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The Islander, January 27, 2015 Page 1
Empty Bowls Project
Saturday at Grand Isle School
Featured Properties
By: Susan Davis
The First Annual Champlain Islands Empty Bowls event will take place this
Saturday, from 4 to 7 pm, at the Grand Isle School. Participation is easy for
this event, just bring a spoon and $5. You’ll enjoy homemade soup served in
a hand-decorated bowl that you can take home as a reminder of those who
do not always have enough to eat.
Last week sponsors of the event held a “glazing night” where a multigenerational group of some forty individuals-- kids included, painted and
glazed the bowls that will be used on Saturday.
Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger that
takes place in communities across the United States and in a dozen other
counties. The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople,
educators and others work within a community to create handcrafted
bowls, which are decorated by volunteers. Once the bowls are completed,
community members of all ages are invited to a simple meal of soup and
bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a
reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated
to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity, which in the
Islands is Food For Thought, CIDER, the Grand Isle County Food Shelf and
Heifer International.
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Local Mentor Chosen as
Hometown Hero of the Month
The Grand Isle County In-School Mentoring Program received good publicity when a mentor was
chosen by The United Way of Chittenden County to receive the Hometown Hero of the Month Award.
This award was presented to Alan Arthur who has been the mentor with Jared Dubie from the Grand
Isle Elementary School for the past six years. Jared and Alan started working together when Jared
was in the 3rd grade. Jared is now in the 8th grade and about to graduate and move on to high school
in Burlington. Because Jared will graduate soon and Grand Isle County does not have a local High
School, Jared and Alan plan to transition to a Community Based Mentoring Program in Burlington
through the Spectrum Youth and Family Services; for more information on that program, contact
Lee Ann Donner at 864-7423 ext. 321. The Community Based program will allow Jared and Alan to
do different things together than could be done in the school-based program which required that all
activities be conducted on the school grounds.
This award from The United Way was presented to Alan by Raquel Aronhime, Community Impact
Manager, Education and Health, The United Way of Chittenden County with assistance from the
Executive Director of the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center Phelan Fretz and Tom Messner
the Chief Meteorologist from Channel 5 News, on live television on Thursday, January 15 from the
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. Prior to the live broadcast, Jared and Alan were interviewed
and videotaped by Rachael Karcz from Channel 5 News on Tuesday, January 13 at the Grand Isle
Elementary School. These interviews, which took about 45 minutes to complete, were edited to
about 90 seconds and the edited version was run on the news broadcast just prior to the award being
presented on live TV.
the award on behalf
of all of the Grand
Isle County Mentors
and Karen Browning
and Leslie Ward who
established and run
program. Alan noted
at the award ceremony
that there are currently
pairs in the Grand Isle
County Program and
that at least another 45
Mentors are needed to
meet the needs of the
children awaiting the
arrival of additional
From left to right: Alan Arthur (Award Recipient), Raquel Aronhime (United
mentors. He also noted
Way), Phelan Fretz (ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center), and Tom Messner
that mentors play not
(Channel 5 WPTZ News)
only a significant role
in the maturation of the mentees but also that current efforts by the Mentors will probably lead to
the mentees making significant contributions to the mentee’s communities in the future. Studies
consistently indicate that children that benefit from a mentor-mentee relationship during their
formative years are less likely to become involved with criminal activities, are more likely to engage
in community activities, take leadership roles in their communities and are more likely to complete
High School and then attend college.
If you live in Vermont and feel that you might like to learn more about the Mentoring Program
or possibly become involved as a Mentor, then please contact your local Mentoring program, or
Mobiusmentors.org, and don’t miss the opportunity to help one of our children and ultimately our
communities. If you are in Grand Isle County, call either Karen Browning or Leslie Ward at 802-3725239 or write to them at gicmentoring@gmail.com.
SOLO February Dinner Meeting Scheduled
SOLO (Supporting Others Like Ourselves) February dinner meeting is planned for Monday, February
16, starting at 5 pm, at the Hibachi Buffet in the Highgate Commons Shopping Plaza in Saint Albans. This
support group is for those who have experienced the death of a spouse or partner. Group members
are not counselors, just ordinary people trying to help and support one another by being upbeat
and positive. The group is casual, relaxed and friendly and meets in a comfortable setting. Dinners
are Dutch treat, and
newcomers are always
welcomed! If you have
never been to SOLO
and are hesitant about
coming, bring a family
member or friend
with you the first time.
Healthy Minds Owner
and Counselor, Tammie
Consejo, will be the
guest speaker at this
upcoming meeting. For
more information, call
21 Sunset View Road
P.O. Box 212
South Hero, VT 05486
p: (802)372-5600
f: (802)372-3025
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In This Issue...
Alburgh News............................................Page 4
New York News..........................................Page 5
South Hero News.......................................Page 6
Isle La Motte..............................................Page 7
North Hero News......................................Page 8
Grand Isle News.........................................Page 10
Legal Notices............................................Page 11
Dicker Dens...............................................Page 12
Calendar of Events....................................Page 12
Milton.........................................................Page 14
Business Matters in
the Islands
to Host Financing
Your Small Business
Lenders and representatives from several
financing organizations will be offering their
expertise at a Business Matters in the Islands
meeting on Thursday, February 19, from 8:30 to
10:30 am, at the Merchants Bank in South Hero.
The United States Small Business Administration,
USDA Rural Development, Opportunities Credit
Union, Community Capital of Vermont, Vermont
Community Loan Fund, Vermont Economic
Development Authority and the Merchants
Bank will participate in a panel discussion about
the range of financing options available to small
businesses. If businesses are interested, they
can meet with a representative one-on-one after
the meeting.
The meeting is sponsored by the Lake
Champlain Islands Economic Development
Corporation with assistance from Vermont
SBA. This is a free event, open to the public,
but registration is requested. To register, email
ruth@champlainislands.com or call 802-3728400.
Board Suggests Alternative Use
For Fire Department Reserve Fund
By: Susan Davis
At last week’s Grand Isle Selectboard Meeting, Fire Chief Todd Boutin
presented his department’s annual budget to the Board for inclusion on
the March ballot. The Fire Department budget, this year level funded at
$59,630, is a separate item on the ballot to be considered by the voters.
Also on the ballot is a recurring item that voters approved in 2008 that
allocates $15,000 a year to a Fire Department’s reserve fund for the
eventual purchase of a new pumper.
At an earlier meeting, Selectboard member Mark Cobb suggested that
the Board might go to the voters for permission to re-allocate money from
the Fire Department’s “pumper fund” and put it toward the construction
costs of the new fire station. That issue was readdressed at last week’s
meeting when Board member Anna DeMars asked Chief Boutin about a
possible re-allocation. “You can’t do that,” said Chief Boutin. Mark Cobb
pressed the question a bit further. “Those funds could possibly add an
apparatus bay to the station or pave the driveway,” he said. “It might also
buy a bit of good-will with the town,” he added.
“It’s not going to happen,” said Chief Boutin, who also noted that the
cost of a new pumper was upward of $250,000.
Former Fire Chief Bill Baron was asked about the current total of
fundraising dollars. “Right now we have about $60,000 with a goal of
$150,000. Hopefully that will buy that third apparatus bay,” he said.
Construction of the new fire station is scheduled to begin in April.
North Hero Hosts First
Shoreland Protection Act Meeting
By: Susan Davis
The Vermont Shoreland Protection Act, passed by the 2014 Legislature,
went into effect on July 1, 2014. The Act regulates shoreland development
within 250 feet of a lake’s mean water level and is aimed at preventing
degradation of a lake’s water quality while preserving natural habitat and
the natural stability of shorelines while maintaining the economic benefits
of a lake and its shoreland.
Last week, Kevin Burke, an environmental analyst in charge of Grand
Isle County, presented an informational meeting at the North Hero Town
Offices for Island residents who wanted to learn more about the “do’s and
don’ts” of the new law.
“The whole purpose of the Shoreland Protection Act is to do just what
it says: protect existing
wooded shores and
said Burke, adding
that he hopes to have
more “on the ground”
informational meetings
when the weather and
the lake warm up.
lakeshore should be
aware of the two main
areas that might trigger
the need for a permit:
a project that will
feature new cleared
area or new impervious
services that are within
a 100 foot line from
the lake’s mean water
level. If one questions
the validity of a new
project, Burke said
that there are staff
at St. Joseph’s Church Hall
members who can
in Grand Isle
visit the site and give
assistance. He also
every Thursday at
recommended going
online and checking
out the Shoreland
with Early Birds
Handbook that gives
starting at 6:15p.m.
diagrams and pictorial
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examples of various kinds of projects. “A lot of thought needs to go into
projects that are near the water,” he said.
Burke went on and explained that there are exceptions that fall into
play: the repair and maintenance of existing structures; reconstruction in
an existing footprint; removal of dead, diseased or unsafe trees; pruning
and thinning of trees or the creation of six foot path leading to the lake
within the lakeside zone including the addition of stairs. In addition, parcels
of land that are intersected by a public highway are exempt from obtaining
a permit for projects that are on the portion of land on the side of the
highway away from the lake.
There are some projects that will necessitate a “registration”, which has
a $100 fee; others will require a permit, which carries a $125 fee plus 50
cents for square foot of new impervious services. For more information
about the particulars of both registration and permitting, go to the state’s
website: www.watershedmanagement.vt.gov/lake or call Burke for
A number of questions from the audience were related to erosion
control, particularly in emergency situations like the flooding that occurred
a few years ago. Rep. Bob Krebs jumped into
the discussion and basically said that if there
is danger of erosion from flooding, particularly
on roadways; crews should act accordingly and
shore up the areas that are in danger.
When asked about enforcement, Burke said
that thus far complaints are driven by neighbors.
“We’re not driving around looking for violations,”
he said.
Kevin Burke can be reached by email: Kevin.
burke.state.vt.us or by phone: 802-490-6165.
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It was the week to celebrate, honor and,
especially, learn more about the man, Martin
Luther King, Jr. I always find it most amazing
when learning more about the world around
us through the minds of children. Their young,
unadulterated minds just had the hardest time
to understand the concept of extreme prejudice
and why people of different color could not go to
school together and eat together and especially
not play together. If only everyone looked at the
world in the same way, right? As we head into
the final days of February, I leave you with some
words to ponder from that most incredible man,
MLK, Jr...”Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.”
ABC would like everyone to join us for our
first annual Cardboard Duct Tape Sled Race
on February 21-- come out and have a fun day!
Build a sled out of cardboard and duct tape and
race it down Fox Hill in Alburgh Springs., just off
Route 78-- please note the change in location.
Registration starts at 11 am, races start at Noon.
Food and drinks will be available, and prizes will
be awarded. Registration is $10 per sled. For
sled rules, visit www.abcalburgh.com or call 802238-6937. Following the race there will be free
skating and a huge Christmas tree bonfire on the
lake at the end of firehouse road at 5:30 pm.
Swanton VFW and Victoria Reed’s Big Change
Roundup are working together to hold a Pool
Tournament, on February 21, to benefit Vermont
Children’s Hospital (VCH). Come join them for a
day of fun! Help support the veterans to which
we owe so much to and help the children at
VCH! Registration starts at 11 am, games start at
Noon. The fee is $50 a team, double elimination,
and there is a limit of twenty teams. For more
information, contact Brian Reed at 370-2420 or
Mona Reed at 796-4230. Thank you!
We are currently taking orders for Backyard
Composters, Kitchen Scrap Pails and Compost
Turners. Order forms can be picked up at
the Alburgh Transfer Station and the Alburgh
Town Clerks Office during regular business
hours. We will be taking orders until March 13.
Items will be delivered to the Alburgh Transfer
Station between April 13 and 17. We will be
distributing them on April 18, April 19 and April
22, during normal business hours. This event is
sponsored by the Northeast Resource Recovery
Association. If you have an questions, you send
an email to amashtare25@outlook.com, or call
the Transfer Station at 796-6078, during normal
business hours.
Do you have a child who will be three or four
years of age by September 1, 2015? If yes,
your child is eligible for a ten-hour per week
pre-kindergarten program offered by your local
school district. The purpose of pre-kindergarten
education is to provide young children with
opportunities to reach their full growth and
education means services designed to prekindergarten children with developmentally
appropriate early learning and developmental
experiences based on Vermont’s Early Learning
Standards. If you would like your young child to
participate in pre-kindergarten, call to have your
child on the enrollment list for the 2015-2106
school year. Alburgh residents call the Alburgh
Educational Center Office at 796-3573. For more
information, contact Superintendent of Schools,
Robert Phillips or Director of Student Support
Services, Beth Hemingway, at 372-6921.
The holiday season is done, and now it’s
time to be able to get out and have some bingo
fun. Islands in the Sun have started up their
Wednesday night Bingos at the Senior Center,
and they will be continuing every Wednesday.
The doors open at 5 pm and Bingo starts at 6:30.
The snack bar, with lots of delicious goodies, will
be open as well.
The next meeting of the Alburgh School
Community Council (ASCC) will be held on
Tuesday, January 27, at 5 pm, in the Art
Room. Anyone interested, including parents,
family members or community members are
encouraged to attend. For more information,
please contact Principal Cerro at Alburgh School
at 796-3573.
By: Gina Lewis, Library Director
796-6077, alburgpl@fairpoint.net
Saturday, February 7, at 10:30 am, the Traveling
Storyteller will be here to perform Three Billy
Goats Gruff. There will also be activities, a craft,
snacks and prizes. All are welcome to attend.
This program is free!
NEW BOOKS: New books on the shelf this
week are A Fine Summer Day by Charles Todd
and Private Vegas by James Patterson.
BOOK GROUP: Monday, February 2, at 7
pm, the book group will be discussing the book
Fingersmith by Sara Waters.
FOR THE KIDS: Story Time is every Tuesday
morning at 10:30 am. Bring your child to listen to
a story, do crafts and have a snack. This program
is recommended for preschool-age children.
PLAYGROUP: NCSS is holding weekly
playgroup, on Thursdays, at 9:30 am at the
Alburgh Library.
ART CLASSES: Kids art classes are every
Thursday at 3:30 pm for grades K to 8.
Handcrafters meet on Thursday nights at 6:30,
and anyone is welcome to join.
LIBRARY OPEN: The Library is located at
16 South Main Street in Alburgh and is open six
days a week: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
and Friday from 1 to 6 pm, Tuesday- 9 am to 5
pm and Saturday- 10 am to 1 pm.
WI-FI is available.
How Would You
Improve Travel
on Route 7 in Milton?
On Thursday, January 29 join other interested
parties at the Milton Municipal Building, at
43 Bombardier Road, to learn more about the
Milton Route 7 Transportation Study, available
at http://bit.ly/milton-us7. The goal of this
study is to assist the Town of Milton to plan for
anticipated growth along the Route 7 corridor,
extending from Forbes Road to Main Street.
This area has experienced considerable
commercial growth in recent years and is
expected to see continued development into
the future. The Study will evaluate potential
impacts and make recommendations concerning
road configuration, traffic control, access
management, public transit, and pedestrian
and bicycle accommodations. The final plan
will identify improvements that could be
implemented in the near-term for relatively
low cost, as well as potentially longer-term
improvements involving larger-scale physical
changes to portions of the corridor.
This is the second of three public workshops.
Family meeting 1/29
Incahoots band 1/31 @ 8
Pool tournament 2/1
Doors open at noon first
game at 1pm
Regular meeting 2/2 @
Ladies Night Every
Thursday $1 off all
drinks for the ladies!
At this meeting, participants will have the
opportunity to review preliminary strategies and
develop ideas on how to improve travel by car,
bus, truck, bicycle, or on foot. The meeting will
feature an open house starting at 6 pm, followed
by a presentation at 7. Refreshments will be
The Study is funded by the Chittenden County
Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) and the
Town of Milton.
All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
In accordance with provisions of the Americans
with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, CCRPC
and the Town of Milton will ensure that public
meeting sites are accessible to people with
disabilities. Requests for free interpretive or
translation services, assistive devices, or other
accommodations should be made to Emma
Long, CCRPC Title VI Coordinator, at 802-8464490 ext. 21, 711 for Telecommunications Relay
Services, or elong@ccrpcvt.org, at least 72 hours
in advance.
For more information, contact Diane at 802865-1794 or diane@thirdsectorassociates.com,
or view the project website at: http://bit.ly/
Ancient Abenaki
Crops Discussion
at the Missisquoi
Wildlife Refuge
Join Professor Fred Wiseman as he discusses
the Seeds of Renewal Project developed to
recover the produce raised and consumed by
the Vermont Abenakis and their relatives in
Maine, Quebec and the Canadian Maritimes.
In addition to multiple varieties of the so called
“three sisters” of corn, beans and squash, more
unusual ancient crops such as husk tomatoes,
sunflowers, gourds and tobacco will be
presented. Join the discussion to revive ancient
culinary technologies to prepare these heirloom
foods that respect ancient traditions yet adapt
them for modern consumption.
This illustrated presentation will be
supplemented by examples of the crops and
displays of the techniques of raising and storing
the seed, and it will be held on Friday, January
30 at the Missisquoi Wildlife Refuge, at 29 Tabor
Road in Swanton, from 6:30 to 8 pm. For more
information, call 802-868-4781.
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Weds & Thurs.
The Samuel De Champlain History Center
was the site of an interesting presentation by
Julie Dowd of the Northern New York AmericanCanadian Genealogical Society. About fifty area
residents enjoyed learning how to successfully
use computer sites to learn about their heritage.
Julie noted that there are many sites that have
very informative information that would be
beneficial to you in finding relatives. Julie said
that great care has to be taken when searching
for your surname as many spellings have been
changed over the years. For example, relatives
coming from France could have spelled your
name one way, but over the years after coming
to the United States, it is now a little different.
Thank you to Dr. Celine Paquette, on the use
of the Center. Refreshments were served.
You are invited to participate in Plattsburgh
2015 Relay for Life Kick-Off at Plattsburgh
International Airport on Saturday, February 7
from 2 to 4 pm.
This event is to learn about forming or joining a
team, fundraising ideas, event details and much
more. Registered Relay participants attending
the Kick-Off will be entered in a drawing to win
two round-trip tickets on PenAir. Free parking is
good for up to six hours. For more information,
please contact Ann Brickey at 518-534-2050 or
email relayforcure@gmailcom or Laurie Lucia
at home: 518-493-5944 or on her cell: 518-5697157 or lluci63@ymail.com.
The Senior Citizens Council of Clinton
Counting is offering a spring trip to the Hudson
River Valley on May 6 to 9. You will spend
three nights in Fishkill, New York with visits to
the following places: Olana –Frederic Church is
a well-known painter, but he was also a world
traveler, a family man, and a self-taught architect,
farmer and landscape designer. You will tour his
estate and view his masterworks.
You will attend the Westchester Broadway
Dinner Theatre to see the West Side Story.
This brilliant collaboration by Broadway greats
Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim
combines music. You will have lunch at the
magnificent resort the Mohonk Mountain House.
You will visit the newly-renovated Franklin D.
Roosevelt Museum and Library. There will be
walkway walk over the Hudson River, which is
breath taking viewing the river and mountains.
A visit is planned to the Motorcyclepedia
Museum which houses a comprehensive Indian
Motorcycle collection along with motorcycles
from 1897 to present ranging from military, police
Harley and rare vintage bikes. Another stop will
be the Benmari Winery nestled in the lush green
hills of Marlboro overlooking the historic Hudson
River Valley. You will visit the Untermyer Gardens
in Yonkers, New York, weather permitting, and
Lyndhurst in Tarrytown which is one of America’s
finest Gothic Revival mansions. You will also
visit the Hudson River Museum’s Galleries
that are devoted to American art from the 19th
century to the present. Works on paper include
artists George O’Keefe, Richard Haas and Andy
Warhol, as well as, historic artifacts, costumes
and photographs.
The tour includes coach transportation,
lodging, breakfasts, dinners and one lunch,
Valid 3/3/15
luggage handling and admission tickets to the
all the venues you will visit. Adults of all ages
are welcome. Contact Angela Hahn, Senior
Citizens Council, 5139 North Catherine Street,
Plattsburgh, by calling 518-563-6180 or email
angela@seniorcouncil.net, for more information.
The Friends of the Stage is holding a
Valentine’s Dinner/Dance on Saturday, February
14, at the American Legion on Pratt Street in
Rouses Point. Dinner will be served from 4:30 to
7 pm, with Just Us music group performing from
8 to Midnight.
The menu will include: ham, scalloped
potatoes, vegetables, rolls, dessert and coffee
or tea. The cost of the dinner is $9 per person.
Donations will be accepted for those wishing to
just attend the dance.
Join in the fun of a good meal, good music
and dancing. For further information, contact
Steve Merchant at 297-2954
Zumba and toning classes have resumed at
the Mooers Elementary School, in the Cafeteria,
on Mondays and Wednesdays when school is in
session. Sessions are held from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.
Cheryl Mesick is a licensed Zumba Instructor,
and the cost is $5 per session. Contact Cheryl
at ZumbaFitness.Cheryl@gmail.com for further
Beginning Friday, February 6, there will be
a story time at the Champlain Meeting House,
at 1175 Main Street in Champlain, beginning at
6:30 pm. A storybook will be read to the children,
along with making a craft, and a snack will be
There will be a Valentine-making session
for children on Sunday, February 1, at 1 pm,
at Time After Time Reception on Elm Street in
Valentines will be made to share with the
residents at Northern Tier Housing and other
Valentine’s Day crafts will be made. All children
in the area are welcome, and there is no charge
for this event, so, plan on having an afternoon
of fun!
The following students have been named to
the Clinton Community College Dean’s List for
the Fall 2014 semester: Meaghan Fresn and
George McChesney from Rouses Point, Bruce
Burke, Taylor Carpenter, Taylor Jarvis, Joni
Louikiainen, Kelly Moore, Heather Waldenmaier
from Champlain; Alexandra Lamberton and
Jennifer Menard from Mooers Forks. Part-time
students named to the dean’s list are Jessica
Ashline and Covin Paul from Champlain.
Congratulations honor students!
Home Town Cable (24) is the viewersupported, local, cable-TV/internet channel for
the communities of Altona, Champlain, Chazy,
Ellenburg, Mooers and Rouses Point. Daily
four-hour programming starts play at 11, 3 and
7, am and pm, except Wednesday’s three-hour
program, which is shown at 11, 2, 5 and 8, am and
pm. Programming is also available as free videoon-demand at www.hometowncablenetwork.
com and www.plattsburgh.com. Presently, over
9,600 videos are available for free online viewing
Wednesday, January 28- NCCS vs. Peru
Varsity Bowling, July 26 Racing from Airborne
Speedway; Thursday and Friday, January 29 and
30- NCCS vs. Plattsburgh JV Girls’ Basketball,
Beekmantown vs. Plattsburgh High School Girls’
Hockey, NAC vs. Potsdam NYS Capital District
Class C Regional Girls Soccer; Saturday and
Sunday, January 31 and February 1- Our Little
Corner with Gordie Little at Stoneledge Sculpture
Display, What’s Going on Here with Bob Venne
at Fritz Kaiser Fromagerie in Noyan, Quebec;
Monday and Tuesday, February 2 and 3- NCCS
vs. Plattsburgh Modified Boys’ Basketball,
NAC vs. NCCS HV Girls’ Basketball, Chazy vs.
Chateaugay NYS Capital District Regional Class
D Girls’ Soccer; Wednesday, February 4- Racing
from Airborne Speedway from August 2, Peru vs.
Massena NYS Capital District Class A Regional
Girl’s Soccer.
Sympathy goes out to the family of Norma P.
“Noni” Martin, 89, formerly of Champlain, who
passed away on January 20.
I was really sad when I went by Saint Mary’s
Academy last Saturday. To hear about the
devastating fire is one thing, but to see that
skeleton of a building adorned in ice is another.
Hats off to the firefighters!
Former Saint Mary’s students are sharing
pictures, memories and stories about their days
at their alma mater. There are so many people in
this Northern Tier that used this building at one
time or another for so many different functions. It
was an icon in the Village of Champlain.
Stay warm and have a great week.
Island Ice Cream
to Screen
Sweet Dreams
Island Ice Cream is sponsoring a screening
of the documentary Sweet Dreams, the story
of how women from both sides of the nation
of Rwanda in Africa came together after a
devastating genocide to form their country’s
first women’s drumming collective. It is also how
they managed to open the country’s first ever
ice cream shop. To see the trailer go to http://
The event will be held on Thursday, February
12 at Champlain College’s Alumni Auditorium at
375 Maple Street in Burlington. The event is free
to the public, and free Island Ice Cream will be
served during the intermission.
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Repair Shop
Parts Plus Car Care Center
79 Allen Road
Grand Isle, VT
Roger & Rosemary Rabideau
At Town Meeting, there will be an article
asking voters to approve funding for a new
Town Center. For more information, come to the
Public Forum on Tuesday, January 27 starting
at 7 pm. A presentation with an opportunity for
questions will be held during Town Meeting,
Saturday February 28, leading up to a Town
vote on March 2, 2015. For more information
and the opportunity to email your questions to
the LPWG, visit www.SouthHeroVT.org/Lavin or
call 372-4565. The goal is to make an informed
If you and your family and friends are suffering
from Cabin Fever, here’s a delicious remedy
right here in our county! Enjoy a delicious
chicken and biscuit dinner with all the trimmings,
including wonderful desserts, at Saint Rose of
Lima Church in South Hero. The dinner will be
served on Saturday, February 7 beginning at 5
pm. The cost for adults is $10, children: $5.
The Listers have started their rolling
Reappraisal for the 2019 cycle. They are working
first on the Route 2 corridor. If you received a
postcard, please call to make the appointment,
as the Listers don’t have your phone number.
Please call the Town Office, at 372-5552, to set
up an appointment.
Granny’s Attic has been awarded an historic
preservation grants from the Vermont Advisory
Council on Historic Preservation. This $3,000
grant will go toward repair of the slate roof, with
the Town providing the matching funds. The work
will happen late spring after a bid process. Slate
roofing specialists who are familiar with proper
historic preservation specs are encouraged to
call 372-4565 for further information.
This project is one of eighteen grants
announced recently by Governor Shumlin.
These grants are given to municipalities and
nonprofit organizations for the rehabilitation of
historic civic buildings, centerpieces in Vermont’s
“Protecting historic buildings in our downtowns,
village centers, and rural communities is critical
to the preservation of our state’s heritage and
economy,” said Noelle MacKay, Commissioner
of the Department of Housing and Community
Development. “This year’s awarding of $253,220
in matching grants demonstrates that historic
preservation is an essential tool for community
renewal, economic development, and job
The South Hero Historical Society (SHHS)
will begin to offer programs again on the first
Friday of each month. They meet at the Folsom
Educational Center, in the upstairs classroom.
There are signs guiding you to the classroom as
you enter the front doors. Their first program of
the year will be on Friday, February 6, starting at
7 pm, and the topic will be Bill Duval’s Idea of an
Idyllic Childhood at Idlewild.
Bill Duval will share personal stories of his
summers growing up at Camp Idlewild on Kibbe
Point in South Hero in the late 1940’s and early
1950’s. Along with his mother and older brother,
John, he spent his childhood summers there
enjoying all a rural life has to offer. The Camp was
owned and operated first by his grandmother,
Virginia Baxendale, and after her death, by his
mother, Marian Baxendale Duval and her brother
Jack Baxendale.
Bill taught US History for many years at
Albert D. Lawton Middle School in Essex and is
currently retired. The story of South Hero relies
on the history of the many camps that dotted
the shoreline over the years. Come enjoy a
wonderful speaker with a passion and personal
knowledge of South Hero’s history.
The SHHS’s goal is to get people together
who love to learn and talk about South Hero
history. All are welcome, and they hope to see
you there!
Chris Bowser, Chair of the School Board,
advised the Board that the walk-in freezer at
Folsom Educational and Community Center
needs to be replaced as well as the surrounding
walls, due to moisture problems. The total cost
will be approximately $40,000. A motion was
approved to have the Town pay for half of the
repair from the Town budget, due to the fact that
it is used as the Community Center as well as
emergency shelter and will save the residents
money in the long run since the school budget
portion costs more due to Act 60/68.
A motion was approved to amend the purchase
and sale agreement to extend the date for the
subdivision time frame between the Town and
Martin and Patricia Lavin due to the subdivision
process taking longer than expected.
A motion was approved to include an article to
be voted on Town Meeting Day that asks: Will the
legal voters of the Town of South Hero authorize
the Selectboard to borrow an amount not to
exceed $440,000 for the purpose of purchasing
+/-75 acres of land at 275 Route 2 currently
owned by Martin and Patricia Lavin. This amount
will be financed over a period of five years.
Mike Wickenden of the Recreation
Commission asked the Board about a waiver/
release for the drivers of children participating
in the Town sponsored K-4 ski program. The
waiver/release will be sent to the Town attorney
for review.
The Chiefs of the South and North Hero
Volunteer Fire Departments discussed the
radios and communications used by the Grand
Isle County Mutual Aid Association (GICMAA).
A motion was approved to allow the GICMAA
to amend the current FCC license used by the
SHVFD to increase the range and wattage of the
The South Street condemnation hearing was
A motion was approved to hold a Special
Selectboard Meeting at 7 pm on January 19,
2015 at Town Hall to finalize the budget before
the due date of January 20, 2015.
The Safe Routes to School plan was signed.
Join your friends and neighbors at Grand
Isle School on Saturday, January 31, from 4 to
7 pm, for a delicious meal of homemade soups
and bread. Cost is just $5 per person or $20 per
family, and the cost includes a handcrafted bowl
to bring home. There will be raffles and musical
entertainment as well. This Empty Bowl event,
organized by people from all of our Island towns,
benefits the Grand Isle Food Shelf, Food for
Thought, CIDER Meals and Heifer International.
Hope to see you there!
By: Carolyn Brennan, Librarian
372-6209, southherolibrary@gmail.com
HOURS: Sunday and Monday- Closed;
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday- 9 am to 4 pm;
Wednesday- 11 am to 8 pm; Saturday- 9 am to
2 pm.
TODDLER TUNES: Friday, February 6,
starting at 10:30 am, the Library will have Toddler
Tunes with local performer Lee English-- stop by
to sing, dance and play!
BOOK DISCUSSION: Wednesday, January
28, at 6:30 pm, we will meet to discuss The
Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel
Joyce. Pick up your copy at the Library today
and enjoy snacks, coffee, and camaraderie.
Our next book group will be March 26, title to be
LOCAL AUTHOR: Ron Krupp, author of The
Woodchuck Returns to Gardening, will be at the
Library on Wednesday April 8 at 6:30 pm!
TRUSTEES MEETING: The Library Board of
Trustees Meeting is held on the second Monday
of every month at 4:30 pm, and it is open to the
South Hero Community Library is located
at 75 South Street inside Folsom Educational
and Community Center. Please stop by, email
southherolibrary@gmail.com, call 372-6209, or
visit us online at www.southherolibrary.org for
more information
2015 Open Farm and
Studio Tour
Planning Committee
Wants You
By: Ellen Thompson
The eighth annual Discover the Heart of the
Islands, Open Farm and Studio Tour was a great
success. So much so, that we want to do it again,
but our little committee needs help! Are you an
artist or farmer interested in keeping the tour
going for its ninth year? Then, join our planning
committee! Our first meeting date is already
scheduled: join us at Grand Isle Art Works on
Tuesday, February 3, starting at 6:30 pm, to plan
out the ninth annual Open Farm and Studio Tour
scheduled for July 11 and 12, 2015. We would
love new ideas, venues, artists and farms to make
this the biggest and best tour ever! Grand Isle Art
Works is located at 259 US Route 2 in Grand Isle.
Interested but can’t make this meeting? Give Jim
a call at 802-734-7448 or 802-378-4591 or email
I am busy-- have been all week. My computer
died this week, so, I am having trouble with getting
this off to the press. My daughter was operated
on recently, and she is coming along well. They
moved her to rehab yesterday: the Burlington
rehab on Pearl Street. I’ve been to Burlington a
couple times this week, but not driving myself, I
can’t be there as often as I’d like.
Isle La Motte Elementary and Grand Isle
School jointly received a grant to explore the
legal and financial possibilities of collaborating
to provide services to our students. North Hero
School is also participating. Study Committees
are comprised of community members and
board members from both towns. Isle La Motte’s
representatives are Art Larvey and Sylvia
Jensen. Meetings will proceed through January
and February.
The Isle La Motte School Board held a
Special Meeting on January 19, 2015 to discuss
and approve the FY2016 Budget. The budget, to
support the school for the year beginning July 1,
2015, of $1,229,347.23 was approved. The Isle
La Motte School District Warning was approved
as amended for Articles 7 and 8, which are both
non-binding advisory referendums. Payables in
the amount of $54,395.52 were approved.
The January 21, 2015 began with
Superintendent Phillips reported on the progress
of the Collaborative Study Committee. The
Committee, representing Grand Isle, North Hero,
and Isle La Motte is looking at areas of interest
of study for the three participating towns; what
the three towns have in common, and discussed
having three bands of grades, with certain grade
levels at each school. The study is inconclusive
and the vision seems to be very broad. The next
meeting of the Committee is Tuesday, January
27 at 6 pm.
The Principal, Ms. Rubin, reported on an
in-service day focusing on math assessments
and Building positive behavior. Also, NAEP
exams will be coming, for 4th grade only. This
test compares our students against other states
students. Three teachers will be attending a
training day regarding the Literacy Grant ILM
received. Ms. Rubin announced the school will
have field trip to Camp Abnaki in May, and has
requested approval for a school trip to Montreal
in June, which will be discussed in detail at the
next Board meeting. This trip is being funded by
the PTO. She also reported that many students
are ill with flu like symptoms and colds.
The Board discussed FY15 Budget to Actuals
with questions being raised. Next month there
will be further discussion of Budget to Actuals
FY15. The Educational Advisory Committee is
researching secondary education choices and
will met on January 22 to review and exchange
information received from the schools contacted.
The next regular meeting of the School
Board will be February 18 at 6 pm. The Board
welcomes community
participation. Detailed
copies of minutes are
available at GISU.org
and IsleLaMotte.org,
or you can contact the
GISU central office at
372-6921 for a printed
COMING! The week
of January 26, we will
hold our fourth annual
National Geographic
GeoBee. This is an
event that students in
grades 2 to 6 perform
in. All
receive a certificate.
The top students in
grade 2-3 will receive
a small prize. The
highest scoring 4 to 6
graders will then take
a qualifying exam to
compete with students
across the State at
the competition at
Check out the plaque
outside the School’s
Cafeteria door to see
those who have earned
the honor in past years.
was recently awarded
$500 by the Exxon
Alliance. This is a
renewal of a grant we
have received in the
past via the owners of Crossroads Mobil, On the
Run in Alburgh.
Earlier this year, we also received a grant
from Allstate Insurance via Chris Luce’s work.
Donations to the School in memory of Diane
Creller and Jeannine Lauren continue to arrive
and have exceeded $2,000 altogether. These
kind offerings will be used for place-based
projects that help our students learn about Isle
La Motte and deepen their pride in living here.
CALENDAR: Tuesday, January 27- Grade 4
NAEP Testing; Thursday, January 29- GeoBee;
February 23 to 27- Spring Vacation; March 4Grand Isle County Chorus Concert starts at 5
Due to the unavailability of a priest for the
next three Sundays, there will be no Mass in Isle
La Motte at Saint Joseph’s Church, and there
will only be a Sunday Mass, at 11 am, at Saint
Amadeus Church in Alburgh.
Teacher: “Stone, give me three reasons why
you know the Earth is round.”
Stone: “Ma says so, Pa says so, and you say
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The Assistant Judges of Grand Isle County
will hold a public meeting to present their
proposed budget and to get feedback from you
and your neighbors. The meeting will be held at
the Courthouse on Thursday, January 29 starting
at 6 pm. Copies of the proposed budget can be
picked up at the Courthouse or the Town Clerk’s
It’s almost time to celebrate the frigid winter
weather in North Hero with GreatIce! 2015.
The schedule for Friday, February 6 includes:
Christmas Tree Bonfire, at 5:30 pm, on City Bay
and Family-Style Italian Dinner, at 6:30 pm, at
the North Hero House.
Saturday, February 7 there will be Nordic
Skating with free lessons from 8 to 10 am. There
will be free public skating all weekend on the
1K Oval, Hockey Rink or Speed Skate Drag
Strip and the Champlain Islands Fishing Derby
on Saturday and Sunday; for tickets, call 3725600. The Kid’s Fishing Derby will be from 10
am to 1 pm on City Bay and includes prizes,
instruction and free lunch. Dog Sled Rides will
be given from 1 to 3 pm when Ingrid Bower
returns with her Siberian Huskies. The Frozen
Chosen Regatta will be from 2 to 3 pm on City
Bay when participants will race funky, humanpowered vehicles, and Extreme Frisbee will be
from 3 to 4 pm on City Bay: a fun, informal game
of Frozen Frisbee Football.
Sunday, February 8 there will be a Flapjack
Breakfast from 7:30 to 9 am featuring a hearty
Vermont hot breakfast served by volunteers;
Nordic Skating from 9 to 10:30 am with more free
instruction available and informal races; Over ‘n
Back Trek to Knight Island from City Bay from
9 am to Noon; Drag Racing from 10 to 11 am
with straightaway speed racing on skates for fun
and prizes; Chili-Cook-Off from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
where you can enter your family heirloom chili
recipe for fun and prizes; Ice Bike Racing on City
Bay from 2 to 3 pm for fun and prizes on the
1-K Oval and Pickup Hockey from 2 to 4 pm with
informal teams of all ages and prizes and fun.
Friday, February 13 will bring the GreatIce!
Winter Dance, starting at 7:30 pm, at the North
Hero Community Hall with families, food, fun
and music.
Saturday, February 14, there will be a
Valentine’s Dinner at The North Hero House.
Reservations can be made by calling 372-4732.
For more information, visit www.greaticevt.
org or call 372-4121.
Join community members, businesses and
friends for an Islands Summit on Monday,
February 9, from 5 to 9 pm, at the North Hero
Community Hall. This event will offer the
opportunity to share a meal and participate in
creating a shared vision and a plan to make the
Islands a better place to live, work and play.
The Lake Champlain Islands Economic
sponsoring the meeting, and community leaders
will be on hand to assist. The evening is free and
open to all, and you are encouraged to attend.
For more information and to RSVP, call the
LCIEDC at 372-8400.
By: Joe Resteghini
Our preschool program began as a beautiful
little opportunity for a few kiddos to have a safe
and nurturing place to be
while their parents went
off to work. A few years
ago, word began to
spread that our program
was really convenient
and more friends began
to show up for painting,
and playing, snack
time and circle share.
began advocating for
ten hours of preschool
for three and four year
olds. We were already
offering fifteen. This
year, our preschool
and aftercare team of
FREE DELIVERY AVAILABLE in Alburgh, Isle La Motte & North Hero!
Caryn Zambrano and Mary Ellen Hutchins have
elevated the program from being “really nice” to
what it has become: really amazing. We would
like to congratulate Mary Ellen Hutchins and her
North Hero Eagle Care program, which allows
for students to be here without transition and
with outstanding programming, for gaining her
STARS certification. The North Hero School
preschool program will also receive certification
for STARS in the coming weeks. By having
this certification, we are proving that we are
continuing to elevate our expectations for what
our preschool and after care programs offer to
families and students. Our team is excellent. Our
kids are offered amazing opportunities and get
amazing care. We are very proud of the efforts
of Caryn and Mary Ellen.
Our cheer team will participate in their first
competition of the season tomorrow in Saint
Albans. We are very proud of their efforts and
wish them the best of luck! Who rocks the
house? The Eagles rock the house, and when
the Eagles rock the house, they rock it all the
way down.
This week the third and fourth graders rocked
the house all the way down too. Mrs. Moulton’s
small but mighties celebrated Martin Luther King
day by doing a day of service learning. They tied
in some local knowledge and history in making
French Canadian meat pies. Once the delights
were completed, they were sent down to the
COTS shelter in Burlington to help feed friends
without homes. They produced enough food to
have offered lunch to fifty people, and it smelled
I had the pleasure to be a part of a lesson
that Ms. Aubin taught to the sixth grade math
class, which was about dividing fractions. While
the actual mathematics involved was way over
my head-- I’m good counting by one’s to about
240, the lesson was interesting and offered
many different opportunities for students to
gain access at their own levels. The beauty of
the lesson, coming from a student who once
struggled mightily with fractions, was that all
students left still talking about the math and
smiling about what they had just learned. If you
know a sixth grader, ask them what it means to
divide uncommon denominators with the flip and
multiply and number line strategies. I know what
you are thinking: flip and multiply?
Today is Ms. Tina’s last day with us. I will
never look at a chicken nugget the same way
again. We all thank you.
Do you have something you would like to
share with your North Hero neighbors? I am
always looking for your input on what appears
in this column; please send your stories, events
and ideas to nheronews@yahoo.com.
By: Judy Poquette, Librarian
372-5458, nhlibrary@comcast.net
HOURS: Tuesday from 2 to 7 pm Thursday10 am to 3 pm and Saturday- 9 am to 1 pm.
Check out our free pass to the Vermont
History Museum in Montpelier and the Vermont
Heritage Galleries in Berlin. The pass admits up
to eight people in one vehicle.
NEW MATERIALS: Adult Books- The Wild
Truth by Carine McCandless, The Happiest
People in the World by Brock Clark, White Plague
by James Abel, Far As the Eye Can See by Robert
Bausch, Us by David Nichols, Redeployment by
Phil Klay, Insatiable Appetites by Stuart Woods,
The Man Who Smiled by Henning Mankell, The
Farm by Tom Rob Smith and I’ll Give You the
Sun by Jandy Nelson; Children’s- Emily Winsap
series by Liz Kessler and Mix It Up by Herve
Tullet; DVDs- The Maze Runner, Gone Girl and
The Equalizer.
FREE PASS: The Echo Pass is available for
all Vermont residents, and it may be checked out
for two days.
WI-FI: Available 24/7 from our parking lot.
Free public computers are also available.
If you have a suspended license, Franklin/
Grand Isle County Court Diversion can assist you.
There are currently over 38,000 suspended
vehicle licenses in Vermont. There are a number
of reasons a person’s operator’s license can be
suspended, including failure to pay civil fines,
accumulation of points for moving violations,
failure to pay child support, procurement of
alcohol for a minor and automatic suspensions
for serious violations such as driving while under
the influence.
Sixty percent of all license suspensions
are due to failure to pay traffic tickets. Many
law adding citizens become caught in a cycle
of suspensions due to the inability to meet
the financial obligations of fees, fines, and
subsequent increases to insurance rates.
Act 147 was established by the legislature
to assist people under civil license suspension
to regain their license and avoid the spiral
that may eventually result in a criminal license
suspension. This program is administered by
local Court Diversion Programs.
Franklin/Grand Isle County Court diversion
works cooperatively with the Vermont Judicial
Bureau and the Vermont DMV to determine the
requirements need to reinstate a participant’s
license and to establish a reasonable payment
plan for fines and fees owed. Most participants
are eligible for a reduction in fines and fees.
There are some eligibility restrictions.
For more information, visit https://
fgicourtdiversion.org or call 802-448-0278.
a Great
Mentoring Celebrated at Game Night
The Islander, January 27, 2015 Page 9
Grand Isle County mentoring pairs came together Wednesday night, January 7 to celebrate the
New Year with their annual Game Night, held in the library of the Grand Isle Elementary school.
Mentors, mentees, and even some parents mingled around the room at the start of the night. While
not all mentors and mentees in the program were able to attend Game Night, there was a large
turnout of members excited to play games and interact with others involved in the program. Grand
Isle County mentors and mentees spend an hour a week together as a pair, and Game Night allowed
all members of the program a chance to meet and interact with the other pairs of the program whom
they do not see every week.
Before beginning the games, pizza and veggie platters were served to the group. After dinner,
announcements were made by Karen Browning, Grand Isle County Mentoring Program Coordinator.
“January is Mentor month, so we would like celebrate you all” she said. Mentors and mentees were
thanked for attending Game Night and for their hard work and commitment to each other so far this
school year.
And finally, the games began. Mentor pairs like Willie and Brianna started Game Night by playing
a round of twister. “Left leg green,” Willie stated as she spun the wheel and Brianna stood on the
mat. A large group sat around a table playing various games such as Spoons, Uno, and Pictionary.
Additionally, a button making kit was used by some pairs to make buttons celebrating the month of
mentoring. Julie and Kaolin, another pair, worked together to created and assemble their buttons.
Game Night ended with all mentors and mentees posing for a group photo. As Grand Isle County
Mentoring celebrated mentor month, mentors and mentees look forward continuing their meetings
into the second half of the school year. Grand Isle County Mentoring is always looking for more
volunteers to work as mentors. Every child who wants a mentor should have one! Make a difference
in a youth’s life; be a mentor. If you would like more information, please contact Karen Browning,
coordinator at 802-372-5239 or email gicmentoring@gmail.com.
South Hero Historical Society
Presentations Are Back!
The South Hero Historical Society (SHHS) will begin to offer programs again on the first Friday of
each month. They meet at the Folsom Educational Center, in the upstairs classroom. There are signs
guiding you to the classroom as you enter the front doors. Their first program of the year will be on
Friday, February 6, starting at 7 pm, and the topic will be Bill Duval’s Idea of an Idyllic Childhood at
Bill Duval will share personal stories of his summers growing up at Camp Idlewild on Kibbe Point in
South Hero in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. Along with his mother and older brother, John, he spent
his childhood summers there enjoying all a rural life has to offer. The Camp was owned and operated
first by his grandmother, Virginia Baxendale, and after her death, by his mother, Marian Baxendale
Duval and her brother Jack Baxendale.
Bill taught US History for many years at Albert D. Lawton Middle School in Essex and is currently
retired. The story of South Hero relies on the history of the many camps that dotted the shoreline over
the years. Come enjoy a wonderful speaker with a passion and personal knowledge of South Hero’s
The SHHS’s goal is to get people together who love to learn and talk about South Hero history. All
are welcome, and they hope to see you there!
Pan's South Hero
Open 7 Days
at 4:30
The Islander, January 27, 2015 Page 10
Do you have Grand Isle happenings that you
would like to share? Be sure to send it in! News
needs to be received by 5 pm on Fridays, for
the Grand Isle News section, at grandislenews@
Did you miss the School Budget presentation
on Monday night? Fear not! You can still get a
copy of the FY16 proposed budget at www.gisu.
org/grandisle/schoolboard, or drop an email to
Are your kids busting out of their winter gear?
Do you need a new home for your grown kids’
hats and mittens? Grand Isle School is hosting
a clothing swap on Saturday, January 31 from
8 am to Noon. They would greatly appreciate
donations from Grand Isle residents. We will
be collecting winter outerwear and accessories
suitable for children of all ages: infant to fourteen
years, to include: boots, coats, snow pants, hats
and mittens. Please drop off gently used items at
the Grand Isle School the week of January 19 to
23 between the hours of 7:30 am and 4 pm.
2015 GEO-BEE
On Wednesday, January 21, the annual
Grand Isle Geo-Bee competition was held.
Students from grades 6 to 8 were invited to
challenge themselves with a collection of
geographic questions. The final round left us
with three geographers: Cassie Libby was our
second runner-up, which left Mitchell Gadapee
and Hannah Mahar vying for the championship.
After six tiebreaker questions, Hannah Mahar
correctly identified the Maori people as the
native population of New Zealand. Mitchell is
our school’s runner-up, and Hannah Mahar is
our school champion. It was an exciting finish
to a well-played competition. The competitors
showed great spirit and sportsmanship during
the thrilling final minutes. Hannah will represent
our school at the Vermont State Geo-Bee
competition at the end of March.
We have received some great designs
already! Take a look at our Facebook page for
the newest submissions. Have an idea for your
design? There is still time to submit!
Show us why Grand Isle is the Champlain
Island’s Coolest Big Island! Have an artistic flair?
The winter blues starting to creep up on you? Well,
we have the blue’s-fighting cure for you! What
does the Beauty Spot of Vermont mean to you?
The Town of Grand Isle, administered through the
Grand Isle Recreation Committee, is currently
looking for artists to submit their art/ideas that we
can use to show our community pride on apparel
and more. Please submit your high-resolution
artwork to Julie Dickie at julesdickie@gmail.com
by January 31. For more information and the
legal mumbo stuff, please visit www.facebook.
The Town of Grand Isle’s second tax
installment is due Saturday, January 31, and a
drop-slot is available; postmarks accepted.
It’s “Bowl Weekend!” Yes, it’s the big Super
Bowl game on Sunday, but don’t forget Saturday!
Join your friends and neighbors at Grand Isle
School on Saturday, January 31, from 4 to 7 pm,
for a delicious meal of homemade soups and
bread. The cost is just $5 per person, or $20 per
family, and includes a handcrafted bowl to bring
home for your game-day snacks! This Empty
Bowl event benefits the Grand Isle Food Shelf,
Food for Thought, CIDER Meals and Heifer
International. Hope to see you there!
By: Kathy Tulissi, Library Director
372-4797, grandislefreelibrary@hotmail.com
I wanted to take a few moments to say thank
you to all who were kind enough to donate to the
Library through the Friends Group. Through your
generosity, the Library was able to purchase
some of the Dorothy Canfield Fisher children’s
books that are selected annually by the Vermont
Department of Libraries. Please drop by the
Library to check out some of the new books
that have been added to the Young Adult and
Juvenile Fiction section.
NEW MATERIALS: Juvenile Fiction- Counting
By 7’s by Holly Goldberg, Sloan And Far Far
Away by Tom McNeal, Frogged by Vivian Vande
Velde and Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan; Audio
Recordings- Wild From Lost to Found on the
Pacific Trail by Cheryl Strayed and Betrayed by
Lisa Scottoline.
TRUSTEES MEETING: Trustees meet on the
second Monday of even numbered months at 6
pm, and the public is always welcome to attend.
STORY TIME: Kids, come listen to a great
book at 10 am on Wednesdays
FIBER NIGHT: Do you knit, crochet, sew,
quilt or do any other type of fiber craft? Are you
interested in learning a fiber craft? Please join us
for an enjoyable evening at the library. We teach,
help solve problems, share experiences and just
have a good time. Don’t have tools or materials,
no problem-- we have plenty to share. Come join
the fun! We meet every Thursday from 6:30 to
8 pm.
HOURS: Tuesday- 1 to 8 pm, Wednesday- 9
am to Noon, Thursday- 4 to 8 pm and Saturday9 am to 3 pm.
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By law, public notice of proposed rules must be given by publication in
newspapers of record. The purpose of these notices is to give the public a
chance to respond to the proposals. The public notices for administrative
rules are now also available online at http://secure.vermont.gove/SOS/
rules/. The law requires an agency to hold a public hearing on a proposed
rule, if requested to do so in writing by 25 persons or an association
having at least 25 members.
To make special arrangements for individuals with disabilities or special
needs please call or write the contact person listed below as soon as
To get a copy of a rule or make suggestions to the agency, call or write the
contact person listed below. You may also comment on the proposal by
writing the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules, State House,
Montpelier, Vermont 05602 (828-2231).
10 V.S.A. Appendix, § 21. Bird Seasons, Bag Limits.
Vermont Proposed Rule: 15P001
AGENCY: Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board
CONCISE SUMMARY: The purpose of this rule is to restrict the taking of
crows during their nesting season.
Fish and Wildlife Department, 1 National Life Drive, Davis 2, Montpelier,
VT 05620-3702 Tel: 802-595-3331 Fax: 802-828-1250 Email: catherine.
gjessing@state.vt.us URL: http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com.
FOR COPIES: Mark Scott Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, 1
National Life Drive, Davis 2, Montpelier VT 05620-3702 Tel: 802-8281000 Fax: 802-777-4217 Email: mark.scott@state.vt.us.
10 V.S.A. Appendix, § 122. Fish Management Regulation.
Vermont Proposed Rule: 15P002
AGENCY: Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board
CONCISE SUMMARY: This rule amendment closes the fishing season
for sauger and reduces the daily bag limit for sauger to 0 fish. The
rule proposes that approximately 20 miles of the Batten Kill be
catch-&-release “no kill” for trout. The rule also includes some minor
housekeeping provisions.
Department of Fish and Wildlife 1 National Life Drive, Davis 2 Montpelier,
VT 05620-3702 Tel: 802-595-3331 Email: catherine.gjessing@state.vt.us
URL: http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/laws_rules.cfm.
FOR COPIES: Eric Palmer Department of Fish and Wildlife, 1 National
Life Drive, Davis 2 Montpelier, VT 05620-3702 Tel: 802-828-1645 Fax:
802-828-1250 Email: eric.palmer@state.vt.us.
Act 250 Rules.
Vermont Proposed Rule: 15P003
AGENCY: Natural Resources Board
CONCISE SUMMARY: These rule revisions combine general updates
and revisions with new or revised rules to implement new statutes,
such as the new Downtown Findings process at Section 6086b, Board
reconsideration process at Section 6007(d), and the new Criterion
9(L). The revisions to Rule 21 are made in compliance with Act 199 of
2013(adj.). The attached memo summarizes the proposed rule revisions
in more detail.
Counsel Natural Resources Board Dewey Building, National Life Drive,
Montpelier, VT 05620-3201 Tel: 802-828-3305 Email:
melanie.kehne@state.vt.us URL: http://www.nrb.state.vt.us/.
FOR COPIES: Karen Dupont, Program Technician Natural Resources
Board Dewey Building, National Life Drive, Montpelier, VT 05620-3201
Tel: 802-828-2870 Email: karen.dupont@state.vt.us.
Tax Increment Financing Districts.
Vermont Proposed Rule: 15P004
AGENCY: Agency of Commerce and Community Development
CONCISE SUMMARY: The Vermont Economic Progress Council (VEPC)
was granted authority to adopt rules for the purpose of providing
clarification and detail for administering tax increment financing (TIF)
districts. The rule shall be for all TIF Districts and provide clarification
of statutory construction.
Director, Vermont Economic Progress Council 1 National Life Drive,
Montpelier, VT 05620-0501 Tel: 802-777-8192 Email: fred.kenney@
FOR COPIES: John Kessler Agency of Commerce and Community
Development 1 National Life Drive, Montpelier, VT 05620-0501 Tel:
802-828-5202 Email: john.kessler@state.vt.us.
Administrative Rules of the Board of Osteopathic Physicians and
Vermont Proposed Rule: 15P005
AGENCY: Board of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons.
CONCISE SUMMARY: This is a revision and update of rules last amended
in 2000. The only substantive changes are those pertaining to continuing
osteopathic education.
Professional Regulation 89 Main Street, Floor 3 Montpelier, VT 056203402 Tel: 802-828-2883 Fax: 802-828-2368 Email: larry.novins@sec.
state.vt.us URL: https://www.sec.state.vt.us/professional-regulation/
FOR COPIES: Aprille Morrison Office of Professional Regulation 89 Main
Street, Floor 3, Montpelier VT 05620 Tel: 802-828-2373 Fax: 802-8282465 Email: aprille.morrison@sec.state.vt.us.
The Islander, January 27, 2015 Page 12
February CIDER Calendar
Happy New Year! Grand Isle County seniors are invited to join their friends
and neighbors at The Neighbors community meals program, located at the South
Hero Congregational Church, or on a CIDER excursion or shopping trip. The CIDER
wheelchair-accessible vans are a safe and convenient way for Grand Isle County
seniors and persons with disabilities to travel. CIDER provides much more than just
medical transportation. Seating is limited, and reservations may be made by calling
CIDER at 802-372-6425. Cost is by donation only.
Upcoming events include: Monday, February 9- Foot and Blood Pressure Clinic
at The Neighbors from 10 am to Noon with a suggested donation of $10. RSVP and
bring a towel!
On Friday, February 12, there will be a shopping excursion to Tafts Corners big
box stores with lunch at Ray’s Seafood in Essex; RSVP early!
Friday, February 13 is the date for our Valentine’s Day Ham Luncheon at The
Neighbors starting at Noon. RSVP, and the van from Alburgh will be available.
Last but not least, on Friday, February 27, enjoy Elizabeth Taylor’s Luncheon at
The Neighbors starting at Noon. RSVP, and the van from Alburgh will be available.
Shopping and appointment trips to Saint Albans will be on Thursdays, February
5, 19 and 26.
Join in the fun: volunteer drivers are urgently needed! Mileage reimbursement
is available. For more information, call 802-372-6425.
What’s Cooking at The Neighbors
Reservations for February meals can be made, and are most appreciated, by
calling The Neighbors Community Meals Program, serving elders and persons with
disabilities, at 802-372-4642 on Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings from 8
to 11 am or CIDER at 802-372-6425, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30
pm. Meals are served at Noon, unless otherwise noted, on Mondays, Wednesdays
and Fridays at the South Hero Congregational Church. Home-delivered meals for
eligible individuals are available Monday through Friday south of the drawbridge,
and, currently, on Tuesdays and Thursdays north of the drawbridge. Wheelchairaccessible transportation is available at no cost. A donation of $4 is requested,
$3.50 for home-delivered meals. All meals include: bread, dessert, juice and a
choice of milk, coffee or tea, and their chefs follow nutrition standards as defined
by Champlain Valley Agency on Aging.
The upcoming menu includes: Monday, February 2- bacon cheeseburger pie,
--------------------------------Heater - “SunHeat”. Infared
$54. Pm & Eve. 518-297-6171.
--------------------------------The Abbey Group is now hiring
for the Cook/Supervisor position at the north Hero Elementary School. Hours are 7:30am12:30pm, Monday - Friday.
Applicant must pass criminal
background check and have
basic computer knowledge.
Salary based on prior culinary experience. For further
information or to apply: email
Tina@abbeygroup.net 2/3
--------------------------------Substitute Custodians NeededAlburgh Community Education
Center is looking for substitute
custodians. If you are interested, please call the Grand Isle
Supervisory Union Central Office at 372-6921 x6 for further
information. Hired applicant
will be required to do a Criminal Background Check at their
expense. 2/3
--------------------------------Experienced Waitperson. Part
time opening at the North Hero
House. Please send resume to
--------------------------------Personal Care/Companion Young man in Grand Isle in
need of assistance 2 weekdays
and 1 weekend day per week.
Days negotiable. $12.50 per
hour. Call for details 372-4763
-SERVICES--------------------------------TURNBAUGH ROOFING- Slate,
shingles, metal, rubber. Painting all flashings & metal roofs.
Chimney repair. FREE ESTIMATES. INSURED. 802-3725781 John.
--------------------------------WELDING: Aluminum - stainless & steel. Inshop & portable.
Propeller, skeg repair. Jesberger Welding. 802-796-4079 802324-6954.
--------------------------------You’re an Overeater? You’re
not Alone! Try Food Addicts
Anonymous. Phone Mtgs. 42
phone meetings every week;
AM & PM. More info: Carol 3728672. www.foodaddictsanonymous.org
Brussels sprouts, jello salad; Tuesday, February 3- kielbasa and sauerkraut,
potatoes, carrot salad; Wednesday, February 4- homemade soups, egg salad
sandwich, crackers; Thursday, February 5- ravioli, cheese, string beans, lettuce
and tomatoes, fruit; Friday, February 6- spaghetti and meatballs, tossed
salad; Monday, February 9- chili, rice, tossed salad; Tuesday, February 10roast pork, potatoes, beets, applesauce; Wednesday, February 11- barbeque
chicken, red potatoes, coleslaw, beets; Thursday, February 12- chicken
cacciatore, curly pasta, cauliflower copper pennies; Friday, February 13Valentine’s Day Ham
Lunch: RSVP early,
--------------------------------and van from Alburgh
ISLAND SEWING: All aspects of sewing. Alavailable; Monday,
terations, mending, formal wear. Specializing
February 16- calico
in bridal gowns. 30+ years experience. Call
beans, fluffy jello;
--------------------------------17- vegetable, stir fry,
R. ROSE CONSTRUCTION. Interior Painting.
rice, egg rolls, Waldorf
Remodeling. Kitchen, Bath etc. Free Estisalad; Wednesday,
mates! Insured. 802-372-5693
February 18- chicken
gravy, biscuits, peas,
R&L HOME & LAWN CARE. Landscaping,
Thursday, February
Mowing, Property Maintenance, Bark mulch,
19- hamburger pie,
Small bucket loader, Brush-hog, Tree service,
Spring seasonal clean-up, General carpentry,
Roofs, Decks, Siding, Remodeling. Fully inFebruary
20sured. Free estimates. 802-372-4486
macaroni and cheese,
fish sticks, spinach;
24- Salisbury steak,
------------------------Wednesday, February
We wish to extend our deepest thanks to all
25- goulash, cottage
those who offered their kindness and symcheese;
pathy during our recent loss of Jan. Your
kind expressions of support and sympathy
stew, squash, rice,
touched our hearts and offered us much
peace during this time of loss. We are truFriday,
ly blessed to be part of such a strong and
27- baked haddock,
compassionate community. Our sincere and
red potatoes, mixed
heartfelt Thanks.
The Spaulding’s & Berg’s
vegetables; van from
--------------------------------Alburgh available.
- Staying Strong in Vermont class at the Islands in the
Sun Senior Center, Alburgh from 9:30 to 10:30 am.
- Alburgh School Community Council Meeting at the
School starting at 5 pm.
- Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Course at
the Alburgh Fire Station starts at 6:30 pm.
- South Hero Town Center Public Forum starts at 7
- Bingo at the Islands in the Sun Senior Center,
Alburgh with doors open at 5 pm and games starting
at 6:30.
- Staying Strong in Vermont class at the Islands in the
Sun Senior Center, Alburgh from 9:30 to 10:30 am.
- Grand Isle County Assistant Judges Public Meeting
on Proposed Budget at the Grand Isle County
Courthouse, North Hero starting at 6 pm.
- Zumba Gold at the Islands in the Sun Senior Center,
Alburgh from 6 to 7 pm.
- Milton Route 7 Transportation Study Public Meeting
at the Milton Municipal Building with Open House
starting at 6 pm and presentation at 7.
- VSAC Financial Aid Forms Workshop at Colchester
High School at 6:30 pm.
- Seeds of Renewal Project Abenaki crops presentation
at the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, Swanton
from 6:30 to 8 pm.
- Salsa Dance Lessons at the North Hero Community
Hall starts at 7 pm.
- Kids’ Winter Clothing Swap at the Grand Isle School
from 8 am to Noon.
- ABC Broomball Match on the Lake at the end of
Firehouse Road.
- Empty Bowls Event at the Grand Isle Elementary
School from 4 to 7 pm.
- Valentine-Making Session for Children at Time After
Time Reception, Champlain starts at 1 pm.
- Game Night at the Islands in the Sun Senior Center,
Alburgh with kids and families from 5 to 7 pm and
age fifteen and up from 6 to 9 pm.
- Staying Strong in Vermont class at the Islands in the
Sun Senior Center, Alburgh from 9:30 to 10:30 am.
- YOGI Little League Baseball and Softball Registration
at Folsom Educational Center, South Hero from 5:30
to 7:30 pm.
- 2015 Open Farm and Studio Tour Planning
Committee Meeting at Grand Isle Art Works Gallery
and Cafe, Grand Isle starts at 6:30 pm.
- Bingo at the Islands in the Sun Senior Center,
Alburgh with doors open at 5 pm and games starting
at 6:30.
- YOGI Little League Baseball and Softball Registration
at Grand Isle Elementary School from 5:30 to 7:30
- Stealing From Work presents A Funny Thing Happened
on the Way to the Front Porch Forum at the Off Center
for Dramatic Arts, Burlington starts at 7:30 pm.
- Staying Strong in Vermont class at the Islands in the
Sun Senior Center, Alburgh from 9:30 to 10:30 am.
- Zumba Gold at the Islands in the Sun Senior Center,
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- Stealing From Work presents A Funny Thing Happened
on the Way to the Front Porch Forum at the Off Center
for Dramatic Arts, Burlington starts at 7:30 pm.
- Toddler Tunes at the South Hero Community
Library starts at 10:30 am.
- Great Ice! Christmas Tree Bonfire on City Bay,
North Hero starts 5:30 pm; Family-Style Italian
Dinner at the North Hero House starts at 6:30 pm.
- Story Time at the Champlain Meeting House,
Champlain starts at 6:30 pm.
- South Hero Historical Society presents Bill Duval’s
Idea of an Idyllic Childhood at Idlewild at the Folsom
Educational Center, South Hero starts at 7 pm.
- Stealing From Work presents A Funny Thing Happened
on the Way to the Front Porch Forum at the Off Center
for Dramatic Arts, Burlington starts at 7:30 pm.
- GreatIce! Festivities with Nordic Skating and free
lessons from 8 to 10 am; Kids’ Fishing Derby from 10
am to 1 pm; Dog Sled Rides from 1 to 3 pm; Frozen
Chosen Regatta from 2 to 3 pm and Extreme Frisbee
from 3 to 4 pm, all on City Bay, North Hero.
- Trapping Through the Ice seminar at the Edward
Kehoe Education Center, Castleton from 9 am to 2
- The Traveling Storyteller presents Three Billy Goats
Gruff at the Alburgh Public Library starting at 10:30
- Plattsburgh 2015 Relay for Life Kick-Off at
Plattsburgh International Airport from 2 to 4 pm.
- Stealing From Work presents A Funny Thing Happened
on the Way to the Front Porch Forum at the Off Center
for Dramatic Arts, Burlington starts at 4 and 7:30 pm.
- Pinewood Derby Open at the Milton Elementary
School from 5 to 8 pm.
- Chicken and Biscuits Dinner at Saint Rose of Lima
Church, South Hero starts at 5 pm.
- GreatIce! Flapjack Breakfast from 7:30 to 9 am;
Nordic Skating and free lessons from 9 to 10:30 am;
Over and Back Trek to Knight Island from 9 am to
Noon; Drag Racing from 10 to 11 am, Chili Cook-Off
from 12:30 to 1:30 pm; Ice Bike Racing from 2 to 3
pm and Pick-Up Hockey Game from 2 to 4 pm.
To the Editor:
I like to consider myself informed of many
town activities, but I
have not participated in
the recent Lavin Property Working Group
(LPWG) meetings.
So, I would like to suggest a few items to consider before the Town
spends $440,000.
The LPWG has stated that there is state septic permit for 5,320 gallons per day. This was granted prior
to Mr. Lavin applying for subdivision of the property
into two lots of approximately 75 acres and 26 acres.
Will the waste water permit be split between the two
parcels? Usually, a subdivision is only granted by the
Planning Commission if both parcels have septic capacity.
Is there a conflict of interest in the subdivision approval process since the Town/Planning Commission
are potential customers of one of Mr Lavin's lots?
Can this parcel be developed under Act 250 Criteria 9L that limits building outside of existing villages?
How will building a 'Town Center' change the look
of our town? The traditional South Hero and Island
towns are commercial and town villages along Route
2. Will this become a third village, along with the
current South Hero village and Keelers Bay village?
Will the current South Hero village become abandoned and decrepit after removing the Town Office,
Fire Department and Rescue? Who will want to have
a business in the old village that has limited septic
capability? Will the Town need to implement TIF (Tax
Increment Financing) districts to encourage development in the new center or the old village?
What are the potential costs and proposed time line?
First is the five years to pay for the land: the proposed
cost is $440,000 for 75 acres. Is there an appraisal
The Islander, January 27, 2015 Page 13
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for the 75 acres? The town website references a July
28th appraisal of $556,000 for 101.6 acres. Why is
75 percent of the acres 79 percent of the cost? Then
cost to install the septic, roads, curbs, and sidewalks.
Then cost to upgrade water plant, which is close to
capacity. Then cost to build a fire station, town office, rescue, community center, etc. Office buildings,
restaurants, houses, apartment buildings...
Should we hire a town manger or clerk of the works
to manage all of this construction and marketing to
other potential partners/developers?
This plan is modeled after Colchester and Milton,
which are generations ahead of us. We are a small
town and will continue to be a small town for many
more years. We are already a town where our children
can not afford to live. It has been suggested that this
might be the last chance to purchase land near the
current village. Who can predict what might be available in fifty years when the Town approaches the size
to afford such a project.
Please participate and learn about all the impacts.
There will be an informational meeting Tuesday,
January 27, 7 pm, at the Town Office and another at
Town Meeting on February 28.
Bob Buermann,
South Hero
The Islander, January 27, 2015 Page 14
We are going to open the track at the close
of the official race to host our first annual Open.
So, if you have your old Pinewood Derby cars
still around, dust them off, freshen the paint,
grab your graphite and get down and derby with
us at the 2015 Pinewood Derby, at the Milton
Elementary School, on February 7 from 5 to 8
Milton Middle School’s annual February
Calendar Raffle is here. There are over $2,000
worth of prizes, including: ski tickets to Bolton
Valley, gift certificates from area restaurants,
hair salons, garages and many other prizes.
Purchase your calendar from your favorite Milton
Middle School student, or you can contact Joe
Smith, at jsmith3@mtsd-vt.org, to purchase your
calendar. All proceeds benefit the 8th Grade
Boston trip.
informed us that they will not be sending us
instruction booklets for forms 1040, 1040A and
1040EZ, but they will be sending the forms.
We will post when we receive these forms. In
the meantime, you may obtain instructions and
forms the following ways: view and download
at www.irs.gov/forms; order tax products to be
delivered by mail at wwww.irs.gov/orderforms or
by calling 1-800-829-3676. Vermont State tax
forms can be viewed and downloaded at www.
tax.vermont.gov, ordered by phone: 802-8282515 or 855-297-5600 or order by emailing a
request to taxforms@state.vt.us. We also will be
happy to assist you in printing out forms at the
STORY TIMES: All story times begin at
10 am. The story time schedule is: MondaysInfant Story Time for zero to eighteen months;
Tuesdays- Preschool Story Time for ages three
to five and Fridays- Toddler Story Time for ages
eighteen months to age three. All sessions
include stories, songs and craft time with Mrs.
group meets once a month usually the first
Thursday. If you would like to join this wonderful
group, call 893-4644, and put your name on the
list for the book. With discussion, conversation
and refreshments, it’s a book party every month!
BRIDGE CLUB: The weekly Bridge Club
meets every Wednesday, from 1 to 3 pm, for
friendly games; all levels are welcome, including
Milton’s seniors enjoy meals at the
Arrowhead Senior Citizens’ Center twice a
week: Wednesdays and Fridays. All meals and
programs are sponsored by the Champlain
Valley Agency on Aging and are held at the
Milton Arrowhead Senior Citizens’ Center unless
otherwise noted. Seniors age sixty and over are
welcome. Call Shirley early at 893-1619, at least
25 hours ahead, for reservations. A $4 donation
is appreciated. Milton’s CVAA advocate is Julie
Petersen at 865-0360 or 1-800-642-5119. Mealsite Coordinator is Karen Fitzgerald.
There will be a foot clinic on Friday, January
30; please sign up. Meals will be served on
Wednesdays and Fridays; however, due to a
broken link, I have no menus for this month.
QUILTING: Learn the basics of making
a patchwork quilt with Deborah Dolby on
Thursdays, January 29 and February 5, 12, 19
and 26, from 1 to 2:30 pm, at the Milton Public
Library Community Room. This event is free of
LEARN TO PLAY GUITAR: You’ll be jamming
in no time if you attend lessons scheduled for
Fridays, January 30 and February 6, 13, 20 and
27, from 6 to 7 pm, at the Milton Elementary/
Middle School in the Music Room. The fee is $75
for a six-week session, and the current session
is underway.
body’s fluidity, stretch and strength on Mondays,
February 2, 9, 16 and March 2, from 9:30 to
10:30 am, at FootWorks Studio of Dance at 7
Southerberry Drive in Milton. The fee is $60 per
person for a six-week session, and the current
session is underway.
On very cold nights, remember Vermont 2-11. That’s the number anyone can dial to find out
about community resources, like emergency food
and shelter, disability services, senior services,
transportation needs and much more. Stay safe.
By: Mitzi Johnson,
Grand Isle County State Representative
Just before this goes to print, the House
Appropriations Committee will vote on budget
adjustments for the current fiscal year. It’s an
annual bill that move monetary allotments
(“appropriations”) from one area of state
government to another based on trends in the
first half of the fiscal year. The budget adjustment
also allows us to change overall spending to
match the revenue coming in so that we end
the year on balance. This year, we made $31
million of reductions in August and reduced
general fund spending by another $12 million in
the budget adjustment bill, bringing the general
fund growth rate over last year to 1.48 percent.
We’ve also set aside an additional $2 million for
reserves to help close the substantial budget gap
for FY16.
This is the first bill our committee has tackled
in my new role as Chair of the Appropriations.
I’m so appreciative of each member of our
committee, their hard work in digging deep
into facts to understand how the numbers and
spreadsheets impact Vermonters’ lives and every
single member’s ability to check party politics at
the door to come up with the best budget we
can. This is a team sport, and I’m working with a
great team!
One of the themes driving down expenditures
is the reduction in State assistance. There can
be any number of reasons for this: in recent
years, the legislature created time limits and
strengthened work requirements for Reach-Up:
long ago called welfare, unemployment is down,
and lower fuel prices ease pressure in household
budgets. Substantial investments in treating
drug addiction may be stabilizing people’s lives.
There are probably many reasons, but the trend
shows fewer people applying for Reach-Up, food
assistance and heating assistance. One concern
that remains is access to affordable housing. I
think this will be a continued theme as we work
through the FY16 budget.
Please contact us with your thoughts and
questions: Representative Bob Krebs at rkrebs@
leg.state.vt.us or 802-372-4567, Representative
Mitzi Johnson at mjohnson@leg.state.vt.us or
Congregational Church of South Hero, U.C.C.
We Invite and Welcome Everyone.
Pastor: Rev. Cordelia Burpee
24 South St., South Hero, VT 05486
Tel: 802-372-4962 E-mail: ccshvt@gmail.com
www.vtcucc.org/South_Hero •www.facebook.com/CCSHVT
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 3pm
Free Community Supper 2nd Friday each month 5:30-7pm
Island Roman Catholic Parishes
Serving the churches of Alburgh, Grand Isle,
Isle La Motte & South Hero
St. Amadeus, Alburgh- Sunday: 10:30 a.m.
St. Joseph, Grand Isle- Sunday: 10:00 a.m.
St. Joseph, Isle La Motte- Sunday: 9:00 a.m.
St. Rose of Lima, South HeroSaturday: 4:00 p.m.
Father Lawrence P. Ridgley, Pastor
St. Amadeus Office 796-3481
St. Rose of Lima Office 372-4092
Champlain Islands Parish
Rev. Hyungyong Choi
Isle La Motte
United Methodist
Church Sunday
8:00 a.m.
North Hero
United Methodist
Church Worship
Combined Service at
9:30 a.m.
The Churches with...
Parish Office 372-6638
Main St., Route 2, Alburgh, VT
Dr. John C. Kehoe, Pastor
Independent—Bible Believing—Gospel Preaching
SUNDAY School & Bible Study _______ 9:30AM
SUNDAY Worship__________________ 10:30AM
WEDNESDAY Prayer Mtg. & Bible Study 7:00PM
WEDNESDAY Children's Bible Club____ 7:00PM
“A Friendly and Joyful Welcome Awaits You”
Nursery Provided at all Services
website: www.unionbiblechurch.org
A non-denominational
GCMF affiliated Church
(802)782-9384 WWW.GLBCVT.ORG
“God’s Word has the answer”
Episcopal Diocese of VT & Anglican Diocese of Montreal
www.diovermont.org www.montreal.anglican.ca
Sunday, February 1st
10 a.m. Table Eucharist
at members’ home in Isle La Motte
Sunday, February 8th
10 a.m. Eucharist & Sunday School
at St. Thomas’, Noyan
The Rev. Thora L. Chadwick 802-863-8036
We Welcome You To Attend
Island Bible Fellowship A/G
North Hero Community Hall
Rte 2, North Hero Village
Sunday Services 9:00AM – 10:30AM
Pastor Larry Rohm
Islanders Girls Basketball Team
on a Winning Streak
Congratulations to the
Islanders Girls Basketball
Team, sponsored by
Keeler Bay Health Center,
who have won their last
five games of Mini Metro
a big come from behind win over the #3 ranked
team Rutland this past weekend 28-24. The team is
currently 6 and 4 and ranked #6 out of 23 teams! They have four weeks left of their Mini Metro
season. You can follow their progress on Facebook by “liking” Islanders Girls Basketball. There, you
can see their upcoming schedule, if you would like to come out and cheer them on!
No Ice is Safe Ice!
Please be safe out on the Ice! An all terrain vehicle, ATV, went through the ice near the railroad
fill in front of the opening by the North Hero Marine. The gentleman, although quite cold, survived
and was not harmed. Carl Penske of Carl Penske Enterprises was called to retireve the ATV. Here are
a few extra tips on staying safe.
•Don’t head out before it is light particular if this is a new area you have not been. And even if you
have been fishing there every day, beware things can change over night.
•Look at the lake map for shoals, reefs and areas where there is likely to be current.
•Invest in ice picks and have them handy. You would be amazed at how difficult is to pull your self
out of the water and up on to the ice with out them.
•And one last thought, some floatation on your ATV is a big help. The gentleman’s machine
pictured has storage boxes made out of white cedar and 2” thick. This was enough to keep it afloat.
A fair size intertube would do the same thing and could be tied or clipped into place when traveling.
ATV upon arrival. To the right: Carl Penske retrieving the ATV. Below: Success!
Ice Picks
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