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The Islander, February 3, 2015 Page 1
Great Ice! This Weekend!
Featured Properties
The ninth annual winter celebration Great Ice! will return this year with
eighteen popular events, such as the Over ‘n Back Trek to Knight Island,
Dog Sled Rides, Free Nordic Skating Lessons, Ice Bike Racing, the Winter
Dance, Pickup Hockey, a Kid’s Fishing Derby, a Valentines Dinner, the Flapjack
Breakfast and more!
The schedule for Friday, February 6 includes: Christmas Tree Bonfire, at
5:30 pm, on City Bay in North Hero and Family-Style Italian Dinner, at 6:30
pm, at the nearby North Hero House Inn.
Affordable 2 bdrm, 1 ba home. Large village lot with municipal water and sewer,
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 802-372-5600. 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
Four bedroom, one bath ranch on just under
3 pm on City Bay when participants will race funky, human-powered vehicles,
two acres, priced to sell at $139,900
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
The Team
prizes on the 1-K Oval and Pickup Hockey from 2
to 4 pm with informal teams of all ages and prizes
to Better Serve You!
and fun.
Friday, February 13 will bring the Great Ice!
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
David Porteous
Carol Racine
Dinner at The North Hero House. Reservations
Realtor 861-6292 Lic. Admin 861-6294
can be made by calling 802-372-4732.
Dave@homesvermont.com Carol.Racine@remax.net
Donations are welcome! Proceeds from allExperience Integrity Professional
volunteer Great Ice! 2015 will be shared by North
Serving: Grand Isle, Franklin,
Hero Historical Society, North Hero Volunteer Fire
& Chittenden Counties
Department and Grand Isle Rescue. Some events
RE/MAX North Professionals
have admission fees. Visit greaticeVT.org for
more information, updates and weather, or call
802-372-4121. All events are in North Hero with
free public skating on two rinks and a 1-K Oval.
Parking is free.
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P.O. Box 212
South Hero, VT 05486
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In This Issue...
Bonefire on the ice. Photo credit: Susan Davis.
Governor Shumlin Swears In
State’s Attorneys
Governor Peter Shumlin recently administered the oath of office to a number
of Vermont’s State’s Attorneys elected by the people of their respective counties.
State’s Attorneys represent the people of the State of Vermont in criminal court
cases ranging from DUI to homicide, in child protection matters, and in family
court cases.
This year, Vermont welcomes five new State’s Attorneys: Jennifer Barrett of
Orleans County, Paul Finnerty of Lamoille County, Rosemary Kennedy of Rutland
County, Douglas DiSabito of Grand Isle County and Scott Williams of Washington
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
FREE DELIVERY AVAILABLE in Alburgh, Isle La Motte & North Hero!
County. They join the nine State’s Attorneys who have served previously: T.J.
Donovan of Chittenden County, David Fenster of Addison County, Jim Hughes of
Franklin County, Vince Illuzzi of Essex County, Michael Kainen of Windsor County,
Erica Marthage of Bennington County, Will Porter of Orange County, Tracy Shriver
of Windham County and Lisa Warren of Caledonia County.
The fourteen State’s Attorneys officially commenced their four-year term of
office on Sunday, February 1, 2015.
“State’s Attorneys enforce our basic social contract-- ensuring that crime victims
receive justice and that offenders are held accountable for their actions. We look
forward to working with the Governor and the Legislature to continually improve
the manner in which we deliver these criminal justice services to Vermonters,”
said David Cahill, Director of the Department of State’s Attorneys and Sheriffs.
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Bring Your Ideas and Enthusiasm
To an Islands Summit
Repair Shop
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, and help to create plans to make the Islands a better place to
live, work and play. This is a rescheduling of the Islands Summit which was postponed due to snow back in
December. The evening is free and open to all, and dinner will be catered by Harborside Harvest Market with
Island Homemade Ice Cream for dessert.
The Islands are a special place: how do we preserve what we have and ensure a vibrant and successful
future for all? We are rich with natural resources, value-added agriculture, strong cultural heritage and an
entrepreneurial spirit. Let’s build on these assets and ensure there are opportunities for people of all ages.
The Lake Champlain Islands Economic Development Corporation is sponsoring the meeting, as part of a
Healthy and Sustainable Communities grant received through the Northwest Regional Planning Commission.
Community leaders will be on hand to assist.
For more information and to RSVP, call LCIEDC at 802-372-8400.
Island Eagles Announce Raffle Winners
Parts Plus Car Care Center
79 Allen Road
Grand Isle, VT
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Septic Systems & Water Lines - All Kinds of Work!
Island Eagles Aerie #4533 would like to thank everyone who bought tickets to their recent Heat and Eat
Raffle and to announce the winners: Heat- $500 worth of heating fuel to Vickie Lawrence; Eat- $300 worth of
groceries to Kim Preavy and Go- $200 worth of gas to Tom Pressley!
Road Grader
Alburg, VT
Legislative Update
By: Representative Bob Krebs, Grand Isle County
Last week, there was very little activity on the floor. The budget adjustment
act (H.82) passed the House with broad support. The Appropriations Committee,
with the leadership of Representative Johnson, made more reductions in
spending to align with the revised revenue projections. H4, relating to the ban
of micro beads, passed with unanimous support.
Our Fish Wildlife and Water Resources Committee has been almost exclusively
immersed in water quality legislation for the last two weeks, struggling to get
through the 86-page bill as a committee and taking testimony from a wide
diverse host of witnesses.
This broad and comprehensive bill will “take no prisoners” or “spare no
one”. Portions of the bill are driven by the administration’s commitment to EPA
(through the Phase I TMDL Implementation Plan) to enact/promote legislation
that provides “reasonable assurance” that we as a state will meet our water
quality obligations and statutory requirements. This bill will address a multisector array of nutrient pollution sources, the need for systematic and more
targeted enforcement of water quality violations, and the need for sustainable
and adequate sources of funding and resources.
The agricultural sections of the bill will require revisions to the current AAP’s,
small farm certifications, water quality training, custom applicator certification,
and some livestock exclusion. A major revision in agricultural administrative
enforcement and corrective action statutes is proposed (by AAFM). The agency
needs more flexibility with emergency orders, fines for violators, and civil
authority for the attorney general. If all administrative efforts are not successful
the secretary is seeking authority to remove violators from the current use
program or remove livestock from farms with substandard infrastructure.
The many sections of the statutes relating to stormwater management
are being rewritten and consolidated. This will impact NPDES permits, most
development projects, towns and municipalities and the state, and will generally
assure a broad participation. New rules to manage regulated stormwater runoff
from municipal highways will be authorized, including general permits, and the
state highway system may be permitted as a whole. There also may be more
Residual Development Authority, authorized by the Clean Water Act, exercised
related to non-permitted activities that have been identified as significant
contributors to polluted runoff.
The forestry community will be required to review and update their Accepted
Management Practices (AMP’s). Municipalities with WWTFs may be required to
reduce their effluent phosphorus concentration or mass loading without being
fully funded: at 100 percent, with the proposed State share being reduced to 25
percent. MS4 towns may now be eligible for grant funds.
Please contact Mitzi or I with any issues, questions, or ideas: Representative
Bob Krebs at rkrebs@leg.state.vt.us or 802-372-4567; Representative Mitzi
Johnson- mjohnson@leg.state.vt.us or 802-363-4448, and during the week, you
may also leave a message with the Sergeant-at- Arms at 802-828-2228.
Is Your Chili the Best?
Come support the Grand Isle Volunteer Fire Department and enter
your chili in the First Annual Chili Contest on Saturday, February 21st at
the Grand Isle School from 12:00-2:30. If you don’t make chili but like to
eat it, come and vote on your favorite chili. Once your ballot is submitted,
you will receive a bowl of your favorite chili.
To enter your chili please pre-register by calling 372-5906 or emailing
vtleps@aol.com. There is a contest entry fee of $10 and it is $5 to be a
taste tester. Set up for chili chefs is at 11:45. Prizes will be awarded for:
People’s Choice, Judge’s Favorite, Best Presentation and Best Chili Name.
Auction At Convienence/Grocery Flea
Market, Store 13 South Main St. Alburgh VT
Sat. Feb. 7, Start 11am,
Preview 10 To Start
Partial listing, 12pm Commercial Kitchen Items:
Commercial Meat Band Saw*, Commercial Meat Grinder*, 6qt Hobart Table Top
Dough Mixer, Meat Cutter, Bun Coffee Maker, Table Top Steam Table, Hot
Dog Self Server Case with Bun Warmer, Stainless Steal Prep Table, Nacho
Machine, meat wrapping station , More!
Die cast metal cars, G.I. Joe astronaut figurines, Knives, Metal Table Top
Knight, Coo-coo Clock, Hump Back Mantel Clocks,
Sofa, Coffee Table, End Stand, Arrow Back Rocker, Lawn Furniture, 12 Gun Rifle Cabinet, 4 drawer early chest, one drawer over two doors over to
drawer dresser,
Other Items:
Drum Set, Electric Dryer, Mini- Refrigerator, DVDs, Sun Glasses,
Decorative Platters, Glassware, Plates, S&P’s, Mosquito repellent,
gift cards, Dish Soaps, Shampoos, Deodorants, buckets, figurines, gift
napkins, Ties, & Clothing, Party Supplies balloons, storeroom with
over 50 boxes yet to be search of brand-new merchandise wow wow !
Store Fixtures:
Aprox. 80’ of Double Side Free Standing Store Shelving, Adjustable Book
Shelves, Display Cases, Spinner Racks, Push Button Safe*, Organizing Bins,
Store Counter, more!
Tools and Hardware:
Hot Water Tanks 20gal Squat & 30ga upright, Display Cases Stove Vent Pipe,
Paint Brushes, Ratchet Tie Downs, Miscellaneous Hand Tools, Ice fishing
sticks, fishing lures, fishing poles, automotive supplies oil, Diesel fuel,
dry gas, paintbrushes, furnace air filters, Work Gloves, aprox 20 Boxes of
Nails, ratchet tie downs, nuts bolts screws still in parts Bins Bungees,
Kitchen Cabinets, and more!
Payment Terms: Major Charge Cards, 13% Buyers premium with 3% Discount
for Cash, or Good Check,
Auctioneer Notes: All who attend & remove items do so at their own risk.
Bring your own chair, only Go to www.Bridgestauction.com for more Details,
Photos & Online Bidding, and ask to be put on our weekly email mailing list. And please mark your calendar for these other fine auctions:
Every Fri. 6pm Box Lot Bonanza
Feb 21st 6pm Auction at Sun Island Community Center Alburgh VT
Every Sun. 10:30am House Hold
Bridge St. Auction Service
www.Bridgestauction.com, 518-563-0568
Stephen T. Brodi Auctioneer NY, VT &
Licensed Real Estate Agent
No Consignment, Estate, Bus. Liq. or Down Sizing, TOO LARGE or too small,
We do it all! At Your Location or Ours, So, Why not give us a call!
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Monday marked the midway point between
the winter solstice and the spring equinox, a day
steeped in "shadowy history", a day we look to a
marmot to answer the question-- a question we
in the North Country already know the answer
to: "how many more weeks of winter will be
have to endure?" The present day holiday most
likely emerged from the Christian "Candlemas"
and the German tradition of pronouncing the
day sunny only if badgers and other animals
glimpsed their own shadows. Germans brought
this tradition west as they settled in Pennsylvania
in the 18th and 19th centuries. A newspaper
editor is claimed to have had the brainstorm of
our current Groundhog Day and the infamous
Punxsutawney Phil. We know winter is not going
to end in six weeks, no matter what the outcome
of the rodent's vision, but I do know that the days
are getting longer, starting February means we
are that much closer to March and somewhat
warmer temps have to be in the forecast soon,
right? Perseverance is the word of the week.
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 the hill. The location has changed-- they
are so sorry and are just doing their best to find
the perfect place: once again to Blue Rock Road
on Route 78, just before RV Park. 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 802-2386937. Everyone is encouraged to bring regular
sleds and enjoy sledding and free skating after
the race and also, a huge Christmas tree bonfire
on the lake at the end of firehouse road at 5:30
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 $50 a team, double elimination,
and there is a limit of twenty teams. For more
information, contact Brian Reed at 370-2420 or
Mona Reed at 796-4230. Thank you!
It's time to beat the winter blues and have
some bingo fun. Islands in the Sun have started
up their Wednesday night Bingos at the Senior
Center, and they will be continuing every
Wednesday. The doors open at 5 pm and Bingo
starts at 6:30. The snack bar, with lots of delicious
goodies, will be open as well.
By: Gina Lewis, Library Director
796-6077, alburgpl@fairpoint.net
NEW BOOKS: New books released this week
at the Library are Crash and Burn by Lisa Gardner,
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, The Reaper:
Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special
Ops Sniper by Nicholas Irving and Obsession In
Death by JD Robbs.
Saturday, February 7, at 10:30 am, the Traveling
Storyteller will be here to perform Three Billy
Goats Gruff. There will also be activities, a craft,
snacks and prizes. All are welcome to attend.
This program is free!
FOR THE KIDS: Story Time is every Tuesday
Every Thursday
1$ off all drinks
for the Ladies
Feb. 14
Valentines Day Dance
5$ donation finger food
buffet and
Damaged Goods band
playing from 8-12
SAL Fishing Derby
10$ per ticket
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.
Kids art classes are every Thursday at 3:30
pm for grades K to 8.
needlework, all handcrafters are welcome to
come to the Library, on Thursdays at 6:30 pm,
and enjoy a quiet, laidback environment, with a
wonderful group of individuals, to work on your
latest project.
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!
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Weds & Thurs.
The Mooers Good Fellowship Club will meet
on Wednesday, February 11, at Noon, at the
VFW Twin Bridges. The meeting will begin with a
potluck dinner, and all members are encouraged
to attend.
Shake the winter chill with a humorous
night of laughs with Completely Stranded,
Plattsburgh’s Premiere Improv Comedy Troupe,
as they perform a benefit comedy show at 8 pm
on Saturday, February 7 at the Weathercock Bar
and Restaurant in Chazy.
Completely Stranded, featuring Jason Borrie,
Merritt Billiter and Andrew Ducharme, performing
the style of the hit television show Whose Line
Is It Anyway? is giving a benefit performance
to raise funds for Chazy Music Theatre and
their upcoming March production of Can-Can.
Completely Stranded is asking supporters for
a donation of $10 at the door to help support
Chazy Music Theatre, a theatrical not-for-profit
organization that has done several musical
productions at Chazy Central Rural School over
the years. Your name will be entered for two
separate drawings to receive a pair of tickets to
the upcoming Can-Can production, which will be
held the weekend of March 19 through the 22nd.
Come enjoy an unforgettable evening of
sidesplitting laughs created out of the wacky,
unpredictable suggestions of the audience.
You will be able to laugh, party and support this
worthy cause. The doors open at 7 pm, and the
performance will start at 8. For more information,
check out Completely Stranded on Facebook or
Members of the Chazy and Rouses Point
Presbyterian churches will hold combined
services at the Chazy Presbyterian Church at 11
am during the month of February.
Lay Pastor Barbara Perry will conduct
services on Sunday, February 8; Lay Pastor
Emily Castine on Sunday, February 15 and the
Rev. Dr. Robert Martin on Sunday, February 22.
The Dodge Memorial Library in Rouses Point
continues to be a hub for many interesting and
educational programs this winter.
Story Time with Miss Sara is offered each
Tuesday at 10 am. You are invited to join the
group for a story, singing, art project and snack.
The knit/crochet group meets each
Wednesday evening from 6 to 7:30 pm. Everyone
is welcome regardless of ability and knowledge.
This is a great time to learn, or share, and meet
new friends or visit with old ones.
Mah-Jongg is being offered every Friday from
10 am to Noon. No experience is necessary-- a
great time to learn a fun game!
Saturday, February 7 is Take Your Child to
the Library Day. Friends of the Library will be
sponsoring a Valentine’s Day craft project at the
Library from 10 am to Noon. Make a Valentine’s
card to be displayed at the Library and one for
a special person. This event is free and open to
the public. Refreshments will be served.
The monthly Library Board Meeting will be
held at the Library on Tuesday, February 10 at 7
pm. All meetings are open to the public.
The Library will be closed on Monday,
February 16 in observance of President’s Day.
As there will be no school the week of the 16th,
Valid 3/3/15
a movie matinee of Malificent will be offered on
Wednesday, February 18 starting at 10 am. This
program is free and open to the public.
Book versus movie, Reluctant Fundamentalist
will be discussed on Thursday, February 19 at 6
pm. Popcorn will be served.
Friends of the Library will hold their monthly
meeting on Monday, February 23 at 7 pm.
Meetings are open to the public, and new
members are always welcome.
The book club will meet on Thursday,
February 26 for a discussion on Orenda by
Joseph Boyden.
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.
Several local Clinton Community College
students have been named to the President’s
List for the fall semester of 2014. Each student
must achieve a grade point average above 3.75.
Named to the honor list as full time students:
from Champlain- Sian Brothers, Krista White;
Mooers- Adam Khater, Aaron Mesick, Nathan
Thibodeau; Mooers Forks- Garrett Begore, Sean
Ireneusz Kuzmin, Taylor Rabideau; Rouses
Point- Breann Legnard.
Part-time students named to the honor list
are: Jacqueline Barcomb and Randy Grimshaw,
Rouses Point; Jennifer Judkins and Sharon
Waldenmaier, Mooers; Karen Poupore and
Marycatherine Taffner, Mooers Forks.
Congratulations all dean’s list 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, February 4- Racing from Airborne
Speedway from August 2, Peru vs. Massena NYS
Capital District Class A Regional Girl’s Soccer;
Thursday and Friday, February 5 and 6- NCCS vs.
NAC Varsity Girls’ Basketball, Chazy vs. Lisbon
NYS Capital District Class D Boys’ Basketball,
Chazy vs. Lisbon NYS Capital District Class D
Boys’ Regional Soccer; Saturday and Sunday,
February 7 and 8- Our Little Corner with Gordie
Little with Saint Albans Raid, Part Two, followed
by Calvin Castine and Dr. John Southwick
looking at a 1941 map of Clinton County and
What’s Going on Here with Bob Venne; Monday
and Tuesday, February 9 and 10- Chazy vs.
Keene Varsity Boys’ Basketball, Beekmantown
vs. Westhill NYS Regional Class B Girls’ Soccer;
Wednesday, February 11- Clinton Community
College December Graduation Ceremonies,
August 9 Racing from Airborne Speedway.
It was sad news to learn of the tragic car
accident in Michigan that took the life of Ashley
Houle-Render, formerly of Rouses Point.
Ashley was in a vehicle driven by her
boyfriend Christopher Hayes, when the vehicle
skidded on icy roads and went off the highway.
Ashley, 24, graduated from Northeastern Clinton
Central School in 2008. Her parents, Timothy
and Joey Redner Houle of Battle Creek, and her
three sisters, also of Michigan, survive her, along
with her grandmother Angeline Houle of Rouses
Point. Christopher was also injured in the
accident and was airlifted to Bronson Hospital in
Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Sympathy goes out to the Houle and Render
How wonderful it is to have a bright and sunny
Saturday, even though it is very cold-- a great
time to make homemade soup and enjoy a good
book, of course, after all the chores are done!
Start the Search for
Your Heritage
at the Vermont
Genealogy Library
Two classes are scheduled in the upcoming weeks
at the Vermont Genealogy Library in Colchester.
Get started with Beginning Genealogy, on
Saturday, February 7, and learn how easy it is to
find your ancestors! Learn where to start, where
to find local resources and how to find free sites on
the internet with instructor Sheila Morris who will
discuss methods and best practices for research
and organizing the information you find. Afterward,
volunteers will show you the Library.
On Saturday, February 14, dive into more factfinding fun with DNA Tests: Maternal & Paternal
Lines. This class will explain how tests for maternal
and paternal lineages work, their power and their
limitations, as well as when you should use them.
This class will cover costs, support tools, websites
and how to analyze the data. Actual test results will
be used to demonstrate the application of these
tools to genealogical problems.
The Vermont Genealogy Library is located at 377
Hegeman Avenue in Colchester, across from the State
Police in Fort Ethan Allen. Classes run from 10:30 am
to Noon, and they cost $5, unless otherwise noted.
The Library is also open for research on Tuesdays
from 3 to 9:30 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 4
pm. For more information, visit http://www.vtgenlib.
org/ or call 802-310-9285.
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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.
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!
The South Hero Planning Commission will
hold a Public Hearing at 7 pm on Wednesday,
February 18, at the Town Office, to act on a
final subdivision brought by landowners Martin
and Patricia Lavin who seek to create a new lot
with remaining land at 275 US Route 2.
At their regular meeting January 26, the
Board started the meeting by approving a
motion to accept the waiver/release to be used
for the Town sponsored K-4 ski program as
amended by the town attorney.
Jack Donnelly of Community Health Center
Burlington (CHCB) told the Board that, if
the Town does buy the property on Route 2,
that they may be interested in purchasing
approximately four acres to build a new health
center in South Hero. The reason that Mr.
Donnelly came before the Board before the
property is purchased, is due to the fact that the
CHCB has been awarded a grant and that time
will be of the essence in order to use the grant
before it expires. He just wants the Board to
think about it. The Selectboard will be interested
in studying a proposal if the Town does, in fact,
buy the property.
South Street Project updates: The attorney
has studied the possibility of new language
to appease the Dubuque/Saxon families. In
the meantime, the project and engineering
will continue since the project will proceed as
determined after the necessity hearing.
The Town budget was approved as finalized.
A motion was made and approved to sign
the warning and approve the articles for
Town Meeting, including the article modified
from previous versions: “Will the legal voters
of the Town of South Hero authorize the
Selectboard to borrow an amount not to exceed
$440,000.00 plus closing costs, 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 5
Mitch asked the Board if rubble stone
seawalls constructed below 102 feet require
a permit from the Town. The consensus is
that this is “landscaping” and that no permit is
necessary at this time. A homeowner may need
a permit from ANR, but that is separate from
the Town.
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!
10 am, come to the Library for a fun Preschool
Story Hour!
LEGISLATIVE MEETING: Talk with our local
legislators and enjoy free pizza at McKees
Island Pub and Pizza on Tuesday, February
17 from 6 to 7 pm, co-sponsored by the Lake
Champlain Islands Economic Development
Corporation and the South Hero Community
BOOK DISCUSSION: March 25 at 6:30
pm, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena will
be the featured book. Google Books calls this,
“A haunting novel set in a nearly abandoned
hospital in war-torn Chechnya that is both
intimate and ambitious in scope”.
LOCAL AUTHOR: Ron Krupp, author of The
Woodchuck Returns to Gardening, will be at
the Library on Wednesday April 8 at 6:30 pm!
of Trustees Meeting is held on the second
Monday of every month at 4:30 pm, and it is
open to the public.
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 802734-7448 or 802-3784591 or email info@
Colchester-Milton Rotary
Selling Tickets for Annual Calcutta
The Colchester-Milton Rotary Club will host its third annual Calcutta on Friday,
February 13, at the Essex. The event includes a buffet dinner for two and a ball
that gives you a chance at the $2,000 cash Grand Prize.
Only 100 balls will be sold and every tenth ball drawn will win a prize. The cost
of admission is just $125, which includes dinner for two and a cash bar.
The festivities begin at 6 pm with dinner at 6:30. The Calcutta will run from 7
to 8:30 with Jamie Polli acting as emcee. Those who cannot attend, may still buy
a ball for $75 and be in the running for all prizes.
All proceeds will be donated to charitable causes in our local communities
including food projects, literacy projects, educational projects, youth programs,
scholarship and much more.
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Tim Brisson at 802-8932836 or tbrisson66@comcast.net.
Island Ice Cream
to Screen Sweet Dreams, Twice
On Thursday, February 12, join Island Ice Cream for one of two screenings 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://vimeo.
This event is being sponsored by Island Ice Cream and will be held on Thursday,
February 12 with two opportunities to attend: the first screening will start at 3:45
pm at Vermont Commons School, 75 Green Mountain Road in South Burlington,
and the second screening will be shown at 7 pm at Champlain College Alumni
Auditorium, 375 Maple Street in Burlington. These events are free and open to
the public, and free Island Ice Cream Bars will be served during intermission. Take
note that while there will be plenty of seating at both venues, admission will be
on a first-come, first-served basis.
Open Your Heart and Home
To a Fresh Air Child
Make this Valentine’s Day extra special for your family and give them the gift
of friendship with a Fresh Air child! Each summer, nearly 4,000 inner-city children
visit suburban, rural and small town communities across thriteen states from
Virginia to Maine and Canada through The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family
Program. This summer, join volunteer host families in the northern Champlain
Valley who open their hearts and homes to New York City children.
“I have so many favorite memories that it’s hard to pick: helping our Fresh Air
child catch a fish for the first time, or how excited she was her first summer to see
cows and horses, or finally being able to gaze up at the stars, because she said the
glare of city lights doesn’t allow her to see them. It’s definitely the little things
that mean the most,” says Meg, a Fresh Air host.
Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from six to eighteen years old, who live in
New York City. Children on first-time visits are six to twelve years old and stay for
one or two weeks. Children who are reinvited by host families may continue with
The Fresh Air Fund through age eighteen and can enjoy extended trips. Families
find hosting so rewarding that more than 65 percent of all Fresh Air children are
invited to visit the same host families year after year. Through the eyes of Fresh
Air children, families often rediscover the beauty of their own communities.
The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free
summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from lowincome communities since 1877. For more information on hosting a Fresh Air
child this summer, please contact Wynton Marsalis at 212-897-8942 or visit The
Fresh Air Fund online at www.freshair.org.
Vermont Commons School Seniors
Working on 20% Time Projects
“The world is a collaborative, communicative and rapidly evolving place,”
says Social Studies Chair Mark Cline Lucey “… which is why we strive to teach our
students to create their own questions, do their own research, and form their own
conclusions with their learning. We… allow them to be autonomous learners.”
To that end, the Social Studies Department at Vermont Commons School started
the 20% Time Project with the senior class. Since September, each of the eight
students has been given every 5th class period to follow a personal passion through
to the creation of a globally-oriented project. Some examples of current projects
are: Making Remote
Health Care Affordable
by Jamie Benson of
combination vein finder/
pulse oximeter.
Maps, Maps, Maps
The Islander, February 3, 2015 Page 7
by Griffin Cannon of South Burlington: creating an interactive layered map system
exploring a wide range of measures that define people and countries socially,
economically, politically, and militarily.
Infectious Diseases: The Unknown Impact of Climate Change by Nora Hill of
Jericho: this project focuses on a campaign to pass Bill 2864, The Climate Change
Health Protection and Promotion Act.
Komett: Let’s Free the Internet by Eli Hulse of South Hero: developing an
application that allows for the creation and organization of commentary on the
Two Wheels to the Fortune by Adrian Kelly of South Hero: building a modular
electric bicycle system.
Poetry, Politics and Perspective by Hayley Kingston of Shelburne: addressing
the issue of women’s education through a global poetry contest.
Out of the Western Lowlands and Into Vermont by Grace Seeley of Shelburne:
creation and implementation of elementary and high school curricula on primate
conservation and the plight of the Great Apes.
Art and Knowledge: Maternal Health Edition by Mikhal Yudien of Waitsfield:
using photography to inform the public through capturing the issues around
maternal child health globally.
Each student has created a blog to share their progress with the community.
Great Ice Kids Fishing Derby
All kids fourteen and under are encouraged to join in the fun and friendly
competition at the Great Ice Fishing Derby on Saturday, February 7, from 10
am until 1 pm, on the ice at City Bay in North Hero. There will be 23 trophies
handed out to different age groups and for different species caught. Some
loaner tackle available, but Derby participant are encouraged to bring their
own. There will also be free hot dogs, hot chocolate and soda. Bring the
kids for a day full of North Country fun!
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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
It is nearly February. In reading Pocahantas
with a couple of sixth grade friends, we have come
to learn about the season Cattapeuk, which was
named so by the tribes of the Powhatan. Now
Cattapeuk is the time when the berries burst
forth from the trees and the world becomes new
again, and if we just hang in there for one more
month, I think Cattapeuk
will be upon us. We love
Cohonk, and the skiing
and the sledding that
comes with it, but with
the lack of snow, this
has been an especially
hard Cohonk.
Our sixth graders
will have a coordinated
“shadow day” coming
February 19, and if
you would like for us to
make arrangements for
your student to visit a
particular school, please
contact us as soon as possible.
The fourth annual Iron Chef Competition is
set for Thursday, February 12. Last year, Kayla
Julow and her beef jerky took home the crown.
Mrs. Tier won first prize in the adult category. This
year, the secret ingredient is sea urchin, and if
you are interested in coming by to sample some
of the amazing culinary creations, the event
is set to run from 5:30 to 7 pm. All friends are
welcome from the community. You won’t need
to make dinner that night, and tastings are only
fifty cents. All proceeds from the event will go to
our service learning project, which, this year, is
Camp Ta-Kum-Ta.
If you haven’t heard yet: our cheerleading
team is amazing! The gritty little squad from
North Hero School marched into the gym at
Collins Perley Sports Complex in Saint Albans,
announced that they were there and left with
the first place trophy. Paige Benedict, our
cheer coach, had the team fine-tuned, and their
performance was amazing. We are so proud of
their efforts. on Saturday, February 7, they will
compete again. This time the competition is in
South Burlington, and it may get loud!
Our basketball team had its first game this
week. They played at home against South Hero,
and although the score did not tilt in our favor,
the team did an amazing job. Owen Kinney
ended the first half with a thunderous dunk,
which brought the crowd to its feet, and great
sportspersonship was shown by all. Parents and
fans of both teams need to be commended on
how well they supported the learning of both
teams. Owen didn’t really dunk, but someday, he
This week, Ms. Casey and I will be participating
in a lesson study activity, which will give her the
opportunity to observe my teaching of second
grade math. The shoe is on the other foot. The
purpose of the activity though, is to offer a chance
to see my teaching practice through someone
else’s eyes-- a knowledgeable friend. I am sure
that Ms. Casey will pick up on something that
will help me improve as a teacher: it may be a
way that I ask a question or how much time that
I give for students to think before asking another
question. Whatever it is that we learn from
the process, it really is all about improving our
practices so that we can be better teachers to
your children.
We’ve got a strong team, and we are truly
stronger together. Have a great week.
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.
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 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!
35th Annual Islands Ice Fishing Derby
The Islander, February 3, 2015 Page 9
This year’s Ice Fishing Derby will be held in the second weekend in February,
the 7th and 8th of 2015. Be sure to mark your calendars and buy your ticket today!
The Derby Committee works diligently each year to provide the participants with
a quality tournament that is designed to be extremely fun for everyone. As one of
the most talked about events in the winter season, it is surely one that is not to be
YOU COULD WIN! Now in its 35th consecutive year, the Derby Committee is
proud to offer over $7500.00 in cash prizes. There are seven categories in which
to compete for cash prizes of up to $400.00, plus a trophy for first, second and third
place winners. However, you do not have to catch the biggest fish to be a winner!
Just the purchase of your derby ticket alone, qualifies you to enter into a drawing
for a Jiffy Power Auger at the awards ceremony on Sunday evening, which will be
held at the VFW in Swanton, as well as prizes for catching and releasing fish. You
do not need to be present to win the prizes for the fish placed, the first drawing for
the Jiffy Power Auger or the gun raffle.
35th ANNIVERSARY: For the 35th Anniversary, the Derby Committee has decided
that there should be something special for those fishermen who show up to the
Awards Ceremony on Sunday at the VFW. This year, there will be a second Jiffy
Power Auger given away at the Awards Ceremony. For those fishermen who
come to the Awards, there will be a drawing for the second Auger. YOU MUST
THE DERBY WITH A PURPOSE: The Derby Committee takes great pride knowing
that this Derby is not merely all fun, games and prizes. The Committee believes
“We should not take from the Lake without giving back”. The monies donated
by the Derby go to aid the mission of the LCWA’s preservation, propagation and
restoration of the walleye fishery in the Lake Champlain Basin. Thanks to all
of the ice anglers who have participated in the Derby over the years, the Derby
Committee donated $10,000 in 2014 to the Lake Champlain Walleye Association
(LCWA). Through the continued dedication, fish-culturing, addressing ecological
concerns and political activity of the LCWA, the walleye are making a significant
return to Lake Champlain. You have also been vital to the process, and the Derby
Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for you continued
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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
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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Celebrate Wine and
Chocolate Weekend
Vermont wine and cider makers are hosting their
statewide Wine and Chocolate Weekend on Saturday
and Sunday, February 14 and 15 to celebrate
Valentine’s Day. Fifteen producers around the state
will open their doors to visitors and feature samples
of their wines and ciders with special sweets made
here in Vermont.
Snow Farm Vineyard in South Hero is pairing estate
wines with Vermont Nut Free Chocolates-- dark, milk,
and white chocolates-- and Birnn Chocolate Truffles
with Late Harvest Vignoles Dessert Wine and Vidal
Blanc Ice Wine. They’re featuring a special release of
Maple Bubbles on Snow: a champagne-style wine for
a romantic weekend, Rose Red whoopie pies made
with Rose Red wine and maple desserts on special all
weekend. For more information, call 802-372-9463
or visit www.snowfarm.com.
Hall Home Place Ice Cider in Isle La Motte will be
sampling three ice ciders and one hard cider with
chocolate-covered apple cider candies made from
their own apple cider syrup along with Specialty
Toffee from VT Krunch Toffee. Their tasting room in
Isle La Motte will be open both days from Noon to
5 pm, and their tasting room at Local Fare in Saint
Albans will be open on Saturday from 11 am to 7
pm. For more information, call 802- 928-3091 or visit
VermontGrapeAndWineCouncil.com. The Vermont
Grape And Wine Council is a consortium of over 25
wineries, vineyards and farms in Vermont that are
producing interesting and delicious wines, ciders
and other fermented products indigenous to the
Northern state.
Business Matters in
the Islands to Host
Financing Your Small
Business Presentation
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
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Islands in the Sun Seniors
Invite You to Join Them
There are plenty of activities planned for one and all at the Islands in the Sun Senior Center in Alburgh;
many are free, but some ask for a donation of $ 5 per class, $4 for members.
New to the schedule, and a whole lot of fun: Monday Game Night for kids and families from 5 to 7 pm
and adults from 6 to 9 pm. A donation of $5 is requested for adults, children are free. They have foosball, air
hockey, ping pong, all sorts of board games, including Monopoly, Scrabble and even Candy Land, and let’s not
forget cards. Gather the family or a few friends and play your favorite game or just to visit. VT Flat Bread is
their sponsor for the evening to provide snacks for everyone.
On Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9:30, join in the fun at their free exercise class, Staying Strong in
Vermont. This program is designed for seniors who want to maintain their good health, strength and keep their
Wednesday evening, play an exciting and mind-challenging game of Bingo. Doors open at 5 pm so you can
enjoy homemade soups and baked goods from their snack bar; games begin at 6:30. Their Conversational
French classes will begin again in the Spring with
the return of Madame Garceau, a dynamic and
personable teacher.
Thursdays, at 6:15 pm, heat things up with Zumba
Gold: a low-impact workout with music and fun and
the lovely Amada Hoss leading the way! Anyone can
join at any time. Classes are geared to meet your level
and help you progress, in this user-friendly activity to
help you stay fit. There is a fee of $5 per class.
Sundays, you are invited to the newly-organized
Sunday Afternoon Movie at 3 pm. They will begin on
February 8 with a hilarious video sure to have you
rolling in the aisles! The humor is quick and mature,
and it is probably best-suited for those twelve and
up. A suggested donation of $5 for adults, members
$4 and free for those under seventeen. There will
be a social hour following the film with snacks for
A Foot Clinic will be held on Tuesday, February
17 from 9:30 am to Noon. To sign up, call Evelyn
Dubuque at 802-372-4026.
Last, but certainly not least: beginning on Saturday,
February 21, the Center will be having Bridge Street
Auction of Alburgh conduct a great auction, twice
monthly. Steve Brody will be the auctioneer, and
he is a hoot. You can expect lots of laughs, lots of
bargains, their delicious snack bar and lots of action
from 6 pm until the treasures are all gone. To make
it even better: it is a fundraiser for the Center so that
they can continue renovations and improvements
DOCKET NO. 103-11-14Gt
IN RE: The Estate of Alan K. Kinney
LATE OF South Hero, Vermont
To the creditors of the estate of ALAN
K. KINNEY, late of South Hero, Vermont.
I have been appointed to administer
this estate. All creditors having claims against
the estate must present their claims in writing
within 4 months of the date of the first publication of this notice. The claim must be presented
to me at the address listed below with a copy
filed with the register of the Probate Court. The
claim will be forever barred if it is not presented as described above within the four month
Dated: January 24, 2015
Signed: Joanne K. Naas, Executrix
(Signature of Fiduciary)
c/o Nancy K. De Tarnowski, Esq.
Dinse, Knapp, McAndrew, P.C.
209 Battery Street
Burlington, VT 05401
Name of Publication: The Islander
First Publication Date: February 3, 2015
Address of Court
Vermont Superior Court
Grand Isle Unit, Probate Division
P.O. Box 7
North Hero, VT 05474
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 possible.
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).
Credit for Reinsurance - Regulation 97-3 (Revised).
Vermont Proposed Rule: 15P006
AGENCY: Department of Financial Regulation
CONCISE SUMMARY: The proposed rule amends Regulation 97-3. It
updates Regulation 97-3 to be in accordance with 8 V.S.A. § 3634a,
Vermont’s Credit for Reinsurance law, which was amended by Act 121
of 2014. The proposed rule sets forth rules and procedural requirements
under which a domestic insurance company may take credit for insurance
ceded to a reinsurer (an insurance company that purchases insurance
from another insurance company through a reinsurance agreement is
called a “ceding insurer” or a “cedant”). Additionally, this rule imposes
new notice requirements on ceding insurers regarding concentration
of risk, and requires inclusion of certain clauses in the reinsurance
agreement for ceding insurers to receive credit for reinsurance.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Emily Kisicki, Department of
Financial Regulation 89 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05620-3101 Tel:
802-828-2904 Fax: 802-828-1919 Email: emily.g.kisicki@state.vt.us URL:
FOR COPIES: Kaj Samsom Department of Financial Regulation 89 Main
Street, Montpelier, VT 05620-3101 Tel: 802-828-0184 Fax: 802-828-1919
Email: kaj.samsom@state.vt.us.
Vermont Workers’ Compensation Rules 1-27.
Vermont Proposed Rule: 15P007
AGENCY: Dept. of Labor
CONCISE SUMMARY: The Workers’ Compensation Rules govern all
aspects of Vermont’s workers’ compensation program. The proposed
rules incorporate legislative changes enacted since 2001. The rules also
have been reorganized for better readability and ease of reference.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Phyllis Phillips, Esq. Vermont
Department of Labor PO Box 488, Montpelier, VT 05601-0488 Tel: 802828-4043 Fax: 802-828-2195 Email: phyllis.phillips@state.vt.us URL:
FOR COPIES: J. Stephen Monahan, Esq. Vermont Department of Labor
PO Box 488, Montpelier, VT 05601-0488 Tel: 802-828-2138 Fax: 802-8282195 Email: stephen.monahan@state.vt.us.
The Islander, February 3, 2015 Page 11
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Covering all of Grand Isle County, Swanton & Rouses Pt.
Year Round and Seasonal
“Say it with a Broom & Mop Instead of Flowers!”
to benefit the Island Community. They will also be
serving coffee, by donation, to raise money for their
food shelf. So, it’s all good and good for all!
The Center is open, and they want you to use
it. Computer help is available by appointment.
The Bridge Club’s recent luncheons were very well
received. The Historical Society held their annual
meeting there, and it was a great evening for all.
They will be hosting private parties as requested,
and they are beginning their membership drive for
2015. Consider becoming a member so that you can
share in all the future fun at a discounted rate. For
more information and/or suggestions for additional
activities, call 802-999-5862.
Thank a Local Mentor
Grand Isle County Mentoring is a school-based
mentoring program, which matches community
children with adults who have similar interests. They
meet once a week for one hour in the school at a
mutually convenient time and develop a relationship.
During their time together they participate in many
activities on the school grounds, including games,
arts and crafts, cooking and conversation. Mentoring
has proven results for both the children and adults
who care enough to make the commitment of just
one hour a week. Research supports that children
with mentors are much more likely to stay in school,
improve in school and not turn to drugs, alcohol or
violence. Even more amazing is the fact that it takes
a mentor working with a child only one hour a week
to make an impact.
The Grand Isle County Mentoring Program would
like to acknowledge and thank the current Grand
Isle County Mentors, including: from Alburgh- Willie
Burbank, Michael Lamphere, Charles Helfrich, Elaine
Pentaleri, Susan McMaster and Lorraine Bruso; North
Hero- David Graham, David Miller, Sara Driscoll,
Mary Jo McCarthy, Karin Demczuk and Roni Lee; Isle
La Motte- Susan Larkin, Edorah Rubin and Meaghan
Leary; Grand Isle- Alan Arthur, George Robinson,
Annie Brabazon, Barb Carter, Terry Palatino, Dorothy
Sacca, Mark Elvedge, Evan Cobb, Ellen Dorsch, Meg
Dupuis, Liz Travers, Eileen Blow, Gwen Cameron,
Sue Mitchell, Susan Bonfigli, Kay Webb and Richard
Taylor; South Hero- Carl Frenning, Cyndi Reynolds,
Marion Leakey, Julie Pidgeon, Bob Wigness, Cathy
Croteau, Pam Rice, Vicky Chase, KC Barton, Rosemary
Zamore, Ben Pomykala, Priscilla Tobey, Sharon Hayes
and Amy Sabourin. The mentors are trusted and
nurturing friends who give their undivided time and
attention to their student “mentees” each week
throughout Grand Isle County.
If you see one of these mentors, please thank
them for their gift of time. We are lucky to be part of
such a caring community.
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Last week, I stated
in my column that there
would be no mass at the
catholic church: this was
only for last Sunday. Mass
will be, as usual, at 9 am
every Sunday. Sorry about
the error. I misunderstood
the news given to me.
The GeoBee was held
on Thursday morning with Collin Jarvis winning the event. He will now take
an exam to compete with students across the state at Middlebury College.
Collin is a 6th grader. The runner-up for this event was Lucas LeBlanc.
Mr. Flax’s Class will participate in the Grand Isle County Chorus day,
and performance, on Wednesday, March 4 at Grand Isle School.
Vermont’s NECAP test will be replaced this spring by a new assessment
for grades 3 to 6 based on Common Core State Standards called the SBAC.
The results of these assessments will be reported to the students’ families
annually, and we use them to gauge our progress at school.
Skiing was canceled today because of the stormy weather. Most of the
kids are back in school, but some are still coughing.
The Isle La Motte Community Organization (ILMCO) will meet on
Saturday, February 7 at the Isle La Motte Elementary School. A free
breakfast will be served beginning at 8:30, and the meeting will follow at
9 am. All the Isle La Motte candidates running for election this year will
be invited to introduce themselves and to answer questions. In addition,
planning for spring community events will take place. All are warmly
welcome. For further information, contact Charlie Gurney at 928-3081 or
email cgurney@fairpoint.net.
“How did your exams go?” “I nearly got a hundred in every subject.”
“How do you mean nearly a hundred?” “Well, I got the zeros”
Fish & Wildlife Department
to Hold Free Trapping Seminar
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will hold a free seminar entitled
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Applicant must pass criminal
background check and have
basic computer knowledge.
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information or to apply: email
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--------------------------------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
Person Needed. North Hero School
is seeking a part-time (20-25
hours per week) custodial/
maintenance person to work a
flexible schedule. Background
check is required for employment. Please send a letter of
interest to Joseph Resteghini,
Principal, North Hero School,
6441 US Route 2, North Hero,
VT 05474. Position is open
until filled. 2/3
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Trapping Through the Ice at the Edward Kehoe Education Center in Castleton, on
Saturday, February 7.
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Warden Dave Gregory will lead topics on regulations,
trapping equipment, personal safety, and trapping techniques. Participants will
spend a large portion of the day on Lake Bomoseen.
“Trapping through the ice can be a great way to get outside in the winter
months,” said Nicole Corrao, information and education specialist for the
Vermont Fish & Wildlife
R. ROSE CONSTRUCTION. Interior Painting. hoping that trappers will
Remodeling. Kitchen, Bath etc. Free Esti- leave this seminar with
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Mowing, Property Maintenance, Bark mulch,
The seminar will
Small bucket loader, Brush-hog, Tree service, run from 9 am to 2 pm,
Spring seasonal clean-up, General carpentry, and participants are
Roofs, Decks, Siding, Remodeling. Fully in- encouraged to bring
a lunch, though light
sured. Free estimates. 802-372-4486
refreshments will be
served at the event.
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LARGE enough
to store your car
or small boat!
Route 2,
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small enough to
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as students will be
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this seminar. Vermont
Fish & Wildlife will
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required by going to
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Participants should
note that this class is
not a trapper education
certification class. To
register for a trapper
education certification
class in order to legally
trap in Vermont, visit
- Sunday Afternoon Movie at the Islands in the Sun
Senior Center, Alburgh starts at 3 pm.
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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 4 pm.
- Staying Strong in Vermont class at the Islands in the
Sun Senior Center, Alburgh from 9:30 to 10:30 am.
- 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.
- YOGI Little League Baseball and Softball Registration
at Folsom Educational Center, South Hero from 5:30
to 7:30 pm.
- Islands Summit at the North Hero Community Hall
from 5 to 9 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.
- Staying Strong in Vermont class at the Islands in the
Sun Senior Center, Alburgh from 9:30 to 10:30 am.
- Bingo at the Islands in the Sun Senior Center,
Alburgh with doors open at 5 pm and games starting
at 6:30.
- 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,
Alburgh starts at 6:15 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.
- Zumba Gold at the Islands in the Sun Senior Center,
Alburgh starts at 6:15 pm.
- Young at Art Event at Missisquoi Valley Union
Middle/High School from 6 to 8:30 pm.
- Island Ice Cream Screening of Sweet Dreams at the
Vermont Commons School, South Burlington starts
at 3:45 pm and at the Champlain College Alumni
Auditorium, Burlington at 7 pm.
- Colchester-Milton Rotary Calcutta at The Essex
starts at 6 pm with dinner at 6:30 and Calcutta at 7.
- GreatIce! Winter Dance at the North Hero
Community Hall starts at 7:30 pm.
- Toddler Tunes at the South Hero Community
Library starts at 10:30 am.
- Wine and Chocolate Weekend with events at Snow
Farm Vineyard, South Hero and Hall’s Home Place Ice
Cider, Isle La Motte.
- Story Time at the Champlain Meeting House,
Champlain starts at 6:30 pm.
- DNA Tests: Maternal & Paternal Lines class at the
Vermont Genealogy Library, Colchester from 10:30
am to Noon.
- 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.
- GreatIce! Valentine’s Dinner at the North Hero
House Restaurant.
- 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.
Commercial FRE TES Professional
- Staying Strong in Vermont class at the Islands in the
Sun Senior Center, Alburgh from 9:30 to 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.
Grand Isle County Based
- Friends of the Stage Valentine’s Dinner/Dance at the
American Legion, Rouses Point with dinner from 4:30
to 7 pm and Just Us from 8 to Midnight.
- 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,
Alburgh starts at 6:15 pm.
- Cardboard Duct Tape Sled Race on Fox Hill,Alburgh
Springs with registration starting at 11 am; races start
at Noon.
- Pool Tournament to benefit the Vermont Children’s
Hospital at the Swanton VFW with registration
starting at 11 am; games start at Noon.
- Valentine’s Dinner/Dance at the Fraternal Order of
Eagles, Milton from 6:30 to 11:30 pm.
- Bridge Street Auction at the Islands in the Sun
Senior Center, Alburgh starts at 6 pm.
- Northern Lights Square Dance Club Dance at the
Northeastern Clinton County School, Champlain,
New York from 7:30 to 10 pm.
- Sunday Afternoon Movie at the Islands in the Sun
Senior Center, Alburgh starts at 3 pm.
- Trapping Through the Ice seminar at the Edward
Kehoe Education Center, Castleton from 9 am to 2
- Wine and Chocolate Weekend with events at Snow
Farm Vineyard, South Hero and Hall’s Home Place Ice
Cider, Isle La Motte.
- 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.
- The Traveling Storyteller presents Three Billy Goats
Gruff at the Alburgh Public Library starting at 10:30
- Sunday Afternoon Movie at the Islands in the Sun
Senior Center, Alburgh starts at 3 pm.
- Starting Genealogy class at the Vermont Genealogy
Library, Colchester from 10:30 am to Noon.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- SOLO Group Meeting at the Hibachi Buffet, Saint
Albans starts at 5 pm.
- Staying Strong in Vermont class at the Islands in the
Sun Senior Center, Alburgh from 9:30 to 10:30 am.
- Foot Clinic at the Islands in the Sun Senior Center,
Alburgh from 9:30 am to Noon.
- Bingo at the Islands in the Sun Senior Center,
Alburgh with doors open at 5 pm and games starting
at 6:30.
- Business Matters in the Islands Meeting at the
Merchants Bank, South Hero from 8:30 to 10:30 am.
- Staying Strong in Vermont class at the Islands in the
Sun Senior Center, Alburgh from 9:30 to 10:30 am.
- 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.
- Zumba Gold at the Islands in the Sun Senior Center,
Alburgh starts at 6:15 pm.
- 2015 Vermont Flower Show at the Champlain Valley
Exposition, Essex Junction, Vermont from 10 am to 6
- 2015 Vermont Flower Show at the Champlain Valley
Exposition, Essex Junction, Vermont from 10 am to 6
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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. The book for February is Clara and
Mr. Tifanny. 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
This soccer program is open to both boys and
girls in Milton with birthdates between August
1, 2008 and April 30, 2012; your child must be
three years of age by May 1 to participate in this
program. The program runs from approximately
the first week of May until the end of the school
year. It will take place at the Bombardier Park
fields. The program will be run by parent volunteer
coaches. Registrations must be received by
Sunday, February 15, and the cost is $30.
Scholarship assistance is available for
financial hardship. If you would like to apply for
assistance, please complete our Scholarship
Form, available for download from www.
miltonyouthsoccer.org, and mail it to the address
on the form. Once your form is reviewed and
approved, you will receive a Voucher Code that
you can use to register online. You must complete
the application and receive your Voucher Code
prior to registering online.
If you are registering more than one child in
your family, please click on the "Create Family
Account" button and create your family account.
If you have questions about the program,
please contact Recreation Coordinator, Sarah
Metcalf at sarahinvt@aol.com. If you have
registration questions, please e-mail the registrar
at mysvtregistrar@gmail.com.
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.
The menu for Friday, February 6 is baked
stuffed peppers, cottage cheese, vegetable
medley, pumpernickel bread and pumpkin
mousse; Wednesday, February 11 will be
tomato-topped meatloaf, roasted potatoes,
peas and onions, wheat roll and pumpkin bar;
Friday, February 13 will feature roast pork au jus,
parslied red potatoes, cauliflower with cheese
sauce, applesauce, marble rye bread and fruited
jello with topping.
On Wednesday, February 11, the National
Honor Society Students from the High School
will be here. They visit with the seniors, play
games and paint finger nails if anyone wishes.
They also bring some wonderful deserts for all
to share. They do a great job each year. Please
come and enjoy.
On Friday, February 13, the first grade
students will be making Valentine’s Cards for the
Seniors. Since it is too far for them to walk to the
Center, the teacher will be doing a video of them
making them and one of the seniors getting them
to show to the students. This will be a fun project
for the children. Let’s show them we appreciate
their effort.
On Wednesday, February 18, there will be
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.
AARP Foundation
Tax-Aide Providing
Free Assistance and
This year, AARP Foundation is again providing free
tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low
to moderate income through the AARP Foundation
Tax-Aide program. AARP Tax-Aide, in its 48th year,
is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and
preparation service, giving special attention to the
older population. You do not need to be a member
of AARP or a retiree to use this service.
“This program helps thousands of Vermonters
every year recover millions of dollars in refunds,”
said Greg Marchildon, AARP Vermont state director.
“Our counselors work throughout Vermont and the
sites and clients have come to really rely on this help
year after year.”
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are trained
and IRS-certified each year to ensure their knowledge
of revisions to the US tax code. Some 160 Tax Aide
Volunteers participated last year in Vermont, helping
more than 9,200 people file their federal and state
tax returns. The program is offered at approximately
66 sites in Vermont including senior centers, libraries
and other convenient locations.
Preparation of tax returns under the Affordable
Care Act (ACA) rules will require additional
documentation from taxpayers this year. The good
news is that for taxpayers on Medicare or Medicare
Advantage for the full year, no further information is
required. Otherwise, taxpayers need to bring along
their family’s health insurance coverage information
including information about Marketplace/Exchange
purchases and health care exemptions.
For more information on required documentation
or to locate an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site, visit
www.aarp.org/findtaxhelp or call 1-888-AARPNOW
(1-888-227-7669). AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is
offered in conjunction with the IRS.
SOLO February
Dinner Meeting
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 802-309-4862.
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 8th
10 a.m. Eucharist & Sunday School
at St. Thomas’, Noyan
Sunday, February 15th
10 a.m. Table Eucharist
at members’ home in Isle La Motte
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
Notes from the 32 Annual Champlain IslandsArea Christmas Bird Count
By: Heather Kohser, Isle La Motte
On December 14, 2014, 26 birders, and 9 feeder watchers were in fine feather, as we experienced an
extremely pleasant day counting birds, throughout the greater Islands area, including: Saint Albans, Georgia,
Swanton, Alburgh, Isle La Motte, North Hero, Grand Isle and Point Au Roche, New York. Participating in the
115th Annual National Audubon Christmas Bird Count is a joy for citizen scientists around the country. This
year, our Island-area teams clocked 100 hours and 455 miles driving and walking, and they counted 73 species,
totaling 14,798 individual birds!
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St. Joseph’s Church Hall
in Grand Isle
every Thursday at
with Early Birds
starting at 6:15p.m.
“The Elegant Portable Restroom”
Some exciting sightings included 3 Northern Shovelers, seen in only one previous count in 2013, as well
as, one Red-Necked Grebe and one Peregrine Falcon, both seen previously in only three counts. Due to
conservation efforts, Peregrines have been removed from the Vermont Endangered Species List, and they
now number as high as 41 pairs. A few especially dedicated birders proved that the early bird gets the worm,
as they began owling hours before day break and were fortunate to count a total of 19 owls! Of note, they
counted, one Short-eared Owl, seen on count day only three times since 1995, and one Snowy Owl, seen
only in two previous counts. What a hoot! Some of the new high numbers, on this year's count included: 17
Northern Pintails, 3 Barrow's Goldeneyes- tying 2009, 2 Swamp Sparrows and 6 White-throated Sparrows.
We count every bird we see, or hear on count day, even the common birds. Some
species are anything but scarcer than hen's teeth, and this year, our teams counted
623 Black-Capped Chickadees, 612 Rock Pigeons, 769 Mourning Doves, 555 Crows
and 2122 European Starlings. We had a couple of rare misses this year, and we did
not spot any Ruffed Grouse or Purple Finches. They have been counted in the past
25 and 22 years respectively.
We were proud as peacocks to count a record number 8 Bald Eagles in our count
area this year! According to Audubon Vermont, there are as many as 16 territorial
Bald Eagle pairs in Vermont, and as many as 73 likely sites in the state to support
breeding pairs. Due to conservation efforts, the Bald Eagle in Vermont is closer than
ever to being down-graded from endangered, to a threatened species!
Citizen Science projects like the Christmas Bird Count are becoming increasingly
valuable for data collection, and they assist scientists to track, over time, variations
in populations of birds and other wildlife, documenting their health and movement,
as effected by weather, food sources, habitat degradation and long-term climate
change. This data helps to inform conservation efforts. If you would like to get involved
to help your feathered friends, consider joining Project Feeder Watch, a winter bird
monitoring project with up to 20,000 participants, that continues through April. You
can simply count the birds at your feeder, as often as you'd like, and record the data.
No experience is necessary, and there are great resources to help you identify birds at
www.feederwatch.org. There is also the upcoming 18th annual Great Backyard Bird
Count from February 13 to 16. More information can be found at www.birdcount.
org. Locally, the Friends of
Missisquoi, participate in
monthly bird monitoring
walks on the Refuge, as
well as hosting nature
photography walks. No
experience is necessary,
and the experienced
birders love to take
new birders under their
wings, teaching about
bird and other wildlife
identification. Go to www.
for more information.
Birds of a feather flock
together, so, if you would
like to join a fun group of
birders in the field or at
your own feeder during
contact Terry Marron at
Photo credit: Sarah Rosedahl.Finches at top.
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