Jericho/Underhill

Working for muscles, not motors

By Phyl Newbeck
For The Essex Reporter

Established in 2013, the Jericho Trails Committee, is working hard to ensure that walkers, runners, cyclists, snowshoers and cross-country skiers have lots of opportunity to get out of their cars and get a little exercise without leaving town.

Committee chair John Abbott credits another resident, Bob Naylor, for getting the committee started several years ago. The group is working on a number of projects and is happy to report that they are receiving financial assistance in the form of two significant grants. The first is an $80,000 matching grant to add a bicycle/pedestrian component to the town’s transportation plan and the second, which comes from VTrans and the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) is a scoping study grant to assess the viability of bicycle and pedestrian accessibility in Jericho Corners. The hope is to create a safe way to travel without a car from Lafayette Drive towards Joe’s Snack Bar.

Abbot said the committee is also working on an ambitious project to connect Saxon Hill on the Essex border to Kikas Valley Farm off Skunk Hollow Road and continue through the Barber Farm to Mobbs Farm. Handshake agreements have been procured from a number of landowners. Right now the biggest hurdle is finding a way to cross Mill Brook. There used to be a downed tree, which provided safe passage for mountain bikers who pedaled there, but Tropical Storm Irene swept it away. The permitting process for crossing the brook is daunting because in addition to the regular permits, there are further challenges due to the fact that it is a rare type of flood plain based on the vegetation. Abbott dreams of using a cable and a hand-cranked cable car that could fit four people for each brook crossing. Such a seasonal solution would eliminate the need for permitting and would cost less than constructing a bridge. For now, the committee is trying to learn how high the brook rises during flood stage before determining the best way to cross it.

Another project in the works is a trail along an easement that has been granted off Route 117 along the Winooski River. The committee has been able to procure permits from VTrans and the Jericho Development Review Board but there are still some questions about the placement of the parking area and whether or not dogs will be allowed on the trail. Thanks to the CCRPC, the committee has a master map which includes all the bicycle/pedestrian trails in town.

“That’s our visionary guideline,” said Abbott. “We have all the existing trails and we use it to inform our thinking about future projects.” Abbott notes that the Fellowship of the Wheel has been active in Jericho and the committee has had discussions with them about finding local volunteers to help maintain their trails.

Abbott credited former committee member Dan Smith and current member Karen Vesosky for developing what the committee refers to as “a trail system in a box.” The “box” is a two-page guide for what to consider when mapping trails including assessments of safety issues. The committee also has a landowner agreement that was drafted by attorney Helena Gardner for those who are willing to grant permission for public trails on their land. Abbott noted that the State’s Open Lands Law makes it very difficult to hold landowners liable for injuries sustained on their property and the boilerplate agreement helps spell out that lack of liability for those who are nervous about opening their lands to the public.

Abbott assures landowners that the committee is not going out looking for new places to hike and bike.

“We don’t see our charge as going out and developing a lot of new trails,” he said. “We’re looking at what exists. If there are intelligent and agreeable ways to make trail connectivity so people can benefit from longer hikes, bike rides or dog walks, we’re all for it.” Abbott noted that many residents have informal agreements for local trails on neighboring lands, which they would prefer not to have mapped, and the Trails Committee is more than willing to support those efforts.

The Jericho Trails Committee meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month. Members of the public are always invited to attend.

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Gallery welcomes new artist

Jericho’s Emile A Gruppe Gallery presents an exhibition of oil paintings by Montpelier artist, John Weaver from March 15 through April 19. An artist reception will be held March 15 from 1-3 p.m. accompanied by fiddlers of the Vermont Fiddle Orchestra, including Sandy Weaver, John’s wife.

John has been painting for 50 plus years and is currently a member of the Bryan Memorial Gallery, the Paletteers, Art Resource Association and Studio Place Arts. He has exhibited at many local venues participated in several plein air events at the Gruppe Gallery, in Jericho and Waitsfield. Oil painting is his favorite medium, although he prefers soft pastels for some subjects and circumstances.

Gallery is located in Jericho at 22 Barber Farm Road, hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday through Sunday or by appointment 899 3211. Learn more at www.emilegruppegallery.com.

 

Vermont Youth Dancers present ‘Between the Raindrops, A Journey to Oz’

The cast of “Between the Raindrops, A Journey to Oz”. Pictured from the front to back and left to right: Ella Davis as Munchkin, Emilia Rowe as Dorothy, Anna Ruegsegger as Munchkin, Christiana Davis as Lion, Olivia Percy as Tinman, Abby Necrason as Scarecrow, Lily Brown as Wicked Witch of the West, Madeline Nickerson as Mayor of Emerald City, Julia Bresee as Crazy Witch of the South, Lisi Price as Wicked Witch of the East, Liam Kinney as Wizard of Oz, and Rachel Ruegsegger as Glinda Good Witch of the North. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

The cast of “Between the Raindrops, A Journey to Oz”. Pictured from the front to back and left to right:
Ella Davis as Munchkin, Emilia Rowe as Dorothy, Anna Ruegsegger as Munchkin, Christiana Davis as Lion, Olivia Percy as Tinman, Abby Necrason as Scarecrow, Lily Brown as Wicked Witch of the West, Madeline Nickerson as Mayor of Emerald City, Julia Bresee as Crazy Witch of the South, Lisi Price as Wicked Witch of the East, Liam Kinney as Wizard of Oz, and Rachel Ruegsegger as Glinda Good Witch of the North.
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Vermont Youth Dancers (VYD) will present Between the Raindrops, A Journey to Oz at Mount Mansfield Union High School on Saturday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m., and on Sunday, April 12 at 1:30 p.m.

Vermont Youth Dancers uses dance and popular music to tell the beloved story of Dorothy and her loyal friends, mesmerizing witches, an elusive wizard, and the true meaning of home and friendship. The show appeals to young kids, teens and adults with its magical effects and timeless message.

VYD is a community dance troupe of area elementary, middle and high school students founded in 2006, by Jericho resident and Director Mia Groff, and co-directed by Theresa Robinson. This year’s cast of 45 includes dozens of local talented dancers from Jericho, Colchester, Underhill, Huntington, Essex and Fletcher.

Tickets are $5 presale, and $7 at the door. Call 448-0893 or email vydtix@gmail.com to reserve tickets in advance; reserved tickets not picked up 20 minutes prior to the performance will be released. First come first served seating, wheelchair accessible. Show runs approximately 2 hours, including a short intermission.

Liam Kinney, left, will play the Wizard of Oz and Madeline Nickerson, left, will perform as the Mayor of Emerald City.

Liam Kinney, left, will play the Wizard of Oz and Madeline Nickerson, left, will perform as the Mayor of Emerald City.

Pictured in the back row from left to right:  Julia Bresee as Crazy Witch of the South and Lisi Price as Wicked Witch of the East. Pictured in the front from left to right: Rachel Ruegsegger as Glinda the Good Witch of the North and Lily Brown as the Wicked Witch of the West.

Pictured in the back row from left to right: Julia Bresee as Crazy Witch of the South and Lisi Price as Wicked Witch of the East.
Pictured in the front from left to right: Rachel Ruegsegger as Glinda the Good Witch of the North and Lily Brown as the Wicked Witch of the West.

Members of Vermont Youth Dancers will perform Between the Raindrops, A Journey to Oz” on April 11 and 12. Pictured in the back row from left to right: Abby Necrason as Scarecrow and Olivia Percy as Tinman. Pictured in the front row from left to right: Christiana Davis as Lion and Emilia Rowe as Dorothy.

Members of Vermont Youth Dancers will perform Between the Raindrops, A Journey to Oz” on April 11 and 12. Pictured in the back row from left to right: Abby Necrason as Scarecrow and Olivia Percy as Tinman.
Pictured in the front row from left to right: Christiana Davis as Lion and Emilia Rowe as Dorothy.

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Call to artists: 5th Annual Jericho Plein Air Festival

Come paint outdoors and enjoy the fellowship of other artists of all levels and experience, both established and emerging, in a beautiful and visually inspiring locale.

When: Saturday, July 18, 2015; rain or shine                       

Where: Festival headquarters: the Emile A. Gruppe Gallery, 22 Barber Farm Rd, Jericho Center

Registration fee: $20

Deadline: May 15, or until full, whichever occurs first; waiting list thereafter

For information and registration: blgreene@myfairpoint.net or (802) 899-2974.

Achievements

Bradley Adair, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at University of Delaware in Newark, Del.

Tiana Bibb, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at The University of Maine in Orono, Maine.

Trevor Bibb, of Jericho, was named to the spring 2014 semester Dean’s List at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. Trevor is a member of the class of 2015 and is majoring in history.

Benjamin Bliss, of Underhill, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at Johnson State College in Johnson, Vt.

Hayden Bove, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at The University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. Hayden is a sophomore majoring in Environmental Sciences.

David Brandt, of Underhill, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at The University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. David iis a sophomore with an undeclared major.

Sadie Broderick, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at University of New England in Biddeford/Portland, Maine.

Gina Cassara, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at The University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. Gina is a junior majoring in Environmental Studies.

Moya Cavanagh, of Underhill, was named to the spring 2014 semester Dean’s List at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. Moyra is a member of the class of 2016 and is majoring in global studies.

Alison Chivers, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at The University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. Alison is a first-year majoring in Medical Laboratory Sciences.

Christina Clark, of Underhill, was named to the fall 2014 semester President’s List at Johnson State College in Johnson, Vt.

U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Christopher R. Cobler graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Cobler is the son of Elizabeth J. Stewart of Essex, and brother of David F. Cobler of Burlington. He is a 2014 graduate of Mount Mansfield Union High School.

Colleen Davis, of Underhill, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at Community College of Vermont in Montpelier, Vt.

Bethany DeMuynck, of Underhill, was named to the spring 2014 semester Dean’s List at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. Bethany is a member of the class of 2018.

Hope Denison, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn.

James Duke, of Underhill, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at The University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. James is a first-year majoring in English.

Celia Dunn, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at The University of Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I.

Joseph Faryniarz, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at Paul Smith’s College in Paul Smiths, N.Y. Joseph is majoring in fisheries and wildlife sciences. Joseph was also named an Adirondack Scholar, having achieved a cumulative average of at least 3.8.

Bryan Firth, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at Community College of Vermont in Montpelier, Vt.

Joseph Freitas, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt. Joseph is majoring in Accounting.

Erica Fuller, of Underhill, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at Johnson State College in Johnson, Vt.

Jonathan Griffin, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass. Jonathan is a sophomore majoring in Aerospace Engineering.

Samuel Hartman, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at The University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. Samuel is a sophomore majoring in Business Administration.

Aidan Hartswick, of Underhill, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y. Aidan is majoring in Business Administration.

Miranda Haskell, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt. Miranda is majoring in Psychology.

Jennifer Hayes, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at The University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. Jennifer is a junior majoring in Environmental Studies.

Megann Holstein, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at Community College of Vermont in Montpelier, Vt.

Erik Hurley, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at The University of Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I.

Jeffrey Jewell, of Underhill, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at The University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. Jeffrey is a sophomore majoring in Secondary Education Math.

Claire Julianelle, of Underhill, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at The University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. Claire is a first-year majoring in Professional Nursing.

Adele Julianelle, of Underhill, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y. Adele is a first-year student in the diagnostic medical sonography program in RIT’s College of Health Sciences and Technology.

Noelle Kichura, of Underhill, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at Boston University in Boston, Mass.

Christian Kleiner, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at The University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. Christian is a sophomore majoring in Business Administration.

Andrew Lange, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. Andrew is majoring in Visual Art Studies.

Maria Leech, of Underhill, was named to the spring 2014 semester Dean’s List at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. Maria is a member of the class of 2018.

Linda Lewis, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at Community College of Vermont in Montpelier, Vt.

Rachel Loggins, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vt. Rachel is a Junior majoring in Music Business and Industry – Concentration in Production.

Addison Marcus, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at The University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. Addison is a sophomore majoring in Biological Science.

Emily Marshall, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at The University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. Emily is a senior majoring in Neuroscience.

Ariana Matthews-Salzman, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at The University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. Ariana is a first-year majoring in Environmental Studies.

Austin Merrill, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at The University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. Austin is a junior majoring in Biological Science.

Jeffrey Meyer-Lorentson, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at The University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. Jeffrey is a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

Emilie Moreau, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt. Emilie is majoring in Psychology.

Emily Mulvihill, of Underhill, was named to the spring 2014 semester Dean’s List at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. Emily is a member of the class of 2016 and is majoring in English and multi-language.

Andrew Nitchie, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Ga.

Alexandra Orsky, of Underhill, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Orsky is enrolled in the university’s College of Arts & Sciences.

Dakotah Patnode, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt. Dakotah is majoring in Early Childhood/Elementary Education.

Darcy Patnode, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt. Darcy is majoring in Early Childhood/Elementary Education.

Ryan Peden-Spear, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. Ryan is majoring in Legal Studies Program.

David Polson, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at The University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. David is a junior majoring in Biology.

Matthew Prahl, of Underhill, was named to the fall 2014 semester President’s List at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt. Matthew is majoring in Computer Networking and Information Security.

Kaerstin Quinlan, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minn.

Clay Reid, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at Community College of Vermont in Montpelier, Vt.

Jillian Reynolds, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at The University of Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I.

Daniel Shank, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at Boston University in Boston, Mass.

Julia Smith, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at Community College of Vermont in Montpelier, Vt.

Samuel Spencer, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at Castleton State College in Castleton, Vt.

Eliza St Onge, of Underhill, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at Community College of Vermont in Montpelier, Vt.

Addy Stricker, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at University of New England in Biddeford/Portland, Maine.

Karly Terrio, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt. Karly is majoring in Communication.

Austin Trembllay, of Underhill, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at Paul Smith’s College in Paul Smiths, N.Y. Austin is majoring in environmental sciences.

Zoe Walsh, of Underhill, was named to the fall 2014 semester Dean’s List at The University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. Zoe is a sophomore majoring in Athletic Training Education.

Samantha Ward, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester President’s List at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H. Samantha is majoring in Graphic Design and Media Arts.

Justin Yergeau, of Jericho, was named to the fall 2014 semester President’s List at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Mich.