch the video clip of the Daily
Show on the Addison Independent’s website; or, most importantly, read
Stanger’s book to get a real grasp of how the U.S. funds today’s wars.
It’s nothing like it was during WWII and the era of what has been
called this nation’s “greatest generation.” In fact, a majority of the
contractors are not American, but rather local contractors in those
respective countries to which we are sending billions of dollars with
very little accountability. These are facts that should particularly be
understood by those championing the virtues of war.
Angelo S. Lynn
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· Change your Iurnace flters monthly.
It’s easy to do and so critical. Clogged
flters decrease Iurnace eIfciency and can
cause breakdowns.
· Drain your water heater at least once a
year. Sediment will drain out along with
the water from the water tank. Removing
sediment can prolong the heater’s life.
· Clean the coils. Clearing dust Irom the
coils maximizes eIfciency.
· Check your circuits. At least twice a
year, test the performance of the circuit
breakers in your electrical circuit box
by fipping them oII then back on. II you
have a circuit that keeps shutting with
normal daily electrical use, call an elec-
trician. This could be an indication of a
short in the wiring.
· Watch out Ior drips. Check under sinks
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stains that might indicate a leak. Catching
this early can prevent water damage.
understate the value of a student-
teacher relationship when it comes to
· Logistically speaking. a seven-
or eight-period day would mean
twice as much “passing time” in
the halls. Our building is large and
spread out. We have 5 minutes
between blocks Ior bathroom breaks.
locker visits. and moving Irom
one class to the next. Doubling the
amount oI time kids spend out in the
hallways is not a productive use oI
· One oI the benefts I have
seen in our block system. as a math
teacher. is the ability Ior students
who are interested in mathematics to
'double up¨ (take two math classes
in one year). Since our classes are
mostly sequential in nature. this
would be diIfcult to do in either
a modifed block or traditional
It is because oI the block schedule
that we have been able to add both
AP Calculus 2 and AP Statistics as
oIIerings. We have many students
who take advantage oI these courses.
and many students who are successIul
on the corresponding AP exams. Last
year (2010). MUHS had 25 students
take the AP Calculus BC exam.
Twenty-Iour oI them received scores
oI 3. 4. or 5`s (considered 'passing
grades¨). It is also noteworthy that
in the entire state oI Vermont. only
70 public school students took the
exam last year (25 Irom MUHS.
and 45 Irom all other public schools
· In addition to our considerable
upper-level offerings (for a school
oI any size). our most motivated
students have the opportunity to take
classes at nearby Middlebury College.
For students who take AP Calculus
1 and 2. and AP Statistics. there are
more advanced offerings through the
college`s math department. The sky
is the limit! Under a traditional or
modifed block schedule. those goals
would be unattainable.
Clearly there are many benefts to
our current system. I think anything
we do in education. however. should
be reviewed periodically. What
is working about the system. and
what isn`t? Is there a way to address
targeted areas without throwing
out the proverbial baby with the
Might we be interested in what
the students think about the current
system? Our current surveys suggest
that they like the block schedule. I
don`t believe it`s wise to hastily act in
the mindset oI 'let`s do anything else
but the current system!¨ More times
than not. you end up unhappy with
the newly adopted plan.
Lisa O’Connor
Math Teacher
Middlebury Union High School
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We are underwhelmed with
cold. Power went off this a.m. at
4:05. Temperature minus 28. that is
below zero. So here`s an old man
sleeping sweetly all snuggled with
his cozy wiIe mate and the phone
alarm in the turkey
barn rings in our
bedroom and says the
power is oII. please
come fx something
`cause the turkeys will
get cold. Well. luckily
the turkey heaters
don`t need electricity
so they`ll stay warm.
but we still need electricity Ior the
rest of the farm.
Now the tractor is confdently
hooked up to the generator so
everything should be hunky dory.
But the tractor`s engine heater
wasn`t plugged in. So Rule No. 1
is never don`t plug in the tractor.
So. well. we will iust get another
tractor and generator No. 2 and
use it to supply iuice Ior heating
the frst generator`s tractor. But the
second generator is in the holding
pen of the slaughter plant under a
roof too low to get a tractor into.
So. we`ll iust get a Gator and get
the generator out. Gators don`t like
minus 28. But to our astonished
ears the Iarm Gator starts. With
the generator out of the holding
pen we can iust hook it up to the
tractor that was plugged in and is
running. But only aIter soaking up
some heat in the shop.
But generator No. 2
is 1.000 rpm and the
tractor. the one that is
running. has its 540
rpm shaft in place.
So iust change it. But
it`s minus 28 and the
shaIt and its lock ring
aren`t cooperating.
So iust bring it into
the shop where the woodstove is
cherry red. But the door is electric.
Well. aIter much heated discussion
with the door it is pried up about
6 inches. whereupon with much
grunting the door is pushed up
high enough by standing on a chair
to get the tractor in. So oI course
the door must be closed or the
cherry-red stove will wilt.
PTO shaIt is changed. we are
warm and the door must be opened
again. but not until we fnd a hitch
pin Ior hooking the generator to
the still-running tractor. After a
while a hitch pin is found and the
door is opened. same way. and
tractor goes out into the cold and
is attached to the generator. But
the generator`s PTO shaIt is Irozen
and can`t be extended nor hooked
between the tractor and generator.
So back to the cherry red stove to
heat it up and warm us up again.
AIter what seems like a couple oI
days the generator is tested and
it works. So electricity can be
generated by cold things.
Next. generator is taken to
nearby the tractor that is not
running but is hooked onto the
main generator. Working generator
is started up and the nonworking
tractor`s electric coolant heater is
connected. this will in a Iew hours
heat up the not-working tractor so
it will start. At the same time iust
Ior good luck a battery charger
is connected to the nonworking
tractor`s battery. We go oII to the
shop to get warm.
But as we turn toward the shop.
what do you think? The shop lights
are on. The electricity is back iust
like magic.
I shoulda stayed in bed. cause
it was still minus 28. And by the
way. with young Mr. Stone on
vacation. I had to load 76 bales all
by my lonesome when it was still
minus 10. But the hay went out on
This week’s writer
is Paul A. Stone, of
Stonewood Farm in
Letters to the Editor
VUHS 8th-graders also perform well in class, on tests
Andy Kirkaldy`s Feb. 21 article
on Addison Northwest Supervisory
Union NECAP scores provided an
accurate summary and made links
to work that led to those scores Ior
the elementary and high schools.
Absent. however. was mention oI
the grade 8 scores.
Given that these are the only
scores that refect progress in
middle school. missing was
mention oI the important work
done in Vergennes by the teachers
and students at that critical level.
In assessing success at any high
school. middle school work cannot
be ignored. Also comparing
NECAP scores grade to grade is
useless on an annual basis because
there are distinct differences
between the groups oI kids that
make up a class. The data can.
however. stimulate useIul insights
into one group as it progresses
through the grades.
In reading. math and writing.
the data yield a whole-class
summary and six disaggregated
perspectives: 21 categories
altogether. The Vergennes Union
High School eighth grade. tested
Iollowing their year oI instruction
as seventh-graders. bested the
state average in every category
except boys` math (2 points less)
and non-free and -reduced lunch
(even). The point spread was
anywhere between two and 24
points. with eight categories in
double fgures higher than the
state average.
More telling than one class`s
results in one year is the progress
made by that group Irom one
year`s test to the next. In this case.
we are proud of notable increases.
We looked at statistically
signifcant gains and losses: those
greater than the test`s precision
measure of plus or minus four. In
reading. 58 percent oI our eighth-
graders made gains (one-third of
those between 10 and 28 points).
In math. 32 percent made gains
(40 percent between 10 and 26).
In writing. over a three-year span.
almost half made gains (two-
thirds oI them between 10 and 36
The percentage of students
recording losses in the three
subiects was 5 percent. 6 percent.
and 12 percent. respectively.
The only benefcial use Ior
these statistics is for us to
gain insights into instructional
practices that make a diIIerence.
On the surIace. it appears that a
signifcant diIIerence was that the
kids stepped up to the task. From
my vantage. the kids stepped up
because they realized that the tests
Teachers made that connection
very clear by publicly recognizing
students who made signifcant
point gains. by creating additional
instructional time in reading
or in math. by expecting aIter-
school or summer instruction.
by introducing new instructional
technologies. not by increasing
seat-time. but rather by
respectIully increasing learning.
by teaching students how to take
standardized tests. Our teachers
delivered the message. This class
acted on it.
We still have work to do refning
what worked. and determining
how to keep poverty Irom being a
learning block. Meanwhile. staII
oI the middle school oI VUHS
have honored their kids and their
community by collaborating
to instigate results. They as
well as our class oI 2015
deserve recognition Ior that. as
contributors to the ANwSU eIIort.
Peter Reynolds
Vergennes Union High School
George Mitchell. a three-time
state champion. spoke in February
about his frst year on varsity.
when more experienced teammates
had the upper hand in practice.
But Mitchell said he knew he was
improving. and stayed the course.
'You`re always making progress.
though. It can be discouraging.
But every day you get a little bit
closer. One day you might fnish
a shot on them. and that`s a big
thing. And the next day you might
fnish two.¨ Mitchell said. 'You
never get worse. so I don`t know
iI it`s discouraging. It`s more like
motivational when you`re getting
beat on.”
In each case. there`s a common
thread: 'A rush.¨ 'The moment.¨
'Carried away with it.¨ 'It`s
defnitely that Ieeling ... when
you`re over that iump.¨ 'One day
you might fnish a shot.¨
And then I think oI what I love
when I play basketball. The best is
that instant when my teammate and
I simultaneously realize the back-
door cut is there. and he makes
the move to the hoop and I bounce
the ball past two defenders and he
scores a layup.
Sounds Iamiliar.
We as conscious beings are
unique in the animal world. We
have egos. selI-awareness. We
constantly think about how we
can do things better and improve
our surroundings. We also
constantly worry. doubt ourselves.
second-guess our decisions. Our
consciousness is both a blessing
and a burden.
Small wonder we like to do things
in which we can lose ourselves.
Andy Kirkaldy may be reached at
He cheered and hooted every time
she gyrated around on the bathmat.
though he didn`t know why. While
we counted down the days to her
surgery. Lily and Milo pursued
a relationship built purely on
unrequited lust.
Finally. the day oI her spaying
arrived an event we celebrated by
ceremonially burning our earplugs.
Lily has since quieted down and
the cats have established a healthy.
purely platonic rapport. They
wrestle and play together Ior hours
at a time.
UnIortunately. it`s mostly the
hours between midnight and 3 a.m..
the same hours Lily used to work
hardest on her tortured-baby-seal
The new soundtrack goes
'Badumpadumpadump.¨ over and
over. as the cats repeatedly chase
each other up the stairs. thunder
down the hall. sprint across our bed.
race back through the hall and pound
down the stairs. scattering throw rugs
and bedside lamps in their wake.
Mark and I ask sometimes ask
ourselves. in the pre-dawn hours.
why we keep getting ourselves into
these situations. But we know the
answer: There is nothing like the
feeling of rescuing a helpless animal
in need of a home.
Insurance companies driving up health care costs
I am an insurance biller Ior a small
Iamily practice. Currently I send
claims to more than 15 diIIerent insur-
ance carriers. It is a requirement that
we use one standard Iorm. however
each insurance has their own speci-
fcations Ior the claim Iorm with 33
felds to identiIy or not depending on
their rule. or else the claim is reiected
and a new claim must be submitted.
Avery big waste oI time. or a stall Ior
DiIIerent insurance carriers pay Ior
diIIerent procedures. Some pay 100
percent for well visits and have a high
deductible for an illness. Others do
not pay Ior well visits and have a pre-
existing clause iI a patient has already
been diagnosed with a disease. Some
pay Ior labs in a hospital but not in a
doctor`s oIfce.
In our oIfce we have many unin-
sured who pay out oI pocket. We also
have many who do have insurance
with a premium oI $5.000 annually
and still have to pay Ior visits because
they also have a $1.000 deductible.
We need a uniIorm insurance sys-
Put an end to the insurance indus-
try. Let us pay Ior aIIordable insur-
ance and get the care we need.
Linda Hanf
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Mattie Benoit, 86, Bridport
BRIDPORT — Mattie C. Benoit,
86, of Bridport died Wednesday
evening, March 2, 2011, with family
members by her side. With the love
and care from her family and the
support of hospice, Mattie was able to
stay in her home, which was her wish.
She was born in Addison May
6, 1924, the daughter of the late
Edwin Stanton Cross and Nellie
(Farnsworth) Cross.
Mattie was a graduate of Vergennes
High School, class of 1943.
She is survived by her children, Rene
E. “Skip” Benoit and his wife, Sharon,
of Weybridge, Larry S. Benoit and
his wife, Nancy, of Hendersonville,
Tenn., Jerry P. Benoit and his wife,
Nina, of Shoreham, Donald A. Benoit
of Florida and Sharon L. Benoit
oI Bridport; fve grandchildren.
15 great-grandchildren; and one
She was predeceased by her
husband, Rene A. Benoit, whom she
married Oct. 22, 1943, in Fayetteville,
N.C. He died Feb. 28, 2008.
Graveside services will be held in
the spring in St. Genevieve Cemetery
in Shoreham.
In lieu oI fowers memorial
contributions may be made to
Addison County Home Health and
Arrangements are under the
direction of Sanderson-Ducharme
Funeral home. ^
Gordon Spooner, 47, New Haven
Robert Condon, 81, Middlebury
NEW HAVEN — Gordon D.
Spooner, 47, of New Haven died
Monday morning, March 7, 2011,
at the VA hospital in White River
Junction after a brief battle with
He was born May 18, 1963, in
Middlebury, the son of Reginald
Spooner and Irene (Chaffee)
He was a graduate of Middlebury
Union High School, class of 1981.
After graduation he entered the
United States Army and served in
the invasion of Grenada and also in
Germany and Fort Bragg, N.C., as a
guard and military policeman.
He was a carpenter and worked for
A 1 Construction.
He was a member of Morning Sun
Lodge No. 5 F&AM of Bridport,
having served as junior and senior
deacon and marshal. He was a former
member of the Order of DeMolay.
He was a good ritualist.
Relatives say he enjoyed stock car
racing, hiking, helping his family
and friends and volunteering in his
He is survived by his parents; his
son, Andrew Spooner of New Haven;
his daughter, Alexandria Spooner of
Bristol; his brother, Gary Spooner of
Bristol; and a nephew.
Per his wish there will be no
calling hours.
A memorial service will be held at
a later date and time to be announced.
Memorial contributions may be
made to the Morning Sun Lodge No.
5 F&AM in care of Kent Wright Sr.,
96 North Cream Hill Road, Bridport,
VT 05734-9617.
Arrangements are under the
direction of Sanderson-Ducharme
Funeral Home.
MIDDLEBURY — Robert Pierce
“Bob” Condon of Middlebury died
Feb. 22, 2011.
He was born March 20, 1929, in
Dorchester, Mass., son of John H.
Condon Jr. and Nellie (Messenger)
Condon, the sixth of Bill, Helen, Carl,
Buddy and Richard, all of whom
preceded him in death. The family
moved to Bedford, Mass., where Bob
went to local schools.
After graduating from Lexington
(Mass.) High, he enlisted in the Air
Force, spending two years in Alaska.
He was commissioned second
lieutenant in the Air Force, in which
he proudly and happily served, and
joined the Vermont Air Guard and
Militia — the so-called back-up
unit to take over in the event of the
Vermont Air Guard being activated.
He retired from the Air Force as a
lieutenant colonel In 1979 and from
the Air Guard as a colonel in 1989.
After graduating from Boston
University with a B.S. and B.A in
1956, he began his lifelong career in
the personnel feld. frst at the New
England Life Insurance Co. in Boston,
While pursuing graduate studies
at B.U., he met and married a fellow
class member Margaret Hall in 1962.
He moved to Bedford, continuing his
Air Force Reserve duties at Hanscom
Field and joining MecroWave
Associates in Burlington, Mass.
The family moved to Rutland
Town when Bob accepted a position
as personnel director at C.V.P.S. He
then accepted the personnel director
position at Pluess-Staufer-Omya for
the last 20 oI his oIfcial working
years, retiring as vice president of
Human Resources.
During his working years, he was
active in society for the advancement
of management and in the Lions
and Rotary clubs. He started the
Bedford Jaycees and Eastern College
Placement OIfcers Association. While
still in Bedford he was involved in
the establishment of the Wedgewood
Club, a family-oriented pool and
social club. In the early ’70s, he and
Peg bought the A-frame in Denmark,
Maine, on Moose Pond which was the
site of summer and winter weekends
and vacations for water sports and
skiing for the whole family. Bob’s
sport was fshing. which he enioyed
with many friends or alone — always
seeking that elusive big bass. They
retired to Maine and enjoyed 10
years in Denmark on beautiful Moose
Pond. They returned to Vermont to the
Lodge at Otter Creek to enjoy elderly
retirement living.
Survivors include his wife,
Margaret, whose name he changed
to Peg; their children, Ellen
(husband Cary GriIfn) oI Florence.
Mont., and Anne (partner Dr. Suzie
Harris) of South Burlington; three
grandchildren, Ryan A. Layman of
Japan, Kelsey L. Layman of Boston,
Mass., and Zelie G. Condon-Layman
of South Burlington.
The family thanks the staff and
fellow residents at the Lodge for those
great years and especially the Haven
staff for their tender and loving care;
the Sanderson Funeral Home for their
expertise; the Happy Hearts Service
and the Addison Home Health and
Hospice and medical and nursing staff
of the Porter S.C.U. for making all
of us so comfortable as Bob took his
fnal iourney.
A Mass of Christian burial will be
held at St. Mary’s in Middlebury at
11 a.m., March 19, 2011. A reception
will be held at 1 p.m. at the Lodge in
Middlebury. Burial will be held in the
spring in the family plot in Bedford,
Should you wish to honor Bob,
family suggests Addison Home
Health & Hospice, P.O. Box
754, Middlebury, VT 05753; the
Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont
Chapter, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite
126, Williston, VT 05495-4031; Lakes
Environmental Association, 230 Main
St. Bridgton, ME 04009; Cornell
University, College of Veterinary
Medicine, Ithaca, NY 14853; or a
Iavorite charity oI your choice. ^

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My family and I would like to take this opportunity to thank
everyone who made my brother, Roy W. Dyke’s cancer battle easier
to bear. I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to his partner,
Anne Myrick. Ior her devotion and love during this diIfcult time.
Roy was very thankful for all of the memories that he and Anne
created. Many thanks to Anne’s family and caregivers for their time
and energy during Roy`s fnal days. you made sure he was happy
and comfortable. To his many friends and neighbors, thank you for
taking the time to help with chores and looking after everything.
To those who contributed fnancially to help Roy out when he was
unable to work, I want you to know that due to your generosity he
was able to live at home as long as possible. To those of you that put
together the fantastic dinner after the funeral, you have my thanks
and appreciation. Finally, I want to thank the many people from the
Addison County Home and Hospice for their undying commitment
and love that they showed Ior Roy during his diIfcult
struggle for life. I will miss Roy terribly, but
I have great comfort in knowing that he
touched so many lives.
Nancy (Dyke) Barr
South Woodstock, Vermont

Margaret Clark, 72, Cornwall
CORNWALL — Margaret S.
Clark, 72, died Wednesday, March
2, 2011, at Porter Medical Center
in Middlebury. She was born in
Middlebury on April 24, 1938, the
daughter of the late Leon and Janet
(Larrabee) Swinton.
She worked at the National Bank
of Middlebury in the loan department
for 27 years and retired in 1986.
After her retirement she worked at
the Shoreham Co-op and Nornsburg
Orchards in Cornwall as a secretary,
served as head selectman in Cornwall
and also served as town treasurer for
several years. She also worked with
her husband at the Addison County
Field Days for over 20 years, and
also served as the treasurer for the
Cornwall Historical Society.
Relatives say among her many
interests she loved waterskiing in
her younger years. She had a love for
animals and especially loved to tame
chipmunks and feed them peanuts in
her lap.
She is survived by her husband,
Larry Clark, whom she married
Feb. 10, 1968, at the Bridport
Congregational Church; her sisters
Barbara Swinton of Burlington,
Audrey Keyes and her husband, Bill,
of Bridport, Mary Jane James and her
husband, Ed, of Shoreham, Lucinda
“Cindy” Belanger and her husband,
Fred, of Monkton; and Janet Louise
Richmond and her husband, David,
of Essex Junction.
A memorial service will be held
at the Cornwall Congregational
Church, Saturday, May 7, 2011, at
11 a.m. The Rev. Mary Kay Cavazos
will oIfciate. Burial will Iollow at
Evergreen Cemetery in Cornwall.
In lieu oI fowers donations can
be made to the Addison County
Humane Society, 236 Boardman St.,
Middlebury, VT 05753.
Russell Hallett, 90, Brandon
BRANDON — Russell Frederick
Hallett, 90, died Sunday, March 6,
2011, at Helen Porter Healthcare
& Rehabilitation Center in
He was born in Brandon on Feb.
19, 1921. He was the son of Fred and
Nellie (Davis) Hallett. He received
his early education in local Brandon
schools and was graduated from
Brandon High School, class of 1941.
He entered the United States
Army in July 1942 and served in the
European Theater of Operations. He
was involved in the battles of the
Rhineland, Ardennes and Central
Europe. Among his numerous
military decorations is the Bronze
Following his honorable
discharge he returned home and
worked as an automobile mechanic
for several local area garages. He
retired in 1981 following more than
24 years of service as a mechanic for
the Vermont Army National Guard.
He was a member of St. Paul’s
Masonic Lodge No. 25 F&AM and
Brandon American Legion Post
55. He belonged to the Brandon
Congregational Church.
Surviving is his wife Irene Mallory
Hallett of Brandon, whom he married
in Castleton on Dec. 15, 1942; two
daughters Sharon Smith of Oak Hill,
W.V., and Gail Barr of Brandon; a
son, Gary David Hallett of Brandon;
a brother, Barney Hallett of Forest
Dale; and a sister, Dorothy Wetmore
of Brandon. Six grandchildren, 11
great-grandchildren and several
nieces, nephews and cousins also
survive him.
He was predeceased by a son,
Ronald Hallett, in 2006.
The graveside committal service
and burial, with military honors,
will take place, at a later date, at
Pine Hill Cemetery in Brandon. The
Rev. Richard White, pastor of the
Brandon Congregational Church,
will oIfciate.
There will be no public calling
Memorial gifts may be made to
the Brandon Area Rescue Squad,
P.O. Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733.
Gaynor Browne, 87, Middlebury
Betty Smith, 68, Middlebury
Ramona D’Avignon, 82, Middlebury
Browne, 87, of Middlebury died
Tuesday evening, March 8, 2011, at
the Lodge at Otter Creek.
She was born Nov. 10, 1923, in
Springfeld. the daughter oI Paul and
Bronica (Krupski) Bellski.
She worked as a secretary for
Middlebury College in the food
service department. She also
volunteered at Porter Hospital and
was a member of the Porter Medical
Auxiliary and served on the Addison
County Court Diversion Program.
She is survived by her children,
Patrick Browne of Seattle, Wash.,
Carroll Browne and his wife, Lori,
of Dunedin, Fla., and Bonnie
Murray and her husband, Ronnie,
of Bridport; one granddaughter; and
one great-granddaughter.
She was predeceased by her
parents and her brother, Joseph
Agraveside service will be held at
a later date in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
MIDDLEBURY — Betty E. Smith,
68, of Middlebury died Sunday
morning, March 6, 2011, with her
family by her side at Porter Medical
She was born July 14, 1942, in New
Haven, the daughter of the late Burt
and Agnes K. (Hutchins) Harrington.
She was of Baptist religion. Her
family says she enjoyed crossword
puzzles, cooking, watching television
and talking on the phone. Betty’s
family was very important to her and
they say she was always there to help
others when needed.
She is survived by her daughter,
Ann Marie Clark and her husband,
Tony Popp, of Middlebury; her
brother, Charles E. Harrington
of Middlebury, several step-
grandchildren and several step-great-
grandchildren; and her nephew and
She was predeceased by her son
John E. Smith, who died in 1998, and
her infant son, Russell R. Smith Jr.
A memorial service will be held
on Friday, March 11, 2011, at 3
p.m. at the Sanderson-Ducharme
Funeral Home at 117 South Main St.,
Visitation will be on Friday, March
11, from 2 p.m. until the time of the
Memorial contributions may
be made to the American Lung
Association Vermont Division, 372
Hurricane Lane Suite 101, Williston,
VT 05495.
“Nonie” D’Avignon of Middlebury
died early Sunday morning, Feb. 27,
2011, at the age of 82.
She was born in Pittsford on June
23, 1928, to Ernest and Marion
(Dow) Lackard.
She is survived by her children,
Pedie O’Brien-Brisson and her
husband Armond, Tim and his wife
Jan, Rebecca, and Lindsay; six
grandchildren; and several great-
grandchildren. She is also survived
by a sister, Virginia Fisher, and her
brother Ernie Lackard and his wife
She was predeceased by her
husband, Joseph D’Avignon Jr., and
a daughter, Christina VanDusen.
Agraveside service will be held in
the spring at the Evergreen Cemetery
in Cornwall.
Addison Independent, Thursday, March 10, 2011 — PAGE 7A
frst maior 4-H dairy event oI the
year. the State 4-H Dairy Quiz
Bowl. is scheduled Ior March 19
at Vermont Technical College in
Randolph Center. The snow date is
March 20 at the same location.
Any Vermont 4-H`er. age 8 to 18.
may participate in the University
oI Vermont (UVM) Extension-
sponsored event. which will be held
at Judd Hall. No pre-registration is
required. The event is Iree and open
to the public.
Registration is Irom 9:15 to
9:30 a.m. with the competition
scheduled to begin immediately
Iollowing. Any 4-H`er who requires
accommodations to participate
should contact Wendy Sorrell.
UVM Extension 4-H livestock
educator. at (800) 656-5418 or toll-
Iree at (800) 571-0668. ext. 2 by
March 11. Participants are asked
to bring their own bag lunch and
The 4-H club members will
compete by age group in both the
written test and oral competition.
Questions will Iocus on dairy
reproduction. animal health. cattle
breeds. milk production. animal
nutrition and related topics.
The Iour highest scorers in each
age group will receive ribbons.
In addition. the top Iour seniors
will earn a spot on the State 4-H
Dairy Quiz Bowl Team. which
will compete at Eastern States
Exposition in West Springfeld.
Mass.. and the National Dairy
Invitational in Louisville. Ky.. this
To qualiIy Ior the state team.
seniors must turn 15 beIore Sept.
1. 2011. but must not have reached
19 years old prior to Jan. 1. 2012.
or be past their frst semester oI
college. Last year`s state quiz bowl
team placed sixth out oI 20 teams
in the national competition and lost
by iust one question to Maine at
Eastern States.
For more inIormation. contact
Wendy Sorrell at (802) 656-5418 or
(800) 571-0668. ext. 2.

Grace W. Bottamini, 92, Rutland
Bottamini. 92. died on March 7.
2011. at her home in Rutland with
Iamily at her side.
She was born on March 23. 1918.
in Hardwick. the daughter oI Jessie
May (Corrow) and Henry Fisk
Weaver. Brattleboro Iarmers who
went on to become proprietors oI the
Addison General Store.
AIter Brattleboro High School
she graduated Irom the University
oI Vermont in 1939. and in 1942
married Dr. Joseph T. Bottamini.
They settled in Vergennes. where
he ran his private practice in Iamily
medicine and pediatrics Ior more
than 46 years. When he retired in
1986 they moved to Panton. She
remained in Panton aIter her husband
died in 1998. caring Ior her beautiIul
home and garden until moving to
Rutland in 2004.
She was an active antiques dealer.
running The Owl in the Attic on
Main Street in Vergennes Ior many
years. Her Iriends say she had a giIt
Ior recognizing what makes each
individual unique and in so doing.
she made each person in her liIe
Ieel special. They say in addition
to antiques and gardening. Grace
enioyed reading and writing and was
a generous supporter oI the arts. She
loved her dogs.
Relatives say she was very close to
her sister. Renny. throughout her liIe.
and Renny`s fve children always
held a special place in her heart.
She is survived by her fve nieces
and nephews. Bridget. Cricket. Jack.
Dorcas and Tim; 12 great-nieces and
great-nephews; and her husband`s
nephew and his Iamily.
She was predeceased by her
husband. Joe; her great-nephew
Austin; and her sister. Renny.
A private service will be held at
the convenience oI the Iamily.
The Iamily asks Iriends to
donate one special hour reading to
a child. visiting someone who is
ill or housebound. pounding nails
Ior Habitat Ior Humanity. walking
a lonely dog at a Humane Society.
donating volunteer time at a clinic. or
similar activities as a remembrance.
Contributions in her name to
Maple LeaI Farm. 10 Maple LeaI
Road. Underhill. VT 05489. or
asp; the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse
Association & Hospice. PO Box
787. Rutland. VT 05702. or www.
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PANTON George McLeod
Kneeshaw. 91. died at home in
Panton on March 2. 2011. with
his Iamily and Iriends by his side.
He was born in GuilIord. Ontario.
Canada. on March 20. 1919.
He is survived by his wiIe oI 63
years. Martha (Brown) Kneeshaw;
two daughters. Mariiean and
Bill Williams oI St. John. U.S.
Virgin Islands and Ruthann and
Steve Stanley oI Warner. N.H.;
fve grandchildren; and three
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oI Jehovah`s Witnesses and well
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Ways of Seeing
By Louisa Burnham
In early February 1315. a 50-year-
old man named Limoux decided that
he wanted to Iast Ior 40 days and
nights like Jesus. Lacking a desert.
he took himselI oII to an isolated
cave north oI his small town in the
Pyrenees. with no provisions. He
had managed to keep to his Iast Ior
10 days when he fnally stumbled
down the mountain too hungry to
continue. and ate.
In that very moment. he had a
sudden. brilliant fash oI insight: a
revelation. 'God put this intellect
into his heart that now he asserts that
he has. this subtlety and philosophy.¨
This matter-oI-Iact story is
Iound in the summary oI Limoux`s
conIession that was read aloud to
the crowds who witnessed his death
on the stake almost 15 years later. It
is so spare and precise that it might
have come Irom the Bristol police
log. Religious revelation (vexed.
controversial and deeply personal)
does not generally make the pages
oI our local newspapers. however.
II we are to understand both what
happened to Limoux that day and
what it means. we must investigate
this story like detectives attempting
to solve a crime.
One detail oI Limoux`s story
checks out. With the help oI some
hunters and old men at a caIe in the
center oI St. Paul-de-Fenouillet one
evening last February. I was able
to identiIy Limoux`s cave based on
his description. The
mountain iust north
oI town is known
locally by the name
he provided ('ruppe
Cabronia,¨ now the
Serre Cabroune). and
has an ideal cave that
has been much used
by hermits over the
With this concrete.
tangible inIormation
in hand. I can actually
believe Limoux. iust
as a student oI mine
said she believed
another visionary
who had walked arm
and arm with the
Holy Trinity. I do not
have to believe that
God was the source oI his sudden
inspiration. but I would bet my red
patent pleather boots that something
proIound happened that day. (It
really is 'pleather.¨ not leather.
These boots are vegan.) He told the
truth: He had had a revelation.
There is an obvious modern
interpretation oI his experience: a
psychotic break. Mark Vonnegut.
whose memoir 'The Eden Express¨
documents his descent into insanity.
describes his sudden moments
oI insight. how everything began
to make sense. The
universe was Iull
oI meaning. and he
was Iull oI ioy and
Iear and wonder
at seeing it Ior the
frst time. Everyone
called him crazy. But
he was sure that he
knew the truth. or
even The Truth. and
said. 'Ior me to have
sat around calling
crazy stuII crazy`
would have been
the most wasteIul.
unimaginative thing
I could have done.¨
Vonnegut. a religion
maior at Swarthmore.
suddenly understood
the very meaning oI
liIe. What did Limoux understand.
and what does that teach us about
It is here that we need our
imaginations. So I asked myselI the
question I ask my students: What
was surprising?
Limoux`s three words stood
out: 'intellect.¨ 'subtlety¨ and
'philosophy.¨ Ordinary words Ior
us. but extraordinary in the mouth
oI nearly anyone in the 14th century
outside a university. Plowmen.
Iullers and shopkeepers did not
speak this way.
II Limoux spoke oI a new
'intellect.¨ 'subtlety¨ and
'philosophy.¨ that is because those
words were part oI his liIe beIore his
revelation. He was no simple tanner
or itinerant shepherd. but someone
who had pondered philosophy
and used his intellect in subtle
and mysterious ways. Our text is
silent about his past beIore that
February day. but iI we historians.
the detectives. use all the skills and
tools at our disposal. there is much
we can learn. With imagination. this
opportunity need not be wasted.
I see Limoux as the man on
the street corner holding the sign
that says 'The End oI the World
Is Here.¨ Who and what was he
beIore insanity struck him? What
stories does he have to tell? But
iust as Ior Limoux. iI we really
want to understand and to see the
man on our street corner. we need
to use not only our intelligence
and our imaginations. but also our
Louisa A. Burnham is Associate
Professor of History at Middlebury
College, and author of “So Great
a Light, So Great a Smoke: The
Beguin Heretics of Languedoc”
A 14th century visionary’s words intriguing still
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Community potIuck in LincoIn.
Thursday, March 10, 5:30 p.m., Burnham
Hall. Fight cabin fever and be social. Social
time at 5:30, dinner 6:15. Bring dessert, dinner item,
or nonalcoholic drinks, or just come to eat. All are
welcome. Info: 453-4119.
BIood drive in Brandon. Thursday, March 10, noon-
5:30 p.m., Brandon Fire Station.
The American Red Cross hosts
this drive, which is open to anyone
17 or older who weighs at least
110 pounds. March is Red Cross
Exhibit opening reception in BristoI.
Thursday, March 10, 3:30-4:30 p.m.,
Art on Main. Celebrating the open-
ing of the seventh annual Emerging
Artists Exhibit, featuring work by 12
high school students in the fve-town
area. On exhibit through March 30.
Info: www.artonmain.net.
Addison County HomeschooIers
meeting in MiddIebury. Thursday,
March 10, 6:30-7:45 p.m., Ilsley
Library. An opportunity for parents
to meet and discuss homeschooling
topics. All are welcome.
Lecture on the North Country TraiI
in MiddIebury. Thursday, March 10,
7 p.m., Ilsley Library. Josh Phillips,
executive director of the Middlebury
Area Land Trust, presents “North
Country Trail: Connecting the Green
Mountains to the Prairie.” Free and
open to the public.
PaneI discussion on the tradi-
tionaI Vermont town meeting in
MiddIebury. Thursday, March 10, 7
p.m., Vermont Folklife Center. Part
of the current exhibit on women town
clerks, the discussion focuses on
the value of and issues surround-
ing Vermont town meetings. Info:
"Songs You Don't Know" in
MiddIebury. Thursday, March 10,
7 p.m., Town Hall Theater, Byers
Studio. THT’s executive direc-
tor Douglas Anderson appears in
an intimate cabaret setting, play-
ing the piano and singing, with the
help of Cathy Walsh and Debra
Anderson. Tickets $10, available
at the THT box offce, 382-9222 or
Presentation on sIed dogs in
MiddIebury. Friday, March 11, 10:30 a.m.,
Ilsley Library. Kids can meet Ed Blechner
and his Siberian husky, Miko, a trained sled dog.
Blechner will read stories, answer questions and let
children sit on the dog sled. All ages. Info: 388-4097
or Kathryn.Laliberte@ilsleypubliclibrary.org.
Senior Iuncheon in BristoI. Friday, March 11, noon,
Mary’s Restaurant at the Inn at Baldwin Creek.
Sponsored by CVAA. Green salad, fresh-baked
bread, chili with sour cream and scallions, cornbread,
rice pilaf and maple crème brûlée. Suggested dona-
tion $5. Reservations: 1-800-642-5119.
Lunchtime pubIic skating in MiddIebury. Friday,
March 11, noon-1 p.m., Memorial Sports Center.
"Feminist TheoIogy in Theory and Practice" Iecture
at MiddIebury CoIIege. Friday, March 11, 12:15
p.m., Chellis House. Lunchtime talk by Ellie Bagley,
assistant professor of religion. Lunch served.
Exhibit opening reception in MiddIebury. Friday,
March 11, 5-7 p.m., Jackson Gallery at Town Hall
Theater. Celebrating the new exhibit of fxtures,
lamps and light sculptures by three artists, “Let
There Be Light.” Exhibit runs through April 17. Info:
Bingo night in Bridport. Friday, March 11, 6:30 p.m.,
Bridport Central School. To beneft the sixth-grade
class trip to Pok-o-MacCready, an outdoor education
and leadership center. Concessions will be sold.
Auditions for "KiIroy Was Here" in Brandon. Friday,
March 11, 6:30 p.m., Brandon Congregational
Church. The Brandon Town Players are look-
ing for a large chorus and dancers for this WWII
musical comedy. There are also numerous parts
available for men and women age 15 and up.
Also on March 12 and 13. Info: 247-5420 or
"OIiver!" on stage in MiddIebury. Friday, March 11,
7:30 p.m., Middlebury Union High School auditorium.
MUHS class of 2011 senior play, a musical take on
Dickens’ “Oliver Twist.” Tickets $8 adults, $5 seniors
and students, available at the door or by reservation:
382-1192. Also on March 12 and 13.
Otter Nonsense improv troupe in MiddIebury. Friday,
March 11, 8 p.m., Town Hall Theater. Middlebury
College’s own comedy troupe returns for an evening
of PG-rated fun. Tickets $12/$6 Middlebury College
students, available at the THT box offce, 382-9222
or www.townhalltheater.org.
Piano performance in BristoI. Friday, March 11, 8
p.m., WalkOver Concert Room, 15 Main St. Classical
pianist Paul Orgel performs two Beethoven sona-
tas, as well as works by Dvorak and Chopin. Doors
open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15 in advance, $18 at the
door, $10 students. Reserve tickets at 453-3188 or
Indoor tag saIe in MiddIebury. Saturday,
March 12, 9 a.m.-noon, Middlebury Union
Middle School. Fund-raiser for the New
York City trip. Books, furniture, bikes, clothing, video
games, sports equipment, etc.
Winter CarnivaI and ChiIi Contest in MiddIebury.
Saturday, March 12, 2-4 p.m., downtown. Third
annual event, with over 50 chili vendors from 17
towns in three counties. Named one of Vermont’s
Top 10 Winter Events two years in a row.
Big APE open rehearsaI at MiddIebury CoIIege.
Saturday, March 12, 2:30-5:30 p.m., Mahaney
Center for the Arts. The public is welcome to watch
the performance take shape as Big APE, the Big
Action Performance Ensemble, prepares for upcom-
ing public concerts. Free. Info: 443-3168 or www.
Free movie at MiddIebury CoIIege. Saturday, March
12, 3 and 8 p.m., Dana Auditorium. “Big Fan,” 2009
U.S. flm written and directed by Robert D. Siegel.
Community supper and dance in CornwaII.
Saturday, March 12, 5 p.m., Cornwall Town Hall.
Potluck supper 5 p.m., family dance 6 p.m., contra
and square dancing 7 p.m., with Lausanne Allen call-
ing and music by String Thaw. Cost $4 per person,
$12 per family. Info: 462-3722.
Corned beef and cabbage supper in Vergennes.
Saturday, March 12, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Vergennes
United Methodist Church, across from the opera
house. Corned beef, boiled potatoes, carrots, onions,
rolls, dessert and beverage. Adults $8, children $4.
Takeout available. Info: 877-3150.
St. Patrick's FamiIy Dinner and Square Dance
in Vergennes. Saturday, March 12, 6 p.m., St.
Peter’s Parish Hall. Corned beef and other entrees,
cabbage, carrots, potatoes, green beans, rolls, Irish
soda bread, punch, milk, coffee and desserts. Square
dancing for all levels: all dances will be taught. Cost
$6 per person, $21 per family.
King Pede card party in Ferrisburgh. Saturday,
March 12, 6:30 p.m., Ferrisburgh Town Hall. Regular
event of the Ferrisburgh Grange. Sandwich supper
served for a small donation. Non-members welcome.
Free movie in MiddIebury. Saturday, March 12, 7
p.m., Turningpoint Center in the Marble Works. “The
Lovely Bones,” starring Mark Wahlberg and Rachel
Weisz. Free popcorn, 50-cent sodas. Info: 388-4249.
"OIiver!" on stage in MiddIebury. Saturday, March 12,
7:30 p.m., Middlebury Union High School auditorium.
See details under March 11 listing.
Jazz pianist Lenore RaphaeI in MiddIebury. Saturday,
March 12, 8 p.m., Town Hall Theater. Internationally
renowned pianist in a solo concert. More at www.
lenoreraphael.com. Tickets $15, available at the THT
box offce, 382-9222 or www.townhalltheater.org.
DJ Skate Night in MiddIebury. Saturday, March
12, 8-10 p.m., Memorial Sports Center. Friends
of Middlebury Hockey and Addison Central Teens
co-sponsor a night of roller-rink-style ice skating.
Skate rentals available. Adults $5, students $3. All
ages and abilities welcome.
"Terminus" on stage at MiddIebury CoIIege.
Saturday, March 12, 8 p.m., Wright Theater. The
Abbey Theatre of Ireland presents a play by Mark
O’Rowe that interlocks three rhyming monologues
in a truly original, gripping drama. Tickets $24,
with discounts for college students, faculty and
staff. Tickets and info: go.middlebury.edu/tickets or
"An Evening of Songs and Arias" student perfor-
mance at MiddIebury CoIIege. Saturday, March 12,
8 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts. Student from
the college’s music department present a variety of
music, from baroque to contemporary, by dynamic
composers. Free.
Food drive breakfast in OrweII. Sunday,
March 13, 8-10:30 a.m., Orwell Town
Hall. Local Boy Scout, Girl Scout and Cub
Scout troops will serve an all-you-can-eat breakfast
of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, French toast,
pancakes, fried potatoes, fruit, orange juice, milk and
coffee. Admission: two or more nonperishable food
items per person. All food and monetary donations
will beneft the Whiting Food Shelf.
Community concert in SaIisbury. Sunday, March 13,
1:30 p.m., Shard Villa. Pete and Karen Sutherland
will perform songs with fddle, keyboard and innova-
tion. Free.
Presentation on herb gardening in MiddIebury.
Sunday, March 13, 2-3 p.m., Sheldon Museum.
Master Gardener Shari Johnson teaches about
the history and uses of various herbs with a lesson
on herb garden design, time permitting. Part of the
Spring Garden Talk series. Fee $10,
or $35 for the whole series. Info:
StoryteIIing in BristoI. Sunday,
March 13, 2-4 p.m., Lawrence
Memorial Library. A chance for
people to tell their own stories,
or to just come and listen. Free.
Refreshments served. Every Sunday
afternoon in March. Info: 453-5060.
"OIiver!" on stage in MiddIebury.
Sunday, March 13, 2 p.m.,
Middlebury Union High School audi-
torium. See details under March 11
New Haven River AngIers
banquet, rafñe and auction in
MiddIebury. Sunday, March 13, 4-8
p.m., American Flatbread. Fund-
raiser featuring salad, fatbread
and dessert, plus raffe and silent
and live auction with auctioneer
Peter Langrock. Dinner $20. Raffe
tickets 12/$10 or 25/$20. Great art,
goods, services, gift certifcates and
hand-tied fies available. Reserve by
March 9 at 989-2277 or b_cadoret@
TraditionaI St. Pat's boiIed dinner
in Hancock. Sunday, March 13,
5-6:30 p.m., Hancock Town Hall,
Route 100. Corned beef, carrots,
potatoes, cabbage, Irish soda bread
and dessert. Tickets $9 at the door;
children 10 and under $4. To beneft
the Hancock-Granville Community
Church. Info: 767-9157.
Open dance in New Haven.
Sunday, March 13, 6-7:30 p.m., New
Haven Town Hall. Mostly swing,
blues, and some waltz. Open to the
public. Bring clean, soft-soled shoes.
Suggested $3 donation. Continues
Sundays through April 10. Info: 475-2349 or
LegisIative breakfast in Whiting.
Monday, March 14, 7 a.m., Whiting Town
Hall. A weekly opportunity for Addison
County residents to talk to their local representatives
and senators. Breakfast at 7, program at 7:30.
Vermont AduIt Learning orientation in MiddIebury.
Monday, March 14, 12:30-3 p.m., Community
Services Building, 282 Boardman St. Learn about
free classes and tutoring options in basic reading,
writing and math; GED and adult diploma; college
prep; English for speakers of other languages;
and work readiness. For people 16 and older. Info:
PubIic skating in MiddIebury. Monday, March 14,
3:45-5 p.m., Memorial Sports Center.
"Food, Inc." with StonyñeId CEO Gary Hirshberg
at MiddIebury CoIIege. Monday, March 14, 4:30-
6:30 p.m., McCullough Social Space. Hirshberg will
screen the shocking documentary about what we eat
and how it’s produced. Q & Afollows. Info: 443-5710.
Mount Abe FamiIy Swim in BristoI. Monday, March
14, 7-8:30 p.m., MAUHS pool. A fund-raiser for the
Mount Abe boys’ soccer team. Cost: $5 per family,
$2 per individual. Monday nights through mid-April.
Info: 453-4529.
Addison County Right to Life meeting in
BristoI. Monday, March 14, 7 p.m., St. Ambrose
Church. Visitors welcome. Info: 388-2898 or
PubIic skating in MiddIebury. Tuesday,
March 15, 9-10:30 a.m., Memorial Sports
Figure skating onIy in MiddIebury. Tuesday, March
15, 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Memorial Sports Center.
SWING DANCE, LEVEL I – Great Exercise in a fun easy
environment. Classes help at the New Haven Town Hall on
Sundays, March 6-April 10, 5:00 – 6:00PM. Partners not necessary.
$48 for 6 week series, $88 couple’s discount. Open Dance after all
classes from 6:00 – 7:30PM. Open to the public. Please bring clean,
dry soft soled shoes. $3 donation suggested. Call Jim Condon for
more information at 475-2349 or email jscondon@mac.com.
REIKI LEVEL I CLASS – Waterfalls Day Spa This simple form of
“hands on healing” will be taught by Reiki Master/Teacher, Renee
Dean. Sunday March 13th, 9am-5pm. Cost: $150. Reserve your
place by calling the Spa, 388-0311.
VERMONT SUN – New Class - NIA - A cardio workout
combining martial arts, dance, and healing arts. A fun, creative
pathway to health and well-being regardless of age. Starts Monday
March 14. Call 388-6888 for information or to register or visit
www.vermontsun.com for complete schedule.
SATURDAY– Come beat those winter blues!
5 lnslruclorsl Livo D1l Now Songsl PuíÐo & Goodio 8ugsl Zumbuwour
on sulol Chuir mussugos wilh 1on 8rochul Middlobury Municipul Gym
(94 Main St.) March 12th, 1-3pm 12pm. Doors open 12:30 for free
beginner breakdown. Adults $20, under 18 w/adult $10, 10% discount
íor soniors, sludonls & mulliplo íumily mombors. Cull 802-388-3381
/ 802-989-5367, email: lindseyhescock@gmail.com, Facebook:
ZumbaVermont or http://11311.zumba.com.
WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE at Vermont Sun in Middlebury
- A cardio workout combining martial arts, dance, and healing
arts. Monday nights starting March 21 6:35pm to 7:35pm. For
more information contact crystaldavignon9@yahoo.com or
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Stick & puck hockey in Middlebury. Tuesday, March
15, 3:45-5 p.m., Memorial Sports Center.
“Connecting with the Reindeer Herders” presen-
tation in Lincoln. Tuesday, March 15, 7 p.m.,
Lincoln Library. Sas Carey gives a talk and slide-
show of her humanitarian trips to Mongolia. Info:
Lenten Drama Series in Bristol. Tuesday, March 15,
7-7:45 p.m., First Baptist Church. A series running
through April 12 with music, short puppet skits, some-
thing special for the children, a news reporter’s inter-
view, and a courtroom trial with the audience as jury.
All are welcome.
“Keys to Credit” class in Middlebury.
Wednesdays, March 16 and 23, 10 a.m.-
noon, Department of Health Building, 700
Exchange St. Two-part series to help people learn
about the importance of good credit. Register at (802)
860-1417, ext. 104.
Adult stick & puck hockey in Middlebury. Wednesday,
March 16, noon-1 p.m., Memorial Sports Center.
St. Patty’s senior luncheon in Bristol. Wednesday,
March 16, noon, Bristol American Legion. CVAA
sponsors a special meal of corned beef and cabbage,
boiled potatoes, carrots, corn bread, strawberry
shortcake and milk. Bring your own place setting.
Transportation via ACTR: 388-1946. Reservations
required: 1-800-642-5119, ext. 610.
Jay Allison at Middlebury College. Wednesday,
March 16, 4:30 p.m., Bicentennial Hall. Radio docu-
mentarian Allison presents “The Power of Telling
Something True.” Discussion follows. Allison is the
creator of NPR’s “This I Believe” series and regularly
produces pieces for “This American Life” and “The
Moth.” Free. Open to the public.
“The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for
Superman” screening and discussion at
Middlebury College. Wednesday, March 16, 7 p.m.,
Dana Auditorium. A recently released rebuttal to the
acclaimed documentary “Waiting for Superman.”
Discussion led by professor Tara Affolter. Info:
pdougher@middlebury.edu or 443-5013.
Lecture on opera at Middlebury College. Wednesday,
March 16, 4:30 p.m., Franklin Environmental Center
at Hillcrest 103. Su Lian Tan from the Department of
Music talks about her ambitious new chamber opera
project in “What Is the Language of Opera in the 21st
Century? Lotus Lives, a Chamber Opera.” Free. Info:
443-3168 or www.middlebury.edu/arts.
“The End of Poverty?” screening in Hancock.
Wednesday, March 16, 5 p.m., Center for Vermont
Independence. Thought-provoking documentary by
award-winning flmmaker Philippe Diaz, revealing
that poverty is not an accident. Roundtable dinner
and discussion follows at the Hancock Hotel across
the street. Ìnfo: flm@vermontindependence.net.
Solo violin performance at Middlebury College.
Wednesday, March 16, 8 p.m., Mahaney Center for
the Arts. Kevin Lawrence plays the solo violin partitas
of Johann Sebastian Bach. Free. Info: 443-3168 or
Blues jam in Middlebury. Wednesday, March 16,
8-10 p.m., 51 Main. Dennis Willmott from Left Eye
Jump will provide lead guitar, bass and drums if
you need backup or take a break and let you play.
Bring your instrument and get ready to jam. Info:
Public skating in Middlebury. Thursday,
March 17, 3:45-5 p.m., Memorial Sports
Community bridge in Middlebury. Thursday, March
17, 6-8 p.m., Ilsley Library. Info: 462-3373 or
“An Inca Village Today: The Children’s Weaving
Club” presentation in Bristol. Thursday, March
17, 6:30-8 p.m., Lawrence Memorial Library. The
One-World Library Project welcomes Libby and
David VanBuskirk, who give a presentation and slide
show on their experiences documenting ancient
textile traditions on modern-day Peru. Info: 453-4147
or www.oneworldlibraryproject.org.
“Feminist Texts/Feminist Lives” talk at Middlebury
College. Thursday, March 17, 7-9 p.m., Axinn 229.
Stephanie Coontz and Samhita Mukhopadhyay pres-
ent, as part of the two-day Gensler Symposium at the
“Key Moments in Vermont History: The View from
Starksboro” presentation in Starksboro. Local
author and UVM political science professor Frank
Bryan will present. All are welcome. Refreshments
will be served.
Lunchtime public skating in
Middlebury. Friday, March 18, noon-1
p.m., Memorial Sports Center.
“FU: Feminist University” talk at Middlebury
College. Friday, March 18, 12:15-1:15 p.m., Axinn
229. Students discuss their views on feminism. Part
of the two-day Gensler Symposium at the college.
“Fracturing Feminism” presentation at Middlebury
College. Friday, March 18, 3-5 p.m., Axinn 229. Krista
Scott Dixon and Kimberly Wallace present as part of
the two-day Gensler Symposium at the college.
Stick & puck hockey in Middlebury. Friday, March 18,
3:45-4:45 p.m., Memorial Sports Center.
Fish fry in Bristol. Friday, March 18, 5-7 p.m., St.
Ambrose Church. Twelfth annual Lenten fsh Fry,
featuring fried or baked haddock, French fries, cole-
slaw, beverage and dessert. Adults $12, children
under 11 $5, immediate family of fve $35. Also on
April 1 and 15. Info: 453-2488.
Teen movie night in Lincoln. Friday, March 18, 7 p.m.,
Lincoln Library. Grades 7 and up. Call the library at
453-2665 for the movie title.
Free movie in Vergennes. Friday, March 18, 7:30 p.m.,
Vergennes Opera House. Daily Chocolate sponsors
a screening of the 1971 classic “Willy Wonka and the
Chocolate Factory,” starring Gene Wilder. Rated G.
Info: 877-3767.
St. Patrick’s Day concert at Middlebury College.
Friday, March 18, 8 p.m., Mahaney Center for the
Arts. François Clemmons and friends, with Dick
Forman on piano, encourage you to wear something
green and come prepared to sing along to this annual
concert of lively Irish tunes. Free. Info: 443-3168 or
“Everyone Can Dance” project in Middlebury.
Friday, March 18, 8 p.m., Town Hall Theater. Big
Action Performance Ensemble (Big APE) leads
this community-based project celebrating move-
ment of all kinds. Locals, students and company
members collaborate to refne the dance event.
Repeats March 19. Tickets $24/18/6, available at
the Middlebury College box offce, 443-6433 or
GED testing in Middlebury. Saturday,
March 19, 8:45 a.m., Vermont Adult
Learning, 282 Boardman St. Pre-registration
required. Call 388-4392 for info and to register.
“Spring Meltdown” tabletop game day in Middlebury.
Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Ilsley Library.
The Green Mountain Gamers host this all-day board
game drop-in event. Bring a game or join in. Go to
www.greenmountaingamers.net for info or to get in
on role-playing games or other games that require
advance preparation.
“March Mudness” fund-raiser in Middlebury.
Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Bridge School,
1469 Exchange St. Carnival for kids 3-8, includ-
ing games with prizes, face-painting, cupcake
walk, oobleck, stories, crafts, weird science, bounc-
ing, Cat in the Hat, food and more. To beneft the
sixth-grade trip to Hulburt Adventure Center. Info:
“Books for Babies” reception in Bristol. Saturday,
March 19, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Lawrence Memorial
Library. Honoring all the babies born in Bristol in 2010
and their parents. Open to all. Info: 453-2366.
Sugar on snow party in Starksboro. Saturday, March
19, 1-3 p.m., Starksboro First Baptist Church, Route
116. To beneft the restoration of the Starksboro
Village Meeting House. Tickets $5/single serving,
$6/double serving, $3/children 12 and under. Info:
Metropolitan Opera live HD broadcast in Middlebury.
Saturday, March 19, 1 p.m., Town Hall Theater. “Lucia
di Lammermoor,” starring Natalie Dessay. The bel
canto tragedy, set in Scotland, tells the story of an
innocent young girl, forced into a political marriage,
who goes mad from grief. Tickets $22, available
at the THT box offce, www.townhalltheater.org or
Exhibit ñnaIe in Vergennes. Saturday, March 19,
1-4 p.m., Creative Space Gallery, 235 Main St. The
end of “The Artistic Ark,” an animal themed exhibit
and fund-raiser for the Addison County Humane
Society. Deadline to buy raffe tickets and bid on
silent auction items is 2:30 p.m.; drawing at 3. Info:
www.creativespacegallery.org or 877-3850.
Chicken and biscuits supper in Brandon. Saturday,
March 19, 5-7 p.m., St. Mary’s Church hall. Takeout
available. Reservations: 247-5958 or (802) 353-6272.
Ferrisburgh Central School play in Vergennes.
Saturday, March 19, 7 p.m., Vergennes Union High
School auditorium. FCS ffth- and sixth-graders
present “Be Careful What You Wish For,” by Patrick
Rainville Dorn, with help from teachers, community
members and VUHS students. Tickets $6 adults, $3
children, available at the door. Info: 877-3463.
“Everyone Can Dance” project in Middlebury.
Saturday, March 19, 8 p.m., Town Hall Theater. See
details under March 18.
DJ Skate Night in Middlebury. Saturday, March
19, 8-10 p.m., Memorial Sports Center. Friends
of Middlebury Hockey and Addison Central Teens
co-sponsor a night of roller-rink-style ice skating.
Skate rentals available. Adults $5, students $3. All
ages and abilities welcome.
Orchestral concert at Middlebury College. Saturday,
March 19, 8 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts.
The Middlebury College Orchestra, conducted by
Andrew Massey. With soloist Andrew St. Angelo ’14,
winner of the 2011 Beucher Concerto Competition.
Tickets $10/8/6, available at 443-3168 or
All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast in
Addison. Sunday, March 20, 7-11 a.m.,
Addison Fire Station. Plain and blueberry
pancakes, sausage, bacon, home fries, coffee, hot
chocolate, and orange juice. Funds will be used
to purchase equipment for the Addison Volunteer
Fire Department. Adults $6, kids under 12 $4. Info:
"Iguana Cup ChaIIenge" beneñt ski race in Hancock.
Sunday, March 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Middlebury
College Snow Bowl. Family-friendly event for skiers,
snowboarders and telemark skiers. Teams and
individual racers compete for the whimsical Iguana
Cup. Music by local youth rock sensation AuH2O,
costumes and more. To beneft Quarry Hill School in
Middlebury. Info: www.quarryhillschool.org.
Storytelling in Bristol. Sunday, March 20, 2-4 p.m.,
Lawrence Memorial Library. A chance for people to
tell their own stories, or to just come and listen. Free.
Refreshments served. Every Sunday afternoon in
March. Info: 453-5060.
Student vocal and piano recital at Middlebury
College. Sunday, March 20, 3 p.m., Mahaney Center
for the Arts. Noah Silverstein gives his senior recital.
Free. Info: 443-3168 or www.middlebury.edu/arts.
Open dance in New Haven. Sunday, March 20, 6-7:30
p.m., New Haven Town Hall. Mostly swing, blues,
and some waltz. Open to the public. Bring clean,
soft-soled shoes. Suggested $3 donation. Continues
Sundays through April 10. Info: 475-2349 or
Ag Luncheon in Bridport. Monday,
March 21, noon-1:45 p.m., Bridport
Community Hall. A chance for Addison
County residents to talk to their local representatives
and senators about issues related to farming.
Vermont Adult Learning orientation in Middlebury.
Monday, March 21, 12:30-3 p.m., Community
Services Building, 282 Boardman St. Learn about free
classes and tutoring options in basic reading, writing
and math; GED and adult diploma; college prep;
English for speakers of other languages; and work
readiness. For people 16 and older. Info: 388-4392.
Book club meeting in Bridport. Monday, March 21,
7 p.m., Carl Norton Highway Department conference
room on Short Street and Crown Point Road. This
month's title: "Cold Mountain,¨ by Charles Frazier.
April title: “Shipping News,” by Annie Proulx. Info:
Mount Abe Family Swim in Bristol. Monday, March
21, 7-8:30 p.m., MAUHS pool. A fund-raiser for the
Mount Abe boys’ soccer team. Cost: $5 per family,
$2 per individual. Monday nights through mid-April.
Info: 453-4529.
Vocal recital at Middlebury College.
Tuesday, March 22, 8 p.m., Mahaney
Center for the Arts. Senior India Laughlin
performs. Free. Info: 443-3168 or www.middlebury.
Community bridge in Middlebury.
Wednesday, March 23, 2-4 p.m., Ilsley
Library. Info: 462-3373 or www.7notrump.
“Town Meeting and Local Government:
Focus on Women” presentation in
Middlebury. Thursday, March 24, 7 p.m.,
Ilsley Library. Presented by the Vermont Folklife
Center in conjunction with the ongoing exhibit
"Women Town Clerks of Vermont: Refections on
National Theater’s production of “Frankenstein” in
Middlebury. Thursday, March 24, 7 p.m., Town Hall
Theater. Broadcast of Mary Shelley’s terrifying tale,
directed by Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire”).
Tickets $17, available at the THT box offce, www.
townhalltheater.org, 382-9222.
Local author appearance in Salisbury. Thursday,
March 24, 3 p.m., Salisbury Free Public Library. Jack
Mayer will discuss his book, “Life in a Jar: The Irena
Sendler Project,” about a woman who saved more
than 2,500 Jewish children in World War II Warsaw.
Choral concert in Vergennes. Thursday, March 24,
8 p.m., Vergennes Opera House. The all-female
60-member Cornell University Chorus will perform as
part of its northeast tour. Tickets $10, available at the
opera house. Info: 877-6737.
Senior luncheon in Middlebury. Friday,
March 25, noon, Rosie’s Restaurant.
CVAA sponsors a luncheon of chicken and
biscuits, coleslaw, and strawberry parfait. Suggested
donation $5. Reservations required 1-800-642-5119.
Fish fry in Bristol. Friday, March 25, 5-7 p.m., St.
Peter’s Parish Hall. Beer-battered haddock, fries,
mac & cheese, green beans. Adults $9, ages 6-12
$5, families $27. Please bring a dessert to share.
Spaghetti dinner in Whiting. Friday, March 25, 5:30-7
p.m., Whiting Town Hall. The Friends of Whiting
School serve a family-style spaghetti dinner. Adults
$7, children $3. Info: hmattison13@gmail.com.
Photo party in Weybridge. Friday, March 25, 7 p.m.,
Weybridge Elementary School. Agroup of Weybridge
residents would like to post a photo CD of the town
through the years. Bring old and new pictures to be
scanned. Dessert and coffee served.
"We're Goin' Country/BIuegrass" beneñt
concert in Vergennes. Friday, March 25, 8
p.m., Vergennes Opera House. To beneft the
Foundation for Alcoholism Research, in memory of
Robert L. Maheu. Also on March 26. Tickets $15 in
advance, $18 at the door, available at 877-6737 or
Split Tongue Crow in Middlebury. Friday, March 11,
10 p.m., Two Brothers Tavern.
Cooper & LaVoie in Middlebury. Saturday, March 12,
8:30 p.m., Two Brothers Tavern.
PhiI Yates & The AfñIiates in MiddIebury. Saturday,
March 12, 9 p.m., 51 Main.
Minor TribaI Scufñes in MiddIebury. Thursday, March
17, 8-10 p.m., 51 Main.
Dayve Huckett in Middlebury. Friday, March 18, 6-8
p.m., 51 Main.
Dan Aaron in Middlebury. Saturday, March 19, 6-8
p.m., 51 Main.
Anthony Santor Jazz Group in Middlebury. Saturday,
March 19, 9 p.m.-midnight, 51 Main.
Grant / Black in Vergennes. Saturday, March 19, 9
p.m., Bar Antidote.
Jamie MaseñeId and Doug Perkins in MiddIebury.
Sunday, March 20, 1-3 p.m., Edgewater Gallery, 1
Mill St.
By category: Farmers’ Markets, Sports Clubs &
Organizations, Government & Politics, Bingo, Fund-
Raising Sales, Dance, Music, Arts & Education,
Health & Parenting, Meals, Art Exhibits & Museums,
Library Programs.
Weaving together
TWO PERUVIAN GIRLS share a laugh while working on their weaving. Libby and David
VanBuskirk will present “An Inca Village Today: The Children’s Weaving Club,” a talk and
slide show about their study of villages in modern-day Peru where ancient textile traditions
are still practiced on Thursday, March 17, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Lawrence Memorial Library.
A number of rabies vaccination clinics are being sponsored
by the Addison County veterinarians during the month of March. Each clinic
is open to all residents of all towns. Dogs should be leashed and cats in carriers
for the safety of all. To avoid confusion and delay, please bring a copy of the pet’s
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Middlebury Winter Farmers’ Market. American Flatbread in
the Marble Works. Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., through
December; second and fourth Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-1
p.m., January-May. Local produce, meats, cheese and
eggs, baked goods, jams, prepared foods and crafts.
EBT and debit cards welcome. Info: 388-0178 or www.
Co-ed volleyball in Middlebury. Pick-up games Monday, 7-9
p.m., Middlebury Municipal Gym. Jack Brown, 388-2502;
Bruce at Middlebury Recreation Department, 388-8103.
Ski and snowboard programs at the Middlebury College
Snow Bowl off Route 125 in Hancock. Register online at
www.middleburysnowbowl.com or call 802-388-4356.
ACT (Addison Central Teens). Drop-in hours Mondays,
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3-6 p.m., Wednesdays and
Fridays, 3-7 p.m. 94 Main St. (Middlebury Town Offce
building), below rec. gym. Teen drop-in space. Hang out
with friends, play pool, watch movies, and eat great food.
Baking: every Thursday from 3:30-5 p.m. Movie night:
second Friday of the month, 5-7 p.m. Info: 388-3910 or
Addison County Amateur Radio Association. Sunday, 8 p.m.
On the air on club repeater 147.36/147.96 MHz, 100 Hz
access tone. Nonmembers and visitors welcome.
Addison County Emergency Planning Committee. Last
Wednesday, 5 p.m. State Police Barracks. Public invited.
Addison County Republican Party. Third Friday, 7 p.m., Ilsley
Library, Middlebury. 897-2744.
American Legion Auxiliary Post 27. Fourth Monday, 7 p.m.
American Legion, Wilson Road, Middlebury.
Addison County Council Against Domestic and Sexual
Violence. Fourth Tuesday, noon-1:30 p.m. Addison County
Courthouse in Middlebury. 388-9180.
Brandon Lions Club. First and third Tuesday, 7 p.m., Brandon
Senior Center.
Brandon Senior Citizen Center. 1591 Forest Dale Road.
Breadloaf Toastmaster’s Public Speaking Club. Meetings
held the second and third Wednesdays of the month
from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. at Memorial Baptist Church
in Middlebury. Learn to create speeches and present
them with calm confdence in a supportive environment.
Contact President Deb Mazza at easyspeaker@comcast.
net or call 349-7073.
The Hub Teen Center and Skatepark. 110 Airport Drive,
Bristol. Open mike night, frst Thursday of the month, 5:30-
7:30 p.m., free for all ages; reserve a spot at thehub@
gmavt.net. Info: 453-3678 or www.bristolskatepark.com.
LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer).
Youth support group meets Monday nights, 4-6 p.m.,
Turningpoint Center, Marble Works, Middlebury. Info:
NEAT (Northeast Addison Television) Channel 16. Fourth
Monday, 5-7 p.m. NEAT studio in Bristol. Bruce Duncan,
Neshobe Sportsman Club. Second Monday, 6 p.m. potluck;
7 p.m. meeting. 97 Frog Hollow Road in Brandon.
Otter Creek Poets. Open poetry workshop held Thursdays,
1-3 p.m. Ilsley Library in Middlebury. Poets of all ages are
invited to share their poetry for feedback, encouragement
and optional weekly assignments. Bring a poem or two
to share (plus 20 copies). Led by David Weinstock. Free.
Orwell Historical Society. Fourth Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Orwell
Free Library.
PACT (People of Addison County Together). Third
Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Vermont state offce build-
ing on Exchange St. in Middlebury, Health Department
conference room. 989-8141.
Salisbury Historical Society. First Saturday, 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Salisbury Congregational Church.
Vergennes Lions Club. First and third Wednesday, 6 p.m.,
Vergennes American Legion. Social hour at 6, dinner at
6:45 with meeting following. Visitors welcome. Info: (802)
870-7070 or membership@vergenneslions.com.
Addison Peace Coalition. Saturday, 10:30-11 a.m. Triangle
Park in Middlebury.
Citizens for Constitutional Government in Bridport. Thursday,
7-9 p.m. Bridport Community School. Learn about the
U.S. and Vermont constitutions and how to defend our
Five-Town Area Vigil for Peace. Friday, 5-5:30 p.m. Bristol
green. All welcome to speak out for world peace.
Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles Mobile Service
Van. Second and fourth Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.;
Every Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Addison County
Courthouse, in Middlebury. The van offers written exams,
customer service and road tests. 828-2000.
American Legion Hall, Middlebury. Wednesday. Doors open
5:30 p.m. with early birds. Jackpot $3,000. Food available.
Benefts veterans, scholarships and community programs.
Brandon Senior Center, Brandon. First and third Mondays. 6
p.m. Refreshments sold. 247-3121.
VFW Post 7823, Middlebury. Monday. Doors open 5 p.m.,
quickies 6:15 p.m., regular bingo 7 p.m. 388-9468.
Bixby Memorial Library Book Sale. Monday, 12:30-8 p.m.;
Tuesday and Friday, 12:30-5 p.m.; Wednesday and
Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Books,
tapes, CDs and puzzles or all ages. Donations welcome.
Brandon Free Public Library Book Sale. Thursday, Friday
and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ilsley Public Library Book Sale. First Saturday, 11 a.m.-3
p.m. Info: 388-4095.
Ripton United Methodist Church Flea Market/Farmers’
Market. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon until late fall. Food,
antiques, quilts, books and more. Vendors' fees beneft
church restoration. Info: 388-2640.
Two Brothers Tavern’s Charitable Mondays. First Monday. 10
percent of entire day’s proceeds go to designated charity.
Book group in Middlebury. “We Read Middlebury: Books by
and about Our Town.” Third Wednesdays, 2-3 p.m., Ilsley
Public Library. Info: 388-4095.
Chess club in Brandon. Saturdays, 12:30 p.m., Brandon
Library. All ages and abilities welcome.
College Summer Session for Seniors in Middlebury. Elderly
Services, 112 Exchange St. Classes for people over 60 in
basic computer, opera, politics, history, international law
and more. Call 388-3983 or e-mail college@elderlyser-
vices.org. 2010 classes start July 6.
Dance, Place, Video: Open Screenings at Middlebury
College. Monday, 7 p.m. Main library, room 230. Weekly
showings of flm and video works illustrating the felds of
dramatic cinema and choreography. Free. 443-MIDD or
French conversation group in Brandon. Saturday, 9:30 a.m.
Sheri’s Diner. Meet and practice French speaking every
Saturday. All abilities welcome.
Hand-Crafters Group in Brandon. Wednesday, 6:30-8:30
p.m. Briggs Carriage Bookstore. Knit, crochet or hook
rugs. All skill levels welcome. Nancy Jewett, 483-2222.
Heart in Hand Knitters in Middlebury. Information: 388-4097.
Jam session for teens in Middlebury. Second and fourth
Thursdays of each month, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Addison
Central Teen Center, 94 Main St. Bring your own instru-
ment or borrow one of ours. To register, call Robin or Jutta
at 388-3910.
Knitting and Rug Hooking in Brandon. First and third
Wednesdays of each month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Brandon
Library. Project sharing, idea gathering and textile
Knitting group in Brandon. Thursday, 1-3 p.m., Brandon
Senior Center. 247-3121.
Knitting group in Lincoln. Sunday (except last Sunday of the
month), 3-5 p.m. Lincoln Library. 453-2665.
Knitting group in Vergennes. Third Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Bixby Memorial Library. Informal assistance provided.
Arabella Holzapfel, 443-5284 (weekdays), 877-2172
(evenings) or araho@verizon.net.
Maiden Vermont women’s barbershop chorus, under the
direction of Lindi Bortney, is open to women of all ages.
The group sings four-part a cappella music from tradi-
tional barbershop to doo-wop and Broadway. Rehearsals
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m., Cornwall School. Info: 989-5435
or go to www.maidenvermont.com. Next meeting: Jan. 6,
Middlebury College Community Chorus. Mead Chapel. Open
to all singers without auditions. Conductor Jeff Rehbach,
443-5811; manager Mary Longey, 236-7933.
Otter Creek Choral Society in Vergennes. Every Monday,
7-9 p.m., Vergennes Congregational Church. 877-2921.
Otter Creek Contras. Fourth Saturday contra dances.
Newcomers welcome. Clean soft-soled shoes, please.
Parler Français Comme Des Vaches Espagnoles. Every
Thursday, 7 p.m. 35B West. St. in Bristol (above Paige
& Campbell). Conversational French for speakers of all
abilities. Info: 453-2285.
Potato Hill Homeschool Group. First Wednesday, 3:30-4:30
p.m. Lincoln Library. Debi Gray, 453-2665.
Rhythm collective in Middlebury. Thursdays, 7:30-9 p.m.,
The Art House in the Marble Works. Drop-in classes for
percussion and drums. Info: 989-6810 or percussions-
ketches@gmail.com. Cost $5.
Sacred Harp (Shape Note) Sing. Second Sunday, 2-3:30
p.m. Middlebury. All ages and levels of experience
welcome. Debby, 388-5410.
Spanish conversation group in Brandon. Every Saturday, 11
a.m. The Inside Scoop, next to the Brandon Inn. All abili-
ties welcome. Info: 247-3306 or 247-6600.
Teen movie night in Middlebury. First Friday of every month,
6-10 p.m., Addison Central Teen Center, 94 Main St.
Twist O’ Wool Guild. First Thursdays, 7 p.m. American
Legion on Wilson Road.
Vermont Ukulele Society. Second and fourth Mondays,
beginners 6:30-7 p.m. regular session 7-9 p.m. at Howden
Hall in Bristol. Call 453-6411 or see http://vtukes.webs.
com for info. Extra ukuleles for beginners.
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March 19 & 20
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Pancakes & Sausage served from 9:00 to 3:00 (Saturday only)
Bring your gathering boots and help us collect
our sap buckets from 3:00 to 5:30
Nick Hammond will hook up Pauly and Petey to provide horse-drawn
wagon rides 11:00 to 4:00
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Food matters
will screen the documentary “Food,
Inc.” at Middlebury College Monday,
March 14. The ñIm reveaIs surprising
— and often shocking truths — about
what we eat, how it’s produced, who
we have become as a nation and
where we are going from here. A Q & A
session follows.
Addison Independent, Thursday, March 10, 2011 — PAGE 11A
Goings on
Something special going on in your
life? Send it in at:
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P.O. Box 31
Middlebury, Vermont 05753
or email it to:
send it in!
Does your group or organization have something hap-
pening that’s appropriate for the calendar? We want
to hear about it! If you have a picture, please, send
that too. Pictures and text may be emailed to:
Fun in the snow
THE FROST MOUNTAIN Bill Koch League wrapped up a successful year at Rikert Ski Center at Breadloaf with the traditional rain-drenched
end-of-season celebration this past Saturday. More than 90 kids participated in the Nordic skiing program this. The club also hosted the
largest ever New England Bill Koch Festival on Feb. 26 and 27 with more than 500 registrants.
Photo by Kim Callahan
· Shannon Fitzpatrick & Gabriel Kinlund. Burlington. March 8. a son.
Henry Ryan Kinlund.
When: March 12
from 9:00-12:00 p.m.
and 14
from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Where: Mt. Abraham Union High School in the large cafeteria.
Cost: $20.00 for 1
child, $15 each additional sibling. Only Cash
or checks made out to Bristol Little League will be accepted.
No Refunds will be issued.
Each child must be league age by May 1
. League age 5-13.
Acopy of each child’s
birth certiücate is required at sign ups.
No Birth Certiücate. No Signing up, No Exceptions.
(we can not make copies for you during sign ups)
For additional information contact:
Shawn Oxford@ 453-6396 or
Ken Marcelle @ 453-2482

Keith Mattison
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Call Keith and his helper at
802-777-0134 or 802-623-6891
and director Mark O`Rowe weaves
three interlocking. rhyming mono-
logues into a truly original. gripping
drama. 'Terminus.¨ presented by the
Abbey Theatre oI Ireland. 'Termi-
nus¨ will be perIormed Saturday.
March 12. at 8 p.m.
in Wright Memorial
Theatre at Middle-
bury College. A
discussion regard-
ing the work imme-
diately Iollows the
In 'Terminus.¨
a young woman
looking Ior love.
a mother seeking
atonement. and a
serial killer who has sold his soul
to the devil are all ripped Irom their
daily lives and thrown into a Iantas-
tical world. Daring audiences will
need to hold tight as the ordinary
turns extraordinary in this vivid and
exhilarating play.
The action catapults Irom the
bustling streets to the skies above
Dublin. then plummets deep to the
bowels oI the characters: singing serial
killers. earth. encountering unimagi-
nable avenging angels. and love-sick
demons. Strong adult language and
content make this a perIormance Ior
mature audiences only.
This new production. touring the
U.S.. Europe. and Australia in spring
2011. Ieatures Declan Conlon. Olwen
Fouere. and Catherine Walker. The
set and costumes are designed by
Jon Bausor with lighting by Philip
Gladwell and sound by Philip
The play has recently enioyed
hugely successIul runs at New York`s
Public Theater and the Edinburgh
Fringe Festival. The Irish Times calls
it 'hilarious. startling. surprisingly
touching and enormously satisIy-
ing . a thrill ride. Terminus` is a
Iantastic piece oI writing. O`Rowe`s
best so Iar.¨ The Sunday
Tribune notes. '. gripping.
grotesque and deliriously
good.. (Terminus`) makes
O`Rowe pretty much the
most exciting contemporary
Irish playwright.¨
The Abbey Theatre is
Ireland`s national theater
and occupies a unique place
in the hearts and minds oI
Irish people at home and
abroad. It opened its doors
on Abbey Street in Dublin in 1904.
with W.B. Yeats and Lady Augusta
Gregory as its inaugural directors. In
1925. it was given an annual subsidy
by the newly Iormed Irish Free State.
becoming the frst ever state-subsi-
dized theater in the English-speaking
world. Since then. the Abbey has
played a vital and oIten controversial
role in the literary. social. and cultural
liIe oI Ireland.
In its long history it has nurtured
and premiered the work oI maior
playwrights such as John Millington
Synge. Sean O`Casey. Brian Friel.
Tom Murphy. Frank McGuinness.
Hugh Leonard and Marina Carr as
well as actors Donal McCann. Siob-
han McKenna. Stephen Rea. Liam
Neeson. Sinead Cusack. Gabriel
Byrne and Colm Meaney.
The Abbey Theatre`s production
oI 'Terminus¨ is sponsored by the
Middlebury College PerIorming Arts
Series. with support Irom the Depart-
ment oI Theatre and Dance. While
the production is in residence. the
actors and playwright will engage
Middlebury College students directly
in academic workshops.
Tickets Ior the March 12 perIor-
mance are $24. with discounts
available Ior Middlebury College
students. alumni. Iaculty and staII.
For tickets or inIormation. contact
the Middlebury College box oIfce
at http://go.middlebury.edu/tickets or
Irish acting co. to stage fantastical drama
Proposed trail would
connect Midwest, East
Audubon will host a talk and slide
show on a proposed east-west
trail across the northern tier oI the
United States on Thursday. March
10 at 7 p.m. The talk. the third in
the Cabin Fever lecture series. will
take place in the Ilsley Library
community room in Middlebury.
Josh Phillips. executive director oI
the Middlebury Area Land Trust
(MALT). will be the guest speaker.
The presentation is Iree and open to
the public.
The North Country Trail seeks
to connect the prairie states to
the mountains oI the east. While
long-distance north-south trails
such as the Appalachian Trail and
Vermont`s own Long Trail are
Iamiliar to many hikers. east-west
trails are relatively rare.
Phillips ioined MALT in June
2008 aIter spending Iour years as
the director oI preservation services
at Preservation Maryland. While
at PM he was responsible Ior the
organization`s local advocacy
eIIorts. statewide grant programs.
technical assistance to property
owners. and the creation oI a new
historic preservation easement
program. Phillips is a native oI
Milton and holds a BA in History
Irom Brandeis University and an
MS in Historic Preservation Irom
the University oI Vermont.
Otter Creek Audubon is the
Addison County chapter oI the
National Audubon Society and has
approximately 250 members. The
mission oI OCAS is to protect.
enhance. explore and celebrate all
elements oI the natural environment.
RIPTON A team oI middle-
school students Irom the North
Branch School in Ripton has
qualiIied Ior the Vermont State
MathCounts Competition. Eighth-
graders Kiley Pratt oI New Haven
and Oliver Clark oI Ripton. and
seventh-graders Chase Messner oI
East Middlebury and Rowan Warren
oI Ripton make up North Branch`s
Iirst ever MathCounts team. The
Iour have been participating in
this aIter-school math enrichment
program with their math teacher
and coach Rose Messner since
The team competed in the
Vermont Southwest Regional
Chapter Competition held at
Castleton College on Feb. 5

placed Iourth among teams Irom
15 other schools. Warren took Iirst
place in the individual competition
among 110 participants.
The team now moves on to the
state competition on Saturday.
March 26. at Vermont Technical
College in Randolph. A team Irom
Middlebury Union Middle School
also qualiIied Ior the event.
NORTH BRANCH MIDDLE-SCHOOL “mathletes” form a “nerd pyramid”
on a recent team spirit day at school. The team of four students — Kiley Pratt,
top; Oliver Clark, left; Chase Messner, right; and Rowan Warren, bottom
- quaIiñed for the Vermont State MathCounts Competition on March 26.
Warren aIso took ñrst pIace in the individuaI competition at regionaIs.
North Branch students
earn spot in statewide
MathCounts competition
The Rikert Ski Touring Center
would like to thank the Iollowing
businesses Ior their donations to the
2011 annual Bread LoaI Citizens`
Race. held at the Nordic center
each year. We are grateIul Ior their
contributions and the participants and
winners are most appreciative.
Otter Creek Bakery donated
Irosted loaves oI bread Ior the overall
winners. which now includes the
winner oI a sit ski race Ior disabled
skiers. American Flatbread and
Rosie`s Restaurant both donated
two giIt certifcates. Middlebury
Mountaineer donated numerous
items. which were raIfed to all race
Thank you again Ior your support.
Peggy Lyons
Rikert Ski Touring Center
Notes of appreciation
Thanks to all local businesses who
generously donated for Citizens’ Race
PAGE 12A — Addison Independent, Thursday, March 10, 2011
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Vermont brand nationwide is focused
on curbing obesity, is connected with
the University of Vermont, is based
in Middlebury and is directed and
managed by Middlebury resident
Krista Conley Lincoln.
The business, Vtrim Online
Solutions, opened in early February
in Middlebury’s industrial park
off Exchange Street. It markets to
businesses a weight management
program developed by UVM.
The university’s division of
continuing education has been
developing the weight management
program over the past decade, a
process rooted in scientifc research.
testing, program development and
practical applications. After an eight-
month process of working with UVM
oIfcials connected to the program.
Vtrim Online Solutions signed a 10-
year licensing agreement to take the
program to a nationwide market.
“Our federal tax dollars helped
develop this program at UVM, and
they felt it was their moral obligation
to take this to market,” Vtrim CEO
and managing director Krista Lincoln
said in a Wednesday interview. “It’s
up to us to take the
program beyond the
Green Mountain State
and globally.”
“The licensing of
Vtrim to Krista and
her team is a great
example of university
research creating jobs
in Vermont,” said John
Evans, senior advisor
to the president at
the University of
Vermont. “Equally
important is the
impact Vtrim can
have on the lifelong
health of Vermonters
and individuals across
the nation.”
Using a business-
to-business marketing
strategy, Lincoln said her company
would focus on large corporations
and institutions, like universities,
the U.S. military, large health care
insurance groups that could offer
reductions on insurance premiums
for policyholders who had completed
the course, national sports and
entertainment organizations and other
larger companies. Individuals will
also be encouraged to sign on, though
Lincoln said the expense of marketing
to customers at the retail level was
high and would represent a minor part
of their initial growth strategy.
The weight-loss, or weight-
management, program differs from
other national weight-loss programs
in several ways. First, it does not
offer any food supplements, pills,
milkshakes or special diets. Second,
the program is rooted in scientifc
research. behavior modifcation.
and relies on expert advice from its
trained facilitators, with the group
dynamic being an important part of
the process. The facilitators look at
each participant’s daily journals to
see where that person is struggling
and offer one-on-one advice over
two 12-week programs, which can be
followed by a 12-week maintenance
The entire Vtrim program is online.
Participants meet with an expert
facilitator and a small peer group
of 12-20 participants weekly for an
hour lesson and activity. All Vtrim
facilitators complete 45-plus hours
oI training and are Iormally certifed.
and they hold advanced degrees
as registered dieticians, or hold a
master’s degree in nutrition/food
Each participant is given a calorie
goal and exercise goal with the
objective to lose 1-2 pounds per
week. Progress is monitored via an
online journal, calorie and exercise
calculators, and a virtual pantry,
which allows participants to build
healthy recipes.
“What the research has found
over the decade that UVM has been
developing the program is that it
takes about six months for behavior
change to take
hold,” Lincoln said.
“The goal is to teach
participants about
food and nutrition,
provide analysis
for each person’s
triggers that lead to
food consumption
and then modify
the behavior
though well-tested
“I got hooked,”
she says, of the
u n i v e r s i t y ’ s
scientifc basis Ior
its program and the
rigorous standards
it follows. “What
we’re about is
empowerment and
mindfulness, about individual change
coming from expert facilitations and
scientifc resources.
“This is not a program in which
you’ll lose 50 pounds in a few months
through a weight-loss miracle and
then promptly gain it back,” Lincoln
continued, “this is a graduated
approach to wellness and weight
In previous tests, she said, 83
percent of participants taking the
Vtrim course succeeded in losing 5
to 10 percent of their body weight.
“What makes us really unique,”
Lincoln said, “is that we are highly
individual with intensive customer
service … It doesn’t work if we have
people in those groups of 12-20 drop
out, so our facilitators work hard to
keep participants engaged.”
“It’s about your own journey, what
will work for you as an individual,”
said Heather Leonard, Vtrim director
of online instruction. She noted that
online tools, advice and other help is
provided 24-7 on the Vtrim Online
Another unique aspect of the
program is that it appeals to men
because of its online nature,
compared to Weight Watchers or
other programs that require group
interaction and a cheerleading
environment — characteristics of
other programs that men have not
traditionally found appealing.
Pricing for the program is being
reworked and is not yet ready for
publication, Lincoln said, though
the 12-week course at UVM’s
continuing education program
cost $375 this past year. A typical
payment plan for a big company
or institution would be to split the
cost between the corporation and
participant — much like health
insurance — to ensure “there is
some skin in the game” for both
the employer and employee so both
parties are fully engaged, Lincoln
Lincoln, a 1986 graduate of
Middlebury College, said she chose
to open her business in Middlebury
in the Retail Vision building on
Industrial Lane for several reasons,
including lower rents than the
Burlington area; a good part-time
and full-time labor force; and,
she said, because she was a single
mother of two children and wanted
to be able to work close to home.
“Addison County just has so much
to offer,” she said.
Vtrim Online Solutions currently
has four full-time employees,
is seeking two full-time project
directors and two interns, and has
a part-time crew of 30 facilitators
with plans to add more employees
as demand grows.
How fast will that growth occur?
Lincoln is not willing to speculate,
but the 6.000 square Ieet her oIfce
currently occupies (she’s renting
half that with space available for
another frm) will give her plenty
of room for the foreseeable future
to develop what she thinks could be
the next big Vermont brand.
“It’s a product that was developed
in Vermont, will be run in Vermont
and refects Vermont`s healthy
living,” she said. “It could be the
next major Vermont brand.”
New business tackles obesity
Midd resident gets
license for UVM’s
weight loss program
Have a news tip?
Call Liz Pecor at 453-2180
MONKTON — The Monkton town
school meeting on Feb. 28 turned into
a late evening with lengthy discussions
over the school budget and other items
on the warning.
The town meeting, on the other
hand, was the opposite, ending after
about an hour and a half, adjourning
around 11:30 a.m. Articles 1-5 passed
without discussion. All social service
agencies’ requests were passed with
an additional agency, the Addison
County Readers, being approved for
an amount of $450. Articles 6 and 8
passed with little discussion.
The longest discussion time fell
with Article 7, over the reassignment
of $80,000 set aside for a new salt
shed at the town garage in the Capital
Project Funds to be transferred to
the Capital Equipment Fund. Two
amendments were added to this article
and consequently voted down. At
one point a show of hands had to be
counted as the yeas and nays were too
close to call. In the end the transfer of
funds was approved and the article
Article 9, to transact new business,
had minor comments and questions.
One item brought to light was the
fact that next year is the town’s 250th
birthday. Holly Lukens, Monkton
Museum and Historical Society’s
secretary, asked townspeople to
contact any members with ideas for a
celebration for next year.
All candidates were voted into their
respective oIfces. There were many
write-ins for various positions this year
but none with enough votes to get an
oIfce. The school budgets all passed.
There were 379 voters who turned out
for this year’s election.
The Community Emergency
Response Team (CERT) meets the
second Thursday of every month at the
Middlebury Police Station at 7 p.m.
These meetings are open to the public
and all are welcome.
Sunday school starts on March 6 at
Monkton Friends Methodist Church
and will continue until school vacation
in April. All families are welcome to
come for “Coffee and Conversation”
at 8:30 a.m. to enjoy a breakfast of
home-baked goods, cereal, yogurt,
fruit, juice, hot chocolate, tea and
coffee. Services begin upstairs at 8:45
a.m. Call Terri Fitz-Gerald at 453-4918
for more information.
The auditors wish to make a
correction on the information page of
this year’s town report. The zoning
administrator should be listed as
Kenneth Wheeling, phone number
1-802-735-6563. His hours are as
follows: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
from 9-11 a.m.; the second and fourth
Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and
Saturdays by appointment only. The
auditors apologize for any confusion.
Union Mutual Fire
Insurance Company and
New England Guaranty
Insurance Company Inc.
elected former Gov. James
H. Douglas of Middlebury
to a two-year term as a di-
rector of both companies
at the companies’ Feb. 23
annual meeting, President
and CEO John H. Fitzhugh
has announced.
Union Mutual Fire Insurance
Company and New England
Guaranty Insurance Co Inc. are sep-
arate companies with an identical
board of directors, and to-
gether with Eastern Mutual
Insurance Company of
Greenville, N.Y., make
up an insurance group
known as Union Mutual
of Vermont Companies.
The companies write ho-
meowners, automobile and
small business insurance in
New England and upstate
New York through a net-
work of professional independent
insurance agents. The companies
together have more than 100,000
A native oI Springfeld. Mass..
Douglas attended Middlebury
College and shortly after gradu-
ation there in 1972 began his po-
litical career. Broken only by a
short tenure with Porter Hospital
in Middlebury, he served as a state
representative; as a staff advisor
to Gov. Richard Snelling; as sec-
retary of state and then state trea-
surer; and fnally. Irom 2003 to
2011, as governor. He currently
serves as executive-in-residence
at Middlebury College and also
serves as a director of NBT Bank,
based in Norwich, N.Y.
Also on the Union Mutual board
is Mark S. Young of Orwell.
Douglas elected to insurance boards
“The goal is to
teach participants
about food and
nutrition, provide
analysis for each
person’s triggers
that lead to food
consumption and
then modify the
behavior though
— Vtrim CEO
Krista Lincoln
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13.6 inches, and in April the average
is 4.0.
Given that more than a week
of March is gone, another foot or
so is statistically likely, he said,
an addition that would push this
winter’s total to about 136 inches.
Tabor believes the
all-time record of 145.4
inches that dates from
1970-71 is probably
safe, given that this
winter lacked a big
December head start.
“We have a good
chance of passing the
132. The 145 may be a
little far from reach, “
he said. “It’s always possible ... but I
think we’ll fall short of that.”
Too many unusual factors would
have to fall into place to create more
major snowfalls, Tabor said.
On the other hand, he
acknowledged this winter “has been
far from normal.”
Tabor said the west-to-east fow oI
wind known as the jet stream has been
unusually volatile, fueled by a more-
active-than-usual duel between cold
polar air from the north, and warm,
moister-than-typical sub-tropical
air from the south. He described
the ongoing clashes between the air
masses as a “battle zone.”
At the same time, waters in the Gulf
of Mexico and southern
Atlantic Oceans have
warmed, fueling not
only that tropical air
over the southern U.S.,
but also regular low
pressure systems along
the Eastern seaboard.
Many weather
systems have slammed
coastal states this
winter, Tabor said;
some have missed Vermont, while
others have drifted far enough north
to dump snow.
“This has been one of the most
active seasons I’ve seen,” he said.
If local residents have had the
impression sunlight has been
scarce, it has been for good reason.
Daytime temperatures have been
slightly colder than normal,
according to NWS fgures. because
of persistent cloud cover. But
nighttime temperatures have been
slightly warmer because clouds have
prevented radiational cooling.
Overall, average temperatures
have resulted.
“In the long run, it’s pretty much
a normal temperature (average),”
Tabor said.
At the same time, Tabor
acknowledged that if Vermonters
have noticed forecasts have been less
than 100 percent accurate, it has also
been for good reason.
Part of the challenge for
meteorologists is always to determine
how a storm will track as it moves
eastward across the country. With
the unusual volatility of the polar
and tropical air masses pushing from
opposite directions, storms’ paths
have been unpredictable.
'It`s been a diIfcult Iorecast
getting the tracking right,” Tabor
Andy Kirkaldy may be reached at
Middlebury College Director of
Athletics Erin Quinn was recently hon-
ored by the Institute for International
Sport as part of the institute’s celebra-
tion of its 20th National Sportsmanship
Day. The institute honored 20 living
Americans, 20 deceased Americans
and 20 American organizations or ini-
tiatives that, in its words, “have made
signifcant contributions to the practice
of fair play and have enhanced the
national consciousness regarding the
central importance of sportsmanship.”
Quinn’s fellow honorees included Jack
Nicklaus, Cal Ripken Jr., Dee Rowe,
John Wooden and Paul “Bear” Bryant.
The institute’s release noted that when
Quinn coached the Panther men’s la-
crosse program, his teams not only
won three NCAA Division III titles,
but also two national awards for sports-
manship. According to the institute,
as an athletic director, Quinn, a 1986
Middlebury graduate now in his fIth
year as the school’s AD, “has fostered
in the Middlebury College Athletic
Department a culture of sportsmanship
that serves as a national model.”
There will be a statewide hearing on
the proposed Universal Healthcare
Bills before the Legislature will be
held over interactive television next
Tuesday, March 14. Anyone who
wants to watch or take part locally
can go to the Patricia A. Hannaford
Career Center on Charles Avenue
in Middlebury where the meet-
(Continued from Page 1A)
This winter
“has been far
from normal.”
— National
Weather Service
Brooke Tabor
Old snow row
MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE’S MEAD Chapel, recreated in snow, sits in front of Old Chapel along Old
Stone Row. The sculpture is one of several that was created for the college’s winter carnival last month.
Independent photo/Trent Campbell
By the way
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Interactive Classroom from 6-8 p.m.
Gov. Peter Shumlin didn’t make
it to this past Monday’s Legislative
Breakfast in Vergennes; in fact, no one
did — organizers called off the event
because of the snow. But they said
the governor should be at the April
4 Legislative Breakfast, which will
be held at the Middlebury American
Legion hall with the meal at 7 and the
political discussion beginning at 7:30
The U.S. Commission on Civil
Rights has appointed 15 people to its
Vermont State Advisory Committee,
including Ellen Mercer Fallon of
Middlebury and Cheryl Mitchell of
New Haven. Congress has directed
the commission — which monitors
federal civil rights enforcement
— to establish advisory commit-
tees in all states and the District of
Columbia to assist in its fact-ünding
function. These committees receive
reports, suggestions, and recom-
mendations from individuals, pub-
lic and private organizations, and
public ofücials. and forward advice
and recommendations to the com-
mission. Members of state advisory
committees serve without compen-
sation, conduct civil rights reviews
and investigations, and report to the
Speaking of appointments, Gov.
Shumlin recently appointed Bill
Mathis of Goshen to the state Board
of Education. Mathis will com-
plete four years of a vacated term.
He is the managing director of the
National Education Policy Center,
University of Colorado at Boulder,
and served as superintendent of
the Rutland Northeast Supervisory
Union in Brandon for more than
two decades. He was a National
Superintendent oI the Year fnal-
ist, Vermont Superintendent of the
Year and president of the Vermont
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Have a news tip?
Call Mary Burchard at 352-4541
SALISBURY — The Salisbury
Free Library program that was
scheduled for Sunday, March 20,
has been rescheduled for Thursday,
March 24, at 7 p.m. Dr. Jack Mayer
will speak about his book, “Life in a
Jar: The Irena Sendler Story.”
The book tells of Sendler’s efforts
to save Jewish children living in
the ghetto during World War II.
She found safe homes for them and
recorded their names, their parents’
names and their new names on lists
that she buried in jars under a tree.
Some Kansas schoolchildren heard
of her and did research to keep her
story a part of history. Everyone
is welcome; refreshments will be
A rabies clinic will be held on
Thursday, March 17, at the town
oIfce Irom 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost
of the vaccination is $12; licenses
will also be available. Please have
all dogs leashed and cats in carriers.
All dogs must be licensed by April 1;
fees are $8 for neutered animals, $12
for un-neutered, and a current rabies
certifcate is needed.
The Salisbury Community
School garden group is considering
enlarging the gardens at the school
and is offering “family-sized” plots
for individuals or families to grow
their own vegetables. A grant will
cover the cost of soil preparation,
topsoil and compost; cost of seeds
is not covered. If you are interested
or would like more information, call
Diane. 352-4291. ext. 27. by March
The school is sponsoring a
technology safety program on
Monday. March 28. Irom 6:30 to
7:30 p.m. Students will participate
in the program during the school
day. Subjects covered include cyber-
bullying, social networking sites,
e-mail and instant messaging, cell
phones and text messaging. sexting.
and online gaming. Parents and
caregivers of children in grades four
to eight are encouraged to attend;
babysitting and young children’s
activities will be available Call the
school. 352-4291. to register or Ior
more information.
Have a news tip?
Call Harriet Brown at 453-3166
LINCOLN The Lincoln Library
welcomes Sas Carey on Tuesday.
March 15. at 7 p.m.. Ior a talk and
slide show titled 'Connecting with
the Reindeer Herders.” Travel with
Carey to Mongolia. land oI the
reindeer herders, and hear how she
came to discover the needs of —
and how to help — the minority
indigenous group. For more
inIormation call the library at 453-
Friday, March 18, at 7 p.m., is
Teen Movie Night at the library for
grades seven and up. Share snacks
and popcorn; soda will be served.
Call the library Ior the movie title iI
you wish to know it.
Daylight Savings Time begins
Saturday, March 12. Set your clocks
one hour ahead — it’s later than you
The United Church oI Lincoln
will observe the frst Sunday oI
Lent on March 13. Scriptures to
be considered are Matthew 4:1-11,
Romans 5:12-19 and Genesis 2:15-
17 and 3:1-7.
The February special offering at
the United Church oI Lincoln will go
to the 'America Ior Christ¨ oIIering.
Youth Ministry Breakfast Night
will be held at the Goodyears` on
March 27 Irom 6:30-8 p.m. as part
oI the Youth Group Food Drive Ior
the Bristol Food Shelf. It will be
Iollowed by Youth Group.
Young Life: Thirty people gathered
for a great ski trip to Smugglers’
Notch over the February break. They
are starting the club again this month;
summer camp forms are available.
The Mount Abraham boys’
soccer program is sponsoring Mt.
Abe Family Swims, which are
scheduled for Monday evenings,
March 14, 21, and 28, and April 4
and 11. The cost is $5 per Iamily.
$2 per individual. For more
information or questions contact
Mike Corey at 453-4529.
Trafñc stop Iands DUI charge
Police Log
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury
police cited Matthew E. Clayton.
25. oI Brandon Ior driving under
the infuence Iollowing a traIfc stop
in the Main Street roundabout on
March 6. Police said they measured
Clayton`s blood-alcohol content at
0.144 percent.
In other action last week,
Middlebury police:
· Were inIormed that a driver had
left the Middlebury Village Depot on
Court Street without paying Ior $38
in gas on March 2.
· Served a no-trespass order
on March 2 to a man who was not
wanted at Middlebury Beef Supply.
· Received a report oI a truant
student from Middlebury Union
High School on March 3.
· Assisted Porter Hospital
oIfcials with an unruly patient on
March 3.
· Assisted a local woman who had
received an unwanted phone call on
March 3.
· Responded to a report oI a
person allegedly using a local man’s
credit card to the tune of $1,118 on
March 3.
· Served a temporary restraining
order on a local man on March 3.
· Cited Chad C. Lamb. 31. oI
Weybridge for a criminal count of
driving with a suspended license on
South Street on March 4.
· Investigated an allegation on
March 4 that a local juvenile female
had been sexually assaulted.
· Received a report that someone
had used a local resident’s bank card
on-line to rack up a bill oI $2.297.
· Investigated a report that a girl
had been assaulted at MUHS on
March 4.
· Assisted Middlebury fre
oIfcials with traIfc control at a minor
electrical fre at the Middlebury
Short Stop on March 5.
· Responded to a credit card Iraud
complaint reported by a Peterson
Terrace woman on March 5.
· Ticketed a youth Ior having a
counterfeit Delaware state driver’s
license on March 6. and gave him
court diversion paperwork. Police
said the youth allegedly tried to use the
license to buy beer at the Champlain
Farms store on Court Street.
OrweII Scouts to
hoId food drive
ORWELL The Iour scouting
organizations in Orwell Boy
Scout Troop 109. Cub Scout Pack
108 and Girl Scout troops 30168 and
30336 are coming together Ior the
second annual Food Drive Breakfast.
These groups are putting on an all-
you-can-eat breakIast at the Orwell
Town Hall on Sunday. March 13.
Irom 8-10:30 a.m. On the menu are
scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage,
French toast, pancakes, fried
potatoes, fresh fruit, orange juice,
milk and coffee.
The price for breakfast is the
donation of at least two food items
per person. All food and monetary
donations are given to the Whiting
Food Shelf in Whiting.
Last year`s event netted $160
in cash donations, which were
used to buy more food and get gift
certifcates Ior meat Irom Buxton`s.
and also produced more than 500
pounds of food items that were all
given to the Whiting Food Shelf.
For more information, email John
Tester. chairman oI Cub Scout Pack
108, at jtester22@aol.com.
Split decision
DOUG CONCIALDI, REPRESENTING Green Mountain Beverage, and BiII RoIeau of Isham Brook Farm
were the Iucky winners in this year's grand prize drawing at the Addison County FieId Days annuaI gaIa
event Iast Saturday at the MiddIebury American Legion. Pictured, from Ieft to right, are board member
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Independent photo/Jane Spencer
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NEW HAVEN — Beeman
Elementary School kicked off its an-
nual community service projects this
past Friday with kindergarten through
sixth-grade students collaborating on
eight projects that will span the course
of March under the theme “Kids
Helping Kids, Seniors and Beeman.”
Teachers, community members and
a group of Middlebury College men-
tors all volunteered their time to help
with the projects.
What are kids at Beeman doing to
help other kids? They are making pil-
lows and arts and crafts kits for chil-
dren at Vermont Children’s Hospital
at Fletcher Allen Health Care.
The goals of the pillow-making
project are to teach kids how to sew,
build their confdence by creating a
product and present their fnal prod-
uct — a pillow — to children at the
Children’s Hospital. After sixth-grad-
er Jackie Reiss learned to sew one day
earlier. she fnished making three pil-
lows in just an hour on Friday.
The room adjacent to the pillow
makers that day was bustling with
children making arts and crafts kits
from a wide range of materials in-
cluding feathers and paper plates.
“We’re making these for other
kids,” said one child.
Two projects are under way to help
the older members of the commu-
nity: “Senior Stories” and “Games at
Project Independence.”
Last Friday, students working on
the “Senior Stories” project prepared
questions for senior citizen interviews
that will be conducted and recorded
by Beeman students at the Project
Independence Adult Daycare Center
in Middlebury. Questions they devel-
oped included:
· Did you do anything bad when
you were little?
· Did you ever fght in a war?
· Did you have a computer grow-
ing up?
After conducting interviews with
seniors about their childhoods on
March 18, Beeman students will com-
pile their recordings in a video that
they will then give to seniors.
Outside of the computer lab where
the “Senior Stories” crew was pre-
paring, another team of students was
learning how to play various board
and card games, such as Checkers,
Connect Four and Go Fish. In the
coming weeks, these students will
also meet with seniors at Project
Independence and spend time playing
these games.
Another group of students under
the guidance of art teacher Michaela
Granstrom and Twitchell Hill Pottery
owner Shelly Doyle really dug into
their “Kids Helping Beeman” project.
Using a portion of the 100 pounds of
clay bought with funds from the Tari
Shattuck Foundation, these young-
sters began working on a project to
make approximately 100 bowls for
Beeman’s annual “Harvest Supper”
in autumn.
The group made more than 50 bowls
that will be kiln fred and glazed in
preparation for the fall celebration.
Meanwhile, a different group of
students led by Principal Steve Flint
began constructing a “ga-ga pit” for a
game called “ga-ga ball.” The game is
similar to dodge ball, but less isolat-
ing and much more complicated. Ga-
ga ball can take on many forms and
is usually played in an octagonal rink,
or “pit.”
The Beeman ga-ga pit will be con-
structed from 2-by-12-inch lumber
that when stacked on top of each other
give the pit a total height of two feet,
which provides ga-ga players with
ample space for bank shots. The pit
contains the game in an octagonal
space with a diameter of about 30 feet
and will be located outside, next to the
Duke Jevry and Todd Larson, con-
struction contractors by trade, vol-
unteered their time and resources —
bringing along many tools including a
miter saw. Since the crew is currently
ahead of schedule on construction, the
kids should be going ga-ga by the end
of the month, weather permitting.
Students also teamed up on Friday
to begin work on a big Relay for Life
collage in support for the Middlebury
event on April 29 and 30. Middlebury’s
Relay for Life event is an American
Cancer Society fund-raiser planned
by students at the college every spring
that draws in hundreds of local par-
The last project, “Baking for the
Foodbank,” was held in the cafeteria.
Students made heaps of baked goods
like chocolate chip cookies that they
then will donate to a local foodbank.
The particular foodbank has yet to be
The hands-on approach to these
projects, gives Beeman students a
different way to develop and demon-
strate skill sets.
“Those kids who maybe struggle
academically are often the stars of
this kind of thing. It gives them a
chance to excel,” said head orga-
nizer of the community service proj-
ects Julie Olson, who is Beeman’s
Enrichment and Student Support
Services Coordinator.
Finding the time amidst tightly
woven state and federal educational
guidelines and required tests to take
this different slant on education can
be diIfcult. Olson noted.
“We had to ask ourselves, can we
afford to give up an hour and 40 min-
utes on Friday afternoons to do some-
thing really valuable,” she said. “It has
to be a group effort where everybody
says, ‘Yes, this is important.’”
Beeman Elementary considers
itself a central part of the Addison
County community. As a part of
this larger community, the students,
teachers, and staff at the school real-
ize that giving help is equally as im-
portant, if not more, than receiving
it, Olson said..
“There is always something bigger
than just you,” she added.
Reporter Andrew Stein is at
Beeman Elementary
rolls up its sleeves
School ramps up community service
Gepfert works on a clay bowl
for the school’s annual autumn
harvest supper.
Independent photos/Trent Campbell
SCHOOL fourth-grader Johnny
Hill and parent helper Todd Larson
put together a ga-ga ball pit in the
school’s playground last Friday.
The project is one of many being
completed during the school’s
annual community service project
KINDERGARTNER SILAS SHEPARD plays a game of Go Fish with a classmate during one of Beeman
Elementary’s annual community service project days last Friday. Shepard and other students will play games
at Project Independence as part of their community service.
BEEMAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL students get to sample some of the cookies they baked as part of a community service project last Friday. The
bulk of the cookies were donated to a local food bank.
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Saturday, March 12th
2:00-4:00 P.M.
Downtown Middlebury
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Festival is brought to you by The Better Middlebury
Partnership and the Town of Middlebury.
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PATCH work:
Three Gardens, Many Kitchens
Maple season means South Street gold
It is my birthday (as I write this
on Monday) and I am snowed in.
All I can think about is maple syrup.
The days are palpably longer, and
the swing between daytime and
nighttime temperatures has become
more dramatic. Even with the deep
snow cover from this year’s winter,
it has felt as if something could be
stirring, but not today. It is a white
out; everything is shut down.
A few years ago, I made my own
syrup. My sons’ voices echo in my
head. “Mom, you’re out of your
mind!” “What are you doing?” It was
late February. The days had become
brighter; the sun actually had some
warmth in it. Early mornings had
a brightness and a clarity that felt
fresh. But the woodstove was still lit,
and on top oI it. in a large fat pan. I
was boiling sap.
The sweet steam hit you when you
came in through the mudroom.
“I hope you don’t have any
wall paper in the house,” a friend
mentioned. “They say all that steam
makes wall paper come off. Besides,
your ceilings will get sticky.”
I don’t think so. But I actually
didn’t care and the ceiling needed
painting anyway. I wanted to make
syrup, if for no other reason than to
see if I could.
We live on South Street in
Middlebury, close to the village, with
homes facing the street, spaced close
to each other and with narrow side
yards. There are fve sugar maples
on the line between my house and
my neighbor’s to the south — the
line we call the lower forty, which,
in this case, means forty feet. Only
four of the maples are large enough
for tapping, so I borrowed four sap
buckets with lids and four taps from
friends who sugar in Shelburne, and
I bought a white Ielt flter Irom Paris
Farmers Union.
It was a far cry from the days and
nights I spent sugaring 30 years ago
in northwestern Connecticut in Great
Mountain Forest. The sugarhouse,
nestled down in a hollow, was
surrounded on three sides the
sugarbush. Its eaves were deep, hung
with icicles; the woodpile in back felt
like a fortress wall. After collecting
sap, riding on the back of an old
red tanker truck. flling it bucket by
bucket, we piped it into a collecting
tank and headed in to stoke the fre
and watch the boil.
Inside it was all dark wood and
steam. the fre pulsing. and the metal
pans — evaporating pans — shining,
the steam wafting up through vents
high above. It looked like the inside
of a watercolor painting, for me it
was a young painter’s dream, but
food, actually a kind of nectar, was
being produced.
We Ied the fre. We watched. We
measured. We tasted the hot sap,
streaming and steaming out of a
spigot on the side of the evaporator.
The sound of bubbling sap and the
hot, sweet steam were intoxicating.
I took paper and watercolor paints
to try and capture the wet warmth of
that room, snug against the chill of
the night outside. How to paint the
fickering. steamy light? Capture the
sweet, faint dirt smell? How would
you describe the taste, a sweet like no
other, with its earthiness, the roots of
trees and water of leaves within?
As a young child, we collected sap
in southern Vermont and boiled it in
a cauldron slung from a tri-pod over
a fre. SoIt spring snow gave way
underIoot. Below the circle oI fre
was a sledding hill. Our fathers made
the syrup; we rode toboggans.
My attempt to make syrup on
a woodstove from the sap of four
very local trees on “the lower forty,”
smack in the middle of town, was
laden with memories, but in fact
represented nothing more than an
attempt to understand the boiling
better. As my friend Margy, who
taps six huge maples out front of her
Cornwall house every year, says, “It’s
a miracle. I mean, who would have
thought that from something that
watery dripping out of a tree comes
something so good and free — it’s
just a miracle.”
It is clear that the real syrup
makers know things I do not. I visit
them every summer at Field Days,
check the colors and corresponding
“grades” of the syrup, taste the
different grades, ask questions, savor
the smoothness of the maple cream
(my favorite) on my tongue, nibble
into the molded maple sugar candies.
I visit sap houses every winter. I
help friends collect the sap. I sample
the fresh hot liquid as it reaches
perfection, sometimes eat it on snow,
and occasionally crunch pickles to
cut the sweetness so I can have more.
But I had never observed a boil from
start to fnish on my own.
Frankly, it didn’t go that well.
It was hard to fgure out the right
temperature. At frst I boiled it too
hard, and the syrup was too thick
Ior the flter. I started again. Outside.
the weather warmed. the sap fow
changed. Other days, the sap ran so
rapidly, I couldn’t keep up with it.
But eventually, I found a rhythm and
the right boil. and fnally there was a
clear golden quart of syrup.
“Don’t touch it!” I told my sons,
“at least, not yet.” My brother called
from New York City, “I’ll take two
gallons, please.”
In the end, I had four quarts of
glorious light brown maple syrup,
“South Street Gold.” We savored
it teaspoonful by teaspoonful. The
house smelled of wood-smoke and
a vague unidentifable sweetness.
The ceiling was not sticky and we
lost no wallpaper. We look at our
maples with more respect; they’ve
sweetened our life—but we have not
boiled our own sap again.
Since my friend Margy’s chick-
ens are laying up a storm with the
longer days, I can’t help but think
oI pairing the favor oI Iresh eggs
with maple syrup, so here is a
recipe for maple custard.
The eggs want to be as fresh as
possible, and the trick to custard is
to remember the following ratio: 2
parts liquid to one part egg. If you
take 16 oz. of milk, and blend it
with 8 oz. of egg, you will have 24
oz. of custard.
While good custard is creamy,
there is no need for it to contain
cream; the creaminess comes from
the cooking method. Of course, I
don’t measure my eggs in terms
of ounces, so there is a little bit of
personal alchemy in gauging the
size of the eggs and determining
how frm or soIt you like your
I alter the amount of milk
slightly in this maple custard to
accommodate the fact that the
sweetener, fresh maple syrup, is a
1 3/4 Cups of milk
4 whole eggs
2 egg yolks
1 Cup of medium grade maple
syrup (actually you can chose
the grade), to be used in two
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Take 1/2 Cup of syrup and boil
it till it is thicker, and caramel-
ized. but still liquid. Pour it into
8 custard cups, or the base of a
larger custard pan, and swirl it
around so that it coats the sides.
Put aside to cool.
Mix together all the other
ingredients, including the other 1/2
Cup of the maple syrup, and beat
till the liquid is a beautiful yellow
creamy liquid.
Pour the liquid into the prepared
custard cups and place in a shal-
low baking pan. Fill the baking
pan half way up the height of the
custard cups with boiling water.
Cover the baking pan tightly with
tin foil and carefully slide into
Bake for 40 minutes, or until
the centers oI the cups are frm but
still jiggle slightly. With the tin
foil on, there will be no crust or
skin on the custards. If you want
a slight crust, remove the foil ten
minutes before completion. Let the
custards cool completely before
eating. They can be eaten out of
the cups, or, after sliding a knife
around the edges, tip them out
onto a plate. The syrup will trickle
down over the sides.
Maple Custard
State Police cited two local men
Ior driving under the infuence in
separate incidents on the evening of
March 3.
Troopers frst responded to a two-
car accident with no injuries on
Lake Dunmore Road in Leicester at
around 7 p.m. that Thursday. During
the accident investigation on scene,
the trooper said he found that one
oI the drivers. Bernard Cram. 55. oI
Leicester. was under the infuence oI
Police took Cram to the New
Haven state police barracks to
be processed for DUI. They did
not provide Cram’s blood alcohol
VSP later stopped a motor vehicle
driven by Michael Manley. 54. oI
New Haven at around 11 p.m. on
March 3 because it was being driven
on the wrong side of the road on
River Road in New Haven.
Police said that during the stop
they found that Manley was under
the infuence oI alcohol and took
him to the barracks, where he
was processed for driving under
the infuence. The trooper did not
provide the blood alcohol content in
a report to the press.
Both Cram and Manley are
scheduled to
answer their
r e s p e c t i v e
charges in
Addison District
Court on March
In other recent activity. VSP:
· On March 1 cited Andrea C.
Stepp, 22, of Winooski for posses-
sion of marijuana after a trooper
stopped the U-Haul van Stepp was
driving for speeding on Route 22A
in Shoreham at about 11:30 p.m. that
· On March 4 at around 9 a.m.
responded to a one-car accident in
which a 2010
Honda Civic
driven by Ansally
Kuria, 23, of
Middlebury left
Route 7 at River
Road in New
Haven and struck a fence.
· On March 4. at approximately 1
p.m. Senior Trooper Joseph Pregent
stopped a 2006 Toyota 4 Runner on
Route 22A in Vergennes for speed-
ing. Vergennes Police ChieI George
Merkel and K-9 Aikido came to
assist. Pregent reported that during
the stop over 8 grams of marijuana,
1 gram oI THC and freworks were
located inside of the vehicle.
Police later arrested the car`s occu-
pants, Scott Nash, 26, and Joseph
Darrigo, 27, both of Syracuse, N.Y.,
and cited them for possession of less
than 2 ounces of marijuana.
· On March 6 at around 7:25 a.m.
responded to a one-vehicle accident
where a 1997 Chevy S-10 driven
by Paul Putnam. 48. oI Middlebury
slid off the rain-slicked Route 7 in
Leicester and struck a utility pole,
causing extensive front-end damage
to the pick up and breaking the pole.
Workers from Central Vermont
Public Service Corp. and Fairpoint
responded to replace the pole and
restore power to the area.
· On March 6 at 3:20 p.m.
responded to a two-car accident
on Route 22A in Orwell. Trooper
Busby reports that Orwell frefghter
Wesley Orr, 20, of Orwell was south-
bound with his emergency red lights
activated and was on his way to a
crash in Benson when he encoun-
tered a 2003 Ford Explorer driven by
Tasha Wright, 34, of Barre. Busby
reports that Wright pulled over and
Orr’s 2000 GMC Sierra rear-ended
her Explorer. A six-year-old in the
Explorer, who had been strapped
into a car seat. was taken to Porter
Hospital to be treated for whiplash.
Police Log
Vt. State
An accident and erratic driving alert troopers, DUI citations follow
Thief steals car, totals
it ñying into a car Iot
VERGENNES — A Vergennes
man faces multiple charges after an
airborne early-morning accident on
Saturday that Vergennes police said
totaled three vehicles, including a car
and a minivan parked at Denecker
Chevrolet on North Main Street as
well as the driver’s car, and badly
damaged another car on the lot.
Police said that a 2002 Chevrolet
Cavalier allegedly driven and
stolen by Donald Blanchard III was
northbound on North Main Street at
about 2:45 a.m.. leIt the roadway.
went through the Vergennes Animal
Hospital parking lot, traveled up an
86-Ioot-slope. and few through the
air 81 Ieet beIore hitting nose-frst.
Once the car landed, police said, it
spun around on the ground and started
to do dominoes-like damage. First,
the Cavalier’s rear end crunched
a new Chevrolet Cruze, totaling
that vehicle and knocking it into a
Chevrolet Uplander. That impact
totaled the Uplander and knocked it
into a Volkswagen Beetle, damaging
that car.
When police arrived, they found
the Cavalier badly damaged with
its airbags deployed, but no driver.
Police said. however. that shortly
afterward they stopped another car
for a moving violation on South
Maple Street, and Blanchard was a
passenger. At that point, they took
him into custody. Police said he
was treated at Porter Hospital Ior 'a
few scrapes” and bruises, but was
otherwise unhurt.
The Cavalier was registered
to another party at Blanchard’s
Green Street home, police said,
and Blanchard faces the following
· Aggravated operation oI a motor
vehicle without the owner’s consent.
· Careless and negligent operation
of a motor vehicle.
· Leaving the scene oI an accident.
· Driving under the infuence
oI alcohol. Police allege that
Blanchard’s blood-alcohol content
tested at 0.123 percent at about 6
a.m., roughly three hours after the
accident. The legal limit for driving
is 0.08 percent.
Blanchard, who was lodged at
the Chittenden County Correctional
Center, was also wanted on an
outstanding Chittenden County
warrant, police said.
miss the next production of the
Ferrisburgh Children’s Theater.
This is the 11th year of performances
as produced by the FCS students,
teachers and community members.
This year’s play is “Be Careful
What You Wish For.¨ by Patrick
Rainville Dorn. It is on Saturday
night. March 19. at 7 p.m. at the
VUHS auditorium. Tickets are
$6/adults and $3/children and are
available at the door. Call 877-3463
for more information.
This year there are 24 fifth-
and sixth-grade FCS students
participating and the students have
been rehearsing since the beginning
of last November. Also, there are
several high school students from
VUHS involved doing lights and
sound. The directors are Kristina
MacKulin, Jill Fonte, and Isabelle
Langrock (senior students at
VUHS) with Cyndy Hall and Peter
Stapleford working as assistant
The play’s story is the retelling
of four individual folk tales.
Four magical wish-givers teach
apprentices about instances of
wishes gone amiss, where the
recipients of the wishes ended
up preferring things as they were
before the wish was ever granted.
Action-packed, classic tales
from Russia, Japan, France and
Germany come to lighthearted
life in this economical, easy-to-
stage, tour-friendly ensemble
show. The production features
a nearsighted gardener, a hard-
headed stonecutter, a house-hungry
fisherman’s wife, and a sausage-
savoring woodcutter’s wife.
With an extremely flexible cast,
everyone has plenty to do, and the
laughs are nonstop in this upbeat
The next Saturday night
community card parties sponsored
by the Grange will be held March
12 and March 26. Come at 6:30
p.m. for a sandwich supper and
then play King Pede. Or people are
welcome to bring their own card
game to play for a fun evening with
friends and neighbors. There is a
$2.50 request Ior a donation.
If you have Ferrisburgh news
that you would like to see in this
column, contact Sally Kerschner,
877-2625 or rskersch(comcast.
net, by the last Friday of the month.
Have a news tip?
Call Sally Kerschner at 877-2625.
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VSO musicians to perform at area school
Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s
'Harp and Soul¨ harp and fute duo
will give performances at two area
schools on Monday, March 14. The
duo will appear at Shoreham El-
ementary School at 10 a.m. and Or-
well Village School at 1 p.m. Sup-
port for the day has been provided
by the Neat Repeats Resale Shop
of Middlebury and by the Vermont
State Employees Credit Union.
The VSO’s traveling ensembles
visit all corners of the state as part
of an outreach program known as
“Musicians-in-the-Schools.” These
lively performances are met with
overwhelming enthusiasm, as the
musical ambas-
sadors spread
the word that
classical music
can be fun.
Flutist Anne
Janson and
harpist Heidi
Soons make up
the dynamic
duo, “Harp and Soul.” In their fresh
and engaging program, they ex-
plain how the harp and fute work
and sound, including some of their
special effects (glissandos, etc.).
Several different kinds of each in-
strument will be demonstrated,
and audience
par t i ci pat i on
e nc our a ge d.
The musicians
perform some
familiar music
and talk about
how their in-
struments are
used in orches-
tral music. A
no-holds-barred question and an-
swer period concludes the program.
The Vermont State Employees
Credit Union is a new and wel-
come sponsor of SymphonyKids.
VSECU’s CEO, Steve Post, says,
“When school budgets are trimmed,
sometimes the music programs are
the frst to go. so it is a pleasure to
support a program that brings mu-
sic and music appreciation to our
young people in Vermont.”
These performances are part of
the Vermont Symphony Orches-
tra’s statewide SymphonyKids
education program, which reached
over 24,000 schoolchildren last
year with 220 presentations at 162
schools in 133 different communi-
For more information on “Harp
and Soul” or the VSO’s Sym-
phonyKids programs in general,
call Eleanor Long at 800-876-9293,
ext. 14.
Cedar Rapids; Running time: 1:26;
Rating: R
Can innocent charm and raunchy
humor coexist simultaneously on
screen? That’s “Cedar Rapids,” and it
works. You may be laughing against
your better judgment, but you’ll laugh
often during the merciless stream of
verbal and visual porn that peppers
the audience.
Brown Valley, Wis., is the town;
Brown Star Insurance is the
company; Tim Lippe (Ed
Helms) is the innocent; and
Cedar Rapids is the big city
hosting the annual insur-
ance convention that will
reward one company for
“good Christian behavior.”
When Brown Star’s con-
vention rep dies in a bath-
room sex game, the CEO
reaches down to tap Tim,
a junior guy who has never
before dared dream of such
an honor. He’s going to Ce-
dar Rapids.
At the moment, Tim is having an
affair with his former grade school
teacher, Macy (Sigourney Weaver).
Aside from his somewhat adult en-
joyment of sleeping with the woman
who taught him about the rain forest
when he was 10, Tim is still a wide-
eyed boy who slips now and then and
calls her Mrs. Vanderhei. He is also
an idealist who believes in the power
of the insurance industry to do good
for humanity. Insurance agents, you
see, can help people when disaster
strikes. and he will tend his fock. 'I`ll
take care of you,” he assures a young
After one last dalliance with Macy,
our earnest idealist readies himself
Ior his frst airplane ride. Sitting by
the emergency door, he volunteers to
help the fight attendant in the event
of catastrophe, “I’ll be there,” he says,
and, awestruck, looks out the window
at the miracle oI fight. As our ingen-
uous hero checks in at the hotel, we
meet the people who will alternately
bedevil and befriend him. Ron (Isiah
Whitlock Jr.) is the dignifed agency
owner who’s seen it all before and
steps up as Tim’s protector. Deanzie
(John C. Reilly) is a foul-mouthed
reprobate, incapable of making it
through a sentence with-
out at least one allusion
so crude it brings a small
involuntary eruption of
laughter from a disbeliev-
ing audience. Joan (Anne
Heche) is another conven-
tioneer far away from home
and family — “Whatever
I do or say stays in Cedar
We will watch our new
friends navigate a scav-
enger hunt for the grand
prize of a $45 gift card to
the Kiku Restaurant in the
West View Mall. We will watch Tim
engulfed at various times by drugs,
alcohol and women (Alia Shawkat
as Bree). And we will have the great
pleasure of watching his new best
friends rescue him whenever he slips.
Isiah Whitlock Jr., John C. Reilly, and
Anne Heche give terrifc comic per-
formances in a movie that will never
be known for subtlety. Ed Helms
makes Tim a real winner as he loses
and then reclaims his idealism. When
he is rewarded on the fight home with
not one but two bags of honey roasted
peanuts, we rejoice in his victory.
‘Cedar Rapids’ is
charmingly raunchy
By Joan Ellis
These performances
are part of the Vermont
Symphony Orchestra’s
statewide SymphonyKids
education program, which
reached over 24,000
schoolchildren last year.
Applicants for this full-time, year
round position should have the ability
to maintain and operate all theatrical
systems (lighting, sound, projection),
and have experience with set
construction. Other responsibilities
include: facilitate load-ins, runs,
strikes and turnarounds; provide tech
for meetings and receptions; create
internship program in technical
theater; maintain building by
making repairs or hiring contractors.
A janitorial service will clean the
building, but this individual will
make sure that the theater, studio
and gallery are ready each day for
public use. This historic theater will
re-open in July, 2008, so the position
and resume to:
Douglas Anderson, Executive Director
Town Hall Theater
PO Box 128
Middlebury VT 05753
or email materials to
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seeks a
Technical director/
facilities manager
Merchants Row
Middlebury, VT
In the Jackson Gallery through February 26
Local Architects Reexamine the Living Space
Big A.P.E. Dance Ensemble
Local people of all ages with no “dance” experience
work with the company to explore the unexpected
beauty of human interaction.
Tickets at www.middlebury.edu/arts/tickets or 443-6433
March 18 & 19, 8PM $24/ $18/ $6
Lenore Raphael - Jazz Piano
A legend in the jazz world, very reminiscent of her friends
Marian McPartland, Ellis Larkins and Oscar Peterson.
“Lenore will knock your socks off” Jazzman Magazine.
Check out her stunning technique at
March 12, 8PM $15
Otter Nonsense
Middlebury College’s astonishing
improvisational comedy troupe. Zany,
hilarious comedy invented on the spot.
A big hit last year.
March 11, 8PM $12 / $6
Metropolitan Opera
Live in HD
Lucia di Lammermoor
Natalie Dessay returns to her signature role. The
tragedy, set in the Scottish highlands, is notable for
its extended mad scene that Dessay attacks with
ferocious abandon.
March 19, 1PM $22
National Theatre of Great
Britain broadcast
The entire run in London is sold out! One critic
wrote: “I have heard audiences gasp before,
but never before have I heard such genuinely
terrified and prolonged screams as I did in the
penultimate scene tonight.”
Directed by Oscar winner Danny Boyle.
March 24, 7PM $17
The Burlington Ensemble
A Reverence for Victims
of Revolution
A timely and moving program centered on
Gorecki’s String Quartet No. 3,
“...songs are sung”. With Michael
Dabroski(violin), Sofia Hirsch (violin), Stefanie
Taylor (viola) and John Dunlop (cello.)
March 26, 8PM $17
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service agencies that are eIfcient.
effective and collaborate to best meet our
county’s needs. I know the donations
I make are well spent because I see the
positive outcomes in our community.”
Linda doesn’t just wear the shirt,
she lives it.
BRISTOL — The One-World
Library Project welcomes Libby and
David VanBuskirk of Charolotte, who
will present “An Inca Village Today:
The Children’s Weaving Club” on
Thursday, March 17, from 6:30 to
8 p.m. at the Lawrence Memorial
Library in Bristol.
Libby, a writer and textile specialist,
will tell stories about village families
and children and how
they learn to weave, while
David, child psychiatrist
and photographer, shows
slides from the extensive
phot o- document at i on
project he conducted
during their many trips to
In the high Andes
Mountains of Peru and
Bolivia, Inca families
still practice their most
cherished pre-Columbian
traditions. Weaving has,
for centuries, been central
to this process.
Weavers still gather to
spin and create their extraordinary
textiles. The children join in with great
interest. By fve or six. children are
able to spin fne yarn. At the same age
they weave narrow bands, or jakimas,
to learn each of their village patterns.
Thus they can eventually make larger
works by joining patterns, altering
patterns, burying hints of patterns,
and using patterns in outstanding
color combinations. Inca patterns
carry layers of meaning and ideas that
have been transferred, without the use
of written notations, from generation
to generation.
In the l990s Peruvian master
weaver Nilda Callañaupa perceived
that children in her home village of
Chinchero were no longer learning
their repertoire of patterns. Andean
weaving traditions were in danger
of extinction in one generation. She
realized that something had to be
done to help the small Inca villages
preserve their textile traditions.
Callañaupa, with the
VanBuskirks, founded
the Center for Traditional
Textiles of Cusco. At the
time, Callañaupa was in
the United States to give
lectures and workshops at
the University of Vermont,
Harvard and other colleges
and schools. In Vermont
the plan was hatched
and the center was frst
established as a special
project of Cultural Survival
in Cambridge, Mass.
Since that time the center
has greatly expanded,
working with 10 Andean
communities, with its own center
building in the heart of Cusco. It is
supported by grants, donations and
sales oI the fnest textiles that are
again being made.
The Robert Hull Fleming Museum
exhibition, “Weaving the Patterns
of the Land,” featured about 40 of
David’s photographs and examples
oI fne weavings made today. as well
as ancient Peruvian pieces from the
museum’s collection. Libby served
as curator of the exhibition. Together,
the VanBuskirks created the extensive
educational website for the center,
www.incas.org. Approximately 60 of
David’s photographs are featured on
the site.
Libby VanBuskirk, a writer,
educator, and specialist in Inca
culture, has traveled frequently to
Peru to research Inca textiles. She has
co-taught courses at the University of
Vermont on Inca history and culture.
She served as kit developer and writer
of “The Incas, Past and Present,” the
Fleming Museum’s traveling kit for
loan to Vermont teachers. She has
given many school presentations and
David VanBuskirk, a professor
emeritus at the University of
Vermont, has made many trips
south of the border photographing
indigenous people, weavers, villages
and textiles in Central and South
America. His photographs are part
of a many-faceted effort to document
Inca traditions and textile arts, to
encourage indigenous Quechua-
speaking weavers to continue their
work, and to educate the international
community about the rich culture of
the Andes.
The One-World Library Project
is a “world library within a library”
with a collection oI books. flms and
other media about world cultures.
It also hosts regular programs at the
library on various world cultures.
For more information about the One-
World Library Project go to www.
oneworldlibraryproject.org, check
out its Facebook page at OneWorld,
or call 453-4147. The Lawrence
Memorial Library, which hosts the
One-World Library Project, is located
at 40 North St. in Bristol.
DAVID VANBUSKIRK VISITS a remote Inca village in Peru, where he and his wife Libby documented the
present-day practice of ancient textile traditions. The VanBuskirks will give a slide show and presentation, “An
Inca Village Today: The Children’s Weaving Club,” at the Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol on Thursday,
March 17, at 6:30 p.m.
Teens arrested on outstanding warrants
Police Log
VERGENNES — Vergennes
police recently arrested two Bristol-
area residents on outstanding
warrants from Addison County
District Court.
On March 4, police took into
custody Courtney Jerome, 18, of
Monkton after responding to a
complaint about cars at a New Haven
Road home blocking the sidewalk.
Police ran license plates of the cars
and discovered that one of them
was Jerome’s, and had the Addison
County Sheriff’s Department
take her to the Chittenden County
Correctional Center.
On March 3, police arrested Kaleb
Shepard, 19, of Bristol when he came
into the station to discuss another
issue. By then, police had learned
of an outstanding District Court
warrant, and they took him to the
sheriff’s department in Middlebury.
In other action between Feb. 29
and March 6, Vergennes police
responded to three burglar alarms,
checked three vehicles` identifcation
numbers, issued a dozen tickets for
motor vehicle violations, and:
· On Feb. 28 talked to a South
Water Street resident about speeding
after receiving a complaint.
· On Feb. 28 calmed a verbal
domestic dispute in a Main Street
· On Feb. 28 dealt with a noise
complaint in a Main Street apartment
· On March 1 cited Adam B.
Giles, 31, of Charlotte for suspicion
of drunk-driving after stopping him
for speeding on West Main Street.
Police allege his blood-alcohol
content tested at 0.149 percent.
· On March 1 were told the
tires of a car parked at a Main
Street apartment building had been
· On March 1 helped a man get
into his locked car on Main Street.
· On March 2 removed a
disorderly patron from the Up Top
Café and took her to the Act 1 detox
facility in Burlington.
· On March 3 handled a minor
two-car accident on Hillside Drive.
· On March 4 helped a woman
move her disabled car off Main
Street and drove her to work.
· On March 4 were told a car
had driven off from the Small City
Market with a gas hose still attached;
the business owners will try to track
the individual with credit card data.
· On March 5 observed that a
West Main Street speed limit sign
had been stolen.
· On March 5 made an arrest
following an-early morning accident
on North Main Street; see story.
· On March 5 heard Irom a
city resident that his wife had not
returned from an errand for 12 hours;
she came back shortly after the call.
· On March 6 persuaded an unruly
drunken man to leave a Main Street
apartment with a sober friend.
· On March 6 cited Thomas
Weston, 22, of Milton and Eric
Loyer, 19, of Bristol for possession
of a small amount of marijuana.
· On March 6 helped the
Vergennes Area Rescue Squad at a
Mountain View Lane home.
· On March 6 helped the National
Weather Service by checking Otter
Creek after sensors near the falls
reported possible fooding; police
said ice and debris led to a false
· On March 6 directed traIfc
while the fre department handled a
fre in a Main Street apartment.
Have a news tip?
Call Harriet Brown at 453-3166
LINCOLN — The Lincoln Library
welcomes Sas Carey on Tuesday,
March 15, at 7 p.m., for a talk and
slide show titled “Connecting with
the Reindeer Herders.” Travel with
Carey to Mongolia, land of the
reindeer herders, and hear how she
came to discover the needs of —
and how to help — the minority
indigenous group. For more
information call the library at 453-
Friday, March 18, at 7 p.m., is
Teen Movie Night at the library for
grades seven and up. Share snacks
and popcorn; soda will be served.
Call the library for the movie title if
you wish to know it.
Daylight Savings Time begins
Saturday, March 12. Set your clocks
one hour ahead — it’s later than you
The United Church of Lincoln
will observe the frst Sunday oI
Lent on March 13. Scriptures to
be considered are Matthew 4:1-11,
Romans 5:12-19 and Genesis 2:15-
17 and 3:1-7.
The February special offering at
the United Church of Lincoln will go
to the “America for Christ” offering.
Youth Ministry Breakfast Night
will be held at the Goodyears’ on
March 27 from 6:30-8 p.m. as part
of the Youth Group Food Drive for
the Bristol Food Shelf. It will be
followed by Youth Group.
Young Life: Thirty people gathered
for a great ski trip to Smugglers’
Notch over the February break. They
are starting the club again this month;
summer camp forms are available.
The Mount Abraham boys’ soccer
program is sponsoring Mt. Abe
Family Swims, which are scheduled
for Monday evenings, March 14, 21,
and 28, and April 4 and 11. The cost
is $5 per family, $2 per individual.
For more information or questions
contact Mike Corey at 453-4529.
Christie Sumner submitted the
“The Lincoln community spent a
wonderful weekend together (with
some wild weekend weather) at
the Winter Carnival presented by
Lincoln Sports Inc in February. The
Friday night ham dinner sponsored
by the Lincoln Little League saw
Town Clerk Sally Ober crowned
queen. Unfortunately, her king,
Lance Lattrell, was home with the
fu. Sally`s words to him on a get
well card were: ‘It’s lonely here
in the kingdom without you!’ The
community carried on in his absence
with the winter parade in sunny spring
warmth, the Lincoln Cooperative
Preschool’s famous soup and salad
lunch. and the Lincoln Library`s frst
scavenger hunt.
“The snow sculptors called in, their
works ready for viewing. Then, as
the weather turned, so did travel for
many variety show acts. However,
the truly hardy put on some laughs
for each other. ‘Fireworks,’ in the
form of lightning, ended the evening.
“Even though Sunday morning
was for snow cleanup, there was
a fne turnout Ior Lincoln Sports`
pancake breakfast, with volunteer
'pannycake¨ fipper extraordinaire.
Doug Smith. Two free breakfasts
went to Grayson and Preston
Connell, grand prize snow sculpture
winners for their ‘Most Colorful
and Longest Snake.’ Other winners
were Spencer Prescott, ‘Best
Architecturally Designed Hotel’;
and Wyatt and Tommie Thompson,
‘Best Mixed-Media Snow and Icicles
— New Morning.’ The weekend
wound down with a community ski/
snowshoe and Wii competition...and,
much more shoveling!”
Peru cultures brought to Bristol
MIDDLEBURY— The Otter Creek
Natural Resources Conservation
District is sponsoring its Annual Tree/
Seedling Program for area residents
and cooperators. This program was
developed for the convenience of area
residents and proceeds help support
on-going conservation projects.
Possible uses for the seedlings
are home orchards, windbreaks,
Christmas trees, ornamental, and
wildlife habitat.
Apartial list of trees and seedlings
the district is offering are white pine,
balsam fr. white cedar. white spruce.
shagbark hickory, American chestnut,
lilac, disease resistant apples, pears, a
plum and a hardy peach. Sugar maple,
red maple and white oak are also
available. This year look for a greater
selection of blueberries, raspberries,
strawberries and asparagus that
thrives in heavy clay. Butterfy and
songbird packs will be back.
Sale proceeds help support
scholarships for Green Mountain
Conservation Camp, Conservation
Field Day for all Addison County
sixth-graders, resource information
workshops, and planting trees
alongside streams.
To receive your order form
detailing selection and cost call (802)
388-6746, ext, 26, or e-mail pam.
stefanek@vt.nacdnet.net. Orders will
be welcome throughout April but
those received by April 10 will get
The District Tree Sale pick-up will
be held in Middlebury on the morning
of April 30.

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to spin and
create their
textiles. The
children join
in with great
interest. By
children are
able to spin
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MIDDLEBURY FIREFIGHTERS STAND ready with hot, hotter and ñaming chiIi at Iast year's MiddIebury
Winter CarnivaI and ChiIi FestivaI. The annuaI event returns to downtown MiddIebury this Saturday, 2-4 p.m.,
with more than 50 cooks vying for the PeopIes' Choice Award.
Independent ñIe photo/John S. McCright
counties (Addison, Rutland and
Chittenden) had registered for a spot
to win one of six chili categories
and the most coveted citation: The
“Peoples’ Choice Award,” which for
the frst time this year will Ieature a
trophy presentation.
The event has evolved into
something more than a shopping
catalyst. noted BMP President
Donna Donahue. It has become a
must-attend event for area families
to socialize and Ior cooks both
amateur and professional — to
compete Ior culinary bragging rights.
'It is community building.¨
Donahue said, adding the festival has
also emerged as an aIIordable Iamily
outing during challenging economic
'You can go out as a Iamily and
have a good time for $12; that’s a
great deal.¨ she added.
With interest in the
event rising, organizers
have taken some steps
this year to oIIer better
access and amenities to
those attending.
For the frst time this
year. the town will close
Main Street Irom
the new roundabout
to the Middlebury
Community House
— for the duration of
the event (2-4 p.m.).
The lower portion of
Merchants Row (Irom
Main Street to Carol`s
Hungry Mind CaIe)
will also be closed. This will allow
pedestrians to circulate Ireely and
easily sample chili at the six tasting
points. Donahue noted.
Adult tasters each pay $3 Ior a
button that allows them unlimited
access to chili samples; children
younger than 12 pay $2 Ior a button.
The tasters then vote on the
various entries by category. oI which
there will be six: beeI. chicken.
vegetarian, game, pork and “kitchen
sink,” meaning multiple varieties
oI protein in the same pot. Tasters
will also be asked Ior their top
choice of all, leading to the crowing
of an overall people’s choice
champion. That champion`s name
will be Ieatured on a trophy recently
craIted by DanIorth
Pewter and Maple
Landmark WoodcraIt.
The 2011 champion’s
name will be etched
into the trophy. along
with that of American
Flatbread. which took
the honor in years
one and two. The
trophy will remain on
public display and be
supplemented with
the names of future
winners. First-place
winners in individual
categories will
receive three-Ioot-by-
fve-Ioot banners as
keepsakes. noted Holmes Jacobs. a
BMP member and co-organizer oI
the chili Iestival.
Tasters will be able to cool oII
their pallets at a beverage tent to be
set up near Cannon Park. There will
also be a hot cocoa tent to help take
the edge oII any chilly weather that
might persist.
Jacobs noted the Iestival will
Ieature plenty oI kid-Iriendly Iun.
There will be iugglers. Iace painting
and two disc iockeys providing
'There will also be a surprise.¨
Jacob said cryptically.
Organizers said they have
maximized the potential for a
big turnout by making sure the
Iestival does not confict with other
maior regional events this year.
For example, the festival this time
will not occur on the same day as
Burlington`s Mardi Gras celebration.
'That will hopeIully help things
this year.¨ said Jacobs. who is the co-
owner oI Two Brothers Tavern. Two
Brothers won the 'game¨ category
last year with a venison chili and will
again be in the competition this year.
BMP oIfcials hope the chili
Iestival continues to build a
reputation to make it an even bigger
draw in the future, with visitors
looking to make a whole weekend
visit out oI it.
'People are already staying
overnight.¨ Donahue said.
More inIormation about the Third
Annual Middlebury Winter Carnival
and Chili Festival can be Iound at
org. or by calling 388-4126. Tasting
buttons can be purchased in advance
Irom SkiHaus. Forth N` Goal. Sweet
Cecily. American Flatbread. Green
Peppers, Rosie’s Restaurant and Two
Brothers Tavern.
Reporter John Flowers is at
ACTR makes 'chiIi' stop changes
County Transit Resources buses
will not be using its Merchants
Row bus stops on Saturday to
accommodate Middlebury`s Third
Annual Winter Carnival and Chili
All ACTR buses will use the
pullout on the Cross Street Bridge
(near the rotary) Ior the Iull day.
There will be temporary bus stop
signage on Cross Street at the
pullout along with no parking
This affects the following
bus routes: Middlebury Shuttle.
the Snow Bowl Shuttle and the
Saturday LINK.
For more inIormation about
ACTR bus routes and schedules.
call 388-1946. go to www.actr-vt.
org or email inIo(actr-vt.org.
Iamily supported her decision to take
her own liIe beIore her aIfiction had
rendered her a complete shadow of
her Iormer selI.
'Her spirit was imprisoned in a
body that didn`t work.¨ recalled
Valko’s sister and former caregiver,
Marnie Wood oI Middlebury.
Wood was present at her sister’s
side when she died.
'It was such a beautiIul ending to
the liIe oI a beautiIul person. both
inside and out.¨ she said.
Wood said her sister’s decision
to take her own life was not made
lightly. It was preceded by several
years oI suIIering and rapid loss oI
Iunction in a previously active body.
Valko had always been physically
ft and attentive to the things she
ate. She became a massage therapist
and knew how the human body was
supposed to Iunction. So it shook
Valko to her core when she began to
feel weak and lose function in parts
oI her body in 2005.
Valko was initially diagnosed with
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2006. By
this time. her speech was becoming
slurred and her mobility was
becoming impaired. She increasingly
had to rely on Iamily Ior moral and
physical support. Marnie Wood
took her sister into her own home in
Middlebury in December oI 2007. It
was early in 2008 that neurologists
determined that she did not have MS.
but in Iact had Lou Gehrig`s Disease
(Iormally known as ALS). a terminal
Valko received the news with a
mixture of courage and sense of
humor that would serve her through
her darkest hours. her sister recalled.
'She asked the doctor. Can I
pick from a different menu,’” when
informed of her revised diagnosis,
Wood said.
Valko’s condition deteriorated
rapidly in 2008. She Iaced a Iurther
downward health spiral that would
eventually include the inability
to swallow, little control over her
muscles. weight loss. diIfculty
breathing and paralysis. It was not
the way Valko. still possessing a
keen mind. wanted to die.
'She knew she did not want to be
trapped on and on.¨ Wood said.
So in November oI 2008. Valko
chose to move Irom Middlebury to
Oregon where she had previously
spent some time to be closer to her
children and to take advantage of the
state`s Death with Dignity law. The
law. enacted in 1998. allows adult
residents to self-administer a lethal
dose oI medication iI they have been
diagnosed with a terminal illness
likely to result in death within six
months or less. The patient must be
given the opportunity to opt-out and
must aIfrm his or her wish. in Iront
oI witnesses. beIore being prescribed
the liIe-ending drug.
It was a heart rending decision Ior
Valko`s Iamily. but they stood behind
her even her 90-year-old mom.
'Nancy`s certainty oI her
forthcoming death and her desire to
make a choice to end her life was
something we supported,” Wood
Wood recalled that Valko wanted
to qualiIy Ior the Oregon law while
she was still able to swallow. She
was placed in hospice care, met all
the criteria, and settled into a home
where she would spend her fnal days
surrounded by Iriends and Iamily.
Among them was Wood.
She chose April 19. 2009. as her
fnal day. AIter wheeling through the
park and eating pie, she listened to
some soothing harp music.
'It was a beautiIul day.¨ Wood
So beautiIul that Nancy Valko did
not want to die indoors. Her Iamily
and Iriends brought a Iuton outside
on which she could recline. She said
her goodbyes. took the drug. and lost
Valko’s heart proved more resilient
than her Irail body. When she had not
expired two hours after taking the
drug, her son picked her up, told her
she could 'go.¨ and gently carried
her indoors.
'By the time he got her inside. she
was gone.¨ Wood recalled.
Nancy Valko was 58 when she
died. She is one oI 525 people to
have availed themselves of the Death
with Dignity law.
Wood is among those supporting
Vermont’s adoption of Death with
Dignity legislation. It is unclear
whether the bill (H.274) will be
taken up this biennium as Vermont
lawmakers are currently tackling
health care reIorm and a sizable
budget shortIall. among other things.
'It`s all about equal rights.
in my mind.¨ Wood said oI the
legislation. As she speaks on behalI
of the Vermont law, Wood will
evoke memories of her sister and the
manner in which she died.
'She was such a bright light
through a dark time in her life,”
Wood said.
Reporter John Flowers is at
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MIDDLEBURY RESIDENT MARNIE Wood dispIays a photograph of her
sister, Nancy VaIko, who died in 2009. VaIko, who was terminaIIy iII with
ALS, reIocated from MiddIebury to Oregon in part to take advantage of
that state's Death with Dignity Iaw.
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quest can only be completed after the
patient gets a second opinion on his or
her diagnosis and prognosis. The pa-
tient’s physician must also inform the
patient of all other end-of-life options,
such as pain control and comfort care.
· SelI-administer the drug. assum-
ing all the preceding requirements are
The legislation would also require
the attending physician to refer the
patient to counseling if he or she was
showing any signs of impaired judg-
Some Vermont physicians are back-
ing H.274, while others are opposing
Dr. Diana Barnard had run a family
practice in Middlebury since 1994. In
August of 2009, she and her business
partner Dr. Will Porter began to chan-
nel their focus to serving patients with
“life limiting” illnesses in their home
It is a career journey that has seen
Barnard and Porter meet people with
some serious, chronic illnesses who
might not otherwise be alive but for
revolutionary new medical technology
and drugs.
“We have made tremendous prog-
ress,” Barnard said. “We have de-
veloped medications and diagnostic
tools and therapies that have made a
tremendous difference in how we live
the later chapters of our lives. We no
longer are likely to die Irom our frst
heart attack. or aIter our frst diagnosis
with cancer. or when we frst develop
chronic lung disease. We are now able
to manage and help people live with
those diseases for much longer peri-
ods of time, which is a blessing and a
“But it has a consequence — and
that consequence is that as we live
with illness and we live longer, it is
more likely that the fnal chapter oI our
lives is going to be dominated by sev-
eral medical problems that need to be
managed and that can begin to take
a toll on us, physically and emotional-
ly. I think it leads us to an opportunity
to look at medicine diIIerently.¨
Barnard believes patients should be
given a stronger say in how — and
whether — the new medical technol-
ogy should be applied to them.
“What I want to do is provide in-
formation and tools, and what patients
decide to do is really up to them,” Bar-
nard said.
She noted a diIIerence between 'liv-
ing well¨ and simply eking out an ex-
'My practice. and I think every doc-
tor’s practice, is about helping people
live well, for as long as possible,” Bar-
nard said. “But we also must realize
that all life comes to an end, and that
dying well is just as important as liv-
ing well.”
She believes Death with Dignity
legislation could provide another op-
tion for some, terminally ill patients
who are suffering in spite of the best
possible support system.
“If all of those tools bring someone
to a point that the suffering cannot be
well controlled, then I believe the pa-
tients should have the right to ask phy-
sicians for help in controlling the time
of their death,” she said.
Dr. David Babbott is a former physi-
cian and retired professor of medicine
(26 years) at the University oI Ver-
mont. He is also on the Patient Choices
Vermont board oI directors.
Babbott said most of the deaths
he witnessed during his career were
'peaceIul deaths¨ but not all. Some
of them, he said, were prolonged and
came with great suffering for the pa-
tients as well as for their families.
“Over time — not overnight — I
have become convinced that patients
should have the right to declare when
‘enough is enough,’” he said, “and if
they so choose, to control the timing
and manner of their dying.”
Babbott acknowledged the high-
ly charged, emotional nature of the
Death with Dignity debate. He said
he respected the rights of people who
would not want to take advantage oI
the voluntary law, but “rejects their
right to prevent those of us who have
different beliefs, from living out our
own beliefs and values. Diversity is
a hallmark oI democracy.
and it should be revered.”
Participating physi-
cians, Babbott said, would
not face any sanctions for
complying, or not com-
plying, with the new law.
Oregon enacted its
Death with Dignity legis-
lation in 1998, after a four-
year process that began
with a public referendum
and included various legal
George Eighmey was
a strong advocate for Or-
egon’s law as vice chairman of the Or-
egon House Judiciary Committee and
senior Democrat leader from 1993 to
1999. It was a time during which the
Oregon Legislature passed the Death
with Dignity Act, Medicinal Mari-
juana and Alternative Medicine laws.
He served as executive director oI
Compassion & Choices of Oregon, an
organization “dedicated to providing
nonjudgmental information on end-of-
life options.”
Eighmey conducted a speaking tour
oI the region last week at the invitation
oI Patient Choices Vermont. during
which he explained Oregon`s law and
recommended the Green Mountain
State Iollow suit.
Eighmey said Oregon physicians
have written 818 prescriptions for
lethal medication since that state’s
Death with Dignity law went into ef-
fect. He noted 525 patients, between
the ages of 24 and 94, chose to ingest
the medication. There have been three
cases in which the medication did not
immediately prove lethal, according to
Eighmey. In all three circumstances,
the patients had medical conditions
or had taken another drug that
prevented the lethal dose Irom taking
full effect.
He said 88 percent of the Orego-
nians who have used the law were in
hospice care at the time they used the
Eighmey added 25 physicians and
fve pharmacies agreed to cooperate
with the new law when it was frst en-
acted in 1998. Those numbers, he said,
have currently grown to 1,150 physi-
cians and more than 150 pharmacies.
It has become clear that Oregonians
who have used the law have been mak-
ing their own decisions, according to
Eighmey. Critics of the law had voiced
concerns that the patients might be
pressured into ending their lives by
relatives wanting to preserve their in-
heritance or relieve themselves of a
caretaking burden.
“It’s the children, or the husband
or wife, who are saying, ‘Please, one
more chemo, one more radiation, one
more trip to Mexico Ior alternative
medicine,’” Eighmey said.
“It is generally the loved one who
says. I know you want to take care
oI me. I know you love me. but this
is my choice; please let me make the
choice,” he added, alluding to termi-
nally ill patients who have grown wea-
ry of pain and treatments prolonging
poor quality of life.
Eighmey pointed to polls indicating
that neither support of nor opposition
to the Oregon law has been running
along party lines.
“When you are facing
death, politics go out the
window,” Eighmey said.
Still. Death with Dig-
nity legislation continues
to have a solid network oI
opponents, some of whom
were on hand at a March
3 gathering on the issue at
Middlebury’s Town Hall
Longtime Middlebury-
area physician Dr. Alan
Covey, now retired,
voiced his concerns about
the proposed new law and
noted a similar piece of legislation
Iailed to win support in Vermont in
'It does take tremendous courage to
face a terminal illness,” Covey said,
echoing remarks he made in 2007
about H.44. “Nevertheless, I have seen
patients and Iamilies fnd that courage
again and again. I have seen relation-
ships grow and deepen in the presence
of love that is willing to suffer and faith
that recognizes we do not rightly have,
nor do we need to have. fnal control.¨
He argued that living wills and du-
rable power of attorney provisions can
already spell out patients’ personal
medical decisions without a new law.
Covey said the new law could rep-
resent a change in the physician’s pri-
mary identity as “healer.”
“Ultimately, I believe it comes down
to this: I do not have the ability to give
liIe. and I do not have the right to take
it,” Covey said.
Middlebury resident John Schmitt
recalled his mother’s diagnosis in De-
cember of 2008 with terminal cancer.
Physicians gave her two months to
live. according to Schmitt.
“Twenty months later, my family
and I were still acting with compas-
sion toward her.¨ Schmitt said. 'She
died naturally, and, in my opinion, a
dignifed death.¨
Schmitt added. 'We. the people in
Vermont. are not a laboratory; we are
not a statistic.”
Opponents of the proposed law have
established a website at www.truedig-
nityvt.org. The supporters’ website is
at www.patientchoices.org.
Reporter John Flowers is at
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The book. said Stanger. took about
seven years to research, since many of
the facts she revealed are not readily
“I really had to follow the money,”
she said.
Now that she’s completed the
book. however. she said the hardest
part is condensing it. While she and
Stewart sat down Ior a pre-interview
that lasted nearly 45 minutes, the live
interview rang in at iust over six.
'I really needed to step back and
distill all the important things,” said
Stanger. 'I wanted to get the main
essence oI what (the book) is about.¨
She said it was obvious that Stewart
had thought very carefully about the
book aIter reading it. though. and she
feels that the fast-paced interview did
encapsulate the major points of the
book well.
“I was impressed with the
seriousness of their approach — and
the iokes we were able to ft in.¨ she
And the interview did pack in a
great deal of information, starting
with the fact that Iraq and Afghanistan
are the frst two wars that the United
States has Iought where contractors
on the ground outnumber American
men and women in uniform.
“This is something wholly new,”
she said. 'In Vietnam. contractors
were about 14 percent, and now it’s
about 50-50.”
Much of the reason for this new
status quo is a shortage of people
willing to serve in the armed forces,
stemming from the absence of an
American draft, the two agreed.
“The Catch-22 is that, if we
had a draft, we wouldn’t need the
contractors.¨ said Stewart. 'But my
guess is that if we had a draft, we
wouldn’t have the wars.”
The audience followed up that
remark with a round oI hearty
Stanger said that the Pentagon has
acknowledged that it sent $8.2 billion
in contracts to Iraq, often in cash, with
no follow-up from Pentagon auditors
as to the purpose of the payments.
And while the money from the
Pentagon has given work to many
local nationals on the ground in Iraq
and AIghanistan. Stanger said that`s
had unintended consequences.
“We’ve learned that money is
fowing through those contracts. to the
subcontracts. right into the pockets oI
the Taliban.¨ she explained. 'So we
have this perverse situation where
we’re actually funding the enemy in
order to fght them.¨
The audience was silent.
The interview was not without
solutions. however Stewart. in his
typical deadpan tone, offered a way to
balance the budgets.
'Let`s take that money out oI the
teachers’ union and call it even,” he
Stanger said that his suggestion
raised an important fnancial point.
“We’re cutting budgets to our
schools, and yet there’s an enormous
subject we don’t touch, which is that
of the money we’re spending on these
wars,” she said.
And her appearance on “The Daily
Show¨ has had benefts other than
national coverage of the topic —
Stanger said that her cachet with her
students has greatly increased.
“As far as my students are
concerned, this is the best I could
possibly do,” she said with a laugh.
“It’s all downhill from here.”
Head to our website to view the
video of Stanger’s appearance on
“The Daily Show.”
Reporter Andrea Suozzo is at
I believe it
comes down
to this: I do
not have the
ability to give
life, and I do
not have the
right to take
— Dr. Alan Covey
over,” Michelle Eastman, the adminis-
trative assistant in the Vergennes city
oIfces. said on Tuesday aIternoon.
The sheer volume of snow caused
problems. but the winds oI Lake
Champlain compounded that. The
Vermont Agency oI Transportation
closed three roads on Monday because
crews iust couldn`t keep them clear.
Route 22A, a busy corridor on the
western side of the county, was closed
from Addison Four Corners north to
Vergennes. The state also closed Route
125 from Chimney Point to Route 22A
and Route 17 from Chimney Point to
Route 22A.
In Shoreham. where winds driIted
snow to 16 Ieet. town oIfcials declared
a “state of emergency” on Monday
because 'all oI our frst responders
were immobile,” said Emergency
Coordinator Robin Conway. She said
many state and local roads were im-
passable. meaning that in a crisis frst
responders wouldn’t be able to reach
many town residents.
Conway and a committee of 13
helped manage Shoreham`s frst state
of emergency in town history. On
Monday. Shoreham oIfcials` main
goals were to reach residents who
needed urgent help and get access to
dairy farmers, who needed to get their
milk out to processors.
'We Iocused on roads with bulk
dairy tanks to make sure that they
could be emptied to mitigate any milk
dumping.¨ Conway said. Milk dump-
ing would lead to thousands of lost
dollars and gallons oI milk. she point-
ed out.
By Tuesday afternoon, Conway
said. 95 percent oI Shoreham roads
were usable. But, on Wednesday,
Addison Central Supervisory Union
oIfcials decided not to open Shoreham
Elementary School and not to run
buses that would take older Shoreham
youth to Middlebury Union middle
and high schools because, according
to ACSU Superintendent Lee Sease.
“roads were not passable.”
'We did not think that we could get
buses up and down the roads safely,”
Sease said.
Elsewhere in the county, schools
were closed Monday and Tuesday —
the frst back-to-back snow days since
the Valentine`s Day blizzard oI 2007.
Addison Northwest Supervisory
Union Superintendent Tom O`Brien
explained that Monday`s closure was
due to the arrival of the huge amount
of snow, and Tuesday’s was the re-
sult of schools’ “inability to move that
much snow in a short period of time.”
Emergency exits. parking lots. side-
walks. and main entrances at most
schools across the county still needed
clearing on Tuesday, he said.
Central Vermont Public Service
reported that 270 of its customers in
Addison County were without power
on Monday morning due to the storm.
Power was restored to most residents
within several hours, but impassable
DUSTIN HUNT OF the Middlebury Parks and Recreation Department tries to clear a path around Middlebury’s
Triangle Park Tuesday morning. The snow towered over Hunt’s snowblower and he made slow progress.
Independent photos/Trent Campbell
MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE PROFESSOR Allison Stanger appeared on
the “Daily Show with Jon Stewart” on March 2 to talk about her book,
“One Nation Under Contract.”
roads delayed a complete recovery un-
til that evening. CVPS spokeswoman
Christine Rivers said. Later Monday
night, about 140 more local residents
lost power, but that was restored after
four hours.
While many Addison County busi-
nesses were closed on Monday, includ-
ing all seven branches of the National
Bank oI Middlebury. some were open.
The Marble Works Pharmacy
opened with only half of its staff at
both its Middlebury and Vergennes
“We were one of the only stores
open in Vergennes on Main Street.¨
manager Diane Gray said.
In order to get willing and able em-
ployees to work. a Iour-wheel-drive
carpool was initiated.
“We feel that we provide an impor-
tant service to the community,” Gray
Although sections of Routes 17 and
125 leading to Chimney Point were
closed Ior much oI Monday. the Lake
Champlain Transportation Company
ran one Ierry around the clock between
Chimney Point and Crown Point, N.Y.
But company oIfcials said business
was drastically less than usual.
Porter Hospital spokesman Ron
Hallman said that the hospital
and Helen Porter Healthcare and
Rehabilitation Center “didn’t feel
any tangible negative consequences
from the storm.” It was reported that
while many staff members encoun-
tered challenges getting to work
and many were unable to reach hos-
pital facilities — those physicians,
nurses and other staff members on
hand were able to effectively carry
out their responsibilities.
State iudiciary oIfces were closed
Monday across Addison County
and throughout much of the state.
Additionally. the Vermont Department
of Human Resources announced that
state oIfces in all counties except
Bennington and Windsor were autho-
rized to operate on a reduced work-
force status on Monday, and many
state oIfces were closed.
In Ferrisburgh. a Vergennes Area
Rescue Squad frst responder worked
with the Ferrisburgh road crew to plow
out the driveway of a resident in need
of medical attention. Asimilar incident
was reported in Addison, where the
town road crew helped gain access to a
resident in danger oI carbon monoxide
In Weybridge a local frefghter
reported that the roof of the former
Weybridge fre station. now in private
ownership, collapsed under the weight
of the snow.
Numerous town oIfcials warned
that residents should keep their outside
vents clear to prevent carbon monox-
ide buildup in their homes.
The town of Middlebury dealt
with equipment failure on Monday.
Two broken trucks and a sidewalk
plow delayed the cleanup. Director of
Operations Dan Werner on Tuesday
said this equipment was undergoing
repair, but “the downtown area won’t
be fnished until Friday night.¨
'We`ll keep at it until Mother
Nature helps us out,” Werner said.
“It’s been a long winter, everybody
needs a break.¨
Reporter Andrew Stein is at
THE POST OFFICE tried to stay ahead of the blowing snow during
morning deliveries in Middlebury Monday, but postal workers were sent
home later in the day and deliveries were suspended.
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