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arrying a brand new Donald Trump campaign flag, Gus Klein strode through the crowd assembled in his Burlington front yard Saturday, followed by a bagpiper in a MAGA hat. The fresh banner was meant to replace a “Trump 2020” flag that two teen girls burned one night last November. Klein attached the still-creased replacement to a pole and hoisted it up, to the delight of the 100 or so people in the crowd. Several speakers at Saturday’s event described it as a courageous act of defiance. One of them, Lawrence Zupan, a Republican

While challenges remain, Weinberger said, progress was being made to make treatment more accessible.‹“We are starting, I believe, to reach a turning point in this, if you will,” he quipped.‹ A portion of the funds for the expansion came from those mourning the death of Madelyn Linsenmeir, a Vermont woman who died last October. Her obituary frankly described her struggle with drug addiction, and it resonated with families around the world. The obit‹suggested contributions to Turning Point, and about $18,000 flowed in, said De Carolis. Turning Point dedicated a room to Linsenmeir. In it, Sloan Collins, Linsenmeir’s cousin, painted a mural — a stenciled image of Linsenmeir cradling her young son. Above her stands the tree of life, a design she had worn as a tattoo.‹ Seven Days has hired Kate O’Neill, the author of the obit and Linsenmeir’s sister, to report on Vermont’s opiate epidemic. Read about her project on page 28. Find reporter Katie Jickling’s full post about the new Turning Point space on

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The ceremony was made possible by the president’s son Eric, who saw a news story about the destruction of Klein’s original flag. He tweeted out a promise on November 28 to send a new one, then followed it with another tweet to confirm that Klein’s replacement was in the mail. The flag didn’t arrive. Klein told Seven Days that he suspects porch thieves or someone who saw those tweets “intercepted” it. But the Trump campaign mailed several more flags, plus some T-shirts and drink koozies, Klein said. “It was perfect,” he said. “There again, they take this opportunity for people like us within the community to send the message out that Donald J. Trump is the man for 2020. Promises made, promises kept, and that’s what it’s always about.” DEREK BROUWER



he Turning Point Center of Chittenden County, which offers support to those battling addiction, unveiled its new space in Burlington on Tuesday with a celebratory open house.‹ The nonprofit organization is purchasing a building at King Street and South Winooski Avenue from the Champlain Housing Trust for $850,000, according to the center’s executive director, Gary De Carolis.‹ It’s about 60 percent larger than the former location above Phoenix Books on Bank Street, De Carolis said. The center has already completed $350,000 worth of renovations, creating an art studio, space for yoga and meetings, offices, and a kitchen.‹Turning Point’s 14 staff and roughly 30 volunteers moved into the space last month.‹ Several officials on hand Tuesday lauded the organization, including Vermont Health Commissioner Mark Levine. Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger‹praised the “scrappy, resourceful organization” on the front lines of the opiate crisis. Weinberger‹served as chair of Turning Point’s board in 2011 before he was elected mayor.


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[Re Fair Game: “#vtpoli 2018,” December 26]: So much attention paid to the goddess Ceres atop the golden dome in Montpelier … and none to the nefarious characters beneath her feet. I am not, here, referring to legislators; I am referring to the two sculptures representing Ira and Ethan Allen displayed in full view for the world to see in the portico and on the side entrance. We are always discovering ourselves as a people, and what we find out can make us change our thinking. We are in the process of uncovering some of the more disquieting behaviors and notions in our society, both historically and in our midst today, especially in the examination of our nation’s history of racism. In Vermont, that history began with the arrival of John Cabot and Samuel de Champlain and the genocide of indigenous populations. Ira and Ethan Allen used every means possible to eliminate Abenaki and claim their territory as their own to sell at will. Those means included murder, chemical warfare and lying to the Continental Congress that there were no Indians in Vermont. Today they are lauded as the founders of now-called Vermont with a place of honor, the only ones in front of our Statehouse. These images of genocide and racism need to be removed to the interior of the building or another more appropriate



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John Walters’ Fair Game column “Berned Bridges?” [January 9] is crap and underestimates the discernment of your readership. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) responses to accusations of failed responsibility in regard to gender sensitivity, which Walters mines shamelessly as editorial fodder, reflect qualities which have served Bernie well over many decades, and which inspire myself and others to continue supporting him unequivocally. His remarks are candid, honest and devoid of PC blab, which most of such rhetoric is couched in, including yours.  Get with it — get off the current PC bandwagon and think of something more

[Re “As Goes Chelsea…,” December 5]: I’m sure you were attempting to convey a frustration that you thought must accompany residents of this town because they live in a small community lacking the amenities of some neighboring towns and cities. But I find that this article is missing the big sense of community that I see in Chelsea all the time. Just one example I can think of: The chili cook-off hosted by the Friends of the Library last summer drew more than 100 people and contained a wonderful display of love for the community. A local man won a raffle, and he donated all the money, over $100, back to the library! While this community is certainly upset about the loss of its high school, it was facing a choice — like many towns in Vermont — due to an aging population and a lack of students. And that picture of the kids — I’m sure it illustrated your point well of how sad the kids are that their high school student friends are gone, but I can’t believe that throughout the halls of the Chelsea school, you encountered wave after wave and classroom after classroom of sad children. In short, I think it’s unfair of you to lampoon Chelsea in this way when so many towns in Vermont are trying their hardest to solve this exact problem. To me, Chelsea residents seem to do it with a pretty good sense of community, something this article does not show. Ashley Jamele


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emocratic leaders of the Vermont legislature unveiled new committee lineups last week, revealing SYNDI some major clues about their ZOOK priorities for the new biennium. New MONICA CALLAN chairs and new members, in many cases, AARON set the stage for new agendas. MASI House Speaker MITZI JOHNSON (D-South TODD Hero) made a lot of changes, mostly by TOWNSEND necessity. She had to find spots for an GENE unusually high number of incoming freshHEINRICH men. Of 14 committee chairs in the House, JAN. 24, 25, 26, 31 + FEB. 1, 2 five retired last year, and the speaker OFF CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS, BURLINGTON replaced two others. SEVENDAYSTICKETS.COM Take, for example, the House Transportation Committee. Johnson removed Rep. PATRICK BRENNAN (R-Colchester) as ARTISANS HAND chair and installed a guy who famously Contemporary Vermont Crafts doesn’t own a car: Rep. CURT MCCORMACK (D-Burlington). ANNUAL “I do have a driver’s license, and I WINTER occasionally rent a car,” McCormack said. “I haven’t owned a car since 2002, when my old 1983 Nissan Sentra couldn’t pass Seconds! 10 Days of Deals! inspection.” pottery, jewelry, bags, scarves, hats, wood, glass, Johnson chose McCormack because Ornaments she wants the panel to take a broader view and cards! of transportation. “Whenever we talk about workforce development and job opportunities, transportation and childcare are the biggest barriers,” Johnson said. “Curt knows the public transportation resources we have.” That’s because he’s a frequent customer. “Almost every day I have to consider transportation,” McCormack said. “I take 89 Main at City Center, Montpelier Amtrak. I take the bus. I walk and ride a bicycle.” A better transit system is part of the committee’s expanded charge. There’s also a new focus on climate change. “We need Untitled-52 1 1/14/19 12:25 PM to cut carbon emissions in transportation,” said McCormack. “It’s the single largest source in Vermont.” Brennan is disappointed at his removal. “The chairmanship meant a lot to me,” he said. But, he acknowledged, “If [addressing emissions] is the direction, I’m not the one to lead that charge.” As a consolation CHANNEL 15 prize, Brennan was moved to the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which handles tax policy. He’d have preferred to THURSDAYS > 8:00 P.M. stay put. “I’m not a tax guy,” he said. Some Republicans see a partisan motive in Brennan’s removal. But the minority GET MORE INFO OR caucus will still have one chairmanship: WATCH ONLINE AT Rep. MICHAEL MARCOTTE (R-Coventry), the VERMONTCAM.ORG new head of the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee. “Our Say you saw it in... 1/14/19 10:44 AMNo. 1 priority is workforce,” said Marcotte. 16t-vcam-weekly.indd 1 “It’s a mutual priority.” True enough, although the proposed solutions often vary across party lines. TRACEY GIRDICH






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Brennan wasn’t the only chair to be shifted. Rep. MAIDA TOWNSEND (D-South Burlington) is no longer chair of the House Government Operations Committee, which handles state and local government issues, elections, and open meetings and public records laws. Like Brennan, she’s been moved to a money committee: House Appropriations.



Gov Ops’ new chair is Rep. SARAH COPE(D-Bradford). Her charge is to turn a technocratic committee into a watchdog. “It’s daunting but also liberating,” she said. “We can ask questions of any state agency.” Johnson sees Copeland Hanzas as a sort of multi-tool who has “played a lot of different roles and understands a lot of policy issues.” She served as majority leader under then-speaker SHAP SMITH. After Smith’s departure, she ran for speaker but lost to Johnson. The committee that’s gotten the biggest makeover, in terms of membership and focus, is House Energy and Technology. Johnson acknowledged that in the 201718 session “it wasn’t a resounding success. The committee didn’t take on the regulatory role that it could have.” Former chair STEPHEN CARR retired last year. His replacement is Rep. TIM BRIGLIN (D-Thetford). “Tim is not easily deterred,” Johnson explained. “He has good problemsolving and managerial skills.” Briglin also has deep experience in corporate finance and is a former staffer for Sen. PATRICK LEAHY (D-Vt.) and a two-time delegate to the Democratic National Convention. Briglin’s panel encompasses four highly technical subject areas: energy, telecommunications, broadband and information technology in state government. “The subject matter is so granular,” Briglin noted. “Not many in the legislature have relevant background.” Two committees have traded places. House Agriculture and Forestry had long enjoyed the spacious Room 31, reflecting the historic importance of farming in Vermont. The panel’s membership has been reduced from 11 to eight, and it’s been moved to the relatively compact Room 32. House Education gets the big room now. “Education has LAND HANZAS

drawn bigger crowds for a while,” Johnson said. “It’s a matter of logistics.” Johnson denies that the move is a demotion for Agriculture. “That was not my intention at all,” she said. “I want all committees to be involved in rural issues.” That meant shifting some members to other panels, such as Rep. HARVEY SMITH (R-New Haven), a dairy farmer who’s now on Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife. But also, Johnson admitted, “There aren’t as many members requesting Agriculture.” Sign o’ the times. The Senate saw far less turnover, but two changes are worthy of note. The five-member Transportation Committee will now include Senate President Pro Tempore TIM ASHE (D/P-Chittenden) and freshman Sen. ANDREW PERCHLIK (D/PWashington), both advocates of fighting climate change. And Sen. PHIL BARUTH (D/PChittenden) has a seat on Senate Judiciary. He plans to propose a waiting period on all gun purchases. Baruth’s placement may be a signal that Senate leadership is amenable to new gun legislation.

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The hoopla surrounding Gov. PHIL SCOTT’s second inauguration concluded Saturday night with an inaugural ball at the Champlain Valley Exposition. The donor list in the event’s program makes for entertaining reading; it’s a who’s who of the powerful and influential around the capital. State and national businesses, interest groups, and lobbyists all chipped in to fund the event. But the list is less informative than it was for Scott’s 2017 wingding. That time, the program listed donors by category. “Platinum” sponsors gave at least $5,000, “gold” status cost $2,500 and “silver” was a cool grand. The 2019 program contains a single alphabetical list with no mention of the size of each party’s donation. Because the inaugural ball’s proceeds go to Scott’s charity, Vermonters United to Help, all but $25 of each ticket is taxdeductible. Sweet deal. But even sweeter is a night of access to the governor and his top officials — not to mention the gratitude of the governor. Speaking of access, three of Montpelier’s biggest lobbying firms did their part. Donors included the Necrason Group, Leonine Public Affairs and Downs Rachlin Martin, while MMR lobbyist HEIDI MOHLMAN TRINGE served on the inaugural ball’s planning committee. All aspects of the health care industry were on the list, including the University of Vermont Health Network, Blue Cross


Blue Shield of Vermont and PhRMA (the pharmaceutical industry’s lobbying organization), plus MAXIMUS and Optum, two Vermont Health Connect contractors. The energy sector also stepped up, with Green Mountain Power, Vermont Gas, Vermont Electric Power Company (which operates the state’s electricity grid) and TDI New England funding the gala. The latter firm has proposed a power line on the floor of Lake Champlain that would carry power from Hydro-Québec to southern New England. The governor is a staunch backer of the plan. Out-of-state corporations included AT&T, Coca-Cola of Northern New England, Comcast, Microsoft and two tobacco giants, Altria and Reynolds American. And look, there’s the Toy Industry Association, last seen in 2018 lobbying against a bill to regulate hazardous chemicals in children’s products — a bill ultimately vetoed by the ball’s guest of honor. Frequent Republican donors were all over the place, including the POMERLEAU and PIZZAGALLI real estate companies; former Barre mayor THOM LAUZON and his wife, KAREN LAUZON; Sugarbush Resort (owned by Republican donor WIN SMITH and Scott’s finance commissioner, ADAM GRESHIN); Casella Waste Systems; and state associations representing the ski, real estate and automotive industries. All this chumminess between special interests and elected officials raises the question of influence peddling. “That’s ridiculous,” said Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs BRITTNEY WILSON. “The governor was pleased to raise funds to support children’s programs this year.” No doubt. And governors of all stripes have done the same thing. But still, it sure looks like some have more access than others.

Conspicuously absent: committing acts of journalism and serving the public good. Gannett’s response was to urge caution while its board “carefully review[s] the proposal” to determine the best course for Gannett and its shareholders. Alden newspapers, said veteran journalist and Vernon resident MARTIN LANGEVELD, are “not being operated as community resources. [Alden] sees its communities as cash machines.” Langeveld should know. The former publisher of the Brattleboro Reformer lost his job when Digital First took over the paper. But his attitude is widely shared by those who observed Digital First’s ownership of three southern Vermont newspapers — the Reformer, the Bennington Banner and the Manchester Journal — as well as the Berkshire Eagle of Pittsfield, Mass. The papers were basically sucked dry by Digital First before being sold in 2016 to a Pittsfield-based investor group, a move that almost certainly saved them. Alden’s specialty is squeezing cash out of distressed properties, and it does a good job. Last May, Doctor got hold of the privately held firm’s financials for 2017, which showed that Digital First enjoyed an operating margin of 17 percent that year, “well above industry norms,” he wrote. Gannett has made round after round of cuts at the Free Press to keep the profits coming, most recently eliminating two editor positions this month. If the sale goes through, expect the new owners to take even more extreme measures: by slashing costs to the bone. Meanwhile, Seven Days has hired KATE O’NEILL on a one-year contract to provide in-depth reporting on Vermont’s opioid crisis. Find out more on page 28 of this issue. As we say hello to Kate, we must say goodbye to staff writer KYMELYA SARI, whose work has graced Seven Days’ pages for the better part of three years. In February, Sari will return to her homeland of Singapore after five years in the States. Sari came to America in 2014 for a journalism program at Columbia University. “I thought I’d be in the U.S. for a year,” Sari said. “Then I met [Seven Days deputy publisher] CATHY [RESMER] at my school’s job fair. I accepted a six-month fellowship.” Which was extended far beyond its original expiration date. But now, she said, “My work visa is going to expire at the end of next month.” Her primary beat was covering Vermont’s New American community, and we will miss her keen insight and storytelling skill. 

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More bad news for readers of the Burlington Free Press. Alden Global Capital, a New York hedge fund called “the most reviled newspaper owner in the business” by Nieman Journalism Lab analyst KEN DOCTOR, is making a serious bid for Gannett, the Free Press’ parent company. Alden subsidiary Digital First Media/ MNG Enterprises is offering $12 per share, a 41 percent premium over Gannett’s yearend stock price. In a Monday press release, Digital First accused Gannett management of making a series of strategic blunders and failing to show that it’s “capable of effectively running this enterprise.” The release said that Digital First is “committed to maximizing value for all Gannett shareholders.”

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ust before Christmas, Tracy heard a sharp knock on the door of the Chittenden County home she shares with her two young boys. A sheriff’s deputy handed the 28-year-old nursing assistant a legal notice indicating that she was being evicted from her apartment for nonpayment of rent and needed to be out by January 3. “It was like, ‘Merry Christmas! Find a new home,’” recalled Tracy, who declined to be identified by her real name for fear of further jeopardizing her housing. The single mom, who lives in a subsidized apartment, got behind on her $340-per-month rent last fall because, unable to afford childcare, she had to stay home to care for her boys during the summer. She figured she’d be able to catch up after they returned to school and she started to work again. But her job search took longer than expected. The boys needed clothes and boots for a winter that came early, and by the time her first paycheck arrived, it was November and three months’ rent was due. “The little bit that I was out of work set me back a lot,” Tracy said. Many low-income Vermonters such as Tracy are just a paycheck or two away from being evicted from their homes, a traumatic, expensive process than can lead to homelessness. Now, a first-of-its-kind study to be released this week shows that the majority of evictions in Vermont happen not because a tenant has damaged his or her apartment, annoyed neighbors, or engaged in some other unsavory behavior. Instead, according to the Vermont Legal Aid report, most evictions occur simply because tenants are late with rent and can’t get current quickly enough to hold on to their homes. Of the 1,700 eviction filings in the state in 2016, 70 percent were due to nonpayment of rent, the study found. That surprised Vermont Legal Aid staff attorney Jessica Radbord, who commissioned the report to get a better sense of the scope and nature of evictions in the state. Because her office often handles the messiest of cases, Radbord had assumed that more evictions were the result of some type of conflict between landlords and tenants, she said. But the realization that so many evictions were caused by tenants getting behind on their rent gave Radbord hope that there might be a simple solution.

What if the state did more to help people avoid eviction by paying their back rent for them? She reasoned that spending a bit of money up front — the average evicted renter owed just $2,000 — made far more sense, financially and morally, than letting people fall into homelessness. Vermont Legal Aid estimates that by adding $800,000 to housing aid programs, the state could cut its eviction rate in half and probably end up saving money on services for the homeless. “We can make a pretty big change for not a lot of money,” Radbord said. “I believe this would be either cost-neutral or actually save money.” The proposal is one of the core recommendations from the Vermont Legal Aid eviction report. Advance copies have been well received by such legislators as Rep. Tom Stevens (D-Waterbury), the newly named chair of the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs. He called the study compelling and the proposal “a big step” in the right direction. “We know, through the research that we’ve been presented over the years, that homelessness prevention saves tons of money,” Stevens said. To be effective, any such program needs to be fast and efficient, characteristics government isn’t always known for, he said. But Stevens argued that the potential benefits would likely far outweigh the costs.

If you’re on the street, you need emergency services, he said, “versus you’re in your home, and your kids can do their homework, and it’s warm, and they can take a bath, and they can go to school. These are the tools that a family needs to succeed.” Given the likelihood of a state budget surplus this year, Stevens thinks this might be the time to launch a new rentalassistance program or expand existing ones. Other legislators are more cautious. “This is coming into a very competitive budgetary environment,” said Sen. Jane Kitchel (D-Caledonia), chair of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee. She cited other obligations and priorities, such as paying down state pension liabilities and fulfilling requests for more higher education funding. Paying tenants’ back rent isn’t the only way to keep them in their homes, Kitchel noted. Other strategies include constructing more affordable housing and increasing general assistance to families with children. “There are a variety of competing ways to address the issues around housing,” Kitchel said. The genesis of the Vermont Legal Aid report is as compelling as some of its findings. Radbord was conducting a training clinic for pro bono attorneys in Montpelier a year and a half ago when her

co-presenter, Angela Zaikowski, head of the Vermont Landlords Association, urged participants to read Matthew Desmond’s 2016 book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Desmond, a professor at Princeton University, runs a research project called the Eviction Lab, which uses public records to track evictions throughout the country. It listed only 39 in the entire state of Vermont in 2016. Radbord knew that was a preposterously low number, given the volume of cases her office alone handles every year. So she decided to get to the bottom of not just how many evictions there were in the state but what was driving them. She asked two Vermont Legal Aid interns, Peter Beck and Isaac Scher, to dive into the subject. Beck focused on data from Windsor and Lamoille counties, while Scher conducted interviews with tenants from across the state who faced eviction. The researchers found that just over 2 percent of households in Windsor and Lamoille were subject to an eviction process in 2016. When unpaid rent was at issue, the median amount due was only $2,000. The landlord had a lawyer in three out of four cases, and the tenant didn’t. Perhaps not coincidentally, in three out of four instances, tenants wound up getting evicted. That’s despite the fact that, in 43 percent of cases, the eviction notice or complaint did not comply with legal requirements. The data jibed with Radbord’s own experience. She has found that, in many cases, tenants are evicted after getting behind by just a few hundred dollars. “One car breakdown, and you’re out of luck,” she said. Those relatively modest debts, however, can quickly snowball if tenants are taken to court. There’s the $295 court filing fee and $50-per-tenant process service fee, not to mention mileage and postage, all of which the tenant can be required to repay in addition to the back payments. And throughout the process, which can take months, back rent mounts. Landlords bear significant costs in the eviction process, as well, including legal fees and lost revenue from units going unrented. Even when they win in court, collecting can be challenging. For this reason, landlords are usually highly motivated to find an alternative


HOUSING to eviction, said Nadine Scibek, an attorney who represents a number of major Vermont landlords, including affordablehousing providers. “Landlords are not out to throw people out on the street,” Scibek said. “They just want people to pay the rent, be good neighbors and follow the lease.” She and her affordablehousing clients, in particular, work with tenants who demonstrate a willingness to resolve issues in a way that will allow them to stay in their units, Scibek said. REP. TOM The state already provides some back-rent assistance, but advocates say it’s not enough. Last year, the state spent $6.9 million addressing or preventing homelessness through the Housing Opportunity Grant Program, or HOP. The bulk of that money went to

agencies helping the homeless, while $1.5 million funded services aimed at helping prevent people from becoming so, explained Sarah Phillips, director of the state’s Office of Economic Opportunity. Of that prevention pot, $367,933 was spent on rental assistance, which includes ongoing rent and rental arrears for those at risk of homelessness. The department works with service providers to ensure a variety of strategies are used to prevent evictions, Phillips said. One of those providers, STE VE NS Chittenden Community Action, would welcome an increase in the HOP funds it distributes to low-income residents in conjunction with counseling aimed at helping people better manage their money, said director Travis Poulin.



The organization distributed $135,000 to 174 families last year to help with security deposits or rental assistance intended to keep tenants in their homes. They were not able to help 45 families that had sought assistance. There could have been a variety of reasons for this, Poulin said, but in many cases it’s because potential recipients aren’t poor enough. The HOP funds are largely restricted to those who earn 30 percent of the median household income. For a family of four in Burlington last year, that amounted to $27,550. According to Poulin, many Vermonters make more money than that but still struggle with the high cost of housing and utilities. If additional money became available, one way to expand the program might be to loosen its income restrictions and open it up to those making up to 50 percent of the median income, or $45,912 for a family of four.

“The more money we have available, the more people we’ll be able to serve,” Poulin said. “It’s really that simple.” In Tracy’s case, once her boys returned to school and she found work, paying her modest rent wasn’t a problem. But digging herself out of the backrent hole was. In the end, her landlord gave her another chance, allowing her to remain in her home while she caught up on her rent. But she wonders whether a more robust back-rent program might have kept her from getting hauled into court. She credited the last-minute intervention by advocacy groups, including Legal Services Law Line of Vermont and Vermont Legal Aid, with her reprieve from eviction. “Without them, I would have been homeless,” she said.  Contact:

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oters at the Progressive Party caucus had a clear choice, City Councilor Brian Pine (P-Ward 3) told the crowd during the January 6 event in Burlington’s Old North End. To endorse Central District incumbent City Councilor Jane Knodell was to support someone who understood the principles upon which the party was founded: pragmatism, moderation and a willingness to compromise to ensure progress — even incremental progress, said Pine. His pitch fell flat. Instead, voters backed political neophyte Perri Freeman by a wide margin: 85 to 55. The 27-year-old Connecticut native was one of four first-time candidates — the oldest of whom is 30 — endorsed by Progressive voters at the Sustainability Academy that Sunday evening. The candidates include Jack Hanson, 24, in the East District; Mohamed Jafar, 22, in the South District; and Kienan Christianson, 30, in the North District. Only the Central District race was contested. The young cohort claims it represents true Progressivism, espousing a commitment to grassroots organizing and tackling big problems such as climate change and affordability. “We’re getting back to the roots of being Progressive as economic and social and environmental justice,” Freeman said in an interview, suggesting that Knodell’s positions don’t reflect the views of her constituents. The casualty of said shift is the party matriarch: Knodell has served on the council for 20 of the past 26 years and received the Progressive endorsement in each of her 10 campaigns. She may yet decide to run as an independent, but some of the Progressive old guard is nonetheless mourning her defeat as the end of an era and a shift in focus for a party Knodell helped shape. “The loss of someone like Jane is a personal loss but also a loss to the community,” said former mayor Peter Clavelle, a Progressive who served in city government with Knodell in the 1990s. “It raises some interesting questions as to what is the future of the Progressive Party: Is there room in the Progressive Party for folks who want to govern to get things done rather than oppose things?” Knodell became a core member of Burlington’s nascent Progressive Party soon




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after moving to the city in 1986 to take a job teaching economics at the University of Vermont. She chaired a statewide coalition to help meet the banking and credit needs of low-income Vermonters and served on the organizing committee for both the city and the state party. She was first elected to the council in 1993 — two years after Freeman was born. At the caucus, Knodell, who has a PhD from Stanford University, touted her work on affordable housing initiatives and her ability to secure money for neighborhood organizations. But in recent years, she’s faced backlash from members of the party who say that she has strayed from Progressive ideals, prioritizing political expediency over transparency and supporting controversial development projects. In 2016, Knodell, along with Pine and Clavelle, encouraged voters to pass two ballot items that would allow developer Don Sinex to construct his 14-story CityPlace Burlington. The measures passed citywide, but one failed in Wards 2 and 3, which comprise the Central District Knodell represents. Last year, Knodell initially supported selling Burlington Telecom to the co-op Keep Burlington Telecom Local, but she later led negotiations with Republican

City Councilor Kurt Wright to sell to Indiana-based Schurz Communications. Progs at the caucus also criticized her for voting against a resolution to halt the arrival of the F-35 fighter jets at Burlington International Airport and her support for keeping a controversial downtown mural on display until 2022. Her latest — and perhaps most egregious — transgression? She publicly backed Wright in his November bid for reelection to the Vermont House, a race he lost to a Democrat that Freeman helped elect. That endorsement was a “point of frustration for a lot people,” Freeman said, hypothesizing that it may have been the final straw for those who questioned Knodell’s council priorities. Knodell offered a simpler analysis of her defeat: “It’s just who does a better job getting people to show up on a Sunday night to a Progressive caucus,” she said, noting that turnout was relatively high. “Everyone who has always supported me has continued to support me.” That’s not entirely true. Former party chair Emma MulvaneyStanak, who campaigned for Knodell in 2013, offered a speech at the caucus nominating Freeman. Terry Bouricius,

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a former city councilor and state repre- growing up in more conservative Madisentative who helped found the party, son, Conn. She’s a renter, doesn’t own a now backs Freeman. So, too, does Max car and works multiple jobs. Tracy, a Progressive city councilor who Jafar said his experience as a Somali represents Ward 2 in the Old North End. refugee would allow him to engage the The caucus-goers wanted “someone New American community in city poliwho’s more consistently populist, leftist, tics. Christianson, who’s gay, described than a more civic-minded administrator, how he came to Burlington because as it were,” Bouricius said, adding that Vermont was part of the vanguard in Knodell is a “wonderful person.” legalizing same-sex marriage. Hanson, Tracy said the problem is a perceived who worked for Sanders’ 2016 presidenlack of transparency. “People feel like tial campaign, described himself as an they’re not being heard,” he said. organizer and a local jazz musician. But in an interview three days later, Knodell, meanwhile, may seem less Knodell seemed rueful that constituents relatable as a 64-year-old white woman hadn’t acknowledged her gainfully employed as a tenured UVM economics contributions. If she did run, her campaign slogan would professor, Pine suggested. be “Quietly getting stuff done “The style and the rhetofor decades,” she quipped. ric is enough to motivate a S o m e n e we r p a r t y new crop of activists,” he members, Knodell suggested, said. may have strong ideology but National politics are also are “no longer thinking about influencing local races. Presiwhat can actually get done.” dent Donald Trump’s 2016 Such a divide isn’t new, election prompted activists but it appears to be growto get involved and fix what ing. Knodell’s husband, they saw as a broken, corrupt Ted Wimpey, left the party system, according to Hanson. three years ago. He’d moved When nominating Freeman, Mulvaney- Stanak to Burlington in the 1980s because of then-mayor compared the candidate to U.S. Reps. Ayanna Pressley Bernie Sanders’ progressive policies. But, in 2016, Wimpey (D-Mass.) and Alexandria declared on Facebook that Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), both the party’s “effective antiof whom ousted longtime development stance” against left-leaning incumbents in the downtown mall project 2018 as part of a “new wave of led him to “sever ties.” representative democracy.” His wife stuck with the Mulvaney- Stanak party, though it barely stuck dismissed the theory that the PETER CL AVELLE with her. Knodell actunew Queen City candidates ally earned the Democratic represent a substantial shift endorsement — along with in party ideology. Instead, “I Progressive backing — during her 2017 think it’s a real pushback against Miro and council campaign. She went on to eke out Miro-style Democrats,” Mulvaney-Stanak an 81-vote victory over Genese Grill, who said, referring to Weinberger, who was first ran as a far-left independent. Grill was elected mayor in 2012. “I’ve seen more and a member of the Coalition for a Livable more factions of people organizing and feelCity, a group that opposed the Sinex ing not heard in city hall.” redevelopment. Councilor Tracy gave Knodell’s oppoLast year, it was Infinite Culcleasure nent personal credit: “A lot of it is Perri who took on the establishment. He and her ability to turn people out,” he mounted a challenge to Mayor Miro said. Weinberger, offering voters an option to Indeed, Freeman prides herself on her the left of Carina Driscoll, who ran as an skills as an organizer. Since she moved to independent but earned the Progressive Burlington in early 2017, she’s canvassed endorsement. Both upstarts ultimately for Vermont Public Interest Research lost, but Culcleasure got 28 percent of the Group, worked for Rights & Democracy vote in the Old North End — Knodell’s advocating for paid family leave and a home district. livable wage, and also worked as a home This year’s slate of Progressive candi- care provider. dates seems cut from a similar ideological She said she led the campaign to cloth. They emphasized their ability to oust Wright and personally knocked on relate to those they’d represent. Free- nearly 1,000 doors as part of that effort. man, for example, is queer, she said at the caucus, “and never really fit in” while WHAT’S LEFT? » P.21














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n a snowy November day in 2018, snowboarder Georges Dionne headed to Stowe Mountain Resort and ripped four or

five runs. Then the fun stopped. Several managers approached and ordered him out of a lift line. “You know you’re not supposed to be here,” one told Dionne, he recalled. So Dionne, who’d had his season pass revoked the previous year for misconduct but had bought another, went home. Stowe police later called him to say he’d be arrested if he returned to the resort, per instructions from the ski area’s management. The next day, he learned of the biggest bummer. A Vail Resorts employee called to tell him he’d been blacklisted from all of its facilities — 18 ski areas in the United States, Canada and Australia owned by the mega-company that purchased Stowe in 2017. The freezeout means that Dionne, a part-time rep for Colorado-based Never Summer snowboards, can’t demo product at any mountains that are part of Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass system, including Vermont’s Stowe and Okemo. The reason? According to Dionne, he used obscenities when he complained about a slow lift in 2017. Seven Days could not independently verify his account because officials at Vail Resorts and Stowe would not answer questions about Dionne’s situation, citing customer privacy. Johnna Muscente, Vail Resorts’ director of corporate communications, did issue a statement that said the company stands by its decision. “The safety of our guests and employees is our No. 1 priority,” the statement read. “Stowe Mountain Resort and Vail Resorts have zero tolerance for behavior that could put other guests or employees at risk. If a guest uses unsafe or threatening behavior, then we take appropriate actions, which could include revocation of lift privileges or access to our resorts, in order to ensure the safety of other guests and our employees.” Dionne insists he was “not in any way intimidating or abusive.” He feels singled out for a punishment too severe for the offense. People have thrown fireworks from the gondolas at Stowe, berated employees and done worse, he insisted.




“The ban for life,” he said, “I’m not sure if there’s anybody else.” The way ski areas police problem behavior can vary significantly from mountain to mountain. Stowe and Vail Resorts post a lengthy responsibility code on their websites advising customers to stay in control, keep off closed trails and respect employees’ right to revoke passes when people demonstrate “reckless or inappropriate behavior.” Other resorts have codes, too, but enforcement varies. Once a sanction is meted out, it doesn’t necessarily come with an appeal process. The systems allow for personal bias to drive unfair outcomes, Dionne claims: “For some reason, the people at Stowe have it in for me, and the people at Vail don’t seem to care.” Dionne believes that Vail Resorts’ rules are cookie cutter and unforgiving. The company’s purchase of Stowe is leading to “homogenization” and rigidity, he said. “It’s a resort,” Dionne complained, and yet, “you can’t throw a snowball.” Dionne’s version of his story, which he’s shared extensively in Facebook rants, has generated many responses, including some slamming Vail Resorts. Sympathetic comments include “Vail sucks!” and “#freeGeorges.” Others have shown no sympathy and urged him to “let it go.” Still, both Dionne’s supporters and detractors seem taken aback by the concept of a multi-resort pass leading to a multi-resort ban. It’s one thing to be booted from the slopes of a Vermont area and another to be banned from mountains around the world, too. “I can’t fathom what Mr. Dionne might have done,” said JJ Toland, director of communications at Jay Peak Resort. Staff there can’t recall telling anyone that they were “such a king shit that we never want to see your face on this hill again,” Toland continued. “That has never happened.” Occasionally, ski patrollers take away a day ticket or temporarily suspend a pass if a customer is skiing or riding recklessly and ignores requests to stop, he added. Other infractions such as pass fraud — in which a season-pass holder allows someone else to use their pass — also might generate a suspension, because it’s theft. But such time-outs are rare, partly because many pass holders are locals or second-home owners who “don’t want to

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be in the position of being tagged as somebody wanting to steal from their home hill,” Toland said. “It’s a really respectful culture.” At ski cooperative Mad River Glen in Waitsfield, it’s also uncommon for anybody’s pass or ticket to be yanked even temporarily, and it’s unheard of for management to issue a lifetime ban. “I guess the only thing we could say is that if you really annoy us, we won’t let you drink in the bar,” said Eric Friedman, the slope’s marketing director. When a pass is pulled, it’s a temporary

sanction, and “it’s usually for skiing a closed trail or something like that,” Friedman added. “But that’s the extent of it, and I’ve never heard of any example that ever went beyond that in my recollection at Mad River.” Next door, at locally owned Sugarbush Resort, management has on rare occasions told someone not to come back. “If we caught someone stealing skis, we would certainly not welcome them back. And we’ve had that happen,” owner Win Smith said.


He can also recall one or two instances in which the resort issued no-trespass orders. “From my memory, it’s usually happened when somebody has been threatening,” he said. “It’s been a real concern that there could be violence.” And while Sugarbush tickets can be purchased under two multi-resort packages, the Mountain Collective and the Ikon Pass, the mountain is still independently owned. Sanctions there do not carry over to other resorts in the system, Smith said. Meanwhile, Dionne’s exile from the entire Epic Pass world stands. Dressed in camouflage-print pants and a flannel hoodie, 52-year-old Dionne looked younger than his age during an interview at Black Cap Coffee & Beer in the town of Stowe. There was no visible gray in his black hair, and Dionne recounted his travails in an alternately comic and outraged tone. He grew up mostly in Manchester, N.H. After graduating from high school, Dionne moved furniture, learned plumbing and tried various other jobs. He dabbled with standup comedy in Los Angeles and worked as an extra on a few TV shows before concluding, “Mostly you just walk around making no money.” He made his way back east and tried snowboarding at Gunstock Mountain Resort in New Hampshire. Dionne immediately knew he loved the sport and still remembers the date of that first outing: February 19, 2000. “I was in,” he said. He started snowboarding at Stowe and acquired his house on Moscow Road around 2005. He worked as an instructor at the hill part time off and on for several years until 2012. He also picked up the gig as a sales rep for Never Summer, traveling around the East and Midwest. All along, Dionne worked as a plumber on the side. His trouble at Stowe, he said, stems from a windy March day in 2017. Dionne was riding up the high-speed quad. Except that the chairlift wasn’t so high-speed that day, as he tells it. The cold aggravated old spots of frostbite on his face, and a ride that is supposed to take seven minutes took 15. At the top, he waved the lift attendant out of the glassenclosed booth.

“He comes out. I’m frozen solid, and I say, ‘Can you tell me why this lift is moving so fucking slow?’” Dionne recalled. Things got worse. A second employee, this one a lift mechanic, came out, and Dionne dropped another f-bomb. He intended to apologize during a meeting with Stowe managers a few days later, but it didn’t go well. They had already made up their minds, according to Dionne. Further, there had been a 2014 incident at Stowe. Dionne had almost punched a skier who, he said, had deliberately skied into him after a dispute in the lift line. And, Dionne admits, when he worked as a part-time snowboard instructor at the mountain, he was known as an “irritant.” The upshot? The epic blackballing. “If I was a multimillionaire homeowner up at the Spruce Club, there’s no way upper management would treat me this way,” Dionne sniffed. Initially, Dionne accepted that Stowe was off-limits after the 2017 debacle. During the winter of 2017-18, he rode at other mountains. And in his sales role for Never Summer, he held demos at various other resorts. But he got an itch to board at the Vail Resorts-owned ski area Perisher in Australia, where he had worked briefly a decade ago. So last summer, Dionne purchased an Australian version of the Epic Pass and added an option that would allow him to ski Vail’s American resorts. After he paid, clerks at Vail Resorts and at Stowe told him there was nothing blocking the pass should he want to use it at the Vermont mountain, according to Dionne. And when he checked in with town police, he learned that the no-trespass order against him had expired. But when he showed up, he got the boot. So far, he hasn’t gotten a refund for that Epic Pass, another sore point. Worst of all for Dionne? He can’t snowboard at the ski area that brought him to Stowe in the first place. “This is my home,” he said dejectedly. “I love that hill.” 








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could be prosecuted, Donovan said, either for lack of physical evidence or because they involve actions that are protected by the First Amendment. Morris and Lawton stood behind Donovan and each spoke. Lawton read a list of racist comments directed at the pair online over the last two years, while Morris spoke about the “generational trauma” she and her ancestors endured. “All of the accounts of what happened to me and my family over the years are enormous in scale and historically rooted in a legacy of white supremacy, misogyny and inequity,” she said. “We did everything that we were told to do, reported everything, held nothing back and trusted in a system that, in the end, was insufficient and inept at addressing and repairing the harm done. “In the end, we were told there was nothing to be done,” Morris said.









A self-proclaimed white nationalist accused of harassing former state representative Kiah Morris strode into the Congregation Beth El synagogue in Bennington during a press conference held Monday to announce the findings of a state probe into alleged racist acts against the ex-lawmaker. Morris, a Bennington Democrat who is African American, cited years of racial harassment when she resigned from her position last fall before the end of her term. Že press conference went off DE the rails when Bennington R resident Max Misch entered the room as Morris answered a television reporter’s question about the attorney general’s probe. Misch had been subject to a yearlong protective order in 2016 prohibiting him from contacting Morris over a series of racist tweets, messages and online comments he aimed at her. Misch wore a black longsleeve shirt bearing the image of alt-right icon Pepe the Frog. Many in the room began shouting “No, no, no!” and “Out!” when he arrived. Že chaotic scene o vershadowed what had been organized as a display of unity and commitment to address Morris’ complaints, in part through the rollout of a “bias incident” reporting system to help document discriminatory activity and aid victims in pursuing recourse. Twenty-five representatives from law enforcement, the Vermont legislature and social justice advocacy groups flanked Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan. None of the allegations made by Morris and her husband, James Lawton, since 2016

Žree additional law enforcement officers have come forward reporting serious injuries sustained during training drills at the Vermont Police Academy, according to attorney Jerry O’Neill, who is representing a Burlington officer in a lawsuit against the academy. reported last week that an investigation by the Burlington Police Department found that Officer Erin Bartle and two others sustained injuries such as concus-


Longtime Burlington City Councilor Dave Hartnett has withdrawn from the race for the North District seat he currently occupies. Že New Nor th End Democrat said he made the decision last week due to a series of family obligations, which he refused to specify. Že announcement comes as a surprise: Že eight-y ear incumbent had already submitted his petition for reelection and earned the Democratic endorsement at the party caucus last month. Že nativ e Burlingtonian said he notified Mayor Miro Weinberger and Democratic Party leadership last Friday. “I could run and win, but it was about whether I could serve with 110 percent,” Hartnett said. Hartnett, who manages a Jolley convenience store gas station on North Avenue, has earned a reputation as a man of the people, outspoken and unpolished, unafraid Kiah Morris to stake out a political position on his own. Hartnett said he backed out of the race in time for a fellow Democrat to get involved. Candidates have already entered the contest. Independent Kienan Christianson has already received the Progressive nomination and said that he might also seek the Democratic nomination. Alex Farrell, a 26-year-old who ran as a Republican in a state Senate race he lost in November, said on Monday that he would run as an independent. Chris Trombly said he was “strongly considering” seeking the Democratic nomination. Trombly, a member of the Wards 4 and 7 Neighborhood Planning Assembly steering committee, ran unsuccessfully for a Ward 7 council seat in 2017. Hartnett, for his part, said he’s not necessarily giving up politics just yet. “It’s a year decision,” he said. “Žen we’l l see.”

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More Police Officers Report ‘Career-Altering’ Training Injuries

Poulin gave Seven Days the following account of what happened to him: He has a history of concussions and traumatic brain injuries, so he warned instructors before a training at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office that a hit to the head could end his career. Že instructors were certified by the Vermont Police Academy as use-of-force trainers. Žey equipped Poulin with a foam helmet. A trainer role-played a hitchhiker with mental health issues on a roadside, and Poulin was tasked with confronting the man and diffusing the situation. Poulin asked the “hitchhiker” for his ID. As the instructor handed it over, he struck Poulin in the temple so hard that Poulin suffered a concussion. It happened on January 28, 2017. Poulin, who experienced daily migraines afterward, wasn’t able to return to work until fall 2018 because the medications he took were too debilitating. “Žere were points during my treatment where I couldn’t string two words together, the medication level was so high,” Poulin said last Friday. What Poulin experienced was typical of the drill. Recruits were supposed to learn how to avoid surprise attacks and recover control of a situation when attacked. Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo said two sheriff’s deputies contacted him January 9 to say that they had suffered “career-altering injuries” from the hitchhiker training. One, who asked Seven Days that he not be named for fear it could hurt his career in law enforcement, said the hitchhiker drill was a

sions and hearing loss during an academy drill known as the “hitchhiker scenario.” A fourth officer was knocked unconscious. During the drill, instructors punched recruits in the head without warning. Bartle is suing the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council, which oversees the academy. Since news of the lawsuit broke, O’Neill said, at least three more law enforcement officials have come forward. Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Poulin, 44, is one of them.

mandatory training for all full-time deputies in his department. He said he expected to receive instruction about how to handle the situation. Že deput y said he got a concussion and back injury and had to take a week off work. He said it didn’t feel like a training. “It felt [like] more of a scheduled asskicking,” the deputy said.



What’s Left? « P.17 And when it came time to bring people to the caucus, she made dozens of calls and reached out to various progressive organizations, including Rights & Democracy and the Democratic Socialists of America — of which she’s a member. Freeman joined the steering committee of the Wards 2 and 3 Neighborhood Planning Assembly and has started attending every city council and committee meeting she can fit into her schedule. She’s soft-spoken and listens intently, leveling a blue-eyed gaze on the speaker. During an interview, she vowed to invest in affordable housing initiatives, limit


votes on controversial issues such as the telecom sale, portraying the decision as a necessary compromise that will ultimately benefit Burlingtonians. “I come from the governing branch of the Progressive Party,” she said in the measured alto of a seasoned lecturer. Although she’s currently on a sabbatical, researching the currency that was used in 17th-century Massachusetts, Knodell spoke with Seven Days in her big corner office in UVM’s Old Mill building. She was the university’s interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for a year and, from 2010 to 2012, served as university provost and senior vice president. As for her political accomplishments, Knodell highlighted some of the most



Burlington and Middlebury, she pursued an artist’s life, specializing in portraits, landscapes and fanciful drawings representing what one reviewer called a “storybook world” and “a nostalgic vision of a rural past.” She exhibited in one-person and group shows, locally and nationally, and one of her pictures was selected for the cover of the art section of an edition offiSeven Days.


Elizabeth Hampel 1927-2018

Signs like this popped up in the Old North End

exemptions from the city’s livable wage policy, communicate frequently with her constituents, and push to limit the city’s dependence on fossil fuels in the heating and transportation sectors. She spent a recent Friday night researching innovative public transit policies in Spain and Iceland, she said, and has been reading a lot about decolonization. Younger members of the party, including Freeman, have a greater sense of urgency about their work, said Martha Abbott, who served as chair of the Vermont Progressive Party for more than a decade. “I think they are wanting to move things forward more quickly and don’t have necessarily — and this isn’t a bad thing — the patience to wait for other things to catch up,” Abbott said. Knodell congratulated Freeman on her victory but made clear that the newbie may be hard-pressed to translate her ideological platform to policy on a tripartisan council. Knodell recalled Freeman saying that she had been “showing up” to city and neighborhood meetings for months. With a chuckle, Knodell remarked, “It’s like, sister, you do not even know what ‘showing up’ looks like.” Knodell said she doesn’t regret her

unglamorous: permit reform, securing city funds for the Janet S. Munt Family Room, and her work on inclusionary zoning and Burlington’s senior centers. None of those contributions were mentioned in the email that Progs sent after her defeat. Their official report did not acknowledge Knodell or her long tenure. The party does plan to thank Knodell for her service, according to Josh Wronski, executive director of the Vermont Progressive Party. But “it’s a little awkward” when she may challenge the nominee. Wronski said he hoped Knodell would agree to stay out of the race and instead mentor Freeman. Knodell said she would make a decision by the end of the week. If she decides against an independent run, she said, she’s got plenty of other things to do: getting her Charles Street home in order, traveling more, maybe taking voice lessons. Others have different plans for her. A grassroots committee calling itself “Draft Jane” is circulating a list of prominent Burlingtonians who support Knodell. They’ve started installing “Run Jane Run!!” signs around the Old North End.  Contact:

Elizabeth (Betty) Cornell Doolittle Hampel passed away on October 8, 2018, in Burlington, Vt. She was born in 1927 and grew up in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. As a child, she seemed to be so emotionally and physically challenged that she was taken to Vassar College for evaluation. At that time, myasthenia gravis, the underlying neurological cause for her periods of inability to walk, was not recognized. It was thought that Betty’s condition was psychologically based, but through cognitive testing it was determined that she was in the genius range. It was not until she was in her sixties that, due to advanced medical research, she was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, somewhat to her Her formal education endedfibeforeshe finished elementary school. At 18, her first employment was in the office of the Wilbur Coal and Lumber Company in Poughkeepsie, where her many duties necessitated learning to determine the board feet needed for building projects, an ability of which she was always proud. For the next 15 years, she worked in the offices of four insurance companies in Poughkeepsie and Utica, N.Y., and Burlington, Vt. One of her employers wrote of her, “Miss Doolittle is capable of efficiently operating and managing an insurance office entirely by herself.” Betty had produced fine art from an early age, and after she moved to Burlington she met, studied art with and married the artist Harrison Hampel. Working in

ž e culmination of her work as an artist occurred a few years ago, when her painting of the Morgan Horse Farm was selected to represent Vermont in an exhibition of work from all 50 states that toured the entire country. In the 1980s, Betty learned to use the computer and then divided her efforts between art and writing. She began writing poetry, children’s books, short stories, memoir pieces and novels, and illustrating many of them. For several years she was a member of a writer’s group in Middlebury, and her work was published locally and nationally. Her art and writing communicated her enthusiasm, humor, sensitivity, sympathy, understanding, and fascination with romance and adventure. Betty was known for her interest in politics and costume jewelry, her sense of style, her eye for secondhand

designer clothes, her devotion to her pets, her business acumen and frugality, her self-discipline and drive, her exacting artistic standards, her talent and creativity, her sense of humor and positive outlook, and her generosity. She continued working as long as she could, and even in her last days, at 90 years old, she was talking about projects she needed to finish. She is survived by her cousins, one of whom, author-publisher Roberta M. Roy, was instrumental in the publication of Betty’s novels. Betty was predeceased by her husband, Harrison; her parents, Marian (Milan) and Rex Doolittle; her sister and brother-in-law Elsa and Louis Barmore; and her niece Karen Bojara Smith, for whom Betty was a caregiver in Karen’s early years. ž anks go to Betty’s friends and college visitors, as well as to caregivers in Middlebury and Burlington, from Addison County Home Health, Bayada Hospice and the Ethan Allen Residence. Betty did not want a memorial service, only for several family members to conduct a ceremony for her burial in Hyde Park, N.Y., arranged by SandersonDucharme Funeral Home of Middlebury. Contributions in Betty’s memory may be made to Homeward Bound Animal Welfare Center — Addison County Humane Society, Inc., 236 Boardman St., Middlebury, VT 05753, and to the Ethan Allen Residence, c/o Mary Mougey, Director, 1200 North Ave., Burlington, VT 05408. Online condolences and remembrances may be sent tofionlinecondolences@ Betty lives on not only in our memories but in her work, as in a poem she wrote for her husband, Harrison: “We’ll paint each other’s portraits, / and pen each other rhymes, / And spend all of forever / sharing loving, happy times.”

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Despite the information overload from a zillion media sources — or maybe because of it — just listening has become surprisingly popular. This month, VERMONT FOLKLIFE CENTER releases its own podcast, joining Serial, My Favorite Murder, back episodes of Fresh Air and many others in the burgeoning field. The title is VT Untapped. And really, it’s about time. Podcasting seems like a natural development for an institution that has collected some 6,000 recordings dating back to the 1940s. Indeed, says ANDY KOLOVOS, VFC’s director of archives and research, the idea has been brewing for a while — since before longtime colleague Greg Sharrow was diagnosed with cancer. (He passed away last June.) Sharrow made many of the center’s extant field recordings of Vermonters — old-timers and newcomers. “The archive is broad and deep,” observes Kolovos, “but access is an issue. This [podcast] is a way to create 10- to 15-minute curated bites.” VT Untapped will combine archival material with content from ongoing ethnographic research to paint an aural picture of the state’s denizens. The choices for its first two episodes could hardly be more different: “Rainbow Cattle Co.” — featuring interviews with drag queens at a now-defunct bar in tiny Dummerston — and “Deer Stories.” The latter captures the voices of male and female hunters and includes the unlikely but charming story of Vermonter Cleo Johnson and Lady, his pet deer. MARY WESLEY, co-coordinator of VFC’s Discovering Community Program, produces and hosts the podcast with a warm and measured voice; audio producer ERICA FURGIUELE is the editor. Also crucial to the project, says Kolovos, is volunteer MARTY DEWEES, who has been plumbing the archives for content. Asked if the older recordings presented technical challenges, Kolovos says, “By and large, they’re pretty clean. In the ’80s and ’90s, we got serious about making good recordings.” As to why podcasts are so appealing, Kolovos — who commutes from Burlington to Middlebury — has a logical answer: “Personally, I spend a lot of time in my car; the podcast [brings] a world of content directly to my phone.” And, at least so far, that content is free.




From Quaker farm and site for the Underground Railroad to museum and National Historic Landmark, Ferrisburgh’s ROKEBY MUSEUM represents, and exhibits, a dramatic slice of Vermont’s past. Now the venue is stepping into the 21st century — with living artists. Rokeby director CATHERINE WOOD BROOKS and RIC KASINI KADOUR of Kasini House recently announced a partnership that is “designed to engage contemporary artists as interpreters of the museum’s unique history.” It’s a fitting extension, since the abolitionist Robinson family, whose homestead the museum once was, counted artists among its members. Based in Montréal and Vermont, Kadour is known locally for producing Vermont Art Guide, Art Map Burlington and Kolaj Magazine. He’s also worked with a handful of Vermont galleries to present art talks or curate exhibitions such as the current “Artists to Watch 2019” at the VERMONT ARTS COUNCIL. COURTE SY

Montpelier’s COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT LAB announced last Thursday that grants of up to $10,000 are available to teaching artists in Vermont to create a public art project “that strengthens awareness of a pressing social challenge and opportunity.” Specifically, applicants for the new Thriving Communities Project grants must propose an artwork that explores this question: “The Earth is speaking — how do we respond?” Clearly this framework is meant to generate interactive local responses to what CEL executive director PAUL GAMBILL calls “the greatest challenge of our time”: climate change. True to CEL’s mission of putting creativity at the center of learning, he adds, “We believe that teaching artists can play an essential catalytic role in helping communities understand how to address that challenge.” In a phone call, Gambill — who cofounded CEL in 2011 with renowned arts educator ERIC BOOTH — says that “we’ve been trying to grow to this point.” The nonprofit’s evolution in just a few years has already been impressive. According to the website, CEL’s Vermont Creative Schools Initiative has served 3,500 students and 110 teachers in 37 schools across the state. How? By offering teachingartist residencies to each partner school and facilitating cross-pollination with community partners. The goal is to develop “high-quality creative learning opportunities” for Vermont students. Grant applicants don’t have to be teaching in schools, however; Gambill notes that independent artists who propose suitable community-based projects are also eligible. A key question for applicants to consider, he says, is “Who are community partners or potential partners — organizations and assets who may already be working on this idea?” An example would be an organization addressing water pollution. “It will be interesting to see how [applicants] align with community members,” Gambill says. “It’s a way for artists to get out of their silos.” Depending on the financial needs of individual proposals, CEL expects to greenlight five to eight projects, which would culminate in winter or spring of 2020. Part of each prize is a $2,500 scholarship to CEL’s Teaching Artist Academy. Booth, who is widely considered “the father of the teaching artist profession,” leads that residency program. To apply, artists must submit a letter of interest by February 15. From those, a select number will be invited to submit full proposals by April 1. Says Gambill, “I think we’re going to be surprised by the richness of the applications.”



Exhibition images at the Rokeby Museum

At the Rokeby, which is now closed for the season, Kadour will engage with artists and the museum’s archives and property “to demonstrate how contemporary art can pick up the unfinished work of history, foster civic engagement and address social, economic and environmental justice issues our communities are facing,” he writes. It’s an ambitious agenda for a two-year project, but it should, at the very least, breathe new life into the museum’s raison d’être. To be sure, the work of social justice is far from done.



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usannah is #blessed. Her husband, Max, a sexy and wildly successful performance artist, has a teaching gig at the University of Vermont that comes with a house in Burlington’s Hill Section. With her teenage son at school all day, Susannah seems to spend most of her time jogging by the lake, shopping at the farmers market or lovingly grilling local produce for her men. But Susannah hasn’t gotten rid of the “white bear” — the term her therapist (and first husband) used for her anxiety. Sporadic panic attacks still send her into a tailspin. And when she finds a handwritten note on the door of her perfect home that says, “I know who you are,” the white bear attacks. The Perfect Liar is the sixth novel from THOMAS CHRISTOPHER GREENE , founding president of the VERMONT COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS, whose fiction has lately pivoted into domestic thriller territory. Here he uses the familiar device of threatening, anonymous notes to expose the cracks in a seemingly perfect marriage. This family has secrets, and the price of keeping them could tear it apart. Late in the book, Greene drops a reference to The Talented Mr. Ripley; his story has already evoked thriller doyenne Patricia Highsmith, even if his style hasn’t. Within the first few chapters, we learn that Max adopted a false identity in his youth. Further deceit helped him win Susannah, launch his art career (which itself is all smoke and mirrors) and get his UVM job. Like Tom Ripley, Max sees his lying as self-realization: “He was born into the wrong family, into the wrong name, into the wrong identity.

He didn’t become a fraud, in his view, but emerged into the world that way fully formed.” Also like Ripley, Max committed a murder on the path to his carefully constructed identity, and he’s not contrite. To shield the fragile Susannah from knowledge of his past, he may even be willing to kill again. Greene excels at atmospheric prose that is hypnotically repetitive, stringing action after action together by conjunctions: “he smiled at her that smile that made her forget everything and he looked tired and she leaned up and kissed him and he took her in his arms.” When they aren’t playing catand-mouse games, Max and Susannah have a lot of lovingly described meals and lyrically described sex. More than a breakneck thriller, the book can suggest Hemingway with a Lifetime plot and a Martha Stewart setting. For all the prettiness, though, there’s something twisted at the root of this love story. The spouses are perfect complements: Max a man who can turn anything into art (“You are the art,” he tells his rapt audiences) and Susannah a woman who desperately needs “to be watched, to be gazed upon.” In the novel’s best passages, Greene makes their symbiosis distinctly creepy: “This was how they loved, she told herself. A small tribe, they were. No one was getting in.” Unspoken is the implication that no one in this family unit is getting out, either. Thriller fans will find that The Perfect Liar offers plenty of twists and turns, though some of the perspective shifts and other logistics could be more deftly managed. (Notes to self: Do thoroughly google search a prospective spouse. Do not take a


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VYOA rehearsing with Benjamin Klemme at the Elley-Long Music Center


year ago, VERMONT YOUTH ORCHESTRA ASSOCIATION music director BENJAMIN KLEMME decided that the group’s winter concert, scheduled for January 20, would honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He programmed Duke Ellington’s 1973 Three Black Kings, the last movement of which is a triumphantly jazzy, walking-pace homage to King and the civil rights marches he led. Klemme also chose the second movement of Antonín Dvořák’s 1893 New World Symphony, which is inspired by African American spirituals that the Czech composer first heard from his black student, baritone Harry Burleigh, while teaching at a New York conservatory. The concert program, titled “Beyond the Frame — Depictions of a Dream,” has since grown into an unusually collaborative multimedia event. During a regular meeting of Vermont arts-organization executive directors, the VERMONT HUMANITIES COUNCIL’s CHRISTOPHER ILSTRUP and the VYOA’s ROSINA CANNIZZARO hit on an idea for their first collaboration. The VHC had chosen March: Book One,



a graphic novel about civil rights leader and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, for this year’s Vermont Reads, its one-book statewide reading program. The VYOA concert seemed like the perfect venue for — why not? — a book-program launch. Klemme selected four excerpts pertaining to Lewis and King’s interactions from March, which was cowritten by Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell. These excerpts will be projected above the orchestra between performances while the prerecorded voice of Reuben Jackson, former host of VERMONT PUBLIC RADIO’s “Friday Night Jazz,” reads the text. (Jackson, who moved to Washington, D.C., last February to work as a jazz archivist at the University of the District of Columbia, will return to attend the concert.) Klemme also invited COUNTERPOINT, Vermont’s professional a cappella choir, to perform African American spirituals and freedom songs. This will be Counterpoint’s first collaboration with the VYOA, too, as well as its first performance on the FLYNN MAINSTAGE. To accommodate the large

space, director NATHANIEL LEW has roughly doubled the number of Counterpoint singers to 23. Lew selected six spirituals for what he calls a “carefully curated set.” Two were arranged by Counterpoint’s founder, Robert De Cormier, whose legacy includes a lifelong interest in learning and disseminating spirituals through his arrangements. De Cormier, who was white but worked closely with Harry Belafonte and others, arranged “Hold On” and “Oh Freedom” specifically for the choir not long before he died in 2017.



Lew has also programmed “My Lord What a Morning” by Burleigh. The baritone from Pennsylvania was 26 when he was called into Dvořák’s office to sing the spirituals he had been singing in the

halls while doing a work-study cleaning job, as Lew describes it. Burleigh went on to become a leading classical arranger of African American spirituals and composer of art songs. It was Dvořák who gave the budding composer “the conviction that he could use spirituals as melodic material,” Lew says. “It feels like this founding myth of American music. After [Dvořák and Burleigh] worked together, Dvořák told the newspapers that African American spirituals could become the germ of a new American style of music. People were appalled, of course — it was 1895 — but the joke was on them. He turned out to be 100 percent correct.” VYOA’s musicians learned about this history during a visit from Counterpoint. They’re also reading March while practicing their parts — including solos in the Dvořák and Ellington pieces that will be played, respectively, by English horn player KATHRYN MEYER of Stowe High School and alto saxophonist CALEB BENZ of Middlebury Union High School. The VHC has given 20 copies of the graphic novel to the orchestra, which is lending them to its members on a rotating basis. The Vermont Reads program has grown significantly since it began in 2003, according to director of community programs TESS TAYLOR and her assistant, RICHELLE FRANZONI. The VHC has ordered 4,000 copies of this year’s book to give gratis to the libraries, schools, reading clubs and other groups that successfully applied for the program. It expects to order more after a second round of applications comes due on June 1. Though he left Vermont after six years in part because of exhaustion with the state’s predominantly white demographics, March narrator Jackson, an African American, says he was “honored to have done what I could” for the concert to celebrate King’s legacy. Before moving to Vermont, Jackson was the archivist and associate curator of the Smithsonian Institution’s Duke Ellington Collection for 20 years. “I was excited about Kings because it’s a lesser-known work,” he says, adding, “Ellington is one of the foremost American composers out there. He hated the word ‘jazz.’” Jackson also welcomes the opportunity to help “make King’s and Lewis’ words relevant to younger people.” He came to Vermont to take a job teaching English at



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Burlington High School, a position that lasted two years. “I’m old enough to remember the civil rights era,” says the 62-year-old. “I grew up in D.C., but my parents were from the Jim Crow south — Georgia and Florida. [When we visited there,] I was told, ‘If you’re walking to the corner store and you see white guys following you, you go knock on a black person’s door.’” At “Depictions of a Dream,” he says, “people can think about how these

Quick Lit « P.23 potential enemy running at Huntington Gorge and casually remark that it’s a very easy place to drown.) While Highsmith might have presented the story’s twists and reveals as ironies of fate and human folly, Greene’s angle is more elusive. Max and Susannah aren’t the kind of characters we root for, yet their pas de deux has a queasy, semi-romanticized fascination. Susannah seeks out men who dominate her, but her adoration comes with a price. Whether this makes her a femme fatale (as Hemingway might have suggested), a victim in need of empowerment (the Lifetime

excerpts [from March] connect to Vermont in 2019.” And audiences can honor the national holiday by witnessing the pervasive impact of African American music on U.S. culture.  Contact:

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blood and is extracted in a method similar to that for platelets, is used for patients with burns, traumas and clotting deficiency disorders. Because plasma is an extremely valuable commodity, donors are often paid for theirs. Growing demand in recent years has led to a sharp uptick in the number of for-profit blood collection centers, which often set up shop in low-income areas. The U.S., unlike many countries, lets people sell their blood as often as twice a week, at a going rate of $30 to $50 per pint. Consequently, the U.S. is now the third largest exporter of human blood. As the Atlantic reported in March 2018, global sales of blood plasma jumped from $5 billion in 2000 to $20 billion in 2015. In 2016, America’s for-profit blood plasma


erhaps you’ve noticed sandwichboard signs posted near Burlington’s American Red Cross blood donation center announcing that Vermont is in the midst of a critical blood shortage. The signs, which tug at our heartstrings and lure us with free doughnuts and movie tickets, beckon the unsqueamish among us to open a vein and donate a pint of our life-giving fluid. Alas, most of us don’t. According to the Red Cross, only 3 percent of Americans give, even though the vast majority of healthy adults qualify to do so. And yet, we all expect blood to be available immediately if we or a loved one requires a transfusion during surgery or after an accident. This situation got one of our readers wondering: Why does Burlington still experience blood shortages at a time when the United States is actually one of the world’s largest blood exporters? The reader also asked: To meet its need, why doesn’t the Red Cross pay its donors in cash, as for-profit blood banks do, rather than in orange juice and Oreos? WTF? The reason for the shortages is simple, explained Mary Brant, Red Cross communications manager for northern New England. “The need for blood is constant and varies on a day-to-day basis,” she wrote via email. Vermont is part of the Red Cross Northern New England Region, which includes Maine and New Hampshire. The region must collect approximately 500 units of blood every day to meet the needs of area hospitals. Nationwide, someone needs a blood transfusion every two seconds. The Red Cross, which manages 40 percent of the U.S. blood supply, must collect 13,000 blood donations as well as 2,500 platelet donations per day to supply patients at about 2,600 hospitals across the country. Platelets, a key clotting component that is extracted from blood during the donation procedure, are often needed for patients with cancer, chronic diseases and traumatic injuries. Because platelets must be transfused within five days of donation, Brant noted, they are always needed. Given such high domestic demand, why does the U.S. ship blood overseas? Short answer: money. There’s gold in them there veins, and not everyone taps it for purely altruistic purposes. Blood plasma, a straw-colored liquid that comprises about 55 percent of our

industry accounted for an astonishing 1.6 percent of total U.S. exports. What’s driving the world’s insatiable thirst for blood? The answer, as is often the case with international trade, is demand from China. According to a 338-page report published by WinterGreen Research, titled “Blood Plasma: Market Shares, Strategy, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2018 to 2024,” liver disease is a major cause of illness and death around the globe. The problem is acute in China, where 400 million people have liver diseases, primarily viral hepatitis, and need serum albumin, a blood protein used to treat it. In 2017, the report notes, Chinese patients consumed 400 metric tons of serum albumin, which represented about

half the world’s consumption that year. China’s own population easily could have met that demand, were it not for the fact that many Chinese are now afraid to donate — and with good reason. In the mid-1990s, tens of thousands of poor farmers who were paid to donate blood contracted HIV/AIDS from unsanitary needles, a scandal the Chinese government tried to conceal for years. Thankfully, one reason America’s blood is in such high demand is because it’s considered among the safest supplies in the world. So why can’t people earn literal blood money in Vermont? One reason is that there are no for-profit donation centers here; the Red Cross doesn’t pay for blood, arguing that the U.S. blood supply is safer when people give, as Brant put it, “for altruistic motivations.” In fact, all blood, donated or sold, must be labeled as to whether it was received from a paid source or volunteer. The World Health Organization urges hospitals to use only volunteered blood, because those donors are less likely to lie about their health and lifestyles. If you’re one of the rare red-blooded Americans who donates regularly, how do you know if your hemoglobin is going global? According to Brant, the Red Cross supplies blood products to hospitals in about 45 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa. It also supplies hospitals on the Northern Mariana Islands and the Marshall Islands. That said, the Red Cross always prioritizes local need, meaning that if your community needs your red stuff, it stays here. Only after regional demands are met does Vermont blood get pumped out to other locations via a national inventorymanagement system. “Eligible donors can feel good knowing that, by donating through the Red Cross, they may be helping patients not only in their community but also family and friends across the nation,” said Brant. Or, as a hematologist might say when pondering your blood type: Be positive.  Contact:

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Introducing “Hooked,” Kate O’Neill’s yearlong coverage of the Vermont opioid crisis B Y PAUL A R OUT LY


urlington native Madelyn “Maddie” Linsenmeir popped her first OxyContin in 2004, a full decade before then-governor Peter Shumlin warned about a “rising tide of drug addiction and drug-related crime spreading across Vermont.” Maddie was 16 and living in Florida. Her 32-year-old half sister, Kate O’Neill, was in Washington, D.C., earning a master’s degree in creative writing. Neither of them could have foreseen how drugs would dominate Linsenmeir’s adult life. Nor that, 14 years later, O’Neill 28


would memorialize her sister in an obituary that perfectly captured the agony of addiction. Published in Seven Days and the Burlington Free Press, O’Neill’s words were shared online around the world. In the five years since Shumlin formally recognized Vermont’s opiate crisis, Seven Days reporters have been covering the story. They’ve written about long waiting lists for drug treatment and the emergence of the overdose-reversing drug Narcan; profiled Vermont leaders in the field, including doctors and researchers; and chronicled changing attitudes within

the local criminal justice system. Their work has won awards and prompted the state to change the way that incarcerated addicts get medication-assisted treatment in prisons. The coverage has also generated heartfelt comments from readers touched by the opioid crisis — evidence of its persistent grip on Vermont addicts and their families. But none of that activity prepared us for the public reaction to O’Neill’s obituary for Linsenmeir, who died last October. O’Neill’s tribute managed to capture the young mother’s spirit and also discussed

the disease that took her life. The portrayal was both specific and universal. O’Neill wrote: “To some, Maddie was just a junkie — when they saw her addiction, they stopped seeing her. And what a loss for them. Because Maddie was hilarious, and warm, and fearless and resilient.” Millions of people worldwide read and shared the honest obit, including national reporters and celebrities such as Alyssa Milano and Ivanka Trump. More than 1,000 readers left online comments on the Seven Days website — the largest response to anything we have ever published.

“My 27-year-old daughter died the same day, the same way,” read one. “She has been battling her addiction since she was 16 also. I wish I had the strength to speak out the way you did.” The outpouring verified the magnitude, pervasiveness and cruelty of the opioid crisis. But it also pointed out how many stories we, the media, are missing. So we hired O’Neill to spend the next year finding and reporting on them. O’Neill grew up in the Queen City but dropped out of Burlington High School. “I like to say I have a GED and a master’s degree,” she said. She didn’t finish college until she was 30, at the University of Vermont, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English and studio art. From



2008 to 2012, O’Neill worked as the lead proofreader at Seven Days and proved to be an exacting and tireless wordsmith. She’s excelled in a variety of writing and editing positions since. O’Neill tried to help her sister over the years — in Vermont and other states — as Linsenmeir cycled through jails, rehabs, hospitals, police stations and courts. Together they navigated the legal and medical systems that O’Neill will explore in “Hooked: Stories and Solutions From Vermont’s Opioid Crisis.” The yearlong series starts in February. O’Neill talked with Seven Days about her decision to honor her sister by turning her attention to others in Vermont who are also touched by addiction. SEVEN DAYS: Were you surprised by the reaction to the obituary you wrote for your sister? KATE O’NEILL: Yes, very. An obituary is obviously a public document — my family placed Maddie’s in Seven Days and the Burlington Free Press and then posted it on Facebook, because we wanted to make sure friends who don’t read the paper would know she had died and when her service was. But we never expected anyone beyond our friends, family and

the Vermonters who read those newspapers to see it. I was nervous when I first realized it was being widely shared. Maddie was ashamed of her addiction, of the things she did and experienced in its name. Telling her story within our community felt safe, but the internet can be unkind. Some people lack empathy for those who suffer from addiction, lack understanding about this disease and, as more and more people started reading about Maddie, I worried she would be judged because she was an addict. But what happened was the opposite. What happened was a tremendous outpouring of empathy and understanding and connection. What happened was a gift. SD: How did you get from there to the decision to devote the next 12 months of your life to writing about Vermont’s opioid crisis? KO: I think it’s a cliché because it’s true: The death of someone you love can change everything. And that’s what happened when my sister died. Until then, I didn’t think much about the opioid crisis. Which might seem strange, given that for the past decade one of the people I love the most in this world was addicted to opioids. But, while my family was living the opioid epidemic, and ultimately lost my sister to it, until she died I didn’t read books about it, I didn’t look up statistics, I didn’t investigate solutions beyond those that would help Maddie directly, from the big picture (What is the most effective treatment? How could we help her raise her son while protecting him from her disease? What would convince her to love herself and fight for her life?) to the quotidian (Who can take Friday off to drive her to rehab? How do we put money in her commissary account in jail? How do we figure out who her court-appointed lawyer is?). The response to her obituary reminded me of the larger context in which her addiction occurred and woke me to the heartbreaking reality that my sister was one of many. That the struggles she and my family went through are shared by millions. My family heard from people in the throes of their addiction and people who have been sober for 20 years, people who are ashamed and scared and people who are strong now but know that relapse is one wrong step away. People who are incarcerated and people who visit their spouses in jail each week. People who have lost custody SISTER’S KEEPER

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of their kids because of their drug use and people who are raising their grandkids because their own children have disappeared into the black hole of addiction. People whose siblings and partners and parents and children and aunts and cousins and best friends and coworkers have died of this disease. And people who are working every day in intractable systems trying to make a dent in this overwhelming problem; people who are advocating for prisoners and training public defenders and saving the lives of addicts who have OD’d. When I returned to my job the day after Maddie’s service, in communications at a technology company, I knew immediately that it wasn’t the place for me anymore, that I needed to find work doing something meaningful. So, when Seven Days reached out and offered me a job writing about the opioid epidemic in Vermont, I took it.

SD: Was there any debate within your family about how revealing the obituary should be? KO: No, not at all. I was a little worried that my mom and stepdad might feel that it exposed Maddie, but they were unequivocal that it was the right thing to do. It would have been dishonest not to talk about her addiction — it shaped so much of her adult life. We hoped that, in being open, we might help reduce some of the stigma we saw Maddie experience, and we wanted to speak directly to people who suffer from this disease and to people who work every day with addicts. SD: Did you hold anything back? KO: There was nothing I wanted to include but chose not to, or that my family asked me to withhold. But it was an 30



SD: You were part of a panel discussion here in Burlington. Why not just continue those conversations across the country? KO: I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to talk about Maddie and share some of her story, grateful that her death, which was absolutely unnecessary, has helped develop an understanding both of people living with opioid use disorder and those who know, love and work with them. But Maddie’s story is one of many, and through this project I hope to tell other people’s stories, to paint a broader picture of what’s happening in Vermont, to go more in-depth than I could participating in panel discussions.

obituary, and obituaries are traditionally meant to celebrate a person’s life and accomplishments, not serve as a rap sheet. So I didn’t write about many things that happened to Maddie as a result of her disease, many things she did to herself and to others, because it would not have been appropriate to include them in an obituary. But my family is committed to being open about Maddie’s life and our own experiences so that people have an understanding of what this epidemic looks like, what addiction actually does to people. Secrecy and shame do not serve those who are suffering, and I want anyone who is going through what Maddie and my family did to know they are not alone. To know that, no matter what they’ve gone through, no matter what they’ve experienced or done, no matter what they’ve lost, even if they have lost every single thing, it is not too late. It is never too late. SD: Do you expect that addicts and their families will be more inclined to talk to you because of your honest portrayal of Maddie in her obituary? KO: I hope so. I hope people know they can trust me with their stories. I hope I can be a bridge between those who are living this epidemic and those who have the power to end it.

SD: I know Maddie had interactions with cops, courts, hospitals, treatment facilities. …rough her, you’ve seen the system from the inside. How do you think that will benefit you as a journalist? KO: Do you know the expression “cradle to grave”? Well, I have seen firsthand what the system is like from cradle to grave. From a preterm baby born to an opioid-addicted mom to an addict dying while incarcerated for crimes related to her disease. I know that Vermont has made some incredible progress in the decade that my sister was a drug addict, and I know that progress is not nearly enough. Not even close. I know there are real-life heroes working both within and outside the system to change it. I know there are many stories that need to be heard, and I hope to help tell them. SD: What do you want to write about? KO: I want to write about the experiences common to addicts and their families, including my sister and our family: what effective treatment looks like and what the barriers to it are; the arrest and incarceration of people with opioid use disorder; the sexual exploitation of addicts, from survival sex to human trafficking; the children who are in foster care because their parents

are addicts, the people who’ve lost their kids because of their addiction, and the families who are fostering and adopting those kids. I also want to explore the impact of this epidemic on people who depend on opioid medications to manage chronic pain. And I want to look at solutions, including what’s working (and not) in Vermont right now, and ideas that range from the realistic to the radical. Because if there’s any place willing to implement a radical solution, it’s Vermont. SD: How do you think your stories will be different from others we’ve read about opiate addiction? KO: There has been such great reporting on this issue, and I hope what I write will be a meaningful contribution. I want it to reflect the lived experience of people who are touched by opioid use disorder. Addicts themselves, but also their parents and partners and kids, their doctors and social workers and jailers. SD: Based on what you’ve seen so far, what do you think Vermont is doing well in regard to this crisis? KO: Vermont should get enormous credit for making medication-assisted treatment available to all prisoners who are addicted to opioids. There’s a problem with our system when an estimated 80


percent of people in state prisons in the U.S. suffer from substance-use disorder; we are clearly criminalizing a public health problem. But as it stands now, our prisons are our largest potential rehabs, so it’s great that we’re taking steps toward getting people the help they need while they’re incarcerated. It’s also great that naloxone is widely available in Vermont. The hub-and-spoke system has made medications such as

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buprenorphine and methadone much more accessible. In some municipalities within the state, people are no longer being arrested or prosecuted for illegal possession of buprenorphine. We have eight needle exchanges in Vermont, including Safe Recovery in Burlington, where people can get an immediate prescription for buprenorphine (or that’s the intention). Needle exchanges are important not only because clean works prevent disease but also because these are places people can go to learn about treatment options and housing and health care, to remain connected to society. SD: What is the state doing poorly? KO: The system is still ultimately failing a lot of people. While there has been progress toward helping Vermonters access treatment, according to Commissioner of Health Mark Levine, approximately eight out of 10 people with opioid use disorder are not actively seeking it. The hub-and-spoke system has received a lot of well-deserved attention and praise, but who is it not reaching? And why?

Safe Recovery is a great example of what the state is doing right, but the doctor there reached her prescribing limit of buprenorphine in eight days, and people are OD’ing in the bathrooms and parking lot. Why not have many Safe Recoveries, not just in Burlington but across the state, with enough staff to provide low-barrier access to medication and counseling to anyone in need and monitor people for overdose? While prescribing buprenorphine to people who are incarcerated is an important step forward, the rollout of medication-assisted treatment in prison continues to be bumpy, and there are many issues to be addressed, including underdosing, patient privacy and protection, prisoners being pulled from their jobs, and the treatment of those who are on medication-assisted treatment. And research suggests that MAT is most successful when it includes behavioral therapy, a component that is absent in prison. Also, many collateral issues are not yet being adequately addressed, including children in foster care, the lack of longterm treatment options and the sexual exploitation of addicts.

SD: Are there lessons here for the rest of the country? KO: Vermont is a truly exceptional place that has been ahead of the rest of the country on many issues, from civil unions to universal health care to the legalization of marijuana. There is no doubt in my mind the state will continue to lead the way, this time in finding solutions to the opioid epidemic. How great would that be? To be the state that solved the opioid crisis.  Contact:

INFO “Hooked: Stories and Solutions From Vermont’s Opioid Epidemic” is made possible in part by funding from the Vermont Community Foundation, the University of Vermont Health Network and Pomerleau Real Estate. „e series is reported and edited by Seven Days news staff; underwriters have no influence on the content. Have a tip or a story to share about opioid addiction in Vermont? Email Kate O’Neill at Or call or text a secure line anonymously at 802-222-0975.



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hen Dr. Matthew Friedman finished his residency in psychiatry at DartmouthHitchcock medical center, the only job he could find was as a staff psychiatrist at the White River Junction VA Medical Center. “I told everyone I’d do this for a year and then find something interesting to do,” recalled Friedman. “That was 1973, and here I am, still at the VA.” Landing that job, in the waning days of the Vietnam War, was serendipitous for Friedman, who did indeed find something interesting to do: He became a pioneer in the study of posttraumatic stress disorder. In 1989, Friedman was instrumental in founding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD in White River Junction, which he led for the following 25 years. Now 78 and a senior adviser to the center, Friedman is helping researchers “boldly go where no one has gone before” — not into the wilds of space, but deep into the brain cells of people with PTSD. In 2014, he and his colleagues founded the National Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Brain Bank, the first and only brain bank in the world devoted exclusively to PTSD research. It’s a resource that could lead to a paradigm shift comparable to the origin of the PTSD diagnosis itself. Spoiler alert: There is no room full of frozen brains in White River Junction. Just as financial banks don’t keep drawers full of cash with depositors’ names on them, the PTSD Brain Bank doesn’t store its actual tissue samples in Vermont. It’s a consortium of institutions that includes research facilities in Boston; Durham, N.C.; Miami; West Haven, Conn.; and Bethesda, Md. Those institutions do, however, study actual frozen brain hemispheres. They are housed in a Boston repository along with samples from other brain banks focusing on such problems as traumatic brain injuries, Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. “We’re at a point where the science in the next five to 10 years is going to unlock a lot of information, and we’re hoping the brain bank accelerates that,” said Dr. Paula Schnurr, executive director of the National Center for PTSD and a longtime colleague of Friedman’s. “It’s the kind of data we haven’t had before.” Those data have been a long time coming. When Friedman got into this work in the early 1970s, the term “PTSD” didn’t exist. No single name encompassed the constellation of symptoms — fear, agitation, anxiety, insomnia, depression, flashbacks, nightmares and self-destructive behavior — that Friedman saw in the veterans who were coming home from Vietnam. All he knew was that these men and women were suffering tremendously, and he wanted to help them. “We didn’t know what the hell it was,” Friedman recalled. The label initially assigned to the condition, “post-Vietnam syndrome,” did little to help clinicians understand its root causes, let alone devise effective treatments.

In those days, he said, psychiatry was still dominated by Freudian psychoanalytic theory, which attributed such symptoms to developmental abnormalities rooted in the patient’s parents and upbringing. Most clinicians believed, in other words, that these patients had psychological weaknesses before they went to war that prevented them from processing the horrors they experienced. Friedman rejected that theory. Originally trained as a pharmacologist in the 1960s, he had studied how opioids such as heroin change the brain functions of addicts, a phenomenon now known as neuroplasticity. Friedman believed traumatic experiences could alter brain functions in similar ways. Today we know that PTSD has been around for as long as humans have been exposed to life-threatening situations. “Until the mid-19th century, it was the province of poets, playwrights and novelists,” Friedman noted. Indeed, accounts of the condition, called Heimweh in German and maladie du pays in French — both translate as “homesickness” — date back at least 3,000 years, according to a 2014 exhibit on PTSD at Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum and History Center. The ancient Greek historian Herodotus, recounting the battle of Marathon in 490 BC, described an Athenian warrior who went blind after a soldier beside him was killed, even though he himself suffered no physical wounds.

During the U.S. Civil War, the condition was called “soldier’s heart” and was so widespread that army doctors pleaded with president Abraham Lincoln’s war department to screen recruits for susceptibility to psychological breakdowns. During World War I, doctors labeled it “shell shock,” believing the condition was a neurological response to explosions. During World War II, it became known as “battle fatigue” or “combat neurosis” and was seen as a psychiatric abnormality. Not until recent decades, Friedman said, did people begin to understand how something that didn’t cause bleeding or broken bones could be debilitating for a lifetime. In 1980, when the American Psychiatric Association formally adopted the PTSD diagnosis, “It was a major paradigm shift in American psychiatry,” he said. “The brilliance of the PTSD construct … was that the focus became less on the specific cause than on the consequences,” Friedman added. Suddenly, clinicians who’d been treating patients with similar symptoms and disparate backgrounds — Nazi death camp survivors, abused children, refugees, battered women — could now pool their knowledge and resources. Fast-forward to 2019. What does getting access to brain tissue give researchers that brain scans of living patients cannot? A microscopic perspective, Friedman explained, that could result in a new paradigm shift.

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The PTSD Brain Bank allows researchers to study the postmortem brains of people with similar or even identical genetic material, such as twins, who responded very differently to the same trauma. Knowing how PTSD changes the brain at the cellular level, Friedman said, is the next frontier in understanding how to diagnose and treat it. “The brain bank should enable us to ask questions that were inconceivable [to answer] even five years ago,” he said. By year’s end, Friedman estimated, the bank will have 300 brains in its possession. Many of them came through medical examiners, with permission from the next of kin. Some of the deceased were diagnosed with PTSD only after they died. Typically, brain bank researchers make such postmortem assessments only after rigorously reviewing the deceased’s medical records and clinical diagnoses, as well as interviewing family members and reconstructing the donors’ life experiences. Moving forward, Friedman said, the bank aims to get people to commit to donations before they die. Researchers will then be able to gather vital data in advance, such as histories of the donors’ upbringing, their exposure to traumatic experiences, and their physical and mental health diagnoses.

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“A brain scan is like looking at the ocean through a telescope,” he said. “In order to know what’s going on inside the ocean — the kinds of fish, the environmental conditions, what type of pollution there is — you need to get your hands wet.” Plumbing the murky depths of PTSD, in other words, means knowing what’s going on at the cellular level. Specifically, researchers want to see what happens with RNA, or ribonucleic acid, a molecule that’s key to the coding, decoding, regulation and expression of genes. “RNA is like a keyboard,” Friedman said. “It’s got black keys and white keys.” When the brain has to process and respond to highly stressful circumstances, “it all depends on what harmonics are actually sounded.”

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urlington’s Future Fit isn’t a gym in the traditional sense. It more closely resembles my mental picture of Elon Musk’s home fitness studio: a sleek concrete box echoing with the insistently chill beat of electropop, outfitted with equipment that seems to have been designed by aliens to study human weakness. If you’re not familiar with adaptive resistance training, oxygen therapy, whole-body vibration or infrared saunas, all of which are on offer at Future Fit’s Pine Street quarters, you’re probably not alone. According to the company’s website, a session incorporating the full menu of Future Fit’s services can help you lose weight, boost your immunity, flush toxins, stimulate your lymphatic system, build bone density, balance your hormones, reduce inflammation, speed up your metabolism and mitigate the effects of aging, along with a litany of other chronic problems. The only health benefit Future Fit does not explicitly promise is immortality. When I arrived at the club for my workout last Thursday morning, I was primed for something between a hightech spa day and a clinical trial evaluating my suitability to become an astronaut. I was almost startled to walk in and meet Rachel Rondeau, an actual human being who grew up in West Windsor. She founded Future Fit along with 10th-generation Vermonter Kyle Burroughs, CEO of Burlington-based Burroughs Chocolate and a local skateboarding celebrity. They wanted to create an antidote to the indifference of the modern gym, where people suffer the indignity of working out on equipment that doesn’t even remember their name. “We were both really into wellness” — Rondeau and Burroughs are both certified nutritional therapists — “and we’d been learning about these cool advances in wellness tech from the influencers in our field,” Rondeau said, referring to social media personalities who are often paid to endorse products while looking impossibly cool. “We envisioned this place as sort of a cross between a gym, a doctor’s office and a spa.” At Future Fit, you don’t just show up and do your own thing. For $300 a month, members can book an unlimited number of one-on-one appointments with Rondeau, who serves as a workout sherpa, personal

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trainer and one-woman cheering squad. (Single sessions and packages are also available.) If Rondeau’s extremely hands-on approach sounds like overkill, it isn’t. For reasons that will soon become clear, no one should attempt to use any of Future Fit’s equipment unsupervised, except maybe the vibration plate. My workout started with a 15-minute warm-up on the Bulletproof Vibe Plate, a gadget that’s supposed to stimulate the nervous system and promote blood circulation; it might also, according to one peerreviewed study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, increase jump height. That sounded appealing enough on its own, given my rankling childhood indignation at never being able to hit the top of a doorframe as I entered a room. “I’d keep your knees bent,” Rondeau said as I stepped on. “If you straighten your legs, you might get a weird feeling in your head.” Of course, I had to straighten my legs to see what this weird feeling was all about; it momentarily turned me into a human Sonicare toothbrush. But when I bent my knees as instructed, I experienced a sensation not unlike a million microscopic elves performing shiatsu on each of my muscle fibers. Next, I got on the bicycle for oxygen interval training, a cardio session in which you alternate between sprints at lowerthan-normal oxygen levels and recovery at higher-than-normal ones. According to Dr. Andrea Fossati, who teaches in the University of Vermont Medical Center’s

Integrative Health program, the intervals of decreased oxygen could exacerbate the effects of existing heart or brain conditions, and people with certain blood disorders should probably avoid this type of training. But if you’re healthy, it’s generally safe — “similar to hiking or skiing in the Colorado Rockies, perhaps taking some time to acclimate,” Fossati explained.



Rondeau fastened the Velcro straps of the oxygen mask around my head and clipped a blood oxygen and heart-rate monitor to each of my index fingers. “If you get light-headed or anything, just tell me,” she said. While I pedaled, she kept an eye on the monitors to make sure I didn’t dip into passing-out territory — which, she reassured me, has never happened on her watch. For 15 minutes, I alternated between 40-second sprints while breathing 15 percent oxygen, simulating a high-altitude experience (normal air contains about 21 percent oxygen), and two-minute rests on 85 percent oxygen. Other than some maskinduced claustrophobia, I didn’t notice a huge difference between the session and a moderately challenging spin class. Slightly winded, I moved on to the

adaptive-resistance training machines, also known as ARX. When you sit in one of these things, which cost approximately as much as a Tesla, it scans your body to gauge your range of motion and your maximum output. A screen displays a graph tracking how much force you exert in each of your reps, then saves your data. The ARX machine knows when you’re holding back. It might know your deepest fears. Tanna Kelton, a Charlotte resident in her fifties, is an ARX devotee. Since she joined Future Fit last May, she said, she’s noticed a huge increase in her strength and stamina. That came in handy recently, when her sister broke her ankle and Kelton had to lift her into the car. “I’ve belonged to gyms, I’ve had personal trainers, but I’ve never experienced progress like I have with the ARX,” she said. “My body has completely changed. I feel like I’ve wasted so much time on workouts that didn’t make a difference. Once a week at Future Fit is really all I need.” When Rondeau told me that one 20-minute session on the ARX provides an entire week’s worth of strength training, I was deeply skeptical. As a long-distance runner who isn’t particularly fast, I believe the road to well-being is paved with hours and hours of suffering, which makes me really fun at parties. First, the leg press. Rondeau instructed me to push against the plate with both feet as hard as I could. “When it starts coming back toward you, keep pushing as hard as you can. You’re gonna do this eight times. OK?” It was painful, but I survived. Somehow I managed to get through the next four exercises — eight reps each of chest press, seated row, lat pull-down and, finally, shoulder press, which destroyed me. With free weights, there’s a small reprieve between action and release; on the ARX machine, you’re constantly applying force. In the seated row, for instance, you don’t get to relax your muscles when you retract the handle; you have to keep pulling it toward you, like you’re trying to rescue someone dangling from an airplane. It feels just as hopeless as it sounds. Afterward, I could barely lift a cup of water to my lips. But I didn’t care that I was in agony, because I knew I was headed for 45 minutes of straight relaxation in an infrared box heated to a balmy 131 degrees Fahrenheit. According to Clearlight, the

manufacturer of Future Fit’s model, infrared light makes people sweat at lower temperatures than standard convection-heated saunas. The heat is supposed to penetrate up to three inches into your body and extract toxins from fat cells. Based on the various accounts of infrared sauna usage I had found online, I expected to emerge looking like a luminous, pampered beet. Before I stepped into the sauna, Rondeau offered some advice: “It usually takes two or three sessions to get to the point where you’re sweating efficiently.” There are many things I do not do efficiently, but I never thought sweating might be among them. I asked for clarification.

juice. I drew faces in the sweat pooling in my elbows. By the time it occurred to me that I should have used this time for meditation, or intention setting, or whatever one is supposed to do while purging toxins, the session was over. I’ll omit the embarrassing details of my three-and-a-half-step hobble from the sauna to the shower stall, but I will confess that my arms were so weak I had to prop my elbows on the wall to shampoo my hair. I was still sweating as I walked outside into the freezing air, feeling as though I had just survived a mauling by a wild animal. The rest of the day passed in a fluidreplenishment frenzy. While everything below my neck screamed at me, I have

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to say that my skin looked hella good. Like, what-are-pores good. My face was like, “Hey, deltoids, so sorry to hear that you were involved in a fatal accident this morning. LMK if I can get you a turmeric latte!” Things got more interesting the next day, when I woke up feeling maximally, existentially fatigued, as though I had just forced my body to do something unconscionable. I’m pretty sure this is the kind of muscle soreness people experience after escaping from prison — scrambling up a wall, wriggling through a sewer system, that kind of workout. But I’d promised myself I’d go for a run that day, so I sucked it up and got on the treadmill. It was so boring, and so inefficient, and it offered zero insight into my shortcomings and suggested no hot tips for improvement. In fact, that total indifference felt oddly like unconditional love, or at least the closest thing to unconditional love I’d ever experienced on a machine. 

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blissed out by the end of our 60-minute session. That euphoria was a mere prelude to the main event: WilloBurke’s unique, hygge-inducing outdoor Nordic spa. “Hygge,” if you haven’t heard, is the Danish word for a sense of cozy contentment. Those Scandinavians know how to do wellness-of-being. “I don’t know of anything like it anywhere else in the country,” said spa owner Alivia Bertolini in a later phone interview. Bertolini, 38, opened the eight-suite WilloBurke Boutique Inn in the heart of East Burke Village in 2015. Last September, the Kirby native and former lawyer added to her offerings a Finnish-style Nordic spa, which she believes is the first of its kind in New England and possibly the U.S. Seven Days couldn’t confirm the existence of similar Nordic spas elsewhere in the lower 48. But a relatively close analogue to WilloBurke exists just over

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ur collective fear about what smartphone and tablet screens might be doing to children is nothing new; it has increased with every dopamine hit from the latest addictive app. Obesity, poor sleep, behavioral problems, violence and loss of social skills are all on the Mayo Clinic’s list of horrors linked to kids’ excessive screen time. Smartphones might be nuking kids’ eyes, too — or at least drying them out. So says Burlington optometrist Dora Sudarsky, who is seeing signs of dry-eye syndrome in children as young as 12. In the past, the condition was more often associated with women over 40. The Luddites reading this article in print may be feeling smug. But 4-yearolds playing on an iPhone X probably think that dry eyes are the least of their antisocial, rage-filled worries, if they think about their eyes at all. But game out the implications, and the dystopian future ahead looks dark indeed. That’s where my mind went, at least, after Sudarsky invited me to get screened for one of the leading causes for dry eye — something called meibomian gland dysfunction — using a new imaging machine at her Burlington clinic, Chroma Optics. I, a millennial, was terrified. I’d binged — like, really binged — on video games through middle school, gossiped away my high school years on AIM messenger and Netflixed the years since. Surely my eyes were burnt toast. And come to think of it, they were actually hurting a bit. In the 24 hours before my screening, I imagined that the future for everyone my age and younger would feel like being trapped inside a Jose Saramago novel narrated by Ben Stein. “You’re not going to die from dry eye,” Sudarsky assured me, before telling me about a Detroit meteorologist who died by suicide after complications from LASIK, a surgical procedure that can trigger dry eye. Most often, though, the condition is just uncomfortable. It can also affect a patient’s vision, which is why Sudarsky says she’s begun using a dry-eye screening instrument called LipiScan in her standard eye exams. Dry eye is either extremely common or relatively rare, depending on how you

define it. “It’s literally as common as having dry skin on your hands in the winter,” University of Vermont Medical Center ophthalmologist David Diaz says, and can be triggered by climate, hormones and contact lenses. “For the vast majority of people, it’s a nuisance issue about as worthy of medical attention and expense as dryness on your skin.” Around 7 percent of U.S. adults have what Diaz calls “clinically significant” dry eye, citing data from a 2013 survey of 75,000 adults. Its prevalence varies widely by gender and age: Women are twice as likely to be diagnosed as men, and

individuals older than 75 are almost seven times as likely to have it as those between 18 and 34. The survey found that just 2.7 percent of U.S. adults between ages 18 and 34 were diagnosed with dry eye, but Sudarsky believes that figure will increase as the smartphone generation grows up. “It’s way more common than it used to be,” she says. “I think it’s going to start getting even worse, because people are giving cellphones to their 2-year-olds to keep them busy.” A 2015 study published in the journal

Pediatrics found that almost all children in a survey of low-income, minority families were using mobile devices before age 1. Most were using the devices daily by age 2, and three quarters had their own device by age 4. The study was patterned after a large-scale, nationally representative 2013 study that revealed a five-fold increase over two years in the number of children ages 8 and younger who owned iPads and similar devices: from 8 percent in 2011 to 40 percent in 2013. Published research connecting pediatric dry eye and screen use is scant, but one peer-reviewed 2016 study in BMC Ophthalmology found a correlation among a sample of children in South Korea. Children in the “urban” group, who used smartphones more frequently, were diagnosed with dry eye at three times the rate of their “rural” peers, who used them less. The study also found that outdoor activity was “protective” against dry eye and that symptoms tended to subside after just four weeks without smartphone use. The theory behind a link between screen time and dry eyes involves blinking. Humans tend to blink less while staring at screens, which in turn can disrupt the chemical conditions on the surface of the eye. The eye stays lubricated using a layer of tears, called a tear film. The tear film is supported by a series of 15 to 20 tiny meibomian glands on the edge of the eyelid, which secrete an oil that helps prevent the tear film from evaporating too quickly. Without consistent blinking, those glands are more likely to become clogged, producing dry-eye symptoms. And if the glands stay clogged for too long, they can start to degrade. Last year, Sudarsky installed LipiScan in her clinic to help identify and treat unhealthy meibomian glands before they wither, and in some cases before patients even report symptoms. The screening tool quickly produces high-definition images of the meibomian glands. A technician uses a paddle to hold down the eyelid, while the instrument snaps an X-ray-like photo. The second instrument, called LipiFlow, uses eye pods dubbed “activators” to unclog the meibomian glands. Patients wear activators that heat and massage their eyes for about 12 minutes.

“It’s changing the way But those “pretty I treat dry eye,” Sudarsky pictures” can motivate says. patients. A 2017 article in the The manufacturer, TearReview of Optometry noted that Science, states that the system is meibomian gland imaging had available at more than 850 locations helped one Beverly Hills clinician’s in the U.S. and Canada, though Sudar- patients understand and take control of sky is the only Vermont optometrist the syndrome. “When patients recognize or ophthalmologist listed on its “Find the difference between their glands and a Doctor” web page. (TearScience healthy ones, they tend to be genuinely launched its dry eye technology in 2012, concerned and open to a custom treatand Johnson & Johnson purchased the ment plan,” wrote author and doctor of company in 2017.) But not everyone is optometry Kambiz Silani. sold on the high-tech solution. Diaz, a Sudarsky says some of her patients specialist in glaucoma, says dry eye has have sought out the LipiFlow treatment been a “poster child for pharmaceutical after seeing the condition of their meibomian glands during a LipiScan screening. abuse” over the last couple of decades. “It’s the lower back pain of the eye,” he “They may be happy [with how their eyes says. “Everyone’s got it sometimes, and of feel], but they’ll say, ‘I don’t want to lose everyone who’s got it, 10 percent of them any more of my glands, so I want to do are going to shell out money [to treat it].” this,’” she says. He rattles off examples Sudarsky says that’s a good of how dry eye has been thing. While she, too, is skeptiexploited by what’s become cal of expensive prescription a billion-dollar industry. One eye drops, she also says patients study Diaz cites found that often have trouble — or don’t the frequency of a dry-eye want to bother — with the treatment called “punctal home remedies traditionally plugs” decreased by almost used to relieve dry-eye symphalf once the Medicare reimtoms. Those remedies can be as bursement rate to providers simple as holding a warm, moist conducting the procedure compress on closed eyelids or was reduced. In an effort to conducting blinking exercises. shield its lucrative prescrip- DORA SU DARSKY Now patients who want to tion eye drop Restasis from monitor the health of their generic competitors, drug meibomian glands have access maker Allergan devised a dubious licens- to a new, if expensive, therapy. ing arrangement with the Saint Regis LipiFlow treatments cost $950 (half Mohawk Tribe in upstate New York that the cost it was before Johnson & Johnpromised millions in annual royalties to son bought TearScience, says Sudarsky) the tribe. The move was widely criticized and aren’t covered by most insurance and was defeated in federal court last plans. (LipiScan screenings are included year. in Sudarsky’s standard eye-exam fee.) Diaz says the Restasis example is Sudarsky is confident that the machine “illustrative of an entire mind-set” has been effective for the 25 or so patients within the industry of dry-eye treatment, who have used it so far. “I’ve seen them in which the condition is hyped and come back, and their glands are working patients overmedicated for profit. He’s again.” She recommends treatments once equally dubious about the value of the every one to three years. TearScience devices. Marketing materiTo my surprise and relief, I shouldn’t als for LipiScan/LipiFlow call the system need LipiFlow anytime soon. My meibo“revolutionary,” but Diaz suggests that mian glands are in good working order, the imaging device doesn’t provide more said the technician who scanned them. information than standard optometry But she added that, at 29, I’m a little too equipment. old for the screen-induced dry-eye spike “There are people who refer to in younger people that the clinic has seen. Either way, I’m going to follow the bit of that as LipiScam for a reason,” he says. Beyond “pretty pictures,” Diaz advice all eye professionals seem to agree says, “there are simply zero studies, on: Remember to blink. One easy rule of science-based studies, that say this thumb? Every 20 minutes, look at someadds anything meaningful to the treat- thing 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. ment of this disease. In my mind, it’s an And maybe make sure the kids do, too.  example of adding cost into the system without producing tangible benefit.” Contact:

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Vermont fisherman supplies a local “CSF” with sustainable salmon B Y S A L LY P O L L A K


he other night, as Sue Gage of Brandon fulfilled her civic duty at a meeting of the town library board, her husband was home cooking a salmon filet. “He’s frying up a piece right now,” Gage, the Brandon town clerk, told Seven Days. “He puts it in a pan with butter, as simple as you can get.” A fan of the fish, Gage betrayed little envy as she described her husband’s meal. Perhaps that’s because once or twice a week she eats salmon from the same source: Honeywilya Fish, operated by Lynn and Maria Steyaart of Duxbury. Gage and her husband get the salmon through a CSF share — short for “community-supported fish,” a riff on the CSA (community-supported agriculture) model in which customers pay in advance for a share of a producer’s bounty. In this case, the yield is wild Pacific salmon hand-caught by a Vermonter. For half the year, Lynn Steyaart is away from the home he and Maria share high on a dirt road. He spends the summer and fall living on a 30-foot fishing boat called the Honeywilya in southeast Alaska, trolling for Pacific salmon. Steyaart, 38, fishes by line and hook, working some 20 hours a day, seven days a week, and catching, cleaning and storing each fish individually. CO U R T E S Y O F H O N E YWIL YA F “I don’t think I’ve ever had a deckhand who hasn’t ISH passed out drooling [from fatigue] at the table,” he said, due to the rigor of the work. “I like the way he catches it; I like the philosophy behind that type of fishing,” said Gage, 55, who also Maria and Lynn Steyaart in Alaska appreciates the nutritional value. “We were trading salmon for chicken. Now that we’re not chicken farming anymore, we’ve graduated to the CSF.” Steyaart fishes out of Petersburg, Alaska, trolling 500 miles of coastline and sometimes cutting circles in the water 10 miles out to sea. “These fish are where they are, not where you want them to be,” he said. He fishes for salmon when they’re starting to smell fresh water, preparing to “fatten up” on their journey to spawn in inland streams. The aim is to catch the salmon when they are “ocean bright,” or characterized by mirrory silver skin and red meat laced with fat ribbons.

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In the Morrisville storefront that housed THOMPSON’S FLOUR SHOP for two decades, a new bakery is rising. Thompson’s moved across the road to 7 Main Street last summer. When its owners announced the move in early 2018, NORTH COUNTRY CAKES owner NICOLE MADDOX jumped at the opportunity to move her home-based bakery to 73 Lower Main Street. “I immediately called the landlord,” Maddox told Seven Days earlier this week. After spending most of a year renovating the place, she’s now gearing up to open in February — just in time for Valentine’s Day. Maddox said North Country Cakes will offer a daily-changing array of “approachable Americana desserts” and breakfast pastries such as doughnuts (cake, yeasted, filled and otherwise), macarons, cupcakes, and cookies. Beverages will include drip coffee and summer lemonade, but those seeking lattes and other full-service espresso drinks will need to hit up nextdoor BLACK CAP COFFEE & BEER. Maddox has worked as a pastry chef at WATERWORKS FOOD + DRINK, MICHAEL’S ON THE HILL and LAKE CHAMPLAIN CHOCOLATES’ nowdefunct South End Kitchen. She

spent the past three years making wedding cakes and other catered-events confections. While she’ll continue to produce elaborate custom sweets from her village bakeshop, she said, she’s excited to serve simple treats to everyday people. “I love making things for the general public,” Maddox said, adding that she’s energized by the downtown location: “Morrisville’s a really happening place these days. So it’s fun to be a part of that growth.” Hannah Palmer Egan

LEFTOVER FOOD NEWS: LITTLE MOROCCO NOW OPEN; MORNING MEALS AT NOMAD COFFEE AND THE HIPPIE CHICKPEA LITTLE MOROCCO CAFÉ opened in late December at 294 North Winooski Avenue in Burlington. Specializing in traditional Moroccan meals such as tagines, couscous dishes and kebabs, the café serves lunch and dinner seven days a week. Lamb-shank tagine is a spiced and marinated slab of meat topped with toasted almonds and served with stewed prunes, apricots and boiled eggs. Saffron rice comes dressed with pine nuts and raisins. Sweet, rich mint tea is a fine accompaniment to



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which opened last fall at 208 Flynn Avenue in Burlington, is adding weekend brunch to its service starting on Saturday, January 19, at 10 a.m. The menu will include a breakfast sandwich, spiced pumpkin pancakes, soup, salads and sandwiches.

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vegetables served over fried potatoes and dressed with tahini; and a Greek yogurt bowl with roasted apples, chia seeds, toasted pistachios and raw honey. Lunch and dinner are available weekdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sally Pollak

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In Montpelier, the HIPPIE CHICKPEA, a Middle Eastern café at 41 Elm Street, has expanded its hours to include breakfast. Since January 7, chef-owner VINCE MURACO has been serving the morning meal Monday through Friday, 7 to 10:30 a.m., with a menu that includes a breakfast pita with housemade chorizo and local eggs; a vegan scramble of chickpeas and

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is in a “zone,” he said. With a fish on the line, flopping in its efforts to escape, he hangs over the boat to bring it in. When it’s secure, he holds the line in his left hand and a gaff in his right and strikes it instantly dead with a blow to the head. “Let’s just say, Lynn makes it look easy,” Maria said. He lands the fish in a padded area — trollers are metic-










In the 2017 season, Steyaart caught 21,000 pounds of coho salmon at a rough average of 5 pounds per fish, he said. His haul of the larger king salmon was about 300 fish for the season. He aims for around 100 coho salmon a day. “Sometimes I get skunked,” Steyaart said. “Sometimes I get 350.” By contrast, he noted, the big net boats bring in about 50,000 pounds of salmon in 30 minutes. This is more than double Steyaart’s catch for the entire five- to six-month fishing season. He packs the salmon ˜e Honeywilya fishing boat in a hold on his boat that can store 4,000 pounds of ice. Every four or five days, or fewer if the fishing is “really hot,” Steyaart drives Honeywilya to Petersburg — sometimes on a nonstop 24-hour run — where the fish is fileted, frozen and vacuum-packaged. Next, the salmon makes an air trip to Boston, where Maria picks up around 10 boxes at a time and trucks them back to Duxbury for storage in the couple’s freezer. From there, the Steyaarts direct-market their salmon to their CSF customers and sell it at the Richmond and Waitsfield farmers markets and at retail markets such as Hunger Mountain Co-op in Montpelier, Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op and Sunflower Natural Foods in Waterbury Center. Honeywilya salmon also shows up raw in Hawaiian-style poke bowls at the Scale Poke Bar in Williston. Their accounts have come a long way since 2014, when the couple started dividing their time between Alaska and Vermont and sales were by word-of-mouth and through Front Porch Forum. “Honeywilya salmon is a niche thing, and it’s delicious,” said Nick Sivret, the Hunger Mountain fish buyer. The co-op sells Honeywilya coho salmon for $16.99 per pound; by contrast, salmon that’s farm-raised in Norway or Scotland costs $15.99, Sivret said. He adds, “And Lynn, who’s fishing it all himself, is maybe the nicest person I’ve ever met.” Maria, a water-quality specialist for the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, handles sales and marketing for Honeywilya in the summer and fall, while Lynn is fishing. He takes over her “volunteer job” of selling fish in the off-season. Graduates of the University of Vermont, which they attended at the same time, the couple met on Wrangell Island in Alaska a few years after college. Maria, who grew up in Chester, moved to Alaska three days after her 2005 graduation. Armed with an environmental science degree, she was heading west for a job as a wilderness ranger with the U.S. Forest Service. Lynn is from coastal Georgia, where he spent his childhood as a “river rat” playing in the mud. From babyhood, he was in a boat “chewing on shrimp heads” while his father fished, he said.

He, too, moved to Alaska after graduation, planning to be a fishing guide. But in Petersburg, he ran into an acquaintance who was fixing up a 1913 fishing boat. “I jumped on that project,” Lynn said. When the 56-foot vessel was sea-worthy, the friend asked, “Hey, wanna go fishing?” Lynn recalled. “I said, ‘Let’s do it.’”



Lynn and Maria Steyaart with some coho salmon from Alaska

He had a great time that first season 13 years ago and thought to himself, I can do this. Lynn bought the 56-foot boat he had helped restore and converted it to a troller with two lines. In 2009 he “upgraded” to his current fiberglass vessel, the Honeywilya, which he bought from a man in Oregon. Then he sailed with his father, Jim, from Coos Bay, Ore., to Alaska, purchased a power trolling permit for $32,000 and fished alone that season. “I think it would be hard not be my own boss,” Lynn said. “I enjoy the freedom of it. … You could spend five lifetimes in southeast Alaska and never see it all. It’s almost like getting paid to go on adventures.” The salmon Lynn catches by line and hook are “free to roam, eat and grow as they have for millions of years; just the way nature intended them to,” says the Honeywilya website. Using this method, Lynn can target his chosen species with lures and keep the catch of other species to a minimum. He throws back halibut, pink salmon and rock fish. When he’s fishing — doing doughnuts in seas that could be calm or might swell to waves of 12 to 14 feet, trolling at two knots to give the lures some action — Lynn

ulous about quality and care — before cleaning it and placing it on ice. Lynn and his deckhand are up at 3 a.m., trolling by 3:30 or 4, and cleaned up and fed by 11 p.m. Living in the boat is like VW camping, he said: stinky, tiring and exhilarating. They cook and heat with a diesel stove, use a five-gallon bucket with a seat for a toilet, and sleep in sleeping bags in a V-shaped berth. Given the close quarters, the deckhand has to be either male or a close female family member. So it was that in 2017, when a Morrisville man couldn’t handle the work and quit after six days at sea, Lynn replaced him with his mother, Alice, now 74. His father also held the job for two early seasons. “I gave her four days’ notice,” Lynn said of his mother. “She did great. It’s tough. It takes a certain breed.”  Contact:

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steeping one teaspoon of dried herbs in eight ounces of hot water for 10 to 15 minutes. You can also simmer them on the stove to achieve the same effect. Whether steeping or simmering, be sure to cover the container to ensure that the aromatic compounds — which contain beneficial oils — don’t evaporate. For fresh herbs, he suggested making a tincture by preserving them in alcohol (vodka works best, but any liquor will do) for four to six weeks. Because tinctures are superconcentrated (and occasionally pretty pungent), you don’t need more than a few milliliters daily to get a therapeutic dose. If the taste is too medicinal, you can add a dropperful to tea or another beverage. (More alcohol, perhaps?) According to Cavanaugh, one way you should never take herbs is in pill form: “No one really knows what’s in those things,” he said. Manufacturers don’t need Federal Drug Administration approval to put herbal supplements on the market, so the quality can vary dramatically from brand to brand. Plus, Cavanaugh noted, the additional processing required to turn herbs into pills can reduce their potency. As with food, raw — or as close to recognizable plant material as possible — is generally the best way to go. But can old-time remedies actually make you happier during the winter months? The effects of some of the euphoriant herbs, like St. John’s wort, have been well documented. Tulsi, for instance, can mitigate the effects of stress on the immune system, and at least one study, published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences, demonstrated that holy basil can be just as effective on mice as diazepam, an antianxiety drug. In general, the paucity of peer-reviewed

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CENTRAL VERMONT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL MEETING: Ł e election of new directors and officers paves the way for a panel discussion on “Workforce Development: Needs and Solutions.” Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, Montpelier, 4:30-7:30 p.m. $50-350; preregister. Info, 229-5711. JEN KIMMICH: Ł e first installment of the JumpStart Lecture Series features the Alchemist cofounder discussing the challenges and rewards of running a business. Generator, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0761.




FIBER RIOT!: Crafters get hooked on knitting, crocheting, spinning and more at an informal weekly gathering. Mad River Fiber Arts & Mill, Waitsfield, 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 496-7746. KNITTER’S GROUP: Needles in tow, crafters share their latest projects and get help with challenging patterns. All skill levels are welcome. South Burlington Community Library, University Mall, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140. ZINE CLUB: Creative types explore various writing styles and art techniques as they craft simple, printed forms of expression. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.


HAVE YOU HAD A SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE?: Members of Vermont Eckankar host an open discussion for those who have had moments of strong intuition, déjà vu or past-life recall. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 800-772-9390. MEMORABLE TIMES CAFÉ: Ł ose living with mild to moderate memory loss and their care partners convene for casual social time. Refreshments are provided. Vermont History Center, Barre, 1:30-3 p.m. Free. Info, 476-2681.




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VERMONT BURLESQUE FESTIVAL: Dozens of titillating performers bring a mix of class and sass to the Green Mountain State. See for details. See calendar spotlight. Various Barre and Burlington locations, 6:45 p.m. $15-172. Info, cory@vtburlesquefest. com.

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See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. AFTERNOON FOREIGN FILM: Movie mavens broaden their horizons with an international flick. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. ‘CHAPPAQUIDDICK’: Ł is 2017 drama depicts Ted Kennedy’s involvement in a 1969 car accident that killed a young campaign strategist. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 6 p.m. $5. Info, 533-2000.


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FARM TALKS: ‘BUILDING HABITAT WITH ANIMAL & PLANT PARTNERS’: A visual and interactive presentation reveals how community members can work with flora and fauna to regenerate landscapes. Bread & Butter Farm, Shelburne, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, breadandbutterfarm@

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The sixth annual Vermont Burlesque Festival cranks up the heat with four nights of sizzling entertainment. For the first time, the steamy soirée incorporates film, kicking off with a screening of the indie drama Becoming Burlesque, in which a modern Muslim girl experiences the world of cabaret. Throughout the fest, more than 120 comedians, musicians, variety acts and, of course, burlesque performers sashay across stages in Burlington and Barre. Among the can’t-miss talent is the so-called Boss of Burlesque, Foxy Tann of Minneapolis (pictured), who emcees Friday’s Granite City Showcase. Festival proceeds support the Pride Center of Vermont and the University of Vermont Cancer Center.

Vermont classical music lovers may be familiar with British pianist Paul Lewis, who has become a Middlebury College Performing Arts Series audience favorite over the years. For the first concert of 2019, the awardwinning instrumentalist shares the stage with compatriot tenor Mark Padmore. The pair presents a recital of German lieder, songs written for piano and voice that typically reflect the mood of a poem. Described by the New York Times as an art song “dream team,” Padmore and Lewis breathe life into works by Johannes Brahms, Gustav Mahler and Robert Schumann.

MARK PADMORE & PAUL LEWIS Friday, January 18, 7:30 p.m., at Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College. $6-30. Info, 443-3168,


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Author, social ethicist and religious scholar Jonathan L. Walton was raised to honor the mission of the civil rights movement. “It … was about how do you extend the legacy of service and commitment to something greater than yourself,” he explained in a 2013 Boston Globe interview. The Harvard University professor of religion and society shares his expertise in books such as 2009’s Watch This! The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism and 2018’s A Lens of Love: Reading the Bible in Its World for Our World. His keynote address for the Saint Michael’s College Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation Week is “No One Is Free Until We Are All Free: The Centrality of Collective Liberation for an Inclusive Vision of the World.”



ollowing a wave of women elected to Congress in the 2018 midterm elections, Women’s March Vermont presents Women’s Wave Montpelier, a rally on the Vermont Statehouse lawn held in conjunction with sister marches and rallies around the world. “We’ve been organizing locally to advocate for the policies that matter to us and impact women’s lives,” says WMV cochair Kristen Vrancken. Activists hear from speakers such as former member of the Vermont House of Representatives Kiah Morris and former governor Madeleine Kunin. Folks can also expect the announcement of a women’s agenda that includes federal policy demands and highlights local progressive legislative initiatives.

Monday, January 21, 4:30 p.m., at the Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel, Saint Michael’s College, in Colchester. Free. Info, 654-2000,

WOMEN’S WAVE MONTPELIER Sunday, January 19, 10 a.m.-noon, on the Vermont Statehouse lawn. Free. Info,,




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SOUNDS GOOD: MUSIC-THEMED MOVIES: A 2005 film based on the true story of the Christmas truces along the front lines of World War I strikes a chord with viewers. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. ‘WILD AFRICA 3D’: With water as their guide, onlookers encounter the continent’s fantastic places and meet its amazing creatures. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Ÿeater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $11.50-14.50; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.

BURGER MONTH: Taste buds explode as chef Billy whips up a new custom crafted bun-andpatty sandwich each week. Stone Corral Brewery, Richmond, 5-9 p.m. Free. Info, 434-5787. COMMUNITY SUPPER: A scrumptious spread connects friends and neighbors. Ÿe Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 300. A MOSAIC OF FLAVOR COOKBOOK FUNDRAISER DINNER: Diners dig into a threecourse buffet-style meal served to support USCRI Vermont’s upcoming collection of recipes from New Americans. City Market, Onion River Co-op, Burlington South End, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $40. Info, 540-6400.

BRIDGE CLUB: Players have fun with the popular card game. Burlington Bridge Club, Williston, 9:15 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. $6. Info, 872-5722. CRIBBAGE TEAMS: Longtime players and neophytes alike aim for a value of 15 or 31 in this competitive card game. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3322.


TUESDAY, JANUARY 22 • 4:00-5:30 PM UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT IRA ALLEN CHAPEL THIS IS A TICKETED EVENT. TICKETS ARE FREE. Tickets available to the general public beginning Thursday, January 17 at 8:00 a.m. Tickets are available online at or in person at the Dudley H. Davis Center, Miller Information Desk (3rd floor) during business hours. Free shuttle starting at 3:00 p.m. from Patrick Gym. Parking available in Gutterson Garage. To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact Student Accessibility Services at 802-656-7753. Sponsored by President Tom Sullivan, Department of Student Life, and the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs • PHOTO CREDIT: MARVIN JOSEPH—THE WASHINGTON POST/GETTY IMAGES


Champlain, Burlington, noon, 2 & 4 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $11.50-14.50; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.



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PINOCHLE & RUMMY: Card sharks engage in friendly competition. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3322.

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ACROYOGA CLASS: Ÿe mindfulness and breath of yoga meet the playful aspects of acrobatics in a partner practice. No partners or experience required. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 7-8:15 p.m. Donations. Info, 448-4262. BONE BUILDERS EXERCISE CLASSES: Folks of all ages ward off osteoporosis in an exercise and prevention class. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 7:30, 9 & 10:40 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3322.

YOGA4CANCER: Meant for patients and survivors, this class aims to help participants manage treatment side effects and recovery. Sangha Studio — North, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 448-4262.


ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE OF THE LAKE CHAMPLAIN REGION SOCIAL HOUR: Francophones fine-tune their French-language conversation skills over cocktails. Juniper, Burlington, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, BEGINNER & INTERMEDIATE/ ADVANCED ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSES: Learners take communication to the next level. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. GERMAN CONVERSATION GROUP: Community members practice conversing auf Deutsch. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. LUNCH IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: SPANISH: ¡Hola! Language lovers perfect their fluency. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


GAYME NIGHT: Friends bond over contests such as Cards Against Humanity, Jenga Giant and Scrabble. Bring or borrow a game. Pride Center of Vermont, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 860-7812.


Find club dates in the music section. SONG CIRCLE: Singers and musicians congregate for an acoustic session of popular folk tunes. Godnick Adult Center, Rutland, 7:15-9:15 p.m. Donations. Info, 775-1182.


MIDDAY, MIDWEEK MEANDER: Outdoors-loving ladies take in the beauty of woods and fields in the company of other women. Huntington Open Women’s Land, 1-2 p.m. Donations. Info, 434-3953.


CURRENT EVENTS CONVERSATION: Newsworthy subjects take the spotlight in this informal discussion. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 878-4918. PATRICIA ARAUJO: In “Armchair Traveler: King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh,” the speaker gives attendees a glimpse into an exhibit on the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun, now on view at the California Science Center. South Burlington Community Library, University Mall, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140. SUSAN MORSE: Ÿe wildlife expert tracks a growing population in “Ÿe Cougar Returns to the East.” Richmond Congregational Church, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 503-8155.


TECH HELP WITH CLIF: Electronics novices develop skill sets applicable to smartphones, tablets and other gadgets. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, noon & 1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-6955.


FICTION WORKSHOP: Readers focus on elements of the craft when responding to work by Burlington Writers Workshop members. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104. JANUARY BOOK SALE: Bookworms trade donations for winter reads. Secondhand Prose, St. Johnsbury, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 745-1393. WRITING CIRCLE: Words pour out when participants explore creative expression in a lowpressure environment. Ÿe Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 303.



FRED WISEMAN: Ÿe researcher discusses the Seeds of Renewal Project, an extensive effort to recover ancient Abenaki crops, seeds and indigenous culinary practices. BYO lunch. Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, noon. Free. Info, 828-2291.


FRANKLIN COUNTY REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE JANUARY MIXER: Friends and colleagues catch up over mouthwatering morsels and beverages from Twiggs American Gastropub. Lieutenant Jason Wetherby and his K-9 partner, Wyatt, receive the Timothy Bovat Civic Involvement Award. People’s Trust Company, St. Albans, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $5-8; preregister. Info, 524-2444.


POC IN VT AFFINITY GROUP: People of color come together in the name of sharing stories and building community in a predominately white state. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345, ext. 9.


HANDWORK CIRCLE: Friends and neighbors make progress on works of knitting, crocheting, cross stitch and other creative endeavors. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. MOUNT MANSFIELD SCALE MODELERS: Hobbyists break out the superglue and sweat the small stuff at a miniature construction skill swap. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:308:30 p.m. Free. Info, 879-0765.



BURLINGTON GAP YEAR FAIR: High school students interested in taking time off before college discover travel and educational opportunities. Burlington High School, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 609-529-1459.


NIGHTSHADE KITCHEN: A unique meal made up of regional cuisine pairs perfectly with intimate performances by Gillian Grogan and Nicomo of Smalltalker. North End Studios, Burlington, 8-11 p.m. $5; additional cost for food and drink. Info, nightshadekitchen@

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See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘COMING HOME’: A new documentary by Bess O’Brien turns the lens toward former inmates as they reintegrate into their communities. A filmmaker Q&A and speaker panel follow. Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 7 p.m. $8-10. Info, ‘THE LAST REEF 3D’: See WED.16. ‘MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD 3D’: See WED.16. ‘WILD AFRICA 3D’: See WED.16.

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BURGER MONTH: See WED.16. COMMUNITY LUNCH: Gardengrown fare makes for a delicious and nutritious midday meal. ıe Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 309.


CHITTENDEN COUNTY CHESS CLUB: Checkmate! Strategic thinkers make calculated moves as they vie for their opponents’ kings. Shaw’s, Shelburne Rd., South Burlington, 7-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5403.

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BEGINNERS TAI CHI: Students get a feel for the ancient Chinese practice. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3322. CHAIR YOGA WITH SANGHA STUDIO: Supported poses promote health and wellbeing. Champlain Senior Center, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 448-4262. COMMUNITY MINDFULNESS: A 20-minute guided practice with Andrea O’Connor alleviates stress and tension. Tea and a discussion follow. Winooski Senior Center, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 233-1161. RUTLAND ZEN SANGHA MEDITATION: Folks meet for a Zen Buddhist spiritual practice including meditation and liturgy. Email for more info before attending. Chaffee Art Center, Rutland, 7:15-7:45 a.m. Donations. Info,

YANG 24 TAI CHI: Slow, graceful, expansive movements promote wide-ranging health and fitness benefits. Great Room, Wright House, Harrington Village, Shelburne, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 735-5467. YOGA: A Sangha Studio instructor guides students who are in recovery toward achieving inner tranquility. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 5-6 p.m. Free. Info, 448-4262.


UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT MLK WEEK: Community members commemorate slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. with lectures, a performance by Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef and other happenings taking place over several days. See for details. Various Burlington locations, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Prices vary; most events are free. Info, 656-8426.


FRENCH CONVERSATION: Speakers improve their linguistic dexterity in the Romantic tongue. Bradford Public Library, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 222-4536.


IGLOOFEST: Music from top DJs and electronic artists such as Diplo and Above & Beyond draws thousands of revelers to this popular outdoor festival. Jacques-Cartier Pier, Montréal, 7:30-11 p.m. $20.50165.73; for ages 18 and up. Info, 514-904-1247.


WEST RUTLAND MARSH MONITORING WALK: Kids, new birders and nonmembers are welcome to join in a Rutland County Audubon excursion, during which participants seek avian species on a 3.7-mile loop. Meet at the boardwalk on Marble St., West Rutland Marsh, 8-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, birding@rutland

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SONJA SCHUYLER: Engaged citizens listen in on a discussion of the electoral college, presented by the League of Women Voters. South Burlington Community Library, University Mall, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.


LUNCH & LEARN: Attendees gather information about Pathways Vermont, a nonprofit organization that transforms the lives of Vermonters experiencing life challenges. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, noon. $6. Info, 863-4214. ZACK PORTER: Presenting as part of a Green Mountain Club public meeting, the wilderness expert offers the slideshow, “Hiking off the Beaten Path: ıe Best Adv entures You’ve Never Heard of in the Northern Rockies.” T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 262-6035.


OVERDRIVE DROP-IN: Lit lovers learn to access audio and ebooks through the library. Essex Free Library, 5-6 p.m. Free. Info, 879-0313.


‘BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES’: Barbershops in England and Africa are the setting for this rousing and reaffirming UK import that touches on issues of race, masculinity and migration. Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $25-60. Info, 603-646-2422.

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JANUARY BOOK SALE: See WED.16. ‘MARTIN L. KING’S LETTER FROM BIRMINGHAM JAIL AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN AMERICA’: During a 10-session literary series, avid readers discuss writings that have contributed to improving social justice and American life. Trinity Episcopal Church, Shelburne, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, POLLY YOUNG-EISENDRATH: ıe analyst and author covers her new book, Love Between Equals: Relationship as a Spiritual Path. Phoenix Books, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $3. Info, 448-3350. SOUNDCHECK: Slam poet Rajnii Eddins leads teen wordsmiths in a writing workshop followed by an open mic. Pizza fuels the fun. BCA Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166. WILLISTON LIBRARY’S WRITING SERIES: Aspiring authors join educator Steven Shepard for “Session One: Why You Want to Write.” Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.


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JOB HUNT HELPER: Employment seekers get assistance with everything from writing a résumé to completing online applications. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 865-7217.


BALLROOM & LATIN DANCING: Singles, couples and beginners are welcome to join in a dance social featuring waltz, tango and more. Williston Jazzercise Fitness Center, 8-9:30 p.m. $8. Info, 862-2269. ECSTATIC DANCE VERMONT: Inspired by the 5Rhythms dance practice, attendees move, groove, release and open their hearts to life in a safe and sacred space. Christ Episcopal Church, Montpelier, 7-9 p.m. $10. Info,


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MONTSHIRE UNLEASHED: Grown-ups let their scientific curiosity run wild during afterhours activities. Local fare, wine and Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse brews are available for purchase. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 6:30-9 p.m. $7-10; free for members; for ages 21 and up. Info, 649-2200.

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See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section.

Houseplants 101 Saturday, Jan. 19 • 9:30-11:00am Burlington Garden Center Presenter: Ellen Bortner Cost: $15 Mushroom Cultivation Saturday, Jan. 26 • 9:30-11:00am Burlington Garden Center Presenter: Ethan Thompson Cost: $15 Adirondack Pack Basket Weaving Workshop Sunday, Jan. 27 • 10:00am-4:00pm Burlington Garden Center Presenter: Alexa Rivera Cost: $145 128 Intervale Road, Burlington • (802)660-3505 472 Marshall Ave. Williston • (802)658-2433 Mon–Sat 9am–6pm; Sun 10am–5pm



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‘DESK SET’: Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy star in a 1957 comedy about a TV network researcher who clashes with an efficiency expert sent to improve her department. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 745-1392. ‘THE LAST REEF 3D’: See WED.16. MOUNTAINTOP FILM FESTIVAL: A week of films centered on human and civil rights honors the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. See for details. Big Picture £eater and Café, W aitsfield. $10-100. Info, 496-8994. ‘MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD 3D’: See WED.16. ‘WILD AFRICA 3D’: See WED.16.

Plattsburgh, N.Y., 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 518-561-6920. PINOCHLE & RUMMY: See WED.16.

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ADVANCED SUN TAI CHI 73: Participants keep active with a sequence of slow, controlled movements. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3322. BONE BUILDERS EXERCISE CLASSES: See WED.16, 7:30 & 10:40 a.m. GONG MEDITATION: Sonic vibrations lead to healing and deep relaxation. Yoga Roots, Williston, 7:30-8:30 p.m. $18. Info, 318-6050. LIVING RECOVERY: Folks overcoming substance abuse move, breathe and make positive change in a moderately paced flow yoga class. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 448-4262. RUTLAND ZEN SANGHA MEDITATION: See THU.17. TAI CHI YANG 24: Students get an introduction to a gentle form of exercise said to benefit internal organs. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3322.


IGLOOFEST: See THU.17, 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.


GAME NIGHT: Players bring popular pastimes for an evening of all-ages fun. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of


FRIDAY MORNING WORKSHOP: Wordsmiths offer constructive criticism on works in progress by Burlington Writers Workshop members. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 10:30 a.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104. IBI ZOBOI: Lit lovers listen in on a lecture by the American Street novelist. College Hall Chapel, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 828-8600. JANUARY BOOK SALE: See WED.16.

RACIAL JUSTICE STUDY CIRCLE: Peace & Justice Center facilitators create a space to explore the concept of racism and why it is often difficult for white communities to recognize it. Second Congregational United Church of Christ, Jeffersonville, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345.

ANNE JANSON: Joined by pianist Annemieke McLane, the professor of flute hits all the right notes in a faculty concert. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3040. MARK PADMORE & PAUL LEWIS: Deemed the art song “dream team” by the New York Times, the tenor and pianist perform selections by Brahms, Mahler and Schumann. See calendar spotlight. Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $6-30. Info, 443-3168.



‘’THERE ONCE WAS …’ — TALES OF IRELAND’: £e storytelling traditions of the Emerald Isle are the focus of Bald Mountain £eater’ s eclectic annual showcase. Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $10-15. Info,



BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.16, 9:15 a.m.

‘CHOICES PEOPLE MAKE’: Featured as part of Northern Stage’s New Works Now series, Jessica Andrewartha’s latest play raises questions that women have been grappling with for centuries. Barrette Center for the Arts, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 296-7000.

ANA TIJOUX & FLOR DE TOLOACHE: A lively Latinx double bill features the acclaimed rapper-turned-folksinger and the genre-smashing “post-mariachi” band. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $17-25. Info, 603-646-2422.

WING NIGHT: Piping hot poultry pleases palates. Essex Junction VFW Post, 5:30-7 p.m. $10. Info, 878-0700.



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WINTER WINE DOWN MUSIC SERIES: Oenophiles let loose with live music by Cooie Sings, awardwinning wine and mouthwatering eats. Snow Farm Vineyard, South Hero, wine service begins, 5 p.m.; music, 6-8 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 372-9463.

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JIA KIM: “What is Chamber Music,” an ArtSmart lunchtime lecture, pulls back the curtain on classical music. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 1 p.m. $10-20. Info, 760-4634.


VETERANS FOR PEACE MONTHLY MEETING: £ose who have served their country attend a morning meeting to discuss ways of informing the public of the causes and costs of war. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 439-5397. WOMEN’S WAVE MONTPELIER: In solidarity with sister events around the globe, Vermonters make their voices heard at a rally for social justice. See calendar spotlight. Vermont Statehouse lawn, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info,


QUEEN CITY MEMORY CAFÉ: People with memory loss accompany their caregivers for coffee, conversation and entertainment. £ay er House, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 656-4220.


BEACH PARTY: Revelers dressed in flip-flops, shorts and beach hats dance the night away to live tunes by Fun With Dick and Jack. Barre Elks Club, 7:30-11 p.m. $10. Info, 479-9522.


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ARRIVAL FROM SWEDEN CONTRA DANCE: Adina Gordon calls the steps for a traditional social dance with high-energy fiddling by Dave Langford with Colin McCaffrey. Capital City Grange, Berlin, intro session, 7:40 p.m.; dance, 8-11 p.m. $5-15. Info, 225-8921.

‘THE HOSPITAL’: George C. Scott stars in this 1971 satire on the United States healthcare system, shown on 16mm film. Newman Center, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. Donations. Info, serious_61@


USA DANCE VERMONT BALLROOM DANCE: Whether clad in bluejeans or formal wear, twinkle-toed movers cut a rug in a relaxed setting that celebrates the art of ballroom dance. Elley-Long Music Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 6:30-11 p.m. $10-15. Info, 482-2896.




SUNCOMMON SOLAR & STORAGE WORKSHOP: Homeowners with solar panels learn about harnessing and storing the power of the sun for backup during outages. Montgomery Center for the Arts, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, 398-7118.


GREEN MOUNTAIN CLUB BURLINGTON SECTION ANNUAL MEETING: Conversation, camaraderie and lasagna are on the menu at this public gathering featuring speaker Maeve Kim presenting “Who’s Watching Us When We’re Out Hiking?: Birds of Vermont’s Hiking Trails.” Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 5-9 p.m. $5; preregister. Info, HISTORIC BARN HOUSE TOURS: Attendees view authentic African art, impressive architecture and antique fixtures during a stroll through historic buildings. Clemmons Family Farm, Charlotte, 10-11:30 a.m. $10; preregister. Info, 310-0097. JANUARY & FEBRUARY WEEKENDS: Folks visit jersey cattle, draft horses and sheep, and tour a restored 1890 farm house for a pastoral blast from the past. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $4-16; free for kids under 3. Info, 457-2355. LEGAL CLINIC: Attorneys offer complimentary consultations on a first-come, first-served basis. 274 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 383-2118. OPEN MUSIC JAM: Anything goes in an independent community meeting group where folks can share hobbies, play music and discuss current events — without using online social sites. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 658-0030.

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See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘FARMER OF THE YEAR’: An aging farmer and his aimless granddaughter embark on a cross-country road trip. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 7 p.m. $8-10. Info, 533-2000.

‘MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD 3D’: See WED.16. ‘WARREN MILLER’S FACE OF WINTER’: Big names in skiing and snowboarding tackle daunting peaks around the globe in this tribute to all things snow sports. Stratton Mountain School, South Londonberry, 7-9 p.m. $5-10. Info, 856-1120. ‘WILD AFRICA 3D’: See WED.16.

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BURGER MONTH: See WED.16. CHOCOLATE TASTING IN MIDDLESEX: Candy fanatics get an education on a variety of sweets made on-site. Nutty Steph’s Granola & Chocolate Factory, Middlesex, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 229-2090. HOT CHOCOLATE TASTING: Chocoholics sip from flights of cacao-based beverages. Chocolate sculptor Emily McCracken is on hand to personalize chocolate hearts and hand-dip house-made marshmallows. Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Store & Café, Burlington, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 864-1807. ON-FARM WINTER MARKET: Locavores pick up provisions such as pasture-raised pork, chicken and turkey, as well as grass-fed beef and eggs. Maple Wind Farm, Richmond, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 434-7257. VERGENNES FARMERS MARKET: Local foods and crafts, live music, and hot eats spice up Saturday mornings. Kennedy Brothers Building, Vergennes, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 233-9180.


MULTIGENERATIONAL TRIVIA NIGHT: Players in mixed age groups compete for bragging rights in six rounds of questions. Pizza is provided. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Donations; BYOB. Info, 864-0218.

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NEWBIE NOON CLASS: Firsttimers get their stretch on in a comfortably warm environment. Hot Yoga Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 999-9963.


GOSPEL CONCERT: ®e Newark Boys Chorus and the Montpelier Gospel Choir are among the musical acts to take the stage in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. First Congregational Church, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $10-25. Info, 863-5966.

ARMENIAN LANGUAGE: Singing, dancing, drama and games promote proficiency. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.

PRIDE YOGA: LGBTQ individuals and allies hit the mat for a stretching session suited to all levels. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 5-6:15 p.m. Free. Info, 448-4262.


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Find club dates in the music section. FISTFUL OF ARTISTS: With more than 14 years of performance under their belts, Dennis Westburg and band entice fans with two gimmick-free live sets. ®e Sparkle Barn, W allingford, 7:30-9:45 p.m. $10; preregister. Info, 446-2044. KASHMIR: THE LIVE LED ZEPPELIN SHOW: Fronted by a Robert Plant lookalike, this Led Zep tribute aims to recreate the magic of the iconic band’s live show. Paramount ®eatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $29-39. Info, 775-0903. LAST TRAIN TO ZINKOV: ®e father-and-son duo’s Eastern European roots shine through interpretations of Appalachian old-time, swing and classical music performed on violin, viola and banjo. Brandon Music, 7:30 p.m. $20; $45 includes dinner; preregister; BYOB. Info, 247-4295. SPRUCE PEAK CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY: Clarinetist Mark Dover, cellist Jia Kim, violinist Michelle Ross and pianist Peter Dugan perform selections by Gershwin, Mozart and Brahms in “Rhapsody in Stowe” Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 7 p.m. $35. Info, 760-4634. UPPER VALLEY CONCERT BAND: Under the direction of Mark Nelson, the ensemble enchants audience members with “An Evening in the City,” a selection of urbane orchestral classics. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7 p.m. $10; free for students. Info, 603-448-0400.


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DAVID MEARS: Fans of feathered fliers flock to hear “Avoiding Cardinal Sins: Protecting Vermont’s Birds.” Register and arrive at 6 p.m. for a pre-talk vegetarian dinner. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free; $20 for dinner; preregister; limited space. Info, saddleshoes2@gmail. com.

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‘BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES’: See THU.17, 8 p.m. ‘CITRUS’: Playwright Celeste Jennings uses movement, costume and original poetry to pay homage to black women of the past, present and future. Part of Northern Stage’s New Works Now series. Barrette Center for the Arts, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 296-7000. THE METROPOLITAN OPERA LIVE IN HD: ‘ADRIANA LECOUVREUR’: Soprano Anna Netrebko plays the title role of the real-life French actress who dazzled 18th-century audiences with her on- and offstage passion. Shown on screen. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 12:55 p.m. $16-25. Info, 748-2600. ‘’THERE ONCE WAS …’ — TALES OF IRELAND’: See FRI.18, 2 & 7:30 p.m. ‘WHERE ARE WE GOING?’: Kate Benson’s play about an existential road trip is featured as part of Northern Stage’s New Works Now series. Barrette Center for the Arts, White River Junction, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 296-7000.



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COMMUNITY MINDFULNESS PRACTICE: Sessions in the tradition of ¨ich Nhat Hanh include sitting and walking meditation, a short reading, and open sharing. Evolution Physical ¨erap y & Yoga, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info,


BALKAN FOLK DANCING: Louise Brill and friends organize participants into lines and circles set to complex rhythms. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 3:30-6:30 p.m. $6; free for firsttimers; bring snacks to share. Info, 540-1020. BOLSHOI BALLET IN CINEMA: ‘LA BAYADERE’: ¨e forbidden love between a temple dancer and a warrior propels this classic ballet. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 12:55 p.m. $6-18. Info, 748-2600. ISRAELI FOLK DANCING: No partner is required for a beginner-friendly session of circle and line dances. Call to confirm if the weather is questionable. Social Hall, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $2. Info, 864-0218. SALSALINA SUNDAY PRACTICE: Salsa dancers step in for a casual social. Salsalina Dance Studio, Burlington, 5:30-8 p.m. $5. Info,


HU CHANT: SOUND OF SOUL: People of all faiths lift their voices in a spiritual exercise followed by contemplation and conversation. Eckankar Center, Burlington, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 800-772-9390. JANUARY & FEBRUARY WEEKENDS: See SAT.19.

FICTION BOOK WORKSHOP GROUP: Burlington Writers Workshop members dole out detailed written and spoken feedback about a featured work. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 10:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info,

SOCIAL SUNDAYS: A weekly community event features music, refreshments and family art workshops. Milton Art Center & Gallery, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 355-6583.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section.

POETRY EXPERIENCE: Writers share original work and learn from others in a supportive environment open to all ages and experience levels. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.

‘FARMER OF THE YEAR’: See SAT.19, 2 p.m.

SINGING OUR TRUTHS – SIXWEEK POETRY WRITING SERIES: Guided by author Marjorie Ryerson, sexual assault survivors share their stories through writing. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 12:30-2 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-3338.


TEEN BOOK SWAP & CAFÉ: Bored with your bookshelf? Bibliophiles trade old titles for new reads. ¨ere wil l be treats! Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097.



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AUXILIARY BREAKFAST: Locals greet the day with a morning meal. ¨e bar wil l be open. Essex Junction VFW Post, 9-11 a.m. $8. Info, 878-0700.

BIODYNAMIC DRINKS: Cheese, charcuterie and house snacks pair perfectly with beverages from La Garagista Farm & Winery and Eden Specialty Ciders. Representatives from each business discuss their practices and products. Eden Specialty Ciders Boutique Taproom & Cheese Bar, Winooski, 1:30-3 p.m. $25. Info, 497-1245. BOLTON LODGE POTLUCK: Outdoors lovers show up for skiing, snowshoeing and snacks. Email for details. Free. Info, ted@ BURGER MONTH: See WED.16. CHOCOLATE TASTING IN BURLINGTON: Let’s go bar hopping! With the help of a tasting guide, chocoholics discover the flavor profiles of varieties such as toffee almond crunch and salted caramel latte. Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Store & Café, Burlington, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 864-1807. CHOCOLATE TASTING IN MIDDLESEX: See SAT.19. WINTER MARKET: Hot coffee in hand, shoppers browse chocolates, breads, maple products and more from area vendors. Mad River Taste Place, Waitsfield, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 496-3165.


GAMES PARLOUR: Strategic thinkers bring favorite tabletop competitions to play with others. Champlain Club, Burlington, 2-8 p.m. $5. Info, orsonbradford@

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HEALTHY YOU YEAR: Health issues, be gone! Doctor Suzy Harris introduces state-of-the art technologies being used to detect hidden imbalances that cause illness. Cedar Wood Natural Health Center, South Burlington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5828. MOVING MEDITATION WUJI GONG: Jeanne Plo leads pupils in an easy-to-learn form of qigong known as “tai chi for enlightenment.” Burlington Friends Meeting House, 3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 233-6377. RUTLAND ZEN SANGHA MEDITATION: See THU.17, 5:30 p.m. STRETCH & SIP YOGA: Yogis at all levels do the downward-facing dog before quenching their thirst with a pint or flight of Switchback suds. ¨e Tap Room at Switchback Brewing Co., Burlington, 10-11 a.m. $20; preregister; limited space. Info, 651-4114. UUFP MEDITATION EXPLORATION: A brief yoga practice paves the way for a period of deep focus. BYO mat and cushion. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. Free. Info, 518-561-6920.


‘DIMANCHES’ FRENCH CONVERSATION: Native speakers and learners alike chat en français. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 430-4652.



Find club dates in the music section. JUNEBERRY COMMUNITY CHORUS: The Upper Valley choir performs choral tunes inspired by the sun, the moon and the stars. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 4 p.m. $15. Info, 603-448-0400. KATIE TRAUTZ: Bow in hand, the Vermont fiddler launches her new album, Passage, with a concert of original Appalachian, honkey-tonk and modern Americana music. Landmark Schoolhouse, Lower Cabot, 4 p.m. $16-20. Info, 793-3016. VERMONT YOUTH ORCHESTRA WINTER CONCERT: Young musicians pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King with a program titled “Beyond the Frame — Depictions of a Dream.” Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 3 p.m. $12-17. Info, 863-5966.


PUBLIC SKATING: Active bodies coast across the ice. Plattsburgh State Fieldhouse, N.Y., 1-2:45 p.m. $2-3; additional cost for rentals. Info, 518-564-4270.


KATHY & STEVEN LIGHT: With photos, videos and music on hand, the speakers retrace their steps in “Kathy and Steven’s Long Walk on the Camino de Santiago.” Plainfield Town Hall Opera House, 4-6 p.m. $15. Info, 498-3173. MIKE ATHER: Through “Living Like Original Vermonters of the Winooski – Applying the Best of the Past for a Sustainable Future,” listeners learn about the environmental and health benefits of native plants and mushrooms. Ethan Allen Homestead Museum, Burlington, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5403. SAMUEL NEUBERG: Sartorially savvy Vermonters hear “Fashion and the Evolution of the 19thCentury Silhouette.” Woodstock History Center, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 457-1822.


INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S VOICES DAY: VERMONT PLAYWRIGHTS EDITION: A potluck dinner accompanies readings from local bards. Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free. Info, theoffcenter@



JOB HUNT HELPER: See FRI.18, 3-6 p.m.


MEDICINE BUDDHA SADHANA & PROSTRATIONS TO THE 35 CONFESSION BUDDHAS: Coming together on the evening of the full moon, participants take part in a practice that benefits those who are sick or suffering. Offerings for the altar are

welcome. Milarepa Center, Barnet, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 633-4136.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘THE LAST REEF 3D’: See WED.16. MOUNTAINTOP FILM FESTIVAL: See FRI.18. ‘MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD 3D’: See WED.16. ‘WILD AFRICA 3D’: See WED.16.


BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.16, 6:30 p.m. CRIBBAGE TEAMS: See WED.16. MAGIC: THE GATHERING — MONDAY NIGHT MODERN: Tarmogoyf-slinging madness ensues when competitors battle for prizes in a weekly game. Brap’s Magic, Burlington, 6:30-10 p.m. $8. Info, 540-0498. PINOCHLE & RUMMY: See WED.16.

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BONE BUILDERS EXERCISE CLASSES: See WED.16. CHAIR YOGA WITH SANGHA STUDIO: Supported poses promote health and wellbeing. Heineberg Senior Center, Burlington, 10:45-11:45 a.m. Free. Info, 448-4262. GUIDED GROUP MEDITATION: In keeping with the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, folks practice mindfulness through sitting, walking, reading and discussion. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 7:158 p.m. Free. Info, 505-1688.


DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION: Community members gather to engage in meaningful service and reflection. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 864-1848.

Winter Specials

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION: Performer, writer and host of the MTV web series “Decoded” Franchesca Ramsey offers a keynote speech in the spirit of the late civil rights activist. A reception follows at Top of the Hop. Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2923.


CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH GROUP: Speakers brush up on their language skills en español. Starbucks, Burlington, 6 p.m. $15. Info,


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FULL MOON SNOWSHOE HIKE: Nature lovers explore Montpelier’s hillsides by lunar light. Snowshoes and hot chocolate are provided. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7 p.m. $5-10; preregister. Info, 229-6206. MOUNT ABRAHAM HIKE: Snowshoes and spikes are required for this challenging 5.8-mile scramble. Contact trip leader for details. Free; preregister. Info,

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JONATHAN L. WALTON: The Harvard University religious scholar keynotes Saint Mike’s Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation Week with “No One Is Free Until We Are All Free: The Centrality of Collective Liberation for an Inclusive Vision of the World.” See calendar spotlight. Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2000.

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SUPERMOON SNOWSHOE: An educational presentation in the StarLab prepares outdoor adventurers for a hike under the night sky. Vermont Institute of Natural Science Nature Center, Quechee, 7-8:30 p.m. $5-8; free for members; preregister; limited space. Info, 359-5000.

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READING THROUGH THE BIBLE: Participants gather near the fireplace to peruse the Scriptures. Panera Bread, South Burlington, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 893-6266. VOICES OF COLOR SHOWCASE: People of color exercise their artistry when sharing stories and poetry. Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 8-10:30 p.m. $1. Info, 660-9346. TUE.22

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COMMUNITY DROP-IN CENTER HOURS: Wi-fi, games and art materials are on hand at an open meeting space where folks forge social connections. GRACE, Hardwick, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 472-6857.


BEYOND #METOO: GLOBAL RESPONSES TO SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN AN AGE OF RECKONING: ‹rough film screen ings, talks and a panel discussion, this two-day conference aims to establish a broader perspective on the fight against sexual violence. Middlebury College, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-5652.


COMMUNITY CRAFT NIGHT: Makers stitch, spin, knit and crochet their way through projects while enjoying each other’s company. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.

Lindy hop, Charleston and balboa. Beginners are welcome. Champlain Club, Burlington, 7:309:30 p.m. $5. Info, 448-2930.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘FIGHT CLUB’: Brad Pitt and Edward Norton star in this iconic 1999 drama about an underground group of men who beat boredom by brawling. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 540-3018. ‘THE LAST REEF 3D’: See WED.16. MOUNTAINTOP FILM FESTIVAL: See FRI.18. ‘MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD 3D’: See WED.16. ‘WILD AFRICA 3D’: See WED.16.

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BENEFIT BAKE: Pizza lovers dine on slices in support of the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association. Partial proceeds from each flatbread sold are donated. American Flatbread Burlington Hearth, 5-11:30 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 861-2999. BURGER MONTH: See WED.16.


SWING DANCING: Quick-footed participants experiment with different forms, including the


BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.16, 7 p.m.

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BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE SUN-STYLE TAI CHI, LONG-FORM: Improved mood, greater muscle strength and increased energy are a few of the benefits of this gentle exercise. South Burlington Recreation & Parks Department, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 735-5467. BEGINNERS TAI CHI: See THU.17. HEALTHY LADIES’ NIGHT: A three-part series with wellness experts Kate Greenleaf and Becky Widschwenter puts participants on the path to well-being. Waterbury Public Library, 7-8 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 244-7036. PLANT MEDICINE TEA CIRCLE: Participants bearing their favorite mug, a journal and a cozy blanket explore the benefits of a different herb each week while sipping an infused beverage. Milldale Farm Center for Wellness, 6:45-7:45 p.m. Donations. Info, vermont REIKI CLINIC: ‹ir ty-minute treatments foster physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. JourneyWorks, Burlington, 3-5:30 p.m. $10-30; preregister. Info, 860-6203. RUTLAND ZEN SANGHA MEDITATION: See THU.17. TUESDAY GUIDED MEDITATION: Participants learn to relax and let

go. Stillpoint Center, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 318-8605.


BENJAMIN JEALOUS: A leader in civil and human rights, the former NAACP president keynotes UVM’s annual MLK Week. Ira Allen Chapel, University of Vermont, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 656-8426. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CONVOCATION WEEK: Members of the campus and local communities come together over four days for a film screening, talks and a poetry slam. See smcvt. edu for details. Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2000. UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT MLK WEEK: See THU.17, 4-5:30 p.m.


BEGINNER SPANISH LANGUAGE: Native speaker Eve Dolkart leads an eight-week class en español. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403. ‘LA CAUSERIE’ FRENCH CONVERSATION: Native speakers and learners are welcome to pipe up at an unstructured conversational practice. El Gato Cantina, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195. LUNCH IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: ITALIAN: Speakers hone their

skills in the Romance language over a bag lunch. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. PAUSE-CAFÉ FRENCH CONVERSATION: Frenchlanguage fanatics meet pour parler la belle langue. Burlington Bay Market & Café, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 430-4652.


FREE AIKIDO CLASS: A one-time complimentary introduction to the Japanese martial art focuses on centering and finding freedom while under attack. Aikido of Champlain Valley, Burlington, 6:15-7:15 p.m. Free. Info, 951-8900.


KATHLEEN KESSON: “Channeling John Dewey: What Would Vermont’s Philosopher Have to Say About Personalized Learning?,” delivered by the local author, is the first installment of a new speaker series for state employees and members of the public. Pavilion Building, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 636-0035. MIKE BLUST: Entomology enthusiasts fly in for the slide show and talk “Dragonflies: Hawks of the Insect World.” Grace Congregational Church, Rutland,

7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, birding@ ‘POWERS OF THE PRESIDENCY’: ‹e League of W omen Voters of Central Vermont hosts an animated conversation on checks and balances as they relate to the commander in chief. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,


CREATIVE NONFICTION: Readers give feedback on essays, poetry and journalism written by Burlington Writers Workshop members. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104. JANUARY BOOK SALE: See WED.16. SEARCH FOR MEANING ADULT DISCUSSION GROUP: Readers reflect on Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 518-561-6920. THOMAS CHRISTOPHER GREENE: Deadly secrets threaten a seemingly perfect marriage in the Vermont College of Fine Arts founder’s new novel, The Perfect Liar. Phoenix Books, Essex, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 872-7111. WRITERS GROUP: Wordsmiths share original material in


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RACIAL JUSTICE STUDY CIRCLE: See SAT.19, United Church of Bakersfield. SHOWING UP FOR RACIAL JUSTICE: LIVING ROOM CONVERSATIONS ABOUT RACISM: Community members delve into “”e Mo vement for Black Lives Policy Platform.” Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.


SMALL BUSINESS SPEED DATING: Burgeoning entrepreneurs rotate through several tables for one-on-one conversations with certified business mentors. Hosted by SCORE. South Burlington Community Library, University Mall, 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 846-4140.



DEATH CAFÉ: Folks meet for a thought-provoking and respectful conversation about death, aimed at accessing a fuller life. Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center, Rutland, 7-9 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, 353-6991. NURSING BEYOND A YEAR MEET-UP: Breastfeeding parents connect over toddler topics such as weaning and healthy eating habits. Aikido of Champlain Valley, Burlington, 9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 985-8228.



Memorial Library, Williston, 1-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

‘RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD’: ”is 2017 documentary brings pioneering Native American musicians into focus. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


‘THE SHAPE OF WATER’: ”e life of an isolated cleaning woman will never be the same after she falls for a mysterious aquatic creature in this Academy Award-winning drama from 2017. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 6 p.m. $5. Info, 533-2000.

‘CALIFORNIA TYPEWRITER’: Shown as part of the Architecture + Design Film Series, this 2016 documentary focuses on one of the last standing typewriter repair shops in the country. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, reception, 6 p.m.; screening, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, adfilmseries@ ‘THE LAST REEF 3D’: See WED.16. MOUNTAINTOP FILM FESTIVAL: See FRI.18.






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COMMUNITY SUPPER: See WED.16. PENNYWISE PANTRY TOUR: On a tour of the store, shoppers create a custom template for keeping the kitchen stocked with affordable, nutritious eats. City Market, Onion River Co-op, Burlington South End, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 861-9753.


BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.16. CRIBBAGE TEAMS: See WED.16. MAH JONGG: Participants of all levels enjoy friendly bouts of this tile-based game. Dorothy Alling


THOMAS CHRISTOPHER GREENE: See TUE.22, ”e V ermont Book Shop, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-2061.




‘A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2’: Lucas Hnath’s witty sequel to Henrik Isben’s classic drama, presented by Vermont Stage, offers a complex exploration of traditional gender roles and the struggles within human relationships. Black Box ”eater , Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $29.70-33. Info, 862-1497.


THE METROPOLITAN OPERA LIVE IN HD: ‘LA TRAVIATA’: Soprano Diana Damrau lifts her voice as the tragic courtesan Violetta in a broadcast production of Verdi’s masterpiece. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 1 p.m. $10-17. Info, 760-4634.




Find club dates in the music section. ORLANDO CONSORT: One of Europe’s most highly regarded early music vocal ensembles provides a live score for Carl ”eodor Dreyer’s 1928 silent picture ˜e Passion of Joan of Arc. Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $1430. Info, 603-646-2422.

FICTION WORKSHOP: Readers focus on elements of craft when responding to work by Burlington Writers Workshop members. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104. JANUARY BOOK SALE: See WED.16.

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200 Classes for Everyone. CVUHS Campus HINESBURG. Full descriptions at ACCESS ART AT CVUHS IN HINESBURG: Part of 200+ classes for all ages. Watercolor with Ginny Joyner, Nature Drawing, Ink Wash, Acrylic landscape, Charcoal, Oil Painting. Culinary Arts: One night hands-on classes where you eat well!! Chinese Feast, Italian Cuisine Feast, Spanish Specialties with Chef Jim (executive chef of Shelburne Farms), Middle Eastern, Vegetarian, Chocolate, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Pierogis with Luiza, Fermented Foods, five different Ethiopian/ Eritrean with Alganesh, Pierogis, Cake Decorating, YUM! Full descriptions online. Senior discount. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd. 10 minutes from exit 12., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, access. ACCESS CRAFT AT CVUHS IN HINESBURG: Part of 200+ classes for all ages. Pottery (seven choices), Saturday and Wednesday Eve Bowl-Turning choices, Woodworking Workshop, Welding, Machining, Carving a Spoon, Rug Hooking, Collage, Bracelets, Basket Making with Alexa Rivera, Sewing, Clothing, Pillows, Needle Felting, Quilting, Embroidery, Terrarium Design, Flower Arranging, Wreaths. Full descriptions online. Senior discount. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd. 10 minutes from exit 12, Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, ACCESS EMPOWERMENT AT CVUHS IN HINESBURG: Part of 200+ classes for all ages. SAT Bootcamp, CPR and AED Training, First Aid Training, Women’s SelfDefense, Mindful Meditation, SelfHypnosis, Massage, Reflexology, and Juggling. Publishing, Writing Workshop, Sailing, Hunter Education, Grandmother Lessons, Car Knowledge with Girlington Garage, Talks on: History of the World £ rough Food, Donner Party, Life in a Jar (book talk), Chelsea Flower Show, Alzheimers,

End-of-Life Doula. Also, Solar Energy 101, Bridge (two levels), Mah-Jongg, Astrology, Feng Shui, Reiki, Herbals (three choices), Soap Making, and Homesteading. Full descriptions online. Senior discount. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd. 10 minutes from exit 12, Hinesburg. Info: 4827194, ACCESS KIDS AT CVUHS IN HINESBURG: Part of 200+ classes for all ages. Earthenware for 1st-4th graders, Sewing for 8-year-olds with Adult, Hip Hop for 5-10 year olds, Playful French for 1st-3rd graders, Spanish for 1st-4th graders, Cross Stitch, Soap Carving (all ages), Ukelele (all ages). Also, About Kids (for parents): Kids and Confidence, Me-Power. Guaranteed. Full descriptions online. Senior discounts. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd. 10 minutes from exit 12., Hines. Info: 4827194, ACCESS LANGUAGE AT CVUHS IN HINESBURG: Part of 200+ classes for all ages. French (two levels), Spanish (five levels), Italian for Travelers, Bosnian, German (two levels)! Low cost, hands-on, excellent instructors, limited class size, guaranteed. Materials included with few exceptions. Full descriptions online. Senior discount. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd. 10 minutes from exit 12., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, access. ACCESS NATURE AT CVUHS IN HINESBURG: Part of 200+ classes for all ages. Beekeeping, Birding, Winter Tree ID, Woodlot Management, Edible/Medicinal Plants, Growing Mushrooms, Dog Body Language, Canine Manners, Feline Behavior, Tree ID, Reptiles, Herbals (three choices), Soap Making. Guaranteed. Full descriptions online. Senior discount. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd. 10 minutes from exit 12., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, access. COMPUTER CLASSES AT CVUHS IN HINESBURG: Part of 200+ classes for all ages. Tech Tutorial, Chat Bot, Wedpage Program, Excel (three levels), iMovie for ipads, iPad Video, Virtual Reality, Gaming, Smartphone Photography, Intro to Digital Photography, Intro to Digital Darkroom, Photoshop. Full descriptions online. Senior discount. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd. 10 minutes from exit 12., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, access. MUSIC, FITNESS DANCE ACCESS CLASSES AT CVUHS IN HINESBURG: Part of 200+ classes

for all ages. Core Strength, Weight Training for Women, Weight Training for Seniors, Zumba, Yoga (five choices), Swing or Ballroom with Terry Bouricius, Line Dancing, Hip Hop for Kids, Hip Hop for Adults, Guitar (two levels), Mandolin, String Band, Ukelele (seven choices), Fiddling, Music Exploration with Rufus. Low cost, excellent instructors, guaranteed. Full descriptions online. Senior discount. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd. 10 minutes from exit 12., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194,

art ART & POTTERY IN MIDDLEBURY: Adults: Mon. & Wed., Wheel; Wed. a.m., Still Life in Oils; a.m. & p.m. Oils; a.m. Pastels, Drawing & Colored Pencil Drawing, Bookbinding & Artist Books, Block Printing with Ashley Wolff. Kids: Tue., After-School Clay HandBuilding; Mon. & £ u., Wheel; Mon, Colored Pencil Drawing; Weds, Paint It. Location: Middlebury Studio School, 2377 Rte. 7, Middlebury. Info: Barbara Nelson, 247-3702,,

ayurveda WOMEN’S HEALTH & HORMONES WEEKEND WORKSHOP AND CLINICAL DAY: AN AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE: Instructor: Dr. Claudia Welch, DOM. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. & 2:30-4:30 p.m., Sat. & Sun. May 18-19. Optional clinical day for practitioners who would like to go deeper on Mon., May 20. Cost: $275/both days; $108 for Mon. add-on clinic day. Location: Burlington, Vermont. Info: fl e Ayurvedic Center of Vermont, 8728898, classes/#claudia.

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Call 865-7166 for info or register online at Teacher bios are also available online. ABSTRACT PAINTING: Explore the many exciting possibilities of abstract painting through a variety of fun demonstrations and exercises designed to help you open up and work intuitively. Experiment with paint of your choice (water-soluble oils, acrylics or watercolor) and a variety of other mixed media. Beginners are welcome. fl u., Jan. 24-Mar. 7, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $225/person; $202.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, ANALOG PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECTS: £ is hybrid darkroom and digital lab class will help you refine your skill set to create the

work you envision, either traditionally in the black-and-white darkroom, through scanning and printing in the digital lab, or both. £ is class will also explore ideas in contemporary photography and theory through select readings and will discuss the technical, aesthetic and conceptual aspects of your work through supportive weekly critique sessions. Bring a selection of recent images to the first class. Option 1: fl u., Jan. 17-Mar. 7, 6-9 p.m. Option 2: fl u., Mar. 21-May 9, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $360/person; $324/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, BANGLES: Check out the jewelry and fine metals studio by making your silver, copper or brass bangle. Open to all skill levels. All materials included. fl u., Jan. 31, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $37/ person; $33.30/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, CONTEMPORARY FIGURE PAINTING: Intermediate and advanced painters, revitalize your painting practices with a contemporary approach to the figure. Use fresh color and dynamic composition to strengthen your personal expression. Work from live models each week, explore a variety of advanced techniques with nontoxic water-soluble oils and get supportive feedback in a small group environment. Figure drawing experience is recommended. Wed., Mar. 13-May 1, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Cost: $360/ person; $324/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, CURATOR CONNECT: BCA Curator and Director of Exhibitions Heather Ferrell leads a lively conversation to help demystify the curatorial process, as well as give artists practical advice on studio visits, project proposals and introducing artwork to galleries and museums. Max participants: 15. Wed., May 15, 6-7 p.m. Cost: $15/ person; $13.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, DARKROOM CRASH COURSE: Explore the traditional, analog, black-and-white darkroom! Learn how to properly expose blackand-white film, process film into negatives, and make silver gelatin prints. Students will leave with the skills and confidence to join the darkroom as a member. All 35mm film, paper and darkroom supplies included. Bring your manual 35mm or medium format film camera to the first class. Mon., Mar. 18-Apr. 8, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $180/person; $162/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECTS: Do you shoot digital images and have a project idea to explore? £ is eight-week class will challenge you to edit and refine your photographs to create the portfolio of work you

envision. Organizing and editing techniques in Adobe Lightroom, printing on our Epson large format printers and more will be covered, tailored to individual student interests. Fri., Mar. 29May 17, 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $240/ person; $216/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, DRAWING: Learn a variety of drawing techniques including basic perspective, compositional layout, and use of dramatic light and shadow. Students will work mostly from observation and will be encouraged to work with a variety of media, including pencil, pen and ink, ink wash, and charcoal in this small, group setting. All levels of experience welcome. Option 1: Tue., Jan. 22Mar. 5, 9:30 a.m.-noon. (no class Feb. 26). Option 2: Wed., Jan. 23Feb. 27, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $255/ person; $229.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, DRAWING & PAINTING: £ is workshop is designed for the young artist who loves to draw and paint. Join us at BCA’s painting studio to experiment with different mediums and techniques, while learning how to make your drawings and paintings even better. Ages 6-11. Tue., Feb. 26, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $70/person; $63/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 8657166, EARRINGS: Check out the jewelry and fine metals studio by making your own earrings. Open to all skill levels. Class includes copper and brass, silver ear wire, and all basic tools. Silver can be purchased separately. fl u., Mar. 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $37/ person; $33.30/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, EXPERIMENTAL DRAWING: Expand on your drawing skills while discovering the possibilities of abstract drawing styles and compositions. A variety of drawing mediums, sizes and techniques will be explored, with plenty of flexibility to incorporate individual visions. Benefit from constructive feedback and gentle coaching in this supportive environment. Some drawing experience recommended. fl u., Mar. 14-Apr. 18, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost: $270/person; $243/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, FAMILY ART SATURDAY: Get creative and make art together! Families are invited to drop in to the BCA Center every third Saturday of the month to create their own artworks inspired by our current exhibitions. Each Family Art Saturday offers a different art-making project that will ignite the imaginations of your family members! Sat., Jan. 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. Info: 8657166,

FRIDAY ADULT WHEEL: Curious about the pottery wheel? Spend a Friday night with our pottery instructors at the BCA Clay Studio. A ticket includes a wheel-throwing demonstration at the beginning of class, access to a wheel, and time to try making a bowl or cup. £ ere is a $5 additional fee per clay piece fired and glazed by the studio. Fri., Feb. 1-May 3, 7:309 p.m. Cost: $10/person; $9/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, FRIDAY FAMILY CLAY: Spend a Friday night with your family at the BCA Clay Studio. A ticket provides a wheel demonstration at the beginning of class, wheel access (for ages 6+), handbuilding for any age, unlimited clay and time to create. If you’d like your work to be fired and glazed by the studio, there is a $5 fee per piece. Registration is required. Fri., Feb. 1-May 3, 5-7 p.m. Cost: $10/person; $9/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, GLAZE CHEMISTRY: For ceramics artists, glazing can be a daunting and mysterious process: part alchemy, part magic and part pure luck. During this two-hour lecture, we will pull back the curtain to reveal the science behind this mysterious process. Mon., Mar. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $25/ person; $22.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, GRAPHIC NOVEL: Learn the art of visual storytelling through this immersive class in the comics discipline. Students will learn a broad range of techniques for communicating with both words and pictures, with an emphasis on using pen and ink. Some basic drawing experience is encouraged. Basic materials provided. Option 1: Mon., Jan. 28-Mar. 11, 6-8:30 p.m. Option 2: Wed., Mar. 20-Apr. 24, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $225/person; $202.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, HAND-PRINTED FABRIC WORKSHOP: Get to know our print studio at this one-night workshop and explore the possibilities of printmaking. Students will explore simple and satisfying ways to add design to fabric goods to bring home. Class includes all materials; no experience necessary. Tue., Feb. 5, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $25/ person; $22.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, HANDBUILDING: Learn the basics of handbuilding that will help you create functional and sculptural forms from clay. Class will include an introduction to our clay studio’s equipment and tools, along with helpful demonstrations and discussions. Working with the clay in different stages, from greenware to glaze, will be covered. No previous experience BURLINGTON CITY ARTS


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needed. Option 1: Fri., Feb. 15-Mar. 29, 9:30-11:30 a.m. (no class Mar. 1). Option 2: Fri., Apr. 12-May 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Cost: $204/ person; $183.60/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, JEWELRY: Learn the basics of creating metal jewelry. Techniques covered will include sawing, piercing, filing, annealing, soldering, texturing, cold connections, ring sizing and more, so that students can create at least two completed pieces. ° e class includes some copper, brass and nickel for class projects; use of all basic tools; and studio access during the weeks of your class. Option 1: Tue., Jan. 22-Feb. 26, 5:30-8 p.m. Option 2: Tue., Mar. 12-Apr. 16, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Option 3: Tue., Apr. 16-May 21, 5:30-8 p.m. Cost: $255/person; $229.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, LIFE DRAWING: Spend the evening with other local artists drawing one of our experienced models. Please bring your drawing materials and paper. Purchase a ticket to hold your spot. Ticket purchases for this class are nonrefundable. Fri., Feb. 1-Apr. 19, 7:30-9 p.m. Cost: $10/person; $9/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, MINI WORLDS: Shrink down with us and create small, beautiful worlds. Campers will be encouraged to explore a variety of craft media to develop tiny, intricate terrariums, doll houses or fairy worlds. Ages 6-11. ˜ u., Feb. 28, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $70/person; $63/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 8657166, MIXED-LEVEL WHEEL THROWING: Mixed-Level Wheel supports students across a range of skill and experience levels who have thrown on the wheel. ° is eight-week course is rooted in fundamentals and encourages individual projects. Demonstrations and instruction will cover centering, throwing, trimming and glazing, as well as forms and techniques determined by students. Option 1: Wed., Jan. 23-Mar. 13, 1:30-4 p.m. Option 2: Wed., Apr. 3-May 22, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Option 3: ˜ u., Apr. 4-May 23, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $340/ person; $306/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, MONOPRINT: Hone your skills working with the press and experiment with a variety of materials to take your printmaking to the next level. Learn how to incorporate drypoint and collagraph techniques and discover how to layer images that create depth in your work. Students are encouraged to bring ideas and imagery they want to develop further. Tue., Mar. 12-Apr. 16, 9:30 a.m.-noon Cost: $225/ person; $202.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine

St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, MOVEMENT WORKSHOP: In this 90-minute workshop, develop nourishing connections with others while building upon specific methods used to generate movement in “Becoming Human,” an exhibit currently on view at the BCA Center. ° is workshop offers the opportunity for nondancers and trained dancers alike to explore creative movement in a safe, fun and professionally guided manner. Sat., Jan. 26, 1-2:30 p.m. Cost: $15/ person; $13.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, PEN & INK: Learn the striking techniques of pen & ink. Students will discover how to use cross-hatching, stippling and ink washes to enhance their realistic or abstract drawings. Share progress and receive feedback in a supportive setting. No experience necessary. All basic supplies will be provided. Mon., Apr. 8-May 13, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $225/person; $202.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, PENDANTS: Check out the jewelry and fine metals studio by making your own copper, brass or nickel pendant using basic cutting, stamping and sawing techniques. Open to all skill levels. All materials included. ˜ u., Apr. 11, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $37/ person; $33.30/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, PHOTOGRAPHING ARTWORK: Learn how to take professionalquality digital images of your work in this hands-on workshop in our lighting studio. Whether you’re applying to art school, submitting work for an exhibition or putting together a website, you’ll leave this workshop with techniques that will improve your images and enhance your presentations. ˜ u., Apr. 11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost: $45/person; $40.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, POTTERY WHEEL: ° is day is all about learning the basics of the ever-popular pottery wheel. Students will have all day to get their hands on clay, spinning it into small bowls or cups to be fired and glazed by the studio. All items will be dishwasher safe and lead free. Ages 6-11. Fri., Mar. 1, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $70/person; $63/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 8657166, POTTERY WHEEL: ° is day is all about learning the basics of the ever-popular pottery wheel. Students will have all day to get their hands into clay, spinning it into small bowls or cups to be fired and glazed by the studio. All items will be dishwasher safe and lead free. Ages 6-11. Fri., Mar. 1, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $70/person; $63/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 8657166,

PRECIOUS METAL CLAY: Precious Metal Clay (PMC) is a composite of 90% fine metals, 10% water and organic binder. When fired, PMC burns out the binder leaving a solid brass, silver or gold piece. In this four-week course, a variety of techniques will be demonstrated showing the versatility of the material, and students will be able to create several small pieces of wearable art, such as beads, earrings and pendants. Option 1: Tue., Jan. 22-Feb. 12, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Option 2: Tue., Mar. 12-Apr. 2, 5:30-8 p.m. Cost: $190/person; $171/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 8657166, PRINTMAKING: ° is introductory class will show you a whole range of printing techniques that can be used on their own or in combination to create unique artwork. Over six weeks, you’ll be introduced to the studio’s equipment and materials and learn techniques such as block printing with linoleum, collagraph (a low-relief intaglio technique) and monoprinting. No previous experience needed. Option 1: Tue., Jan. 22-Feb. 26, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Option 2: ˜ u., Jan. 24-Mar. 7, 6-8:30 p.m. (no class Feb. 14). Cost: $255/person; $229.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, SCREEN PRINT: Working in BCA’s professional print studio, students will learn the basics of screen printing to print images onto paper and fabric. Wed., Feb. 27, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $70/ person; $63/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, SCREEN PRINT WORKSHOP: Get to know our print studio at this one-night workshop and explore the possibilities of screen printing. Students will choose from a variety of prepped silkscreen designs to put on a poster or tote bag to bring home. Class includes all materials, no experience necessary. Tue., Mar. 26, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $25/person; $22.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, STUDIO NIGHT FOR EDUCATORS: Spend an evening exploring the tools and equipment in BCA’s Print and Drawing & Painting studios with fellow teaching artists and K-12 educators. Participants will have the opportunity to express their own creativity, as well as discuss ways to bring lessons back to the classroom. Innovative reflection and assessment strategies will also be presented. ˜ u., Mar. 21, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $25/ person; $22.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, SUNDAY FAMILY JEWELRY: Spend a morning with teaching artist Kate McKernan in BCA’s jewelry studio. Using our studio equipment, fine metals and beads, your family will create beautiful and wearable works of art. All supplies are provided; no experience needed. Youth must

be accompanied by an adult. Additional tickets are required for adults who’d like to join the fun and create on their own. Sun., Feb. 10, 10 a.m.-noon Cost: $10/person; $9/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, SUNDAY FAMILY PAINT: Spend a morning with teaching artist Kate McKernan in BCA’s painting and drawing studio. Using our paints, brushes, easels and more, your family will create beautiful works of art. All supplies are provided; no experience needed. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Adults may assist their child(ren) free of charge. Additional tickets are required for adults who’d like to join the fun and paint on their own. Sun., Jan. 27, 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $10/person; $9/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, SUNDAY FAMILY PRINTMAKING: Spend a morning with teaching artist Kate McKernan in BCA’s print studio. Using our printing plates, inks and press, your family will create beautiful works of art. All supplies are provided; no experience needed. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Adults may assist their child(ren) free of charge. Additional tickets are required for adults who’d like to join the fun and print on their own. Sun., Mar. 3, 10 a.m.-noon Cost: $10/person; $9/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, TEACHING STRATEGIES THAT WORK WITH ENGLISH LEARNERS, K-6: In this session, participants will engage in activities and discussion to better understand the new American experience, the challenges of adjusting to a new culture, and the process of acquiring a new language. Participants will learn practical strategies that will help them differentiate their music, drama, dance and visual arts lessons and make them more accessible to English Learners (ELs). Wed., Jan. 16, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $25/person; $22.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, THE ARTIST’S STORY: Learn tips for writing and presenting a successful artist talk from storyteller and educator, Recille Hamrell. Improve your public speaking and learn to craft an engaging story about how you began your work, your challenges and successes, and the purpose and unique value of what you create. Artists from all disciplines and levels are welcome. Wed., Feb. 13, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $25/person; $22.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, WATERCOLOR: Learn how to paint with watercolor. ° is class will focus on observational painting from still life, figure, landscape and photos. Students will paint on watercolor paper and will gain experience with composition, color theory, layering, light and

shade. Class may move outdoors for plein air painting on nice days! No experience necessary. ˜ u., Mar. 28-May 2, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $225/person; $202.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, WHEEL THROWING: ° is class is an introduction to clay, pottery, and the ceramics studio. Students will work primarily on the potter’s wheel, learning basic throwing and forming techniques while creating functional pieces such as mugs, cups and bowls. Students will also be guided through the various finishing techniques using the studio’s house slips and glazes. No previous experience needed. Five class schedules to choose from. Visit website for details. Cost: $340/ person; $306/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, WOODCUT: Discover the unique process of woodblock printing with local artist Ashley Stagner. Students will focus on fundamental relief printing techniques and will be able to transform their designs into unique prints. Students will then progress to more sophisticated processes, including multicolor printing and two-to-three color reduction block printing. Class cost includes all basic materials. Wed., Apr. 3-May 8, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $225/ person; $202.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166,

climbing ADULT CLIMBING CLINICS: Did you know that climbing is going to be in the Olympics in 2020? Better get training! Or at least introduce yourself to the sport that encourages fun and both physical and mental challenges. Beginners and those with experience will learn and advance with Petra Cliffs’ expert climbing instructors. Weekly classes start Jan. 29. Cost: $105/3 2-hour sessions, gear & 3 additional visits. Location: Petra Cliffs Climbing Center, 105 Briggs St., Burlington. Info: Andrea Charest, 657-3872,,

craft ADIRONDACK PACK BASKETWEAVING WORKSHOP: In this basket-weaving intensive, everyone will make their own hand-crafted Adirondack Pack Basket. Presenter: Alexa Rivera. Sun., Jan. 27, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost: $145/person. Location: Gardener’s Supply, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington. Info: 660-3505,

dance BELLY DANCE WITH MAHSATI: Learn to Belly Dance! Group classes and private lessons available for beginner to advanced students. Mahsati specializes in Egyptian Raqs Sharqi, Turkish Dans Oryantal, American Classic

Orientale, and Folkloric Dances of the Middle East and North Africa. ° u.: Technique Level 1. Sat.: Dancing Drum Solos. Drop-ins welcome. ˜ u., 7:30-9 p.m., & Sat. 10-11:30 a.m. Cost: $17/1.5-hour class drop-in rate. Location: Swan Dojo, 19 Church St., Suite 1, Burlington. Info: Mahsati, 276-1181,, DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Salsa classes: nightclub-style, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wed., 6 p.m. $15/person for one-hour class. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in anytime and prepare for an enjoyable workout. Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 598-1077,

drumming TAIKO AND DJEMBE CLASSES IN BURLINGTON!: Open classes in September. New drumming sessions begin the weeks of 10/8, 11/26, 1/7, 2/4, 3/11, 5/6. Intermediate Taiko: Mon., 6-8:20 p.m. Taiko for Adults: Tue., 5:30-6:20 p.m., & Wed., 6:30-7:50 p.m. Djembe for Adults: Wed., 5:30-6:20 p.m. Taiko for Kids and Parents: Tue., 4:30-5:20 p.m. World Drumming for Kids and Parents: Wed., 4:30-5:20 p.m. Drums provided. Conga classes, too! Visit schedule and register online. Location: Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 3G, Burlington. Info: 9994255,

empowerment CRITICAL THINKING IN A TIME OF CONFUSION: With our media now full of “fake news” and “alternate realities,” slippery slope arguments, red herrings, faulty analogies, scare tactics and “phishing,” how are we ever to determine what is true from what is false? Learn multiple techniques to evaluate what you see and hear. An online book and course materials will be provided. Created by Richmond Shreve and Sue Mehrtens; led by Sue Mehrtens. Feb. 5, Mar. 5, Apr. 2 & May 7, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $60/person. Location: Jungian Center for the Spiritual Sciences, 55 Clover Ln., Waterbury. Info: Sue Mehrtens, 244-7909.

fitness QI GONG WORKSHOP: In this workshop, participants will learn the Shen Exercises from the Tao Ahn Pai system of internal qi gong. ° e primary purpose of this set of 12 non-strenuous exercises is self-healing. Other benefits of consistent practice include improved concentration, increased visual and auditory acuity, and enhanced sensitivity. Jan. 26 & 27, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: $125/ weekend. Location: Elements of Healing, 21 Essex Way, Essex Junction. Info: Carrie Abair, 9999717, abairacupuncture@gmail. com,



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TRY THE Y!: Cardio and weight equipment. Spin, yoga, zumba and more group exercise classes. Lap pool, 88-degree Fahrenheit program pool; swim lessons and aquatic classes. All in a supportive community where everyone is welcome. Try us for a day for free! Location: Greater Burlington YMCA, 266 College St., Burlington. Info: 862-9622,

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ADULT SATURDAY SING!: Instructor: Jen Greenwood. Sat., Mar. 16-May 4 (no class Mar. 30 & Feb. 27), 10-11 a.m. Cost: $75/6 weeks. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4543, BALLET LEVELS I & II: Teens & Adults. Instructor: Elizabeth Brody. Drop-ins welcome. Mon., Jan. 7-May 6 (no class Jan. 21, Feb. 25 & Apr. 22). Level I: 5:306:30 p.m. Level II: 6:45-7:45 p.m. Cost: $185/15 weeks; $15/hour to drop in. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4543, BURLESQUE: Ages 18+. Instructor: Doctor Vu. Drop-ins welcome. Mon., 7-8 p.m., Jan. 7-May 6 (no class Jan. 21, Feb. 25 & Apr. 22). Cost: $185/15 weeks; $15/hour to drop in. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4543, FEBRUARY VACATION CAMP: MAGIC TREEHOUSE ADVENTURES: Ages 6-8. Instructor: Mark Stein. Feb. 25-Mar. 1, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $350/person. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4543, FEBRUARY VACATION CAMP: MUSICAL THEATER ADVENTURE CAMP: Ages 9-14. Instructor: Owen Leavey & Randal Pierce. Feb. 25-Mar. 1, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $350/person. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4543, FEBRUARY VACATION CAMP: SILENT FILMMAKING: Grades 6-8. Instructor: Elisa Van Duyne and Ross Ransom. Feb. 25-Mar. 1, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $350/ person. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4543, HIP-HOP: Teens and adults. Instructor: Rose Bedard. Dropins welcome. ° u., Jan. 17-May 9 (no class Feb. 28 & Apr. 25), 5:35-7:05 p.m. Cost: $225/15 weeks; $22.50/1.5 hours to drop in. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4543,

JAZZ FUSION: Teens & adults. Instructor: Rose Bedard. Dropins welcome. ° u., Jan. 17-May 9 (no class Feb. 28 & Apr. 25), 7:10-8:40 p.m. Cost: $225/15 weeks; $22.50/1.5-hour class to drop in. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4543, MOTH-STYLE STORYTELLING: Instructor: Susanne Schmidt. Tue., Jan. 22-Mar. 5 (no class Feb. 26), 5:30-7 p.m. Cost: $165/6 weeks. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4543, SENSORY-FRIENDLY DRUMMING: For families with children of any age who would enjoy a sensoryfriendly experience. Sun., Jan. 27 and Mar. 10, 1-2 p.m Free & open to the public. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4543, SHORT FORM IMPROVISATION: Instructor: Mark Stein. ° u., Jan. 24-Mar. 7 (no class Feb. 28), 5:30-7 p.m. Cost: $150/6 weeks. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4543, TAP LEVELS I, II & III: Teens and adults. Instructor: Elisa Van Duyne. Wed., Jan. 16-May 8 (no class Feb. 27 & Apr. 24). Level 1: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Level II: 6:35-7:35 p.m. Level III: 7:40-8:40 p.m Cost: $185/15 weeks. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4543,

gardening HOUSEPLANTS 101: Learn all about common houseplants and how to care for them. Presenter: Ellen Bortner. Sat., Jan. 19, 9:30-11 a.m. Cost: $15/person. Location: Gardener’s Supply, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington. Info: 660-3505, MUSHROOM CULTIVATION: Learn the basics of cultivating edible mushrooms including oyster, shiitake and wine cap stropharia. Fungi promote healthy soil and increase yields of vegetable crops. Presenter: Ethan ˜ ompson. Sat., Jan. 26, 9:30-11 a.m. Cost: $15/person. Location: Gardener’s Supply, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington. Info: 660-3505,


BUILD AN FPV TINY WHOOP DRONE: ˜ is workshop is designed to introduce anyone to drones through hands-on building of a Tiny Whoop drone. Tiny Whoops are small first-person-view (FPV) quadcopters aircraft equipped with a tiny camera/video transmitter. ˜ ey are flown by their pilots using FPV goggles, which are similar to VR headsets. With practice, you can quickly improve your piloting skills

and explore all kinds of spaces, indoors and out, or even race with others at Generator. Mon., Feb. 18, 6-9 p.m. Location: Generator, 40 Sears Ln., Burlington. Info: 5400761, EVENING JEWELRY CLASS! (INCLUDES TOOL TRAINING): No experience is needed. Just bring a desire to learn, and you’ll be off and running using the torch, jeweler’s saw, special hammers, polishing wheel and more. Demonstrations will including sawing, drilling, piercing, riveting, annealing, forming and soldering. We will complete practice pieces out of copper, brass and nickel before designing and creating a wearable finished art piece out of sterling silver (included with class). Mon., Jan. 28-Feb. 18, or May 6-Jun. 3, (no class May 27) 6-8 p.m. Location: Generator, 40 Sears Ln., Burlington. Info: 5400761, KIDS’ CLASSES: Check out our great kids’ classes. We have kids’ classes in Metal/Jewelry Work, Woodworking, Laser-Cutting, 3D Printing, Sticker-Making, electrifying your clothing and more! Please check out our website for more information on amazing kids’ classes. Mon. & ° u., 4-weeklong classes, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Location: Generator, 40 Sears Ln., Burlington. Info: 540-0761, LASER IMAGING: In this course, students will explore multiple materials and methods to create artworks, tools and objects. ˜ ey will work with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to prepare images to be laser etched and turned into objects with images on their surface, such as gifts, jewelry and coins, or tools for creating more images, such as stamps and woodcut blocks. ° u., Jan. 31-Feb. 21, 6-8:30 p.m. Location: Generator, 40 Sears Ln., Burlington. Info: 540-0761, LASER-CUT CHAIRS (INCLUDES LASER TRAINING!): ˜ is course allows students to explore chair design while getting acclimated to Adobe Illustrator. Students will go through the prototyping process before laser cutting fullsize creations out of Baltic birch ply. Students will then learn to effectively fasten, sand and finish their chair that can be used for the dining room, patio or home office. Tue., Feb. 19-Mar. 5, 6-9 p.m. Location: Generator, 40 Sears Ln., Burlington. Info: 540-0761, MAKE YOUR OWN PADDLE: In this class you will make a canoe paddle. You will choose your own design from several classic paddle shapes. You will learn the joy of shaping wood, primarily with hand tools. You will leave with a fully functional paddle, ready for the lake or river of your choosing. ° u., Mar. 21-Apr. 4, 6-9 p.m. Location: Generator, 40 Sears Ln., Burlington. Info: 540-0761, SKATE DECK: SKATEBOARD FAB 101: WOODSHOP 1 AND 2: Create your own skateboard deck in Skateboard Fab 101, learn how to install trucks and wheels,

and practice safe operation of the Generator woodshop in the process. You will receive training certifications 1 and 2 after demonstrating safe operations of a variety of woodshop tools. We will create curved noses and tails in our decks using a hydraulic press, so it will be easy to ride a manual all the way to the skate park! Mon., Apr. 22-May 13, 5:30-8 p.m. Location: Generator, 40 Sears Ln., Burlington. Info: 540-0761, STAINED GLASS: In this fourweek stained glass workshop, you will learn the Louis Comfort Tiffany copper-foil method of constructing stained glass. Learn to select glass colors, cut glass, apply copper foil and solder. You will leave with a beautiful piece of stained glass for any window in your home. All materials will be supplied for this workshop. Mon., Mar. 18-Apr. 8, 3:30-6 p.m. Location: Generator, 40 Sears Ln., Burlington. Info: 540-0761, STICKER WORKSHOP: THREECOLOR VINYL ILLUSTRATION: Learn how to turn an illustration into a three-color print using a registration plate and advanced vinyl application techniques. In this class, you will learn how to use Generator’s Roland GX-24 vinyl cutter to import designs from vector graphic software, with a special focus on converting pen-and-paper sketches into solid vector designs in Adobe Illustrator. 2 weeks: ° u., Apr. 25May 2, 6-9 p.m.; or Sat., Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: Generator, 40 Sears Ln., Burlington. Info: 540-0761, THE BLACKSMITH’S KNIFE: ˜ e blacksmith’s knife is a forged blade, handle and all, from a single piece of steel. ˜ e knife often incorporates twists, curls and other flourishes to practice basic smithing techniques while producing a useful tool. In addition to a discussion of design principles, aesthetic and practical concerns, and materials, students will get hands-on experience with tools like the forge, hammer, anvil and belt grinder. Students should expect to finish one knife during the course of this class. Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m., & Sun., 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 9-10 or Apr. 27-28. Location: Generator, 40 Sears Ln., Burlington. Info: 5400761,

language FRENCH CLASSES: ADULTS, YOUTH, PRE-K: Give the gift of learning this season. Learn French! Encouraging, fun and structured classes held in beautiful art studio. Led by experienced teacher, fluent speaker, lived/ worked in France & Cameroon. Not sure which level best for you? Pas de probleme: Contact Madame Maggie to help you decide. Allons-y! Adult French: ˜ u., Jan. 17-Mar. 7., Beginner 5-6:30 p.m., Adv. Beg/Intermediate 6:308 p.m. ($240). Youth After-school FRArt Workshop! Mon., Jan. 14Jun. 10., 3-5 p.m. No class: Jan. 21, Feb. 25, Apr. 22 & May 27. Sign up for entire session ($475) or four

weeks at a time ($150). Location: Wingspan Studio, 4A Howard St., Burlington. Info: 233-7676,, LEARN SPANISH OR ENGLISH, SWC: We provide high-quality, affordable instruction in the Spanish language for adults, students and children. Travelers’ lesson package. Small classes or private lessons. Our online English classes are live, engaging, face-toface interactions, not computer exercises. In our 13th year. See our website for complete information or contact us for details. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Center. Info: 585-1025,,

martial arts JKA OF VERMONT TRADITIONAL JAPANESE SHOTOKAN KARATE TRAINING: New year’s resolution: Get your black belt in karate. At JKA of Vermont, we practice JKA traditional Shotokan BUDO Karate. Our classes are geared to challenge you mentally, physically and spiritually. If you can endure it, you will find spirit, mind and body unity and power. Ten join; five get their first rank; three advance to higher rank; one graduates as a black belt. If you are interested and feel ready for the challenge, come and try it out! Tue. & ° u., 7-8:30 p.m. Location: South End Studio, 696 Pine St., Burlington. Info: JKA Instructor Jairo Blanco 4th Degree BB, 825-5489,, Facebook. com/groups/724367394588198. VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU: Brazilian jiujitsu is a martial arts combat style based entirely on leverage and technique. Brazilian jiujitsu self-defense curriculum is taught to Navy SEALs, CIA, FBI, military police and special forces. No training experience required. Easy-to-learn techniques that could save your life! Classes for men, women and children. Students will learn realistic bully-proofing and self-defense life skills to avoid them becoming victims and help them feel safe and secure. Our sole purpose is to help empower people by giving them realistic martial arts training practices they can carry with them throughout life. IBJJF and CBJJ certified black belt sixth-degree Instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr.: teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. A five-time Brazilian National Champion; International World Masters Champion and IBJJF World Masters Champion. Accept no Iimitations! Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 598-2839, julio@,

and ˜ u., noon-1 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-noon. Classes and retreats also offered. See our website at Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 658-6795,

pilates PILATES MATWORK!: Pilates matwork classes for all levels of ability from beginner to advanced, taught by Sharon Mcilwaine, certified pilates instructor with many years of experience. All welcome. First class is free! Tue., 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Sat., 8:45-9:45 a.m. (no class Dec. 25). Cost: $18/1-hour class. Location: Sacred Mountain Studio, 215 College St., 3rd FL, Burlington. Info: Burlington Acupuncture, Sharon McIlwaine, 522-3992, sharon@,

shamanism EXTRAORDINARY REALITIES: Learn how to journey into the spirit realms, where you will work with powerfully compassionate and intelligent helping spirits, teachers and healers. ˜ e session will include an introduction to the practice of shamanic divination and an overview of shamanic healing. Meet your power animal in a core shamanic introduction. Sat., Jan. 19, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: $120/9hour class. Location: Shaman’s Flame Workshop Center, 644 Log Town Rd., Woodbury. Info: Peter Clark, 456-8735, peterclark13@,

yoga EVOLUTION YOGA: Practice yoga in a down-to-earth atmosphere with some of the most experienced teachers and therapeutic professionals in Burlington. Daily drop-in classes include $5 Community, Vinyasa, Kripalu, Yin, Meditation, Yoga Wall and Yoga ˜ erapeutics led by physical therapists. Dive deeper into your practice with Yoga for Life, a semesterbased program of unlimited yoga, weekend workshops and mentorship. Transform your career with our Yoga Teacher Training rooted in anatomy and physiology and taught by a faculty of healthcare providers who integrate yoga into their practices. $15/class; $140/10-class card; $5-10/community class. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. Info: 864-9642,

SANGHA STUDIO | NONPROFIT, DONATION-BASED YOGA: Sangha Studio builds an empowered community through the shared practice of yoga. Free yoga service initiatives and outreach programs are offered at 17 local organizations working with all ages. Join Sangha in both downtown Burlington and the Old North End for one of their roughly 60 weekly LEARN TO MEDITATE: Taught by classes and workshops. Become qualified meditation instructors a Sustaining Member for $60/ at the Burlington Shambhala month and practice as often as Meditation Center: Wed., 6-7 p.m.; you like! Daily. Location: Sangha Sun., 9 a.m.-noon. Free and open Studio, 120 Pine St. and 237 North to anyone. Free public meditaWinooski Ave., Burlington. Info: tion: weeknights, 6-7 p.m.; Tue. 448-4262, SEVEN DAYS JANUARY 16-23, 2019 63



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n 2018, Seven Days reviewed more than 100 albums from local bands and musicians. Given our mission of hyper-local coverage, we frequently have to pass on reviewing albums that come to us from nonlocal creators. Besides, we have more music coming our way from within Vermont than we can keep up with. However, we do like to keep tabs on formerly local artists who are eager to share their latest works with fans in their home (or adopted) state. Take a look at these four recently released albums from Vermont expats. Also, is there a word like “homesick” for when you’re the one still at home missing the person who’s gone away? Because you might feel that way after listening.


Dear House (Self-released, CD, digital) Educational opportunity is among the many reasons Vermonters leave the Green Mountains. Montpelier native Siena Facciolo relocated to Rochester, N.Y., where she studies music theory and musicology at the University of Rochester. Her debut album, Dear House, was eight years in the making, according to a profile recently published in her school’s Campus Times. Specifically, the song “Morning” dates back to when the singer-songwriter was a 14-year-old piano camp student. Facciolo’s vocals and piano skills are the main event on the 10-track album, though a few Rochester-based collaborators flesh out some of the tracks with cello, drums and guitar. £ e guests’ contributions serve mainly as accents to the artist’s commanding presence. Genre-wise, Dear House is somewhat unclassifiable. Folk, R&B and soul are included as genre tags on the album’s Bandcamp page. But subtle nods to Latin jazz (“We Cry”), Broadway torch songs (“Love Me Right”) and adult contemporary pop (“Meteor”) suggest that Facciolo is up to the task of carving out unique space. “Bittersweet,” a ballad of sheer yearning,



recalls piano-pop masters like Sara Bareilles and Vanessa Carlton, or perhaps even early Tori Amos, at least in terms of the latter’s classically leaning piano structures. £ ough she’s based in New York, Facciolo reps Vermont hard on “Phish Food,” a song of romantic devotion — as opposed to product placement from Ben & Jerry’s. “I want to be your first bite of Phish Food … I want to be there when the Red Sox lose,” she sings over the track’s first few softly struck chords. You can take the woman out of Vermont… Dear House is available at sienafacciolo.


Must Swim (State & Main Records, digital) Ben Roy is a cofounder of Montpelier’s State

& Main Records and a former member of notable Montpeculiar bands Concrete Rivals and Pistol Fist, among others. He is now a recording engineer in Seattle, where he lives with his fiancée and bandmate Katie Weller. Before they left, the two joined forces with capital city bassist Colin Gunn to form the “doo-wop psych-rock” outfit Parakeets. £ e band’s debut, Must Swim, shows the world exactly what that bonkers genre descriptor means. OK, “doo-wop psych-rock” might be a

bit misleading. You won’t hear anything that sounds exactly like the Five Satins crossed with Jefferson Airplane. But you can decipher the trio’s intent on songs such as “Hill or Orange?” £ e low-stress, Weller-led tune pairs heaping mounds of cutesy, harmonized background vocals with freak-folk guitar strumming à la the Lovin’ Spoonful. Nonsense syllables are a hallmark of doo-wop music, and “Pamplemousse” has “ba-ba-bas” to spare. Cascading support vocals rain down on the mid-tempo rock tune, reminiscent of early Super Furry Animals. Silly ditty “Super Durable Clothes Song” could also be a flagship tune. “Supe-y du-ra, supe-y du-ra,” sings Weller atop a groovy indie-rock riff. It’s both whimsical and low-key cool, like a hipster ironically wearing a vintage “Sesame Street” T-shirt. In fact, that descriptor could be applied to the album as a whole. Must Swim is available at CD Baby.


Flesh and Bone (& Everything Within) Side B (Self-released, digital) Singer-songwriter Xenia Dunford dropped a two-part EP in 2018, Flesh and Bone (& Everything Within) Side A and Side B. And

before Seven Days could get around to reviewing Side B, the artist skipped town for Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. £ ough she staggered the releases by only a matter of weeks, Dunford explained on her website that the two sides were very different projects, at least in terms of how they got made. She recorded Side A at Future Fields in Burlington and dipped down to Q Division Studios in Somerville, Mass., to work with Somerville Symphony Orkestar’s Joel Edinberg for the follow-up. Lyrically, Dunford’s outlook is aligned across the project’s two parts. £ at is to say, her ruminations on the self, relationships and the world around her are still plenty dark and wonderfully nuanced. Stylistically, Side B touches less on gloomy Americana than its counterpart, though a touch of that genre still remains — thank you, pedal steel. Instead, Dunford unveils a sleeker, more contemporary sound that subtly draws on jazz and soul. Of the EP’s four tracks, “It Won’t Be Long” and “£ is Too Shall Pass” stand out as the most diverse. On the former, naked upright bass tones support Dunford’s opening phrases, with hot snares and hi-hats subsequently rolling in. £ e track’s spaciousness emphasizes the emptiness and longing felt in the lyrics: “I don’t question FILE UNDER EXPAT

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awards, which will be announced on March 15 at a ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas. They’ve been nominated several times in the past few years, taking home the prize for Song of the Year in 2015 for the tune “You Can’t Make It Up,” from their album Riding My Guitar. Meanwhile, in other awards-related news, bluesman DAVE KELLER recently nabbed a nom for Best Soul Blues Album of the Year in the Blues Foundation’s annual Blues Music Awards. The honor refers to his 2018 effort, Every Soul’s a Star. (You know what? Farnsworth reviewed that one, too.) The winners will be announced at a shindig down in Memphis, Tenn., on May 9. It’s always nice to see Vermont musicians making waves at the national level. Keep it up, folks!

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Given that it’s awards season in the film industry, I thought I’d start this week by tipping my cap to a couple of local artists who’ve been recognized by national organizations. Congratulations are in order to RICK & THE ALL-STAR RAMBLERS for sweeping the WILL ROGERS Awards nominations! Given annually by the Academy of Western Artists, the awards feature five categories: Western Swing Duo/Group of the Year, Western Swing Album of the Year, Western Swing Song of the Year, and Western Swing Vocalist of the Year (male and female). RICK NORCROSS and co. — including guest vocalist TARYN NOELLE — snagged noms in each category for their 2018 album Taryn Noelle Swings. (Revisit Seven Days contributor CHRIS FARNSWORTH’s review on our website.) The Ramblers are no strangers to the

Feast your ears on a recent compilation album of Vermont-based artists, It Sounds Like Vermont. Courtesy of NICK DENTICO, mastermind behind East Montpelier cassette label Histamine Tapes and wonky noise project SUBVERSIVE INTENTIONS, the experimental mixtape features a number of the state’s most far-out sonic creators. GAHLORD DEWALD, WREN KITZ and ROB VOLAND, LAUREN COSTELLO (as OUZKXQLZN), and JB LEDOUX (as JO BLED) are but a few of the artists included. Leaning heavily on drone, sound baths, field recordings, distortion and found-sound samples, the comp is certainly a challenging listen — especially tracks like PEASANT FARM’s overdriven, jagged assault, “Faithless.” But it does speak to the boundless inventiveness of area musicians and will likely inspire you to give in to your weirdest creative impulses. Listen to it on Bandcamp.

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Are you familiar with the concept of hygge? The Scandinavian word (pronounced “hoo-gah”) refers to a somewhat untranslatable feeling of coziness and contentment. It’s kind of the cornerstone of provincial Danish culture. (However, on a 2015 trip to Copenhagen, I was told by a local not to believe hyperbolic statements frequently found in the media claiming Danes are the “happiest people on Earth.” I mean, they hardly ever see the sun, so it wasn’t that surprising to hear.) When using hygge in a sentence, one might say, “Damn, I was gettin’ all kinds SOUNDBITES

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Rarely do I review live shows, but I just have to give a shout-out to New York City-based funkster SMOOTA. He put on one of the most memorable sets I’ve witnessed on a local stage recently. Last Thursday, January 10, at Nectar’s in Burlington, the TV ON THE RADIO trombonist dropped some seriously sexy and sex-positive tunes. Largely pulling from his new album, Pheromones, the longhaired honeydripper played choice cuts such as “40 Days 40 Nights,” an ode to self-love; “Pheromones,” a paean to chemical attraction; and “(I Don’t Care If You’re) Faking It,” a curious tune about an oft-neglected topic: fake orgasms, and


of hygge up in my apartment this past weekend because it was too cold to go outside.” Or, I guess, that’s how I would use it in a sentence. A Danish speaker could probably do a better job. On Friday, January 18, two Burlingtonians, IVAMAE and TOM PEARO, team up at ArtsRiot for a night of music dedicated to the ineffable feeling of snug security in question. Fun fact: Not only is the show free of charge, the artists plan to illuminate the room only with candlelight. Given the musicians’ proclivities for smooth, soulful, hypnotic music, I can’t imagine a better local pairing to serve up some wintry snuggles. Get into it — if you aren’t too damn cozy on your couch with your cats!

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This Saturday, January 19, members of Burlington jazzy funk-hop group JAPHY RYDER present the WILLVERINE DJ TRIO at Foam Brewers. Japhy Ryder’s ZACK DUPONT and BARIKA’s CRAIG MYERS support trumpeter and electro-pop wizard WILL ANDREWS, aka WILLVERINE. The mix of live instrumentation and electronic production is the first in a forthcoming series of special performances hosted by the Japhy crew. Future dates to be announced soon. 

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WANG whether or not they’re a bad thing. Spoiler alert: Fake orgasms have their own kind of worth, too, at least according to Smoota. It makes sense when you hear him explain it. Speaking of which… What made the evening so special was the way he interacted with the small crowd. Before each song, he prepped his onlookers with brief, artful explanations of where he was coming from with regard to the next banger. Normally, I find it somewhat unnecessary to spoon-feed your intentions to your audience. But the way Smoota approached it was mesmerizing. It was like being at a musical sex seminar or, as Nectar’s CARSON EHLERT put it as we chatted in the back of the club, a sexy TED Talk.

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RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB & WHISKEY ROOM: DJ SVPPLY (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.


JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free.

and TV finally seems to be moving toward

LEUNIG’S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Mike Martin (jazz), 7 p.m., free.

Off the Boat,” the network’s first series than 20 years, makes huge, hilarious

the show’s executive story editor and staff lampooning such topics as gym culture, bachelor parties. Wang performs Thursday through Saturday, January 17 through

SWEET MELISSA’S: D. Davis (acoustic), 5:30 p.m., donation. John Lackard Blues Jam, 7:30 p.m., free.


MOOGS PLACE: Trivia Night, 6:30 p.m., free. Abby Sherman (folk), 8 p.m., free.

mad river valley/ waterbury

ZENBARN: Wednesday Night Dead (Grateful Dead tribute), 7 p.m., free.

middlebury area CITY LIMITS NIGHT CLUB: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.

HATCH 31: Rough Cut Blues Jam, 7 p.m., free.

northeast kingdom PARKER PIE CO.: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.

HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: An Appreciation of JJ Cale featuring Ray Paczkowski, Russ Lawton, Justin Mazer and Friends, 9 p.m., $7/12.

19, at the Vermont Comedy Club in

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): A Mid-Winter’s Residency with Joshua Panda and Friends (acoustic soul), 8 p.m., free.


EDEN SPECIALTY CIDERS BOUTIQUE TAPROOM & CHEESE BAR: „ e Zeichner Trio (folk, Irish), 6 p.m., free.

cancer screenings and the absurdity of

SIDEBAR: Hotel Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.

STONE CORRAL BREWERY: Bluegrass Jam Session, 7:30 p.m., free.

THE DOUBLE E LOUNGE AT ESSEX CINEMAS & T-REX THEATER: Robin Gottfried Band (rock), 8 p.m., free.

writer. Now he returns to his standup roots,

RED SQUARE: DJ KermiTT (eclectic), 8 p.m., free. DJ SVPPLY (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free.

PEG & TER’S: Greenbush (jazz fusion), 7 p.m., free.

BACKSTAGE PUB & RESTAURANT: Karaoke with Jenny Red, 9 p.m., free.

recently, comedian SHENG WANG served as

RADIO BEAN: Dylan Fitzsimmons (Americana), 7 p.m., free. Sean Patrick McGraw (Americana), 8:30 p.m., free. Midweek Mosaic (jam), 10 p.m., $5.

THE OLD POST: Karaoke with D Jay Baron, 8 p.m., free.

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strides toward prime-time equity. Until

NECTAR’S: Diggs, Princess Nostalgia (soul, hip-hop), 8:30 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

THE DOUBLE E LOUNGE AT ESSEX CINEMAS & T-REX THEATER: Joe Speers, Guy Henderson (singersongwriter), 6 p.m., free.

VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Sheng Wang (standup), 7 & 9:30 p.m., $20/27.

focusing on an Asian family in more

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Open Mic with Andy Lugo, 9 p.m., free.

CITY SPORTS GRILLE: Interactive Video Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7:30 p.m., free.

THE TAP ROOM AT SWITCHBACK BREWING CO.: „ e Buck Hollers (Americana), 6 p.m., free.

where it should be. ABC sitcom “Fresh

LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Irish Sessions (traditional), 7 p.m., free. Dan Ryan Express (jazz), 9:30 p.m., free.

chittenden county

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Wild Leek River, Danny & the Parts (Americana), 7 p.m., free.

Asian American representation in movies

JUNIPER: „ e Marty Fogel Quartet (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free.

VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Open Mic, 7 p.m., free. Indie Rumble (improv), 8:30 p.m., $5.

SIDEBAR: Rekkon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

Behind the Scenes

HALF LOUNGE: Lo-Fi Wednesday (house), 10 p.m., free.

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outside vermont

RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Cre8 (open format), 10 p.m., free.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (HANOVER): Video Game Night, 7 p.m., free.

SIDEBAR: Helefest Winter Tour featuring Everything but Nothing, MeetVoutside, the Sunset Kings, Clutch Cabin, Almattic, David Chief (rock), 8 p.m., $3.

MONOPOLE: Open Mic with Lucid, 10 p.m., free.



ARTSRIOT: Pattern Addict, the Fobs, Homeboy (indie), 8:30 p.m., $8. DELI 126: Ivamae (soul, folk), 9:30 p.m., free. DRINK: Downstairs Comedy Open Mic, 8 p.m., free. FINNIGAN’S PUB: DJ Craig Mitchell (open format), 10 p.m., free. HALF LOUNGE: DJ SVPPLY & Bankz (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Shane Hardiman Trio (jazz), 8:30 p.m., $5. Light Club Jazz Sessions and Showcase, 10:30 p.m., free. MAD RIVER DISTILLERS BURLINGTON TASTING ROOM: International Trivia Night, 6 p.m., free. NECTAR’S: Trivia Mania, 7 p.m., free. Brickdrop, Strange Purple Jelly (funk), 9:30 p.m., $3/5. 18+. RADIO BEAN: „ e Giant Peach (indie pop), 7 p.m., free. Liam Alone (singer-songwriter), 8:30 p.m., free. Dixie Dix (country), 10:30 p.m., free. RED SQUARE: DJ A-RA$ (open format), 6 p.m., free. D Jay Baron (mashup, hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Sheng Wang (standup), 7 p.m., $15. Tinder Nightmares (improv), 9 p.m., $5.

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BACKSTAGE PUB & RESTAURANT: Trivia, 8 p.m., free. JERICHO CAFÉ & TAVERN: Irish Session, 7 p.m., free. MONKEY HOUSE: Anthill presents 3rd „ ursdays (hip-hop), 9 p.m., free. THE OLD POST: Salsa Night with DJ JP, 7 p.m., free. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Left Eye Jump (blues), 7 p.m., free.


BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Italian Session (traditional), 6 p.m., free. GUSTO’S: Jason Baker (singersongwriter), 5 p.m., free. DJ Bay 6 (hits), 8 p.m., free. WHAMMY BAR: Open Mic, 7 p.m., free.


MOOGS PLACE: Open Mic Night, 8:30 p.m., free.

mad river valley/ waterbury

LOCALFOLK SMOKEHOUSE: Open Mic with Alex Budney, 8:30 p.m., free. MAD RIVER DISTILLERS: International Trivia Night, 6 p.m., free.

middlebury area

HATCH 31: Karaoke, third 7 p.m., free.

northeast kingdom HARDWICK STREET CAFÉ AT THE HIGHLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS: Cal Stanton (singersongwriter), 6 p.m., free.

HIGHLAND LODGE: Trivia Night, 6:30 p.m., free.

outside vermont

OLIVE RIDLEY’S: Karaoke with DJ Jon Berry & DJ Coco, 9 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (HANOVER): Out in the Valley Happy Hour, 6:30 p.m., free.



ARTSRIOT: How About Some Hygge?! featuring Ivamae and Tom Pearo (folk, soul), 7 p.m., free. BURLINGTON ST. JOHN’S CLUB: Karaoke, 8:30 p.m., free.

SUSHI YOSHI (STOWE): Dan Ryan Express (jazz), 4:30 p.m., free.

CLUB METRONOME: „ awed Out with Philthayyy and Friends (UK garage, jungle), 10 p.m., free.

TAP 25: Justin Panigutti (singersongwriter), 7 p.m., free.

DELI 126: Jaguar Stereo (experimental, jazz), 6:30 p.m., free.

DRINK: ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Viewing Party, 7:30-9:30 p.m., free. FLYNNSPACE: Stand Up, Sit Down & Laugh (standup), 8 p.m., $12. FOAM BREWERS: „ ird Friday Surf Party with the High Breaks, 8 p.m., free. HALF LOUNGE: J’Beau (R&B, electro-pop), 8 p.m., free. David Chief (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. JUNIPER: Sam DuPont and Robinson Morse (folk, jazz), 9 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Warm Water, Snughouse (soul, jazz), 7:30 p.m., $5. DJ Taka (eclectic vinyl), 11 p.m., $5. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Moochie (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. NECTAR’S: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free. Pontiac Vibe featuring Seth Yacovone, Bob Wagner, Josh Weinstein, Steve Hadeka and Tyler Mast (jam), 9 p.m., $7. RADIO BEAN: Friday Morning Sing-Along with Linda Bassick & Friends (kids’ music), 11 a.m., free. B (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Midnight Hootenanny (folk), 8:30 p.m., free. Princess Nostalgia (R&B, pop), 10 p.m., $5. Blowtorch (punk), 11:30 p.m., $5. Henry Finch & the Capacity Ensemble (R&B, soul), midnight, $5. RED SQUARE: „ e Growlers (rock), 7 p.m., $5. DJ Craig Mitchell (open format), 11 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ KermiTT (eclectic), 10 p.m., $5. REVELRY THEATER: Junk Island (improv, standup), 9:30 p.m., $7/10.

JERICHO CAFÉ & TAVERN: Leno, Young & Cheney (rock), 6 p.m., free. MONKEY HOUSE: Sad Turtle, Zeus Springsteen (post-rock), 9 p.m., $3/8. 18+. THE OLD POST: Sticks and Stones (rock), 9 p.m.-1 a.m., free. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: „ e Natural Selection (rock), 5 p.m., free. Justin Panigutti Band (rock), 9 p.m., free. STONE CORRAL BREWERY: Southtown Bluegrass, 8 p.m., free. WATERWORKS FOOD + DRINK: Dakota (hip-hop), 9 p.m., free.


BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Dave Loughran (singersongwriter), 6 p.m., free. Andrew Moroz (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: Z-Jaz (jazz), 6 p.m., free. Muddy Ruckus (blues-rock), 9 p.m., free. GUSTO’S: Joe Sabourin (folk-rock), 5 p.m., free. MIRAGE (rock), 9 p.m., $5. MINGLE NIGHTCLUB: Ron Stoppable (hip-hop), 9 p.m., $5. SWEET MELISSA’S: Honky Tonk Happy Hour with Mark LeGrand, 5:30 p.m., free. WHAMMY BAR: Red Hot Juba (blues, swing), 7 p.m., free.


MOOGS PLACE: Chris Lyon and Tristan Sellers (acoustic), 9 p.m., free. TAP 25: George Petit Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., free. TOPNOTCH RESORT: Kind Bud’s Kind Dubs (acoustic), 4 p.m., free. TRES AMIGOS & RUSTY NAIL STAGE: Beg, Steal or Borrow (bluegrass), 8:30 p.m., $8/12.




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REVIEW this Katie Trautz, Passage

in ’08, and her long-awaited followup, Passage, just hit the interwebs this month. But what’s revealed when they’re compared side by side? (SELF-RELEASED, CD, DIGITAL) In an email to Seven Days, Trautz, Have you seen the meme everyone’s been a cofounder of Montpelier’s Summit posting on Facebook this week? For some School of Traditional Music and Culture, tells us that the new effort reason, users have been posting diptychs departs somewhat from the more of themselves using photos from 2008 traditional music for and 2019. No explanation which she’s known — seems to accompany the both as a solo artist and 11-years-apart pairing a collaborator in projects of images. It seems to such as the Cajun duo simply denote, “Hey, look passage Chaque Fois! and the at me then. And look at Appalachian-folk duo me now.” It’s likely that Mayfly. Compared to the real fun comes later Remembering, Passage in the inevitable flood displays a bit more of comments from your freedom in Trautz’s followers. songwriting, as well Coincidentally, Cabotas in producer Michael Chorney’s based singer-songwriter and fiddler mixing and production choices. Katie Trautz could play along using The new album’s arrangements are her two solo albums instead of photos. warmer, shifting emphasis from stark, Her first effort, Remembering, came out

unembellished instrumentation to a full and grand aesthetic. Trautz pulls in allies from all over Vermont’s music scene, including Rough Francis’ Dan Davine, Japhy Ryder’s Will Andrews and Wooden Dinosaur’s Michael Roberts. A Wooden Dinosaur collaborator herself, Trautz perhaps took a bit of stylistic inspiration from the band’s 2016 effort, Working Weather, to forge her updated yet still unabashedly twangy sound. A brushed pitter-patter of drums and gracefully picked acoustic guitar open “Ghosts,” the record’s second track. After the rollicking country opener “Drive,” this one establishes the album’s placid, honeyed tone. Even though Trautz’s lyrics can be unsettling (“We are so damn tired / Our own lives have done us in”), her delivery is heartening. Singing through a scratchy vocal filter, Trautz dives into a true song of lamentation with “Same Old Town.” From its yodeling hook and twinkling

piano line to barbed, almost surf-like guitar chords, the song is a fascinating amalgamation of sounds. It lurches forward at a snail’s pace, underscoring the sentiment of stagnation heard in Trautz’s writing. A solitary banjo line introduces “Signs and Wonders,” which quickly shifts from backwoods pickin’ to gnarly, hard-edged psych-country. “We Don’t Ask” creeps in slow with tenderly plucked fiddle. Andrews’ smooth trumpet slides in just as poignantly, adding an angelic element. Trautz and co.’s fine selection of modern Americana adds another feather to Vermont’s folksy cap. Fans of both old and new sounds should find Passage a pleasing journey. Listen to Passage on Spotify. Trautz celebrates its release on Saturday, January 19, at the Light Club Lamp Shop in Burlington and on Sunday, January 20, at the Schoolhouse in Lower Cabot.

The Jobz, DIE

Chris Goulet is a magnetic performer, but his vocals are often abrasive, a howl that’s more punk rock than blues. Set against the cutting, legato guitar work of Brendan Dangelo and Kiel Alarcón, the Jobz rage somewhere between Fugazi and Modest Mouse. At just seven tracks, DIE still has a lot of range. When the band leans into its primitive thrash side, as on the knockout “Little Knife,” it damn near levitates. Just the same, the quartet can deliver lush, psychedelic Mazzy Star-style ballads (“Stuff Is Still Tuff ”) or tight, ’90s radiorock singles (“Angry Face”) with equal conviction. This album also finds the crew more comfortable in the studio than ever. Alarcón’s engineering and mixing continue to improve, and this is some of his best work yet. The album is bright, warm and even. Equally impressive is the rhythm section of Tim Knapp on percussion and Ryan Hebert on bass.

These two support the band at every twist and turn. DIE is probably not the album that’s going to put the What Doth Life collective on the mainstream map. It does speak to how far these art-rock insurgents have come, though. It also suggests that a breakthrough album may yet happen. Rock and roll is all about rough edges, and this team has enough energy and conviction to power a PA system. As for the concept behind this concept album, I have to admit: Even after several studious listens, I have no fucking clue what happened to this Junky Bear guy. Perhaps that’s for the best. Whether it’s all a shaggy-dog story or just a hermetically sealed, novel-length in-joke, I still enjoyed taking the ride. The Jobz perform on Sunday, January 20, with Jessica Rabbit Syndrome at Stage 33 Live in Bellows Falls. DIE is available at



The Jobz identify as an 802 “supergroup.” Although that description is intended as a selfdeprecating joke, there’s also something to it. The band is assembled from members of various acts on the What Doth Life imprint, a dangerous, controversial rock-androll death cult. Or they might be a bunch of great guys from the Windsor area — hard to tell, what with all the mystique. The ominously titled DIE is the second chapter of a trilogy that started with the group’s 2013 album, LIVE. Per the band, this latest installment “follows

the villain, Jay James ‘Junky’ Bear, as he is sent to hell to confront his sins.” If that sounds a little heavy, well, brace yourself for the epic backstory in the liner notes, too. There’s a lot going on here, both in terms of the rock-opera narrative and the music itself. To start with, the band is pretty killer. This is definitely weirdo rock with plenty to alienate casual listeners, but it’s cut by expert hands. While the whole crew at What Doth Life remains committed to raw aesthetics, its members can’t help but improve with so many gigs and albums under their collective belt. The result here is an idiosyncratic but intricately rendered LP full of outstanding arrangements. Lead singer






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was even born, her story was

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native land, diving deep into its hip-hop and


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and social justice, her music bears the hallmarks of classic-era rap, contemporary R&B and pan-regional Latin genres. Tijoux co-headlines with post-mariachi outfit


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January 18, at the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.

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ZENBARN: Gillian Grogan, Nicomo (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., $5.

CITY LIMITS NIGHT CLUB: DJ Amanda Rock (hits), 9 p.m., free.




PICKLE BARREL NIGHTCLUB: Garden State Radio (covers), 8 p.m., $10-20.

champlain islands/ northwest TWIGGS — AN AMERICAN GASTROPUB: AmerikanaBlue (Americana), 7 p.m., free.

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outside vermont

MONOPOLE: Adrian Aardvark (psychedelic grunge-folk), 10 p.m., free.


MONOPOLE DOWNSTAIRS: Happy Hour Tunes & Trivia with Gary Peacock, 5 p.m., free.


THE SKINNY PANCAKE (HANOVER): Conniption Fits (rock), 9 p.m., free.



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ARTSRIOT: Jukebox: An Innovative Chamber Music Series, 6:30 p.m., $5-25. CLUB METRONOME: Vermont Burlesque Festival: ‰e Nerdy Show, 5 p.m., $20/25. Vermont

Burlesque Festival After Party (Retronome) (retro dance hits), 9 p.m., $5. DELI 126: ‰e Saturday Evening Warm-Up (Vermont Burlesque Festival) (jazz), 4 p.m., free. FOAM BREWERS: Willverine DJ Trio (electronic, funk), 8 p.m., free. HALF LOUNGE: Molly Mo0d (electronic), 8 p.m., free. Moochie (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. JUNIPER: Matt Saraca and Friends (acoustic), 9 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Katie Trautz (folk, Americana), 9 p.m., $5. DJ Taka (eclectic vinyl), 11 p.m., $5. NECTAR’S: Small Change (Tom Waits tribute), 7 p.m., free. ‰e Edd, Helixx (jam), 9 p.m., $5/7. RADIO BEAN: Amy Mantis (rock), 7 p.m., free. Surplus Daughters (folk), 8:30 p.m., free. Powell’s Market (indie rock), 10 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE: Left Eye Jump (blues), 3 p.m., free. Screaming Beagle (rock), 7 p.m., $5. Mashtodon (open format), 11 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Raul (salsa, reggaeton), 6 p.m., free. DJ ATAK (open format), 11 p.m., $5. REVELRY THEATER: Boom City (improv), 7:30 p.m., $7/10. Late Night with ‰elma Forbanks (standup, improv), 9:30 p.m., $7/10.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Masefield, Perkins and Bolles (Americana), 8 p.m., free. SMITTY’S PUB: Ryan Hanson (rock), 8 p.m., free. VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Good Clean Fun! (family-friendly improv), 5 p.m., $5. Sheng Wang (standup), 7 & 9:30 p.m., $20/27.

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THE DOUBLE E LOUNGE AT ESSEX CINEMAS & T-REX THEATER: Stone City (folk-rock, blues), 6:45 p.m., free. GROENNFELL MEADERY: Lightcrusher, Balor, Green Chapel (metal), 9 p.m., $5. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Johnny A. (rock), 8 p.m., $25/30. JERICHO CAFÉ & TAVERN: Avery Cooper Quartet (jazz), 6 p.m., free. THE OLD POST: Saturday Night Mega Mix featuring DJ Colby Stiltz (open format), 9 p.m., free. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Mitch & Devon (rock), 5 p.m., free. ‰e Funk Collection, 9 p.m., free. PARK PLACE TAVERN: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free.


BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Irish Session, 2 p.m., donation. George Petit (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free.

RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB & WHISKEY ROOM: Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

BUCH SPIELER RECORDS: Community DJ Series (vinyl DJs), 3 p.m., free.

SIDEBAR: Eva Rawlings (folk), 7 p.m., free. DJ SVPPLY (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: Maiden Voyage, Sed One (hip-hop), 9 p.m., free.

upper valley

THE ENGINE ROOM: –e Wheelers (rock, pop), 9 p.m., free.

randolph/royalton BABES BAR: Queer Dance Party with DJ Craig Mitchell (open format), 8 p.m., $5.

outside vermont

MONOPOLE: Duly Noted (rock, country), 10 p.m., free. STRAND CENTER THEATRE: Tom Hayes, Rob Steen (standup), 7:30 p.m., $20/25.

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THE GRYPHON: Linda Oats, Michael Hartigan, Clyde Stats (jazz), 6:30 p.m., free. HALF LOUNGE: Comedy Showcase, 8 p.m., free. DJ SVPPLY (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Justin Mazer and Friends (experimental), 9 p.m., $5.


GUSTO’S: DJ Kaos (hits), 9:30 p.m., free. MINGLE NIGHTCLUB: Sounds Limitless (EDM), 9 p.m., $5. SWEET MELISSA’S: Kombucha Mushroom People (System of a Down tribute), 9:30 p.m., free. THE DEN AT HARRY’S HARDWARE: Barry Hayes (folk-rock), 7 p.m., free. WHAMMY BAR: Lewis Franco & the Brown-Eyed Girls with Joe Franco (swing, jazz), 7:30 p.m., free.


MOOGS PLACE: Greenbush (jazz fusion), 9 p.m., free. TAP 25: Danny Cole (singersongwriter), 7 p.m., free. TRES AMIGOS & RUSTY NAIL STAGE: Big Eyed Phish (Dave Matthews tribute), 9 p.m., $10/15.

mad river valley/ waterbury

NECTAR’S: Mi Yard Reggae Night with DJs Big Dog and Jahson, 9 p.m., free. NEW CITY GALERIE: Old Sky (Album Release), a.m. rejoice (Americana), 7:30 p.m., free. RADIO BEAN: Pete Sutherland and Tim Stickle’s Old Time Session (traditional), 1 p.m., free. Luke Domozick (acoustic rock), 7 p.m., free. Matt Seiple (singersongwriter), 8:30 p.m., free. RUBEN JAMES: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Bluegrass Brunch, noon, free. VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Fanny Pack (standup), 7 p.m., $5. Mix Tape (improv), 8 p.m., free.

chittenden county

MISERY LOVES CO.: Disco Brunch with DJ Craig Mitchell, 11 a.m., free.



champlain islands/northwest TWIGGS — AN AMERICAN GASTROPUB: Cooie Sings (Americana), 7 p.m., free.

PICKLE BARREL NIGHTCLUB: Garden State Radio (covers), 8 p.m., $10-20.

MON.21 burlington

HALF LOUNGE: Saint Nick and Jack Bandit (hip-hop, EDM), 10 p.m., free.

Classic Chinese Cuisine with Chef Jim McCarthy

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Comedy & Crêpes (standup), 7 p.m., free.

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MONKEY HOUSE: Erin CasselsBrown (indie folk), 6 p.m., free.

The Pink Hulk:



CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: Music Trivia, 8:30 p.m., free.

Myra Flynn Trio feat. Dave Grippo


MOOGS PLACE: Seth Yacovone, 7 p.m.






HALF LOUNGE: Trap House Tuesday (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

VSO’s Jukebox


LEUNIG’S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Dayve Huckett (jazz), 7 p.m., free.

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Joey & John (acoustic), 9:30 p.m., free.

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour

NECTAR’S: Dead Set (Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., $5.


RADIO BEAN: Jesse Ahern (Americana), 5:30 p.m., free. Open Mic with Eric George, 7 p.m., free. Honky Tonk Tuesday with Ponyhustle, 10 p.m., $5.

SIDEBAR: Seth Yacovone (blues), 7 p.m., free. Ron Stoppable (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.


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ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., free.



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MONKEY HOUSE: Jackie & the Treehorns, Huttch, Comrade Nixon, Pastique Mammals (punk, garage), 8:15 p.m., $3/8. 18+.

MOOGS PLACE: Hayley Jane (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., free.



RED SQUARE: DJ A-RA$ (open format), 9 p.m., free.


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LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Dan Bishop Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., free. Andric Severance Art Ensemble (experimental), 9 p.m., free.

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PICKLE BARREL NIGHTCLUB: Garden State Radio (covers), 8 p.m., $10-20.

SIDEBAR: Open Mic, 7 p.m., free. Family Night (open jam), 9 p.m., free.

SWEET MELISSA’S: Live Band Karaoke, 8 p.m., donation.

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RADIO BEAN: Art Herttua and Ray Caroll (jazz), 6:30 p.m., free. Ruby Luna (folk-pop), 8:30 p.m., free.

BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Eric Friedman (folk), 11 a.m., free.

ZENBARN: Myra Flynn Trio featuring Dave Grippo (neo-soul, pop), 9 p.m., $10.


MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Ukulele Kids with Joe Baird (sing-along), 9:30 a.m., free.

ZENBARN: Jukebox: An Innovative Chamber Music Series (chamber music), 4 p.m., $5-100.

CITY LIMITS NIGHT CLUB: DJ Earl (hits), 9 p.m., free.

LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Lamp Shop Lit Club (open reading), 7 p.m., free.




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JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free.

CITY SPORTS GRILLE: Interactive Video Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7:30 p.m., free.

JUNIPER: •e Ray V ega Latin Jazz Sextet, 8:30 p.m., free.

JERICHO CAFÉ & TAVERN: Bluegrass Session, 7 p.m., free.

LEUNIG’S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Cody Sargent Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., free.

THE OLD POST: Karaoke with D Jay Baron, 8 p.m., free.

LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Irish Sessions (traditional), 7 p.m.,

STONE CORRAL BREWERY: Open Mic Night, 8 p.m., free.


SWEET MELISSA’S: D. Davis (acoustic), 5:30 p.m., donation.


MOOGS PLACE: Trivia Night, 6:30 p.m., free. •e Oleo Romeos (folk, blues), 8 p.m., free.

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ZENBARN: Wednesday Night Dead (Grateful Dead tribute), 7 p.m., free.

middlebury area CITY LIMITS NIGHT CLUB: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.

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MONOPOLE: Open Mic with Lucid, 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (HANOVER): Video Game Night, 7 p.m., free. 

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MUDANE (Milkhaus, digital) Liam Corcoran — aka LoKi — seems to love concept albums. In 2017, the rapper and beatsmith pulled off the remarkable feat of writing and recording a record in 24 hours. Each track on 0-25 († e 24HR Challenge) represented a year in the then-25-year-old’s life. • ough perhaps an arbitrary feat of endurance, the result was more than pleasing. • e formerly Monkton-based MC is still a New Englander but now calls Connecticut home. LoKi’s latest release, MUDANE, comes via Ferrisburgh arts collective and label Milkhaus. Corcoran appears as both LoKi and Rainbow here; he usually uses the latter name to denote his instrumental production work. So what’s the gimmick with MUNDANE? In contrast to the rambling scope of 0-25 († e 24HR Challenge), this time LoKi produced an eight-track collection of slowburning bangers that appears to chronicle just one day of his life — or, perhaps, the life of any typical young person. “Morning Shit” opens the album with wonky sub-bass tones and a parade of various voices all bidding LoKi an annoying “Good morning.” • e rapper rambles like a drive-time radio DJ on Quaaludes, darkly pontificating on what the day might hold. Stark trap beats usher in “Breakfast,” while a gurgling organ sweeps in to undo a bit of the iced-out track’s prickliness. • e sickly feeling continues on “Internet,” a nauseating recap of internet culture in LoKi’s lifetime. In “Evening Shit,” a sequel to “Morning Shit” both in terms of production and sentiment, LoKi beseeches his listeners to hang on to each other in the face of a cold, indifferent world, if only to feel some semblance of togetherness. MUNDANE is available at milkhaus. 

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From the Ancestors ““ e Intrepid Couple and the Story of Authentica African Imports,” Amy E. Tarrant Gallery “Th B Y RA CHEL ELI ZA B ET H JONES


t the beginning of the 2018 box office hit Black Panther, a young African man stands before a glass case of West African masks and weapons in the (fictional) Museum of Great Britain. “How do you think your ancestors got these?” he asks the prim white curator. “Do you think they paid a fair price, or did they take it, like they took everything else?” As museums around the world increasingly become the sites of heated public debate on colonial histories, an exhibition at Burlington’s Amy E. Tarrant Gallery offers a more nuanced and exceptional story of collecting, and sharing, African art. “The Intrepid Couple and the Story of Authentica African Imports” opens a window onto the life of Jack and Lydia Clemmons, a trailblazing African American couple who purchased a Charlotte farmstead in 1962. The exhibition was curated by Lydia and her daughter, also Lydia Clemmons, with the encouragement of former Flynn Center for the Performing Arts executive director John Killacky. It uses a selection of African art and ceremonial objects, accompanied by text and recorded family storytelling, to celebrate the path the Clemmonses wove between Vermont and Africa. Collected over several decades, the works on view range from a Cameroonian water buffalo mask to Tanzanian butterflywing “paintings” to West African trade beads and Ghanaian kente cloth. The Clemmonses first traveled to Africa in 1984, when they were in their sixties. Jack, a pathologist at the University of Vermont, was offered a position researching the then-mysterious HIV virus at what is now the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre. Lydia joined him, working as a nurse anesthetist. Thus began the couple’s 20-year era of travel throughout the African continent, which led to the incidental birth of the first African retail mail-order business in the U.S. “They worked in the hospitals,” recalled daughter Lydia, “and then, being who they are, on the weekends they wanted to go explore.” Lydia Sr. said of their white counterparts: “They were afraid of the population. At first my husband and I listened to them, and then 74


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moon journey, a road trip from Madison, Wis., to Los Angeles and back. Segregation was legal; with limited options for lodging for black Americans, the Clemmonses camped. Though The Negro Motorist Green Book had been published a few years earlier, exhibition text explains, the Clemmonses did not know about it. On the gallery’s western wall hang two colorful sisal-fiber bags, a popular item in Kenyan marketplaces. According to the Lydias, these totes “started it all”: Lydia Sr.’s UVM hospital coworkers loved them and ordered more through her. “They just went off like hotcakes,” said Lydia Jr. “They sold so quickly when Mom came back — and suddenly there were containers coming.” What began as an informal exchange

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after a young Kenyan woman who had become a business partner and friend. As Lydia Sr. explains in one of several audio recordings at the gallery, it was important to her that her imported goods be of “museum quality.” “Every single piece was so lovingly collected through the adventures of my parents [and] their relationships with vendors,” said Lydia Jr. Operating as both a gallery and store, the shop became a popular destination for local elementary school classes, as well as for Africans and African Americans feeling isolated in Vermont, historically one of the country’s whitest states. As Lydia Jr. put it, “[Imagine you] see fabrics from Africa and then see this black woman there who looks like your mother! It was just such a relief that such a place existed … A lot of Africans who may have been customers, but more [often] became friends and collaborators, fell into my mom’s arms.” Though Lydia Sr. closed the store in 2012, the Clemmons Family Farm has continued to grow into its role as a hub for black Vermonters and African American culture. In 2017, the farm received a $350,000 grant from ArtPlace America’s National Creative Placemaking Fund to aid its transition from a private, familyowned farm to a nonprofit cultural center. FROM THE ANCESTORS or call (800) 733–JOBS.

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 ALEXANDRA TURNER AND ALISSA FABER: “Interaction,” works that explore the connections between organic and vitreous through combinations of objects from the forest and glass. —ird Floor Gallery.  ‘GOING ON TWENTY’: Artwork by longtime painting instructor Jeneane Lunn and nearly 20 of her students. Second Floor Gallery.  ‘STRICTLY SEDIMENTARY’: A group show that exposes the rich variety of collage art. Main Floor Gallery. Reception: Saturday, January 26, 3-5 p.m. January 22-March 9. Info, 479-7069. Studio Place Arts in Barre.  LYDIA GATZOW: “Divide,” emotionally rendered landscape paintings that explore how humans are cut off from wilderness. Reception: January 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. January 18-April 14. Info, 595-4866. —e Hiv e in Middlesex.


 RYAN GEARY: “Ascent (Part One: Eulogy),” 2D and 3D collages that tell the story of multiple Americas. Reception: —ursday , February 7, 5-7 p.m. January 21-March 28. Info, 888-1261. River Arts in Morrisville.

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 COMMUNITY ART EXHIBIT: Small works between two and a half and three inches and four by six inches in any medium that fits the theme “To B or Not to B.” All ages. Artworks accepted through March 12. Closing reception: Tuesday, March 12, 6 p.m. January 22-March 14. Info, 626-6459. Quimby Gallery, Northern Vermont University-Lyndon, in Lyndonville.

ART EVENTS ART AT HAND TOUR: Specially trained guides allow visitors who are blind or visually impaired to experience the current exhibit “Mapping an Uneven Country: Bird’s Eye Views of Vermont.” Preregister. Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum, Friday, January 18, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free with museum admission. Info, 985-3346, ext. 3394. ‘BAD WOMAN’ SCREENPRINTING FUNDRAISER: —e nomadic curatorial initiative Overnight Projects raises money for its upcoming installation, “Katya Grokhovsky: Privately Owned.” Guests print a limitededition T-shirt (or other item) with Grokhovsky’s original design. Cash bar; T-shirts available. Learn more at New City Galerie, Burlington, Saturday, January 19, 4-8 p.m. $20. Info, MAKE A FABRIC ART BANNER: Artist Mary Hill leads an adult group in making a banner that reminds you of a good habit or intention this winter. Preregister; limited size. Materials provided; no experience necessary. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, Wednesday, January 16, 6 p.m. Info, 878-4918. PHOTO CO-OP: Lens lovers gather to share their experience and knowledge of their craft. Gallery at River Arts, Morrisville, —ursday , January 17, 6-8 p.m. $5. Info, 888-1261. SIP & PAINT: Artist Helen Issackedes leads this session for artists or non-artists. All supplies provided. Festival Gallery, Waitsfield, Friday, January 18, 6:30-9 p.m. $30 members; $40 nonmembers. Info, 496-6682. TALK: ORLY COGAN: —e New Y ork-based fiber artist gives a presentation on art and feminism, in conjunction with a current exhibit. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Saturday, January 19, 2 p.m. Info, 257-0124.

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 2018 AUDUBON PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS EXHIBIT: A traveling exhibit featuring professional, amateur and youth wildlife photography. Reception: Friday, January 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m. —rough Januar y 31. Info, 859-9222. —e Gal lery at Main Street Landing in Burlington. 76


Emily Mason In her solo exhibit at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center,

“To Another Place,” the 86-year-old abstract painter shows a whopping 50 paintings. Many of them have not appeared in public before. Mason lives and gardens in Brattleboro during the summer and spends the rest of the year in her native New York City. She grew up under the influence of her mother, Alice Trumbull Mason, who cofounded the American Abstract Artists group. And so Mason was literally born into what would become her métier: vibrant, luminous, lyrical abstractions on canvas. She studied at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice. While in Italy, Mason married fellow painter Wolf Kahn; in 1968, the couple purchased a farm in Brattleboro. Their part-time presence has long enhanced Vermont’s art community. “To Another Place,” on view through February 10, includes works from Mason’s Italian period and the six decades that followed. Pictured: “Marrow of the Day.”

ANNUAL OPEN PHOTO EXHIBIT: A non-juried exhibition open to all Vermont photographers, curated by SEABA. —rough Februar y 28. Info, 859-9222. Art’s Alive Gallery in Burlington. THE ART SHOW #14: —e open-call community art show features works in a variety of mediums. —rough January 31. Info, RL Photo Studio in Burlington.

 HARLAN MACK: —e Mol lie Ruprecht Fund for Visual Arts presents “In Light of Disuse: New Work” by the Vermont-based artist, who employs blacksmithing, steel fabrication, painting and storytelling to build a narrative about an imaginary future. Gallery talk and reception: Tuesday, January 29, 5:30 p.m.


—rough Februar y 1. Info, 656-2014. Williams Hall, University of Vermont, in Burlington. ‘THE INTREPID COUPLE AND THE STORY OF AUTHENTICA AFRICAN IMPORTS’: A selection of African art collected by Jack and Lydia Clemmons, along with photos and listening stations, curated by the Clemmons Family Farm in Charlotte. —rough March 9. Info, 652-4500. Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, in Burlington. KARA TORRES: “Myriad Veils,” multimedia works that explore literal and metaphorical veils and how they obscure and elucidate what lies beneath. —rough February 28. Info, 859-9222. Speeder & Earl’s Coffee in Burlington.


MARTHA HULL: “Cute + Deadly,” framed archival art prints featuring kittens, rainbows, zombies, thunderstorms and more, in the bar. —rough Januar y 26. Info, 862-9647. —e Daily Planet in Burlington. PAULINE JENNINGS: “Becoming Human,” an intermedia exhibition that seeks to identify and dissolve barriers between human and wild in the Anthropocene era. ‘TECTONIC INDUSTRIES: DREAMS CAN COME TRUE’: —rough sculpture, instructional videos, physical surveys and interactive activities, Lars Boye Jerlach and Helen Stringfellow present a series of self-help questionnaires to explore the impossibility of our collective, endless search for concrete answers and endeavor for selfimprovement. —rough Februar y 9. Info, 865-7166. BCA Center in Burlington. ‘SMALL WORKS’: An annual group show that features works 12 inches or less in a variety of mediums and styles by local artists. —rough Januar y 17. Info, 578-2512. —e S.P .A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington. STEVE SHARON: Abstract paintings by the Burlington artist. —rough Januar y 31. Info, 861-9700. City Market, Onion River Co-op (Downtown Burlington). STEVE SHARON: Abstract expressionist paintings. —rough March 1. Info, 861-2067. Nunyuns Baker y & Café in Burlington. STEVE SHARON: Abstract paintings by the Burlington artist. —rough March 1. Info, 399-2511. Foam Brewers in Burlington. THATIANA OLIVEIRA & MADELINE VEITCH: “Sick and tired of being sick and tired: how to tell a story of a body and what ails it?,” an exhibition featuring interactive installations, sound pieces, performance, video and sculpture, curated by Sumru Tekin.




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Through January 17. Info, 735-2542. New City Galerie in Burlington.

Through January 30. Info, 985-3819. All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne.

VERMONT ACTIVIST POSTERS THROUGH THE AGES: An exhibit of artwork and articles chronicling the activities of Vermonters during the 20th and 21st centuries and celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the Peace and Justice Center. Through January 31. Info, 355-3256. Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, in Burlington.

‘MAPPING AN UNEVEN COUNTRY: BIRD’S EYE VIEWS OF VERMONT’: More than three dozen drawn, painted and printed views of the Green Mountain State investigate the popular 19thcentury phenomenon of “perspective” or “bird’s-eye” views. Through March 3. Info, 985-3346. Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum.

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ANN YOUNG: “Fellow Travelers,” large-scale oil paintings that address the human condition and environments by the Northeast Kingdom artist. Through March 28. Info, 525-4705. Vermont Supreme Court Gallery in Montpelier.

CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS: Landscape and cityscape paintings by Carolyn Walton, Athenia Schinto, Helen Nagel and Ken Russack. Through March 24. Info, 985-8223. Luxton-Jones Gallery in Shelburne. ‘ILLUMINATE: THE WINTER GROUP SHOW’: The 18-person exhibition highlights Montpelier artist Sam Colt’s mixed-media grassello works. Through January 31. Info, 985-3848. Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne. LYNDA REEVES MCINTYRE: “Abundance,” new paintings and fibers celebrating the visual joy, gesture and “voice” of Mother Nature’s bounty.

CALL TO ARTISTS ‘ADMIRE’: Seeking work for our first group show in February that reflects on thoughts, feelings and gratitude when Saint Valentine is shared with friends, family and lovers mid-month. Poetry, paintings, phrases or photography are acceptable. Drop off ready-to-hang art on Friday, February 1, 5 to 7 p.m. Buffalo Mountain Food Co-op & Café, Hardwick. Info, ART WALK CALL TO ARTISTS: We will feature artwork inspired by the themes of love and friendship during the Winooski Art Walk on February 1. Submit work in any medium through January 25 by visiting wishbonecollectivevt. com. Wishbone Collective, Winooski. Free. Info, 603-398-8206. ‘THE DEEP BLUE’: This group show March 19 to May 4 includes 2D and 3D artworks, real or imagined, that are inspired by oceanic life forms. We invite traditional and nontraditional media and proposals for installations. More info at Deadline: February 1. Studio Place Arts, Barre. $10 per submission; free for SPA members. Info, 479-7069. JURIED REGIONAL EXHIBIT 2019: Vermont and New Hampshire artists are invited to apply for this Library Arts Center exhibit, juried online by Stephanie Kyriazis of Saint Gaudens National Historic Site and Penny Whitman of the UNH Cooperative Extension. One or two 2D or 3D works per artist. Info at Deadline: January 16. Library Arts Center, Newport N.H. $5 for up to two works for members; $10 for nonmembers. Info, 603-863-3040. LOOKING FOR ARTISTS: We’re seeking artists asap to hang their work for a two-month show. Each artist will have their own room in which to display their work. Please respond with work samples and approximate size dimensions to The Daily Planet, Burlington. Through January 31. Info, 862-9647. SEEKING ARTISTS 2019: Art in the Café seeks co-op member-owners and staff to show family-friendly works for monthlong shows in the dining area. Deadline: February 1. Email for an application if interested. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier.


‘ANYTHING FOR SPEED: AUTOMOBILE RACING IN VERMONT’: A yearlong exhibition exploring more than a century of the history and evolution of racing in Vermont through the objects, photographs and recollections that comprise this unique story. Through March 30. Info, 479-8500. Vermont History Center in Barre.

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 ARTISTS TO WATCH 2019: An exhibition of selected artists in conjunction with Vermont Art Guide, including Sarah Amos, Clark Derbes, Hasso Ewing, Andrew Frost, Sally Gil, Sean Hunter Williams, Elizabeth Nagle, Andrew Orr, Rhonda Ratray and Jackson Tupper. Reception: Friday, January 18, 5-7 p.m. Through February 28. Info, 828-3291. Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier. DIANNE SHULLENBERGER & JOHN SNELL: Fabric collage and photography, respectively, that show the artists’ fascination with rocks. Reception: Friday, February 8, 6-8 p.m. Through March 28. Info, 2296206. North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier. ‘DOMESTIC DISASTERS’: An installation in recognition of the 340 mass shootings in the U.S. in 2018, and a fundraiser to support gun control and victims of gun violence. Through February 10. Info, Susan Calza Gallery in Montpelier.



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‘SOMETHING DEAR’: Photography by Nancy Banks, Christie Carter, Kay Jostrand, Rosalind Daniels, Peggy Smith, Shapleigh Smith and Marcie Scudder. Through February 15. THOMAS WATERMAN WOOD: THE MASTER COPIES: The 19th-century Vermont painter and gallery namesake copied paintings seen on European trips to learn from masters such as Rembrandt and Turner, and brought the paintings back to Montpelier. Through June 1. WINTER JURIED EXHIBIT: Juried by Mary Admasian, Elliott Bent and Linda Mirabile, 26 Vermont artists show works in painting, prints, photographs, sculpture and jewelry. Through March 1. Info, 262-6035. T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier.

 TIM BROOKES: ENDANGERED ALPHABETS: Vermont curly maple woodworks hand-carved with ancient texts at risk of extinction, by the Burlington artist and writer. Reception: Thursday, January 17, 4-6 p.m., including a talk with Brookes and Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman Through February 1. Info, 279-5558. Vermont Statehouse Cafeteria in Montpelier.



MARK HEITZMAN: “Scrap Yard,” 10 large-scale graphite or charcoal drawings of tools and other objects. Through March 2. Info, 479-7069. Morse Block Deli & Taps in Barre.

SHOW 29: Recent work by Vermont-based contemporary member-artists. Through January 20. Info, 552-0877. The Front in Montpelier.


Warm Up Wednesdays

JAMES SECOR: “As Not Seen,” paintings about objects in the built landscape that “fall away as noise between views,” such as storage units. ‘THROUGH MY EYES’: Digital photography from the Montpelier Senior Activity Center and the Photo Walk Group, both led by Linda Hogan. Through January 26. Info, 595-5252. Center for Arts and Learning in Montpelier.

‘SEEDS OF RENEWAL’: An exploration of Abenaki agricultural history, cuisine and ceremony. Through April 30. Info, 828-2291. Vermont History Museum in Montpelier.




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 ‘ELEVATION 4393’: Works that address curatorial prompts such as influences on climate, how and where people live, elevation as a physical or emotional state, and others: paintings and mixed-media works by Trevor Corp; paintings, sculptures and prints by Jackson Tupper; and photography by Daniel Schechner. Reception: Saturday, January 19, 5-6:45 p.m. Łrough March 31. Info, 760-4634. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort.  ‘MOUNTAIN AIR’: New artworks by Matt Brown, Galen Cheney, TJ Cunningham, Rory Jackson, Rachel Moore, Homer Wells and Judith Wrend. Reception: Łursday , January 17, 5-7 p.m. Łrough Februar y 26. Info, 760-6785. Edgewater Gallery in Stowe. ‘PEAK TO PEAK: 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION THEN AND NOW’: An exhibition of photographs and artifacts to highlight the evolution of the division’s equipment and training since its beginning in 1943. Łrough October 31. Info, 253-9911. V ermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe.

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AUGUST BURNS: “Łe Ar t of the Portrait,” paintings by the Vermont artist. Łrough March 2. Info, 4966682. Festival Gallery at Valley Arts in Waitsfield.

 ‘THE WAY WE SEE IT: SOCIAL [IN]JUSTICE’: Works that address racism, sexism, religious intolerance or other injustices by Kate Longmaid, Ann Young, Michelle Saffran and Jerry Ralya. Reception: Friday, January 18, 6-8 p.m. Łrough Februar y 23. Info, 244-7801. Axel’s Gallery & Frame Shop in Waterbury.

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‘MORE LIGHT’: Small works by Anne Cady, Cameron Schmitz, Edward Holland, Pamela Smith, Rose Umerlik and Sobelman Cortapega. Łrough Januar y 31. Info, 877-2173. Northern Daughters in Vergennes.

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AMY HOOK-THERRIEN: Watercolors by the Windsorbased artist. Łrough March 31. Info, 359-5000. Vermont Institute of Natural Science Nature Center in Quechee. ‘DESTINATION: SPACE!’: A series of exhibitions that highlights the art and science of space exploration and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission’s moon landing. Łrough August 4. ‘MAKING MUSIC: THE SCIENCE OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS’: An exhibition exploring the science behind the instruments used to create music, from well-known classics to infectious pop tunes. Łrough May 13. Info, 649-2200. Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich. JACK ROWELL: “Cultural Documentarian,” portraits of Vermont people and other wildlife by the Braintree photographer. Łrough April 1. Info, info@ Main Street Museum in White River Junction.

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ARTS CONNECT AT CATAMOUNT ARTS JURIED SHOW: Fourth annual juried showcase of works by emerging and established artists, selected by juror Nick Capasso. Łrough Februar y 15. Info, 748-2600. Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury. ELIZABETH NELSON: Paintings inspired by Iceland by the Vermont artist. Łrough Februar y 19. Info, 525-3366. Parker Pie Co. in West Glover. FACULTY ART EXHIBIT: Work in a variety of mediums with the theme of “north” by gallery director Barclay Tucker, Kate Renna, Harry Mueller and others. Łrough Januar y 18. Info, 626-6459. Quimby Gallery, Northern Vermont University-Lyndon, in Lyndonville. KORIANN LABRECQUE & REBECCA MCDONALD: Łe self-taught artist and textile artist, respectively, exhibit their works. Łrough Januar y 31. Info, 3344655. Contour Studios in Newport. ‘LOCKED DOWN! KEYED IN! LOCKED OUT! KEYED UP!’: An exhibition examining the long human relationship to the lock and key, its elegant design and



‘Anything for Speed: Automobile Racing in Vermont’ Gov. Phil Scott is

famously a race-car driver, but the current exhibition at the Vermont History Center in Barre is not about him. A varied collection of photographs, trophies, car parts and models, flags, and other artifacts, “Anything for Speed” travels through a century of Vermonters’ fun with fossil fuels. Visitors can share their own memories of the track on a “talk-back wall.” Through March 30. Pictured: Starting a midget race, 1961.

philosophies and practices of securing, safeguarding, imprisoning, escaping and safecracking throughout the ages. Łrough April 30. Info, claredol@so Łe Museum of Ev eryday Life in Glover.

February 10. ‘OPEN CALL NXNE 2019: PAINT’: An annual showcase of 13 artists from New York and New England. Łrough March 2. Info, 257-0124. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.

‘THE PAINTINGS OF LOUIS FRIED’: Paintings that address the immigrant experience by the 19th-century, Russian-born artist, who took up painting to recover from a stroke and then found it a passion. Łrough January 27. Info, 533-9075. Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro.

‘HEALING — THE TRANSFORMATIVE IMAGERY OF ART’: Works exploring the connection between the arts, healing and health, including Mary Admasian, Natalie Blake, Robert Carsten, Karen Deets, Robert DuGrenier, Carolyn Enz Hack, Margaret Jacobs, Neomi Lauritsen, Pat Musick, Robert O’Brien, Priscilla Petraska and Cai Xi Silver. Łrough March 30. Info, Łe Great Hal l in Springfield.

 ‘ROCK PAPER SCISSORS’: Fired clay sculptures by Carol Kitchel Bellew, cut-out paper collage by Martha L. Elmes and carved alabaster by Mardi McGregor. Meet-the-artists reception: Friday, January 18, 4-6 p.m. Łrough Februar y 28. Info, 748-0158. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury. !SCRAWL WALL!: Łe first-ev er interactive art wall provides community members an accessible “canvas” on which to create or add to an existing drawing. Łe ultimate goal is a large mural. Łrough January 31. Info, 535-9523. Buffalo Mountain Food Co-op & Café in Hardwick. ‘WINTER!’: Curated by Victoria Mathiesen and Andrea Strobach, the seasonal show includes 2D MAC member artwork and winter-themed work from private collections. Łrough Januar y 19. Info, 334-1966. MAC Center for the Arts Gallery in Newport.

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EMILY MASON: “To Another Place,” 50 abstract paintings created by the 86-year-old New York/ Brattleboro artist between 1958 and 2018, many of which have never been shown in public. Łrough


ANNA ROSS: “Coming Into the Light,” paintings by the local artist. Łrough Februar y 25. Info, 889-9404. Tunbridge Public Library. ‘BRANCHING OUT’: Original watercolor paintings by Vermont artist Amy Hook-Łerrien. Łrough February 8. Info, 728-8912. White River Craft Center in Randolph. ERICK HUFSCHMID: “A Muse,” photographs taken in 2010 in the studio of collage artist Varujan Boghosian. VARUJAN BOGHOSIAN: Late work in construction and collage. Łrough Januar y 26. Info, 767-9670. BigTown Gallery in Rochester.

 MARINA SPRAGUE: “Aspects of the Universe,” paintings in watercolor and acrylic by the 16-year-old local artist. Reception: Friday, January 25, 6-8 p.m. Łrough Februar y 28. Info, 685-2188. Chelsea Public Library.

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‘ALEXANDER CALDER: RADICAL INVENTOR’: More than 100 works by the child prodigy and kinetic sculptor who became one of the 20th century’s most celebrated artists. Łrough Februar y 24. ‘OF INDIVIDUALS AND PLACES’: Nearly 100 Canadian and international photographs from the collection of Jack Lazare. Łrough April 28. Info, 514-285-2000. Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. AMY GUGLIELMO: Paintings by the featured artist and author, a high school art teacher in the Adirondacks influenced by folklore and her adopted home in Costa Rica. Łrough January 25. Info, 518563-1604. Łe Gallery Cooperative in Plattsburgh, N.Y. ‘JULIAN ROSEFELDT: MANIFESTO’: Łir teen-channel immersive video installations featuring actor Cate Blanchett and based on art-movement manifestos. FRANÇOISE SULLIVAN: A retrospective exhibition highlighting the key role of the artist in the history of modern and contemporary art in Québec. Łrough January 20. Info, 514-285-1600. Montréal Museum of Contemporary Art. 



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ow is it possible that Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) is the only director ever to have brought a work of fiction by the great James Baldwin to the big screen? The oversight feels particularly confounding given the author and social critic’s ties to Hollywood elites. Sidney Poitier, Charlton Heston and Harry Belafonte were friends of Baldwin’s. As a young man, he roomed with Marlon Brando. Better late than never, though, and a better, more generously empathetic adaptation of Baldwin’s 1974 novel is nearly impossible to imagine. If Beale Street Could Talk tells the story of two Harlem friends who grow up to become lovers. Stephan James plays Fonny. KiKi Layne is Tish, just 19 and genuinely stunned by the realization that the little boy who shared a bathtub with her has become the man with whom she wants to share her future. Think Romeo and Juliet with racists. Baldwin’s lovers aren’t star-crossed but rather double-crossed by a country that keeps its promises selectively. In work after work, the writer lamented that America simply can’t figure out what to do with its black population. In the case of Fonny and Tish, it does what it’s always done — everything possible to make life more difficult than it has to be.

BLACK BEAUTY Jenkins follows his Best Picture winner with a wrenching story of love and injustice.

Some obstacles to happiness prove less surmountable and more insidious than others. Jenkins orchestrates an unforgettable sequence that begins with Tish revealing to her mother (Regina King) and father (Colman Domingo) that she’s pregnant. We’re conditioned to expect recrimination of some sort, but instead we witness an outpouring of love, support and deep joy. Things don’t go sideways until the prospective in-laws are invited over to join in the celebration, and Fonny’s mother (Aunjanue Ellis) turns out to be a Bible-thumping buzzkill.

Fonny falls victim to dysfunction of a more virulent variety. Not long after crossing paths with a bigoted police officer, he’s jailed for a rape that it would have been geographically impossible for him to commit. The plot thickens when the woman who picked him out of a lineup goes into hiding, forcing Tish’s mother to fly to Puerto Rico in search of her. Jenkins’ script dances gracefully between time frames. Fonny is an artist, so we see him presenting Tish’s mother with one of his sculptures as a gift during the couple’s courtship. In

another scene, set years later, he unveils recent work to an old friend, and you can read the wear and tear on Fonny’s soul in the transformation of his style. It’s a subtle, sensitive touch superbly attuned to Baldwin’s sensibility. The film offers plenty of elements one is unsurprised to find in a story about the black experience in America. Both families worry about money. Some members have been forced to resort to occasional minor criminal activity to put food on the table. There are problems with the police. Neither protagonist has an iota of faith in the justice system that keeps a father-to-be behind bars without a shred of evidence against him. Those aspects may be familiar, but what this exquisitely lensed, gorgeously scored film has that will absolutely put you on your heels is a resilient, radiant sense of hopeful happiness. Despite everything, this is a movie about two young people in love, and I can’t recall another in which the feeling was as magically palpable. Jenkins weaves the heart-wrenching beauty of James Laxton’s visuals, Nicholas Britell’s music and Baldwin’s prose into an irresistible cinematic spell. Do yourself a favor: Fall under it. RI C K KI S O N AK

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f we learned one thing from last year’s documentary RBG, it’s that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg works her ass off. But a lifelong habit of toiling over briefs into the wee hours is difficult to dramatize. Certainly, most people don’t look as dewy at their desks as actor Felicity Jones does in the few scenes of On the Basis of Sex that actually depict Ginsburg doing the work that goes into a brilliant courtroom argument. We can’t blame screenwriter Daniel Stiepleman (who is Ginsburg’s nephew) and director Mimi Leder (Pay It Forward) for focusing on Ginsburg’s family life and jacking up the drama; that’s standard biopic procedure. But we can blame them for hitting predictable beats at every turn, and for not giving us a fraction of the sense of Ginsburg’s personality we got from the documentary. The film takes us from Ginsburg’s years at Harvard Law School to her 1972 case Moritz vs. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, an early instance of a court striking down a law based on gender discrimination. We see how Ginsburg herself faced such discrimination — first at school, where she excelled, and then when she applied to New York firms that all found convenient reasons not to hire her. In one scene, when the patronizing dean of Harvard Law (Sam Waterston) asks the class’ 80 SEVEN DAYS JANUARY 16-23, 2019


nine female students to justify their presence, Ginsburg says she just wants to support her husband, fellow law student Marty (Armie Hammer). That really happened; in a 2015 New York Times piece, Ginsburg recalled that she was mortified and said what she knew the dean “expected” to hear. It’s a conciliating, compromising moment that countless women can relate to. But the film never delves into Ginsburg’s feelings about that exchange or shows us why she actually did want to be a lawyer. Stiepleman and Leder are too busy setting up moments in which Jones — struggling with her accent — can wear pretty period fashions and look plucky and inspiring. To the filmmakers’ credit, the movie spends significant screen time exploring Moritz and why it mattered. Arguing the case of a man (Chris Mulkey) who sought a caregiver tax deduction reserved primarily for women, Ginsburg demonstrated that sex discrimination could hurt anyone. While the portrait of American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Mel Wulf (Justin Theroux) as a cynical bro who calls such bias a nonissue may not be accurate, it does serve to illustrate the pervasive attitudes of the era. In their efforts to make the case dovetail with Ginsburg’s personal awakening, though, the filmmakers set up scenes that feel painfully fake. After visiting pioneering feminist lawyer Dorothy Kenyon (Kathy Bates) and seeing her own teenage daughter, Jane (Cailee Spae-

ONE AMONG MANY Leder’s biopic argues successfully for the achievements of Ruth Bader Ginsburg but makes a more tepid case for its own existence.

ny), yell back at some catcallers, Ginsburg has a handy epiphany. “You’re a liberated woman, Jane!” she gushes, suddenly convinced that society is ready for change. While Jones summons all the emotions such scenes require, she never conveys the steeliness that radiates off Ginsburg in the documentary. There, we got the distinct sense of a woman who doesn’t suffer fools. In On the Basis, Jane complains about her mother’s dogmatism, yet what we see, almost exclusively, is

Ginsburg’s softer side. The result is an educational but superficial-feeling portrait. How did this tiny woman from Brooklyn get so confident? How did she and Marty swing a marriage that seems unusually egalitarian even in our time? The documentary didn’t answer every question about Ginsburg, either, but it managed to earn its sappy inspirational music. This movie makes us want to escape those stirring strings. MARGO T HARRI S O N


NEW IN THEATERS GLASS: An everyman with superpowers (Bruce Willis) tracks a violent psychopath (James McAvoy) who has his own supernatural abilities in director M. Night Shyamalan’s bid to create a cinematic universe by matching up the protagonists of his Unbreakable and Split. With Anya Taylor-Joy and Samuel L. Jackson. (129 min, PG-13. Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Paramount) MOUNTAINTOP FILM FESTIVAL: In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this 16th annual fest screens a global program of 14 films with social-justice related themes, among them King in the Wilderness, Eating Animals and Blindspotting. More info at (Big Picture) SHOPLIFTERSHHHH1/2 An abused child becomes the newest addition to a multigenerational Tokyo family living outside the law in this slice-of-life drama from Hirokazu Koreeda (Nobody Knows), which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Lily Franky and Sakura Andô star. (121 min, R; reviewed by M.H. 1/9. Roxy, Savoy)

NOW PLAYING AQUAMANHHH Jason Momoa plays the heir to the undersea realm of Atlantis as DC Comics continues to flesh out its cinematic universe. With Amber Heard and Willem Dafoe. James Wan (The Conjuring) directed. (143 min, PG-13) BEN IS BACKHHH1/2 Julia Roberts plays the mother of a drug-addicted teen (Lucas Hedges) who unexpectedly comes home on Christmas Eve in this drama from director Peter Hedges (The Odd Life of Timothy Green). (103 min, R) BOHEMIAN RHAPSODYHH1/2 Rami Malek plays Freddie Mercury in this chronicle of rock band Queen that culminates with the 1985 Live Aid concert. With Lucy Boynton, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello and Mike Myers. Bryan Singer (X-Men: Apocalypse) directed. (134 min, PG-13; reviewed by M.H. 11/7) BUMBLEBEEHHH1/2 ¨e VW Bug T ransformer gets a break-out vehicle, set in 1987, in which he bonds with an 18-year-old (Hailee Steinfeld) who puts him back on the road. With Dylan O’Brien and Justin ¨eroux. Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings) directed. (113 min, PG-13) A DOG’S WAY HOMEHH1/2 From the writer behind A Dog’s Purpose comes the story of a dog that travels 400 miles to return to her home. Bryce Dallas Howard and Ashley Judd star. Charles Martin Smith (Air Bud) directed. (96 min, PG)

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ESCAPE ROOMHH1/2 You know those escape rooms in malls? What if your life depended on solving the puzzles? Deborah Ann Woll and Tyler Labine find out in this sci-fi drama. Adam Robitel (The Taking of Deborah Logan) directed. (99 min, PG-13) THE FAVOURITEHHHH1/2 In the early 18th century, a noblewoman (Rachel Weisz) and a maid (Emma Stone) vie for the favor of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) in this wicked satire of political power struggles from director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster). (119 min, R) GREEN BOOKHHHHH In this comedy-drama, a refined African American classical pianist (Mahershala Ali) and the low-brow white guy (Viggo Mortensen) hired as his driver find themselves bonding on a tour of the 1960s South. With Linda Cardellini. Peter Farrelly (Dumb and Dumber) directed. (129 min, PG-13; reviewed by R.K. 12/12) HOLMES & WATSONH In this comedic take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the famous sleuths are played by Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, and what more do you really need to know? With Ralph Fiennes and Kelly Macdonald. Etan Cohen (Get Hard) directed. (90 min, PG-13) IF BEALE STREET COULD TALKHHHHH Two lovers in Harlem are parted by an accusation that sends one to jail in this lyrical drama based on the James Baldwin novel and directed by Barry Jenkins (Moonlight). KiKi Lane, Stephan James and Regina King star. (119 min, R; reviewed by R.K. 1/16)

MARY POPPINS RETURNSHHH1/2 Jane and Michael Banks are all grown up, but the magical nanny (Emily Blunt) still has solutions to their problems, in Disney’s belated sequel to the beloved musical. With Emily Mortimer, Meryl Streep and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Rob Marshall (Into the Woods) directed. (130 min, PG) MARY QUEEN OF SCOTSHHH Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie face off as Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I in this umpteenth retelling of their ruinous royal rivalry. With Jack Lowden, David Tennant and Guy Pearce. Josie Rourke makes her directorial debut. (124 min, R)

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDERVERSEHHHH1/2 ¨is animation tel ls the story of Miles Morales (voice of Shameik Moore), a Spider-Man in an alternate universe. With Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld and Mahershala Ali. Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman directed. (117 min, PG) THE UPSIDEHH1/2 A wealthy quadriplegic (Bryan Cranston) develops a life-affirming friendship with his street-wise helper (Kevin Hart) in this remake of French dramedy hit The Intouchables. With Nicole Kidman and Julianna Margulies. Neil Burger (Divergent) directed. (125 min, PG-13)

THE MULEHHH Clint Eastwood directed and stars in this crime drama, based on true events, about a World War II vet caught smuggling cocaine for a Mexican drug cartel. With Bradley Cooper, Taissa Farmiga and Dianne Wiest. (116 min, R)

VICEHH Christian Bale is getting award buzz for his performance as Dick Cheney in this satirical portrait of the George W. Bush administration from writer-director Adam McKay (The Big Short). With Amy Adams, Steve Carell and Sam Rockwell. (132 min, R; reviewed by R.K. 1/9)

ON THE BASIS OF SEXHHH Felicity Jones plays Ruth Bader Ginsburg in this biopic about the making of the Supreme Court Justice and her legal and personal battles with discrimination. With Armie Hammer, Justin ¨eroux and Sam W aterston. Mimi Leder (Deep Impact) directed. (120 min, PG-13; reviewed by M.H. 1/16)


REPLICASH Keanu Reeves plays a scientist willing to use any means to bring his family members back to life after a deadly car accident in this sci-fi thriller. With Alice Eve and ¨omas Middleditch. Jef frey Nachmanoff (Traitor) directed. (107 min, PG-13)

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY BY ROB BREZSNY REAL JANUARY 17-23 wrong as the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ visions. In 2019, your life will be bracingly free of old ideas about who you are and who you’re supposed to be. You will have unprecedented opportunities to prove that your future is wide open.


Writing at the Pudding, pop culture commentator Colin Morris reveals the conclusions he drew after analyzing 15,000 pop songs. First, the lyrics of today’s tunes have significantly more repetitiveness than the lyrics of songs in the 1960s. Second, the most popular songs, both then and now, have more repetitive lyrics than the average song. Why? Morris speculates that repetitive songs are catchier. But in accordance with current astrological omens, I encourage you Capricorns to be as un-repetitive as possible in the songs you sing, the messages you communicate, the moves you make and the ideas you articulate. In the coming weeks, put a premium on originality, unpredictability, complexity and novelty.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): In 1917, leaders of the Christian sect Jehovah’s Witnesses prophesied that all earthly governments would soon disappear and Christianity would perish. In 1924, they predicted that the ancient Hebrew prophet Moses would be resurrected and speak to people everywhere over the radio. In 1938, they advised their followers not to get married or have children, because the end of civilization was nigh. In 1974, they said there was only a “short time remaining before the wicked world’s end.” I bring these failed predictions to your attention, Aries, to get you in the mood for my prediction, which is: All prophecies that have been made about your life up until now are as

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Movie critic Roger Ebert defined the term “idiot plot” as “any film plot containing problems that would be solved instantly if all of the characters were not idiots.” I bring this to your attention because I suspect there has been a story line affecting you that in some ways fits that description. Fortunately, any temptation you might have had to go along with the delusions of other people will soon fade. I expect that as a result, you will catalyze a surge of creative problem solving. že idiot plot will transform into a much smarter plot. GEMINI

(May 21-June 20): In 1865, Prussia’s political leader, Otto von Bismarck, got angry when an adversary, Rudolf Virchow, suggested cuts to the proposed military budget. Bismarck challenged Virchow to a duel. Virchow didn’t want to fight, so he came up with a clever plan. As the challenged party, he was authorized to choose the weapons to be used in the duel. He decided upon two sausages. His sausage would be cooked; Bismarck’s sausage would be crammed with parasitic roundworms. It was a brilliant stratagem. že proposition spooked Bismarck, who backed down from the duel. Keep this story in mind if you’re challenged to an argument, dispute or conflict in the coming days. It’s best to figure out a tricky or amusing way to avoid it altogether.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): An imaginative 27-year-old man with the pseudonym žewildandcrazy oli decided he was getting too old to keep his imaginary friend in his life. So he took out an ad on Ebay, offering to sell that longtime invisible ally, whose name was John Malipieman. Soon his old buddy was dispatched to the highest bidder for $3,000. Please don’t attempt anything like that in the coming weeks, Cancerian. You need more friends, not fewer — both of the imaginary and non-imaginary variety. Now is a ripe time to expand your network of compatriots.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In December 1981, novice Leo filmmaker James Cameron got sick, fell asleep and had a disturbing dream. He saw a truncated robot armed with kitchen knives crawling away from an explosion. žis nightmare ultimately turned out to be a godsend for Cameron. It inspired him to write the script for the 1984 film ˜e Terminator, a successful creation that launched him on the road to fame and fortune. I’m expecting a comparable development in your near future, Leo. An initially weird or difficult event will actually be a stroke of luck. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Psychologists define the Spotlight Effect as our tendency to imagine that other people are acutely attuned to every little nuance of our behavior and appearance. že truth is that they’re not, of course. Most everyone is primarily occupied with the welter of thoughts buzzing around inside his or her own head. že good news, Virgo, is that you are well set up to capitalize on this phenomenon in the coming weeks. I’m betting you will achieve a dramatic new liberation: You’ll be freer than ever before from the power of people’s opinions to inhibit your behavior or make you self-conscious. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): What North America community is farthest north? It’s an Alaskan city that used to be called Barrow, named after a British admiral. But in 2016, local residents voted to reinstate the name that the indigenous Iñupiat people had once used for the place: Utqiagvik. In accordance with astrological omens, I propose that in the coming weeks, you take inspiration from their decision, Libra. Return to your roots. Pay homage to your sources. Restore and revive the spirit of your original influences. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): že Alaskan town of Talkeetna has a population of 900, so it doesn’t require a complicated political structure to manage its needs. Still, it made a bold statement by electing a cat as its mayor for 15 years. Stubbs, who was part manx, won his first campaign as a write-in candidate, and his policies were so benign — no new taxes, no repressive laws — that he kept get-

ting reelected. What might be the equivalent of having a cat as your supreme leader for a while, Scorpio? From an astrological perspective, now would be a favorable time to implement that arrangement. žis phase of your cycle calls for relaxed fun and amused mellowness and laissez-faire jauntiness.


(Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Trees need to be buffeted by the wind. It makes them strong. As they respond to the pressure of breezes and gusts, they generate a hardier kind of wood called reaction wood. Without the assistance of the wind’s stress, trees’ internal structure would be weak and they might topple over as they grew larger. I’m pleased to report that you’re due to receive the benefits of a phenomenon that’s metaphorically equivalent to a brisk wind. Exult in this brisk but low-stress opportunity to toughen yourself up!

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In May 1927,

Aquarian aviator Charles Lindbergh made a pioneering flight in his one-engine plane from New York to Paris. He became instantly famous. Years later, Lindbergh testified that partway through his epic journey, he was visited by a host of odd, vaporous beings who suddenly appeared in his small cabin. žey spoke with him, demonstrating a sophisticated understanding of navigation and airplane technology. Lindbergh’s spirits were buoyed. His concentration, which had been flagging, revived. He was grateful for their unexpected support. I foresee a comparable kind of assistance becoming available to you sometime soon, Aquarius. Don’t waste any time being skeptical about it; just welcome it.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): More than four centuries ago, a Piscean samurai named Honda Tadakatsu became a leading general in the Japanese army. In the course of his military career, he fought in more than a hundred battles. Yet he never endured a major wound and was never beaten by another samurai. I propose we make him your inspirational role model for the coming weeks. As you navigate your way through interesting challenges, I believe that you, like him, will lead a charmed life. No wounds. No traumas. Just a whole lot of educational adventures.


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I have a boyfriend and have always dated guys. I have girl friends, but I’m not sexually attracted to them at all, and I have never seen a good-looking woman on the street, like a stranger, and been turned on. So why is it that when I am having sex with my boyfriend or masturbating by myself, I fantasize about hooking up with a woman? ˜ e fantasy is usually about a more experienced woman with big breasts touching me and initiating sex. At first, I am surprised, but I don’t stop her. No other fantasy turns me on like that one does. Does that make me a lesbian? I am really confused.



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You are not alone! Many women fantasize about other women — and about a third of them have actually hooked up with one. In 2011, a Boise State University study found that a majority of women who identifi identified as heterosexual are attracted to ˜ at trend becomes even other women. Th more common as women get older. Sometimes our fantasies are really about ourselves. ˜ at big-breasted seductress in your fantasy, for example, may be a version of you that wants to come out. Or perhaps she simply feels like a safer, less threatening partner for your anonymoussex fantasies than a man. Another explanation: Some feminists theorize that in a patriarchal society like ours, in which women are routinely objectified, some of us internalize the male gaze. Many men view lesbian sex as hot, and big breasts and sexual assertiveness tend to be markers of sex in general. It’s tough not to be affected by how our society views women and our bodies. Try not to think of your fantasy life in terms of sexual identity. What we desire in our fantasies doesn’t always translate into reality. Sometimes it’s the fact that we wouldn’t do something in real life that makes it exciting. ˜ at said, there is no shame in acting on your fantasies if your relationship allows for it. And keep in mind that women’s sexuality tends to be more complicated than men’s. A lot of guys can get off just by looking at body parts. But women tend to need something deeper — stimulation of both the body and the mind.



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superintendent of schools, division, traffic division, 1949, No. 298 as amended who shall continue to be finance division, equipment be further amended to HW-heney-Gosselin1-011619.indd 1:13 PM division/engi1 appointed by the board of maintenance amend Articles 19 and 38 1/14/19 school commissioners, [and neering division,[inspection and add Article 92A as services division,] and planning director who shall follows: continue to be appointed by construction division, each of which shall include a man- the planning commission]. ARTICLE 19. POWERS OF Such appointments shall be ager who shall be hired as a CITY COUNCIL city employee by the director subject to confirmation by a majority of the memberand shall serve subject to 48 Enumerated. ship of the city council. § e the direction of the director. appointment by the mayor § e city council shall have to the position of city officer 116 Duties generally. power: or department head shall be § e mayor shall be the chief ... on the basis of professional executive officer of said city. (63) (A) To establish and competency and/or merito§ e mayor shall use his or maintain a unified departrious performance relating her best efforts to see that ment of public works, the to the duties of the position. the laws and city ordinances superintendent of which will In making department head are enforced and that the be designated public works appointments and in evaluduties of all subordinate director, said department to ating their performance, the officers are faithfully perbe managed and controlled formed. § e mayor shall take mayor shall consult with the by the mayor and city counapplicable city commission. care that the funds of the cil [subject to the general laws of the State of Vermont At least two applicable city are properly expended, pertaining to the inspection commissioners chosen by and shall recommend to of buildings, plumbing, the chair shall be invited the consideration of the city housing and wiring]. § e city to participate in interviews council whatever measures council may by resolution for department head the mayor may deem delegate any of its powers selection. § e full applicable necessary for the prudent relating to the public works commission shall formally and efficient management department to the board of participate in the annual of the affairs of the city. § e public works commissioners. mayor shall also be the chief evaluation of a department ... head and shall make a conservator of the peace (E) Unless otherwise deterformal recommendation and safety of the city and mined by resolution of the to the mayor concerning as such is empowered to city council, the public works the reappointment of a control and direct the police department shall, in addidepartment head. Departforce, in case of riot, insurtion to the director, consist ment heads shall have such rection or other emergency, of a streets division, water administrative, personnel when the mayor may take 2. “Shall the Charter of the division, waste/solid waste and managerial authority as command of the whole poCity of Burlington, Acts of shall be delegated to them lice force, including the chief by the mayor. executive thereof, and may for the occasion appoint and commission as many special ARTICLE 38. OFFICERS APPOINTED BY MAYOR policemen as the mayor 122 Enumerated. may deem necessary, who (a) On the first Monday in shall have all the powers of June 1998, the mayor shall regular members of the poappoint a city assessor and lice force. Any emergency as a director of the human provided for in this section resources department for a shall not be construed to be one-year term commencing the operation of the police July 1, 1998. Commencforce in its routine duty. § e mayor shall serve as a voting ing on the first Monday in June 1999, and biannually member of the local control thereafter, the mayor shall commissioners. § e mayor appoint such city assessor shall have those powers of and human resources a justice of the peace in the director for a term of two State of Vermont with reyears commencing on the spect to the performance of first day of July following marriage and/or civil unions. the appointment, and until § e mayor, commencing Robbi Handy Holmes • 802-951-2128 their successors have been on the first Monday in June appointed and qualified. § e 2002, shall appoint all city Find me on mayor shall appoint on the department heads who first Monday of June, 1998 were heretofore appointed Making it happen for you! and annually thereafter, and by city commissions, with whenever a vacancy occurs, the exception of the

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a chief administrative officer, a city attorney and 1/14/19 one or more assistant city 1:18 PM attorneys, a city constable and a second, third and fourth constable, a city engineer and surveyor, a city grand juror and assistant city grand juror, a harbor master, a poundkeeper or a firm or corporation to provide the services of such, a director of the community and economic development office, a director of Burlington city arts and civil defense director. All of the above-referenced appointments shall require the approval of a majority of the city council. Additionally, commencing on the first Monday in June 2002, and whenever a vacancy occurs, the mayor shall appoint a director of aviation, a cemetery superintendent, an executive director of the Church Street marketplace district, a general manager/superintendent of the electric department, a chief engineer of the fire department, a librarian(s) of the Fletcher Free Library, a superintendent of the parks and recreation department, a police chief and a superintendent/director of the public works department. § e mayor shall also appoint a director of permitting and inspections, a zoning administrative officer, and a director of planning. § e first two appointments of an individual to serve in any such position shall be for one-year terms. After an individual has served in a position for two successive years, the mayor may thereafter appoint such person to serve terms of not more than three years, except that in no case shall an appointment be valid for more than fifteen months following the election of a new mayor. In all cases, such appointments shall continue until their successors have been appointed and qualified. § e mayor shall also have the authority to appoint the superintendent/director of

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represent as of the date the listed positions so long as written consent required by such incumbent remains in 17 V.S.A. § 2681(a) is filed and the position which he or she at all times during his or her holds as of March 1, 1994. Nor term of office. shall the above subsections (3) Any person appointed be regarded as applicable to serve as a member of to any city position which any City commission must, is not listed above or to the except as otherwise specifiappointed assistants in any cally provided for herein, be position listed above. a legal voter of the City at all (e) In case any person holdtimes during his or her term ing any elective or appointof office. ive office in the city shall (c) Except as provided below, at any time for any reason any person appointed by the become legally disqualified any city department which mayor and approved by the to hold such office, such ofmay hereafter be created by city council for the position fice shall thereupon become the city council. of city assessor, city attorney, vacant and shall be filled for (b) — e appointments chief administrative officer, the unexpired term in which described in subsection (a) city constable, civil defense such vacancy occurs and in of this section shall require director, director of the office the manner herein provided the approval of a majority of community and economic for filling such vacancy. of the whole number of the development, harbor master, (Act No. M-15, § 2, approved city council. In cases where planning director, director of 3-4-14) the mayor appoints an indipermitting and inspections, vidual for a term longer than or human resources director, Article 92A. DEPARTMENT one year, the city council and any person appointed OF PERMITTING AND must also approve the durato be the superintendent or INSPECTIONS tion of such term. corresponding chief executive officer of the cemetery, 370 Creation of department 130 Manner of filling of permitting and inspecelectric light, fire, parks vacancy and residency and recreation, [planning], tions requirement. police, public works or school — ere is hereby created in (a) In case of a vacancy departments shall, in order the City of Burlington the for any cause in any office to be legally eligible to serve, department of permitting referred to in the preceding either be a legal voter of the and inspections, which shall section, such vacancy shall city as of the date his or her combine the permitting and be filled in the manner term of office commences inspection functions of the herein provided for appointand at all times thereafter previously existing planning ment thereto, but only for or, if not a legal voter as of and zoning department, the remaining months of the date his or her term of inspection services division the then current fiscal year, office commences, shall of the department of public plus one additional year, become a legal voter within works, and code enforceor for the balance of the the city within one year ment office. unexpired term, whichever is from the date such term the shorter. of office commences and 371 Purposes and powers. (b)(1) Any individual elected maintain such status at all (a) Subject to the orders to the position of Mayor times thereafter. In case of and ordinances of the city must be a legal voter of personal hardship found council, the department of the City as of the date the and declared to exist by permitting and inspections written consent required by the city council with mayor shall provide a single loca17 V.S.A. § 2681(a) is filed and presiding, the time limit for tion to obtain permits and at all times during his or her an individual to become a inspection services for all term of office. legal voter of the city may be zoning, building, plumbing, (2) Any individual elected to extended for a set period of electrical wiring, and minithe position of City councilor time beyond one year. mum housing and rental or school commissioner (d) — e above subsecunit matters. must be a legal voter of the tions hereof shall not be Using theward enclosed math operations as a guide, fill the grid City and of the or City considered applicable to (b) In furtherance of its district he or she proposes to in theonce above inpurpose, department using the numbersan1incumbent - 6 only eachtherow and of








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of Pearl Street to the south side of Main Street (but also including the property on the southeast corner of Main Street and South Winooski Avenue) [on the east, and]. - On the south, by the north side of Maple Street from [property lines of properties fronting on] the properties fronting on the west side of South Winooski Avenue to those fronting on the west side of St. Paul Street, and then west of St. Paul St. by the south property line of the properties fronting on Main Street to Battery Street and then including all of the properties fronting on Battery Street from Main Street south to the north side of Maple Street, but also including the property contiguous to the east property line of the property on the northeast corner of Maple and Battery Streets and the property on the southeast corner of Maple and Battery Street, as well as the property contiguous to the east of it.[ to the intersection of Battery Street and then extending southerly to include properties fronting on Maple Street on the south, except that the boundary shall also extend to the east property line of properties fronting on the east side of Saint Paul Street that are south of Main Street and north of Maple Street . — e Church Street Marketplace District defined below shall also be included within the downtown improvement district.]

321 Creation of downtown improvement district; purpose[, church street marketplace district and marketplace]. (a) — ere is hereby created in the City of Burlington a special district to be known as the downtown improvement district (DID), such district to be bounded as follows: - On the west by the shore372 Department to be under line of Lake Champlain.[on supervision of director. the west] — e management, direction - On the north, by the north and control of the departproperty lines of properties ment of permitting and fronting on Pearl Street inspections shall be vested between South Winooski in the director, subject to the Avenue and Battery Street orders and ordinances of the (b) — e purpose of the Downand by the north property city council. town Improvement District line of Battery Park and the (hereafter known as the DID) north property line of the 373 Powers, duties, and shall be to: property owned by the City responsibilities of zoning of Burlington west of Lake administrative officer. (1) Create a unified and effiand Depot Streets[ on the — e zoning administrative north,]. cient approach to downtown officer shall have all of the - On the east, by the east management, marketing, powers, duties, and responproperty lines of properties maintenance by replacsibilities as are provided Complete the following puzzle byand using the fronting on South Winooski ing the existing downtown in the Vermont Planning numbers 1-9 once insouth each column Avenue from the side row, improvement district and and Development Act to anonly


administrative officer. — e director of permitting and inspections may also serve as the zoning administrative officer. In addition, the zoning administrative officer may delegate any or all of the officer’s authority under the Vermont Planning and Development Act to one or more assistant administrative officers as are qualified. Any such delegation must be made in writing and posted in the department offices.



permitting and inspections shall, subject to the orders and ordinances of the city council, have the following rights, powers and duties: (1) To review development projects and ensure compliance with the City’s building codes, land use bylaws, historic preservation guidelines, design, and subdivision standards; (2) To issue permits, as provided in state law and local ordinances, for building, zoning, and related matters; (3) To conduct inspections, as provided in state law and local ordinances, of buildings, plumbing systems, electrical wiring, and related matters; (4) To conduct inspections to ensure compliance with zoning requirements and zoning, building, or related permits; (5) To conduct inspections of rental housing units to ensure compliance with the Minimum Housing Code or other housing codes; (6) To notice and enforce violations of building, zoning, minimum housing, and other laws, regulations, codes, or ordinances, as provided therein; (7) To carry out the orders of the Board of Health.


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the Church Street Marketplace District with a single, new DID; (2) Provide enhanced services that address downtown’s most pressing challenges and opportunities, such as improving public safety and cleanliness, enhancing mobility, economic vitality, parking management, and marketing of downtown Burlington; (3) Provide a clean, safe and welcoming downtown experience for all community members; (4) Help to address issues with street-level behavior and provide increased services for vulnerable populations; (5) Offer accountability to fee payers while maintaining strong accountability to the public; (6) Strengthen downtown’s competitiveness within the region; (7) Leverage public and private resources for the betterment of downtown; (8) Create a self-sustaining champion to advocate for downtown improvements over the long term. [(c) — e Church Street Marketplace (marketplace) shall be that section of the district now or hereafter under the direct control of the City of Burlington including but not limited to the Church Street right-of-way and adjacent sidewalks.] (c) — ere is hereby created in the City of Burlington and within the downtown improvement district a pedestrian mall special district to be known as the Church Street Marketplace [District (district)] which includes all of Church Street and the properties which have frontage thereon bounded on the north by the northernmost property line of properties bounded by Church and Pearl Streets, and bounded on the south by the southernmost property lines of properties at the northern corners of the Church and Main Street intersection, and more precisely shown on a plan entitled “Church Street Marketplace District” recorded with the chief administrative officer of the City of Burlington on June 27, 1979. Until the DID is activated by resolution of the city council, following its approval of a management plan and bylaws for the DID, the Church Street Marketplace District shall continue to operate under the Church Street Marketplace Commission as provided throughout this Article below. Once the DID is activated, the sections relating to the Church Street Marketplace District and Commission will be deemed repealed as noted below. (d) — e boundaries of the DID (or the Church Street Marketplace) may be expanded to properties contiguous to the existing DID by resolution of the city council, upon receipt of a petition signed by the owners of two-thirds of the properties included in the proposed expansion.

322 Establishment of [commission]DID Entity. (a) A non-profit entity will be formed to manage the DID, to be known as the Burlington Downtown Improvement District. It will be governed by a board of directors comprised of thirteen voting and four non-voting directors as follows: - Seven directors appointed by the city council with mayor presiding, consisting of one resident who lives within the boundaries of the DID, one resident who lives within the City of Burlington, one representative from a non-profit organization located within the boundaries of the DID, two owners of businesses located within the boundaries of the DID, and two owners of real property located within the boundaries of the DID. - Six directors selected by the fee payers through a process to be established in the bylaws of the DID, consisting of one director who is a resident living within the boundaries of the DID, two directors who are owners of businesses located within the boundaries of the DID, three directors who are owners of real property located within the boundaries of the DID. - Four ex-officio, non-voting directors from the city’s Department of Public Works; Department of Parks, Recreation and Waterfront; Police Department; and City Council. (b) By-Laws, Open Meetings, and Public Records (1) — e board will adopt by-laws by which to govern itself, subject to the approval of the city council. (2) — e board will comply with the Vermont Open Meeting Law and Public Records Act. (c) Until the DID above is activated, [T]there shall be maintained in the City of Burlington a Church Street Marketplace Commission consisting of nine legal voters of the State of Vermont, no fewer than five of whom must be legal voters of the city, who shall be appointed by the city council. [. On the first Monday in June, 1993, the city council shall appoint four commissioners, three for a three-year term and one for a four-year term. (1) On the first Monday in June, 1994, the city council shall appoint one commissioner for a three-year term and on the first Monday in June, 1995, the city council shall appoint two commissioners for three-year terms. On the first Monday in June, 1999, the city council shall appoint two commissioners for a two-year term. — ereafter, a] All appointments shall be for three-year terms and commissioners shall serve from the first day of July following their appointment and until their successors are duly appointed and have qualified. (21) Two members at all times shall be proprietors or managers of retail businesses which are within the Church Street Marketplace

District and such members need not be residents of Burlington. Two members at all times shall be proprietors or managers of retail businesses which are within the downtown improvement district, with one of such members being located within the downtown improvement district but outside the boundaries of the Church Street Marketplace and such members need not be residents of Burlington. (32) —e commission shall organize by the election of a chair and vice-chair and by the appointment of a clerk and a treasurer. —e clerk shall keep a written record of the proceedings of the commission, such record to be the property of the city. —e clerk need not be a member of the commission. (43) —e manner of removal of commissioners and filling of vacancies shall be as provided in sections 129 and 130 of this chapter, and the commissioners shall, except as otherwise herein expressly provided, be subject to all other provisions of this chapter relating to public officers. (4) —is subsection (c) shall be deemed repealed upon activation of the DID. [323 Expansion of church street marketplace district and/or marketplace. (a) Upon recommendation of a majority of the commission to the city council, the boundaries of the Church Street Marketplace district may be expanded. Said boundaries may be expanded only if all the following conditions are met:

(1) Notification of the consideration of the expansion is given in writing to all persons owning property in the contemplated area of expansion; (2) A legally warned public hearing on the question is conducted; (3) Two-thirds of the membership of the city council present and voting approve the extension; and (4) —e expanded boundaries do not extend beyond the boundaries of the downtown improvement district above defined. (b) Upon advice of the commission to the city council, that section of the district now or hereafter defined as the marketplace may be expanded or not within the downtown improvement district, subject to the same restrictions listed under (a) above.] 324 323 Purposes and pPowers and duties. (a) —e [city council]DID entity, through its board of directors, shall have authority and responsibility for the management of the DID,[Church Street marketplace district,] its services, and any facilities it owns or operates, as fully described in the DID management plan approved by the city council. —e city, through the city council and mayor, shall retain its core governmental obligations and functions. [ have the responsibility to establish, improve and maintain a marketplace within the district.]

(b) In furtherance of its purpose, the [city council]DID entity shall have the following rights, powers and duties within the DID, subject to all standard city review and approval processes: (1) To [exercise the powers set forth in the first paragraph of section 231 of this Charter with respect to the marketplace; provided that, in relation to the electric light department, the commission shall have the same status as a private user;] employ staff or to contract with other entities to provide services, as the board of directors deems necessary, to oversee or perform the rights, powers, and duties described herein; (2) To contract with or contribute to an experienced local service provider to assist vulnerable individuals or populations in the DID; (3) To provide or contract for enhanced maintenance services in the public spaces and rights-of-way within the DID; (4) To provide or contract for, manage, and maintain enhanced aesthetic elements such as lighting, landscape, and design in the public rights-of-way in the DID, subject to city approval; (5) To provide marketing, business promotion, and programming to attract residents, visitors, and consumers to the DID; (6) To provide business support services, such as economic data and tenant recruitment, to assist economic development in the DID;


(7) In coordination with the city, to provide and support parking management services, enhance alternative transportation and mobility, and improve connections between downtown and the waterfront; (8) To recommend to the city council ordinances or amendments to ordinances to further the purposes of the DID. (9) To prepare an annual budget, including both expenses and fee rates, subject to approval by the city council, and to administer that budget for the purposes of the DID after approval; if the city council does not approve a budget, it will state the grounds for disapproval, and the budget will be returned to the board of directors for reconsideration, revision, and resubmission for final city council approval. (10) To establish and maintain bylaws for the operation of the board of directors, subject to council approval and the provisions of this Article; (11) To appoint members of the board of directors as provided herein and in the approved bylaws. (12) In coordination with the city, to mutually agree to a base level of services that the city will provide; (13) To prepare a management plan, subject to city council approval, and then implement the plan; (14) To accept or solicit dona-

tions or grants to be used for the purposes of the DID. (c) In furtherance of the purpose of the DID, the city council (or such other body within the city to whom the authority over such matters has been delegated under this charter) shall have the following rights, powers and duties within the DID: (1) To control the use of the public rights of way, including streets, sidewalks, and other publicly owned spaces, within the DID; (2) To acquire on behalf of the city by gift, purchase, exercise of the power of eminent domain, or otherwise, all types of interests in real property and rights-of-way which will become part of the [marketplace]DID to be used in connection therewith; (3) To pay for, construct or contract for the construction of capital improvements of any kind or nature necessary or convenient for the establishment or operation of the [marketplace]DID; (4) To pay, from any funds available, [ from the funds provided for herein,] the whole or any portion of the cost of constructing and maintaining such improvements, including the cost of preliminary planning for the [marketplace]DID; (5) To regulate or prohibit, in whole or in part, vehicular traffic, parking, or other transportation modalities[, other than motor vehicle traffic] within any portion of [on the marketplace]the DID;[, and to recommend to the public works com-

mission the prohibition or regulation of motor vehicle traffic within the downtown improvement district; (6) To recommend to the planning commission the imposition of restrictions on the height, use and exterior appearance, including restrictions on the use of signs, for buildings fronting on the marketplace; such restrictions to be imposed only after notice and public hearings and, except for the use of signs, such restrictions to be prospective in nature; (7) To make such improvements within the Church Street Marketplace district as are necessary or convenient to the operation of the marketplace;] ([8] 6) To enter into contracts in the name of and on behalf of the city with state or federal agencies, including without limitation the [Chittenden County Transportation Administration]Green Mountain Transit, as may be necessary or convenient to carry out the purpose of this article; ([9] 7) To lease space, including air rights, in, below and above the marketplace or other public spaces within the DID, but only in compliance with section 55 of this Charter; [(10) To appoint such employees and agents as it may deem necessary or expedient for the operation of the marketplace. —e director shall be appointed by the mayor in accordance with the requirements of section 127 of this Charter. —e director shall have the

special and immediate care and practical supervision of the marketplace, subject to the authority of the mayor as chief executive officer and the orders and ordinances of the city council;

the DID board of directors as provided in this Article;

(11) To enter into management and maintenance contracts to facilitate the carrying out of any of its powers and duties enumerated herein, such contracts to be, where the commission deems it appropriate and practicable, with operating departments of the city;]

(13) To approve the DID management plan submitted by the DID entity;

([12] (8) To issue permits for various uses in the [marketplace]DID, and to adopt regulations and charge fees for [such issuance]those permits; ([13] 9) To charge [rentals and] fees to the DID entity for its services beyond the base level of services and for use of space in the [marketplace]DID; [(14) To receive and expend voluntary contributions for the carrying out of its purposes; (15) To advertise and promote the marketplace and its activities pursuant to this section when the commission determines that such advertisement and promotion will promote the prosperity and general welfare of the citizens of the City of Burlington and of the state;] (10) To adopt ordinances or other rules or regulations to support the purposes of the DID, including the Church Street Marketplace;

(12) To mutually agree with the DID entity to the base level of services that will be provided by the city.

(14) To contract with the DID to provide services to public buildings, parks, or other public spaces within the DID; (15[6]) To do all other things necessary or convenient to carrying out the purposes of this article. Nothing herein shall be construed to mean that the city council may interfere with or regulate the internal management of properties within the district. ([c] d) —e city council may, by resolution or ordinance, delegate to or contract with the DID entity to perform any of the above duties or exercise any of the above rights or powers [ any of the powers] relating to the downtown improvement district. [and the Church Street marketplace district to the Church Street marketplace commission.] (e) Until the DID is activated, the Church Street Marketplace commission shall have the powers, rights, and duties granted to the DID above, in relation to the Church Street Marketplace, and any other rights or powers that the city council may delegate by resolution. —is subsection (e) shall be deemed repealed upon activation of the DID.

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(a) Appeal. Any person or entity subject to the DID special assessment may seek judicial review of the rate set by the city council or of the assessment of that person’s or entity’s property by filing an action in the Chittenden Civil Division of the Vermont Superior Court no later than August 31 of the year for which the rate or assessment is challenged. — is review may only be initiated or maintained if the person or entity has paid and con-


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tinues to pay under protest each installment of the fee during the pendency of the court action. — e amount assessed by the city or by a court in such a proceeding shall be and remain a lien in the nature of a tax upon the properties so assessed until the assessments are fully paid to the city. (b) Abatement. Any person or entity subject to the DID special assessment may seek an abatement on the basis of illegality, or manifest injustice. A tax-exempt entity may seek abatement by claiming a hardship. — e three members of the city council’s tax abatement sub-committee and two members of the DID board of directors (selected as provided in the DID’s bylaws) shall constitute a board for the abatement of assessments. Penalties and/or fees may be abated only if the board determines that their imposition would be manifestly unjust or illegal, except that in the case of tax-exempt entities, the board may consider whether to grant a hardship and exempt the entity from payment of any part or whole fee or penalty. For purposes of this abatement, a hardship may be granted if the board determines that the tax-exempt entity has demonstrated that it has insufficient funds to pay the assessment or that payment of the assessment would divert resources from a vital community service. — e board shall state the reasons for the abatement or hardship exemption and the period covered by its decision. (c) Until the DID is activated and the Church Street Marketplace District is repealed, this section shall apply with regard to the common area fees for the Church Street Marketplace District. 328 Enforcement; collection (a) If the person or entity subject to the DID special assessment neglects to pay to the chief administrative officer any quarterly installment of such fee, or any part of any installment, on the date the installment is due and payable, the amount of the installment (or if partial payment was made, the amount remaining due) shall be increased immediately by a penalty of five percent of the original installment amount. If the balance due (including the five percent penalty) is not paid in full by the 15th day of the month after the date when the installment was originally due, that balance (including the five percent penalty) shall be delinquent, and the chief administrative officer shall increase the amount due by an additional one percent of the original installment amount for each month that any part of the balance due (including all penalties) remains unpaid. — e city shall proceed to collect delinquent fees and penalties in the manner prescribed in Article 79 of this charter for the collection and enforcement of assessments made in laying out or altering streets and highways. (b) Until the DID is activated and the Church Street Mar-




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(d) Once the assessment rate is established, the city assessor, at the expense of the district, shall notify in writing the owner(s) of record as of April 1 of each year of properties so

(c) — e city council shall set such common area fees for the ensuing fiscal year no later than June [15]30 of each year, and [in]before doing so shall have given twelve days’ notice of the time and place of hearing to the parties interested and shall set forth in its notice a complete schedule of all common area fees set by it and of the properties so assessed. During the twelve days’ notice period all parties so assessed, if aggrieved, may appeal, in writing, the assessment to the city council. — e city council, immediately following termination of the twelve


(c) — e DID board of directors shall initially submit its budget and recommended assessment rate to the city council no later than May 1 prior to the beginning of each fiscal year for which the assessment will be assessed, and the city council shall either approve the recommendation or return it to the board of directors with an explanation of the reasons for the rejection. Before approving or returning the recommended budget, including the assessment rate, the council will hold a public hearing to hear from the owner of any property subject to the assessment concerning the budget.

(e) Until the DID is activated, the Church Street Marketplace Commission shall annually recommend and the city council shall annually approve and assess upon nonresidential properties, as defined in section 81 hereof, common area fees as provided in Section 326 below.[(b) Annual budget. ] — e commission shall prepare a proposed budget for each fiscal year showing the proposed expenditures and anticipated receipts of such year, which shall [. — e estimated net cost of operation of the marketplace, after taking account of all anticipated receipts available to meet such cost, shall, on or before the fifteenth day of April, 1980, and annually thereafter,] be reported to the mayor no later than April 15 to be incorporated, with such changes as [he or she]the mayor deems expedient, into the annual budget to be submitted to the city council for the next fiscal year.[ In adopting an appropriation for operation of the marketplace, the city council shall not determine that any portion thereof be raised by the city tax levy.] — is subsection (e) shall be deemed repealed upon activation of the DID.

(b) [Any amount appropriated under section 325 of this Charter which is not anticipated from gifts, grants, voluntary contributions, and rentals and fees other than common area fees shall be raised by common area fees.] — e city council after not less than one duly warned public hearing shall propose standards to aid in the determination of the benefit described herein. — e city council after public hearing and after considering the advice of the commission shall establish standards to aid in the determination of the benefits described herein and shall levy such common area fees upon such properties in the proportion that it judges such properties to be benefited by the construction and/or operation of the marketplace. An important but not necessarily exclusive factor in determining the extent to which the fair market value of such property has been enhanced by virtue of the construction and/or operation of the marketplace. — e amount raised by such assessments shall be appropriated to the Church Street marketplace district.

days’ notice period and after soliciting the advice of the commission, shall make final determination of common fees and shall cause such decision to be recorded in full by the chief administrative officer; and when such decision is so recorded, the amount so assessed shall be and remain a lien in the nature of a tax upon the properties so assessed, until the same shall be paid, or such lien is otherwise discharged by operation of law. — e city assessor, at the expense of the district, shall thereupon forthwith notify in writing the owner or owners of record as of April 1 of each year of properties so assessed, their agents or attorneys, stating therein the amount of such fees, and such fees shall be due and payable to the chief administrative officer in four installments, on the fifteenth day of August, November, March and June following the making thereof. Notice shall be deemed adequate if made by publication of notice not less than three times not less than five days nor more than twelve days preceding each installment date. Such notice may also be given by including such common area fees upon the property tax bill mailed to the owners of taxable properties within the district.


(a) A special assessment fee shall be imposed as provided herein; that fee is to be used to enhance, not replace, city services. [ — e Church Street Marketplace commission] As part of its budget, the DID board of directors shall annually recommend and the city council shall annually approve and assess upon nonresidential properties [ (as defined in Sec. 81 hereof)] located within the downtown improvement district, except those that are owned and occupied by religious organizations, social service providers, the city of Burlington, or other government agencies, a [tax] special assessment fee, based upon a methodology recommended by the DID board of directors and approved by the city council, [upon the dollar of the property grand list ] to be used for the herein enumerated purposes of the downtown improvement district, the rate of which fee[tax] shall not [exceed] increase by more than five percent (5%) over the prior year’s rate unless approved by a twothirds vote of both the DID board of directors and the city council. [ $0.12 unless a larger amount has been authorized by the city council upon affirmative recommendation of the Church Street Marketplace commission. ] If a nonresidential property

(b) — e revenues from such DID [tax] fee will be [utilized for the purpose of providing a parking program which shall include not less than two free hours of parking for anyone parking in any designated municipally or privately owned or operated parking garage or parking lot located within the downtown improvement district pursuant to regulations to be established by the public works commission]paid to the city, and then transferred to the DID entity, after deduction of any agreedupon fee for the city’s collection costs, to be used solely for the purposes of the DID and consistent with the approved budget.

located in the Church Street Marketplace district which shall be used to defray the expenses incurred by the city in connection with the operation, maintenance and repair of the marketplace.


325 [Annual taxation]Special assessment for downtown improvement district[.; free parking for two hours in public lots and garages; annual budget of church street marketplace district].

assessed, stating the assessment rate and the total amount of fees due for the property. Such fees shall be due and payable to the chief administrative officer in four installments on the same dates that property taxes are due. Such notice may be given by including the DID fees with the property tax bill mailed to the owners of taxable properties within the district. — e amount so assessed shall be and remain a lien in the nature of a tax upon the properties so assessed, until the same shall be paid, or such lien is otherwise discharged by operation of law.



is leased to, but not owned by, a religious organization, social service provider, the city of Burlington, or another government agency, it shall be assessed in a manner comparable to state law for the statewide property tax. Other tax exempt properties may claim hardship and request relief from all or part of a fee through the abatement process set out in section 327 below.

ketplace District is repealed, this section shall apply with regard to the common area fees for the Church Street Marketplace District. [Any person owning or interested in properties so assessed who is dissatisfied with the amount of such fee shall have the right to judicial review of the city council’s decision. Such review shall be initiated by first paying the first installment of the fee so assessed under protest and by filing a notice of appeal in the Chittenden Superior Court within twenty days following August 12 of each year. Notwithstanding the filing of a notice of appeal, all subsequent installments of such fee must also be paid under protest before the court shall have subject matter jurisdiction to render a judgment affecting any such installment. A copy of such notice of appeal shall be served upon the Burlington chief administrative officer. — e proceeding before the superior court shall be de novo and the appellant may demand trial by jury. An appeal from the determination of the superior court may be taken to the Vermont Supreme Court, pursuant to the Vermont Rules of Civil and Appellate Procedure. — e pendency of such proceedings shall not vacate the lien created upon the properties assessed. Should the court find that a common area fee assessed against an appellant to have been excessive, it shall order the excess payment to be refunded together with such interest thereon that it shall deem appropriate. When such proceedings shall be finally determined, a duly certified copy thereof shall be duly recorded by the chief administrative officer in the records of streets and highways in said chief administrative officer’s office, within twenty days after the final determination of such proceedings. — e amount assessed in such proceedings shall be and remain a lien in the nature of a tax upon the properties so assessed until such assessments are fully paid to the chief administrative officer of the city. In case no assessment shall be made in such proceedings, such records shall discharge said properties from all liens created by the assessments thereon made by the city council as aforesaid. (f) If the owner or owners of any property so assessed shall neglect to pay to the chief administrative officer any quarterly installment of such fee on the date such installment is due and payable, the amount of such installment shall be increased by a penalty of five percent. If such installment increased by the five percent penalty is not paid by the 15th day of the month after the date upon which it became due and payable, it shall be delinquent and the chief administrative officer shall increase the amount due by an additional one percent of the original installment. On the 15th day of every month thereafter that the installment or any part thereof remains due, the chief administrative officer shall add to the total amount due

an additional amount equal to one percent of the original installment, or any portion thereof, remaining unpaid. — e chief administrative officer shall issue a warrant for the collection thereof. — e amount due from any person against whom a common area fee has been assessed shall thereafter be deemed to be the amount of any such installment or delinquent portion of such original common area fee increased by all penalties and interest accruing thereon to date and also twelve percent interest, compounded annually on all of such delinquent amounts and any penalties and interest added thereto, from the date of such warrant. — e city shall proceed to collect the same in the manner prescribed in this Charter for the collection and enforcement of assessments made in laying out or altering streets and highways. (g) — e mayor, two members of the city council and two members of the commission, on appointment of the city council, shall constitute a board for the abatement of assessments whenever the same are illegal or in the judgment of the board cannot be collected or are manifestly unjust. (h) Meetings of such board shall be convened in the manner herein prescribed for calling special meetings of the city council; and notice thereof signed by the mayor or chief administrative officer, and shall be given to all persons paying common area fees by the publication of notices for two days in all the daily newspapers printed in the city, the first of which publication shall be not more than ten days, and the last not less than three days prior to said meeting. Whenever any common area fee, or any part thereof, is abated, the chief administrative officer shall make a minute of such abatement on the original assessment on file in his or her office on the margin of the record thereof.] [327]329 Powers supplemental; construction. (a) [ — e powers conferred by sections 321 through 326 hereof are supplemental and alternative to other powers conferred by law, and these sections are intended as an independent and comprehensive conferral of powers to accomplish the purpose set forth herein. (b) ] — e provisions of these sections shall be liberally construed in order to effect their purpose. ([c] b) If any provision of these sections shall be held invalid in any circumstance, such invalidity shall not affect any other provisions or circumstances. ([d] c) — ese sections shall be construed in all respects so as to meet all constitutional requirements. In carrying out the purposes and provisions of these sections, all steps shall be taken which are necessary to meet constitutional requirements whether or not such steps are required by statute. [328—329 [Reserved.]. 330 Board of tax appeals. A board of tax appeals, constituted in the manner

set forth in section 91 of this Charter, is created. —e board shall have the same duties and proceed in the same manner to hear and determine tax appeals as a board of civil authority under subchapter 1 of Title 32 of Vermont Statutes Annotated except as otherwise provided in this Charter. Appeals from decisions of the board of tax appeals or from the board of civil authority as referenced in section 92 of this Charter shall be controlled by subchapter 2 of Title 32 of Vermont Statutes Annotated, except that the city assessor may appeal subject to the approval of the city board of finance. —e board shall organize each year by the election of a chair, vice-chair and clerk. —e manner of removal of board members and filling of vacancies shall be as provided in sections 129 and 130 of this Charter and the board members shall, except as otherwise herein expressly provided, be subject to all other provisions of this Charter relating to public officers.] 330. Review; expiration. (a) After five years of operation, the DID board of directors shall conduct a comprehensive review and evaluation of the district boundaries, operations, and costs in relation to the purposes stated herein and shall submit that review to the city council, along with any recommendations for improvement. (b) —e DID shall automatically sunset on June 30, 2029, unless renewed as provided herein. At least ninety days prior to the expiration of the DID, the DID board of directors may submit a new management or operating plan to the council, requesting continuation of the district. After a public hearing, the city council may vote by resolution to extend the district for a specified time or until a specified event occurs.?” * Material underlined added. ** Material stricken out deleted and bracketed. —e official copy of the proposed charter amendments with the specific changes being proposed shall be posted in or near the Clerk’s Office and at least two public places in the city by Saturday, January 12, 2019 for public inspection; copies will also be made available to members of the public upon their request.

NOTICE OF LEGAL SALE View Date: 1/24/2019 Sale Date: 1/25/2019 Christopher Williams Unit 151 Easy Self Storage 46 Swift Street South Burlington, VT 05403 (802)863-8300


Authority is preparing its Annual Plan for the fiscal year July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020. A public hearing to obtain comments regarding the proposed Annual Plan will

be held on Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 at 65 Main Street at 4:00 PM at 65 Main Street, Burlington, Vermont. Written comments should be sent to: Allyson Laackman, Executive Director Burlington Housing Authority 65 Main Street Burlington, Vermont 05401 Copies of the proposed plans will be available at BHA’s 65 Main Street Administrative offices on February 2, 2019. Supporting documents will also be available for review. Equal Housing Opportunity

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING —e Town of Bolton is considering making application to the State of Vermont for an Implementation Grant under the Vermont Community Development Program (VCDP). A public hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m. on February 4, 2019 at the Bolton Town Office, 3045 —eodore Roosevelt Hwy., Bolton, Vermont, 05676 to obtain the views of citizens on community development, to furnish information concerning the amount of funds available and the range of community development activities that may be undertaken under this program, the impact to any historic and archaeological resources that may be affected by the proposed project, and to give affected citizens the opportunity to examine the proposed statement of projected use of these funds. —e proposal is to apply for $1,000,000 in VCDP Funds which will be used to accomplish the following activities: water and wastewater improvements for the Bolton Valley Community Water and Sewer District, 3227 Bolton Valley Access Rd, Richmond, VT 05477 and renovations to the Bolton Valley Resort, 4302 Bolton Valley Access Rd, Richmond, VT 05477. Copies of the proposed application are available at the Bolton Town Office, 3045 —eodore Roosevelt Hwy, Waterbury, Vermont, 05676 and may be viewed during the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday-—ursday , beginning on January 28, 2019. Should you require any special accommodations, please contact Amy Grover at 802-434-5075 x222 to ensure appropriate accommodations are made. For the hearing impaired please call (TTY) 1-800253-0191. January 2, 2019 Bolton Select Board

STATE OF VERMONT CHITTENDEN COUNTY IN RE: A.D. AND A.D. Vermont Superior Court Family Division Docket No. 194/5-5-17 Cnjv Notice of Hearing TO: Tiffany Bessette, mother of the children A.D. and A.D., you are hereby notified that a hearing to consider the termination of all your parental rights

to A.D. and A.D. will be held on —ursday January 24, 2019, at the Superior Court of Vermont, Family Division, Chittenden County, Costello Courthouse, 32 Cherry St. Burlington, Vermont. You are notified to appear in this case. Failure to appear may result in the termination of your parental rights to A.D. and A.D.. /s/ Kevin W. Griffin Superior Court Judge Date: 12/31/18

STATE OF VERMONT FRANKLIN UNIT, CIVIL DIVISION VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT DOCKET NO: 445-1216 FRCV THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON (FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK) AS TRUSTEE FOR THE HOLDERS OF MASTR ALTERNATIVE LOAN TRUST 2006-2 v. MARK D. CASTRO, SUSAN M. CASTRO AND UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - DEPARTMENT OF INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE OCCUPANTS OF: 30 Brewster Road aka Lot 15 Brewster Road, Fairfax VT MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY UNDER 12 V.S.A. sec 4952 et seq. In accordance with the Judgment Order and Decree of Foreclosure entered April 30, 2018 in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Mark D. Castro and Susan M. Castro to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for American Home Mortgage, dated January 6, 2006 and recorded in Book 175 Page 454 of the land records of the Town of Fairfax, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of an Assignment of Mortgage from Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for American Home Mortgage to —e Bank of New York Mellon (fka —e Bank of New York) as Trustee for the holders of MASTR Alternative Loan Trust 2006-2 dated April 6, 2010 and recorded in Book 204 Page 627 of the land records of the Town of Fairfax for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 30 Brewster Road aka Lot 15 Brewster Road, Fairfax, Vermont on January 30, 2019 at 12:00PM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, To wit: Being all and the same lands and premises conveyed to Mark D. Castro and Susan M. Castro by Warranty Deed of Louis Cardinal of even date and to be recorded prior to the recording of this instrument in the Town of Fairfax Land Records.

Being all the same lands and premises conveyed to Louis Cardinal by Warranty Deed of Bernard W. Bessette dated April 15, 2005 and recorded in Volume 168, Pages 382-383 of the Town of Fairfax Land Records and being more particularly described as follows: Being all of lot No. 15, containing 2.35 acres, more or less, as shown on a plan of lands of Bernard Bessette Entitled “Site Plan Bernard Bessette 223 Goose Pond Road Fairfax, Vermont 05454 Town of Fairfax, Vermont” by Brooks Land Surveying Inc. dated November 12, 1997 and last revised March 14, 2005 which plan is recorded at Map Slide 232A in the Town of Fairfax Land Records. Included herewith is a right of way for ingress and egress and the installation of utilities over, under and upon all roadways shown on the above referenced plan. Any lands disturbed during the exercise of Grantees rights as herein above set forth shall be restored to their original condition. Also conveyed herewith is the right to use for ingress and egress in common with others a right of way known as the Brewster Road which leads easterly from Chaffee Road, aforesaid paragraph. —e land herein conveyed is subject to the following: 1. —e terms and conditions of permit WW-60850 issued by the State of Vermont Agency of Natural Resources of record in Volume 159, Page 556 of the Fairfax Land Records; 2. —e terms and conditions set forth in the Findings of Facts and Order of the Fairfax Development Review Board dated June 16, 2004 and of record in Volume 161, Page 464 of said land records;

of Fairfax Land Records. Said lands are also a portion of the Lands and Premises conveyed to Bernard W. and Ramona B. Bessette by Warranty Deed of Henry Paquette dated May 6, 1965 and of record in Volume 39, Page 110 of said land records. Reference is made to the aforementioned deed, and to the record thereof, and to the deeds and records therein referred to in further aid of this description. Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description. Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described. TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. —e balance of the purchase price shall be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within sixty (60) days after the date of sale. —e mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale. DATED: December 28, 2018 By: /s/ Loraine L. Hite Loraine L. Hite, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032

3. —e Bylaws of the Brewster Road Association of record in Volume 133, Page 506 of said land records;


4. Land Use Permit 6F0565 dated March 22, 2005 issued by the State of Vermont.

In re estate of Elizabeth B. Wood.

—e aforesaid land and premises are subject to the amended Declaration of Covenants, Restrictions and Conditions for Bernard Bessette as more fully appears in the Fairfax Land Records. Being a portion of the lands and premises conveyed to Bernard W. Bessette by Quit Claim Deed of Ramona B. Bessette dated September 10, 1982 of record in Volume 52, Page 371 of the Town

NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of Elizabeth B. Wood late of Jericho, Vermont. I have been appointed to administer this estate. All creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate must present their claims in writing within four (4) months of the first publication of this notice. —e claim must be presented to me at the address listed below with a copy sent to the court. —e claim may be barred forever if it is not presented within the four (4) month period.

Date: January 10, 2019 /s/ Gretchen McDaniel Signature of Fiduciary Gretchen McDaniel Executor/Administrator: 9342 Route 96 Trumansburg, NY 14886 607-342-7600 Name of publication Seven Days Publication Dates: 1/16/2019 Name and Address of Court: Chittenden Superior Court Probate Division PO Box 511 Burlington, VT 05402-0511

STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT CHITTENDEN UNIT PROBATE DIVISION DOCKET NO. 1723-12-18 CNPR In re estate of Judith B. Wood. NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of Judith B. Wood late of Shelburne, Vermont. I have been appointed to administer this estate. All creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate must present their claims in writing within four (4) months of the first publication of this notice. —e claim must be presented to me at the address listed below with a copy sent to the court. —e claim may be barred forever if it is not presented within the four (4) month period. Date: January 8, 2019 /s/ David L. Wood Signature of Fiduciary David L. Wood Executor/Administrator: 1601 Hunter Ridge Springfield, IL 62704 217-793-0566 Name of publication Seven Days Publication Dates: 1/16/2019 Name and Address of Court: Chittenden Superior Court Probate Division PO Box 511 Burlington, VT 05402-0511

STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT CHITTENDEN UNIT PROBATE DIVISION DOCKET NO. 6-1-19 CNPR In re estate of Angelina Nulty NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of Angelina Nulty late of St. George, Vermont. I have been appointed to administer this estate. All creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate must present their claims in writing within four (4) months of the first publication of this notice. —e claim must be presented to me at the address listed below with a copy sent to the court. —e claim may be barred forever if it is not

presented within the four (4) month period. Date: January 7, 2019 /s/ William Nulty Signature of Fiduciary William Nulty Executor/Administrator: 93 Nulty Road St. George, VT 05495 802-482-3429 Name of publication Seven Days Publication Dates: January 16, 2019 Name and Address of Court: Chittenden Unit Probate Court PO Box 511 Burlington, VT 05402

STATE OF VERMONT WASHINGTON UNIT, CIVIL DIVISION VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT DOCKET NO: 100-2-18 WNCV NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC D/B/A CHAMPION MORTGAGE v. ANDREW H. MONTROLL, ESQ., SPECIAL ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ESTATE OF BEVERLY D. BERTE AND SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT OCCUPANTS OF: 19 George Street, Montpelier VT MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY UNDER 12 V.S.A. sec 4952 et seq. In accordance with the Judgment Order and Decree of Foreclosure entered October 24, 2018 in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Beverly D. Berte to Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., dated October 5, 2007 and recorded in Book 534 Page 173 of the land records of the City of Montpelier, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of an Assignment of Mortgage from Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. to Nationstar Mortgage LLC d/b/a Champion Mortgage dated October 6, 2017 and recorded in Book 682 Page 966 of the land records of the City of Montpelier for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 19 George Street, Montpelier, Vermont on February 6, 2019 at 12:30 PM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, To wit: Property address: 19 George Street, Montpelier, VT Property description: Being all and the same lands, buildings and improvements conveyed to Beverly D. Berte by Quit Claim Deed from David Berte a/k/a David P. Berte dated September 19, 2007, and recorded September 21, 2007, in Book 533, Page 156 of the City of Montpelier Land Records; and more particularly described as follows:

David P. Berte dated September 19, 2007 and to be recorded in Book ___, Page ___ of the City of Montpelier Land Records and described therein as follows: Being all and the same lands and premises conveyed to David Berte and Severly D. Berte, husband and wife, by Warranty Deed of Renfield T. Belanger and Martha S. Belanger dated June 4, 1985 and of record in Book 190, Page 200 of the City of Montpelier Land Records and described therein as follows: Being all and the same lands and premises conveyed to Renfield T. Belanger and Martha S. Belanger by Deed of Paula M. Forte and Morris C. Wyman dated on or about June 22, 1971 and of record in Book 126, Page 393 of the City of Montpelier Land Records and described therein as follows: “__ located at 19 George Street Extension, Montpelier, and being Lot No 23 on a plan of lots entitled “J.L. Poitras Developers, George Street and Highland Avenue proposed Extensions, Montpelier, Vermont,” dated December 1959 surveyed by J. Basseett, C.E., which plan is on file in the City Clerk’s Office in the City of Montpelier.” Parcel Id # 053.019000. Reference is hereby had to the above mentioned deed and the record thereof and to all former deeds and their records for a more particular description of the premises. Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description. Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described. TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. —e balance of the purchase price shall be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within sixty (60) days after the date of sale. —e mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale. DATED : January 4, 2019 By: /s/ Loraine L. Hite Loraine L. Hite, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032 (860) 470-2675

Being all and same lands and premises conveyed to Berverly D. Berte by Quitclim Deed of David Berte a/k/a



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PROGRAM DIRECTOR The Town of Essex is seeking a spirited self-starter who genuinely enjoys working with the 50+ population to be our next Program Director – Senior Services. With more than 300 members, our municipally run senior center serves as an important community resource, as does our free van service for seniors. We seek a resourceful, patient, kind, and caring person who has a genuine love for working with seniors. You will interact with a vibrant group of volunteers and committees to plan, coordinate, and lead a variety of activities and programs. During your daily oversight of the center, you will engage with members and serve as a guide, friend, and mentor. You must thrive on serving our community, collaborating with local organizations, and meeting the needs of our seniors. A successful candidate will welcome and seize all aspects of program management, finance, marketing, and communications. S/he will manage staff and volunteers, seek sponsorships, continue thriving programs, and develop new initiatives with the membership. More information at:

PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR for 3rd Shift (11pm – 7am)

There are two main parts to this position, supervisory and technical assistance. As a supervisor you provide leadership, direction and assistance to manufacturing personnel involved in the manufacture of a quality product in a safety first environment. Training and coaching are key elements of the position. Ensure 5S concepts are implemented and monitored on an ongoing basis. Ability to communicate effectively with operators, managers and other departments. From the technical side, the supervisor assists both operators and engineers in correcting, improving, and establishing processing information. Both of these responsibilities are accomplished in a safe work environment, which the supervisor position has an active involvement. Requirements: • Minimum of 3 yrs. supervisory experience – preferably in a manufacturing environment • BA/BS preferably in business management, engineering, or any other relevant degree • Ability to create and follow schedules and create a safety first environment • Lead, coach, motivate, and manage employees on a (3rd) shift

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If our mission serving both animals and people appeals to you and you like a dynamic, fast-paced environment among a great team of dedicated professionals, have a Bachelor's degree and at least five years’ accounting, budgeting, and administrative experience and are an organized self-starter, please send a resume and letter of interest to by Jan. 25th. This is a full-time position. For a complete job description go to:

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Victim Advocate: H.O.P.E. Works is seeking a Victim Advocate to help achieve our mission of ending sexual violence in Chittenden County. Provide crisis and ongoing support to survivors, help coordinate community resources, and facilitate groups. EOE.

The Customer Service Representative at Champlain Cable is the primary contact for all customer accounts, and the liaison between customers and our production teams. The ability to create positive and productive relationships with both external and internal customers is a key aspect of this position. This position requires great attention to detail, flexibility, high level communication (both written and oral) and problem-solving skills in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. Analysis and understanding of your Customer Accounts trends and needs is an on-going aspect to this position. Requirements: • BA/BS degree in Business Administration, Sales, or relevant field • Must have excellent attention to detail, flexibility, high level communication and problemsolving skills in a dynamic and fast-paced environment • Some travel required

See for details; email resume and cover letter to Clinical Therapist: H.O.P.E. Works is seeking a Clinical Therapist to help achieve our mission of ending sexual violence in Chittenden County. Provide weekly counseling, intake and assessments, and group therapy to survivors. EOE.

We offer a very competitive salary, profit-sharing, 401k, benefits, vacation, and a great work environment. Please apply at or by submitting your resume and/or cover letter to or mail to 175 Hercules Dr. Colchester, VT 05446.

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Join our Team! The Humane Society of Chittenden County is recruiting a Director of Finance & Administration for this 118-year-old non-profit serving Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. As a member of the senior management team, you will provide oversight for all administrative and financial systems including finance/accounting, human resources, and some information technology.


The Quality Assurance Manager leads all corporate quality functions and maintains IATF-16949 quality systems that promote customer satisfaction and impact the financial performance of Champlain Cable. Key responsibilities include: Identify process improvement opportunities, recommend project plans and organize implementation, support Sr. Staff with key metrics, quarterly Management Reviews and with specialized research and analysis on a variety of Continuous Improvement projects. Manage a staff of technical experts and quality control inspectors, support new product development teams with quality tools, including DFMEA, SPC and PPAP, to ensure customer expectations are met. Lead the customer complaint and return analysis, facilitating teams in identification of product defect root-cause and corrective action. Support daily operations with product test and control. Support purchasing activities through the qualification of new suppliers and monitoring of existing suppliers. This position requires deep knowledge of lean/six sigma methodology and quality tools. You need to be a team player and facilitate cross-functional teams to resolve problems and improve processes. Requirements: • BA/BS in business management, engineering, or any other relevant degree • Industrial experience, with preference to wire & cable manufacturing and automotive industry • Excellent math and analytical abilities Minimum of a BS/BA degree • Excellent written and oral communicator • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple and complex tasks • High energy and demonstrates urgency and fast pace with strong ability to work with teams, customers and manufacturing

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Community Based Services is committed to empowering youth by providing family based treatment through innovative, diverse and community-integrated methods. CBS is seeking full a Community Integration Specialist to join our talented team of mental health professionals. Responsibilities include working individually with children and adolescents with mental health challenges both in the community and in their homes. The opportunity to bring personal interests/hobbies to share with youth is encouraged. Ideal candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, be able to work afternoon and evening hours, have a valid driver’s license, and reliable transportation. A generous benefits package is provided, which includes tuition reimbursement. Please include a cover letter and resume when applying online at

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and celebrate the diversity of our clients and staff.

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Job Responsibilities: • Participation on a team of colleagues whose primary focus is contributing to an inclusive community of student learning and development of educational environments that affirm the value of cultural diversity. • Oversee the acquisition and stocking of teaching-related chemicals, lab supplies, equipment, and manuals. • Supervise proper use and routine maintenance of teaching-related equipment and facilities. • Work with the Occupational Environmental Health Coordinator on issues related to safety and chemical waste disposal. • Benefits include health, dental, vision, life, disability, 401(k), employee and dependent tuition benefits, and discounted gym membership.

For full job description and to apply online go to: http://smcvt.

PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER Schurz Communications is currently seeking a President and General Manager to lead a Broadband communications company in Burlington, Vermont. The President/GM will lead and have overall responsibility for the areas of people management, customer relationships, network management, marketing, and public/government relations — ensuring successful integration of all activities. This position is also responsible for locally leading a facilitiesbased service provider focused on the delivery of voice, internet and video products for both residential and business markets. Our ideal candidate has previous experience working in the broadband or telephone industry in a senior leadership position. Schurz Communications, Inc., is a Mishawaka, Indianabased news and information company that consists of broadband, publishing and digital media. It is family owned and operated for over 145 years, and has a presence in Arizona, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania and South Dakota. Schurz Communications is committed to providing an environment that gives each employee the opportunity to nurture their gifts and achieve their potential. At Schurz, we invest in you, always striving for continuous growth and development. Our company’s strength mirrors the strength of our communities. We support our local communities as a good corporate citizen and encourage active involvement. We offer a competitive salary with free/discounted services. We also have an attractive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, 401k and more, effective immediately upon hire.


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Are you a hard worker who takes pride in your work? If so, the Essex Westford School District, serving the Village of Essex, Essex Town and Westford, is seeking an afternoon/evening custodian to join their team. Position is full-time (8 hours/day plus overtime as requested) 12-month. School placement may vary. Positions pay $15.14/ hour with excellent benefits available including family medical and dental insurance; 30K term life insurance; retirement plan with up to 6% district contribution; professional development funds; and paid vacation, sick, personal and holiday leaves. Knowledge and skill related to routine housekeeping and maintenance work preferred. Commercial cleaning experience desirable. On-the-job training is available. For more information, please visit and enter Job ID 2995769, or call 802-857-7630. Applications can be completed online, or stop by to complete an application at 51 Park Street, Essex Jct., VT 05452. We are an equal opportunity employer.

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ALERT: New Job Postings

Greensea has several available full-time positions at our Richmond, VT location. You may have what it takes to wear a Greensea shirt if you are passionate about your work, willing to learn new things, able to interact well with a range of stakeholders, and are highly organized.

Apply online: Schurz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Back-end Developer, Human Machine Interfaces GUI Developer, Human Machine Interfaces Software Release Coordinator Operations Coordinator Production Technician For full descriptions and how to apply: Greensea is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive salaries & benefits packages.

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Community Programs Associate The Vermont Humanities Council seeks to engage all Vermonters in the world of ideas, foster a culture of thoughtfulness, and inspire a lifelong love of reading and learning. The Community Programs Associate will be part of a highly-effective team coordinating, organizing and implementing signature programs such as our First Wednesdays Humanities Lecture Series, Ideas on Tap, Reading Frederick Douglass and more, with a particular emphasis on community engagement, diversity and inclusion. Experience working in diverse communities is highly desirable. Past experience organizing cultural and/or arts events is required. Position is based in Montpelier but works statewide. Full job description at Email cover letter and resume to by January 18, 2019. No phone calls please. E.O.E.

Looking for a change and a regular schedule?

Join our team! Wait Staff – Full and Part-Time Positions Wake Robin, Vermont’s premier continuing care retirement community is adding members to our team of Dining Room Wait Staff. This is a perfect opportunity for individuals with the time and drive to begin their working experience, or for professionals who wish to supplement their current career endeavors. Experience as a server is preferred but not required. We will train applicants who demonstrate strong customer service skills and a desire to work with an active population of seniors. Wake Robin offers an excellent compensation and benefits package and an opportunity to build strong relationships with staff and residents in a dynamic community setting.

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Wake Robin is an EOE.

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The Vermont Maple Sugar Makers’ Association is seeking a Quality Director for its existing voluntary food safety program for maple producers. The position will initially be a part-time, hourly position at approximately 20 hours per week with a $21,000 salary per year. This position is currently funded at this rate for 24 months with the intent 11:35 AM to become a full-time, salaried role once a funding stream from the Certification Program is established. For a full job description, please visit:

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Sheridan Journal Services, an established provider of publishing services for scientific, technical, medical and scholarly journals, is currently seeking Production Editors to join our team in beautiful Waterbury, Vermont! If you have publishing, editorial, copyediting or composition experience, and aspire to be a part of a team producing innovative publications, please submit your resume and a cover letter to We provide a comprehensive benefits package, including health, medical and dental coverage, 401(K), paid time off, flexible working schedules, relaxed dress code and possible telecommuting opportunities. We have a stunning office with a positive, friendly work culture. This is a great opportunity for you!

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Client Service Representative/Payroll Processing Position

PayData Workforce Solutions is looking for an additional team member to PayData Workforce Solutions lookingDepartment for an additional member to join our Client isService as ateam Payroll Processor/Client Service The Burlington Lead Program join our ClientRepresentative. Service Department as a Payroll Processor/Client Service (BLP) is a housing program Representative. If you have a strong worth ethic, can work under timeline within the City of Burlington deadlines andOur enjoy working in a team environment (along with prior Client Service Representatives work closely with our clients produce ThetoMental Health Center in Colebrook, NH, seeks a full-time CEDO where our mission accurate payrolls utilizing we various entry, to provide office-based counseling for mostly children customer service and payroll experience), want import to hear methods from you. including data therapist is engaging our community Excel worksheets, and time clock imports. 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Please submit your are completed following Experience handling a large volume skills of telephone as having Candidates should also have proven troubleshooting and be calls, as wellresume and letter of interest to: the Vermont Regulations number skillstechnology. or prior payroll experience able to adapt strong to new and changing Our Client Serviceis required; working knowledge of theenvironment “Evolution” and payroll software is desirable. Experience with for Lead Control and Representatives work in a team cubicle office setting. Jim Michaels Windows including Word, Excel, and Outlook is required as well as strong HUD’s Guidelines for the Clinical Director Experience handling a large volume of telephone calls, as well as having keyboarding skills. Evaluation and Control of NHS - The Mental Health Center strong number skills or prior payroll experience is required; working Lead Hazards in Housing knowledge ofApply the “Evolution” software is desirable. Experience 55 Colby Street, Colebrook, NH 03576 on line atpayroll (rev. 1997). This position with Windows including Word, Excel, and Outlook is required as well as (603) 237-4955 would provide day-to-day strong keyboarding skills. This position is a mid-level position and is paid management in compliance on an hourly basis. with federal regulations to This position requires a valid driver’s license, proof of adequate auto PayData is a pet friendly environment…must love dogs! include: performing lead insurance and the completion of criminal and background checks. Please send a cover letter with resume by applying online at: risk assessments, review lead clearances and review This Agency is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider. laboratory analysis results, communicate with property owners & tenants about 5v-PayData010919.indd 1 1/7/195v-NorthernHumanServices101619.indd 2:21 PM 1 1/14/19 various options for lead hazard control, work with the Vermont Department of Health, oversee grant Human Resources Benefits and Payroll Administrator agreements, construction There is no better time to join the NSB team! contracts, and other Northfield Savings Bank is looking for a professional to join our team program documents. Our We’re Growing! Come work with us in our as a Human Resources Benefits and Payroll Administrator in our Berlin ideal candidate will have Operations Center. This position offers an excellent opportunity to offices located in Winooski: a Bachelor’s degree and work for a growing premier Vermont mutual savings bank. 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Technologies, primarily C#, SQL Server, and ASP.NET. general education degree (GED) or equivalent is required. Northfield Savings Bank, founded in 1867, is the largest Abanking bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer institution headquartered in Vermont. Our company offers a Engineering, MIS, CIS, Mathematics, or equivalent is required competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, with 1-3 years’ experience developing software in a C# .NET dental, profit sharing, matching 401(K) retirement program, professional development opportunities, and a positive work environment while following coding and quality standards. environment supported by a team culture.

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delivery of Newspapers to retail stores. Not a contract route, paid by the hour, vehicle provided. Must be 18, with a clean VT Driver’s Lic.

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Steps to End Domestic Violence, the largest provider of domestic violence-related support and prevention services in Vermont, has an opportunity for an exceptional leader to become its next Executive Director. Candidates will be accomplished professionals with a minimum of 5 years of leadership experience in a multi-program environment; will have demonstrated success in operational and fiscal management; will have extensive fundraising and grant management skills and experience in major donor cultivation; will be able to implement the agency’s strategic plan; will be able to nurture and sustain a trauma-informed organization; and preferably will have experience and knowledge of issues surrounding domestic violence and related public health and social justice issues.

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Customer Service (Full or Part Time)

We are looking for the right person to join our Mail Order team: • Taking orders by phone • Answering customer inquiries

Now Hiring LPNs to join our Primary Care nursing teams in Burlington, South Burlington, Williston, Essex and Berlin. Full and part-time positions available.

A full job description and information about how to apply can be found at No phone calls please. Cover letter and resume are due by 1/18/19 to Salary range $70,000-$75,000.

• E-commerce fulfillment • Packaging and shipping

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Heaven & Earth, LLC in East Montpelier, VT

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WE’RE HIRING We offer competitive salary & awesome benefits!


Culinary Team Members, Dishwashers and We offer competitive & awesome be Catering salary Professionals


Soundtoys wants you to join our customer support team. We have a temporary (thru April 1st) opening with fulltime potential while one of our talented team members goes out on tour. Right here in beautiful Burlington, VT. We are an unusual and unusually successful music software company, with an exceptional collection of recording gear, powered by a musical, fun and creative team. What we’d like to see:

UVM Dining, as managed by Sodexo is a proud dining partner of the University of Vermont. Nestled in-between Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains, our talented culinary team is dedicated to serving up fresh ingredients and healthy options to a diverse campus community. With a strong commitment to sustainability and social responsibility, we source from an ever growing network of local farms.


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• 401(K) - 1% automatic enrollment with a 6% max match •byshift! Flexible scheduling The Department of Business Administration and Accounting UVM Dining, • asFree managed Sodexo is a proud dining partner of the U meal during your • Home for the holidays! (except for catering) (DBAA) at Saint Michael’s College invites applications a offor Vermont. Nestled in-between Lake Champlain and the Green Moun • Career growth opportunities including, culinary training, mentoring and job •isShift meals provided our talented dedicated to serving up fresh ingredients shadowing team Visiting Assistant Professor OR an Instructor of Management andculinary • Company healthy options to a discounts: diverse campus community. With a strong comm Theme Parks | Cellphones | Tuition Reimbursement Health Care Administration beginning Fall 2019 for atofull-time | Computers | Home Goods sustainability Clothing/Accessories and social we source from an ever grow • responsibility, Employee Assistance Financial Establishment | Vehicle Rental and Purchase 3-year term. There is potential for conversion to tenure-track (for network of localHealth farms. & Wellness | Sporting Events etc. Programs • Employee Resource Groups & Company wide networking events Assistant Professor rank) or renewal (for Instructor rank) during or • Employee Assistance Programs through LifeWorks Join our team; discover our unique dining spaces and experience the t • Work/Life balance at the end of the term. Vermont all the while enjoying some awesome benefits!

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J Have you gone deep with one or more major audio DAWs such as Pro Tools, Logic, or Ableton Live? J Do you have a way with words, and a wicked knack for clear communication, especially via email? J Do you love technology and have the ability to configure, operate, and troubleshoot Windows and Mac hardware, software, and audio interfaces? J Does helping people make you happy, and do you have the patience to work with customers of all levels? Learn more about us at Soundtoys is an equal opportunity employer.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to• build Competitive salary opportunities today! (search Vermont) the Health Care Administration minor and design appropriate • Generous Apply accrued paid time off Sodexo is an EEO/AA/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran employer courses related to three content areas: health care management, Free Bus Pass • 401(K) - 1% automatic • enrollment with a 6% max match health care financial analysis, and health care industry analysis. • Free meal during your shift! • Tuition Specific teaching assignments and responsibilities will based • be Home for the holidays! (except for catering) on the successful candidate’s field of expertise and will include reimbursement, etc. • Career growth opportunities including, culinary training, mentoring both introductory and upper level management and Health Care shadowing Administration (“HC”) courses. Candidates must be able to teachdiscounts: • Shift differential • Company Theme Parks | Cellphones Tuition Reimbursement in at least two of the content areas. pay |for working Clothing/Accessories | Computers | Home Goods

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• Work/Life balance

SODEXO IS AN EOE/AA/ . M/F/D/V EMPLOYER • Employee recognition programs

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RUTLAND, VT (20-24 HRS/WK, FLEXIBLE) Join our team to promote healthy workplaces by providing counseling to adults. Our non-profit Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides short-term solution-focused counseling to working Vermonters – from CEOs to front line staff. We help people with everything from workplace stress to depression, substance issues and family issues.

Requires a Master’s in mental health counseling, psychology, family and marriage counseling or social work. Clinical license with two years of mental health counseling experience. Strong team player with polished diplomatic and outreach skills, comfortable wearing business attire. 4t-AlzheimersAssociationVT010919.indd Competitive salary and excellent benefits. We are a public/ private collaborative within State government. The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please apply at by January 28, 2019. For additional information, you may contact Marc Adams at (802) 863-7390 or and reference Job Posting ID #652.

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Graphic & Multimedia Designer Established over two decades ago, our educational publishing company possesses an established brand, business model and clientele. We are looking for a dynamic Graphic and Multimedia Designer to join our team. Projects will cover a wide spectrum. The ideal candidate possesses multiple design disciplines, from print graphics, to digital graphics, to animation to video editing. We are looking for a self-starting team player with a great attitude, good organizational skills, the ability to multi-task, and savviness in both digital and print design. A Bachelor’s Degree in graphic design or a related field is required, plus 3 years of experience. Advanced working knowledge of Macs, Adobe Creative Suite and Final Cut Pro is essential. Familiarity with HTML is a plus!

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When you work for the State of Vermont, you and your work matter. A career with the State puts you on a rich and rewarding professional path. You’ll find jobs in dozens of fields – not to mention an outstanding total compensation package.

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We are passionate about creating a world without Alzheimer’s, are you? The Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter seeks a Director of Programs who is committed to changing our world for the better. This position is responsible for the successful planning and delivery of programs and services, utilizing a volunteer delivery model with trained and supported volunteers delivering a majority of our community education and support group programs. The position is based in the Williston, VT office but serves the entire state, working with volunteers where possible to deliver education programs, support groups, safety services and early stage programs. Some evening and weekend hours are required. For a complete job description or to submit your cover letter and resume via the online portal, please visit

The director will be responsible for establishing a new organization governed by the NBRC Federal Co-Chair and the Governors of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York (Northern Border Regional Commission). The director is responsible for the administrative and fiscal management of a nearly $20 million annual budget and for executing the NBRC strategic plan. This position manages critical operations that provide development and growth opportunities for communities in the region. Eligible for remote work within NBRC region. For more information, contact Ted Brady at Department: Commerce & Community Development. Reference Job ID #751. Location Montpelier. Status: Full Time – Exempt. Application Deadline: January 20, 2019.


The Department of Vermont Health Access, which administers Vermont Medicaid, seeks a dynamic team member to oversee the department’s legislative work and related communications. The incumbent will assess the impact of pending and enacted state legislation on the Medicaid program and health reform activities and will work with the Commissioner to articulate direction and priorities for major legislative projects. During the legislative session this position acts as liaison between the legislature and Department and will coordinate responses to legislative mandates and reports following the session. The position may also serve as a spokesperson and key contact for other stakeholders and the media. For more information contact Cory Gustafson 802-241-0239 Reference Job ID # 783 Location: Waterbury. Status: Permanent, Full Time. Application Deadline: January 20, 2019.


If you have a proven ability to sell and market products/services to the business community, are fearless in making cold outreach to local businesses, and can develop long-term relationships with business clients, this position with VocRehab Vermont may be a great fit for you! The Employer Account Representative will act as a Business Account Manager, developing and supporting accounts with local employers for the Creative Workforce Solutions (CWS) initiative in the Agency of Human Services. For more information, contact Hugh Bradshaw at hugh.bradshaw@ or 802-241-0319. Department: Disabilities Aging & Independent Living. Reference Job ID # 778. Location: Barre. Status: Full Time. Application Deadline: January 21, 2019.

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Camp Thorpe is seeking an Executive Director! Project Manager

Camp Thorpe is a 92-year-old residential summer camp serving campers, ages 12 and up, with special needs in the Heart of the Green Mountains.


We are seeking an Executive Director who can provide leadership and direction to our 501(c)3 organization while evaluating, planning and directing camp operations, health and safety of campers and staff, and programming. Our perfect candidate is a fun, collaborative, organized, proven leader who loves our camping population! This is a full-time, year-round position with a flexible start date and a potential housing opportunity for the right candidate. Excellent compensation and benefits package. ADA/EOE. Interested applicants please send resume and letter of interest to no later than January 25, 2019.

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The Vermont Judiciary is recruiting for several Docket Clerk positions, both long term temporary and permanent positions, in Burlington, St. Albans, Montpelier, Rutland and Brattleboro. Positions will perform specialized clerical duties including data entry and customer service in person & over the phone. High School graduate and two years of clerical or data entry experience required. 2019 starting salary has increased! Starting $16.88 per hour.


Cathedral Square, a nonprofit organization providing affordable housing and services to older adults throughout Vermont, is seeking a Project Manager. This full time position will serve as a Project Manager (PM) of affordable housing for older adults. The PM will oversee the construction and rehabilitation of CSC housing projects and provide information and technical assistance that will enhance CSC projects and operations. The PM will work as a vital member of the real estate development team in strengthening the organization’s capacity and furthering its mission.

Cleaning Services Cleaning Services needed at the Lake Champlain Basin Program, Grand Isle. Duties to include weekly cleaning approximately 3 hours a week (Approx. 3,000 sq. ft). Liability and workers’ comp insurance required. Contact Kathy Jarvis (802) 372-3213 for further details. Send letters of interest to

Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree in a related field (Community Development, Public Administration, Business, liberal arts preferred) and three years of experience in construction or affordable housing development. Candidates must possess good analytical skills and familiarity with Excel spreadsheets and possess the ability to problem solve and handle multiple projects at a time. Candidates must have excellent written and 2:13 PM verbal communication skills, as well as a can-do attitude and the 2v-LakeChamplainBasinProgram011619.indd ability to work both independently and as an effective team player. Candidates must possess a valid driver’s license. CSC offers competitive pay, excellent benefits and a positive working environment.

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Full-Time position. Performing a variety of tasks Submit your cover letter and resume to throughout the day. Some by Friday, February 8th, 2019. EOE. of these tasks may include scheduling meetings or appointments, maintaining 5v-CathedralSquare011619.indd 1 1/14/19 12:56 PM files, sending e-mails, and answering phones. Requires computer and communications skills.

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The ermont udiciary is looking to fill long term temporary openings in Burlington (job code 18046) & 1 position in St. Albans (job code 18047). The primary responsibility is for the security of the courthouse, performing security, safety, and general assistance to court operations. High School graduate and two years in a responsible position required. 2019 starting salary has increased! Starting $16.88 per hour. Permanent employees receive excellent health & dental insurance, annual & sick leave, holidays paid, and are part of the Vermont State Pension plan. Open until filled. qual opportunity employer. Candidates shall submit a complete and up-to-date Judicial Branch Application and resume. An electronic version of the Application may be found at:

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(Underhill, VT) For full job description and application download go to: pages/employment-1. To apply, please complete an application, attach a resume if you have one, and return in person or email to: Mount Mansfield Maple Products 450 Weaver Street, Suite 18 Winooski, VT 05404

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Champlain Orchards is expanding its Finance Team!

SHIFT SUPERVISOR Tired of working weekends and holidays? New World Tortilla is looking for a new shift supervisor at our University of Vermont location.

Finance Manager Champlain Community Services is a growing developmental services provider agency with a strong emphasis on self-determination values and employee and consumer satisfaction.

The position offered is from 1:00pm-9:00pm Monday-Friday. We are closed major holidays and offer paid time off. Email resume to: NEWWORLDUVM@GMAIL.COM

Nursing Opportunity Part time, flexible position supporting individuals through our developmental services and long term care programs. This is an exciting and unique opportunity for a registered nurse who wants to make an impact on a variety of individuals. Experience with individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism is preferred but not required. Responsibilities include training of staff, quality assurance, general nursing oversight and advocacy for consumers. CCS offers a team-oriented environment, comprehensive training & benefits, competitive salary and has been voted as one of the Best Places to Work in Vermont 2019. We’d love to have you as part of our team. Send your letter of interest and application to: Elizabeth Sightler, 2v-NewWorldTortilla121918.indd 1

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Olive Garden in South Burlington is now accepting applications for qualified candidates to come join our family. We have just increased our starting wages for dishwashers, line and prep cooks, and are accepting applications for all positions, full or part time, day and evening shifts available. So if you are, Busser, Line or Prep Cook, Host, or Server, and you are looking for a place to call home, and find a career not just another job, please visit us at and follow the careers tab.

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Development Manager Responsible for the strategic fundraising and community engagement efforts that support the vision and mission of Outright Vermont. This position will also support the Executive Director in major gift cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.

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For a full job description and listing of required qualifications, please go to Please apply to and attach a cover letter, your current, relevant Resume, and 3 professional references or complete a Champlain Orchards Job Application.

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Northfield Savings Bank, founded in 1867, is the largest banking institution headquartered in Vermont. We are expanding our Compliance Department and are looking for a professional to join our team as a Loan Compliance Officer in our Berlin Operations Center. This position offers a strong opportunity to work for a growing premier Vermont mutual savings bank. The Loan Compliance Officer must have the ability to maintain compliance and mitigate risks in a way that minimizes operational impact and supports a positive customer experience. This individual must have the ability to comprehend and interpret laws and banking regulations. The Loan Compliance Officer is responsible for ensuring the Bank meets the credit needs of the communities we serve in accordance with the Community Reinvestment Act. The requirements for this position include excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization as well as outside agencies. A Bachelor’s degree in banking or a related field and five years of work experience of lending compliance is required. Find out what NSB can offer you. NSB offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, profit sharing, matching 401(K) retirement program, professional development opportunities, and a positive work environment supported by a team culture.

Northfield Savings Bank Human Resources P.O. Box 7180 Barre, VT 05641-7180 Equal Opportunity Employer/Member FDIC

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Case Manager

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Reporting directly to Champlain Orchards ownership, the Finance Manager will work closely with senior management to fully develop our cost accounting model and establish department specific budgets. The successful candidate will be responsible for monitoring and evaluating existing business while also preparing Champlain Orchards for future growth.

Lamoille Restorative Center is looking to hire a Case Manager to work at our agency in Hyde Park, VT with time spent in the office, court room, and in the community. The ideal candidate for this position will have an interest in criminal justice reform, proven case management skills, and a clear sense of professional boundaries.

Responsibilities of the position include:

• Management of participant services, including intake, facilitation of restorative processes and program engagement

• Supporting access to appropriate treatment or other resources with the aim of reducing future involvement in the justice system • Working with victims and strengthening the community system of victim supports

A bachelor’s degree in social work, human services or criminal justice is desired. Experience in a related field can be substituted for education. Reliable transportation is required. Interested individuals can apply by sending a cover letter and resume to Lamoille Restorative Center’s hiring committee at Lamoille Restorative Center’s mission is to improve public safety and the well-being of Vermonters by fostering the dignity and resilience of individuals and families through restorative justice, relationship-building and empowering self-sufficiency. Learn more about LRC at

Lamoille Restorative Center is an equal opportunity employer. Applications accepted until positions are filled.

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Department of Public Works Truck Driver/Laborer Wanted The City of Montpelier has an immediate opening for a full-time Truck Driver in the Water & Sewer Division. Applicant must be a high school/vocational school graduate; must have a valid VT commercial Driver’s License or the ability to obtain one before the end of the probationary period (required); and must be able to pass pre-employment physical plus drug & alcohol testing. Applications are available at the Public Works Facility, 783 Dog River Road, and at the Public Works Office at City Hall, 39 Main Street. Contact to have a copy of the job description and job application emailed to you. For more information about this position, call (802) 223-9508. The City Of Montpelier is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Front Desk Receptionist FULL-TIME

The Craftsbury Outdoor Center is looking for someone to join their office team! The ideal applicant should have strong organizational and communication skills, the ability to multi-task and adjust to a changing, fast paced environment. Knowledge of Word and Excel are required along with 1 year of customer service experience, preferably in the reservations/front desk field. This is a full-time seasonal position. Shift is evenings from 11am to 7pm during the winter months, noon to 8pm in the summer months. Lunch and recreational facilities provided along with other benefits. Send your resume to: Chasidy LaMare, 535 Lost Nation Rd., Craftsbury Common, VT 05827 fax (802) 586-7768 or email to Please provide 3 written references.

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GARDENER’S IS GROWING! Our Williston Garden Center is thriving, and we need YOUR help to continue to spread the joy and rewards of gardening! We have MANY regular, year-round opportunities. Become an employee-owner and join our award-winning, nationally recognized company! All positions are benefit eligible and based out of our Williston Garden Center.

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Instrumart offers competitive salary and a robust benefit package. The successful candidate will: • Have a strong aptitude for multi-tasking and organizational skills • Be comfortable working with computer applications and our telecommunications system, and have a willingness to learn our integrated business management software

Hard Goods Sales Supervisor Hard Goods Sales Associate Outlet Sales Associate (24 hrs/week) Inventory & Quality Control Supervisor Green Goods Receiving Specialist Irrigation Specialist (24 hrs/week) Hard Goods Restocking Specialist (24 hrs/week) Delivery & Installation Lead

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• Demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills • Be comfortable helping customers order Instrumart’s technical products • Possess excellent attention to detail, capacity to work in a fast-paced environment, and display high levels of punctuality and dependability

We are 100% employee-owned and a certified B Corporation. We offer strong cultural values, competitive wages and outstanding benefits (including a tremendous discount on plants and product!). For more information on ANY of these opportunities or to directly apply, please send your cover letter & resume to Gardener’s Supply Company, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington, VT 05401 or to Please specify in your cover letter which position you are applying for.

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Instrumart is looking to hire a smart, energetic and friendly person to join our Customer Service team in our South Burlington office! Our CSRs provide direct support not only to our external customers (i.e. front line for all incoming phone calls, order status, tracking information, and revisions to orders) but also to our internal Engineering Department by assisting in all aspects of the successful input and completion of orders.

• Have a “head for numbers” (prices, part numbers, etc.) • Be both a self-starter and a team player • Work well with others For more information and to apply, visit Instrumart is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applications from women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

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Building Bright Futures Seeks Executive Director

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Building Bright Futures (BBF), a statewide 501(c)(3) organization, seeks a champion to lead its work on behalf of Vermont’s young children and families. BBF was founded in 2006 and authorized by Act 104 of the State Legislature in 2010, to serve as the State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care for children from birth to age 8. As a public-private partnership, BBF is dedicated to ensuring that every young child in Vermont has the opportunity to reach his/her full potential. BBF operates as a backbone organization for collective impact at the state and regional level by convening stakeholders and community members to advance the goals and strategies of Vermont’s Early Childhood Action Plan. The Executive Director manages the comprehensive state-wide infrastructure of state-wide and 12 regional councils and works with individuals, organizations and agencies at the regional and state levels to develop best approaches for an integrated system that advances data-driven progress for all Vermont’s young children and their families.



Bio-Medic Appliances, Inc. provides custom artificial limbs and orthopedic braces for both pediatric and adult patients. We have an immediate opening for a full3:40 PM time receptionist. Excellent telephone, customer service, and computer skills required. Medical office experience preferred. Mail resume and cover letter to: Molly Lyon, Bio-Medic Appliances, Inc., 8A Ewing Place, Essex Junction, VT 05452 or email to:

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The ideal candidate will have experience in management of not-forprofit organizations; fundraising; grant writing; grant administration; systems building and evaluation; strategic planning; and policy development. The individual must demonstrate excellence in written and oral communication. BBF is seeking a candidate with a track record of nurturing complex relationships between public and private sector participants; goal setting; embracing challenges; using data, shepherding change and achieving results.

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For Full time Employment Beginning January 29, 2019 To apply, send Resume to: Amanda St.Cyr, RN DNS Birchwood Terrace Rehab and Healthcare 43 Starr Farm Rd Burlington, Vt 05408 802-863-6384 astcyr@ EOE

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Dental Assistant Dental Assistant needed for friendly, small-town practice. Seeking cheerful, flexible, organized assistant with excellent people skills. No drama. Front desk experience a plus. 4-5 days/week. RDA preferred. Email resume to:

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The Media Factory is looking for a motivated professional with a passion for community media to join the team as our Production Manager. The Production Manager serves in an “executive producer” capacity on all Media Factory video projects and is primarily responsible for all in-house productions, and productions with partner organizations and clients. If you enjoy working collaboratively with colleagues and community members, have strong leadership & supervisory skills, possess strong writing skills, are a great problem solver and have a minimum of five years’ video production and editing experience, we want to hear from you.

Key Responsibilities: • Oversee all production staff and the production studio • Provide oversight and quality control for all productions including public, governmental, and educational access productions, • PSAs and community event coverage • Produce video content, both in-house and in collaboration with partner organizations and clients • Develop and oversee production department annual budgets in consultation with organization leadership


• Bachelor’s Degree (advanced degree preferred) in a related field • Experience in early childhood development or a related field • Willingness to travel throughout Vermont and on occasion to national meetings and conferences. • Availability for some evening and weekend meetings

Applicant Information • The Executive Director serves at the pleasure of the Building Bright Futures State Advisory Council

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Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Video Production or related field Excellent written and verbal communication skills Five years’ experience leading professional video production projects Advanced knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut X and MS Office Suite Experience managing direct reports Valid driver’s license. This is a 40-hour a week non-exempt position that requires some evening and some weekend work. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

How to apply:

• Salary range is $80,000 - $90,000. Offer will be commensurate with background and experience. Applications Accepted Until 5:00 pm, January 25, 2019. Email to: Mailing address: Katie Mobbs, Office Manager, Building Bright Futures, 600 Blair Park, Suite 306, Williston, VT 05495 For more information about Building Bright Futures go to:

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We have a full time position in our kitchen, making our delicious sandwiches, salads and soups. The ideal candidate takes pride in making excellent food, works cleanly and efficiently, and works well independently and in a team. We offer competitive pay and excellent benefits including health coverage and paid time off. Please contact randy at or (802) 223-5200 x12 3h-RedHenBaking011619.indd 1

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Software Engineer and UI/UX Software Engineer

Are you a software engineer who enjoys a dynamic product development environment? If so, then we may have the perfect opportunity for you to join our R&D engineering team at BioTek Instruments, Inc. BioTek is a market leader in detection and imaging instrumentation for life science and drug discovery research, we are recognized globally for our innovative product line and excellent customer service. Our global customers include academic, government, and biotech/pharmaceutical companies.

We are a Prominent Property & Casualty Insurance Agency in Essex Junction, Vermont. We are currently seeking a motivated, enthusiastic, and reliable Customer Service Assistant to join our ever-growing team of professionals. In this role, you will interact with our clients, process renewals and endorsements, ask for endorsements from our carriers, and assist other Commercial Lines Customer Service Representatives in their daily duties. To be successful in this position, you will be self-motivated, persistent, and knowledgeable, with a friendly yet professional demeanor. Minimum 1 year prior insurance agency experience required. This is a full time position, open immediately.

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In this position, you will be a member of a small, experienced team responsible for our flagship software product. Our ideal candidate will have a MSCS, BSCS and/or BSSE degree or equivalent with five years of experience writing Windows PC Applications in a Visual Studio development environment. The successful candidate will be comfortable performing all phases of a software project from initial conceptual design through final implementation and integration, including all ISO required documentation.

Software Engineer Requirements: Experience or interest in some of the following a plus. • Imaging (histogram analysis, pattern finding, dilation) • Windows WPF based applications • Math skills (statistics, matrices, curve fitting) • Signal processing (correlation, FFT)

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UI/UX Software Engineer Requirements: • Windows UX experience, Microsoft Visual Studio

Rehabilitation Services at Central Vermont Medical Center is seeking a part-time Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) to join its team! Qualified candidates will possess a Master’s Degree in Speech/Language Pathology and hold Certificate of Clinical Competence by American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) or if supervision is available, qualify as Clinical Fellow in Speech/Language Pathology according to ASHA guidelines. Vermont State Licensure or eligibility required. Experience is preferred.

• UI experience with XML in WPF Our dedicated employees are our greatest asset contributing to our success. We offer a casual yet professional and respectful work environment, competitive salary and an excellent benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, 401K and a profit sharing plan. If you want to join a great team that appreciates collaboration, hard work and a whole lot of fun, we would love to hear from you! To learn more, and see additional openings, please visit our website at To apply, send resumes to or mail them to:

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Central Vermont Substance Abuse Services Central Vermont Substance Abuse Services is a nonprofit organization located in Berlin, VT, providing substance abuse services to central Vermont residents. The range of services provided includes outpatient, intensive outpatient, intervention, education, prevention, intervention, and treatment services. Clinical Supervisor: We are currently seeking a dynamic and clinically talented person to serve in the supervisory role for our Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse programs. This position leads a dedicated group of direct care workers while ensuring case coordination, follow up and quality of care in the delivery of substance abuse services to adults and adolescents in the Barre, VT region. Focusing on coaching, developing and supervising staff to create a cohesive team through regular clinical supervision and facilitation of team meetings, this position also includes some direct assessments of the needs of our clients and ensuring that those needs are being met. Functions include conducting intake evaluations, developing treatment plans, making case assignments, monitoring and evaluating caseloads and funding compliance. Master’s Degree and Licensed required. Drug Court Case Manager: Full time position working in the court system providing case management & service coordination to persons who have been assigned to the Washington County Court Drug Treatment Program. Drug Court participants are adults in recovery from a substance use disorder and have legal actions pending against them. This position is an integral part of the drug court treatment team which includes lawyers, a judge, probation, law enforcement, mental health and substance abuse providers. Our clinical case manager will help participants access resources, schedule appointments and will provide supportive counseling. This position is based in Berlin and will require some light travel. Bachelor’s Degree required – M.A. preferred. HUB Clinician: We are seeking clinicians to work with adults as a part of our Hub & Spoke medication assisted therapy (MAT) program. This position will focus on access, engagement, stabilization to help clients build a bridge from the MAT program to other local MAT treatment options. Work will involve assessments, case management, treatment planning, group & individual counseling, referral, and coordination with community partners such as the DOC, DCF, or other treatment providers. Previous experience working with people in recovery from addictions is preferable. A Master’s Degree is strongly preferred, Bachelor’s Degree with previous experience will be considered. Must obtain AAP credential and be actively working towards LADC licensure. Working hours are roughly from 6:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. MA Level Substance Abuse Clinicians: We are seeking to fill a full time Master’s Level Clinician position working with adults or adolescents in Substance Abuse treatment setting. This position will provide group and individual counseling, assessments, treatment planning, referral and will help provide a bridge from the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program to other treatment service options available in the local community. Work will involve coordinating with representatives from the Department of Corrections, health care providers and other referral sources. Previous experience working with people in recovery from addictions is preferable. A LADC is preferred, but not required. We will provide training for qualified candidates. Part time position also available (not benefit eligible).

We offer medical, dental and vision, generous time off policy, matching retirement plan and other benefits. Send your resume to: Rachel Yeager, HR Coordinator • • Clara Martin Center • PO Box G • Randolph, VT 05060

Darn Tough Vermont ® is an American manufacturer of premium, all-weather outdoor and lifestyle socks for every activity and every day - all of which carry the industry's only unconditional lifetime guarantee. We are in search of a talented Marketing Manager to join our team. This is a vital, visible role that will live the Darn Tough ® brand day in and day out, both internally and externally. You will manage our social and public relations, events and trade show presence, partnerships, and community and internal marketing, bringing in fresh creativity daily, while operating with a great attention to detail and in a highly collaborative manner. You will translate the over-arching brand and category strategies into an annual tactical plan, then lead the execution cross-functionally, in collaboration with external partners, and with the support of one Marketing Coordinator. For all areas, you will track and analyze performance, then use insights to refine the strategy and plan. The primary focus will be the US, though as we continue expanding internationally, you will serve as a key resource to develop our global marketing presence.


• Develop the long- and near-term social strategy, tying to broader brand and category objectives • Drive the content and tone of voice across all social platforms; own the creation and publishing of posts and stories. Moderate and deliver ongoing engagement on a daily basis. • Grow the social community while driving quality engagement • Collaborate with the Creative Marketing Manager to develop compelling visual assets • Partner with E-commerce team to develop a cohesive, coordinated voice and message • Create and maintain the global social media standards and guidelines


Develop the long- and near-term PR strategy, tying to broader brand and category objectives Understand and articulate key brand and product stories to external media and stakeholders Manage PR agency to drive quality impressions, getting the right messages to the right audiences Oversee International PR efforts


• Ensure presence reflects overall brand and category strategies • Deliver quality execution, coordination and optimization of on-site activation from project initiation to completion, including timeline development and management, design of booth/tent signage and graphics, product displays and merchandising, promotional materials, key messaging and logistics. • Partner with Sales Coordinator on trade shows. For primary shows, develop marketing theme, travel on-site to supervise installation, manage merchandising and setup, serve as the brand evangelist throughout, and supervise take down.


• Support existing and new partnerships to ensure activation is on-brand, maximized, executed with excellence and delivers against brand and category objectives • Own, manage and further develop Team DTV (Darn Tough Ambassador program) • Develop and launch an Influencer program


• Serve as the primary contact for the greater Northfield and VT community for marketing related initiatives, requests and/or sponsorships • Develop and deliver the marketing presentation at monthly company meetings • Host and conduct Mill tours for key visitors • Support HR with employee engagement, recruiting and other internal marketing efforts


Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Marketing or related field 5+ years of marketing, events, sponsorships, PR, or brand management experience Talent to integrate brand touch points seamlessly Positive attitude and work well with teams; cultivate and value partnerships Responsiveness and passion to work in a fast-paced environment Be a brand builder and storyteller, with strong communication skills Live in the social space with demonstrated experience managing social media, creating and managing successful campaigns Ability to shift gears quickly from strategic thinking to project implementation Possess both an analytical nature and a strong, insightful business instinct Display proficiency in managing budgets, invoicing and expense tracking Maintain the Darn Tough culture by fostering positive relationships within the company and with external stakeholders Prior people management experience preferred Ability to travel up to 35%, with some weekends required


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