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Middlebury Parks & Recreation Department Spring Activity Guide March - May 2014 www.middleburyparksandrec.org


In collaboration with Middlebury Parks & Recreation department, this guide highlights the many programs and opportunities for families around Middlebury this season.

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Middlebury Parks & Recreation Department

Spring Activity GuideMarch - May 2014


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MIDD KID DANCE12 week session ~ Classes begin 2/10 and run through 5/15.

No classes 2/17-2/21 or 4/21-4/25 for school vacations.$120 per session- Late Registrations will be prorated,

$10 off for each class missed, late registrations must be done in person at Parks and Recreation office

Hip Hop:Beginner Ages 5-8 Monday 4:45-5:30 Intermediate Ages 9-14 Monday 5:30-6:15Tap:Beginner Ages 5-8 Thursday 4:45-5:30Intermediate Ages 9-14 Tuesday 4:00-4:45Advanced Adult Wednesday 5:30-6:15Lyrical:Intermediate Ages 9-14 Tuesday 4:45-5:30Ballet:Beginner Ages 3-4 Thursday 4:00-4:45Beginner+ Ages 5-8 Wednesday 4:00-4:45Intermediate Ages 9-14 Wednesday 4:45-5:30MiddKid Dance Recital will be on May 17, 2014

Competition Team Schedule: Tap Thursday 5:30-6:00Hip Hop Thursday 6:00-6:30 Lyrical Thursday 6:30-7:00Solos Thursday 7:00-7:30Teen group Monday 6:15-7:15

Competition May 2-4


We offer a wide variety of programs & group fitness classes for all ages and abilities, ranging from kids

to seniors & everyone in between! Join us!


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General InformationMission Statement

The Middlebury Parks & Recreation Department (MPR) shall provide lands, facilities, and services for community members of all ages and all income levels. It shall provide programs for both sport and leisure. The department shall serve as instructor, facilitator, and partner in efforts to promote and improve quality of life for participants. MPR will work with an involved public and business community to provide a healthy and aesthetically pleasing environment with opportunities for cultural growth.

The department should be flexible enough to meet the changing needs and tastes of the community, while finding creative ways to deliver recreation programs and facilities that are affordable to the residents of Middlebury.

Contact UsMiddlebury Parks & Recreation Department Offices

Office Hours:Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Closed Saturday and Sunday and Holidays

Mailing and Physical Address:94 Main Street

Middlebury, VT 05753

Other Contact Info:Phone: (802) 388-8100 x205 or x222

Fax: (802) 388-4364Website: www.townofmiddlebury.org

FB@ Town of Middlebury Parks & Recreation

Middlebury Parks &Recreation Committee

Colby Benjamin – ACT Teen Center Rep.Sabrina Butterfield - ID-4 Rep.

Greg Boglioli – ChairTricia Allen – Ilsley Library Rep.

vacant – Selectboard Rep. & ChairBill Ford - Member At-Large

Jim McDaniel - Member At-Large

Staff of Middlebury Parks and Recreation DepartmentTerri Arnold, Director(802) 388-8100 x205

[email protected]

Dustin Hunt, Program Coordinator(802) 388-8100 x 216

[email protected] Pouliot, Grounds & Facilities Supervisor

(802) 771-7251 cell phone

ADVERTISINGThe Addison Independent prints and distributes this publication four times per year. We welcome your

advertisement for a business, program or event in our publication for a fee; please contact us for more specific information.

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICYPrograms may be cancelled in the event of severe weather or power outages. MPR encourages you to do the

following if you have questions:Call: MPR Offices Voice Mail system, 388-8100 x216

Check: Facebook, Town of Middlebury Parks & RecreationCheck: Town of Middlebury web page, www.townofmiddlebury.org

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REGISTRATION INFO• Advanced registration is required for all programs,

classes or special events, unless otherwise stated under the program information.

• All fees are due at the time of registration, we cannot ‘hold’ a space for anyone without full payment at time of registration.

• There is a $25 service fee on all returned checks and/or declined debit and credit cards.

REFUND POLICY• Full refunds will be given for all classes by MPR.• If you need to cancel your registration before the

second session of the program, we will refund you a pro-rated registration fee, minus 10% processing fee, or issue a credit, good for one calendar year, for the full class fee. After the second session is attended, eligibility for a refund is void.

• Please be aware that refund requests may take up to 30 days to process.

• Every effort is made to ensure that the information in this guide is accurate. We reserve the right to add, withdraw, or revise programs or events as needed. For more updated information, please visit our web site.

ACCESSIBILITYIndividuals with or without disabilities may register

for all programs offered by MPR provided program safety can be met. The Department provides reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities. Contact MPR offices in advance of the program start date to discuss accommodation on a case-by-case basis.

RESERVATIONS-Facilities and Sports Fields

Middlebury Parks & Recreation Department requests that all groups planning to use our facilities or fields please notify us in advance by making a reservation. Anyone wishing to make a reservation must complete a facility use application, available in our offices or on-line at the Town web site. Facility Use Request Forms are considered on a first come basis, depending on availability. Rental fees may apply.

For additional information regarding availability, rates, and reservations, contact the MPR offices at (802) 388-8100.

Please remember to vote on the proposed

Town Offices/Rec. Facility projects March 4th, 2014!

Great Food,

Legal Vice

Families welcome.Kids’ menu available.

Fire & Ice Restaurant

OPEN Mon – Thur 5pm • Fri & Sat 12pm • Sun 1pm

802.388.7166 fireandicerestaurant.com

Ask about our children’s theater!

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Dog Obedience Classes Puppy Kindergarten: Sundays 3/30-5/11, 11am-

12pm- Open to puppies 10-18 weeks of age the start date of the class. Much of the class will be held OFF LEASH which is critical to your dog’s socialization and prevention of behavior problems. It is excellent introduction to cues & manners creating a foundation of learning and will strengthen the communication and relationship between you and your new puppy.

Adult Basic Training: Sundays 3/30-5/11, 12:15-1:15pm- This class is open to dogs age five months or older. Class aims to provide all the building blocks a dog of any age needs for a foundation of obedience. This class will show you how to gain your dog’s respect through controlling access to all things dogs love, while rewarding good behavior, and teaches basic obedience cues.

Both Classes are $95 per person/dog. Register online or in person starting February 27th.

Supply list for classes- Leash, comfortable clothing- that you are OK sitting on the floor in, a treat training pouch/ bag (optional), TRAINING TREATS: pea sized training treats- high value treats-examples. Proof of up-to-date vaccinations required at first class.

For more information please contact Sandy Chicoine of Best Friend Dog Training.

Email- [email protected] Phone- (802) 989-0463

Great Escape and Six Flags New England Tickets

We are pleased to offer discounted ticketsto both these great parks in 2014!

Great Escape Tickets- $35.00 Price at Gate: $54.99Great Escape Parking Pass- $15.00 Price at Gate: $20.00Six Flags New England Tickets- $38.00 Price at Gate $59.99Tickets can be purchased in the Parks and Recreation office located at 94 Main St

*Cash or Check only*

Intro to K9 Nose Work®

Discover why the founders developed the activity, how it works, and see how quickly any dog can be taught the foundational skills for a lifetime of fun and achievement in K9 Nose Work®. Follow up classes include Intro to Odor or Continuing Nose Work; Advance Nose Work; Competition Skill Building NW1/NW2/NW3; Inaccessible Hides: The Search for Elusive Source; and K9 Nose Work Teamwork: From Foundation to Trial Day.

Jill Marie O’Brienwww.K9Nosework.com

Saturday, March 15 and Sunday, March 16, 2014(Two Separate Classes)Middlebury Municipal Gym 9 am – 4 pmCost: $150.00 per person/dog team $50 for each

additional dog, $100 audit only fee for each dayRegister online www.Middleburyparksandrec.org

16 years experience bringing kids into the outdoorsFor more information call Steve 388-7245

or www.mmvt.com

Day Campsfor kids 6-15 years old

PaddlingRock ClimbingHikingMountain BikingGeocachingFly FishingTubing

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GYMNASTICSInstructor: Terri Phelps

Phone: (802) 236-1315 Email:[email protected] Registration will open Monday March 10th at 9:30am both online and in-person. Late registrations will be

accepted after this date in the Parks and Recreation office IF there are spots available. Students will work to improve strength, flexibility and coordination, as well as skill development in a safe and

fun environment. Instruction will be included on uneven bars, beam, floor exercise, springboard, parallel bars and vault.

Classes will be cancelled if minimum numbers are not met. All classes are held at the municipal gym.Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays: (8 Weeks) 3/24 – 5/22 (no classes 4/21-4/25)Saturdays: (7 Weeks) 3/29-6/7 (no classes 4/19, 4/27 and 5/24)

Preschool (Ages 3-4) Sec A: Saturday 9am-10am Res $90 Non Res $105Sec B: Saturday 10am-11am Res $90 Non Res $105

Young Beginners (Ages 4 ½ - 6)Sec C: Saturday 11am-12pm Res $80 Non Res $95

Beginner (Ages 5+)Sec D: Thursday 3:15pm-4:15pm Res $90 Non Res $105Sec E: Saturday 12:15pm-1:15pm Res $80 Non Res $95

Beginner/Advanced Beginner (Ages 5+)Sec F: Wednesday 3:15pm-4:15p Res $90 Non Res $105

Advanced Beginner (Ages 5+)Sec G: Saturday 1:15pm-2:15pm Res $80 Non Res $95

Advanced Beginner/Intermediate (Ages 7+)Sec H: Monday 3:15pm-4:15pm Res $90 Non Res $105Sec I: Thursday 4:15pm-5:15pm Res $90 Non Res $105

IntermediateSec J: Saturday 2:15pm-3:15pm Res $80 Non Res $95

Intermediate/AdvancedSec K: Wednesday 4:15pm-5:15pm Res $90 Non Res $105Sec L: Thursday 5:15pm-6:15pm Res $90 Non Res $105

AdvancedSec M: Monday 4:15pm-5:15pm Res $90 Non Res $105Sec N: Saturday 3:15pm-4:30pm Res $90 Non Res $105


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Tracks: Nature Camp For KidsInstructor: Katie McMurrary

Phone: 989-7374 Email: [email protected]: Children ages 5-8

What: Tracks: Nature camp for children is a place for children to come together and think outside. No Box Required. It is play-based, open-ended and experiential. We will spend our Saturday mornings exploring and discovering the wooded trails that comprise Battell Woods. Depending on the interests of the group, we will build debris shelters, orienteer, go on scavenger hunts, find the perfect walking stick, collect interesting things and search for slugs, bugs and other ughhs. Tracks incorporates music, guided movement, dramatic play, literature and the arts into its curriculum. Come with us while we explore, discover and celebrate a small place with limitless possibilities,in the woods!

When: Saturdays 9:30am-12pm March 29th-May 17th

Where: Battell Woods. More information will be provided after registration

Cost: $175.00 Register: online or in person starting Feb. 27th at 8:30am



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Theater Kids!Instructor: Poppy Rees Email: [email protected]

Phone:388-1003Who: Kids in grades K-2 and Kids in Grades 2-4What: In this fun and supportive class, kids will use

their bodies, voices and imagination to interact and explore together through creative drama. We will play theater games, improvise, create characters and scenes and play. Theater is a great way to develop confidence, creativity, self-esteem, teamwork and communication skills. For family and friends, there will be a short showing of games and activities at the end of last class.

Instructor Poppy Rees has over twenty-five years of experience in theater and education. Performing arts teaching includes Flynn Center classes, camps and school workshops, Bridge School, Gailer School and CCV. She worked on Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast, Bread & Puppet Theater and directed many original and scripted shows with children of all ages.

When: Grades K-2- Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 March 25th-May 20th

Grades 2-4 Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 March 26th-May 21stWhere: Russ Sholes Senior Center (Basement of

Municipal Building, next to Teen Center)Cost: 8 week session $85 Register- Online or in person

starting February 27th

Beginner Archery ClassesInstructor: Melinda LabenThis is a basic level beginner archery class, providing

students with knowledge and understanding of equipment, safety, form, shooting and marksmanship. Students will learn how to safely and correctly handle the equipment while enjoying the opportunity to test their newly acquired skills on different targets at a range of distances. There will be 2 separate classes, one for children ages 7-11 and one for children 11-18. We will supply the targets and bows and arrows. If your child has their own they can bring that as well. A pack list will be provided upon successful registration.

Ages 7-11- Thursdays from 3:30-5pm March 13th-April 17thAges 12-18- Sunday’s from 9-10:30am March 16th-April 20thCost: $150.00 for the 5 week sessionLocation: Middlebury Recreation FieldsMinimum enrollment for each class- 5Maximum enrollment for each class- 10Register: Online or in person starting Friday, February 28th at 8:30am

For more information: contact the Parks and Recreation office 388-8100 ext 216 or email the instructor:

[email protected]

Known for our individualized care, we offer: Chiropractic, Naturopathic Medicine and Acupuncture.

Emily Cannon, NDNaturopathic Physician specializing in Cardiovascular Health, Weight Loss, Digestive & Mood Disorders

Nicholas Cannon, DCChiropractic physician.Injury Rehabilitation, Sports Injury Care andPerformance Development

Amy Littlefield, ND, LAc, FABNONaturopathic Physician and AcupuncturistSpecializing in Integrative Oncology Support

152 Maple St., Ste. 302 (across from Noonies Deli)Middlebury • 458-0488 • www.integratedmed.net

Insurance Accepted

Addison, Bridport, Cornwall, Ferrisburgh, Goshen, Leicester, Lincoln, Middlebury, Monkton, New Haven, Orwell, Panton, Ripton, Shoreham,

Starksboro, Vergennes, Waltham, Weybridge, Whiting

ProgramsH Solid Waste Planning H Hazardous Waste Collection

H Book Recycling H Reuse It or Lose It!H Technical Assistance to Businesses & Towns

H Compost Bin Sale H Recycling & Composting Education

Call us for information on:H How to Reduce Waste Generation H How to Compost at Home

H Where to Dispose of Trash H How to Report Illegal Trash BurningH Household Hazardous Waste H Where to Recycle

The District Transfer Station accepts: (Station is open Mon - Fri 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sat 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

3 Appliances 3 Scrap Metal 3 Furniture and Mattresses 3 Natural Wood Waste 3 Construction and Demolition Debris

3 Leaf & Yard Waste 3 Used Motor Oil, Oil Filters & Antifreeze 3 Electronic Waste 3 Household and Automotive Batteries

3 Fluorescent Light Bulbs 3 Tires 3 Reusable Household Goods & Building Materials

Household Hazardous Waste is collected year-round at the District Transfer Station in Middlebury every Monday-Friday

from 8 a.m. to noon, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Call us at 388-2333, or check out our website at www.AddisonCountyRecycles.org

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Program Registration Form• Please fill out every field of this form.

• Parent must sign bottom of form if participant is under 18 years of age.• You can put multiple children on each form.

Middlebury Parks & Recreation94 Main St., Middlebury, VT 05753




Day Phone: Email:

Mailing Address

Emergency Contact: Relationship: Phone:

Program Sess. Sect. Registrant’s Name D.O.B. Sex Grade Age Fee

Box/Street Town State/Zip

Make Checks Payable to: Town Of Middlebury Total Fees: $

RELEASE: I understand that there are risks of physical injury inherent in participating in sports and rec-reational activities. I understand that the Town of Middlebury does not carry health or accident insur-ance for participants of its programs, and strongly advises paticipants to carry adequate coverage for themselves and their family. I am aware of the particular risks involved in the above programs and have considered these risks before registering myself or my child. I hereby release the Town of Middlebury, its employees, and agents from any liability of personal injury, or the loss or damage to personal property which I or my child may experience in connection with activities sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department. I hereby consent to any medical procedures deemed advisable for my child in the event I cannot be reached and my child has sustained an injury. I hereby consent to the use of my or my child’s photo, video, etc. by the department for flyers, presentations, etc. NOTE: All programs are on a first-come, first-served basis. Space may be limited in some programs!

Signature of Participant (parent if under 18) Date

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Vol. 24 No. 22 Middlebury, Vermont Monday, July 9, 2012 48 Pages 75¢


• Mortgage rates are low and

buyers are starting to make

their moves. Read about the

state of the local real estate

market in our 16-page pull-out.

• Festival on-the-Green offers

many great performances this

week, but there is more going

on. See Arts Beat on Page 11.

First timehome buyers

• Re-enactors,

live music

and food will

all have a

French flair

this Saturday

in Vergennes.

See Pages 14

and 15.

Music in the air

in Middlebury

• A dynasty was born as the

duo won their fourth straight

Great Outhouse Race in Bris-

tol on the Fourth. See Page 18.

City to celebrate

French heritage

Berry cousins

roll into history

On paradeTHE SETH WARNER Mt. Independence Fife and Drum Corps marches in Bristol’s Fourth of July parade Wednesday morning. For more

photos from Bristol, see Pages 16 and 17.

Independent photo/Trent Campbell

Holzapfel back in running

for Addison-3 House seat

Dairy farmers urge

reform in farm bill

(See Farm bill, Page 7)

(See Ferrisburgh, Page 22)

(See Algae, Page 5)



political landscape has changed

quite a bit since Ferrisburgh

Democrat Arabella Holzapfel ran

for the Vermont House back in

2000.That was a year during which

the GOP claimed a decisive

majority in the House following

a session that saw passage of the

nation’s first civil union law.

Holzapfel finished out of the

running in the 2000 election in

a Vergennes-area district that


MIDDLEBURY — If market

reform measures do not pass in this

year’s federal farm bill, Vermont

dairy farms will have a hard time

staying in business, local dairy

farmers told Rep. Peter Welch,

D-Vt., last Thursday morning.

Without dairy reform, said Ma-

rie Audet of Blue Spruce Farm in

Bridport, “I just don’t understand

how our little farms will survive

this fall. The farms that were on

the brink three months ago, I

don’t know how they can look to

Algae blooms hit Champlain

Cyanobacteria breaks out in wake of record phosphorus runoff


VERMONT — Jeff Severson has

spent much of the past 50 summers at his

family’s Lake Champlain camp in West

Addison. But it wasn’t until two weeks

ago that the born-and-raised Vermonter

had ever seen blooms of the potentially

toxic cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae,

engulf his favorite swim and fishing spot.

While Severson and his son were

fishing on June 29, his wife Lisa

Windhausen, who teaches middle school

science in Jericho, watched from above

as Oven Bay turned from a pool of

glistening glass to chunky green sludge

within hours.

“We have never witnessed anything

like what we witnessed on Friday,” she

said. “It was crystal clear Friday morning

... and then within six hours it was thick

pea soup. Every hour, it just kept getting

thicker and thicker and thicker.”

Oven Bay is not an isolated

incident. After a banner year in

2011 for runoff of phosphorus, the

photosynthetic bacteria’s favorite

food, major parks along Lake

Champlain have had to close their

waters this past month.

Last week, Ferrisburgh’s

Kingsland Bay State Park closed its

beach due to heavy blooms, and South

We workevery day to keep

Addison County strong.



Serving Addison County, Vt., Since 1946

INDEPENDENTServing Addison County since 1946

www.addisonindependent.com • 388-4944

Hands off! Hard driver In the garden


INDEPENDENTVol. 66 No. 27 Middlebury, Vermont Thursday, July 5, 2012 30 Pages 75¢

Read some tips for caring for your plants in hot weather in our gar-den column. See Page 4B.

An East Middlebury teen has ambitions both on and off the racetrack. See Sports, Page 1B.

Wild parsnip, which can cause itching and blisters, has returned to Vermont. See Page 16A.




IndexObituaries ................................ 6AClassifieds ......................... 5B-9BService Directory .............. 6B-8BEntertainment ........................ 13ACommunity Calendar ...... 8A-10ASports ................................ 1B-3B

(See By the way, Page 12A)

BARB YOUNG, LEFT, Isabelle Nichols, Ella Patterson and Sydney Smith canoe on Lake Hortonia during an Orwell Village School summer canoe camp last week. The camp focuses on local waterways and water ecology.

Independent photo/Andrea Warren

Orwell pupils use floating classroomCanoe day camp focuses on ecology

(See Camp, Page 12A)

Ten months after Irene, fish stocks appear strong

More sustainable food systems on the table at UVM conference

(See Advocates, Page 12A)

(See Fisheries, Page 18A)

Salisburyman takes on JewettIn House bid, Ryan stresses ecomomy

THOMAS RICHARDS, LEFT, Joe Barton and Kimberly Palmer enjoy a game of Foosball in the Addison Central Teens teen center in Middlebury during summer camp recently.

Independent photo/Trent Campbell

Area teen centers feel funding pinchShrinking grant pool causes worry

Two locals to serve on search and rescue panel

(See Teen centers, Page 17A) (See Shaw, Page 18A)(See Ryan, Page 18A)

By KAITLYN KIRKALDYEditor’s note: Nonprofits and other

organizations that depend heavily on income from U.S. government sources have to look for other funding or rein in their services. This is the second

in a series looking at how locals are reacting to moves to cut spending on the federal government level.

ADDISON COUNTY –– Isaiah Goff nodded as Jenn Cunningham described the importance of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vergennes.

“It’s the stability, the kids go to school, come here and then they go home,” she said. “It’s nice to have

good role models and structure. That’s definitely what I used it for in high school, it was just a safe place.”

Cunningham, 19, started attending the club as an eighth-grader. Now enrolled at Community College of Vermont, she still drops by to hang out and lend a hand.

Goff, 15, explained that the club provides a positive environment for

local kids who need guidance.“It helps keep some kids on track,”

he said. “They can come here and be in a nice climate and have bigger kids influencing them well.”

Three local teen centers –– the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Ver-gennes, Middlebury’s Addison Cen-tral Teens (ACT) and The Bristol


employed paint contractor, Salisbury resident Tim Ryan has navigated through some choppy financial waters during the past four years while the economy has faltered.

And through it all, Ryan believes his fortunes — and those of other small business owners — could have been improved if state government had done more to relieve the tax burden and reduce regulations on struggling enterprises.

Now Ryan, 45, has decided he will try to change state economic development policy from within.

He confirmed last week that he will run as an independent for the House seat representing Addison-2, the district that includes the towns of Cornwall, Goshen, Hancock, Leicester, Ripton and Salisbury. Ryan will face incumbent Addison-2 Rep. Willem Jewett, D-Ripton, in the Nov. 6 General Election.

“Many people are making less now than they were four or five years ago,” Ryan said of the toll the recession, inflation, fixed costs, taxation and stagnant salaries have had on those making a living in the construction industry.

“You can’t maintain this type of pattern for a long period of time.”

Ryan is a lifelong Vermont resident and graduate of Otter Valley Union High School, class of 1985. He graduated from Castleton


County residents will help draft a new Vermont search-and-rescue policy in the aftermath of the Levi Duclos tragedy.

Participating on the new search and rescue committee created by the Legislature that will help craft that policy will be Rep. Willem Jewett, D-Ripton, and David Shaw, assistant chief of the Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department.

Duclos, a 19-year-old New Haven resident, died of hypothermia during a Jan. 9 hike along the Emily Proctor Trail in Ripton. Vermont State Police drew widespread criticism for its response time following the Duclos family’s 911 call and for its lack of coordination with local rescue teams that had been available to participate in the search.

State lawmakers quickly drafted a bill calling for a new plan for responding to hikers who are missing or in distress. That legislation, recently signed into law by Gov. Peter Shumlin as Act 155, calls for creation of a 13-member “Search and Rescue Strategic Plan Development Committee.”

That committee, to convene for the first time on July 11, is charged with 12 tasks, including:

• Reviewing the existing structure for search and rescue operations in Vermont and what might be its advantages and shortcomings.

• Considering models used in


summertime, and that means more locals are heading out to local streams and waterways for recreation and fishing.

Jesse Haller, a fishing guide for Green Mountain Adventures and president of the New Haven River Anglers, said so far many of those anglers have been happy at the end of the day.

But Haller said despite fishermen’s good fortune it’s still too early to tell if fish populations fared well in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene — that, he said, won’t be clear until state and

federal agencies do surveys later in the summer.

“We’ve had a good early season, but that doesn’t give us a huge indication of how the population will handle the hot months,” he said.

Chet McKenzie, a fisheries biologist for the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, said annual fish population surveys begin in August, so the state won’t have any official numbers on fish populations until then.

But it’s clear, he said, that larger brook trout, an indicator species (one that offers a picture of a habi-


and two teachers guided their ca-noes away from the shores of Lake Hortonia and paddled over to a small bay full of lily pads and mil-foil, looking around at the different plants and wildlife and taking sam-ples from the water.

The group went out to the lake this past Thursday as part of the five-day East Creek Project, a canoe day camp for students from Orwell Village School that is sponsored by the Vermont Community Founda-tion’s South Lake Champlain Fund.

Barb Young, a teacher at the school, leads the project and has done so for the past six years. She explained the benefits of having a program such as this one.

“It’s an opportunity for the kids to learn about the environment, to have fun in the environment and hopefully create a love for the en-vironment that will continue,” she said.

Each day the students go out on the canoes to a different body of water in the morning and early af-ternoon. Then they return to the school to work on their journals and compile daily reports. They will ul-timately compile a booklet of their findings that also will include pic-tures and stories about their experi-ences.

The program is an extension of class work the students do during the academic year, though it is an optional fun summer camp.

“We do a lot of environmental

All six of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union school boards ratified the new four-year teach-er’s contracts last month. The new contracts represent the first collec-tive bargaining agreement boards and teachers have agreed to in two years. The ANeSU executive com-mittee will not ratify the contracts until August, said Chair Lanny


conference on sustainable agriculture in Burlington last Thursday were adamant about the need for change. University of Vermont Interim President John Bramley set the scene for the “Necessary [r]evolution for Sustainable Food Systems” conference.

“Our rural communities are disappearing, our farmers grow old with no prospects for retirement, and their sons and daughters have abandoned the farms and rural communities. Our nation is obese, and we’re dying of diseases related to poor diet and lack of exercise. Most people have no idea where their food comes from or where it’s produced,” he said.

Bramley also pointed to environmental degradation, loss of topsoil and a system dependent on fossil fuels and chemicals. Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross added food access and hunger issues and fair labor issues to the laundry list.

But both Ross and Bramley

ADDISON COUNTYINDEPENDENT Vol. 24 No. 28 Middlebury, Vermont Monday, August 20, 2012 32 Pages 75¢


• Patty Smith showcases her unique dancing talents in ‘For What It’s Worth,’ a show at the Town Hall Theater on Friday. See Page 10.

Dancing to show protest

• When an 18-wheeler burst into flames, citizens and first responders helped save a man’s life. See Page 2.

Fighting a fire, saving a life

• Brianna McCormick claims the Girls World Championship and Debra Brown is 2nd in the Women’s class. See Sports on Page 18.

Bristol duo winsat horseshoes

Field Days a hit in spite of showers, Route 17 repairs

Monkton tussles over proposed 35.9-acre quarrying operation

The Vergennes Farmers’ Market blossomsCity preps forVergennes Day. See Pages 13-16.

En garde!NICO BRAYTON, LEFT, parries an attack by Theo Wells Spackman in a recreation of the duel from “Dangerous Liaisons” during a class

at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater earlier this month. The class — titled “Are You Talkin’ To Me?” and taught by Lindsay Pontius and Neil

Worden — grew out of the notion that combat on the stage is supposed to look scary but is actually a careful and safe skill. Participants were

taught hand-to-hand stage combat techniques and basic weapons in order to perform some of the most infamous fights in theater history. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

(See Monkton quarry, Page 5)

By ANDREW STEIN MONKTON — The Monk-ton Development Review Board (DRB) is nearing a decision on whether to permit a contentious application for a 30-plus acre quarry off of Monkton Road.

According to the application filed by Brisson Stone LLC and David Shlansky’s Burchfield Management Company LLC, “Brisson Stone will rely on drill-ing and blasting rock ledge to

(See Field Days, Page 31)

By JOHN FLOWERSNEW HAVEN — Addison Coun-ty Fair and Field Days drew to a close on Aug. 11 following another run that officials called a success in spite of some rain that drenched the site during portions of three days of

the annual event’s five-day span.Jim Foster, president of the Field

Days board, estimated attendance at this year’s 64th annual Field Days was around 15 percent lower than last year’s edition. During a good

(See Vergennes, Page 7)

By ANDY KIRKALDYVERGENNES — Vergennes Farmers’ Market board members said the combination of a recruiting effort, a switch from Mondays to Thursdays and a little bit of momentum helped triple the number of vendors at the market in the past two years.

As recently as 2010, maybe a half-dozen vendors lined up along the sidewalk that fronts Main Street in City Park. This summer, as many as a dozen-and-a-half sellers of fruits, vegetables, hot foods, meats and

crafts are showing up and arranging themselves in a triangle along that sidewalk and two more that lead to the green’s central monument to Com-modore Thomas MacDonough.The new align-ment had to be created on the fly, according to mar-ket board member Theresa Smith,

a Panton resident and Vergennes Union High School teacher who, be-

fore a thunderstorm struck on a re-cent Thursday afternoon, was grill-ing farm-raised meat for her first customers. “Honestly, we were not prepared for this many ven-dors this year,” Smith said. “We had to rethink be-cause we had al-

ways set along that front block there, and suddenly we had people ... who ended up behind the market.”

Smith said many longstanding vendors are enjoying much better proceeds. She estimates her take has improved by “probably at least 500 percent.”

“It feels remarkable. I remember coming here and making 30 bucks and thinking, ‘Yes!’” she said.MORE VENDORS SIGN ON

The market’s surge has also caught the attention of vendors. Ferris-burgh’s Flower Power, which sells vegetables as well as flowers and

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Pre-K and KindergartenIntroduction to Sports

Who: Children ages 3-6Location: Middlebury Recreation FieldsSchedule: Tuesday’s from 3:30-4:30pmApril 29th-June 3rd (6 Weeks)Instructor: Staff from Middlebury Parks and RecreationCost: $60 Residents $75 Non-Residents Minimum: 5 Children Maximum: 20 ChildrenRegistration Opens: February 27th at 8:30am both

online and in personDescription: The Middlebury Parks and Recreation

department is pleased to offer this program aimed to peak young children’s interest in a variety of sports. Each week we will focus on the basic skills of a new sport while keeping the environment fun and engaging. Parents will be encouraged to join their children on the floor at the end of each session, allowing the players to show off the new skills they learned that day. Sports covered will include basketball, soccer, football, baseball and much more! During our last session kids will enjoy a fun day playing all of the games they have learned topped off with a pizza party and a certificate of participation for each child.

For more information- please [email protected]

Instructor: Alyson YoungEmail: [email protected] is a UNIQUE movement practice that incorporates

principles from 9 different techniques (martial arts, dance arts, and healing arts) to create a holistic experience that improves fitness and wellness on all levels. Nia is FUN, Non-Impact, and ENERGIZING! Set to soul-stirring music, join us for a fitness fusion journey that will leave you feeling Present, Alive, and Joyful in your body!

Additional Course Details: Nia is for EVERY person, in Every BODY, of any age or fitness level. No dance experience required.

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Family NiaInstructor: Alyson Young Email: [email protected]

Enjoy great family bonding time doing something great for your body, mind, and spirit! Nia is a UNIQUE movement practice that incorporates principles from 9 different techniques (martial arts, dance arts, and healing arts) to create a holistic experience that improves fitness and wellness on all levels. Nia is FUN, Non-Impact, and ENERGIZING! Set to soul-stirring music, join us for a fitness fusion journey that will leave you feeling Present, Alive, and Joyful in your body! Additional Course Details: No dance experience required. This class is open for individual adults as well as parents with kids. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Recommended for kids 6 yrs and up, who are able to participate in a full length fitness class (but they are always welcome to rest and modify).

Tuesdays 5:45-7pm at The Warming Hut. Adults $12 per drop in-Discounts available. Kids w/parent $5 per class.

Get into the GrooveInstructor: Alyson Young Email: [email protected]

Exploring the fundamentals of several dance genres, kids will learn to explore their own rhythm, follow the music, improve coordination, grace, and musicality, and confident self-expression. Emphasizing musicality and expression, this class will compliment other more formal dance classes, helping to “connect the dots” and put various dance concepts into action.

Ages: 7 and up, younger children considered on individual basis

When: Mondays 3:30-4:30pm March 10th-May 19thCost: $130 for the series. Sliding fee scale available.

Register: Online or in Person starting Feb 27th.

Little League InformationMore information will be

made available later this month. Signups will be held in mid-March. Children ages 4-12 are eligible to play.

For more information please contact Ben Cadoret via email [email protected].

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• Addison Central Teens• Addison County Parent/Child Center — Learning Together Program• Addison County Readers• Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes• Bristol Family Center• The HUB Teen Center & Skate Park

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Youth Lacrosse ProgramWelcome to the 2014 youth lacrosse season!

The Middlebury Youth Lacrosse Club runs boys and girls lacrosse programs at three levels: 3rd/4th grade, 5th/6th grade, and 7th/8th grade. The focus for the 3/4 and 5/6 teams is on having fun, cultivating a love for the game of lacrosse, and competing at an appropriate level. Our 7/8 teams are run as “select teams.”

The lacrosse season runs from early April (weather permitting) through early June, culminating in the Green Mountain Shootout tournament held in Middlebury on June 14-15. All of our teams participate in the Northern Vermont Youth Lacrosse League against teams from around the state. Our teams practice 2-3 times per week, and play games one day each weekend. (Practices are held after 5PM. Boys play games on Saturday. Girls play games on Sundays).

Register and learn more @ www.middlax.org - Registration opens on February 10th and closes on

March 16th (sign-up before March 3rd to save $10 on your program fees)

- Program Fees: $100 = $75 club fee + $25 US lacrosse registration

- The club loans every player a helmet and jersey for

the season and provides a practice shirt for players to keep

- Scholarships and additional equipment available by request

Parents and players are expected to attend the mandatory “season kick-off” meeting at 3PM on Sunday, March 9th, 2014 in the Middlebury Municipal Gymnasium. Come meet the coaches, ask questions, and get more details on the season.

In the meantime, please direct questions to Booth Hodde, 206.409.3966.

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Aikido – The Art of PeaceBlue Heron AikidoHead Instructor- Jonathan Miller Lane 3rd DanPhone: 802-989-9069or Visit www.blueheronaikido.comAikido is a martial art and ethical training created

by Morehei Ueshiba (1883-1969). The self defense techniques practiced in Aikido teach us, in an experiential and physical way, the power of harmony which can transcend and eradicate violence. Aikido practice develops agility, awareness, and strength; deepens concentration, and encourages relaxation. Aikido practice challenges each practitioner to realize his or her potential as a “powerful, compassionate, creative, self-aware human being.”

On-going classes meet Mondays 5:30 to 6:30 and 7-8:30 and Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30-6:45 and are open to anyone 13 or older who has completed the beginners’ series. Dues are $35/month for unlimited classes. Located in Blue Heron dojo, lower level Town Office Building. Observers welcome anytime.

Ongoing children’s classes meet Thursdays 4:00 to 5:00 and Saturdays 9:00am to 10:00am. Open to ages 7 through 12. Dues are $50/month for unlimited classes, or $10 per class. Sibling discount available.

Introduction to Aikido- The next introduction series for adults will be in the summer, dates to be announced. Please contact Blue Heron Aikido if you are interested in beginning Aikido.

Co-ed Drop-in DodgeballWhat: We are pleased to be offering drop in

dodgeball again this spring! We will have a volunteer meet kids at Mary Hogan and walk them down to the Municipal Gym each week. Kids will get to play both traditional dodgeball and free-range dodgeball (hide behind obstacles, every player for themselves) each week. No need to register just attend the weeks you would like to participate.

Who: Children in Grades 3-7When: Friday’s from 3:30-5:00 starting March 28thCost: $2 per week, payable by the end of each class

Drop-In ProgramsAdult Co-ed 30+ Basketball-

Wednesdays 6:45-8:30 at Municipal GymFor more information please contactBryan Jones @ 989-8399

Adult Co-ed Volleyball-Monday’s 6:45-9pm at Municipal GymFor more information please contactTom Randall @ 343-2652

Tot Time Gym HoursWho: Children ages 5 and underLocation: Middlebury Municipal GymSchedule: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am-12pm

Cost: $2.00 per drop-in or buy a 10 visit pass for $15.00. Daycares please ask for special pricing options!

Description: Here’s the perfect opportunity to get your infant or toddler out of the cold while meeting other young families in the area. Children enjoy playing with ride-on toys, gymnastics mats, bouncy balls and much more. Come and go as you please!

1st-3rd Grade Panther Lacrosse ClinicInstructors: Mallory Hinman (mhinman@middlebury.

edu) Assistant Women’s Lacrosse coach and members of the Middlebury College lacrosse teams will coach basic skills such as shooting, passing, and defense during this weekly one hour session. The program will run for 5 weeks.

Program Dates (All practices will be from 3:15-4:15pm) Tuesdays April 1st , April 8th, April 22nd, April 29th and May 6th.

Location: Middlebury College(Behind Fitness Center and Ice Arena)

Register online or in person starting February 27thFee: $30 Residents $35 Non Residents

(Includes all 5 weeks)

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ZUMBA ClassesZumba is a dance aerobics cardio workout that is

gaining popularity because it’s safe and fun. You can dance your way to health and happiness modifying the moves to suit your needs. Come on in and try it. Your first class is free. Wear comfortable clothing, shoes you can dance in and a water bottle.

Starting March 24, 2014Morning Classes 8:30 to 9:30 Monday-Thursday M,W-Zumba T,Th- Morning YogaEvening Classes 5:30 to 6:30 M, T, Wand Thursday’s 6:30pm-7:30pmPunchcards available - $6.50 per class, You must

register at the classes, no online registration available.

Aerial ArtsInstructor: Mariah Levin Email: [email protected]

Adult Aerial Arts du Cirque - Static Trapeze (ages 13 and up) Sunday April 6 - Sunday May 18 2:00-3:30pm Municipal Gym

Come join the circus and dance in the air. In static trapeze, you will learn dynamic tricks and poses while you increase your strength, body awareness

and flexibility. Safety, fun, technique and artistic expression are emphasized throughout the class. No prior experience required although you will need to be moderately fit (a simple test: hang from a bar for 10 seconds, hold a plank

for 45 seconds).

Kids Aerial Arts du Cirque - Static Trapeze (ages 8-12) Friday April 4- Friday May 16 5:00-6:30pm Municipal Gym

Do you like playing on the monkey bars? Have you ever wanted to join the circus? Come and learn how to flip, twist and pose on the

static trapeze. You will get strong, flexible, and confident in the air. You will have loads of fun and learn safe and proper techniques for being a trapeze artist.

No prior experience required although you will need to be moderately fit (a simple test: hang from a bar for 10 seconds, hold a plank for 45 seconds).

Cost for both classes is $133 per session.Register online or in person starting Feb 27th at 8:30am

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Bicycle Repair ClassesInstructors Carl Robinson and Chas LyonsEmail: [email protected]: [email protected]: Russ Sholes Senior CenterCost: $80 per session or $25 per class

This 4 week course is designed for people who would like to learn the basics of bicycle repair and maintenance.

• Week 1: Get to know your bike / Pre Ride Check• Week 2: Flat Repair• Week 3: Shifters and Brakes• Week 4: Advanced Repairs

You will become familiar to the specific needs of your own bicycle as all classes are hands on. With the skills learned you will be comfortable knowing that you have the knowledge to successfully repair your bike. The class is hands on, so be prepared to get a little dirty. Participants are required to bring their own bicycle and on the ride repair kit (if they have one). Age and Skill Level: 18 +, any skill level

Session 1- Wednesday March 5th- Wednesday March 26th 6:00-7:00pm

Session 2- Wednesday April 2nd- Wednesday April 23rd 6:00-7:00pm

Women’s Class- Thursday April 3rd-Thursday April 24th 6:00-7:00pm

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Middlebury’s Local Teen CenterA.C.T.’s Mission

ACT provides a Teen Center and after-school alternatives that are welcoming, safe and fun for all teenagers in the community.

• Pool Table• Ping Pong Table• Foosball • Bike Rides• A Wii System

• Computers• Free internet access• Free food and refreshments• Spoken word seminars

Upcoming Activities & Special Events• One-on-one DJ Lessons with “DJ Dizzle” every

other Friday from 3:30 – 5. • FREE cooking lessons! Learn to prep, cook, serve

and share a meal with professional chef Chuck Root. Every other Friday from 3:30 – 6pm.

• Teen Dance! Thursday March 13th at the Municipal Gym. Admission is only $5!

• Special teen programming during April Break (April 21st – 25th) Check ACT’s facebook page or website for details.

Hours of Operation:Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 3:00 - 6:00pm

Thursday & Friday 3:00 - 7:00pmwww.addisonteens.com

Clothing Swap and ShopMUHS Hallway outside the main office

Wednesday & Thursday, June 4 & 511:30 am to 3:00 pm – students only3:00 pm to 7 pm – open to the public

Bring in your gently used clothing, accessories, jewelry, knick-knacks, CD’s, DVD’s and swap for new used items. No clothing to swap? Bring your money and shop. 1 point equals $1.

Items may be dropped off at the ACT teen center every day after school from 3 - 6 pm. Look for posters in May announcing clothing collection at MUHS and MUMS. For more information or if you like to volunteer, please contact:

[email protected] 802-989-8934

Video, photography and audio workshop with the Vermont Folk Life Center

Thursdays, April 3 through June 12,from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Interested in learning to use photography and audio recording as a means for expression, storytelling, and maybe even social action?

Come join digital media instructor, Ned Castle (from the Vermont Folklife Center) every Thursday at “94 Main,” your local teen center. Ned will be teaching skills ranging from the basics of using a digital camera and audio recording equipment, to the design and exhibition of creative storytelling projects that engage community audiences. These skills can help you to enhance school projects.

Let Us Host Your Event!A Plan for all Seasons!

We have ice through March 23rd!

Hockey Skate Rentals(youth size 8 to adult size 13)

Public Skating and Stick & PuckTimes available on the website

Soccer • Lacrosse • Basketball • Baseball • Hockey Rollerblading • Concerts • Car Shows • Home Shows

Flea Markets • Fund Raising Platform & more!


Memorial Sports Center: 296 Buttolph Dr, Middlebury(802) 388 1238

email: [email protected]

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Muddy Gras Special EventSaturday April 5th 4-7pm Open to Everyone!!!

What: In collaboration with the Addison Central Teen Center we are pleased to offer this event which coincides with other great events going on in our area to celebrate “mud” season. We will have grass track bicycle racing under the lights, tug of war competitions against Middlebury Police Officers, dodgeball on the basketball court and Middlebury’s own DJ Dizzle playing today’s hottest hits throughout the evening. Where: Middlebury Recreation Fields, 277 Mary Hogan Drive

Cost: Free! We ask that you either signup online or in person at the Rec. Department at least a week prior to the event so we can get an estimate on numbers.

For more information and to sign up a tug of war team: Contact Dustin Hunt (802)388-8100 ext 216 or email [email protected]

Grass Track Racing SeriesFirst Wednesday of Each Month 6-8pm

Open to everyone!!Grass Track racing is done on a flat grass field (around

the outside of a soccer field) in a large marked oval. Races are short so everyone will be able to participate in a few different events. Any bike with a wider tire can be used (mountain bike, BMX style, cyclocross, road bike with fat tires). Sprints, team races, relays, time trials. Round 1 was a big success!

Come join the fun!

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Animal CommunicationBasic Skills Workshop

Saturday March 29th, 10am-4pm The Warming Hut, 277 Mary Hogan Drive Cost: $85.00Do you ever wish you

could talk to animals or “hear what they are thinking?” Learn how to telepathically communicate with the animals in your life. We will discuss how animals try to communicate with us, how they process the signals and messages we give them every day, and how to communicate with them more effectively and with greater clarity to help reduce confusion. This class will help improve your relationship with animal companions as well as help you become more “tuned-in” to their needs, better understand their behaviors, check in about their wishes, and give/receive important information about any changes coming up in your lives or theirs.

Additional Course Details: Please contact instructor for more info: Alyson Young, Windancer Healing Arts 802-349-8233, [email protected], www.windancerhealingarts.com

ATV Safety CourseDid you know ATV riders in

Vermont under the age of 18 are required by law to carry a state approved safety certificate? The fines can be nearly $400.

V.E.S.T. is a free of charge, state approved, classroom style safety course. The V.E.S.T. course is taught by Certified VASA Volunteers. Participants will be mailed course material to be completed prior to the class.

Pre-registration required, offered to ages 12-18Contact: VASA Office at (802) 477-5075When: Saturday, May 10, 2014 9:00 to 1:00Where: Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center North

Campus, Mainelli Road, Middlebury, VTOffered free of charge by VASA

Sponsored by :Addison County Sheriff

DepartmentPatricia A. Hannaford

Career CenterChamplain Valley


More information, please contact Master Kellie Thomas377-0476 or email [email protected]

K.I.C.K.S. actually stands for Keep fit, Inner strength, Confidence, Kinship & Self-defense, which we believe are all skills that should help your child regardless of age cope and prepare for the real world. We strive to teach life skills and strong character through a disciplined but loving safe environment.

TaeKwon Do K.I.C.K.S.for the whole family

½ Day TaeKwon Do K.I.C.K.S. CAMP – during april vacation (4/21 - 4/25)

at Vergennes Elementary School, 8:30am-12:30pmfor $125 for 1st child with family discounts.

Maximum 25 participants – Sign up SOON!


Call to set up a FREE first class!Please contact us for info about special

afternoon & self-defence programs (for kids& women) that can be held at your school.

“Megan has blossomed with the confidence she has gotten

from TKDKICKS! She has learned respect and how to really focus with

patterns. I like that she knows how to defend herself if she would have to -

for me, I love the fun atmosphere and wonderful TKD family!”

– Katie

“In short 8 months - my overall health has benefitted– my breathing is better, I ache a lot less, I’m much more flexible, my balance was never great but it’s slowly getting there... my self-confidencehas shot up! My grand-daughter and I have a great time.” – Cheryl, proudly representing our over 50 crowd!

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