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									          Vol. 21 Number 4                                      APRIL 2011                                           12 PAGES

                           How Sweet it is.... Sugaring Time in Middlesex, Vermont

                                                                                                           SUGARING ON
                                                                                                            THE FAMILY
                                                                                                         PUTNAMVILLE OF
                                                                                                                By Billy Huntsman

                                                                                                               Photos by Jeannette Wulff

.            Photo above: L-R Inside Putnamville Sugar Works' Sugarhouse - Ron Wells (kneeling), Billy Huntsman,
              John Flanagan, John Gant, Eric Flanagan and Eric's daughter Samantha

A friend and I started sugaring in a pan on four cinder blocks up behind my house in Montpelier as teenagers. We had tapped the maple trees
around the Heaton Hospital. I made a cart to carry the sap down the steep hill to boil. That was some dark syrup! We later moved down to
the friend's house where we had put up large tarps to help keep us dry. We were boiling in a large brick fireplace behind the house. It began
raining and we were really wet when my dad said we could move into our garage. It was a metal garage that kept us dry, but it was very hot
inside - up to 100 degrees some days - and we were boiling on two wood parlor stoves. Later on I found a small shed and took it home and
put it in the back yard. We began boiling on a small gas stove in the shed. I later worked in Calais on the Shallberg farm in their sugarhouse.
Then while my wife and I were living in Montpelier, near National Life, we sugared for two years in a makeshift sugarhouse in our carport,
just prior to moving to Middlesex. All of our trees were in Berlin then - about 250 taps - and we had to transport the sap to Montpelier. In
2005 we moved to Putnamville (the former Pagel home) and renovated a gardening shed into a sugarhouse. We tapped a few trees on our new
property and some of our neighbor's trees. We also continued to tap in Berlin and transport the sap. We have gradually increased the number
of taps on our own property and neighbors properties over the last 6 years. This year we have 206 taps on pipeline on our property and 78 taps
on pipeline on John Gant's property. We have a handful of buckets on two other neighbor's properties and about 20 buckets on our property.
We still have buckets in Berlin but have reduced the number of taps down to 125. The folks pictured here have been helping us since our
carport days in Montpelier and without them we couldn't manage all of the work that goes into making this operation run smoothly. We are
busy cutting firewood for the sugarhouse in the summer and fall and we spend many long hours getting ready for the season and then boiling
sap to make the sweet golden syrup, but it's worth all of the work at the end. Annually we make approximately 50 gallons of syrup, which we
share with our helpers, friends and family. My ancestors (the Goodwin and Vaughn family farms) sugared in the 1900’s in Middlesex Ctr, so
I feel like I've come full circle and brought the family sugaring back home to Middlesex.....

                                                                                                                                     L to R:
                                                                                                                                Billy Huntsman,
                                                                                                                                John Flanagan,
                                                                                                                                   Ron Wells,
                                                                                                                                   John Gant,
                                                                                                                                 Eric Flanagan,

     Tapped Sugar maples look right at home in the
    back woods of Huntsman's Middlesex property

             Photo of painting to right:

            A painting depicting traditional
        Vermont sugaring methods was a gift
        to Billy Huntsman's grandparents of
        Middlesex. The beautiful painting has
        been passed down in the family, and
                now hangs in Billy and
                  Cindy Huntsman's
            living room. The painter was
        Harold H. Miles of Cheslea, Vermont.
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            Volume 21, No.# 4        APRIL 2011
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                                                          everyone who has assisted in making these projects a reality!

                                                                                                    There are vacancies for two Budget Committee Members and one Town
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Written and Illustrated by Katie Feldman, with help from Lily Feldman

Perhaps you may have read about the Middlesex Salamander Crossing Project in these pages before. It’s
once again time to help a beautiful local salamander, Ambystoma maculatum, or the Eastern Spotted
Salamander. This remarkable salamander, which can live up to 20 years, is glossy black with a double
row of brilliant yellow spots down its back, and a salt-and-pepper grey underside.
Although 6 to 11 inches long, Spotted Salamanders are rarely seen, as they are nocturnal and live in the
woods under rocks and rotting logs. However, these reclusive “mole” or “burrowing” salamanders
emerge for one or two nights each year in early or mid-spring. Unfortunately, many of them are killed
as they slowly traverse the roads. The reasons these amazing creatures have for crossing roads “en
masse”, are to mate and lay their eggs in vernal pools (which are pools of water that dry up in the
summer and are refilled each spring). These amphibians have evolved to spawn in vernal
pools simply because in most ponds fish will eat their eggs (and fish cannot
live in vernal pools, because they dry up).
There have been few studies of salamander
roadkill rate, although anyone living near a crossing
site has probably seen dozens of flattened salamanders “the morning after.” One year in Middlesex
alone, volunteers patrolling for salamander activity on April 19th moved a total of over 150 salamanders
across the roads (up from 125 the year before). And even with extensive human help, many salamander
fatalities were counted. Unfortunately, since these are burrowing animals and very light-sensitive, they
are apt to freeze when in car headlights, making them less likely to survive a road crossing.
Nobody wants to kill a beautiful salamander on purpose, but they are difficult to recognize in the road.
However, knowing what to look for, when to look for them (only one or two nights a year) and where
(just three main spots in Middlesex) makes it much easier to avoid running them over.
What They Look Like
If you don’t know what to look for, you’ll think they are small
(half a foot or foot long) pieces of mossy or partially barkless tree
branch in the road, often with one end raised up.
When to Look Out for Them
Most of them migrate during the first warm rain (40 degrees
fahrenheit or higher) of the year, which in Middlesex are around the middle to end of April.
Where to Look Out for Them
The map shows the main “Amby Crossings” in Middlesex. But you can also find them by sound.
Listen for the sound of frogs (Wood Frogs) croaking. These frogs often begin to mate just before the
Spotted Salamanders do, and they are often at the same places.
What You Can Do to Help
These days, amphibians need all the help they can get, so if it’s warm (at least low-40’s), raining, and at
night in mid- or late April, please keep your eyes peeled for what appears to be a short piece of branch
with some moss on it, or bare bark showing, and often with one end raised. It may just be a Spotted
Salamander! Or get on the email list, so you can be alerted and ready when the time is likely to come!
At the very least, don’t run it over. If you’re an animal-lover (or even just a nice person), please try to
carefully stop, gently pick it up and move it in the direction it’s going -- almost always from higher to
lower ground (and watch out for cars — we certainly don’t want YOU getting run over!).
 You might want to keep in mind that on the same night, frogs (who look like small triangular rocks in
the road) and newts of various types are also likely to cross the road in search of ponds, puddles, and
ditches to lay their eggs. These creatures tend to be faster moving and less light sensitive than the Spot-
ted Salamanders, and so have a somewhat better chance of making their trip successfully.
If You’re Really an Animal Lover...
Like to volunteer to help the Spotted Salamanders cross the roads? Please visit the website for hints,
flyers, YouTube videos and more, Then email to get on the email “this
could be the night” list. Thank you for reading this article — just being aware of the crossing areas and
times will help save these lovely and ancient residents of Central Vermont!
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                      Remembering my Life in Middlesex from 1917 to 1929 & on....
                                                   by George Wayne Thomas, Age 98

            Remembering my Maple Sugaring
                 Time in Middlesex

In 1926, when I was fourteen years old, I was hired to help collect and boil sap
during sugaring season at the Levi Swift Farm located at the corner of Notch and
the Center Road in Middlesex. I could only work weekends because I was still
in high school at the time. Once sugaring season was in full swing I would walk
up from the village to spend the weekend at Howard Martin's home located on
the Notch Road. Howard Martin was the father of Charles Martin who now lives
in Worcester. Howard and I worked together over at their neighbor Levi Swift's
maple sugaring operation.

Early in the morning we would hook up a team of hard working Belgian draft
horses to a sleigh, called a pung, which we would then drive up to the maple trees
(sugar bush) that had been tapped for the season. We would spend much of the
day empting the metal sap buckets into the wooden tub that was attached to the
sleigh. Once the tub was filled up, we would drive the team of horses back down
to the sugarhouse for the long evaporation process of boiling over a wood fire.       George Wayne Thomas, who recently had a very bad
                                                                                     fall, is still beginning a very long recovery and
Mr. Swift's son would help us boil the sap in the evenings. He had infantile         rehabilitation process, and hearing from his readers will
paralysis and had difficulty walking without stiff -braces on his legs so would       help cheer him up!
have had a very hard time helping with collecting the sap. However, he enjoyed
helping to boil down the sap and we all had a good time visiting together and
talking it up. One of the traditions I remember this time of year was to gather          You may write to George Wayne Thomas
eggs from the chicken coop and bring them to the sugar house to hard boil by                     The Pines 7 Aspen Drive,
carefully dropping them into the hot sap, which we would then peel and eat as a       Apt. 219, South Burlington, VT 05403 telephone:
snack. Maple flavored hard-boiled eggs were a special treat.                                            802-846-5169

Mr. Swift sold his maple syrup to neighbors and gave some as gifts to family and

                              Making Maple Syrup on Portal Road in Middlesex....

                                                                                       The Sugar Factory: Joslin's Sugar Shack,
             Labor of Love: Eugene and Randy Joslin                                                 Portal Road
                       Display Their Wares

                                                                 Kids Coming Home to Middlesex to Sugar

                                                                            Photos and Story by Neighbor Paula Kaiman

                                                        Eugene Joslin of Portal Road has been sugaring all his life. The magic began in boyhood
                                                    on his father's farm in Waitsfield. It's in his blood. In time, Gene and his wife Edith, along
                                                    with their three children---Randy, Judy and Sandra---became a sugar-making team. Even
                                                    now, with grown children of their own, they migrate home to Middlesex like hearty Robins
                                                    each year in early spring. They can't help it; they were raised on the north woods alchemy of
                                                    transmuting sparkling, silver sap into sweet, sticky syrup. It's in their blood. In exhange for
                                                    sore muscles and the sweat of their brows, they receive the nutrient-rich life force of the Sugar
                                                    Maple, the first wild harvest of the season. Hours and days of steam-filled devotion produce
                                                    carefully measured ounces of pure satisfaction---the sugar-maker's labor of love. The work is
                                                    heavy, the process long, the hillside steep. The reward? Golden.

                                                    Photo to Left: Sweet Steam in Sugarland:
                                                                           Sandra Joslin Checks the Hydrometer

                                                                                             CHARLENE R. BOHL
                                                                                                       Attorney at Law

                                                                                Experienced in Real Estate, Family and Probate Law
                                                                                       With an Interest in Collaborative Law

                                                                                                   34 Chase Road
                                                                                           North Middlesex, Vermont 05682
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                    Minutes of the Town of Middlesex Annual Meeting of March 1, 2011
                                                            by Cindy Carlson, Town Clerk

 Susan Clark, Moderator announces the start of the meeting.                         ARTICLE 10: Shall the Town Voters authorize expenditures of $3000 to
                                                                                    support student and community participation in Middlesex Community Con-
 John Puleio, Band Stand Committee, reports that 2011 will mark the 6th sea-        nections programs? (By Petition) Deb Wolf moves, Charlie Merriman sec-
 son for the bandstand. The committee would like to know if residents would         onds. The Community Connections program and how their sliding scale
 like to start concerts earlier in the summer. The census after an informal vote    payments work are explained. Motion carries.
 is that it does not matter if the concerts start in June or July.
                                                                                    ARTICLE 11: Shall the Town Voters authorize an expenditure of $1,000 to
 Sarah Seidman, Middlesex Historical Society, reports that all dues collected       help support the services provided by the Friends of the North Branch Nature
 this year will be contributed towards the cost of moving the old railroad sta-     Center in Montpelier? (By Petition) Alisa Darmstadt moves. Eric Benedict
 tion to the Red Hen Bakery site. It is estimated it will cost $26,500 to move      seconds. There is discussion of how many Middlesex residents participate in
 this building.                                                                     programs offered by North Branch Nature Center. Motion carries.

 Wendy Farber announces the Pie Breakfast, Saturday, March 26th.                    ARTICLE 12: Shall the voters authorize the expenditure of $750.00 to
                                                                                    the RSVP for Central Vermont and the Northeast Kingdom? (By Petition)
 Tony Klein, State Representative. There is no objection to have Tony speak         Mary Skinner moves, Shelly Cohen seconds. Mary Skinner speaks about
 before the meeting proceeds. Tony thanks the residents for the opportunity         the program services. Approximately 10 Middlesex residents volunteer their
 to let him represent Middlesex. There is a brief discussion on the future of       time. The funding request has increased from $500 to $750 this year. Mo-
 Vermont Yankee.                                                                    tion carries.

 Susan Clark reports that remote Town Meeting is not set up this year, but if        ARTICLE 13: Shall the Town voters authorize the expenditure of $2,000 to
 anyone knows someone who needs to use this service please let the Town             help support the services provided by Central Vermont Home Health & Hos-
 know.                                                                              pice to the residents of Middlesex? (By Petition) Jess Hill moves, Anthony
                                                                                    Polina seconds. Mary Hood speaks on the services provided by Central
 Susan reviews the Robert's Rules of Order, which will be used at this year's       Vermont Home Health and Hospice. Motion carries
 Town Meeting.
                                                                                    ARTICLE 14: Shall the Town of Middlesex appropriate the sum of $25,543
 The Civil Invocation is read by Rachel Levine and Sophie Puleio.                   for the support of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library? (By Petition) Michael Kat-
                                                                                    zenberg moves, Eric Benedict seconds. There is discussion regarding how
 Meeting called to order.                                                           the funding compares to last year's request, whether the amount will be de-
                                                                                    creased in the future and whether Berlin's contribution be increased with the
 ARTICLE 1: To elect a Moderator for the ensuing year. Bill Callnan                 closing of the regional library? Mary Hood explain that the funding request
 moves Susan Clark as moderator. Hilton Dier seconds, motion carries.               is the same as last year, the library guaranteed the funding request for a 4
                                                                                    year period, this is the 3rd of the 4 year time period. The funding request is
 ARTICLE 2: To elect a Grand Juror and Town Agent for the ensuing year.             based on a Town's usage. There has been an increase in library cards held by
 Peter Hoods nominates Larry Mandell. Mary Alexander seconds, motion                Middlesex residents. Motion carries
                                                                                    ARTICLE 15: Shall the voters of the Town of Middlesex appropriate the
 ARTICLE 3: To elect all necessary officers for the ensuing year. (To be
                                                                                    sum of $953 for the Green Mountain Transit Agency? (By Petition) Ruth
 voted by Australian ballot) - Passed over.
                                                                                    Doctor moves, Jeff Koonz seconds. There is discussion concerning the im-
                                                                                    portance of transportation especially to seniors. Motion carries.
 Town Clerk       1 year term
                  Treasurer 1 year term
                                                                                    ARTICLE 16: Shall the voters of the Town of Middlesex appropriate the
                  Trustee of Public Funds1 year term
                                                                                    sum of $10,000 for the Waterbury Area Senior Center? (By Petition) Jeff
                  Selectperson 3 year term
                                                                                    Koonz moves, Eric Benedict seconds. There are no objections to allow the
                  Selectperson 2 year term
                                                                                    Board of Directors and staff to speak on behalf of this program. Waterbury
                  Budget Committee Member         3 year term
                                                                                    Area Senior Center took over the Meals on Wheels program a year ago.
                  Budget Committee Member         3 year term
                                                                                    Currently 15 residents are served meals on a daily basis and 5-7 seniors use
 Auditor 3 year term
                                                                                    the center for other programs. Residents from Middlesex who volunteer at
 Auditor 3 year term
                                                                                    the Center have not asked for mileage reimbursement, however, one driver
 Lister           3 year term
                                                                                    from another community has. The Town of Waterbury supports the program
                  Delinquent Tax Collector 1 year term
                                                                                    in the amount of $30,000, Duxbury and Moretown in the amount of $1,500
                  Planning Commission 3 year term
                                                                                    each. 80% of the residents served by the Center are from Waterbury. The
                                                                                    funding request is to cover expenses for the Meals on Wheels program. It is
 ARTICLE 4: To receive and act upon the reports of the Town Officers.
                                                                                    noted that the Montpelier Senior Center is asking for $200 as a special article
 Mike Legendre moves to accept the Town Officers reports. Jeff Farber sec-
                                                                                    request, however, they do not contribute to the Meals on Wheels program.
 onds. Motion carries There is discussion about the property tax installments,
 Front Porch Forum, e-Middlesex Grant, delinquent taxes. .
                                                                                     John Krezinski asks to amend the amount of the request to $1,000 from
                                                                                    $10,000. Mary Alexander seconds. Charlie Merriman states that he agrees
 ARTICLE 5: Shall the Town of Middlesex adopt The Middlesex Land Use
                                                                                    with John's motion, he would be willing to support a higher number if more
 & Development Regulations dated March 23, 2010, to conform to the require-
                                                                                    information was available. Charlie Merriman suggests to amend the motion
 ments of the National Flood Program? Copies of the regulation are available
                                                                                    to $2,000, Jeff Farber seconds.
 at the Town Clerk's Office. (To be voted by Australian ballot) Passed over.
 ARTICLE 6: To see if the Town will vote a discount of 1.5% on the net              There is further discussion stating most of the residents served are low in-
 property taxes, exclusive of tax rebate, if the total annual tax is paid in full   come residents. The annual operating budget for the Waterbury Senior Cen-
 within 30 days of issuance of the tax bill. (32 VSA Sec. 4773) John Dick           ter program is $154,000. There are 5 Duxbury residents using the Meals on
 moves, Shaun Fielder seconds. There is discussion if the entire tax bill has to    Wheels program. It is stated that these services are well worth the cost to
 be paid to receive the discount, how this discount affects the tax rate and how    help our residents live in their own homes longer and the social benefits that
 it is a benefit to the town to collect the payment early. Motion carries.           are provided are important. Shaun Fielder asks to call the question. John
                                                                                    Krezinski seconds, motion carries. Motion carries to amend the amount to
 ARTICLE 7: Shall the voters authorize payment of real and personal prop-           $2,000.
 erty taxes to the Town Treasurer in two equal installments and the due dates
 being September 15th and February 15th, except if post marked by the US            There is further discussion stating there are volunteers in Middlesex who
 Postal Service on or before September 15th and February 15th? (32 VSA Sec.         don't ask for mileage reimbursement, there is federal funding available to the
 4773) Mike Legendre moves. Julie Moore seconds. Motion carries.                    center, and it is felt that some residents who receive the service could afford
 ARTICLE 8: To see if the Town will charge interest at the rate of .7% per          to pay but have not been asked to. The Senior Center cannot ask residents to
 month or fraction thereof on overdue tax installments from the due date of the     pay for the services under Federal guidelines. It can be suggested that they
 tax. (32 VSA Sec. 5136). Laura Lyle moves, Bill Callnan seconds. Motion            contribute, but the Senior Center cannot send a bill or ask specifically for a
 carries.                                                                           donation. Martin Pincus asks that the amendment be moved from $2,000
                                                                                    to $7500. Chris McVeigh seconds. There is further discussion on the num-
 ARTICLE 9: To vote a budget to meet the expenses and liabilities of the            ber of meals delivered on a daily basis, approximately 50 meals a day. It is
 Town and authorize the Selectboard to set a tax rate sufficient to provide the      stated that people should remember that the priorities of the Federal Govern-
 same. (THIS ARTICLE WILL BE CONSIDERED AS A SPECIAL ORDER                          ment should not be to take care of town residents through Meals on Wheels
 OF BUSINESS AT 5:15 PM) Chris McVeigh moves to approve the budget in               programs, health care etc and town residents should think about how these
 the amount of $978,359. John Puleio seconds. There is discussion concern-          organizations are being affected by the loss of federal dollars. The Town
 ing the health insurance line item, the tax effort report, speed enforcement,      expects better documentation for next year if the Waterbury Senior Center
 the discretionary fund, how the delinquent taxes affect the tax rate, and high-    asks for funding in the future. John Dick calls the question. John Krezinsiki
 way grants. The health insurance line item is increased due to anticipating a      seconds, motion carries to call the question.
 change to add family or 2-person coverage in this proposed budget year. The
 Select Board will be meeting with the Vermont State Police and the Washing-        Results to amend the amendment to $7500 from $2,000. Yes = 77 No = 27
 ton Sheriff's Department to contract for speed enforcement. It is suggested
 in the hand out which shows how the proposed budget will affect the tax rate       John Dick moves: Shall the voters of the Town of Middlesex appropriate
 that also be include a breakdown of income. The Select Board states that           the sum of $7,500 for the Waterbury Area Senior Center? John Krezinski
 the proposed budget is very conservative. They are requesting an increase          seconds. Motion carries. Yes = 88 No = 30
 in the discretionary fund to cover any unexpected equipment repairs or other
 unexpected expenses. The Town will hold a tax sale to collect unpaid taxes,
 but the Town may have to do short term borrowing to cover expenses until the                                                 Continued on Page. 10
 taxes are collected. The Board explains how a State highway grant is put into
 the budget, however, paving is only done if the grant is received. If the fund-
 ing is not received the highway budget will be decreased. Motion carries.
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                                                       Air Force Academy Announces
                                                      Appointments For Class Of 2015
                                             .Three Vermonters Chosen For Fully Qualified Appointments

                                       Senator Leahy was pleased to learn that the Air Force Academy has
                                        announced the names of those students who will be offered fully
                                       qualified appointments to the United States Air Force Academy Class of
                                       2015. Among those students granted appointments are Maxfield Johnson
                                       of Danville, Kenneth Koonz of Middlesex, and Derek Sargent of

                                        Senator Leahy, along with Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman
                                        Peter Welch, was pleased to nominate these three young Vermonters to
                                        the Air Force Academy this past January.
In response to the announcement of the appointments, Senator Leahy said, "The challenges we face as a nation
today require leadership based on integrity, quality education, critical thinking and decision making skills. In
carrying on our state's long tradition of service to community and country, these young Vermonters are the best
of the best. Their willingness to serve and develop their full leadership potential is a testament to their families
and friends, their schools and our state. Marcelle and I are so proud to recognize and congratulate the                             Kenneth A. Koonz of Middlesex
 achievements of Maxfield, Kenneth, and Derek."                                                                                   appointed to the US Air Force Academy

                                                                Kenneth A. Koonz of Middlesex
Ken will graduate from U-32 High School with a 3.8 GPA. Ken has been active in the Boy Scouts of America and earned Eagle Scout rank in November and
was elected to the position of Vice Lodge Chief for the state of Vermont's Order of the Arrow Lodge in October. He has served for five years as a junior fire-
fighter with the Middlesex Fire Department and is currently an adult member of the Fire Department. Ken has received several awards and honors, including
the U-32's Most Prestigious Award for Excellence and Attendance at the 2010 American Legion Boys State. He was a member of the U-32 Alpine Ski team
all four years and was the team captain this season, additionally has been involved in the U-32 drama productions all four years. Ken's teachers say that he has
an extraordinary commitment to his community for his age. He will attend the Air Force Academy to shape his leadership skills.

Ken received the news he had earned an appointment to the Air Force Academy on Tuesday March 22. Normally Senator Leahy calls the student at school
to let them know the news but since he was in Haiti when the news was released and he wanted Ken to know right away so he had his assistant, Ms Gendron,
call. She called the Koonz home about 2:00 pm and gave his father the news. After talking to Ms Gendron Ken's Dad, Jeff called the school to tell him. After
explaining the news to staff the phone call was transferred to the class room Ken was in at the time. He was in Alternate Power and Energy, the interesting
thing was the class was getting a presentation about getting more involved in science, technology, engineering, and math, and Ken plans to major
in mechanical engineering while at the Academy. Needless to say Ken is very excited about being selected considering about 1500 students were
selected out of 10,000 applicants. He looks forward to the challenges he will face during his time at the Academy.

             Update From the Senate                                                           Greetings! Representative Tony Klein
                     Anthony Pollina
  The Health Care Proposal Only the Beginning of a Process                            The House is now scheduled to debate two bills that I introduced and have been passed by
                                                                                      my committee, the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee. H.56 is an omnibus
                                                                                      energy bill which will continue to help Vermont use and produce clean energy more
Despite the politics and war of words, the health care proposal now                    efficiently.
before the Senate makes relatively modest steps towards a single payer                Here is a summary:
health care system, while also taking steps to start controlling costs.
                                                                                      H.56, the Energy Act of 2011, keeps the state moving steadily forward on the path to a
                                                                                      green economy and energy independence. It does this in part by expanding and improving
It is true that many questions about costs and financing are still                     Vermont's successful net metering program and by preventing a gap in funding for the Clean
 unanswered. That is because the “plan” is not yet determined. I support              Energy Development Fund. The bill also takes a number of steps to ensure the survival of
a single payer system. It works in many places and can work here. But, I              existing renewable energy facilities.
do not see this proposal locking us into a single payer at all. (Some will            The bill contains the following provisions:
like this, others will not). Instead, the bill is designed to start controlling
costs, to answer the questions we all have and to bring a plan to the                 Net metering (the state's program that allows utility customers who install small renewable
                                                                                      energy systems to get credit from their utility for the power they produce):
Legislature, which we will accept or not. Here is what it does.                                   •          Raises the current cap on the percentage of net metering allowed
                                                                                       per utility territory, from 2% to 4%
It establishes a Board to answer questions about what Green Mountain                              •          Establishes a statewide solar credit, requiring utilities to offer a standard
                                                                                      benefit per kWh produced by a customer's solar system (recognizing that these projects help
Care (the single payer) may look like. So, over the next few years a                  avoid higher energy costs during peak times as well as expensive transmission upgrades)
 benefits package will be designed, costs and provider payments                                    •          Raises the allowable size per net metering system from 250 kW to 500
determined and a financing plan recommended. The Legislature will                      kW for both group and individual systems
                                                                                                  •          Provides for a simple registration system for solar net-metered systems
then vote to approve or disapprove it. This is expected in 2013 but may               of 5 kW or less
not happen until 2017, leaving much time for questions, answers and                               •          Monetizes kWh credits so that net-metering customers can offset their
debate on the issues.                                                                 production against their total utility bill
                                                                                      Clean Energy Development Fund
While this is a path to a possible single payer, it can only happen if                            •          Funding for the CEDF is due to cease in March of 2012. H. 56
                                                                                      establishes a temporary Clean Energy Support Charge to bridge the gap until a permanent
certain requirements are met: there must be a comprehensive coverage                  new source can be decided. The proposed monthly charge of 55 cents per utility customer
plan, we must know the cost and how we will pay for it; the federal                   would raise about $2.3 annually for three years, providing the predictable resources neces-
government must provide waivers and our Legislature must vote to                      sary to support locally generated renewable power and jobs for Vermonters across the state.
                                                                                      (The CEDF currently provides about $6 million annually to leverage millions more in invest-
approve it. Certain values will guide the plan. It must cost less; with               ments.)
significant savings in the initial stages, followed over time by slower and            Preserving existing hydro and biomass power plants
lower cost increases than in our current system. It must include                                  •          H.56 asks the Public Service Board to design new standard offer con-
                                                                                      tracts for certain small hydroelectric plants and for the Ryegate biomass plant, whose PUR-
 comprehensive benefits, including mental health and wellness; fair                    PA contracts are expiring over the next two years. The new prices are expected to be lower
reimbursement for providers and protections for consumers. And, those                 than the PURPA contracts but stable enough to allow for the plants' continued financial
on Medicare and other federal health care and retiree benefit programs                 viability.
                                                                                      Permanent self-managed energy efficiency
(i.e. military programs) will keep their benefits. They will not see lower                         •          Recent legislation allowed IBM, the state's largest electric consumer,
benefits.                                                                              to manage and fund its own energy-efficiency program, as long as required efficiency goals
                                                                                      could be met. H. 56 recognizes the success of this program by making it permanent.
It establishes a health insurance exchange as required by the federal                 Biofuels and Low Sulfur Mandate
government. The exchange is a way (primarily a website) to help us                                •          To help save Vermonters money and provide for a cleaner environment,
                                                                                      H.56 establishes low sulfur and biofuel mandates for heating oil sold in Vermont, timed to
comparison shop for health insurance and receive subsidies to help pay.               match implementation by surrounding states.
A variety of plans will be in it, including two new multistate plans re-
quired by federal law. Other plans will be available outside the exchange.            H.258 is a bill that relates to public participation in environmental enforcement proceedings.
                                                                                      The following is a brief summary of the legislation.
It does allow us to move towards common administrative forms and oth-
er efficiencies. It should be operational in 2014 for individuals and small            Under several federal environmental laws, states may be delegated the authority to adminis-
employers and for others in 2017.                                                     ter and enforce a state program that meets certain federal minimum requirements. Vermont
                                                                                      is currently delegated or authorized to administer and enforce state law addressing the Clean
And, it establishes pilot projects to start controlling costs by changing             Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. These
                                                                                       federal laws include certain minimum standards for public participation in enforcement
how health care is paid for and delivered. Costs will be lowered and out-             actions.
comes improved by having physicians work with a team of others (i.e.
prevention, mental health). They will be paid on a per person - per month              It looks like the Legislature is on schedule to adjourn the first week of May.
                                                                                            If you have issues or concerns or need to know about any proposed
basis not the current fee for service method. And, be rewa
                                                                                                    legislation, please contact me. I am easily reached by
rded financially for keeping us healthier. This is already being developed                     cell phone at 802 793 6032 or by e-mail at
in our current Blueprint for Health program. Finally it makes better use
of technology and electronic data to further cut costs.                                   Thanks for all the e-mails, letters and calls! I appreciate hearing from you!
  The bottom line: there are a lot of questions to be answered. This
                                                                                                                               Think spring!!
                   bill only gets the process started.
   Anthony serves on the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.                                                                Rep. Tony Klein
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                                                   Walking for Edith                      (Remembering Edith Joslin)
                                                                   by Paula Kaiman, Portal Road ,Middlesex, Vermont

                                   Edith Joslin was my next door neighbor of more than twenty six years. Slender and spry, I will always remember her as a
                                creative and high-spirited woman who loved to roam the fields and woods in search of wildflowers. From the most delicate,
                                tender nosegays of early spring ephemerals, to armloads of late autumn's dry and tawny stalks, she was consistently enchanted
                                by the fleeting magic of the wild beauty that surrounded her Middlesex home.

                                   Even when her eyesight had grown quite dim, I would see her carefully picking her way through the rutted fields of the old
                                Portal Farm. On one occasion, I remember spotting Edith on the hillside high above our homes, brandishing a long stick in an
                                attempt to batter some wild apples to the ground. With significant vision loss, she was unable to clearly see them silhouetted
                                against the bright backdrop of early autumn sky.

         Following a long day indoors at work, and being cut of the same cloth, I was more than happy for an excuse to scurry uphill to lend a hand. We
      gathered as much as we both could carry in our coats and I walked her safely home. Later, we each made applesauce; meticulously coring and cutting
      away all the little specks, blemishes, and suspicious-looking wormy spots. It was quite an exacting project. Surely, for Edith, it must have been a labor
      of love. She told me later that she didn't mind; she relished it. I understood. It fed her spirit.

         That was the last time I saw Edith in the field. After that, she was confined primarily to home and yard, and not without difficulty at that. She and
      her husband, Gene, spent kinder winters in Florida until she could no longer make the trip. Eventually, her world became condensed to chair and bed,
      dependent upon Gene for daily care. She took great joy in tableside gifts of plants and flowers.

         On a recent visit with Edith and family, I was treated to stories of her foraging days. They told me of the green adventures of her youth with sister
      and friends, and of the contests they waged among themselves to see who could find and identify the greatest variety of wildflowers throughout the
      seasons. As we spoke, her voice lifted and her face took on a wintry glow. My eyes fell on the row of well-used, well-loved nature identification books
      carefully lined up on the shelf behind her chair and, even at the last, I felt a deepening kinship with this woman of field and wood.

          The stories didn't end there. Edith was once well known for her "berry bowls," and the dark, lustrous eyes of her loved ones sparkled even more
      than usual as they reminisced about her art. The terrarium-like creations consisted of live, lush mosses artfully arranged in delicate glass rose bowls
      and other yard sale finds, along with vibrant partridgeberry plants and, sometimes, little bits of cladonia or tiny hemlock cones for accent. Her quint-
      essential designs were never overdone, employing the least amount of material for balance, echoing the grace and beauty of the natural world that she
      so loved. She took delight in them at home and also sold some at fundraisers, bringing the wonder of the living forest to those less physically inclined
      to seek its shaded riches.

         Now, I roam the fields and woods that she once knew. My contests are with myself, alone. How I wish I had spent more time in nature with Edith
      when I had the chance. But "chance" is an elusive notion and I was busy then, consumed with the concerns and responsibilities of a younger woman-
      --raising a child with my husband, pursuing a career, creating a home of my own. Just as Edith once had.

        Not long ago, with sight and mobility almost completely spent, yet still what her husband had grinningly dubbed "a feisty girl" at heart,
      Edith told me, "I dearly miss it. I hope to be able to go out, someday soon, again. I don't know if I'll be able, but I do hope."

         Sometimes when I'm out walking in those green and sacred spaces, I feel an invisible tug as if, in part, I'm walking for her, too. Or,
      perhaps its her high spirit that lingers there---trilling at my wild discoveries, extending a helping hand and holding out hope, walking to-
      gether in freedom and kinship as I pursue my own woodland adventures, my own enchanted labors of love.

        And so, I wonder, "Who will walk for me?" But I can't think about that now...there's so much to do! Sap is running in the sugar bush.
      The frogs of Joslin Pond will soon resume their ringing. Much like them, I'm busy anew! I'm walking for love, I'm walking for life...I'm
      walking for Edith.

                                                                                                                                Spring is Here

            Cindy Bruzzese of Middlesex
 Cindy Bruzzese, MPA, Executive Director, Vermont Ethics Network,                      First Crocus in Middlesex Newspaper's yard.
 of Middlesex was named to the newly formed statewide
 Community Advisory Council at the Center on Aging at the
 University of Vermont. She has served as the Executive Director for
 the Vermont Ethics Network (VEN) since October 2008. She also
 serves as the coordinator for the Statewide Palliative Care and Pain
 Management Task Force. Bruzzese is a community representative on
 the Central Vermont Medical Center Ethics Committee and the
 Department of Disabilities Aging and Independent Living (DAIL)
 Ethics Committee. Prior to coming to Vermont Ethics, she was the
 Program Manager for the Madison-Deane Initiative (MDI) the
 educational arm of the Visiting Nurse Associate of Chittenden and
 Grand Isle Counties End-of-Life Care Services Program. Her work
 for the past 11 years has focused on providing education and
 resources to the community, policy-makers, and health care provid-
 ers about advance care planning, advance directives, rural health care
 ethics, medical decision-making, palliative, and end-of-life care. She
 has a Bachelor of Science degree from Colby College in Waterville,
 Maine, and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Uni-
 versity of Vermont.

    A native Vermonter, Bruzzese lives in Middlesex with her
    husband, two children, and a menagerie of delightful pets.
APRIL 2011                                               Middlesex Newspaper                                                          Page 7

                                                                                               SAVE THE DATE

                                                                                      50th Wedding Anniversay Celebration
                                                                                          James A. & Shirley E. Laplant

                                                                                                        to be held on
                                                                                                  Saturday, May 21, 2011
                                                                                              Beginning at 11 a.m. until ? p.m.
                                                                                                        rain or shine
                                                                                         Bring the whole family at your leisure and
                                                                                                enjoy an open house party at:
                                                                                            127 Shady Rill Rd., Middlesex, VT
                                                                                     Enjoy the music of Sherry's Jubilee from 1 - 3 p.m.
                                                                                                  Please bring a lawn chair
                                                                                            Swimming & Camping encouraged
                                                                                                     Cards Only Please
                                                                                                Food & Beverages Provided

                                                                                   Photograph left: Wedding Day 50 Years ago..........

                  Cabin Fever Reliever 2011 Update
The Emerald Grand Ballroom at the Sheraton-Burlington was packed again this
year for the 9th Annual Cabin Fever Reliever benefit for the Cancer Patient Sup-
port Program. A crowd of well over 500 people of all ages danced the night
away, enjoying the music of Bill Kirchen (Commander Cody & his Lost Planet
Airmen), LeRoy Preston (Asleep at The Wheel), the Starline Rhythm Boys, Li'l
Mo & The Monicats, and surprise guests Betsy-Dawn Williams (Girl Howdy,
Slippery Sneakers) and Jeff Potter (Lustre Kings).

The grand finale set, which included members from all the groups, put sound-
man Bennett Shapiro (Madtech Sound from Middlesex) to the test. He passed
in flying colors, and the event was a success by all measures. The '72 Reissue
Fender Thinline Telecaster guitar package donated by Kevin Crossett
(Middlesex resident and owner of GuitarSam) was also one of the big hits of
the evening, with all the raffle proceeds donated to the Cancer Patient Support

  The 10th Cabin Fever Reliever will be held in the early Spring of 2012,
      and will be organized once again by Middlesex Doug Grahn.

                                                                        Photo: Larry Perry working inside TLM Motorsports shop.
                                                                                                                        Photo by Jeannette Wulff

                                                                                          Middlesex Business
   TLM Motorsports is located just a quarter mile                                         TLM Motorsports
                       south of
 Wrightsville Dam, on Rte 12, about three miles north
               of downtown Montpelier.
                                                                        Larry Perry was born and raised in East Montpelier and
                                                                        graduated from U-32 High School. He has been working on
TLM Motorsports is a full-service motorcycle, ATV and                   engines or machines of some sort since he was a teenager. He
snowmobile shop, specializing in service and parts for nearly           has worked for others who do the same, including Benoit's
 every make, model and year. State Inspections are also offered at      Speed and Performance. Larry has also been self-employed as
reduced rates. Labor rates are only $45.00 per hour for all service     a carpenter and has always worked on other people's
work. Pick up and delivery is also offered locally, for a very
                                                                        equipment in his spare time.
 modest fee. They also do light mechanical work on autos, trucks
and trailers and can also repair and service lawn tractors,
mowers, tillers and other small engines. They offer bait for an-        He moved to his Middlesex home in 1997 with his wife Tanya.
glers and ice fisherman as well. Stop by and visit or call anytime       Tanya works for the Vermont State Tax Department in
during business hours, for an appointment, or drop them an email        Montpelier. They have a son Maxx, who attends Rumney
if you have any questions. Hours for the repair and parts shop are:     School and enjoys all sports, youth hockey and moto-cross
               Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
                Saturdays 9:00 AM- 12:00 Noon
                                                                        Larry opened TLM Motorsports at his home in Middlesex in
                      TLM Motorsports                                   April of 2010. His love of fixing things is obvious, once you
                       707 VT Rte 12                                    meet him. If it runs on gas or diesel, Larry can probably fix it.
                     Middlesex, VT 05602                                He is always up for a challenge, as far as repairs go; whether it
                       (802) 279-0293
                                                                        is a lawn mower, motorcycle, ATV, snowmobile, heavy
                                                                         equipment, truck, or auto, no matter the make, model or year.
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                                                         EVENTS                                                       Poet's Corner
                                                     Kellogg-Hubbard                                             compiled by Earline Marsh

 Please note that there has been an important library policy change! Effective April 1, children who
 are 8 years or younger, must be accompanied by a responsible person age 16 or older, while on the
 Kellogg-Hubbard Library property. This policy, adopted by the Board of Trustees ensures a safe
 environment for all visitors and is consistent with other Vermont Public Libraries.

   POETRY Alive! 2011 "Vermont Poets: Past, Present, and Future" a community celebration
 of National Poetry Month in April is presented by the Kellogg-Hubbard Library and Montpelier
 Alive, and is supported by the Vermont Humanities Council, and many individuals, businesses
 and organizations. Join us for these activities!

 * Poetry Displays in local venues present more than 170 Vermont Poets, the Budding Poet's Gar-        As I leaf through my small book of Japanese Haiku
 den, the Poetry of 1911: Poetic Legacies, and "Guy-ku", poetry Storywalk(tm).
 * Friday, April 22, 2011 from 4-8p.m. Montpelier Art Walk highlighting POETRY Alive!
                                                                                                       to choose spring-inspired ones for this April
 Savoy Theater, 26 Main St. Montpelier                                                                 column, my backyard is still full of snow. My
 * Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 7p.m. Dead Poets Society View the film, then recite lines by dead        imagination takes over and I find joy and warmth
 poets! FREE!                                                                                          in Basho and Issa. I hope you enjoy them also.
 Bear Pond Books, 77 Main St. Montpelier
 * Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 7p.m. Open Poetry Reading at Bear Pond Books                              Remember, April is Poetry Month. Enjoy from
 * Sunday, April 10, 2011 from 4:30-5p.m. Poetry and Translation Workshop with Judith Chalmer,
 Jesse Lovasco, Lisa Mase and Michiko Oishi. To register call 229-0774.
                                                                                                       among the many wonderful offerings in our area.
 Vermont History Museum, 109 State St. Montpelier                                                      Somewhere in Kellogg-Hubbard Library's vast
 * Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 2p.m. Making Poetry Memorable Through Music with Burt Porter              array of local poetry is one of mine. I know not
 (a VHC Speaker's Bureau program.)                                                                     which or where.
 Vermont Humanities Council, 11 Loomis St. Montpelier
 * Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 5:30p.m. You Come Too: Billy Collins
 At the VCFA-College Hill Chapel 36 College St. Montpelier
 * Friday, April 22, 2011 from 4-6p.m. VCFA Group Poetry Reading
                                                                                                       April's air stirs in
                                                                                                              willow leaves . . .
 At the library:                                                                                              a butterfly
 * Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 1:30p.m. Everyone Can be a Poet Workshop with Sherry Olson (For          floats and balances
 beginners - call 223-3338 to register.)                                                                                    Basho
 * Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 1p.m. Children's Haiku Workshop with Michiko Oishi (For writers 7
 tor 17, families welcome.) To register call 223-4665.
 * Monday, April 11, 2011 at 7p.m. Poetry Reading with Bob and Charlie Barasch
                                                                                                       Under the cherry trees
 * Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 7p.m. Reading with Poet Leland Kinsey                                         soup, the salad,
 * Friday, April 22, 2011 at 7p.m. All Ages Poetry Slam with Geof Hewitt                                     fish and all . . .
 * Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 7p.m. Sestina Workshop with Roger Weingarten                           seasoned with petals
 For experienced poets. Registration required call 223-3338. Please arrive early.                                           Basho
 Programs for Adults:
 Earth Tones: Reading & Discussion Series Part 3 & 4
                                                                                                       A saddening world:
 * Monday, April 4, 2011 at 7:00p.m. Under the Sea Wind by Rachel Carson led by Pat Stuart                    flowers whose sweet
 * Monday, April 25, 2011 at 7:00p.m. A Friend of the Earth by T.C Boyle led by Alan Berol-                   blooms must fall . . .
 zheimer                                                                                               as we too, alas . . .
 Tuesdays, April 5, 12, 2011 6p.m. - 8p.m. Awakening Mindfulness: Life as a Springboard for                                  Issa
 Spiritual Practice with Ven. Amy Miller

 Thursday, April 7,2011 7 p.m. Wild Edibles for Everyone with George Lisi and Annie McCleary.
                                                                                                       Seek on high bare trails
 Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 7p.m. Saving the Nation from Slavery: Clarina Howard Nichols                   violets . . .
 and the Prelude to the Civil War with Historian Marilyn Blackwell.                                    mountaintop jewels
 Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 7p.m. Understanding Your Health Insurance: The Process and Life                                Basho
 Cycle of Your Health Insurance Claim with CCV Faculty Amy Bourgeois.
 Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 7p.m. First Wednesdays (re-scheduled from April 6)
 The Supreme Court Argument That Saved the Union with Former Vermont Chief Justice Jeffrey
                                                                                                       In the city fields
 Amestoy.                                                                                                     contemplating
                                                                                                              cherry trees . . .
 Thursday, April 21, 2011 6 - 8 p.m. Transition Town Montpelier                                        strangers are like friends
 Complex Simplicity: Off-grid, Mortgage-free Living in Vermont with Jim Malloy                                               Issa
 Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 7p.m. CCV Lecture Series
 Vermonters and the Green Mountains: Human Communities and the Natural Environment in
                                                                                                       Ah me! I am one
 Nineteenth Century Vermont with CCV Faculty Jill Mudgett                                                   who spends his little
 In the Children's Library                                                                             morning-glory gazing
 * Story times Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:30 a.m.                                                              Basho
 * Treasure Tales for ages 5 and up. Places are open the third Thursday of the month at 6:30
 p.m. by registration only. Help ensure a special time for the older children- please arrange care
 for toddlers.
                                                                                                       Dewdrop, let me cleanse
 * After-School programming for ages 6 and up. Activities Include:                                            in your brief
 Monday: Peace/Party Flag creation 4-5 p.m.                                                                   sweet waters . . .
 Tuesday: Don't judge a movie by its book. 3 p.m. All films are rated G or PG and are book based.       these dark hands of life
 Thursday: Thursday Challenges: Different challenge weekly- puzzles, code breakers, scavenger                               Basho
 hunts, etc. Try to win a prize! 3:30 p.m.
 Friday: Open Gaming. 3-5 p.m.
                                                                                                       Over the mountain
 Last but not least, do not miss the Book Sale which continues through April 16th, or these exciting          bright the full white
 exhibits happening in April.                                                                                 moon now smiles . . .
 * George Anderson "Wings of Stone", through April 28, 2011 1st Floor                                  on the flower thief
 George Anderson exhibits photographs of Vermont granite monuments and historical architec-                                 Issa
 * Jeanne Evans "Art and Soul" through April 28, 2011 2nd Floor
 Montpelier artist Jeanne Evans has a mixed media exhibit of recent work.
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                                                                                                                                                  A close-up photo of a
                                                                                                                                               stuffed catamount, the last
                                                                                                                                                 one shot in the state, on
                                                                                                                                                  display at the Vermont
                      Chip Darmstad, Executive Director                                                                                             Historical Society.
                  North Branch Nature Center 713 Elm Street
                    Montpelier, VT 05602 • 802-229-6206
                                                                                                                     Naturally By Jim Paige
                                                                                                          Beginning in fairly early winter it became obvious that this was going
                   Women’s Spring Nature Retreat with the                                       to be a real, honest-to-goodness Vermont winter and it has. Seems as if winter
                       North Branch Nature Center                                               almost got a taste for it, after early January went by, with storm after storm and
                                                                                                cold, but not bitterly cold weather. As we got in to March it seemed as if it was
The North Branch Nature Center of Montpelier is hosting a Women’s Spring Nature Retreat         really beginning to drag on. The blackbirds and robins returned on schedule
from Friday, May 20 to Sunday, May 22 at the Green Mountain Club cabins on Wheeler              in mid-March, perhaps even a little ahead of schedule. I saw both red-winged
Pond in Barton, near the Willoughby State Forest. This weekend is for any woman who             blackbirds and robins on March 12th this year, about four days ahead of what
wants to hone her naturalist skills, enjoy the richness of spring in the north country and      used to be their usual return date of March 16th. Over the past 40-50 or so
take some time to reflect while camping with others. Led by outdoors women and natural-          years, these early spring travelers seem to have pushed up their schedule a tad.
ists, participants will be able to connect with nature through guided nature hikes, creating    For the last decade at least, they have returned days ahead of that normal, March
nature journals and sharing social time                                                         16th date.

 together. Special presenters will be Annie Tiberio Cameron, from Montpelier, an excep-         Is this part of the "climate change" everyone is talking about, some might ask?
tional professional nature photographer and teacher, and Susan Sawyer from Woodbury, a          Perhaps,..... and maybe even probably, but if it is, four days over 45-50 years
naturalist, teacher and extraordinary illustrator. As a former participant said, “I came away   isn't exactly a rabbit's pace. Climate change is a relatively slow process anyway,
feeling rejuvenated and full of enthusiasm for life.” Join them for this unique experience.     unless you look at things on a very large and long scale, such as compared to the
Space is limited and fills fast. The cost, including meals, lodging and activities is $275 for   age of the earth itself. Then of course, it seems to be happening in an eye-blink.
NBNC members or $295 for non-members. Registration deadline is Friday, May 6. For               But if you look at it compared to the average age of an average person, it's not
more information visit the NBNC website at, call                so much so. Like all things, it's all in how you look at it. Relativity is all in the
(802) 229-6206, or contact Sandal Cate at                   eye of the beholder, much like time itself. And climate change is a very regular
                                           # # # #                                              occurrence on this planet.
                   April Programs at the North Branch Nature Center
                                                                                                 So although winter seems to be dragging on, things are all pretty much right
                                    Friday, April 15                                            on schedule. A couple good, warm weeks and we'll have all forgotten about the
                NATURALISTS JOURNEYS: Mountain Birdwatch 2.0                                    cold winds and deep snows. I'm quite certain if I dug down through the crusted
Montpelier - High elevation conifer forests of the Northeast support a distinctive bird         snow in the back yard, for instance, I'd find clumps of snowdrops already in
assemblage. Mountain Birdwatch (MBW) was launched in the spring of 2000 in order to             bloom. There's some bare earth showing along the foundation, on the backside
establish a long-term monitoring program for Bicknell's Thrush and other montane forest         of the house and numerous daffodil sprouts are all poked up and just waiting for
birds. Jude Scarl, who runs MBW with Vermont Center for Ecostudies, will discuss why            a few warm, sunny days to shoot up further and bloom.
montane ecosystems are important, how climate change might affect these ecosystems,
the MBW program, and the birds, 7:00 p.m., donations welcome, Unitarian                         The aforementioned robins are singing heartily at dawn each morning, as are
Church of Montpelier, 130 Main Street, call North Branch Nature Center for information,         cardinals and even a couple titmice that have been wintering here. The red-
229-6206.                                                                                       winged blackbirds too, are joining in the dawn symphony and already stak-
                                                                                                ing out nesting territories along the swampy river's edge down back. I fully
                                    Sunday, April 24                                            expect to hear song sparrows out and singing by the time this newspaper actu-
            YOUTH BIRDING PROGRAM: Boreal Birds at Moose Bog                                    ally reaches your home. It all happens quite suddenly, once it gets rolling, this
Montpelier - Before the black flies take over, we’ll head up to this famed Northeast             "spring thing". And for most of us, myself included, it's none too soon. This
Kingdom site in search of Spruce Grouse, Boreal Chickadee, Black-backed Woodpecker              truly is my favorite time of year, as everything seems to be renewed and re-
and Gray Jay, 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (times flexible), free for teens and pre-teens, North        awakened.
Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street, call to pre-register, 229-6206.
                                                                                                On another subject, I wasn't all that surprised by a recent announcement by the
                                     Tuesday, April 26                                          U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service that the Eastern Cougar, or "catamount" was now
               PRESCHOOL DISCOVERY PROGRAM: Busy Builders                                       officially "extinct", as far as they were concerned. I began studying the rash of
Montpelier – It’s springtime, and new life is returning all around us! Adult birds and mam-     cougar or catamount sightings fully 30 years ago, when we first moved here
mals have to set up dens and nests for raising their young. We’ll look at how they do some      from Alaska. I had my own first sighting of a cougar or mountain lion, right
of their constructing, then take a longer walk to the beaver ponds to see what new homes        here in Middlesex, down near what is now Wrightsville Beach, back around
we can spot. Family members may remain on site as much as they would like. Each Tues-           1985. It was a pretty wild piece of river bottom back then. I know what I saw
day program will be repeated the next day, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., $5 per child ages 3 to      and as a trained naturalist, I was quite certain as to its identification. I went so
5, North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street, 229-6206.                                        far as to do some very thorough investigations in the area immediately after this
                                                                                                occurred and even took both plaster casts of fresh tracks and scat samples, both
                                    Wednesday, April 27                                         of which were later identified (by trained biologists) as being that of a cougar.
               PRESCHOOL DISCOVERY PROGRAM: Busy Builders                                       Thirteen years later, in 1998, I had my second and final sighting of a very simi-
Montpelier – It’s springtime, and new life is returning all around us! Adult birds and mam-     lar, but larger animal, not ten miles further north. This time I got a much longer
mals have to set up dens and nests for raising their young. We’ll look at how they do some      look at the animal in question, enough so to be 100% certain of what I was
of their constructing, then take a longer walk to the beaver ponds to see what new homes        looking at. In between this time I even joined a scientific study group known
we can spot. Family members may remain on site as much as they would like. Family               as the Eastern Puma Research Network, based in New Jersey and conducted
members may remain on site as much as they would like, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., $5 per          investigations and interviews of witnesses, here in New England, over the years.
child ages 3 to 5, North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street, 229-6206.                        In next months article, I'll go into detail about just what I learned through these
                                                                                                investigations and some of the conclusions I came to. Perhaps my conclusions,
                                     Friday, April 29                                           when I reveal them, will explain just why I agree fully with what the U. S. Fish
                           SPRING MIRATION BIRD WALK                                            & Wildlife folks have just announced, as well as revealing why folks are still
Montpelier - Explore the fields, woods and river at NBNC for spring migrants, such as            seeing and reporting sightings of something that supposedly no longer exists.
warblers, vireos, kinglets and waterfowl, 7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m., $5, free for members, North    But for now I think I'll head outside on this quiet and calm evening and listen
Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street, 229-6206.                                                 for the first peepers of the season, or perhaps the first woodcock courting flight
                                                                                                displays and songs. It's just too nice a night to sit inside at a computer desk.

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                    Minutes of the Town of Middlesex Annual Meeting of March 1, 2011
                                           by Cindy Carlson, Town Clerk, Continued from Page 4
ARTICLE 17: Shall the voters of the Town of Middlesex appropriate the sum
of $5,000 to the Middlesex Conservation Fund? (By Select Board) Jeff Far-
ber moves to approve. Bill Callnan seconds. There is discussion of how the
conservation funds are used. The funds can be used to purchase development
rights. The funds will not be used to develop the Town Forest. If the appro-
priation is approved, there is not another vote on how the funds are spent. The
Select Board will hold informational meetings on any future project to hear in-
put from residents. There is no specific number of acres that the Conservation
Commission has in mind to place into a conservation program in Middlesex.
It is the intent to use timber sales to make improvements to the Town Forest.
The Conservation Commission feels it is important that any land that would
be placed under a conservation program with town funds allow public access
to the property. For this reason it is believed that this funding would not be
used to buy development rights to local farms. Further information about the
Town Forest or the Conservation Plan can be obtained from the Town website
or from Dave Shepard.           Jeff Farber calls the question seconded by John
Krezinski. Motion carries.
                                                                                    Town Meeting 2011
ARTICLE 18: To see if the Town of Middlesex will appropriate a sum not to
exceed $3128 to support the following organizations:

Battered Women
$199.00                                                                           Michael Katzenberg moves to approve, Shelly Cohen seconds. There is dis-
CV Community Action                                                               cussion about the funding requests in the Town Report. It appears that not
$199.00                                                                           every organization submitted a report. Jeff Koonz moves that anyone who
CV Community Land Trust                                                           hasn't submitted a report be eliminated from the article. Eric Benedict sec-
$199.00                                                                           onds. Sarah Seidman speaks on behalf of the special funding committee stat-
CV Council on Aging                                                               ing there is a summary report in the Town Report that addresses these funding
$199.00                                                                           requests. At the time the committee met, not all the Town Report articles had
Family Center of Washington County                                                been received. But, there is a request/report from each organization making a
$199.00                                                                           funding request in the Town Report. Jeff withdraws his motion. The funding
Maple Leaf Farm                                                                   request report from VT Cares is read. Bennett Shapiro calls the questions, Bill
$200.00                                                                           Callnan seconds. Motion carries.
Montpelier Senior Center
$199.00                                                                           ARTICLE 20: To transact any other business that may legally come before
Montpelier Veteran's Council                                                      the meeting. There is discussion of the Town and School budget process,
$200.00                                                                           the process to change the school vote from Australian ballot to voting the
No. VT. Resource & Development                                                    budget on the floor and the history of why the school vote is Australian bal-
$75.00                                                                            lot. Under State law, the U-32 budget, since it is a Union School has to be
Peoples Health & Wellness                                                         voted by Australian ballot. Individual line items cannot be changed at the
$200.00                                                                           information meetings for the school budgets, but the school directors do take
Sexual Assault Crisis Team                                                        into consideration input from the public. These informational meetings start
$195.00                                                                           in November of each year. The School District elected not to meet the Chal-
U-32 Project Graduation                                                           lenge for Change directive this year as they felt it would be a disservice to the
$200.00                                                                           community. There has been some talk of eliminating volunteer school boards,
Vermont Cares                                                                     however, the Union 32 School Board is not in agreement of this proposed
$199.00                                                                           change.
Vt. Assoc. for the Blind
$195.00                                                                           Meeting adjourns at 7: 04 pm.
Vt. Center for Independent Living
$195.00                                                                           Respectfully submitted, Cindy Carlson, Town Clerk
Vt. Green Up
$100.00                                                                           Approved at a regular scheduled Select Board meeting of March 29, 2011.
Washington County Youth Service Bureau

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                                      Middlesex                             PIE BREAKFAST A "DELICIOUS" SUCCESS
                                       United                                                            by Wendy Farber

                                                                         245 people attended. Over 150 pies came. $1400 was raised to be
                                       Church                                       split between Rumney and the Bandstand.

                HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
        Maundy Thursday service at Middlesex
                       at 7 P.M.
    Good Friday Service at 3 P.M. in Moretown and                                                    News from the
           then again at 7 P.M. in Middlesex.                                                  Middlesex Historical Society
    Easter Sunday service, 8:45 A.M. in Middlesex.
                                                                                                         by Sarah Seidman
      EVERYONE is invited for Worship Service

                                                                          At our spring meeting, the Society set out several goals for 2011. Thanks to
The Middlesex UM Food Shelf continues to serve                            generous citizens, we raised $425 to help move the railroad station to its new
between 20 and 60 individuals per week. While the fresh                   home at Camp Meade. Lise Wexler, co-owner of Camp Meade, said she is still
vegetables direct from Kingsbury won't be back until next                 deep in talks with state agencies about forming a private/public partnership for
summer, we still have some supplies of nutritious Vermont                 renovation of the station. The outcome of those meetings will determine the
carrots, onions and squash. We would like to thank both the               station's future, but for now, the Society plans to buy a tarp to put over the
great volunteers who are able to efficiently serve the folks who           leaky roof and will continue to raise funds to help save this historic building.
come by on Saturday mornings and our local donors who have
helped out with food and cash this winter. We always wel-                   The Middlesex Historical Society will be part of a Washington County
come visitors during our 9-10:30 Saturday hours.                          Mini-History Expo to be held at the Statehouse in mid July. Members will
                                                                          have a booth with photos and information about our community. We have
                                                                          also notified Rumney School that we are available to do a talk on Middlesex
                                                                          history as current third and fourth graders begin their unit on Vermont history.

                                                                            Our public speakers' programs have been a success and program ideas for
                                                                          2011 include a presentation about painted theater curtains by Chris Hadsel
                                                                          (our curtain, on loan from the Shady Rill Baptist church, currently resides
                                                                          upstairs at the Worcester Town Hall but we hope to bring it home as soon as a
                                                                          suitable location is found). Other ideas include a talk by Brian Lindner about
                                                                          the plane crash on Camel's Hump in 1944, a dialogue with Manny Garcia
                                                                          about the history of Montpelier, or a driving tour of Middlesex Village and
                                                                          surrounding areas by MHS member David Newhall.

     Green Mountain Club Schedule - April
                                                                              We enjoy sharing photos and conversation about old times and welcome
April 9, Saturday. YAC Crazy wheels.                                      all Middlesex residents and friends to our next meeting, May 25, 7 p.m. at
Mud season bike ride with the Young Adventurers Club. Location            the town hall. Based on past history, we at the historical society can say with
to be determined. The YAC is a group of the Montpelier Section of         confidence that spring is going to arrive in Middlesex, but we sure wish we
the Green Mountain Club devoted to helping parents and kids 0-6           knew when!
years old get outdoors to hike, play, learn, and make friends. Call
Shawn Keeley, 229-0933 for meeting time and place.

April 16, Saturday. Road Walk with the Green Mountain Club.
                                                                            Have fun on your
Berlin Pond. 5 miles with option to go 8 miles depending on group
preference. Call leader for meeting time and place.                           Easter Egg
 Kevin Ryan, 249-8849.                                                           Hunt

  Spring Waterfall on Wood Road, Shady Rill, Middlesex                 Photo Jeannette Wulff
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                       Signs of Spring in and around Middlesex suddenly appearing ---

          Dairy Creme - "yum, yum, yum.."                                                    Stanley Scribner above annoucing
                                                                                          SETTLEMENT FARM OPENING MAY 1st
           OPENING DAY SATURDAY APRIL 23rd                                                         Open 7 Days a Week

                11AM to 9 PM Open 7 days a week                                                                9 am - 6 pm

                                                                                      GOV. SHUMLIN PITCHES IN TO HELP FILL A
                                                                                     POTHOLE IN MIDDLESEX AND AGREES WITH
           Green Up Day Saturday May 7th                                               MOST EVERYBODY THAT IT’S BEEN THE
                                 by Jeff Koonz
                                                                                             WORST POTHOLE SEASON
   Yes, it is hard to believe Green Up Day is right around the corner, the 7th                     IN MEMORY
   of May. As I look out my window we still have over a foot of snow, it is
   raining and the roads are getting muddy. But as happens every year the
   frost heaves will get smaller, the warm sunshine will return and we'll be                                                                 by Jean-
   able to see the litter blooming along the roads of Middlesex and know it is                                  nette Wulff
   time to harvest all that litter.
   As in the past Boy Scout Troop 777, with help from members of the Con-           At a weekly press conference held on April 6th in the
   servation Commission, is organizing Green Up Day for Middlesex. The              Middlesex Park and Ride Gov. Peter Shumlin said that state
   drop off location for the collected trash is by Middlesex Fire
                                                                                     highway crews are out in force across Vermont to tackle one of the
   Station 2 next to the band stand. The drop off time is between 9:00 A.M.         worst pothole seasons in memory, noting that the Agency of
   and 3:00 P.M. Members of the Conservation Commission will be at Sta-
   tion 2 to hand out Green Up trash bags and help put the full bags in the          Transportation has already spent about $1.3 million on pothole
   town dump trucks. They will also ask you how many people were in your            patching so far this year, exceeding the five-year annual
   group and how many bags you have. I need this information for the end of         average.
   Green Up report. Please don't leave the bags along the side of the road, it is
   not the job of the Middlesex Road Dept. to pick them up. Just a reminder,
   Green Up Day is for litter picked up along the road, not house hold trash        We agree, it’s been a rough ride these past couple of months, and we
   except for metal. No one will be handing out bags or collecting trash bags       look forward to seeing the pothole patching continue until we can
   by the town hall on Green Up Day. In addition to trash bags, we'll take tires    ride easy once again.
   and metal. If you know of any big items you need help with please let me
   know and we will arrange to have them picked up. Just a reminder, be sure
   to wear brightly colored cloths so drivers can see you.
   Please remember the trash and tire pick up is for trash and tires found
   along the road NOT trash or tires from your yard.This year we will again
   have the bin for any metal items you want to get rid of even if it is from
   home. This bin is being donated by Bolduc Auto Salvage with the pro-
   ceeds going to the Middlesex Boy and Cub Scouts. This applies to metal
   only not general trash.
   If you would like to get bags before May 1st you can call me at 229-6907
   or email me at . There will be bags at the town
   clerk's office before Green Up Day as well as at the drop off location on
   Green Up Day. Also, I would appreciate it if you would let me know
   where you are planning to pick up trash so I know what roads have been
   covered and which roads still need attention. Thank you in advance for all
   your help with cleaning up Middlesex.
   Jeff Koonz, Scoutmaster Troop 777                                                Evening Grosbeak                           Photo by Jeannette Wulff

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