Condon says thanks

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the residents of Colchester for supporting me for state representative for seven terms in Montpelier.

I have been humbled by the trust you’ve given me to be a voice for common sense at the Statehouse. I hope I have lived up to your trust.

Last month I received an unwelcome medical diagnosis at the UVM Medical Center. As a result, I will not be seeking an eighth term in Montpelier.

Luckily, I’m I good hands at the medical center’s oncology department. The doctors and nurses are all top-notch and they’re all helping me to get well. So far so good!

I’m also incredibly lucky to have a wonderful family and an incredible group of friends that any person would be eternally grateful to have.

Special thanks, too, for all the colleagues from Colchester that I’ve had the pleasure to work with in the legislature, from Malcolm Severance to Curt Taylor and all those in between. I especially appreciate the support I’ve received over the years from Sen. Dick Mazza and Rep. Maureen Dakin. Thank you all!

We’re fortunate to have a terrific group of town officials in Colchester. From Karen Richard and her staff in the town clerk’s office to town manager Dawn Francis and all of our department heads, I’d rank our town ahead of every other town in Vermont!

Karen and Dawn are moving along to new chapters in their lives and so, alas, must I. I will, however, continue my regular job as executive director of the Vermont Association of Broadcasters, the nonprofit trade association that represents Vermont’s radio and television stations. I deeply appreciate their unwavering support.

Our legislative delegation from Colchester, I believe, has established a legacy of working across party lines to get things done for our citizens. Our state would be much better off if more of our legislators put the interests of their constituents ahead of the partisan interests of whatever political party they may belong to.

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for all the support you’ve given me over the years. I truly appreciate it!

Rep. Jim Condon


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