Early Sunday morning, September 7, at approximately 6:35 a.m. the Vermont State Police received a call requesting a welfare check for a 24 year old male, who was later identified as Sean Francalangia. According to the caller, he was threatening suicide at his residence on East Hill Road in Eden. State troopers were dispatched immediately, along with an ambulance to stage nearby.
While units were responding, dispatch continued communications with the
reporting party. At approximately 7 a.m., the caller reported that Francalangia was in the bathroom holding a knife to his neck. Deputies from the Lamoille County Sheriff's Department, along with officers from Morristown Police Department and a warden from Vermont Fish and Wildlife were also dispatched. Dispatchers also contacted Lamoille County Mental Health, who advised they would respond once Francalangia was taken to Copley
Hospital for evaluation.
At the scene, officers communicated with family members regarding the situation and then took positions out of direct view of the bathroom.
Francalangia emerged from the bathroom with an apparent self-inflicted knife wound to his neck, and was bleeding profusely. He continued to use the knife to stab himself in the neck. The VSP press release stated “Tasers were deployed” in an attempt to prevent Francalangia from further injuring himself; however this was ineffective. Troopers and officers then physically engaged Francalangia to remove the knife from his hands – placing themselves in great danger.
Ultimately officers were able to break the knife blade from the handle, rendering the weapon useless. Francalangia was secured and the ambulance, staged nearby, was dispatched immediately. Francalangia was transported to Copley Hospital, in Morrisville, where he succumbed to his injuries.
An investigation was immediately initiated into his death. Detectives from the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation were dispatched to the incident and an autopsy by the Vermont Office of the Chief Medical Examiner was ordered.
Law enforcement officers in this incident were uninjured.
by Andrew Martin
The future of Hyde Park Elementary School has become more clear. The Next 100 Years Committee recently recommended a final building design plan to the HPES Board of Directors, and after examining that option the board has decided to present it to voters in the form of a bond vote in November. The proposed bond is in the amount of $18,307,000. In recent months the Next 100 Years Committee had been considering other possibilities, including a $9.1 million dollar option that would only bring the current school buildings up to code as well as a $17 million proposal that would have provided a more fully renovated school. However, input from voters led the board to believe that the community supported spending additional funds on a project that fully met the school’s current and future needs. As a result the $18.3 million option, which the committee and board feel best accomplishes this goal, was chosen to bring to voters.
Next 100 Committee Approves Design Option
As submitted by HPES
After two years of exhaustive work, the Next 100 committee approved at its 8/25 meeting a conceptual building design to recommend to the HPES Board of Directors. After all the evidence had been carefully weighed, the committee concluded that this design option represents the clear, best choice for Hyde Park’s future. It will result in a renovated facility that meets the community’s established objectives which include (1) preservation and renovation of the 1898 “LCA” building; (2) adequately sized learning spaces that can support today’s best teaching and learning methods; (3) safer traffic flow and increased parking; (4) separate gym and cafeteria spaces; (5) facilitation of community use of the facility; and (6) intelligent and efficient long-term investment of the community’s resources.
The full board carefully evaluated and then approved the committee’s recommendation, and a bond vote will be warned for Election Day, November 4. The proposed bond amount is $18,307,000. The board had originally hoped to have a bond proposal ready for voters by last year, given the urgency of the need to act, but as initial cost estimates came in the committee slowed the process down, both to collect additional community input and to take a fresh look at ways of meeting the community’s needs. The committee spent the last six months working vigorously to identify less costly alternatives, but the final analysis showed the current plan to be the best option, particularly in light of the surprisingly small difference between the anticipated tax impact of this project and less costly alternatives that the committee rejected due to their failure to adequately meet even present-day needs.
An information table and opportunity to ask questions will be available at Hyde Park Home Day from 12:00-2:30. A number of building tours and information sessions have also been scheduled. These will be held on Wednesday, October 1 (tour at 6:30 pm, information session at 7:00); Monday, October 13 (tour at 9 a.m., information session at 9:30); and Monday, October 27 (tour at 6:30 p.m., information session at 7:00). Residents are encouraged to attend one of these sessions so that they can get the facts about the chosen design option, the process by which it was developed, and its expected benefits to our community, as well as the anticipated tax impact of the proposed bond. Interested individuals may also visit www.hpes.org/next100 for more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or comments, or contact any board member.
by Andrew Martin
A Waterville man died in a motorcycle accident in Barton on Saturday, September 6. Police say that 23-year old Philip Brown was unresponsive when they found him lying in the road on Route 5 at approximately 7:45 p.m. after his motorcycle crashed near the Pine Crest Motel.
According to a statement issued by the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department police clocked Brown going 90 mph in a 35 mph zone on Lake Region Road near Lake Region Union High School just before 7:45 p.m. A deputy attempted to stop Brown, but lost him as he continued onto Route 5 at a high rate of speed. The deputy discontinued the pursuit and continued traveling towards Barton Village. The officer soon found Brown lying in the roadway unresponsive near the Pine Crest Motel.
Fire and EMS services were called to the scene, and Brown was transported to North County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The investigation into the crash is ongoing, and anyone who witnessed it is asked to call the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department at 1-802-334-3333.
by Andrew Martin
The 2014 Hyde Park Home Day will feature a new event. This year Hyde Park Arts will be hosting an Adirondack Chair Auction to benefit the further development of French Park in Hyde Park Village. The auction will be occurring during Hyde Park Home Day on Saturday, September 20 following the parade outside the future village municipal offices in the French Building located on the corner of Commonwealth and Main.
This summer the Village of Hyde Park has been adorned with a total of 10 painted and decorated Adirondack chairs. Those 10 chairs will be auctioned off during Home Day beginning at approximately 12:30, following the parade through the village. Profits from the sale will be used to build and develop the already existing park that surrounds the future village municipal offices located in the French Building.
“The French Park is beautiful and, with generous contributions, will become a public space within the heart of the Village,” a press release issued by Hyde Park Arts and the Village of Hyde Park on the auction stated.
Each of the chairs has a sponsor and they are located at various points around Hyde Park Village. Sponsors for the chairs include Fred’s Import Specialists, H.A. Manosh Corporation, Casella Waste Management, Harold L. Bailey family, Jim and Vicki Grant, Polow, Polow, and Mahoney, the Town of Hyde Park and Union Bank. A number of artists took part in the painting and decorating of the chairs, including Jill Ulinski, Isabel Clancy, Amber Bowen and Quartney Niles, Karen Noyes and Jennifer Allen, Barbara Flathers, Elaine Diamond, Natalie Reed, Sadie Lourie and Clare Salerno, Morgan Peavey, and Olive Race and Kim Barbour.
“Hyde Park Arts is deeply grateful to the sponsors, artists and hosts who made the 2014 inaugural chair event possible. The Village of Hyde Park abounds with artistic talent and community spirit,” Hyde Park Arts stated in its press release on the auction.
Anyone interested in purchasing the chairs may view them at their current locales or on the Facebook page for the Village of Hyde Park. The chairs are currently located at the Lamoille County Court House and Sheriff’s Department, the Lanphear Library, P.H. Edwards Furniture, the French Building, the Governor’s House, and on Route 15 at the Hyde Park Municipal Offices.
While a live auction for the chairs will be held beginning at the 12:30 event on Home Day, interested parties can also submit advance bids by sending them to email@example.com
or by delivering them to the Village offices by September 19. Bidders should identify the chair they are interested in by both sponsor and artist as part of their bid. The highest bid, whether submitted in advance or during the actual auction, will win each chair.
“We are most grateful to Tricia Follert and the Town of Morrisville for their generous assistance…” Hyde Park Arts stated in the press release on the event in reference to the aid their organization has received from Morrisville, which held a chair auction last year and is doing so again this year.
“The bidding for Morrisville chairs has begun and will continue all summer long and the final auction will take place at RocktoberFest, the community street festival on Portland Street in Morrisville on October 4, 2014 at 2 p.m.,” The press release continued, “We hope to see you at Hyde Park Home Day in the Village on September 20, 2014, and in Morrisville on October 4th.”
Along with the chair auction, Hyde Park Home Day will feature a number of other events and activities. The annual town fair will include the Grand Parade along with music by Shady Rill as well as other entertainment and musicians. The day will also include children’s activities, a raffle, demos, and a draft among other things. During the evening a chicken and pork barbecue will be hosted by the VFW. Anyone looking for more details or information about booths at the event can contact Marilyn Zophar at 1-802-793-4348 or Judy Clark at 1-802-888-4864.
by Andrew Martin
The scheduled completion date of October 3 for the Route 100 alternate truck route in Morrisville is quickly approaching and the project is nearing completion. Despite several rumors to the contrary, work to the bypass is continuing along and should be completed on or around the scheduled completion date.
“It’s going to be close,” VTrans official Chris Jolly said regarding the completion of the alternate truck route, “We are shooting for October 3.”
Jolly went on to explain that there remains quite a bit of work to do for the several subcontractors brought in to do work such as paving, landscaping, and curbing for the project.
“It’s entirely possible that we make that date (October 3),” Jolly continued, “There is just a lot left to do.”
According to Jolly, the only potential hiccup that might occur that could delay the opening of the bypass that he could foresee is the delivery of the signal that will be placed at the intersection of the alternate truck route and Bridge Street. Some late changes to the details of the signal mean that its installation will likely be the last work done to the bypass.
“If the signal arrives in a timely manner we should be fine,” Jolly added, “It’s the one potential wild card at this point.”
Regardless of when the signal arrives, Jolly further explained that any delay in the opening of the new Route 100 would be minimal.
“It’s not going to open in November,” he concluded.
One aspect of the bypass that is now up and running, at least for motorists on Route 15, is the roundabout. Traffic traveling on Route 15 is now utilizing the roundabout after it was paved on Monday, August 25.
by Mickey Smith
The final catch basin was installed on East Cherry Avenue, Morrisville, on Friday afternoon, September 5, ending the town's replacement of the stormwater collection system on the Maple Street and its side streets.
The Morristown Highway Department celebrated the placement of the final catch basin for the Maple Street project on Friday, September 5. Pictured, back row left to right: Jerry Audy, of JL Audy Excavation, along with Highway Foreman Roland Boivin, Scott Johnson, and Scott Nelson. Front row: Dana Douglass and Tim Cookson. - Smith photo
Morristown Highway Department Foreman Roland Boivin estimated they will be able to finish up their projects and prep the street for paving over the next two weeks.
Pike Industries was recently awarded the contract to put down a two inch base coat of asphalt, Boivin said once they finish up, it will just be a matter of working into Pike's schedule to get that first layer on for the winter.
In the spring, the granite curbing and sidewalks will be put in place along with a final coat of asphalt, as well as any repairs that need to be done. Over the course of the winter there could be some shifting of the asphalt, so this will allow cracks to be fixed before the final coat goes down.
by Andrew Martin
Lamoille County appears to be a hotbed for baseball talent. Lamoille Union senior Riley Fitzgerald will be attending the Under Armour Baseball Factory Fall Classic in Jupiter, FL, later this month. The event will run from September 17 through the 21 and will be held at the Roger Dean Sports Complex, which serves as the spring training facility for the St. Louis Cardinals.
“This is a tremendous accomplishment and opportunity for Riley,” stated Lamoille Union Athletic Director Tim Messier, “Anything worth having is never easy, and this is the result of a lot of hard work by Riley and his family.”
Riley, who is the son of Todd and Amy Fitzgerald of Eden, was selected to play in the Under Armour Baseball Factory Fall Classic after participating in a tryout held at Centennial Field in Burlington on August 10. According to Fitzgerald, the tryout was much like a showcase and consisted of a number of professionally run drills.
When he gets to Florida, Riley will partake in a full day of drills that will be run by professional scouts, coaches, and players. The remaining four days of the event will pit Fitzgerald and his teammates on the Futures East team against other travel and showcase teams from around the country in friendly games. During the entire event Fitzgerald and his teammates will be receiving instruction from expert coaches while also gaining exposure to college coaches and scouts.
Riley first began playing baseball in the second grade. While he also plays and excels at soccer and basketball at Lamoille, baseball continues to be his favorite sport and he plans to play in college.
“I want to thank my coaches, parents, and anyone else who has helped me along the way for their support all the way through this process,” Fitzgerald commented.
“I want to congratulate Riley on his efforts and wish him luck,” Athletic Director Tim Messier stated, “This example and others like it demonstrate the opportunities kids can have.”
“You have to work hard, but that hard work can pay dividends in the future in school, sports, and beyond,” Messier concluded.
In order to help reduce the costs of his trip to the Fall Classic Riley and his family will be hosting a Calcutta on Friday, September 12 at the Hyde Park VFW beginning at 5:30 p.m.
PA sophomore Tucker Judkins is also playing in a similar Under Armour Baseball Factory event in early November. In order to help defray the costs of his own trip Judkins is raffling off a .30-06. Other prizes in the raffle include gift certificates to Harrison’s in Stowe and Vianor Tire as well as several other prizes. Anyone interested in the tickets can call Tucker at 540-5002. More fundraisers to help Tucker are being planned.
A 25-year old man is dead after a biking accident on a trail in Waterbury. On Tuesday, August 26, at approximately 5 p.m. Waterbury Rescue responded to the expert bicycling path near the address 300 River Road in Waterbury after receiving a call for an injured individual. Upon arriving at the scene rescue personnel found 25-year old Andre Langlois of Gardner, Massachusetts to be unresponsive.
Emergency personnel found Langlois approximately ½ mile up from the paved portion of River Road. Members of Waterbury Rescue reported that Langlois was found unresponsive in an area of the trail that featured extremely rough terrain. Langlois was wearing a helmet and riding alone at the time of the accident.
After being found by rescue personnel Langlois was transported to Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington, where he was treated for head and neck injuries. He succumbed to his injuries on Friday, August 29, and was reported deceased at approximately 11:09 a.m.
At this time the Vermont State Police consider Langlois death to be accidental with no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident.
Plainfield, Vt. – Goddard College announced beginning today Vermont high school students can now earn college credit by participating in a community-based, youth radio program at WGDR/WGDH Goddard Community Radio.
The program, ‘True Stories: Adventures in Nonfiction Audio Storytelling,’ is a three-credit college course open to high school students in Northeastern Vermont. The course is offered through Goddard College’s Undergraduate Studies Program in collaboration with WGDR/WGDH Goddard Community Radio.
“In keeping with Goddard’s model of individualized learning and real-world applications, this new dual enrollment program is an innovative way to bring this style of education to Vermont’s youth,” Goddard Interim President Bob Kenny said. “By offering college credit, we hope to help prepare students for college while enabling them to use Goddard as a resource and to get out into their communities to learn new skills,” he said.
In addition to technical skill building, students will immerse in the art of telling true stories through sound, practicing deep listening, various forms of audio storytelling, and how to give and receive meaningful feedback with peers.
Space is limited. Students interested in signing up for the course must do so through their high school guidance counselor or extended learning facilitator, and provide the course ID: GDR 100.
Start Date: September 11, 2014
Time: 3:30pm to 5:30pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Location: Goddard College, Eliot D. Pratt Library, 123 Pitkin Road, Plainfield, Vermont 05667
Credits: 3 credits
A landowner in Wolcott has been sentenced to over a year in prison after facing charges of Tax Evasion and Mail Fraud. On Thursday, September 4, Timothy Forrest Edgar, 49, of Wolcott, Vermont and Littleton, NH, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 13 months in prison for his crimes.
The charges of Tax Evasion and Mail Fraud against Edgar stem from a multi-year scheme that he conducted where he sought to avoid paying both taxes and child support obligations. The main way by which Edgar practiced his scheme was by harassing federal, state, and local officials charged with enforcing those obligations. An additional seven counts in the indictment against Edgar were dismissed after sentencing.
Edgar’s 13-month prison sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release. While imposing the sentence, Chief U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss noted that Edgar’s offenses had caused real harm to a number of individuals who had attempted to do nothing more than their jobs.
The case against Edgar was developed as part of a cooperative effort between the FBI, IRS Criminal Investigation Division, and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugenia Cowles represented the government in the case, while Edgar was represented by Assistant Federal Public Defender Steven Barth.