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The Islander, December 23,2014 Page 1
East Shore Vineyard Finds a
New Home at the Landon Farm
Merry Christmas
Paul Poquette Realty Group
The iconic Landon Farm in South Hero was conserved in 2003 by a partnership
of the South Hero Land Trust (SHLT), Vermont Land Trust (VLT), Lake Champlain
Land Trust (LCLT), and the Nature Conservancy. It has beautiful views, great
agricultural resources, and a public access trail, which were protected by a
conservation easement that will remain on the land through all ownership. The
farm was bought by the Wells family, who ran a diversified farm for several years.
After a period of transition the family decided to sell, and asked VLT to purchase
the land back from them.
Like all land across Vermont, farmland transitions over time from one family or
business to another, changing as markets grow, families age, and communities
See “East Shore Vineyard” page 2
The Team
to Better Serve You!
David Porteous
Realtor 861-6292
Carol Racine
Lic. Admin 861-6294
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Happy Healthy
New Year!
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South Hero
Merry Christmas and
Happy 2015!
Many Thanks for a
Great Season!
See you in the Spring!
The Shed will close at
Noon on Dec 24th.
The Packing House
will re-open on Jan.
5th, weekdays,
from 8 to 12.
Pies by Chance or Reservation
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When conserving farmland, the goal of SHLT is to keep agricultural land and soils available for farming and
affordable for farmers into the future. In a small and tight-knit community like South Hero, it can be sad to
see one farm go out of business or a family move away- but conserving farmland gives us hope for the future.
When the Wells family asked VLT to buy the Landon Farm from them, it was sad to see them go. But SHLT
was ready to lend their local expertise and support to VLT and begin a search for new farmers to keep the land
in production. This summer VLT and SHLT reviewed over a dozen proposals from farmers who were interested
in the land and interviewed several, working hard to find a farm that would be a good match for the Landon
Farm and the South Hero community. They are thrilled to share the news that East Shore Vineyard has been
chosen to lease and eventually buy the Landon Farm!
East Shore Vineyard has been based on
the east shore of Grand Isle for the past
fourteen years. Founded by Bob and Linda
Livingstone, and now owned by their sonin-law Ben Durant, East Shore Vineyard
produces several award-winning wines,
including their popular Louise Swenson
and Traminette. They currently raise 11
acres of grapes in Grand Isle and will
use the Landon Farm to expand their
production significantly.
Wine is a value-added agricultural
product, and East Shore Vineyard will
make use of the unique climate and soils
of the Champlain Island to produce wines
distinct to the region and vineyard. They
Owner Ben Durant (in the middle), his vintner Holly (left) and
hope to grow about 50 acres of grapes in
vineyard manager Peter on right.
South Hero, making it one of the largest
vineyards in the state. “I really can’t think of a better place for us to expand our vineyard. The soils, topography,
infrastructure, and even the name of the road (East Shore Road), fit our operation perfectly! We are feeling a
little like Cinderella these days. Now comes the hard work of getting the farm up and ready for pressing and
growing grapes. We are up for the challenge,” said Ben Durant, after hearing the news that their proposal had
been selected.
Welcoming a second vineyard to South Hero will help make this community and the Champlain Islands a
destination for agri-tourists and wine enthusiasts- with wines and ice ciders also being made throughout the
county by Snow Farm Vineyard, Forbidden Orchards, and Hall Home Place. As Dave Lane of Snow Farm says,
“we welcome East Shore Vineyard to the community. We believe that it will be good for business to have
another vineyard in South Hero, good for the orchards and other agriculture related businesses as well. More
critical mass of value-added business to draw consumers to the Islands is a win-win for us all!”
Eventually East Shore Vineyard plans to make, age, bottle and sell the wine at the new farm, as well as have
a tasting room. This fall they are moving into the new space and getting it ready for the 2015 growing season.
Please join us in welcoming them to South Hero!
Please note: The Landon Community Trail is a public access trail on the Landon Farm. It is open to the public
every day from dawn to dusk, expect when closed by the farmers for essential farming activities and during rifle
season. Please stay on the trail and respect the rules, they are for your safety and that of the farmers. If you
would like to access other parts of the farm for walking, riding, hunting or other activities, please remember
that the farm is private property, and contact Ben Durant directly for individual permission. Email him at [email protected]
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In This Issue...
Milton.........................................................Page 3
Alburgh News............................................Page 4
New York News..........................................Page 5
South Hero News.......................................Page 6
Grand Isle News.........................................Page 7
North Hero News......................................Page 11
Dicker Dens...............................................Page 12
Isle La Motte..............................................Page 13
Calendar of Events....................................Page 14
Legal Notices............................................Page 14
Islanders Girls 7/8 Basketball Team
Announces Raffle Winner
The Islanders Girls 7/8
Basketball Team would like
to congratulate Mr. John
Lawrence of Grand Isle, the
winner of their 50/50 Raffle
drawn on December 1. Mr.
Lawrence won $800 in the
raffle and graciously donated
$200 back to the team. The
Islanders Girls Basketball
team represents the Island
Communities as they compete
in the Vermont Mini Metro
league and AAU basketball tournaments throughout the state of Vermont and
New York from November through June. The purpose of this fundraising raffle, and
other events they will hold in the future, is to help offset the costs of purchasing
uniforms and tournament fees. The Islanders team would like to thank everyone in
the community for their generous support in this 50/50 raffle.
Beat Cabin Fever
at the Vermont Genealogy Library
Winter can be cold and dark, but the Vermont Genealogy Library is toasty warm,
and they have lots of information that might help you find that missing ancestor.
They have Vermont Vital Records: baptism, marriage and burial records, etc., as
well as, resources for New England, New York and Canada. The Library is located on
Hegeman Avenue in Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester. The Library is open Tuesdays from
3 to 9:30 pm and Saturdays: 10 am to 4 pm, but they will be closed through January
3, to resume regular hours on January 6. For more information, visit www.vtgenlib.
orgor call 802-310- 9285. Their new schedule of classes will start in February.
Lorinda A. Henry . 802-893-7036
• [email protected] •
Tuesday, December 23- Conservation
Commission from 6:30 to 8 pm; Wednesday,
December 24 and Thursday, December 25Town Offices closed for Christmas; Thursday,
January 1- Town Offices closed for New Year’s;
Monday, January 5- Selectboard Meeting starts
at 6 pm; Tuesday, January 6- Selectboard
Budget Work Session from 6 to 9 pm;
Tuesday January 6- Planning Commission starts
at 7 pm; Wednesday, January 7- Budget Work
Session from 6 to 9 pm.
Milton Town Manager, Brian Palaia, will be
leaving the Milton position for a similar one in
Oxford, Massachusetts. Selectboard Chairman
Darren Adams stated that Palaia’s end date is
to be determined, as a formal contract has yet to
be signed. Oxford is a town of 13,700 just south
of Worcester; Palaia says he wishes to be closer
to family in Connecticut, where he and his wife
grew up.
At the Milton Selectboard Meeting last week,
the Board voted to approve changes to the
Zoning Ordinance requiring more amenities in
its primary development districts and limiting
adult-oriented businesses in Town. The Board
also received a presentation on expansion plans
for a public works facility, recreational facilities,
and a comprehensive space assessment. This
work is in the planning stages only. The Town
Manager introduced the proposed budget for FY
2016 which calls for a 2.6 percent tax increase.
This would have an annual impact of $31 on the
typically assessed residential household. The
Board will be meeting through January to review
this budget and set a final number and proposal
to go to voters for consideration. Keep an eye
on this website or the Town website for more
Milton Bear has invited his cousin, Molly Bear
to come to town. Molly is as eager as Milton to
go on vacation or weekend travels with you and
your family. They are quite the tourists and are
seldom grumpy-- you will enjoy their company!
As the new year starts, the new directory for
winter and spring activities will be out January 8.
Please remind your children that snow
castles, forts, tunnels and other similar structures
cannot be allowed in roadside snow banks and
that they should not play close to the road. Cars
skidded all over last week, and some ended up
on sidewalks. Also, remember that basketball
hoops, landscape fencing and features and other
obstructions need to be moved out of the right of
way. These items pose a significant hazard to
the safety of residents as well as drivers.
Now through January 2, there will be no
school for the Holiday Break. Students will return
to school on Monday, January 5. The Milton Town
School District staff would like to wish a safe and
peaceful time with your families.
January 29- MMS Performance of Willie
Wonka, times to be announced; June 12- due
to the recent snow day, the school year will be
extended by one day. The last day of school for
the Milton Town School District is now scheduled
for Friday, June 12.
Scheduling change: please take note that the
first day of our season will be January 10 this
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Vermont State Parks
for Fun,
Guided, First Day Hikes
year. The season will run as normal, ending a
week later.
SPECIAL EVENT: The Milton Public Library
is offering a December Children’s Event on
Wednesday, December 31. There will be a Happy
“Noon” Year Party, from 11 am to 12:30 pm, for
ages three to seven. There will be games, crafts,
refreshments, cake and fun ringing in the “Noon”
Year! Sign-up is required; to add your name to
Start the New Year on the right foot with a
the guest list, call 893-4644.
in a Vermont State Park. Join a free, guided,
STORY TIMES: All story times begin at
easy, family hikes taking place in state parks
10 am. The story time schedule is: Mondaysand forests throughout the state. Professional
Infant Story Time for zero to eighteen months;
guides and outdoor educators will lead the way,
Tuesdays- Preschool Story Time for ages three
sharing their knowledge and love of the Vermont
to five and Fridays- Toddler Story Time for ages
eighteen months to age three. All sessions
outdoors. Don’t need a guide? Then get outside
include stories, songs and craft time with Mrs.
at the state park or forest of your choice. They
are always available and close by to all of us.
Entry is free, and you will discover a whole new
group meets once a month usually the first
world in the winter.
Thursday. The book for January is Barbara Pym’s
Bring the whole family! Dress for the weather;
humorous novel, Excellent Women. Pym’s at her
bring snowshoes if there is a lot of snow. Bring
funniest, leads us into the life of a mid-century
some beverages and snacks. Dogs are welcome,
single lady in an English village, keeping track of
on leash, unless otherwise noted. You don’t
her neighbors, a fun book for cold winter nights.
need to pre-register: just show up. To check the
If you would like to join this wonderful group,
status of the hikes, call 802-249-1230. Update
call 893-4644, and put your name on the list
for the book. With discussion, conversation and
messages will be posted on December 31 and
refreshments, it’s a book party every month!
January 1. For more information and updated
BRIDGE CLUB: The weekly Bridge Club
lists of added hikes, visit
meets every Wednesday, from 1 to 3 pm, for
or their Facebook and Twitter feeds.
friendly games; all levels are welcome, including
Locally, First Day Hikes will be led at Grand Isle
State Park in Grand Isle and Niquette Bay State
Park in Colchester. Grand Isle hikers should meet
at the Park Office by 10 am for a one-hour, easy
The meal for Friday, December 19 will be
loop hike on Ironwood Nature Trail. Niquette
baked stuffed peppers, vegetable medley, whole
Bay State Park hikers should meet at Noon at
wheat roll and pumpkin mousse. There are
the trailhead in the State Park. The hike will be
no meals for the rest of December due to the
1.5 miles, about two hours, and of moderate
Milton’s seniors enjoy meals at the Arrowhead
Senior Citizens’ Center twice a week; there will no
longer be meals here at
the Center on Mondays
as the attendance has
been so low.
programs are sponsored
by the Champlain Valley
Agency on Aging and
are held at the Milton
Citizens’ Center unless
On December 8, 2014, Champlain VT, LLC d/b/a TDI
New England filed with the Vermont Public Service Board
Seniors age sixty and
over are welcome. Call
(“PSB”) a Petition under 30 V.S.A. § 248 requesting a
Shirley early at 893Certificate of Public Good to construct and operate an
1619, at least 25 hours
electric transmission line in Vermont, to be known as the
ahead, for reservations.
New England Clean Power Link project (“NECPL”).
A $4 donation is
CVAA advocate is Julie
The NECPL would be a high voltage direct current
Petersen at 865-0360
(“HVDC”) line capable of transmitting up to 1,000
megawatts of electricity. It would be installed underwater
Meal-site Coordinator is
Karen Fitzgerald.
in Lake Champlain and underground in public road and
railroad rights-of-way -- from Alburgh to Ludlow, Vermont
-- for a total distance of approximately 154 miles. The
HVDC line would terminate at a converter station to be
constructed in Ludlow, where the electricity would be
especially the local
converted to AC and transmitted to the ISO-NE grid via
the existing VELCO Coolidge substation in Cavendish,
has been a favorite
for years. The 2015
More information regarding the Project and the full
Calendars, History from
Section 248 Petition can be found on TDI New England’s
Above -- Aerial Views
of Milton, is available at
website at Information concerning
the Town Clerk’s Office.
the Public Service Board’s review process can be found
The cost is $10 each, or
at, including the Citizens’ Guide
two for $18. Get one for
yourself and one for a
to the Vermont Public Service Board’s Section 248
Public Notice of Champlain VT, LLC’s
Filing of a Section 248 Petition with
the Vermont Public Service Board
Concerning the New England
Clean Power Link Project
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Lisa Arnold . 802-796-3325
• [email protected] •
It seems like I have been rambling for weeks
about getting prepared for Christmas, and now,
here we are on the cusp of the actual holiday! I
am not sure if all of my hopes for being better
prepared have come true, but I do know I have
learned that: realizing what is truly important, is
one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself.
There are so many around the world who are
suffering; there are many in need; there are many
who have internal strife or struggles that we can
only imagine. My Christmas wish for them is to
find peace and love and for us all to take even
a small part in that. I wish for you all happiness
and joy; I wish you all the gift of forgiveness and
acceptance; I wish for you all an opportunity to
help out your fellow man and most of all: I wish
for you all to have the merriest of Christmases.
Welcome Christmas 2014. I plan on making you
one to remember, in a good way!
The Alburgh Transfer Station Staff would like to
wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.
We would also like to remind you that we will be
closing at 1 pm on Wednesday, December 24.
Beginning in January, we will be taking orders
for composters, rain barrels, kitchen pails and
compost turners. More information to come in
the upcoming weeks. As Christmas approaches
and gifts are exchanged, please remember that
wrapping paper is not recyclable. Wrapping
paper is often dyed or laminated. It can also
contains non-paper additives, such as gold and
silver coloring, glitter and plastics, in addition to
having tape on it. Ribbon is also NOT recyclable
and can damage the recycling machine. Please
throw ribbon, bows and wrapping paper into your
regular household trash. Also, please do not
burn your wrapping paper. For 13-gallon bags
that contain only wrapping paper, ribbons and
bows, we will be charging $2 only.
A very special thank you is extended to
the Holiday Light Committee for their hard
work and inspiration in making our community
so beautifully festive. It is wonderful to drive
through Alburgh, day or night, and enjoy all
of the amazing decorations they have placed
throughout the Village and beyond. Please know
it is appreciated more than you know.
The Green Up Vermont organization is hosting
its annual poster and writing contests for K to 12
students in Vermont. One eye-catching posterart entry is selected each year to be the full-color
image on all of the Green Up materials used
statewide to promote Green Up Day. Green Up
Day 2015 is Saturday, May 2. The designer of the
winning entry also receives $250. Entries must
be 11 by 14 inches and submitted by January 31,
2015. Green Up Vermont also invites students
to write their thoughts about Green Up in the
form of a poem or an essay of up to 400 words.
The author of the winning entry also receives
$250. Full contest rules, and past winning art
and writing pieces, can be found at http://www. Click on poster/writing
The Northern New England Chapter of
SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North
America) is announcing the availability of a
scholarship for undergraduates or graduate
students committed to a degree closely tied
to Solid Waste Management, Environmental
Science, Engineering or a related field of study.
The scholarship is for $1,000 and is limited to
students from Maine, New Hampshire and
Vermont. Applications may be picked up at the
Alburgh Transfer Station during normal business
hours or by sending an email to [email protected] Completed applications must
be returned no later than January 15, 2015.
Questions regarding the application may be
directed to Kevin Roche or Denise Mungen at
ecomaine, 64 Blueberry Road, Portland, Maine
04102 or by e-mailing [email protected]
Please help get the word out about this opportunity
to anyone you feel might be interested.
There will be a Prize Bingo at the Alburgh Fire
Station Hall to benefit a very special lady: Ruby
Irish. Ruby has suffered an extreme amount
of health issues and is currently on dialysis
to survive, as she had to have both kidneys
removed. Your support is certainly appreciated.
The Prize Bingo will be on Saturday, January
10 at the Alburgh Fire Station. Doors will open
at 4:30 pm, and the Bingo will start at 6. If you
would like to make a donation, or would like
more information, please contact Cody Benson
at 796-4535 or [email protected]
Do you have a child who will be three or four
years of age by September 1, 2015? If yes,
your child is eligible for a ten-hour per week
pre-kindergarten program offered by your local
school district. The purpose of pre-kindergarten
education is to provide young children with
opportunities to reach their full growth and
education means services designed to prekindergarten children with developmentally
appropriate early learning and developmental
experiences based on Vermont’s Early Learning
Standards. If you would like your young child to
participate in pre-kindergarten, call to have your
child on the enrollment list for the 2015-2106
school year. Alburgh residents call the Alburgh
Educational Center Office at 796-3573. For more
information, contact Superintendent of Schools,
Robert Phillips or Director of Student Support
Services, Beth Hemingway, at 372-6921.
HOLIDAY BREAK: The last day of school
before the Holiday Break will be Tuesday,
December 23. This will now be a half-day of
school. Holiday vacation will be from Wednesday,
December 24 to January 4. School will resume
on Monday, January 5.
LUNCHEON: The Alburgh Community Education
Center held a holiday luncheon on December
11, and over 320 meals were served. Faculty,
staff and administration want to thank all the
parents who volunteered and/or baked for this
wonderful event and a special appreciation goes
out to Jennifer Mitchell and Joanne Shedrick for
preparing a scrumptious meal! Bringing back
this tradition will help grow trusting partnerships
between the school and community.
CALENDAR CHANGE: The recent snow day
will be made up on January 19, so, students and
parents: please adjust your calendars.
By: Gina Lewis, Library Director
796-6077, [email protected]
CLOSED: The Library will be closed on
Wednesday, December 24 and Thursday,
December 25. Happy Holidays!
December 29, there will be no book or film.
Book Group will meet on Monday, January 5,
at 7 pm, to discuss the book Burning Bright by
Tracy Chevalieur with special guest poet Gordon
FOR THE KIDS: Story Time is every Tuesday
morning at 10:30 am. Bring your child to listen to
a story, do crafts and have a snack. This program
is recommended for preschool age children.
Handcrafters will not meet again until January 8.
Dec. 31
New Years
$25 couple $15
Purchase @ bar
Photography Group has made beautiful sets of
note cards to sell to benefit the Library. Each set
contains ten cards of local photography taken by
our very own Photography Group! The cost of
the cards is $8 per set.
LIBRARY OPEN: The Library is located at 16
South Main Street in Alburgh and is open six
days a week: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
and Friday from 1 to 6 pm, Tuesday- 9 am to 5
pm and Saturday- 10 am to 1 pm.
WI-FI is available inside and outside the
Library 24/7.
South Hero Players’
Starting Preparations
for Spring Production
It may seem early, but as soon as you get that new
2015 calendar, be sure to mark March 25, 26 and 27
so you won’t miss Daddy’s Girl.
This year’s production will be directed by Michael
Byrne, everyone’s favorite Accidental Farmer.
Auditions will be held in late January. There are
thirteen characters, with a mix of men and women.
Benard Muloovy is the proprietor of “Maudie’s
Diner”, where his deceased wife has taken up
residence as a talking portrait on the diner wall.
She is trying to reunite Benard with their long, lost
daughter. Assisted by zany diner patrons, and even
an angel, the story makes for a fun, family evening.
Besides actors, the production needs a dedicated
technical crew. Pulling together a great finished
product is a fun and rewarding experience for
everyone involved and takes many hands. Anyone
interested in being part of the crew should contact
Pam Allen at 802-372-8202 or [email protected]
Scripts are also available.
St. Joseph’s Church
Hall in Grand Isle
every Thursday at
with Early Birds
starting at 6:15p.m.
New York
Mary Racicot . 518-297-6138
• [email protected] •
A community Vacation Bible School will
be held at Three Steeples United Methodist
Church, 491 Route 11, Champlain during school
vacation on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday,
December 29, 30 and 31 from 9 to 11:30 am. All
children ages four through grade 6 are invited to
join in the activities, and older youth are welcome
as helpers.
At Weird Animals Vacation Bible School, kids
will discover that Jesus’ love is one-of-a-kind.
Sciency-fun, team-building games, Bible songs
and treats will be some of the fun activities. This
is an ecumenical program of the Northern Tier
To pre-register or for more information,
contact Pam Harrington at 298-5300.
The Village of Champlain History Series 2015
presents the first lecture of the new year on
Thursday, January 15, at 6:30 pm, in the Samuel
de Champlain History Center. This event is free
and refreshments will be served.
Champlain is a close-knit community. Find
out how closely-related you are-- maybe not in
this century but in centuries gone by.
Julie Dowd of the Northern New York
Genealogical Society will show you how to get
started in your ancestor-quest and will show a few
charts on the ancestry of people in Champlain.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is
ever wasted.
The Champlain Children’s Learning Center
has space for seven more students. The staff
has NYS certified teachers and is free to NCCS
district students that turned four before December
1, 2014. The curriculum is consistent with NYS
Standards and designed to prepare your child
for kindergarten. Sessions are half-day: 7:30 to
10:30 am or 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.
For more information, call 518-297-2019, ext.
0. The Center is located at 10 Clinton Street in
Rouses Point.
Adirondack Enrichment presents: Senior
Scholars, a stimulating new six-week lecture
and discussion series to be held on Thursdays
from January 29 to March 5, from 10:30 am to
2:30 pm, at Lake Forest Retirement Community,
8 Lake Forest Drive in Plattsburgh.
The American 1950’s Beginning of the Great
Acceleration program is be presented by Dr.
Gary Kroll, SUNY Associate Professor of History.
This course is based on the simple premise
that much of our modern world finds its origins in
the 1950s, a decade of unparalleled economic,
social, and political speed. You will focus on
some of the key developments of the decade:
the development of the Interstate Highway
System, the growth of the American suburb,
Disney World, the ubiquity of the television set
and rock and roll. Fair warning: this class will be
“led” by someone born in 1970 who is interested
in combining traditional historical research with
the memories and experiences of people who
lived through at least a part of the 1950s. This is
to say, participants may find themselves teaching
the teacher.
Short stories focusing on authors Flannery
O’Connor and Alice Munro with Ann Tracy,
SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus will be
“We will examine a few stories by two of the
most brilliant story writers of the 20th century,
one American (Flannery O’Connor) the other
Canadian (Alice Munro), and we may slip in
occasional poems by other people on related
topics. We will see what gives the pieces their
particular flavors and how the magic works.”
Non-refundable $125 charge for the sixweek series. Lunch will be included. Send your
check to SCCCC, 5139 North Catherine Street,
Plattsburgh, NY 12901. Enrollment is limited so
register early.
This group appreciates funding support from
the Chapel Hill Foundation. Call 565-4620 for
more information.
Home Town Cable (24) is the viewersupported, local, cable-TV/internet channel for
the communities of Altona, Champlain, Chazy,
Ellenburg, Mooers and Rouses Point. Daily
four-hour programming starts play at 11, 3 and
7, am and pm, except Wednesday’s three-hour
program, which is shown at 11, 2, 5 and 8, am and
pm. Programming is also available as free videoon-demand at www.hometowncablenetwork.
com and Presently, over
9,600 videos are available for free online viewing
Upcoming programming includes: Tuesday
and Wednesday, December 23 and 24- CCRS
Holiday Concert, NAC Holiday Concert, NCCS
Holiday Concert, Rouses Point and Mooers
Elementary School Christmas Programs;
Thursday (Christmas Day) and Friday, December
25 and 26- Five Christmas Eve Services from
Altona, Chazy, Mooers,
Champlain and Rouses
Point; Saturday and
27 and 28- Our Little
Corner with Gordie
Little featuring historian
Vincent Puliafico and
the Treaty of Ghent,
Overdrive toy drive
at the Lake View Pub
& Grill including the
Old Friends reunion;
Monday and Tuesday,
December 29 and 30NCCS vs. Saranac
Varsity Hockey, Chazy
vs. Minerva/Newcomb
Section VII Class D
Girls Soccer Semi-Final,
Altona Town Board
Molly Roush recently
qualified on the women’s
for the NCAA Division
for the first time at
Championships at Mine
Falls Park in Nashua,
New Hampshire.
ranked fifth in the latest
US Track & Field and
Cross Country Coaches
Region poll scored 121
points to comfortable
outdistance fourth-place
LIU Post (189) and fifthplace Saint Thomas
Aquinas College (206),
which were sixth and
third, respectively, in the
regional rankings.
It was on to the
National Championship
in Louisville, KY with the
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team and Molly finishing 237th.
Molly, a Northeastern Clinton Central School
graduate and star athlete placed 57th in the
NCAA East Regional Championship. She is
the daughter of Charles and Maureen Roush of
Rouses Point.
Congratulations Molly!
Happy winter! I think the weather has been
pretty mild after the last snowstorm that put
so many homes without power in the Vermont
southern tier. Let us hope that everyone who
is traveling during the holidays will have good
roads for their travel.
Christmas is just around the corner, and I
hope everyone is done their shopping, wrapping,
cooking and decorating so they can enjoy the
season and the meaning of Christmas with
family and friends. I am looking forward to having
the house full of family and cheer. Enjoy! Happy
Holidays! Merry Christmas!
Silver by Tish
Open Mon • Wed • Fri • Sat 10-6
Silver & Gold Jewelry
Extended Hours thru Christmas
Open until 6:00
11 South Street, South Hero VT 05486
[email protected]
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South Hero
Mary S. Harwood . 802-372-4127
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At 7 pm on Wednesday January 7, 2015, the
Planning Commission will hold a public hearing
to act on a preliminary subdivision brought by
landowners Martin and Patricia Lavin, who seek
to create one new lot with remaining land at 275
US Route 2.
The South Hero Select Board will hold a
Public Condemnation Hearing, beginning at 6
pm, on Thursday January 8, 2015 at the Town
Office for the landowners who have not signed
the easement agreements in order to receive
input on just compensation. The project will
improve the roadway, shoulders, ditching and
other drainage features along South Street
between Martin Road and a point just north of
Landon Road.
There will be a public forum to help address
questions and receive community input on
the Lavin Property. This hearing will be held
Tuesday, January 27, starting at 7 pm, at the
Town Office. There will also be a presentation
with an opportunity for questions and answers
during Town Meeting on Saturday, February 28
prior to the Town vote on March 2, 2015.
The proposal is to purchase a 75 acre parcel on
Route 2 for $440,000. This parcel includes State
permitted septic. To minimize the tax impact,
the proposal is to build out a full vision over 20
years. The parcel has room for a Fire House,
Rescue Squad facility, and a Town Office. There
are many recreational opportunities including
walking trails with a nature path connecting to
the Folsom School and Community Center. Most
importantly, the Town could preserve this parcel
Repair Shop LLC
Parts Plus Car Care Center
79 Allen Road
Grand Isle, VT
Roger & Rosemary Rabideau
while controlling the growth and use of the land.
The money needed to buy the future Town Center property can come from private tax-deductible
contributions to the Town or from a low rate municipal loan. Our Town Clerk continues to research the
best funding option. For more information and the opportunity to email your questions to the LPWG
visit or call 372-4565.
Northern Bronze Handbell Ensemble presents its winter concert series: Bells in Wintertime. Once
the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is over, it will be the perfect time to enjoy these concerts
of snowy fun and reflections. This talented handbell ensemble will delight the audience with favorites
such as Let it Snow, Sleigh Ride, Winter Wonderland and Let it Go from the popular movie Frozen.
Ensemble members include Folsom music teacher Karlie Kauffeld and South Hero residents Dolf and
Mary Jane Wirsing. Come enjoy the beauty of handbells!
A concert will be held on Friday, January 9 at Saint Peter’s Catholic Church, 85 South Maple Street
in Vergennes, Vermont starting at 7:30 pm. Admission is by donation; the suggested donation is $10.
Another show will be performed on Sunday, January 11 at the Stowe Community Church, Main
Street starting at 3 pm. Once again, admission will be by donation; suggested donation is $10.
The last chance to enjoy this winter concert will be on Thursday, January 15 at the Unitarian
Church in Burlington starting at 7:30 pm. Tickets will be available at the door.
By: Carolyn Brennan, Librarian
372-6209, [email protected]
HOURS: Sunday and Monday- Closed; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday- 9 am to 4 pm; Wednesday11 am to 8 pm; Saturday- 9 am to 2 pm. Please note we will be closed December 24 to 26 as well as
New Year’s Day. Thanks!
CANDLE DIPPING: On January 17 starting at 11 am, we will be making homemade beeswax
dipped candles. Please sign up at the Library so we can make sure we have enough materials!
TODDLER TUNES: January 9 starting at 10:30 am, the Library will have Toddler Tunes with local
performer Lee English-- stop by to sing, dance and play!
BOOK DISCUSSION: January 28 at 6:30 pm, we will meet to discuss The Unlikely Pilgrimage of
Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. Pick up your copy at the Library today, and come and enjoy snacks,
coffee and camaraderie on the 28th.
FRIENDS GROUP: The South Hero Library would like to create a formally-incorporated Friends
of the Library group to help with fundraising activities, volunteerism and library promotion. This group
would potentially meet quarterly. If you are interested or have questions about what Library Friends
do, please contact the Library!
TRUSTEES MEETING: The Library Board of Trustees Meeting is held on the second Monday of
every month at 4:30 pm, and it is open to the public.
South Hero Community Library is located at 75 South Street inside Folsom Educational and
Community Center. Please stop by, email [email protected], call 372-6209, or visit us
online at for more information.
Tenth Annual Christmas in South Hero
By: Jessica McAllister
The weather held out for the tenth annual Christmas in South Hero that was held on Saturday,
December 6. It was the best turnout in the ten-year history of the South Hero Volunteer Fire
Department and Auxiliary hosting this fun community event. The Fire Station was beautifully decorated
by the Folsom Educational Center’s Kindergarten class. Special thanks to all twenty students and their
teacher, Mrs. Couture, for creating such awesome artwork and also, for making the trip to the Fire
Station to display their creations for all of us to enjoy. We welcomed people of all ages to the Fire
Station at 4 pm, and managed to get almost 100 people inside the Fire Station to join us in starting
the holiday season. We started out with our tradition of having the kids decorate, and eat, holidaythemed cookies. There was an assortment of delicious treats to eat, as well as, cider and of course,
hot chocolate.
This year, we were thrilled to have the talented musician Jason Lee singing and playing his guitar
while we decorated cookies and mingled with our friends and neighbors. As usual, Santa was onhand to visit with all the children and take photos with them. Then, before we knew it, it was almost
5 and time to head outside to light our town Christmas tree. We would like to extend our heartfelt
thanks to the Maxham family for again this year, donating and delivering a beautiful tree for our
annual tree-lighting ceremony.
This year, we felt extra blessed that Elaine Chasse of Learning Adventure was present with some of
her current students to decorate our tree with
amazing, edible bird-feeders they had created at
the school. They were truly spectacular, and it
was so much fun to see the mini-reunion of
past and present Learning Adventure students
catching up and visiting with each other. Then,
as the crowd gathered around the tree, Santa
started the countdown to lighting. Thanks to
our dedicated volunteer firefighters putting
up the tree lights, our lighting ceremony went
off without a hitch. We look forward to seeing
everyone next year!
Local 4-H Robotics Team Competes
in FTC Scrimmage
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in grades 7 to 12 who design, build and program robots to compete in a game,
which varies year to year. The competitions are held at local, state, national
and international levels. Our team is the only team representing Grand Isle
The Aluminum Avian Antics Team’s robot is made of Tetrix parts and is
programmed using Labview. Their robot performed well at the scrimmage,
even without its attachment finished. They were the first team to perform the
initial challenge of knocking down the kickstand and releasing the cascade of
balls; they successfully completed this portion of the challenge four times! The
robot is still being built and programmed, but what they have accomplished to
this point works admirably.
The team is excited about the local sponsorships they have received thus far,
with a special thanks to
Buermann Engineering,
IC Haus, Cedar Ledge
Builders and DC Energy
Innovations. The team
Services with
regularly to build and
program their robot in
anticipation of the March
Clean Air Permit# AP05034
14, 2015 tournament
Deserves Dignity 802-316-2284
at UVM. They welcome
sponsorships and would
be happy to show their
robot to interested
groups and share about
the First Tech Challenge!
For more information
about this 4-H Robotics
te a m 8 5 2 6 . b l o g s p o t .
com, and they may
be contacted at aaa.
[email protected]
Island Memorial Pet Services
On Saturday, December 6, the Aluminum Avian Antics 4-H Robotics Team, a
subgroup of Grand Isle’s Champlain Shamrocks 4-H Club, participated in the
first FTC scrimmage of the 2014-15 FIRST season. The scrimmage was held
in UVM’s Votey Engineering Building, which hosted seven teams from the
surrounding region as they tested and evaluated their current robot designs
and programs.
FTC stands for First Tech Challenge, and is a part of the FIRST (For Inspiration
and Recognition of Science and Technology) program. Participants are youth
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Happy holidays
from Kelly,
Brenda, Sarah
and Kat at the
Alburgh office
Happy Holidays
from Jeri, Chris,
Karen & Christopher!
From All Us at
A&B Beverage
and Bill’s Sports Shop
Merry Christmas
Happy New Year!
Art's Repair Shop
Art, Eleanor & Wayne
Warm Holiday Greetings to All!
Daniel Streeter,
Eloise Hedbor,
Deb Plumley
May You Have the
Merriest Christmas
and the Happiest
New Year!
From all of us at
Complete Septic
Thank you for
another year!
God Bless
Bill Miller
Merry Christmas!
Happy New
Kneen Electric
Happy Holidays!
Thank you for your
Business !
Best wishes for a bright
and happy 2015!
South Hero
Islander Holiday
Hours and Coloring
Contest Winners
Congratulations to Caden James of Rouses Point,
New York, Macy Jarvis of Isle La Motte and Emily
Robinson of South Hero, who have all won a $25
gift certificate to The Green Frog for their fantastic
Please note: The Islander office will be closed
December 25. The office will be open from 9:00 until
noon on Friday and Saturday.
Finnish Touch
would like to take this
opportunity to thank all our
patrons and wish The Island
community a very happy
& healthy holiday
& new year.
For all you construction needs,
call Glen 233-2639
Apple Farm Market
& Seb’s Snack Bar
~Seb, Jeannine
& Mary Ellen
Season’s Greetings
Happy Holidays!
From All Us at
Alburgh Beverage Mart, LLC
Skip, Stephanie, Nicholas, Hannah,
& Staff
To the Editor:
The emotional side of teaching handwriting: I want to be perfectly transparent
with you. I work in education where many students struggle with written expression-both the physical act of writing and with the semantics of creating writing pieces.
There is a small but passionate debate right now about the importance of continuing
instruction of cursive handwriting in our schools. I have witnessed both sides of
the argument and agree that both schools of thought have strong ideations for
continuing or discontinuing the use of cursive writing. From the Special Ed side of the
issue, research shows that the flow of cursive writing actually stimulates the brain
and increases learning. Connected letters help develop fine motor skills and allows
students to view words as whole rather than the sum of their independent parts; as a
result, reading fluency increases as does accuracy in spelling. We are living in the midst of this dilemma, and it
will be years before either side will be declared the “winner” of this argument. What I do know is that people
have strong feelings regarding their individual stance on either side of the fence. For example, how will this
next generation develop their unique signature to sign important documents versus do they really need to
develop this skill given the current computerized documents? And so the debate continues.
But here’s my real story and why I feel so strongly about my stance on this issue. Every Christmas, I pull
out old family recipes to peruse and decide which ones I will attempt to duplicate for the holidays. Will it be
Aunt Ruth’s Clam Chowder for Christmas Eve, or my mother’s No-Bake Cookie recipe for Christmas morning, or
the copy of Applesauce Cake from my father’s own hand, which was our standard dessert on Christmas Day?
As I handle each worn, grease-stained, ink-blurred piece of stationary, it is as if they were all right here with
me in my kitchen. When I read my mother’s recipe, with her cursive letters so perfectly formed and spaced,
I feel as though my mother is sitting right beside me, guiding me through the directions. Her presence at this
moment is more intense than any photograph that I possess-- brought forth through these written words that
are so uniquely hers. Her uniform letters display just a hint of flair, which in my mind, is a reminder of her
life-long love of the arts. Next, I move to Aunt Ruth’s recipe, my mother’s sister. She was ten years younger
and I immediately witness the difference of those years represented in a more contemporary depiction of
her perfect, yet slightly more linear, cursive writing. As with my mother, I was overcome by her presence,
her written words showcased handwriting so representative of my aunt: strong, opinionated and deliberate.
Finally, I come to an old recipe that my father copied for me, on my request. His was a mixture of printing and
cursive-- somewhat rough around the edges but clear, concise and predictable. I immediately envisioned him
sitting in my childhood kitchen writing with deliberation to make certain he didn’t miss a step or an ingredient.
His writing indicated that he took this assignment seriously and the image of him completing this task is, once
again, more powerful than any photograph in my scrapbook of holidays past. His added post-script of how to
store the cake is his own inflection of his sense of purpose in presenting a perfect copy for his daughter.
I probably don’t need to tell you which side of the fence I am on when it comes to teaching cursive. It
goes beyond the research and beyond the acquisition of 21st century skills. It boils down to this: a manuscript
that represents love, family and tradition is clearly something to be embraced, cherished and developed and
should not be in block letters. As I carefully fold and return my recipes to their sacred storage place, I am filled
with an overwhelming sense of purpose and love. I intend to pass these papers on to my own daughters in
hopes that several years from now, they too will experience similar memories and emotions that this time
capsule has evoked in me. Likely, I will include a cursive, handwritten recipe of my own for their keeping. So, I
leave you with this question and something to contemplate for the New Year: do we really believe that cursive
handwriting is a pre-21st century skill that needs to be faded out and homogenized in a world so fraught with
disengagement to family and community? I urge you to think long and hard on where you stand on this issue.
Shirley Carlson, M. Ed
Montgomery Center and North Hero, Vermont
Earring in
the Kettle:
Is It Yours?
The Congregational and
Methodist Churches of
Grand Isle County are
manning the Salvation
Army Red Kettle Christmas
Collection at the Keeler’s
Bay Variety Store in
South Hero. Last week, a
contributor put an earring
into the kettle. If you
are missing this earring
and would like to get it
back, you are urged to
contact Alan Arthur at
802-372-3966, and if you
can identify it correctly,
they will get it back
to you. The Red Kettle
volunteers thank you for
your contributions to this
very important source of
assistance for Grand Isle
County residents.
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Pan's South Hero
Open 7 Days
at 4:30
Save Your Tree for the Great Ice in
Grand Isle Bonfire
The Christmas Tree Bonfire returns to North Hero on Friday, February 6, warming
things up for the Great Ice activities that follow. The fire will be ignited at 5:30 pm
After the holidays, bring your “clean” Christmas Tree to the back parking lot of
Hero’s Welcome, or watch for information on free pick-ups in Front Porch Forum.
Drinks and snacks will be available at the Bonfire, followed by an informal Italian
Family Dinner at the North Hero House Inn.
For more information, visit the new Great Ice website:
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Grand Isle
Isle families in need this holiday season.
Mr. Cotton’s and Ms. Palmer’s advisory
have joined forces to spread love, kindness
and happiness around the school this holiday
season. They are doing this by creating ugly
cards-- you know, like ugly Christmas sweaters,
Julie Dickie
with kind messages. Sophie Smith had this to say
about her creative process, “First I got a whole
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bunch of old cards, cut out and glued a picture
Do you have Grand Isle happenings that you
of a reindeer, a Santa and a star onto the front
would like to share? Be sure to send it in! News
of one. I then added glitter. My kind message
needs to be received by 5 pm on Fridays, for
is Merry Christmas.” The advisories are having
the Grand Isle News section, at [email protected]
a great time collaborating and sending positive
messages throughout the school during this
holiday season.
Gisele Bundchen put it best, “Christmas and
The Brabazones advisory, led by Ms.
the holidays are the season of giving. It’s a time
Brabazon, is learning about and beginning to
when people are more kind and open-hearted.”
do community service. They have watched a
Grand Isle students have been exemplifying this
Ted Ed lesson featuring interviews with college
spirit of giving over the last few months. Grade
students about what service means to them.
6 to 8 advisories have been fine-tuning the art
The lesson emphasizes that helping and serving
of giving back. Bake sales and food collections
others and the planet can happen in so many
have been just a few of the many ways students
different ways. The students in the Brabazones
have raised money and/or donated to not for
did an amazing job decorating the library during
profit organizations. Through service learning
the book fair. This week they are visiting the 1st
projects, Faculty Advisors have emphasized the
grade classroom sharing the gift of reading with
importance of giving back to our community and
Mrs. Kolk’s students. They also have a surprise
helping others over the past two months.
in store for a staff member in our school. When
The Sea Turtles, led by Mr. Sacca, took the
asked why it is important to help others, Isaiah
lead early in the school year with a service
Labelle commented, “Makes you feel happy you
learning project. The Sea Turtles held a bake
actually did something for someone else.” The
sale to raise money for the World Wildlife Fund.
Brabazones want to thank the Sea Turtles and
The Advisory adopted a sea turtle! The money
the Rugrats for the breakfast bomb and want
used to adopt the Sea Turtles helps keep the
to wish everyone in our Grand Isle Community
turtle safe and healthy. The Sea Turtles want to
peace and happiness in the New Year.
thank the Grand Isle Community for supporting
It seems that this time of year always brings
their cause and helping to protect wildlife.
with it the Candy Cane Fundraiser. Students
Fox’s Advisory, led by Mr. Foster and Mrs.
purchase a candy cane and write a note to a friend
Ochs, has also been very busy this holiday
that is then delivered before the Holiday break.
season giving back to our community in several
This year, the 8th Grade class is sponsoring the
ways. In November, they held a food drive to help
fundraiser. Mrs. Sacca’s Advisory have noticed
support the Grand Isle Food Shelf. A big thank
that over the years that not every student
you goes out to all that were so generous with
receives a candy cane. They thought it would
their donations. A total of 300 pounds of food was
be nice to ensure that every student receives
donated! Fox’s Advisory has also made holiday
a candy cane and that no one felt left out. Mrs.
treats and candy canes decorated as reindeer
Sacca’s Advisory has been busy writing notes
to distribute to the residents of the Round Barn
and attaching them to candy canes that they will
Housing Complex in Grand Isle. The advisory
deliver at the same time as the fundraiser candy
also put on a bake sale to raise $101.16 to the
canes. We also did not want to detract from the
Caring and Sharing program to benefit Grand
8th grade fundraiser, so, we made a donation to
The Rugrats, Mr. Farrell’s Advisory, devoted
two advisory periods to exploring the online site
“Free Rice”. The students challenged themselves
to a series of educational quiz games based on
topics from vocabulary, geography, math, art
and science. Each correct answer translates to
a small portion of free rice that will be distributed
to the World Food Program. At the end of the
two-day session, they will see how much free
rice they have accumulated as an advisory!
“Charitable involvement has been shown to
help raise self-esteem,
develop social skills,
foster an introduction
to the greater world
and encourage kids
to appreciate their
own lifestyle.” While it
might be a challenge
everyone’s schedules,
volunteering as a
worthwhile benefits.
By giving back to
the community, you
show them firsthand
makes a difference
and how good it feels
to help other people.
It’s also a valuable
way for you to get to
in the community
and find resources
your children and
family. Our faculty
FREE DELIVERY AVAILABLE in Alburgh, Isle La Motte and North Hero!
Advisors have worked
hard educating their
students about the
importance of actively participating in activities
that help others. Great work students!
From all of us at Grand Isle School: we would
like to extend our best wishes to you and your
family for a joyous holiday season.
The Grand Isle Supervisory Union has
received a $5,000 Act 156 Joint Services Study
grant. We are looking for one or more community
members to serve on the committee which will
monitor the study of the educational and financial
impacts of a shared governance structure
between two or more Island school districts. All
schools have been invited to participate in the
study; to date, Grand Isle and Isle La Motte are
participating. Please contact Superintendent
Bob Phillips, at 372-6921, if you would like to
serve on this six-week committee.
The Town Office will be closed for the
Christmas Holiday on Wednesday, December
24 and will re-open on Monday, December 29;
the Office will also be closed on Wednesday,
December 31 and will re-open on January 5.
The Transfer Station will be closed on
Thursday, December 25 and will re-open on
Saturday, December 27. The Station will also be
closed on January 1 and will re-open on January
Show us why Grand Isle is the Champlain
Island’s Coolest Big Island! Have an artistic flair?
The winter blues starting to creep up on you? Well,
we have the blue’s-fighting cure for you! What
does the Beauty Spot of Vermont mean to you?
The Town of Grand Isle, administered through the
Grand Isle Recreation Committee, is currently
looking for artists to submit their art/ideas that we
can use to show our community pride on apparel
and more. Please submit your high-resolution
artwork to Julie Dickie at [email protected]
by January 31. For more information and the
legal mumbo stuff, please visit www.facebook.
By: Kathy Tulissi, Library Director
372-4797, [email protected]
As many of you remember, a number of years
ago, the Library received a bequest. At the time,
it seemed reasonable to earmark that money
as a New Library Building Fund. Since 2009,
there has been talk of building a new Library.
Keep in mind that the Library is part of the town
government, and the building is owned by the
Town. The Trustees would like nothing more
than to use this money for a newly-constructed
library and are willing to work with the town
leaders and the community to make this dream
a reality. We would like your comments and
visions for what this facility will be able to offer
our community. Please stop into the Library, and
give us your opinion, ideally in writing, so we will
have something solid to propose.
NEW MATERIALS: Books- Don’t Give Up,
Don’t Give In: Lessons From An Extraordinary
Life by Louis Zamperini and David Rensin-- movie
coming out soon based on Louis Zamperini’s
life called Unbroken with Angelina Jolie; DVDsMaleficent, starring Angelina Jolie.
TRUSTEES INFO: We have a Library
Commissioner’s position: five-year term, that is
expiring in March 2015; please don’t hesitate
to put your name forward for this post. You can
get a petition from the Town Clerk’s Office. The
local election will be held in the Town on March
3, 2015.
WEEKLY EVENTS: Story Time is back! Come
listen to a great book at 10 am on Wednesdays;
due to the Holiday there will be no Story Time on
December 24.
FIBER NIGHT: Fiber Night is canceled for the
next two Thursday’s due to the Holidays.
HOURS: The Library will be closed on
Wednesday and Thursday, December 24 and
25 and January 1; their regular hours include:
Tuesday- 1 to 8 pm, Wednesday- 9 am to Noon,
Thursday- 4 to 8 pm and Saturday- 9 am to 3
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Congregational Church of South Hero, U.C.C.
We Invite and Welcome Everyone.
Pastor: Rev. Cordelia Burpee
24 South St., South Hero, VT 05486
Tel: 802-372-4962 E-mail: [email protected] •
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 3pm
Free Community Supper 2nd Friday each month 5:30-7pm
Island Roman Catholic Parishes
Serving the churches of Alburgh, Grand Isle,
Isle La Motte & South Hero
St. Amadeus, Alburgh- Sunday: 10:30 a.m.
St. Joseph, Grand Isle- Sunday: 10:00 a.m.
St. Joseph, Isle La Motte- Sunday: 9:00 a.m.
St. Rose of Lima, South HeroSaturday: 4:00 p.m.
Father Lawrence P. Ridgley, Pastor
St. Amadeus Office 796-3481
St. Rose of Lima Office 372-4092
Champlain Islands Parish
Rev. Hyungyong Choi
Isle La Motte
United Methodist
Church Sunday
8:00 a.m.
North Hero
United Methodist
Church Worship
Combined Service at
9:30 a.m.
The Churches with...
Parish Office 372-6638
Main St., Route 2, Alburgh, VT
Dr. John C. Kehoe, Pastor
Independent—Bible Believing—Gospel Preaching
SUNDAY School & Bible Study _______ 9:30AM
SUNDAY Worship__________________ 10:30AM
WEDNESDAY Prayer Mtg. & Bible Study 7:00PM
WEDNESDAY Children's Bible Club____ 7:00PM
“A Friendly and Joyful Welcome Awaits You”
Nursery Provided at all Services
A non-denominational
GCMF affiliated Church
(802)782-9384 WWW.GLBCVT.ORG
“God’s Word has the answer”
Episcopal Diocese of VT & Anglican Diocese of Montreal
Tomorrow: Christmas Eve
4 p.m. Creche, Carols, & Communion
at St. Thomas’, Noyan
Sunday, December 28th
10 a.m. Table Eucharist with Carols
at members’ home in Isle La Motte
The Rev. Thora L. Chadwick 802-863-8036
[email protected]
We Welcome You To Attend
Island Bible Fellowship A/G
North Hero Community Hall
Rte 2, North Hero Village
Sunday Services 9:00AM – 10:30AM
Pastor Larry Rohm
North Hero
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Courtney A. Schaetz
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I’m pretty open about the fact that I think the
Islands are the greatest place to live, and recently,
the spirit of the season has only reaffirmed that
for me.
First: thank you to everyone who makes
the holidays brighter for those in the Islands
community who are less fortunate than others.
Your generosity makes a big difference in the
lives of your neighbors, and I appreciate your
I also appreciate a number of people who
recently helped me in times of winter weather
trouble: a mystery plow-person after the big
snow-- we know who you are now, and we
certainly thank you; the gentleman at A&B who
helped me to retrieve a dropped cap from inside
my engine compartment and a second plowperson that came along just as I was getting
stuck at the end of my driveway, stopped to
shovel me out and put some sand down so that
I was on my way to work in no time. I will try to
pay it forward in the ways I know how, and I hope
the kindness you show to others comes back to
you in spades!
Happy holidays everyone, and best wishes
for a beautiful new year!
Cuban Salsa Lessons will be taught at the
North Hero Community Hall in January with
David Larson. The lessons will be held on Friday
evenings at 7 pm, and a partner is not required to
participate. There will be four weeks of lessons
and one snow date. If the snow date is not used,
a Salsa Dance Party will take place on the last
week. The lesson dates are set for: January 9,
16, 23 and 30. The snow date is February 6.
The series will cost $48 per person. Sign up at
6:30 on January 9 at the door. This is an annual
fundraiser to support the continued renovation of
the North Hero Community Hall. These lessons
are made possible due to a grant from the North
Hero Recreation Committee.
[email protected]
In February, Great Ice in Grand Isle returns to
North Hero. The first event to be announced is
the Christmas Tree Bonfire that will be held on
the 6th at 5:30 pm-- be sure to save your festive
fir for this fun, community event!
Do you have something you would like to
share with your North Hero neighbors? I am
always looking for your input on what appears
in this column; please send your stories, events
and ideas to [email protected]
By: Joe Resteghini
Drawing my inspiration from Clark Griswold, I
often set an expectation for the holidays that is
nearly impossible to meet. This year, I think North
Hero School has met the holiday expectation.
From the craft fair, the Santa Breakfast, to the
sharing amongst staff, and finally the holiday
extravaganza of last night I believe we achieved
the intention of the holiday season, which is to
give of yourself without expectation of anything
in return. The amazing thing about that spirit of
giving is that we get back so much. Kids grow
up so fast, and we often want to slow time down
and really enjoy the moment, and in giving that
performance last night our group of special
children gave us memories that are a gift that we
will always have. Breanna Wright commented
that last night’s play was the same as the holiday
performance from her kindergarten year. It
came full circle for her, and for the kindergarten
students of this year--we will share that same
moment before you can snap your fingers.
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Cherish these moments.
There are so many people to thank. I would
need another rambling newsletter to get to
everyone, but just know, our faithful friends, you
are near to us and dear to us and we are forever
grateful for your help and support.
One special friend that needs to be recognized
though, is Jan Little. Jan could very well be jetsetting all over Europe and enjoying a welldeserved retirement. Instead, she continues to
pour her heart into the students at North Hero
School. Oh, and Mr. Little too, who doesn’t have
a choice and does a great job on lights and
sound. Alton Brusso--feliz navidad. Thanks.
Congratulations to Annie Brabazon and Anne
Sauve, who won the PTYO basket raffles. The
PTYO is a vital organization and this fund raising
event helps support the functionality of the group.
The real winners are the students, who receive
amazing support from the group.
Tuesday, December 23 is a half-day for
students. Please make sure that you are
prepared to receive a student, who may be
possibly frothing at the mouth will holiday fervor,
from the activities that the teachers and staff
have prepared for the day. Make no mistake,
it will be a day of learning. The learning will be
geared towards community service and further
that spirit of giving that we strive for.
Dear Bridgette, Natalie, Owen, Gregory,
Hannah J, Kayla, Breezy and Renee: It was your
last holiday play with us. You nailed it. I am very
proud of you. We are all looking forward to our
last few months together. Your capstone projects
are going to be amazing. Don’t lose sight of the
fact that we knew most of you when you were
still rocking footy pajamas. Always strive to be
awesome, and don’t forget to give back.
By: Judy Poquette, Librarian
372-5458, [email protected]
HOURS: The Library will be closed on
Christmas and New Year’s Day; regular hours
include: Tuesday from 2 to 7 pm Thursday- 10
am to 3 pm and Saturday- 9 am to 1 pm.
FOOD SHELF: The Library is collecting
donations of canned goods for the Champlain
Islands Food Shelf. There is a wicker basket just
inside the Library door. It only takes one can to
help a friend.
NEW MATERIALS: Books- The Boston Girl
by Anita Diamont, The Paris Winter by Imogen
Robertson, Tom Clancy Full Force and Effect
by Mark Greaney, Lila by Marilynne Robinson,
Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of
History by Rhonda Garelick, The Midnight Plan of
the Repo Man by W. Bruce Cameron; Children’s
Books- Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story,
by Jeanette Winter; Planting the Trees of Kenya:
The Story of Wangari Maathai by Claire Nivola;
DVDS- The Expendables 3 and Blended.
FREE PASS: The Echo Pass is available for
all Vermont residents, and it may be checked out
for two days.
WI-FI: Available 24/7 from our parking lot.
Free public computers are also available.
The Islander, December 23,2014 Page 12
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- Christmas Eve Service at the South Hero Congregational Church starts
at 5 pm, Candlelit Service at 7:30.
- Christmas Eve Mass at Saint Anne’s Shrine, Isle La Motte starts at 4 pm.
- Christmas Eve Mass at Saint Joseph’s Church, Isle La Motte starts at 4 pm.
- Christmas Eve Mass at Saint Amadeus Church, Alburgh starts at 6 pm.
- Christmas Mass at Saint Amadeus Church, Alburgh starts at 10:30 am.
- Blood Drive at the Islands in the Sun Senior Center, Alburgh from Noon
to 5 pm.
- First Day Hike at Grand Isle State Park, Grand Isle starts from the Park
Office at 10 am and Niquette Bay State Park, Colchester at the Park’s
Trailhead at Noon.
- Foot Clinic at the Islands in the Sun Senior Center, Alburgh from 9:30 am
to Noon.
- Grand Isle County Mentoring Program Game Night at the Grand Isle
School from 5:30 to 7 pm.
- Salsa Dance Lessons at the North Hero Community Hall starts at 7 pm.
- Northern Bronze Handbell Ensemble presents Bells in Wintertime at Saint
Peter’s Catholic Church, 85 South Maple Street in Vergennes, Vermont
starting at 7:30 pm.
- Benefit Prize Bingo at the Alburgh Fire Station with doors opening at 4:30
pm; games will start at 6.
- Northern Bronze Handbell Ensemble presents Bells in Wintertime at the
Stowe Community Church, Main Street starting at 3 pm.
- Parkinson’s Support Group at Homestead Pillsbury Senior Community,
Saint Albans from 10 to 11:30 am.
- Village of Champlain History Series 2015 Lecture in the Samuel de Champlain
History Center, Champlain starts at 6:30 pm.
- Northern Bronze Handbell Ensemble presents Bells in Wintertime at the
Unitarian Church in Burlington starting at 7:30 pm.
- Salsa Dance Lessons at the North Hero Community Hall starts at 7 pm.
- SB Mentoring Winter Gala Dinner and Silent Auction at the F.H. Tuttle
Middle School, South Burlington from 6 to 8:30 pm.
- Solo Group Meeting
at the Hibachi Buffet,
Saint Albans starts at
5 pm.
Adult day center seeking creative individual to
join our rewarding, fun-filled team. 25 hours/
week position, Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 2:30
pm. Help implement & carry out group/individ- Salsa Dance Lessons
ual therapeutic activities for elders with demenat the North Hero
tia or physical frailty. Assist with hands-on care.
High school diploma or equivalence. Interest in
music, reading, art and/or crafts a plus.
starts at 7 pm.
- Salsa Dance Lessons
at the North Hero
Adult day center seeking experienced LNA to
work 25 hours/week, Monday through Friday,
9:30 am – 2:30 pm. Assist participants with toistarts at 7 pm.
leting, transferring, walking, feeding, etc. AbilFRIDAY,
ity to work as a cooperative team member with
a diverse clientele is a must. Make use of your
LNA skills plus assist with meaningful activities.
- Great Ice in Grand
High School diploma or equivalent.
Isle Christmas Tree
To Apply: stop by CarePartners Adult Day Center at
Bonfire starts 5:30
34 Franklin Park West, St. Albans for an application
or download it at EOE.
Isle La Motte
Anita Bruley . 802-928-3246
• [email protected] •
Weather hasn’t been too bad lately, but it’s
supposed to get cold this weekend and maybe
storm for Christmas. I want to go to church, and
my grandson comes in on Christmas night, to
Burlington at 6 pm, so, I’m hoping it won’t be
storming at that time.
HOLIDAY LUNCHEON: Chef Lisa cooked
a beautiful lunch on Thursday, with turkey
and all the trimmings. Many people attended,
including: most parents, some grandparents,
the school children, teachers
and staff
members. I do not know the count.
CONCERT: On Monday evening, Jill Walker,
the Music teacher, put on the annual concert
with all the children, including the Pre-K kids.
The all did well, and there was a full house.
students are exploring a wide range of topics:
Pre-K- numbers 6 to 10 and winter holidays;
K-1- addition and subtraction and holidays;
2/3- time, addition and subtraction, shapes,
Africa; 4/5/6- keyboarding, opinion writing,
multiplication and division, paleontology,
Vermont agriculture and health household
hazards; PE- volleyball; Art- paper collage,
illustration; Music- performance, rhythm.
January 19, we will have a full day of school
to make up for the snow day we had recently.
Tuesday, January 20 will be a GISU In-Service
Day with no school for students.
Upcoming events include: Holiday Break
from Wednesday, December 24 to January
2; the week of January 9 to 15, the Ski/
Snowboarding Program begins.
Our students are doing an impressive job
with our new composting program. A student
from each classroom empties the classroom
snack leftovers into our cafeteria bucket. The
cafeteria and kitchen waste goes into the
compost, in back of the school-- we hope this
will save the community money.
We wish all of our viewers out there a very
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
A lady called 911 and reported that someone
had broke into her car and taken her radio and
even her steering wheel.
They told her that some one would be right
there. The cop went right out to her and radioed
back to cancel the call: the lady had gotten into
the back seat.
The Islander, December 23,2014 Page 13
Grand Isle County Mentoring
Thanks Community
The Grand Isle County Mentoring Program would like to thank the Grand Isle County community
for making the mentoring program such a wonderful success. We are in our sixth year, and over
eighty adults have volunteered to be mentors in the Grand Isle Schools. Currently, over forty students
are matched with community mentors. Grand Isle County Mentoring is a school-based mentoring
program, which matches community children with adults who have similar interests. They meet once
a week for one hour in the school at a mutually convenient time. Children from all five island schools
are involved in the program and range from grades K to 8. There will be training in the new year if you
would like to be a mentor. Now is the time to think about young people in our community who could
benefit from an additional relationship with a caring adult. Every child who wants a mentor should
have one!
Mentoring has proven results for both the children and adults who care enough to make the
commitment of just one hour a week. Young people who have a mentor are more likely to stay in school
and go on to college, raise their life aspirations, stay away from drugs, seek teachers’ trust, help others
and avoid fights and other violent behavior. A mentor is more likely to increase his or her appreciation
for diversity, feel more productive at work and develop core leadership and communication skills, and
feel good for having positively influenced another life. Mentoring doesn’t require an expert; it only
requires your time. “Make a difference in a youth’s life; be a mentor.”
For more information, please contact Leslie Ward, Coordinator, at 802-372-5239 or email
[email protected]
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The Islander, December 23,2014 Page 14
By virtue and in execution of the Power of Sale
contained in a certain mortgage given by Laura J.
Hunter and Joseph T. Sharples to Chittenden Trust
Co. d/b/a Mortgage Service Center, its successors
and/or assigns, dated April 26, 2004 and recorded in
Book 86 at Page 210 of the City/Town of Grand Isle
Land Records, of which mortgage the undersigned
is the present holder by Assignment of Mortgage
recorded on March 9, 2009 in Book 103 at Page
641, for breach of the conditions of said mortgage
and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be
sold at Public Auction at 11:30 a.m. on January 5,
2015 at 262 Route 2, Grand Isle, VT 05458 all and
singular the premises described in said mortgage,
To Wit:
Being all and the same land and premises conveyed
to Robert W. Taft and Julie Lavallette by Warranty
Deed of Salvatore P Morizio dated 14 March 2003
and recorded in Volume 78, Page 755 of the Land
Records of the Town of Grand Isle.
Being lands and premises commonly known and
designated as 262 Route 2.
By law, public notice of proposed rules must be given by publication in
newspapers of record. The purpose of these notices is to give the public a
chance to respond to the proposals. The public notices for administrative
rules are now also available online at http://secure.vermont.gove/SOS/
rules/. The law requires an agency to hold a public hearing on a proposed
rule, if requested to do so in writing by 25 persons or an association having
at least 25 members.
To make special arrangements for individuals with disabilities or special
needs please call or write the contact person listed below as soon as possible.
To get a copy of a rule or make suggestions to the agency, call or write the
contact person listed below. You may also comment on the proposal by
writing the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules, State House,
Montpelier, Vermont 05602 (828-2231).
Consumer Protection Rule 121 - Labeling Foods Produced with Genetic
Vermont Proposed Rule: 14P057
AGENCY: Attorney General’s Office
CONCISE SUMMARY: Proposed Consumer Protection Rule 121
defines the scope and reach of Act 120 of 2013(adj). It provides specifics
for implementing (1) the labeling requirements for food produced with
genetic engineering, (2) the prohibition on using certain terms to describe
foods produced with genetic engineering and the exemptions from
both the labeling requirement and prohibition. Additionally, it clarifies
certain terms in the Act and further outlines the enforcement and penalty
provisions of the Act.
Attorney General, 109 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05609 Tel: 802-8284605 Fax: 802-828-1500 Email: [email protected] URL: http://ago.
FOR COPIES: Wendy Morgan Office of the Attorney General Consumer
Protection Division, 109 State Street, Montpelier VT 05609 Tel: 802-8285586 Email: [email protected]
Development Review Board Meeting
And being the same lands and premises conveyed to
Salvatore P. Morizio by Warranty Deed of Kathleen
Morizio dated April 4, 1988 and recorded in Book 43
at Page 88 in the Land Records of the Town of Grand
And being all and the same lands and premises
conveyed to Salvatore P. and Kathleen H. Morizio by
Warranty Deed of Golden-Flo dated May 6, 1982 and
recorded in Book 33 at Page 398 in the said Grand
Isle Land Records, which lands and premises are
further described as follows:
A lot of land shown as Lot#1 on a plan entitled ‘Plan
of Land of Allen & Beverly Baker’ dated March 2,
1979 and prepared by Trudell Consulting Engineers,
Inc. and recorded in Map Slide 120 in the said Grand
Isle Land Records, being more particularly described
as follows:
A lot of land located on Route 2, beginning at a point,
which point is the northwesterly corner of said lot and
on the easterly side of said Route 2, thence proceeding
S 76° 34’ 41” E 920 feet to a point; thence turning to
the right and proceeding S 21° 59’ 58” W 420 feet to
a point; thence turning to the right and proceeding N
84° 20’ 11” W 950 feet; thence turning to the right and
proceeding along the easterly side of Route 2 N 22°
12’ 04” E 550 feet to the point and place of beginning.
A public hearing will be held at the North Hero
Town Office on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at
7:00PM to consider the following:
Included herein is a 20 foot easement for a water line.
Application: 2014-122SW
Request: Setback Waiver
Owners: Jim Richards & David Green
Location: 383 North End Road East
This land is subject to protective covenants recorded
in Book 30 at Page 122 in the said Grand Isle Land
The above notices may not contain previously recessed
or preliminary hearings and may be subject to change.
For further information, any interested party may contact the North Hero town office. Any person wishing
“party status” or wish to appeal a decision must attend
and participate in the hearing.
NO: 41-5-13 Gicv
Said lot is 10.13 acres, more or less.
Reference is hereby made to the above-mentioned
instruments, and to the records and references
contained therein, all in further aid of this description.
Property is known and designated as: 262 Route 2
The description of the property contained
in the mortgage shall control in the event of a
typographical error in this publication.
The public sale may be adjourned one or
more times for a total time not exceeding 30 days,
without further court order, and without publication
or service of a new notice of sale, by announcement
of the new sale date to those present at each
adjournment or by posting notice of the adjournment
in a conspicuous place at the location of the sale.
Terms of Sale: $10,000.00 to be paid in cash or by
certified check by the purchaser at the time of sale,
with the balance due at closing. The sale is subject
to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles,
municipal liens, if any, which take precedence over
the said mortgage above described.
Mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises
at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount
due under the mortgage, including the costs and
expenses of the sale.
Other terms to be announced at sale
Kathryn Donovan, Esq. #3914
Jeffrey J. Hardiman, Esq. #4632
Shechtman Halperin Savage, LLP
1080 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860
Attorney for Plaintiff
Youth Mental Health
First Aid Training
for Community
Mental health problems in youth are common. In
fact, half of all mental health disorders show first signs
before a person turns fourteen years old, and three
quarters of mental health disorders begin before age
twenty-four. Unfortunately, less than 20 percent of
children and adolescents with diagnosable mental
health problems receive the treatment they need.
Would you know how to recognize the signs of
a mental illness in a young person? Would you
know how to respond if you did? What if there
was something you could do to help youth in your
Northwestern Counseling & Support Services (NCSS)
is presenting Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)
which is an eight-hour public education program
that introduces adult participants to the unique risk
factors and warning signs of mental health problems
in adolescents. YMHFA builds understanding of
the importance of early intervention and teaches
individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or
experiencing a mental health challenge. Youth
Mental Health First Aid is an interactive training using
role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to
assess a mental health crisis; select interventions
and provide initial help; and connect young people
to professional, peer, social and self-help care.
One of these Youth Mental Health First Aid
trainings will be held at the Barlow Street Community
Center, in Saint Albans, on Thursday, January 22 and
Thursday, January 29 from 4 to 8 pm each day.
The cost for the training is $50 for Franklin and Grand
Isle County residents and $75 for non-residents. This
fee covers training materials, light refreshments and
both four-hour sessions. Participants must attend
both four-hour sessions to become certified in Youth
Mental Health First Aid.
To sign up, contact Lance Metayer at 802-5828039 or [email protected], or visit www. and click on Youth
Mental Health First Aid.
Blood Drive
In this season of giving, don’t forget the lifesaving gift of donating blood. There will be an
American Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday,
December 30, from Noon to 5 pm, at the Islands
in the Sun Senior Center in Alburgh. Please
remember all those who need this precious gift
to maintain their health or save their life, and
schedule your donation today by calling 1-800RED CROSS or email A longsleeved tee will be given to all presenting donors
as their way of saying thanks.
The Islander, December 23,2014 Page 15
Island Arts Receives
Grant for Bhutan Art
Exchange Project
Island Arts recently received $500 from the
Anne Slade Frey Charitable Trust of Hanover,
New Hampshire, in support of the Grand Isle
County/Bhutan Youth Art Exchange. The goal of
the Foundation is “to bring to life a community
that nourishes art and learning and the exchange
of ideas, that protects and expands the interests
of children above all else, that overcomes
violence, despair and small-mindedness.”
Trustees of the grant found a common goal with
the work of Island Arts, as does Robert Phillips,
Superintendent of the Grand Isle Supervisory Union.
Katya Wilcox, President of Island Arts, started the art exchange fifteen
years ago, after traveling to Bhutan to visit her nephew who was working
there. Since that time, hundreds of pieces of art have been exchanged
and friendships established. In April, videographer Lyn Jarvis, and video
editor Marco Ayala traveled to Bhutan, with President Wilcox, to produce a
documentary about the exchange that can be seen at
and on You Tube.
Weds & Thurs.
Island Industrial Park, 4 Island Circle
Grand Isle, Vermont
Hours: 8:00-4:30 Mon.-Thurs. 8:00-3:30 Fri.
[email protected]
They just completed visits to the five county schools where the video was
shown, artwork brought back from Bhutan distributed and a $100 check
in support of the exchange presented. For more information about Island
Arts, or if you are interested in making a donation to the art and cultural
exchange, visit the website listed above or call 802-372-8889, weekdays
from 9 am until Noon. Your support will help Island Arts continue its work
to enrich the lives of hundreds of school children both here in the Islands
and half-way around the world in Bhutan.
Exploration of School Consolidation
Opportunities Starts Soon
The School Boards of Isle La Motte and Grand Isle have secured a grant to examine the educational
and financial impact of consolidation opportunities under a shared governance structure between
the two schools.
The structure and next steps for the study will include a facilitated discussion with involved school
boards. January 7 was identified as an agreeable date with location to be determined. A Study
Committee will be formed representing three members from each community, or two, if the number
of districts expands, with at least one citizen and one board member. The Committee will meet with
a facilitator on three occasions: January 13- Facilitated Committee Discussion, January 27-
Facilitated Committee Discussion, February 17- Committee Wrap-Up in Public Meeting and Report to
Both Boards.
There will be significant data gathering and analysis between Committee meetings. The final
meeting will outline considerations and benefits in each of the options available for collaboration.
Boards will make the final decisions regarding next steps.
Community members interested in serving on the Study Committee are requested to indicate their
interest in writing by informing the Superintendent of Schools prior to January 7. The individual
boards will select from interested parties. Please send letters to Robert Phillips, Superintendent of
Schools, 5038 US Route 2, North Hero, VT 05474.
January SOLO Dinner Meeting
SOLO (Supporting Others Like Ourselves) January Dinner Meeting is scheduled for Monday, January
19, starting at 5 pm, at the Hibachi Buffet in Highgate Commons Shopping Plaza in Saint Albans. This
support group is for those who have experienced the death of a spouse or partner. Group members
are not counselors, just ordinary people trying to help/support one another by being upbeat and
positive. The group is casual, relaxed and friendly and meets in a comfortable setting. Dinners are Dutch
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you have never been to SOLO and are hesitant
about coming, bring a family member or friend
with you the first time.
This month, the speaker for the evening will
be talking about vacation home exchange and
other economical travel. For more information,
call 802-309-4862.
# 1 in Grand Isle County!!
GRAND ISLE- Spectacular views & privately situated on a double lot w/225’ of pristine lakeshore &
1.3 acres in the upscale Robinson Point area, bordered by 50+ acres of Preservation Trust property. The home was updated throughout 2006-2011.
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ISLE LA MOTTE- Build your dream cottage on
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NORTH HERO- Well maintained duplex
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ALBURGH- At the end of a dead end road
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ISLE LA MOTTE- Beautiful sunsets from
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Excellent water quality on the broad lake
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ISLE LA MOTTE- Well maintained 2
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on the West Shore. 1 car garage.
Gorgeous lake sunsets & Adirondack Mountain views. A must see at
NORTH HERO- Sited on a high bluff overlooking
the Inland Sea, offering breathtaking views of the
Lake, Islands & Green Mountains is a beautifully
maintained, 4 BD/3 BA Lake House is the centerpiece of this 13 acre estate boasting privacy,
mature trees, and over 900 feet of shoreline, including a private protected cove w/gradual pebble
beach & 2 separate lake front parcels. $999,900.
round home is perched on 2.23
acres with 200’ of West Shore lake
frontage and stunning Lake Champlain & Adirondack Mountain views.
Near hiking trail. Only 45 minutes
to Burlington & 1 hour to Montreal.
2 Ferry Road, South Hero, VT 05486-0122
4 South Main Street, Alburgh, VT 05440-0020
Office: 802-862-0124
Office: 802-372-5777
Office: 802-796-3426