CALEDONIAN Black Cyan Magenta Yellow THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2015 CALEDONIANRECORD.COM ESTABLISHED 1837 SPORTS 75 CENTS COVENTRY Vermonter Reigns In Maine DARTMOUTH Annual School Meeting Wasn’t Legal PAGE B1 ‘Animal House’ Accused of Branding PAGE A3 PAGE A8 SUTTON ST. JOHNSBURY LOWER SCHOOL BUDGET PASSES BY TWO VOTES DRUG TESTERS STILL PLAN ON DEPOT SQUARE Burlington Labs Says Nothing To Fear; No Official Plans Yet Submitted To Town resistance from the community,” said Lowell. “I almost think people don’t know what we do.” The company, which collects and processes urine samples, maintains on its web site that two new sites are coming soon — Rutland and St. Johnsbury. Both locations are downtown spots, and the company believes that is the best place for the collection sites. The 10 Eastern Ave. location in St. Johnsbury also houses the Depot Square Apartments. Burlington Labs plans to lease the space and has placed a deposit. “It is centralized,” said Lowell of the beneﬁts of Eastern Avenue spot. She said her company has See Labs, Page A8 By dana GRay Staff Writer By james jaRdine Staff Writer By a razor thin margin, Sutton voters passed the school budget, Wednesday. Two ballots made the difference after all day Australian Balloting. The ﬁnal tally was 48-46. The budget for the year beginning July 1 is $2,726,195. After the ﬁrst school budget was defeated, 67-57, on Town Meeting Day, the school board cut the budget by $35,061. Those cuts satisﬁed enough voters for passage. There are 705 voters on the Sutton voter checklist. ST. JOHNSBURY — A laboratory company hoping to open a urine collection site here still wants to ﬁll a downtown ofﬁce space but knows some local people are against the idea. Raina Lowell, community coordinator and collection site supervisor for Burlington Labs, believes the negative response to opening a collection site at 10 Eastern Ave. is based on people not understanding what the sites are about. “It’s unfortunate that we’ve experienced some ST. JOHNSBURY HJELM SCORES DIVERSION FOR YOUTH SOCCER ATTACK Made To Apologize For Punching Volunteer Coach NORTHEAST KINGDOM Young Poets Among State’s Best SJA’s Cara Metivier and Lake Region’s Emily Klar Among Top Ten In VT A St. Johnsbury man who attacked a volunteer coach during a youth soccer game last year has apologized. Donald J. Hjelm, 53, penned a written apology to Caledonian-Record publisher Todd M. Smith which was received by Smith on Wednesday. Smith was acting as a volunteer youth coach when Hjelm walked over and punched him in the face during a game between 3rd and 4th graders at the St. Johnsbury School on Sunday, September 21, 2014. “Dear Todd,” begins the typed letter signed by Hjelm. “I would like to apologize for my reaction to you on the ﬁeld in September. It was completely out of character. I See hjelm, Page A8 LOCAL SURVEY SAYS: NEK NEEDS SOME WORK By Leah caRey Staff Writer A ll the world’s a stage and we are merely reciting poetry upon it. Or so might be the story told by two local young women who competed last Thursday, March 19, in the state ﬁnals for Poetry Out Loud. The national competition is held at high schools around the country to inspire high school students to engage with poetry through learning and recitation. In Vermont, 5,179 students entered the contest through their high schools. Through school and regional contests, they were narrowed down to the ten best in the state. Amongst the state ﬁnalists were Emily Klar, a PHOTOS COuRTESY Of VERmOnT PBS sophomore at Lake Region Union High School, and Cara Metivier, a senior at St. Johnsbury Cara Metivier (left) of St. Johnsbury Academy and Emily Klar of Lake Region Union High School compete in the state ﬁnals of Vermont Poetry Out Loud on March 19. Academy. Here are their thoughts on poetry, picking the How did you choose the two poems you reright poem, and what it was like to be in front of spectacular, but because it never forgot what it could do. cited at the ﬁnals? television cameras at the Vermont PBS studio. “Famous” by Naomi Shihab Nye It took me a while, but I like the ones that I ————— Emily Klar, sophomore, chose because they really had meaning to them. I want to be famous in the way a pulley is faI liked communicating that meaning. In “FaLake Region Union High School mous, This was Emily’s second year competing, her mous,” I like the way that the author made you or a buttonhole, not because it did anything ﬁrst year making it to the state ﬁnals. See Poets, Page A8 Orleans, Essex Counties Rated Least Healthy in Vermont INSIDE VOL. 177, NO. 195 © T HE C ALEDONIAN -R ECORD Classifieds. . . . . . . . . B10 Entertainment. . . . . . . B8 For the Record . . . . . . A2 Opinion. . . . . . . . . . . . A4 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . B1 Television . . . . . . . . . A11 JUDGE REJECTS DISMISSAL OF CHARGES AGAINST RUNAWAY MOM TODAY: Mostly cloudy, rain afternoon, possible snow shower evening HIGH: 51 LOW: 34 Details on Page A2 By RoBeRt BLechL Staff Writer NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. — A Coos Superior Court judge on Wednesday rejected a motion by the defense to dismiss the charges against Genevieve Kelley, thereby keeping the case on track for a tentative trial in May. “I agree with the state that the defendant’s motion is premature,” Judge Peter Bornstein during the hearing at Grafton Superior Court. “I’m not in a position to preclude the state from trying its case.” And in a decision that did not please either the prosecution or defense, Bornstein, who had been asked by both attorneys to issue rulings on motions regarding which experts can testify See Kelley, Page A8 PHOTO BY ROBERT BLECHL A judge on Wednesday rejected a motion to dismiss the case against Genevieve Kelley, shown here with her attorney, Alan Rosenfeld. REGION BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A county health ranking shows that Vermonters’ health varies from region to region. The national county health rankings released Wednesday by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation show Chittenden County is the healthiest county in Vermont, based on length and quality of life, health behaviors, clinical care and the physical environment. Addison County is second healthiest. Essex and Orleans are ranked the least healthy in the state. James Biernat, director of the Health Department’s Newport district ofﬁce, says there are economic and accessibility challenges in that region that make “moving the needle of health outcomes more difﬁcult.” But the Health Department says it continues to work to improve the health of residents in the Northeast Kingdom. NORTH COUNTRY Vermont Senate Advances Trimmed-down Gun Bill ––––– Diversity Of New England Plant Life Threatened NATION By todd WeLLinGton Staff Writer Nigerian official: Boko Haram Extremists Abduct Hundreds, Including Children, As Human Shields ––––– French Investigators Get Audio From Jet’s Black Box, Search For 2nd One On Craggy Alpine Slope Page A6 Page A10 & 12 NATIONAL DEBT CLOCK $ 18,156,336,097,897 Population: 320,257,908 Your share: $56,692.86 “The budget should be balanced; the treasury should be refilled; public debt should be reduced; and the arrogance of public officials should be controlled.” –Cicero, 106-43 B.C. Go Mobile Scan and visit us on your handheld device. FBLA PRESENTS COMEDIAN GLENN STRANGE Jewelry repairs & custom work done in 1 week or less! EASTERN AVE., ST. JOHNSBURY, VT 802-748-2933 Black Cyan Magenta Yellow Opening Act: The Endorsements Friday and Saturday, April 3 & 4 7:00 p.m., Fuller Hall Tickets available through Catamount Arts. Happy Birthday Emily Worden Be sure to stop in at Bailiwicks on Mill and wish Emily a Happy Birthday!! CALEDONIAN Black Cyan Magenta Yellow A2 THE RECORD • THuRSDAY, mARCH 26, 2015 FOR THE RECORD OBITUARIES MARIE JUDITH (TREMBLAY) FOY 1922-2015 Marie Judith ‘Judy’ (Tremblay) Foy, 92, of Island Pond, Vt., passed away peacefully to our Lord on the morning of Feb. 26, 2015, while surrounded by family and loved ones in the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, St. Johnsbury, Vt. Judy was born in Chandler, Quebec on July 1, 1922 to Napoleon Narcisse and Marie Helene “Sarah” (Senechal) Tremblay. On July 20, 1945, she married Albert Joseph Foy, and together they had six children. Judy had a deep belief in God and this served as the cornerstone of her life. Most of her life was spent raising her family and simply being present for everyone she came into contact with. She had a sincere, strong love for people, especially children, and as a result came to be known as “Grammy Judy.” Grammy Judy’s love was infectious, she ALWAYS saw the best in everyone, and as long as she was around, no one went without love, attention, or food! She worked tirelessly to make anyone and everyone feel comfortable in her home, and she had a wonderful sense of humor that stayed with her until her passing. Judy Foy will be missed by so many and the world will not be the same without her. In past years, Judy worked for the Canadian National Railroad in Bryant Pond, Maine; The Brown Company in North Stratford, N.H.; and Ethan Allen Furniture Manufacturing in Island Pond, Vt. She was a former member of Island Pond American Legion Auxiliary Post 80, and was an active volunteer for many years at the Island Pond Senior Center. In April 2006, Judy traveled to The VT State House in Montpelier where she proudly received the Governor’s Award for Volunteerism in Community Service from former Governor Jim Douglas. Judy was also a breast cancer survivor and she participated in several cancer walks, including one in 2014 at the age of 91. Judy was preceded in death by her husband, Albert, her parents, six brothers, six sisters, and a great-grandson. She is survived by her six children, Margaret Morrill and husband, Robert, of West Glover, Vt.; David Foy and wife, Paula, of Johnson City, Tenn.; George “Tony” Foy and wife, Sue, of Island Pond, Vt.; Fred Foy and wife, Gina, of Morrisville, Vt.; John “Charles” Foy of Plant City, Fla.; Kathleen Fitzgerald and husband, Matthew, of Williston, Vt.; 2 brothers, Roderick “Roddy” Tremblay of Quebec City, Quebec; Rudolphe “Duffy” Tremblay of Chandler, Quebec; 2 sisters, Marie-Anna “Mamie” Wall of Chandler, Quebec; Marie-Ange “Nonie” Urquhart of Sept Iles, Quebec; 16 grandchildren and 26 greatgrandchildren. At Judy’s request, there will be no calling hours. A funeral mass will be held in the summer at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 18, 2015 at St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond, Vt., with a celebration of her life following. The Foy Family would like to give special thanks to Marcel and Anita Gervais, and Melinda Gervais-Lamoureux, for their support and sincere friendship offered to Judy throughout her 34 years at Sunrise Manor in Island Pond. The family would also like to thank the staff at NVRH, Craftsbury Community Care Center, and St. Johnsbury Rehabilitation Center for the attentive, loving care they provided to Marie over the last 6 months. Donations in Judy’s name can be made to Island Pond Community Services, Inc., PO Box 446, Island Pond, VT or Craftsbury Community Care Center, 1784 East Craftsbury Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826. On-line condolences may be sent to curtis-britch.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home locally family owned and operated. CORRECTIONS There was an omission in the Easter services listing published Wednesday for a Palm Sunday service. South Congregational and North Congregational churches in St. Johnsbury will meet together for the Palm Sunday service at 1 0 a.m. on Sunday. ————— A story on three area towns holding revotes on their school budgets should have stated East Haven reduced its new proposed school budget by $1,208 and Sutton reduced its new proposed school budget by $35,061. The Numbers MEGA MILLIONS (Tuesday) 2-23-32-45-55; mega Ball: 12; megaplier: 2 MEGABUCKS PLUS (Wednesday) 5-10-23-34-35; mega Ball: 1 GIMME 5 (Wednesday) 2-6-18-27-29 DAILY PICKS (Wednesday) Day Draw — Pick 3: 3-9-3; Pick 4: 0-3-3-6 Evening Draw — Pick 3: 5-9-6; Pick 4: -8-2-9-4 Passumpsic Community Baptist Church (American Baptist) Sunday Worship Services at 10:15 a.m. MEETINGS CovEntRy Special school board, Thursday, March 26, 6 p.m. Schedule a special town school district meeting, cancel the vote for March 31, other. NEWS BRIEFS LESLIE JAMES WARD 1918-2015 Leslie James Ward, 96, of Monroe, N.H., passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Littleton Regional Healthcare in Littleton, N.H. Les was born on July 30, 1918, in Monroe, the son of Robert and Hazel (Smith) Ward. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1939 with a degree in Animal and Poultry Husbandry. Les enlisted and became a pilot with the US Navy. He ﬂew 75 to 100 missions in the Paciﬁc during World War II while serving on the USS Saratoga, Intrepid, Enterprise, and Bunker Hill. Les was discharged from the Navy with the rank of Lieutenant in 1945, but re-enlisted for a brief period in 1947 as a Lt. Commander. He was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses and six Air Medals. Les married Doris Hall on June 3, 1945. He returned to his roots in Monroe and started Ward Poultry. Over the following 25 years he built the farm into a successful egg producer with its own processing plant. Les retired in 1972 and his son, Terry Ward, and his sonin-law, Gerry Laﬂamme, took over the business. He also drove part time for North Country Egg Farm in the early 1970s. Les was a member of the North Monroe Methodist Church and the American Legion Post 200 in Concord, N.H. Les and Doris spent many winters in Eustis, Fla. Family was a very important part of his life and he will be fondly remembered as being a very humble man. He was predeceased by his wife of 44 years, Doris (Hall) Ward on Aug. 31, 1989. Survivors include a son, Terry Ward and wife Eileen of Monroe; a daughter, Carol Laﬂamme and husband Gerry of Monroe; two grandsons, Nathan Laﬂamme and wife Kelly and Jesse Laﬂamme and wife Sandra both of Monroe; four great grandchildren, Alexander, Elizabeth, Piper, and Brock; a brother Norman Ward and wife Eve, also of Monroe; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. There will be no calling hours. A graveside service is being planned for a later time in the North Monroe Cemetery. A notice will be published at that time announcing the service. In lieu of ﬂowers, memorial contributions can be made to Monroe Community Church in North Monroe, PO Box 179, Monroe, NH 03771. For more information or to sign an online condolence please visit www.rickerfh.com. Ricker Funeral Home & Cremation Care of Woodsville is in charge of arrangements. Local Forecast Today: Partly sunny early, then cloudy with rain likely in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 40s. South winds 10 to 15 mph, decreasing to less than 10 mph. Tonight: Rain showers, mixing with or changing to snow over the higher terrain, with some light accumulation possible. Lows in the upper 20s to lower 30s. Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, with scattered snow or rain showers. Highs from the mid 30s to around 40. North to northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Extended Forecast: Friday Night: Cloudy with a Daily Weather Highlights Temperatures today will likely fall a degree or two short of yesterday’s highs, as a surface low moves in from the Ohio Valley. As a result, any peeks of sun this morning will get obscured by thickening clouds, and rain will overspread the region by afternoon. As that system departs overnight, it will drag a cold front through, allowing some snow showers to mix in. Northerly ﬂow coming around the back side of low pressure over the ocean, and will make for an unpleasant day tomorrow, with highs mainly in the 30s, amidst showers of rain and/or snow. Then dry but unseasonably cold on Saturday, as a ridge of high pressure to our west interacts with low pressure to our northeast, generating a cold north wind. That ridge if high pressure will ﬁnally provide some sunny and calm conditions on Sunday, but temperatures will remain on the cool side, says Chris Bouchard of the Fairbanks Museum weather station. CONDITIONS AT 4 P.M. YESTERDAY Cloudy TEMPERATURE Temp. at 4 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Maximum past 24 hours . . . . . . . . .49 Minimum past 24 hours . . . . . . . . . .9 Yesterday’s average . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Normal average . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Maximum this month . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Minimum this month . . . . . . . . . . .-18 Maximum this date (1945) . . . . . . .72 Minimum this date (1960) . . . . . . .-11 HUMIDITY 25% DEWPOINT 14 WINDS 8 mph, 13 max . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SSE BAROMETER 30.10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Falling PRECIPITATION New . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.00 in. Total for Month . . . . . . . . . . . .0.85 in. Normal Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2.02 in. SNOWFALL Past 24 Hours . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.0 in. Monthly Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9.9 in. Season Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92.8 in. Season Norm To Date . . . . . . .79.7 in. Snowpack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10.4 in. ALMANAC Sunrise today . . . . . . . . . . . .6:40 a.m. Sunset today . . . . . . . . . . . .7:07 p.m. Length of day . . . . . . .12 hrs. 27 min. DEGREE DAYS Average temp. difference below 65° Yesterday* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 To date since July 1 . . . . . . . . . .7250 To date last year . . . . . . . . . . . . .7292 * calculated for the day before yesterday Periodicals postage paid at St. Johnsbury, VT, Post Office, 05819. Published daily except Sunday, New Years, Thanksgiving and Christmas by The Caledonian-Record Pub. Co., Inc., P.O. Box 8, 190 Federal St., St. Johnsbury, VT 05819, Tel. 802-748-8121. Publication (USPS-083020). Postmaster send address changes to: The Caledonian-Record Pub. Co., Inc., 190 Federal St., P.O. 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Topics include ﬁnding colleges that ﬁt, speciﬁcs on how to apply, SAT/ACT test prep and strategies, writing an admissions essay that sets you apart, and navigating college costs and ﬁnancial aid. Free food will be provided to workshop attendees, and attendees will be entered in drawings for a chance to win an iPad Mini or $500 college savings account! For more information and to register for workshops, visit www.vsac.org/CollegePathways. Don’t miss this great opportunity — a double feature with two programs in one night — for Northeast Kingdom students and families to get information and resources needed for applying and preparing for college. Upper Valley Habitat for Humanity in the NEK launches 2015 fundraising campaign ST. JOHNSBURY — The Upper Valley Habitat for Humanity in the NEK, located in St. Johnsbury’s Green Mountain Mall, is launching their 2015 fundraising campaign Building It Forward: Strengthening Families…Strengthening Communities to raise money for several initiatives including raising money for a house begun last September in Coventry, funding the “A Brush with Kindness” repair and renovation projects, providing seed money for their next new house, creating homeowner workshops on budgeting, ﬁnancing, and home repairs, and upgrading aging technology in the ofﬁce and ReSale Store. Substandard housing is very common in the NEK and the need for Habitat for Humanity’s services is ongoing and growing. Habitat NEK wants to equipped and be ready to help every qualiﬁed applicant. You can view the campaign by going to https://www.igg.me/at/BuildNEK, or by stopping in the ReSale Store any Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Several public community events will be held this spring and summer to support this campaign and will be posted in the store and on their website: www.nekhabitat.org. All donations will be gratefully received and can be sent to Upper Valley Habitat NEK, PO Box 193, St Johnsbury Center, VT 05863. Three Vermont prisons pass anti-rape audits MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Three of Vermont’s state prisons have passed audits ﬁnding them in compliance with federal standards designed to prevent sexual assaults among inmates. Under the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act, the U.S. Justice Department brings in auditors to examine safety practices at correctional facilities around the country. State corrections ofﬁcials say Vermont’s Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility, Southeastern State Correctional Facility in Windsor and Southern State Correctional Facility in Springﬁeld underwent reviews last year and that all three were found in compliance with the standards. In an email shared with Vermont lawmakers, Corrections Commissioner Andy Pallito calls the results a huge accomplishment. Vermont’s other correctional facilities have not had results reported yet from the same round of audits. Vermont city losing 600K-plus gallons of water daily in leak RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — The city of Rutland, Vermont, is losing more than 600,000 gallons of water a day because of a leak. The Rutland Herald reports that ofﬁcials are trying to ﬁgure out the source of the leak. They say residents have experienced a drop in water pressure since Saturday. Public Works Commissioner Jeffrey Wennberg says the water isn’t running through the streets and doesn’t appear to be ﬁnding its way into the sewer. He says that means it may be going into a stream. Wennberg says workers are inspecting valves, hydrants and vacant buildings. He planned to isolate and check the three transmission lines running from the water plant into the city of about 16,500 residents. He says the leak isn’t an immediate threat to the city’s water supply. Town closes on sale of wetlands for $122,000 BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont town of Bennington has closed on the sale of 168 acres of wetlands, a popular spot for kayakers, bird watchers, ﬁshermen and hikers. The Bennington Banner reports (http://bit.ly/Jea059) the land was bought with a $122,000 grant from the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, and over $100,000 in private donations. The land currently is called “The Walloomsac Headwaters park and Natural Area,” but that’s likely to change. It was given by Steve Greenberg, son of long-time Bennington residents Norman and Selma Greenberg. The town plans to name the park for them. The purchase links several pieces of publicly owned land. Man killed when car slams into snowbank in New Hampshire PINKHAM’S GRANT, N.H. (AP) — State police say an 85-year-old man was killed when his car slammed into a snowbank and crashed in Pinkham’s Grant. An eyewitness tells authorities that a car driven John Kovalik of Berlin crossed a double yellow line and ran onto a paved pull-off area before hitting the snowbank and becoming airborne. The car went over a steep embankment and landed on its roof. The accident happened about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday on Route 16. The roadway’s southbound lane was shut down for about 2 ½ hours while the wreckage was removed. House puts hold on gas tax increase CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An increase in the state’s gas tax is likely off the table as a means to avoid layoffs in the state’s Department of Transportation. Republican House budget writers had planned on bringing forward a 7- to 8-cent increase during Wednesday’s House session, but due to a procedural hiccup, the bill could not be introduced. It was likely to face strong opposition from conservative representatives. Rep. Neal Kurk, chairman of the House Finance Committee, says the committee will go back to the drawing board Wednesday afternoon to ﬁnd a different way to keep the transportation budget solvent. House budget writers cut $88 million from the governor’s proposed transportation budget earlier this week, but ofﬁcials say the cuts will result in nearly 700 layoffs and an inability to maintain roads and bridges. CALEDONIAN Black Cyan Magenta Yellow THE RECORD • THuRSDAY, mARCH 26, 2015 A3 LOCAL COVENTRY SCHOOL REPORTS NOT DISTRIBUTED IN STATUTORY TIME FRAME FOR ANNUAL MEETING SIBLING RIVALRY New Meeting, Budget Vote Planned By jennifeR heRsey cLeveLand Staff Writer COVENTRY — The annual school district report here was not distributed to voters within the time frame mandated by statute, and in light of that fact, the Coventry Village School board will warn a new annual meeting and budget vote for sometime in late April or early May. According to Secretary of State Jim Condos, the school report had to be distributed to voters no less than 10 days before the meeting to comply with the law. Coventry Village School board chairman Frank Carbonneau wrote in an e-mail that the ﬁnal copies of the report were not expected to be ﬁnished by the end of Tuesday, but that the ﬁrst copies were available to be picked up around town. Carbonneau said it just wouldn’t be fair to voters to ask them to discuss and vote on a budget - proposed at $2.8-million - without having the beneﬁt of reviewing the report ahead of time. The school board plans to meet about a half hour prior to the previously warned meeting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the school to set dates and sign a new warning. No articles on the warning will be addressed, but Carbonneau said the board would explain the problem to voters and give them information about the new dates. “We want them to have the information,” Carbonneau said. “I’m in the business of working for the town, not against the town.” This is the second time the annual school district meeting and budget vote have been delayed. Normally, an informational meeting is held the night before Town Meeting, and voters decide the budget by Australian ballot that Tuesday. But this year, Carbonneau regretfully forgot to drop the warning off with Town Clerk Cynthia Diaz in time for inclusion in the town report, necessitating new meeting and vote dates. The school board decided this year to take on the job of printing the report apart from the town’s fiLE PHOTO Coventry School Board Chairman Frank Carbonneau, left, with vice chair Viola Poirier, right, at a meeting in 2012. In the middle is former Principal Martha Perron, who has since been replaced by Matthew Baughman. printing of its annual report because the town reports suffer from what Carbonneau deemed “habitual lateness.” Carbonneau said the town reports have arrived late for the past two years, and the school board was concerned that the inability to review the budget would result in the budget being voted down. “The annual reports were to the voters in time legally for Town Meeting and the school budget vote each of those years,” Diaz wrote in response. After taking on the role of getting everything to the printers on time and keeping all ducks in a row, Carbonneau said he’s now aware of the amount of work and time it consumes. “Nobody did anything wrong,” Carbonneau said. The printer didn’t have all documents, but Carbonneau believed everything was set. He said he shares the blame with Principal Matt Baughman and the North Country Supervisory Union for the delay. “I think we probably could have worked together better,” he said. But lesson learned, he said. “I can tell you it won’t happen again.” Carbonneau said he drew up a checklist of everything that needs to be done for the board to use to avoid problems in the future. The error has raised consciousness, he said. Carbonneau wrote that the board had decided in January to distribute the reports in public places rather than mailing them, but after reviewing the statutes, he said he would recommend to the board during the special meeting Thursday that the reports get mailed. According to Vermont statutes, voters can elect to be provided notice of the availability of annual reports, rather than have the reports mailed or otherwise distributed to them, but Town Clerk Cynthia Diaz said she didn’t recall the voters ever having done so. Carbonneau wrote that he does not expect great additional costs due to the delay. There is the cost of printing 400 booklets, and if the board decides to mail copies, postage. Ballots had already been printed for the previously set March 31 vote. Annual Meeting and Budget vote The new dates for the annual meeting and budget will not be set until Thursday evening. The voters already re-elected Carbonneau and elected Amanda Jensen to ﬁll Alan Desroches spot on the school board at Town Meeting. The school budget, at a proposed $2,839,454, shows an 8.87 percent, or $231,456, increase in spending. Carbonneau noted that revenue from the new pre-kindergarten will offset much of that. He anticipates a tax rate increase of 3.4 cents, of which 2 cents is at the request of the state. Boards were given an extra year to comply with a state mandate to provide pre-K, Carbonneau said, but in the North Country Supervisory Union (NCSU), Superintendent John Castle asked schools to move forward for the coming year. The district is getting money for it anyway, which the district was just passing along to the program provided by the NCSU at its Newport ofﬁce, Carbonneau said. But that program will close at the end of this school year. Increases in the budget come from negotiated pay raises for teachers and an increase in health care costs. The budget also pays tuition at high schools of choice for Coventry students. Transportation is arranged by parents. PHOTO BY TODD SmiTH Camden Ely, left, tries to fend off tenacious defense from his little sister, Addison, during the ﬁnal day of the Good Shepherd Catholic School’s community basketball skills clinic for ﬁrst and second graders, Sunday. Their mom, Joy, was the program’s director. Court News Guard Fined For Bringing Assault Weapon Onto Jail Grounds By todd WeLLinGton Staff Writer A Derby man has been convicted of carrying an assault weapon onto state property while working as a prison guard at Northeast Regional Correctional Facility in St. Johnsbury. Maxwell I. Field, 23, pleaded guilty at arraignment to carrying a dangerous weapon and was ordered to pay a $200 ﬁne Monday. Caledonia Superior Court Field was at the courthouse Monday but did not have to appear in the courtroom for arraignment be- Black Cyan Magenta Yellow cause Judge Robert Bent allowed Field to enter his guilty by waiver. Before reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors Field had been facing a possible sentence of two years in prison and a $200 ﬁne. According to an afﬁdavit ﬁled by Vermont State Police Tpr. Jason Schlesinger, police found a loaded .40 caliber pistol, a loaded AK-47 pistol and marijuana in Field’s parked car during a drug sweep at the prison by Schlesinger and K9 Arrow on Feb. 21. “While K-9 Arrow was snifﬁng vehicles in the parking lot, K9 Arrow alerted on the passenger door of a 2012 Subaru Legacy,” wrote Schlesinger in his report. “Field was brought into the Warden’s ofﬁce and walked to his vehicle.” See court, Page A5 CALEDONIAN Black Cyan Magenta Yellow A4 THE RECORD • THuRSDAY, mARCH 26, 2015 Todd M. Smith, Publisher OPINION Dana Gray, Executive Editor Editorial Comment … Please Take Our Jail Instead Some ofﬁcials in Windsor are upset about a legislative plan to shutter a prison there. The Vermont House Appropriations Committee recently voted to close the 100-bed Southeast State Correctional facility in an effort to save approximately $800,000 a year. Sixty people would lose their jobs. Town Manager Tom Marsh is frustrated with a lack of communication from Montpelier. Nobody contacted him or anyone else in town, he says, so future plans are unknown for the Southeast State plant which sits on 1,000 acres of state land. We have a message for Appropriations to help appease Windsor. PLEASE. tAKE. oUR. PRISon. InStEAD. Nothing has had a more corrosive, destructive, costly impact on our community than the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility. We suffer higher crime rates, degraded quality of life and intense strain on social services (notably, education and health care). And the soulless Department of Corrections’ open-door policy ﬁlls our neighborhoods with violent felons, drug dealers and baby killers who are supposed to be locked away. Please, legislators, shut down our cancerous local prison and ship all the inmates to more economical private facilities out of state. It would instantly cut half the state’s outrageous corrections budget and go a long way toward cleaning up our polluted streets. Take ours. Please, please, please, take ours. In My Opinion… THE RESET PROGRAM WILL SAVE $275M? NOT SO FAST By maRK WhitWoRth RESET is the enormously complicated, 15-year energy program that the Shumlin administration proposes as a replacement for the troubled SPEED program. Economist Tom Kavet told the House Ways and Means Committee that the full economic impact of RESET is unknown. Yet, RESET won easy approval in the House. Was it the $275M savings that proponents promised? Or was it the threat that only RESET could save Vermont from the unintended consequences of SPEED. RESET will continue SPEED’s tradition of unintended consequences. It will affect the Vermont economy for decades. RESET’s Tiers 1 and 2 will impose renewable electricity requirements on utilities without reforming the destructive and abusive siting practices that have turned so many Vermonters against state government. Tier 3 will enable utilities to take ratepayer money to ﬁnance “energy transformation projects” that will weatherize some ratepayers’ homes and incent the purchase of electric appliances like heat pump/air conditioning systems and electric vehicles. Energize Vermont obtained the administration’s analysis of RESET through a Public Records Act request. It is a collection of spreadsheet models that calculate RESET’s impacts upon rates, greenhouse gas emissions, and electricity consumption. The models are fragile. That means that small changes in the inputs bring about large changes in the outputs. This is a very bad thing when input values are uncertain. And the models contain hundreds of highly speculative assumptions—oil prices in 2020, electricity prices in 2025, interest rates in 2030, inﬂation in 2032, just to name a few. The “heat pump model” says that if heating oil costs $3.25 per gallon and electricity costs $.15 per kWh, then a $4,000 heat pump will save a homeowner $5,000 over its lifetime. But, in 2015, oil has cost as little as $2.61 and electricity from Vermont’s second largest utility has cost $.17. Plug those numbers into the model and you don’t get savings; you get over $2,500 in extra cost. Another model, the “RESET model,” takes that fragile $5,000 savings and applies it to every heat pump to be installed between 2017 and 2032. The model does the same thing for similarly derived savings for home weatherization, buying an electric car, installing a pellet boiler, etc. This is where the promise of RESET’s $275M savings comes from. The RESET model has structural problems: if you install a heat pump, the model racks up an immediate savings of $5,000. (We would prefer to accrue any savings over the life of the heat pump). In addition, the model adjusts costs for inﬂation, while not adjusting savings. Each of these ﬂaws overstates RESET’s savings. One of the bill’s sponsors explained that Tier 3 will be “customer-driven” and sure enough, the model includes guesses about the energy transformation projects that customers will choose over RESET’s 15 years. The model’s economic predictions are highly dependent upon these guesses. What will customers want in 2025 or 2030? How many customers will there be? Will improved solar and battery technologies enable residential customers to ﬂee from utilities? Will hydrogen vehicles leapfrog electric vehicles? Will locallymanufactured wood pellets emerge as the best option for affordable home heating? The administration determined that customers will install 67,240 heat pumps and weatherize 19,745 homes under RESET. We wondered if the imbalance in these numbers meant that heat See Reset, Page A5 Letters to the Editor… What about a touch screen ban? to the Editor: New Hampshire’s ban on the use of hand-held devices goes into effect July 1, 2015. The bill bans the use of hand-held cellphones, GPS devices, tablets, iPods, iPads, or other devices which require data entry by the driver. But the law does not address another driving danger: the interactive screens appearing in more and more new vehicles. A couple of years ago, my wife and I were car shopping, and I was amazed at how many models now offered these interactive screens. Many of these screens require multiple inputs by the user to reach the desired feature. The problem lies in the necessity of the driver to look at the screen to use it. This takes the driver’s attention off the road. I prefer knobs and buttons; I can operate the radio and other features using knobs and buttons without ever taking my eyes off the road. The raised and tactile features of knobs and buttons make this possible. Without looking at a touch screen, I have no idea what I am doing. I have to take my eyes off the road. Touch screens also get messy from ﬁngerprints, obscuring the view; and I always wonder if the last person to use the screen (e.g., at an ATM machine or food ordering kiosk) washed his or her hands after using the bathroom, or if he or she wiped a nose or sneezed before using the device. Putting touch screens in automobiles appears to be an unwise use of the technology. Thomas R. Gallagher Littleton, N.H. Yet again! to the Editor: Mitch Perry’s letter in this paper’s Wednesday, March 18th, edition just about brought tears to my eyes. As vice-chairman of the New Jersey Dental Association’s Special Committee on Fluoridation, I remember responding to this sort of misleading diatribe more than 55 years ago. My ﬁrst thought was here we go again (actually my second, but I won’t tell you what my ﬁrst thought was). Mr. Perry delights in saying that ﬂuoridation of community drinking waters will negatively affect the I.Q. levels of children. By cherry picking information, as he does throughout, he conveniently excludes studies at Harvard and in China that found that such an effect occurs only at very high levels of ﬂuoride-as much as 100 times or more than the recommended level. Such are the typical scare tactics used by those emotionally, but not scientiﬁcally, involved in the litany of health problems he presents. I have to question Mr. Perry’s scientiﬁc background as well as his ability to evaluate the sources of some of his statements. One of the standard approaches in trying to defeat something you don’t like for whatever reason (too often for proﬁt) is to set up impressive-sounding front organizations with some known names whose expertise happens to be in another area. The tobacco industry mined that ﬁeld expertly. Yes, some scientists do sell out!. I started practicing dentistry in the dark ages before community ﬂuoridation. Kids would come in with what we called “bombed-out mouths,” meaning they had multiple cavities and broken down teeth needing extraction. With the advent of community ﬂuoridation, this sad situation progressively diminished in progressive communities where the usually natural ﬂuoride level was augmented to accepted levels. Don’t tell me that ﬂuoridation does not prevent tooth decay. I have actually lived through it. I have found that Letters to the Editor is an especially ineffective forum for debating the several issues mentioned in his letter. There deﬁnitely are areas of legitimate discussion, all of which I am more than willing to discuss with him personally. Frank Landry, DDS St. Johnsbury, Vt. More compassion please! to the Editor: Todd Wellington could not have used a softer, gentler and more compassionate headline to report the passing of Attorney Doug Willey? It would have been nice to consider his family and friends. Stephanie Berube Danville, Vt. Ayotte’s excuse for signing letter of 47 is lame to the Editor: Kelly Ayotte’s feeble excuse as to why she signed the letter to Iranian leaders (“Congress should have say on ﬁnal Iran deal”) is almost as bad as John McCain’s excuse, “I sign a lot of letters.” In their letter, she and 46 other Republican senators, in a strictly partisan move, interfered with ongoing negotiations. Once an agreement is reached, then it is the place of Congress to get involved and ask tough See Letters, Page A5 In My Opinion… ABSOLUTELY NO END IN SIGHT By david coates I wish I had some encouraging news to share with you on the status of the state’s liabilities for underfunded pensions and retiree health care beneﬁts (OPEB), but I don’t as these liabilities continue to grow despite positive, incremental changes that have been made over the last few years. Unfortunately, the changes only ended up nibbling around the edges; the size of the liabilities and the key underlying assumptions require signiﬁcant structural reform. Here is a look at the unfunded liabilities taken from the most recent Actuarial Reports: Pensions Retiree Health Care Total unfunded liability 2014 $1.5B $1.8 B $3.3B 2010 $1.0B 1.7B $2.7B 2005 $0.2B 1.4 B $1.6B The data show that in less than 10 years, the unfunded liability has more than doubled. Equally concerning is that the amount of the unfunded liability will likely increase in 2015 and beyond, for two key reasons. First the state, although not required, does have the option to implement newly published mortality tables that will reﬂect the reality that people are living longer. In the private sector, these are required and have resulted in increases to the liability of 5-7%. At ﬁve percent, the increase in Vermont would be around $165 million. Second, the state should revise the current discount rate assumptions (both at around eight percent). Other states have moved in this direction and Vermont should as well. A one percent reduction in these rates – to seven percent – could increase just the liability for pensions by another $400- $500 million. Incidentally, for comparison purposes, the private sector discount rate is around four percent. These necessary updates will not only give a more accurate picture of our ﬁscal condition, but further require the state to increase funding to even higher levels in order to keep the pensions ﬁnancially sound and maintain our current high credit ratings. As for the impact these liabilities have on the state’s General Fund, in 2005 the Annual Required Contributions (ARC) for the state workers and teachers pensions was $65 million. In 2014 it has nearly doubled to $116 million. As long as these liabilities continue to grow (and they will), so will the stress on the General Fund and other state programs. The liabilities for the retiree health care beneﬁts (currently $1.8 Billion) will also continue to increase as the state is only funding the actual health Black Cyan Magenta Yellow care costs incurred. Unlike the pensions, the state is not funding the amount required to amortize the liabilities. In 2014 this amount was $55 million; the amount will continue to go higher by at least another 5% for 2015 and thereafter, until it is fully funded. Since the state is not making this payment, because the state has no money, it will never be funded; instead, it will continue to increase unless structural changes are made. Which leads to the obvious questions…if there is no state funding available, why do we have these beneﬁts? What is the state to do when faced with these overwhelming liabilities that exceed twice the General Fund revenues? For starters, the Legislature should recognize the problem instead of being swayed by the vested interests of the union leaders who downplay the gravity of these unfunded liabilities. This problem has been building for many years by not fully funding the liability; by employing unrealistic cost projections of the beneﬁt assumptions; by the lack of political will among lawmakers to insist on realistic changes; and, ﬁnally the worst offense, deferring action to let someone else deal with the problem. Until lawmakers acknowledge the problem and own the responsibility for solving it, no real reform is possible. Many parts of the country have been facing these same issues head on, especially in cities such as Detroit and Stockton, and in states like Illinois and New Jersey. Courts are ﬁnally weighing in on these issues as, for troubled cities, bankruptcy seems like the only recourse. States can’t use the bankruptcy route, but they can use the court system and this is starting to play out. Vermont is fortunate that we are not yet like Illinois and New Jersey, but we will be if these liabilities are left unchecked. Now is the time to begin meaningful change and let me suggest just a few. First we need to hold harmless anyone currently receiving pensions and healthcare beneﬁts. We should also, if possible, consider those who are near retirement and have planned on these beneﬁts. We could begin the transformation by prohibiting new state employees and teachers to join the existing deﬁned beneﬁt plans and instead provide a 401(k) type plan similar to what the majority of Vermonters receive. Second, new state employees and teachers be ineligible for retiree health care beneﬁts. Just these two reforms will at least stop the liabilities from growing unchecked and allow the state to then ﬁgure out a sustainable way to pay for them. This is at least a start, but we have to start. Undoubtedly, union leaders will ﬁght even these modest changes; that is what they are paid to do, and so far they are doing a great job of keeping Vermont in the red. We need to stop costing Vermont taxpayers unnecessary expenses, and stop jeopardizing other important state programs that need public investments. David Coates, KPMG (retired), of Colchester, on behalf of the Vermont Business Roundtable. CALEDONIAN Black Cyan Magenta Yellow THE RECORD • THuRSDAY, mARCH 26, 2015 TRIAL DELAYED DUE TO STATE’S FAILURE TO TURN OVER ALL EVIDENCE After 26 Months, Defendant Still Waits For Trial Date By jen heRsey cLeveLand Staff Writer NEWPORT CITY — The state withheld evidence from the defense in a case set to go to trial Wednesday, and as result, a defendant who has waited more than two years for his trial while proclaiming his innocence will wait at least six more weeks for a jury to hear his case. Gertrude Miller, who represents defendant Jasper “Jay” Wright, 43, of Craftsbury and Eden, said former Deputy State’s Attorney Jim Lillicrap withheld narratives from two police ofﬁcers, e-mails between two state troopers regarding the case, and two discs containing information about the investigation. The new material brings a new witness - formerly undisclosed to the defense - into the case as well, Wright’s other attorney, Susan Davis, said. “I think Mr. Lillicrap screwed up,” Davis said while clarifying that she’s not willing to say whether it was due to carelessness or a deliberate act on his part. “The omissions have been serious,” Judge Timothy Tomasi said Wednesday. “There’s a lot of missteps in this case.” Under the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Wright has the right to confront his accusers, Miller said. “That’s a huge constitutional right that was violated,” she said. Wright was scheduled to go on trial Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and a jury was waiting in the wings to decide whether he is RESEt Continued from Page A4 pumps would be installed in uninsulated homes. When we ﬁxed the RESET model’s structural problems, toned down some of the sketchier assumptions, and brought the mix of heat pumps and weatherization into better balance, we saw RESET’s $275M savings turn into a ratepayer burden that ranged between $25M and $75M. With less optimistic assumptions, the burden grew into the hundreds of millions. We discovered that the RESET models are also fragile with respect to impacts on carbon emissions and electricity consumption. For example, increasing the biofuel component of Vermont’s heating oil blend would not only increase the cost of guilty of two counts of lewd and lascivious conduct and one count of sexual assault. But after prolonged discussions between defense counsel and Deputy State’s Attorney Christopher Moll, who discovered the failure to provide discoverable evidence, Judge Timothy Tomasi laid out the options for Wright. Tomasi said Moll disclosed some of what he’d found to the defense earlier this week, and the remainder just Tuesday night after going through the ﬁle and speaking with police ofﬁcers. Davis said the defense ﬁled a motion to compel discovery in the case in August, and despite monthly orders from Tomasi to respond to her inquiry, Lillicrap did not do so, claiming that the materials did not exist, he had already provided them or they could be obtained elsewhere. Davis said she and Miller suspected the materials did exist, and with the knowledge that they did not have them, kept pushing to force the state to produce them over several months to no avail. Wright’s trial was scheduled to take place in late January, but Lillicrap “reassigned” the case to his boss, Alan Franklin. Franklin, without the beneﬁt of time to prepare for the trial, was willing to go forward, but the alleged victim, who is 22 years old, fell ill and was unable to attend. On Feb. 1, State’s Attorney Jennifer Barrett assumed her ofﬁce and hired Moll, who took over prosecution of Wright’s case. Moll carbon abatement under RESET, it would increase the ratepayer cost of the entire RESET program. And we think that RESET may bring about far larger increases in demand for electricity than the model predicts (the model does not account for the potential use of 67,240 heat pumps for air conditioning in the summer). Finally, the models don’t tell us who will foot the bill for RESET investments and who will get to enjoy the savings, if there are any. (An amendment to ensure that ratepayers wouldn’t have to pay for home improvements for other ratepayers failed on the House ﬂoor.) It is our opinion that RESET is not ready for Vermont. We ask the Senate to require the Public Service Department to conduct a real, honest-to-goodness study of RESET, tighten up its Police then searched the car locating the .40 caliber pistol in the glove compartment, a “small amount of a leafy green substance” in the center console and an AK-47 pistol “with a loaded magazine inserted but no round in the chamber” in the trunk. “The Warden, Al Cormier, advised (VSP) Lt. (Tim) Oliver and me that Field was not authorized to carry weapons onto the property,” wrote Schlesinger. “The warden also stated that he sent out an email a short time before reminding staff that ﬁrearms were not allowed on facility property.” Field then drove to the Vermont State Police barracks in St. Johnsbury to be cited. models, and release them to the public. The models should be reconﬁgured to allow Vermonters to experiment with the assumptions and evaluate the results. We will all beneﬁt from this open-source approach. Who knows? This might even lead to some adult conversations about effective responses to climate change. Mark Whitworth is executive director of Energize Vermont, which advocates for sensible energy policies for Vermont. Letters tives, the military, and many right wing journalists. Some have labeled their actions treasonous and traitorous, which I think goes too far. Partisan, yes; dumb, yes; a threat to our security, yes. But it does not rise to the level of treason. The letter to Teheran is viewed as a travesty by the United States’ 5 negotiating partners (Britain, France, Russia, China, Germany). Did Senator Ayotte really not realize that the interfering letter affected our negotiating partners? Is she that much of a rank amateur in foreign affairs and separation of powers? Apparently, Continued from Page A4 questions. It is absolutely not their place to tell Teheran not to negotiate with Obama because the Republicans plan to repudiate any deal in Congress! Past presidents have routinely negotiated agreements on critical international issues. Never before have members of Congress pulled a stunt like this! Their actions have been roundly condemned, not only by journalists from the left, but by solid conserva- Storage Trailers 28’ - 48’ 1-800-762-7026 • 603-444-7026 Let Us Help You With All Your Storage Needs. Tax Time … What Are You Looking For In A Tax Professional? • Personalized Service • Over 35 Years Experience Continued from Page A3 dates were set for May 13-15. Wright was formerly charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a vulnerable adult, charges that required a jury ﬁnding that the alleged victim met the statutory deﬁnition of “vulnerable adult.” Under the former charges, Wright faced a maximum sentence of 30 years. Moll amended the charges earlier this month. Now, if convicted of all charges, Wright faces a mandatory minimum sentence of three years, with a maximum of life. He’s accused of assaults in Craftsbury on July 4, 2011, and at some time on or between the dates of Nov. 1, 2009, and March 31, 2010. In motions, Miller and Davis laid out at least a part of the defense’s case, indicating that the alleged victim has attempted to apologize to Wright since reporting the alleged unlawful conduct to police. That motion also indicates that the complainant’s mother has been known to coach her daughter – at one point while her daughter was testifying on the stand in another court. The charges came about after Wright interfered in the complainant’s relationship with her parents, out of concern for her safety and well-being, according to the defense. The last straw came about when the complainant ran away from home, went to live with the Wright family, and was forcibly removed by police at the behest of her legal guardians John and Michelle Smith. Littleton, N.H. Office Trailers Court took the time to do due diligence, go through the ﬁles, talk to police ofﬁcers, and ﬁnd that not all materials had been turned over to the defense, as required by law. On Wednesday, Tomasi said the court could go forward with the trial and impose sanctions against the state by disallowing testimony, but he noted that some of the material could be useful to the defense. Davis noted that the materials are both inculpatory and exculpatory. The case could be continued so the defense could depose witnesses, including the police ofﬁcers, and if that was the case, Tomasi said he would not hold the delay against the defense in terms of a speedy trial motion. “We reluctantly agreed,” Davis said outside the courtroom, noting that Tomasi “was reluctant to dismiss this case.” Davis said this development is very frustrating, however, in a case that has been pending since Jan. 2013, during which time Wright has effectively been on house arrest, disallowed from moving home with his family, and without a job due to a restrictive curfew and requirement that he travel with a court-appointed custodian. Tomasi said he expected the defense to renew motions to dismiss for lack of a speedy trial, which he’d denied once before, and motions related to the discovery violations from the defense no later than April 10. The state will have until April 17 to respond, and a motion hearing will be held April 28. 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An arrest warrant was issued for Jeremy Taylor, 34, by Judge Robert Bent on March 23 after Taylor failed to appear in court for a VOP (Violation of Probation) hearing related to the alcohol incident. Bail was set at $1,000. Caledonia Superior Court The legal limit to operate a motor vehicle is a BAC of .08 percent. But according to an afﬁdavit ﬁled by Lyndonville Police Ofc. Brandon Thrailkill, a blood sample taken at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital indicated Taylor had a BAC of .413 percent. Taylor had a no-alcohol requirement placed on him as condition of probation after he was convicted of of drunken driving - second offense and driving with a license suspended for drunken driving on July 8, 2014. His combined 6- to 24-month sentence was suspended except for 60 days and probation. But on Feb. 25 at 8:47 p.m. police received a call from Barbara Warner at 1083 Back Center Road in Lyndon saying that Taylor was a visitor at her residence, was intoxicated and that she wanted him removed. “Warner advised she believed he consumed half a bottle of whiskey and was becoming belligerent,” wrote Thrailkill in his report. “Upon entering the kitchen I observed Taylor appeared to be breathing and passed-out on the ﬂoor.” Police said they managed to wake Taylor and place him in a cruiser for transport to the state police barracks but he passed out again on the ride. A substance abuse screener was called in but could not get a breath test on Taylor because he was still passed out, so police transported Taylor to Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital for further evaluation and a blood test, according to the report. Police said Taylor awoke in the emergency room but had to be restrained after becoming “belligerent and combative.” Taylor was then taken to Northeast Regional Correctional Facility to undergo detoxiﬁcation. yes. Seven Republican senators, all with credentials in foreign or military affairs, refused to sign the letter. They showed better judgment than our junior senator. Senator Ayotte’s constituency is here in NH, not in Iran. Hopefully we can get a more thoughtful and less partisan senator in the 2016 elections, someone who takes into account the ramiﬁcations of her actions! There really is no acceptable excuse for Senator Ayotte’s actions. Michael Frandzel Portsmouth, N.H. CALEDONIAN Black Cyan Magenta Yellow A6 THE RECORD • THuRSDAY, mARCH 26, 2015 NEW ENGLAND VERMONT Diversity Of New England Plant Life Threatened Senate Advances Trimmed-down Gun Bill By dave GRam Associated Press MONTPELIER, Vt. — The state Senate took a key vote Wednesday to advance a bill that would set new restrictions on ﬁrearms ownership but that lacks what had been its most hotly debated provision — expanded background checks for gun buyers. The bill won preliminary approval on a 20-8 roll call vote, with three of the majority Democrats joining ﬁve Republicans in opposition. It’s expected to win ﬁnal Senate passage on Thursday before going to the House, also controlled by Democrats. Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin has been cool to the proposal, saying he likes Vermont’s gun laws as they are. Vermont is frequently cited by gun rights advocates nationally as being the state friendliest to gun ownership – it has very few restrictions – and as ranking among the safest in the country in terms of low violent crime rates. The bill doesn’t touch Vermont’s status as a state that allows people to carry concealed weapons without permits. And it had stripped from it a provision that would have required background checks for private gun sales other than those between immediate family members. Such checks are done in retail stores and at gun shows but not between private parties. The vice president of the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, Evan Hughes, was among those continuing to argue after Wednesday’s vote that the legislation isn’t needed, calling it “a solution in search of a problem.” But Sen. Richard Sears, a Bennington Democrat and chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said during a presentation to fellow senators that the panel heard from many people who answered yes to the question “Are there certain people who should not possess ﬁrearms in the state of Vermont?” The bill addresses two classes of people: those convicted of felonies involving violence, crimes against children and serious drug offenses; and those who have been found by a court to suffer from a mental illness that makes them a threat to themselves or others and who have been involuntarily committed to psychiatric care or have avoided criminal conviction by reason of insanity. In the case of convicted felons, the bill would make Vermont join the other 49 states and the federal government in making it a crime for most felons to possess ﬁrearms. Vermont would make such post-conviction possession a misdemeanor. Those found by a court to be mentally ill could petition for restoration of their gun rights 18 months after being deemed ﬁt to leave the custody of the state Department of Mental Health. The 18-month waiting period drew some debate, and a proposal by another Judiciary Committee member, Sen. Joe Benning, D-Caledonia, that the waiting period be removed in favor of a person being allowed to seek restoration of gun rights immediately after being found no longer mentally ill was defeated on a voice vote. The bill drew impassioned debate at a public hearing in February, with hundreds of supporters wearing the green stickers and T-shirts of the GunSense Vermont gun safety group and a larger group of critics wearing hunter orange. Sen. John Rodgers, D-Essex-Orleans, said during Wednesday’s debate the bill started as “an attack on our heritage and our culture.” “I, for one, was born here and brought up in a gun culture,” he said. “And I think others who move to Vermont because they like the culture are welcome. Others who have stated that they want to change our culture here may want to seek another place that has a culture they like.” By BoB saLsBeRG Associated Press BOSTON — From picturesque coastal estuaries of Cape Cod to the soaring White Mountains, much of New England’s rich native ﬂora is ﬁghting for survival against increasing odds, according to what conservationists call the most comprehensive accounting ever made of the region’s plant life. The report, to be released Thursday by the New England Wild Flower Society, studied more than 3,500 known plant species and determined that 22 percent are considered rare, in decline, endangered or possibly extinct. Many plants also range over a much smaller geographical area than they once did. Another statistic that researchers found alarming: More than 30 percent of current plant species are not native to the region. Non-native or invasive species often compete with and crowd out existing plants. The report’s authors cite numerous risk factors, including familiar ones such as climate change, land development, forest clearing and pesticides. But among the lesser-known threats to plant life are dams that alter ﬂoodplains; commercial harvesting for pharmaceutical use; and salt marsh dieback, a complex process of erosion that already has affected more than 80 percent of Cape Cod marshes, the report said. Imperiled plants carry a variety of exotic or obscure names: Goldenseal and American Ginseng, gathered for culinary or medicinal purposes in New England’s northern hardwood forests; Jesup’s milk-vetch, a federally endangered species found in three places along the Connecticut River and nowhere else; sandplain gerardia, birds-foot violet and wild goat’s-rue, all native to drier grasslands; and saltpond pennywort, one of many rare plants that reside in marshy coastal habitats. The decline of these and other species have enormous ramiﬁcations to wildlife and humans, the report warns, because of the obvious if underappreciated role plants play in complex ecosystems. “You actually have to save the plants because that is the base of the food chain,” said Debbi Edelstein, the society’s executive director. “And that’s what all of those critters that you are thinking you want to save, whose habitat you want save, are depending on.” The nonproﬁt organization, based in Framingham, Massachusetts, said it compiled the information through observations made by hundreds of volunteers and professional botanists throughout New England and data culled from voluminous historical surveys, some as far back as the botanical journals of famous naturalists such as Henry David Thoreau. Douglas Tallamy, a professor of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware who was not involved with the study, said the estimate that 31 percent of New England plants are non-native appears consistent with other parts of the country. He said humans are often guilty of displacing native plant commu- nities through development while adorning their gardens with plants imported from overseas. “We have come to see plants simply as decorations and we just want to have pretty landscapes, but in doing that we have forgotten all the ecological roles that they play,” Tallamy said. The report recommends additional research and documentation of New England ﬂora, improved public awareness of invasive species, and stronger conservation laws and land management measures where needed. “It’s not all gloom and doom,” said Elizabeth Farnsworth, the organization’s senior research ecologist. The overall diversity of New England plant life still compares favorably with many other regions in the U.S., she said, and many plants continue to ﬂourish in part because of successful ongoing conservation initiatives. Robbins cinquefoil, a small plant related to the rose and once so rare that 95 percent could be found within a 1-acre site on New Hampshire’s Mount Washington, fell victim over the years to poachers and hikers who trampled it underfoot. Placed on the federal endangered list in 1996, the plant had a resurgence after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the White Mountain National Forest and the Appalachian Mountain Club worked to divert a popular hiking trail and create a barrier to shield the plant. Today, more than 14,000 inhabit the site, the report said. Individuals can help, Farnsworth said, simply by planting a native shrub on their property or teaching their children to appreciate native plant life. “We can begin to reverse these declines,” she said. 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Alpha Delta, which has a recent history of hazing and other disciplinary violations, was suspended in October for breaking alcohol rules during one party and hosting another without registering it with the college. Ofﬁcials are now extending that suspension over new allegations, ﬁrst reported Tuesday by the website Gawker, that members were branded last fall. Attorney George Ostler said Wednesday that the fraternity acknowledges that a small group of members voluntarily chose to get body brands, but said the practice was never a condition of membership and has since stopped. “This was viewed as a form of self-expression, similar to body piercing or tattooing,” he said. “The facts are that no hazing occurred, under either New Hampshire law or under Dartmouth College’s standards. Contrary to other reports, no one has been injured by this activity.” College spokesman Justin Anderson declined to discuss details Hjelm Continued from Page A1 realize that you’ve been affected and I regret any harm or hurt feelings that were caused by anything I had said or done. In looking back I should have voiced my concerns to Chad or Sel,” wrote Hjelm. “Sincerely, Don.” Hjelm had to the write the apology as part of his diversion program requirements that allowed him to escape criminal prosecution for disorderly conduct and a possible sentence of 60 days in jail and/or a $500 ﬁne. Smith said Hjelm was apologizing to the wrong person for an act he once characterized as “indefensible,” because it occurred during of the allegations, including how many students may have been branded or what they may have been branded with, but the college has described the fraternity’s previous behavior. After being on probation for most of the previous three years, the fraternity was suspended in October for hosting an unregistered party for about 70 people in August and for a March 2014 party that featured rum, whiskey and other liquor without having a designated server or someone checking IDs. That suspension was supposed to end March 29, but Anderson said Dartmouth is extending it and considering harsher punishment, including permanent removal of the fraternity, if the allegations are founded. Anderson said the new claims came to the administration’s attention in December 2014 and the school notiﬁed the Hanover Police Department. The investigation comes amid increased scrutiny of fraternities as colleges nationwide grapple with issues of high-risk drinking and sexual assault. At Penn State, police are investigating allegations that members of Kappa Delta Rho used a private Facebook page to post photos of nude and partly nude women, some apparently asleep or passed out. At the University of Oklahoma, a fraternity was shut down when members were caught on video singing a racist song. At Dartmouth, two students were seriously injured when they fell off Alpha Delta’s roof in 2011, and the fraternity was indicted in 2013 on two charges of providing alcohol to minors. Under an agreement with a judge, members were ordered to perform community service, pay ﬁnes, register any gathering involving more than 10 nonmembers and alcohol and appoint a “risk manager” for the house. Also that year, the fraternity apologized after throwing a Bloods and Crips-themed party. Earlier this year, Dartmouth College President Philip Hanlon — who was a member of Alpha Delta in the 1970s — announced a series of reforms to eliminate problems he said were “hijacking” Dartmouth’s future that included high-risk drinking, sexual assault and a lack of inclusiveness on campus. The college is banning hard liquor on campus, ending pledge or probationary periods for all student groups to reduce hazing, developing a mandatory sexual violence prevention program and creating new residential communities. Ostler said that Alpha Delta deeply regrets the negative light the incident shines on both the fraternity and college and that members are cooperating with the administration. a recreation league soccer game involving young children. “I told the diversion board that he should have to apologize to the kids,” said Smith. Smith also questioned Hjelm’s insistence that his behavior was “out of character” for him. “Based on my past interactions with him it wasn’t out of character,” said Smith. Hjelm was given diversion by prosecutors after being cited by St. Johnsbury Police for disorderly conduct following the incident. The diversion program requires defendants to admit their crime. Hjelm has said he was provoked by something Smith said about his child who was playing in the game. Smith said he has never made a derogatory remark about a child but asked Hjelm why he seemed to encourage his son to play so rough with smaller kids. Hjelm’s attorney, David Sleigh of St. Johnsbury, said Smith threatened to “smoke” Hjelm prior to the attack. Smith, who was not injured during the incident, denied threatening Hjelm. Smith, who is also vice president of St. Johnsbury Baseball, has had prior run-ins with Hjelm during youth sporting events. Smith said Hjelm once threatened to assault and sue him after he told Hjelm he had to leave the baseball ﬁeld because Hjelm refused to undergo a background check required of all on-ﬁeld volunteers. FARM • BUSINESS • HOME • AUTO ALL RECREATIONAL VEHICLES Save when you insure both your auto and your home or farm with us. Let us know if you belong to any farm groups – one of your memberships may qualify you for a premium discount. 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She said the clients that use the collection services are state agencies like the Department of Transportation and anyone on a drug maintenance program as ordered by a doctor, psychiatrist or therapist. “It’s for anyone who needs to produce proof of clean urine,” said Lowell. The samples are collected and transported to a laboratory in Burlington for analysis. Lowell said it is her job to get the St. Johnsbury site up and running. She said collection sites are staffed by a man and a woman. The hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Poets Continued from Page A1 rethink what famous meant. And in both of them I liked that you were changing your perspective on things. [Editor’s note - Emily’s other poem was “In Praise of Pain” by Heather McHugh] Sometimes people show up reciting the same poem. What was that like? It’s really interesting to see that because you see the different ways that people interpret the same poem. I learned that there are many different ways to think of one poem, and that everyone has a different style of reciting poems. I think next year I will choose different types of poems because I didn’t realize how stylistically set I was in the poems I chose. How did you feel about being on television? There were three cameras on me at once, plus a photographer and the audience. At ﬁrst I was really freaked out about it. But once I got up there I realized I was just embodying the poem. That helped me get rid of my nerves. What was it like hearing your name called to move on to the state ﬁnals? I was really not expecting to hear my name called for ﬁnals! I loved the experience [of regionals], and that would have been enough for me. It’s a great experience because of the community that’s there with the other reciters. We’re all going through the same thing and we all have the same interests. Most of us are theatre nerds! In the semi-ﬁnals we were stuck in a room together for an hour before the performance and it was really cool to talk to other people my age who were doing the same thing. It doesn’t feel like a competition really Kelley Continued from Page A1 at trial and what they can or cannot say, deferred to trial. “What evidence may be admitted at trial is reserved for trial,” said the judge. “It seems to me less evidence will be presented at trial than either party anticipates.” Kelley, 51, a former family practice physician from Whiteﬁeld, faces a Class B felony count of interference with custody that charges her with unlawfully removing Mary Elizabeth Nunes from New Hampshire in late 2004 after her ex-husband, Mark Nunes, was granted lawful custody of her. Authorities say Kelley and her husband, Scott Kelley, took Mary Nunes to Colorado then disappeared, possibly to Central America. Genevieve Kelley is the only one of the three to resurface, 10 years later, after she turned herself into Coos authorities in November with the intent to face a jury trial. Her attorneys plan to argue she ﬂed with her daughter because she believed her daughter was being sexually abused by Mark Nunes, Mary’s biological father. After investigations by the Grafton County Sheriff’s Department and N.H. Division of Children, Youth and Families, the agencies did not substantiate the Black Cyan Magenta Yellow THURSdAy, MARCH 26, 2015 Monday through Friday. She said people may be mistakenly associating Burlington Labs with ofﬁces that provide or prescribe drugs. “It’s important that if people are concerned that we squash any fears that people may have,” she said. There hasn’t been much communication by the company to the town, and concerned residents appear to be taking a wait and see approach. Former Selectman Alan Ruggles brought the issue up at the select board meeting Monday. Chairman Kevin Oddy said the town has received no permit from Burlington Labs, and the board would take no position about the plan until it becomes ofﬁcial. The issue for downtown businesses is that a collection site does not seem a good ﬁt for the area. “We’d love to see a bakery in that spot, or a yarn store [referring to two businesses that once had shops in the Eastern Avenue building],” said Ann Hare, president of the St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce. “There’s a lot of businesses we would love and encourage to come into our downtown.” A collection site, Hare said, would be better suited near other health-related facilities. Lowell said she understands her ofﬁce is not providing the same services as other downtown shops, but she said the look of the ofﬁce would not scare anyone away from the downtown. “It’s not like we have a big sign that says ‘we collect your urine here,’” she said. She said Burlington Labs can serve a need in St. Johnsbury as the community - like many in Vermont - confronts drug issues. “At Burlington Labs, we believe that recovery works. Participants in recovery programs are on the road to greater opportunities and healthier choices,” the web site states. “We know that outstanding clientfocused drug testing can guide providers in delivering the most effective treatment, and help keep individuals on the sober path.” Lowell, who is a Northeast Kingdom native, said the company’s mission is a personal passion. “I’m four years clean and sober,” she said, referring to the success she has had in conquering drug addiction. Lowell said she’s conﬁdent the downtown location would work in St. Johnsbury. “There’s no reason why we can’t be friendly and work together for the beneﬁt of the downtown,” said Lowell. because there can be 10 people who do an amazing job and it’s really subjective. It doesn’t mean that you didn’t do a great job, it’s just what the judges were looking for. It doesn’t feel like a competition, we’re all just cheering each other on. ————— But this is ﬁtting punishment, To live and love in vain, Oh my wrung heart, be thou content, And feed upon his pain. “Revenge” by Letitia Elizabeth Landon Cara Metivier, senior, St. Johnsbury Academy This was Cara’s third year competing, her ﬁrst year making it to the state ﬁnals. What did your poems mean to you personally? My strongest poem I still think was “Revenge,” which is a very sad and angry poem. It’s about heartbreak. But I connected with it on such a deep level that when I declaimed it to other people, they said that they could feel how sad I felt and I kind of had to open myself up to the audience. And that was hard at ﬁrst because I loved the poem, but it was really trying to convey what I was feeling. I kind of had to relive what I was feeling to really get into it, but after I got through that, I had so much power in that poem that I was like, I can kick butt with this! I conquered those emotions. It kind of helped me get through those emotions too. [Editor’s note - Cara’s other poem was “Part for the Whole” by Robert Francis] What was it like hearing your name called to move on to the state ﬁnals? They called two names before they called mine and I was just sitting there thinking, it’s okay if I don’t get called because today was so much fun! It doesn’t matter. And then I heard my name and the light was coming down on me and I was just smiling so much. Oh, this made it an even better day! How did you feel about being on television? You have to keep in mind that you’re declaiming to the studio audience and the judges and everyone who is watching on TV, so who do you want to direct the poetry to? In the PBS studios, it’s this little stage and everyone you’re competing against is right in front of you and there’s cameras everywhere and you can see everything. You’re looking at the entire audience and the judges are right over there and you can see them perfectly. You can see the whites of their eyes and it’s like, Oh no! I don’t like how they’re looking at me. It’s deﬁnitely more nerve wracking. I liked my performance at regionals a lot better. I felt like, this is my time and I can do this. Whereas with ﬁnals I was like, This is a bigger deal! Will you continue with poetry in college? I like performing anyway and I like to listen to poetry and write poetry, so [Poetry Out Loud] just brought everything that I liked all together. I deﬁnitely have plans for doing stuff with poetry later on. I really like slam poetry. I want to join a slam poetry group when I go off to college. [Cara will be attending Mt. Holyoke in the fall.] ————— You can watch Emily and Cara compete in the state ﬁnals when PBS broadcasts the competition on April 9 at 8 p.m. It is also available online at vermontpbs.org as of Thursday afternoon. The national ﬁnals will be held in Washington, D.C. on April 28 and 29. claims of abuse and Mark Nunes was never charged. According to court documents, Kelley and Mark Nunes went through an “acrimonious divorce” in 1998 that involved custody and visitation rights regarding Mary. In 2003, Kelley, then remarried, ﬁled a motion to suspend visitation by Mark Nunes, alleging Mary was being abused. There was a speciﬁc order for Kelley to take her daughter to in-patient treatment in Maine in 2004 to determine what might be going on, but Kelley did not attend. Instead she took her daughter to a facility of her own choosing for an evaluation, said Coos County Attorney John McCormick. McCormick argued the defense is trying to recruit the physicians in Colorado, who evaluated Mary, to testify that Kelley was justiﬁed in ﬂeeing the state with her daughter. But such testimony would set a precedent by encouraging people to defy court orders because they don’t like such orders and would promote “doctor shopping,” he argued. Kelley’s attorney, Alan Rosenfeld, has said the case is not about if Mary Nunes was sexually abused, but about if Kelley, based on the statements of experts who treated her daughter, believed she was being abused and what impact those opinions had on Kelley’s state of mind at the time she and her daugh- ter disappeared. Kelley left New Hampshire with her daughter in September 2004 for an evaluation in Colorado and, after returning to New Hampshire, left the state again in November 2004, said McCormick. Mary Nunes was last seen with Scott Kelley on Nov. 2, 2004 getting on a bus in Littleton, said McCormick. Four days later, there were hits on the passports of Scott Kelley and Genevieve Kelley in Central America and indications of entry into Honduras, he said. In December 2004, after Kelley left New Hampshire with Mary Nunes in violation of a court order, Mark Nunes was granted full custody of his daughter for the purpose of ﬁnding her and returning her to New Hampshire, argue prosecutors. “We have a complex case with a very involved history here,” said McCormick. Wednesday’s hearing drew about a half dozen of Kelley’s supporters. Mark Nunes, now living in California, also attended. If convicted, Kelley faces a maximum state prison sentence of 3 1/2 to 7 years. Only Kelley and her defense team are believed to know the whereabouts of Mary Nunes, who is expected to support her mother at trial. Scott Kelley, whose whereabouts are also unknown, remains a fugitive. 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Much of the budget’s savings would come from Medicaid, food stamps and welfare, programs that aid the low-income, although details were sketchy. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., chairman of the House Budget Committee, called the plan a “balanced budget for a stronger America” — and one that would “get this economy rolling again.” Democrats rebutted that the GOP numbers didn’t add up and called their policies wrong-headed. “People who are running in place today are not going to be moving forward under the Republican budget, they’re going to be falling back,” said Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland. The Republican-controlled Senate is likely to approve its version of a budget by week’s end. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said after the vote that Obama has been clear that he will reject a budget that locks in deep spending cuts or increases funding for national security funding without providing matching increases in “economic security” funding. “The administration will continue to abide by these principles moving forward,” Earnest said. The plans themselves are nonbinding and do not require a presidential signature. Instead, once the House and Senate agree on a common approach, lawmakers will have to draft legislation to carry out the program that Republicans have vowed to follow in the wake of campaign victories last fall that gave them control of both houses of Congress. Still, House passage of a budget marked a signiﬁcant victory for Speaker John Boehner and the GOP leadership, which have struggled mightily to overcome differences within a fractious rank and ﬁle. An equally notable second triumph appeared on the horizon. Legislation to stabilize the system of payments to AP PHOTO Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., center, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, to discuss the budget. From left are, Senate Minority Whip Richard durbin of Ill., Rep. Chris Van Hollen, d-Md., ranking member on the House Budget Committee, Sanders, Rep. Steve Israel, d-N.y., Sen. Charles Schumer, d-N.y., and Rep. Xavier Becerra, d-Calif. doctors who treat Medicare patients is expected to clear the House Thursday, and Obama’s declaration of support enhanced its chances in the Senate. It includes a requirement for upperincome Medicare beneﬁciaries to pay more for their coverage, a provision Republicans hailed as a triumph in their drive to curtail the growth of beneﬁt programs. There was nothing bipartisan about the budget debate, though. Republicans supported it, 228-17, while all 182 Democrats who voted were opposed. The House plan calls for $5.4 trillion in deﬁcit reduction over a decade, including about $2 trillion from repeal of the law known as Obamacare. Nearly $1 trillion would be saved from from Medicaid and CHIP, health care programs for the low-income, and $1 billion from other unspeciﬁed beneﬁt programs. Another $500 billion would come from general government programs that already have been squeezed in recent years by deﬁcit-reduction agreements between Congress and the White House. The budget outline itself provides few if any details of the cuts envisioned, although once they appear in legislation they are highly likely to spark a veto showdown with Obama. The president has also vowed to defend the health care law that stands as his signature domestic achievement. The House has already voted more than 60 times to repeal it in part or whole, but for the ﬁrst time since HERE’S THE BIG DEAL! 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By contrast, Obama’s budget would fail to eliminate deﬁcits, despite the presence of nearly $2 trillion in higher taxes. In a years-old ritual, much of the day was consumed by debate and rejection of alternatives. House Democrats, progressives and the Congressional Black Caucus all advanced no-balance budgets that called for more domestic spending and higher taxes on the wealthy and corporations. The Democratic alternative drew more votes than the others, but failed 264-160. The conservative Republican Study Committee proposed far deeper spending cuts than the Budget Committee recommended, a delay in Medicare eligibility to age 67 for younger workers, and a balanced budget in six years. Republicans voted for it 132-112, but all 182 Democrats opposed it, and it went down to defeat. We Oﬀer Complimentary Pick Up, Delivery Service and Shule Service! NH State Inspecon & Emission Test $ the law passed, House members have a willing partner in the Senate. The prospect of sending Obama legislation to repeal the health care law contributed to the unusual degree of unity among House conservatives. Without a budget in place, they noted, the repeal measure would not have special protection against a Senate ﬁlibuster — and would not reach the White House. As they have in recent years, House Republicans call for the transformation of Medicare into a voucherlike program. Senate Republicans, already worried about defending their majority in 2016, omitted that from their plan. Both the House and Senate plans call for an overhaul of the tax code. Defense spending caused a few anxious moments for Boehner and the leadership as the budget moved through the House Budget Committee and across the ﬂoor. As drafted by the panel, it called for $610 billion for the Pentagon for the coming budget year. 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Blondie Buckles Shoe Baby Blues THE RECORD • THuRSDAY, mARCH 26, 2015 CALEDONIAN Black Cyan Magenta Yellow A12 At Iraq’s request, US conducting airstrikes in support of Iraqi forces in Tikrit WASHINGTON (AP) — At Iraq’s request, the U.S. began airstrikes in Tikrit on Wednesday in support of a stalled Iraqi ground offensive to retake the city from Islamic State ﬁghters, a senior U.S. ofﬁcial said. The airstrikes were “ongoing,” the ofﬁcial said without providing details. The ofﬁcial spoke on condition of anonymity because the attacks had not yet been ofﬁcially announced. An Associated Press correspondent in Tikrit reported hearing warplanes overhead late Wednesday, followed by multiple explosions. Iraq began the Tikrit ground offensive in early March without requesting U.S. air support, even as it welcomed help from Iran. In an address to the nation Wednesday evening, Prime Minister Haider alAbadi predicted success in Tikrit but did not say the U.S. was providing airstrikes. Military: Bergdahl may face up to life in prison if convicted of misbehavior before the enemy FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive for ﬁve years by the Taliban, was charged Wednesday by the U.S. military with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy and could get life in prison if convicted. The misbehavior charge could land Bergdahl in prison for life, though some legal experts said a lengthy sentence was unlikely. He also could be dishonorably discharged and forfeit all his pay if convicted on either charge. Next, an Article 32 hearing — similar to a civilian grand jury proceeding — will be held at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, where Bergdahl has been performing administrative duties. A date was not announced. From there, it could be referred to a court-martial and go to trial. His attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The charges are the latest development in a long and bitter debate over Bergdahl’s case. They also underscore the military and political ramiﬁcations of his decision on June 30, 2009, to leave his post after expressing misgivings about the U.S. military’s role, as well as his own, in the Afghanistan war. Spanish, German towns tied together in plane crash tragedy; ‘There’s no going back’ HALTERN, Germany (AP) — They were supposed to be the lucky ones — the 14 girls and two boys chosen by a lottery from dozens of 10th graders in their high school to go on a weeklong exchange program in Spain. But instead they and their two teachers became victims in the Germanwings Flight 9525 crash in France, which also killed 132 others, as they were on their way home from the exchange — a disaster that has tied two towns far apart in tragedy. Lara Beer said she had waited eagerly at the Haltern train station on Tuesday afternoon, looking forward to seeing her best friend Paula upon her return home from the exchange trip. The train came but her friend was not on it. “I just went back home,” the 14-year-old told The Associated Press on Wednesday, wiping tears away under her red-framed glasses. “Then my parents told me Paula was dead.” The German students had been returning from Llinars del Valles, a small Spanish town northeast of Barcelona. French investigators get audio from jet’s black box, search for 2nd one on craggy Alpine slope SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (AP) — French investigators cracked open a mangled black box and extracted audio from its cockpit voice recorder NATION & WORLD WORLD BRIEFS Wednesday, but gleaned no explanation for why a German plane dropped unexpectedly and smashed into a rugged Alpine mountain, killing all 150 on board. The orange cockpit voice recorder — dented, twisted and scarred by the impact — is considered key to knowing why the pilots of Germanwings Flight 9525 lost radio contact with air trafﬁc controllers over the French Alps and then crashed Tuesday during a routine ﬂight from Barcelona to Duesseldorf. French ofﬁcials said terrorism appeared unlikely, and Germany’s top security ofﬁcial said Wednesday there was no evidence of foul play. Remi Jouty, director of the French aviation investigative agency, said an audio ﬁle was recovered by Wednesday afternoon, including sounds and voices. But he said it was too early to draw any conclusions from the recorder, which takes audio feeds from four microphones in the cockpit and records all the conversations between the pilots, air trafﬁc controllers as well as any noises. Jouty said the plane was ﬂying “until the end” and was at 6,000 feet (1,820 meters) just before it smashed into the mountainside, well below its previous cruising altitude of 38,000 feet. He said the ﬁnal communication from the plane was a routine message about permission to continue on its route. With Yemen’s US-backed president gone, antiterror effort in Saudi Peninsula is paralyzed WASHINGTON (AP) — The hasty maritime departure of Yemen’s U.S.-backed president Wednesday illustrated how completely one of the most important American counterterrorism efforts has disintegrated, leaving the country wide open for what could be a deeply destabilizing proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Driven weeks ago from the capital by Shiite rebels, President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi abandoned the country, leaving on a boat from the southern port of Aden, Yemeni security ofﬁcials said. His departure came after air strikes rained down on his troops, a sign that rebels held air superiority and that Hadi’s calls for an international no-ﬂy zone had been disregarded. On the ground, the rebels were advancing toward his position. Three years ago, American ofﬁcials hailed Hadi’s ascension to power in a U.S.-brokered deal that ended the longtime rule of Ali Abdullah Saleh during the political upheaval of the Arab Spring. And just a few months ago, President Barack Obama was still calling Yemen a counterterrorism success story, even as the CIA warned that Iranian-backed Houthi rebels were growing restive in the north of the country. Now, U.S. ofﬁcials acknowledge their efforts against Yemen’s dangerous al-Qaida afﬁliate are seriously hampered, with the American embassy closed and the last U.S. troops evacuated from the country over the weekend. Although the Houthis have seized control of much of the country and are avowed enemies of al-Qaida, they can’t project power against the militants the way the Hadi government could with American support, ofﬁcials say. Deeply anti-American, the Houthis have rejected U.S. overtures, ofﬁcials say. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, is considered the terror group most dangerous to the U.S. because it successfully placed three bombs on U.S. bound airlines, although none exploded. The chaos in Yemen will give the group breathing space, American ofﬁcials acknowledge. Black Cyan Magenta Yellow THURSdAy, MARCH 26, 2015 Afghan president vows to work toward self-reliance, says his nation won’t be ‘lazy Uncle Joe’ WASHINGTON (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani thanked Congress on Wednesday for billions of American tax dollars and vowed his warwracked country will be self-reliant within this decade. “We’re not going to be the lazy Uncle Joe,” he said. In a speech to a joint meeting of Congress, Ghani moved to mend U.S.Afghan relations that were frayed under former President Hamid Karzai. Lawmakers have been critical about the lengthy U.S. troop presence in America’s longest war, wasteful spending in Afghanistan and were stung by Karzai’s anti-American rhetoric. Ghani humbly thanked Congress for the nearly $107 billion it has appropriated for Afghanistan so far. He paid homage to the 2,200 U.S. servicemen and -women who lost their lives in the war and the thousands more who were wounded, and thanked the U.S. aid workers who built schools, wells and cured the sick. “At the end of the day, it is the ordinary Americans whose hard-earned taxes have over the years built the partnership that has led to our conversation today,” he said to applause in the House chamber packed with hundreds of lawmakers, dignitaries and guests. Nigerian ofﬁcial: Boko Haram extremists abduct hundreds, including children, as human shields ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Hundreds of civilians, including many children, have been abducted and are being used as human shields by Boko Haram extremists, a top Nigerian ofﬁcial conﬁrmed Wednesday. The news of the mass kidnappings comes as Nigeria prepares for crucial elections on Saturday. Several hundred people were taken captive by the Islamic militants as they retreated earlier this month from Damasak in northeastern Nigeria, Mike Omeri, the Nigerian spokesman for the ﬁght against Boko Haram, told The Associated Press Wednesday. He said he could not specify how many were taken captive but local reports say as many as 500 people were seized. When troops from Chad and Niger advanced toward Damasak, Boko Haram began taking captives, said Omeri, speaking in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. Heinz and Kraft join to create food giant, now must catch up with shoppers’ changing tastes NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the most familiar names in ketchup, pickles, cheese and hot dogs are set to come under the same roof after H.J. Heinz Co. announced plans Wednesday to buy Kraft and create one of the world’s largest food and beverage companies. The deal would bring together an array of longtime staples in American kitchens, including Oscar Mayer lunchmeats, Jell-O desserts, Miracle Whip spreads, Ore-Ida potatoes and Smart Ones diet foods. The combination of the two companies – each more than a century old –was engineered by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and Brazilian investment ﬁrm 3G Capital, which teamed up just two years ago to buy Heinz. While shoppers are not expected to see any major changes, the creation of The Kraft Heinz Co. reﬂects the pressures facing some of the biggest packaged food makers in the U.S. As consumers increasingly migrate away from popular packaged foods in favor of options they consider less processed, companies including Campbell Soup, General Mills and Kellogg have been slashing costs or striking deals to update their products offerings. The Heinz-Kraft deal is in many ways just the latest example of that, although Buffett noted that the two companies still have a strong base of customers.
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