Letters to the Editor: April 19, 2018

Time to recognize community champs

Spring is here! With it comes growth, light, warmth, joy and appreciation. The Town of Milton’s Community Champion Award recognizes volunteers who bring these things and more into our community.

Last fall, Carolyn and Karlo Salminen were awarded Milton’s 2017 Community Champions Award. A golden heart-shaped name plate was added to the community tree plaque that you now see in Milton’s town office lobby honoring the volunteer work both Carolyn and Karlo have given to our community alongside their predecessors, Bill Kaigle, Ted Beaudoin and Maggie Trayah.

Once again, the Community Champions Award Committee is accepting applications for outstanding volunteers of Milton.

More information about the criteria, selection process, and for an electronic application form can be found on the Town of Milton’s website at https://bit.ly/2qGlNQL.

Rich Castine, Terry Melton and Jennifer Taylor

Milton Community Champion

Awards Committee

This year marks the 48th anniversary of this unique Vermont tradition. Green Up Day is about people of all ages and from all walks of life joining together in community spirit to take care of Vermont. It teaches our children pride and respect for the environment.

As always, we will start the morning at 8 a.m. at the Bombardier Recreation Park pavilion. Once there, you may pick up some green bags and sign up for a route that you and your family, friends or organization wish to clean up. The Milton Conservations Commission is again hosting Green Up Day and will be at the pavilion from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will have plants to swap and give away, plus information on organic gardening, composting, nature day camp and local nature walks (with maps), canoe, kayak outings, etc. For more information, please contact Laurie DiCesare at 893-1845.

If you wish, you may pick up bags in advance at the town’s clerk’s office the week before, starting on Monday, April 30. We will not be able to give out more than five bags per person at a time, due to a limited supply.

Remember, Green Up Day is a day set aside for cleaning up our roadways, not for cleaning out your basement, garage or yard. Also leaves, branches and that sort of material are not to be put in the bags. It is also not a free dump day. Do not dump tires, mattresses or other household items along the roadways, thinking that they will be picked up. This is illegal and you may be fined.

To protect yourself, wear sturdy gloves and appropriate clothing for handling garbage and wear bright visible colors so you can be easily seen. Also be tick smart: Check yourself for ticks when you get home.

As usual we will have prizes for the most unique trash that you can find along the roadside. It’s amazing what people find!

Lunch will be provided from noon to 1 p.m. at the Milton Recreation Park Pavilion on Middle Road. Hot dogs, chips and beverages will be served.

Judy Kinner

Milton Conservation Commission


Not all hope is lost with emerald ash borer

I read with great interest the recent article regarding the discovery of the emerald ash borer in central Vermont. However, I was astounded that the tone of the article was doom-and-gloom hopelessness.

After finishing this article it seemed that a reasonable person is forced to conclude that the only option in dealing with the emerald ash borer is to preemptively remove their landscape and city ash trees “before they all die anyways.”

Nothing could be further from the truth! Not only are treatment options available, they have been for years. They have a proven record of protecting landscape ash trees in other parts of the country. Certain treatments have been so effective that applicators often guarantee treated trees will not die from EAB for up to two years after treatment!

Many cities in the Midwest where the EAB was first detected have had preventative treatment programs for their landscape and city ash trees, some starting before 2010. The current and most effective treatment has been in use for even longer and shows a minimum of two-years efficacy against the EAB.

The cost of treatment can also be reasonable, especially when compared to the cost of preemptive removal and replacement of the tree. For the same cost as removing their tree, a homeowner could expect to treat their tree for up to 10 or more years. If we factor in the cost of replacing that tree then treatment, and the life of the tree, could very well be extended for perhaps decades.

This begs a critical question: When treatment options with a proven track record are readily available and have existed for a long time, why was there absolutely no discussion, or mention, of them in this article?

Regardless the reason, failure to mention any treatment options is inexcusable.

Your readers deserve to be more fully informed about this invasive pest and their options on how to deal with it.

Your readers have a right to know that that preemptive removal of their ash trees is not the only option in dealing with the EAB! In fact preemptive removal may not the best option, or even have to be an option.

Richard Wood

ISA Board-Certified Master Arborist

Certified Tree Safety Professional TreesVermont.com


Supporting FDA oversight

I consider myself a health-conscious person. I thought I was making safe choices when choosing personal care products for myself and my two young boys, but two years ago I was surprised to learn that the last time a major federal law was passed regulating the personal care industry was 1938. The FDA provides very little regulation over this industry allowing companies to put products on the shelf that contain ingredients that are potentially harmful to consumers’ health, even when they claim to be natural, safe or organic.

I learned this and more when I joined Beautycounter in 2016, a company whose mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone.

This is especially important because the U.S. restricts just 30 chemicals and ingredients from our personal care products, while the EU bans over 1400.  In March, I headed to D.C. to ask Congress to support the Personal Care Products Safety Act. This act would require manufacturers to disclose the ingredients they use and register with the FDA annually, and for the first time, the FDA would be able to recall products that threaten consumer safety.  By signing on as a co-sponsor, Congress can take the steps needed to better protect consumers.  We need progress, because we all deserve better.

Melissa Lamarche

Director, Beautycounter



Seeking Marine volunteers

The Donald Cook Detachment of the Burlington area Marine Corps League is looking for Marines and FMF Corpsmen who have honorably performed their service and desire to continue service to our communities and to preserve our traditions.

Visit our website, www.donaldcookdetvtmcl.org, for details and background. If you would like to join us for dinner and a meeting (any third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. with dinner at 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 91 in Colchester) to meet current members, or just to ask more information, contact: Commandant Herb Drew at hfdrew@myfairpoint.net, “Doc” Dan Bean at djb05401@msn.com or Marine John Kohler at jakohler5@hotmail.com.

Semper Fi.

Commandant Herb Drew