There are two Milton Public Library trustee positions on the March 2, 2021, Town Meeting Day ballot.

Henry Bonges III, Beth Bouchard, Jim Feldhousen, and Lara Govendo are running for the three-year seat.  Ela Dupont, Jim Feldhousen and Deb Languasco are running for the two-year seat.  Following are their unedited responses to the question, “Why do you want to serve on the Milton Public Library board of trustees.”

Henry Bonges III

Having lived in Milton since building my house here in 1984, I have served on several town boards such as the Planning Commissions, Design Review Board and others and am familiar with the duties and responsibilities of such involvement.  As a long time supporter of the many programs and media the Milton library offers, and appreciative of its role as a shared community space, I look forward to assisting the library to meet the evolving needs of the community.

Beth Bouchard

As both a resident of Milton and patron of the library for the last 20 years, I have observed the Milton Public Library grow from a small, hometown library to a vibrant center for community gathering and learning.  Even with the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the staff at the library have remained dedicated to providing the citizens of Milton with access to their many programs and holdings.  These accomplishments excite me as an educator and life-long learner at the UVM College of Medicine, and motivated me to become more involved by serving as a member of the Library Board of Trustees.  If elected, I will leverage my considerable experience on the board of the Milton Ski and Ride Club (2013-16), fundraising for the American Heart Association (2010-present), and applying for and administering grant funding for my UVM research laboratory to ensure that the library achieves its goals and continues to evolve to support the needs of the residents of Milton.

Jim Feldhousen

I’m a Milton resident, 70 years old, and married with three adult children.  I’m retired and worked as an electrical engineer for 40 years designing computers for aircraft safety.  I enjoy reading, use the library regularly and have a lifelong appreciation for libraries.  I have a college degree from Cornell University and understand the value of reading for all ages, especially for children and teens since reading opens opportunities for the rest of their lives.  I believe that our library should continue to be a valuable resource for all of our residents, young and old.  Being a library trustee would be an opportunity for me to contribute to our Milton community.

Lara Govendo

My name is Lara Govendo.  I’ve been a resident of Milton for 7 years.  I love to read and am a writer, so I deeply love and appreciate books in all their genres.  My parents have been the caretakers of a local library where I grew up in upstate New York since I was a child.  Throughout my adolescence, I went to the library often because of this, so libraries have always been a magical place of awe and wonder for me.  I would be honored to join the board as a trustee to support and encourage the Milton library in any way possible.  Thank you!

Ela Dupont

My Name is Ela Dupont, and I’m running for a 2-year library trustee position.  I’ve been involved with the library for about fifteen years.  I volunteer with the Friends of the Milton Public Library to help with fundraising activities for various library needs – you may have seen me at the annual chili cookoff!  I’m a patron of the library, and my daughter and son have taken full advantage of the children’s programming the library offers both during the school year and in the summer.  I’ve been involved in the library in various ways, and I feel that involvement and awareness of library programming and needs, combined with my background in business and management, would make me an asset to the Board of Trustees.

Deb Languasco

I am excited to be running for Library Trustee.  As a 20+ year resident of Milton, I know that the library plays a critical role in the community.  It is important to me to get involved and help in any way I can to further strengthen this important service for the residents of Milton.  I want to be part of the growth and success of the library.   I am a graduate of the University of Vermont with a major in Latin and Greek.  I have worked at The EDGE for 20 years and am currently the Executive Vice President.  I love to be on a collaborative team working on projects with the goal of common good.  In my free time you can find me running the trails of Milton Town Forest or Bombardier Park.  My favorite books are Harry Potter, The Help and The Secret Life of Bees.

 

Voting

Voting is 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, at the Milton Town Offices, 43 Bombardier Road.

There’s going to be two informational meetings via Zoom on Feb. 8 and March 1 at 6 p.m.

Below is the link for both informational meetings. Both meetings will be the same link:

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Instead of a ballot mailed to all voters, each voter will receive a post card notification in the mail asking if you’d like a ballot mailed to you versus voting in person on March 2nd. Those post cards are anticipated to be sent out around Feb. 5. The Town Clerk’s office anticipates having printed ballots in hand around the 12th of February.  A voter requesting a ballot could expect to have it by mid-February.

Milton Public Library is a municipal department of the Town of Milton, Vermont, and is under the management of the Milton Library Board. The board is comprised of five trustees, who are elected by the residents of Milton. The current trustees are:

3-year Chairperson Lisa Barron               2020 – 2023

3-year Vice Chair Judy Schmidt               2019 – 2022

3-year Treasurer Veronica Valz                 2018 – 2021

2-year Secretary Christine Hauslein      2019 – 2021

2-year Trustee Tracy Hughes                    2020 – 2022

Updated 2/18/21